Catch Marjory Wildcraft on TV this Weekend!

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Marjory Wildcraft will be featured on this week’s episode of the public television show Central Texas Gardener. Marjory went into the studio and had a nice chat with the show’s host, Tom Spencer, about how to grow half your groceries in less than an hour per day – no matter how big your yard is.

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Central Texas Gardener is a long-running local gardening show in Austin. The show regularly includes local experts from the world of gardening. This summary is from the show’s Facebook page:

We’re all about organic gardening, outstanding waterwise plants, design inspiration, wildlife, homegrown food, and creative fun in the garden!

The show airs in several other cities – so check the list below to see if there’s any chance you can catch Marjory on TV this week…

Even if Central Texas Gardener doesn’t air in your city, you can still watch Marjory’s interview on the show’s website, here: Watch This Week’s Episode of Central Texas Gardener

Channel Day Date Time
KLRU (Austin, TX) Saturday
Sunday
Monday/>
Jan. 16
Jan. 17
Jan. 18
Noon & 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.
5:30 a.m.
KLRU Q (Austin, TX) Tuesday
Wednesday
Friday/>
Jan. 19
Jan. 20
Jan. 22
6:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
KLRN (San Antonio, TX) Saturday Jan. 16 11:00 a.m.
KNCT (Killeen, TX & Waco, TX) Saturday Jan. 16 1:30 p.m.
KAMU (College Station, TX) Saturday Jan. 16 5:00 p.m.
KPBT (Midland, TX) Monday Jan. 18 12:30 p.m.
Panhandle PBS (Amarillo, TX) Saturday Jan. 16 11:30 a.m.
KRSC (Claremore, OK) Saturday
Tuesday
Jan. 16
Jan. 19
5:00 p.m.
Arizona Public Media ReadyTV (Tucson, AZ) Thursday Jan. 21 1:30 p.m.
KBDI (Denver, CO) Sunday
Tuesday
Jan. 17
Jan. 19
2:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
KTWU (Topeka, KS) Multiple Days & Times
Also on UNCMX (Raleigh-Durham, NC) and
K32EO (Colorado Springs, CO)

 
I can’t wait to see it!


Many thanks to Central Texas Gardener for inviting Marjory to the show! You can learn more about the show here: Central Texas Gardener

 

Faith and Freedom Friday-The God of Justice

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Today’s message from Pastor Cooley explains how God is a truly just God.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

After many years of praying and searching for a pastor that understands America’s social, economic, and political problems and how evicting God from our country has brought those problems about, my wife and I finally found Pastor Cooley, a true man of God and a dedicated patriot.

While attending Pastor Cooley’s church for several weeks, the thought struck me; how many other faithful patriot preppers out there are having trouble finding a good church and are enduring feel-good, cotton-candy sermons  just so they can be in fellowship with other believers?

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us every Sunday at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida  32958

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Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s PowerBall for?

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$1.6 billion dollars is a lot of money. In fact, it is more than the gross domestic product of a dozen different countries. (To be fair, those countries are mostly small island nations that have virtually no real economy outside of tourism and offshore banking.)

The fact that I’m still here typing should tell you how well my foray into PowerBall-stoked billionaireism went. But..it’s so delightfully decadent to imagine what you could do with that kind of money. According to my very bad public school math, taking the lump sum would have dropped me to around $800m. Then, after I generously buy Uncle Sam a couple jet fighters with the ~40% tax hit, I’m down to around $560m. Now it becomes interesting. Assuming some investments that yield a mere 5%, I could, in theory, get $28m/year just in interest without touching the principal. That, my friends, comes down to $2.3m every month to simply screw around with. Or, if you really want to go nuts, thats about $76,000 to spend every day. Do better than 5% and, naturally, you have more to piss away….and never touch the principal.

First thing: new phone number.

After that, it’s gifts for those I love. Nothing fancy. Everyone gets their house paid off.

Then it’s time to indulge fantasies. I’d imagine that when you order enough of a particular gun the gun companies are more than happy to cater to your bizarre needs. As a result, the guys at Ruger, PTR, Smith & Wesson, and Stag Arms, are going to be busy for a while. Federal can just unhook the trailers in my yard..I’ll take it from there. The ammo can go in the garage next to my new armored vehicle collection. Try not ding my new helicopter.

After that, it’s time to go shopping for real estate. Perhaps a small county in South Dakota or Utah. Something on the order of several square miles. Remember that scene in Quigley Down Under when, after days of traveling by wagon, Quigley asks “When are we getting to Marston’s ranch?” and the hand replies “We’ve been on his land for the last three days.” Yeah, it’d be like that.

And then I quietly retire to my lair to enjoy my enormous gun collection, fabulous shooting range, amazingly secure house, and other toys. When I’m not busy manipulating politicians with briefcases of ‘campaign contributions’, or making the lives of people who have wronged me miserable, I’ll spread a little joy to the world…repair a few decrepit schools, sponsor some scholarships, finance some animal shelters, build a few public shooting ranges, that sort of thing.

Perhaps buy a small gun company. Or start one from scratch using the latest and greatest manufacturing technology. Build my own company town with factory, R&D center, employee housing, etc.

You can have a lot of fun, do a lot of good, and screw over a lot of people, on $76 grand a day. A permanent suite..heck, an entire top floor…at some Las Vegas high-end hotel would be nice.

Alas….fun to fantasize but the reality is with 1:292,000,00 odds it’s just daydreaming. But, it’s those happy little vacations from reality that make life bearable, eh?

 

Buying Gold for Bartering and Prepping— Why is it Important to Have Precious Metals for Trade

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Sponsor Ad A common question asked by people preparing for a disaster situation in the future is whether they need to stock up on precious metals like gold and silver.

Blogger’s Pit Stop #6

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It is time to link up again at the Blogger’s Pit Stop. This week has been crazy for me, since I’m busy getting ready for the launch of the Back To Basics Bundle, and yet another brain MRI is coming up on Monday. Plus, winter has arrived with a vengeance here in the Maritimes! Take a moment to visit the blogs that post links this week, find some new favourites, and if you’re a blogger, share your family friendly posts.

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Surviving In and Escaping From an Urban Area

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Surviving Urban Area

A previous article covered the fact that most people will not be able to bug-out during a crisis. Some will be able to, of course, the ones that have a vehicle hidden somewhere, have supplies cached out of town, and can literally get the jump on everyone else.

To safely get clear of a heavily populated area during a crisis means you have to be one of the first on the roads, provided they are not damaged due to the crisis. Otherwise, you and possibly hundreds of thousands of others will be trying to evacuate by vehicle creating gridlock. The last place you want to be is trapped in a vehicle on an elevated highway, in a tunnel, or on a bridge during a catastrophe with a car load of supplies that you can’t carry if you have to abandon your vehicle.

The fact that you cannot bug-out of the city does not mean you can necessarily stay in your current home, however. If you live on the upper floors of any building you are at greater risk, this is particularly true when the grid fails. You may very well have to relocate within the city during a grid down scenario, during a catastrophic natural disaster, or during an attack on the city.

Others may flee the area, and this frankly is the best case scenario for those that stay. It means less competition for resources.

If you do have to leave and it is on foot there are a few ways to do so. However, planning is crucial, so right now you should know where the train yards are. Trains need tracks and freight trains run from coast to coast. Follow the tracks of freight trains out of town. The trains will not be running, so you can use the tracks for navigation.

You may have to walk parallel to the tracks so you are not exposed on the tracks. Commuter trains will run to the suburbs or too small outlying towns, but this may be an option as well, get to the suburbs by walking the tracks and on to smaller towns a few miles away.

Depending on the crisis, hiking out using highways and roads may not be an option. The main roads and highways if not damaged will be likely gridlocked. It would not be a good idea to try and maneuver your way along a gridlocked highway on foot. The people in the cars will not be in a good mood, and here you are strolling along with a pack full of supplies, this is simply not a good idea. You can map out access roads, and waterways that lead out of town, and again know where the train tracks go if you have to leave on foot.

If You Stay

  • Assess Your Home Are You At Ground Level With More Than One Way Out
  • Do You Have Enough Supplies For 30 to 60 Days
  • Do You Have A Generator
  • Are You Armed
  • How close are You To A Commercial District So You Can Avoid Looters Roaming The Area
  • What is The Status Of Your Neighbors

Tools You May Need

1.) Pick up a quality set of bolt cutters, so you can cut locks to access maintenance rooms under your apartment building and other areas within the city, for example. We will explain why this could be important later.

2.) Have a siphon for gasoline/diesel and one for water, and never use the fuel siphon for freshwater. Have several approved fuel containers, do not use plastic or glass jugs for storing or transporting any type of fuel.

3.) Hacksaw with extra blades, copper pipe cutter, adjustable wrench, Phillips, and flathead screwdrivers and several sizes of pry bars, (crowbars). Have a firefighter ax or similar tool that can be used to create an egress or to breach doors and walls along with channel locks and other types of pliers for opening drain cocks. Have a roll of duct tape as well. Have several sturdy locks, so you can secure doors and fences in which you had to cut the lock.

4.) Fire starting materials, water containers, and a sturdy metal pot for boiling water, along with common household bleach, which contains between 5 and 6 percent sodium hypochlorite without any additives, and water purification tablets.

The above is not a comprehensive list of course, but everything on the list is something you may very need as you forage in an urban environment. Forage for fuel, water and other tools and supplies you might need.

Water

Water seeks the lowest point and once the supply is stopped to an apartment building, for example, there could be gallons of water still in the lines. Make your way to the basement and try to find the water supply lines, which will be copper or in some cases, galvanized pipe. Drain water from copper pipes, if possible and never from PVC piping. PVC is mainly used for drain lines, and not for a fresh water supply.

Look for hot water tanks, and boiler systems used to heat the building, both of which can supply you with water by simply draining the system.

This is where the bolt cutters come in handy. You may have to cut a lock off the maintenance door to access the plumbing system. Use the hacksaw to cut into copper piping at the lowest level you can find in hopes you can drain the water from the supply lines. Use the pipe cutter in tight spaces, and have a collection container at the ready. As stated before look for hot water tanks, as well, that can be drained for water.

Ground floor office buildings may have water coolers for their employees. Avoid upper-level floors if the power is out. Stairwells become ambush points, and fire is always a real possibility.

You may be able to score several 3 or 5-gallon water containers full or partially full. They will be hard to carry, but you can cache them close by before someone else figures out this could be a water supply. Use some paper or clean cloth along with the duct tape to cover the opening to prevent contamination of the water. Use the water siphon you have to draw off enough water for your immediate needs.

Other sources of water can be campers/RV with fresh water tanks. If people flee the city they may leave behind campers/RV’s which usually have fresh water tanks and some may still have water in them. Simply find the white tank under the unit and open the drain to collect the water. Any water you collect from any source should be treated before consuming to be on the safe side. Water that contains chemicals and toxins cannot be treated and made safe to drink.

Hospitals use generators, and you may be able to use one so you can set up a base camp in the basement or at the very least siphon the fuel out if they don’t use natural gas or propane. You may come upon a portable generator at some point or you may own one now, and if you have the fuel you can use the generator in a limited capacity. Think ahead for possible uses of anything you find.

Impound lots will contain vehicles that can be used as shelter or you can salvage items from them to help you survive. If you have to cut the lock off the gate, replace with your own lock if you plan to shelter inside at night. Your lock will not stop a determined person, but will act as a deterrent, and having them fumbling around cutting the lock may give you time to prepare a defense.

Salvage yards can be a good source of materials as well, but the cars in salvage yards may not be such that you could shelter in one. You may be able to siphon fuel from the cars in an impound lot to use in your vehicle, motorcycle or generator.

Any commercial building may have vending machines inside that have not been looted. Look for employee break rooms in office buildings or factories that have been abandoned. You may find water, snacks, and certain other types of non-perishable foods still in the machines. The refrigerators in break rooms may contain bottled water as well.

We will not get into the legalities of all that has been mentioned above. That will be left up to you. In a grid down scenario where many people have fled the city is a major catastrophe, which will require you to do certain things that you would not normally consider doing.

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Bubble in My Compass

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Occasionally a bubble will become present inside the compass dial assembly.  Small bubbles the size of an air rifles’ “bb” will general not be a problem in the field.


Small bubbles generally develop into bigger bubbles. 





I visited the Silva websiteand found the following:


“We intend that our compasses are free of bubbles; however, if a small bubble forms in the liquid-filled capsule, it has no influence on the accuracy of the compass. Its appearance and disappearance are due to changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure. If a bubble larger than 1/4″ in diameter appears, it is probably the result of a leaking capsule, usually caused by some form of shock damage, and the capsule will have to be replaced. In that case, just call our customer satisfaction department for a return authorization number and shipping address. From the U.S.A, call 1-800-572-8822 between 8 am-6 pm, eastern time. From Canada, call 1-800-263-6390.”


It is nice that a manufacturer of outdoor gear takes some responsibility.  Expect similar support from Brunton and Suunto.


If you have a cheap compass purchased at WalMart…just buy a new compass such as the


Silva Ranger on the Suunto M2.


If a liquid filled compass housing develops a leak table the compass in a plastic sandwich bag.  Don’t take it back to the field, it will become a mess.
  

Incorporating Jackets into EDC

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In colder weather people often wear coats with high regularity. Some coats, especially the outdoorsy types have a lot of pockets. The incorporation of these into EDC is something I have thought about. In some particular order.

1- I don’t like off shifting items from clothes you always wear to coats because the first thing we do when we get somewhere is take off that coat. I put them in the same category as those man bags AKA not carried anywhere near as consistently as guys think. Those pockets still have value.

2- I am a big fan of using pockets in a coat for additional supplementary items. Useful things that don’t quite make the cut for your normal pockets to EDC.

3- Example yesterday I had a spare mag for my Glock in one pocket and my Ruger LCP in the other of my coat. Hard to beat the draw of a pistol you are already holding

Thoughts?

The 3 Best Livestock For New Homesteaders

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The 3 Best Livestock For New Homesteaders

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When it comes to choosing livestock for the homestead, everyone will have a different opinion about what type you should get started with. Here are three types of livestock best suited for the new homesteader or someone without much experience with raising animals.

1. Chickens

Hands down, chickens are the ultimate livestock for the homestead. These birds have a lot going for them.

  • Eggs: If you’ve never had farm-fresh eggs from happy hens, then you are going to be amazed at the color and texture compared to typical eggs from the grocery store.
  • Meat: You can raise your own meat breed of chicken or raise layers and cull the roosters for meat. Chickens are easy to process and don’t require the help of another person.
  • Pest control: Have a problem with insects? Chickens will take care of them. This is a great way to control bad bugs without resorting to pesticides.
  • Gardening: Tilling a garden is made easy with chickens. Just put up some electric netting around the area you need tilled and let them go to work. As a bonus, they will fertilize while they till. Chickens are also amazing at preparing land for a garden. They will quickly scratch out brush and grasses, leaving you with bare ground.
  • Composting: Using chickens for composting is a brilliant idea. The hens will quickly scratch up brown and green materials so you don’t have to worry about shredding. They will add in their own manure and leave you with rich compost — with hardly any effort on your part.
The 3 Best Livestock For New Homesteaders

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There really aren’t any disadvantages to keeping chickens. They are easy to care for, and many heritage breeds are quite independent and hardy. Chickens are very entertaining and you will find that they each have their own personalities.

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Chickens are allowed within some city limits (no roosters!) so they are a great way for the urban homesteaders to add some food to their table.

2. Rabbits

Similarly to chickens, rabbits are a great addition to the homestead. Some of their advantages include:

  • Meat: Rabbit meat is delicious! It is very lean and healthy as well as easily digestible. Aside from taste and nutrition, rabbits are super easy to butcher and process. You won’t need to worry about feathers like you would a chicken.
  • Pelts/fiber: You can get pelts for craft use from all rabbits and fiber from certain breeds. If you enjoy crafts or hobbies like knitting, raising rabbits is a great way to contribute. You may even be able to make a little money from selling extra pelts or fiber.
  • Fertilizer: Rabbit manure is an amazing fertilizer and can be used as-is — no composting or maturing necessary (although it’s recommended). Extra manure can be sold to gardeners to help with the cost of raising the rabbits.
  • Green recyclers: Rabbits will gladly eat up grass and other green materials that you don’t want. They’ll also consume scraps from your vegetable garden.

A possible downside of rabbits is that they are cute! Some people can easily get over the idea of rabbits only being pets, but there are individuals who can’t bring themselves to viewing Peter Cottontail that way.

All The Answers To Every Chicken Question And Quandary …

Rabbits are quiet and don’t require a lot of space. They are easy to manage, and a good breeding stock should reproduce without a problem. Rabbits are especially good choices for urban homesteaders who can’t keep/don’t want to chickens or just want variety in addition to their hens.

3. Goats

The 3 Best Livestock For New Homesteaders

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While goats can be challenging at times, their versatility and the sheer fun of keeping them easily makes them perfect newbie homesteader stock.

  • Dairy: Sure, dairy cows are the ultimate milk machines, but dairy goats are a much better choice for the average new homestead. Their smaller size makes them far more manageable and also decreases feed costs. You won’t need anywhere near as much land, either. A small family can’t drink as much milk as a Jersey cow can produce in a day, so going with a goat or two makes much more sense.
  • Meat: You can raise a meat goat or two every year for the freezer. Again, meat goats are often much easier for the new homesteader to raise than a beef cow. Also, if you keep dairy goats, you may as well breed her to a Boer or some type of meat cross so you can raise her kids for the freezer.
  • Fiber: Fiber breeds offer a third way of getting something back from your goats. There are only a couple breeds of fiber goats and it can be tricky to find a breeder, but it’s worth it if this interests you.
  • Brush Clearing: While sheep are mostly grazers, goats are browsers. Have a wooded lot or brushy area you want cleared? Add some goats! This is a great way of naturally clearing out an area without backbreaking labor on your part.

People sometimes struggle with goats because they lack good fencing. Goats are escape artists and very intelligent. If you have a weakness in your fence or a flimsy-latched gate, it’s safe to say they will find it. Don’t skimp on quality fencing and you will enjoy having a small herd of goats on your property.

Do you keep livestock? Please share your stories or tips for new homesteaders below!

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The Best Natural Antiseptics You Can Use In A Survival Scenario

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When finally SHTF and the whole world falls apart, surviving each day at a time will be the key issue, as I have stated so many times before. Apart from staying safe and getting the right resources as far and food and water goes, keeping healthy will be just as important. I’ve advised you time and time again on being vigilant and avoid accidents at all costs, as have I advised you on keeping the right supplies in your personal survival medical kit. But as far as medical supplies go, they’ll run out eventually. And vigilance just won’t be enough to stop accidents from happening entirely. When it comes down to it, you’ll need to improvise, and fast. No matter what type of accidents we’re talking about, be it a minor one (a bruise, a cut, bug bites etc.) or a more serious injury (burns, fractures etc.), a real important part of the treatment is avoiding infection. For such occasions you’ll need to have antiseptics in hand. They are substances (that come in liquid, powder or ointment form) and get applied locally to help prevent infection, sepsis (harmful bacteria and toxins) and even putrefaction. Medical kits usually have Betadine (aka. Povidone-iodine), which is one of the best medical products when it comes to fighting off infection. But if you don’t happen to have any, there is still plenty of substitutes you can you use. Let’s have a look at what they are.

1. Mouthwash

You might have run out of Betadine, but if you still have some mouthwash lying around, you should be set. If you have a mouthwash that is set on fighting plaque and gingivitis, it should be able to do the same with any sort of pathogens that tend to build up on an open wound. Most of the products in this category have substances like zinc chloride, cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine (available by prescription) etc., that are nothing else but antiseptic agents. If it’s set to fight off germs in your mouth, it should do the same for cuts, bruises and flesh wounds.

2. Lemon juice

For those of you that have a high tolerance to pain, you can use lemon juice, or even better, lime juice to disinfect and clean open wounds. But be advised that the stinging sensation will be intense. Not only will lemon juice kill off potentially harmful bacterial agents, but it will also stops the bleeding. The juice is effective against pathogens thanks to its acidic properties that act like an alcohol-based disinfectant: it kills of germs, it cleans the wound and it dries up the area all in one swoop. If you can stand the pain, it’ll be worth it. But be advised, excessive use can damage healthy cells as well.

3. Garlic

Garlic is known to be one of the most potent natural antiseptics across many cultures throughout the world. But in order for it to work, the wound needs to have stopped bleeding. Once the bleeding stops, clean the afflicted area with water and gently dry it off with a clean piece of cloth. The garlic can be crushed and applied directly or you can make a concoction by adding red wine. Let it sit for 3 – 4 hours and apply to the wound. However, garlic can be damaging to the skin, so don’t leave it more than 25 minutes at a time.

4. Potatoes

I bet not many of you knew that potatoes have a natural ability of healing open wounds. Well, they do. And it’s all based on their ability to attract and draw out all sorts of infections. The first thing you’ll need to do is to shred a potato or two and spread them over a thin, clean cloth. Add this to the wound and let it sit for 5 hours at a time. When changing your potato bandage with a fresh one, you’ll need to clean the wound with some salt-water. Potatoes will keep the inflammation to a minimum and will keep pathogens at bay.

5. Chamomile

Chamomile is an ancient cure for so many ailments, that its notoriety has lasted through the ages. The plant’s dried flowers contain high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids that make it one of the most curative plants to have been discovered. If chamomile-based ointments or medicine isn’t available, you can easy get some tea bags or simply find fresh flowers, dry them and make them into tea. Once the tea is done, get a clean cloth and soak it in. Drain the excess liquid and apply directly on the wound; if you have chamomile tea bags, even better, as they’ll contain plant parts which will speed up the healing process even more.

6. Cayenne pepper

The Cayenne pepper works amazingly as open-wound treatment. Not only does it have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, but it also stops the bleeding in a heartbeat, as it makes the blood clot way fast than normal. The bleeding of a superficial wound should cease in about 15 seconds after the pepper was added; if the wound is more severe, drink the concoction made up of 8oz water + 1oz cayenne pepper daily. This will help you cause.

7. Pine sap + needles

The pine sap is considered as one of the most easily procured natural antiseptics there are. If you happen to have some pinesin you vicinity, getting some sap will be child’s play. Look on the body of the tree for lumpy formations. They or sap pockets witch you can easily pop or stick with your knife. Once the sap is out, simply take it and spread it over the wound. If you wish to strengthen the effect of the sap, you can grab some pine needles to snack on. They are edible and also have mild antiseptic properties.

8. Cactus bandages

This is the best option for all you desert-dwellers out there. The prickly pear cactus (Oputia sp.) has flat round pads, which have excellent antiseptic and astringent properties. Grab a pad and either split it in half or peel it. Place it directly over the wound, but assure yourself you have removed those pesky needles first. You can let it sit, even secure it with a gauze. The cactus will speed up the healing process.

Whether you’ll need to resort to such improvisations or not, is hard to tell. But if it ever comes down to it, at least you won’t have to endure a slow and painful death caused by infection. Nature is lending us a hand every here and there, just keep your eyes open.

 

By Alec Deacon

 

 

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The Best Natural Antiseptics You Can Use In A Survival Scenario

When finally SHTF and the whole world falls apart, surviving each day at a time will be the key issue, as I have stated so many times before. Apart from staying safe and getting the right resources as far and food and water goes, keeping healthy will be just as important. I’ve advised you time and time again on being vigilant and avoid accidents at all costs, as have I advised you on keeping the right supplies in your personal survival medical kit. But as far as medical supplies go, they’ll run out eventually. And vigilance just won’t be enough to stop accidents from happening entirely. When it comes down to it, you’ll need to improvise, and fast. No matter what type of accidents we’re talking about, be it a minor one (a bruise, a cut, bug bites etc.) or a more serious injury (burns, fractures etc.), a real important part of the treatment is avoiding infection. For such occasions you’ll need to have antiseptics in hand. They are substances (that come in liquid, powder or ointment form) and get applied locally to help prevent infection, sepsis (harmful bacteria and toxins) and even putrefaction. Medical kits usually have Betadine (aka. Povidone-iodine), which is one of the best medical products when it comes to fighting off infection. But if you don’t happen to have any, there is still plenty of substitutes you can you use. Let’s have a look at what they are.

1. Mouthwash

You might have run out of Betadine, but if you still have some mouthwash lying around, you should be set. If you have a mouthwash that is set on fighting plaque and gingivitis, it should be able to do the same with any sort of pathogens that tend to build up on an open wound. Most of the products in this category have substances like zinc chloride, cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine (available by prescription) etc., that are nothing else but antiseptic agents. If it’s set to fight off germs in your mouth, it should do the same for cuts, bruises and flesh wounds.

2. Lemon juice

For those of you that have a high tolerance to pain, you can use lemon juice, or even better, lime juice to disinfect and clean open wounds. But be advised that the stinging sensation will be intense. Not only will lemon juice kill off potentially harmful bacterial agents, but it will also stops the bleeding. The juice is effective against pathogens thanks to its acidic properties that act like an alcohol-based disinfectant: it kills of germs, it cleans the wound and it dries up the area all in one swoop. If you can stand the pain, it’ll be worth it. But be advised, excessive use can damage healthy cells as well.

3. Garlic

Garlic is known to be one of the most potent natural antiseptics across many cultures throughout the world. But in order for it to work, the wound needs to have stopped bleeding. Once the bleeding stops, clean the afflicted area with water and gently dry it off with a clean piece of cloth. The garlic can be crushed and applied directly or you can make a concoction by adding red wine. Let it sit for 3 – 4 hours and apply to the wound. However, garlic can be damaging to the skin, so don’t leave it more than 25 minutes at a time.

4. Potatoes

I bet not many of you knew that potatoes have a natural ability of healing open wounds. Well, they do. And it’s all based on their ability to attract and draw out all sorts of infections. The first thing you’ll need to do is to shred a potato or two and spread them over a thin, clean cloth. Add this to the wound and let it sit for 5 hours at a time. When changing your potato bandage with a fresh one, you’ll need to clean the wound with some salt-water. Potatoes will keep the inflammation to a minimum and will keep pathogens at bay.

5. Chamomile

Chamomile is an ancient cure for so many ailments, that its notoriety has lasted through the ages. The plant’s dried flowers contain high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids that make it one of the most curative plants to have been discovered. If chamomile-based ointments or medicine isn’t available, you can easy get some tea bags or simply find fresh flowers, dry them and make them into tea. Once the tea is done, get a clean cloth and soak it in. Drain the excess liquid and apply directly on the wound; if you have chamomile tea bags, even better, as they’ll contain plant parts which will speed up the healing process even more.

6. Cayenne pepper

The Cayenne pepper works amazingly as open-wound treatment. Not only does it have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, but it also stops the bleeding in a heartbeat, as it makes the blood clot way fast than normal. The bleeding of a superficial wound should cease in about 15 seconds after the pepper was added; if the wound is more severe, drink the concoction made up of 8oz water + 1oz cayenne pepper daily. This will help you cause.

7. Pine sap + needles

The pine sap is considered as one of the most easily procured natural antiseptics there are. If you happen to have some pinesin you vicinity, getting some sap will be child’s play. Look on the body of the tree for lumpy formations. They or sap pockets witch you can easily pop or stick with your knife. Once the sap is out, simply take it and spread it over the wound. If you wish to strengthen the effect of the sap, you can grab some pine needles to snack on. They are edible and also have mild antiseptic properties.

8. Cactus bandages

This is the best option for all you desert-dwellers out there. The prickly pear cactus (Oputia sp.) has flat round pads, which have excellent antiseptic and astringent properties. Grab a pad and either split it in half or peel it. Place it directly over the wound, but assure yourself you have removed those pesky needles first. You can let it sit, even secure it with a gauze. The cactus will speed up the healing process.

Whether you’ll need to resort to such improvisations or not, is hard to tell. But if it ever comes down to it, at least you won’t have to endure a slow and painful death caused by infection. Nature is lending us a hand every here and there, just keep your eyes open.

 

By Alec Deacon

 

 

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How many calories do you actually need to Survive?

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It’s no big secret that food is a crucial part of any preparedness plan. As far as stocking up supplies goes, right after water the thing that should concern you the most is food.
The first piece of advice you usually get is store what you eat, eat what you store, and it really isn’t a bad advice to follow. Granted, if Burger King is what you eat most of the time then you might want to reconsider what constitutes your diet. Still, take a look at what you eat in your household, especially shelf-stable food such as canned and dry goods. Buying extra and building up a few weeks worth is a good start. Eventually you want to build up a supply not just for a few weeks but a few months. So you check rice, beans, pasta, see the cheap price, see the calories and nutritional value and yes, I indeed do recommend stocking up on these three. But the question is: How much do you need? Here’s where I’d like to take a moment and discuss a bit your actual caloric needs.
The FDA (and everyone else it seems) works with a Daily Reference Value of 2000 calories a day. Of course each person is different and has a different ideal daily caloric intake but 2000 is what keeps the average adult healthy and fit. Now, preppers and survivalists tend to let their fantasy run wild and this is no different. Doomsday folk says that… after SHTF, the brave survivor will spend his days fighting raiders, working the land growing crops, wrestling with bears and building log cabins… all day long. They’ll say 2000 calories is what skinny city folk need, not a hardy homesteader. There’s several problems with this misconception. First, its simply not true. Most people that think this way could use to drop some calories themselves. Granted, an elite athlete needs 4000 to 5000 calories, but do you earn a living as a professional athlete? If the answer is no then don’t assume that will change any time soon. Second, not knowing how many calories you really need means you miscalculate how long your supply will last and how much you should spend to put aside the desired amount. If this is also applied to how much you actually end up eating then you’ll start gaining more weight at a time when you want to be as fit as possible.
Even though 2000 calories is the commonly used standard, most people can get by with considerably less. A 1500 calorie diet is considered a safe way of losing weight and staying lean. More extreme diets go for 1200 or less. Keep in mind people are all different. A small frame +50 year old woman may gain weight with 1500 calories, even when staying active.
If a 2000 calorie diet keeps you alive and healthy that doesn’t mean you can’t get by with less. If you reduce it to 1800 for example, you wont starve to death, you’ll just lose weight and stay thinner, and this may not be a bad thing to do. CRON diet (Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition) followers go for 20-30% less calories. A calorie restricted diet with optimal nutrition actually keeps you healthier and even slows down aging, extending life. Bodies are different, so are lifestyles and caloric demands, but having said that we are all more alike than we like to admit. If 2000 calories per adult is an accepted average standard, the truth is that most people can go for years with less. If for example you store 2000 calories per person and all of a sudden you need to extend that, there’s a good chance that you can consume 1500 calories per day and extend your supply 25% without starving to death.
Take all of this into account when planning how many calories you really need to stock up and how you plan on using them.
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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Two Good Ones From George Patton

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Here are two well done posts with some very valid points. The first one has a line I want to point out, “One of the biggest problems that most folks have with police misconduct isn’t the misconduct itself. It’s the fact that the police won’t police themselves.  Misconduct get’s ignored at best, and covered up at worst.  Some of us in the III movement fall into the same trap.  We defend the actions of folks that claim to be IIIs even in the face of clear misdeeds.”. Think about that for a minute. Some of the biggest police trash talkers have been on his site (including him, but he gets a pass, he is after all an ExCon, and is expected to talk shit) defending him and his actions, acting just like the LEO apologists they badmouth all the time.

Good LEO’s should speak up and against what bad LEO’s do, and the “thin blue line” BS is no more of an excuse than the “I was just following orders” mantra from Nuremburg. In the same light, good “Patriots/III” should speak up and against people who are obviously trying to hijack the “Patriot/III” scene for their own betterment. Stating that “We need to go along to get along”, or “I don’t want to speak out against a fellow “Patriot/III”, just because he is a “Patriot/III” is no different than the cowardly LEO analogy. It is the same mindset that the apologists use, and is as hypocritical as it gets. Police yourselves “Patriots/III”, before those bad guys in our midst destroy our possibilities.

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Time to Move On

Five months ago, I started this blog in response to some serious allegations of misdeeds on the part of Sam Kerodin. Being part of the III movement for some time, I was familiar with many of the bigger players in the movement.

This blog was never about Kerodin versus Mike Vanderboegh versus the myriad of influential players in the III movement. Not supporting one or the other didn’t make you an automatic fan of the other folks.

Over the years though I got skeptical over some of the actions of the Kerodins. It seemed that they weren’t focused so much on the goals of the III movement and liberty, but instead became focused on self interest – power and money.

Last year I started hearing from folks that I consider to be very solid IIIs. Many of them were planning on leaving the III movement.  I started hearing about folks being run off by the Kerodins.  Folks whose business efforts were being attacked by Kerodin and his supporters.  Folks who just wanted nothing to do with the IIIs and liberty any more.

I decided to investigate. What I found disgusted me.  You’ve read the results of my investigation on this blog.  I thought that what the Kerodins did to JC Dodge was the lowest thing that I had seen in a while.  Leave it to the Kerodins to double down on being lowlifes, though.  I found out about the “legal” action that they had started against Kenny Lane.  Three legal actions initiated.  First was a temporary restraining order against him and it was thrown out before it got to court.  Second was the court trial to take his guns away.  Third was the civil case that the Kerodins decided to not show up in court for.

There has been a lot of evilness being thrown around regarding these cases. It was interesting to watch the evolution of the supporters of the Kerodins as the truth came to light.  The comments went from nasty attacks to many folks seeing the light as the evidence mounted.  The Kerodins took advantage of the time between the second law suit and the last law suit to attack Kenny, knowing that he wouldn’t comment until the final suit was heard.  They even asked for a continuance to keep Kenny from commenting until April!  Hopefully, the last few Kerodin supporters have finally seen the light and have washed their hands of them.

So, where do we go from here?

Folks, the cause was and remains liberty.  Sammy tried to make it about him.  Some fell for his glib tongue.  It’s easy to understand.  Folks are always on the lookout for the easy solution vice the hard work.

We need to remember that the III movement is you. It’s not Sam, it’s not Mike, it’s not Pete, it’s not anyone else but you.  Watching the downfall of the Kerodins doesn’t automatically make you a supporter of someone else.  A fail for the Kerodins is not a victory for anyone else.  Let’s not be liberals here!  It’s the Kerodin’s downfall.  Period.

One of the biggest problems that most folks have with police misconduct isn’t the misconduct itself. It’s the fact that the police won’t police themselves.  Misconduct get’s ignored at best, and covered up at worst.  Some of us in the III movement fall into the same trap.  We defend the actions of folks that claim to be IIIs even in the face of clear misdeeds.

I am very proud of the folks that stood up to the Kerodins and weren’t afraid to question their misdeeds. Some of them took harder hits than others, such as JC and Kenny.  Some of them took professional and personal hits that most of us will never know completely.

It is a sign of a healthy group like ours that we can police ourselves.

So, what is the future of the Kerodins? I think they are done with the III movement.  They have been tried and found wanting.  They own a lot of assets that we in the III movement paid for.  They own the land for the Citadel (sorry for the “investors” but the Kerodins own the land).  They own whatever III Arms stuff still exists (sorry founders, but legally it’s theirs).  They own the TOC and everything that was donated to fill it (night vision goggles, comms gear, etc.).  They own their dojo.

Much of this isn’t very liquid, so getting cash out of it might be a challenge in the near term.

I see one of two things happening.

The first one is that they sell everything, change their names again and move on. I’m guessing that they have been selling things for a few months now and getting everything ready to move.

The second is that they try and save something out of this. Sammy will claim to have to go “dark” to take care of some “serious III business”.  He passes control of the society and some of the other things that don’t make money to some gullible III.  And then we never hear from them again until the next con with a new name.

Either way, I won’t miss them.  It’s time to move on and double down on our preps.

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Is Honest Debate Not Part of Rightful Liberty?

The Oregon occupation has been a very good learning experience for the III movement, but for very different reasons than many think about.

The biggest lesson learned to date is that we in the III movement do not have a single, unifying objective. While some will say it is “restoring rightful liberty” and similar sayings, this is so vague that it’s meaningless.

We in the movement have yet to determine what the desired end state is. In other words, in a perfect world, after we win, what do we want America to look like?

In Oregon, we have groups occupying the Federal building, with a variety of different goals. Some seem to be  deeply “old-school” ranchers who don’t like the federal government making it harder to use land that the ranchers don’t own.  Another group seems to clearly want to “pick a fight” and perhaps  incite another Waco.  Others seem to be in it for the purpose  of rebelling against anything the Federal Government does.  There may be other reasons.

It doesn’t seem that these differences were sorted out before they came together and we’re seeing the results. The stated objectives to the media were very unclear in the beginning and seem to be evolving as time goes on.

The problem with the III movement not having a central goal is that anyone can take an action, claim it’s a liberty event, and expect all the other IIIs and liberty-minded folks to support them. And they don’t just expect moral support.  They expect physical support such as boots on the ground, logistical support, and written support in the forms of blogs, letters, etc.

The support of the Oregon occupation has been mixed. Some in our movement have supported them logistically.  Some have actually traveled out there to be with them.  Yet others have written blog entries supporting the effort.  Others have chosen not to support them for a myriad of reasons.  Still others have taken to the blog and other media and questioned both the occupation and the occupiers.

In the absence of a overall III goal, such responses are to be expected. We all claim to be liberty-minded, so the inference is that we can and do think.  It’s part of makes us so different from the masses.

The reaction to those who question the occupation and the occupiers was not expected. Those who weren’t in support of the occupation have been called cowards, pussies, traitors and even enemies of liberty.  And these were the nice words.

It seems to me that if you were upset that there wasn’t an outpouring of support for the occupation, convincing others to support the cause would stand a better chance if you resisted denigrating the opposition and spent more time convincing people of the virtues of the effort.

If we are going to convince others of the values of the liberty movement, we need to spend more time explaining ourselves, and less time telling folks that if they don’t see the virtues of the occupation, the problem is with them.

I want a country where you can believe what you want as long as you don’t really hurt someone else. The enemy spends a lot of time and energy convincing folks that there must be blind support of the “approved” causes.  How does it serve our cause when some in the blog world tear apart, denigrate and call names to those who might not be completely convinced?

My blog entries have been clear in sharing my thoughts and beliefs. It’s never my intent to make fun of or denigrate folks that don’t agree with me.

My vision of liberty includes the concepts of open and honest debate. If you can convince me, then you’ve gained a convert.  If I can convince you, then I’ve gained a reader.  If we can’t convince each other, then we can agree to disagree.

We in the III/liberty movement need to have open discussions about what our overall objective is. We need to learn to differentiate tactical objectives from strategic objectives.  For example, we might agree that the BLM shouldn’t own so much land.  That’s tactical.  The strategic objective is federal government overreach in virtually every aspect of our lives.

We need to be honest with ourselves and recognize that liberty includes defending ideas that you hate. We see it all the time where many in the III/liberty movement will say on one hand that they despise the large federal government, but then defend some of the pieces of a large federal government that they like.

We must embrace the discussions and the debate. We’ll be better and stronger for it.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Free Land For Preppers?

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The government is giving away free land and farming equipment. Sort of. If you are eagerly awaiting the day that you can buy your dream land and build a prepper retreat or start homesteading, there are ways to accomplish the self-reliance goal without getting a loan.

Even in our modern technology-addicted era, the powers that be do appear to still respect the importance of farming and homesteading in America. Nearly half of the farmers in the United States are age 55 or over. Family farms have been disappearing at an alarming rate for at least the past five years. Who will soon be left to grow our food? How stable is the food supply? Both are excellent and disturbing questions.

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Preppers and homesteaders are keenly focused on self-reliance and growing/raising their own food. Having the available funds to purchase land or to improve existing land is a problem encountered by many rural preppers and non-preppers alike. Grants to buy farmland, improve the land, develop an agricultural business, build structures, and purchase livestock are readily available, if you know where to look.

The politicians may not have envisioned that 5 million or more preppers in America would seek to take advantage of the free land and farming equipment programs in an effort to ensure their survival during a SHTF situation. However, there is nothing in regulations that prohibits prepping families from taking advantage of the bountiful offers.

Each government grant or low-interest and low-money-down loan carries specific requirements. The USDA website defines “agricultural business” very loosely. Showing a profit is not necessarily required. Preppers could enhance their own food growing and harvesting efforts through the grant and loan programs by jumping through relatively few hoops.

Establishing an official business name and acquiring limited liability company status (an investment of about $200) could open the door to previously unimaginable grant and loan opportunities that allow you to make some extra cash. Think a roadside stand or monthly farmers markets. Yep, just nailing together some 2x4s and making a roadside stand takes you from hobby farmer to professional farmer in the eyes of the federal government.

Some of the grant may require that you work or volunteer on a farm, ranch, or in some type of agricultural setting for a short period of time before applying for funding. Some of the loan programs have a job creation component attached, making them a great way to utilize extended family and mutual assistance group members in the project. Preppers are by and large a patient lot, who do not shy away from the planning and training required to accomplish a task. Do not let any feasible requirements for grant and loan approval deter you from applying for funds to help establish or enhance your homestead. Remember, he (or she) who controls the food controls the world. Take the cultivation of the food you consume into your own hands now, before it’s too late.

Agriculture Grants

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program – This USDA farming grant is geared to help a new generation of farmers purchase land and equipment to foster the agriculture business in the United States. Applicants must be involved in a co-op or a college extension group in order to apply for the funding.

Start2Farm – is a series of grant programs also designed to help folks new to farming. The USDA distributes the funds for the Beginning Farming and Ranching Development Program grant. Individuals with less than 10 years of farming experience qualify for grant consideration.

Organic Farming Research Foundation Grants – Americans eager to grow organic produce are eligible to apply for the grant funding.

Western SARE Farmer/Rancher Grants – These $20,000 grants can be awarded to farmers seeking to improve the environmental impact of their agricultural efforts and to individuals who want to experiment with ways to improve farming operations in general.

Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board Service Provider – Grants up to $550,000 are available to provide funds to persons in Vermont seeking to boost local agricultural production. The money can be used to enhance existing farm structures or to improve or purchase new equipment for development.

USDA Rural Development – Through a partnership with rural communities across the United States, the program offers money to fund projects that increase rural business development and create cooperatives to offer quality jobs in rural areas.

Agricultural Reinvestment Fund – Landowners in North Carolina can apply for $8,000 grants for agricultural investment.

RCPP Rice Stewardship Partnership Project – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service grants are awarded to Louisiana farmers willing to produce rice who focus on conserving water and waterfowl habitats while doing so.

New York State New Farmer’s Grant – Beginning farmers who have a plot smaller than 150 acres in New York are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Novice farmers must have less than a decade of farming experience and earn at least $10,000 a year selling their harvest.

Missouri Beef Grants – Ranchers can apply for $20,000 grants for use in modernizing and increasing their agricultural business.

Minnesota Livestock Investment Grant – Ranchers who can invest a minimum of $4,000 when improving existing structures or buying new equipment are eligible for a 10 percent reimbursement through this program.

Farmers Market Promotion – The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) was created to offer an affordable avenue that would lead to an increase in “domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets.” Funds can be used to provide training, to expand or improve farms, to create a roadside farm stand, to start agri-tourism activities, or a host of other related farm-to-table opportunities in the community.

Farming Low Interest Loans

Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers – The USDA sets aside a portion of taxpayer-provided funding to offer low-interest loans to women and minority farmers. The program, known as the Socially Disadvantaged Applicants (SDA) allows applicants who are women, African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanics, Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Even if the land you live on is owned by both a husband and wife, the for-profit farm to be established on the property could be created in just the wife’s name. The USDA website does not state whether or not a farm jointly owned by a woman and her husband is a disqualifying factor.

USDA Farm Service Agency Operating Loan Program – The USDA microloan program features a fairly simple application process and offers loans up to $35,000 to help cover farming startup expenses, livestock purchases, seed, farm vehicles, fertilizer, livestock, seasonal equipment and a host of other related agricultural business needs. The farm business requirements can be met by selling the harvest and livestock at a farmers market, local auction, or via a community-supported agriculture event.

Center for Rural Affairs – The agriculture group offers low-interest loans to farmers of all ages and experience levels in Nebraska.

Fukushima Crisis Continues: What All Preppers Should Know

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Fukushima Crisis Continues: What All Preppers Should Know

Fukushima Crisis Continues: What All Preppers Should Know

When it comes to chaotic nightmare scenario, earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear accidents easily rank at the top of just about anyone’s list. On the other hand, there is also a pervasive sense among preppers that these scenarios are not likely to happen in their area, let alone strike all at one time.

Sadly, in Fukushima, Japan, all three events did happen at one time, and the long term impacts still need to be considered by everyone interested in prepping. 

What Is the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis About?

On March 11, 2011, a major earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima, Japan, then a very powerful tsunami occurred. The water struck a nuclear power plant and caused major failures in the cooling system for several of the reactors. Within 24 hours, enormous amounts of radioactive material were being released into the land, ocean, and air, and it remained impossible to stop the radiation from leaking out. Today, radiation still pours out as there are three reactor cores that melted down, and very little can be done to stop this process.

At least 610 workers and nearby residents died due to radiation exposure, and thousands more are expected to develop cancers related to exposure to radiation. The toll is greatest on children, of whom over 1/3 already show signs of abnormal growth in the thyroid glands that indicate an increased risk for cancer.

To put it simply, yes, the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis is still ongoing, and presents a danger to everyone in its path. It is estimated that at least 520 tons of radioactive water found its way into the Pacific Ocean, and at least 50 grams of plutonium were released directly into the air, plus an undisclosed amount of other radioactive materials. (50 grams of plutonium can produce an explosion that would normally take 750 pounds, or 340 kilograms of TNT.)

The radioactive half-life of materials used to power nuclear reactors spans thousands to hundreds of thousands of years. When these particles find their way into the water, air, and soil, they will remain radioactive and continue to pose a serious danger to almost all life forms.

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How Is Fukushima Crisis Impacting the US?

As of December 2015, radiation from Fukushima has reached the western shores of the US and Canada. It is estimated that some isotopes have jumped as much as 50% in concentration, however government agencies still claim that radiation levels are not high enough to promote the idea that people should stop swimming, boating, and eating from the coastal waters.

This mirrors Japan’s claim that their coastal waters in the area are safe despite the fact that radiation levels are 10 to 100 times higher than what is currently being seen along the west coast of the United States and Canada.

Why Should I Be Concerned?

As a prepper, dealing with a nuclear crisis is something that is sure to have crossed your mind. Here’s why you need to be concerned right now about Fukushima and its potential deadly impact on your life:

  • Increasing levels of radiation from Fukushima are readily detectable now along the western coast of the United States. The progression of the radiation has progressed inland and now shows up in water and soil located further away from the ocean.

  • If you buy food or water from areas currently contaminated by radioactive materials from Fukushima, there is no way for you to know if these consumable goods are even safe. This includes wines, cigarettes, and just about anything else that you think is safe to consume just because it is “made in the United States”.

  • Unlike Chernobyl and nuclear bomb explosions, the radiation leaking from Fukushima has not stopped.

Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible for consumers to determine if elevated radiation levels are coming from Fukushima, a nearby power plant, or some other source of radioactive material.

Being able to tell if you are being exposed to this kind of radiation is still one of the most important things you can do to safeguard your health and that of your family members and loved ones. Here are three things you can do to find out if you are being exposed to nuclear radiation:

  • Keep an eye out for data released by Fukushima watch groups and nuclear plants in your area, including controversial ones.

  • Keep Kearny (KFM) fallout meters in several locations at home and in the office. These devices are easy to make and can help you correlate information found in other reports.

  • Always be aware of what area of the world that food is grown and processed in. Never forget that dust and contaminated water easily find their way into plants and animals, and then into your body.

Obesity is an indicator of thyroid problems, but most doctors do not make thyroid function tests a routine part of medical exams, let alone look for this as a cause of increasing body weight. On the other hand, thyroid cancers are some of the most common types that people get when exposed to nuclear radiation. Leukemia and blood cancers are also very common in people exposed to nuclear radiation.

To protect your body from ionizing radiation regardless of the source, increase Vitamin C intake, as it works as a natural shield. If you have been exposed to radiation, make use of herbal remedies (marigold tea, turmeric, black pepper, and olive oil) that either inhibit tumor growth or stop it altogether. There are many other teas and other solutions that will increase pH (to a more alkaline level) so that it is harder for cancer cells to grow.

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What About Long Term Consequences?

Loss of Areas to Grow Food

Once the land is contaminated by nuclear waste such as the materials away from the Fukushima power plant, it can no longer be trusted to sustain plants that will be consumed for food.

Here are some reasons why rising levels of radiation from Fukushima being detected in the soil represent such a problem to everyone that looks to this area for food:

  • Any plants that are able to grow in areas contaminated with nuclear waste show severe genetic deformities: clover with 5 or more leaves, other plants with odd shaped flowers, stunted growth, giant or excessive growth, stalk tumors (yes plants do develop tumorous growths or knots!), increased susceptibility to infection, and many other problems.

  • Some plants and mushrooms are known to pull toxic radioactive waste from the soil and incorporate it into their leaves, roots, stems, and flowers. Aside from Tobacco and its notorious tendency to pull Polonium from the soil, some species of mushrooms and conifers also pull radioactive materials from the soil. Still there are no lists of edible plants that pull more radioactive material than others.

  • Failing crops, droughts, floods, and other severe weather patterns all contribute to soil erosion.  As soil is picked up by the wind, or other forces of nature, it will take the radioactive material and spread them all over the place. As a result, even places further inland may wind up with trace to larger amounts of radioactive material entering the environment without anyone realizing it is present.

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Loss of Safe Water Resources

Similar to the loss of land, it is highly unlikely that radiation from the Fukushima Crisis will be able to cause other non-radioactive particles to suddenly become radioactive. Dust and other radioactive materials in the water pose some serious problems. This includes:

  • Even though heavy metals can be removed from water by distilling it, there are very few ways to remove tritium (a radioactive form of hydrogen), from potable water supplies. Tritium is commonly released by nuclear reactors including those that were damaged in Fukushima Japan. To this day, Japan is still trying to figure out what to do with Tritium waste left behind. Other than releasing it into the ocean, they are also considering simply letting the water evaporate, or try burying it.

  • Since it tends to be very hard to detect tritium in water supplies, there are very few, if any ways for governing bodies to determine just how much of this type of nuclear waste is washing up on the shores or falling along the coast of the United States and in heavily populated areas.

  • If you watch the news forecast, then it’s easy to see that water from one end of the country, or even the world, can move all over the place in a very short period of time. As a result, it is very possible that people on the East Coast of the United States may be dealing with the consequences of the Fukushima crisis well before they expected to. In terms of setting up a safe homestead, there is no such thing as a water supply that will remain uncontaminated because of the way water cycles so easily from air to ground and underground areas.

  • Many people that think of the oceans as endless bodies of salt water fail to realize that enormous amounts of water evaporate from them on a daily basis. Without this evaporation, supplies of potable water on land would never be replenished. When the oceans are polluted by radioactive materials, the water throughout the world will also get contaminated.

Loss of Safe Hunting and Fishing Areas

Today, there are many preppers that feel the best thing to do is return to living off the land instead of hoping that FEMA and social programs will help them out in a time of need.

If you thought the impact of Fukushima on human reproduction was bad, then you haven’t really given much thought to the impact on animals that you might rely on for food. In fact, if you do some research on mutations found around Chernobyl, you see why it will be impossible to hunt or fish where radioactive materials from Fukushima show up.

Large die offs of animals and plants also tend to occur when radiation levels rise. In this case, the path of the ocean currents between Japan and the United States may well be corridors of death for millions of fish that will no longer be available for humans to consume. No matter whether there is a social collapse or not, a reduction in food from the ocean will lead to higher food prices, which in turn, will trigger other disasters.

Loss of Safe Air to Breathe

If you have done any degree of prepping, then you may already realize that respirators, gas masks, and closed oxygen systems simply cannot take the place of breathing regular air. The lungs are also some of the most sensitive organs in the body when it comes to being damaged by radiation.

As air based nuclear contamination from Fukushima travels along, it will drop into the Pacific Ocean long before it reaches the United States. That, however, doesn’t guarantee the safety of air in the United States.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Water always evaporates, and as it does so, it will carry small particles of radioactive material along with it. In this case, tritium will be carried along because it is the lightest of all radioactive materials.

  • As water seeps into the land, particles of radioactive debris will be left behind. As this soil dries out and turns to dust, it will blow along with the wind, which means that radioactive materials are right back in the air.

Cycles of nature aside, there are already statements coming out of Japan to the effect that they don’t know how to alleviate problems caused by Fukushima, let alone what kinds of problems will occur. If they can’t figure out how to even stop the radiation from leaking out of the reactors, why trust any governing body that seeks to assure us that air contaminated by this disaster is safe to breathe? The fact of the matter is no one really knows what the total impact on air quality from this radiation as it spreads across the world.

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Impacts on the Economy

In a sense, running a country is not so difference from running a business. When you own a business, those who buy from you must have confidence that the products you sell are safe to use. There is no question that farmers in the United States and other nations rely on the good reputation of their land and water when it comes to exporting foods.

At a more local level, there are no estimates revolving around how many businesses will be driven under because high radiation levels mean that some operations can no longer be carried out in certain areas. This includes everything from farming to making wine, water, and many other products. As people get sick, an untold amount of pure human creativity and excellence will also be lost or left undeveloped as people struggle just to stay alive.

Anyone thinking about the economic impact of Fukushima should also think seriously about how much it costs to treat cancer. Since government bodies consistently under-estimate dangers from ISIS, it should come as no surprise that they may also be seriously underestimating just how many people right here in the United States are likely to develop cancer because of the Fukushima crisis.

In addition, regardless of the treatments used for cancer, they are all extremely expensive and there is no way for people with or without health insurance to be able to pay for it.

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What Should We Do?

While everyone was focused on trying to avoid a nuclear war, a nuclear holocaust is already underway because of the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. Never forget that governments conspired to unleash a technology that they did have full control of, and is now presenting a very serious threat to millions of people right here in the United States.

Now is the time to demand answers and action on a problem that is much worse than anything that could come of conventional guns or even other forms of energy generation.

Take the time now to demand answers and the truth form leaders that continue to use “red flag” generated scenarios to hide what is going on in Fukushima. Our nation still has billions of dollars’ worth of tax dollars that can be used to help with research and resolving this crisis instead of wasting it on nonsense like gun control and other useless ego game agendas.

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Is A Power Grid Attack Imminent?

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Late last year a cyberattack took down a large segment of the Ukrainian power grid, marking the first time that hackers anywhere in the world accomplished such a feat. Days later, in early January, North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, an action that could put it one step closer to launching an EMP.

Is a cyberattack or EMP attack on the American power grid next? That’s the subject of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to grid expert Peter Pry, the author of the new book Blackout Wars and the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security.

Pry, who also served on the EMP Commission and the House Armed Services Committee, says a cyberattack or EMP attack could take down the grid for weeks or months. He also tells us:

  • Why he believes North Korea may be telling the truth – and why American intelligence may be wrong.
  • How a hydrogen bomb would make an EMP even more dangerous – and how North Korea already has the capability to deliver it.
  • Why the attack on the Ukrainian grid should worry Americans, and how hackers half the world away could take down the U.S. grid, with no notice.
  • What we can do to prepare for an attack on the grid.

If the grid were down for one year, Pry says, upwards of 90 percent of the population would die from starvation, lack of medical supplies and unrest.

Pry also shares his thoughts on the White House’s Space Weather Action Plan, and he tells us how we can pressure Congress to protect the grid. If you’re concerned about America’s future and the power grid, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

Mora, Your Best Choice For a Reasonably Price Knife

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MoraI like knives and have way too many of them including some very high quality ones.  Now with all these knives you would probably be surprised at what gets used the most.  My Mora Companion, which cost me just a bit over $15 on Amazon.  This is a great little knife.

Now Mora is a town in Sweden that is famous for making knives.  Originally there were two major knife manufacturers in Mora: Frosts of Mora and KJ Eriksson.   Several years ago these two companies merged into a company called Mora of Sweden or more commonly Morakniv.

Occasionally you will still see knives under the Frosts or Eriksson names for sale.  It doesn’t matter what name is stamped on the knife.  The quality has been good for decades.

Mora knives are available in several styles and with both carbon steel and stainless steel blades.  The one I carry has the carbon steel blade.  It is easier to sharpen than the stainless and holds a better edge.  The downside to the carbon steel blade is that it will rust if not taken care off.  Mora knives come with a Scandinavian grind is very easy to sharpen and holds an edge extremely well.

The Mora Companion comes in both a normal and heavy-duty model.  While at a first glance they look alike the heavy-duty blade is thicker and will hold up better if used for batoning.

The sheath is ok, not my favorite but accomplishes its primary job of holding the knife securely in place.  The knife snaps into the sheath with a little click, and I would actually be comfortable carrying it upside down.  However, when carrying it on your belt, be careful when you sit down.  The tip can hit the chair first and cause your knife to slip of your belt.

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The three quarters tang.

The one downside to the Mora Knife is that they only have three quarter tang so you cannot use the pommel as a hammer to drive stakes into the ground.

Over all these are great knives and at the inexpensive price you can afford to buy several.  Instead of one $150 knife you can buy 10 of these and they hold up well.

Howard

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Fun with Fiberglass

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Lightweight molded-fiberglass RVs are designed for long-term durability and improved mpg — and they look cool, too

RVs are constructed in a number of different ways, but many follow the same basic blueprint: Start with a steel or aluminum frame, build up the walls with wood and/or aluminum, more framing and composite materials, cover the structure with a roof and wrap the entire unit with either aluminum panels or gelcoat fiberglass. While conventional construction methods work well, another successful strategy has been in place for years and continues to flourish: molded fiberglass.

RVs built from molded fiberglass are sleek and shiny, and share their origins with the marine industry (think boat hull). In a molded-fiberglass trailer, fifth-wheel or truck camper, the rigid fiberglass body actually serves as the main framing element, as well as the interior and exterior skin. The body of the RV is essentially two pieces that clamshell together, resulting in a durable, corrosion-resistant body that is quite strong and can have several advantages over traditionally built RVs.

Casita Spirit Deluxe

Casita Spirit Deluxe

“The two-piece fiberglass shell has one main seam around the center belt line,” explains Grant Bilodeau, president of Bigfoot RV. “Traditional trailers are made of many separate side, floor and roof panels, and are then screwed together with many moldings and seals. As RVs are meant to travel down the road, a traditional trailer will flex over time, and all the extra seams and joints become higher maintenance and risk points for leaking. With a fiberglass trailer, there is only one seam to worry about.”

“Fiberglass molded trailers are sprayed into a mold with gelcoat and fiberglass,” Bilodeau adds. “The glass content is like the rebar in concrete — it gives you all your strength, as the resin binds it all together.”

Fiberglass construction can also lead to some positive results when it comes to fuel mileage, handling and durability. “Our fiberglass campers are 25 percent lighter than conventionally built truck campers,” says Keith Donkin, general manager at Northern Lite Manufacturing. “They are very aerodynamically designed for improved fuel efficiency, and they feature a very low center of gravity, which eliminates the sway of a conventionally built camper.”

Improved towing characteristics and longevity do come with a trade-off. Molded-fiberglass RVs can be a bit more costly than their conventionally built counterparts. But manufacturers of fiberglass RVs claim the difference in price can easily be amortized over the lifetime of the RV.

Dub-Box USA

Dub-Box USA

“Generally, people like our trailers because they are easy to tow, easy to set up, and they last forever,” reports Kent Eveland, president of Scamp Trailers. “Most of the trailers we built in the 1970s are still in use.”

Robert P. Partee, general sales manager of Oliver Travel Trailers, agrees. “Most fiberglass trailers hold their value over the years much better than the standard-build types,” he says. “Constructing travel trailers with fiberglass has been flying under the radar for years.”

Often eclectic, sometimes retro-chic and always eye-catching, molded-fiberglass RVs are frequently the focus of online communities and club rallies. “We find our trailers appeal to all ages in part because of the nostalgia factor, as well as the simplicity and weight,” says Heather Gardella, president of Dub Box USA.

Check out the following collection of some of the more interesting fiberglass RVs on the market today.

 

Bigfoot

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Bigfoot Industries manufactures a variety of travel trailers and truck campers, all featuring clamshell molded-fiberglass construction.

Bigfoot actually overlaps the top shell onto the bottom and uses a special sealant to further guard against water penetration. The 2500 series travel trailers include R-8 insulation, which, when combined with the fiberglass base (less conductive than aluminum or steel), creates a more livable four-season RV, according to Bilodeau. Seven floorplans ranging from 17 to 25 feet are available. The 25B25FB boasts a full rear bath, sleeping space for up to six and standards that include a porcelain toilet, aluminum wheels, heated and enclosed tanks, and a living-area skylight. The option to enclose the A-frame and add cargo space is not only practical but looks great as well. Other options include a solar-power system, 11,000-Btu roof air conditioner, exterior speakers and an electric A-frame jack.

250-546-2155
www.bigfootrv.com

Casita

 

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CasitaSpecs

For 33 years, Casita has been building lightweight fiberglass trailers. The 17-foot Casita Spirit Deluxe offers comfortable sleeping arrangements for three, with a bit more space for guests, provided they are of the smaller variety. Both sleeping areas convert to dinettes by day, meaning the trailer can easily accommodate more than it can sleep before the sun goes down. A couch/bunk-bed option ups the ante even more. The surprisingly wide-open floorplan means occupants won’t trip over each other while moving about. In Deluxe models, a large, full-featured bathroom is located at the front of the trailer, as is a roomy storage wardrobe. Standard features include custom marine-grade fiberglass furniture, carpet-lined storage compartments and a powered roof vent. Owners can also opt for LED lighting, a microwave, an electric A-frame jack and a larger gray-water holding tank.

800-442-9986
www.casitatraveltrailers.com

 

Dub Box

 

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Dub Box USA manufactures lightweight fiberglass trailers reminiscent of the Volkswagen Microbus popular in the 1960s and ’70s. Dub Box trailers are not true Volkswagen conversions but are in fact manufactured from a fiberglass mold made from the vintage VW Bus. Each Dub Box trailer comes equipped with classic moon-style hubcaps, a hot/cold outdoor shower, a two-burner stove, a sink, a 3-cubic-foot refrigerator, an LP-gas water heater, an L-shaped convertible couch with 4-inch cushions, a folding dinette table and Sunbrella weather curtains for the pop-top. Options include air conditioning, solar panels, a luggage roof rack and a storage box on the A-frame. Buyers get to select the paint color for the exterior to match their tow vehicle.

503-744-0032
www.dub-box-usa.com

 

Eggcamper

 

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EggcamperSpecs

Eggcamper trailers are ultralightweight and offer a fun way to enjoy RVing. Available only from the factory in Grandville, Michigan, and weighing less than 2,000 pounds (dry, without options), the Eggcamper can be towed by almost any properly equipped truck, van or SUV. The all-white trailers may look spartan inside, but they contain all the amenities needed for weekend fun, including sleeping space for two to four, a galley with a stainless sink, a 2.4-cubic-foot refrigerator, available air-conditioner, appliances and a lavatory with a toilet (or a large storage area instead). Plus, the smooth interior makes cleanup a breeze. The Dexter Torflex suspension is a welcome inclusion, as are the power roof vent and radius safety-glass windows with screens and miniblinds. LP-gas options are available, in addition to the electric-only model powered by an appropriately sized AC generator, along with the standard 30-amp converter with charger.

616-437-9255
www.eggcamper.com

 

Escape

 

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Another big name in the molded-fiberglass market is Escape Trailers. Based in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Escape offers several fiberglass travel trailers and more recently introduced a fifth-wheel. All Escape trailers are compact and lightweight for easy towing, and the Escape 21 is designed specifically for tow vehicles with weight ratings down to 5,000 pounds. But don’t be fooled by the diminutive size. Escape trailers are equipped with full galleys, bathrooms and living areas, in addition to oak cabinetry, high-grade linoleum flooring and an insulated headliner. Other impressive standards include two roof vents, LED ceiling lighting, full-surround overhead storage and a holding-tank monitor. Popular options range from appliance upgrades to a stereo, a water filter and a solar charging system.


855-703-1650
www.escapetrailer.com

Happier Camper

 

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Happier-CamperSpecs

In addition to offering vintage restored fiberglass rentals, Happier Camper now builds the unique HC1 trailer. The base-price HC1 begins as an empty shell built using bonded double-hull fiberglass with 1.5-inch honeycomb fiberglass flooring. Grooves are embedded in the flooring to accommodate the modular components (think Legos) that will make up the custom floorplan, including a kitchenette, benches, cushions, an AC/DC refrigerator cube, tables, floor panels — there’s even a portable-potty cube. Buyers can configure the layout exactly as they’d like it, and the price is determined by the selected modules. LED lighting comes standard, as do built-in rear stabilizing jacks and an undercarriage-mounted full-size spare tire. Add-ons include compatible comfort heating, stereos, electric fans and moon-style hubcaps.


818-649-9099
www.happiercamper.com

 

Nest Caravans

 

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A newcomer to the fiberglass-trailer market, Nest Caravans from Bend, Oregon, combines the easy-towing
capabilities of a lighter-weight fiberglass trailer with elegant sophistication and an eye for detail. Nest trailers are available in five color combinations with an array of useful exterior standards, including a nosecone storage box, all-LED exterior lighting, BAL stabilizing jacks and frameless windows. Inside, dimmable switches help control the mood with all-LED lighting, and the galley shimmers with a stainless-steel sink, two-burner cooktop and 3.2-cubic-foot refrigerator. The full-time queen bed can comfortably sleep two. Options include a convertible dinette, natural cork tiles, a microwave and an entertainment system.


541-610-2292
www.nestcaravans.com

 

 

Northern Lite

 

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Another Canadian manufacturer, Northern Lite Manufacturing in Kelowna, British Columbia, builds fiberglass truck campers designed to withstand extreme weather. The company’s top-selling Ten 2000 EX CD SE boasts some impressive features like 95-watt solar panels, a 10-foot side awning, an LCD TV and DVD player, thermal-pane windows and skylight, solid hardwood and more. There’s even a full 14-inch basement with heated and enclosed storage tanks. Sleep like a baby on the 60 x 80-inch queen bed, or take a warm shower in the large bathroom area. Options include an air conditioner, electric jacks, LED lighting in the electric awning, battery-disconnect, an extended patio bumper, and a boat rack and ladder. With a floor length of more than 11 feet, this camper weighs in at 1,400 to 2,000 pounds lighter than comparable conventionally built campers with the same features, offering buyers the best of both worlds.

250-765-3702
www.northern-lite.com

Oliver

 

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Oliver Travel Trailers offers two fiberglass trailers, the Legacy and Legacy Elite II. “Ollies,” as they’re called, begin at the Tennessee factory with dual fiberglass shells. The shells are then wrapped around a hefty 2 x 5-inch aircraft-grade-aluminum box-tube frame, offering additional rigidity and durability. All holding tanks and components are enclosed between the inner and outer shells for superior insulation benefits and protection from the elements. The 2016 Legacy Elite II has a number of impressive features, from the custom-molded-fiberglass spare-tire and LP-gas cylinder covers to LED lighting, marine-grade stainless-steel cabinet latches and eye-catching interior gelcoat walls and cabinets. Options range from fiber-granite countertops to a solar package, plus a tech-savvy selection that includes Wi-Fi and cell-phone boosters, a rearview camera, and satellite antennas and wiring.

931-796-1178
www.olivertraveltrailers.com

Scamp

 

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Scamp fiberglass trailers are sold factory-direct in Backus, Minnesota. Available in 13- and 16-foot trailers and a 19-foot fifth-wheel, the nimble RVs are ideal for couples and smaller families on weekend getaways. Scamp has always focused on ease of use and maneuverability. Its trailers are durable, lightweight and aerodynamic, and are designed to be towed by properly equipped small cars, SUVs, minivans and trucks.

The 13-footer is available in Standard or Deluxe (upgraded interior), with a convertible sofa or a shower and toilet up front. The options package that includes the lavatory features a 1.9-cubic-foot refrigerator, a screen door, a water pump, a water heater, a gravel shield and a window above the range. Additional add-ons include cabinet configurations, a 2-inch hitch receiver for bike racks, TV hookups and antenna, and an 8-foot awning.


800-346-4962
www.scamptrailers.com

Weis Craft

 

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The Little Joe is a lightweight fiberglass trailer that offers two people a comfortable place to stay while on the road. Inside, dual sofas fold down to create the ultimate 78 x 63-inch sleeping area. Although the Little Joe doesn’t have bathroom facilities (those come in Weis Craft’s Ponderosa model for an additional $6,000), a two-burner cooktop and a standard icebox allow for gourmet campsite fare (a refrigerator option is available), and a small freshwater tank lets owners clean up after a long day’s adventure. Options abound in the Little Joe, including a furnace, air conditioning, folding shelves, a three-speed reversible fan and an 8-foot awning. And, chances
are, you already own a vehicle that can haul the Little Joe.


303-947-2351
www.weiscrafttrailers.com/littlejoe

 


 

Dry Milk to Whole Milk

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In order to reduce rancidity to help with long term storage, almost all powdered milk is no-fat, in order to use powdered milk as whole milk in recipes, you will need to modify it slightly Because powdered milk has no fat, it is a poor substitute for cooking and baking recipes that require whole milk. […]

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Top 10 SHTF Communications

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This week’s video is another one from Sensible Prepper. In it he talks about the top 10 ways to communicate after the SHTF. This is a very important topic that too many preppers overlook. If a disaster happens while you and your family members are spread out around […]

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Wood Chip Mulch

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One of the things I like best about running this website is all the cool people I get to talk to and learn from. The other day I was talking with YouTube personality Katzcradul and she informed me about Paul Gautschi and his wonderful film Back to Eden. I won’t go into detail here (except […]

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Street Safety- Use Common Sense

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Common sense street safety is not all that common among some.  I would hope that readers of this website would be different, however, even if you are different than most and have your street safety handled, the following tips may help you pass on common sense safety tactics to your loved ones: Stay in well-lighted, […]

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Tractor with Box Blade Grading Driveway

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Before I bought the land, I did not even know what a box blade was. Now that I have a steep gravel driveway I know I need to buy a tractor with one. Basically – a box blade is used to move, smooth, and level dirt and gravel. A box blade attaches to a tractor, […]

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Beginning Bees III DIY Hive Beetle Traps

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Its no surprise to most people that bees are dying, and some of the reasons behind it is starting to be better understood.  While I am NO expert, and am just starting with my bees, I do know that small hive beetles are a large part of the problem. I bought some hive beetle traps […]

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Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation

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See larger image Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation Typical books about preserving garden produce nearly always assume that modern “kitchen gardeners” will boil or freeze their vegetables and fruits. Yet here is a book that goes back to the future—celebrating […]

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Easy Way to Cut Pasta

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When making homemade pasta you have several options in forming your noodles: You can extrude it (like my play dough experiment for next week ) Run it through a dedicated pasta machineCut individual noodles or as this article demonstrates an Easy Way to Cut Pasta, you can roll the dough and cut noodles very efficiently […]

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Prepper Christmas Gifts around $50

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Christmas is a good time to introduce those you love to the world of prepping and self reliance. Getting someone a cool gift that they can use may just be the conversation starter to get your loved one to ask questions about self-reliance. Even if it is does not stir a conversation, the gifts still […]

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PRN Shepherd School Commercial

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Hello, this is David from the Shepherd School, and I am excited to tell you about our new show on the preparedness radio network. Just like our website, tngun.com, our show will focus on the skills necessary to become more self-reliant.  We keep talking about guns, and how-to projects, but will also add guests and […]

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Survival Still Campfire

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The other day we showed how to use shelf brackets to hold pots over a campfire, today we will use this technique to try to distill water over a campfire. This is probably the most important test of the survival still, because if you ever have to actually rely on the still, you may not […]

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Regal Range Construction Visit

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          See larger image Rifle Range Construction: A Text-Book to Be Used in the Construction of Rifle Ranges, with Details of All Parts of the Work This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant […]

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The Complete Tightwad Gazette

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The Complete Tightwad Gazette is along-awaited complete compendium of tightwad tips for fabulous frugal living! In a newsletter published from May 1990 to December 1996 as well as in three enormously successful books, Amy Dacyczyn established herself as the expert of economy. Now The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all of her best ideas and […]

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Lighting and Using a Rocket Stove

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A few weeks ago we showed how to make a small rocket stove using a recycled #10 can and a few old soup cans. It was a cool project, but I quickly got a couple emails from people wanting to see how to actually use the darn thing. It is pretty simple and I am […]

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The Art of Natural Building

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The Art of Natural Building is the encyclopedia of natural building for non-professionals as well as architects and designers. From straw bale and cob, to recycled concrete and salvaged materials, this anthology of articles from leaders in the field focuses on both the practical and the esthetic concerns of ecological building designs and techniques. Includes […]

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Glock Receiver Disassembly

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You’re going to have to watch the video on this one. An article on Glock Receiver Disassembly won’t do justice to this without pictures, and an article with pictures is going in an upcoming book, and as I learned from a recent book “Quitter” you cannot sell anything if you give it all away for […]

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Eggroll Pizza Log

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      See larger image 52 Unique Techniques for Stocking Food for Preppers: A Strategy a Week to Help Stock Your Pantry for Survival Are you and your family self-reliant? Will you be able to provide for them and keep them safe? The best way to prepare for the future is not through fancy […]

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Preparing a Soap Mold

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In this post I want to show you how to go about preparing a soap mold so that you can make soap. It doesn’t seem that difficult, but if you do not have some means of extracting your soap from the mold you will find out what “Stuck” really means. You can use silicon soap […]

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Dogs for Personal Protection

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This is the first guest post I have added since opening up the blog to other writers.  I have been interested in Dogs for Personal Protection for a long time, and at one time did a little work helping train some protection dogs, but I realized I don’t have the attention to detail that it takes […]

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Handgun Scenario Discussion #2

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Some students (thankfully very few), tell me they would draw on the bank robber because he is a felon running away, or some other variation of the citizen’s arrest theme. Others say you cannot draw your gun because it is illegal to shoot someone in the back*… Well both are from erroneous self defense ideas. […]

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Landslides and Mudflows

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Landslides and mudflows can do tremendous damage to property, as well as cause loss of life.  If you want to ensure that your home is not vulnerable to landslides, get a ground assessment of your property. Your county geologist or county planning department may have specific information on areas vulnerable to landslides. Here are some […]

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Why Prepping is Hard (and How to Make it Easier)

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Why Prepping is Hard (and How to Make it Easier)

No one who decides to start prepping thinks it will be an easy feat. Prepping isn’t something you do because it’s a quick and easy win. If it was, I’d argue that a lot more people would be doing it. Prepping is hard. I’ve said it time and time again, and I’m not anywhere done… Read More

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How To Suture a Wound on a Human or Animal

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How To Suture A Wound on a Human or Animal Knowing how to suture a wound is very important, not only for SHTF situations but for daily routines like going hiking or camping where medical assistance could be a few hrs away. I know this sounds cliche but I honestly can say after watching this video …

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How To Make A Hoop House That Will Stand Up To Snow

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How To Make A Hoop House That Will Stand Up To Snow We love hoop houses here at SHTFPreparedness. You can count on a month and a half or so of extra gardening time in the spring/fall and you can continue to grow all through the winter with a hoop house. Even better, the portable …

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12 Really Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash

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12 Really Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash In the United States, we generate over 250 million tons (that’s 500 billion pounds) of trash every year, which ultimately ends up in our landfills. As I have stated previously landfills are contributing to air and ground water pollution and contributing to global warming by releasing …

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How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

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How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing Your plumbing system is particularly vulnerable to such things as frozen pipes and bursting water lines during the winter. There is nothing worse than when your pipes freeze (ok, there are a lot worse things, but you know what I mean). This has happened to me a number of …

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5 Survival Blankets To Keep You Warm

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5 Survival Blankets To Keep You Warm Even In The Most Frigid Temps If you are in a survival situation in a freezing cold environment, your first priority should be to make yourself warm. Hypothermia can kill you faster than thirst or hunger. You need to insulate your body heat and cover your extremities. To …

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Connecting Rain Barrels For Extra Water Harvesting

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Connecting Rain Barrels For Extra Water Harvesting Having plenty of water is a no brainer, without it we die… simple. Knowing that fact we all should be thinking proactively about how we can achieve more water storage and honestly, it is very simple….rain barrels. In this case, the authors have utilized a system of interconnected …

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Canadians Are Panicking Over Food Costs After Currency Collapse

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canadian flag wikimediaIt’s no secret that America has a serious inflation problem. Though the Federal Reserve insists that our inflation rate is only at around .5%, we’ve all seen the price of food, rent, healthcare, and energy skyrocket over the past 10-20 years. However, this has been a gradual shift. Canada on the other hand, has just seen the price of every day goods rise precipitously over a very short period of time.

The crash in oil prices has crippled their economic growth, and led to the decline of the Canadian dollar, as well as a predictable increase in the cost of imports like food. For those of us living in the US, this provides a really good example of what life may be like should the dollar take a plunge in the near future. Here’s what our northern neighbors have been dealing with:

It is often said that a free-floating currency acts as a shock absorber.

But when Canadians go shopping for groceries these days, they’re getting nothing but the shock—sticker shock, that is.

On Tuesday, the Canadian dollar, commonly known as the loonie, broke below 70 U.S. cents for the first time since May 1, 2003.

For America’s northern neighbor, which imports about 80 percent of the fresh fruits and vegetables its citizens consume, this entails a sharp rise in prices for these goods. With lower-income households tending to spend a larger portion of income on food, this side effect of a soft currency brings them the most acute stress.

James Price, director of Capital Markets Products at Richardson GMP, recently joked during an interview on BloombergTV Canada that “we’re going to be paying a buck a banana pretty soon.”

Canadians took to twitter this week to share their collective horror over the rising cost of food. Cucumbers are $3 each. A head of cauliflower is $8. A large container of pepper cost $19 and some Canadians are paying $16 for a single bell pepper. A container of laundry detergent is $32.

This gives us a pretty good idea what would happen in the US, even if there was a minor shock to the value of the dollar. Despite the rising cost of goods and services, our currency has been doing really well on the global stage for the past two years. I shudder to think of what will happen when our economy runs into another recession, which we are way overdue for. When it does hit, the cost of our imports will rise the most, much like they have in Canada.

So what are our main imports? Fortunately, most of our food is homegrown, but there are quite a few American food staples that are also raised abroad, such as bananas, coffee, nuts, and seafood. And even though we’re one of the world’s largest meat producers, we still import a lot of pork and beef from Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. However, that doesn’t mean homegrown food wouldn’t become more expensive as well.

Even though we’ve become one of the world’s leading oil and natural gas producers in recent years, we still import a significant amount of oil from abroad. Since our agricultural industry is heavily reliant on oil, we could expect the price of all our foods, both domestic and imported, to rise.

If you want to understand how our economy would hurt from inflation or a dollar dump, take a look a this list of America’s biggest imports. We ship in a ton of electronics, which are worth about $315 billion per year. For a high-tech society like ours, this would be crippling.

The other items that stand out in that list are healthcare related. When put together, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals amount to 6.3% of our imports. Our medical system is already the most expensive in the world, so a plunge in the dollar’s value would make that situation significantly worse.

All told, a dollar dump would be really bad. That may sound obvious, but when it happens you can expect our government and media to tell us the same thing the leaders in Canada are trying to tell their citizens. Here’s how Steven Poloz, the head of Canada’s central bank, is trying to spin this situation.

Nonetheless, Mr. Poloz insisted that the Canadian dollar, which has plunged to near 70 cents (U.S.), is helping to offset the billions in lost revenue from exports of oil and other commodities. The drop makes Canada’s non-resource exports more competitive in world markets. A lower dollar is generally beneficial to exporters because they pay for their inputs, such as labour, in Canadian dollars, while their sales are generated in the higher U.S. dollar.

This is how all central bankers talk. They could find a silver lining in any situation, even if there was blood in the streets. They’ll say the same thing in the US when the next recession hits and the dollar slips. But it won’t change the fact that everything we need for our survival will be more expensive, and the average person will be making less (or no) money.

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

Joshua’s website is Strange Danger

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The Incredible ‘Wonder Drug’ Hiding In Your Kitchen Cabinet

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The Incredible ‘Wonder Drug’ Hiding In Your Kitchen Cabinet

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Did you know you have a “wonder drug” in your cabinet? Raw honey, or liquid gold as some call it, is quite powerful.

Forget store vitamins and supplements for the moment. Raw honey contains up to 80 different substances that are beneficial to humans. It is a great source of energy with glucose and fructose, but that’s not all! Compared to the empty energy you obtain from cane sugar, honey has all of the B-complex vitamins, along with A, C, D, E and K vitamins. It also has the following trace elements: magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper and manganese. When raw honey is heated, it is stripped of many of these incredible benefits. In order for honey to be considered raw honey, it cannot be filtered, strained or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Incredible ‘Wonder Drug’ Hiding In Your Kitchen Cabinet

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Honey’s uses are immense and impressive. One of the most common ways people use honey is for sore throats and colds. A dollop in hot tea, with a little lemon, soothes an aching throat. Take a teaspoon or two of it for a natural cough suppressant; it has been found to be as effective as over-the-counter cough suppressants in the store. It is a great source of antioxidants, which help protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals (agents which contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease).

Just 30 Grams Of This Survival Superfood Provides More Nutrition Than An Entire Meal!

Honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Interestingly, hospitals in Europe have used Manuka honey – which comes from bees around Manuka trees — to fight specific types of staph infections that are resistant to antibiotics.

Raw honey is a wound healer and used in emergencies for its ability to kill germs. It is useful for basic skin rashes, burns and scrapes. Raw honey is a digestive rockstar, with its many active live enzymes and probiotic qualities that aide digestion, maintain healthy bacteria in the gut, and soothe stomach ulcer pain. Additionally, honey’s amino acids and vitamin C speed the growth of healthy tissue. Possessing abundant phytonutrients and being a plant-based item, honey is also helpful with inflammation.

Like many things, we are coming back to what we already knew. Honey was considered extremely valuable during ancient times. It was used as a sweetener (especially by the wealthy) and was used for religious ceremonies and for embalming the dead. Today, honey is enjoying renewed appreciation and prominence in the alternative health world and among health food advocates today. As a nutritional powerhouse and substance capable of such profound healing, it is easy to see why.

How do you use raw honey? Share your tips in the section below:

Sources:

Goldman, Rena. “The Top Six Raw Honey Benefits.” Healthline

Miller, Jordan and Kyla. “The Many Health Benefits of Raw Honey.” Wake Up Word

“Raw Unfiltered Honey: Health Benefits of Honey.” Pure Healing Foods.

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Survival Basics: How to Build a Fire in a Rocket Stove

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Rocket Stove with Pot of Food

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

There comes a time when every prepper will say enough with all of the food and enough with all of the gear. Preparing a survival pantry, first aid kit and bug-out-bag are all important tasks but at some point we need to take a break from gathering stuff and move on to some of the basic skills needed to to insure our comfort in an emergency situation.

One of those skills is the ability to cook food outdoors.  Sure, we all know how to fire up the barbie and grill burgers.  But what if the backyard barbeque was not available?

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About the author:

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.

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9 Secrets From A Veteran Cop To Protect Your Home From Burglars

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Burglaries

By Daniel Barker – Natural News

(NaturalNews) With more than two million burglaries (roughly one every 15 seconds) being committed each year in the U.S., it makes sense to do everything you are capable of to prevent it from happening to your home.

It’s not just a matter of losing material belongings (which hopefully you have insured to begin with), but also the fact that having your home invaded by criminals leaves families feeling violated and unsafe. Life is never quite the same again after a home has been ransacked by burglars.

Veteran cop “James L” has written a useful and enlightening article on the subject for GraywolfSurvival.com, which contains nine home protection secrets along with some effective strategies for recovering stolen items and making sure the culprits are apprehended if you do happen to become the victim of burglars.

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Alex Becomes First January Hurricane To Occur In Atlantic Since 1955

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By Brian Lada – AccuWeather

Subtropical Storm Alex has become a hurricane near the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Alex is the first Atlantic hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938 and is the first Atlantic hurricane to exist during January since Alice of 1955.

Subtropical Storm Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, making it one of the earliest tropical systems to form in the Atlantic Hurricane Basin since records began in 1851.

“A subtropical storm has both tropical and non-tropical characteristics and has a large wind field,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski.

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Nor’easter to clip northeastern US, wallop Canadian Maritimes this weekend

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A storm will move northeastward off the East Coast, strengthening into a nor’easter this weekend.

While the storm will merely graze the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States with intermittent precipitation, it could hit parts of eastern Maine and the Canadian Maritimes hard with heavy snow and increasing winds.

The strengthening storm will spread a swath of light rain northward along the East coast after drenching Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas on Friday. This storm will interact with a weakening storm near the Great Lakes and spread snow showers across the interior Northeast, southern Quebec and Great Lakes on Saturday.

Airline delays are possible in Atlanta, Orlando and Charlotte, North Carolina, and other hubs in the southern United States for a time.

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Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Jan 2016: Santiaguito Volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Karymsky, Bromo, Lokon-…

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Pyroclastic flow on Sinabung on 10 Jan 2016 (image: sadrahPS via @LeopoldAdam / twitter)

Source: Volcano Discovery

Karymsky (Kamchatka): Activity at the volcano, in continuous intermittent explosive activity for many years, seems to be elevated at the moment. Several explosions have been reported during the past days through observations of ash plumes reported reaching up to 18,000 ft (5.5 km) altitude (Tokyo VAAC).

Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): The eruption seems to have ended in mid December. During the past two visits of the Japanese Coast Guard on 27 Dec and 3 Jan 2016, no more eruptive activity has been noted.
The two years of eruption since late November 2013 increased the size of the island from its tiny 0.26 to approx. to 2.63 square km. Now, it is up to the waves to slowly eat away at the young shores and gradually decrease it again, until a next eruption occurs…

Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): Ash from the volcano has been observed on satellite imagery during 11-12 Jan, Darwin VAAC reported. Likely, this came from a larger rockfall triggering a small pyroclastic flow, but this needs to be confirmed. The latest VSI report from this morning only mentions continuing glow from the active summit lava dome and small to moderate rockfalls.
In case of heavy rains, larger rockfalls and lahars could occur, in particular towards the valleys radiating to the SE from the volcano. Seismic activity remains elevated with an increase in shallow volcanic quakes.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): The volcano’s eruption continues with little changes into its third year. Slow lava extrusion at the summit results in occasional small to moderate pyroclastic flows as well as sporadic explosions.
This activity occurs in weeks-to-month long alternating phases of more and less intense frequency, as lobes of the overspilling dome grow too large and then break off to generate a series of collapses within a shorter time.
Both the pyroclastic flows and explosions produce ash plumes that regularly rise a few km above the volcano and are often reported by Darwin VAAC.

Bromo (East Java, Indonesia): Ash emissions of varying intensity have been near continuous during the past weeks.
The frequent ash falls have been causing significant damage to farmland, vegetation and lightly built structures in surrounding villages.

Dukono (Halmahera): The volcano continues to be very active with near-continuous ash emissions from the crater. Darwin VAAC reported an ash plume extending 70 km to the south of the volcano this morning.

Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): The volcano remains at significant unrest and moderate to large explosions could occur any time, the latest evaluation report of the volcano observatory states and alert level is being maintained at 3 (“siaga”) on a scale of 1-4.
During the past weeks, visual activity consisted in degassing creating a plume of 25-150 m above the Tumpalun crater. Seismic activity has been dominated by frequent shallow volcanic earthquakes (up to 21 per day), sometimes felt nearby.
No clear trend has been visible over the past two weeks.

Santiaguito (Guatemala): INSIVUMEH reports strong degassing, a few weaker explosions and small to moderate rockfalls on the eastern side of the active Caliente lava dome.

Pacaya (Guatemala): The active intra-crater cone continues to grow (and slowly fill the crater). During clear nights, incandescence can be seen from the Mackenney crater.

Fuego (Guatemala): Since its last (relatively weak) paroxysm during the first days of 2016, the volcano has now been unusually calm. According to this morning’s status report of the observatory, no explosions have been seen (or heard) since 5 days…
(This will surely change.)

Momotombo (Nicaragua): A strong vulcanian explosion occurred yesterday at 12:10 local time at the volcano. An ash plume rose approx 3 km from the summit and generated a small pyroclastic flow.

San Miguel (El Salvador): A new phase of eruptive activity began at the volcano on Monday. Accompanied by a spike in volcanic tremor, weak to moderate ash emissions have been occurring from the main crater. This activity, the 22nd eruptive phase since Dec 2013 according to MARN, has been decreasing since yesterday.

Copahue (Chile/Argentina): Near-continuous, but generally weak ash emissions and intense degassing continue at the volcano. Sernageomin maintains alert level yellow.

Nevados de Chillán (Central Chile): A short pulse of ash emissions occurred in the evening of 8 Jan 2016 around 18:49 local time.
No further emissions have occurred since and it is believed that the event was caused by phreatic activity of the shallow hydrothermal system of the volcano (not by fresh magma).
Sernageomin raised the alert status of the volcano to yellow.

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 24 May 2015)
Aso (Kyushu): steaming, occasional phreatomagmatic or strombolian explosions (updated 26 Oct 2015)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): mild ash emissions (updated 26 Oct 2015)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 28 Nov 2015)
Bromo (East Java, Indonesia): near-continuous ash emissions (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Colima (Western Mexico): intermittent vulcanian explosions (updated 10 Jan 2016)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): seismic unrest, occasional ash venting (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Cotopaxi (Ecuador): vulcanian explosions (updated 16 Aug 2015)
Dukono (Halmahera): mild strombolian activity, continuous intense ash emissions (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 8 Dec 2014)
Erta Ale (Ethiopia): active lava lake in northern pit crater, active hornito with intermittend flow in southern crater (updated 3 Dec 2015)
Fuego (Guatemala): lava flows on S and W flanks, lava fountaining from summit vent (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): stromolian and phreatomagmatic explosions (updated 29 Oct 2015)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Kilauea (Hawai’i): new lava flow from vents on NE flank of Pu’u ‘O’o (updated 28 Apr 2015)
Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): ash emissions, weak strombolian activity (updated 11 May 2015)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): large explosion on 31 July 2015 (updated 31 Aug 2015)
Masaya (Nicaragua): active lava lake in summit crater since mid Dec 2015 (updated 3 Jan 2016)
Momotombo (Nicaragua): intermittent vulcanian explosions (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): intermittent ash emissions, strong degassing (updated 21 Sep 2015)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 26 Feb 2014)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Pacaya (Guatemala): intense spattering from intra-crater cone (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 18 Aug 2015)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): lava fountains, ash emissions from Tavurvur cone (updated 12 Sep 2014)
Reventador (Ecuador): lava flow on SW flank (updated 17 Aug 2015)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): seismic swarm, eruption warning (updated 11 Nov 2015)
San Miguel (El Salvador): intermittent ash emissions (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Sangay (Ecuador): likely strombolian eruptions at summit crater (updated 13 Mar 2015)
Santiaguito (Guatemala): intermittent explosions from Caliente dome, strong degassing (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, lava flow, strombolian activity (updated 9 Nov 2015)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome (updated 11 Dec 2015)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): continuing pyroclastic flows (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): weak strombolian activity at summit vents (updated 16 Apr 2015)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): strombolian explosions in Ontake crater (updated 1 Oct 2015)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): intermittent small ash emissions, small to moderate explosions (updated 21 Nov 2015)
Villarrica (Central Chile): small lava lake in summit crater (updated 12 May 2015)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 13 Nov 2015)
Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): intermittent ash emissions (updated 1 Dec 2015)

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Strange Weather, Earthquakes, Solar Filaments | S0 News Jan.14.2016

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By Suspicious0bservers

Published on Jan 14, 2016

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https://otf.selz.com

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

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

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

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

Today’s Featured Links:
Rosetta Ice: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Spa…
GRAVITY First Light: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1601/

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7 Ways To Prevent Home Burglary

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Home burglary is occurring almost constantly throughout the United States. I’ve read a statistic that home burglary happens here about every 15 seconds. Who commits home burglary, and why? Apparently most are committed by young males under 25 years of age looking for small items that are expensive, and can easily be converted to cash. […]

8 Items You Should ALWAYS Buy Used

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8 Items You Should ALWAYS Buy Used It’s a brand new year! Many of us have resolved to trim our budgets and fatten our wallets. If you are one of the millions of Americans who seek to cut costs, an effective way is to consider shopping for some items used. Not only will you be saving …

Binders for the Family

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intror1Binders for the family have been important since the beginning of time. They allow us to record important information for us to use and for us to pass down through generations so information like how to’s, recipes, emergency plans, etc. can be readily accessible at every given moment.

There are many things that should be added to your binders:

  • First Aid and CPR– Even if you’ve had a class, under stress you might forget. Having this information at your fingertips could mean the difference between life and death. And, if you are the only one who knows this information, this will also help others who don’t know anything about CPR or First Aid to be able to perform it on someone in distress. The first aid section will help everyone know how to care for a wound or a broken bone.
  • Plants – This is very important. Some plants are edible, but others can kill you. If you can find a print out of what each leaf represents you can follow the print out when you bug out or are camping. Many leaves can be used for medicinal teas to help someone who has fallen sick. Knowing which plants to use and which ones to avoid could mean the difference between life and death.
  • Emergency Plans – This would most likely cover an array of different things. Knowing what to do in case of a fire and where everyone should meet is imperative. You can also have it written out what to do in case of a home invasion and where each family member should go to find safety. Having a SHTF plan in place can help to leave no one behind in the event you are bugging out.
  • Maps – You should have maps of the town you live in and surrounding areas with emergency facilities marked in red, such as police, ambulance, fire, etc. You should also have a map that traces in a yellow highlighter where your bug out place will be. I recommend giving each member a copy of this map in case you get separated. Your family member/group can use the map to find you in the event you get split up.
  • Identification Information – I would just add your name, address and birth-date. I’d leave your birth certificate and social security information out of this. If your binder ever went missing the culprit could steal your identity and cause a lot of problems for you. You might want to also include in this information if you’re allergic to any foods or medicines.
  • Recipes – All your family’s favorite recipes from dinners to deserts to snacks should be printed out and put in the binder. Even if it’s just a power outage at least you have what your family likes at your disposal and you’ll be able to cook for them. Owning cast iron skillets and a Dutch oven will be helpful. You can either cook on an open fire, wood stove, gas stove or a kerosene heater. If you can food, dehydrate food and/or use a freeze dryer you should include those recipes too.

 

I think a lot of what we put in our family binders isn’t just for our benefit, but for the benefit of those that come after us. My Nana used an old cookbook to write down everything she wanted her family to know. I have taken it one step further and created a Family Binder System that includes a lot of the information above plus important phone numbers, addresses and an action plan for if we end up bugging in during a SHTF scenario. The binder is kept in a central location and everyone is asked to review it from time to time.

Having a family binder is nice to have for everyday use and it’s awesome to have in the event of an emergency.

 

Bio: Hi everyone! I’m Becca, owner/operator of Mama Prepper, a blog directed at helping those who are preparing for when SHTF. My entire life I’ve been raised around prepping. My father, an avid hunter didn’t miss a single hunting season. We always has fresh venison or turkey in our freezer. My mother spent hours canning with my Nana stocking up everyone’s shelves with everything from jams to meat. I have followed in their footsteps and can much of the same things my Nana canned. I have lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania with my husband and seven children. We plan to move from here and start our own mini-farm. Our goal is self-sustainability.

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Emergency Ready: What to do in Case of Head Injury

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In the event of a sudden head injury, many people don’t know how to respond. Panicking and making rash decisions can result in making the injury worse, and is just as dangerous as disregarding the injury as a mere bump on the head. Basic emergency preparedness is a life skill that can not only make you feel more calm and in control during unexpected situations, but also equip you with knowledge that could end up saving a life.

Head Injury 101

A head injury can be sustained through many means. Although we may envision them as a result of tumbling down stairs, slipping in the shower, or occurring in a car accident, head injuries can happen as suddenly and as anti-climactically as whacking your forehead on the corner of an open kitchen cabinet.

Usually head injuries can either be closed or open. The most common being a concussion. However, in the event of any head trauma, you should seek immediate medical attention. Even in closed head injuries, the brain can still hit the skull and become bruised, swollen, or even start to bleed internally.

Symptoms of a Concussion

  • Unable to recall events prior to or after injury.
  • Slow to respond to questions.
  • Headache or feeling of pressure in head.
  • Dizziness and/or balance problems.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Heightened sensitivity to light or noise.
  • Feeling or behaving sluggish, groggy, hazy or foggy.
  • Confusion or problems with concentrated memory.
  • Repeating words or phrases and appearing disoriented.

The best thing to do in the event of a concussion is seek medical consultation. You can also keep an eye on the patient to check if their symptoms worsen over the next several hours. If symptoms to not improve, seek emergency medical care. It’s always best to see a doctor even if you just suspect a mild concussion, as a more severe head injury could be unseen.

Symptoms of Head Injury

These symptoms are indicative of a more severe head injury, and you should call 911 right away if you or someone is experiencing the following:

  • Unconsciousness.
  • Scalp wound.
  • Stiff neck.
  • Nasal discharge.
  • Face or head fracture.
  • Swelling and bruising of the eyes and face.

Head Injury Emergency Treatment

Head Injury Emergency Treatment In the event of a more severe head injury, you should first check if the person is breathing. If they are not, make sure their airway is unobstructed and begin to administer rescue breathing and CPR.

If the person’s breathing and heart rate are stable, you should follow the protocol of a spinal injury and stabilize the head and neck by gently placing your hands on either side of the injured person’s head. If the person is choking or vomiting, roll their head, neck and body as one unit onto their side, which still protects the spine. In case of a head injury, you should always keep a patient immobile, try not to move them under any circumstances, and keep the head aligned with the spine until help arrives.

In case of bleeding, apply a cloth and pressure to the wound. If blood soaks through the first cloth, do not remove it. Apply another on top of the first as you wait for help to arrive. If you suspect a skull fracture, do not apply direct pressure to the wound or remove any visible debris. You should also not attempt to clean or wash any deep wound.

Stay with the injured person until help arrives, and do not attempt to administer any additional medical care apart from the emergency first aid reviewed in this article. If your head injury has occurred in a car accident or as a result of negligence, you may also consider contacting a personal injury professionals at Bulluck Law Group to handle the case.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer, recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, and avid runner. She loves to blog about fitness, health, home and family. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Like Lambs To The Slaughter…

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     You know how you sometimes have that nagging thought at the back of your mind, but then you think perhaps you are reaching a bit — until someone else proposes the same thought with equal passion, and you know it is an affirmation from God?  That’s what happened to me this morning.
     As usual, I start my day off with personal time in my Bible as I commune with God, trying to gain a bigger, and more intimate, knowledge of Him.  I was reading the Book of Proverbs, specifically Chapter 7, and I was instantly impacted by the vision the Scripture presented.  On the surface, the text was describing the advice that a loving father was giving to his son… to keep and treasure the commandments of the father; to cling to wisdom and understanding and insight, in order to avoid the enticement of “the loose woman”, who was not only a “fallen woman”, but sly and cunning of heart; turbulent and willful.

     This “harlot” was seen as bold and adventurous, blatantly tempting the son, and impudently offering herself to him without hesitation.   She lures him to come home with her and make love on her luxurious couch and cushions of tapestry, with striped sheets of fine linen of Egypt.  She teases his senses with the suggestion of a bed perfumed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.  She assures him that the good man of the house is not at home; that he has gone on a long journey and taken his treasure with him, only to return home at the appointed time.
     Then Proverbs tell us that “with a justifying and enticing argument she persuades him, with the allurements of her lips she leads him [to overcome his conscience and his fears] and forces him along into her house.  Suddenly he [yields and] follows her reluctantly like an ox moving to the slaughter, like one in shackles going to the correction [to be given] to a fool, or like a dog enticed by food to the muzzle, until an arrow [of passion] pierces and inflames his vitals; then like a bird fluttering straight into the net [he hastens], not knowing that it will cost him his life.”
     I knew, with a sinking heart, that this was an accurate analogy for the path our country has taken; and sadly, the experience of too many Christians who have been enticed to abandon the commands of God in order to follow the harlot and what the world has to offer.  I know I am not the only one who sees it.  And sometimes I think that my justification for this opinion falls on deaf ears.
     But then someone else speaks up with a voice much louder than mine.  Today it is Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini.  She says God has shown her how Satan is lulling the Body of Christ to sleep; that many Christians are befriending the world, seeking fame and popularity before all else.  
     Naghmeh is in the midst of a three-week fast to refocus her relationship on God.  “A main theme during my time of prayer and fasting seems to be becoming aware of our (my) friendship with the world as followers of Christ,” Naghmeh writes. “I am being made more and more aware of how we (including me) are allowing its subtle ways get to us and it is putting the body of Christ to sleep.”

     And she has seen a much broader view of the world than I have; traveling around the world in recent years, campaigning for the release of her husband, Saeed, who is imprisoned in Iran.   “My travels over the last 3 years have opened my eyes to the condition that the Body of Christ is in. Pursuing fame, wealth and ‘followers/numbers’ has become normal in the Christian world. We are becoming like the world and we are totally Ok with that. Yet the Scripture has serious warnings, even calling us ENEMIES OF GOD.”
     Whether, we see ourselves as the foolish and tempted son of a faithful and sovereign father [in Proverbs 7], or as the Body of Christ being lulled to sleep in Naghmeh’s vision of the Church, the message is the same … we are ignoring the teachings and commands of our God, and have strayed onto the path that the harlot has so cleverly offered us.  As in the Proverb, she has offered to let us share with her the feast from her “peace offering”.  But if we Christians understood what this offering symbolized, we would know that it is to be dedicated to God in full; that we must not think we are worthy or equal to share in what is the Lord’s.  The peace offering is to be an acknowledgment of being made whole through the peace of knowing and experiencing God’s forgiveness, and it signifies the peace that Jesus’s sacrifice brings us — we have no right to “share”, or take credit for that offering.  But, just as the harlot deliberately sought the son, so has the Enemy ensnared us to share in his blasphemous feast.
     I guess the thing that is most clear to me is that we, who can see, are seeing clearly and with great spiritual discernment.  We are solemnly aware that the harlot — this shiny, tempting, alluring world — has led us down her path, and her victims are countless.  For me, the sad climax to this analogy from Scripture, is that just like the wayward son, and Naghmeh Abedini’s sleeping Body of Christ, the harlot’s house “is the way to Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead), going down to the chambers of death” … and how many do not know that following her will cost them their [eternal] lives?

Thank you to Charisma News for the report on Naghmeh Abedini.

Proverbs 7:6-8     “For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice.  And among the simple (empty-headed and emptyhearted) ones, I perceived among the youths a young man void of good sense, Sauntering through the street near the [loose woman’s] corner; and he went the way to her house.”


5 Pocket Tools every Prepper should have!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post we are going to look at “Pocket Tools” every Prepper should have with them pretty much all of the time.  While there is a large assortment available on the net and in sporting goods stores, we are going to look at some of my favorites.  So …

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Fukushima Crisis Continues: What All Preppers Should Know

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FukushimaWhen it comes to chaotic nightmare scenario, earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear accidents easily rank at the top of just about anyone’s list. On the other hand, there is also a pervasive sense among preppers that these scenarios are not likely to happen in their area, let alone strike all at one time.

Sadly, in Fukushima, Japan, all three events did happen at one time, and the long term impacts still need to be considered by everyone interested in prepping. 

What Is the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis About?

On March 11, 2011, a major earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima, Japan, then a very powerful tsunami occurred. The water struck a nuclear power plant and caused major failures in the cooling system for several of the reactors. Within 24 hours, enormous amounts of radioactive material were being released into the land, ocean, and air, and it remained impossible to stop the radiation from leaking out. Today, radiation still pours out as there are three reactor cores that melted down, and very little can be done to stop this process.

At least 610 workers and nearby residents died due to radiation exposure, and thousands more are expected to develop cancers related to exposure to radiation. The toll is greatest on children, of whom over 1/3 already show signs of abnormal growth in the thyroid glands that indicate an increased risk for cancer.

To put it simply, yes, the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis is still ongoing, and presents a danger to everyone in its path. It is estimated that at least 520 tons of radioactive water found its way into the Pacific Ocean, and at least 50 grams of plutonium were released directly into the air, plus an undisclosed amount of other radioactive materials. (50 grams of plutonium can produce an explosion that would normally take 750 pounds, or 340 kilograms of TNT.)

The radioactive half-life of materials used to power nuclear reactors spans thousands to hundreds of thousands of years. When these particles find their way into the water, air, and soil, they will remain radioactive and continue to pose a serious danger to almost all life forms.

How Is Fukushima Crisis Impacting the US?

As of December 2015, radiation from Fukushima has reached the western shores of the US and Canada. It is estimated that some isotopes have jumped as much as 50% in concentration, however government agencies still claim that radiation levels are not high enough to promote the idea that people should stop swimming, boating, and eating from the coastal waters.

This mirrors Japan’s claim that their coastal waters in the area are safe despite the fact that radiation levels are 10 to 100 times higher than what is currently being seen along the west coast of the United States and Canada.

Why Should I Be Concerned?

As a prepper, dealing with a nuclear crisis is something that is sure to have crossed your mind. Here’s why you need to be concerned right now about Fukushima and its potential deadly impact on your life:

  • Increasing levels of radiation from Fukushima are readily detectable now along the western coast of the United States. The progression of the radiation has progressed inland and now shows up in water and soil located further away from the ocean.
  • If you buy food or water from areas currently contaminated by radioactive materials from Fukushima, there is no way for you to know if these consumable goods are even safe. This includes wines, cigarettes, and just about anything else that you think is safe to consume just because it is “made in the United States”.
  • Unlike Chernobyl and nuclear bomb explosions, the radiation leaking from Fukushima has not stopped.

Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible for consumers to determine if elevated radiation levels are coming from Fukushima, a nearby power plant, or some other source of radioactive material.

Being able to tell if you are being exposed to this kind of radiation is still one of the most important things you can do to safeguard your health and that of your family members and loved ones. Here are three things you can do to find out if you are being exposed to nuclear radiation:

  • Keep an eye out for data released by Fukushima watch groups and nuclear plants in your area, including controversial ones.
  • Keep Kearny (KFM) fallout meters in several locations at home and in the office. These devices are easy to make and can help you correlate information found in other reports.
  • Always be aware of what area of the world that food is grown and processed in. Never forget that dust and contaminated water easily find their way into plants and animals, and then into your body.

Obesity is an indicator of thyroid problems, but most doctors do not make thyroid function tests a routine part of medical exams, let alone look for this as a cause of increasing body weight. On the other hand, thyroid cancers are some of the most common types that people get when exposed to nuclear radiation. Leukemia and blood cancers are also very common in people exposed to nuclear radiation.

To protect your body from ionizing radiation regardless of the source, increase Vitamin C intake, as it works as a natural shield. If you have been exposed to radiation, make use of herbal remedies (marigold tea, turmeric, black pepper, and olive oil) that either inhibit tumor growth or stop it altogether. There are many other teas and other solutions that will increase pH (to a more alkaline level) so that it is harder for cancer cells to grow.

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What About Long Term Consequences?

Loss of Areas to Grow Food

Once the land is contaminated by nuclear waste such as the materials away from the Fukushima power plant, it can no longer be trusted to sustain plants that will be consumed for food.

Here are some reasons why rising levels of radiation from Fukushima being detected in the soil represent such a problem to everyone that looks to this area for food:

  • Any plants that are able to grow in areas contaminated with nuclear waste show severe genetic deformities: clover with 5 or more leaves, other plants with odd shaped flowers, stunted growth, giant or excessive growth, stalk tumors (yes plants do develop tumorous growths or knots!), increased susceptibility to infection, and many other problems.
  • Some plants and mushrooms are known to pull toxic radioactive waste from the soil and incorporate it into their leaves, roots, stems, and flowers. Aside from Tobacco and its notorious tendency to pull Polonium from the soil, some species of mushrooms and conifers also pull radioactive materials from the soil. Still there are no lists of edible plants that pull more radioactive material than others.
  • Failing crops, droughts, floods, and other severe weather patterns all contribute to soil erosion.  As soil is picked up by the wind, or other forces of nature, it will take the radioactive material and spread them all over the place. As a result, even places further inland may wind up with trace to larger amounts of radioactive material entering the environment without anyone realizing it is present.

Loss of Safe Water Resources

Similar to the loss of land, it is highly unlikely that radiation from the Fukushima Crisis will be able to cause other non-radioactive particles to suddenly become radioactive. Dust and other radioactive materials in the water pose some serious problems. This includes:

  • Even though heavy metals can be removed from water by distilling it, there are very few ways to remove tritium (a radioactive form of hydrogen), from potable water supplies. Tritium is commonly released by nuclear reactors including those that were damaged in Fukushima Japan. To this day, Japan is still trying to figure out what to do with Tritium waste left behind. Other than releasing it into the ocean, they are also considering simply letting the water evaporate, or try burying it.
  • Since it tends to be very hard to detect tritium in water supplies, there are very few, if any ways for governing bodies to determine just how much of this type of nuclear waste is washing up on the shores or falling along the coast of the United States and in heavily populated areas.
  • If you watch the news forecast, then it’s easy to see that water from one end of the country, or even the world, can move all over the place in a very short period of time. As a result, it is very possible that people on the East Coast of the United States may be dealing with the consequences of the Fukushima crisis well before they expected to. In terms of setting up a safe homestead, there is no such thing as a water supply that will remain uncontaminated because of the way water cycles so easily from air to ground and underground areas.
  • Many people that think of the oceans as endless bodies of salt water fail to realize that enormous amounts of water evaporate from them on a daily basis. Without this evaporation, supplies of potable water on land would never be replenished. When the oceans are polluted by radioactive materials, the water throughout the world will also get contaminated.

Loss of Safe Hunting and Fishing Areas

Today, there are many preppers that feel the best thing to do is return to living off the land instead of hoping that FEMA and social programs will help them out in a time of need.

If you thought the impact of Fukushima on human reproduction was bad, then you haven’t really given much thought to the impact on animals that you might rely on for food. In fact, if you do some research on mutations found around Chernobyl, you see why it will be impossible to hunt or fish where radioactive materials from Fukushima show up.

Large die offs of animals and plants also tend to occur when radiation levels rise. In this case, the path of the ocean currents between Japan and the United States may well be corridors of death for millions of fish that will no longer be available for humans to consume. No matter whether there is a social collapse or not, a reduction in food from the ocean will lead to higher food prices, which in turn, will trigger other disasters.

Loss of Safe Air to Breathe

If you have done any degree of prepping, then you may already realize that respirators, gas masks, and closed oxygen systems simply cannot take the place of breathing regular air. The lungs are also some of the most sensitive organs in the body when it comes to being damaged by radiation.

As air based nuclear contamination from Fukushima travels along, it will drop into the Pacific Ocean long before it reaches the United States. That, however, doesn’t guarantee the safety of air in the United States.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Water always evaporates, and as it does so, it will carry small particles of radioactive material along with it. In this case, tritium will be carried along because it is the lightest of all radioactive materials.
  • As water seeps into the land, particles of radioactive debris will be left behind. As this soil dries out and turns to dust, it will blow along with the wind, which means that radioactive materials are right back in the air.

Cycles of nature aside, there are already statements coming out of Japan to the effect that they don’t know how to alleviate problems caused by Fukushima, let alone what kinds of problems will occur. If they can’t figure out how to even stop the radiation from leaking out of the reactors, why trust any governing body that seeks to assure us that air contaminated by this disaster is safe to breathe? The fact of the matter is no one really knows what the total impact on air quality from this radiation as it spreads across the world.

Impacts on the Economy

In a sense, running a country is not so difference from running a business. When you own a business, those who buy from you must have confidence that the products you sell are safe to use. There is no question that farmers in the United States and other nations rely on the good reputation of their land and water when it comes to exporting foods.

At a more local level, there are no estimates revolving around how many businesses will be driven under because high radiation levels mean that some operations can no longer be carried out in certain areas. This includes everything from farming to making wine, water, and many other products. As people get sick, an untold amount of pure human creativity and excellence will also be lost or left undeveloped as people struggle just to stay alive.

Anyone thinking about the economic impact of Fukushima should also think seriously about how much it costs to treat cancer. Since government bodies consistently under-estimate dangers from ISIS, it should come as no surprise that they may also be seriously underestimating just how many people right here in the United States are likely to develop cancer because of the Fukushima crisis.

In addition, regardless of the treatments used for cancer, they are all extremely expensive and there is no way for people with or without health insurance to be able to pay for it.

Nuclear holocaust

 

What Should We Do?

While everyone was focused on trying to avoid a nuclear war, a nuclear holocaust is already underway because of the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. Never forget that governments conspired to unleash a technology that they did have full control of, and is now presenting a very serious threat to millions of people right here in the United States.

Now is the time to demand answers and action on a problem that is much worse than anything that could come of conventional guns or even other forms of energy generation.

Take the time now to demand answers and the truth form leaders that continue to use “red flag” generated scenarios to hide what is going on in Fukushima. Our nation still has billions of dollars’ worth of tax dollars that can be used to help with research and resolving this crisis instead of wasting it on nonsense like gun control and other useless ego game agendas.

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Back To Basics: How To Make Bread

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This is my Back To Basics: How To Make Bread series article. I am hoping to teach the world to go back to the basics, like how to make bread. I’m sure you know by now I love making bread and teaching people how to do the same. There is something about feeling the dough in your hands, punching the dough down and then molding the bread into loaves. My mom taught me how to make bread and I can still remember the smell of baking bread in our home. I also loved watching my daughters sit on the kitchen counter or bar stools and making bread with me. Now I get to make bread with my grandkids. Who doesn’t love watching a child mold a piece of dough into a masterpiece, right?

Every neighborhood where I have lived I have taught my neighbors how to make bread, if they were interested. I have taught people how to make bread in really nice kitchen stores (Bosch). I totally understand when people have no desire to learn how to make bread. Maybe it’s because they didn’t grow up with homemade bread. Also, sometimes people tell me they “can’t” make bread. I get it. I really do. I couldn’t make bread without fresh ingredients. I will teach you today how to make bread and you will be successful, I promise.

How To Make Bread:

These are some of my tips I share with those who need a little help to learn how to make bread. I jotted them down one by one as I thought of them.

Use only fresh ingredients. Here’s the deal, if your yeast package has been sitting on your pantry shelf for a month or more, throw it out. It will probably not work. I keep my excess SAF yeast in the freezer and the amount I use monthly in my refrigerator in an airtight container. I only use SAF yeast. That may sound a little snotty but my bread turns out 99.9% of the time. Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch

I buy bread flour to use when I make white bread, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, bread sticks or croissants. I buy the bread flour in 25 or 50-pound bags. I place the flour in plastic buckets with a red Gamma lid. I only buy the amount of white flour I can use in 9-12 months. After that, it will become rancid and my bread will not turn out like it should. The Gamma Seal Lid, Red You can buy the Gamma lids at stores like Walmart for about $8.00, give or take, plus tax of course. I buy red Gamma lids for my wheat and flour. I color code all of my buckets. Blue is for sugar, yellow is for pasta and green is for all laundry products. I use other colors in the garage for my fuel like charcoal, pinecones, etc. I will talk about that another day.

Decide on the bread pan size that works for your family. I like to buy one pound loaves, but I only make bread for myself and my husband. Of course, I take a few loaves to special neighbors as well. Here is one that is similar to what I use: Fat Daddio’s Anodized Aluminum Bread Pan, 7.75 Inch x 3.75 Inch x 2.75 Inch

My bread dough can be frozen, but I use it within four weeks. I grease a gallon size bag and place some of the dough I want to use later AFTER the rising/proofing stage. Be sure and leave some room for expansion in the freezer. When I want to use it I put the frozen bag in the refrigerator the night before. I let it thaw until about noon the next day once I’ve pulled it from the refrigerator, depending on the temperature of the room. I grease the pans I want to use and mold the dough into bread, rolls, breadsticks or whatever. I cover the dough with greased plastic wrap. Remove the plastic wrap before baking. Bake according to directions on my recipe. I always bake mine at 350 degrees. One pound loaves will bake just right in about  27-30 minutes. Larger loaves will be around 35-45 minutes.

Yes, you can use a thermometer, but I don’t. When first learning to bake bread you may want to use one. The inner temperature at the bottom of the loaf after baking should be around 190 degrees. Now, if the bread dough has eggs, butter, and milk the temperature should be around 205 degrees after baking in the bottom of the loaf. Hearty/rustic bread should be baked until the temperature is 205 to 215 degrees after baking in the bottom of the loaf. You can see there is quite a spread in temperatures. It’s all about practicing with your oven, your recipe and the temperature in your house. If the air conditioner is blowing on your dough it will probably not rise, or will take forever to rise. Here is a bread thermometer: Latest Cooking Thermometers, Habor Digital Stainless Cooking Thermometer with Instant Read, Long Probe, LCD Screen, Anti-Corrosion, Best for Food, Meat, Grill, BBQ, Milk, and Bath Water

Freeze your bread the day you make it, except for the loaves you will consume within a day. Our homemade bread has zero preservatives, so it will go moldy quicker than commercially made bread. The refrigerator makes the bread go stale and dry (dehydrates it and not in a good way). Bread is better if left on the counter in bags. I use bread bags like these: Bread Loaf Bags, Pack of 100 with Free Twist Ties with recipe

You may want a hot loaf of bread to serve for dinner at the last minute. You can reheat a loaf of bread at 350 degrees for 15 minutes wrapped in foil and serve it warm with butter.

Wheat:

You will want to store in the freezer your freshly ground wheat until you are ready to use it. I would use it within a month. Only grind what you need in that time period. The whole wheat flour at your local supermarkets is typically hard red wheat and it is not fresh, obviously because who knows how long it’s been sitting on the shelves. I prefer to use hard white wheat, and yes, I grind it myself. If you buy whole wheat berries and grind the wheat yourself you will pay for your wheat grinder very quickly, depending on how many loaves of bread your family eats. The real bonus is that you’ll know what’s in the bread you make.

Hard white wheat (the only kind I buy):

I buy mine from Costco when it goes on sale in 6-gallon buckets, the brand is Lehi Roller Mills. I also buy hard white wheat in #10 cans. I like to store my wheat in more than one way. Please make sure wherever you buy your wheat that it is clean and is at a very minimum triple washed. I called Lehi Mills and I was told their wheat goes through seven cleaning processes to properly clean it. You can see why I buy Lehi Roller Mill Wheat. I quote from Lehi Roller Mills website: “Our Hard White Storage Wheat differs from our Red Storage Wheat slightly in color and flavor with just a little less protein, but it remains excellent for storage. Our White Storage Wheat comes in the ready-to-store buckets and lasts 30 plus years in storage. We use only hand-selected wheat that’s sourced, graded and evaluated right at our mill.”

Hard red wheat:

I quote from Lehi Roller Mills: “Our Hard Red Storage Wheat is specially grown for Lehi Roller Mills. We’ve worked directly with seed breeders to develop this wheat specifically to enhance its baking quality and improve its flavor. Lehi Roller Mills independently sources, grades, evaluates and cleans the wheat. When stored correctly in a cool, dry place it can last 30 plus years.”

Soft white wheat:

Soft white wheat has a shorter shelf life, therefore, I rarely buy it. It’s mainly used for pastries.

Wheat gluten:

This product makes my whole wheat bread softer. I only use one brand: All-Natural Vital Wheat Gluten

Dough enhancer:

This product makes my white bread, rolls, and cinnamon rolls fluffier (it’s optional). I only use one brand: NutriMill Dough Enhancer 16oz Bag

Other Key Issues to Consider:

Bread pans cannot touch each other in the oven or the oven walls because they will not bake evenly and may even over bake your bread in most cases.

Sunshine:  It must be sunny on the day I am going to make bread. Now, is this an old wives tale, you ask? I don’t know, but one thing I do know is that if the clouds are dark and its raining my bread will not rise. Nope, it will not. So there you have it. I only make bread on sunny days.

Grease your pans very well. Tap the bottom of the pan after baking and if it sounds hollow the bread is done. Place the bread on a cooling rack and then freeze it after it cools. Do this by placing the loaves in plastic bags as stated above.

One way to make sure the dough is ready to mold into loaves is what I call the thumb test. Push your thumb into the dough as it has risen in a bowl or in pan. Look for the thumb imprint. If it stays indented the dough is ready to punch down and mold for baking. If the imprint bounces back out let the dough rise a little longer. I let my bread rise twice because I like fluffy bread. See the “test/proofing” discussion below for more details.

Never let the dough rise longer than 4-5 hours or the bread will taste yeasty. I never put my bread dough in the refrigerator overnight because it will taste like yeast.

Bread should be sticky, but not too sticky..if you add too much flour the bread will be dry and tough. No worries, you will get the hang of it, you really will. Itmay take a few tries, but the end result of your cooking adventures will be well worth the time and effort!

Use a dough scraper, I use this to cut my dough into loaves and scrape the excess dough off the counter: OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose stainless steel scraper & chopper. I learned this when I taught bread making at a Bosch store. Wow, my mom would have loved this tool!

Wash the dough off your hands with cold water, warm or hot water will start to “cook” the dough and make it stick to your hands even more.

Some people sprinkle flour on the counter top, I use vegetable oil sprayed on the counter. Everyone makes bread a little differently, and that’s okay.

Test your bread dough, I’m not a scientist but this is what I do know:

Proofing your dough means you have let the dough rest, and then let it rise before baking it.

  • push your thumb in the dough if it totally disappears then the dough is under-proofed (not ready to bake)
  • push your thumb in the dough if it dents about halfway back out its perfect (ready to bake)
  • push your thumb in the dough if it stays totally pushed in the dough is over-proofed (oops! It’s still good for fried bread)

This proofing technique you will learn by trial and error. Trust me, we have all had some loaves not bake exactly right, it’s okay, it still tastes fabulous!

Practice, practice, practice and never give up. You will make the perfect loaf of bread for your family, I promise.

These are all my recipes I have made for years and they are for sure no-fail recipes! Each post shows you step by step how to make the bread of your choice, whether it be whole wheat bread, white bread, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls and French bread. I even have a YouTube available to show you HOW I make bread start to finish. May God bless you in your efforts to get back to basics by making bread.

Whole Wheat Bread by Food Storage Moms

White Bread by Food Storage Moms

Cinnamon Rolls by Food Storage Moms

Dinner Rolls by Food Storage Moms

French Bread by Food Storage Moms

Food Storage Moms Bread Making YouTube

 

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15 Super Fun Games & Crafts Made With Pool Noodles

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15 Super Fun Games & Crafts Made With Pool Noodles

They may appear pretty basic but don’t let that fool you because the ordinary pool noodle can be transformed into hours of fun for the kids with these fantastic craft ideas!

They’re all easy to make and you wont have to part with loads of cash to complete them – after all, it doesn’t get much cheaper than a few dollar store pool noodles!

Host your very own matchbox derby with this amazing pool noodle race track! Whether it’s outside in the sunshine or inside on a rainy day, the kids will love cheering on their miniature cars as they speed down the noodle lanes.

Ahoy there! If you’re looking for a fun pool raft for the kids this summer then look  no further than this unique pirate raft! Made with a few noodles, some rope and small plastic pipes it’s easy to assemble and the children will get hours of entertainment from it.

Make learning fun and introduce a pool noodle abacus into the garden. You can encourage the kids to play number games where they can push the small sections of noodle back and forth.

Pool Noodle Abacus

Create a pool noodle golf course in your backyard and sit back and relax while your little ones tee-off! Absolutely everything is made using noodles including the club and the hole so all you need to do is get down to the dollar-store and stock up on a few!

This clever tip will keep your mind at ease while the kids are bouncing around on the trampoline. You can use pool noodles to replace a worn out safety pad so that the dangerous metal springs are always covered – genius or what!

Who said pool noodles were just for the pool? The foam tubes are perfect for getting crafty with and the little ones can create all sorts of original pieces of art work – they just need to dip them in paint and start printing.

pool noodle painting

May the force be with you…because once you’ve made these fun pool noodle light sabers your kids will not put them down!

When you and your family are chilling out by the pool, the last thing you want to be doing is running inside for drinks, dripping water all over the floor. Well now you don’t have to because this noodle beverage boat will float in the pool all day keeping your soda nice and cool.

Make a splash with this amazing train track water toy. It’s the perfect project to keep your children cool this summer – just hook it up to your garden hose and let the fun begin!

The simple game of tic tac toe but not as you know it! This pool noodle version adds a 3D element to the past-time that makes it more exciting than ever before!

As soon as the sun comes out you’re likely to see hundreds of variations of this game fill the shelves in stores everywhere – but why pay for a racquet ball set when you can make your own at home? A net bag, some duct tape and the all important pool noodles are all you need!

The best way to get your kids in the bath is to make it exciting and that’s exactly what this water wall does! They can play till their hearts content and they wont even notice you scrubbing the dirt off them!

water wall pool noodle

Teach your kids accuracy and work on improving their aim with this fun-filled javelin throw game.

Let your kids create their own noodle boat with this easy project. They can get creative with the design and personalize it to them then enjoy racing them across the pool or bathtub!

If your young kids have a tendency to roll out of bed at night then this simple trick is just the solution you need!

Off-Gridders Threatened: Get Rid Of Your Wood Stove Or Face Thousands Of Dollars In Fines

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Get Rid Of Your Wood Stove Or Face Thousands Of Dollars In Fines, Residents Told

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Montreal residents that burn wood for heat must register their stoves and by October 2018, must replace them with newer models or face thousands of dollars in fines.

The registration is part of an effort to ban most wood-burnings heaters in Canada’s second largest city.

The burning of wood, coal, pellets and other solid fuels is already banned during smog alerts in Montreal. Starting October 18, 2018, the city will extend the ban to all devices that emit more than 2.5 grams of fine particles an hour. Any fireplace, furnace or stove that does not meet that standard will be banned, and there is no grandfather clause. With some older models emitting 10 to 20 grams per hour, many residents will be forced to find a new source of heat – and stop using heaters that may have been in the family for generations.

The new law effectively bans all older stoves and fireplaces because they are not certified by the EPA, the CBC reported. Persons who refuse to replace or stop using their wood burners will face a $500 fine for the first offense, a $1,000 fine for the second offense and a $2,000 fine for every offense beyond that.

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Get Rid Of Your Wood Stove Or Face Thousands Of Dollars In Fines, Residents ToldSupporters of the ban say it is an attempt to reduce air pollution. Persons who want to keep burning wood will have to install inserts that can cost between $2,000 and $8,000. The only exemption to the ban would be if a power outage lasts more than three hours.

Many Canadian citizens are criticizing the proposal.

“After thousands of years relying on fire as a source of heat, suddenly humans have discovered fire is so dangerous that we must use the power provided by a government monopoly instead,” a man named Tristan Verboven wrote in the National Post’s story comments. “Yet somehow vehicle and industrial emissions are not worth eliminating. That would be way more complicated than inspecting people`s private homes to enforce a law everyone knows is a racket.”

Wrote another person, Michael Sweny, “First a gun registry and now a wood stove registry. Utterly insane!”

In the United States, Too

In the United States, San Francisco already has banned such stoves. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which regulates pollution in the San Francisco Bay area, will ban the installation of new wood-burning heaters starting November 1, 2016. Fireplaces already were banned.

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Limited bans on wood burning are common in other areas of the country, including Grand Junction, Colorado. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment ordered residents of that city not to use wood stoves without an EPA sticker during a recent inversion in that city. The sticker certifies that the stoves meet new EPA standards. An inversion is an atmospheric condition that traps air pollution in a region, usually in the winter.

It looks as if wood burning could soon be a thing of the past in many parts of the United States and Canada.

Do you agree or disagree with the new laws in Montreal and San Francisco? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Are You Prepared For Blackouts This Winter? Read More Here.

Get Rid Of Your Wood Stove Or Face Thousands Of Dollars In Fines, Residents Told

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Get Rid Of Your Wood Stove Or Face Thousands Of Dollars In Fines, Residents Told

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Montreal residents that burn wood for heat must register their stoves and by October 2018, must replace them with newer models or face thousands of dollars in fines.

The registration is part of an effort to ban most wood-burnings heaters in Canada’s second largest city.

The burning of wood, coal, pellets and other solid fuels is already banned during smog alerts in Montreal. Starting October 18, 2018, the city will extend the ban to all devices that emit more than 2.5 grams of fine particles an hour. Any fireplace, furnace or stove that does not meet that standard will be banned, and there is no grandfather clause. With some older models emitting 10 to 20 grams per hour, many residents will be forced to find a new source of heat – and stop using heaters that may have been in the family for generations.

The new law effectively bans all older stoves and fireplaces because they are not certified by the EPA, the CBC reported. Persons who refuse to replace or stop using their wood burners will face a $500 fine for the first offense, a $1,000 fine for the second offense and a $2,000 fine for every offense beyond that.

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Get Rid Of Your Wood Stove Or Face Thousands Of Dollars In Fines, Residents ToldSupporters of the ban say it is an attempt to reduce air pollution. Persons who want to keep burning wood will have to install inserts that can cost between $2,000 and $8,000. The only exemption to the ban would be if a power outage lasts more than three hours.

Many Canadian citizens are criticizing the proposal.

“After thousands of years relying on fire as a source of heat, suddenly humans have discovered fire is so dangerous that we must use the power provided by a government monopoly instead,” a man named Tristan Verboven wrote in the National Post’s story comments. “Yet somehow vehicle and industrial emissions are not worth eliminating. That would be way more complicated than inspecting people`s private homes to enforce a law everyone knows is a racket.”

Wrote another person, Michael Sweny, “First a gun registry and now a wood stove registry. Utterly insane!”

In the United States, Too

In the United States, San Francisco already has banned such stoves. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which regulates pollution in the San Francisco Bay area, will ban the installation of new wood-burning heaters starting November 1, 2016. Fireplaces already were banned.

New Rugged Portable Power Unit Will Jump Start Your Car, Power Virtually Anything — And Even Air Up Your Tires!

Limited bans on wood burning are common in other areas of the country, including Grand Junction, Colorado. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment ordered residents of that city not to use wood stoves without an EPA sticker during a recent inversion in that city. The sticker certifies that the stoves meet new EPA standards. An inversion is an atmospheric condition that traps air pollution in a region, usually in the winter.

It looks as if wood burning could soon be a thing of the past in many parts of the United States and Canada.

Do you agree or disagree with the new laws in Montreal and San Francisco? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Are You Prepared For Blackouts This Winter? Read More Here.

Getting Old Sux! Managing Expiration Dates

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Getting Old Sux Managing Expiration DatesWhen we think about expiration dates we all think about our food storage, you might have even thought that this article was going to be all about food expiration dates. While food might have the lowest expiration date, and it is important, there are a few more supplies we need to pay attention to, including our own expiration date.

The reason I titles this post “Betting Old Sux! And Managing Expiration Dates” is because no matter how hard we try to be completely prepared, supplies expire, our family makeup changes, our health changes as we get older and life seems to throw us the unexpected at the worst possible times.

Managing expiration dates and changing plans is all part of the game. Whether you are talking about disaster planning, or fixing a broken window, if we can’t get that stuff figured out now while times are good, we have no hope when help is not on the way.

Expiration is inevitable, even the sun and earth will expire someday. Expiration is a fact of life, and a part of prepping we just have to deal with.

This double edged sward leaves you with 2 options, the first is to wait as long as you can before you buy something, hoping nothing happens before you get to it. The second choice (and smart one) is to purchase these supplies, and pay close attention to rotation and inventory.

This week in the show Lisa and I talked about everything from food storage to medical supplies, and how to maximize their shelf lives.

SPP133 Getting Old Sux! Managing Expiration Dates

Food Storage: Everyone has their own method of inventory and rotation, but I can tell you from experience that the more food you store the harder it is to keep track of. This is especially true for canned goods because they tend to hide in the back corners of your cabinets.

This article has an inventory worksheet you can download, and this article explains the different types of food storage and techniques, from canned food to long term food storage.

How you Store Your Supplies: When we think of expiration dates we tend to think about food, but proper storage also plays a role in how long our other supplies last. Temperature, humidity and time are all enemies of our supplies, make sure they are cleaned after use, and stored properly to extend their lifespan.

Fuel and Cars: Hopefully you know about how important fuel storage is, if you don’t this article will explain everything about rotation and fuel additives. It’s not just important to store extra fuel, it’s important to do regular maintenance on our vehicles because you don’t want it to break down when you need it most.

Home Maintenance: There might come a day when the handyman will be gone and fixing something is not just a phone call away. Learning how to do some of these tasks yourself will not only help in a SHTF situation, you might even save a few bucks along the way. There are also other DIY prepping projects you can do to learn new skills and save some money.

General Supplies: There are so many other prepping supplies that at one point or another are going to need replacing. Water filters, air filtration masks and batteries will only last so long, so we need to know how to extend their lifespan, and know how to survive without them.

Medical Supplies: This one really gets me because medical supplies are not cheap, but they are absolutely necessary. Prescription medications, OTC Medications (over the counter) and even Band-Aids all have an expiration date and will need to be replaced. While we can “push” the expiration dates with some of these, they lose their potency and effectiveness over time.

Our Health: Our own expiration date is the most important of all expiration dates. Not only because if we are dead none of this matters, but also because if we are not healthy it makes everything else harder on us and everyone around us.

By eating right, exercising, and paying attention to what our bodies are telling us, we can hopefully increase our expiration dates, and increase our ability to do certain tasks that might be necessary…although nothing in life is guaranteed.

Our Family & Our Plans: Like it or not even the best plans are going to change over time. As our family gets older, as our family structure changes and as our financial situation changes, so will our plans. A disaster preparedness plan that took hours of planning and works perfectly now, might not work so well in a year from now. We need to be able and willing to pivot and change our plan how our situation dictates.

Money: One thing we weren’t able to get to in the show was managing our money. You might not think about money having an expiration date, but depending on our bills our paychecks only last so long. You can spend money wisely, you could save money by using coupons and there are even a few ways to make a little extra cash for prepping.

Also From the Show…

I have mentioned the Back to Basics Bundle a few times over the last few weeks, and it’s finally here…almost. This is set to be released for sale on the 18th and will only be available for 7 days.

You can sign up for the 15 day challenge (free) and also get email updates when the package goes on sale. This package is huge, and a great deal!

Tac Bar Contest and Review

tac bar ammo canI have been working with Aaron from Expedition Research on a monthly contest for the Tac-Bar Bug Out Box which includes…

  • 12,500 Calories
  • 10 Aquatabs (10 liters)
  • Zero Preparation
  • 4 Quarts Volume

On the website they state that there is no other ready-to-eat food ration as fortified with what your body requires to survive and perform at its peak, whatever your mission.

I will be doing a review on this shortly, and I can’t wait to share my results. Aaron is also the person responsible for the Apollo-Tactical compound bow that we just gave away, and the one I have that I absolutely love!

The Colony on ABC

In Tin Foil Hat Time, we talked about a new show from the USA network called Colony. Here is the trailer for that show, and it looks great!

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Pandemic Preparedness Guide + Giveaway

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Pandemic Preparedness Guide | Backdoor Survival

There is a rule of thumb in survival and preparedness circles.  That rule is that when a disruptive event is eminent, people sit up and take notice.  Readership on related websites and blogs explodes, and food, water, and equipment flies off both the online and off-line the shelves.

We saw this with Fukushima and again in 2014 with the Ebola epidemic.  We are also seeing a bit of that right now, with the wild fluctuations in stock markets around the globe.

Pandemic Preparedness Guide | Backdoor Survival

Whereas the next book up in Prepper Book Festival 10, is titled The Pandemic Preparedness Guide, the reality is that this book is a whole lot more.

It is a handbook of the precautions and preparations you need to put in place to ensure your health and survival in the even of either a medical and non-medical disruptive event.  These are situations where for one reason or another, normal life as we know it stops, and a new reality begins.  Whether permanent or temporary, these disruptions cause us to turn to our preps (knowledge, skills, and stuff) in order to make it through, one day at a time.

Trust me.  This is not a book about sickroom supplies although that is covered as well.

With that introduction, today I share an interview with Ken McClelland, the author of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide.  In addition, I have a copy of his book up for grabs in a giveaway.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Kenneth R. McClelland, Author of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

The book speaks about various viruses, from the cold and the flu, to the Ebola virus, and explains what makes a virus become a pandemic.

It also guides the reader through what they can do in advance of a pandemic, and even during one, to help keep them and their loved ones safe. Near the end I offer ideas on home remedies, and offer suggestions on what items I believe will be essential for safety and survival.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

The research into the medical aspect of viruses and also the study of past pandemics, was extensive and at times overwhelming. Additionally, a lot of care was given to prepping as we know it today, and also to what potential government responses we might expect should such an event occur.

How long did it take to write?

This book and the research involved in writing it, was spread out over perhaps ten years time. In other words, this was not a hastily written book meant to garner sales in response to the recent Ebola virus for example.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

I would hope that your readers realize that they should be prepared for a loss of conditions; whether that arrives as a pandemic, a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, an EMP, or perhaps even a job loss. I would also hope that they would realize that prepping in advance will ease their stress and anxiety about such possibilities.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a government employee, a family man, and a Christian who enjoys writing, among other things. I’ve come to realize that knowledge is power, and the more you have of it the less you’ll need to rely upon others, and the less concerned you’ll be about where you’ll fit into the future.

Like the GI Joe cartoon used to say: “Knowing is half the battle.”

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Living in central Florida as I do, we’ve always felt the need to be prepared for hurricanes, which works out great when you go to the store and order a case of soup.

But my greatest concerns are not hurricanes, but more related to viral pandemics; economic collapse; or a loss of the grid for any reason – which will completely change our world in a matter of seconds.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

I would start accumulating knowledge; whether that’s through books, the internet, or with the help of experienced Preppers. Decide what’s most important to you and focus your early preps towards covering those bases, and by all means band together with like minded people you already know and trust.

Consider garage sales and flea markets as resources for acquiring things like solar panels, manual kitchen tools, food-grade water barrels, oil lamps, etc.. Consider splitting into teams and make it like a scavenger hunt.

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

That’s a tough call, but the movie Contagion is the first that comes to mind.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes I do. It’s actually finished, and keeping with the virus theme, the book is an historical fiction novel called “The Pandemic Report” which takes place during the 1918 influenza pandemic.

I’m amazed at how many people have never heard of this event (including myself), and yet that bird flu virus swept across the globe and took with it the lives of up to 100 million people in less than two year’s time. While the book is completed, it still needs editing.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I think it’s great that through The Backdoor Survival Book Festival, you’re able to help so many people find the resources to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors by gaining the knowledge and skills that will help them to be more independent, self sufficient, and more confident.

While the term Prepper may be a misunderstood term to some, a Prepper; a prepared person, is simply anyone who has a plan – while an unprepared person is someone who will realize too late that the cavalry is not going to be coming in at the last minute to save or feed them, should the worst happen to the world around us.


The Giveaway

Ken has reserved a copy of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide for this Book Festival Giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

The historical perspective offered in Ken’s book brought home the need be prepared for the lawlessness that will ensue when the desperate and unprepared descend upon us following a pandemic.  He uses some examples; examples I had not previously known about.  This is eye opening stuff when brought within the context of a pandemic.

This is a book you will want to read if, for nothing else, to be come more educated and more knowledgeable about pandemics past and future.  I encourage you to enter the giveaway to win a copy of your own for free.

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

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Spotlight:  The Pandemic Preparedness Guide

This comprehensive book will provide you with a better understanding of Flu and Ebola viruses, what a pandemic is, and what things will look like when it begins.

In the words of one reviewer:

“As a professor at medical school, and author of three prepper medical books, I found the medical information presented in this work to be remarkably accurate. That’s quite a feat for someone who hasn’t been indoctrinated into the rigid confines of medicine. But that shouldn’t have surprised me, because the author writes very, very well.

Much of his book addresses the potential consequences of global diseases, and how one might reconcile difficult choices that must be made during disasters… from a Christian point of view. Another large portion deals with a subject on many people’s minds these days. Namely, what does it mean to be a Patriot in America today, when the people of this great nation no longer trust their government, and find conspiracy in every direction they look. And that’s why I really enjoyed this book. Maybe I didn’t agree with everything, but I certainly respected his well written arguments and points of view.”

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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WALKING IN THE RAIN!

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WALKING IN THE RAIN: The Allen boys of Texas
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rainOn this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, authors Will Allen and his brother M.C. Allen are my special guests. They have collaborated on the hugely successful Walking in the Rainseries. With nearly 1,500 reviews, the five installments to date have consistently ranked in the top 100 on Amazon’s post-apocalyptic fiction list since the release of book one almost one year ago.

1-14-16 walking-in-the-rain-book-one-coverPost-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, by the nature of the genre, places the characters in a world full of desperation and despair. The Walking in The Rain series is no different. We’ll talk with the Allen boys about what led them to writing in this genre, and get their opinions on the state of world affairs. The collapse event which underlies the series is an EMP attack. We’ll delve into the realities of this threat and get some words of advice from two men who grow up in a small farming community in southeast Texas.

1-14-16 firestorm-book-five-coverOne thing is certain, if my interaction with the Allen Posse on Facebook is an indicator, this hour will be unpredictable, raucous, and full of ROTF – LMAO one-liners. Frankly, as host, I am scared. Hopefully, Mr. Producer will have his finger on the mute button at all times!

As always, one outstanding caller will be chosen to receive one of my books as their reward for adding to the conversation. Let me say this to all of you, don’t be shy. There are no bad callers. Remember, just as I will remind myself, we’re like old friends talking on the phone about a subject that is important to us all – prepping. Please, do not think about the fact that millions of people are listening!
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