How to Prepare for a Tornado!

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How to Prepare for a Tornado

TornadoA tornado can appear as a funnel shape, spinning through the air or may just appear as a dark cloud on the horizon. Tornadoes develop out of strong thunderstorms and can be devastating and even fatal. Rotating winds can get up to 300 mph and tornadoes path of damage can be more than a mile in width and as much as 50 miles in length.

1-22-06 ss-150326-oklahoma-tornado-01.nbcnews-ux-1280-900-700x467There is risk of a tornado at some level just about anywhere.  Some tornado’s are easily seen; others may be hidden by blinding rain or low clouds. Tornadoes are known to crop up very quickly with little or no warning ahead of time. Early warning and preparation are big ways to reduce injury and fatalities.

Typically, before a tornado is about to hit, it’s suddenly very still and quiet. Sometimes you will see a swarm of debris in the air even without a visible funnel cloud. Since tornadoes usually happen along the edge of a thunderstorm, don’t be fooled by the fact that there may be sunny and clear skies beyond the tornado cloud.

Facts You Should Know About Tornadoes:

  • colorado-tornadoAverage forward moving speed is from 30 mph; can be from zero movement to 70 mph.
  • Tornadoes over water are called waterspouts
  • Peak season in northernmost states is end of spring and beginning of summer months
  • March to May is tornado season for south states.
  • Most often sighted in spring and summer seasons east of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Can move any direction but typically move southwest to northeast.
  • May touch down out of nowhere with little advance notice.
  • Hard to see when they first form until they suck up debris and dirt or a funnel cloud forms.

How to be Prepared for a Tornado

  • Start paying more attention to weather conditions and patterns in your area so you will notice when things are not normal.
  • Create a plan with family members for how you will communicate when a tornado, is moving in.
  • Put together an emergency kit similar to the one found here. Include 72 hrs. of water and food and a NOAA emergency radio with multi-charging options including hand crank.
  • Know tornado terminology. Most important to know is the difference between a tornado watch (conditions are right for a tornado) and a tornado warning (a tornado has been sighted in your area). Also understand that a tornado emergency means a tornado was seen moving toward fully populated location, and a severe thunderstorm warning means a significant thunderstorm has been seen, tornadoes are possible.
  • Watch for the Following Danger Signs. Dark skies, a green tint to the sky could mean hail, an orange or rusty sky could mean dirt blown by high winds, seeing large-sized hail, dark spinning clouds low to the ground, a thunderstorm followed by extreme quiet and stillness, debris floating near the ground, Freight train or jet sound or very loud roar, white or blue-green flashes off in the distance but near the ground could be power lines snapping.

How to Safely Seek Shelter

  •  Mobile homes or manufactured offices are dangerous places and are often in adequately anchored and will be least likely to withstand the strong, sustained winds of a tornado.
  • Best Action: Leave and find the nearest storm shelter or go to the ground floor of a more secure building.
  • A somewhat sturdy structure such as house, school, small building, or store, etc.

Best Action: Follow tornado drill instructions or signs to the nearest pre-determined safe room. This may be a basement area or room on the ground floor, or even a storm shelter if available.

  • In a high-rise apartment or office building.

Best Action: Locate a hallway, closet or small room without an outside wall. Secure any furniture or mirrors that could hit you.

  • Outside without a sturdy building nearby. This is probably the worst case scenario and unfortunately there is no best action because in this last minute situation there are so many variables that can impact your safety.

Suggested Actions:

Try to take cover in a vehicle if one is available. Wear the seat belt and attempt to drive to the nearest shelter unless you are hit by debris. As an alternative, you can seek shelter in a parked vehicle with the seat belt on and your head covered with your arms and some other cushioning such as a blanket or cushion.

Lie down in a ditch or other place that is lower than the surface of the road. If you can, bring a blanket or coat so you can cover your head with it and your arms to protect from debris and glass.

How to Deal with Tornado Aftermath

  • Stay on your Toes. Wait out the storm, make sure it has passed. Confirm via your emergency radio that the danger for your area has passed.
  • Medical Assistance is a priority. Use your first-aid kit to care for your injuries and those around you as best you can. Once storm is over, seek additional help if needed.
  • Inspect for Damage. Turn off the water, gas, and electric coming into the building. Check your home or office for any damage using a flashlight if needed. Look for damage that could mean the building is still unsafe. If you find structural damage, gather supplies and seek other shelter.
  • Help Others. If you made it through without injury or property damage, count your blessings. Work with public officials to find out how you can best help others recover.
  • Clean Up Safely. If the storm is over, begin cleaning up what you can. Wear gloves if you have them. Take photos of damage for your insurance company. Move hazardous items carefully.

Tornados can be scary and can wreak havoc in a matter of minutes. There will be no time to learn how to stay safe once one is on the way. Prepare now so you know how to seek shelter, stay safe, and deal with the aftermath of a tornado.

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Garden planning, unexpected wood delivery

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This is the first time I have started planning the garden in January.  Most years I tend to make a plan, but end up being behind the power curve for the rest of the growing season and into the harvest.  It isn’t bad to be flexible and adapt with your garden as the year progresses but unless you have a solid plan to start, you spend more time on “crisis management” rather than enjoying the garden.

I’m very excited about the greenhouses for starting plants and extending the growing season.  I think using starter plants is a great idea. It will be a lot cheaper if I can grow my own rather than depend on the local farm store. Don’t get me wrong, I figure spending a dollar or two on starter plants can pay off big at harvest time. Especially if you are a new to gardening or have limited space indoors to start plants.

This will be the first year I  have a plan to take advantage of the different types growing areas/micro-climates around my house.  The sun chokes did great in the alley way garden and the decorative kale proved out great in the semi-protected front yard garden bed with morning sun. The warm front yard garden bed garlic is looking good. This bed looks like a good spot for herbs as my sage plant survived the winter is looking great this year.

I am going to try out a 3 sisters garden mounds of pole beans, corn and squash rather than use the raised garden beds.  My squash always seems to take over my garden beds. By moving the the squash plants I hope I will be able to use my limited yard space better, plus the beans will add great nutrients to the soil I want to improve. I’m selecting drought tolerant plants as a test for the 3 sister mounds. If I can grow the plants they will probably do well on the “future farm” for improving soil and provide the basic vegetable food stuffs needed to survive.

I’m going to reduce the tomato plants to a roma, a beef steak and an Arkansas Traveler. The last couple of years I have had too many tomatoes in my garden and I did not keep up with harvesting/processing them. I want to add a couple of tomitillo plants and a hot pepper along with the sweet peppers to make salsa and sauces for Latino taste/recipes to my canned goods.

A few lessons I have learned doing raised bed/city lot gardening:

  1. You need a lot of good supports and cages to go vertical with your plants. Growing vertical maximizes your growing area, plus with my disability harvesting tall plants seems much easier rather than working at ground level.
  2. Have a plan to take advantage of micro-climates and incorporate edible landscapes. There are a lot of flowers that are edible like Nasturtiums or colorful Kale and lettuce that look great in a front yard garden bed.
  3. This a new idea for me, but use plants to shade your windows and house in summer. Lots of garden plants can reach 6-8 feet like corn or are climbers and the create natural shade in summer then die back in winter.
  4. Don’t be afraid to try new things or fear screwing up. I was one of the original “black thumbs” when it comes to plants or growing a garden.  Be persistent because when you fail, you learn. Also don’t be afraid to ask for help as there are a lot of very smart people that are more than willing to share knowledge.
  5. Use containers for plants: I really like the 18 gallon “party bucket” and a small “kiddee” pool for growing my herbs and strawberries. Just drill a few holes for drainage and you will have a an easy to work container garden. Most plants and herbs you cook with for “ethnic” recipes also tend to be great companion plants.

It’s your garden and if you learn, eat great tasting food and get some payback for your investment. I consider it all good!

Had unscheduled wood delivery this week, took me by surprised, but I think it worked out great. My wood guy called me up to take a cord of wood delivery “on sale” as he need a bit of cash for his power bill.  I had some cash on hand, so I took the cord of wood for $30.00 off his regular price. While the “new” cord did not replace all the wood I have burned this winter, the wood stack size is now good until spring even if it gets below zero F. cold. The house uses about 2-3 cords from Oct-Jan. during a generally mild winter. Ironically the wood guy call my step-dad before me  and he claimed to be too broke and could not afford to buy any wood even at a discount price.

I’m very sorry about how my step-dad is living.  Sad to say he is finding out that “credit” does not equal wealth in the long term.  I was helped by him and my Mom when I got disabled but I moved away from “easy credit’ and that has made all the difference in my life. I am now bouncing around a 760-800 plus credit rating and all I have done is get mostly out of debt (still have a mortgage) and taken out one small ($500.00) revolving credit at Les Schwab for tires and a short term signature loan via my credit Union for the wood stove. It might take awhile (5-7 years) if you “screwed the pooch” on your credit  rating like I did when I got disabled. If you pay cash, live on less than you bring in and always look/implement ways to save money every month.

Getting your financial house in order is simple, but that does not mean it is easy.




Winter Warfare Basics-Got Snowshoes?

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Good info, good history. Learn, Train.

Battle on Snoeshoes



Robert Rogers’ Legendary Break Contact- 1757

On 21 JAN 1757, Rogers’ Rangers on a recon patrol(referred to as a “scout” by Rogers) found themselves ambushed by 250 French Infantry and their allied Indian tribes, countered the ambush and broke contact.

Rogers’ men were badly outnumbered and taken by surprise; the French muskets misfired due to wet powder and ill-equipped for the weather, the French Infantry found themselves unable to move in the deep snow.

Rogers and his men set a historical precedent in the way Small Units operate- one that is still taught to this day- paying attention to the way the Natives fought and always seeking to improve and refine their equipment and tactics off of it. His Unit was made of hard men forged even harder under his command; never yielding to odds whether in their favor or not, and usually the latter. Find a way to win.

You should be doing the same.

God Bless You, from the woods of North Carolina.



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Stay Alert! Stay Alive!

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From WRSA tonite

Breaking: Large Fed Presence IVO Malheur


From over the transom:

SIZE: 200+ Fed vehicles, 400-500 agents/LEOs, mostly tac guys

ACTIVITIES: Shadowing militia throughout town Hotels filling up with FBI, State Troopers, etc. Sheriff’s dept fully locked down and barricaded.

LOCATION: Burns airport, Most hotels. Sheriff’s department.

UNITS: FBI tac teams, State Troopers, and SDs from around state

TIME: No demands have been made by FBI to vacate facility. Bundy will not vacate until his demands are met

EQUIPMENT: Multiple large army tents at airport. Approximately 1 dozen light towers, half dozen portable outhouses. Minimum 1 drone. Multiple comms trucks, satellite and antenna. 1 medical response van.

ADDITIONAL: State Police are pulling any vehicle over, including citizens, for absolutely any small violation. Was not case previously to this weekend.

Sender identified as reliable. Info received w/i last 60 mins.

Open thread; keep speculation and shit-talking to minimum. Pull any info from any reliable sources.



Situation awareness is everything.


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New….The Old-Timer’sPoultry Library

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Dateline: 22 January 2016 AD

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just put the finishing touches on The Old-Timer’s Poultry Library. The library is 35 old poultry books, converted to PDF file and compiled onto a high-quality USB flash drive. You simply plug the flash drive into your computer and all the books are right there for you.

The poultry library will sell for $16.95. But it is now available for a limited time at the introductory price of only $11.95.

It is more expensive to put a collection of pdf books on a flash drive, as opposed to a CD, but a flash drive is easier to use and makes the books available to you much faster. 

You can learn all about the Old-Timer’s Poultry Library, and see all the books that are in the library at my Agriphemera web site. Here’s the link: The Old-Timer’s Poultry Library.

If you have an interest in raising poultry, and you have an interest in old ways, you’ll really appreciate this new resource.

I really like this old picture. 
It comes from one of the books in 
The Old-Timer’s Poultry Library.

Prepper Journal: Dash Cams Can Be Useful

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Dash Cams

A variety of dash cam models are now available that are relatively inexpensive compared to just a few years ago and they are DIY installation. You can purchase ones that simply record “forward facing” where it just records what is in front of the vehicle as you drive along the highway.

You can step up and get one that records video and audio inside the cabin as well as the front of the vehicle. You can also get a dash cam system that does the front, inside and the rear of the vehicle and some models can even double as a rear parking assistant.

The systems can be used to record trips and most have a built-in GPS system. The cameras help counter fraudulent insurance claims. However, insurance companies do not offer discounts as of yet just because you have a camera. You can document accidents, road rage incidents, and capture criminal activity.

The dash cams can protect you during an accident by providing proof that it was not your fault, or just imagine you are in an accident and the other party gets violent and you are forced to draw your sidearm, or defend yourself in some way, for example. You would need irrefutable proof that you acted in self-defense.

The cameras can also be used to see how young drivers are doing as well as any driver that may be granted use of your vehicle. The typical camera system is noticeable, but you can buy mini versions that can be concealed and harder to detect from inside or outside of the vehicle.

In most cases you would remove the camera from the vehicle at night. It simply plugs into a 12Volt receptacle and the cameras typically mount on the dash or in some cases, to the rearview mirror. There are models that can be left in the vehicle overnight, however, to record activity if you are having problems with snoops or vehicle break-ins. Park the vehicle so the system records the area you want covered.

Newer models offer the ability to log your vehicles’ position, speed, and heading using a built-in GPS system. You can playback the video and determine vehicle speed and location if there is ever a question about your location at a specific time. You can even track your vehicle in real time using Google maps.

Preppers can use the dash cameras to determine if they are under surveillance by keeping the cameras active while your vehicle is parked in your driveway to determine if the same vehicle or pedestrian has passed by your house more than once in a certain period, for example.

Use the system to track the comings and goings of any neighbors you might suspect of something by parking your vehicle so the camera captures the area you want.

Use the front and rear cameras to determine if you are being followed and keep in mind a good surveillance team will maintain surveillance from the front and back as they follow your vehicle, so you would note vehicles in the front and back as you drive. Safety first of course, so view recordings after your trip at home on your computer.

With a little imagination, you can come up with other uses for the cameras. Remember they operate off a 12Volt system so they can be used in places other than a vehicle if it comes to that. A battery jump box could be a power source if you wanted to record video of a specific area in which you have some security concerns.

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EDC Dump 22 JAN 16

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Blade tech belt (I owe a review on it)
Bic lighter
Wallet with the usual cards and $117 cash
Ruger LCP Custom in Safariland holster
Spyderco knife (worn on left side)

Not shown keys and phone
Depending on the situation I may add the G19 and a spare mag.

I have a decent defensive option for likely encounters, a good knife and a lighter. Those plus a phone and money cover a lot of bases. I am not in any way knocking people who carry a full sized handgun with 2 reloads and a fixed blade knife. Good for them and in some situations I do that.

The reason I am posting this is to show you can have some basic core capabilities without carrying a ton of stuff. Too many people see what awesome guys like John Mosby carry then go into overload and carry nothing. An LCP in the pocket beats a 1911 in the glove box or nightstand.

Better to carry some stuff then none. Got EDC?

Mutlipurpose Hand Forged Herb Drying Rack

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The Mountain Man is always fabricating, creating and manufacturing useful items for our homestead.  Sometimes it is necessary for us to manufacture things to fit our needs, to improve the modern day counterparts and to allow us to do unique and creative things here. Many of these tools will benefit you as well so once we […]

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Back to Basics Bundle

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The Back To Basics Bundle is a collection of over 60 eBooks,memberships and subscriptions from the best authors in the Back to Basics Movement.

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This bundle gets even better it also comes with a number of bonus offers from companies that care about the back to basics lifestyle.

In other words, authors, content creators, companies and bloggers have all come together for this extraordinary event.

All of this in one great bundle!

For one week The Back to Basics Bundle will be on sale for over 90% off the normal cost of these resources, plus of course our vendors are offering some steep discounts.

Back to Basics Bundle!

How can we do this? It’s more about making a difference than making a buck! We all have come together to do our part to make this event happen so we can offer you huge savings and get you on you back to basics journey.
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Start your year off right by taking a simpler, more natural approach to life.
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No more excuses for starting tomorrow or “someday.”
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Angel’s “Lessons Learned”

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A lesson learned

My experience with the Kerodins has been both expensive and valuable. I’m out close to $2800 total between III Arms Company and donations to their dojo and IIIPS. The first I thought of as an investment, and as such I expected the money to be used specifically to get a firearms production company started. Start-up capital. Now, anyone with investment experience knows that start-ups have a very small chance of survival, let alone success. It’s a high-risk gamble, but there are certain times when the gamble is worth it, even if it’s not a monetary success.

With investments, you don’t always expect to see returns, but you do expect a certain degree of accountability and transparency from those to whom you’ve entrusted your money. With III Arms Company, it’s not that it failed, it’s the question of accountability on the part of the Kerodins, and their lack of openness with the Founding Members. We gave them money for a specific purpose, we would like to have a detailed accounting of where it went. The problem is also the best lesson learned: while we gave money for the purpose, and while we were “honored” as Founding Members of a new company, none of us received anything indicating us as legal owners of the company. Nothing on the financial record establishing a legal right for any donor to claim over the company. What does this mean exactly? Well, it means that the Founding Members have as much claim to the company assets, records, or profits as anyone not sending money to the Kerodins. Exactly zero. Once the money changed hands, without any legal documents of ownership, it became the Kerodins’ property. With only their names on ownership documents and business accounts, the Founders were effectively shut out of any claims or liabilities. That is the one good thing about this, any lawsuits against III Arms Company by the government or purchasers go straight to the Kerodins and no Founding Member will get dragged into it.

So Lesson #1:

When investing in any business enterprise, get a contract, get acknowledgement in writing that you have a legal stake in the business that entitles you to quarterly statements, rights to liquidated assets in case of a bankruptcy, and a share of the profits if it succeeds. Have this documentation signed, dated, notarized if possible and in your possession. 

Now let’s talk donations and gifts. After the III Arms debacle, all of the enterprises the Kerodins came up with and promoted fell into the “donation and gift” category. Nothing was sold as a for profit enterprise. No one was offered a stake in the St. Maries dojo, the Kerodins made it very clear that they were soliciting gifts to make the dojo something that would reflect positively on the Patriot community. This was an emotional appeal, “do it for the Community”. Of course, the only people who directly benefited from the gifts purchased on Amazon and sent directly to the Kerodins were…you guessed it, the Kerodins. All the money collected for the TOC? Donations/gifts. Money collected as “dues” for the III Patriot Society? Donations/gifts. There was no promise or guarantees made by the Kerodins for any of it, but that doesn’t matter. Legally, a donation or monetary gift becomes the property of the recipient and the giver relinquishes all control over it. You can ask for proof, verification or results until you’re blue in the face, but the Kerodins are not legally required to respond. As the “recipients of gifts”, they have no responsibility to use the funds in any manner other than how they desire.

And now Lesson #2:

When considering donating or gifting money or materials to any person or entity, understand that once that money/material leaves your possession, it becomes the recipient(s)’ possession to do with as they will. Be very sure of the nature of the recipient before donating.  Your only recourse, once you believe the recipient is misusing donations, is to stop donating. Period.

So there you have it in a nutshell.

Don’t invest without legal documentation, a handshake just isn’t enough anymore, and for some, words mean nothing.

Don’t donate money/materials and expect to have any say or control over how it’s used by the recipient.

I’m not as trusting as I once was, I’ve grown up.



I have said a number of times that as a III Percent Society For America Board member, I had no clue what the deal was with the money, where it was, and what it was actually being used for. One of the reasons I didn’t beat that drum was the fact that they never received any money from me, and without proof of wrongdoing I would not make an accusation that required facts. A number of people have asked questions that should have been answered because they had given that money in good faith.

I noted the other day that there are a few out there that still like to beat the “The only reason Kerodin went after people (Wirecutter/Kenny and I) was because they accused him of a crime” line. Kenny didn’t accuse him of anything, he simply asked questions that a number of people had sent him, Angel being one of them. As I said, I didn’t accuse him of a crime, I said that he was a “Wanna be, con man”, using respected titles such as Jedburgh. Commando, etc. to garner sales, and make himself look like what he had always wanted to be, but never was able to achieved.

As far as Bill Nye and this observation on this WRSA post  “All of the attacks accusing Sam of stealing, yet zero proof. Let me make one thing clear, gloves would come off for me as well if members of the community were stalking my place of business and or home. said individual gave his/ her money as a donation, freely and willingly. Don’t ever recall a contract being involved.”  Most have not accused him of stealing, and Kenny and I definitely did not, but we both thought that people were owed an accounting. Proof? There isn’t proof of anything concerning the monies, and that includes that they were used as they were supposed to be (That’s part of the problem). There was no stalking, and it was proven in court. Do you think if they had had one shred of evidence showing that they were being stalked, a California Judge would not have hammered Kenny with a restraining order? People were told the money was for specific things, and you have the nerve to mention “contract”. We are supposed to be above that shit.

If you (Bill) and Alan Mullinex (Outlaw Patriot) want to be Kerodin apologists, fine. Considering that Alan was the first IIIPSFA Board member to leave (and some of us know the real reason for that), I find his comments to show him as nothing more than a fence rider, just waiting to see who is the “winner”, and jump off on that side. Here’s a clue, jackasses, none of us win in this! Kerodin has so sullied the “III%” logo, that a good many people don’t even want to be associated with it, specifically due to what he has done. Kerodin came after Kenny and I first, for one simple reason. He knew we could effectively disrupt his scheme, and we were making him look bad with the questions we were asking and the things I said about his “Commando Scheme”. He probably came after me first, simply because he thought his attack would be a slam dunk. Unfortunately for him, it was not because it was easy to prove untrue, and he was too stupid to hide his tracks effectively. I know, I know, you left bread crumbs….right? Sure you did.

As Kenny said in his “Nuclear post if you’ve been reading this shit since it’s started and you’re still a IIIPS member, fuck you. If you’re still putting money in his pocket, fuck you. By doing that you’re condoning his actions against me.” To add to that I’d say this. If you continue making excuses for Kerodin, and help advance any message or agenda he has, you are the “Apologist Cops” of the Liberty movement that so many like talking shit about. Unlike Kerodin, we don’t make idiotic threats on the internet and then have to take them down because we’re scared of going back to prison, sorry to disappoint.

Another group that has been an issue is the cowardly little men that know what has happened, are in a position to make sure the message is spread about the Kerodin’s BS, and yet, do nothing. If you are associated, or still thought to be associated with Kerodin, and have made no effort to speak out about his actions, or at a minimum, disavow yourself from him (as many have publicly done, Sparks and Sandman come to mind), you are the problem. Hopefully, being associated with him will get you everything you deserve.

I went back through some emails the other day (yeah, I keep all of them), and realized that if they had been read at the same time, consecutively, I would have figured out his BS far sooner than I did. The same applies to his blog entries, concerning his “background”. This has been pointed out a number of times and by a number of people that are actually experienced in combat, and the martial skills required in it. Everyone of them says he’s full of shit, and that’s easily shown when you read what he’s written (yeah, the screenshots are still available even if he deleted the posts).

I received this email the other day that I thought was pretty telling, especially since receiving emails like this has become an almost daily thing.

“Pretty strong comments from Sam.

‘Deal in FACTS, people.  Question EVERYONE and EVERYTHING until you drill down into FACTS.  The moment you identify ANYONE dealing in rumor, speculation, spin, Intellectual Dishonesty, misinformation, dis-information and outright lies, you are well-advised to IFF them as Hostile and perhaps terminally Stupid.’

Unless it’s him, and then he’ll work to destroy you.

KJanuary 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM

 ‘They won’t – that’s why they will forever be the minor leaguers. Of that bunch Pete is the only one who has ever put his own boots on the ground for Liberty in America.’

 Spoken as a guy who claims to have prepared for this all his life.  As a guy who lives mere hours away.  As a guy who doesn’t have a job and can just go where he wants.  Does he even own boots to go on the ground anywhere?”

What I find funny is that Kerodin believes he knows what any of us have done for Liberty (I guess it needs to be announced on the internet to have actually happened, LOL). Take note, usually the biggest talker in the room is the one who has to be, since he has to compensate for a true lack of substance in his actions.


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Urban Survival, What happens if you are Stuck in a City

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urban survival

Even in these damaged WW2 cities people survived

Whether you live in a city or just visit on rare occasions, there is always the possibility of being stuck in an urban survival situation in case of a collapse or disaster.  So how do you survive?  If you live there, you should have preps and know the area well.

You should know where water is available.  This could include ponds, fountains, streams and reservoirs.  If you are counting on these types of water sources, read the following link The Hazards of Urban Water Sources, to keep yourself safe.  Many multiple story buildings have hundreds of gallons of water trapped in their plumbing systems, you just have to know how to access it.  Your urban survival kit should include a Sillcock key, or at least pliers or vise grips.  Sillcock Keys, The key to Finding Water In the Cities.  A Sillcock key will let you turn on many taps that are missing the handle.

One water source that you need to avoid in many areas is fire sprinkler systems.  In cold areas, they may contain antifreeze, which will kill you.  If you live or work in a high rise or multi story building, make friends with the maintenance people and show an interest in how the building functions.  Learn about the water system and how access it.

Food may be more available than many people think in the early stages of a disaster.  A friend of mine, who was broke, supplemented his food by hunting pigeons in the parks and on the roofs with a pellet pistol.  City pigeons are not scared of people.  Lots of wild food may be available in parks and vacate lots, if you know what you are looking for.

If you plan to live in your apartment or home and live on your preps be careful what you do with your trash..  There is a saying in the military, “If I can find your MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) trash, I can find your base”.  This also applies if your neighbor sees your trash.  He knows what you are eating.  What are you doing with your trash?  Can your neighbors see where you are throwing your food wrappers?  Burn your waste if possible and bury or hide what is noncombustible.  Can your neighbor smell your food cooking?  Cooking odors will carry a long way.  You need to be carefully about how you dispose of bodily wastes, keep them away from where you are hiding.

If you are planning to stay in an multi story apartment or hotel, always know the escape routes in case of a fire. Be careful about being trapped on upper floors without an escape route.

One of the biggest dangers in urban survival will be other people.  Your best bet is to avoid contact with others as much as possible.  In large building there are many hiding places, don’t hesitate to use them.  Fight only as a last resort and use whatever weapons you have.

Whether you live in the city or are just visiting you should have an escape route planned and a bug out or get home bag.

Urban Survival takes planning and training just like wilderness survival.  If you live, work or visit a city near you, take the time to plan how you will survive or escape.  Urban survival is not impossible, in many parts of the world people are doing it right now, but it will be hard.


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A prepper’s cache, an aid during harsh times

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You did everything you can to make sure you are prepared and ready for when disaster strikes. You probably have a good supply of food and water, guns and ammo, a good bug out bag and a reliable bug out vehicle. But the truth is that we can never be too prepared and we can’t … Read more…

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Living off the Grid: Building a $300 Off the Grid Cabin for Winter

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We are loving our little cabin! Have we ever built a cabin before? NOPE! Do we feel more confident about our building skills? Yes! Did we learn a lot that we can implement when building our barn and house? YES!

In September 2015 Jesse and Alyssa purchased 5 acres of land in the Pacific Northwest where they’re working to develop their off grid homestead 100% from scratch.

While they’ll be working to build their timber frame barn and eventually timber frame house, winter has arrived and they have neither! They are boondocking in their RV and needed a way to winterize + stay warm. So they needed to do something about it.

They don’t have electricity, so what they did was building an off the grid cabin that would attach to their portable RV garage, giving them a fully enclosed, heated space.

We decided to build this little cabin as an add-on to our RV. Right now, our RV is under a ShelterLogic Garage-in-a-Box which has no insulation whatsoever. We thought that if we could build a small 10×12 cabin onto the end of the carport that we could heat the entire enclosure with a wood stove. We’ve been working to insulation the carport fully, so between all of our efforts we have managed to heat the inside to 68 degrees!

The best part?

They built this off grid cabin themselves with reclaimed materials. Instead of spending $3,000+ to build this cabin, they did it for about $300. That’s a job well done!

Some of the reclaimed material used in the build

Some of the reclaimed material used in the build

Most of these materials came from a demolition we were able to help out with which you can see in our other videos. We also were able to salvage many second-hand building materials with a barter flyer we put up around town.

I recommend you check out the video, and if you want to follow their journey you can check out their website Pure Living For Life.

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Smartphone Communications During A Power Outage

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During a regional (or wider) disaster (e.g. major storm) and subsequent power outages, one of the main things that people will be trying to do is communicate with others via their cell phones / smartphones, and searching for information about the event. Back during Hurricane Sandy, many people walked long distances from areas that lost […]

10 Items in Your Bug-Out Bag You Should Reconsider

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FEMA - 37173 - Red Cross ^quot,ready to go^quot, preparedness kit Do you think the more items you have in your bug out bag, the better? Think again.

One of the things that separate newbies from preppers is that the experts realized at some point just how heavy their backpack had become. The more they thought about the various bug out scenarios they will have to face, the more they realized many of the items will not be useful. This is why newbies keep adding pound after pound in their survival bag: “because you never know”.

Well, here’s the problem: bugging out with a 60 or 70 pound bag on your back is just not possible. That’s how much a military backpack can weigh. It’ll slow you down, you won’t be able to sprint if need be and good luck jumping with that thing or throwing it over a fence. Even worse, after 2 or 3 weeks post-collapse, much of your muscle mass will be gone, meaning you’ll be able to carry even less weight.

In what follows I’m going to give you a few suggestions of things to remove from your BOB. In most cases, you can get rid of them right away; the only case you should think twice is if you’re not assembling a BOB but an INCH bag, which stands for I’m Never Coming Home. INCH bags are oversized bug out bags designed to keep you alive without permanent shelter for an indefinite amount of time and, as you might expect, they have mores tuff in them.

One more thing before we begin. If you already have a car bug out bag, an EDC bag or even a get home bag, consider storing some of the things there. You’ll probably be able to take your other bags with you.

#1. Condoms

OK, so it’s cool and funny when those guys on survival reality TV shows carry water inside condoms. But is this what you really think you’ll be doing in a survival situation? Unless you think you’ll “get lucky” while bugging out, I would skip them. Don’t let the fact that they’re small and light fool you. When you’re looking to build the perfect bug out bag, every ounce counts.

#2. Vitamins

I can assure you you won’t develop any vitamin deficiencies over the course a bug out. Keep them at home or at your bug out location.

#3. A copy of the SAS Survival Guide

That thing is heavy! If you expect you’re going to eat wild edibles, I suggest you get the pocket edition. You may also want to download an app on your phone that can show you the same thing. If you want, you can keep a copy of the pocket edition, though.

#4. Pajamas

Ok, I know you’ll want to be comfortable but pajamas take a lot of space. They aren’t light, either, particularly if you opted for something thicker.

#5. Condiments

OK, I get that you’ll be in a stressful situation but packing bouillon cubes and tabasco sauce is pointless. I suggest you pick one comfort food and stick to it as opposed to getting a variety of them. Coffee, tea, hard candy… you’ve got plenty to choose from, just watch the weight.

#6. A gun cleaning kit

You probably won’t have to clean your gun during the bug out so you might as well keep it at your BOL.

#7. An alcohol stove

I’m not saying no one should have one but if you’re expecting a short bug out, you might want to consider a solid fuel tablet stove. It’s a lot lighter, which means you can carry more fuel!

#8. Too many pairs of socks and underwear

If you’ve got 4 or 5 of each, consider keeping at most 2. You can wash the ones you’ve worn while camping if need be.

#9. A Swiss army knife

What sorcery is this? You shouldn’t have a Swiss army knife in your BOB? Not if you already have a good fixed blade survival knife and a good multitool (like the ones made by Leatherman). Keep the folding in one in one of your pockets and, while you’re at it, consider putting more items form your bob inside your cargo pants pockets (if that’s what you’re wearing) to take weight off your back.

#10. Batteries of various sizes

If you have 4 battery-powered devices and they all use batteries of different sizes, then you have to keep spares from each size. But if you stick to a single size (say, AAA), you don’t have to do that.

Final Word

If you’re reluctant to throwing away from your bag some of these things, let me show you all of this from a different perspective: the more you pack, the more calories you’ll have to burn to carry them, thus the more food you’ll need.

Here’s what you should do next. Take everything out from your bug out bag and, before you put it back together, try to imagine all the various scenarios you’d need it. If you can’t think of anything, leave it in a separate bag until you figure out whether it belongs in your BOB with the rest of the essentials or not.

Can you remember some of the items in your bug out bag you ended up removing? Share in a comment below.

About the Author

After working for two top survival info companies, Dan decided to teach on his own and set the ambitious objective of becoming one of the top survival gurus in the world. Teaching and doing are the two words that best describe him in his never-ending quest for top-notch survival content.

Video: The Medic Under Fire

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In Joe Alton, MD’s latest video, he examines the issue of providing medical care in hostile encounters, including some thoughts on the role of the medic. What should your strategy be when there’s a threat to be abolished? To all combat medics: You have my utmost respect for your dedication and courage…



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WARNING : Several states, DC urged to brace for potentially historic snowstorm

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Several states, DC urged to brace for potentially historic snowstorm

WARNING : Several states, DC urged to brace for potentially historic snowstorm

Tens of thousands of desperate travelers crowded Washington, D.C. airports Friday, hoping to board flights and get out of town ahead of a powerful winter storm that Mayor Muriel Bowser warned carried “life and death implications.”

More than 2,400 flights were canceled for Friday, most in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. Thousands more were delayed. All flights into and out of Philadelphia International Airport have been canceled for Saturday, when the blizzard conditions are expected to be in full swing.

All major airlines have issued waivers for travel over the weekend, allowing passengers to rebook onto earlier or later flights to avoid the storms.

The storm is expected to hit areas around the nation’s capital the hardest, dropping more than 2 feet of snow.

The federal government announced that its offices would close at noon Friday. Officials say Washington’s Metro subway system is set to shut down entirely late Friday night and remain closed through Sunday for the safety of workers and riders. Underground stations usually stay open during major snowstorms.

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings stretching from northern Virginia to parts of New York’s Long Island, where the U.S. Coast Guard warned seas could swell up to 18 feet. The blizzard warnings are scheduled to last until early Sunday.

Forecasters also warned of “thundersnow,” a dangerous type of thunderstorm that drops snow instead of rain.

“The most intense part of the storm will come Saturday morning from around 4 a.m. through 12 p.m,” said Fox 5 DC meteorologist Gary McGrady. “We can expect heavy snow, possibly 2 inches per hour, and blizzard conditions with 30 to 35 mph winds creating legitimate whiteout conditions.” McGrady added that his forecast called for between 1 and 2 feet of snow to fall in the national capital region before all was said and done.

That same storm system dropped 6 inches of snow in the Little Rock area overnight, breaking a snowfall record set more than 20 years ago. Schools and state government offices in central Arkansas shut down on Friday. The state’s largest utility, Entergy Arkansas, said about 12,500 homes and businesses lost power


The Mid-Atlantic region is notorious for struggling to cope with winter weather, and a light dusting on Wednesday night served as an ominous prelude to the massive blizzard.

Less than an inch of snow was enough to immediately turn roadways treacherous in the District, Maryland and northern Virginia, causing hundreds of accidents and leaving drivers gridlocked for hours. President Obama wasn’t spared, as his motorcade slowly weaved and skidded along icy streets to the White House.

The U.S. Capitol Police said sledding on Capitol Hill — which only recently became legal after an act of Congress — would be welcome for the first time in decades, as long as conditions are safe.

NWS Director Louis Uccellini warned at a news conference that the snowfall could easily cause more than $1 billion in damage and paralyze the Eastern third of the nation.

“It does have the potential to be an extremely dangerous storm that can affect more than 50 million people,” Uccellini said at the service’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Prediction center meteorologist Paul Kocin estimated more than 2 feet of snow for Washington, a foot to 18 inches for Philadelphia and eight inches to a foot in New York.

That could put this snowstorm near the top 10 to hit the East, with the weekend timing and days of warning helping to limit deaths and damage, said Kocin, who compared it to “Snowmageddon,” the first of two storms that “wiped out” Washington in 2010 and dumped up to 30 inches of snow in places. 

Unfortunately, more than just snow is coming. Uccellini said it won’t be quite as bad as Superstorm Sandy, but people should expect high winds, a storm surge and inland flooding from Delaware to New York. Other severe but non-snowy weather is likely from Texas to Florida as the storm system chugs across the Gulf Coast, gaining moisture.

Icy conditions starting late Wednesday caused accidents that killed four drivers in North Carolina and at least one in Tennessee. A truck with a snowplow killed a pedestrian while it was snowing in Maryland.

In New York, the Metropolitan Transit Authority said about 1,000 track workers will be deployed to keep New York City’s subway system moving, and 79 trains will have “scraper shoes” to reduce icing on the rails.

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Urban Farm Tour: Making $75,000 on 1/3 acre

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Curtis Stone is an urban farmer, and a quite successful one at that. He started his own business using other people’s backyards for farming in an urban environment. After some years he managed to purchase the land where he planted his first crop, ultimately turning it into his base of operations.

Curtis’ 1/3 acre farm, Green City Acres, is situated in Kelowna, BC, Canada since 2010. In an eight month growing season, the farm generates over $75,000 per year on only one third of an acre.

The farm has been recognized internationally, as flag ship example of how profitable and productive urban agriculture can be.

How does he do it?

In his own words, “This is done by specializing in a select group of high value, quick growing crops that allow for multiple plantings in the same beds as well as calculated intercropping strategies.”

Urban Farming

We use highly effective intensive farming techniques to maximize the production of the land, while regenerating the health of the soil.

Curtis is not just a farmer, but also an author, consultant and speaker on topics such as quick growing and high values annual vegetables for direct consumer market streams.

Curtis has written a book, The Urban Farmer, which is a must if you’re interested in becoming an urban farmer yourself.

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This book is “a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else’s).
In his book called he introduces organic intensive techniques centered on business and systems to streamline labor market. This became an alternative to conventional farming, an approach where there is a direct link between quality of life and profit.”

Curtis Stone

You can learn more about Curtis Stone and his farming experience by visiting his Youtube channel where he shares his knowledge about urban farming.

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Foodie Friday: Snow Day Edition

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Welcome to Foodie Friday, snow day edition!

This feature will be chock-full of all things food related: news, preservation, and delicious real food recipes.  As always, I really hope you’ll share your links and ideas in the comments below. As well, we’ll have a question of the week on each Foodie Friday post.


How are you going to use the ingredients in your food stockpile? If you are new to preparedness or using the pantry principle to save money, check out The Prepper’s Cookbook. It’s loaded with ways to use up your beans and rice, tuna, and dehydrated foods.

Do you have a grain-free kitchen?  More and more people are going lower-carb and reducing their consumption of grains. I got Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple for Christmas and I absolutely love it. Since my family is not Paleo, specifically, I adapt the recipes that use alternative milks to use the raw milk I have at my disposal.

Foodie Friday News

GMO Potatoes will soon be on the market. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll soon have another genetically modified food to dodge. The USDA and the FDA have put their stamps of approval on a new spud, modified so that it doesn’t brown or bruise. The potato was engineered for use in fast food restaurants and potato chips. Thus far, there is no evidence that these taters are in your local supermarket, but I have little doubt they’ll soon appear in a processed food aisle near you.

Imported shrimp raised on pig feces approved for American consumers.  Remember the outcry recently when Congress decided we had no right to know the country of origin for meat sold in American grocery stores?  Well, here’s another reason you might want to know where your food is coming from. Just approved for our consumption is a special shrimp from Vietnam. The shrimp are fed a diet of pig poop, then tossed into tubs of ice made from water so dirty that the local government advises consumers to boil it before drinking it. Then, the shrimp are packaged and sent here to us. Bon appetit.

Has your favorite food brand sold out?  It seems like there are a million different brands at the grocery store, but the sad fact is, many of the brands you find out there are simply different labels from a handful of parent corporations. Check out this article to see if your favorite brand is part of a conglomeration that may lobby against GMO labeling (because they use GMOs) or have otherwise questionable business ethics.

Food Preservation

What’s better than a piping hot bowl of stew in the winter?  You don’t have to get a grocery store can of soup with questionable ingredients to enjoy stew as quickly as you can heat it up in a pot. Learn to can your own, using healthful ingredients you know you can trust. One of our family favorites is home-canned Hungarian Goulash. Check out the easy instructions here. (This recipe is from my book, The Organic Canner.)



Does a big canning marathon seem overwhelming? I love canning but it can be time-consuming, messy, and a whole lot of work! Here are 15 sneaky tricks to make a canning marathon go a lot more smoothly.

Here’s a quick, thrifty way to add shelf stable veggies to your stockpile. Many preparedness pantries are lacking a sufficient supply of vegetables. The freeze-dried ones can be prohibitively expensive. This time of year, many frozen vegetables go on sale at the grocery store, but in a power outage, those would be at risk within a day. The solution? Dehydrate frozen veggies that you pick up at the store. Here’s how.

What to Eat This Week

What should you eat if the power goes out? With a huge storm bearing down on the Eastern United States, it’s a good bet that some folks will lose power. If you don’t have a back-up cooking method, you’re going to want food that you can eat immediately, without the need for cooking. Here’s a list of some of our favorite no-cook foods.

After playing in the snow, warm up with rich homemade hot cocoa.  Don’t touch those little packets. Making hot cocoa from scratch only takes a couple of extra steps. This recipe is positively decadent and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand. (You can substitute whatever mik and sugar that you use in your home.)

Or, make fancy coffee. If you’re like me, coffee is your favorite cold weather beverage. But please, skip the unhealthy grocery store creamers. Instead, be your own barista and make one of these 25 tasty and non-toxic homemade creamers.

Have you made homemade noodles yet?  If not, you’re totally missing out. Not only are they absolutely delicious, but when you make them yourself, you’re guaranteed to have food with wholesome ingredients. Here’s an easy 4 ingredient recipe with flour and this one is a gluten free recipe without all of the weird gums.

Do you have a bread recipe that uses only food storage ingredients?  In the event you can’t get to the store for a while, it’s important to have recipes that use the shelf-stable ingredients that you have on hand. This incredibly easy, mouthwatering artisan bread uses only 5 common pantry ingredients. For diabetics or others who are avoiding grains, here’s a unique and easy grain-free bread recipe – you’ll want to stock up on the supplies to make this one!

It’s a homemade stew kind of weekend.  Wherever you happen to be this weekend, it looks like the weather will range anywhere from chilly to downright BRRRR….this simple real food beef stew will provide a comforting and delicious meal to warm you to your little pink toes. Serve it over homemade noodles or with one of the homemade bread recipes above.


Are you looking for a high quality cocoa for your food storage? Look no further. Check out Frontier’s Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Powder.

Got milk?  Unless you have a dairy animal, you may want to store some powdered milk for emergencies. Unfortunately much of the dry milk available is from cows treated with hormones and antibiotics, so it’s important to shop carefully. Food for Liberty offers some very high quality options. They offer a certified hormone-free choice as well as a premium organic one, depending on your budget. Both are offered in larger quantities at better prices, too.

Foodie Friday Sound-off: What is your favorite cold-weather meal?

This week’s Foodie Friday question: When the snow flies and the mercury drops, what is your favorite thing to make to warm up your family?

Somehow, an entire dozen muffins vanished at my house during the night, and I’m not sure if it was teenagers or the dog, so it looks like I’ll be doing some more baking in a few minutes. Are you doing some scratch cooking or food preserving this week?

Dish with me in the comments below!

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Steps to Good Health

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Because of my diabetes diagnose last summer, and my related eye problems, the importance of good health has become very real to me. Yes, most people are concerned with good health. But considering the epidemic proportions of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, type II diabetes, and other chromic illnesses that are largely preventable, I wonder how real that concern actually is. I realize now that my own concern was mostly “in theory” only. Being concerned about our health is useless unless that concern motivates us to take action to develop good health. I hope my  recent experiences will spur others to take action in their lives. Here are some steps to good health you can take:

1) Don’t use tobacco in any form – I know smokers get tired of hearing this, but smoking is very damaging to your health. Multiple medical studies have proved that smoking and other uses of tobacco are directly responsible for about 22% of all cancer cases (not just lung cancer). Smoking and tobacco use are also directly responsible for, or contribute to, a wide-range of other health problems. For help quitting, see the American Cancer Association’s online Guide to Quitting Smoking.

2) Don’t abuse drugs or alcohol – An occasional alcoholic drink probably won’t cause health problems for most people, and in fact a daily glass of red wine may have health benefits. However, heavy alcohol consumption – certainly to the point of getting drunk – can cause serious problems, including liver disease and even several forms of cancer.

Marijuana currently enjoys a favorable status in modern society, and legalization is happening everywhere. Both sides of the marijuana debate are guilty of exaggeration in promoting their viewpoint. It is neither as dangerous as its opponents claim, nor as safe and beneficial as its supporters claim. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Occasionally smoking a single joint of marijuana is unlikely to cause health problems and may be of some benefit with certain medical conditions, but prolonged and consistent marijuana use can damage your health, including causing various types of lung problems and even the loss of IQ points.

For help with substance abuse, see the website’s for Alcoholics Anonymous and  Narcotics Anonymous.

3) Maintain a healthy weight – Being overweight, even if you are just a little “fluffy,” is bad for your health, especially over the long-term. The National Institutes of Health has this to say on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight: “Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.

4) Eat healthy – An obvious step, but one that is difficult because so many people have radically different ideas of what constitutes healthy foods. Worse, many of those varying ideas are based not on fact, but on ideology and/or self-interest (think $). Michael Pollan has an excellent book & documentary entitled In Defense of Food which explains what happened to the American diet over the last 100 years or so, which he argues has lead to a dramatic rise in obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. You may be able to catch the documentary on PBS, so check your local listings. You can also find both the documentary and the book on Amazon.

Over the last 6+ months, I have been highly motivated to deeply research this subject, including carefully monitoring my own health, especially the impact of individual foods on my blood sugar. For me, potatoes (in any form) and grains (even rice, corn, and whole grains) are absolutely devastating my health, so I have eliminated them entirely from my diet. My new diet is 50% proteins and fats (especially eggs, fish, poultry, olive oil, nuts) and 50% carbohydrates (non-starchy vegetables and fruits, so I avoid potatoes and grains entirely, as well as added sugar, and I eat beans only in moderation). This diet means I eat mostly whole foods (foods that look like food as it appears in nature), and not much at all in the way of highly processed industrial foods.

Here is a list of what I consider to be excellent sources of information on eating healthy:

Mediterranean Diet: A Heart-Healthy Eating Plan (on the Mayo Clinic website)

Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Pyramid (on Dr. Andrew Weil’s website)

Traditional Asian Diet (on the Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology website)

The Paleo Manifesto (fascinating book by John Durant)

60 Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar (by Dennis Pollock) – the BEST book I’ve found so far for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and others concerned with blood sugar levels.

5) Greatly reduce your sugar intake – Desperately needing to reduce my blood sugar levels, I have been shocked and frustrated by how much added sugar is in most foods today. Even foods you think wouldn’t have added sugar, such as a simple can of green beans, may actually have lots of added sugar (depends on the brand – you have to read labels carefully). I’ve also found that many foods marketed as “healthy” are anything but healthy, and often are loaded with added sugar. Seriously, health claims on food have no real meaning; it is only marketing, not science.

Grains & potatoes, which make up a large percentage of modern diets,  are quickly and easily converted into sugar by our bodies. This fact, combined with all the added sugar in our modern foods, means that we typically consume enormous amounts of sugar, waaaaay more than our bodies are designed to handle. Most everyone, not just diabetics and pre-diabetics, need to greatly reduce the sugar in our diets.

6) Be physically active – Many experts recommend at least one hour of moderate exercise a day, at least five days a week. What is moderate exercise? It should be vigorous enough to cause you to break out in a slight sweat. Walking, hiking, swimming and bike riding are excellent, low impact, ways to exercise. Gardening, yardwork, chopping wood, and mowing your lawn with a push-mower are also good workouts. Use common sense – if you are elderly, badly out-of-shape, or suffer from serious health conditions, please get your doctor’s advise before starting an exercise program.

7) Regular visits to a doctor, dentist, and eye-doctor – Find a doctor you like and are comfortable with, hopefully one who takes a holistic approach to your health care and believes as strongly in preventing disease as he does in curing disease. What constitutes “regular check-ups” depends on your age & health conditions and should be mutually decided on by you and your doctor.

Don’t skip going to the dentist or eye-doctor in order to save money. It could cost you dearly in the long-run, both in terms of your finances and your health. Believe me, as I am speaking from personal experience here. If I had been getting regular eye-exams, by diabetes & its related eye problems would have been caught much earlier, preventing the damage to my eyes, and saving me the expense of a series of six monthly injections in my eyes.

8) Get adequate sleep on a regular basis – I know plenty of people who claim to get by on six hours of sleep a night or less. You might “get by” with less, but the research is overwhelming – adequate sleep on a consistent basis is very important to good health. Lack of adequate sleep not only makes you tired, but also impairs your concentration, memory, fine motor skills, and negatively impacts your mood. Not only that, but a long-term lack of adequate sleep compromises your immune system and plays a role in developing high blood pressure, heart disease, type II diabetes, and even several forms of cancer. Getting enough sleep on a consistent basis really is a must for your health.

Special Note to Preppers: All the skills, guns, and stockpiled supplies in the world won’t help you if die of a heart attack from all the extra activity you will likely be doing in a SHTF situation. Many others have noted the shockingly high percentage of so-called “preppers” who still smoke or who are seriously overweight. If you are not prioritizing your health, you are NOT a prepper. In fact, you are actually choosing to endanger your family in a SHTF situation by forcing them to deal with the consequences of your bad health. You need to do what you can to improve your health now, even if that means some sacrifice and hard work. Quit making excuses. Yes, it is hard, and you may have limitations, but you can do it.

I am sorry to be blunt, but this is a serious situation – literally a life-and-death situation – for you and your family. So, put on your big-boy pants and deal with your health issues now, before its too late. 

(On a lighter note, you can actually make developing good health fun by turning it into a family project. The shared experience will be both easier and have the added benefit of bringing your family closer together.) is now on Facebook. Please “Like” us! 

Product Review: Soft66RTL2 – a cheap HF SDR with surprising performance

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The Soft66RTL2 is a RTL-SDR based on the RTL2832u+R820T chip.  The Soft66RTL2 includes a 50MHz upconverter.  When the upconverter is switched on the unit will allow reception of HF bands.  For those new to SDR, simply using some software on a PC or MAC will allow reception of shortwave, morse code, lower side band, upper side band, and much more.  This review has been simmering for a while.  I will do my best to hit on everything I’ve learned while using the Soft66RTL2.

First, the Soft66RTL2 is available on eBay (eBay Link) at $39.80 (free shipping).  Plan on a week or two for shipping as the units ship from Japan.  A less than mediocre amount of information is available on the supplier’s website ( and we will get into that later.  Additionally, do not expect to receive any frequencies out of the box as the shipment from Japan will only include the Soft66RTL2 with no cables, antennas, or anything else.

To supplement my order with antennas and cables, I headed to Amazon and eBay.



Most all the supplies I purchased were of nominal costs, the most expensive (other than the Soft66RTL2 itself) was the slinky antenna, which was about $25.00 after shipping

Ok, now for the nitty gritty of the Soft66RTL2.

Soft66RTL-2sideThe little case seems pretty solid.  The black metal portion of the case appears to be aluminum (which slides apart when the yellow covers are removed).  I don’t like the covers.  The covers make it difficult to slide the upconverter switch (but using a pen to flip the switch is effective).  For my intents and purposes the switch will likely remain on as have little to no plans on using this for VHF/UHF.

The yellow covers also give the impression that you may not have a good SMA connection.  In fact, I think the VHF/UHF antenna I choose has too much of a lip to make good connection and my VHF/UHF tests were almost entirely unproductive, that is until I removed the cover for the VHF/UHF side of the receiver and found that I was getting better reception.

Another design flaw is the lack of ventilation.  The Soft66RTL2 can get pretty warm and the maker of the units claims that this is normal.  A simple fix for the issues with cover thickness and heat would be to go to Radio Shack and pick up a little project case and drill out some vents and such.  Or, you could just take this case apart, drill it out and attach a screen of some sort to improve ventilation.  You could also cut out a thinner piece of plastic for the covers if connection to SMA is a concern.  I did none of these things.

One thing to remember when using the Soft66RTL2 is that the side with the LED light is the HF side of the circuit.  Don’t get these confused or you will have a big problem with reception.

As mentioned, the unit doesn’t ship with really anything other than the SDR, so I thought I would include a picture of the antennas and my setup.

You can see that all these items can be shoved in a pretty small pouch.


Moving on to SDR.  As I mentioned earlier, the maker’s website is pretty awful by way of good information and setup.  There are couple tips regarding ExtIO and basic SDR setup which would suffice by most, but I am not most.

I wanted to try to get this thing working in Ubuntu Linux.  I had a bear of a time getting it all working, but finally found some scripts and other clues to my problem by searching forums.  After hours of thinking that my Soft66RTL was total garbage, I switched to my Mac OS X running Yosemite.  I was still having issues.

Hooked Up

Finally, I decided to try Windows 7.  Huh, it was working.  I spent a couple hours surfing around on frequencies and realized what was going on with Linux and my Mac.  For some reason, though I had the 50MHz offset in my configuration, the software wasn’t taking it and I was able to get the Soft66RTL2 running on Linux, Mac, and Windows.  This was major success.  I removed the 50MHz offset from the settings and have to make the mental, yet easy calculation, of adding 50MHz to my radio fun.

In other words, I left my settings so that 53.9MHz would be 3.9MHz.  64.0MHz would be 14.0 MHz and so on.  Once I realized this, I stretched out the slinky antenna and I was quickly listening to single side band (SSB) chatter on 3.9MHz (the 75/80 meter ham band).

So, speaking software, what does the Soft66RTL2 need?  If you are already familiar with RTL-SDR, then you know that all the software you need is free.

Arguably, SDR# (SDRSharp) is a better choice for software, but I would recommend getting the SDR up and running on HDSDR as the setup can be easier, then go to SDR#.

You are probably asking, “how’s the reception?”  So, let’s dig into that.  After I was successfully receiving all sorts of traffic, I grabbed my Sony ICF-SW1 to check my frequencies.  I tuned into a shortwave signal and verified, using my Sony, that the frequencies were at least close.  The Soft66RTL2 isn’t spot on.  I found that it is about 1.9 kilocycles out of sync.  This really isn’t a big deal using SDR as you can easily see the signals on the spectrum and line up the reception.  I verified the 1.9 kilocycle offset with WWV on 5, 10, and 15MHz.  They were all out by about the same amount and that isn’t a deal breaker.

I notice that the reception of the Soft66RTL2 is a touch better than my Sony ICF-SW1 (even with the Sony attached to my slinky antenna).  That was great news to me as the SW1 is a stout receiver for its size.

Here’s a screenshot of HDSDR running on OS X tuning into a shortwave broadcast.  This screenshot is in the morning, so there really isn’t much good activity on the bands, but I at least wanted to show you a shortwave signal (click to enlarge the picture)

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If you decide to pick up a Soft66RTL2, here are some tips:

  1. Make sure your SMA connections are tight
  2. Be sure to use a good shortwave/HF antenna
  3. The unit warms up and drifts for the first few minutes, after which, the frequency gets stable, but might be off a a little.
  4. Don’t try to use the 50MHz offset or at least be aware of the offset issues I had with HDSDR (though you may try to do a slight offset for calibration purposes)
  5. The trim adjustment (as per the info on the maker’s website) is in fact sensitive, adjust it very slowly.  The gain on the HDSDR can also be pretty sensitive.
  6. What looks like a “carrier tone” shows up occasionally right in the middle of the spectrum (I know this doesn’t make sense being just a receiver, but it may be a flaw in the circuit design).  Sometimes just powering off and back on in HDSDR fixes it.  If it is in your listening, then scroll the frequency to the side and tune to it that way.  USB and LSB are unaffected, but shortwave and CW seem to more affected.

I hope all this helps.  I haven’t used the nooelec upconverter myself, so I can’t compare to that, but if you are looking for a RTL-SDR with upconverter for under $50 bucks, then I definitely recommend this setup.

— added —

Here’s a better screenshot of SSB (click to enlarge).  I also listened to a DX pileup tonight on 75/80 meters.

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Also, when double-checking my offset tonight against WWV, I was exactly 1.5 kilocycles lower instead (I’m not sure if this will be consistent).

5 Super-Fast Indoor Vegetables You Can Grow In About A Month

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5 Super-Fast Indoor Vegetables You Can Grow In About A Month

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Winter gardening is good for the mind. It keeps us thinking and learning new things, which helps our brains stay alert, healthy and young.

But gardening can be hard when there is a foot of snow covering the garden. Have you ever thought about growing vegetables indoors? Indoor gardening helps us grow fresh produce until our outdoor gardens are ready to be used again. Incredibly, there actually are vegetables you can grow and eat within about a month.

Let’s take a look at five quick-growing vegetables that thrive indoors.

Setting up for Indoor Vegetables

Vegetables simply need air, nutrients, water and light. Windows are a perfect place to sit your vegetables, especially in south-facing window, although grow lights can be beneficial if you don’t have the right set-up. During the winter, indoor vegetables need at least five to six hours of sun, as well as good quality air circulation. Put your vegetables in pots, or have a mini-garden.

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Mini-gardens can be made from large containers with proper drainage. Each vegetable will need a space of about four inches. Plastic dishes and pans have worked for many. Growing flats also works for indoor gardening. When using pots or containers, make sure the pots drain well so your vegetables don’t become waterlogged.

Most potting soils works well, but look to see what kind of soil your vegetables do the best in. Remember to use potting soil and not gardening soil. Gardening soil often gets packed down in containers.

Note: Do not overwater, but at the same time, don’t underwater. Once they grow, harvest from your plants often to encourage regrowth. Stay away from drafts.

Which Vegetables Should You Try?

You can grow pretty much any vegetable, but if you are pressed for time, or don’t like waiting months during winter before tasting your produce, you may want to take a look at the quick-growing varieties. (Baby greens are quick and easy to grow. They add color and a fresh taste to the usual winter dishes.)

Here are five vegetables you will be able to enjoy within about a month.

1. Radishes. This vegetable is known to be one of, if not THE, fastest growing vegetable. Radishes only take 25 to 30 days to grow after being planted. They are fresh and colorful, adding a little zip to salads, or even to use as a healthy snack.

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Radishes take up very little space and are very convenient. They come in an endless list of varieties and colors.

5 Super-Fast Indoor Vegetables You Can Grow In About A Month

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2. Green onions. The stalks of green onions can be harvested after only three or four weeks. Most onion plants can take around six months to fully mature, but green onions are an exception. They take up little space indoors, and can frequently be used for cooking. They like rich soil, often a mix of compost and potting soil.

3. Lettuce. Lettuce is easy to grow indoors, and does especially well when grown in containers. This vegetable can handle its seeds being sown close together and still grow well. Most leafy lettuces, especially romaine, can grow to the harvesting stage in about 30 days. Let the leaves grow to about three inches before cutting to eat.

4. Baby carrots. Keep in mind: These are baby carrots, not regular carrots. Baby carrots are quick to grow. They take up to 30 days to mature, where other regular varieties can take 50 or more days. You can sprinkle the seeds on the top of the soil and moisten the surface. You can thin out the seedlings to the amount you want when you see the growth. They love the sun.

5. Baby spinach. This plant grows very similar to lettuce. It doesn’t require a lot of space to thrive, either. Spinach only takes four weeks to grow once planted. It is super healthy, and adds color and distinct flavor to any dish. Spinach can be used in salads, sandwiches, omelettes and other endless dishes.

Growing your own winter vegetables is a healthy and entertaining way to spend your winter. You will know where your fresh produce is coming from and you can have their freshness throughout the colder months. There is no need to suffer the winter “blahs” or boring, plain dishes. So try your hand at these five indoor winter vegetables you can grow in a month.


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How To Win The Battle With Creosote (And Prevent A Chimney Fire)

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How To Win The Battle With Creosote (And Prevent A Chimney Fire)

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, around 25 percent of all home-heating fires are caused by creosote buildup in chimneys – a serious statistic if you use wood to produce heat on a regular basis.

A chimney sweep is the best solution, and homeowners should considering getting one on an annual basis. With the proper tools and technique, though, you can do this yourself, but make sure you do it right. Chimney sweeps will tell you a lot can accumulate in stovepipes and chimneys over time, including tar glaze, slag, flakes and soot. Collectively, these elements create creosote and the potential for a chimney fire.

What’s a Chimney Fire?

Chimney fires can be terrifying events, and take place when the creosote in a chimney ignites and spreads. Temperatures in a chimney fire can exceed 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,093 degrees Celsius). That’s more than enough to warp a stovepipe, melt a rain cap and spark arrestor, and then launch burning coals and ash onto a rooftop.

Those temperatures can also cause masonry and mortar to crack and potentially vent extremely hot gases and fire into flammable, internal structures like an attic.

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Some of the typical symptoms of a chimney fire include:

  • A loud crackling and popping noise.
  • A lot of dense smoke.
  • An intense, hot smell.
  • Large and long flames emerging from the chimney.
  • A sudden intense increase of the fire in the firebox due to the intense drafting caused by the fire in the chimney (think: firestorm).

If you have a chimney fire, call the fire department. In the short term, you can close down all vents to reduce air flow and throw a chimney fire suppressant in the firebox to diminish the fire, but that doesn’t solve the problem; it only delays it.

How To Win The Battle With Creosote (And Prevent A Chimney Fire)

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You should also be aware that not all chimney fires are so dramatic. Some smolder without significant flames, but the temperatures can be just as high as a flaming chimney fire. Dark, copious black smoke emerging from the chimney is sometimes a sign of this kind of chimney fire.

How to Prevent Creosote Buildup

The number one cause of creosote buildup is a cool flue. A cool flue can happen a variety of ways.

  • A wood-burning stove is inserted into a fire place and the smoke is vented into a large, masonry chimney hat, allowing the smoke to linger and cool.
  • The metal stove pipe travels through relatively cool spaces, reducing the temperature of the smoke and exhaust gases.
  • The fire is burning too low, producing more smoke than heat.
  • The wood is wet, green or unseasoned, resulting in a lower temperature fire that further encourages creosote buildup in a cool flue.
  • A restricted air supply causing the smoke to linger in the flue.

One of the best analogies for how a cool flue encourages creosote buildup is the effect of exhaling your hot breath on a cold mirror. The fogged area you see is what happens in a cool flue, as smoke and unburned particles pass over the cooler surface.

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If you are venting into an open masonry fireplace from an inserted wood-burning stove, you should have a double insulated stovepipe installed with a six-inch diameter. This will concentrate the heat from the fire and the exhaust gases rather than allowing them to linger in an open masonry fireplace that can be up to eight times the diameter of a six-inch stovepipe.

Certified stovepipes for wood-burning stoves are approved to withstand temperatures up to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you’ve had a chimney fire, you should still have the stovepipe checked to ensure it has not been warped or damaged.

It’s possible you’ve had a chimney fire and don’t even know it. The danger is that any future creosote buildup could lead to another chimney fire in an already damaged system. Here are some clues to past chimney fires:

  • Puffy or honeycombed creosote.
  • Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber connector pipe, or factory-built metal chimney.
  • Cracked or collapsed flue tiles, or tiles with large chunks missing.
  • Discolored and/or distorted rain cap.
  • Creosote flakes and pieces found on the roof or ground.
  • Roof damage from hot creosote.
  • Cracks in exterior masonry.
  • Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints of masonry or tile liners.

If you suspect you’ve had a chimney fire, call a chimney sweep as soon as possible. They can give you an accurate assessment of whether or not a chimney fire has occurred and the next steps for maintenance or repair.

The simple fact is that clean chimneys and stovepipes don’t cause fires. If you burn wood on a regular basis to heat your home, annual maintenance and advice from a professional is a must.

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Things To Keep In Mind When Buying A Bug Out Vehicle

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By James Smith – The Survival Place Blog

If you’re preparing for TEOTWAWKI and you don’t have a bug out vehicle in your list of essential items, you are not really prepping. A bug out vehicle is basically what you would need to escape in if SHTF. If you have plans of surviving a disaster, civil war, zombie attack or any other catastrophe, you will most definitely need a bug out vehicle to escape in with your family.

So what exactly should you be looking for in a bug out vehicle? Here are some things to consider before you decide which vehicle you’re going to buy.

How many people can it carry?

It doesn’t matter if you’re single, or just a couple living out in the country side. A bug out vehicle should have place for at least four people. Of course, this is excluding all the survival foods and items you’re going to carry.

Expert preppers say that in a real bug out scenario, you should have place for as many people as possible. This is mainly because they believe strength and support lies in numbers. The most popular bug out vehicles wouldn’t make it impossible for you to take a couple of extra people with you if you need to leave town.

Can it carry your survival supplies?

Most two seat vehicles and even a large number of mid-sized sedans have almost negligible cargo space. So much so that you may not even be able to fit in your bug out bag. When buying a bug out vehicle, you need to keep in mind that you will be carrying at least a couple of bug out bags, a lot of survival foods, arms and ammunition, and most importantly, a lot of water and fuel.

While you can’t pack everything in your house into your car, your bug out vehicle should be able to carry a good portion of your survival gear and supplies.

Can it navigate through rough terrain?

Expert preppers usually go for four-wheel drives as their number one choice of bug out vehicle. Although it may consume a little more fuel than other cars, and some people suggest going for hybrid cars to save gas, imagine going down a highway clogged with downed trees or a field in case of a hurricane evacuation in a Prius or a Nissan Leaf?

Contributed by James Smith for The Survival Place Blog


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Volcanoes Today, 22 Jan 2016: Zhupanovsky Volcano

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Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): KVERT reported an explosion occurred on 19 January at 16:36 (local time) and generated an ash plume that rose to altitudes of 7-8 km (23,000-26,200 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 20 km east.
The Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange (the second highest on a four-color scale). (from Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 13-19 January 2016)

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Solar Storm Fires, Mexico Quake, Space Noodles | S0 News Jan.22.2016

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Published on Jan 22, 2016


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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Friday, 22 January 2016

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (128 quakes)

Updated: Fri, 22 Jan 14:11 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Fri, 22 Jan (65 earthquakes)
Fri, 22 Jan 13:46 UTC M 2.5 / 73.4 km – [info] (303 km) New Zealand


Fri, 22 Jan 13:41 UTC M 3.5 / 91 km – [info] (82 km) REGION METROPOLITANA, CHILE


Fri, 22 Jan 13:27 UTC M 3.0 – [info] (73 km) Ecuador – Napo


Fri, 22 Jan 13:26 UTC M 4.7 / 86 km – [info] (52 km) Kuril Islands


Fri, 22 Jan 12:56 UTC M 4.8 / 113 km – [info] (303 km) Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan


Fri, 22 Jan 12:55 UTC M 2.5 / 22 km – [info] (220 km) OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA


Fri, 22 Jan 12:41 UTC M 2.7 / 5 km – [info] (566 km) OKLAHOMA


Fri, 22 Jan 12:24 UTC M 2.6 / 10 km – [info] (80 km) SOUTHERN ITALY


Fri, 22 Jan 12:07 UTC M 3.9 / 15 km – [info] (245 km) 99 km al O de Concepción


GUG (U. Chile)
Fri, 22 Jan 11:48 UTC M 2.5 / 5 km – [info] (41 km) VAN GOLU


Fri, 22 Jan 11:46 UTC M 2.9 / 10 km – [info] (80 km) SOUTHERN ITALY


Fri, 22 Jan 11:45 UTC M 3.3 / 5 km – [info] (558 km) OKLAHOMA


Fri, 22 Jan 11:44 UTC M 3.0 / 9.1 km – [info] Las Pilas (4 km) Nicaragua


Fri, 22 Jan 11:43 UTC M 3.8 / 240.5 km – [info] (54 km) 112 km al NE de Socaire


GUG (U. Chile)

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Elder Athletes Who Grow Their Own Food: The Tarahumara Indians Part 5

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Gunfights Don’t Usually Last That Long…

The town of Creel has a population of about 5,000. It’s a pretty small place. The gunshots were coming from somewhere at the edge of town which wasn’t that far away. I suppose I should’ve been more disturbed, but honestly I wasn’t.

I live in a rural part of Central Texas and I hear gunshots almost every day. In fact, on some days, the shots I hear are mine.


The co-op was on a small backstreet and many buildings surrounded us. The shots sounded far enough away I thought there wouldn’t be any danger of ricochets or stray bullets hitting us. Or, I hoped so.

I looked at the rest of our group. Pedro had settled in sitting quietly on the step in front of the store. His face unreadable in that placid way that Indians around the world seem to have. Anthony was alert, but calm. “Sounds like a typical day in Fresno,” Anthony said when he saw I was checking in on him. Dave was busy talking to people to see if he could find out what was going on.


So I did the safest thing I could think of and entered the store and went shopping. It was inside a concrete building – surely no bullets would get in there? (Note to my husband: see how shopping is a good thing and can actually save your life at times?).

I’m not any great expert on conflict, but one thing I’ve noticed over the years is that any fight – be it with fists, knives, or guns – is usually over very quickly. And sure enough the shots died down within minutes.

A small crowd had gathered in the street in front of the store. The co-op had turned into an impromptu community center. Everyone was looking for information on what had happened and no one knew. Since milling about there wasn’t doing us any good, Pedro suggested that we head off to the bus station and wait there. Pedro told us the buses fill up and if we wanted a seat we should get there early.

I expected the bus to be a refurbished old school bus, and I was mildly surprised to see it was a slightly newer model touring coach. A few years ago I visited Cuba and every day brought a new miracle as the bus sputtered its way safely to and from where we were going. If its old inspection sticker was to be believed, that Cuban school bus had been in Louisiana in 1987 at one point in its history. We all took turns sitting in this one seat where you had to use your feet to hold down a piece of cardboard that covered a giant hole in the floorboard. If you didn’t keep the hole covered, then everyone riding inside the bus would get to breathe toxic exhaust.

The big red coach in front of us now looked in much better shape. Compared to that old Cuban bus, this looked downright deluxe. “Don’t get too excited,” Dave said, “these coaches might be newer, but they have cloth seats.”


“Why are cloth seats a problem?” I asked, surprised.

“Well,” said Dave, “with those old school buses you could go inside and hose them down. These new ones with cloth seats you can never wash out the smell of vomit.”

Within my first few steps on to the bus I knew exactly what he meant.

And we would soon to find out why people riding this bus would be compelled to vomit. In fact, I would nickname the bus “the vomit comet.”

This article is Part 5 in a series about Marjory’s trip to visit the Tarahumara Indians. You can read the rest of the series here:

Elder Athletes Who Grow Their Own Food: The Tarahumara Indians Part 1
Elder Athletes Who Grow Their Own Food: The Tarahumara Indians Part 2
Elder Athletes Who Grow Their Own Food: The Tarahumara Indians Part 3
Elder Athletes Who Grow Their Own Food: The Tarahumara Indians Part 4
Elder Athletes Who Grow Their Own Food: The Tarahumara Indians Part 5


Small Window

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I might have a small window this weekend to get a little painting done on the tiny house.

I have been planning this for the last three weekends, but the weather “made” me go cook chili instead. The same for this weekend as well. All the plans were made earlier in the week for Saturday. The help was all lined out and all the materials bought only to be postponed due to the temperature not being above 50 all day.
I should have known this would happen. I should have painted as soon as I could back in the summer instead of waiting till winter to try and paint. It’s my fault and only my fault.
This is what happens when you get detracted and do other things instead of finishing what you started first.
The small window I am talking about is Sunday. The high will be 65 degrees, but the wind will be blowing too hard to spray. If I can reschedule and find enough help, then we can go “old school” and all use brushes and rollers to get it done or at least a major part of it done.

The cost for free help could add up if I am not careful. 
Lets see, three cases of beer at $65.00, two racks of ribs and chicken quarters at $35.00 and all the sides at about another $40.00. Add in other drinks and snacks for the kids and wives at about $30.00 or so. So the total for free help will be somewhere around $170.00
This may sound like I am complaining, but I am not. To have someone come out and do the work would cost 10 times that amount so I think I am getting off on the cheap, plus I get to see everyone and do some cooking during all this.
Now, I just need to get on the phone and let the family know there is free beer, free food and free paint brushes available on Sunday.

Oh, I promised a picture of the trim on the porch posts I did not like so here it is.

I am not going to trim the posts at all now and just paint them. I think it made them look like a poodle’s leg or something. 

I will let you know how the weekend turned out,


Unlimited Urban Clean Drinking Water Supply

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Winter Driving: 5 Tips For Your Fuel Economy

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You might not have heard of this, but last weekend Eastern Europe has been hit by a wave of snow and really low temperatures. So much so that roads were closed for over 12 hours.

Maybe this doesn’t seem so unusual, but what capture my attention was the survival story I stumbled upon. This guy managed to stay alive for 3 whole days after the facility he was working in was left without electricity. He got water from the already too much snow, he had some food supplies and his shelter? Well, his car!

It’s almost a miracle that he lasted for so long and he didn’t even need medical care after this ordeal. And although the rule of 3 played an important role in his survival, there is one thing without which he would have tragically failed: fuel. If your fuel reserve won’t last enough, you won’t stand a chance, so you must know how to stretch it as much as you need to.

You don’t have to get to Europe for harsh winter, heavy snow and winter traffic jams. Just take a look at Washington D.C. these days instead.

Is common science that cold weather reduces the range for all vehicles. Fuel economy tests show that a conventional gasoline car’s gas mileage is about 12% lower at 32°F than it would be at 73°F, and it can drop as much as 19% at 0°F comparing to 73°F. As for very short trips (3 to 4 miles of city driving), the fuel economy drops to 22%.

Take a good look at the facts below, as they could really change your perspective when you rely on your bug out vehicle and your winter driving skills for survival.

How Is This Happening?

Engine and transmission friction increases in cold temperatures due to cold engine oil and other drive-line fluids. The engine needs more time to reach its most fuel-efficient temperature, which explains why a shorter trip “costs” more fuel than a longer one. How much would you lose of your economy because of the less efficient components? Up to 14%! Combine trips so you could drive less often with a cold engine.

As for the battery, its performance decreases in cold weather, making it harder for your alternator to keep your battery charged. Drive at least 5 miles between start cycles to fully recharge the battery.

Everything you do to prepare your car prior to driving out of your alley increases fuel consumption, because you use additional power. Heating the cabin, window defrosters, and heater fans are the most “expensive” in terms of fuel, as they all use additional power. And more power means more fuel, which goes your economy down to 15%.

And remember that winter grades of gasoline can have slightly less energy per gallon than summer blends.

Also, colder air is denser, which will increase aerodynamic drag on your vehicle (especially at highway speeds), and decrease your fuel economy up to 5%. Even tire pressure decreases in colder temperatures, increasing rolling resistance and reducing the range up to 4%.

Icy or snow-covered roads decrease even more your tires’ grip on the road, wasting energy. Safe driving speeds on slick roads can be much lower than normal, further reducing fuel economy, especially at speeds below 30 to 40 mph. And remember that using four-wheel drive increases fuel consumption too.

How Can You Solve It?

Now you wonder what can you do about it. We have some clues for you below.

1. Start Your Preparations with a Good Vehicle

First, having the proper vehicle spares a lot of effort. Most preppers agree that less time you spend on the road, less danger you’ll face along the way. You need a vehicle that is not only fast, protective, and off-road capable, but gas-efficient as well. Whether you go with the family’s sedan or opt for a terrain vehicle, your main goal when bugging out is to get far away as quickly as possible. With that in mind, larger and heavier vehicles are bound to come with a drawback in the fuel department.

More, these types of vehicles stand out like a sore thumb when compared to your everyday cars, trucks, and vans. The ability to remain unnoticeable and safe when navigating through heavily populated and hostile areas, is just as important as your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Still, your vehicle of choice will be largely dependent upon your environment. The choice remains yours whether to purchase a designated bug out vehicle or update your daily commuter car for a SHTF contingency. But regardless of choice, the biggest concern for any bug out vehicle is fuel range. Above all other aspects, a bug out vehicle should be prepared and maintained to provide the best possible fuel economy.

2. Weight Control

For starters, weight is one of the biggest factors deciding a vehicle’s fuel range: an extra 100 pound could reduce your MPG by 1%. Removing any unnecessary equipment, supplies, or people from your car will inevitably translate to lower fuel consumption. That also means stripping the vehicle itself down of any unneeded aftermarket parts. These things reduce the vehicle’s aerodynamics and add weight, which translates to fewer miles.

Some preppers advocate that a bug out vehicle should contain as much food, water, and gear as you can carry. However, your chances of consuming everything on route are quite slim. So is your possibility of taking what’s left with you upon reaching your destination. For that reason, a 72-hour bug out bag for each family member is all the gear you’ll need in the car. Everything else can be found along the way or upon finding safety.

Removing hauling cargo on the roof, for example, reduces wind resistance, and increases fuel economy by 2% to 8% in the city driving, and 6% to 17% on the highway. If you really need to use it for your luggage, opt for rear-mount cargo boxes, which “costs” only 1% to 5% of your fuel economy.

3. Acceleration Control

You can also save on fuel by easing your pressure on the accelerator. Slamming the pedal to the floor every time you accelerate consumes significantly more fuel than applying less and gradual pressure. Most vehicles are also at their most efficient when cruising in their highest gear at a moderately low speed (40-50 mph).

Though your goal will be to get out of dodge as quickly as possible, you should still pay attention to your rate of acceleration and cruising speed. Driving fast may serve to get you out of dodge quickly, but doing so could stop you short of safety if your pedal’s to the metal.

Use cruise control if your car is equipped with this feature, and avoid aggressive driving, as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking waste more energy.

Avoid excessive idling too, considering the fact that it can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and other features that you use at the moment. Actually, turning your engine off when you are waiting in your car saves your money, because it takes only 10 seconds to restart when you need to drive off compared to how much fuel is burned while idling.

4. Tires Pressure & Maintenance

Despite seeming trivial, under-inflated tires can significantly lower a vehicle’s fuel economy by miles per gallon. Keeping them properly inflated will improve your vehicle’s fuel performance. It will also make for much safer travel across on and off-road terrain.

You should always strive to stay current with preventative maintenance on your car. This means the normal fuel, fluid, and filter changes in addition to addressing any engine problems indicated by the light on your dashboard. What may seem like nothing could be a dead oxygen sensor or related emissions problems that keeps your vehicle from performing.

5. Fuel and Engine

In today’s economy, most drivers opt for whatever gas is cheapest at the pump. Though some modern cars suggest using higher-octane fuel, most can still run on regular without any consequential long-term effects.

Cars with superchargers and modified intake systems usually mandate the use of premium gas. But if your car is rated for regular gasoline there’s reason to pay more at the pump.

Diesel engines are something to be considered, as they have much greater lifespan than typical engines and can be run using homemade bio-diesel fuel. In a long-term survival situation, gas could become a scarce commodity and mandate the use of alternate sources of fuel. However, it’s still advised that bug out vehicles running on regular gas carry one or two jerry cans of extra fuel that gets rotated into use regularly.


And Few More Cold Weather Tips

Remember not to use warmers and defrosters more than necessary. Scraping ice every morning makes you sick? Look for natural, low cost solutions, like parking your car facing east or using a vinegar solution for defrosting your windshields.

Video first seen on Ken Weathers.

Locks freeze, windows and mirrors ice over, tires get stuck – ice and snow are just miserable to deal with first thing in the morning, or at any other time of day for that matter. Here are a few tips to remember:

  • Protect your rubber edges with cooking spray to keep them from freezing shot.
  • Blow some hand sanitizer on your car’s lock to defrost it.
  • Use a lighter to heat your car key a little bit before sliding it in the lock.
  • Don’t leave you windshield wipers up overnight so they won’t become stuck to your windshield. Cover them with socks to prevent snow and ice buildup on the wiper blades.
  • Dress your mirrors in plastic bags overnight to prevent them from frosting.
  • If your tires are stuck in the snow in the morning, place a piece of cardboard or your car mats beneath to help them roll.

Deciding to brave the roads during harsh winter, will confront you with challenges along the way, making it necessary to choose a vehicle capable to handle a variety of contingencies. Compromise has to be made, as no bug out vehicle can have it all. There is no such thing as the perfect vehicle, everybody has his opinion and makes his personal choices. Finally, the only thing that makes the difference is your skills.


This article has been written by Michael Martin for Survivopedia.


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The coming storm will leave no one unchanged!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! I have been spending a lot of time this week researching what SHTF might look like when it hits and what challenges we as Preppers may be overlooking. My concern is that when it actually gets here, there will be things that most of us just haven’t thought about …

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The World Economy & The End Times

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     I don’t have to tell you that the global economy is in a world of hurt.  The news cycles are full of stories of the woes of Wall Street, the devaluation of the Chinese Yuan, and the fears of further oil glut in the Middle East.  They are all intertwined to paint a very bleak economic forecast for the Seven Billion+ inhabitants of the planet.  And I can’t help but see it in terms of my Biblical worldview, and End Times prophecies.  But how do the particulars of today’s world economy play into the predictions that the Bible makes about Christ’s return?
     The Bible verse that speaks most clearly to me is Revelation 6:6 … And I heard what seemed to be a voice from the midst of the four living creatures, saying, A quart of wheat for a denarius [a whole day’s wages], and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm the oil and the wine!  What this tells me is that at a time that Jesus calls The Great Tribulation, there will be great financial struggle and famine among the world’s poor, while at the same time, there will those who enjoy great wealth.  Do we not see the rich getting richer, while more and more of the middle class are falling into poverty; that the chasm between rich and poor is getting wider and deeper?
     If, like myself, you are a believer that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God (revelation of Jesus), and that He spoke prophecy into each of the writers of His Word, then it is Jesus Himself who is telling us that this will be the economic picture in the End Times.  And what is the common denominator mentioned in Revelation, and is also one of the primary factors controlling the world economy today?  It is oil!

     Can you see it?  Can you discern that oil is the stimulus that is driving the nations of the world into not only a battle for domination of the oil reserves, but into a final showdown and conflict at Megiddo in the Valley of Jezreel?  That oil and Armageddon are explicitly linked?
     It should be obvious to everyone that oil is the energy-producing resource that every 21st Century nation needs to survive.  It should be equally obvious that the Middle East is Oil Central, so to speak, and the sectarian violence we are witnessing in the region has as much to do with controlling that resource as it does with warring religious ideologies.  That’s why we see the growing presence of Russia and China in the area, and what ultimately drives the foreign policies of all the major nations.
     Remember that Chapter 38 in Ezekiel prophecies that the force that instigates the Gog-Magog war will have “an evil thought” to not only “take a spoil”, but to turn his hand “upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land”; in other words, Israel.  I believe that “spoil” will be oil.  As writer, Terry James, so eloquently explains in his article, titled End Times Economy: Forecast of Last-Day Indicators:  “It cannot be mere coincidence that the Middle East region is where the planet was most lush–the place where the Garden of Eden was placed. If oil is, as most scientists believe, primarily decayed vegetation and animal matter that has decomposed, then this is the area where we might expect the greatest deposits of the substance we call oil. It must be more than mere coincidence, too, it follows, that this is the general region where all of the petroleum-hungry nations of the world would place intense interest. How much of a stretch is it, then, to believe that the forces of Gog-Magog would one day consider this region a chief target for invasion? And, carrying this logic to biblically prophetic conclusion, is it any wonder that Armageddon, involving most every nation on earth, will meet in this very region to do battle for the great spoil, the liquid black gold beneath the sand of the Middle East?”

     Can you see it more clearly now?  America played a part in the birth of modern Israel, and we were blessed with new venues of economic markets.  Our alliance with Israel and our protection of the infant state, gave the U.S. presence in the region of planet earth with the deepest petroleum reserves.   We have also played a role in protecting the royal Saudi family, who held the keys to the most copious amounts of oil in the region.  This alliance also assured us that our western economy would continue to flourish, and we could keep the oil spigots open and flowing.
     But now there are new players on the block.  The recent negotiations with Iran threaten to upset that apple cart, and now Russia is making its presence known in the region.  And we cannot dismiss the taste for oil that China’s burgeoning industrial economy is demanding.  Can you see the nations of the world gathering, just as the Biblical prophecies predict?  Can you see that oil could be “the hook in the jaw” that pulls nations out of the north to the Valley of Jezreel (Ezekiel 38:4)?  Or that oil could be the impetus for a 200,000,000 man army coming from the East (Revelation 9:14-16)?
     It is interesting to watch all the financial experts and their dire projections of an economic world collapse.  They are specifically focused on this world and how to avoid the coming breakdown of world banks and global economic institutions; how that will affect the world’s financial systems.  We, Christians, who are not of this world, see it from a futuristic standpoint.  We see the failing world economy as inevitable; as prophetic, and as one more step towards the return of our Lord and Savior and the institution of a prosperous and glorious 1,000-year reign in His presence.
     We must get ready … times are going to be horrendous, and millions will die from famine, pestilence and war.  There is no way out of it; the Bible tells me so.  But we have just a little ways to go to get out of this corrupted world system and into His magnificent Kingdom.  Whatever comes, if we stay focused on Him, it will all be worth it.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Revelation 16:14    For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”

Why You Need Food Storage In Your Home

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Why you need food storage in your home is always part of the discussion when I teach classes about emergency preparedness. Food storage is probably something you are already doing in your home. If you have a few extra cans of food or some buckets of sugar, flour, etc. you have food storage. You have the beginning of what I call food storage. If you have more stored you are a rock star in my book. I applaud you. Some people may think we are hoarding food because we want food stored, yes I was asked that at a class I taught years ago. I had a good laugh because I understand some people may think we are a bit over the top. They may have watched a TV show that showed some very extreme ways of storing or gathering food. I want to make it clear right now I will not skin a squirrel and eat it. I will become a vegetarian and eat the vegetables and fruits I grow in my garden before that will ever happen.

I will eat eggs, beans, quinoa and chia for protein, period. I wish I could say I have 40 acres of land and raise animals for food and a HUGE garden. I don’t, I have a peanut size lot that is less than 1/4 acre. But, I can still raise enough fruits and vegetables for my husband and myself. I can also preserve food for short-term storage by dehydrating it. I have had two dehydrators in my life. The first one was harvest gold and 24 inches in height and width. It was beauty in her day. When I retired that one I bought my Excalibur dehydrator with a timer and 9 shelves. Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, Black Now let’s talk about why you need food storage in your home. You don’t need to go into debt to buy food, buy one extra can a week if your budget will allow it. Remember only buy the food your family will eat in an emergency and every day.

Whenever I talk about food storage I always mention the fact that you need water. Lots of water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon per person per day. I disagree. I believe we need four gallons per person per day. My mouth is starting to get dry just thinking about rationing that one gallon per day for myself. Just saying. Please store water several different ways. I love the WaterBricks because the large ones hold 3.5 gallons. That’s close to what one person needs per day. I know they are less than the four gallons I prefer but they are close enough that I can say I need ten of those for Mark for ten days. I need ten of those for me for ten days. Are you with me? Now, remember store water in several ways so you can haul it if you need too. You can’t haul a filled 55-gallon barrel. But, you can pump water out of that barrel to drink it after you filter or purify it. You can also cook with it. It’s great for washing clothes as well. WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

When I talk about food storage I always mention to people to get a butane stove with fuel for short term emergencies like power outages. You can always use your barbecue but it wastes a lot of fuel to boil a pot of soup. This is the butane stove and canisters I purchased for all four of my daughters for short power outages. They can boil water, make soup, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Now let’s talk about why you need food storage in your home. You don’t need to go into debt to buy food, buy one extra can a week if your budget will allow it. Remember only buy the food your family will eat in an emergency and every day. Buy #10 cans commercially processed for a longer shelf-life. Always compare the ounces per can and the price per ounce plus shipping costs.

Why You Need Food Storage:

  1. Peace of mind after a disaster or unforeseen emergency, knowing you can feed your family
  2. Loss of income, you can still eat without depending on government assistance
  3. Severe weather conditions like Icy roads or snow storms you can still feed your family because your pantry is full of food items they enjoy and you won’t have to run to the supermarket on icy or snowy roads
  4. You save money because you will visit the supermarket less because you have the food you need at home (stock up on sales of food you like)
  5. You will never run out milk because you have instant milk ready to just add water
  6. If you store the items like flour, yeast, eggs (even powdered ones work), instant milk, salt, oil, sugar or honey you can bread for sandwiches and save a lot of $$$. You will never run out of bread because you can make it
  7. In an extreme disaster, the stores will be empty within 24-48 hours with some of the items you may want to purchase
  8. The power may be out and your debit card or credit card will become useless because the gas stations or supermarkets will not be able to take any cards. Cash may work if they have a generator but who knows how long it will work
  9. Truckers may not be able to deliver the needed food at your local grocery chains because of weather conditions if you have food storage you will still be able to feed your family
  10. You may be so ill you cannot go to the store and purchase food for your family
  11. War erupts and all stores are closed
  12. Terrorist attack you may not be able to leave your home
  13. Pandemic the city or county where you live may advise everyone to stay home plus people may be afraid to go outside where there are groups of people who may be sick
  14. Financial meltdown……need I say more
  15. You must take care of your family, please do not depend on anyone else to feed your family

Here is the instant milk I buy (I sell Thrive Life food storage just so you know): Food Storage Moms Thrive Life Store

I quote:

Thrive Life Instant Milk


Closed: 25 years

Open: 2 years
Shelf life based on optimal storage conditions.

#10 (gallon-size): 57

Pantry Can: 18
Pouch: No

Ingredients: Nonfat Milk Solids, Vitamin A Palmitate, and Vitamin D3. Per serving, contains 40% daily value of Vitamin D CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE (pouch excluded)

All products are processed in a facility that handles milk, egg, soy, wheat and tree nut products.
Country of origin: United States 
I love the fact that I can make milk when I run out at the last minute and the taste is great. I hope my list above shows you how much you need food storage. May God bless you and your family for being prepared for the unexpected.

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4 Things To Consider When Bugging Out

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The sh*t just hit the fan.  Things have gone from bad to worse and you and your family are in the affected area.  Now what?  Whether you are a seasoned prepper or just beginning on the journey down the road to preparedness, there may come a time when you will have Best bug Out vehicleto make the decision whether to bug in or hit the road to a safer location with your family.  When that time comes, here are the first four things to consider before you start bugging out by vehicle:  Which vehicle should I take?  What should I take with me?  Where am I headed?  What will be the safest route to take?

By Chuck Savage, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

1. Which Vehicle Do I Take?

For those of us who don’t own a Hummer, the decision may be a little harder.  Things to consider in an escape vehicle are ground Best Bug Out Vehicleclearance, four wheel drive or not, load capacity, fuel consumption and toughness.  Even if you plan on bugging in during an emergency, not having a backup plan complete with a remote location that is well supplied could prove fatal.  Case in point and mentioned often is when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.  Thousands of people hit the roads to evacuate and many had no idea of where they were headed.

This lack of planning led to panic and indecision that only made matters worse. Horror stories of people stranded on overpasses and people being attacked at rest stops filled the news. Many people waited until it was too late to leave and perished as a result of poor or no planning.  So, what vehicle will you take?  I would take the vehicle that I feel is the safest for me and my family. In my case, we have a GMC Envoy 4WD.  It is not the toughest vehicle but it is better than our Kia Spectra. This GMC gives me a fair load capacity and the option of better traction if needed. I always keep at least three quarters of a tank of fuel in my vehicle at all times and make sure my oil, fluids and tire pressure are good.

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Having 4WD is a nice option but don’t let 4WD give you a false sense of security.  My wife and I learned this a few weeks ago while checking a new clear cut on our leased property in our Jeep Liberty 4WD.  I had driven on these roads before but the logging activity had damaged the roads badly.  I hit a soft spot, came to a stop and sank.  I confidently shifted into 4 wheel low range and tried to drive out but with no luck and sank deeper.  I rocked the vehicle back and forth but sank deeper.  So deep, that I would not be able to get it out.  I am confessing this to try and help you avoid my same mistakes.

Things in my Jeep:
1.    A ranch jack: Can be used to lift the front or rear onto stable ground.
2.    Straps or chains: Can be used with a jack or come along.
3.    Folding shovel: Dig around the tires to improve traction
4.    Ratchet straps: Can be used to strap a board or tree limb for self rescue.
5.    Snow chains: Can be used in snow, ice or mud to improve traction.
6.    A hand operated come along: Able to wench the vehicle out.
7.    A tool kit: For small repairs.
8.    Leather gloves
9.    Extra towels
10.  Hatchet or hand axe

These are just a few of the most important things needed in a bug out vehicle to be able to self rescue.  Unfortunately my story didn’t end like a fairy tale. I had to hike out to civilization and find someone with a 4WD tractor to pull me out. My wife, (not in the best of moods by now, had to wait in the submerged jeep for me to make it back with help).

2. What Do I Take With Me?

Decide that now and not when you find yourself having to haul butt. My wife and I found ourselves with about ten minutes to best bug out vehiclemake that decision while living in Durango, Colorado.   The Missionary Ridge fire had changed directions within minutes and we had to load our vehicle and leave the rest behind. We didn’t have time to deliberate on what was important. We just grabbed the CPU to our computer, a few clothes, water, dog food, people food, sleeping bags and a tarp for a shelter.  As we left our drive way, I remember thinking that it may be the last time I would see our home and the things we had to leave behind.

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One thing that I learned from living in Colorado was to always keep emergency supplies in our vehicle at all times.  The weather in the Rockies is constantly changing and can be very unpredictable.  I have seen it snow in August, rain anytime and hail in midsummer.  Temperature swings from hot to freezing in a matter of hours. We are seeing more of these extreme weather patterns throughout the United States so be prepared.

My list includes the following:
1.    Two blankets (wool if possible).
2.    Drinking water (can be used for water for the vehicle if needed).
3.    Food bars
4.    Fire starter
5.    Emergency shelter
6.    Small stove with fuel
7.    Flash light with extra batteries
8.    Multi tool
9.    First Aid Kit
10.    Cell Phone and charger

I did have most of these items when we got stuck and my ever present firearm with extra ammunition. Fortunately I was close enough to hike out for help but I might not be able to the next time. I learned a lesson to never leave these items at home or base camp again.  Now I keep a loaded box with what I need in my garage. Everything we need is prepped and ready to load at a moment’s notice. My advice to everyone is to take the time to do this now, not at the last minute when you are under intense pressure. You will be glad you did.  I know that I have forgotten some things not listed above but you get the idea. If you have to leave, you don’t know what you will be facing or when you may be back.

Related: A Campground As A Bug Out Location?

If you take the time now when not under pressure, you will be less likely to forget the things you will need. So please, think it through and put your plan together now. Don’t put it off and become a victim or a statistic we read or hear about on the news.

3. Where Am I Headed?

My family is fortunate to have some leased land that we can use as a safe place to bug out. It has all of the resources that we Survivalwould need to survive in an emergency. We store some things there on site to help us from having to carry too much with us.  Every evacuation plan should have a well thought out destination. If you don’t have a land lease, maybe you should consider State or National forests. The down side to this would be having to share space and resources with other people you may not know and can trust.

Also Read: The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle

Another safe place may be with relatives or friends who live in safer more desirable location to weather out emergencies.  It is good to consider the resources you need to survive and for the location to be defensible against undesirables. In emergencies, you will not want to have to depend on protection from the government.  Law enforcement and rescue/EMT personnel will be stretched thin so learn to meet your own needs.

4. What Will Be The Safest Route To Take?

Getting to the bug out location is the last consideration.  Evacuation routes are going to be packed.  For people who don’t know Best SHTF vehiclethe back roads, they will all follow the signs and before long the roads will become blocked.  I have planned two alternate routes to our bug out location and there are even more if I need them.  Study your routes for safety issues like areas that may flood during storms.

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The news reminds us of the many people who drown each year because of trying to drive through flooded roads.  I plan to avoid Interstates because everyone else will be using them. Avoid stopping at rest stops or crowed public places as these can be a point of ambush for people who want to steal or do harm.  Unfortunately we live in a crazy world and it’s harder to know who you can trust. So, don’t let your guard down! Always be alert, have your head on a swivel and be ready to defend yourself at all times.  Hopefully this info will help you as you plan your bug out strategy. Get prepared now. Then if and when the time comes you will be ready.

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The Most Deadly Handgun Cartridge You Can Buy For Self-Defense

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The Most Deadly Handgun Cartridge You Can Buy For Self-Defense

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For many years now there has been a debate among handgun owners as to what the single most effective self-defense handgun cartridge is. It was a very valid debate when the choice was limited to the 9mm Parabellum and the .45 ACP.

But prompted by tragedies within law enforcement, the debut of such new cartridges as the .357 Sig, the .40 S&W, and the 10mm Auto has shifted the focus of this debate to these significantly more powerful cartridges. It was not until Sergeant Evan Marshall (formally a member of the homicide section of the Detroit Police Department) decided to undertake a definitive study of wound ballistics based upon his collection of hundreds of autopsy reports that we had access to reliable information on this topic. His findings proved beyond doubt that the 10mm Auto is the single most effective self-defense handgun cartridge yet developed.

The impetus for the development of these new handgun cartridges is an infamous incident known as the “FBI Miami Shootout” that took place on April 11, 1986 between eight FBI agents and two serial bank robbers in which two agents were killed and five others were wounded –despite outnumbering the bank robbers four to one. In fact, despite the fact that the two robbery suspects, William Russell Matix and Michael Lee Platt, were struck multiple times during the shootout, Platt was able to continue firing. It should be noted that although tactical mistakes were made by the FBI agents, the real blame lies with the underpowered 9mm Parabellum cartridges loaded with 147 grain bullets which were standard FBI issue at the time of the incident. Consequently, following the death of its agents, the FBI decided to undergo the search for a more reliable handgun cartridge and thus, it eventually settled on the 10mm Auto.

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Originally developed by eminent firearms expert Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Cooper in 1983 and later modified by Swiss ammunition manufacturer FVV Norma AB for use in the Bren 10 Auto Combat Pistol produced by Dornaus & Dixon, this handgun and its accompanying .40 caliber cartridge was conceived to bridge the gap between the high capacity, but relatively low-powered, auto-loading pistols of the day, and more powerful, but low-capacity, magnum revolvers in order to provide both police and civilians with an auto-loading, semi-automatic, handgun that would combine the best aspects of both designs.

Unfortunately, Dornaus & Dixon decided to subcontract the manufacture of magazines for its new pistol rather than produce them in-house, and the company that D&D chose to do so proved to be far less than reliable which resulted in both defective magazines as well as a shortage of supply. This led to Dornaus & Dixon declaring bankruptcy after only three years of production, despite high demand for the new pistol. However, even though this magnum-powered pistol cartridge produces what many shooters consider to be excessive recoil, the design concept was deemed sound and thus, due to continued demand for the Bren Ten even after production cased, Colt decided to revive this new pistol cartridge by introducing a version based upon the 1911 John Browning design in the form of the Delta Elite 10mm Auto in 1987.

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It should be noted that although the 10mm Auto (aka 10 x 25mm) does seem to provide the ultimate in handgun stopping power when loaded with a relatively lightweight bullet, it is not the best choice for shooters with smaller statures or those who are recoil-shy because it requires a large frame handgun like the .45 ACP and generates a significant amount of recoil. But, for those who can handle both the frame size and the recoil, Marshall’s results have proven that it outperforms even the mighty .44 Magnum (remember Dirty Harry?) as a self-defense cartridge! In fact, according to author Steve Fuller, terminal wound ballistics are dependent on four different factors: the bullet’s muzzle energy, its depth of penetration, the size of the temporary stretch cavity, and the size of the permanent crush cavity. And according to the autopsy results compiled by Marshall, the 10mm Auto loaded with 135 grain hollow point bullets with a muzzle velocity approaching 1,400 fps (as loaded by CorBon) results in a one-shot stop in almost 100 percent of cases studied! Thus, when full-powered loads are employed, the performance of the 10mm Auto can equal, or even exceed, that of the .357 Magnum and retain more kinetic energy at 100 yards than the .45 ACP produces at the muzzle!

So, if you are considering the purchase of a handgun for self-defense purposes and you have a sufficiently large stature to accommodate the frame size of the 10mm Auto as well as the ability to withstand the recoil, it is without a doubt the ultimate “man-stopper” provided that appropriate ammunition is chosen.

However, for those of you with slightly smaller statures or those of you who are recoil-shy, then the .40 Smith & Wesson (aka .40 S&W, Shorty .40, .40 Short & Weak) is a viable alternative since it fires the same diameter bullet as the 10mm Auto from a shorter case (10 x 22mm) and thus, while it provides similar stopping power to the 10mm Auto, it generates significantly less recoil.

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Looking for land or foot in the door

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Hello My name is keith I am 23 I am looking into going off the grid. I am looking for others to join me to setup community of off grid people. We would farm as much of are own food as possible and live in tiny homes to earth ships the ideas are endless. I am looking for someone with land that i could use or we could work out the details maybe crop sharing or work on land in trade or buy or rent if you or anyone you know may like this idea please give me email to give me details about your ideas if you can help or would like to join thanks very much

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All-New AquaPod Emergency Water Kit and Filter + Giveaway

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A couple of years ago, when I first learned about the AquaPod Emergency Water Kit, I jumped on the bandwagon and tested one for myself.  At the time, I was thrilled by the reasonable cost and my own ability to assemble the kit myself, without the need for any male-type brawn.

As I explained then, an AquaPod Emergency Water Kit is a heavy duty bathtub liner that is filled with water in advance of an upcoming hurricane, storm, or weather system.  The kit includes a bathtub liner that is filled with water, some fittings, and a pump for siphoning the water out of the tub.

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Think of the AquaPod Kit as insurance for those times when you anticipate that access to clean, usable water will be unavailable for a few days up to a week or two.

All-New AquaPod Bathtub Water Storage Kit

It has been two years since my initial review and I am happy to report that there is an all-new AquaPod Kit.  The newly updated kit includes an updated pump as well as an Aquamira water filtration device   What that means is that even if the water coming out from your pipes and into the bathtub looks or smells questionable, it will still be safe to drink because the included filter will remove bacteria as well as protozoan cysts such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia.  The filter also reduces chlorine to improve water taste, odor, and clarity.

In the first Backdoor Survival product giveaway of 2016, the nice folks at AquaPod have reserved two of the new AquaPod Kits with filtration for two lucky winners.  Not only that, they are throwing in two of their new RoguePak Hydration Bladders for a total of four winners.  How cool is that?

I will be writing about the RoquePak Hydration Bladders in March, but for now, let me walk you through how easy it is to set up and use the AquaPod Kit.

Setting Up the AquaPod Kit with Aquamira Filtration

Follow along below as I show you the upgraded siphon pump and filter.

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Attaching the sleeve to the filled liner

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Attaching the included pump that will be used to siphon out the water

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Attaching  the Aquamira filtration device

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Getting the water out using the included siphon pump with filter attached

Other Facts About the AquaPod

The AquaPod holds up to 65 gallons of water, depending on the size of your tub.  Think about that.  At a water requirement of 3 gallons a day per person, that works out to 22 man-days or 11 days of water for two people and more if you conserve.  Also, with the AquaPod, you can expect the water to stay fresh for up to 8 weeks although water never really goes bad, just stale and/or contaminated.

Here are some other facts:

AquaPodKit manufactures their liners here in the USA!

The liners are constructed of 4 mil food grade Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) plastic. This material follows and stays within USDA and FDA guidelines. Contains no PVCs and is BPA free.

The liner is 40″x80″ and, depending on the size of your bathtub, can hold up to 100 gallons.  Although the standard tub holds 70 gallons of water, to be safe AquaPod recommends filling the tub with 65 gallons to come in under the tub line.

Depending on the flow of water, you can usually fill the bladder in 10 to 15 minutes.  I suggest practicing attaching the fittings in advance so if a last minute storm warning occurs, you can quickly attach the liner/bladder and fill the tub with time to spare.

Siphoned water is pumped out of the tub into a water bottle, pitcher, or jug.  One person can do this without the assistance of a second set of hands.

Liners are for one time use only.  It is not that they will not stand up to re-use, but that re-use may introduce contaminates.

Refill liners are available at a reasonable cost.

Bonus:  The RoguePak Hydration Bladder

Something that has been on my gear bucket list for quite some time is a hydration bladder for my Rothco backpack. (The Medium Transport Pack I favor has a built in slot for a hydration bladder.)  My issue has always been two fold: cleaning and sanitation after the fact.

The RoguePak solves that problem.  It includes recyclable bladders with reusable quick connect valves.  Although I have not gone hiking since receiving my hydration bladder, as soon as I do I will report back with how well I fared carrying 70 ounces of water in my pack along with the rest of my gear.

In the meantime, there will be two bonus winners, each receiving a kit with 2, 70 ounce RoguePaks!

The Giveaway

Here is the part you have been waiting for.  Up for grabs are two of the new AquaPod Kits with Aquamira Filtration and two RoguePak Hydration Bladder Kits.

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 next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

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

The Final Word

Something you may be asking yourself is why not simply store water in an open bathtub.  Why do you need a liner?

The answer is that most of us do not make a career out of cleaning our bathtubs daily.  Dirt, dust, soap scum and other crud accumulates on the surface of the tub, even if it is unused.  This is emergency water we are talking about, and it makes sense to start out with the cleanest water possible.

The other question is why consider the AquaPod Kit versus some of the lower cost competitors?

Three reasons come to mind.  First, it is made in the US and not off shore in China or elsewhere.  Second is that refill kits are available at a reasonable price so your initial investment in a pump and fittings can be used over and over again.  Finally, it comes with a water filter good for up to 80 gallons, or a completely full bathtub.

I should also mention that if you already own one of the original AquaPod Kits, an upgrade kit is available that includes the new pump and filter system although the original works just fine too.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to the items related to today’s article.

AquaPodKit Emergency Drinking Water Storage Plus Aquamira Filtration Kit, 65 gallon:  What I love about the AquaPod is that I can purchase refill liners, making this more than a one-time use product.  I am thrilled that you can now filter the water as you siphon it out of the tub. Plus, of course, that it is made in America.  How many preparedness products can boast about that?

AquaPodKit Upgrade Kit with Aquamira Filtration: This kit will upgrade existing AquaPod kits with the updated pump and an Aquamira filtration kit.  The water filter is good for 80 gallons and can also be used as a straw type device.

Roguepak (2) Reusable & Recyclable Reservoir:  The RoguePak is a new idea in hydration packs-create a reusable system that eliminates the arduous hassle of cleaning that limits the usefulness of other packs.  They are made in America. (Also comes in a 4 pack.)

Aqua Pod Kit Replacement Liners (3 Pack): Replacement lines for your AquaPod Kit.  Your AquaPod is not a throw-away solution!

Rothco Black Medium Transport Pack:  This is my preferred pack.  The extensive storage options make the pack ideal for organizing your gear or filling it with supplies.  It is MOLLE compatible as well as hydration bladder compatible. The best part is that it is comfortable both for me (a smallish woman) and Shelly, the Survival Husband.

WaterBasics Replacement Filter – GRN Line-Series II-80 gallons:  Read about the AquaMira Water Basics filter.  This is the filter that is included with the AquaPod Kit. You will also find more information here.

DryTec Calcium Hypochlorite, 1-Pound:  This is 68% Calcium Hypochlorite.  As of this writing, the price is under $10 with free shipping.  I purchased Ultima Pool ShockThe Sunday Survival Buzz #128 Backdoor Survival which is 73% Calcium Hypochlorite.  For more information, read How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water.


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How to Spot False Flag Events

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mediaReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, we’re going to cover some basic fundamentals to help you forecast an event before it materializes. You don’t need to be either a prophet or an actuarial scientist to drastically improve your probability of gauging an event before it occurs.  Sound techniques of daily research coupled with keeping an open eye are keys; keeping an open mind is another, and it is possibly the most important of them all.

False Flag Events

So, what is a false flag event? This term is largely used to describe covert operations that are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them. According to this website, the origin of this term stems from the old days of wooden ships, when one ship would hang the flag of its enemy before attacking another ship in its own navy. Because the enemy’s flag was hung instead of the flag of the real country of the attacking ship, it was called a “false flag” attack. Many believe this ploy commonly uses the media and fear of a manufactured enemy to control populations. Infowars has an excellent article on confirmed false flag events.

You already know about multiple preparedness, disaster, and survival sites.  The alternate news media provided by the internet is the last bastion of objective grass-roots journalism and reporting that exists.  Most of your news in the mainstream media (MSM) is “canned,” or rather, approved is the better word.  Did you ever notice how an article in one MSM publication oftentimes appears in several (or many) other publications?  Such returns us to an old adage that may surprise you for not being meant for face value:

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” –  Lord Acton

Readers, this does hold true about power; however, what Acton was referring to was the culpability of the media to fawn upon a ruler/dictator/leader and “color” objectivity with a slant in favor of what the ruler wants…to obtain favored status.

Filter Through Media Headlies With These Tips

1. Find Links in News Articles

Look no further than the MSM of the United States: kowtowing at every turn to lick the hands of those granting the “all access press pass” and the front row seat in the briefing.  Now, does this mean that you cannot use them and what they “report” a s news?  Absolutely not!  You can use it…but you must sift it first, gleaning the true and important details.

Your goal is to create a daily “collage” of news items with the collage blending the news per item, and potentially finding links that overlap into other collages to give you an accurate portrait.  This is for all of the venues: radio, television, if you have it (JJ’s home hasn’t had TV in almost 11 years), newspapers, magazines, and the internet.  Let’s take a hypothetical case to illustrate.

Zippydisaster is a (fictitious) site that prints a great deal on current events relating to potential nuclear war.  They just did a piece on North Korea and a submarine that runs on hydrogen taken from seawater via hydrolysis.  Zippydisaster’s piece links to several AP quotes from Kim Jung Un, and substantiates its findings with an expert tying into submarine contracts for construction between Russia and North Korea.

2. Find Details in Articles that Other News Sources Removed

Your job is to find out the specifics in these articles…what type of submarine, class, range, and technology?  Is the expert fairly well-known, and/or does he have other references you can research relating to the topic?  What types of contracts were involved between the North Korean and Russian governments, and were any of their details divulged to the public?  Now what sources do you, the researcher, use to help find the details about these specifics?  Janes’ Defense is an excellent site to find out about military equipment and weapons.  You can find out the true range of the class submarine, its armaments, its complement, and its capabilities.

Don’t “X” out the MSM completely.  Look at what recently happened when Vladimir Putin (in December 2015) accidentally leaked out a photograph of a document to Russian television of a drone submarine capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to a U.S. coastal city.  That’s a pretty serious mistake on the part of Russia.  Mistakes are made, and it is up to you to be able to spot it and file it away for reference later.

Look at the event that is being reported…say a bombing by ISIS of an oil refinery in northern Syria.  Study the event.  Who benefits from the oil, and whose oil is it?  Who claims the oil as their own?  What are the effects of the loss of such a refinery to nations in Europe?

Look at what happened in Benghazi, but remember: the actions leading up to it included the current U.S. president deploying naval forces along with France (the main protagonist) for the specific purpose of protecting France’s oil supply.  Look at the Syrian situation, and understand the U.S. wants to place a gas pipeline from Qatar and run it up through Syria to cut off Russian Gazprom natural gas supplies into Ukraine (and hence, Europe).  Doesn’t appear that the plan is working too well, however, that’s not the point.  The point here is to sift through the blurbs of news that are newsworthy and then do good research to find out who, what, when, where, how, and why…with emphasis on the last item, the “why” element.

By utilizing multiple sites, you “plow the field” and find details in one that another may not have.  One site may have the time and place of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test off the coast of California.  Another may actually show YouTube footage with the trajectory visible.  Another may have communiques between radar stations and Air Force bases radioed when the missile is tracked.  A military source may know the type of missile.  From this grouping of details from diverse sources you can paint an accurate picture that is more complete than if you had just taken it from one source.

3. Pay Attention to the Signs, Use Facts and Forecast Appropriately

Regarding forecasting, everybody wants…no, demands…that you answer the question, “When is it all going to collapse?”

The only ones who know that are the ones who will cause the collapse.

You must look at the “signs” that you find…clues that you gather upon the path…to aid you in determining the point where you, personally, pull the plug and initiate whatever procedures that you and your family have agreed upon.  There are many good economists who have given various lists of signs to watch for, from dollar and gold decoupling to the dumping of T-bills by foreign nations.  When you see these things inching ominously closer, cross-reference them and find out their causes.  Is that deep drop in the Dow something serious, such as the Baltic Dry Good Index dropping, along with the price of crude, or is it just speculators running wild?

In order to forecast, you need not be a “swami,” just be solid and rely on facts.

Do not leave out HUMINT, or human intelligence sources.  Do you know members of the military currently or recently on active duty?  Do you know any middle management at the coal plant being hit by EPA regulations?  Do you have a good physician who will tell you about the questions HHS is asking him to answer concerning your firearms ownership?  All of these sources you can glean from and also develop to help broaden your perspective and intelligence-gathering.

4. Have An Open Mind

Use every source at your disposal and get the “big picture” on all things.  There is one more item: an open mind.  Do not discount something that absolutely appears that it cannot happen.  Such a statement may seem inconsistent with what we covered here; however, it is not.  It is your “ace-in-the-hole” statement.  Don’t be boxed in.  You must allow your mind to take the “third person limited omniscient” perspective: let your mind be outside of the intelligence to analyze it, and not be influenced by it via emotions.

Analyze and weigh details, and come to a conclusion based on your data and your instincts.  In the end, it is you who will have to make the personal decision that it’s hitting the fan, and the missiles are on the way.  You will have to determine that it’s time to hang up that hardhat in the factory and quietly head for home.  Good forecasting is based on good viable information obtained by diligently watching, reading, and listening to all that is happening around you.  Good intelligence is not simply found: it is made, and you can do this with diligence and attention to detail.  Happy researching, and remember to stay alert and frosty!


Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Front Porch Friday January 22

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Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

Mama Kautz and The Rural Economist bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

You know those weeks where you think it’s Friday all day and then it’s actually only Wednesday. Or Thursday. Then Friday comes and you are like ok cool I made it OH MY GOSH! The Porch!! I forgot the Porch!!
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