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“THAT MOMENT” THE OFFICIAL (AUSTRALIA DAY AKA INVASION DAY) PARADE WAS TAKEN OVER IN MELBOURNE THIS MORNING….#SHARE THIS AROUND BECAUSE THE MEDIA IS TRYING TO SWEEP IT UNDER THE CARPET### There was no media report on this in the NT. Checked all chanels ABC, SBS, Nine, Seven, Ten and NITV. And not one of them mentioned it.

Posted by Blackfulla Revolution on Monday, 26 January 2015

Off Grid Prepper Communications with goTenna!

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Visit goTenna by clicking HERE I’ve been immersed in all sorts of communication gear from walkie talkie’s, to hand held HAM radios, to base station HAM radios, and now…

A Canadian Launchpad

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A lot of Americans are concerned that our nation’s porous southern border with Mexico represents security major security risk. It could serve as a conduit for Islamic radicals to infiltrate the US and carry out attacks. What is less known and rarely talked about is the situation on the northern border with Canada. Now many […]

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How To Test Your Drinking Water (And Why You Should Do It)

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How To Test Your Drinking Water (And Why You Should Do It) Most people turn on the faucet in their kitchen or bathroom and don’t think twice about the liquid flowing from it. But if the situation in Flint, Michigan has taught us anything, it is that we cannot trust the safety of any drinking …

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4 Unconventional Uses For Mustard

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Mustard is a great addition to anybody’s kitchen. Not only is it a potent ingredient that will better the taste of pretty much anything it touches (almost anything), but it’s also very healthy. It’s very rich in selenium, nutrients and antioxidants, making it reputable for combating inflammations and relaxing muscles. A single teaspoon of yellow mustard seeds packs about 85mg of omega 3 fats (the good type of fat), 25mg of potassium (K), 29mg of phosphorus (P), 18mg of calcium (Ca) and about 10mg of magnesium (Mg). With so many beneficial elements, no wonder people have been consuming it since antiquity. To Romans were the first to add the mustard seed to their diet, by mixing the ground mustard seeds with wine; the overall result was a condiment which was vastly used in Roman cuisine. The Egyptians saw it also a symbol of good fortune, so they tossed mustard seeds in the tombs of the pharaohs, so they’d have good luck in their next life. The medicinal benefits however, were fully understood later on, in medieval times. The French monks used a mustard-based paste, which was used in treating many ailments: it was used for back pain and muscular relief, for toothaches, as digestive stimulant, for improving blood circulation and clearing up the sinuses. As you can see, it’s an all-purpose tool, and next, I’m going to explain further uses for mustard.

1. Smell Remover

The potent and active enzymes found in mustard will take out any unwanted odor from almost anything. Whether it’s sweat, food smells or even the smell of some disappointing perfume or fabric softener, worry not! Just make a mixture out of 3 gallons of hot water and 1 – 2 cups of dried mustard. Mix it well and add some to a spray bottle. You can spray you car tires, the rims, the underbody of the car, the trunk and the car mats. After the bad smell is gone, you can spray with water and clean with a piece of dry cloth. You could also try spraying the solutions on smelly pieces of clothing, but mustard spots are ussualy very tricky to remove.

2. Natural weedwacker

If you have your very own garden and you’re reluctant to using chemical agents in dealing with your weed problem, you’ll be glad to know that mustard is the eco-friendly way of getting the job done. If you want to, you can event plant mustard every here and there, but I’s even easier to scatter mustard seeds all around the garden. When the mustard seeds come in direct contact with the soil, they’ll discharge some specific nutrients. These nutrients make the soil hostile territory for all sorts of weeds; you’ll reduce your weed problem dramatically. However, mustard can be detrimental to some plants that you might not want gone from your garden, so do some reading on the subject a bit.

3. Burn relief

Mustard works really well on relieving the pain caused by burning accidents, no matter how deep the burn. The first thing you’ll need to do is to get your burned area under cold, running, water. This will alleviate some of the initial stinging sensation and will also clean the burned area. After 20 – 30 seconds, stop the “water treatment” and grab a hold on the jar of mustard. Any type of mustard will do, just spread some all over the burned area and wait a few seconds. The pain should cease in a matter of seconds. Keep in mind though that this is a temporary pain relief solution, not a treatment; you should get yourself
checked by a doctor a.s.a.p. to avoid complications.

4. Emergency dishwashing soap

If you’re run out of dishwashing soap or liquid and you still have tons of dishes to do, once again you can turn to mustard. No need in making that extra trip to the market; if you have some mustard powder (paste works too) and some baking soda, you’re fine. Just add the two together (2 parts mustard, 1 part baking soda) and mix them up. Apply the resulting mix on the dishes (which have been previously washed with water) and let it sit for 5 – 7 minutes. Once the time is up, simply rinse them with water. You’ll be amazed at how sparkly they’ll be!

I am sure that you’ve understood by now the importance of having some mustard around the house, be it paste, powder or seeds. Mustard van do so much more than making your hotdogs tastier, it will get you out of all sorts of predicaments.

 

By Alec Deacon

 

 

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Ham Radio Listening in Disasters- Cale Nelson

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Cale Nelson of the Fo Time Podcast is back on the show today to talk about the importance of radio listening for information after a natural or man-made disaster. To learn more about ham radio, check out the Fo Time Podcast.

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Why Have the Muslims Been Allowed To Invade The European “Union”

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I posted a question on a blog about “why is the forced acceptance of large amounts of Muslims into European countries happening, along with the attempted roll out of the NWO”

 It didn’t make any sense to me.

Someone answered with their own comment—What do you think?
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The totally incredible thing is that almost no one on the entire internet has yet realized that there is nothing remotely accidental about this muslim flooding of Europe.

It was not – as everyone, so sadly, seems to think – a ‘mistake’ by Merkel, at all. Her invitation to the entire Middle East (and far beyond) to pour into Europe was a calculated, totally deliberate dramatic ramping-up of the EU’s plan to pour muslim into all EU countries formulated by Peter Sutherland when he was EU Commissioner – which was adopted by the EU’s Polituro, the ‘EU Commission’, as policy.

The objective of their plan was to pour such vast numbers of muslims (preferably, because they don’t integrate) into all European countries to break down national identity – which is the greatest threat to the EU, and the single and only obstacle which has frustrated them in achieving a Single European state.

This flooding of Europe with muslims has been going on since Blair’s time – in vast numbers, as anyone living in any of the main EU countries can confirm for themselves. In the UK, this was initiated by Blair, and has been continued in similar volumes (hundreds of thousands every year) by Cameron – another EU stooge.

Europeans! If you don’t overthrow the EU / German conspiracy which rules all main EU countries, you will have no Europe left.

 
And the other piece of the puzzle….
For the NWO they need to assemble countries into Blocks, with are then easier to control and integrate. So if Europe breaks up, a critical block is gone. So even though the introduction of the Muslim is quite risky, their future of world domination is at risk.

On similar note, why do you think Obama is president? Same reason, one of his main jobs was to marginalize the white christian middle class, and he has done so very effectively. His other overall task was to neuter the Bill of Rights.

They NWO cannot capture the USA whilst it had a strong white christian middle class because they had the wherewithal and the moral fortitude to stand up against the NWO.

Hows them apples.

Home Brewing Beer And Other Juicing Recipes: How to Brew Beer Explained in Simple Steps

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Home Brewing Beer And Other Juicing Recipes: How to Brew Beer Explained in Simple Steps was a free kindle book when this post was written.

The Boxed Set “Home Brewing Beer and Other Juicing Recipes,” is
the perfect collection of books for the reader who is interested in learning
more about beer-brewing, or adding a few more recipes to his/her brewing
repertoire. As a special bonus, this boxed set also includes a book about smoothies
that will introduce the reader to a wide array of fruity beverages. This book
will be an asset to the reader on the occasions where he/she has to cater to
the refreshment needs of children or other persons for whom beer would not be
suitable (for example, persons on medication or special diets).

The “Home Brewing Beer and Other Juicing Recipes” Boxed Set
contains three (3) titles:

Book 1: Beer Brewing Recipes: Beer Brewing for Beginners.

Book 2: Home Brewing: 70 Top Secrets & Tricks to Brewing
Beer Right the First Time.

Book 3: Smoothie Food Poetry for the Smoothie Lifestyle.

Surviving Long-term After the SHTF

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Surviving Long Term SHTF

As preppers and survivalists we’ve trained ourselves hard. We’re continually working on acquiring the knowledge and skills that can help us beat the odds and survive a catastrophic event. We prepare for the worst, while planning for long term survival. We know that there may be a few harrowing months, or even years, that will require extra attention, grit, and endurance. However, we also have to consider that in the case of a SHTF event there may be some rebuilding and restructuring that needs to come after. Planning for long-term survival (think years and decades) needs to be a part of our preparations as well.

Food.Shelter.Water. These are the basics, but consider what you’ll do when the provisions run out, everywhere, and there are no more pre-portioned, canned, and packaged convenient survival foods for us to eat? What then?

There are a few options in this case and it’s important to plan ahead and prepare to work towards them if the need arises.

Foraging and gleaning

Foraging is a process of scouting your local area for foods you can eat. It usually involves heading into wild areas to see what’s edible, ripe, and available for collection. Gleaning is another technique that involves going into fields or orchards after they’ve been harvested to collect the leftovers.

Both are viable techniques to gather food, but in the case of gleaning after a SHTF event, and for some types of foods, will only be good for a single season. Foraging, however, is a skill that will be essential to long-term survival as natural ecosystems are self-seeding and symbiotic, providing sustenance season after season and year after year.

Foraging for local wild foods requires an advanced understanding of your local ecosystem – and you need to see yourself as part of it, not apart from it if you want to survive long-term in this way. This means leaving food for the other animals, and allowing the plants to self-seed as well. Harvesting from the local plants, trees, and animals will be essential to long-term survival. It also has the added benefit of actually being healthier for you as well – since most wild uncultivated plants are more nutrient dense as made apparent by their comparatively bitter taste – and have not been over-bred to enhance sweetness.

Foraging is not without its dangers though. To the untrained eye, and even with field guides (which you should invest in), there can be look-alike plants and fungi that you think are safe, consume, and get poisoned by – but they are easily avoided with some training by experts.

If you’re currently unfamiliar with your area, or the area you plan to bug out to, make sure you get in touch with local foragers and wilderness guides who can teach you what they know about the local flora and fauna. You will be surprised how much your perspective and perception changes once you start looking at the wild plants around you as sources of sustenance and survival. Once you have your new knowledge, be sure to actively forage in all seasons. Practice the techniques you will eventually use to survive, and teach them to others as well.

Grow your own

If you are planning to stay in your bug out area long term (and not planning to become nomadic) you will need to be capable of growing your own food from season to season, and storing out of season foods as well. This means having the facilities, tools, skills, seeds, cultivatable land, and access to water that is required to grow your own crops to harvest.

Consider investing in an heirloom seed saving kit, or (if you haven’t already) start your own garden now. Consult with more experienced gardeners and farmers and learn how to seed save yourself and start swapping varieties with others. It’s vital to have the seeds of life ready for planting, because without them you certainly will not be able to materialize any real food at all.

Branch out and experiment

Start now with experimental cooking and recipes to expand not only your skill-set, but your taste buds so that natural foods won’t be a complete shock to your system when SHTF. Even if you theoretically know how to cook over an open fire, do so more frequently so that you can hone your skills.

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Mix up new dishes using unusual greens (like dandelion), local pine nuts, fruits, and berries. If you don’t yet hunt certain types of small game animals for food (because you don’t have to) be sure to brush up on your skills and practice trapping and catching smaller animals. Purchase or build the tools and traps, and practice the techniques you’ll need to harvest them. Once you start catching them, cook them up and get your family used to the flavor. In a SHTF situation the last thing you want is a bunch of picky eaters.

Experiment by cooking with not only fresh and seasonal wild fruits, nuts, berries, and greens, but fungi as well. Take an introduction to fungi class – you’d be surprised how many are actually edible and it can get you through in wet weather. Fungi hunting (and eating) is not without its dangers as well so make sure your skill-set is in top form, and never eat a fungi you are uncertain about.

Edible Fungi

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If you train with experienced foragers and fungi hunters and volunteer with local gardening groups you’ll gain the essential skills you’ve need to survive long-term. If you dedicate time to learning these things you will be light-years ahead of others and well on your way to enduring survival should the SHTF.

Also, change your mindset from merely surviving, to healing, and becoming healthier and stronger in the process of rebuilding your life and home. Learn all you can about the nutrients you’ll need to survive, and then gain the knowledge and skills to make those nutrient containing foods easily and readily available to you and your family.

In a truly horrific SHTF situation paradigms are going to change and it’s important to possess the skills you’ll need to not only survive, but thrive in that kind of situation. Be prepared.

The following article was contributed by James Smith, an avid prepper with a passion for self-protection at all levels

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What Preppers and Survivalists Actually Buy

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There are lots of products marketed to preppers and survivalists, but did you ever wonder what those folks actually buy? Here are the recent top-selling gear and books (in order of numbers sold) from my online store:

1) Vietnam Era Surplus Snare/Trip Wire

2) Survival Pocket Chain Saw with Pouch

3) Cold Steel Peace Maker II Knife

4) Pocket Fisherman Spin Casting Outfit

5) Pocket Constitution

6)  Jones Stephens 4-Way Sillcock Key

7) UCO Long-Burn Matches 50 Pack

8-tie) Spectra Braided Fishing Line 6-300Lb Test 

8-tie) Small First Aid Storage Bag

10-tie) Nite Ize DoohicKey Multi-Tool

10-tie) WaterBrick Stackable Water/Dry Goods Container
 
12)  Going Galt: Surviving Economic Armageddon

13) Countdown to Preparedness: Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness

14) Nitecore TUBE 45 lumen USB rechargeable keychain light

15) Curad Bloodstop Hemostatic Gauze

Bug out Bags and Survival Vests

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Written by Mike Turner on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Mike Turner. For those of you who don’t remember, Mike won second place in the last round of our writing contest and he has turned in another great article for your consideration. If you have information for Preppers that you would like […]

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Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes When Buying Rural Land

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Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes When Buying Rural Land

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My rudimentary grasp of mathematics tells me I have done the homesteading world a big favor.   According to the law of averages, high numbers are offset by equally low numbers.

When it comes to mistakes made in buying rural property, I have made enough to allow for a lot of other people to keep theirs to a minimum.

I do understand that the law of averages isn’t quite that cut and dried. And I am pleased to say that my husband and I did do some things right when we bought our place in 2007.

But we have learned many lessons since then, and I would like to share a few points from my own successes and failures which might be helpful to others who are in the process of buying a homestead.

As with any real estate, there are three important factors to consider first: location, location, location. The following questions should be asked:

  • Is the property in a flood zone or prone to other natural disasters?
  • Is it in close proximity to eyesores, former chemical spills, or landfills?
  • What kind of road is it on? If on a back road, who will maintain it and keep it passable in all seasons? If on the main road, what is the traffic like?

When we bought our property, we did not know that due to a quirky tangle of federal and state highway regulations, all 18-wheelers were required to leave the interstate some 40 miles south and travel two-lane roads from there to their destination. Trucks roaring past our house day and night were often so loud they would keep us awake at night and even limit conversation with the windows open.

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The locals had been fighting the issue for so many years that it seemed futile to hope for change. Astonishingly, change did come. Our senator fought hard for us in Washington and won. Our road still gets plenty of commuters, but it’s nothing like it was before. We lucked out, but bear in mind that not everyone is so fortunate.

Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes When Buying Rural Land

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The upside of living on a main road is that we rarely lose power, we are always the first to be plowed during a snowstorm, and we have a great location for a farm stand.

Speaking of farm stand, make sure there are no restrictions on that sort of thing if it’s part of your plan. Zoning and covenants vary widely across the nation and even from one small community to the next. Consider whether local rules will allow things such as:

  • Anywhere on the property or just out back? Raised beds or in-ground?
  • Any limits on numbers or species?
  • Fencing of your choosing, or only a certain type?
  • New barns or outbuildings? Add-ons? A sugar house?
  • Clotheslines? Fire pits?
  • Farm implements? Spare equipment for parts?
  • Any decorations you like, or will the local code enforcement balk at your black-and-white Holstein design on the barn and the sculpture made of old tires on the front lawn?

Will you resent restrictions placed on your new deck designs and rustic perimeter fencing, or will you be grateful that such rules are in place to ensure that everyone in the neighborhood keeps things tidy? Bear in mind considerations such as:

  • Are there property line setback rules that will make it challenging to fit in all your homesteading needs?
  • Will you need building permits that are expensive or hard to get?
  • Is there a limit on the number of buildings or their proximity to one another?
  • Are buildings required by law to have power and plumbing? Ordinances are not always conducive to off-grid living, and some places prohibit it. If you plan to build off-grid on your new place, find out ahead of time if you’ll have to fight for it.

I was surprised to learn that although my town would allow me to house pigs in a crude plywood shack in my front yard if I wanted to, an outhouse in the woods of my back 60 acres would cost me hundreds of dollars in permits and inspections, and all off-grid human habitation is off-limits. Municipalities are often very strict about some things and lax about others.

Make sure you have plenty of space for all that you and your animals will need. I have seen online how-tos showing complete self-contained homesteads on a single acre; the drawing showed a house, barn, gardens, goats, chickens, a cow-calf operation, pigs, and a hay field.

I won’t tell you it can’t be done, but I know for sure that I couldn’t do it. My three-ish-acre pasture was not enough to sustain my pair of yearling steers during a dry summer and I had to buy hay to supplement their diet. My goats and pigs fared better elsewhere, browsing areas of edge and light forest, but still utilized another acre or so. Obviously, climate and weather, along with pasture quality, are all factors. But feeding a milk cow and dairy goats year-round on less than an acre seems like a stretch to me, at least in my region.

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Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes When Buying Rural Land

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A lot can be done on a small tract of land, to be sure. If you have a long enough growing season and your soil is rich enough, or if you are willing to purchase hay and browse from elsewhere, an acre might be just perfect. Smaller or fewer animals, or livestock kept just for a season instead of year-round, might make a difference, as well.

Soil quality is a big deal. Is your intended property currently a farm, or has been in the past? Was it organic or is the soil treated with conventional applications?

My place had been habited by suburbanites who raised flowers and lawn for a couple of generations. We were able to find out where the old barns used to be and decided to dig our in-ground garden on that spot. As we had hoped, it was nutrient-rich soil. But we hadn’t considered rocks. In the process of clearing a 30 x 30 garden, we hand-dug enough rocks to build a hundred-foot-long stone wall.

Since then, we’ve increased the garden size each year, and added raised beds as well. If you can find a place with established gardens, it’s a nice perk.

Consider what the priorities of past owners were. The people who sold us our place sold off the timber within the last decade. We were aware of that fact when we bought it, but it was still disappointing to find tons of brush and damaged standing trees and soil erosion left behind.

There was also a lot of trash. The picturesque landscaping ended at the edge of the manicured lawn. Under the dense shrubbery and forest canopy lay rusting vehicles, old tarps and rotting lumber and used roofing materials, dilapidated furniture, and hundreds of plastic bags full of used kitty litter. It took us a long time to clean it up and create animal pens out of that area.

On all but the smallest plots of land, there is no way a buyer can tour every acre before buying. When we bought ours there were no established paths and little access. But the more you can explore a potential purchase, the better.

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There are always silver linings. The brush from past logging has encouraged wildlife habitat and left behind tote roads that we have opened up for use as hiking and snowshoeing trails. Our work of clearing out the trash has provided a strong sense of transformation and connectedness to the land.

Another good thing about the former owners not being farmers is that we didn’t have to worry about livestock parasites or communicable diseases. If you are buying a working farm, do your best to evaluate the level of risk from previous or existing livestock.

Don’t overlook infrastructure. When we were perusing the market, it was obvious that properties with barns and outbuildings and fences and bridges and farm ponds — not to mention fruit trees and berry groves and gardens — were significantly more expensive. We scoffed at paying for such stuff — why do that, when we could do it ourselves?

Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes When Buying Rural Land

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The truth is, you can build it all yourselves. Depending on your situation, that might very well be the best option for you. But if we could rewind the clock, we’d look for less house, probably less land, and a whole lot more infrastructure. We have spent thousands of hours and dollars building our own, which was time and money we could have devoted to tending gardens and goats.

Ask yourself how your time is best spent. If you are purists who are buying property debt-free and depending solely on the land for your sustenance, you might be better off doing it yourself. If you are going the route of existing house and mortgage and off-farm job, consider buying more in-place framework. Youth and farming experience and community support are all factors to consider as well.

Don’t forget that the place is going to come with neighbors. Whether you are buying an acre tucked in among similar-sized lots just outside a metropolitan area or a 500-acre spread where you can’t even see the smoke from the next-door neighbor’s chimney, you will probably bump up against those around you at some point. Everyone thinks their own style of rural living is best, but not everyone is blessed with neighbors who agree.

For example, think about lifestyle differences such as:

  • Are you planning on loud outdoor parties and jeep jamborees next door to a quiet family of homeschoolers who embrace a simple lifestyle?
  • Conversely, are you people-powered back-to-the-landers who will resent the sound of snowmobiles at roaring past at 1 in the morning?
  • Will your pristine lawn and garden clash with the neighbor’s haphazard fence and the goats behind it? Or are you the unruly goat people in your neighborhood?
  • Will you be seeking isolation and privacy amid inquisitive surroundings, or will you be the one peering over the fence watching the neighbors build an underground bunker?
  • Are you a big fan of guns or fireworks, or do you avoid such things?

You don’t have to like them and they don’t have to like you, but it’s a nice thing when it happens. Avoid setting yourself up for a lifetime of headaches if you can.

Nobody gets it perfect every time. Although I made some mistakes when I bought my homestead, I have few regrets. Hopefully, some of these considerations will help you make your decision in a way that when you look back on your purchase, you too will know you made the right move.

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Parents Fined $1,350 For Pulling Grieving Kids Out Of School

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Parents Fined $1,350 For Pulling Grieving Kids Out Of School

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Taking kids out of school – even if it’s related to the death of a relative — can cost a fortune if you live in the United Kingdom.

Kerry and Richard Bowering were fined $1,350 (£950) for taking their three school-age daughters on vacation to Spain to heal after their grandmother’s tragic death.

“In January, their gran (grandmother) died of cancer and then at the end of February their mum had a hysterectomy for cervical cancer,” Richard Bowering told Yahoo News UK. “They were really badly affected by those things – it was a nightmare time – so we thought we would give them a break and take them on holiday. I asked for a bit of compassion to allow us to do that. I asked the headmistress (principal) for permission and she refused.”

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The family that lives in Bristol, England, decided to take the trip anyway. That led the Bristol City Council to fine them around $85 per parent for each of the children. A local court then increased the fines to $1,350 when the parents did not show up in court.

“The council has a duty to follow the current legislation and national guidelines relating to pupil attendance, as set out in the Department for Education’s guidance,” a spokesman for the Bristol City Council told the website. “This includes fines which are also set out by central government.”

In the United Kingdom, schools are administered by local governments but all school policy is set by Her Majesty’s Government. This includes mandatory attendance, which can be very costly as the Bowerings discovered.

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Making Your Own Sunflower Oil – And Why You Should

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Making your own cooking oil is a must for dedicated homesteading families and preppers. While you can use butter made from your dairy cow’s milk to cook and fry many food items, oil will still be a very beneficial item to have in ample supply after the SHTF.

Although there are various types of cooking oils, sunflower oil is perhaps the easiest to grow and harvest in an off grid situation. Plus, sunflower oil boasts a pleasant neutral flavor that does not overpower the food being prepared or the salad that it is poured over. Growing oilseeds and purchasing an oil press will be necessary to garner and stockpile your own cooking oil.

There are three different types of sunflower oil: High Linoleic; Mid-Oleic; High Oleic; and High Stearic/High Oleic. High oleic sunflower oil is known to be very high in oleic or monounsaturated acid. It possessed about an 80 percent oleic acid compound. People who are concerned with trans fat often opt to use this type of sunflower oi. It is commonly used in baking, the processing of dry fruit, in non-dairy creamers, and in in cereals.

Sunflower Oil Health Benefits

Sunflower oil may help boost the immune system and increase overall heart health. It is also a great source of Vitamin E and offers an energy boost. The oil is also believed to help prevent skin cancer, moisturize the skin, prevent asthma attacks, lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. Although sunflowers grow in abundance in many rural areas in the United States, the U.S. is not one of the primary producers of the oil. Argentina, Russia, and Ukraine are the top producers of sunflower oil in the world, but American homesteaders and preppers are now more frequently creating the garden space necessary to grow their own cooking oil.

The fatty acids found in sunflower seeds also contain high levels of linoleic acid — an omega-6 fatty acid. Too much of this acid creates “bad cholesterol,” but the same acid is still essential to the body. Because sunflower oil does not contain any saturated fats, it does not cause arteries to clog, making it a far more heart-healthy cooking oil choice. Too much saturated fat can also cause high blood pressure and enhanced chances of having a stroke.

The vitamin E in sunflower seeds works as an antioxidant in the body and may also enhance the functions of the immune system, helping ward off the common cold and the flu. The vitamin E content of sunflower seeds also possesses tocopherols that help reduce and eliminate free radicals that turn healthy cells into cancerous ones.

Sunflower Seed Types

There are currently two types of sunflower seeds on the market. Confectionary seeds are the type we can find at the impulse buy section of the supermarket right next to the cash register. Black oil seeds, the kind from which cooking oil is made, have two times the oil content of confectionary seeds. A 40-pound bag of black oil seeds should easily yield the amount of plants necessary to make enough cooking oil to last at least a year.

Growing Sunflowers

Sunflowers seeds can grow virtually anywhere and need very little room or water to thrive. Once the plants have grown tall, their “heads” will be full of seeds and fall over. When this happens, it is time to harvest the seeds and begin making your own cooking oil. Cut off the head of the sunflower plant with a knife and shake the seeds into a bucket. The seeds should fall out quite easily, but check the heads to make sure that you have not missed any seeds.

The seeds need to dry before the oil pressing process can begin. Ideally, the seeds should be spread out onto baking sheets or a sheet of metal or wood and allowed a day in the sun to dry thoroughly. If you are drying the seeds outdoors, make sure to place a screen over the seeds and weigh the screen in place to prevent it from being knocked off in the wind. Birds and other critters will be attracted to the seeds, so do not leave your valuable crop vulnerable or unattended.

Making Sunflower Seed Oil

Once the seeds are dry, it is time to get out the oil press and begin cranking — and cranking and cranking. This is a simple yet labor-intensive project. Getting into better physical shape is all a part of increasing your level of preparedness for when the SHTF. You may need to remind yourself of the value of the exercise you are getting as your arms tire while moving the oil press wheel to generate your oil. Making the oil offers a great opportunity to include the kiddos in the homesteading effort or to challenge your spouse to a wheel-cranking contest. Making manual labor and prepping chores fun always makes the time go by faster!

It will take about 20 minutes of cranking at a relatively quick clip to push about a 2-liter pop bottle full of sunflower seeds through the press. This amount of seeds will provide approximately 12 ounces of cooking oil. While 12 ounces of oil might not sound like a lot, it is truly worth the effort. When frying chicken in my gigantic cast-iron frying pan, I only use about one and a half ounces of oil.

Do not be shocked by the black color of the oil you will see coming out of the press. The oil “settles” in about two weeks, and the color will definitely resemble the shade of cooking oil you see on grocery store shelves. You can attempt to strain any seed remains out of the oil by pouring it through cheesecloth. The oil is not easy to strain, and doing so is really an unnecessary and messy task.

The mound of dark and dried sunflower sludge left in the press is useful too. Just toss it out to your chickens, ducks, or turkeys and they will think they have just received an amazing treat.

Pour the sunflower oil into mason jars and screw the lid on firmly. Store in the cupboard shelf until ready to use. The oil should be viable for at least two years.

Fukushima Coverup — Why Are There So Few Celebrities Promoting The Truth, Speaking Against Nuclear

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stock here: In the discussion below, CodeShutdown nails an important point.   Celebrities speak out on a wide variety of subjects.    But it is extremely rare to find a vocal anti-nuclear celebrity.   Something to think about, how can we communicate the reality of Fukushima and the Lies of the Nuclear Cartel to all celebrities and try to find a half dozen with the cajones (and hopefully breasts too–read the whole post you will understand the joke).   

So people, what I want you to do is to provide some ideas on how we can communicate to ALL celebrities, through twitter?    Find a shotgun way to send “personal” tweets to hundreds of celebrities.

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CodeShutdown

stock, the goal is to awaken the public to what is going on with nuclear and the pervasive corruption. Mainstream media is no good. Places like Enenews do little good Im afraid. Then it comes down to the famous people, and ‘helps to have breasts’ actually hits the… nipple square on the head. The point is this; there is a conspicuous lack of activists in the entertainment field. The people that have a truly big public following. Where is the Lady Gaga Fukushima piece?
Lets hear it from Susan Sarandon;
‘Witch-hunt’
Explaining her anti-war stance, Sarandon said the world had belonged to her generation, but they “screwed up”.
“Now we have to unscrew it. Maybe things have to get so bad before we wake up.
“I lost a very dear friend in the Twin Towers on 11 September and thought the shock was so huge that American arrogance would be diminished.
“Instead, our president has turned it into one of the most divisive times since the Civil War.”
Her views led to her being the subject of a “witch-hunt”, she said.

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here is the original discourse.

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Now lets say you really wanted to do something, wanted to kill a nuclear plant (watch the troll chime in on that), one way to do it is to show that they are not living up to the documents they should be following.
So you go to this page, look at key documents on lower left, and do some reading. Read some news, ask some direct questions to plant personal (helps to have breasts, just ask Erin Brocovitch), letters to the editor, maybe get a like minded lawyer to file a suit.
At some point they will be sick of the fight, and that and economics will kill the plant.
got it? stock out
http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/reactors/ip2.html
and here is a list of all the plants. Take down the weak ones….they will collapse several month before the next outage when they have to make the decision to order and buy the fuel, so it is at site for the outage.
http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/list-power-reactor-units.html


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actors get blacklisted, their careers ruined. In the world run by 3 lb brain apes, some things never change very much. Media is the henchman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_blacklist


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stock, the goal is to awaken the public to what is going on with nuclear and the pervasive corruption. Mainstream media is no good. Places like Enenews do little good Im afraid. Then it comes down to the famous people, and ‘helps to have breasts’ actually hits the… nipple square on the head. The point is this; there is a conspicuous lack of activists in the entertainment field. The people that have a truly big public following. Where is the Lady Gaga Fukushima piece?
Lets hear it from Susan Sarandon;
‘Witch-hunt’
Explaining her anti-war stance, Sarandon said the world had belonged to her generation, but they “screwed up”.
“Now we have to unscrew it. Maybe things have to get so bad before we wake up.
“I lost a very dear friend in the Twin Towers on 11 September and thought the shock was so huge that American arrogance would be diminished.
“Instead, our president has turned it into one of the most divisive times since the Civil War.”
Her views led to her being the subject of a “witch-hunt”, she said.

15 Wilderness Survival Tips

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Cotton balls and vaseline are good fire starters

Here are some wilderness survival tips that I have learned over the years.

Waterproof Match Containers – if you break wooden strike anywhere matches in half you can store twice as many in your container.

If you have to fish in an emergency, Tampons wrapper make good fishing bobbers.  Open the wrapper at one end, take the tampon out, then tie the wrapper closed trapping a bubble of air inside.  If it doesn’t float, stuff some of the cotton into the bubble.

Cotton balls impregnated with Vaseline make good fire starters.  I store them in 35 mm film cans and carry one with me when in the backcountry. Homemade Fire Starters are Easy to Make.

wilderness survival tips

Smear vaseline or grease on your exposed skin

A friend of mine from Finland says that if you are going outside in very cold weather below zero , smear Vaseline or grease on your face, it will help protect you from the cold.

All fur-bearing mammals are safe to eat, but some taste better than others.

All freshwater fish in North America are edible.

All birds are edible.  Some just don’t taste very good.

Ants, grubs, and grasshoppers can be eaten. A good way to get over your natural resistance to eating bugs is to toss them into a stew with other ingredients.

The bark of birch trees is a great fire starter.  It is easy to light and burns well even when wet

Water that is brought to a boil is safe to drink.  The length of time that it is boiled doesn’t matter.

If you are going out in cold weather, don’t wear cotton.  The old saying is “cotton kills”, wear clothes that retain their warmth even when wet.

Stay hydrated, becoming dehydration will cause you to have poor judgment, loss of energy, and eventually you will lose the will to survive and you will die.

If it is raining and you need dry wood to start a fire, look for squaw wood.  These are the small dead branches that are still attached to the tree.  They are up off the ground and dry out first.  Look for the ones on the dry side of the tree.

Butane lighters are great for starting fires.  Carry orange or red ones, they are easier to find if you drop one.  Avoid white (snow) and green, they can be hard to find.

If possible always go prepared, carry a knife, life straw or equivalent, some food and at least a space blanket.  Dress appropriately for the weather.  Extra clothes never hurt.

Even if you are not trained in wilderness survival, stay calm, find shelter and take the time to think things out.  You will find you will remember some of these wilderness survival tips and find you have more knowledge than you think you do.

Howard

 

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EMP Survival: Surviving The Darkest Days Of Disaster

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Imagine a powerful EMP blast casts darkness in our cities. Is your EMP survival plan ready for this?:

  • Across the affected area, planes and helicopters would helplessly fall from the sky. While the panicked masses leap from their dead cars and tried calling 911 on their dead phones.
  • The police would have no organized way to respond. The firemen would have no idea where to go. Our paramedics would be virtually immobilized and the Internet would vanish.
  • All the money in your bank accounts would be lost. Chaos and anarchy would slither out of the masses, slowly at first, but with increasing intensity and speed…

An Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) as described above, is a very real and terrifying threat. It could come from one of our national enemies, or from a natural phenomena.

An EMP is a burst of electromagnetic energy. It can disrupt and destroy electronic equipment and even entire power grids. Cars, computers, engines, lights, satellites, trains, planes and anything else that requires electricity is vulnerable.

EMP’s aren’t uncommon either. Solar flares release magnetic energy that could easily create this effect on Earth. Lightning strikes are electric pulses powerful enough to cause physical damage. And perhaps most frighteningly, weaponized EMP’s are relatively easy to make and exist all over the world.

What do you do? How do you survive? When all emergency services are disabled, and law-enforcement has been brought to its knees things could get ugly fast.

That is why it’s so important to create a EMP survival plan for such an event. Premeditate the chaos.

This way, if (or more likely, when) an EMP cripples our gizmos, gadgets and communications you are ready to cope with the impending turmoil.

EMP Survival Preparation

Different theories describe the effects of an EMP with great variation. Some say any and all electrical equipment will be rendered useless, instantly, and without exception.

Others assert that while powerful, an EMP would not knock out everything electric. There would still be some functioning cars or radios in existence. In either case, your preparation is correlated to how easily and how long you will survive in a post-EMP world.

This is by far the most important part of building your plan.

bug out bike 2Start Collecting Non-Electric Goods and Gadgets

First, get a bicycle or a horse. While there may still be a few cars leftover from an EMP blast, they will probably be rare, and they will certainly make you a target.

Solar ovens and propane stoves will beyour best bet for cooking food (aside from a campfire).

Hand powered water pumps, manual can openers, and grain / meat grinders will also prove extremely useful.

Brainstorm, and think of ways to replace necessary tools with non-electric options.

Canned Food Shelf Life StorageStockpile Non-Perishables

Everything in your fridge is going to go bad in a matter of days or weeks. So plan ahead and start a collection of your favorite canned goods, dehydrated foods, anything that has a long shelf life.

If the effects of an EMP blast last long enough, food will start to become a dangerously scarce resource.

More frightening than this, water will also become VERY rare. The machines that are responsible for pumping clean, fresh water up through pipes and into your home will have likely died in the EMP, so make sure you’ve got enough H2O to kill a herd of camels.

Jump Over RiverGet A Bug Out Bag Prepared

Bug Out Bag (BOB) is going to be your best friend.

When things start going south, it is smart to have a bag packed. One with all the necessary go-items, so that you can get-the-hell-out without the hassle of packing bags.

Here’s our comphrenesive guide to building your personalized BOB:

Free Bonus: Download your 104 Item Bug Out Bag Checklist that will show you exactly WHAT to put in your bag and WHY.

You would also be wise to gather a Bug Out Group (BOG) before an EMP disaster scenario.

This way you can put together an A-Team of your favorite people, and your most useful friends – but remember: be cautious whom you include. Some people are better at weighing their group down than helping out.

Finally, pre-plan with your group and identify a Bug Out Location (BOL).

This doesn’t have to be where you will settle down; it just has to be a rendezvous point at which you and your BOG can reconnect, outside of the chaos.

A deserted location on the outskirts of town would be my choice, but you may choose to meet up at someone’s house, or at a prominent building.

The BOL is all about meeting up with your BOG, so make it work for you.

ruger gunsite scoutSelf-Defense Will Help Keep You Alive

It’s no secret that human beings can be violent and ruthless in nature, especially when there isn’t an authority there to enforce the peace. So to make it through this, you will certainly need to get your hands on some weapons, ammo, and cojones.

Knives, swords, axes, hatchets, guns, baseball bats, DIY survival gear – collect anything that can be useful in a skirmish.

To supplement this, don’t forget that guns need ammo and cleaning, and blades rust and dull.

Prepare for this and make sure that you have a healthy backup supply of ammunition, gun oil, and whetstones.

Having weapons is great, but they do you no good if they just decay into uselessness.

line of medical kitsBuy or Build a Medical Bag

This action can fall under the section about BOB’s, but it wouldn’t do any harm to get yourself a excellent, highly personalized medical bag full of personal meds, over the counter meds, and trauma gear.

Here is an extremely thorough guide to creating exactly such a med bag.

Wall Of ToolsBuilding Tools Are Going To Be Very Important

Whether you plan on posting up at your home, bunkering down at someone else’s, or creating an entirely new life out in the wilderness, owning a good collection of building tools will be invaluable.

Fortifying homes against potential intruders, repairing damages, maintaining structures, and building new ones all require tools. If you don’t have a good collection going when the EMP strikes, you will eventually have to go scavenging for them.

Fire Survival SkillFire and Light

Heating systems, gas fireplaces, stovetops, ovens, light fixtures, and flashlights cannot be relied upon in EMP survival. It’s back to the Stone Age with us!

You will never have enough matches or lighters. Buying a gas lantern is highly recommended. So is stockpiling fuel (though, fuel goes bad after a few years so be careful how long you keep it sitting around) and buying MASS amounts of candles.

If an EMP strike occurs, people will be cooking over fires and enjoying candlelit dinners for a while…

DIY Tools (smaller)Collect Barter Items

If every computer in America dies, it’s possible that all the money people have saved in banks will simply disappear with the data. The economy will crash like it never crashed before.

Cash and coin will be as useless as electronics at that point, so what will people do?

Revert to the barter system! Vices like candy, cigarettes, alcohol, cannabis, and pornography will suddenly skyrocket in value.

Even if you are clean and sober, it could do you a lot of good to have a surplus of these things hidden up your sleeve.

Matches, lighters, ammunition, weapons and canned foods would also serve well for this purpose. But you need those too, so it’s better if your barter items are “wants” instead of “needs”.

Of course, if you were to collect all of these recommended materials in preparation for a EMP survival, it would be very expensive, and it would take up your entire garage.

There’s no way you are traveling very far with all of that gear – especially when motorized vehicles will likely all be ruined.

Keep this in mind. If you want to GTFO as a part of your EMP survival plan, prep lightly and take into account the fact you’ll be moving. No single plan works perfectly for everyone, but everyone can perfect a single plan. Also, remember no plan survives first contact.

Also, remember no plan survives first contact so be flexible and have a plan B and C.

Bug Out Location Self Reliance PropertyLife After The Blast

Verify What Happened

No one wants to be the person to pack up and blast off in a frantic, panicked shuffle, armed to the teeth and loaded with non-perishable food, over a short term routine power outage.

Indicators are not proof. So before you take any drastic measures, run through a checklist, in order of importance:

  • Vehicles, dead?
  • Lights, out?
  • Phone lines and phones, dead?
  • Flashlights, unresponsive?
  • Computer, fried?

If in fact, what just happened was an EMP don’t be afraid to talk with your neighbors. Just don’t freak them out. The last thing you need on top of an EMP disaster scenario is a wild and agitated neighbor in a full panic-stricken freak-out.

Bring up the subject lightly, and without sounding distressed. Avoid elaborating on the catastrophic consequences of the situation. Instead, focus on making an ally by offering advice.

Circuit BoardWhat To Expect

Honestly, no one knows for sure. It could be totally underwhelming. The lights may just flicker, the clocks reset, and everyone just goes on with their lives without even really noticing.

Or, it could be the beginning of an era of prolonged anarchy. A meltdown so dark and powerless it pulls the plug on humanities electrical power grid entirely.

What we do know is this: though the effects and intensity of an EMP blast could vary, the potential for a very large and highly effective EMP exists, and it isn’t small.

Our sun is a HUGE source of energy, and if it releases a sizable solar flare in the direction of Earth we could expect the worst.

Similarly, the technology to build an advanced EMP weapon is not unknown. China, Russia, and the U.S. all have the technology, and it’s believed that North Korea does as well. This technology is only going to become known my more countries over time.

If an enemy of America had the means to build and deploy an EMP weapon (and got angry enough), we could be facing a sinister future.

The Next Step

Do you leave or do you stay? The question is not an easy one.

The power might be back up and working in a few days or possibly weeks. Do you want to try and tough it out from the comfort of your own home?

Or does this seem like a permanent situation that is getting worse?

Personally, I am drawn to the wilderness.

The cities will, without a doubt, be the most dangerous place to scrap out a living. Grocery stores will be pillaged and water will be incredibly scarce. People will get more dangerous every day that goes by without law and order.

This might be avoidable in the wild. By escaping for enough into nature, you give yourself the freedom of space and peace, and a chance to survive the EMP chaos on your own terms.

Natural water will still be running, animals will still be there to hunt and trap, fruits and veggies will still be there to grow. You and your group can collectively work to build a community, and protect each other.

But of course, you can’t take everything with you if you escape into the wild. This is one of the biggest drawbacks to abandoning your home in an EMP survival scenario. Greedy looters will probably ransack it as soon as you’re gone.

Anything you choose to leave behind, you forsake.

So the choice is both a personal one and a circumstantial one. Just make sure you think it through before making any drastic moves.

Whichever route of EMP survival you choose to take, the next part is extremely applicable:

Scavanging 2Scavenging

Now, if there is still a semblance of society after an EMP blast knocks us back into the Stone Age, don’t go destabilizing the situation by looting and pillaging.

If people are still using money or some form of credit, USE IT TOO. This is important and not trivial. Just because there’s no power and no organized police to control us, does not mean we must act like animals.

By all means, try and keep life as normal as possible, play along with everyone who also plays nice. However, feel free to be ruthless to those who do not play nice.

Regardless, when our society crumbles and collapse without electric power you are going to have to scavenge.

Just like in zombie apocalypse movies or fantasy video games, you may have to venture outside of your safe zone in search of necessary supplies.

In which case, here are some brief guidelines on what is useful to collect:

  • Any canned or otherwise non-perishable foods.
  • Bottled water, and water containers for storage.
  • Water filters.
  • Vegetable and fruit seeds (to put down some roots and grow your own fresh produce).
  • ANY WORKING COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
    • This one is particularly important because it is possible for some radios to survive an EMP. If there are a few that are in working condition you could potentially communicate with the government or other people and exchange information. Communication equipment is as important as food, water, and shelter in an EMP survival scenario.
  • Fuel and fire-starter.
  • Weapons and ammunition.
  • Books and games (entertainment will be invaluable).
  • Bells or chimes (these can be used as crude alarm systems if set up on strings in a yard or on a porch).
  • Soaps, toothpaste, deodorant, disinfectants, and other useful hygiene/cleaning supplies.
  • Bicycles, bicycle tools and bicycle parts.
  • Cooking supplies and utensils.
  • Trash bags and other storage devices.

The Final Word

“I know not what weapons WWIII will be fought with, but WWIV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

-Albert Einstein

It is terrifying to think about an EMP disaster that renders our society lawless and brings an advanced nation to its knees. But it is not an illegitimate fear.

Of all the threats facing our western world today, it is hard to conceive of one more ominous than a massive EMP attack.

In the case of a severe EMP blast disabling our society, it will be those who prepared, planned, and premeditated the event that who will survive.

It will get ugly. It will be hard. And it will sure as hell, change the world forever.  

So make sure your EMP survival plan is well rounded and flexible. Here a further source of information that I’ve found useful:

  • http://emp-survival.com/ – this guy bought an entire domain and dedicated it specifically to describing what an EMP is, how it could be used against us, and how he thinks people will survive most efficiently.

With a bit of luck, we’ll never have to put our EMP survival plan into real action.

It would be a Dark Day indeed if ever this situation realized, but besides hope and luck, the best thing we can do is: Plan for the worst and praying for the best.

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Are You Prepared? Do the Obvious!

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Here in Oklahoma, and many parts of the Midwest, we had a glorious warm fall. Temperatures reached into the 70s each week and dipped only to lows in the mid 30s for the most part.

We celebrated Christmas on Monday the 27th, waiting for my grandson to come be with us. It was a delightful family gathering, presents aplenty. I made ham, mac and cheese, and scalloped corn, each in separate crock pots. My daughter brought a salad and a pecan pie. We feasted and enjoyed the day. We were too tired (or lazy) to wash the crock pots and do the final kitchen cleanup.

It was raining as it had been for a couple of days. The basement was doing its usual leak from the east wall. The wind was picking up and really whipped up in the night as the temps began to drop. It turned to sleet, ice, and then snow. The wind was really putting up some strong gales. The electricity was still on and the heater was running. All was good.

This morning, my husband noted that we were out of dry dog food for our dogs. So, bundling up, we planned to go to the grocery store. We went out to start the car; the car doors were frozen shut. The gate to the chicken pen was frozen shut. I had to hammer the door on the coop it to loosen it up and let the chickens out. Their water was slushy, but drinkable. There was snow on the ground, only about 2 inches, but the roads looked questionably icy. Within the hour I saw 2 tow trucks pass by. Well, maybe we will postpone the trip to the store. We usually mix wet food in with the dry food, and we have some canned dog food the dogs can eat for now.

The point of this article is this: Do the obvious! Stay organized and prepared!

What if the electricity had gone off? I don’t want those icky sticky crock pots sitting in the kitchen, or a dishwasher full of dirty dishes. I have a small kitchen and the counters were cluttered and full. What about the laundry? It was thankfully caught up. The house is still cluttered from all of the Christmas wrappings and festivities. The garage is so cluttered that we cannot get the cars in out of the weather. The chicken waterer is not heated. My freezers are way too full. Again, what if the electricity had gone off? Things would turn out very differently, very quickly. We don’t have back up heat, or a generator. I have been wanting to make one of those cute clay pots you heat with tea lights, and a rocket stove, and a solar oven.

canned-foods

I have my freezers full of food and my shelves are lined with canned foods. I review my food storage log every couple of months and make sure it is up to date. Besides I can look at my shelves and see what is getting low. I watch for bargains at the grocery store. Right now, 12 oz. bags of fresh cranberries are 50 cents each. I bought 10 and I will can some cranberry juice.

But what if the power did not come back on for a couple of days or even weeks? I would not want to lose the food in the freezer. I need to start canning more of the freezer items. I have several canning jars holding non-food items and none more available for canning. I need to make sure canning supplies are available. I wish I had a supply of food for my pets – but I have neglected to incorporate pet food and supplies in my storage inventory.

This scenario is relatively minor. But, I can’t help but wonder, what if…

I am retired, so there’s no excuse not to get these things in order. I have the time and skills. Meanwhile, this served as a good practice run for a bigger storm, calamity, or misfortune. There would be plenty of gaps in my preparedness if a real catastrophe were to occur. Why not take care of the obvious ones that I know about?

Oh, and that leaky basement wall… Better check the gutters. And the cartridges need to be replaced on my printer, I am out of black, so I am printing this in red.

My #1 resolution for 2016: No more putting off the obvious tasks to keep my house in order.


Thanks to “Connie’s Musings” for participating in the [Grow] Network Writing Contest.

We’re still getting the list of prizes lined up for the Spring 2016 Writing Contest. We awarded over $2,097 in prizes for the Fall Writing Contest, including all of the following:

– A 21.5 quart pressure canner from All American, a $382 value
– A Survival Still emergency water purification still, a $288 value
– 1 free 1 year membership in the [Grow] Network Core Community, a $239 value
– A Worm Factory 360 vermicomposting system from Nature’s Footprint, a $128 value
– 2 large heirloom seed collections from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, valued at $103 each
– A Metro-Grower Elite sub-irrigation growing container from Nature’s Footprint, a $69 value
– 2 copies of the complete Home Grown Food Summit, valued at $67 each
– 3 free 3 month memberships in the [Grow] Network Core Community, valued at $59 each
– 4 copies of the Grow Your Own Groceries DVD video set, valued at $43 each
– A Bug Out Seed Kit from the Sustainable Seed Company, a $46 value
– 4 copies of the Alternatives To Dentists DVD video, valued at $33 each
– 4 copies of the Greenhouse of the Future DVD and eBook, valued at $31 each

 

15 Foods That Last Forever

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Although there are many foods that will last for decades when stored properly (wheat, beans, pasta, etc.), there are some foods that last forever without canning, freezing or dehydrating. If you’re new to food storage, these staples are a great way to start. They’re the longest lasting foods […]

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12 Winter Survival Items That Should Be In Your Car Right Now

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12 Winter Survival Items That Should Be In Your Car Right Now

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I vividly remember growing up in Colorado. We lived in Lakewood, a suburb on the west side of Denver, which put us right up against the mountains.

We used to have a saying in Denver: “If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes, it’ll change.” Anyone who has ever lived there understands what that means. The thing is, the weather in Denver comes over the mountains, and we’d get little warning of what was to come. I could literally leave my house in the morning with clear skies and find it raining or snowing by the time I got to work.

Maybe the weather can’t sneak up on you quite as quick where you live, but the truth is that the weather you leave behind when you walk in the door at work may be very different than when you walk out the door eight hours later.

With that in mind, it only makes sense to stay prepared for winter weather, as long as there’s a chance of it showing up. That means more than just dressing for cold weather; it means taking along what you need to ensure your survival. A simple drive to a friend’s house out in the country could easily turn into a dangerous survival situation, especially if you end up spinning out on the ice and go off the road.

New Mini Pocket Power Plus Can Charge All Your Electronics — And Jump Start Your Car!

Survival in this case means surviving until someone can come rescue you, and we’re assuming you already have a cell phone. We’re not talking full-blown wilderness survival here. Call someone, stay with your car and allow them to come rescue you. That’s your best chance for survival.1. Shovel

1. Shovel

A shovel gives you the chance to dig your way out of being stuck alongside the road. While that won’t always be possible, there are many situations you can get out of with a quick 15 minutes of digging. A simple folding shovel, like an entrenching tool, is enough as that doesn’t take up much space and is small enough to get under your vehicle.

2. Sand (or, something for traction)

I remember many a time when the only problem was getting enough traction to get up a slight hill or even out of a parking space. Keeping a bag of sand in the trunk, or something else to give you traction, may be all you need to get unstuck and back on your way. Of course, if your state allows studded snow tires, that will solve the problem for you as well.3. Space/rescue blankets

3. Space/rescue blankets

With three or four of the cheap rescue blankets, you can create a cozy cocoon in your vehicle. Line the roof, windshield, rear window and doors with the blankets, taping them in place with duct tape. That will reflect the heat back to your body, rather than letting it all escape.

Rescue blankets don’t provide insulation, so you need something between you and them. They are heat reflectors. However, as a heat reflector, they are excellent and will help you to stay warm.

4. Candles & matches (or other heat source)

12 Winter Survival Items That Should Be In Your Car Right Now

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A couple of large candles will help keep the inside of your car warm, even if you can’t run the engine. Granted, it won’t be summer on the beach warm, but it should be enough to keep the ambient temperature above freezing, when used in conjunction with the rescue blankets. While that may not seem comfortable, it will help you survive.

In a pinch, those matches can be used to light your spare tire on fire. The rubber will burn, providing you with heat. It will also provide a lot of smoke, so keep it on the downwind side of the car. Let the air out of the tire before trying to light it so that it doesn’t explode.5. Blankets

5. Blankets

If you’ve got an old blanket or two, one of the best places to store them is in your car. That will help keep you warm while you’re waiting to be rescued. And at other times, keeping a couple of blankets in the back seat can help keep the kids or any other passengers from complaining about the cold.

6. Hats and gloves

There are a lot of people who don’t like wearing hats or gloves in the wintertime, even when it is cold out. But those are important for keeping you warm. A quarter of your body’s blood supply goes to your head, so wearing a hat will go a long way toward keeping you warm. Keep some spares in the car, just in case you left home without them.

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Please note that I’m assuming that you always wear a coat when you leave your home in the wintertime.7. Charger for your phone

7. Charger for your phone

Actually, I carry two: one for the cigarette lighter and a battery-powered one. That way, I can recharge no matter what, even if my car battery is dead. That call for help is important, but it’s not going to go through if your phone is dead.

8. A full tank of gas – even extra gas

Maybe this one seems a bit simple, but it’s amazing how many people run out of gas in the wintertime. You tend to use more in the winter, simply because of the time you spend waiting for all the other people who are driving slow or slipping on the ice.

But even more important than that is having that gas if you get stuck somewhere. As long as your engine is still running and your exhaust pipe is clear, you can run your engine to keep you warm. I’d recommend running it every 15 minutes, for about 10 minutes, to make your gas last as long as possible. That may not be enough to keep you really warm, but it will be enough to keep you from freezing.9. Energy bars

9. Energy bars

12 Winter Survival Items That Should Be In Your Car Right Now

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Your body needs sugar to burn and turn into heat. Keeping yourself well-fed is an important part of keeping yourself warm. Don’t count on your body using fat reserves; those take time to convert to sugar. Some high-energy bars will give your body that extra burst of energy needed to help keep warm.

When eating these, take lots of time to chew them. Sugar begins being absorbed into the body at the mouth and carbohydrates are broken down into sugar by saliva. So, by chewing thoroughly, you’re getting some of that sugar into your bloodstream immediately, where it can start helping your body produce heat.

10. Plastic bags

In order to avoid having to go outside to go to the bathroom and expose yourself to the cold, keep several plastic bags in the car. You might want to keep some toilet paper, too. While it’s inconvenient to try and go in the car, at least it’s warmer than outside. Then, tie the bag closed, open the window or door slightly and put the bag outside.11. Flashlight with extra batteries

11. Flashlight with extra batteries

A bright flashlight might make it possible for you to signal anyone who passes by on the road. Make sure you have spare batteries, as high intensity flashlights go through them rapidly.12. Piece of rope

12. Piece of rope

You’re best off if you don’t have to get out of your car. But you might need to get out for something, such as clearing the snow from your tailpipe. If you do and you fall in a blizzard, you might never find your way back to your car.

This problem is solved quite simply the same way that astronauts accomplish their space walks. Simply tether yourself to the car, each and every time you need to go out the door. Tie one end of the rope to the steering wheel and the other end around your wrist. That way, if you get lost in the snow, all you have to do is follow the rope back to the car.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Facts About Women in the Shooting Sports

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Here are some facts that may surprise you about gun ownership. It’s not just for men, more and more women are getting involved in shooting sports. Whether for self-defense or just for fun women are more involved than ever before.

Source: NRA Blog

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Wet Weather To Dampen Pacific Northwest After An Early Week Dry Spell

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By Renee Duff AccuWeather

Areas across the northwestern United States will experience a much-needed reprieve from the rain early this week. However, storms will once again take aim at the region by midweek.

While this dry spell is expected to only last into Tuesday morning, it will come as a welcome sight to many along the Washington and Oregon coasts, areas that have been drenched with rain since the beginning of January.

Storms have aimed at the northern half of the West Coast for much of the month.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: Wet Weather To Dampen Pacific Northwest After An Early Week Dry Spell

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UK Braces For Flooding Rain And Howling Wind From System That Spawned The Deadly Eastern US Blizzard

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By Courtney Spamer – AccuWewather

The same storm that brought up to a meter of snow to the United States over the weekend will cross the United Kingdom on Tuesday, bringing with it flooding rain and damaging winds.

Blizzard conditions spread across the mid-Atlantic U.S. on Saturday, bringing record-breaking snowfall and coastal flooding with water levels higher than Hurricane Sandy.

After the storm crosses the Atlantic Ocean, the center of the storm will cross over northern Scotland, with rain extending over the British Isles into Tuesday afternoon.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: UK Braces For Flooding Rain And Howling Wind From System That Spawned The Deadly Eastern US Blizzard

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Volcanoes Today, 26 Jan 2016: Planchón-Peteroa Volcano, Nishino-shima, Kilauea

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Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): An aerial survey on 19 Jan showed that no activity occurred recently. The eruption can now be regarded as over.

Kilauea (Hawai’i): No significant changes have occurred in the ongoing eruption both at the volcano’s summit and on its eastern rift zone. Degassing, seismicity and deformation are at normal levels.
Summit lava lake: The lava lake in Halema’uma’u continues to be active, fluctuating in level around 35 m below the crater rim.
Puʻu ʻŌʻō (East Rift zone): A small new circular lava pond, approx. 20 m in diameter, has formed in mid January in the western end of the crater.

Planchón-Peteroa (Central Chile and Argentina): An increase in seismic activity started on 15 Jan 2016 triggered a raise of the volcano’s official alert status to “yellow” on 22 Jan.
Chile’s Sernageomin reported that during January, 289 seismic events mostly of long-period type, related to fluid movements inside the volcano, had been registered.

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Solar Watch, Deadly Freeze | S0 News Jan.26.2016

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By Suspicious0bservers

Published on Jan 26, 2016

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Observing the Frontier Conference Page:
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http://www.MagneticReversal.org
http://www.ObservatoryProject.com
http://www.EarthChangesMedia.com

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

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

Today’s Featured Links:
Sun’s Magnetic Fields – 4 Years: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/det…
Usoskin’s Latest: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1601.05910v1.pdf
Sunspot Fields: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1601.05925v1.pdf
Record Cold Japan to Taiwan: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016…
Yale Environmental Report: http://issuu.com/2016yaleepi/docs/epi…

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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Tuesday, 26 January 2016

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.6) (145 quakes)

Updated: Tue, 26 Jan 14:55 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Tue, 26 Jan (87 earthquakes)
Tue, 26 Jan 14:25 UTC M 3.1 / 20 km – [info] (937 km) E ALHUCEMAS.MAC
I FELT IT

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alhusumace / MMI II (Very weak shaking) (via app)
Al Hoceima / MMI III (Weak shaking): before 5 min (via app)
Tue, 26 Jan 14:25 UTC M 2.9 – [info] (920 km) ALBOR
I FELT IT

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Tue, 26 Jan 14:15 UTC M 2.7 / 13 km – [info] (104 km) GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.

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EMSC
Tue, 26 Jan 13:50 UTC M 4.9 / 10 km – [info] (1884 km) Western Indian Antarctic Ridge
I FELT IT

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GFZ
Tue, 26 Jan 13:03 UTC M 3.9 / 10 km – [info] (108 km) Greece
I FELT IT

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GFZ
Patras (Greece) (26 km NW from epicenter)(no details): No often earthquake (via EMSC)
(Greece) (26 km NW from epicenter)(no details): Short duration (via EMSC)
Akteo (Greece) (26 km NW from epicenter)(no details): It was strong (via EMSC)
Tue, 26 Jan 12:30 UTC M 2.7 / 17.1 km – [info] (142 km) OFF NEMURO PENINSULA

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NIED
Tue, 26 Jan 12:03 UTC M 4.0 / 14.4 km – [info] (947 km) New Zealand
I FELT IT

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GEONET (NZ)
Tue, 26 Jan 11:55 UTC M 3.2 – [info] (876 km) ALBOR
I FELT IT

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Beni ensar / not felt (via app)
Tue, 26 Jan 11:37 UTC M 4.8 / 49.7 km – [info] (115 km) E OFF MIYAGI PREF
I FELT IT

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NIED
Tue, 26 Jan 11:32 UTC M 3.2 – [info] (922 km) ALBOR
I FELT IT

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Tue, 26 Jan 11:32 UTC M 3.2 – [info] (922 km) ALBOR
I FELT IT

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IGN

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Elder Athletes Who Grow Their Own Food: The Tarahumara Indians Part 6

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The Vomit Comet Through Tarahumara Country

The bus filled up completely, and then filled up some more. One of the last people to get on was a young woman with a child snug on her back and another small one tugging at her skirt. I was just about to get up and give her my seat when Anthony beat me to it.

Good man, that Anthony is.

The bus rolled out. And as we passed the scene of the gunfight at the edge of town, I realized that rubbernecking is a universal human behavior. Even the driver was curious and slowed the bus as we passed the intersection. I was briefly worried that the bus would tip over as everyone leaned to look out the windows on the right side. But there wasn’t much to see and the bus soon surged on.

Part of the spectacular beauty of the Copper Canyon is its intense ruggedness. I honestly have no idea how anybody would’ve ever thought they could build a road through there, but humans do some amazing things. Much of the road was built by blowing out part of the canyon’s vertical rock, so the twists and turns in the road are mercilessly sharp as it hugs the rugged walls.

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I could definitely see why people would vomit on this ride.

Anthony managed to get a video clip of some of it. Somehow sitting here in the comfort of my home office and watching it just doesn’t convey the visceral distortions that happened when we were actually doing it. I think during the worst parts of the drive Anthony couldn’t get any decent footage, so what is on this clip is one of the more tame stretches. The driver had been apparently driving this route for many years and felt completely comfortable barreling as fast as he possibly could around impossibly tight curves and having no clue if anybody else was coming or not. Note as you watch the clip what little regard the driver has for which lane he is in.

It’s one of those times when you just want to close your eyes and think about the last time you updated your will and last testament. Except that you really want to see the view. And with eyes open or closed, you are going to be queasy at least. Anthony took the brunt of it; standing up and trying to keep his pack full of heavy equipment from falling on anyone’s head.

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After about an hour so of this torture, Dave moved up to the bus driver and talked with him. The driver stopped in what looked to me like just a bend in the road with a few houses. “We’re here,” Dave shouted over the rumbling engine, “this is Humira.”

We wobbled off the bus and I noticed that even Dave looked pale. Our hosts Lola, Afren, and their family were there to greet us with big smiles. We did light handshakes and introductions all around.

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Dave had instructed us earlier that we should make a point to gently shake hands with anyone and everyone in a new setting. The handshake is a gentle, almost ‘just touching’ of palms. Although it felt a little awkward at first, it did seem to be the expected protocol, and by the end of the trip it would be second nature to go and do this gentle handshake anytime someone new came up.

Lola and Afren picked up some of our bags and helped us with the short distance to their homestead. Their home was a large house by Tarahumara standards. Maybe about 800 sq. ft. by my guess. It consisted of four rooms. There was one big room that was a combination kitchen and dining room. Then there were two bedrooms, and a big storage room on the side. I lucked out and got the small bedroom with a thin bed of mostly coils. The guys ended up in the storage room. There wasn’t any bedding to spare, but Anthony I had sleeping bags, and Pedro and Dave brought blankets. We were all glad to be indoors.

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All of the Tarahumara houses I would see on this trip had only one big bed, except for Lola and Afren’s place. So for those of you wondering about the practice of “the family bed,” well it is alive and well among the Tarahumara in Mexico.

None of the houses had any running water or plumbing, although surprisingly, each had a little bit of electricity. Apparently the Mexican government had come through a few years ago and offered every family a small solar panel, battery, and inverter with enough power for a light bulb and possibly a small radio.

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As soon as we had settled in, Lola offered us steaming mugs of pinole and started cooking tortillas. Pinole is a drink made from ground corn that is sort of like a watery porridge. The Tarahumara Indians love this drink and over the next week I would be astonished to find how energizing and filling it is. I really can’t explain why this drink made me feel so upbeat – seriously – it’s only made from ground corn that was popped.

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And the tortillas! Oh my, these tortillas were a world apart from the thin GMO cardboard disks that pass with the same name in America. The Tarahumara tortillas were thick, hardy, nourishing, and delicious. Cooked simply by themselves with no oils, butters, or salt – they were hand patted and toasted on the top of Lola’s wood-burning stove. She piled them up in a tall stack on the table and they were a major feature of every meal.

hand-made-tortillas-from-home-grown-corn-are-thick-and-delicious

Afren was a good-natured, outgoing sort of guy who seemed like he really enjoyed a good drink with the boys from time to time. He was not full-blooded Tarahumara although he had been raised in the village. Afren was one of those guys whose heart had turned away from tradition and toward the acquisition of cowboy boots, shiny belt buckles, and dreams of fast money.

Lola was full-blooded Tarahumara and quite an accomplished woman. She had left the village to gain the education necessary to become a professional nurse. She returned to her home area to operate a small medical clinic that was a tremendous service to her community. But the funding for the medical outpost had dried up, and I felt a sadness emanating from her that I guessed was because she no longer had this meaningful work.

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Afren and Lola were widely respected in the community and they were helpful in arranging connections for us to learn and film traditional Tarahumara food production and preparation.

I wanted to learn how to cook tortillas and make pinole!

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Dave had previously brought groups of Americans here who wanted to learn their traditional skills, so these Tarahumara were used to both teaching and being filmed. They suggested that a fair price for one “class” would be 200 pesos (about $12.50) and that we should work with several different families in the valley in order to spread the wealth evenly.

Note that all the classes we filmed about how to make tortillas, pinole, and much more are offered in free videos that will be aired at the 2016 Home Grown Food Summit. Check it out here.

We spent the afternoon discussing Tarahumara culture and traditions and making a rough schedule for classes. When the subject of their famous races came up I asked Afren if it would be possible for us to put up the purse money to sponsor a race. “No,” Afren said, “it doesn’t work like that. Each runner brings a little bit of money, and they pool that money up to make the purse.” But he thought he might be able to find a group of runners who would be willing to put on a demonstration race for us.

Anthony and I had given Afren several hundred pesos to buy groceries. The next day while we were filming classes with Lola, Afren would go to the next village to pick up food and see if he could scout out some runners.

Now in the back of my mind I was just a little bit worried about this. I mean would Afren go out and scrounge up some drinking buddies and say, “Hey – I got some Americans with easy money – just wear some traditional dress and look like you are running.” But the cost for the event was only going to total about $100 and I figured it was worth the risk. If it wasn’t the real deal we could always scrap the footage.

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But a possible con job was about to be the least of my worries.

Have you ever been in a foreign culture and discovered that you were unconsciously doing something that was very disturbing to everyone around you?


This article is Part 6 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
Elder Athletes Who Grow Their Own Food: The Tarahumara Indians Part 6
• Part 7: COMING SOON

 

Sweet Potato Chips Recipe – Made Without Oil

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Sometimes the craving to sit down and eat a few chips becomes overwhelming. The problem is that most of us don’t or ‘can’t’ stop at eating just a few. We tend to eat a handful, then another, and then, of

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Lock Picks in Your Survival Pack

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Picking Locks as a Survival Skill

By James C. Jones EMT/CHCM

Certainly we all regard lock picking as a rather nefarious activity used by criminals and spies, but under true, live-or-die survival situations including this skill and the necessary devices in your survival kit may be worth consideration. In a large-scale disaster there will be plenty of abandoned commercial, industrial and residential structures. Even sheds and barns can provide emergency shelter that is far superior to tarps and tents.

While breaking into someone’s home or business is not something we want to do, it may be absolutely necessary to get out of the cold, wind, rain and other hazards. Entry should be achieved with the minimum of noise and damage. A broken window or door will attract unwanted attention. Carrying a lock pick gun and/or small pry bar in your survival pack may be worth the weight. If you enter someone’s home be respectful of their property. If you must “borrow” food or other items to survive leave them a note and an IOU for future reimbursement. Just because civilization has broken down does not justify your becoming a looter. Most importantly: be sure it is truly an unoccupied structure before approaching or attempting entry. Carefully observe, call out and even knock first. Going from a desperate survivor to an intruder could result in disaster for you and the occupants.

The lock pick gun below with its instruction should get you past most locks, but you should practice ahead of time. Lock picks alone are much smaller and lighter than this gun, but take longer to learn. There are also special master keys and jiggle keys made for padlocks and automobiles. You can get these devices online and through many survival supply catalogs. The one below is made by Scorpion Defense Products and is sold by BUDK.com for $49.99. Plain picks are just $9.95 while jiggle keys go for $19.00

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Living “Off Grid” may not mean what you think it does!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! I talk to people all the time that keep saying that they can’t wait to go off grid, as they check their email every few minutes as well as their Facebook. Then they usually complain about it being too hot or too cold. As I listen to them, I …

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Bible Illiteracy: We Should Be Ashamed!

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     How many of the Ten Commandments can you name?  How many tribes made up the nation of Israel?  Who was the Patriarch who fathered the twelve tribes?  If you can answer these questions … or any one of them … then you are in the minority of Americans who call themselves Christians.  And you’re, for darned sure, a freak of nature to those in the secular population.
     In my opinion, the sad state of Bible illiteracy in our country, has contributed to the lack of moral absolutes, and a society that is without (or not concerned with) any moral standards at all.  Furthermore, we have raised generations with no understanding of what the Bible teaches, or no interest in identifying right from wrong… it’s all relevant!
     Albert Mohler, who is the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says it way better than I can express it.  While America’s evangelical Christians are rightly concerned about the secular worldview’s rejection of biblical Christianity, we ought to give some urgent attention to a problem much closer to home – biblical illiteracy in the church. This scandalous problem is our own, and it’s up to us to fix it.
     Researchers George Gallup and Jim Castelli put the problem squarely: ‘Americans revere the Bible – but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.’  How bad is it? Researchers tell us that it’s worse than most could imagine.
     Fewer than half of all adults can name the four gospels. Many Christians cannot identify more than two or three of the disciples. According to data from the Barna Research Group, 60 percent of Americans can’t name even five of the Ten Commandments. ‘No wonder people break the Ten Commandments all the time. They don’t know what they are,’ said George Barna, president of the firm.
     How many of you can identify with these situations in your churches:  Jesus’s compassion for His creation has been interpreted as tolerance for everything from abortion to homosexuality, while ignoring His specific commandments against both.  In fact, Albert Mohler addresses this very topic.  He says, “How can a generation be biblically shaped in its understanding of human sexuality when it believes Sodom and Gomorrah to be a married couple? No wonder Christians show a growing tendency to compromise on the issue of homosexuality.”
     And how many attendees are in the Bible study classes at your church?  Or is the congregation comfortable with simply receiving a verse or two during the 20-minute sermon section of the choreographed worship service?  The sad thing is that oftentimes those verses are taken out of context.  How many times have you heard “Pride goes before the fall” in a sermon?  But there is much more to God’s proffered wisdom than this abbreviated version.  Scripture actually reads, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”  See how much deeper is the knowledge that God wants us to glean?  He wants us to know that Pride is a spiritual problem; a stronghold of the devil that infects our spirits and can lead to destruction and a fall from grace.
     And how many Youth ministries are asked to fix problems, provide entertainment, and keep kids busy?  How many local-church youth programs actually produce substantial Bible knowledge in young people?  Or are Vacation Bible School and Friday night gatherings centered around pizza parties, movies, and games?
     How can we be faithful disciples and spread the Master’s message when we don’t know what’s in the instruction manual?  Frankly, I do not believe that we are to depend on the Pastor to dispense the Word (or to interpret it for you).  It’s always been about a one-on-one communication and a personal encounter with our God.  That happens best when we are immersed in His Word.
     I was blown away by the following statement from Dr. Mohler: We will not believe more than we know, and we will not live higher than our beliefs.  Please read that again!  He goes on to say, “The many fronts of Christian compromise in this generation can be directly traced to biblical illiteracy in the pews and the absence of biblical preaching and teaching in our homes and churches.  This generation must get deadly serious about the problem of biblical illiteracy, or a frighteningly large number of Americans – Christians included – will go on thinking that Sodom and Gomorrah lived happily ever after.”
     So, what are we going to do about it?  Are we devoting as much of our time to reading and studying the Bible as we are engaging with Facebook, watching TV and movies, or being buried in our phones?  How about even a portion of that time?  And I’m talking to all those who call themselves Christians!  Because if you are lacking in this area, do you even know enough to be a faithful disciple?  It is time to get back to seeking the wisdom and the spiritual connections to our Bibles — in our homes, our churches, our communities, and our nation.  Repent and ask, in Jesus’s Name, for an increased desire and hunger for the Word.  The time is critical!

2 Timothy 3:16-17    “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

The Rise Of Rape And Islam

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Islam rapeThe massive influx of supposed “refugees” into Europe is having a number of unexpected consequences. Perhaps the liberal politicians who agreed to their invasion were thinking these refugees would be like others, act like others and be grateful like others. But what they’ve gotten is far from what anyone could have expected.

Not only is it clear that terrorists have infiltrated the ranks of the “refugees,” as proven by the Paris terrorist attack, but it’s also clear that the rest of the “military age men” who make up the majority of the influx are determined to change Europe into what they want it to be.

On New Year’s Eve, about 1,000 of these men gathered together at the central train station in Cologne, Germany (there’s also a Cologne, France, but this happened in German) to give a special present to the women of the city. As the women passed, they were groped and sexually assaulted by the immigrant men. Some were robbed, under the covering of the distraction caused by the groping. A few were even raped.

This didn’t just happen in Cologne, but in Hamburg and other cities as well. But Cologne was the epicenter, with more than 800 women molested by these Muslim men. Many of the attackers were drunk, ignoring their religion’s probation of alcohol in favor of enjoying themselves.

We can’t even say that this is an isolated event, as I hear daily of new rapes and gang rapes happening throughout Europe. While rape has always existed and will probably exist until the end of time, what is happening now has not happened on this scale since the wars of the Middle Ages. While rape has always followed war, this is something new; using rape as a tool of war.

One More Insult to Injury

Sweden has become the rape capital of Europe and perhaps of the world, if we leave out the lands controlled by ISIS. The Muslim immigrants apparently feel they have a right to any woman who they see. This matches the teachings of their Imams and the Quran, which states that all lust is caused by women, it is not in the heart of the man. Therefore, the women are the ones who cause it.

The Imam of Cologne has even come out and said this, declaring that the sexual abuse and rape were the fault of the women, “walking around half-naked and wearing perfume.” He literally said that they should have expected it. But then, we have to realize that to these Muslim men, seeing a woman’s ankles makes her half-naked in his eyes. When all they ever saw in their homelands were women hidden by black cloth sacks, it’s no wonder that the sight of real women would excite them.

Now, I’ve got to say that modern styles for women’s clothing isn’t exactly modest. But that’s not the issue. If those women had been wearing floor length dresses, with long sleeves and high necks, it would still have been more than they could stand. Simply having a dress that actually fit and showed that the woman’s body had curves would have driven those men mad, especially in their drunken state. But such is Islam, that they blame the women for the faults of the men. That means that as long as there are Muslim immigrants, the chances of rape will be high.

A video has recently come out in which a female Muslim college professor explains that rape of non-Muslim women is acceptable in the Islamic religion. It is to be used as a means of humiliating the women, with the ultimate goal of forcing them to convert to Islam. There’s even a reference to her being converted by the sexual act. Her specific statements refer to raping women captured in war, but the invasion of Europe is a war in Muslim eyes.

According to the Quran, Muslims aren’t allowed to immigrate to infidel lands and put themselves under the authority of infidels or their laws, that is sin to them. When they go to other lands, and they are commanded in the Quran to do so, they are to go there and take the position of being the heads, over the people of the land. They are to take over the lands and subjugate them to Sharia Law.

This is called hijrah, and it is as old as Islam itself. The first hijrah was when Mohammad himself left Mecca to go to Medina. He and his followers went there for the purpose of conquest, to take the city over and force it to convert to Islam. This was the beginning of hijrah as a means of jihad and Muslims have been used ever since to conquer new lands and expand their territory.

Petting the Trojan Horse

The Trojan Horse of the Syrian refugee crisis isn’t just the terrorists who are hidden in their ranks, but each and every one of the Muslims who are emigrating. It doesn’t matter if they are radical Muslims or not, nor does it matter if they are terrorists. They are all committed to the spread of Islam and they are using this as an excuse to send millions of people into the western world for the purpose of conquest.

That may seem ridiculous to you, stating that such a small group could conquer a nation, but you have to understand their tactics. They have already taken over areas of several European countries, making them into “no-go zones.” Those areas are totally under Muslim control and governed by Sharia Law. The police and the duly elected government has no power and no say. They have effectively been kicked out and the area has effectively been conquered.

That’s been done with relatively few people, mere thousands. What will happen when there are millions? How will those governments stand against Muslim pressure, when the Muslims know exactly what buttons to push, in order to get things their way?

Muslims are winning the propaganda war. They are using our laws and our sensibilities against us. A mere 15 years after 9-11, they’ve managed to paint themselves as the most misunderstood and most persecuted minority in the world, with the greatest amount of prejudice against them. That’s a load of crap. Muslims account for 23% percent of the world’s population, 1.6 billion people. They are far from a minority.

Yet Islam is a hungry master. The Quran commands them to take over the world and they are going to do everything they can to do so. Those whom we call “moderate Muslims” are the ones who will do it. The radicals, who become terrorists, don’t take over the world. They just threaten the world so that we’ll be quiet while we’re being raped. It’s the moderates who take over cities, make no-go zones and demand that laws and customs be changed to accommodate them.

Video first seen on Politically Incorrect

The rape that is going on in Europe isn’t going to stop. About the only thing that can save Europe right now is for the people to rise up in arms and throw the Muslims out. But they aren’t allowed to do that. In most European countries, it’s illegal to own firearms. That doesn’t stop the Muslims or the criminals, but it does stop the law-abiding citizens of those countries from defending themselves.

Yet, they are trying. German men have turned out in droves and organized to protect their women. How did the government accept that? They sent 1,500 police to the rally where the men were organizing. There were only 150 in the vicinity of the train station on New Year’s Eve, and they didn’t do a thing to stop the sexual molestation, but they sent 1,500 to a protest against that attack. What does that tell you?

These sorts of attacks are going to increase. While they are mostly in Europe right now, we can soon expect to see them here on our side of the pond. As Obama allows more and more of these animals into our country, we must keep in mind that they have not come as refugees, they have not come as immigrants, they have come as a conquering army and as far as they are concerned, they’ve already won the war and our women are the spoils of that war.

This is what we can expect to face. As unpopular as Trump’s declaration about closing the doors to Muslim immigrants has been, it’s the only real answer. Something has to be done to determine if these people are going to assimilate into society or not; and those who won’t, have to be kept out of the country. Otherwise, they will take over.

Of course, there is one other option… that of civil war. It may come to that. But if it does, it will have to be because the Muslims start it. If we, the American people, start killing Muslims out of hand, we will be giving up the high ground and become something we are not.

Yes, we can defend ourselves and our loved ones. Yes, we can defend our women. But no, we can’t kill indiscriminately in that process. We don’t allow our soldiers to do that in war, and we can’t allow ourselves to do so in this war.

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This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

References:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35231046

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3408033/Muslim-cleric-says-Cologne-sex-attacks-victims-fault-wore-PERFUME.html

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5195/sweden-rapehttp://www.ibtimes.co.uk/migrant-crisis-young-female-refugee-centre-worker-stabbed-death-by-migrant-sweden-1540020

http://www.christianaction.org/news/2016/1/19/islamic-scholar-allah-approves-rape-of-non-muslim-women

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/260019/hijrah-europe-robert-spencer

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How To Give Your Cold The Cold Shoulder

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I have some tips today on how to give your cold the cold shoulder. Wow, it seems like where ever I go I’m seeing people sneezing and coughing. Yep, it’s that time of year. I love old fashioned remedies or what we call home remedies today. I am not a doctor, a nurse or anyone in the medical field, just giving you the heads up here. Please listen to your head, heart and gut and you will know if you need to go see the doctor. I rarely go to the doctor and I am so grateful that I have been able to heal my body myself. I use natural remedies and essential oils. I do not believe they cure any diseases. They soothe and make me feel better, let’s leave it at that. These are just some ideas that I have used for my daughters, grandkids, and other family members.

I bet many of you have used these very same home remedies to help your cold. Did you grow up with Vicks VapoRub? I sure did. If my sisters or myself got the sniffles out came the jar of Vicks VapoRub. We would rub it on our chests and the smell always helped us breathe better. I think that’s one of the reasons I love essential oils because I love the smell of Vicks.

How To Help Your Cold:

1, Wash your hands often during the day. You never know what’s lurking on door handles, doorknobs, and light switches. Oh goodness, use some wipes on those TV remotes. I can’t imagine what bacteria is on those bank teller drive-up tubes. Oh and the gas tank handles…wow! My beautiful niece, Kristina who is getting her doctorate in microbiology something (I can’t pronounce it let alone spell it) told me never ever shake hands with anyone because of the bacteria on our hands. Yikes! Just something to think about.

2. Get a Neti-pot and only use sterile water with the salt packets that come with the Neti-pot. I have used one of these for years and I will tell you they do work. They open up your sinus cavities and the goop drains out. Oh yes, I have heard the horror stories about people using tainted dirty water in their Neti-pot. We need to use common sense with anything that goes into our bodies. Clean sterile, boiled water would be the ONLY water I would use in my Neti-pot.

3. Honey, please remember never use honey for children under two years of age because of the chance of botulism. Always check with your doctor about using honey for your little ones. I only buy honey that is pure, raw honey from Cox’s Honey from Shelley, Idaho. I buy cases of honey from them online. Once you realize the difference of real pure honey you will never buy any other brand. I promise. Of course, if you have your own bees, you know what I am talking about when I say pure, raw honey. I take two teaspoons of Cox’s honey every day by spoon or in hot drinks. Sometimes I put it on my oatmeal. Honey works great for your cold when used in a warm or hot drink.

4. Get enough rest each day, if you need a nap, take one. If you have small children start a quiet hour by having them read for an hour in their room or a special chair. Make your bedroom a sanctuary by keeping it clutter free so you have one room that is peaceful and inviting and makes you smile within. A happy person is a rested person in my book.

5. Drink a lot of fluids. No soda because soda dehydrates your body. Water is the best liquid for our bodies.

6. Use a humidifier or vaporizer, the moisture sure helps your cold, sinuses or coughing.

7. Make some chicken soup, it really does help clear the mucous. Here’s is my Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe.

8. Put hot packs on your sinuses (be careful not to burn).

9. Place an extra pillow under your head to drain your nasal passages as you sleep. Pillows are a breeding place for viruses and bacteria. Replace your pillows at least once a year. I have tried pillow covers but they seem to be too noisy as in crinkly sounding.

10. Make a soup with chicken broth, onions and garlic and drink it throughout the day.

11. Use your own hand towel, bath towel, and pillowcase in the bathroom. Wash them at least weekly, more often when you are sick.

12. Change out your toothbrush especially after a cold, flu or sinus infection. Use hydrogen peroxide on your toothbrushes and rinse with water before using them. You can boil your toothbrushes for three minutes but it is very hard on them typically. I prefer to use hydrogen peroxide by spraying them and then rinse them and dry them. You can soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash and rinse the toothbrush with water before using it. If you use an electric toothbrush you can take the brush head off and follow the regular toothbrush tips above. We have a lot of bacteria in our mouths so it makes sense to have clean toothbrushes and therefore prevent many illnesses. When I see a good buy on toothbrushes I buy a lot and store them to use later.

13. Use Vicks-VapoRub on your chest and the bottom of your feet and wear socks to bed.

14. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, the more the better. I love oranges this time of year. The best are those small tangerines that peel easily!!!

15.  I sell Spark Natural essential oils and when you order from my website be sure and put FoodStorageMoms to get 10% off Spark Naturals Essential Oils when you choose your favorites. I use these Spark Naturals essential oils when I have a cold or sinus issues: Respire-Respiratory Blend and Eucalyptus  and Revive-Vapo Rub Salve

I quote Spark Naturals:

Respire – Respiratory Blend

Spark Naturals Respire blend is a great source of protection during flu season and congestion in general. The cold winter months force most of us indoors where we live work and socialize in close proximity with others who may have cold and flu germs. This blend may help the protection against common germs.

Proprietary Blend of: Peppermint, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon and Clove. In addition to helping with Cold & Flu symptoms, this blend was formulated and may help with the common respiratory issues such as congestion.

Respire Blended Oil Application:

Can be used aromatically
Can be used on the body topically (Dilute for young or sensitive skin)

You can join the Spark Naturals Oil of the Month and you will receive one 15ml bottle a month:

I quote from Spark Naturals: The Oil of the Month Club is the best value out there – all oils are 15ml bottles – shipped out to you once a month (on the same date you ordered the product). The price is $15.99 a month and includes shipping and tax. This is a great way to collect oils at a discounted price.

2016 Oils in the oil of the Month Club include:

All oils are 15ml bottles

January – Dream
February – Bergamot
March – Patchouli
April – LLP
May – Essential 4 Pack
June – Marjoram
July – Harmony
August – Birch
September – Shield
October – Geranium
November – Digest
December – White Fir

This is a great way to add oils to your stash at home. Here is my favorite essential oil book: Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition I also use this diffuser every day with a different essential oil: Essential Oil Diffuser. May God bless you to be prepared for the unexpected. Be prepared…..we can do it together.

CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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ABC’s of Essential Oils ~ B

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To continue with the ABC’s of Essential Oils. This week is letter B. Basil, Bergamot, and Black Pepper

Basil

Valued for its restorative effects, Basil is also commonly used for its calming properties.
Promotes alertness
Refreshing flavor
Acts as a cooling agent for the skin

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Bergamot
Cold pressed from the rind of the bergamot fruit, Bergamot is unique among citrus oils.
Calming and soothing aroma
Promotes clear skin
Frequently used in massage therapy for its calming benefits

Black Pepper

Stimulating and flavorful, Black Pepper enhances any dish—and your health.*
Provides powerful antioxidants*
Supports healthy circulation*
Enhances food flavor

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A Limit Of One Gun Purchase A Month?

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A New Limit To One Gun Purchase A Month?

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Law-abiding gun owners apparently are now endangered species in California. Legislators in the Golden State want to restrict the number of guns that citizens can buy — and expand law enforcement’s power to seize those firearms.

The proposal would limit long gun purchases to one per month. That bill and others like it have outraged supporters of the Second Amendment.

“California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, yet we still have gun violence,” state assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Riverside County) said. “You will never ever stop all the violence, because there will always be people out there who want to do others harm. You cannot legislate that away.”

Melendez’s colleagues, though, apparently disagree with her.

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Assembly Bill 1674, or AB 1674, from Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), would prevent Californians from buying more than one rifle or shotgun a month. The Golden State already has a similar restriction on handguns, as does Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

“Santiago’s AB 1674 would make it a crime for someone to attempt to purchase more than one firearm of any type in any 30-day period,” the Firearms Policy Coalition, a pro-Second Amendment organization, charged.

A New Limit To One Gun Purchase A Month?

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The bill, the group said, “is supported by well-funded gun control groups like California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.”

Assembly Bill 1673, or AB 1673, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson), would expand the definition of a firearm to include an unfinished frame or receiver of a weapon. That would subject firearms parts to gun control laws such as ones requiring background checks.

Notably, the measure’s vague language could be interpreted to apply to simple pieces of sheet metal since many firearms are based on common items that could be “readily converted to the functional condition of a finished frame or receiver,” the Firearms Policy Center charged.

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AB 1673 and AB 1674 could be just the tip of the iceberg. California Public Radio reported that even more gun control measures could be introduced in the legislature.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) would like to see people listed on the Transportation Security Administration’s no-fly list banned from owning guns in California.

Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) wants to expand judges’ power to issue gun-restraining orders. Such an order can empower police to seize firearms from law-abiding citizens if a family member says the person is dangerous.

State Senate President Kevin de Leon (D-East Los Angeles) is planning a package of gun-control measures, including requiring background checks for ammunition purposes.

“Extremist California Democrats will not be satisfied until every law-abiding gun owner is either in jail or disarmed,” said Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition. “Gun control laws like AB 1673 and AB 1674 are designed to gut the Second Amendment by making it virtually impossible to exercise our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms without a law degree or a badge.”

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Clean Your Toilets Naturally with DIY Toilet Bombs

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Do you know anyone that likes to clean toilets?  Not me, that is for sure.  On the other hand, proper sanitation is very high up on my list of priorities so having a spotless bathroom is more than just a nicety, it is a must!

One of my goals these past six months has been to create a chemical free home, utilizing only natural ingredients to perform basic home and personal cleaning tasks.  Many I have already shared with you and some are a work in progress.  My latest success, though, is DIY toilet bombs.

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First off, let me say that this is not a joke.  Toilet bombs are fizzy little balls of baking soda and citric acid that are combined with a bit of water and optionally, some essential oils to keep toilet bowls sparkling with a minimum of effort.

Why is this important to preppers?  Let me give you three reasons.

1.  Maintaining a healthy home that is toxic free will help ensure your own personal good health.  Who wants to inhale dangerous chemical compounds that will compromise your immune system and make you sick?

2.  Part of being prepared means stockpiling supplies that you can use when traditional grocery stores become inaccessible.  With just a few ingredients, you can create your own cleaning supplies and drop your dependence upon traditional grocery distribution systems.

3.  Saving money.  The more you can save on cleaning supplies, the more you have left over for things such as food and medicine.

How Does a Toilet Bomb Work?

The way they work is that after your initial toilet bowl cleaning (that, to be honest, may take some elbow grease), you simply drop a toilet bomb into the bowl, let it bubble and fizz until dissolved, then wait about 20 or 30 minutes to let it do its thing.  Give the bowl a quick swish with your toilet brush and you are done.

As a bonus, depending on whether you choose to use essential oils or not, you have a nice, sweet smelling bathroom.

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How to Make Toilet Bombs

Ingredients
1 cup Baking Soda
1/3 cup Citric Acid
30-40 drops Essential Oils (optional)
Spray bottle of water (for misting)

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Directions
1.  Mix the baking soda and citric acid in a bowl.

2.  If you are using the optional essentials oils (highly recommended), add them now and mix like crazy using a fork.  At this point the mixture will be very dry.

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3.  Take your spray bottle of water, and start misting the mixture, while continue to mix and fluff things up with your fork.

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4.  When the mixture barely starts to clump. pick up a small amount with your fingers.  If you can form a loose ball, you are done.  If not, keep misting and mixing.

Note:  If you add too much water, your mixture will start to fizz.  This is not the end of the world, but stop immediately.  You want the fizzing action to happen in the toilet bowl and not now.

5.  Take a spoonful of the mixture and portion out into single use sizes.  You can lay these out on cutting board, or stuff into an ice cube tray or silicone mold.  This is the one I used and it was the perfect size for one batch.

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6.  If you are using a mold, gently pat the mixture down into each compartment to keep things nice and tidy.

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7.  Let your toilet bombs dry overnight then place in an airtight container for storage.  I like to use mason jars but any type of container will work.

On cleaning day, drop your toilet bomb into the bowl, let it bubble and fizz until dissolved, then wait about 20 or 30 minutes to let it do its thing.  Give the bowl a quick swish with your toilet brush and you are done.

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If you have procrastinated and the toilet is extra dirty (or your water has a lot of minerals in it), there may still be a ring at the water line.  After much trial and error and a lot of scrubbing, I discovered that a pumice stick will not scratch the bowl and that it will work like magic to eliminate those annoying water line marks.  You will not be disappointed.

Which Essential Oils are Best to Use in Toilet Bombs?

That is a personal call.  I prefer Melaleuca (or Tea Tree) because of its antimicrobial, antiseptic, and disinfecting qualities. Plus, I happen to like the smell.

Other options include some of the citrus oils or even the same combination of peppermint, lavender, and rosemary that you find in Miracle Healing Salve.

In addition, I use essential oils from Spark Naturals (get 10% off with discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL) but any brand will work.  If you are using a bargain brand (such as essential oils from Now Foods), you may want to increase the number of drops to 50 to 60 to get the desired results.

A Word About Citric Acid

Citric Acid is a commonly available compound made from citrus fruits.  According to Wikipedia:

Citric acid exists in greater than trace amounts in a variety of fruits and vegetables, most notably citrus fruits. Lemons and limes have particularly high concentrations of the acid; it can constitute as much as 8% of the dry weight of these fruits.

Citric acid is an excellent chelating agent, binding metals. It can be used to soften water, which makes it useful in soaps and laundry detergents. By chelating the metals in hard water, it lets these cleaners produce foam and work better without need for water softening. Citric acid is the active ingredient in some bathroom and kitchen cleaning solutions. A solution with a 6% concentration of citric acid will remove hard water stains from glass without scrubbing.

Food grade citric acid is used as a flavoring and preservative in food and beverages, and as a substitute for fresh lemon juice.

For my trials, I purchased a small, one pound container of citric acid but going forward, plan to purchase it in bulk, 5 to 10 pounds at a minimum, so that I can stockpile a reasonable quantity for long term storage.  I plan to use it not only for DIY cleaning products, but also as a flavor enhancer.


The Final Word

I am extremely proud of my efforts to keep toxic chemicals out of my Arizona home.  Something I plan to do when I get home to Washington is to clean out all of those old chemical based cleaning supplies that have been sitting under the sink, unused, for the last four years.  I have been too frugal to waste them but that is foolish.  I have no use for them in my current life and want to completely detox my home.

As far as I am concerned, it is never too late to take steps to live a cleaner, healthier, lifestyle.

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

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24-Cavity Silicone Brownie Squares Baking Mold:  By now you should know that I am a big fan of silicone baking molds.  For the first time, I purchased a real cheapie and it has performed just fine.  In addition to making DIY Toilet Bombs, I have used this to bake brownies.  Just be forewarned that they bake very quickly.  I paid $8 for mine but as of this writing, it is only $6.99 with free prime shipping.

Now Foods Citric Acid, 1 -Pound:  I used the NOW Foods brand of Citric Acid in my trials but now that I know that the toilet bombs work, I will order in this bulk, 2 pound package and save myself some money.

U.S. Pumice Pumie Scouring Stick, 2 Pack:  This is the hidden gem from all of my trials and research.  I  had scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed, trying to remove the water ring that was present when we moved in.  Not wanting to use chemicals, I used baking soda, vinegar, Sal Suds and other natural ingredients in various combinations.  Nothing worked until I tried this pumice stick.  All I can say is WOW.

Home Basics Bronze Toilet Brush with Holder: This is the toilet brush I use.

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NOW Foods Essential Oils:  I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.  For healing purposes, I feel they are superior.  On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price plus they can be purchased at Amazon.com.  Here are a few to get you started:  NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, and Now Foods Lavender Oil.

Fluidmaster 400CR Toilet Fill Valve and Flapper Repair Kit:  No discussion of toilets would be complete without mention of a repair kit.  This is one of those items you don’t think of stockpiling but believe me, we now have a couple in reserve for emergency purposes.  Why fuss with adjusting a tank valve when you can replace the whole thing for less than $12 and 10 minutes of your time?

 

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Which are the best oils for your survival kit?  This article describes my top picks.

9 Best Essential Oils for Your Survival Kit | Backdoor Survival

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Knife Choice, Care, & Maintenance!

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Knife Choice, Care and Maintenance in SHTF
Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps

KnifeThe need to protect your tools in shtf is key, you might not be able to just go to the store and buy new ones or order one on ebay or amazon. So the question we will answer on this show is how do we maintain our knives in a situation where resources are at a minimum?

1-25-16 Huckberry_How_to_Care_for_your_Knife_4-300x200First we have to look at what you are maintaining, whether it is carbon steel, stainless, or a hybrid of both. During the show I explain what all of these terms mean and how they would apply to your environment you are in or plan to be. I also touch on what type of knife would be best during shtf, what to look for and what to avoid. I go over the uses of the knife in a wilderness or everyday shtf situation.  I discuss what accessories you should carry with a knife, what kind of carry system you should look for and the types and the various uses for each type.

IH7N0054There will also come a time in a shtf that may require you to have to defend yourself with a knife, I recommend a good knife for this and some good instructional videos that will help in the aid of learning how to defend yourself if the time arises. I also recommend a few classes you can take for defense and survival for the use of knives so that you may want to consider this if you have no experience with a true survival situation.
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4 Emergency Preparation Tips to Review With Your Family

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4 Emergency Preparation Tips When you prepare for a potential disaster, it’s hard to know what to share with your kids and what to keep to yourself. You don’t want to worry them, but at the same time, if an emergency arises, you want to know that your kids know what to do. These four […]

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