I have had enough of waiting for the “In”Justice Department to do its job. If we fail to maintain the rule of law equitably in this country from the top
Can you think of the innumerable ways in which salt can be used? Salt has been used for preservation for as long as mankind can remember. In olden days, this lessened the dependence on seasonal foods and also provided convenience when travelling long distances. Ancient Greeks employed salt for the treatment of skin lesions, as an expectorant – inhaling the steam from salty water to relieve respiratory diseases and drinking salty water for curing digestive complaints. However, salt was difficult to obtain, but with the modern day production methods, salt is the most easily available and inexpensive non-metallic mineral, in fact the supply of salt is almost inexhaustible.
There are a vast variety of chemical compounds called “salts” but here when we talk of common salt, we refer to the good old most common form of salt-sodium chloride, an ionic compound with the formula NaCl. Salt, nowadays, is available in many forms like unrefined salt (rock salt), refined salt (table salt), iodized salt (for treatment of goiter), and kosher salt (crystal form). Sodium Chloride is responsible for the salinity of the water bodies, the seas and the oceans; and a constituent of the extracellular fluid of multicellular organisms. It has a vital role in regulating many bodily functions such as maintaining blood pressure, prevent muscle cramps, for maintaining the electrolyte balance in the body, for transmission of nerve impulses and to prevent osteoporosis.
Let’s take a look at the ways to use salt in everyday life:
Salt works as a gentle yet effective scouring agent and serves as a catalyst for other agents like vinegar for boosting cleaning and deodorizing actions. A paste made with lots of salt, baking soda and dish soap can be used to clean porcelain, glass, enamel and appliances.
Salt can be used to effectively clean
- Sink drains
- Stained tea and coffee cups
- Greasy stains from pans
- Brass/copper pots
- Remove rust
- Your coffee percolator
- Oven spills
- Sponges and sanitize them
- A cutting board
- Your fish tank
- The iron’s metal base
- Personal care:
- Salt can be used to clean teeth- salt and baking soda.
- Prevent mouth abscesses, canker sores and sore throats.
- Soothe a bee sting or a mosquito bites or to treat poison ivy-it helps relieve the inflammation and allergic reaction.
- Extends toothbrush life
- Helps remove dandruff before shampooing
- Exfoliates skin-massage with dry salt just after a shower.
- Freshens breath-use equal amounts of salt and baking powder and rinse.
- Keep the smell off shoes by using salt to absorb the moisture.
- Reduce eye puffiness-apply a cotton pad soaked in salty water and keep it on the eyes.
- Salt can be used to wipe out stubborn stains like wine spills from carpets, tablecloths or clothes.
- Suppresses suds if too much detergent is used.
- Remove blood, and perspiration stains
- Brightens colored clothes
- Set color of clothes if the dye may run.
- Prevent clothes from freezing on the clothesline in winter.
- Brighten linens that are yellowing.
- In the kitchen:
In addition to adding flavor to food, salt has many other uses in the kitchen:
- Speeds up cooking time especially when boiling
- Prevents grease splatters
- Revives overcooked coffee.
- Sets poached eggs
- Prevents fruits like apples from browning
- Can be used for testing egg freshness
- Remove odor from hands
- Extend cheese life
- Keeps salad crisp,
- Make delicious brine pickles
- Helps peel walnuts and pecans more easily
- Keeps milk fresh
- Used to whip cream and beat eggs
- Pick up spilled eggs
- Scrub off burned milk
- Around the house:
- Keep away ants: Just sprinkle a little salt on their path.
- Kills weeds that may grow in between blocks or bricks in your driveway or patio.
- Kills poison ivy
- Salt can be used to drip-proof candles
- Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a little salt to the water in the vase.
- Kills slugs and snails
- Salt can be used to clean dust and debris from artificial flowers
- It helps extinguish grease fires
- Can be used to extend broom life
- Fireplace cleaning can be eased by using a little salt.
- Keep windows and windshields frost free.
- Salt can reduce the flare up of flames and smoke in barbeque grills.
- Holding artificial flowers in place while arranging.
- Remove watermarks from wood.
- Keeps away fleas- wash your doghouse with it.
- Cleans flower pots residue
- Salt decreases the melting point of ice- sprinkle a little salt before clearing driveways and sidewalks with a shovel.
By James Smith
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Let’s Talk Iodine: Boring but oh, so, critical for human health, in normal life, and especially in a nuclear radiation release.
Let me give you the low down out of the gate, and explain this: Iodine is extremely necessary to life, yet in the new world we live in 25% to 80% do not get enough. Long ago, they started putting Iodine into salt, before salt was recognized as a high blood pressure cause. That was a primary way to make sure we got enough Iodine. What of those who stopped using added salt? Indeed a problem. Lots of Iodine can come from vegatables, BUT some areas of the USA just don’t have much of this micronutrient in the soil. Those with a “healthy diet” can be missing one of the most important elements: Iodine
Where did all this research start? My older dog, has a history of allergy and skin problems, but it is not constant. Lately, he is quite itching, always scratching to the point of skin damage, he has never been cold intolerant but is now (what I mean by that is that a 10 degrees he doesn’t want to stay outside for 30 minutes) a bit grumpy, and less energy. These are dead ringers for iodine deficiency, which I found after hours of research. Iodine impacts thyroid function, which influences a lot of things, including weight gain.
I do believe my dog is iodine deficient, I will increase his intake of iodine and observe for several weeks. If warranted, do an expensive blood test if no results. If things improve, then I nailed it, and no further action is needed.
There are iodine vitamins available, and iodine with D3 also. Most of those seem to want to push up to the upper daily limit for humans. Seems odd. Why push to the “tolerable limit”? But the lower limit is meant to avoid “goiter” in which the thyroid becomes large to try to produce it’s hormones without adequate supply material (Iodine). Funny that “they” our medical professionals, never came up with an “optimal” level of Iodine. Shame, Shame.
There are 2 widely varying applications of Iodine
1) During Nuclear Emergency (1000 times more required)
2) Normal Life
First–Nuclear Emergency Iodine
Babies to 3 years, 16,000 Micrograms to 32,000 Micrograms (32 Milligrams)
Adolescents, 65,000 to 120,000 Micrograms (120 Milligrams)
Adults 130,000 Micrograms (130 Milligrams)
Second, let’s talk about normal life, the summary first, then later the discussion.
Very very simple rule of thumb to remember, for everyone over 12 YO, the minimum recommended is 120 to 130 Micro Grams per day. That is millionth of a gram. That is .130 Millgram per day.
The Maximum tolerable is 1100 micro-gram per day. Micro. Do not confuse this with milli-gram which is 1000 times larger, and what we speak of during nuclear emergency.
backup data is below from WebMD
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For radiation emergencies: potassium iodide (KI) should be taken just prior to, or as soon as possible after, exposure. Radiation is most harmful to pregnant or breastfeeding women and children, so KI is dosed according to amount of radiation exposure and age. Radiation exposure is measured in centigrays (cGy). For infants, babies, children, adolescents, and pregnant or breastfeeding women, KI is given if radiation exposure is 5 centigrays (cGy) or more. Tablets can be crushed and mixed with fruit juice, jam, milk, etc.
- For birth through 1 month, the dose is 16 mg of KI;
- For babies and children over 1 month through 3 years, 32 mg;
- For children 3 to 12 years, 65 mg;
- For adolescents 12 through 18 years, 65 mg or 120 mg if the adolescent is approaching adult size;
- For pregnant or breastfeeding women, 120 mg.
- For adults 18 to 40 years with exposure to 10 cGy or more, 130 mg of KI is given.
- For adults over 40 years with exposure to 500 cGy or more, 130 mg of KI is given.
The National Institute of Medicine has set Adequate Intake (AI) of iodine for infants: 0 to 6 months, 110 mcg/day; 7 to 12 months, 130 mcg/day.
For children and adults, Recommended Dietary Amounts (RDA) have been set: children 1 to 8 years, 90 mcg/day; 9 to 13 years, 120 mcg/day; people age 14 and older, 150 mcg/day. For pregnant women, the RDA is 209 mcg/day, and breastfeeding women, 290 mcg/day.
Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL), the highest level of intake that is not likely to cause unwanted side effects, for iodine intake have been set: children 1 to 3 years, 200 mcg/day; 4 to 8 years, 300 mcg/day; 9 to 13 years, 600 mcg/day; 14 to 18 years (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), 900 mcg/day. For adults older than age 19 including pregnant and breastfeeding women, the Tolerable Upper Intake Level is 1100 mcg/day.
Kit Lange wrote an excellent piece with a few stand out gems that I’ve highlighted. I left some commentary after her piece to give some perspective about a number of character types and mindsets that are detrimental to the “Movement”, and why they are killing any chance at relevance and being taken seriously.
How Many Times Can You Die for Liberty?
During World War II, resistance cells made up a critical part of the opposition to Nazi Germany. They engaged in a host of activities behind the scenes: spreading disinformation and propaganda, disrupting operations, assisting troops and spies, and collecting intelligence. Most of them were faceless, nameless people who gave their everything to defeat one of the greatest evils this world has ever known, and yet their individual contributions will never be truly known by the rest of the world. They lived their lives knowing that at any time, they could be arrested or killed. They operated in a society that rewarded anyone who exposed them. Many of them gave up their very identities, known only as a code name. They were unpaid, underfed, and unknown, and the world owes them a debt it cannot repay.
The patriot movement could take a lesson from the resistance, for in the current fight for liberty the patriot movement is the resistance…and I daresay that we need a gut check. We need to have a discussion about the idea of dying for liberty. How many times can you die for liberty?
We idolize those who, throughout our nation’s history, gave their lives for the cause of liberty. We repeat their words, use them as catchphrases. We say “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” like it’s a mantra, but many simply stop their thought process at the part about giving their lives. We are all so willing to die for the cause, aren’t we? We talk of brotherhood and family and this bond of patriots and many even show up at places like Sugar Pine and Bundy Ranch and Malheur, ready to do battle if called upon to do so. It’s a badge of honor, really, to know that you might very well die at an event and still go anyway. It’s a source of pride, whether we admit it or not. If it weren’t, we wouldn’t use our event resumes as bonafides. We wouldn’t have this internal, unwritten caste system within the movement. Sure, you say you’re a patriot, but what events have you shown up to?
Look at social media. How many people talk of how much damage they will do, how violent they can be, how they are Ready For Battle? People’s Facebook pages are full of bravado. The more ‘hard core’ among us deride the ‘keyboard warriors,’ but I think it goes deeper than that, and I think we are answering the wrong questions.
Many within the movement think that dying for the cause of liberty is the pinnacle of achievement somehow; it’s the golden ring, and if we somehow are forced to die then we will be remembered like Nathan Hale, giving our all for freedom. The siren song of battle calls, and so many want more than anything to answer it. People cannot get enough of posting their selfies and videos at the various actions, talking about how they were there as if that makes them more of a patriot because they were willing to die for the cause.
I posit that dying for a cause is easy. Being a true member of the resistance, however, is not.
Dying for the cause is noble, certainly, if you are forced to do so. Many of us have done the soul-searching necessary to answer the question What am I willing to lose? We have accepted that for people like us, that very well may be the end of things. We certainly don’t seek that outcome, but we are self-aware enough to know the possibility exists. Anyone who understands history and the current state of affairs knows that the danger is real. That being said, is giving our life for the cause really something we should be okay with? Shouldn’t we be trying a lot harder to stay alive and stay in the fight? What good are we dead or in jail? It would seem that we should be so incredibly NOT okay with dying that we do everything possible to fight even being put in that position. Nathan Hale understood the cold, hard truth that you can only give your life once.
It could be argued that the true pinnacle of achievement in the liberty movement is not in being willing to lay down your life, but in being willing to set yourself apart to LIVE. To train your body, making it as fit and strong as possible. To train your mind, to learn everything necessary—not just about guns or tactics, but about other things, like how to engage in propaganda. How to disrupt. How to work behind the scenes to achieve the thousands of little victories that are required in a long-term fight. How to protect the people you work with, how to disseminate information in a way that does not compromise the people who are privy to it. There are a thousand parts to a successful resistance, and as a movement, we tend to ignore most of them in favor of the glorious idea of the ultimate sacrifice that we are so willing to make.
Sun Tzu said to know yourself. Can we say that we do? Can we say that we know our own weaknesses? Are we willing to admit the vulnerabilities that we each have? Have we gone down into the depths of our own beings and truly understood what makes us weak? We are willing to die for the cause. Big deal. Are we willing to live for it? Are we willing to go without our comforts so that we can have more of the things we need for the fight? Are we willing to be seen as radicals, not just by the government or the Left, but by our own friends and even family? If your spouse gave you an ultimatum—the movement or your marriage—what would you do? Are we willing to be brutally honest with ourselves about the ways that we can be exploited—and are we willing to do what it takes to mitigate them when possible? We all have weaknesses. Every single person on earth can be exploited if one can find the key to what motivates them, what they need and love more than anything. To ignore that is to put ourselves and the people we work with in danger. Are we willing to even admit to ourselves what that key is, and how we could be leveraged? Because there are people who at this moment are looking for that key. It is their job to find it, to exploit it. If you aren’t even willing to admit to yourself where you are weak, how can you possibly harden that weakness?
We don’t harden it. That’s the truth. We ignore the weaknesses, we minimize them and rationalize them and figure that they don’t really matter, or that if it ever came down to it, we’d be able to overcome them. But training is not just for accuracy and shot groupings, or whether you can make a fire in the woods when it’s raining. It’s about hardening every single facet of who you are. It’s about training your mind, your body, the very core of the person you call you. It’s about having focus. Liberty is not a spectator sport, it is not something we engage in one weekend a month when our groups get together to train. It’s not even about making sure that our gear is in order so we can jump on the next action where everyone and their mother is calling for “boots on the ground.”
The pinnacle of achievement is not talk, and it is not death. It is a life lived. It is a day to day existence that seeks the furtherance of liberty in all things, not just the big actions that have national attention. In fact, I daresay it’s not about attention at all. It’s about being willing to set yourself apart for the purpose of service and sacrifice in your everyday life. Not so you can go to every Big Patriot Action, and not so you can deride everyone who “calls themselves a patriot until it’s time to do patriot sh*t.” It’s so that you can contribute—steadily, purposefully, and maybe even silently—to the cause of liberty. Can we really call those smaller actions, committed every day, lesser than the one ultimate act? Are the contributions of the nameless and faceless somehow not as important because we don’t know about them? I’m not talking about those who sit on Facebook and think that sharing memes counts as fighting for the cause. I’m talking about the people who provide the gadgets, who move the ammo and supplies, who store the caches and set up the drops and fund activities and spread disinformation and write propaganda and even stand silently training for the day that the 100 Heads policy must be collected. They don’t talk about what they do, they don’t post videos and selfies and they don’t seek the validation of the community. They simply do what they do, in their small cells or even alone, behind the scenes and in a hundred thousand places across the country. They would die for the cause too; the difference is, they have every intention of screwing the enemy over in every way possible first—and they don’t care if they ever get known for it.
There is a place for the loud, the fiery, the ‘troops’ who stand at the Malheurs and the Bundy Ranches and the federal courthouses. They are needed. They are the front line of the fight, and when the siren call sounds, they answer. But there is also a place for those who choose to engage in a hundred smaller acts rather than the big, ultimate one. They work in the shadows, they are willing to be the faceless, nameless cog in the machine; they are willing to be the stop on the underground trail, the safe house, the gray man behind the scenes. They are willing to learn what they do not know, train in what they cannot yet do, and be whatever is needed. They do not seek the glory of giving it all for liberty; they seek the quiet knowledge that even if the world never learns their name, they have contributed their lives, their character and their actions to the beautiful ideal of freedom.
They are the resistance. And the movement needs far more of them.
You might have what it takes to give your life for the cause. But do you have what it takes to live your life for the cause?
Below is one of the biggest issues I have with people in the “liberty” movement. The conversation was on Face Book and this guy is trying to tell Sam Culper that he saw the killing of LaVoy Finicum on a live feed. When asked by me who had the camera (considering the other vehicle was a mile down the road from the way they came), he ignored the question. This was a lie made up to impress people and make them think he was “In the know” (“secret squirrel” dontcha know). I’ve seen so much of this bullshit in the last few days, it makes me sick. You know what’s worse? Any Feds monitoring it are laughing their ass off at the “Designed to impress” lies, and complete bullshit conspiracy “intel” being sold as facts by keyboard fondling Napoleons wanna be’s.
Here’s the quote again,
“Let me tell you WHAT I SAW. He was told to exist the auto. He did. And told to get on his knees with his hands in the air. He did. His hand were high and then he was shot in the head.”
Look at the two pics above and tell me where you see him get on his knees please. He’s standing at 9:32, he’s flat in 9:33, period! Does anyone see him kneeling at all? What does this mean? It means that Troy is a piece of shit, lying, wanna be, fucktard, that’s what it means.
Here’s another problem I’ve seen a lot of in the last year. People seem to think if you aren’t making overt gestures towards what ever they think is “Liberty”, and then posting what you did “for the cause” on social media and the blogs, you aren’t doing anything, and are either lazy, a supporter of tyranny, or a coward. This mantra has been generally directed at prior service personnel (especially retired guys), and more specifically towards former Special Forces soldiers. This quote was taken from a comment on a well known blog, and illustrates what I’m talking about. “It’s Max, Mosby, MDT and the like who are making difference. The “quiet professionals” have had every chance, for years, to practice “De Oppresso Libre” here in their own country……” Although I really do appreciate the kudos, it bothers me that these guys automatically assume that those guys (former Special Forces) are not doing anything simply because they haven’t been “filled in on the particulars” on social media or a blog post. Making assumptions like that is foolish at best, and the height of ignorance at worst, and shows a true lack of insight into what those guys did and do best, and the methods they used/use to accomplish it. A lot of them are “Lifers” in a sense that you will never know, and I’m not just talking about their military careers.
To recap my favorite quote from Kit’s article,
“They don’t talk about what they do, they don’t post videos and selfies and they don’t seek the validation of the community. They simply do what they do, in their small cells or even alone, behind the scenes and in a hundred thousand places across the country. They would die for the cause too; the difference is, they have every intention of screwing the enemy over in every way possible first—and they don’t care if they ever get known for it.” Kit Lange
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE
The proliferation of cameras, social media, and a 24-hour news cycle has meant certain crimes get quickly elevated in the public consciousness. Over the last seven years (hmmm, wonder what changed?) there have been several high-profile crimes involving both police officers and armed civilians that have caused various degrees of civil unrest. This post from […]
When Winter Storm Jonas rolled into the East Coast, everyone knew it was coming, but that didn’t prevent some people from getting caught in the cold. For instance, 500 vehicles on a Pennsylvania turnpike got stuck in traffic during the storm, after several trailer trucks jackknifed on the road. It took 24 hours to clear the turnpike before stranded passengers could go on their way.
Fortunately, this wasn’t in the middle of nowhere, and National Guardsmen could still reach the drivers to deliver essential supplies. But even with their help it was no picnic, and it was still a dangerous situation for all involved. It just goes to show that when a storm is in your path, no matter where you live, you should prepare yourself and your vehicle for the possibility of being stranded in snowy weather. Obviously, the worst case scenario would involve being stranded in a remote area, where you don’t have the benefit of reaching help. Here’s a few of the most important things you should remember if that ever happens to you:
Should You Stay or Go?
Say your car malfunctions, gets stuck, or crashes in a remote area during a blizzard. If there’s nothing you can do to get the vehicle moving again, you have to make the tough decision of whether to stay in the vehicle or to leave and find help (it should go without saying that in this hypothetical scenario, you don’t have a cell phone signal). In most cases, you’ll want to err on the side of staying, unless you know for a fact that you can reach help by foot within an hour or two.
Don’t overestimate your abilities though. Nobody wants to face the possibility of staying in their car for several days or weeks, but many a stranded driver has died over the years, because they left to get help and succumbed to the elements. But before you even consider leaving the house, there’s a few things you should have stocked up in your vehicle.
There are some basic, common sense supplies you should have in the trunk or backseat and ways to prime your vehicle for bouts of cold weather. To prepare for being stranded in a vehicle, you need to think about all the things you would take if you were going camping, but minus the tent. Non-perishable food, water bottles, wool and polypro clothing, sleeping bag, hand warmers, tools, first aid kit, etc. The food you take should consist of really high calorie substances, loaded with fats, carbs, and proteins. Just make sure to keep your food and water inside a cooler to prevent them from freezing and swelling (canned foods may not be the best idea).
You’ll also want a bring portable camping stove of some kind, so you can melt snow into drinking water and warm up your food. It’s not uncommon for people to get stranded in their vehicles for more than a few days, and you may not have the space to store enough water for that time frame. Just remember that you can’t use the stove for warmth. Using stoves inside your vehicle could be very dangerous and could cause carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s best to use the camping stove outside and have hand and foot warmers to maintain body heat.
Tools and Signaling
There are a few more items you should keep in your vehicle that you probably wouldn’t take on a camping trip. In all likelihood you won’t be inside your car for every moment of the day, so rubber boots are a must. You should always have road flares on hand, but in this case, you’ll need them to signal any search and rescue teams that might be looking for you. If you keep reflective emergency triangles in your car, those would also be useful for advertising your presence. And finally, you should consider a small or collapsible shovel for digging out your tires, as well as sand or kitty litter to give them traction.
If you decide to hunker down for the night, the first thing you’ll need to do is insulate your vehicle. If you have any newspaper, books you can tear up, or extra blankets, it would be wise to tape them to the windows. However, glass is already a decent insulator, so your highest priority should be to insulate the edges of the doors and windows, or wherever cold air might get in. You could also cut out the stuffing in the seat cushions or use the floor mats.
Alternatively, you can use the snow to your advantage. In 2012, a Swedish man survived alone in his car for two months, despite the temperature falling to -30C . Experts attributed his survival to the fact that his car was buried in snow, which created an igloo effect and kept him warm. It wouldn’t be bad idea to build up a wall of snow around the edges of the car. There is a catch however. If your car is completely walled off then nobody will see you. It would be crazy to completely bury your car, and don’t attempt this unless you have something colorful or reflective to let people know where you are.
If your engine is still running, it would be a good idea to turn it on periodically so you can build up some heat in your vehicle. If your car is properly insulated, you may only need to keep the engine idling for 15 minutes at a time, every hour or so. You’ll have to keep it up however, if you want to prevent the fuel lines from freezing over. Just remember to go outside every now and then and clear any snow out of your exhaust pipe. Failure to do so could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
On a final note, it’s best to avoid this kind of situation in the first place. None of us want bad weather to ruin our plans, but when a snowstorm arrives, you should really just hunker down at home and stay off the roads. Keep your vehicle in tip-top shape and make sure your gas tank is full, just in case you absolutely have to drive. Snowstorms aren’t just inconvenient. Any attempt to brave them could prove deadly.
Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.
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There’s a pioneer cooking tradition in the United States that stretched from cook camps on cattle drives to lumber camps. It’s “perpetual soup,” known in some regions as the Skillagalee kettle.
Back in 1910, Horace Kephart wrote an iconic book titled: The Book of Camping and Woodcraft: A Guidebook for Those who Travel in the Wilderness. He covered just about everything related to living and surviving in the wilderness back then, and had this to say about this type of food: “Into it go all the clean ends of game — heads, tails, wings, feet, giblets, large bones — also the leftovers of fish, flesh, and fowl, of any and all sorts of vegetables, rice or other cereals, macaroni, stale bread, everything edible except fat.”
The post, he said, is “always kept hot” and its “flavors are forever changing, but ever welcome.”
“It is always ready, day or night for the hungry, varlet who missed connections or who wants a bite between meals. No cook who values his peace of mind will fail to have skilly simmering at all hours.”
Let’s look at this food more in detail – and consider its benefits.
The constant simmering and perpetual heat under the pot is actually an old food-preservation technique. By keeping the broth at a steady temperature between 180 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, anyone helping themselves would not suffer the consequences of food contamination. You could almost think of it as the pioneer Crock-Pot which was especially handy in a time with no electricity.
And that’s something to think about. As Kephart noted in his book, you can add just about anything to the pot. Personally, I don’t think I’d toss fish bones in with the chicken and beef bones, but maybe someday I’ll try it. What’s important is that the combination of ingredients are a potent brew of macro and micronutrients.
How to Make it in Your Kitchen
But you don’t have to hang out the cast-iron cookware over the open fire just yet. You can easily make perpetual soup in a Crock-Pot with some traditional recipes and just keep it on a setting that maintains a high-simmer. I’ve often done this on week-long fishing and hunting trips when I found myself sharing a cabin with five or six guys who always seemed to be hungry. I was the cook on all of these trips and appreciated Kephart’s recollection of a recipe for my own sanity when some of the guys came in from the cold.
You may be tempted to assume that making your own perpetual soup is no different than a traditional soup, but it’s the “ongoing additive nature” of this particular dish that makes it unique. We’ll cover a traditional approach that’s a bit less eclectic than the old 1910 version.
There are three basic things you’ll want to keep an eye on with your perpetual soup, whether it’s simmering over the fire or in a Crock-Pot:
- Slow and steady heat that keeps the broth between 180 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a bit easier with a Crock-Pot, and a gently, bubbling simmer should be apparent. Over an open fire you’re probably going to have to improvise and make some more physical adjustments.
- One thing that will definitely affect your simmer is the frequent addition of water. As the soup evaporates and is consumed, the broth needs to be replenished. There’s no precise measurement here. Just do what makes sense without overfilling. You also may need to crank up the heat a bit for a while to get your good simmer back.
- Keep adding ingredients. This is what makes perpetual soup so unique. Every time you add something new, it will impart a new set of flavors and nutrients.
Perpetual Soup Ingredients
The idea is to start with a foundation that you can add to, day to day.
- Water. This amount depends on the size of your pot, but I usually fill the pot 2/3 full whether it’s a Crock-Pot or a kettle on the fire. You’ll want to cover with a lid, but make sure you balance your heat to the proper simmer with the lid in place. A lid over any hot liquid will increase the temperature as heat is added, and you could end up with a rolling boil or boil-over instead of a very gentle boil or robust simmer.
- Vegetables. I like carrots, celery, roughly chopped onions with the skins still on (this will add a nice, caramel color to the broth), other root vegetables and stalk trimmings like radish and turnip stalks. Leave out the beets and trimmings unless you want a very bloody, red color.
- Bones. Beef bones, pork bones, chicken and pheasant carcasses and turkey carcasses. Get them bones in there. They add wonderful flavor and lots of good stuff. At some point you can pull out the big beef bones and make your dog very happy. He might like a sprinkle of the broth on his dry dog food.
- Seasonings. You have to balance this with your group’s sodium tolerance. Seasonings related to broth tend to be defined by salt. You may be pleasantly surprised that as your perpetual soup matures, its flavor grows and diminishes your craving for salt. Just taste as you go and go and go.
Fats are typically not a good idea with a Skillagalee pot, but they’re unavoidable. Also, if your fire went out at camp or you let the broth boil away overnight in your Crock-Pot, toss it and start over.
Add as you go from one day to the next, but think about how certain ingredients can dominate flavors long-term. Once you add fish bones to a stock, it will linger. Same is true for hot peppers and other dominant flavors. I love garlic, but a few trimmings in the pot will last and last.
Lastly, know when to quit. This could become very obvious as the off-flavors just don’t seem to be working. In my case, it’s when my wife complains about those constant smells in the kitchen from “that Crock-Pot.”
It’s easy to start over. After all, you’re just using water, trimmings and some simple seasoning.
The concept is pretty simple and it’s not like it takes a lot of practice. But the next time the lights go out or you find yourself with a large group for a while, give it a try.
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Oh man does this sound familiar…
Reminds me of my water bill back in Argentina, which said on the back that water was safe to drink, just not for children under 3 and pregnant women.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.
“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely to be charged for that,” police spokesman Knud Kirsten told a local TV station in Sonderborg, Denmark.
Police charged the 17-year-old with a crime even though an unidentified man pushed her to the ground and tried to undress her. She will be fined because it is illegal for private citizens to possess pepper spray in the country.
Pepper spray can easily be purchased in Germany, which is a short drive or train ride from any location in Denmark.
Many less-than-lethal weapons, including stun guns and irritant concoctions such as pepper spray, have been banned in Denmark since 2009, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh wrote in The Washington Post.
Similar laws are also on the books in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and parts of the United States.
There is a lot of information online about emergency preparedness and how to deal with various crisis scenarios. However, when it comes to dealing with survival sanitation, it seems that this subject is somehow sensitive and it’s not covered by many survival experts. If a catastrophic event would hit us tomorrow, handling survival sanitation will … Read more…
Smoked Sausage Soup Last weekend we here in the Northeast got snowed in with the first big blizzard of the 2015-16 Winter. It was a doozy as far as storms go and pretty much shut us down from Friday night until Monday morning. We here at The Backyard Pioneer were cozy and warm with a […]
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Thanks to Dr. Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chappel Lima, Ohio for today’s Faith and Freedom Podcast
God will defend His people against those who oppose Him and them. How far will God go and how far should the Christian go in denouncing evil? Psalm 35 gives us an in-depth look into the answer to that question and much more. Buckle up for this 5-part teaching through Psalm 35. You might be surprised by what you will learn.
This Part 2 focuses on verses 1-3. An outline of the chapter is given for your personal study time. Spiritual warfare is real and all believers are involved whether they understand that truth or not. Stand strong believer!
View other teachings from Pastor Mike on his YouTube channel HERE – Calvary Chapel of Lima.
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Living off the grid used to mean roughing it, but not anymore. Now you can live just as well as any grid home and accomplish all of your goals at the same time.
That definitely includes the winter, and one of the best off-grid methods for heating your home is called biogas.
Biogas is created when organic matter breaks down in an environment devoid of oxygen. The gas created has a very high concentration of methane with a little carbon dioxide and on occasion a small amount of hydrogen sulfide. These other gasses are easily filtered out to produce what is known as clean methane.
What follows here is not be a dissertation or complete instruction, but instead a general overview in case you’re not familiar with the process.
Generally, you’ll produce biogas from your waste materials such as waste foods, animal wastes like manure or chicken droppings, or even grass clippings. Some materials produce more gas than others, but most are highly useable.
The waste materials are put into a large container that is free of oxygen. As the materials break down with time and heat, they produce the three gasses above with the primary gas being methane.
Cooking With Biogas
Once you filter this methane, you can use it as a clean-burning fuel source – such as to food on many types of methane-converted stoves and even outdoor barbeque grills. If you thought you’d have to give up your gas burners on your stove when you went off grid, guess again.
Radiant Hot Water Heating
You can incorporate biogas into the home before you build it, which is ideal. Or you can add it on once the house is already built.
Set up a water heater that heats all the water. They are called a water furnace by the radiant heating industry. This water furnace can heat your hot water for your showers and household needs by simply running it through an existing hot water tank after heating.
Then, have the water furnace heat the water that goes through your heat radiators all over your house that are along your walls. It would also circulate the water for your radiant floor heating, as well.
As an aside, if you happen to have farm equipment, you’ll find that you can run most of them from your biogas if you’re splitting that with a mix of diesel as well. Be absolutely sure that the mix you use is approved before beginning. There is no sense in ruining any of your equipment, that’s for sure. But, done correctly it has shown for many to work just fine.
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Every now and then, I like to get back to basics. So today, I want to talk about rotating food. One of the biggest problems many of us have is keeping track of our food and rotating it on a regular schedule.
You should have an inventory of your food storage and it should include expiration dates. This makes it easy to rotate your food. Once a year you check your inventory and pull out everything that will expire that year. Move this into your everyday pantry and use it up during the year. Having the inventory is the whole trick.
Now we know of someone who cans large amounts of meat. She keeps 365 pints of meat on hand at all times. Now the way she rotates this is to take out the oldest 50 pints and move them to her everyday pantry. If you use 2 pints a week, you will have used all 50 pints in about 6 months. Each time you take the 50 pints out, replace them with fresh canned. This will let you rotate all your meat in about 3 ½ years.
Now canning 50 pints of meat sounds like a big project to people who have not canned in the past. But with a good pressure canner, you can do 50 pints in a day. Here are some links to canning meats
- Canning Bacon is Easy
- Canning Hamburger is Easy
- CANNING CHICKEN:
- Squirreling Away Food for Winter
- More on Squirreling Away your Food
- Increase Your Food Storage with Canned Pork
If you are a serious prepper, you should get a good pressure canner and learn to can your own food. We can fruit, vegetable and meat. We know exactly what goes into it and there are no junk additives. In a long-term emergency, we can always can the next year’s food as well.
Learn to can and don’t forget to rotate food, it will save you money in the long run.
The FBI has released video from a surveillance plane of the shooting death of rancher Oregon rancher LaVoy Finicum. Finicum is seen with his hands up, then according to the FBI, he reached for his weapon.
What do you think?
By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather
Stormy conditions, common of a strong El Niño weather pattern, will make a brief return to Southern California and the southwestern United States this weekend.
This storm will also end the warmth across the region through Saturday by sending temperatures below normal into early February.
How intense this storm will be once it arrives across the Southwest remains in question.
“How heavy the rain, snow and wind get in Southern California will depend on how quickly the storm strengthens as it approaches the coast,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
Showers will make an appearance to San Francisco, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The heaviest rain may fall from Los Angeles to San Diego.
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Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (141 quakes)
Updated: Fri, 29 Jan 15:07 UTC (GMT)
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|Fri, 29 Jan 15:00 UTC||M 3.1 / 10 km – [info]||0 km||ALBOR
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|Fri, 29 Jan 14:04 UTC||M 2.6 / 37 km – [info]||131 km||E OFF IBARAKI PREF||NIED|
|Fri, 29 Jan 13:46 UTC||M 3.8 / 31 km – [info]||131 km||E OFF MIYAGI PREF
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|Fri, 29 Jan 13:39 UTC||M 2.5 / 55 km – [info]||270 km||CENTRAL WAKAYAMA PREF||NIED|
|Fri, 29 Jan 13:38 UTC||M 2.8 / 13.6 km – [info]||158 km||– 113km W of Cantwell, Alaska||USGS|
|Fri, 29 Jan 13:30 UTC||M 3.7 / 5 km – [info]||235 km||NORTHERN COLOMBIA
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|Fri, 29 Jan 13:27 UTC||M 2.7 / 3 km – [info]||223 km||CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
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|Fri, 29 Jan 12:53 UTC||M 2.7 / 10.4 km – [info]||464 km||New Zealand||GEONET (NZ)|
|Fri, 29 Jan 12:49 UTC||M 2.5 / 5 km – [info]||83 km||MAHMUTLU-SAIMBEYLI (ADANA)||KOERI-RETMC|
|Fri, 29 Jan 12:36 UTC||M 2.8 / 108.1 km – [info]||34 km||– 77km W of Anchor Point, Alaska||USGS|
|Fri, 29 Jan 12:06 UTC||M 2.9 / 7.9 km – [info]||47 km||New Zealand
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|Fri, 29 Jan 11:31 UTC||M 2.5 / 7 km – [info]||1289 km||SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI||EMSC|
|Fri, 29 Jan 11:28 UTC||M 3.5 / 5 km – [info]||64 km||AKCAOREN-(VAN) REVISE01 (2016.01.29
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Keeping backyard chickens is a great way to take back control of your food supply. Not only that, but you’ll have convenient access to fresh and healthy eggs from chickens that you’ll know the conditions and diet of! Many factory farmed flocks are pumped full of feed and given countless drugs to increase the amount […]
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“Cold feet” at an important milestone in life is quite common. Cold feet in a survival situation can be deadly. As the mercury dips below freezing, an exposed body can initiate natural defenses to attempt to keep you alive. The body will shift blood flow towards the core, leaving extremities to fend for themselves. This leaves hands and feet vulnerable to frostbite or worse.
If it is a possibility that you may find yourself in a situation where you are exposed to frigid winter temperatures, it is best to take of every advantage available to you. Simple tricks can sometimes be the difference between injury and death and comfortable survival. Check out this video for an easy and inexpensive solution to cold feet.
Hello my friend and welcome to today’s post. I can’t help but notice how many Preppers are in bad health and/or overweight…myself included! So why is this and why do we allow ourselves to get this way? We all know that it would be a bad thing when SHTF hits yet here we are. In today’s …
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As the eastern seaboard remains in an unbelievable state of chaos due to Winter Storm Jonas, I cannot help but think back to times and places where we didn’t bother to name “winter storms”. We dealt with temperatures in the double digits below freezing along with 8+ feet of snow and didn’t descend into mindless panic that prompts politicians to call for driving curfews and such.
Here are some tips based on my experiences over decades of driving on snowy/icy mountain, town, city, highway, and thruway roads. Regardless of day or night, heavy traffic or none, whiteouts or sleet – I have never needed a 4 x 4, (most of those years I drove a manual with front wheel drive), fancy computers, or halogen headlights, let alone a tow truck.
Make Sure You Are Ready for the Journey
The first thing you must do is be prepared at all levels to drive in the snow. This means mentally you must be focused and determined to make it home safe and sound. If you are tired or hungry, take a nap and get something to eat first, even if it is in the back seat of your vehicle (don’t idle the vehicle, but do use blankets and hand warmers).
Remember, the storm isn’t going anywhere, and you aren’t going to be able to outrun it. Even a 15 – 20 minute power nap can mean an enormous difference in your ability to manage snow glare and other problems that will cause more fatigue than expected. The rest time also gives you a chance to refocus away from what you were doing before driving home so that you can more effectively shift gears to focus only on your driving.
Some foods are better than others when it comes to a position where you might be on the road for several hours. Much of this time will actually be very tedious, slow work, so you are best served by choosing foods and beverages that will keep you alert without giving you a buzz.
Since each person is different, I can only say that some people can do well enough with a cup of coffee and some fruit. I personally recommend decaf coffee/tea or fruit juice. Most people will actually be too buzzed by power drinks and not realize that the “energized” feeling is actually a stress response that will slow down your reflexes and make it harder to concentrate on monotonous but critical details.
Your next task will be to put all thoughts of time aside. Call family, friends, co-workers, or anyone else that is expecting you to arrive at your destination. Let them know an approximate time, but explain that it could take 2 – 3x or more time before you arrive. It is better to be late than never get there at all or wind up injured. At least when others know you are on the way and may be late, it will take off some of the external pressure that might cause you to move faster than is safe for the weather conditions.
Next, shut off the cell phone. The last thing you will need is the phone to ring or a text to come in. If you get stuck or see an accident that needs to be reported, make sure you are fully stopped and then turn on the phone to make your call. As with any other kind of driving, there is never anything coming in via your phone that is important enough to warrant having it on, let alone using it while you are in the driver’s seat.
Once you are ready to get started, take a moment to center yourself mentally, emotionally and yes… spiritually. Start off with a prayer before you start the engine or do whatever it is you need to do in order to feel safe and confident that you are going to make it to your destination without mishap.
This won’t make you invincible, but it will give you a point of reference and help you stay calm when you visually lose the road, you have to make it down a steep decline, or you suddenly go into a skid. That point of calm is absolutely essential, because without it – all you have left is panic- and when you panic – the snow wins and you get hurt or die.
Make Sure Your Car Is Ready for the Journey
Perhaps in some ways, preparing your vehicle for driving in the snow is easier than preparing yourself. Here are the basics:
- Check all oils and fluids to make sure they are at appropriate levels. This includes making sure that you have windshield fluid that will not cloud up or freeze up in colder temperatures.
- Keep spare blankets, flares, ropes, kitty litter (in case you get stuck and need traction under the driving wheels), flashlights, food, water, hot packs, a snow shovel that can cut through ice, an ice scraper, extra heavy gloves, and driving chains in the vehicle.
- Make sure that your tires are not overly worn and that they are suitable for the conditions you will be driving in. For most cases these days, all weather tires will work well enough. If you are going on mountain roads or other complex terrain, use snow tires. Together with that, always check the air pressure in the tires before starting off.
- Always keep your windshield wipers in good shape. An annoying line in the windshield when it rains can be catastrophic in the snow or a whiteout.
- Choose a radio station that will deliver traffic alerts and also relaxing music. Choose music that will keep you awake and alert without adding to your stress levels or music that encourages you to move faster.
What Your Vehicle Can and Can’t Do For You
In these days, many people buy 4×4 vehicles or ones with all kinds of fancy computer navigation systems that are supposed to prevent accidents in the snow or on the ice. Sadly, these same people forget that it is their foot on the gas or brake, and their hands on the steering wheel. The computer can only compensate so much, but in the end, nothing can violate the laws of nature and motion.
There are few things people don’t know about what their vehicle can and cannot do in the snow. Even if you know this, remember, other drivers may not, and they can endanger your life with their excess speed or insistence on driving distracted:
- Anti-lock brakes will not prevent a skid. In fact, anti-lock brakes only kick in when your vehicle begins to skid. This system can get the wheels turning, which in turn builds traction. Depending on the speed you are going, this may or may not reduce the skid length enough to prevent you from hitting something or going into a ditch.
- There is no guarantee that you will skid only in one direction. Even though modern steering systems are designed to favor a pull to the right and roads are sloped so that you will angle to the right, that does not mean your vehicle will go that way in a skid. Your direction of travel depends on the direction the driving wheels were pointing when they locked up and the speed you were traveling.
- The traction off light is not a reliable warning that a skid is about to happen. In fact, the traction off light may only go on when your vehicle is already in a skid and there is no way to prevent it from happening.
- Computer systems can’t predict the location of black ice or any other slippery condition any better than you can. They cannot slow the car down for you, nor can they take over and steer out of it on your behalf.
- Even though some vehicles can shift drive power to different wheels, that does not mean the new driving wheel will have any better traction than the others. In addition, by the time the switch over happens, you will have already lost valuable time that could have been spent working out of the skid.
- There is no such thing as a computer, drive system, or other feature that can compensate for a loss of traction let alone the consequences. This includes the kind of minor slippage that people don’t pay attention to and tend to believe means they can just use longer distances when stopping. The fact of the matter is if your vehicle does not have the best possible traction, you are going too fast and you are also far more likely to skid. The extra 5 – 10 miles of our faster travel can cost your life or the lives of others.
- There is no substitute for slowing down and taking your time. Even if you have to crawl along at 3 – 5 miles an hour or just barely keep your wheels moving, you will get where you need to go.
12 Basic Driving Tips
Here are some basic things you should always know how to do when driving in the snow and ice:
- To preserve night vision, put your sun visor down. If the clouds are very heavy at night, you will get a pink sky that is more than bright enough to see by. It can also rob you of vital night vision because of still high contrast between the snow and other land features.
- When driving in day hours, use UV protect sunglasses. This will cut down on the glare and also eye fatigue. If you wear prescription glasses, consider getting ones with a good quality anti-glare coat. These glasses are also indispensable for night driving in the snow.
- If you are driving in areas with oncoming traffic, turn your eyes so that you are looking more to the lower right instead of at their headlights. You should still be able to see the road and the other vehicle in your peripheral vision.
- Do not stare at the light path created by your lights, and try to avoid high beams.
- If the lines on the road are invisible, look to the sides for the location of guardrails or signs that will act as markers. As long as you keep within those points, you will be either on the road itself or close to the shoulder. If another vehicle comes along, ease over gradually and gently to let them pass if they wish. Do not speed up or move suddenly, or it can put you into a skid.
- Wind and increased snowfall can cause sudden whiteouts. The best thing you can do in this situation is slow down to a crawl and put your hazards on. Keep your foot on the brake just enough to engage the brake lights. Most whiteouts will only last for a few minutes, however they spell disaster for many drivers that try to drive at normal speed or forget to make their vehicle as visible as possible. Sadly, pulling off to the side of the road is not the best answer, unless you can get into a driveway, turnaround area, or a parking lot where vehicles coming up from behind aren’t likely to slam into you.
- Even though you may have a full whiteout in front of you, you should still be able to see some road markers to the right side, so use those to stay as much on the road as possible. If you get onto the shoulder, you will feel that in the wheels. It should also be noted that some mountain roads have lines cut into the pavement on the shoulder that will make a distinct sound as you go over it. This can help you navigate turns even when you can’t see anything at all. Unfortunately, roads with this feature are few and far between, however if you are on them, use them to your advantage.
- If you have a line of cars behind you, ease over, stop, and let them pass. You will always get a few nuts in the bunch that are talking on the cell phone, in a hurry, have no respect for the laws of nature, or are so panicked they are trying to outrun the storm. Let them pass along with the rest of the crowd so that they don’t involve you in an accident.
- In most areas, snow plows will clear one lane more than the other. Use that lane and then use the uneven area as your driving landmark.
- Do everything you can to avoid making a full stop, unless you are at an actual stop sign. Drop down to a crawl so that you can wait for lights to turn green, and do what you can to let the weight of the engine allow you to come to a natural stop if needed. Nothing creates skids faster than braking. Even if you can keep your wheels just turning, you will have better traction and better control.
- If you must make a full stop before making a turn, do not simply start turning the steering wheel because you will go into a skid. Let your vehicle’s tires make at least one full rotation before turning the wheel. Turn gradually and make sure that you always feel tire traction. If traction becomes lighter, ease gently off the gas and stop turning the wheel. When you regain better traction, you can turn the wheel some more and gently accelerate.
- Use the weight of the vehicles engine to increase traction. If you are fortunate enough to be driving a vehicle with a manual transmission, just drop one gear down. For example, if your gear shift has 5th as your overdrive or highway gear, drop down to 4 or even 3 if you are going that slowly. Some automatic transmissions can also be geared down, however it will put more wear on the transmission. Remember that if you do use the engine’s weight to avoid a skid, you will also have more weight added to your forward momentum if you do actually skid. This means your car will move forward further and faster. In short, before you assume that you know how to gear down and manage a skid, be sure to practice so that you know what to expect. There are going to be times when you will, in fact, have to gear down, however you must also know how to use that tool.
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Surviving a Skid
No matter how hard you try, there are going to be times when your vehicle skids. When this happens, you must know how to get out of the skid and what to expect, and instructions for getting out of a rear wheel drive skid are different than for front and 4×4. In my experience with front wheel drives, do the following:
- First, do not panic and do not hit the brakes. Your wheels are already locked up, applying the brakes will only make the situation worse. Do not pull the parking brake either, as this will lock up your back wheels too. Always remember that hitting the brakes in response to the first stage of a skid will cause your car to spin around instead of go straight.
- Do not disengage the transmission or try to put the vehicle in neutral hoping that it will slow the vehicle down. All this will accomplish is to disengage the engine and cause the weight to shift, which makes yet another variable to try and compensate for. In a skid, it is important to make things as simple as possible so that you can use whatever traction you regain to the best advantage.
- Very gradually ease off the gas until you are off completely. Do not do so suddenly because you will disrupt the engine weight too suddenly, and this will make it harder for the tires to regain traction.
- Do not turn the wheel in the opposite direction of the skid. Instead, steer ever so slightly into the same direction. This will put more the car into better alignment which will help all 4 wheels regain traction. If your wheels and vehicle are straight in alignment with the direction of the skid, give the wheel a slow, slight tug in either direction to see if you can gain some traction. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell where the ice begins or ends that caused the skid. It is truly a matter of luck to find a place where your tires will grip before you hit something or the vehicle stops under its own weight. Always remember that, for a front wheel drive, trying to steer in the opposite direction of the skid is the second part of what will cause your car to spin around in circles or spiral completely out of control.
- Once you feel traction, use steady, gradual motion to turn the wheel the direction you want to go. Do not turn too fast or the overcompensation will cause the vehicle to fishtail. Once you feel the wheels turn and grip in the desired direction, you can gradually begin to apply the brakes.
- You can expect at least some fishtailing. Work through it with gradual motions just as you did the skid.
Oddly enough, the best way to survive a skid is to get plenty of practice with navigating them. This includes making sure that you know what your vehicle’s full traction feels like. You can learn a lot about this when driving in the rain. If you are out in the beginning of a rainstorm, oil from the road will make it more slick. Pay attention so that you can pick up on the subtle change in your vehicle’s traction. This change will feel more pronounced on snow and ice.
You can and should ask about local areas where you can practice going into skids and getting out of them. Driving schools may have obstacle courses that you can practice on as well as trainers that will give you the right information for your specific vehicle. Even if you already have your driver’s license, or have been driving for many years, you can always go for a limited number of lessons and learn how to get out of skids.
As with many dangerous driving conditions, you are best served by staying where you are instead of trying to travel. On the other hand, there are also going to be times when you will, in fact, have to drive in blizzard or icy conditions. You can do this safely, just as people in mountain areas have done for decades.
If you follow a few simple rules, you can drive just about any road in any condition, and may even come to a point where it becomes a winter sport that you do not welcome, but you do not fear it either.
This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.
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Building Your Grow Boxes. Today is our second installment on creating the DIY Any Age Anywhere Garden. A container garden that lets anyone of any age – grow some, most, or nearly all of their food – even when space is
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In case you’re a little confused by the title of today’s post, let me explain … Bible readers will recognize the name of Babel as a city (now thought to be Babylon) in the Plain of Shinar where God confounded a presumptuous attempt to build a tower into heaven by confusing the common language of its many builders into many mutually incomprehensible languages.
Now, in the 21st Century, we have a company called Babbel that offers an online language learning software and e-learning platform available in various languages. Thirteen languages are currently offered: Dutch, Danish, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and Turkish. People from all over the world can now learn how to communicate with each other, and comprehend each others’ languages.
So, is there any reason to be skeptical of this latest innovation, or to be concerned in their choice of a company name? Maybe we should look behind the curtain at both Babel and Babbel. Let’s take Babel first, and for that, we need to go to the Bible … In Genesis 9:1, it says, God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” Again, in verse 7, God repeats Himself, “But you, be fruitful and multiply; spread out over the earth and multiply on it.”
Obviously, this commandment to “fill the earth” and to “spread out over the earth” was an important part of the purpose God willed for His creation of man. But in Genesis, Chapter 11, we see that some men had other ideas. Scripture says that at one time the whole earth had the same language and vocabulary, and apparently men went to and fro across the earth. But then some of them got together and said, “Come let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
Now, we see rebellion against God and His will, and a desire to exalt themselves (make a name for themselves); even to the point of climbing to Heaven and challenging God. But what is God’s response? He says, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” So what does He do? He confused their language and scattered them over the face of the earth so that they could not come together to oppose Him.
Now, let’s take a quick look at this new language learning software. What is it’s objective? It seems benign at first glance… to make it easy within the global community to understand each other, and perhaps to become “one” with the people of the earth; no more language barriers or obstacles to working together. Could there really be any downside to that? Maybe only to those of us looking at it through our Biblical worldview.
Just think about this … what if the original city and tower of Babel were part of satan’s plan to bring men together in one place, teach them the knowledge he had observed about God and His ways (before his downfall), and then collectively establish his own kingdom which would oppose the Will of God? Think how much easier it would be to convince these people that they could be ‘god’ in their own right, if they could all understand each other? (And notice that the devil is still peddling the same temptation as he did in the Garden of Eden — you, too, can be like God). If satan could convince them to follow his plan, he could easily establish a tyranny where men would be prevented from knowing the Truth about God. By confusing the languages, so they could no longer understand each other, and scattering them across the globe, God thwarted that evil plan.
Instead, God executed His own plan. He chose a man named Abram to become father of a nation through which His Son would be born, and in Whom the world would be called to believe through all generations. And God’s Son, through His Church, which He, Himself, planted is bringing together all men scattered throughout the earth to faith in Him.
So, is it just coincidence that a new language learning software is called Babbel? Or is it a signpost that, in these Last Days, there is the opportunity for mankind to erase the language barriers that God instituted, and for satan to use this technology to once again bring men together, collectively, to try and establish their own will in defiance of God?
I’m at the point where I don’t think anything is coincidence anymore. And nothing has really changed; the devil will always use whatever mechanisms he can to establish his kingdom here on earth. But he never learns, does he? If Babbel could ever be used to bridge the language confusion among men, then God will, once again, come down to see what is happening and make a judgment. That judgement is always the scattering of man’s works, when they are opposed to Him. Only this time, it will be Jesus coming down from Heaven to judge the wicked, and it will be His kingdom that is established on earth, as it is Heaven. There will be no more confusion, clamor, or babel … however you want to spell it.
Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
Car prep for winter is very important. Though winter may be taking its time with its arrival, it most certainly will be here soon. With winter comes snow and ice; particularly on roads which may accumulate faster than it can be cleared. This might be one of the most common or realistic emergency situations that you may find yourself in. There are numerous ways that your car can cause you issues: spinning off the road, getting stuck in a ditch, getting stuck in deep snow, running out of gas, or just plain freezing up. No matter the situation, if your car becomes immobilized in one way or another, you may have to spend a little extra time in your vehicle than planned. How should you better prepare yourself for this freezing hazard? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when preparing your car for winter. Keep these items handy in your vehicle in case they might be needed if you have to survive out of your car in the winter. Make sure they are not in your trunk unless you have access to your trunk from the inside of your car. Below are the top 20 items to have in your car during the winter:
- Some kind of flashers, flares, or reflectors
- Food and drink
- Extra phone charger
- Snow Gear (Hat, gloves, snowsuit, coat, etc.)
- Blanket, sleeping bag, hand warmers, etc.
- Jumper cables
- Road salt, kitty litter, sand
- First aid kit, extra required medication
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Windshield scraper
- Battery powered radio
- Windshield de-icer
- Tow chain or rope
- Knife (pocket knife or fixed blade)
- Small tool set
- Tire sealant
- Matches, lighter, candles
- Cash money
- Tape (such as clear packing tape)
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Up to 200 million Americans live in areas that could be impacted by the Zika virus, and the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday that the virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas.
Regions in the US that could be impacted include the South, Midwest, the Gulf Coast and the East and West Coasts – that is, warm areas of the country where mosquitoes thrive during spring and summer.
There is no vaccine for the virus, which is tied to a condition called microcephaly that causes babies to be born with heads and brains that are too small. Women in Latin American countries have been warned they should not get pregnant. Zika also may be tied to a condition called Guillain-Barre, which can cause paralysis.
Eighty percent of the people who get Zika don’t even know they have it.
“I think we’re in for real trouble in the United States,” Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told The Washington Post.
Brazil is currently undergoing a major epidemic of Zika epidemic, which was first reported in that nation in May 2015.
Zika “will certainly come to the United States, and I think it will come fairly rapidly,” Lawrence Gostin, the director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, told USA Today.
Margaret Chan, the World Health Organization’s director-general, said the “level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty.”
“We need to get some answers quickly,” she said.
The Gulf Coast is the region of the US most likely to see a Zika outbreak because the Aedes aegypti mosquito — which spreads the virus — is already found there, Gostin said. Areas with stagnant water and lots of garbage will be most susceptible, as will poor neighborhoods.
“These mosquitoes have adapted very well to our throw-away society,” Michael Osterholm, the director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy told USA Today. “It’s not in the swamps, where the mosquitoes that spread malaria live. But that discarded fast food wrapper in the ditch could be a very important source of Aedes.”
Even something as seemingly harmless as trash on the side of the road can become a breeding ground for the Aedes mosquito if it gets filled with water. The mosquito can breed year-round in warm, wet places like Florida and during the spring and summer in areas further north.
Zika is likely to spread through the Americas and affect every country in the region except Canada in the far north and Chile in the south, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned.
There is also some evidence that Zika could spread through other ways, including sexual contact, WHO experts told The Guardian.
“Zika has been isolated in human semen, and one case of possible person-to-person sexual transmission has been described,” a WHO press release stated. “However, more evidence is needed to confirm whether sexual contact is a means of Zika transmission.”
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How much do your really know about matches? Chances are you know more about a magnesium fire starter or BIC lighter than you do about matches. It is just that they are so ubiquitous. Everyone knows about wooden kitchen matches, right? And heck, back in the day folks used to collect books of matches from fancy dining establishments and keep them displayed in decorative jars.
I know I am dating myself with that last statement but seriously, how much to you really know about matches? One thing for sure is that I can not purchase strike anywhere matches locally. Our grocery store refuses to stock them for fear that they will spontaneously combust. That is a true statement; they actually told me that.
But is it true? With some help from my friend, Ron Brown, today I am going to delve into the world of matches and provide you with what you need to know about matches for survival.
Safety Matches vs. Strike Anywhere Matches
There are two kinds of matches: safety and strike anywhere. Safety matches won’t accidentally ignite in your pocket whereas strike anywhere matches can and sometimes do. Safety matches are also called strike-on-box.
There are three sizes: paper matches (called book matches); small wooden matches (called penny matches); and large wooden kitchen matches.
More than you ever wanted to know about match chemistry . . .
The head of a strike anywhere match is a progressive “explosive train.” A tiny bit of primary explosive is detonated. That ignites the main body of the match head. That in turn ignites the paraffin wax (with which the first half inch of the wooden matchstick is impregnated). The burning paraffin in turn ignites the wooden stick.
The very tip of a strike anywhere match contains potassium chlorate plus phosphorus sesquisulfide (a.k.a. tetraphosphorus trisulfide, trisulfurated phosphorus, and phosphorus sulfide). It’s is a primary explosive, sensitive to friction, impact, and heat.
If you cut off the tiny white tip of a strike anywhere match, place it on an anvil, and rap it with a hammer, it will sound like a .22 rimfire rifle cartridge (almost).
It was once a test of manhood for teenage boys to light their cigarettes from strike anywhere matches . . . matches that they lit one-handed, using their thumbnail as the striker. If a chunk of burning match head got lodged under one’s thumbnail, of course, it could ruin an otherwise pleasant afternoon. Trust me on this.
Safety matches (strike-on-box) contain potassium chlorate plus sulfur in the match head and red phosphorus in the gritty striking surface printed on the matchbook or matchbox.
The act of striking produces friction and heat. The heat converts a tiny amount of red phosphorous into white phosphorous vapor which ignites spontaneously. This heat decomposes the potassium chlorate, liberating oxygen, and causes the sulfur to burn. This in turn ignites the wood or paper body of the match.
Where can I buy strike anywhere matches?
In the USA, strike anywhere matches virtually disappeared from store shelves for twenty years ¾ a generation. The old-time brands were Ohio Blue Tip and Diamond. Today, Diamond owns Ohio Blue Tip. But, regardless of brand, the question, “Where can I buy strike anywhere matches?” appeared year after year on Internet forums.
The only place I knew for sure was Canada. The Redbird brand, manufactured by the Eddy Match Co., was (and still is) sold by No Frills (a large grocery chain) and Canadian Tire (in the camping section). The price is $1.25 per box of 250.
But strike anywhere matches are making a comeback. Today, Diamond-brand strike anywhere matches (eco-friendly with green and white tips) can be purchased on eBay for about $4 per box of 300 including postage. They arrive in an envelope marked “USPS FIRST-CLASS PKG”. They are also available on Amazon for about $7.49 for three boxes of 300, or 900 matches.
I still haven’t seen them face-to-face in the big-box stores (e.g. Walmart, Target) so I was slightly amazed to find them just the other day in my local Mom-and-Pop grocery store. One U.S. dollar per box of 300. Strike anywhere matches are once again appearing on store shelves.
Then there is this bad info . . .
While they were on hiatus, one story had it that strike anywhere matches were classified as HazMat (hazardous material) and incurred excessive transportation costs. Consumers were not willing to pay the higher price and, for that reason, retailers didn’t stock them. But, as far as I know, safety matches were also classified HazMat.
Another story had it that chemicals in the strike anywhere tip were used in homebrew crystal meth recipes. Wrong again. If anything, it was the red phosphorous in the striker panel that was of interest, nothing in the match head.
Above (L to R): Coghlan’s, Stansport, Coleman’s, and UCO Stormproof.
Prices range from 1¢ to 12¢ per match.
I decided to test some homegrown methods of waterproofing against commercial matches. The tests consisted of “waterproofing” ordinary strike anywhere matches (dipping in paraffin wax, painting with shellac, etc. . . . whatever recipes I could find), letting them dry 24 hours, then soaking them side-by-side with commercial waterproof matches in a bucket of water overnight.
I was astonished to find that the commercial waterproof matches didn’t work. The heads were all mushy and crumbled when striking. They might have been water resistant but none of them were waterproof. Ditto for the homegrown methods.
No doubt my surprise resulted from my expectations. I expect a plastic poncho to be waterproof. I expect rubber boots to be waterproof. I expect a bulletproof vest to be bulletproof. “Here. Put on this bullet-resistant vest and let’s go capture the bank robbers.” Yeah, right.
Nail polish came the closest of anything to working but the matches were no longer “strike anywhere.” Strike some places would be a better description. Matchbox, yes. Side of carborundum grinding wheel, yes. Sandpaper and rocks, maybe.
And the entire match had to be painted with nail polish. If only the head-end were coated, water penetrated the exposed wood, traveled the length of the stick, and turned the match head mushy.
Conclusion: A mechanical container remains the only for-sure way I know to have a dry match when you need it. One buck. Cheap.
5 Tricks and Tips for Using Matches
Over the years, I have learned these tricks and tips for using matches.
1. One trick to increase your supply of paper matches is to split them in half. Granted, lighting requires nimble fingers and some of the halves will fail. Nevertheless, splitting the matches will increase your effective match count by 75% or so. I recommend that you split just a few and experiment before you split everything.
2. You can light paper safety matches on a penny matchbox or on a box of kitchen-size safety matches or on a strike anywhere box!
3. Sometimes, in attempting to light a strike anywhere match, the primary tip is broken off before the match lights. Can a strike anywhere match WITHOUT ITS TIP be lit on a book of safety matches? Yes. It requires two or three quick, brisk strokes, but it can be done.
4. Long-term storage. Humidity is the enemy. The FoodSaver of Rival Seal-a-Meal (brand) vacuum system is one way to solve the problem. Other solutions include fruit canning jars, Tupperware, and recycled plastic containers of all kinds (think coffee, pretzels, whey protein powder). Seal the lid with silicone calking.
5. For a desiccant (to soak up humidity inside the container), you can use silica gel (found in the craft section of Walmart) or powdered non-dairy creamer in an envelope made from a coffee filter. How to form the seams of the envelope? Fold over the filter edges a couple of times and staple them.
© Ron Brown 2016
About Ron Brown and the Non-Electric Lighting Series
I have been working with Ron for a long time. We first became acquainted when he introduced his Lanterns, Lamps & Candles CD (still available from his website). Later, recognizing that books on CD were not as popular as eBooks, Ron converted all of his material to both print and eBook format. This became his Non-Electric Lighting Series, currently being sold on Amazon.
And the part about matches? According to Ron, “Matches” was left on the cutting room floor along with “Lighters” (which I will be sharing with you down the road).
In a shameless pitch, if you enjoy Ron’s work, I suggest you pick up one of his books. They are reasonably priced and make a useful addition to your survival library. It does not hurt that they are highly readable and written with a good deal of wit and humor.
Here is a link to Ron’s Non-Electric Lighting Series of books on Amazon.
The Final Word
Although I tend to favor those butane wand devices that are used to light barbeques, I know that when the fuel runs out, they are useless. As a backup, I use BIC lighters, and as a backup to that I use matches. Last on the list, but still a skill I practice, is using a fire steel.
Having the means to light a fire, weather for cooking, warmth, signaling or some other purpose, is basic to our preparedness efforts. I would like to thank Ron for sharing his research and knowledge on matches. Coming up next? Lighters!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Below you will find links to the items related to today’s article.
UST Marine Waterproof Match Case: I have tested these cases by first trying to drown them in salt water then later using the matches inside. This case is truly waterproof is well worth $1.50,
Diamond Strike Anywhere Matches – 3 Pack: These strike-anywhere matches are the #1 best seller on Amazon. Why they sell them and my local grocery does not is beyond me.
Diamond Strike on Box Matches: Most likely you will find these a lot cheaper locally. That said, for me it is far more convenient to order online from Amazon.
Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10-pack: There are 10 boxes of 40 matches each for about $5. That is a good deal for 400 waterproof matches.
Ron Brown’s Non-Electric Lighting Series: Here they are, with eBooks starting as low as 99 cents each. All of these books are also available in print.
The New 2000-Hour Flashlight: With a few simple tools and a lantern-type flashlight you can purchase for $6 or $7, you can easily build a flashlight that will give off useable light for 2000 hours. The eBook is only 99 cents; the print book is $6.95.
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel: This “Scout” is the one I own. Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version and is my personal favorite.
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Steve Konkoly: Best Selling Author of The Perseid Collapse Series
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On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, bestselling author and close friend Steve Konkoly will be our special guest.
I cannot say enough about the success Steve has achieved in his life. All of our listeners know him as a hugely successful author. But his career and family life goes way beyond his writing. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in English Literature. But that doesn’t mean he’s a softie.
He spent the next eight years on active duty serving our great country in various U. S. Navy and Marine Corps units. From enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq as a maritime boarding officer in the Arabian Gulf, to directing aircraft bombing runs and naval gunfire strikes as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) assigned to a specialized Marine Corps unit, Steve’s experience with a wide range of regular and elite military units brings a unique authenticity to his thriller fiction.
Steve lives with his family in central Indiana, where he still wakes up at “zero dark thirty” to write for most of the day. His first novel, The Jakarta Pandemic, is the definitive pandemic novel. With nearly nine hundred reviews, and tens of thousands of copies sold, it set the stage for Steve’s brilliant writing career which includes the four book Black Flagged Series, the hugely successful Perseid Collapse Series, and countless novellas as part of Kindle Worlds.
On a personal note, Steve was instrumental in convincing me to write. I still have the Facebook Messenger conversation from December 20, 2014. Steve asked, “On a separate note, have you ever written fiction, or wanted to? I ask because ….”.
My answer was simple, “Dude, I used to be a lawyer, my whole world is fictional! I. AM. NOT. AFRAID. LOL!”
With his encouragement, and guidance, I wrote Evil, Meet Opportunity, a prequel novella to The Perseid Collapse Kindle World. Within weeks after its release Evil, Meet Opportunity achieved #1 Best Seller status in the Action, Adventure category. At that point, I knew that writing was something I should pursue, so I joined the circus. Steve and I put our heads together, and The Boston Brahmin series was born. The rest, as they say, is history.
On this episode we discuss his upcoming work, Fractured State, which is slated for a May release. This will be Steve’s best work to date and has the potential to be another #1 Best Seller on Steve’s impressive book shelf. Join in the conversation as I welcome Steve Konkoly to the Prepping for Tomorrow program!
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Many years ago, a friend of mine made a comment I’ve never forgotten.
“Every woman should have at least two different ways she can earn money.”
Now that the economy has tightened up and many families are struggling to make ends meet, I appreciate the wisdom of this statement more than ever. It’s the principle of having a financial back-up plan, a concept foreign to most people.
If you’re into preparedness, you’re putting this principle into action, perhaps without realizing it. Your food storage is a back-up plan in case store-bought groceries ever become too expensive, difficult to access, or depleted. The vegetables in your garden are a back-up plan if your food storage supplies run low. (Back-up plans to your back-up plans are always a good idea.)
If you’re saving money, you’re already in the back-up-plan mode. Suze Orman, like all financial advisers, has long stressed the importance of being debt free. However, with the changes in our economy, she now says, “Save, save, save!” Your savings are a back-up plan to a possible job loss. If you’ve been buying gold and other precious metals, that’s a back-up plan to your cash savings!
There’s a vital need now more than ever to have a back-up plan to your source of income. The past few years have taught me that no job, no career field is truly safe anymore. I’ve seen teachers and attorneys lose their jobs overnight. The construction industry in our city is at an all-time low with its’ workers seeking jobs anywhere they can find them. A seemingly stable career can end in a flash with a pink slip. If that happened to you or your spouse, what would you do? Do you have more than one way of (legally!) earning money?
Alternative ways to earn money is one of the best back-up plans you could have. My friend Pat, who passed along the advice, is not only a 4th grade teacher but also a licensed masseuse. Another friend runs a produce co-op and has learned how to design websites. Women are amazingly creative, and SurvivalMoms will always figure out a way to provide whatever their families need. SurvivalDads too, by the way!
Now is the perfect time to take stock of the interests, skills and knowledge you have.
- What talents do you have that, perhaps, have been neglected due to the busy-ness of your life?
- Is there a direct sales company you have long admired that offers quality products with a low start-up cost?
- Did you once, long ago, prepare for a career that was sidelined for one reason or another?
- Can one of your hobbies become a source of income?
- Have any of your closest friends said, “You should do that for a living!” or “You’d be so good as a _____!”? Maybe it’s time to take their advice!
- Does your family participate in an activity or hobby that could be turned into a family business?
- Is there a partially-finished college degree in your background? Could you dig up your transcripts, take a few classes, and complete it?
- What need do you see in your community that you have the ability or desire to fulfill?
Be creative and think way, way outside the box. One of my friends decided to start a pizza delivery business to people living in the far outlying areas of her city. Sure enough, she began collecting orders and spent her evenings driving long distances to the homes of hungry, pizza-craving customers!
The internet opened an ever-expanding door for income opportunities, and most have the advantages of having minimal or no start-up costs and being home-based.
It’s not boom time in America anymore. No one knows when, or if, our economy will truly recover. A second or third source of income, however small, may be a financial back-up plan now, but could someday become your primary career.
Originally published March 17, 2011.
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