Raise Chickens Easily and Naturally with These Free Videos

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Justin Rhodes is a permaculture homesteader in North Carolina who focuses his work on finding the best, most sustainable, most natural way to raise chickens. He studied under Geoff Lawton and Pat Foreman, and he soaked up every bit of chicken knowledge he could find.

Last year he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a movie about keeping chickens on a permaculture homestead – and it was a huge success. His project was fully funded, and it was picked as a “Staff Favorite” by the employees at Kickstarter. Justin’s full-length feature movie Permaculture Chickens made its public debut in December.

Now he’s offering a series of four educational videos for free, along with some great free bonus resources. You can watch these informative videos for free – they tell Justin’s personal story, and they’re full of good information about how to keep a flock of chickens using natural, sustainable practices that are consistent with the ideas of permaculture.

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Here’s an overview of what’s included in the free videos:

• Putting Chickens to Work for You (hint, hint… they can give you much more than eggs and meat)
• How to Get Started Quickly and Easily (in just one weekend)
• DIY Mobile Chicken Coops
• How to Cut Your Feed Costs (by 100%)
• How to Learn Everything You Need to Know About Raising Chickens in One Evening

And here’s an overview of the free Bonus Resources that are included when you sign up for the free videos:

• Why Chickens – a micro-documentary featuring Joel Salatin, Pat Foreman, and Lisa Steele
• DIY mobile chicken coop plans for Justin’s “Chickshaw” and Chicken Tractor
• Access to the “Getting Started” chapter of the movie Permaculture Chickens
• PDF action plan for cutting feed costs 100%

You can sign up to get free access to Justin’s four free videos below. When you sign up, you will receive an email with a link to watch the first video. Then you’ll get links to the other videos over the next few days. Enjoy the free videos!

Click Here to Sign Up for Four Free Videos (and Bonus Resources)

After you watch the four free videos, you’ll have the opportunity to buy the entire Permaculture Chickens video. As Justin’s affiliate, the Grow Network will receive a percentage of any sales made as a result of this promotion.

 

Patriots’ Prayers for 1-31-2016

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One of the crowd said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”… So Jesus said to him, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” — Mark 29:17, 18, 29

Save and protect, O Lord, these United States of America and have mercy on us.

Father, that which is wrong with America goes well beyond politics and economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age. We know by your teachings that certain demons are more powerful than others, and that those cannot be cast aside easily, but only through the power of prayer.

Therefore, in prayer we turn to You, who delivered Your people from the bondage of the adversary, and through Your Son cast down Satan like lightning. We ask in prayer that You deliver these United States of America also from every influence of the unclean spirits. Command Satan, his demons, and all the principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this age, to depart far from these United States by the power of Your only begotten Son. Rescue this nation and its people from demonic influence, delusion and darkness. Fill the American people with the light of the Holy Spirit that we may be guarded against the snares of the crafty demons. Grant that angels always watch over our nation and lead us to the path of righteousness forever, to the honor of Your glorious name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

I base this prayer on Jesus’ healing of the demon possessed boy after His disciples had failed (Mark 9:14-29), on Paul’s teaching regarding prayer & “the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-20), and on a traditional Orthodox prayer against demonic influence. I hope you will pray this prayer often this week, and please share this prayer with others.

Cinnamon rolls turned out okay

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I used my cheap ground cinnamon and I was a bit skimpy with the brown sugar since I was doing a test and did not want to invest the good stuff just in case the cinnamon rolls were a bust. S.Lynn, Mom want’s your yellow cake recipe for cinnamon rolls.

The Sci-fi Chick’s sweet roll dough recipe worked great for the cinnamon rolls!  I made the dough/cinnamon rolls in the evening, placed the plastic wrapped covered  pan in the fridge over night. In the AM, I let the rolls warm on the counter for about 30 minutes then set the oven to 400 degrees F. and baked for 20 minutes.  I think this a great yeast dough, similar to a Brioche dough and I think you  could make yeast donuts or a “monkey bread” sort of recipe but take a lot less time/effort and requires fewer fresh ingredients compared to most sweet yeast bread recipes.

I started prepping about 2006-2007 and many attitudes have changed about prepping. Very few sites worried about “food fatigue” or about morale in your food prepping.  As a beginning prepper I did not care for the you will store …. and you will be grateful for any food!  While that attitude does have it’s place. I prefer prepping so I have more options rather than less.

I don’t think you need to practice being miserable as a prepper. Misery will happen all on it’s own without any effort on your part, if you don’t wimp out on your tests.  For example on my first “water test” I got three 60 gallon water barrel I installed in the basement and filled via 5 gallon water jugs. Gosh, I was physically wiped out in about 2-3 days of moving water up a few steps and heating it up on the electric stove. Next test was “real world” and all water was shutoff while the water lines were replaced.  I was tired after 5 days but using Igloo type jugs to store hot water overnight “in my opinion” is the only to go for backup off grid  hot water. I’m a bit peeved with myself as I did not test out my battery powered shower water pump set up.  I think that using the Zodi water pump shower would have saved a lot of physical effort on my part and perhaps given me a better test if the water outage lasted more than a week.

I bought several food grade 15 gallon water barrels for storage on the main living level. The 15 gallon water barrel (125 pounds)can be moved easily via a small hand truck or loaded into a vehicle via a couple of strong backs or you can siphon the water into smaller 5 gallon water jugs. I can say from experience a gallon of water might keep you alive but it is not enough to keep a house running if you want to bug in.   It will be very hard to cut back on your water use in your home as  bugging is not like camping. Your home/apartment uses a lot of water to maintain a healthy environment, so you need to store water for your home.

Based on my water tests every person in your home should have 15 gallons of water stored in a bedroom closet, via three 5 gallon camp jugs or a 15 gallon food grade water barrel. Plus an empty Insulated Igloo five gallon water jug. In the event of “anticipated  disaster, all family members fill the Igloo jugs with hot water via the tub or shower.  Mom and Dad have a couple 2 gallon/8 quart stock pots for heating water/ boiling water on a propane stove/alternative heat source . You should also add larger water barrels for storage and rain barrels to augment your supplies along with water filters.

With 20 gallons of water per person you will have enough water for two weeks easily plus a buffer if things go south in a disaster. While I think a gallon of water per day is “wishful thinking” having stored 15 gallon of water for each family member plus and extra 5 gallon insulated Igloo jug filled at the last minute with hot or cold water, depending on the season,  strikes me as a good short-term water storage plan.

I have seen the bottles of water that are are orange and not clear coming out of Flint Michigan and that is not counting the lead or other “heavy metals” in the water. Most of the water filters we preppers can buy, can’t handle heavy metal or chemical contamination.  Time to invest in a water distillation process.  Tell me again how we should trust the government at any level. When they can’t even provide safe drinking water?

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study- The Coming Judgement- Pt 1

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Let’s look at the very first chapter in the very first book of prophecy and see if we can spot any parallels between ancient Israel and America.

 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. Isaiah 1:21

America was certainly once full of judgement and righteousness, but now we’ve murdered over 60 million children since Roe vs Wade.

Verse 22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

US dollars, half dollars, quarters and dimes minted prior to 1965 contained 90% silver.

They now contain no silver, but are made of manganese, zinc, nickel and copper. Zinc being one of the metals  listed in the dictionary definition of dross.

The Hebrew word for silver is Kesph, which was synonymous with money. Even today, some cultures use the same word for silver and money.

For example, Plata, in Spanish can refer to either.

The Hebrew word for Dross is seeg which is the same word they used for backsliding.

It’s worth noting that the Hebrews used the same word for impurity and backsliding. I suppose both reduce the value of whatever subject they happen to be associated with.

The second part of the verse says, Thy wine is mixed with water. The Hebrew word used for mixed in this verse is mahal. More than mix, like mixing the ingredients of a cake, Mahal means to weaken, cut down or adulterate.

I think that’s a very accurate description of America in general. Our education system, monetary system, manufacturing base, legal system, and even the American Church itself has largely been weakened, cut down and adulterated.

Next week, we’ll look at some other similarities between America and ancient Israel from Isaiah 1. For this week, focus on purifying the dross in your own life that is affecting your heavenly value. And, guard against the water that wants to dilute the New Wine of the Spirit in your soul.

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

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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On Risk Assessment

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Failure to perform an accurate, reality-based risk assessment is one of the most common mistakes people make. Biases of all kinds get in the way, and lead people down a path of distraction, impracticality and obliviousness. Impulsive, bad decision making instead of thoughtful, methodical planning.

What is risk assessment? It’s the process of identifying and prioritizing risks.

On a more concrete level, you step back and ask yourself a few questions:

  • What am I trying to do?
  • What could break/go wrong/interfere?
  • How severe would it be?
  • How likely is it to happen?

For an example, let’s look at a fairly common activity — commuting in your vehicle. Let’s outline some common risks:

  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Dead battery 
  • Run out of gas
  • Car jacking attempt
  • Flat tire
  • Vehicle immobilized due to conditions (bad weather, impassible road conditions)
  • Attacked by a mob of rioters or crazy bikers
Once we have our risks identified, we want to identify the big ones. Do that by triangulating the magnitude of the impact (will get you killed vs. inconvenience) and the likelihood of the risk occurring (common vs. very rare).
At that point, you have your risk assessment in hand.
Now, you can get to work on putting controls and plans into place to avoid or at least mitigate the effects of those risks should they occur. Your most severe / most probable risks should take precedence, but don’t ignore the others.
These controls can take the form of activities or habits that you perform — for example, always filling up your tank when you get below 1/2. Or they can take the form of physical preparations and gear–in the commuting example, that would mean carrying jumper cables, a jack and spare tire, gas can, trauma kit and so on. 
A few other examples of some common activities, risks and controls:
Task: Family security and safety at home
Risks and controls:
  • Home invasion / armed robbery
    • Sturdy doors and locks, and the habit of always locking the doors
    • Alarm system (and habit of using it)
    • Dog
    • Home defense guns (accessible quickly, and training / mindset to use)
    • Family plan
  • Fire
    • Smoke alarm
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Family plan / evac routes
    • Homeowner’s / renter’s insurance
    • Off-site backups of important documents / data
  • Household accident
    • First aid kit and training
    • Emergency contact numbers
    • Family plan
  • Natural disaster
    • Designated safe room
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Comms gear (back up cell phone, weather radio, HAM radio if licensed)
    • Stored food and water
    • Family plan and evac practice
    • Bug out bags aka 72 hour kits and other survival supplies
    • Evac routes and destination planned
Task: Family security and safety outside the home
  • Armed attacker(s) (robbery, active shooter, kidnapping attempt, road rage, etc.)
    • Concealed carry license and handgun (carried regularly)
    • Firearms training
    • Self defense training
    • Anti-kidnapping / escape training for family
    • Trauma kit, flashlight, knife and other tools
    • Practice situational awareness
    • Avoid high threat areas and situations
    • Family plan
  • Vehicle accident
    • Trauma kit and training
    • Self-extraction tools within arms reach
    • Drive defensively and avoid driving in terrible conditions
    • Buy vehicles with good safety ratings / keep them in good condition
  • Natural disaster
    • Get home bags and supplies in vehicles and/or some basics in EDC gear
    • Situational awareness
    • Communications gear
    • Family plan, rendezvous points and evac plans
Task: Provide for family financially
  • Job Loss / loss of income (normal economy)
    • 3 month emergency fund
    • Both spouses work (or are able to)
    • Maintain network of business contacts
    • Multiple income streams
    • Alternate skills
    • Unemployment insurance
    • Live within means and minimize debt
    • Food storage and other stores at home
  • Economic crash / banking system collapse
    • Cash on hand
    • Precious metal holdings / other ‘tangible’ investments
    • Food storage
    • Food production ability
    • Off-grid capabilities (power, water, etc.)
    • Ability to switch to ‘barter’ economy — valued skills or production ability
  • Health problem / inability to work
    • Emergency fund and savings
    • Health insurance
    • Disability insurance
    • Both spouses work (or are able to)
    • Passive income streams
    • Live within means and minimize debt
You’ll note that many of the “controls” are good for more than one risk — those are smart ones to focus on.
You can get more specific or less specific than the risks above; focus on a very specific task or mission, for example. Here’s another:
Task: Travel from home to bug out/evac location during time of emergency
  • Vehicle becomes stranded or stuck (congestion, road conditions, bad weather, EMP)
    • Travel in a group of 2+ vehicles
    • Drive 4x4s with off-road tires, winch and tow straps (less likely to get stuck)
    • Alternate routes planned (avoid getting stuck)
    • Maintain situational awareness
    • Alternate transportation (dirt bike and ATVs)
    • Have on-foot routes planned and packs for the journey
  • Bridge over river is impassible
    • Alternate routes planned (alternate bridge 15 miles away)
    • Plan to leave vehicles and float / swim across river
    • One vehicle to have inflatable raft in case of crossing
  • Attacked en route to location
    • Travel in group of 2+ vehicles
    • Take tactical driving course
    • Training and response plan (e.g., drive through at high speed if possible, else bail out from vehicles and engage)
    • Weapons and support gear in vehicles
    • On-foot routes planned / bags for the journey in case vehicles must be ditched or become inoperable
    • Communications gear to call for support
    • Trauma kits
    • Plan routes through decent areas, including alternate routes
    • Situational awareness
Avoid the temptation to focus purely on extreme impact events that have an extremely low likelihood of happening. Our minds have a tendency to focus on those big, scary things and artificially inflate their perceived likelihood of happening–that one in a billion event can become a perceived near certainty overnight. Devoting too much time and resources to any one extreme long shot event can be unbalancing, unhealthy and counterproductive. 
There is also the idea of “risk acceptance,” which is simply recognizing the risk exists but not taking any actions to control or mitigate that risk. You may choose not to take action because of cost, resources, laziness, acceptance of impact should the risk occur or your judgment on how likely the risk is to occur. 
People do the risk acceptance math all the time, whether consciously or not. They live in hurricane zones but have zero in the way of emergency supplies, they say things like “if the crap hits the fan, I guess I will just die,” or maybe they’d just rather spend their time and resources on fun and leisure. To each their own.
Corporate, government and military planning is full of risk assessment — it’s used by business execs planning expansion into new regions, NASA for planning missions into space, and spec ops units gearing up for a direct action raid against a terrorist cell. 
Think through the eventualities, plan and prepare for the bad things that can happen.

Culper’s Latest Sitrep

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I’ve noticed some of the “Wish I was” crowd out there berating those who have said we won’t allow any more “Free Waco’s”, then using the LaVoy Finicum shooting as their excuse to say what we’ve said is nothing but talk. Of course the biggest shit talkers keep saying they’ll do something, aaaaand never do (even when they’re relatively nearby), and they’re always saying you should get “Off the porch”, which is something they know nothing about except in their imagination. The range of an excuse is zero meters asshole (and you’ve given plenty of them). By all means, show us how it’s done (oh that’s right, you don’t know how it’s “Done”, do you?) First off killing one man, although tragic, is not “Going Waco”. This quote is in the body of Sam’s report, and I think it is apropos.

“The stated mission of the Pacific Patriots Network and Oath Keepers has been to prevent another Waco scenario, where federal agents mass murder American citizens during an assault on a compound.  That mission has so far been accomplished.” 

I agree that “Going Waco” is a mass murder of American citizens, not one brave man being placed in a bad situation, and he is killed because he went for a weapon, or was murdered trying to give up. Should something be done about the Finicum Death/Murder? Yes. The first thing is to wait and see what evidence comes out (audio for one) to show what actually happened, instead of the BS conjecture that is floating around, like the shit I mentioned in this post. If you don’t have that kind of patience, you are missing a crucial part of your preparedness skills. 

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Malheur SITREP – 1900L 29 JAN 16

Situation Report (SITREP) – 1900L 29 JAN 16

by Sam Culper

What follows is my personal account of following the situation of late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, including talks with sources on the ground and on conference calls with Sergeant Major Joseph Santoro (U.S.A., Ret.), Stewart Rhodes, State Representative Matthew Shea (R-WA), Jason Van Tatenhove, and others.  Much of the following information has been poorly covered by the media or not reported at all.

– After the felony stop, Sergeant Major Joseph Santoro (U.S.A., Ret.), who has been on the ground in Burns for approximately three weeks, began communicating with FBI contacts. A top priority for SGM Santoro, acting in coordination with Pacific Patriots Network, Oath Keepers National, Stewart Rhodes, State Representative Matthew Shea (R-WA) from the Coalition of Western States (C.O.W.S.) and a Coalition representative at the Refuge, was to work with the FBI in order to give enough time for women and children at the Refuge to leave. He repeatedly expressed his concern that an FBI action on the compound would result in further loss of life, including the potential for harm to women and children. SGM Santoro convinced his FBI contacts to delay any action on the Refuge, while a C.O.W.S. representative at the Refuge worked to get the women and children packed up to leave. Through numerous phone calls and face to face coaxing, a majority of the occupiers agreed to leave. Additionally, a YouTube video posted by David Fry early Thursday morning confirms that conditions at the Refuge were ‘chaotic’ as occupiers packed up to leave as quickly as possible.

– The stated mission of the Pacific Patriots Network and Oath Keepers has been to prevent another Waco scenario, where federal agents mass murder American citizens during an assault on a compound.  That mission has so far been accomplished.

– According to sources at the Refuge, there weren’t enough vehicles to transport everyone who wanted to leave the Refuge. SGM Santoro relayed that to the FBI, and the FBI contacts instructed those without a vehicle to drive a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) vehicle parked at the Refuge into Burns and park it at a location where it would later be picked up by BLM officials.

– According to sources at the Refuge, Jason Patrick, who decided to stay, became angry that most occupiers were leaving, and refused to move a vehicle so that they could leave the Refuge Headquarters. Those leaving were forced to drive through private property in order get back to a highway, where they began their trip back into Burns, and then home.

– At approximately 0200L on the morning of 27 January, sources in contact with the FBI claimed that the remaining occupiers were given until 0400L to vacate, implying that action might be taken to remove them if they stayed past the deadline. At 0400L, no action was taken, and as of 1900L on Friday, 29 January, no direct action has been taken at the Refuge.

– On Wednesday afternoon, Duane Ehmer, the cowboy who infamously rode his horse while hoisting an American flag, was arrested by the FBI.

– On Wednesday evening, negotiations with Jason Patrick were finally successful and he agreed to leave the refuge. According to sources familiar with the story, the FBI told Jason Patrick that he was free to leave. After walking seven miles out of the Refuge to the FBI checkpoint to be picked up and carried into Burns by PPN personnel, he was arrested by law enforcement at 1910L due to an outstanding warrant. (Analyst Comment: Jason Patrick was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. Being one of the more ardent protesters at the Refuge, the FBI likely considered him to be one of the top instigators, especially after he decided to stay as most others left.  Still, according to sources, the FBI told Jason Patrick that he was free to go, after which Jason decided to leave only to be arrested by law enforcement and taken into federal custody.  Because the FBI said Jason was free to leave and have not made good on their promise to him, the FBI has further tarnished their credibility with the occupiers, the Pacific Patriots Network, and the people of Harney County.  Furthermore, this event may be another reason why the remaining four occupiers have not taken up FBI offers to vacate.)

The following portion of the SITREP covers unfolding events at the Malehur National Wildlife Refuge and in the vicinity of (IVO) Burns, OR over the past 24 hours.

– As of 1800L on Thursday, 29 January, four protesters remain at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  David Fry, the author of the YouTube channel DefendYourBase has been uploading videos and intermittently live-streaming the occupation since early Wednesday morning.  Despite calls from Ammon Bundy to leave the Refuge, which were iterated through his attorneys, David Fry recently stated that he was going to remain “to the end.”

– Sources familiar with the ongoing situation say that FBI agents have been in contact with Fry since Wednesday, attempting to negotiate their departure.  At one point, multiple occupiers had negotiated to walk away, however, they later decided to remain.  Fry is also speaking with media by cell phone on their continued occupation.

– There are efforts underway to organize large gatherings in Burns and Eugene, Oregon to protest the killing of LaVoy Finicum in front of the governor’s office and another building.  Follow the Pacific Patriots Network for additional and up to date information.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Stockpile For When Times Are Lean

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I am so glad that we have food storage and other items , like toilet paper, etc. It is coming in handy now . Truck driving for the company my husband drives for is slow in the winter. It started getting slow about the middle of December and they say it will be like that until about March. So our stockpile has really come in handy. I still go to the grocery store when there is something on sale that we would like to have. Like , this week they had big bags of french fries on sale for 99 cents! There is no way that I could pass that up. Tater tots and french fries are a great addition to a grilled Turkey burger. We are still saving money to buy some land this spring, not as much as would like to , but any little bit is an addition to the savings jar! It is being added to , not subtracted from. We will make it thru this and be much stronger and learn more about stockpiling and being prepared because of it.

Be safe and PREPARED!

7 Survival Uses for Plastic Shower Curtains

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Plastic Shower Curtain Survival Uses

If you plan to use a shower curtain that has been used in the traditional way as a shower curtain you will want to get rid of any mildew and hard water deposits on the curtain before packing away. One simple way is to lay the curtain out flat and spray with undiluted white vinegar. Let the vinegar work for 30 minutes and then rinse well with water, and hang to dry. You do not want to roll or fold up a plastic curtain with mildew on it and then stick it in your pack.

Most standard shower curtains are more or less 72 by 72 inches. The plastic is heavy enough to sew/stitch together, and yet can be easily fitted to objects such as your body.

Emergency Poncho

Drape the shower curtain over your head and shoulders with the grommet side to the ground. It would be good to have a magic marker handy at this point. Put a dot on the plastic where it touches each shoulder. Remove the curtain and put a small piece of duct tape over the dot on each side of the plastic.

You will put a hole through each piece of tape. The tape helps to keeps the holes from expanding. Next, cut two pieces of cordage and knot one end of each piece and then thread a piece through both holes. Put the emergency poncho back over your head and shoulders and tie off the pieces of cordage to hold the ad hoc poncho in place. You can from this point repeat the process so you can tie off the poncho to hold the hood in place and to pull the poncho together further down your body. Tie off under the chin for the hood, but keep in mind you do not want to create a choking hazard.

Another method would be to cut a piece out of the center that your head would fit through and simply wear that way, but your head would be unprotected and water will easily drip through the opening. Use duct tape around the edges of any holes you cut to keep the plastic from tearing.

Emergency Shelter

Two shower curtains can be connected using the grommets to create a shelter. Use as you would any nylon or canvas tarp. Clear shower curtains would create the same effects as a greenhouse, so for cold weather shelters, this would be ideal if there is sunshine to warm the plastic, and thus, radiate heat to your body during the day. For nighttime, you could cover the shelter with pine boughs, pine needles, grasses, leaves or any vegetation to reduce the heat conduction from inside the shelter.

Once again use duct tape to harden any holes you put in the plastic. You may have to use cordage along the bottom to secure to limbs or ground stakes, and so you do not want the plastic tearing.

Warm the Inside of Your Vehicle by Securing the Curtain over the Front Windshield

Tape the curtain so it catches the sun if you are stranded in your vehicle. This will create a greenhouse effect and increase the temperature inside the car during the daylight hours. At night, you would reverse the process by using Mylar emergency blankets to reflect heat back into the vehicle.

Make Shift Greenhouse

You can take supple saplings, or any flexible plastic or other material to create a rounded greenhouse. Anchor one end to the ground and then bend over the sapling or PVC and secure the other end in the ground to create a half hoop. Drape the plastic over the hoops and secure. This would be a very small greenhouse but it can be used in the daylight hours to give your plants the much-needed sunshine, while still being protected in cold weather. You would likely have to protect the plants at night by moving them indoors or use some other means.

Waterproof Sleeping Bag Cover

Fit and cut the plastic to size making sure you do not cut the grommets off. Use the grommets so you do not have to cut so many holes in the plastic to secure together. Once cut to size stitch together using cordage or use duct tape for a more temporary cover.

Make a Water Bladder Using a Straw and a Piece of Shower Curtain

You would simply cut a round piece and tie off as if you were making a typical sachet but, this time, put a straw in the center as you tie off so you can drink from the bladder and then refill the bladder. You obviously cannot tip the bladder over but you can secure it so it can be carried over your shoulder or hung on your pack.

Collect Rain or Morning Dew

Make a depression in the ground and cover with the plastic to create a cup to collect rain or dew. You can also drape the plastic over vegetation or rocks, but you will need to create small depressions in the plastic for the moisture to collect in.

The uses for plastic during a survival situation are virtually endless. With a little imagination, you can come up with even more uses for a plastic shower curtain.

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Here’s The Quickest Way To Grow Indoor Food This Winter

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Here's The Quickest Way To Grow Indoor Food This Winter

The benefit of growing sprouts, particularly in winter when most garden vegetables are dormant, goes far beyond their flavor.  An excellent indoor crop, sprouts pack a lot of nutritional punch for their tiny size, including many of the vitamins, minerals and protein needed in a balanced diet.

Lentils, beans and peas are particularly good for you; they’re comprised of up to 25 percent protein and provide a good source of iron, potassium, vitamins A and D, and other nutrients.

Seeds from most vegetables, herbs and legumes will produce edible sprouts in their early stage, but the most popular sprouts come from beans, peas and some greens. Growing sprouts to supplement your winter produce is easy, inexpensive and full of variety. With a well-stocked pantry, you can enjoy a surprising range of meals with sprouts, helping your family break out of the monotony caused by winter’s limited harvests.

Sprouting Seeds

Although you can easily sprout most seeds, you may wish to start with some better-known varieties. Alfalfa, mung bean, lentil, green pea or wheat seeds are a great place to start. Choose seeds intended for growing, as beans and seeds intended for cooking will not germinate as easily. Most commercially available sprouting seeds are sold by weight. Plan on half an ounce of dry seeds per half cup serving for most sprouts; alternatively, you can save your own seeds for sprouting, and measure 1/8 cup dry seeds per serving. Other than your seeds, all you really need to begin is water and a container.

Like Sprouts? Then You’ll Love Indoor Microgreens!

Here's The Quickest Way To Grow Indoor Food This WinterSelect a plastic, glass or ceramic container with its own lid to use as a sprouting container.  Follow these steps to sprout your seeds:

  1. Rinse the seeds to get rid of dust, loose hulls and dirt.
  2. Soak the seeds in warm water for half a day. If you do this overnight, you won’t be tempted to disturb the soaking process.
  3. Once soaking is complete, remove any floating seeds, as these won’t germinate. Drain water from seeds using a strainer or cloth and return seeds to sprouting container.
  4. Soak a clean cloth or paper towel in warm water and cover the seeds. Put the lid on the container and move it to a location where it won’t be disturbed. You don’t need light for sprouting, but you should place the sprouting container where it will remain at room temperature.
  5. Soak seeds in clean, lukewarm water and drain twice a day: every morning and every evening, returning the seeds to covered container draped in freshly wet cloth after soaking. Seeds will be fully sprouted after 4-6 days, when the hulls are all separated from the sprouts. Rinse in cool water, allow leaves to dry, and place sprouts in refrigerator.

Types of Sprouts

The variety of plants edible in sprout form is almost limitless, but they can be grouped into a few categories. Bean sprouts come from bean, legume, and pea seeds and are tasty in recipes cooked and uncooked. Leafy sprouts, grasses, greens and microgreens — best eaten raw — come from edible grasses, lettuce, herb, and leafy vegetable seeds. A number of grains, including oats, millet and rye, make excellent salad and sandwich sprouts.

How to Eat Sprouts

Finding ways to include sprouts in your recipes is easy and restricted only by your imagination. You’ll be rewarded with a punch of flavor and a boost of essential nutrients.

The Best Kept Secret In Indoor Self-Reliance Gardening…

If you want to get beyond the obvious uses for sprouts — salads, sandwiches and stir-frys — then try one of these suggestions.

  • Mixed sprouts in hot cereal for breakfast. Add the sprouts right at the end of cooking, and stir them in to warm them. Wheat, rye, sunflower and peanut sprouts stirred into oatmeal with a dash of maple syrup makes a comforting start to a winter day.
  • Sprouted omelet. Prepare a plain or cheese omelet, and fold it over raw arugula, beet, cress or broccoli sprouts. If you like a bit of bite, try radish or mustard sprouts.
  • Sprout smoothie. Blend a handful of alfalfa, wheat, rye or oat sprouts into your favorite smoothie mix for hidden greens. Oat sprouts pair well with berries and bananas, or try a tropical smoothie with wheatgrass. A great way to give yourself a boost.
  • Bean(sprout) Burrito. Warm your favorite bean sprouts in a skillet, and pack a tortilla full. Top with guacamole, rice, Pico de gallo and hot peppers if you’re so inclined. A filling — and fast — meal!

Once you begin adding sprouts to your recipes, you’re sure to find it addictive. There is virtually no simpler food to grow, and when you tire of one sprout, just try another. Keep a supply of your favorite sprouting seeds on hand all year, and beat the blahs between harvests. Experiment freely – your crop will grow in less than a week – and enjoy the concentrated power of sprouted seeds.

Do you have any sprout-growing tips? How do you eat sprouts? Share your ideas in the section below:

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AIRSOFT GUNS AND GEAR COMING SOON!

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January 2016 EDC Purse Dump

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January 2016 EDC Purse Dump

1. Nintendo New 3DS XL in Red + Pokemon Alpha Sapphire 2. Key + Paracord on Carabiner 3. Xyla Ricochet Mints With Xylitol 4. Eye Drops (Life/Shoppers Drug Mart Brand) 5. Nivea Hydro Car Lip Balm Chap Stick 6. Hair Elastics 7. Moto G 2nd Gen Smart Phone + Ringke Slim Phone Case 8. Spyderco Sage 1 Carbon Fiber EDC Pocket Knife… Read More

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Ultramarathoning Tips for Non Running Preppers

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The Best Bushcraft Axes

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The survival knife may be the most talked about tool, but smart preppers know some tasks are better suited for a bushcraft axe or hatchet. First assess what kinds of tasks you will be doing most often and then decide the type of axe you need. The distinguishing factors between axes is primarily in handle length, and in the cutting ability of the blade.

An axe is made up of several major sections: the axe edge or blade, the head, and the handle. The blade is typically made of steel; handles are traditionally hickory wood but can be glass filled nylon or fiberglass. You can choose from multiple categories of axes including maul axes, felling axes, forest and carpentry axes, hatchets, and tomahawks.

What to Look for in an Axe Blade

Typically made of steel, the sharp edge of an axe is called the blade or bit and on each corner of the bit are the heel of head and toe of head. Either side of the blade is beveled with a slight arch called the ramp or cheek, and the opposing end of the blade is called the butt or poll.

Your choice of axe edge will depend on how you use your axe most often. A convex blade will crack wood but won’t sink down very deep when you swing and is best for splitting wood without jamming. Concave blades cut deeper and work well for felling trees or stripping branches from the trunk.

A good properly beveled and sharpened blade is a must have tool. It can also be dangerous so invest in a quality sheath to protect both the blade and you from damage. Blades can be sharpened with an axe file and stone set. Because of the hardness of the steel blade, it takes work to sharpen the blade once it is dull.

About Handle Characteristics

A haft or handle is traditionally made of wood, often hickory. New materials like fiberglass and glass filled nylon can absorb shock and make handles virtually indestructible. The handle can be 14 to 36 inches long and mounted to the head using a wood or metal wedge and eye, the oval hole, near the poll. Beneath the poll is the shoulder running down to the heel of haft. Under the head on the other side is the neck which runs down to the long outward curve, called the belly and down to the toe of haft.

Grain

The grain needs to be as vertical as possible from length of the handle straight from the neck to haft toe and from heel to the haft shoulder. Wood handles are typically crafted from hickory trees, so grain can be off some, not all trees are straight after all. Avoid any handle with a diagonal grain as it increases the likelihood the handle will split under repeated use.

Balance

One of the important criteria for a handle is the balance. It needs to be level from the handle toe to the head. Check balance by laying the axe across your hand with the neck to shoulder hanging off your thumb and finger. Neither the bit nor the poll should touch your hand. This will give you an axe that is a pleasure to use for whatever task is at hand.

Alignment and Weight of the Head

The cutting ability of your axe is affected by the alignment of the head. Believe it or not, axes manufactured the same way can vary in how the head and handle align. It’s best to inspect each axe in stock prior to purchasing any model. Grasp the head in your hand. The bit as you look down it, should align exactly along the handle toward the haft toe.

You also have to consider how much the axe head weighs. Lighter head axes are usually easier to transport and easier to use one-handed like a hatchet, if you hold it close to the head. The heavier an axe head, the more effective it will be in cutting. For bushcraft axes the lighter the better.

Select the Proper Size Axe

Grasp the axe head with blade forward in your hand, arm out and tuck the handle into your armpit. The toe of haft should settle easily in your armpit. For adult males, choosing an axe this way means it will have a longer handle but don’t hesitate to select a shorter handle if you determine that’s what you need. Taller people, over 6’4”, will find a handle closer to 36 inches in length easier to use.

There are in fact different types of axes. The main difference is in the length of the handle. The common length for most people to be comfortable is between 21-23”. Consider how to fit the tool into your BOB or rucksack, the material it’s made of, and the comfort of the grip in addition to how it will be used.

Handles range in length from longer maul, felling, and broad axes to the ¾ axe, forest, carpenter axes, to hatchets, and the short kid of the bunch, the tomahawks. Long handled axes are designed for two handed use (30-33” handles), mid-length handles can be used single handed or both when occasion calls for it, whereas shorter ones, called hatchets, are easier to use with one hand (14-16” handles).

For most types of activities, you will carry out such as cutting down occasional saplings, splitting and chopping wood, stripping limbs, a standard length axe from 19-23” will work just fine. For heavy logging, regular felling, or splitting bigger, heavier trees, you might want to look at the longer felling, maul, and broad axes.

  1. Felling Axes

These generally have a very sharp, thin edge with a gradually tapered head for cutting grain crosswise so every swing cuts deep. Not good for splitting wood as the blade can get stuck in the split and break coming back out. Heads are mid-weight at 2.5 to 4 pounds, most handles range from 28 to 36 inches. Models are often named after the region where they were created, such as Hudson Bay, Jersey, or Dayton axes.

Amer 4lb Felling Axe by Council Tool

American made with a 4 1/2” sharp on arrival cutting edge. The head is 4 pounds of heat treated tempered 5160 Alloy Steel. Holds its edge thanks to an Rc of 50-54 but will chip so take care around rocks. Its beautifully made 35-inch handle comes unfinished, but is smooth and feels great in the hand. Say goodbye to bounce back strikes and glancing blows and get used to zero wasted swing with this well-balanced axe. Worth the investment if you do a lot of logging or clearing.

  1. Three-Quarter Axes

These are great for light chopping work and for removing limbs. Can quickly turn medium size logs into kindling. Heads around 2 pounds. Typically used one handed but with 21 to 28-inch handles, these are long enough to use with two hands when the occasion calls for it.

Cold Steel 90TA Trail Boss Axe

Holds and keeps an edge like axes of yesteryear. 4” blade and 4 ½” cutting edge takes a big bite with every swing. 4 1/2” edge will need sharpened when it arrives. Careful use of a file to get a paper slicing edge which will hold much longer than a hair-shaving edge. Edge comes covered with rubber only, you will need a sheath.

European style 6 ½” head is 105 drop forged carbon steel and weighs in at 2 ½ pounds. Heat treated butt and cutting edge produces a durable, sharp edge and lets the remainder of the head absorb impact force. Black looking blade paint can be removed easily with paint stripper. Features a very stout straight-grained hickory handle. This 21 1/2” long handle is stout, straight-grained hickory and long enough for two handed grip if needed, but short enough for an amateur to swing one-handed. No lanyard hole.

Light enough to carry all day in hand or strapped to a pack frame. Heavy and tough enough for chores that would be torture for a hatchet or tomahawk. Can be easily mounted on an ATV or tucked behind a truck seat. Great for processing kindling, trail clearing, or even felling a full sized tree. True versatility and a pretty good axe for the money.

  1. Splitting Mauls

Utilizes a blunt, fat, heavy wedge-shaped head to rend logs along the grain. The 6 to 8-pound head delivers a more forceful strike, won’t get stuck or jam. The handle is longer, typically having less curve which enables the user to wrangle the maul further into the split after the first stroke. Its broad butt can double as a hammer with a wedge or second axe to execute the split.

Fiskars X27 Splitting Maul

The Fiskars X27 is definitely a superior splitter. It comes with a nice wedge and the weight is nice. The blade is unfortunately a lower quality steel which will need re-sharpened frequently. The flared handle end is great because it is less likely to slip out of your hand. The handle is not replaceable which isn’t really a problem since the material is very durable. Some may dislike the synthetic plastic feel.

Traditional American Splitting Maul

This 7-pound maul is superior steel with an edge that doesn’t need retouched as often. The hickory handle has better whip, is more flexible, and can be replaced if needed over time. If you’re looking for a vintage tool, with a handle that develops character over time, this is the maul you want.

  1. Splitting Axes

Designed to split wood fibers apart, not cut them. Fiberglass or wood handles available. Typically, lighter than a maul axe, especially fiberglass handled ones. The weight is its greatest asset allowing you to use it for hours with less fatigue. Blade is softer so you must place log on a block to split.

Hults Bruk Bjork Splitting Axe

Hand-forged Swedish steel head weighs in at 3.50 pounds and is the result of blasted and clear lacquered ironwork. Holds a very sharp edge even after frequent sharpening. The curved 30-inch handle is American hickory and designed for splitting larger logs or processing firewood. Leather sheath, detailed user’s manual, and storage box are included.

Gransfors Bruk Splitting Axes

The Gransfors Bruk Splitting Axe comes in small (model 441) or large (model 442). Both are forged with a thin, concave bit. Both axes have the steel collar under the head, grooves near the end to aid grip, and leather sheath. The small splitting axe is ideal for processing moderate sized firewood. The 23-inch handle is in the comfortable range for most people and the head is 3.5 pounds. Model 442, the larger axe has a head weighing in at 5 pounds and a longer 27.5-inch handle.

  1. The Broadaxe

Gets its name from the lower part of the blade which hangs further below the rest of head, (called a long beard) and its large bits. Blade bevel can be single-sided, like a chisel or on dual sides producing a more scalloped cut. Its controlled cut enables rounded log edges while still creating a flat top, perfect for creating beams. The side of the bevel indicates either a right or left handed axe.

Gransfors Broad Axe, Model 1900

Good for squaring planks and logs. Choice of bevel, double, or left or right side. Choose doubled beveled for visible deep cuts when squaring. The 19” handle based on traditional Swedish techniques. Forged professionally by blacksmiths, no need to smooth, stone, or grind to eliminate imperfections. Priced around $300, choose wisely, it’s definitely an investment.

  1. Forest Axes

The forest axe typically falls in between the carpenter axe size and a felling axe size. The 19-inch handle is long enough for two handed use if need be but short enough to handle more precise one handed tasks regularly. If held close to the head, it can be effective for controlled carving needs. The head is typically around 1 ½ to 2 lbs.

Husqvarna 26 in. Multipurpose Axe

The Husqvarna 3 ¼” cutting edge arrives far from razor sharp, but once you sharpen to a keen edge, it’s fine. If you aren’t skilled with sharpening, practice on something else first. Steel appears to be same quality as the Wetterlings, definitely sturdier than the average axe. The extreme hardness of the blade can cause it to be brittle in winter weather so avoid using the blade when cold from being left out overnight.

Head is light but longer than most for a good bite on your wood. Hand forged head, 6 5/8” long mounted on what is actually a Wetterling manufactured handle, with Husqvarna markings. Do as any bush crafter would, sand and protect the handle with several coats of linseed oil. A high class axe comparable to the Gransfors Bruks at a decent price. It comes with a snug fitting leather sheath. Good for felling small hardwoods, prepping firewood, or limb removal if needed.

  1. Carpenter’s Axes

Intended as a single-handed axe, it’s larger than a hatchet with a 1.5- pound head and 10 to 14-inch handle. Longer beard allows gripping closer to the head for better control, it’s great for more delicate woodworking.

Husqvarna Carpenter’s Axe

The edge of this little beauty is relatively long and straight for whittling and carving. Great for carving and crafting for making bow drill sets and long bows. The light 2.2-pound head is forged of top quality Swedish steel, 6 ¼” long and built for your hand to get near as possible to edge for great control. The 17 ½ to 19 ½” handle is of trusted hickory wood with a drilled lanyard hole and leather sheath.

Similar to a small Hudson Bay axe, it’s good for wood working tasks and carpentry projects. Can handle camp chores that require an axe but is also great for removing limbs with one chop, or chopping small to medium sized trees. Easy to sharpen with a file similar to any knife, it’s an asset to any survival kit.

  1. Hatchets

The shorter handled axes, also called hatchets, are great for smaller jobs. They can still do the job for occasional chopping and splitting of wood but aren’t ideal for that on a daily basis. These are great for camping trips or backyard projects. If your BOB only has space for only an axe or a hatchet, in most cases you will want to go with a hatchet.

Estwing E24A Sportsman’s Hatchet

Made in the USA, the head and shaft are one piece of drop forged fine steel. Better suited for firewood than cabinetry, woodcrafters may be disappointed in the edge and bevel. The head is high quality, tapered, and thinner than most hatchets and easier to sharpen. The ergonomic handle is easier on the arm than a heavier wooden hatchet and has a nice leather grip.

This is probably the axe your grandfather kept on the farm. It’s lightweight and nicely balanced so great for around camp, for home remodel or small building projects. Avoid chopping anything larger than your wrist. Inspect the leather grip as it will suck up water once the finish starts to crack and may need a little modification, sanding, and several applications of oil to help it hold up to the elements.

Gerber Gator Combo Axe II

Rugged stainless steel head with extremely sharp edge that holds well even under some abuse or heavy use. Nicks and notches are easily remedied with a file and sharpening tool. Blade length is 2.7”. The handle is shorter than your standard axe but stores a coarse handsaw that makes this a 2 in 1 tool.

Great for harvesting young saplings, carving, or to trim and selectively remove unwanted foliage growth. Comfortable defensive weapon if needed, good side for recreational use. Does okay splitting logs, comes with black nylon sheath. Priced at just under $60, it’s relatively inexpensive for the quality.

Gransfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet

The Gransfors Bruk or GB is a name most will recognize as high quality. It arrives nicely sharpened and can quickly be brought to a hair shaving edge. The bottom tip of the edge is flat but doesn’t affect efficiency and it will disappear with use. The head is hand forged steel, the finish is a bit rough and uneven.

The wood handle is well balanced and fits comfortably in the hand. Treat with a little boiled linseed oil and keep in the leather sheath to protect it. Great for camping, cutting firewood, carving stakes or even home construction in conjunction with a chainsaw. It’s more expensive but is a lifetime investment.

  1. Tomahawk/Throwing Axe

Originally intended for use as a close range or melee range weapon, the tomahawk or throwing axe is typically the shortest of axes with a handle length around 12 inches. The heavier weight and 12-inch length affect spin rate, throwing distance, and give the throwing axe or tomahawk, a more severe impact, than a throwing knife. The tomahawk’s sharp blade means that it can also be used to cut down trees if need be.

Fast Hawk by SOG with one-foot handle and weighing in at 15 ounces total comes with a nylon sheath. Stainless steel head is black coated to minimize reflection. Intended for military, its comfort fit and polymer handle make it good for throwing in addition to self-defense. Top rated and priced $25-50.

Shiflett by Heartland-a lightweight at 12 ounces, with a full tang blade, its handle is just shy of 12 inches and it comes with a nylon sheath. It’s the least expensive of the short kids at around $15-20. It has a blade on both sides but its sole use is as a throwing axe. It’s extremely light and spins fast. Ideal for newbies who need to gain confidence by hitting a target easily.

Cold Steel Trail Hawk

The head weighs in at 12.5 ounces with a 2 ¼” edge drop forged from 1055 carbon steel and a blade or hawk length 6 ½” long. Differentially treated means hammer and edge is fully hardened but the balance is made to take in the impact of striking blows.

The 22” American hickory wood handle with a very beefy cross section, weighs in at about 10 ounces. It’s not a hatchet and cannot split as nearly as well as a fixed head hatchet. True throwing hawks do have a loose head. The Cold Steel Trail Hawk is inexpensive but will last for years with a little TLC before use. Some aggressive modifications are required to turn it into an ideal throwing or defensive weapon.

Conclusion

Overall, axe selection is very much a matter of personal preference. The best way to select your axe is to first determine what its primary function will be and then select the axe in that category that is most comfortable and within your budget. If you consider cutting and splitting capacity as well as handle fit, you’ll have a tool that will be a pleasure to use and rely on for axe related tasks in any situation.

Do you have a favorite that didn’t make our review list? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments below.

Remembering…My Deliverance FromWage-Slavery(And My Escape From Prison)

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Dateline: 31 January 2016 AD

The Entrance to Auburn State Prison
Today is the third anniversary of my deliverance from wage slavery. Longtime readers already know my story, but I’ll be recollecting it here, again and again, in one way or another, every January 31st, for as long as I keep cranking out these blog posts. 

As far as life stories go, this one is pretty simple. No one will be making any movies about it. But if you were me, you would know it’s actually a remarkable unfolding of events as well as the fulfillment of a long-held hope.

The backstory is pertinent. It begins around the end of 1998 and into 1999. That was when I experienced the most significant personal crisis of my life. 

To that point, I had worked a couple decades in the building trades and had done pretty well at it. By “pretty well” I mean that I managed to support my family of five without my wife needing to work outside the home, I had almost no debt, and I had some money saved. 

Then it all fell apart.

A business venture I had invested my money and time into did not pan out. I was discouraged. I lost my drive and my focus. Over a period of months, my savings dwindled to nothing. I cashed in my retirement account. I had bills to pay, and a family to support. I became depressed.

When God chooses to humble a man, He knows exactly how to tailor that humbling experience to best make His point. When my savings were all tapped out, and the reality of my situation hit me, I was broken.

I remember the breaking point very well. Fact is, I’ll never forget it. I believe the biblical term for my condition at that time would be a “bruised reed.” When the breaking point came, I wasn’t praying for God to bless me anymore. I was on my face before Him, expressing angst and emotion like I had never known before in my life. What had I done wrong? Why was this happening to me? What should I do? Please help me!

It was then that God impressed upon me something that totally changed my life. The message that permeated my consciousness at that time is that God gives, and God takes… as it pleases Him to do. He’s in charge, not me. He doesn’t exist to serve me, I exist to serve him. He doesn’t need me, I need Him. My life is not my own, it’s His. When the full realization of those fundamental truths came, I repented of ever thinking otherwise—and of ordering my life with an attitude contrary to those truths.
My purpose in life became more focused on not striving for money and material comforts, but to strive instead for a life of greater obedience to Him; to live each day ever-cogent of God’s grace, faithfully dependent on God’s grace, and to pursue a lifestyle and attitude that is more pleasing in His sight. I now understand the deliberate pursuit of this kind of obedience can be summed up in the word, “sanctification.” Properly understood, sanctification is the intentional lifelong pursuit of a Christ-like attitude and character.

I was justified (saved) from the consequences of sin by God’s grace when I came to Christ at 13 years of age. But my Christian walk had not matured like it should. Oh, I thought it had. But God thought otherwise.

There is a familiar Bible verse (Romans 8:28) that took on a new meaning to me at that time in my life. It goes like this…

“…all things work together for good to them that love God…”

The natural understanding of the word “good” in that verse is decidedly self centered. We love to define good by translating it into concepts of personal health, happiness, ease, comfort, and prosperity. But could it be that translation totally misses the point?

Could it be that our definition of good can veer away from God’s definition of good? 

Could it be that “good” is more properly defined as God’s sovereign plan and will? And that our purpose is to serve that good, even if it means to suffer various trials and tribulations in this life (even unto death)? Well, I do think so, and this could take us into a much deeper theological discussion, but I need to get back on track with my story. Suffice it to say, I had a different perspective on life and my relationship to God after my bruised reed experience.

It was only a couple days after my humbling when I got a phone call, right out of the blue (as they say). It was a man I had worked for in the past. He knew nothing of my situation. He called to see if I would be interested in working as a teacher’s assistant in the building trades program at the local vocational school. 

I immediately saw this as God opening a door for me, and I said I was interested. Then he apologetically informed me that the job only paid $12,000 for the school year. Apparently, the school couldn’t find anyone else to fill the position for so little money. Classes were starting in less than a week. I took the job. (I’ve written about my experience as a government school teacher AT THIS LINK).

Meanwhile, I was still in dire straits with my finances. So I did something I never did before in my life, and have never done since… I asked a family member for money. Specifically, I asked my grandmother, and she gave me a few thousand dollars. The pride in me doesn’t want to tell anyone about that, but it is part of the story. With my grandmother’s gift, and the school job, we got by.

A couple weeks before the school year ended, with no job prospects, and not knowing for sure what I wold be doing to earn money for the summer months, I got a call from the local maximum security state prison in Auburn, NY. They wanted to interview me for a job as a supervisor in their industry program.

That was another “out of the blue” event. I did’t really desire a job at the prison, and didn’t expect to get one. But, nearly a year before, on the advice and direction of an old friend who worked in the prison, I had filled out a two-page “test” and mailed it to Albany.

I went to the interview and got the job. One week before the school year ended, I started the prison job. My income would be multiple times what it was at the school. In time, I came to realize that getting the job I got was something pretty special. You have to know someone to get that kind of job. The only person I knew was my friend, Jerry. He made it happen. He was an instrument of God’s grace. I was very thankful.

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In my wildest dreams I never imagined that I would ever work in a maximum security state prison. Never. But the job came so easily, and paid so well, and I knew God had orchestrated it. I knew that was where He wanted me. It was the spring of 2000.

I won’t go into the dynamics and culture of working in a prison, except to say it’s a difficult place— it is an ongoing daily clash of bureaucratic foolishness, incompetence, and puffed-up egos (and that isn’t taking into account the convicts). 

Only once did I write here about My Non-Agrarian Day Job when I was working at the prison. I wrote that seven years into my “sentence,” and six years before my escape. It’s interesting to look back on that essay from my perspective now. 

Even more interesting is to read my blog post from last year titled, My Close Call With A Notorious Mob Hit-Man.

I never felt like prison was a good fit for me. There were a few really low points, which I would classify under the heading of “Failure of Character” on my part. Or, perhaps, “Total Failures in The Pursuit of Sanctification” would be a better description. Or, maybe just “Learning Experiences.” Whatever the case, I’d like to forget them. I certainly won’t be writing about them. 

Nevertheless, like I said, I was thankful to be there. In the final analysis, having an enjoyable and fulfilling job is totally beside the point when you have a family to support. Getting the bills paid is what matters more, especially once you’ve had the experience of not having enough money to pay your bills. I suspect some people reading this can relate to that.

So, I was a wage slave in “the system,” and I was prepared to put in the minimum of 20 years so I could retire with a decent pension. However, my long-held, independent-minded, entrepreneurial inclinations did not leave me when I took that prison job. 

It so happens that there is a lot of idle time in prison. I was able to do my job, and still have an abundance of time for myself— time to think, to sketch and resketch drawings of ideas, to write, to read, to pray, and to plan my escape.

At first, I didn’t realize I was planning my escape. I thought I was laying the groundwork for a small, home publishing business that I could establish while “doing time” in prison, then work at when I retired, after 20 years. With that thought in mind I self-published 100 copies of “Anyone Can Build A Tub-Style Mechanical Chicken Plucker.” That was March of 2002.

The book was not an instant success. But, slowly and surely, it started to get some notice. By the time I began writing this blog in June of 2005, the book had sold a few thousand copies. It was bringing in some money, all of which I invested back into the fledgling part-time business. 

I wrote five more books while I was in prison, and I started selling chicken plucker parts, along with some other down-to-earth products. I learned how to develop my own web sites using the Blogger format (totally free), and how to incorporate PayPal order buttons into the sites. When I did that, the business took off.

Around 2010 I realized that I couldn’t possibly continue operating my Planet Whizbang home business while working full time at the prison job. But the mail order business was not making enough money for me to feel comfortable leaving the security of a government job. 

And that’s when the state of New York, faced with budget problems, offered employees like me the option of reducing their work hours by up to 40%, and still keep their job. My pay would be reduced accordingly, but that didn’t matter. I could work 3-1/2 days a week and still keep my job. I filled out the paperwork as soon as I learned about it. I saw this part-time option was a Godsend, literally.

The Whizbang business continued to bring in more money every year. And then one of the guys I worked with told me that I could retire from state “service” at 55 years of age, and collect a pension. He said my pension wouldn’t be very much with only 13 years on the job, but it might be enough to pay for health insurance. I looked into the specifics, and he was right. I started thinking very seriously about “retiring.”

On January 31, 2013, I walked out of Auburn State Prison for the last time—a free man. It was the happiest day of my life. 

Some of my co-workers in prison couldn’t understand why I would leave such an easy job that paid so well. Almost no one leaves before getting at least their 20 years in. I heard stories about a few that did leave, then regretted their decision in later years.

But I knew it was my time to get out, just as I knew it was my time to take the job 13 years earlier. I knew God was in it. I knew He had orchestrated the events. 

I also knew that I would never be able to retire and receive a decent pension; I would have to work harder than ever, and for the rest of my able days. But I don’t see than as a bad thing when I’m doing creative, entrepreneurial work with a home business. 

Now, here’s the point of this lengthy story… 

When I worked hard and strived for material success with a self-centered heart, I failed miserably. Other people can do that and meet with great success. But that was not my path. God works in different people’s lives in different ways. 

I’ve learned that there is a big difference between working with a striving, self-centered heart, and working with an attitude of diligence, combined with patience and faithful contentment, trusting God to lead and provide, as it pleases Him, in accordance with His good plans. 

Believe it or not, having a successful, home-based mail order business was the desire of my heart going all the way back to when I was 16 years old. By the grace of God, it took me 39 years to get here, and I had a lot to learn along the way. The measure of material prosperity I now have is modest, but sufficient. It didn’t come all at once. Everything came gradually. It came with hard work. And it came so surprisingly and satisfyingly after “success” was no longer my central focus. 

I’ve rambled on too long, but I want to say this, and I mean it…. 

This whole dream-come-true home business could easily meet with some disaster. Which is to say, God could take it away from me. And if that happens, I would be disappointed, but I don’t believe I would be devastated. I know God would provide in some other way. I’ve seen Him do it in my life before.

I’ll close with the Bible verse that I think most sums up my whole attitude about life and business…
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

That comes from Proverbs Chapter 3. The Book of wisdom. Indeed.




Cotton Ball Vaseline Fire Starters, How to Make and Carry Them

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cotton ball VaselineHere is an article written by my friend Ed showing how to make a good fire starter from cotton balls Vaseline.  You will notice that he refers to them as PJCB (petroleum jelly and cotton balls).  Here is his post

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I may have posted this before, if so, just repost the link, but for people who have never prepared cotton balls Vaseline tinder before in quantity, this tutorial we use for SAR and CERT may be helpful:

Cotton balls infused with petroleum jelly are reliable wet-weather tinder which has been used by ski patrol and search & rescue units for many years. This is how we teach “PJCB Basics” to our CERT teams and SAR group.

Start with a 6 oz. jar of Vaseline and a big bag of pure cotton balls from the drug store. No synthetics!

Melt the Vaseline, then pour most of the molten liquid into a #10 can with its top cut out, or a GI canteen cup. Then fill the emptied out, but still well-coated Vaseline jar with dry cotton balls. Work / knead the CBs with your fingers to take up the melted Vaseline coating the inside of the container.

If necessary, grab another handful of dry cotton balls, repeating the process until the original Vaseline container is wiped virtually dry.

Now grab more dry cotton balls, put them into your #10 can or canteen cup, and knead them with the rest of the melted Vaseline, knead, repeat, and repeat. A large CVS bag of cotton balls soaks up an entire 6 oz. jar of melted Vaseline. Take the whole batch of infused cotton balls, knead and work them together so that the Vaseline is evenly distributed through all of them. The CBs should be totally infused, so as to be both fueled and waterproofed, but not so highly saturated that they will ooze Vaseline when squeezed. This enables compressing a large number of them into a small container, so that they are easy to separate, pull apart and fluff to readily take the spark from your ferro rod or Doan Machinery too! (a magnesium and stricker fire starter made by Doan Machinery.  A Problem with Chinese Made Fire Starters Howard).

Pack your finished PJCBs into a tight, compressed mass in 35mm film cans, snuff cans, the crannies of your Altoid survival tin, to keep the other gear from rattling, etc. Then put your fire tinder containers everywhere in the odd corners of your truck, PSK (pocket survival kit), coat pockets, etc.

If you don’t smoke, a tip is to yank the filling out of an old Zippo and mash about TEN of these very LIGHTLY infused, but highly compressed cotton balls, into its fuel cavity. With a good flint you’ve now got ten fires in your pocket! I buy old lighters at garage sales, etc., field strip them, pack and stow them everywhere.

To build your fire, pull an infused cotton ball out from your stash, pull it apart with your fingers to fluff well, then place it onto the tip of your metal U-Dig-It spade or K-bar. This makes it easy reposition it after lighting into your toothpick, matchstick, grass ball and wood shavings “bird nest tinder ball.” As soon as your bird nest catches, start by laying on “chop stick” sized split wood in a small “tipi fire,” then go upward in size to “pencil sticks,” then to “tent peg sticks” and so on until you can go on real split firewood.

At SERE school eons ago in a parallel universe on another planet long ago and far away Our Master Chief told us to start with at least a canteen cup full of tinder, shavings and chopstick kindling to up to pencil-sized small dry wood. If you don’t have that much, then you better go out and get some more!

My pocket “firebox” is packed in an Altoids tin and contains:

  • Four Esbit solid fuel tabs
  • Aviator’s Sparklite Kit
  • Fresnel lens
  • A twist-type hand pencil sharpener, which is great for making thin wood shavings from sticks, etc.
  • As many PJCBs as I can cram into the nooks and crannies of the box so its contents don’t rattle.
  • Box is held closed with two Ranger Bands cut from bike inner tube. Rubber is also good expedient fuel.
  • I always have a K1 ferro rod and striker on my key ring

All the above are available from Best Glide ASE, a major supplier of survival kits and individual items to the U.S. government, military, commercial and general aviation. They carry only quality, tested items, most of which are the actual U.S. and NATO specification survival equipment identified by NSN number, from the original government contractors.  Survival gear is their only business, they have been at it a long time and have a stellar reputation in the military and aviation communities. I have no connection with the firm, other than being a satisfied customer, for many years.

I owe my life to their gear being available to me and performing as advertised when really I needed it do so. There is no higher testimonial that I can provide.

Ed

If you don’t have cotton balls Vaseline fire starters in your kit, this is something your really need to aid.

Howard

 

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The Power of Vitamin C Herbs

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Herbs,  and  Vitamin C
There are herbs that are naturally loaded with vitamin C which is a powerful benefit in maintaining a healthy immune system all year and or during a seasonal change. Herbal teas,  concoctions, syrups, tinctures, and juices can be made at home easily and inexpensively. 
For proper maintenance of all main systems vitamin C  herbs also can provide antioxidant properties. This means the less resistance a main system will have  and will distribute all necessary nutritional and medical properties as needed to each and every main system in its proper order and delivery method(s). 
Also a powerful note: Teas made for there anesthetic, antiseptic,antiviral,antibacterial properties. can be combined to make a powerful herbal aid. 
Anesthetic teas, Clove
Antiseptic Teas Thyme, Cinnamon,bee pollen, pine needle, cranberry, juniper berry
A few good Herbs loaded with vitamin C are:
Rose Hips: Very High Levels of Vitamin C present and a good formula additive e.g. Syrups, Teas , Concoctions for cold flus bronchitis and more.
Dandelion: High in Vitamins A, K, b6, b12 (achieved through summer pollination’s from bees) as well as manganese, magnesium and trace minerals of valium
Slippery Elm: High nutritional supplementation’s of vitamin c with a superfood classification through its nutritional properties.
Licorice:  A powerhouse of a healing herb that will heal any membrane wall as well as a good amount of vitamin C present to assists this process
Violet: Another primary source of vitamin c also to with high levels of antioxidants present as well as flavanoids and the ability to detox,
Elderberry: To very high in vitamin c and loaded with flavanoids for promoting a healthy respiratory system particularly.
A healthy Vitamin C daily Tonic/ Syrup.
You will need: 

  • 2 tablespoons of dried elderberries
  • 3 tablespoons of dried rose hips
  • 4 tablespoons of dried dandelion( Root  preferred)
  • 3 cups of filtered water or distilled water
  • 1.5 cups of raw wildflower honey or a good food grade vegetable glycerine.
Directions:
Bring water to a hard boil add all herbs bring to a very low simmer and occasionally stir and cover saucepan.  This will retain any essential oils back into concoction let simmer on very low for 20-30 minutes until reduced by half. the more you let a concoction reduce the more of an extraction you will achieve and the more potent it will be but to long with some herbs will damage the enzymes in the herbs.  remove from heat let connection cool Strain and press herbs add honey or food grade vegetable glycerine bottle and use.
Dosing: ADULTS: 1 tablespoon every 6 hrs. When not sick and to take as a daily tonic take 1 tablespoon daily.

Children: Refer to Clarks rule to pediatric dosing. 

Plants For A Healthier Home!

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More Greens Indoors— Plants For A Healthier Home!

PlantsWhile environmentalists, and people in general are concerned over the deteriorating effects of air pollution on the health of people and other living beings. Despite all the alarming facts about the adverse effects of air pollution, we are somehow living in a perpetual state of denial. What’s worse is the fact that people think that their health is only at risk if they spend more time outdoors. The reality however is different as the air quality within the comfort of your home is 5 times more polluted than that of outdoors. The air inside your home is trapped in one place and mostly lack of proper ventilation makes it stagnant, thus there is hardly any fresh or pollutant free air in your home.  Thus EPA considers poor indoor air quality, as one of the 5 major environmental factors which pose an element of risk to human health whether you are full-time work-from home kind or a person working in a chemical producing factory carrying several occupational hazards- illness being one of them.

What Pollutes The Air Indoors?

While you may think that you are the safest in your homes. This is true but only to an apparent extent because there are a number of diseases, allergens and pathogens present within the otherwise safe and hygienic proximity of your home. The unhealthy presence of chemicals from air fresheners, VOCs , mold, dust, and PBDEs all contribute as active elements in making the air indoors, polluted. Efforts and strategies to counter the effects of air pollution are mostly devised according to the conditions of an overall environmental aspect, which mostly does not include the improvement of air quality indoors. Albeit, it is more important to be vigilant about decontaminating the air we breathe in the most. To revitalize the quality of air in your homes, a significant yet effortless practice is to increase the amount of greens, indoors. The air indoor is never moving and thus the stagnant environment stores pollutants which are a resultant of the above mentioned factors and most of all are built due to human breathing which obviously has its fair share of germs and pathogens. If you spend too much time in enclosed spaces, it can result in “sick building syndrome,” causing dizziness, irritation, headaches and nausea. However, it is very important for people to know which plants are actually beneficial for your health and can improve the air quality before going about planting every plant you find.

The Plant Plan:

 So here’s an effective action plan to restore the quality of air in your home—yes, plant more plants to breathe in air that is fresh. Here a few plants which can actually serve as air decontaminators:

  1. Aloe Vera:

1-29-16 2An easily grown and found plant that is known for its various beneficial characteristics, Aloe Vera can also help sanitize the air within your home. Toxic fumes of benzene and formaldehyde, found in paints and other household products can be cleared out of your interior space with the help of an aloe vera plant.

  1. Bamboo Palm:

1-29-16 2 2The bamboo or reed palm is a small palm plant that can be easily grown indoors.  The plant, sometimes, produces small fruit and flowers even in shady indoor areas. It has the ability to filter trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene from the air present indoors. It is best to keep this plant in newly bought furniture to reduce the formaldehyde fumes.

  1. Spider Plant:

1-29-16 3These are among the most common indoor plants, found in almost every household. But little do people know about the air cleansing quality of spider plants. Spider plants help in fighting carbon monoxide, formaldehydes, and toxic fumes from pesticides, xylene and benzene.

  1. Garden Mum:

1-29-16 4Garden mum is considered one of the most effective green additions in your home if you want to purify the air. This plant can be easily planted, both in and out doors. Garden Mum’s natural ability to detoxify the air from benzene, ammonia, xylene and formaldehyde makes it one of the most preferred plants in improving air quality by NASA. Their presence is not just pleasant for the air but for the sight too because of its beautiful yellow flowers.

  1. Peace Lily:

1-29-16 5The name itself gives some rather peaceful and soothing vibes. The plant is not just a beneficial indoor plant but also adds to the beauty of your indoor ambiance through its ability to sustain without much sunlight and flowers.  It helps in refining the air from ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

You spend more time indoors than outdoors; hence, it is equally important for people to understand the importance of utilizing methods to reduce pollutants present in our homes, offices, schools and every other closed space. It is recommended that people practice methods like purchasing more organic products for their interiors, release less chemicals by minimizing their use of chemical disinfectants, cleaners, pesticides and air fresheners. Also, making efforts to improve the ventilation within closed environments can help in releasing stagnant and infected air. Last but not the least, don’t be a couch potato and go outside more often, to get some fresh air and enjoy the sun.  Breath healthy!

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Snow day

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There’s some pretty nice snow coming down at the moment. When I first moved to Montana I assumed that we’d get three or four feet of snow every time it snowed. Nope. Turned out I had moved to the warmest part of the state. The snowfall in this region is absolutely pathetic. But…once in a while Ma Nature decides to remind us who wears the meteorological pants in this region.

I have fuel, generator, food, blankets, four-wheel drive, and communications. I’m…unconcerned. Which, naturally, frees my mind to wander in other directions.

I am ready for this political season to come to an end. Sorta. Part of me says we should elect Bernie Sanders, skip the foreplay, and just head right into the revolution. On the other hand, I can use the next nine months to get more mags and stripped lowers put back. Given the ‘screw freedom, gimme safety’ mentality of some of the candidates, it might not be a bad idea to start laying back unregistered drones, pay-as-you-go cellphones, laptops and phones bought at a distance second-hand for anonymous communications, etc, etc.

Personally, I’m throwing what meager resources I have into gun stuff. It’s a field I’m very intimate with and have enough connections to get good deals. AR and Glock mags are where I’d put my resources. While some of the exotic stuff will command more in the next ban, it makes more sense to play to the commonly available stuff. For every $300 Valmet magazine I’ll sell, I could move a hundred AR mags or a hundred 9/40 Glock mags. Or 10/22 mags.

Simplicity Series: Introducing The Simpler Way of Living

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This Simplicity Series is based on The Simpler Way, a report by the Simplicity Institute. Over the next few weeks we’ll share a practical action plan for those people who wish to live a ‘simpler life’ of reduced consumption. The Simpler Way represents a life with less clutter, less waste, and less fossil fuel use, but also a life with more time for the things that truly inspire and bring happiness. It is hoped that what follows can provide creative individuals with a guidebook for how to reimagine their lives to achieve these important goals. If you start with the steps outlined below and enjoy the process of transition, soon enough a new way of life – the Simpler Way – will emerge. Only your imagination is needed.

Beyond our basic material needs for food, clothing, and shelter, how much is enough? In particular, how much money and how many possessions do we really need to live well and to be free? These are not questions that many people ask themselves in consumer societies today, but they are some of the most important questions of all.

Instead of confronting these questions, too many people today spend their entire lives desperately climbing the endless ladder of consumerism, seeking more and more income to spend on more and more stuff. But at the end of life these people inevitably discover that they had not really lived, that they had wasted their only chance at life inside a shopping mall. A free and meaningful life, it turns out, does not actually depend on having all the latest consumer products or having the nicest house on the street. On the contrary, working long hours just to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ leaves people with less time for the things that really matter in life, like friends, family, community, and engaging in peaceful, creative activity. This is the stuff that makes life worth living, and the interesting thing is we don’t need to be rich to enjoy it all. The best things in life really are free. Abundance is a state of mind.

Money is important, of course, but only up to a point, and the threshold point is much lower than most people think. Once our basic material needs are met, the limitless pursuit of money and stuff merely distracts us from more meaningful and inspiring things. As the ancient philosophers told us long ago, those who know they have enough are rich, and those who have enough but do not know it, are poor. Consumerism, it is clear, represents a mistaken idea of wealth, and it is based on a mistaken idea of freedom.

Not only are many people finding consumer lifestyles empty and unfulfilling, an even greater problem is that consumer lifestyles are destroying our beautiful planet Earth, jeopardising the future of life as we know it. Everything we consume ultimately comes from nature and all our consumer wastes must ultimately be returned to nature. But nature has limits! Today our fragile ecosystems are trembling under the weight of decades of overconsumption, and yet the pursuit of more economic growth and more consumption continues to define the collective imagination, even in the richest nations. Let us pause for a moment and ask ourselves: Is consumer culture really the best we can come up with? Is there no alternative?

The good news is that there is an alternative – the Simpler Way. Participants in this emerging social movement are voluntarily passing up high consumption, energy-intensive lifestyles and creating for themselves a lower consumption but higher quality of life alternative. By limiting their working hours and consumption, spending their money thoughtfully, growing their own food, riding bikes, rejecting high fashion, and generally celebrating life outside the shopping mall, these people are the ‘new pioneers’ transitioning to a simpler form of life beyond consumer culture. Furthermore, they are showing that this is the surest path to a sustainable life of freedom, happiness, and deep contentment. Please join us on this Great Transition and together we can ignite the most important social movement of the 21st century.

This is your personal invitation. Consume less, live more.


More in this to come.

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Surviving the Mammoth Yellowstone Eruption

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Surviving the Yellowstone Supervolcano: If you live in the American West, the ever present (although rare) danger of the Yellowstone caldera exploding is simply a fact of life. It’s been a while since it’s exploded so it’s probably coming due again.

How To Survive: Underwater

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Today, we’re looking at the most hostile and unexplored region on the planet: the ocean. It doesn’t get much more terrifying or dangerous than under the sea. We still know so little about this vast expanse. In fact, we know more about the solar system and space than we do our own oceans. The sea has claimed its fair share of victims who failed to act accordingly underwater. Just like any hostile environment, the ocean demands respect. Whether you’re sailing on top, or diving below.

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In this post, we’ll teach you how to dive correctly, and avoid the most common mistakes. Diving has a mythical aura about it, but it’s certainly not to be taken lightly. It is fascinating and exciting, but it’s also dangerous. Disorientation is commonplace, and it’s not unusual for divers to lose all sense of where they are. Without further ado, here’s how to survive underwater.

Rule #1: Dive with an expert

The underwater diving community has always maintained the ‘buddy rule’. In other words, always dive with a partner. It’s good for maintaining safe practice, and you can keep an eye on each other. Some diving experts have recently relaxed this rule, and expressed the safety benefits of solo diving. However, this is only for divers with years of experience under their weighted belts. If you’re a newbie, always dive with an experienced expert. Follow their lead.

Rule #2: Get the right gear

You would scale a mountain with dodgy, frayed ropes or a discount snow jacket. So don’t dive without top-of-the-range gear and technology. You’re looking for a high-tech dry suit to start with. Buy the very best you can afford if you expect to use it regularly. Invest in the latest oxygen systems and dive monitoring equipment. You do not want your oxygen and nitrogen monitors to fail. Lastly, if you plan on checking out shipwrecks and established dive sites, load up on underwater lift bags. That way, you can bring things back up to the surface.

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Rule #3: Ascend slowly

Any diver’s instinct tells them to head straight for the surface after a long dive. However, this couldn’t be more dangerous. Ascending quickly wreaks havoc with your pressure system, and can cause a lot of damage. Ascend slowly and carefully. The general rule is one foot every two seconds.

Rule #4: Safety stops

A safety stop is a three-four minute rest before your final ascent. You do this at about 15 feet under the surface. The reason for this stop is to ease the decompression process. It gives your body time to release excess nitrogen before going through the biggest pressure change. (Right under the surface).

Rule #5: Equalise

You all know that the pressure changes as you go deeper. This can have a devastating effect on your ears and bodily systems. That’s why you must ‘equalise’ as you go down. The most common method is squeezing your nose, and blowing to ‘pop’ the pressure in your ears.

With these tips, you’re ready to face the ocean. Good luck!

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Zika Virus A Mutation?

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The Zika virus, the subject of one of our recent articles, is spreading throughout the hemisphere after crossing the Atlantic from Africa. At present, cases have been reported in every country except for Canada and Chile. News articles regarding the tragic consequences it has on pregnancies are  published daily. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has gone so far as to travel advisories warning pregnant women to stay away from countries with widespread outbreaks, like Brazil.

 

 

Interestingly, in Africa, Zika virus is thought to be a mild pest, causing minor illness; in fact, 80% of those infected have no symptoms at all. It is not associated with birth defects like microcephaly where it is traditionally found. Yet, this virus is now becoming an issue that some predict may affect up to 100,000 newborns. It isn’t hard to imagine that this will tax the resources of poor countries that are dealing with it.

 

 

Why is a virus that isn’t a big problem in its original territory suddenly causing these heartbreaking deformities? Zika is an equatorial disease spread by mosquitoes, conditions that are present in both Brazil and Africa. Why should it have so different a presentation in one part of the world than another?

 

 

It is my opinion that we dealing with a viral “mutation”. Viruses are well-known for their ability to change genetically. These changes, or mutations, may either be insignificant or have major consequences. Luckily, most are the former, and this is the reason why influenza vaccines work to prevent illness. This year’s flu is usually similar to last year’s, and flu vaccines are made from components of last year’s virus. If an influenza virus mutates significantly, it usually causes many more cases and, often, deaths as we have less immunity to it.

 

 

Imagine if Ebola, which caused a regional epidemic in West Africa in 2014, had mutated to become easily transmissible through the air? It would have been more challenging to control and could have reached pandemic status.

 

 

Despite this, I can find nothing in the news that mentions the possibility that the virus has mutated. If we are to have success in producing treatment or prevention of this viral illness (none exists at present), we will have to take into account the chance that this Zika virus is not the same as the original.

 

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Looking after the Bees

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It’s the end of January and not a time I’d be bothering with the bees all snuggled up and keeping warm over winter normally. This year though is different. The mild winter and the spells of warm temperatures have tricked the bees into thinking that there is no winter. They have still been out and […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-01-30)

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This weekly post is open forum (any topic) enabling you to voice your opinions, concerns, questions, and to also let others know what you have done this week for your preparedness. The more who comment, the more ideas that are spread around for the benefit of all… We are living in extraordinary times. Current events […]

A Love Letter From God

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     With all of the chaos and disorder going on the world, we sometimes lose our focus and forget that there are people all around us, living their individual lives and who are unable to even think or care about what is happening across the globe.
     Recently, it seems that I have witnessed so many people who are hurting… marriages in crisis, young adults who are longing for Godly relationships, and people who fear that real love may have passed them by.  In each case, I pull out a tattered copy of a letter that was written to me over thirty years ago.  I received it at a time in my life when I was hurting from a failed relationship, and felt that my opportunities to find “my soul mate” were rapidly disappearing.
     A new friend of mine, gave this letter to me and asked me to read it carefully and let it speak to my heart.  I’m not sure where he first saw the letter, or who originally wrote it, but I have let these same words speak into the hearts of other broken-hearted people over the last 30 years; people who needed to hear that they were loved by the One who counted, and needed to hear His promises to them.  I now share it with you, and anyone who may need its message of hope ….
   

     Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone … to have a deep soul relationship with another … to be loved thoroughly, and exclusively.  But God says, “Not until you are satisfied and fulfilled and content with being loved by Me alone; with giving yourself totally and unreservedly to me; to having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone.”  
     I love you, and until you discover that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, you will not be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you.  You will never be united with another until you are united with Me — exclusive of anyone or anything else; exclusive of any other desires or longings.  
     I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing; one that you could never imagine.  I want you to have the best.  Please allow me to bring it to you — you just keep watching me — expecting the greatest things.  Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am.  Keep listening and learning the things I tell you.  You just wait, that’s all…
     Don’t be anxious.  Don’t worry.  Don’t look around at the things others have gotten or that I’ve given them.  Don’t look at the things you think you want.  You just keep looking off and away up to Me, or you’ll miss what I want to show you.  
     And then when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you would ever dream of.  You see, until you are ready, and until the one I have for you is ready — I am working even this minute to have you both ready at the same time — until you are both satisfied exclusively with me and the life I prepared for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me, and is thus, perfect love.
     And dear one… I want you to have this most wonderful love.  I want you to see, in the flesh, a picture of your relationship with Me, and to enjoy materially and concretely, the everlasting union of beauty and perfection and love that I offer you with Myself.  
     Know that I love you!

     At the time I received it, it helped me recover from my own broken heart, although I am embarrassed to say that I did not know God as well as I should have at that time.  But I was reintroduced to the spirit of love that is at the heart of our Father in Heaven, and it began my journey of seeking more intimacy with Him.
     The friend who gave it to me?  Well, he turned out to be my future husband; the one whom God was working on at the same time He was working on me… and He brought us together in His timing. I kept that letter forecasting God’s love for us, and for each other, through the years, always nestled in the middle of my Bible until the ink started fading and the edges became ragged and torn.  I finally had it laminated, in all its tattered glory, because I knew it would be needed to speak to many more hearts than mine.
     Perhaps you are familiar with this letter, or have seen it before.  It doesn’t really matter where it came from.  All I know is that it found its way to me when I needed it most, and I hope you will share it with someone who is hurting and could use its assurance and words of expectation.  We all need to know that we are loved!

1 Corinthians 13:13    “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Prep Blog Review: Back To Basics Always Works

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prep blog reviewI’m a weird mix of oldies sentimentalist and “new stuff” freak. Although I love testing everything that’s new and I think in many ways technology helped us, I am also an oldies nostalgic. And I am convinced that when technology will fail us, and it will, just give it time, going back to the roots will be the solution.

The only problem is that most of us have become so addicted to “the new stuff” that we barely know what going back to the roots means. So let’s not wait until it’s too late and let’s see why the old ways are the most reliable!

1. Living in an 1800s Sod House

sod house“In 1862, America was in full expansion and Congress passed the Homestead Act, opening up millions of acres for the pioneers. It was a helping hand for the settlers who were encouraged to conquer the Western frontier.

All you needed to do to make the land yours was to build a sod house on it, grow crops on it and fight against the old bad luck for five years.”

Read more on Prepper’s Will.

2. Getting Started With Chickens and Supplies

chickens“Chickens are a wonderful addition to your prepping endeavor. They are easy to raise and will provide meat and eggs for your family.

But how do you get started? It isn’t difficult, you just need to do a little planning, and then you will be ready to have your own flock of chickens!”

Read more on Survivalist Prepper.

3. What To Look For When Building A Homestead

“What are some of the things to look for when building a homestead? We get this question a lot and there are some definite things one should pay attention to when looking for land. And there are some hard questions one should ask before buying and building a homestead.”

Video first seen on An American Homestead

4. Back to Basics: How to Stockpile Food for Emergencies

back to basics“Last week I began a new series called, Back to Basics. As I said in my first article: “Why and How to Stockpile Water for Emergencies”, this may be familiar ground for a lot of you but to some this information may be new.

The Prepper Journal had almost 4 million page views last year and each day, the idea of prepping gains another follower. People every day can simply look at events happening anywhere in the world and understand how taking some simple steps to ensure you can handle minor emergencies, isn’t crazy.”

Read more on The Prepper Journal.

5. Diseases We Have That Our Ancestors Didn’t

new deases“We have been blessed with some amazing advances in modern technology which has allowed us comfort that was not possible a mere 100 years or so ago. But despite these advances, we suffer from severe chronic and degenerative diseases that were unknown to our recent ancestors.

We are a sick nation, overburdened by conditions such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, heart disease and allergies. Our healthcare system expense hit $3.8 trillion in 2014 — and is still on the rise.”

Read more on Off the Grid News.

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Wrongly In Prison For 18 Years, They Had To Promise NOT To Sue To Get Out

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Wrongly In Prison For 18 Years, They Had To Promise NOT To Sue To Get Out

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The price of freedom can be very steep in Alaska. Four innocent men, locked away for nearly two decades, had to sign away their rights to sue prosecutors who had wrongly charged them, in order to get out of prison.

The four were accused of beating 15-year-old John Hartman to death in Fairbanks in 1997, and the case generated much controversy in Alaska because all of them are Native-American.

They remained in prison even though the case against them fell apart in 2014, when a key government witness signed an affidavit saying that police coerced him into blaming the four and that he had made up the story. Two years earlier, a convicted killer had said he had seen someone else – and not the four men – commit the crime.

That was probably enough for a judge to exonerate the “Fairbanks Four,” but both sides knew that it could take more than six months for the legal process to run its course and the men to be freed.

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After the case collapsed, prosecutors who had been fighting to keep the men in prison made a deal, Newsweek reported. They would let them walk free instantly if they signed away the right to sue the state for prosecutorial misconduct. One of them was already on parole, meaning he had to sign the deal, too, if his friends were to be released. He did sign it, as did the other three. They were freed in December. Their convictions were vacated.

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“They’d been wrongfully convicted of a crime and had served 18 years, and they just wanted to be out with their families,” Victor Joseph, the president of the Tanana Chiefs Conference – a Native American government — said of the Fairbanks Four. “The state knew that and took advantage of them.”

Legal experts aren’t surprised the men signed the deal.

“If you were in these defendants’ shoes, the pull of getting out of prison is just so strong that you’d be willing to sign just about anything,” Northwestern University Law Professor Steven Drizin told Newsweek.

Said Joseph, “All the cards were in the state’s hands.”

Such deals are rare, Drizin noted.

Some legal experts have called the deal unethical and reprehensible — but it is apparently legal.

The deal for the men got worse when the Alaska Department of Law released a statement saying, “This is not an exoneration. In this settlement, the four defendants agreed they were properly and validly investigated, prosecuted, and convicted.”

One of the men, Marvin Roberts, told Newsweek he tries to look forward, not backwards, in order to avoid growing angry.

“I know what I’ve lost,” Roberts said.

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Survival Buzz: The Very Best Tool For Prepping

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Best Tool For Prepping | Backdoor Survival

Have you ever stopped to consider the very best tool in your preparedness arsenal?  I am asked this question all of the time.  Requests come from readers, other bloggers looking for a quote, and even from independent authors doing research for their next book.

Now you might be thinking that I am setting you up to pitch a list of the top 10 items in my survival storage locker. Although that list may be interesting, nothing could be further from the truth.

What, in my opinion, is the very best tool for prepping?

Best Tool For Prepping | Backdoor Survival

The very best tool a person has to survive is the gray matter between their ears. That’s it.

By using common sense and becoming a critical thinker, survival becomes instinctive.  In most situations, knowledge and skills will trump stuff.  To that end, my number one survival tip is to read study, and learn as much as you can, then follow that up with a lot of practice.

What do you think?  Do you agree or do you think I am grossly over-simplifying the complex and highly variable quest for survival?

News Flash!  Articles from Around the Web

Have you heard about the Zika virus? It started in South America but is spreading rapidly across the globe. The symptoms are fairly minor unless you happen to be a pregnant woman, in which case it can result in horrific birth defects or miscarriage. The World Health Organization is getting involved now, calling the spread of the mosquito-transmitted virus “explosive.”

Another town has joined Flint, Michigan as victims of a tainted water cover-up. It has been discovered that the residents of Sebring, Ohio have been consuming water contaminated with lead.

Since 2012, hundreds of badges, credentials, and guns from the Department of Homeland Security have been stolen. The possibility for terrorist activity using these stolen credentials is great, since they are easily altered. “Officials entrusted with protecting the American public cannot consider the loss of sensitive items normal or routine,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said.

Social Shares for this Week

For your discernment, here are the best prepping, survival, and homesteading articles from my colleagues in the Professional Prepared Bloggers Group.  I hope you enjoy and learn from them.   Want more?  Visit my Facebook page for daily articles and links to free eBooks.

With the water issues in Flint, Michigan, does anyone really believe we can trust what is coming from our taps? This article explains how to test your water and tells you what you should be testing for. How to Test Your Drinking Water (And Why You Should Do It)

Digestive upsets can make you feel just awful. Here are some simple, natural remedies for heartburn, indigestion, and gas.  Natural Digestive Relief

Every bit of weight and space counts in your bug out bag. Ounce per ounce, these 20 foods will help you get the most nutritional bang for your buck.  20 Best Foods For Your Bug Out Bag

Did you ever think that making your own homemade pasta would be too complicated? Not true at all. This easy recipe uses only 4 simple ingredients, and all but the eggs will come right from your food storage pantry.  Homemade Noodles From Scratch

These winter survival tips come from a man who lived in the wilds of Alaska as a trapper. With a background like that, his advice is sure to be sound.  Winter Survival Basics

The downside to those little emergency stoves is the expensive fuel tablets they require. Did you know that you can easily make your own? This article gives you illustrated step-by-step instructions.  Homemade Fuel Tabs

Prepare Your Family for Survival: Tip #3

Here are this week’s prep tips from Linda Loosli’s recently published a book, Prepare Your Family For Survival.

These tips comes from Chapter 3 – “Let’s Cook: Emergency Cooking Devices and Fuel”

Tip: Your city or county government has requirements for how and where fuel can be stored on your property. Find out what they are and then follow them.

Tip: Color-coding makes identification easier. I have several 5-gallon (19-L) buckets with Gamma Seal Lids in different colors that I use for storing supplies. For example, I use red with lump charcoal, blue with briquettes, and black for pinecones.

For more about the book, visit the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival.

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Those of you that receive my emails know that since last Monday, Backdoor Survival sponsor Buy Emergency Foods has been having a sale on their 120-serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Bucket.  You also know that BEF and Legacy Foods is what I have chosen to stockpile in my Arizona home.

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The Final Word

Prepping wise, this week I scoured the surrounding area for biomass to add to my growing collection.  Although suitable scrub can be found here in Arizona, it does take some effort.  Back home in Washington State, steps from my door I can find old pine cones, twigs, broken branches, leaves and other types of burnable biomass for my rocket stoves.

A couple of my rocket stoves burn charcoal, so, just to be safe and to achieve redundancy, this week I purchased 4 large bags of charcoal from the local Home Depot.  Still, this is one area of my preps that needs some work.  As the weather warms up, you can bet that I will be out in the desert collecting more dried out scrub.  Hopefully I won’t have any encounters with snakes and for sure, I will be wearing gloves (such as these).

It has been awhile since I have asked about your preps.  How are you doing?  Is there something you especially need to work on this year?

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

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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are articles related to today’s Survival Buzz plus some personal favorites.

The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide:  You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water. When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. This book offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow.  Written by my friend Daisy Luther, I recommended the book for everyone’s survival library!

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather: These well-priced gloves provide complete heat and burn protection. They are perfect for keeping your hands and arms safe while working outdoors or cooking outdoors over an open fire. They also perform double duty when searching for biomass in snake country!

Solo Stove:  I personally own three solo stoves.  They are compact yet well-built and perfect for cooking off-grid with just a bit of biomass.  This is one item that you should gift to yourself if you do not have one already.

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EcoZoom Versa Getting Prepared Month 10: Practice Going Off Grid Backdoor Survival: This rocket-type stove burns wood, charcoal and biomass. It is easy to use and fast. It will cook a pot of rice, as an example, start to finish in less than 20 minutes.  I actually own two.

Cast Iron Skillet with Hot Handle Holder: Likewise, I feel that everyone should own a basic, 12” cast iron skillet.  In spite of the myth, they are easy to care for and over time, will become a family heirloom.  On grid or off grid, cooking with cast iron is the way to go.

The Ringer Cast Iron Cleaner – Stainless Steel Chainmail:  I purchased one of these in October 2015 and it is friggin’ fantastic.  You will never ever have to scrub cast iron again.  I can’t say enough good things about this gizmo.  You want one (and I definitely need to do a review).

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Their prices on Mountain House products continue to be heavily discounted as are the Emergency Essentials brand of food storage items.  This month they are featuring a #10 tin of Mountain House® Ground Beef for $37.99, a discount of 37%.

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Each week I update a special page with the Spark Naturals item of the week?  You can find it here:  Essential Oils from Spark Naturals – Weekly Deals. Every once in awhile there will be free shipping or a free gift offered as well as a product discount.  And then sometimes, it is as simple as a huge discount.

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Winter Storm Preparations!

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Winter Storm preparations!
James Walton “I Am Liberty

Winter Storm preparations!Not entirely sure if this show will even come to pass. We are expecting high winds and heavy snow across my area at showtime and frankly this area doesn’t tend to fair well under such conditions. Power will go out and all the fun that goes along with that may take me away from honking on the microphone for an hour with the rest of the gang.

1-29-16 1366830765Does this mean your faithful host is not prepared? Does it mean I cannot do the show because of my ill attempts to do what I say and say what I do. NO WAY. Not only is your host ready for whatever comes falling out of the sky I plan on talking about it on the show! I plan on going into cold weather preparation and some steps I take during a winter storm.

Also winter storm food. What do we have to eat? There is nothing better than cooking when you are snowed in and I would also like to talk about the menu at the Liberty household during the snowpocalypse on the east coast. We will be warm and we will be full and I hope the same for you. So barring any cataclysmic event I will be with you live on the prepper broadcasting network.
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The Most Efficient Irrigation System in the World

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If you live in a hot and dry location and you want to grow a garden, or keep a potted plant on your balcony, you have a problem.

It’s very hard to keep your plants properly watered.

I might have a resilient solution for you. It’s a simple, low-cost technology that works for you, around the clock.

Specifically, it’s an ancient bit of technology from Northern Africa/China that may be the most efficient irrigation system in the world. It has the capacity to:

  • Use 50-70% less water (which makes it a nice compliment to a rainwater harvesting system).
  • Control soil moisture levels to prevent over-watering and reduce irrigation labor.
  • Allow planting by seed. Reduce weed cover (by depriving surface rooting plants of water).
  • And much more…

What is it?

It’s simply a clay pot called an Olla (pronounced oy-yah). This clay pot is buried in the soil next to the plants you want to irrigate as you can see at the center of this photo (via Dripping Springs).

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To irrigate, you simply add water to the pot. The pot then slowly releases the water to the plant over time.

Very simple.

The Olla

Here’s what an Olla looks like:

olla

It’s a terracotta clay pot that is:

  • Unglazed (you can glaze the neck and lip).
  • Fatter at the bottom than at the top.
  • Open at the top (typically with a lip to make filling it easier).

To put it to use, bury the pot next to the plants you want to water and cap it with a fitted cap or a stone to prevent mosquitoes from using it.

After that, just keep it filled.

Photo of Ollas that are about to be buried.

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The technology employed by the Olla is pretty simple.

The unglazed clay of the pot only releases water upon demand, when it senses negative pressure (suction). It doesn’t just seep out continuously. This negative pressure is caused by plants. When plant roots use the water, removing it from the soil, negative pressure is created. The interaction between the plant and the pot is what makes it so efficient.

Well, I’m back on the hunt to find great insight/experts for this month’s report.

Sincerely,

JOHN ROBB

PS: If you know somebody that might benefit from this idea, please share it with them!

PPS: Kevin Bayuk is an expert in Olla operation and employment (as well as many other permaculture topics).

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