Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and Sensible Preparedness Planning

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By Denis Korn

THE MODERN DAY CAVE!

THE MODERN DAY CAVE!

WE ARE A NATION OF CAVE DWELLERS!

As I assess the current state of our society, which is overflowing with delusion, deception and insanity, and as I read and hear so much material related to emergency/disaster/apocalyptic preparedness that is also filled with chaos and confusion, I am constantly reminded of a segment of the Critical Thinking class I taught at our local college.  Many of you at some point in your education have been introduced and studied Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.  This is in my opinion one of the finest – if not the best – allegory, metaphor or parable ever written in western philosophy, that is a brilliant and timeless illustration of the perverse and distorted reality confronting our civilization today – and throughout history.

If you are not familiar with this legendary allegory or would like a refresher with some additional insights, welcome to this article.  It is not my intent to offer a detailed analysis of this masterful work, only to stimulate you to do further research and reflection on its profound message.

I believe we have a choice as to how we perceive and discern the reality and authenticity of the world that surrounds us.  This has significant implications not only for determining the physical actions we take, but also for our attitudes and spiritual understanding.  If you have read other posts I have written, you know that I believe the foundation of any preparedness planning action and experience is one’s attitude, and the importance of an appropriate and life-enhancing mindset.  Also, as Plato points out, the greater truth – should you choose to discover it – is what I would call a spiritual or Divine validity.

If historians or philosophers were asked to name the greatest philosopher of all times, most if not just about all would name Plato.  His impact on western culture and thinking is so all pervasive that it is difficult to find individuals or schools of thought that have significantly contributed to our culture that have not been substantially influenced by Plato.  May you join the club!

How does this post relate to the preparedness process?  Know where you stand.  I hope that we can all function from a position of clear thinking, honest research and evaluation, reality, and appropriate action.  I encourage sensible preparedness planning, not an approach of mindless reaction, fear and an unreliable decision making process leading to wasteful and ineffective provisions .

PLATO’S ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE

This allegory is perhaps the most widely recognized feature of his entire written corpus or body of work.  Commentary on this document is extensive and far-reaching, and Plato’s grasp of the human condition and psyche is remarkably comprehensive.

The description of the cave is given to us in Book VII of the Republic (514a – 521b).  The opening sentence of the allegory invites us to compare the state of things in and above the cave to our natural condition as far as education and ignorance are concerned.  The cave is a complete symbolic system that is essentially political, yet is descriptive of the general human condition.  The “real” world to the masses of mankind is the cave, where the reality of life is but the shadows on the cave wall.

In the Republic Plato describes his version of the ideal society.  The role of education and the function of the philosopher within this society are defined in an elaborate metaphor, the Allegory of the Cave.  We are to imagine a group of people who live, as it were, chained to the ground in an underground cave in such a way that they can see only shadows of reality projected onto the inner wall of the cave by firelight behind them as objects are moved around by those in “control” who know that this is the only reality known to the “prisoners” and it’s what determines their worldview.  The prisoners must sit still and look forward and cannot turn around (representative of the normal and unfortunate state of mankind with respect to education and knowledge and is the only reality).

Since they have been accustomed to seeing nothing but shadows all their lives, they have no way of comprehending the real world outside the cave.  It is therefore the task of the philosopher who is already free from the chains of misconception and sees the truth of the cave process, to liberate the others and educate them in such a way as to set them free from the imprisonment of their falsely indoctrinated senses.  The freed one in the process of being unchained and seeing the truth of the cave and experiencing the journey to the reality of the light outside and the source of this reality, undergoes a profound conversion and transformation leading to understanding and knowledge.  The responsibility of returning to the cave to liberate his fellow prisoners is a painful and dangerous process.

SOME THEMES FROM THE ALLEGORY FOR REFLECTION

  • How education or lack thereof affects our nature.
  • The prison and the prisoners within.
  • Know thyself.
  • What is reality?
  • Can you discern the truth from the lie?  How?  Why?
  • No context to discern new reality as the philosopher grows and ascends – it is painful and lonely.
  • The ascent to the truth is not easy – one fights it the whole way – he wants to go back to the comfortable, familiar and secure.
  • There is an ultimate “cause” that allows you to “see” the truth.
  • Those left behind will not want to tolerate a new radical explanation of truth and reality – they are so attached to their worldview that they will eliminate a person who challenges their reality rather than change.
  • The value of wisdom and critical thinking.
  • The essential value of true education from birth in the contemplation of real things.
  • Men lacking education experience in truth cannot adequately preside over a city or nation.
  • The philosopher governs the city – he must go down into the cave to govern and teach after being educated in the light above.
  • Once you have experienced the good – truth – reality, the philosopher has a responsibility and duty to lead the society and others to the light for the good of all.
  • The Truth can be frightening and painful yet liberating and joyful.
  • We have an innate ability and desire to gain the truth.
  • Plato goes from “being all about you” to sharing, educating and directing one’s wisdom for the benefit of others.  This is true wisdom and selflessness.
  • Knowledge and truth – see it with your own eyes and heart and discern it with your own mind.
  • How does the seemingly impossible or extremely difficult task of leading others to discover the truth or the “real” equate with the difficulty of creating a society of critical thinkers?

IN CONCLUSION

You are encouraged to obtain a copy of the Allegory by getting Plato’s Republic, or finding it on the internet.  This is a transformational masterful work.  The issues of ignorance, depravity and delusion that plague our society today have been with us for thousands of years.  Plato is describing the fictions of today from the perspective of a society of the distant past – it has always amazed and disheartened me how little has changed over time.  Let us focus on being liberated from the chains of our own cave so that we may help our families, neighbors and community reach the light that is above the darkness.  We can accomplish this by setting an example – in the way we live, think and speak.  One person cannot make another see, he can only provide the stimulation that helps the other see for himself. 

Are we being manipulated by the Wizard!

Are we being manipulated by the Wizard!

 

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Fight Breakdown: Big Guy Sucker Punches Smaller Guy and Pays For It

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1- Sometimes people get offended/ violent at things you would not expect. There are cultural components to it but heck, people are crazy. Alcohol or drugs compound this. 2- Note the pre punch facial grooming. 3- Note the feet moving prior to the punch. If a person goes from standing squared up to you how we normally talk to dropping a foot back get frickin ready. 4- The bigger guy was real dumb for not following up his first punch. 5- The smaller (but not small and also apparently pretty athletic)guy had some knowledge of wrestling the way he changed levels, clenched, took the guys back then dropped him on the ground. 6- Staying standing and striking was smart. In a non recreational fight you do not want to be on the ground. Don’t get me wrong I train BJJ and stuff but a black belt won’t help if Cletus has a friend who puts a size 11 work boot through your face. 7- Fight hard until the other guy is no longer a threat. Even ugly punches count.

The NRC Tells USA Citizens to Eff Off and Just Absorb the Risk and Radiation

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stock here: They use Fukuhsima as a justification for not taking proper risk control.

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Jebus

Not sure if anyone caught this, but the NRC recently told everyone to fuck off and just deal with the risk.

NRC Notice:

In the Matter of All Operating Reactor Licensees With Mark I and Mark II Containments
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a director’s decision with regard to a petition dated July 29, 2011, filed by Mr. David Lochbaum, Director for Nuclear Safety Project of Union of Concerned Scientists (the petitioner), requesting that the NRC take action with regard to all operating General Electric (GE) boiling-water reactor (BWR) licensees with Mark I and Mark II primary containment designs.

The Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation denies the petition because the NRC staff has reasonable assurance that the design and operation of SFP cooling systems for BWRs with Mark I and II containment designs provide adequate assurance of public health and safety and satisfy current regulations. 

The concern associated with development of harsh environmental conditions following a beyond-design-basis event that induces a sustained loss of spent fuel pool forced cooling was resolved through the issuance of orders and implementing guidance associated with the lesson-learned as a result of the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident. 

Attempts at self preservation, will be ignored…
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/11/19/2015-29537/in-the-

Gun show this weekend

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It’s a gun show weekend. Interestingly, I don’t see john Trochman at any of the gun shows anymore. I wonder if he’s given up the show circuit or what. He was definitely out where the buses don’t run, but he was always pleasant to talk to and usually had very useful stuff for sale.

This trip I’ll be curious to see how the market is doing on ARs, AKs, and especially magazines. Election day is but a scant seven months away, and a determined individual can put a lot of goodies away between now and then.

Personally, I’m not really looking for anything. Oh, there’s plenty I want…just cant really come up with the coin. I expect that between now and November the gun shows will be much more crowded, and that crowd will definitely have an agenda.

With the advent of wireless internet in just about every major event center, it’s blissful to be able to hit Gunbroker and compare prices when you see something on the table and you just arent sure if its a good price or not. Yay for technology.

Joshua Sheats&Radical Personal Finance

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Dateline: 31 March 2016

The Joshua Sheats family in 2015

I discovered the Radical Personal Finance web site day before yesterday. Joshua Sheats is the guy behind the web site, and central to the web site is a large archive of podcasts (311 of them so far).  

Radical Personal Finance interested me, and today, while working at some of the more tedious tasks of my business, I listened to four podcasts. 

Every podcast I listened to was well worth listening to. Joshua does an excellent job. I like his style.

But when I listened to Podcast #304, titled The Value of Full-Time Mothers and Fathers As Compared to Full-Time Wage Earners, I was blown away. 

I never expected a Biblically-grounded message to be presented. And I thought it was presented so incredibly well to a secular audience. 

But what really amazed me was that it was like Joshua Sheats had tapped into my brain, taken my exact thoughts, and expressed them with the spoken word better than I could ever dream of doing.

Joshua’s explanation of the ordained responsibilities of a husband and wife in a properly-functioning Christian family is powerfully compelling. What he says is what my wife and I have believed and deliberately LIVED for the past 35 years of our marriage. And we have experienced a beautiful marriage as a result.

There is transcendent, life-changing wisdom in Radical Personal Finance podcast #304. 

Joshua Sheats. Radical Personal Finance. Check out some of his podcasts. I think you’ll like this man.

The Benefits of Fishing with Polarized Sunglasses

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First, what do polarized lenses do, and then we will discuss the benefits to anglers.

When light is reflected from a smooth surface such as water it is what is referred to as “horizontally polarized”, which simply means instead of being scattered in all directions, it is more focused in a horizontal direction, which causes intense and sometimes dangerous glare.

Polarized lenses block this type of glare or reflected light. When wearing polarized lenses, even on cloudy days you will notice the haze or halo is reduced or eliminated as well.

Polarized lenses will however, make it difficult, if not impossible in some cases, to see displays created by Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD’s) and LED displays on certain devices. The lenses may also make it more difficult to see your cell phone or GPS screen.

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Glare off the water will produce eye strain, which can lead to headaches. Fishing should not be painful, and so when it becomes a chore, your catch of the day may very well end up on someone else’s hook. If you wear polarized lenses you will notice a reduction in eye strain, and thus, less headaches caused by this strain.

Even when the sun is not shining, there will be glare off the water, and this glare will prevent you from seeing below the surface of the water. Being able to see under the surface is important for a number of reasons. You want to see the fish for one thing, and then any object such as a sunken log or branch that may snag the boat or your line. Dangers do lurk just below the surface and you need to be able to see them before disaster strikes.

Sight fishing is a technique used by many anglers, and it works well when bass fishing. Bass like hiding out in pockets of vegetation, and if you cannot see the pockets, because of the glare off the water, then you don’t know where to drop your line (s). 

It wasn’t too many years ago that polarized lenses were considered a luxury. However, today you can buy polarize lenses relatively cheap, but you do get what you pay for, so shop carefully. You can buy fishing glasses specifically for anglers, but as long as the lenses are polarized any quality pair of glasses would suffice. You can’t assume all lenses are polarized so look for this designation.

You want the glasses to fit properly so they stay on your head, do not pinch the nose, or cause irritation on the sides of the head or the ear. Cheap glasses will fit poorly, so you may have to step up slightly from the bargain bin pairs on sale. This is not to say you have to spend a fortune on glasses however, and it may be worth your while to have more than one pair. Have a pair for the boat, car, and survival kit.

Take advantage of any equipment, skill, or knowledge that will help you become a better angler, because someday you may have to survival fish to stay alive. Again have a pair in your survival kit along with quality tackle for survival fishing.

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Teaching Your Kids Not to Rely on the Digital World

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Children between ages 8 and 10 spend around 5 1/2 hours every day using media, according to a media usage report by the Ganz Cooney Center and the Sesame Workshop. But in reality, they’re exposed to eight hours a day of media because they’re often multitasking, watching cartoons […]

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Knowing Your Priorities In a Primitive Situation.

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Knowing Your Priorities In a Primitive Situation.

Whenever you may find yourself in a survival situation or choosing to live off the grid or even primitive you will have 5 basic priorities that you must have in order to survive. Most people know this and some do not. Reality personalities categorize these the way they themselves place these in order of importance […]

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Buy a town in Southern Nevada

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meme1There’s an entire town on the market in rural Southern Nevada; Before the economy crashed there was a queue of buyers.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s hometown is a rural community with double-wides and abandoned mines. Some 540 people lived there by 2010.
About 350 people live in Cal-Nev-Ari today, a town about 70 miles south of Las Vegas which is being sold for $8 million.Broker Nancy Kidwell is selling the town, which is mainly land. Some homeowners in the area have their own hangar at the town’s airstrip. Two to five aircraft land there each weekday.

It’s dark and mostly empty in the low-slung, 1960s-era casino here, with a handful of people at the bar and just one or two others playing slots.
The streets in this dusty, isolated town aren’t paved, but there’s almost nothing to drive to, anyway no doctors offices, shopping centers or much else around here.
But there’s plenty of vacant land, and Cal-Nev-Ari’s co-founder is again embarking on a tough but not-unheard-of task in Southern Nevada: selling real estate in the middle of nowhere.
Nancy Kidwell is trying to unload more than 500 acres of mostly vacant land here for $8 million, after her attempts in 2010 to sell for $17 million fell flat. Looking to retire, the 78-year-old is offering most of the town, including its casino, diner, convenience store, 10-room motel, RV park and mile-long dirt airstrip.
Listing broker Fred Marik said the “main thing we’re selling,” however, is land.
“That’s the value,” he said, noting the businesses here are “just breaking even.”
During the bubble years in the past decade, investors bought land in rural towns sprinkled outside Las Vegas for projects that eventually fizzled, including suburban-style subdivisions and a resort designed like a fairy-tale castle. At one point, people even got into a bidding war for Kidwell’s holdings but backed out when the economy crashed.
Today, a sale in Cal-Nev-Ari could bring new life to this hole-in-the-wall community of 350 people, some 70 miles south of Las Vegas off U.S. 95. But without the development craze of yesteryear or skyrocketing land prices pushing builders out of Las Vegas, who would buy property in a place like this?
By all accounts, the pool of prospects is relatively small. It includes people who already own real estate in the area; are willing to gamble on remote, unincorporated towns with little to no growth; or would develop an attraction that lures visitors, according to local brokers who handle these listings.
“It takes a person with some vision,” broker Tony Castrignano said.
Castrignano, owner of Sky Mesa Realty & Capital, is trying to sell the 80-acre town of Nipton, Calif. Owners Jerry and Roxanne Freeman, of Henderson, are seeking $5 million.
Nearly an hour south of the Strip between Interstate 15 and Searchlight, Nipton has a handful of businesses, including a hotel, an RV park and a country store that offers, among other things, lottery tickets.
It also has a solar array, water rights and ample space, and it gets visitors “from all over the world,” Castrignano said. An ideal spot, perhaps, for people to live off the grid in an eco-friendly compound?
As Castrignano sees it, investors “could pretty much do what (they) want” with the town.
“We like to say that it’s conveniently located in the middle of nowhere,” he said.

Compared to Las Vegas, land in rural towns an hour or so outside the city can cost cents on the dollar.
Some owners want anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000 per acre in such places as Sandy Valley, Logandale and Searchlight, listings show. Kidwell wants around $17,000 per acre, Marik said.
In the Las Vegas area, by comparison, land sold for a median of about $317,000 per acre last year, according toColliers International.
Then again, Las Vegas has jobs, schools, hospitals, an international airport and other trappings of a major metropolitan area that are largely missing from outlying communities.
Keller Williams Realty agent Rick Brenkus said there are “dozens of properties for sale” in these towns but “only a few sales per year.” In some areas, Brenkus said, his group is the only one that has “sold anything in the last six or nine months.”
Some investors prefer to buy land rather than deposit money in a bank and collect small interest payments. But with little to no construction in the rural outposts, the chances of selling land to developers “is kind of remote,” he said.
“I certainly want to paint it with a positive brush, but it’s very competitive right now,” he said.
Land broker and investor Bill Lenhart doesn’t expect any new projects in Cal-Nev-Ari to materialize for a long time, as there’s plenty of other land in the region at reasonable prices and with more infrastructure that “make a lot more sense.”
Lenhart, founder of Sunbelt Development & Realty Partners, knows firsthand that selling property in a small town is no easy task: He has a listing for a failed, boom-era subdivision in Searchlight, about 10 miles north of Cal-Nev-Ari.

Still, housing investors laid bets on the town during the go-go years. The Cottonwood Lake Homes subdivision, across from Harry Reid Elementary School, called for 65 houses spread over 16 acres, according to county records. Sales prices initially were strong one house sold in 2007 for $511,000 and another in 2008 for $499,000 but the project went bust. Today, the walled subdivision contains paved roads, 13 houses and lots of empty land. The original developer sold four of the homes, and investors who foreclosed on the project in 2011 sold the other nine, all in the $100,000 range, county records show.
Lenhart doesn’t have an asking price for the 52 remaining vacant lots in Cottonwood, but he expects to sell them for less than $400,000 total. The property is an hour’s drive from Las Vegas and about 13 miles west of the Cottonwood Cove marina, though homebuilders “are lukewarm on it,” he said.
Out-of-state, publicly traded homebuilding companies, which dominate Las Vegas’ new-home market, “won’t touch it,” but a private builder might, Lenhart said.
All told, brokers take listings in outlying areas “out of obligation,” he said without elaborating, not because they’re hunting for deals.
“I don’t know anybody who’s prospecting for assignments in Pahrump,” he said of the rural town of 36,000 an hour west of Las Vegas. “And you’re talking to a guy who owns hundreds of acres in Pahrump.”
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When real estate values were soaring in Las Vegas, plenty of investors looked outside the metro area for cheaper land and launched housing developments in places such as Pahrump; Mesquite; and Bullhead City, Ariz. Buyers also went to the smaller, pint-sized towns in the region.
Sandy Valley, on the Nevada-California border, had only 2,000 residents by 2010. But during the bubble, Focus Property Group, developer of the 3,500-acre Mountain’s Edge and 1,200-acre Providence communities in Las Vegas, bought swaths of land there. According to court records, the company acquired at least 300 acres in the town.
After the economy tanked, Focus lost much of its land in Sandy Valley to foreclosure, property records show. Focus founder and CEO John Ritter was unavailable to comment, a representative said.
About 15 miles east of Sandy Valley, Goodsprings is known for its Pioneer Saloon, a bar and restaurant built in 1913. Just 230 people lived there by 2010.
But in 2006, investors Charles Whitley and Melissa Henry bought 25 acres there for $1 million and unveiled plans for Nova Town. At the time, Henry described their proposed resort as a “fairy-tale-like town” with “enchanting fountains, ponds, little bridges and flower beds.” An artist’s rendering showed a Disney-esque castle with portholes, stained-glass windows and blue flags flying from towers.
The resort was never built, and Whitley and Henry lost the land to foreclosure in 2010, county records show. Efforts to reach them for comment were unsuccessful.
Cal-Nev-Ari, meanwhile, is by no means desolate. It has water, electric and natural-gas service; a community center; and a volunteer-run fire station. Homes sit alongside the airstrip, and some have their own hangars.
About 25 people work for Kidwell’s businesses here, and all but one of them live in Cal-Nev-Ari. The other resides in Searchlight.
Kidwell founded the town in the mid-1960s with her first husband, Everette “Slim” Kidwell. They learned about the property when Slim, who operated aviation facilities at the Torrance, Calif., airport, flew by and noticed the abandoned airstrip, which had been used as a training facility during World War II.
They acquired 640 acres from the federal government, named their new town after its home state and the two nearby, and, according to the Los Angeles Times, installed a sign: “Cal-Nev-Ari, Population: 4. Watch Us Grow.” The other residents were their cat and dog.
Slim, 34 years older than Nancy, died in 1983. Years later, she married Verne “Ace” Kidwell, Slim’s son from a prior marriage, who was 14 years older than her. Ace died in 2011.
The two Kidwells, who both died from Alzheimer’s disease, are buried in a small, private cemetery here, with space between them for Nancy’s plot.
By almost any measure, Cal-Nev-Ari is a speck of a town. But during the boom years, would-be buyers eyeing the place for housing developments were “bartering back and forth” over the land, bidding up to $24 million, Kidwell said.
“My attorneys were astounded,” she said.
She was interested in selling, but once the economy collapsed, the buyers “all just drifted away.” Kidwell listed her holdings in 2010, but by that time, the bubble had already burst and the economy was a mess.
“We had a little interest, but not a whole lot,” she said.
Marik, of Las Vegas Commercial & Business Sales, had never visited Cal-Nev-Ari until he got the listing a few months ago. But he’s familiar with this part of the county.
He brokered the sale of the Searchlight Nugget casino and some nearby property to the Herbst family last year and the sale of an abandoned, bank-owned subdivision in Searchlight to a couple in Seattle.
Marik is pitching Cal-Nev-Ari as a blank canvas. His marketing materials say the town could have, among other things, a dude ranch, parachute center, survival school, marijuana resort, shooting range, paint-gun park, drone center, air races, and motorcycle and ATV tours.
The town already is an attraction of sorts: People fly here to eat, gamble and then take off, an afternoon outing for a retiree with a pilot’s license. Two to five planes fly in each weekday, with 25 to 30 a day on weekends, Marik said.
Kate Colton, who has lived here for about 20 years, said a marijuana business would be “a little scary.” But she’s happy Kidwell, whom she says is one of her closest friends, is trying to open a new chapter in life, and Colton figures new investors would bring a shot of commerce to the area.
“The economy here could use a boost,” she said.
Her husband, former Nevada state treasurer Stan Colton, said it “would be wonderful” if someone paved the streets “You can’t wash your car and expect it to stay clean for the day.”
He’d like to see more housing and also figures Cal-Nev-Ari would be a great spot for warehouses, distribution centers or other industrial property.
Kidwell, he noted, is offering more than 500 acres right on a highway.
“What more could you ask for?” he said.

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On The Trail? A Simple Recipe For You.

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On The Trail? A Simple Recipe For You.

Today’s recipe is a simple meal meant for cooking while on the march or on the trail. These are “Norfolk Dumplings” and it comes from the Primitive Cookery book. For such a simple recipe, it really is quite delicious. A perfect outdoor recipe! ***************************** On The Trail? A Simple Recipe For You. ***************************** Sign up […]

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Your Very First Homestead: Costs You May Not Have Considered

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Transitioning from a traditional city or suburban lifestyle to that of a more rural homestead is occurring with greater frequency these days. The call to live the ultimate do-it-yourself life appeals to many different types of people, and with a little bit of planning and forethought, mixed with drive and determination, most can successfully create a self-sufficient homestead of their own.

Building a homestead from scratch, or even purchasing an established homestead, is an exciting step forward in making that transition, but it is vitally important to budget and plan for each aspect of the new venture. Failure to be financially prepared has left many would-be homesteaders scratching their heads and wondering where they went wrong.

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A major part of launching a homestead involves the initial startup costs. Startup costs include acreage, dwellings and outbuildings, seeds and livestock, but they also should include such details as alternative energy sources, water sources and purification methods, necessary farm equipment, and other basic needs that the homestead is not yet producing.

Below are some helpful considerations to start with.

Land of Your Own

After determining the minimum amount of acreage that will be sufficient, the search for the perfect location can begin. Land prices vary greatly, so those who are willing to relocate may have the opportunity to save a significant amount of money. Some rural locations are looking for families to relocate and offer homestead contracts for acreage at drastically reduced prices. In other areas, though, it is much harder to purchase just a few acres. Some locations have laws against farmers selling small acreage allotments along the edges of their properties. Before contacting a landowner, check local ordinances for such restrictions. Renting is also a budget-friendly option for those who are just getting their feet wet in homesteading and not ready to commit.

Dwelling Places

Your First Homestead: Costs You May Not Have Considered

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In pioneer days, a hastily constructed dwelling was erected, while time and attention was given to the barns and other outbuildings. Despite the suburbs filled home of enormous proportions, a new trend is emerging: the tiny house. If the acreage set aside for the homestead does not have a preexisting dwelling, there are several options from which to choose. A traditionally constructed farmhouse is the most expensive option, but it also the one that people feel most comfortable with. Small homes constructed from sheds, cargo containers and other salvaged materials are a recent trend that can be much more cost-efficient. Some homesteaders even are living in yurts.

On the Farm

Barns and other outbuildings are essential on the homestead. Providing shelter for the livestock and protection for precious feed, these buildings can be acquired in much the same manner as the principle dwelling.

Even good quality used equipment will set the new homesteader back some. Budgeting for the necessary equipment is a must. For those pieces of machinery that are for convenience, try bartering with a neighbor or acquaintance to reduce the initial investment in equipment.

Seeds, trees and other perennial plants may not seem like a source of budget woes, but these relatively small purchases can add up quickly.

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Livestock can be bartered for or purchased outright. The biggest expense for the new homestead is feed costs. For the first few years, livestock will need to have their feed supplemented until the homestead can produce enough feed to sustain itself.

Alternative Energy

Off-grid living and homesteading go seemingly hand in hand. Even if living off the grid is not the intention of the owners, alternative energy sources are a positive when faced with power outages and rising utility rates. Solar power systems, wind turbines and hydroelectric outfits have become more readily available for the consumer.

Living Essentials

While focusing on the dream of starting your homestead, it may be easy to lose sight of the fact that daily necessities will still need to be budgeted. Food not produced on the homestead will need to be purchased, and toiletries, clothing and other miscellaneous household supplies will need to be replaced. Buying ahead or setting aside a portion of the budget to prepare for them can be a great help.

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Noise discipline, some tips to help you maintain yours

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noise discipline Noise discipline is the practice of minimizing ones noise signature so that it does not compromise your intended purpose.  For a prepper this can vary from trying to avoid attracting attention while bugging in to maintaining silence while traveling on foot.

Have you ever been outside in your yard when there is a power outage. Did you notice just how quiet everything is?  You still have the sounds of the birds and the wind blowing through the trees.  But many of the sounds we have been used to hearing are gone.  Now imagine no motor vehicles.  You will find that you will be surprised at how far sound carries and you will notice sounds you normally never hear.

Now noise discipline may be a bit different for a prepper than for the military.  The military is more than likely in the field and not hiding at home.  They also don’t normally have to deal with children.

Here are some rules for noise discipline that cover both at home and in the field.

  1. When walking outside, watch where you set your feet down. Do not step on dried leaves or grass.  The sound from that stick you break will carry a long way especially at night.
  2. Consider not using Velcro fasteners on your equipment. When things are quite the sound carries surprisingly far.  Replace Velcro with buttons or other type of fasteners.
  3. If you are carrying a cell phone, be sure and turn it down or put it on vibrate.
  4. Secure all the metal parts of your field gear with tape to prevent them from making noise during movement
  5. Use radios only when necessary. This includes radios that may be used for communication as well as that solar powered radio you have in your preps.  At home use headsets with them as much as possible to avoid attracting attention from your neighbors.
  6. In the field, avoid unnecessary movement of people or vehicles.
  7. In the field be aware of the sound that a half filled canteen will make as the water sloshes around. Consider using collapsible canteens.
  8. Nylon and some other synthetic fabrics are known for being noisy in the woods
  9. Teach your young children that they have to be quite when so instructed. This takes time and practice, start now.
  10. Remember the sound of your voice can carry quite far. So watch what you say.  No yelling lunch is ready.
  11. No yelling
  12. Develop hand signals that will convey important information. Like be quite, take cover etc.

Now all of these are pretty much common sense.  But they will need to become second nature in an emergency.  Even though your neighbors will know you are living there, you still need to avoid attracting unwanted attention.

Howard

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How To Build A Massive Food Stockpile For Only $5 A Week

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Stockpiling food for the long-term can be expensive, especially if your goal is a stockpile that lasts not weeks, but months.

Building a stockpile, though, doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. In fact, you can build a large stockpile for only $5 a week, if you simply know which foods to buy.

That’s the subject of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to author and homesteader Merissa Alink, who has put together a popular list on how to build a food stockpile for merely $5 a week.

A homesteader in South Dakota, Alink says a food stockpile is critical, especially when you live in a rural area susceptible to crippling storms.

Alink tells us:

  • How families can easily decide which foods they want to stockpile.
  • Which 10 or so foods she believes should be in every food stockpile.
  • Why so-called “comfort foods” should be part of any stockpile.
  • Which non-food items she recommends homesteaders stockpile.

Alink, the author of “Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Simple, Frugal, and Self Sufficient Life,” also tells us the unique challenges she faces homesteading in the unique climate of South Dakota. If you’re wanting to build a food stockpile but don’t know where to start – or you’re simply wanting new ideas – then this week’s episode is for you!

Homemade Smoke Bomb

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It is pretty easy to make a homemade smoke bomb using potassium nitrate and sugar.  The thing is, that this mix can be used to make black powder, smoke, or rocket fuel so be careful and mind your mix. Potassium nitrate can be ordered through online firework supply houses, and pure chemicals are always best, but I find that if you check the label, some stump remover is 99% potassium nitrate. Once you have the nitrate, the next thing is to get some common sane sugar. The potassium nitrate is the oxidizer and the sugar provides the fuel. The proper

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Book: Gates of Fire

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See larger image Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae The national bestseller! At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history–one that would not

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Recipe: Mason Lid Tart

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Getting into canning means you end up with a lot of Mason jar lids, being a DIY orientated person causes me to look for solutions to problems using materials at hand. Now to be honest, making tarts is not a huge life problem for me, but after the tuna can cake I enjoyed making single serve desserts, and with my wife wanting me to “get healthy” she wants me to control my portions. This recipe is adapted from a 10 inch tart shell recipe, so it will make 15 or tarts – if you leave them in the lid for

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5 Knives EVERY Man Should Have – EDC Blades 101

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I hear it all the time, “What’s the BEST Survival Knife David?” So today, I’m coming clean and going to share with you THE best survival knife in the world for any situation that you find yourself in. Ready!?

Okay… So What Makes a  Great Survival Knife?

Well there’s a lot of discussion and debate about this, probably because the term, “survival knife” means many different things to many different people.

Here’s the Problem…

A bushcrafter, hunter, doomsday prepper, tactical or military professional… or just regular folks – LIKE YOU and Me… are all likely to come up different conclusions about what constitutes the best survival knife, because of our experiences, expectations and how we see the world.

So let me ask YOU this… “What is THE Best Survival Knife?” 

Okay, Got your answer?

Yeah, I had mine to, until a good friend blew my mind one day – when he said to me, “David, the best survival knife is the one you have on you, when you need it most.”

Think about that for a moment…

This really makes a lot of sense. Because, if you are like me, you’re probably not always going to have your preferred, primary survival blade with you… or on you all the times.

So when a disaster, crisis or emergency strikes – and your primary survival knife is not available – the knife that you Everyday Carry ON Your Person becomes your primary survival knife. Make sense?

So I can’t stress enough that you need to have at least one or two everyday carry knives on you at all times.

For me, I have a 5 tier approach to everyday carry, survival cutting tools that I think you might find helpful…  HERE it is…

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5 Tiers of EDC Survival Knives:

TIER 1 – Neck Knife – A good neck knife is my primary EDC blade because it travels unnoticed and invisible around my neck at all times. My personal choice in neck knives is the super light weight and capable CRKT Folts Minimalist or my new favorite (and soon to be released on Kick Starter) Ultimate Survival Tips: MSK-1 Mini neck knife.

 

 

5 Knives - 3 Pocket KnivesTIER 2 Pocket Knife – When I need a blade quick, I’m reaching for me pocket knife. Now for me, my pocket knife changes depending on the situation. If I just want a general general utility blade… either my Schrade First Response or Gerber Propel are coming along. But if I’m traveling or for some reason want more of a self defense blade, my Gerber Covert – OR – Mini Covert usually get the nod.

 

5 Knives - Leatherman WaveTIER 3 – Belt Sheath Knife – Next, because many folks wear belts, I recommend a small to medium sized belt sheath knife or multi-tool as your TIER 3 EDC.

For me, I carry my trusted, Leatherman Wave multi-tool on my belt. Now, beside having a great fine and serrated edged blade, my Leatherman wave has a pile of other tools that come in handy almost every day.

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TIER 4 – Wallet Knife – When I leave the house I ALWAYS have my wallet in my pocket… and a wallet always seemed like like a great place to keep a back up blade. So… in my wallet I carry an Ian Sinclar CardSharp 2 as my last ditch knife. It’s lightweight and thin, wicked sharp, and only takes up a credit card slot in my wallet… but easily folds into a very capable light duty knife. See my full review of this knife for more.

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Gerber LMF II, Ka-Bar Becker Bk-2 and OKC Blackbird SK5

TIER 5 – PRIMARY Survival Knife – My 5th and final tier for an everyday carry survival knife is my primary (or preferred) survival knife. This is the ONE knife I want with me if things go bad real bad.

My past favorites range from my Mora Light My Fire, OKC Blackbird SK5, Gerber LMF II… the newer Gerber StrongArm or my Becker BK-2

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I’m a bit biased, but now my preferred Worst Case Scenario knife is the blade I have been working on for over 2 years with my design partner Jeff Freeman – the Ultimate Survival Tips: MSK-1 Multi-Scenario Knife. When I can’t carry it on my belt it’s usually not far away, waiting quietly in my EDC backpack.

Bonus Tip:

Now here’s a bonus tip… For a super cheap – last ditch blade, take some heavy duty – duct tape to secure a standard – old school razor blade (with cardboard blade protector) to the inside of your wallet – or even – the inside your shoe under the insole…

But whatever you do, don’t forget about your EDC blades when entering weapon-free buildings or going through TSA check points… like I did one day with my Leatherman Wave – that almost cost me my tool and missing my flight.

Well, there you have it… a 5 Tier Approach to Everyday carry to ensure that you have a survival cutting tool on you at all times.

Thanks for hanging out… like, comment and share this post with others you think it will help… and remember… Be Prepared… Because You Never Know!

Self-Reliance Strategies: Resources for Setting Up a Prepper’s Homestead Quickly and Inexpensively

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This week, the self-reliance report is about the resources and strategies I’ve used for setting up a prepper’s homestead quickly and inexpensively. A lot of research went into swapping environments … Read the rest

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The 3 Easiest Low-Maintenance Livestock For Homestead Meat

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The 3 Easiest Low-Maintenance Livestock For Homestead Meat

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So you’re thinking about adding livestock to your homestead? Consider low-maintenance livestock.

“Low maintenance” can mean many different things depending on your situation, but my definition is livestock that takes the minimal amount of time, energy and money to care for.

Here are what many homesteaders consider the four best:

1. Weaning or feeder pigs – Buying pigs when they are weaned from a farmer and raising them to slaughter weight is a good way to provide meat for the homestead.

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It is around a six- to eight-month commitment. You simply purchase in the spring and slaughter in the fall. This avoids carrying stock through the winter. Winter, in many parts of the country, will always mean more maintenance.

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Pigs are easily contained using electric fence. Make sure to give them plenty of room, and buy at least two at a time. If you can give them a pastured area, they will forage in addition to the feed you give them. Use a self-feeder and watering system, and watch them grow.

2. Broiler chickens – Raising meat chickens from chicks to slaughter can be done in as little as eight weeks. Purchase the day-old chicks from a reputable hatchery and once they are feathered out (usually in two weeks or so), it is only a matter of feeding and watering them daily until they reach about five or six pounds. Slaughtering can be done by a commercial facility or right in your own backyard.

3. Rabbits – Many rabbits are for pets, but pet breeds aren’t good for meat production. New Zealand Whites are a common breed for producing meat. Although rabbits can be raised in any climate, they prefer cooler weather. If you live in a hot climate, you’ll need to make sure they are kept cool by shading them and avoiding excessive heat.

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Due to the short cycle from birth to maturity, most rabbit farmers have breeding stock on hand, as purchasing young rabbits for slaughter isn’t common.

Still, breeding three or four females and raising the young for butcher isn’t a huge undertaking.

When it comes to butchering and processing rabbits, there are more slaughterhouses that are processing rabbits than ever before, due to the growing popularity of rabbit meat. Rabbits are easier than poultry to process at home, and once you’ve done it a few times, you can process a dozen rabbits in less than an hour.

What would you add to this list? Share your advice in the section below:

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How to Prep Your Kids For Emergencies: Supplies

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Prepping Your Kids for emergenciesBeing a parent means that your kids are the very first things you worry about. Doubly so when it comes to prepping your kids for emergency situations. Our first thoughts in any emergency are for our children; we want them to be healthy, safe, and not scared. That seems like it could be a tall order in the face of a scary emergency.

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The truth is, having a child can seriously complicate one’s plans for emergency preparedness. Everything is always a lot simpler when you only have to worry about yourself and your spouse, without short people getting under foot. Sometimes, even a trip to the grocery store with kids is a major event. I am sure anyone who has ever had children knows what I’m talking about: “I want that! But WHY can’t we get cookies? Can we get this? I want a treat! But I WANT it! I have to go potty!” And then the four-year-old wanders off and the baby’s diaper leaks.

Well, if you have to evacuate or bug out with a young family, multiply that by about thirty times – not because the children are more high-strung, but because YOU, the parent, are so focused on trying to navigate the freeway in traffic that if the kids don’t shut up RIGHT NOW, you’re in danger of running the minivan off the road.

This is why it’s so important to make sure everyone in your family is prepared, not just the parents. Involving your children in your plans will make your evacuation a calm (or, at least calmer) and orderly affair. There’s no yelling or screaming, everyone knows what they have to do, the kids have all their stuff (including blankies), and they know how to use everything in their 72 hour kits. In this scenario, children become active participants in the evacuation instead of additional objects to be buckled into the car.

In order to accomplish this, children need three things:

1. Supplies
2. Information
3. Practice

First let’s talk about the supplies. What does a kid need? What should you pack? What kind of container/backpack should you use?

Prepping Your Kids: Finding the Right Bag

The choices for a bug-out-bag are many and varied. For most people, the backpack is the container of choice, although it may also be good to consider other, non-traditional options. When it comes to prepping your kids, however, I would definitely stick with a backpack. The premise here is that everyone must be able to handle their own bag, and a backpack fits the bill: The weight is carried on the child’s back instead of his or her arms, leaving arms free for balance or for carrying a comfort item.

The ideal backpack will be roomy enough to hold a lot of necessary items, but not so big as to be unwieldy. Many backpacks for children are designed to also be clipped around the waist; this is perfect because it transfers some of the weight onto the child’s hips. If you have the right backpack, even a 2-year-old can be responsible for his or her own kit.

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What to Put In It

When it comes time to pack your child’s 72-hour kit, DO make your child help you. The goal here is for your child to know exactly what is in his bag, what everything is for, and how to use it. Most lists of stuff to pack includes both heavy and light things. If your child is particularly young, pack their bag with only light things, and put the heavy things in a parent’s bag. For example, a little kid could carry a large amount of ramen noodles, but pack the cooking gear in with Mom’s or Dad’s stuff.

A list of some basic 72-hour kit items can be found here. To customize your child’s kit to be more kid-friendly, consider adding the following:

For Recreation

This category is especially important for children. Having ways to occupy themselves can help reduce stress and create a sense of normalcy. Happy, non-stressed children means less stress for Mom and Dad.

  • A small coloring book. Dover has an extensive line of small activity and coloring books. These measure about 3″ x 4″, perfect for stowing in a bag.
  • Crayons
  • A small notebook for free drawing or playing games like tic-tac-toe or Pictionary
  • A balloon (not blown up, of course), for when you arrive at your destination and have some down time. I have yet to meet a child under the age of nine who has failed to be entertained by a simple balloon. Blow it up, let it loose, watch it race around the room, repeat.
  • A small story book. If you have an electronic e-reader, load it with books for your child. Project Gutenburg has a huge collection of children’s classics for free download.
  • One pair of dice, for playing a number of dice games
  • Lovies/comfort objects/blankies. These often can’t be put in 72-hour kits because they are necessary for every day use. I include them because at my house, they are more precious than gold. If your kid has an emotional attachment to a stuffed animal or blanket, leave it behind at your own peril.

For Safety

  • A family photo, with your contact information (mom’s cellphone number, etc) written on the back. If you become separated from your child, the photo will serve as identification, showing that your child belongs with you.

For Hygiene

  • Diapers/pull-ups. Even if your child is potty trained, very young children can regress during times of upheaval. This is a case where it is better to be safe than sorry. If you think a child may be offended by the tacit accusation this represents, pack them anyway. Put them in your own bag if you have to.
  • Extra(!) wipes.

Involving Your Child

As you put together your child’s bug out bag, make it a priority to involve your child in the process. Tell him or her, “This is for your bag and you’re going to be in charge of it.” Give the child some ownership by allowing input when choices must be made, e.g. in the color of the backpack or the flavor of granola bars.

When the time comes to rotate and update items in the kits, make it a family activity. Go over each item and make sure your child knows what it is for and where it is stored in the backpack. “Granola bars are in this pocket, crackers are in this one. This is your flashlight and this is how you turn it on.” Have your child wear the backpack to check for the fit on their shoulders, and adjust the straps as needed – much better to do this at your leisure now instead of when you have fifteen minutes to leave your home.

Resist the temptation to over-pack a backpack intended for a child. A child younger than 6 can’t be expected to carry very much, probably just a change of clothes, some crayons, and a few snacks.

Hopefully this will give you a starting point for putting together a child-specific 72-hour kit. Part Two of this series will focus on empowering children with necessary information.

More Resources

For more on prepping your kids, check out these printable lists of kits your kids can use:

Survival Kid’s Kit

Wilderness Survival Kit for Every Kid

Prepping Your Kids for emergencies

Video: Did Something Hit Jupiter?

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Jupiter hit

By Lily Dane –  The Daily Sheeple

A frame from Austrian observer Gerrit Kernbauer’s video of Jupiter from March 17, 2016

Two amateur videos recorded on March 17 show a brief but bright flash that appears to be an impact on Jupiter.

One observer, Gerrit Kernbauer, posted his video on YouTube and commented that he “..found this strange light spot that appeared for less than one second on the edge of the planetary disc. Thinking back to Shoemaker-Levy 9, my only explanation for this is an asteroid or comet that enters Jupiters high atmosphere and burned up/explode very fast.”

Observer John McKeon also caught the flash on video:

Sky & Telescope reports that although the timing of the impact in both videos is a bit off, the event appears to be real:

Apparently the impacting object, be it an asteroid or comet, was rather small. “Nobody sees any debris field…

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Arctic Winds to Blast Great Lakes, Northeastern US this Weekend

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A blast of arctic air, combined with gusty winds, will take aim on the Upper Midwest and Northeast this weekend.

The polar vortex will briefly drop over the Hudson Bay in Canada. From this position, arctic air will have a direct route into the northern tier of the eastern United States.

The main thrust of the cold air will arrive across the upper Great Lakes on Saturday and will settle into New England, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Sunday.

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Volcanoes Today, 31 Mar 2016: Stromboli Volcano, Colima, Popocatépetl, Soputan, Shiveluch, Makian, Kerinci, Sinabung

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Strong explosion at Popocatépetl Tuesday afternoon

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Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): The activity at the summit craters has been (comparably very) low recently. However, small strombolian explosions continue to occur at irregular rates of 30-60 minutes intervals, mainly from western vent.

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Intermittent weak to moderate ash emissions (presumably from older pulverized rock) have been occurring from the North-East crater, where also weak incandescence can be seen at night.
Apart from this and an incandescent fumarole on the New SE crater, no other significant activity is currently occurring at the volcano. Tremor levels have been low.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): The extrusive-explosive activity of the volcano continues at moderate rate. Glowing avalanches from the active lava dome and strong degassing indicate ongoing magma supply. Occasionally, explosions and larger avalanches that turn into pyroclastic flows occur as well and generate ash plumes that rise several 1000 meters.
Last evening, Tokyo VAAC reported an eruption that sent an ash plume to 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude. Whether it was caused by an explosion or avalanche is unknown – only the top of the plume was visible on webcam imagery.

Chikurachki (Paramushir Island): A new eruption is occurring from the remote volcano on Paramushir Island immediately to the south of the Kamchatka peninsula.
Since 29 March, ash emissions have been seen on satellite images. The ash plume increased yesterday, reaching altitudes of 3-4 km (9-12,000 ft) and extending up to 150-200 km into south- and southwesterly directions.
KVERT raised the Aviation Color code to orange (as many trans-Pacific flight routes pass nearby) and warns that “ash explosions up to 32,800 ft (10 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.”

Alaid (Northern Kuriles): Eruptive activity of some sort continues at the volcano. This is evidenced by a strong thermal signal detected and a gas plume extending south of the small island, both detected on satellite imagery.
Contrary to nearby Chikourachki (that started to erupt 29 March), Alaid seems not to have produced any ash recently; no such darker-colored fresh deposits can be seen on the snow-covered flanks or in the plume. This suggests that the activity, at the moment, is non-explosive and confined to the summit crater, perhaps in the form of a small active lava lake.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): The volcano continues to produce explosions and occasional small to moderate pyroclastic flows.
Early on Tuesday morning, around 05:40 local time, a collapse of parts of the sticky lava lobe on the SE flank generated a pyroclastic flow that reached approx. 3 km length.

Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): In its latest report, VSI describes continuing elevated seismic activity, including shallow volcanic earthquakes and avalanches that indicate slow magma extrusion from the main vent.
Visible activity during the past weeks otherwise consisted in moderate degassing generating a plume of 20-100 m height. The volcano’s alert level is maintained at “siaga” (“alert”), or 3 on the Indonesian scale of 1-4 and recommends an exclusion zone of 4 km radius around the summit of Mt. Soputan.

Makian (Halmahera): Seismic unrest continues at the volcano with a weak tendency of increase in shallow volcanic earthquakes during the past weeks, possibly related to the ascent of a new magmatic body.
No surface changes or other alarming signs have been observed at the volcano. While an eruption is not considered likely to be imminent, VSI maintains the alert level 2 (on a scale of 1-4) and advises locals and visitors not to climb Makian’s Kie Besi volcano and stay away from the summit within a radius of 1.5 km distance.

Kerinci (Sumatra): A small eruption occurred at the volcano yesterday morning around 07:00 local time. An ash plume rising a few 100 m from the summit crater was observed.
The nature of the eruption (likely a phreatic explosion) is unknown. As safety precaution, access to the volcano’s summit, Indonesia’s highest volcanic peak and a popular climbing destination, was closed.

Colima (Western Mexico): The activity of the volcano has decreased overall. Explosions have been mostly weak and relatively rare (a few per day) and the previously continuously visible glow at the summit crater, indicative of the small new lava dome, has recently been visible only during increased degassing or explosion events.
This in turn suggests that the growth of the dome has been very low or even stopped for now.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): No significant changes in activity have occurred at the volcano recently despite a series of stronger explosions during the past days. One explosion on Tuesday afternoon generated an ash plume that rose up to 3.5 km, and another one during the following night was seen ejecting abundant incandescent material outside the summit crater.
During 29-30 March, CENAPRED recorded an increase of degassing events (“exhalations”) and 4 explosions (an average value), as well as two small shallow volcanic earthquakes and 30 minutes of harmonic tremor. Following the larger explosion in the afternoon of 29 Mar, the International Airport of Puebla was temporarily closed.
Bright glow from the summit crater indicates that magma slowly continues to arrive there, filling the inner crater, a process that is regularly interrupted by the explosions (that usually destroy parts of the accumulated, cake-like lava dome again).

Nevados de Chillán (Central Chile): Intermittent ash emissions re-appeared at the volcano during the past days.
The emissions originated from several vents, involving both the Arrau crater and the new summit pits that had formed in early and late January this year.

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Lava World, 3rd Volcano Erupts, SWx | S0 News Mar.31.2016

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DIY: 5 Common Seasoning Mixes

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DIY seasoning mixesFor many of us, we want to be independent and have control over what we eat. This desire leads us to hunt, fish and garden — all activities that can be sustainable and environmentally friendly. But have you ever thought about making your own seasoning mixes? Seasoning mixes and spices are used in a wide variety of delicious, everyday recipes. Most of us don’t think twice about picking up seasonings or spices at the grocery store, but there’s an alternative that can save you money.

Making your own homemade seasoning mixes has many advantages to store-bought packs. First of all, making your own seasonings cuts down on expenses. Certain spices are extremely expensive to buy at the grocery store. A 1-ounce container of pumpkin pie spice costs around $5.00! Making your own spices also cuts down on trips to the grocery store if you need only a little bit for a particular recipe. This can be especially helpful for moms who don’t want to go through the trouble of bringing along their kids.

In addition, making your own seasoning mixes means that you can control what ingredients are added to them. Take a look at seasoning mixes or spices at the store and you’ll see ingredients like MSG, sugar, modified food starch, gluten, and silicone dioxide. Plus, making your own spices and mixes is simple. All the tools you need are the ingredients, measuring spoons, and glass jars. Just mix the components together and store in an airtight container.

Here are some simple DIY recipes for popular seasoning mixes and spices:

  1. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Ingredients:
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. ground ginger
4 tsp. ground cinnamon

  1. Taco Seasoning Mix

Ingredients:
2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. onion powder
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
dash cayenne

  1. Poultry Seasoning

Ingredients:
2 3/4 tsp. rosemary
1 1/2 tsp. ground thyme
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. black pepper

  1. Chili Powder

Ingredients:
1 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. garlic powder

  1. Allspice

Mix equal parts of:
nutmeg
cinnamon
cloves

Overall, it pays to make your own seasonings and spices. You can control what you put in there, and it saves you time and money from not having to pick them up from the grocery store. Seasonings and spices also last a long time so they are a good addition to any prepper’s storage or emergency supply. Try it for yourself!

Expiration Dates on Food Storage- Know When to Throw

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Are you wasting food because of confusing dates? I love to get a good deal on the usual supplies I keep in my pantry. Mayo, mustard, ketchup, peanut butter – sometimes cake mixes and nuts. You can usually get a good price at the discount stores, but you have to pay close attention to the […]

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13 April Fools Pranks That Will Have Your Kids Howling With Laughter

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13 April Fools Pranks That Will Have Your Kids Howling With Laughter

Salt in the sugar bowl and saran wrapped doorways are child’s play…pranking is a serious business and these amazing ideas are guaranteed to give the whole family the giggles! Perfect pranks for a fun filled April Fools day, either prank your family or friends with these hilarious ideas!

Announce to the family that you’re all having sundaes for dinner and they’ll all run excitedly to the table eagerly awaiting the rare treat of dessert for dinner. Then present them with their mashed potato sundaes…they won’t suspect a thing until they’ve started eating.

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The ol’-switcheroo is a fun way to trick your youngsters and with this prank they won’t mind so much because they’ll think they’re getting grilled cheese sandwiches but instead it’ll be pound cake and icing! Pound cake grilled cheeses… evil genius!

If you want a simple prank to play on your little ones it doesn’t get much easier than changing the color of milk. It’s actually more straightforward than you’d think…but the question is can you keep a straight face while everyone is confused by the blue milk?

Creepy critter lunch is a fun way to surprise everyone… open their chips and switch them for something else then reseal, have a gummy worm poking out of an apple and a toy insect sticking out of their sandwich… nothing beats a little surprise!

April Fools Lunch

We all need to go to the bathroom so it makes it an easy target for creating the perfect prank. Forget about saran wrapping the toilet, instead create a fake toilet roll for a completely new and awesome prank! It’s so simple…but maybe keep a roll of toilet paper nearby!

Making sure your family eat a healthy well balanced diet is important… so why not give them a pre-sliced banana! You can slice the banana whilst it’s still in the skin and imagine everyones surprise when they open a tasty fruit snack to find it already sliced into chunks. They’ll never work out how you did it either!

Changing the color of pasta will freak your little ones out and you can serve it will a tasty dink that doesn’t work. A drink that doesn’t work? Well you can’t normally eat jello through a straw! Enjoy an entire meal prank with this simple idea!

Adding googly eyes makes everything better and significantly funnier. So here’s some inspiration for what you can add googly eyes too, keep an eye out for the entire breakfast thats watching you!

Or attach a Dollar to some string and pull it away when your youngsters try to pick it up. You may have to give them the dollar or a coin in the end but it’s worth it.

The spilt milk prank is a fun way to freak everyone out, if you add paint you can even trick them into believing it’s coffee that you spilt on their favourite sweater or even on the computer. This simple trick can be used in loads of different laughter inducing scenarios.

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Stuff toilet paper into everyones shoes and they’ll all thing their feet have grown overnight! The best part about the stuffed shoe trick is it’s so simple and you wouldn’t need to get anything in specially for it.

Draw on your kids while they are sleeping and give your little ones a moustache, a monocle or even giant eyebrows using a washable pen. They’ll be surprised when they wake up and look in the mirror!

You probably know what a Bug Out Bag is, but what about a Go Kit?

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What You Don’t Know About Raising Pigs For Survival

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Have you noticed the price of bacon lately? How about pork chops? Pork prices are soaring.

Besides costing an arm and a leg, grocery store pork often contains questionable ingredients. Things like benzoate preservatives and ractopamine. Ew! I like to be able to pronounce the ingredients I eat.

Thankfully, there’s at least one solution.

Raising your own hogs will help lower the price point per pound. It’ll also give you complete control over what goes into your meat. Hogs aren’t only beneficial in today’s market. When the SHTF, they’ll be invaluable. They’re the perfect homesteading addition as you prepare for the future. Ready to get started?

Here’s what you need to know before bringing home the bacon.

3 Important Considerations for Raising Hogs

Before bringing home any new animal, there’s a lot to think about. But there are some specifics just for hogs:

Do You Want to Breed Pigs or Just Raise Them Each Year?
There are two primary methods of pig raising. You can start each spring with a couple of little ones and butcher them in the fall. Or you can get your own breeding stock and raise pigs year round. There are benefits to each.

I’m currently buying weaner pigs each. My parents kept pigs year round when I was younger, and I enjoyed that. Someday I’ll winterize our pig pen and get breeding stock of my own.

Having your own stock will ensure your access to pork annually, which is preferred for survival. You may not always be able to find piglets to buy. Keeping pigs year round eliminates the search. However, year round hogs are the harder option. You’ll have to ensure your pig pen offers adequate protection for each season. Your feed costs will also be higher, as pregnant pigs eat a lot.

If you’ve never raised pigs before, consider starting off with just a couple of weaner pigs. Raising these to market weight will provide valuable knowledge and experience. Try this at least once before tackling your own hog-breeding program.

Cost of Pigs

Pigs used to be inexpensive animals. But now, $100 seems to be the new low for weaner pigs. During the spring, when everyone is buying, they’ll be much more.

Adult breeding stock costs more. Expect to pay several hundred for each sow and boar.

Since pigs enjoy the company of other pigs, you should raise at least two. If you don’t need the meat, you can always sell it.

What Will Your Pig Eat?

The easiest thing to feed your pig is a steady diet of hog chow. It’s formulated to meet your pigs’ needs, including the proper amount of protein and nutrients.

Hog chow is also the most expensive way to fatten up your hog. Each one will take a half ton by the time they reach butcher weight.

There are ways to lower your feed bill. You can give your pigs table scraps. These creatures eat just about anything.

Mine don’t like citrus or banana peels, onions, or raw potato peels, but eat everything else we feed them. We collect our produce scraps in a container in the kitchen, and feed them to the pigs once a day. They love it. We also feed ours extra milk from our cows, eggs that got cracked, or bruised apples. Pigs are a great way to reduce wasted food!

Just because a pig can eat almost everything, doesn’t mean you should feed them everything. They should never eat pork products, rotten foods, or highly sugared pastries. Remember that what you’re feeding them is turning into the meat you’re going to be eating.

To lower your feed costs even more, you can get creative. Are there any local cheese making companies that’d let you have whey? Or a small grocery store that’d give you unsold produce? Look around, and think creatively to obtain feed.

Water

Pigs drink a lot, so you’ll have to give them constant access to fresh water. While you can use a trough, your pigs will probably dump it out a couple of times each day. They like playing in it. To solve this problem, you can get an automatic waterer at most feed stores. These hook up to a hose, or to a bucket. The pigs drink through a nipple.

What Do You Need to Raise Pigs?

Hogs aren’t as needy as many other livestock. They don’t require as much infrastructure. They aren’t as picky on their feed. In addition to the feed and water mentioned earlier, your pigs will need the following:

Shade

Pigs need shade. They don’t sweat, and can easily overheat in the hot sun. Make sure they have shade.

If your pigs are on pasture, trees are one way to provide shade. If they’re in an outdoor pen, give them a roof or tarp. Indoors, make sure they have ventilation to keep the heat down.

Shelter

If you won’t be wintering your hogs, they won’t need a complicated shelter. Give them a place to get out of the wind and rain.

For cold climates, your pigs will need more protection. You can knock up a sturdy structure for them. That way they can bed down and stay warm.

Fencing

If your pigs will be outdoors, you’ll need a fence to keep them in. Pigs are notorious for testing fences and finding holes. Make sure yours are secure.

Common hog fences are made from hog panels or field fence. You can also train pigs to electric wire. To teach them, run an electric wire at snout level around the perimeter of a small pen.

While they’re learning, it’s best to have an additional fence up. That’ll teach the hogs to go backwards from the shock instead of running forward.

Inexpensive Pig Pen

It’s possible to provide everything your pig needs without spending a fortune. Here’s what our pig pen looks like:

pig pen

We used four hog panels, but didn’t make it square. Instead, we curved one of the panels, increasing the square footage of the pen. We secured the panels to T-Posts we already had around the farm.

To provide both shelter and shade, we added a simple roof over part of the pen. We used wooden poles we made from trees on the property for the structure. Metal scraps left over from other projects topped it. We used treated posts to hold the roof up. If you have rot-resistant wood in your area, those are even cheaper.

To make my pen winter ready, I need to enclose the sides under the roof. That’d give the hogs a place to stay dry and warm. It’s on my someday list!

Farrowing Area (If Breeding)

A sow’s gestation lasts about 115 days. You’ll want to make sure she’s in her own area before giving birth. Make sure she has plenty of bedding.

You’ll need to check for stillborn piglets. Check in on your growing litter frequently at first. Inexperienced mama pigs can lie on their babies and squish them.

Why Would Anyone Choose Hogs Over Other Animals for Survival?

When times are tough, you need an animal that is low maintenance. You need one that gives you the most value for your money and time. You need a hog.

It’s true that you can use everything but the squeal. Hogs give you tasty meat, fat for lard, and fertilizer for your vegetables.

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Hogs also require a low time commitment. Once you’ve gotten their fence and shelter up, you just need to feed, water, and add bedding as needed. They are low maintenance, except during the farrowing season.

The hogs will also eat your food scraps, helping to keep your waste piles small. In a crisis, trash can easily pile up. Pigs will ensure there’s no food scraps going to waste.

Hogs don’t require as much space as larger animals, so they’ll be easier to keep in smaller quarters. Their snouts are great at tilling the ground and can prep your garden. They’re very versatile animals on the homestead.

Other Essentials About Raising Hogs

Because they’re constantly rooting around, hogs are prone to intestinal parasites. Some farmers routinely worm. You’ll want to check with a vet to find the recommended wormer for your area.

Many farmers castrate their male hogs, especially if they’re running males and females together.  A castrated male is known as a barrow. Uncastrated males, known as boars, produce meat with a different flavor. It’s known as boar taint. They’re also more likely to be aggressive.

Ideal Butcher Size

Most pig farmers and homesteaders raise pigs to 225-250 pounds. It’s considered the perfect market size. Any bigger, and your feeding costs go up and you’ll get more fat.

Historically, pigs were bigger at butchering time. That’s because pioneers depended on lard for cooking, making soap, and plenty of other tasks. They needed fat pigs because they used the fat. If current economic conditions continue to change, you might see the return of the extra big pig.

Don’t worry though. You won’t have to drag a scale out to the pigpen. You can calculate a pig’s weight based on some simple measurements. All you’ll need is a piece of string, a measuring stick, and some time. It really works! It’s how I determine when it’s time to butcher.

Butchering

When your hog reaches market size, you’ll need to make butchering arrangements. Since pigs are smaller than cows, many homesteaders handle this part on their own. I don’t. I call our local butcher, and they send someone out to the farm. The pigs are dispatched here, while I watch and learn all I can. Maybe someday I’ll try it myself. After dressing, they’re hauled in a refrigerated truck to get processed. The facility also smokes the meat for me.

If you decide to butcher on your own, this field dressing guide will help. Pigs are covered in hair, which you can either singe or scrape off. Skinning is also an option.

After you dress the pig, hanging for a few days will improve the flavor. The cool days of fall are perfect for butchering. Then, you can proceed to cut and wrap your pork.

DIY hog bbq

How to Make Money From Raising Hogs

Pigs can be profitable! If you’re hoping to make money from raising hogs, you have several options. You can invest in quality breeding stock, and sell piglets for show. These typically sell for more than piglets for the table. 4H students are prospective buyers.

If you aren’t raising show hogs, consider selling them at a variety of sizes. Weaners are small pigs, around 25 pounds. They’ve just been weaned and are ready for farmers or homesteaders to raise. You can also keep your piglets a little longer, and sell them as growers. Those weigh 40-70 pounds. Hogs weighing over 150 pounds are known as finishers. They require more time and feed on your part, but usually sell for more money.

In addition to selling live pigs for others to finish, you can sell market ready hogs. A typical pricing method is to sell at a price per pound, hanging weight. You can add the kill fee into your price per pound. Once the hanging pig arrives at the butcher, the buyer can have it cut to specifications. The buyer is then responsible for cutting and wrapping expenses.

When I raise spring pigs, I usually buy one extra to sell. It usually brings enough money to pay for the initial cost, feed,  and butchering costs for both pigs. It also covers my cut and wrap expenses.

Alternatively, you can have the pig processed and then sell the meat. This requires additional legalities than selling them live.

Around here, I’d have to pass an on-site inspection to legally sell pigs this way. Then I’d have to use a specific butcher that’s been USDA approved for hogs. Your local requirements may vary, so be sure to research these before you start selling processed pork.

If you smoke your own bacon and ham, you have a value added product. Maybe you’ll discover a niche market for dry canned bacon. Just make sure to follow the laws in your location. In addition to selling your pigs for meat, you can use other by-products for profit. You can sell manure for gardeners. You can turn the ears into delicious dog treats. With a little creativity, your pigs can bring income to your farm.

Are you raising pigs for survival? Do you have any additional insight to share, or questions that still need answered? Please post them in the comments of this article.

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10 Spring Garden Crops To Get Growing Now!

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If you are chomping at the bit to get in your garden  – there is no need to wait any longer! Now is a great time to get that garden growing with all types of delicious, early season, cool temperature-loving Spring

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Hillary Clinton Declares War On Guns

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Hillary Clinton Declares War On Guns

Second Amendment rights could suffer a major defeat this fall if Hillary Clinton is elected, as demonstrated in a pro-gun control opinion piece she wrote recently for The New York Daily News.

“If the NRA thinks you’re doing a good job, that’s a pretty good indication that something’s very wrong,” Clinton wrote in the March 27 column, which spotlighted gun violence but also outlined her plans to restrict access to guns

Clinton detailed what she called three “common sense steps” she wants to take on gun control if elected.

“First, we need to repeal the law that gives the gun industry sweeping liability protections, so companies that make and sell guns can be held accountable when their products kill people,” she wrote. “When the NRA pushed that misguided law through Congress, they said that preventing lawsuits was their top legislative priority. Now it’s making it harder for families who lost children in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, to sue Bushmaster for marketing its AR-15 assault rifle to civilians. As President, I’ll stand with the families victimized by guns, not the corporations that profit from them.”

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Secondly, Clinton said, she wants to “implement comprehensive background checks.”

“President Obama recently issued several executive orders designed to strengthen this federal system,” she wrote. “Surveys have shown that even 85% of gun owners favor these checks. And it’s hard to believe that we still allow people on the no-fly list to purchase firearms. I think it’s pretty simple: If it’s too dangerous for you to be allowed on an airplane, it’s too dangerous for you to own a gun.”

Thirdly, Clinton wrote that she wants to close the “so-called ‘Charleston loophole.’”

Hillary Clinton Declares War On Guns“Right now, a person with an arrest record can walk into a gun store to buy a gun, and if their background check isn’t completed within three business days, they can walk out with a firearm. It makes absolutely no sense.”

Author and talk show host Dana Loesch asserted that on each point, Clinton was promoting policies that either would infringe on Second Amendment rights or would not work – or both.

“Gun manufacturers can be sued the same as auto manufacturers, appliance makers, etc., etc., if the product is defective and/or doesn’t operate as advertised,” Loesch wrote, referencing Clinton’s first point. “The only exception in which a gun manufacturer or store front can be sued is if they knowingly sell to a prohibited possessor or criminal. Gun makers don’t make guns for prohibited possessors or criminals and criminal usage of a legal object isn’t the fault of the manufacturer. This does nothing to curb gun violence but it is a boon for trial lawyers.”

“Comprehensive” background checks, Loesch wrote, “didn’t stop the San Bernardino terrorists from enacting their atrocity in California, despite such laws already in existence.”

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“They also didn’t prevent the illegal usage of firearms on innocent groups in Oregon, Washington, Colorado or all of the other states which saw such criminal acts despite having ‘comprehensive background checks.’ This is because criminals ignore laws.” Loesch wrote.

Referencing Clinton’s third point, Loesch said there is no such thing as a Charleston loophole.

“Dylann Roof would have and should have failed a background check. FBI Director James Comey issued a public statement admitting the state and FBI ‘flawed’ in not flagging murderer Dylann Roof,” Loesch wrote. “… Clinton’s proposals are nothing but collections of word salad that do nothing to address the real problems (like criminal justice reform) and everything to boost trial lawyers’ salaries.”

In the RealClearPolitics’ polling average, Clinton currently leads GOP frontrunner Donald Trump by 11.2 points and Ted Cruz by 2.9 points. John Kasich leads Clinton by 6.5 points.

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How To Make Your Own Food-Safe Wood Sealant

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How To Make Your Own Food-Safe Wood Sealant Making your own food-safe wood sealant is easy, cheap and best of all… it is  all natural with NO chemicals at all. Knowing how to seal wood so it doesn’t rot is the key for a lifelong garden bed. You can also seal picture frames and wood …

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25 Prepper Items To Look For at Flea Markets

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25 Prepper Items To Look For at Flea Markets Every time I visit a flea market or thrift store, I’m amazed at how many perfectly good prepper items are being sold for next to nothing. They’re usually items I already have, but I can see how brand new preppers could do really well… if they …

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The 50-dollar 30-day Emergency Food Kit

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The 50-Dollar 30-Day Emergency Food Kit This kit costs about $1.67 a day and has around 2800 calories. Of course you do not need to eat that many calories a day BUT if SHTF you may need to eat more as you may be more physically active. All of the foods that are mentioned in …

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Best Bug Out Bag Flashlight For The Value

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Best Bug Out Bag Flashlight For The Value A flashlight is one of the most important items you can have on you in an emergency or just to find your way around after dark. Finding a good flashlight that isn’t expensive is pretty difficult sometimes though. Well I’ve found one for you. To be a …

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DIY Fishing Without Modern Gear

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DIY Fishing Without Modern Gear People have been fishing for millennia and in that time, not much has changed as far as the process or even the equipment used. Sure, there are depth finders and motorized this or that to ‘make it easier’ but you ever notice how it’s still called fishing and not ‘catching?’ In …

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65 DIY Projects To Turn Your Trash Into Treasure

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65 DIY Projects To Turn Your Trash Into Treasure When it comes to decluttering your home or apartment, you may just grab a handful of trash bags and start either throwing out, recycling or donating, without thinking twice about how your old “trash” can actually be turned into something useful. So drop that trash bag. …

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First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?

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First aid supplies_How Much is too MuchWhen it comes to prepping, the old adage two is one and one is none comes to mind. This is extremely accurate, with maybe one exception when it comes to first aid supplies that you should have when preparing for the unknown.

When you think you have enough medical and first aid supplies, multiply that by about 10 and you should be good for an unexpected emergency. If you think you have everything you could possible need, and have never had an emergency to use it for, trust me, you will need more.

Unfortunately for me, I actually had a medical emergency recently that I had to put my emergency medical kit into use. Now it was not a human medical emergency, but it was an emergency nonetheless.

I know most of you don’t have horses, but the reason I am writing this is because of the lessons I learned, and how it applies to an emergency situation for humans as well.

Lesson Learned…

If we need to deal with a major injury in a SHTF scenario, this is a good lesson learned. This even applies today if we need to bandage them up until medical help is available.

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For those of you who don’t know, we have two horses. And of these two horses, one is always getting himself into mischief. So he has earned the nickname Dennis the Menace. He is always getting into trouble. And about a week ago he got into the worst trouble yet.

I am not sure what happened, he got spooked somehow and put his back leg through the back of his stall. The back of his stall was metal, and he kicked clean through it. I was awake at the time (thank god) and I heard a ruckus coming from outside. I quickly grabbed my headlamp and went outside to investigate what was happening.

I pointed the light at the horses, and Ethan (aka Dennis) had blood gushing down his back leg. Somehow I kept my witts about me, got his halter on and tied him to a hitching post. I grabbed my equine first aid kit out of the barn, and proceeded to use EVERYTHING in the kit to create a compression dressing to stop the bleeding.

I went through three rolls of vet wrap, three abd pads, and a roll of duct tape, and there was still blood coming through the dressing. I grabbed more duct tape and created a tourniquet as best I could to cease the blood flow. Thankfully I have a vet who is available 24-7, and about 45 minutes later, he got to us.

The horse managed to gash his leg and cut through his saphenous vein, which is why there was such a large amount of blood. This is a little gross, but the bold was actually squirting out every time his heart pumped.

The good news is horses have a lot more blood than humans. Since I got to it right away, he did not lose enough blood to be in danger of bleeding out, however the amount of blood lost, that I witnessed, was incredibly scary, and all I could think of was getting it to stop bleeding.

He is recovering from his injury now, and as long as I can keep the laceration clean, and infection free, he should recover well, and no permanent damage done.

But now that I have had time to think about this situation, and how I quickly, in one emergency depleted my equine first aid kit, I have determined I was in no way prepared to handle multiple emergencies in a long term situation. So, just how many supplies would I need to have on hand to deal with whatever would come our way?

The answer is; much more than I have right now!

The good news is emergency’s don’t happen on a daily basis. And a lot of the first aid supplies that are a part of a good medical kit have very long expiration dates. So you can keep adding to your kit over time in order to have a lot of supplies.

But once you start accumulating more and more first aid supplies, you will need a storage plan to keep it all. Plastic storage bins are an excellent way to keep your extra first aid supplies together in one place.

If you have livestock, you will need to incorporate their first aid supplies in to your plan as well. So you will need a first aid kit for people as well as your animals. And you may want to plan for longer term, so bulk up your supplies as much as you can, when you can.

You will want to have supplies for every day cuts and scrapes as well as the more life threatening emergencies, such as blood loss, fractures, and infections.

Don’t overlook the everyday things, such as daily maintenance medications for conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. In an SHTF scenario there may not be help coming any time soon, so you need to be prepared to deal with the emergency on your own.

To go back to my own emergency that happened, after the shock had worn off (sort of, I’m still on edge honestly) I had to go back and replenish my first aid kit(s), and add extra.

So this is what I added to my pets first aid kit…

  • 10 rolls of vet wrap (generic equivalent)
  • 5 rolls of kerlix gauze
  • 6 velcro closure ace wraps in various sizes
  • 6 2 liter bottles of water
  • 1 box of nitrile gloves
  • 12 rolls of tape (different kinds, medical, elastic, etc.)
  • 2 rolls Elastikon medical tape
  • 2 rolls of duct tape
  • 3 packages of non-sterile 4×4 gauze sponges
  • Wonder Dust (equine coagulant)
  • Chlorhexidine cream
  • Bute powder (this is prescription pain reliever for horses, I got it from my vet)
  • 12 track bandages (for leg wraps-knit material)
  • 3 packages of wide cotton roll
  • Also various antibiotics, these were all acquired from my vet, I prefer the oral type, but unfortunately, now I have injectable antibiotics for horses now too, penicillin and gentamycin. But I have to say, giving a HUGE injection to my horse every day for 5 days proved to be too much for me and the horse, so I was left to use the powdered oral antibiotic, which is a sulfa based drug.
  • 2 tubes of silvasorb gel

And then that made me start thinking about my ‘people’ medical supplies, and how much do I have, vs. how much I should have. Granted a large animal is going to require a lot more due to their size. But it is better to have the stuff, and never need to use it, kind of like an insurance policy. So that is how I look at my first aid supplies, and insurance policy for the safety of my family.

This is what I added to my people first aid supply kit:

It may seem like overkill, but as I stated before, this is an insurance policy, and hopefully I will never have to use all of this stuff. But I would rather be prepared and have it, and not need it, than to need it and not have it. I will continue to bulk up all of my medical kits, and will most likely add things that most people will not need, such as needles, and IV start kits, but that is because I have been trained how to use it.

One thing you may have noticed I did not add to any of my first aid kits is suturing equipment. I am of the opinion if I don’t have the training to use something, I am not going to wing it, and when it comes to suturing, I do not have the experience so at this time, it is not a part of my medical kit. However, this may change in the future, but for now I don’t have it. Going back to my horse story, the vet came out three times in attempts to suture the huge gash closed, but the horse would not cooperate, and the window of opportunity passed, so we decided to leave it open, and let it heal by secondary intention (meaning, no sutures). Yes, it will take longer to heal, and yes, there is a risk of infection, but that just means I have to be more diligent in caring for the wound until it matures and heals. This is something I am willing to do in order to have a good outcome.

I feel the same way in regard to people. If I didn’t make a surgical cut, the last thing I want to do is seal it up. So yes it will be a more difficult task, and take longer to heal, but sometimes that is the better way, especially if there is something in the wound (like debris, or contaminants) that the body will help to push out. If it is sutured closed, you could potentially be trapping the contaminant inside of the body.

When in doubt, don’t do it. Again, this is my opinion. How you choose to handle a situation like this is up to you.

Another thing to think about, if you have never witnessed an emergency happen, attend some classes and get some training. No it won’t stop emergencies from happening, but you will be more prepared to handle a situation should it occur. Then if something does happen, hopefully your training will kick in, and make it easier to handle the emergency.

Get the training BEFORE something happens. Practice what you have learned. Have drills, and run through a scenario to get your hands in there so you will have a plan of what you would do in an emergency situation.

You will never be prepared for every scenario, but the more you plan and practice and learn, the better prepared you will be if something happens.

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Special Needs Prepping!

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Special Needs Prepping
DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia

Special Needs Prepping childrenWhat do I mean by special needs? I mean anything that can be a need for a member of your family or group that may not be considered under the “normal” needs we prepare for. This past weekend when I kept trying to write this show information I had someone with her own special needs that needed attention which makes me think. What I mean by a special need could be any number of things.

Special Needs Prepping elderlySome of the special things we need to consider beyond those that might be what we would immediately think of like Diabetes, and other illness. Many of which I do wish to talk on because there are important factors to consider, but also consider some of these things.

Children… They have needs that are not always the same as an adult. Keeping them busy or even quiet can be a challenge sometimes.

Elderly… Many overlook the incredible value of these people and fail to prepare for their care and needs. The knowledge locked away inside our older friends and family is priceless and their wisdom and information could be priceless.

Conditions like pregnancy… While temporary, it comes with a whole plethora of possible needs and complications. Do you know how to deliver a baby? What the mother or child might need?

Many will remember to prepare for their pets but overlook some of the most basic of these special circumstances. Let’s chat this week about some of these, I encourage everyone to join me in chat and help remind myself and others of some of these needs so we can share your thoughts and ideas as well. If you would like to chat live on air about it I would love for you to call in.
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Coconut Oil: Some Really Good Stuff!

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coconut oilWell, why not mention something that can help you out on a daily basis?  Yes, Coconut oil is some really good stuff!  Its uses and benefits are tremendous.  The books that have been written about it are too numerous to count, but we are going to skim over a few of the basics to give you some knowledge about it.  Coconut oil is taken from the meat of the mature coconut, and technically it is an edible oil.  It has a shelf life of around 6 months to a year if kept at a temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit or below, and it is not prone to any kind of rancidity or spoilage.

There are two types of it, virgin and refined.  The latter is usually used for cooking or other applications and doesn’t even remotely taste akin to a coconut.  It is the former, the virgin coconut oil that you are looking for regarding consumption.  The primary difference between the two types lies in the extraction method; although each method involves pressing, the refined also adds heat to extract the oil.  When this is done, a host of impurities come out into the oil that lead it to be further refined.

How Effective is Coconut Oil?

It is an excellent emollient and can be used very easily and safely on the skin.  When used in the care of hair, it can help the hair to retain protein/suffer less protein loss.  The oil is high in saturated fats; which doctors proclaim can lead to cardiovascular disease.  The health benefits far outweigh any claimed risks.  Coconut oil helps with digestion and immune system function, as it is anti-fungal and anti-microbial.  It is also an anti-oxidant, helping to guard the body’s cells against free radicals, that oxidize and destroy the cellular tissues and are a large component of aging.

Some of the components of coconut oil such as lauric, capric, and caprylic acids help with fighting microorganisms.  As a matter of fact, coconut oil fights yeast infections, such as Candida albicans that usually develop from unrestrained and uncontrolled growth in the human stomach.  The essential fatty acid in coconut oil counteract the harmful effects of packaged and processed foods that lead to these yeast infections found primarily in the nations of Northern Europe and North America.  These geographical areas have cold weather and damp conditions that when combined with the particular eating habits and lifestyles of peoples living in them, contributes to a rise in the incidence of yeast infections.

There is an organization known as the Coconut Research Center that has determined the effectiveness of coconut oil and its components in defeating a host of different illnesses, such as influenza, SARS, herpes, and measles, to name a few.  Coconut oil helps diabetics with the maintenance of blood sugar levels as well as being a stimulant for the release of insulin by the human pancreas.  Athletes can also take advantage of it, as it has fewer calories than comparable oils and thus can be more readily transformed into energy without a buildup of fat in the heart and blood vessels.

Where to Buy Coconut Oil

You can obtain coconut oil virtually anywhere, as it is no longer kept “in the closet” and out of the public view.  I have found that Wal-Mart puts out an organic coconut oil that is a few dollars less in price for an equal volume you might find in the health food stores.  As in all things to do with natural health, we recommend you speak to your all-knowing, certified, licensed physician prior to undertaking any regimen with coconut oil, and obtain his/her approval.

I try and take about a tablespoon of it a day.  Half in the morning goes pretty well with some steel-cut oats, and the other half I just throw in my food and let it melt in…mixing it up with my dinner.  Personally I think it sucks when eaten by itself, however, that choice is up to you.  I lift a lot of weights, and I find that it is really good for the hands to keep calluses and thicknesses from forming up on my palms.  In any event, do your research and learn more about it…life is a learning experience.  You will find the benefits far outweigh the claimed drawbacks.  Enjoy, and give us some feedback on your experiences with coconut oil.  JJ out!

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

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

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

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Braving the Storms + Huge Giveaway

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Braving the Storms by Kyle Pratt | Backdoor Survival

By now you probably know that I have a virtual love-fest with certain authors.  These are the individuals that consistently put out meaningful and educational work that we can learn from, whether it is the form of preparedness oriented reference books or survival fiction.

This week I once again feature one of those authors, Kyle Pratt, as I introduce you to the third book in his “Strengthen What Remains” series, Braving the Storms.  I love audiobooks and lucky for me, I was able to listen to the book during my daily walks with Tucker the Dog, and during my nightly de-stressing while coloring in “adult” coloring books.

Braving the Storms by Kyle Pratt | Backdoor Survival

Braving the Storms was, for me, not so much about the consequences of the unraveling of society as about the human factor.  It was about the feelings, the fears, and the optimism of the characters who, by the end of book, you really care about.  I do not want to spoil things for you so I will leave it at that.  This is Kyle Pratt at his best.

Today I share an all new interview with Kyle, plus, I have ten copies up of his book up for grabs in a giveaway.  I did say this was huge giveaway, after all.  But there is more.  The winners will have their choice of a print book, eBook, or audio book.  Pretty nice right?

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

An Interview with Kyle Pratt, Author of Braving the Storms

One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own back yard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.

There are conceivable disasters that would force a family to flee their home, or bug-out. However, I have chosen to live in a place and in a way to minimize that possibility. I live in a rural area on a small farm.

There are many reasons I would want to stay put beyond the fact that this is my home. We have a pantry full of food and supplies. Over the years we have planted an orchard of apple and pear trees. There is a well with both an electric and hand pump. We have chickens and bees. These things, and many others, would be useful in a disaster and would be difficult, or impossible, to relocate.

However, I still have a bug-out bag (two actually) and could if the situation required it, leave quickly.

If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?

It is possible to store a lot of food as MREs or drums of rice and beans, but who would want to eat only that. I’ve already mentioned that we grow apples and pears. Part of the reason we do is because these are great snack foods. However, in addition to items like that we also stock things like coffee, cocoa, and chocolate.

Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?

Robert Heinlein once wrote that, “An armed society is a polite society.”

In that vein, I do believe every adult should have access to at least one firearm and know how to use it. Of course there are non-lethal weapons such as Tasers and Mace. However, I also recommend learning martial art techniques such as Krav Maga, Karate or Judo.

These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?

Braving the Storms is the third book in a series that, for me, started with a simple premise. If countries such as Iran, North Korea and China conspired with terrorists to weaken the United States, how might they accomplish it? Everything that happens in the book follows from the resulting terror and destruction. There are no vampires, zombies or aliens.

I am a prepper and include some information about prepping when and where it fits into the story, but my main character isn’t a prepper. He does have a military background and some skills (otherwise it might be a really short book) but he doesn’t know everything, and makes mistakes. He’s a good person, but very human.

All of my point-of-view characters are fairly average people just trying to survive and do the right thing. I believe that allows my readers (mostly average people trying to get along in life and survive) to identify with the characters and learn while being entertained.

What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?

My favorite survival movie is Contagion. It came out in 2011, and starred Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet. The plot realistically portrays the spread of a flu-like virus around the world. While medical researchers and public health officials struggle to identify and contain the disease, law and order is breaking down.

6. It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?

Finish your book. Many people say they always wanted to write a book, or they have several chapters done. Few people come to me and say, “I’ve finished my book, now what do I do?”

Today is a great time to be an author, but before an agent or publisher discusses possible options, they will want to know that you can finish a novel.


The Giveaway

Kyle has reserved 10 copies of Braving the Storms for this Book Festival Giveaway. The winners can choose their format: print book, eBook, or audiobook.

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

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

By the way, did you know that you can get a free trial of Audible along with 2 free audio books?  Be forewarned that you will be hooked!

The Final Word

As with the rest of the books in this prepper book festival, Braving the Storms is an outstanding example of the newest books coming out of the niche.  These are books that not only help us learn, but they also cross the line into the mainstream, educating the world about the threats we face and what to do about them.

Please indulge me as I put in a plug for the entire Strength What Remains series. Right now, the first book in the series is only $1.99 for the Kindle version. If you decide to read it, I am confident that you will not be disappointed.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.

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

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Spotlight:  Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

Braving the Storms, is the third book of the Strengthen What Remains series.

In the first book, Through Many Fires, nuclear terrorism strikes the nation’s capital and six other American cities. In the second book, A Time to Endure, society continues to unravel, and civil war threatens the divided and economically-crippled land.

Now a new and even more lethal problem emerges. A swift and deadly flu epidemic sweeps out of overcrowded FEMA camps and strikes the nation with horrific results. Caden Westmore struggles to keep his family and community safe, while others use the plague to advance their own military and political agendas.

Caden must succeed, but how can he, when both the epidemic and chaos attack his hometown and family?”

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 11.

Non-Fiction

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear
Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

Fiction:

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller
Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

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

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Are You Interested in Essential Oils?

20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils

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This is WHY flintlock pistols need to be controlled.

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This is why flintlock pistols need to be controlled, to stop criminals & people like Man Monis from purchasing illegal pump action shotguns & cutting them down like this:

Makes sense doesn’t it???!!!

Spring time for SurvivalRing … News, Updates, life itself. Death in the family.

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Good evening my friends, We all have a lot to deal with in our lives, some good, some bad, some never wanted. Myself, working for the state of Wyoming takes most of my days. Home time is usually unwinding, getting a few chores done, and catching up on emails, with a few social posts here […]

How To Harness Emergency Power From The Sun – On A Budget!

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So what’s your back up plan if the grid goes down?  Do you have one??  HOW will you power your tech during a bug-out, or what if you go camping for a week away from electricity?  What will you do?

A_5-Anker-Solar-Power copyWell, at less than $60 US… the 15 ounce Anker PowerPort, 2-Port, Solar Panel System provides serious power to keep your USB charged devices going.

Use the PowerPort Solar Panel to charge phones, tablets, and other USB tech directly from the sun… or store energy for later use or cloudy days by adding the 20,000 mAh Anker PowerCore Ultra High Capacity power bank (which you can also charge via USB).

Then PowerBank stores enough Power to keep my iPhone6 running for a week.  But Best of all, the Anker PowerBank only runs about $40 US.  Add the PowerPort Solar Panel for around $60 and you have a nice, lightweight and powerful solar power system for about $100.

Anker Solar Panels: http://amzn.to/1M0yTQU

Anker PowerCore: http://amzn.to/1M0yZIj

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For serious off grid, emergency, adventure and bug out power you’ll likely need something that will charge USB devices, AS WELL AS 12 volt and AC powered stuff or rechargeable devices like cameras, radios, or laptop computers.

Meet the KING of packable, portable solar power – the Goal Zero Sherpa 100 with Nomad 20 Solar Panel. Charge the SHERPA from the SUN, Wall or Car. Deliver power through USB, Laptop Port, AC Inverter or 12 volt port. And it’s cool that you can daisy Chain Any Goal Zero Solar Panels together for faster charging.

I’ve used this system for almost 2 years and it’s fantastic. The only down side is that this puppy will cost you $350 to $600 US depending on the options you choose. But if you want to power more than just USB devices when power is scare… I have NOT found any more reliable or efficient gear for the price than Goal Zero. http://amzn.to/1MT8bnT

A_5-Anker-Solar-PoweBUnlimited USB Power for Less than $100

As mentioned above, for charging ONLY USB devices from the sun – check out the ANKER PowerPort Solar Panel and the ANKER PowerCore 20,000 mAh power bank – both can be had for around $100 US.

I HATED Survival Wire Saws — Until NOW! Wire Saw HACK 101

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editScreen Shot 2016-03-30 at 2.01.24 PMI HATED survival wire saws until I discovered this simple “hack” that transforms this impertinent piece of twisted wire into a rather useful bow saw.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had much success using a survival wire saw the traditional way… by pulling it back and forth with my hands to cut a branch or tree.  Back and forth, back and forth, back and…..yeah.

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It has always seemed inefficient to me.  And, in a survival situation, you need to be efficient and conserve as many calories as you can.

So, not long ago I was giving my wire saw one last chance….and came up with a simple way to easily turn it into a bow saw that cuts like a BOSS!

For this hack you only need TWO things:

A quality wire saw like this one from Best Glide…

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 2.01.49 PM…and, a tree branch!

Your tree branch will need to be a few inches longer than your wire saw with Ys on both sides… and smaller in diameter than your wire saw O-rings.

It will also be helpful if your tree branch is curved a bit… AND is able to be bent slightly without breaking.

If you have a utility or survival knife on you, go ahead and trim up your branch… if not, that’s fine.

Now slide one O-ring over the fat end of the branch until it rests against the base of the bottom Y.

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Now, carefully bend the branch while you hook the remaining O-ring to the Y on the other side.

Your wire saw should now have a good deal of tension. If not, you may want to start over.

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There you have it!  A super simple way to transform your survival wire saw into an energy, finger – and potentially, life – saving bow saw.

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How To “Lance” A Boil

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A “boil” is an abscess that involves the skin. Although boils (also called “furuncles“) refer to skin and subcutaneous tissues, you can get an abscess in just about any organ. I have seen abscesses in abdominal organs like the ovary or liver, or even in other places like gums. Wherever you find them, they are essentially a walled-off pocket of pus.  Pus is the debris left over from your body’s attempt to eliminate an infection; it consists of white and red blood cells, inflammatory fluid, and live and dead microbes (in boils, usually Staph species).

 

If the abscess was not caused by an infected wound or diseased tooth, it is possible that it originated in a “cyst”, which is a hollow structure filled with fluid.  There are various types of cysts that can become infected and form abscesses:

 

  • Sebaceous: skin glands often associated with hair follicles, they are concentrated on the face and trunk.  These cysts produce oily material known as “sebum”.
  • Inclusion:  These occur when skin lining is trapped in deeper layers as a result of trauma.  They continue to produce skin cells and grow.
  • Pilonidal:  These cysts are located over the area of the tailbone, and are due to a malformation during fetal development.  They easily become infected and require intervention.

 

To deal with an abscess, a route must be forged to evacuate the pus.  The easiest way to do this is to place warm moist compresses over the area, also known as “ripening the abscess”. Apply the compress over the area  for 15 minutes or so every couple of hours during the day. This will help bring the infection to the surface of the skin, where it will form a “head” and, hopefully, drain spontaneously. The abscess will go from firm to soft as it ripens; it’ll develop a “whitehead” pimple at the likely point of exit.

 

You’ll be tempted to squeeze the boil in an effort to relieve the pressure discomfort. Doing this, however, may make the infection worse. Patience is important for a few days to give the abscess a chance to resolve on its own.

 

If a few days go by without spontaneous drainage, it may become clear that a boil or abscess will not respond to lesser treatment and needs surgical intervention. This is called “lancing a boil” and is otherwise referred to as “incision and drainage” in medical-ese. Always wash your hands and put on gloves before attempting this or, really, any other medical procedure.

 

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#11 scalpel blade

Clean the area with an antiseptic and apply a numbing agent (even ice will do). You’ll need a sharp sterile instrument such as a scalpel (a  #11 blade is best). If you don’t have a sterile instrument, you can put a thin blade over a fire until it becomes red hot, then let cool.

 

 

Using the tip of the scalpel, pierce the skin over the abscess perpendicular to the surface of the skin. The pus should drain freely, and your patient will probably experience immediate relief from the release of pressure. Sometimes a small Kelly clamp is useful to break up little compartments in the abscess called “loculations“,  Have some extra gauze handy, as a large boil can be messy to treat.

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abcesses might sometimes have multiple compartments

Irrigate the wound with lots of saline solution or clean water. A thin gauze moistened with Betadine is then placed in the abscess cavity, commercially available as “iodoform packing”. Finally, apply an antibiotic ointment like Bactroban or raw, unprocessed honey to the skin surrounding the incision and cover with a clean bandage. Change the packing twice daily until the abscess cavity fills in. If the abscess returns, the walls may need removal in a more extensive procedure.

 

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Oral antibiotics are a useful additional tool to treat boils, whether or not you decide to lance them. Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, or Erythromycin are options that are available in veterinary equivalents (Fish-Mox, Fish-Flex, and Fish-Mycin, respectively).

 

 

Incision and drainage may be helpful for dental abscesses as well, but may not save nearby teeth. Check our articles on this website under “dental” to see what should be in a kit to handle these problems. Of course, in normal times, seek modern medical and dental care whenever and wherever it is available.

 

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Check out Joe and Amy Alton’s new show, American Survival Radio, in collaboration with Genesis Communications! Also, listen to their long-standing survival medicine show, The Survival Medicine Hour, at blogtalkradio.com.

Dangerous Book for Men + 9 Gizmos and Gadgets – Volume 3

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If you’re looking for the best survival gizmos and gear on the planet, you’ve come to the right place. INSIDE Volume #3 you’ll discover the King of Knife Sharpeners, Crazy Good Machetes made by people who use them to survival everyday, the Boss of Bug Out Beds, a Zombie that can help you stay alive and a lot more.

dangerous-book-for-menThe Dangerous Book for Men

Learn how to fight off an alligator, escape an ambush, land a small airplane and triumph over a myriad of (otherwise) disastrous pitfalls and perils using the Dangerous Book for Men. It’s a fun, entertaining and easy-to-read book that makes a great gift men and older boys. Cost is around $12 US.

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A perfect edition to any altoids survival tin or pocket survival kit – the Colt SPEAR Tactical Arrowheads are made from about 1.7 millimeter thick, black coated and sharpened, 8cr13moV stainless steel… include dual lashing holes and pack up small. Cost is around $20 US for the set.

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Finally a Zombie that Can Help You… Meet the WaZombie from Wazoo Survival Gear. This cute little keychain-ready guy is posable, has magnetic hands and feet to hold weapons (like nails) and conceals 6 survival items inside his paracord body.  Cost is around $50 US.

Now… if Zombies aren’t your thing but you’d like some everyday carry survival gear swinging from your keychain – check out the  Wazoo Companion or Woodchuck – each runs around $25 US.

Survival Zombie: http://www.wazoosurvivalgear.com/zombie/

Wazoo Companion: http://www.wazoosurvivalgear.com/companion-survival-keychain/

Wazoo Woodchuck: http://www.wazoosurvivalgear.com/woodchuck/

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If you’re tired of low quality sleep on cold, hard, uneven ground when you camp or travel… you’re gonna love the German Made Exped Insulated Pads… When resting on one of my Exped pads I sleep as well on the ground as I do in my bed at home.

Designed to make even side sleepers like me happy, Exped pads provide insulation between you and the chilly ground, have breath saving, low profile pumps built in, and pack down smaller than any other pads I’ve used. Cost is between $100 and $200 US depending on the option you choose.

SynMat 7 (3 1/2 Season, Comfortable Ground Sleeping): http://amzn.to/1RriO6T

DownMat 9 (Best for Cold Weather Ground Sleeping): http://amzn.to/1ZLT7Qu

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The Survival Metrics Head for Survival oversized triangular bandana has basic shelter, water, fire, food, navigation and signaling survival information printed right on it … making one of the most versatile survival items in your kit, even more valuable. Cost is around $20 US.

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Ready to step up your game with a great machete made by people who actually use them everyday to survive?  Made in El Salvador, the Condor Golok Machete screams through clearing and chopping tasks like a boss… is made of tough 1075 high carbon steel, has a sweet wood handle and comes with a great leather sheath. It’s my favorite machete for clearing brush… and the cost is really reasonable at around $70 US. http://amzn.to/1RriVzg

But if you are looking for more of a heavy duty chopper – check out the Condor Bushcraft Parang at around $55 US or the village parang at around $65.

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Village Parang: http://amzn.to/1RriYv2

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Popular with international business travelers and tourists who want discrete – low volume water purification, the Steripen Ultra – USB Rechargeable Handheld water purifier uses ultra violet light to destroy water borne pathogens – including virus’ (that water filters alone don’t eliminate). To Use… Simply turn it on… follow the screen directions until you see the smiley face. Who said purifying water can’t be fun? One USB charge lasts about 50 treatments. Street Price is around $80 US.

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I’ve heard it said that if you don’t know your knots, tie a lot… but this strategy can fail you in the back country… Fortunately the Pro-Knot Outdoor Knot cards have you covered until you get up to speed on essential knots. I’ve found the Pro-Knot cards helpful because they contain, 20 of the most useful utility knots, on six, credit-card sized, waterproof cards that fit in a pocket, pack, pouch or survival kit – AND make it easy for me to practice my knots anywhere. Cost is only around $5 US.

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IMG_5619editSurvival Multi-Tool – Leatherman Signal

It’s no secret that my favorite multi-tool of all time is my vintage – 13 year old leatherman wave… But another Multi-Tool has caught my eye recently… The Leatherman Signal. It’s more of a survival multi-tool that includes pliers, a saw, can and bottle opener, an awl, screw drivers, a mini-diamond sharpener, a replaceable ferro rod with emergency whistle, a mini carabiner, and a pocket clip. Cost is right around $100 US.

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Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool:

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IMG_5649editThe King of Knife Sharpeners

If you have a boatload of dull survival, kitchen or utility knives around your house… and want to get them sharp fast… the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener is your ticket to razor sharp blade bliss. Just follow the step by step directions to bring you dull blades back to life. Just be careful… it’s addicting. Cost is around $70 US.

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36 Ways To Lower Your Energy Use This Summer

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Summer is coming! (Unless you’re in the southern hemisphere, in which case it’s time to get ready for winter) For many of us, summer is when power bills go through the roof.
Of course you can lower your power bill even in the hot summer. Check out these 36 ideas that will help keep you cool and comfortable while saving you some money.

You do not need to go off-grid in order to lower your electricity use. Here are 36 tips for lowering your electricity use this summer.
 
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Don’t use an air conditioner. Electric floor and ceiling fans use half the energy.
 
It is definitely possible to use less power even when it's hot outside. Check out these 36 ideas for lowering your power bill in the summer.

Fans do not cool the room, though – they blow away the layer of hot air around your body. Therefore, when you leave the room, turn off the fan. If you leave a fan on when it is not actually moving the hot air away from a person, you are simply wasting electricity.

 
Make sure your ceiling fan is blowing down, not up. If it’s blowing up, then the warm air from the ceiling is being pushed back down, and that’s not good. When the fan is at full speed, stand directly under it – you should feel a solid wind.
 
If you must use an air conditioner, especially for those with health conditions, increasing the temperature by 2C (for example, from 26C to 28C) will reduce your energy consumption by about 10%. 10% is a lot.
 
Plant summer greenery like Morning Glory flowers outside of your house’s windows. These create a natural shade and keep the heat from entering, while evaporation from water inside the plants and their soil will also cool your walls.
 
Even potted plants and gardens, if close to the house, will prevent excessive temperature increases.
 
Trees are even better. But if you’re planting trees near your house, pay close attention to the mature root size and shape, choosing ones that go straight down. Sprawling roots can destroy your foundation, paths and driveway.
 
Use blinds inside your windows to block sunlight and heat. Better yet, install functional outdoor shutters outdoors to prevent the heat from reaching the windows. It’s an old idea that deserves a revisit.
 
In the morning and early evening, sprinkle water on gardens, balconies, concrete and asphalt. As the day warms, the water will evaporate and have a cooling effect.
 
Straw or rattan mats are cooler than carpets or wooden floors.
 
Solar control films are available to apply to windows. Just like the insulating film many people use in the winter, these insulate the window glass directly, reflecting away 78% of the sun’s heat and blocking up to 98% of UV rays.
 
Wear a hat. Your mom was right.
 
Bring back parasols. It has happened in Japan, so why not bring them back to North America?
 
Linen bedding, although definitely much more expensive, is the most comfortable, quick-drying and sweat-absorbent. An added benefit is that linen lasts a lifetime and “old linen” becomes increasingly soft and comfortable. If linen bedding is out of the price range, lightweight cotton is the next best option, allowing you to sleep more comfortably in the heat.
 
Sleep with ice packs under your pillow.
 
Turn down the coolness in your refrigerator. Put it at a medium setting. Second to air conditioners, refrigerators are the single biggest use of energy in the home.
 
Do not overload the refrigerator as that prevents food from cooling properly. They work best if air can circulate freely, so toss out those long-forgotten leftovers.
 
Organize your food so that the refrigerator is opened as infrequently as possible. I know, I’m starting to sound like your mom, aren’t I? Keep the refrigerator door closed!
 
Is it too obvious to point out that we should be turning off lights whenever possible? Unless you live in a dark basement apartment, there is little need for artificial lights in the daytime, and we generally manage quite well without them. Turning off lights unless absolutely needed will save about 5% of your energy consumption.
 
Turn off anything that isn’t being used and be aware of phantom loads. If you use a microwave or television, make sure it is properly turned off.
 
If you replace incandescent lights (are you still using those?) with fluorescent bulbs, maintaining the same luminance, you decrease consumption to about 1/5th of what you were using. LED lights will reduce consumption to about 1/7th of the original usage! We use only LED lights in our off-grid cabin and the energy use is minimal.
 
Use kitchen and bathroom fans with caution as they vent to the outdoors and may be drawing welcome cool air outside.
 
Crockpots, electric skillets, roaster ovens, toaster ovens, grills, griddles, outdoor barbecues and sandwich makers – there are many ways to cook without heating up the kitchen. Quick cooking methods like stir frying and boiling are also ideal – leave the simmered dishes for cooler months.
 
Cook in the morning or late in the evening whenever possible.
 
Eat cool food. Salads, fresh vegetables and dip, cold cuts and bread are all delicious ways to eat while beating the heat, as are cold noodles like soba. Cook them in the morning, rinse well in several changes of cold water, drain well and cover, then store in the refrigerator. Serve with a delicious dipping sauce and chopped additions like cold meat and cheese.
 
Don’t forget seasonal favourites that have always been considered cooling – cucumber, tomato, watermelon, potato salad. Prepare the potatoes when the temperature is lower, or use canned potatoes.
When you do use the oven, don’t pre-heat unless you’re baking. In addition, cook multiple things at a time and check on your food by looking through the window.
 
Drink plenty of cool beverages. Try using that sun’s heat to brew up a batch of sun tea in your window. Or make barley tea by roasting whole barley in the oven and then boil it in water for a few minutes. Sweeten, cool and enjoy. Want more options than that? My friend Carissa has written a fabulous little book called Infused that contains 120 infused water recipes. (Yes, I have a copy!)
 
Hang dry your clothes. Even if you don’t have a backyard clothesline, a temporary rack in the bathroom or living room means no dryer heat.
 
The water heater is close to the air conditioner in energy consumption. Turn the heat down on it, and consider turning it off during hours when hot water on demand is not required.
 
Take quick showers instead of baths and consider lowering the temperature of your showers. If your home is warm, a cool shower can be very refreshing.
 
Even better – install low-flow shower heads for those short, cooler showers.
 
Clean around the home with cold water instead of hot wherever possible.
 
The Japanese believe that creating a soothing, relaxing environment helps you feel cooler. Install Japanese wind chimes or set up a small fish tank in your home.
 
A tenugui, originally simply a facecloth used by 18th century actors, is a thin linen or cotton hand towel which is used as a headband, to wipe away sweat, or as a sunshade. Carrying a thin towel or handkerchief is a practical tradition for dealing with heat, as are small hand fans.
 
And, finally, the easiest, healthiest and all around best way to save energy with your television is to unplug it and all of its accessories and remove them from your home.

Lots More Reasons Why You and I Are Still Not Crazy For Preparing!

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Lots More Reasons Why You and I Are Still Not Crazy For Preparing

Just a few more reasons that you, me, and every other prepper is not crazy for preparing…

The lack of our governments to handle the affairs of defense, safety, response, and notification is at  such a high level of incompetence that we have no choice through rational deduction, to prepare our own path of success in life and in survival.

The present Untied States presidential election that is nothing less than horrifying and embarrassing. There’s even a socialist running in a country based on opportunity, freedom, and a culture of consumption.

The weakness of the world economy and increasing population that may lead to another recession. Job growth is mostly part-time, the housing market is there but weak, and many numbers that show stability have been shored up through subsidizing weak areas.

The ever increasing dependence on vulnerable technology. Without media, fear would be extreme. Without the dependent debit system, violence would erupt everywhere.

The continuing movement of all the tectonic plates. Earthquakes happen everywhere. No one is safe anywhere from their destructive forces.

The serious weather extremes of rain, snow, wind, tornadoes, hurricanes/typhoons, heat, and cold.

The drought in the western states is not over yet, because weather patterns are not a predictable factor of life. Water is precious and necessary for life. The more the population grows, the more severe every drought is, and the longer the recovery time.

The volcanoes of the earth are extremely active lately, which can change the climate of the entire world, moving the arctic line southward and the antarctic line northward. This would condense populations and create serious unrest.

War seems likely with many countries fighting for resources, foolish pride, and due to psychotic behavior based in mental, religious, and political dysfunction. Fear is causing every problem due to a lack of common purpose and principles.

The physical abilities and knowledge of utilizing the land without technology for survival is not taught anymore, so any loss of technology could lead to world-wide or regional panic, along with major civil unrest.

The human population factor is rarely ever used in the calculations of planning and prediction, so what they say is okay or bad, is actually very seriously worse than they are telling you. Many of the world leaders and scientists may not even consider this factor because of politics and religious beliefs.

When it is time to compete, if world-wide society collapses somehow for natural or unnatural reasons, you will be competing with 7.4 Billion other people. These numbers will decrease rapidly, and disease will also be a factor in your survival as people struggle with the decomposing corpses everywhere. Only the most physically prepared internally and externally will survive that time in history.

The entire world has not seen a catastrophic event of plague, war, climate, or cosmic event in a very, very long time. Therefore, it could be coming. Some things are just too big to fret over, but the more we prepare our bodies, minds, spirits, and skills, the more likely our seed will carry on into history.

North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, ISIS, and our own violent American culture that allows repetitive violent offenders to walk freely.

The many countries and peoples of this world cannot seem to find common principles to live by, together in peace. So with NASA looking for life on other planets, we will eventually find someone and possibly upset them in some way. We may just be attacked from space. Maybe some society on another planet that is looking for new resources and is more powerful than us, will find our planet useful, but us, useless.

Collapse the capital, and American will be torn apart from the inside, out, by those 71,000,000 dependents when there debit cards don’t work and the check won’t cash or even show up in the mail. As incompetent as they are in D.C., I doubt they have a back up plan separate from the regular system of Scooby Snacks.

The sun is our friend and life giver, but a massive solar flare would destroy much of the power grids everywhere in the world. That would put them down for a long time, and possibly indefinitely due to civil unrest making it impossible to safely repair.

Pretty much every culture has a belief of a powerful force returning and giving us all a good spanking, before a new beginning. Mental, Physical, Spiritual, and Skills Preparedness is a good book to stick in the back of your pants to absorb the blow.

The main fact is that people that prepare are not crazy, because they do it for rational reason of the desire to survive situations that are real and happen regularly. People of preparedness are the people you don’t see on the news, because they are not the victims.

Hiding Money: What worked in Argentina?

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Hiding Money: What worked in Argentina?

here’s a link about old-school “banks”.

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of course, with metal detectors, ground-penetrating and thru-wall radar, hiding things within

your home is harder. what were the best options for Argentinians? what do you recommend?

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Hello,

Thanks for the link, very interesting information. Most of the common hiding places are mentioned there. Inside dry walls, under floors, inside furniture and doors.

I can tell you that I’ve seen it all in Argentina, people have hidden money and precious metals in all sorts of places.  The problem is that when your family is tortured you tend to give it all up, so keep that in mind. Hiding valuables is part of a larger security strategy, otherwise it can fail. As for home invasions when people aren’t home, again, I’ve seen it all. I know of houses that had been completely picked clean, including the toilets, faucets and other installations being removed and stolen. Another option is burring your money and gold, sealed air tight and buried in PVC tubes. If its paper cash alone then a metal detector wont find it. A word of caution though: Make sure you remember where you buried it and do tell some other family member about it in case you forget!

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My advice is to have two safes, one more visible, maybe your gun safe, and a smaller, fire and water proof one, very well hidden. This strategy is pretty solid and I know for a fact about people that suffered burglaries and the criminals failed to find the second safe.

FerFAL
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Wild Edibles: 5 Rules For Safely Selecting Wild Plants To Eat

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UST-Wild Edibles-berriesWild plants are a great, free source of nutrition and energy while camping, hiking, or “surviving” in the wilderness. But eat the wrong plant and you could be sick as a dog or worse – die.  However, abide by these 5 Rules of Wild Edibles and you’ll eat like a King (or Queen) and live…

Rule #1:
NEVER eat anything that you are not 100% certain what it is, what parts are edible and when you can eat it.
Some plants have only certain parts that are edible.  Some parts of plants are only edible at certain stages of growth.
Many edible plants have poisonous look-a-likes, so be 100% sure before you eat something. If in doubt, leave it out.

Rule #2:
If you haven’t eaten it before a survival situation – don’t eat it.
Remember, you must be able to positively ID a plant – smelling, touching and tasting helps you remember correctly.
This also makes sure you don’t have a negative reaction when your life may be on the line.

Mints are easily identifiable by their square stems, heavily scented leaves and characteristic flowerheads.

Mints are easily identifiable by their square stems, heavily scented leaves and characteristic flowerheads.

Rule #3:
Focus on learning and using wild edibles that are:
*Most plentiful, common and readily available
*Safest to eat
*Easiest to identify

wild strawberries

Wild strawberries are easy to identify because they are just smaller replicas of the larger variety.

Rule #4:
Never eat plants that may have been treated or sprayed with chemicals –
an issue mostly in urban environments.

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Rule #5:
Get a good field guide for a reference (and carry it with you as you learn):
A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants – Lee Allen Peterson
Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate – John Kallas
Edible Wild Plants (Pocket Naturalist Guide)

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How to “Eat Like a King” in the Wilderness – And NOT Die

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Wild plants are a great, free source of nutrition and energy while camping, hiking, or “surviving” in the wilderness. But eat the wrong plant and you could be sick as a dog or worse – die.  However, abide by these 5 Rules of Wild Edibles and you’ll eat like a King (or Queen) and live…

Rule #1:
NEVER eat anything that you are not 100% certain what it is, what parts are edible and when you can eat it.
Some plants have only certain parts that are edible.  Some parts of plants are only edible at certain stages of growth.
Many edible plants have poisonous look-a-likes, so be 100% sure before you eat something. If in doubt, leave it out.

Rule #2:
If you haven’t eaten it before a survival situation – don’t eat it.
Remember, you must be able to positively ID a plant – smelling, touching and tasting helps you remember correctly.
This also makes sure you don’t have a negative reaction when your life may be on the line.

Mints are easily identifiable by their square stems, heavily scented leaves and characteristic flowerheads.

Mints are easily identifiable by their square stems, heavily scented leaves and characteristic flowerheads.

Rule #3:
Focus on learning and using wild edibles that are:
*Most plentiful, common and readily available
*Safest to eat
*Easiest to identify

wild strawberries

Wild strawberries are easy to identify because they are just smaller replicas of the larger variety.

Rule #4:
Never eat plants that may have been treated or sprayed with chemicals –
an issue mostly in urban environments.

Rule #5:
Get a good field guide for a reference (and carry it with you as you learn):
A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants – Lee Allen Peterson
Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate – John Kallas
Edible Wild Plants (Pocket Naturalist Guide)

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42 Wild Flowers You Can Eat

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If you have a large supply of survival food, you probably won’t have to resort to eating flowers for nourishment. So what’s the point of this article? The point is the big “if” at the beginning of this paragraph. There could come a time when you have to […]

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Cattails: How To SAFELY Harvest And Eat Nature’s 4-Seasons Survival Plant

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A lot has been written about cattails, although the focus often tends to be on warm weather months. But I’ve harvested and eaten this remarkable plant throughout the year.

Still, don’t be tempted to yank out a young cattail shoot and start munching away. The cattail may be safe, but is the water it was growing in safe?

Cattails tend to grow in swampy waters, ponds, lakes, creeks and even ditches. The caution is that many of these bodies of water are rife with aquatic microbes — from amoebas to microscopic parasites — carrying everything from giardia to typhoid. It is one thing to get sick at home and drive over to the doctor or a hospital, but it’s quite another to develop amoebic dysentery in a survival situation. There are simple ways to avoid this but the telegram is: Don’t eat an unwashed section of cattail that has been immersed in any body of water.

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You can use many parts of the cattail in a survival situation, across all four seasons. There are extremely few plants that can fulfill that level of nutritional, medicinal and functional value from summer through winter. Remote survival environments can often present you with cleaner, safer water, as well.

Let’s examine how it can be used, season by season:

SPRING

As a food source:

From a survival food standpoint, the best parts of a cattail to harvest include the spikes (the emerging plant) in early spring, the spike-shaped shoots throughout spring and early summer, the yellow, pollen-covered heads at the top of the plant mid-spring, and the roots (although the roots are better and bigger as they mature into winter).

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The spikes or emerging plants can be found poking above the water or just beneath the surface. The spikes actually look like a very large leek with a white base extending two to five inches and a long green stalk leading to the early fronds emerging at the top of the plant. I also save the roots at this time, but we’ll get to that later.

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Image source: Pixabay.com

I cut the first six to eight inches from the base and collect them. These need to be rinsed in fresh water and ideally, soaked in vinegar for 10 to 20 minutes. Vinegar is a natural antiseptic and will help to kill and remove any bacteria. Rinse them again in cold water or just enjoy them with their vinegar flavor. In an extreme survival situation where you have no resources, you can always roast them over a fire to kill any bacteria.

You might also spot some shoots emerging from the stalks. These show up in spring and continue into early summer. They’re usually above the water line and are triangular in shape. The base is white and you chew the end like a potato chip or strip it with your teeth like an artichoke petal. I’d still give them a rinse if you can, even though they’re above the water.

Some people say the seed heads at the top of the plant can be boiled and eaten like sweet corn. I tried it and didn’t like it. Maybe I should have tried it sooner in the spring, but if I’m starving I’d give it another try.

The roots

Regardless of the time of year, the roots are an excellent source of starch, like potatoes. You need to peel the roots first like a potato, rinse them well and then let them dry. Some sources suggest that you can eat the roots raw. You can eat anything raw, but cattail roots present a very fibrous texture and uncooked can give you stomach and intestinal distress.

Once they’re dry, they’re often pounded into a flour. You can also cut the roots into pieces and crush the root in some water on a board. Drop them in water and the starch will sink to the bottom. You may have to rinse and repeat. That sounds like something you’d find on a shampoo bottle, but you need to do it, followed by carefully allowing the starch slurry to dehydrate. What you’ll end up with is a flour that can be used to bake breads and biscuits or to make pancakes.

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It sounds like a lot of work, and it is. I prefer to peel and wash the roots and roast them over a fire and then chew them. You can always roast them on the end of a stick. You’ll have to spit out the fibers as you chew.

Functional value

The functional value of cattails in the spring is somewhat limited, only because the immature plants are small in size. That’s because the long fronds of summer and fall that can be used for weaving, cordage and other uses are undeveloped, as is the rest of the plant. However, the dried and dead stalks from the previous season can be used as tinder for starting a fire.

SUMMER

As a food source

In summer, the cattails are beginning to mature but there are still some shoots emerging on the sides of the stalk. The roots are also good, and the same approach applies that we described for spring roots. The seed heads will begin to present pollen in summer, and that can be mixed with the flour from the roots. You can carefully shake the pollen into the flour from the seed head, or cover it with a bag and shake the pollen into the bag.

Functional value

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Image source: Pixabay.com

If you take the time to practice a bit, you can learn to weave cattail fronds into just about anything, from baskets, to a hat to protect you from the sun, to cordage, but weaving the fronds into rope is better done in the fall, when the fronds have matured and are tougher and more fibrous.

FALL

As a food source

The roots are now your primary foodstuff and are prepared the same way. They’ll be larger so you can harvest less to get more. The seed heads now have the appearance of a brown corn dog.

Functional value

The cattails have now matured to a tough, fibrous plant. You can still use the fronds for weaving, and now is when the fronds make the strongest cordage.

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What you’re going to be doing is a basic braiding process of overlapping three or more strands of cattail fronds. You’ll need to add in additional pieces as you go to splice in new fibers. Sometimes you can actually tie small knots to make a better connection from splice to splice. Watch this video to understand this step better:

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You’ll also notice that the seed heads are releasing puffs off fluff. This is an exceptional tinder, and the interior of the seed head will still be dry even in wet weather.

WINTER

As a food source

Roots are at their peak. The seed heads will have gone to seed in pieces of fluff. The stalks and fronds are starting to turn brown. Prepare the roots as before.

Functional value

The seed heads, stalks and fronds have now turned brown. This offers numerous fire-starting and insulation possibilities. The fronds can still be woven, and the seed heads continue to offer excellent tinder in addition to the dry, dead stalks and fronds. Cordage can still be made, but the strength will not be as dependable as fully green and mature fronds.

The seed heads in early winter will be loaded with fluff and can be used as insulation. If you collect enough, you can stuff a T-shirt to make a pillow. The stuff is a real mess if it’s not contained, but in a true survival situation it can be dumped into boots or gloves, adding insulating layers. It’s also highly absorbent if you’re trying to dry out those boots or gloves.

Final thoughts

If you know of a source of cattails, then go out and collect a few and get to know the plant.  Depending on the time of year, try some of the suggestions covered in this article. I’ve had a lot of fun sitting on the back porch with my kids and teaching them how to use cattail fronds to weave a basket or make a length of rope. It makes me feel good to know they’re learning some new skills for self-sufficiency and survival thanks to the humble cattail.

Do you know of other survival uses for cattail? Share your suggestions in the section below:

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Survival Gear Review: Magpul Armorer’s Wrench

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Best AR-15 Tool

Best AR-15 ToolOnce Upon A Time….You know, I’ll be honest here.  If you have never used an armorer’s tool to work on an AR variant rifle, I almost hate to endorse the Magpul Armorer’s Wrench as your first tool because you will never know just how bad most other armorer’s tools really are.  You won’t know what it’s like to bruise your palm with over-pressure on a thin slice of metal handle.  Or swear as your knuckles are bloodied when your castle nut wrench slips.  Or scratch the finish off your new AR part.  Or when you strip the hell out of whatever you are working on because your wrench just barely grips the nut before failing in world-class form.

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Instead I’ll just say there is no reason to go through hell just because I did.  My house is not built with trees I chopped down myself.  Nor did I ever suffer from Cholera before my water was chlorinated.  Or lose a child or two in farming accidents long before CPS laws and the Humane Society.  Maybe these examples are a little extreme, but like any great tool, the Magpul Armorer’s Wrench makes the job easier, safer, faster, and certainly more fun.

Everything’s a Compromise

When NASA builds a spacecraft it must compromise on the number of instruments and their placement on the Best Rifle Toolcraft.  Not everything can be everywhere, and some instruments can get in the way of other instruments.  The same is true with Armorer’s wrenches.  It might be a stretch to compare a billion-dollar interplanetary spacecraft to a gun tool, but when creating from scratch anything new that has many functions, you need to work with both the individual components, and the relationship between the components.  That’s one reason there are so darn many Leatherman tool models.  If the leverage handle for one fastening tool happens to land on the sharp end of another tool, then using the implement just got worse.

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The Magpul Armorer’s Wrench has seven tools spread out over 11 inches.  Maximum leverage is applied when the Best AR15 Toolhand is furthest from the rotational point of the tool, but that also means your hand will be applying maximum force to the tool at that point.  Lesser Armorer’s tools I’ve used literally hurt when force was applied because a pointed protuberance occupies what should be a ergonomic grip. I had to either wrap the tool with a rag or wear gloves in order to avoid injury or blood blister. Where’s the fun in that?

Magpul provides not only a rock-solid palm platform for applying muscle-level force to the wrench, but also made the wrench the proper length to bridge the limitations of human anatomy with the foot-pound necessary for a proper rifle build. Even more, the wrench is designed for the extremes of using a torque wrench or breaker bar.  Most of the other “Swiss Army do-it-all” armorer’s wrenches put another tool interface right where you need to apply force with your hand. Or they will offer a sliver of metal handle upon which you will apply massive palm pressure especially when trying to remove an excessively tight part.

Call Me A Snob

I have this neighbor who keeps every tool whether it’s any good or not.  A while ago I helped him with project.  While up on his roof and elbow deep in a skylight project, I asked for a number two phillips screwdriver.  Instead of getting a #2, I got a handful of various screwdrivers of which only one of the seven actually had a useful blade. And it was only useful because it was the best of the worst. When I tossed six screwdrivers off the room, it seemed I hurt my friend’s feelings. But I quickly offered him a deal: Throw away all the junk screwdrivers and I’ll buy one good driver for him. A Snap On to be exact. I could tell by his big eyes when I said Snap On that we had a deal.

My point here is that way too often we settle for less and then assume that a pile of less is actually more when it really is nothing more than a big pile of stinky less that’s only as good as the least worst one. Over the years I have gotten rid of every single lesser tool I ever owned.  I ditched all cheap tools, metal tools made in China or Taiwan or forged in nowhere particular out of who-knows-what , and instead focused my tool acquisition only the highest of quality tools.  Yes, the Snap On dealer knows me by name.  A great warranty is great, but if bugging in because of civil unrest or EMP attack, you only got what you got.  All warranties are null and void because society also currently null and void.

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But you don’t need to drop obscene amounts of money for the best tools in the solar system.  You just need to buy the highest quality that meet your anticipated needs.  I say “anticipated” because there are limits to what you can afford and even need.  But the error many folks new to the AR platform make is that they fail to think beyond the immediate need.  I’ll agree that it’s a rude awakening that you have to buy a specialized tool to install a new part on your AR, especially when the tool costs as much or more than your new part.  So now the cost of a tool plus the price of the part…well now we are starting to talk real money.  So why would you pay twice or three times as much as you need to? That would be because “need” is relative.  If you are going to do something only once, then save money and a cheap wrench and some band-aids.  But if you want a tool that will not break, will not fail, will not ever let you down, then there is only one AR armorer’s tool and that is the Magpul.  Try this, ask around to see how many AR armorer’s tools your friends have, and if they upgraded along the way. And if so, how many times?

DPMS Is A Tool

I am so glad the DPMS armorer’s tool is no longer made.  I have a DPMS tool and it looks like a winner, feels like a AR15 Survival Toolwinner, but in use it’s really a whiner.  It’s heavy.  It’s thick.  It feels like a strong tool that could take on the world. Sadly, that is just an illusion.  In practice, the tool is hollow in performance, limited in strength, and wholly lacking in the way the tool grips the workpiece.  But while the DPMS is now discontinued, there are plenty more whiners where the DPMS came from.

Other armorer’s tools have limits with grab, rotation and grip.  The online pictures of the DPMS armorer’s wrench make it look like a keeper, but when gunsmithing with the thing, the tool fails because the Amazon page does not show someone applying pressure to the wrench only to have it spin sideways, skip out of the hold, and flail around the workpiece scratching the heck out of the aluminum parts.  To avoid slipping off the workpiece, or stripping the minimal hold points on the nuts, you need a tool that has been perfected for the task.

Magpul Fanboy? Doh!

OK, I admit I’m a fan of Magpul.  I think they search for solutions like drones search for ISIS.  At the bleeding edge magpul_fanboyof technology to and function, Magpul leaves everything on the field.  It’s designs are as good as can be done right now.  Upgrades follow only when we have learned from the previously generation of tool, whether buttstock, backup “iron” sight, or box magazine. When Gen2 comes out, they (and we) have learned.  So consider the Magpul Armorer’s Wrench a Gen2. Magpul has learned from all the successes and failures of every previous generation of multi-function armorer’s tool that has ever been made.  The restless folks at Magpul noticed that the AR armorer’s tool was broken.  It worked, but was still in need of serious help. So Magpul to the rescue.

Also Read: Magpul MBUS Pro Iron Sights

The Magpul Armorer’s Wrench, aka the Magpul 535, weighs a tenth over a pound, and is 11.7 inches long.  It’sBest AR15 Tool made of heat-treated all-American steel, then covered head-to-toe in a manganese phosphate coating that gives it exceptional corrosion resistance and a refined feel that provides additional grip and a low reflectance that will keep the bad guys from catching the sun reflecting off your wrench when you decide to add a new sling plate on your buffer tube while on the battlefield.

Magpul My Finger

Using only US-made forged steel, Magpul created an AR armorer’s wrench that serves the basic needs of the AR Best AR15 Tooloperator and professional armorer alike with exceptional form, function, and most of all efficient interface with the human hand operating the wrench.  As far as I can tell, Magpul designed this wrench by being honest about what an AR armorer’s wrench is used for.  The list of AR  jobs is longer than that the skill set of this wrench, but that’s the point. Other wrenches tried to do it all, but ended up doing it all poorly.  Since 95% of the need for an armorer’s wrench is found in just two or three tasks, 95% of the design of the Magpul supports these tasks.  The three most common needs for a dedicated armorer’s wrench are to remove/install a muzzle device, remove/tighten a buffer tube castle nut, and loosen/tighten a barrel nut or free float handguard ring.  The icing on the phosphate coating cake of this wrench include two hammer faces, a rifle-length tube wrench, and a bottle-cap that Magpul guarantees will open both SAE and Metric bottle caps.

Related: Magpul PMAG Torture Test

There are many advantages of this Magpul wrench over other wrenches but most of them fit into three categories. First, the Magpul Armorer’s Wrench grips it’s workpiece with more contact points than all other wrenches put together. Second, the Magpul Armorer’s Wrench has a deeper and more secure interface with the workpiece. And finally and possibly most important is that the wrench fits well into the human hand when applying maximum pressure. Other wrenches manage to put a tool interface just where your hand needs to go causing either pain or need for gloves when twisting the wrench, especially when removing stubborn nuts. Now add to this the lack of workpiece grip of substandard wrenches and you have a perfect storm of disasters just waiting for the right moment to ruin your rifle, break the wrench, and rip the skin off your knuckles.

Castle Me

So let’s take a closer look at the wrench. The castle nut wrench has two sides, each with a significant benefit. The Magpul_Armorer_Wrench_Review_SurvivalMagpul logo’d side will completely engulf a USGI castle nut ensuring that a positive grip that cannot go flying off the handle, so to speak. But it only works on traditional castle nuts with no additional mounting plate features like QD attachment points, or Magpul’s own ASAP sling mount.

So for enhanced plates, the reverse side of the Magpul Armorer’s Wrench grabs the castle nut from a distance with three beefy prongs. And that alone can be worth the price of this wrench. In both cases, this wrench requires it to be slid over the carbine buffer tube so the buttstock has to be removed, and there is risk of scratching the tube’s exterior if you slide it aggressively.

En Garde

The other end of the wrench holds a two-sided handguard interface, one side Survival Gear Review Magpulfor traditional USGI barrel nuts, and one for common free-float tube nuts.  The barrel nut wrench has two more contact palls compared to the DPMS taking the grip even further beyond the halfway point of grip.  Since a barrel nut can be the highest torque interface on the AR platform reaching upwards of 80 foot/pounds, loosening a stuck barrel nut requires significantly more force than than the 80 it was born with.

Also Read: AR15 Magazine Strategy

The free-float component of this wrench contains a seven-pin spanner that will safely and firmly provide torque to those expensive and lightweight floating handguard mounting solutions.  And that too could alone justify the cost of this Magpul tool.  The standard muzzle device uses parallel control surfaces exactly 3/4ths of an inch apart.  The Magpul Armorer’s Wrench embeds the muzzle device tool within the castle nut tool. In fact the muzzle device spacer is the same one used to accommodate the six-position adjustable stock rail running under the buffer tube housing.  The single pear-shaped opening the southern end of this wrench is actually three different tools.

Hammer It Home

Go ahead, admit it. We all use wrenches as hammers sometimes.  So why not just build a hammer or two into the wrench? Done. The dual hammer faces provide ultra-convenient small but reinforced flat surfaces that are most effective for tapping punches and giving that little bit of umpf when necessary.  But when in the shop a dedicated hammer is a wise choice.  But the real impact of the hammers are to provide additional surface area to distribute the force on your palm when anger takes over your build.

The half-inch square hole in the barrel nut side of the wrench accommodates a torque wrench and Magpul thoughtfully provided the common torque specs forged into the wrench.  Magpul recommends using the torque wrench at a 90 degrees perpendicular to the wrench for best results.  And if torque values are important to you, it is imperative to have a quality torque wrench.  The inexpensive ones are known for being way off, often 10 foot-pounds or more.  Another torque wrench issue is that many half-inch wrenches begin their range not too far from the fastener values used on guns.  I prefer a digital torque wrench with a ⅜” ratchet since the wrenches with a smaller socket connector start at a lower value.  Of course you loose some high end, but I do more lower-level torquing than high value twists these days.  The ovalized hole opposite the torque hole is used to tighten/loosen rifle-length buttstock tubes.

Iron Butterfly

One last feature of the Magpul Armorer’s Wrench is that it truly is a thing of beauty…in a Glock sort of way. You won’t mind leaving the wrench out on the bench just to enjoy it sitting there. Or hang it on the wall in a prominent place in your shop. With all the eye candy we hang off our ARs these days, you might as well find pleasure with your tools. Yea, I know how that sounded, but you know what I meant.

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Five Vital Homesteading Tools

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Here’s Pastor Joe Fox of the Viking Preparedness youtube channel talking about some must-have homesteading tools. They’re all really solid tips, and you’ll likely want more than one of each! Remember, two is one and one is none.

The Five Homesteading Tools:

  1. Wheelbarrow
  2. Shovel
  3. Pole pounder
  4. Chainsaw
  5. Splitting maul / axe

What’s your must have tool on the homestead?


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Meet These 10 Basic Needs. Relax. Be Happy.

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The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka is said to be “probably the largest participatory democracy movement on the planet”. Today, of the 38,000 villages in Sri Lanka, more than 15,000 of them are part of the Sarvodaya Shramadana network.

The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement aims for systemic change from the bottom up, and I first read about it in this series of articles a couple of years ago. As Craig Mackintosh explains:

In contrast to the rapid centralisation and government dependence we witness today, the ideal for every Sarvodaya village is Grama Swarajya, or self governance, where every village effectively becomes its own village republic.

Building these decentralised communities – “those that nurture the values of self reliance and self restraint” – is the central thrust of the movement.

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A biodiverse garden in the higher altitude district of south central Sri Lanka provides more than 95% of this family’s food needs. Photo © Craig Mackintosh

It was in part two in this series of articles that Craig shared an interesting story which is the topic of this article:

So while we were going on like that, quite accidentally, in one of the villages [was] an old traditional physician, who was basically a farmer. But, from his grandparents he inherited particular medicine for some things like cancer. So I happened to accidentally talk to him, in order to take a patient to him. Then we started talking about life, and he used for the first time I heard, these words ‘basic needs’.

He said, “If our basic needs are satisfied, what more do we need?”

Ariyaratne and his colleagues then sought to find out what were the basic needs of villagers – asking them to list ten, in order of priority. After surveying 660 villagers, and averaging the results, they end up with the following list:


1. a clean and beautiful environment

2. an adequate supply of safe water

3. minimum requirements of clothing

4. a balanced diet

5. simple housing

6. basic health care

7. communication facilities

8. energy

9. total education related to life and living

10. cultural and spiritual needs


“… what more do we need?”, indeed.

I don’t know about you, but I think that list pretty much covers it. But when you look around you, you see everyone scrambling and working and stressing out about so many things that are not on this list.

And this is a problem, possibly the problem of our age, that we grow up thinking that happiness can be bought. As the author of the article series says:

It is what people want, or can be made to want through media and peer pressure, that is at the heart of our problems. We simply can’t constrain ourselves, and industry and government encourage and manipulate this to their own ends.

And, while we know we must stop consuming the planet, for us to suddenly depart from this entrenched system would translate to widespread economic turmoil and immense suffering.

It’s not what we have, it’s how we see it. This is a truth that has come up again and again from spiritual and philosophical teachers.

Stoic philosopher Epictetus said “People are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them.”

People in Kerala in southern India for example have been shown in research to be among the happiest people in the world, but they have 1/50 the income of people in the United States.

The plain truth is that most of us in the “developed” world have all the things we need to survive. We have the food, the water, and the shelter.

Advertising and marketing wants us to believe otherwise. They want us to be unhappy with what we have, that if we buy something more we’ll be happier.

They’re very clever at telling us we can’t be happy until we get these things. As my favorite swedish thinker, Vilhelm Moberg, said on the topic:

As the artificial needs have increased in number, so has the discomfort and unease of modern man. You wear yourself out prematurely to get all the things that you could very well be without. You’re plagued by the anxiety of not being able to enjoy all the new things that this time has to offer. You’re plagued by the fear of losing all the things that you’ve with sweat and effort have acquired and see as indispensable. And the more needs you’ve acquired, the harder it has become to satisfy them all. Always, somewhere, there’s a whimper of dissatisfaction. And so you’re hurried along to try and ease the pain. It’s like when you try to stop a barrel from leaking, where new holes are constantly appearing.

So what is one to do?

Smarter people than me have given this question a lot of thought, over the course of centuries. Here’s Vilhelm Moberg again:

We must free ourselves from the imaginary notions it (industrialism) has imbued in us about what we can and can not live without. The artificial needs must be cut away, even if it hurts. Thus our daily worries and work for survival are eased. Time is freed up for man to grow his purely spiritual possibilities. The Age of the Machine is primarily material. Our time has not had the peace and quiet to bring forth anything else.

I struggle with this myself, but I know it’s something I have to do if I want to build my freedom and self-reliance. I’m trying hard to identify the artificial needs in my life, material things and commitments that I don’t really require to be happy, and then cut them away.

It hurts. It really does.

But I can also tell you though that once I’ve gotten rid of an artificial need I feel… lighter, like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. And I feel like it’s a worthy thing to pass on to my children.

 

What do you think about these “10 basic needs”? Have they missed anything? Could you be happy if only these ten needs were satisfied?

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Dehydrate Vegetables for Your Storage this Summer

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The Excalibur dehydrator

Every year about this time, my wife and I plan what we are going to plant in our summer garden.  Now one of the things that we take into consideration is how easy it is to preserve any extra food that we grow.  Dehydrating vegetables is one of our favorite methods.  It is easy to do and doesn’t take a lot of effort.  We always plan to dehydrate vegetables and properly packaged it can last for years in our storage.  So we plant extras of the vegetables that are easy to dehydrate.

The following list shows the best-dehydrated vegetables.

Probably the easiest to dehydrate are

  • Onions
  • Peppers, hot/chili.

These vegetables all dehydrate well

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beans, both green and wax
  • Beans, lima
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Peas, black eyed
  • Peppers, green or red
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Rutabagas
  • Squash, summer
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini

Now the following list of vegetables can be dehydrated, but they don’t rehydrate well.  But they are good when you crumble them up and use them dried for seasoning.  The leafy ones in particular become soggy and limp when rehydrated.

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Greens, this includes collard, mustard, greens , watercress, turnips greens, wild mustard and other similar plants.
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Squash, winter
  • Swiss chard
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A homemade drying rack

If you are going to  start to dehydrate vegetables, I recommend that you get a good quality dehydrator.  The one we use is a Excalibur, here is A Review of the Excalibur Food Dehydrator we did several years ago.  After using it many times since then I still have nothing but good to say about it.

If you can’t afford a dehydrator, make a drying rack and use the sunIt is a good idea to have one anyway for backup if the power fails.  An Easy to Make Drying Rack.

If you haven’t already, start dehydrating fruit and vegetables this summer you will be glad you did.

Howard

 

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Chtin Structures Damaged By Low Level Radiation — Krill, Bees, Sponges, Fungi and More

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I believe that I may have discovered the smoking gun describing how radiation can be killing off so many important parts of the food chain, and decay chain on land and in water.
http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-scientific-basis-for-destruction-of.html


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  • Stock – I think you very well have found a key connection between persistent radiation exposure for the bottom of the chain critters, which, of course, when gone, will cause everyone above them to die off also.
    It’s a real shame that gov scientists are still whining about not knowing what’s up. They know full well what’s going on. Good luck to them if they really believe it isn’t at least in part due to Fukushima (chemtrails to consider) and are still consuming Pacific Ocean derived products. Northern Hemisphere getting dosed for long enough now, the data will swing up… the death data, that is. Good luck.


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    • Liver cancer WAY up already. Others shall follow.
      I spoke with 2 marine biologists in Hawaii this trip…they are very familiar with chitin, but give me that “are you from fucking outer-space” look when I mention destruction via radiation.


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  • Fukushima Pacific Ocean Heavy Metal Radioactive Plutonium; How It Bioconcentrates In Mussels, Sea Stars, Chitons, Clams, Oysters, Fish; Arnie Gunderson On Hot Particle Radiation And Bioaccumulation
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/01/fukushima-pacific-ocean-radiation-and.html


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    • moonshellbluemoonshellblue

      Dr. Goodheart, I just wanted to Thank You for all you extensive info found on your excellent blog. You have done an absolutely awesome job relaying every aspect of this horrific nuclear accident.


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      • TY; appreciate that. It ‘only’ took five years and help from a WHOLE A TEAM of Enenewsers.. Thanks for all of the help one and all.
        Could not have done a fraction of that without the team here, including of course, ENENEWS. Thanks Admin.


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        • Angela_R

          Well Dr. Goodheart, I am not part of your team. On the previous thread I drew attention to some comments placed in an article on your website. These show my user name.
          It is astounding to note that after my user name appears, a comment that may have originated on this website, yet it continues and no demarcation is made between my comment and the following, no authorship for the text in-between and then my username again, which implies that everything written above was written by Angela_R. Yes, there are some lines there that I wrote on THIS SITE! – Dr.
          But there are statements there, that I did not write.
          Sloppy editing? No Doctor, because as you are aware I have never posted on your website.
          I am not and never have been, part of Group Think.


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          • HoTatersHoTaters

            Angela_R, I’m beginning to wonder if some individuals “hacking” or trolling this site are stealing IP addresses and/or identities. It’s not hard to copy someone’s image and create a bogus identity and avatar picture. It’s possible to capture an image and just re-post it. Users can change their onscreen user names.
            If Admin doesn’t have time to monitor this activity, it’s possible to fake peoples’ identities. I think it’s probably somewhat easy to do it. I wonder if there is a way for Admin to make this site more secure w/o having us pay for user privileges. I’d pay to join. Maybe those of us who are financially stable can “kick in” for guest users, after they prove themselves to be reasonable (not combative) online commenters.
            I have to wonder, because some of the comments made to me by Praising Truth didn’t at ALL sound like things the Anne I’ve known here would ever say. I have to wonder if someone hasn’t hacked her identity here.
            A lot of posters have made comments which sound totally out of character for them. So I’m really beginning to wonder if this identity hacking isn’t happening more than we realize.
            It’s just hard to believe people like Anne, who always seemed like a nice person and genuinely concerned about other people, could suddenly be so different.
            .


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            • HoTatersHoTaters

              I don’t want to single out PT, but it’s the only individual I can remember seeing comments from right now, which were so out of character. And she claims she didn’t make some of the comments to me which I saw.
              Forgive me, PT, I don’t want to offend you. I’m giving Anne, you, and anyone else who thinks this may be happening the benefit of the doubt. PT said she didn’t make some of the comments I’d asked her about.
              Now that I’ve heard this from you, too, I strongly suspect someone is being “us” for a day, then changing identities. What a nasty way to stir up and fling poo all around here, if this is really happening.
              The perfect “divide and conquer” strategy?
              Stock, what do you think?
              Doc G?
              Jebus?
              Code?
              Hillbilly?
              Obvious?
              DUD?
              Heart of the Rose?
              Obe?
              Tacomagroove?
              irhologram?
              Onto?
              ISeePinkClouds?
              Matty?
              RobG?
              AirSepTech?
              All you other long time posters? (Don’t want to neglect anyone here. Thinking of who has been posting a lot recently, who comes to mind.) What do you think?


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            • HoTatersHoTaters

              Many of us have had disagreements over the years, but I find it hard to believe some of the comments I’ve seen recently were made by people who have posted here for years now.


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            • HoTatersHoTaters

              Doc, just to be clear, the statement above has nothing to do with you, just wondering how some long time commenters here might have had their ID’s hijacked.


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            • ISeePinkCloudsISeePinkClouds

              Yes. HoTators. I have had my machine hijacked here. The hacker took over Permissions in Windows 7,made himself administrator,and remotely controlled my machine. That is one way a hacker can assume your identity,and he can operate without being detected.
              You will remember this was when Vox Dei was here. Vox Dei said at the time,in reference to the attacks we were experiencing,and I may not have the quote absolutely accurate,”a gift from my friends at the CIA/NSA.”
              Stock and Sickputer will remember. I think they too had to reinstall their operating system. Yes,and Dr. Goodheart lost videos and other information from AGRP.
              So,yes,it is not hard to steal an identity. I would not be surprised to find that this type,and maybe new hacks,are being used to “divide and conquer” here on ENENews,or Nuke Pro,even AGRP. Yes,we should consider this possibility.
              Peace


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              • I had a massive machine takeover, and never seen nothing like it. Stuxnet “quality” stuff. From clicking on a link posted by a troll.
                cost me over 1.5 days, AFTER I decided to throw in the towel …


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              • CodeShutdownCodeShutdown

                Kode ShutDown here…expect millions of more posts on k40 and 4x as many refuting them


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              • HoTatersHoTaters

                ISeePinkClouds, I do remember that. In 2012, I made a comment very critical of the DOE, I think. Later that afternoon I was locked out of my Maclaptop. The next day I found an odd file in someone’s name. It was a Senior L-Martin Administrator from Langley, VA. Worked in high level security clearance jobs as lead editor for technical writing projects. Thousands and thousands of names and contact information in a computer file, dumped on my laptop.
                Unnerving, to say the least.
                Beware the thought police.
                Remember mon ami saying what an idiot I am? How “everyone “realizes it, including Arclight? Well, Arc and I had a little chat about security issues, and I got some insight from that conversation. Arc was getting some pretty overtly hostile treatment for his position, as some of us may recall from his comments.
                He had to change his strategy to continue his work.
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHNmXAyjqNM


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            • AirSepTechAirSepTech

              To be honest HT, I do not think it is so much about ID ‘hijacking’, it is more about ‘using’ someone’s ID
              Attaching ‘their comment’ before or after a comment not made by them, and no indication thereof. That was Angela’s complaint.
              Now if the comment you are ‘associated’ with is not to your liking, or is not ‘creditable’, how do you feel? How do you feel not knowing it may be going on?
              Data mining.
              Unsolicited use of ones comments.
              Information that may be incorrect or not creditable.
              It may or may not be legal.
              Is it ethical?


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              • HoTatersHoTaters

                AirSepTech, technically speaking, you’re right re: using an ID vs. ID hijacking. Unapproved use of ID’s probably happens much more often & is not the same as browser hijacking.
                Was thinking of hijacking in the general sense. We have had instances of hijacking here too. There have been at least 3-5 hostile computer takeovers. Someone with a lot of hacking ability has done damage to several of our computers. That is serious. I had a Langley spook operative take my laptop over & drop an info. bomb on it.
                RE: Angela’s original complaint, it has happened to me, too. Several of my comments ended up on 3rd party sites without my knowledge. If they’re not taken out of context, then IMO there’s not an issue. Common courtesy would dictate letting someone know you’d like to use their comment and re-post it. There is a place for making comments & copyrighting one’s material. Was joking about that last night. This isn’t the place!
                I’m not going to address the posting on 3rd party websites directly. Angela’s concern noted.
                Was adding to her concerns & pointing out there are a lot of other issues now.
                The intent was not to diminish the seriousness of what she was saying. How would I feel? Well, it has happened to me several times. My comments and intent weren’t distorted, so I didn’t have a problem with it except I wasn’t informed it had been done.


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                • HoTatersHoTaters

                  When the comment is put into a context not originally intended, yeah, that bugs me. So does having comments posted all over 3rd party websites w/o my knowledge.
                  RE: the copyright thing, we have to expect that this is a forum and people might want to comment further on something we’ve said.
                  Hate the data mining, but it’s probably going on all the time.
                  Don’t know about whether or not taking someone’s comments elsewhere (3rd party site) w/o their knowledge or consent is legal or not.
                  Am not aware it’s illegal, but my personal ethics wouldn’t allow me to do that.
                  I don’t get upset if someone takes part of a post I made here and adds their own perspective. If it stays here & I see it, ‘dont have a problem with it, usually. That’s often how the dialogue takes place. That kind of thing should be expected.


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                  • HoTatersHoTaters

                    Doc (I think) and stock have quoted a couple of things I said. It was awhile ago. That was respectfully done & it wasn’t a problem.
                    Found one of my comments on a 3rd party site once that had stories that were WAAAAAY out of domain I operate in, so to speak. There was a note of hysteria at that site and what I can only describe as a tone of general paranoia about everything. I certainly don’t want to be associated with that kind of “news” site.
                    Am not going to say what site it was now. Not a site belonging to anyone who posts here, as far as I know.


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              • HoTatersHoTaters

                Well, it’s a little disingenuous to say it doesn’t bother me when someone makes a reference to something I said then completely twists it and makes statements having no bearing on what I said.
                ‘Bugs me when it’s done here. It’s like character assassination. Borders on libel sometimes. That has happened to me.
                There’s a lot of total DREK going on here right now. Appears to be an intentional disruption of the site. What should be done?


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            • Its All TrueIts All True

              Ho taters – How nice of you to offer to pay extra for poor people to participate, as long as you approve of what they’re saying…


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              • HoTatersHoTaters

                Its All True, that would be a decision Admin as Moderator or the Moderator would make. But we could crowd source people who might not be able to afford a membership fee. Something along the lines of what NETC does. That’s just $20 per year.
                Was thinking those who can afford it can anonymously help to crowd source membership if someone can’t afford it.
                Admin or someone running the site would make the call. Perhaps vet “newcomers” for 90 or 180 days. If no REPORTS or complaints, then crowd sourcing can pay for the person’s membership.
                Why would you make an assumption I’d be the person giving the “stamp of approval” ? Just not the way I do things. That one person here would be “calling the shots” is your perception. Please own that.
                A consensus approach wouldn’t work, there are too many of us.
                But it would probably mean Admin would need the help of a Moderater. Not sure if that can be done.
                It was all just a thought and wanting to help those who might not be able to get full membership perks (whatever that might be) w/o crowd sourcing.


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                  NETC membership is, or was $20 per year (to clarify).
                  Would never pursue this without being able to discuss it with Admin and have Admin’s approval.
                  But IMO we need to start finding a solution to the constant bickering, flame wars, trolling, and general disruption. Or this site may crash and burn.
                  Don’t want to see that happen. It has been a very good source of new & wonderful input, a valuable resource for years.



          • HoTatersHoTaters

            Angela_R, sorry, I didn’t mean to change the subject and detract from your comment.
            Think your concerns are valid, and just my personal opinion things like what you’re describing happen and are of concern.
            A lot of other issues, too, wanted to point some of them out. It’s getting to be kind of a free-for-all here.
            Maybe it’s time for Admin or someone (Moderator?) to rein it in a little bit? Has to be Admin’s decision.


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        Yes, he has put a lot of great information together, moonshellblue. Good to see you here, by the way. Hope you’re well, happy, joyous, blessed.


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    stock, imo you might need to share credit for that one with Obe and me, at least in part. Obe came up with his hypothesis re: marine creatures’ exoskeletons a few years ago.
    And hasn’t Code been talking about chitin, or is that just you? What other elements come into play here?
    A vital question I think needs to be asked here, is, what radionuclides are mimicking the building blocks of skeletons and exoskeletons, and how (in terms of chemistry) is that damaging those structures in living creatures? Strontium 90, Plutonium, and more.
    Here is some discussion by way of analogy:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3546300/
    Do you remember Obe mentioning this in relation to “sea snot” and the disintegration of the sea stars?
    I mentioned Calcium Carbonate as having a vital role in water quality, and how it is considered a buffer and helps to keep water free of eutrophication and algal overgrowth.
    Also think I mentioned calcium carbonate and the shells of marine creatures and invertebrates.
    But if you have fleshed that out any one else’s hypotheses, more power to you. But IMO, and I don’t mean to be disrespectful, I think there have been some other contributors leading the formulation of this particular hypothesis. It more or less piggybacks on other discussions. If you have the wherewithall to put it all together, then you go! In the end it isn’t so important who claims the discovery, as who will benefit from it. Humanity? Life on earth?


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    • CodeShutdownCodeShutdown

      Ho Taters, did you have a theory or have you just now explained your earlier contribution to stocks theory of chitin? Do you recall obes theory of exoskeletons? Does obe remember?


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      • HoTatersHoTaters

        I’m sure Obe remembers. He had a hypothesis re: the failure of exoskeletons to form due to radionuclides replacing minerals vital for their formation.
        Obe, do you want to speak up here?


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    • Code brought up chitin in particular and then I pieced it together with everything that is massively hit. I am shocked this information has not “gone viral”, but it would shame the $cientists that be.
      Indeed an “ah hah” moment that I thought would change the world within a month……good luck. Truth, knowledge, intuition is very disrespected.
      I have spoke with marine biologists and got the oft repeated, “but the radiation is very dilute.”


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      • CodeShutdownCodeShutdown

        funny the biologists would refute the theory with the dilution theme when the theory is all about accumulation…re-concentration, of certain isotopes.
        Now if you said the theory was based on global warming, they would have listened. Its the only known cause of anything


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        we were talking about the difference between k-40 background and anthropogenic radiation sources for many months and discussed the idea of a biological ion exchange resin analog to what is used to concentrate cesium by marine scientists, with HillBilly and Oldster and perhaps others chiming in with the idea. That was many months ago. I kept searching for biological substances that could act as ion exchange, precipitants and absorbents. The photos of all the orange crab shells got me to thinking of chitin. Chitin and pectin and algin have been used as radionuclide chelators. It turns out some of these biological substances have a high specificity for certain heavy metals. We were also wondering about cell membranes. One such post from November of last year
        http://enenews.com/worst-alarm-shocking-collapse-salmon-population-pacific-northwest-existent-pathetic-grim-disturbing-grave-danger-official-calls-immediate-government-action-majorly-wrong-happening-oceans-vide/comment-page-1#comment-723649


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        I see, stock, Code. You two IMO ARE onto something.


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          central to the idea is that background radiation and anthropogenic sources should not be assumed to be the same. Finding biological functions that are specific to anthropogenic is one way to tease apart the differences. The significance of this line of thinking is that background radiation is very high compared to anthropogenic, and science is always making the comparison, suggesting that mans contribution is minor. Its a pivotal point. Practically speaking, one could adhere to the ECRR information and be done with it….almost…


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            To some degree, I see this no different than antimony, arsenic, many others. All manner of chemicals/compounds.
            You go along fine, maybe years, no problem. Background.
            Add a tiny bit more of the same or similar or ???
            BAM. And every individual is a bit different.
            The labrats need to get their heads out of the box, before they are in a box. :(

            • CodeShutdownCodeShutdown

              AirSep, a threshold dose, or tipping point theory. Im not seeing it that way.
              Consider that the worldwide average effective dose rate from natural background is about 2400 microSv. Worldwide average dose from weapons fallout peaked at 113 microSv, about 5% of background in 1963. We have it that 60 million people died from that. With Fukushima, we may approach roughly the amount from weapons testing, and obviously fallout is still dwarfed by natural radiation.
              They like to say low level radiation is a stochastic risk…a random chance of being struck with cancer or not. But this is not true. Most of the damage comes from free radicals and this is the same as premature aging, and general ill health.
              The implication is that all life would have been suffering sub acute illness since life began. As long as we lump all radiation together, one is stuck with this conundrum. But if you admit they are different, then you can begin to question if background was less dangerous than assumed and fallout more dangerous than assumed.
              Busby et al give new dose coefficients that reflect the greater toxicity of anthropogenic sources. The toxicity of background is up for debate. Obviously, life did fine with all that radiation before 1945. The precautionary principle says natures undefiled standard is the baseline of balance and health. Only with caution would one reduce their intrinsic radiation, in hopes of improving on nature…

              • AirSepTechAirSepTech

                Yes, I will admit mine is a ‘less than stellar’ comparison. It got your attention, no?
                I wanted to thank you, others, in this ‘non-standard’ theory. Pushing against tribal knowledge is a most difficult task.
                My ‘iron in the fire’ is safety and security(including the ‘health’ aspect) regarding use of the product. This they fail miserably at, so easy fruit is always available.
                Add in economics, and they look like fools.
                “natures undefiled standard is the baseline of balance and health” Yes to that ;)
                Did I mention Argon? billions of tons out there.
                even more billions of tons of 40K
                even more billions/trillions of tons of potassium it is all locked up in.
                I think I already did.
                Something of interest to me. haha
                Another interest is genetics. Another giant fail for the nuke crew. Although they are very sharp folks, the ideas of ‘spontaneous genetic change’ with little pressure, makes for a lively debate.
                The idea that a small amount of their ‘fairy dust’ has little to no effect, explain ‘little’.
                That was a great multiple post, to ‘incredi’ I believe, a day or 2 ago in the 4am time frame.
                Take care and Fight On.

              • HoTatersHoTaters

                Yes, Code. The distinction between natural background sources of radiation (and clearly defining that so that “nukists” can’t constantly change the definition) vs. anthropogenic sources of radiation is central to the argument. And it is central to whatever hypothesis or hypotheses you, stock, or others here may pursue. That a new theory or theory could come from this is an exciting prospect.
                Don’t know if this has ever been mentioned. Deduced it from your comment. Why is your point critical?
                Critical to consider because of how living organisms handle or metabolize, are affected by anthropogenic sources of radiation vs. what was encountered prior to the Nuclear Age. It appears to be safe to assume (or can has it been proven?) living organisms handled well what was encountered in an environment with natural background radiation.
                To validate this particular argument, what kind of stats are out there on cancers and the various illnesses, environmental damage to living organisms from “natural background” vs. background at man-made levels?
                The “outliers” for what happened prior to the Nuclear Age might be those events, like people or creatures being exposed to radiation from volcanoes, uranium or radium deposits they accidentally disturbed.
                Gets pretty complex, non? Wondering if anyone ever studied what things used to be like “in stasis.” Or if there ever even was stasis.
                “The only constant being change.”
                What a quandary.


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        “but the radiation is very dilute.”
        More than a few have banged the drum, I guess more, louder, is needed.
        COMBINATION’s
        You have found something that is an ‘anomaly’ in their book. IMO
        They will pushback at all cost.
        My line of business has been down this road many times, in all sorts of subjects, it always seems to be an epic battle.
        Fight On.


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    “Table 12
    Alkali metals and radionuclides (Na, K, Rb, Cs, 137Cs, and 40K) in several species of mushrooms (data on Na, K, Rb, and Cs are for caps of fruit bodies collected in ~1986 ~ 2006 and data on 137Cs and 40K are for whole fruiting bodies) ….”
    Cesium 137 is another radionuclide apparently mimicking other minerals and displacing them, but I can’t remember just now (w/o looking it up) what displaces what.
    Calcium, magnesium, and potassium are displaced by radionuclides. There are probably many other minerals vital to health which are displaced by radionuclides.
    How do the chemical properties of the radionuclides cause living creatures NOT to be able to form chitin, skeletons, exoskeltons properly? By what mechanism? Displacement, but what causes the failure of the organism’s cells to miss identifying the toxin(s)?
    Haven’t read your research yet, Stock. It would be great if you can figure that question out. Is your work based on the findings of Dr. Sternglass, in part? Just curious.
    stock, I think if you can find how the function of chitin is analagous to the formation of fibrin and fibrinogen (i.e., in response to a chemical, environmental toxin, trauma, radionuclide, or other “insult”) in veins, arteries, and tissues in human bodies, you’ll get the prize. See Kent Holtorff’s video at his website. He has described in detail how fibrin forms in the body of human beings and leads to chronic illness, the collapse of the immune system, even death.


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      We know compromised immune systems in the animal kingdom (due to radiation exposure) can cause disease and death.
      I think you (perhaps with some contributions from others by way of throwing some ideas around) may be onto something big, as you said.
      Having studied a LOT of functional medicine and chronic disease discussions, and Dr. Holtorff’s work, I strongly urge you to study his premises re: fibrin and fibrinogen. He founded some of the first clinics treating Gulf War Illness, Lyme disease, chronric fatigue syndrome (myalgic encephalitis), fibromyalgia. All involve collapse of the immune system, and all are related to a buildup of fibrin in the body, which eventually leads to catastrophic illness, immune collapse, and chronic, serious illnesses.
      Just a suggestion. I think if you grasp how fibrin is produced and why it is produced, you’ll be able to describe the mechanism whereby chitin and structures high in calcium carbonate are prevented from being properly formed and maintained by the living creatures you describe in your research.
      If you decide you’d like me to help you with that one (the research), I’m game.

      • HoTatersHoTaters

        I can’t even explain why I believe that is true, it’s just something intuitive, and something I can conceptualize in my head, but cannot explain or verbalize.
        Maybe this, what are the organisms producing to protect themselves from the radionuclides? What inflammatory processes are taking place in their bodies? And is the end result of that process (whatever is analogous to fibrin, fibrinogen production) the failure to recognize toxins replacing needed minerals? There’s enough evidence out there pointing to immune function collapse in “higher” life forms that some of our understanding of that could be applied to creatures lower on the food chain, and those with chitin and calcium carbonate carrying structures in their bodies.
        In my humble opinion, and FWIW. But I’m no chemist, and not a microbiology expert.

    • HoTatersHoTaters

      Hmmn, above, Rb is rubidium. Primarily a stable element, with a small, slightly radioactive component.
      Rubidium is not known to be necessary for any living organisms. However, rubidium ions are handled by living organisms in a manner similar to potassium ions, being actively taken up by plants and by animal cells due to their identical charge. OK, I’m going to be a bit lazy here:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubidium
      “Characteristics
      Rubidium is a very soft, ductile, silvery-white metal.[5] It is the second most electropositive of the non-radioactive alkali metals and melts at a temperature of 39.3 °C (102.7 °F). Similar to other alkali metals, rubidium metal reacts violently with water, forms amalgams with mercury and alloys with gold, iron, caesium, sodium, and potassium, but not lithium (even though rubidium and lithium are in the same group). As with potassium (which is slightly less reactive) and caesium (which is slightly more reactive), rubidium’s reaction with water is usually vigorous enough to ignite the hydrogen gas it liberates. Rubidium has also been reported to ignite spontaneously in air. Rubidium has a very low ionization energy of only 406 kJ/mol. Rubidium and potassium show a very similar purple color in the flame test, which makes spectroscopy methods necessary to distinguish the two elements.”

    • HoTaters, my theory is pretty easy read…less than 15 minutes
      My theory is primarily based on destruction of already formed chitin via radiation blasting after bio-magnification.
      This hypothesis is strongly supported by the fact that EVERYTHING that is getting hard hit in the animal world uses chitin directly or rely on other lifeforms that use chitin directly.
      That said, chitin structures are very complex geometries and widely ranging in formation. Thus chemical and radiation attack during formation could have substantive impact.

This List Compiled by Kelly Ann Thomas
61 pages describing news aggregation on the death of the largest ocean on earth
Picture of poor little seal, crawling the streets of a city, with pneumonia, because there is no food in the ocean.
http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2015/09/61-pages-of-stories-of-death-of-pacific.html

  • Hi Stock,
    I emailed you an updated list, up to this article.
    Thanks for all you do.

  • HoTatersHoTaters

    RE: the seal pup, “Rubbish” (picture at link above, from Kelly Ann Thomas’ compilation…. I have to put that name in quotes, it sounds so utterly disrespectful. Rubbish, ha, ha. I hope he was named Rubbish because that’s how he was treated.
    But no, he was probably thought to have been eating garbage, or worse, trying to eat rocks somewhere. Stupid seal. But it makes great publicity, doesn’t it?
    No food, I’m starving, can’t you see? Can’t you see how my skin is hanging off of my tiny, malnourished body?
    That has to be one of the saddest pictures ever.
    And one of the most accusatory looks ever.
    “What have you done to my world? You have killed us. My family is gone. I’m starving, and you’re just taking pictures of me for your latest news article … And you named me, ‘Rubbish.’ What kind of a name is that?’ “

    • HoTatersHoTaters

      That’s how he was treated (like “Rubbish”) before he went to the Marine Mammal Rescue Center, that is. I have the utmost respect for people in those centers.

    • Sickputer

      Kind of makes you wonder if the “seal rescues” are just palliative care for terminally ill creatures dying of starvation. If you’re just feeding animals for a while and then releasing them back into a foodless environment, what did you achieve? A 90-day zoo? Time’s up little seal… Time to go home and die now. ;-(
      In a Soylent Green society the rescuers would use 90% of the dying creatures to feed the remaining 10%. Where there is no hope…there are no scruples.

Don’t get lost – carry updated topo maps

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The topo map says there’s supposed to be a trail. But there isn’t, or it goes in the wrong direction. Could the map be out of date?

Blake Miller, a survival instructor and navigation guru first published this on OutdoorQuest.com

Philip Werner at Section Hiker has a super post about the poor quality of the new USGS topograhic maps.

“Have you ever noticed how incomplete and out of date digital maps are when it comes to hiking trails? At least on the free USGS maps you can download on the web and that come bundled with GPS devices or Smartphone navigation apps. In my neck of the woods, you still need to use the waterproof paper maps published by local cartographers because they’re far more up-to-date than digital maps.”

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Things are looking bad – What you need to do NOW

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Things are starting to look really bad worldwide in terms of economics & geopolitcs, and even for our freedoms here in America. I don’t know if “the end of the world as we know it” will happen anytime soon or not, but it is definately a good idea to get prepared now in case it does. Here is what you should be working on NOW:

1) Develop Good Health and Fitness – This is a touchy subject for many people, but improving your health and fitness is one of the most important things anyone can do to increase their chances of survival during a disaster or in a post-SHTF world. This should be on top of everyone’s To Do list, even above stockpiling food, water and ammo. Lose weight. Get into shape. Stop smoking. Eat healthy. Visit your Doctor for a checkup. Visit your Dentist and go ahead with any dental work you need.

2) Develop a Good Mental Attitude – Mental attitude plays an enormous role in overcoming adversity, so develop good mental health. I suggest starting with your spiritual side, according to whatever spiritual beliefs you may have. Some suggestions: Pray. Read scripture. Go to Church or Synagogue. Get right with God.

While you’re doing that, work on other aspects of your mental health and attitude. Reconnect with nature, family and friends. Work on building new, positive relationships. Don’t be afraid of “weeding out” toxic people from your life. Reduce stress by taking up a fun hobby or two, and learning to relax. Be a life-long learner by reading, taking classes, learning new skills…

3) Overcome any addictions in your life.  Are you addicted to tobacco, alcohol, legal or illegal drugs? Struggling with pron or gambling addiction? Work on overcoming your addictions as quickly as possible. Yes, I know – easier said than done. But you don’t want to be dealing with an addiction in the middle or just after of a SHTF event. You will have enough danger and stress just from the event, without having to add the dangers, and distractions of your addiction on top of that. Especially since you may not be able to “feed” your addiction after the event, and therefore will be dealing with withdrawal, which will have both emotional and physical complications.

4) Reduce Your Consumption of Everything – Adopt a simpler lifestyle. Live well within your means. Be a Saver, not a Consumer. If you had to, could you survive on less than half your current income? You may have to one day…Develop and get used to a simpler, less materialistic lifestyle now. It will be easier on you and your family in the long run.

Yes, this probably means lowering your standard of living, but it needs to be done. Greatly reduce your spending, especially on lifestyle items such as eating out, entertainment, vacations, new cars, designer clothes, and so forth. Consider eliminating your cable or satellite TV, or at the very least subscribing to only the basic package. Downsize your cars to get out from under your car payments. Having a couple of “meat free” days each week can save you big bucks over the course of a year. Take leftovers to work for your lunch. Use coupons, shop sales, compare prices, do whatever it takes to reduce your expenses. If you smoke, stopping will not only be better for your health, but will save you big bucks over the course of a year.

5) Get Out of Debt and Stay Out – Use the savings generated by reducing your consumption of everything to pay off your car loans, credit cards, student loans, payday loans and other consumer debt. If at all possible, pay off your mortgage or at the very least refinance into a lower fixed rate.

Check out Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball Plan on his website. 

6) Secure Your Current Assets – Make sure the banks and insurance companies you use are sound (there are rating services you can use, BankRate.com is one, but most importantly ask questions and pay attention to the news). Put a portion of your savings into silver, gold and/or other hard assets. Again, pay off your mortgage if at all possible or at least refinance into a lower fixed rate. Guard against identity theft. Pay your taxes on time and in full (government has extraordinary powers to seize your savings, paycheck, investments, and property to collect back taxes).

7) Become Self-Reliant – Don’t wait around for the government, your parents, union leaders, community organizers or anyone else to take care of you. Don’t sit around whining that life is unfair, or that someone else has it so much better than you. Learn to take care of yourself. Self-reliance is not anti-social or selfish. In fact, building self-reliance may be one of the most generous things you can do, because the reality is that you will be of no help to your family, friends or neighbors if you are the one in need of help.

For more on Self-Reliance, see my articles What is Self-Reliance and Self-Reliance Mindset

“Do It Yourself” should become your motto. Learn to grow, make and repair things, and have the tools and supplies you need to do so. Learn to garden, and make sure you have all the hoes, shovels, seeds, rich dirt and other supplies you will need to do so. Learn to can and preserve food, and make sure your have the equipment and supplies you need. Learn to sew, and make sure you have the scissors, cloth, thread, needles and other supplies you need. Learn how to do basic home maintenance, including plumping and electrical work, and basic auto and small engine repair. Make sure you have the necessary tools and supplies.

See my article Basic Starter Tool Set if you’re new to D-I-Y. 

8) Stock Up – Here is where most preppers start, but it is number eight on my list. Stock up on food, water, medicine, first aid supplies, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, and other items. Imagine that, for whatever reasons, you are unable to buy anything from any store for a month. What will you run out of first? Second? What else will you eventually run out of?

BONUS STEP: Take Security Seriously – Own and learn how to use a gun (obeying all pertinent laws, of course). Learn situational awareness. Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Everyone in your family should take a good course in self-defense. Everyone in your family should learn first aid. Consider moving if you live in or near a bad neighborhood or if your neighborhood is going downhill. Harden your home against outside threats (steps might include installing heavy-duty safety doors, dead bolt locks, burglar bars on windows, additional outside lighting, getting a dog, planting thorny shrubs under windows, etc.). Discuss with your children how to deal with strangers in various situations.

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Disruptions In Daily Routine And People Panic…

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People have their normal routines which are ‘etched in stone’ so to speak. If and when any of these routines or normal expectations are unexpectedly disrupted, some of these people (a probable high percentage thereof) will panic or ‘brain freeze’ through the disruption while their minds cannot adapt to the situation or ‘reason’ their way […]

How To Make A Dandelion Globe

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How To Make A Dandelion Globe These are quite possibly the most beautiful things I have seen in a very long time. With the dandelions sprouting already, they will start to go to seed soon and that means you can make these awesome resin globes which traps a dandelion seeds in a unique way. In order …

5 Essential Preps You Can Do Right Now That Are FREE

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5 Essential Preps You Can Do Right Now That Are FREE

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It seems that most discussions about preparedness often revolve around guns, tools and gear. Sometimes we overspend, but today let’s take a look at things you can do that won’t cost you a dime. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and stop spending so much money.

Gear is great, but knowledge and practice are more important. Here are five free things you can do to be better prepared:

1. Get into shape.

This is, by far, one of the best things you can do to increase your chances of survival. Being fit is necessary, regardless of whether you’re “bugging in” our “bugging out.” You cannot afford to have your body fail you. The amount of energy you’ll expend on a daily basis will increase, the amount of food you’ll be able to procure will decrease and a sick body just won’t be able to cope with that.

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Now, you might be thinking you’ll need to buy weights to use at home. Yet there are many at-home workouts that only use your body weight. They focus on exercises such as jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, leg raises and so on. Of course, you should check with your doctor to see what you can and cannot do. Show him or her the list of exercises, but consider holding off on the real reason why you’re doing this. They might not understand.

2. Make a plan.

Not that I’m making you choose, but if you had a bug-out plan and no bug-out bag, you might be better off than someone who has a BOB but no clue as to how to evacuate.

Making a survival plan isn’t hard. The hardest part is figuring out the various survival scenarios you might have to face. You’ve basically got three main categories: bugging in, bugging out and getting home.

Now, the more family members you have to take care of, the more elaborate the plans. If you have pets, you have to take care of them, too. As long as you have pen and paper or a computer, you can write down your emergency plans and improve them over time.

3. Make an inventory of everything you have.

5 Essential Preps You Can Do Right Now That Are FREE

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Speaking of plans, how about you make an inventory of all the things you have in your home that could be useful during a crisis? Hint: pretty much anything can be of value. When’s the last time you went through all the bags of old clothes and items in your attic? I bet you can find a lot of things up there you thought you’d never use.

Make an inventory and crisscross it with the list of survival items you were going to purchase.

4. Learn a new skill.

The list of survival skills you could learn is a long one, but don’t let that intimidate you. Making primitive tools and weapons (mortar and pestle, tomahawks, fishing spears, slingshots), starting a fire, finding water, crossing a river, signaling for help, escaping a burning building, fixing various things around the house – all of these can be learned for free or almost for free.

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If you’re thinking about bugging in during the next disaster, you might be interested to learn:

  • woodworking
  • plumbing
  • splitting wood
  • milking a cow
  • gardening
  • washing clothes by hand
  • planning your garden
  • recognizing and foraging for wild edibles (some of them may be in your backyard)

…and on and on.

5. Hunt coupons.

Coupons can help you save a lot of money on preps in the long run. If you’re smart enough to use them during sales periods, you might even be able to get some items completely free! The coupon hunt will take a lot of time, though. You’ll have to look all over the Internet, subscribe to a bunch of newsletters, look for them in newspapers and closely monitor when the survival items you want are on sale.

This means you have to know what you want. Make a list of items to purchase. If you do it in excel, you’ll also keep track of how much you spent, so you can make a weekly average and try to keep it as low as possible.

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That’s our list – what would you add to it? What “free preps” did we forget? Share your advice in the section below:

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Pandemic Preparedness: The World Is Not Ready, Are You?

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Pandemic Preparedness - Man In A White Suit and Gas MaskPandemic Preparedness Guide For Communities and Individuals

The stench of death hung heavy in the air as bodies were routinely piled onto carts and hauled away for incineration. Doctors in long spooky masks and flowing black robes visited homes, but could do little to prevent infection.

Friends, family and neighbors all died horrible deaths at the hands of this disease, and it was only a matter of time before the Black Death got you too.

It was the same with everyone: painful bumps and tumors would spread quickly from groins and armpits, black and purple splotches then appeared on limbs as they got sicker and sicker until finally blood started gushing uncontrollably from their noses – Black Death’s final symptom.

And as if all of this was not bad enough, the social order of the world collapsed violently in the wake of the pandemic.

Looters ran rampant, and lawlessness spread as families and human decency abandoned each other in terrible panic.

Death was on the streets and in the air.

The Black Death took hundreds of millions of lives when it spread across Europe in the years between 1346 and 1353. Thankfully, the world has yet to experience anything quite like it since. But that could change in an instant.

In fact, every couple of years a new viral or bacterial infection rears its ugly head and rattles the global sense of security. Swine flu, HIV Aids, and Ebola are all recent pandemics that while relatively contained, are clear reminders of the horrors a widespread uncontrolled global pandemic would be.

Since the black plague, society has invented new technologies to help combat the spread of pandemic diseases. We have organizations like the WHO and an almost unlimited supply of medicine and antibiotics – which has changed the nature of the problem.

However, most scientists fret about the next “Big” outbreak. The one that antibiotics and organizations cannot contain. Overuse of antibiotics has become so rampant; diseases are adapting, evolving, and rendering our greatest lines of defense useless.

It takes just one super-sickness to break loose and runs wild, and the only thing that is sure to help you survive is your pandemic preparation. So what can you do to prepare for a dangerous pandemic?

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Small Town City Center and HomesCOMMUNITY PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

Reaching out to your community may at first seem counter-intuitive. Why would you reach out to your community when talking about a highly contagious disease? Shouldn’t we be avoiding contact with others?

But remember, we are talking about pandemic preparedness (before the disaster) and not pandemic survival (after the disaster). Once a pandemic sets in, you will absolutely want to limit your exposure to others.

So in the meantime, gather the Home Owners Associations, assemble the town hall meetings, and rally the troops! You are safest when your community takes the necessary measures to prevent the spread of disease. Plan for the worst.

Preparing at a wider community scale can do wonders to limit the spread of a disease locally. If a neighborhood or town can work together to create a simple neighborhood quarantine, the chances of pandemic survival increase dramatically.

Agree To Avoid Community Hubs

Large congregation areas and travel hubs (i.e. bus stops, train stations, airports, etc.) are the most dangerous points for pandemic transmission. Come to an agreement with your community to avoid these places in the event of a pandemic spread; it will significantly decrease the chances of mass contamination.

Agree To Limit Travel

When a nasty disease is spreading quickly, travel is best kept limited. No long road trips or school field-trips. You don’t want to catch the disease and spread it even further.

Put A Plan In Place To Quarantine The Infected

Isolate and treat the illness as appropriate. If members of your community are infected, then try to isolate them in their homes or healthcare facilities. Strategic isolation will help to limit the spread of disease while making it easier for volunteers, nurses, EMT’s, and doctors to treat the sick.

Agree To Use Your Vacation Time and Keep Your Kids At Home

Schools, daycares and children’s camps should all be closed while the pandemic is a threat. Take some time off! These areas are notorious for helping nasty viruses, and bacteria spread like wildfire. Kids are really good at spreading sicknesses. Normally it is just a case of the flu or pink eye, but in a pandemic emergency, these places become grave hazards.

Agree To Cancel All Community Functions – Communicate Using Phones or Radios Only

The community should distance itself socially. Your friends will just have to survive without you for a few weeks. It is for everyone’s own good. Limiting interactions with others while the disease is at large helps limit the opportunities a virus or bacteria has to transfer from one human being to the next.

The one benefit to all the latest communications devices nowadays is being able to communicate with others from great distances. If modern communications are still available (smart phones, radios, the internet) then take advantage and “stay in touch” from a safe distance.

Start A Community Emergency Stash

For small, tight-knit communities, keep an emergency community supply cache stashed somewhere within your neighborhood or town. Who knows how long a pandemic might be dangerous?

It is possible that food and water might become scarce. And even if you have your own personal cache of food and water don’t share. Being selfish may sound harsh, but your own supplies won’t last long if you try to help others.

If there is a public supply of necessities, it decreases the likelihood that your neighbors will come breaking down your door to get their hands on some canned corn and bottled water. Having a community stash may help keep the peace. You should store:

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INDIVIDUAL PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

While having a pandemic prepared community is great, the most important person to protect is numero uno. The fact that you are reading this means that you are several steps ahead of most. So here are some additional steps YOU need to take to ensure that you don’t get sick.

Stock Up On Specific Pandemic Preparedness Gear

Pandemic Rated Mask

The odds are, for a disease to reach epidemic global pandemic levels, it will need to be readily transferable through the air we breathe. So any unfiltered will become littered with the infectious particles. Wearing a high-quality pandemic mask is your first line of defense in such a scenario.

Duct Tape and Plastic Drop Cloths

You won’t want to wear a mask 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So you need to turn your home into a sealed up safe zone. Plastic drop cloths taped over windows, doors and any other potential leak points will help to create these safe zones in your house.

You can also create small quarantine zones within your entrance/exits. In these areas, you can create simple procedures for your family to sanitize themselves with sanitation wipes and disinfect any personal items with Clorox bleach before entering the interior safe zones.

Eye Goggles

Like lungs, eyes are one of the most common entry points for pandemic viruses. If the disease is in the air and your eye are exposed to the air, its a recipe for contracting the illness. Eye goggles will help to keep your eyes protected when in area’s outside of you safe zone or when taking care of sick family members.

Latex Gloves

As humans, we use our hands to do nearly everything. So our hands are our most common body part to come into contact with objects. The objects that may be contaminated. Having lots of disposable gloves on hand will help prevent you from getting the disease on your hands in the first place.

Tyvek Suits

Some diseases are so contagious and intense that you’ll want to go all out and keep the germs and viruses off your skin. A properly designed and worn Tyvek suit will keep your skin disease free.

Bio-Hazzard Bags

A bio-hazard bag is a location dedicated for any disposable item that may have come in contact with a pandemic disease. Disposable gloves, rags, wipes, needles, etc. Keep them in bags labeled to prevent accidental exposure to others.

Diapers (buy sizes for all family members)

Depending upon the pandemic, humans may have severe diarrhea. It may also leave the infected too weak to get to a bathroom. In such situations, you’ll be glad you have a way to contain the mess with diapers.

Vomit Bags

Similar to having diapers, having vomit bags designed for and dedicated to vomit will ensure proper containment of the infected bodily fluids as well as proper disposal.

NOTE: You need to buy these items TODAY. If you try to buy these items after a pandemic sets in, millions of people will also be trying to buy these items. There will not be enough supply for everyone. So if you wait, it could be too late.

So if you wait, it could be too late…

Keep Your Body Fit and Healthy

The simplest, most effective way of keeping yourself safe from disease and infection is to STAY HEALTHY. The stronger your body and the more efficient your immune system, the less chance there is you get sick and die a horrible death.

Being healthy also means eating well, exercising regularly, going to the doctor for check-ups, staying hydrated and so on. Besides reducing direct exposure, nothing will help protect you more than staying healthy.

Keep Your Regular Survival  Stock Topped Up

Similar to any disaster scenario you want to stock up on the necessities for living. In the previous section I mentioned having a community supply cache – which is an excellent idea, but don’t rely on it completely.

Keep a cache of supplies for yourself, and be thorough about the list of things you keep stocked:

  • WATER is the most important thing you can store. If the faucets stop working for whatever reason (like if no one is manning the power station due to illness), anyone who doesn’t have water on hand is going to be in trouble. It is best for people to consume 1 gallon per person per day, so supply accordingly.
  • Non-perishable food is necessary for obvious reasons. Keeping a stash of top sirloin steaks ready for the end of the world would be amazing, except for the fact that they’ll all go bad before you get the chance to enjoy them. You may not love canned or dehydrated foods, but they are your best bet for staving off hunger should food become scarce.
  • Medicine and medical supplies are useful for obvious reasons. Here is a thorough guide to building a medical kit. The biggest thing to remember about storing medicine is that it expires, and you will have to keep close tabs on which medications go bad and when so you can replace them.
  • Vitamins are also great for boosting immune functions, so keeping an extra tub of multivitamins handy is a good way to prepare for a pandemic.
  • Survival tools are always useful, especially when you are trying to limit human-human interaction. If a pandemic is at large, and you want to minimize your exposure it probably isn’t good to have repairmen and other visitors coming and going from your home. As long as the disease is spreading, repairs are a DIY issue.
  • Cleaning supplies aren’t something a lot of people think about when they are preparing for the worst, but they are important! Soaps, sanitizers, disinfectants, and rags are always handy to keep around – especially in a pandemic emergency when sanitation is VITAL.
  • Gross as it sounds, having a portable toilet with disposable linings might save you a massive headache should your water stop working. Without a flush feature, your house toilet isn’t going to work for very long.
  • Basic household items become more and more useful the longer you have to hold out. Zip lock bags, garbage bags, duct and electrical tape, tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, buckets, anything that is useful in day-to-day life is going to be extremely helpful when you don’t have access to stores.
  • Minimize your exposure. As the pandemic sweeps through society killing people off and leaving millions ill the safest way to live is in solitary.
    • Don’t go outside (especially if the disease is airborne) more than necessary.
    • Stay away from sick people entirely, and do your best to stay away from people in general (even healthy ones) – you never know who might be carrying an illness without displaying symptoms yet.
    • Wash your hands, and shower often. Stay clean, and keep your home clean and sanitary – the disease is more likely to infect you if your hygiene is poor.
    • Cover any open wounds immediately, disinfect and keep clean until the injury is healed. Open skin is ripe for infection.
    • Rest up! Get a lot of sleep so your immune system is strong and rested and ready to fight for your life.
  • Stay informed. If you do not hear about a pandemic before it sweeps across your area, chances are you are not going to make it. Watch the news, read articles and stay tuned into current events. If you keep yourself informed, you will probably have a longer head-start to prepare when the pandemic strikes.The longer in advance you know about a disease emergency, the higher your chances of survival are – so try to stay on top of it. The CDC and the WHO are both excellent resources to keep an eye on global health situations and threats.

THE FINAL WORD

We see pandemics in TV shows and movies. We read stories about them in novels and history books. They are everywhere in popular culture: in shows like The Last Man On Earth and The Walking Dead, in bestselling novels like The Stand and comic books, and in at least one movie per year like Contagion.

Our culture is seemingly obsessed with the idea of a pandemic spreading and wreaking havoc on our society.

As functions of entertainment, pandemics are great! But should the fantasy become a reality, should a worldwide epidemic disease manifest, it is not going to be fun to watch. People close to you will probably die. The social order of your community may start to break down into violence, looting and riots; and anyone who isn’t prepared for all of that is not going to last very long.

People close to you will probably die. The social order of your community may start to break down into violence, looting and riots; and anyone who isn’t prepared for all of that is not going to last very long.

The Black Death is an example of how a disease can cover great distances quickly, and leave millions dead in its wake. It took Europe generations to recover from those seven years of hell. It left a permanent stain on history, a scar that we will never forget because it was so horrifying and apocalyptic.

It left a permanent stain on history, a scar that we will never forget because it was so horrific and apocalyptic.

Today there are billions more people on Earth than there were when the Black Death ran rampant. And our transportation systems are unimaginably more complex and efficient – the stage is set for an aggressive and rapid pandemic emergency. It is like a dry, dead forest that is just waiting for a spark.

Last year we almost saw Ebola escape Africa to infect the world. Luckily, the dynamics of the virus was not such that it became widespread. Quarantines were effective in the US this time, but what strain of virus or bacteria will be the next pandemic? Where will it manifest? And how long would we have before it strikes?

No one can answer these questions. The best anyone can do is prepared for the next pandemic emergency as best as we can. Follow this guide – make personal additions or changes as necessary.

Action Plan

Pandemic Preparedness Action Plan Recap

  • 1 – Get A Community Conversation Started
  • 2 – Develope A Community Pandemic Preparedness Plan (could be done on a small neighborhood level instead)
  • 3 – Buy The Essential Pandemic Preparedness Gear
  • 4 – Get Your Family On Board and Discuss A Plan To:
    • Seal Your Home With Plastic
    • Limit Travel
    • Check Your Survival Stock Levels (water, food, medical supplies, etc.)
  • 5 – Practice Sealing Your Home and Wearing Your Pandemic Gear

If you have any additional ideas or personal tricks for pandemic preparedness please share them in the comments below.

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Camping Basics Part 1 Episode 95

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This is a solo week after the two week break. James got hit with a sore throat and couldn’t talk and Mike went to Disney Land. I am back with a show on camping. I cover a few of the basics of camping in this part 1.

The focus of part one is on shelters and fire. I cover a few of the types of shelter and their strengths and weaknesses. Ending on why everyone should just own a hammock.

In the fire section I talk about how to make a fire. What tools to use, favorite tinder. I talk about two methods of building a fire. My prefered way is to build a fire teepee. For me it just works the best.

 

 

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Early April to Yield Blasts of Arctic Air and Snow in Midwestern, Northeastern US

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By Alex SosnowskiAccuWeather

A southward plunge of the polar vortex will direct a couple of blasts of arctic air and potential snow toward portions of the midwestern and northeastern United States during the first week of April.

The main thrusts of the cold air will aim at the Great Lakes, New England and the northern part of the mid-Atlantic at a time when many people are looking forward to increased outdoor spring activities.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: Early April to Yield Blasts of Arctic Air and Snow in Midwestern, Northeastern US

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Volcanoes Today, 30 Mar 2016: Santiaguito Volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Pavlof, Sakurajima, Momotombo

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Spectacular explosion from Sakurajima’s Minamidake crater on 26 March (image: Naoto Yoshidome / twitter)

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Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): Over the past days, vulcanian-type explosions have again picked up in number and size, after only very few events during the first 3 weeks of March. Ash plumes rose to up to 10-12,000 ft (3-3.6 km) altitude.
The remarkable novelty is that most of the recent explosions occurred from the Minamidake crater, the volcano’s old summit vent, and not from the Showa crater on its eastern flank, which had been (an almost exclusive) protagonist during the 10 years since 2006 until very recently.

Pavlof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): A new eruption started at the volcano abruptly Sunday (27 Mar) afternoon at 16:16 local time (00:18 UTC). An explosive eruption with lava fountaining produced an ash plume that quickly rose to approx. 20,000 ft elevation (6 km) and the Aviation Color code was raised to red.
The activity continued and reached its peak over the next 24 hours, when a sustained, continuous ash plume extended more than 700 km (400 miles) to the northeast over interior Alaska, with a maximum height of 37,000 ft (9 km) altitude.
 
Lava fountaining from the summit crater was observed throughout the night by mariners, pilots, and by residents in Cold Bay, located 37 miles (60 km) to the SW.
Volcanic mudflows (lahars), generated by rapidly melting ice and snow, are likely descending on the flanks of the volcano and could present a hazard in the local river valleys.

Santiaguito (Guatemala): Activity continues at the Caliente lava dome with little changes. The volcano observatory reported strong degassing, some weak to moderate explosions with ash plumes rising up to approx. 900 m and constant block lava avalanches on the eastern and southeastern flanks of the lava dome.
The latter suggests that effusive activity has been elevated recently compared to during previous months.

Pacaya (Guatemala): Mild activity continues at the intra-crater cone of the Mackenney crater. INSIVUMEH reports a steam and gas plume rising 600 m and glow from lava visible at night.

Fuego (Guatemala): After its latest paroxysm a few days ago, activity of the volcano has returned to normal levels with intermittent (one every few hours) weak to moderate-sized strombolian explosions.
…27 Mar:
During the past week, activity at the volcano gradually increased into the 5th paroxysm in 2016, generating pulsating lava fountains, lava flows and possibly pyroclastic flows.
 
After the previous such episode in early March, the volcano had continued to produce its typical, persistent, but intermittent strombolian activity. The latter started to become more and more intense from around 22 March, and became near-constant during 24-25 March.

Momotombo (Nicaragua): A slight increase in activity occurred last week between 23-26 March, when the volcano again produced some mild to moderate explosions, some of which were strong enough to send bombs to its upper outer slopes.
During the past days, activity has again been calmer, although crater glow continues to tell the presence of fresh lava in the summit crater.

Continue reading at Volcano Discovery: Volcanoes Today, 30 Mar 2016: Santiaguito Volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Pavlof, Sakurajima, Momotombo

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Strong Coronal Hole, Space Weather | S0 News Mar.30.2016

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By Suspicious0bservers

Published on Mar 30, 2016

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

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

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

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Oct 2015 Event: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1603.08863v1.pdf

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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Wednesday, 30 March 2016

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (145 quakes)

Updated: Wed, 30 Mar 13:59 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Wed, 30 Mar (84 earthquakes)
Wed, 30 Mar 13:38 UTC M 5.2 / 10 km – [info] (68 km) Banda Sea
I FELT IT

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GFZ
Wed, 30 Mar 13:34 UTC M 2.8 / 15 km – [info] (2413 km) Koorda, WA

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GeoAu
Wed, 30 Mar 13:10 UTC M 3.7 / 46 km – [info] Loihi (5 km) – United States, Hawaiian Islands HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Wed, 30 Mar 13:09 UTC M 3.0 / 36.8 km – [info] (100 km) NE OFF IWATE PREF
I FELT IT

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NIED
Wed, 30 Mar 12:46 UTC M 2.8 / 33.2 km – [info] (275 km) 46 km al NO de Los Vilos

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GUG (U. Chile)
Wed, 30 Mar 12:33 UTC M 3.0 / 63.3 km – [info] (41 km) NEAR AMAMI-OSHIMA ISLAND
I FELT IT

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NIED
Wed, 30 Mar 12:27 UTC M 3.1 / 42.8 km – [info] (374 km) 15 km al E de Tongoy
I FELT IT

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GUG (U. Chile)
Wed, 30 Mar 12:26 UTC M 3.2 / 7 km – [info] (1015 km) 尼泊尔
I FELT IT

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CEIC
Wed, 30 Mar 12:26 UTC M 4.7 / 10 km – [info] (997 km) NEPAL
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Patan (Nepal) (49 km SW from epicenter)(no details): Ha ha ha. No one believed me till they saw your record. (via EMSC)
Wed, 30 Mar 12:25 UTC M 3.2 / 17 km – [info] (92 km) 031 km S 40? W of Looc (Occidental Mindoro)
I FELT IT

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PHILVOLCS
Wed, 30 Mar 12:11 UTC M 2.7 / 35.4 km – [info] (246 km) SE OFF SHIKOKU

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NIED
Wed, 30 Mar 12:03 UTC M 2.6 / 10 km – [info] (394 km) 32 km of Sar bisheh, South Khorasan

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IRSC
Wed, 30 Mar 11:37 UTC M 2.6 / 9.9 km – [info] (504 km) New Zealand
I FELT IT

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GEONET (NZ)

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Top 10 Medicinal Herbs for your garden

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Herbal medicine has been around for centuries and although people are encouraged to buy modern medicine, this ancient healing knowledge is still widely practiced. Medicinal herbs will still be here, long after the collapse of modern society and we should all learn how to take advantage of these healing herbs. In many parts of the … Read more…

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5 Ways Anti-Gunners Hamper Women’s Rights To Bear Arms

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In the brainwashed minds of anti-gunners, women sit around like Sleeping Beauty and only wake up when some charming, rich prince gives them a kiss. But in our real world, women are routinely raped, robbed, murdered, beaten, and tortured because they cannot defend themselves against criminals and terrorists.

To make matters even worse, gun grabbers and gun control advocates want to enforce a poisonous doctrine that will leave women demoralized and worse off than expected if a major social collapse occurs.

Have a look at how gun grabbing advocates routinely use social pressure to bully and intimidate women into believing that self-defense and personal safety are not as important as “the higher civic good”.

Birth Control and Abortion are Touted in Place of Self Defense

It is no secret that anti gunners routinely seek to brainwash women into believing that birth control and abortions will solve all their problems. If a woman using birth control is raped, why should she worry about defending herself since her risk of getting pregnant is lower? And, if “the pill” fails, rape doesn’t really matter because she can just go get an abortion.

In the meantime, any woman that uses birth control or has an abortion becomes controlled by nanny state paid doctors instead of welcoming and responsibly wielding the creative powers that are a woman’s God given right.

To the anti-gunners, a woman is little more than an animal best left to the mercy of criminals, terrorists, and rioters because a woman that can defend herself with a gun is a danger to their socially destructive and demeaning agenda.

Even as I write this, women (and men) are being given misleading and dangerous information about situations that are best handled with a gun. For example, a number of videos recently issued about how to handle a shootout invite people to remain impotent instead admit that the only way to stop a criminal or terrorist with a gun is to shoot them before they have a chance to hurt others.

As every prepper and survivor oriented person knows, if we work as a team and accept each person’s right to self-defense with a gun, we would not have these mass killings.

Core Curriculum Sex Ed Redefines Abuse

Core Curriculum and other “progressive” education programs over the years aim to brainwash young women into thinking they are “liberated” because they can have sex with any male they want. Once a young girl or woman adopts such an irresponsible ideology, it is much less likely she will even realize she has been raped, and therefore she will never even consider that she, and other women need unfettered access to guns.

In fact, these days Core Curriculum sex ed teaches young women that abusive relationships are “ok” because they can “deepen” the emotional bond between the couple. In this paradigm, a young girl that would instinctively say “no”, file criminal charges, take a self-defense class, or get a gun will simply go on in a depressed state instead of actively seek to survive and thrive regardless of what is going on in the world.

On the other hand, it is very obvious that a woman who seeks to own a gun and knows how to use it will never follow, let alone be intimidated by a sexist agenda that is as harmful now as it will be in a social collapse scenario.

Anti-gunners Stack the Deck Against Women

nail polishDid you know anti gunners routinely tell women that if they are attacked, all they have to do is blow a rape whistle and pee on the aggressor as an “act of deterrence”? I kid you not.

In reality, Sleeping Beauty doesn’t have a half hour or more for police or other assistance to arrive because the average crime happens in less than 10 minutes.

Clearly, the anti-gunner’s fairy tale based agenda makes it easier than ever for criminals to succeed, and therefore encourages them to take advantage of any and every opportunity that they can get to harm women.

Needless to say, no matter whether an EMP causes a social collapse, a nuclear strike, or a major financial collapse because of currency manipulation, women without guns will be at a severe disadvantage.

The more laws there are to increase the cost of guns or make it harder to get them, the larger the number of women affected by this problem. Never forget that large numbers of men have owned guns for centuries, however women have a long way to go to catch up.

Anti-Gunners Use Laws to Make Sure Poor Women Wind up Dead Instead of Armed with Guns

Anti-gunners have been known to suggest that women are too weak to have guns. That statement alone can be easily enough debunked by every woman in militaries, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies throughout the world.

Beyond that, historically speaking it is a well-known fact that some of the fiercest and most powerful warriors are women. Aside from being the social pillars of a society, it is also said that no culture or society can be called dead until the women have been conquered.

As self-evident as it may be that women are more than strong enough to carry and use guns effectively and safely, there is another huge, sexist, and completely demoralizing tone implied by this aspect of anti-gunner irrationalism.

Along with bringing us Common Core sex ed, most anti-gunners also believe in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Now regardless of whether or not you believe we all came from a pack of monkeys that evolved across time, the Theory of Evolution also maintains that only the fittest have the right and privilege to pass on their genes to the next generation.

From that perspective, there can be no doubt, in my opinion; when an anti-gunner says women are too weak to use guns without permission of the government; gun grabbers are suggesting that women of all color should just drop dead. In this way, the evolution of our species can be carried on only through hand-picked elite women who just happen to be protected around the clock by guns paid for by our tax dollar!

In the meantime, thousands impoverished black and Hispanic women living in Section 8 housing are raped, murdered and robbed because they are not allowed to have guns.

Women are Lied to About the Hidden Power of Guns to Shape Society

Today, many anti-gunners run around saying that guns are the only object we have that is used almost exclusively to take life or injure others.

Consider that when someone is texting while driving, high on drugs, drunk, insane, or whatever, an armed person aware of the situation can shoot out the erratic driver’s automobile tires before they drive that vehicle into a crowd and kill or injure dozens of people.

In a society where motor vehicles are the greatest lethal weapon to us and our planet, it is a true shame that guns are not seen as a viable answer to pedestrian hit and runs and other vehicular murders. In fact, anyone that is a victim of a vehicle pedestrian encounter, and their families should sue anti-gunners because the victims did not have a gun on hand to protect themselves from the vehicle.

Beyond this, anti-gunners don’t want women to know that every single woman regardless of color, sexual orientation or creed can use guns to save lives and alter the path of society in order to slow down or even prevent a complete collapse. This includes situations where people wearing suicide bomb vests murder and injure hundreds of innocent people because no one can get to them and stop them in time.

Given that a bullet travels at around 2,500 feet per second, rest assured that an armed woman can, in fact, stop ISIS and other terrorists in their tracks and in real time.

What Can We Do About This Problem?

According to a number of polls, the Republican party and agenda has been consistently labeled as being against the best interests of women. However, when you stop and look at the facts, you soon come to realize that the worst sexists in our nation are little old white men hiding under the pant suits of little old white women that act as the puppet mouth pieces for anti-gun legislation.

When a poor woman of any color is told that she can only defend herself against rape, murder, mugging, or terrorists by peeing on an attacker, there is something grossly wrong with what we define for and against a woman’s best interest.

In the upcoming election, it is our duty to send anti-gunners the message that it is time to accept a woman’s God given right, and her Constitutional right to self-defense against criminals and terrorists using any gun that she chooses.

Unless you speak up and demand government do your will, there will continue to be exploitation, injustice, and an increased risk that our society will be ripped out from under us. When you allow others to dictate how you choose to defend yourself, and control when, where, and how you come to own or use a gun, then you become prey to everyone that wants to take something from you.

As with the founding fathers of the United States, pro-gun advocates would rather see you defend yourself than wind up dead because laws driven by what appear to be closet sexists aim to prevent you from having the best tools available for self-defense.

In an extension of that belief, when a nation is filled with strong people able to take care of themselves, the entire nation benefits and becomes a true model of the sum being stronger than the whole. Even in a situation where a gun fight is lost by the “good guys”, at least they, and those around them know that they still had a chance to win instead of die begging for their lives from immoral and corrupt people that only want to kill and maim.

Let’s make America better than she was yesterday and make gun rights the ultimate and absolute litmus test for who gets voted into office in November 2016.

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This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

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https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/crime-clock

http://www.mythbusterstheexhibition.com/science-content/dodge-a-bullet/

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The Smart Home Era: Can Intelligent Living Secure Us?

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Based on a 2015 survey conducted by The Harris Poll, 78% of Americans anticipate homes to be reinforced with must-have smart home products in the next five years. These hi-tech and Internet-enabled devices, which are estimated to reach 45 million by 2018, range from home security products to automated vacuum cleaners. Are you ready for the future?

Although there’s no question that we want to secure and maintain our homes with the best technology available, many are still left in the dark as to the practicality and sustainability of intelligent living. As we have yet to fully adapt to this fast-developing reality, many are grappling with a good understanding of the challenges and benefits of maintaining a smart home. Some even fear that smart technology can be too smart for our own good, a fear which is generously illustrated in popular culture and blockbuster movies with images of robots and computers taking over us.

But we are obliged by the times to adapt despite the concerns surrounding new technology and intelligent living. That many aspects of our lives are now linked to the Internet is one reminder of the of the influence of new technology on how we live. So instead of hopelessly avoiding or fearing new technology, the question that should be asked is: How prepared are you in incorporating intelligent living in your smart home? It’s valid to feel concerned about intelligent living, but knowing more about it means you are proactive in mastering new technology instead of letting it controlling you.

Home Security and the Face of Intelligent Living

Robot building

The importance of security in intelligent living is becoming less science fiction and more concrete reality. With today’s high crime rate, it is vital to reinforce home safety with devices that can effectively deter burglars and other criminals. Consider the recent statistics from the FBI, which reports that 1.7 million burglaries occurred in 2014 in the US alone. The alarming figure provides justification for new technology developers to come up with much-needed home security solutions.

As a major component of intelligent living, advances in home security are concrete proofs of this growing industry. It is determined to reach new heights in terms of coming up with newer smart devices. To date, consumers can already optimize smart home products such as home alarm monitoring, automatic locks, smart thermostats, wireless speakers, and various intelligent sensors that can be controlled with a smartphone. With the Internet-of-Things becoming a trend, a new breed of devices are overtaking the market. Just last year, smartwatches have begun to ingrain itself in the consciousness and lifestyle of many people.

In addition to providing digitally-controlled and -monitored home security, intelligent living is making sustainable homes an exciting reality. Current home automation systems are demonstrating that it’s possible for homeowners to enjoy an efficient, eco-friendly, secure, and comfortable living space. Devices include smart thermostats that can adjust temperature while you’re asleep or send you alerts when you’re away. Basic yet necessary capabilities such as automatic indoor and outdoor lighting can help you save energy costs and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Challenge: Keeping Up with Smart Home Development

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While property crimes like burglaries are rampant, investments in home security system is quite low at present. According to statistics, only 17% of homes in the US have home security, a small amount considering that a burglary is estimated to occur every 13 seconds and that two-thirds of burglars abandon their misdeed in the presence of home security system. There is clearly a disconnect between the necessity of home security and the preventive measures (or lack thereof) implemented by homeowners. What could be the reasons behind this?

A number of studies and articles provide explanations to the challenges involving smart homes and consumer response. For smart homes, the challenge consists of bolstering protection against hackers and cyber criminals. Smart homes may prove effective against home invasions, yet its Internet-based feature is vulnerable to digital security threats. On the part of consumers, the challenge largely relates to the rapidly increasing—and potentially confusing—number of devices. This challenge is compounded by the lack of a coherent system that can unite all existing smart home devices. As it happens, the best IoT devices for the connected home have different functionalities and application requirements. Devices “speak” different languages at the moment, which signals disjoint rather than unity.

A case can also be made with regard to the limited functionalities of current smart home devices. This can be restrictive for consumers who, armed with tips for achieving a sustainable home, are clamoring for devices to make many aspects of their lives easier and safer. For example, while basic items like security cameras, smart bulbs and electronic locks are available, smart refrigerators and cookers are not yet in existence. The growing demand of modern life expose the need for many other home items to be made smarter.

Despite the challenges, the reality and necessity of creating a smart home are encouraging both consumers and developers to think and create better ways of improving intelligent living. In fact, progress is already happening. A good example is the increasing affordability of home alarm monitoring. Month-to-month security systems monitoring can be efficiently sustained for as low as $8.95, making intelligent living more accessible than you might think.

Off to the Future: Looking Forward with Optimism

MIT Museum: Kismet the AI robot smiles at you

The challenges surrounding intelligent living serve as a guide to better achieving a sustainable home in the future. A good indication of the development involves the evolution of smart home security. Before, home security simply meant locking doors and windows. Now, it is fast evolving into something which involves surveillance cameras and devices like sensors which can be controlled and monitored remotely. Indeed, we are fast realizing that change is necessary and inevitable. Remember that before the Internet became common, life was different in that it was less mediated by technology. Life is now inconceivable without the Internet, and so is our future without it. It is worth mentioning that the United Nations now asserts that Internet access is a basic human right.

It’s also becoming clear that IoT and smart homes are logical extensions of the modern life. The promise of new technology is to create more devices that can potentially improve home safety and raise the standards of quality living. We are still at the early stages of intelligent living, which makes it all the more necessary that we remain vigilant.

The fast-approaching golden era of smart and sustainable homes carry the compelling features of convenience, sustainability, and security. Alarm security system companies and manufacturers are orienting consumers to the idea of better designing their lives with the existence of smart devices. As a proper response to the inevitable rise of smart homes, consumers must continue in their active participation in directing the course of new technology. After all, the future can only be truly bright and promising if new technology and intelligent living remain under the control of users rather than passively accepted as an inescapable reality.

Written by John Anderson

Spring cleaning for Preppers because we do things a little differently!

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post, we are going to look at Spring cleaning for Preppers and just how it’s different for us than it is for others.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit. For most people, Spring cleaning means going through all of their closets …

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What Is The True Goal Of Multiculturalism?

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     I think we can all agree that at the heart of national and world events is the issue of multiculturalism.  The official definition of multiculturalism is “the co-existence of diverse cultures, where culture includes racial, religious, or cultural groups and is manifested in customary behaviours, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative styles.”
     The last few decades has seen it become a major political issue, both here in the U.S. and Europe.  The fact is that the world is unraveling; you can see it in the Middle East, in South America, and in Africa, for instance.  Peoples of different ethnicities and races; different religious beliefs; and different social values are clashing in countries where the politically correct politicians are forcing their social agenda views.  The true results of multiculturalism are hidden behind utopian rhetoric that promotes equality and justice and a homogenous society; one in which everyone is seen as identical, similar, and comparable.  Why can’t the world see that this can never be!
     Oh, I know, there will be those who say America has always been “the melting pot” of the world; that we are a nation made up of immigrants.  That is true, but there is a major difference between our policies of yesteryear and those of today.  In the past, other cultures were assimilated into ours.  They were not heralded and protected, or labeled as mistreated and abused.  There were no terms like “Irishphobic” or “Italianphobic”.  Every nationality that came to America arrived on our shores because they wanted what we had … the freedom to become all they wanted to be.  And they were willing to become like us; to adopt our values, our standards, and our behavior.  Their faith was a matter of their own conscience, and it served to reinforce the principles of freedom and liberty for the individual — the backbone of our national existence.

     But that idea of assimilation is no longer applauded.  Today, entire countries are being overrun by huge populations of immigrants, and it is the native citizens that are expected to adapt and capitulate their rights to accommodate the migrants.  Understandably, there is going to be conflict.  And I would suggest that this is really the ultimate goal of multiculturalism; both here and in Europe.
     Can you concede that behind this massive push to open up the floodgates to migrants from the world’s trouble spots is a political ideology that wishes to destroy the basis of Western civilization? Are you able to see the puppet masters who are hard at work to dismantle capitalism and free enterprise, and who wish to institute collectivism and communal property?  Can you accept that this chaos and conflict are all about Power?
     As it was so deftly worded on the website, Gothamresistance.com, “Turning Americans into a minority in their own country is the only way to control these pesky, greedy, racist people who are so obsessed with freedom and prosperity.”  We’re already seeing it happen in Europe.  Entire communities in France and Germany are controlled by Muslim immigrants who refuse to assimilate, and who are outright antagonistic towards Western behavior and values.  Furthermore, this particular population is increasing rapidly (especially with recent policy), and they are younger and angrier than their fellow citizens.
     Both British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both publicly admitted that “multiculturalism has failed”.  Well, duh!  As Chuck Coulson explained in a 2011 article at The Christian Pos, “The underlying reason for this is that culture reflects beliefs of the people. In fact, cultures are formed by those beliefs. For a society to survive it has to have one culture — a culture that enjoys the participation and contributions of all of its peoples.”  But that implies a willingness to cooperate and compromise.  What about sharia law suggest that this is even a remote possibility?
     And I must agree with the sentiments of Walter E. Williams, an economist, commentator, and the Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University.  Mr. Williams said, “At the very heart of multiculturalism is an attack on Christianity… and also on free market capitalism.  [This is because] Christian nations, which have a great measure of economic liberty, have been at the forefront of the struggle for personal liberty and private property rights for centuries. Personal liberty and private property are anathemas to people who want to control our lives. That is part and parcel of the multicultural and diversity movements infecting the Western world.”
     Just listen to the words and look at the actions of the immigrants that come to the West.  Do you see any evidence that they will ever agree with our basic tenets of freedom, whether religious or social?  Just their attitudes about the rights of women should tell you something.  And targeting Christians for torture and death clearly speaks of their hatred for any religion not their own.  That has never been the way of the West!
     I found this observation by Melvin Rhodes at Beyond Today quite compelling:  “There’s an interesting verse in the New Testament of your Bible that stands in direct contradiction to the multicultural idea. While “God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34), we read in the same book that “He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings (Acts 17:26).”
     He goes on …. “It is also interesting to note that Jesus Christ, when asked, “What will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3), warned that “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (verse 7). A kingdom is a political entity. But the word “nation” here is translated from the Greek word ethnos , from which we get the words ethnic and ethnicity. In other words, Jesus was saying that immediately prior to His coming to establish God’s Kingdom on this earth, there would be a time of great ethnic conflict—the inevitable result of mingling diverse people groups together.”  There’s no doubt that this is what we’re seeing today!
     Here is what the Politicians and the Elite will never realize … the only way for the world to truly live in harmony is to come to the One who died to make all of us His own.  And that is the battle that we see unfolding right now.  This conflict is going to continue until every person on earth has made their choice.  I believe the terror attacks and social upheaval are the beginning of the birth pangs that will force the nations to choose who they will follow.  We cannot remain on the sidelines, nor can we compromise to try to win their allegiance.  It is time to face the music … not only has multiculturalism failed, but it is ushering in the final showdown and the world’s day of reckoning.  Are you ready?

Psalm 117:1-2    “Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”

   
   

Homestead Blog Hop #76

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

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Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Jenn – Little House on the 100 Farm (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

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Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Basic Lambing Supplies - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

1. Basic Lambing Supplies from The Woolly Homestead

Assemble a Chicken First Aid Kit - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

2. Assemble a Chicken First Aid Kit from The Cape Coop

Egg Recipes When You've Got Too Many Eggs - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 

 3. Egg Recipes When You’ve Got Too Many Eggs from Idlewild Alaska

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

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  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
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