We’re Turning Over a New Leaf

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A New Look for the Grow Network

As I’m sure you noticed, we’ve made some big changes to the Grow Network website. What do you think?

The biggest reason for all of these changes was to speed our site up. We were getting some feedback that the site was loading too slowly. Well… you spoke and we listened!

The Grow Network is Growing

It turns out that our biggest problem was… growth! We’ve added so many new articles, new series, new videos, and new photographs, that we simply outgrew our old site.

And the real [Grow] Network is growing too – you, me, and all of the people who make up our community. We are a big group! And there are new members signing up all the time, from all over the world.

I guess it takes a lot of megabytes for so many people to help each other grow their own food and medicine.

More Information, Fewer Distractions

And while we were working on the speed, we went ahead and made some other changes, too.

Less Clutter – We straightened things up a bit, and really tried to focus the new site on what matters most – the information!
No Advertisements – Again, we really tried to take away all of the distractions so that you can focus on the information in each article and video without being bothered.
Friendly Navigation – You should be able to get where you’re going fast, with the sleek new menus on the left-hand side.
Bigger Pages – Bigger pages help to keep the new design simple and clean. And bigger pages also mean we can use a bigger font for easy reading.
Bigger Pictures – Now that we have Anthony on our team, we have more great photographs and videos to share, and now we can share them in full size.

We hope you like the new look, and we’d love to hear what you think about it. Leave us a note in the comments below and give us your 2 cents.


“Survivalist,” “Prepper,” “Bushcraft,” “Minimalist,” etc. — what the hell are we?

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Christopher with Catherine at Hollywire TV

Christopher with Catherine at Hollywire TV

Recently, I did a little segment for a show called Hollywire TV and they introduced me as a “prepper.” I did a little segment showing survival skills for L.A. Korean TV recently, and they called me a “survivalist.” Back when Ron Hood was alive, I was occasionally paired off with him in newspaper articles – I was called a “soft survivalist,” and he a “hard survivalist.” I have been called these things and more, such as a bushcrafter, a nature man, a wilderness survival expert or teacher, a re-enactor, someone lost in the past, and many more names and titles, both “good” and “bad.”

As survival skills in general have gotten so popular, partly due to all the junk TV shows, and partly due to the fact that some guys figure they can make a buck at it, there has been a concomitant fracturing (“divide and conquer”?) of the community into various factions.

Let’s go back and I’m going to share my path, and see what these various terms mean, and whether it all really matters.

My earliest interest in the early 70s was botany and mycology. I was often called a naturalist, or a botanist, or even a mycologist. Those are standard academic terms for those specialties. “Naturalist” is the most general, of course, and there are many naturalists all over the country, and have been for centuries. Like Thoreau, and Muir, etc. I always thought of myself as an “ethnobotanist,” someone who focuses on the uses of plants. So, news folks have sometimes labeled me “Pasadena’s Euell Gibbons” (no dishonor there), or “Euell Gibbons wannabe,” clearly a veiled insult.

Remember the 70s theme: Get back to the land, back to nature, hippies, communes. It wasn’t about “survival,” per se, but going back to a rural existence. Mother Earth News arose in that era, as well as their myriad copycats.

It is from the early 70s that I got my first copy of Larry Dean Olsen’s “Outdoor Survival Skills,” and he often used the word “survivalist” to describe wilderness survival practitioners.

Around the time of the Iran Hostage Crisis of the Carter administration, the term “survivalist” got big, in part from guys like Kurt Saxon (“Poor Man’s James Bond”), and Mel Tappan. Survival shows were big, and they were held all over the country. If you stored food and had guns, you were a survivalist, and the media made fun of you.

I quickly tried to distance myself from the negative connotation of a “survivalist,” though I am still called that.

The world didn’t come to an end, and as Y2K approached, there was a new upbeat in survival products, seminars, and other things to survive the end of the world. “Survivalist” was still the preferred term.

Now, there were still naturalists and botanists and ethnobotanists and herbalists but “survivalist” was the term that captured media attention.

There were always the “re-enactors,” guys who liked to dress up in an old west period style, and they still do that today.

When Ron Hood began marketing all his wilderness survival DVDs, which are still widely copied today (on Youtube and elsewhere), he taught both bushcraft and wilderness survival skills, as well as some urban skills. Bushcraft would generally be the skills that Native Americans practiced forever, using nothing modern. Some of the more specific practitioners of these skills are called weavers, or potters, or foragers (really big now), or flint-knappers, etc. See? Each little aspect has always had its practitioners who specialized in one little area, but it all could be more or less grouped together with the term “bushcraft skills” or “Native American skills” or “wilderness skills.”

Back when NatGeo contacted me to appear on a new show, they used a term “prepper” which I’d never heard before. “Prepper” was the new “survivalist,” apparently.

Somewhere in here there have been the “minimalists” who either live in the city with next to nothing, or they like to backback as light as humanly possible. That’s the theory anyway. When I attended a few “minimalist” meetings, it was mostly very wealthy people with so, so much stuff in their homes who felt guilty about having so much.

All these terms and ideas comprised bits and pieces of what I always pursued: a way to live a better life with less, learning how to make many things I needed or how to do without, and in general, to get back into a sustainable lifestyle, bit by bit.

I am sure there are many more terms and divisions and fractionated groups that I have not mentioned.

But I think the beauty of DIRTTIME is that we have always embraced all these so-called communities. They all fit under our umbrella. It troubles me that so many fight and bicker over who is right in this little nit-pick, and how the loudest is too often viewed as the best or the “leader.”

At DIRTTIME, we’re not picking fights and sparring with those who believe they are the best… Well, I’m not saying that has not happened, but it is not what we are about. We welcome all the branches of all the arts of survival. They are all branches of one tree.

“Survivalist,” “Prepper,” “Bushcraft,” “Minimalist,” etc. — what the hell are we?

Christopher with Catherine at Hollywire TV

Christopher with Catherine at Hollywire TV

Recently, I did a little segment for a show called Hollywire TV and they introduced me as a “prepper.” I did a little segment showing survival skills for L.A. Korean TV recently, and they called me a “survivalist.” Back when Ron Hood was alive, I was occasionally paired off with him in newspaper articles – I was called a “soft survivalist,” and he a “hard survivalist.” I have been called these things and more, such as a bushcrafter, a nature man, a wilderness survival expert or teacher, a re-enactor, someone lost in the past, and many more names and titles, both “good” and “bad.”

As survival skills in general have gotten so popular, partly due to all the junk TV shows, and partly due to the fact that some guys figure they can make a buck at it, there has been a concomitant fracturing (“divide and conquer”?) of the community into various factions.

Let’s go back and I’m going to share my path, and see what these various terms mean, and whether it all really matters.

My earliest interest in the early 70s was botany and mycology. I was often called a naturalist, or a botanist, or even a mycologist. Those are standard academic terms for those specialties. “Naturalist” is the most general, of course, and there are many naturalists all over the country, and have been for centuries. Like Thoreau, and Muir, etc. I always thought of myself as an “ethnobotanist,” someone who focuses on the uses of plants. So, news folks have sometimes labeled me “Pasadena’s Euell Gibbons” (no dishonor there), or “Euell Gibbons wannabe,” clearly a veiled insult.

Remember the 70s theme: Get back to the land, back to nature, hippies, communes. It wasn’t about “survival,” per se, but going back to a rural existence. Mother Earth News arose in that era, as well as their myriad copycats.

It is from the early 70s that I got my first copy of Larry Dean Olsen’s “Outdoor Survival Skills,” and he often used the word “survivalist” to describe wilderness survival practitioners.

Around the time of the Iran Hostage Crisis of the Carter administration, the term “survivalist” got big, in part from guys like Kurt Saxon (“Poor Man’s James Bond”), and Mel Tappan. Survival shows were big, and they were held all over the country. If you stored food and had guns, you were a survivalist, and the media made fun of you.

I quickly tried to distance myself from the negative connotation of a “survivalist,” though I am still called that.

The world didn’t come to an end, and as Y2K approached, there was a new upbeat in survival products, seminars, and other things to survive the end of the world. “Survivalist” was still the preferred term.

Now, there were still naturalists and botanists and ethnobotanists and herbalists but “survivalist” was the term that captured media attention.

There were always the “re-enactors,” guys who liked to dress up in an old west period style, and they still do that today.

When Ron Hood began marketing all his wilderness survival DVDs, which are still widely copied today (on Youtube and elsewhere), he taught both bushcraft and wilderness survival skills, as well as some urban skills. Bushcraft would generally be the skills that Native Americans practiced forever, using nothing modern. Some of the more specific practitioners of these skills are called weavers, or potters, or foragers (really big now), or flint-knappers, etc. See? Each little aspect has always had its practitioners who specialized in one little area, but it all could be more or less grouped together with the term “bushcraft skills” or “Native American skills” or “wilderness skills.”

Back when NatGeo contacted me to appear on a new show, they used a term “prepper” which I’d never heard before. “Prepper” was the new “survivalist,” apparently.

Somewhere in here there have been the “minimalists” who either live in the city with next to nothing, or they like to backback as light as humanly possible. That’s the theory anyway. When I attended a few “minimalist” meetings, it was mostly very wealthy people with so, so much stuff in their homes who felt guilty about having so much.

All these terms and ideas comprised bits and pieces of what I always pursued: a way to live a better life with less, learning how to make many things I needed or how to do without, and in general, to get back into a sustainable lifestyle, bit by bit.

I am sure there are many more terms and divisions and fractionated groups that I have not mentioned.

But I think the beauty of DIRTTIME is that we have always embraced all these so-called communities. They all fit under our umbrella. It troubles me that so many fight and bicker over who is right in this little nit-pick, and how the loudest is too often viewed as the best or the “leader.”

At DIRTTIME, we’re not picking fights and sparring with those who believe they are the best… Well, I’m not saying that has not happened, but it is not what we are about. We welcome all the branches of all the arts of survival. They are all branches of one tree.

3 Upgrades for Securing Your Compound’s Perimeter

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Home security isn’t just a category of electronic devices than can help you monitor and secure your property. It’s a whole philosophy—a way of thinking about your personal property and preparing your family for a range of intrusions.

Ultimately, creating a truly secure home environment requires a balance of two objectives. You need to have the right resources on hand, but you also need to promote an atmosphere of vigilance. This balance is the best way to ensure that everyone in your family is ready to handle any situation.

Creating a more secure home might seem like a daunting (and expensive) task, but it requires only a few key changes. Here are three ways you can upgrade your home security without having to deplete your resources.

Security monitoring

The biggest issue with home security is that you can’t be everywhere at once, so you need an extra set of eyes to help maintain total vigilance. Most people assume that a home security system requires a huge expense and an invasive installation process. There’s also a misconception that home security is reserved for the very wealthy.

In recent years, companies like Lorex have worked to develop top-of-the-line, affordable camera systems. Perfect for outdoor surveillance, they offer fully weatherproof cameras with 1080p high definition video and long-range night-vision. Lorex also offers wireless security camera systems, making installation incredibly easy if you have a large outdoor property.

A modest appearance

Creating an appearance of modest security is one of the easiest ways to detract possible intruders from targeting your property. Don’t let your property be an advertisement for your valuables. When educating your family, make sure they understand how it important it is not to share details about your home’s amenities or security features.

Family members also need to understand the important role they play in your home’s security. That means not leaving valuables out in clear sight and making sure that doors are always locked and security protocols always in place.

Ultimately, a home security system is only as effective as the people who use it. All the gadgets in the world won’t keep someone out if the garage door is accidentally left open.

Perimeter defense

Perimeter defense is important for a few reasons. Not only does it help to keep intruders from entering your property, it also helps to define that property for anyone who might come near it — whether friend or foe.

A great place to start is with an easily installed electric security fence to detract intruders and alert you when someone is nearby. A “smart fence” solution can even collaborate with your home camera system to provide you with a visual look at any disturbances, cutting down on false positives caused by weather or wildlife.

For driveways and other points of entry, consider a solar-powered driveway monitoring system that provides constant detection and even triggers alarms and spotlights. These low profile monitors are also ideal for gardens or supply storage areas that intruders may target.

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10 Things You’ll Need When The Power Grid Fails

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Most of us rely on the power grid almost every minute of every day. Without power, we usually just sit around waiting for it to come back on. But what if it doesn’t? Due to an aging infrastructure, the power grid is becoming less and less reliable every […]

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Going “Green” Instead of Being A “Prepper”

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Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.

I can tell you we’re not all that bad. You may find that it is wiser to couch your actions by going green instead of broadcasting you are a prepper. And sometimes, preppers and greenies are already kind of walking in lock-step. We just don’t always realize it.

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Survival Irony: Most Overlooked yet most likely to kill you

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I’ve been in forum discussions (recently) where people get so worked up over which handgun caliber is best they literally can’t keep the debate civil. Articles and posts about gear are all over the place, I know I do my fair share of those as well. We talk so much about emergencies and out of the ordinary events we sometimes lose touch with reality and either neglect or completely forget about the undisputed top causes of early death such as heart disease.
I’ve written before about how important it is to keep a healthy diet, exercise and maintain a reasonable body weight. It sure isn’t always easy but it needs to be discussed and insisted upon more. It’s not zombies or Mad Max style raiders, its this stuff that is by far the thing most likely to leave your kids without a father or mother before their time.
So, now that I hopefully caught your attention, how’s your weight, and when was the last time you checked your blood pressure and cholesterol, let alone a complete blood test.

Today I got my results and fortunately they are very good. I did gain some weight recently which I need to lose ASAP (too much Spanish food since we moved here) but still everything came back within normal parameters and the cholesterol and triglyceride levels are low enough to place me in the “very low” risk of cardiovascular disease, so that’s good news.
Its not always easy and quite frankly its sometimes a PITA but this is important and needs to be talked about and taken care of. I’m not preaching here, I’m sure thinking about myself as well as I write this.
If discussions about calibers can end up in forum wars you can imagine what happens when someone speaks honestly and goes “Dude, you’re not big, you’re fat”. Fat has somehow become a politically incorrect word, yet given its link to cardiovascular disease it is, by far, the leading cause of death world wide. Survivalism is pointless if we only focus on the fun stuff and can’t be bothered with keeping it real and that means seriously working on the extremely high risk threats such as diseases involving poor nutrition and unhealthy lifestyles.

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”.

North Korea Threatens US with DC Nuke Strike… just business as usual

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Whether or not this is perceived as a real threat, it is already falling to 2nd page news on news outlets.  Though some analysts will argue that North Korea doesn’t currently possess the long range ability, it is still quite conceivable that NK could use a plane, barge, or some other delivery method and the threat is as real a threat as HC and BS…. and DT one might add.

Buck 119 Special Clip Point Hunter Knife Review

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Buck 119 Special Clip Point Hunter Knife Review

Buck has always been a fascinating company to me. They very rarely jump aboard new trends, and rather tend to trudge along doing their own thing. I don’t say this as a criticism at all, because clearly it works. A Buck knife is unapologetically a Buck knife. It’s curious (because it’s so rare) to handle a fixed… Read More

This is just the start of the post Buck 119 Special Clip Point Hunter Knife Review. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

Buck 119 Special Clip Point Hunter Knife Review, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

Retirement Home Opened by Mother Theresa is Site of Brutal Massacre in Yemen

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Four Nuns Among 16 Victims Shot Execution-Style by Attackers
03/07/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern– The world is in shock as militant gunmen stormed a Catholic nun-operated retirement home in Aden, Yemen. Officials said the attackers moved room to room handcuffing the victims before finally shooting 16 staff members in the head. 

The home was created as a charity by Mother Theresa and is run by nuns who dedicated their lives to continuing her work throughout the war-torn region. In addition to those killed, an Indian priest was kidnapped in the attack, and his status remains unknown. The murdered caregiving nuns had chosen to work at the retirement home in Yemen rather than return home to safety when they had the opportunity. In addition to those four nuns, the other victims were “four local nurses, four security guards, and three cleaning staff,” according to medical sources.

The members of the charity and those in the surrounding communities remain “absolutely stunned” by the brutal attack against a charitable organization that served the elderly of all faiths. Pope Francis called the nuns modern-day martyrs who gave their blood for Christ’s work.  He went on to explain that, before deciding to remain in Yemen to work at the retirement home, the Sisters had been part of a project to care for refugees and help them in their transition to Rome or other areas in Europe. 
The four nuns were from Rwanda, India, and Kenya, but had dedicated their lives to following in the footsteps of Mother Theresa and remaining in the “wilderness” to serve people.  The attackers escaped after the massacre and have yet to be found.  The Vatican released an official statement regarding the murders of the Sisters as Pope Francis called the attack “diabolical.”
Yemen has seen terrible bloodshed over the past few years following the Saudi attacks against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels (linked to Hezbollah), who overturned the Yemeni government. Al-Qaeda fighters have also entered Yemen to counter the Shia-Houthi influence in the area.  The gunmen have not been captured yet, but Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (known as Ansar al-Sharia) released a statement assuring the world that they are not responsible for the attack.  Many are blaming the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) for the brutal attack, but those reports have yet to be confirmed.     


Emma Lane, ICC’s Regional Manager for the Middle East, said: “This act was so horrendous, that even the most dangerous branch of Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, felt the need to release an official press statement denying they had anything to do with such a terrible act.  AQAP ensured the media know they would have nothing to do with the brutal murders of nuns and charitable workers at a retirement home founded by Mother Theresa.”

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Free Slot Available for Saturday’s Cooking Class

Posted: March 7, 2016

by gamegetterII

One of those taking the class on Sat.purchased two slots for the class,and ended up not having a second person to attend with them.

This person is giving away the already paid for slot in the class for free,so anyone interested who didn’t have the $$$ let me know,and you’ll have a pre-paid  place in the class.

e-mail me @




I won’t have internet access for a few hours,so whoever sends me the first e-mail gets the place in the class.

I’ll send whoever that is an e-mail to let them know they can attend for free.



American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Complete List of SHTF Prepper Lingo (Terms, Abbreviations, Acronyms)

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shtf-prepper-lingo-termsEspecially for newbie but also veteran preppers alike, the multitude of the jargon used in the prepper community can be confusing.

For your easy reference, (and my own), I decided to create what I’m proud to say should be one of the most comprehensive lists of the most commonly used terms, abbreviations, and acronyms used in the SHTF prepper community.

If you think any terms are missing that should be added, please comment on this post and I will add them.

72-hour kit
This is a kit that contains useful materials that would enable you survive an emergency situation for 72 hours, that is, 3 days. From this definition, we understand that ’72-hour kit’ is a vague and relative concept and could really include anything depending on the situation.

ALICE pack

ALICE is an acronym for All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment and is a pack system invented by the military to create efficient carrying of items so that carrying materials is only convenient but you are enabled to effectively carry everything you could possibly need on the go.

medium alice packAR-15 Cleaning
The AR-15 is the civilian version of the M-16 or M-4.’ AR’ in this context does not stand for “automatic rifle” or  “assault rifle” contrary to popular conception; It stands for “Armalite rifle”, which is the name of the first company that started manufacturing it in 50s. Today, AR-15 is common rifle, even used in sporting events.

Bugging Out
This means to move away from a current position and move to safer location. It is a military term which directly means to retreat, or more specifically, to flee in panic.

Bugging in
Bugging in means to stay at a specific current location until it is safer to move out. Although, it depends on the kind of SHTF situation, when in crises, bugging in, alongside bugging out, is among the first actions preppers consider.

BOB is acronym for Bug out Bag. Bug out bag refers to a bag which could be a backpack or a duffle bag or whatever style as it is not the bag itself that is important in this context but its content. It mainly consists of emergency materials that you can use to survive during or after a disaster. If it comes with a time frame of 3 days, then it is referred to as a 72-hour kit, however, B.O.B tends to contain materials that can keep you going indefinitely. These materials includes a first aid kit, ammos, cash, water, water filter, sleeping bags, emergency medicine, clothing, means of identification, the lists goes on. Also, BOB tends to be a relative concept and could involve different things for different people.

B.O.L is acronym that means Bug out Location. This includes a place other than a home in which the survivalist can retreat in terms of danger or crises. These retreats are supposed to be very dependent and sufficient so that you are not stranded while you secure yourself from danger. Normally, it is located in rural areas with scanty population as BOL involves having a safe place to retreat to hide from the dangers that is certain to plague urban areas.

B.O.V stands for Bugged out Vehicle. It is a car that the prepper has that is already packed and ready in case of emergency evacuations. Technically, B.O.V is the wheeled variation of the BOB with larger space to pack in more emergency materials like food and supplies. SUV’s are mostly preferred for this task as they have great road abilities.

Carrington Event
In 1959, there was a geomagnetic storm that hit earth’s magnetosphere. Numerous sun spot were first noticed in August 28 to September 2, 1959 and Richard Carrington and Richard Hodgson, who were amateur astronomers then, noticed the first solar flare. It was one of the largest geomagnetic storms to hit earth as Aurorae, that is colored polar lights, which is a result of solar wind disturbing the earth’s magnetosphere, was seen everywhere, making night become as bright as day.

It was referred to as Carrington Event and Preppers use this term to refer, generally, to solar storm events. Although, little effect was recorded at the time of the event, however, subsequent geomagnetic storms have revealed that this disturbance on our magnetosphere can cause huge impact on our civilizations, especially in the aspect of terrestrial communications, telecommunications to be precise. Also there would be drastic effects as these disturbances would also affect electricity, capable of sending an entire area into darkness for several hours.

C.M.E stands for Coronal Mass Ejection. It is one of the harbingers of Carrington events, including flares and aurorae. C.M.E is observed by coronagraph and is a huge surge of magnetic energy generated from the corona of the sun and is being released into the solar wind.

E.M.P which stands for Electromagnetic Pulse can be a natural or artificial occurrence. It usually occurs in a radiated, electric or magnetic field and is usually hazardous to electronic equipment and other infrastructure depending on the magnitude of the energy.

edc pack contents 1E.D.C
This is automatically translated to “Everyday carry”. It refers to the things a person carries on them on an everyday basis. E.D.C included items that you carry on you at all times, or very frequently. Depending on the individual, it might include anything from a fire arm to stuff as basic as a cell phone, or even a handkerchief.

Faraday Case
This refers to a metal casing that protects a person’s electronics from an E.M.P. It is formed from conductive materials and used to block electric fields.

This is an acronym that stands for First in; first out. It is a method used in food storage and food rotation and it involves serving out items that are first stored before serving out the recent ones.

This is slang for generator.

Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). This involves the use of genetic altering techniques to alter the genetic mutation of organism. This is done in organic food to improve certain qualities like size and taste.

Get out of Dodge (GOOD) is a term that refers to the process of getting out of a bad or/and dangerous situation.


This refers to High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse. It is an electromagnetic field that is caused by the detonation of a nuclear weapon at a high altitude which results in a gamma radiation that reacts with the atmosphere. It does not have an effect on human beings but it does damage on electronic equipment and computer circuits. Depending on the altitude and the power of the nuclear surge, HEMP can reach several miles as they travel swiftly through metallic conductors and cause more devastating effects that lightning.

Ham Radio
A term used to refer to amateur radio operators. It is a term used to refer to people who use the equipment provided by amateur radio station to create a two way communication with other people in other amateur radio stations on radio frequencies that is being assigned to the amateur radio service.

budget ham radio

This is an acronym that stands for Individual First aid Kit. They include medical supplies that help prevent preventable deaths or treat deep injuries. Examples of the contents of IFAK are: Personal Protective Equipment like hand sanitizers, nitrile gloves and cleansing wipes; Band aids; Sterile roll gauze; Water proof medical tape; glue, clotting agent; Cravats, etc.


This is an acronym that represents a short message code for your family and/or friends in case you have to Bug out. It means “I’m never coming Home’’.

inch bag essentials-2J.I.C
This is an Acronym for “Just in case”.

Junk Silver
This is a term used in referring to silver coins in circulation in the US around 1964 or earlier. The coins are 90% silver. It does not have any collectible or numistic value apart from the value of the silver contained in it.

M.A.G is an acronym for Mutual Aid Group which consists of people who meet to discuss ideas, plans and strategies on emergencies in that particular area.

Multi Tool
This is a tool that combines the functions of several other tools and is usually powered by batteries. The tool integrates the function of sawing, sanding, cutting, polishing, scraping, etc.

This is an acronym that stands for Meal, Ready-to-Eat. It is a self-contained ratio n with lightweight packaging that is meant for the individual and is served when organized food is unavailable.

OPSEC, like M.R.E originates from the US military. It is the abbreviation for Operational Security. Its general idea is to keep whatever you are doing or any other vital information as far away as possible from the enemy. The basic purpose is to deprive the enemy of any helpful data.

Prep is a shortened version of the word “prepare”.

This is a term to describe an individual, who is always prepared. A survivalist.

Peak Oil
Peak Oil is term used to describe a period in which the peak of the extraction of oil is reached, and what follows is a steady decline, until there is no more oil to be consumed. It follows a basic path; an observed rise in the aggregate production rate of oil, and then there is the period where the rise gradually climbs to a peak period, and after that there is a gradual fall into depletion.

This is an acronym for Personal Emergency relocation kit. This is a variant of a BOB that is used for an emergency relocation, maybe a retreat from imminent danger. Although preppers usually carry about E.D.C which includes things needed in day to day activities, bugged out Bags (See BOB above), and Personal Survival Kit ( See PSK below), PERK is set of items that are needed for an emergency retreat.

This is an acronym that means Personal Survival Kit. It involves items needed to survive in harsh conditions. The kit consists of lists of signaling items which includes rescue reflectors, emergency whistles, Rescue laser flare, and emergency devices in which a pocket chainsaw, survival candle, fishing kits, sewing kits, amongst other things are all included. Basically, there are two types of P.S.K: Military or tactic P.S.K and Civilian P.S.K.

Although the two types of kits contain similar groups of items, the major differences between them is that while the civilian kits contain colors that aid visibility for rescue purposes, the military kit has more of dull colors that would enable preppers easily blend with the environment as they retreat from danger.

Sh*t Hits the Fan (SHTF) is a term that preppers use to describe events that are catastrophic. Examples of such events are natural disasters like earthquakes, terrorist attack and/or financial collapse.

TEOTWAWKI is a term mostly used online by survivalist. It means “The End of the World as we know it”. TEOTWAWKI is often synonymous with SHTF, with a few exception in some cases.

WROL is a term that is used to describe a situation in which the police and every institutional body that functions to uphold the law have lost control. The Police and other organizations in this category have lost all functions in this situation and there is a lawless environment. The term is an acronym for “Without Rule of law”. These situations mostly occur after intense catastrophic happenings.

This is a slang that is used to refer to people who are often not always prepared and are aggressive enough to want to take the resources of preppers when SHTF.

This is an acronym that means Sh*t out of luck. It is used to describe a helpless situation, and it is a variation of the phrase “out of luck”.

Golden hoard
This term is synonymous to Zombies and is used to describe a group of fleeing people who are unprepared and desperate so that they loot everything in their path in a WROL situation.

This is a person who is optimistic, even when there is trouble or when SHTF. The term is originated from a classic novel of 1913 in which main character, Pollyanna, is an optimist in the face of adversary.

Sheeple refers to people who always follow the crowd and are mostly unable to think for themselves.

MOLLE stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment and it is a convenient system invented by the military for Bugging Out. It replaced the ALICE system.

This is an acronym that means End Of The World Buddy For Life.

4WD means a four wheel drive. This type of vehicle and the SUV are mostly used in BOV.

90% Silver
90% silver is a synonym for Junk Silver.

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Might be doing a MH group buy

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Years ago I did a group buy (or maybe several of them) on Mountain House stuff. MH has a certain minimum order threshold that has to be met in order to get discounts on shipping and whatnot. In the years since I last ordered a pallet of goodies from them they have added quite a few new products. So….

If I can get enough people interested in going in on a big purchase of #10 cans (and perhaps pouches), then I’ll do another group buy. Its pretty simple…you’d email me a list of what you want, either PayPal or send a money order for the total, and when the truck gets here I break up the order and pack it up, calculate and pay shipping, and send it along. Everyone wins.

But…to do it requires several thousand bucks in orders. If anyone is interested, email me and I’ll send you back a price list and other info. At the moment, it looks like any order must be divisible by six cans per box, but you can mix/match for those six…or twelve, or eighteen, or whatever. Shipping will be by actual weight per box of six cans. When everyone has their wants listed, if it adds up to enough to get the shipping and discounts, then payment will be requested and the order placed. When it gets here, I’ll repackage it and forward it on. Same as last time.

Ideally, we’d be looking at placing the order at the end of the month and delivery is usually a couple weeks after.

email is zero@commanderzero.com . Subject line should be “Group Buy” or else it’s just going to get caught in my spam filters.

Sewing Supplies, You Need at Least a Minimum Kit

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sewing suppliesWell folks our grandson is getting married in a few weeks, so of course we are having the round of bridal showers for his fiancé.  I thought this would be a good time to fill a new sewing box I had picked up.  I couldn’t tell if she was kidding or not but she looked at it and said, ”what is this for.”  Everyone laughed, but how many girls out there don’t know how to sew or what sewing supplies they need..

Over the years, I have had many friends ask me to fix their clothes for them.  Sewing was taught in school when I went to school.  The schools don’t teach any domestic skills to the girls any more.  Sewing, cooking, darning socks, mending clothes, it’s all a lost art.

If you have children, they should know the few things that would get them by, instead of always paying someone to do it.  Even the boys and I know a few that can sew and it has come in handy for them.  I know it’s easier to go out and have someone else do it, but there will come a day in which you may not have that option.

I fixed a sewing basket for her to help her get started.  Every family should have these items as a minimum in their preps,

This is a list of the sewing supplies I got together for her.

  • Thread all colors, lots of it
  • Needles of all sizes, they are very inexpensive and would be hard to get after an emergency
  • Darning needle for socks and a light bulb or a wooden darning egg
  • Thimble, this is very important to protect your fingers especially using heavy materials
  • Sewing machine needles
  • Bobbins for machine
  • Seam ripper
  • Elastic, all widths
  • Iron on tape for hems (Temporary)
  • Straight pins, a good selection of all sizes
  • Iron on patches
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors, both regular and pinking shears
  • Tracing paper and tracing wheel, for use with patterns
  • You should consider finding basis patterns in the sizes to fit your family.
  • A sewing book “How to get started” is very important.
  • A bag of buttons different sizes and colors
  • Material, I didn’t give her any material, but you should have stock of heavy and light weight materials

These sewing supplies should be handy in all households especially in any emergency.  Of course, I also have a treadle sewing machine for when no electric is available.  These machines can be found pretty reasonably.  I have seen them in antique stores for $70.00 of course they might need a few belts but you can get them on the internet, they have a lot of parts for old machines, on the internet.

If you can’t buy food, you probably won’t be able to buy clothes.  If you don’t know how to sew, it is time to learn, you might want to find a mentor or class.

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Two new EDC lights from SureFire

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SureFire is known as one of the most highly regarded brands in the tactical flashlight world. They are expensive but quality is outstanding. As good as their products are, many of Surefire products aren’t as exciting for flashlights fanatics, also known as flashaholics. There are several brands out there that are more affordable, offer good value and update their products more frequently to satisfy the demands of their lumen thirsty clients.
Surefire recently presented two new EDC lights that depart from their more classic line. Both are keychain lights, which is a category I’m always interested in. I firmly believe that what you have in your keychain is likely to be there when needed most, so I pay particular attention to that.

SureFire Titan Plus Ultra-Compact Dual-Output LED Keychain Light

SureFire Titan Plus $89.79

The Surefire Titan Plus is the one that really caught my attention. I droll all over a powerful AAA keychain light and this one is currently the brightest at 300 lumens for high (300 lumens / 1 hour), medium (75lumens / 2 hours) and low (15 lumens / 7 hours). Like the Sidekick, it has a proprietary faceted reflector (MaxVision Beam™) which creates a broad, smooth beam.


Surefire Sidekick $78.99



The second one is a small keychain light called Surefire Sidekick. It has the form factor of a small square polymer remote control, multiple intensity outputs, Low (5 lumens / 45 hours), medium (60 lumens / 4 hours) and high (300 lumens / 1.25 hours). The nice thing about this light, besides its peculiar shape which departs from the traditional tubular form factors, is that that it uses a fixed battery rechargeable through a micro USB port. I favour replaceable batteries but I do like the micro USB recharging feature. Given how common these are I can see how someone would easily integrate this to their routine, recharging his EDC light just like they recharge their phone with no problem.

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”.

Monday Mania – 3.7.2016

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In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: The Self-Reliance Manifesto, These 7 Things Are Better Than Paper Money in the Bank When the Economy Collapses, The Stupid Things People Do When Their Society Breaks Down, 5 Awesome Backpacks That You’ll Want To Bug Out With, Why You Need To Prepare For The Cashless Society, & 13 … Continue reading Monday Mania – 3.7.2016

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OFFGRID Survival Launches Gear Store at OFFGRIDtactical.com

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OFFGRID Survival, a Global leader in Survival and Preparedness Training, announces the opening of their online retail store, OFFGRID Tactical. The online store will carry the OFFGRID Survival product lines, along with tactical, firearms and survival related apparel, signs, decals and gear. “We developed the online retail store with our readers in mind. We are […]

Someday, This Humble Fungus Could Kill Millions of People

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stem rust wikimediaIn the 1960’s, a biologist by the name of Norman Borlaug created several strains of high yield, disease resistant wheat. He developed these strains in countries like India, Mexico, and Pakistan, and with the help of modern agricultural techniques, he helped these countries double their wheat yields in less than a decade. Borlaug’s crops were so successful at bringing food security to the third world, that it’s estimated his efforts have since saved over a billion lives.

That should give you a pretty good idea about how important wheat is to the global food supply. There are literally billions of people who are living right now, because modern civilization is so good at growing this stuff. Imagine what would happen if something threatened even a small percentage of the world’s wheat yields.

Unfortunately, that something exists and it goes by the name of Ug99, a strain of stem rust fungus that is known to kill wheat plants.

Since 1998, Ug99 has been sweeping its way across Africa to the Middle East from its origin in Uganda. Altogether, 11 confirmed races in the Ug99 lineage have been detected in Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iran, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe, showing that the pathogen has evolved and expanded widely, according to recent research by Singh, Hodson and collaborators.

Trans-boundary pathogens blown by the wind, spread by travel and commercial trade, pose an increasing threat to global food security. Emerging strains colonizing new areas can cause significant crop losses. Pathogen changes in one region can quickly migrate with serious consequences to more distant regions.

So just how bad is Ug99? When a single spore lands on a wheat farm, it’s been known to eventually multiply and kill 100% of the crop, before making the leap to neighboring farms. Though there are some breeds of wheat that are resistant to it, less than 10% of the farms in the countries where it has shown up, actually grow them. And many of these wheat strains are of the same variety that Norman Borlaug developed decades ago. Thus, the spread of this stem rust threatens to derail decades of agricultural progress in the third world.

But truth be told, it may not stay in the third world for very long. Much like a virus, stem rust can ‘infect’ people. The spores can cling to clothing and travel anywhere in the world. Each acre of stem rust infected wheat can create billions of spores, so it wouldn’t be far-fetched for someone to brush shoulders with one of these crops, and spread it to anywhere in the world.

In any case, it could still make the leap to the developed world even without human help. It’s widely believed that stem rust spores could conceivably be blown across the ocean and into Australia, one of the world’s largest wheat producers. And if it can make it there by natural forces, it can make it anywhere.

While the scientific community is busy trying to figure out a way to deal with this threat, the Ug99 fungus has always been one step ahead of them. It’s a rapidly evolving organism that has adapted to nearly every strain of wheat that it has come across. Fortunately, dozens of wheat genes that are resistant to it have been discovered, so there is some hope that it can be beaten in much the same way that it was beaten in the past: by breeding resistant strains of wheat with the ones that aren’t resistant.

However, a successful breeding program would take years to develop. In fact, you would probably need separate programs for different regions and climates. And once several highly resistant plants were created, it would take several more years before the world’s farmers could make the switch to the new wheat strains. Until that happens, Ug99 will loom over the global food supply, threatening to eliminate sustenance for millions, or perhaps even billions of people.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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The Human Element

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Though we as humans are not listed on the periodic table, everything that combines into our chemical makeup is.  We, you, me, Forge Survival Supplyall of us are at the essential core of the salvation of mankind.  If that sounds redundant or worn out, well, think about it.  We are not only charged with surviving ourselves, but we need to contribute to the preemptive avoidance of any and all catastrophic events to the extent we can influence such.  I assume nobody wants Armageddon.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

This may sound trite, but I am encouraged by the level of grassroots participation in some of the state political caucus events.  People are getting involved.  This is critical even at the local neighborhood and town levels.  Don’t let these local “powers” take your world away from you.  Speak up, get active.  Keep prepping as though your life may well depend on it, but at the same time let’s not give up on avoiding it.

What Will Be Left of Life?

Let’s hope the cockroaches, rats, and the coyotes don’t inherit whatever is left after the final SHTF.  That demise is ultimately left up to us.  Us being the human race.  Wow, that all sounds pretty dramatic even to me.  If you have read my stuff before, you know I enjoy dissecting clips from popular movies depicting the portrayal of the apocalypse(s).   I know it’s fiction, but if you really want to see a taste of reality just look around our world to see what is happening to other populations of people.

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ISIS really is terrorizing the world.  They really are beheading people including children.  They are actively recruiting young Top Survival Blogpeople in Europe and America.   We just had two college students from a Mississippi university intercepted trying to reach Turkey to get to ISIS operatives in the Middle East.  This is real stuff.  I often hear preppers discussing their futures after a prolonged SHTF.  It may not be pretty.  Sometimes I think we live in a dream world if we think life would ever be the same if a dirty bomb went off in America.

When something like that arrives on our door steps, we will never be the same.  Just think of how the aftermath of the Twin Towers still lingers especially for the families directly affected.  Such events nearly wipe out the soles of that generation.  Sure, Japan survived Hiroshima, “we” survived Katrina, the town survived Sandy Hook, San Bernardino has recovered, the country will survive the present administration, we hope.  What will be left of life after a SHTF may be in big part dependent on what we do now to shape it before the next SHTF.

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Book Review: Patriot Rising: The Unbroken

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Max Velocity Patriot Rising

This is the sequel of Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises by Max Alexander.  The first installment is a book that is Max Velocity Tacticalon my shelf of ‘books that must go with me’ in the event I must flee my home, right next to my survival guides.  By that I mean wild edible plants, the Constitution, and other invaluable texts.  Not only is it inspirational, but it lays out basic and advanced military style guerrilla warfare for the freedom fighter in all of us.  When this next book showed up I had to stare it down for a couple of days before starting it, because I knew it would consume me and my limited spare time if it was half as good as the first one.

By Pineslayer, a contributing author to Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

For those of you unfamiliar with the author, check out his site.  I consider it one of the best out there for those interested in learning about SUT (Small Unit Tactics) and Max and crew are training Americans year round (training info).  Max is a ‘no-holds-barred’ patriot and when you learn more about him and his personal history, it will reinforce the idea of what it means to be an American.

Let’s Get Started

Reading the first book is kinda mandatory IMO, just to understand how the people in the book got to where they Max Velocity Tacticalare now.  That being said, Max does an adequate job in setting you up to dive right in, a little background, just enough to set the stage.  The current situation is that America is in the midst of a Civil War for about a year now.  Even if you don’t accept the author’s version of who the outside players are who helped our corrupt politicians perpetrate this crime against us, you can easily insert your own boogeyman into the mix and come to the same conclusion of what the end game is.  Total subjugation of the remaining population.  One world rule, hell on Earth unless you are one of the elite and those who bow to them.

Here is the text from the back cover of Patriot Rising: The Unbroken to help set the stage.  “The flames of civil war rage across America. The totalitarian Regime remains in power, fighting against the forces of Resistance and the Southern Federation. With Russian and Chinese forces advancing, the storm of war is rising.  America is in its death throes, as the forces of tyranny stamp out liberty across the country.  Following the assault on Washington D.C. by the Southern Federation, Jack Berenger must escape the city with his Resistance forces.  Facing overwhelming odds, fighting both the Regime and invading Russian forces, they must fight for survival, and ultimately, for freedom.  The future of the Republic is bleak.  The Resistance is the light against the darkness.  They are the Unbroken.”     

I’m going to do this review differently than most other reviews.  Most people read the whole book and then write it up, fair enough, but I like to be different.  I will read a few chapters and then write my thoughts down.  By doing it this way, I hope to portray the book as it unfolds and reveal my own trepidation about this scenario.  I’m willing to bet most of you, when reading a fiction novel, not only expect things to go a certain way, but also wish it to follow your own vision of what should happen.  I enjoy being surprised or even sometimes getting pissed off at what is happening in a book, but human nature in all of us wishes to be in control.  In reality we can only control how we react to a situation that is forced upon us, it is then that we see what we are really made of.

Related: Patriot Dawn – The Resistance Rises

Chapters 1 – 4, damn.  The best analogy I can come up with is a ‘roller coaster’.  Max picks up right where he left off max_velocity_tactical_book_review_patriot_rising_the_unbrokenand throws a 800lb gorilla into the mix.  Where will the military leaders, who have been non-state side, lend their support?  As of now a corrupt government has been running amok, using standard bully tactics and disinformation to beat the masses down.  Military leaders are told what to do by civilian leaders, by design and The Constitution,  since the dawn of time.  At what point will they break free and start to think for themselves?  Will they make the right decisions given their limited knowledge of the current reality on the ground?  By the end of the 4th chapter, you will be doubting all you hold sacred as an American, except the faith you have in those you have watched your back for the last year.

Chapters 5-10, at this point you are put through the whole gamut of emotions.  As the team starts making its way back to regroup and patch up their wounded, the reader is met head on with all of our worst fears, a nuclear detonation.  Your head begins to spin as it ties to grasp who would to this. The choices are few, each with nauseating repercussions.   Regime forces not only have no remorse or morals, but they end up recruiting gang members to do their really dirty work.  True terrorism.  Sub-human scum accountable to no one.  The bright spots are just as notable, Jack Berenger and his company of patriots exact their revenge more than once.  At this point the the Resistance Forces are hit head on the idea that their families may have targeted also with additional strikes deep within Texas where their loved ones are.  Now imagine that you have to keep fighting with this knowledge hanging over your head.  The last couple of pages of chapter 10 will bring a tear to any parents eye.

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At this point I have to add this mental image/exercise.  It is a point of discussion in virtually all survivalist communities, that if we devolve into Civil War, with a government unwilling to stand by the Constitution and the people, and it turns on its citizens to extract its pound of flesh, who will the military stand by?  In the past decade many top military leaders have retired or maybe have been forced out, either by coercion or disgust.  It is valid concern and Max does a very thorough job in weaving all the possibilities into this story.

Chapters 11- 17, furious, that is best word I can think of to describe the story and my reading.  After a successful ambush of gangland terrorists, some involved locals make an ill advised statement by dumping some bodies for all to see.  This starts off a firefight that brings in foreign forces to ‘pacify’ the area.  One thing that really sticks out in this section of the book is the idea of ‘know your enemy’.  The details of enemy weaponry is at times text like.  You only need to keep reading to understand why it is so essential to the story.  Understanding your adversaries strengths and weaknesses is the only way to put together a game plan for victory.   The fight is full swing at this point and the detail that Max puts into giving you a visual image of how the battlefield is laid out, can only be described as total immersion.

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At this point I have confirmed in my mind that if Max Velocity Tactical puts as much thought into their classes as he puts into this book, the training really can’t get any better.  It is obvious that Max, and I’m sure the rest of his cadre, don’t sit back and think that they are doing just fine, ever.  They may be happy with things, things can always be done better, I’m guessing this might be their unsung motto.  I envision the author sitting in front of a large dry erase board sketching up the battlefield scenarios and then putting them to pen.  The detail of the war scenes are precise and there are enough drawings and pictures to help you visualize the terrain and how the battle develops.

Chapters 18 and on, I found myself getting distracted by my own thoughts.  That is not a bad thing.  There are so Survival Bookmany elements and different possible outcomes occurring, that your/my mind starts to wonder what would I be doing at this point.  I found myself this past week waking up thinking about this book and what it means to be ready for the future.  I like to think that I am mentally prepared for just about anything, but you never know until you are there.  After you read this book your ‘to do’ list will get revamped for the better.

Revenge Is Best Served

So, the battle ends, the enemy retreats to lick its substantial wounds, and our fighters get some much needed rest, one whole week.  Our country is still partially occupied by foreign forces so the fight is far from over.  The last chapter of Patriot Rising: The Unbroken does give you a sense that those who bet on the wrong horse are getting what they deserve and those who haven’t been caught yet are burning their credentials and hoping to blend in somewhere.

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Revenge is a dish best served cold.  Great saying with a unknown original author, that debate is ongoing, but I like Khan’s rendition.  It is very cold in Siberia comrade.  I can’t wait for the next book.

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DIY Projects: 4 Ways To Heat A Greenhouse

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Heat greenhouse

By  – SurvivoPedia

In one of my recent articles I thoroughly discussed the “how to’s” of DIY-ing your own greenhouse.

Now, let’s address another issue: how to heat a greenhouse during the harsh winter months, because even if a greenhouse is an excellent environment for growing plants and veggies, stabilizing the temperature inside is of major importance to your crops.

If you’re wondering what I am talking about, consider this: even in October and  November, the temperature inside a glass-covered greenhouse can fluctuate considerably, ranging between 30 degrees F lows and 100 degrees F highs.

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More Flooding Rain, Mountain Snow Take Aim At California Into Monday

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By Kristina Pydynowski – AccuWeather

A new round of rain and mountain snow will once again threaten to trigger flooding, mudslides and treacherous travel across California into Monday.

On the heels of the storm that slammed into California earlier in the weekend, a new storm will push more rain and mountain snow southward across the state into Monday.

The stormy pattern is quite a change from February when rain frequently bypassed the state.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: More Flooding Rain, Mountain Snow Take Aim At California Into Monday

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Flooding Targets The UAE, Iran, Oman This Week

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By Adam Douty – AccuWeather

A series of disturbances tracking across the Middle East this week will spark heavy thunderstorms, threatening to bring flash flooding to the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Iran.

Locally heavy thunderstorms will develop each of the next few days, causing normally dry rivers to swell with water and some roads to become impassable. The greatest threat for flooding will stretch from eastern UAE and northern Oman into southeastern Iran.

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Volcanoes Today, 7 Mar 2016: Shiveluch volcano, Chirpoi, Copahue

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Small pyroclatic flow at Shiveluch this morning (KVERT webcam)

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): The lava dome continues to be very active, generating frequent rockfalls and small glowing avalanches on the SW side as well as, more rarely, on the SE side as can be seen on today’s time-lapse video:

A larger event might have taken place after dark, as Tokyo VAAC reported an ash plume to 18,000 ft (5.4 km) altitude this morning 08:20 UTC (17:20 local time in Kamchatka).

Chirpoi (Kurile Islands, Russia): A new eruption might have taken place at the volcano this afternoon. Based on satellite imagery, Tokyo VAAC reported an ash plume to estimated 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude that drifted east.
Whether or not an eruption took place still needs to be confirmed.

Copahue (Chile/Argentina): The activity at the volcano, near-constant degassing with sometimes ash emissions, has decreased over the past weeks. Ash venting has become less frequent and intense, and the glow from E Agrio crater that had been visible at the crater disappeared.
According to the Chilean scientists from SERNAGEOMIN who monitor the volcano, the current activity of the volcano is being caused by the interaction of a small volume of new magma under its highly active shallow hydrothermal system – none or little of this magma reaches the surface itself, but the heat transfer into the circulating fluids causes fragmentation by small explosions and the emission of gasses and particles (ash). This activity reflects in a continuous tremor signal of moderate intensity.
Scientists concluded that the new magma volume has been too small to greatly affect the internal balance in the hydrothermal system. Other geophysical parameters such as rate of degassing and deformation are mostly within normal levels of the volcano. It is therefore expected that the current activity continues in the coming weeks to months at fluctuating rates. This includes possible short-lived phases of more pronounced sporadic phreatic to strombolian explosions.

Continue reading at Volcano Discovery: Volcanoes Today, 7 Mar 2016: Shiveluch volcano, Chirpoi, Copahue

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Level 3 Magnetic Storm, Nuclear Station Fire | S0 News Mar.7.2016

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Published on Mar 7, 2016



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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Monday, 7 March 2016

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (117 quakes)

Updated: Mon, 7 Mar 14:46 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Mon, 7 Mar (72 earthquakes)
Mon, 7 Mar 14:43 UTC M 3.2 / 47.2 km – [info] (0 km) New Zealand


Mon, 7 Mar 14:25 UTC M 3.9 / 2 km – [info] (163 km) 3.9 CRETE, GREECE


Maleme, N.W. Crete / MMI V (Moderate shaking): Short duration, less than 4 seconds. Quite an urgent feel
Crete Chania Deliana kolymbari / MMI IV (Light shaking)
Gialos (Greece) (14 km S from epicenter)(no details): Gentle motion like an underground train passing. (via EMSC)
Chania (Greece) (36 km NE from epicenter)(no details): Shook my seat noisy (via EMSC)
Mon, 7 Mar 14:22 UTC M 3.1 / 190.1 km – [info] (86 km) KAMIKAWA-SORACHI REGION


Mon, 7 Mar 13:21 UTC M 2.5 / 5 km – [info] (627 km) OKLAHOMA


Mon, 7 Mar 13:03 UTC M 2.5 / 42 km – [info] (130 km) New Zealand


Mon, 7 Mar 12:33 UTC M 3.9 / 30 km – [info] (993 km) STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR


El Hoceima (Morocco) (100 km E from epicenter)(no details): Oui ressentie a al hoceima (via EMSC)
(Morocco) (98 km E from epicenter)(no details): Bonjour, j’aimerais vous tenir informé que j’ai ressenti le secuces ce matin à 01: 10 j’étais au lit très calme, mais subitement un tremblement de terre en virent de 4, 3 (via EMSC)
Mon, 7 Mar 12:29 UTC M 3.2 / 51.9 km – [info] (333 km) 18 km al NO de Punitaqui


GUG (U. Chile)
Mon, 7 Mar 12:26 UTC M 3.0 / 3.6 km – [info] (81 km) GELENBE-KIRKAGAC (MANISA)


Mon, 7 Mar 12:23 UTC M 4.5 / 60 km – [info] (129 km) MYANMAR-INDIA BORDER REGION


Mon, 7 Mar 11:54 UTC M 3.2 / 168.3 km – [info] (41 km) W OFF AKITA PREF


Mon, 7 Mar 11:43 UTC M 4.9 / 128 km – [info] (78 km) Halmahera, Indonesia


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Primitive Survival Medicine Part 1 “Barks”

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Using Barks for Medicine , Nutrition and Survival. Part 1

There are many Barks that can be used for natural solutions even in a primitive fashion. There are  both outer and inner barks that are can be used. The inner barks are more potent and nutritional and can even be used to heal broken bones by using a poultice. The inner Bark of a slippery elm tree dried and powdered have been used by native americans for many centuries to remove the gamey taste from their meats also they used it for gelling there foods for preservation. but it also has been used for broken bones using poultices.

Slippery Elm Bark:
They would make a plaster/gruel from the powdered slippery elm inner bark and wrap it with a animal skin slit in many areas  for ventilation. weeds were also placed in the mash/gruel such as dandelion for it magnesium and vitamins and even lawn daisies to help with inflammation. then splinting it baed on the severity of its break. Sometime even Pine bark was added for its antiseptic properties. Finally wrapped with a vine or a stander length of a bark.

Also if famine ever broke out an individual could nutritionally survive indefinitely . You would still feel a hungry feeling but then you would fill your stomach with roughage, berries, and plants and roots and leave soups/stews would solve this immediately. Secondly . This herb/ Bark is so safe if a mother that was breast-feeding an infant became ill the gruel could be fead to the infant indefinably.

Slippery Elm bark absorbs almost 20 times the amount of water  it’s volume

Wild Cherry Bark:
The inner bark of the wild cherry tree was used for acid reflux and heartburn and as a decongestative. This would help purge the lungs from the excessive muscus in the lungs. The natural acids and levels of tannins replenished the lacking stomach acids that would cause the heartburn and acid reflux effects.

Pine Bark:
 Most Pine Barks  were used fore its antiseptic properties thus making washes for wounds sores blisters calus’ blisters and even mosquito and bug bites scratches and more defeating external infections. a tea from the inner bark can be used to help fever, colds. flus  and more.

Also hard braces and supports were made out of many braces and even boils and cooled till warm and place on effected area to dispose medicinal properties especially on lung areas. and used also as a warm compress when more nutritional values were needed various mosses were boiled and added before the bark.


Again,Teas and Barks: making teas with barks can be very effective medicinally for both internal and external aliments making a tea and letting it cool makes an outstanding  antiseptic external wash for wound infection prevention and much more.

Wild Cherry Bark Tea: for heartburn, acid reflux and lung congestion.  4 tablespoons of raw inner wild cherry bark in 12 ounces of hard boiling water  low simmer for 30 minutes with lid on non aluminum pot. Adult take as needed but no more than 3 times day.

Slippery Elm Bark Tea: for Colds Flus Pneumonia , Cancer, and as a nutritional support tea ( to keep your immune  systems and adrenal glands in optimal health.
4 tablespoons of raw inner wild cherry bark in 12 ounces of hard boiling water  low simmer for 30 minutes with lid on non aluminum pot. Adult take as needed.

Pine Bark Tea: antiseptic wash for wounds bug, spider and snake bites,
4 tablespoons of raw inner wild cherry bark in 12 ounces of hard boiling water  low simmer for 30 minutes with lid on non aluminum pot. Let Cool , Use as needed can also be used as a bug repellents and for gargling for a soar throat.

Using it as a hot tea will help with Clod n Flus, Bronchitis, Pneumonia. and more bout also for a cold night drink.  daily.

Top 5 Tips for Beginning Homesteaders

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Information from 33 years of farming to help you track, prioritize, save, and make money as a homesteader.

First off, make sure that you have a garden journal. Whether you have a little backyard farm or you have 50 acres you need to be able to keep track of everything that you’re doing. […] With my journal I keep track of what kind of animals I have, I keep track of the layout of my garden and where I planted what, and I save all of my receipts so if something die I can get a replacement or refund.

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5 Ways to Save Money This Week

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Whether you live on a single income or you and your spouse both work, saving money can be tricky. Finding ways to minimize your spending isn’t always simple and learning to cut corners can honestly kinda suck, but there are many ways you can reduce your spending and start saving.

Remember that even if you only save $5 a week, that’s an extra $20 per month you didn’t have before. Yeah, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but it adds up over time. No matter what your personal goals might be for saving, take some time this week to consider how you can save money and start to reduce your overall expenses.

Right now, my husband and I both work, but we still look for ways to reduce our spending. We primarily want to save so we can travel. Even abroad, traveling isn’t always cheap, especially when you have kids! (Many backpackers stay in hostels or crash on couches while they travel the world. This isn’t an option when you have two children!)

If you’re looking for simple ways to save this week that don’t involve a lot of stress or work, here are five easy ways you can cut costs.

1. Stop drinking
Whether your vice is coffee, alcohol, or soda, stop! Save those pennies this week. Even if you’re making vending machine purchases at work, those can quickly add up.

2. Plan ahead
What are you going to eat each day? Plan ahead and either bring snacks or coupons to minimize what you’re spending on lunch.

3. Walk instead
Save that gas and walk to nearby places like the grocery store or convenience store.

4. Wait on the purchases
Do you really need to buy that today? This week? Why not wait a few weeks? Sometimes when you postpone a purchase, you find that you don’t really need it or miss it.

5. Quit shopping online 
For me, shopping online is addictive. Take a break this week! You might be surprised at how many impulse purchases you make when you take just a short break from Internet shopping.

What other steps are you taking to save money this week? Leave me a comment or drop by my Facebook page to let me know!

Preparing on a budget

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Preparing on a budget is a challenge for some and not having enough money and resources is the number one excuse people give for why they don’t prepare for emergencies. Although this excuse may hold some truth to it and it’s understandable that someone struggling financially may see it useless, prepping doesn’t have to be … Read more…

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5 Ways Being a Runner Makes You a Better Prepper

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More often than not when prepping we take great care lining up the proper food, water, and other supplies and completely forget about the most important weapon you have in your prepper arsenal: your own body.

Your body is by far the most important piece of any prepper plan because without it, the rest of your work really isn’t worth much, now is it? By keeping yourself physically fit you give yourself the best chance to carry out any plans you have and to react to any surprises that you might encounter.

When it comes to general exercise, running gives you the most bang for your buck. It builds muscles, helps strengthen your cardiovascular system and, of course, helps you put the most miles between you and whatever disaster you’re trying to avoid. By becoming a runner, you gain health and become a better prepper. Here are some of the benefits you can gain from being a running prepper.


1. Greater Health

This one is a pretty big no-brainer, but running makes you healthier, and health is quite possibly the single-most important prep there is. Health is why you store food, water, and medical supplies, so why not bolster your health now by running?

Cardio workouts like running increase the strength of your heart and total blood volume, giving you a larger, stronger heart. This helps you withstand more illnesses and injuries, and overall just keeps you feeling better.

2. Better Endurance

Your bug-out plan might include a 4×4 truck, motorcycle, or ATV, but there are scenarios in which those things would either be out of commission or unreachable. This doesn’t mean you wouldn’t still have the need to get out of Dodge in a hurry though, which is why becoming a runner now is so important.

Knowing how your body copes with running longer distances can help you gauge how far you can hike, and if need be, flat out run. Being able to sustain a solid running pace for an extended period of time is something many people cannot do, so if you can do it, there’s a good chance it’ll put you ahead of those trying to do you harm.


3. Stealthy Prepping

OpSec is an important part of prepping. You don’t want the neighbors knowing that you’re a prepper, lest they come to your house when the SHTF. This means that any prepping you can do without attracting attention is the best kind of prepping.

Nobody that sees you avidly running through your neighborhood will think you’re doing it to be a better prepper, making it the most OpSec-esque piece to your prepping plan. You can train as much as you want without anyone giving you a second look. For those of us in apartments or heavily populated areas, anything that doesn’t raise an eyebrow should make you very happy.


4. Space Blankets!

If you decide to get out there and enter some longer-distance races you’ll often be given a Mylar sheet, or space blanket at the finish line. These are meant to keep you from getting chilled from the sweat and enormous strain you just put your body under. While these are great for this purpose, they’re even better for prepping!

Save these blankets and use them in emergencies. Keep a few in your car/truck and make sure a few are in your bug-out bag as well. These are great as emergency blankets and make even better insulation in makeshift shelters.

5. Stronger Muscles

Running not only builds your overall health, but it builds important muscles, too. While you’ll need to go to the gym to get that heavy bag easily on your back, running gives you the muscles you need for long hikes and runs, which in a world without power or gasoline, will come in very handy.

Leg muscles are what will propel you through a world that’s post-EOTWAWKI, and while others are trying to build these muscles on the fly, as a runner you’ll already have them and be faster and more agile than the others.


Overall, health is vital to survival, and just like any other resource used for prepping, you should gain it now while it’s still easy. There won’t be gyms and half marathons and protein drinks when the SHTF, so get healthy now while the getting’s good. Start running today using a program like the Couch to 5K program, or C25k. It’ll get you running a 5K in 9 weeks and is good for anyone that is fit enough to start an exercise program. Start today and you’ll be even more ready for what the world can throw at you.

The Top 10 Cereal Grains You Need To Have in a Crisis

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By Erin Donaldson A cereal is basically a grass which is cultivated for its “grain.” Most grains undergo a refining process to some extent which extracts the edible portion.  While protein

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Apple’s Fight To Bar The Back Door

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Apple FBIA few weeks ago, there was an interesting and far-reaching development in the San Bernardino terrorist investigation. The FBI went to Apple and asked them for help in retrieving data from the iPhone of one of the terrorists.

That phone, which is owned by the employer, is suspected of having information about contacts, which might lead the FBI to find other terrorists and stop further terrorist action. Needless to say, it’s obvious why the FBI is interested in having access to that information.

Apparently, Apple has cooperated with the FBI up to a point. They provided information which had been backed up to the cloud. Under current law, they are required to do that, if presented with a court order. So far, so good.

But the FBI wasn’t satisfied with that. They wanted Apple to give them access directly to the phone. It seems that an employee of the San Bernardino County reset the password for the phone’s iCloud account, perhaps following normal procedures for their organization. This meant that the phone could no longer perform backups to the cloud. So, Apple can’t access any new information, because it is not on their cloud.

This is where things started getting sticky. Apple’s products apparently have some pretty robust security features, including some complex encryption software. As part of this, if anyone tries to input the password ten times and fails, it scrubs the memory. With today’s memory, that takes less than a second.

By building this feature in to the phone’s security, Apple has succeeded in eliminating the most common method of breaking a password, known as “brute force”. Without it, the NSA or even the FBI’s own computer techs, could connect the phone to a computer, which would keep trying passwords until it encountered the right one. While a time consuming process, computers streamline it considerably.

So the FBI went back to Apple and asked them to create a special version of their operating system, which would allow them to circumnavigate the existing security in the phone and access the data. Score one point for the FBI as being the bad guys (loud obnoxious buzzer going off).

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, had a simple answer for the FBI, “No.” Score one point for Apple as the good guys (clanging bell going off). The two are currently in litigation, as Apple fights to protect the privacy of all their customers. Score another point for Apple (more clanging bells).

So what’s the real issue here? Basically the FBI is asking Apple to create what’s known in the computer world (especially amongst hackers) a back door into their software. Such back doors allow those in the know to access the device’s memory, bypassing all the security measures in place. As such, they are a hacker’s dream, as well as that of government agents.

Apple claims, and I have no reason to disbelieve them, that there is no such back door in the Apple iOS operating system and that they never will create it. I guess that makes 3 points for Apple (I’m getting tired of those bells). Their stated reason? The security of their customers. Even though the FBI claims that they will never use that software again, but only use it for this one case, Apple doesn’t believe them (buzzer time again, the FBI is down 2).

Now, c’mon; does anyone believe the government would never use such a tool again, if they are granted it? I sure don’t. Government is constantly asking for things for the best of reasons and with the best of intentions. But it doesn’t stay that way. Before long, what was meant for good is turned to nefarious uses by our government.

Just look at the Patriot Act and other laws which Congress enacted during Bush’s presidency. While they were written for the specific act of combating terrorism and state so, Obama’s administration is using them against anyone on the right who stands against them. By redefining who is a terrorist, they are taking a law meant for good and turning it to bad. That’s how they are managing to charge the ranchers who protested in Oregon and those who supported Clive Bundy with terrorism.

Since the government has the ability and authority to define who is a terrorist and what criteria make one a terrorist, they can twist laws intended to be used against terrorists, to be used against anyone they want. That puts all of us at risk.

The information on someone’s cell phone is private and should stay that way. For that matter, the information on their tablet, their laptop, their desktop computer and in their e-mail accounts should remain private too. The only information that should be public should be what the individual decides to make public. But the government doesn’t see it that way. They regularly grab our data in the name of national security.

The argument from the left is always that if you don’t have anything to hide, you shouldn’t mind the government looking at your data. Really? Just recently a teacher lost her job, because she had sent some nude pictures of herself to her husband. A student got their hands on those pictures and she was fired. She hadn’t done anything wrong; I’m sure most women would rather have their husbands looking at pictures of them naked, rather than another woman. But because someone else did something wrong with her pictures, she is being punished.

There’s a very good reason why private data should remain private and it doesn’t have anything to do with people breaking the law. That is that our private lives contain things that should not become public knowledge. Regardless of how that student gained access to the teacher’s pictures, he had no right to do so. Those were her private pictures on her private phone. What the student did was technically hacking, even if it was social hacking, rather than software hacking.

The battle that Apple is fighting is one to protect our privacy… what little bit of it we have left. The government has been encroaching on our privacy for years, in an ever-increasing way, and there’s no question that they are continuing to do so. This “request” by the FBI is nothing more than one more battle in the government’s war to strip us of all privacy.

Edward Snowden made it clear that government agents can’t be trusted with our data. Nor can businesses for that matter. Both are constantly data mining, trying to find out about us and building files on us. But while businesses only do this in order to sell us products, the government is doing it in order to control us. Of the two, the government is clearly more dangerous.

I thank Apple for taking a stand for our freedom and for protecting our privacy. They are doing the right thing, even though it is hard and even though it will see them in court, defending themselves and all of us, from government encroachment.

You know, the really crazy thing about all this is that I really doubt that the FBI needs the software that they’re asking for. I’m sure that there are ways that they can get into an iPhone and access the data. The NSA is the world’s foremost encryption and decryption agency in the world. They regularly crack security systems which I imagine are more robust than Apple’s. Maybe they don’t have a back door to use, but they must be able to crack it. Even if they can’t they could always take out the memory chip and read it directly.

Data security is a big issue in our modern day lives. It’s not just important to companies and governments, but to individuals as well. Can you imagine being that teacher and seeing your own pictures being shared around the school? How embarrassing! And then to be treated like a criminal, even though she hadn’t done anything wrong.

Our lives aren’t meant to be that much of an open book. Even those who live in the public eye need privacy. We all need the ability to disappear from public scrutiny and just be ourselves, with people that we can trust. That’s what privacy is for. If the FBI wins their case and forces Apple to produce a back door for their software, then they will steal that privacy from literally millions of people. That’s not right.

It is time for We the People to start standing up to our government and making our voices heard. We are so accustomed to being ignored, that most of us have stopped talking. But that has to change. Our government will never do the things we want, unless we repeat it over and over again. We need to write our representatives and tell them what we want. We need to write letters to the editors. We need to take a stand and go out in public to do so. Otherwise, they will continue along the road they are traveling, ignoring us.

Maybe our elected officials will be dense and slow to listen, but if we persevere, they will eventually hear us. They might try to dissuade us or to ignore us, but they can only do that for so long. Eventually, if we stand our ground and keep saying the same thing, they will have to hear. If not, we still hold the power of the vote.


This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.



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Video Monday: How to make charcoal in the wild!

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Hello my friend and welcome back to another addition of Video Monday!  We all know the importance that charcoal can play in a survival situation.  In today’s issue, I have a video covering how to make charcoal.  While I have seen many other videos, this is a simple way that requires a minimum amount of effort and …

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The Birth Of A Wooden House

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This is a documentary movie by John Neeman Tools uncovering the process of building a wooden house with hand tools from local materials starting from forest till the living space.

“Our house has been built using timber we felled and extracted from our own forest. We built it using mostly hand tools and human energy. It is timber frame construction with log walls.

The main construction holds together with wood joints – there are no nails or screws used.

Walls are insulated with pine and larch shavings. Overall wall thickness is 50 centimeters.

The frame posts, sills, top beams and final cladding boards are preserved using Japanese traditional wood preservation technique – Shou Sugi Ban 焼杉板 ,

Roofing is 3 layer white oak shingles layed in two directional technique. Roof is insulated with wood fibre wool and has natural clay and lime plaster finish on the interior walls.

My aim was to build a natural wooden house, a nest for my family that would be thermo and energy efficient. As Richard Pronneke would say: It was a hard work but I enjoyed it!” – Jacob, carpenter, craftsman and founder of John Neeman Tools.

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Freemasonry Part 1: The Necessary Conversation

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     I am constantly amazed at the boldness and tenacity of women who will stand for what they believe in.  Last week, just such a woman, whom I admire greatly, traveled to Washington D.C. to pray at the Supreme Court as the Justices heard oral arguments in a Texas case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.  As many of you know, this case is about setting strict limitations on abortions in the state of Texas, and before the death of Supreme Justice Antonin Scalia, there was actually hope that if the Supreme Court upheld Texas’s law, we might be seeing the death of Roe v. Wade.  
     As much as I would like to discuss this case and its implications for the millions of prospective aborted fetuses, this case was not the sole reason my friend was in D.C.  She also went to our nation’s capitol to pray against the influence of Freemasonry on the Court and in our Government.
     Now, I am fully aware that this is a highly controversial subject and there are those who will refuse to even consider it.  And before I go any further, I want to make it clear that I am not speaking out of ignorance or personal bias.  I have done my research and so should you!  Do not take my word for it, do not agree with me because we might be on the same page on other issues, and most importantly, do not accept what others have said about it, either.  Do your own research because it is that important of a topic, and you should be educated on the subject and form your own opinion.  And please … the one thing I do not want you to do is simply ignore it.  I believe Freemasonry will become increasingly important to us as we select our next President and as we come ever closer to the return of our Lord.
     Why?  Aren’t the Masons just another organization like the Rotary Club or the local Optimists Club?  Aren’t they just a group of networking professionals?  After all, how many of our grandfathers were Masons, and they always told us it was a charitable and community organization, right?  But here’s the first thing you need to know … it is a highly secretive society.  And if you are a Christian that should be your first red flag.
     Before I get into my concerns about the organization, I want to make this statement: to determine if something is right or wrong, according to God’s will, we should always go to the Bible.  If we are immersed in God’s Word, and pray for God to reveal His truth, we can count on the Holy Spirit to help us discern any matter.  That has been the basis for my taking on the task of understanding the history and consequences of Freemasonry.

     So, as I have already stated,  Freemasonry is a secret and exclusive organization.  While it may seem as if they are a harmless fellowship of businessmen, and they appear to promote a belief in God, you should know that my research has shown the only belief requirement is not that one must believe in the True and Living God, but rather, that one must believe in the existence of a “Supreme Being”, which includes the “gods” of Islam, Hinduism, or any other world religion.   In fact, Masonry teaches that it is G.A.O.T.U. [the Great Architect of the Universe], whom Masonry believes is the true God of the universe, and who is representative of all gods in all religions.  So, while it may appear to be compatible with Christianity in outward appearances, it clearly contradicts God’s first commandment:  You shall have no other gods before Me.
     You will hear all kinds of arguments that Freemasonry in America is different; that our Founding Fathers (including George Washington) were Masons, so how can it be bad?  I find it interesting that those who say that there’s nothing wrong with Freemasonry will use this argument… we all know George Washington was an honorable man, and he was a Mason.  Yet these same people, when confronted with skepticism about Freemasonry, are quick to point out that there are only one or two references to him ever attending a meeting, and he eventually quit his local Lodge.  So, which is it?  Are you defending Freemasonry, or trying to create distance between it and the Father of our Country?
     What these same people may be unaware of is that there was such concern about the nefarious activities of Freemasons in the early years of our republic, that John Quincy Adams ran for President on an anti-Masonic ticket.  In fact, the movement against Freemasonry was quite extensive and lasted throughout the 19th Century.
     There are still others who will try to say that, yes, historically Freemasons may have included practices and symbols from ancient Egypt, but they don’t have any real significance to the modern Mason. This fact alone should be enough to steer away any Christian. Egypt in ancient times was known for pharaoh-worship and dedication to various false gods.  That certainly could not be the practice of today’s modern Masonry … or could it?  Read what an ex-Mason, who is also a Christian, shared about his experience:  In January of 1968, I was installed as Worshipful Master of a Masonic Lodge of about 600 men. As far as I was concerned, I had reached the pinnacle of life. As a Worshipful Master, I had total autocratic authority over the affairs of my Lodge with accountability only to the Grand Master of my State….
     Very early during my term as Worshipful Master, while conducting a Masonic business meeting, one of the brothers present voiced his objections to the closing of Lodge prayers in the name of Jesus Christ. Masonic tradition in Maryland had been to close the prayers by saying: “May every moral and social virtue cement us, Amen, So Mote it Be.”
     In all my years as a Mason, I had never heard one objection to the name of Jesus being used by our Chaplain to close his prayers. I assured the Masonic brother who objected that I would take up the matter with the Grand Master. Several days later, I met with the Grand Master and explained the problem with the prayers, as well as other concerns. The Grand Master informed me that Freemasonry accepts for membership men of every faith or religion, so long as the prospective member believes in a Supreme Being (whomever he may be) and in the resurrection of the body to a future life (however and through whomever that was accomplished.) This was a great shock to me. I had not realized that those who were members of anti-Christian religions could become Masons. 
     The Grand Master informed me that one of my duties as a Worshipful Master of my Lodge was not to offend any brethren who were not Christians, even if this meant I had to refrain from using the name of Jesus Christ in my prayers. He advised me that as Grand Master he had the authority to disband my Lodge and remove its Charter as a Lodge, if I persisted in using the name of Jesus with members present who objected. 
     In March of 1973, The Grand Lodge of Maryland Committee on Masonic Education approved the following statement regarding prayers in a Masonic lodge:  

All prayers in a Masonic Lodge should be directed to the one Deity to whom all Masons refer as The Grand Architect of the Universe. We address Him as our Heavenly Father, Eternal God, Almighty, or Everlasting God. We should close our prayers with an expression such as, ‘In Thy most holy and precious name we pray…’, using no additional words which could be in conflict with the religious beliefs of other Masons present at the meeting. The brother who offers up the prayer does so for all members and visitors present, rather than for just himself. (Maryland Mason Magazine, March 1973). 

     Now this man’s faith in Freemasonry was shaken; although his faith in Jesus Christ was not.  And it caused him to take a closer look at the “fellowship” of this organization and how it corresponded to his Christian faith.  With new eyes, he was able to see that in the center of every Blue Lodge is an altar. Resting on top of the altar is what many Masons refer to as the Great Light of Masonry, the Bible. I later discovered that Freemasonry declares the sacred book of any and all religions in the world equivalent to the Bible. Any “sacred book” may rest on the altar in a Masonic Lodge, to oblige a Mason who does not accept the Bible as God’s word.
     He came to the shocking realization that “I now had an irresistible force meeting an immovable object, namely the God of the Universe, Jesus Christ, and the god of Freemasonry, Satan. How could both belief systems be regarded as truth? I believed that the primary purpose of every Masonic degree was to depart spiritual light, wisdom, truth, and knowledge regarding life, death, the hereafter, and our interpersonal relationships with others.  [But now] after reading and studying various Masonic authors, I realized that Freemasonry considers Jesus Christ as no greater than Moses, Elijah, Mohammed, or Buddha.”
     Now, maybe this doesn’t matter to you.  If you aren’t a Christian, then I doubt that these revelations will have much impact on you.  But if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, then there is much more in the oaths and the demands on men and their families that I will be revealing to you in the next post.  It is not my desire to bash the sincere desires of men to better themselves or society. But it is my wish that everyone understand the deception and the temptations that lure people into this organization.  And I especially want to warn Christians about letting it into their families or their Churches!  I want you to put on your spiritual armor and concentrate on the Belt (or Girdle) of Truth — it is God’s Truth! — Not the truth of the world or men, no matter how enticing and convincing it may be.
     I know that I may have offended many people with this post and will be discounted as an alarmist or unduly inflammatory.  But I am accountable to Jehovah God and when the Holy Spirit pricks my spirit with something to speak forth, then I cannot suppress that command.  It is my sincere hope that you will not dismiss this topic as inconsequential, because I fear that the spirit behind this organization can cause great damage to both believers and non-believers, alike.  Please take the time to study it and pray about it, asking God to reveal to you what you need to know.  And tune in for the next post, where I will discuss the blending of the Church and Freemasonry.

John 18:20    “I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.”



How To Cook For Survival Without Power

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Today I’m sharing several ideas on how to cook for survival without power. If we lose power for a day or two we can eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or chicken salad on crackers for that matter. We can eat some freeze dried veggies out of our #10 cans or open a can of green beans and eat them. Here’s how I see what will happen after a week of zero power or utility breakdown. Yes, we have flashlights and batteries to get us through the evenings of darkness. Maybe you have a lantern or two. I just finished reading Ted Koppel’s book, “Lights Out”. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath We as prepared people already knew we will a power outage at some time or another. We preppers (I really don’t like that word anymore) continue to be prepared for the unexpected. Power grid down or not, our country is extremely unprepared for a grid down (power outage across the country) and we as individuals need to do all we can to prepare ourselves and families near us for the loss of power due to any cause.

You may have heard this statement from me before, the first day without power we will check with our neighbors to see if they have lost power too. Hopefully, we all have a way to charge our cell phones or laptops if the power outage is only in our neighborhood. If it’s only our neighborhood we can use our cell phones to see what’s going on in the world. If the cell phones don’t work then possibly it’s a total grid down. The second day without power we can still play cards, board games and visit with neighbors to see what plan B is if this power outage is longer than two days. Now, during this power outage, the supermarkets will probably be without power and therefore, they will be closed once the generator runs out of fuel. The third day and every day thereafter some people may become agitated. The gas stations will be shut down because of zero power. Uncertainty brings fear and emotions may be high. If you are prepared you will not be afraid.

I strongly suggest you buy the paperback copy of my book now before you need it. If you have zero power you can flip through the pages to be ready for what may be coming. Please study it and read it as a family. When I wrote the book I told my publisher I did not want to write about weapons in my book. I wanted my book to be family friendly so that a child old enough to read could study it and learn from it. It’s available in many stores and online. I feel blessed to have been asked to write my book to teach the world in paper form to be prepared for the unexpected. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

We all know we need water to survive, so I highly recommend storing water first, then food. Now let’s get into cooking without power. We can eat cold meals out of cans or food from our gardens for a week if we had too, but if we are out of power for much longer than that we need to know how to cook outside. I have several options for how to cook for survival. These are the ones I highly recommend and use all the time.

Cook For Survival

Keep in mind you need to store some matches, a butane lighter or a fire starter tool for some of the cooking stoves below. I also recommend this tool: Lodge A5-1 Charcoal Chimney Starter

1. Dutch Ovens

If you can find one at a thrift store that would be awesome, although they are getting harder to find now. This is the one I recommend because it has a lid with a “lip” so you can not only place charcoal underneath the oven itself, but also on the lid. Another bonus is you can stack this style of Dutch oven. Lodge Camp Dutch Oven, 6 Qt. I prefer the six quart over the eight quart version due to the weight of the Dutch oven when empty or filled. If you find some rusty cast iron oven at a thrift store or garage sale, no worries. I have repaired/cleaned some Lodge cast iron ovens very easily this way: First get some fine steel wool and remove all the rust. Next you wash the cast iron skillet or Dutch oven with mild soap and warm water. Quickly dry it and oil it by rubbing the surface inside and outside and cook in a heated 350-degree stove/oven for about an hour turned upside down. I always put a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack right below the pans to collect drips. After one hour turn off the oven and let them cool overnight. They are then ready to store with a paper towel between the lid and the Dutch oven. I store most of my Dutch ovens in bags in the garage. The ones I use all the time I do not store in bags. Be aware, if the piece is really rusted you may have to take it to a machine shop to have it sandblasted and restored to raw cast iron. Then you would follow the steps above using oil and placing them in the oven as directed. Most people never let their cast iron near water, I do and then I dry it in the oven after I spray a little vegetable oil on it, if needed.


I am only talking about cooking outside today, so let’s talk about the fuel we can use outside with cast iron skillets, griddles or Dutch ovens. I have actually put charcoal on the ground and baked bread, casseroles, biscuits or whatever just on rocks with charcoal. I store my charcoal without the starter chemicals (plain charcoal will store indefinitely if kept airtight and dry) in 5-gallon buckets with Gamma Lids. Now, you can cook with cast iron on your gas barbecue or over a fire pit with a tripod like this one: Lodge 3TP2 Camp Dutch Oven Tripod Here is another thing I use: Lodge A5DLL Deluxe Lid Lifter

Charcoal, lump charcoal, and wood work great in a fire pit or on gravel.

Dutch Oven Stand Without Legs Attached

My awesome brother-in-law, Duane made for Mark and me this portable Dutch Oven stand so we can take the 24-inch legs out and travel in a car or truck easily with this little barbecue. It’s really easy to store in the garage because it comes apart. It is extremely sturdy. Duane took a tire rim that is approximately 15 inches wide in diameter. He welded 3 short legs, about 6 inches tall and about 1-3/8 inches in diameter, inside the rim. The other legs are 24 inches long and 1-1/4 inches in diameter and fit inside the welded ones attached to the tire rim. He cut a metal grate and welded it so it is stationary inside the tire rim to hold briquettes or firewood. If you had another grate/grill for the top you could barbecue on it. We use this mainly for the Dutch Oven, or sometimes we roast marshmallows or hot dogs with a skewer over the flames.

What I really like about this unit is that you can use it with or without the 24-inch extended legs. Of course, you would need to know someone who knows how to weld and has welding tools. Thank you to my brilliant brother-in-law for coming up with this great idea! The extended legs are about 24 inches long by 1-1/4 inches in diameter. This makes me want to cook something this weekend in my Dutch Oven!

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2. Butane Stoves

I actually used one of these butane stoves for three months last year when I was waiting to have a gas line installed in my kitchen  Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and the fuel 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves. I used one canister of fuel for 6 weeks so it will go pretty far unless you are boiling a large pot of soup every day. I prefer having several types of cooking stoves because they all use different types of fuel.


What’s the deal with butane canisters? You will read that you can only use these butane stoves outside, but I have used them in stores that provided them for me to show how to cook inside their facilities. If use them in my home I crack a window open. These are great to cook outside, but they are small and will work great for a few weeks.

3. Kelly Kettle

I love the Kelly Kettle because it’s fairly inexpensive and uses very little fuel. You can boil water to make soup in minutes. If you want to see how a Kelly Kettle works on a step by step basis here is a post where I show how to use it: Kelly Kettle by Food Storage Moms. I wanted one for several years and I was so grateful my friend Glen from Kelly Kettle asked me to show the world how to use one! These are great for camping and emergencies because they use very little fuel. Literally. This is the one I have: Kelly Kettle Ultimate Stainless Steel Small Trekker Camp Stove Kit. New Spot Welded Model. The Perfect Camp Stove for Cooking, Hiking, Camping, Kayaking, Fishing, and Hunting. Boil Water, Cook Fast, Survive.


Dry leaves or twigs, that’s it! I have used pine cones as well. I call this my FREE fuel stove because you can gather the dry leaves, pine cones or twigs around your yard, add a match and you have water boiling in no time at all.

4. Volcano Stove

Volcano stoves are awesome because you can use three types of fuel with them. The Volcano Stove collapses to about 5 inches and fits well in a car or on a shelf in your garage. I comes complete with a zippered bag.  Volcano 3 Collapsible Cook Stove You can bake, boil water or barbecue on them right on the table, outside of course. I have seen posts stating you can “can” foods on one of these. I strongly disagree with this idea as you cannot control the temperature of the flame/heat. National Center For Home Food Preservation  I quote ” At least one pressure canner manufacturer advises not to can on any outdoor heat source. Your pressure canner can be damaged if the gas burner puts out too much heat. Higher BTU burners could also produce so much heat that the recommended come-up time for canning could be altered, potentially producing an unsafe final product.” End of quote.


Wood, charcoal, lump charcoal and propane canisters, large and small are all great options. Please note not all Volcano stoves come with BOTH adapters for the small propane canisters AND large propane tanks. This is why it’s critical to practice and use our emergency or camping outdoor stoves before a disaster or unforeseen emergency.

5. Camp Chef-Stove/Oven Combo

I love this one because you can bake bread or casseroles in it, AND it has two burners on top. If you watch at your local Costco or Sam’s Club they usually have these for a good price right before Memorial Day or Father’s Day. Here’s the one I have: Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove I did buy the griddle that goes with it so I can make pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches or whatever on top.


Propane canisters or tanks. You will need BOTH the small propane canisters and large propane tank adapters to use them. I only use the large adapter because I prefer to use my propane tanks. I do have both adapters, though. Please be aware they do not always provide both adapters when purchased.

6. Camp Chef Double Burner Stove

This is the one I use all the time. It’s very sturdy and I can cook with my cast iron pans and Dutch ovens on it. Camp Chef Explorer Series EX-60LW 2-Burner Modular Cooking System, Black. I like this one because I have a griddle I use with it and I can cook for a lot of people very quickly, when needed. I also purchased the bag to store it safely in my garage. The carry bag has wheels and it’s easy to transport.



Sun Oven:

If you purchase a Sun Oven I only recommend this brand: All American Sun Oven Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package. I have two of these and I can bake pretty much anything in them, including my bread. Whatever you can bake in your conventional oven in your home you can bake in one of these ovens. The pans must not be shiny because they will reflect the heat AWAY from your food. If the pan fits you can bake almost anything in it.


Zero fuel, you only need sunshine. Here’s the deal, I recommend these only as a second choice for cooking. I have two of them and use them all the time. Where I live I get the best sunshine between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. I’m just giving you the heads up here, you can’t come home from work at 4:00 p,m. and still have enough sunshine to bake a meal or bread where I live. If we happen to be without sunshine for two or three weeks we will need an alternative way to cook or bake our meals. I must add something here that’s very important about the Sun Oven. We need ZERO fuel, that’s a big deal to me. I will prepare meals planned around use of the sun rather than use up my wood, charcoal, lump charcoal, pinecones, butane or propane fuel.

I hope that my post gives you several ideas that may work for your family. All you need to cook for survival is to have one or two types of stoves, or just charcoal with a Dutch oven. Easy peasy to be prepared for the unexpected.


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Good news: GearBest.com is supporting a giveaway to MSO members!

A very nice little light for your keychain, 160 lumens, a red light and a UV light.

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How To Build a Low Tech CFV (Capillary Force Vaporizer) Stove

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How To Build a Low Tech CFV (Capillary Force Vaporizer) Stove Learn how to build a low tech CFV stove for camping, emergency preparedness or SHTF! We all have seen the aluminium can stoves you can make in 5 minutes and they work well but have limitations such as, limited fuel storage and thermal generating capacity, …

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12 Months Of No Processed Foods – Crock Pot Recipes

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12 Months Of No Processed Foods – Crock Pot Recipes Eating no processed foods is paramount to living a healthy life. Don’t be alarmed if you see that some of these recipes call for what we call “minimally processed foods”, for example, ketchup, canned vegetables, etc. These are minimally processed foods but can also be …

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How To Make Your Own Hydro Power

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How To Make Your Own Hydro Power Power by the movement of water is genius, if you have a huge river or stream you could generate a literal off the grid system, but what if you live with a small creek or a slow flowing body of water… over at otherpower.com they have a DIY …

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10 Things To Stop Buying At The Store

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10 Things To Stop Buying At The Store Anyone who has a tight budget (the vast majority of Americans) has felt the sharp increase in the price of food the last few years. Many people have stopped buying the extras they used to enjoy. Not only that, people are looking for ways to save money by …

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10 Shade Tolerant Edible Plants We All Should Be Growing

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10 Shade Tolerant Edible Plants We All Should Be Growing Have you got a lot of shade in your garden? I have and I can’t chop down the trees to give the garden more sunshine either… I hate having wasted space but fear not. You can still grow food there. While it’s true, most edible …

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How To Grow Multiple Different Fruits On One Tree

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How To Grow Multiple Different Fruits On One Tree Grow multiple fruits on one tree… This is known as “grafting”. Imagine having one tree with 2, 3 or 4 different fruits growing from it! This is great for people with smaller gardens who want to have all the same fruit as people with big gardens. …

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How To Make a STORM GLASS To Predict The Weather

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How To Make a STORM GLASS To Predict The Weather The Storm Glass was first invented in the mid 1700’s, and soon made it’s way into ships and harbors around Europe to help give warning of approaching bad weather. It gained the most fame through Admiral FitzRoy who used a Storm Glass on the voyage …

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Can You Handle Living Off The Grid? Part 2

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March 7th, 2016

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One family left everything they had behind to live without electricity, running water, or any means of communication in the backwoods of Eastern Idaho. After a series of hardships, Esther was ready to call it quits on the off-the-grid lifestyle. Now Nick and Esther discuss their new approach and what they learned. In Going Off Grid, Laura Ling examines how 180,000 Americans a year are choosing to live entirely disconnected from our modern internet-focused world in pursuit of a more sustainable, simple lifestyle.

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The Overlooked Reason You Should Never Freeze Meat

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Of all the different means we have at our disposal to preserve meats, the most common is freezing. In our modern society, we either cook our meat fresh or put it in the freezer until we are ready to use it. This makes sense in an industrialized society, where normal utility service can be counted on and the electricity only goes down when there is an emergency.

For those of us who are stockpiling food and preparing for the unknown, what’s considered “normal” isn’t our norm. The fact of the matter is that our electrical supply is very unreliable in times of crisis or disaster. Even a brief storm is often enough to blow power lines down. Something more serious, like a hurricane, can leave us without power for weeks.

Considering that a freezer can’t keep frozen meat frozen for more than two days without electricity, keeping more than three or four days worth of frozen meat on hand means that there’s a good chance you’ll lose it in a power outage. (Yes, there actually are survivalists who never freeze meat.)

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The only way to prevent that meat from going bad in a survival situation would be to take it out of the freezer and preserve it by some alternate means. The big problem with that is that being thrown into a survival situation is going to overwhelm us — and we’ll likely have other, more urgent tasks. The last thing any of us will need at that moment is to have to deal with a freezer full of meat.

Alternate Means of Preserving Meat

What are some alternatives? I’d say that canned meats are safe. The canning process itself, if done properly, will ensure that the bacteria contained in the meat has died, making the meat safe for storage and eating. What about smoked meats? Most smoked meats are only cold-smoked for flavor, and not hot-smoked to keep for a prolonged period of time. Unless you’ve smoked it yourself and know that it was thoroughly hot-smoked, I wouldn’t count on it.

Commercially processed jerky isn’t even all that reliable. I’ve bought jerky at my local supermarket that has developed mold. That either means that the meat wasn’t properly marinated or that the salt concentration in the marinade was too low. If the salt concentration is high enough and the meat is properly marinated before dehydrating, there’s no way that it should go bad.

The Overlooked Reason You Should Never Freeze MeatThe fact of the matter is that meats are the hardest thing to preserve, especially for long-term storage. Canning is the most reliable, but canning will affect the taste and texture of the meat. If you’ve ever eaten canned beef, it is usually so overcooked that it will fall apart easily. If it isn’t cooked that well, you can’t be sure that the bacteria is killed.

I’ve had problems with both smoked and cured meats going bad. If you are planning on using either method for preserving meat, then you should use it in conjunction with refrigeration. But that puts us right back in the place we were with freezing.

What About Drying?

Drying meats – whether by dehydration or freeze-drying – is fairly secure as long as the salt concentration is high enough and the moisture content of the meat has been brought down low enough. Properly salted and dried meats provide a very hostile environment for bacteria to grow in. The salt alone is enough to dehydrate the bacteria and kill it.

So, how much salt is enough? From my personal experience, not all jerky recipes have enough salt in them for good preservation. I generally dehydrate five pounds of thinly sliced beef at a time. Regardless of the recipe I use for the marinade, I always add an additional heaping teaspoon of salt. Doing it that way makes the jerky rather salty, but I have yet to have any jerky go bad when I add the extra salt.

To keep jerky for a prolonged period of time, it needs to be sealed in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. I also add a silica gel pack. One pound bags are good for a survival stockpile and a number of them can be put together in a five-gallon bucket for storage.

Re-freezing Meat

There’s another problem with freezing meat that I want to mention. And that’s the problem of re-freezing meat. Freezing meat doesn’t necessarily kill the bacteria in it. In many cases, the bacteria just become dormant. Then, when the meat is thawed, it becomes active again. As long as the meat is cooked to a high enough internal temperature, that bacteria is killed and any problem is eliminated.

But if the internal temperature of the meat isn’t high enough to kill the bacteria – for example, cooking a medium-rare steak – then you have live bacteria in the meat.

Not only is that bacteria alive, but the metabolism of the bacteria increases as the temperature rises. So, the bacteria will multiply faster, infecting the meat even more. If the meat has been properly refrigerated or frozen, this usually isn’t an issue. But it can be if the meat is heated and cooled repeatedly.

The other issue is that some bacteria put off toxins as waste. The higher temperature and higher metabolism increase the amount of these toxins that are released. Thawing out meat and then re-freezing it provides an excellent opportunity for the bacteria to produce these toxins, making the meat dangerous to eat. For this reason, meat that has thawed should never be re-frozen and then eaten.


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Grow Your Own Off-Grid, Heal-Anything Herbal Medicine Chest

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Long before penicillin and other antibiotics, herbal remedies were a standard prescription for a variety of ailments. Here, I’m going to discuss some of the most well-known herbal medicines and highlight the ones you can grow in your own backyard or as potted plants in your home. I’ll also cover basic preparations, administrations and conditions.

The availability of herbs in your garden can vary depending on the seasons, but most can be grown as potted plants on a kitchen windowsill or anywhere in the house where you have regular sunshine. You also can dry herbs or preserve them, but make sure you refrigerate or process any herb that you store as a paste or solution for any period of time.

The herbs we have listed here are in no particular order related to effectiveness. (It’s not like there’s one “super herb” that works for everything.) Their effectiveness varies. Some offer immediate relief, while others need to be taken regularly over a period of time to present results.

You should always check with your doctor before using herbal remedies, especially if you are taking prescription medications. Some herbs diminish or contradict the effectiveness of some pharmaceuticals.

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Here’s what you should have in your herbal medicine chest:

1. Garlic

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Garlic is a natural blood thinner and stimulates circulation. It has been shown to reduce blood pressure when used regularly, and has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can be eaten as an ingredient in a meal, chewed raw if you can stand it, or roasted and spread on bread like butter. It’s a perennial plant, and the bulbs can be easily divided and replanted to deliver a steady supply. It also grows easily as a houseplant and the flowers are actually quite sweet smelling.

2. Peppermint

Peppermint is used as a remedy for sore throat and congestion when taken as a tea (you can steep both fresh and dried leaves in hot water). It also can relieve canker sores as a tea or a gargle. When pulverized and spread on the skin, it can soothe muscle aches. It also relieves indigestion and cramping. It’s a perennial but be careful; it truly spreads like a weed. If you don’t have a large and distant patch of property for a peppermint patch, it’s best raised as a potted plant, even outdoors. If it flowers, trim the blooms or the leaves will become bitter.

3. Calendula

Calendula is sometimes referred to as a pot marigold. Historically, it has been used as an antiseptic and anti-fungal treatment both internally and especially externally as a wound-healing and skin-soothing agent. When made into a paste, it was often used as a diaper cream and remedy for other skin irritations. It’s a self-seeding annual that grows well as a potted plant indoors. The yellow/orange petals are the primary source of healing agents.

4. Lemon Balm

A member of the mint family, lemon balm is known for its antispasmodic effects on the stomach, as a remedy for irritable bowel syndrome, and for its relaxing effects on the nervous system. It’s also a topical skin reliever and in one study done by the NYU Medical Center, it was found to relieve and diminish the effects of herpes simplex. It makes an excellent tea – served hot or cold – when steeped in hot water. It’s a perennial but does not spread like its mint cousins and can easily be grown as a potted plant.

5. Rosemary

A member of the pine family, rosemary has long been used as both a culinary and medicinal herb. Its primary benefit, according to the Georgetown University Medical Center, is its stimulant properties related to circulation and oxygenation to the brain. Some people see this as an alternative to the stimulant properties of coffee. It’s a perennial in southern climates but must be potted and taken indoors in northern latitudes in North America.  Keep it well-watered and replant outdoors in late spring.

6. Mullein

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Mullein is an ancient herb used by the Romans for coughs and colds. It is usually taken as an infusion or tea from the steeped flowers. Some pharmaceutical companies also add a mullein extract to their cough formulas. It is a perennial plant and often grows wild. It’s easy to spot in a meadow or field because its stalk stands six feet tall above the grass and weeds. The tall stalk and flowers are the parts of the plant you harvest.

7. Chamomile

There are a lot of opinions about natural sedatives and natural anti-depressants like St. John’s Wort. One that is often underappreciated is chamomile. The National Institute of Health reports that chamomile is one of the best herbs for treating colic, nervous stress, infections and stomach disorders in children. It’s an annual plant but reseeds prolifically. The small flowers are the prime ingredient often infused in a tea.

There are many other herbal remedies, from gingko to ginseng. All can be grown in your yard and garden. The key is to know you have options.

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5 Frost-Resistant Vegetables You Can Plant Super Early

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5 Frost-Resistant Vegetables You Can Plant Super Early

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The days are getting longer, snow is disappearing from the garden and the air is rapidly getting warmer. You’ve spent your dreary, winter days planning this year’s garden. Are you feeling the gardening “itch” yet? If you haven’t chosen which vegetables yet to grace your garden this year, here are five hardy vegetables you can sow outside soon – if not right now.

The soil may still be a bit hard, but if it is workable, then dig and add a layer of compost or manure to the garden. This doesn’t mean scrape the ice and snow off if there is any still there. If you still have snow and ice on your garden, you will need to wait a bit.

If all is well, then begin planting. Remove any weeds and other plant debris you may find. If you are planning to plant any produce that requires stakes or supports, add the supports now. Place a cover over your garden to help protect and warm up the soil before planting.

Check for any pests, especially slugs, as the weather continues to warm up during the month.

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If you want to try something new, raised garden beds save your back from the hard work of bending to till and dig. These beds heat up quicker than traditional gardens in the springtime, but they still need to have good soil and drain well.

Ready to plant?

Here are five popular and healthy choices for your March planting. They are all hardy, and can be planted outside to enjoy during the spring and summer.

1. Spinach. This cool-weather plant can take about six weeks to grow from seed. All you need to do is loosen the soil before planting. You also can prepare the soil for this vegetable in the autumn if you want to save time in the spring. Spinach likes moist soil, but not soggy. When the plants start to grow, you will need to thin them to prevent overcrowding – a big “no-no” with spinach. You’ll need to buy fresh seeds every year, as spinach seeds don’t seem to store well. This green vegetable is full of vitamins and can be used for salads, main dishes and cooking.

5 Frost-Resistant Vegetables You Can Plant Super Early

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2. Leeks. Here is another tough, hardy vegetable you can plant now. Leeks need well-drained soil with organic matter to protect and boost health. They like a sunny, yet sheltered spot. Planting now will allow you to harvest leeks at the same time as you do onions. You will need to break up the soil before planting and the seeds need to be spaced about an inch apart (one to two centimeters.)

3. Turnips. Known as a root-vegetable, turnips are easy to grow. They are full of nourishment, with many minerals and carbohydrates. Turnips grow well in cool, moist soil, and they mature in about six to 10 weeks. You don’t need too many seeds. Plant them by sparsely sprinkling the seeds in a row. Cover with a thin layer of dirt and add a little fertilizer before watering. Turnips should sprout within a week. Water during any dry weather. You can harvest turnips when they are about the size of a golf ball.

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4. Spring onions. This type of onion should be planted in a part of the garden that isn’t waterlogged or still frozen. Pick a spot in the garden that gets a good amount of sun and break up the soil. Rows should be shallow, and you simply drop the seeds into the rows. Add some sort of fertilizer to give plants a boost. By planting spring onions now, you will get a crop in June and July. They can be enjoyed raw or in salads. You can even use them as a substitute for other onions.

5. Kohl Rabi. Here is a fun-looking, hardy vegetable that seems to thrive in cool temperatures. Kohl Rabi grows well in temperatures of 40-75 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4-23 degrees Celsius. It needs 45-60 days to fully mature. Kohl Rabi likes full sun and handles frost well. You will want to plant this vegetable half an inch (one and a half centimeters) deep, in a thin row until plants are five to eight inches apart. The soil needs to be moist. Use compost on the garden bed. You’ll notice Kohl Rabi is sweeter than cabbage. It stores very well in the refrigerator for one week, or up to two months in a cool place.

There are so many other vegetables you can enjoy as well. Choose your seeds, wake up your garden and get planting.

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The 5 Very Best Rifles For Rural Home Defense

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The 5 Very Best Rifles For Rural Home Defense

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A common saying among tactical trainers is: “The purpose of a handgun is to fight your way to your rifle.”

That makes perfect sense on a battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan, but what happens when that “battlefield” is in your home – especially in a rural setting?

When compared by sheer ballistics, the results of most handgun rounds are very marginal when compared to that of a rifle. Yet, handguns have the advantage of being more compact and portable. And since they only require one hand, your other hand is free to hold a flashlight or call 911.

So now you might be asking, “Should I choose a handgun or a rifle for home defense?”

I say choose the rifle. I’m not talking about old-style, single-shot Remington Rolling Block Buffalo rifles or a 300 Weatherby Magnum with a 10X scope on it for elk season (but if one of those are all you have, they beat a can of pepper spray). I’m referring to modern sporting rifles designed for more tactical use.

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Here’s my list of the five best:

1. The AR-15 in 5.56/223

Perhaps the most popular rifle in the U.S. is the AR-15. It was designed in 1960 by Armalite for the U.S. military and has remained in military use for six decades. For home defense purposes, I strongly recommend the shortest barrel length you can legally own. In some cases, this can be a SBR (short barreled rifle) registered with the National Firearms Branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for a $200 tax. SBRs have barrels less than 16 inches in length and can be as short as 7.5 inches. This makes the rifle more compact and maneuverable within the confines of the home.

2. The Kriss Vector

A California-based company builds a unique variety of carbines and pistols known as the KRISS Vector. This radical design eliminates felt recoil and is chambered in 9mm or 45 ACP. Those are pistol rounds but the longer barrels give these rifles significantly more velocity. Best of all, they take extended magazines designed for Glock pistols in the same caliber, so they work well for Glock shooters, too.

3. The FN PS90

The 5 Very Best Rifles For Rural Home Defense

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This may seem like an odd choice, but this futuristic-looking firearm in its small 5.7mm cartridge was actually designed as a personal defense weapon and was used famously by the US Secret Service on president protection details. Compact with virtually no recoil, its bull pup-like design makes for a compact shooting platform. Having one of these converted to an SBR makes the weapon more desirable from a home defense standpoint.

4. The lever action carbine

Lever action rifles made by Winchester, Marlin, Rossi and several others chambered in one of the magnum handgun calibers such as 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum or 45 Colt make for a very effective and compact system for people who reside in areas where the ownership of semiautomatic rifles may be restricted or draw unwanted attention. Five to 10 rounds of a powerful revolver cartridge with the added ballistics of a longer barrel make these a primary fight-stopper. The late firearms guru, Colonel Jeff Cooper, used to refer to them as “Brooklyn Specials,” as they were one of the few firearms not castigated outright in what he viewed as the liberal courtrooms of the Northeast.

5. The Ruger 10/22

You read that right. I have been a longtime advocate of the popular Ruger carbine in a self-defense role. With the right ammunition and the correct bullet placement, these rifles can fill a vital role in any self-defense arsenal. Low recoil, fast follow-up shots and superb accuracy make for one heck of a home defense rifle.


It may be tempting to deck out a tactical rifle with all sorts of gizmos from red-dot sights to lasers, bipods and bayonets, but I suggest you keep it simple. More moving parts leads to more potential for something to fail, particularly if it is an accessory that the shooter comes to rely on more so than basic marksmanship.

The bare minimum I recommend is a mounted weapon light and a sling. Some shooters prefer a red-dot optic and if that makes you a better shooter, then go for it — particularly if you inhabit a substantial piece of property and might have to engage threats at a greater distance.

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Herbal Wound Care Options

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Herbal wound care

Wound care should be an important part of your first aid preparedness training. After all, what may be a harmless paper cut by today’s standards could set the stage for infection in a less sanitary environment. Furthermore, if access to higher medical care were interrupted, there would be no ambulance or life flight, and maybe even no emergency room, to provide care for more serious wounds and injuries.

First aid for wounds covers many different aspects. Especially in a SHTF scenario, you would need to know how to safely control bleeding, assess the injury to gauge extent of the damage, and be able to clean the wound and prevent infection. Wilderness first aid or first responder training can be invaluable because there is so much to learn on this topic. Being able to learn from an instructor in these courses is also extremely helpful- they will correct any errors you might make and often have a great deal of  personal experience to make the material more relatable.

In long term scenarios with no higher medical care, the prevention of infection becomes a crucial step in the healing process. By using herbs to encourage healthy wound healing and support the immune system, you have a back-up plan in case medical supplies run short.

There are five basic types of herbs to keep in mind for herbal wound support: Hemostatics that curb excessive bleeding; anti-inflammatory herbs for healthy inflammation response; proliferative herbs that help with scabbing and the formation of new skin; anti-pathogenics that help minimize contamination of the wounds, and lymphatic herbs that support a healthy immune response. We will also briefly cover helpful pain relieving herbs.

Let’s take a look at the five main groups of herbs for wound care:

Herbal Hemostatics

Most herbs that have hemostatic properties are classified as astringents in traditional herbalism. These are herbs with a reputation for drawing up and tightening tissues, and drying up excessive fluids of all types. Traditional wound herbs utilized for their hemostatic properties include the leaves and flowers of shepherd’s purse, oak bark, wild geranium root, yarrow leaf and/or flower, raspberry or blackberry leaf or blackberry root, and chaparral leaf.

White oak and English oak are the two “official” oak species used in herbal medicine, but all oaks exhibit a high level of tannins and can be used interchangeable for their astringency. These herbs may be prepared as an infusion or decoction and applied as a wash, or if an extract is available it can be diluted in water and applied equally well. These herbs are also beneficial for oozing or weepy wounds or sores.

Herbal Anti-Inflammatories

These herbs may be applied topically alone or as part of a formula to encourage excessive inflammation to return to normal. Inflammation is a natural part of the healing process, but if the wound is large these herbs can help with comfort during the healing process, and help the tissue recover from pain and swelling. Several of them can also be found under the antipathogenic category, and under pain relievers. Examples of herbal anti-inflammatories include willow, meadowsweet, chaparral, lobelia, self heal, comfrey, plantain, birch, alder, aspen, poplar, and turmeric.


Herbs that encourage the growth of healthy tissue during the growth process are also important. Chaparral, comfrey, horsetail, plantain, calendula, and aloe are great examples of this type of herb. It’s important to use proliferatives judiciously over deep wounds, as they can promote healing of the top layers of the epidermis before the wound has healed completely underneath. This could set the stage for infection. Be sure that the wound is clean and has started to heal well internally and that there is no chance of infection before using them.

Comfrey and calendula can promote healthy tissue growth when there is a concern that scar tissue could be damaging. These herbs have a traditional reputation for helping a wound to heal with minimal scarring. Elecampane root can be beneficial when there is “proud flesh,” meaning the wound is having difficulty forming a healthy scab (7). Stinging nettle can be taken internally as a tea, or eaten as a steamed green, during the healing process as this herb supplies micro-nutrients and protein that support the healing process (2,4).


Antipathogenics are herbs that help keep the wound clean from bacterial contamination. Note that these are not going to behave in the same manner as an internal, systemic antibiotic. They need to be applied topically. Chaparral, plantain, acacia, aloe, echinacea, goldenseal, and sida are examples here. Even though goldenseal is listed, it’s important to understand that the berberine content in goldenseal does its best work topically. It’s not well absorbed into the bloodstream from the gut.

Learn More: If you would like to read more about the few herbs that do seem to have a systemic anti-pathogenic effect, you can visit my blog to read this article on Herbal Antibiotics: What You Really Need To Know. But you also need to learn about herbal lymphatics.

Herbal Lymphatics

Because there are very few herbs that have a systemic action approaching modern antibiotics, we turn to another staple in the prepared herbalist’s medicinals kit: Herbal lymphatics. These herbs work with our bodies to support the effectiveness of our immunity through our lymphatic system. If you’ve ever experienced swollen lymph glands during a fever or infection, you know first hand how hard these glands work during an immune system challenge.

Herbal lymphatics promote the movement of lymph and the ability of the body to drain off and process the byproducts of infection. Poke root, blue flag, echinacea, red root, boneset, and cleavers are herbs in this class. Alteratives, or blood purifiers, such as burdock and red clover, can support lymphatic herbs. Lymphatics can be applied as compresses over swollen lymph glands, but it is usually more practical to take them internally. Poke and blue flag are generally used in small amounts, even only a few drops at a time, due to their potency and potential toxicity. Cleavers is a very safe lymphatic that may also be eaten as a steamed green.

Herbal Support for Pain

The last topic we need to cover for herbal wound care is the problem of pain. Everyone has a different pain tolerance, but the topic of pain should be taken seriously during wound care in a SHTF scenario. Pain places more stress on an already stressed system, and can interfere with sleep and appetite. Adequate rest and nutrition are important for healing in any scenario, but especially in an emergency situation where no higher care is available. The same can be said for managing stress in what is most likely a very stressful environment to begin with. Herbs that have a tradition of use for pain include Jamaica dogwood (1), meadowsweet, willow, and black cohosh (5).

Applying Herbs in a Wound Care Scenario

In addition to knowing first aid skills and what herbs to use, you also need to know how to use the herbs. Now that you have a basic understanding of the types of herbs that could be used for wound care, you may still be curious about how the herbs would be applied.

As a general rule, the two most practical herbal preparations in any SHTF scenario are going to be extracts (sometimes called tinctures); and infusions or decoctions. Extracts are made by soaking herbal material in alcohol (if made at home, it’s common to use Everclear mixed with water or vodka), which preserves the herbs and pulls the beneficial components into the liquid. Teas made with herbs are known as infusions (for fresh or dried leaves and flowers) and decoctions (for fresh or dried roots, barks, and seeds). Both types of preparations have the flexibility of either external or internal use (depending on the herb). Extracts are most commonly used internally, but may be diluted in a small amount of water to create a wash or applied without dilution if needed.

Some of the herbs listed above, like Jamaican dogwood, poke root, and chaparral, are at one end of the herbal safety spectrum and are called for in only small amounts at a time. Herbs like burdock and cleavers fall on the opposite end of the spectrum and are safe enough to be foraged as food. Most fall somewhere in the middle, but it’s important that you become familiar with each herb you plan to use during emergency situations so that you understand the plant’s unique profile as well as how much to use.

Read More

1. 7song (2014) Jamaican Dogwood Monograph. Retrieved from: http://7song.com/blog/2014/03/jamaican-dogwood-piscidia-piscipula-2014/

2. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The (2015) Nutrition Guidelines to Improve Wound Healing. Retrieved From:

3. Coffman, Sam (2016) Zombie Apocalypse Herbal: A Basic Plant-Medicine Primer for Post Disaster or Remote Environs. The Herbaria: Plant Healer Magazine’s Free Supplement. Volume 6, Issue 3.

4. Laban K. Rutto, Yixian Xu, Elizabeth Ramirez, Michael Brandt. (2013) Mineral Properties and Dietary Value of Raw and Processed Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica L.).
International Journal of Food Science, Volume 2013, Article ID 857120, 9 pages

5. Noveille, Agatha (2015) Herbal Comfort for Aches and Pains. Retrieved from https://theherbalacademy.com/herbal-comfort-for-aches-and-pains/

6. Woo, Kevin. (2012) Exploring the Effects of Pain and Stress on Wound Healing. Advances in Skin and Wound Care, Volume 25 – Issue 1 – p 38–44
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000410689.60105.7d

7. Wood, Matthew (2008) The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants. North Atlantic Books: Berkeley

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