The Essential Elements of Preparedness

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By Denis Korn

There is an extraordinary fixation in our current culture with all the trappings of physical survival – given the perception of imminent collapse, chaos and oppression.  The degree of hysteria and response to this phenomena is unprecedented in the 41 years I have been in the preparedness industry.  I am not a prophet – just an experienced observer of the times and peoples reaction to the radical shifts taking place in our society.  The events that will unfold in the very near future may be catastrophic as many believe or just extremely uncomfortable – we shall soon find out.  It is my belief that the most essential and foundational elements of preparedness are attitude, critical thinking, knowledge, trust in God, appropriate emotion and spiritual awareness.

The heightened sensitivity to the uncertainty of these times has obviously motivated many to a preparedness/survival mindset.  While so many folks writing articles and blogs are focusing on the myriad of aspects of physical readiness, and a boatload of preparedness/survival websites and advertisers are intensely promoting all the stuff required to survive, I feel the most important elements of preparedness/survival are often overlooked.  This brings our attention to the spiritual and emotional components of preparedness.

In a previous post I talked about Normalcy Bias – the mental state by which people cling to perceptions that are familiar and comfortable – and because of this state they can be in denial of the reality of the circumstances around them.  In some situations and contexts Normalcy Bias may be appropriate; however, in planning for emergencies denying the truth can be disastrous and often deadly.

In the 7 years of posting articles on this site, one of the most popular posts has been Barriers to Critical Thinking & The 7 Essential Questions for Reflection.  While I believe that developing critical thinking skills is essential in all aspects of our life, it is especially important when you are evaluating and determining sources and provisions for emergency and disaster preparedness.  Your comfort, health and survival depend on appropriate, sensible and accurate decisions.  The correct and proper decision making process relies on essential critical thinking skills.  Knowledge and discernment competency are vital to the emergency preparedness process.

What is Critical Thinking?

“Critical thinking is the careful, deliberate determination of whether we should accept, reject, or suspend judgment about a claim – and of the degree of confidence with which we accept or reject it.  The ability to think critically is vitally important; in fact, our lives depend on it.  The way we conduct our lives depends on what we believe to be true – on what claims we accept  The more carefully we evaluate a claim and the more fully we separate issues that are relevant to it from those that are not, the more critical is our thinking.”

“We do not do our critical thinking in a vacuum, of course.  When we are confronted with a claim, usually we already have a certain amount of information relevant to the topic, and we can generally figure out where to find more if we need it.  Having both the desire and the ability to bring such information to bear on our decisions is part of the critical-thinking process.  Critical thinking involves a lot of skills, including the abilities to listen and read carefully, to evaluate arguments, to look for and find hidden assumptions, and to trace consequences of a claim.” (From Critical Thinking, Sixth Edition – Brooke Noel Moore, PhD & Richard Parker, PhD)

After acknowledging that there are mental states and attitudes (see Attitude is a Decision) that are necessary to properly plan for emergencies and catastrophes, I want to address the emotional and spiritual aspects of emergency and disaster planning.  Most of the information, guidelines, lists and resources for preparedness focus exclusively on the physical “stuff” required to be adequately prepared for an emergency.  While this is obviously important, it is only one component in the preparedness process when looked at from a holistic perspective.

What is emotion? The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary gives us this definition:

2 a : the effective aspect of consciousness  : FEELING  b : a state of feeling  c : a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body.

This is very pertinent as you engage in planning for emergencies.  The relevant point here is that the preparedness planner experiences a conscious mental reaction experienced as a strong feeling that is accompanied by a behavioral change.  While this appears rather self-evident, it must be pointed out that the emergency planner must be aware of their feelings and behavior and its impact on the decisions made on the physical component of the process.

What are the effects of one’s emotional condition and the correctness of their actions? I have talked with many folks about this issue and have seen and heard of the unfortunate results of decisions made that were a result of not being conscience of the influence of their emotional state.  Understanding the power of one’s emotions and acting responsibly can have a positive impact on taking correct action – losing control of one’s emotions and behavior can be destructive.

As I have discussed so often while teaching Critical Thinking in the college classroom, people habitually react to a challenging situation rather than critically evaluate and reflect appropriately.  The quality and effectiveness of their decisions is often significantly compromised.  Essential attributes in the preparedness planning process are DISCERNMENT AND INFORMED JUDGMENT!

What is the spiritual component? The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary gives us this definition of spiritual:

1 : of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit  : INCORPOREAL  [spiritual needs]   2 a : of or relating to sacred matters  [spiritual songs]  b : ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal  [spiritual authority]  [lords spiritual]   3 : concerned with religious values  4 : related or joined in spirit  [our spiritual home]  [his spiritual heir]   5 a : of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena  b : of, relating to, or involving spiritualism

For many the spiritual factor is the most important facet of preparedness and the point from which one begins the preparedness process.  One’s spiritual faith and belief forms the foundation for action.  Reliance on God in the decision making process is primary – trust in God’s guidance in making one’s decisions is fundamental and essential.

So why is Self-Reliance idolatry?

It is the worship of the “stuff” of self-reliance and the worship of “self” as the primary focus of the actions taken. We have placed our stuff and ourselves as the object of primary worship and reliance. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the ultimate reliance is on God. While we have a duty to be prepared, we are commanded not to idolize and exalt our provisions and personal position in the preparedness process above absolute reliance on God. During a serious disaster when emotions are intense and fear rules one’s reactions, it is a challenge to rely on a higher power for the supreme guidance and insight on the actions to take.  It is not only a challenge, it is a necessity to rely on the greatest ally you can have – Divine guidance.  Where does your faith reside – in the Divine or in the human condition?

While I recommend and encourage taking effective physical action to provide the essential provisions, I have been explicit in my teachings that one’s attitude is essential in overcoming and surviving a serious catastrophe. This requires embodying the attitude of God-Reliance first – follow His instructions, assurance and power before we rely only on our self.  Self-reliance without God-reliance is what I refer to as “The Idolatry of Self-Reliance.”

I am well aware of the difficulty and struggle involved in understanding, expressing and putting into action the balance between reliance on God and reliance on ourselves – both are essential! This requires prayer, serious reflection, critical thinking and common sense – as does all aspects of effective emergency planning.

I believe the spiritual component encompasses the following aspects:

  • The ultimate outcome of the emergency scenario is in God’s hands
  • In a mysterious way God directs the process
  • We often focus our most important priorities in the wrong direction
  • The purpose of the disaster or catastrophe is of a spiritual nature
  • The difficulties and suffering in a disaster affords one the opportunity to choose to come closer to and rely upon God
  • One’s faith and trust in God is tested, and gives one a chance to assess their relationship with the Divine
  • We are not to rely on our own understanding
  • We are not to cling to the notion that our material possessions are the most important factors in our lives
  • The importance of earnest prayer is profoundly evident
  • Catastrophic events are a result of spiritual warfare of which we have no control
  • We are to love, support, assist, provide for, console, teach and inspire our family, neighbors, friends and strangers during the most trying of times
  • We are being required to ask – and answer: What are the fundamental truths I must learn, and who do I  truly trust during trials and tribulation?
  • Why are you being called to prepare and for what purpose?

To believe that being prepared is just a matter of having all the right provisions safely stored away is, in my opinion, overlooking the most important factors in survival, resiliency and effective preparedness.  We must not get caught up in the perverting media frenzy of perpetuating fear and anxiety to such an extent that clear thinking is obliterated.  Successful preparedness – and daily living for that matter – is a balance of physical, emotional and spiritual elements.

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10 Wild Plants You Can Eat (With Pictures)

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10 Wild Plants You Can Eat (With Pictures) In the wild, you can’t be picky about what to eat. In some cases, you’ll have no choice but to forage. Foraging for wild edible plants can be a great way to stay nourished. However, you need to make sure you’re picking the right plants. If you …

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It’s not illegal to DIY

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When I was a kid, electronics and appliances came ready for the end user to repair when necessary, radios and TVs had vacuum tube that you could replace, warranties weren’t voided as a result of breaking the seal on the case. Now days, most electronics are made to be disposable, or you are forced to send it or take it to a licensed, authorized professional to get something repaired.

Being an independent lady, when I’m told there is something I can’t do, that makes me try even harder. Last summer I got a tablet,the idea was to use less power than my laptop, this was a, it was refurbished and worked well. But lately the battery hadn’t been holding a charge, it got your the point where energy plugged in with a full charge, it would lose power quickly, I could forget about trying to use it off the charger. Since it was refurbished and I’d had it for a while, I decided to change out the battery myself.

They are not supposed to have an end user changeable battery, but a quick search on Amazon let me know I could purchase a new inexpensively, and a quick check on YouTube showed me how to do it. I ordered this battery, I didn’t need the one with a video included so that saved me some money. A few days later I had the package. It came with tools, they were cheap, but they did the job.

I had trouble getting the case cracked open, PB helped get it started, once apart it was just a matter of a few tiny screws and a few ribbon cables to remove the battery, reverse the process to install the new battery and I was in business. I did make one mistake, I didn’t have the battery cable completely seated, it booted up but immediately shut off, I took it apart and checked everything, once I fully seated the battery connection, it worked just fine.

I had a 50% charge, so I fully charged it and after rigorous testing, it works great, I am happy with it. I will be doing this for my smaller soon, I am noticing that battery is holding less of a charge. What about you? Have you replaced something that you weren’t supposed to be able to do?

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Go away mosquito!

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Is Zika a real problem, is it a man made disease, or is it just a smokescreen to deflect our attention somewhere else? I don’t know, what I do know is mosquitoes are a problem, even where I live in the high (and dry) desert. I don’t like using chemicals if I don’t have to, recently I ran across a recipe on Facebook that claims to keep mosquitoes away for up to 80 days, and of course we all know that if it’s found on Facebook that is must be true, right? I shared the recipe to keep it on my timeline, a friend of mine tried it and said it worked for her, so with high hopes I struck out to town today with a short list.

The ingredients are :
3 cans of stale beer
3 cups Epsom salt
1 large bottle of cheap blue mouthwash

Mix all ingredients together until Epsom salt is dissolved, put in a spray bottle and spray the area where you don’t want the mosquitoes, it’s not supposed to hurt plants, it’s not toxic.

OK, I got a 24 ounce can of beer, since I don’t drink beer I didn’t want a 6 pack, and it wasn’t going to be stale, I didn’t think the mosquitoes would mind… I used 2 cups of Epsom salt because of the smaller amount of beer going into the recipe, I mixed the salt & beer together in a saucepan over heat just to quicken the process. Once I couldn’t detect the salt granules, I split the mixture between 2 large spray bottles, then I topped it off with cheap green mouthwash, again I didn’t think the mosquitoes would care if it was spearmint or peppermint.

I took this outside and liberally sprayed the trees and grass in little tree nook where I sit outside. In the past few evenings, sitting outside has been a trial, my arms and legs have lots of itchy mosquito bites. This evening, I have seen exactly 1 mosquito, just 1, I am pretty impressed. I have doubts as to whether or not one spraying will last for 70 or 80 days, but if it lasts for even a few days or a week, I’ll be happy with it. I’ll keep a spray bottle down by the road, that’s where we hang with friends, and the other in my tree nook.

Now for a second DIY product that uses cheap mouthwash. Remember my Well I have a better formula, this will be Pit Spray II, the original used half witch hazel and half water with just a few drops of liquid soap. You use this on your stinky parts to clean without having to rinse. I decided to replace the witch hazel & soap with original flavored cheap mouthwash, I did cut it with half water, I chose the original flavor just because I didn’t want to smell minty fresh down there (LOL). Bottom line, it works, just as well if not better than those feminine wash products and you don’t have to rinse this either. Yes, you guys can use it too, and no, you will not smell “mediciny” down there either. This is great for limited water camping or living, when you want to freshen up and such.

Sitting outside, the sun has gone down, there is a choir of crickets chirping, I have detected another couple of mosquitoes, but nothing like I would have otherwise. I’ll try the mosquito spray in a few more situations and report back as to how it works. If you dear reader tries either of these, let me know what you think.

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Memorial Day Weekend Message: How to truly help veterans according to veterans

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I hit my saturation point with the Memorial Day weekend lip service and memorials to those who died “fighting for our freedoms.”  We can argue about previous generations, but the

June 7: FEMA Will Hold A Drill To Prepare For A 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake And Tsunami

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By Michael Snyder – End Of The American Dream

Starting on June 7th, FEMA will be conducting a large scale drill that has been named “Cascadia Rising” that will simulate the effects of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone and an accompanying west coast tsunami dozens of feet tall. According to the official flyer for the event, more than “50 counties, plus major cities, tribal nations, state and federal agencies, private sector businesses, and non-governmental organizations across three states – Washington, Oregon, and Idaho – will be participating”.  In addition to “Cascadia Rising”, U.S. Northern Command will be holding five other exercises simultaneously.  According to the final draft of the Cascadia Rising drill plan, those five exercises are entitled “Ardent Sentry 2016″, “Vigilant Guard”, “Special Focus Exercise”, “Turbo Challenge” and “Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore”.  The primary scenario that of all of these participants will be focusing on will be one that involves a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone followed by a giant tsunami that could displace up to a million people from northern California to southern Canada.

We have never seen such a disaster before in all of U.S. history.

Do they know something that the rest of us do not?

It is funny that they are preparing to deal with the effects of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, because that is precisely the size of earthquake that I warned about in an article back in March.

The San Andreas Fault in southern California gets more headlines, but the Cascadia Subduction Zone is a much larger threat by far.  This fault zone is where the Juan de Fuca plate meets the North American plate, and it stretches approximately 700 miles from northern Vancouver Island all the way down to northern California.

If a magnitude 9.0 earthquake were to strike, the immense shaking and subsequent tsunami would cause damage on a scale that is hard to even imagine right now.  Perhaps this is why FEMA feels such a need to get prepared for this type of disaster, because the experts assure us that it is most definitely coming someday.  The following comes from the official website of the “Cascadia Rising” exercise…

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About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

Read his new book Get Prepared Now!: Why A Great Crisis Is Coming.


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Wickedness, Earthquakes, and Famine-Signs of the End-Michael Snyder-Pt3

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How to Help Your Body Acclimate to the Summer Heat

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4 Tips to Survive and Adapt to the Heat

Last year around this time, a man in his early 20s came into the clinic who was experiencing chest pain and a headache and was just overall feeling awful.

He’d been working on a roof. He’d done this kind of work for years with no problem. But at that time, in June, we had a heat wave. All of a sudden, instead of a daytime high in the mid-70s, the temperature was hitting the low 90s. This long-time outdoor laborer’s body simply hadn’t had time to acclimate.

For as long as I’ve practiced medicine, I’ve known that every summer, in those first few hot days, I’ll be treating some otherwise healthy people for heat-related problems. Fortunately, this man got out of the heat as soon as the symptoms hit. After drinking some water and cooling off, he was feeling fine in a few hours.

Probably, a few weeks later, he was working in the same temperature with no such symptoms. Why?

He was acclimated, or acclimatized.

No matter how many years you’ve been working or living in the heat, your body has to reacclimate to it each year. So with sudden changes, such as heat waves, everybody suffers.

Another sudden change could be the electricity going out—taking the air-conditioning with it. That’s a disaster in my book. Or maybe you take a vacation to a hot spot. Any sudden change of heat—say 10 degrees Fahrenheit or more—will require time for your body to adapt.

You can help it along by taking certain steps. To understand why these steps work, though, you need to know how your body acclimates to the heat in the first place.

Heat Acclimation: How Your Body Adapts

When the weather gets hotter, your body starts to acclimate in a few ways.

  1. Your body sweats more efficiently. Four main sweat-related changes take place:
  • Your body begins to produce more sweat in response to heat.
  • Your body starts sweating at a lower temperature.
  • The sweat has a lower salt concentration, so you don’t lose as much sodium.
  • This less-concentrated sweat evaporates faster, cooling the skin quicker.
  1. Your metabolism decreases a little. Metabolism produces heat. Your body reduces it by putting a little more fluid into your blood. This increases the blood’s volume so that with each heartbeat, more gets pumped out. Your heart rate slows down in response, which reduces your body’s workload, decreasing your metabolism a bit.

One thing to remember, though, is your body can’t accomplish these adaptions in a split second. In fact, it takes a day or so before it even starts trying and about two weeks for the acclimation to complete. During this time, it will only know to start working on these processes if it’s exposed to a minimum of about two hours of that extra heat every day.

4 Tips to Support Your Own Heat Acclimatization

In those first few days of hot weather, you can help your body both survive and acclimate.

  1. Gradually build up your workload. Your body produces heat of its own. (Remember that metabolism?) The more work, the more heat. So if you work outside:
  • Take it easy those first few days, and take frequent breaks.
  • Remember, it only takes a couple of hours a day of exposure for your body to know it needs to start acclimating. To help trigger it to start, it’s best to accumulate at least an hour of heat exposure at a time, but shade and rest are a good thing.
  • Taking advantage of air-conditioning during your breaks is encouraged.

For we who stay inside most of the time, a walk or light yard work in the coolest part of the day might start the acclimation process—or just sitting in the shade for a spell. I’ve also seen recommendations to try to keep your indoor temperature no more than about 10 degrees lower than the outside. Maybe not too practical—not to mention dangerous—if it’s 105 outside, but perhaps you could gradually turn it up a bit, at least to the low to mid-70s?

  1. Go topless. You lose about two-thirds of your heat from the waist up. Maybe wear a loose, breathable shirt for modesty—and to prevent sunburn. The main thing here is the dilemma of using helmets. They may be essential for safety, but they also can hold in a lot of heat. So if you wear headgear, go even a little more slowly in the heat. And again, frequent breaks to take the helmet off, when your out of danger, can help a lot. Even with a hat, try one that breathes a little, or maybe just take it off and fan every once in a while.
  1. Drink fluids. In order for your body to utilize sweat and use your circulation effectively, it must have plenty of fluids. Drink more water in the heat. (Unless you’re really working hard, you should be able to get enough electrolytes, like sodium and potassium, from your food.) Dehydration can especially fool you in dry climates. The sweat can evaporate so fast you never know you’re sweating. Yet, given the same temperature, you probably lose even more fluid in a dry climate than you do through the heavy sweat you feel and see in the humidity. One of the ways your body adapts to heat is by making you feel thirstier, but I wouldn’t count on that too much. Thirsty or not, you need to need to replace lost fluids.
  1. Stay in shape. If you’re in good physical shape, that’s a big plus since your body doesn’t have to work as hard as one that’s not physically fit to do the same activity. And fat? Well, it’s a great insulator. It holds in heat really well. Not an ideal situation if your body is trying to cool down.

The Limits of Heat Acclimation

Anyone exposed to the heat can have a heat-related illness, but some of us just can’t acclimate as well. For babies, those of us in our 60s and older, and people who have a chronic disease or take certain medications, try as they may, our bodies may just not acclimate well. We’re at extra risk and need to take extra precautions to try to stay cool.

Have you ever been caught off-guard by the heat? How did it affect you?

Photo: Flickr/Katrina Br*?#*!@nd, “unchoreographed,” shared via CC BY-SA 2.0.

A previous version of this article was published July 8, 2015.

How to Help Your Body Acclimate to the Summer Heat

4 Tips to Survive and Adapt to the Heat

Last year around this time, a man in his early 20s came into the clinic who was experiencing chest pain and a headache and was just overall feeling awful.

He’d been working on a roof. He’d done this kind of work for years with no problem. But at that time, in June, we had a heat wave. All of a sudden, instead of a daytime high in the mid-70s, the temperature was hitting the low 90s. This long-time outdoor laborer’s body simply hadn’t had time to acclimate.

For as long as I’ve practiced medicine, I’ve known that every summer, in those first few hot days, I’ll be treating some otherwise healthy people for heat-related problems. Fortunately, this man got out of the heat as soon as the symptoms hit. After drinking some water and cooling off, he was feeling fine in a few hours.

Probably, a few weeks later, he was working in the same temperature with no such symptoms. Why?

He was acclimated, or acclimatized.

No matter how many years you’ve been working or living in the heat, your body has to reacclimate to it each year. So with sudden changes, such as heat waves, everybody suffers.

Another sudden change could be the electricity going out—taking the air-conditioning with it. That’s a disaster in my book. Or maybe you take a vacation to a hot spot. Any sudden change of heat—say 10 degrees Fahrenheit or more—will require time for your body to adapt.

You can help it along by taking certain steps. To understand why these steps work, though, you need to know how your body acclimates to the heat in the first place.

Heat Acclimation: How Your Body Adapts

When the weather gets hotter, your body starts to acclimate in a few ways.

  1. Your body sweats more efficiently. Four main sweat-related changes take place:
  • Your body begins to produce more sweat in response to heat.
  • Your body starts sweating at a lower temperature.
  • The sweat has a lower salt concentration, so you don’t lose as much sodium.
  • This less-concentrated sweat evaporates faster, cooling the skin quicker.
  1. Your metabolism decreases a little. Metabolism produces heat. Your body reduces it by putting a little more fluid into your blood. This increases the blood’s volume so that with each heartbeat, more gets pumped out. Your heart rate slows down in response, which reduces your body’s workload, decreasing your metabolism a bit.

One thing to remember, though, is your body can’t accomplish these adaptions in a split second. In fact, it takes a day or so before it even starts trying and about two weeks for the acclimation to complete. During this time, it will only know to start working on these processes if it’s exposed to a minimum of about two hours of that extra heat every day.

4 Tips to Support Your Own Heat Acclimatization

In those first few days of hot weather, you can help your body both survive and acclimate.

  1. Gradually build up your workload. Your body produces heat of its own. (Remember that metabolism?) The more work, the more heat. So if you work outside:
  • Take it easy those first few days, and take frequent breaks.
  • Remember, it only takes a couple of hours a day of exposure for your body to know it needs to start acclimating. To help trigger it to start, it’s best to accumulate at least an hour of heat exposure at a time, but shade and rest are a good thing.
  • Taking advantage of air-conditioning during your breaks is encouraged.

For we who stay inside most of the time, a walk or light yard work in the coolest part of the day might start the acclimation process—or just sitting in the shade for a spell. I’ve also seen recommendations to try to keep your indoor temperature no more than about 10 degrees lower than the outside. Maybe not too practical—not to mention dangerous—if it’s 105 outside, but perhaps you could gradually turn it up a bit, at least to the low to mid-70s?

  1. Go topless. You lose about two-thirds of your heat from the waist up. Maybe wear a loose, breathable shirt for modesty—and to prevent sunburn. The main thing here is the dilemma of using helmets. They may be essential for safety, but they also can hold in a lot of heat. So if you wear headgear, go even a little more slowly in the heat. And again, frequent breaks to take the helmet off, when your out of danger, can help a lot. Even with a hat, try one that breathes a little, or maybe just take it off and fan every once in a while.
  1. Drink fluids. In order for your body to utilize sweat and use your circulation effectively, it must have plenty of fluids. Drink more water in the heat. (Unless you’re really working hard, you should be able to get enough electrolytes, like sodium and potassium, from your food.) Dehydration can especially fool you in dry climates. The sweat can evaporate so fast you never know you’re sweating. Yet, given the same temperature, you probably lose even more fluid in a dry climate than you do through the heavy sweat you feel and see in the humidity. One of the ways your body adapts to heat is by making you feel thirstier, but I wouldn’t count on that too much. Thirsty or not, you need to need to replace lost fluids.
  1. Stay in shape. If you’re in good physical shape, that’s a big plus since your body doesn’t have to work as hard as one that’s not physically fit to do the same activity. And fat? Well, it’s a great insulator. It holds in heat really well. Not an ideal situation if your body is trying to cool down.

The Limits of Heat Acclimation

Anyone exposed to the heat can have a heat-related illness, but some of us just can’t acclimate as well. For babies, those of us in our 60s and older, and people who have a chronic disease or take certain medications, try as they may, our bodies may just not acclimate well. We’re at extra risk and need to take extra precautions to try to stay cool.

Have you ever been caught off-guard by the heat? How did it affect you?

Photo: Flickr/Katrina Br*?#*!@nd, “unchoreographed,” shared via CC BY-SA 2.0.

A previous version of this article was published July 8, 2015.

Deer Hate These 7 Plants (So Plant Them Around Your Garden)

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Deer are lovely, gentle animals that are a pleasant sight to see – when they are on someone else’s property, that is. As anyone who has had hungry deer visit their garden knows, deer cease to be appealing when they devour your flowers and vegetables.

Deer are crafty and agile creatures that can jump fences and find their way around many obstacles in pursuit of a tasty meal. So what are some natural ways to deter deer from your garden?

Deer tend to avoid plants with strong odors, with unusual textures — such as fuzzy leaves or spiny stems — or with bitter tastes. Therefore, you may find success in protecting your tender greens and flowers from deer by building a border around them of plants that the animals dislike.

Here are seven garden plants that repel deer:

1. Bee balm

A native wildflower that has been hybridized for gardens, bee balm can make a striking addition to your garden with dramatic summer blooms.

Deer Hate These 7 Plants (So Plant Them Around Your Garden)

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The fragrant flower attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and bees, but deer do not care for the aroma. You can harvest the leaves for use in salad, or you can dry them for a delicious tea.

If you have room in a sunny spot, you can let bee balm plants spread for large splashes of color. Picking the flowers or deadheading them encourages a second round of blooms. To repel deer, use it as a border plant or in containers around your garden area.

2. Chives

Deer tend to steer clear of chives because of their strong odor and flavor. Chives are easy to grow and once they are established, they self-sow. In addition, chives boast pretty white or purple flowers in summer.

To deter deer, you can plant chives throughout your landscaping and alongside your veggies. They also grow well in containers.

3. Cosmos

Available in a wide variety of color, cosmos is an easy-maintenance flowering plant that deer dislike. Cosmos tolerate a wide range of soil types and can handle dry conditions.

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Cosmos plants can range from one to five feet, so they can add height and color to your beds. Pinching off flowers will increase blooming. Fast-growing cosmos can be used as a hedge around the plants deer find tasty.

4. Garlic

Home-grown garlic adds flavor and nutrition to many pasta dishes, and guess what? Deer don’t like the smell or taste of garlic. Thus, by planting some garlic bulbs among your vegetables, you can deter deer from munching on your other plants.

Other than needing well-draining soil, garlic requires little maintenance.

5. Oleander

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If you’re looking for something larger to deter deer from your garden beds, consider oleander. An evergreen shrub that can grow up to 20 feet tall, oleander has attractive white, red, pink or yellow blossoms in spring and early summer.

The plant is poisonous to deer, and deer instinctively avoid it.

6. Rosemary

A hardy herb with needle-like leaves that are a favorite of many cooks, rosemary has a strong aroma that deer dislike.

The woody-stemmed plant can commonly reach three feet in height, and in mild climates, it makes an attractive evergreen hedge that displays white, pink, purple or blue flowers in the spring. Rosemary likes full sun and well-drained soil.

7. Russian sage

If you are looking for an attractive easy-to-grow herb that deer dislike, look no further than Russian sage. This hardy perennial will grow up to five feet tall, boasting fragrant and lovely lavender-blue flowers in the spring.

Russian sage can provide a pretty border to deter hungry deer from your veggies and plants.

Keep in mind that deer are persistent creatures, and many gardeners report that what deterred deer one season will have seemingly no effect the following season.

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Finding Your Off-Grid Survival Retreat in Montana

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montanaReadyNutrition Readers, Survivalists, Preppers, and Homesteaders, lend me your ears!  I come to give you some pointers Montana land for a survival retreat, and a plug for myself in the bargain.  Why not?  And what would that plug be?  I have a piece of property for sale that would suit the interests of any off-grid, homesteading prepper who really wants to settle in the “American Redoubt” out of the way of the coming maelstrom.  Here are the basics on my property for sale:

20 Acres, private, off-grid, water rights, two-story cabin with woodstove, barn, shed, goat pen, tool room with workbenches, two-story chicken coop, gigantic root cellar, and two more storage buildings on site.  Low property taxes, as all structures are above-ground with no foundation and aren’t assessed.  $100K worth of timber on the site.  4,300 feet elevation, the mountains of the North Fork of Montana.  Other “perks,” we can discuss.  Serious inquiries only.  E-mail Jeremiah Johnson here, for more, and “let’s make a deal!” I would be delighted to meet you and show you everything if you come out here.” Also: I’m not moving out of Montana; I have another place close by.

 There.  Someone once wrote that I just offer advice.  Well, here’s more.  I invite you to “play ball” in my neck of the woods.  Montana is excellent as a retreat location, seriously.  The property taxes outside of the small cities and towns are not excessive, and the land is not as expensive as many of the other states that are in the “Great American Redoubt.”  Let’s give you some more reasons to move to Montana as a retreat location.  Open carry is permitted, and concealed carry without a permit is legal and allowed everywhere except in an established town, and even there it is permitted when you’re in your vehicle and traveling with it as such from one place to another.

In Montana, if you have a Montana driver’s license, you can purchase a firearm and walk out the door with no waiting period.  In addition, private sales are legal and require no call-ins or background checks.  Just a handshake and exchange of the money and the firearm.  You go your way and the seller goes his.  Big Daddy Government has nothing to do with it.

In Montana if you build a house that is not on a foundation, you pay no property taxes on it…only for the land (as such is the case with my property for sale).  In Montana, if you want to live outside of a town (a must!) you don’t have any building codes or restrictions on what you put up.  You can live in a tent, a tarpaper shack, or a stone villa…you aren’t interfered with in any way.  Home improvements do not require any permits, licenses or any other garbage.  No zoning requirements, no restrictions.  None.

The population density is low (except during the tourist season), and believe you me, if you live anywhere in Western Montana (especially the Northwest, where I live), you are there in the “outback” and the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains.  Let me tell you more.  The area in and surrounding the Flathead Valley is extremely safe: there are no big target cities anywhere near.  The closest being Seattle, with four major mountain ranges to the west between them and Montana.  To the east are the missile silos, but it is to the east of the Continental Divide, with hundreds of miles and four major mountain ranges in between, plus the prevailing westerlies, meaning fallout would drift away from us, not toward us.

The area from a target perspective is completely safe.  There are no military industries or key industrial targets in the region.  The railroad line runs straight (east to west) through Glacier National Park, and also has a branch that runs North and South to Kalispell with a rail line that runs west as well.  The strategic necessity would be to preserve this rail line (from a domestic or foreign invader’s perspective) as it enables transport across the Divide, just a word maybe to most…but rugged and impassible in any way to transport equipment, materials, and supplies in a manner that saves hundreds of miles out of the way.

The towns provide the basic necessities if one needs supplies, and medical help is less than an hour’s drive if you set your homestead up right.  Kalispell and Whitefish have hospitals, and there are small doctor’s offices and care clinics in some of the larger of the small towns.  Everything is spread out, but not painfully so.  Four-wheel drive here is a must: refer to some of my other articles on emergency preparations and procedures when you or the family are driving anywhere in inclement weather.

My property is very close to the National Forest, but it is not able to be annexed in any way, by either the government or the timber companies.  There are many properties that border national forests or are nearby, and these are excellent properties that allow you to actually run to a safe place in the forests if marauders, foreign armies, or any others drive you out in a grid-down, SHTF scenario.  There is plenty of water, even during the drought seasons and the winter.

Be advised: the winters are rough, but then again, you want to rough it, don’t you?  All of your skills that you have been developing in theory will come to play here: from woodcutting to canning, log-splitting to snow and ice removal.  Montana has abundant game and is a hunter’s paradise, and as I have done, you can fill your freezer for more than a year with one elk.  So here it is!  Montana is more than worth considering, it is worth acting upon.  All the skills in the world cannot be employed in a state such as California or New Jersey, but you can ply your craft in Montana and be safe doing it.  Hope to hear from you all soon, and all comments and inquiries about the state that I haven’t covered are more than welcome.  Keep your powder dry, and keep fighting that good fight!


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

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

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

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Earthquake Alert Re-Upped, 7.2 on the “American Plate” The Whole Plate Is MOVING!

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 The entire North and South American plates are moving again in unison.  This is a bad sign, and forebodes large earthquakes and volcanoes.

See my prior EQ alert from May 14th, the chart here shows today’s new activity.

 Large 7.2 at the crinkled bottom of the atlantic Ridge.   And another on the Atlantic ridge, at 5.2.   About 2 weeks ago there was a similar sequence, showing the whole American plate (north and south) were moving, and we predicted as a precursor to large EQ and Volcanoes in specific areas, many of which were struck.


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From a web source==this is another topic, but I wanted to preserve this information, so it is here.

Table 1
Some isotopes of concern after a nuclear accident:
Plutonium 239, half-life: 24,000 years, decay mode: alpha, decay energy: 5.24 MeV
Strontium 90, half-life: 29 years, decay mode: beta, decay energy: 0.546 MeV
Cesium 134, half-life: 2 years, decay mode: beta, gamma, decay energy: 0.698 MeV
Cesium 137, half-life: 34 years, decay mode: beta, gamma, decay energy: 1.76 MeV
Iodine 131, half-life: 8 days, decay mode: beta, gamma, decay energy: 971 keV
Tritium, half-life: 12 years, decay mode: beta, decay energy: 18.6 keV
Decay energy is measured in electron volts (eV), a measure of the particle’s momentum. 1 MeV is 1,000,000 eV, and 1 keV is 1,000 eV. According to the table, Plutonium 239 is the most dangerous internal emitter, but the hazards to public health depend on the relative quantities released and the relative quantities that people actually absorb. Some segments of the population are more vulnerable than others. Is it a matter of a single exposure or a continual exposure and accumulation?  What parts of the body do different particles tend to go to, and how long on average do they tend to stay in the body (the biological half-life)? None of this complexity can be conveyed with a map and a simple declaration of a “safe” limit of external gamma radiation exposure.

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Today we prepare an absolutely wonderful roast beef recipe from the “Domestic Economy” cookbook written in 1794 by Maximilian Hazelmore.

The Dutch oven was perfectly suited for use on the frontier. One can fry in it, make stews and soups with it, as well as bake in it. While the first two cooking methods are fairly easy, baking with a Dutch oven can be a little intimidating. With a few hints and a little experimentation and practice, baking in this 18th-century pot can be easy and rewarding.

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The Best Bread Pudding Yet? – Dutch Oven Baking

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In this third episode of our Dutch Oven series, we are baking a wonderful bread pudding! This recipe comes from the “Primitive Cookery” cookbook and is very delicious…especially with that amazing pudding sauce! Baking this recipe in a dutch oven is very easy if you use the techniques we have learned in previous episodes. Enjoy!

Oh, and please don’t mind Jon’s dog at 02:37!

The Dutch oven was perfectly suited for use on the frontier. One can fry in it, make stews and soups with it, as well as bake in it. While the first two cooking methods are fairly easy, baking with a Dutch oven can be a little intimidating. With a few hints and a little experimentation and practice, baking in this 18th-century pot can be easy and rewarding.

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Dutch Oven Baking: Getting To Know The Utensil

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This is the first video in a short series on baking in a “Bake Kettle” or Dutch Oven. Today we experiment with getting this utensil to the correct temperature for baking. We finish the video off by baking a loaf of bread. The Dutch oven was perfectly suited for use on the frontier. One can fry in it, make stews and soups with it, as well as bake in it. While the first two cooking methods are fairly easy, baking with a Dutch oven can be a little intimidating. With a few hints and a little experimentation and practice, baking in this 18th-century pot can be easy and rewarding.

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Green Alternatives to Dry Cleaning

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The chemicals and waste in dry cleaning – you want better for your clothes, your family and your planet. Am I right? There are definitely green options when it comes to clothing!

Welcome! It’s great to have you here. While there are many terms for the sustainable, frugal, self-sufficient lifestyle, I call it JUST PLAIN LIVING, and I hope you’ll join me on the wild and wonderful journey.

There are green alternatives to the chemicals and waste of dry cleaning!
Dry cleaning uses a harmful chemical called Perchloroethylene or PERC for short. This chemical is petroleum-based and has shown to cause severe health problems. It’s been labeled a “probable carcinogen” by the International Association for Research on Cancer. While some dry cleaners are switching to more green alternatives, they are hard to find, especially if you live outside of a major city. 
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One such green alternative is using a pressurized CO2 process. It can be more expensive than using PERC however, the cost to your health and the environment are significantly reduced. You can also take significant steps to clean your sensitive fabrics at home. 
This eliminates the need for plastic or wire hangers which often end up in the landfill. It also eliminates the need for plastic covers to keep your clothing clean. Again these plastic covers usually end up in the garbage because very few recycling centers have the ability to deal with them. Even if they did, recycling will reduce, but not eliminate, the waste.

Home cleaning is much more environmentally friendly.

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Skip buying clothes that need dry cleaning

Yes, it’s a simple solution however it’s also an effective one. 
I stopped buying anything that required dry cleaning a long time ago. Dry cleaning is expensive, time consuming and the clothes tend to cost more money too. Natural fibers can be cleaned at home, even silk and wool, and they feel better on your skin.

Hand wash

Wool, cashmere, angora, and even silk and rayon can be gently hand washed. Use a mild soap designed for hand washing. Woolite or Castile are both still effective and there are earth friendly detergents too. Make sure the water is warm, not hot. You should be able to comfortably place your hands in the water.
Fill a sink with warm water, approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the mild detergent. Allow the garment to soak. Gently agitate with your hands. Then rinse the garment. Experts recommend adding a bit of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water. Reshape and dry flat on a towel placed on a flat surface. 
If you’re washing silk the water can be a touch warmer – 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

Earth-friendly alternatives to the chemicals and waste of dry cleaning

Garment steamer and other accessories

With silk and other items that will wrinkle when they are dry, use a garment steamer to remove the wrinkles. Additionally, the heat from the steam will kill bacteria. A linen brush or a soft bristled brush can be used for some items to brush away any debris or caked on mess. If there’s no stain left behind or no sign of dirt a steamer can finish the job. There’s not always a need to wash something with soap and water.

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Also remember that clothing doesn’t need to be washed every time you wear it.

Unless there’s a stain or visible dirt most items can be worn several times before they need a cleaning. It helps the clothing last longer.

Cleaning at home saves you time, money and the environment. You eliminate harmful chemicals from being put into our soil and water supply. You also eliminate the risk of exposure to toxins like PERC. It’s good for you and good for the planet.

Breastfeeding Babies in an Emergency

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breastfeedingFeeding babies in an emergency has recently become more of an interest for me, since we have started to have great-grandchildren.  While we have 17 grandchildren it has been some time since we have had any infants in the family.  Now I am a believer in breastfeeding. When possible this is always the best option.

First I would like to dispel a few myths on breastfeeding in an emergency.  This information is from WELLSTART International 

  • Misconceptions about breastfeeding in emergencies
  • Women under stress cannot breastfeed
  • Malnourished women don’t produce enough milk
  • Weaning cannot be reversed
  • General promotion of breastfeeding is enough
  • Human milk substitutes (infant formula and/or milk) are a necessary response to an emergency

Women under stress CAN successfully breastfeed

Milk release (letdown) is affected by stress.  Milk production is NOT.  Different hormones control these two processes.  The treatment for poor milk release is increased suckling which increases the release of oxytocin, the letdown hormone.  Research suggests that lactating women have a lower response to stress, so helping women to initiate or continue to BF may help them relieve stress.

Malnourished women DO produce enough milk

It is extremely important to distinguish between true cases of insufficient milk production (very rare) and perceptions. Milk production is relatively unaffected in quantity and quality except in extremely malnourished women (only 1% of women). When women are malnourished it is the mother who suffers, not the infant. The solution to helping malnourished women and infants is to feed the mother not the infant. The mother will be less harmed by pathogens and she obviously needs more food. By feeding her, you are helping both the mother and child and harming neither. Remember that giving supplements to infants can decrease milk production by decreasing suckling. The treatment for true milk insufficiency is increased suckling frequency and duration.

What do you do if breastfeeding fails

You always need a backup plan.  One of my daughters used to try different formulas on her babies as soon as they were home.  When she found one that agreed with them she would buy 6 or 7 months of formula and store it.  If she does not have to use it she would then donate it to a charity before its expiration date.

In the past ,prior to manufactured infant formulas being available at your local grocery stores, Mothers used to feed their children a mixture of condensed milk, karo syrup and water.   While not the best, many children were successfully raised on it.  They used a one to one mixture of milk to water with 2 tablespoons of karo syrup added.  Condensed milk is something that you can store in your preps and a  cup of whole milk has about 160 calories while condensed milk has 338, plus twice the protein, fat, carbs of regular milk.

Like I say breastfeeding is always best, but in an emergency, you may need other options.  If you have addition information in this area, please share it with us.


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4 Ways to Storm-proof Your Home

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Throughout the year, especially in the spring and summer, you might experience severe storms at your home. Protect your home before severe weather arrives by walking around the home and making a list of what needs to be done. When you know what you need to fix, then you can begin to get the materials that are needed so that your family is protected.


Check the shingles of the roof to make sure there aren’t any that are loose. If there are strong winds in the storm, then the shingles could get blown away. At times, the roof could receive damage to the point that there are small holes, which would allow water to get inside the home. When you’re checking the roof, it’s best to check the gutters as well to make sure they are clear of debris, allowing water to drain. If your roof needs repairs, be sure to consult a roofing and construction professional.


Keep limbs of trees and hedges cleared away from the sides of the home, windows and the roof. You should also check with the electrical company to see if limbs can be cut away from power lines. If a tree limb, or tree, were to fall in the direction of the home or near a line, then it could prove disastrous as windows could be broken, and power could be lost. Any dead trees should be cut down as they are the weakest in the yard and the easiest to blow over.

Shutters and Doors

Make sure the windows and doors are supported. Qualified construction companies can install shutters on the windows to help decrease the possibilities of debris flying into the home during a severe storm. Ordinary glass windows usually don’t withstand against harsh winds the way stormproof windows can. Doors can also be reinforced with a second storm door to provide a bit of protection if hail, rain, or debris does get blown into the front of the home.

The Extras

One of the things that you might not think about right before a storm is that there are toys and other items outside that can get tossed in the air. Keep all of the loose items, such as water hoses, toys and gardening tools, in a secure area. This could be a storage shed or a small plastic container that is secured to the ground.

Before storm season arrives is the time to make sure the home is protected. Examine the windows to see that they are reinforced. Check the roof as well as the limbs on the trees to minimize damage. Keep the little things put away so that they aren’t blown into the side of the home. These tips can help keep your home and family safe.

Information credit for this article, particularly the information on roofing, goes to D.S. Bahr Construction, Inc.

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

The 3 Types Of Preppers (Which One Are You? It’s OK – We Won’t Tell)

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The 3 Types Of Preppers (Which One Are You? It’s OK – We Won’t Tell)

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“You’re like a closet prepper!” an associate exclaimed to me during a recent conversation. After considering her words awhile, I’m ready to admit that, yes, I am a closet prepper.

Those of us who homestead do not necessarily consider ourselves to be preparedness experts, but the natural result of living on a functional homestead means we are more prepared to meet unexpected challenges and crises than a majority of our neighbors. Homesteaders in ages past were the original preparedness experts and following their example, modern-day homesteaders are some of the most prepared.

But first, what is a prepper? A prepper is one who has made preparations to provide for his or her own immediate needs during a crisis situation – whether that be a natural disaster, man-made crisis or a job loss. Clean water, nourishing foods and a secure shelter – those are all a part of the prepper’s plan. Most plans include stockpiling. Preppers also gather other essential goods, such as medicines, fuel for a variety of heat sources and physical money.

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Recent terrorist attacks remind us that we are not immune and that disaster could strike at any time and without any warning. The day may come when we face a tragedy that includes the loss of a major portion of the power grid, our transportation system or even our food supplies. We are certainly not exempt from the effects of an ever-turbulent weather forecast. One major volcano, such as happened during the summer of 1816, would disrupt much of the food supply and cause unrest in the general population. Prepping is simply common sense.

So, what type of prepper are you?

1. The closet prepper

Bucking up against those who mock at the preppers, closet preppers quietly begin implementing a plan to prepare themselves for handling a crisis. A closet prepper may have a small stockpile of six weeks to three months’ worth of food stored in portable containers under the bed, or in an out-of-the-way closet, or even stored off-site. Maybe they have a small flock of chickens for fun or for eggs. A few patio containers may contain a handful of herbs grown for use in making herbal teas or poultices. The closet prepper also will find ways to unobtrusively integrate preparedness standards into the landscape, such as decorative barrels for water collection.

2. The backyard prepper

The 3 Types Of Preppers (Which One Are You? It’s OK – We Won’t Tell)

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For a majority of people, the backyard prepper is the safe middle ground between ignoring the real need for emergency preparedness and the extreme survivalists shown on reality television shows. Backyard preppers may have a nice stockpile of food, often six months to one year’s worth, in addition to growing a garden or raising poultry for meat and eggs. They also may invest in alternative energy sources, such as solar or wind.

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Both potable and non-potable water collection and filtering systems may be seamlessly integrated into the home, giving the homeowners access to clean water no matter the circumstance. For some, this level of preparedness comes naturally through daily living; however, many of today’s young adults are unaccustomed to this way of living and think that the transition to a more self-sufficient lifestyle is wholly unnecessary.

3. The bunker prepper

Many of us know one person who is forever speaking about how no one is going to make it when the next catastrophe strikes. Although this attitude is not always held by bunker prepper, this level of detailed preparation does require a commitment of time and resources that is sure to stand out in the crowd of closet and backyard preppers. The bunker prepper not only has a fully stocked pantry, including medicines, physical money and other items of value for bartering with, but even may store this stockpile in various locations to ensure availability. If food becomes scarce, the bunker prepper has field guides to refer to and has also foraging knowledge that allows him or her to glean edibles from the surrounding areas. An alternate location for sheltering off the grid is usually secured for this level of preparedness. This location may have easy access to water and forgeable plant life, while being protected from outside intrusions.

No matter what type of prepper you most identify with, each one has recognized the great need to prepare for whatever we may face tomorrow. Planning for emergencies, whether natural or national, is the best course of action for any one person to take.

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Cold Steel Hold Out II Tri-Ad Lock EDC Pocket Knife Review

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Cold Steel Hold Out II Tri-Ad Lock EDC Pocket Knife Review

The Cold Steel Hold Out II is what happens when the sick minds over at Cold Steel HQ look at a classic Scottish Sgian Dubh dirk knife and think to themselves, “What happens if we drenched it in tactical sauce and made it folding?” – well, wonder no more. This is one of the oddest yet totally practical… Read More

This is just the start of the post Cold Steel Hold Out II Tri-Ad Lock EDC Pocket Knife Review. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

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How Much Food Is Really In Your One Month Survival Food Bucket?

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Many of us build a portion of our survival food supply by buying prepacked, super long life foods from the various survival food companies.

They come in a variety of sizes… from a three day emergency package to one year packages for your entire family.

But how much food is really in these packages?

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16 Uses for Old Newspaper

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Yesterday’s Newspaper Its Still worth Plenty

1.) Newspaper had for years been used as insulation in homes. Shredded and placed in the walls it acted just as the insulation of today does. It was even used to wrap water pipes to help keep them from freezing.

2.) Stuff balls of newspaper in damp shoes or boots to help absorb moisture. Once dry, stuff more paper balls in to retain the shape of the shoe or boot.

3.) Wet squares of newspaper and form around a tennis ball, baseball, or similar object and let dry. Make them as big or as small as needed. The dried container can then be used to start seeds. Just plant the entire container when ready to transplant outdoors.

4.) Shred newspaper and dip in wax and then stuff in paper towel/toilet paper tubes and cut into small sections and use as fire starting aids. You can even roll up newspaper, secure off with ties and then dip into wax, let dry and cut into sections, or use whole for fire starting, or use as fire logs.

5.) Use as toilet paper, because newspapers can do more than entertain you during your morning constitution. Separate into small sheets and hang where it’s handy.

6.) Weed killer. Lay newspaper over those pesky weeds in your garden in the early spring to kill off the early growth. Leave the paper in place when tilling up because the newspaper will break down and help the soil retain moisture for a period and encourage worms.

7.) Cover your windows for privacy and for insulation. We already know newspaper is good insulation so if you have a drafty window stuff newspaper in the cracks or tape over the entire frame to keep the warm air in and cold air out.

8.) Window cleaning. White vinegar and newspaper are ideal for cleaning glass without streaking, and it doesn’t leave lint behind.

9.) Wads of newspaper saturated with white vinegar and placed around the home/shelter will absorb odors, to include smoke from wood fires, cigarette/cigar/pipe smoke, cooking other odors, as well. Smelly shoes soak some balls of newspaper in white vinegar and stuff in smelly shoes.

10.)  Shred the paper and place in worm beds to encourage more worms and provide food.

11.)  In years past, sheets of newspaper were added to diapers to add an absorbent layer and to help cut down on the laundry requirements.

12.) In an emergency use newspaper as blankets or ground cloth.

13.) Cover your seedlings and other delicate plants with newspaper if there is a fear of frost. The paper prevents the frost from settling on the plants.

14.) We are going to mention that rolled up newspaper can be used as a battering device. It is not ideal of course, but anything you can get your hands on can potentially be used as a weapon. However, do not set out intending to use a rolled up paper as a weapon. If you, have a choice and are thinking about what you can carry as a weapon, then leave the newspaper home and gather up weapons that are more substantial.

15.) Use as serving dishes or plates. Simply wrap the hot food in newspaper and serve. Newspaper will make a temporary tablecloth that can be eaten off.

16.) Use newspaper to absorb spills. It will absorb liquids and helps to keep them from spreading, use to absorb spilled cooking oil, motor oil, and water and so on.

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The need to prepare has never been greater and here’s why!

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  If you have been watching world news, then you also know that the need to prepare has never been greater than right now.  Why you might ask?  In today’s post we are going to look at why, as well as a few thoughts I have on these dangers.  Grab …

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Missing Hiker Geraldine Largay Had Survived 26 Days

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On the morning of October 14, 2015, the remains of missing hiker Geraldine Largay, was found. A contractor for the U.S. Navy ‘SERE’ program (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) was conducting a forestry survey on property owned by the U.S. Navy in Redington Township, Maine, and found the remains of the hiker who went missing […]

5 Things to Include in Your Evacuation Plan

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5 Things to Include in Your Evacuation Plan

While it may seem unlikely that something like a flood, hurricane, tornado, or wildfire would impact your neighborhood, the rate of natural disasters is actually increasing. While you can’t prevent a disaster from impacting your region, you can plan your response and evacuation plan in advance.

Your Family Needs a Plan

It doesn’t matter if you live on the East Coast, West Coast, or smack dab in the middle of the country, disaster can strike anywhere. From earthquakes on the West Coast and hurricanes on the East Coast to tornadoes in the Midwest, a natural disaster is always a possibility. Throw in things like floods and wildfires and your life very well may depend on how prepared you are.

Specifically, your family needs a disaster preparedness plan. To help keep your family safe and prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way, let’s highlight some of the things that need to be included in this plan.

  1. Have an Evacuation Plan

The first key to any disaster preparedness plan involves having a specific and clear evacuation plan. This is especially true when it comes to flooding.

“Know your neighborhoods safe routes and the surrounding area,” says Lani Testa of My Plumber CA, an industry leading company with more than 25 years of experience. “Draw or write up an emergency evacuation plan and go over it with your family. Don’t forget to include your pets in your plan!”

The best way to find evacuation routes is to walk around your neighborhood and make note of elevation changes, pathways, and key intersections. If your property is located in a low area, knowing the quickest way to higher ground can literally save your life.

  1. Give Everyone Responsibilities

Every member of the family needs to have specific responsibilities during a disaster. For example, one parent may be responsible for getting the children ready, while another may be tasked with packing a bag and gathering the pets. Children can have responsibilities, too. When everyone has a role, the evacuation goes much smoother.

  1. Know Where to Go

Evacuating your home in the event of a natural disaster is one thing, but where will you go? The most irresponsible thing you can do is leave home without a plan for finding shelter and safety.

In your evacuation and preparedness plan, identify locations of nearby shelters, safe houses, and hotels. And don’t rely on GPS to get you there. Since cell phone towers and data networks may be down during a disaster, you’ll need physical maps and addresses.

  1. Take Special Needs Into Account

Sometimes evacuating your home isn’t straightforward. “Kids, infants, people with disabilities and seniors may all need special considerations while planning for an emergency,” says Katherine Boehrer of The Huffington Post. “If you or a family member need medication or special equipment, make sure you have a plan to bring it with you. Talk to your neighbors about how you can help one another in a disaster, and check on each other in case of an emergency.”

  1. Contact Information

As mentioned, your cell phone and internet-powered devices may not work during an emergency. As such, it’s important that you know the contact information of friends and relatives – both locally and out of town – so that you can reach out to them if need be.

Keep Your Family Safe

It’s your responsibility to protect your family, even in the wake of an unforeseen emergency or natural disaster. While you can’t stop a disaster, you can control how you respond. By developing a disaster plan and teaching your family how to respond, you can ensure your family is prepared for whatever happens.

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Join a Food Swap Near You

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How Is This Separation Of Church And State?

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The left loves to use the term, “separation of church and state” against Christians.

I never see them using it against any other group, but when it comes to Christians, especially Christians having any input into the government or using their faith to guide their decisions, they’re quick to trot out that phrase.

It doesn’t matter to the liberals that they are misusing the concept of separation of church and state, or even that the phrase doesn’t exist in the Constitution. Few of them have bothered to read the constitution anyway, although they’ll all swear that it’s in there. But in fact, the phrase “separation of church and state” was originally written by Thomas Jefferson and is found in a letter that is part of the Feudalist Papers.

What the Constitution says, as part of the First Amendment, is “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” It looks to me like that doesn’t say anything about Christians not having any say in government or anyone being restricted in using the principles of their faith to make decisions in regards to our nation’s government. If anything, it says the opposite.

Nevertheless, liberals have long used the phrase “separation of church and state” as a lever to manipulate the courts and have laws enacted in their favor; most specifically, the favor of atheists. It is never used in regard to other religions, most especially the Muslim religion, which apparently has a free ticket for whatever they want to commit.

Like anything else in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, there are a number of different ways in which that phrase from the First Amendment can be taken. The traditional meaning is that there can’t be a state-sponsored religion. In addition, that has been the basis for churches having a tax-free status.

Time and time again, atheists have taken government organs to court, for using tax money in some perceived support of religion. Notable examples include the case about the Ten Commandments being in the Supreme Court’s chambers and cases about churches using government-owned facilities for their weekly services. More recently, Obama has used it to prevent military chaplains from ministering to the troops who are supposed to be under their care.

One of the key points that the left uses is that tax dollars should not benefit any religion. Of course, what they mean by that is that tax dollars shouldn’t benefit Christianity. However, those same tax dollars can benefit any of their pet beliefs, regardless of whether they try and hide them as science or whether they are blatant religious observation.

About Common Core Curriculum and Islam

Ever since Obama was elected the first time, he’s been promoting Islam from the pulpit of the presidency. This has accelerated during his second term, with him blatantly supporting Islam and attacking Christianity every chance he gets. A prime example of this is the Common Core Curriculum.

Anyone who believes that Common Core is about educating our children in academics has obviously been drinking too much of Obama’s cool-aid. It would be charitable to say that Common Core is mediocre in presenting basic academic subjects and anyone who has seen any of the rants about Common Core mathematics on the Internet will understand why I say that’s charitable.

But while Common Core is doing such a poor job of educating our kids in the academic subjects they need, it is doing a great job in indoctrinating them in liberal ideology. The authors (and I use that term very loosely) of it have spun everything from the alphabet to history to match the liberal talking points.

One of the major ways they’ve done this is to teach our children about Islam. That’s right, the same people who are saying that it’s against the Constitution to pray in school or even mention the word “God” are urging our children to dress in hijabi and obey to Allah, as part of their “cultural awareness” education.

Clearly, the Obama administration is breaking the First Amendment and trying to use the power of the federal government to further a religion, specifically the religion of Islam. But it goes much farther than our classrooms. The Obama Administration, specifically his State Department, is actively funding the religion of Islam, overseas.

In a recent investigative report, it was revealed that Obama’s State Department has given a whopping 770 million dollars to Muslim countries, specifically for the purpose of repairing mosques. The idea is hidden as a “good-will effort” towards those countries, with the idea of making them more favorably disposed to the U.S.A.

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Of course, that’s assuming that it’s possible to make them more favorably disposed towards us, something which I seriously doubt. You see, even from long before Islam arrived on the scene, part of the Middle Eastern culture has been that they respect strength, and not much else. Much like with the American Indians, strength is honored because of the difficulty of their lives. A man who is not strong is not worth anything, because he cannot survive.

So, when we give them money to placate them, we show ourselves weak, not strong. In other words, Obama’s gifts are having the exact opposite effect of his stated intentions. But of course, his stated intentions and his real intentions probably have nothing to do with each other.

Considering Obama’s history of lying, and his hatred for the United States, I seriously doubt that he is actually trying to make the United States look good to Muslims. Besides, they are bent on world conquest, hating the United States as “the Great Satan” because we are stronger than they are and stand in the way of their conquest.

The Real Story

In reality, what Obama is doing is supporting Islam as a religion. Of course, to do that, you have to support it as a political entity as well.

In my opinion, considering the high number of mosques which are controlled by radical Imams and how Islam is becoming more radicalized every day, by supporting Islam, Obama is also supporting radical Islamic terrorist organizations. Quite possibly, some of that $770 million went directly into the coffers of terrorist organizations.

If so, that’s clearly treason, aiding and abetting the enemy. But even if that isn’t happening, the mere fact of paying money to restore mosques is a clear breach of the Constitution. Why is nobody screaming about this and why is he not being charged with this crime?

The Quran is clear on a number of issues, including loyalty and government. According to it, Muslims may have only one loyalty, to Muhammad and to the Quran. They are not allowed to submit to any other authority, whether spiritual or secular. In other words, radical Muslims do not accept out laws or submit to them, even if they live here in our country. Those radicals who are here, just as those in Europe, are bent on conquest, working to fulfill their prophet’s plan and create a worldwide Islamic caliphate. They are enemies of the United States.

Regardless of what any “moderate” Muslims say, that’s in the Quran. It can’t be eliminated and it can’t just be forgotten. So, there really is no way of saying that providing support to Islam is not providing support to our enemies.

We did not make them our enemies, they chose that of their own free will. Bribing them, by rebuilding their mosques won’t change that. In their minds, their hate is based upon their holy book, so they must maintain it. Failure to do so would be sin in their minds; a sin which they would end up dying for.

So Why Would They Change?

No, rebuilding mosques isn’t an answer and if Obama and Kerry truly think it is, they don’t understand Islam. They are either listening to a lie or they are trying to sell one; but either way, there is a lie that is being propagated. Just like there is the lie about Islam being a religion of peace. Three-quarters of a billion dollars isn’t going to change that.

As best I know, our government has never used tax dollars to rebuilt a church, cathedral or synagogue. To do so would be a clear violation of constitutional principles. So, if that’s the case, why should Obama get away with using tax dollars to rebuild a mosque? I would not be in agreement with the government paying for the restoration of a church, even though I am a Christian. Why should I accept our government paying to restore not only one mosque, but many.

As a Constitutional American, I take the stand that our government should not be supporting any religion, but should treat all of them equally, keeping their hands off. That fits the wording and intent of the Founding Fathers, when they drafted the Constitution. Nothing else is acceptable.

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9 Supplies You Need for a Summer Power Outage

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Just do a quick perusal of the internet and you’ll find countless articles explaining what to buy and how to warm your house in the event of a winter power outage. But do you know what to do in the event of a summer power outage? Thousands of people die each year from hypothermia (abnormal […]

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The Lee Reich Compost Bin Design

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Back in 2007 my family went to the Pennsylvania Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival. While there, I attended a presentation by the garden writer, Lee Reich. In the course of his talk, Lee showed a picture of his compost bins. Someone asked how he made them, and Lee provided a verbal explanation of how he made the interlocking side boards.

Shortly after I got home, I figured out how to make the  sides and built a couple of the bins. The pictures below give you an idea how the bins go together. 

Lee uses 1 x 12 boards to make his compost bins. I used 1 x 8 boards. The finished bins ended up being kind of expensive but they have lasted 9 years and will likely last quite a bit longer. 

The secret to getting maximum lifespan out of your boards is to not leave them outdoors, full of compost, year round. If you take the bins apart at the end of the garden season, let the boards dry out, and store them out of the weather in the winter, they will last. 

Click Here for an article showing how Lee Reich makes his compost bins.

This pile of old boards will fit together to make my compost bin.
I attached the end cleats with Gorilla glue and three wood screws. Two screws through one side and one through the other. None of the cleats have come off in nine years.

This picture shows how the boards interlock at the corners.

I made two bins nine years ago. One is bigger than the other.

Yesterday I mowed and raked up a truckload of grass and weeds to fill my compost bins.
I layered in the fresh-cut greens with some comfrey. I’m not using any animal manure because of  a bad experience I had with herbicide residue in horse manure a few years ago. I think the fresh-cut weeds and comfrey will have enough nitrogen and moisture to compost without manure.

Full compost bin, for now. It will settle considerably, of course. I filled the other bin after taking the picture.
A well-tended compost bin should be covered.
This is the desired final result. I sifted this compost from the remnants of last year’s compost pile.

9 Ways To Survive Off-Grid Without Air Conditioning (Just Like Our Ancestors Did)

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9 Ways To Survive Off-Grid Without Air Conditioning (Just Like Our Ancestors Did)

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It’s common to talk about keeping warm as part of survival, but few people actually bother to talk about keeping cool. Yet, for those of us who live in the south, keeping cool in the summertime can be as much of a survival issue, as keeping warm is for our northern cousins.

We solve that problem in true American fashion, by staying indoors and keeping our home, places of business and even cars air conditioned. But what about when the power goes out? What can we do then? Air conditioning consumes a lot of electricity to operate, so without electrical power, we have no readily available means of cooling … or do we? After all, our ancestors survived this sort of climate; so if they could do it, we should be able to do it, too.

The trick, as with many other parts of urban survival, is to look at how our ancestors did things a century or two ago and figure out how to adapt that to our modern-day lives.

Obvious Means of Cooling

1. Stay in the Shade

While the ambient air temperature in the shade isn’t really any cooler than it is in the sun, the apparent air temperature can be quite different. The sun beating down on our skin turns to heat, adding to the heat we’re receiving from the air around us. So, judicious use of shade is a valuable tool.

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This needs to be a factor in how we design our homes, as well, especially in our use of landscaping. Building a house where it is overshadowed by large trees is a great way to keep it cool. Those of our ancestors who could do so built their homes where shade already existed. Those who couldn’t often planted trees as soon as they moved in, especially on the south side of their home.

Another manifestation of this is the wrap-around porch. These weren’t built so much as to give people a place to sit outside in the shade — although they did do that — but to keep the sunlight from coming through the downstairs rooms. At the same time, the sun wasn’t heating the ground up right around the home, causing the breeze coming through the windows to heat up before entering the home.

2. Use Fans

Sweating is the body’s natural means of shedding excess heat. When the sweat evaporates, it absorbs large amount of heat from our bodies, cooling us. Wind, in any form, helps to improve that cooling process by speeding up the evaporation process.

Homes built in the south were often situated in such a way as to catch whatever breeze was available, especially the homes of the wealthy. A good breeze can make any home seem cooler than it actually is — and make it rather enjoyable to live there.

The whole idea of building summer homes along the beach stems from this idea. An offshore breeze will often be cooler, simply because of the evaporation of seawater. By building a summer home on the shore, wealthy people were able to escape the stifling heat of the city.

3. Go for a Swim

Of course, the other advantage of those seaside homes was the ability to go for a swim anytime you wanted to cool off. Water absorbs heat from our bodies faster than air does, especially already hot air. The cool water will cool your body off, and then you can get a bonus from the wind when you climb out of the water all wet.

This is why building a swimming pool behind a home is such a popular addition for those who can afford it. Few of those people have ever used their swimming pools to swim laps; rather, they use them as a quick and easy means of escaping the heat.

4. Have a Cold Drink

This one is so basic that we do it without thinking. Entire industries have been created around the idea of giving people something cool to drink when they are hot. Of course, we don’t just drink when we’re hot, but most of us try to be sure to get our fair share when it’s hot out … and don’t be skimpy about the ice, either.

The Less Usual Means of Cooling

Okay, so those are the obvious means of cooling, but that’s not all they used. While our ancestral architects took advantage of nature as best they could in designing homes to stay cool, there were other methods that people used on a regular basis, which can serve us well.

5. Go Underground

One of the easiest ways of keeping cool in hot weather is to go underground. It doesn’t matter what the above-ground temperature is; it will be cooler beneath the surface. For that matter, it will get cooler and cooler, the farther underground you go.

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People who had natural caves on their property were considered to be fortunate. Not only would they use those caves as a means of escaping the heat themselves, but they would use them as natural root cellars, taking advantage of the natural refrigeration that nature offered. Those who weren’t blessed by a natural cave would often dig one, more for use as a root cellar, but it wasn’t unknown to go underground to cool off on a hot day.

In the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, there are countless underground caves, called “cenotes.” These have hidden lakes in them, so they give an extra measure of cooling, over and above the cooler air. The air temperature itself can be about 70 degrees Fahrenheit on a day where it’s 105 outside, but then the water will be another 10 degrees cooler. Talk about a quick way to cool off.

In much of the Great Plains, settlers built half-underground homes, called “soddies.” They would dig out an existing bank and then face it with blocks of sod, cut when they were breaking up the ground for farming. Being underground, they were cool throughout the summer. At the same time, the earthen construction made for great insulation in the winter, keeping them comfy warm in the coldest of storms.

6. High Ceilings and Second Floors

Basic physics tells us that heat rises, so giving it a place to rise to helps. That’s why the ceilings in antebellum mansions are high. As the heat rose, the space beneath it was kept cooler. Granted, it was only a few degrees cooler, but it stayed that way for many hours, even into the heat of the afternoon.

Cathedral ceilings do the same thing. That’s why those mansions always had a grand entryway with a wide staircase leading upstairs. While it was great for impressing visitors, it also gave the hot air someplace to go, besides bothering people in the living spaces of their homes.

The second floor of these homes worked hand-in-hand with the high ceilings, acting as a buffer between the heat of the sun beating down on them and the people trying to stay cool. Have you ever tried to go up in an attic during the heat of day? It’s stifling. Well, that attic is doing the same thing, separating you from the roof and the heat the sun is creating by beating down on your shingles. Adding another floor in-between helps improve the effect.

Judicious opening and closing of windows is important in this as well. They didn’t want to open the windows until it was warmer inside the home, than it was outside. Then, once it was, they’d open the windows, which would allow the breeze to flow through. At night, they’d leave the windows open until the coolest part of the night, before closing the house back up.

7. Careful Selection of Building Materials

We’ve looked at several ways that the building of homes was planned to take advantage of whatever cool air was available. But what we’ve done here in the United States can’t hold a candle up to the homes of Latin America.

Mexicans and other Latinos learned long ago that a home with thick walls worked extremely well to keep out the heat of day. The walls would also radiate off whatever heat they had, during the nighttime, so that they could absorb heat during the day. Thus, the adobe home was invented.

Adobe is a clay brick, made with poor quality clay (lots of dirt in it) and straw to hold it together. The bricks are baked in the sun, and more of the clay mixture is used as mortar. Building in this manner, homes had walls that were two-feet thick or more. They served as great heat absorbers and radiators, helping to equalize the temperature during the day/night cycle.

The lower overall mass and thickness of modern-day cement blocks doesn’t come close to providing the natural cooling of adobe, although it does last much longer.

8. Learn to Use the “Cool of the Day”

The Bible tells us that Adam walked with God in the cool of the day. You don’t really understand this until you have lived in a hot climate. It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that this is referring to the evening, when the sun is going down and the day starts to cool off.

But for those of us who chase cool weather, the coolest part of the day is early in the morning, before the sun starts heating things up. If I have to do anything outside in the summertime, I get up early in the morning and do it before the day has a chance to heat up. That way, I can do the work while it’s easier for my body to take it. Then, when it’s hot, I can stay in the cool house, hiding from the heat.

9. Store a Little Bit of Frozen Lake

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Finally, anyone who has little girls is bound to remember the opening scene of the movie, when the ice cutters are on the lake, cutting ice blocks to store in the ice house. Some ice houses were built above ground, but the best were always underground, where it was naturally cooler.

A well-run ice house would gather ice all winter, storing it up and insulating it with straw. Then, in warmer times those ice cutters would load up their closed and insulated wagons and go house to house, selling ice for the people to use in ice boxes.

While that “technology” may seem arcane today, were we to suddenly lose all electric power, that would be the only refrigeration available to us. Those of us in the south would be jealous of our northern cousins, who had refrigeration available to them in the form of ice boxes, when all we had for our ice boxes would be warm milk.

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Prepper’s Guide to the Health Benefits of Parsley

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When it comes to the survival garden, those of us with insufficient space or inadequate growing conditions feel kind of stuck.  Rather than fight to overcome environmental conditions beyond our control, I have been actively promoting the establishment of a medicinal or health-related garden in lieu of a food garden.

The most obvious reason is that herbs, spices, and other medicinal plants do not take a lot of room and many can be grown in pots either indoors or outdoors.  Perhaps a more important reason is this:  given a survival situation, traditional healthcare and medicines may be difficult to get so having supplies of herbs and the knowledge of how to use them will become invaluable.

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Furthermore, as much as I believe in the healing power of essential oils, during an extended embargo on new goods coming into the marketplace, stocks of essential oils will be depleted and may become as difficult to come by an traditional medicines.  The only difference is that essential oils can be purchased in quantity and stockpiled in the same manner as food storage.

With that introduction, I would like to call your attention to the health benefits of parsley, an easy to grow herb that is readily available as seeds.  First, with the able assistance of Carmella Tyrell, I will address the basics of parsley as an herbal power house.

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Have you ever been so poor that you didn’t know what you were going to eat until your next pay day?  In a time of major social collapse, even if you stockpile enough gold to fill Fort Knox, there simply may not be enough food to buy.  As someone who has gone through some tough times, I can tell you that super nutrient dense foods are critically important.  Believe it or not, one of the best foods, parsley, may be as close as the herb pot sitting on your window sill.

As a survival food and medicine, few can rival parsley for delivering important key nutrients in a small space.  This article will give you information on the hidden nutritional benefits of parsley, medicinal value, and how to grow it for survival needs.

What is Parsley?

Parsley, or Petroselinum crispum, is a biennial herb that traces its origins back to the Mediterranean region. Not surprisingly, it is featured often in Italian cuisine and has become a favorite herb throughout the world.  There are three basic types of parsley:

  • Italian/ Flat Leaf Parsley – this form has flat, dark green pointy leaves on a single stem.  In order to make more leaves, additional stems will come up from the root.   This variety has the strongest flavor and is recommended for its medicinal value and nutrients.
  • Curly Leaf Parsley – Curly parsley has leaves that look like they are all rumpled up.  Their growth habit is similar to Italian Parsley in the sense that new leaves come up from the roots instead of branching off from existing stems.   Other than being more bitter than Italian Parsley, this variety is milder in taste, but still carries most of the nutrient and medicinal properties.
  • German/ Hamburg Parsley – German Parsley tends to have flat leaves that grow on longer stems.  This variety is used mostly for its roots, which have a mild flavor.  Nutritionally and medicinally speaking, the roots have similar value to Italian and Curly Leaf varieties.

The Surprising Nutritional Value of Parsley

Did you know that 30 grams of parsley (½ cup) have half a full day’s supply of Vitamin C?   That’s 3x more than what you would get in a single orange.  If you think that’s a lot of vitamins packed into a tiny amount, have a look at some other key nutrients packed into that same ½ cup:

  • 30 grams of parsley yields 41 mg of calcium compared to just 30 mg in spinach and 38 mg in milk.
  • 30 grams of parsley also has 1.88 mg of iron compared to between .6 and .8 mg in the same amount of beef.  To add insult to injury, the iron found in beef and most other meat sources will be absorbed by your body whether you need it or not.  Plant-based sources of iron found in parsley and other plants are referred to as “non-heme” iron because your body will only take in the iron if it is needed.  This reduces the number of free radicals that get into your body, which reduces your risk of developing cancer.
  • 30 grams of parsley also yields over 500 times more Vitamin K than you need for a full day’s supply.  Since your body cannot absorb or use calcium without Vitamin K, lack of this vitamin leads to poor bone health. In addition, lack of Vitamin K also increases the risk of brain damage from Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Parsley is also an excellent source of Vitamin A and folate.  It also has good, easily digestible amounts of copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.
  • On a scale of 0 to 100% in terms of a complete source of all needed nutrients, Parsley scores a whopping 91%.   Parsley is also high in protein and contains almost all the required amino acids for good health.

Medicinal Benefits of Parsley

Aside from the known benefits that come from many nutrients found in parsley, this herb also has medicinal properties that range from acting as a diuretic to fighting cancer to treating diabetes, lowering blood pressure, and reducing anxiety levels.

Here are some of the key compounds that may reach therapeutic levels in parsley essential oil and other preparations:

  • Apigenin – can be used to shrink breast cancer tumors.  Apigenin may also help prevent prostate, breast, and skin cancer. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and may also help with neural disorders.
  • Eugenol – has some antibacterial properties, and can also act as a pain reliever. Eugenol also contributes to the anti-inflammatory effects of Parsley and can reduce pain and swelling from rheumatoid arthritis.  Some research also shows that Eugenol can help lower blood sugar levels by making body cells more sensitive to insulin.  This is especially important for Type II diabetics.
  • Chyrsoeriol – helps lower blood pressure and relax blood vessels.
  • Luteolin – has been used in Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to fight cancer, and reduce allergic reactions.
  • Imperatorin – inhibits skin, stomach, and lung cancer.

Health Considerations

Newbies and advanced herbal medicine users can easily be lulled into thinking that parsley and other medicinal foods can be consumed without worrying about side effects. While eating parsley has many health benefits, care must still be taken to avoid the following problems:

  • If you are inclined to get calcium-oxalate kidney stones, it may be best to avoid parsley because it is high in oxalates.   That being said, if you have no problems with spinach, beets, rhubarb, okra, swiss chard, peanuts, almonds, quinoa, wheat germ, and bran flakes, then parsley may be an additional nutrient source to consider.
  • Since Vitamin K helps the blood clot, parsley can interfere with the blood thinning action of Coumadin and several other drugs.
  • Parsley is also known to increase uterine contractions.  As such, if you are pregnant, consuming parsley can cause a miscarriage.
  • Even though higher concentrations of Eugenol have therapeutic value, they can also cause liver damage.  As with any other medication, start with the lowest possible dose so that you do not risk taking more than is needed to treat the medical condition.
  • Myristicin is readily concentrated in essential oil made from parsley.  This compound can cause dizziness, headaches, and hallucinations.  If you must use essential oil of Parsley, use it in the most minimal amounts.

How to Grow Parsley for Food and Medicine

Parsley is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors and outdoors. It does well in most climates and will produce plenty of healthy green leaves within just a few weeks.  Parsley prefers full to partial sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil.   Even though the seeds take longer to germinate than some others, the plants catch up quickly and remain strong producers throughout the growing season.

No matter whether you decide to grow parsley indoors or out, make sure that you won’t have to move the plants for at least two years.  Parsley produces one single, deep root that does not adapt well to being moved or disturbed.  When planting indoors, it is better to choose a deep pot so that you don’t have to worry about transplanting.

Be sure to choose heirloom or non-hybrid seeds so that you can save seeds to start a new generation of plants.  Since parsley is a biennial, you will only get a chance to collect seeds in the second year of the plant’s life.  Unlike many other plants, you cannot start new parsley plants from rhizomes.  Some people claim that they have successfully grown parsley from cuttings, however, I have not been successful with these methods.  You can still try it if you have extra leaves on hand and want to experiment.

Harvesting Parsley

Once you pick parsley, it will only last a few days before rotting.  Therefore, if you plan to harvest a large amount, you should also be ready to begin drying on the same day.

When harvesting parsley, try to cut leaves from the outer areas and work inward.  If there is still time left in the season, this will make it easier for the plant to continue growing and producing more leaves.  Without a question, if you want to season foods and only need a few sprigs, selecting the outermost leaves will give you plenty to work with and reduce the risk of damaging the plant.

Have you been looking for super foods or super herbs that will cover a range of needs in a crisis situation?  If so, then parsley may be an herb that you may have overlooked because it is so common and readily available.

Author’s Note:  My gratitude to Gaye Levy for giving me a chance to guest post!  It is my sincere hope that readers of this site gain good value from this post and that in time of need, this information will help save lives.


About Carmela Tyrrell –  I have been a prepper for many years and enjoy applying gardening, homemaking, and other skills to this fascinating subject.  I am always looking for new ways to live a better life by cutting reliance on all things “municipal” and embracing self-sustainable living.   Please see for more of my articles on different aspects of prepping.

Parsley Tea for Bladder and UTI Discomfort

One very useful application for parsley is in a tea. Because the volatile oil in it’s leave and roots have diuretic properties, minor bladder problems can be treated by drinking 3 or 4 cups a day.

To make a parsley tea, add 1 teaspoon of minced parsley to a cup of boing water and let it steep for five minutes.  Strain and drink.

The Final Word

Parsley was one of the first herbs I grew as I was cultivating my green thumb back in the 70s.  I don’t know about elsewhere, but here in the Pacific Northwest, parsley is a biennial which means we get two years of growth for the price of one.  Late in the second year, the plant bolts and seed develop.  Many of these seeds will germinate and become volunteers in subsequent years, thus providing a never ending supply of parsley.

Before closing, I want to add a word about using parsley for bad breath.  Parsley is often prescribed as a remedy for bad breath and it certainly works better than breath sprays after consuming a meal laden with garlic.  That said, parsley will not cure chronic bad breath that is caused by some underlying health or dental issue.

Still, it does a fantastic job of temporarily freshening the breath.  In a survival situation where we may be in close quarters with others, having some fresh sprigs of parsley in the garden might make an unpleasant situation a bit for tolerable.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  I frequently emphasis the importance of “Comfort” when it comes to survival.  Whereas being truly comfortable during and following a disruptive event is an oxymoron, here are items that I feel will contribute to our comfort, for better or for worse.  For more ideas, visit 16 Items To Help You Hunker Down in Comfort.

Let’s start with something we can use to brew coffee and move on from there.

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator: Here is a link to my own percolator.  It is about $21 and without question, it makes great coffee.  I also own this manual coffee grinder and starting using it a couple of weeks ago when my electric grinder went T.U.:

Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill.  Note that whole beans store well when sealed in a Mason Jar (see How to Use a FoodSaver for Vacuum Canning).

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Lodge Logic Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Drop Biscuit Pan: Biscuits with jam are one of my favorite comfort foods.  This is the pan I purchased for biscuit making and to me, it was worth the cost.

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 22: Having adequate light when the grid is down is another key to comfort.  Don’t let the $20 price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price.

Coleman Mini Lantern:  You already know that I have a think about flashlights but this is a slightly different take on portable lighting.  It is 7.5 inches tall lantern and weighs just seven ounces, including batteries.  And boy does it give off light.  Inexpensive plus, it is a genuine Coleman.

Mr. Heater Portable “Big Buddy” Heater:  Off course you are going to need a heat-source.  With the Mr. Buddy heater, you can use propane indoors safely.  It features an automatic low-oxygen shut-off system that automatically turns the unit off before carbon monoxide fumes reach dangerous levels in home.  To learn more about propane, read the series Propane for Preppers.

Ticket To Ride: This my favorite board game, bare none.  Family friendly, you will spend hours in front of the fireplace playing Ticket to Ride with your favorite people.  This is worth the splurge.

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness kit.

Coloring Books for Grown-Ups:  This is the latest addition to my list of comfort items.  I hope you don’t think I am being silly because there really is something quite relaxing about coloring books. Don’t forget the crayons or Colored Pencils.


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How to Find and Purify Water Sources You Never Considered

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This is Part II of a pair of articles on finding and obtaining water in the field.  The last one we covered some methods of chemical purification, and stressed (as we stress here): boiling is the safest method to purify your water.  Keep in mind something I didn’t mention in the previous article: water that is contaminated by pollutants such as toxic chemicals and industrial wastes is not able to be purified by chemicals or boiling to make it safe for drinking.  We will address that in a minute.

How to Distill Water

We covered some basics, and along with that is how to find surface water that is relatively uncontaminated.  This is where the boiling came in, to remove the pathogens (as many as possible) safely.  Now, what do you do when you come across a water source that has a chemical sheen and an odor about it?  You can remove the water by condensation.  If you can’t filter it through a Brita or other system that removes chemical contaminants, take a small pot, and (preferably) a glass lid that is larger than the opening of the pot.  You’ll need a third vessel.  This is for “pour off,” of your condensed water.

Straining off as much as you can (with a piece of cloth, and perhaps an empty plastic bottle, pour some water into the smaller pot.  Then bring it to a boil, and set the glass lid over it, and tilt it at an angle to one side (45 degrees is fine).  The bottom tilted edge of the lid needs to be able to “empty” into a clean vessel.  When you boil the water, the steam that condenses on the bottom of the lid is water: you can collect this and use this to drink, effectively removing enough contaminants to make the condensed water potable.

You’ll have to improvise to either hang the lid at an angle with some weight on one edge to make the tilt possible, or build a stand.  Just make sure the lid doesn’t touch the top edge of the pot with the water to be condensed.  Don’t boil it all the way down!  Leave about an inch of water or so to enable you to get rid of the newly-concentrated chemical “slurry” now remaining in the pot.

Solar Still

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Next, a solar still.  There are plenty of diagrams available for this one.  Dig a hole, conically-shaped about 2-3’ in depth, and line around that hole, covering it with clear plastic, a 9’ square sheet is best.  You then place a collecting receptacle underneath the center of the plastic.  Line the edges of the sheet with stones, and place a small stone in the center of the plastic sheet.  It is best to cut green, non-poisonous vegetation and line your hole with it before you cover it with the plastic sheet.  The collecting vessel should be at least a quart, because in this method, you will obtain 1 quart of water per day on a sunny day.  Simple math tells you if you need at least a gallon a day, then you need a minimum of 4 stills to make it work.  You can also run a siphon tube to your collecting vessel in order to siphon or drink your water without removing/dismantling the still.

That plastic sheeting can also be immediately pulled up and turned into a funnel for other vessels to fill with drinking water should it rain.  This stuff is all pretty easy to cram into a backpack, and it doesn’t have much weight.  You can pick up “drop cloths” of plastic in the dollar store…4 of them…and place them in a protective bag or canister to keep them from being torn.  Stock up on a bunch, as they’re micro-thin; other plastic can be obtained, however, this is lighter and easier to tote.

Hidden Water Sources

Let’s go into real grid-down situations.  You have (may God forbid) had to flee your home, and it’s a “Road Warrior” environment.  Along the way you may come across abandoned houses or buildings.  Water, think water.  Where man has dwelt, water is near.  This is a rule of thumb for you.  Time to spec out the following to see if you can locate water:

  1. Washing Machines: sometimes they have a reservoir that will enable you to drain out some water if you tilt the machine to the rear. Check the outflow portion.  You’ll have to filter it, condense it, and then (to be on the safe side…it washed out the socks that stepped in Fido’s doggie-do) boil it again.
  2. Refrigerators: especially those with the ice-machine and the cold water dispenser in the door. You can find the copper inflow pipe, and the fridge usually has a drain for ice melt down below.  Tap into these and tilt if necessary.  Filter and condense, then boil.
  3. Hot Water Heater: a “gold mine,” as most of them hold at least 45 to 50 gallons. Same thing…tap into it…there’s an outflow…and then filter and boil, to be on the safe side.
  4. Chest-type freezer: this you’ll have to be more careful, as if any food went bad, you’ll have to take the ice melt and filter, purify (chemically), and then boil.
  5. Toilet: the top tank is the goal. Can you take from the bowl?  Do the three-prong: condense, boil, and treat chemically, and you can in a survival situation.  Same for the top tank, as you don’t want any pathogens in your water.
  6. Radiator (heater for house): will oftentimes have a small supply of water.  Purify by condensing.
  7. Iron (for clothes): yes, Mom may have left a little in the reservoir for you to take; boil it or chemically purify it.
  8. “Green Thumb” house: yes, in that greenhouse or garden shed may be a little water you can cannibalize from water cans; condense it (there may be weed killer lingering in the pitcher), and boil it (if they compost or fertilize with manure).
  9. Birdbath/bird feeders/animal bowls: once again, it may be there for the taking. Remember: these must be boiled!  Too much of a chance for pathogens.
  10. Cisterns/wells/water tanks: remember, if you can store water, so can the people who might have had to dee dee mau (exfil the AO) lickety-split.  Never neglect the potential for the other guy to leave something behind.

If you’re more in the forest than an urban/suburban area, watch the wildlife if you haven’t found a surface water source, especially deer.  Look for deer paths and game trails.  Most of the time they will cross a running water source.  Watch the skies frequently for waterfowl, such as ducks or geese.  They need the water.  On the advent of nightfall, open your ears for the sounds of frogs…they need to be in the water to breathe.  If you hear Bobby the Bullfrog, water is definitely near.

All of these basics print out and go over them in your mind until you remember them and are familiar with them.  Remember, we covered 10 items for a house.  The more houses and buildings you find, the better your chances of finding a water supply.  Just remember, it may be someone else’s water supply, too.  Such is the chance you take on the Day after Doomsday.  Be smart, be adaptive, and as the Irish saying runs, “The top o’the mornin’ to ye, and the bottom o’me glass!”  Water glass, in this case.  Keep fighting that good fight!  JJ out.

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

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

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

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

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I saw the Metals Pimp the other day and he said “By the way, this is for you” and handed me a Silver Eagle. Apparently one of you fine people did some biz with him and said “Give the Zero an Eagle from me!”. So…thank you! When the radioactive fallout has cleared and I’m buying desperate coeds to work in my Lingerie Proving Ground I will think highly of you.

And someone was also nice enough to kick in a some greenbacks through the PayPal link for the Bunker Equippage Fund. So, again…much thanks.

Blogging is it’s own reward. I do it mostly for my own enjoyment and, honestly, the teeny-tiny bit of ‘internet fame’ that once-in-a-rare-while comes my way. But it’s nice when folks drop some coins in the hat. Thank you, guys.

This Is Getting Ridiculous! Prepper Origami?

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Ok…Ok… Here me out!

Yes, the Prepper Community gets a lot of weird stuff that comes our way.  Marketers see a niche and they go for it with gusto.  It’s just a matter of time before someone comes out with a prepper or “tactical” broom.

But I’m not trying to take something out there in the world and force it to apply to the Prepper Community to market something.  I simply have an idea that might help you if you were ever in need.

We learn skills (foraging, fire craft, water purification, shelter building),  because we know they will serve us well.  What if you had the skill of origami?  No, I’m not suggesting you start making paper dragons.  In fact, I’m only suggesting you learn one…the paper cup.

Yes, I might be stretching it, but what if you were in a situation where you didn’t have a cup, canteen or thermos and you needed to hold water?  You could use your hands, but you could be dirty or there might be so little precious H20 that you don’t want to risk it going through your fingers.

In all honesty, I would first scavenge for a plastic bottle or something else I could use.  But if all else failed, if I had a piece of paper, I could make a paper cup.  And the bigger the paper, the bigger the cup.

This short video tutorial walks you through how to make a paper cup.  It is so simple.



Just to make sure you realize I haven’t lost my mind here or over on Prepper Website, I would always suggest that you carry around some sort of container.  For your BOB, the wide mouth Kleen Kanteen will work nicely.  You can boil water in the Kleen Kanteen if you need to.  You could also go with a steel Military type canteen with a cup.  Or if you want plastic, a Nalgene water bottle works.  And don’t forget that you should have some tinfoil in your Altoids Tin.  You can make a quick cup out of that too.

Even if you never use a paper cup as a prepper, it might be a cool trick to wow your kids or grandkids.  Who knows, you might get creative and make the perfect reusable paper cup that you can boil water in for survival.  If you do, cut me in please!



More On Equipment Criteria And Selection From Brushbeater

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Brushbeater gives more points to consider in equipment selection.  They perfectly dovetail with points I made in the post here. _________________________________________________________________ Identifying Equipment Requirements ON MAY 27, 2016 BY NCSCOUT As with firearms, all too often Survivalists/Militia folks have a hard time separating what they need from what they want, or try to cover way too […]

CASCADIA RISING: FEMA Will Hold A Drill To Prepare For A 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake And Tsunami June 7-10 2016

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The Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of North America spans from northern California to southern British Columbia. This subduction zone can produce earthquakes as large as magnitude 9 and corresponding tsunamis.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of North America spans from northern California to southern British Columbia. This subduction zone can produce earthquakes as large as magnitude 9 and corresponding tsunamis.


Just in case you missed it…and you probably did…FEMA Will Hold A Drill To Prepare For A 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake And Tsunami next week.

Just in case you missed it…and you probably did…there is a gargantuan, 700 mile long quake-maker referred to as the Cascadia Subduction Zone that rests at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the American northwest where the seabed meets the North American tectonic plate.  According to experts, this behemoth has the potential to unleash the worst natural disaster in the history of North America should it rupture entirely.

150720_r26752-865Think that can’t possibly be true?  Surely I’m overstating the danger.  Think again.  Remember this article from The New Yorker that we shared with you a while back that warned us The next full-margin rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone will spell the worst natural disaster in the history of the continent.


The “Cascadia” has already shown it’s power and it has a violent history.  According to this CNN story, on January 26, 1700, Cascadia unleashed one of the biggest quakes in world history that triggered a tsunami so large that it raced across the Pacific and swallowed coastal villages in Japan.  You’ve probably heard of the San Andreas fault, but it’s nothing compared to the monster that is the CSZ.  The CSZ has the potential to rip off a 9.0 magnitude quake, almost 30 times more energetic than anything the San Andreas could unleash, not to mention the subsequent tsunami that would be generated at the same time.  The CSZ holds so much more power because it is a subduction fault, whereas the San Andreas is a slip fault.  With a slip fault, the two land masses slide past one another causing an earthquake that is fairly short in duration.  In a subduction zone, one of the earth’s tectonic plates is being forced downward into the earth as the colliding plate slides over the top of the first plate.  These plates get “hung up” occasionally allowing stress to build up along the fault as the top plate is pulled down with the lower plate.  When the stress becomes too great, the top plate “snaps” back to it’s normal position releasing a tremendous….almost incomprehensible….amount of energy.  This snapping action creates a terrifyingly violent shaking that can last three to five minutes, far longer than the 15-30 seconds of shaking you may be used to in other earthquakes in California.  As if the shaking weren’t enough, as the plate “snaps” back it simultaneously lifts the ocean above it triggering a devastating tsunami.  The last time the Cascadia ruptured, the coast of the North American plate dropped about 5 feet!  Think for just a second and imagine the size and unrelenting ferocity of the tsunami wave that would have been created by that type of land mass dislocation.

According to the official flyer for the event, “Over 50 counties, plus major cities, tribal nations, state and federal agencies, private sector businesses, and non-governmental organizations across three states – Washington, Oregon, and Idaho – will be participating in the four-day Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise.”



U.S Northern Command is getting in on the act as well, holding five other exercises simultaneously.  The final Cascadia Rising 2016 drill plan tells us those five exercises are entitled “Ardent Sentry 2016″, “Vigilant Guard”, “Special Focus Exercise”, “Turbo Challenge” and “Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore”, all of which focus on a scenario that involves a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone followed by a giant tsunami that could displace up to a million people from northern California to southern Canada.

The United States is a continental country and the Cascadia Subduction Zone represents a North American sized disaster and national threat.  Even if you do not live in the great northwest or have family that does, it would be wise to maintain a wary eye cast in that direction.  When the CSZ fully ruptures again, even if you don’t feel the shaking, every American will feel the impacts.

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How to Get Solar Panels for FREE

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If you can afford to install solar panels on your roof, you’ll have a huge advantage during any disaster that knocks out the power. You’ll be able to keep running your lights, refrigerator, and possibly even your air conditioner. However, you’ll need a battery backup to make sure your solar panels continue working properly. Unfortunately, […]

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Giveaway: Print Copies of The Prepper’s Guide To Disaster Water Security

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To commemorate the release of the print version of The Prepper’s Guide To Disaster Water Security, we are running a giveaway at

The contest is open to everyone and three copies of the book will be given away so you have three changes to win, Just go to the book contest description page: […]

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What Happens to us, After TEOTWAWKI?

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after TEOTWAWKII have been thinking about what happens after TEOTWAWKI caused by an EMP or CMP event.  This is about one of the worst things that can happen if the experts are right.  According to testimony in the congressional records, there could be a 80-90% die off in the first year.

Now I have read articles and talked to people who believe that after a few years we would be back to using bow and arrows and living in small tribal groups.  I feel that this is incorrect, having been a student of history I want to put into context, what a 90 % die off would mean.  That would leave us with a population slightly larger than at the time of the civil war, around 33 million.

Now I am not saying that this would not be a horrific event, but I am saying that we should be able to survive it as a country.  With a population the size of the one that would be left after TEOTWAWKI, we built the continental railroad, fought the civil war and settled the west.

We would be in a better position that people in those days.  The rail tracks would still be in place.  There would be massive amounts of salvage available for our use.  There would be enough agricultural land to feed the population.  The survivors would be the toughest and smartest people.

A good example of what a group of determined people working together occurred in the Philippines during WW2.  A resistance group was formed around a US reserve Office a Colonel Wendell Fertig,.  They were cut off and had no supplies.  So they used what was available. For example, tuba or palm wine was brewed from coconut palms to provide alcohol to fuel gasoline vehicles, soda bottles and fence wire were used to create a telegraph to enhance communications, curtain rods were cut into pieces and shaped to provide ammunition for .30 caliber rifles, steel was shaved from automobile springs and curled to make recoiling springs for rifles, money was printed in both English and the local language using wooden blocks, and fisherman towed Japanese mines ashore to secure the explosive amatol so it could be used to make gunpowder. Soap was made from coconut oil and wood ashes. Then the soap was traded for sugar which was then used to make alcohol for fuel.

Often, seemingly impossible problems were overcome simply through perseverance. For example, Gerardo Almendres, a Filipino high school student had sent away for an International Correspondence Schools course on radios shortly before the war started. Fertig assigned him the task of building a radio even though Almendres had never handled one. Almendres was assisted by a Filipino traveling salesman who had sold radios and by another Filipino who once had listened to a radio. Radio parts (vacuum tubes and other electrical parts) were scrounged from old radio receivers and sound equipment from an old movie projector and other electrical devices. Their makeshift radio eventually worked and they began to receive transmissions from other radios, including those of Roy Bell on Negros, who traveled to Fertig’s camp and devised a new aerial. However, they had no way of knowing if their own transmissions were successful until, on 31 January 1943, the U.S. Navy radio monitoring station in San Francisco answered their call sign.

Now think about the knowledge and salvage we would have available.  We should be able to do as well or better than they did.  The libraries and materials that would be available for us to use would be amazing.

Now many of you would be amongst the survivors.  You have knowledge and creativity.  Plan to reestablish the country, using a government based on the constitution.  Make sure you have copies of the constitution in your preps, learn about it.  Plan to work together and organize your local communities, start trade and communicate with others.  Start thinking now about how to reestablish the country.

Now I am not saying it would be easy, but with determination and effort it could be done.


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MSK-1: The Ultimate All-Purpose Knife that Could Save Your Life

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When I launched the MSK-1 (Multi-Scenario Knife) on Kickstarter – May 16th, 2016 – All I knew was that Jeff Freeman and I had poured everything we had (for TWO years) into designing, building and testing – what ended up being a very special, all-purpose, survival knife. Now it was time to release MSK-1 to the world… but I had no idea if anyone else would feel the same. So, if I am honest, I was a bit nervous as I clicked, “Post Campaign.”

Support Began Immediately

I posted the MSK-1 Campaign on Kickstarter at around 2:00 AM EST to make sure everything was working properly. To my surprise (as I was still working on the campaign content), people were starting to mysteriously find the MSK-1 and pledge. This was all before I had even told anyone it was live. That was the “ahh haa” moment when started to understand the power of crowd-funding platforms like Kickstarter.

Since the Kickstarter launch on May 16, the outpouring of support and encouragement for this project had been humbling, sweet and more than just a little overwhelming.

Ultimate Survival Tips Knife – Crushes Kickstarter Goal

Our original goal was to raise $15,000 – which was met in less than two days. With the help and support of many, MSK-1 has now raised over $100,000 being over 600% funded with 16 days to go in the Kickstarter Campaign (as I write this). That’s nuts! It’s been crazy ride for sure. See “live” stats for the MSK-1 Kickstarter campaign below…

Having exceeded our goal, MSK-1 (and the MSK-1 Mini Neck Knife) are going into production, so MSK-1 is available for Pre-Order now!

DISCOVER the “Rest of the Story” and Pre-Order MSK-1 Now – on Kickstarter…

See What Knife News Has to Say About MSK-1

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If you would like to be part of the team that is bringing MSK-1 to the world – you can pledge to this campaign starting as low as $2.

Thank you for your help and support!

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Delicious Limoncello Recipe

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Delicious Limoncello Recipe The United States has seen a rise in commercial producers using California lemons which are grown year round, with 90% of the United States lemon crops coming from California. A popular ingredient in cocktails, limoncello imparts a strong lemon flavor without the sourness or bitterness of pure lemon juice. Directions: Step One – Zest or peel the lemons, removing only the outer, yellow skin and avoiding as much of the white pith as possible. Combine lemon zest (peels), rosemary sprig and vodka in a glass or ceramic container and seal with a tight-fitting lid. Place the container

Because They Deserve Today

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  Today (the last Monday in May) is the day the Nation memorializes those of us that have died in active military service. Although we automatically think about those who died in combat, we also need to remember those who died preparing for combat that never came (the Cold War, etc.). Their basic service was […]

Remembering Those We Lost

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REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOST With a never ending cycle of 24 hour news, it can be easy to miss key events. This never-ending inundation of propaganda is further confused by the need for every person, group, and organization to be validated in one way or another. Most often, this is achieved by giving months, weeks, … Continue reading Remembering Those We Lost

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Video Monday: Memorial Day Tribute to our fallen!

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  Today’s video is a Memorial Day Tribute to our fallen, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Freedom.  I hope you enjoy it and will join me today in honoring  these brave men and women,  God Bless America! -The Sargent- By lastingtributevideo

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More Than Surviving: The Importance of Morale

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What exactly do you need to survive? If you’ve read up on survival at all, the first thing that probably comes to mind is water. Without water you won’t survive more than a few days, at best. Next comes food, shelter, medical supplies — the list goes on and on, and it’s these lists that we typically build our prepper plans around, making sure we have what it takes to survive the worst case scenario.

While, yes, these are all critical components to a successful survival plan, in the end all the supplies in the world won’t be enough if you don’t have the will to survive. This desire to keep surviving is known as morale. If you and your family/group don’t have the spirit of survival and the motivation to keep going, those supplies, tools and weapons will be mostly useless.

Maintaining morale is just as important as maintaining a fresh water supply or a steady stream of food. Without a high level of morale, depression can set in and completely ruin even the best-planned survival situations. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why morale should be considered a resource just like water or food, but the question is how do you breed it and keep it going?

What Morale Means

So what is morale? If you look it up in a dictionary you’ll get, “The confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline of a person or group at a particular time.”

So think of morale like a fuel tank. The tank has a capacity for morale, but if it’s not filled and checked from time to time, the engine will run dry, causing all sorts of issues. Still using the fuel tank metaphor, think how easy it is to fill your gas tank in your car or truck if there’s still fuel in the tank. You drive up, pay, and add more gas to the tank.

Now think how difficult it is to fill a tank that’s completely dry. You need to push or tow the car into the gas station or walk miles with a fuel canister. Not very easy, now is it?


The same goes for morale in people. It’s easy to keep morale going, but difficult to restore it once it’s completely run out. And just like your car and fuel, people without morale don’t run well, either.

Morale means hope. It means people have a good feeling about what’s going on, even if it’s a bad situation. It’s hope that things will get better and that they’ll get through it. Without morale, life can be endless drudgery, and who works well in a situation like that?

How to Boost Morale

So, how do you boost morale? The easiest way to fill the morale fuel tank is by taking breaks. It’s all too easy to get into the routine of working nonstop. When there’s more work than there are people to do it, the work can seem endless. It’s this endless feeling that kills morale quicker than just about anything.

If you add in breaks to the constant work, it would help get work done just as much as doing the work itself. Along with the break, you need to have some fun, too. Just stopping work and staring at a coffee cup isn’t very relaxing or refreshing. Actually doing something that is the opposite of work can help you and your team truly refresh.

There are three key ways to relieve stress and build morale, with many more out there, depending on your situation. If we’re talking about a full SHTF survival scenario, then the odds of having power are pretty slim, so how do you relax and build morale in a survival situation? Easy — just do what they did before power!

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Music – You probably won’t have your iPod or computer to play music from in a survival situation, so playing traditional or improvised instruments and singing are excellent ways to build morale and relieve stress. Not only do you get the relaxing benefits of music, but you also get team-building and morale-boosting inspiration as team members collaborate on a single piece of music.

Music is calming and makes us happy, and actually making music has an even bigger effect, making it possibly the best way to build morale in a bad situation.

Games – The simple act of playing a fun game can add in some lighthearted competition amongst your team of survivors. These can be board games, dice, cards — whatever works. The trick here is to never bet on the games, even for fun.

Betting on a game leads to one member owing another member something, which is a major blow to overall morale. Play for fun and use the game for the reason it’s there: to relax and enjoy the time you’re spending.


Storytelling – Storytellers have been around for thousands of years. Before we had paper to write history down on, it was recorded and shared verbally by storytellers. The need for a storyteller to record history may be all but gone, but the joy in hearing a great story is just as strong as ever.

Whether the story is fact, fiction, or a mix of the two doesn’t matter. What matters is the act of hearing an entertaining story unfold. This can even be altered slightly and include dramatic readings of fiction books. Using intonation, inflection, and even some made-up voices to read a story aloud can build morale and be very entertaining. Think audiobook, but in person.

Keeping morale high is critical to survival. Treat it as you would any other resource and you’ll keep yourself as well as your team members happy and surviving for years to come.

Killing Your Liberties With Laws

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Here it is my fellow American Patriots. This is IT! The Big One. This is the unholy fulfillment of what I had prophesied for years.

It is the detonator on the improvised explosive anti-constitutional legislative multiple warhead device that Obama regime had been constructing for years, to eventually achieve ambush style lightning effectiveness with a devastating roadside bombing of the 2nd/Amendment and its free armed citizenry.

Its purpose is to usurp the U.S. Constitutionally guaranteed actionable right of a country founded by the People, for the People, and of the People, and their absolute right to remove an out of control regime by threat of superior citizen’s physical force if necessary.

This is so it will be much easier later on to marginalize the people’s individual and collective power under threat of incarceration until it is severely diminished, in order to then swiftly and permanently abrogate our 2nd Amendment, and then finally, the Constitution itself.

It was introduced in relative stealth and surreptitious format without any news or fanfare into the bloated bowels of our Legislation less than a week ago on May 16 by Chucky ‘Cheese’ Schumer and his co-conspirator anti-constitutionalists Bloomberg, Gillibrand, Murphy, et al.

It is called Senate Bill 2934 or the “Fix Gun Checks Act of 2016”. Notice the clever deceptive wording. Nothing mentioning ‘background’ check words, that would start sparks flying. They knew they’d get immediate blockage if they called it a “Universal Background Check Act” so there is nothing implying more dreaded gun control.

Just the brain programming that it’s nothing more than a badly needed “fix” to make what we already had better. Just a little something to keep people from slipping through the NICS’s cracks during the waiting period and all? Title I of the S.2934 says: “ensuring that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a gun are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System”. Sounds innocuous enough…

Until you read S.2934 closely. Further down and likely missed by quick scan readers, Title II of the bill says “requiring a background check FOR EVERY firearm sale”. That means ALL firearms sales. Commercial AND PRIVATE transactions!

This means Chucky Cheese didn’t really want to pursue this until after the election or right before it if it looked like the totalitarian leftist Party was a shoe-in against Trump. Otherwise he might have risked his seat by showing his dirty anti-2/A colors too obviously in the home stretch. But the way this bill was slipped in, with nary an MSM yip or a yap, is not co-incidental by any stretch.

Most followers of either party will usually simply vote a straight ticket. So there’s a good chance if the candidate wins, the Republicans may lose the House and almost certainly the Senate. So they pushed Schumer to make the move to get the bill moving ahead of time, shorting their bet. They want to be poised to strike to the jugular fast as soon as their POTUS candidate is sworn in to mitigate any opposition from gaining momentum when they drop the Statutory Sledge Hammer down.

Paying the Liberty Hit Man

guns and rustSome of you who at least pay attention somewhat to the world outside of your own special comfort zone, may have recently been shocked at the quickly censored news revelation the other day.

The current government spent over two TRILLION—and that’s not a typo– on bureaucratic administrative mandates, initiatives, orders, rules and procedures last year alone for their staffing and implementation only to establish more control over the population without having to go through Congress for real laws!

Literally thousands of new laws of dubious merit and little pragmatic value were created and put in operation by agency bureaucrats with fully punishable by fines and even jail time if violated, just in the 2nd term of this regime!

According to Law Professor John Baker who says: “…thanks to an overabundance of 4,500 plus federal crimes and 400,000 rules and regulations, it is estimated that the average American actually commits up to three felonies a day, without knowing it!”

And, of course, the Gun Confiscators are falling in full lock step with this anti-Constitutional asset of irresponsible illegal Fiat lawmaking to complete their agenda.

So how many times do I have to say it? As many times as it takes for enough people to get it to make a proactive difference.

Because controlling and disarming the citizenry for eventual Hunger Games style government by keeping permanent punishments restricting gun ownership for crimes even after time, is served and law abiding rehabilitation into society again is accomplished, and it was the greatest oppressive hoax ever perpetrated on the American Free People.

Permanent life-long punishment for even a single isolated criminal mistake in your life is a contraindication of all advanced social evolution. And to this day I still hear intelligent, educated, and concerned persons say frighteningly stupid moronic statements like ”but some people just shouldn’t have guns, right?” WRONG!

That might sound sophomorically acceptable but the reality is something else that almost nobody notices until it’s too late. The statement should be corrected that some people shouldn’t be entertaining the emotional content of doing something very bad in society, and if not contained continue on to commit a crime. And that’s a behavioral issue, not a logistics or supply issue, and has nothing to do with the crime tool implementation.

Unless you are a pathetic moron you by now know that gun control does not work at all. Period. Never did, never will. It NEVER once in all the history of crime prevented a determined criminal from getting one. Because criminals don’t subscribe to any form of government control unless they are physically forced to.

So any gun restriction laws are not only a waste of our valuable time and money, but are of highly suspicious nature in relationship to out of control government untrustworthiness.

Agenda based gun control pseudo-logic additionally opens a Pandora’s Box of potential abuse by authoritarian control in all future existentialism. Which was already in preview with Mayor Bloomberg’s outrageous totalitarian control freak tyranny not too long ago in the Big Apple by attempting a ban on how much soda pop we can drink!

What’s next, banning how many Big Macs we can munch? How much caffeine drugs we can purchase? How about a Copulation Tax if you produce children? Everybody should know by now that they are relentless in their control freakishness? Thinking I’m over the top, are ya?

The Take Down, Choke, and Tap Out of Your Guns

Because if you’re oblivious to this and don’t mind sliding a little down the now well “KY JELLIED” slope, the insidious tertiary mandate in this S.2934 “Fix Things” Bill has an additional little surprise for all you “comfort zoners”.

Buried further down in this testament from hell is in section 103 (a)(36)-(b) in a subordinate clause on “adjudication” of mentally unfit persons who can no longer have firearms, is the definition of who else, besides a judge, can summarily deny your due process rights and determine you unqualified to have a gun under penalty of law, and what they can actually base their criteria on for determining that someone is too “mentally defective” to have a firearm.

Read it, and be very afraid:

{The term ‘adjudicated as a mental defective’ shall–} “include an order by a court, board, commission(?), or ‘other lawful’(??) authority that a person in response to mental incompetency, or marked subnormal intelligence (???), be compelled to receive services—including counseling, medication, or testing, to determine compliance with prescribed medications…”

Wow, I guess that says it all, doesn’t it? Of course the ATF with the form 4473 has been “setting us up” for this a long time now. The fact that one out of every three persons in America are diagnosable with some sort of issue of subnormal emotional content or abnormal psychology doesn’t help. Other countries already require psychological testing to determine if you are qualified to have a gun. This oppressive agenda is salivating at the thought?

Go ahead, pretend it won’t, then be true that when you go to renew your National I.D. Card (2005 Real I.D. Act), face recognition driver’s license, and that a station won’t be set up to test you for your “ability” to legally have a firearm.

Since self-protection is an inalienable right no matter what device or tool or weapon we use, it cannot be violated with a life sentence for isolated incidents of bad social behavior, unless the act or crime itself was so egregious that the perpetrator himself must be permanently removed from society. Which then is automatically exclusive of any other tools/weapons facilitating their violence.

If you exhibit anti-social behavioral problems to the point of actually physically harming others, then YOU should be banned from society for a time deemed appropriate to the public safety solution.

NOT the type of offense laws that Governor Christie just vetoed, which allowed Police to summarily confiscate your firearms if they merely believe that you might be about to commit domestic violence! Even though you didn’t actually commit a crime yet! Shades of “Minority Report” thought control! But why NOT err on the side of caution when it comes to saving human lives?

Well, Virginia…because the danger of a government taking advantage of our misperceptions has been proven time and again throughout history. They are always corrupt and will only get worse, not better. Any perceived notion of gun control efficacy is simply a pipe dream. The danger of the G using this to enslave us far outweighs any specious perception of good.

If you want to really keep guns out of incorrigible lifelong criminals, keep their currently violent out-of- control hands from touching any weapons by keeping sociopaths locked up until there can be little doubt they will not be revolving doored soon into society, way before they are satisfactorily rehabilitated. Not anything else.

And certainly not violating the current law abiding citizens right to protection and privacy, instead.

Get Your Mind Straight Before They Do It for You

There must be a clear understanding concerning this by everybody before things like social criminology reform can ever be achieved.

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While it’s true that our broken criminal justice system is almost to a point of being completely dysfunctional, we can’t repair a “criminal prison planet” while at the same time having laws that keep creating permanent outcasts from society, resulting in a bizarre caste system of subjugated subcultures.

And before you “over the top trolls” launch your missiles at me, just do some reality research to check out the real reason for the ’68 Gun Control Act, and the sinister motives for Johnson-and even Nixon to set this permanent felony gun possession fraud in motion along with a war on drugs.

Never were any of these so-called gun control laws intended to provide any form of public safety, because technically that’s impossible. And they know it. They laugh at all of us who swallowed that bullshit hook, line, and sinker. But it’s time get a social law revolution going if the execution of our liberty can be postponed, at least, for four years, in November?

Because we must eventually repeal ALL gun control laws with no exceptions and make it illegal to attempt to make them again. This is the only way to stem the rising red tide of oppression without having a civil war bloodbath that nobody will win, assuming it would not be extremely crushed in its nascent production. Starting with the 1934 NFA, The ’68 GCA, and The Brady Bill. Then repeal all these other super expensive enslavement laws.

Think about it. With TWO freaking trillion dollars a year extra no longer wasted on absolutely useless freedom killing laws, we could build an institutional system that can group all severely mentally ill persons from society and actually give them humane rehabilitating care, without making the rest of us subject to becoming political gun ownership prohibited sub-citizens whenever their agenda requires it.

And we’d really have a much safer public society. So how do we counter attack?

Let’s Have a “Jeffersonian Revolution”?

I know that all the Molon-Labe types are already “up in arms” on any intrusion of our private freedoms, and loudly call for defense of our Constitutional values against determined destruction of our Bill of Rights—at least from the comfort and security of their armchairs.

So why, then, are these totalitarians still out flanking free Americans and taking higher ground? Are they not even experiencing a modicum of trepidation at the idea of waking up the sleeping giant bad dog of a million AR-15 toting, locked and loaded, American minute men and women storming the Capital to tar and feathering the traitors out of town?

But this new stealth universal gun registration bill will be the point of no return if it gets passed. Then all they have to do is tweak the administrative other authority laws to bypass Senate and House legislators as planned, to make all kinds of potential revolutionary dissidents a criminal or other such adjudicated unsuitable person to have firearms who then becomes unauthorized for life to have a gun. And voila, target focused mass disarmament and immediate confiscations!

And all your bravado and trash talking shit won’t mean a thing. There’s even a slick remedy in this bill to take care of all you “hold outs” who say to the Confiscation Officers that their guns were lost or stolen. Because if you don’t have a police report to that effect, guess what? You violated the 48-hour reporting rule! Punishable by arrest.

Thomas Jefferson ran for POTUS against the Federalists. Which if you study the history, was a similar problem to what we have between political parties today. He rallied the common folk and won, and they called it The Jeffersonian Revolution.

We need another one now. Just this morning I heard Donald Trump giving speech in North Dakota and astoundingly…he actually said the word “totalitarian” in describing the excessive overreach of government bureaucracy and their out-of-control laws!

I almost became misty eyed with gratitude, hope, and appreciation. But for someone like me that’s not a viable option in response.

Do…or Die?

Instead I’ve already dedicated time out of every day of my life from now until November to help American revolutionary election forces defeat the nowadays Federalists. It really IS that important.

I hope others immediately join our Jeffersonian Revolution in the war on oppression by coming out to vote and getting others to join us. Everything in our lives as we once knew it…is critically at stake. Our beloved visionary framers would be proud. And your progeny will forever be grateful.

But ONLY five months left to save and preserve American freedoms—or suffer total enslavement. Some say this is the most important election in our lives.

While relaxing and enjoying your holiday these days, please try to at least take a solemn minute to consider how much the high cost of American Freedom is worth to you?

And how so many of our best gave some, and how some…gave all… for our Liberty. Then make your decision. Are you really an American Patriot? Or Not?

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Memorializing Spiritual Warriors

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     Today is the day that our nation honors the warriors who have fought and sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  They answered the call and put their own lives aside in order to serve others and something greater than themselves.  It is an act and a life choice worth honoring, and I pay tribute to all those, in the history of our country, who have given me the opportunity to live in liberty, without being enslaved to a tyrant or oppressive ruler.  We have been fortunate in this country to have experienced such unparalleled freedom.
     But today I would also like to honor those spiritual warriors of the Bible, who long ago made those same sacrifices and answered a call that benefitted each and every one of us.  Just like our modern soldiers who are well trained and equipped in the art of waging war, these spiritual warriors were trained by God to identify the enemy and his tactics.
     If you really think about it, in the Bible, our faith is often compared to warfare. Indeed, it is a very real aspect of the way that those who follow Christ must live. Those who desire to live this way will face many battlefield and battles that MUST BE WON if we are to make it into the kingdom of God, and defeat the enemy. There is effort involved—energy must be expended in the day-to-day life of a true Christian — fighting the attempts of Self, Society and Satan to disrupt our relationship and eternity with Christ.  Yes, Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross and our belief in Him gives us an entry into the Kingdom via trusting Him and having confidence in what He has done on our behalf (faith).  Our decision binds our spirits with Him, but once that decision is made, we must face the fact that the rest of our lives will find us in battles for our souls (our minds, will, and emotions).
     Just as our forefathers had to recognize and identify our nation’s enemies in order to keep us free, we must realize that our Spiritual war is a war between the forces of God (including angels) and saved humanity versus Satan and his fallen angels.   Just as on the battlefields of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the continuing wars in the Middle East, the Spiritual war is being fought in heavenly realms on the battlefield of the minds of humanity.  This physical world is merely a byproduct of the events taking place spiritually.  When souls come to salvation, territory is taken away from Satan.  It is a battle of strategy and ultimate power.
      And fortunately, we have some great role models of men in this physical world who battled the enemy successfully and won vital territory for mankind.  Each one of the apostles answered the call to advance the campaign against the enemy and claimed new territory for God’s Kingdom.  And each of them paid the price with his own life.  At least two were crucified (Peter and Andrew), and eight of them died martyr’s deaths (James, son of Alpheus, was thrown down from the temple by the scribes and Pharisees; he was then stoned, and his brains dashed out with a club).

     Perhaps one of the most extraordinary examples was the Prophet Elijah.  I agree with one website, that says, “Elijah stands out in the Old Testament as [one of] the great Spiritual warriors.  He was the prophet to Israel during the Baal counterattack when only 7,000 believers were left in the Northern Kingdom.  He opposed the Evil King Ahab and Jezebel, his wife, the foremost example of the Prostitute of Babylon.  Elijah and Moses are believed, by some, to be the two witnesses who will be called back to serve in the Tribulation in Israel’s darkest hour.  And Elijah’s prophecy of no rain for 3.5 years will become the standard for the division of the seven years of the Tribulation (in half) to mark the beginning of the Great Tribulation.”
     Elijah’s service to God and Israel was costly and difficult, and he was tested in his battles and fought his own weariness and reluctance.  But God always provided shelter and sustenance, and fortified him in his moments of doubting.  And just like us in our spiritual warfare, Elijah had to learn some important lessons in surrendering to the power of Christ in order to fight the devil.  He had to learn that he had his eyes on himself and his problem, and not on the Divine solution; that (at times) his normal methods of fighting off the attacks of the enemy were not working.  That’s when the Lord humbled him and demonstrated His power in three Judgments: a storm, an earthquake, and fire. (1 Kings, Chapter 19).  The three Judgments were followed by “the sound (whisper) of a gentle breeze”, which symbolized a paradigm shift in Elijah’s warfare tactics and he became aware that he could become more effective by partnering with Christ.  With this new strategic objective, Elijah moved into spiritual maturity, and he was instrumental in defeating Ahab and Jezebel, satan’s instruments.
     It is not lost on me that the continual wars that the world faces are spiritual in nature.  I believe that satan has placed his partners in strategic geographical areas of the world in order to further his cause and promote conflicts, campaigns, and bombardments (all with spiritual implications).  Just as our modern soldiers form “bonds of brotherhood” in their theaters of war, we, too, must form partnerships with our fellow warriors.  And, together, we must work with Jesus and the Holy Spirit to carry out their commands, being equipped with the Authority and Power mandated to us.
     Like Elijah, we are not born spiritually mature, but by answering the call of our Lord, we can discern that we are each born for a purpose — to confront the greatest evil in the history of mankind.  We can be effective spiritual warriors by recognizing that we have the Law of the Lord written on our hearts, and we live by His Grace through our faith and obedience.
     Today, we honor and memorialize those military warriors who have died for the perpetuation of our earthly freedom.  Let us not forget those Biblical warriors who perished for our spiritual freedom. Every warrior’s death is important in the eyes of God.  He chooses the time, place, and manner of death.  War is a horrible part of our human existence, and we must never forget that it is not God’s desire.  But, even in the midst of such battles, God can be glorified.  As we approach the enemy’s endgame, we can rejoice that our Victory has already been won.  In the meantime, we must ask for more of His Spirit, His help and His protection—along with the strength, desire and determination needed to fight each and every battle, each and every day. So, I continually pray for all of our warriors, past and present, and God’s people and the ministry of effective spiritual warfare.

2 Timothy 2:3-4   “Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure], like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No soldier in active service gets entangled in the [ordinary business] affairs of civilian life; [he avoids them] so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve.”

How to stay safe in a big crowd

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Good weather is upon us and it is the time of the year when the vast majority of people become highly active. While some will go on vacation, there will be those who will end up being part of a crowded event such as a political gathering or a sporting event. Regardless the reasons behind … Read more…

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BBC’s Wartime Farm: A Preparedness Review

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If you love modern history, homesteading, and all things survivalist/ preparedness, and have run out of series to binge-watch on Netflix, may I humbly suggest to you BBC’s Wartime Farm?

Wartime Farm is an eight-part documentary series released in 2012 that chronicles the adventures of a team of archeologists and historians who run a farm in Southampton, England, the way that it would have been run during the early 1940s during the second world war. They wear period clothing, use period machinery, and eat period meals. Along the way, the main cast explores rationing, the technology available during the period, as well as the socio-political aspects of the war. If you are interested in emergency preparedness, even if the war itself has no interest for you, this show is a goldmine of wisdom. History tells us that if it can happen once, it can happen again, and there but for the Grace of God go we.

This type of show is probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but you have to admit that it takes a certain degree of talent to make plowing, sewing, and laundry interesting – especially eight hours of it.

Other topics covered:

  1. Washing hair with soapwort
  2. Raising rabbits
  3. Building a temporary structure out of bales of hay
  4. Making silage
  5. Cooking lots of depressing 1940s-era meals (this era must be where Britain got is reputation for cuisine)
  6. Plucking chickens
  7. Rat extermination

All this, and more! And it’s engaging and interesting enough that I was inspired to actually go out and buy soapwort seeds so I could copy what I saw on television.

Reliance on Farming During the War

“The plow was the farmer’s principle weapon of war.”

Every episode opens with this statement from one of the cast members. Farming became a reserved occupation during the War, which meant that farmers were exempt from the draft. Prior to the War, two-thirds of all Britain’s food was imported, so when the German submarines enforced a blockade, the British knew they’d have to more than double food production or starve.

Britain’s farmers had many tricks up their sleeve in order to meet the demand. These included using prisoners of war as agricultural workers and plowing up any teeny bits of irregularly-shaped land that could be found. Because farmers could not grow hay, they fed their animals things like beet tops, nettles, and the weeds that grow in churchyards.

In modern America, people choose to be thrifty in order to save money. In Wartime Britain, people had to be thrifty because there were no other options, period. You had to make every last scrap of everything count because even if you had money, you could not go out to the store to buy more of it.


“Make Do And Mend”

If you could condense the series into one phrase, it would be this one. Here’s a perfect example: the farm simulated preparations made for receiving evacuees from London. To do this, the cast had to fix up some of the out buildings and make them habitable, but the roofs had holes in them. Buying tiles for repairing the roofs was out of the question because all the factories that used to make tiles are now making munitions. So what do you do? You pull out some rusty machines that were obsolete in the ’20s and make tiles in your backyard! And then you distill some hard cider while you’re at it. Most of the show seems to consist of dealing with rusty machinery, come to think of it. And the rest of it entails resurrecting trade skills – like blacksmithing – that hadn’t been used in decades.

In this way, the series almost serves as a call to action. The way Wartime Farm tells it, possessing skills that were widely considered “obsolete” is what saved Britain. If there hadn’t been people around who knew how to use those ancient tile-making machines and how to build a kiln to fire them, what would you have done? With little clothing available for purchase, how else would you have clothed yourself or your children if you didn’t have any sewing ability?

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my son’s favorite segment. As part of the Christmas episode, one of the guys makes a toy airplane out of a tin can and some roofing nails. My six-year-old thinks this is the height of technology, and has often asked us to make him an identical plane out of our many empty #10 cans. That we lack the tools and knowledge to do so makes us, in his view, somewhat lacking as parents. But more importantly, the necessity of having to make a toy out of a tin can at all highlights the differing attitudes towards toys between then and now.

Today, children have more toys than they know what to do with, and people make jokes about how a child’s playthings reproduce at night until the house is completely overrun. Many children in 1940s Britain witnessed their homes being destroyed and their families torn apart. Something as simple as a tin can airplane would have been an absolute treasure.

Not All Was Sunshine and Rainbows

The final episode briefly touches on some of the negative consequences of the farming methods employed during the war. British farmers couldn’t afford to use their land to grow feed for livestock because it was needed to grow food for humans. As a result, a great number of animals were culled. In agriculture today we refer to “rare breeds” of livestock – this event is why so many breeds of farm animals are considered “rare.”

The war also introduced a number of government farm-related regulations that were arguably necessary given the circumstances, but in the United States we would consider them abhorrent examples of government overreach. The Ministry of Agriculture had the power to grade farms based on their efficiency, and if you failed inspection, the government had the power to take your farm away and give it to someone else. After the war, people had the opportunity to vote on whether to keep the new regulations or dispense with them. The voters ultimately decided to keep the regulations.

In addition to the TV series, the cast wrote a book entitled Wartime Farm, which is alsoavailable for purchase. The series itself is only available as a set of region 2 DVDs on Amazon, but and can be found on YouTube. If you enjoy Wartime Farm, you should also check out additional series done by the same people: Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm, and Tudor Monastery Farm.


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Memorial Day 2016

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Memorial Day 2016

Today is a day we honor those who paid the price for freedom. It is Memorial Day 2016 and it is so much more than a cook out or a weekend at the beach. There is no doubt that freedom is not free and many brave men and women have paid the price for our freedom. Today let us honor those on Memorial Day 2016.

I know for me I will never forget or honor them. The President can go on his apology tour and that will not change anything for me. The tradition of celebrating those that died fighting for our honor started as a celebration for those brave men that died during the War of Northern Aggression. We shall never forget those that fought in that war.

Many folks were impacted by World War II and the brutality that brought the United States into the fray on that day that will live in Infamy. What brave men and women we had that went ashore on D-Day or waded through the Pacific surf as they took the fight to the Japanese.

The war to end all wars did not last and we lost more men and women on the frozen grounds in Korea or in the jungles of Vietnam. Lately our battles have been waged in the mountains of Afghanistan or the sand in the Middle East.

No matter where they died or what war they were fighting our brave men and women deserve the recognition. Without their sacrifice we would not see the Stars and Stripes waving in a gentle breeze. There is no greater symbol of freedom and only one place on earth that is a shining example.

Thank you to all the men and women that sacrificed so we can enjoy our freedom. May we honor them with our choices and not casually accept future sacrifices that our made!

Yard Sales Are Awesome For Preppers!!

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This has turned out to be the best thing that I ever found at a yard sale. I got a huge lot of camping gear at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago – sleeping bags, tent, cookware, blow up mattresses, some Mountain House pouches of food , and this little stove – all for 30.00!!

My son left for a 10 day camping trip at Yellowstone and took all of it. This MSR Microrocket Stove was his favorite thing. He said it was easy to use and they had hot meals every day!!

What Are Solar Flares?

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8 Miraculous Healing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar (No. 2 Alone Could Save Millions Of Lives)

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Golden brown and slightly hazy from the fine fibers floating inside, apple cider vinegar may seem unimpressive at first glance. From thousands of years, however, this unassuming panacea has been used to combat a wide variety of health problems.

And while not every Internet claim can be substantiated, scientific research continues to reveal legitimate ways vinegar can contribute to a healthier life, including the following eight great uses:

1. Treating ear infections

Few things are as painful as an ear infection. If you’re looking for relief for adults, though, the answer may be as close as your kitchen cabinet. Daily irrigating the ear with vinegar can kill off infection-causing germs, while also helping to dry out the ear canal. Some studies even suggest the treatment may be more effective than antibiotic drops when it comes to easing ear aches, although it does come with the potential for canal irritation that some participants said caused pain and dizziness.

2. Improving cardiovascular health

While so far the research connecting heart-health and vinegar remains somewhat inconclusive, some studies suggest that regularly ingesting modest amounts of vinegar may be good for your circulatory system’s star player. For example, researchers found that rats who received vinegar had lower blood pressure than their peers who were only given water. A different study found that participants who regularly consumed an oil and vinegar salad dressing also saw a lower risk of heart disease compared to the control group.

3. Reducing cancer risk

Apple cider vinegar is rich in the same polyphenols that have given wine and chocolate their new-found status as health foods. Known to combat against oxidative stress, these amazing molecules may even decrease the risk of developing certain forms of cancer.

4. Controlling glucose levels

Perhaps the most exciting research related to vinegar has to do with glucose control. Multiple studies have shown it to have an antiglycemic effect — that is, it reduced the glucose response to carbohydrates when taken before a meal.

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While scientists aren’t entirely sure why it works, there is some evidence to suggest vinegar may actually slow the progress of diabetes and ultimately provide important benefits to insulin-resistant individuals.

5. Relieving jellyfish stings

8 Miraculous Healing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar (No. 2 Alone Could Save Millions Of Lives)

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A jellyfish sting is a fast way to ruin a pleasant day in the water. If you’ve been stung, vinegar should be an important part of your first response. Before attempting to remove any remaining tentacles, douse the site in vinegar. The acetic acid in vinegar deactivates any nematocysts (the dart-like cells that inject the venom) that haven’t already fired, preventing them from discharging additional venom into the victim. While urine or warm water can also be used, vinegar has the advantage of being readily available (no waiting for water to heat up) and highly sanitary (no rinsing yourself in someone else’s urine).

6. Losing weight

Vinegar may even provide a helpful boost when it comes to weight loss. Studies show that people who ingest vinegar in the morning go on to consume fewer calories during the day. They also tend to feel more full after meals and are less prone to between-meal hunger.

7. Cleaning produce

Everybody knows it’s important to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, but the very same leafy greens that are so good for your body are also favorite hiding places for illness-causing bacteria, like Listeria and E. Coli. Thankfully, the apple cider vinegar you already have in your pantry can be an easy solution to the invisible bad guys hanging out on your veggies. Because of its renowned antimicrobial properties, apple cider vinegar easily does a better job than water alone when it comes to cleaning produce, and is nearly on-par with chemical-based cleaners. Even with notoriously difficult-to-clean produce like lettuce and strawberries, studies have shown that vinegar is at least 90 percent successful at removing potentially dangerous microbes.

8. Caring for dentures

Keeping dentures clean isn’t only important for cosmetic reasons. Tiny micro-pores in the seemingly smooth surfaces of dentures can easily harbor dangerous microbes, which can cause not only oral disease, but systemic diseases as well. Simply brushing generally isn’t enough to keep these mouth-based bacteria at bay — dentures require a good soak on a regular basis. Rather than relying on fizzing tablets from the drugstore, consider using vinegar instead. Both bleach and vinegar have been found to be as effective as their effervescent stand-bys, but vinegar has the added benefit of not leaving behind harmful residue the way bleach can.

While apple cider vinegar is typically kept in a kitchen pantry, it has such a wide range of health-related uses, you may be tempted to keep it in the medicine cabinet instead. Inexpensive, natural, and readily available, incorporating it into your solutions for common problems can be a simple step towards a healthier life.

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5 Things You BETTER Know And Do Before Carrying Concealed (If You Want To Stay Alive)

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5 Things You BETTER Know (And Do) Before Carrying Concealed

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Carrying a concealed weapon is a major decision one must make, and ultimately you as an adult are solely in charge of defending your life. It can be an intimidating venture, but I have a few tips I’ve discovered after carrying a weapon for the last five years.

1. Wear your rig everywhere

Wearing a gun in a concealed fashion for the first time is quite uncomfortable. First off, holsters are often like boots: They have to be broken in. Not only does the holster have to be broken in, but you have to be broken into carrying a gun. If you are a new concealed carrier, or waiting for your permit, or scheduling a class, go ahead and start looking for holsters and guns. When you decide on one holster or another, just start wearing it. The more you carry, the more comfortable you’ll be with a gun.

You’ll also learn how to comfortably conceal your weapon. This means you can test your belt’s mettle, making sure it is supportive and comfortable. You’ll learn that if you use an inside-the-waistband holster, you’ll have to up your size of pants. You’ll also learn how to adjust a shoulder holster, and you’ll see if carrying your weapon is viable with your everyday attire.

2. Try a variety of holsters

When it comes to purchasing a holster, be prepared to purchase several holsters. You may read rave reviews about one holster or another, but find they simply don’t work for you. I love Alien Gear Holsters, but you may not. Be prepared to try some holsters out, and to start your own small collection. As a side note, stay away from cheap nylon holsters, and if your holster costs the same as a box of ammo, you’re doing it wrong.

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Most people are going to face situations in their life where their normal method of dress will change. I wear a shirt and tie to my day job, and typically jeans and a T-shirt when I’m off work. These sets of clothing have different restrictions and challenges for carrying a weapon. I own a Sneaky Pete for carrying at work, and a simple Stealth operator compact holster from Phalanx Defense systems. I keep an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck for deep concealment in casual clothes. These three holsters give me options for nearly every clothing I choose to wear.

3. Know your weapon and holster inside and out

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This is a big one. If you use multiple holsters like I do, then you want to train with all of them. Each of my holsters is similar enough to make cross training easy but different enough to make it necessary. If you choose to use different holsters and one has a retention device and the other does not, then you’ll have to practice for that. You’ll have to train how to draw the weapon not only with your strong hand but with your weak hand, with your back on the ground, and so forth.

Knowing your weapon is another major factor. For example, I typically carry a Walther PPS in 9mm. The Walther PPS has a different magazine release than most weapons, and I have to train to use it. If I carried a weapon with a safety, I’d train to disable that safety on every draw during practice. You need to practice mag changes with both hands, disabling the safety with both hands, and be able to use the weapon with one hand competently.

4. Practice with your everyday carry ammo

Most practice you do will be with standard full metal jacket ammunition; it’s cheap, effective and commonly available. No doubt, training with FMJs is valuable and will be the majority of training you’ll do. You do need to occasionally shoot your defensive ammunition. When you first purchase a gun and choose your defensive ammo you should buy two boxes — one for carry, and one for practice. Make sure your weapon can reliably feed in the weapon. Some defensive ammo may have a tweaked overall length, which may affect reliability. Some defensive ammo has a polymer tip to it, and this may affect reliability with your weapon.

Outside of reliability testing, you should shoot your defensive ammo just to remember how it handles. For example, I use Speer Gold Dot 124 grain that is +P. That +P adds some more power to the round and some more recoil. I want to make sure I am capable of handling this recoil and to expect it. Also, if you constantly rechamber defensive ammo after practice over and over, you may push the bullet into the case, reducing the overall length.

5. Be willing to fight

The last tip is a mental block some people may have to climb over. As a CCW instructor, I have heard it from a few people that they never want to shoot anyone, and hope the gun will simply scare the attacker off. This is a dangerous mindset, and if you aren’t willing to pull the trigger, you shouldn’t be carrying the weapon. If you pull your weapon and can’t pull the trigger, you may lose it to your attacker and suffer some serious consequences.

You need to be prepared to fight, to truly take hold of your responsibility to defend yourself, and, if necessary, shoot your attacker. Carrying a gun without the willingness to use it makes the weapon useless.

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Junk The Water Hose For A Simple $35 DIY Rainwater Irrigation System

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One of my favorite summertime passions is gardening. I generally attempt to grow all the needed vegetables I consume over the course of the summer as a way of ensuring I am eating high quality products while also saving a little bit of money.

I already use landscaping fabric to keep the weeds to a minimum, and I employ a variety of other methods to help with water retention in the soil. I am always concerned with maximizing space and effective pest control measures to ensure the crops I am able to harvest are the best I can get.

But one of the hardest things for me – with a busy summer schedule — is keeping track of watering the garden. I do my best to make sure that each plant receives the necessary amount each day if there is no rain, but this isn’t always an option. Just like everyone else, there are days that I just can’t get to it.

Due to the design of my yard, the area I am able to use as a garden is far from a water source. It requires me connecting two hoses together and keeping two doors propped open in order to reach my garden – something that simply isn’t practical.

So what I have done this year is to begin construction of an irrigation system that utilizes some of the things I already have in place. I currently have a shed that sits within 10 feet of my garden. It is roughly 15 feet by 15 feet and is equipped with a set of old gutters. The gutters originally funneled to separate downspouts and out into the yard, but I have since tied them together to one communal downspout.  I don’t live in an overly rainy area, although as the phrase goes, “when it rains, it pours!”

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Thus, I am building a functioning irrigation system that can be utilized as needed. Here is what I’m using. All total, it cost about $35:


  • 40 feet of ½-inch PVC pipe
  • Four (4) ½-inch PVC T connectors
  • Five (5) ½-inch PVC pipe caps
  • One (1) ½-inch PVC elbow
  • Six (6) ½-inch PVC ball valves
  • Two (2) ½-inch PVC adapters
  • Two (2) pipe clamps
  • 10 feet of ½-inch plastic tubing
  • One (1) 50-gallon garbage can with lid

(Things I did not take into account when pricing this project: I had previously reworked the gutters to one downspout for a separate purpose and already had the garbage can prior to this project.)

Junk The Water Hose For A Simple $35 DIY Rainwater Irrigation System

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Step One

  • Reroute the gutters to flow to one communal downspout.
  • Modify an old 50-gallon trash can with lid so the gutters can drain directly into the can itself and water can be stored there. It also helps to have the garbage can raised off the ground on several level cement blocks.
  • Cut a hole near the base of the trash can so that a 40-inch section of ½-inch PVC can be installed and secured. (Note: You will need to silicone or otherwise seal this installation in order to provide a watertight seal.)
  • Onto this section of pipe, attach one of the valves, followed by a 2-inch section of ½-inch pipe, and then an adapter.

Step Two

  • Cut 5 sections of ½-inch PVC at 5-foot intervals.
  • Using a cordless drill, drill holes in a staggered pattern every 12 inches or so in each of the 5-foot sections of PVC. You will want holes on both sides of each pipe. (Note: I used a ¼-inch drill bit for this step.)
  • Put an end cap on one side of each of these pipes.

Step Three

  • Fit the opposite end of each these pipes with a ½-inch valve.
  • Cut 5 individual 2-inch long sections of ½-inch pipe.
  • Place each of the 2-inch pieces on the opposite side of the valve in each of the 5-foot sections.
  • Onto the 2-inch sections, place an elbow on one branch followed by Ts on the remaining 4 sections.
  • You want to make sure that each branch is laying on the ground in such a way that the holes you drilled are parallel to the ground and adjust the valves and fittings as needed.
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Step Four

  • Cut 4 individual 3-foot sections of ½-inch pipe plus one additional 1-foot section.
  • Run each of the 3-foot sections from the elbow through each T.
  • Attach the final 1-foot piece to the end of the final T.

Step Five

  • To the end of the 1-foot section, attach the other ½-inch PVC adapter.
  • Run clear ½-inch plastic tubing from the adapter on the trash can to the adapter on the end of the irrigation system.
  • Secure each end of the tubing using a pipe clamp.

The reason I used this many valves in my design is that I want to have as much control over the flow of water as possible. Not all plants need the same amount of water, and this design will hopefully provide me with the ability to target individual rows of plants instead of the garden as a whole. It is, I hope, a handy way to ensure that there is little potential for waste.

The project should cost somewhere around $35, depending on local prices, taxes and any materials you already may have on hand. This cost does not take into account the rerouting of the gutter system or the purchase of a trash can, which most people already have. (Trash cans vary widely in price, depending on what you want.)

The idea behind the clear tubing is to allow for a connection to the irrigation system only as needed. This way. I can still mow in this area and won’t run the risk of damaging any critical parts.

This irrigation system is made so that it can be left out throughout the summer, without fear of damage. Since I keep it located in my garden, it is generally out of the way most of time and doesn’t require me to find a new space for it.

The idea is to find a functional way to utilize water that otherwise goes off into my yard and serves no purpose. This design also allows for me to fill a watering can.

Have you ever built such a system? What advice would you add? Share your tips in the section below.

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Garden Buddies: Vegetables That Thrive And Flourish Next To Each Other

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Companion planting makes sense in an organic garden by creating plant diversity and using garden space more efficiently. Some plants work as pest deterrents, while others act as traps, drawing harmful bugs away from more susceptible veggies. Some gardeners are convinced that companion planting doubles the harvest, making it well worth the extra effort.

The Native American Three Sisters planting method, which involves corn, beans and squash, is one of the best examples of how companion planting works. As corn stalks gain height, they provide support for vining bean plants, and the beans repay the favor by fixing nitrogen in the soil. Squash, a fast-growing plant, does its part by shading the soil, preserving moisture and helping keep weeds in check.

Keep in mind that companion planting is not an exact science, and what works well for your friend across town may not work for you. Experimentation will reveal what natural friendships crop up in your garden.

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Beets – Cabbage and related plants do well near beet plants, as do members of the onion family. Beets also like bush beans, lettuce and chard, but it’s best to keep them away from pole beans.

Garden Buddies: Vegetables That Thrive And Flourish Next To Each Other

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Beans – Bush beans interact positively with cucumbers, corn, radishes, celery, beets and members of the cabbage family. Pole beans, on the other hand, are a little pickier; they get along famously with radishes and corn, but hate beets. Plant potatoes next to either type of bean if you have problem with beetles, as potatoes tend to repel the pests. Avoid onions, garlic, leeks and chives, which may stunt bean plant growth.

Carrots – Onions, garlic and leeks help repel carrot flies and other pests, while members of the cabbage family also tend to discourage various pests that bug carrots. Beneficial carrot buddies also include peas, beans, lettuce, radishes, peppers and tomatoes.

Sweet corn – Beans are super helpful companion plants for corn, attracting beneficial insects that feast on corn-ravaging pests. Other companion plants that may enhance corn plant growth include potatoes, beans, melons, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers and peas. However, plant corn and tomatoes at least 4 feet apart, as the two don’t do well together.

Cucumbers – Cucumbers thrive on nitrogen that peas and beans provide to the soil, while radishes help by drawing cucumber beetles away from tender cukes. Corn is a good companion for cucumbers, but potatoes and melons aren’t so good. Plant them in a different area of the garden.

Lettuce – Plant onions, garlic and chives nearby to deter aphids, maggots and other pests. Additionally, you can plant lettuce under tall tomatoes or corn, as lettuce appreciates the cool shade. Lettuce also gets along well with carrots, cucumbers, parsnips, beets and members of the cabbage family.

Onions – Onions grow well alongside many vegetable plants, including tomatoes, beets, peppers, lettuce, carrots, chard and most members of the cabbage family (with the exception of kohlrabi).

Peas – Plant peas near radishes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, parsley, tomatoes and turnips, but not in close proximity to onions, garlic, leeks or chives.

Peppers – Peppers get along well with most vegetables, including eggplant, parsley, carrots, tomatoes and members of the onion family. On the other hand, beans and peppers aren’t a good combination.

Garden Buddies: Vegetables That Thrive And Flourish Next To Each Other

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Radish – Radishes are cheerful little plants that get along with most vegetables, including carrots, beets, parsnips and spinach. Many gardeners think companion planting radishes and lettuce makes radishes more tender. However, it’s best not to plant radish in close proximity to members of the cabbage family.

Spinach – When you plant spinach and radishes side by side, the spinach works as a trap plant, meaning it attracts leafminers that are capable of decimating your spinach crop. Chinese mustard works in much the same fashion. Spinach also grows well alongside eggplants, celery and members of the cabbage family.

Potatoes – Plant spuds along with beans, eggplant, corn, peas and members of the cabbage family, but locate tomatoes, melons, squash, turnips and cucumbers in another corner of your garden.

Tomatoes – Many gardeners believe that chives can make tomatoes even sweeter. Other good tomato companions include parsley, carrots, celery, asparagus, onions, garlic and leeks. Tomatoes and corn are enemies, primarily because they tend to attract the same pests. Similarly, potatoes are susceptible to the same blight, which means they aren’t good companions for tomatoes. Plant tomatoes away from cauliflower, kale and other members of the cabbage family, which are believed to stunt tomato plant growth.

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Prepper Calendar – National Observance Months

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Survival Gear Review: Kershaw OSO Sweet Pocket Knife

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I have never owned an assisted opening pocket knife before but have always wanted one. From the outside they Best EDC Pocket Knifeseemed like they would be flimsy and their action was all for show.  Most of the people I had met that brandished an assisted opening blade, were of the “mall ninja” type. I had no real basis for that thought process but it was a gut feeling I had from secondhand experience.  Since I love a good knife and I’m always looking for a new one to try, I decided to take the plunge to find an assisted opening blade for my EDC.  I did not want to spend a lot of money on something that I had never tried before.

By Bryan, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

Under $20 Bucks

I found the Kershaw OSO Sweet Assisted Opening Pocket Knife on Amazon for under $20 and figured I couldn’t go wrong for that price for this particular brand.  The first thing I noticed when I took the knife from the box was how lightweight it felt. At 3.2 ounces you almost don’t even notice the knife in your hand, let alone your pocket.  At four and one-eighth inches long this knife fits diagonally in the palm of my hand with the blade closed.  I felt a bit like a kid in a candy store the first time I engaged the assisted opening.  The quick hard snap of the blade opening and locking up, was quite impressive.  Shutting and opening the blade one handed is very easy and requires almost no practice as long as you are familiar with pocket knives.

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Normally I am not a huge fan of stainless steel blades but this particular knife came razor sharp out of the box.  Yes, EDC Pocket Knife Reviewit shaved hair off of the top of my arm.  Thus far the blade has held its edge quite well through extensive use every day for months.  I have used the Kershaw OSO Sweet Assisted Opening Pocket Knife to cut everything from cardboard, carpet, rope, to shaving tinder from branches.  This knife wasn’t really meant for the use I have put it through because it is not a survival knife, nor is it a utility knife but the stainless steel blade has held up well and I like to test my blades outside of their normal use parameters.  The Smith Pocket Sharpener does an Ok job putting an edge back on the blade but I have much better results if I put in the time with some Arkansas stones at home.


SpeedSafe® assisted opening
Liner lock
Reversible (tip-up/tip-down) pocketclip
Steel: 8Cr13MoV, satin finish
Handle: Glass-filled nylon
Blade length: 3.1 in. (7.9 cm)
Closed length: 4.1 in. (10.5 cm)
Overall length: 7.25 in. (18.4 cm)
Weight: 3.2 oz. (90.7 g)

The black injection-molded glass-filled nylon handle has held up extremely well to the abuse I have put it through.  I cannot count how many times I have dropped this knife onto the concrete or how many times it has rubbed up against other tools and there is not a scratch on it.  In some customer reviews that I have read they have negative opinions of the handle, though, from an aesthetics standpoint rather than functional one.  Personally I like the “spider web” look of the scales and the feel of it in my hand.  All knives are slippery to a degree when they are wet and this knife is no different.  The few times I have used it while wet, the slippage was not great enough to be a concern.


Out of all the EDC knives that I have owned over the years this knife beats them all hands down.  For the price, the Model 1830 Kershaw  OSO Sweet Pocket Knife cannot be beat.  I love the balance of the knife when it is deployed, especially when transitioning from a standard forward position to a reverse hold position. It is just as fast to deploy as it is to put away which I think is an important aspect to note.  One other EDC knife that I owned had an additional safety lock on it.  I can see why they would put such a feature on a knife but it did make it difficult to close and place back in my pocket.  I think Kershaw did an outstanding job on this model as I have zero complaints and would not change a thing.

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A woman living off grid

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As a woman living off grid, I can speak definitively about this. But apparently I’m not the average woman. Many women I speak to, they tend to say things like “that is wonderful but I could never live like that…”, I suppose they think I’m living like a cave woman. I can assure you that I do not live like a cave woman, but I am more comfortable with a level of primitiveness (is that even a word? It us now, LOL) that most city dwellers might not find pleasant.

I watched this video talking specifically about this subject, I will say that I personally agree with most of what they discussed, but some of it, we’ll IMHO I think they have some learning ahead of them.

Guys, this is where you can skip ahead or skip altogether if you wish, though if you are planning on bringing along some female company, these are things you will deal with directly or indirectly. Either way, you have been warned. 🙂

The monthly curse, I like the use of the menstrual cup, I have one, I’ve used it, but with my age comes that other M, menopause, so that is becoming less and less of an issue for me, and for that I am eternally grateful. The thing I personally don’t agree with is the requirement of a daily shower. Especially if you have limited water, if you have to haul it in and such. Of course if you have unlimited water, a well or some other source and have the fuel to heat the water, then daily showers are fine, but for many living off grid, it’s a luxury that is best saved up for when it’s more necessary.

For me, I’m quite happy taking a sponge bath everyday, I take a full on shower once a week or so, of course if I do something that makes me grimy, yes I’ll take a shower as needed. In the summer I’m likely to hop in the shower and just do a quick rinse between regular showers. But I do not require a daily, full on shower. No I don’t stink, I don’t look dirty, I do work in the public so I have to be presentable. I also don’t wear makeup or bling, it’s just my personal choice, to each their own. 🙂

Here is the video, watch and enjoy.

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The Last Days are Upon Us-The Beast System-Michael Snyder-Pt2

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Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse Blog is back on the show today for Part 2 or our discussion.  We cover the headlines that suggest the end may be near and the growing technology that is bringing us closer to a global cashless currency and the Mark-of-the-beast system of the final world empire. To learn more, visit Michael blog, watch his new alternative news update program The Watch, and get his latest book, The Rapture Verdict.

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Sustainable Sundays #2

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Welcome to the Sustainable Sundays link up party #2! Check out last week’s features!

Join us at Sustainable Sundays - a link party with an eco-friendly, sustainable theme. Share your gardening, upcycling, homesteading and related posts. And it's a party, so discover new blogs and make some friends! #sustainablesundays

A link up party focused on eco friendly, sustainable practices. We’d love to have you link up posts about gardening, upcycling, homesteading, natural foods and recipes (nothing from a box!), reducing, reusing, and recycling.   

Ever have one of those weeks? Besides the (relatively) insignificant matter that my brand new Android Tab was stolen, our littlest landed at the emergency room on her second birthday. She had a fever of 105.3F, and after quite a stressful afternoon and evening, with bloodwork, throat swabs and X-rays, the results came back – two spots of pneumonia on her lungs. There is nothing that can bring you to your knees faster than an extremely ill baby and pneumonia is an extremely serious illness that has a long recovery.

While she’s healing, the rattle in her chest tells me we’re not out of the woods yet. It looks like it’s time for this mama to learn a bit about pneumonia (or as my children keep saying gnome-ee-oh) and natural lung care!

On to the party!

And if you have anything to share regarding natural antibiotics and lung care, I’ll share it to my email list in the next Saturday Round Up next week!
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Most Visited Post: There’s a good reason why this tute on deboning old shirts to use for quilting fabric was our most visited post. It’s from The Quilting Room with Mel, and it is excellent! My mother always did this when we were children, and we had plenty of quilts made from outgrown shirts. Keep that good fabric out of the landfill!

Most Social: Hey, it pays to promote the link up. Susie from Oui Crochet checked and commented on so many other posts – and we noticed! She submitted a great little project for a crocheted soap sack. I think this might make a good project to teach my 8 year old how to crochet – and we’ll get useful gifts in the process. 

Marie’s Choice: No, no, no, don’t make me choose. Okay, this is going to be the hardest part of running this party, you know. I have to choose my favourite? Here it is. Eeva, who writes at Motoristin Mutsi, has an absolutely delightful blog and I adored her post about turning an old stained tablecloth into a sweet “pinny dress”. While I have no idea what a pinny dress is, I read the post aloud, enjoying the “accent”. It didn’t get nearly enough love during the party, so my vote is for Pinny Dress From Old Tablecloth.

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Between sewing, upcycling, and woodworking projects, Danielle loves to read, play with her dogs, try to keep her garden alive, and investigate new exciting ways to go green. Danielle also wrote the book. A Complete Guide to Using, Laundering, and Sewing Reusable Cloth
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  • We are hoping to feature one person each week who was the “most social.” I know a lot of people link and run. It happens, it’s not cool, but it’s hard to truly track. But for the people who spend time checking out other people’s links and sharing them, this feature is for you. Leave comments on other people’s blogs, share their posts on social media, and add the hashtag #SustainableSundays so we can easily see your hard work. 

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Review: Bud K Neck Knife

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This is a review of a Bud K Neck Knife that I’ve owned for a few years. I mostly wear it when walking my dog along the trails in the woods beside my neighborhood, as well as when I go jogging.  But it could be used for numerous other purposes, too. In addition to the knife, the sheath has a built-in whistle, which could be very useful in certian circumstances.

This knife is surprisingly inexpensive (less than $10)  for its quality. Here are the details: total length of the tanto-style knife itself is 6.75 inches. The cutting edge is 3 inches. In its sheath, it checks in at 7.5 inches. It is designed to be quite light weight, with the knife, sheath, and cord combined weighing less than 3 ounces. The full-tang knife is a black anodized 440 stainless steel. It came out-of-the-box relatively sharp. Overall, both the knife and the sheath & whistle seem well-made.

The knife snaps in place upside-down in the ABS sheath, which hangs by a cord from your neck. You can adjust the cord so that the knife hangs at the desired level on your chest. You could also easily replace the cord with different cordage or even a ball-chain if you wished. The sheath has a built-in whistle, which is quite loud.

The snap-in system works quite well. I’ve had this knife for almost four years, and have never had it fall out of its sheath, even when I’m being quite active. It still seems to hold as firmly and securely as when I first got it.

This shouldn’t be your primary fixed-blade knife, of course, but it works great for my purposes. Use it for when you don’t won’t to wear a belt knife (such as I do when walking my dog or jogging), or to have as a back-up. It is light enough to throw into a backpack, book bag, pocket book, or brief case without adding a lot of weight.  It would also fit nicely into the glove compartment or door pocket of a vehicle. For these purposes, I give this neck knife a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

It is currently available on Amazon for less than $10, which I consider a good buy for this neck knife.

21 Ways to Save Money for Survival Supplies

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For most people, purchasing enough food, water and supplies to get through a major disaster can be very difficult financially. The average person doesn’t have a lot of extra cash to put toward such a big investment. If you’re like most people, paying the bills and keeping a roof over your head is hard enough […]

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Storing My Beans

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I buy my beans in 20 pound bags and had been wondering how to store them. I went to Dollar Tree and got some of these big canisters to put them in. 3 of them is just enough to put the whole 20 pound bag. They are plastic, but I think since we go thru the beans so fast it shouldn’t be too bad.

The Best Ways to Cut Weight for a Backpacking Trip

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Backpacking can be a great way to experience the beauty of nature and get away from the

chaos of everyday life. However, if you find yourself weighted down with a pack full of heavy equipment, you may have a hard time enjoying the journey. You will find that you can still carry everything you need down to your camo wallet and be lightweight enough to hike with ease. Here are 4 practical ways to cut weight for your next backpacking trip.

What you wear while you hike can make a big difference in the overall weight you are carrying. The most important place to cut weight with your clothing is your hiking boots. Heavy boots will weigh you down, creating greater fatigue in your knees and legs with every step.
Look for comfortable, durable, lightweight hiking boots. Try them on before purchasing to be sure they fit your feet well. If you have to purchase boots online, check the weight specs so you can tell if the boots you are ordering are truly lightweight.
Pants, shirts, and socks should also be lightweight. Clothing made of breathable, synthetic materials can provide extra comfort as they often wick moisture away from your body. Try to avoid cotton as it is bulky, relatively heavy, and absorbs sweat. While these pieces of clothing are not going to make as big of a difference as your hiking boots, cutting their bulk and weight will still make hiking easier.
The heaviest piece of equipment you will have is your tent. You can cut weight here by purchasing a lightweight tent or if you can’t purchase a new tent, check the weather before you leave. If there is no chance of rain, you may be able to leave the rain fly at home. However, you do risk getting caught in an unexpected storm.
Another possibility is to bring a ground cover and/or tarp to create a shelter that allows you to sleep under the stars. In this case, you lose the weight of tent poles, rain fly, and ground cover. Be sure to practice making your shelter before you go so that you are prepared to set it up.
Food makes up another significant portion of the weight that you carry. Replace your food with freeze dried meals because they are lightweight and easy to prepare. These meals have zero moisture, which means you are carrying only the essential nutrients. As long as you have access to enough water on the trip, you will have all the food that you need. Along with your food, a small, simple way to cut weight is to use plastic eating utensils. A plastic fork, spoon, knife, and plate eliminate the extra weight of silverware.
Use Items for Multiple Purposes
You can cut weight without having to invest in more lightweight gear by rethinking what you are already taking with you. For example, instead of packing a pillow, stuff your extra pants and shirt inside your coat or sweatshirt and use it as a pillow. Instead of packing pajamas, either sleep in your clean clothes and wear them the next day or sleep in your dirty clothes and put on your clean clothes in the morning.
Backpack with the Essentials
As you take the time to go through your backpacking equipment and clothing, you will start to find the items that can be purchased in a lightweight or smaller version. After going through those items, creative thinking will help you to reach the pack weight that you want. Once you’ve gone lightweight, you’ll be able to enjoy your trip more fully.

Outdoor enthusiast, turned blogger Rhett Davis brings his passion for all things outdoors into everything he writes. Rhett’s perfect Saturday is a morning on the lake, afternoon with the BBQ and an evening with family.

10 Essentials For Prepping With A Special Needs Child

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Do you have a family member with special needs? I do. My oldest son, Owen, was born with Angelman Syndrome. It’s a deletion on the maternal 15th chromosome.

He’s completely non-verbal, globally developmentally delayed, has hard to control epilepsy, and eats anything he can get his hands on as a result of Pica. He’s also one amazing kid with a cheerful personality. He’s a fighter—surviving more in his short life than most people have to in a lifetime.

That’s how I know that prepping with a child with special needs is a bit different. It requires some serious thought, and some creativity. Read the following article, and you will see what I mean.

Special needs is sort of a catch-all phrase. It doesn’t mean exactly the same thing from one individual to the next. That means we won’t prep exactly the same way. We all have to do what’s best for our individual family.

Regardless of your loved one’s diagnosis, here are ten things to consider when prepping:

1.     Make an Accurate Inventory of Needs

What does your loved one need each day? Take time to make an accurate inventory of these needs. On a piece of paper or your computer, list:

  • Daily meds (including dosage)
  • Rescue meds
  • Self-Care needs (diapers, wipes, gloves, etc.)
  • Durable medical equipment (wheelchair, stander, walker, etc.)
  • Other medical supplies (feeding tube supplies, bags, catheters, etc.)
  • Special food (formulas, etc.)
  • Anything else your loved one needs on a regular basis

Now that you have a list, you can use this information to help you prep. Look over your list. What are essentials to life, and what are niceties instead of necessities? Prioritize your list in order of most essential to least essential. That way you can start with the essentials.

2.     Talk to Your Loved One

As you start prepping, be sure to talk to you loved one. I operate under the belief that my son understands a lot more than I realize. When I talk to the other kids about what we’re doing and why, Owen is there too.

I explain it in as age-appropriate terms as I can, and reassure them all. We talk about our fire escape plans, our family meeting place, why we’re stockpiling certain things, and everything else we can think of.

I explain to Owen that one of the reasons his bedroom is on the ground floor is so that he won’t have to try and jump through a window. It’s not something he could physically do. I let him know that we’ve thought about his needs, and will always do our very best to meet them.

Include your loved one in conversations and planning so they have an idea of what you’re thinking and can ask questions if possible.

3.     Prepare for the Most Likely Event First

I live in the middle of nowhere surrounded by miles of timber in every direction. Wildfire is the most likely event I should prep for. The odds of having a fire come through my land are greater than other natural disasters.

I know that in a wildfire event, we’d have to bug out. It’d be much easier to stay put with all of Owen’s equipment, but it wouldn’t be safe to do so. So we make sure we’re prepared before wildfire season rolls around.

Owen’s wheelchair stays on our family’s minibus when we’re not using it inside. So does a dose of each of his emergency medications. Each year, I repack a plastic tote with clothes for everyone. I also include a couple days’ worth of meds for Owen, diapers, wipes, and disposable gloves.

There’s also some bottled water and storable food. It’s everything we’d need to survive somewhere else for a few days. And it’s already packed on the bus and ready to make a quick exit.

What event is most likely in your area? If you haven’t yet started getting prepared, prep for that event first. Think through it in your mind, and start gathering what you’ll need.

Start by getting a 3-day supply built up of all your loved one’s essentials. It’s a baby step, but an important one.

Bug Out or Bug In? 

Medical equipment is heavy. It’s bulky. And it certainly doesn’t move quietly through the woods. Depending on your child’s mobility, leaving might be very difficult.

When you’re making plans for a crisis, you might find it makes more sense to stay put. That way you don’t have to leave all of your equipment and medical stockpiles behind. If we don’t absolutely have to leave the farm, we’re planning on staying here.

4.     Stockpiling Meds

I’ve heard that some doctors are understanding and will help you stockpile meds to be better prepared. I haven’t yet found this to be true. Unfortunately, doctors are at the mercy of insurance companies, and most of modern medications are very expensive.

The insurance companies don’t want to shell out more than they absolutely have to. They carefully monitor dosages, when medications are being refilled, and do everything they can to prevent paying for too many.

But, there are still ways to stockpile meds. Using these techniques, I’ve successfully gotten a couple week supply built up of most of my son’s medications.

Auto Refill

Simply by switching to auto-refill, the medication is refilled as soon as the insurance company will allow it. I’ve found this is usually a couple of days before the medication runs out. Owen’s meds are automatically shipped to us thanks to a mail order pharmacy, and I’m slowly building a reserve.

Refill On Time Even When Just Starting the Medicine

Almost every med my son has started required a slow start. He started with a half-tablet, or just one instead of two. As his body adjusted to the medicine, we slowly increased the dosage.

He didn’t use the entire bottle before it was time to refill. I refilled it anyways. Just like that, a small stockpile was created.

Save Meds

Each time my son has surgery scheduled, he doesn’t take his meds in the morning. They have such a long half-life that it’s easier to just skip the dose than to mess with trying to make him take them without food or drink.

If your loved one has to miss a dose for some reason, hang onto that pill. Each time you save a pill, you’re adding one additional dose to your stockpile.

5.     Learn Alternatives to Medication

My son’s seizures are controlled well on a low-carb, high fat diet. Unfortunately, this diet takes a toll in other ways, especially in his behavior. That’s why we’re relying on meds currently.

But, if I ran out, I know I could keep the majority of his seizures away by changing his diet. With a milk cow for cream, and chickens for eggs, I have a steady supply of ingredients for a high-fat, low carb diet.

Not every medication can be replaced by a natural alternative. But, many of them can. This Survivopedia post shares some excellent points about medication alternatives that are easier to stockpile. Do some research and see what you can try as a replacement.

Know What Each Medication Does

Before you can think about replacing a medication, you have to know what it does. Ensure that you know the purpose behind every drug your loved one takes. You can see if there are over-the-counter meds that might work in a pinch.

You should also research the half-life of each drug. That’s how long it’ll last in their system.

I’m not a doctor, but in a crisis situation, you may be able to increase the amount of time between each dose. That’ll help stretch your stockpile. You can also experiment with dosage and see if you can offer a lower dose and still get the desired result.

Have a Medication Weaning Plan

Going cold-turkey off of some pharmaceuticals can cause many problems. It’s often too much of a shock for the body. That’s why having a weaning plan is imperative.

When you can no longer pick up meds, take a count. Inventory everything you have and see how many doses that is. Then, work backwards to slowly cut the doses down. That way instead of going from a full dose to nothing when you run out, you already have a plan in place for stepping off the med.

If you’ve found a natural alternative, be sure to slowly introduce this during the weaning period. It’ll be a smoother transition for your child than changing it all at once.

6.     Think Through Dietary Changes

If your loved one requires a special diet, or is fed by formula, it’s essential to think through alternatives. Do you have a way to meet nutritional needs without the actual formula?

Could you stockpile infant formula? It won’t have the exact same nutrients, but its readily available and will provide some nutrition.

Could you create a homemade formula out of goat’s milk and supplements? Start researching recipes and learning from other parents in similar situations.

Having a backup plan for meals will help you know what to store.

7.     Stockpile Medical Supplies

In addition to meds and dietary needs, what else does your loved one need? My son struggles with incontinence since he can’t tell me when he needs to go to the bathroom. As a result, we need to keep diapers and wipes on hand.

By receiving as many packs as the insurance will allow, we’ve built up a nice supply of diapers. We are working with Owen on toileting, so our supply lasts longer than it otherwise would. Every diaper not used is one we can store.

I’ve also used the subscribe and save feature on Amazon to stockpile supplies we purchase out of pocket. I just have an order shipped a little sooner than I really need it. Over time, a nice supply has accumulated. You can try this for:

  • Over the counter meds
  • Disposable gloves
  • Baby wipes
  • First aid supplies
  • Anything that’s shelf stable

8.     What About Power?

Is your loved one dependent on electricity for any reason? From powering feeding pumps to using oxygen, many medical devices require constant access to electricity.

Do you have the ability to power your house off the grid? If you aren’t able to completely unplug currently, consider investing in a generator. Or ensure you have what you need to build your own.

It’s a small step towards preserving your loved one’s quality of life while you gain more self-sufficiency.

9.     The Marvel of Modern Science

Many children with special needs, my son included, have had their lives saved or extended because of modern science. Owen has used life-saving emergency seizure medications more than once. He also has a battery operated device implanted in his chest keeping many seizures at bay.

In addition to seizure rescue, other medical advancements have kept him alive. He’s used rescue medication for a severe reaction to a wasp sting. He’s had emergency surgery to pull foreign bodies out of his throat.

Without modern society, he most likely wouldn’t have survived many of these events. Before advancements in science and pharmaceuticals, the infant and child death rate was higher. Society simply didn’t have the medicine and medical training necessary to save those lives.

Unfortunately, there’s not always a suitable replacement for modern science when a crisis occurs. I simply won’t be able to perform the surgery needed to replace the battery in his VNS implant. I will run out of meds at some point. He will likely continue to eat objects that pose a threat to his life.

You have to be mentally prepared for the worst. All of the prepping and stockpiling of meds can only go so far.

As author William Forstchen discusses in the novel One Second After, the chronically ill and the elderly are at a distinct disadvantage in case of an EMP or solar storm. They’re also at risk in many other SHTF situations. As hard as it is to admit, not everyone will survive a crisis despite your best efforts.

10. Today Isn’t Necessarily Your Future

Because of the high risk for people with special needs, it’s easy to get caught thinking about what will happen to your child if society changes. Depression and a sense of despair are common. But, there’s one essential component we haven’t covered yet.

Life Changes

When my son was first diagnosed, he couldn’t swallow liquids properly. He was diagnosed with failure to thrive. Eventually, he had a g-tube installed surgically.

For a couple of years, he got almost all of his nutrition through his tube. Any liquids he took by mouth had to be thickened. He was hooked to an electrical pump at night, and drip fed for several hours. We assumed he’d be using his tube forever.

But we were wrong. Today, we only use the tube to keep him hydrated in times of intense illness. He eats everything else by mouth, and can swallow liquids without aspirating. As he grew and got stronger, he outgrew some difficulties.

I share this because you can’t accurately predict what the future holds. None of us can. Just because your child requires certain medications or treatments today, it doesn’t mean that’s what is in store forever.

So prep for today’s needs. That’s all we can do. But know that as life changes, your child’s needs will change. As each change occurs, take time to reevaluate your prepping plan. Update your gear, change out meds. That way you’re always as ready as you can be.

How Are You Prepping?

What special needs do your loved ones have? Please share in the comments how you are prepping for these needs. As a community, we can all learn from each other, and be better prepared for whatever tomorrow brings.


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Hillary Scott Thy Will

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Hillary Scott Thy Will

Another beautiful Sunday and today Hillary Scott Thy Will is leading it off. There is no better way to start any day then making sure we follow God’s will.

On this Memorial Day weekend it is a great reminder that it is his will that will be done.

I’m so confused
I know I heard you loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here

I don’t wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart is a part of your plan
When I try to pray
All I got is hurt and these four words

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

I know you’re good
But this don’t feel good right now
And I know you think
Of things I could never think about

It’s hard to count it all joy
Distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense
Of all your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop
Remember that you’re God
And I am not

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will

I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness you have in store

I know you hear me
I know you see me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness you have in store

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

Like a child on my knees
All that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord

Announcing our Fiberfix Giveaway !

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This giveaway expires on June 10, 2016

       Some time ago, I sang the praises of Fiberfix, the repair wrap in an earlier post.   I had bought and used some from a local hardware store, here at home.

       FiberFix is a two inch wrap that bonds to any surface, hardens and repairs anything from broken shovel handles to broken pipes or tools, and then hardens like steel. I repaired a broken handle to a post hole digger which saved me quite a bit of money that day. 

         Remember that I never endorse anything unless I personally have used something and I like it.   I am also not being paid by the FiberFix people and so I have no axe to grind.   

        Because I really want my readers to try this, I will be giving away 1 package each containing two rolls to two of my readers.

       To enter, just send an e-mail to me at:

       FiberFix Giveaway

Tell me what you think you might do with it.    I will announce and award the two prizes , on June 10th, so please enter quickly.

         At this time, only entries from addresses in the US and Canada can be accepted.

     Good luck ! 

If you are in a hurry and need some now, you can buy some at:

Amazon Fiberfix Link

Psalm 27:1

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The Lord is my light and my salvation—
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life—
Whom shall I dread?
     I love this image of a lighthouse being pounded by the waves!  It gives me a picture of the Lord as my Light and my refuge and my fortress as the circumstances of this world, and the forces in the spiritual realm, batter me in their attempt to separate me from the presence of my Lord.
     Notice the person standing in the doorway of the lighthouse, seeming impervious to the powerful force surrounding them.  That’s how we can feel when we stand firm in our faith and the power and protection of God.  Whom shall we fear, and whom shall we dread?  No one and nothing!
     As we continue educating ourselves on what the Word says about trusting in the authority of Jesus and our access to His power, we will learn that He is our stronghold; a strong tower in which we can weather the storms, and from which we can stand our ground during attacks.  We can seek Him and find Him there, where He is battling for us and with us.  
     Remember, the Enemy seeks to handicap you and separate you from your presence with God by taking you into bondages of fear, dread, anger, unforgiveness, idolatry, lust, or whatever weakness he can find to exploit.  But if we make God our stronghold and our fortress, we can partner with Him so that we are carried to victory in any situation.  Remember, we never find freedom from bondage in our independence.  We must willingly enter His refuge and bind ourselves to Him.  He is our protection and the rock upon which we stand.  
     Whenever we venture out of His haven and partake of the world, we can expect to encounter opposition, temptations, and lies.  We must come to the realization that we are not strong enough to resist any of these on our own.  And the Enemy knows this!  So, if he can convince you not to immediately run back into that strong tower, you just might find that a barrier has been erected, one brick at a time; one that is a stronghold of sin (pride, fear, arrogance, doubt, etc.) that will keep you isolated and blocked from re-entering God’s protective shelter.  
     That will be a painful lesson to learn.  We may find ourselves unable to fight off the spirits who feed that pride, or that fear.  We will find that our own strength is incapable of winning that battle, and the spiritual enemy has actually gained in strength to further imprison us.  It is imperative that we know that our victory is conditional.  We don’t become victors by conquering the enemy on our own.  We become victors through surrender to Christ, and His victory becomes ours.  
     We must also remember that the longer we stay away from, or out of our towers of refuge, the more time the enemy has to add one more brick to that concrete barrier between you and the safety of God’s fortress.  Pretty soon, you realize that you are in a fortress alright, but it’s one that the devil has constructed around you.  It might be one that you think offers you comfort and familiarity; you’ve become used to it and it’s not too threatening.  But the enemy will not be content to leave you in that state of serenity.  You will soon find that this fortress built on prolonged sin has become a prison.  Your human effort is useless in demolishing your strongholds.  Prayer can be effective in destroying such strongholds, but it will take the supernatural power of God to set you free.
     I think we can all agree that fear and dread can be powerful forces in our day-to-day living.  But notice that the Lord is the answer to both.  His Divine Power is a weapon we can call upon whenever we feel attacked.  We are not to go into battle alone or without His Authority.  When we remain under His protection, we are never to doubt that He will go to battle with us, and that it is Him leading the charge!  We can confidently and trustingly stand in the midst of the roaring waves, never fearing that we will be overpowered and swept away.  His strength will become our strength, and the enemy cannot defeat us.

5 Amazing Facts About Honey Bees

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No matter how hard we work, or how many hours Mary and I might put into our chores, we can never come close to matching the work level of our honey bees at the farm. Our two hives, and the thousands upon thousands of

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7 Reasons to Protect Your Devices Against Electromagnetic Pulse

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Definition: Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP): A burst of electromagnetic radiation that can damage electrical and electronic devices, observed as a byproduct of a nuclear explosion.

EMP risk

Could an atmospheric nuclear explosion in just the right place over the U.S. cause massive damage from the ensuing EMP pulse? Absolutely, the evidence is strong that potential EMP effects would be wide-ranging and would be very difficult from which to recover. When many people first learn of this potential, devastating disaster, they often wonder if there’s any use in protecting electronics from electromagnetic pulse — electronics that, if they remained undamaged — could provide an enormous survival advantage.

DIY PROJECT: Learn about making a homemade Faraday container with these instructions. These types of containers are known to protect electronic equipment.

A great read about these effects is the Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack (2008), a report to the U.S. Congress. It’s more readable than you might think.

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EMP Report

The EMP Commission, as it has come to be known, used historical and experimental data to analyze expected damage in all aspects of modern society. For the most part, the EMP causes damage by inducing strong, damaging electrical currents in wires and unprotected electronic components.

But as time goes on, I’m more and more convinced that doomsday scenarios of an EMP attack on the U.S. that totally destroys all electronics and takes down our whole electrical grid are popular because they’re easy. The scenarios are “easy” because if you assume all electronics are fried by the EMP, you don’t have to worry about reconstituting our electronics-dependent civilization. However, there are a lot of reasons to believe that while an EMP attack would cause significant damage, it is not an automatic “extinction-level event,” and we actually have some control over our destiny.

Let’s define our discussion: All of us have electronic devices upon which we save important information: phone numbers, addresses, business transactions, documents, photos, etc. Whether it’s a smartphone, a computer, ebook reader, a flash drive, or a digital camera, all of our devices have some level of vulnerability to damage from a strong electromagnetic pulse. Modern vehicles and appliances have all become electronics-dependent as well. But vulnerability does not automatically doom the device; your behavior can reduce the vulnerability.

Reality check

The potential launch of a nuclear-tipped missile into the atmosphere above the U.S., which would be the most effective way to generate a damaging EMP, has been on the radar of our military for many years. In particular, after their embarrassing inability to make a significant impact on the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 our military services and Department of Homeland Security have paid greater attention to asymmetrical threats against the Homeland:

  • Some military command, control, and communications systems have been “hardened” against EMP effects since the Cold War days.
  • Our military services regularly plan for and practice supporting state and local governments in disasters, known as “DSCA,” or “Defense Support of Civil Authorities.”
  • The Navy and Coast Guard actively watch for unusual cargo ship behavior, as this is one platform from which an EMP-causing ballistic missile could be fired close to the U.S. mainland.
  • The Navy and Air Force routinely launch interceptors to investigate unusual aircraft approaching U.S. airspace.
  • While not generally publicized, the U.S. has anti-missile defense systems fielded by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. National Missile Defense is alive and well in the U.S.
  • The National Operations Center in Washington D.C. has near-instantaneous and simultaneous communications with the emergency management “Warning Points” in all 50 states. A missile warning can be transmitted in seconds, allowing critical infrastructure like power grids and communications networks to shut down and limit damage to EMP-vulnerable components.
  • Federal, state, and local emergency management officials can now use the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to alert the public to take specific actions like shutting down communications devices, stopping industrial processes like water and fuel pipeline systems, and urging people to exit potentially hazardous areas like elevators. Warning messages can be customized based on the facts of the situation.

EMP characteristics

The strength of the EMP pulse of energy is dependent on distance, sort of like a flash from a fireworks display: close up, the flash can be powerful and almost blinding, but from several miles away the light is weaker, less bright. Similar to light, the pulse affects things within its’ line-of-sight, meaning that in many cases terrain and built-up urban areas will create “shadow” areas unaffected by the pulse. So some people will receive a strong pulse, which could damage their electronics; others will be in the shadow and their electronics will probably be OK.

So what’s the point of protecting electronics?

If such a disastrous event would occur, what would be the point of protecting our electronics? After all, so many of them are used in very trivial ways. Even so, there are several very important reasons to take the time and effort necessary to keep them safe from the effects of EMP. They can hold vast amounts of information, the equivalent of thousands of books. Although we all love our books for reference and entertainment, when my Kindle holds over 230 books (and each of my kids has their own Kindle with nearly the same number), it’s impossible to say that hard copies are always better.

Here are just a few more reasons why protecting electronics from EMP is rational:

  1. Survival information — If you haven’t yet downloaded and stored large quantities of information related to survival, do it now. Many of these resources are completely free. (Check out this list right here on Survival Mom.) Store medical and first aid information on an old laptop, old smartphones, and ebook readers, such as a Kindle. Download books about herbal remedies, food preservation, and off grid living.
  2. Educational resources — Once the dust has settled, and life may never return to “normal” again, it will be up to parents and others in the community to provide an education for children. Homeschooling will almost certainly be required. Download classic literature, non-fiction books related to science, nature, history, and government. Ambleside Online, a free homeschool curriculum, has excellent lists of books, many of which are completely free as ebooks.
  3. Entertainment — Your kids reliance on electronics, and even your own, may be a total waste of time, but in a worst case scenario in which your family’s lifestyle changes dramatically, overnight, sources of entertainment could prove to be life-saving. Anything with stored movies, TV shows, music, and recorded books will help relieve stress and provide an important distraction.
  4. Keep historical information intact — Family photos and videos, geneological records, local history, U.S. History, the U.S. Constitution — these will all provide a touchstone to the past. In the book A Canticle for Leibowitz, after a cataclysmic event that destroys virtually all civilization, only a very few written records survive. One is a single scrap of paper, a portion of an old grocery list! Those who survive in a post-EMP world, however long the grid failure lasts, will want and need more than that in order to preserve and continue civilization as well as their heritage.
  5. Provide resources for spiritual renewal — Whether or not one is a church goer, a world that suddenly becomes a very scary, and likely very violent, will require inner strength. Copies of the Bible and other books of inspiration can easily be stored on ebook readers, computers, and smartphones.
  6. Tactical advantages — Having information and the ability to communicate via ham radio or walkie-talkies will give survivors, whether an individual or a group, an advantage over those who do not have those abilities.
  7. Earn money — With a vast amount of information, the ability to communicate and relay messages, provide entertainment and spiritual support, you’ll have the tools to earn an income and/or barter for products and services you need most.

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Carefully building one or more Faraday containers and then taking pains to protect individual electronic items is hardly a fool’s errand with all these advantages those devices provide.

Actions you can take to protect your electronics from EMP

The safest place for your electronics during an EMP is inside a metal box, (steel is a better conductor than aluminum), commonly referred to as a “Faraday Cage.” Metal tool boxes, file cabinets, even aluminum foil can shield your device from EMP.

The important thing is to makes sure the container is sealed by closing all openings, and is free of wiring that protrudes through the side of the container. The container receives the EMP pulse and conducts it around the outside, protecting the contents of the container from the EMP pulse. A quick test to check that your container is doing its job is to put a cellular phone inside and close it up; then call the phone with another phone. If you hear it ring inside the container, the container isn’t effective as a Faraday Cage. If it doesn’t ring, you can have some confidence that it will afford some level of protection for electronics kept inside.

An old metal first aid box makes a decent Faraday Cage

An old metal first aid box makes a decent Faraday Cage

At home and around the office, the next best defense for your electronics is to connect all power supplies to quality surge protectors. If the EMP pulse isn’t strong enough to kill your connected electronics immediately, they still may be vulnerable to the expected electrical current surge. The surge suppressor may or may not help, but it is an inexpensive additional protection.

One last protective measure is to have a whole-house lightning arrestor installed in your electrical panel. The part is less than $100, but it should be installed by an electrician. It absorbs a current surge, such as that from a nearby lightning strike. Not a 100% solution, but every level of protection you add tips the scales in your favor.

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The Cloud

Another reason to protect your electronics is that we have learned to back up and protect data outside of our devices. The ubiquitous “Cloud” backs up a great deal of our data, just in the course of life. I’ve noticed that my Windows 10 laptop steers me into using their “OneDrive” cloud-based storage by default, requiring me to consciously choose to store documents on my laptop if I disagree. Smartphones often use their data providers’ backup systems, another “Cloud” variant. So in addition to being able to restore your contact list when you drop your phone in the toilet, in many cases a good part of your data is backed up by your carrier.

READ MORE: The Cloud isn’t just for worst-case-scenario data storage but for dozens of other, everyday survival applications. Read more here.

Professional data centers are well-protected against electrical hazards, and backup protocols regularly create off-line copies for disaster recovery. Protect your devices so you can make use of the backups that probably will survive. Having your stored information on more than one device is an inexpensive way to provide this protection yourself.

A last thought

We are raising an entire generation that was brought up with home computers, tablet devices, and smartphones. In many cases, your teenager is much more tech-savvy as to these devices that you are. Can you imagine the loss and disorientation they are going to feel when their world of connectivity is heavily damaged by an EMP? If for no other reason, protect your devices for the next generation.

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This Memorial Day Weekend…

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This Memorial Day, besides the official start of summer & BBQ’s etc., I am giving some thought to its purpose…remembering those who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Regardless of the reasons for war, the politics of war, or whether it was right or just, the fact is that many, many have […]

Oregano: A True Herbal Goldmine for the Natural Medicine Chest

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 What do Chef Tell, Chef Boyardee (he was really a real chef), and Chef Paul Prudhomme have in common?  They all used oregano.  Seriously, Guys and Gals, oregano is a really awesome herb and one of the most popular to have for medicinal use.  Not only does it taste great on pizza and in spaghetti sauce, but it has some really astounding qualities that you should be aware of.  It is a true boon in your arsenal for day-to-day ailments and also when things head south and you need to find natural alternatives to medicines.  Inexpensive and easily-grown, it needs to become part of your field medical chest of herbs to use in regular situations or when the world takes a dive.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a woody perennial plant.  It grows to a height of approximately 3 feet.  The parts of the plant that serve in a naturopathic capacity are the extracted oils from either fresh or dried leaves (the method of extraction is usually distillation), and also the whole herb harvested during the time it flowers.  The thick stems can be dried just as effectively as the rest of the herb.  It can also be tinctured.  All of the plant with medicinal qualities are the parts that are above ground, not the root.

The volatile (easily broken down) oil’s chief constituent is carvacrol (in a percentage ranging from 40-70% of the oil.  There are other components as well, such as thymol, but we are concentrating on these two just mentioned now.  Carvacrol is antimicrobial, and the phenolic compounds make it both antibacterial and antifungal.  Sound good thus far, a health food you’re sprinkling on your pizza slice?

Oil of Oregano

The strains of bacteria that essential oil of oregano works against are Proteus vulgaris, Streptococcus faecalis (found in stool), Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, and Escherichia coli (one of the bad ones, also found in stool).  In terms of antifungal activity, essential oil of oregano is effective against Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger, and Fusarium species.

The oil also is effective against several types of parasites, such as Entamoeba hartmanni and Endolimax nana.  Most of all of these bugs and fungi can be found (whether you want to find them or not) in…you guessed it…the great outdoors.  In the case of Candida albicans, a bug that affects women, oil of oregano has positive effects that are similar to Nystatin in clearing up the problem.

The other good news is that oregano (in either dried herb form or the essential oil) are readily available over the counter and in your health food concerns locally.  You can also prepare it on your own from the dried herb, using 250 ml of boiling water.  Pour this over the herb after you have brought it to a rolling boil and then allowed it to cool for about one minute.  This enables you to use the water without boiling the herb itself, because straight boiling water will many times kill off the beneficial effects of the herb you are using, as I have mentioned in past articles.  Pour the water over 1 heaping teaspoon of the herb and allow it to steep for 10 minutes.  After straining it (I leave it in, but you can strain the herb if you desire to), you can sweeten it with honey.  As a tea this can be taken 2 to 3 times per day.

You can also use this tea as a gargle or mouthwash, as oregano is highly effective for inflammations of the mucous membranes, and also for respiratory illnesses, such as bronchitis or coughs.  There are no known health hazards or adverse side effects with its use.  The essential oils will store for years if you keep them out of the light.  I haven’t provided any dosages for these because it will be different as per the manufacturer due to the different extraction processes used and varying percentages of carvacrol and thymol, both of which are phenolic compounds.

I have personally found that the best food-grade essential oils of oregano you can take and place a few drops (depending on who makes it) in a glass of water, and take this several times a day.  It will really knock out a bacterial or a viral infection; the oil is very powerful.  Remember to protect all of your essential oils and tinctures from light, as light will cause your naturopathic aids to break down and deteriorate in quality and effectiveness.  The really good stuff I buy locally for about $20 for a 1-ounce bottle.

If you grow it yourself, water it but do not overwater it.  When you dry it you should try to dry it in an airy and well-ventilated area so the air will circulate, and keep it out of the direct sunlight.  The sun can lower the qualities of the herb, even though this method is faster.  I have found the best method is to take 2-3 stalks and hang them from rafters in a cool, dry place with good air circulation.

Oregano is really good stuff.  You also do pick up some of the benefits and qualities mentioned here by consuming it with your meals.  It is similar to garlic, in that if you like it and make it a regular part of your diet, you will be exercising good preventative care benefits just in the normal course of its use.  You’ll spend pennies on the dollar, and it cannot hurt to pick up a few packets of heirloom seeds if you do not already have them, or a good seed vault for long-term storage.  So Buon Appetito if you’re having oregano with your meals, and lay in a good supply of it.  In the long run, this affordable and safe herb can do nothing but be a benefit to your preparations and supplies.  Keep fighting the good fight, and enjoy!




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

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

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

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Can I Know God And Believe What I Want?

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Can I Know God And Believe What I Want?

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“Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle,” said President George Washington in his farewell address.

But Washington’s words can be more broadly understood as a good representation of how many Americans view religion — useful, respectable, good and honorable — although most Americans are vague in what they exactly mean by that. President Washington mentioned “providence” many times in his speeches and addresses, but rarely if ever explicitly mentioned Jesus Christ.

Indeed, this fits well with many Americans’ view of democracy: tolerant, inclusive and expansive. We would think people undemocratic who are sectarian and narrow-minded.

So, does it matter what you believe? Beyond believing in a providential Being who may have wound up the universe and is somewhere out there in it, does it really matter what you believe? If you are a good person and believe in a god and live a good life, does the “fine print” really matter?

We know that the details of what you believe matter in concrete things like believing whether to add a teaspoon or a cup of baking powder to a recipe, or mixing concrete with 12 parts water instead of 2 parts water.

But in the metaphysical realm, does it really matter what you believe?

For the answer to that question, we turn to 1 John 4:1-6. We will see that the Apostle John addresses if it matters what you believe and how you know what to believe.

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

1. It does matter what you believe (4:1)!

John says here to be careful what you believe. Christians believe there is an objective, real world besides this physical world — there a spiritual world. What John is saying here is that there are people who won’t tell you the truth about this spiritual world; they are misleading you and lying about the unseen world.

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Is John paranoid to warn against false prophets? No. Actually, Paul, Peter and Jesus all warned believers several different times to beware of false prophets and lying teachers (2 Tim. 4:3-4; 2 Peter 1:16; Matt. 7:15-17, etc.).

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Christianity teaches that it matters greatly what you believe. What you believe isn’t simply on opinion for a nice, quaint discussion.  Rather, it is your belief about reality, the nature of man, the nature of God, the existence of sin and evil, and the purpose of life.

If you are irreligious, did you ever consider that what is true may not be obvious to you? Beware of a subtle arrogance that would tell you only your experience and perception and natural observations can tell you the truth about the world. Just because you don’t believe something is real or will happen doesn’t mean you are right. There can be many things that happen that you may believe shouldn’t happen or won’t happen, but do happen — illness, pregnancy or malnutrition.

As Christians, we must be aware and discerning, because it matters what we believe. Theology matters! What someone thinks about God affects how they respond to Him — either in repentance, trust and love, or in indifferent dismissal, ignorance and rebellion.

If you’re a Christian, you should be like the Bereans, searching the world of God to discern the truth (Acts 17:11). There are many, many false prophets in the world who aren’t your friend. These individuals speak falsely and don’t tell the truth.

We must be mature and test everything. Unbelief can be a mark of spirituality and Christian faith just as much as belief. We must test everything and be careful what we believe. Let us prove, test and validate ideas before we embrace them through the all-sufficient Bible. There are a lot of ideas that are dangerous.

Why should we work at better obeying what John is saying? So we can know God better through His Word and so we know God’s Word better and can more wholly follow Him.

Do you pursue this each day? Do you work to show your dependence on God and renew your mind (Rom. 12:1-2)?

2. How do we know what to test? (4:2-6) 

So we know we should test what people tell us to believe. But that begs a question: How do we test it?

How do we evaluate what we see and hear and are taught? What standards of judgment can a Christian use to examine teaching? How do we know who belongs to Christ?


John says we can test a person’s attitude toward Christ. John says there are anti-Christs in the world — that is, people who teach false things about Christ.

There has always been popular debate over Jesus’ physical appearance, coming to earth, and the time of His return. But the fundamental and most important debate is over Jesus’ identity. Those who deny the Son have neither the Father nor the Spirit. Every person — teacher, businessman, scribe, churched person or otherwise — who doesn’t acknowledge Jesus as fully God and fully man doesn’t know Him. Anyone who denies that Jesus is fully God and fully man is against Christ, having the nature of an anti-Christ.

This can’t be minimized: Christ is at the heart of Christian faith, not just of Christianity. Understanding the identity and work of Jesus Christ isn’t a time for creativeness or cleverness — it is a time for clarity.


The world here is not the physical cosmos, the created earth, or the terrestrial ball hurtling through outer space. The world here that John refers to is the system of people and spirits in rebellion against God’s rule. The simple fact is that man is by nature, fallen. We are naturally rebels. John is saying that worldly people listen to the world and buy-in to its lies, lust and rebellion. There is always a bustling market for false teaching.

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This understanding of the antagonism between the world and the truth is a fundamental difference between Christianity and Islam. Christians don’t believe that any amount of physical coercion can bring about spiritual conversion. There is no political order that can bring us back to God.  No, we’re by nature rebels and our best efforts are fallen and sinful.

Friends, we should never be surprised that the world doesn’t like Jesus. We should never be surprised that unsaved people are comfortable being “religious” and “spiritual,” but don’t like talking about the truth claims of Jesus. The world has never been and never will be a fan of Jesus. We shouldn’t expect secular sources to understand sacred truths.

Remember: The cross is a stumbling block to some and foolishness to others (1 Cor. 1:18-31). We shouldn’t expect authentic discipleship and worldly applause. We can’t follow Jesus and popularity. We follow a Savior who was killed because He was unpopular and controversial.

But John isn’t discouraged because of the world not liking Jesus. No, John is encouraged, saying that the believers to whom he is writing are of God and have overcome the system aligned against Christ.

How can John be so sure and hopeful, you ask? John was a monotheistic Jew who traveled with Jesus, learned from Jesus, and saw Jesus die. But most importantly, John saw this “Spirit in you,” the one “greater than the world,” raise Jesus from the dead. John already saw God’s Spirit overcome the death and the grave and wants his readers to understand that it is the same resurrection spirit who is at work in them.

Dear friend, what is your hope centered on? Is your hope centered on God’s Spirit alive and at work in your life? Is your hope centered on the church, victorious because of Christ’s work on the cross? Do you meditate on Christ being the Firstborn of the Dead, the first man to get up from the grave, and the forerunner of those to come?

As Christians, we have every reason to be hopeful because what we have before us is better than what we have behind us. This doesn’t mean that tomorrow will actually be a better day than some time last week. No, we look forward to the great day when we, too, will get up from the grave and know full, final victory over sin through Christ. The best of all is still to come. Our joy is built upon the rock of hope — Jesus — and what He has done on the cross. This is the truth John celebrates.


John says that those who belong to God follow the faithful people of God. Worldly people don’t listen to, obey and follow the faithful people of God.

What does this mean for you? No true Christian can be indifferent about doctrine. The Gospel has always been the bedrock of the church. False teachers are not listening to the Gospel and those who articulate it; they are perverting it.

Don’t let your feelings inform your doctrine; let your doctrine inform your feelings. Doctrine in the mind should never be dry in the heart, but should ignite our souls for God.

We must follow men and women who have been faithful to God’s Word. How do you respond to God’s Word? Are you willing to change how you live based on it? We cannot pick what we want to obey. We must submit and follow.

“Doctrine is useless if it’s not accompanied by a holy life. It’s worse than useless — it does positive harm.”

–J.C. Ryle