What to Consider Before Purchasing a Tactical Knife

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Recently, my quest to match my budget to the purchase a good tactical knife led to consider these nine points before purchasing a good tactical knife.

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How To Survive if the Power Grid Goes Down

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How To Survive if the Power Grid Goes Down If the power grid were to go offline, we would be thrown back to the stone age or possibly worse since there would be a global panic. We all rely so much on the grid, from things as simple as charging our cell phones, to running our …

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Cultural Meltdown-Bob Griswold

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Bob Griswold of Ready Made Resources is on the show today. We discuss the ongoing cultural meltdown and how desensitization has led to total normalcy bias.

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50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making

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50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making We all spend a small fortune at the grocery store weekly and to be brutally honest, I am sick and tired of it. I can never get ahead when it comes to saving money because it seems like every time I go to the store the …

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How To Repel Spiders Naturally

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How To Repel Spiders Naturally Spiders are nasty! Horrible! Creepy little animals. If I had my own way I would kill every one of them! But I don’t, I’m scared 😛 Long story but needless to say, I have a phobia about spiders and although I am as manly as you can get, these little critter …

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5 Healing Homemade Soap Recipes

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5 Healing Homemade Soap Recipes These Healing Homemade Soap Recipes will rock your socks off,  you will never have to buy soap again with these recipes. Plus they can promote healing for a number of ailments! You may think soap as simple cleaning agent for your body that help remove all the dirt and grime that your …

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How To Build A Bicycle Generator

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How To Build A Bicycle Generator Having a manual method of producing power is a great backup in case there is no wind or sun to charge your off the grid batteries in an emergency situation! Building your own generator requires a number of items. A person, a bike, a way of supporting your bike …

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DIY Solar-Powered Mosquito Birth Control

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DIY Solar-Powered Mosquito Birth Control See how this $10 solar powered mosquito birth control could help your homestead and keep you free from the pests. I think I can across this amazing DIY project today and I wanted to share it with you. Mosquitoes really suck. No pun intended :), they spread dangerous and deadly diseases …

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Survival Gear: $2 Items That Will Save Your Life

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Survival Gear: $2 Items That Will Save Your Life Check out what $2 items you can buy today and be more prepared than a lot of other people. As preppers we are a frugal bunch, so this is an opportunity to save some of our hard earned money. If you are just starting out or are …

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5 Lessons We Can Learn From the Great Depression

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The Great Depression (1929-39) was the deepest and the longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. It was caused by the stock market crash of 1929. Millions of investors were left holding worthless stocks and bonds. If you didn’t have cash at the time then your fortune was gone. Money on paper was not worth the ink it took to print the bonds.

It was estimated that by 1933 close to 15 million Americans were unemployed, and considering the population at the time, this was a devastating development for the country. No one had money to spend on goods so production nearly ceased in some sectors, thus, causing, even more, layoffs and the calculations were not precise so no one really knew the true unemployment rate at the time.

The cause was the rise in stock prices, which lead to a bubble because the rise could not be justified by future earnings. In other words, people were betting on a lame horse with no chance of winning the race. It fell apart and fast, overnight millions upon millions of dollars were wiped off the books. Panic ensued and the rest, as they say, is history.

Are There Lessons from the Great Depression?

1.) First, never put all of your eggs in one basket. This goes for money in banks and food and supplies in the pantry and around the home. The reason being obviously is that if something happens and you have all of your money or supplies in one place then everything can be stolen, damaged or destroyed at the same time leaving you nothing. In the case of a bank failure, your money could be lost for good.

Cash in the mattress is not a bad idea. Contrary to what some may say about cash versus gold, cash is still king, because the monetary system is far different from what it once was when the country was on the gold standard. This is not to say that you should not put some precious metals, gems and stones aside, but consider how you would value it, how much for a loaf of bread, a liter of water, and some diapers for the baby, for example. Cash is face value and always will be for the most part.

2.) Frugality is a word in which you need to become familiar. You will have to learn how to do with less. Pinch pennies, and save, save and save some more. There are things you need, and then there are things you want. Learn the difference. Save your money (cash) for the things you need first and then treat yourself to something you want, but make sure whatever it is, it performs a function, because during hard times everything you own must have a purpose and then be used, reused and then fixed when it breaks, fixed by you.

3.) Learn to get along with others, because you will need others whether you believe that or not right now. Unless you have extensive training and supplies for several years and know how to do everything that needs to be done, then you will need other’s knowledge and skills at some point. Keep in mind the vast majority of people will be in the same boat as you. There will be some comfort in that, and pulling together for a common cause is what rebuilds communities and towns.

4.) Getting out of debt is important. Despite what some may believe you will still owe the debt regardless of the calamity that befalls the country unless of course we all perish. Get out of debt and save cash.

5.) Never, waste anything, because you can’t afford to throw anything out that could serve a purpose later. However, you have to be careful you are not hoarding to the point you do not have room for needed supplies and equipment. Know how to keep and reuse items and know what can be used later and what is junk.

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What Gardeners Often Misunderstand About The Carbon-Nitrogen Ratio

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What Gardeners Often Misunderstand About The Carbon-Nitrogen Ratio

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We all know the importance of a balanced diet for people, and the same is true for the microorganisms that make composting magic happen. Rather than four major food groups, though, the “food plate” for these miniature humus-makers only includes two categories: carbon and nitrogen.

Carbon and Nitrogen

These two chemical elements, carbon (C) and nitrogen (N), each bring something different to microorganism mealtime. Carbon is the basic building block of life for all organic creatures, and is an important source of energy. The bacteria and fungi living inside a compost pile require large amounts of carbon just to sustain their existence. Nitrogen plays a different, but no less important role, providing a critical component of proteins, genetic material and cell structures.

 

  • Carbon: basic building block of life; important source of energy
  • Nitrogen: component of proteins, genetic material, and cell structures

When Something’s Missing

Composting is often misunderstood, and common problems can generally be traced back to an imbalance of these two key ingredients. When a pile doesn’t seem to be breaking down as quickly as expected, the reason is often an abundance of carbon. Without adequate nitrogen, the microbe population can’t expand and the pile simply sits there.

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Foul odors, on the other hand, are most often the result of excess nitrogen. If there’s too much nitrogen and not enough carbon, the microorganisms can’t make use of all of the nitrogen and it instead escapes in the form of ammonia, giving the pile an unpleasantly sour smell.

The 25:1 Ratio

What Gardeners Often Misunderstand About The Carbon-Nitrogen Ratio

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The best way to avoid these compost conundrums is to aim for an overall ratio of 25:1 — 25 parts carbon to 1 part nitrogen. Microorganisms are most effective at decomposing materials when the proportion of carbon to nitrogen is kept close to this ratio. And while virtually everything that can be added to a compost pile includes both of these important nutrients, the percentage of each varies dramatically from material to material.  Some materials, like leaves, are carbon rich, with a carbon-nitrogen ratio of 60:1. Others narrow the gap between the two, contributing a more substantial percentage of nitrogen, like bloodmeal which has a carbon-nitrogen ratio of 4:1. By balancing different materials so that, overall, the pile approaches a carbon-nitrogen ratio of 25:1, you’re in an ideal position to maximize your composting capabilities.

The chart below summarizes the carbon-nitrogen ratio of some common composting materials:

Carbon-Nitrogen Ratios*

Material Carbon-Nitrogen Ratio
Blood meal 4:1
Coffee grounds 20:1
Eggshells 35:1
Fruit waste 35:1
Grass clippings 20:1
Leaves 60:1
Manure 10-20:1
Pine needles 90:1
Saw dust 500:1
Straw 80:1
Vegetable peelings 10-12:1

* Source: University of Arkansas Department of Agriculture

Green and Brown

To make the process of achieving the elusive 25:1 ratio easier, it can be helpful to alternate layers of “green” and “brown” materials. While not necessarily literally green-colored, “green” layers are made up of fresh organic matter, like vegetable scraps, grass clippings, rotted manure and general garden waste. These components contribute a greater percentage of nitrogen to the pile.

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“Brown” materials, so-called because they tend to be older and more dried-out, include leaves, straw, pine needles, sawdust, etc., and are excellent carbon donors. Thinking in terms of these two main categories will make it easier to adjust your pile to find the perfect balance, which many gardeners suggest is approximately two-parts green to every one-part brown.

Problem: Pile doesn’t seem to be breaking down. 

Solution: Pile has too much carbon. Increase percentage of nitrogen-rich “brown” material.

Problem: Pile has a sour smell.

Solution: Pile has too much nitrogen. Increase percentage of carbon rich “green” material.

The real action in any compost pile happens on a scale too small to see, and being mindful of how your pile operates on this level is critical to turning raw materials into soil-enriching black gold. The 25:1 carbon-nitrogen ratio is a surefire recipe for microbe satisfaction, and the best way to ensure composting success.

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Economic Collapse News: RECORD 102 Million Working Age Americans Not in Workforce

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The mainstream media ignores the problem, the feds continue to lie about the numbers, and the American public remains oblivious to the reality of the situation… […]

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The Problems of Velcro on Tactical Gear

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It seems like a lot of the tactical gear and camo uniforms that are currently available use a lot of Velcro? Now new Velcro has it place for some uses it is quick and convenient.  But it’s also noisy, and when the going gets real dirty and muddy, it just doesn’t stick together anymore.

Personally, I try to avoid gear that uses Velcro.  On uniforms, I prefer buttons.  The stay closed, don’t catch on strange surfaces and last longer.  On tactical equipment I prefer the plastic squeeze clips like on surplus M16 magazine pouches and the square 2 quart canteen covers.  They stay closed and open silently.

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The plastic clips that are on the M16 pouches

Now I know all the arguments about noise not mattering and in most cases, they are right.  If you are in a firefight noise, doesn’t matter.  But there is always that one situation when noise matters.  If you are trying to stay concealed or out of sight when pulling security, and need to get something from a pocket or pouch the noise of the Velcro tearing open can give away your position.

What maybe a bigger problem is that it wears out or won’t hold after being in the mud or grass,  I have had it some types that wear out in a surprisingly short time.  Mud can be washed off, but I hate picking grass or foxtails out of it.

Now there is one problem that I have became aware off, but does not apply to most US surplus gear.  Is cheap foreign made knock offs.  The Velcro brand is a better sealer, can hold with a tremendous amount of force and takes a longer time to wear out. Cheaper versions can load up with fuzz,  be affected by moisture, dirt, etc, are less durable and less capable of holding during extreme conditions.  So if you absolutely want Velcro make sure you are getting the real thing.

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Velcro that has been in the grass

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Velcro contaminated with lint

Like most things It has it place, I am just not sure that I want it on my tactical gear.  You might end up spending more time than you think in the field and you want your gear to last.

Howard

 

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Announcing The NEW Third Edition Survival Medicine Handbook

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The Survival Medicine Handbook 2016 Third Edition

Well, we’ve returned from an awesome week in the great state of Oregon and got to look at the final proof of the Third Edition, which arrived while we were away. It looks good on review, so we hit the publish button and it’s now available at Amazon.

 

For those who don’t know us, the third edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other medical books (even some outdoor and “survival” medicine books), it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family.  It’s also for the family that lives or is traveling in rural areas where the ambulance is more than a few minutes away, or where there isn’t cell phone service.

 

To let you know what’s in the book, most of the topics are below. Every chapter has been revised to some extent. We’ve greatly increased the content on hemorrhagic wounds, adding chapters on active shooters, tourniquets, gunshot and knife wounds, discussions of ballistic trauma and body armor, and even the medic under fire. Food/water contamination, pandemic diseases, rodent issues, and disease-causing microbes also added as individual discussions. The section on respiratory infections is completely reworked as is the section on physical exams. Additional natural disaster preparedness topics include blizzards, avalanches, survival when lost at sea, mudslides, and more. Nurse Amy has added a lot of material to the medical supplies section, plus how to sterilize supplies, choosing a medic bag, and more. Soft tissue wound care and patient transport have been expanded. As always, we discuss alternative remedies wherever they may be helpful.
Here are just some of the over 150 topics (175 illustrations) covered in our 670 page book:

PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS-HISTORY OF PREPAREDNESS-USING ALL THE TOOLS IN THE WOODSHED-SPIRITUALITY AND SURVIVAL-MODERN MEDICINE VS. SURVIVAL MEDICINE-THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY-HOW TO BECOME AN EFFECTIVE MEDIC-LIKELY MEDICAL ISSUES YOU’LL FACE-MEDICAL SKILLS YOU’LL WANT TO LEARN-MEDICAL BAGS, KITS, AND SUPPLIES-HOW TO STERILIZE MEDICAL SUPPLIES-NATURAL REMEDIES, LIKE OILS, TEAS, TINCTURES, AND SALVES-THE MEDICAL HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAM-THE MASS CASUALTY INCIDENT-THE ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT-PATIENT TRANSPORT-HYGIENE-RELATED MEDICAL ISSUES-LICE, TICKS, AND WORMS-DENTAL ISSUES AND PROCEDURES-RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS-GUIDE TO PROTECTIVE MASKS-FOOD AND WATER-BORNE ILLNESS-WATER STERILIZATION-DIARRHEAL DISEASE AND DEHYDRATION-DEALING WITH SEWAGE ISSUES-RODENTS AS DISEASE VECTORS-FOOD POISONING-PATHOGENS (DISEASE-CAUSING ORGANISMS)-HOW INFECTIONS SPREAD-APPENDICITIS AND OTHER ABDOMINAL INFECTIONS AND CONDITIONS-HEPATITIS-URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS-INFECTIONS CAUSED BY YEAST-CELLULITIS-ABSCESSES-TETANUS-MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES-PANDEMICS-THE SURVIVAL SICK ROOM -HYPERTHERMIA (HEAT STROKE)-HYPOTHERMIA-FROSTBITE/IMMERSION (TRENCH) FOOT-COLD WATER SAFETY-FALLING THROUGH THE ICE-AVALANCHE PREPAREDNESS-ALTITUDE SICKNESS-WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS-SMOKE INHALATION-TORNADO PREPAREDNESS-HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS-EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS-FLOOD PREPAREDNESS-MARITIME SURVIVAL-NEAR-DROWNING-VOLCANO PREPAREDNESS-ALLERGIC REACTIONS-ASTHMA-ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK-POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC-RADIATION SICKNESS-BIOLOGICAL WARFARE-INJURIES TO SOFT TISSUES- MINOR WOUNDS-HEMORRHAGIC WOUNDS-PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF BLOOD LOSS-HEMORRHAGE CONTROL-TOURNIQUETS-COMMERCIAL BLOOD-CLOTTING AGENTS-KNIFE AND BULLET WOUNDS-BODY ARMOR-THE MEDIC UNDER FIRE-SOFT TISSUE CHRONIC WOUND CARE-HOW TO SUTURE SKIN-HOW TO STAPLE SKIN-LOCAL NERVE BLOCKS-BLISTERS, SPLINTERS, AND FISHHOOKS-NAIL BED INJURIES-BURN INJURIES-ANIMAL BITES-SNAKE BITES-INSECT BITES AND STINGS-HEAD INJURIES-SPRAINS AND STRAINS-DISLOCATIONS-FRACTURES-PNEUMOTHORAX-AMPUTATION-THYROID DISEASE-DIABETES-HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE-HEART DISEASE-ULCER AND ACID REFLUX DISEASE-SEIZURE DISORDERS-JOINT DISEASE-KIDNEY AND GALL BLADDER STONES-SKIN RASHES-VARICOSE VEINS-HEMORRHOIDS-AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION-TRACHEOTOMY-CPR IN THE UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT-HEADACHE-EYE TRAUMA AND INFECTIONS-NASAL TRAUMA-EAR INFECTIONS-PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY-ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION-SLEEP DEPRIVATION-OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS-PAIN RELIEF-ANTIBIOTICS (and how to use them)- EXPIRATION DATES

 

We hope you’ll consider the Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook for your library.

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP

 

Canning Peaches!

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So the peaches on my one tree finally got ripe and it was time to pick them. Phil and I picked the ones we could reach and then we used the can (although we use the bottom of a Poweraid bottle) on a stick trick to try to get the ones we couldn’t reach. It worked but not well so there was still a lot of peaches left even after we had a big basket and grocery bag full.
That problem was solved yesterday when some storms came through.

Yeah, half the tree just bent right over. Too many peaches, then water weight on the leaves and it was way too heavy. It did not break the tree but I will have to cut it back pretty good this year because those branches aren’t going back up even though I have picked the peaches now.

Yes, three more bags of peaches.

It sounds so simple to can peaches when you read it on a website. Just pop them in boiling water, then cold water and the skins will just peel right off…….LIES! Ha, yeah, that only worked for the larger, riper peaches, the smaller, harder peaches (which was 75% of them) have skin that just doesn’t come off and you spend forever peeling them. Then the website said just look for the line already on the peach and cut on it and most of the peaches will just break in half….LIES! I had one that broke in half…..some had oddly shaped pits, some had pits that weren’t entirely in the center…most would not come away from the pits at ALL! In the end, once the big peaches were done and I was stuck with the smaller ones, I just sat down and peeled them with a paring knife and cut off all the good peach parts I could.  I used Fruit Fresh to keep the peaches from turning brown while I peeled (forever! a whole large bowl for ONE quart!).
I made a sugar syrup of 1 cup sugar to one quart of water and put the peeled peach pieces in the jars, added the syrup, made sure to remove the air bubbles but running a knife through it, cleaned the rims and then water bath canned for 20 minutes.

Yup, a whole 8 quarts for 5 hours (5 HOURS!) worth of work. Tomorrow I will have to do some more (I am thinking about peach jam ) because there are still 2 1/2 bags of small peaches left.

4 Tips to Stop Someone From Bleeding To Death

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During a major disaster hospitals are likely to be overcrowded or closed, which means you shouldn’t count on a nurse or doctor to help you. They could either be too busy helping people with more serious injuries, or they could be hunkering down with their families. You and your friends and family are going to […]

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Bug Out Bag Checklist: Quality Survival Gear On The Go

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Bug Out Bag Checklist

This article is Skilled Survival’s Ultimate 104 Item Bug Out Bag Checklist. A free bug out bag checklist that not only tells you what to add to your pack but why.

If at any time you want a FREE printable version of this checklist (as seen in the image above), click here.

Before we jump in, make sure to bookmark this page right now so you can come back to this free bug out bag checklist to build out your bag over time. Go ahead, before you forget.

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Large Earthquakes Up 300% This Year in Mexico, New Zealand With New Massive Magma Chamber

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Earthquakes over 6.0 total 6 so far this year in Mexico.

So that will likely be 12 in the full year.

The average is 425 in 100 years, so about 4 per year

This represents a 300% increase in Large Mexico Earthquakes.

A huge magma chamber may slowly be growing beneath Matata town, southeast of Auckland in New Zealand, according to a new study performed by GNS Science. The discovery of a growing volcano may help to explain a recently observed swarm of earthquakes.  Good news is, the scientists don’t expect the volcano to erupt anytime soon.

stock here: These asshat grant funded government mouthpieces can reassure the public that it won’t erupt anytime soon, yet with their hundreds of millions in funded they can’t even predict earthquakes, whilst unpaid Citizen Scientist can make pretty accurate earthquake predictions?

sheesh….

The discovery came as a big surprise to the scientists, AP reports, as no active volcanoes have been observed near Matata for al least 400 000 years. In the period between 2004 and 2011 the area experienced a quick uplift, and this event has probably induced the recently observed swarm of earthquakes.

 http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2016/06/06/huge-magma-build-up-discovered-beneath-the-town-of-matata-new-zealand/
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stock here:  I have previously discussed my proposed 5 fundamental “force”, which may not actually be a “force” but more of a “presence” like a bucket filled with chili, the chili is the “presence”.    It may not be uniformly dense, some areas may be stickier, and it may transmit waves and have momentum…and it may be almost everywhere.  

I have called the “space soup” before, but I kind of like the “Chili” analogy better.

Now scientists say they may have discovered a 5th force.   We will see.   I think they have blinded themselves to a real truth by assuming that the 5th force must be comprised of a “force-carrier particle”.      It may not be a particle at all.

It think when the “Chili” is really discovered, there will be thousands of physicists kicking themselves in the arse because “it was so obvious all along”.

Four known fundamental forces of physics are gravity, electromagnetism, the strong and weak nuclear force. Because the standard model of particle physics seemed to be unable to explain the dark matter, a substance which, according to scientists, makes up over 80% of the Universe’s mass, the scientists have begun to look for another fundamental force. Theoretical physicists have proposed a variety of exotic force-carrier particles so far, the so-called dark photons being one of them.

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2016/06/01/existence-of-the-fifth-fundamental-force-of-nature-to-be-confirmed/
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Some MSM is breaking away from the “Global Warming” aka Wealth Transfer Via CO2 Hoax
 https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/06/05/cnbc-breaks-with-the-climate-disaster-narrative-of-msm

CNBC breaks with the climate disaster narrative of MSM

Surprising Story Coming From CNBC says Paris Climate Accord is “irrelevant” and cuts would “impoverish the world”
Jack Simmons writes:
When I first started reading this story, I had to do a double take.
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And finally, Global Leaders attending a “tunnel opening” in Switzerland engage in a multimillion dollar Satanic Ritual.   This is really odd.

3 Off-Grid Ways To Make Dandelion Wine (Yes, Wine)

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3 Off-Grid Ways To Make Dandelion Wine (Yes, Wine)

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You’ve heard the motivational phrase about making lemonade from lemons. Well, what about making wine out of weeds? Literally.

The next time you see a fresh crop of dandelions spreading across your lawn, don’t think about how you are going to kill them. Instead, think about the great wine you are going to make out of them.

If this sounds a little crazy, let me assure you it is not. Dandelion wine is a time-tested, well-loved beverage that is made from those pervasive weeds. And, what’s more, it is pretty easy to make.

Thought to be of Celtic origin, dandelion wine is regarded as a European country wine. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, when it was considered improper for ladies to drink alcohol, dandelion wine was recommended as an acceptable medicinal wine for the kidneys and digestive system.

If you need more convincing, dandelion is high in calcium, vitamin A and protein.

Just 30 Grams Of This Survival Superfood Provides More Nutrition Than An Entire Meal!

The Internet is rife with dandelion wine recipes – some of which have been passed down through the generations — clearly showing that there is no one true way to make the stuff. Some use the whole flower heads only (no petals), some use flower heads and greenery but no stalks, some use flower heads, greenery and stalks, and still others only use the flower petals. However, they all have dandelions — lots of dandelions — and some form of sweetener.

Wine made from dandelion petals (rather than the whole head) has a gentler taste and is more aromatic than wine made from the whole heads. Wine made from the whole heads has a heavier taste because of a higher concentration of tannin. The choice, then, is a taste preference and a timesaving preference. Plucking the petals is time-intensive, after all.

Dandelion wine is light tasting and lacks body for some wine drinkers. Therefore, many recipes call for bodybuilding ingredients, such as raisins, dates, figs or even rhubarb. How much sugar you add in the wine-making process determines whether the end product is dry, semi-sweet or sweet.

How to Harvest Dandelions

Dandelions tend to close up at night, so your best bet is to choose a hot, dry sunny afternoon to pick your dandelions. Avoid flowers that are damp or wet.

Arm yourself with a bucket, because you need about a gallon of flower heads to make a gallon of wine. If you are just using flower heads, pluck off the heads and gently place them in the bucket. If necessary, you can pick your dandelions over the course of a few days, but store them in the freezer until you have enough flowers for the amount of wine you want to make.

3 Off-Grid Ways To Make Dandelion Wine (Yes, Wine)

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If you have small children, you can enlist their help. Kids enjoy picking dandelions, and they can help cut down on the bending you would have to do if you tackle the project alone.

Here are three recipes for making your own homemade dandelion wine:

1. Recipe one

Ingredients

  • 3 qt dandelion blossoms
  • 1 gal water
  • 2 oranges, with peel
  • 1 lemon, with peel
  • 3 pounds sugar
  • 1 package wine yeast
  • 1 lb raisins
  • Sterilized bottles and corks

Directions

1) Collect the blossoms when they are fully open on a sunny day.

2) Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the flowers in a large pot. Cover pot and let steep for three days.

3)  Slice fruit and make zest from peels.

4) Add orange and lemon zest to the flower-water mixture and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, strain out solids, then add the sugar, stirring until it is dissolved. Let cool.

5) Add orange and lemon slices, yeast and raisins to the liquid. Cover mixture with a loose lid to ferment.

6)  When the mixture has stopped bubbling, which can take up to a week, the fermentation process is complete. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth and then transfer to sterilized bottles.  Place a deflated balloon over the top of each bottle to monitor fermentation. If the balloon remains deflated for 24 hours, the fermentation process is complete.

7) Cork the bottles and store them in a cool, dark place for six months or more before drinking.

2. Recipe two

Ingredients

  • Half-gallon dandelion flowers
  • 2 oranges, juice and thinly sliced peels
  • 1 lemon, juice and thinly sliced peels
  • Small piece of ginger root
  • 1-1/2 lbs sugar
  • 1/2 oz yeast

Directions

1) Place flowers in a large pot or crock and pour a half gallon of boiling water over them, making sure they are completely covered with water.

2) Cover pot and steep for three days.

3) After three days, strain the flowers from the liquid and then squeeze flowers to get all their juice.

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4) Pour mixture into a cooking pot. Add ginger root, lemon and orange juice and zest.

5) Add sugar and gradually boil mixture for 20 minutes.

6) Pour liquid back into the rock and let cool. Add the yeast.

7) Pour mixture into a fermenting jug that is fitted with an airlock. Wine will ferment in six days to three weeks.

8) When the fermentation process is complete, transfer liquid to sterilized bottles with caps or corks. Let bottles stand for six months.

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3. Recipe Three

Ingredients

  • 1 qt dandelion petals
  • ¾ lb chopped golden raisins
  • 2 lbs granulated sugar
  • 3 lemons, both juice and zest
  • 3 oranges, both juice and zest
  • 1 tsp yeast nutrient
  • 7½ pts water
  • Activated wine yeast

Directions

1) Pluck petals from dandelions.

2) Pour boiling water over dandelion petals into a sterile glass jug or food grade bucket.

3) After 2 hours, strain and discard petals.

4) Return water to heat and bring to low boil.

5) Add juice and sugar, stirring well to dissolve.

6) Add zest and chopped raisins.

7) Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

8) When mixture reaches room temperature, stir in yeast nutrient and activated yeast. Cover pot.

9) Stir three times per day for about 10 days to two weeks.

10) Strain mixture into secondary fermenter with a snug airlock.

11) After three weeks, transfer the liquid part (leaving the sediment) into another sanitized fermenter. Fill to top with sterile water and reattach the airlock device.

12) When the wine clears, wait 30 days and then top up and refit airlock device. Age wine at least six to 12 months.

If you would like to read more about how to make dandelion wine, here are a few good resources:

  • Old Time Recipes for Home Made Wines by Helen S. Wright, published by Press Holdings International, 2001.
  • The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz, published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012
  • Drink the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas, and Ciders by Nan K. Chase and DeNeice C. Guest, published by Storey Publishing, 2014

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How To Invest in the Current Economic Climate

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The stock market is approaching 18,000, and the talking heads in the media are at it again: “regular folks,” according to them, “need to invest in the stock market or get left behind.” (It’s interesting to note that many of these talking heads make a living off the “churn” in the stock market, earning a small % of each trade regardless of whether the market goes up or down. To make a living, they need people investing, regardless of what the market does.)

But the economy sucks, to put it simply. There was a horrible jobs report last Friday. And today, Ralph Loren has announced lay-offs, and the media is reporting that this is the worst environment in at least six years for retail jobs. How do the talking heads explain why the stock market is doing so well, despite the poor economy? Basically, they say that stock market is the only investment giving even a half-way decent return; that other investments – bonds, CDs, money market accounts, etc. – are doing so poorly that no one wants to invest in them. Therefore, money is pouring into the stock market.

But, being the “least worst” of many bad options is a HORRIBLE reason to invest in something. It is also setting up a future disaster that, in my opinion, will make the financial crisis of 2008 look like good times. How, given the current economic climate, should one invest their money?

Think Outside the Normal Investments Box

Here is my advice (of course, consider your own circumstances, and do your own research). It is not the advice the talking heads, or most other financial professionals, will give you because, quite frankly, they aren’t set up to make money this way:

1) Establish an “Emergency Fund”, not as an investment, but as short-term insurance. How much? It depends on your circumstances (family size, living expenses, debt, comfort level, etc.) Dave Ramsey suggests that even folks trying to get out of deep debt make it a priority to set aside at least $1,000 in a savings account. Other common advice suggests anywhere from 6 months to 2 years living expenses, depending on your circumstances. Keep it where? Your emergency fund isn’t an investment, but rather a form of insurance. Put is somewhere relatively safe & liquid (a highly-rated credit union savings account, for example), and don’t worry about the rate of return. If you have developed a significant emergency fund, you may wish to split it up at two financial institutions for extra security. Again, don’t chase a rate of return with this money. Rather, be more concerned about safety & liquidity.

2) Keep some cash stashed in a safe place as home. Keep it secret and well-hidden, of course. And don’t use it except in an emergency. How much? Depends on your circumstances. I suggest goal of at least $500. But, decide for yourself (frankly, I don’t know your circumstances). This should be  separate from your emergency fund, in my opinion.

3) Pay off your debt, especially high-interest credit cards and other consumer debt such as car loans.  This will give you considerable peace-of-mind, secure your assets from seizure, free up cash-flow, and be sort of like receiving a return on your investment equal to the interest rate of the debt your paying off.

4) Invest in yourself.  This could take many forms: improving your health and fitness, eating healthier, overcoming addictions, continuing your education, learning new skills, learning a new trade, moving to a safer/better place, starting your own business, buying land for a small farm or homestead in order to provide for yourself and your family…

5) Invest in hard assets. Tangible (physical) assets that you can touch and posses (not pieces of paper that say you own an asset) are likely to maintain value as paper assets (stocks, bonds, cash, etc. ) become worthless. Precious metals such as gold and silver are the obvious examples in this category, but other tangible assets may also do well (do your homework, of course, and understand these assets before you invest). Other possibilities may include gemstones, jewelry, art, antiques, collectible coins & stamps… Historically, tangible assets do well even in really horrible times like wars and depressions. You may are may not be able to sell them during a collapse, but once we get through the collapse they will still have value, unlike many paper assets.

Other tangible assets, like tools or ammo, will likely make great barter items in and after a collapse. They would also make great items to sell on the black- and gray-markets that often develop during economic hard times. Body armor is something else that will be in high-demand in a collapse scenario, especially if government tries to restrict or ban private ownership, as some activists and politicians already want to do.

6) Invest in real estate that provides income (rents, timber, crops, etc.). This is, of course, a type of tangible asset if you own it directly (be wary of REITs and other “paper” ways of owning real estate). Also, be VERY wary of going into debt to buy real estate as an investment. If you owe money on your real estate, then you don’t really own it until you pay off the loan.

7) Paper assets (stocks, bonds, etc.). It may seem surprising to include paper assets such as stocks and bonds on this list, even listed last. But it is worth noting that even in horrible economic times, many of these assets survived. Not every company went out-of-business during the Great Depression, for example. Although many companies went bankrupt, many companies survived, and some even thrived. Many fortunes were lost, but some fortunes were made. Same goes for the ultra-destructive American Civil War. Europe was basically destroyed during the World Wars, but some companies survived, some fortunes were made. If you have truly significant assets, it may well be worth your effort to invest some of your fortune in traditional paper assets.

What companies may survive a collapse? I would look to companies that a) provide truly needed/useful products, b) that have well-established brands with good reputations, c) that have very little, or no, debt, d) that has an impressive cash-flow statement, and e) that have well-respected upper management without a lot of turn-over.

My article, Survival Lessons from the House of Rothschild, is worth reading, since I give the asset-allocation model they have successfully used to survive and thrive many challenges, dangers, chaos, and hardships, including the Napoleonic Wars, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II and the Holocaust, and the rise of socialism throughout Europe. Moreover, they survived a major civilization change as the world’s economic and political center shifted from Europe and Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries to the USA in the 20th century (much as the world’s center seems to be shifting from the USA to China and the East, today). And they thrived despite deep anti-Jewish sentiment, often enforced by law (facing legal discrimination, at times quite severe).

Survival Gear Review: Magpul PMAG D-60 Drum Magazine

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Best AR15 Ammo Drum

The wizards at Magpul have done it again.  As if their game-changing polymer 30-round PMAG Best AR15 Drumwasn’t enough, they upped the ante with a 60-round drum magazine. And sometimes the obvious benefits of something are not, well, obvious.  Such is the case with the Magpul D-60.  The D-60 drum mag was announced at the February 2015 SHOT Show, but didn’t appear regularly on dealer shelves until after Thanksgiving, or even January 2016.

By Doc Montana, a contributing author of Survival Cache and SHTFBlog 

But the wait was worth it.  For those who see the wisdom in a drum mag, the PMAG D-60 answers the call for a higher high capacity mag without the absurd length created when just doubling or tripling the size of a 30 round box mag.

Plead Your Case

The D-60 is not without some challenges, but first one must understand the point of a drum mag, Best M4 Drumespecially when the wildly popular, reliable, and inexpensive 30 round PMAGs are common.  So why a 60 round drum instead of two 30 round magazines? Here are some reasons, but I bet you can think of more. Just keep in mind that there are many who can find problems.  That’s the easy part.  The smart folks like those at Magpul find solutions.

Under “survival conditions”…

1. If you leave your gear behind, the more onboard ammo, the better.
2. You might be handing the gun off to someone else so slamming home 60 rounds is easier than explaining the nuances of changing mags.
3. In the unlikely event that your bug out runs into unexpected turbulence, you may only have one hand free at a time, and single-handed mag swaps are a pain.
4.
The sheer firepower of sixty bangs downrange is literally twice that of a conventional mag. Double your firepower, double your fun.
5.
There is just something innately practical about a rifle with a 60 round mag. No baggage, mag pouches, or clumsily reloads necessary.
6. Ammo can be stored long term in the D-60 drums so you will be one more step toward preparedness compared to your ammo mule loaded with bulk rounds.

However, and there always seems to be a however, some challenges to the D-60 need to be addressed, or at the least owned.

1. Compared to a 30 round PMAG, the D-60 is expensive. Retailing for $130 and with street prices not much less than that, a fair comparison might be that the 30 round PMAG costs about sixty cents per round held. On the other hand, the D-60 is about $2.15 per round.
2. Compared to a 30 round PMAG, the D-60 weighs four times as much, but holds only twice as many rounds. Or a sixth of an ounce per bang with the PMAG-30, and a third of an ounce per bang with the D-60. So essentially the D-60 weighs about twice as much per round.
3. Loading the D-60 takes time and effort. Unloading the D-60 takes time and effort.
4. The D-60 is four times thicker than a standard PMAG although it is a hair shorter than a 30 round PMAG.
5. While the design is fairly basic for a drum mag, the D-60 is vastly more complex than a standard box-shaped PMAG.

Backstory

The reason we are hesitant or even skeptical about a 60-round AR15 drum magazine, or any Best M4 Drum60-rounder or more for that matter, is that the choices have been scarce, and the reliability highly questionable at best. With Magpul on board reliability becomes a non-issue and quality control is never a problem.

Building out one’s survival kit requires forward thinking. It must have occurred to Magpul that the price and weight of a 60 round drum compared to a pair of 30 round PMAGs would be a deal-killer for many. And while I understand this logic, and in fact practiced it up to this point, I am now a believer that the drum mag has it’s place in the survival kit. Even more than just a place, the D-60 has distinct advantages that should be taken seriously.

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With the D-60’s overall length the same as a standard 30 round PMAG, it’s possible to nestle in D60 Reviewwith bipod and shooting mat getting twice the shots without adjusting position. The D-60 does not even touch the ground when the rifle is sitting on nothing but bipod feet and buttstock.

But that pesky price tag was still hard to swallow. In fact, on a good day a pair of 30-round PMAGs could cost $100 less than a D-60. Oh, and there is the pain in the butt loading of the D-60. In fact, it was that loading round after round that got me thinking about the survival aspects of the D-60. For years, my bedroom nightstand safe held a Glock 17 with laser/light and extra 33 round mag. So why wouldn’t I want 60 rounds? In what universe would 17 rounds, or 30 with the AR not be enough, yet you would only want 17 or 30 more when you could have 33 or 60?

High Speed Low Drag

The original M16 had a 20 round magazine. Most 1911 handguns contain seven or eight rounds in a flush-mount magazine. Then 30 rounds became the M16/M4 norm, and Glocks with their 15 or 17 round mags became the new cool kids. Heck, the west was won with six in the cylinder and 15 in the tube (Henry Repeater in .44-40). Even the higher powered Winchester Model 1894 30-30 rifle packed six to eight rounds.

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Other have attempt to capture the higher high cap mag needs of AR owners included the 100 round Beta double-drum mag, Surefire’s 100 round and 60 round box magazines, the X-Products 50 round drum, and even Magpul’s own 40 round PMAG. While the aforementioned higher high cap options might have succeeded in pushing the price north of three figures, the reliability of such mags has been a sore spot. The only exception is the 40 round Magpul PMAG, but at Hollywood proportions it is anything but low drag as it rivals the length of some SBR barrels. Literally, imagine your mag longer than your barrel. Maybe ok with your Glock 26, but not your rifle.

With five dozen rounds onboard the D-60 weighs half as much as an ultra-light AR. The three pounds of mag does affect the heft of the rifle but not much it’s swing. The dense ball of ammo sits close to the rifle’s center of mass so rotating the gun side to side, back and forth, and up and down is affected much less than a three-pound-15-inch metal banana poking out of the magwell.

Into the Wild

The Magpul PMAG D-60 is an exceptionally fine piece of hardware. Regardless of how you use it Magpul M4 Drumor what you use it for, the D-60 will perform flawlessly. And that fact alone cannot be said about any other AR15 mag over 40 rounds. Period.

Loading the D-60 is easy but a little on the slow side. There is a loading lever on the drum that relieves some spring tension. The lever rotates about 30 degrees counterclockwise  allowing about three rounds to be dropped into the tower for the first couple dozen rounds. Then the loading lever must be released and re-ratcheted. The third and fourth dozen rounds loads as twos, then ones, and as you approach the end of the fifth dozen, you will need to ratchet a couple times per round. With an adapter, stripper clips can be used, but at the same three-round loading burst at best. I recommend wearing a work glove on your mag-side hand (the D-60s design favors right-hand loading) because your thumb becomes irritated with it’s low-level lever-shoving job.

When fully loaded the D-60 will easily snap home in an AR even with the bolt closed. Plus Magpul assures us that the D-60 will be just fine when stored long term with 60 rounds circling its mainspring. I’m testing that at the moment and will get back to you in a couple years.

The small porthole in the 12 o’clock position on the back shows when the sixtieth has been inserted. Indicators on the window denote approximately every 15 rounds from 10 to 60. Personally, I hope Magpul or someone else releases a aftermarket transparent backplate so the total round count is completely obvious at a glance because the difference between 60 rounds and 58 rounds is the same as one full trip around the spring. I just wish the window was larger, or more simply, there was another similar window at the 6 o’clock position to provide twice the critical information.

The D-60 is for .223/5.56 only.  Reports of successful .300 Blackout usage do exist, but so do stories of D-60 failure and even violent breakage when loaded and fired with .30 caliber cartridges.

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To unload the D-60, Magpul recommends that you thumb-out each and every cartridge Best AR15 Drumindividually.  Should you feel the urge to use the loading lever to release spring tension, well don’t!  While a handful of brass will tumble out of the tower, the rest will jam up requiring a time-consuming and possibly dangerous (to you and your mag) operation to open the drum and release the rest of the ammo.

The D-60 should work fine on any rifle that uses standard NATO 5.56 box magazines including the M4, M16, SCAR, MK16/16S, HK416, MR556, M27 IAR, and the Tavor.  However, whether or not the bolt holds open after the final round is dependent on the particular firearm. On all my AR15s the bolt was yawning widely following the 60th bang like a baby bird waiting for a worm. Of course your mileage may vary. And for those long guns with bullpup tendencies, some adjustment of grip on the gun will be necessary when the drum invades your armspace.

To keep the D-60 feeding smoothly, I suspected that the included lubricant wipe of CLP is a hint Best M4 AR15 Ammo Drumthat this drum needs occasional maintenance.  And indeed the fine print that comes with the D-60 suggests that the spiral feeding track be lightly lubed about every 1000 rounds.  That’s just under 17 full mags.  When unloaded, the D-60 disassembles safely and quietly since the spring is not under tension. So care and feeding the D-60 is painless, but does take a slotted screwdriver.

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Magpul includes a soft plastic cover for the business end of the mag.  It is only a dust cover and provides no stress relief for the feed lips.  My assumption is that no relief is needed because the spring tension only amounts to the length of the tower and not the full 60 rounds as if it were a long banana mag instead of a drum.  There is a small attachment point on the dust cover that Magpul included so the cap could be attached to your storage and deployment solution of choice. That way when you need to do a fast reload, you can grab the drum and yank it free from the cap in one smooth move.

Four small 3×5 blocks of dot matrix panels on the back side allow for mag identification using a paint pen or gold Sharpie.  The tiny recessed surfaces will retain the ink providing an all-important asset management notation when needing to ID any particular mag from your pile of others.

Need vs. Want

One real world test I failed to employ is a total immersion in water.  Easy to do, but at the moment I’ll trust that Magpul’s drainage ports will do the job even though they are not as obvious as on other mags.

And another real world test I would love to try but don’t have the heart to do it is drop a fully loaded (almost three pounds) mag from six feet onto cement.  Although Magpul claims the D-60 is built with “next-generation impact and crush resistant polymer” my prediction is that the mag could blow apart spilling its guts rather violently.  Or maybe more likely it would just crack open a little unlike Humpty Dumpty, but nothing beyond what can be snapped back together by hand.  But as I’ve learned from past experience with Magpul polymer, I bet I would just need to apologize to the D-60 and give it a big hug.  Good as new.

WROL 2.0

The 30 round PMAG offered us a durability and reliability we could only dream of before.  And Best M4 Drumnow the Magpul PMAG D-60 Drum Magazine offers us the same desired features but at double the capacity.  If you’re building a budget AR, then your list of upgrades might have a bit of a line ahead of the D-60.  But if you drop a grand or more on your tricked out Katrina Rifle, then why would you get nervous about handing over a Benji for a high-capacity drum mag.  Cheap magazines are an illusion. I cannot imagine quibbling over the price of gas while bugging out, so I won’t be complaining about the price of the D-60. But I will be bragging about how great it is.

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Hillary Clinton’s Jarring Response To A Simple Question: Is There A Right To Own Guns?

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Clinton Was Asked If There’s A Constitutional Right To Own Guns. Here’s Her Response.

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton questioned during a weekend interview whether the Constitution grants Americans the right to bear arms, and she also refused to back off her previous support for a 25 percent gun tax.

The comments were made during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who asked her twice about her views on an individual’s right to own a gun.

“Do you believe that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right, that it’s not linked to service in a militia?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I think that for most of our history,” she responded,” there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by the late Justice Scalia, and there was no argument until then that localities and states and the federal government had a right, as we do with every amendment, to impose reasonable regulation.”

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Antonin Scalia, who wrote the Heller decision affirming an individual’s right to own guns, died on Feb. 13.

After Clinton detailed her support for “common sense” gun control, Stephanopoulos asked again, “Do you believe that [the Supreme Court’s] conclusion that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right?”

“If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulation,” Clinton responded. “And what people have done with that decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject what has been our history from the very beginning of the republic, where some of the earliest laws that were passed were about firearms.”

Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court potentially would be filled by Clinton if she wins in November, although President Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the spot. Republican leaders in the Senate have said they will not hold hearings on Garland’s nomination.

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Stephanopoulos then played for her a clip of her from 1993, when she was asked if she supported a 25 percent sales tax on gun sales.

“I’m all for that,” Clinton said in 1993. “I just don’t know what else we’re going to do to try to figure out how to get some handle on this violence. … I’m speaking personally, but I feel very strongly about that.”

Stephanopoulos asked her, “Do you still believe that?”

“What I was saying back then,” Clinton said, “was that we have a lot of public health costs that taxpayers end up paying for through Medicaid, Medicare, through uncompensated care, because that was in the context of the push for health care reform and that we needed some way to try to defray those costs. And I’m not going to commit to any specific proposal. I was speaking personally then.”

Clinton told Stephanopoulos that there needs to be a way to compensate the “physical and the emotional trauma” for the families of shooting victims.

“You know, is it workman’s comp support, which is one of the arguments? Is it private insurance? Is it because they work for the county, something the county should pay for? There are real costs that people incur because of the terrible gun violence epidemic. And we have to deal with it,” she said.

In the current polling average by RealClearPolitics.com, Clinton leads Donald Trump, 44 percent to 42 percent.

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Parasites And Foodborne Illness

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Safe food handling is an essential aspect of good health.

And improper food handling can lead to a variety of sicknesses, even deaths. This is illustrated in the news frequently as restaurants and manufacturers sell unsafe food.

And as preppers, we need to be concerned.

During emergency situations, one of the first things to go […]

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Are You Ready to Start Prepping

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You want to lower your stress levels, simplify your life and be healthier? You enjoy the weekends at the cabin but want more of that? It is true that people who are prepared and self-reliant are calmer than those who fret and worry daily about what might happen.
Are you ready?
Many people get tired of the rat race and long for something more calming. They see the difference between the relaxing weekend at the cabin and the snarl of traffic on Monday mornings.
Over and over again, people tell me that they wish they could leave the city and move out to the hills where we live.
And some do it – they sell their suburban homes and head for remote locations with the determination that they will be “lone wolves” and lead a completely self-sufficient life.
Those who know that we have, in many ways, done that might be surprised to hear me say that preparedness is not about pulling yourself away from society and living like a hermit. For me, moving to a mountain homestead is the culmination of a thirty-year-old dream. It just happened that preparedness and my personal dream meshed perfectly. (And even then, I would be much happier with a supportive community around me.)
Preparedness is living a life that doesn’t rely on the others to see you through a short term or long term disaster.
And the next hard truth is that not everyone is ready right now – as much as I would love you to be.

Are you honestly ready to start prepping? Or are there some attitudes and problems that you need to address first?

So how can you tell who’s a good fit and who will absolutely hate it?

First, becoming truly prepared for disasters and emergencies takes a lot of commitment.  It’s very hard to be “prepped” on the weekends only! You must be able to switch your mind to thinking constantly about ways to increase your self-reliance and improve your chances of successfully managing disasters, 

You’re either into it, or you’re not. If you’re ready to give up the way you’ve been living until now, and you’re ready to break free of the capitalistic mentality taught by society, then the lifestyle is for you.

Now, let’s take a moment and realize that you can still get prepared over time. In fact, I strongly recommend that those new to food storage start with a three month food supply for one person.

If you know that you’re ready to walk away from being totally dependent on others for your needs, then this is for you. You have to believe that what you’re gaining is a better life for yourself and your family.
If you know that you’re ready to get organized and are committed to building your short term and long term inventory of goods and supplies, then the prepper lifestyle is something you’d find to be a good fit.
Being ready to become totally self-sufficient is a good clue that you’re ready for a life change. If you’re ready to learn about self protection and first aid and how to take care of yourself and your family through anything, then you’re ready.
Preparedness is not about living to the extreme the way the wacky survivalists you see portrayed on television live. Really and truly, no tinfoil hat is required! It means you accept that there are things outside your control that could impact your life greatly, such as injury and illness, disasters, government collapse, etc. – and you want to be ready for whatever comes.
That’s when you know you’re ready to start prepping.
But not everyone who thinks they are actually is ready. If you’re in a relationship and your partner is dead-set against it, hates it, wants no part of it, you’re not ready if you don’t want to risk ruining the relationship. This is not something that one person in the household can do without the help and support of the entire household. Focus on getting your partner on board.
You’re not ready if there are certain luxuries in your life that you feel you absolutely can’t give up – such as a daily trip to the local delicatessen or that expensive cup of coffee. You’re not ready and the lifestyle is not for you if you set aside money for supplies but then spend it on going out to eat or shopping for a new pair of shoes or the latest video game.

You’re not ready if you are quick to ask others for a bail out or if you have a deep expectation that other people “should help you. Expecting constant help is a path to discouragement (because the help will run out) and failure.

You’re not ready if you have a deep attachment to the conveniences of life and rely too heavily on technology. You can’t imagine your life without modern technology is a sign you’re not ready. Modern technology is wonderful, but make it your servant and not your master. Always know how to manage well without technology. And that includes those “must have” items like a refrigerator. Are you willing to learn how to manage without those “vital” appliances?

And again, if you’re of the Lone Wolf mentality and think that you can manage without others, I would say that you’re not ready. Failure to prepare for the children and seniors in your life means that you lose out on a lot of valuable skills and knowledge.

If you have an unwillingness to learn how to prepare for the future or aren’t interested in sustainable living, then you’re not ready for the prepper lifestyle. 
But most people can envision a day when the worst case scenario happens, and if it happens to you, you’ll have to deal with it – ready or not.

5 Things You’ll Need in an Emergency

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5 Things You’ll Need in an Emergency

Unfortunately, there are variety of disasters or that could strike at any moment. It is smart to be ready for am emergency by stocking a variety of important staples while prepping. Some of the most critical items are the most overlooked and taken for granted, so here are five essential things ready to go in case a major crisis happens.

Items for Cleaning and Sanitation

Staying clean and sanitary is something people often take for granted and forget when preparing for a disaster. It is entirely possible for plumbing to get destroyed during a disaster, so keeping cases of garbage bags for human waste is essential.  Bleach and other cleaning supplies like brooms, mops and towels should be stocked up on too.

Items for Cold Weather

Extra bedding and enough clothes to layer up is crucial. These are another set of items beginning preppers tend to forget about. Dying of exposure is a reality in certain climates, and winter can be very unforgiving. The bedding will come in handy on a cold night, and layering clothing is a great way to combat the cold when moving around during the day.

Firearms

As controversial as they may be, guns are something every prepper should have to defend what they worked so hard on building. A long range rifle can quickly turn into a necessary tool for hunting, and pistols can go a long way in deterring burglary and stopping harm in its tracks. Needing something for defense from looting and rampant crime is an unfortunate reality.

Access to an Abundant Water Supply

It is essential to have five years’ worth of drinking water available, and the best way to fortify property with enough water is to make sure it has access to an onsite well or cistern. Contact a well company like Candescent Well Service, LLC to begin your preparations. Be sure to have plenty of purifying tablets and an emergency water filtration system as well.

Sources of Light

Electricity is a luxury. If the power goes out for any amount of time or reason, then alternative sources of light need to be available for use. Matches, lighter fluid, candles and batteries are the backbone for a good kit. Alternative energy tech has gotten more advanced too, so items like solar powered chargers can be added as well for common battery sizes.

These are just five of many key things to have available if disaster strikes. Focus on making sure there is a versatile set of supplies for survival. There are different types and degrees of devastation, and it is best to be ready for anything. Having enough of a variety could be what separates life and death following a terrible event.

 

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Skills anyone with limited mobility need to learn for SHTF.

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  Today we are going to look at skills anyone with limited mobility need to learn for SHTF.  If you have physical limitations, then you must find a way to compensate for this by learning skills that will make you valuable to any Prepper or survival group.  Grab a cup …

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Homemade Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

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Italian salad dressing is hands down the most frequently used condiment in our kitchen. Not only do we use it to top our garden fresh salads, we also use it as a marinade for grilled chicken breasts and as the

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D-Day, June 6, 1944. What Has 72 Years Done To Us?

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Every year, some of us remember the importance of June the 6th. That’s the day, 72 years ago, that 73,000 of America’s young men stormed Normandy, France, making up almost half of the 156,000 troops which landed on French soil, to take back Europe from NAZI Germany.

As a country, we lost 2,500 young men that day, casualties of the largest amphibious invasion in history. But those 2,500 soldiers weren’t simply forgotten; they represented each and every American alive on that day.

Although they were fighting to free Europe of the clutches of the tyrannical NAZI regime, they were also fighting for something much more precious to us as Americans… they were fighting for freedom.

Historians have dubbed that generation with the moniker “The Greatest Generation.” When you look at what they accomplished and how the country pulled together to accomplish it, that’s not too surprising.

There has been no other time in our history, when the United States pulled together for a single purpose, like it did in World War II. You really can’t even say that about the Revolutionary War, as there were many who were opposed to it.

But while that war brought our country to new heights of patriotism and accomplishment, it also started us on the road to decline and moral decay. Sadly, one of the things that always accompanies war is a lowering of moral standards. That was no different in the time of the Greatest Generation.

The current moral decline of the United States of America actually started in that time. While it may seem as if the Americans of that day were bigger than life, they felt an urgency caused by the realization that they might die any day. This urgency was responded to by drinking, smoking and extra-marital sex. Many lived for the day, because they weren’t sure if the next day, they would die.

Hollywood had their part in that as well; as always, showing the glamorous side of war. Part of that was including a love interest in all those war movies. Being Hollywood, love became sex; and while they didn’t show it as clearly back then, as they do today; everyone knew how to read the signs.

But even amongst the debauchery of the day, there was much nobility and bravery. Countless people dug down deep within themselves and found the strength to do what they had to do; both overseas fighting the war and here at home keeping the home fires burning. The courage displayed by that generation in facing adversary was something we could all learn from.

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Sadly, there seems to be little of that courage left coursing through America’s blood. Our young people don’t have the courage to face someone who is speaking something they don’t like, let alone the bullets of an enemy. Instead, they cry for “safe spaces” where they can be assured that nobody will say anything that might cause them any emotional turmoil. Apparently, forcing someone to think about their beliefs and justify them is too much of an emotional strain for today’s youth.

As a country, we have taken some huge steps backwards since that day, all in the name of “progress.”

Whereas they fought for freedom in that time, today people fight for something free. Where they fought for principle, today people fight for entitlements.

Rather than blacks and whites coming together to defeat a common enemy, today’s blacks are being told that whites are their common enemy and that they should therefore kill the whites.

World War II brought this country together in a way that has never happened before or since. The common goal of defeating the Axis powers gave us national purpose.

Later, national purpose was invested in things like putting a man on the moon and standing strong against the aggression of the Soviet Union. Yet today, we have lost our national purpose. No longer are we pulling together, but rather we are being pulled apart.

I remember asking myself the question, shortly before 9-11, whether the United States could ever pull together, like we did in World War II, to accomplish such a major goal once again. Then, on that fateful day, the Twin Towers came down and the nation pulled together in support of New York City and the War Against Terror.

But sadly, that unity has not lasted; it has fallen apart once again.

In the last seven years, we’ve seen more division in this country than has existed anytime since the Civil War. No longer is the national attention focused on defeating the radical Muslim terrorist enemy, but instead our political leadership is inviting them in to take up residence. We have blacks against whites, poor against rich, women against men and the LGBT community against those who are straight.

Is it fair to blame all this on Barack Obama? Yes, I would have to say it is. While he has not been the only one causing division, he has definitely been the most influential. He has been the most divisive president in the history of the United States, bringing to the forefront each and every phony war he could, to turn one group of Americans against another and destroy what unity we had.

He has also been instrumental in turning the tables on the War on Terror. Where we were actively pursuing radical Muslim terrorism under President Bush, Obama has all but outlawed the use of that term. He refuses to acknowledge that the possibility of Muslim terrorism exists and instead talks about right-wing terrorism, something that is totally fabricated in his mind.

Apparently in Obama’s world view, patriots who are willing to defend their country are more dangerous than radicals who are trying to destroy countries.

Liberalism has destroyed the moral fiber of this country, and they are now on the road to destroying the country itself. The list of things that liberals have demanded of our society, all in the name of some twisted idea of “fairness” could ultimately be out undoing. It is certain that their demands have made life more dangerous for many, as they push to further their agenda.

There is something inherently wrong about causing the majority of society to suffer for a minority. That is especially true when the minority is extremely small and mentally imbalanced.

Yet apparently the only way that the political left can find what they consider to be fair, is to make people suffer. They must make the majority suffer, so that the minority can have what they want; even if what they want is destructive to society as a whole.

Where is Our Country Going?

Could we once again pull together and become the great nation that we once were? Is it possible for another “Greatest Generation” to rise up and set this nation back on track? Can we throw off oppression as we once did and set our course once again by the Constitution?

We are living in a time which demands greatness. It demands people who will stand against injustice committed in the name of fairness. Who will be willing to be ridiculed by the PC police, in order to make a difference. People who care more about integrity, than they care about popularity. Those who have the moral fiber to shout from the rooftops that “This is wrong” and get others to see things as they do.

Our country’s history is filled with such people. The Revolutionary war was fought because of such people. We stormed the Normandy Beaches because of people of like character. Together, we declared “Better dead than red” against the rise of the Soviet Union. We, or rather, those who came before us had that moral fiber; it’s time that we found ours.

Conservatives are still the majority in this country, outnumbering liberals by 3 to 2. But you would never know it by looking at what’s going on in the media or the public square. It is the voice of the liberals that is being heard, not the voice of the “silent majority.”  It is time for that to change.

Unless we rise up and make our voice be heard in the halls of power and the public places across this land, we may soon find that we no longer have a voice. As in Orwell’s 1984, the voice of those who stand against a tyrannical system may very well be silenced.

I don’t know about you, but I won’t go down quietly. The Founding Fathers swore their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to this country; can we do any less? Are we willing to lay down our lives, or only to lay down? Are we willing to give up what fortunes we have, or only a mere pittance? Do we even care about our honor anymore?

If this country is  ever going to be great again, if it is ever going to have another Greatest Generation, it will be because people say “enough is enough” and take a stand.

It won’t start in Washington, but in the grass roots. But the fire in those grass roots will spread and it will eventually get to Washington, if we but fan the flame.

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Bug Out Gun Lights: Part 2

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As noted in part one of Bug Out Gun Lights, mounting a light on a weapon, whether long gun or handgun, is Bug Out Gun Lighta necessary option for every bug in and bug out scenario.  The light is not just for discriminating among potential targets, but also to light the escape route, to light the impromptu medical theater, and to signal others as needed. In part one, the generalities of WMLs or weapon mounted lights were explored.  In part two of Bug Out Gun Lights we will consider long rifle implications, shotguns, and specific lights.

By Doc Montana, a contributing author of Survival Cache and SHTFBlog
This article is Part 2 in a series on Bug Out Gun Lights (Read Part 1)

Have vs. Want

The next time I get mugged, it will be in broad daylight, under a noon blue sky, inside the lobby of a police station, during SWAT open house, while POTUS is in attendance, and I just happened to have started my demonstration of how to load an MP5 with live ammo.

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Unfortunately statistics are not on my side. Most violent encounters in the US happen after the sun is well on it’s way to China.  In other words, it’s dark. So training with a weapon mounted light is an important piece of the survival puzzle.  FBI stats have shown that over 50 percent of LEOs that were killed in the line of duty met their end during the hours between 8pm and 6am. And even worse, 92% of all assaults on LEOs occurred between those same hours. While you might not be a LEO, the risk of assault, robbery, and pretty much everything nasty in between is more likely to happen at night. Thus the need for a WML. But also the responsibility of the gun owner to absolutely know his target. Wandering in the dark is ignoring 80% of the input the brain prefers to use to process a situation. Sight is our dominant sense, and light is essential for sight.

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Not all LEOs were giddy about dedicated weapons lights when they arrived.  In fact, it was the K9 officers who were first in line to adopt WMLs.  With one hand perpetually attached to a dog leash, they had only half the number of available upper torso appendages to begin with.  By making gun and light one unit, the K9 cops could move around more like their unleashed brethren.

Location. Location. Location.

Now that WMLs are powerful enough to be practical on a rifle, it really is only a matter of time before you get one. But where to put it?  Many modern ARs have three linear feet of rail or more, but only the final two inches near the muzzle will work for a light. If you have a fixed front sight, you probably don’t want to mount the light on the top rail since the photons will hit the first object they encounter the hardest (the front sight) and under maximum intensity it causes an unacceptable hotspot that will compromise your vision and aiming. If you are right handed, you might want the light opposite your support hand’s grip (the left side). That leaves the bottom rail and the right side as good choices.  A bottom mount behind the muzzle will create a shadow above the gun, while a right mount will create a left-side shadow and can cause issues when rounding corners just as a left-side mount will.

For forest and ranch work, I don’t mind the under barrel mount on my AR.  In this case I would rather have a clean view of the ground for safer travel. But a simple twist of the carry position moves the light into the 9 or more likely the 3 o’clock position minimizing any forward shadowing when needed.

Most mounting choices lock-in the light in one of the 90-degree positions: 12 O’clock, 3, 6 and 9 O’clock.  The two things to consider are light activation by the support hand, and preferred shadow position opposite the light.

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If an intermediate option to the four standard coordinates is desired consider options such as the Daniel Defense light mount or the Magpul offset light mount. A downside to the Magpul mount is that it is screwed onto the rail (two bolts), and the flashlight is attached to the mount (two more bolts), so switching between using the light in-hand and-on gun takes time and tools. The Daniel Defense option is much simpler but three times as expensive. It uses a single large knob to attach the mount to the rail with the light held to the mount like a scope in a ring.

Blowback

Muzzle blast and recoil can damage lights and coat their lenses with light-diminishing debris. Some lights Gun lightslike my now-discontinued Leupold have synthetic sapphire lenses to deal with the harsh life of living next to muzzle blast.  Other lights might seem tough at the store, but a few mags later are crying for mommy.  While I thoroughly appreciate the effort Leopold put into their now-defunct MX modular flashlight system, it should have been built for continuity with interchangeable LED modules since the lens, battery barrels, and switches are good for decades but the LEDs are evolving faster than the Avian Flu. So much good tech has gone to pasture due to fixation on the present.

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Lights must be strong enough to shake off gun recoil.  While LEDs usually ignore impacts, the circuits, switches, battery contacts, and lens components can get their bell rung.  Batteries have mass and thus prefer to remain still when the rest of the light is accelerated in a direction opposite of the bullet.  Simple Newtonian mechanics. This can lead to compression of the springs and contacts that normally ensure a complete circuit that keeps the electrons flowing. Darkness falls whenever there is a break in the circuit causing the light to blink or go out all together. And sometimes the electricity never flows again. But this is a double-edged coin to mix my metaphors. Any working light will work until the trigger is pulled. So basically you have at least one shot with any WML. Good lights will keep running. Weak lights…well, you need to move to plan B.

Moving Parts

Most good lights have O-ring seals at all material interfaces.  But that won’t necessarily keep the light from Best Weapon Mounted Lightsunscrewing itself over time or during repeated fire.  Keep an eye on the connections between components, and give the light a good shake every once in a while to listen for parts rattling around inside the tube.

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And speaking of moving parts, the design of the switch on paper is completely different from the operation of the switch in a human hand, especially when contacting that wonderful opposable thumb we’ve been taught separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. The thumb switch should have the right amount of resistance and tactile click to talk back during the activation.  Of all my lights, there is just something about the Surefire and Fenix lights that have that proper click.  Although you might have noticed that Fenix does not make any WMLs.  That’s because they do, but they are marketed under different brand names and non-competition clauses will prevent Fenix from selling any for at least a few more years.

Toyota spends millions on the feel of it.  And so does Geissele, Magpul and Daniel Defense.  You see there are very few places on a weapons light that involve human interaction so those companies that pay special attention to the human-flashlight interface are those that I prefer.  The reason for stressing this particular tangent of weapons mounted lights is that when the S hits the Fan, your pulse spikes, adrenaline is dumped into your bloodstream, and your vision tunnels, the operation of a WML must be like every other human reaction that has evolved over millions of years. Not time for memorized luminosity sequences. No time to wonder, to paraphrase Sigmund Freud, if a click is just a click.

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Another area to consider is the composition of the lens.  Super-high-end lights use sapphire glass material, the same stuff in your Rolex watch crystal.  Moving down in price is impact resistant glass of sufficient thickness, followed by glass. Then polycarbonate plastic. Then plastic of unknown origin.  But anything near the business end of a rifle should not be made of a meltable oil-based material like plastic.

Bolt Upright!

Mounting solutions run from simple to complex, and cheap to expensive. If the light has a built-in rail mounting option, then the rail slots must match the light’s size. On full-sized autopistols like the Glock 17, small form-factor lights may generate a substantial gap between trigger guard and light. A raw fact to keep in mind is that if a solidly mounted light extends further forward than the pistol’s barrel, it will be possible to jam the gun into the perp without concern of a misfire due to the slide being pushed rearward and out of battery while the business end of the gun squishes into the flesh of the bad guy.  To put a friendly face on this important fact, there are notable events where a LEOs bacon was saved by the purp punching their lighted muzzle into the cop’s belly or forehead and jerked the trigger but no bang followed.  All possible by the slightly-forward mounting of a WML.

But…

On the other side of the coin, if you have a light such as the Surefire x300 Ultra you can enjoy the ease of Gun Light Reviewswitching the light between guns, hands or pockets. Do note, however, that the x300U fires up quite easily in the hand and pocket compared to traditional dialed-in flashlight designs due to its pressure activation in addition to its switch rotation. I’ve also fired up my x300 just by grabbing the gun out of a case. If done in the dark, you just shot your night vision all to hell. Just food for thought.

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Inexpensive and versatile mounts include the ExtremeBeam Weaver mount. For $14, you can mount any one-inch diameter light to almost any gun.  The mount can grab standard rails, or use the included rail mount to secure it to a barrel.  I have used this mount on a 20 gauge Remington 870 shotgun in addition to ARs.  There are almost no aftermarket tactical accessories for the 20GA 870 platform since it seems the entire rest of the world only cares about the 12 gauge so I was on my own to find a light mount. Lately I’ve settled in on using the rail mount of the ExtremeBeam Weaver to hold a Streamlight TLR-4 light/laser to my house-bound blued pump blunderbuss.

1000 Is The New Black

For a WML, 500 or more lumens is a great number for a pistol these days. But for a rifle that might breathe some fresh outdoor air once in awhile, 1000 lumens is my new best friend. Surefire makes some triple-cell lights under the Fury name. I have both the tactical version and the regular one. The P3X Tactical Fury has a no-click tail cap switch, but instead just a pressure button that fires the light as long as the rubber is held down. The Tactical only has one setting…full blast, which limits its general usefulness as a flashlight. To keep the light on, the tail cap must be rotated clockwise. I like to mount this light on the nine O’clock position so I can fire the light easily with my support hand thumb while keeping a tight grip on the handguard. If I want the light to stay on, I just grab the tail switch like the cap on a beer bottle and give it a twist.

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The regular P3X Fury has a two-stage tailcap click switch that fires first a 15 lumen beam, the a thousand lumen one if clicked again within a second. I prefer to pocket carry this Fury since most of the time I use it in first gear.

The Dust is Settling

At the moment, we are at an intellectual transition about weapon-mounted lighting. Much of the negative Best AR15 LED Lightpress and skeptical opinions are based upon old knowledge, old designs, old filament lights, and old tactics. Where modern bug out wisdom diverges from conventional law enforcement procedures is with duration of use, location of use, and situational use. Plus, in a bug out you are hopefully not running towards trouble like the LEOs are paid to do. In a true WROL, I will skew the rules in my favor. As they say, a fair fight is any fight you can lose. I know there are risks to using a weapon-mounted light, but frankly we’ve said the same things about so many other aspects of personal safety until the next generation’s embrace of the technology proved our historical concerns to be no longer founded in 21st century reality. So light it up.

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Cleaning Hack: 9 Surprising Items You Can Clean Using a Dishwasher

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legosIf you have a dishwasher and kids, chances are you don’t take that bad boy for granted. We do at least one load of dishes at our house every day, sometimes as many as three. I love that washing dishes in an efficient dishwasher is much more eco-friendly than hand washing, and green detergents like this and this mean I can have sparkling dishes without worrying about synthetic fragrances, phthalates, dyes, and chlorine bleach coming into my household. You can also make your own dish detergent using these ingredients.

But what you may not be aware of are the many things that aren’t dishes that you can wash in your dishwasher. Having kids means dealing with sticky messes and germy fingers—it’s great to be able to throw these things into the dishwasher and forget about them while they are sterilizing. Here’s a list of non-traditional things you can clean in your washer to get the most out of your appliance:

  1. Legos or other hard plastic toys: we have a zillion Lego pieces and they are constantly getting dropped on the floor, sneezed on, or worse. Put Legos or other hard plastic toys on the top rack of the dishwasher in a delicates laundry bag.
  2. Nail clippers/tweezers: I don’t even want to know what that black stuff is under our kids’ fingernails, but I’m certain it contaminates our nail clippers every time we use them. Tweezers come in handy to pull out splinters or the odd small toy lodged in a child’s nose (I wish I was kidding!). This means both of these tools are pretty gross, so I try to remember to throw them into the utensil basket whenever there’s room.
  3. Hair brushes/combs: Placing brushes/combs on the top rack keeps them clean and also potentially prevents the spread of lice. My kids aren’t always the greatest at washing the soap out of their hair and this also ensures that buildup doesn’t coat the bristles.
  4. Hair ties: Same idea as #3. I also run barrettes and sweat bands through the dishwasher.
  5. Toothbrushes: pediatricians recommend replacing tooth brushes every two months, but if the bristles are still in good shape, you can simply throw toothbrushes in with the silverware.
  6. Light switch covers: I hope I’m not the only one with grimy black handprints on my light switch covers. This one doesn’t need to be done that often, but every three months or so I do a deep clean and take off all covers and even some particularly dirty door pulls/hardware get a bath too.
  7. Mouth guards: If your kids play sports that require mouth guards, you definitely want to be sterilizing those after every use to prevent the spread of illness. Instead of scouring them by hand, toss them onto the top shelf.
  8. Keys: This one doesn’t seem to be kid related, but anybody with a teething baby has probably had to fish their car or house keys out of their child’s mouth. Metal keys, key ring and all, can be thrown into the utensil basket and thoroughly sterilized. This is particularly appealing when you think about all of the germs that we pick up carrying our key around with us every day.
  9. Cell phone cover/case: Again, this might not seem to pertain to kids, but we use our cell phones to entertain our boys in restaurants, while we wait in line, or even to Face Time with their grandparents. A recent study showed that one in six cell phones is contaminated with fecal matter and, let’s face it, in homes with small children that number may be much higher! If your case is rubber or hard plastic, simply place it on the top shelf of the dishwasher.

The possibilities are endless—just make sure you’re using the top rack if you’re concerned about something melting and never wash bronze or other heat-sensitive, rust-prone metals in the dishwasher. If you wash something really disgusting—say a pair of plastic shoes or a potty seat—you can always run an empty load if you’re worried about putting dishes into the washer immediately afterward.

Pamela Bofferding is a native Texan who now lives with her husband and sons in New York City. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing with her dogs.

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FEMA Warns America: Power Will Be Down For WEEKS After A Grid Attack

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FEMA Warns America: Power Will Be Down For WEEKS After A Grid Attack

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The United States is completely unprepared for a cyberattack on the electric power grid that could lead to total economic collapse, according to a key Congressman who hosted an April hearing on the issue.

US Representative Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, wrote in a Roll Call op-ed that such an attack would be devastating – and isn’t far-fetched.

He pointed to the December cyberattack on the Ukraine power grid that left 225,000 without electricity. It was considered the first successful attack, worldwide, on a grid.

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“What happened is ominous because it reminded us that we should not believe ourselves immune to such an attack, even in the United States,” Barletta wrote. “A cyberattack on the power grid could leave millions of residents and key physical locations without power for an extended period of time. It is a discouraging fact that unlike every other hazard we are likely to face, from hurricanes to earthquakes and chemical attacks to space weather, there is no specific planning scenario to help state and local governments prepare for an extensive blackout.”

Barletta noted that FEMA Administrator Craig Fugaten was asked how long the electricity would be out following a successful cyberattack and responded, “Planning needs to be measured in weeks.” Witnesses from the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security agreed.

The officials testified that the federal government has done little planning to cope with a cyberattack on the grid, although they tried to assure him that progress is being made.

The Ukraine attack, Barletta wrote, seemed like “something from a Hollywood movie, but it was real.” The federal government, he added, must do a better job to prepare local communities.

“We must be ready to deal with disruptions in telecommunications, water and waste treatment, healthcare delivery, financial services and transportation,” he wrote.

The impact from such an attack on America’s power grid is significant, Barletta warned.

“If the goal of terrorists is to collapse our economy, then shutting down our electrical grid is where they would start,” Barlett a wrote. “Most troubling is the possibility that a cyberattack would be accompanied by a physical terrorist attack, a scenario that promises true havoc, panic and loss of life. The great challenge is that the threat continues to evolve, which only means that we are forced to evolve with it and be prepared for it.”

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FEMA Warns America: Power Will Be Down For WEEKS After A Grid Attack

FEMA Warns America: Power Will Be Down For WEEKS After A Grid Attack

Gulf Coast at night. Image source: NASA

The United States is completely unprepared for a cyberattack on the electric power grid that could lead to total economic collapse, according to a key Congressman who hosted an April hearing on the issue.

US Representative Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, wrote in a Roll Call op-ed that such an attack would be devastating – and isn’t far-fetched.

He pointed to the December cyberattack on the Ukraine power grid that left 225,000 without electricity. It was considered the first successful attack, worldwide, on a grid.

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“What happened is ominous because it reminded us that we should not believe ourselves immune to such an attack, even in the United States,” Barletta wrote. “A cyberattack on the power grid could leave millions of residents and key physical locations without power for an extended period of time. It is a discouraging fact that unlike every other hazard we are likely to face, from hurricanes to earthquakes and chemical attacks to space weather, there is no specific planning scenario to help state and local governments prepare for an extensive blackout.”

Barletta noted that FEMA Administrator Craig Fugaten was asked how long the electricity would be out following a successful cyberattack and responded, “Planning needs to be measured in weeks.” Witnesses from the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security agreed.

The officials testified that the federal government has done little planning to cope with a cyberattack on the grid, although they tried to assure him that progress is being made.

The Ukraine attack, Barletta wrote, seemed like “something from a Hollywood movie, but it was real.” The federal government, he added, must do a better job to prepare local communities.

“We must be ready to deal with disruptions in telecommunications, water and waste treatment, healthcare delivery, financial services and transportation,” he wrote.

The impact from such an attack on America’s power grid is significant, Barletta warned.

“If the goal of terrorists is to collapse our economy, then shutting down our electrical grid is where they would start,” Barlett a wrote. “Most troubling is the possibility that a cyberattack would be accompanied by a physical terrorist attack, a scenario that promises true havoc, panic and loss of life. The great challenge is that the threat continues to evolve, which only means that we are forced to evolve with it and be prepared for it.”

Do you believe such an attack is inevitable? Would your community be prepared? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Are You Prepared For A Downed Grid? Read More Here.

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

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Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

This is by far the easiest, homemade, frugal cleaner I have made. Protective Blend foaming hand soap. You don’t have to use the branded soap dispenser it is just what I had on hand. I actually plan on using these. Much cuter in my kitchen and bathroom, they just aren’t foaming.

Why use Essential Oil Foaming Hand Soap

This Protective Blend protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system.
This recipe for foaming hand wash is a wonderful, all-natural alternative to the antibacterial hand soaps that are on the market today.

• Supports healthy immune function
• Protects against environmental threats
• Cleanses surfaces
• Purifies the skin while promoting healthy
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15 Common Food Storage Mistakes To Avoid

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Coming to terms with a realistic food storage strategy can be tough.  Everyone seems to have an opinion whether it is to focus primarily on store-bought canned goods, commercially packaged freeze-dried products, or food that is preserved at home using a pressure canner.  Each has advantages and disadvantage in terms of space, cost, portability, and convenience.

Regardless of your stand on food storage, there is a common thread among all preppers.  We want our food storage to remain viable and nutritious for the longest period possible.  The very last thing we want is to be in a situation where our stored food is no longer palatable or worse, spoiled.

By now you most likely know about the six enemies of food storage: temperature, oxygen, moisture, light, pest, and time.  Conquering these factors is a constant struggle but over time, each of us learns to cope with them the best we can, and over the years, many books and blog post articles have been written to help you achieve optimal storage conditions.

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On the other hand, what about some of the other factors that can impede food storage?  In our journey to save for the future, and whatever that future holds in store for us, I have made a number of food storage mistakes.  I like to call them “goofs”  for no other reason than I like to laugh at myself after the fact.  I like the word goofs too; it just kind of rolls of my tongue.

Along those lines, today I list some of my personal food storage goofs as well as some other common mistakes that are typically made in the quest to implement a long term food storage plan.  I hope you can learn from them.

15 Common Food Storage Mistakes and Goofs

1.  Storing food you don’t enjoy.

Number one on the list is storing food you don’t like or will not eat no matter what.  We have all done it:  purchased an item when it is on sale because it was a great deal.  If you won’t eat it now, what makes you think you will eat it later?  Spending money and using your precious storage space on food you will not eat is just silly.

All that being said, if desperate, you will likely eat anything.  Still, we are talking about preps you are putting in place in advance and not a scrounging effort after the fact when the pantry is bare.

2.  Not rotating out of date food items.

This has happened to me.  A number of years ago I purchased a few dozen boxes of cake mixes because they were really cheap.   After a couple of years, the leavening was dead so I wasted good eggs and a half cup of oil on a cake mix that only rose about a 1/2 inch in the oven.

My recommendation?  Label everything with the date of purchase.  Sharpie pens were created for this purpose.  Keep a log, or a notebook, or reminders in your Outlook file if you are so inclined.  I find it easier simply to clean out my pantry annually.

However you keep track,  rotate your stored food items the best you can without getting paranoid about it.  Many of the “use by” and “best by” dates on canned and packaged goods are put there by the manufacturer but relate more to taste and texture than actual spoilage.

Additional Reading:  What You Need to Know About Eating Expired Food

Let your eyes and nose be the judge.  If the outside of a can is dented, rusted, or shows signs of leakage, toss it.  If you open it and it smells off (or even if you THINK is smells off), dump it.  Just be mindful that you will want to secure and dump bad food in such a way that children or curious pets can not get to it.

3.  Storing everything in the same place.

Think about it.  If everything is stored in your basement and the basement is flooded, you are going to have a problem.  I know, you are thinking that everything is packaged in moisture proof packaging, right?  If you have 3 feet of water in your basement, that will not matter since you will not be able to get to it.

Canned goods should be on a shelf off the floor, and mason jars filled with home canned items need to be secured to their shelf with a bracket or cordage.  The last thing you want is for your precious food jars to fall to the ground and shatter during in an earthquake, hurricane, or other disruptive event.

These are just a few of the scenarios that cause your food storage to be inaccessible or unusable.  Think about the disaster risks where your live and plan your storage locations accordingly.

4.  You don’t know how to cook it.

Remember when I wrote about wheat in Why You Should Store Wheat for Survival?  For heaven’s sake, do not purchase wheat if you do not know how to use it.  Of course it would not hurt to learn about wheat.  Freshly ground, it makes a heavenly loaf of bread the only problem being that it is so good you may eat too much and gain 50 pounds which would be another problem entirely.

If you are new to wheat, consider reading John Hill’s book, How to Live on Wheat.  To this day, I refer to it frequently.

But wheat is not the only survival basic that may be unfamiliar.  Beans of all types, as well rice, are two food storage staples.  Learn to cook these items now, so you have an arsenal of recipes ready to go when and if the time comes.  Both beans and rice are inexpensive and work well with a variety of condiments making them ideal additions to the survival food pantry.

Additional Reading:  How to Make a Survival Casserole

5.  Storing a lot of basic foods but omitting comfort foods.

This happens to me all the time.  In my quest to eat healthy 100% of the time, I sometimes go for weeks eating basic, blandish food. By that I mean no fresh fruit, no cookies, and no Kettle Chips.

Eat well, and eat healthy but be sure to allow for a splurge once in a while, too.  (Kettle Chips are a definite splurge and since I like the hard-to-find non-salt variety, I purchase them by the case on Amazon.!)

6.  Improper storage temperatures.

Temperature (mostly heat), is one of the enemies of food storage and yet it may not be something you may not think of.  I recently purchased 6 jars of mayo on sale for less than half the normal cost.  They are being stored in my crawl space cellar and not in the garage where the temperature can reach the 80s in the summer.  This will prolong the shelf life considerably.  The same thing applies to almost any food that you want to store for longer than 6 months or a year.

One other thing to keep in mind:  temperature fluctuations can be as bad as a sustained high temperature.  I don’t claim to know the science but what I have found is that food stored at a constant 80 degrees will hold better than food stored at 30 in the winter and 90 in the summer.  Anecdotally, this is especially true of canned goods I have stored in my home.

Additional Reading:  Survival Basics: The Six Enemies of Food Storage

7.  Not storing liquids to reconstitute your dried items.

Have you every tried to cook rice without water or broth?  How about pasta?  As much as I feel freeze-dried foods have their place, the liquid in canned fruits and vegetables will provide you an additional source of hydration.  In addition, the drained liquid can be used to re-hydrate freeze-dried foods.

Win win.

8.  Not planning alternate fuel sources for cooking.

This should be a no brainer.  When the power goes out, you will need a fire, grill or portable stove.  Rocket stoves and even propane stoves are inexpensive.  Just keep in mind that you will also need fuel for your stoves, whether it comes from sources you gather (such as biomass) or from purchases.

9.  No condiments or spices to wake up the taste buds.

Salt, pepper, some chili powder, mustard, sugar, honey – the list is endless.  These items do not need to cost a lot nor do they need to take up an extraordinary amount of space.  When push comes to shove, however, your eating experience will be greatly enhanced by having a few things on hand to enliven the taste of your stored food stuffs.

10.  Not storing a variety of items.

I confess that  I can go for days eating the same meal of baked potatoes over and over again.  That said, most people need and want variety.  This is especially true for children, the elderly and the infirm who may already be picky eaters.  Plus, you need a variety of foods items in order to get a full complement of nutritional value from your meals.

11.  Storing food in inappropriate or unmanageable packages.

Your mileage may vary, but I prefer to package food in small, manageable sizes.  In my own household, items stored for the long term (beans, rice, lentils, cereals, dog food etc.) have been stored in 1 gallon Mylar bags and not the larger, 5 gallon size.  I take four or five of these small bags and put them in a bucket or Rubbermaid bin so that I can pull them out for use one at a time.  For me this is more practical since there are only two in my family.  Plus, if there is a short term emergency, I can pull out what I need without having to repackage the whole megila.

Another best practice is to store a variety of foods in a single bucket.  So, for example, instead of creating a bucket filled with a single food type, create a bucket that include a variety of foods plus appropriate condiments.  If you are ever forced to use your food storage, you can pull a single bucket with everything you need to get by instead of riffling through a dozen or more buckets to gather what you need for meal-preparation.

As a bonus, if you are forced to evacuation, your DIY meal bucket will be ready to go.

Additional Reading:  Best Practices for Using Mylar Bags

12.  Improper storage containers.

This applies to a lot of things.  Here is an example:  do not store you rice in a bucket that previously held pickles without pre-packaging the rice in a Mylar bag.  Pickle-flavored rice may taste good if you are pregnant but practically no one else will appreciate this exotic dish!

Seriously, though, make sure your food storage containers did not hold toxic chemicals in a prior life and make sure your containers are moisture and pest-proof.

13.  Purchasing a kit without evaluating the contents.

This is another lesson I learned the hard way.  Before purchasing a kit of any type, look at the contents and decide how many of the items will be truly useful.  If there are items you don’t want, can you give them away to someone else?  Also look at the total cost.  Is the kit still a good value even though you will not use everything?

This also applies to bulk sized products at Costco, Sam’s or other warehouse type stores.  In many cases, I will purchase a giant sized package knowing that a third will not get used.  Even so, the purchase is a good value.  But do not assume this – sometimes it is better to pay more per ounce for a smaller size.

14.  Being totally dependent on food storage for all of your meals.

Regardless of how robust your food pantry, it is prudent to consider other sources of food.  If you have adequate light conditions, you can supplement your stored food with fresh vegetables from your garden.  At the very least, you can grow some herbs that will not only provide nutrition, but will also have medicinal qualities.

In addition to a garden, large or small, learn about local bounty that may be available by foraging, fishing, and hunting.  Most areas have some sort of local bounty, whether berries, trout, deer, or even the common dandelion.  Learn about them know and practice all of the ancillary skills needed to safely turn them into edible fare.

15.  Don’t worry about a 25 or 30 year shelf life if you are 70 years old!

I am being a tad bit cynical and facetious here but really, if your lifespan is 20 years, don’t worry too much about 30 year items.  Sure, you can give them away, donate them, or use them in less than 30 years but the point is, don’t stress if the items you store away have only a 10 or 20 year shelf life.

Go back to mistake #10, “Variety”.  It is better to have a mix of items with varying shelf lives than to get hung up on extremely long storage life.

What About Waste?

Whenever I purchase an item for food storage, a little light goes on in my mind fretting about waste.  The last thing I want to do is waste money on something that will never be used.  This is the prepper’s dilemma because our food storage, as with the rest of our preps, is a form of insurance, right?  An we hope never to have to us it, right?

Still, waste is not in my vocabulary.  Even before it was considered environmentally responsible to recycle, I would snatch paper out of the trash and re-use the back side before sending it off to the trash bin.  The same thing applied to food.  I simply hated to waste those bits and scraps of leftovers and eventually found a use for them in what I call “garbage soup”.  To this day, the dibs and dabs of leftovers are combined to make the most delicious soups you can imagine.

For many of us, an aversion to being wasteful is the a result of having too little money in our younger days.  Like many of you, I have worked from the time I was a teenager and never took anything I had for granted.  Scrimping and saving for rainy days is ingrained in my DNA.

I believe that is the case for a lot of preppers.  We have always had a mindset that dictated that we save during times of plenty to cover ourselves for those rough patches in life.  The only difference is that now we save for more than a rough patch or two; we save food and supplies to last us for six months, a year, a decade and longer as we wind our way through an uncertain economy, droughts, and the threat of an unexpected disaster or disruptive event.

Mentioning this now is important lest you think that food storage is a minefield, littered with potential mistakes that make you want to give up before you even start. Stay with the program, be cognizant of what can go wrong, and do your best to mitigate food storage issues in advance.

The Final Word

Are you guilty of any of these food storage mistakes and goofs?  Can you think of others?  If so, I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

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

Note:  This article is an updated version of a similar article posted on Backdoor Survival in April 2014.

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FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer: As long as the unit has an accessory port (and this one does), and inexpensive FoodSaver will work just as well as the fancier models. That is my two cents, at least.

FoodSaver Wide Mouth Jar Sealer: Already have a FoodSaver? If so, check out this jar sealer which can be used to vacuum seal your Mason jars. This is a great option for short to mid term storage of items such as beans, rice, sugar and salt. Store your jars in a cool, dark place and you are set with the added advantage of removing a small amount for current use without having to disrupt your large Mylar bag or bucket of food.  There is also a version for regular sized jarsSee Fast Track Tip #4: How to Use a FoodSaver for Vacuum Canning.

Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: What I love about Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers is they protect against every single one of the food storage enemies. Prices do vary but for the most part, they are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand. And while you can seal them up with a FoodSaver, some tubing and a common clothes iron, I find it infinitely easier with a cheap hair straightening iron that you can pick up $20 or less.

60 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: This is one area where you want to make sure you are getting a quality product. Currently, a pack of 60 (in three 20 unit packs) is about $11 with free shipping.

Sharpie Permanent Markers: Sharpies were invented for preppers! And without question, Amazon is the cheapest place to buy them. Typically, the price on Amazon is less that $8 for a dozen.

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