My budget survived the Senate gun bills

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I’m glad that the Senate gun control/no fly secret lists bill did not pass.  Now I can go back to my original layaway payment plan and get the little carbine paid off about mid July. I held back a bit of cash just in case the bills started moving forward so I will stock up a little on ammo instead.  This is a great example why you need to have a bit of savings or as I call it “Mad Money” stashed away for these sort of things that can happen in an instant and are completely out of your control. Start with saving a $5.00-$20.00 bill in your wallet or purse.

I have worked very hard to reduce my cost of living each month. Paying off debt, not getting a newer vehicle or credit card simply because I could “make the monthly payment”. In many ways I have hit the income sweet spot as I don’t pay income taxes and I am eligible for some government programs. I don’t qualify for EBT, Energy assistance or an Obama phone. Not paying income taxes is a huge help to my budget. Though I still have to pay all of the other taxes and fees imposed by government.

Garden Update:  The garden is doing much better than I expected even with the late start this year. I added some of the Scott’s Earth-gro wood mulch to the 4ft. x4 ft. bed and that took about 2/3rds of a two cubic foot bag. I also added a few marigolds to both garden beds though I need to add a few more to try and stop some of the bugs.  I will do a direct seed of some nasturtiums around the garden borders that might keep some of the bugs out of the garden.  Plus the nasturtiums flowers are edible and have sort of a black pepper flavor. This year I have not tried to plant something of every bit of space so the squash and cukes can spread out and I’m going vertical with climbing plants. The garden this year is a lot easier to work for me and Mom.Now Mom and I were behind the power curve getting plants in the garden but I am going to try succession planting with seeds. I want to add in a few root vegetables like turnips and they can be planted in late summer.  So even if you cheated buying nursery plants you still can try and grow from seed with succession planting.

Albertsons is going to have a great sale on meat this week. $1.88 for hamburger  though it is 70/30 so there is a bit of fat. That isn’t all bad as fat equals flavor.  So get out your meat loaf and meat ball recipes or simply brown some hamburger and can or dry it.

I don’t think we will see an economic crash this summer. I do think it is possible this fall in the Sept-Oct. time frame. There is not a darn thing I can do about it except prepare.  Turkey can be had for 99 cent per pound and silver is still under $20.00 per oz.  Prepping at least for me is always a work in progress.  While I may be wrong on timelines I tend to be vary right about saving money.

 

Beauty Tip: Eat Fat for Fabulous Skin

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 Sometimes it’s not what you put on your body that makes the most difference, it’s what you put inside it. Fat has gotten a bad reputation, but it’s time to reconsider. Fats help keep your skin supple and soft, they ward off fine lines and wrinkles, and they give you a glow. Of course, you can’t just eat a box of Krispy Kremes and call it a day—when it comes to having great skin, not all fats are created equally.

All About Avocados

Avocados are high in omega-9 fats and they have a high oleic content. This type of monounsaturated fat maintains moisture in the epidermis and keeps skin hydrated and supple. Omega-9 supplements are even prescribed by dermatologists to help patients with irritation and dryness—but, if you can, it’s always better to eat your vitamins. This skin-moisturizing fat does you more good from the inside out (eating an avocado is more beneficial that moisturizing your skin with avocado oil) and eating an avocado every other day will help to keep your skin soft.

Fatty Fish

The omega-3 fats in oily fish like salmon are also very moisturizing. Omega-3 fats cause the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds that help counter skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. An added bonus is that oily fish also contain Vitamin E, a vitamin many of us are deficient in. Vitamin E protects the skin against free radicals.

Egg Yolks are no Joke

Egg, particularly the yolks, provide heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The monounsaturated fats help maintain the water level in the epidermis while the polyunsaturated fats supply ceramides (the building blocks of skin cells) which keep skin looking youthful. In addition, eggs provide biotin, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A—all essentials to having glowing skin.

Nuts for Nuts (and Coconuts)

Nuts and seeds, like eggs, are loaded with poly and monounsaturated fats that make skin supple and smooth. Coconuts contain saturated fats (solid at room temperature) which are full of lauric and capric acid—key ingredients for glowing skin.

You’ll note that all of the fats on this list come from whole, natural foods. Keep this in mind when searching for your fatty skin-fix: when you’re eating real food, you don’t have to feel bad about the fat!

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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Survival Groups and Firearms

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Your job as group leader is to bring out and to take advantage of the talents of others. You are not their mommy and daddy that stand ready to protect them from the harsh realities of a crisis. Your job is to keep the group operational and mission oriented. Your mission is to survive the crisis and the days after, and if so inclined help those less fortunate, and we do not mean less fortunate by choice but left helpless by circumstances out of their control. You will know the difference when you see it.

You should bring people together and this does not mean that you are all clones with the same thoughts, opinions, and ideas. You need talent, because you don’t know everything and if you do, then you are doomed to fail before you even get started. Embrace ideas, be willing to change and have the confidence to make a decision based on the facts and not on your ideology or long held beliefs. Times change quickly, and you have to change quickly as well sometimes or you are rolled over.

There are as many opinions on what you should carry as there are people that carry, but right now the only opinion that matters is yours. In an ideal world where money is no object and everyone is well trained and can pick up any firearm and be proficient with it, you have options. The reality of it all, however, is that most people that come to the group, come with limited training or none at all, and yet they own a handgun, and/or long gun. The fact that someone owns a firearm in no way indicates expertise with said gun. It is your job to find out, however.

Things that you need to consider include ammunition availability. You will not be able to run out and buy more Ammo so you will have to procure it elsewhere. Therefore, choosing the most common calibers will benefit you in the long run.

An alternative, of course, is to load your own ammo, but then you still need supplies that would be in short supply during a crisis. The group may have to share ammunition, so keep this in mind. The time for training and range practice is before something happens. Shooting drills will expend ammunition that must be replaced so practice while you can restock.

Before anyone can join a survival group, they must be able to show a certain level of proficiency with their firearms, in particular, good safety practices. Anyone can buy a gun and not know anything about it. Even if the person has, a concealed carry permit this does not mean much, because usually the focus is on safety and the mechanics of the firearm. In some cases, you are required to put a certain number or rounds in a human sized target at 10 or 12 feet or even less, the standards are low, in other words. The businesses offering the classes would not be in business long if they failed a great number of people.

Make them prove it, but this means you need to know what you are doing as well. If you do not then designate someone with a verifiable background in firearms to conduct classes and to screen out those that want to play Rambo when the SHTF. Your hope is that you never have to use your firearms, but you must be trained and ready to use them.

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Dreams, Visions, Lukewarmness and Apostasy-Eve Gonzales-Pt1

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Eve Gonzales of Trading Post in the Woods joins me on the show today. We discuss dreams and visions about the end times and the apostasy that has infected so much of the church.

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30 Reasons To Carry A Bandana Everywhere

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30 Reasons To Carry A Bandana Everywhere A bandana is such a simple thing, yet has so many uses.  Essentially a bandana is a big handkerchief, often printed and colored with a country’s color, a sports team, or interesting location. Not to long ago, every man carried a handkerchief. Before the advent of portable tissues packages, everyone …

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Turn Any Stick Into an Axe With This Multi-Tool Chopping Blade

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Turn Any Stick Into an Axe With This Multi-Tool Chopping Blade I have to say this multi-tool chopping blade could come in very handy in an emergency situation. I think any item, big or small is worth way more to me if it has more than one use! Imagine you are camping or hiking maybe …

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Step-by-Step Earthbag Building

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Step-by-Step Earthbag Building For those who don’t know, earthbag buildings use polypropylene rice bags or feed bags filled with soil or insulation that are stacked like masonry and tamped flat. Barbed wire between courses keeps bags from slipping and adds tensile strength. The final plastered walls look just like adobe structures. Thousands of people are …

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How To Find Land For Living Off The Grid

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How to Find Land for Living Off the Grid  Many find that living off the grid, or away from the rest of society, can be a very peaceful way of life. Raising your own food, caring for your own area, and having endless amounts of land to live on that you get to share with …

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‘Living Fences’: The Way Smart Homesteaders Get Extra Food, Fodder & Fuel

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'Living Fences': The Way Smart Homesteaders Get Extra Food, Fodder & Fuel

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A quick drive through the countryside provides a glimpse at perfect fields, some still outlined with old growth trees. While the sight is common, more and more of these fence rows are being uprooted for modern fencing and big agricultural endeavors.

Living fences, made up of many types of trees, bushes and vines, have been utilized for centuries as an effective way to separate livestock, protect gardens and orchards and designate borders and public spaces. Although seemingly outdated, these fences are very efficient and provide many additional benefits.

Though not a quick solution to your fencing needs today, investing time and effort into growing and maintaining a living fence is rewarding for many homesteaders. Living fences, also known as hedgerows, involve a dense grouping of trees, shrubs and other plant life that form a barrier between areas on the homestead. These living fences take a few years to establish, but they can be sustained for hundreds of years with proper planning and ongoing maintenance.

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We’re not just talking about the beautifully trained espalier fruit trees that provide minimal ornamental fencing, but hardy trees and shrubs, both fruiting and non-fruiting, that are combined to create barriers that are strong enough and tall enough to even control larger livestock.

Why bother establishing living fences on your homestead? In short, living fences add much good to the land. They provide privacy, security, livestock control and serve as windbreaks, and also help purify the air and balance accessible nitrogen in the soil. Depending on the species selected for cultivation, these fences can provide food for the homesteader, fodder for their livestock, and may be selectively harvested as a source for fuel. The root system of an established hedgerow along waterways and other contoured landscaping will reduce or completely eliminate soil erosion. Furthermore, the presence of this dense vegetation tends to keep the rodent and pest populations in check.

'Living Fences': The Way Smart Homesteaders Get Extra Food, Fodder & Fuel

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Urban homesteaders can benefit greatly from incorporating living fences into their plans. In addition to providing privacy, these fences reduce noise pollution, produce enough shade to lower utility costs and clean the air by trapping dust and other airborne contaminants. Dwarf fruit trees thrive as part of living fences, allowing urban homesteaders to glean a modest fruit harvest from necessary fencing without sacrificing valuable space for other endeavors.

There are numerous trees, shrubs, vines and hardy perennials that will thrive when grown as part of a hedgerow. As with most homesteading additions, planning the exact location and determining the intention for the fence will guide your species selection. Fencing needs will vary depending on the average size of your livestock, or based on the type of wildlife you expect to prevent from destroying your crops.

By far, the most popular species for quickly establishing hedgerows is the Osage orange tree, or hedge apple tree. It is a dense tree that provides a strong windbreak and excellent livestock control. Natural pest control, superior wood strength and hardiness in a wide variety of soil conditions make the Osage orange a good choice for many homesteaders. Other popular choices for living fences include honey locust, black locust, autumn olive, hawthorn and blackthorn.

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Fruit trees, such as apple, peach, pear and cherry, are easily incorporated into living fences. Willows, hazelnut and many others with pliable branches, can be inosculated, or grafted together to form a tight barrier. One distinct advantage to this type of fence is the development of the root system. As the trees grow into each other, they begin to utilize the root system of every grafted tree. This allows the hedgerow to continue to thrive, even if the root system of one individual tree dies.

Maintaining the fence or hedgerow is a must. Depending on the species growing in the hedgerow and the livestock being raised on your homestead, pruning may be as simple as allowing your livestock to graze the fence back. This will take careful monitoring to ensure it is not overgrazed, and some additional pruning may be necessary. Otherwise, heavy pruning is necessary to keep fencerows in check. Much of the pruning can be added to livestock feed, turned into mulch or even used to start new fences.

Do you incorporate living fences on your property? What advice would you add? Share it in the section below:

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‘Living Fences’: The Way Smart Homesteaders Get Extra Food, Fodder & Fuel

'Living Fences': The Way Smart Homesteaders Get Extra Food, Fodder & Fuel

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A quick drive through the countryside provides a glimpse at perfect fields, some still outlined with old growth trees. While the sight is common, more and more of these fence rows are being uprooted for modern fencing and big agricultural endeavors.

Living fences, made up of many types of trees, bushes and vines, have been utilized for centuries as an effective way to separate livestock, protect gardens and orchards and designate borders and public spaces. Although seemingly outdated, these fences are very efficient and provide many additional benefits.

Though not a quick solution to your fencing needs today, investing time and effort into growing and maintaining a living fence is rewarding for many homesteaders. Living fences, also known as hedgerows, involve a dense grouping of trees, shrubs and other plant life that form a barrier between areas on the homestead. These living fences take a few years to establish, but they can be sustained for hundreds of years with proper planning and ongoing maintenance.

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We’re not just talking about the beautifully trained espalier fruit trees that provide minimal ornamental fencing, but hardy trees and shrubs, both fruiting and non-fruiting, that are combined to create barriers that are strong enough and tall enough to even control larger livestock.

Why bother establishing living fences on your homestead? In short, living fences add much good to the land. They provide privacy, security, livestock control and serve as windbreaks, and also help purify the air and balance accessible nitrogen in the soil. Depending on the species selected for cultivation, these fences can provide food for the homesteader, fodder for their livestock, and may be selectively harvested as a source for fuel. The root system of an established hedgerow along waterways and other contoured landscaping will reduce or completely eliminate soil erosion. Furthermore, the presence of this dense vegetation tends to keep the rodent and pest populations in check.

'Living Fences': The Way Smart Homesteaders Get Extra Food, Fodder & Fuel

Image source: Pixabay.com

Urban homesteaders can benefit greatly from incorporating living fences into their plans. In addition to providing privacy, these fences reduce noise pollution, produce enough shade to lower utility costs and clean the air by trapping dust and other airborne contaminants. Dwarf fruit trees thrive as part of living fences, allowing urban homesteaders to glean a modest fruit harvest from necessary fencing without sacrificing valuable space for other endeavors.

There are numerous trees, shrubs, vines and hardy perennials that will thrive when grown as part of a hedgerow. As with most homesteading additions, planning the exact location and determining the intention for the fence will guide your species selection. Fencing needs will vary depending on the average size of your livestock, or based on the type of wildlife you expect to prevent from destroying your crops.

By far, the most popular species for quickly establishing hedgerows is the Osage orange tree, or hedge apple tree. It is a dense tree that provides a strong windbreak and excellent livestock control. Natural pest control, superior wood strength and hardiness in a wide variety of soil conditions make the Osage orange a good choice for many homesteaders. Other popular choices for living fences include honey locust, black locust, autumn olive, hawthorn and blackthorn.

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Fruit trees, such as apple, peach, pear and cherry, are easily incorporated into living fences. Willows, hazelnut and many others with pliable branches, can be inosculated, or grafted together to form a tight barrier. One distinct advantage to this type of fence is the development of the root system. As the trees grow into each other, they begin to utilize the root system of every grafted tree. This allows the hedgerow to continue to thrive, even if the root system of one individual tree dies.

Maintaining the fence or hedgerow is a must. Depending on the species growing in the hedgerow and the livestock being raised on your homestead, pruning may be as simple as allowing your livestock to graze the fence back. This will take careful monitoring to ensure it is not overgrazed, and some additional pruning may be necessary. Otherwise, heavy pruning is necessary to keep fencerows in check. Much of the pruning can be added to livestock feed, turned into mulch or even used to start new fences.

Do you incorporate living fences on your property? What advice would you add? Share it in the section below:

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Venezuela: People literally starving and gangs rule the streets

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Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation

Food trucks are under constant attack and need armed guards for protection. Grocery stores and pharmacies are getting looted 20 times a week or more. Armed gangs rule the streets, killing hundreds without the police being able to do anything due to lack of resources. Kidnappings occur every day, the usually ransom going for about 10.000USD.
Caracas, Venezuela is the world murder capital. People are afraid to go out. Venezuela is also the inflation capital, with the worst inflation worldwide. It seems these two go side by side. About 72 percent of monthly wages are being spent just to buy food.
It’s common for people to spend all day without eating. In some cases, families choose who gets to eat and who doesn’t. This is common in poor countries. I remember Diego Maradona, the controversial former football star, used to tell a story I remember well. As a child he would have dinner but usually his mother and father wouldn’t eat. They would come up with excuses, say they already ate when he wasn’t around, or that they weren’t feeling very well. The truth was that there simply wasn’t enough food in the house for everyone.
Stock up folks. Food and water. You’ll need them every day no matter what and the day you don’t have either one you will regret no preparing.
FerFAL

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

 

Fiberfix Tape, a Good Solution for Many Quick Repairs

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For years, I have used duct tape for all kinds of repairs.  Duct tape is a great product and has served me will on many occasions.   Now there is a new type of tape that I have found to be very interesting and useful.  It is Fiberfix. They advertise it as being 100 times stronger than duct tape.  It is made of a special waterproof resin, which also has the added benefit of being heat, cold and impact resistant.

The makers of Fiberfix make the following claims about Fiberfix.

“FiberFix combines industrial-strength fibers and specialized resin into a repair wrap that hardens like steel—providing a permanent fix. Simply activate the repair wrap in water, wrap tightly around the broken object, and your item will be repaired within 10-15 minutes.”

They claim that product is effective at repairing all types of mediums ranging from copper to wood. The Company states that their product is both heat and cold resistant and that because it hardens just like steel it can be sanded then painted over.

Upon seeing their claims, I figured this might be an excellent product for preppers.  Now they actually have four different products and I have only tried the one.  They make a repair wrap, a heat wrap, a rigid patch and a UV repair pen.  Now the only one I have tried is the repair wrap. The tape comes in 1, 2 and 4-inch rolls.

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Soak the tape in a bucket of water, don’t forget the gloves

 

Now I used a roll of it to repair a damaged shovel handle.  This involved the tape sticking to both fiberglass and metal.  We were very careful to follow the instructions.  We had a box that contained two packages of tape.

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Now you will notice that the tape covers a fairly large area. I have used this shovel hard and it still looks the same.

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Now be sure and overlap the tape

 

Each roll of tape is in a sealed package that contains the tape, a pair of rubber gloves, a scratch pad and instructions.  We put on the gloves and soaked the tape for a few minutes in a bucket of water.  We then carefully wrapped the shovel handle, being sure to overlap the tape well.  The shovel was then set aside for the tape to set.  After about 20 minutes, we went back and the tape was set like iron.  Fiberfix tape sets hard, it has no flex when dry.

Since then I have purposely put his shovel through a hard workout to the point of mistreating it.  The tape has held up amazingly well, there has been no change since we fixed it.

Now I don’t know about their other products, but I will keep a few rolls of this tape around for emergency repairs.  I think that this would work great for things like broken tent poles, tool repair and if put on correctly they claim it will work for radiators.  There are some good deals on Amazon for purchasing Fiberfix.

Now does this replace duct tape, my answer is no.  Duct tape still has a place for certain types of repairs.  You need both.  I would suggest that you take a look at this tape, it may be the perfect solution for many quick repairs you may have to make in an emergency.

Howard

 

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VIDEO: 7-Year-Old Shooting An AR-15 For The 1st Time Blows Away Liberal Media Myths

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The popular AR-15 rifle has been the subject of several recent media reports, and one reporter – Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Daily News – even reported it gave him a “temporary form of PTSD” after he fired it at a gun range.

“Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection),” he wrote. “The recoil bruised my shoulder, which can happen if you don’t know what you’re doing. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary form of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.”

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But even though people have different reaction to different guns, Kuntzman’s description of an AR-15 rifle received pushback from gun owners. One YouTube video that went viral showed a 7-year-old girl enjoying time on the firing range with her father while shooting an AR-15 for the first time. The father does a great job teaching her about gun safety, and both of them enjoy the experience. Watch it below:

 

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25 Survival Uses for Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is one of the most popular multipurpose foods in the world. It goes great in countless recipes, it’s good for your health, good for your body, good for your skin, good for cleaning, and so much more. But what most people don’t know is that coconut oil also has many uses in a […]

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It’s A Cruel, Cruel Summer: Heat Waves

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Well, Summer is here and the West is experiencing record high temperatures in a series of heat waves that may continue until Fall. Even worse, the scorching temperatures are igniting scores of wildfires that are threatening communities throughout the region.

Officials predicted a high-risk situation as the heat surpassed 100 degrees across much of Southern California; desert cities throughout Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico hit temperatures reaching the 120s. These temperatures place the more than 3,000 firefighters in the area in extreme danger for heat-related complications.

The power grid is being tested by the millions of air conditioning units set on “max cool”, and we can expect to see some major issues if the electricity goes out and people have to fight the heat with hand fans.

You might not consider a heat wave a natural disaster, but it most certainly is. Heat waves can cause mass casualties, as they did in Europe when 70,000 died of exposure (not in the Middle Ages, but in 2003). India, Pakistan, and other underdeveloped tropical countries experience thousands of heat-related deaths yearly. A pre-monsoon heat wave in April killed hundreds in the region. There are already several recorded deaths in the American West.

So how exactly does heat kill a person? Your body core regulates its temperature for optimal organ function. When core body temperature rises excessively (known as “hyperthermia”), damage occurs that leak toxins, cause cell death, and major inflammation. These deaths can occur very quickly without intervention, even in those who are physically fit. Even in modern times, hyperthermia carries a 10% death rate, mostly in the elderly and infirm.

The ill effects due to overheating are called “heat exhaustion” if mild to moderate; if severe, these effects are referred to as “heat stroke”. Heat exhaustion usually does not result in permanent damage, but heat stroke does; indeed, it can permanently disable or even kill its victim.  It is a medical emergency that must be diagnosed and treated promptly.

The risk of heat stroke correlates strongly to the “heat index”, a measurement of the effects of air temperature combined with high humidity.  Above 60% relative humidity, loss of heat by perspiration is impaired, increasing the chances of heat-related illness.  Exposure to full sun increases the reported heat index by as much as 10-15 degrees F.

Simply having muscle cramps or a fainting spell does not necessarily signify a major heat-related medical event. You will see “heat cramps” often in children that have been running around on a hot day.  Getting them out of the sun, massaging the affected muscles, and providing hydration will usually resolve the problem.

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In addition to muscle cramps and/or fainting, heat exhaustion is characterized by:

  • Confusion
  • Rapid pulse
  • Flushing
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Temperature elevation up to 105 degrees F

If no action is taken to cool the victim, heat stroke may ensue. Heat stroke, in addition to all the possible signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, will manifest as loss of consciousness, seizures or even bleeding (seen in the urine or vomit).  Breathing becomes rapid and shallow.

If not dealt with quickly, shock and organ malfunction may ensue, possibly leading to death. In heat stroke, the skin is likely to be hot to the touch, but dry; sweating might be absent.  The body makes efforts to cool itself down until it hits a temperature of 105-6 degrees or so. At that point, thermoregulation breaks down and the body’s ability to use sweating as a natural temperature regulator fails. In heat stroke, the body core can rise to 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

You’ll notice that the skin becomes red, not because it is burned, but because the blood vessels are dilating in an effort to dissipate some of the heat.

In some circumstances, the patient’s skin may actually seem cool.  It is important to realize that it is the body core temperature that is elevated. A person in shock may feel “cold and clammy” to the touch.  You could be misled by this finding, but simply taking a reading with a thermometer will reveal the patient’s true status.

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When overheated patients are no longer able to cool themselves, it is up to their rescuers to do the job. If hyperthermia is suspected, the victim should immediately:

  • Be removed from the heat source (for example, out of the sun).
  • Have their clothing removed.
  • Be drenched with cool water (or ice, if available)
  • Have their legs elevated above the level of their heart (the shock position)
  • Be fanned or otherwise ventilated to help with heat evaporation
  • Have moist cold compresses placed in the neck, armpit and groin areas

Why the neck, armpit and groin? Major blood vessels pass close to the skin in these areas, and cold packs will more efficiently cool the body core.

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Treating heat stroke: Only give fluids in someone that is awake and alert

Oral rehydration is useful to replace fluids lost, but only if the patient is awake and alert. If your patient has altered mental status, he or she might “swallow” the fluid into their airways; this causes damage to the lungs and puts you in worse shape than when you started.

Heat stroke is preventable in many cases. The Arizona state department of health recommends the following:

  • Drink at least 2 liters (about a half-gallon) of water per day if you are mostly indoors and 1 to 2 additional liters for every hour of outdoor time. Drink before you feel thirsty, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and use a sun hat or an umbrella to deflect the sun’s rays.
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals instead of large ones.
  • Avoid strenuous activity.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Take regular breaks if you must exert yourself on warm days.

In a heat wave, it’s important to check on the elderly, the very young, and the infirm regularly and often. These people have more difficulty seeking help, and you might just save a life if you’re vigilant. Know the warning signs and how to help those with hyperthermia.

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Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots

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It’s rare to find a pair of boots that feel broken in right out of the box, but the Quest 4D feel like they were tailor-made for my feet. The ankle support these boots provide is what seals the deal for me. Rolling an ankle in the backwoods, or anywhere for that matter, is not something any hiker wants to do, and if you can find a boot that is comfortable, sturdy, breathable and looks good, with good ankle support, you had better grab them fast.

Walking around the backyard doing yard work is one thing; hiking over rough terrain with a pack on is another matter entirely. There are work boots and there are hiking boots. You need to know the difference and you can’t scrimp when it comes to hiking boots, because if your boots fail you, where does that leave you. Unless you are Cody Lundin you are left barefoot and possibly with a foot or ankle injury from wearing the wrong hiking boot.

Cheap boots are like cheap tires, they will leave you alongside the highway or trail, and it’s never just at the end of the driveway, or at the trail’s end. No, it’s miles from home when the temperature is below freezing, or so hot, you could fry an egg on a rock in the sun. Boots never fail at a convenient time, so it is important you get it right the first time.

The Quest 4D 2 hiking boot is lightweight, and as a previous article had stated heavy boots put a strain on your back, shoulders and body in general, in particular when wearing a pack, so light is better if they are sturdy. The technology that went into these boots ensures a comfortable hike and yet the boots are strong enough to withstand essentially, whatever you throw at them along the trail.

  • Lightweight, Breathable Abrasion Resistant Materials Allows For Breathability And Comfort.
  • GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort Footwear Keeps Your Feet Dry -From The Outside As Well As From The Inside
  • Rubber Toe Cap, Which Is The Right Solution For Toe Protection In Mountain And Trail Environments
  • The Unique Lacing System Allows You To Tighten Or Loosen The Levels, In Other Words, If You Want A Portion Of The Boot Tighter, You Can Do So Without Tightening The Entire Lace System
  • STABILITY: Salomon’s 4D Advanced Chassis Guides The Foot On Even The Roughest Terrain, Reducing Fatigue For All-Trek Comfort

The sole grips even wet rocks, but never assume any boot is slip-proof, so always walk with caution on slippery surfaces. The boots have what is called a “SECURE GRIP” Salomon’s non-marking Contagrip® soles, which have a reverse chevron pattern that grips on wet, loose, hard, or dry surfaces.  They do grip well and the mud falls off easier than most other boot soles. I hate boots that collect mud until you feel like you are dragging concrete blocks along the ground.

Salomon Hiking Boots

Ample padding cushions the foot and absorbs shocks well. No more jarring that makes the teeth rattle when stepping down hard on rough terrain. By the way, you may have to adjust the thickness of your socks because the lining may cause the boot to fit tighter with heavy socks in cold weather. The boot does a good job of protecting the feet from the cold, while at the same time, the material breathes to help keep the feet dry and cool during the summer months.

You may be able to do away with the heavier socks because of the lining, but make that decision once you have the boots home and have tested the pair out.

I have worn theses boots for hundreds of miles and I found that I don’t feel hot spots anymore and blisters are pretty much a thing of the past. Sweaty feet, the wrong socks, and poor quality boots all add up to blisters and hot feet. These boots have cured the problem of all that with the quality materials and design, and what is even better is my feet don’t ache and back strain is reduced to be almost non-existent when I hike when wearing these boots.

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CPS Seizes Newborn From Rape Victim At Hospital — ‘Treated Worse Than The Criminal’

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CPS Steals Newborn From Rape Victim At Hospital -- 'Treated Worse Than The Criminal'

Witnesses claim that police and social workers took a newborn baby away from his young mother while she was still in the hospital and breastfeeding, without giving a sufficient reason. The case is controversial because the mother was a 14-year-old rape victim who had rejected an abortion.

Even worse, the child’s purported father — the alleged rapist — was allowed to see the baby, Health Impact News and MedicalKidnap.com reported. As is standard protocol, DHR – Alabama’s version of CPS — has refused to comment on the allegations.

The case is unique because reporter Terri LaPoint of Health Impact News and Juda Myers of the pro-life group Choices4Life were at the hospital and watched the removal.

“Juda Myers and I were there to witness the trampling of every Constitutional and moral right of this young mother, and we are shocked and devastated at what we saw,” LaPoint wrote of the June 15 incident.

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The case is still under investigation. The suspected rapist, Samuel Woods II, was charged with second-degree rape on June 17, according to records from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Woods is currently free on $30,000 bail. Woods is 19 and considered an adult; the mother is 14, and considered a juvenile under state law.

No History of Drugs or Alcohol

LaPoint claims the baby was taken away without a court order, a warrant and no sign of danger or neglect. Three Alabaster police officers were allegedly accompanying the DHR employees who took the baby, Braelon, away.

“By all accounts of the nursing and medical staff, the young mother was doing an amazing job of mothering her baby son Braelon,” LaPoint wrote. “She loves and adores her baby. Even though he was conceived in rape, it is clear that this is HER baby.”

The mother had become a hero to pro-lifers because she had refused to abort Braelon. She lives with her custodial grandparents, and she had a place set up at the home, complete with a bassinet, for the baby.

The mother has no history of drug or alcohol abuse, Health Impact News reported.

“There was no reason given” for the removal, LaPoint wrote.

Earlier during the hospital stay, everything seemed to be going well.

CPS Steals Newborn From Rape Victim At Hospital -- 'Treated Worse Than The Criminal'

The young mom, after CPS took her baby.

“We were told by nurses, the nurse-practitioner, and the hospital social worker that mom and baby could go home as soon as the visit from the social worker happened,” LaPoint wrote. “They thought they would go home by lunchtime. Juda got her flight booked to return to her home in Texas for that evening. We all thought we were just waiting for the formality, because that is what we were repeatedly told. Mom and baby were completely healthy, with no medical issues.”

But soon it became obvious that the mother and baby could not leave, and when a DHR representative arrived at the hospital, the situation became worse.

“Despite numerous attempts by the family to learn what DHR’s concerns were, all they were told was ‘policy’ and ‘protocol’ and that things needed to be ‘assessed,’” LaPoint wrote. “We asked for a copy of the protocols to which they referred, but none was given or cited.”

At one point, a nurse came into the room and asked to take the baby to the nursery to remove the alarm band and “to check vital signs.” When the family replied that all of that could be done in the room, the nurse threw up her hands in frustration and left, LaPoint reported.

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Soon thereafter, three police officers accompanied DHR representatives to take the baby.

Later, the family was told there were “safety concerns.”

“There was clearly no evidence of abuse or neglect, which is required by Alabama state law for seizure of a child,” LaPoint wrote. “For a law enforcement officer to seize a child from their parents without a warrant, a child must be in ‘imminent danger,’ meaning the child’s life is in danger and there is no time to get a warrant from a judge and conduct a proper investigation. The child was just born, and was in the hospital where he could not leave, so how could that condition possibly be met for a warrant-less seizure?”

Said Myers, “I see this over and over, where the victim is treated worse than the criminal for loving her rape-conceived baby, because society believes that these children are a reminder of the rape. But one mother said, ‘A man stole my body, and society is trying to steal my baby.’”

LaPoint said she understands why people will reply, “There must be more to this story.”

“Yes, in all of these medical kidnapping stories, there is always ‘more.’ But what we strive to do at Health Impact News is stick to the facts. The facts in this particular story are based on eyewitness accounts who were present at the hospital on the day this event occurred,” she wrote.

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The Make Ahead Kitchen

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The Make Ahead Kitchen: 75 Slow-cooker, Freezer, and Prepared Meals by Annalise Thomas | PreparednessMama

75 Slow-cooker, Freezer, and Prepared Meals for the Busy Lifestyle Years ago when my family lived outside of Seattle we belonged to a make ahead meal group. We would plan our menu and the organizers would purchase the ingredients for 2 weeks of meals.  We would go to their kitchen and bag it all up […]

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The One Nuclear Threat That Most People Aren’t Aware Of

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nuclear silo wikimediaThese days we are all well aware that nuclear technology provides plenty of ways to disrupt our society. There are of course, an abundance of nuclear missiles in the world today, as well suitcase nukes and dirty bombs. There is also the ever looming possibility of a meltdown occurring in a nuclear power plant. However, there is one nuclear threat that very few people are aware of, and we have the Russians to thank for it.

In short, they have a bona fide doomsday machine. No, this isn’t science fiction. At first glance it probably doesn’t sound very exotic, since this machine delivers ordinary nuclear weapons. What’s so unique about it, is the conditions that could cause it to activate. The Russians refer to it as the “Dead Hand,” and it operates similarly to the fictional doomsday device from Dr. Strangelove.

Developed in the 1980’s, the Dead Hand is a system designed to ensure that no matter what happens during a nuclear attack, the Soviets would always be able to strike back. They feared that the United States would be able to decapitate their leadership with a preemptive nuclear strike, so they built an automated nuclear command system that requires very little human input.

The Dead Hand is a computer system that is connected to a network of seismic, radiological, and air pressure sensors distributed throughout the country, as well as the government’s communication infrastructure. If the Dead Hand detects a nuclear blast on Russian soil, then it will check to see if communications are still open with the upper echelons of the Russian government. If that connection is ever severed, (say by a nuclear attack against the Kremlin) the computer will initiate the launch of every remaining nuclear missile in Russia’s arsenal.

What’s so scary about this system, is that it has little human input. In any nuclear arsenal, there are typically multiple layers of politicians and military officials that a launch order has to pass through. If the Dead Hand however, decides that it’s time to launch a nuclear assault against the US, then that authority is passed to a handful of midranking officers hunkered down in a bunker. It’s widely believed that this system is still in operation to this day, and believe it or not, many of our government’s leaders are unaware of its existence.

The technical name was Perimeter, but some called it Mertvaya Ruka, or Dead Hand. It was built 25 years ago and remained a closely guarded secret. With the demise of the USSR, word of the system did leak out, but few people seemed to notice. In fact, though Yarynich and a former Minuteman launch officer named Bruce Blair have been writing about Perimeter since 1993 in numerous books and newspaper articles, its existence has not penetrated the public mind or the corridors of power. The Russians still won’t discuss it, and Americans at the highest levels—including former top officials at the State Department and White House—say they’ve never heard of it. When I recently told former CIA director James Woolsey that the USSR had built a doomsday device, his eyes grew cold. “I hope to God the Soviets were more sensible than that.” They weren’t.

That secrecy should be alarming, because we don’t have a very good idea about what could trip up this aging system. The very existence of the human race is in the hands of a 31-year-old computer and a few Russian officers, and that leaves a lot of scary questions unanswered.

Is this aging computer system still reliable? How about the sensors that its connected to? Can the select few people who man it be trusted to make the right decisions? Under the right conditions, could the Dead Hand initiate an accidental nuclear strike?

If say a dirty bomb temporarily severed communications with the Dead Hand, would it know what really happened? Or would it just sense the radiation and assume the worst? What about an asteroid, or a solar flare? We don’t know if all the sensors need to be giving readings that are consistent with a nuclear attack, or if they only need to identify a handful of conditions. We don’t know if the officers who check on the system are going to simply follow the computer’s instructions, or if they will rely on their own judgement.

There’s a lot of scary stuff that we don’t know about the Dead Hand. It just goes to show even though humans are far too scared and reasonable to launch a nuclear attack against another nuclear armed nation, the possibility of such a conflict happening accidentally is always present.

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

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2 Homemade Recipes For Garden Pests – Organic Insecticide

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  How To Make Your Own Insecticide For The Garden When garden pests are eating your plants, instead of reaching for chemical insecticides you might consider making your own organic insecticide spray – which may be just as effective… Here are a few do-it-yourself recipes, and I’m curious to hear about yours:   HOMEMADE ORGANIC […]

The Preparedness Wheel: At-A-Glance Balance Check for Readiness

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It’s not about the mental and emotional health. It’s about the balance. When wheels are balanced, we roll much more smoothly through life’s up and downs and this exercise will show if the rest of our preparedness needs and goals are in balance.

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Feeding Babies In Times of Trouble

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Feeding Babies times of troubleTo paraphrase Terry Prachett, the author of the popular Discworld series, taking care of a baby is the easiest part. There’s none of those crazy child-rearing garbage to put up with – just put milk in one end, and keep the other end as clean as possible. Works for me!

On an ordinary day, the first part – putting milk in one end of the baby – is something we take for granted in developed countries. Even if you are not a breastfeeding mom, the ease with which can can obtain formula would make our ancestors weep with envy. Before formula became widely available, women who were unable to breastfeed because of medical issues would be forced to find alternate means of feeding her infant. Many of these milk substitutes were incredibly unhealthy, and were ultimately a leading cause of infant mortality. One of the few ways a woman could keep her child alive if she couldn’t feed it herself was to make some kind of agreement with another woman who could nurse the baby for her.

All of this begs the question – what if, Heaven forbid, something were to happen that would send us back in time to this situation, whether it be permanently or on a temporary basis? Even if you have stash of formula in your long-term food supply, what if your water source is contaminated? It’s not difficult to imagine a worst-case scenario that involves a hungry baby, but no way to feed him or her. Aside from stocking up on formula (which is a perfectly legitimate option for feeding infants) what can be done?

Preparedness and Breastfeeding

If you are a breastfeeding mom, you’ll need to add the following to your emergency preparedness plans:

  1. Extra water. The rule of thumb for non-pregnant adults is one gallon per person per day. A breastfeeding woman should store half again as much, or more. You can read just about everything you need to know in this book about water storage.
  2. Extra food. A lactating woman needs extra calories. One medical professional explained to me that a breastfeeding mom should be eating the equivalent of an additional peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day. That’s not much, but if you already have very little extra food on hand, storing high protein and high calorie foods, such as nut butters and fruit jam, would be a good idea.
  3. A good hand pump. I have a Medela Harmony in addition to my electric one, and I like it a lot. You might need to pump for any number of reasons. If you don’t have electricity, having a manual back-up is essential. This particular model is also extremely portable, so it can fit easily in your 72-hour kit.
  4. Some formula, as a last resort. Stress and anxiety can cause your supply to drop. There is wisdom in having an alternative on hand. The danger in using formula in this situation, if you have your heart set on breastfeeding exclusively, is that you could cause your supply to drop even further. Milk supply is tied to demand, and use of formula decreases demand. That said, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Milk Donation for Feeding Babies

For every woman who has trouble with her supply, there’s one who self-identifies as a jersey cow. Overabundance of milk is a problem that I’m sure many people would like to have. I don’t have to describe what that’s like – if you are one of these people, you already know. If you know that you have more milk than your baby needs, you can use it as a valuable resource that will benefit your whole community. Essentially what donation does is to connect women with low supply and women with high supply, so everyone is happy, especially the babies.

In healthy babies, it doesn’t matter a ton in the long run whether they are fed formula or breastmilk. For sickly babies, however, the difference is much greater. Hospitals often refer to human colostrum and breastmilk as “white gold,” because they see the difference it can make in the health of preemies. Medical centers regularly request donations on behalf of infants in the NICU. There are usually some health and quantity requirements. Milk banks put the milk through tests to make sure it is safe to distribute. To make it worth their while, they won’t take less than 100 ounces at one time.

For more information, you can go to the websites of La Leche League, National Milk Bank, and the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. Information about the proper care and storage of breastmilk can be found here.

Of course, donating privately is as easy as handing off a bottle of expressed milk to a friend. It’s not uncommon in my town for a woman with a baby in the NICU to ask friends and family for donated breastmilk. Another option, should the situation arise, is to use breastmilk as a commodity for bartering.

Cross-nursing (occasional nursing another woman’s child while also nursing her own) and wet-nursing (complete nursing of another woman’s child, often for pay) are generally frowned upon in most modern circles. The La Leche League actively discourages these practices for multiple reasons. However, it can be done. I have cross nursed two babies in my day – the first was my niece, and it didn’t feel weird at all (it was an emergency). The second instance, though, was the daughter of an acquaintance and that was so weird I will probably never do it again.

For Formula-Fed Babies

Not everyone is willing or able to breastfeed, and there’s no shame in that. Most women I know would really like to, but have been hampered by some health issue or other. The answer here is twofold:

1) stockpile formula like there is no tomorrow (babies always seem to need more of everything than you expect)

2) in case there really isn’t a tomorrow make friends with a lady in your neighborhood who might be able to spot you the odd bottle of milk should the need arise.

Be sure that you are also storing an adequate amount of clean water with which to mix the formula. Most infant deaths related to formula feeding in the third world are caused by a contaminated water supply, or adding inappropriate amounts of water. If you can, develop a system for sterilizing bottles and other feeding equipment that does not require electricity. A solar oven, such as the Solavore or Sun Oven, can cook food at temperatures in the 300-350 degree range, which is plenty hot for sterilizing baby bottles.

There is much more that could be written, of course, about “putting milk in one end” of a baby. For more information about keeping the other end as clean as possible in an emergency, try this article about cloth diapers.

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First-Time Rider: Safety Tips for Motorcyclists on the Road

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Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience, especially when it’s new or your first time riding. Bikes are also a generally safe mode of transportation, though because riders aren’t as protected in an accident as automobile drivers, the fatality rate is 26 times higher here than people in a car. To help keep you safe, we have gathered some tips for when you’re out on the road.

Wear a Helmet

This is probably the most important tip on this list and also the most obvious. Helmets save lives and prevent long-term or permanent brain damage. While 31 states don’t require wearing a helmet, you’re about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash if you’re wearing one.

Gear Up

Gloves, boots, pants, and a jacket are all necessary to protect you from nearly whatever the road can throw at you. Even just a simple spill can give you pretty bad road rash if you’re not wearing the right gear, to say nothing of a nasty accident. Denim and a t-shirt will just leave you with less skin than you want so you’ll want to invest in some leather accessories.

Get Defensive

According to Scherline And Associates, most accidents between a car and a motorcycle are the car driver’s fault, mostly due to violating right-of-way rules. Assume that drivers will not see you, whether when they’re changing lanes, at an intersection, or pulling out of a parking lot. Also, scan for things up ahead that might cause traffic patterns to change quickly (such as construction or an accident). It sounds intimidating, but the awareness does become second nature pretty quickly and can even save your life.

Be Road Ready

Before you set out, walk your bike, and make sure it’s ready to go. Check the chain or the belt to make sure they’re in good condition and moving smoothly. Tires need to be in good shape and inflated to the right pressure. When you get on the bike, make sure the mirrors are adjusted properly as well.

Learn From a Pro

Learning to ride a motorcycle is not something you should try to learn on your own, or something your buddy can teach you. Look into a rider class through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or a similar group. You learn the basics, laws for your state, and may even get a break on your insurance.

Safety isn’t the first thing people think about when getting a motorcycle, but it should be. Staying safe when you ride will ensure you’ll be riding for years to come.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer, recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, and avid runner. She loves to blog about fitness, health, home and family. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Discussions with a Liberal: We Need Solutions That Work

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Last weekend marked the long-awaited and long-anticipated wedding of my older daughter. It was an exhausting time, not only due to the amount of work I put into the wedding (I made a lot of the decor), but because it marked the visit of some strongly liberal family members who came for the wedding.

Being liberals, they of course wanted to spout all their liberal views on a constant basis; something that is tiring to any conservative. But as the days wore on, we actually found more and more areas where we had beliefs in common.

I can’t say that we agreed on everything, but we recognized areas where we would never agree and moved on. That allowed us to talk about things where we do agree, or at least could come to some semblance of agreement.

This is actually how this country used to be.

We’ve always had people of opposing views, whether they were Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, Federalists and Republicans, men and women, or slave owners and those who called for freeing the slaves. Our country was founded on diversity and our Constitution was written so that reasonable people would come together to work out reasonable solutions, which would work for the majority of the people.

Granted, when the country was founded, the vast majority of the people were Christians. As such, one could expect them to act with at least some Christian charity towards one another. But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t have disagreements, and even disagreements that were serious enough to warrant a duel to the death. But for the most part, they discussed their differences, looking for common ground.

That’s a whole lot different than today’s America; an America where certain parties are working overtime to pit one group against another and create every possible division between different groups. We now have blacks against whites, poor against rich, liberals against conservatives, the LGBT community against straight people, and every possible splinter group in our society vying for their piece of the pie… often to the detriment of some other group.

It’s no wonder that Congress has been unable to accomplish anything worthwhile in the last several years. Not only do we have a president who is an expert in creating divisiveness, but the Democrats in Congress are following his lead. Rather than entering into discussions aimed at finding common ground, they are demanding that everything be their way… or else.

To be fair, there are those in the Republican Party who are just as obstinate as their Democrat colleagues. This isn’t just a Democrat problem. But it’s not just a government problem either; it’s become a cultural problem. What we’re seeing in Congress is nothing more than a reflection of what we are seeing in society in general.

Take Black Lives Matter, for instance. Now, I don’t agree with any group that uses violence to make their voice heard, and I don’t agree with Black Lives Matter for their manner of expressing their grievances. But on the other hand, I recognize that their grievances are quite real. Whether or not I agree with those grievances is immaterial at the moment, they are real enough for the people who are complaining.

That alone warrants discussion; first to determine if they have a legitimate complaint and then to see what can be done to take care of their needs, without taking something away from someone else to do so. But since we can no longer discuss things in a reasonable manner, liberals are clamoring for blacks to be given special treatment and conservatives are saying “No.”

In the mean time, nobody is doing anything to help the people with the problem.

To say that every white person in this country is racist and is intentionally furthering racism against blacks is ridiculous. But that’s what’s being said. Why? Because nobody is really listening to their grievances. I’m not talking about listening to what they are saying now; I’m talking about listening to what’s behind what they are saying.

I’ve done a lot of personal counseling through the years and one thing I’ve learned is that the problem people complain about, isn’t the real problem. It usually takes a while to get to the real problem. You’ve got to listen to all the junk, before they get around to talking about the real issues.

It’s kind of like someone who has cancer complaining about the pain in their stomach. While it might be the cancer that’s causing the problem, that’s not what they are talking about. They’re focused on the pain they are feeling and no the root problem; and nothing you can do will get them to change that focus, until you deal with the pain they are feeling.

So, if we apply that to the rhetoric of these various different groups who are complaining, we would have to understand that the obvious complaints that they are making, aren’t the real issues. All they are, is an indication of where the hurt is right now.

But fixing those things isn’t going to solve their problems, all it’s going to do is allow them to uncover another area of hurt. It will take time for them to dig deep enough to get to the point of talking about the real issues.

Another thing that adds to this is that people don’t want to take responsibility for their own problems. It’s always easier to blame someone else, whether it’s a child telling the teacher that their dog ate their homework, a woman complaining about her husband, or a minority blaming their cultural problems on oppression.

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But without a national dialogue about some of these issues, the root problems will never be uncovered. All that will happen is that the race baiters and those who want to cause division will continue to have their way. They’ll keep stoking the fires of dissatisfaction and anger and through them, manage to keep the country in constant crisis.

Why should anyone want to do that? Because that’s a method they use to maintain control. Without the country discussing issues and without Congress having a meaningful dialog about them, Congress is at a deadlock. That gives Obama and others of his ilk, the excuse they need to do things by executive action. He has always said “If Congress won’t take action, I will” while at the same time working overtime to make sure that Congress can’t take action. Well, guess who has learned from him and what she’ll do if she becomes president?

The Greatest Lesson of All

That’s what was so great about my family coming to visit for the wedding… we talked. Yes, we actually talked about major issues; and we did so without name calling, resorting to yelling or any of the other methods that people use on social media. About the closest it came to that was when I was told that my facts were wrong; but then, I felt the same about their facts.

If we can’t learn how to talk to one another, on a one-on-one basis, then we will never do so on a national basis. We need to get out heads out of our smartphones and out of our social media accounts and learn to talk again.

We also need to learn how to think again. All too many Americans just accept the talking points of whichever political party they belong to, and spout them off as if they were original thoughts. No, they aren’t original and they aren’t even thoughts. The most thinking that has gone into any of them is how to project the party’s position, while tearing down the other party’s. In many cases, that’s done without any concern about what is right or what’s the truth.

We will never agree on everything. My conservative position on poverty is to help people get jobs or help them start their own businesses. My liberal relatives want to give them a handout. Interestingly enough, the relatives who mentioned that are ones who don’t earn enough that they have to pay federal taxes. Even so, the right answer is somewhere in between. People need a handout, while they are learning and starting out; but ultimately, they need a way to earn their own money.

But unless we talk about how to deal with poverty, we will never find a workable plan. What we’ve tried in the past hasn’t worked; so we need better ideas. Those can only come out of bringing a group of people together to discuss the problem and looking for some new ideas.

The funny thing is that the best ideas often come about when people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and viewpoints collaborate on the idea. If only liberals talk about poverty, they’re going to talk about giving handouts. If only conservatives do, they’ll talk about putting people to work. But when the two sides come together and hammer out a plan, there’s a much better chance that their plan will actually meet the needs of those in poverty.

It’s time to talk people. It’s time for a national conversation on a plethora of issues. Our country has needs and those needs will only be met when we come together to find solutions. We don’t need Democrat solutions and we don’t need Republican solutions. We don’t need liberal solutions and we don’t need conservative solutions. What we need are solutions that work. It’s time to look for those.

Somebody has to be the adult in the room. Somebody has to start the conversation. Somebody has to be willing to be the one to listen; not just so that they can dispute what the other person says, but so that they can look for the merit in what they say and find ways of improving it.

Will you be that person?

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Homemade Ketchup Recipe – Made In the Crockpot

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Why make your own homemade ketchup? Have you ever looked at the ingredients label on those popular ketchup bottles that you purchase at the grocery store? High Fructose Corn Syrup is still being used and is listed as one of the main

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35 Reasons Why You Should Store Vinegar

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I have 35 reasons why you should store vinegar, any kind of vinegar. I’m updating this post from some old articles I have written. Here’s the deal with vinegar, white vinegar or cider vinegar are both fairly cheap to buy and will store indefinitely. You need to be aware that not all vinegar will store forever. They are acidic and therefore will store a lot longer than any oils, but keep in mind they will ferment. I know, because I have purchased some flavored balsamic vinegar and after a few years they are too strong for me to put on my bread or salads.

Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering right now for a really good balsamic vinegar and olive oil with crusty bread to dip in the mixture. Today though this is about white vinegar and cider vinegar. So let’s get started.

Why I store vinegar:

1. You can remove stickers from painted furniture. Dampen the edges with it and carefully scrape it off with a scraper.

2. Refresh your refrigerator…..use equal parts white vinegar and water to wash both the interior and exterior of the refrigerator.

3. Clean your microwave with a bowl filled with 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup water. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Use the solution after microwaving with a soft cloth to wipe down the inside of the microwave.

4. Deodorize your garbage disposal. Mix equal parts water and vinegar and pour down the drain and rinse with hot water.

5. Clean your walls by making an all purpose cleaner with 2 parts water, 1 part distilled white vinegar and a couple drops of dishwater liquid. Spray on walls as needed and wipe down.

6. Protect blonde hair from chlorine in swimming pools. Keep it from turning green by rubbing 1/4 cup cider vinegar into your hair and letting it set in before swimming.

7. Treat an active cold sore. Use a cotton ball saturated in white vinegar and dab on the cold sores three to four times a day. Vinegar will soothe the pain and swelling of the cold sore. It usually dries up quickly using this solution.

8. Soften your cuticles in a bowl of undiluted white vinegar for 5-6 minutes right before a manicure.

9. Brighten your clothes with 1/2 cup white vinegar instead of bleach.

10. Remove crayon marks on children’s clothing by rubbing the stains off with a recycled toothbrush in undiluted vinegar before washing.

What’s really great about vinegar…its not very expensive….the many uses are never ending…get another bottle the next time you go to the store.

Have you heard about all the apple cider vinegar benefits you may want to use? Were you aware there is a difference between some versions of apple cider vinegars?  You need to use raw or organic apple cider vinegars to get the desired benefits. Not all Apple Cider Vinegar are equal. You want the “Mother” of the vinegar because it has raw enzymes that promote healing. Regular/clear cider vinegar might not have all of the healthy benefits you hope for. I suggest avoiding the filtered vinegar…as well. I call Apple Cider Vinegar a natural Elixir….one of my medicinal solutions.

Here are some apple cider vinegar benefits:

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11. Apple cider vinegar can lower blood pressure, studies have shown.

12. Diarrhea-try mixing a little in water-the pectin content helps treat diarrhea-sip on it.

13. Helps with hiccups-eases the diaphragm spasms that cause them.

14. Soothes sore throats-mix equal amounts of ACV with water and gargle every hour or so.

15. Helps prompt sinus drainage if you have a sinus headache or infection-1 teaspoon of ACV in a glass of water relieves a stuffy nose.

16. Indigestion-helps settle the stomach – sometimes we eat too much or we eat the wrong types of food…helps with heartburn.

17. Rub the Apple Cider Vinegar on swollen joints, feet, etc. Dilute if your skin is sensitive. I use it on my arthritis…it feels great while cooling my joints.

18. Yeast infections-add 1-1/2 cups ACV in your bathtub of warm water. Do this once a day for at least 30 minutes for at least three days.

19. Natural aftershave-mix equal parts water and ACV before applying to your face.

20. Great for toenail, foot fungus…soak in water/ACV diluted mixture or apply directly to the fungus.

21. Soothe a sunburn with a clean rag dipped in it – it cools the warm hot sunburn and is so refreshing.

22. Dandruff-mix equal parts and let set on your hair for one hour or less.

23. Boosts your energy-relieves that tired feeling…one to two tablespoons in a glass of juice or water.

24. You know those age spots some of us get on our skin….rub a little on them every day..rinse off in the shower if desired…I leave them on all night

25. Natural hair conditioner that makes your hair shiny and healthy and the price is very reasonable. One reader on Facebook mentioned she uses it once a month to remove the grime from shampoo and conditioners!

26.  Bad breath-mix 1/2 tablespoon in 1 cup water and gargle a little at a time.

27.  Deodorant-rub a little under the arm and ACV smell dissipates.

28. Great for acne issues…dab a little on…make a mixture of one part vinegar with 3-4 parts water..it has some antibacterial properties to help heal acne.

29. Natural tooth whitener—-rub some on a clean rag and rub on those teeth, it kills bacteria in your gums and mouth.

Meals

30.  Make your own salad dressings…so much healthier..you know what is in your salad dressing.

Home

31. Clean your tile with one cup ACV and a bucket of water–makes cleaning a breeze.

32. I make a spray bottle with 2 cups ACV and 1 cup water–cleans windows, countertops..you name it.

33. Natural room freshener-pour 1/8 cup in your toilet….it freshens the room almost immediately.

Pets

34. I use to use it on my Shih Tzu’s “hot spots” to clean and heal them.

35. Cats do not like the smell of vinegar. It should help from having “accidents” around the house.

Please remember, I am not a doctor or medical professional. I just know I want to learn more natural ways to heal my body. I want to be prepared for the unexpected. Apple Cider Vinegar is fairly inexpensive. It will go pretty far when mixed with water and be a natural healer when needed. You must decide what is right for you and your family. If regular medications are not available I must learn other types of healing.These are just a few of the Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits I know….if you have some, I would love to add them to this list. I love Epsom Salts as well!

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Keeping the lights on in a post SHTF world and how to do it

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post we are going to look at a few ways to improve you lighting situation in a post SHTF world, so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit. There are a ton of products on the market for lighting up homes and …

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10 All-Natural Ways To Repel And Kill Houseflies (No. 4 Is Super-Creative)

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Ah, the sounds of summer – the laughter of children as they play in the lawn sprinkler, the ice cream truck’s calliope soundtrack as it winds its way through the neighborhood and THWACK, the sound of a flyswatter hitting another household surface.

There are more than 300,000 known species of flies, and they can be found all over the world. In addition to being annoying, flies can carry and spread disease. Scientists believe they can transfer more than 100 pathogens, resulting in diseases such as typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera and dysentery. During the Spanish-American War, for example, an estimated 5,000 soldiers died from typhoid, a disease that is spread by flies, whereas only 4,000 soldiers died from combat.

If annoying houseflies are ruining your summer fun and you do not want to use toxic sprays around your home, here are some all-natural ideas for getting rid of them.

1. Apple cider vinegar

There are so many reasons to keep a bottle of apple cider vinegar handy in your home. Here is one more. Flies are attracted to the smell of apple cider vinegar. Therefore, you can create an easy and efficient flytrap with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.

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Place one-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar in a cup or jar. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap. Next, partially block the entrance to the cup with a piece of plastic wrap poked with several small holes.

Place the cup in an area you have a fly problem and leave it there for at least 24 hours. Create and place as many traps as needed.

Flies will be attracted to the smell of vinegar and enter the cup through the holes in the wrap. However, they will not be able to figure out a way to escape. The dish soap causes the surface tension to break, causing the flies to sink into the liquid and drown.

2. Cloves

Here is a mess-free remedy that can help throughout your home. Flies dislike the smell of cloves. To keep flies away, place small bowls of dried cloves in rooms throughout your home. Another option is to stick cloves into an apple as a natural fly repellent.

Replenish the cloves when the scent fades.

3. Basil

Flies dislike the smell of basil and avoid areas where basil is present. Try placing some basil plants in sunny windowsills in your home. Place plants also near doorways and eating areas of your home.

To keep the scent of your plant strong, be sure to water it at its roots, and not on its leaves.

Another option is place bowls of dried basil in areas that flies frequent.

4. Natural flypaper

Commercial fly strips have toxic substances in them that can pose harm to your family and pets. You can make a natural version that works just as well. The key is to create a fragrant sticky substance to attract and then trap those pesky flies. Here is one recipe:

Ingredients

  • Cardboard or card stock paper
  • ½ cup corn syrup (there is an organic version)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Thread

Directions

Cut two-inch wide strips from cardboard or card stock. Punch a hole at the top of each strip and insert thread to create a loop for hanging.

Mix the corn syrup and sugar together. Coat one side of each strip with the mixture. Hang the strips where flies are congregating. Flies will be attracted to the strip, but they will become stuck to the strip when they land on it.

5. Lavender

You may love the fresh, sweet smell of lavender, but flies hate it. Try growing a large pot of lavender near your doorway, or hang sprigs of dried lavender in areas that flies tend to congregate inside your home.

6. Bay leaf

Dried bay leaves are another way to deter flies in your home. The leaves produce a subtle fragrance that flies dislike. Place some singly or in groups in areas where flies are a problem.

7. Mint

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Fresh-smelling mint in plant form or dried form also discourages flies. Try placing a bowl of crushed dried mint leaves on your kitchen counter or in other areas where flies are a nuisance.

8. Lemongrass spray

You can deter flies and help your home smell fresh and clean by creating a lemongrass spray.

Ingredients

  • Lemongrass essential oil
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • Spray bottle

Directions

Place 10-12 drops of lemongrass essential oil into spray bottle.

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Pour hot water into bottle.

Shake well to mix the ingredients.

Spray mixture around thresholds and windowsills or other spaces where flies are entering your house.

9. Honey trap

Many of us have heard the saying, “You can catch more flies with honey.” Well, here’s how.

Ingredients

  • Plastic one-liter or two-liter bottle (cap removed)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Water
  • Dish soap

Directions

Cut the bottle in half. Then fill the wider bottom section halfway with water. Add a few drops of dish soap to the water.

Next, smear honey near and all around the mouth of the top bottle section. Then place the top half over the water-filled portion with the mouth of the bottle in the water. Place this honey trap where flies are a problem. The honey will attract the flies, but they will become trapped and will drown in the water.

10. Eucalyptus oil

The strong odor of eucalyptus makes it a good fly repellent. Here is how to make a flytrap with eucalyptus oil.

Ingredients

  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Ribbons or strips of cloth

Directions

Place several drops of eucalyptus oil onto the strips or ribbons.

Hang the strips near windows and doors or simply place them out on windowsills.

Please note: Doctors recommend that pregnant women and people with high blood pressure or epilepsy avoid contact with eucalyptus.

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Light Your Way With Nokero Solar Lights + Giveaway

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Let’s face the facts.  Prepper’s are lighting whores and solar geeks.  Add a flashlight or lantern to our preps and we are over the moon excited.  Get our hands on something powered exclusively by the sun we are thrilled.  Who said preppers are difficult to please?

Today, for all of you lighting and solar fans, I have the perfect solution to your portable lighting needs: Nokero Solar Lights.  Part lantern, part light bulb, the Nokero N233 Solar Light is lightweight and small but puts out an extremely bright beam.. I am going to share with you my thoughts on the Nokero  N233, but beyond that, I have five up for grabs in a giveaway plus one super Nokero W100 Solar Work Light valued at $179.  That means a total of six winners.

More about the giveaway in a moment but first, let me tell you about the Nokero N233 Solar Light-Lantern.

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Casting a Bright Light with the Nokero N233 Solar Light

My first impression upon opening the package was the size of the Nokero N233.  It is only 4.5 inches tall.  The second thing I noticed was it weighed almost nothing.  For the curious, it weighed in at 3 ounces. So far, so good.

The N233 is made up of two parts: the light itself and a base. One side of the light is the bulb, and the other is the solar panel plus an on-off switch.  The is a hook at the top of the light so you can hang the Nokero or, alternately, you can screw it into its base and set it on top of a table or other object.

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The Nokero N233 worked right out of the box.  According to the specifications, the LiFePO4 battery will hold a charge over 12 months and last up to five years.  Theoretically, you could charge the light then set it aside until you needed it.  I don’t know why you would do that, though.  I prefer to use my solar lights day to day because they save me the hassle of batteries.

There are two brightness settings. High beam is 25 lumens and low beam is 10.  I found that both settings were bright enough for reading. Although the stated run time is 6 hours on high 15 hours on low, my units ran about 10% longer than that.  During my testing, I left my two units outside on the deck overnight, not knowing it was going to rain.  I should not have been surprised since this is Washington State, after all.  Anyway, after a night of steady rainfall, my N233 solar lights still worked like a champ, thus living up to their claim of being completely weatherproof.

8 Practical Uses of the N233

I thought it would be fun to come up with some practical uses of the N233 solar light.  Here are eight, although I am sure we could double or triple this list.

1. Clip to a coat or parka to lighten the path or trail while moving around in the dark.

2. During a power outage, set along the stairway so no one trips, falls, and hurts themselves.

3. Signal others in your group by setting up codes (for on-off five times means the coast is clear).

4. Use as a reading lamp.

5. Hang above your outdoor cooking source when it is pitch black outdoors.

6. Attach to your dog’s leash during nocturnal trips outdoors to do doggy business.

7. On low beam, use as a nightlight to keep zombies and monsters out of the kids room.

8. Provide light inside the honey bucket aka outhouse.

The Nokero W100 Work Light

I had a choice of receiving a review unit of the Nokero W100 Work Light or offering one to our readers as a giveaway.  Of course I chose the giveaway!

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This photo gives you a good idea of how the Nokero W100 will light up a large area at night.

Although I did not test it myself, here is one of the reviews from Amazon:

I purchased the W100 to provide basecamp light on a recent multi-day camping trip.

While the light is on the heavy side and a little bulky it provides an incredible amount of light. We used it for five nights for about 4 hours a night and what’s truly amazing is we forgot to charge it during the day and it still lasted all of that time. Also, as we were trying to tie the light up in a tree it fell about 10’ directly onto rocks – other than a small scratch, the light was completely unharmed.

I’m so pleased with the W100 that I plan to keep one at my cabin for emergencies. Also, I like that Nokero is helping people in the third world. I highly recommend this product for anyone needing serious off-grid lighting.

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Here are the basic specifications:

Brightness (lumens): 300 (high), 150 (medium), 50 (low)
Run time (hours): 10 (high), 20 (medium), 40 (low)
Charge time: 6-8 hours
Exposure: Completely weatherproof and fully submersible

Nokero – The Company

Nokero is based in Denver, Colorado which is where their products are designed and tested.  Wonder where the name Nokero came from?  In support of it use of renewable solar energy, it came from “no kerosene”.

By now you know that I favor companies that give back to our less fortunate global citizens.  This is not being a soft touch; it is being human.  For every purchase, Nokero, the company, provides a light to a person in a developing country.

The Giveaway

Nokero is giving away one of their W100 Solar Work Lamps and five of their N233 Solar Lights.  There will be six winners.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

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

Note:  Due to Customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to those with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

I first learned about Nokero from a reader who had purchased some of their solar lamps at a show.  It was either a preparedness show or camping exposition; I really can’t remember.  What I do remember is that she said she had no financial interest in the company and was simply a satisfied customer.  It does not get much better than that.

Since that time, the company itself has grown and now has quite a few products in their lineup.  All are sold directly from their website and a few, including the N233, are sold on Amazon.

As far as I am concerned, the combination of solar energy and emergency lighting is a win win.  Please do enter the giveaway.  I would love to have you win a Nokero Solar Lamp for free.

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

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Nokero N233 Solar Light:  I first heard about these solar lights from a reader a few years back.  Now that I have tested them, I am impressed by the amount of light they give off as well their sturdy construction.  I especially like how they hold a charge for 12 months, meaning your can store them fully charged and can count on them to work during an unexpected emergency.

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Brandon Burroughs from Infidel Anvilworks!

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Brandon Burroughs from Infidel Anvilworks Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps” On this show we have a special guest, Brandon Burroughs from Infidel Anvilworks. Brandon has been a guest on 7P’s of Survival show and recently he came into some forging materials and wanted to start his own forge. Tonight he will be talking about his passion and … Continue reading Brandon Burroughs from Infidel Anvilworks!

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