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Fruit-loving foragers unite! Just when you think you have tried all berries possible, there always seems to be one more to spark some interest. Do you remember ever singing about going “’round the mulberry bush” as a young child? Well, these berries are more than just part of a youthful song. Those berries are real, and they are perfect for a refreshing summer snack, jams, pies and all sorts of other baking and cooking ideas. Let’s take a look at this tasty berry.
These berries look a lot like large blackberries, but mulberries grow on trees – despite what the song says — instead of bushes. It only takes a few years from seed for Mulberry trees to mature into a good, fruitful tree.
There are black, red and white mulberries. When ripe, red mulberries turn into a dark purple or black color. The white type turn from green to their white shade when they are ready to be picked. Black mulberries turn from green to black.
The red mulberry is native to North America, although it is mostly found in areas such as the Niagara Escarpment now and is classified in Canada as endangered (although common in the US). The black mulberry is native to Eurasia, and the white variation comes from Asia where silkworms eat mulberry leaves.
Mulberries have two types of leaves, and both can be found on a single tree. The leaves are classified as lobed and unlobed. Mulberries are similar to blackberries in taste, but yet still very different. Mulberries aren’t as tart as blackberries, but rather sweet. They are full of vitamin C and iron. They boost the immune system with phytonutrients and carbohydrates.
Where to Find Them
You will be able to find mulberries at the end of spring or beginning of summer. Remember, mulberries grow on trees. These trees can usually be found at the edge of a wood, in neighborhoods and along fences, usually near water such as a creek. They seem to grow anywhere, even in places other plants won’t.
Mulberries are aggressive and tireless growers, especially in moist, rich soil and lots of sun. They like the sun.
Mulberry trees can become quite large over time. Although white and red mulberries are found in the United States, white mulberries are far more rare.
As with all types of plant or berry foraging, try to locate fruit away from busy roads or places where chemicals have been sprayed. Plants and trees near such areas will absorb the car fumes and dust. You will want the healthiest and most organic food possible.
The fruit on the trees will ripen at different times, so you can gather fruit regularly throughout the season. Mulberries are very fragile and make traveling with them very difficult. They are better to eat right away, after washing.
Picking by hand is still the best way to get the fruit. Be aware: The skin of Mulberries is very thin and you will most likely end up with stains on your hands and fingers (and anything else you touch). Another way you can harvest mulberries is to place a tarp under the tree and gently, but firmly, shake the branches with the ripest fruit. Mulberries will fall readily when they are ripe. Gather up the tarp and place berries in a container. Pick one that will be easy to carry, and rinse the berries when you get home. If presentation of the food is important, then take off the small green stems before eating (although you can eat them, too).
Note: Make sure you only pick mature fruit, as mulberries can act as a laxative when they are not ripe and can be slightly toxic.
Remember the thin skin on the berries? Take care when transporting mulberries home after harvesting. Their own weight can crush those underneath, which can create a big mess if you aren’t ready. Keep this in mind when you are planning harvesting containers.
You can store mulberries at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They only will last a few days at room temperature, and up to a week in the fridge.
Doesn’t just reading about mulberries make you want to grab a basket and spend a day searching for the sweet jewels of nature? Why not make foraging for mulberries part of a family adventure, and enjoy all the yummy bounty you find? The unique look and taste of the mulberry quickly makes this fruit an absolute favorite. You’ll be able to make up a new verse to the childhood mulberry song, maybe one about how good the berries taste!
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Ever since the results of the referendum on Brexit have known, the stock markets in much of the world have lost value. This is a paper loss of billions of dollars according to some sources. Shares of Bank of America and Morgan Stanley plummeted by 13% apiece in the two days after the shocking Brexit vote. Even though banks and the broader markets are rallying on Tuesday, Goldman Sachs is still down 22% this year. So how do you go about protecting your family finances?
Well first of all, please understand that I am not a financial or investment advisor. I am just an old man who has observed the world for the last 70 years. Now over the next few months expect that Brexit will cause some severe disruptions in the world’s economy. I believe that Brexit is best decision that Britain could have made. However, the globalists will try to blame it for financial disruption that they will cause. They will do everything they can to manipulate the situation to their advantage. They are already making efforts to strengthen their control over the rest of the European union.
- Stocks if you are already in the stock market good luck, probably your best bet is to hold the course and hope they go back up and then sell. Personally, I don’t like any investment that I cannot hold, touch or stand on. Unless you are really knowledgeable the stock market is gambling for most of us.
- Money in the bank. It is always a good idea to have a cash reserve in case of financial emergencies. These could include anything from medical expenses to car problems. The problem is that the banks are paying almost no interest and in some places overseas are actually charging you to hold your money. These negative interests will probably come here.
- Money at home. This is a problem. Keeping large sums of cash in your home is dangerous. It makes you a target. If you choose to do it get a good safe Safes, The Wrong ones are Worse than Useless
- Gold and silver. Personally, I think these are good potential investments. They won’t help you during a food storage or similar emergency, but they will protect your wealth for the future. Buy your precious metals only from the best sources. There are many different types of fake coins and bars currently on the market (avoid eBay). Learn how to protect yourself. What You Need to Know to Buy Junk Silver, How to Keep From being Ripped Off While Buying precious metals.
- Land or homes. These are amongst my favorite investments. If nothing else, you can live and grow your food on it. This investment is best when you own it free and clear.
- Get the necessary insurance to protect what you own and to provide your family with some security if something were to happen to you.
- Stay out of debt. Debt just makes you a slave to someone else and cost you money.
- Preps while I have made this the last one it is also the most important when it comes to protecting your family. You need to have access to a good food and water storage, as well as all the other necessities of life. This should be your first priority after having a roof over your head. If you have to choose one thing this should be it.
To sum it all up the best thing you can do about protecting your family finances is to have a good stock of preps, cash and precious metals and own your own land. Now I know that to many of us this seems hard or like an impossible dream. However, there are ways of doing this by working and avoiding many of the pitfalls that people waste their money on. This includes about anything that prevents you from making your goals.
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What about the milk and eggs? If you have a food stockpile, then at some point you probably asked yourself this question. Most people purchase milk and eggs every week, and the only place you can keep them is in the refrigerator. So how are you supposed to stock up on these things when they […]
What if something happened and you were unable to acquire any more food through traditional means and your family is hungry? What would you be forced to do in order to live?
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If you live in, near, or travel through a desert, listen up because this article was written for you. Deserts present a unique survival challenge. They are unlike other survival environments and have a totally different set of survival rules to follow. That’s why I’ve put together this list of my 10 best desert survival tips.
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2-way radios (walkie-talkies) do not require a working infrastructure as do cell phones (antenna towers, network service providers, power-grid, a paid service plan). A set of 2-way radios ‘just works’. The only thing a 2-way radio needs is a charged battery. 2-way radios have their limits on how far they will transmit and receive, however […]
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According to a 2015 simulation at Cornell University, the safest place to be during the apocalypse is the Northern Rockies. That’s exactly where one finds the 37,000-acre Resort at Paws Up. Its nearest metropolis, and airport, is the college town of Missoula, pop. 69,000. Researchers agree zombies will first attack the most densely-populated urban areas. For that reason, Big Sky Country is one of the best places to retreat to. Paws Up allows the well-to-do among us to familiarize themselves with things in nature—like stars, trees, and silence—they may encounter when they flee their penthouse apartments and suburban mansions.
Paws Up is out past Potomac, and is, literally, across the highway from where I hunt. I have heard stories about overzealous Paws Up employees chasing hunters away even though the hunters weren’t trespassing on PU land. I’ve never had that happen, but then again most folks don’t want to annoy someone strolling through the woods it an HK-91 (clone, actually) hanging off them.
Paws Up has a bit of mixed feelings about it amongst the locals. They had a major screaming match with the state over some water quality issues back when they got started, and I was rooting for them in a David v. Goliath kind of way. Then I heard about their folks getting all goon-like and shooing hunters away from the place. Hey, it’s one thing if someone is trespassing but intimidating them and driving them away when they aren’t trespassing? Bad juju.
One of the nation’s top federal judges – a man who makes decisions every year affecting the rights of millions of Americans – has acknowledged he thinks the Constitution has no value.
Richard A. Posner, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said he largely disregards the Constitution and the Founding Fathers when making rulings.
“I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries—well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments),” Posner wrote in a Slate essay.
Just as disturbingly, Posner said he also discounts many of the amendments that grant Americans their basic rights.
“Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century,” Posner wrote. “Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today. … In short, let’s not let the dead bury the living.”
It is not the first time that Posner has made such comments.
“I’m not particularly interested in the 18th Century, nor am I particularly interested in the text of the Constitution,” Posner said at last year’s Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium. “I don’t believe that any document drafted in the 18th century can guide our behavior today. Because the people in the 18th century could not foresee any of the problems of the 21st century.”
Posner: We’re Writing ‘Common Law’
Posner further said he agrees with the University of Chicago’s David Strauss that “the Constitution is an authorization to the judiciary to create a body of common law.”
Posner was known as a conservative when nominated in 1981 by President Reagan, but has issued a series of opinions since then that have upset those on the right.
Regarding the NSA’s actions, Posner said the Constitution has limited value: “What would the framers of the 14th Amendment have thought about national security surveillance of people’s emails? That is a meaningless question.”
Posner also said he worries little about how courts have ruled in the past.
“My approach with judging cases is not to worry initially about doctrine, precedent, and all that stuff, but instead, try to figure out, what is a sensible solution to this problem, and then having found what I think is a sensible solution, without worrying about doctrinal details, I ask, ‘Is this blocked by some kind of authoritative precedent of the Supreme Court. If it is not blocked, I say fine, let’s go with the common sense, sensical solution,” he wrote.
When he is not on the bench, Posner serves as a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Law School, where has an opportunity to meld the minds of young lawyers.
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• Excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids (better than fish oil!)
• An excellent source of Vitamin A, one of the highest among green leafy vegetables
• A rich source of vitamin C, and some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids
• A rich source of dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese.
• Decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
• Autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
• Maintaining heart health.
• Lowering cholesterol.
• Regulating blood pressure.
• Enriching brain health.
• As an anti-depressant.
• Boosting the immune system
• Inflammatory bowel disease.
• Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Nothing eats it.
- The sap is possibly toxic enough to cause blindness if it gets in the eyes.
- It is an annual that doesn’t germinate readily until warmer weather, so pre-emergents are often applied too soon to stop it. (Most pre-emergents work only for 8-10 weeks and are spread in early spring.)
- Each plant can produce a full crop of several thousand seeds in 5 weeks.
- The flowers are so non-descript as to be thought absent, so it is easy to accidentally miss flowering and let it go to seed.
- There are 12 weed species of spurge that are all very similar, varying as little as having a tiny spot on the leaves (Spotted spurge is what I found the most photos of, but was not what was in my yard.)
The sap of this plant is a mild skin irritant and can cause a rash in some people. The sap is poisonous and considered carcinogenic.
Do you let dandelions grow in your garden? You know exactly how important it is to have dark, leafy greens as part of your diet. You know the many health benefits associated with kale and spinach and Swiss chard, and you know that the antioxidants in green tea help keep you calm while also preventing […]
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There are many different methods that people use to grill sweet corn. Just ask several people who have tried it and they will all give you a different answer on how it is supposed to be done. Yes, there
On Thursday, June 23rd, the citizens of Great Britain voted on the long-awaited question of leaving the European Union (EU), commonly referred to by the nickname of “Brexit.”
Surprising just about the entire chattering class, and not a few progressive-liberal politicians, the people of Great Britain made their voice heard, declaring in a 52-48 majority that they wanted to take their opportunity and leave, abandoning the European Union.
Interestingly enough, the voting for and against Brexit was largely along age-defined lines. Millenials voted strongly in favor of staying in the European Union, while their parents voted strongly in favor of leaving. Fortunately for the parents, they still outnumbered their kids.
Nevertheless, so many millennials voting in favor of staying in the European Union is troubling. Just like American’s millennials voting in favor of socialism, this shows how much the younger generation has been brainwashed by the propaganda being fed them in their schools.
Considering that the liberals all but own the educational system, you can be sure that what they are being taught is in line with liberal ideology and talking points.
That should raise a very important question in your mind. That is, why is keeping Great Britain in the European Union so important to liberals? One would normally think that it wouldn’t make any difference, as it doesn’t have a thing to do with the normal causes that liberals are always babbling about.
But in reality, this is right at the core of progressive-liberal thinking. You see, the liberalism of today isn’t anything like the liberalism of 40 years ago. Today, it’s all about conformity. Back in the 60s, when liberalism really made its name known, liberalism was about bucking the system. Somehow, the tables have been turned.
What this has done is to suborn many people who are by heart non-conformists into a system that is hell-bent on forcing them, and everyone else, to conform. Conform to what? To the ideals of the progressive-liberal movement.
Behind the Scenes
To understand this, you have to look beyond the liberal rhetoric and political posturing, to see what they do in secret. In public, they voraciously defend the poor, the weak and the minorities. But in private, they are all about liberal elitism and how they must be in control.
In their snobbery and self-righteousness, they are convinced that they are the only ones who have the capability to rule the world. The rest of us are mere peasants, who should give our freedom over to them.
Of course, much of this happens behind the scenes, where it is not obvious to the casual observer. Some of it is even in secret, like the meetings of organizations like the Bilderberg Group.
Few realize it, but the Bilderberg Group is the true motivating factor behind the European Union. Publicly, many other reasons have been given for creating the Union, specifically creating a economic entity large enough and powerful enough to compete with the economy of the United States of America. But what’s put forth for public consumption is rarely the true reason behind anything done by politicians and other movers and shakers.
While little is known about the Bilderberg Group, there is a little bit of information that gets out. More can be inferred by their actions, such as looking at the individuals who are invited to attend their annual conferences.
The first thing we can tell from that, is that they are a progressive-liberal organization. That’s clear, simply because they never invite conservatives to participate with them. But the most important thing to know about them, is that they are the driving force behind the establishment of a one world government.
Creating the European Union was the first step towards creating that one-world government. As the first of seven projected regional governments, it was the model they would use for establishing the other six. Next on their list is to create the North American Union. But now, they’ve run into a bit of a setback.
Members of the Bilderberg Group have come forth to say that Brexit could set their plans back by 70 years. If we needed any evidence to show that they were behind the creation of the European Union, that would be it. Now, they are looking to their hole card, trying to decide how to mitigate the damage that the British subjects have done to their plans.
But the damage to their plans isn’t over yet. Four other countries, France, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands started to talk about organizing similar polls. In addition, there has been some talk about Greece leaving for a while, but that wouldn’t be because they want to, but because they would be forced out due to their financial troubles.
So, what has caused all this turmoil?
More than anything, it’s because of the EU forcing multiculturalism on their member nations. Specifically, forcing them to accept large numbers of unveted refugees as immigrants. While some are legitimate refugees, there has been a lot of doubt from the beginning as to the motivation of a lot of them.
It’s important to understand that the Qur’an doesn’t allow migration in the normal sense of the word. Muslims aren’t allowed to move to a country which isn’t controlled by Muslims. However, there is one caveat; they are commanded to move to non-Muslim countries for the purpose of subverting those countries and converting them to Islam.
In other words, the millions of “refugees” who are fleeing Syria can all be divided into three groups: terrorists, cultural jihadists and unfaithful Muslims. Since Muslims kill other Muslims who are unfaithful, it’s doubtful that many of them fall into this category. That only leaves the other two.
This is what the subjects of Great Britain are trying to avoid. They are already seeing their country and their culture destroyed by the Muslims who are there; people who refuse to assimilate and instead demand that England change to accommodate them.
It’s no wonder that the English people are up in arms about that. They have their own culture and civilization and they don’t want it suborned to Islam.
But I think there’s something else going on here as well. That is a renewed sense of national pride. If there has ever been anything in history that will get people beating a patriotic drum, it’s to attack their nation’s sovereignty. Well, the progressive-liberals have been helping the Muslims to attack the sovereignty of country after country, especially in Europe and the United States.
Multiculturalism and sovereignty are diametrically opposed to one another, especially the type of multiculturalism that is being practiced today. The liberal political leaders in the United States and European countries have all but denied their own countries, as they have fallen all over themselves in allowing Muslims free-reign in their countries.
That has, in turn, created an outcry from the average person on the street. While the “elite” are busy bowing and scraping to the Muslims, allowing them to commit atrocities without any recrimination, the average people are fed up with being victimized by those Muslims who are not acting like civilized people.
They are gathering together to stand against the Muslim invasion, whether by forming vigilante groups to patrol the streets and keep women safe, or by voting to leave the European Union as Britain did.
But this might not be anywhere near over. Not only has Brexit sparked a wave of interest in seceding from the European Union, but it has also sparked renewed interest in states which have discussed seceding in the past. Texas, more than any other state, has a number of active secession groups, with the number of their members rising.
Why Should We Care?
What do the two have in common? Quite a bit, actually. Britain is leaving the European Union over the oppressive regulations being created by a burdensome central government, the exact same thing that many Texans (and other Americans) see happening here in the United States.
The only difference is that our oppressive regulations are coming out of Washington, not out of the North American Union. But either way, it is stealing people’s freedom, in order to allow others to receive special treatment.
You can only give some people special treatment at the cost of others for so long. Eventually, those who are being taken from will rise up in rebellion. It happened once before in our country, and it could very well happen again.
All in all, I’d have to say that Brexit is healthy for Britain and healthy for the rest of the world as well. It may very well become a watershed event, which triggers greater freedoms throughout the world, as others follow suit and throw off oppressive governments.
Should that be so, the British will have done the world a great service, furthering the cause of freedom in a way that has never been done before; in the voting booth.
This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.
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You may want to know how to tag your 72-hour bug out bags for survival, just in case you get hurt during or after a disaster. When I first started teaching food storage and emergency preparedness classes I designed a tag so every class member could attach it to their own 72-hour kit. I wanted a tag to remind people running out the door with their 72-hour bag to grab their prescriptions, their pet care materials if they have a pet and one card with names and phone numbers and their important documents binder. The “binder” stands for the binder contents that I designed for Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Sheets for an emergency binder. The binder would include your important documents you wouldn’t want to leave behind in case your home was destroyed. The reason for the name and phone numbers is if someone loses their bag, or is hurt and unable to communicate, or if you get separated from your 72-hour kit you still have some critical information with you that you more than likely will need. I used cardstock and laminated mine to protect the information on the tags, and then secured them to my 72-hour bags. I have two sets of cards to choose from, one with pets and one without pets.
The reason I laminated mine was so they would be sturdier and somewhat waterproof. If you don’t have a grab and go binder here are some ideas to help you get started. I would strongly suggest you get some baseball card pocket sheets and fill them with 2 pictures of each member of your family. Gather your most valuable documents that you may need and place them in an area where you could grab them as you vacate your home / apartment. As our children grow we will need to replace them as needed with more current pictures. The reason I mention two pictures because if we are separated we can paste one picture on a base camp/emergency headquarters command center and still have one with us in our bags. Please label the pictures with the person’s name, and add whatever information you feel comfortable putting on it. Remember, if we are separated from our loved ones this might make it possible to find that one missing person.
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Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected! May God bless you for your efforts! This is one more step to be prepared.
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A few weeks ago, Kenneth Steck, of Juneau, Alaska, was charged and mauled by a brown bear in Yakutat, Alaska. In the video below, he tells his story—fortunate to be alive.
If you were in a similar situation, what would you do? Take the five-question quiz after the video and see if you could survive.
Quiz: Could You Survive a Bear Attack?
Steck was mauled when he separated from his friends, who were exploring a creek area, according to Alaska Dispatch News. His travel companions—three of whom were nurses—ended up being able to help him.
What if you’d been the one mauled and no medical professional was around? What would you have done?
Scenario: You’ve gotten yourself to a safer spot, away from the bear. You’re able to radio for help, like Steck’s travel companions were. But, like them, you have to wait a while for professional medical assistance to reach you.
What about you? Have you ever had a bad wound and could not get expert help? What did you do? What was the outcome?
If you have seen photos of recently discovered backyard fallout shelters, you would agree that they look like fascinating time capsules from early 1960s America. We see packaged foods — such as breakfast cereals and crackers with labels that indicate a time gone by – along with first-aid supplies, tools, clothing and batteries. Cots, books and games are neatly placed on subterranean shelves.
You might think that the construction of such a shelter was the brainchild of only a few people who were concerned about heightening Cold War tensions and the possibility of nuclear war. You would be wrong.
As strange as it seems today, the U.S. government actually encouraged people to create fallout shelters in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In an effort to promote home fallout shelters, the U.S. Office of Civil Defense even issued a series of manuals that instructed Americans on how to construct their own home fallout shelters.
Fallout shelters were distinct from bomb shelters in that they were not to protect you from ground zero of a nuclear blast – which would be impossible – but from the widespread radioactive fallout that resulted from a blast. Beginning with the Eisenhower administration, the government launched a program to convince private citizens to build fallout shelters in or near their homes.
One option was to create temporary shelter in your basement. Another was to build and stock an underground shelter in your backyard. At the time, citizens were encouraged to stockpile enough food and supplies for two weeks, since it was believed that the radiation levels from a nuclear explosion would drop to a safe level by that time.
New York’s Governor Nelson Rockefeller started a fallout shelter program in New York in 1960, and he urged newly elected President John F. Kennedy to do the same thing on a national level.
By 1961, tensions between the Soviets and the United States had escalated, and the United States was facing the sobering prospect of nuclear warheads being stationed in Cuba. That year, the majority of Americans believed a nuclear war would occur within five years, according to the Smithsonian Institute.
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As the threat of nuclear war became more real, Kennedy addressed the nation. On July 25, 1961, he said, “We have another sober responsibility. To recognize the possibilities of nuclear war in the missile age, without our citizens knowing what they should do and where they should go if bombs begin to fall, would be a failure of responsibility.
‘Lives … Can Still Be Saved’
“In May, I pledged a new start on Civil Defense. Last week, I assigned, on the recommendation of the Civil Defense Director, basic responsibility for this program to the Secretary of Defense, to make certain it is administered and coordinated with our continental defense efforts at the highest civilian level. Tomorrow, I am requesting of the Congress new funds for the following immediate objectives: to identify and mark space in existing structures—public and private—that could be used for fall-out shelters in case of attack; to stock those shelters with food, water, first-aid kits and other minimum essentials for survival; to increase their capacity; to improve our air-raid warning and fallout detection systems, including a new household warning system which is now under development; and to take other measures that will be effective at an early date to save millions of lives if needed.
“In the event of an attack, the lives of those families which are not hit in a nuclear blast and fire can still be saved — if they can be warned to take shelter and if that shelter is available. We owe that kind of insurance to our families — and to our country.”
The concept of the home fallout shelter was hotly debated throughout the country. Some people stated that that fallout shelters would be useless in protecting urban residents near ground zero of an attack. Others thought that the idea revealed weakness and was distinctly un-American.
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However, the need for a basement or backyard shelter picked up steam for people living in suburban communities. By August 1961, a Gallup poll showed that 3 million families had made some home modifications for protection from nuclear attack, and another 9 million had stockpiled food.
Some builders reported being inundated with orders for supplies to build shelters. Office of Civil and Defense standards specified concrete or metal construction built under three feet of soil, two feet of concrete or three inches of lead. One company that made pre-fabricated shelters advertised that roof of its shelter could be used as “an attractive patio.” Some fallout shelter plans used a hand-cranked blower system for ventilation, and others had elaborate electrical systems and running water.
DIY Projects, Too
A home fallout shelter’s basic purpose was to reduce a family’s exposure to harmful fallout from a nuclear blast and its likely aftermath of radiation until radioactivity has dropped to a safer level. As a do-it-yourself project, a concrete block basement shelter could be built for about $200 in 1961.
Separate underground backyard shelters were more expensive. According to the National Archives and Records Administration records, Louis Severance built a fallout shelter near his Michigan home with a 10-inch reinforced concrete ceiling and thick earth cover and concrete walls. The Severance shelter featured a ventilation system, an escape hatch, an entrance to the home’s basement, a kitchen, running water, a toilet, and a sleeping and living area for the family of four. It cost roughly $1,000.
According to the Nebraska State Historical Society, Civil Defense agencies provided candies for use in shelters as “carbohydrate supplements,” and boxed crackers called “Nebraskits” also were available.
Nebraska City’s Otoe Food Products provided canned drinking water for civil defense under the Morton House brand and Elkhorn’s Roberts Dairy packaged water in its familiar milk cartons for shelter use.
Don’t Forget Games in Your Shelter
The Office of Civil Defense recommended that people remain in a shelter for at least two weeks after a nuclear blast. Families with children were advised to stock games such as Monopoly, playing cards and journals to help pass the time.
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The tense political climate and the government’s awareness of it are reflected in this 1962 public service radio announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense:
“This is basic civil defense information from the Department of Defense, Office of Civil Defense, Washington. If you receive warning of an enemy attack, get to the nearest fallout shelter promptly. But if you’re caught in the open, and there’s a brilliant nuclear flash in the distance, take cover immediately. Even miles away you may be exposed within seconds to a searing heat wave from the explosion, followed by a blast wave and flying debris.
“Get into the nearest building immediately or into a ditch or culvert, beneath a parked car, behind a tree or wall, anything solid that will give you some measure of protection. Curl up in a ball, and cover your head with your arms. Stay there until heat and blast waves have passed.
“Then, go to the nearest fallout shelter before radioactive fallout starts drifting down. If there’s no fallout shelter within range, go to the nearest large building and take shelter in the basement or one of the inner hallways. Know in advance what to do in any emergency situation. Find out from your local Civil Defense office.”
By the end 1962, some of the worst fears from the Bay of Pigs crisis in Cuba and from the tensions in Berlin had lessened. At the same time, scientists began publicly discussing the futility of a 14-day stay in a fallout shelter, noting that survivors of a nuclear attack would need to remain underground for months in order to avoid harmful after effects.
“When they stopped to think about the magnitude of the potential disaster, they realized that there wasn’t much they could do,” explains David Monteyne, author of Fallout Shelter: Designing for Civil Defense in the Cold War.
Looking back, it is fascinating to consider that the government actually encouraged its citizens to build fallout shelters and to stockpile. Yet even today, the US government still encourages Americans to keep a three-day stockpile. Even though a nuclear attack may not be as likely, other threats remain — and millions of Americans remain committed to preparing for an unknown future.
What do you remember, if anything, about the threat of the 1950s and 1960s? Share your thoughts in the section below:
Your family’s safety may be foremost in your disaster preparedness, but remember that your pet is a family member, too — with a different set of needs.
So, make an emergency kit for your pet. The following items should be at the top of the list:
1. Sufficient supply of water
The importance of having sufficient water on board cannot be overstressed, especially with pets around. Since they do not understand the need for conserving water, and cannot express their needs verbally, they may become cranky when the normal amount of water is not available to them. If you usually keep a bowl of water around for the pet to drink at will, the absence of the same can be unsettling for it. Moreover, it’s always more dangerous to ration the drinking water for animals than for people, because the signs of dehydration are less noticeable in them.
2. Pet food
Whether it is a cat, dog, rabbit, etc., your pet should have a good supply of its regular food in the emergency kit. In addition to the regular food, for pet dogs especially, you should stock up on special treats that are reserved for rewarding good behavior during dog training. It will help them adjust to the new situation faster. Also, have a mix of wet and dry food. Wet foods are particularly useful in case you are running low on water, as they will mitigate dehydration to some extent. If your pet is accustomed to canned food, then you should buy single-serve cans to avoid unnecessary food waste. You may have power disruption, or may not even have access to a refrigerator!
3. Veterinary drugs and first-aid
Many drugs meant for people may be safely given in lower doses to pets in an emergency, but it is far from ideal. There’s a high probability of pets getting hurt when natural disasters strike. You should carry a few common drugs, such as analgesics, for relieving pain, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation resulting from minor injuries.
If your pet is on prescription drugs or if it has conditions requiring regular medication, it goes without saying that you should have a 2-4 weeks’ supply of those drugs. Your veterinarian may help you source them for your emergency kit.
4. Restraints and ropes
When animals are faced with disturbing circumstances, their responses are unpredictable. Even when their owners are around, they feel ill at ease in strange surroundings. After being confined to a room or the basement for long periods, they may run out the moment you open the door, quite unmindful of any dangers outside. You may have to keep them restrained at all times until normalcy is restored, or they may go and hide in inaccessible and dangerous places, or get lost. Leashes, halters or collars should be included in the emergency kit along with a long piece of rope.
5. Pet carriers
Your pets may have to travel with you on different modes of transportation, including air travel, during an emergency evacuation. Having appropriate pet carriers such as crates or boxes at hand will make transfers smooth. In some cases, the pet may have to be taken to a veterinarian by rescue operators or admitted in a hospital for treatment.
6. ID tags and papers
At times of emergencies, we cannot always have our way. Whether you like it or not, your pet may be separated from you. You may be asked to house the pet in a rescue home with a number of other pets.
It is not rare for pets to get lost during an emergency. An ID tag on the dog and papers proving your ownership, including some pictures of you and the dog together, will greatly improve the chance of reuniting with a lost pet.
7. Medical records
Keeping a copy of your pet’s medical records will help it get the right medical treatment. If the dog has to undergo surgical procedures, a record of its health status is invaluable. Sometimes you may have to admit the pet in a shelter which insists on having all its animals vaccinated. Your assurance will not satisfy them, but the proof of vaccination in the pet’s medical records will.
8. Grooming kit
Whether you are cooped up in your basement or housed in a community shelter or a hotel room, your pet will be happier if you continue with the usual grooming routine. It might be feeling out of sorts with all the recent changes, but your attention can calm it and make it feel at home.
9. Sanitary kit
This kit should have the necessary items to keep the pet and the surroundings clean and sterile. All your housebreaking efforts and potty training are put to severe test at times like these. Even the most well-behaved pet can have plenty of accidents in strange surroundings. If your dog or cat has been trained to relieve themselves outside the home, and now they are cooped up indoors, what else can you expect?
Have a good supply of disposable gloves, poop bags and bins to keep the waste.
10. Bowls for food and water
People can eat and drink directly from tins, cans and pouches when necessary, but animals may not be able to do that. Have a set of bowls to serve your pet food and water. You can pack in collapsible dishes to save space, but ensure they are stable. You don’t want more messes to clean up on top of all other troubles.
What would you add to our list? Share your tips in the section below:
Preppers have a habit of extracting as many uses from any given object as they can, and for good reason. Prepping is an activity that takes up a lot of space, and it’s done to prepare for emergencies that may or may not happen. It’s difficult to justify this activity if it displaces things that you know you’ll need, so preserving space by finding more than one use for your belongings is essential.
Also, it just comes naturally to preppers due to our mindset. We regularly prepare for chaotic and desperate situations that require improvisation and creativity to survive. Coming up with multiple uses for an item is child’s play for us.
However, some things are better suited to being modified for multiple purposes. Everyone knows that duct tape and paracord can be used for countless applications, but there’s another item that has nearly as many uses, and that is the humble five gallon bucket. Here are just a few of the ways you can use this simple product:
- Use them for carrying water, washing clothes, or harvesting rain water.
- Food grade buckets are also quite versatile. You can use them to store dry goods such as rice, beans, flour, or even dog food. Or since plastic is a fairly good insulator, you can use them as a cooler to store perishable food.
- If you own anything that needs to be buried for short periods of time, five gallon buckets can help.
- You can use them to build gardens, worm composting bins, or composting toilets.
- They’re great for storing any supplies that shouldn’t get wet, such as charcoal, paper towels, or kindling.
- With a few modifications, these buckets can be made into biosand filters for cleaning water, or you can drill holes in a bucket to make an improvised camp shower. If you’re exceptionally handy and live near running water, you can even build a hydroelectric generator out of a five gallon bucket.
- And of course there are a few odd tasks for five gallon buckets that most people would never consider. They can be turned into very effective mouse traps, and with the right gear they can even be used as backpacks
And to be frank, this is just a short list. Five gallon buckets are arguably one of the most versatile tools for a prepper, and their applications are endless. They’re also cheap and plentiful, and you can often get them for free from friends, neighbors, and local businesses. I’d be so bold as to say that you’re not really prepared unless you have a short stack of these buckets somewhere in your home.
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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There comes a time when every prepper takes a look at what they have done, what they are currently doing, and what they plan to do in the future. Sometimes, they retrench and rethink past preps and improve on what they have done and especially what they have learned skill-wise. Sometimes they take a break because let’s face it, we all need balance in our lives. And then there is the most difficult part which is planning for future preps, if any.
I am very good about asking questions about prepping goals and readers excel at answering. Today I want to turn the tables and share a major preparedness goal that looms on my personal horizon. This is not so much that I expect you to follow suit, but more that it is such a huge goal that you may find the inspiration to set long term goals yourself.
Fair warning. This is not a typical blog post for this site, but one that needs to be written and shared with my readers.
Getting Out of Dodge
There is an old song made popular by Kenny Rogers titled The Gambler. There is a passage in the song that says “the secret to survivin’ is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep”. Those are important words and although taken out of context, something I have considered when taking a look at my own preps.
The world has changed tremendously since I started prepping in 2010 and it has become time to re-evaluate one of my primary pillars of survival, shelter. Is my home safe? Is it protected? If there is a major disruptive event, will I be able to carry on while making good use of my preps?
Sadly, my answer has become no. There are many reasons because at first blush, this island location is off shore, difficult to get to, and abundant in natural resources, most notably in the form of water and trees for wood and biomass. On the other hand, the cost of living is high, and during the summer months, the population doubles with the influx of tourists.
Tourists are not prepared. Should a disruptive event (earthquake, cyber attack, EMP, you name it) occur during summer, this island in the middle of nowhere will be as chaotic as the urban core in a large city. Folks will be stranded and because we are off-shore, will not even be able to walk out.
Looming large is also the strategic location near the international border and close to the entrance to Puget Sound. With certain types of events, what is to prevent our government from stepping in and taking over our island for strategic military reasons? It could happen.
I am planning to get out of dodge.
The Survival Retreat: Is It Time?
This leads me to the goal: finding a survival retreat that offers as least some of the sustainability and security that I seek.
Here is my bucket list.
Minimum of 1/3 acre and preferably more.
Sunny space for a garden. Existing fruit trees a bonus.
Trees in the general vicinity to provide wood and biomass for heating and cooking.
Local source of water such as streams, ponds, or lakes. Bonus if a well can be dug.
Abundant wildlife for hunting as a food source.
Favorable tax environment.
Sufficient storage space for a two year food supply.
Zoning that allows for water catchment systems and auxiliary fuel/propane tanks.
History that shows area is relatively free from wild fires and floods.
Moderate climate 20F low to 90F high.
Proximity to health care within a 20 mile radius.
Very good to excellent cell phone service.
Availability of high speed internet (for as long as it lasts).
Peace, quiet, and no tourist activity.
This list has been in the making for a couple of months and is still a work in progress. Selling my home comes first.
This sort of move does not come without challenges. Selling a home stuffed with ten years of accumulation is a lot of work and, in an area such as ours, can take some time.
Moving is also hard work and we are not as young as we used to be. And then there are the preps. Food, gear, and water storage will be moved right along side our household goods. The logistics promise to be a nightmare but how could I not (move them, that is)?
This will all be happening while I continue to blog and continue to keep up on my skills. Will I even have time to sleep?
The Final Word
Is this type of move to a survival retreat for everyone? Of course not. There are family, job, health, and financial considerations that may need to be met. I am fortunate to be debt free with a home that, when sold, will allow me to find a mountain retreat with plenty of water, trees, and the space and sunshine to grow a bountiful garden. Will I find everything I want? Probably not, but I am going to give it my best shot.
Let me close for now with some additional lyrics from “The Gambler”.
“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em. Know when to fold ’em.
Know when to walk away and know when to run.”
At the end of the day, we all do the best we can. Although we make mistakes along the way, being a resilient species allows us to recover and move on. Wish me luck as I embark upon this new adventure. And thank you for listening.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Have you ever wondered what preps I value the most? There are way too many to list so those I have listed below are a sampling of items I use all of the time and not simply tucked away for emergencies.
Note: As I was going around the house looking for things to add to this list, I had to stop. There are simply too many items so I will reserve the rest for another time.
UltraFire Mini Cree LED Flashlight: I personally keep flashlights in every single room of my house and you should too. At the time of this writing, these flashlights are $3.20 with free shipping. Or you can purchase 4 for $13.99. These favorites are super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, they use a single, standard AA sized battery.
Berkey Water Filter System: For in home use, nothing beats the Berkey. My own Royal Berkey represents a key component of my water preps. The Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.
NALGENE BPA-Free Water Bottle: These water bottles have served me well. I fill them up with water from my Royal Berkey and keep one bedside, one at my desk and another in the bathroom. Keep in mind that price-wise, some colors will be more expensive so if color does not matter, go with the cheapest (currently the green version).
RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports: This compact, three panel, solar charger will charge two devices at once, including tablets, smartphones, Kindles, and even AA/AAA battery chargers. Value priced at about $50. For more information, read: Gear Review: RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports.
First Aid Ammo Kit: Okay, this is an article and not one single item but I use my first aid kit at least once a week.
Panasonic eneloop AA New 2100 Cycle Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries: These days, I try to use eneloops as much as possible. They hold a charge forever – or so it seems – and work well in flashlights and small electronics. Note: I also use the Amazon Basics brand and will purchase those if the price is less. I have done a lot of reading and to the best of my knowledge, they are an eneloop twin, branded by Amazon.
Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket: I was interested in a re-usable emergency blanket so I purchased one of these based upon the excellent reviews. This space blanket is definitely “heavy duty” compared to the cheapies (not that they don’t have their place because they do).
Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box.
Amprobe BAT-250 Battery Tester: I do not know anyone that is sorry they purchased or gifted an inexpensive battery tester. Mine sits in my desk drawer and is used 3 or 4 times a week. This newer version is an upgrade from the BAT-200 and well worth the additional dollar in cost. I especially like the redesigned side cradle that holds batteries securely in place during testing – no more erratic battery readings from movement off contacts.
Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: ANOTHER FAVORITE! Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp. Many Backdoor Survival have emailed me indicating this is now their favorite knife too.
For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices. Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic. One of my favorite sale items this month is this Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine).
This is hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub.
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Which are the best oils for your survival kit? This article describes my top picks.
Gadgets The Prepper Might Forget! Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps” When we prep we think we have everything we need, well.. maybe not. In this episode we will be all about prepper oriented gadgets. Maybe you have forgotten a few? Here’s a chance to add them to your list, or maybe you are prepared! We shall see what all … Continue reading Gadgets The Prepper Might Forget!
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We are living in a vary exciting time, due to many factors, one large one being the internet, facebook and twitter the individual are competing with mass media. Mass media, due to its reduction in advertising revenue is in decline, not quite like a falling star, but faster than anyone could have envisaged five years ago. The Trump phenomena is still tied to big party Republicans politics, but the died in the wool Republicans hate him, as he is financially & morally independent of them all. They cannot control him and he has successfully used his ‘one liners’ to set up the main stream media to rail against him, knowing that his ‘one liners’ are irrefutable to the common man and woman, ‘the individuals’. We are the people who are fed up, with Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dummer politics, we will be the people who cause the revival of individual power. No longer are we going to be the meat in the sandwich with left wing buying votes for immigrants and right wing importing cheap labour, at the cost of higher GST to pay the ‘fly in’ welfare bill. Australia still needs a Nigel Farage UKIP, or a Trump to unify the middle ground, but as we go to the poll next Saturday we have for the first time lots of choices, Martin Turnbull (turncoat) who is very acceptable to all the major bankers like Goldman Sachs and Bill Shorten who is acceptable to left wing unions, both are smiling as they re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, just hours before it hits the iceberg. Both are glancing forwards to see the Independent imminent iceberg slowly but surely approaching. Look hard the smiles are only a façade to cover their fear.
Lots of readers, of this Bulletin have contacted me asking for advice on who to vote for, some have asked me to print a suggested ballot paper out, but they do not realise that this humble message goes to 10,000 shooters in ever State and electorate in Australia, even Tasmania, as there are so many variations it is impossible and would only confuse the issue.
So to simplify, just keep this loud and clear in your minds and please pass this on to all of your friends and families. All major parties, in all states are fully aware and concerned about the growing resentment against them by Australia’s middle ground, added to this is there concern that the 2 million licensed shooters in Australia which equated to 15 % of the voting public is a larger factor than the traditional middle ground swinging voters.
Twice this past year the Police Ministers from every State have met with the Commonwealth Justice Minister and they have adjourned the decision on a new altered NFA. The Commonwealth Government has refused FOI requests from Dr Samara McPhedran, (Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program,) submitted a FOI in March 2016 to access the documents mentioned in a News.com.au article that the government has been circulating since November 2015. The FOI request was denied by Stephen Bouwhuis, Assistant Secretary at the Attorney-General’s Department.
Mr Bouwhuis confirmed the document existed, however refused to disclose it. He said in a letter to McPhedran, “I do not consider that it would be in the public interest to disclose this document”.
“The information contained in the document was communicated to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department by or on behalf of state or territory governments on a confidential basis, for the purposes of discussions about the proposed agreement,” he said in the letter.
Many shooters have emailed in references to Section 44 of the Commonwealth Constitution and asked why we have Muslims in parliament who give their Allegiance and Adherence to a foreign power, the political orientation of Islam when section 44 states,
44. Any person who-
(i.) Is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power,
How can they honestly take the Oath of Allegiance?
I, A.B., do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her heirs and successors according to law. SO HELP ME GOD!
“That the said Lords Spirituall and Temporall and Commons being the two Houses of Parlyament should continue to sitt and with their Majesties Royall Concurrence make effectuall Provision for the Setlement of the Religion Lawes and Liberties of this Kingdome soe that the same for the future might not be in danger againe of being subverted. That noe Forreigne Prince Person Prelate, State or Potentate hath or ought to have any Jurisdiction Power Superiority Preeminence or Authoritie Ecclesiasticall or Spirituall within this Realme Soe helpe me God.”
By causing severall good Subjects being Protestants to be disarmed at the same time when Papists were both Armed and Imployed contrary to Law.”
45. If a senator or member of the House of Representatives-
On Facebook every time we have a published massacre, ( I say that as there are many massacres that occur every day, forty or fifty dead in a third world country, but if they are not in a Gay Brothel, or a Gun Free zone we never hear about them) we are inundated by anti gunners full of Hoplophobia zeal. I have over the last forty years had to deal with them personally or in letters to the editor and I have found that best way is to ask them nicely to answer a few questions and then your will answer theirs. I have put the questions on this site so you can easily cut and paste them into a facebook post.
Interesting article on the Strategic National Stockpile. I wonder if they have one of these somewhere for ammo. (“Yes! And its called ‘my basement’!”)
When Greg Burel tells people he’s in charge of some secret government warehouses, he often gets asked if they’re like the one at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the Ark of the Covenant gets packed away in a crate and hidden forever.
Thousands of lives might someday depend on this stockpile, which holds all kinds of medical supplies that the officials would need in the wake of a terrorist attack with a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon.
The location of these warehouses is secret. How many there are is secret. (Although a former government official recently said at a public meeting that there are six.) And exactly what’s in them is secret.
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10 Unconventional Uses for Honey Ah, Honey… food for kings. I love honey and so have every nation, every era and every man and woman on earth since time began! Honey is mostly used to put on things like toast or cereal but did you know that Honey goes much deeper than a yummy taste. …
While not exactly edible, stocking up on these ten items will make everyday life more comfortable, whatever your emergency.
Picture this. You’ve been in your bunker for three weeks. Sponge baths are a rare treat. Then you remember your stash of Secret anti-perspirant. Ahhhh….. instant morale booster, especially if shared.
Periods don’t stop for something trivial like a nuclear war. A six month’s stash of tampons, especially o.b., won’t take up much room, and will greatly improve your quality of life. However, a much better option, by far, is a menstrual cup, such as the Diva Cup that I review here.
Small items for entertainment
Choose multi-use toys and games. Playing cards or Play-Dough, for example. Yard sales, dollar stores, and thrift shops are all very good places to buy these. They’ll keep kids busy during stressful times and will provide diversions for the adults in the group.
In a pinch it can be used for shampoo and even laundry. Buy a variety of soaps, including some that do not have a lot of extra dye or perfume added. You should also stock up on classic laundry soaps, such as Zote or Fels-Naptha. These are terrific as stain removers and as an ingredient for homemade laundry detergent.
Zip-Loc bags of all sizes
These can’t be beat for everything from a tooth for the Tooth Fairy to containing nuclear waste, aka dirty diapers.
Rope for a clothesline and clothes pins. Air-dried laundry smells and feels so clean and crisp. It may become your preferred method of drying, even after the electricity comes on, and of course there’s the added benefit of being oh-so-Green!
A pack of never-before-opened underwear for each family member
This is something that most folks will overlook in their zeal to stock up on freeze-dried food and ammo, but sooner or later, the kids are going to outgrow theirs and mom and dad will appreciate having a nice, fresh set. Ditto for bras.
Battery-powered CD player & CDs
There’s just something about beautiful music for defusing tension and calming nerves. I put this in the category of “Sanity” when it comes to packing emergency kits and making survival preps at home.
Seriously. Do you really want to be 100% conscious wrapped up in your silver emergency blanket, huddled in the back seat of your mini-van for hours?
While it’s true you can’t stock up on enough toilet paper to last indefinitely, but you can stock up on a year’s worth. I’ve done it. Use coupons and store sales to bring the price down. Keep track of how many rolls your household uses in a month, multiply by 12, and you’ll know about how many rolls you’ll need. Some have argued in favor of using cloth wipes in lieu of TP, and this isn’t a bad idea in general, but it will require the ability to bring a few gallons of water to a boil at least 2-3 times per week, and then dispose of the resulting “black water” in an area that won’t contaminate ground water or growing, food-bearing plants.
Preparing for natural disasters, nuclear war, complete societal breakdown, doesn’t mean we have to lose our sense of humor. In fact, your sense of humor should be #1 on this list! Don’t ever hunker down in your bunker without it!
This article was originally posted in June, 2009 and has been updated.
Well done review on an excellent piece of kit, by a guy who knows his business. _________________________________________________________________ Suunto M3 Compass – A Review June 27, 2016 Having recently graduated the Army Mountain Warfare School’s Basic Mountaineering course I was introduced to a newer, and, in my opinion, more effective type of compass. Being fairly proficient at […]
While we all know that the majority of the politicians in California are painfully liberal and terrified of guns and, well, you know, freedom, Senator Isadore Hall really raised (or … Read the rest
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Laundry To Landscape Grey-water Hack I think this is a perfect project for many of us that want to save money and recycle laundry water 🙂 We all waste water. Well, with this hack you can use the water from your laundry to water your garden 🙂 Save gallons upon gallons of water. The hose …
Survival is the name of the game. What do college tuition increases, soccer games, institutionalized oppression, death caused by police, editorial cartoons, and a movie star’s death have in common? They’ve all ignited riots in the past few years. It’s no secret that angry mobs can be as dangerous and unpredictable as just about any …
Throwing Sticks for Wilderness Survival 101 Throwing sticks have been used for thousands of years and are still used today in some cultures. Wilderness survival skills are techniques a person may use in a dangerous situation to save themselves or others. These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life: water, food, thermoregulation, …
Spice Up Your Health: Why You Need To Be Using These Spices Every Day As a prepper myself, I always try to stockpile multi-use preps. For example, I stockpile aluminum foil because it has way more uses than to cook in. Check out the article on this here. The same can be said for spices. …
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How Much Rainwater Can You/Should You Store To determine the amount of storage that is appropriate for you, you need to know how much rainwater you can collect from your roof or other areas and the amount of water you will need. When calculating how much water you are going to need, you will want to …
Right here. Glock 17. When you do the equation factoring concealability, reliability, durability, availability, commonality, weight, accuracy, ammo capacity, ergonomics and simplicity no other fighting gun comes close. You dont agree? Tell me why and I’ll explain why you are wrong.
The Glock 17 is today what back in the day was a 1911 or maybe more popular world wide the Browning Hi-Power. Anywhere you go, you are likely to find a few rounds of 9mm and a Glock to fire them.
For all survivalists and preppers, this is the gun to own and master. Maybe you like its smaller brother the Glock 19 or maybe you like a different caliber, I understand that too. But with a Glock 9mm you will always be well armed, you will always find some rounds to feed your gun given 9mm’s popularity and you’ll always find parts and magazines if you ever need them.
The only thing I recommend changing is the sights. Get good metal nightsights like these.
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”.
It’s common in my navigation classes to be asked – what is better, a standalone GPS
receiver (such as a Garmin 64) or smartphone navigation apps?
Philip Werner’s blog has a fine post that takes a look at what hikers are using on the trail for backcountry navigation. His post offers a survey of what is most common in the hiking community.
I was gratified to see that a large majority use a traditional paper map and compass.
Smartphone navigation App use is large and from my perspective getting larger.
Thoughtfully, Mr. Werner provides a nice listing of popular smartphone navigation app.
Personally, I’ll stick with my waterproof and reliable Garmin 64s.
Considerations When Buying a GPS –
This bag is made in the USA in Selma, North Carolina, and it is Berry Amendment compliant under USC, Title 10, and Section 2533a. What is the Berry Amendment and what does it have to do with a range bag anyway.
The Berry Amendment is a statutory requirement that restricts the Department of Defense (DoD) from using funds appropriated or otherwise available to DoD for procurement of food, clothing, fabrics, fibers, yarns, other made-up textiles, and hand or measuring tools that are not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States.
The Berry Amendment has been critical to maintaining the safety and security of our armed forces, by requiring covered items to be produced in the United States. With respect to textiles and clothing, the Berry Amendment has been critical to the viability of the textile and clothing production base in the United States (Trade.Gov, 2016).
This means that the Lynx Defense Range Bag is made from the highest quality materials available and that all phases of manufacturing and assembly comply with Department of Defense standards even though this bag is marketed for civilian use.
- The Bag Is 12 Inches Tall, 16 Inches Long And 9 Inches Wide
- Two Inserts Are Included With The Option To Purchase More, Which Can Then Be Added
- Inserts Fit Most Guns (Feature Gun And Magazine Holders)
- Fits A Maximum Of Four Gun/Magazine Combination Inserts
- Includes A Detachable Rollout Gun Mat
- Durable 500D Cordura Fabric
- Removable Hard Bottom For Increased Durability
(Cordura is a durable proven fabric for the needs of the shooting sports, military, and tactical industries. We source every single thread, zipper, piece of Velcro, and fabric from US companies making their products in the USA.)
I found out years ago that using a gym bag or a duffle bag made for clothes just doesn’t make the cut, when it comes to carrying firearms and assorted relevant gear around. Ammo gets lost in gym bags, and my shooting glasses always seemed to get bent out of shape and everything bangs around inside the bag, which always made me cringe, because what is getting chipped or nicked I always wondered.
If you are like me, you want to configure things to suit yourself, and this bag makes it easy to do, so play around with it when you get it home. The bag employs hook-and-loop attachments, so they can be removed and placed in different positions so you can adjust to suit your needs, and you can purchase and add additional ones as well.
With the Lynx Defense Range Bag, everything has its place and it stays in its place, so if you are heading out for a hunting trip and are traversing rough terrain rest assured your firearms, magazines and Ammo are secured in place.
While not as big as some range bags you can buy this one has plenty of room above and beyond what is needed for your handguns and magazines. You can carry firearm tools, eye and ear protection, there is a pocket for paper targets, and plenty of room for extra Ammo along with your cleaning kit and other assorted sundry items.
I love the range mat because it protects your handguns and gives you a good work surface to clean and work on your firearms. The material cleans up easy as well, so you can keep it looking new no matter how much you use it.
Some firing ranges have concrete tables/benches that can mar the finish on your handgun quickly, so you do need a mat for laying out your firearms, and having one built in ensures you always have one, and of course lay the mat out at home for firearm maintenance, as well.
You can remove the rollout mat for extra storage if you so choose. This bag gives you options and allows you to adapt it to suit your personal preferences.
The removable hardened bottom may not sound like a selling point for some people, but it is, and you will appreciate it once you reach inside the bag. The bottom holds the bag in such a way that you don’t have to constantly push the sides away to find something, which is characteristic with many range bags. Moreover, you can remove it as I said, which makes cleaning the bag much easier and the material does clean up easy by the way, which is typical of high-quality material. The hard bottom also protects the contents if you happen to drop the bag or set it down harder than you expected.
Even though the bag is high quality, it is nondescript in the sense that when carrying it in public it doesn’t advertise it is a range bag full of firearms. The bag has an adjustable shoulder strap if you choose to use it. You can learn more about Lynx Defense and all there products at LynxDefense.com
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European Elites are using the BREXIT vote in the UK to push for the creation of a European SUPERSTATE — EU countries to be dissolved, losing their rights to have an army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels. […]
First let me put in the disclaimer, I believe bird hunting with a fishing line and hooks is probably illegal in all 50 states. The only conditions under which I would ever recommend that you do this would be if you are in a life and death situation.
But if the situation is desperate, here is a way to catch ducks, geese, swans, seagulls and many other birds. If you are hunting ducks first determine what kind you have. Diving ducks and sea ducks dive deep underwater to get food. Dabbling ducks feed on land or on the surface of the water. First of all, watch the ducks and see if they are diving ducks or dabbling ducks.
Most common waterfowl feed on a diet of grasses, aquatic plants, small fish, insects, worms, small amphibians (frogs and toads) and small mollusks. Dabbling ducks or waterfowl that feed on land or the surface of the water are the easiest to catch. All you need is a good fishing, strong line (10 Lbs test) and a small treble hook. A treble hook works the best, but others will do. Bait the hook (bread works well) cast out near the ducks and wait. When the duck bits give him time to swallow the hook and pull him in.
This can also work with seagulls and other shorebirds; if they are used to being fed, you can often just cast the line into the air. I have had both seagulls and pelicans grab my bait when fishing.
Using corn, bread or bugs, you can catch many different types of birds including doves, pheasant and quail. This technique will sometimes even work for getting a squirrel or two. You want to have a large cloth or something to wrap the birds in when you drag them to you. This makes them easier to control until you can dispatch them.
Whenever I mention eating seagulls, someone always says I heard they taste horrible. Now to be truthful I have never eaten a seagull. However many cultures in different parts of the world have consumed them during periods of need. Some have even learned to cook them into what became popular dishes. My only advice about cooking birds would be if the birds are meat eaters or scavengers, cook them well.
Again I repeat this type of bird hunting is only something you should ever consider doing if your life depends on it.
For many people, self-defense after a disaster is a frightening topic. It’s much more fun to think about food, water, survival gadgets, and so forth. But the reality is that your chance of being attacked, robbed, or worse after the SHTF will be significantly higher than it was before. People will be desperate, so you […]
Cold Steel Broken Skull First Impression The Cold Steel Broken Skull is a relatively new folding knife. It was designed with input from wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Mr. Austin is a life long outdoors man and ranch owner. Like it’s designed the broken Skull is big, brash, and tough as nails. I haven’t […]
It’s not exactly a holiday, but every so often you need to crank up the Honda EU2000. There are probably a few things that need to be drilled into everyone’s head at an early age…and one of those things should be ‘take care of your gear’. I’d bet money that almost no one here checks the air pressure in their spare tire on a regular basis.
The EU2000 has been, for my needs, an awesome product. Relatively quiet, it sips gas, is man-portable, and at around $1k isn’t going to break the bank too badly. Last summer when we had our hellaciously bad windstorm I was able to sit here with computer, internet, cable TV, cold beverages, and operational security cameras….all thanks to the little Honda and some foresight.
Speaking of foresight. The generator by itself isn’t enough. Accessories include, but are not limited to:
- Lock and cable
- Heavy-duty, contractor grade extension cords.
- Fuel funnel
- Extra filters
- Fire extinguisher for refueling process
- Dedicated supply of stored gas
- Printed copy of startup/shutdown instructions fixed to generator
- Hardigg case to hold everything
- Flashlight/area light for initial setup
- And a few other minor things
Everything fits in a happy little Hardigg case to keep stuff clean, dry, and protected. I use Evernote to keep track of preparedness-related stuff, so I’ll make an entry tagged ‘generator’ and set an alarm to remind me to do this again in another month.
Big or Small? Your Prepper Abode
The prepper community is diverse, with each individual and family bringing a particular skill set to their preparations. Some are better hunters and foragers, while others are master seed savers with a seed library carefully stored alongside other survival tools. Similarly, some preppers have strategized around protecting a large land area and others for surviving in an urban jungle in their own adobe.
It should come as no surprise, then, that with such varied skills and plans, there is no single ideal prepper home. Rather, choosing the right place to live is largely tied to putting those skills to work. That’s why it’s important to keep your talents in mind when deciding between a large and small home.
The Large Home Advantage
Many preppers prefer to live in large homes, or at least on large properties. That’s because it’s easier to stockpile food in a larger home, and with more land you can plant a large vegetable garden and even raise small livestock to keep your family fed. Those with a strong handle on at-home engineering can also develop small alternative power systems using wind or water on large land plots, which is generally not possible when you live in a smaller home or in a city.
Another advantage to having a larger homestead is that you’re more likely to be close to other natural resources. Buying a home near vineyards and orchards, for example, can ensure that you have a backup food supply when disaster strikes – you’ll be able to forage, and wild animals are more likely to flock to the area for food.
The Middle Ground
Suburban areas may be among the hardest for prep, as they have a relatively high population density without the same level of infrastructure as a major city. This can be threatening for preppers because if your neighbors know you have valuable supplies on your property, a suburban home is among the hardest to protect. Living in the suburbs can leave you feeling vulnerable.
There is great wisdom, however, to the prepper motto, “Bloom where you’re planted.” Knowing how to survive where you live and honing your skills to the scale and nature of your life is a smart approach to the prepper lifestyle. Rather than committing your energy to planning an elaborate bug out or considering a radical move to the country, why not master the skills you need to survive here and now?
You never know when disaster will strike, so you and your family are vulnerable if you continue to regard the suburbs as just a stop over on the way to a real prepper homestead, small or large, rural or urban.
Tiny Home Tactics
Prepping in a trendy tiny home is a lot like prepping in a small urban apartment. That’s why tiny home dwellers or those considering scaling down can take their cues from experienced urban preppers, making the most of minimal space. But unlike apartment dwellers, many tiny homes are also portable. If things are going badly where you are, picking up and leaving for a more suitable environment is often an option.
The other key to prepping in a tiny home is making use of spaces others might easily waste. Have you built your drawers extra deep and stockpiled rations on top of the cabinets, as well as in them? Filling those small gaps can mean the difference between having enough food and going hungry.
Small crevices are also great for storing solar blankets, tarps, and even for securing valuables where only you’d think to find them. It’s also relatively easy to protect a tiny home, even if you have little defensive skills, compared to a suburban home or large property with many points of approach.
Ultimately, there is no perfect place to prep – but prepping is about making the most of a bad situation. That’s why it’s important to always consider how to protect yourself and your possessions where you are now, rather than focusing on where you want to go next.
Planning for the dream homestead is all well and good, but only if you’re equipped to survive the road there.
Figuring out the basic tools and machines that can get you productive in a time of crisis or in everyday life is more important than you think.
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By: Tom Chatham With the economic conditions becoming ever worse around the world every day it is becoming harder for the average person to build or buy large homes that make their owners feel successful. In recent decades it has become the norm to keep up with the neighbors in consumer spending. Nobody wants to […]
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A critical-thinking brain. The ability to think, to analyze, and to make good decisions. Without knowing what to do, or what you should do in an emergency, a disaster, or a SHTF situation, tangible preps aren’t quite as important as your noggin. And I’m not just talking about the simple stuff. Here’s what I mean… […]
While camouflaging yourself when bugging out may seem a little bit extreme for some people, under certain conditions disguising yourself to make your detection more difficult may actually save your life. In order for camouflage to work you first have to understand what camouflage is supposed to disguise. Before you start researching about camouflage techniques, … Read more…
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I love military gear. Some people hate it for various reasons, but to me this gear has proven itself on the battlefield. It’s constantly evolving and being updated as technology changes, but it’s always being put to the test. Another good reason is that you can usually get it relatively cheap after it’s been used at Army/Nave stores or other discount stores.
Today we’re going to talk about sleeping bags. There are thousands of sleeping bags on the market and it can be a tough decision to try and figure out which one you should use if you have to bug-out. Sleeping bags tend to be expensive as well and who wants to spend $300 on a new sleeping bag that’s going to live in a bug-out bag and see the light of day once a year when you go in to check the gear? Leaving a newer sleeping bag compressed will eventually cause it to lose it’s loft ending the usefulness of the bag.
There are a couple of types of military sleeping bags I’d like to compare and contrast today.
First, let’s go back to the ’80s when I was in the Marine Corps as a fresh faced youth. The bags we used back then were much heavier than the ones used today. I usually rolled mine up and tied it to the outside of my ALICE pack and carried it around that way if we were going to be marching. I spent a lot of time in artillery, so luckily we could just throw our bags on the back of the 5 ton trucks when we were moving around.
The standard bag back then was the Bag, Sleeping, Intermediate Cold Weather (ICW) and its Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) cousin. I spent hundreds of nights in both of these bags and never got cold. The ICW bag weighed about 7 1/2 pounds and surprisingly, so did the Extreme Cold Weather; however, the ECW bag also came with a liner for really cold temps and that added some to the weight. I slept many nights at -40 degrees Fahrenheit and never felt unduly cold in the ECW bag. Most of my nights in the ICW bag never really fell below freezing and I never felt cold in it either.
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These are mummy type bags with drawstrings that you can use to pull the hood of the sleeping bag tight around your head in cold weather. One of the things they told us to avoid was sleeping with your head down inside the bag. This puts a lot of moisture inside, which can cause you to get cold. However, I did this many times without getting cold, so I leave it up to you try it for yourself. When the temperature is below zero your natural tendency is curl into a ball and try and get your head as far from the biting cold as you can. Some people wore a balaclava and others, like me, wore the wool watch cap to bed. They also advise sleeping with the parka mits over your feet to help keep them warm. Although I never did this it makes sense if your feet get cold.
One night I was camping with my dad just off a frozen lake here in Maine. The wind was howling and the ambient air temp stood at -20. He couldn’t believe it when I stripped down to my undershorts, t-shirt, and wool socks and climbed into my ECW bag. I was shocked to see that he had brought a kids Charley Brown – type sleeping bag and froze his ass off all night. I gave him my field jacket and some other stuff, but I could still hear his teeth chattering all night long. It didn’t take him long to get himself a good warm bag after that night!
The New Gear
Now let’s talk about the more modern military gear. The new Modular Sleep System (MSS) bags are made by Tennier Industries and come in four or five parts depending on the model you get and is rated between 50 and -50 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s a lightweight patrol bag rated for between 30 and 50 degrees. The Intermediate bag is rated for 30 degrees to -10. There’s a compression bag you can get that’s a good modern day addition that will compress the MSS down to one cubic foot. The one piece I really like is the bivy, which is basically a personal tent. It’s water resistant and has a cover over the face I found useful in cold weather.
Like I mentioned earlier, you can separate these bags and use them independently or together. I slept in the lightweight patrol bag in 40 degree weather and found I was a little cold though it’s rated between 30 and 50 degrees. I’ve slept in the intermediate bag in 30 degree weather and was reasonably warm in it, but I wouldn’t want to try it in -10 degree weather by itself.
Also Read: SHTF Sleep Deprivation
If you combine all three components and you’re sleeping in your polypro underwear they say it’s good to about -50. The coldest I’ve slept in the combined sleep system was around -10 and I was comfortable, although I wouldn’t want to attempt -50 in one of them.
One thing I had to learn was how to ventilate properly. When I first got in the bag I zipped up all three components and was too warm. So I unzipped the inside sleeping bag down to my belly button and cooled off until I was comfortable. As it got colder I zipped the inner bag up a couple of inches at a time until I was in full mummy mode with the bivy closed and covering my face. I liked this feature as it meant I could breathe outside the main bags without getting moisture down inside them.
Also Read: Mil Surplus Sleeping Bag Review
Over all this bag is much closer to the civilian bags on the market today. They are far lighter than the older bags and more versatile; however, they are a little more expensive. They also compress down nicely and can fit in your pack a little better, although I found that most quality civilian bags rated for the same temps will compress more and be a little lighter.
As mentioned earlier I like the bivy. One thing I’ve done is take the bivy from one of my Tennier sleeping bags and put it in my Get Home Bag (GHB.) By itself it doesn’t offer much in the way of insulation for warmth, but during the non-winter months it would be ideal for get home purposes. Open it up, climb inside with your clothes on, and you basically have your own personal tent. Put it on top of some pine or fir boughs, or a pile of leaves, and you’d even be comfortable while you grabbed a couple hours of tactical shut-eye.
When to Use These Sleeping Bags
So when is the best time to use these bags? The older bags would be good:
– When you’re on a budget
– When you don’t expect to be carrying your bag anywhere
– When you want to be sure you’ll be very warm
– If you are dragging it on a sled
The newer sleep systems would be good:
– When you expect to be hiking and need a lighter bag
– If you have a little more money to throw at them
– When compression is important to you (pack space)
– When you need a bag you can split up for different purposes and climates
Overall they are all pretty good sleeping bags. I bought a pile of the newer ones at once and still have a few kicking around. There’s a link on their site for a Retail Outlet and you can pick up individual gear there as opposed to bidding at Government Liquidation. One thing you might try though: if you have a few like-minded friends looking for pretty good sleeping bags or other military gear pool your funds and bid on a lot of sleeping bags. Split the shipping costs and you might be able to pick up twelve to twenty sleeping bags for a few hundred bucks like I did. I sold some of them, but kept four or five for family and friends and have loaned them out to friends several times when we went camping and our friends didn’t have any gear during a bug-out. You might also need to loan to family during a bug-out. Ya never know, folks.
If you have questions about bidding at Government Liquidation let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them. I spent a good deal of time on this site a couple of years ago and got a pretty good feel for it.
Questions? Comments? Sound off below!
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If you are like most Americans, you may be a little confused by all the media coverage of “Brexit”, and what, if anything, it has to do with us. In case, you’re not quite sure what that is, let me put it in simple terms… Brexit stands for the British exit from the European Union, and this move comes with lots of implications, both from a current worldview and from a Biblical perspective. Follow my train of thought …
You may remember that, in the past, I have referred to a cosmic chess match between God and satan. If you can, I want you to picture it like this: On one side is the Most High God and His army of angels, led by the archangel Michael, “the great Prince”. On the other side is Lucifer, or the devil, and his army of rulers, powers, and spiritual forces of wickedness. And they battle in the spiritual realm, resulting in consequences in this earthly realm.
Focusing in on this cosmic chess match a little closer, and we see two armies, if you will; one led by Michael, identified as an angel (messenger), and whose name means “who is like God”. I contend that there is a good argument that the title “Michael the archangel” can be translated as “The greatest messenger who is God”, or Jesus. The other army is led by an angel once known as Lucifer, the anointed cherub who was the guardian of God’s throne. But pride, which caused him to seek to overthrow God, resulted in him being cast away from God and out of Heaven, where he is still seeking to dethrone God by working from the spiritual realm through men on earth.
So what does this have to do with Brexit, and why should we, as Christians, find any meaning in it? The most recognizable Scripture that embodies the premise of this cosmic chess match is found in Genesis 11, and the story of the Tower of Babel. You will remember that at the beginning of this story, the Bible tells us that “the whole earth spoke one language and used the same words”. According to the story, a united humanity of all the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar. There, in their arrogance and self-glorification, they agreed to build a city and a tower “tall enough to reach heaven”; seeing this, God confounded their speech so that they could no longer understand each other and scattered them around the world.
In Hebrew and Christian tradition, Nimrod is considered the leader of those who built the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar, though the Bible never actually states this. But Nimrod’s kingdom included the city of Babel in Shinar, and it was likely under his direction that the building of Babel and its tower began. But remember the part of Scripture that relates that Nimrod “began to be mighty in the earth”? It is my belief that after God cleansed the earth with the Flood (a bold move on the cosmic chess board), satan began to plot his strategy. The name Nimrod, in Hebrew, means “rebel”, and I think satan revived his own spirit of rebellion in Nimrod, and used him to build a tower from which satanically influenced men could assault heaven itself. God’s next move was to scatter the people into separate nations, speaking different languages, so they could not form a unified coalition again.
Throughout history, satan has attempted to infiltrate this earthly realm and influence, or revive his rebellious spirit, in men who would further his cause to defy God. Every time satan used an Antiochus Epiphanes or a Hitler to spread his evil on the earth and separate men from God’s will to reconcile with them, God would counter his move and put an end to the wickedness.
And now, through the spiritual eyes of men much smarter than me, I am beginning to see another set of moves on the cosmic chess board. On his website, shoebat.com, Walid Shoebat contends that the European Union was a move by satan to, once again, build a coalition to establish his earthly authority, from which he could institute a global (or one-world) government to control the earth and destroy God’s people. If he can’t have Heaven, then he’ll take the earth for his throne.
By moving towards a common currency and governing body for all of Europe, satan saw his chance to thwart God’s long-ago move to scatter the people at the Tower of Babel and create independent nations. With an encroaching one-world government and global currency system, it would set up satan’s future plan that no one can buy or sell without complying with his currency system, the mark of the beast. And his move was a good one! The nations of Europe were subject to the governing rules of the EU, and were losing their autonomy and ability to self-rule. And perhaps satan’s greatest evil intentions came through the forced acceptance of Muslim refugees among the EU countries, and the influx of jihadist ideology.
But does the exit of Britain signal God’s next chess move? Could He be setting the stage for a break-up of the European Union, and the re-establishment of His independent and sovereign nations that He began at the Tower of Babel? Certainly, Britain’s exit has stirred similar thoughts among the governments of Scotland, France, and Spain.
Walid Shoebat, in his article, takes it a step further, stating: We are beginning to see the signs of a future split in Europe, even states within states, separating between sheep and goat nations where France, parts of Italy, Spain and Portugal will be destined as sheep nations, while Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and the Baltic states or major parts of these will remain liberal and anti-God; to be destined as goat nations. Austria could go sheep or goat, we do not know.
Interesting concept, isn’t it? Please take the time to read his entire article, it is fascinating and not without Scriptural support. Is it accurate? Only God knows. But I am certain that Brexit is an indication of a major shift in the cosmic war in the spiritual realm. In the coming days, you will hear the media discuss the worldly implications — effects on the world economy, global trade, immigration, etc. — but I am more interested in the spiritual ramifications. How will it affect the spiritual foundations of the nations, and on whose side will they align themselves? Will there be a renewed interest in seeking God, or will secularism and jihadism continue their march across the globe?
A case can be made for Shoebat’s assertion that Brexit is the beginning of a move by God. Consider his statement: “If a one world government is to take place or a European Union is to control the entire continent, how then will God “divide the nations”? How then will “nation war against nation, kingdom against kingdom” and how will God “divide the nations” “sheep from goats”? Whether this is just an isolated set of circumstances, or we see the entire dismantlement of the EU,and nations sliding toward the end-times prophecies remains to be seen. But of this, I am certain: the cosmic chess match will continue; with God countering every move that satan makes until His complete plan for His reconciliation with man is accomplished. Then it will be checkmate with the return of Jesus! For now, all I need to know is that there is a battle plan in the spiritual realm to rule the earth, and I know which side I’m on.
1 John 3:8 “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
There are 3 types of nutrients that your body can convert to energy: carbs, fats, and protein.
Carbs are the primary source for most of us but the problem is that they burn up quickly, leaving us hungry and run-down an hour or so after we eat them. Good fats and proteins, on the other hand, burn slowly so they provide level, sustained energy.
Obviously, there are situations that call for each type, but the big thing with carbs is that you need to choose the RIGHT ones, which is a topic for another day. Today, we’re going to talk about good sources of low-carb foods (aka, high protein/fat foods).
Just as with carbs, there are good and not-so-good sources of proteins and fats. The debate about this is hot, especially when it comes to saturated fats such animal fats.
Your body is hardwired to use carbs as the first source of energy because they’re quick and easy to break down. When it doesn’t have carbs (or during prolonged exercise), it turns to fat, and then protein. You don’t want to push yourself to the point that your body is using protein as a fuel source exclusively, because it’s literally eating your muscle away.
Instead, use protein to build and repair muscles, and use fat as your energy source. Your body needs glucose (sugar) for proper brain function, but it doesn’t need it in large quantities or from junk sources. Fruits and veggies provide the carbs your body needs.
We’ve all heard how eating too much red meat or eggs raises cholesterol and increases your risk of heart disease, but now there are studies that suggest that meat wasn’t necessarily the culprit – it was other foods that were eaten in conjunction with the meat.
No matter what you think about meat, you probably agree that there are far worse foods in the junk-carb category than steak and eggs. Anyway, now studies are showing that many of these proteins are good for you.
Since it takes your body longer to break down protein and fat, you won’t get that pop of energy that you get from carbs, but your energy levels will remain steady for much longer and you won’t suffer from the crash that you get from carbs. There are many great sources of low-carb foods to stockpile for survival.
(Fairly) Lean Meat and Poultry
Meats such as lean beef, venison, lamb, bison, rabbit, goat, and lean pork cuts provide are amazing sources of protein and vitamin B12, and generally have zero carbs. Sufficient amounts of this vitamin are found almost exclusively in fish and animal-sourced foods.
Vitamin B12 is critical to human health. It plays a role in the health of every single cell, including brain cells, in your body. Deficiencies are linked to Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, impaired brain function, mental disorders an even a decreased brain size.
Vitamin D3 is another vitamin that’s exclusive to animals. D2 is found in plants but isn’t as bioavailable as D3 is. Your brain needs this for proper function and it also plays a role in nutrient absorption. Typically you get all the D you need from the sun, but if you’re forced to hunker down, it may become an issue.
Add that to the energy that you get from the meat and it’s a no-brainer that these are necessary for your food stockpile. You can pressure can your meat, dehydrate it, or buy it in bulk freeze-dried containers. You can also farm your own or hunt for it so that you have fresh meat.
Fish is great for you. Even when red meat was the scourge of society, fish was still on the happy face list. It’s also basically carb-free and easy to source as long as you live near a water source and the water isn’t tainted.
All fish are good sources of protein but fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines provide Omega 3 fatty acids that are essential for numerous bodily functions, including brain function.
Be careful eating fish that are higher on the food chain, though, because they also likely have high amounts of mercury, which can poison you in high amounts. Shoot for wild-caught fish instead of farmed fish to help with this. Wild-caught fish also have a better Omega 3/Omega 6 ratio, which is also another article altogether.
You can pressure can fish (or buy it canned for fairly cheap), smoke it, catch it fresh, or buy it freeze-dried. It doesn’t last well when dehydrated because of the fat content. It’s probably easier to just buy the cans of tuna and salmon.
Eggs and Milk
Eggs are another excellent, low-carb (zero) source of protein, Vitamins D and B12, phosphorus and riboflavin. and they’re extremely versatile. Eggs are also a source of Omega 3s and the amino acid lutein, which your body needs to build muscle.
The best thing about them when it comes to prepping is that it’s available in three extremely user-friendly forms. You can either reach under your own hen and get a fresh one, or you can buy it powdered or freeze-dried.
Yeah, I know the counter-argument to this already – humans are the only mammals that drink milk post-weaning. Blah. I’m a farm girl – give me fresh cream in my coffee and a huge scoop of cottage cheese on my tomatoes any day, and for heaven’s sake don’t mention this argument to my dad unless you want to set him off on a 3-hour tangent.
High-fat dairy, just like anything else, is only bad for you if it’s ALL you eat. It’s low-carb and has some excellent nutritional benefits, including being a great source calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.
It also has amino acids in it that your body needs to synthesize muscle, and cultured dairy such as yogurt (unsweetened!) has probiotics that help keep your gut healthy. Omega 3s are also in there, though not in nearly the quantity that you’ll find in fish or nuts.
If you’ve looked into making cheese, you’ve probably noticed that many of them require rennet, which isn’t exactly something that most people keep on hand. There are, however, several cheeses that don’t require it, including mozzarella, cottage cheese, cheddar, and cream cheese. In fact, you can make these cheeses right at home in very little time.
The best part is that if you keep cows or goats, you can have a steady supply of milk. If not, you can buy it powdered or freeze-dried, or use the other methods in the article that I linked you to.
I’m not even going to touch on the health benefits of vegetables; otherwise we’d be here all night. Instead, I’m going to tell you which ones are the lowest in carbs and highest in nutrients.
Before I do that, though, I need to explain how the carbs in veggies and fruits affect your body differently than those from wheat or sugar. Vegetables and fruits are typically extremely high in fiber, which means that your body has to work hard to digest it. Because of this, the sugar is released slowly instead of all once.
A good rule of thumb is that if a veggie is green, it’s low-carb. Other veggies, such as yellow peppers, cabbage, and cauliflower are also good. Even if a veggie is higher in carbs, such as carrots and tomatoes, see above.
Root veggies and tubers such as potatoes and rutabaga are high in carbs, so if you’re shooting specifically for a low-carb diet, skip them.
I’ve written an article about the best way to stockpile veggies here.
Fruits are iffy when it comes to inclusion on a low-carb list. The general rule here is that the higher in fiber and the less sweet a fruit is, the lower it is in carbohydrates. Fruits are like veggies, though. The more fiber they have, the slower the body extract the sugar, so you don’t get the carb pop and crash.
Good fruits include apples, pears, berries, and citrus fruits.
Again, preserving fruits is fairly simple. You can water-bath can them, pressure can them, freeze dry them, or dehydrate them, but if you’re shooting for low-carb, don’t add sugar to them. They are another healthy foods to stockpile for winter.
Preparing fruits and vegetables, and even meat for that matter, all involve a similar process that just about anybody can learn to do.
Nuts and Seeds
These are great because they’re easy to pack and take with you if you need to bug out or even if you’re just going on a short hunting or camping trip. Many nuts, including walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds are rich in omega 3s too, so win-win!
Fats and Oils
Having a good supply of fairly healthy fats is necessary for a variety of reasons. They’re rich in omega 3s and they’re a necessary ingredients (well OK, you CAN substitute apple sauce in some baking recipes, but not for the good stuff like biscuits.
You can also can fats and seeds are simple to store. These definitely need to go on your list.
This article has ben written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.
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Since the Bronze Age belts have been worn by all ages and all genders. A belt round the waist is a fashion statement (1), holds utility essentials (2), and is safety equipment in all manner of work-related and recreational applications (3). And it is those very same three aspects of a special purpose belt that make it an essential component of anyone who considers himself prepared. The Escape and Evasion Belt addresses the three components through style, function and strength.
“Only in death will I relinquish my belts.” – Manny Pacquiao
As well as being a stiff leather gun belt, the E&E has three inside zippered pouches that will easily hold a few simple tools and some cash. The nickel-plated brass buckle is first class and won’t raise a single eyebrow unlike tactical belts of any flavor. But the buckle’s heft will certainly make a good weapon, and make short order of car windows and most other non-bulletproof glass when at the flying end of a yard-long lever arm.
More Than Skin Deep
The main body of the belt is pure English harness leather which is one of the few best choice for a belt there is. The 1.5 inch thick cowhide looks as good as it feels. To avoid the effects water and sweat, the leather crafters in the mountains of Utah used polyester thread instead of cotton. And to take the picturesque illusion of a magical belt further, the edges of the belt are burnished with 100% pure beeswax from Heaven. Ok, maybe not Heaven, but a small farm in Colorado. Almost the same thing, right?
Also Read: Tips For Flying With A Gun
The quality continues on the inside as well. Using YKK zippers, a long service life is expected. But still, as and Escape and Evasion Belt, you won’t be opening and closing the zippers every day. YKK is known as the world’s largest zipper maker and arguably the best zipper on earth. Despite their implication a 2007 price fixing case with other zipper cartels, YKK has a stellar reputation for quality and durability.
In the three zippered slots in the belt, I have the following:
1. One full lenght (12”) hacksaw blade that has 18 teeth per inch. Any more teeth and it will struggle with wood, and any fewer teeth and it will be difficult to cut metal without the blade in a frame with handle. While I could snap or cut a hacksaw blade into halves or thirds to make it more compact or flexible, the reality of needing a functional hacksaw blade for a true E&E situation necessitates having a long draw and enough length for real cutting and a real handle.
2. Another pocket holds $500 in cash in five $100 bills. Some think smaller bills would be a better choice, but I figure that a $100 bill will work anywhere a $20 would. And the bribe factor goes up proportional to the denomination. Imagine an auction breaking out for the last few gallons of gas. Two zeros beats one zero every day of the week.
3. A metal handcuff key resides in another pocket. I’ve tried to come up with scenarios where I might need the key yet still be wearing my belt. I figure that there more possibilities that the key will be handy to help someone else in a jam rather than me needing it personally. But you never know. And yes, I know that a handcuff key is one of the easiest things to fabricate out of almost anything, having the right tool for the job is more than just a cute saying if one needs to shed some bracelets because I also cannot come up with a scenario where time is not a major factor.
But Wait, There’s More
Other E&E tools can include lock picks, wire, even Kevlar cord. I don’t plan on adding any first aid equipment in my E&E belt, and while thinking about that omission, I realized that it might be hard, make that impossible to use the E&E belt as a tourniquet. Since the E&E belt moonlights as an excellent gun belt, it follows that it won’t make the tight turns necessary to stop blood flow. On the other hand, it seems that this Escape and Evasion belt will provide a solid platform for towing cars so it will certainly provide enough strength to save your bacon when you need a lift…or to be lowered.
The main idea behind the Escape and Evasion Belt is to have some survival essentials around your waist at all times and without further thought. While the E&E belt is not the end-all-be-all, it does serve an important purpose in many survival scenarios. And should the need never arise, you still have an exceptionally nice gun belt that can be worn every day. And if that is not already enough to convince you to enjoy the comfort of an E&E belt, the idea of a 100% American made product should be.
Related: SHTF Wardrobe List
Each E&E gun belt is made by hand in Cedar City, Utah by a real American worker. Each stitch, each hole, each rivet. I understand the allure of inexpensive Chinese products when some mass-produced overseas copy costs half of what an American made one does. But like the old saying goes that “You are what you eat,” where you put your money is not only confirmation of your patriotism, but a testament of your conviction to America.
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Have you been wanting to learn how to make your own biscuit mix as much as I have? Don’t you just love the smell of biscuits coming out of the oven? You can make them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I have this recipe that I found in my mother’s recipe box shown below, and so I wanted to share it today. My mother was very frugal when I was growing up and made most everything from scratch. Of course, back then they didn’t have all the processed and boxed convenience foods available at the grocery stores today. I like most everything from scratch and I love homemade biscuits! PRINTABLE recipe at the bottom of the post.
I have really wanted a biscuit mix that I could make with the ingredients I have in my refrigerator or pantry. Here’s the deal, if we had an emergency we can all make biscuits to stretch the meals we make for the entire street to go further if we had to, right?
You can see me using my homemade buttermilk mix above! You can use two forks or a pastry blender to “cut in” the real butter!
I hope you like making these as much as I do! I think most flours would work for this recipe to make them gluten free. I made this recipe so you can learn how to make just one batch or a BULK mixture for you to store in your pantry. With the bulk recipe, you will just add butter and buttermilk, depending how big a batch you want to make. I love biscuits and gravy. My family loves biscuits with butter and jam. What’s your favorite way to eat biscuits? These are my favorite biscuit or cookie cutters: Wilton Comfort Grip Round Cookie Cutter
*Stephanie just made a comment that she likes her biscuits a little sweeter. She adds 2 tablespoons sugar to each 2 cups of dry mix. I just added that to my recipe! Thanks, Stephanie!
Homemade Biscuit Mix By Food Storage Moms
- 2-1/4 cups flour of choice, I use white bread flour (or *BULK-4 times=9 cups of flour)
- 2 Teaspoons baking powder (or *BULK-4 times=8 teaspoons baking powder)
- 1 teaspoon Real Salt (or *BULK-4 times=4 teaspoons Real Salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (or *BULK-4 times=2 teaspoons baking soda)
- 2 Tablespoons sugar-optional (or *BULK-4 times=8 tablespoons sugar)
- 1 cup cold buttermilk (or *BULK recipe instructions below)
- 1/2 cup cold butter cut into pieces (or *BULK recipe instructions below)
- Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside. Place all of the ingredients into a large size bowl and cut in the butter with two forks or a pastry blender. Add more flour if needed. Mound the dough into a ball and roll out about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes desired. Place the biscuits onto the greased cookie sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes. One batch makes 8 biscuits.
- *BULK Instructions: Mix all the DRY ingredients in a large bowl. Store the dry ingredients in an airtight container in your pantry to keep fresh. When ready to make ONE batch of 8 biscuits: scoop out 2-1/4 cups dry mixture and cut in 1/2 cup cold butter (cut into pieces). Add one cup COLD buttermilk and mix and roll out as above. Follow baking instructions above.
Let me know if you make biscuits and what you like to put on yours, I would love to hear. May God bless you to be prepared for the unexpected.
PRINTABLE recipe: Homemade Biscuit Mix by Food Storage Moms
My favorite tools to make biscuits:
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you are trying to build up your emergency food storage, you may be concerned about the costs associated with storage containers along with the food itself. There is some expense involved, but it does not have to break your budget. There are free or inexpensive ways to obtain emergency storage containers. Here are a few tips: Water Containers You don’t have to spend a lot of money on water containers. 2-liter soda […]
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Pets are such a very important part of our lives for so many people. Just like preparing to keep the people safe during a disaster, we need to assemble supplies, gather information ahead of time and know what to expect.
Although you certainly can download the printable Pet Disaster Plan, I urge you to keep reading in order to find out more detail about all of the items, as well as the very important Species card printable.
by Todd Walker
The power of simple machines, smartly employed, are capable of moving most anything. Over the years I helped my daddy move really heavy stuff in his plumbing/welding business and on our farm. He once moved and installed a new 3,000 gallon metal water tank at our elementary school using only ropes, pulleys, and levers… by himself.
Daddy didn’t possess superhuman strength, he simply understood the power of simple machines.
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
I first discovered this ingenious flip-flop winch from a YouTube demonstration by Mors Kochanski, the Godfather and author of Bushcraft. A search of flip-flop winches on YT will garner several clips demonstrating the power of using two logs and some rope. So why would I add my video to mix? Because it’s only theory until you put it into action by Doing the Stuff!
The flip-flop winch combines two simple machines, lever and pulley (wheel and axle), as a force multiplier to free vehicles stuck in the mud, safely dislodge hang-ups when felling trees, and/or move heavy rocks. I decided to pull my truck up a slight incline in a field.
Flip Flop Winch
In an emergency vehicle kit, weight and space are not an issue – unless you tool around in a Smart Car. For this winch, all you need are two logs and some rope. Of course, you’re not hauling eight foot logs in your vehicle. You will have to cut those with your truck ax or takedown bucksaw.
Material and Tools
- Ax or Saw – cut two logs about 8 feet in length
- Rope – non-elastic is preferable for safety reasons
- Cordage – enough to make two loops about 1 foot in diameter
Cut Two Poles
You’ve hit a ditch or snow bank (rarely happens in Georgia) in the hinter-boonies and need to get unstuck. Reach into your vehicle emergency kit and fetch your saw or ax. You have an emergency vehicle kit, right? Be sure to add 100 feet of strong rope to the kit if you haven’t already. A tow strap won’t be useful with this winch unless it’s really long.
Scout for a straight tree (dead or live – it’s an emergence) to cut. Anything between 4 to 6 inches in diameter is suitable. Cut two lengths in the 8 foot range. De-limb the poles by chopping any branches off with your sharp truck ax. You can saw them off but proper ax-manship makes quick work of the de-limbing. This process is best done by cutting from the trunk end to the top end of the pole. Keep the pole between your body and the moving ax.
Lever and Pulley Pole
Now that you’ve got two poles, one will be used as the “lever pole” and the other will be your “pulley pole.” I noticed in my video that I called the drum pole a “barrel” pole interchangeably. In this written tutorial, I will use “pulley pole” to hopefully clear up the verbiage. The terminology is not that important. What you need to know is that the pulley pole is where the rope will coil similarly to that of a modern come-along.
A larger diameter pulley will winch more rope with each revolution. The pulley pole I used was a standing dead pine which was a bit lightweight for the job. I was forced to drive two stakes in the ground to prevent the pulley pole from swinging in towards the tensioned rope in our video. With two people available, the stakes wouldn’t be necessary. A heavier pulley pole will solve the issue as well. I wanted to simulate and experiment with the lowest quality wood I could scavenge. The lever was a smaller dead cedar but the most solid of the two poles.
Locate an Anchor
The base of a live tree is perfect. A dead tree is not a good candidate. You’ll risk toppling the tree down if the object you’re pulling is really stuck or heavy. Wrap the rope around the base of the anchor twice and tie it off with a tensioning knot.
Ideally, you want the anchor point and the object you’re pulling to form a straight line sighted down the rope.
2 Rigging the Systems
Midway between the anchor and object lay the two poles perpendicular to one another. Run the rope on top of the pulley pole about a foot from the larger end of the pole. Pull the rope back under the pole to form a loop. Insert the lever pole into the loop from the side of the pulley pole where the loop is formed. Give yourself about a foot of lever sticking through the loop.
There are two methods of rigging the winch. Rig 1: One causes the rope to coil on both side of the pulley pole where the lever pole crosses (demonstrated on the video). Rig 2: This technique causes the rope to spool on one side of the pulley pole. I’ve found that the latter method causes less side-to-side torque since the rope remains in a straight line.
With the winch rigged, pull the slack out of the line and tie to the object you’re pulling. Another tension knot will work.
Start the Flip-Flop
Flip the lever pole up and over the pulley pole. Once on the ground, check the first wrap on the pulley pole. This is the time to straighten the loops around the pulley before real tension begins. Try to keep the rope from spooling on top of the previous coils as this may weaken the rope. With each flip-flop, the rope will begin coiling on the pulley pole.
Note: I’ve watched others spool rope on one side of the pulley pole only. This technique decreases the swing of the pulley pole towards the rope under tension. To use this method, place the rope attached to the anchor and the object on the same side of the lever pole before flip-flopping.
Now, flop the pulley pole over the rope for the next flip of the lever. If the pulley pole was magically suspended off the ground, no flop would be required. This would become a Spanish windlass. You’d simple spin the lever around a wheel and axle. The earth prevents this continuous spin. But the ground is what keeps the system from unraveling. The flop of the pulley pole is necessary for the lever to make another 180 degree revolution.
Continue this of flip-flop action until the object is freed. Six full revolutions around the pulley is what it took to inch my truck up the incline to level ground in the video.
Flip-Flop Tips When Alone
If you practice the technique with rope coiling on the pulley pole on both sides of the lever, you’ll find that the pulley has a tendency to swing in towards the rope as tension increases. My fix was to drive two stakes on opposite sides of the rope where the pulley pole lands on each flop. If the ground is too hard for stakes, a heavy rock or object may prevent the slide. As mentioned above, a heavier pulley pole would decrease the chances of this happening.
Experimenting with the rope spooling on one side of the pulley pole remedied the torque issues. I recommend using this method (Rig 2) vs. the rope spooling on opposite sides of the lever pole (Rig 1).
Also, under tension, the lever pole can rise off the ground with either method. Attach a loop of cordage on the tow rope where the flipped lever lands. Slide the loop over the lever on each flip once a good amount of tension is present.
Disconnecting the Rig
Obviously, once a vehicle is freed, the rope is no longer under tension. However, when pulling a tree or rock, tension can be released by reversing direction of the flip-flop. Once tension is removed, the spooled line can be handled safely.
There are inherent dangers when tension is applied to a rope or cable. If the rope has elasticity and snaps, the potential energy turns to kinetic energy moving like a slingshot or bow and arrow in opposite directions. Use rope without elasticity, nicks, abrasions, and a working load suitable for the task.
If you’re alone, you must cross over the rope in this process. Minimize the risk from flying rope by laying a heavy coat or blanket (if available) on the rope at both ends. With two people, nobody has to step over the taut line.
Another safety precaution is to wear leather gloves and eye protection. A smart thing to have handy is a knife handy to cut the rope if you somehow manage to get a hand pinched between the rope and pulley. Not sure how that might happen but better safe than sorry.
This powerful simple machine takes practice to perform properly. With a minimum of tools and some rope, the flip-flop winch can be a life saver on the homestead or in the backcountry. Add it to your preparedness toolbox. Give it a try and share your results.
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Traditional food preservation and storage methods have seen an uptick in popularity in the past decade, as people show an interest in learning how the native people of America preserved food and kept it safe for later consumption without refrigeration.
Of course, in winter months, storing food to prevent spoilage wasn’t such a huge concern, but in some parts of the country, indigenous people lived in areas that did not freeze or had a small number of freezing incidents.
Let’s take a look at how the native people dried and stored fruits, vegetables, and meat for consumption during the winter months or for times when food was scarce.
The 5 Types of Food Typically Preserved
- Foods above ground: berries, fruit, nuts, corn, squash
- Foods below ground: roots, onions, wild potatoes
- Animals with 4 legs: buffalo, deer, elk
One of the factors that was critical to nomadic tribes, such as the Lakota, was that food needed to be portable. Nomadic tribes generally moved every few weeks (or months, depending on the size of the tribe) so that they did not strip the area of food and firewood, as well as to keep their horses fed. This means that food needed to be dried and made into the smallest, lightest form possible.
For example, while Southwestern tribes, such as the Hopi, could afford to simply dry corn on the cob and store the entire cob in sealed-off rooms, other tribes would strip the corn kernels off for storage. Keep in mind that the corn native people used was not the same corn we see in our supermarkets today.
Corn was typically dried on the cob, laid out on flat rocks, grass mats or hides. Children and the elderly would typically be in charge of drying food, turning it regularly and removing flies, ants or scaring away birds and raccoons.
Other types of fruit were picked and dried in the same manner. While each tribe had their own way of dealing with vegetables, the methods were the same: to dry out the vegetable so that it could be preserved for later consumption. Many tribes would cut the vegetable, such as squash, into strips, flatten it out using a bone or rock, and then dry these thinned-out pieces in the sun.
Preserving Meat and Fish
Although the native people had no scientific evidence to fall back on, they learned over thousands of years that some foods would not store well and would go rancid quickly unless cooked, dried or somehow preserved.
Fish was often smoked to preserve it for later consumption. Once gutted, the entire fish was often placed over a low fire that included a great many green branches, so that the heat and smoke would dry out the fish meat. Salmon, due to their size, were often cut into strips, and then smoked and dried.
Most other types of meat were cut into long strips and the fat removed. The fat was placed in cooking “pots.” If it was the beginning of the hot, dry season, meat would then be placed on rocks or racks made from tree branches so that it would dry in the sunlight. Again, children and the elderly did their share of work by fanning away flies, insects and marauding animals such as dogs or raccoons. If time was short, the meat was sometimes dried and/or smoked under a very low fire. This dried meat is typically referred to as “jerky.” It could be made soft again by cooking it in a soup and was often served along with other vegetables.
The fat from large animals, such as buffalo or elk, was collected and then put through a process called rendering. Animal fat is very dense in calories, but it goes rancid quickly. Indigenous people learned to render fat by cooking it, along with small amounts of water, under a low heat. All pieces of meat or other tissue will come to the surface and are removed. Rendered fat will last about one year without refrigeration if kept out of direct sunlight.
Pemmican: The Fast Food of Native Tribes
Pemmican was made by many tribes of the north and northeast, including the Cree, Chippewa and Lakota. While the “recipe” varied, the basic pemmican is dried, pulverized meat and dried berries, held together by rendered fat. This mixture was often made into golf-ball sized pieces. The meat could be whatever was handy or what was plentiful at the time, including moose, elk or bison. The fruit used was often dried chokecherries, blueberries or cranberries. Dried meat would be pulverized into almost a powder, the dried fruit also broken down into smaller pieces, and then mixed with the rendered fat. These balls of pemmican were then placed in rawhide bags for storage and transportation.
Pemmican is a nutrient- and calorie-dense food that would last for at least one year. Most tribes, as well as hunting parties, relied on pemmican to get them through the lean winter months. Most Canadian fur traders used pemmican, as well. If a person were traveling, a piece of pemmican was bitten off and then slowly chewed to soften it. If you have ever eaten jerky, you know it takes some time to break down the meat! However, pemmican could also be cooked. Some tribes would put a few balls of pemmican in a pot of water, along with some vegetables, while others would fry it with some onions or wild potatoes.
There were a great many other foods that were dried for later use or used as seasoning, including sage, dandelions, wild rice (which is actually a grass, but grows in wetlands much like rice), pumpkins, beans, azafran, sunflower seeds, acorns, mustard seeds, cactus, tomatoes and plantain (the greens, not the bananas!). What was collected and dried varied a great deal, depending on the climate and what was in season.
While most of us rely on our dehydrators or ovens for drying meat or fruit, the native people of America did it all by hand, relying only on their skill and the power of the sun or fire.
What advice would add on preserving food without refrigeration? Share it in the section below:
Trees on a fundamental level provide shade from the sun and when mature, firewood. But certain trees also can serve as a food source or offer medicinal benefits.
The seven trees below will grow across most parts of North America, from the deep south to far north. It was tough to pick just seven. and you may have your own ideas, but from my perspective these are the best:
1. Apples. I continue to feel that apples are one of the most versatile fruits we have. It’s not just because they’re good to eat, but they offer the ability to make apple cider and most significantly, apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is a natural antiseptic and an excellent resource for canning and food preservation. The variety doesn’t really matter, although you might want to consider planting two of the same variety to help with pollination.
2. White willow. Willow bark has a chemical substance called salicin in the inner bark, or xylem. It’s the active ingredient in aspirin and has been infused in a tea for centuries by the Chinese and Native Americans as a pain reliever and fever reducer. A German chemist in the 1800s first isolated this compound to make a commercial pain reliever. His last name was “Bayer” and he called his new product aspirin.
3. Cherry. Cherry trees have both nutritional and medicinal value. The cherries, whether sweet or sour, can be used across a variety of recipes, from pies to juice. Cherry juice has been shown in clinical studies to be a powerful treatment for arthritic conditions, including gout. They’re also beautiful trees when they’re in bloom and like apple trees, you can use the wood to flavor smoked foods as branches die or need to be trimmed.
4. Oak. Oak is a slow-growing tree but it has numerous benefits. As firewood, it burns long and hot. Baby oak leaves are an excellent addition to a salad or soup. The biggest additional benefit may be the acorns. They are high in protein, calories from fat – which is important in cold weather – and can be used in a variety of ways, such as nutmeats in a meal or to make flour. You just have to be patient because they (like we said) grow slow. Buy the biggest tree you can find.
5. Ginko. Scientists say Ginko is the oldest deciduous tree on Earth. It was thought to be extinct until a botanist happened to come across one growing in a garden in China. The tree has significant medicinal value, and the leaves are commonly infused into a tea. Benefits range from blood thinning to some indications that it can help to treat neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, as well as boost the immune system.
6. Pear. Pear trees are hardy trees and also provide a good source of firewood, as well as smoking wood for smoked foods and fruit. Pears are a great table food and can also be used to make breads, tarts and other simple desserts.
7. Mulberry. Some people might disagree and say this is a very messy tree. It is. But mulberry trees bear a sweet fruit that shows up in early June, and it’s one of the first fruits to appear. I put a tarp under the tree and shake the branches to make harvesting easier. The fruits are sweet to semi-sweet and are great on cereal or ice cream. You also can make mulberry juice, jelly or blend the fruit into bread for mulberry bread. They will stain your fingers and lips, but if you want to dye fabric, the juice will certainly do that.
The ability of any tree to survive and thrive is dependent on the environment where you live. Most of the trees I’ve identified will survive across most parts of North America, but desert parts of the continent and high mountain areas could be problematic. When selecting the best trees for your homestead, think about if they can offer more than basic shade and firewood. Can the tree offer either fruit or a medicinal benefit that transcends the usual tree? Those are the trees I like to plant.
We’d love to hear your ideas about the best trees to plant. Some of you living in far southern environments may be able to grow oranges and avocados. No matter where you live, let us know what trees you’ve planted in the section below.
Choosing your holster is as big a consideration as choosing your gun. A holster needs to be comfortable, easy to wear, and should support and retain the weapon while encouraging an easy draw.
When it comes to choosing a holster, there are hundreds of options, but from experience we’ve found five that seem to be the best.
1. Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB
I have a long history of disliking inside-the-waistband holsters, the main reason being the comfort level. I had difficulty finding one I could carry comfortably day in and day out. I resisted purchasing an Alien Gear because I couldn’t try it on, and I ignored the spew of positive reviews out there for Alien Gear holsters. What finally broke me was a deal Alien Gear was running on buying two holsters. I bought an outside-the-waistband one and an inside-the-waistband one. The purchase of the Cloak Tuck 2.0 came side by side with my purchase of the Ruger LCR 9mm, so I chose the LCR holster just to have a holster for my new revolver.
The Cloak Tuck 2.0 is a hybrid holster, meaning it’s a combination of Kydex and cloth materials. The base is neoprene, which looks and feels somewhat like leather. This neoprene base is comfortable against the skin, and flexible for different body types. The base is molded polymer and holds the weapon tight to the base. The holster performs like it should; it’s sturdy, easy to use and customizable. When ordering, you have lots and lots of options for different guns, belt clips, and you get an accessory bag of goodies to customize the holster’s fit. The main thing I have to say about this holster is how comfortable it is, to the point where I have taken a nap with it, and my weapon on, completely forgetting about it.
2. Sneaky Pete
The Sneaky Pete makes the list due to its bit of genius utilized when bringing the holster to the market. The Sneaky Pete original leather belt clip holster resembles a carrying case for a modern smartphone. With phones growing and growing in size, it seems the Sneaky Pete becomes more and more invisible. The Sneaky Pete is best used, in my opinion, for concealing weapons like the LCP and S&W Bodyguard, but they do produce larger options for weapons like the Glock 43, S&W Shield and Walther PPS. The design of the Sneaky Pete uses a large cover that does make the width of the pouch difficult to see.
The Sneaky Pete uses either a complete leather belt loop or metal clips to keep the holster in place and steady. Once it’s on your belt, it would be nearly impossible to rip off. You can get a holster in either leather or nylon, and there are a few different colors. The Sneaky Pete is perfect in business wear, formal wear, and can be used in casual clothing. It is a little slow to draw because you do have to open the holster, but in some situations, it’s the only option some people can carry on a day-to-day basis.
3. Raven Concealment Phantom
If you carry a Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P, then the best holsters on the market for those weapons is made by Raven Concealment. With Raven, you can choose to customize a Phantom holster just for you, or purchase a pre-made model. The concealment Phantom is an outside-the-waistband holster that comes in either light bearing or standard models.
The Raven concealment holster takes the cake by allowing the easy carry of a full-sized pistol. The holster clings to your body nice and tight but is still comfortable. This makes keeping the weapon concealed a breeze, and allows you to carry, say, a Glock 20 with 15 rounds of 10mm. When you build a custom holster, you can build the holster of your dreams for the gun of your dreams. As long as that gun is a Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P.
4. Stealth Operator Compact
The Stealth operator has a cringe-worth, tacticool name, but it’s honestly an amazing holster. I purchased one originally because of the claim of a multi-fit holster that could fit over a dozen guns. I test and evaluate guns all the time, and this often involves carrying them, so this holster solved a lot of carry problems for me. I’ve been carrying four different weapons in it, and at a price point of about $30, I am spending less than $10 a gun so far.
The Stealth Operator can fit dozens and dozens of guns, and it carries them securely. I suggest checking the Internet for the complete list. The Stealth Operator is an outside-the-waistband holster, made from Kydex. The holster uses a passive retention device, and it actually works; the gun doesn’t move. The guns I’ve carried in this holster are the Walther CCP and PPS, the CZ P09, and the Glock 19 without issue.
5. Miami Classic
The Galco Miami Classic is the choice for those looking to carry in a shoulder holster. Stay away from cheap shoulder holsters; they are often uncomfortable, hard to use and tend to dangle the gun. The Miami Classic is an all-leather holster which draws its name from Miami Vice. The holster is very easy to wear, and can be adjusted for an individual user’s body. The actual holster portion is molded for a specific weapon, and this aids in retention and reducing the dangle factor.
The Miami Classic is easy to draw from, comfortable to wear and provides options for those in specific positions where carrying a firearm on the waist is difficult. These holsters do, of course, require a cover garment, and this may scare some off. The Miami Classic holster is expensive and around $150, but it is quite high in quality. This was the perfect holster when I worked as a driver, and still serves me well in the winter when I want to carry a large handgun.
What holsters would you add to our list? Share your advice in the section below:
One of the most prized essential oils, Indian sandalwood is known for having many health benefits, even if it isn’t as popular as other essential oils.
The oil is distilled from the fragrant inner wood of the sandalwood tree (Santalum album), a tree that takes about 40 years to mature and to produce oil at full potency. In recent times, they have become endangered – mainly owing to illegal logging – and there is now a world shortage of high quality Indian sandalwood oil.
As a result, producers have started looking to Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), which is native to Western Australia, for an alternative supply. By managing these trees with care, the Australians can offer a sustainable source of sandalwood essential oil.
Australian sandalwood essential oil has a milder fragrance than the Indian form. Its chemical content is a bit different, but it offers the same benefits for both the mind and body.
Australian sandalwood oil has a deep, fruity-sweet smell and is antiseptic, astringent, soothing, relaxing, sedating and regarded as an aphrodisiac. In aromatherapy, it is used for meditation, insomnia, tension, stress, depression, loss of libido and emotional problems. For the body, it is said to nourish and regenerate dry or mature skin, help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and strengthen fingernails.
Using Sandalwood Essential Oil to Benefit the Mind
Australian sandalwood essential oil is also said to fortify an inner resolve to persevere through emotional challenges.
Here are several recipes that I use to aid in meditation and help with mental stress and hormonal mood swings:
For mental stress and burnout
- To ease mental stress and burnout, take a bath with three drops of Australian sandalwood essential oil and three drops of lavender essential oil.
To calm erratic emotions and even out mood
- Two drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
- Four drops rose geranium essential oil
- Four drops clary sage essential oil
- Four teaspoons sweet almond carrier oil
- Mix and apply the blend with gentle strokes anywhere on the body, letting it absorb into the skin.
To relieve the mental effects of PMS
- Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
- Three drops fennel essential oil
- Three drops mandarin essential oil
- Four teaspoons sunflower essential oil
- Mix and apply the blend with gentle strokes over the abdomen area to help manage symptoms, have more energy and feel more positive.
To soothe the pain of grief or loss
- Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
- Four drops rose otto essential oil
- Two drops bergamot essential oil
- Four teaspoons apricot kernal carrier oil
- Mix and massage the blend with gentle strokes into the temples or anywhere on the body.
- A powerful aid to meditation, Australian sandalwood essential oil has aromatherapy properties that will help release you from the grip of anxiety, worry and guilt, and bring you back to a feeling of inner peace.
- Add sandalwood essential oil to a room diffuser, humidifier or candle oil burner to release the oil’s molecules into the air. Breathe in the scent.
- Add sandalwood essential oil to a bowl of steaming water, cover your head with a towel, and inhale the steam.
Healing and Improving the Condition of Your Skin and Nails
For centuries in Egypt and India, sandalwood essential oil has been added in cosmetics and salves to preserve the beauty and youth of women and men. It is particularly beneficial in the relief of irritated skin, and has excellent properties for dry skin, mature skin and wrinkles. It is also a great fix for unhealthy nail issues.
Here are some recipes that I use with Australian sandalwood essential oil for healing the body.
To rehydrate dry skin
- Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
- Three drops frankincense essential oil
- Three drops geranium essential oil
- Four teaspoons jojoba carrier oil
- Mix and apply (allow it to be fully absorbed) to affected areas of dry skin several times a day.
To rejuvenate and tighten wrinkled skin
- Six drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
- Two drops immortelle essential oil
- Two drops neroli essential oil
- Four teaspoons avocado carrier oil
- Mix and gently massage the blend into the affected areas of your skin.
To nourish mature skin
- Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
- Four drops neroli essential oil
- Four drops patchouli essential oil
- Four teaspoons wheat germ carrier oil
- Mix and gently massage the blend anywhere on the body.
To soften rough or tired-looking skin
- Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
- Three drops patchouli essential oil
- Three drops sweet orange essential oil
- Four teaspoons apricot carrier oil
- Mix and gently massage the blend into the skin where it is needed.
To soften calloused skin
- Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
- Three drops lavender essential oil
- Three drops tea tree essential oil
- Four teaspoons cranberry sead carrier oil
- Mix and apply the blend to the affected areas several times a day.
- Three drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
- Three drops bay essential oil
- Four teaspoons argan oil
- Rub the mixture into the nails and cuticles several times a day to speed the growth of healthier, stronger nails.
Sandalwood essential oil has been used for centuries in meditation and for emotional clarity. It is also famous for healing and improving the condition of the skin and nails. With its fruity and sweet smell, it has become an absolute favorite of modern essential oil users!
Have you ever used sandalwood essential oil? How do you use it? Share your tips in the section below:
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This week Rich Murphy, a regular writer for Off The Grid News, shares with us some tips on how he uses his new Pocket Power X in his day to day life and also when in an “Off Grid” situation. Over the next few weeks Rich will be sharing with us just a few of the many uses of the Pocket Power X!
You are in for a special treat today! We created a brand new food storage calculator that expands on the more traditional calculators by adding in fruits, vegetables, meats, and other often-omitted foods to give more variety and flavor to the meals you will actually be preparing. We published this over on our Thrive blog specifically for our Thrive customers but we felt like it was such a great tool that ANYONE can use it, regardless of what brand of food they want to store.
This FREE calculator is a simple 3 page handout plus instructions that you can print and fill out based on how many people you are storing for. It can even be customized based on the exact variety of foods you actually want to store. We are so excited to share this with you and hope that you will pass it on to others who you feel may benefit from it.
Here are a few highlights on what the handout contains.
– Easy to fill out
– Removes uncommon items
– Calorie based for 2000+ calories a day
– Customizable without being complicated
– Three printable charts (one for each category of foods)
DETAILED SHOPPING INSTRUCTIONS
– Best ways to buy each of the food groups
– Secrets for buying 6-packs at heavily discounted prices
– Tips for buying gradually at a budget you can afford
We hope enjoy this new way at looking at a food storage calculator. It will be especially helpful as you are planning your purchases to fill in your food storage gaps. We initially launched it as a PDF handout but received numerous requests for an excel version so both are now available!
As proactive as some of us are at trying to mitigate the harmful effects of the sun, sometimes those warm rays are just too much for our skin, and sunburns occur. While aloe vera is our first go-to product to start the healing process, there are a few other remedies to consider.
The best defense against sunburned skin is prevention—try to avoid being outdoors between the hours of 10am and 2pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Make sure you wear at least an SPF 30 sunscreen and a large hat for shading your face. But when it’s too late and you come home looking like a lobster, there are some home remedies beyond aloe vera that you might want to try.
6 Natural Remedies for Sunburn
- Oatmeal: soaking in an oatmeal bath (whole oatmeal, not instant) can take the sting out of sunburned skin. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and is also a skin soother. Run a cool bath and add a couple handfuls of oats to the water. Soak for 30 minutes or until your skin feels cool to the touch. Pat yourself to dry off, making sure not to rub your skin too vigorously with your towel.
- Black Tea: soak a few teabags of black tea in a pitcher or bowl of warm water and then apply to your skin with gauze or a wash cloth. The tea will ease the itch of the sunburn and should provide immediate relief. Make sure to use a washcloth that you don’t care about and you might want to do this in the nude (black tea will stain your clothing).
- Witch Hazel: witch hazel provides an instant burst of cool to your skin and has been shown to prevent peeling and flaking while speeding up healing time. Simply saturate a few cotton balls with a 1:1 solution of witch hazel and water and apply to your sunburn.
- Yogurt: For sunburns on your face, the solution might be in your refrigerator. Applying yogurt to your skin like a facial mask for a few minutes can ease the sting and hydrate to prevent peeling. After a few minutes, rinse off with cool water.
- Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is another one that soothes and prevents blistering and peeling. Be sure to mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts cold water because vinegar is highly acidic. Soak a washcloth or towel in the mixture and swab over your sunburn. There’s no need to rinse it off.
- Coconut oil: You’ve no doubt heard about the myriad uses of coconut oil—well, now you can add sunburn soother to the list! Coconut oil is tremendously moisturizing and when mixed with a few drops of essential peppermint oil, it will cool burned skin. Slather on as much as possible and continue to do so for several days after sun exposure. It will help heal and relieve discomfort.
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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Mangos are one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruits in the world and are often referred to as “The King of the Fruits”. Mangos are an amazing source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex as well as health promoting flavonoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Mangos are a powerful anti-cancer food and are specifically known to help prevent lung, breast, colon, prostate, blood, and oral cancers.
They are also highly beneficial in the prevention of strokes, heart disease, arthritis, cognitive disorders, respiratory diseases, and kidney disease. Mangos can help to alkalinize the whole body by helping to flush out toxic acids and rebuild the alkali reserves in the body. Mangos are packed with enzymes and are a prebiotic food, meaning they contain compounds that stimulate and feed the good bacteria in the intestines which greatly aids in digestion and assimilation.
Mangoes contain a significant amount of pyridoxine (B-6) which is vital for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Pyridoxine is also essential in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function as well as for helping the body break down sugars, fats and proteins. Mangos are thought to help prevent insomnia and provide for a better nights sleep. In some countries mangos are eaten right before bed as a natural sleep aid.
Mangos are known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol due to its significant fiber, pectin, and vitamin C content. Mangos are also excellent for promoting good eyesight and helping to prevent night blindness and dry eyes. They are also wonderful for skin health and can be used both internally and externally to help clear clogged pores, eliminate pimples, and add a natural glow to the skin. Mangos are one of the worlds most versatile fruits and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes.
Consider using mango in your smoothie, salads, salsa, avocado, and vegetable dishes. Spices also pair well with mango and try experimenting with cinnamon, curry, cloves, and chili pepper to boost the flavor and nutrition of your meals. Start or end your day with a simple but delicious mango pudding. Blend 2-4 ripe mangos (peel and pit removed) in a blender or food processor until creamy and smooth.
Pour into a bowl and top with fresh berries. There are several varieties available in supermarkets throughout the year including Tommy Atkins, Kent, Yellow, Ataulfo, Keitt, and Champagne. Some are sweet and creamy while others are juicy and bright. Experiment with finding new ways to add mangos into your diet. Your body will love you for it.
Thanks to our friends at: http://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/mango
My son Duncan and I took a holiday to Canada this summer. The last half of our trip was full of adventure in Jasper, Banff, and Yoho National Parks. We visited Jasper Lake, Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Lake Louise, took a dip in Banff Upper Hot Springs, drove the Icefields Parkway, and were […]
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Eve Gonzales of Trading Post in the Woods joins me on the show today for the second half of our interview. We discuss dreams and visions about the end times and the apostasy that has infected so much of the church.
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The Most Efficient Use of Water in the Garden A properly watered garden is one step closer to being a healthy garden. However, there are many ways to water a garden and some will not only save you time and labor, but will also help conserve water. The following is a comprehensive list of irrigation …
18 Alternative Uses for Old Milk Jugs Everyday thousands of perfectly good plastic milk jugs get thrown into the trash. It’s a shame because there are many practical uses for them. Milk jugs can be used as plant containers, mini-greenhouses, watering cans, fishing bobbers, and more. And if you know how, you can turn them …
Hey there, Ready Nutrition Readers! A tremendous amount of things have been happening in the news, and most of them are important. The people of Great Britain just voted last week in a special referendum: they voted in favor of Britain leaving the EU (European Union). That is huge news, and if you missed it, you certainly will not miss the effects of the vote that will surface this coming week. On Friday, the Dow-Jones Industrial Average plummeted 611 points, and the world markets were thrown into a tailspin. Yes, the Dow is a lagging, not a leading economic indicator, but there’s a great significance to it: a precursor of things to come that have direct effects on you.
One of the pitfalls that we have as a community of prepper-survivalists is that we tend to develop a sort of “tunnel vision” at times that focuses all of our attentions upon what we are doing. We oftentimes tend to discount the significance of day-to-day events that are outside of our daily routines or our geographical spheres of influence: our biomes, so to speak. I wish to stress this very important point before we proceed:
Do not concentrate so much on the “micro” that the “macro” picture slips out of focus
What this means is that it is critical for you to be aware of the news and what is happening around you. Returning to our topic, there will be ripple effects from this Brexit – the British Exit – from the EU, and here are some of the immediate ones:
- The Dow will continue to see losses with a large volatility of trading and speculation
- The foreign markets – European and Asian – will continue to be thrown into a tailspin
- The military and political alliances in the world will be redefined and restructured
- Commerce will see sharp monetary fluctuations and devaluations (as in the British pound), as well as major changes in shipping and contracts down to the retail level
It is this last point – the effects on commerce on a global scale – that should particularly alarm and concern us. The Baltic Dry Index measures contracts for raw materials such as oil and ores that are shipped by freighter and container. The Index is (as I’ve mentioned in previous articles) a very sound indicator as to what is happening in terms of commerce. Remember: 75% of the U.S. economy is based on consumer spending. One tie-in that you need to read comes from Mac Slavo of SHTFplan.com posted on April 2, 2012, entitled “Just In Time: When the Trucks Stop, America Will Stop (With Immediate and Catastrophic Consequences).”
Mac’s article cuts to the chase and is one of the finest pieces ever produced that explains the intricacy and fragility of our nation’s dependence upon trucking contracts to keep our economy rolling (no pun intended!).
I also wrote one for SHTFplan.com on January 29, 2016 entitled Report: Store Inventory Levels Reduced Nationwide: “Stock Up Now While You Can!” that you can refer to as a complement to this article. This piece referred to shortages occurring from a retail perspective as the contracts for shipping and trucking are unfulfilled and as the economy collapses. Venezuela and the events happening there are a harbinger of things to come. We are going to see these things here, in our own backyard.
The Brexit vote is akin to a British “Paul Revere” for preppers
Look at the volatility and the fragile state of nations, of alliances of nations, and their interdependent economies. As a prepper and survivalist you are obligated to keep this in mind to enable you to protect and provide for you and your family.
Prices are on the rise, the money supply is not stable, the shipping contracts and transportation contracts are wildly fluctuant, and businesses are shutting their doors or downsizing their staffs by the hundreds per month. This coming week promises a “wild ride” economically, and you will have to make a lot of decisions in a short period of time. As I advocated in articles past, you still have to make sure your bills are paid and you are taking care of financial obligations while society is intact.
Be Vigilant in your prepping
It would behoove you, however, to actively add to your emergency fund, allocate a portion of what you can spend after all of your necessities are taken care of – your “disposable income” – and putting it into the supplies and preps that you need, into (even small scale) some precious metals or things that have intrinsic value that can be bartered for when the SHTF.
Keep your eyes on what is happening. You guys and gals read this site and have access to the internet. Keep abreast of what is going on. When things go south, you will know it, and guess what? They are going south: on a daily basis we see the situation with the domestic and the world economy growing worse and worse. It’s just a matter of time before the fiat currency is transformed into completely worthless pieces of paper and inflation returns to the levels found during the Great Depression.
Figure out what percentage you can put into supplies, into medical equipment, into tools, and into things that hold their value that can be bartered. I close with this: in order to heed a warning, you have to recognize it as a warning, and one that has value. Keep up the prepping and stockpiling, and always have an eye on the situation so that you can plan accordingly and when the time comes, act decisively. Britain’s exit from the EU was a “Paul Revere” warning of a Europe that is about to come unglued, along with the respective European economies. Keep that warning in mind, and keep fighting that good fight. JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
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You might not think urban navigation is a very important skill, but you’ll change your mind quickly if a disaster happens while you’re away from home. Picture it: You and your best friends are packed into a shiny new car you just bought with your summer bonus, headed to the beach for your dream vacation […]