5 Ways The Native Americans ‘Read Nature’ To Survive

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5 Ways The Native Americans 'Read Nature' To Survive (No. 2 Might Be The Most Important One)

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For most of us, finding out the day’s weather is as easy as turning on our television or checking the forecast on our smartphones, but the native people of North America had to rely on what they were taught.

They simply read the signs of nature – a skill we should practice more.

Learning to read the signs of nature, which are often right in front of us, can help us track animals for food, find safe sources of food and water, and even predict the weather.

In fact, most indigenous children were able to survive on their own at a very young age because they were taught the signs to look for almost as soon as they could talk.

Unfortunately, many of these skills have become forgotten by most in our society over the last few centuries, but you can still pick up these important survival skills and learn directly from nature.

1. Following the Weather

No matter what part of the country you are living in, bad weather can sneak up on you. Indigenous people were always aware of their surroundings, knowing that dangerous animals, enemies or storms could be just around the corner.

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By paying attention to nature’s signs, native people knew that one can almost feel bad weather before it starts. Before a big storm, the wind generally picks up, making the leaves on trees twist and showing you their lighter-colored underside. Look into the distance and see if you can see rain further out. Take a deep breath. Native people find that you can smell rain in the distance, even if mountains prevent you from seeing it. Birds will fly lower to the ground and begin to gather in the trees, even though it is still mid-day. Crickets will stop chirping. Fish sometimes come to the surface and even leap out of the water. If wildlife around you suddenly disappear or if you spot seagulls farther inland than normal, a storm is surely on its way.

2. Finding Water5 Ways The Native Americans 'Read Nature' To Survive (No. 2 Might Be The Most Important One)

Over the centuries, native people relied on the same water sources year after year. But for non-nomadic tribes, or when traveling, finding water was a skill no one could afford not to learn! To find water, native people learned to look for green-leafed trees, such as aspens or cottonwoods. The presence of birds, dragonflies or other animals usually means that there is water somewhere nearby. Native people learned to watch for animal trails, such as deer paths, and to follow them downhill. Since animals need water as well, you can bet that a trail will eventually lead to a watering hole. Also, if animals were drinking it, the water was most likely safe to drink. Canyons that face north are more likely to have watering holes, even in the summer, as the sun does not penetrate that far inside the canyon. Natives knew that a dry river bed might still have water. They would look for green plants clinging to the edges and dig right next to them. Chances are that water was just a few inches below the surface.

3. Knowing Which Wild Plants Were Safe for Eating

This is another skill that native people passed down to one another, and it varies greatly depending on where you are. While indigenous people knew that cattails were quite edible, there were not many in the deserts or dry valley areas. Non-nomadic tribes, such as the Ojibwa, raised crops on family plots, but nomadic tribes learned over the centuries which plants were safe to eat and when to harvest them. Native people learned to watch the animals for reliable food sources. Squirrels, blue jays, crows and other animals sometimes hide food — such as acorns — for later consumption. If food was scarce, these were dug up and eaten. Many tribes knew that when birds, deer or other animals were eating berries, these were generally safe for humans as well. Many wild berries, such as blackberries, grow near the forest edges. Plantain is found almost everywhere in the U.S. and can be eaten raw or cooked. Dandelions are another edible plant. (But don’t ever consume mushrooms unless you are 100 percent certain you know what you are choosing, as many are poisonous.) The indigenous people looked to the trees to find nuts or fruit. Native people learned to avoid plants that smelled like almonds, or any plant that has thorns.

4. Finding their Way Home

5 Ways The Native Americans 'Read Nature' To Survive (No. 2 Might Be The Most Important One)

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Ever wonder how the native people of this land never seemed to get lost? Even when a single young man would walk out into the woods to hunt, they never seemed to have trouble finding their way back. How did they do this? Again, indigenous people were always aware of their surroundings. They knew a marker (such as a mountain or a particular growth of trees) that would help to guide them back. Also, without a compass, they still knew the four directions.

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Even without sunlight, they would know that the north end of a gorse bush, for example, had the thickest tufts of “flowers.” They also knew that trees tend to grow longer or grow more branches on the side that faces south. Before they even left camp, indigenous people knew what direction their camp lay in relation to their journey, so finding their way back was pretty easy.

5. Finding Meat

Native people ate quite a bit of meat when they could find it. Since animals tend to migrate or move about to find their own food, meat choices for indigenous people varied, depending on the season. Fishing was always a good source of food. Nets, not poles, were the preferred method of fishing, although spears were also sometimes used in deeper water.

Many women made traps near water sources or along known animal trails. Birds, such as ducks and geese, were often caught using traps, bolas or slings. Even small children learned to use slings or slingshots to kill rabbits, raccoons and squirrels.

For most of us, skills such as these would take a lifetime of learning, or at least several years of classes, plus practice. However, for the native people of North America, reading the signs of nature was as normal as putting on moccasins in the morning.

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Common, Everyday Plants You’ll Be Shocked Are Poisonous

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7 Common Plants You'll Be Shocked Are Poisonous (No. 5

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It’s not common for most people to walk around a yard or garden and indiscriminately munch on plants. But it’s a whole different story when it comes to kids and pets.

There are also plants that can cause significant skin irritations while planting or weeding a garden. We’re going to review some common plants that are surprisingly toxic — and in many instances, deadly. If you have them in your garden, you may want to think twice if young children or family pets are around.

7 Common Plants You'll Be Shocked Are Poisonous (No. 5

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1. Yew. A common evergreen that is popular as a landscaping shrub, the yew has bright red berries with a dark side peeking out at the bottom of the berry. What’s curious is that the berry itself is not toxic, but every other part of the plant, including the seeds in the berries, are dangerously poisonous. This is due to an alkaloid called taxin, in addition to ephedrine and taxiphyllin. Death often follows in hours and sometimes presents no symptoms. When signs and symptoms do occur, they include weak pulse, trembling, staggering, coldness and collapse.

7 Common Plants You'll Be Shocked Are Poisonous

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2. English ivy. It decorates the walls of buildings on college campuses across the country. Many people plant it to create a similar look on their homes. Too bad it’s poisonous. The leaves can cause rashing, blisters, general skin irritation and itching. Ingesting the leaves can lead to convulsions, fever, delirium and even hallucinations. It doesn’t sound real smart to plant English ivy anywhere. Makes you wonder why they’re so popular on college campuses.

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3. Easter lily. A flowering plant that’s popular and common at Easter, it is, in fact, quite toxic, especially to small animals like cats. Humans don’t fair much better due to an alkaloid called lycorine. It’s found in the bulbs and stem and causes vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, shivering and nausea. That’s not exactly the way most people want to spend their Easter.

7 Common Plants You'll Be Shocked Are Poisonous (No. 5

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4. Holly. Here’s another holiday favorite with dangerous side effects. Holly and its bright red berries are a standard decoration at Christmas. Unfortunately, the red berries are highly toxic. An alkaloid called theobromine is the primary problem.

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Children ingesting as few as two red berries will suffer vomiting, drowsiness, diarrhea — and higher doses can be lethal. Twenty holly berries could kill an adult. Maybe we should deck the halls with boughs of something else.

5. Aloe Vera. Who’d have thunk it? A plant that has been used for thousands of years by native people to treat burns and skin irritations actually has a poison component. The gel of the plant is not poisonous, but there is a thin membrane inside the leaves that contains chemicals known as aloin and anthraquinone c-glycoside. Both are very toxic and can — if ingested in large quantities — cause vomiting, nausea, cramping and diarrhea. It’s OK to break off a leaf and apply the gel to skin, but if you have any thoughts of eating it, you may want to consider buying a professionally prepared product instead.

7 Common Plants You'll Be Shocked Are Poisonous (No. 5

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6. Chrysanthemum. A very common flower often referred to as mums. The curious contradiction is that they were sometimes used in Chinese medicine. The problem is that poisoning can easily occur due to a group of chemicals called pyrethrins, resulting in significant skin irritations. Pyrethrins affect the nervous system and can cause eye damage, asthma and inflammation. A curious note is that the pyrethrins in chrysanthemums have been processed to create a potent, natural insecticide. It’s a good bet that if it’s bad for bugs, it’s bad for us.

7 Common Plants You'll Be Shocked Are Poisonous (No. 5

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7. Larkspur or delphinium. Larkspur is a very attractive, purple plant and is a member of the buttercup family. The bad news is that all parts of the plant are poisonous. Animals, particularly horses and cattle, are particularly susceptible to poisoning while grazing. Symptoms of larkspur poisoning in humans include numbness and burning of the lips, mouth and throat, in addition to intense vomiting and diarrhea, spasms, weak pulse, muscular weakness, convulsion and paralysis of the respiratory system, which leads to death.

If you believe someone or a pet is suffering from one of these natural poisons, then immediately go to the emergency room or vet. Symptoms and effects tend to worsen over time. You also may want to carry a sample of the plant or berry with you if you suspect you know what could be the culprit.

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5 Caliber You Better Stockpile In Case Hillary Wins (No. 3 Might Surprise You!)

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It wasn’t all that long ago that you couldn’t find the ammo you needed anywhere at any price. Store shelves were bare and reliable online distributors were out of stock. And unscrupulous vendors took advantage of the shortage to raise prices to astronomical highs.

Well, folks, those times might be coming again if the election doesn’t go the way gun owners are hoping it will go, and while we are enjoying relatively easy-to-acquire ammo again, it’s time to stockpile.

Here, then, are five rounds to stockpile before November.

1. 9mm

This one is a no-brainer. It is probably the single most common handgun caliber, and if you don’t have 9mm, one of your buddies probably does. Lay in a good supply of lightweight ball ammo so you can continue to enjoy target practice during the next shortage, as well as a goodly supply of combat-suitable rounds. I’d make sure to have at least a thousand rounds of assorted hollow point and +p ammo. You can get some great deals right now on steel-cased plinking ammo, and if your gun likes it, it’s certainly worth putting some away if cost is an issue. Otherwise, stick with brass case, because even if you don’t reload, that brass will be valuable trading material, or should inspire you to start loading your own.

2. .223/ 5.56

Yes, the rounds aren’t identical. And yes, there are millions of rifles and handguns that can safely shoot either round, so for the purpose of this article, we are lumping them together. The .223 or 5.56mm round is found everywhere. Aside from the ubiquitous AR-15, there are bolt-action rifles, handguns of all sorts, and even AK-47s in this caliber.

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As an added bonus, it’s also the standard round of the US military and many law enforcement agencies. A critical round to stockpile, buy cheap steel case if it works for you, but know as always, brass case will have more value in an ammo crisis.

3. .22 magnum

I had thought about recommending .22lr, but not only is that stuff still hard to come by in some places, but a brick or two can feed your family for a very long time. I figure any smart survivalist already has some on hand, and if you don’t you’ll get some anyway. But the .22 magnum has a special place on this list. Not only does Kel-Tec build an incredible handgun and carbine in this surprisingly powerful round, but there are a plethora of inexpensive bolt-action rifles and even revolvers that will shoot .22 mag. This round will take small game (probably even deer-sized in a pinch if you do your part) and is a surprisingly good self-defense round if nothing else is available. Use it for predator control, varmint hunting, or when you just need a little more power out of a .22. Thanks to Kel-Tec, there is a demand for this round that exceeds its traditional hunting role, and pushes it into a limited combat or self-defense position. Even if you don’t have a .22 mag yourself, put some of it aside if you can and watch it be a wildly popular trader among those who need it.

4. .308/7.62 NATO

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Same deal here as with the .223/5.56. Know your gun, and know that no matter what, these nearly identical rounds WILL be in great demand. The .308 is not only a hard-hitting, long-range round, but it figures in many people’s disaster plans. A must-have for those who prefer hard-hitting defensive rifles, long-range hunting or sniping rifles, or those who simply appreciate the power of a true battle rifle, this round is expensive in the best of times, and in the worst of times is sure to dry up fast. Found in everything from single-shot rifles to top-of-the-line combat arms, this is one of the most popular cartridges in the world. Unless you score a deal on what little military surplus 7.62 that turns up now and then, simply lay in .308. It’s more common, and you don’t have to worry about the real dangers of shooting the wrong round in the wrong chamber. Steel case is out there, but a few more cents per round gets you invaluable reloadable brass. Remember: The apocalypse might be fought with 5.56, but 7.62 will be sounding the trumpet.

5. 7.62×39

From Russia, with love. Widely used in SKS, AKs and even AR-15s, and a few bolt-action rifles, this is perhaps one of the best general purpose, medium-powered rounds. The 7.62×39 is mostly imported, making it really easy to cut off at the whim of any anti-gun president. There are about umpteen million rifles and more than a few AK-style handguns running around in this caliber, and one of the best things about it is that it’s cheap. Probably the only time you won’t care about buying brass or steel case, just grab an extra case of whatever is cheapest and call it good. When bad times come, you’ll be amazed at how many SKSs and AKs come out of the woodwork, forgotten sometimes for decades. If you don’t already use this round, it will be invaluable for trading.


Is this list comprehensive? Of course not. Will you agree with it? Probably not all of them. There are other calibers I could have ran with, but odds are you have at least one on this list, or know somebody who does. Feed YOUR guns first, but be sure to lay in a good supply of popular rounds, especially those in common use by military and police.  When the grid goes down, and anti gun governments go after our ammo supply as a default gun ban, you’ll be glad you stocked up.

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The Essential Oil That Treats Chicken Pox, Colds, And Foot Problems, Too

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The Essential Oil That Treats Chicken Pox, Colds, And Foot Problems, Too

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Eucalyptus essential oil is a must-have for the homesteader because of its numerous health benefits and disinfecting properties.

Because of this, I stock up on it and always keep it within reach.

Eucalyptus uses date back to the Native Americans, who crushed eucalyptus leaves and used the herb not only to treat health ailments but also burned the tree’s wood to flavor food and to purify the air.

Today, eucalyptus essential oil, which is extracted from the blue gum tree, has a distinct, stimulating smell that clears the head and is mostly used in cough and cold remedies. It is also a potent antiseptic that kills airborne germs and has a cooling effect when rubbed onto the body, which can help soothe aches and pains.

When used in aromatherapy, eucalyptus essential oil has valuable decongestant properties, which combat symptoms of influenza, coughs, colds, fever and sinus problems. The aroma also can help clear and stimulate the mind.

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Here are five unique, everyday uses for eucalyptus essential oil, along with some recipes to try.

1. Deodorizing and disinfecting.

To disinfect the air in a sickroom.

The Essential Oil That Treats Chicken Pox, Colds, And Foot Problems, TooDiffuse eucalyptus essential oil into the air by adding to an air diffuser, a vaporizer or a humidifier, or burn it in an oil burner.

To deodorize and neutralize odors.

Drop five drops of eucalyptus essential oil on a cotton swab and place it in a closet, drawer, laundry basket, trash can, shoe rack or anywhere odor persists.

For persistent underarm odor.

Drop several drops of eucalyptus essential oil on the inside, underarm seams of shirts and jackets.

For smelly shoes.

Rub four drops of eucalyptus essential oil into the insoles of your shoes.

2. Chicken pox and the measles.

Chicken pox is the dreaded disease of childhood, with itchy spots that must not be scratched. Eucalyptus essential oil can help tremendously by reducing the itchiness and stopping the infection of the pox themselves.

The irritating, itchy rash and bad temper that go with measles can transform even the most angelic child into a miserable little monster. Moreover, when adults get the measles, the symptoms are magnified a hundred times. To soothe the skin and to stop the spread of both diseases, gently massage the eucalyptus essential oil mixture onto the infected areas.

  • 2 fl oz. coconut carrier oil
  • 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops chamomile essential oil

3. Expectorant.

Eucalyptus essential oil contains about 70 percent eucalyptol, making it an effective remedy for chesty coughs which come along with the flu, colds and bronchitis. It also can relieve the symptoms of runny noses and coughing due to hay fever and sinusitis.

To sooth dry and chesty coughs.

  • 4 tsp sweet almond carrier oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil
  • Rub into the chest area

To ease breathing and help prevent airborn infection.

  • Add to a vaporizer to diffuse the molecules into the air
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil

4. Homemade shower bombs.

The Essential Oil That Treats Chicken Pox, Colds, And Foot Problems, Too

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Be creative and make homemade shower bombs. When tossed onto the bottom of your shower, they will slowly melt in the warm water and release the tiny molecules of the essential oils. The particles will rise with the steam, and the aroma will fill the air. I have created this recipe to help clear and stimulate your mind, reduce anxiety and aid in respiratory comfort.

  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Water
  • 2 cups baking soda

Combine water with the baking soda until it forms a thick paste. Mix in the essential oils. Spoon into a mold of your choice. I use small soap molds. Molds to make homemade chocolates will also work. Let the mixture dry overnight. Remove and store the bombs in an airtight container so moisture will not seep in. Drop one in your daily shower.

5. Essential foot baths.

Feet suffer more tensions than nearly any other part of the body. Your feet have to carry all that weight throughout the day — and then maybe dance all night. The best recompense you can give them is a soothing foot soak. Eucalyptus essential oil, along with steaming water, relaxes and warms all the tiny support muscles, improves the blood circulation, releases trapped nerves, and soothes aches and pains. Because you have to relax while you soak, you can inhale the aroma and enjoy a moment of peace in a demanding day. All you will need is a square basin filled with steaming water and a towel. Try adding these mixtures containing eucalyptus essential oil.

Foot bath for aching feet.

  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 drops pine essential oil
  • 4 drops thyme essential oil
  • 4 drops chamomile essential oil

Foot bath for poor circulation.

  • 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 8 drops ginger essential oil

Foot bath for callouses and rough skin.

  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops sandalwood essential oil

Foot bath for athlete’s foot, warts and corns.

  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil

Eucalyptus essential oil can be used in many ways, and it mixes well with several other essential oils. Try different combinations along with these recipes to suit your needs and aromatherapy tastes.

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This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please consult with a qualified health professional to determine which treatments are right for you and any individual health condition(s) that you may have.

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Streamlight Siege

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You guys remember Hydrox cookies? If you couldn’t pop for real Oreos, you bought Hydrox. Much like how if you’re on a budget, you don’t buy Frosted Flakes but rather the generic store brand ‘Frostie Flakes’ or some such (Slogan: “Theyrrrrrrrre….okay”.)

To me, Streamlight has always been the working-class version of SureFire. Yes, Streamlight has, as I read it, been around a tad longer than SureFire but SureFire gets the rep as the ‘high end’ tacticool product. (Interestingly, Hydrox came out before Oreos, as well.)

20160731_142828I’m kind of a gear snob, but I’m a pragmatists even more. A few years ago Streamlight came out with a product that, as far as  I know, has no comparable version from SureFire…the Streamlight Siege. (Although, to be fair, Eveready and a few others make a similar product but I don’t believe it to be as rugged and well thought out as the Streamlight product.)

The Siege is an LED lantern for area lighting. Nothing remarkable about that, but as you look the product over more closely you get the idea that it was designed for a very particular demographic….we happy survivalists.

20160731_143108The Siege runs on three D-cell batteries….one of the most common sizes of batteries around. Just about everyone has a couple D-cell MagLites floating around the house or car..the Siege takes advantage of that common battery. If you really want to streamline things, there are battery adapters that allow you to run one size of battery in devices meant for a larger size. Most often we see this with adapters that let you run AA-batts in devices that were meant for D-cells. But, my logistics revolves around three battery sizes (AA,D, and CR123) so I have plenty of D-batts laying around. (Interestingly, it seems like virtually the only thing I have that runs on D’s these days are flashlights. The days of radios and other devices running on D-batteries is coming to a close. )

20160731_142908The light source for the Siege is four white LED’s, and a fifth red LED. Holding down the one control button toggles between red or white. When the white LEDs are selected you have a choice of three brightness levels, starting with the highest. When the red LED is selected you have one brightness level, but double-clicking the button puts the red LED into SOS blinky mode.  The plastic ‘shade’ of the Siege diffuses the glow of the LEDs and is removable if you want more harsh lighting.

The top and bottom of the Siege has rugged rubber ‘bumpers’ making the light pretty resistant to being dropped, knocked over, or just banged around. Theres a foldaway clip on the underside of the light for hanging it upsidedown when you have the shade removed, and there’s a bail handle on the other end to hang it from whatever is handy when you do have the shade on.20160731_143039

The non-skid tread on the bumper-like bottom of the light keeps it from sliding on slick surfaces and provides an excellent grip for unscrewing the base to change batteries.

Light output on low is enough to illuminate a room so you don’t trip over anything, on high it’s bright enough to get things done but you’ll still feel like you’re in a power outage. Where this light seems to really shine (as it were) is as an emergency ‘area light’. When the power goes out its the light you turn on and stick high up in a corner of the room, hang in the stairwell, or put in your emergency gear storage area. It’s an awesome emergency light for when the power goes out and you need some light to get your gear together or start up your secondary systems (generator, transfer switch, etc.)

I haven’t beaten the crap out of it yet, but it has rolled off my desk a few times, and once bounced out of the truck….seems to still be doing just fine. Your mileage may vary. Personally, I’ve been very pleased with mine and will be getting three or four more as spares/backups/loaners.

They’re available at the usual sources, like Amazon, but once in a while you can find an outdoors-gear vendor having them on sale. Even at regular price, though, they’re a good purchase.

Obama Signs Anti-GMO Labeling Bill Backed By Monsanto

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Obama Signs Anti-GMO Labeling Law Backed By Monsanto

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WASHINGTON – President Obama signed a bill into law over the weekend that supporters are calling a GMO labeling bill but that opponents charge is exactly the opposite.

In fact, the new law was supported by Monsanto. It passed the House, 306-17, and the Senate, 63-30.

The new law overturns a landmark Vermont law that would have required the text on GMO foods to say “produced with genetic engineering. While the Vermont law made it easy for consumers to understand what is in their foods, the new federal law only adds confusion, opponents say.

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The new law gives America’s largest food companies three options to label their products that contain GMO ingredients: a label on the package, a symbol on the package, or an electronic QR code that must be scanned with a smartphone to find out what is in the food. Smaller food companies would have the option of listing a website or telephone number.

“This law is a sham and a shame, a rushed backroom deal that discriminates against low-income, rural, minority and elderly populations,” said Andy Kimbrell, executive director at the Center for Food Safety. “The law also represents a major assault on the democratic decision making of several states and erases their laws with a vague multi-year bureaucratic process specifically designed to provide less transparency to consumers.”

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Do You Live in a Flood Zone? You’ll Want to See This

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By Joshua KrauseReady Nutrition  

Living in a flood zone is a lot like living next to a time bomb. You have no idea when it’s going to go off. Though some areas are flooded on a routine basis, those communities tend to be more prepared for such events. The real danger lies in living in a 50 year or a 100 year flood zone. The threat is great enough that it will probably happen in your lifetime, but not so great that you can expect local authorities and the local infrastructure to handle it properly.

But regardless of where you live, if there’s any chance of water reaching your home, you’ll want to do whatever you can to prepare for that event.

Aside from fires, floods can cause the most expensive damages to your home, and that’s assuming your home isn’t completely destroyed.

Thankfully, there is a rather unique method for guarding your home from flood water. Though it’s pretty expensive, it pales in comparison to the cost of flood damages. It’s called the Aqua Dam, and it made headlines last month when Texas was being inundated with flood waters.

According to the company that makes the Aqua Dam, it’s actually cheaper per square foot that sandbags, and is far easier and faster to install in an emergency. As an added bonus, the Aqua Dam can be used for storing potable water, which can be hard to come by if a storm damages local utilities. With attributes like that, I have a feeling that this product is going to be a hot commodity among preppers in the near future.

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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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Offgrid Survival: 12 Ways To Move Heavy Weights

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From ancient times to now, people have always been looking for ways to lift heavy objects. While we may not know how structures like Stonehenge and the menhirs were built, there are still a number of simple devices that can make life as a prepper much easier.

Have you ever tried to move furniture around your home, or during a move from one place to another? If so, then you may also be very familiar with what can happen if you use poor form while lifting, or you do not use the proper equipment.

As a prepper, avoiding sprains, muscle tears, and other injuries will be very important. In addition, if it is not feasible for you to lift heavy items without help, and you cannot build up to a suitable level, you need to know about devices that can make lifting heavy loads easier. Throughout time, scholars, historians, and scientists have labored with these questions and have come up with a number of useful, and simple devices.

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How to Stop Google App from Tracking You Everywhere You Go

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That’s the claim, anyway. If you use Google Maps on your phone etc., it keeps track of your every single step via GPS, making a perfect little map of everywhere you’ve been.

We are told features like this are easy enough to turn off… if you even know that you have the option to turn it off.

Then again, deep down we all realize there really is no off button, especially not for the government and military-industrial complex that created these “smart” technologies to begin with.

The news clip below shows how to turn this timeline “feature” off.

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Outbreak: Russian Bio Warfare Troops Rushed To Arctic: “Dangerous Infection”

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(Russian troops prepare to board a plane to infected region of Northern Russia)

By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

The Russian military has reportedly sent biological warfare teams to the Russian arctic in northern Siberia after at least 40 people and 1,200 reindeer died as the result of a violent and rapid spread of what is believed to be Bacillus Anthracis, more commonly known as Anthrax.

Russian officials said the infection may have started after a contaminated corpse was exposed following a warm summer in the Arctic which saw temperatures rise as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

There were dramatic scenes as the Russian army’s Chemical, Radioactive and Biological Protection Corps, equipped with masks and bio-warfare protective clothing, flew to to regional capital Salekhard on a military Il-76 aircraft to deal with the emergency.

They were deployed by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to carry laboratory tests on the ground, detect and eliminate the focal point of the infection, and to dispose safely of dead animals.

“As of now, there is no single diagnosis of the dangerous infection,” said a spokesman for the governor of Yamalo-Nenets, Dmitry Kobylkin.

The Sun UK

Officials  noted that they are not certain Anthrax is the sole cause and another biological agent may be to blame. Because of the remote location of the outbreak the situation has been, for the most part, contained according to Russian officials.

russia-bio-3(Regions north of Tarko Sale are the focus of the outbreak)

The claim that the Anthrax infection originated in nature sounds legitimate enough, but one can never discount the possibility of the involvement of state-sponsored or rogue assets, as has been noted in a recent release of U.S. government documents which expose widespread human experimentation programs utilizing chemical, biological and radiological weapons:

“…we have identified hundreds of radiological, chemical, and biological tests and experiments in which hundreds of thousands of people were used as test subjects. These tests and experiments often involved hazardous substances such as radiation, blister and nerve agents, biological agents, and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). In some cases, basic safeguards to protect people were either not in place or not followed. For example, some tests and experiments were conducted in secret; others involved the use of people without their knowledge or consent or their full knowledge of the risks involved.”

The Russian Arctic emergency highlights the importance of protective CBRN equipment that can be deployed quickly in the event of a rapidly spreading biological infection, chemical gas, or radiological threat.

This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Outbreak: Russian Bio Warfare Troops Rushed To Arctic: “Dangerous Infection”


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San Andreas Fault is Ready to Blow, Says Expert

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San Andreas fault

By Natural News Editors – Natural News

(NaturalNews) A leading earthquake scientist has said that the San Andreas fault in Southern California is ready to blow any day now. According to Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll”.

(Article by Sean Adl-Tabatabai, republished YourNewsWire.com.)

Latimes.com reports:

“The springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight. And the southern San Andreas fault, in particular, looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go,” Jordan said in the opening keynote talk.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/054812_San_Andreas_fault_California_Earthquake.html#ixzz4G142LlGg

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Magnetic Storm Watch, Earthquake Challenge | S0 News Jul.31.2016

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Published on Jul 31, 2016

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Spiritual Freefall-Todd Sepulveda-Pt 2-Plus Giveaway Winners

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Todd Sepulveda of PrepperWebsite.com joins me for the second half of our interview to talk about how far we have fallen morally as a nation. We also speculate how the pagan culture will have changed our country by the next election cycle.

A special thank you to Scott for sending us the link to the UN Disarmament Officer job application for the NY duty station.

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Free Audiobook Code Winners: Karyn A.  and Jeffrey R.

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Best Batteries for Emergency Preparedness

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Best Batteries for Emergency Preparedness   Batteries are a big part of our lives. If SHTF batteries will be OK for a while but once they started to run out these little power houses of energy could be the down fall. Batteries are actually confusing little things, so many different sizes and types. I found …

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15 Things To Do When The Power Goes Out

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When the weather is bad–rain pounding the roof, wind shaking the windows, thunder rumbling through the air, lights flickering off and on–you know the power could go out any minute. Other times the power goes out with no warning, and there’s no telling how long it will last. Most people have a mini panic attack […]

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The Fate Of Empires And Search For Survival

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Here’s a post that was the recommendation of a friend on FB. Enjoy. The Fate of Empires and Search For Survival Something to think about when making your own determination of where we are headed as a nation. JCD American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICEFiled under: Logistics Considerations, Mindset, Political, Preparedness Groups, Reading List

27 Survival Uses For Floss You Never Thought Of

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27 Survival Uses For Floss You Never Thought Of If you’re like most people, you probably have a roll of floss that never gets touched next to your bathroom sink. If you’re not going to use it, then you may as well put it in your bug out bag. Why? Because the size-to-usefulness ratio of …

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Nuclear Cartel Pulling Out All The Stops to Screw the Ratepayer in New York

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stock here, I have been harping on this for years.    The lies about Global Warming, which then morphed into “fighting carbon”, would be used to allow the nuclear cartel, on it’s deathbed, to screw the ratepayers out of many Billions, for their profit.

Carol Browner, former climate and energy advisor to President Barack Obama, said New York could serve as a “very important example” to other states struggling with potential nuclear plant shutdowns.

The industry hopes that if New York succeeds, it could pressure other states to adopt similar subsidies.

New York’s decision is “fundamentally the most important for the nuclear industry as a whole, and for Exelon’s nuclear fleet,” said Joe Dominguez, a government affairs official at the company, which owns or operates about two dozen nuclear units across the country. In Illinois, Exelon plans to shut two plants unless the state legislature passes a clean energy standard this year.

I found this “Nuclear Shutdown” site while researching the New York debacle.


Nuclear Shutdown News July 2016

Michael Steinberg Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline of the nuclear power industry in the US and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those who are working to create a nuclear free future. Here is our June 2016 report.

How To Make a Powerful Modern DIY HDTV Antenna

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How To Make a Powerful Modern DIY HDTV Antenna Are you paying hundreds of dollars a month for cable or satellite TV? Chances are you probably are. Or, are you struggling to pay for TV and can’t afford to buy a HDTV Ariel?  Sit back and think about this… do you really watch all of …

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Emergency Water Purification Calculator

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Emergency Water Purification Calculator In an emergency, to purify drinking water, two methods are most often used. Boiling is the preferred way to purify water. Bring water to a rolling boil for 3-5 minutes, keeping in mind that some water will evaporate. Let the water cool before drinking (obviously). Add one minute of boiling to the …

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A Drone’s-Eye View of Chernobyl

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A Drone’s-Eye View of Chernobyl Prepare to see Pripyat, home of the Soviet-era Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, like never before. A British man has used a drone to offer entirely new angle on the abandoned Soviet city, which became famous for the Chernobyl meltdown on April 26, 1986. This is why I want to buy …

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Sustainable Sundays #11

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It’s Sunday again! Welcome to Sustainable Sundays – the best link party focused entirely on eco friendly, sustainable practices. We’d love to have you link up posts about gardening, upcycling, homesteading, natural foods and recipes (nothing from a box!), reducing, reusing, and recycling.   

Are you cooling off where you live? On my Facebook page, people check in daily with the weather in their area and wow, is it a hot summer this year! I hope you’re staying safe and hydrated, no matter where you live!

Don’t forget to comment on other posts from this link party with #SustainableSundays – Danielle hunts you all down to find the Most Social Feature. EVEN if you don’t get a lot of clicks, you can still get the Most Social.

Usually we pick different bloggers for each feature, but the amazing Katy from Skip the Bag goes above and beyond in visiting and commenting on others. You’re awesome, Katy! It is really no surprise that she had the most visited post AND was the most social.

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Danielle @ DIYDanielle.com is a stay-at-home mom turned DIY and ecofriendly focused blogger. 

Between sewing, upcycling, and woodworking projects, Danielle loves to read, play with her dogs, try to keep her garden alive, and investigate new exciting ways to go green. Danielle also wrote the book, “A Complete Guide to Using, Laundering, and Sewing Reusable Cloth.

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Marie @ JustPlainMarie.ca lives in a literal “cabin in the woods” five miles up a rough dirt road where everything brought IN must be carted right back OUT – that’s a great incentive to produce much less garbage.

Their homestead is 100% solar powered and wood-heated. Marie is the author of “A Cabin Full of Food.

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Don’t Forget About Coffee!

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A while back I was in a novelty store, looking at humorous refrigerator magnets. One of them read: “I haven’t had my morning coffee yet. Don’t make me kill you.” Another read: “Coffee… because crack is not allowed in the workplace.” Yet another read: “Give me coffee or give me death.”

Movie scriptwriters have also taken advantage of Americans’ obsession with this caffeinated beverage in a variety of comedy films, including Airplane II: The Sequel. Peter Graves plays a flight captain who takes in stride the news that two of his crew members have died after being sucked out of an airlock. But when a flight attendant informs him that they’ve run out of Joe, he goes ballistic, loudly reminding everyone how many times he’s asked for extra coffee to be stored on board.

We laugh at these refrigerator-worthy phrases and comedic movie moments, but they bring up a valid point. Who wants to live in a world without coffee? When a disaster strikes it will be one of the items many people will wish they had stockpiled. And not just for the enjoyment of the taste or because of the headaches they will experience without their daily “fix.” They will also crave it for it’s ability to help them stay alert in night watch situations and for its use as a bartering tool.

When a crisis causes supermarkets to run out of food and other items quickly, coffee will be a coveted commodity because it is seldom included in personal stockpiles of food and water. It might be considered a luxury item by some, but others are convinced they need it to survive the day. Regardless, making it a part of your food stockpile is a great idea that will pay dividends.

(Editor’s Note: APN’s editor enjoys the Folgers Single Cup Bags. They allow you to make one cup at a time which cuts back on the smell of brewed coffee as you can cover your cup. It also makes it much easier to keep track of exactly how many cups you have. Let’s say you drink 2 cups a day; there is 365 days a year x 2 = 730 singles packets. On amazon (Follow the link above.) you can get 113 bags for around $28.oo


Here are five reasons for including coffee in a survival stash:


  1. Coffee will disappear quickly from store shelves in an emergency. Those who stockpile food and water for emergencies are in the minority, and even many of them do not include coffee in their stashes, so it’s likely to be swept up right away by people who thought of stockpiling everything else except a good cup of joe.


  1. Stay alert in night watch situations. A disaster that causes power outages will also cause people to behave in ways they would not otherwise. Some families and groups may be forced to have one person stay awake at all times. Coffee not only keeps you awake, but also more alert and able to concentrate.


  1. Use as a bartering tool. During the Civil War, Southern soldiers had plenty of tobacco but little coffee, while soldiers in the North had a lot of coffee but little tobacco, making for a perfect bartering situation. When stores run out of the necessities, there will be plenty of trading going on. Coffee will once again be a valuable bartering item following a disaster.


  1. It’s good for you. Once considered harmful, coffee is now known to be rich in flavonoids, a group of antioxidant compounds. Some studies show that coffee can actually protect the heart, lower the risk of several forms of cancer and reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. And it puts most people in a better mood, which can be helpful in a stressful situation.


  1. Enjoyment. Smiles and laughs in a post-disaster society will be few and far between, so people will want to occasionally savor something simply for its taste. Coffee lovers will argue that their beverage choice is delicious. And if coffee is as addictive as they jokingly say it is, they’re going to need it as much as want it.


Frank Bates, founder of 4Patriots LLC, is a contributing writer to Patriot Headquarters, a website featuring hundreds of articles on how to be more independent and self-reliant. He also offers Food4Patriots, a supplier of emergency food suitable for long-term storage, survival and emergency preparedness.




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Children Murdering Children: The Enduring Legacy of Gun Control

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20003767 – road sign stating gun free zone

Of all the groups of people harmed most by gun control, none are as obvious as children. Not only are children senselessly murdered in gun free zones, kidnapped and tortured, the anti-gun movement hides behind the innocence of children and uses them as emotional triggers.

If we are ever to liberate our nation and the world from the waste and horror caused by gun control, we must have clear understandings about how these laws hurt children, and how we must change not just our government, but global governing bodies as well.

Gun Free Zones are Deadly to Children

Did you know that the very first modern day massacre of children happened in a gun free zone and was carried out by a child?

In less than a year from the passage of the amended Gun Free School Zone Act, Barry Loukaitis murdered two classmates and one teacher. Barry was just 14 years old, but he ushered in the era of children murdering children with the blessing of the federal laws and other gun control laws across the nation.

This and other cases of children (under age 21) murdering children in gun free zones right here in the US include:

  • Evan Ramsey (age 16) murdered one student and a principal on 2/19/1997 in Bethel Alaska
  • Luke Woodham (age 16) murdered 2 fellow students on 10/1/1997 in Pearl Mississippi.
  • Michael Carneal (age 14) murdered 3 fellow students attending a prayer circle at Heath High School, a gun free zone, on 12/1/1997 in West Paducah, Kentucky.
  • Mitchell Johnson (13), and Andrew Golden (11), murdered 4 students and 1 teacher on 3/24/1998 at Westside Middle Highschool, a gun free zone, in Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Kip Kinkel (15) murdered 2 students on 5/21/1998 at Thurston High School, a gun free zone in Springfield Oregon.
  • Eric Harris (18) and Dylan Klebold (17) murdered 12 students and one teacher on 4/20/1999 at Columbine High School, a gun free zone located in Littleton, CO
  • Victor Cordova (12) murdered one student on 11/19/1999 at Denning Middle School, a gun free zone in Deming, New Mexico
  • Charles Andrew Williams (15) murdered two students on March 5, 2001 at Santana High School, a gun free zone in Santee, California.
  • Donald R. Burt Jr, (17), murdered one student on 3/30/2001 at Lew Wallace High School, a gun free zone in Gary, Indiana
  • John Jason McLaughlin (15) murdered 2 students on 9/24/2003 at Rocori High School, a gun free zone located in Cold Springs, Minnesota.
  • Adam Lanza (20), murdered 20 children on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a gun free zone in Newtown, Connecticut.
  • Jaylen Ray Fryberg (15) murdered 2 students on 10/24/14 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, a gun free zone in Marysville, Washington.

Aside from every one of these murders happening in a federally mandated gun free zone, let us not forget that, according to federal law, in almost all cases, it was also illegal for these children to have guns. No matter whether children murder children, or adults murder children, the fact remains that one law, two laws, hundreds of laws will not stop that tragedy from happening.

The fact that there was no one on the premises of these schools with a gun created more bloodshed, more ruin, and more horror.  In every case, it required police, who had to get to the school, and then to the suspect before the rampage could be stopped WITH A GUN.

It is a universally known fact that the person on the scene first is going to be the one most likely to accomplish their agenda. When murderers want to be the first on the scene so that they can carry out their sick acts, it is patently obvious that they have picked, and will continue to pick gun free zones.

We Don’t Need Studies to Tell Us About the Children Murdered Because of Gun Control

If you think the loss of innocent lives in schools and other gun free zones is a horrific nightmare, then you may not realize much worse may be going on right in your back yard or up the street.

You see, while your children sleep, eat, and play in a home secured by loving, armed, and vigilant parents, other children are not so fortunate. These children are at the mercy of a system that doesn’t allow the parents to have guns because they are living in Section 8 housing, or some other law was passed to disarm people group by group.

And, as you may well know, many of these parents are poor to begin with because the very same people that promote gun control are also the ones  driving our jobs overseas and taxing our nation to death.

If that’s not a disgusting way of using money to disarm the nation and violate our Second Amendment rights, I don’t know what is!

Video first seen on Indiana State Police Information Channel.

Gun Control Doesn’t Limit Itself to Killing America’s Children

Since 2007, a whopping 22% of recognized countries in this world have experienced one or more terrorist attacks at the hand of radical Islamic terrorists, and most of those countries had more than one attack in any given year. To make a list of all the children murdered  in these attacks and point out all of the places with strict gun control is a heartbreaking exercise.

For the moment, let’s focus on 3 of the worst terrorist tragedies overseas involving children slaughtered in gun free zones or nations with strict gun control.


Two of the worst massacres of children at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists occurred in Nigeria.  The first occurred on December 13, 2014, and was carried out by Boko Haram.  At least 35 people were murdered, and almost 200 women and children are missing to this day.  According to the country page for Nigeria at gunpolicy.org, this country is listed as “permissive” insofar as gun rights.

Unfortunately for the anti-gunners, anyone with half a brain that clicks on the citation for that will see that the article quoted was published in 1969.  If you scroll down and look a the  more modern information, you will see that Nigeria is a textbook example of what gun grabbers want to do to this country.

When gun control was imposed on Nigeria in 1990, it became illegal for citizens to own machine guns, hand guns, and “military rifles”. This situation shows so clearly how gun laws only serve to limit non-criminals such as the innocent men, women, and children that were left at the mercy of well armed terrorists.  

To add insult to injury, not one father, not one mother of these missing children has a gun with which to defend themselves from future attacks. It is no wonder that Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations are sitting back laughing as they rape these girls and torture them. Not only did they get away with it, but they know they can get away with it over and over again in every country and area where gun control makes it impossible for people to defend themselves.

Nigeria. Again

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Boko Haram, did, in fact, strike twice at the children of Nigeria. This time, they didn’t just “hit and run”.  Beginning on January 3, 2015, and ending on January 7th, Boko Haram once again thumbed their noses at gun control after overrunning a military base. Once the only viable guns in the area were neutralized, Boko Haram slaughtered thousands, including innocent women and children.

No matter how much the governments try to reduce the numbers with conflicting fatality reports, the fact remains that 17 towns are gone, and thousands of people remain missing. Clearly, if the people of these villages had guns, we would have far more terrorists laying around dead. When it comes to the harmful impact of gun control on children, Nigeria is one of the best cases because it clearly shows the opportunistic nature of terrorists and how they will strike again and again at any area they see as weak.


An elementary school was attacked on December 16, 2014, resulting in the murder of 132 children.  In order to stop the bloodshed, the Pakistani military had to intervene in order to save almost 1000 more lives.

According to the country page for Pakistan at gunpolicy.org, once, Pakistan is also  listed as “permissive” insofar as gun rights. On the surface, civilians are allowed to own just about any kind of gun, however, all guns must be registered with the government. Unfortunately, this link fails to show the truth about how gun control helped murder those 132 children.

You see, in Pakistan, schools are gun free zones, just as they are here in the United States. As with every other nation on Earth, terrorists will attack and kill in any building or location where they know law abiding people won’t be carrying guns, because they know they can get away with it. Even though Pakistani forces eventually caught the terrorists that attacked the school, there is no bringing those children back, and every terrorist planning an attack knows gun free zones are the best places of all to spread terror and fear.

So What Do We Do About “Gun Violence”?

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that the murder of innocent children must stop. I would certainly love to believe that a law restricting guns could fix all of this, however the test of time and case after case proves that laws will not solve this problem.

If children aren’t slaughtered with guns, they will be slaughtered with trucks full of fertilizer, poison gas, and anything else that terrorists can get their hands on. From that perspective, I feel the answer cannot be found in limiting the rights of citizens. Rather, the answer is found in expanding them.  Here’s what I feel would reduce “gun violence” and the slaughter of children here and around the world:

  • Get rid of all public gun free zones.
  • Citizens and businesses that do not own guns should have themselves, their home, and place of business taken off the list of people and  addresses for law enforcement to respond to in the event of a crime or act of terrorism; unless they can prove that they have alternative adequate means to defend property and body. Since anti-gunners are notorious for pointing out the evils of law enforcement right along with guns, there is no reason why our tax dollar should be paying for the very safety they seek to take from the rest of us.
  • Set up a federal program whereby all people can get at least one free gun plus training on how to use it. People that cannot afford guns should also have all fees waived for permits,etc.
  • Speaking of permits, it is also time to do away with all government hindrances on gun ownership and how people choose to carry them.
  • Children should be taught gun safety and marksmanship as soon as they enter the pre-school and elementary school system.
  • At least one  gun range and ammo source, paid for by the federal government, should be available for the poor and needy so that they can practice their skills.

Far to many people today have been brainwashed into believing that guns are only of use in a gunfight. Nevertheless, even in the recent terror attack in Nice, France, the police had to use guns to stop the slaughter of innocent people.

Guns can, and are used to stop terror attacks and crime sprees of every kind, regardless of the weapons used by the attacker. When guns are only in the hands of the police and military, it is the children that suffer.

As we have seen in the US, France, Germany, Pakistan, Nigeria, and every other nation on Earth, guns aren’t going to magically disappear because laws are made against them. The only thing that disappears is personal safety and the safety of our children.

In this election season, Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate willing to give even a slight inkling of how dangerous the “gun controlled” world is. He is also the only candidate willing to get rid of “gun free zones” and admit that they are worse than a failure. Even if you disagree with Trump on everything else, this one issue is the most important litmus test of all.

No nation can be free of crime and terror when citizens are disarmed. No child can be safe in a school not guarded by guns. Shameful as it may be, this is the condition of the nation and world we live in today. To deny that for the sake of gun control, I feel, is the kind of ignorance and selfishness that lead to the destruction of us all.

Each time you hear different, just look at the growing list of terror attacks throughout the world and their magnitude and let your own eyes be the judge of just how serious these problems are.











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Acts 5:3-4

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But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart
to lie to the Holy Spirit … Why is it that you have conceived
this act [of hypocrisy and deceit] in your heart?

     Most likely, you are familiar with the story of Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, in the Book of Acts. This post will complete my discourse on how important the state of our heart is in our salvation journey.  I hope to show you how our thoughts can be infected by the Enemy, pass through the filter (or gateway) of our hearts, and ultimately affect our spirits. (If you have not read the previous post, I think it will help you to see the Biblical support of this hypothesis).  And I want you to notice how many times the topic of “our heart” is mentioned in this concept and in Scripture.
     First, let’s take a look at the backdrop of the story … We have millions of Jews in Jerusalem.  They originally arrived in celebration of the Spring Feasts; and the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth had taken place during these Feasts of the Lord.  So, there would have been some buzz going on among the multitudes about the rumors that this resurrected Jesus had been seen by 500 people (1 Corinthians 15:6).  Then came the Feast of Pentecost, on which the nation of Israel, for over 1300 years, had celebrated the giving of the Law (Torah) to Moses.  On that very day, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to write His Law (commandments) on the tablets of our heart.  
     This was the event for which Jesus had told the Apostles to go to Jerusalem and wait … He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Of which,” He said, “you have heard Me speak.  For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized and empowered and united with the Holy Spirit, not long from now” (Acts 1:4-5).  So you can imagine the uproar and enthusiasm among the crowds when those tongues of fire came down upon the Apostles.  And how I wish I could have heard the supernatural sermon that Peter preached; one in which the Amplified version of the Bible says “cut to the heart” of those who heard it.  Peter shared that the promise of the Holy Spirit was extended to them, too, if they would repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins.  “You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” was a powerful incentive to answer this invitation.  
     Of course the ruling class of the Jews were confounded by this event and by the response of the people.  Here, they thought they were done with the rabble-rouser Jesus, and then His disciples not only begin healing in His Name, but they are stirring up the people again … will the influence of this man, Jesus, never end?  After being arrested, questioned about the miracle of healing the man who had been lame for 40 years, and then released, the new followers of the teachings of Jesus were once again moved by Peter, and thanked God in a powerful prayer that resulted in them being of one heart and soul, and full of boldness and courage for their new faith.
     They were so moved by the presence of God through the Holy Spirit, that they were willing to help support those Jews who were “staying over” after Pentecost in order to hear and learn more about the Gospel Message.  So the Bible tells us that people began selling land and property as the needs of the people were identified.  One such man, Barnabas, received particular accolades, as he laid the proceeds from the sale of his land at the apostles feet — a humble and generous act.
     Now, the very next thing the Bible tells us happens at the beginning of Chapter 5.  We read that a man named Ananias, and his wife, Sapphira, sell a piece of their property, but rather than giving the full proceeds, they decide to hold back a little for themselves — and we need to understand that there is nothing wrong with that.  The problem is that with his wife’s full knowledge and complicity he lied about keeping back some of the money.  Clearly, both husband and wife were partners in the deception. They both wanted the image of great generosity (like Barnabas), without actually being remarkably generous.
     But Peter confronts Ananias about his lie.  Once again, God apparently gave Peter supernatural knowledge of what Ananias had done, through the spiritual gift called the word of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8).  Peter asks, Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?  Peter did not accuse Ananias of lying to the church or to the apostles, but to the Holy Spirit Himself.  Peter then asks Ananias, Why have YOU conceived this thing in your heart?  Peter acknowledged that Satan had filled the heart of Ananias, yet Peter still needed to ask why Ananias, himself, had conceived this thing in his heart. 
     Various versions of the Bible have Peter asking why Ananias “contrived” or “planned” this thing in his heart.  Are you beginning to see the importance that our heart plays in deciding who we will follow in this world?  Satan can influence the life of a believer, even a spirit-filled believer like Ananais, but he can’t do your sinning for you.  He can plant the thought in your mind (which is a powerful component of your soul, which remember is made up of your mind, emotions, and will).  If your spirit is home to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the case of Ananias and Sapphira, then the condition of your heart determines whether you listen to your mind or your spirit.  Ananias had a decision to make and his heart ruled in favor of his mind, rather than the spirit within him.  And the consequences were dire — He dropped dead in an instant!
     Remember that the parable of the Sower is about the condition of the ground in which the seed is sown.  The ground represents our hearts, and the seed is the Word of God.  Satan tries to mix rocks and thorns among the good soil, to stifle the growth of the seed.  That’s exactly what he did in the hearts of Ananias and Sapphira.  Ananias had been saved after Peter’s supernatural preaching and the Word had been sown in his heart, but Peter correctly pronounces that Satan filled Ananias’s heart with Pride, and Ananias did not root that out and, instead, embraced the Pride and decided to lie (of his own free will; another part of his soul) – not only publicly to the apostles and the people, but more importantly to the Holy Spirit within him, who knew the Truth.  
     So here you have the complete picture … THE SOUL  — the mind which can become corrupted by the lies of Satan (You, Ananias, can receive the same praise as Barnabas, just don’t admit to keeping back part of it for yourself), along with our emotions (I want to feel the glow of praise from the Apostles) and our free will (I can keep part of the profit and reap the honors)  — coming into conflict with THE SPIRIT  (which if you are Saved, is full of truth and grace).  This conflict takes place in the heart, where both the soul and spirit battle for our allegiance.  
     That is why it is so imperative that we recognize what it means to “take Scripture to heart”.  I think 2 Corinthians 10:5 explains it best:  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.  The arguments and lofty opinions are Satan’s lies that come into our minds as thoughts and reasons why we shouldn’t listen to the Spirit’s voice, which ministers to us and gives us “the knowledge of God”.  And can you see how important it is to keep your heart clean and pure; cleansed of any pride or doubt and unbelief?  If the heart is the filter between our flesh (the soul) and our God-filled spirits, then I want to stack the deck in favor of the Holy Spirit.  If my heart is the seat of determination for who I will follow, then I need to guard it and protect it from everything other than God.  
     After all, isn’t God seeking men and women after His own heart?  He wants our hearts to be like HIS!  Sadly, I am far from that saintly goal.  But, hopefully, this little study has been able to help you pay more attention to the state of your own heart.  I now see how important it is to God, and how easily the Enemy can infiltrate my thoughts and emotions, causing me to poison my heart and drown out the Spirit.  We all need to pay attention to the lesson of Ananias and Sapphira, which clearly shows us what can happen when our hearts become deceitful.

A Love of Life, Gardening And Food. How We Came To Be Jim and Mary

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This past week was a big milestone for the blog as we passed our 30,000,000th visitor to the site. When we first started talking about gardening, canning, cooking and living a more simple life – neither of us realized just how many people really

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A Son’s IdentityPart 3(an archive selection)

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Original Dateline: 10 July 2005
Repost Dateline: 1 August 2016

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series I discussed how boys seek role models and that these role models shape a boy’s identity. I also pointed out that godly fathers must not only endeavor to be a godly role model for their boys, they must also provide their boys with wholesome alternatives to the sorry examples of manly role models that the popular culture provides for our children.

Now, finally, I want to tell you about a wholesome character-building, identity-shaping, resource that I believe is an incredibly effective tool that fathers can use to help their boys mature into wise and well-adjusted men. But this is not just a resource that fathers can use. It is something that mothers and grandparents and, even, close friends and relatives can give to a young boy and it will make a difference for good in that boy’s life. And I think young girls will like it too.

I discovered this resource three years ago, when my two youngest boys were 7 and 10. Christmas was coming and I was surfing the internet, looking for unique gifts. I got the idea that some books-on-tape would be good for the kids. It would be an alternative to television (which we do not watch a lot of) and videos. I bought a couple G.A. Henty books on tape. Then I found a tape series called Sugar Creek Gang. I read the description of the series and the testimonials and I decided to part with the money to give the first 12 tapes in the series a try (there are 72 recorded stories altogether). I also bought each of the kids a $12 tape recorder from WalMart.

Come Christmas day, the kids opened their books-on-tape gifts and were not exactly thrilled. They were polite and thankful and set the tapes aside so they could play with the more exciting gifts. Later on, they gave their recorders a try.

Now, here we are three years later. The Henty tapes were listened to once. The “more exciting gifts” have been forgotten. But The Sugar Creek Gang tapes are still being listened to…. every single day! I kid you not. 

My kids listen to the stories on these tapes (I’ve purchased 4 volumes out of 6, so far) every single day. They listen to them in the car when we are traveling. They go to sleep at night listening to them. My two youngest boys absolutely love these tapes.

The tapes are narrations of the original Sugar Creek Gang books written by Paul Hutchens, starting in 1939. They are based on Mr. Hutchens’ own boyhood days growing up on a farm in Sugar Creek township (near Thorntown) in Indiana. Mr. Hutchens was born in 1902. The stories are a wonderful celebration of agrarian life. Hutchens had six brothers and two sisters. His childhood memories were the inspiration for the books.

The tapes I have are narrated by Paul Ramseyer, who does such a good job. They are fast paced, exciting and boy do they ever teach good things! When I hear my boys saying bible verses, singing portions of hymns, and quoting poetry (i.e., “Barefoot Boy With Cheeks of Tan” or “Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree” ) that they picked up from these tapes, I am delighted. When my youngest son asks me, “Dad, do you know what a Quaker Blessing is?,” and then tells me when I say no, I’m impressed. And when these boys want to help their mother in the kitchen or me in the garden, because of the influence of these stories, I’m grateful. 

I simply can not say enough good about these audio recordings!

I asked my youngest which Sugar Creek Gang stories he likes best. It was hard for him to decide, but his top three are “The Timberwolf,” The Treasure Hunt,” and “The Killer Bear.” I asked him what “The Killer Bear” was about and he told me it is about how “Little Jim” shoots an angry bear with “Big Jim’s” rifle. Big Jim is fifteen and the leader of the gang. Little Jim is only 8 years old. I won’t tell you how he does it. Wow! What a story! 

When I asked my 14-year his favorites, he thought awhile and said “The Lost Campers,” “The Trapline Thief,” and “The Blue Cow,” but quickly added that they were all good.

Marlene says I should tell you that Bill Collins’ father (the book’s are written from Bill’s perspective) is not portrayed as a bumbling idiot, like fathers are portrayed in the media today. Instead, this father is a good Christian man who leads his family with wisdom and compassion.

I purchased these tapes on the internet from Beloved Books. They are worth every penny of their cost. I know this sounds like an infomercial. Let me officially say that I do not have any any financial interest in any way with Beloved Books.

Today I am ordering volumes 5 and 6 for my boys. I should not have put it off. I see that Beloved Books has a special introductory offer. You can get two hours of listening to “The Swamp Robber,” for $4.95, postage paid. I encourage you to at least get this tape and listen to it. Do it today. You’re going to enjoy it as much as your kids!

This concludes my 3-part series on A Son’s Identity. Thank you for reading it.

2016 Update

It has been 11 years since I first posted this essay. My boys are no longer children. My two youngest (who were 7 and 10 when I first bought them those Paul Ramseyer cassette tapes of The Sugar Creek Gang) are now 22 and 25. They haven’t listened to the audios in a lot of years. But if you ask them about those stories, they will still tell you how much they loved them.  Now, of course, the audio recordings are available in CD format.

I believe those audios from Beloved Books were the the absolute best educational and character-building resources I ever bought my kids. I thank God I found them. 

There are also Sugar Creek Gang books and there is a relatively new DVD series. But I’m persuaded that these old audios by Paul Ramseyer are uniquely special. They engage the imagination far better than a film can do. Hutchens just has a way of telling the stories so well.

You can download and listen to the first story in this audio series now by going to this link: A Free Gift From Beloved Books

One more thought… Times have changed. My kids didn’t have phones and Facebook when they were younger. And I did not allow any video games in my home. Will Paul Ramseyer’s audio readings of The Sugar Creek Gang still appeal to young boys now in 2016? 

Probably not all boys, especially not those who have been well mentored by popular culture and the peer conformity dictated by popular culture. But if you can introduce these stories to boys at just the right age, I think they can still resonate. There is still the potential to make a tremendous positive difference.

10 Last Minute Things to Do Before TEOTWAWKI

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Last Minute TEOTWAWKI (1)If you are watching the news and following events you know that the country could be in major crisis with very little notice. The average citizen in Venezuela had little time to prepare for the collapse of their economy, and the author of this book lived through Argentina’s multiple collapses and can give you tips for preparing and surviving.

An economic collapse, an EMP, war — these worst case scenarios are part of the reason we all prep, so that we can handle the unexpected. But suppose you have a few hours notice? What are the 10 last minute things that are most important?

Here’s a list of my suggestions:

1. Contact your friends and family and let them know what is happening. Get the kids out of school, get home from work, in other words get your group together in one location.
2. If you are bugging out to a stocked retreat, load the car, fuel up, gather extra gas cans, and leave now. You can complete the rest of this list en route and when you arrive. Before you leave, make sure you have a destination. You do not want to become a refugee.
3. Make a last minute trip to the grocery store. Buy items that you are short of, but at the very least, grab useful items like batteries, candles, matches and all the canned meats you can carry. Grab any other other last minute supplies you need. Don’t forget extra fuel. Be sure to store it in proper containers for safety.
4. Check your prescriptions and go to the pharmacy and get any refills you can. While there, stock up on the over-the-counter medications your family typically needs.
5. Check your water supplies. Are all containers filled and in good condition? If you have a waterBOB, fill it now,and have 2 on hand if you have 2 bathtubs. If you don’t have a waterBOB, fill your bathtub and all extra containers that you have on hand. Locate your water filters and make sure they are ready to use.
6. If it appears the power will go out, get your generators or other sources of off-grid power ready. It should be done even if you will be using kerosene lanterns, a propane cooker, or anything else that doesn’t rely on generator power. You may need that generator in the middle of the night, so test it and have it ready to go at a moment’s notice.
7. If you have a freezer full of food, implement your plan to preserve it. If this is going to take some time, wrapping your freezer in blankets can help keep your food frozen for a longer period. If you own a Yeti cooler, as your freezer begins to warm up, keep as much meat as possible in the Yeti. This will buy you at least a couple of days before it must be cooked.
8. If the weather is cold and you will lose heat, get your blankets, sleeping bags and cold weather clothes ready. If it is hot, make sure that your group is dressed appropriately for the weather and has plenty of water to drink and battery-operated fans to help avoid heat-stroke.
9. Make sure that your first aid and medical supplies are easily accessible. This medical kit is especially well-equipped.
10. Implement your security plan.

These 10 last minute things can be accomplished in a short period of time if you do a bit of pre-planning. For instance, if you are familiar with the layout of your nearest grocery store and where the important items are, you may be able to gather things up quickly.

If you have more than one vehicle and multiple drivers, you’ll be able to simultaneously pick up the kids, get the cars gassed up, run by the grocery store, and be on the road quickly. Be prepared to act fast and without hesitation. If you are wrong and nothing happens, you won’t have lost much and you will have had a good drill.

UPDATED on July 27, 2016.

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6 Uses For Egg Shell Membrane

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6 Uses For Egg Shell Membrane You Never Thought Of For something that is normally thrown out as rubbish, the membrane lining in an egg shell has some surprising uses. That’s right, crack that egg and use it as normal. Then, instead of throwing the shell away, peel that thin white skin or membrane out …

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How To Reheat Food Without A Microwave

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How To Reheat Food Without A Microwave We all reheat food pretty much on a daily basis. The obvious method of doing this is in a microwave. Did you know that you don’t need a microwave to reheat food and by doing so will give you more flavor and more nutritious meals? I found a …

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Build This Cob House For $3000

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Build This Cob House For $3000 Building a cob house is second on my list after a log cabin. If I am honest with my self, a cob house should be first because they are easier to build and repair. Cob houses actually keep the temperature inside more regulated, thus saving valuable energy on cooling …

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30 Foods & Herbs with Natural Antibiotic Properties

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30 Foods & Herbs with Natural Antibiotic Properties I believe in modern medicine. That said, modern medicine may not always be available, especially in emergency situations. And it can help to have a strong immune system in general, to avoid getting sick to begin with. Check out this fantastic list of foods and herbs that could …

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The Best Fruits and Vegetables That Fight Dehydration

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The Best Fruits and Vegetables That Fight Dehydration Dehydration is a killer! I want to share this article because from a survival standpoint this is great knowledge to have because if SHTF and you have no real source of water growing these fruits and veggies could help you and your family survive long enough to …

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32 Outrageously Fun Things You’ll Want In Your Backyard This Summer

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32 Outrageously Fun Things You’ll Want In Your Backyard This Summer I just can’t help myself. I love spending time out in my yard! Now that the weather is hot, we can do what normal people do and buy a little pool and sunbath but where is the fun in that. My favorite thing on …

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10 Survival Uses for Zip Ties

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10 Survival Uses for Zip Ties I normally use zip ties to keep my chicken coop wire together, it works great and I can cut them off when I want to make the coop bigger, Easy and less hassle than using metal wire. Zip ties were primarily used for electric cables or wires. Because of …

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How to Skin Deer, Elk, Antelope, Goat, or Sheep

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How to Skin Deer, Elk, Antelope, Goat, or Sheep I want to start off by saying I have never tried to skin anything. I know I need to learn so that’s why I went hunting for some good information on how to skin animals that I may most likely come across in a SHTF situation. They …

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We Like You So Much

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We Like You So Much. Do these steps to see everyone you love again! Hello and welcome to the only website that rewards you for commenting, liking, tagging and sharing articles on your social media platforms. Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter.. etc. I didn’t post this on FB direct because no one will see it. I …

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Hearing From God

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Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place: For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.  He said unto him, I [am] a prophet also as thou [art]; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. [But] he lied unto him.  So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.

1 Kings 13: 15-19

To get a good understanding of today’s study, you need to read the entire chapter of 1 Kings 13It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve written on this passage, but it is so important, that i have to revisit it from time to time. In these perilous days, there is no prepper skill nearly as important as hearing from God.

“God told me to tell you . . . ” Red flags should be popping up all over the place anytime a sentence is predicated by those six words. I’m not saying someone couldn’t have a prophetic word for you, but it should be in keeping with what God is already telling you, as a confirmation, or it could be a message that aligns with God’s Word to convict you of something you already know you need to be doing. On occasions, God can send a prophetic word through another person as an answer to a question you’ve been seeking God’s wisdom for.

But, if you get a “God told me to tell you . . .” that is in contrast to what God has been telling you directly, don’t listen to it. Like the old prophet from Bethel, the person giving you the contradictory message may have no ill will towards you, but that doesn’t mean the word is from God. For the man of God from Judah who decided to listen to the old prophet rather than the word he’d received directly from God, it cost him his life.

So how do we know? If you get a word from the Lord through another person, you need confirmation on your own. That can only come through spending time in the presence of God. And just how do we get in the presence of God? I’m glad you asked.

I suppose the obvious answer is church. And in the perfect world, yes, that would be correct. However, in the world we live in, that may or may not be true, depending on the church. The surefire answer is spending time reading the Bible and praying. If you’ll make a daily habit out of reading the Bible and staying connected to God through prayer, his Spirit will guide you and give you direction for making decisions in your day to day life. When you want to press in a little deeper, try spending time in personal worship, just listening to worship music and thanking God for all the blessings he has given you.

There will be times when an issue arises that is so complicated and perplexing, that you just can’t seem to get an answer through prayer and your normal daily Bible reading. For those times, combine your regular Bible reading, personal worship and prayer with fasting. Although the answer doesn’t always come right away, this combination has never failed me.

The key to hearing from God is stagnancy connected through daily Bible reading and prayer. Church is a good thing and you need to be in fellowship with other believers, but no Sunday sermon is going to make up for the other six days of the week when you need to be seeking God on your own. Don’t wait until the crisis comes to start getting in touch with your creator, if you’re not already doing so, start that habit today!

Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!


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Kids and off grid can work

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Got kids and want to live off grid? Think it’s not possible? Maybe you should check out this family in Canada,  they are doing it very much on the cheap.  One suggestion I would make is to ditch the upright fridge and replace it with a chest freezer to fridge conversion (http://www.off-grid.net/kicked-freezer-fridge-conversion/) it is so incredibly efficient, they could cut down tremendously on their power outlay.

Other than that,  I think they are doing a fantastic job!


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How To Freshen and Clean Carpet Stains with 2 Natural Ingredients

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How To Freshen and Clean Carpet Stains with 2 Natural Ingredients   If you have carpet you know how unsightly stains can be. There is a great natural way to clean them and that works great to freshen the carpets too. These 2 natural ingredients work together to tackle and clean the toughest of stains. Coffee …

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100 Days of NO Processed Meals – Crock Pot Recipes

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100 Days of NO Processed Meals – Crock Pot Recipes   By “no processed” foods I mean that nothing in these recipes calls for cream-of junk (unless it’s homemade), any pre-packed item like Italian Dressing, or Velveeta (bless Velveeta’s heart), etc. You WILL find ingredients like:  soy sauce, ketchup, canned beans, taco seasoning and mustard. Why? Because those things …

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A Son’s IdentityPart 2(an archive selection)

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Original Dateline: 9 July 2005
Repost Dateline: 31 July 2016

This immoral fictional character was 
one of my biggest boyhood role models.

In A Son’s Identity: Part 1 I explained how all young boys look for role models they want to be just like. When this happens, the boy, in a very real sense, allows these role models to shape his identity. Then I told you how, as an 8-year-old boy, I wanted to be a super secret agent, like Derek Flint and James Bond.

Having read all the James Bond books when I was a boy, I can tell you the lifestyle of this man is one of materialism, womanizing, gambling, and substance abuse (alcohol and tobacco). Sure, there are all kinds of thrills in 007’s life, but thrills do not lead to fulfillment. Look under the glamour and you’ll find a shallow, self-centered, and vain man whose life is void of substantive meaning. In short, Bond is a desperate and pitiful human being. He is a product of, and a classic example of, the modern industrialized man.

So how, you might wonder, did I make the transition from idolizing to indicting this fictional paragon of vainglory foolishness? Well, it’s a God thing, really. I became a Christian, grew in my faith and, eventually, caught the vision of God’s archetype for manhood, which is pretty much the complete opposite of the 007 example.

And then there is the Agrarian connection. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog entries, my family moved from our suburban tract-house outside Syracuse, N.Y. to an old farm house on 25 acres out in the country. This was a significant life-changing experience for me. I was not a complete stranger to the country. My grandfather (another role model I’ll talk about one day) was a retired potato farmer in Northern Maine, and I have wonderful memories of summers spent visiting my grandparents. But I was not a country boy. And our family’s move was not a visit. It was for life. I’m still here.

I am firmly convinced, from my own experience, that there is no better place for a boy to grow up than out in the country. Agrarian life at its best fulfills a boy’s deepest yearnings and can ignite his imagination in countless wholesome ways. The little adventures and experiences that come from living in close contact with the woods, fields, streams, wildlife, and work of a simple rural farm or homestead are also incredibly valuable when it comes to instilling character and integrity in a boy.

But Agrarian life does not, in itself, provide a boy with the positive identity-shaping influences he needs. Within the Agrarian framework, there needs to be an example of a real man. I’m not speaking of a hollywood super hero or a sports star or a rock musician or any of the sordid subculture icons that vie for a modern boy’s attention and, in reality, his life. I’m talking of a real, reach-out-and-touch-him-talk-to-him-and-do-stuff-with him man. This man should, preferably, be the boy’s father (but a grandfather or other man can fill the role).

A father who lives, and loves, and leads in a wholesome, God-glorifying manner will impact a boy’s life like nothing else. If a son sees the good fruit of a godly father, he will, 99.9% of the time, embrace the beliefs of the father. I believe a father’s primary ministry and work in life should be to his family. A father must not only provide a godly example, he must protect his children from the influence of unwholesome role models. And he must provide his children with other examples of wholesome role models.

This is what I believe to be true. This is what I endeavor to do in my family with my boys. I am not the best at it, but I’m aware of the importance of being and doing what I’ve just told you, and I believe, with God’s help, it is making a difference in my children’s lives. My boys are thriving in this kind of environment. They are having a far better childhood than I ever had. They will, I trust and pray, grow up to be better men than I.

I have one more thing to say along the lines of this subject, but I have decided to save it for the next entry. I will tell you about a resource for young boys (and, to some extent, girls) that is a powerfully effective, wholesome, identity-shaping and character-building influence. It is something I discovered three years ago and I have seen it bear remarkable fruit in the life of my two youngest boys. 

Stay tuned…….

Those Emergency Blankets You Love SUCK… But There Is Hope

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Those Emergency Blankets You Love SUCK… But There Is Hope You’ve all seen them: those silver, compact emergency blankets that are about a buck and could supposedly save your life in a crisis. You may even have a half dozen packed in your bug out bag. They suck, according to Graywolf of Graywolf Survival. After reading his article I …

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How to Make Hickory Bark Syrup

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How to Make Hickory Bark Syrup You’ve heard of maple syrup, but have you also heard of Hickory Syrup? I hadn’t heard of it until I found this wonderful Hickory Syrup recipe article from learningandyearning.com. Hickory extract, made from the bark, is recognized as being used by Native American Indians for its healing properties. The hickory …

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How to get 2000 Degrees Solar Power – Great For When SHTF

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How to get 2000 Degrees Solar Power – Great For When SHTF This can purify water, instantly start a fire, melt metal, cook food and even melt concrete…..This can melt a padlock if you needed to get in somewhere too … just saying. This is made from a simple lens called a Fresnel lens… These are commonly found in …

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DIY Bike Wheel Bow

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DIY Bike Wheel Bow This DIY bike wheel bow will impress all of your friends and is one of the best DIY bow projects on the web. I think by far, this is the best DIY bow out there. Easy to make, sturdy and has a great power output. The part to make this bow …

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DIY: Five Gallon Bucket Washing Machine

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Awhile back my washing machine broke down over a holiday weekend.  Instead of hauling the dirty laundry to a How to make a washing machinelaundry mat, I decided that this would be a great opportunity to finally try out using a 5 gallon bucket to wash clothes.  Sometimes a little adversity is what you need to really be prepared.  Clothes washing was an item that had been missing from my preps for some time now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to test it out before the real SHTF.  This DIY washing machine is a homemade method you can use to wash clothes if you temporarily lose power or if the grid goes down.

By Tinderwolf from Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

Here’s What You Need

Here are the materials you will need:
One five gallon bucket (lid is optional, in my opinion)
One toilet plunger
Power drill or a utility knife

All of the above materials can be purchased for less than ten dollars, excluding the power drill.  If you are going to be best way to wash clothes for survivalusing a lid the first step is to drill a hole in the top.  Tip the toilet plunger upside down so that the top of the handle is touching dead center of the lid.  Trace a circle around the handle onto the lid.  If you have a power drill, find a large bit, I used a half-inch bit, and drill out the circle that you traced.  After the hole is cut out use a utility knife to clean up the edges where you cut.  If you do not have a power drill you can use a utility knife to cut out the hole, BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL AND TAKE YOUR TIME!

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The plastic bucket is very durable so it can be difficult to cut by hand.  Next, I drilled eight holes into the rubber portion of the toilet plunger.  Ta-da! You are done!  If you want to make the deluxe model I have seen some where people have put a spigot or ball valve on the bottom of the bucket for draining the water.  I can see where being able to drain the water from a spigot could be helpful to those that might lack the strength to lift the bucket, but personally I found this feature to be unnecessary.

My Experience

Here is my experience with the bucket washer.  I found the bucket lid to be unnecessary.  The only purpose of the lid is to help contain water from splashing out.  If you are using this to clean your clothes than most likely you are completing this task either in your bathtub or outdoors, so some splashing water is not that big of an issue.  Also I am not splashing that much water as I am not going “all out” with the plunger, nice and steady is the key.

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The second reason I do not like using the lid is because it restricts the agitating motion of the plunger to up and down.  If the bucket is full of clothes the plunger can’t get all the way to the bottom of the bucket or get around all the clothes in order to agitate them.  I found pushing the plunger down from the side and diagonally helps to rotate all the clothes from top to bottom so that every piece gets properly washed.

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On some reviews I have read, it states that powder or homemade detergent works best.  I have not tried either of these but I have used liquid detergent with no observable issues.  The amount of soap I use is approximately one tablespoon. After adding the clothes and soap, it is time for the water.  Warm water seems to work best and I fill the bucket to around four inches from the top.  Now, it’s time to work out your arms.  For the wash cycle, I plunge the clothes for ten minutes, then I tip the bucket over and dump everything out into the bathtub. I wring out the excess water from the clothes and then place them back into the bucket.

The Rinse

For the rinse cycle, I fill the bucket back up with clean water and plunge for another five to ten minutes.  I dump the water and clothes out, wring the excess water from the clothes and hang them up to air dry.  I have found that smaller loads of clothes are easier to plunge and tend to get cleaner.  For best results I only fill the bucket halfway to three quarters of the way full with clothes.  I have washed about twenty loads of clothes using this process and thus far I am very happy with how clean the clothes come out.  I think this is something that everybody should have as it is very cheap to make and easily mobile.  I’m sure it would be a great item to throw in the car for those summer camping trips, because you just never know.

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Looking to create a Kin’s Domain.

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Hi everyone, I’m looking to live off-grid and create my own Kin’s Domain adjacent to other like-minded people.  This has been inspired by reading the “Ringing Cedars” series of books. I’m looking for others who are similarly inspired. If you haven’t come across the books, do check them out, they are life changing! I would also be interested in people who haven’t read the books but are keen on living in close harmony with nature and practice permaculture principles. I’m presently located in the UK but would consider moving to another country in Europe (Brexit permitting). I’m looking for a hectare of rural land myself and ideally would expect the neighbouring plots to be similar in size. We would live independently but would share some resources and companionship as and when appropriate. I’m also looking for a life partner to do this with, I’m a 61 year old female, in good health with lots of useful skills.

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FarmBot Genesis

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Here is a computer controlled growing tool called the FarmBot Genesis. It is a computer controlled farming robot which can be used to get the most out of each plot by controlling exactly where each seed is put, how much water it gets and it even can seek and destroy weeds. All using magnetic heads […]

Time Traveling Anthrax Bacteria Sickens People

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Apt Prepper son spotted this piece of news this morning via Reddit and The Washington Post:  Russian authorities evacuated a remote area in Siberia after anthrax killed 1500 reindeer and sickened around 40 people.  Possibly more people, mostly  exposed to the bacteria.  They have sent biological warfare troops and quarantined the area. What is anthrax? Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis.  According to the CDC, the type […]

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Patriots’ Prayers for 7-31-2016 — One-year Anniversary!

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If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 

 This week is the one-year anniversary of the Patriots’ Prayers weekly series on my website (www.TimGamble.com). When I began Patriots’ Prayers last year, I wrote: “What is wrong with America goes well beyond politics & economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing.” With Patriots’ Prayers, I hoped to encourage folks to do just that – appeal to God on behalf of America, to seek His forgiveness and a renewal of His blessings on our nation.

Over the last year, hundreds (probably thousands) of people have joined together to Pray for America. On my website alone, Patriots’ Prayers have received well over 10,000 readers. But in addition to my website, Patriots’ Prayers is also carried weekly on www.PrepperChurch.com. And I’ve had many people tell that they share Patriots’ Prayers with their Bible study group or Sunday School class. I’ve even had a couple of pastors tell me that they have prayed Patriots’ Prayers from the pulpit during church service! I humbly want to thank everyone for praying with me, and ask that you continue to do so, and to help spread the word. America is still lost, and needs to find its way once again. It has taken us many year, many decades, to get to the low point that we are at now. It is to be expected that it will take more than just a year to restore America. Keep praying!!!

Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of America

Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Pray for the Clergy in America

Have mercy, O Lord, upon the whole clergy of Your Church in America, and grant them the wisdom, courage, and strength needed to boldly preach Your Word and do Your Will during these perilous times. Have them stand strong for Your Word, and not yield to the pressure of legal threats or political correctness to water-down Your Word. (Please pray by name for your pastor or priest, Sunday School teachers, and others in ministry.)

Pray for Safety of Law Enforcement and Other First Responders

Bless, O Lord, and have mercy on all those who serve as law enforcement officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and other first responders. Watch over them and keep them safe during these dangerous times. (Please pray by name for any LEOs or other first responders that you know.)

Survival Mom DIY: Make Coffee from Chicory Root

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Here’s my story of how I discovered a simple, common weed can be used to make coffee from chicory!

For several years, I’ve noticed a beautiful blue wildflower lining the road during the summer. It starts out looking like a weed, but when it blooms, the flower is the color of a Tanzanite gemstone. I’ve noticed that it also grows well along sidewalks, in gravel, or any other harsh environment you can think of. The plant is a dark green and is about 12-24 inches high. The bluish flower petals are flat at the ends, and slightly “fringed”. The leaves closest to the ground look exactly like dandelion. If you are looking for it on a sunny day, they are easy to see. But, on an overcast day or late afternoon, the flowers close up, and it’s harder to spot.

I decided to take some photos and find out what it was.

To my surprise, I found out it was chicory. I  remembered hearing that it can be used to make a beverage similar to coffee, but wanted to learn more about it. I also wondered  if it had any medicinal properties.

wild chicoryAccording to Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants & Herbs, the root can be mixed with water to make a diuretic or laxative. It’s used homeopathically for liver and gallbladder ailments, it can lower blood sugar, and has a slight sedative effect. Chicory root extracts have been shown to be antibacterial, and its tinctures have an anti-inflammatory effect. You can learn how to make your own tinctures fairly easily.

Next, I wanted to find out what parts of the plant were edible and how to use it to make “coffee”. I learned that its root must be dried and roasted before making a hot beverage. Its’ leaves are good for both salad and cooked greens. The white underground leaves are great as a salad green in the spring, and the outer green leaves can be boiled for 5-10 minutes and eaten. I decided to go dig up some roots and try roasting them for coffee.

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Make coffee from chicory

I found plenty of chicory right around my house and along my street. I thought I could just pull them out of the ground but I was wrong.

It’s had been dry for the last week and we have a lot of clay soil, so I went and got a shovel. Once I started digging, I found some of the roots are very long. Many broke off as I tried to pry them up with my shovel, but I got a decent sized batch quickly.

I soaked them for a short time, then scrubbed the roots clean, and chopped off the rest of the plant. I put those parts in my garden to add to the compost, which is an ongoing project. I patted the roots dry, and sliced them up. I did have to get a heavier chopping knife because some of the roots have a center that is like wood. The really tough stuff, I just added to my garden, and the rest I put on a cookie sheet.

I thought I’d try roasting it slow and low. I turned my oven on to 250 degrees and watched it for a half hour or so. It seemed to dry out but not really “roast” the pieces. So, I turned up the heat to 350 degrees, and about 20-30 minutes later, a wonderful smell came from the oven. The root pieces were turning brown and smelled like chocolate, caramel and coffee, all in one. The darker it got, the better it smelled. Once I thought the chicory root was dark enough, I turned down the oven to 300 degrees, so it wouldn’t burn but just roast a little bit more. I would say the total time was about and hour and a half. I took the roasted root pieces out of the oven and let them cool to room temperature.

I toground chicoryok out my blender, and used the “chop” setting to grind up the roots. I checked on them after several seconds and found it was still too coarse, but once again, the smell was incredible. I think the blades created enough heat to warm the grounds and send the smell wafting up in the air. I knew I needed a finer grind, so I set the blender to “liquify”, and that worked much better. I ended up with a finer grind that almost had the appearance of cigarette tobacco.

I was finally ready to brew a cup of chicory coffee! I added 2 teaspoons into my coffee filter and add enough water to the pot for one cup of coffee. I watched it brew, and it looks dark , just like regular coffee. By the way, in a power outage, a French Press is highly recommended for every coffee lover. You can get one for less than $30, and it’s worth every penny.

Now, the taste test. First, I tried it black. It tastes just like a strong black coffee (too much chicory?) but with a definite mocha, possibly caramel flavor. I may have used too much chicory, so next time I’ll use 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons per cup when I brew.

Schicory coffeeince I don’t normally drink black coffee, I added a tiny bit of stevia (here’s Survival Mom’s preferred brand) and some Coffee Mate to this aromatic concoction. Oh, my, GOSH!!!!! This is like a fabulous cup of coffee from a pricey coffee house. I really thought it wouldn’t be this good. I can’t wait to go out and gather more chicory root! If SHTF, this will be priceless. There is no caffeine in this drink, so you can have a warm beverage, late at night. I had no idea how easy it would be to make coffee from chicory.

I highly recommend foraging for this wonderful and amazing plant. I can’t believe we’ve lost so much knowledge over the years about living off the land. We all should learn foraging skills. This coffee alternative is  free, abundant, delicious, and a great barter item. Better yet, just try it now to enjoy, but save some for yourself for later!

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Defense Moves Anyone Can Learn

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Self Defense Technique

In a dangerous situation, being able to fight back can potentially save your life. These five easy self defense moves are so effective and simple that almost anyone can use them to defeat an attacker even if they are not very strong or fast.

Stop a Strike

To keep an attacker from hitting you, have your arms out and keep your elbows slightly bent. As your attacker tries to hit or slap you, bring your forearm inside the attacking arm and push outwards. While blocking a strike, you can use the other hand to jab your attacker in the jaw, nose, or throat.

Get Out of a Bear Hug

If an attacker is trying to subdue you, the attacker may put their arms around your upper torso and squeeze tightly to restrict your arm movements. If this happens, squat down quickly to lower your center of gravity, lean slightly to the side, and use your hand to hit the attacker’s groin. This defense will usually make them release their grip.

Hit Weak Spots

Form a proper fist by curling your fingers towards your arm and putting your thumb on the outside of the fist. The thumb should lie across the middle and pointer fingers, stabilizing them as you use them to punch the attacker. Aim for the groin, knees, throat, ears, eyes, and nose to weaken your attacker with a well-placed punch or kick.

Escape a Wrist Grip

If an attacker is trying to restrain you by grabbing your wrist, do not try to pull away. Instead, step towards the attacker slightly while bending your elbow and bringing your wrist towards your body. This will make it harder for the attacker to keep a grip on your wrist.

Unbalance the Attacker

Use your foot to kick the attacker in the knees or the ankles. The leg has more impact power than the shoulders, so you may be able to damage a joint, making it difficult for the attacker to remain upright. Once the attacker is off balance, flee or try to incapacitate them further.

With these five moves, you may be able to escape or subdue someone who is attacking you. Even smaller people can use these moves to defend themselves because they do not rely on excessive strength. Consider taking your skills to a whole new level with an online masters in criminal justice. Pursuing a career in detective, investigator or police work provides a sense of civic duty unlike any other profession.

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-07-30)

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View of Mt. Clay, Jefferson, Adams, Madison (left to right) from near summit of Mt. Washington   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your Fiat […]

The 3 Best Ways To Protect Your Garden Soil From Storm Erosion

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The 3 Best Ways To Protect Your Garden Soil From Storm Erosion

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Have you been preparing your soil for growing vegetables and other crops in your garden, only to see it washed away in storms? The valuable time and energy you spend – and the compost and manure you are layering into your garden beds — should be protected from rain and wind. What are the best ways to stop soil erosion from taking its cut of your land?

First, discover where the erosion is coming from. If the plot is in an exposed area, wind may be to blame. Check the soil for telltale signs that it is blowing in the direction of the prevailing wind. If you see evidence of this, such as dust blowing in the wind, or trails of soil leading away from the bed and perhaps even drifting against something nearby, you should combat the soil erosion by blocking the wind. In the short term, a fence or wall can keep the wind from plucking away at your soil; over the long term, it makes a lot of sense to reduce the overall wind on your property by growing trees to act as a windbreak. Small plantings near your garden can also be beneficial for blocking the wind at ground level.

The flow of water is often the culprit, especially on slopes. Water erosion can happen very quickly; a single rainstorm can wash away an entire bed. Signs of erosion caused by water could be trails left as water streamed through the soil, carrying it away, and piles of soil left in lower areas of your property, carried there by the flow.

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Each property has its own characteristics, and you will have to assess the source of problems like soil erosion thoroughly to ensure you’re not putting a Band-Aid on a large wound. However, minor soil erosion can be stopped quite easily, protecting your garden. Try one or more of these techniques to keep your soil in place:

1. Mulching

A mulch is a layer of plant material spread across the soil to help it retain moisture, protect it from weeds, and to combat erosion. It is one of the most effective techniques to preserve your soil from the onslaught of both wind and rain. Mulch can be composed of plant material, wood chips, straw, grass clippings or any other spare plant material generated by the homestead. You can spread it across an area of soil before planting, as well as heap it around existing plantings to protect their base and the surrounding topsoil. The mulch acts as a buffer between the earth and the elements.

3 Ways To Protect Your Garden Soil From Storm Erosion

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If a plot will not be used for a season, consider planting a cover crop to act as living mulch. In addition to protecting the soil, the right cover crops can improve the soil nutrients. For winter coverage, try oats, barley or rye in the fall; the dying grains will protect the soil through the fallow season. In summer, buckwheat, clover and wildflowers can attract pollinators while protecting the soil.

2. Edging

Areas that are being affected by water runoff can often be resolved with blocking the flow of water in and out of the bed. Build a retaining wall around small beds and larger plants. Usually, you will place the retaining wall a few inches into the ground and a few inches above it. They will shield your garden from surface water and keep rainwater in the bed.

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On a slope, terracing will keep the soil from running downslope during storms. Ensure you measure the contour of the slope before building the terraces, so you will be able to prevent terraces from losing soil to one another.

3. Controlling the water

If rain runoff or other flowing water is affecting your property, consider diverting the flow. There are a few techniques to consider that will stop the water before it reaches your soil beds. One of these is rain barrels: Catch water in barrels placed upslope for later use in the garden. You could also create a rain garden upslope from your main plot by planting across the flow of runoff; the plantings will absorb and divert water. For a more involved version of the same idea, you can build a berm (or small hill) covered with plantings in the path of the water, using the raised area to shield your soil beds. Lastly, consider controlling the flow of water with a swale running downslope or buried rocks or gravel channeling water away from your garden.

No matter what methods you use, the work will not be wasted. Your soil is a valuable commodity, and your effort will ensure the viability of your garden.

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Calculating Livestock Feed: Will You Have Enough?

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Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.

There’s a really handy tool called a Pearson Square that can help when we decide to feed livestock. Basically, it allows you to reach your desired total protein percentage using sets of known feeds.

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Prep Blog Review: 32+ Ultimate Survival Allies

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In a real survival situation there’s not much you can use for help. Yes, we’re trying to prep and control that. BUT… if I were to quiz you about what to have close when disaster strikes, what would you say? 

Here are some articles from this week that can provide some answers.

1. 6 Useful Preps You May Not Have Thought Of

Surivival Allies

“One of the very first things I did when I adopted the prepping lifestyle was a walk-around inventory.  This was years ago and although I had not consciously considered myself a prepper at the time, I discovered that I had a lot of stuff, but it was woefully disorganized and lacking in many key areas. For example, I had lots of canned goods, supplemental lighting, off-grid cooking devices, tools and more.  On the other hand, except for a 55 gallon water barrel and a small first-aid kit, I was sorely lacking in water and medical supplies.  My how things have changed!”

Read more on Backdoor Survival.

2. Five Step Mental Practice For Psychological Preparedness

Survival allies

“One Month after SHTF; Are you Psychologically Prepared? Psychological preparedness is a radically important part of survivalism and might possibly be the determining factor for long-term survival. In fact, the first step toward getting prepared is making a conscious affirmation to develop a will to live. I am writing this article because I suspect that most people probably have no idea where or how to begin psychological preparation for SHTF. One can only wonder about the psychological well-being of most Americans given the statistics of Americans on antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, mood altering drugs, etc. We live in an isolated world where people mentally escape into social media, television and Pokemon-go.”

Read more on The Prepper Journal.

3. The 11 Best Survival Foods To Store For NUTRITION

Survival Allies

“I was listening to a podcast the other day, the host was talking about the best survival foods you should be stocking up on. He was suggesting the typical rice and beans diet, with a few dollar store spices thrown in for flavor. I was a little taken aback when he commented, “It’s not so much about nutrition, it’s about survival!” Huh?? I instantly felt regret for the new preppers who were likely listening to his show. It’s not so much about nutrition? Doesn’t he realize that when your body is lacking key nutrients it begins to suffer physically? Doesn’t he realize that it’s the sickly who die first?”

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4. 10 Essential Herbs

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“Here are 10 essential herbs, including some of their uses and guidelines to get started on your herbal apothecary. Health made simple and easy.
A few herbs that you can grow indoors or outside. Herbs you can use for preparing medicines with simple techniques as our ancestors did.

As far back as 5000 BCE, Sumerians used herbs in medicine. Ancient Egyptians used fennel, coriander and thyme around 1555 BCE. In ancient Greece, in 162 CE, a physician by the name of Galen was known for concocting complicated herbal remedies that contained up to 100 ingredients. Herbs have long been used as the basis of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, with usage dating as far back as the first century CE and far before.”

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5. Why Having a Portable Toilet Should Be a Top Prepper Priority

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“How do you feel about digging a hole in your backyard, then covering, for emergency sanitation? Ummm…not me. I’d rather already have a portable toilet (port-a-potty) handy, along with appropriate heavy-duty bags, before an emergency comes — or to take camping if needed. Having some sort of port-a-potty may be one of the most important and least thought of aspects of survival planning.”

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A Son’s IdentityPart 1(an archive selection)

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Original Dateline: 7 July 2005
Repost Dateline: 30 July 2016

James Coburn as Derek Flint

All boys seek out and identify with role models that they want to be just like. It is part of the process a boy goes through to find his identity. I do not understand the psychology behind it. I just know it to be true. It is true with every single boy. No exceptions. I suspect it is true with girls too. But it is especially true with boys. This is a very powerful truth. It is something that every father needs to understand.

I want to explain this a little better by giving you an actual example of what I’m talking about. When I was a boy, I lived in a housing development outside Syracuse, New York. I enjoyed reading Hardy Boys and Brains Benton mysteries. These books were not bad but they did not inspire my young mind in ways that were as good as could have been the case with better books.

I believe those books prepared me for that fateful day in 1966 (I was eight) when my stepfather took me to see the movie, Our Man Flint, starring James Coburn. Flint was a super secret agent who, with a bevy of buxom beauties fawning over him, nonchalantly saved the world from a nefarious bad guy. He did it again the next year in the sequel, In Like Flint. I thought Derek Flint was the coolest man on earth. Never mind that those movies were a total spoof of the whole secret agent “thing” that was a part of popular culture at the time. I took the Flint movies very seriously. I wanted to be Flint.

I idolized this fictional invention of Hollywood to the point that I would not allow anyone to take my picture. How could I ever be a super secret agent if there were photographs to identify me. My parents thought this was cute.

A boy who rode my bus (he was four years older than I) bore a remarkable resemblance to James Coburn, or so it seemed to me. I secretly observed this kid’s every move. I noticed that sometimes the muscles in his jaws would ripple. I thought that was very cool. I figured out how to repeatedly clench my teeth so I could do the same thing. I wanted to be just like this kid because he was the closest tangible example of my secret agent idol. This is the way young boys think and act. (This is also the way they get into trouble).

Then came James Bond. My dad took me to see my first Bond movie in 1969 (I was 11). It was On Her Majesty’s Secret Service starring George Lazenby as Bond and Diana Rigg as the Contessa Teresa Di Vicenzo (a.k.a., Tracy). She was the daughter of a European mobster and became 007’s wife. Right after the wedding, Earnst Stavro Blofeld and Irma Bundt machine-gunned Tracy to death. I had a new idol to attach my identity to…. I wanted to be James Bond.

I never missed an opportunity to watch a Bond movie. But I didn’t just watch them, I absorbed them. I used my reel-to-reel recorder to tape the movies when they were on television. I thank God there were no VCR’s back then. But there were James Bond books. I read them all. I can tell you these are not the kind of books you want your impressionable pre-teen reading. None of this was good for me.

It is because of this experience of mine, innocent as it was compared to so many others, that I am very conscious of identity-shaping influences in the lives of my boys.

I see the ungodly popular culture around me as a destroyer of boys who, but for the lack of proper identity-shaping influences in their lives, would grow to be men of incredible virtue, honor, and responsibility. The world sadly needs more men like that, don’t you think?

In the next installment of this Blog, I will tell you why I did not become a super secret agent. I’ll tell you a little about what I think a boy needs in order to one day become a man in the best sense of the word. And I’ll tell you about an incredibly powerful and totally wholesome identity-shaping resource for young boys that I discovered three years ago. Stay tuned…..

Planting A Late Summer Garden For A Great Fall Crop

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The Fall Crop Gardening Experience. As we get set to head into August, many gardeners are caught up in the excitement of the summer harvest. Everything from tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and corn seem to be ready to pick daily, and the

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DIY Simple Cracked Windshield Repair

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DIY Simple Cracked Windshield Repair I am sure everyone reading this will have had or still has a small crack or chip in your windshield. I have about 3 stone chips that are just getting bigger and bigger, this is actually dangerous as having a crack in a windshield lowers the integrity of the windshield if you are involved in a motor accident. Repair of cracks up to 61 cm (24 in) is within permissible limits; automobile glass with more severe damage needs to be replaced. However, this is dependent on state and local laws. Unless it goes to the edge of

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How Much Time Would You Have to Prepare for a Supervolcano?

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volcano wikimediaMost preppers probably don’t spend very much time getting ready for a supervolcano like Yellowstone to erupt. Or at least they don’t if they’ve done their research. While there are a handful of these volcanoes on Earth, each of which could devastate our planet’s environment for years, the time between each eruption can be measured in hundreds of thousands of years. In all likelihood, we’re not going to see one of these volcanoes erupt in our lifetimes.

On the other hand, supervolcanoes are still pretty scary, because they can erupt at anytime. They’re kind of like those old jack-in-the-box toys. They spend a lot of time building up pressure before unexpectedly blowing up in your face.

Which has to make you wonder, how much warning would the public get before one of these geological beasts blows up? Even if a supervolcano is overdue for an eruption, that could mean that it’s going to blow its top tomorrow or 10,000 years from now. Is it really just going to go off one day without any warning, or will there be signs that will tip us off ahead of time?

It turns out that yes, supervolcanoes would provide a few warning signs that would give us a fairly definite timeline before they go off, but unfortunately it’s not a very comforting timeline. According to a recent study, you’d have about a year or less to prepare.

Right before any super eruption though, there is one final stage — the decompression stage — characterized by the release of gas bubbles at the eruption site.

So, the study researchers decided to analyze quartz crystals at the site of one of these massive eruptions that erupted in California about 760,000 years ago, creating the Long Valley Caldera. Quartz crystals cover surface rims of eruption sites, so by analyzing them, the researchers were able to determine the rim growth rates times of the volcano based on the concentration of titanium in the crystals. By measuring the size and growth rates of these rims, they were able to determine the length of time it took for an explosion to happen once the decompression phase had begun.

Their analysis showed that more than 70% of rim growth occurred in less than a year, indicating that the quartz rims grow mostly in just the days or months prior to an eruption.

At first glance, most preppers would find that kind of warning to be a relief. After all, if someone told you that say, a nuclear war was going to happen in a year or that a tsunami was going to wipe out your home in a few months, you would have plenty of time to either get ready or get out of dodge.

But with a supervolcano, you’re dealing with a disaster that people and governments would need more time to prepare for. Depending on where the volcano is positioned, millions of people may need to be evacuated, which even with a year’s heads up could turn into a massive humanitarian disaster.

And then there’s the ash that would spew over an area that could be as large as nearly 200,000 square miles, and piled several inches deep on the ground after it settles, screwing up crops and clogging rivers and streams in the process.

And finally, the volcano could expel massive amounts of gasses like sulfur dioxide, which would reflect the sun’s rays away from the Earth. That would likely cause unusual rain patterns and freezing weather, in regions and seasons that wouldn’t normally have those conditions. There’s no doubt that we’d be faced with massive crop failures all over the world. And if that’s not bad enough, this scenario could play out over the course of a decade.

There are already hundreds of millions of people who don’t have food. There’s no telling how many of them would die within a decade, or how much geopolitical insecurity that could cause. When you think about it, a supervolcano could totally shatter the current world order, for better or for worse, and that’s not really something any person or government could prepare for in less than a year.

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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Survival Buzz: Getting Started With the Pillars of Preparedness

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What exactly are the basics of survival?  Speaking from the heart, even I am a bit unsure these days.  Long gone are the days when a well-stocked pantry, a generous supply of clean drinking water, and bug-out bag were all you needed to be prepared.

As much as I would like to answer this question in a definitive manner, the more I know and the longer I am doing this, the more I realize the nature and scope of what we need to prepare for has changed over the years and, if anything, is far more exhaustive than I could imagine when starting in 2010.

What does one do?  Where does one start? 

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Today in the Buzz I am pointing you to a sampling of the articles covering survival basics that have been shared on this website.  I have loosely arranged them in sections that are commonly referred to as the “Pillars of Preparedness”. 

With over 1,300 articles published to date, this represents a very small sampling of the information I have gathered over the years.  Still, experienced or not, I hope you find this review of survival  basics useful.

Pillar #1:  Food

The Six Enemies of Food Storage

Pillar #2:  Water

Emergency Water For Preppers: Resources You Need to Know About

Pillar #3:  Medical

How to Create an Emergency Ammo Can First Aid Kit

Pillar #4:  Communication

How to Set-Up and Master Ham Radio Without Going Crazy

Pillar #5:  Security

20 Home Security and Crime Prevention Secrets for Preppers

Pillar #6: Defense

13 Steps to Prepare for Civil Unrest

Like I said, this is a mere sampling of topics that fall under the umbrella of “Survival Basics“.  Furthermore, there are many more pillars to preparedness that are not even mentioned.  Shelter, Fire, Mindset, and Planning are just a few and I am sure you can think of dozens of others.

Still, we all need to begin at the beginning and step ahead in a forward direction as best we can.  And sometimes we need to go back and start all over just to stay current.

Additional Reading:  Prepping and Survival Basics

Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips

I heard from long-term reader, Elaine K. recently and want to pass on her insightful suggestions for surviving if or when the SHTF.

Here are my two cents worth.

Know how to give without expecting anything in return. It teaches others to share and to have compassion. ]

Know how to work with others that are “in it for me” attitude. Identify others who do not have any regard for you, but want what you have.

Learn how to raise and use herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes. Identify weeds and know how to cook and use for medical uses.

Learn how to say: “NO!” and learn how to stand back and let someone reap results of bad decisions.

It seems to me that learning to say NO is especially important.  Thanks, Elaine!

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With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.  Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.  This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.

Reminder: Register Now for a Free Webinar on Home Canning the SAFE Way

Next month I am hooking up with Melissa K. Norris, to present an online webinar on home canning the SAFE way.  The official title of this free online even is “How to Can Safely at Home with Confidence“ – a subject near and dear to many of us.

During this online session you will learn which canning methods are outdated and just plain dangerous.  At the same time, you will learn about methods that are safe plus some best practices for building up food storage with real food you “put up” yourself.

I promise you, this is a fantastic chance to learn from one of the nicest and most sincere persons you will meet online. Be sure to save the date, August 9th, at 6pm Pacific.

Spots are limited and registration is now open!  Note that this is a free event.

The Final Word

Today the Buzz is purposely short.  I am recovering from eye surgery earlier this week and have some additional medical procedures scheduled for next week. Rest is on the agenda.  I tell you this not because you need to know, but rather if you have some health or medical issues to attend to, doesn’t it make sense to take care od them now while you still have a choice in the matter?

I have purposely stayed away from the political shenanigans going on at the national conventions this week, and instead continue to focus on what I can do for myself, independent of government, military, or political interference.  I go back to the pillars of preparedness to learn and practice self-reliance to the best of my ability.

In whatever small way that you can, I hope you will do the same.  Have a great week, everyone.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to the items related to fire-making skills plus some other perennial personal and reader favorites.

Survivor Outdoor Fixed Blade Knife with Fire Starter: This knife has measures 7 inch long overall, has a full-tang stainless steel blade, is equipped with thick green cord-wrap handle, and has a nylon sheath plus a magnesium-alloy fire starter.  How does it work?  This is not a Kershaw, Gerber or other high quality blade.  On the other hand, the fire starter works great (better than great) and is worth the price which is currently about $8.

Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel:  This “Scout” is the one I own. Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version and is my personal favorite.

Magnesium Flint Firesteel Fire Steel Starter: This magnesium flint stone fire starter is about two bucks with free shipping. How to use it:

1. Place the flint on ground upwardly, and put the scraper vertically to the flint, then scrape some magnesium powder on inflammable material like paper or branch

2. Place the flint on ground at about 45° and 2.5 cm from the magnesium powder scraped just now, then scrape the flint fast to produce spark so as to light up the inflammable material

Magnesium Fire StarterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items   Backdoor Survival:  This Campers’ Magnesium Emergency Fire Starter is about $4. 

Zippo Street Chrome Pocket Lighter:  Zippo has been creating virtually indestructible, windproof refillable lighters for more than 75 years. The Zippo Street Chrome pocket lighter is no exception. This lighter features a classic textured chrome finish and carries the same lifetime guarantee–to either work or be fixed by Zippo free of charge–for life.  All wearable parts including flints and wicks are replaceable.  Every prepper should own at least one Zippo!  Learn more about Zippos in the article What You Need to Know About Zippos and Lighter Fuel.

100 BIC-style Lighters Disposable Classic Lighter:  Running about 16 cents each and free shipping, these are great to have on hand for both survival and barter use. Want fewer than 100.  You can also get a pack of 50, currently priced at $11.

Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10-pack: There are 10 boxes of 40 matches each for about $5.  That is a good deal for 400 waterproof matches.

Paracord Planet Mil-Spec Commercial Grade 550lb Type III Nylon Paracord:  This makes a great clothesline! An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, paracord is tough and long lasting. It is made from 550-pound test nylon and features a seven-strand core for maximum strength. Also, it is manufactured in the United States.  Note that some colors may be more expensive than others.  Need ideas? See 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.

12 Color Pack Bandana – Assorted Colors:  This is the #1 seller in the bandana category.  As of this writing, the price is $9 for the entire dozen.  I love these bandanas and you will often see me wearing them in photos here on the website. Be sure to read How to Use a Bandana to Save the Day.

Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: FAVORITE! This is a great knife that is currently priced at under $9.00 with free shipping.  Not only that, it is ranked as the #1 best seller at Amazon in both the camping and hunting knives categories.  The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and and can recommend it.  See The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.

Note:  the price can vary by color so if you are not particular, scroll through the colors and safe a couple of bucks.


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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.  This month note the great sale prices on Mountain House and the gear you need to cope with any type of disaster.

Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.


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I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are “wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

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Which are the best oils for your survival kit?  This article describes my top picks.

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Part 2 Intro to Prepping 101

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Part 2 Intro to Prepping 101 Forrest and Kyle “The Prepping Academy” A step-by-step process to becoming a prepared prepper. Forrest and Kyle continue with their “Intro To Prepping 101” series. This week they will cover days 60 to 120 in a new preppers journey. Please listen to last week’s podcastfor class one, the first … Continue reading Part 2 Intro to Prepping 101

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Stockpiling Basics: 3 Areas You Better Not Overlook

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Stockpiling Basics: 3 Areas You Better Not Overlook

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In uncertain times, having a plan allows us to have a sense of security knowing essential details are covered. Whether the plan is designed to include the bare bones necessary for immediate survival or is intended to span years, every plan should include some measure of stockpiling.

Stockpiling, or accumulating a large quantity of goods, may often be viewed by onlookers as paranoia, especially in light of reality shows that highlight extreme shopping, but stockpiling is simply a wise practice for anyone when it is included as a part of life.

Homesteaders, of course, know that each year brings new challenges, with disease, drought and other disasters having a major impact on the homestead’s production. Having a stockpile to rely on in tight times, or when faced with difficult circumstances, is essential.

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New homesteaders naturally will start accumulating foods and other goods that are routinely needed on the property. For homesteaders, maintaining a stockpile of goods becomes part of everyday life.

With any course of action, having a plan will only increase its effectiveness, and this can be as simple as adding a few items each week to your local purchases.

The Basics

Food stockpileThere are at least three key areas to consider when starting a stockpile for your homestead.

1. Space and location

What areas can be used for storage: both long and short term? Cool, dry rooms are traditionally thought of as the best areas because they reduce loss due to moisture, but other areas should not be overlooked. It depends what you’re stockpiling. Choose carefully for your intended location. If the electricity fails during heavy rains, could your stockpile be ruined in a flooded basement?

2. Containers and shelves

What about shelving, totes, boxes and other storage containers? But consider carefully the materials, especially plastics which have the potential to leach harmful chemicals into the stored goods. All shelving should allow the stock to be rotated easily to reduce waste.

3. Stockpile but don’t waste

Estimate the needs of those on the homestead. Only store what can be reasonably used before foodstuffs and medications expire, or other materials deteriorate. This may be as simple as marking the date you open a new bottle or jar, and recording the date it is completely used up for an entire month in a small notebook. Then calculate to find the amount used each year.

Only stockpile foods that are of good quality, or that are known to work well for the household. Many have stocked up on high-quality foods that were wasted, because no one ate them.

Perhaps the easiest way to start a stockpile is to set aside a specific amount in the household budget each month to put toward stockpile goods. With as little as $5 a week or even a month, a small accumulation will begin. This amount should be used to buy items that are not produced on the homestead. For those who want a large supply quickly, a fair amount of cash and a well-written plan can make it happen.

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Floating tiny home

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This is one of of the most interesting tiny home / floating homes I’ve ever seen! I love the look of this,  I could totally live in this.  I would have to put in some solar,  and I’d probably want it a bit more South, but other than that, it’s great…



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American Survival Radio #18

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American Survival Radio

American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

In this episode of American Survival Radio, Joe and Amy Alton discuss the just completed Republican convention, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Also, Zika virus throws health officials some curves with cases of female-to male transmission, caregiver infections, and possibly local infections being reported. A total of 400 U.S. pregnancies infected with Zika virus have been identified, with 12 babies born with birth defects so far. An equal number are being followed in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

Plus, Dr. Alton talks about the truck attack in Nice, France, and how being “situationally aware” may save your life in a terror attack. What do you have to do to change your mindset and instill a culture of readiness, not victimization, in the general public and, especially, our next generation?

All this and more in (click to listen) American Survival Radio #18!

Joe and Amy Alton

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Lost In The Woods: 5 Tricks For Finding Your Way … Without A Compass

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Lost In The Woods: 5 Tricks For Finding Your Way ... Without A Compass

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After numerous fishing, hunting and backpacking trips, I’ve found myself lost more times than I’d like to admit. Over time I learned the hard way and spent a good amount of effort learning some basic techniques for those occasions when I simply assumed I wouldn’t need a compass.

We all know a compass points north. At least to magnetic north, which is close enough to true north to help you get where you want to go. But if you don’t have a compass, there are a few other ways to make sure you stay on course:

1. Know that the sun rises in the east. Or at least very close to true east. Figure out where the sun is rising and the opposite is west. If the sun is rising to your right then straight ahead is north. You should be able to figure out south and west from there. The same rules apply as the sun sets in the west, but if you’re still lost you’ll probably want to make camp rather than wondering around after sunset.

2. Know that the North Star is in the north. It’s actually true north. If it’s not cloudy, then you’ll find it at the tail end of the Little Dipper. Lay a stick on the ground with a couple of small sticks to make an arrow so you can wake up in the morning and remember the direction. The sun rising to your right in the east also will confirm that your arrow is correct.

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3. Drive a stick into the ground about 12 inches high. Assuming it’s sunny, it will cast a shadow. Put a small pebble at the end of the shadow. Wait about 15 to 30 minutes and the shadow will have moved. Put another pebble at the end of the shadow. Now draw a line through the two pebbles. You now have an east/west line. Look at which side the shadow is pointing over that east/west line. It will be pointing in a northerly direction given the sun favors the south side of the sky. Draw a line through the east/west line at a 90-degree angle and you’ve got your coordinates: north, south, east and west.

4. Make your own compass. You’ll need a needle, a piece of wool or silk, a leaf and a puddle of water. Rub the needle with the wool or silk about 100 times and the needle will actually acquire a magnetic charge. You also can (carefully) rub the needle through your hair. Place the leaf delicately on the pool of water and place the needle on top. If there is no wind, the needle should align with magnetic north. The thicker end of the needle (the side with the eye) will favor the northern direction. You also can use shadows (shadows tend to favor north) to determine which way your needle is pointing. From there, you can figure out your coordinates.

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5. Look for moss on (certain) trees. There are a lot of skeptics about this technique, but it can work if you find the right tree. Look for a solitary tree that is openly exposed to the sun. Moss likes shade, and the northern side of a tree is typically in shade most of the day. If the tree is deep in a forest, it will be a far less reliable source to base direction on, as shade is more common there and the appearance of any green or moldy growth could surround the trunk.

One Last Thing

Knowing which way is north, south, east or west has little value if you have no idea what lies in any direction. Before you depart for that casual walk in the wilderness, take some time to understand the general location of key landmarks like a road, river, lake or highway. If you know there’s a road to the north and a river to the south, you’ll at least have a chance of finding your way back when you arrive at that landmark.

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Goldenrod (the Solidago genus, Asteracea family) is a great plant to know.

Distinguishing Features: Long wood like stems with spiky tooth like parts which are widely-spaced, yellow flowers that grow in thick clusters.

Leaves: There can be wide variations in characteristics, but generally, goldenrod leaves are about 4 inches long and about ¾ of an inch wide, tapering to a point at the tip and narrowing at the base, with no leaf stem and small teeth around the edges. Three veins run parallel from near the base of the leaf.. The underside of the leaf is hairy, especially along the veins and the upper side has a rough texture.

Height: Most Goldenrod plants average 4 feet in height.

Habitat: There is no shortage of Goldenrod in September and October. This yellow plant can be found in moist locations, forests, fields, roadsides, compost piles, cultivated fields, and orchards throughout Canada, the U.S., and across the world.

Goldenrod is a perennial plant that is well-known for its healing properties.

The properties of goldenrod are similar to many other herbs: antifungal, diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, astringent, antiseptic, and carminative. However, the actions of goldenrod to the kidneys, urinary track, skin, allergies, and cardiovascular system are impressive.

Goldenrod is often unfairly blamed for causing hay fever in humans. The pollen causing these allergy problems is mainly produced by Ragweed (Ambrosia sp.), blooming at the same time as the goldenrod but wind-pollinated. Goldenrod pollen is too heavy and sticky to be blown far from the flowers, and is thus mainly pollinated by insects. Frequent handling of goldenrod and other flowers, however, can cause allergic reactions.

Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking goldenrod if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use..

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Goldenrod may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking goldenrod.

Fluid retention (edema) due to heart or kidney conditions: “Irrigation therapy,” during which goldenrod is taken with large amounts of fluids to increase urine flow, should not be attempted in people with fluid retention due to heart or kidney disease.

High Blood Pressure: There is a concern that goldenrod might make the body accumulate more sodium, and this can make high blood pressure worse.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTIs): Herbal “irrigation therapy” may not work against infections and may require the addition of germ-killing medications. “Irrigation therapy” should be monitored closely. Don’t depend on it for clearing up an infection.

Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with GOLDENROD
Goldenrod seems to work like “water pills” by causing the body to lose water. Taking goldenrod along with other “water pills” might cause the body to lose too much water. Losing too much water can cause you to be dizzy and your blood pressure to go too low.
Some “water pills” include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.

Dosage: The appropriate dose of goldenrod depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for goldenrod. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician before using.


Preparations: goldenrod include tea, tincture, infused oils, poultice, and powder.

Goldenrod tonics are easy to make. Harvest any goldenrod by cutting the top third of the plant in full flower on a sunny fall day. Or, respectfully pull the entire plant, roots and all, in the late autumn or early winter. Then follow the simple directions below. Note: You can use any size jar when making a vinegar or a tincture, so long as you fill it full.

To dry flowering goldenrod: Bundle 2-3 stalks together and hang upside down in a cool, shady room until thoroughly dry. When the stalks snap crisply, store the dried herb in brown paper bags. One or two large handfuls of crushed leaves and flowers, steeped in a quart of boiling water for thirty minutes makes a tea that can be used hot, with honey, to counter allergies (especially pollen allergies), fevers, sore throats, coughs, colds and the flu; or taken cold to relieve colic in babies, and gas in adults. Dried mint and/or yarrow are tasty, and useful, additions when making goldenrod flower tea.

To dry goldenrod roots: Rinse dirt off the roots, then cut away all the stalks, leaves and dead flowers. If possible, hang your roots over a wood stove to dry; if not, place them on racks and put them in a warm place to dry until brittle. Store in glass jars. Depending on the difficulty you are addressing, goldenrod root tea may be made with large or small amounts of the roots brewed or decocted in boiling water. Or the roots may be powdered, alone or mixed with flowers, and applied to hard-to-heal wounds and sore joints.

To make a goldenrod vinegar: Chop the goldenrod coarsely, filling a jar with chopped flowers, leaves, stalks (and roots if you have them); then fill the jar to the top with room-temperature, pasteurized, apple cider vinegar. Cap it tightly with a plastic lid. (Metal lids will be eroded by the action of the vinegar. If you must use one, protect it with several layers of plastic between it and the vinegar.) Be sure to label your vinegar with the date and contents. Your goldenrod vinegar will be ready to use in six weeks to improve mineral balance, help prevent kidney stones, eliminate flatulence, and improve immune functioning.

To make a goldenrod tincture: Chop the goldenrod coarsely, filling a jar with chopped flowers, leaves, stalks (and roots if you have them); then add 100 proof vodka, filling the jar to the very top. Cap tightly and label. Your goldenrod tincture will be ready to use in six weeks, by the dropper full, as an anti-inflammatory, a sweat-inducing cold cure, and an astringent digestive aid. Medical herbalists use large doses (up to 4 droppers full at a time) of goldenrod tincture several times daily to treat kidney problems — including nephritis, hemorrhage, kidney stones, and inability to void — and prostate problems, including frequent urination.

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Haversack! What’s in Yours?

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Haversacks were in use during the American Civil War, as recounted in Grant’s memoirs, “In addition to the supplies transported by boat, the men were to carry forty rounds of ammunition in the cartridge-boxes and four days’ rations in a haversack.”

In 1910 the U.S. Army adopted the M-1910 haversack (or M10) as the standard back pack for all infantrymen. The pack is essentially a sheet of rugged khaki-colored canvas that folds around its contents (bedroll, clothing, daily rations, and assorted personal items), and is held together by flaps and adjustable buckle-straps. The two shoulder straps are designed to attach to a web belt or suspender configuration. – Wikipedia

Brought to us by Shamans Forge Bush-craft, Blackie talks to us about some of the items he carries in his haversack and their purposes. He really brings things into perspective about how we should carry our items by explaining why he carries them that way. He introduces us to his pal Nugget and tells us a little bit about how he came to know his woods buddy. He has a trick to store duct taps that is amazingly simply and genius.

What’s in your haversack? Otherwise known as a knapsack, rucksack, or small pack. Do you try to carry everything in one bag or  in different locations on your body? Please feel free to leave a comment or your story in the comment section below. For more articles on every day carry items lease click here.


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Faith and Freedom Friday- The End Times-Pt 3

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Pastor Cooley teaches from Revelation, continuing our study of the last days.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

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End Times Perspectives – Eschatology – Premillennialism – Apocalypticism

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Are we at the End, the Beginning, the Beginning of the End – or somewhere in-between?

By Denis Korn

Once again I will share what I believe to be a very thought provoking and timely article.  Many of the points raised are an excellent starting place to help stimulant discussion and contemplation.

I realize that some of this material may be a bit “academic” and some of the terminology may be unfamiliar, however there is much here for serious reflection and study.  Posts such as this one relate to preparedness by pointing out some of the philosophical and historical background to the contemporary cultural and religious  influences that many people have as they prepare for a variety of potential challenging scenarios.

This post is the conclusion for a Masters Thesis I wrote 12 years ago at California State University Sacramento – with the rather academic title of Christian Eschatology, Premillennialism, and Apocalypticism in Contemporary American Culture. Essentially it is a study of end times perspectives both religious and secular and its influence on our current culture.

Contemporary events have stimulated a great deal of speculation as to where our culture is in the context of history and prophesy.  I believe this conclusion to be very relevant today – so I am pleased to share it with you.  It is a bit lengthy, so I have begun with a few excerpts to pique your interest.

~ From the standpoint of the present, the allure and hope of the future is never static.  As events unfold throughout one’s life both inwardly and on the world’s stage, the yearnings and details of a fulfilling future move in and out of focus like a photographer preparing to take a picture of an object in the distance.

~ As much as some Christians strive for a distinctiveness, consistency, and certainty in their explanation of millennial events, it has not come to pass.

~ Thought has dominion over behavior, and apocalyptic thoughts can produce apocalyptic actions.  At the same time utopian and hopeful thinking can result in encouraging and useful conduct.

~ Although Christian, secular interests, and other religious perspectives are often opposed to each other on many differing fronts, there is a mutual bonding in certain present-day apocalyptic conclusions.

~ It appears the long hoped for reformations in the affairs of men have still eluded our civilization.

~ Some contend that the signs are pointing to imminent apocalypse and vindication of the premillennial view in the short term, while others contend that the able communicators of premillennial doctrine can manipulate the meanings of signs or any geopolitical crisis to justify whatever interpretation is desired and appropriate.

~ It is possible that for many standing so close to the edge of the apocalypse for so long has taken its toll.

~ The question arises—is this just another opportunity to investigate a historical-cultural phenomenon brought about through scenarios of disaster and unrest, or are the events and conditions on the planet today satisfying the circumstances required for a truly significant transformation in the course of human affairs?

~ Scholars both Christian and secular with years of study, with mastery and fluency of all relevant languages, and with the resources of great institutions of learning, and colleagues with extraordinary minds at their disposal continue to disagree.

~ What is the common man with limited knowledge and resources to conclude?  With so many options how can one truly discern a cosmology that is relevant and true?

First of all you must understand this,

That in the last days scoffers will come,

scoffing and indulging their own lusts and saying,

“Where is the promise of his coming?

For ever since our ancestors died,

All things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!”

2 Peter 3: 3, 4 (NRSV)

Thesis Conclusion

From the standpoint of the present, the allure and hope of the future is never static.  As events unfold throughout one’s life both inwardly and on the world’s stage, the yearnings and details of a fulfilling future move in and out of focus like a photographer preparing to take a picture of an object in the distance.  So it is with the Christian who hopes for and anticipates the millennium, and the secularist, Native American, New Age believer, and the devotees of other religions who contemplate the world’s destiny.  All look to the future with only the past and present as a guide and with a perception dependent upon each one’s unique experience.

Eschatology and apocalypticism are areas of study filled with variation and subjectivity.  As much as some Christians strive for a distinctiveness, consistency, and certainty in their explanation of millennial events, it has not come to pass.  The differing viewpoints are far apart as to the specifics on timing, human involvement in outcomes, and the condition of society as a whole.  While there is agreement on an ending to earthly events and the eventual judgment and reign of Christ, everything occurring until then is open to diversity of interpretation.  Even though there is not a consensus on the specifics, the conclusions that one reaches concerning the impact of future events on humanity and culture have a very definite and profound influence on individuals and society as a whole.

This influence ranges from the decisions made by powerful leaders in government, education, and business, to the attitudes taken into daily life by individuals who are parents, friends, and co-workers.  Thought has dominion over behavior, and apocalyptic thoughts can produce apocalyptic actions.  At the same time utopian and hopeful thinking can result in encouraging and useful conduct.

As one surveys the events occurring in the world today from an eschatological and apocalyptic perspective, there are essential choices to be made.  Whatever might have occurred in the past and no matter how many generations have stood on similar ground, humanity once again finds itself at a significant crossroad to the future.  The attention given today to millennial, apocalyptic, and humanitarian issues attest to the importance of these themes.

Is civilization degenerating at an apocalyptic rate with or without demonic assistance, or is civilization just going through the valley ready to climb up a new mountain to a glorious horizon?

Although Christian, secular interests, and other religious perspectives are often opposed to each other on many differing fronts, there is a mutual bonding in certain present-day apocalyptic conclusions.  For the Christian premillennialist, Catholic apocalypticist, Native American, New Age believer, and secular apocalypticist, that communal ground exists within contemporary prophetic expression, which contains common strands of interpretation that tread through shared predictions.  The conditions extant throughout the world that for many Christians are the source of anxiety and fear stimulate a response that births apocalyptic and premillennial prophecy.  And with that fear comes the need for hope, which is provided in the premillennial system.

For many, human effort and time will produce fruit and an opportunity for a peaceful and harmonious world community.  Technology, science, global communication, education, and mutual beneficial interests will bring about transformation and universal charity.  For the Christian postmillennialist or secular utopianist it is time to get to work and not be so negative and defeatist.  The postmillennialist and amillennialist does not look upon the worldly influences as having more power than the sovereignty of God.

Given the state of political and social debate in our contemporary culture, the optimism expressed in the late eighteenth-century by Richard Price and Joseph Priestley seems sentimentally hopeful yet to many, unfortunately naive.  Asserted over two hundred years ago during cataclysmic political and societal events, it provides a stimulus for reflection while surveying the conditions of our own times.  “The virtuous would achieve God’s will on earth by combating and ultimately defeating the forces of corruption and evil.  Progressive changes in government would accomplish this task, because government controlled so many aspects of human life.”[1] It appears the long hoped for reformations in the affairs of men have still eluded our civilization.

The pessimist looks at the short term and the optimist at the long.  For the last three decades dispensational premillennialism has had the advantage of dominant cooperating media that emphasizes the negative and disastrous, and sympathetic premillennialist Christian leaders focusing on the crises and catastrophes of modern times to spread an apocalyptic message, which the premillennialist has felt was supported by the signs of the times.  Some contend that the signs are pointing to imminent apocalypse and vindication of the premillennial view in the short term, while others contend that the able communicators of premillennial doctrine can manipulate the meanings of signs or any geopolitical crisis to justify whatever interpretation is desired and appropriate.  They look to the long term for a turn around of events and a more positive outcome and are tiring of a barrage of fatalism and despair.  The secular, Native American, and New Age community likewise has those on both sides of the apocalyptic fence.

It is possible that for many standing so close to the edge of the apocalypse for so long has taken its toll.  Postmillennialism and amillennialism have been experiencing a revival in the last few years.  The demands placed on the average citizen just to maintain a comfortable and secure standard of living have not allowed for the option of apocalyptic scenarios.  Denial of the significance of prophesied apocalyptic events, and signs whether religious or secular, is the choice for many.  To entertain properly and evaluate a potentially cataclysmic situation one must imagine and formulate the personal reactions and emotions inherent in the predicament.  For many with families, businesses, commitments, debt, and plans for a peaceful future this is inconceivable.  For others denial is a flagrant avoidance of responsibility and dangerous to the individual and society.  Eugen Weber, in Apocalypses, suggests that we would do well to bear in mind Montaigne’s admonition: “It is a dangerous and consequential rashness, beside the absurd temerity that it entails, to despise that which we cannot conceive.”[2]

The question arises—is this just another opportunity to investigate a historical-cultural phenomenon brought about through scenarios of disaster and unrest, or are the events and conditions on the planet today satisfying the circumstances required for a truly significant transformation in the course of human affairs?

Not everyone can be right since so many predictions and interpretations do not correlate with each other.  Scholars both Christian and secular with years of study, with mastery and fluency of all relevant languages, and with the resources of great institutions of learning, and colleagues with extraordinary minds at their disposal continue to disagree.  Combine this with years of detailed analysis of every complementary subject and the wisdom of the historians of the ages, and still no consensus of eschatological principles.

What is the common man with limited knowledge and resources to conclude?  With so many options how can one truly discern a cosmology that is relevant and true?  For the Christian, perhaps the words of Blake apply to these enduring questions:  “The Beauty of the Bible is that the most Ignorant and Simple Minds Understand it Best.”[3]

Here we go round the prickly pear

Prickly pear prickly pear

Here we go round the prickly pear

At five o’clock in the morning.

Between the idea

And the reality

Between the motion

And the act

Falls the Shadow

For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception

And the creation

Between the emotion

And the response

Falls the Shadow

Life is very long

Between the desire

And the spasm

Between the potency

And the existence

Between the essence

And the descent

Falls the Shadow

For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is

Life is

For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper.

T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men V, 1925[4]

[1] Fruchtman, The Apocalyptic Politics of Richard Price and Joseph Priestley, 45.

[2] E. Weber, Apocalypses, 233.

[3] Harrison, The Second Coming, 230.

[4] T. S. Eliot, Selected Poems (New York: Harcourt, 1936) 79, 80.

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Natural Solutions for Eye Problems

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Herbal Washes for the Eye and more…

There are many eye problems that are cashed throughout the year from allergens, pollution and bacterias. However there are many different herbal and natural solutions as well as simple home brewed remedies.

Some Powerful Eye Herbs: (a very Short List):
  • Eyebright
  • Cayenne
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Calendula
  • Raspberry Leaf
  • Echinacea

A Few Other Home Brew Aids:
Apple CiderVinegar

  • Raw Honey
  • Milk
  • Tea Bags
  • Hot Moist Packs

A Powerful Stye Remedy:
A Stye: is a bacteria born pimple on or under the eyelid. particularly o and most commonly they are formed on the edge of the top and or bottom eyelids. Fortunately there are amazing natural solutions that. a stye usually heals itself within 10 day but can produce other effects such as conjunctivitis, pinkeye.

  • 8 oz. distilled water
  • 1 part goldenseal root: for its powerful antiseptic properties
  • 1 part raspberry leaf: for its powerful antibacterial properties
  • 1 part echinacea: for its powerful antibacterial properties

Direction: Bring 8 ounces of distilled water to a boil add herbs and turn down to a low simmer, put a ld on it and lit simmer on very low for 30 minutes or until reduced by one half. remove from heat and let cool strain and filter with a fine cotton cloth and make sure their are no particle or debre in the wash. fill an sterile eyecup 1/4 way and wash your eye moving your eyeball up down left right and around several times. repeat process 3 time daily
Pink Eye: is an infection derived from conjunctivitis. this irritates the eyeball and creates inflamed veins on the eyeball itself. however, a natural antiseptic wash would fix this issue and in some cases rather quickly

Another home-brew aid  take a clean nankin or hand towel paper quarter and soaked with clean filtered water put wet towel napkin on microwavable dish for
10 -15 seconds  be careful it will be very hot let cool a bit till you can hold and is still warm hot temp place on stye for 10 minutes 3 times daily will not only help pop the stye but will also help kill bacteria.
A powerful pink eye remedy:

  • 8 oz. distilled water
  • 1 part goldenseal root: for its powerful antiseptic properties
  • 1 part raspberry leaf: for its powerful antibacterial properties

Direction: Bring 8 ounces of distilled water to a boil add herbs and turn down to a low simmer, put a ld on it and lit simmer on very low for 30 minutes or until reduced by one half. remove from heat and let cool strain and filter with a fine cotton cloth and make sure their are no particle or debre in the wash. fill an sterile eyecup 1/4 way and wash your eye moving your eyeball up down left right and around several times. repeat process 3 time daily


Allergens produce irritating and bacterial effects from rubbing itchy eyes. Eyes become inflamed and potential infections can form from poor hygiene of the eyes

Apple Cider Vinegar wash 

  • 8 ounces of distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon of quality apple cider vinegar

Directions: Mix 8 ounces of warm distilled water with 1 tablespoon of room temperature apple cider vinegar and pour some on a sterile cotton ball and wash around your eyes and eyelids and you can even let a little get in the eyes ( it will sting a little but the end results will make you wiggle your toes and smile.

Tired Eyes:

  • 8 oz. distilled water 
  • 1 part Calendla flowers for its moisturizing properties
  • 1 tspn Chamomile flowers for its powerful anti inflammatory properties
  • 1 part echinacea for its powerful antibacterial properties

Direction: Bring 8 ounces of distilled water to a boil add herbs and turn down to a low simmer, put a ld on it and lit simmer on very low for 30 minutes or until reduced by one half. remove from heat and let cool strain and filter with a fine cotton cloth and make sure their are no particle or debre in the wash. fill an sterile eyecup 1/4 way and wash your eye moving your eyeball up down left right and around several times. repeat process 3 time daily

Another Method: is to soak a quartered tissue very well in rose water and place it over the eyelids for 30 mins will sooth and revitalize your eyes very fast.


  • 8 oz. distilled water 
  • 1 part goldenseal for its powerful anti septic properties
  • 1 tspn Chamomile flowers for its powerful anti inflammatory properties
  • 1 part echinacea for its powerful antibacterial properties

Direction: Bring 8 ounces of distilled water to a boil add herbs and turn down to a low simmer, put a ld on it and lit simmer on very low for 30 minutes or until reduced by one half. remove from heat and let cool strain and filter with a fine cotton cloth and make sure their are no particle or debre in the wash. fill an sterile eyecup 1/4 way and wash your eye moving your eyeball up down left right and around several times. repeat process 3 time daily. 

Another aid  Make a organic milk and honey mixture and wash your eyes this is a quick home remedy with antiseptic properties. and will help calm the inflammation.simply wash the outside of your eyes with a sterile cotton ball as needed.

101 Little Things You Can Fix Right Now In The Homestead

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101 Little Things You Can Fix Right Now In The Homestead This may not seem relevant to prepping but if you sit down and think about it, it really is. These 101 homesteading chores need to be done in order to have a functioning off the grid home if the power goes out but we …

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Why You Need A Faraday Cage And How To Build One

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Why You Need A Faraday Cage And How To Build One We all know am EMP strike could render our electronic devices useless. Did you know that you can actually prevent damage to your electronics by building a Faraday cage? They are really easy to build and actually won’t cost you a lot to make …

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Tools You May Need To Have When SHTF

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Tools You May Need To Have When SHTF I think this is a subject we do not touch on often enough. If S… really did hit the fan and we lost power our electric tools would be rendered useless. In a life when everything is going to hell and back all around us, properties, cars, …

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