National Preparedness Month Sales

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September is National Preparedness Month which means we are doing our annual 7 Day Challenge, which just happens to be starting TOMORROW. Check it out and join the fun if you haven’t already signed up. It’s also a time when lots of food storage and preparedness companies have great sales. Here is a summary of some of the best deals going on right now!

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Food Storage Made Easy eBook: ON SALE

The Food Storage Made Easy 3 PART FOOD STORAGE PROGRAM contains a BabySteps Checklists Guide, Food Storage Made Easy Encyclopedia, and Recipe Appendix. This full program is a roadmap for buying your food storage and learning how to use it, so that you can have confidence in knowing that you are prepared for a major emergency or any of life’s little every day inconveniences.
Regular Price: $24
Sale Price: $10

 
Thrive Monthly Q: FREE SHIPPING

The Thrive Q program will help you build a supply of delicious THRIVE food at your own pace and budget. By following these easy steps, you will be able to create and manage a food plan that is customized to your family.
Free shipping on first Q shipment in September

 
Emergency Essentials: SAVE UP TO 65%

screenshot-2016-09-19-23-01-34 Having more than one source of food, power, and other resources will ensure greater protection and comfort when the need arises. Check out some of the different ways in which you can prepare with food, water, and gear.
Up to 65% off many food storage and preparedness products

Bosch: BAKER’S PACK $30

Using your Food Storage daily is made much easier with a great mixer. Bosch mixers are a bread-makers dream. The mixer is still easy-to-use, multiple functions in one machine, saving money and space.
Cookie dough paddles, dough hook extender, cake paddles, and bowl scraper for $30

NutriMill Plus: FREE COOKBOOK

The Plus mill is uniquely designed to nest compactly inside its flour canister for a 30% smaller storage footprint than the Classic mill. With its patented 4-stage filtration system and included flour bagger accessory, milling at home is clean and convenient.
Free Grain Crazy Cookbook with purchase


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Cancer Patient Sentenced To 90 Days In Jail For Something Most Of Us Have Done

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Cancer Patient Sentenced To 90 Days In Jail For Writing $200 in Bad Checks

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A judge sentenced a cancer patient to 90 days in jail for writing merely $200 worth of bad checks in what critics are calling an unconstitutional debtors prison.

The man, Lee Robertson, was unable to pay the checks because chemotherapy made him too weak to work, and in jail he didn’t get his medicine, a lawsuit alleges.

Robertson was a victim of a court in Sherwood, Arkansas, that teams up with local businesses to exploit the poor and make money for the city, according to a lawsuit filed by the Arkansas Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He was one of only hundreds of people who were jailed and forced to pay money to the courts because of small checks.

The court has collected about $12 million in five years, comprising about 12 percent of the city’s budget, according to The Huffington Post.

People are arrested for “failure to pay” or “failure to appear” in court, and even the smallest of overdrawn checks can bring fines of $400.

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“This is a broken court system that disregards due process rights at every turn,” said Kristen Clarke, the executive director of the Lawyers Committee.

The suit alleges that the Hot Check Division of the Sherwood municipal court orders people to pay large fines to avoid time behind bars.

“People are doomed for failure when they appear before the court, and most significantly trapped in this never-ending cycle of expanding debt,” Clarke told The Post.

According to the suit, bailiffs tell defendants that family and friends are not allowed inside the court. Defendants are forced to sign a waiver of counsel, meaning they forfeit their right to have a lawyer present, The Post reported.

Another defendant, Nikki Petree, was arrested seven times for a $28.93 bad check. She served 25 days in jail and had to pay the city $640.

Another man, Richard Green Sr., was still paying fines of $200 a month on a bad check he wrote for $58 in 1998, The Arkansas Times reported. Green claims to have spent 405 days in jail because of the check.

“I’ve probably paid thousands and thousands of dollars,” Green said. “I have lost everything because of this. … It’s just a revolving cycle I’m on. You never know when you’re going to get it paid off. It’ll seem like you’re going to get it paid off, but you don’t get it paid off. You think it’s going down, but then it’s going back up on you. You never get through paying.”

Debtors’ prisons have been making a comeback in America even though the US Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional in 1983. In 2014, National Public Radio uncovered evidence of people being jailed for debt all over the nation.

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Prepper Relocation Part I: Questioning the Common Logic

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I routinely read articles online where individuals pontificate about where the best places for preppers to live or relocate too are.  What I don’t usually see is any real cognitive

Tipping Points and Triggering Events for Action

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By Denis Korn

I have posted articles on the subject of tipping points and triggering events 3 times since I started Learn To Prepare.  Each time it has been very timely and the information shared has been important.  This time it is essential.  In my 41 years in the preparedness industry and as a lecturer and consultant, I have not seen so many significant scenarios being considered by those called to prepare – and with justification.  The political, economic and social climate is decimating and destroying our culture, safety and fundamental institutions.  I am not going to mince words – evil is in your face, has penetrated our nation and is attempting to extinguish hope, goodness and truth.

I receive calls daily from those who are concerned that friends and loved ones are not willing to acknowledge and realize that we are under spiritual and physical attack.  This is spiritual warfare, and many do not have the discernment skills nor the desire to see the reality confronting them.  How serious does it have to get before the majority of our population wakes up?

So what can be done at a time such as this to motivate those in denial?  These posts offer a multitude of observations that may begin to stimulate reflection on the seriousness of these times. A simple way to begin a dialog is to develop a list of tipping points and triggering events that might occur that will encourage your dissenting friends and relatives into action.  What has to happen that will finally motivate the entrenched skeptic?  From the list, develop a chronology of action steps to embrace and implement.  Remember, preparedness is physical, emotional/attitude, and spiritual.

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Here are the previous posts which deal with tipping points and events that I urge you to seriously consider.

The political, social, judicial and international events of the last few days are, in my opinion, unprecedented in my lifetime as to the long term implications for our country, society and culture.  And the implications are not for the betterment of our nation and civilization.  The future is now going to bring significant challenges, struggles, pain, and uncertainty – add to this the possibility of tyranny, suppression and persecution; with some commentators saying its the end of America as we know it, others saying it is the beginning of the end.  I hope it is the catalyst for a major upward shift in awareness, positive transformation and nonviolent revolution.

I am not going to get into detail concerning each event and their historic consequences, however for those reading this article in the future, including my children and grandchildren, this is a glimpse into these transformative times and suggestions on actions to take.  Here is a brief list of some of current significant rulings and events that are truly changing the course of our country and civilization.

  • Gay marriage is now the national law of the land – nullifying 6,000 years of accepted religious and cultural norms and blatantly contradicting the Bible.
  • Obamacare continues to be approved by the Supreme Court – the specific words of the act, or any law or act for that matter, do not mean what they state, words are relative and intention is presumed.
  • ID can not be required by any state for the purpose of voting – the flood gates are opened for illegal and fraudulent voting across the whole country.
  • The push for allowing illegal immigration and highly questionable immigration from Islamic countries is in full force by politicians and special interest groups and corporations – this will change the face and culture of our country forever.
  • The President, who has demonstrated his loathing and aversion for our country, now has “Fast Track” authority to determine and implement trade agreements without congressional oversight – our national sovereignty has been given away to a globalist control agenda.
  • In my state, the California legislature and Governor have instigated mandatory vaccinations for school children with no exemptions for religious or personal beliefs – parental rights are gone and we have forced injections of poisonous chemicals and compounds.
  • Special interest groups, organizations, banks, mainstream media, mainstream universities and corporations now control and dictate the course of human events – we the people have been neutered – politicians and educational leaders have been bought off and logic, reason, common sense are just obstacles to the agenda of societal control – we live in an era of persistent and all-encompassing lying, deception and manipulation of the population.
  • The Global Warming hysteria being forced upon an ignorant population will go down in history as one of the greatest deceptions and frauds ever promoted by the same politicians, groups and organizations mentioned above – opposition science and educated skeptics have been demonized, harassed and not allowed to present facts that contradict the Global Warming agenda.
  • There is religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, especially in the Middle-east, and growing in this country, against Christians and Jews – intolerance, especially by left-wing groups, colleges and individuals, is extraordinary and pervasive.
  • ISIS the ultra-radical and evil Islamic group in Syria and Iraq continues to grow, conquer, kill and persecute in the name of an Islamic caliphate – radical Islam worldwide is exerting a more and more irrational and immoral influence and attempting to initiate Sharia law – the President, media and the delusional among us have embraced this madness.
  • The President and the current administration is doing all they can during so called negotiations with Iran, to capitulate, appease and allow the Iranians to have nukes.
  • National and worldwide financial institutions and systems are on the brick of collapse and great transition – this will impact all of us in a very significant way – beware of global financial control in the hands of the few.
  • Events involving police using force has polarized different racial factions in our country, with riots, violent protests, race baiting agitators and agenda driven media creating a charged racial climate that could lead to continuing violence and division – paid operatives have been sent to selected cities to create an atmosphere of hatred and rebellion.
  • The President and many left-wing groups would like nothing more than to eliminate and abolish the second amendment and confiscate everyone’s weapons – every shooting incident sparks irrational justifications for assaulting the constitution – every totalitarian regime in modern history has made disarming the population an essential act.
  • Operation “Jade Helm 15” – an unprecedented military “training exercise” – is being conducted from July to September in the Southwest billed as a domestic urban terrorist training drill.  Enormous amounts of equipment have been sent to the region in what appears as a significant event.  It’s true purpose?
  • The 2016 election is not only the most important in modern history, it will set the course of our country from now on.  The dark forces are doing all they can to enslave our nation and implement total control.  The implications of a continuation of the current policies, administration and ideology are devastating.

I realize the realities of our times can be depressing, frightening and incomprehensible.  It seems as if we are living in a government controls all science fiction movie about the Brave New World and 1984 future.  Here are two suggestions to evaluate and consider.

First, let these times move us to the security of spiritual faith and not reaction due to fear.  Pray, be encouraged and act effectively.  These times are an opportunity to earnestly assess where our trust truly abides, and an opportunity to develop the proper attitude and a God-Reliance.

Second, be vigilant and continually aware of the negativity, manipulation, indoctrination and deception being presented by the government and the media.  This vigilance should stimulate a fitting lifestyle and worldview and a call to action to create an appropriate preparedness plan.

It is also essential to be very cognizant and mindful of attempting a dialog with those who have been conditioned and indoctrinated into believing a deceitful, fallacious and counterfeit worldview.  Reason, logic, facts and the truth are ineffectual, irrelevant and counterproductive to the delusional and agenda driven ideologue.  I know these are strong words and I also believe these are serious times.  When a person’s innate instinct of self-preservation attaches to one’s ideology and opinion, then truth, common sense and reality are futile.

No wonder so many describe these times as a “zombie apocalypse.”  I pray for a great awakening for our country and the whole world!

This introduction leads me to emphasize and re-post once again, especially for those who have hesitated to carefully consider the need to develop a preparedness program, the idea of triggering events and actions that should be taken.  Awareness of triggering events is useful for everyone at all stages of their preparedness process.  Given the list of current events above, any number of scenarios are possible.  We live in turbulent and volatile times, and while we hope for best, we must be prepared for the worst.  I hope this post Vigilance, Transformation and Triggering Events has stimulated discussion and serious evaluation.

The important question for today is:  How many triggering events have just occurred in the last few weeks?

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Here are the previous articles from 2013 and 2012

As more and more bizarre and disturbing worldwide incidents unfold before our eyes, the focus on a triggering event that will shake the complacent and apathetic into action becomes profoundly real!

As you reflect on the scenarios that you presume might – or might not – occur, think about the concept of a “triggering event.”  Ask yourself, “What are the triggering events that will motivate me to immediate action?” “What triggering event will launch the imminent arrival of the scenario I have presumed might occur or thought wouldn’t occur?” If you have created a list of triggering events, you will be on the look out for possible immediate action. – Share your insights with those who will listen, family, friends and co-workers.

Being able to discern reality from fantasy –  hopeful thinking from critical thinking – prudent planning from no planning – wise counsel from foolish counsel – the truth from the lie – a slick sales pitch from the facts – can be the difference between distress and peace of mind or even life and death during an unforeseen emergency.

You don’t have to believe in catastrophic events to be prepared.  Being prepared for the unexpected is simply a good idea.  Whatever your perspective, being aware of world events during these critical times and the their potential effect upon you and your family and friends is the responsible attitude to embrace.

It is time to be specific!  Whether an emergency can be short term and have only a minimal disruption in your daily routine, or catastrophic requiring a significant change in life style, apathy and ignorance will not be bliss.  While I’m not a prophet or psychic, I do have the discernment skills to realize that we live in very precarious and uncertain times.  Between acts of God or geophysical events and man-made devastating incidents, there are so many potential scenarios that could come to pass, that being continually vigilant is essential.

Based on the potential scenarios listed at the bottom of this post, here are some of my specific tipping points and triggering events:

  • Declaration of an imminent weather event
  • A pattern of major and/or catastrophic weather events
  • Significant indication of, or actual occurrence of, a major physical event or multiple events
  • Prolonged drought leading to possible food and water shortages
  • Potential loss of job, income or bank accounts due to government or corporate actions
  • Serious personal illness
  • Substantial instability in national and global financial markets
  • The elimination of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency
  • Bank holiday’s
  • An indication of a major financial restructuring
  • Economic collapse
  • Shortages of critical foods, medications and provisions
  • Curious and strange activity of government officials, corporate executives and the very wealthy
  • Social unrest and civil disobedience leading to severe government and police action
  • Indications martial law will be declared
  • The suspension of the 1st and/or 2nd amendments – freedom of speech, religion, assembly, etc. and the right to bear arms
  • Strict control over the internet
  • Major cyber attack
  • Suspension of elections
  • Terrorist attack, act of war or preparation for war
  • Disruption of oil supplies
  • National medical or biological emergency – real or contrived
  • Activation of emergency presidential powers that will control everyone’s normal activities
  • An extraordinary governmental or media deception
  • Severe solar activity that could lead to CME’s (Coronal Mass Ejection) and major disruption of the electrical and communication grid
  • A profound and extraordinary religious, spiritual or cosmological event
  • Signs of an imminent pole shift or major geophysical event
  • An announcement by the government – widespread or to a confidential group – to relocate, leave coastal areas and to seek secure surroundings

Be encouraged – I hope none of these events or circumstances ever happen – And if they do God help us – as we help ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbors!

Be Prepared to Be Prepared

Has anything occurred in your life or in the life of family, friends or community that would have been mitigated or eased if one was prepared ahead of time?

January 2012 post:  As timely today as it was then

2012 has arrived and with it a growing number of people believe serious physical, political and economic events could be occurring worldwide, it is once again essential to direct your attention to what I have identified as a “triggering event.”

Simply put, if you are still hesitating to prepare for emergencies or disasters, I urge you to identify and assign significance to a triggering  event that will finally motivate you to provide for yourself and family during a significant emergency.

I have written on this subject before – it is even more timely today than it was then.  Folks that have followed my posts know that I do not subscribe to the doom-and-gloom end-of-the world mindset.  One’s proper attitude regarding disaster planning is essential in maintaining the environment for critical thinking and effective results.  You are not only what you eat – you are what you think and what you focus your attention on.

Many folks are reluctant to plan ahead, or they assume that the government or others will take care of them, or they are just too busy, or they just don’t think it is necessary.  As an option to doing nothing or to enhance some other method of emergency preparedness planning you have chosen, consider the following.   As you reflect on the scenarios that you presume might – or might not – occur, think about the concept of a “triggering event.”  Ask yourself, “What are the triggering events that will motivate me to immediate action?” “What triggering event will launch the imminent arrival of the scenario I have presumed might occur or thought wouldn’t occur?” If you have created a list of triggering events, you will be on the look out for possible immediate action.  This is especially important if you have considered scenarios that will have a long term impact on the supply of goods and services that are required to sustain your basic needs.

If there are items that are essential to your well-being such as medical products, devices, children’s products, or special nutritional foods, then being alert to a potential disruption of vital needs is crucial. While it is always desirable to plan ahead and have provisions in place, it is better to react at the last minute than not at all.  Know exactly what you need, how much will be adequate, where you have to go to supply your needs, how you will get there, and how you will pay for your supplies.  Obviously some scenarios may offer some prior indications, such as hurricanes, storms, or economic/political issues; while others can occur without warning.  You are responsible – you must choose to act or not – unfortunately non action can have severe consequences for yourself and your family!

If you have been hesitant to act or even reflect about preparedness planning you are encouraged to seriously consider this post.

Scenarios

Acts of God Man Made Earth Changes
Local – Regional National National/Worldwide
Earthquake Government regulation/control Catastrophic Weather
Flood Martial Law Asteroid/Comet
Fire Food Shortages Pole Shift
Hurricane Societal Breakdown Solar Flare – CME – No grid
Storm/Ice/Snow Civil Disobedience/Riots Tribulation/Religious
Tornado Medical Emergency Severe Earth Changes
Drought Economic Emergency/Collapse
Power Outage Major Accident
Mud Slide Terrorism Attack
Tsunami Biological/Chemical/Radiological Attack
EMP – Electrical Magnetic Pulse Attack – No electrical grid
PERSONAL ISSUES Bombing
Job Loss War
Illness Cyber Attack – No internet
Emergencies
Financial Loss

Time Frames

3 Days to 2 Weeks

Minor to moderate inconvenience and disruption of the daily routine.  Basic supplies in the first 3 days would be valuable for comfort but not essential.  An adequate amount of basic supplies after 3 days are important.

3 Weeks to 2 Months

The inconvenience is very noticeable and the routine disruption can be significant.  Supplies required are usually on hand, and stockpiling some supplies will be very important.

3 Months to 6 Months

Preparedness planning is very important and a serious disruption to the daily routine is inevitable.  Mobility and location to wait out the emergency is important in your planning.  Proper supplies will be critical.  Medical and other special needs must be planned for in advance.

6 Months to 1 Year

Unless you are very prepared and are committed to self-reliance, in this time frame your lifestyle will definitely be impacted.  Serious attention to your preparedness planning is required.  The questions covered in the foundational articles must be answered and a realistic plan created.  Action and provisions are essential.  You will be dealing with serious issues during this time period, and you must be prepared.

1 Year or More

Scenarios actualized in this time frame are this most serious and catastrophic, and will require a serious commitment to lifestyle changes.  You will be dealing with national and worldwide calamity.  The extent of the impact on everyone’s life can not be over emphasized.  Significant and detailed planning is required, and even with this an emergency situation of this duration will be wrought with uncertainty.  This will be a time for community togetherness, sharing, and mutual support.  Skills not normally possessed by folks will be required.  Gardening and other self-reliant skills will be essential.  Books, tools, and other valuable resources will be vital.

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Your Neighbors Could Be Your Worst Nightmare in an Emergency

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“I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor…just like you.  I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood…with you, so…let’s make the most of this beautiful day….”

 – Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood

ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, this piece summarizes one of the episodes of “The Twilight Zone” entitled “The Shelter” that bears mention for all who have neighbors, especially those they are “unsure” of.  In this (two minutes to midnight) preparatory lifestyle, it’s always important to know about those who live around you.

Today’s neighbors can morph into tomorrow’s marauders in the blink of an eye.

The fragile nature of our society is best described as the thinnest of veneers of civilization overlaying an underlying barbarism that can manifest itself at any given moment.

“The Shelter” is an excellent case-study of such a precept that I recommend to everyone to watch at least once.  This is of the original series, and the episode was written in 1961 by Rod Serling.

The story commences in the home of a neighborhood doctor where he and his neighbors are celebrating his birthday.  Everyone is festive, and the mood is one of good spirits, laughter, and indulgence in food and drink.  After a birthday toast, several birthday guests comment (abrasively) on the noise the doctor has had over the months from the construction of a bomb shelter in his basement.  The doctor kind of ignores it, and the party continues.

Soon the doctor’s son comes into the dining room (only adults are present) and announces that the TV has gone dead, and just prior it announced to go to the Conelrad station on the radio.  The following report came forth on the radio as everyone listened:

“…Four minutes ago the President of the United States made the following announcement.  I quote: at 11:04 pm Eastern Standard Time both our Distant Early Warning Line and Ballistics Early Warning Line reported radar evidence of unidentified flying objects flying due southeast.  As of this moment we have been unable to determine the nature of these objects, but for the time being and in the interests of national safety we are declaring a state of yellow alert.  The Civil Defense Authorities request that if you have a shelter already prepared, go there at once.  If you do not have a shelter, use your time to move supplies of food, water, medicine, and other supplies to a central place.  Keep all windows and doors closed.  We repeat: if you’re in your home, go to your prepared shelters or to your basement.”

Needless to say, all of the guests frantically depart.  The doctor and his family scramble around, filling up jars with extra water and moving some extra stuff down into the bomb shelter.  In the shelter were beds for the family and shelves with canned goods and medicines, as well as other gear and some chairs and a table.  The doctor returns upstairs, and then one of the neighbors, Jerry, begins rapping on the window.  The doctor opens the door, and Jerry worms his way in, slyly informing the doctor that he and his family are unprepared for what’s coming.

The neighbor wants to shelter himself, his wife, and two children in a shelter designed for three people.  The doctor leaves him and enters the shelter, locking the door and sealing it off.  Presently, more neighbors arrive.  One of them pounds the door, insisting that the doctor allow him to enter.  Soon even more neighbors arrive, and one of them is very belligerent.  Men and women are irate, and they’re demanding the doctor let them in.  It escalates very shortly, as the aggressive man belligerently makes the following demand with several other men beside him to the doctor after yelling his name:

 “You’ve got a bunch of your neighbors outside who want to stay alive.  Now you can open that door and talk to us, and figure out with us how many can come in there…or you can just keep on doing what you’re doing and we’ll [hitting the door] bust our way in there.”

The doctor refuses, and the men outside move away from the door, and then begin to argue among themselves.  There is already infighting about who (of the outsiders) will enter the shelter, as the men move out of the house.

“Bill, who are those people?” the mother asks.

“Those people…those people are our neighbors…our friends…the people we’ve lived with and alongside for twenty years.  C’mon, Paulie.  We better get up some of this furniture and this bunk so we’ll have some protection in case that door goes through,” the doctor said.

The half-dozen men return to the house, smashing up furniture in the dining room and trashing the house.  They enter the basement with a heavy pipe, and as their wives cheer them on, they begin battering the shelter door.  Presently they break through.  Just as they are stepping into the shelter, the radio in the shelter with the family announces that the previously-spotted objects were satellites, and the alert was lifted.

As the dust settles, the neighbors try to blow it off half-heartedly, but the doctor doesn’t really want any of it.  The neighbors had managed to smash in the door and force their way in.  The doctor summarized it quite eloquently with his description of what had happened:

“The kind of people we are just underneath the skin.  I mean all of us…a lot of naked, wild animals who put such a price on staying alive that they’ll claw their neighbors to death just for the privilege.”

The episode is excellent, and in under 25-minutes presents exactly what human nature boils down to…in a non-profane, “Hallmark” version with no blood or gore to offend the tender sensibilities.  The doctor made the following critical mistakes.

  All of his neighbors knew he had built a bomb shelter in his basement

  1. The shelter (although made to resist radiation) was not built sturdily enough to be able to resist the marauders
  2. The doctor did not have one weapon to protect himself and his family and drive off the angry mob
  3. He allowed “Jerry” to come inside the house, instead of locking and barring every part of it to keep the neighbors away

The old adage, “Know thy neighbor” holds true…and not just from a superficially-friendly, good time perspective.

What is important to know is that when the needs of the neighbors are not able to be met, those needs will be attempted to be filled at your expense if you are the one with the supplies and safe haven.  “The Shelter” is an oldie but a goodie, and a perfect tool to keep in mind that all of us can pass beyond the limits of the “better angels of our nature,” and the situation turn from “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” to “The Road Warrior” in the blink of an eye.  Happy watching, and hope you take something from it.  JJ out!

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

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

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

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Ways to lower utility bills

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Almost everyone wants to know how to lower utility bills – and that’s why you’re here, too! After three years of living off-grid with no utility bills, we are moving into a century-old home and the previous owner was burning through thousands of litres of fuel oil each year. Regardless of the environmental impact of that, I simply can’t afford to burn 5000 litres of fuel oil for heat and hot water!

You know, it’s safe to guess that you can’t, either. Unless you have a money tree in the back yard, you probably want lower utility bills. So let’s check out my list of  51 59 66 ways – from the simple and inexpensive to more involved – that you can lower your utility bills and put more money in your pocket. (Once we move and start implementing these, I will be gradually linking to tutorials. But not yet!)

 

I’m afraid I couldn’t stop at 51. So since I’ve already blown past my goal, give me your best tips and I’ll add them!

Ways to lower your utility bills - by a lot!

  1. Consider building or installing a solar hot water heater. This is actually the best, most cost-effective way to save money on heating water. There are different types, depending on if winter temperatures go below freezing. There are even ways to make your own, but of course they won’t be as efficient as commercial ones. This is not a low cost option, but some areas have government-funded programs that can help you with the cost.
  2. Although a lot of people swear by tankless water heaters, I’m not entirely sold on them. They use a lot of electricity, waste water and are hard to get fixed. And, since they run on electricity, a power outage means no hot water. My father had to install a special 240-watt box for his because it draws so much electricity when it’s running. What’s worse, they don’t work with solar or geothermal (or with low-pressure showerheads) and so I can’t recommend them. Consumer Reports agrees.
  3. Do your laundry in cold water. If some clothing really needs hot water, set them aside until you have enough to do a full load. (And be sure to buy laundry detergent that works in cold water). Not only will this save you a huge amount of hot water, but it’s easier on your clothes. Oh, and that applies to the rinse setting, too.
  4. Always do a full load of laundry. Washing small loads uses the same amount of electricity. If you must do a smaller load, be sure to adjust the water settings so you’re not using unnecessary water.
  5. Hanging clothes to dry – especially heavy items like towels and jeans – saves a lot of electricity and is better
    Money Hanging Out to Dry
    Every item that you hang to dry saves money

    for your clothing. A note from my mother, though – unless you have a proper clothesline outside where they can flap in the wind, it’s best to just machine dry your bed sheets. They don’t dry well indoors. They do dry quickly in the machine, so don’t leave them in for very long.

  6. If you are using the dryer (for example, in the winter), never mix lightweight and heavy clothes together. Dry towels by themselves, jeans and heavy pants together and lighter items alone. But please consider hanging those heavy items, if at all possible.
  7. And again, if you do use a dryer in the winter, divert your dryer heat so that it warms the house instead of the outdoors!
  8. And if you do use a dryer, clean out the lint filter after every use.
  9. A simpler way to grab “wasted” heat in the winter is to leave the oven door open when you’re finished cooking.
  10. Take SHORT showers and certainly not baths. In fact, install a shower timer (they range from $5 to ‘Are you kidding?’) – every minute averages 3.8 gallons of hot water, so a typical 8 minute shower uses more than 30 gallons. It sometimes seems like a nitpicky thing but if you’re really serious about lowering utility bills, you need to pay attention to the details. 
  11. For children, put a small tub inside the larger tub (the link is to the one I use) and fill that. It’s much nicer to sit in a small tub so that water comes up to your chest than to sit in a large tub where the same amount of water doesn’t even cover your bottom! This is something we’ve learned to do at our cabin where water is scarce and all hot water is heated on the stove.
  12. Wash your hands in cold water. It won’t kill you. We’ve been doing it here at our cabin for three years and my children think it’s strange to use hot water to wash up – and that includes baths in the summer. My boys heard that old time Scots considered hot baths suitable only for babies and old people, so they have decided that they’re tough Scottish boys (at least in the summer!)!
  13. Either install a low flow toilet or simulate one by putting a mason jar full of water into your toilet tank.
  14. Turn the temperature of your water heater down to 120F/49C. As a note – there is a nasty illness called Legionella which develops in standing water but is killed at 140F/60C. Therefore the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes recommends that electric hot water tanks are set at 140F/60C and antiscald devices installed on all taps. Unfortunately, this is expensive, since maintaining a tank of water at 60C uses more than twice the energy as maintaining it at 50C!
  15. If you are looking to get new appliances, make sure that they are Energy Star certified. These are designed to use much less electricity and, in the case of dishwashers, less water.
  16. If you have a fireplace, choke your chimney! Talk to the chimney experts in your area, if necessary, to ensure that you have your damper properly closed. Fireplaces are terrible – expensive hot air goes out and house-chilling cold air comes in them!
  17. Install low flow faucets and shower fixtures. This is a quick and easy way to decrease hot water use, which will lower utility bills. This is especially important if your fixtures are older.
  18. Install a heat trap on your hot water tank. I’m not really suuuujnire how it works, but it diverts the heat from your drainage pipes back into your hot water tank so that the heat energy isn’t all lost. (I think.)
  19. Insulate the hot water tank, especially if it feels warm to the touch.
  20. Insulate the pipes that leave your hot water tank so that heat isn’t lost as it travels through them.
  21. Consider adding a timer to your hot water tank so that it turns off when everyone is at work/school and sleeping. Or, less expensively, just turn it off. While it takes a little while to heat up in the morning, that’s less expensive than running it needlessly for eight hours. We used this one trick with the hot water tank at our cabin and dropped our propane use by half. A tank that’s turned off means lower utility bills. Classic hot water tanks are incredibly convenient, keeping water piping hot at all hours – but you’re paying a lot for that luxury. Unless you know that someone is going to be showering or running the dishwasher at midnight, turn off that tank! 
  22. Replacing the hot water tank is another option, if you have an old one. Get an efficient electric one  and no longer worry about turning it off when it’s not in use. An on-demand tank can be installed at the point of use (in the kitchen and in the bathroom) so that there is no lost heat along the pipes.
  23. Take a moment to turn off the house heat or air conditioner when no one is home. Some people think that it saves money to keep the house at the same temperature all the time. In reality, bringing it back to a comfortable temperature when you return uses less fuel and you will see the difference with lower utility bills, especially combined with the other tips here. A timer can help with that.
  24. When you are home – in the winter, keep the temperature at the lowest comfortable temperature. For us, 18C/65F is comfortable but anything below that feels chilly. Try 20C/68F for a while and see if you can gradually lower it. For every degree Fahrenheit that you drop the temperature, between 15C/60F and 21C/70F, you’ll save up to 5% of your heating costs.  How much of a change can that mean? Well, let’s say you’re used to having your house at a comfy 21C/70F and you’re paying $500/month for fuel. If you gradually get used to a 15C/60F house, you could drop that to as little as $285. Over the course of a six month winter, that would be over $1200. I’d be happy to wear a sweater and slippers for $1200.
  25. And although it seems shocking to say – it’s okay to be chilly, especially at night. As long as your bedding is warm, cool air at night is generally healthy. At night, or when you’re not at home, drop the thermostat to 13C/55F. It takes some getting used to, if you’re accustomed to sleeping in a warm room. (In our mountain cabin, bedrooms got as cool as 6C/42F at night!)
  26. Do the opposite in the summer – if you have air conditioning, use it only enough to make the house comfortable, not cool.
  27. Have leaky faucets fixed immediately.
  28. Insulate the attic. Everyone knows that heat rises. Without insulation in the attic, it rises and …. right out through the roof. One sign in the winter that your attic is badly insulated is a roof (here in snowy Canada) with no snow. Huge icicles hanging from the eaves is another indicator. If the house is more than 25 years old, the insulation probably needs to be replaced. Put the bulk of your insulation budget into attic and floors. Walls are actually not a huge source of heat loss (with some exceptions, which I mention later).
  29. Add weather stripping around doors. If there is weather stripping, check to make sure it’s still doing the job.
  30. Insulate outlets and light switches, especially those on outer walls. Don’t go stuffing insulation in – that’s probably a fire hazard. Insulated covers are very inexpensive.
  31. Don’t stop there. Find every crack that’s leaking air and seal them up. Cover windows with plastic (or bubble wrap – it’s even better than plastic!). Caulk around doors. An energy audit can help you find the leaks. The United States Department of Energy estimates that 10% of heat loss is from windows, 15% from ducts and 13% from plumbing and other leaky areas! A 1/16 inch crack can let in as much cold air as if you left a window open 1/2″.
  32. Even if you have covered the windows in plastic, consider getting storm windows, at least if you have older, less efficient windows. Every bit helps.
  33. If you have a dishwasher, only run full loads. I mean, really full loads. It uses the same amount of hot water and electricity if you wash one plate or cram it full of dishes. A typical dishwasher uses 30-53 litres of water. If dishes are only lightly soiled, the light wash cycle can save you about 11 litres of that.
  34. And definitely turn off the heat dry. Open the door slightly to let the steam out and your dishes will dry on their own.
  35. Large, bulky pots and dishes that take up a lot of dishwasher space? Wash those by hand. It’s a waste of hot water and electricity to put those in the dishwasher. 
  36. If you have one sink or basin full of soapy water and one filled with clear hot water, you can wash and rinse a lot of pots and pans without running the water. Definitely do NOT do dishes by running the hot water continuously!
  37. If you are just heating up a small amount of food, use the toaster oven.
  38. Or use a microwave. They use a lot of power if you ran one for an hour, but who runs a microwave for an hour? Really – don’t. If something needs to cook for a long time, it needs to be in something other than a microwave!
  39. Batch cook. Do not bake six muffins and heat up the entire oven. (Really, that’s why you have a toaster oven!) Bake three dozen muffins and stick them in the freezer.
  40. Slow cookers are far more energy efficient than using the stove, especially if you size the pot to the amount of food you’re cooking. A 3-in-1 Slow Cooker (which is what I am buying) is an amazing innovation that can save you a lot of money.
  41. If you’re thinking of replacing your fridge, consider downsizing and making sure that it’s energy efficient. A Sunfrost fridge uses a fraction of the electricity that a regular one does. (When we replace ours, I want this one). Although most people won’t want to go fridge-free, it is certainly possible to use a fridge far less than most people do.
  42. Turn off the ice maker. Even if you have an energy-efficient fridge, you won’t see any savings if you have the ice maker turner on. They double the energy use of your fridge.
  43. Fridges with a freezer on top use the least energy. So it might not be trendy, but it will save you money.
  44. Keep a jug of water in the fridge for drinks instead of running the tap, or learn to drink room temperature water. As strange as that might sound, most people around the world do not drink their water ice cold.
  45. Look around your house for phantom loads. These are devices that draw energy when they are plugged in but turned off. Your phone charger is a big one – do not plug in your phone and charge it overnight because it will still be drawing energy long after it has charged.
  46. Do you have a spare fridge in the basement or garage to keep drinks cold? How about porch lights that are burning long after everyone is asleep? Do you leave the kitchen or bathroom fan running and forget about it? All of these are plain and simply a waste of electricity – and your money. Be an energy sleuth and watch for times when electricity is being used for no good reason.
  47. Use space heaters around the house whenever possible. It is far less expensive to turn down the heat and warm up just one room.
  48. By the same token, a heated mattress pad is less expensive than heating the whole house. That’s the modern version of putting a bedwarmer under the blankets – but of course, you can do that with one or more hot water bottles! There are even non-electric bed warmers that go between sheet and blanket and are activated by body heat!
  49. Get a furnace check up and tune-up done. Natural gas furnace systems need to be done about every three years, but oil furnaces should be done annually because they burn dirtier. This gets rid of soot buildup, ensures belts are tightened properly and fans are working.
  50. And keep the filters clean! Put it on your calendar and make sure you clean or replace the filters.
  51. Geothermal heat pumps are still relatively unknown, but they are amazing. Consider adding a heat pump to draw heat from the soil in the winter and cold from the soil in the summer.  My father heats and air conditions his bungalow all year round for less than $100.
  52. Another, less expensive, option is to add a pellet stove. The pellets are made from supercompacted sawdust, so they are using a waste product, and they cost far less to run than oil or natural gas. Be aware that your insurance might charge you more if you have a wood burning stove. They tend to disapprove of them.
  53. Do you know how to use a ceiling fan properly? In the winter, run it clockwise on a low speed. In the summer, run it counterclockwise – standing under it, you should feel a definite push down.
  54. Does it go without saying that you should always turn off lights when they’re not being used?
  55. Switch to CFLs! Compact fluorescent lights use a lot less power. High quality LEDs are even better but the light can be weird. 
  56. And turn off lights. Really, become that person that walks around turning off lights. You will always save energy when you turn off a light, even if it’s for just a few minutes.
  57. Turn off the water when you are … brushing your teeth.
  58. Or shampooing/soaping up in the shower. There are water saving faucets with shut-off valves to make this easier.
  59. Or soaping up your hands. Unless you are USING the water, turn it off while you do the in-between tasks.
  60. If you’re cold, put on a sweater and slippers.
  61. Girl with hot water bottle and blanket
    No, not one of my girls, but I want that hot water bottle cover! Isn’t that a nice way to keep warm?

    In fact, have a basket of various sized slippers near the front door for guests, and an assortment of cardigans handy for anyone who feels chilly. Most people won’t borrow a pullover sweater but will be fine with a cardigan.

  62. Put warm, cuddly blankets on your sofa. Having hot water bottles handy is also a good idea for when you want to sit and watch a movie or use your device on the sofa. Snuggle up in the blanket with the hot water bottle tucked inside. (After the water has cooled, reuse it to water plants or wash floors or some other non-drinking re-use.)
  63. In cold weather, make sure windows are well covered. Storm windows on the outside are great. In an older home, consider adding functional shutters which can be f. Inside the house, heavy drapes or tapestries can keep the cold out.
  64. But don’t keep them covered all the time! I always remember my mom opening up the heavy drapes in the morning to let the winter sunshine in and closing them up at night to keep the cold out. In the summer, it was the opposite routine – she closed up the curtains in the morning to keep the heat out and opened them at night.
  65. No matter how much you water the sidewalk, it isn’t going to grow. Even if you decide to water your lawn, don’t overdo it.
  66. Collect and use rainwater. I love the way my hair feels when washed in rainwater.

If you want lower utility bills, there is work to be done. Some of these tips are simple, and some are more complicated or more expensive. Start with the easy ones and then, as you see lower utility bills each month, celebrate by finding more and more ways to keep the heat where it belongs.

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Impeachment in Brazil: Latin America is running out of Populists.

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And it cant happen fast enough. I’m honestly sick of the lot.

Dilma Rousseff was officially removed from office today. In the early 60s, Rousseff participated in the militant activities of the Comando de Libertação Nacional—COLINA (National Liberation Command) and advocated Marxist politics. She claims to have had a change of heart, going from Marxism to pragmatic capitalism. By this she means she’s the kind of Marxist that will play ball with the elite if that means that the redistribution mostly goes towards her own bank account.

First Cristina Kirchner, now Dilma and that clown in Venezuela Maduro will follow shortly.

Things are shaping up nicely in Latin America after a few dreadful decades.

Beware of Populism

Populism is a political sickness, a disease. I hails from both left and right, often in extreme sides of the political spectrum since there is where it festers best given that it needs fanaticism and lack of rational and critical thinking to survive. The Populist leader is always charismatic in his own way. Populists tend to shout. A lot. Moderation and dialogue is not their thing. Dialogue upsets them. They get their audiences engaged and their political agenda will be all about blaming those on the other side of the political spectrum and assure you that the only way to fight such a powerful enemy (Populists cant think in terms of political adversaries) is to concentrate as much power as possible on his own person. He’s the messiah, he’s the only possible saviour. A Populist will spend very little time talking about the people working with him and presenting them as individuals with their own ideas and potential. The Populist rather thinks in terms of people that work FOR him, not WITH him, as in him being equal among others working for the people they are supposed to represent. The people he represents, public resources and funds, it all belongs to him in his mind. The Populist doesn’t even consider the possibility of working with political adversaries for the good of the people. That’s simply unthinkable for him. The Populist is essentially a corrupt individual, capable of everything in order to care for what matters the most in his vision of the world: Himself.

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

How And What You Can Plant For A Fantastic Fall Food Garden

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How And What You Can Plant For A Fantastic Fall Food Garden Did you miss spring and summer planting? Luckily, you can have a great fall garden if you plant now in late summer. You will be surprised what you can grow for a great fall bumper crop. There are things that you need to …

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How To Make a Improvised Charcoal Filter

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How To Make a Improvised Charcoal Filter If the SHTF, you get stranded in the wild or there is some kind of an emergency, clean water can be hard to find. In order to avoid being sick, you will want to be able to strain out any of the nasty stuff that can make you …

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A Multi-Function Clip That Hides a Toolbox In Your Hair

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A Multi-Function Clip That Hides a Toolbox In Your Hair This is aimed at the ladies but I guess this could be used by men too.  A multi functional hair clip that doubles as a toolbox on the go! Screw drivers, wrench, trolley coin, ruler & cutting edge, all combined in this tiny hair clip. …

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Alternative Refrigeration Options When SHTF

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Alternative Refrigeration Options When SHTF This is a great subject. This is always on the back of my mind. If the power goes out, we only have a few days, if that, to eat all of our frozen and refrigerated goods. If you don’t they will go bad and start to rot. What are your alternatives? …

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Crowd Crush: The Lurking Danger of Crowds

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Crowd Crush: The Lurking Danger of Crowds It is not news that large crowds can be dangerous, but did you know that the density of the crowd could be more dangerous than the size? While other threats exist in crowds, crowd crush has the potential to kill the largest number of people in gatherings. Black …

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Best Bow Sights for Compound & Recurve Bow Hunting in 2016: Optics Reviews

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Your success when hunting game depends largely on your ability to use your bow.  Unlike hunting with a crossbow, every aspect – aiming, drawing and firing – requires a complete commitment from both your body and mind. Whether you are hunting deer with a recurve bow or a compound bow, you need a sight you can rely on.

Which sight is the best? That depends on how and where you like to bow hunt. We will jump into some of the aspects you should consider before purchasing, as well as Five of our favorites in more detail below.

Selecting a Bow Sight – The Basics:

First, let’s cover some of the basics. You’ll likely be using either a recurve or compound bow.

A recurve bow is a “traditional” bow. While the materials may have changed a bit over the years, these are the same types of bows you’d find centuries ago.

A compound bow is a modern bow. This type uses levers and pulleys to bend the limbs. This is an energy efficient method which allows the archer to deliver a lot of force.

Both types of bows require skill to use and require that you select the appropriate draw weight for your strength level and type of prey.  You can see compound bow draw weights here, and recurve bow draw weights here.  Tuning your bow regularly is also something else to consider as different types of bows have different tuning requirements.

While not every sight fits onto every type of bow, there are some characteristics which apply to every type of sight. Here are some things to look for:

Bow Sight Ease of Use:

Hunting with a Bow SightSights are going to need adjustments in the field. You’ll adjust both vertical and horizontal settings. This includes individual pins which will need to be adjusted. If the pins aren’t easy to re-tighten after adjustment, your string won’t stay taunt and your aim can be off.

Lock settings need to have two characteristics. They need to be easy to access, even outdoors under wet and dark conditions. They also need to be large enough to withstand repeated vibrations. Taking a set of wrenches along with you is usually a good idea so you can tighten bolts and screws as necessary.

Many hunters like a level. This helps steady your bow vertically. While looking at a level might not be very practical when out in the woods, it’s great to have when practicing. You can get a feel for how a level bow feels which, in turn, can help develop good habits you’ll then take with you into the outdoors.

You’ll also need to consider the number of pins. Pins are small metal pieces which hold fiber optics within the sight aperture. This is how you line up the target. Pins can be either vertical or horizontal. Sizes vary but can be changed in single models. Thick pins usually have a tendency to obscure small targets, so most archers and hunters prefer thinner pins.

Some sights have also have a Glo-ring around the pin housing perimeter. This illumination increases clarity and helps define the field of vision. Many sights also include an optional light which can also be installed in order to use the sight in darkness.

Archer Optics Light Enhancement:

Whether you’re in the deep woods on a sunny day, hunting deer in poor weather or hunting coyotes at night, light levels are bound to change. There are a few ways you use add illumination to your sight.

The earliest, simplest innovation is basically a miniature flashlight. This illuminates the pins. This is a relatively low-tech, inexpensive method but there are some downsides. First, it requires battery power, which isn’t very dependable. Also, the light is very visible which could make camouflage difficult.

Fiber optics are another option, and many prefer this more high-tech method as they are incorporated in more modern optics like rangefinders and compact hunting binoculars. Fiber optics create light without batteries. They work in both dark and daylight conditions.

Finally, the third popular lighting option is Tritium. This is a radioactive element added to the paint. It gathers light similar to the luminous dial you’d find on a glow-in-the-dark watch. Some sights use a combination of Tritium and fiber optics. (And don’t worry, even though the phrase “radioactive element” doesn’t sound great, Tritium in a bow sight is perfectly safe.)

The Optic Peep:

A peep sight is a small aperture which sits on your bowstring. You align your signs pins to determine the correct distance (elevation can impact your aim as well, so make sure you use an altimeter watch to measure how thin the air is where you are). This is your anchor point.

Peeps come in various sizes. Smaller peeps are hard to use in low light. However, large peeps increase the margin of error. No peep is also an option. This is especially useful if you wear glasses. There’s no 100% correct answer when it comes to peeps. You simply have to go with what works best for your needs.

Cost and Budgetary Constraints:

There’s usually no need to buy the most expensive, deluxe sight available. At the same time, the low-end product lines on the market tend to be too flimsy for heavy use in the woods. Most mid-range bows are going to be suitable for hunting and recreational archery.

If you’re a competitive archer, you’ll likely want a top-of-the-line model.

If you are a deer hunter setting up at your base camp nearby where you’ve got your game cameras stashed out, you’ll probably be safe with something in the mid-range, price-wise. Just make sure the sight is strong enough for your needs. You’ll want a sight made from solid, machine-manufactured aluminum or aluminum composite. This type of material will be lightweight, durable and resistant to long-term exposure to harsh weather.

The Five Best Bow Sites for Recurve and Compound Bows For The Money:


Trophy Ridge React 5 Pin Bow Sight:

Trophy Ridge 5 Pin Archery SightZero in on game with the Trophy Ridge React 5 pin bow sight. This sight includes a built in sight level with .019 Fiber Optic Pins.

Trophy Ridge is one of the top bow hunting scope manufacturers on the market and the Ridge React 5 is no different.  It has a reversible site mount and a Rheostat light, making it a great choice for any hunter.

While having an illuminated spirit level can be something that some hunters may want, the most important thing to remember is that you need to have a level shot before you have anything else and the included sight leveler helps make that happen.

Note that bow sights for bows aren’t legal in every state or county. Be sure and check your local laws.


TruGlo Carbon XS 4 Pin .019 Bow Sight with Light:

TruGlo Carbon XSLooking for a great value? You should consider this sight. This ultra lightweight carbon sight is durable without being cumbersome. The Tru Touch technical coating provides a soft feel.

You’ll be able to sight with accuracy from long distances with 1.8 inch inner diameter aperture. The sight is also adjustable for both left and right handed shooters.

Vertical adjustability is enhanced by a reversible bracket. A glow-in-the-dark ring helps align the peep sight in all conditions, even darkness.

This sight doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles but it’s easy to set-up and adjust. The light works well, too. And all at a price which won’t break the bank.


Field Logic IQ 5 Pin Sight:

Field Logic IQ 5 Pin SightThis sight makes some bold claims: You’ll shoot longer distances and tighter groups or they’ll refund your money. While we’re not sure about their marketing style, the sight itself is pretty interesting. Simply put, this sight is a little different.

The main feature here is the Retina Lock instant feedback technology. This helps control muscle memory, form and consistency. You don’t stare directly at the Retina Lock.

Rather, the placement and brightness mean you see the Retina Lock peripherally. This basically forces you to use the proper grip.

Retina Lock sounds like a gimmick but it’s actually a useful, quality addition. If you’re struggling with proper form, the Field Logic IQ sight is worth consideration.


TruGlo Archers Chocie Range Rover Pro:

TruGlo Archers ChoiceReliable and accurate, the Range Rover Pro is a great choice for any budget.  Suitable for both recurve and compound bows, this sight has a tracking design not found on other sights.

You’ll have hunting-level accuracy with the constant vertical movement.

The slider has an adjustable yardage stop and an elevation adjustment.  The scope housing has an illuminated green dot to make acquiring your prey easier. Don’t let the low price fool you – this is a well-made sight with unique aiming capabilities.

It’s also adjustable for both left and right handed shooters.


Great Deals LLC 3 Pin Bow Sight – Fiber, Brass Pin, Aluminum Machined:

3 Pin Bow Sight Great Deals LLCStrong, steady and easy to adjust, there’s a lot to like about this sight from Great Deals. Made from 6061-T6 machined CNC aluminum, this sight can handle rain, mud and snow.

It’s still lightweight enough to carry with you all day. A bubble level with two vertical bars helps keep your aim true.

The sight has clear markings for elevation and windages. The fiber optic diameter is .029. The sight is also adjustable for both left and right-handed shooters.

The pins are a bit on a thick side. Also, this sight isn’t the best in low-light condition. Still, this is a reliable, accurate bow with a reasonable price.


Final Thoughts:

Bowhunting takes patience, tact and practicality.  It’s just as important to know your own limitations versus the limitations of your prey.

Setting yourself up for success means giving yourself an edge.  Starting off with the right bow sight can be a welcome addition to any bow hunter’s arsenal.

After you’ve carefully considered your budget, use and brand – you should be well on your way to filling up your tag limit on your next outdoor expedition.

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A Mom’s Guide to Preparing For Civil Unrest

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Mom's Guide Civil UnrestOver the summer of 2016, certain websites forecasted a string of protests around the United States. As it turned out, these protests often lead to riots. In most cases, there is no warning for such events, but this time, we were paying attention to the news and knew where and when many of these protests would take place.

I was chatting with 3 of my friends, also Survival Moms, and we reviewed our situations. Not knowing if any of these protests would turn violent, we needed a guide for preparing for civil unrest. Each of us came up with a game plan.

One of us was going on a family road trip and would be making stops in three of the cities listed as protest sites. Another was home alone with her children with a husband away on a business trip, and I had a long-awaited date night scheduled that was an hour drive away from the children to a city not on the list.

Meanwhile, headlines from around the world reported civil wars, acts of terrorism, political coups, and hyperinflation.  Thanks to this family survival manual, I know how to prepare for civil unrest as well as these other events. Here is a guide for how 3 different moms in 3 very different circumstances prepared for civil unrest. The best thing about this? We are now ready for other emergencies as well.

On a road trip — Anita

Our family was in the middle of a 4,000-mile road trip when the possibility of spreading civil unrest became a concern in the cities on our route. We had prepared for a number of common situations on our trip, such as vehicle breakdown with a family emergency kit like this one, but we hadn’t even thought that we might have to deal with protests or riots along the way. Yet, being prepared for a few other situations served us well when confronted with this additional possibility. For example, we had already been collecting highway maps at rest stations along our way, plus we had an outdated road atlas in the vehicle. A good road atlas is one of the best tools to have for planning alternate routes, even if GPS wasn’t available in remote areas. It would also come in handy if communications were interrupted.

Along with emergency supplies and maps, we also had extra food just in case we weren’t able to stop and eat at restaurants as planned, like if we got into a destination too late. Of course, that would also be helpful if we were stuck somewhere for longer periods than we expected, such as having to shelter in a hotel. In a time of civil unrest, hunkering down for the duration is often the best and safest choice.  We had prepared some self-defense options, too, in the event of attempted mugging. While avoiding civil unrest is always better than fighting back, at least we weren’t completely defenseless if we did find ourselves in a scary mob situation. We also considered the possibility of unwittingly driving into a mob scene and how we might handle that situation.

We weren’t finished with our preparing for civil unrest There were a few more steps we decided to take:

  • We found local news sites for each location, and monitored local social media trends. We figured this would give us some advanced warning of anything unusual, although sometimes you may find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time and will just have to deal with it on the spot.
  • We agreed to keep the gas tank at least half full, even if that meant more stops. In the event that we had to leave a situation quickly, that would allow us to put more miles between us and any immediate danger before stopping. It would also help if we ran into unexpected obstructions and used more gas than anticipated.
  • We re-evaluated our route, and decided to stay at smaller towns in between large cities.
  • We stopped at a Walmart on our way and bought a tarp and some bungee cords. Although the plan for our trip included hotel stays, we could make a roadside shelter if needed with those. We also grabbed extra water. Being able to put up an impromptu shelter might make the difference between roughing it for a night in a safe place and having to slog through a panicky crowd just to get to our hotel.
  • We snagged the extra toilet paper roll from our hotel room. Maybe we should have already had one in the car (we had baby wipes) but now we felt more prepared to camp wilderness style, if necessary. Emergency toilet supplies  in the back of your vehicle is a must, especially if you have kids.
  • And just in case we would need to shelter in place immediately when we got home, we caught up on laundry at the hotel. We also stopped and got a few household groceries, in addition to the snacks and food already in the car.

Some of the lessons I took away from this experience are if you’re prepared for one situation, even if you can’t think of every possibility, you are still better off than doing nothing. Flexibility is key. And really you can’t stay home for the rest of your life. Even as a survival mom you still need to plan vacations and times away from home and out of your comfort zone. Whatever happens, just deal with it when it does.

Home alone with the kids — Monica

When rumors of protests in our city began to circulate, my husband was working 9 ½ hours away and wasn’t due to get home for another three days. News reports of other protests having gone terribly wrong added to my uneasiness. Being home alone meant I needed to take full responsibility for our well-being.

As a mom, my mind immediately went to the mundane, yet important details of maintaining a house in the midst of a chaotic event. My washer had been out of commission for a while, so the first thing I did was go to the laundromat to get all the clothes washed at once. Next was making sure the car was filled with gas, and that I had all the basic, perishable groceries needed to get us through for a week and a half. It was a good feeling when I got home that day and knew we could be at home for many days with no need to go out.

This is actually key when you’re expecting an event that might make it more dangerous to leave your home than to stay put. Make sure you have all of life’s essentials right there with you — think of things like baby food, diapers, toilet paper, prescription medications, over the counter meds (here’s a list of suggested OTC meds to have on hand), and so on. The type of things that, when you run out, you need to quickly replenish. That’s what you stock up on!

I called my husband to make sure we were still on the same page as to decisions about when we stay at home, when to pack up the child and animals and head to friends on the edge of the city, and at what point we go to rural acquaintances. If we were unable to communicate, he would know where to find us. I planned several different routes to get to each location and made sure an atlas was still in the car. This is where, again, having very good maps and a GPS can help. A survival manual that focuses only on emergency evacuations, like this one, is a must.

Then I made popcorn and spend the rest of the evening watching Netflix shows.

I learned a few things from this experience:

  • I am better prepared than I thought I might be.
  • Making sure camping gear and stocked backpacks are stored neatly and are easily accessible is worth your time.
  • Having plans for various scenarios meant I could go to bed and sleep well.

Date night — Sarah Anne

It sometimes takes a miracle to have a successful date night out as parents. The schedules of every person involved — wife, husband, kids, babysitter —  all have to align like the planets in the night sky. We finally had one of those nights planned and to top it off, it coincided with a fun event in a nearby city. We were very excited.

Then we saw the news about the possible protests and riots. The city we were planning to go to wasn’t on the list, but I glanced through news sites, Twitter, and Craigslist the two days prior and day of to make sure other people weren’t planning something there. The event we were going to was on the far side of the city closest to us, so we wouldn’t have to drive through downtown.

Just in case we found ourselves unable to reach our destination or unable to get back home quickly, we made sure to have water, some food, good walking shoes, fully charged cell phones, a full tank of gas and an atlas (in case we needed to take some back roads home). We discussed how to effectively use our concealed carry licenses, although that was something neither of us relished. Doing all of this gave us peace of mind and we decided to go ahead and go on our date. We were prepared, and we ended up having fun.

It also helped knowing that our babysitter’s family lives across the street from us, and knows where our shelter area and supplies are located. She also knows where the fire extinguishers are located. For more about preparing a babysitter, read about creating a babysitter folder with vital information.

The overall lessons that were reinforced by preparing for this possible event were:

  • Bring the babysitter on your preparedness team.
  • Know how to check Twitter and Craigslist for news trends.
  • Keep an atlas in the car (and walking shoes).

Anything can happen at any time – with or without warning.  But that’s what being a survival mom is all about – being prepared for anything, wherever you are, and with whatever you have. What unusual situations are you prepared for?

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A GREAT Plant For Making SHTF Soaps, Shampoo & EVEN Sponges

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The Desert Plant That Makes Great SHTF Soaps, Shampoo and EVEN Sponges!

While many Preppers want to focus on Guns and tactics for surviving a long term disaster, the reality is the BIGGEST danger all of us would face in a DISASTER scenario actually comes from infections and disease.

So learning how to take plants in our environment and turn them into soaps, shampoos and sponges for maintaining our hygiene could absolutely save your life in a long term disaster scenario, where maybe that dream bug out bag list, left off a few more hygiene items than you should have planned for.

Which is why in this video, you’re going to learn how to take the common High Desert plant, Yucca and discover how to turn its root into soap for keeping your hands, armpits, feet, hair and groin area clean and bacteria free.

Even if you don’t live where this plant grows, you’ll still come away after watching this video with some great ideas.

Enjoy!

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Step #1: Locate A Yucca You Can Harvest

If you live in a desert climate, here’s a couple pictures of the plant you’re looking for.

What The Yucca Plant Looks Like

And here’s a close up of a smaller one that this video shows you how to harvest:

Small Yucca Plant

Tip: Look For a Yucca Growing on a Hill

The reason you want to find one growing on a hill is because the needles of the plant are incredibly sharp; so sharp that they can actually be used as needles for sewing.  So when you find one on a hill its easier to get at the roots without being poked.

Sharp Leaves of Yucca

Step #2 Harvest The Root

The first step in harvesting the Yucca root is to dig down and find which direction the big thick root is growing, this one was growing sideways along the hill.

The Yucca Root That Makes Soap

After you’ve dug down and found the root, you want to cut it out with a knife.  It’ll look like this:

The Yucca Root After Its Cut

Step #3: Replant The Head of your Yucca plant

The heads of the Yucca plants are a lot like Pineapples, where after you have harvested the Yucca root that you wanted for making soap, you can replant the head of the Yucca into the earth so it can regrow.

Reharvest the heads of Yucca plant

Replanted Yucca Top

Step #4: Now Let’s turn the Yucca Root into Soap!

The cool part about this Yucca Root is that not only is it full of soap, but in this video you learn how to turn the Yucca Root into a Soap filled SHTF Louffa, so it acts like a kind of natural soap filled sponge for cleaning yourself.

And the first step for doing that is to take a freshly harvested Yucca Root that is still moist, and find a flat rock you can start to pound it on:

Flat Rock To Grind Yucca Root Soap

Before we start grinding the Yucca Root into a soapy Louffa, we first need to peel the bark off with a knife:

Peeling The Yucca Roots Bark

While you’re peeling its important to note that its pretty easy to take off too much bark as your cutting/peeling your Yucca root, so be careful to only try to take off the bark.

Gently Peel The Yucca Roots Bark

Once its peeled, we pound the end of the yucca root so it flares out a little like the bristles of a broom would; using a pounding rock to do so:

Pound the yucca root with rock

Continue to pound the Yucca Root until it actually starts to suds up with soap.  You can just see the Yucca root’s soap suds starting to suds up in the picture below after a few seconds of pounding on the peeled root with a rock.

Yucca Root Soap Suds

Step #5: Now Use The Yucca Root Soap to Wash Our Hands!

At this point what you’re going to need to do is fill your mouth with water… but don’t drink it.  Just fill your mouth up and hold it there.

Hand washing with Yucca root soap step 1

Then like a faucet, spit a little bit of water into your hands.  Some people think this is gross, but your mouth is actually fairly clean.  So unless you have someone else to pour the water into your hands for you, if you’re by yourself you will need both of your hands so go ahead and feel OK spitting a small portion of it into your hands to wet them.

Spit water into your hands

Next take the peeled end of your new Yucca Root “Soap Bar” and scrub it on your wet hands.

Scruby the Yucca Root Soap On Hands

After scrubbing for a few seconds with the Yucca Root, you’ll see soap suds start to form on your hand like this:

Yucca Root Soap Suds 2

Scrub both hands like normal with the Yucca Root Soap, making sure to get underneath your fingernails.  Fingernails are one of the most important areas to keep clean in a longer term survival situation as food gets under their while we eat and breeds dangerous bacteria that can make us sick.

Scrub Yucca Root Soap Under Fingernails

Lastly use the remaining water still in your mouth, to rinse the last bit of soap suds off your hands.  And that’s it, you’re hands are now clean!

Use Remaining Water To Rinse Yucca Root Soap Off Hands

Step #6: Use the Yucca Root Soap to Clean the Rest of your ‘Hot Spots’

Now that your hands are clean, you can use this same Louffa-like hygeine trick to clean your armpits, feet, and groin area.

But if you’ve been paying attention…

We don’t yet have a way to use this on our hair as a shampoo.

So to process this root into a shampoo, what you need to do is go back to your flat rock, and grind the Yucca Root all the way down into tiny pieces.

You then let those tiny pieces dry out in the sun on that rock until they are completely dried.

When they are completely dry, you can come back and crush them into a fine powder that you can take with you in a container as a type of dehydrated shampoo!

Yucca Root Shampoo

But wait, there’s more…

The long stocks on the Yucca plant, make an excellent hand drill for starting a fire without matches.  She says that if that’s what you’re going to look for, you want to make sure you look for a 2nd year stalk.  And make sure that its living and not a dead one, as a dead dried out stalk will splinter your hands if you try to use it as a han drill.

Yucca Stem For Fire Starting

 

All in all, the Yucca plant is an incredibly useful plant to start to learn how to use for surviving in High Desert Climates.

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As Internet Trolls Take Over ENENEWS, We Find The Pro Nuke Kumbaya To Exist Elsewhere Too

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A Pro Nuke Article, on a site normally associated with Climate Clarity, shows many pro nukists in the Crowd.

And they are lying through their teeth and using false arguments just like paid trolls do.

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Nuclear is too costly, too dangerous. Germany made the right move to get rid of nuclear and go heavy on renewables. Solar PV farm contracts are selling at less than 4 cents, but old already paid for nuclear dies at retail rate of 14 cents (Kewaunee)
I am an expert and have done over 2000 projects, mostly Hawaii. Where is became very obvious that the grid is way more robust and with way more diversity than even this conservative engineer had anticipated. With electric cars plugged in the grid 94% of the time and used to buffer renewable, the need for any additional storage is a decade off.
How much is too costly? I claim that nuclear electricity is the cheapest of all sources. Who is right? Give me the numbers you are using for your allegation.
It is too dangerous? On the contrary. The safest of all sources, where wind is the most dangerous one with the greatest loss of live per unit of electricity produced. Aside from the documented killing of birds and bats. In that sense, your car is more dangerous; Hiroshima and Nagasaki that received irradiation incomparable to anything you might think of have been thriving cities where wasteland was forecast to stay for millennia. Wildlife about Chernobyl is thriving.
You did not read my comment, or you refuse to address the issue of cost.
They shut down Kewaunee selling at 14 cents. Nuclear gets around 5 cents per kWH subsidies.
Solar on PV farms has contracts to supply at 4 cents and less now.
Danger is NOT to the workers, it is to the public and the environment. All plants leak, they submit an annual report on how much. Then the occasional sacrifice zone created by accidents, which by the way, are always covered up until they have to fess up.
Bomb radiation presents mostly a one time attack, in which much of the fission fraction is very short lived I-131, half life of 8 days. Incidentally, the Japanese got off “easy” because the I-131 goes to the thyroid like a magnet and does it most harm there, however since the Japanese eat lots of kelp and are therefore fully loaded in iodine, they didn’t absorb much of the radioactive stuff.
Chernobyl is not thriving. There is wildlife because there are few people, Cesium in the environment has remarkably not gone down even though half life says it should. Insects and Fungi and decomposition of stuff is just not present, not working the way they should. Wolves are much smaller than their healthy breathren, many species of birds no longer exist.
I expect more from readers at WUWT.

24 Little-Known ‘Miracle Plants’ The Navajo Used For Medicine

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24 Little-Known 'Miracle Plants' The Navajo Used For Medicine

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Anyone interested in living off the land or wishing to prepare themselves for a crisis would be wise to study some of their local plants.

Native people had an extensive knowledge of which plants, and which parts of the selected plant, were valuable for certain health problems.

In this article, we are going to look at some of the little-known medicinal plants that were used by the Navajo nation. Even though they lived in what we would consider desert or areas filled with nothing but “scrub brush,” the Navajo found some of the best and most powerful medicinal plants in their region.

Remedies for Headaches, Coughs, Fevers, Mouth Problems

1. Lichens – Pulled from rocks or trees, these were chewed to stop mouth pain, canker sores, and sore or swollen gums.

2. Purple loco weed (oxytropis) – The leaves are crushed and boiled, then the steam inhaled to open up airway passages and ease breathing.

24 Little-Known 'Miracle Plants' The Navajo Used For Medicine

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3. Desert thistle – Used to stop the chills and/or fevers. Commonly given in tea form.

4. White horehound – This was used as a tea for coughs and sore throats.

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5. Snake weed – Despite the name, this was not used for snake bites, but for headaches. Unlike other plants, this one was used externally by placing wet leaves on the forehead. Some people refer to this as broom weed or broom snakeweed.

Remedies for Diarrhea, Stomach, or Digestive Problems

6. Indian paintbrush (castilleja) – Used for most common stomach problems, including stomach aches, cramps and indigestion. Many tribes referred to this as the prairie fire plant. The flowers are very sweet and tasty, although other parts are not edible.

7. Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum) – While this relative to cannabis cannot be consumed, the roots were boiled to make a tea to treat intestinal worms and stop dysentery.

8. Antelope sage – The root of this plant was brewed into tea to stop general stomach pain and cramps.

9. Sand verbena – Sometimes called desert verbena, the leaves and flowers were consumed in tea form to stop stomach cramps, as well as to make a general, soothing tonic.

Remedies for Women

10. Greasewood – A tea made from the leaves of this plant was thought to make childbirth quicker and easier for the mother.

24 Little-Known 'Miracle Plants' The Navajo Used For Medicine

Silkweed. Image source: Wikimedia

11. Silkweed – Consumed as a tea, this plant is a general tonic used after giving birth.

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12. Bushy bird’s beak – Flowers and leaves were often brewed as tea to stop or shorten the menstrual cycle.

Remedies for Skin Issues and Wounds

13. Artemisia – This plant is used for burns, boils and other types of skin wounds.

14. Spurge – While spurge can be eaten, it was also used as medicine. Spurge was ground into a paste and rubbed on the skin to stop acne or other types of skin problems.

15. Green briar – The leaves of this bush were beaten into a paste, and then applied to sores, burns or open wounds. Fresh leaves were then wrapped over the poultice and used as a type of bandage.

16. Orange agoseris – Leaves and flowers were pounded into a paste and applied to most wounds to stop infection and speed healing. Most common uses were for serious injuries, such as knife or arrow damage.

17. Blue corn – Corn played a vital part in the life of most Navajo. Besides being consumed as food and used in ceremonies, blue corn was used to cleanse and purify the skin. Ground blue corn, which is more coarse than yellow or white corn, was a natural exfoliator, which encourages the growth of new skin by removing dead skin cells.

General Tonics, Antiseptics and Other Remedies

18. Sage or sagebrush – While this plant tends to give many people hay fever, for the Navajo, the leaves and flowers were made into a tea, which served many purposes. This tea was used as a treatment for diarrhea, as an eye wash, as an antiseptic for disinfecting wounds, and as a hair wash. People once said, “Those who drink sage tea never grow old.” This is because rinsing hair with a strong sage tea acts as a dye, keeping the hair black.

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24 Little-Known 'Miracle Plants' The Navajo Used For Medicine

Hawkweed. Image source: Wikimedia

19. Hawkweed – This plant is a close relative of dandelions, so it is no wonder that the Navajo used it as a natural diuretic. All parts of this plant are edible and can be eaten; however, it is most commonly consumed in a tea form.

20. Red juniper – The inner bark of this type of juniper was rubbed onto the hair and scalp, stopping most kinds of dandruff and itchiness.

21. Yucca – Also known as soap weed, the leaves of the yucca plant were pounded into a thick paste, and then rubbed on the hair and scalp. This acts as a natural type of shampoo, removing grease and dirt from the hair.

22. Horseweed – This was a general, all-around good tonic that was used for many ailments, including stopping diarrhea, and as a diuretic and astringent.

23. Yellowtop – The gray green leaves of this plant were the most common remedy given for spider and other insect bites.

24. Green gentian – Commonly given to calm the nerves or for emotional distress.

Many plants were used in combination with one another. It was thought that by mixing plants, it would cure multiples problems at one time, or that if one ingredient was ineffective, another would certainly work.

Most times, there were one or two “specialists” who knew which plants should be used for what, and which combinations could be used. This was generally the Shaman, who oversaw most health problems, and a female elder, who was generally called upon to take care of “female” problems and assist in childbirth.

The Navajo and other native people spent hundreds if not thousands of years researching plants. Please use extreme caution and be certain that you know not only the exact species you are choosing, but how it might affect you.

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 first.

What is your favorite off-grid medicinal plant? Share your medicinal tips in the section below:

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Homestead Blog Hop #98

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

There’s a new kid on the block! Mama Kautz is not going anywhere, but WholesomeFamilies.org is going to be where the majority of my time is spent. The homeschooling and prepping content will stay here. All wellness and essential oil content will be moved.
I have been a blogger for 10 years and feel now is the perfect time to do a rebranding if you will.
I hope you will join me over there!

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

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Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Four Safe Essential Oil Blends for Baby - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

1. Four Safe Essential Oil Blends for Baby from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Melt-and-Pour Soap, a Shortcut to Making Your Own Soap - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

2. Melt-and-Pour Soap, a Shortcut to Making Your Own Soap from Oak Hill Homestead

Why We Drink Raw Milk (And Eat Raw Dairy) - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

3. Why We Drink Raw Milk (And Eat Raw Dairy) from Easy Peasy Life Matters

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.

***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.***

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Things to do instead of watching the NFL

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Unless you’ve just woken up from a coma, you’ve heard about San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem because, he says, it represents a country that is “oppressive” to black people.* His refusal to stand for the anthem sparked much outrage on Twitter and other social media. The NFL, when pressed to make a statement, basically said “eehhh… What’s the big deal? We don’t really care if he stands or sits.” Cue additional outrage.

I contend that much of the outrage is faux outrage. Why do I think it is false outage? Because most of those folks expressing outrage will still be glued to the TV this weekend watching the NFL. Both their outrage and their patriotism will take a backseat to their football addiction. But, for those folks who really are upset and don’t want to watch the NFL, here are some suggestions of what to do instead:

1) Play a board game with your kids.

2) Take your wife out on a surprise date (and hire a babysitter – its not date if she has to bring the kids).

3) Go on a picnic at a local park.

4) Hike a local Greenway.

5) Go FISHING!!! BTW, check out KeepAmericaFishing.org (on Twitter @kaf_fishing).

6) Have friends over for a Bar-B-Que.

7) Spend the time in prayer & Bible Study. I post a weekly Patriots’ Payer each Sunday, as well as concessional Bible studies, so please bookmark this website.

8) Review your preparedness and survival plans. Get ready for whatever may come. Explore this website for ideas.

9) Inventory your food storage and other preparedness supplies. You may be interested in Peggy Layton’s Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook.

10) Target Practice at the Gun Range!

11) Spend the afternoon playing catch with your son!

12) Have a tea party with your daughter!

13) Read Brad Thor’s latest book Foreign Agent. It’s really good.

14) Lord of the Rings movie marathon! 

15) Game of Thrones marathon! 

16) The Walking Dead marathon!  

17) Get your garden plots ready for next spring. Start building sheet-mulch or raised-garden beds

18) Watch the Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate Evolution vs. Creationism (on You Tube). Its fascinating, and you may learn a lot.

19) Read the Economic Collapse Chronicles by Mark Goodwin. Excellent survivalist thriller with lots of tips and ideas on getting ready for future bad times. 

20) Visit a local museum, art gallery, historic site, or zoo. 

The point of this list, which could be much longer, is that there are plenty of fun and useful things to do besides supporting Kaepernick and the NFL with your viewership.
 
*Kaepernick, who is bi-racial and was adopted by white parents, attended college on a football scholarship, and has a $19 million NFL contract (apparently, oppression is not something he has personally experienced). Although claiming to be Christian, with tattoos of Bible verses, he is currently engaged to a #BlackLivesMatter activit who is Muslim. Obviously, the verse about not being “unequally yoked to non-believers” (2 Corinthians 6:14) is not one of his tattoos. According to press reports, they are planning an Islamic-style wedding ceremony.

10 Martial Law Survival Strategies You Should Know

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Martial law is actually more likely to happen than most disasters. The reason is because it could be declared during any number of disastrous events: earthquakes, hurricanes, economic collapse, widespread terrorism, etc. So if you’re going to prepare for those things, you should definitely prepare for martial law as well. In the article, Bob from […]

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Zika, Pandemics, and How to Stockpile Antibiotics-Dr Bones

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Dr Bones from DoomAndBloom.net is on the show today. He provides solid information on Zika, Pandemics, and stockpiling antibiotics from a medical professional’s standpoint.

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Matt and Karen Bair thought they were prepared for anything, but can they survive a total collapse of the economic system? If they want to live through the crisis, they’ll have to think fast and move quickly. In a world where all the rules have changed, and savagery is law, those who hesitate pay with their very lives.

The Economic Collapse Chronicles is now available for Kindle as a complete box set at a reduced price.

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Trading Post in the Woods is ran by veteran crisis responders who know how important it is to be prepared. They specialize in comprehensive natural survival remedy kits, preparedness and homesteading supplies as well as skills training. Visit them online today at TradingPostInTheWoods.com.

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CampingSurvival.com has all of your preparedness needs including; bug out bags, long term food storage, water filters, gas masks, and first aid kits. Use coupon code PREPPERRECON to get 5% off your entire order at Camping Survival.

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The dollar has lost over 90% of its purchasing power since 1971. Silver, on the other hand, has proved to be a very stable form of wealth preservation over the years. Silver.com offers fantastic prices on silver and gold. Check out Silver.com today.

Happy Prepping!

Mark

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Fish Antibiotics For Preparedness

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Among the many articles that I’ve read regarding ‘fish antibiotics’ being the same thing as antibiotics prescribed for humans, I recall a few articles over on Rawles website. One of them, written by a doctor (who is apparently into prepping), ordered a variety of ‘fish antibiotics’ for his preps – to discover that these antibiotics […]

How a Fighter Pilot’s Strategy Could Save Your Life: The OODA Loop

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It’s pretty clear in these uncertain times that there’s a New Normal out there. There will always be the possibility of a terror event or shooting whenever crowds of people gather. Almost daily, a terrorist or madman causes death and destruction somewhere. If you learn to be situationally aware, you won’t be a soft target for these savages.

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the OODA loop

 

The basics of situational awareness are described in what is called the OODA Loop. It was first devised by Air Force fighter pilot Colonel John Boyd. Originally meant to help in an aerial dogfight, it’s useful in all sorts of settings. The four steps of the OODA Loop are: Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. It’s a loop because you go back to the observe step after you act, to determine if the situation has resolved or if further action is needed.

 

Observe: Yellow Alert

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Stay at Yellow Alert when in crowds

You’ve heard of red alert, but let’s go to yellow alert as our stance in most cases. Yellow alert is best described as “relaxed awareness.” you have your head up and scanning the surroundings with all your senses. Most people associate situational awareness with what they can see, but you also learn a lot from the sounds (or lack thereof) and even smells in the environment.

 

It’s important to stay relaxed. Staying relaxed ensures that you remain focused on the important aspects of the environment, but not to the exclusion of new factors that might arise.

 

Put yourself in a position for optimal observation. You need to be able to take in as much of your surroundings as possible. When you enter any environment, place yourself so that you can see as much of the area in question. If it’s a restaurant, have a view of the exits (maybe a table by a wall). You might not be able to choose which table to sit at, but you can pick a chair which gives you the best view of what’s going on.

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Orient: Baselines and Anomalies

 

Being observant, however, isn’t enough. You have to know what you’re looking for and then put that information into context. The Orient step establishes baselines and anomalies for a particular environment and the human behaviors that match it or don’t.

 

Whatever setting you’re in, establish a baseline. A baseline is what’s “normal” in a given situation, and it’s different for different instances. For example, the baseline at Starbucks is people reading books working on their computer, or talking with friends. The baseline at a rock concert would be loud music and people jumping up and down and shouting. If someone is jumping up and down and shouting at Starbucks, that’s what we call an anomaly.

 

Anomalies are things that should happen in a situation but don’t or things that do happen but shouldn’t, and are what we need to focus on. Questions you might ask yourself in a crowd: What’s the general mood? How should people be behaving? Who is doing something that’s different from the norm?

 

For example, is someone acting in an aggressive manner? Most people are in submissive mode normally. We all want to get along, after all. If someone is at a burger joint, screaming at the guy behind the counter “I said no cheese, you idiot!”, that’s someone to keep an eye on.

 

Is someone acting too interested in something that ordinarily wouldn’t catch their attention? If you see a guy staring at the garbage can in your workplace, that’s an anomaly. If they’re too uninterested, though, that’s also something that’s not normal. Say there’s a ticking suitcase in the middle of the mall, and only one person isn’t paying attention to it, that’s an anomaly.

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Gee Whiz, Batman! That guy looks like an anomaly!

Perhaps the most significant anomaly is someone that’s acting uncomfortable in a place where everyone is relaxed. People appear uncomfortable in many ways. One of them is constantly checking their “six”; that is, always looking nervously behind them. If someone is constantly looking over their shoulder, that’s an anomaly and deserves your attention. That’s not to say that everyone who’s uncomfortable is a threat. They might be late for work, for example, or just had an argument with a significant other. Still, you might want to keep an eye on them.

 

On the other hand, someone who’s comfortable when others are in a panic, such as videos of the Boston Marathon bombers showed, could be someone who expected the disaster to occur.

 

You might take a look at what people are doing with their hands. Law enforcement often wants to see the hands of someone they’re suspicious of. People who are constantly patting a pocket or reaching inside a jacket, especially if a jacket isn’t warranted for the weather, could be concealing a weapon or worse.

 

Decide and Act

 

Once you decided that there’s an anomaly that might represent a threat, have a plan of action to counter it. If a guy with a gun shows up at your workplace, the best course of action might be to hoof it out of there. If he’s right next to you and escape is unlikely, however, your best choice might be to act to incapacitate him.

 

To recap: Observe the situation. Orient to establish baselines and look for anomalies. Decide on an action. Act.

 

All this attention to detail may seem paranoid to you, but it’s time to realize that these are dangerous times. Incorporate a constant state of Yellow alert by putting away those smartphones and incorporate the OODA loop whenever you’re in a crowd. Do this and you’ll be situationally aware enough to gain extra time that could mean the difference between life and death.

Joe Alton, MD

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How To Understand Ammo From Bullet Sizes To Bullet Types

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Do you want to learn how to understand ammo right? What does caliber mean? Do you know what the anatomy of a bullet is? What is the difference between magazine and clip? I will answer all these questions and more today.

 

How is a bullet caliber measured

How is a bullet caliber measured? To begin to understand ammo we must answer this one first.  In guns, particularly firearms, caliber or caliber is the approximate internal diameter of the barrel or the diameter of the projectile it fires, in hundredths or sometimes thousandths of an inch. For example, a 45 caliber firearm has a barrel diameter of .45 of an inch.

Rimfire and Centerfire

           It is called rimfire because the firing pin of a gun strikes and crushes the base’s rim to ignite the primer. Which is inside the bottom of the cartridge.  Rimfire ammo is limited to smaller calibers since the cartridge walls need to be thin enough to be able to be crushed by the firing pin and ignite the primer.
You can not reload Rimfire ammo. They do not have removable primers instead have a priming paste inside the bottom. Rimfire is generally cheaper when you can find it. Especially if  assholes are not trying to make a fortune selling it.
   In centerfire cartridges, the firing pin is in the center of the cartridge and can be removed after firing to put in a new one. Also, you can reload centerfire cartridges.  Centerfire tends to be larger and more expensive.

Magazines and Clips

      A clip is a device that is used to store multiple rounds of ammunition together as a unit, ready for insertion into the magazine or cylinder of a firearm. This speeds up the process of loading and reloading the firearm as several rounds can be loaded at once, rather than one round being loaded at a time.
      A magazine is what is used to feed the weapon itself, whereas a clip is used to feed the magazine. Clips make loading of magazines much easier and faster, and in some cases, a clip is required in order for the magazine to work (e.g. M1 Garand).

Storing Magazines

I have gone in depth on how to store magazines in the past. Therefore I won’t cover it in depth. My method is to load half that you own. Under load by 2. And rotate every six months. So you can read the article or wait for the infographic on Monday.

 

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  • How is a bullet caliber measured
  •  Parts of a bullet
  • Rimfire and Centerfire
  •  Can you reload Rimfire ammo?
  • Magazines and Clips The Great Debate
  • Storing Magazines

 

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8 Fast-Growing Cover Crops That Will Transform Your Garden (But You Gotta Plant NOW)

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There’s no reason why your garden should remain unproductive between fall harvest and spring planting. Planting a cover crop, which isn’t just for big agricultural operations, ensures your garden keeps working hard throughout the offseason.

Plant a cover crop after harvest, about four weeks before the first hard frost, and then till it into the ground in late winter or early spring. The organic matter builds healthier soil, helps smother weeds, loosens compacted soil, helps control diseases, attracts beneficial insects, keeps pests in check and prevents erosion – all for a very reasonable investment of time and money.

Loosen the top 1 to 2 inches of soil, then sow the seeds thickly, much like grass seeds. Rake the seeds into the soil, then tamp lightly so the seeds make good contact with the soil.

Keep in mind that many cover crops can become weedy if they are allowed to set seeds, so plow them under before that occurs, preferably while the plants are still young and easy to work. Don’t worry if it seems that your crop hasn’t been around long enough to be helpful; growing cover crops for a short time provides great benefits.

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Here are a few examples of fast-growing cover crops that work well for small gardens in nearly any climate:

8 Fast-Growing Cover Crops That Will Transform Your Garden

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1. Buckwheat is great for poor or unproductive soil, or where weeds are a persistent problem. Plant buckwheat any time between late spring and late summer, and then wait five or six weeks before tilling it into the soil. Unfortunately, buckwheat prefers cool, moist conditions and isn’t the best choice for hot, dry climates. Don’t let this plant go to seed, which usually occurs in six to nine weeks.

2. Clover is a terrific source of nitrogen. Many gardeners prefer crimson clover, a robust plant with colorful blooms. However, other types, including yellow blossom clover, sweet clover, white Dutch clover, arrowleaf clover, berseem clover and others all attract beneficial nutrients, fix nitrogen, suppress weeds and attract bees and other beneficial insects. Do your homework and select the clover that works best in your climate.

3. Oilpan radishes have long, fast-growing taproots that power through compacted soil in a couple of months. Plant the radishes in late summer or early fall and the plants will continue to work throughout the winter months, even if they are killed by a hard freeze. Be careful and don’t let the radishes go to seed, as volunteer plants may create big problems in next year’s garden.

4. Winter rye is a good cover crop for dry, sandy, poor soil, and it works well in cold climates. The seeds are quick to germinate and suitable for planting late in the season. One drawback however, is that winter rye grass doesn’t provide a full slate of nutrients, so you may want to combine winter rye with clover, vetch, or other plants from the legume family.

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8 Fast-Growing Cover Crops That Will Transform Your Garden

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5. Hairy vetch is a versatile, resilient legume that works well even in cold, dry climates and nearly any soil type. Plant hairy vetch in late summer or early autumn and work it into the soil in spring. Alternatively, trim or mow the vetch before it blooms — a few weeks before garden planting time, and then plant your vegetable seeds directly in the mulch. Don’t let hairy vetch bloom, as it can become very weedy.

6. Fava beans are hardy, relatively drought-tolerant legumes that germinate quickly and tolerate most soil types. However, this cool-season crop doesn’t do as well when temperatures exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit, so wait until temperatures drop a bit before planting. As an added bonus, fava beans are edible, although removing the pods also reduces the nitrogen available to the soil.

7. Garden peas are a dual-purpose plant that provides all the benefits of legumes. For best results, till garden peas into the soil while they’re flowering. You also can combine garden peas with other cover crops such as winter rye or vetch.

8. Oats don’t provide the rich buffet of nutrients as do other plants, but they are good choices for wet soil. The plants are winterkilled in most climates, but the frozen plant matter provides many benefits, including erosion control and loosening of compacted soil.

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Save Money with DIY Makeup

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DIY MakeupLearning how to make your own makeup not only saves money, it saves your skin from the nasty chemicals so many cosmetics feature. There are numerous organic options available these days; however, learning to make your own foundation, lip gloss and eyeliner is pretty darn nifty. It’s also handy in the event of a zombie apocalypse that includes the total destruction of your makeup case.

Review the following recipes to get started:

Foundation

If you’re a fan of mineral makeup, you’ll love this foundation recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon zinc oxide or arrowroot (zinc provides more coverage)
  • 1 teaspoon gold mica dust (for smoother, more radiant skin)
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon natural clay powder
  • Up to 1 teaspoon finely ground cocoa powder OR bronze mica powder (or both) to achieve desired hue
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon of translucent mica powder for really oily skin

Directions

Mix ingredients until you achieve the right color, and keep the stuff stored in a clean, small glass jar with a lid.

Blush and Lip Gloss

Use beets to create blush as well as lip gloss!

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon organic almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic beet root powder
  • 1 teaspoon 100% pure lanolin or shea butter

Directions

Add about 1 cup of water to a small saucepan and place a glass measuring cup inside the pan. Turn your stove on low heat. Place the shea butter or lanolin and almond oil inside the measuring cup. Stir until melted, then add the beet root powder. Stir until completely mixed. Strain the mixture if desired through muslin or other applicable fabric to remove any chunks, then place the lip gloss/blush in a small glass jar with a lid.

Eyeliner

Want to make non-toxic eyeliner and help your peepers out? Try this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 – 2 capsules of activated charcoal (for black eyeliner) or ½ teaspoon cocoa powder (for brown eyeliner)

Directions

Mix the ingredients thoroughly to create smokey eyeliner. As with the above options, store the mixture in a clean, airtight container. Be sure to use a clean brush when applying to avoid contamination.

Feel free to share DIY makeup tips in the comments section!

Do Water Dams Create Earthquakes? It Appears So.

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I am a large believer in hydroelectric power.    I think we need to do more of it, even at the expense of some frogs and such. 

However, is there a larger price to be paid for some of these dams?

https://thearchernews.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/chinese-dam-blamed-for-recent-earthquakes/

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1007.2155.pdf

Abstract Two  and  a half years  prior  to China’s  M7.9 Wenchuan earthquake of May
2008, at least  300 million  metric  tons  of water  accumulated with  additional seasonal water  level changes  in the Minjiang  River Valley
at the eastern margin  of the Longmen Shan.  This  article  shows that static surface  loading  in the  Zipingpu  water  reservoir  in- duced  Coulomb  failure  stresses  on the  nearby Beichuan thrust fault  system  at <17km depth. Triggering stresses  exceeded  levels of daily  lunar  and  solar tides  and  perturbed a  fault  area  measuring 416±96km2 .  These  stress  perturbations, in  turn, likely  ad- vanced  the clock of the mainshock and directed the initial  rupture propagation upward towards the  reservoir  on  the  ”Coulomb-like” Beichuan fault  with  rate-and-state  de- pendent frictional behavior. Static triggering perturbations  produced up  to  60 years (0.6%) of equivalent tectonic loading,  and show strong  correlations to the coseismic slip. Moreover,  correlations between  clock advancement and  coseismic slip, observed  during the  mainshock beneath the  reservoir, are  strongest for a longer  seismic  cycle (10kyr) of M>7 earthquakes. Finally, the  daily  event rate  of the  micro-seismicity (M≥ 0.5) correlates well with  the  static stress  perturbations, indicating destabilization.

Keywords  Earthquake · Geomechanics · Geoengineering · Triggered Earthquakes ·
Water Reservoir  · Tides  · Sun · Moon · Gravitation · Seismology

1 Introduction

The  Wenchuan earthquake of May  12, 2008 occurred in the  Sichuan  province  of the People’s Republic of China. This M7.9 event ruptured along the border  of the Longmen Shan  margin  of the  Tibetan plateau in the  West  and  the  Sichuan  basin  in the  East. The  earthquake’s nucleation point was at Long=103.364 and  Lat=30.986 at about 16 km depth. The  epicentral error  is 5 km and  the  focal depth estimation error  is 10 to 15 km (Huang  et al. 2008).
The  Beichuan fault  system, consisting of listric  and  NNW  dipping  reverse  faults, broke  250-300  km  parallel   along  the  Longmen  Shan  thrust belt  (Fig.  1)  (Burchfiel Christian D. Klose Think Geohazards, New York,  USA E-mail: christian@cdklose.com
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et  al.  1995).  This  intra-continental region  has  been  extensively studied both  prior  to and  after  the  M7.9 earthquake in 2008, including  a) paleo-seismicity studies  (Burchfiel et  al.  1995; Densmore  et  al.  2007; Zhang  et  al.  2009; Zhou  et  al.  2007; Burchfiel  et al.  1995; Chen  et  al.  1994),  b)  instrumental  recordings of the  seismicity  prior  to  and after  the  mainshock (1970-2009)  (Hu  2007; Lei et al. 2008), c) inversion  data analyses of teleseismic  body  waves of the  mainshock (Wang et al. 2008a; Zhang  et al. 2009), d) studies  on coseismic ground  deformations (Lin et al. 2008; Zhang  et al. 2009). Finally, the  trigger  mechanism of the  2008 M7.9 Wenchuan earthquake has been debated since the earthquake’s occurrence (Klose 2008; Lei et al. 2008). Some studies  suggest  that the mainshock might have been triggered by pore pressure  diffusion within  the earth’s  crust resulting from  a nearby artificial lake,  the  Zipingpu  water  reservoir  (Lei  et  al.  2008; Ge et al. 2009). Other studies  reject  the  hypothesis of triggering due to pore  pressure diffusion  (Deng  et al. 2010; Gahalaut and  Gahalaut 2010). It  can  be anticipated that the earthquake cycle was already in its late stage in 2005 and close to failure conditions, because  the Wenchuan earthquake ruptured in 2008. But,  did the surface loading  affect the  earthquake cycle and  the  initial  rupture? How many  years  of equivalent tectonic loading  would the  artificial loading  advance the  clock of the  mainshock and  how much of the  coseismic  slip would  it produce?
This study shows that observations and data modeling support the initial  argument that lithostatic stress  changes  and  the  poroelastic response  of the  earth’s  crust  due to the  weight of the  Zipingpu  reservoir  on the  earth’s  crust  most  likely triggered the  2008
M7.9 Wenchuan earthquake (Klose 2008). The article  provides  further evidence  that a) surface  loading  due  to water  mass  accumulations within  the  Zipingpu  water  reservoir in the  Minjiang  River  Valley  between  2005 and  2008 induced  Coulomb  failure  stress changes  in the earth’s  crust  and b) triggering stress perturbations beneath the artificial lake likely advanced the  clock of the  Wenchuan earthquake, while affecting  the  initial rupture propagation. Furthermore, the  water  reservoir  impounding generated static triggering stress  perturbations in the  earth’s  crust  beginning in 2005 that biased  daily stress  alterations due  to  tidal  elongations of the  moon  and  the  sun.  Furthermore, it could  have  changed  the  natural earthquake cycle and  advanced the  clock of the  2008
Wenchuan earthquake by several  decades.

Old Skills Revived: How To Fire Pottery Outdoors

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In previous articles, we’ve discussed how to extract clay locally, how to throw clay on a potter’s wheel, and how to build your own potter’s wheel.

The next and final step is firing your clay so that it’s durable and, in the case of stoneware, usable for storing food.

Why Fire Clay?

Greenware, which is what clay is called before it’s fired, can’t be used for storing much of anything because it’s extremely delicate and porous. The process of firing clay pulls the remaining moisture out of the clay and actually melts the clay so that the particles meld together and make the clay as strong as it can possibly be.

This process is called vitrifying, and it means that you’re converting something into a glass-like substance, typically by using heat.

Fun fact – glass is actually made by melting sand particles together! I threw that in to help you understand what happens during the firing process. This isn’t a process that you can do in a home oven because you need temperatures of at least 1100 degrees F to vitrify clay.

Different clays vitrify at different temperatures. For example, earthenware clays contain impurities such as iron and other minerals which somewhat degrade the durability of the clay. Therefore, it typically vitrifies at temperatures between 1300- 1900 degrees F depending upon the type of clay. This translates to about cone 018 to cone 3, which I’ll explain in a bit. It’s also about the temperature of a bonfire, so you can vitrify your earthenware in that manner.

The downside of earthenware is that, because of the impurities, it’s difficult to get it to vitrify enough to make it waterproof, even with glazes. Earthenware I porous and much softer than stoneware once it’s fired. It’s great for making such items as tiles, bricks, decorative pottery, and planters.

Stoneware doesn’t have the level of impurities that earthenware does, so it vitrifies at higher temperatures and melts more thoroughly. You’ve surely heard of (and probably used) stoneware crocks, plates, mugs, and decorative items. Stoneware can be made waterproof with the use of glazes and can therefore be used to hold water and food.

Stoneware vitrifies at temperatures of 2100-2372 degrees F (cone 3 – cone 10). Because of how well it vitrifies, it bonds well with glazes and can be completely waterproof assuming it was fired properly. It’s also extremely durable compared to earthenware.

Note of warning: If you fire clay beyond its vitrification point, it will first slump, then bloat, then melt all over your kiln, making a royal mess. If you think about it logically, this makes sense; you’re melting the clay particles, right?

If you’re working with clay that you’ve sourced yourself, test it starting at lower temperatures and work your way up so that you don’t ruin a whole firing, or make a huge mess in your kiln from firing it too high.

I cannot stress the importance of letting your piece dry to bone-dry enough – if there’s too much moisture when you fire it, it will explode.

What are Glazes

You use glazes to make your pottery waterproof, food safe, and/or pretty. They’re made from many different materials, depending on what you want it to look like and why you’re using them. Some glazes can be put on greenware and some can only go on bisque and thus requires a second firing.

The absolute best site that I found about making and using natural glazes, especially for earthenware and pit firing, is this one. Packed with good info, based on the concept that you’ll be doing this in a post SHTF situation.

How to Fire Your Pottery Outdoors

I’ve used this method several times and absolutely love it. It nets some of the most beautiful designs I’ve ever made, and the best thing, at least to me, is that there are so many design options.

You can sprinkle different minerals onto the greenware to make some awesome colors. For example, copper oxide turns anywhere from blue to green, and I’ve even had friends tell me that they got purple hues. It depends on the composition of your clay, too.

You can also add textured items such as leaves or netting. Press them into the clay when it’s still impressionable, and when you fire it, the leaves or netting or whatever burns off and the design is left behind. You can wrap it in newspaper, or t-shirts soaked in salt or other minerals for different effects – it’s just a matter of what you can imagine.

Pit Firing

This method dates back tens of thousands of years. It’s exactly what it sounds like – you dig a pit and fire your pottery in it. Here are the exact steps:

  • Dig a pit at least a few feet deep and wide, depending upon how much pottery you’re firing at once.
  • Place a layer of sawdust, woodchips and small pieces of kindling a few inches deep on the bottom of the pit. You can even throw in leaves or grass to add color and texture.
  • Sprinkle your colorants on top of the sawdust. Copper oxide, copper carbonate, cobalt carbonate, steel wool – you research or experiment and decide.
  • Place your pottery in the pit.
  • Sprinkle more colorants over the pottery.
  • Add a layer of newspaper (this adds color AND protection).
  • Add a significant pile of wood on top to fill the pit. You want a hot, intense fire to begin with, so add enough dry wood that your fire will burn hot for at least 20 minutes and leave enough ash and coals to mostly cover the pottery so that it stays hot for several more hours.
  • Leave overnight and remove. Clean it up and you’re done!

There are a few other methods that you can try, too. Check out Up in Smoke Pottery’s website – they have great info and pics there for different ways to fire your pottery outdoors.

Also, Simon Leach, one of my favorite potters that we discussed in the article about how to build a potter’s wheel, creates a really cool little kiln/pit cross that only needs a few cinder blocks, some chicken wire, and saw dust. Check his video below:

Video first seen on Simon Leach.

Eduardo Lazo shares some cool techniques for color and texture, too.

The art of pottery has been around for millennia and will continue to be an integral part of our world, pretty much regardless of what happens. As long as we’re here, we’ll need vessels to carry water and to hold food and medicine. Pottery is great for all of that and now that you know that the clay can be locally sourced, there’s no reason why you aren’t already doing it if you’re so inclined!

If you’ve pit-fired pottery, please tell us about it in the comments section below.

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Knowing when and what to barter when the time comes is critical !

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  I recently wrote a post on bartering and received some very interesting feedback.  While going over them, I tried to see where the differences of opinion came in…

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Today, 2 Different Nuclear Plants Had Workers Busted For Being Drunk on the Job

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Palo Verde (AZ) 1;2;3 all @ 100 % FITNESS-FOR-DUTY
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2016/20160831en.html#en52209
A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee’s access to the plant has been suspended.
Vogtle 3;4 (GA) Under Construction FITNESS-FOR-DUTY
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2016/20160831en.html#en52208
A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee’s access to the plant has been terminated.
[ hard to determine what the job function of these people are. ‘ non-licensed employee supervisor ‘ could be the supervisor of the secretarial pool, gardeners or janitors. ]


“Be As Wise As Serpents, and Innocent As Doves”

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     In our Home Church’s study of the Book of Acts this past weekend, we made note of the ways that satan attempted to disrupt the growth and influence of the newly-formed First Century Church.  He tried to discourage the Apostles from delivering their supernaturally-charged message of “Jesus as Messiah” by inciting the civil and religious ire of the powerful Sanhedrin.  When Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, shows them he is unafraid of their threats, the devil then whispers the sin of Pride into the hearts of Ananais and Sapphira and they lie to the Holy Spirit about their false generosity to meet the needs of the multitude assembled in Jerusalem.  God thwarts that plan by striking them dead on the spot.

     The next move in the cosmic chess match was to try to instigate division among different groups within the new Church, but Stephen, a man of remarkable faith, steps up and leads the congregation to reconciliation.  In retaliation, satan whispers lies and false accusations against Stephen, which results in a trial before the Sanhedrin and a death sentence for blasphemy — ironically the same sentence brought against Jesus, whom Stephen proclaimed.  Again, the Adversary thinks he’s poured cold water on the fire of Christianity, but God defeats his move by raising up the first martyr who is willing to die for his witness of Christ.  And all of this has happened in just the first seven chapters!
     But Jesus had warned the Apostles that this would be their lot; in fact, anyone who is willing to witness to the world of eternal salvation through Jesus, the Son of God, can expect that there will be a hard road before them.  In Matthew, chapter ten, after commissioning His twelve disciples and instructing them to continue the work He was doing, he then warns them that He is “sending them out as sheep in the midst of wolves”, and then comes that turn of phrase that I wish to explore further … “So, be as wise as serpents, and innocent as doves”.  Just what did He mean by that?   

     The first half of that admonition is easy enough to discern.  Sheep are vulnerable in the midst of wolves, and are targets for attack.  As Matthew Henry explains it, “Wicked men are like wolves, in whose nature it is to devour and destroy.”  This is the very definition of the goal of satan.  So, then what are we to make of the advice, first, to be “wise as serpents”?  

      I have seen some explanations from sources that I admire; John Piper and David Guzik both adhere to opinions that witnesses for Jesus should follow the example of serpents, or snakes, and “get out of the way; go under rock”, or that “serpents are attacked by everyone, and must use creativity and wisdom to survive; so, avoid unnecessary trouble”.  While both viewpoints accurately describe the action of snakes, I would like to offer another possible interpretation; one from a spiritual warfare point of view.
     Do you think it is plausible that Jesus could have meant for them to be wise from this standpoint … to be wise and to have sharp and perceptive discernment and understanding of people and situations, and to be alert and aware so that you can maintain sound judgment in dealing with different  circumstances. 
     I suggest that both Mr. Piper and Mr. Guzik might put forth the argument that a snake’s most common form of self-protection is avoidance.  Therefore, when confronted with persecution, we should seek practical and artful ways to avoid trouble with the Enemy, and seek a path of escape.  And I agree that this might sometimes be the best option and approach we should take.  
     But remember, it is the objective of wolves to “devour and destroy”, and this is the task that satan desires to accomplish through any manner possible.  And what is Jesus’s admonition in the face of satan’s attacks?  Be wise as a serpent.  So, as we attempt to fulfill our commission from Jesus, we must discern how we are going to counter these attacks, and listen to the counsel of the Holy Spirit.  I contend that currently, the Church’s only modus operandi is to follow a plan of “avoid and escape”.  But is that the only approach that Jesus means for us in His advice to be wise as serpents?  Are we always supposed to run and hide?  What if He really meant something else?  
     What if being as wise as a serpent means to know and understand the Enemy’s tactics?  It seems to me that by being aware of how our enemy thinks and acts, that we could be more effective in defeating him.  I’m not saying that we should go looking for the fight at all!  But I am suggesting that avoiding the fight at all costs  — with no understanding that we have the power and authority of Jesus behind us — we are giving up valuable ground to the forces of wickedness and evil.  Sometimes understanding our enemy — instead of avoiding him — might give us the opportunity to better protect ourselves.  Instead of defenseless sheep facing an onslaught of wolves, we can mount a supernatural defense, being wise as to how our enemy operates.
     Now for the second half of Jesus’s instruction,  Be as innocent as doves.  John Piper says this means, as you go forth spreading the Gospel Message, “don’t give them any legitimate reason to accuse you of injustice or immorality. Keep your reputation as clean as you can.”  David Guzik prefers the version which says to be harmless as doves, and implies that “remaining harmless would keep them from giving in to the temptation of retaliation.”  He also quotes theologian Charles Spurgeon, who said the Christian “must be of a guileless [innocent, genuine] mind (without deception), that he do no harm.”  
     I agree with all these learned men, and I would like to suggest one caveat to their discerning viewpoints.  In the realm of spiritual warfare, we really fight on two fronts, don’t we?  One front is the spiritual realm, in which we battle the powers and forces of spiritual wickedness and evil.  The other is the physical world in which we counter the attacks of satan and his demons with the powerful message of Jesus’s love and sacrifice.  So while we should be wise in knowing the enemy’s tactics and how to defeat them in the spiritual realm, we also need to be wise about how we present His message to those who are lost in this world.  Remember the context in which Jesus is speaking: He is sending His representatives out into the world to spread the Good News.  That is a powerful counter-attack to satan’s plans to “devour and destroy”.
     We cannot approach the world as if we are going to war against them.  We must be a safe haven for them to hear the Word; we must not use His Message to cause harm; and we must be blameless in our approach and our testimony.  There should be a sense of peace about our delivery; after all doves are a symbol of peace.  And what better way to counter the devil’s destructive attacks in a person’s life than to battle back with a message that brings peace to a man’s soul and spirit?  Being innocent as doves is a significant and powerful part of our spiritual warfare arsenal.
     Now that I’ve explained another way to look at this passage, I’m sure there are readers wondering, “So, what exactly, does being wise as a serpent look like?  What should we be knowing in order to understand the Enemy? I’d like to suggest just a few things that come to my mind:
1)  Studying exactly how God feels about oaths and curses, and what effects they have upon our lives.
2)  Studying secret societies like the Freemasons, Opus Dei, Skull and Bones and knowing the oaths and curses they take and what they mean to these groups.  And, as a believer, if these associations are connected to your family, you need to know that they can be renounced in the Name of Jesus, and you can be freed of their destructive consequences in your life, and the lives of your family members.
3)  Understanding what “legal authority” means from a spiritual perspective, and what it allows Satan to do.
4)  Understanding what a “stronghold” is and how satan uses them to oppress us; unforgiveness being one of the strongest and most oppressive.
5)  Researching and understanding that there is a very real satanic calendar; days on which sacrifices and evil practices are carried out.  These dates are not contrived on my part — they have been followed for thousands of years; ancient, pagan rites passed down through the centuries and honored by modern followers of satan.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the list here.  Christians don’t even know they exist, so the enemies of mankind are allowed to carry out their diabolical rites without one prayer against them!
     What I am not saying is this:  that we should make this knowledge our priority, or that it should have equal standing with knowing and understanding God.  But I do not believe that He wants us to simply be sitting idly by, waiting for Him to come to our rescue.  He wants us in the battle and participating with Him, and that means getting out of our comfort zones, and our comfortable seats in the pew, and becoming more than robots.
     These are just a few of the ways that we can be “wise as serpents” — by studying and understanding what the serpents do and how they operate!  In Luke 10:19, Jesus says, I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy”but, up until very recently, I had no idea what that meant or how to go about it.  I suspect it is the same for many Christians.
     The Church and the Body of Christ have done a good job about understanding and being “innocent/harmless” as a dove.  But I can’t help thinking there is some significance to our Lord telling us to be “wise as a serpent” first … and then to be “innocent as a dove”.  If we are restricted in our witness and the bearing of fruit, due to the deep spiritual wounds that go unhealed, just how effective will we be in representing the power of Jesus’s love?  If we at least consider getting free of our bondage to sin first, then I believe the sharing of our testimony and the Gospel of Jesus will be so sweet on our lips that it will be irresistible!
     To summarize … Shouldn’t we first understand how our Enemy operates, then listen to the Holy Spirit as to whether it is most prudent to avoid this confrontation, or to call upon our power and authority in Christ to confront it and defeat it?  And finally, I want to leave you with this interesting analogy from my pure Texas husband … God wants us to use the brains He gave us; we’d better start understanding the schemes and tactics of the devil [and how to deal with them through the Lord], or when the evil that is prophesied to come upon the world occurs, it is going to look like Opening Day of dove season in South Texas! What a sobering thought….

2 Timothy 1:7    “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

     

Zesty Pepper Soup Recipe – Enjoy Stuffed Pepper Taste In A Soup!

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Zesty pepper soup is a great way to use up some of those late summer garden bell peppers for a quick, easy and healthy meal.  We love the taste of stuffed peppers, however, making them can be time consuming and

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Quick And Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

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This quick and easy peach cobbler recipe I actually baked in my Sun Oven. My friend, Mary Ellen, has a peach cobbler recipe on her website called That’s My Home (Peach Cobbler Recipe) and I asked her if I could share it on my website. The peaches are so delicious this year so I picked up a box to eat, bake and freeze.  My husband has been eating fresh sliced peaches on his cold cereal every morning. Do you love fresh fruit as much as I do?

Here are the ingredients in the peach cobbler: butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, milk, cinnamon, and of course, the peaches. The ingredients are almost always in our food pantries. Yay! Use of this recipe is great when peaches come in season. What’s really cool is that this recipe can be used with almost any fresh fruit.

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

Sun Oven: dark non-shiny pan

Here is what the batter, soon to be crust for the peach cobbler, looks like. You grease the pan of your choice and scoop in the batter. I had to use a dark non-shiny pan so I could bake the peach cobbler recipe in my Sun Oven. Yes, I love the solar life. No electricity…..

Easy Peach Cobbler

Ready To Bake

Here is the Peach Cobbler baked in my Sun Oven. I preheated the Sun Oven to 300 degrees. I decided when I had the pan ready to go in the Sun Oven I would just bake it a tad longer. It took another 1/2 hour to get the temperature up to 350 degrees.

Easy Peach Cobbler

Finished Peach Cobbler

I baked it about 1-1/2 hours instead of the one hour the recipe suggested. It’s really okay because the Sun Oven keeps the recipes moist and yummy!

Easy Peach Cobbler

I took Mary Ellen’s recipe and modified it a bit with some of my mom’s ingredients, more sugar & some cinnamon. Yes, I have a sweet tooth. I hope you enjoy this fresh peach cobbler as much as we do! Enjoy!

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3-4 cups peeled and sliced or cubed fresh peaches ( I like more peaches)
Instructions:
  1. Melt the butter and combine it with the dry ingredients. Stir until blended and scoop in a greased pan. Place the peaches on top of the batter and bake at 350 degrees for about one hour. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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How to Determine If and When to Bug Out

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How to Determine If and When to Bug Out

Beginning my prepping journey I have noticed the hype that follows the idea of “bugging out” when a shtf scenario happens.  It seems that is a big thing that preppers tend to focus on.  Now I do believe that there may come a time that we may have to bug out.

A good example of that is seeing the mass immigration of Middle Easterners into Europe.  We are seeing millions flee from destruction and corruption.  As Americans we are not exempt from these types of situations.  However, I will say the likelihood is smaller here than in the Middle Eastern countries.  Regardless it is still a possibility.

In a previous post I created a table displaying the likelihood of events.  This table gives us an idea of how we should prioritize our prepping and what prepper gear we would possibly need for each situation.  In this post I want to share a few tables that I put together for my own reference.  It helps me to determine if I should bug out and the possible bug out location that I should choose.

The first table that I will post is a severity vs. survival skills table.  This will help us determine if we should bug out at all.  We tend to fantasize about bugging out when the truth is that a lot of us don’t have the skills to make it in the wilderness or to live off of the land.

That is exactly what bugging out will require.  There is really no going back when you have to bug out and I will explain that in another table.  So bugging out will require retreating to a location and starting from scratch or using resources that you may have already established at that location.  Either case it will require us to have some sort of survival skills.

  Low Severity High Severity
No Survival Skills Stay home maybe
Has Survival Skills Stay home Bug out

 

Severity vs. Survival Skills:

  1. No Survival Skills/low severity

In a low severity type of situation there probably won’t be the absolute need to bug out.  For example, there may be a temporary grid down situation or maybe a bad storm hit your area.  Yea you may be without power but that is where your preps come into play.  You should definitely have AT LEAST 30 days of food and water along with other essential preps like toilet paper.

  1. Has survival skills/low severity

Again, this isn’t any different from the previous point.  It’s a temporary situation but the only difference is that you have survival skills which may not be necessary for this situation.  For both cases you just need to stay home.

  1. High Severity/No Survival Skills

This is where things get interesting.  There are a lot of things to take into consideration for this type of scenario.  There could be a severe situation like a military takeover or maybe even an EMP attack.

Just because the situation is really severe doesn’t mean that you should bug out.  This is especially true if you don’t have any survival skills.  Without survival skills you will probably die quicker by bugging out than you would by bugging in.

For example, if you have no clue on how to make a fire and it is in the middle of winter then you are going to either freeze to death or starve because you couldn’t cook any food.  On the other hand, if you had stayed home with all of your preps you could survive a lot longer.  Ultimately it is all about survival time.

If you believe that your area could be possibly effected by a nuclear bomb that was 60 miles away from you then you would probably need to prepare with some sort of fallout shelter.  If you don’t have any survival skills then there is no reason to consider bugging out.

  1. High Severity/Has Survival Skills

Obviously this is pretty much opposite of the previous point.  If you have survival skills then you may be able to last longer than someone who is forced to bug in due to the lack of survival skills.  Those that bug in still have to face the threat of rioting and lawlessness on top of many other threats.

This is why it is important for a prepper to develop their survival skills and not really put more focus on prepper gear.  The gear is great to have but will be useless if you don’t have any survival skills or don’t know how to use them.  Knowledge and skills are two valuable items of gear that are priceless.

Resources vs. Population Density

Now that we have determined if a skilled and non-skilled person should bug out we now have to take in local resources and population density into consideration.  If you are forced to bug in you may not have an endless amount of supplies.  So the surroundings should be taken into consideration when deciding to bug out or bug in along with the previous table above.  The factors below should only be considered for severe situations.

  Low Resources High Resources
Low Population Density Maybe bug out Stay Home
High Population Density Bug out Maybe

 

  1. Low population/low resources

If you live in an area where there are a low amount of resources and low population density then it is going to be a hard call on whether you should bug out or not.  Since the situation is severe then most likely a lot of people are going to attempt to flee or “bug out.”  However, if you have a lot of preps at home then you actually have the upper hand.

Since your location already has a low population density then it will become even lower when people decide to leave.  This will leave you with a bigger chunk of the local resources.  For those that have decided to stay home with no preps then they are not going to last long.  By the time your preps run out you will be able to forage houses and local resources.

  1. High population density/low resources

Of course this consideration is the opposite of the previous one.  If the area that you live in already has a low amount of resources then most likely the high population will quickly consume those resources.  Then once the resources are depleted there is the potential of mass riots and house evasions.  It makes sense to bug out to a location that will have a better supply of resources and a lower population.

  1. High Resources/low population density

This is the most ideal situation to have when crap hits the fan.  This is the great thing about those who stay in the country and in the sticks.  There is really an endless amount of resources because everything is natural and renewable.

On top of having massive amounts of resources there will be a low population that will consume those resources.  However, you will still have to worry about the hordes of people leaving out of the cities to forage outside of their area.  That is why it is best to be at least 100 miles away from a major city and away from any major highway.

  1. High Resources/High population density

This will probably be the toughest decision to make.  I will mention that there are not many locations that would match this circumstance.  Most highly populated cities will be depleted of most natural resources.  Either way there should be a contingency plan in the case this is ever true.

Area effected vs. recovery time

Now we have determined if it would be wise of us to bug out if we have survival skills or not.  Following that we determined if we should bug out depending on the location where we live and the resources available.  Finally we have to consider how widespread the situation is and what is the estimated recovery time.  Depending on each scenario we will be able to identify a plan which also takes the previous points above into consideration.

  Short term recovery Long term recovery
Locally affected Get hotel Move
National/widespread affect Maybe bugout Bugout

 

  1. Locally affected/short term recovery

Scenario examples:

  • Flooding
  • Rioting
  • < 5 hurricane
  • Terrorist attack
  • Temporary grid down

This first set of scenarios will typically be temporary and systems could be restored in less than 30 days.  If your neighborhood has flooded out it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to bug out.  Because the next town over may not be affected and most of the time insurance claims can help recover whatever was lost.  The same is true for the other examples.  These setbacks can be easily fixed.

  1. Nationally affected/short term recovery

Scenario examples:

  • Economic collapse
  • Terrorist attack
  • Curable pandemic/plague (Ex: Ebola)

This scenario may or may not warrant a reason to bug out.  Again you should take the previous table points of survival skills and resource availability into consideration.  However, these situations for the most part are temporary.

For example, the financial collapse in Greece caused a lot of rioting and affected many people.  However, there were some resolutions that were implemented that has slightly pacified the situation for now.  Even though times are tougher in Greece as a result of that it doesn’t necessarily warrant you to bug out.

If you have ample amount of supplies and resources in a heavily fortified location then you can possibly wait out this scenario.  Eventually there will be some sort of fix for the moment to ease the tensions.  On the other hand, if you have low amount of supplies and resources in an unsecure location then you may want to explore the option of bugging out.

  1. Long term recovery/locally affected

Scenario examples:

  • Natural disaster
  • Foreign military invasion
  • Nuclear attack

A great example of this scenario would be when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.  Millions of people were warned before this hurricane hit and were able to get ahead of the destruction that was to come.  Unfortunately those that were left behind were not as lucky.

Those that survived Katrina would end up finding themselves being held captive by FEMA in the New Orleans stadium.  There was rioting inside and outside.  Others died of starvation waiting for help to come.

However, Katrina only affected a certain area around New Orleans.  Of course neighboring states were not affected as bad.  With that being said it would make more sense to simply move outside of New Orleans instead of bugging out.  There is nothing to return to in New Orleans but you could definitely have the opportunity to survive somewhere else.

  1. Long term recovery/nationally affected

Scenario examples:

  • War/invasion
  • Nuclear attacks
  • Incurable epidemic/plague (Ex: Black plague)
  • Martial law
  • EMP attack/national grid down

As mentioned earlier we have seen the millions of lives that have been affected by war in the Middle East which has forced many to try to seek help in Europe.  Many have lost their homes due to bomb blasts and missile attacks.

There is nothing to go back to.  On top of that we see that ISIS and other Islamic groups are terrorizing towns and forcing them under their laws.  If you are not of the same belief then your life is in danger.

This would be the perfect reason to bug out.  However, instead of seeking refuge in other cities you should have an isolated bug out location where resources are plentiful.  You should also have back up preps to get you started at this bug out location.

With all of that being said I hope that this has helped you to determine if and when you should ever bug out.  These tables have been helpful for me.  Please leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions that could help the community.  I would love to hear any advice that you may have.

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Build Your Own Do It Yourself Homestead

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Build Your Own Do It Yourself Homestead Karen Lynn “Lil Suburban Homestead” I’m so excited to interview Tessa Zundel blog owner of Homestead Lady and the Author of The Do It Yourself Homestead – Build Your Self Sufficient Lifestyle One Level at A Time. Karen Lynn had Tessa on a previous show on this very network click … Continue reading Build Your Own Do It Yourself Homestead

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Understanding the Difference Between Heirloom and Hybrid Plants

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When shopping for plants at your local garden center, you may notice some are marked ‘heirloom,” while others are labeled “hybrid.” Have you ever wondered what these terms mean – or which is better for you? Do they even matter?

These terms seem to create a lot of confusion among novice and experienced gardeners alike. There are those who swear that heirlooms are the only way to go because they think hybrids plants are inferior. On the other hand, hybrid fans are convinced they are a better all around choice, because they tend to be more vigorous producers and are less susceptible to disease and pests.

In reality, there may be room in every garden for both types of plants. To better understand the distinction between heirloom and hybrid plant varieties, it helps to look at how they came to be.

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Open-Pollination vs. Careful Manipulation

Open-pollination (a term you really need to understand) is a form of plant reproduction which occurs in one of two ways:

1.    Cross-pollination (in the context of open-pollination) occurs when two varieties of the same plant species reproduce due to natural pollinators, such as wind, birds or insects.

2.    Self-pollination occurs when a plant possesses both male and female parts and can reproduce by itself. Self-pollinating plants, such as tomatoes, breed true to the parent plant and do not require isolation to avoid contamination from other varieties.

The term “heirloom” refers to older, well-established varieties of open-pollinated plants. These plants have developed stable genetic characteristics over time. Often, classic heirloom varieties evoke a sense of nostalgia because they were often found in the gardens of older generations. In fact, heirloom seeds can become an important part of a family’s history as they are passed down from one generation to the next.

Hybrid plants, on the other hand, are the result of highly controlled cross-pollination between different varieties of the same species of plants. Although cross-pollination can and does occur in nature, the results are too random to be reproduced and marketed on a mass scale. Therefore, the hybrids you see in stores are not open-pollinated like heirloom varieties.

In order to sell a hybrid variety commercially, its breeding must be carefully monitored in order to ensure the same characteristics are present across all plants sold under that name.

Unfortunately, this high level of human involvement in their development causes many to believe hybrid plant varieties are also “genetically modified.”

Are Hybrid Plants Genetically Modified?

No. Hybrid plants and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are NOT the same thing.

This is a really common confusion and I hear it from people who really should know better.

Once again, the difference between the two goes back to how they are created.

Hybrids are the result of highly controlled cross-pollination between two varieties of the same plant species. The resulting progeny will contain characteristics from each parent plant, just like if the two had crossed in nature. In fact, the process duplicates what nature does, except under a very controlled environment. Instead of relying on bees to pollinate, for example, plant breeders might use delicate brushes to remove pollen from one desired parent plant to the other.

GMOs are the result of scientific manipulation at the cellular level. See the difference? In a lab environment, plant cells are altered through the addition of outside substances like pesticides or DNA from other organisms. So-called ‘negative’ genes may also be removed in this process. The end result is a new organism that wouldn’t occur in nature without this type of manipulation.

To make it very simple and clear – if you are willing to do the work, you can certainly becoming a plant breeder and create your own hybrids. In fact, farmers have traditionally been the ones who had done just that. You cannot, however, create GMOs in your backyard.

There is a lot of concern and discussion surrounding the long-term safety of GMOs because they have been introduced into the food supply without any long-term studies to confirm their safety. Today, there is a lot of concern that GMOs may be linked to cancer and many other health problems.

As consumers become more aware of the presence of these substances in commercially processed foods, many are choosing to adopt an organic, whole food diet.

In an effort to avoid GMOs, some are also avoiding hybrid plants unnecessarily.

Which is Better: Heirlooms or Hybrids?

There is no right or wrong answer to that question. I definitely grow both.

Heirlooms are often treasured for their delicious flavor, while many hybrids are prized for their vigor, high yields and superior disease resistance.

Hybrids can also be seedless, like English cucumbers, and many of them are designed specifically for greenhouse growing, which allows gardeners to extend their season.

The biggest difference between the two is this:

Heirloom varieties grow true from seeds.

You can save and use their seeds year after year and get uniform results. Hybrids do not offer that type of genetic stability. Plants grown from the seeds of hybrid plants are unlikely to look or perform like the plant from which the seeds were collected.

So, if you like to collect and grow your garden from seeds, or if you are concerned about the future of the seed industry, heirlooms are the best choice. Take the time now to grow out your heirloom plants and learn how to save the seeds.

In the meantime (or if that doesn’t matter to you), hybrids provide a wide variety of safe – and non-GMO – options. Even if you grow some of your garden from heirloom varieties, you can still fill in the gaps with highly productive hybrids.

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War With China Is Far More Likely Than You Think — Report

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There is a stronger possibility of an accidental shooting that sparks a war between the United States and China than most Americans believe, according to a new report by the Rand Corporation, a global think thank that specializes in military issues.

The nonprofit institution’s report, titled War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable, details why the chances of such a conflict continue to grow.

“While neither state wants war, both states’ militaries have plans to fight one,” the report says. “As Chinese anti-access and area-denial (A2AD) capabilities improve, the United States can no longer be so certain that war would follow its plan and lead to decisive victory.”

China’s anti-access strategy aims to prevent countries, such as the United States, from operating militarily from a fixed land base, while its anti-denial strategy seeks to make the sea so dangerous that the US military won’t enter.

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The Rand Corporation is not part of the government, although it is regarded as a major generator of thought for the US military, Reuters Global Affairs commentator Peter Apps noted. Rand is, though, partially funded by the government.

Both sides, the report says, “would suffer large military losses in a severe conflict.”

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“In 2015, U.S. losses could be a relatively small fraction of forces committed, but still significant; Chinese losses could be much heavier than U.S. losses and a substantial fraction of forces committed,” the report said. “This gap in losses will shrink as Chinese A2AD improves. By 2025, U.S. losses could range from significant to heavy; Chinese losses, while still very heavy, could be somewhat less than in 2015, owing to increased degradation of U.S. strike capabilities.”

China’s anti-access and area-denial (A2AD) capabilities will “make it increasingly difficult for the United States to gain military-operational dominance and victory,” the report says.

The report lists several ways a conflict between the two countries could start:

  • China could try to “intimidate its neighbors below the threshold of U.S. intervention, yet misjudge where that threshold is.”
  • China could “underestimate U.S. willingness to back Japan militarily in a crisis over disputed territory in the East China Sea.”
  • China’s claim of sovereignty in the South China Sea and the United States’ insistence that the waters are international “could bring forces into close and hazardous proximity if either side opts to enforce its stance.”

The report notes that China has “been building artificial islands, airstrips, and other militarily useful infrastructure” in the South China Sea — and claiming the areas are China’s alone.

“The United States will not accept this because it runs afoul of several U.S. interests: the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes, the principle of freedom of the seas, the fact that some 40 percent of world trade passes through the South China Sea, and the expectations of the Philippines and other U.S. friends that the United States will not condone Chinese unilateral action,” the report says.

As “horrific” as a China-US war could be, the report says, “it cannot be considered implausible.”

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BEFORE SETTING OFF

  • Try on your Rucksack and Jacket, Jump up and down on the spot, if your kit rattles or bangs re-pack rucksack until its silent.
  • Ensure shiny items like watches, ear rings, earphones, belt buckles are covered up or taped over.
  • Make sure your specs and shades are the dull, matte colored frames, not the shiny ones.
  • Do NOT take hand luggage; you must keep both hands free for climbing, roping, using tools etc
  • Keep your EDC essentials on your person not in your rucksack (Knife, Compass, Lighter, Flashlight, Multi Tool, Bandana, Hats, Gloves, Watch, and Shades etc) should you have to abandon your rucksack.
  • Daytime departure, take a look out the windows from well within the room moving to the right of the room to look left down the street, and vice versa. Do not stand in the window and silhouette yourself. Ensure as best possible departure will go unnoticed.
  • Night time departure, extinguish all lights and fires before looking out of the windows, move slowly at night as human eyes detect movement more than detail in the dark. Ensure as best possible departure will go unnoticed.
  • Turn off cell phones, pagers etc before leaving.
  • Use simple hand signals to relay information to other family members, raised arm means stop, raised arm and a crouching stance means stop and take cover, arm extended to left means move towards the left, arm extended to right means move to right. Keep the signals few in number and very simple.

READY TO GO

  • Turn out lights if it is dark, open door or window PARTIALLY and LISTEN for threats.
  • Send out one person to scan the immediate area for concealed threats.
  • If the area is good to go the rest of group to follow, silently and at least 3 to 4 ft apart (6 to 8 feet if tactical situation demands more defensive stance)

WALKING

  • Walk where possible in the shadows, look up for hazards in surrounding buildings, Look down to avoid items that may make noise like twigs, gravel or broken glass.
  • Pause frequently to listen, you generally will identify more threats by sound than vision, breaking glass, raised voices, gun shots, vehicle engines, running feet, barking dogs etc
  • Watch what nature does, if you see a flock of birds, or a rabbit, or deer for example suddenly take flight that tells you something has frightened it, and it may NOT have been your party.

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  • Look left and right SLOWLY in a steady scanning motion, Human eyes detect motion more than shapes when its dark and you have more detector rods and cones in the sides of your eyes than you do at the back. Scanning side to side as you walk you will detect MOVEMENT before shape.
  • The last man in the group needs to keep stopping and quietly observing the rear to check if you are being followed.
  • Avoid using flashlights to navigate with, rely on your own night vision, Human eyes take 35 minutes to adapt to the dark but only seconds to lose night vision if a fool turns on a flashlight. Not to mention the risk of advertising your position to the whole area if you do use a flashlight.
  • Where possible avoid public places and spaces where cops, troops or thugs may gather, try and stay in the shadows.
  • Avoid districts where scavengers may good looking for food, loot etc
  • When passing through hilly neighborhoods never walk along hilltops or ridge lines, stay under the ridge line and don’t silhouette yourself.
  • If faced with an obstacle such as a hedgerow or wall try always to go round or under it, not over the top or through a gate because again you are just exposing your position.
  • In the short term most highway and rail bridges are really places to avoid, both official check points and predators WILL target them. Look for alternatives.

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RESTING & EATING

  • Light no cooking fires to be lit during the day unless you can guarantee you won’t create any smoke
  • When cooking at night, position the cooker in a hollow or hole so it does not give off light giving away your position, Beware of the odor of cooking food also giving away your position.
  • If in a group ONE PERSON COOKS, the others spread out and keep watch for approaching scavengers, Silence is golden as you will hear them approaching long before you see them.
  • You need to remember the cook will probably lose his night vision so if you have to bug out someone will need to help him until his eyes adjust.
  • Ideally eat in shifts, half eating half keeping watch, pack away camp cooker etc BEFORE eating in case you have to bug out in a hurry.
  • Take every scrap of rubbish with you or bury it, fill in your cooking hole / fire pit, leave no clue to your passing through.

SLEEPING

We all need rest and the young and elderly need more rest than healthy adults, you all must sleep when possible. Human biorhythms run in two hour cycles, so to get the full benefit of sleep people need to be fully asleep in two hour sections. This really means in a stressed situation after a day of bugging out each member will need three hours in his sleeping bag, and hour to wind down / de-stress and two hours’ sleep. So whilst at least one person stands watch, the others should rest in three hour sections. All gear must remain packed in rucksacks and boots etc kept close to hand in case you have to make a swift and stealthy exit from your campsite.

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34 Tips For Finding the Ultimate Survival Retreat

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34 Tips For Finding the Ultimate Survival Retreat Choosing and purchasing a bug out property is a daunting task. The cost can be prohibitive for families trying to keep up with everyday expenses and the list of considerations might turn most people off. However, if you are considering a survival retreat, here is a handy …

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Onion Bombs: The Best Camping Food Ever

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Onion Bombs: The Best Camping Food Ever Do you want to make one of my favorite camping meals? They are called onion bombs and they will fill you up, keep you full and enable you to have a clean camping site due to the no clean up. I make these in advance and keep them …

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What Exactly Would Happen To Earth After A Nuclear War

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What Exactly Would Happen To Earth After A Nuclear War Nuclear war is scary to even think about. I found a great article that explains what would happen to the earth if 2 countries went to war and fired nuclear bombs at each other. This article uses two smaller counties not big boys like America …

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Essential Knots: How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know

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How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know Knot tying has always been one of those key outdoor skills that the inexperienced take for granted. The experienced outdoorsman, however, has had enough success and failure to know that there are right and wrong knots for certain jobs. A good knot can save lives …

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Harvesting Your Own Seeds For The Next Growing Season

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Harvesting Your Own Seeds For The Next Growing Season Being self reliant is a balancing act. Being able to harvest your own seeds is a big deal! No one person or group of people can truly produce absolutely everything they need to survive and thrive in this world. That is simply not how things work …

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Department of Homeland Security Seeking to Take Control of U.S. Elections

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Democrats are claiming hackers have breached a number of election databases and are asking the FBI and DHS to take control of election security. DHS is considering taking control of all election infrastructure, claiming the election is an issue of national Security… […]

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Judge Rules Town Can Ban Vegetable Gardens Because They’re Ugly

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BREAKING: Judge Rules Town Can Ban Vegetable Gardens Because They’re Ugly

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MIAMI – In a blow to freedom and property rights, a Florida judge has ruled that residents of Miami Shores do not have a fundamental right to grow vegetables in their front yard, even if they don’t have a backyard or their backyard is deficient for growing plants.

Miami Shores officials say the ordinance benefits neighborhood aesthetics.

The ruling by Circuit Court Judge Monica Gordo is a blow to the well-publicized case of Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll, a married couple who say their backyard is too shady to grow a garden.

The couple grew vegetables in the front yard for 17 years for health and financial reasons until the Miami Shores village government passed an ordinance banning front yard vegetable growing. Ricketts and Carroll were facing a $50-a-day fine.

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“This Court is not convinced that the prohibition of front-yard vegetable gardens impairs any fundamental right” Gordo wrote in her Aug. 25 opinion. “… The Court finds that the prohibition of vegetable gardens except in back yards is rationally related to Miami Shores’ legitimate interest in promoting and maintaining aesthetics.”

She added that “protecting aesthetics is a legitimate government purpose.”

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The couple was represented by the Institute for Justice, which offered experts who argued that vegetables “do not have an intrinsically good or bad visual quality” and “are not aesthetically degrading,” but Gordo wrote that the city’s law was a “value judgement” that she would not second guess.

The Institute for Justice said it will appeal the ruling.

“Today’s ruling affects every homeowner in Miami Shores who wants to grow a garden in their front yard,” said Institute for Justice attorney Ari Bargil. “The court agreed that Miami Shores never explained how banning front-yard vegetable gardens promotes its claimed interest in ‘aesthetics,’ but the court nevertheless ruled that the village has the power to ban these gardens anyway.”

Their garden was known as one of the more attractive ones in the area.

“I am disappointed by today’s ruling,” Ricketts said. “My garden not only provided us with food, but it was also beautiful and added character to the community. I look forward to continuing this fight and ultimately winning so I can once again use my property productively instead of being forced to have a useless lawn.”

Bargil noted that if Ricketts and Carroll wanted to “grow fruit or flowers or display pink flamingos,” the town would have been fine with it.

“They should be equally free to grow food for their own consumption, which they did for 17 years before the village forced them to uproot the very source of their sustenance,” he added.

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Election Prep- Just In Case

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I talked about this awhile back. The election is closer and Hillary Clinton is in it. We all know her ability to blatantly cheat and get away with it so she could very well win the presidency. Also she is running against a giant offensive ass hat. So I wanted to prepare. For the next 2 or so months I am going to put my investment money into precious metals, specifically steel and lead.

I built the rifle and bought some AR/ G19 mags. Also ordered 2 cases of 5.56. Next month I will buy some other ammo probably 7.62×39 and the FAL mags. The month after that if its available I will buy 7.62×51. Ammo availability at current prices may not happen again so it could be a major savior for me and mine. Absolute worst case (best case overall but worst for this choice) nothing happens and I’ll still have the ammo.

It isn’t too late but the time is getting short. You may want to look at your own stuff as well as your finances and fill in some holes.

A Shipping Container Home that you can actually Ship Anywhere in the World

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Over the last couple of years shipping container homes have grown in popularity, but many of them lose their primary function when constructed, the ability to move them throughout the world… […]

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Trump Suggests Colin Kaepernick Find A Different Country

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Trump Suggests Colin Kaepernick Find A Different Country

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has ignited a controversy that is testing the limits of patriotism and free speech, and several well-known Americans – including Donald Trump – are speaking out.

Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem over the weekend prior to a preseason game.

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand,” he said in a Niners Wire story.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was asked about the controversy during an interview Monday.

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“I think it’s personally not a good thing,” Trump said on The Dori Monson Show. “I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try, it won’t happen.”

Kaepernick, who criticized both Trump and Hillary Clinton, claims his actions are a protest against racism and what he sees as oppression.

“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” Kaepernick said. “I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening.’

Kaepernick said his protest will continue.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

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The Versatile, Do-Everything ‘Survival Berry’ The Native Americans Prized

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The Versatile, Do-Everything ‘Survival Berry’ The Native Americans Prized

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The modern back-to-basics food movement has led many people to rediscover plants used for centuries in the past.

One particularly useful plant that grows in abundance around the country is the versatile chokecherry. Due to their quick and abundant growth, along with their tart berries, chokecherries have been planted in tree rows for wind protection, for wildlife habitat and for erosion control. Today they grow in a variety of climates and regions around the country. Odds are you may not be far from this useful berry.

The many uses of chokecherry were not lost on pioneers, Native Americans, and other people who lived off the land. Lewis and Clark even ate them on their journey. These valuable plants were cherished and visited often when they were ripe.

If you happen to discover chokecherries in your neighborhood, here are four ways you can put them to work:

1. Nutrition.

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These dark purple, red, or almost black berries are high in fiber and Vitamin K. Today, chokecherries are most often used in jellies, vinegar, syrups and juice. They can be easily processed, but do require the removal of the leaves, stems and pits. Each of these parts of the plant contain hydrocyanic acid, posing a significantly higher risk to livestock than people, as animals are more likely to consume large quantities of the leaves. However, there have been a few reported instances of children dying after consuming too many seeds.

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Native people across America routinely smashed the fruits, dried them thoroughly in the sun, and added them to a pemmican mixture. Even though the seeds were consumed by Native people, they lost their toxicity after drying. Anyone interested in this primitive process is advised to spend time with an expert on the subject and learn more about removing the toxins. Chokecherries are not a dangerous plant, and with more modern techniques you can easily and safely enjoy these bountiful fruits in a variety of ways.

2. Archery equipment.

Portions of the tree that develop acceptable girth can be tillered to make quality hunting bows. In fact, these bows are reputed to be some of the finest bow-making materials by many modern bowyers. A good hunting wood is hard to find, since it must have two important attributes. First, the wood must have the ability to withstand tension forces on the back of the bow. Also, at the same time the back in under tension forces, the belly of the bow is being compressed. Finding a wood capable of both forces is not easy, and chokecherry fits the bill nicely.

In addition to the ability to be made into bows, the young straight shoots can be cut and made into arrows. Similar to the wood needed to make bows, arrows need a wood with particular properties. The two biggest attributes wood need to be made into arrows are straightness and spine. Spine refers to the wood’s ability to bend upon the shot and then straighten out as it flies downrange. Finding a wood with just the right amount of spine is not always easy. It takes quite a bit of experience and know-how to construct bows and arrows, but even a novice who understands the basic concepts can create bows and arrows that serve their purpose marginally well.

3. Dye.

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If you’ve ever picked chokecherries, then you can attest to the potential for creating a dye with the fruit. The dye from chokecherry juice can be used to identify dye-wooden objects like arrows or bows, and cloth projects, as well. Although the dye will not keep you alive in a survival situation, it can definitely come in handy for projects down the road. To make a dye, simply collect an adequate amount of berries and fill a container.

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With the collected berries in the container, you need to pulp the fruit and create a mashed mix of juice and berries. Any item placed in this mixture will take on the beautiful pinkish red color of the dye. For lighter stains, leave the product in for shorter periods, and for deeper and darker stains leave it in the dye for longer.

4. Medicine.

True to form, the versatile chokecherry has a variety of medicinal uses, as well. In the past, dried berries were used to treat a variety of bowel conditions, from diarrhea to loss of appetite. It was also given in some form to people suffering from ulcers and other conditions of a weak stomach. Additionally, the bark is reported to be an outstanding remedy for respiratory ailments, such as a bad cough. As with using any plant medicinally, folks interested in this practice are encouraged to consult an expert in the subject.

If you plan on heading out to harvest some of the bounty chokecherries offer up, then make sure to take the time to learn how to correctly identify the plant. There is a toxic lookalike called common buckthorn. Once you learn a few rules to follow and how to identify a chokecherry, don’t be afraid to enjoy all the versatility it has to offer. Whether you are looking for a nutritious treat, a beautiful deep dye, archery gear, or to sooth a medical ailment, the chokecherry offers up a gift.

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21 Survival Uses For Plastic Grocery Bags

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Every time you go to the grocery store, you’re offered free supplies for your survival stockpile. I’m talking about plastic grocery bags–the ones that are constantly under scrutiny by environmental groups who loathe the fact that they take forever to degrade. Believe it or not, those bags could potentially save your life, or at least […]

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Endless Match Unboxing: A Great Cheap Survival Tool You Need

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Endless Match Unboxing: A Great Cheap Survival Tool You Need

I unbox the Endless Match I bought from Wish. With shipping, this great survival tool set me back three bucks. You are supposed to fill it with lighter fluid before use. Which I didn’t know because it does not come with instructions. In my case, I could smell lighter fluid in it. So the two times I light it didn’t damage it. Using it is simple. I figured it out in a few seconds.

It has a tiny ferrocerium rod on the side. The match has a tiny striker and wick on one end. You just strike it till the wick catches. The flame that this little match puts off is pretty impressive. Using it to start a fire would be no problem.

The Endless Match claims to be waterproof as well. I have not tested that yet but it screws in tightly with a gasket. This also hopefully retains the lighter fluid as well. The last thing I want is lighter fluid leaking out my endless match all over my pack or pocket. I don’t want to become the endless match myself.

Even though it is made to be carried on a keychain I would rather throw it in a pack or pocket. The tiny keyring to attach to a keychain is very flimsy looking. I am rough on Key ring EDC items and most don’t last. Either they break, get lost from poor retention or damage my pants. I had to stop wearing P38 can opener because it kept shredding my pockets.

 

 

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The War On Coal: Going Green On Energy

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One of the left’s holy grails is clean energy; the idea of using 100% renewable energy sources, which don’t cause any pollution whatsoever. That’s a nice dream, if you can accomplish it, but the technology just isn’t there, no matter what environmentalists say.

The thing is, there are only two energy sources which are considered by the left to qualify as green or environmentally friendly; solar and wind. As a former engineer and consummate tinkerer, I happen to know a fair amount about those two. I’ve built both solar panels and a wind turbine for my home, so I have a fair idea of what they can do and what they can’t.

But as we all know, the left isn’t interested in facts, they’re too focused on their ideology. As far as they’re concerned, all they have to do is legislate it and POOF! It will appear. It must be nice to life in such a fantasy world, but I’ve never found how to move there.

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Both wind and solar power have the same failings. First of all, they are extremely inefficient. I’ve watched solar power for over 40 years now, hoping that there would be a breakthrough in power production, allowing solar to truly become a viable energy source.

But the only breakthroughs that have been made in that area are to build flexible panels and make some very minor improvements in efficiency. For over 40 years of research, what they’ve come up with is not worth mentioning.

Wind power seems to be doing somewhat better, at least in efficiency. Today, 4.7% of our nation’s electrical power is produced by wind, compared to a paltry 0.6% which comes from solar. While that doesn’t hold a candle to nuclear power at 20% or coal and natural gas, both of which account for 33%, it’s fast approaching the power production from hydroelectric power plants, which account for 6% of our nation’s power production.

In the last 20 years, we’ve seen wind power grow from 6.1 gigawatts to 283 gigawatts globally. That’s an increase of over 46 times. In the same time frame, solar power has risen from 0.6 gigawatts to 100 gigawatts. That’s an amazing 166 times what it was 20 years ago! But it will be a long time until either of these power sources can be taken seriously as a replacement for fossil fuels.

The big problem with both wind and solar is that they are unreliable. Solar power only works during daylight hours and only produces its peak production when the panels are pointed directly at the sun.  Few solar farms have solar trackers installed, so they are rarely running at peak production. Then there’s the problem of clouds, rain and snow, all of which reduce the potential output of any solar power facility.

Wind is actually more reliable than solar, as it can work 24 hours a day. But even then, it depends on constant wind, something that exists in only a very few places. While meteorologists can predict to some degree when there will be wind, they really can’t do a thing to guarantee it.

What this means is that for both of these power sources it’s necessary to have backup. Something has to be ready to provide power to the customers, when the wind and solar power plants aren’t producing. That something is the environmentalists’ enemy, fossil fuels.

In other words, for every solar farm or wind farm that’s out there, producing electricity, there is a coal, natural gas or nuclear power plant running at less than its full potential, waiting to step in and produce the electrical power people and businesses need, when green energy falls short. So maybe those green options aren’t really as green as the left would like us to believe. Maybe they’re nothing more than a chimera being chased by little children.

As long as these green energy sources can’t be relied upon, something else will be needed. Oh, they might build more wind and solar farms, but they won’t be able to eliminate other energy sources, regardless of what laws are passed and what decrees some from on high.

The big problem is one of storage. Energy production has to match energy consumption more or less exactly. Otherwise, we end up with brownouts and blackouts. Under the current system, the power companies, in cooperation, regulate the amount of power produced, so that it matches that which is consumed. That means there is a never-ending dance to increase and decrease power output from the nation’s power plants, in an effort to match what over 300 million people, their electronics, their homes, and their businesses consume.

You see, there’s no efficient means of storing electricity in large amounts. Can you imagine a battery that is big enough to store the electricity that a city consumes in a day?

Tesla’s Powerwall, the biggest, most efficient battery for home energy storage holds 6.4 kWh, for a price of about $3,000. Considering that the average home energy usage in the United States is over 30 kWh per day, it would take 5 of those per household, and that doesn’t take into consideration business, government or industrial use of electricity, all of which are much higher.

So Where Does This Leave Us?

Clearly, it leaves us needing to rely on fossil fuels and nuclear energy for the majority of our energy production; at least for now. There are many people researching energy production and storage, hoping to come up with something better than we have now; but they haven’t grabbed the gold ring just yet.

Nevertheless, liberals are hot on the tail of eliminating the dirty energy created by fossil fuels.

We’ve been hearing for some time about Obama’s war on coal, which is being echoed by his protégé, Hillary Clinton. Apparently the two of them are convinced that all they have to do is regulate coal energy out of existence and by some magical means, green energy will appear to replace it.

It would be bad enough if this fantasy was limited to those two, but it’s a common fantasy shared by liberals around the world. I keep seeing articles about European countries that are going green, eliminating dirty coal and converting totally to wind and solar power.

Yet in the midst of all that, Germany, one of the world’s leaders in pushing for green energy, has finally woke up to the realization that they can’t afford to go green. That’s right, after pouring billions of dollars into green energy, they’ve finally woken up to the fact that they just don’t have enough money to totally convert their country to renewable energy sources.

Believe it or not, there are countries out there who are 90% or more green. But there are two things that stand out about those countries. The first is that their overall energy usage is rather low, as most of them are not really industrialized nations. The second is that the vast majority of the green power production in those countries is not from solar or wind, but from hydroelectric dams. That’s where the world’s real green energy is.

Of the 17 countries in the world who produce over 90% of their electrical energy via renewable resources, only one, Norway, can actually be considered an industrialized nation. Yet the U.S. solar power production (which is our lowest contributor) is 127 times greater than their total renewable power production. Oh, and, 98.6% of Norway’s renewable power is hydroelectric, not solar or wind.

So the next time you hear someone on the left bellyaching about how our electric power production is so dirty, and how horrible we are as a country, let them complain.

If you can, get them to talk about Norway, stepping into your trap. You can then tell them that the only reason that Norway is doing so good at green energy is that 98.6% of their electrical energy is produced by big ugly electric power dams. Let them chew on that for a while.

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Facts and Figures

Actually, the country which produces the most green energy in the world is China, beating out the United States by 2.4 to 1. But they are also the worst country in the world for air pollution produced by power plants. So, even though they produce a lot of renewable energy, they are contributing more to greenhouse gases than anyone else.

The United States is number one in the world for wind power production. We’re number eight for solar. We’re number four for hydroelectric. So maybe we’re not doing all that bad. Granted, we use more electricity than any other country in the world, except China, but we’re working on producing more green energy.

The other point to make to leftists about green energy is that the advances we’ve made in green energy haven’t been caused by government regulation or by Obama’s war on coal, but rather by the same power companies they complain about. Because, you see, the government really doesn’t produce anything but red tape and heartburn.

So, when states like Oregon create laws that outlaw coal power, they’re not accomplishing much of anything. All they are really doing is raising the energy costs for their citizens and setting themselves up for energy shortages.

Outlawing coal power isn’t going to make wind more efficient. It’s not going to make solar more efficient. Nor is it going to make wave power generators suddenly become a major player in the electrical power generation game. All it’s going to do, is cause people trouble.

As with many other things, the real way to get progress is to encourage innovation. If they want to do something, then they should invest some of that money they’re wasting on fighting global warming in research aimed at alternative energy sources. Maybe then, that money will do some good.

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This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

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https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601514/germany-runs-up-against-the-limits-of-renewables/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy_in_Norway

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11 Unusual Uses For Milk That Can Revolutionize Homestead Life

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Got milk? Although there is an ongoing debate about the complete range of health benefits that cow’s milk provides to humans, milk remains a staple beverage in many American households.

A USDA study found that the average American drinks 20.4 gallons of milk each year, and milk ranks fourth behind carbonated soft drinks, bottled water and beer as America’s beverage of choice.

Cow’s milk is about 90 percent water, but the remaining 10 percent of volume contains protein, carbohydrates, fat, Vitamins A, D, and B12, as well as various minerals, organic compounds and antioxidants that are beneficial to the human body.

What you may not realize, however, is that milk can provide other benefits beyond its use as a beverage. Here are 11 unusual uses for milk that make a big difference if you’re a homesteader:

1. Relieve burns.

You can experience quick pain relief and promote the healing of minor burns, including sunburn, by applying milk to the affected area. Soak a washcloth in whole milk and apply to the area for about 15 minutes. Repeat every few hours.

Another option is to create a milk paste with powdered milk, water and two pinches of salt. Apply the paste to areas with minor burns for soothing relief.

2. Take the itch out of insect bites.

Milk also can ease the pain, swelling and itchiness of insect bites. Create a paste with milk, water and salt, and place it on the bites. After a few minutes, redness and itching will be significantly reduced.

3. Repair china.

Did you know you could use milk to fix cracks in your fine china? Fill a cooking pot with enough fresh milk or reconstituted powdered milk to cover a damaged cup or plate.

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Submerge the china in the milk and then bring the milk to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 45 minutes. When you remove the china, the milk proteins will have diminished the appearance of fine cracks and lines.

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4. Skin moisturizer. 

Try applying cold milk to calluses or other hard, dry areas of your skin three times a day.

Another way to moisturize the skin with milk is to take a milk bath. Add 1 1/2 cups of powdered milk to your bathwater as it fills the tub. You also can prepare a moisturizing facial mask by mixing powdered milk with enough water to make a thick paste. Apply the milk paste to your face, let it dry for about 30 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

5. Polish silver.

You can clean your tarnished silver with the help of sour milk. Mix a cup of milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak the silver in the sour milk for 30 minutes. After rinsing with warm soapy water, buff the silver with a dry, soft cloth.

6. Revive leather.

To remove scuffs and to give a fresh look to leather shoes, purses and belts, moisten a soft cloth with fresh milk and gently wipe the leather. Let the milk dry before buffing with a clean soft cloth.

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7. Remove ink.

We all have had leaky pens stain our clothes at one time or another. The next time it happens, try soaking the stained garment overnight in a dishpan of milk. Add a squeeze or two of lemon juice for extra cleaning power. Then wash it in your machine.

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If ink has stained your carpet, mix milk with enough cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to the stain. Allow it to dry, and then vacuum the residue.

8. Take off makeup.

You also can use milk to remove makeup. Simply dip a cotton ball in whole milk or reconstituted powdered milk and then gently wipe your face with the cotton ball. For added antioxidants and a pleasant aroma, add a few drops of almond oil to the milk.

9. Boost the flavor of corn.

Want to make your sweet corn taste even sweeter? Add some milk to the water before you boil corn on the cob. When the corn is ready, you will notice a richer, sweeter taste.

10. Improve the flavor of fish.

When you defrost your frozen fish in a bowl of milk, the fish will have a smoother texture and a richer flavor.

11. Treat tongue burn.

Feeling the burn of spicy food on your tongue? Milk can dissolve capsaicin, the organic compound that makes foods spicy. Drink a glass of milk after eating spicy foods to alleviate the discomfort.

Now that you know some of the unusual uses for milk, you may be tempted to have more cartons on hand in your refrigerator. By the way, you can freeze milk for longer storage. However, you will need to leave some room in the container because milk expands when it freezes.

You can thaw frozen milk in the refrigerator or in cold water.

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Three possible SHTF scenarios that we may see play out before the end of 2016!

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Be a Food Preservation Planner

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Next year have a plan for every piece of produce. Do you plan what you are going to do with your garden produce ahead of time? Well, eat it of course, but what else? Sometimes I find myself with a box of peaches that I couldn’t pass up from the grocery store and think ” […]

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Quick And Easy To Make Swedish Apple Pie Recipe

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This is a quick and easy way to make a Swedish apple pie recipe you will love to make! When I was a little girl I had a great grandmother from Norway I loved very much. She was 100% Norwegian. I used to love to sit on her lap and hear her speak with her Norwegian accent. I can still see her making my favorite lefse and apple pie. Those two items were my favorite treats that she would make for the grandkids. I can still visualize the pie cooling on the rack waiting for it to be cut into slices to eat. I never liked it with a slice of cheese, my favorite was to add ice cream on the side.

I am not a pie maker, PERIOD, but this makes you look like you are a pie maker. Just giving you the heads-up. Here is my friend, Joan’s Swedish Apple Pie recipe (modified a bit by me). I promise, you if I can make this pie anyone can. It doesn’t have to be rolled out, cut or fluted. Nope, you just stir the ingredients and use your hands to form the dough on top of the apples. Talk about EASY, and oh so yummy!

Swedish Apple Pie Recipe

Swedish Apple Pie Filling:

8-10 peeled, cored, sliced apples

Press the apples down in a greased pie pan.

Sprinkle apples with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Swedish Apple Pie Crust:

Mix all the ingredients together. Spread mixture over the apples. (It will be thick)

1-1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cups)

1-1/2 cups sugar

Pinch of salt

1-1/2 cups white bread flour or 1-1/2 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour

1 egg

3/4 cup pecans (optional)

I sprinkle a cinnamon-sugar mixture over the crust.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Serve with a little whip cream (yep, I always have Gossner’s shelf stable whip cream in the pantry…and one or two in the refrigerator ready to whip). You could also serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream… Gotta love it!

This can be prepared in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan, just adjust the ingredient amounts.

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I still remember watching old movies with a fresh pie cooling on the windowsill, yep memories of apple pie. Please tell me your favorite kind(s) of pie.

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Do You Know How to build a stealth shelter?

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One of the best ways to get away and be at one with nature is to build a stealth shelter in the forest. Not only are you putting yourself in the most isolated place possible, but you are also aiming to be invisible there. It’s super exciting, and pretty difficult to do this without a little bit a guidance. So here are a few simple tips to make your wilderness getaway one that only you will know about:

 

Be discreet

The first rule of successful stealth camping is to be as discreet as possible. To disappear in the forest with success, try the following:

  • Get away from the beaten track and as far out of sight from civilization as possible.
  • Keep the noise down.
  • Don’t bring loads of friends!
  • Use your flashlight as little as possible.
  • If you are having a fire, then keep it small and assess the amount of smoke and glow that it creates.
  • Don’t outstay your welcome in the same spot – move to a new spot each night.

 

Choose the right camping spot

Find a clearing in the forest where the floor is clear of vegetation and woodland debris, and if possible choose a place to sleep that is in a dip or behind some rocks. This will put you out of sight from passers-by, and it will also provide shelter if the wind picks up. With this in mind, check the stability of the trees you are sleeping under. You don’t want branches falling onto you in a gale.

Choosing a spot that is close to water is great for an easy access drinking supply, providing you use the right water purification method to make the water safe to drink. However, being too close to water can pose some problems. Bugs can be one issue, but also the potential for flash floods can be a problem too. So make sure you set camp uphill of the water and away from a gully where water levels can rise dangerously fast.

If you have been really discreet in choosing a great spot for stealth camping, then you should struggle to find it again if you walk away from it! So it’s a good idea to leave yourself some markers on the forest floor to get you back to base if necessary.

 

Bring the right gear

Most stealth campers like to keep things simple and go as light as possible with their gear. This makes it nice and easy to get moving quickly to an alternative camping spot. Bring a lightweight backpacking tent that is small and not bright red or orange. Or go without a tent altogether and put up a hammock and tarp for an even more versatile and mobile setup. This way, you won’t need a sleeping pad (if the temperature isn’t too low), just a good 3-season sleeping bag to snuggle up in.

Bringing a mosquito net will be essential in certain locations, so make sure you get some local advice on this before you go. And of course don’t forget a lightweight camping stove to cook up a feast on.

 

How to set up your stealth campsite

Once you have found the perfect spot to disappear in, your main priority is setting up your shelter. If bad weather is looming then it’s essential that you have a place to shelter yourself in and all your stuff. Take your time over staking your guy lines out properly and securely. If the ground is soft then you may need to use trees or rocks to help with this.

If you are in bear country, then ensuring you have your food stored in a bear-resistant food cache is essential. The bag should be over 100 yards from your tent, suspended 10-15 feet off the ground and at least 4 feet from each vertical support. Make sure you put all your cooking utensils and pots in this bag too. Once again, your tent is up then set up this bag as soon as possible.

If you are building a fire, then then you will want to gather some wood. Set your fire a few yards away and upwind of your tent to prevent sparks from flying or smoke polluting your sleeping space when you light it. If possible, it’s a good idea to wait until after dark to light it up so that the smoke will be less easily spotted.

Leave no trace

As with any activity in our wonderful outdoor playground, leaving no trace is an essential part of stealth camping:

  • Take a back packers shovel and make sure you dig a deep hole away from any water sources for your toilet stops.
  • If you have a fire then bury the ashes and cover over any burn marks in the soil.
  • Take all your rubbish with you.
  • Use biodegradable soap or washing up liquid.

 

With all that in mind, you should be well setup to disappear in nature. And if you do it well enough, then stealth camping in the forest will also provide some fantastic opportunities to watch the wildlife of the forest unfold around you as the sun sets and stars come out.

 

 

Joey Holmes is the editor of Cool of the Wild, an online resource for outdoor lovers. She has endless enthusiasm for any excuse to get out there and enjoy being active in the outdoor world, and loves sharing this passion to inspire others to find and follow their own dreams.

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A Green Beret’s Guide to Improvised Home Defense Strategies

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ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, this article is going to explain some methods to help you better defend your property.  These are some simple and inexpensive methods that are not subject to power loss from an EMP or station failure.  They are simple to employ as well as remember, and they can be tailored to meet the needs of your property.

Obviously if you live in a high-rise apartment building or a multi-family structure, your methods are going to differ, and that will be addressed in Part 2.

Sector Stakes

Now, firstly, what are a sector stakes?  The sector stakes are prepositioned markers for use as boundaries for the field of fire of your weapon.  They physically allow the firer to concentrate on his or her sector of fire without haphazard lateral movement. By utilizing one on your left and right, they establish left and right limits for you to employ your rifle or firearm.  These stakes are best used between multiple team-members.  The sector stakes are driven into the ground or firmly emplaced vertically, so as to allow the defender’s weapon to traverse (move laterally) back and forth and be bounded within the confines of his or her sector.  See Diagram A, “Sector Stakes” to get a picture of how it appears.

JJ AThe sectors are positional assignments for occupants to repel attackers.  The importance cannot be overstressed.  They give a firer an “area of responsibility” to cover, and anything in that sector should be known, marked on a diagram (called a sector sketch) and committed to memory.  See Diagram C, “Sample Sector Sketch” for an idea of what you’ll need to make.  There are items in that diagram that must be addressed, such as a large boulder or a shallow depression that can allow a bad guy (or bad gal) to not be hit by your fire…this is known as dead space.  Also of note are points of cover and/or concealment.  Cover is something that will partially or completely block you from enemy fire (shielding you).  Concealment is something that can hide you from the sight of an enemy.

Your sectors need to range to the end of your property, or out to about 500 feet, whichever is closer.  The sectors need to interlock, so as to create interlocking fields of fire, a condition that is met where the left and right limits of two adjacent firers intersect one another, and permit overlapping fire on an enemy.  See Diagram B, “Disposition of Sectors of Fire” to illustrate this concept.  Each sector stake must be measured with a compass to provide an azimuth for the entire straight-line length of the right or left limit.

JJ BThe reason for this is to also be able to establish those limits when it is nighttime or a period of low visibility, and also when the stakes have been removed (for emplacement later).

It is important for you and your team to walk the entire length of the property, and pace out the areas where obstacles that can provide dead space, cover, and concealment to the enemy are known, along with their exact distances.  It is also very important for you to be able to make laminated copies of these sector sketches, and using a grease pencil (dry erase are garbage) to note down your information of things found in your sector.  Identify each fighting position (FP) by number, not by the person’s name!  If you’re overrun, you don’t want your names going into someone else’s head or intel files.

JJ CKnowing the distances and the azimuths to key points, such as a tool shed or a large rock that provides the enemy with cover will allow you to put fire in that area without complete visibility or with night vision equipment.  You can also place your traps or early warning devices in the sectors, but make sure you mark them on the sector sketch.  Black grease pencil is the color to use for permanent structures or obstacles.  Temporary measures (such as a flare or other removable expedient early warning device) can be marked with a red grease pencil.

Another key reason for these sketches is if for a reason such as changing a guard shift, or a shift between team members to one another’s fighting positions.  In this manner, you have a nice laminated diagram that gives them all of the information they need about the position.  The midline (middle of the sector) should also have its own azimuth and azimuth line.  Take note of the concentric circles.  This is to establish an increment (I used “feet” to make for ease of understanding in this example), and the sample sketch has each circle in 100’ increments.

If you’re going to defend a fixed position such as a house, you need to have sector sketches for each fighting position, bottom line.

Another thing that you can do is to employ paintball guns in practice with this, for periods of low light and low visibility.  This will give you a good idea of how well you know the sectors, as to where your paintballs mark the area.  Just because there is not an item within your sector does not mean you cannot fabricate one as well, such as a couple of crossed boards affixed to the ground midline to the sector out at 300’, and/or smaller stakes with small markers or tapes affixed to them.  These are pre-measured distances, and when you see a “zombie” staggering across your yard, when his feet are on the “X” it’ll help you to light him up.

For some further reading, get ahold of a Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks, or a Soldier’s Handbook for the basics we have outlined here.  Be prepared to deal in metric units.  This is a general overview to get you started.  On “Part 2” we’re going to go over how to take similar measures in an urban/heavily populated environment.  Until next time, keep up the good work, and remember: when bad guys are coming over, before your barbeque and fireworks display put down the Porterhouse steaks and go to your sector stakes!  JJ out!

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

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

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

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5 Things You Better Get Off The Internet Before The Grid Goes Down

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5 Things You Better Get Off The Internet Before The Grid Goes Down

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We rely on the Internet for nearly everything in life, but in the wake of a natural disaster or large-scale collapse of the power grid, it is possible that the Internet could become inaccessible.

Even a few days without it could cripple American society’s ability to manage money, practice commerce, and communicate.

Because of that, it is a good idea to reduce your dependence on the Internet by moving more of your needs offline.

Here’s five areas to get your started:

1. Banking. Out of convenience, most Americans do at least a portion of their banking online. There’s no harm in using an online account to manage some of your bill payments and financial transactions. Just don’t rely on it to maintain your records. Monthly or quarterly, download a paper statement from your bank, print it, and file it away. Additionally, make sure you have paper records for all of the accounts you hold. Do the same thing for any stocks or important records of assets; record them on paper. Better still, do most of your bank transactions in person, at a local bank; you’ll have greater security and get better customer service.

2. Maps. Relying on GPS or Google Maps to tell you how to get around your local area is foolishness. Purchase or download updated local maps and keep them where they can be easily referenced or found in case of emergency. GPS won’t be a reliable source of navigation if the power grid is compromised.

3. Reference materials. Whether you read books on a Kindle or tablet, follow websites relevant to your interests, or just get the news delivered digitally, it is important to keep a paper trail for the information you’ll need in the future.

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You may not always be able to Google your way to an answer. Buy reference books relevant to setting up and maintaining a homestead, including home improvement encyclopedias and farming manuals. Printing information from often-referenced websites and filing it appropriately will ensure you’ll have the knowledge at your fingertips long after you can’t get it online. Best of all, develop your skills now so you will not need as many reference materials to accomplish tasks around the homestead.

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4. Email. Discussing plans and making decisions by email has become commonplace. Create a personal file of email correspondence for each family member and for your business activities. When agreements are solidified by email, print the message and file it accordingly. In addition to backing up your knowledge of what was decided, the written correspondence is an important record in your family. Just as our prior generations preserved old letters, so we must preserve meaningful emails in order to tell the story of our families.

5. Contacts. Many people scarcely know their phone numbers, let alone those of their families and other close contacts. Maintain an address book containing all the contact information and locations of anyone you care about, as well as resourceful peers and acquaintances.

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Knowing where to find someone important to you is the first step to reconnecting, and you don’t want to be left high and dry by an inability to access your contacts.

Bonus – Unplug These, Too

Photos. Of course, this is a little sentimental, but there’s more to life than practicality. Don’t simply store precious family heirlooms “in the cloud.” Kids today are being raised with very few printed photos documenting their lives. What a shame if all of those digital photos were lost! Create a photo album for each member of your family, or a family album documenting your lives together. The small investment of time and money could reap rewards for the rest of your life and become an important piece of your family’s heritage.

Entertainment. Learn to amuse yourself without surfing the web, clicking through Facebook, or playing online games. Part of being resourceful is being able to find and create entertainment with ready supplies — paper and pencil, card, and dice games are a great way to connect with your family and have a great time without plugging in. Invest in a book of activities and start gathering around the table more often, and you won’t miss the Internet so much in times of outage.

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Best Practices for Dealing with Wounds in a Survival Situation

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Depending upon who you talk to, a severe wound or lasceration should always be sutured close.  Or should it? 

When faced with an austere survival situation, the decision you make to close an open wound could spell the difference between proper healing and an infected mess.  Personally, I vote for proper healing but getting to the correct decision when under pressure may not be easy.

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Dr. Joe Alton, known to those of us in the survival community as Dr. Bones, is launching the first of a series of exclusive articles for Backdoor Survival readers in this article, “To Close or Not to Close”.  This article began life as a question from a reader, making it particularly relevant.

To Close or Not to Close (A Wound)

By Joe Alton, MD

When a laceration occurs, our body’s natural armor is breached and bacteria, even species that are normal inhabitants of our skin, get a free ticket into the rest of our body. Microbes that are harmless outside the body could be life-threatening inside the body.

It only makes common sense that we want to close a cut (also known as a “laceration”) to speed healing and lock out infection. There is controversy, however, as to whether or not a wound should be closed. When and why would you choose to close a wound, and what method should you use?

A laceration may be closed either by sutures, tapes, staples or medical “superglues” such as Derma-Bond or even industrial “Super-Glue”. After rendering first aid, which includes controlling the bleeding, removing any debris, irrigation the wound, and applying antiseptic, you will have to make a decision.

What are you trying to accomplish by closing a wound? Your goals are simple. You close wounds to repair the defect in your body’s armor, to eliminate “dead space”, and to promote healing. A well-approximated wound also has less scarring.

It sounds as if all wounds should be closed. Unfortunately, closing a wound that should be left open can do a lot more harm than good, and could possibly put your patient’s life at risk. Take the case of a young woman injured some years ago in a “zip line” accident: She was taken to the local emergency room, where 22 staples were needed to close a large laceration. Unfortunately, the wound had dangerous bacteria in it, causing a serious infection which spread throughout her body. She eventually required multiple amputations.

We learn from this an important lesson: Namely, that the decision to close a wound is not automatic but involves several considerations. The most important consideration is whether you are dealing with a clean or a dirty wound.

Most wounds you will encounter in an off-grid setting will be dirty. If you try to close a dirty wound, such as a gunshot, you have sequestered bacteria, bits of clothing, and dirt into your body. Within a short period of time, the wound will become infected. An infected wound appears red, swollen, and hot. In extreme cases, an abscess may form, and pus will accumulate inside. The infection may spread to the bloodstream, a condition known as “septicemia”, and become life-threatening.

It may be difficult to fight the urge to close a wound. Leaving the wound open, however, will allow you to clean the inside frequently and directly observe the healing process. It also allows inflammatory fluid to drain out of the body. The scar isn’t as pretty, but it’s the safest option in most cases. In addition, if you’re truly in a long-term survival scenario, the suture material or staples you have aren’t going to be replaced. It’s important to know when closure is absolutely necessary and when it’s not.

Other considerations when deciding whether or not to close a wound are whether it is a simple laceration (straight thin cut on the skin) or whether it is an avulsion (areas of skin torn out or hanging flaps). If the edges of the skin are so far apart that they cannot be stitched together without undue pressure, the wound should be left open.

Another reason the wound should be left open if it has been open for more than 8 hours. Why? Even the air has bacteria, and there’s a good chance that they have already colonized the injury by that time.

Let’s say that you’re certain the wound is clean. It’s less than 8 hours old. Here are some other factors that would suggest that closure is appropriate:

• The laceration is long or deep. The exception would be a puncture wound from an animal bite. These bites are loaded with bacteria and should be kept open in austere settings.

• The wound is located over a joint. A moving part, such as the knee, will constantly stress a wound and prevent it from closing in by itself.

• The wound gapes open loosely, suggesting that it can be closed without undue pressure on the skin.

t’s important to realize that you will only have a limited supply of staples and sutures. Feel free to mix different closure methods like alternating sutures and steri-strips, or even adding duct tape when you’ve run out of medical supplies. You’d be surprised what qualifies as medical supplies when the chips are down.

If you are unsure, you can choose to wait 48 to 72 hours before closing a wound to make sure that no signs of infection develop. This is referred to as “delayed closure”. Some wounds can be partially closed, allowing a small open space to avoid the accumulation of inflammatory fluid.

Drains, consisting of thin lengths of latex, nitrile, or even gauze, might be placed into the wound for this purpose. “Penrose” drains are a version of these that are still used in some operating rooms. Drains have a tendency to leak, so place a dressing over the exposed area

Many injuries that require closure (and some that don’t) also should be treated with antibiotics in oral or topical form to decrease the chance of infection. Natural substances with antibiotic properties, such as garlic or raw, unprocessed honey, may be useful in survival scenarios.

More on antibiotic use in future articles.

Read  more from Joe and Amy Alton at their website at www.doomandbloom.net or in their book, The Survival Medicine Handbook.

The Final Word

I am over the moon thrilled that Joe has agreed to bring exclusive new content to Backdoor Survival readers.  You will begin to see his articles monthly, as I carry out my initiative to present survival and prepping information from some of the best and the most experienced minds available.

Last month I sent Joe and his wife, Nurse Amy, a long list of survival medicine related questions you have been asking.  As with his upcoming article on antibiotic use, you can bet that we will be getting to your requests a bit at a time.

Stay tuned, and, as always, keep your questions coming.

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

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Stretch Bandage Wrap, 1” 30 rolls: I first learned about self-adhesive bandages when my dog came home from the vet such a bandage wrapped around his leg.  A light went off telling me I needed to add some to my first-aid kit.  And so I did.  This is a fantastic price and rivals the price at the farm supply.  I rarely use old-fashioned band aids any more.  You are going to love this stuff.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

CELOX First Aid Temporary Traumatic Wound Treatment, 10-Pack: These small packets of granules will stop bleeding within 30 seconds. To use, pour directly on a wound and apply pressure; it won’t sting or burn. Also safe for pets.  I like that the small packets are portable.

ProAdvantage Sterile Butterfly Closure Bandages:  I checked my first aid kit and only had a few of these.  This box of 100 is about $6.

Tincture of Benzoin: This is another one of those items I had never heard of.  Its purpose is to hold a bandage or dressing in place.

Betadine Antiseptic or Dynarex Povidone Iodine Prep Solution: Either can be used diluted as a disinfecting solution for wounds.  Also good for day to day cuts and scrapes.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.

New-Skin Liquid Bandage, First Aid Liquid Antiseptic:  I have been using New Skin for years.  It is an antiseptic, invisible, flexible, and waterproof.  It works.

Super Glue  – The Original: This is the original Super Glue brand.  This works a lot like the liquid bandage above in that you apply it to the wound and when it’s dry, it will hold the cut together. Also check out Krazy Glue or Gorilla Brand Super Glue.

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A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

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Human Nature: The most dangerous survival lesson of all

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Human Nature- Dangerous LessonI grew up and spent a good deal of time with petty criminals, a handful of whom had a dangerous human nature. Maybe that doesn’t say much for me, or maybe it does, because it quickly hit home with me that I preferred being a law-abiding citizen rather than a law-breaker. For any number of reasons, the law enforcement career I had planned on just didn’t happen, but over the years, I’ve spent more time learning about and observing criminals than most civilians.

It’s been eye-opening, to say the least. As a psychology major, I was able to learn even more about how the criminal mind works, as explained in this excellent book by a former FBI profiler.

The other day, my wife mentioned a Facebook article she had read and said it had really hit home what we could be facing as the fabric of our society continues to break down. The author, Greg Ellifritz, is a veteran police officer and tactical trainer for his central Ohio agency. He knows more than a thing or two about the criminal mind. He writes:

Our thief today is homeless. He’s 32 years old and overweight. He’s a regular consumer of crack cocaine. He has no job and no place to live. He sometimes stays at friends’ apartments, but his permanent address is a local homeless shelter. The sum total of his possessions consisted of a change of clothes, a broken phone, and less than $4 cash.

When I asked the man why he stole the bike, his comment was enlightening:

“I took it because I have the chance to stay at my friend’s place tonight instead of the shelter. My friend lives in (the next town over) and it would be about a four hour walk to get there. It rained all day yesterday and it looks like it’s going to rain some more today. I just didn’t want to spend four hours walking in the fucking rain and getting soaking wet again. I figured a bike would be faster.”

He continued by saying: “I knew it was wrong to steal the bike, but I just don’t care. I didn’t want to get wet no more. I saw an opportunity and I took it. I’d do the same thing all over again if I got the chance. Biking is just faster than walking.”

A petty crime, important to no one, really, except the owner of the bicycle. The point that Greg is trying to hit home, though, is how criminals never give a thought to the person whose life is affected by their actions. If they see something they want and you own it, you become just an obstacle in their way. They may violently push you aside, if you’re lucky, or kill you. What they want at that moment is more importat than your life will ever be, to them.

Greg goes on to explain:

This is what most folks don’t understand about serious criminals. The fact that the victim of the crime would be affected in a negative manner is not even an afterthought. Your feelings and concerns mean absolutely NOTHING to the criminal. He doesn’t care if you live or die, let alone how “inconvenienced” you will be if he takes all of your stuff or beats you within an inch of your life. If you literally had ZERO concern about the well being of your neighbors and fellow humans, what kind of atrocities would you be capable of committing? That’s something that few people consider.

Unfortunately, the majority of the hard core criminals I encounter feel the same way. You are literally nothing more than an obstacle they must overcome to achieve their goal. Most of the serious criminals out there think you and I are merely pawns on the chessboard of life. They will destroy everything you know and love if it means that they will benefit in the wake of the destruction. You are completely expendable in their eyes.

Recognize that. Recognize also that we aren’t going to be able to “fix” many of these criminals. They are out there among us every day and can’t be avoided.

This worries me when I consider TEOTWAWKI type scenarios, because during those days, months, or perhaps years, there may be no law enforcement at all. Some people like to use the acronym WROL, Without Rule of Law, to describe such a world. Those who have criminal impulses, maybe even instincts, but have been held back because they fear arrest and prison, won’t have those restraints anymore.

Today we mostly have to worry about a relatively small number of criminals, some petty, some hardened. We can add a security system to our homes, be constantly aware of our surroundings, teach our kids situational awareness and self-defense — but what if, someday in the not too distant future, ordinary Americans join these ranks because their families are starving, and they have lost absolutely everything? Might you become expendable in their eyes?

This is a depressing scenario to think about, much less discuss, because most of us want to believe that during hard times, like the Great Depression, most people will rise to the occasion and nobly help their fellow man. One of my favorite books about that era tells real life stories of a people who gave selflessly, were optimistic, and banded together to endure har times.

Based on current trends, I don’t think we live in that country anymore, except for specific, isolated areas. Even a greater level of danger when you consider who has crossed into America — members of ISIS? Members of the most violent gangs in South America? Hardened drug criminals from Mexico? No one really knows.

Greg did provide a very small ray of hope with a few suggestions for avoiding becoming a victim to criminals of all types:

  1. Harden anything the criminal might target. Put a fence around it, post a home security system sign, do anything to cause a criminal to think that the risk isn’t worth it.
  2. Make all targets appear undesirable. Maybe having the fanciest looking house in the neighborhood wasn’t such a good idea. When we bought our current house, what I liked about it was that it’s a one-story, surrounded by very nice looking two-story houses. It’s set back from the road a way and is painted in muted colors. That doesn’t mean we’ll never be targeted, but honestly, from the outside, we sure don’t look all that attractive to thieves.
  3. At a personal level, make yourself look undesirable as a target. Make eye contact. Walk with a strong, confident stride. NO electronics when you’re out in public. No flashy jewelry or expensive looking clothes. Getting killed for a pair of expensive Nikes just isn’t worth it.

We need to teach our kids these practices as well. I have one kid who has been a “gray man” since she hit 8 or 9 years of age and another one who loves the flashy lifestyle and impressing people with cool clothes and electronics. We use stories in the news and that we hear about from other families to gently explain to our kids how to avoid becoming a victim. I’ve also used the example I read a while back in this article to teach my kids to identify potential predators.

Above all, acknowledge that evil exists. I don’t worry too much about hurting someone’s feeling by recognizing what they do is evil and some people are just evil to the core. It’s normalcy bias, as explained in this article, that tries to convince us a certain person, group, or event is just fine in spite of our gut saying that it’s not.

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Let’s Cook with the Sun!

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Let’s Cook with the Sun! Highlander “Survival and Tech Preps” This show I will be discussing solar ovens and the uses. How can you build one yourself? And a few pre-made ones you can buy. What are the advantages and drawbacks to such a device? The need for food is unquestionable. When we do not have … Continue reading Let’s Cook with the Sun!

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The Big Move and What It Means to My Readers

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It’s happening. It’s really happening. Financing, paperwork, everything is in order and …. we are moving September 30. Now it’s time to let all of you know where we’re going, what it means for us and, most definitely, what it means for all of you.

If you have already read my soul-baring Time for a Change post, you know that we’ve made the difficult decision to leave our cabin in the woods and move “to town”. I already knew the place where I wanted to live because of its proximity to health care, family members and much more. The issue was that, in such a tiny community, there is a small selection of homes for sale at any given time. And homes that met all of my criteria are even more scarce.

So I left that up to God. Which is a good thing because He is better at that miracle thing than I am.

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When I started forming in my mind what my dream home would look like, and especially after I saw a few homes that were certainly not right, it became clear that I was looking for:

  • an older home (I find that new homes lack charm and character)
  • that was large enough for my large family (at least three, but preferably four, bedrooms), and
  • had a separate dining room (because six people plus guests!)
  • and main-floor laundry because I’m not getting any younger (but older homes don’t have that!), and
  • was near enough to town but not TOO near (you know, something riiiiiight on the outside edge of town limits so that I could have town access without town problems), and
  • already had a root cellar and cool pantry storage for home-canning (because why not look for the impossible?)
  • had a good south/north orientation for solar panels, even though older builders never paid attention to that.
  • A good yard, flat and usable, would be nice, but I already have a rural property and I didn’t need huge acreage.
  • Preferably, the asking price was less than $100,000, too (because I’m nuts – even in rural Nova Scotia, that’s asking a lot!)
  • It wouldn’t hurt if it were within earshot of train tracks for my train-crazy autistic boy (which just dropped my searching range)
  • but the balance would really be tipped if it needed only cosmetic repairs. Most of the places in our price range need a lot of very expensive, very difficult repairs (like a furnace that didn’t work “because of frequent flooding” or a roof that was caving in, or upstairs bedroom doors that started before the stairs ended!).
  • And please God, I started adding recently, can I have a dishwasher? Doing dishes by hand for six people is an all-day job even when you have plenty of energy, and I don’t anymore.

Pretty specific, right?

And some of those are things that just don’t seem to go together. How could a home like that exist? Especially when the area where I was looking was very small. But I prayed and I waited on God’s timing, and wondered how we could possibly find a home and get moved before the winter. And it turned out we didn’t have to wait very long at all. I’m still blinking about how fast this happened.

Next time I think I’m going to pray to win the lottery because we are closing on THAT house on September 30.

I mean, no exaggeration – every single thing I wanted for my dream home is in this house. It was listed as 81 years old, but that seems to be a guess and there are indicators that it is much older than that.

There are four good sized bedrooms, a main floor laundry, and a big kitchen – with a built-in dishwasher.

There is a full bathroom upstairs and a secondary toilet and shower in the laundry. The laundry is huge since it was converted from the parlour (or, as it’s known in Nova Scotia, “the good room”).

It’s not acreage, but it’s a good yard.

There is space for my children to run inside. a good sized yard to play outside, big enough to have a kitchen garden, raspberry bushes, even rabbits or quail, and a 30×6′ mudroom off the back door when the weather is bad. There’s also a vacant lot next door that I’d like to eventually get.

The trains go by, just four lots away, a few times a week. Because I grew up in a small town, with the train going through daily back then, it’s a familiar, comforting sound to me.

While there’s not really a basement, there is a dug out root cellar (which needs some work) and storage room under the house. Absolutely perfect for my needs and not something that would be found in a modern home. In fact, that’s probably one of the reasons we got it for such a great price. Imagine – people would rather a finished basement over a root cellar!

The previous owners have taken amazing care of the house, so it is sound and needs only cosmetic repairs. The wiring and plumbing are all up-to-date.

And the price was … well within my budget. I like when both the bank and the insurance company are impressed at the purchase price.

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Now isn’t that a home for four children?

One big downside is that the reported fuel oil usage for the house is horrifically high. I need to start an all-out effort to bring the cost of heat and hot water to something more manageable than …. $450 per month, year round. Told you it was high. (And if you comment that you’re paying more than that, you’ll want to follow along as I bring that down!) Now when it comes to glasses being half-full or half-empty, I’m more of a “my cup is overflowing” type, so what I see is a challenge to use everything I’ve ever learned about energy conservation!

Another challenge is the house was carpeted sometime in the 1970s and, while shag carpeting is wonderful on cold toes, it’s ugly and filthy (no matter how much it’s vacuumed) and must go.

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See the carpet on the stairs? It’s in both halls, too.

There are two beautiful mature trees in front of the house that, unfortunately, are blocking all of my sun. They need to be removed so that we can add solar power. Which we will certainly be doing!

What will all of this mean for my readers?

Well, a lot.

I have been a city homesteader, an “out in the boonies” off-grid homesteader and now I’ll be homesteading in a little village outside town. It’s still very rural by anyone’s standards, with less than 200 houses in the village.

My readers follow the same range – from city dwellers who will probably never own land to a very small number of full-time off-gridders deep in the woods.

What I have wanted for a while is to keep my information relevant and helpful to all who are seeking a more sustainable and self-reliant life. When the majority of my readership, though, needs to know how to lower their power bill, I am not offering a lot of helpful information. And so while I no longer get to be “that strange off-grid lady”, I can take everything I’ve learned from three years off-grid and apply it to creating a sustainable and self-reliant home in the village.

After the move, what can you expect from me?

A lot, actually!

  • food storage recipes, and perhaps another cookbook, that include freezer cooking, home-canned foods and food from the root cellar, because most of you are not simply relying on pantry and canned foods
  • small space and indoor gardening
  • a return to small scale food preservation – cheese making, sausage, bacon, etc
  • energy-saving ideas and tutorials because we need to get the $450/month heat and hot water bill on this place to something reasonable, and I’ll document all that we do
  • DIY personal care
  • self-improvement articles
  • videos and webinars – you’ll see my face more because with grid-power and non-LED lights, I’ll be able to do that
  • more personal finance, budget and frugal living
  • renovation and home repair posts as we work on making this house not only eco-friendly (and solar powered) but return it to its original beauty.

There is a lot to be done, and this will be the practical, immediately useful information that many of my readers have been wanting.

Let the adventure begin!

Or wait … I’m not moving for another month.

And now I’m going to get a bit spiritual on you.

As I was coming home this week after church, I was thinking about how the house is ours. It really is. The paperwork is all signed. The bank and realtors and lawyers and the seller are all in agreement. The question everyone was asking at church was not “Will you get it?” but “Did you get the house?”  The bank and realtor both said, “Congratulations. It’s yours.”

And yet – there are no keys in my hand.

The lady who sold it to us is still living in it, and we’re still in our moldy old cabin. We will be here for another month. A very long month, to be honest, because I want to move immediately! It might be our house now, but that doesn’t change the day to day reality that we’re experiencing at the moment.

What I want you to take a moment (or two) and think about is that God’s promises are often like that.

Just ask Abraham and Sarah who waited decades for a promise that seemed utterly impossible and were then given a command from God that seemed like it would undo everything. (It strikes me as amazing that Abraham told his men that “the lad and I will go up, worship and come back.” Now there’s faith!)

Sometimes we receive the promise long before we ever hold the keys in our hand. Sometimes, in fact, we are called to do things that look like they’ll destroy the promise.

We know that He will meet our needs but … well, that bank account looks empty.

We know that He will work all things in our favour … but right now those tears are burning as we cry our hearts out in pain.

We hear a calling or leading from God and follow gladly … only to stand and wonder “Wait – this doesn’t look ANYTHING like what You promised!”

It’s very difficult at times to look around the moldy cabin and know that you have a beautiful home. Believe me, I understand.

Which do you focus your mind on – the evidence of your eyes or the promises you have received? That is going to make a huge difference in what you experience and how you react to both.

In Hebrews, we are told that faith is the substance (that is, the actual reality, the true existence) of things hoped for, the evidence (that is, conviction, assurance, true knowledge) of things not seen.

If you’ve been waiting for a promise from God, I urge you to rest in faith and know that you have it. Behave as though you have it. Praise God as though you have it.

Don’t lose heart during the wait between “It’s yours” and the actual experience of holding it in your hand.

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The ‘Bubble Is Going To Burst’ — Health Care CEO Warns

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The ‘Bubble Is Going To Burst’ -- Health Care CEO Warns

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WASHINGTON – The CEO of a major pharmaceutical company is warning that America’s health care system is a financial “bubble” that is heading toward collapse.

Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan (NYSE: MYL), the manufacturer of EpiPens, made the comments to CNBC as her company faced allegations of price gouging.

“Our health care is in a crisis,” she said. “It’s no different than the mortgage-financial crisis back in 2007. This bubble is going to burst.”

Bresch noted that with any other product – say, something bought at the grocery store — the consumer knows the price before walking up to the counter.

“Only in health care” does the consumer not know, said Bresch, who added that everything in health care, including deductibles, has skyrocketed.

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Bresch blamed insurance companies, pharmacies and retailers for jacking up the price. She said the price for the EpiPen would be a lot lower if her company were allowed to sell the product directly to the public, but it is banned from doing that under current law. The EpiPen is also more expensive because it touches several hands before it reaches the pharmacy, she said.

The government and health insurance companies, and not manufacturers, are responsible for the high cost of some life-saving drugs, Bresch said.

‘System Wasn’t Built for That’

The ‘Bubble Is Going To Burst’ -- Health Care CEO Warns

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“The patient is paying twice,” Bresch said during the Thursday interview. “They’re paying full retail price at the counter, and they’re paying higher premiums on their insurance. It was never intended that a consumer, that the patients would be paying list price, never. The system wasn’t built for that.”

The price of an EpiPen in the United States rose from $100 in 2009 to $600 this year for a two pack. CNBC charged it only cost Mylan a few dollars to make an EpiPen.

“My frustration is there’s a list price of $608,” Bresch added. “What Mylan takes from that, our net sales is $274, so $137 per pen.”

The EpiPen is used to treat potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. Many patients would die without it, and so they have to carry one all the time.

Bresch also charged that the high price of EpiPens in the USA is subsidizing lower prices in Europe. Europeans pay between $100 and $150 a piece for an EpiPen because of rigid price controls set by their national insurance systems.

“We do subsidize the rest of the world … and as a country we’ve made a conscious decision to do that,” Bresch said. “And I think the world’s a better place for it.”

On Monday, Mylan announced it would begin selling a generic two-pack version for $300.

But Is it the Government’s Fault?

The real culprit for the high prices is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Reason.com writer Scott Shackford claimed, noting that there currently are few competitors.

“It would be more accurate to say that the company is taking advantage of the fact that the federal government’s own regulatory scheme has given them a medical monopoly,” Shackford wrote.

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Alternative Energy Battery Type 101

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Alternative Energy Battery Type 101   If you need the power you rely on to survive to always be there when you need it, it is critically important to have good energy storage capacity. This is especially true when you are off grid. Solar, wind and hydropower are all great alternative sources of energy, however …

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Getting Ready to Go Off Grid

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Getting Ready to Go Off Grid Many people dream of being off the grid. Not having to hook up to a company’s systems, providing your own water and power, is something few ever accomplish. With the ever increasing laws being passed against letting people live this way, getting ready to go off grid takes more …

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DIY TicTac Spice Boxes for Camping or Your Bug Out Bag

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DIY TicTac Spice Boxes for Camping or Your Bug Out Bag This is a great idea for camping or just to add flavor to your emergency food. These are lightweight and will not take up a lot of room in your pack! Easy to make and store too. The great thing about doing this yourself is …

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32 Brilliant Homemade Cleaning Recipes for a Frugal Household

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32 Brilliant Homemade Cleaning Recipes for a Frugal Household This truly is a fantastic find, I love being as green as I can, and I love to be very frugal… The more you save on everyday things the more money you can save for a rainy day, or my favorite, more preps. Homemade or “Green” cleaners …

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Making Homemade Wine – Who’s Got the Hooch?

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It’s been a heck of a day on the ‘ol neighborhood homestead… I woke up this morning hearing a ruckus out back where the chicken coops are located, just past the root cellar. I ran outside just in time to see the tail end of a fox carrying off one of my best egg laying hens. SOB dug under the fence… That’s not the way I like to start off my mornings. Sometime around 3pm we had an unknown, heavily armored dump truck come down the road and do a slow drive by scoping out the neighborhood.

Fortunately, the few neighbors I have left joined me as we gave them a few warning shots into the side of the truck. We felt it was necessary to let them know it would be wise to keep on moving. We are not a neighborhood who takes kindly to strangers poking around since all heck broke loose.

Things have been tough since the grid went down. I spend most of my days tending the garden, caring for the animals I still have left, hunting what few deer are still around and there is always that ever-present danger of outsiders looking to take what my family and I have been able to scrape together to survive in this tough new America. I sure do wish somebody around here knew how to brew up some homemade wine…It’s been a long day.

How to Make Homemade Wine

One of several valuable trading commodities after the collapse will be alcohol. It will be helpful to be able to manufacture and trade homemade wine in a world where the local grocery store no longer exists. Everybody talks about having a supply of lighters, canned goods, ammunition, water, etc. and that’s all good. However, after a long day of SHTF living, I pretty much figure we could all use a little fermented relaxation and liquid currency.

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Brew. Share. Enjoy. Homebrew Beer Brewing Starter Kit with Block Party Amber Ale Beer Recipe Kit and Brew Kettle

Whether your taste is for beer, homemade wine or straight up hard liquor, knowing how to make homemade wine is probably one of the most important skills to know and master in a post-apocalyptic world if you intend to barter for survival or just escape reality for a couple of hours. ‘Liquid gold’ could get you and your family the supplies desperately needed to survive and with a little planning, practice and forethought, you can have the necessary knowledge to make that happen.

Obviously, there are dozens of recipes and even more tried and true ‘secret’ methods from Uncle Jimbo and Grandpa Joe on how to home brew alcohol. Your drinking preference will dictate which type of drink you want to brew, ferment or distill. I am going to give you a short run down on a basic way to make homemade wine, which I think is the easiest way to get started with minimal investments and time. Anybody with thumbs should be able to make this standard grape juice wine. Seriously, it doesn’t get any easier than this when it comes to making hooch and ease is a good thing when resources are limited.

First… go buy or squeeze a gallon jug of 100% grape juice from the store or the grape vines out back, find a heavy duty (thick walled) rubber party balloon, a packet of red wine yeast (bread yeast will work in a pinch) and a cup of sugar. Fruit juice concentrates works well also if you are able to stock up your freezer with them. Eventually though, it will be whatever local fruit you can get your hands on. Don’t forget to mash up your fresh picked fruit.

Step One: Pour 1 ½ cups of juice out of the gallon jug and have yourself a refreshing beverage to enjoy while you move on to…

Step Two: Pour one cup of sugar into the juice jug, put the cap back on and shake the bottle until the sugar is completely dissolved. (Adding more sugar creates higher alcohol concentrations.)

Step Three: Add one small packet of wine yeast to the juice jug and swirl it around lightly. (Use red wine yeast for purple grape juice and white wine yeast for white grape juice if you want to get fancy. A packet of bread yeast will work also.)

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Those extra exam gloves you have lying around can also work for this purpose.

Step Four: Take a needle and poke one hole in the top of the balloon.

Step Five: Stretch the inflating end of balloon over the uncapped juice jug. (Make sure it’s on pretty good, the balloon is going to fill with CO2 gas and slowly leak out of the pinhole.)

Step Six: Place the juice jug in a warm, dry place and leave it alone for thirty days. The wine will be ready when the balloon has collapsed and is no longer filled with gas or it is obvious no more CO2 gas is being produced. (If you wanted to, you could purchase a wine specific airlock and cork to plug into the jug. Done this way, your wine would be ready when the bubbling stops.)

Step Seven: Filter your wine through a coffee filter or cheesecloth into a new container using a clean funnel and put a cork or screw cap on it. This is to remove any dead yeast, sediments and fruit bits that settled to the bottom. It’s ready to drink! A lot of folks prefer to use a glass carboy, which is just a fancy word for a jug.

Congratulations! You just made cheap hooch. Maybe you could trade a gallon or two for some boxes of ammo or a couple of venison steaks and potatoes?

Blueberry-Wine

Just about any fruit will yield a fermented beverage with the right ingredients and conditions.

Using fresh picked fruit or honey will be your most likely scenario once all the stores have been picked clean of food and bottled juice. Sadly, most fruit varieties we are accustomed to will not be available. If you live in the south, muscadine grapes are well known and often made into wine as well as wild blackberries. Apples would be another obvious choice and of course honey, either wild or cultivated.

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The cool thing is fruit wines of all kinds are essentially made the same way as our recipe above. Just remember to clean and sterilize your jugs and equipment as best you can because dirty equipment can ruin your batch. Bacteria can harm the yeast and not allow it to do its job eating up the sugar and producing CO2 and alcohol. More sugar generally means higher alcohol content. Be sure to plan ahead and stockpile lots of sugar and yeast packets if you choose to be the local winemaker everybody turns to.

Keep in mind, this was just a basic article on homemade wine making. There are many nuances and variations to flavor and quality. There is a plethora of useful information just a few clicks away on the internet. Knowledge and practice are essential if you want to produce a respectable product people would want to trade for. Even though society has collapsed, return customers are vital to building symbiotic relationships for rebuilding and staying alive.

Bonus information…. Honey wine is usually called mead. Mead can be traced back in history over 5000 years BC in Northern China and has been found in Europe around 2000 BC. During the Golden age of Ancient Greece, mead was said to be the preferred drink of choice. So, if the ancients can make it, so can you. And if it tastes terrible… at least it will get you drunk.

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Tessemae’s All Natural {Review}

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Review of Tessemae's by @MamaKautz

I know you may be thinking what the heck? A review for salad dressing? This doesn’t have anything to do with preparedness. It kind of does. Healthy eating, in our house, is considered part of our preparedness plan. We need to be in the best shape possible, not a round shape, but physically fit to be ready for the SHTF. That said, I am also getting away from writing about prepping and moving towards wellness. (Find more goodness at WholesomeFamilies.org soon)

On to the review.

I LOVE THIS BRAND!

End of review.

Kidding!!

Can I tell you why I love it?
I can? Cool!

#1 All Natural
The story goes that Tesse was a mom to 3 boys (so am I) She was tired of the ingredients in your run of the mill dressings. (so am I) So Tesse created her own, all natural line of dressings and marinades. I don’t what I love more. That she is a mom like I am going after her dreams, or that I can fell COMPLETELY at ease with my sons using these products on their food. I could pronounce all of the ingredients!

#2 Labeling
I love that their labels are so easy to read. Want Paleo? It’s on there. Dairy, Gluten, or Sugar free? It’s on there. Kosher? Yep, it’s on there. Doing a Whole30? Some of these are even on the approved food list for Whole30!

Honey Balsamic Marinade by Tessemae's

#3 Delicious!
I took some of our Zaycon Foods chicken breast and marinaded it in the Honey Balsamic marinade overnight. Grilled it the next evening and oh my gosh!! SO GOOD!
I did enough chicken to eat throughout the week and it was great tasting every time!

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BREAKING: Foreign Hackers Penetrated Election Computers — Laying Groundwork For November?

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BREAKING: Foreign Hackers Penetrated Election Computers, FBI Says

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Unidentified foreign hackers in recent weeks penetrated the computer systems that control elections in two states, the FBI has revealed.

The federal government is so concerned about the threat that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson wants federal cybersecurity experts to check state computer systems.

The FBI’s Cyber Division, in an August 18 “flash” alert obtained by Yahoo News, warned that hackers are actively targeting State Board of Election systems. The flash alert, restricted to those in the “need to know,” states that hackers penetrated election systems in July and August.

The breach is significant because between 20 and 30 percent of elections in the United States are electronic-only, with no paper backup.

“This is a big deal. Two state election boards have been popped, and data has been taken,” Richard Barger of cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect told Yahoo News. “This certainly should be concerning to the common American voter.”

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Yahoo News obtained the flash alert, which was not intended for the public, from an unidentified source. The flash does not identify the hackers, but Barger noted that an IP address listed in the alert has been seen in Russian hacker forums. The tools the hackers used to scan state electoral systems are also used by state-sponsored Russian hackers, Barger noted.

“The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity to their logs, both inbound and outbound, has been detected,” the alert reads. “Attempts should not be made to touch or ping the IP addresses directly.”

BREAKING: Foreign Hackers Penetrated Election Computers, FBI Says

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Intelligence officials are increasingly concerned about the security of the November elections, Yahoo News reported.

Hackers Stole Data on 200,000 Voters

The FBI failed to acknowledge the flash publicly, but Johnson was so concerned that he held a conference call with state election officials on August 15. During the call, Johnson offered to have his department’s experts scan state systems for threats.

The hacking incidents took place in Illinois and Arizona. In Illinois, hackers managed to download personal data on 200,000 voters. In Arizona, hackers installed malware on election computers.

The FBI is now asking state election officials to check their systems for signs of similar attacks. Yahoo News reported that “federal and state election officials say … the prospect of a full-blown cyberattack that seriously disrupts the November elections is remote, but not out of the question.”

“The question remains whether the federal government will subvert the Constitution to achieve the goal of federalizing elections under the guise of security,” Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp told Politico.

A number of state election officials joined Kemp in expressing fears of a federal power grab.

“Elections have always been run and organized by the states,” said Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill, a Democrat. “And I think there has always been a fear that there would be federal intervention that would not recognize differences among the states.”

Merrill added, “We’re not happy about anything that serves to make people concerned about the safety of the election at this point. I think it’s wrong to think that there’s some sort of threat that isn’t there.”

Others, though, say the threat is serious.

“These are exactly the same kinds of statements made by every large organization about their security until they are the next Sony, Target, or … NSA,” said Bruce McConnell, former undersecretary of Homeland Security. “I think it’s pretty clear today which is the greater risk to the republic: citizens losing complete confidence in our election system, or the states working carefully with Washington to prevent disaster, while keeping the 10th Amendment well in mind.”

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Tropical Depression 9 to Target US Gulf Coast Late this Week

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This is a closeup live loop of Tropical Depression Nine. (NOAA/Satellite)

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Tropical Depression Nine developed just south of Florida on Sunday and will turn toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States later this week.

Tropical depression Nine was the former tropical disturbance 99L.

The center of this system is about 180 miles west of Key West, Florida.

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Volcanic Activity Worldwide: Monday August 29, 2016

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Steam/ash plume from Etna’s Voragine this morning

Source: Volcano Discovery

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Over the past weeks, the volcano’s activity (at Voragine and the New SE crater) has generally decreased and tremor levels are currently low.
While not entirely stopped, the emissions of hot incandescent gasses and ash, along with weak strombolian activity from the new vent in the Voragine crater have become less pronounced. Similarly, the sporadic ash emissions from the New SE, observed intermittently until at least Saturday, have ceased or become even rarer.
This could rapidly change, however.

Katla (Southern Iceland): At least one earthquake of magnitude 4.5 occurred this morning under the volcano, the strongest recorded for Katla in recent decades. It was felt in nearby areas.
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported two quakes, one at 01:47:02 local time at 3.8 km depth 8.1 km east of the summit (Goðabunga) followed 20 seconds later by another magnitude 4.5 quake at 0.1 km depth. Caution is required as these data are from automatic calculations which could actually in fact describe only one quake.
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During the past 48 hours, IMO has detected 48 earthquakes – most of them tiny, but including 4 of magnitudes of 3 or higher – at shallow depths under Katla.

Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): The activity of the volcano, mainly effusive, remains intense. There are currently 3 active lava flows descending the steep stratovolcano: two parallel ones on the eastern-southeastern flank and a new one on the upper southwestern slope which has appeared about a week ago.
An intense thermal anomaly corresponding to the large output of lava is visible on satellite data.
Small ash plumes from strombolian activity in the summit crater have been producing plumes today that reached 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude and drifted eastwards today.

Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): Low-level ash emissions occur at the volcano, producing a plume at estimated 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude drifting west from the volcano.
The latest Terra satellite image shows a narrow plume of mostly gas and possible light ash content extending about 70 km to the west of Bougainville Island.
A moderate thermal hot spot is visible on MODIS data and has increased recently. This suggests that the volcano’s activity (effusive or mildly explosive or both) has picked up recently.

Copahue (Chile/Argentina): Strombolian activity continues in the El Agrio crater at fluctuating, generally low intensity.
Occasionally, incandescent bombs are projected higher than the crater rim and small ash plumes rise up to a few hundred meters before dissipating.

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 12 Jul 2016)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 28 Nov 2015)
Bromo (East Java, Indonesia): intermittent mild ash emissions (updated 2 Aug 2016)
Chikurachki (Paramushir Island): ash emissions since 18 Aug 2016 (updated 19 Aug 2016)
Colima (Western Mexico): intermittent mild to moderate explosions (updated 14 Aug 2016)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): strombolian activity from new intra-crater cone (updated 4 Jul 2016)
Dukono (Halmahera): mild strombolian activity, continuous intense ash emissions (updated 14 Aug 2016)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 8 Dec 2014)
Erta Ale (Danakil depression, Ethiopia): overflowing lava lake (updated 2 Mar 2016)
Fuego (Guatemala): lava flows on S and W flanks, lava fountaining from summit vent (updated 30 Jul 2016)
Gamalama (Halmahera): small ash eruption on 3 Aug 2016 (updated 5 Aug 2016)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): stromolian and phreatomagmatic explosions (updated 29 Oct 2015)
Kilauea (Hawai’i): new surface lava flows from breakouts N and NE of Puu Oo since 24 May 2016 (updated 28 Apr 2015)
Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): strombolian explosions in summit crater, active lava flows on SE flank (updated 10 Aug 2016)
Masaya (Nicaragua): active lava lake ini summit crater (updated 12 Jul 2016)
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): intermittent mild to moderate ash emissions (updated 29 Jul 2016)
Nevados de Chillán (Central Chile): sporadic ash emissions (updated 10 Aug 2016)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): new vent on crater floor (updated 1 Jun 2016)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Pacaya (Guatemala): strombolian explosions (updated 29 Jul 2016)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 14 Aug 2016)
Reventador (Ecuador): lava flow on SW flank (updated 8 Aug 2016)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): sporadic vulcanian explosions from Minamidake and Showa crater (updated 25 Jul 2016)
Sangay (Ecuador): mild strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 20 May 2016)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, mild strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 29 Jul 2016)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome (updated 14 Aug 2016)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): continuing pyroclastic flows (updated 8 Aug 2016)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): weak, intermittent strombolian explosions (updated 23 May 2016)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): steaming, occasional ash emissions from On-take crater (updated 17 Aug 2016)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): near-continuous ash emissions (updated 25 Jul 2016)
Villarrica (Central Chile): lava lake in summit crater, spattering, strombolian explosions (updated 4 Apr 2016)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 14 Aug 2016)

More continued coverage and updates at Volcano Discovery: Volcanic Activity Worldwide

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Most Recent Earthquakes World-Wide: Monday August 29, 2016

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Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (132 quakes)

Updated: Mon, 29 Aug 20:22 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Mon, 29 Aug (118 earthquakes)
Mon, 29 Aug 20:07 UTC M 4.0 / 603 km – [info] (84 km) Banda Sea
I FELT IT

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GFZ
Mon, 29 Aug 20:05 UTC M 3.8 / 83.4 km – [info] (43 km) MEDITERRANEAN SEA REVISE01 (2016.08.29
I FELT IT

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KOERI-RETMC
Mon, 29 Aug 20:00 UTC M 2.6 / 20 km – [info] (0 km) OFFSHORE O’HIGGINS, CHILE

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EMSC
Mon, 29 Aug 19:44 UTC M 3.5 / 9.9 km – [info] (39 km) AMAKUSA REGION
I FELT IT

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NIED
Mon, 29 Aug 19:36 UTC M 3.4 / 17 km – [info] (144 km) KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Mon, 29 Aug 19:25 UTC M 3.6 / 68.5 km – [info] (114 km) CENTRAL CHIBA PREF
I FELT IT

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NIED
Mon, 29 Aug 19:22 UTC M 2.8 / 33.3 km – [info] (171 km) 8 km al N de El Tabo

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GUG (U. Chile)
Mon, 29 Aug 19:13 UTC M 3.1 / 9.9 km – [info] (39 km) AMAKUSA REGION
I FELT IT

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NIED
Mon, 29 Aug 19:04 UTC M 2.9 / 8.3 km – [info] (109 km) Macerata
I FELT IT

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INGV
Mon, 29 Aug 18:56 UTC M 2.9 / 45 km – [info] (331 km) COQUIMBO, CHILE

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EMSC
Mon, 29 Aug 18:44 UTC M 2.5 / 94.3 km – [info] Adatara (21 km) – Fukushima province, Japan MID FUKUSHIMA PREF

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NIED
Mon, 29 Aug 17:54 UTC M 2.9 / 8 km – [info] Aso (11 km) – central Kyushu, Japan NE KUMAMOTO PREF
I FELT IT

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NIED
Mon, 29 Aug 17:53 UTC M 3.3 / 5 km – [info] (604 km) OKLAHOMA
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Mon, 29 Aug 17:52 UTC M 3.3 / 8 km – [info] (109 km) CENTRAL ITALY
I FELT IT

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EMSC

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