Head’s Up: 65 Tons of Tyson Chicken Nuggets Recalled Due to ‘Foreign Material’

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Tyson Foods Inc., makes some of America’s favorite foods. In fact, Tyson chicken nuggets are a regular staple in many families’ freezers. As popular as this food brand is, it has been tainted with more than one recall of its products, and today is no different. On September 27, 2016, the USDA issued a new food recall for the food conglomerate warning the public of the possibility of “foreign material” that could be present in 65 tons of their Panko Chicken Nuggets that were produced on July 18, 2016.

This isn’t Tyson Foods Incorporated’s first recall. In fact, in 2014, the food company recalled 33,840 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella (Source: USDA)

Most Recent Recall Information

To see the back of the retail packages under recall and the labels on recalled cases sent to instituonal kitchens, please click on the image.

According to the USDA:

“Tyson Foods Inc., a Sedalia, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.”

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 5-lb. bag containing “Tyson FULLY COOKED PANKO CHICKEN NUGGETS” with a “Best If Used By” date of July 18, 2017 and case code 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33.
  • 20-lb. bulk packages containing “SPARE TIME Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters with Rib Meat” with a production date of July 18, 2016 and case code 2006SDL03.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 13556” printed adjacent to the “Best If Used By” date on the back of the package. The 20-pound cases were shipped for institutional use in Pennsylvania and the five-pound bags were shipped to retail locations nationally. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Officials are concerned consumers may have the recalled chicken nuggets in their homes due to the long shelf life of the product. Although there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from consumption, anyone concerned with injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

What is this Foreign Material?

The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints regarding foreign material contamination of chicken nugget products. According to Tyson Foods, the plastic material ranged in size from 21mm in length and 6.5mm in diameter and may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt. The firm said the products pass through a metal detector, but the plastic is not detectable to this technology.

What Has This Taught Us?

As discussed in previous articles, the FDA guidelines for food safety are somewhat skewed. In a handbook by the FDA titled “The Food Defect Action Levels,” the government agency writes that “it is economically impractical to grow, harvest, or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects.” These unavoidable contaminations range from feces, rodent hairs, insects and even machinery mold. Although the FDA only allows a minute amount of these defects, nevertheless, they can still be present in food sources.

If this present recall can teach us anything, it is to second guess food sources that come from factories and warehouses. Recalls are occurring more frequently and are too many to count at this point. If you want to ensure that the food sources your family consumes are as pure and healthy as possible, consider growing your own food sources.


Visit these websites to find the latest on safety recalls:

  • Recalls.gov lists government-initiated recalls from federal agencies. You can sign up for free e-mail notifications on recalls.
  • Safercar.gov publishes safety information on vehicles and equipment such as children’s car seats.
  • FSIS.USDA.gov lists recalls that involve meat, sausage, poultry, and processed egg products.
  • FDA.gov lists recalls that involve food (non-meat products; fruits; vegetables; seafood; shelled eggs; infant formulas), medicines, medical devices, cosmetics, biologics, radiation emitting products, veterinary drugs, and pet food.
  • Foodsafety.gov publishes notices of food recalls and alerts from both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • SaferProducts.gov allows you to report incidents and safety concerns with consumer products, and search for incidents reported by other consumers.

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Survival Medicine Hour: Epipens, Hurricanes, Kratom, Chamomile

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The Survival Medicine Hour hosted by Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, are bringing you another episode of exciting and thrilling (well very entertaining and useful at least) survival information. Don’t miss out! Folks we have another hurricane on the horizon, Matthew is churning up the seas and is now a level 3 Hurricane with the possibility of hitting the USA in a few days time. Get prepared and learn what you need to do now to stay safe. Storm safety for all kinds of storms is vital knowledge.
What’s up with the Epipen crisis? What will you do if you don’t have or can’t afford the epipen, or even the still expensive ($606 for 2 pack) generic version? Dr. Bones shares a method of administering an alternative in the face of an emergency.
Kratom is being made into a schedule 1 drug, which is the same level as Heroin. This herb is blamed for 15 deaths, but only one of those deaths was the person found with only Kratom onboard. Many Kratom users herald it as the reason they were able to stop using other drugs, like heroin and pain meds. The users and their families contacted their congress members and a call to delay the change of Kratom to a schedule 1 drug has been made by the supportive congress members. More research should be done to accurately determine the effects of Kratom before a hastily decision is made. We discuss this issue and give you the 411.
Chamomile is a wonderful herbal medicine. It has been used safely for thousands of years. It is know to calm digestive issues and calm nervous disorders. Nurse Amy discusses this awesome herbal remedy and how to use it.
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A Simple Way to Protect Your Child’s Second Amendment Rights

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protect-childs-second-amendment-rightsAfter reading Howard’s article about the new gun control laws in California, it struck me how the left never really gives up on any of their goals, no matter how unpopular they might be with the majority of the population. Gun control is a prime example. In spite of liberal politicians claiming they won’t touch our guns, these recent examples show that to be a lie.

Even if the citizens of California vote to overturn those laws, there is surely other restrictive legislation waiting in the wings. I’m convinced the legislation and regulations are written in advance by far-left activists, are filed somewhere handy, and then dragged out whenever the political climate might allow them to become reality. Of course, a liberal judge is always right there, ready to wield his or her power in support.

The fact that there are hundreds of millions of both firearms and firearm owners is immaterial. Enemies of the 2nd Amendment can and will come after our Constitutional rights from every conceivable angle. They’ve been doing that for decades. While we stand firm on the rights guaranteed to us in the Constitution, they are chipping away at the foundation with fervor and focus.

This has lead me to wonder if my kids will be able to buy firearms when they reach adulthood. This California law, in particular, worries me:

Assembly Bill 1135 and Senate Bill 880 would make changes of monumental scale to California’s firearm laws by reclassifying hundreds of thousands of legally owned semi-automatic rifles as “assault weapons.”  This legislation effectively outlaws magazine locking devices, more commonly known as “bullet buttons”.  As of January 2017, all AR-type of firearms and even some hunting rifles will no longer be legally sold in the state. There is still a lot of confusion about the law. Depending on the way it is interpreted, it may even cover M1 carbines.

If you register your gun as an assault weapon, there are draconian limitations on how you own and transport the gun. You can never sell, give, lend, or trade an assault weapon to another person. Nor can you hand down an “assault weapon” to your spouse, children, or grandchildren. Upon your death, it is turned over to the state for destruction. If you move out of the state, you cannot move back into the state with your guns.

This law focuses on the “assault weapon”, but what’s to stop other categories of firearms from being included in similar laws down the road? I can easily envision a future in which the purchase of firearms and ammunition become so onerous that few will make the attempt. As well, if simply giving firearms to our children becomes outlawed, then the 2nd Amendment dies by the time they come of age.

So what can we do now to insure that our children and grandchildren have access to firearms in the future?

First, we need to make sure the next generations fully understand the importance of the 2nd Amendment and why it was included in our Bill of Rights. In fact, a good education in our Constitution and Bill of Rights is vital. If you’re looking for a good book to use with your kids or grandkids at home, this one is highly recommended.

One of my life mottos is, “There’s always a work around.” In the case of these draconian laws, with more on their way, it might be very wise to begin equipping our kids with a selection of firearms and gifting them now, rather than wait until additional laws are passed which would outlaw that simple gesture.

Most of us would probably agree that the following firearms are the basics:

  • .22 rifle
  • 12-gauge shotgun
  • Pistol of a common caliber (9mm, .40, .380, etc.)
  • Revolver of a common caliber
  • AR15 Et al.

We can quibble over specifics, but overall, this is a decent selection, along with plenty of accompanying ammunition. If you’re concerned that your children and grandchildren may not have the chance to purchase firearms, why not begin making those purchases now? Private sales if at all possible, of course.

The firearms could be locked away until the kids come of age, but they would be there, nevertheless. Think of it as a sort of 2nd Amendment Hope Chest.

This solution isn’t for everyone and may not be your cup of tea, but our 2nd Amendment rights are under fire every single day and in every way. Liberals/progressives will never, ever stop. Yes, I know how many gun owners are in the U.S. and how many guns are out there, but laws such as these recently passed in California show the very creative, imaginative ways our rights can be limited and, eventually, extinguished.

If you agree with me, how would you put this plan of action into place, and if you disagree, explain why. I welcome your comments and opinions.

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The Times Require Critical Thinking Skills

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By Denis Korn                          

The stakes have never been higher.  As we prepare to experience, what I believe to be, the most critical presidential election in our countries history, I am sharing once again what has been one of the most read of all my posts – Barriers to Critical Thinking.  It continues to be even more timely given the issues that we face as a country and as a civilization today.  I re-post and update this article periodically and I continually receive comments on how relevant and important it is for not only students, but for adults.  This post – The Times Require Critical Thinking Skills is a call to action for the sake of our country.

The question I hear asked often is: Is it too late for the future of our country to excel, prosper and heal or will this election truly make a difference?  Judging from the “polls,” news reports – both main stream and alternative, actions of the people both locally and nationally, governmental policies and decrees, the atmosphere and reactions of our so called institutions of higher learning, and the events occurring before our eyes, it appears we have reached a critical mass of widespread and pervasive ignorance and delusion.

My questions:  Are there enough people left in our society and culture that developing essential critical thinking skills will make a difference?  Are forces behind the scene so in control that whatever the outcome of this election – if it is held – that they are now in a position to manipulate events and fulfill their agenda?  When all the major areas and institutions that influence and affect knowledge, information and cultural values – such as government, media, local and state primary and secondary government education, universities, entertainment, and apostate religion – have been corrupted by evil, greed, ignorance, deception, perversion, dishonesty, power and fraud, then the possibility of a positive and hopeful transformation appears unattainable.

However, with earnest prayer, sincere focus on positively affecting and preparing our families and neighbors, divine intervention, and the truth, we may still be a force for the better.  Therefore, this post is for those motivated leaders who are still left who can make a difference by revitalizing their thinking process!


This is a blog site that primarily focuses on the process of emergency preparedness planning, and it is essential that one develops an effective foundation and skill set for critical evaluation and assessment of facts and circumstances that lead to actions that are effectual, appropriate and beneficial.   My philosophical background can’t help but guide me to the two core aspects of the critical thinking process: freedom and choice.

Between stimulus and response, there is a space.

In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response.

In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

— Viktor Frankl, MD, PhD 1905 – 1997  Psychologist, Philosopher, Author and Survivor of 4 Nazi Concentration Camps

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms–to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”    

–Viktor Frankl

As an expanded Cherokee Proverb states so well:  

There Is A Battle Of Two Wolves Inside Us All

One is evil.  It is anger, envy, jealousy, greed, sorrow, regret, self-pity, guilt, false pride, resentment, lies, inferiority, elitist superiority and ego.

The other is good.  It is joy, peace, serenity, generosity, compassion, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, faith and truth.

The one who wins?  The one you feed.

What we cultivate and nurture will determine our result and experience.  This applies to building a preparedness program and to all aspects of our encounter with life and our perception of reality.  Do we choose freedom and being responsible for our choices and the rewards that follow, or are we going to thoughtlessly and recklessly react without engaging in a critical thinking process?

As an observer of the current events in our society, it is blatantly obvious that those in positions of leadership and influence – government, commerce, media and education – are suffering from “serious delusion and self-interest syndrome.”  The polarization, manipulation and deterioration of our society is so insidious and pervasive that I continue to pray and yearn for our citizens, educators and leaders to embrace and embody the skills of critical thinking, truthful evaluation, selflessness and discernment.  The lying and deception being imposed upon the people by the government, media and the self-serving has reached epidemic proportions – so many folks are reacting not thinking – fear, selfishness and confusion has robed our populace of the basic fundamentals of thoughtful reasoning.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.”

— H. L. Mencken

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” 

— George Orwell

Has decades of incompetent, agenda driven and indoctrinating education finally taken its toll on common sense and judicious thinking?

The following list of the barriers to critical thinking, common sense and rational judgment is overwhelming and intimidating to many – so in your quest to be a skilled thinker you are encouraged to overcome obstacles that will appear in your path.  Be dedicated, competent and persistent – and be willing to help others to be successful and effective thinkers.

Here are the Seven Essential Questions that must be reflected upon and honestly answered to begin the process of developing critical thinking skills:

  1. What is the truth?  Can you differentiate the difference between truth and opinion? (hint: truth is discovered – it is what is — opinion is created by people – it is opinion that is relative not truth)
  2. Who do you trust? Why?
  3. From where do you obtain the information that forms your worldview?  Why?
  4. Can you discern the truth from the lie – the real from the false?  How do you discern? – Try logic, reason, rational evaluation, reliable intuition, common sense, anecdotal evidence, nonjudgmental observation and selfless reflection.
  5. Can you recognize “what really is” from what you believe “ought to be?” – It has been said that strife and discord in life arise from the struggle between “what is” and “what ought to be.”  What do you do when you discover this conflict? 
  6. Can you formulate conclusions and judgments based upon the ability to access, evaluate and determine the relevancy and reliability of facts and evidence?
  7. Which barriers are the most prevalent in your critical thinking process, and which ones do you experience most prevalent in others?


June 2011

I have decided to post this article on the barriers to critical thinking, which I use in teaching, as the 3rd in a series of posts dealing with the psychological, emotional and spiritual components of emergency and disaster preparedness planning.

Normalcy Bias – Why People are attached to Inaction

The Emotional and Spiritual Components of Preparedness

As I have stated before, there is more to preparing for emergencies than the physical “stuff” you surround yourself with.  Evaluating, understanding and acknowledging all aspects of the planning process is essential for a proper and complete preparedness program.

This article, which I wrote, was an important part of the college course I taught on Critical Thinking – a class I believe to be an essential part of a college experience.  I have not changed it for this post – this is what the students read, reflected upon and discussed in class.  Most struggle with its implications and accuracy.  It not only applies to preparedness planning – but to all aspects of human deliberation.

BARRIERS TO CRITICAL THINKING – from my college course on Critical Thinking

Your responsibility as a critical thinker is to be aware of the barriers, acknowledge the challenges they present, and overcome them to the best of your ability.

“If critical thinking is so important, why is it that uncritical thinking is so common?  Why is it that so many people – including many highly educated and intelligent people – find critical thinking so difficult?”[1] And I [Denis] might add – impossible!

Discovering the answers to these questions is crucial to the understanding of what is required to be a true critical thinker, and the reasons you will encounter from those who resist embodying critical thinking skills are often quite complex, and can be both subtle and blatant.  The following list of barriers to critical thinking will help guide you to recognizing the challenges that await you and was compiled from Critical Thinking: A Student’s Introduction, our text Beyond Feelings: A Guide to Critical Thinking, and personal observation.

  • pride
  • greed
  • egocentrism (self-centered thinking)
  • sociocentrism or ethnocentrism (group/society/cultural-centered thinking)
  • an over-reliance on feelings
  • self-deception
  • the erroneous belief of personal infallible intuition
  • unconscious reaction
  • reacting in self-defense – fear of personal attack – believing one’s ideas and beliefs are an extension of one’s self and must be defended at all costs
  • fear of change or an unwillingness to change
  • a pathological inability to evaluate, recognize, or accept an idea or point of view that differs from one’s own
  • a less than honorable agenda
  • lack of relevant background information or ignorance
  • inappropriate bias
  • prejudice
  • unwarranted assumptions
  • overpowering or addictive emotions
  • fear of being wrong or face-saving
  • selective perception and selective memory
  • peer pressure
  • conformism (mindless conformity)
  • indoctrination initiated by uncritical thinkers with malicious and selfish intent
  • provincialism (restricted and unsophisticated thinking)
  • narrow-mindedness or close-mindedness
  • lack of discernment
  • distrust in reason
  • relativism (relativistic thinking)
  • absolutism (there are no exceptions)
  • stereotyping
  • scapegoating (blaming others)
  • denial
  • wishful thinking
  • short-term thinking
  • political correctness
  • superstition
  • being influenced by drugs
  • excessive anger, hate, or bitterness
  • disturbing one’s comfort
  • lack of personal honesty
  • apathy
  • poor reading and comprehension skills
  • poor or dysfunctional communication skills
  • excessive addiction
  • a mental disorder
  • cognitive dissonance (psychological conflict resulting from incompatible beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously)
  • lack of humility
  • the effects of radiation and man-made atmospheric chemicals
  • debilitating fear and uncertainty
  • reliance on main stream television, newspapers and other media for information
  • the effects of television and electronic media on memory, cognition and brain function

In general – the older one becomes the more well-established and rooted these barriers are in the thought process, and the harder it is to overcome them – they become part of you like a scar.  It is suggested to triumph over them as soon as possible.

Questions for reflection:

– What is the purpose and value in gaining critical thinking skills?  – Is it really necessary?

– What are the rewards?  – What are the challenges?

– Am I willing to do what it takes?  – How important is it for me?  – Can I do it?

– Do I realize that demonstrating, sharing, and embodying wisdom and discernment requires exemplifying critical thinking skills and overcoming its barriers?  –  Are all these barriers overwhelming?

– Do I realize this is a lifelong process?  – What is the difference between intelligence and wisdom?

– What are the steps required for developing critical thinking skills?

– How do I communicate with others who are not critical thinkers and have embodied these barriers to such an extent that they are unwilling to engage in a meaningful dialogue or acknowledge any responsibility in the communication breakdown?  – Or do I bother at all?

– How am I to react or respond when I experience a lack of critical thinking in the media, among friends and family, at the work place, and in my academic courses and studies?

While many think developing critical thinking skills are for the beginning philosophy student, they are in fact vital for everyone.  Recognizing and overcoming the barriers to critical thinking listed above is essential in creating and maintaining genuine, honest, and nurturing relationships – developing leadership skills for both family and vocational choices – fulfilling the goals and missions of businesses and organizations – and discovering and achieving purpose and fulfillment in all aspects of one’s life.  Many of the barriers to critical thinking are barriers to joyfulness, selflessness, and contentment.

Do not be discouraged by the enormity of the task of reflecting upon, acknowledging, and overcoming these barriers.  Have confidence that you will recognize the hold these barriers have on your thought process, and I encourage you to be committed to achieving the obtainable rewards awaiting you when you have accomplished the goal of prevailing over these barriers one by one.

A common denominator of these barriers is that the individual has no control over their effects.  They are held captive by defective responses and impressions.   One “reacts” to a situation, idea, or challenge, whereas the critical thinker “chooses” the process of thoughtful evaluation – embracing – and embodiment.  The critical thinker has the freedom to rightly assess circumstances and concepts, and the result is to arrive at an appropriate and insightful conclusion and reasonable outcome.

Evaluating and embracing an idea, information, knowledge, guideline, doctrine or theology is a mental exercise and is just the beginning of the process – embodiment is the goal and requires diligent and persistent action for true fulfillment and success.

In the pursuit of the embodiment of critical thinking skills always be mindful of the value and necessity of honesty, wisdom, discernment, and the need to distinguish the truth from the lie.  We live in an unprecedented time of media, institutional, educational, and political self-interest that will not hesitate to use any means possible to achieve its objectives including deceptive indoctrination techniques, propaganda, deceitfulness, fallacious argumentation, and fraud.

Life is like riding a bicycle.

To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Albert Einstein, in a letter to his son Eduard, February 5, 1930

The Problem of Egocentric Thinking[2]

Egocentric thinking results from the unfortunate fact that humans do not naturally consider the rights and needs of others.  We do not naturally appreciate the point of view of others nor the limitations in our own point of view.  We become explicitly aware or our egocentric thinking only if trained to do so.  We do not naturally recognize our egocentric assumptions, the egocentric way we use information, the egocentric way we interpret data, the source of our egocentric concepts and ideas, the implications of our egocentric thought.  We do not naturally recognize our self-serving perspective.

As humans we live with the unrealistic but confident sense that we have fundamentally figured out the way things actually are, and that we have done this objectively.  We naturally believe in our intuitive perceptions – however inaccurate [Denis – I personally believe that intuitive perceptions are vital to critical thinking – providing one possesses the required discernment skills].  Instead of using intellectual standards in thinking, we often use self-centered psychological standards to determine what to believe and what to reject.  Here are the most commonly used psychological standards in human thinking.

“IT’S TRUE BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT.”  Innate egocentrism: I assume that what I believe is true even though I have never questioned the basis for many of my beliefs.

“IT’S TRUE BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT.”  Innate sociocentrism: I assume that the dominant beliefs of the groups to which I belong are true even though I have never questioned the basis for those beliefs.

“IT’S TRUE BECAUSE I WANT TO BELIEVE IT.”  Innate wish fulfillment: I belief in whatever puts me (or the groups to which I belong) in a positive light.  I believe what “feels good,” what does not require me to change my thinking in any significant way, what does not require me to admit I have been wrong.

“IT’S TRUE BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED IT.”  Innate self-validation: I have a strong desire to maintain beliefs I have long held, even though I have not seriously considered the extent to which those beliefs are justified by the evidence.

“IT’S TRUE BECAUSE IT IS IN MY SELFISH INTEREST TO BELIEVE IT.”  Innate selfishness: I believe whatever justifies my getting more power, money, or personal advantage even though those beliefs are not grounded in sound reasoning or evidence.

Seriously reflect on this post!

Seriously reflect on this post!

[1] Gregory Bassham, Critical Thinking: A Student’s Introduction, 3rded., (New York, McGraw-Hill, 2008), p. 11

[2] Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder

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Would ALL Wildlife Be Wiped Out If Society Collapses? The Answer May Surprise You

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All hunters complain, at least one, about having to buy a hunting license. For that matter, they’ve probably complained that they were limited to hunting only during a few short weeks a year. But in fact, there is a very good reason why we need hunting licenses and we need a hunting season. That is, that without the restrictions that hunting season and hunting laws place on “We the People,” there wouldn’t be any game.

The History

When this country was first settled, it teemed with game. Early explorers were unanimous in their praises for both the quantity and the quality of wild game, ready for harvest by European long guns. Who hasn’t heard the reports of buffalo covering the Great Plains? The herds were so vast that they went on for miles.

Yet where are those vast herds of buffalo today? What has happened to the deer? The truth is that there have been times in our nation’s history where the game were all but extinct due to overhunting. Without proper controls, it could easily happen again.

In the early days of our country, wildlife flourished, especially deer. Reports dating from the early 1800s indicate that there were more deer in Illinois than there were when the nation was founded. Wolves and other predators had been hunted ruthlessly by farmers in order to protect their livestock. This allowed deer populations to grow, as the predators which killed them were nearly hunted to extinction.

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But by the late 1800s, the deer population in Illinois had dropped to the point where they were virtually eliminated. Hunters, who were allowed to hunt year-round, without a bag limit, had killed off the deer. [1]

It took a major conservation effort on the part of the state of Illinois to repopulate the deer in their state, including importing white tail deer from other parts of the country. Now, deer are plentiful once again and hunters are once again harvesting deer in the fall. But restrictions are in place to ensure that overhunting doesn’t happen again.

Illinois isn’t the only state where this happened. As settlers moved westwards, they cleared out much of the wild game population in state after state. This was the result of not only hunters harvesting the game, but also of farmers taking much of the game’s natural habitat. Time and time again, animals were killed nearly to extinction, before conservation efforts were put in place.

The Problem Today

Would Wildlife Be Wiped Out If Society Collapses? The Answer May Surprise You

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Many survivalists and preppers talk about living off the land, following a societal collapse. But the population of the United States is much higher than it was in the 1800s. In 1800, the entire U.S. population was only 5.3 million people. A century later, it had grown to 76.2 million people. But today, we have about 319 million people.

Less than two percent of our population has a stockpile of food in their home. So, it’s reasonable to assume that most people will be looking for whatever food they can find. Without their normal food sources to depend on, people will be looking for everything from stray cats to edible house plants. Many, having heard of our ancestors hunting for food, will naturally assume that they can, too.

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To even think that the current game population could support the current population of people is somewhere on the far side of foolish. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, we have more than 13.7 million hunters in the United States (as of the 2013 hunting season). With that number of hunters, it wouldn’t take long at all to lower game levels to a near-extinction point once again; and that’s without everyone else out there trying to hunt for food as well. (This is why it is so important to grow and raise your own food.)

But we have to remember: Not all gun owners are hunters. With somewhere over 300 million privately owned guns in the United States, there are many more people who will be out there trying to hunt, than the “real” hunters in our society. Even if those people are ineffective hunters, their mere presence will make the game go deeper into the woods.

Let me throw one more monkey wrench in the works here. The vast majority of our population is concentrated on the East and West Coasts, especially the Northeast and Southern California. Yet those aren’t the areas of highest game density. In fact, the areas of highest game density are where the population is lowest. So, the people with the greatest need will find that they will have the least possibility of hunting for their food.

This means that if anyone in the country would have a chance of living off the land, it’s the people who live in the lowest density areas of the country, especially Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas. Perhaps those people can depend on game to help them survive, but the rest of us are going to need other sources for our food.

What is your reaction? Do you think there is enough wild game to support America, post-collapse? Share your thoughts in the section below:

[1] http://web.extension.illinois.edu/deer/historyofmanagment.cfm

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Homemade Survival Gear for Long Term Treks

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Survival 101: Homemade Survival Gear Quick NavigationFire and Heating ToolsWhat You NeedInstructionsLightShelterDIY Fishing RodWhat You NeedInstructionsDIY Water FiltrationWhat You NeedInstructionsPlanning a long-term trek through one of the many beautiful forests or mountain tops can be a great experience for you and friends.However, it’s important that you bring a survival bag with you to prepare yourself …

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Hiking and Navigating at Night

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What should the hiker consider regarding night time travel in the backcountry?

First, let us decide  that  this is not in a “lost hiker” scenario.  If lost, the best thing to do is to

just stay in place.  This makes the job much easier for the searchers. 

At night the term used to describe our ability to see is “night vision.”   Good night vision is important.  Therefore, avoid bright lighting.   Flashes of bright white light will ruin night vision.  Recovery can take about 30-45 minutes.  Low level white light and low intensity red light are better.
Care should be taken with the use of a GPS.  The normal white backlight function of the GPS receiver will impair night vision. The good news is that the backlight can be adjusted. 
Here are a few recommendations:
  • Stay on the trail and thoughtfully use flashlights and head lamps. A head lamp may be of more use than a handheld flashlight.  Two free hands are better than one.  Have extra batteries.
  • Examine the topographic map of your planned route.  Study the contours to evaluate the terrain. Your visual cues will be gone so you will need to establish new ones, larger objects. Lanes of extraction might present themselves on the map such as a power grid line, a road, a lake or an old jeep track. 
  • Discuss your plan with all involved so that you are all on the same page.
  • Follow your trace on a map. Plot your position frequently.  Agree in advance how often you will do that.  Take your time with your navigation.
  • For night time travel a consideration may be to have one person designated to read maps (with dim lighting) while others in the party preserve their night vision and lead the way.
  • Move forward deliberately and cautiously.  Move more like you are stalking.
  • Others might be moving too.  Be alert for bears, coyotes, cougars and in some areas perhaps wolves.
  • Trekking poles or a walking staff provide support.
  • Sound travels well at night.  Be alert for audible clues to roads and running water.
  •  If you don’t have a GPS and are navigating with just a map and compass it is very important that you start from a known position.  Navigating without getting position fixes from a GPS or by visual sighting is called dead reckoning.  Such navigation requires you to plot your compass heading and distance traveled.  Distance is accounted by pacing (counting your steps) as you move
Night time navigation is not something to be taken lightly.  From reviewing my books, US Army field manuals and conversations with experienced backcountry travelers it should be carefully considered and practiced before an actual outing.  Practise your navigation at a local park with map and compass.  Consider geocaching to improve your GPS skills. 

Fluoride Free Toothpaste — An Easy Action to Take

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Fluoride is a byproduct of producing Coal and Nuclear Fuel. 
It is a deadly neuro-toxin

And when combined with all of the other toxins in our environment, it is a battering on your system

So it is rather odd that this did not get onto my “Conspiracy List” until say 6 months ago.

Although my drinking water is my own well, so no Fluoride added.    I kind of dismissed the concern over Fluoride.   

Until I realized it was in my toothpaste.    It took me 6 months to figure that out.
It was pretty easy to find some to purchase, I haven’t looked at the big box stores yet


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Calendula Herbal Recipes for Health & Gifts

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Don’t miss growing this old-fashioned favorite. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go plant shopping at a local nursery with a friend and we stumbled upon the humble Calendula officinalis plant. She had never heard of it, probably because it is hard to find at nurseries. It has such wonderful healing properties, that […]

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NRC is a Captured Agency, They DO NOT Protect Americans — They Protect The Nuclear Cartel

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Silence & the Dammed by GOM

We have shared our years of self-education about the grave risks of nuclear disasters; the overfilled spent-fuel pools, the daily radioactive emissions from the reactors in our air, water, and soil..thermal pollution into our rivers and oceans, contemplating the impossible task of evacuating the area in the case of a melt-down or other radiological failure at nuclear plants.

We have not found a listening ear, to say the least.

Our testimonies have created no protection on any level and, in fact, things have gotten worse over time.

Decisions made by the NRC time and again reveal the agency’s close connections with those who own and profit from the reactors. The mission of the NRC is not to police the industry, but to promote it.

The NRC has shown its contempt for the majority of us who want to power our homes safely and without producing the most toxic substance on earth using aging nuclear reactors.

The NRC is not our voice, and we are not spending great effort at this time to create a dialogue with an agency that has shown nothing but contempt for those most in danger from nuclear reactors and nuclear accidents.

We are the voice of ENE. We are the truth. Hear us.
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Survival Bandana: 23 Survival Uses From A Simple Piece Of Cloth

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survival bandanaA bandana is just a piece of cloth for blowing your nose, right?. For most, yes, but if you’re a serious survivalist you know that a single piece of cloth can be an extremely valuable resource. A Survival bandana is any bandana put to good survival use.

So today I’m going to share with you, my 23 favorite survival uses for a bandana. But first a quick story…

How I Used A Survival Bandana In Real Life

It was somewhere outside of Pai, Thailand around 2:00 AM when I crashed my motorbike crossing a bridge at 85 kilometers-per-hour. That’s 53 mph. Yeah, too fast for a beat up country road on a shitty rental bike. Especially after a rainstorm and a few Chang lagers. But hell, I wasn’t alone.

In front of me my two friends, Aldus and Carino had crashed just seconds earlier. One after another that puddle-covered bridge kicked our motorbikes out from underneath us and tossed our bodies like rag dolls  into the brush and darkness beyond the road.

It was an absolute miracle that none of our bikes, which careened off past us, didn’t decapitate anyone. Thankfully, we were alive.

So we brushed ourselves off and stood in shocked awe to assess the damage. It was rough, but nothing serious: widespread road-burn over all our legs and arms, several cuts, a lot of bruises. No one was going to the hospital but we were going to be extremely sore over the next few weeks.

The Moral Of The Story

I tell this story for one reason in particular: after that fiasco, I had to cover my calves and forearms to protect them from the intense Southeast Asian sunlight and the relentless bugs that wanted to lay eggs in my wounds. But I only had shorts and short sleeve t-shirts.

Besides, I wasn’t about to spend the next few weeks sweating in long-sleeve and pants waiting for my injuries to heal. The solution? Survival bandanas tied around my arms and legs.

They kept drying blood off our clothing, kept sunlight out of reach, bugs off, and while allowing some air to help promote scabs and healing. Soon we all adopted the tactic, and it helped immensely.

Those bandanas became useful several more times on that adventure, and for many different reasons. To protect our wounds, to protect our skin from sunlight, to keep moisture from evaporating from exposed skin, as pot holders and washcloths, even eventually as cordage for binding.

It was on that trip that I realized bandana’s are one of the simplest, most versatile, lightest weight, and cheapest survival tools you can take with you. Almost everyone can afford at least one, they easily tie onto a pack, can be worn everywhere, are inconspicuous, and serve a multitude of purposes.

List Of Survival Bandana Uses

So what follows is a list of potential uses for bandanas in the survival context. Maybe you’ve just crashed motorbikes in a foreign country, or climbed out of a helicopter crash in the wilderness, perhaps the end times have at last arrived, and society has decayed to an every-man-for-himself basis, and you are getting ready to hightail it into the high country…

Maybe you’ve just crashed motorbikes in a foreign country, or climbed out of a helicopter crash in the wilderness. Perhaps the end times have arrived at last, and society has decayed to an every-man-for-himself basis, and you’re ready to hightail it into the high country…

Whatever the reason, I highly encourage everyone to keep at least one survival bandana in your Bug Out Bag and more in all your supply caches (Get Home Bags, Medical Bags, Survival Vehicles, Survival Cabins, Underground Food Containers, and Survival Caches).

You never know when the need may arise to use a bandana in a survival situation. Sure, maybe you never get the chance or maybe tomorrow you’re plunged into a chaotic series of events that spits you out miles away from anywhere, lost, disoriented, and confused.

Bandana’s are one of those pieces of equipment that are easy to keep around, and can honestly save your life if you actually need them.

So here’s a list of some of my favorite uses for a survival bandanas.

23 Survival Uses For Your Bandana

1. Signaling For Rescue

Sure, that camouflage pattern bandana looks badass and blends in perfectly from a distance but let’s be honest: a bandana isn’t going to make you invisible, but they can do exactly the opposite.

Let’s say you’re out hunting and break your legs while you’re decked out in full camo – wouldn’t it be more helpful to reach into your pack and grab a couple of bright neon bandanas and make a flag or hang them around you?

Just like with signal mirrors, search and rescue teams across the country recommend using brightly bandanas as signals to wave down search aviation because they stick out from natural colors.

More than that, if you need to signal to someone else without speaking or making noise, different brightly colored bandanas can be used to communicate to one another over distances.

2. Establishing Trail Markers –

Sick of getting lost when you go bushwhacking in the wilderness? Lot’s of hunters, hikers, and other explorers use neon plastic tape to tie to tree branches and mark their way home. Like Hansel and Gretel; only no one is going to come around eating plastic stuck in trees so that you won’t get lost.

Likewise, brightly colored survival bandanas can be torn into ribbons and tied to trees to mark progress and keep your bearings straight. Don’t be afraid to tear that bandana up into several trail marker ribbons. It’s a large part of its usefulness, and they are easy to replace. If your bandana is sentimental, leave it at home and instead invest in a cheap new one to add to your survival gear.

3. Dirty Dish Rag –

I love to cook when camping. I have a nice set up of camp cookware that I take with me everywhere. But when I’m out and away from sinks and sponges, sometimes washing dirty dishes can be a serious pain.

In a pinch, bandanas can be soaped up and used as dish rags to get in there and clean up.

4. Napkin/Handkerchief –

I don’t know that this one needs a lot of explanation. If you sneeze or have allergies, wipe that nose with your bandana and clean yourself up. If you don’t have proper paper napkins or paper towels laying around, use your bandana. Either way, make sure you rinse it out when you’re done.

5. Neck Gaiter for Cold Weather – 

Winter is without a doubt, my favorite season. Why? Because it is ski season, and snowshoe season, igloo season, and the season of big warm jackets and crisp silent nights.

But everyone’s face can get cold in that kind of weather, and even a very thin layer of cloth can make a BIG difference. So if you’ve got a survival bandana handy and the cold weather is biting at your face, cover up like a bandit and use it as a neck gaiter. You’ll be surprised at how efficiently this works to keep the cold at bay.

So if you’ve got a bandana handy and the cold weather is biting at your face, cover up like a bandit and use it as a neck gaiter. You’ll be surprised at how efficiently this works to keep the cold at bay.

6. Makeshift Tourniquet – 

No one expects to amputate a limb when you leave the house in the morning, but you can never be entirely sure. Should the need for a tourniquet arise, bandanas can cinch really tightly in a pinch, and will do an OK job in lew of an actual rapid application tourniquet. (But for snake bites use a Sawyer Extractor, this will work much more efficiently to prevent venom from spreading)

7. Cordage – 

As I mentioned earlier: never hesitate to tear your survival bandana up to increase its usefulness. Often, bandanas are more useful in pieces than they are wholly intact.

If you need to bind a broken bone to a splint, bind tent poles together, bind something to your pack, bind a person’s hands, bind an animal, whatever! Bandanas can do the job. The fabric makes for decently strong cordage.

I’d rather have paracord with me as cordage but bandana works too if push comes to shove.

8. Washcloth or Towel

If I forget something when I pack my backpacking backpack, it is a washcloth and a towel. I will ALWAYS remember everything else, but never that. The problem got so bad that I have just resorted to using bandanas.

They are smaller, easier to pack, and much easier to remember to bring (for me at least). So you can’t wrap it around your waist to cover yourself after bathing, but who doesn’t love a little nudity in the wilderness? You may be naked but at least you’ll be dry.

9. Waist pack/pouch –

If you tie the right knots in the right places, you can fashion a small waist pack for yourself. Like a homemade fanny-pack to keep your favorite goodies close. This works in the wilderness for recreation or for survival.It could even come in handy at the next music festival you go to sneak goodies inside (but you didn’t get that idea from me).

10. Pot Holder –

Hot stuff burns hands. That’s science. So protect your grabbers with a survival bandana next time you reach for that hot pot in the fire. I can’t promise you that will mitigate all of the heat, but it will help – especially if you soak it in water beforehand.

11. Pouch for Collecting Wild Edibles and Ingredients –

Now, don’t go out picking berries, mushrooms, and roots without at least a basic understanding of what you are picking. It can be extremely dangerous to eat whatever you come across in the wilderness, but it can also be highly useful if you have the right knowledge base.

Get a book on foraging if you are interested, or check out this awesome Guide to Foraging. Needless to say, once you know what you are doing, bandanas can be used as containers to collect such edibles from your surrounding area, and transport them back to home base.

12. Sun block/sweat catcher for your neck – 

When I was traveling in Asia I would often tuck one end of my bandanas underneath my hat. This served two purposes: first, to keep the Asian sun from burning the crap out of pasty white skin. And second, to keep sweat contained, and to prevent it from evaporating off of my pasty white skin.

When you’re in intense heat like that, the last thing you want to do is take off your clothes and let your sweat disappear into the scorching air. It is better to use cotton garments to keep as much moisture as close to the skin as possible – so that means, leave the t-shirt on and use that bandana to save your sweat!

13. Sling –

Luckily, when we crashed our bikes there were no broken bones. But if there had, a bandana would have been the perfect fabric to make a sling out of. Slings keep injured body parts close to the body and elevated to minimize swelling.

Anyone who has ever needed to use one knows that they help SO MUCH when you’ve got an injured arm/shoulder. Doctors and first responders always carry triangle bandages in their medical kits to create slings on the fly – but homemade med-kits might not have any of those.

In the absence of a real sling or triangle bandages, bandanas can be substituted to hold injured limbs aloft – although they are slightly smaller than regular triangle bandages.

14. Sling –

Yeah, you read that right, I put “slings” on here twice. That’s not a typo – I mean to say that you can make two different kinds of slings out of the same single survival bandana.

The first was discussed above; the second is the kind that David used to defeat Goliath, the kind that our ancestors from long ago used to hunt animals, and fire projectiles at their enemies with.

Look up a simple DIY on how to make a sling and you’ll be able to see how you can use a bandana to achieve a similar effect. This can come in useful for hunting small animals when you have no other source of food, or for defending yourself when you have no other means of doing so.

15. Eye patch –

Losing an eye would suck. My condolences to anyone out there who’s suffered such a serious inconvenience. But shit happens, and if you were to lose an eye in a survival situation, you probably aren’t going to be able to get to a hospital to bandage you up.

Without covering the wound, it could get infected much more easily and will be exposed to the elements and unwanted guests (like the bugs that tried to infest my road-burn wounds).

16. Pre-water Filter –

You know how coffee filters work? Well, bandanas can achieve a similar function with water. By using a piece of mildly tight-knit fabric (like the cotton of a bandana) to filter water in the wilderness, you can significantly cut down on debris and unwanted waterborne guests.

This won’t replace your pump-action water filter, or iodine tablets (by ANY means) but if it is the only method you have available for filtering water, definitely use it. While it won’t protect you from every waterborne nasty, it will protect you from some of them.

17. Hobo Pack –

This one’s a Great Depression Era classic. Find yourself a stick, tie the corners of your survival bandana together on one end of it, and voila! You have yourself a handy little shoulder pack.

Granted, it isn’t great for holding tons of stuff. But it can take the weight out of your pockets at the very least and allow any traveler a little extra packing space.

18. Cleaning Patches for Firearm –

Every gun owner knows that keeping a firearm clean is imperative if you want to rely on and trust in your firearm.

But you never know when and where you might have to use your gun – if you need some cleaning patches to polish up your weapon, bandanas make great fabric segments for exactly that purpose. Just tear it up into small pieces and gently dab some gun cleaning oil on them, then get to it!

19. Bullet Patches for Muzzleloader –

If for whatever reason, you’re stranded, and you have a muzzleloader with you, bandanas can also serve as decent bullet patches to keep the bullet and gunpowder separate.

20. Toilet Paper –

Need I say more?

21. Earmuffs –

They won’t be the warmest earmuffs on the market, but if your ears are exceptionally chilly, wrap your bandana around your head and cinch it tightly. It is no replacement for a wool cap or fleece-muffs, but it is certainly better than nothing.

A survival bandana may be just enough to save your ears from frostbite.

22. Bind A Stone and Toss A Line Over A Limb –

This is one of my more clever ideas but say you need to throw a line over a tree branch or steel beam.

Tying most cord or line to a stone can be a difficult endeavor. But if you wrap the stone up in your bandana, and tie the line to that, you have a much more efficient tool and a much lower chance of failure.

23. Dust Mask –

I always think of that scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas when Thompson’s out on the desert following dirt bikes around in a buggy, dust so thick in the air visibility is negligible. Breathing in heavy amounts of dust or soot or smoke can be unimaginably stressful on human lungs.

Especially if you have to inhale that crap for an extended period of time. Of course, a gas mask or respirator is almost always the best option in such a circumstance. But those are rarely available.

Tying a survival bandana around your face can help filter out a significant amount of air pollution and will save your lungs. Even that thin layer of cotton can go a long way when it comes to breathing in toxic air.

Survival Bandana Wrap Up

Obviously, these aren’t all of the potential uses for a survival bandana, but a few of the obvious ones, and some of my favorite creative uses. You can surely think of a few more, and in an emergency, under pressure, who knows what kind of crazy ends you’ll use your bandanas to achieve.

If I hadn’t been prepared with my survival bandanas when I was traveling, I could have gotten an infection, severe skin damage, or worse – baby flies popping out of my skin. But because I was prepared, and because I understood the versatility of the survival bandana, I was able to save myself from those horrors.

Finally here’s a good video that details 101 survival uses for a bandana. From bushcraft, to medical, from tactical to humor; this video covers them all.

If you have any more survival bandana ideas or stories, feel free to share them. People need to understand how easy these are to keep around, and how helpful they can be in a dangerous situation

Will Brendza

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Top 5 Things You Would Save?

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Have you considered the top 5 things you’d save in an emergency?  Saving loved ones takes priority over everything else but what if you had time to grab 5 things?  My sister didn’t have this luxury when her and her family of six ran out of their burning […]

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Dislocated Shoulders: Identifying Them & Popping Them Back In

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Dislocated Shoulders: Identifying Them & Popping Them Back In

Throwing your shoulder out happens. If you have boxed or been involved in combative sports (or sports in general for that matter) you have either had it happen to you or know someone who has. Personally, I have dislocated both my right and left shoulder on numerous occasions, and frankly don’t give it much thought.… Read More

This is just the start of the post Dislocated Shoulders: Identifying Them & Popping Them Back In. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

Dislocated Shoulders: Identifying Them & Popping Them Back In, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

Off-The-Grid Food: How To Create Your Own At-Home Farm

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More people are choosing to live “off-the-grid” because they feel that it gives them more freedom to live in an environment that has less government monitoring. There are no city utilities, such as water or electricity, and they even grow their own food to avoid having to purchase it from grocery stores. But while there are numerous individual residences of this style, a portion of off-the-grid establishments contain a much greater population of 20 people or more. This means that a larger number of resources are needed to provide for them all, especially when it comes to food. Because of this, a small garden plot of vegetables just won’t do. Instead, an entire farm must be created.

Get Your Equipment Ready

It helps to have proper equipment and tractor care, from places like TractorTool, to help you prepare the land with if you will be farming quite a few acres. It simply takes too much manual labor to attempt to dig up so much soil by hand. Sometimes, off-the-grid communities put their money together to buy farm equipment, so they can all share it.

Prepare the Land

The soil can be tilled as soon as the last frost of the season has finished. If the ground is wet from spring rains, wait until it is dry though. Add manure from any cows or pigs that you are raising over the top of the soil beforehand. This way, it will be worked into the soil as you use the tractor.

Gather Your Seeds

It is too expensive to purchase pre-grown plant seedlings when growing several acres of crops. Seeds are a much more cost effective alternative. To determine how many seeds that will be needed, one must do some math. Calculate the amount of land that is available for growing. Then, determine how much space each type of plant will need and how many plants will fit in the area. Draw a grid out on a piece of paper that shows where each one must be planted. Add up all of the plant types too. All of this information will give you the seed volume for each type.

Plant Your Crops

Use the grid that you made to plant the seeds. Be sure to include some extra seeds in each spot in case some of them don’t sprout. If space is an issue, and you are hoping for a large volume of crops, it might be tempting to overcrowd the plants. But this is actually detrimental to their health because they will not get enough sun if planted this way.

Overall, there are tons of great ways to create your own farm and grow your own crops. This is definitely a great way to have access to fresh and natural food every day.

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

5 Pieces Of Cast Iron Cookware No Homestead Should Be Without

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5 Pieces Of Cast Iron Cookware No Homestead Should Be Without

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The use of cast iron for cooking is a nearly global standard in any culture that has mastered the casting of iron. Durable, long-lasting and easy to make, cast iron has been surpassed in recent years by other lighter materials, but remains very popular with discerning cooks and those who enjoy the simple, traditional tools of our ancestors.

Because it is so tough, a well-cared-for piece of cast iron cookware can become a functional heirloom passed down through generations. However, even without considering the huge amounts of antique and vintage cast iron available to the consumer, there is plenty of current production cast iron cookware, and much of it mimics the patterns that have been popular in America for well over a century. It is generally held that a homesteader should have at least one quality piece of cast iron cookware, but we think there are five pieces every well-equipped homesteader should have.

1. The skillet

Cast iron skillets come in a great number of shapes and sizes. The number it is marked with basically corresponds to its internal diameter (i.e., a No. 8 skillet should be about 8 inches in diameter inside). The No. 8 skillet is about the most popular size out there and should serve as the workhorse of your cast iron collection. Ideally, you should have a glass or iron lid to match it. In a pinch, you can do most of your cooking in a good skillet, making it highly versatile. Other common sizes include the diminutive No. 3, which is ideal for cooking an egg or two, and the larger No. 10, which is great for cooking up a big mess of food. You’ll probably want a couple of different skillets that suit your unique needs.

2. The chicken fryer

A variation on the skillet theme is the so-called “chicken fryer,” which is nothing more than a regular  No. 8 skillet made taller to accommodate the volume of oil needed to deep fry chicken on your stovetop.

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Naturally fitted with a lid, this is a must-have item of cast iron cookware if you enjoy fried chicken or other deep-fried food. As a bonus, it is deep enough to cook soups, chili and stew, making it a very useful tool in the kitchen. However, these aren’t as easy to find as they used to be, so you may be forced to turn to the secondhand market.

3. Dutch ovens

5 Pieces Of Cast Iron Cookware No Homestead Should Be Without

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Dutch ovens are nothing more than large cast iron pots with lids, and come in two forms: indoor and outdoor. We are probably all familiar with the outdoor ones fitted with legs and a deep lid that can hold coals, and these certainly are important. Their indoor cousins are just as useful, rounding out a kitchen with a rugged pot good for everything from deep frying to making stew. Commonly a stovetop Dutch oven will have a lid that fits a No. 8 skillet, making them a natural pairing.

4. Griddles

Cast iron griddles come in all shapes and sizes, from long rectangular shaped ones to round ones with handles. The longer ones are commonly used across two burners on a stove, allowing for a cooking area and a warming area, while the round ones with handles are about perfect for cooking pancakes, tortillas and other flatbreads, or anything else you might cook on a griddle.

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I find this pattern to be the one I use most, but your mileage may vary. If you can, you might as well get both, because like guns, nobody ever complained about having too much cast iron cookware!

5. Corn muffin pans

OK, so perhaps this is less a “must -have” and more a “really nice to have.” These charming little pans put out small loaves of cornbread-shaped-like ears of corn, and properly used, have a delightfully crispy exterior. A classic pan our grandparents or great grandparents would have used to put out delicious food that was a step above the usual cornbread, it’s not hard to find these pans even today. I like them because I like cornbread, and because I remember my own grandmother cooking with one. The cornbread they put out goes great with a simple bowl of beans or chili, and even makes a great snack or lunchbox item. Either way, they echo back to a time when food preparation was both simple and infused with great personal pride, and looked quaint on top of everything else.


U.S.-based companies like Lodge and the venerable Wagner crank out literally tons of cast iron cookware of all sorts for discerning consumers, and you are likely to find any sort of cookware you need from them. If you enjoy collecting antiques, there are hundreds and thousands of vintage styles of cookware and dedicated collector organizations. Some pieces are very affordable, and even cheaper than buying brand new, while others can be very expensive.  Everything described in this article can be found without great expense. While nasty Teflon-coated aluminum skillets are cheap, and there is a lot to be said for some of the better grade stainless steel and glass cookware, at the end of the day, nothing is as classic, rugged and pleasant as a good piece of cast iron.

Do you agree? What would be on your list? Share your thoughts in the section below: 

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How To Make The Easiest Paleo Donuts That Taste Delicious

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How To Make The Easiest Paleo Donuts That Taste Delicious


I had a fan and good friend ask recently If I knew a recipe for paleo donuts. According to him the fate of the universe hinged on the easiest paleo donuts I could make. Since all my stuff is in this universe I needed to save it. I thought about it for a bit and did a little google-fu. In the end, my recipe had to change last minute. 

I was going to make yeast donuts, which are the best, but had to scrap that. Yeast needs sugar for it to eat and make bubbles. I didn’t want any sugar in this recipe. So I made a cake type drop donut. The batter being much too loose for traditional donuts. 

I based the easiest paleo donuts on my paleo bread recipe. It being the easiest paleo bread recipe. 

The taste

I was surprised by how good these are. To me, they tasted a lot like funnel cakes. Also, like cake donuts. Which they kinda are. I made Mike, His wife, and Serenity all try them right out the fryer. They said they were good. Mikes wife wanted to use them like a bagel. And I can tell you cream cheese would be great on these paleo donuts. 

Then I took some to work and had people try them there. Some people really liked them and others gave me “it’s interesting” line. Which here in Tennessee pretty much means they hate them. Not every recipe can be a smash like my  pemmican with coconut oil


The Easiest Paleo Donuts
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Easy and Delicious Paleo donuts

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  1. 1 1/2 cups of Almond Butter
  2. 4 or 5 eggs
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
  4. 3/4 tsp baking soda
  5. Stevia or Xylitol to taste
  1. Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to combine. You should have a smooth consistency
  3. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop into a deep fryer
  4. When the donuts are golden brown and delicious remove.
  5. Place on either a cooling rack or cookie sheet to cool
  6. Sprinkle with stevia while still warm.
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Preparedness Beyond Just Short Term – Think Local…

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Preparedness ‘101’ is pretty simple. Enough food for several days or a week without resupply, some water storage in containers, a water filter, and other ‘ordinary’ preps for a short term disruption. Not too much skill is required here – just some extra supplies. Preparedness ‘201’ builds on ‘101’ with more supplies and several definitive […]

Private Wells Are Running Bone Dry In This State – But It’s Not Where You Think

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Private Wells Are Running Bone Dry In This State – And It’s Not Where You Think

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Some residents of one New England state are learning the hard way that water is a scarce resource.

Maine – and not the American West as might be expected — is experiencing an extreme drought that is causing wells used by homeowners to go dry.

Resident Bob Boynton had to use his neighbor’s garden hose to flush his toilet after his 14-foot well ran dry. It had been a reliable source of water for 25 years until it suddenly stopped in late September, Boynton said.

“I always thought it was going to last forever,” Boynton told The Morning Sentinel. “It really caught me off guard.”

Boynton was watering his lawn just days before the well ran out of water. He first noticed a problem when the sprinkler started spraying air instead of water.

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Like many of his neighbors in Standish, Maine, Boynton ended up calling a driller and paying for a new, deeper well. Families that cannot afford new wells are hauling water from public sources, eating instead of cooking and skipping showers.

Others are hiring water companies to fill their wells with water. Water company owner Warren Hood told The Morning Sentinel he receives up to 10 calls a day from households with no water.

“This is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Hood said. “People are desperate.”

Across New England

A wide swath of New England, including Southern Maine, is now in the midst of an extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The rest of the region is experiencing a severe drought.

The drought is now so bad that the York Water District in southern Maine is piping in water from the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District, The Morning Sentinel reported. York took that step after its reservoir dropped by four feet.

Rainfall in York County, Maine is 13.85 inches below normal, which is causing ponds and other bodies of water to dry up. The county normally receives 49.63 inches of precipitation a year, but only received 35.78 in the last year.

Around 44 percent of Maine residents rely on wells. Wells in Vermont and New Hampshire also have gone dry, the Associated Press reported.

“One of the common things we hear is that people have been in their homes for 20 to 30 years and they have never had their wells run dry,” Judy St. Onge, who delivers water for customers, told The Morning Sentinel.

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No Excuse for Starving

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A Colorful History

There is no excuse for starving, especially in Florida. We have citrus of all kinds (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, lime, cumquat, and loquat), mango, grape, guava, bamboo, banana, plantain, sugarcane, avocado, acorn, dandelion, purslane, podocarpus, papaya, lychee, lemon grass, garlic grass, hickory, chestnut, coconut, cattail, coontie, cactus, cassava, Jimaca, and cabbage palm. They are all edible, all delicious, and each can be found growing throughout much of the Sunshine State, if you just know where to look. Nope, there’s no excuse for starving in Florida.

I grew up in South West Florida, just below Tampa Bay, and all my life I’ve loved studying the rich history of our Sunshine State. Florida has been home to many colorful characters throughout its history, from the pre-Columbian Chatot, Timucua, Tocobaga, Tequesta, Ocali, Apalachee, Asi-Jeaga, and fierce Calusa tribes to formidable Spanish Conquistadores like Hernando de Soto and Ponce de León to blood thirsty pirates like Jose Gaspar and Caesaro Negro to the wily Seminole and Miccosukee warriors like Osceola and Holatta Micco to Confederate blockade runners like Captain Archibald McNeill.

For me, the most interesting aspect of Florida’s history has always been the Seminole Indian Wars, partly because the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes are the only Native American tribes to never lay down their arms in abject surrender to over whelming Federal forces. Even the indomitable Comanche and Apache ultimately surrendered, but not so the Florida tribes who melted into the Everglades where Federal troops dare not follow. These two tribes were part of the Civilized Nations; they wore spun calico shirts, smoked clay pipes and were fond of their smooth bore muskets. They survived forty years of warfare (1817-1819, 1835-1842, 1855-1858)1 against a modern and well equipped army, not because of any technological superiority—although the Seminole and Miccosukee were excellent marksmen with bow and musket—but because they were adaptable and were able to live off the land in the wilds of Florida’s untamed swamps, wetlands, mangroves, and hammocks. As it was for the Seminole and Miccosukee, living off-grid in a SHTF scenario means having to live off the land.

Long-Term Scenario

We all pray that SHTF events never happens in our lifetime, but we prepare for them anyway. The Seminole and Miccosukee survived their own SHTF; will we survive ours? Our SHTF, when it comes, may come upon us slowly or suddenly. Regardless of the cause, we owe it to our children to survive, so we pray for the best and prepare for the worst.
I don’t have a cabin in the mountains. I don’t own a cattle ranch. I don’t have a fortified bunker with motion sensors and early warning systems. I am forbidden by our home owners association from installing claymores in my yard. Heck, I don’t even own any night vision optics. I just a private citizen who wants to see his family to survive. Faced with a SHTF event, I know that the acquisition of security, shelter, food, and water will be imperative to ensuring my family’s survival.

Most coastal Floridians have already faced SHTF scenarios—we call them hurricanes, and we take our hurricane preparedness seriously. Since Hurricane Andrew destroyed the southern tip of Florida in 1992, many households have maintained a family sized “hurricane box” containing enough gear and supplies for the home team to survive for at least a few of days. That may not seem like a lot by Prepper standards, but the hurricane box is not part of our Prepper provisions. It’s just a seasonal precaution. We stock the hurricane box in spring, watch the Weather Channel from May (Caribbean hurricane season) through October (Atlantic hurricane season), consume our hurricane supplies through winter, and restock the following spring. This rotation keeps stock fresh and it beats having to run to Publix for a last-minute can of green beans so my wife can whip up one of her tasty casseroles.

MREPreparing for the future requires forethought; the more you accomplish before an emergency event, the less you’ll need to accomplish during or after one. Stockpiling alone, however, can only carry you so far. You must be able to find renewable food sources. Once the SHTF, it will be too late to harvest Ramen at Walmart. Even if you could get your hands on that last brick of tasty noodles, fighting a gang of thugs for looting privileges is not sound tactical advice. If the gangs control your local Walmart, what then? Wouldn’t you rather be able to safely feed you’re your family from home than having to wander the means streets of some post-apocalyptic city scavenging for a nice clean dumpster? So, let’s assume you’ve already taken care of your short-term physical needs. You’ve got plenty of Evian and MRE’s on hand, your storm shutters are up, and everyone on your team who’s tall enough to ride the bog rollercoaster is strapped. No gun fight at the OK Walmart for you, but what about long-term survival? What about replenishable provisions? Have you considered that once your MRE’s run out, you will need to restock your larder with what you can hunt, fish, or grow?

Florida waters are teeming with fish, crabs, shrimp, crawdads, and turtles, not to mention the abundant squirrels, and various fowl that populate our area—with the notable exceptions of birds of prey and carrion eaters, pretty much most fowl are edible. For deer and hogs, we would need to go further afield. Barring a catastrophic decimation of wildlife, protein will most likely not be a problem for Floridians, especially for those of us living along the Coast. Carbs, however, will be much harder to come by.

The average healthy adult requires approximately 200-300 grams of carbohydrates daily.1 My favorite carb is rice, but what we’ve stored won’t last forever. We could try growing our own, but growing rice is a complete mystery involving paddies and some kind of water buffalo. We could try going native by harvesting acorns—a good source of carbs: 1 oz dried acorn (2-3 acorns) contains 14.6 gr. of carbs2—but the acorns in South Florida tend to be rather small, and harvesting them is labor intensive, requiring patience and lots of water for blanching out the tannic acid. Acorns are a great supplement—my wife makes a mean acorn-raisin cookie—but they are not a staple food.

The Lowly Sweet Potato


The sweet potato is not a magical cure-all food, but it does have many dietary and strategic qualities that American Preppers may find advantageous.

To resolve to the how-to-get-enough-carbs-so-I-don’t-starve dilemma, I would recommend the same carbohydrate-rich staple that was grown by the Seminole and Miccosukee and helped them survive as a people while they waged a forty-year long guerilla war. This same tuber was consumed by escaped slaves who filtered down from plantations in

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Georgia and Alabama to hide in the trackless Florida wilderness, and it was eaten by early white fishermen, farmers, and ranchers who settled Florida; the sweet potato (Boniato Rojo). The sweet potato has been a staple in Central America since about 8,000 B.C.2

It grows wild (and I do mean wild) in many parts of the South, not just in Florida. The sweet potato is not a magical cure-all food, but it does have many dietary and strategic qualities that American Preppers may find advantageous. A store-bought sweet potato weighing approximately 7 oz. contains about 3 gr. of carbs while the same amount of rice has almost three times as many carbs (11 gr.), rice is labor intensive. Have you ever tried hitching a water buffalo to a rice plow? Though it lacks the carbs of rice, an average-sized sweet potato does possess many other essential nutrients including: potassium (48 gr), Vitamin A (2,026 IU), and Beta-carotene (1,215 mcg).3

Even if you’re able to fight off the first wave of spam-starved zombies, a single-family dwelling can suffer an extensive amount of damage from a break-in, let alone a firefight. During a SHTF event, we must be able to survive off-grid inconspicuously. This means living under-the-radar. It’s your choice; you can hang a “Welcome” sign over your green house door, or you can hide your food source in plain sight. Because they are so well camouflaged, the only true enemies of these delicious uber tubers are mice, floods, and weed whackers (just ask my wife).

The Growing Process


Sweet potato vines can cover ground almost as quickly as kudzu and drop roots at the nodes their entire length.

When germinating sweet potatoes, I employ the “science project” method. It is the skin that produces the buds or “eyes” that become roots, so all you will need is the outer portion of the potato. Slice out one-inch wide slips of skin from the potato. Make them about as half as thick as a pencil (1/8 inch) to lend support to the skin. Suspend—do not submerge—the inch-wide slips of skin in cool tap water by using string to form a “hammock” or tooth picks spears to hold the slips at water level, skin side down. Each slip should have its own container; too many slips in a confined space can cause the delicate sprouting roots to tangle. Direct sunlight can quickly bake young sprouts, so store them in indirect sunlight.

In about two weeks, you should see several healthy root tendrils sprouting downward from the slips into the water. When the tendrils grow to about six inches in length, it’s time for planting. Gently remove the sprouted slips from their containers and plant them about 4-6 inches deep and about 12 inches apart.4 Much of the soil in South Florida tends to be sandy and poor, so you may need to prep your soil before planting. My property is sandy and wonderful for growing sandspurs—they are the reason Floridians don’t walk around bare-footed. I do not prepare my soil before planting sweet potatoes. The whole point of the exercise is to establish a renewable food source that will grow well without any help from me. After about three to four months—depending on the variety of sweet potato, rainfall, soil, soil prep, pests, etc.—the crop will be ready to harvest. You’ll know it’s time to harvest when the leaves turn yellow on the vine, and the growing tubers cause the ground to bulge as though there were moles tunneling beneath the soil. I live in Hardiness Zone 10 (South Florida); your results will definitely vary.

Suspend—do not submerge—the inch-wide slips of skin in cool tap water by using string to form a “hammock” or tooth picks spears to hold the slips at water level, skin side down.

Sweet potato vines can cover ground almost as quickly as kudzu and drop roots at the nodes their entire length. The potatoes grow close to the surface and can be harvested easily with bare hands. I don’t use my bare hands because Florida is home to the dreaded Brazilian Fire Ant, six different venomous serpents, and an ever-growing population of pythons. This is a genuine concern when weeding or harvesting because sweet potatoes attract rodents which in turn attract snakes, and the ground cover from the leaves can be so dense that you would never notice a coiled pygmy rattler until too late. All the prepping in the world won’t save you from a coral snake bite either—they are part of cobra family—with no way to refrigerate rare anti-venom serum during a SHTF scenario. “Don’t stick your hand in there!” is a good rule to live by in Florida, so use a little common sense and employ a small cultivator rake carefully to avoid damaging your crop.

For my first attempt at sweet potato gardening, I cut eight slips, but two failed to germinate. I planted the remaining six slips in a three-foot by five-foot patch of well-drained sandy soil. My little garden yielded 14 medium-to-large sweet taters. These were germinated from one store-bought potato. Not too bad for a first attempt considering the small size of the plot and the fact that I did not water at all. The Florida August monsoons did the watering for me. The rains come so regularly in late summer, between 3:00PM and 5:00PM, that you can practically set your watch by them. That particular crop of even survived a record-breaking three-day freeze just prior to harvest. A three-day freeze might not impress most Northerners, but it is big news in South Florida.

After my first crop, I let the vines continue to grow on their own, hoping for a second picking from the same planting. Unfortunately, the potatoes did not survive my wife’s attempt to clean up the back yard with the weed whacker. The best sweet potatoes are the large ones near the original slip planting. The further away from the original plant that the nodes take root and become potatoes, the smaller the tuber will be. The stunted golf ball-sized sweet potatoes, though still technically edible, are rough and not very tasty. These became seed crop for the next planting.

Another nice thing about the sweet potato is that it can be grown almost anywhere: apartment window boxes, small backyard gardens, empty lots downtown, power line easements, around the edges of county parks, or the woods behind your house. With their dramatic purple blossoms, the attractive broad-leafed vines are used as an ornamental plant. They make such great ground cover that they are regularly incorporated into landscaping around buildings, mailboxes, lakes, canals, trees, and other shrubbery.

There is a storm canal easement behind our property. Like Johnny Apple Seed, I’ve started planting germinated slips on this property. Several plantings have taken root and are growing well. When the summer rains begin, they should really take off. The early success of this off-property experiment has encouraged me to try other locations. I’ve germinated and planted sweet potatoes at my mom’s house, my brother’s house, and at a friend’s house. They’re going to enjoy the attractive ground cover around their shrubs, and I will enjoy helping them establish a prolific and renewable emergency food source.

I’ve started scouting other areas as well for strategic planting locations that will be self-sustaining. Anticipating future fuel shortages, I’ve kept my scouting to within bicycling distance from my property. There is a long tract of scrub woods along the river near our home which will make a good planting zone as the average non-agricultural zombie wouldn’t know the difference between potato vines and kudzu. My plan is to hide a strategic and productive potato pantry in plain sight. Nope, there’s no excuse for starving in Florida.


1. http://www.semtribe.com/
2. http://www.carb-counter.net/nuts-seeds/1027
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_potato
4. http://www.organicgardeninfo.com/growing-sweet-potatoes.html

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Pantry Checklist: 6 Ways To Preserve Tomatoes

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One of the first things many people think of when they hear the word ‘garden’ is fresh tomatoes. They come in all shapes and sizes, from the aptly-named cherry tomato that is great in a salad or to just pop in your mouth, to the giant heirloom steakhouse tomatoes.

But now that you’ve got a garden full of them, what do you do to preserve them? You have many options!

First, it’s important to know what you’re going to use the tomato for. There are so many varieties that it’s impossible to say, “This is how you should prepare any tomato”, so we’re going to talk about options, and you can decide which ones are right for your crop.

Before we talk about preserving them, you need to know that tomatoes will continue to ripen even after they’ve been picked. You can actually pick them when they’re nearly green, set them in the windowsill, and they’ll ripen on their own. That’s important to know, so that you understand that you have a limited window to prepare them for storage.


This is, of course, the most common way of storing tomatoes that you’re going to eat within a week or so.

I always clean mine and pop the stems off if possible before I put them in the fridge, but that’s just to save a little time later. To keep them the longest this way, put them in the crisper drawer.


Most people don’t think about freezing tomatoes, but it’s a good way to go as long as you have the freezer space. If course, they aren’t going to be the same as a fresh tomato, but frozen tomatoes are great in sauces and soups.

You can blanch them, peel them, then freeze them, or just freeze them whole with the skins on. You can also puree them first, or even just chop them into chunks. If you’re going to use that method, peel them first.

This is my preferred method because if something happens and you don’t get to them in time, the skin helps protect them from freezer burn. The downsides here are that they take up so much space, and if the power goes out, you have to use them immediately.

Can Your Tomatoes

I’ve found that canning tomatoes is my preferred method. Since tomatoes are acidic, you may safely can them using the water bath method. If you have smaller tomatoes, you could can them whole, or if you’d rather, you could quarter, chop, dice, or puree them first. Again, it all depends on what you want to use them for.

When canning tomatoes, you don’t just have to can plain, whole or quartered tomatoes. You can mix in some cilantro, onions, or other goodies to make salsa or chutney. They’re also great juiced, pureed or cooked down into tomato sauce or paste.

Don’t forget about spaghetti sauce, either! You can even throw in some meatballs if you’d like, though I personally find canned meatballs a little weird.


You should skin your tomatoes before you can them but that’s not as hard as it sounds. Just bring a pot of water to boil, then dip the tomato in for a few seconds, transfer it to a bowl of ice water, and the skin will slide right off.

Sun-dried Tomatoes

Though most people refer to any type of dried tomato as a sun-dried tomato, you can also use your oven or dehydrator. Most people don’t live in a climate that’s dry enough and warm enough to actually dry them completely in the sun. Regardless of which method you use, preparation for preserving your tomatoes in this manner is the same.

Wash the tomatoes then remove the stem, core, and any bruised or bad spots. If you want, you can scald them to remove the skins. That’s completely optional. Cut them in half, or quarter them if they’re longer or wider than 2 inches.

If you’d like, gently squeeze the seeds out without losing the pulp. You can scrape them out if you’d rather. Sprinkle them with salt and any other seasoning you’d like to add. Remember that you’re drying them, so a little salt goes a long way.

Some people prefer to soak the tomato slices in vinegar for a few minutes before dehydrating in order to kill germs. I don’t, but feel free to do so if you want.

Drying them in the sun requires hot days with little humidity, and will take about 3-4 days. Make a box with nylon netting on the bottom. Lay your tomato pieces on the netting with the cut side down. Cover with cheesecloth or some other breathable material to keep the bugs out.

After a day and a half or so, flip the tomatoes over so that the cut side is up. If you live in a place that has heavy dew at night, or if it’s going to rain, bring the tomatoes into a dry place at night or until it quits raining.

dried-tomatoesDrying tomatoes in the oven is easy. Place the tomatoes cut side up on a baking sheet and set your oven to 175-200 degrees F.

Put your tomatoes in the oven, leaving the oven cracked a little.

After about an hour and a half, turn them over and gently squish them flat with a spatula.

Leave them in the oven for another hour and a half or so, then check to see if they’re leathery to the point that they aren’t sticky, but aren’t so dried that they get tough.

At this point, you have a couple of options. If you’d like, you may can them in oil and seasonings. If that’s your plan, you don’t have to be quite as careful of the moisture content. If you’re going to completely dry them, leave them in the oven until they’re about as leathery as a dried apricot. If you don’t dry them long enough, they’ll mold.

Drying your tomatoes in a dehydrator is basically the same process except it will take several more hours. When I dry mine in the dehydrator, I like to flip them every couple of hours to ensure even drying.

Just like with any other dried food, the shelf-life isn’t as long as if you can them, but you can dry-can them, freeze them or vacuum seal them to extend shelf life.

Make Tomato Powder

Tomato powder is absolutely delicious and stores fabulously so this is a great way to preserve tomatoes. Just add a couple of tablespoons to whatever you’re making (adjust the amount according to taste).

You have a couple of options; you can either make them from whole, dehydrated tomatoes, or you can dehydrate the skins that you’ve removed while canning and make the powder from them.

When I’m making tomato powder, I prefer to dry my tomatoes (or peels) until they’re nearly completely dry instead of just leathery, but either way will work. After you dry them, freeze the dehydrated tomatoes for a day, then remove them and put them in your blender or food processor and pulse until you have a powder.

Since the tomato powder tends to clump, you may want to add a teaspoon of arrowroot powder or corn starch per every few cups of dried tomatoes.

I recommend dry canning or vacuum sealing the tomato powder if you’re not going to use it quickly.

Pickle Your Tomatoes

canned-tomatoesThis isn’t a method that you’ll often see used for tomatoes but I think they’re delicious, and it’s crazy simple.

They’re delicious in salads or to chop up for salsa or chutney. I recommend using pint jars, and cherry tomatoes are the tomatoes of choice for this.

First, clean your tomatoes and remove the stem and leaves. Run each tomato through with a skewer so that the pickling can penetrate them.

Stuff the tomatoes into pint jars and add a sprinkling of fresh herbs (dried will work, too) of your choice in on top. I prefer basil and oregano. Feel free to add onions, a few cloves of garlic, or any other spice or vegetable that you like.

Though I prefer to keep it more Mediterranean flavored with the ripe tomatoes, pickled green tomatoes taste wonderful and make great gifts. Here are a few ideas for pickling spices for green tomatoes.

Basic Pickling Spice

  • 2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp celery seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp whole allspice

Garlic Dill Pickling Spice

  • 1 tbsp. dill seeds
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves, crumbled
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled

Spicy Pickling Spice

  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes

Combine these spices and divide them among the jars evenly, either before or after you add the tomatoes.

Next, combine the following ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Note that this is enough for about 3-4 pints so double or halve as necessary:

  • 5 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 1 tbsp. salt

Pour the pickling juice over the tomatoes, leaving a half-inch or so of headspace after you’ve gotten all the bubbles out – use a small spatula or spoon to do that. Add rings and properly prepared seals, then process in a water bath for 15 min. Store in a cool place.

Now you know of six different ways that you can preserve tomatoes! If you have any ideas or comments, please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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The Political, Theological, and Spiritual Aspects of “Globalism”

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     That word globalism … It is a word bandied about in this political season, and depending on who is using it, it can mean a common-sense word for the necessary global exchanges in an increasingly interconnected world — like trade, legal immigration, and the cooperation and sharing of ideas across borders.  Think of it as kind of a benign worldwide partnership, if you will, with no borders to hinder relationships.  But, in the hands of malevolent minds, it turns into an ideology and near-religion; focused on a one-world government.
     What concerns me is the effort to equate globalism with Christianity.  Those who promote the secular belief in globalism will tell you that just like the Church, their ideology is global; and just like the Kingdom of God, there are no borders.  But here’s the question that they can’t — or won’t — answer:  Exactly how does the Kingdom of God fit into this collective ideology?  Who decides the value systems of that global cooperative?
     Because, as I have discussed before, the Kingdom of God is the government of God; how He rules His people, as King, through His people.  It is the realm in which He rules, and it is His rules that we are governed by.  Are the globalists prepared to accept that condition?  I think not.  And that’s because a world in which globalism rules will be a world in which the righteousness, justice, and peace of Jesus has no place.  Globalism spawns a world of evil and injustice; rather than peace, there is conflict; and rather than joy, there will be misery.

     There is one thing we better get clear on … it doesn’t matter whether it is a politician, the United Nations, or the Pope touting globalist ideology; it will mean that there will be no truth, or mercy, or knowledge of God in the land.  The social justice message [justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within the world] is one meant to soothe our guilty souls over the injustice perpetrated by godless men.  Globalists will promise it, but they cannot deliver.
     To begin with, the very idea of no borders or boundaries is antithetical to our knowledge about God and His character.  The Bible is full of examples of God setting boundaries, beginning with the boundary He set for Adam and Eve to abstain from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Later, throughout the Old Testament, God establishes boundaries and borders for the nations, with the Bible stating in Job 12:23, He makes nations great, and destroys them; he extends the boundaries of nations and disperses them.
     And now that very knowledge of how God established the nations is threatened by this humanistic religion focused on globalism.  The Globalists claim that the world can come together in a spirit of human cooperation and understanding; that there is a global “truth” that can bind us together as one.  But true wisdom and understanding always begin with the knowledge of God.  When the people of the world forsake the knowledge of God, soon truth and mercy are both gone. Truth must be rooted in something more than our personal opinion, and mercy means going beyond our own self-interest.
     If the world adopts this globalist attitude and policies, the knowledge of God will be left behind.  And when truth and mercy are lost, there is no longer any restraint against our human nature.  We already see that idea promoted in our advertising campaigns … No rules, just right; Just do it; Break all the rules; Peel off your inhibitions and find your own road … The message is the same: You make your own rules. You answer to no one. You are the one that matters. Your universe revolves around you. You should only restrain yourself if you want to.

Tower of Babel:  The world tries its hand
in another failed attempt to control humanity.

     But here is what we need to deeply understand:  When man will not, or cannot restrain himself, bloodshed and destruction follow.  And that is at the heart of the anti-Christ spirit at work in the globalist ideology.  An article by Fay Voshell at The American Thinker website stated it perfectly:  “Like the Christian vision of the universal Kingdom of God, the religion of secular globalism claims universality, but [it] is an earthly minded substitute for the Church universal. The Christian vision sees the Church universal as God’s kingdom ruling the earth. The religion of globalism sees an earthly, utopian world order in which all men pay allegiance to elite priests who rule over a World City without national borders.”  Isn’t that ultimately what Nimrod was trying to accomplish at the Tower of Babel?  
     Ms. Voshell goes on to point out that the idea of “globalism” is really nothing new.  This idea of a “new world vision” is the same one that has given birth to all empires.  “Whether the vision of Hellenization dreamed of by Alexander the Great; whether the vision of eternal Rome ruled by demi-god Caesars; whether the vision of a Thousand Year Reich ruled by a noble race; whether the vision of a global communist international brotherhood in which the common man was to reign — the actualization of the imperial, earthly vision of man is always the same. Human beings are regarded as units to be ruled by powerful others. Human beings are enslaved.”
     It is all the same message, from the same Anti-Christ spirit, meant to strip us of our individual uniqueness; take away our belief in something greater than ourselves; and ultimately replace the Judeo/Christian concept of the human being with a de-gendered, robotic and compliant unit — a nonperson who is merely a number in the  soulless world collective.
     It really all comes down to this … the political and social concept of globalism is a useful tool for God’s Enemy to introduce an anti-Christ religion that believes in nothing [and everything] — all at the same time.  But that is no real faith at all.  When we are all reduced to a unit, or some other kind of nonentity, we have nothing to be loyal to, or faithful to.  We do not see the value in a human being, let alone see ourselves as spiritual beings made in the image of our Creator.  And then we have nothing to believe in, and we are easily enslaved to a new world order in which the Enemy determines our value.  It is a world governed without God’s moral system and righteousness, without His Truth, without His Justice, and without His Love and Mercy.  The catchwords of universalism, secularism, and globalism are meant to appeal to our human desire for world peace and equality among all men.  But, in reality, they are designed to strip us of our unique individualism and our identity as a distinct and unequaled Child of God.  We don’t need a new world order … we all need to identify as citizens of the Kingdom of God.  And when that day comes, it will be YHWH’s system of government and His authority that will rule and reign on this earth!

Daniel 2:44   “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever…”


Survival hammock tips and tricks that you should learn

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I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Sleep is an important aspect of a survival situation and it’s still an underrated characteristic of many survival scenarios.  Having a survival hammock in your bug out bag will help you get the needed rest to recover from a stressful situation.  There are a few … Read more…

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Top 3 Hacks for Packing Your Survival Gear

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Run! Sometimes that’s the only answer to life-threatening situations. At this point, there’s no telling what type of state the country will be in a year from now… or even in months. Complete anarchy? War? Rebellion? A collapsed economy? One can never really tell… Not to mention, there’s always the threat of the next big natural disaster, which can leave every man and woman to fend for themselves with what packing gear they have on them.

Regardless of what danger pops up next, it’s important that you are ready and prepared for the unexpected. Let’s review three effective tips for packing your survival gear in a bug-out bag or your car trunk.


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Tip 1: Kill Several Birds With One Stone. For those who love to over-pack, it’s time to tone it down. Practicality is our first main focus when packing. Items with two or more purposes are what you want to add to your bug-out bag or car trunk in case of emergency. Here are a few easy examples of how you can apply this:


  • Clothes and Blankets: Experts suggest packing clothes and blankets for protection and warmth. Convertible, zip-off pants for adaptability and cargo pants with plenty of pockets for carrying items are two great examples. Other items can include working gloves, boots, thermal underwear and a waterproof jacket lined with fleece. In other words, pack strategically so that you will always find yourself at a comfortable temperature regardless of the weather conditions.


  • Tools and Gear: Duct tape is versatile, so it can be very handy for emergencies. It can be used to repair a tent, to create a sharp weapon or even used to create a splint for injured limbs. (mini duct tape rolls) A few other great items to consider are superglue (seals small cuts and repairs broken equipment), aluminum foil (water containment, mirror signaling and food preservation), trash bags (rain gear, containers, homemade insulation blanket), mini binoculars (great for scouting food if hunting, and locating friends and foes), and bandanas (eye patch, dusk mask, ear muffs, sling).


Tip 2: Every Inch Counts. It would be great if, in an emergency, you could just pack up your whole house and take it with you. But it’s not that easy. With limited space in your bug-out bag or car trunk, you have to be strategic and creative. Here are a few quick tips for compacting items.


  • Packing Tip 101: Roll your clothes instead of folding them. It takes up less space.


  • Fill Your Shoes: Pack socks and any small items inside your shoes.


  • Protection: Slip any breakables into your socks before packing them.


  • Reuse Bottles: Reuse old medicine bottles to store cotton swabs and sponges that can be used for cleaning wounds.


  • Case for Chords: Use an old sunglasses case to keep all of your electronic cords and charges in.


Tip 3: Easy Access. Another thing to pack in your bug-out bag is common sense. If packing an actual backpack, all of the less frequently used items should go at the bottom of the bag. Meanwhile, the heaviest items should go closest to your back, with the lightest items farthest from your back. From there, the most used items (maps, guides, cameras) should be placed at the top of your back.

The same concept applies to packing a car trunk. Keep things such as your tents, tent poles and sleeping bag deepest in your car trunk. Keep clothes and daily essentials more accessible, as you will need them more often.

Final Words: In order to survive the next big disaster, you must think ahead and prepare for all possibilities. Above all, remember that the most important focuses for packing are practicality, dual usage, space efficiency and accessibility.


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Faith and Freedom Friday-1st Timothy-Pt 5

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Thanks to Frank R for today’s Faith and Freedom picture!

Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel, Lima Ohio continues in 1 Timothy, picking up at chapter 1 and verse 15 today. Paul’s letters to Timothy contain a wealth of information on how to live the Christian life as well as instruction on how a healthy church should function.

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

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from great bible teachers like Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel, Lima Ohio. To hear more from Pastor Mike, check out his podcast at SoaringEagleRadio.com

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Five Habits that Help Improve Your Survival Chances in a Random Attack

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In the past couple of weeks, there have been several attacks where innocent people going about their day got hurt or killed. Minnesota mall knife attack – On Sept. 17, a 22 year old man stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall before police killed him as he tried to lunge. Washington mall shooting – On Sept 23, a 20 year old man went on a shooting rampage and killed four women and […]

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Feeding a Large Family (Without Breaking the Bank)

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Grocery budgeting for a large family has its own unique challenges. When I take my whole family to the grocery store, we often get looks. And people remember us. After I’ve been to a grocery store twice, if I show up alone, I’m asked where all the children are. Now, granted, I don’t think that […]

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Store Your Child’s Baby Teeth for Later Medical Use

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 A new study has shown that children’s baby teeth are a rich source of stem cells. Stem cells, as you may know, are important because they are a kind of “blank” cell that can be grown into multiple kinds of cells as necessary. This comes in handy when cells are lost or damaged due to illness or disease. Though it’s not without controversy, doctors are excited about the growing role of stem cells to treat injury, illness, and tissue deterioration due to age.

Most moms and dads store their child’s baby teeth as a keepsake, but merely throwing these tiny teeth in a box isn’t going to cut it for later medical use.  Like the stem cells that can be found in cord blood samples, the cells in baby teeth must be collected and preserved in a particular way.

A new company called Store-a-Tooth offers state-of-the-art storage and maintenance for these baby teeth. Using a solution of liquid nitrogen, these teeth are securely frozen in a laboratory where they are monitored and maintained until use. Though it isn’t cheap, for a little under $2000, Store-a-Tooth will set up and maintain your samples for you. It’s important to collect stem cells while a person is still young, because our cells become compromised by environmental pollutants and normal degeneration with age. Storing teeth may be potentially beneficial for parents who did not bank their children’s cord blood for whatever reason.

Learn more about the process of harvesting dental pulp stem cells here:

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

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

The Importance of Preparedness and What it Can Teach You

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The Importance of Preparedness and What it Can Teach You

Every family across the globe should be prepared for natural disaster or any other potentially life threatening situation that could put them and their family in a true fight for survival. As we are closely approaching 2017, the importance of preparedness is becoming more and more necessary.

Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, wildfires, a volcanic eruption, a possible economic collapse, collapse of the power grid, or a terrorist attack can each bring devastation of epic proportions. In so many of these emergency situations, families are forced to evacuate their homes. Some families, unfortunately, will not have homes to come home to when it’s all over. The process to rebuild your home…your life…can takes months or even years.

While you can’t prevent a natural disaster or an emergency situation from happening, you can cushion a potential blow by preparing yourself and your loved ones for whatever disaster comes your way.

The reasons why being prepared is so important are virtually limitless. When it comes down to it, each reason is a direct result of the previous reason… and so on.

The main reason I remain prepared is plain and simple: I want to survive! I want my loved ones to survive! Is there a lesson to be learned from each survival situation? I say yes, absolutely. For each survival situation, the lessons will be different.

Here are just a few lessons you can learn in the event of a natural disaster or an emergency situation:

  • You learn what your strengths are
  • You recognize the true meaning of unity
  • You’ll have a renewed sense of self
  • Your neighborhood and your community become your family

Discovering Your Strengths


In the event of a disaster or an emergency situation, you learn rather quickly what your strengths are. Mine is organization, which is pretty darn important in any survival situation

With disaster comes chaos followed by panic, so having someone in your family that can provide a sense of “Hey! We got this! This is what we’re going to do!” is probably one of the most important first steps in an any emergency type situation. Going in calm and clear headed will provide a great sense of security for everyone involved. Remember, survival is 90% mental.

You will each discover your personal strengths — possibly a strength you didn’t know you had. Believe me when I say, don’t worry about trying to develop a strength beforehand. It will come to you. I can promise you that.



As you learn about preparedness, you should conduct family meetings often in which you’ll discuss everything from assembling bug out bags to where to meet if you all were to be separated for any reason.

An important thing to remember, though, is that there is strength in numbers. Sticking together as a unit will provide more success of rescue than if you were alone.

If you live alone, then please consider a neighbor or a trusted friend as part of your unit. Go over a plan of action with these individuals as you would if it was your own family. When it’s all said and done, these individuals will most likely become your family. No matter who is in your unit, have each other’s backs no matter what.

A Renewed Sense of Self


After surviving a disaster, you will have a renewed sense of self; meaning that you become a stronger person for overcoming one of the biggest obstacles in life — mental and physical survival in a true emergency situation.

Your Neighborhood and Community Become Your Family


In the aftermath of any major disaster, you will meet some of your neighbors for the first time. You will give out hugs of condolences, a helping hand, and share your supplies. You will help pick up the pieces of what’s left… together.

At the end of the day, you have all been through the same situation and lending a hand is rebuilding life one day at a time — as a community, as a family.

Word of the day: Prepare! And do it the old fashion way, like our fore-fathers did it and succeed long before us, because what lies ahead of us will require all the help we can get. Watch this video and learn the 3 skills that ensured our ancestors survival in hard times of famine and war. 


Source :  survivallife.com

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17 Things to Do or Check before Bugging Out!

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17 Things to Do or Check before Bugging Out The Internet is filled with various lists of what to pack in your bug out bag, what kind of bug out bag to buy, how to pick a bug out location, how to choose a bug out vehicle, and what to pack in that vehicle. It … Continue reading 17 Things to Do or Check before Bugging Out!

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Blogger screwed me again

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Yesterday, I added a new blog to follow on my blog list. Last night is was on there but this morning they were all GONE! I haven’t been good at keeping a separate back-up list so now I have to go by memory and rebuild the list. If I’ve left someone off I’m sorry, it wasn’t intentional. Maybe in a few weeks I’ll recall all of them and get you on the list again.

What’s Wrong with 1911 for Survival?

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I love how consistent you have been over the years advising your readers to rely on the Glock. I agree with your assessment concerning reliability/durability, availability, weight, etc. All things considered the Glock is simply the right answer. I’ve got a 1911 and have used that design ever since I was 12 years old, but it just shows a lack of understanding for someone to recommend the 1911 to someone who is new to firearms and needs something simple and reliable. Just knowing what “the extractor tension test” means is enough proof that the 1911 is for the dedicated hobbyist and not for the beginners first pistol. I feel bad for people who are new to firearms, need one, and are fed tons of well meaning but convoluted information about what is “best” from so called “experts” who have confused their personal hobby with someone else’s practical needs. Indeed you are correct: the answer is simple for the beginner; the answer is Glock 19.


My first serious gun was a Norinco 1911. At the time internet was still pretty new and there simply wasn’t the massive amount of information that is available today. Back in those days if you wanted to learn about something you bought these things called “magazines” (for you kids, its like a website or blog, but printed in paper every month or so) Guns & Ammo Magazine said the Norinco 1911 was great for a “street custom” and that’s exactly what I did. I took a perfectly functional 1911 that never had a hiccup and spent almost a thousand dollars worth of dual tone finish, hammer, sights, trigger, springs, guide rod, walnut grips, fancy torx screws, brand name magazines, etc. After enough messing around I managed to end up with a gun that jammed more often. Cutting a couple loops from the new recoil spring helped greatly. Going back to the original guide rod solved the problem completely. At the end of the day the only thing that made a real difference was the nicer sights I installed. The rest was mostly cosmetic. Here it is in all its glory:


In my case as well, for years this was the only handgun I used. I learned to love the 1911. Learned to shoot it, clean it, repair it.

But a Glock it is not, Most of the parts required careful hand fitting. Every spare part in the Glock just drops into place. Even then the 1911 is less reliable and more sensitive than the Glock. It’s heavier, holds less rounds and in those 500-1000 round weekend classes you’ll get cut and scrapped by every single sharp edge of the gun. You shoot slower with the single stack 1911, need to reload more often and unless you have a big magwell its harder to reload too compared to that huge gap where you slap Glock magazines in.

You mention Glock 19s for beginners and that is true, every single person I taught how to shoot for the first time they all shot better with Glocks. But that doesn’t mean its not a gun for elite shooters too. In fact Navy SEALs recently adopted that same Glock 19 as their sidearm. Most world class professional shooters from the tactical community that I know of also use one kind of Glock or another, mostly 19 and 17.


Gun nuts, we love all kind of guns. Shoot as many as you can, collect tons of them, but when it comes to your sidearm, make sure it’s a Glock.


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”.

Learning from History: Take-Away Lessons from When SHTF in the Past

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One of the first casualties of our public school system in the United States has been the teaching of history. We’ve permitted the liberals to slander our greatest leaders, diminish or completely ignore our greatest moments in history. Students aren’t taught what actually happened in the past, because they might see history being repeated at present. They might start thinking and getting dangerous ideas.

Unfortunately, this has been going on for decades, and most American adults are pretty clueless about history and the implications for the future. By learning about what happened in previous generations, and knowing that history repeats, we can prepare better and avoid making the same mistakes when SHTF again.


When it comes to war (and by this I mean all-out war that truly affects our daily lives), both the government and the people boast that it will be over with quickly. The big wars—the American Civil War, WWI, WWII, for example—are never a surprise except to the woefully ignorant, and hostilities have been stoked for some time before shots are ever fired. As part of the propaganda, the intelligence and capabilities of the enemy are diminished or demeaned. The powers that be suggest that the war will end quickly, and the gullible always fall for it. Governments use wars to divert the attention of the people from the problems at hand and to deflect the blame for them that they would otherwise place on the government.

Governments use wars to divert the attention of the people from the problems at hand.

Politicians feel a whole lot safer when their constituents blame a foreign country for domestic problems such as economic collapse rather than the failed policies of government. And wars can very quickly solve a nasty unemployment problem. The media endlessly promotes the importance of making personal sacrifices to support the soldiers, and complaining about shortages becomes unpatriotic. Imports and anything the military says is needed for the war effort simply become unavailable.

Take away lesson: Knowing this, and knowing that our nation needs a war (according to the politicians who need to deflect blame for our collapsing economy), we plan for a long war with no trips to the grocery store, no trips to Wal-Mart, and no UPS guy bringing any of the nice stuff he normally does. We have to have all the food, clothing, medicine, and basic vehicle maintenance items on hand before hostilities break out.


When government fails to manage the exorbitant amounts of money that corrupt legislators and bureaucrats have already extracted from the people, they don’t acknowledge the failure. Rather, they demand more, but generally through means other than taxation. The ancient Romans shaved the edges off their coins to melt into new coins with supposedly the same value. FDR took us off the gold standard in 1935. The printing presses were fired up in Germany following World War I, and more recently in Zimbabwe. It’s happening now in Venezuela.


Venezuela is having food riots due to shortages.

Around the world we have seen the bank bail outs with taxpayer money. We already have larger banks that are charging depositors to hold their funds with negative interest rates. Coming next are the bank bail ins with depositor money. And safe-deposit boxes are anything but; in a pinch the bank will empty yours. When banks face collapse, they start calling in loans. Those with debt are vulnerable. Then there is also the drive to become a cashless society so that every transaction can be monitored and taxed. Only time will tell whether our leaders do away with cash before we collapse.

The chaotic financial situations surrounding WWII affected absolutely everyone, but of course the middle and lower classes were much harder hit. This made the average Joe a little more open to accepting bribes just to be able to feed himself and his family. Many are the people who were able to avoid the Nazi concentration camps by being able to place some gold coins or jewels into the right person’s hand. At the same time, because Germany’s currency was so worthless, it was better used to burn and generate some heat. The take-away lessons here?

1. Have no debt

2. Keep only a minimum balance in your bank for paying bills

3. Have everything necessary on hand before SHTF, because paper and digital money will become worthless

4. Have some precious metals if possible, including junk silver, for what you forgot to get or didn’t think you’d need.

News Media

There’s a reason why viewership among so-called news programs has been declining for the past several years—they are all in direct collusion with a corrupt government. Most of what should be reported, isn’t. Much of what is reported only diverts attention from the real issues. And this has been going on for well over a century. If you take a close look at the 1918 influenza epidemic (The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry, was a real eye-opener), local and federal governments hid the truth about the spread and the severity of the disease. Newspaper reports were whitewashed or completely scrubbed, all for the sake of not panicking the citizenry (and promoting the sale of Liberty bonds so necessary to fleece the people and finance the war). Phone operators were ordered to eavesdrop on private conversations and break the connection if the parties began discussing the epidemic. Forty years previous, journalists were also complicit in hiding the extent and severity of the yellow fever epidemic (see The American Plague, by Molly Caldwell Crosby).

Nothing to see here… Move along.

Bottom line? If the media and the government are trying to panic you with reports of the latest outbreak of whatever, and especially if they’re hyping a vaccine to go along with it, there’s probably nothing to worry about. But if they’re trying to downplay the severity of an outbreak, it’s time to wake up and pay attention to what’s happening around you. Hopefully you have everything you already need to shelter in place for the duration.

Corrupt governments create boogeymen to divert attention and distract the people. In the past two millennia the boogeymen have often been Jews, and sometimes Christians. In addition, throughout history people persecuted anyone who was different, who hadn’t yet been fully assimilated into society due to language and culture, and sometimes, mere appearance. It used to be so important for immigrant children to do well in school and to lose any trace of an accent. Irish, Italians, Chinese and others were routinely discriminated against for even the most back-breaking jobs. At the outbreak of WWII, the Japanese on the west coast of the United States were rounded up and sent to internment camps.

Things are a little different now, aren’t they? In the United States today, who are these boogeymen? Christians, gun-owners, home schoolers, Constitutionalists. White, middle-class, hard-working Americans. For some reason, we boogeymen now finance the new bread and circuses. Just as the ancient Romans gave food to the lower classes by taxing the upper classes and provided the circuses as a means of distracting the less intelligent people, we now have all the welfare benefits provided to anyone who asks (unless they happen to be white American citizens, then there is a test), whether they’re here legally or not. And lest we start pondering how messed up things are, we have the Kardashians, NFL, Netflix, and Facebook to divert our attention. The take away lesson here?

1. Don’t be distracted

2. Make every new day an opportunity to prepare

3. Gather more food and other supplies

4. Learn a new skill that will be useful post-TEOTWAWKI.

The Sheeple

There will always be that group of people who deny the reality that is staring them in the face. As preppers, we already see that every day as we monitor the economy and financial markets, domestic and foreign news, especially as it regards volatile situations liable to erupt into all-out war at any moment. As a whole, Americans in particular seem to suffer from irrational exuberance about their collective future. In The Bielski Brothers, a fascinating history of a trio of men who established communities in the forests of Eastern Europe and saved about 1,000 Jews, there are several accounts of Jews identifying with their captors in the camps. The Jews somehow came to believe that they were special, that they wouldn’t be killed, even as they saw friends and family being raked down. The Bielski brothers encountered dozens of Jews who were afraid to leave the known concentration camps for the unknown forest.


The lesson here? Gentle persuasion and education of our friends and family before SHTF may work with some, but I think we have to resign ourselves to the fact that quite a few of our loved ones won’t accept reality. For the safety of others in our group, we may have to let the sheeple make their own choices and live (and die) with the consequences. It is the most difficult lesson to learn.


We already have government programs indoctrinating our children at all levels, encouraging them to report inappropriate behavior. And while children absolutely need avenues for getting help when any kind of abuse is involved, we really don’t need the problems that issue from someone telling government how much food we have stockpiled or how many guns we have. Government encouraged the betrayal of friends and family in both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, and especially disturbing were the cases where children informed on their own families.

While the US government still promotes this behavior with their “See Something, Say Something” slogan, our primary concern today is not in being betrayed by others. We are betraying ourselves. We rat ourselves out with Facebook. For the sake of saving a few dollars, we have store loyalty (Kroger, Safeway, Hy-Vee, etc.) and membership (Costco, Sam’s) cards that track our purchases and spending habits. And we have cell phones that record our conversations and cars that track our movements. NSA stores all our emails. All this data is reported and mined to create a perfect profile and history of each person.

The lessons here? Keep your children as far removed from the government as possible. Home schooling goes a long ways towards that. Avoid social media like the plague. Pay cash for everything as much as possible. Don’t ever use membership cards for any store. Use a stupid phone, and that only when necessary. Don’t purchase vehicles that track your movements.

In conclusion, history repeats. It always has, it always will. Each generation will experience all-out war and financial collapse. It’s been seventy years since WWII and eighty-five years since the Great Depression. Our time is up and our turn is coming. Learn from history. Be prepared.

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Why do you hunt?

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Every hunter will probably come across someone who questions, or possibly attacks, the activity of hunting. Here’s how to answer.

by Leon Pantenburg

Start by being nice and respectful: The person with the questions may be honestly seeking info and might be considering joining our ranks.

All the uniformed person might know is that you (a hunter) intend to hunt and kill an animal and eat it. And that sounds like something a Neanderthal would do.

So what’s the allure? Why bother? Isn’t hunting inhumane? What’s wrong with people who kill things to have a good time?  How can you be so heartless? And it goes on…

Here’s some common questions and my responses. Think what yours might be… 

Why do hunters say “harvest,” instead of “kill”?

I was dressed entirely in wool on the cold November day I harvested this bull elk.

I killed this bull elk last year on a cold November day in the Oregon high desert.

One definition of “harvest”  according to Webster, is “to catch, take, or remove for use.”

Game animals are a crop, and they are managed so they are in balance with the habitat. (As a side benefit, when you enhance habitat for game animals, other non-game species also benefit.) Every fish and game department in the country uses hunting as a game management tool.

Tags issued are based on scientific data, and are allotted in specific areas to regulate how many are killed.

Hunters are bloodthirsty wackos with a need to kill something.

These psychos don’t last long as hunters. It takes way too much time, effort and energy to legitimately pursue game animals. There is not enough killing to satisfy someone’s bloodlust.

In Colorado, for example, the 2016 success rate for elk harvest was about 30 percent for residents and 45 percent for residents. In Oregon, where I hunt, the success rate on elk is about 15 percent.

Apply this to football –  who would go to a game where there is at best a 30 percent chance of someone scoring a touchdown?

Then why do you have to kill something? Can’t you go out in woods and just hike around?

I can, and I do. I’m outdoors year round, and love the seasonal changes. But there is something about pursuing wild game that is embedded in human DNA, and there is nothing like hunting to make me feel alive.

Frequently, hunting ends up being a walk in the woods carrying a bow or a firearm. I’m fine with that.

Hunting is a cruel blood sport: Mother Nature is cruel. In the wild, animals don’t usually get a humane death. They may die from starvation, a broken leg or be ripped apart by wolves, coyotes, cougars or other predators. Their eventual death may be a painful, lingering one. The swift bullet or arrow is the quickest, least painful way to go.

Trophy hunting is bad: It depends on the situation.

To an African villager whose crops are decimated by overpopulated elephant herds, a hunter who culls the herd is a godsend. That hunter will have to buy an expensive hunting permit and hire local people to guide, track, skin and process the downed animal. (Tourism promoters point out that every tourist dollar turns over in a community seven times!) If an animal is killed the meat is traditionally given to the nearest village.

Outlaw trophy hunting, and this economic boon goes away. If no trophy hunters are allowed, villagers will do what they have to to protect their crops and villages.

There are no legal seasons for endangered species. Today, every wild animal is managed and regulated by fish and game departments to make sure they don’t become endangered.

Here are some other aspects the non-hunter might not think about.

Hunters pay for conservation:  Fact is, over 90 percent of  habitat management funds are generated from fees from hunting and fishing licenses.

All hunting-related expenditures in Nebraska totaled $527 million in 2011, according to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation 2011 National Survey (revised in 2013, the latest information available).

This is a mosquito breeding ground, and camping near it guarantees swarms of biting insects will find you.

Anytime wildlife habitat is enhanced or preserved, all the animals benefit.

When a habitat is improved or restored, it benefits many non-game animals. As far as financially supporting wildlife and habitat restoration goes, the antis aren’t even in the picture.

Success is not guaranteed: Unless you’re hunting in a fenced enclosure, nobody can promise you’ll even see a game animal. I’ve hunted several seasons in Idaho where I never saw an elk.

Hunting is a family tradition. My Dad taught me hunting ethics. With the exception of sparrows and starlings, feral pigeons in the barn that ruined cattle feed, and rats in the corn crib, I never killed anything we couldn’t eat.

My brother, Mike Pantenburg, has been my hunting partner since he was 12 and passed his hunter safety class.  Some 35 years later, we still try to hunt together every fall.

Hunting season, since time immemorial,  has been a time for the tribe to gather. These events strengthen family bonds.

Hunting puts you in touch with nature: My friend, Lily Raff Macallu, wrote “Call of the Mild,” a memoir book about a big city woman learning to hunt. Lily took up fishing after moving to Oregon, and said it opened up a whole new world of awareness. Instead of seeing a river as a water flow, she started seeing the structure in it, the different currents, and all the things that contribute to fish habitat. She took up hunting to gain the same awareness on land.

I like to know where my food comes from: I’m a meat hunter, and could care less about trophies. I will kill the first legal animal that comes along.

My wife and daughter love elk meat. When I go elk hunting, my instructions are to harvest a cow or a spike (if legal), because the meat tastes better. The elk I killed last year was born and grew up about 15 miles from where I live. It lived its whole life in the Oregon high desert, and was wild and free until it was killed.

And those are my reasons for hunting. I still have trouble sleeping the night before opening day, and still get that feeling of awe and respect as I stand over a downed big game animal. And I don’t ever want to get over that.

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Leon Pantenburg

Leon Pantenburg has been an avid hunter, backpacker, canoeist and fisherman all his life. After a career as a journalist, he moved to Bend, Oregon, where he currently is a newspaper and journalism instructor at Central Oregon Community College. He is the author of the Survivalcommonsense.com website and Youtube channel, and is owned by two black Labs.

FEMA’s Emergency Alert System Hacked: Warns of Hazardous Materials Disaster

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Utica, New York, Television viewers started seeing weird messages pop up on their screen warning of a pending Hazardous Materials disaster somewhere in the United States. […]

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FEMA’s Emergency Alert System Hacked: Warns of Hazardous Materials Disaster On Trains

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How To Feed Your Chickens For $1 (Or So) A Day

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Millions of Americans own backyard chicken flocks, and with the economy still struggling to recover, more and more families add them to their property each year.

Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone is doing things right.

Backyard chickens are the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to poultry expert Justin Rhodes, who shares with us money-saving tips and priceless advice he has learned during his years on the homestead.

Rhodes, who gives poultry tips each week through his popular YouTube channel, tells us:

  • How he fed a flock of 30 chickens on merely $1.25 a day.
  • What he doesn’t feed his chickens (the list is short!)
  • Why he is a big fan of electric poultry nets.
  • Which breeds he prefers for eggs and meat.
  • How he gets his flock ready for winter.

Finally, Rhodes tells us how he kills the chickens he processes for meat – using a method your great-grandparents may not have recognized. Don’t miss this amazing show if you own chickens or are considering purchasing a flock!

Using Tree Bark Flours in Cooking

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This post explores the Scandinavian traditions of using tree bark flours in cooking—in particular the use of birch and pine barks in the cuisines of indigenous Sami culture.


Birch trees tapped for syrup, in March. photo credit: Josh Pollen

Birch trees tapped for syrup, in March. photo credit: Josh Pollen

Papery white bark, long lean trunks with eye-like knots, the warming sweet smell of the sauna – birch trees (both Betula pubescens spp. and B. pendula spp.) are an iconic symbol of the Nordic region. They were among the earliest trees to re-colonize the land after the last ice age (Kullman, 2002) and grow abundantly all around the Northern Hemisphere with species spanning from Morocco to Greenland (pfaf.org). Aside from their distinctive outward appearance, many parts of birch are also used for food: their sap is traditionally drunk fresh, boiled down into syrup, and even brewed into beer (Buhner, 1998), and the small buds, harvested in the winter before they begin to shoot, are deeply resinous and aromatic. Yet birch’s great gastronomic potential does not end here. Below the outer bark, the inner bark has a beautiful reddish colour and a sweet woody aroma, and can bring a unique flavour to many dishes.

Flour from the inner birch bark, dried, ground, and sifted

Flour from the inner birch bark, dried, ground, and sifted

This inner bark is also called phloem, the layer between the distinctive papery outer bark and inner hardwood. It is a living tissue, consisting notably of specialized filtering sieve-cells for transport of water and nutrients, starch-storing tissues, and other specialized cells for structural support of the tree (Sjölund, 1997). It is through the phloem that sap travels in early spring, carrying sucrose and other nutrients to nourish the tree as it begins to bud. Compared to the outer bark and inner hardwood, phloem has a lower concentration of anti-digestive compounds such as lignin and phenols (Chaney, 2003); in fact, it is relatively nutritious, with about 1000-1200 calories per kilogram, though it tends to have a bitter taste.

Figure 1 - General tree anatomy and physiology. A tree’s bark and wood consists of many distinct layers: the exterior bark comprised of dead, accumulated cells is called the rhytidome, while the entire outer bark layer is called the periderm; the inner bark is also called phloem and consists of vascular tubes to transport nutrients; the thin cambium below is made of living tissue that builds the phloem outward and provides a protective barrier against rot and disease; the sapwood is the newly formed wood containing living tissues and water; the heartwood is older, dryer and the core of the tree’s structural stability. Drawing by Anna Sigrithur.

Figure 1 – General tree anatomy and physiology. A tree’s bark and wood consists of many distinct layers: the exterior bark comprised of dead, accumulated cells is called the rhytidome, while the entire outer bark layer is called the periderm; the inner bark is also called phloem and consists of vascular tubes to transport nutrients; the thin cambium below is made of living tissue that builds the phloem outward and provides a protective barrier against rot and disease; the sapwood is the newly formed wood containing living tissues and water; the heartwood is older, dryer and the core of the tree’s structural stability. Drawing by Anna Sigrithur.

The outer birch bark has been widely used as a building material, and for food storage and preservation due to the antimicrobial properties of betulin, a compound (as the name would suggest) which the tree has in abundance (Haque et al 2014). Use of the phloem, however, has not been documented nearly as widely. One group that historically uses the inner bark is the Sami people of northern Scandinavia, for whom the birch tree is nearly as central to their way of life as the reindeer. They typically harvest the bark from trees felled for timber, firewood, waterproofing, or handicrafts, peeling it off in large sheets from the smooth trunks while still fresh. Traditional practice warns against harvesting bark from the full circumference of a living tree lest its nutrient flow be cut off (Laila Spik, personal communication, 2015)—a process known as girdling, used in other contexts to manage forests and even to grow extremely large vegetables. Once harvested, the reddish brown, almost cork-like phloem is separated from the outer bark and left to dry either in the sun, by a fire or wood stove, or in a dehydrator. It is then ground into flour and used to make bread and crackers. Birch flour does not contain the gluten proteins typically required to give bread structure and cohesion, and for this reason it is rarely used alone in baking. More often it is mixed with wheat or rye flour to make the dough more cohesive, and to smooth its bitter taste. Bread using birch bark flour, for example, has been made in Sweden and Finland for centuries (Zackrisson et al., 1999).

Here is a recipe for a simple birch bark bread. The crumb has a beautiful reddish hue and a unique aroma, almost reminiscent of raspberries.

Birch bark bread

600g whole grain flour
400g tipo 00 flour
75g birch flour
20g salt
925g water
200g sourdough starter

Combine ingredients and soak overnight. The next morning add 200g sourdough. Over the next 4-5 hours turn the dough every 45-60 minutes by pulling up one corner and folding it over onto itself. Give the bowl a quarter turn and repeat until you have made it all the way around.

Shape loaves into tight rounds and let them rest for 20 minutes. Then fold them into tight packages and place in a rising basket. Allow to rise for 2-3 hours.

Place Dutch oven with lid into oven and preheat oven to 250°C. Once hot, drop the dough into the pot, score, and put the lid back on. Decrease temperature to 230°C and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and bake for another 25 minutes until the crust turns a beautiful golden brown.


The bark from the rugged, ancient pines (Pinus sylvestris spp.) of northern Scandinavia is also a source of flour for breads and baking. The Sami traditionally harvest the bark from living trees in vertical strips that wrap no more than one-third around a tree’s circumference—a method known as ‘window pane-ing’ (Laila Spik, personal communication, 2015). Typically the strip is harvested using a steel or bone blade to make horizontal cuts at the top and bottom of the strip then using a scraper to peel the strip down vertically, leaving the cambium undamaged below (Zackrisson et al., 1999). Harvesting occurred during most of the snow-free months, although specifically in June, and was most often carried out by women (ibid.). Prior to the 19th century, the trees were most often stripped on the north/northwest/northeast side of the trunk, and first strippings were most likely to be facing north, with subsequent ones facing other directions (ibid.). Interestingly, evidence of stripping from the 19th century does not indicate a specific preference for direction.

A pine tree with evidence of bark regrowth over an old 'window-pane', in northern Sweden.

A pine tree with evidence of bark regrowth over an old ‘window-pane’, in northern Sweden.

In the days before modern communication, seeing fresh window panes on pine trees was a signal to travelling Sami that others were living nearby (Laila Spik, personal communication, 2015). Indeed these window-panes are still visible on some Lapland pines, some grown over for hundreds of years: the 700-800 year old pines around Laila’s home, near Stora Sjöfallet National Park, register evidence of the most active continuous use of pine bark of anywhere in Sweden during the period between 1450 and 1890 (Zackrisson et al., 1999). Pines are less desirable than birch for fire and construction, and are thus typically felled less often, so harvesting respectfully from the living tree is appropriate in this case. The pines from which bark was harvested were also in many considered cases sacred, and would not be used for firewood also for this reason (ibid.).

The eating of pine tree bark in the Nordic regions has commonly been regarded as a famine activity—yet the historical evidence suggests otherwise:

“There is no indication in our records that historically well-known famine years resulted in more bark being peeled in those years (see also Niklasson et al. 1994). This may strengthen the interpretation that inner bark was not a famine food for Sami, in contrast to what has been described among Nordic and Finnish farmers (Hansson 1996). The use of bark for food among Sami people was instead always described in the 1600’s and 1700’s as a normal staple food resource (Schefferus 1674; Leem 1767; Rheen 1897; Graan 1899; Lundius 1905; Drake 1918). It has also been pointed out that rich Sami families with many tamed reindeer and large milk production normally collected the largest quantities of Scots pine inner bark for food (Drake 1918), which is understandable as inner bark was often mixed into milk (Schefferus 1674).” (Zackrisson et al., 1999)

Thus, when it comes to Sami culture, use of pine bark may have been much more connected with wealth (in the form of more reindeer and their milk) than poverty and famine. Nonetheless, the use of bark in the 18th and 19th centuries was often described as primitive and as a sign of extreme poverty (ibid.). The 19th century saw official claims that eating bark and its products was dangerous and unhealthy; Swedish authorities generated intense propaganda against the use of bark for food; and from 1870 onwards Swedish legislation forbade the harvesting of bark from trees growing on crown land (ibid.).

There are many documents suggesting that pine flour be made from the phloem similarly to birch (MacWelch, 2014; Gottesfeld 1992; Zackrisson et al., 1999). However, Laila’s recipe for making pine bark flour is simply to harvest the shaggy outer bark (rhytidome) which can be flaked off relatively easily with a sharp knife. The grey surface is weathered and can be discarded in favour of the rusty-coloured, aromatic layers lying below, just above the smooth, white cambium. Similar to the method for birch, the harvested pine bark flakes should be dried and ground into a flour using a stone grinder, a mortar and pestle, an electric blender or mill, or a combination of these methods. The pine flour is then mixed with wheat, spelt or rye flour and typically baked into thin knäckebröd, or Swedish crisp bread. It is also well documented that the phloem and cambium can be made into flour by stripping away the rhytidome and periderm and peeling the cambium off in sheets, dehydrating it, and then grinding into powder (Zackrisson et al., 1999). This kind of harvesting should only be done on non-living branches or trees because of the damage it would do to the living tree. Small pieces of the cambium can also be enjoyed as a fresh mid-harvest treat, with a sweetness and texture reminiscent of fresh coconut meat.

Nutritionally, the periderm and rhytidome are not as generous as the phloem or cambium as they do not contain starches or carbohydrates digestible to humans (Chaney, 2005). However, they do contain condensed tannins called procyanidins that are being researched for potential health benefits (Li et al., 2015). Aromatic hydrocarbons such as terpenes and phenols which give pine its distinctive warm, woody scent also deliver antimicrobial properties, perhaps useful for blending with other flours to preserve their shelf life. The phloem of the pine is rich in ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), which during the 1800s helped the Sami of the interior of Norway and Sweden avoid the scurvy that was at the time devastating the coastal populations of non-Sami farmers (Zackrisson et al., 1999).

Making pine bark flatbread with Laila Spik in northern Sweden.

Making pine bark flatbread with Laila Spik in northern Sweden.

I [Anna] learned how to make this bread from the outer bark from Laila Spik when I was learning from her this summer; the aroma that fills the kitchen while these are baking is irresistible and resinous, just like a walk in the pine forest.

Laila is pleased to share her recipe with pine bark flatbread with anyone who is interested. You can get in touch with her at laila.spik@gmail.com (or check out her website).

Another batch of pine bark bread made at the lab

Another batch of pine bark bread made at the lab

I’ve recently been working on another recipe with the pine bark flour, which we served on Monday at a party to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of our move to KU and the past, present and future of NFL.

Pine bark cookies

75g sugar
113g butter
1 egg white
60g pine bark flour
90g wheat flour
2g baking powder
2g salt

1. Oven 180˚C, 10% humidity.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar; add lightly beaten egg white.
3. Sift together dry ingredients and slowly add to creamed mixture. Stir till combined.
4. The mixture should be quite fatty. Wrap, and place in refrigerator for one hour.
5. Roll between sheets of parchment very thinly (at this point it may be helpful to put the rolled out sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm it up a little bit), and then cut out cookie shapes (I used 30mm circle cutter).
6. Bake on silicone for 5 minutes—less if they are very small, and more if they are larger.
7. Cool and enjoy sandwiching this tasty bastard:

Celeriac white chocolate buttercream

approx. 300g celeriac (½ large), peeled and cut into 5cm chunks
milk for poaching
90g white chocolate pieces
50mL heavy cream
2 sheets gelatin

1. Poach the celeriac till very soft in two changes of milk.
2. Let cool and strain away milk (save for delicious rooty toot tootin’ lattes!!)
3. Purée with blender, then pass through tamis to remove fibres.
4. Heat the cream and chocolate over a bain marie, whisk to combine.
5. Soften gelatin in some water and melt over bain marie with a dash of cream. Whisk gelatin into chocolate mixture.
6. Pour over celeriac puree and blend thoroughly. Spread into container and let cool for at least 4 hours.
7. Purée celeriac white chocolate again for smoothness; spread on half of your pine cookies and ever so gently top with another pine cookie (they are delicate flowers).
8. Put in the refrigerator to set again, half an hour. Serve immediately and enjoy or they may become soggy.

The finished pine bark oreo.

The finished pine bark oreo.


Avery wrote the first version of the Birch section, and developed the bread recipe. Anna wrote the Pine section, developed the pine biscuit recipe, and updated information and added citations throughout.

Works Cited

Buhner, Stephen Harrod. Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation. Siris Books: Boulder. 1998.

Chaney, William R. “Why Do Animals Eat The Bark and Wood of Trees and Shrubs.” Forest and Natural Resources (2003): n. pag. Purdue University, Aug. 2003. Web. 30 June 2014.

“Digestibility of Plants.” Plant Structure & Function. University of Waikato, n.d. Web. 30 June 2014.

Gottesfeld, Leslie M. Johnson. The importance of bark products in the aboriginal economies of Northwestern British Columbia, Canada. Economic Botany, 46:2. 148-157. Web. 29 October 2015.

Haque, S., Nawrot, D. A., Alakurtti, S., Ghemtio, L., Yli-Kauhaluoma, J., Tammela, P. “Screening and Characterisation of Antimicrobial Properties of Semisynthetic Betulin Derivatives.” Panepinto J, ed. PLoS ONE. 2014;9(7):e102696. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102696.

Huebner, Matt. “Study Shows Metabolic Benefits of Birch Bark.” Next Level Nutrition. N.p., 14 May 2011. Web. 30 June 2014.

Kullman, L. (2002). “Boreal tree taxa in the central Scandes during the Late-Glacial: implications for Late-Quaternary forest history.” Journal of Biogeography, 29: 1117–1124. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2699.2002.00743.x

Li, S., Xu, M., Niu, Q., Xu, S., Ding, Y., Yan, Y., Guo, S. & Li, F. Efficacy of Procyanidins against In Vivo Cellular Oxidative Damage: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE. 1 October 2015. Web. 29 October 2015.

Lindsey, Rebecca. “The Migrating Boreal Forest : Feature Articles.” The Migrating Boreal Forest : Feature Articles. NASA Earth Observatory, 20 Aug. 2002. Web. 30 June 2014.

MacWelch, Tim. “Survival Foods: Can You Really Eat Tree Bark? | Outdoor Life Survival.” Survival Foods: Can You Really Eat Tree Bark? | Outdoor Life Survival. Outdoor Life, 9 Nov. 2011. Web. 30 June 2014.

Sjölund, Richard D. The Phloem Sieve Element: A River Runs through It. The Plant Cell, 9. 1137-1146. July 1997. Web. 29 October 2015.

Zackrisson, O., Ostlund, L., Korhonen, O., and Bergman. The ancient use of Pinus sylvestris L. (Scots pine) inner bark by Sami people in northern Sweden, related to cultural and ecological factors. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 9:2. 99-109. July 2000.

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Book: Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions

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Bill Gates & America’s Millionaires Are Building Underground Survival Bunkers – ‘The Future Is Going To Be Rough’

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Bill Gates & America’s Millionaires Are Building Underground Survival Bunkers – ‘The Future Is Going To Be Rough’

An underground shelter for the rich. Image source: Vivos


The rich and famous are investing millions of dollars to build elaborate underground bunkers and safe houses in what has become a booming industry for the contractors that specialize in luxury survival accommodations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Bill Gates has huge shelters under every one of his homes, in Rancho Santa Fe and Washington,” Robert Vicino, the founder of bunker company Vivos, revealed. The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is considered the world’s richest man.

“His head of security visited with us a couple years ago, and for these multibillionaires, a few million is nothing,” Vicino said. “It’s really just the newest form of insurance.”

Gates is not alone, as movie stars, financiers, athletes and other wealthy celebrities are all so worried about the future that they’re investing millions in bunkers and safe houses, The Reporter discovered. The wealthy’s worries include terrorist attacks, riots, World War III, class warfare, economic collapse and political chaos stemming from the election.

“People are going for luxury [to] live underground because they see the future is going to be rough,” Mike Peters of Ultimate Bunker told The Reporter. “Everyone I’ve talked to thinks we are doomed, no matter who is elected.”

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Sales at one upscale bunker maker, Rising S Bunkers, have increased by 150 percent in 2016, according to a Reporter article, and sales to upscale clients by 700 percent.

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Survival is the latest fad in Hollywood, with wealthy celebrities going to incredible lengths to preserve their lavish lifestyles. The bunkers that companies like Rising S build construct are a far cry from the air raid shelters of the 1940s and 50s.

Bunkers of the Rich and Famous

Some of the lavish survival precautions the wealthy are taking include:

  • A 37-room, 9,000-square-foot bunker in California’s Napa Valley wine country that cost an “unidentified Academy Award winner” $10.28 million. The bunker’s amenities include a bowling alley, sauna, home theater, Jacuzzi and shooting range.
  • A $9 million, 7,600-square-foot compound in Napa Valley that features hidden safe rooms, four escape tunnels and a safe house disguised as a horse barn.
  • A $3 million bunker for a “major sports figure” who lives in Southern California.
  • A 10-by-50-foot bunker that costs $112,000 and features its own power and water sources and air filtration systems. Rising S Bunkers reported those bunkers are being installed in homes throughout Los Angeles.
  • A $10 million complex, located a few hours north of Minneapolis, that contains two 1,000-square-foot bunkers and 300 feet of tunnels. The same property has three guesthouses — each of which has its own $200,000 bunker.
  • A $100 million subterranean residence for a venture capitalist that features a pizzeria and a day spa. That bunker’s builder, Al Corbi of Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments (SAFE), claims it can withstand a nuclear holocaust, electromagnetic pulse, solar flare and pandemic, among other threats.

Another company, Creative Home Engineering, specializes in building secret doors and panels. When company president Steve Humble started, most of his installations were novelties created for entertainment.

“Nowadays, 80 percent are used for security,” Humble revealed. “In the past year, I have performed installations inside two nuclear-protected complexes with more than 10 secret doors each, one in the L.A. area owned by a plastic surgeon.”

Humble added, “I can tell you that we’ve built secret doors for many of the most recognizable and highly awarded directors and celebrities in Hollywood. There are a lot of Oscars and Emmys tucked away safely behind my secret doors.”

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How To Make a Gas Mask From a Two-Liter Bottle

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Although a gas mask is a great thing to include in your preparedness supplies, it’s usually not a top priority for most preppers. There are only a few specific scenarios where you would need one, each of which isn’t very likely. Still, I think we should be prepared for as many scenarios as possible. But […]

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The Lie That In the Taiwan Apartment Building Built With Radioactive Steel, That There Was No Impact on The Residents

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It is amazing what passes muster as “peer reviewed”.    Check out this story, they say there was no difference between the residents in that building, and a control group.

And then they present the microscopic work as a table but then say it is “not analysed”.    Well it took me about 25 minutes to analyze.

Then they state that smoking has a huge effect on genetic damage.     And amazingly, they pick 20 smokers out of 55 of the control group.     Almost 40% smokers.    Then they fail to mention how many smokers there were in the “resident group”.

Then they go on to “test mice” to try to prove a “hormesis effect”.      Wow, just wow.    These pimps for nuclear have no shame.


Here is the analysis.    Obviously even with them loading the control group with smokers, there is still a large and obvious effect by the radiation.    They completely fail to analyze any health defects the people experienced.     You have to wonder why they didn’t just do a computer simulation, like the whole ICRP dose model is.  

Yes the gate keepers are controlling the narrative, using that flouride to keep people docile.

Makes you want to blow your top….upward.   Sociopaths rise to the top.

Hoboken New Jersey Train Crash Injures 100 or more

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More than 100 people were injured this morning and at least one dead in a Hoboken New Jersey train crash.  The commuter train crashed during rush hour impacting the terminal at full speed, breaking through a wall, and collapsing the roof of the building.  Authorities still have not determined the cause of the crash.

Witnesses say that the train did not even appear to slow down before reaching the terminal. “It never slowed down” one passenger said.  “We all went flying” said another.  After the impact passengers and bystanders in a panic rushed to exit the train and terminal. Some were still trapped from the fallen debris. 

From Fox News:

One emergency worker described a “horrendous exploding noise” and said passengers were crawling from the scene on their hands and knees. “We ran over and there were a lot of people kicking out windows trying to exit the train,” the man, identified only as Mike, told WABC. “…The second half of the first car was completely destroyed.”

Emergency Workers At The Scene of the Hoboken New Jersey Train Crash

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The 3-Ingredient Ancient Home Remedy Used During The Time Of Christ

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The 3-Ingredient Ancient Home Remedy Used During The Time Of Christ

Pliny the Younger, the author and politicians of the late 2nd century – meaning it likely was used during the time of Christ.

Raw vinegar is full of antioxidants and is a natural probiotic, but it’s also been shown to sooth sore throats, improve digestion, reduce cholesterol, help guard against cancer and maintain a healthy weight. As a natural antibiotic, it can help clear out your throat and digestive system of harmful pathogens, allowing you get better faster. Raw cider vinegar has also been shown to help the body absorb nutrients from the foods you eat.

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Raw honey is a nutrient powerhouse, full of antioxidants, minerals and enzymes that promote health and wellness. It’s used throughout the world for its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, as well as an immune system booster. Research shows that it can be just as effective as commercial cough syrup in treating coughs and sore throats. Taken regularly, raw honey can act as an allergy shot to reduce your sensitivity to pollen and allergens in your environment over time.

The herbs used in oxymel vary based on your goals, but in general, they’re often herbs designed to improve your immune response, or address a respiratory condition such as cough, cold, flu or sore throat. Whichever herbs you choose, do your homework, and make sure they reflect your needs, and the needs of your family; great choices include sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, mint, Echinacea, ginger, elecampane, fennel, garlic, mullein, hyssop, wild cherry bark and horseradish.  Sweeter nutrient-rich and health-promoting fruits are sometimes included, as well, including elderberries or sea berries.

One famous version, referred to as “fire cider,” is made with ginger, garlic, cayenne and horseradish. Other times, elderberry, ginger and Echinacea are combined for immune support. Another mixture is a cough syrup/respiratory blend that includes wild cherry bark, elecampane root, rose hips, ginger, slippery elm bark and peppermint.

Pre-mixed remedies sell in health food stores and online for as much as $5 per ounce, but can be mixed at home for pennies and a little patience. Recipes vary widely, but a common formula includes 1 part dried herbs steeped in 2 parts honey and 2 parts vinegar. Leave in a cool dark place for at least a month, and then strain. Feel free to use more honey if your tastes require a sweeter version to overcome the herb flavors you’ve chosen, or if you simply have trouble with vinegar.  Likewise, recipes with up to 5 parts vinegar and 1 part honey are also acceptable for those who like a little extra zing in their medicine.

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Some people choose to steep the honey with the herb in one jar, and then the vinegar with the herb in a separate jar, only mixing them at the end. That way, they can have an infused honey and an infused vinegar which also have a variety of uses, and they don’t have to commit all of the infusion to being an oxymel mixture.

While they’re generally pleasant to use on their own as a medicine by simply taking them on a spoon as you would a cough syrup, they can also be incorporated into meals to turn your food into medicine. Oxymel is a great way to enjoy sweetness without negative effects on your blood sugar. Raw vinegar has also been shown to balance blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics, which will help to balance out the effects of the honey on your system. With that in mind, these medicines make a great addition to cold sparkling water to make a medicinal spritzer, or when used to top a salad as a sweet and tangy dressing. Recipes using sweet herbs (such as elderberry) make excellent pancake syrups or yogurt/dessert toppings.

However you choose to take your oxymel, know that you’re participating in a medicinal tradition that goes back millennia, and taking your health into your own hands by crafting your own homemade medicine.

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Another Nail in Germany’s Economic Coffin: Commerzbank Cuts Out Jobs and Shareholders’ Profits

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Hot on the heels of  the Deutsche Bank debacle comes the next nail in Germany’s economic coffin.

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5 Great Situational Awareness Tips You Need To Practice

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Situational Awareness

I realized I haven’t written about situational awareness in depth since back in 2012. I know from my day to day activities that surprisingly everyone in the world has not read that article and mastered it. In fact, a shit ton of people is still completely oblivious to their surroundings. They have no clue what’s going on around them. 

I have a hard time even imaging how people are so out of touch. I was born with a well-developed situational awareness. Guess it makes up for my complete lack of mathematical skills. 

So before we dig into it I guess I need to define it for those of you that don’t know what situational awareness is.


Situational awareness is the perception of environmental elements with respect to time and/or space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their status after some variable has changed, such as time.


It’s knowing where you are and what’s going on around you. 

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I count watching where you walk and the space you move through as part of situational awareness. You have to be aware of the space you move through both on foot and when driving. I’m sure you all know a buddy that is like a bull in a china shop. That one guy that is always knocking things over. 

This is a lack of total situational awareness. You don’t know where your limbs are in relation to your environment. You absolutely need to know where you are going and what’s there. Watching your steps is so important to preventing injuries.

Don’t know how this is situational awareness? 85% of all snake bites are below the knee. Hrm, I wonder why that is? It is people not watching where they are stepping. They just assume that the ground is all level and free of dangers. 

The same applies for driving a car. If not even more importantly so. This is how my Uncle taught me to drive when I was a teenager. 

“James watch all these idiots on the road and stay away from them.”

That has served me to avoid being in a wreck so far. The road is full of idiots so give them room and be aware of what is going on.  


Be Aware Of  Your Environment

Please know what’s going on around you. Look around, listen and use all of your senses. If you choose to walk around with ear buds in your ears looking at your phone you are setting yourself up to be a victim. You are the one that’s going to trip, get mugged or bit by a snake.

Don’t forget the other senses besides sight either. I use my sense of smell a lot. It might be my strongest sense. Like wolverine from the x men or something. This has some drawbacks with strong smells making me nauseous. 

If you smell something out of place don’t ignore it. Find the cause of it. A big one is a natural gas leak. A sulfur smell is added to natural gas to detect it. That is a smell that is hard to ignore. But I would bet some lazy ass people have. 

Don’t Be Snuck Up On

This one really gets me. Do you know someone that is always surprised? That is always getting snuck up on? Serenity, I’m calling you out here. 

They are not aware of their environment and who’s in it. If you manage to sneak up on me you deserve a prize. If I don’t see you walking up I will hear your footsteps, or smell you. 

Not that It can never happen but with proper situational awareness being snuck up on will happen much less. With practice, you can get better. 


Feel The Mood 

No, I’m not going to get into airy fairy crap here. Having a clue what the environments mood is can be very helpful. The podcast we just did on how to survive a riot, hit on this. If you are out and you see and feel the mood change to violence get out of there. 

Clues for feeling the mood are listening to the tone of the people, observe their body language and your own gut. You can tell when someone is agitated. Their body language will reflect it. Often they will have a hard time remaining still. If you have a feeling that a crowd is going to riot just get out. I would rather see on the news I missed a riot instead of having to try to escape once it is happening. 



Trust Your Gut

I have mentioned a few time to trust your gut. There are times to not listen to it. But you have to be aware of it and make a decision. Trusting and being aware of your instincts is a powerful tool in your situational awareness toolbox. 

Instincts were developed by our ancestors to know when a lion was waiting in a bush to eat us. Now they usually just tell us not to go talk to a pretty girl. One has major consequences. They other has none. You have to be aware of the gut instincts and know when to listen and when to ignore them.

I like to base it on the outcome. What’s the worst that could happen if you ignore the instinct and what is most likely? If the worst outcome isn’t fatal then it might be better to ignore it. 

In Conclusion

No one is perfect and certainly not 100% of the time. With situational awareness I want you to practice and strive for better. Perfectionism of the killer of the good. Be more aware daily. If you notice that you are zoned out bring yourself back. 

If you hear noise look in that direction. In fact look around at times. Don’t dart your eyes around like a creeper but look around. 

Practice active listening. Hear footsteps, talking and odd noises. If you hear things look into them. Or act accordingly. If you hear shots you probably want to go the other way. If you hear falling stuff or crying you should check it out. 



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The Coming Societal Crush From Disintegration In The Global Financial System

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The coming banking collapses, and the coming failure and disintegration in the global financial system (monetary, credit, and financial asset meltdown), is going to be fast and chaotic — and will crush society and the way of life as we know it. What will be the mechanism of the societal crush? An intertwined systemic banking […]

Myth Busting – Knife Attacks

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I wrote this article as an addition to the (excellent) guest article we recently had on on our blog. I have to say that it is written based on my experience, seeing and dealing with knife attacks and wounds, both during the SHTF and during my work in the medical field.

It is not written scientifically, or based on hard data, it is based on what I saw, or did… what I actually experienced.

Often we find, some same topics are viewed differently by different people, and it is perfectly OK to be like that, but when it is come to knife wounds and killing, in the end a wound is wound and blood is blood.

Knife (blade)

There is something primal (can we say even mythical?) in a knife (blade) and I guess it comes from the fact that it has been used as a killing tool for many centuries, and to be honest, for me it is most scary type of possible fight – to be forced to knife fight.

Having a knife in your hand and ‘pushing’ it into someone’s body is scary thought, it is very personal, on many levels.

As always, thanks to movie industry, people imagine a knife fight is like two guys doing a whole bunch of fancy moves. In reality it is mostly about who pulled their knife first and stick it in to the other guy. (Before other guy had a chance to pull his knife hopefully)

Knife Fighting, Knives and Common Sense

I know there are knife fighting experts out there, but I have never gone through some sort of experts training so I cannot say the full impact of this. But I know that if you are forced to do knife fighting with someone when SHTF and by the chance you have pistol with you, pull the gun and shoot the man twice… forget about ‘honor’ and ‘movies’.

Knife fighting (equal terms) means that you (almost for sure) going to get hurt, get at least a couple of cuts from your opponent. Remember even a small cut when SHTF can kill you.

Accepting the possibility people on the internet will call me an idiot, I must say that choosing your knife (for SHTF) as a weapon ONLY is a HUGE resource waste.

A good knife means a working tool and a weapon.

Also accept there are more usable weapons and tools out there, like an axe for example, in terms of multi –use. A knife plays it’s part in the bigger picture.

What I am trying to say is, do not get yourself to romanticized into a certain type of knife- when it come to stabbing and cutting (in fights) most knives will do the job, with the possible exception of a really cheap one.

When it come to tools, then you should aim to choose the higher quality ones (and multi purpose if possible)

In one period of SHTF, most of the knife fights I saw were done with simple kitchen knives, and I assure you those knives did the job bloody good.

Point here is to have intention, and yes, to have guts for that. The type and style of knife is very much secondary to that…

Always you want to have common sense, and adaptability. For example if you found yourself in situation where a knife is your only weapon maybe it makes sense to make spear out of it, to have some „distance and strength“. You can’t just assume there is only ‘one way’.

Knives, Bleeding and Statistics.

There are numbers and data from years of the research about bleeding and death from knife wounds and blood loss, and it worth your time to read it, to know what is about and what you can expect.

On the other hand there are real life experiences and exceptions for everything, and you need to acknowledge that too.

You could see maybe in movies that if you silently move up on a guy from the rear, put your hand over his mouth and stab him with the knife in his back region or kidneys, he is gonna go down silently in two seconds.

Good luck with that, stabbing someone is actually a very „noisy“ job, and there are variables like; Did you hit correct place? Did you stab or slice? How long and sharp your knife is? etc etc.

On top of all this you must understand you will need do add lot of force to whatever method you use, definitely not like in the movies, people will fight for their life – literally.

Depending of the situation, you could hit the correct place (carotid artery for example) but the wounded guy could still have enough time to strangulate you. I’ve seen it happen. Yes, he will die very fast from massive bleeding from carotid artery – but the point is he could still kill you before that happens.

So you have an option of moving to the guy silently in order to kill him, great, but think, are you going to use your fancy knife in order to cut his carotid artery?

Maybe it can make more sense (and present better odds) to use a big rock and instantly crush his skull, with one strong blow, rather than take the chance of missing an artery and be faced with an alerted enemy with a knife?

If you do not have any good training about how to correctly use a knife, it is simply not very easy to achieve fast, effective kills.

More unpleasant facts about a knife fight is if you want to kill someone with a knife, it is going to be some serious requirement in terms of „working“ with your knife.

For example a simple stab, or even multiple stabs to the abdomen region will eventually kill the man, but not fast enough- it is complete different story if you stab the man and then move your knife around- or dig, gouge and cut if you like. Messy job, but it works like that.

If you need to kill someone with a knife, and you get chance to stab him, you need to be prepared that it will likely take multiple stab wounds. One stab rarely works unless you are really know what you are doing.

The final sad truth is, that during the knife fight, when you get chance to stab your opponent, he is having the same chances to stab you, so there is a very good chance you will be hurt too.

Make sure you are not ‘over simplifying’ you options and training. Many preppers I hear carrying things with them to kill folks or defend themselves. You need to understand your full range of defense options, train with your tools and train with an understanding of the realities of these things in mind.

We discuss the realities of violent encounters a lot and much, much more during our flagship course in Croatia. If you are serious about your training there are still some spaces available.

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Back to School Preparedness

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It’s time to update the plan Yay! (Insert happy dance). School is back in session and I can hardly contain my happiness at having order, (or something like it) return to my home. Even the chaos of the first month while getting settled in school is superior to the craziness of summer break. I love the […]

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7 Bartering Rules To Write In Stone

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Bartering Rules

In old times, people were exchanging goods, today we barter with paper money issued by the government. Whether people realize it or not, the bartering system is still alive and well. We do it every single day, when we go to the grocery store, the gas station, and when we pay the rent.

In a SHTF-type of scenario, paper money is completely and utterly useless. If you think that having a pig pile of supply will save you, think twice! You’ll still need to be able to barter with other survivors to get the supplies you and to survive.

Here’s what you need to know when it comes to bartering with other survivors in a SHTF situation. Keep in mind that your life may depend on your ability to barter and acquire food and other supplies, so take these to heart.

Do I Really Need to Know How to Barter?

In case you aren’t familiar with the barter system, it’s pretty easy to understand. It can be defined simply as the exchange of goods or services between two people. For example, if you needed your car repaired, you would go to a mechanic who would require some form of payment in exchange for his services to fix up your automobile.

Most people today feel safe and sound in the current government issued currency situation, and don’t believe that anything is going to happen to upset things. However, all one needs to do is look at what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. People were stuck without any access to funds or outside help, so they were strictly on their own for survival.

For a barter economy to take over, we have to assume a major disaster; something that is serious enough that people aren’t confident in the government’s ability to back the value of the dollar.

Most disasters, such as natural disasters, martial law or civil war, won’t create a situation where a barter economy is needed. People will still use cash for their transactions, as long as they have cash to use. They will only resort to barter when they are out of cash.

That paints us a pretty ugly picture, one in which much of what we depend on to survive is lost. But that’s the ideal situation for those of us who are prepared and who have taken the time to learn the necessary skills to survive. We can take care of the opportunity to trade our skills for what others may have that we can use.

So, what sorts of skills will be useful for bartering in that time?

  • General survival skills – If power is down, something as simple as starting a fire or purifying water will be a valuable skill as many won’t know how to do those things.
  • Medical skills – Medical skills of all kinds will be in high demand, as normal medical services will be overrun. Sickness and accidents will increase, making these skills highly valuable.
  • Midwifery – Midwives will take over from medical doctors for most childbirths. The difficulty of getting to a doctor will make this necessary.
  • Gardening – Yes, something as simple as gardening will be valuable, as there won’t be enough food. Your vegetable garden will become very valuable. Being able to help your neighbors start their own gardens, which would mean having seeds for them to use as well, could be the key skill to build a neighborhood survival team, with you as the leader.
  • Animal husbandry – For the very same reason that gardening will be valuable, being able to raise livestock to feed yourself will become valuable.
  • Any sort of repair skills – With the loss of electricity or a market, products will become unavailable. People will need to keep what they have, getting it repaired if it breaks. This includes anything from repairing small appliances to vehicles and heavy machinery.
  • Small engine repair – Most mechanics are somewhat baffled when faced by small engines. But there will be a greater need to repair power tools, than cars.
  • Mechanics – When the economy is in trouble, people don’t replace their cars. They have them repaired and keep using them longer.
  • Building trades – While there won’t be as much demand for this as some of the other skills I’m mentioning, rebuilding society will require the ability to build new buildings or more likely, rebuild existing buildings to accomplish new purposes.
  • Blacksmithing – In olden times, the blacksmith was the local hardware store, tool manufacturer and general repair man. As people adjust to the new lifestyle, we will see a need for those skills resurface.
  • Practical engineering – From communications to pumping water, a host of infrastructure will need to be created, for those who survive. If the current communications network is destroyed by an EMP, some sort of communications will be needed for local governance and defense.
  • Clergy – Many people will have a struggle with adjusting to their new lifestyle. Clergy and other counselors will be needed for those who can’t make the transition on their own. Clergy will also be needed for the functions of baptisms, weddings and funerals.
  • Military – With any sort of breakdown of society, there is an increase in lawlessness. Some will gather together, forming gangs to prey on others and steal the necessities of life. If you can’t defend yourself or your neighborhood can’t defend itself, then you’ll become victims.

Determining the actual value of your skills will be challenging. It’s challenging enough trying to figure out the value of goods and services in normal times; in those decidedly abnormal times, it will be much harder to calculate.

Basically, we’re talking about the law of supply and demand here. If there’s a lot of clean water available, then purifying water isn’t going to be all that valuable. But if the city water supply is known to be contaminated, that same water will go up extensively.

Which Items Are Absolutely Essential?

The type of items you need to make it through a SHTF situation can be broken down into two groups. The first group is made up of items you absolutely must have in order to live. The second group is creature comforts.

Two things you must have in order to survive are food and water. These two are your number one priority. Since you need these items to live, that means others do too. If you have livestock and crops, these can be as good as gold in a bartering situation. By trading food and water you can almost guarantee you will get whatever you need from someone looking to trade. Make sure that you have a way to replenish your supply before you begin to trade these items, otherwise you will be in big trouble.

Another important group of items you will need is camping and hunting gear. Hunting will be one of your main sources of getting high protein food to eat and sustain your strength. Any item that can be used to survive away from urban areas will be great for trading with other people. Be sure to visit local hunting and outdoors shops and stock up on supplies when they are putting items on sale. This will make sure that when things go south, you will have “currency” to trade with those who don’t have the means of hunting or finding suitable lodging.

Creature comforts make the second group of items both to barter with and for are comfort items. These are items that aren’t necessary to sustain life, but they do make things more comfortable, and a little less dark.

Hygienic supplies like soap, toothpaste, and toilet paper are some of the best supplies to trade with. Staying clean is incredibly important to your health and safety. In a SHTF situation, a cut or scrape that gets infected could lead to death. Stock up on soap and toothpaste and you will have commodities that everyone needs, making you “wealthy” in this type of world.

Another comfort item that is good for barter is alcohol. People love their booze, even in a world that’s fallen completely apart. You will be surprised at the great lengths individuals will go to in order to get a cup of moonshine.

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7 Tips to Know for Bartering Safely

The value of everything will shift during that time period. Today, we value gold, silver and jewels. Those may retain value, but they won’t be very easy to barter. That’s because they won’t be useful for survival. The only people who would be interested in trading for gold and silver will be people who have enough excess that they don’t need to have in order to survive.

1. Be selective

While you might be thinking that a silver teapot isn’t worth as much as a ham, you have to realize that you’re thinking from the viewpoint of someone living in normal times, where food is plentiful. But that teapot won’t help you survive, while the ham will. When there is a serious food shortage, you might be willing to make that trade too.

2. Be fair

Try to be fair as much as possible. I know that some people would say to take advantage of the situation and get as much as possible. But that doesn’t mean you should. The problem with that is that you may just succeed in making an enemy. The best deals are those where both parties walk away from it feeling as if they won. A win-win is an especially big win for you.

3. Control your emotions

If you are bartering with someone, it’s like playing a game of poker. You don’t want to give away too much information in your body language or facial expressions. Keep a straight face! Do not let the other person see that you are in desperate need of the items they have. If someone sees that you need something badly, the price of the exchange will go up.

4. Don’t make yourself a target

Always ask the individual you are bartering with what type of items they are looking for. You do not want to show off your entire inventory to someone you don’t know. Start with the items that are of lesser value and work your way up to the valuable ones. Showing off the best you have first could cause you to be harmed by someone who is desperate for that item.

5. Don’t trade with weapons at first

Avoid trading with weapons at first. While items like guns and ammunition can be extremely valuable in survival situations, they can also be deadly. Trading with someone you don’t know well could lead to someone taking the weapon and using it on you. At that point they will also have access to your entire inventory, leaving you with nothing.

6. Make sure your deal is worked out

Always make sure that your “deal” is worked out before you start working. That way, there won’t be any surprises later. Granted, they could still refuse to pay, but at least they won’t be able to claim that it’s because they didn’t think it would be that much. Often, if people aren’t planning on paying, they will act disinterested in the negotiating process and look for an opportunity to take advantage; don’t allow them that.

7. Bring a friend

Speaking of taking advantage; it’s never safe to make a deal alone. You should always have someone there to protect you, preferably behind the people you are talking to. That way, if things turn sour, you have someone positioned to take them out, before they can take you out.

While no one wants to have a situation like this occur, the reality is that we never know what is going to happen day to day. It is better to learn these skills and be prepared, so that if that day comes, you aren’t the desperate one roaming around for the basics of life.

Stay well supplied and stocked with the materials mentioned above, and you will be well ahead of the curve when the SHTF. Remember to keep things simple, as our ancestors did. In fact, barter is one of the skills that we have to re-learn from them!


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Disaster Preparedness for Your Family

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No matter where you live, your home is at risk for some kind of natural disaster. Whether you’re on the earthquake-prone west coast or right in the heart of tornado alley, it’s crucial to learn how to prepare your home and family for possible disaster. Disaster preparedness is crucial when it comes to taking care of your family. Here are a few ways to ensure your entire family stays safe in the event of a weather emergency:


  1. Make a family emergency preparedness plan.

Not only is it important to sit your family down and discuss exactly what to do in the event of an emergency, it never hurts to have a tangible copy to refer to in the moment. Natural disasters are hectic and panic has a way of making you forget what you’re supposed to do, so having a reference is always a good idea. Create an emergency preparedness plan with your family that covers all the potential disasters for your area. Where should your kids take cover in the event of an earthquake? Does your spouse know where the emergency flashlights are? Do you have a designated emergency contact your children can reach out to if you’re unavailable when disaster strikes? Keep hard copies for emergency reference, but make it a constant conversation to refresh everyone’s memories.


  1. Take special considerations for children.

You’ll want to make sure your kids understand the gravity of a true emergency and the importance of acting quickly and appropriately. If you live in the country, your kids should know that the second they hear tornado sirens while in the backyard playing, they can’t waste a single second in dashing to the basement. If you live in the city, talk about “safety spots” near their school — like a trusted friend or family member’s house — they can go in case getting home amid the chaos simply isn’t possible. Make sure they understand that their safety should never be compromised under any circumstances; not even to save your garden from ferocious hurricane winds.


  1. Buy a few medical books.

You never know what injuries may occur, so stock up on some emergency medical books — don’t rely on a smartphone’s access to the internet or a tablet having enough charge to pull up the information. A few books on basic first aid, sterilization, and emergency care, as well as any applicable pet emergency care literature should be enough to keep you prepared. This is especially important if you live in a secluded, rural area and rescue crews may take longer to reach you in an emergency. One of the best medical books you can add to your household is “The Survival Medicine Handbook” by Dr Joe Alton and Nurse Amy Alton. Also known as Dr.Bones and Nurse Amy they focus on teaching people how to deal with emergencies in laymen terms so we all get it.


  1. Prepare your pets.

Ideally, your pet is micro-chipped with up-to-date information, but never underestimate the power of his collar and ID tags; these items can be a major help to getting him back if he runs away or becomes lost in a crisis. Keep in mind that even if you live in a residential suburb where most people know your pet, he could wander farther than you expect and without tags, a rescuer may assume he’s a stray. You should also make sure his leash and carrier are somewhere easily accessible should you need to evacuate the house in a hurry.


  1. Practice, practice, practice.

Practice safety drills in your home on a regular basis. Switch up the times of day and situations in which you alert your family to a practice emergency, including during meals and smack dab in the middle of game night. Go over what to do in situations away from home so that even if you’re somewhere unfamiliar on vacation, everyone will know what to do should emergency strike.


When it comes to floods, hurricanes, blizzards, and all of their havoc-wreaking cousins, there’s no such thing as “too prepared”!

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Amateur Radio and DXing

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If there’s one thing about the world that we’re completely sure of, it’s that change is constant. We’ve seen fashion trends differ from the decades before today. We’ve seen our planet evolve from flat land and rising mountains to plain fields and tall buildings. But most of all, we’ve seen change in how we communicate to each other.

We’ve gone through travelling to deliver a message, writing letters and calling through ancient telephones before finally getting to where we are now: the internet age. Everybody owns something that can connect to the internet, be it a smartphone or a laptop. If you need to reach out to someone across the world, no problem. If you need to send documents to someone important but you don’t want to leave the place you’re in right now, there’s e-mail.

Despite the evolution of our form of communication, there’s one disadvantage that most people forget. Because the internet needs a constantly running system of connections and power to function, it’s very vulnerable to power outages or anything that can cause electronic disruption.

Thus, in the event of a major disaster like a country-wide blackout, flooding or earthquake, even the cellphone’s signal will suffer. Towers will be rendered useless without power. In that situation, how will you contact anyone outside the disaster area? How will you know where to go and what’s happening outside? This is where the amateur radio comes in.


When any common form of communication fails, when your phone can’t find signal, when the internet is overloaded, the amateur radio is what will save the day. Also called the “ham radio,” this form of communication functions by using the radio frequency spectrum. It covers a significant distance to the point that some transmissions can even allow you to talk to astronauts on the International Space Station.

The wide range of possibilities that you can do with amateur radio has allowed it to invade several aspects of the society including education and disaster aid. It also functions as something like a social media as it allows people to communicate with each other no matter where they are. The people who use amateur radio (“hams”) come from a large variety of background like doctors, kids, teachers, truck drivers and maybe even the person next door.

Because of its casual nature, most people consider amateur radio as a hobby. But the unsaid part of history reveals that amateur radio is more than that. For example, the Amateur Radio Service aided communications when 9/11 and hurricane Katrina happened because of its ability to provide communication even in the worst conditions.

The “amateur” part of amateur radio is perhaps the best thing about it. Amateur radio operators do what they do without commercial intent, meaning that they volunteer to do it without expecting to be paid. Another important facet of the amateur radio is the DXers or amateur radio operators who specialize in making two-way radio contact with other amateurs in distant places.

Amateur radio is represented and coordinated by the International Amateur Radio Union, which can also be referred to as the headquarters.


While anyone and everyone can be part of the amateur radio service, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recognizes its potential and thus seeks to expand its pool of experts who can give a helping hand during emergency situations in any condition be it an earthquake, tsunami or a hurricane. This means that to be part of the amateur radio service, you will need a license.

Another reason why you need to have a license is because radio waves go well beyond a country’s borders which instantly makes an international concern. Radio also has potentially clandestine uses which could place national security at risk if used by the wrong people.

In some countries, you will only be allowed to purchase amateur radio equipment is if you have a license. In others, your license may only be valid in that area and you will be required to get another if you want to move to another country.

Requirements for amateur radio licensing and the privileges that come with it vary from country to country though there is one thing that all countries ask for. Every aspiring amateur radio operator must display technical knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts. This is done and verified through an exam. Countries also require operators to know the rules and regulations lest they accidentally do something illegal like leaking classified information. In some countries, they are required to display hands-on experience through a practical exam.

Once you’re licensed, you will be oriented on the different privileges attached to your success. You can be granted longer distance coverage, more power, permitted experimentation and better frequency ability.


One of the best things about amateur radio is its flexibility. Many amateur radio operators utilize different modes of communication, partly because of the need to be prepared for anything including audio failure. While most use their voices to communicate over amplitude modulation (AM), frequency modulation (FM) or Single Sideband (SSB), others have found ways to communicate.

Aside from voice, amateur radio operators use text, images and data. They can send images through television and text through a digital medium such as a computer. One of the most interesting ways that amateur radio operators communicate is through Morse code. Its usefulness is still very popular and at one point, a basic knowledge of Morse code is required for licensing. Other forms of communication include Packet, Radio Teletype or what’s commonly known as Ritty, and PSK.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the agency that handles the frequency allocations and determines which bands are open for use depending on where you are and what you intend to do over the frequency. Their job is important as it ensures that other radio services within or outside the country do suffer interference. The American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) “The FCC Rule Book” provides a comprehensive and in-depth information about the frequency allocations.


DXing is one of the most popular “departments” of amateur radio. While other focus on using their license to help educate people or simply talk to others, DXers make it a hobby to try to listen and connect distant stations. In this case, these locations are may be from one country to another. The activity was named as such because of its nature. “D” refers to distance and “X” means the unknown.

The practice and interest of DXing actually stems from the early days of radio broadcasting. When listeners believe that they just heard a broadcast from a distant location, they write reception reports (now known as the Signal, Interference, Noise, Propagation and Overall merit report or simply, SINPO report) and send it to different broadcasters in hopes of getting a verification that the broadcast they heard was real. The certificate they receive back from the broadcaster is called QSL cards and it confirms the listener’s reception report. Collecting the cards were also used by the broadcasters themselves when they want to study the effectiveness of their transmissions.

The importance of DXing stems from the fact that it allows you to listen to broadcasts from far beyond your own country. DXing allows you to connect with the outside world without the help of a satellite or the internet which can be very challenging and the prime reason why it’s a popular hobby among amateur radio operators.

Amateur radio operators who focus on DXing are called “DXers.” Because of the challenging nature of DXing, some clubs and organizations award certificates to those who are successful in connecting to a remote area in the world. For example, the ARRL offers the DX Century Club (DXCC) award for DXers who worked to confirm at least 100 broadcasters on the ARRL DXCC List. To make it more interesting, amateurs have mounted DXpeditions to areas with no permanent base of amateur radio operators.


If you want to try and be DXer, there are several things that you have to know. First, attentive listening is a skill that you will need. Being a DXer means that you will need to surf through the band and look for frequencies that fade in or out, or something that is disguised by loud static. You need to pay attention to the tiny details and you need to be familiar enough with the radio to pinpoint whether or not the frequency exists locally.

The best location to grab a radio and try to listen for far away frequencies is to go out to a body of water, preferably the beach. This is because the body of water helps pull in radio signals. The location also draws you away from background noises that will hinder your listening. DXing is also directional in such a way that however you hold or the orientation of your radio can make a difference. The weather can also affect DXing and most DXers found that it’s best to do it at night.

To keep up with what’s happening in the DX world and to find out about contests and rewards for a little bit of motivation, you can tune in to the DXNews. It gives you information on breaking news and a calendar that lets you know the activities of other DXers and DXpeditions.

Amateur radio may seem like a hobby wherein you sit down all day and listen to the radio. But in actuality, this hobby has saved many lives as it allows people to communicate with each other in the face of the lack of power or internet. Amateur radio provides the necessary link between disaster areas and responders as it makes it easier for them to know where the victims are and what to expect so rescuers don’t go in unprepared. This hobby is something that you might want to look into especially if you want to properly prepare for critical situations.


A Crash Course in Essential Oils for Preppers

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a-crash-course-of-essential-oilsEssential oils have been around a very long time. They have so many uses, which stands to reason of why they are so popular today. With more and more people looking for alternatives to chemicals and pharmaceuticals, natural oils are a really good place to start. Essential oils can be used in soaps, cleaners, lotions, lip balms, toothpaste, candles, perfumes, and when mixed with a carrier oil they have many health benefits as well.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the product of collecting the oil from a plant. Basically, the “essence” of the plant. There are different ways that you can do this, but to get the pure essential oil, you have to do it through a steam distillation method. It can be done, but it is difficult. It is not an easy process to do on your own, but fortunately there are many sources where these oils can be purchased, fairly inexpensively.

Where Can You Buy Essential Oils?

There are companies that have very high quality oils and oil blends, but these can be expensive. Unless you join up with their program and become a distributor, or join them through a membership program.  Companies like Doterra, and Young Living have programs that you can join and then purchase their oils at a discounted price. I have not gone this route yet. I have found one retailer, Eden’s essentials that I really like, and they have good prices. But, I do like to change it up and try other products to see how they compare.

That being said, Young Living has an incredible website filled with recipes you can make using essential oils. And you can also see how much they cost, they are not inexpensive here! I have personally been using Eden’s Garden essential oils for over 3 years now, and I have been really happy with them. And they are a lot more cost effective than some of the other places.

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What do you do with essential oils?

This is the really cool part….there are so many different things you can do with these oils. And they even have health benefits too. Essential oils can be used the following ways:

  • Aromatically
  • Topically
  • Internally

Using Essential Oils Aromatically

I mainly use essential oils either aromatically or topically. I haven’t ever used them internally, yet….unless you consider the peppermint and sweet orange oil I use in my toothpaste.

Using essential oils aromatically basically means you are inhaling the wonderful oils, and this can be done by placing oils on cotton balls, using them in a type of diffuser, or even putting them on furnace filters and clothes pins to have the scent fill your home.

Using Essential Oils Topically

Topically means you are using the oil on the skin, or diluted with a carrier oil. This is the method I suggest using, because essential oils can be strong for some people with sensitive skin. Carrier oils are wonderful on their own, but by adding a few drops of your favorite oils makes them incredible!

Carrier oils include:

  • Sweet almond oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Fractionated Coconut oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Olive oil

And another point, please, do not use essential oils on babies. The oils are strong, and their bodies are tiny. There are a few essential oils you can use on infants, but they MUST be diluted. Never ever ever, ever use essential oils directly on infants and small children. There are so many different essential oils, and knowing what s safe to use for children, and I am by no means an expert in essential oils. I can only share with you my own personal experiences. But I did find an incredible list of essential oils, and there is a lot of information on which oils are safe and which to avoid with children. http://www.learningabouteos.com/index.php/2014/02/07/essential-oils-and-children/

Hopefully that will give you some guidance when it comes to using essential oils and the kiddos.

Using Essential oils internally

Like I stated earlier, I don’t have much experience with using essential oils by ingesting them. I just don’t have enough information, and knowledge to know what is safe and what isn’t. So I stick with using the oils topically and aromatically. If you were considering using them internally, I would highly recommend taking some classes, and making sure you have the highest quality of oils before ingesting them.

My Favorite Essential Oils

There are so many oils available, it may be difficult to know where to start. So I am going to share some of my favorites with you, and the benefits of each oil. Please keep in mind, I use these oils either through the air, or externally, and I do not know how they act internally, so if you are considering using any of these oils internally, please do your research!

Peppermint Oil

peppermint-oilThis is by far my most favorite essential oil ever. For your health, peppermint oil is fantastic at helping with nausea, as well as soothing digestive issues. It is an anti-spasmodic. It helps to stop muscle spasms. Can you see where this could be beneficial in other areas, like cramping, or muscle aches. It also helps with headaches, clears the respiratory track, and has antimicrobial qualities. It also helps to freshen your breath, which is why I use it when making my homemade toothpaste, as well as my homemade lip balm. You can even add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner! It also helps with itching, so if you have a mosquito bite, or rolled in a patch of poison ivy, you can use peppermint oil to help get rid of itchiness.

And if you hate bugs, you really need to get some peppermint oil because it is a natural bug repellent. Not only does it get rid of mosquitos, but more importantly, spiders! Just put a few drops on a cotton ball, and place in windowsills, or dark corners to keep the spiders away. This also works for ants, cockroaches, mice, and even lice!

I have never seen so many benefits from a single oil, which is one of the reasons I love peppermint oil so much. It is truly my most favorite essential oil.

Sweet Orange Oil

orange-oilThis is another oil that I truly love. Just like peppermint oil, sweet orange oil has many benefits. Starting with the health benefits, sweet orange oil. It is an antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and a diuretic. The other benefits? It smells great! Actually, there has been some research done on the effectiveness of sweet orange oil disrupting the lifecycle of houseflies! Talk about exciting! I have to come up with a spray to get rid of the houseflies that seem to spontaneously appear in our house!

I do use this oil in my homemade toothpaste, along with peppermint oil, and I also make a spray cleaner for our home with this because I love the way it smells.

Birch Oil

birch-oilBirch oil is another favorite of mine. It has many health benefits, such as an analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic and disinfectant, and a stimulant.  It also smells good in my opinion. I have used it to make a muscle rub which works great if you have achy, sore muscles. And it smells good, if you like a wintergreen, ben-gay sort of smell. It can also stimulate secretions, lower blood sugar, help to promote perspiration during a fever, purify your blood, and helps to battle skin and fungal infections.

This is why I have this essential oil, and use it regularly.

Thieves Essential Oil

thieves-essential-oilThieves is an essential oil blend of several oils. It includes Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. It came about by a story of fifteenth century thieves that stole from the dead and dying during the times of the black plague. They kept themselves safe from the plague by creating a blend of essential oils, which is where this little powerhouse gets its name.

It supports your immune system, and really does help to keep you healthy. I use this during cold and flu season in a spray form, and when I am feeling like I am going to get sick, I put a couple of drops on the soles of my feet. It has a strong spicy scent, and I love that during the winter months. I love it even more that it helps to keep us healthy when sickness seems to be everywhere.

Just as an example, I made a spray cleaner using this last year when everyone at my job was getting sick, and I used it religiously in my cleaning routine, and I didn’t get sick, nor did I get anyone in my home sick. I also don’t get a flu shot every year like many people. I choose to be responsible for my health, and do what I can to fight the bugs. And I really think this essential oil has been a main contributor to helping us to healthy through the viral season.

Essential oils are an incredible tool to add to your preparedness lifestyle which could be one of the reasons why they have gotten so popular in the past 5 or 6 years. Along with the fact that they are natural, makes them appealing to a very large group of people. They have many benefits however you do need to do research on the ones you plan on using to be sure you are knowledgeable with how to use them.

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Nestle Outbids Drought-Stricken Town For Water Well

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Nestle Outbids Drought-Stricken Town For Water Well

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CENTRE WELLINGTON, Ontario — A drought-stricken small town might have lost the well it needs for drinking water to a multinational corporation’s future bottled water plant.

Nestle beat out the Township of Centre Wellington, Ontario, in the bidding contest for a well.

The township wanted the well to keep its water “safe from commercial water taking,” township mayor Kelly Linton told the CBC this month.

Nestle wants to use the plant for “future business growth,” CBC reported. The company already is taking 3.6 million liters (950,000 gallons) of water a day in Aberfoyle, Ontario, where it bottles water. The well near the township – in Elora – will be used as a backup for the Aberfoyle plant and as a “supplemental well for future business growth,” Nestle said.

“We’re not a water rich area. … We’re very vulnerable to drought conditions,” activist and township supporter Libby Carlaw told the CBC.

Carlaw is afraid that Nestle will dry out an aquifer that supplies Wellington County outside Toronto.

“We are in a heavy growth mode,” Linton told the CBC. The township had made an offer on the well, but Nestle outbid the local government and dropped the conditions it had placed on its purchase.

Nestle is now facing a serious reaction to the Centre Wellington story.

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“When water taking is solely within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the only role we really have as a municipality is to comment to the ministry, and it issues all the permits,” Linton told the CBC. “So purchasing the well would automatically give us control, and that’s what we were looking for, control of our water source and not just the ability to comment.”

Canadians Fighting Nestle

A group called the Council of Canadians says it has collected more than 230,000 signatures on a petition demanding that Nestle pay more for the water it plans to take, Huffington Post Canada reported.

“In the middle of a severe drought in southern Ontario, bottled water giant Nestlé continues to extract four million liters (about one million gallons) of groundwater every day from an aquifer near Guelph,” a statement from the council reads. “Nestlé pays less than $15 per day for this precious resource and then ships it out of the community in hundreds of millions of single use plastic bottles for sale all over North America — at an astronomical mark up.”

Said Maude Barlow, chairwoman of the Council of Canadians, “The water crisis is at our door here in Canada. Groundwater resources are finite and currently taxed by droughts, climate change and over-extraction. At this pace, we will not have enough for our future needs. We must safeguard groundwater reserves for communities and future generations.”

The ministry cannot stop the sale of the well, which is a private transaction. It can only approve or not approve a permit to use it.

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Changing Earth Series Without Land + Giveaway

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Without Land Changing Earth Series | Backdoor Survival

If there is one thing we have little control of, it is the ravages of Mother Nature.  Whether a catastrophic winter storm, a massive flood, or the greatest earthquake in modern times, we stand at risk and there is not a heck of a lot we can do about it other than prepare.

So imagine an earthquake so big, and so deadly, that there are few survivors.  Those that do survive, are faced with unimaginable challenges simply to live from day to day.  Thus sets the stage of the Changing Earth Series.

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Without Land is the second book in the series and in it we find the main character, Erika, still struggling nine years later.  The government is not much help (no surprise there) and if anything, is working against her and her efforts to cope in a world that has little to offer.  What I like about the book is that through Erika, you can easily imagine what you would do, or not do, when faced in a similar situation.

With that introduction, I introduce the next book in Prepper Book Festival #13, Without Land (Changing Earth Series) by Sara Hathaway.  The first book in the series was a part of the Summer 2014 Book Festival and ever since then, I have kept in touch with Sara, waiting for Book 2 of the series.

Today I share an all-new  interview with Sara.  In addition, I have both books in the Changing Earth Series up for grabs in a giveaway.  There will be two winners. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Sara Hathaway, Author of Without Land (Changing Earth Series)

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

Having been raised in the country, I have been growing and preserving food for most of my life. Therefore, I feel food preservation and wild foraging skills are at the very top of my list of most important survival skills. No matter how much food an individual stocks, eventually it will run out or it could be lost during the initial event. Anyone who intends on surviving long term after a global catastrophe has to understand and be capable of growing, finding and hunting food. After those food sources have been obtained, they will need to be preserved so that they do not go to waste.

Second on my list of essential survival skills is self-defense and fitness skills. Times will be rough. An individual accustomed to sitting on the couch, doing as little as possible is going to have a rude awakening when they have to physically ensure their own survival. Basic fitness is absolutely essential but self defense skills will be very important as well.

Understanding weapon systems from firearms to hand to hand combat weapons could be the difference between life and death. Hand to hand combat weapons will always be available but unless an individual can make gun powder, lead balls and has an old musket to fire them, eventually the bullets will run out; conditioning the body to be ready to defend these physical assaults will be essential. Learning self defense and being physically capable of applying self defense techniques is an absolute must.

When something really goes wrong with a loved one, usually they are rushed off to the doctor or the hospital to find out what can be done to make them better. After a global catastrophe there may not be an accessible doctor or hospital. That is why medical skills is number three on my list. With the physical demands of survival weighing on everyone, people are going to get hurt. Someone has to have the skills to stich them back up and make sure the injury stays infection free. Little injuries without access to antibiotics can become life threatening problems.

Beyond the obvious day to day injuries someone has to be able to recognize health problems within individuals that may threaten the health of the group. This can range from communicable diseases to mental health problems.

What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

With only $500 to spend on preparedness supplies and assuming I have nothing, besides clothes and boots, I would first have to answer one question: Am I bugging in or out? Either way one of the first things I would do is go to as many gun shows as possible and try to buy the least expensive 10/22 I could and get a few boxes of ammo as well.

If my family and I are going to bug out, I would buy and carry a decent amount of seeds for hearty, easy to grow plants that my family likes to eat. I would visit the local flea market and get back packs for each family member. While at the flea market I would also look for inexpensive tarps, first aid kits, paracord, knives, an aluminum pot for boiling water and a longer slimmer aluminum pot for survival stew (survival stew is a collection of the wild foragables you pick while traveling boiled in water at the end of the day). I would also include a LifeStraw in each bag and a mix of jerky, trail mix, rice and dried beans.

If my family and I were bugging in, I would buy seeds and try to preserve as much of my current seed stock as possible. I would visit a bulk supply food store where I could cheaply obtain bulk rice, flour and canned goods. I would invest in a quality water filter that works without relying upon power (like the Alexapure model I currently own).

Securing my home would be of the utmost importance so I would invest some money in plywood to cover windows and cable that I could build traps with.

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

Is anyone totally prepared? Even if someone believes they know all there is to know, there is always someone who does it better to learn from.

Modern lifestyles in the United States have taken individuals a long way from understanding what it truly takes to provide for a family without modern conveniences. That being said, I am always eager to learn more about wild foraging. Stepping outside you enter a giant grocery store, as long as you know what you can and can’t eat. As soon as you think you have it figured out you realize that every region and ecosystem has it’s own unique set of edibles.

My medical skills are also an area that I need to focus on. I have been trained as an Emergency Medical Technician and that’s when I realized that there is a big difference between learning something and doing something. I aced the class but when I was asked to draw upon these skills in the real world, I froze and was elated that help was close enough that I wouldn’t have to help. I am not comfortable with having someone else’s life in my hands but if it was one of my loved ones, I believe I could step up to the plate. Although I continue to study medical information, I also actively look to fill this role in my survival group with someone else.

The last skill that I am really interested in improving for long term survival is tool making and forging skills. I am fascinated by the ability to take a piece of metal and change it into something else. Being able to competently perform this skill opens up opportunities for an individual because they would be able to make new weapons, security items, tools, eating utensils, and so much more.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

My family is 100% on board with my personal preparedness efforts. Recently we were evacuated from our home because of a nearby wild fire. My husband and I were able to evacuate a family of four people and two dogs with all of our go-gear, weapons etc. in just fifteen minutes. The value of our preparedness lifestyle became extremely clear that night and my husband thanked me for getting him on board.

My husband and I make survival preparedness into family bonding time. Whether it’s camping, shooting, running obstacle courses, gardening or wild foraging on a hike we do it together. My children have learned the value of the taste of food foraged or grown in our own garden. While they learn valuable survival skills that they can pass on to their children, we have strengthened our relationships by spending time together.

What work of fiction do you feel gives the best portrayal of what could happen in real life?

One of the books that I am haunted by because I think it really could happen is Tyrant: The Rise. Written by L. Douglas Hogan, this novel depicts an America betrayed by the first female president. Agenda 21 is in full effect and a “relocation” process has been initiated for Americans by the UN. L. Douglas Hogan has trained and taught in the military, been a law enforcement officer, and worked in the Illinois Government.

Knowing of his experience in the inner workings of government, his depiction of these “fictional” future events run eerily close to events we are watching unfold currently. Scary stuff.

If there was a disruptive event and you had to evacuate, what non-fiction books or reference manuals would you take with you?

There is one manual that I consider absolutely essential in an evacuation and that is Urban and Wilderness Emergency Preparedness by James Hart. It is a big manual but absolutely worth it’s weight because this manual is packed end to end with essential information.

The second manual that I carry all the time in my everyday carry kit is SAS Survival Guide by John “Lofty” Wiseman. It is not as all inclusive as James’s book but it is still a quality resource for all things survival. Plus it is pocket size and easy to carry around.

The last book that I would bring is Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West by Gregory L. Tilford. This is a great book that beautifully represents many edibles of the West. The pictures in it are brilliant and the descriptions are very well done. This attention to detail is essential in an edibles book because plants can look vastly different depending on the season and growing conditions.

Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

As Americans become more and more reliant upon technology, more and more of the traditional survival skills and relationships with our natural environments are lost. I would caution each and every individual to be conscious of this and find a balance in your life.

Hiking, wild foraging, gardening and engaging with your natural environment has been medically proven to be beneficial for your body. Humans have survived and thrived because of our ability to adapt and overcome. If the earth changes again, as it has so many time in the past, we need to be able to adapt and overcome again. Our technology partnered with our knowledge of the natural environment may be the key to success.

It is my personal mission to partner entertainment and education together so that individuals can learn survival skills in a way that makes it fun and interesting. Everybody is looking forward to chaos after a collapse but it is my belief that if individuals support our local farmers, learn food preservation methods and take steps to secure not only our personal survival but community survival, Americans can come through the chaos together, supporting one another.

I realize that many people don’t want to listen to the many threats of collapse but I will keep trying to show them how they can survive it. I work hard to educate, entertain and get people interested in a preparedness lifestyle through my fictional novels and a weekly podcast that I host called, The Changing Earth Podcast.

Both of these projects have taken a lot of time and money to produce but if I can open the eyes of just a few more individuals each day then it’s 100% worth it. We all need to dream, survive and thrive!

The Giveaway

Sara has reserved two sets of both Day After Disaster and Without Land in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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

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

The Final Word

Because I have had numerous requests for survival and post-apocalyptic fiction written from a woman’s point of view, I am thrilled to have Sara onboard once again and anxiously anticipate book 3 in her series.  In the meantime, though, I encourage you to get caught up in Erika’s world, such as it is, and think about what you would do if faced with similar challenges.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  Without Land (Changing Earth Series)

Without Land is book number two in The Changing Earth Series. The lone survivor from Sacramento, Erika, is a tenacious woman, mother and wife. After her grueling journey of survival during The Day After Disaster, she thought America would let freedom reign forever but nine years after the Great Quake, the reaction by the American Government was quite different.

Citizens still in possession of viable land found themselves farming and fulfilling many obligations for the citizens left alive. Many more people were left landless and instead of allowing them to roam in packs, the government rounded them up and housed them in refugee camps. The government quickly enacted new policies to maintain order. Only landowning citizens were allowed the right to vote on these new policies. The refugee families were signed up to an adoption program.

The landowners were given the right to pick and choose individuals and families to house on their property. This way the refugees could provide manual labor for the farms due to the shortage of oil to fuel machinery. The final blow to the hearts of refugees was the introduction of the “infertility” law which stated that any landless refugees would be rendered infertile after the age of thirteen. It was voted on and passed to maintain population levels in this world desperately trying to recover.

Bargain Bin: For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival #13.

Non Fiction Books

Made From Scratch Life
Prepper Guns
A Prepper’s Guide to Life after the Crash
Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals
Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare
The Urban Farmer
Power From the Sun
Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together
Prepper Knots
Crafting With Paracord
Neighborhood Emergency Response
Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition
Prepper’s Water Survival Guide (Encore)

Survival Fiction

A Simple Man
Without Land (Changing Earth Series)
Holding Their Own XII: Copperheads
The Journal Series (Book 1)
299 Days Series (Encore)


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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

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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For the past month I have been using Copaiba for a variety of purposes including pain relief and as a skin conditioner and serum.  In my own testing, it appears to be a low cost alternative to Frankincense and seems to boost the effectiveness of other oils.  With this week’s promo, you can try it yourself for free.

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Internet Money on I Am Liberty!

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Internet Money! James Walton “I Am Liberty” Listen to this show in player below! Its very rare we take the time to talk about income but lately I have been looking for ways to change that. The motivation behind this is two fold. One is the fact that I am looking to take control of my world … Continue reading Internet Money on I Am Liberty!

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Dartmoor community eviction notice after 15 years

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The off-grid Steward community group has 23 members and have lived in the woods for over a decade

The off-grid Steward Community Woodland group has 23 members and lived in the woods with local support


An off-grid community located in woodland within Dartmoor National Park, UK are faced with eviction after 15 years of living side by side with nature. The park authorities are ordering them out on the grounds that they had a “harmful impact on the character and appearance of the Devon park”.

The Steward Community Woodland group appealed this decision, stating that they are doing just the opposite; they claim that they have “hugely improved the biodiversity on their 32-acre plot”. Their homes are completely off-grid, made up of recycled timber produced on the very site, amongst other reused materials elsewhere, they fit in nicely with the wooded area.

A community stalwart named Merlin manages the community energy schemes such as solar and hydro power systems to generate and store power for the 23 occupants.

Member Daniel leads his "wild food taster" session in Dartmoor Park

Member Daniel leads his “wild food taster” session in Dartmoor Park

The group also boasts itself as an open community, with locals welcomed to come down and help in the communal gardens. Schoolchildren from the local area are also invited to learn more about woodland and growing skills in a hands-on and fun way instead of inside a classroom.

Tom Greeves, the chairman of the Dartmoor Society has praised the group, stating: “We admire the tenacity and dedication over 15 years of the small group of men, women, and children who have opted for a very different lifestyle”

However, the park authority does not agree. They have granted temporary planning permission twice so far and now the development management committee has refused permanent permission.

The 14 adults, four teenagers and five children who live there are devastated and have appealed the decision.

Sonia Parson who has raised 3 of her children on the commune said she is heartbroken by the news in a video you can watch here. She says her kids see the other members and the animals they live among as family and do not want to be moved on.

The decision was made on the 10th August 2016. The group took to their website to express their anguish over the news: “It is with huge sadness and utter shock that we must let you know our appeal has been dismissed” one post reads. Whilst another exclaims gratitude to their supporters:  “We received over 400 letters of support and a significant number from our local area. We would like to THANK all the people who wrote in and have supported us mentally,

Whilst another exclaims gratitude to their supporters:  “We received over 400 letters of support and a significant number from our local area. We would like to THANK all the people who wrote in and have supported us mentally, physically and emotionally. Your support will and has been a huge help to us.

You can view the details of the appeal here.

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Hoarders, It’s Not Just a TV Show

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Back when I had Cable TV, I would scan through the channels from time to time looking for a show to watch. There was one in particular that I could only watch a few episodes of because it was so disturbing. Hoarders You can read a good summary here but the what it boils down […]

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Bug Out Bag Food Choices

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What goes in your bug out bag?

One of the most important things you need to remember to include is food.

And you’ll want a lot of it.

The times I’ve used my bag, I’ve been surprised at just how much my kids have been able to eat. A lot of prepper guides will advise you to plan to feed each person 1200 or even 1500 calories a day. This is fine, but only if that’s how much you normally eat.

If you, like most adults, eat more than that, you’re going to need to plan accordingly.

Nothing is going to make survival less fun than being cold, wet, and hungry. While I’m all about minimalism in most aspects of my life, I do not feel this way about food in my bug out bags. I don’t want to feel hungry and I certainly don’t want my kids to feel hungry.

That said, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to deciding what you’ll pack.

First off, consider figuring out exactly how much you eat each day. Track your daily calories for a week to determine your average. There will always be days when you eat more or less than usual, but planning for a happy medium can be very helpful. It’s also a good idea to consider how much your kids each eat. Babies and toddlers will obviously need different amounts (and different types) of food than older children.

It’s also a good idea to consider how often you plan to repack your bug out bag. If you only want to pack your bag once a year, you’re going to be choosing things like MREs and camping meals. If you don’t mind switching out your food more often (3 months is usually a good time frame) you’ll have more options and can include things like granola bars.

Also remember that you don’t have to have all of the food groups each day when you’re in a survival situation. Would it be ideal to be able to give your family protein, fruit, vegetables, and fresh bread each day? Absolutely, but a bug out situation isn’t going to be ideal, so forget about well-rounded and choose foods that will store well, that your kids like, and that your family members will actually eat. Storing up on a year’s worth of granola is useless if your kids hate the darn stuff.

Here are a couple of possible options that you can buy inexpensively online and that will last a long time:
20 Detour Lower Sugar Whey Protein Bars 1.5 Oz Bars Variety Pack
Trader Joe’s Freeze Dried Fruit Assortment
Bare Fruit Organic Variety Pack, Gluten Free Baked Snacks, 6-Multi Serve Bags
Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, Original, 3.25-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)

In our bug out bags, I always try to include dried fruit and beef jerky, as well as protein bars. These are also things that my kids eat on a regular basis, so they’re already familiar with it. If you plan to pack lots of water, you could include oatmeal, too. Some families like to pack MREs. Some like camping meals. Some choose high calorie protein bars. For me, I know that my kids aren’t going to eat something high calorie if it tastes bad, so I choose foods that they know, that they aren’t scared of, and that they’ll actually be able to handle if the going gets tough.

Sep 28, How to Make a Fire

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Learn the key elements of how to make a fire successfully in the wilderness, including site selection, preparation, materials, design, mental attitude, safety & ethics, and how to practice.

The Days of Elijah is NOW AVAILABLE! Plus Another Giveaway!

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The Days of Elijah, Book One: Apocalypse is Now Available!


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After a massive wave of disappearances, twenty-six-year-old CIA analyst, Everett Carroll, finally believes what he’s been told about the biblical prophecy of the rapture. Global currencies have collapsed, famine and plague have claimed the lives of millions, and the world has crumbled into chaos. The cities of America have been transformed into utter death traps by anarchy and lawlessness. The only reason Everett and his girlfriend, Courtney Hayes, have survived the mayhem is because they were warned that all of these tragedies would occur by John Jones, Everett’s recently deceased boss. And what’s more, through his inside knowledge at the agency, mixed with his interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, Jones predicted that a world leader would ride in on a white horse to fix all the ills of the world. But who is this leader and what is his motivation for mandating the new identification implant and the global cashless currency?

The Days of Elijah, Book One: Apocalypse is a fast-paced thrill ride through the last days in America. Buy your copy of this end-times adventure today . . . if you can stomach the peril.


Another Survival Gear Giveaway!


As always, we are having another giveaway to celebrate the release of the book.

One First Prize Winner will win a custom Prepper Recon Individual First-aid Kit, a pair of 550 paracord shoe laces, and a 30-count bottle of Fish Mox amoxicillin.


One Second Prize Winner will win a pair of 550 paracord shoe laces, pocket stove, a 30-count bottle of Fish Mox amoxicillin, A Guide to Sheltering In-Place by Zion Prepper, and a first aid essentials kit complete with an Israeli Battle dressing, quick clot, tourniquet, and EMT shears.

Bonus Giveaway!

In addition to the regular giveaway, audio book listeners can win three free codes for Audible.com

How to Win:

  1. Leave a review for The Days of Elijah, Book One: Apocalypse on Amazon.com.
  1. Send an email including your Amazon screen name that you used for the review to: PrepperRecon@gmail.com. Use Elijah Giveaway in the subject line. If you would like to be entered in the audiobook giveaway as well as the regular drawing, use Elijah Audiobook Giveaway in the subject line.

The drawing will be held Sunday October 23rd. The winner’s Amazon screen name will be posted on PrepperRecon.com to announce that they’ve won. The winners will also be notified via email.

Contest is open to US residents only.

Godspeed in the drawing!


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Stash Guns- Man Vs Zone

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Paw Paw and Tamara talked about this awhile back. I have been meaning to address it for some time.

While I don’t disagree with them I look at the issue a bit differently. Given the people I am disagreeing with one might go as far as to say I am wrong. I don’t really care.

When it comes to guns in the home we have two fundamental options. To steal basketball language they are Man and Zone.

Man would be the gun is on you. This works great if you legitimately do it all the time. Also if you have a small number of handguns (like 1) or little kids in the house this is really the only way to go. It also will give the bestest/ fastest deployment times. The rub is many if not most people will not do it consistently. Either they get home and take off their clothes to put on comfy stuff or they want to get that heavy gun off their hip.

One interesting option here is to have a small, LIGHT, little piece to carry around home. The Ruger LCP and all manner of light weight J frame .38’s come to mind here. This is nice because it is also a good low profile carry piece as well as a ‘run to the corner store for a quart of milk’ gun. My LCP fits this role.

Tangent. While there are certainly other valid options the LCP has a lot going for it. Prices have come down so they are commonly in the $250 range at local gun shops and 220ish online. At that price it is easy to justify owning one. I am planning to get a spare myself. End tangent.

Recognizing this natural laziness the zone plan is an option. Say a gun in the living room, one conveniently stashed by the front door, whatever. In a normal average house smartly stashing 3-4 pistols means you are always pretty near one.

A real belt and suspenders approach would be to do both. That way you have one on you all the time but for the occasional walking to the bedroom in a towel moments there is coverage.

Whatever plan you choose just have it in place. Be prepared to defend yourself with lethal force at a moments notice in your home at all times.

Squirrel Hunting with a Slingshot: 5 Tips to Make You a Pro

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How to Become a Master Squirrel Hunter Whether you’re 8 or 60, you’ve probably had the urge to hunt squirrels. It’s easy to kill the little rodents with a .22 or a BB gun, but it takes pure skill to nail a squirrel with a slingshot. (This one is perfect for your bug out bag)Add …

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Superglue Can Do THAT?! Yes, And Here’s 3 Reasons It Should Be In Every Survival Kit

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Superglue Can Do THAT? Yes, And Here's 3 Reasons It Should Be In Your Survival Kit

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When you’re in the sticks, you absolutely, positively must maintain some semblance of self-reliance out there — no matter how long your backwoods stay happens to be. Simply put, the duration of your trek or tramping may not necessarily last for a week, but you’ve got to be prepared for the possibility that it might.

At the same time, you might very well be planning on staying out there for more than a week, but nothing will dampen your camp like a massive rip in the roof of your tent. These things happen, but that’s why we plan for such events in advance … because Murphy’s Law tends to kick in when it’s least convenient.

But then, there’s superglue.

Strong Enough for a Battlefield

Superglue — or Loctite or Krazy Glue — reigns from a very sturdy and handy class of adhesives. However, whereas an adhesive like Gorilla Glue (which is still quite handy in a pinch) may take a fairly long time to bond, superglue does the job within seconds … at least fast enough to accidentally bond your fingers together, so keep that in mind. Been there. Done that. Still trying to de-bond the T-shirt from my skin. Ok, moving on.

Anyway, the original brand-name Super Glue was developed in WWII in order to bond metal on metal — which is arguably where this stuff shows its true colors in strength. From the SuperGlueCorp.com website:

Super Glue was initially discovered in 1942 in a search for materials to make gunsights for the war. #8 Note: The problem was that super glue stuck to everything so its development was set aside until the early 1950′s when it began to gain popularity commercially.

With bond strength that sturdy, the fact that it comes in a compact, lightweight and extremely packable bottle makes this stuff a backwoods gear no-brainer. Here are three excellent reasons as to why that is the case.

No. 3: Bonds just about anything (except fabrics)

One thing I should mention is that most superglue products do not work very well on fabrics. However, in the backwoods, tearing fabrics is usually not what gets us into trouble.

The Survival Water Filter That Fits In Your POCKET!

It’s when we rip a hole in nylon webbing — that’s when we do get into trouble. In such cases, superglue can fix a tent, a tarp, a pack, a rainproof parka, etc. Not to mention the obvious stuff, such as flashlights, fishing poles, compasses, and the sort.

No. 2: Incredibly handy if you need stitches

According to Andrew Weil, M.D., this stuff can actually be used to treat minor cuts in an emergency. Now I’m obviously NOT talking about those huge gushers that need to be treated immediately. However, its “wound-sealing attributes were noted in the Vietnam War, when medics used it before sending troops on to surgery.”

So basically, superglue is perfect for bonding and healing those whittling mishaps that cause our fireside project to turn that familiar red hue. It may not necessarily be a substitute for stitching a bleeder on the leg, but it will do the job for a mundane dripper on the knuckle.

No. 1: Fire

And last, I will leave you with the coolest reason why superglue is a pack item essential

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Yes, that is correct. You can actually start a fire by dripping a whole bunch of superglue on a cotton ball, due to a thermochemical reaction that takes place. So, if you’re out of matches, you don’t have your firesteel on hand, and you left your Zippo in the truck, you’re STILL not going to freeze to death tonight. When you’re done treating your minor cut, you can fix the tent before the rain starts falling, and then start a campfire — using nothing but superglue and a cotton ball.

A multi-purpose item, to say the least.

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Adventure Travel and Operational Deployment Equipment List

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Editor’s Note: This article was generously contributed by Orlando Wilson. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly win a $300 Amazon Gift Card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter the Prepper Writing Contest today!

I am always being asked for my advice about what equipment should be taken on trips to out-of-the-way places. My initial response is to take as little as possible. The more you know, the less you need right? With the below items you should be able to operate for extended periods of time. The below items should fit into a medium size day sack that should be able to carried onto a plane.

Items like pocket knives etc. would need to go checked or found at location. This is a guide and not all these items will be required on all trips, do your threat assessments and plan all trips properly before you travel.


Operational Deployment Equipment List – Personal kit

Additional Considerations

  • Sources of food and water
  • Accommodation and electricity
  • Laundry service
  • Where can you change currency
  • Additional operational equipment

Emergency Vehicle Kit

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The Days of Elijah is now available! Plus Another Giveaway!

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The Days of Elijah, Book One: Apocalypse is now available!

After a massive wave of disappearances, twenty-six-year-old CIA analyst, Everett Carroll, finally believes what he’s been told about the biblical prophecy of the rapture. Global currencies have collapsed, famine and plague have claimed the lives of millions, and the world has crumbled into chaos. The cities of America have been transformed into utter death traps by anarchy and lawlessness. The only reason Everett and his girlfriend, Courtney Hayes, have survived the mayhem is because they were warned that all of these tragedies would occur by John Jones, Everett’s recently deceased boss. And what’s more, through his inside knowledge at the agency, mixed with his interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, Jones predicted that a world leader would ride in on a white horse to fix all the ills of the world. But who is this leader and what is his motivation for mandating the new identification implant and the global cashless currency?

The Days of Elijah, Book One: Apocalypse is a fast-paced thrill ride through the last days in America. Buy your copy of this end-times adventure today . . . if you can stomach the peril.

CLICK HERE to buy your KINDLE or PAPERBACK copy!

CLICK HERE to buy your AUDIOBOOK copy of The Days of Elijah!

Another Survival Gear Giveaway!

As always, we are having another giveaway to celebrate the release of the book.

One First Prize Winner will win a custom Prepper Recon Individual First-aid Kit, a pair of 550 paracord shoe laces, and a 30-count bottle of Fish Mox amoxicillin.


One Second Prize Winner will win a pair of 550 paracord shoe laces, pocket stove, a 30-count bottle of Fish Mox amoxicillin, A Guide to Sheltering In-Place by Zion Prepper, and a first aid essentials kit complete with an Israeli Battle dressing, quick clot, tourniquet, and EMT shears.


Bonus Giveaway!

In addition to the regular giveaway, audio book listeners can win three free codes for Audible.com


How to Win:

  1. Leave a review for The Days of Elijah, Book One: Apocalypse on Amazon.com.
  1. Send an email including your Amazon screen name that you used for the review to: PrepperRecon@gmail.com. Use Elijah Giveaway in the subject line. If you would like to be entered in the audiobook giveaway as well as the regular drawing, use Elijah Audiobook Giveaway in the subject line.

The drawing will be held Sunday October 23rd. The winner’s Amazon screen name will be posted on PrepperRecon.com to announce that they’ve won. The winners will also be notified via email.

Contest is open to US residents only.

Godspeed in the drawing!


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25 Badass Camping Hacks For Your Next Trip

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In my opinion, fall is the best time of year to go camping. In addition to the beautiful colors, fall comes with cooler weather, less bugs, less people, and cheaper rates at most campgrounds. If you live anywhere near a campground, October is a great time to go. But before you go, you need to […]

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Bunker 101

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Bunker 101 I would love a bunker at my bug out location, and honestly they are pricey but not out of reach… if we budget right and keep our prep heads on! I found a great website that shows us how they install a typical prepping 10′ x 50 doomsday bunker, lots of pictures and lots …

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23 Amazing Uses for Lemongrass Essential Oil

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23 Amazing Uses for Lemongrass Essential Oil It seems everywhere you turn, there is talk about using essential oils as a natural alternative to going to the doctor and getting prescriptions. Essential Oils is a large market that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and with thousands of people getting on board and reporting amazing …

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This Is Why You Absolutely Need To Stop Wearing Shoes In Your House

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This Is Why You Absolutely Need To Stop Wearing Shoes In Your House I have never really given wearing shoes in the home much thought. I have done it all my life so why would I need to read up it you maybe asking yourself. Well, the truth is quite shocking and I promise that …

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Article – Panic, Anxiety Spark Rush to Build Luxury Bunkers for L.A.’s Superrich

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Given the increased frequency of terrorist bombings and mass shootings and an under-lying sense of havoc fed by divisive election politics, it’s no surprise that home security is going over the top and hitting luxurious new heights. Or, rather, new lows, as the average depth of a new breed of safe haven that occupies thousands of square feet is 10 feet under or more. Those who can afford to pull out all the stops for so-called self-preservation are doing so — in a fashion that goes way beyond the submerged corrugated metal units adopted by reality show “preppers” — to prepare for anything from nuclear bombings to drastic climate-change events.

My first thought is that if the L.A. ‘Superrich’ are really concerned about surviving the apocalypse, they’d get more bang for their buck by buying a helicopter and having it on standby to leave LA.

I still love the idea of a nice, hardened, ‘second home’ somewhere. But the more I think about it, the more I start to think that if that second home is so nice and desirable, why not just make that your primary home?

Of course, real-world factors come into play…your job may be in San Francisco and your ‘second home’ in, say, Kingman AZ. You aren’t going to live in Kingman and have a job that pays what you were getting in SF. (The exception to this are those lucky sould who can telecommute and have the freedom to live anywhere.)

If I had the money, I wouldn’t bother with a super-secret underground bunker….I’d just buy the land outright and build my subtle-but-secure dream house. I mean, if you’re making $20m per movie, why wouldn’t you just do a couple movies, call it a day, and go retire to your nice, quiet estate in the mountains?

Modern Survival Blog Surpasses 30 Million Visitors

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I recently happened to check our ‘Google Analytics’ statistics to discover that ModernSurvivalBlog.com has just passed the 30 million visitor mark. Wow… Thanks to you and all those who have happened across this site by way of relevant internet searches, links from others, etc., we’ve crossed a significant milestone. While it’s just a number, it’s […]

50 Congressmen Ask DEA To Hold Off On Kratom Ban

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Mitragyna speciosa (Kratom)

In a rare bipartisan effort, 50 members of Congress have asked the DEA to hold off on the upcoming ban on the active ingredients in the plant Kratom (Mitragyna speciose). Kratom, a member of the coffee family, is used by many Americans as a substitute for opiates.  A plethora of testimonials exist online by former users of Heroin and other drugs that the plant has “saved their life”. 130,000 people signed a recent White House petition to protest the DEA’s actions.

Politicians aren’t the only officials that suggest that the DEA’s decision might have been arrived hastily. Academicians at Sloan Kettering and Columbia suggest that the plant may have properties that could be harnessed into useful non-opioid painkillers.

On August 30th, the DEA banned, for a period of two years, the two active ingredients mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, categorizing them as Schedule I drugs, the same category as Heroin and LSD. The ban is effective September 30th, 2016. Schedule I drugs are thought to have no medical use and present a major risk of addiction. This action means that even possession of the plant may be considered illegal and subject to prosecution.

The DEA considers Kratom to be an imminent public hazard, but some members of Congress disagree. In a recent letter to all representatives, Congressmen Mark Pocan (D- Wisconin) and Matt Salmon (R- Arizona) wrote “It (Kratom) binds to some of the same receptors as opioids, providing some pain relief and a calming effect, but not the same high. And the chemical doesn’t cause the same, sometimes deadly side effects as opioids, such as respiratory depression.”

This statement from the DEA: “… Kratom is abused for its ability to produce opioid-like effects and is often marketed as a legal alternative to controlled substances. Law enforcement nationwide has seized more kratom in the first half of 2016 than any previous year and easily accounts for millions of dosages intended for the recreational market, according to DEA findings. In addition, kratom has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. These three factors constitute a schedule I controlled substance according to the Controlled Substances Act passed by Congress in 1970.”

DEA statistics show more than 600 poison control calls relating to Kratom in the five year period from 2010 to 2015. Fifteen deaths have been attributed to Kratom use, although closer inspection reveals that fourteen of those deaths were also associated with other drugs. In contrast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 8,257 heroin-related deaths in 2013 alone.

Having said that, some countries where Kratom grows naturally have imposed a ban on export and, sometimes, use. This includes nations like Thailand and Malaysia.

Kratom is, indeed, a drug and should be regulated, but abruptly naming it a Schedule I substance similar to Heroin will discourage research into its properties and potential for use in cases of drug addiction, depression, PTSD, and chronic pain.

Once Kratom is off the market, will users return to opiates like Heroin? If they do, how many deaths will occur as a result? More than one, I would guess. Kratom may have addictive potential, but so do cigarettes and alcohol, which are responsible for many more deaths.

Should Kratom be regulated? Absolutely. As things stand now, there is no accepted dosage amount of Kratom and commercially-available products are widely variable in the amount of mitragynine and 7-hydroxy-mitragynine in them. Find and standardize an appropriate amount for safe use. This is a better option than taking it off the market altogether.

It’s a stretch to argue that Kratom is as bad as Heroin; the last thing we want is users to switch to substances that are more clearly associated with death.



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9 Clever Uses For Wheel Barrows You Probably Never Thought Of

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9 Clever Uses For Wheel Barrows You Probably Never Thought Of I think I am safe to say we all probably own a wheelbarrow or two, they have helped us out in our garden for centuries. Well did you now that people are now using these bad boys for other things, even outside of the garden? …

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Boondocking Tips: Living Free, For Free

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Boondocking Tips: Living Free, For Free Next time you’re planning out your outdoors vacation, consider the idea of boondocking – it might just change your whole perspective on traditional camping. Not only can you have a vacation for pretty much free, you will get to see other sites only people that boondock get to see …

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13 Uses For Pine Trees For Self-Reliance

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13 Uses For Pine Trees For Self-Reliance If you find yourself in a survival situation in the middle of a pine forest, you actually have a lot of resources available in your natural surroundings. In other terms, you are lucky and with this knowledge could survive pretty well compared to other situations you could find …

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