Types of machete

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As with most other tools, selecting the right axe for the job you are doing can be the difference between working hard to do a dangerous task or applying less effort in a safer manner.  Axes come in numerous sizes and shapes with a variety of different heads.  Let’s take a look at the major types and their uses.

The most popular types of axes

Axe type Typical size Purpose
Fiskars x7 - black
12-14 inches An easy to carry axe that can be used to process kindling and chopping small branches
Felling Axe
Husqvarna axe
23-26 inches To chop down trees. It has a much thinner axe head than a splitting axe
Splitting Maul/Axe
Fiskars x27
36 inches To split wood. The axe head has a much wider wedge and is much heavier than a felling axe
SOG F06P-N tomahawk
12-20 inches For throwing, combat and less so for general camp use
The Double Bit Axe
Estwing Double Bit Axe
17-36 inches One end is sharper than the other. One end is used for felling, the other for splitting.
Viking/Dane Axe
Cold Steel Viking - Dane axe
The size of a Viking! And no, I’m not kidding, the Viking/Dane axe was meant to be the same size as the user To wreak as much havoc as possible
Battle Axe
Cold Steel Battle Axe
30 inches Was designed to be used one handed, the other arm was used to carry a shield
Tactical axe
15-20 inches Multi-functional axes
Zombie apocalypse axe
Master Cutlery MTech Survival Axe
12-20 inches To slay zombies

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Hatches are small axes designed to be used with one hand while the other holds the wood in place.  They are useful for making rough cuts in relatively small logs.  In other words, they do a good job cutting up branches for firewood but are way undersized for cutting down large trees.  They have axe heads which weigh about a pound and the handle is about a foot long.  Hatchets can be used to cut across the grain or along the grain, but if you have to cut through more than a couple of inches, look for another axe.  The best value hatchet you can purchase is the Fiskars X7.  The hatchet is great for a bug out bag and hikers and campers that don’t want to carry much weight.  It gives you the benefit of being able to chop wood easier than using a big knife or machete, but doesn’t weigh all that much.

fiskars x7

Felling Axe

If you really do need to cut down a tree and don’t have access to a chain saw, the felling axe is the one you should use.  The felling axe can also be referred to as any type of camp axe.  They are used for chopping down trees and branches.  There are two distinguishing features about this type of axe.  The handle of the axe is about two feet long and the head weighs about two pounds.  The blade is thin, flat and sharp.  The felling axe is swung sideways at the tree and is designed to cut through the grain, not with the grain like a maul.  My choice for a felling axe is the Husqvarna axe.  Because of the longer handle it makes chopping wood much easier than a hatchet, the issue with having it in your bug out bag or taking it while hiking is the weight.

Husqvarna axe

Splitting Maul

Most of us don’t chop down trees, but splitting firewood is a chore many do.  The splitting maul is the axe of choice for that job.  The head of a splitting maul is thick and heavy.  It can weigh as much as twelve pounds but must are know where near this weight.  The splitting maul is swung down at the log in the direction of the grain.  The weight helps force it through the wood and the thickness of the axe head keeps it from getting stuck.  The edge doesn’t even have to be sharp.  It’s a brute force tool.  Check out my review of the Fiskars X27 Super splitting axe.  I consider it to be the best splitting axe.

fiskars x27 splitting axe


Everyone knows what the purpose of tomahawks are.  Check out this page to see what the best tomahawk is.  What many don’t realize is that tomahawks aren’t the best for camp.  They can be used to some degree, but the axe head is too light for chopping into wood.  They should be used for tactical purposes or fun.

SOG Fasthawk

Specialty Axes

While most people consider axes to be tools used in the yard or to deal with firewood, there are others who consider them crafting tools.  While there are many different sizes and shapes of specialty axes used for such things as building log cabins or creating wood sculptures, these axes are characterized by being adapted to very specific uses.  For instance a Carpenter’s Axe.

Husqvarna carpenters axe

The Double Bit Axe

We all picture Paul Bunyan carrying an axe that had two heads.  Today, few such axes are used for real work, but they are used for a sport such as axe throwing.  Players hold the axe behind their heads with both hands and as they bring it over their heads, release it towards a target, hoping the ax will hit and stick into the target.  One of the blades is usually sharp for cutting against the grain (chopping branches or trees) and the other isn’t as sharp and is better suited to splitting wood along the grain (like a splitting axe).


Estwing Double Bit Axe

Viking/Dane Axe

Designed to be used with both hands.  No shield necessary when you’re swinging this axe around.  Overall length of 52 inches, it’s huge! http://www.coldsteel.com/viking-axe.html

Cold Steel Viking - Dane axe

Battle Axe

Designed to be used with one arm so that the other arm had was used to hold a shield.  It needed to be light, but also inflict as much damage as possible, hence the massive axe head edge.  This is commonly referred to as a bearded axe.  Overall length, 30 inches.  The massive curve on the bottom side of the axe head is because it was used to hook the enemies shield and to pull on the shield to put them off balance.

Cold Steel Battle Axe

Tactical Axe

If you live in an urban environment, you won’t need to process much wood but a tactical hatchet could save your life.  It can still process wood, not as effectively as a traditional hatchet but it will have other features that might be suited to your purposes.


Zombie apocalypse axe

Ok, ok, there’s not really a category like this, I just thought I’d put it in for fun.  I’ve gone over awesome looking axes here.

Master Cutlery MTech Survival Axe

Before deciding on an axe to purchase, decide what you will use it for and let your use guide your choice.




How to Build an Earth / Clay Oven

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How to Build an Earth / Clay Oven In my definition then, a clay oven is any hollow, dome-shaped structure constructed out of clay, clay and sand or clay and straw, used for the purpose of baking and roasting food.  It has a brick floor and usually a chimney. Most traditional clay ovens are built …

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Forgotten Survival Skills That Kept The Eskimos Alive

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Forgotten Skills That Helped The Eskimos Survive Winter

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When most people think of Native Americans, they picture the tribes of the Plains, riding on horseback, hunting buffalo and waiting out the winter in their teepees.

But not all Native Americans lived this way. Consider the people we often call Eskimos.

The word “Eskimo” means “eaters of raw meat” in the language of the Algonquin tribe. It was the French who began calling the native people they found up north by this name. While there are numerous tribes, such as the Inupiat, the Inupiaq, and Yupik, for the sake of this article, we will refer to these tribes as the Inuit.

The Inuit tribes that lived in the far north somehow survived in far harsher climates than the Plains people ever had to endure. How could humans have survived in areas with low light levels for part of the year, extreme wind chills, and temperatures of minus 30 or more?

There were a great many skills that helped these native people survive. While not many of us have a chance to hunt seals, we would be wise to take note of some of the survival skills that allowed these native tribes to thrive in a very unforgiving climate.


The Inuit people consumed a diet that was perfectly suited for the environment in which they lived. During the summer, the Inuit would move inland, away from the coast, and hunt caribou, which, like the Plains tribes, provided them with almost everything they needed. The tough skin on the head was used to make the soles of shoes, and the softer skin from the belly for clothing that was close to the skin. The Inuit were careful to use everything from their kill, as it took four animals to make one jacket or parka. A pair of pants for one person required two more caribou hides. The antlers were used as tools, tendons were used for thread, and fat was rendered to store food for later, also to use as fuel for “lamps.” During the short summers, berries were gathered, birds were caught and the meat dried, eggs were enjoyed, berries and herbs were gathered and stored. Fresh water fish also were caught from lakes or streams. The Inuit diet consisted almost entirely of meat, with only the few plants that could be found during the very short summer to add some variety.

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During winter, dogs were invaluable hunting partners. The Inuit stayed close to the coastline. Before the sea edges froze, seals would often sun themselves on the sand or rocks. Killing a seal during these times was a challenge and took real teamwork. In the winter, dogs would sniff out the air holes these mammals used. The Inuit would lie in wait and when the seal came up for air, they speared it. Seals were as prized as caribou, but for different reasons. Their hides were waterproof, making them valuable for shoes and gloves. Seal and walrus meat was extremely nourishing. Whales were difficult to catch, as the Inuit had to hunt them using kayaks and spears; however, when they did kill them, they used every single part. The fat, or blubber, is very high in calories and helped the Inuit stay warm as they burned many calories to maintain their body heat. The blubber also was used as oil for lanterns, which provided heat and light.

Eskimos near Thule Air Base in 1968Using the food that was available to them to their best advantage was one of the Inuit’s secrets to survival.


Before you can get around, you need to know your way around! The Inuit used the stars and sun (when it was available) to navigate, especially on the water. On land, they often used landmarks or erected one, if they thought it was necessary.

The Inuit used sleds made from whale bones with skins stretched over them. Dogs would pull the sleds through the snow. On the water, kayaks were the usual means of transportation, but when moving larger families or supplies (such as whale meat) larger boats, called umiaqs, were used. If the umiaq used oars, it was usually the women who operated them. Paddles were used by men. While most kayaks were made from driftwood, umiaqs were made from whale bones lashed together or pegged together. Seal skins were then stretched over the frame.

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For a typical umiaq of about 30 feet, seven to eight seal skins would be needed to cover it. While these boats were large, they were fairly lightweight and could be carried by two or three men. A 24-foot umiaq weighs a mere 150 pounds, on average. Dogs also were counted on to carry or drag packs during the summer months. The husky dog that the Intuits used comes from the Inuit breeding of dogs with wolves. Huskies can survive the harsh winters with their thick coats and are very strong. Most huskies easily can carry a 40- to 50-pound pack all day.


One of the best-known traits of the Inuit people was their wintertime shelters, called igloos. Igloos were houses made of snow and ice and were the best winter shelters, as snow causes air to be trapped, making it a very good insulator. A typical igloo could be built in less than one hour by two men with sharp knives. After the blocks were cut and stacked, the snow was packed on the outside for further insulation. Sometimes, several igloos would be connected via tunnels, enabling large families to have some privacy, but still stay together. Igloos often were warmed with homemade lanterns, fueled by the melted fat from seals and whales. So while outside temps might be -50 degrees Fahrenheit, inside the igloo, it could be 60 to 70 degrees.

Summer shelters usually were made of whale bones lashed together and covered with hides. The floors also would be covered with hides for insulation and comfort.


Almost all clothing was made from seal and caribou hides. In the coldest winter months, two layers of clothing were worn. The one next to the skin had the fur turned inward; the outer layer had the fur facing outward. Caribou hide has natural air pockets, which make it super-insulating. Parkas often were made from caribou hides, with the fur inside, and waterproof seal hides on the outside. Many parkas had hoods edged in fur. Gloves were made much like parkas. While polar bear skins were valuable, these were not hunted often as the risk was too great.

Perhaps we never will live in environments like those of the Inuit people, but we all can learn from the creativity, resourcefulness and determination that kept them alive.

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7 Reasons You Gotta Keep Prepping Under Trump

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7 Reasons You Gotta Keep Prepping Under Trump

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The Left has been running scared ever since Donald Trump won the presidential election. Thanks to the media narrative throughout the campaign, they are convinced that Trump is the atheist version of the devil incarnate, out to destroy their god (big government) and everything the progressive left has done to warp the principles of this country.

Liberals, by the droves, are joining the prepping movement: buying guns, stockpiling food and other essential supplies for an expected, coming disaster. Of course, they can’t define the disaster, other than to say it’s the incoming president, but to them, that’s a disaster.

On the other hand, many conservative preppers have put their prepping on hold, as if Trump could single-handedly stop a natural disaster or a terrorist attack on the grid.

A change in the president doesn’t make the world much safer than it was before. Oh, he might be able to enact some laws and initiatives which will eventually make the world a safer place, but only in some ways. Nothing that any president can do will stop a hurricane from hitting our shores. Nor is there much likelihood that any president could truly put a stop to terrorism, no matter how hard he or she tried.

The world is still a dangerous place and is likely to stay that way for as long as we live. Here are seven reasons you should continue prepping:

1. Natural disasters didn’t go away

The most likely disaster that any of us prepare for is a natural disaster. Statistically, we are all likely to live through one or more of these in our lifetime. While not as “sexy” as a nation-crippling EMP, natural disasters are what started the prepping movement. They are the foundation of all that we do.

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No president can stop a natural disaster, at least, not with our current level of technology. We will continue to see natural disasters strike various parts of the country and see people lose their lives and property to them. About the only thing the government can do is improve their ability to react to those disasters — something that I won’t hold my breath waiting for.

2. The power grid is still at risk

The most vulnerable part of our country’s infrastructure is the electrical grid. In pretty much any natural disaster or even a large storm, you can count on the power going out. And it doesn’t even require a storm. Remember the 2003 Northeast blackout that took out power for 55 million people in the Northeast? It all started with a software bug at one utility in Ohio. Then there’s the danger of cyber threats. Gary Davis of the California-based Intel Security said representatives from other nations at the United Nations have told him that their biggest concern is that a “teenager could take down” their country’s power grid. Speaking of cyber threats …

3. Cybersecurity

Worldwide, the problems of cybersecurity have steadily increased. In his New Year’s address, President-elect Trump said that there is no such thing as true security over any electronic means of communication. He recommended putting things on paper and using good old-fashioned snail-mail or couriers, if you want security.

Any country’s power grid is susceptible to hacking. Both China and Russia have invested in this area of warfare, with China being the clear world leader. All it would take is a decision in Beijing, and the lights would go out nationwide in the U.S.

Netflix, Twitter and Amazon all went down in 2016 due to hacker attacks. LogRhythm, which helps companies guard against cyber threats, is predicting the entire “internet will be shut down for up to 24 hours” in 2017 due to cyberattacks.

4. A Carrington Event

The 1989 Solar Storm That Knocked Out The Grid, Closed Schools & Businesses, & Panicked The Population

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Our sun is extremely active, with massive solar storms and sunspots appearing and disappearing regularly. We nearly were hit in the 2014, when an extreme solar storm sent electromagnet waves, known as a coronal mass ejection, in our direction, narrowly missing the Earth. Had those waves gone out at a few degrees in different direction, they would have hit us squarely, shutting down not only our grid but every electrical grid in the hemisphere.

The largest solar storm in modern history, knows as the Carrington Event, took place 1859. Since there was no grid and virtually no electronic equipment to be damaged, the storm had little effect other than to damage some telegraph machines. But if it such a thing happens again today, it will be devastating.

5. EMP attack

Then there’s the risk of an enemy attacking us by EMP. As best I know, neither Iran nor North Korea are running scared of Trump. Both of those countries are hard at work on both their nuclear programs and their missile programs. The only question is whether Iran would attack Israel or the United States first.

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Similar to a Carrington-type event, a properly run EMP attack would shut down the grid for the foreseeable future, with devastating results. According to a report to Congress by the EMP Commission, as much as 90 percent of the population would die in the first year following such an attack.

6. The threat of terrorism

While Trump says he takes the threat of extremist Muslim terrorism seriously, it will take time for any of his initiatives to make a dent in terrorism, let alone bring it to a stop. The cancer of terrorism is loose in the world — and it’s not going to go away quickly. As the United States and countries throughout Europe and the Middle East have discovered, it is difficult to prevent lone wolf terrorists.

7. A possible economic collapse

There have been rumors of a pending economic collapse for years, ever since the national debt spiraled out of control. Yet the collapse hasn’t yet happened. But the conditions which create the concern of a collapse have not gone away.

The globalists control much of the world’s monetary supply, giving them a huge amount of leverage to control world events. It is they, more than any other group, who create economic rises and falls and can even orchestrate a financial collapse. If they decide a financial collapse is in their best interest — not the best interest of the USA, mind you — they will make it happen.

Do you agree or disagree? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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5 Headache-Curing Herbs Your Ancestors Used

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5 Headache-Curing Herbs Your Ancestors Used

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Everyone gets a headache every now and then. Whether it is a tension headache from an overly demanding boss or a very painful rebound headache, there is only one thing most of us can think of: how to get rid of it quickly!

You might be wondering what our ancestors used before the invention of those over-the-counter pain killers. Herbs were among the most popular remedies and they worked remarkably well.

Here are the top 5 herbs that have been used for ages to stop headaches, before pharmacies, before pills, and certainly before your boss was born!

1. Willow

The bark from willow trees has a long history of pain relief, and not just for headaches. Extracts from white willow bark was used by the pioneers in the 1800s, but the Native people of America used it well before that. Willow bark contains a compound, salicin, which your body will convert into salicylic acid, known to you and I as aspirin.

2. Ginger

Yep, that same spice you probably have in your kitchen cabinet is well-known for stopping headaches (and nausea, too). Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it works on several different levels.

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It can be purchased in capsule form, but the quickest way to relieve headaches — and the one our ancestors used — was to put a half dozen thin slices of fresh ginger root in two cups of water and boil it as a tea. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes and drink after it has cooled a bit.

3. Feverfew

This ancient herb, best known for reducing fevers, is a terrific choice for migraines as it not only reduces pain but is known to help alleviate nausea and sensitivity to light. The leaves and flowers contain a compound that cause the blood vessels to dilate.

4. Butterbur

The name of this herb always reminds me of butter beans, but it’s actually a very old folk remedy for not only headaches and migraines, but for other types of pain. For those who suffer from regular migraines, taking butterbur regularly has been shown in some studies to reduce the number of migraines by as much as 50 percent and the severity of pain by as much as 80 percent when compared to the placebo group. [1]

5. Peppermint and rosemary

While you have certainly consumed both of these herbs, you probably have not considered putting them together. It’s time to change that! Rosemary mixed with peppermint (and some recipes call for a bit of lavender also) makes a terrific “brain tonic” that will relieve headache pain, ease tension (which is the cause behind most headaches), and improve blood circulation. A tea of fresh peppermint leaves with a sprig of fresh rosemary is an old folk remedy for headaches that seems to withstand the test of time.

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[1] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1526-4610.2005.05044.x/abstract

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The Ruger 10-22 Takedown: The Perfect Survival Rifle?

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The Ruger 10-22 Takedown: The Perfect Survival Rifle?

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We recently took a look at a few old-school “survival rifles” but found them lacking in some respects due to either reliability or accuracy. As times change and rifles improve, there is always a new contender for this role and we may have found it in this next rifle: the Ruger 10/22 Takedown.

It may not be as iconic as a Winchester lever-action or the new heir-apparent to the title of America’s rifle (the AR-15), but millions of these rifles are owned by millions of Americans and in many instances they were often a “first rifle” to introduce someone to shooting.

Like a Chevy small-block engine, they can be customized with match triggers, heavy barrels, thumbhole stocks or you can drop one into an after-market stock to make it look like a bull pup rifle or even a Thompson SMG.

However, at its heart this rifle was always compact, lightweight and most importantly, reliable. That’s all the qualities you would want in a survival rifle. Someone high up at Ruger recognized this and a few years ago the company began offering the venerable Ruger 10/22 in a takedown format, specifically for the modern prepper and survivalist.

Original versions of the rifle gave you two choices: stainless or blue. However, as the company listened to their customers, we have seen new versions emerge in various camouflage patterns as well as threaded barrels.

The threaded barrel is a key component for adding a silencer (also known as a sound suppressor), and this improvement made it perfect for what we look for in a survival rifle.

In case you are not familiar with the 10/22 platform, it is a semiautomatic rifle chambered in 22 LR that has similar lines visually with the M1 Carbine. Originally they shipped with an innovative and indestructible 10-round rotary magazine. The takedown versions we have seen come with a longer 25-round magazine.

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The receiver is drilled and tapped for a scope mount and the barrel has a rear sight mounted close to the chamber and a front sight by the muzzle. Ruger includes a scope mount and a carrying case in which you can store the rifle, broken down. The case is made well, aside from the single nylon strap, but we upgraded ours with dedicated pack straps for ease of backpack carry.

One of the first things we do is remove the barrel band. It really serves no purpose beyond looks and coming from a background in precision shooting. We do not like anything touching our barrel that might affect harmonics. Our other gripe is that the rifle has no sling swivels. We still regard the sling as the most important accessory for any rifle, not only as a means for carry, but as an aid in accuracy.

When it comes to accuracy we found the “fly in the ointment.” The scope mounts to the receiver and while the barrel is removed by pushing a button and twisting it out, every time you remove and reattach the barrel you will have to re-zero the rifle. The shift in point of impact may be minimal, but if you are using it to forage for wild game as it was intended, that will almost certainly cause you to miss a small target.

But the iron sights, being contained on the barrel, remain more consistent than any optic we have tried over the past few years.

Unlike the other survival rifles we reviewed, the Ruger 10-22 Takedown is available with a threaded barrel. A good 22 silencer really makes a difference with this rifle over everything else. We have had success running a Gemtech Outback II-D, Underground Tactical Little Puff, and a Q El Camino. However, the 16-inch barrel does add velocity to the rounds unless you use subsonic ammunition.

Some readers may be shaking their heads at the thought of using a 10/22 in a disaster or end-of-the-world scenario. Consider this: In a true disaster that causes people to bug out to the rural areas for an extended period of time, there will probably be no deer population left. Your AR, AK, FAL, SCAR, 30-30 or whatever else you thought would make you king of the mountain may be nearly useless on whatever is left in the form of squirrels, rabbits or chipmunks. Thus, the 10/22 may be the perfect fit.

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This is not an Australian video, but the same applies if you are using the grass tree plant, also know as Yacca. This is the brother of one of our group members on our official forum. Great video & well worth watching.

Types of machetes

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If you are in the market for various types of machetes, then you have likely began to notice how many different types of machetes there are. It is important to understand the different types of machetes that are out there, that way you can choose the machete that is right for you. This is because different types of models are used for different situations, from normal cutting and chopping tasks to chopping your way through thick, tough bush.

So the first question you have to ask yourself is what will I be using the machete for?

  • Chopping power – you’ll be mainly using it for chopping small trees or branches, try the kukri, heavy or bolo machete.
  • Slashing power – one that you can use all day to get through green vegetation or clearing a camp area, get a parang or a Latin machete.
  • All-rounder, the Bolo or Golok is your best option.
  • Survivalist or camper, you’re best off with a kukri, Bolo or Golok.

Let’s get to the good stuff!

The most popular types of machetes

Machete Features Origin Typical length (inches)
The Bush/Latin Machete
Tramontina latin machete
An all rounder but better for green vegetation Latin America 18-24
The Survival Machete
SOGfari Kukri Machete
An all rounder that can be used to set up camp and help you in a survival situation USA 18-24
The Kukri Machete
CTK Heavy duty kukri
An all rounder. Due to the curve of the blade, has significant chopping power Nepal 16-18
The Heavy Machete
Cold Steel heavy machete
Chopping power. Not ideal for all day use Unknown 20-30
The Bolo Machete
Gerber Gator Bolo Machete
An all rounder Phillipines 20-24
Golok/Parang Machete
Condor Tool and Knife Golok Machete
An all rounder Malaysia/Indonesia 20-24
Bill Hook
An agricultural tool designed to cut around objects Debatable 16-20
For combat! Nepal 13-24
Ontario SP8 machete
Multi-functional Unknown 15-36
Slaying zombies USA 20-30


The Bush/Latin Machete

This is a standard machete, and likely the most common style imagined when machete is mentioned. It is an all-purpose tool and has a straight backed blade which is often evenly weighted and stout. It is used for the usual cutting or chopping needs.  A good example of this is the Tramontina Latin machete.

Tramontina latin machete

The Survival Machete

This one provides a blade that can do well in all areas. It has enough weight to chop or split wood, the tip is blunt and can be used as a pry bar or digging. The back of the blade can be used for saw, and the flat part as a hammer. Because it was designed for rescue and camping, it is a popular choice.  An example is the SOGfari Kukri Machete.

SOGfari Kukri Machete

The Kukri Machete

These blades have three sections, the thick midsection is used for chopping, the narrow section for carving and a pointed tip. It’s commonly used as a utility tool or chopping medium vegetation.  It can be used to slash through light vegetation but it’s primarily a chopper.  If you want something to be used to get through lots of light vegetation, you’re best off with a Latin machete or the parang machete.  The reason the kukri is so popular is because it can be used to do finer tasks like a big knife can.  Below is the Ka-Bar Kukri which I have reviewed here.


The Heavy Machete

When you need a multi tool, this is the machete for you. It can be used as an axe, a knife, or a machete. Many people consider it as the workhorse of machetes, with a blade that is weighted at the top. The tip is either dull or removed while the flat cutting edge is used for chopping. It is commonly used for splitting wood, chopping tough vegetation or thick brush.  A good example is the Cold Steel Heavy Machete.


Cold Steel heavy machete

The Bolo Machete

This machete is also a powerhouse, similar to the heavy machete, but with a pointed tip. The blade is weighted near the end to provide improved chopping abilities and the blade is usually thicker than the average machete blade. It is commonly used for cutting your way through the toughest terrain.  Check out the Gerber Gator Bolo Machete below.  


Gerber Gator Bolo Machete

The Golok Machete

This one is also called the Parang machete and provide a distinctively curved look, with the edge and spine both being curved. The design of the curve helps to concentrate force on a smaller area while preventing the blade from getting lodged within the material. It is commonly used for cutting wood.  Below is a picture of the Condor Tool and Knife 14-Inch Golok Machete.

Condor Tool and Knife Golok Machete

The Condor Tool and Knife Parang Machete which is pictured below I have reviewed here.

Condor Tool and Knife Parang Machete

The Bill Hook

This is an ancient tool designed to chop around objects such as vines.  It’s a very common tool in agriculture and really popular with homesteaders.  Check this page for bill hooks.


Combat machete

A combat machete is obviously used in combat.  The Gurkha’s have been using machetes in combat for hundreds of years.  There are several types of combat machetes, some are primarily thrusting machetes and there are others that are slashing machetes.



Tactical machete

This type of machete will have some type of additional feature which will make it tactical.  I’ve got a page of tactical machetes you can check out.

Ontario SP8 machete

Zombie apocalypse machetes

These cool machetes are more about looks that function.  They can’t chop through wood effectively but they can chop through zombies effectively.



The above are just some of the many different types of machete’s that are currently on the market. Depending on the purpose and use, one type of machete may be better than another so doing the research is recommended.

The Left is Doubling Down-Don’t Let Up Now!

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I had the honor of being a guest on Patriot Radio with Washington State Representative Matt Shea. Among many topics, we discussed the doubling down of the left to label patriot podcasts and websites as fake news, with Mark Zuckerberg as the self-proclaimed czar of authentication.


Danny Walker’s survival retreat has been devastated by violence since the detonation of the EMP. A megalomaniacal warlord’s designs on absolute power have already brought him to Danny’s doorstep once, leaving a trail of blood and heartbreak in his wake. Danny’s only hope is to infiltrate Regent Schlusser’s camp and bring him down from the inside. It’s a risky proposition. If he is caught, he’ll be executed as a spy, but there is no other alternative. In this epic struggle between good and evil, Danny’s mettle will be tested, his faith will be tried, and he’ll have to dig deep for the courage to continue.

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6 Generator Tips to Prepare You for the Next Storm

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6 Generator Tips to Prepare You for the Next Storm “Snowpocalypse” has come and gone in the Southeast, and while the stores may have run out of milk and bread, the accumulation was not nearly as bad as predicted. Don’t get complacent about disasters yet, as it has not been too long since winter weather, …

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Do Government Policies Affect Prepping?

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Many, many times governments make decisions based on their political loyalties and political survival. Many decisions are unwise and, obviously, do not benefit the American people. Decisions and actions made by government absolutely affect lives during and after a crisis when help is desperately needed.


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7 Home Security Measures That Could Save Your Life

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Unless you happen to be the duke of a large estate with a fortified castle, you’ll have to put in a little preparation to secure your home from invaders. While taking precautions to protect yourself from a home invasion is important now, it will become even more critical in the event of a catastrophe. A […]

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Women off grid

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When you think of someone living off grid, chances are you either think of a man or perhaps a couple (or even a family), but it’s doubtful you will think of a single woman going off grid, especially an older lady. Well I’m here to tell you, there are women living off grid on their own, homesteading, doing the things that are traditionally done by the men.

As a female myself, I can tell you it’s convenient to have a man around to do the hard jobs, to do the really messy jobs, to reach the taller things, even to unscrew that stubborn lid, it’s convenient but not a requirement! I love my man and am glad we are doing this together, but it’s not an impossible thing to do on your own ladies, if you really wish to do this!

As long as you are in decent health and have a few skills, ladies you can do this. Having some smarts helps too, of course there might be somethings that are just physically difficult to do, that’s when you hire someone to help, whether you pay with money, or you trade something you can do (cooking, mending, fixing, and the such), don’t get fussy with me if you are a liberal woman and are offended by my words, this is what I would do if I didn’t have my PB around to do the heavy lifting.

Out where I live there are quite a few ladies, some in the +60 and even +70 age range who live on their own, not necessarily living off grid, but living in a wild place with no city amenities or conveniences around. Many of them grew up on ranches, but not all, some did come from the city and just made it work through their own strength and perseverance.

Here are a few ladies who are doing this on their own


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Tactical Life, Part 1: Boots, Gloves, and Packs

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Tactical Life, Part 1: Boots, Gloves, and Packs What you wear and the gear you use can be much more than just a preference on how you look. Using quality gear has been a hallmark of the military and law enforcement for a long time. It is easy to see why, since gear reliability can be …

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How To Install a DIY Pallet Wood Floor

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How To Install a DIY Pallet Wood Floor I love starting new DIY home improvement projects, especially when you get to do some repurposing or upcycling! Whether you’re starting from the ground up with your own homestead, or just looking for an interesting way to spruce up your home, you’ll probably be considering some new …

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19 Clever Uses for Rubber Bands

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19 Clever Uses for Rubber Bands If you’re in a SHTF situation, or isolated to the point that you don’t have access to a lot of supplies, you’ll need to learn how to improvise with what you have on hand. You can’t have a stockpile of absolutely everything you could possibly need, but there are …

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How to Care For Your Bushcraft Knife

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Knowing how to care for your Bushcraft Knife, no matter the type, will help you greatly improve the life span of that knife; be it stainless steel, carbon steel, or whatever type of knife it is. Your ability to take care for your knife will help make it useful when you most need it. This […]

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How to Stretch Your Food Budget

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How to Stretch Your Food Budget Putting together nutritious, satisfying meals for the family can be a challenge, especially when you’re on a tight budget or don’t have access to all of the foods that you normally would. Fresh produce can be especially hard to come by during the winter, even if you have your …

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Is the Shadow Government Conspiracy Real?

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by Megan

People from all walks of life are preppers and people prep to varying degrees and thus it’s not a surprise that within the prepper community there are different reasons people prep. For centuries, one thing most people agree on is that the evidence shows that 1% of the people control most of the wealth and the gap between the have and the have nots continues to expand. It has become clear to many people over the last several decades that perhaps this gap was due to more than just “luck” or “hard work” and that there exists a scheme on behalf of the 1% to purposefully control the wealth.

Some preppers, in fact, believe in an even deeper conspiracy, that a shadow government exists, one that truly runs the United States and maybe even the world, unbeknownst to the common citizens.  This people controlling this shadow government are referred to by many names including the “The Powers That Be”, “The Bilderberg Group”, or “The Illuminati”. It is believed that a small group of powerful elite families, influenced mainly by wealthy bankers, politicians, and the like, not only control most the wealth but influence all the mainstream media and the messages that it sends out to citizens, politics, financial sectors, and more.

In the Presidential election held in November 2016, it is said that nearly 90 million people eligible to vote didn’t vote at all. That’s nearly half the voting age population of the United States! Let that sink in. Nearly HALF the people eligible to vote in the Presidential election didn’t bother to vote at all. Is this simply the result of millennial apathy? Or is there more to it than that?

There are many people who believe that the United States government is run by this secret “shadow” government. At least a portion of those 90 million people who didn’t vote, feel that who ultimately becomes President doesn’t even matter because in the end this powerful group of elites will still be able to control what is and isn’t done in our Nation’s capital and across the country, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office. If you look to history, you will see that even former Presidents of the United States referenced this secret group and even tried to warn others of its influence.

Former Presidents Warn of Shadow Government

In fact, the very first U.S. President, George Washington, penned this warning in a letter written on October 24, 1978:

“It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of that fact than I am. The idea that I meant to convey was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of separation). That Individuals of them may…actually had a separation [sic] of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.”

This letter is now located in the Library of Congress. Research it yourself and do your own analysis of what he meant if you like.

In a letter penned to John Taylor by Thomas Jefferson, on May 28, 1816, he warns “I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” And Former Vice President and U.S. Senator, John C. Calhoun, in a speech given on May 27, 1836 gave this warning: “A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various powerful interests, combined in one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in banks.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote a letter addressed to Colonel Edward M. House in November 1933 which stated: “The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.”

Theodore Roosevelt gave this dire warning, documented in Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography, 1913 (Appendix B): “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”

And from Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom 1913 came this statement. “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”

And finally, in an extremely bold move, John F. Kennedy delivered what came to be known as the “Secret Society” speech in April 1961 to the American Newspaper Publishers Association:

“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings…Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe… no war ever posed a greater threat to our security. If you are awaiting a finding of “clear and present danger,” then I can only say that the danger has never been more clear and its presence has never been more imminent.

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence-on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerillas by night instead of armies by day.

It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”

So, at the very least, former American Presidents were aware enough of a powerful influence over the country to refer to or warn others about it.

For centuries, the existence of a shadow government, also known as the Illuminati, or the 13 families, has been talked about but dismissed as “crazy talk” or the ramblings of “men wearing tin foil hats”. But it’s no coincidence that if you look at any corporation, utility company, industry, bank, media company, etc. and follow the money it more than likely leads back to at least one of these 13 wealthiest families:

  • Rothschild (also Bauer or Bower)
  • Krupp
  • Warburg (del Banco)
  • Plantagenet
  • Hanover
  • De Medici
  • Romanov
  • Hapsburg
  • Harriman
  • Bruce
  • Sinclair (St. Clair)
  • Cavendish (Kennedy)
  • Windsor (Saxe-Coburg-Gothe)

The assassination of JFK, created a lot of buzz about a conspiracy of our government to control at least the political arena. Some people say that a group as powerful as a shadow government would never allow any whisperings about them at all. Is the shadow government conspiracy real? We cannot answer that question with certainty in this article, but we can present some of the evidence for your review. Research the topics presented here further and decide for yourself. But just remember, it’s much easier to discredit your enemies by convincing others they are foolish or crazy than it is to keep everything completely hidden.

So, if a shadow government does indeed exist, how could it be? How is that an elite group of powerful people could in fact, erode and overthrow the U.S. Constitution, right under the noses of its citizens? They would first have to take control over the following areas:

  • Money
  • Food & Water
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Indoctrination
  • Dissenters

Control Over Money

Federal Reserve Act

“Give me control over a nation’s currency and I care not who makes its laws.” Baron Mayor Amschel Rothschild.

In the early 1900’s, under the Alrich-Vreeland Act, Congress provided for emergency currency and the National Monetary Commission was established with a purpose of addressing banking and currency reform. Nelson Aldrich was the Senate Republican leader and Chief of this National Monetary Commission.

Aldrich’s daughter was the wife of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Aldrich himself was closely aligned with elite bankers like J.P. Morgan and others. Aldrich created two separate commissions, the first to study the money/banking system in America and the second, led by Aldrich, to analyze the European central banking systems.

He returned from Germany, after studying their centralized banking system, convinced that central banking was better than the current American system. Because of his ties to the elite and bankers, Aldrich was met with great opposition over central banking.

In 1910, Aldrich and representatives from banks including National City Bank of New York, First National Bank of New York, and Paul Warburg of Kuhn, Loeb & Co and Colonel House, spent nearly two weeks secluded at Jekyll Island in Georgia, hammering out the Aldrich Plan. In 1913, just three years later, and just days prior to Christmas, the Federal Reserve Act was passed in both the House and Senate. The IRS was created in the same year.

Unbeknownst to many Americans, the Federal Reserve is not in any way a government owned bank but instead is a privately-owned bank with the authority to print money and little accountability because as Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, once put it “there is no other agency or government that can overrule the actions that we take”.

Further evidence of this scheme is seen when you analyze the crash that caused the Great Depression. The elite bankers (Rockefellers, Rothschild, Morgan, etc.) pulled their money out just prior to the crash, which put them in the position to buy up all the wealth (homes, properties, businesses), being lost by everyone else, for pennies on the dollar.

In the 2008 crash, banks such as Bank of America, Chase, and Citibank were bundling bad loans they knew would eventually fail, so in effect, the banks caused the 2008 crash. But when the bailout came, it went to the banks that caused the crash and again individuals lost homes, jobs, and businesses.

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for it they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Henry Ford, 1922.

If you analyze history, you will see that these crashes are a continuous cycle designed to take the real wealth such as homes, property, and businesses from the people and allow it to be bought up by the wealthy/banks. Because this has gone on for centuries, the gap between the haves and the have nots widens, and the real wealth of the country is now in the hands of a small number of powerful families.

Control Over Food & Water

Almost everything you buy in the United States is already controlled by these 10 major corporations:

  • Coca-Cola
  • Kraft
  • Pepsico
  • Nestle
  • P&G
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Unilever
  • Mars
  • Kellogg’s
  • General Mills

http://i.imgur.com/k0pv0.jpg (See this chart found on Reddit for infographic).

  • Everyone knows that Kashi is considered a natural wholesome cereal, right? Well it was purchased by Kellogg’s for 32 million dollars back in 2000. Kellogg’s is known for using GMO’s in their cereals.
  • Lightlife Foods which is known for producing vegan and vegetarian foods like Smart Bacon was purchased by ConAgra in 2000 for an undisclosed amount. ConAgra was one of the companies that stopped Measure 27 in Oregon which would have required all products with genetically-altered ingredients to be labels as such.
  • Glaceau, Energy Brands, maker of Vitamin Energy, Fruit Water, and Smart Water was purchased in 2007 for 4.1 billion dollars by none other than Coca-Cola. One bottle contains more than ¼ the recommended daily sugar.
  • Burt’s Bees, is now owned by Clorox following a purchase in 2007 for $913 million dollars.

So just because something says all natural or organic on the label, don’t assume it is, follow the money back to the corporation and look at their history of using GMO’s and other additives, especially sugar. You’ll find there are at least thirteen small brands known for natural foods that are now actually controlled by one of the above giant corporations.

The Green Revolution was a Rockefeller (founder of Standard Oil) brainchild. It resulted in destruction of small family farms, soaring agribusiness which required vast amounts of oil products used on crops. Land, food supply, and water were contaminated. GMO’s have been introduced as a way of creating sterile seed. Heritage seed is being stored in seed vaults away from citizen access. There are Free Trade Treaties being discussed that would rob farmers of their ability to save seed. If the citizens can only access GMO seed which doesn’t reproduce well and if saving seed is declared a crime, what options are there for citizens to be self-sufficient?

Laws have been enacted under the guise of “public safety” that now make it illegal for neighbors and small farmers to sell things such as milk to other neighbors. Small dairy and livestock farmers are required to invest huge amounts of money into “required equipment”, testing, licensing, etc. or are unable to sell their milk and other products. Families attempting to move off-grid and live without being connected to public utilities are being harassed, their children are being taken away, and in some cases, they are forced to leave their home.

All these things are happening over time and you may have read or heard about some of them, but with each regulation passed, the powerful elite gain more and more control over our food and water supplies and over the ability of ordinary citizens to feed themselves and their families without being dependent on the government or corporations. This is a dangerous path because it soon puts every citizen at the mercy of the government for the food and water so vital to survival.

Control Over Energy

Our current reliance on oil is hugely beneficial to the energy companies. If you follow the money, you will find that most of those companies are owned by the same monopoly of families. John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil which was later broken up into smaller companies such as Exxon Mobile, BP, and others. History shows us that anything viewed as a threat to their monopoly is quickly shutdown.

The most obvious example of this suppression is the work of Nikola Tesla, an inventor in the early 1900’s. J.P. Morgan was a huge financial backer of Nikola Tesla initially. This allowed Tesla to compete with Edison when it came to electricity and communications (telegraph).

Tesla envisioned and worked on Wardenclyffe Tower, which he was convinced could produce wireless broadcasting system, transmitting messages all the way to England from the Atlantic. But the tower also could transmit electrical energy without using wiring. Tesla’s intent was to provide free electricity to the entire world simply by sticking wires into the soil. In exchange for funding, Tesla signed over numerous other patents he held.

J.P. Morgan who was deeply invested in electricity using copper wiring and he grew fearful of what free electricity would do to his industry. He cut off funding to the Wardenclyffe project. Undeterred, Tesla conducted his first and what was to be his only test of the equipment in July 1903. Just days after this testing, Westinghouse, under pressure from J.P. Morgan, confiscated Tesla’s heavy equipment for “non-payment of services rendered”. Other investors wouldn’t back Tesla after hearing Morgan had pulled funding and he was ruined.

In later years, John Bedini tried to pick up where Tesla’s work had left off. He produced charging devices that generated more energy than it takes to run them. Bedini was attacked in his lab and warned not to produce the devices shortly after he had announced he would be producing them at low-cost for everyone.

Adam Trombly, inventor and physicist, was also inspired by Tesla’s work. His device was confiscated during a government raid orchestrated by George H. Bush. Canadian, John Hutchinson, created free energy batteries and the technology to defy gravity and make things float using Tesla’s theories. His work would have revolutionized the propulsion field. His lab was raided in 1978, 1989, and again in 2000 and all his equipment was confiscated. Dr. Eugene Mallove, MIT and Harvard engineer and Editor of Infinite Energy magazine was mysteriously beaten to death in 2004.

Why? Free energy like what Tesla and his followers were producing cannot be metered and thus there is now way to charge citizens for using it. Therefore, it is a direct threat to Energy companies. Oil companies, coal, linear electricity transmitted through power lines, it’s at least a 200 trillion-dollar pocket that would all be negatively affected. The work of Tesla would change geopolitical power within a single generation. Free energy for the world is amazingly good for its citizens but ultimately bad for the powerful families and corporations so heavily invested in fossil fuels.

Control Over Healthcare

The American Medical Association which is a huge influence as a monitoring organization over the healthcare field, is largely funded by the Rockefellers. In fact, if you research where medical education comes from, a large amount of training and education in the medical field is also funded by the pharmaceutical companies themselves! The entire system feeds back into itself.

There is evidence that medical cures have been suppressed or kept from the citizens. The work of Dr. Rife in the 1920’s led to a clinical trial on 16 terminally ill cancer patients through the University of Southern California in 1934. Within 3 months all 16 patients were cured of their cancer! But not long after there was a fire at a lab testing Rife’s technology and a lawsuit followed.

Morris Fishbein, head of the American Medical Association (AMA), led the efforts to have Rife shut down. There were similar issues with the natural remedies resulting from the work of Rene Caisse, Max Gerson, and Harry Hoxey. The American Medical Association is controlled by the same power and funding that controls the pharmaceutical companies.

Control Over Indoctrination

Control over what information gets out to citizens and how we get it. In 1983, there were 50 companies in control of our mainstream media companies. In 2011, these 6 corporations control 90% of the Media in America:

  • GE (Comcast, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, NBC)
  • NewsCorp (Fox, Wall Street Journal, New York Post)
  • Disney (ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Miramax, Marvel Studios)
  • Viacom (MTV, Nick Jr, BET, CMT, Paramount Pictures)
  • Time Warner which was bought by AOL in 2001 (CNN, HBO, Time, Warner Brothers)
  • CBS (Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, NFL.com, Jeopardy, 60 minutes)

GE is now out of the media industry, replaced by a merger of Comcast and NBC. When it comes to radio, Clear Channel owns 1,200 stations even though in 1995 the FCC passed regulations prohibiting companies from owning more than 40 radio stations. NewsCorp owns the top newspaper on three continents, North America (Wall Street Journal), Europe (The Sun), and in Australia (The Australian).  This gives citizens the illusion of choice

The National Education Association (NEA) was created by the Rockefeller Foundation with help from the Ford and Carnegie Foundations. This allows them to influence our education system in a way that “establishes fixed habits of response to authority”.

The Internet is currently owned by no one and everyone at the same time. It’s a network of networks with different companies owning different networks and servers. There is currently controversy over who and how the Internet will be controlled. It’s a controversy that every citizen should pay attention to as China, Russia, and the United Nations all have their eye on Internet sovereignty.

Control of Dissenters

Everyone knows that when trying to control a crowd or any other group, there will always be those that oppose whatever you are trying to do. The powers that be knew that as well. So, one of the first stages in their plan was ways to deal with dissenters or those who opposed their ideas. A major way they deal with dissenters is to discredit them, make them appear crazy or foolish, as many who have reported UFO sightings know all too well. Nikola Tesla experienced this discrediting (energy) as did many of the doctors who practiced homeopathic and natural medicine (healthcare).

Federal Funding and Control of the National Guard

Under the Militia Acts of 1792, there was no clear direction about what criteria would allow for the National Guard to be federalized. There were in fact several times when State governors refused to send their State’s militia to battle or attempted to withdraw them. Units, uniforms, and training were not standardized which made the Guard less effective.

But the Militia Act of 1903, also known as the Dick Act enacted by Congress, not only clarified the criteria under which the National Guard could be federalized, it provided federal money for equipment and training of the National Guard. This was an important change because it not only allowed for standardized group training but it meant that individual State governors could no longer refuse the participation of their state militias in battles where the National Guard was called in.

To refuse to answer a call for individual service in the National Guard meant court martial and for States refusal to cooperate meant withdrawal of funding. Several amendments to the Dick Act, including The Militia Act of 1908 and The National Defense Acts of 1916, 1920, and then 1933 further solidified the Federal control over the National Guard.

Federalizing the National Guard was important to control because it basically gives the powers that be a trained army of troops, not otherwise engaged in wars, ready to forcibly control citizens for things such as looting, rioting, or even Martial Law.

Other methods being gradually implemented with the intent of being able to exert greater control over the citizen population include:

  • RFID chips
  • National ID Cards
  • Population Control Methods
  • Desensitization (Hollywood, video games, etc.)
  • Mind Control
  • Contamination of food & water
  • Moral Corruption
  • Racial Dissention
  • Executive Orders
  • Infiltration

A secret group attempting to influence and control the United States is a hard-enough pill to swallow. The U.S. was and in some respects, still is, one of the top countries in the world. But it is in fact rumored that the Illuminati are the puppet masters of not just the United States, but the entire world and that they have orchestrated many, many events in our history trying to create a global government or global power.

It’s easy to explain away singular events or discrepancies. But if you analyze history, and if you take the time to connect the overwhelming number of dots, you can find evidence that perhaps the idea of a shadow government, with a goal of global control, is not such a crazy idea after all. We’ll present the evidence for global control and show you how it ties into the idea of New World Order in a later article.

Shadow Government Conspiracy-The Rothschild Family and Organizations Working to Implement New World Order:

“Who controls the food supply, controls the people; Who controls the energy can control whole continents; Who controls the money can control the world.”  Henry Kissinger, 1973

In a previous article, we focused on the shadow government and its control over the United States.  I wish that it ended there, but alas the conspiracy to control is so much bigger than controlling the United States. It started a long time ago and has been going on for quite some time. There is no way that everything could be laid out for you in even two articles, so I will focus on bringing your attention to the things I’ve discovered and I will encourage you to do your own research to see what else is being controlled by the puppet masters behind the scenes.

This article will focus on showing you how things were originated and manipulated across the entire world by the Rothschild family and how it was planned to eventually lead to one world government and New World Order.

Establishment of The Illuminati

Mayer Amschel Bauer, fourth son of silk trader and money lender, Moses Amschel Bauer whose counting house opened in 1750 in Frankfurt. Mayer Bauer has been called the “founding father of international finance”.

Mayer Amschel Bauer worked as a clerk for Oppenheimer Bank in Hannover and was quickly awarded junior partnership in the bank because of his intellect. He returned to Frankfurt where he bought the counting house established by his father.

The name Rothschild originated from the red star or shield that hung above that counting house. Mayer Amschel Bauer became Mayer Amschel Rothschild, a bloodline which later included “de Rothschild and von Rothschild”. Their dynasty and subsequent list of Rothschild agents is long and complex and includes names such as Morgan, Kaiser, Rockefeller, DuPont, Sassoons, and many other secret lineages.

In 1760, Mayer Bauer (changed to Rothschild) renewed his connection with General von Estorff who he had met while a clerk at the Oppenheimer Bank and through him soon curried the favor of Prince William of Hanau.

In 1770 he married Guttle Schnapper, daughter of Wolf Salomon Schnapper, and mother of his five sons and five daughters.

In 1773 Mayer Amschel (Bauer) Rothschild invited 12 of his influential friends to attend a meeting in Frankfurt and convinced them that by combining their resources, they could in fact, rule the world.

In 1776 Mayer Rothschild chose Adam Weishaupt to head the organization which was known as the Order of the Illuminati.

The Order of the Illuminati goal was to eliminate the following:

  • Governments
  • Private Property
  • Inheritance
  • Patriotism
  • The Family
  • Religion

The primary aim of this group was to implement a New World Order with a one world government.

The Early Rothschild Family Timeline:

In 1791, a 20-year charter is established as the bank of the United States, a central bank made possible by Alexander Hamilton, Washington cabinet member and Rothschild agent.

In 1798, Rothschild’s son, Nathan, goes to England. He later marries Hannah Barent Cohen, moves to London and becomes one of the major banking players.

Another Rothschild son, Salomon (married to Caroline Stern in 1800) creates S M von Rothschild, a central bank in Vienna, Austria.

In 1806, Prince William of Hanau leaves for Denmark to avoid Napoleon and entrusts his vast fortune (600,000 pounds) for keeping to Mayer Rothschild.

In 1811, Congress votes to deny the renewal of the Bank of the United States charter. Mayer Rothschild threatens Andrew Jackson with a disastrous war if the renewal is not granted. Jacob (James) Mayer moves to Paris, France and later creates de Rothschild Freres bank.

In 1812, Rothschild money backs the British as they go to war with the United States hoping to drive them into debt so they will have no option but to renew the Rothschild bank charter. In September 1812, Mayer Amschel Rothschild dies and is succeeded by Nathan Mayer as head of the Rothschild Dynasty.

1815 Began the Rothschild practice of financially backing both sides of wars. The five Rothschild brothers kept Wellington’s army funded via Nathan Rothschild in England (apparently investing the money never returned to Prince William of Hanau in the East India Company) and Napoleon’s army via Jacob in France. The Rothschild couriers, allowed to cross blockades, also kept Nathan Rothschild updated on the war progress.

London becomes a major financial center of the entire world; the Bank of England is established. The Rothschild family now has complete control over the British economy through Nathan Rothschild’s skill (some say trickery) involving British Bonds on the stock exchange floor during and following the war.

A paper system of credits and debits within the Rothschild’s five banks located across Europe (Frankfurt, London, Paris, Vienna, and Naples) replaces the shipping of gold between countries and becomes the foundation of our modern banking system.

In 1816, the Bank of the U.S. charter was renewed and the Rothschild family controls the money supply in America once more.

In 1817, massive loans were needed to rebuild from the Waterloo defeat. Rothschild agents purchased French bonds, inflating their value and then in November 1818, sold them rapidly causing a financial panic in France. Just like the Rothschild orchestrated take-over of the British economy, the French economy was now under Rothschild influence.

The Prussian government, consisting of parts of present-day Germany, Russia, Poland, Denmark, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Belgium, borrowed five-million pounds from the Rothschild’s in the same year.

In 1827, The life of Napoleon, a nine volume set, was published by Sir Water Scott detailed the planning of the French Revolution by Adam Weishaupt of the Illuminati and claimed that it was backed monetarily by the Rothschilds.

In 1835, Andrew Jackson, then President, perhaps because of a revelation in Sir Walter Scott’s “The Life of Napoleon”, began depositing federal money into bank other than the Rothschild’s bank. The assassination attempt on Jackson was alleged to be orchestrated by the Rothschild family as retaliation.

In this same year, the Rothschild family obtained rights in the Spanish quicksilver mines. Since quicksilver was a crucial element in refining gold and silver, the Rothschilds held a virtual world monopoly. The death of Nathan Mayer Rothschild in 1836 was followed by the victory of President Jackson in ousting the Rothschild’s Bank of The United States from America.

But in 1913, Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act and the Rothschild’s regained their banking foothold in the United States. Pick up a copy of “The Secrets of the Federal Reserve” (2009) for details or read The Secrets of the Federal Reserve: The London Connection (2015) which shows the network of connections among the banks and the elite families.

The Rothschild tactic of financially backing wars on both sides continued for decades in various countries and by the year 2000 there were only seven countries without a central bank owned or controlled by the Rothschild family, the Rockefellers, Warburgs, Morgans and others:

  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • Sudan
  • Libya
  • North Korea
  • Cuba
  • Iran

In 2001, there remained only three countries devoid of a central bank owned or economy controlled by the Rothschild family or their agents:

  • Cuba
  • North Korea
  • Iran

Think about and/or research the most recent wars that have occurred throughout the world. Research what is currently happening regarding the remaining countries of Cuba, North Korea, and Iran. If you follow the money back far enough, you will find the Rothschild family pulling the strings behind the wars, loaning money to countries involved in the wars for fighting or rebuilding, and then soon after establishing a central bank.

Just remember when in doubt, follow the money. Chances are the money leads you back to the Rothschild family or one of the original banking families most notably the names Morgan, Rockefeller, Astors, DuPont, Schiff, Warburg, and others

Now, if you’ve never heard of the Illuminati and the Rothschild dynasty or if you’ve heard of them but always discredited it as a conspiracy theory, that’s okay. Please know that I can’t possibly make all the connections for you or even for myself at this time. The information I discovered is overwhelming and interconnected, though I’ve tried to keep it all straight. I encourage you to check my facts and do your own research into the areas you are interested in.

Organizations Created to Implement One World Government and New World Order Policies:

Committee 300

  • Founded in 1727 or The Olympians as they called themselves
  • Believe themselves to be equal in power and status to Gods of Olympus
  • The Committee looks to a cycle of global-scale social convulsions suceeded by depressions as a primary way of creating its worldwide “welfare” recipients in the future.
  • Decisions affecting mankind based on Dzerzinksi philosophy that mankind is “slightly above the level of cattle”.

For more details and information read “The Story of the Committee 300” by Dr. John Coleman.

US Trust Corporation

  • Founded in 1853 and currently Bank of America owned
  • Directors have been Walter Rothschild, Daniel Davison (of JP Morgan Chase), Daniel Roberts (Citigroup), Richard Tucker (Exxon Mobil), and Marshall Schwartz (Morgan Stanley)

The Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA)

  • Created in 1919 with Waldorf Astor at its helm
  • Equivalent of the CFR in America-but controls British Empire and England
  • Financed by the Astors
  • Created U.S. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) by J.P. Morgan, Otta Kahn, Jacob Schiff, John D. Rockefeller, Bernard Baruch, and Paul Warburg.

The League of Nations

  • Founded January 10, 1920 as a result of the Paris Peach Conference that ended World War I.
  • Was headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Created as a forum for resolving international disputes based on the Covenant which consisted of 26 articles. Articles 11-17 dealt with establishing a Permanent Court of International Justice

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in the U.S.

  • Founded in 1921
  • Basically, serves as the federal government’s virtual hiring agency. Whether the White House is occupied by Democrat or Republican President, doesn’t matter.
  • 4900 member think tank, publisher, and nonprofit organization which operates in groups of 25 to create detailed discussions regarding topics related to foreign affairs.
  • Leaders in categories such as military, organized labor, industrialists, financiers, professional specialists such as doctors, lawyers, etc. are brought together
  • Since 1947, members have been DOD Secretary 14 different times and have also held just about every key Foreign Policy and U.S. National Security advisory position.
  • All to generals and admirals, a multitude of CIA directors, and Treasury Secretaries belonged to the CFR.
  • Supreme Court nominees are vetted by a CFR group prior to nomination. Some say in fact, the CRF directs Presidents on appointments not just for the Supreme Court but for High Court and many lower courts.
  • Funded by corporations and foundations including Carnegie, Ford, and Rockefeller.
  • The CFR runs America just as the RIIA runs England

 Bank of International Settlements (BIS)

  • Established in May 1930 as the central banks for central banks, it totals 60 member banks, representing countries that together make up about 95% of the world GDP.
  • Set up to handle reparations payments for the First World War. Architects were Hjalmar Schacht (Reichsbank President) and Montagu Norman (Bank of England)
  • Founding members were central banks of France, Britain, Germany, Belgium, Italy, a consortium of commercial banks including J.P. Morgan, the First National Banks of New York and Chicago, and an alliance of banks in Japan
  • Immune to the laws of all national governments and exempt from Swiss taxes
  • Was used for the Nazi money laundering during World War II
  • HQ in Basel, Switzerland with offices in Hong Kong (for Asia and the Pacific) and Mexico City (for the Americas)

World Bank

  • Founded Dec 27, 1945 by John Maynard Keyes and Harry Dexter White, HQ in Washington, D.C.
  • Owned jointly by Rothschild family and other top banking families
  • Consists of five organizations:
    • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
    • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
    • International Development Association (IDA)
    • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
    • International Finance Corporation

The United Nations (replaced the League of Nations)

  • Founded in 1945 through proposal from a group of CFR members known then as the Informal Agenda Group. Proposal was presented to Franklin Roosevelt one day prior to him announcing it publicly.
  • HQ in Manhattan, New York with offices in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna
  • Manhattan headquarters sits on land purchased and donated by John D. Rockefeller
  • At its founding, CFR members were more than 40 of the delegates from the U.S.
  • An intergovernmental organization to promote international cooperation.

International Money Fund (IMF)

  • Created in 1945 following a UN conference in July 1944 at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
  • Charged with oversight of the International Monetary System
  • Owned by the Rothschild Family
  • Highest decision-making body of the IMF is The Board of Governors which consists of one govern and one alternate governor for each member country. Typically, the minister of finance or governor of the central bank of each country is appointed by its country to the Board.
  • Will loan money to countries who are struggling under the condition that the country “fixes” its problems via policy reform.

International Court of Justice (ICJ)

  • Established 1945
  • Commonly referred to as the World Court
  • Primary judicial branch of the UN.
  • Composed of 15 judges (5 for Western Countries, 3 for African states, 2 for Eastern European states, 3 for Asian states, 2 for Latin American and Caribbean states. Five seats are always UN Security Council members (France, Russia, China, the UK, and the U.S.)
  • Settles legal disputes submitted provides advisory opinions on legal questions as brought by the UN General Assembly and international branches.

Bilderberg Group

  • First met in 1954 in Oosterbeek, Netherlands to “debate the future of the world”
  • Annual closed door, invitation only conference
  • Nearly 150 influential leaders in finance, industry, media, academia, etc.
  • Attendees have included David Rockefeller, Mervyn King (Bank of England), Alan Greenspan, George Soros, Henry Kissinger, Jean Claude Trichet (European Central Bank), Angela Merkel, Bill Clinton, Donald Rumsfeld, top representatives from the CFR and many others

Daniel Estulin spent 14-years investigating the far-reaching influence of the Bilderbergers and wrote The True Story of the Bilderberg Group in 2004, updated in 2009. He states “whatever its early mission, the Group is now ‘a shadow world government…threatening to take away our right to direct our own destinies (by creating) a disturbing reality”

Club of Rome

  • Organized in 1968 by Morgenthau Group to accelerate plans for New World Order in place by 2000.
  • Umbrella organization or marriage between the families of Black Nobility in Europe (nobility of London, Genoa and Venice) and Anglo-American financiers.
  • Planned to separate the world into ten kingdoms or regions
  • 1976 USACOR or United States Association of the Club of Rome was formed with the intention of gradually collapsing the U.S. economy
  • Henry Kissinger was a key agent in service to the Royal Institute for International Affairs. He was a member of both CFR and Club of Rome.
  • Bring about depopulation of large cities per trial run carried out by the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. Pol Pot’s genocidal plans were drawn up in the U.S. by one of Club Rome’s research foundations. Thomas Enders, high-ranking state official oversaw the plans.
  • Club of Rome was responsible for formulating all of the NATO policies.

Trilateral Commission

  • Founded by David Rockefeller in 1973. Bilderberg member and CFR Chairman Emeritus
  • Brings together global power players such as presidential candidates, congressmen and senators, key representatives from government agencies such as CIA, NSA, FBI, etc.
  • According to Antony Sutton in Trilaterals over Washington, “this group of private citizens is precisely organized in a manner that ensures its collective views will have significant impact on public policy”.

For more information on the Trilateral Commission, read Holly Sklar’s Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management and Between Two Ages-America’s Role in the Technotronic Era by Zbigniew Brzezinski (Co-founder of TC)

The Rome Statute

  • Multilateral treaty adopted in July of 1998 at conference in Rome
  • Foundational and Governing Document of the ICC headquartered in Hague, Netherlands
  • Currently 124 member states (member states include all of South America, nearly all of Europe, half of Africa, most of Oceania)
  • Signed but not ratified by 31 additional countries
  • Has international jurisdiction over war crimes, acts of genocide, crimes of aggression or against humanity
  • Only signatory states of Israel, Sudan, The U.S., and Russia have declared they will not be party to the treaty.
  • The International Criminal Court (ICC) began functioning in 2002 as a result

Other Things Too Coincidental to Ignore

On February 7, 1950, James Warburg, CFR member and an international financial world leader, stated to a Foreign Relations Subcommittee of the Senate “We shall have world government whether or not you like it-by conquest or consent.”

“The Four Horsemen of Oil” (BP, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron Texaco) are owned by the “Four Horsemen of Banking” which include: Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup in tandem other giants like BNP, Barclays, Deutsche Bank.

Just in case that sounds too far-fetched to be true, here’s another connection, the Freemason Grand Lodge of D.C. dedicated the Washington Monument to George Washington. It is a skyward pointing obelisk. There are similar monuments in England, known as the Cleopatra’s Needle and in the Vatican City, high above St. Peter’s Square. If you study buildings owned and funded by Rockefeller, you’ll find many of them also have designs that include the sun, obelisks, or the all-seeing eye.

The District of Columbia (D.C.) flag has 3 red stars, allegedly 1 star for each city state in a three-city empire.

  • Economy is controlled through Britain
  • Military is controlled through D.C.
  • Spirituality controlled through the Vatican

There are also an entire host of Secret Societies and Groups known to be connected to the Illuminati including but certainly not limited to:

  • The highest Degrees of the York and Scottish Rites of Freemasonry
  • Knights Templar
  • The Scroll and Key Fraternity
  • Cecil Rhodes Roundtable Group
  • The Church of Saint John the Divine in NYC
  • The Ancient Order of Rosae Crucae
  • The Skull and Bones Society (Russell Trust)

There is so much more, not just banking being controlled by these families but all areas of our lives. The facts are layered and convoluted which is perhaps done intentionally to keep more people from awareness because as George H.W. Bush once said, “If the American people knew what we have done, they would string us up from the lamp posts.”

In fact, I’m sure if all of this and more were to become common knowledge, the people of the world, not just the U.S., would rise up in outrage. Are you surprised? Angry? Still a Skeptic? Let us know in the comments below.



























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Survival Gardening: How To Plan Your Low Water Garden

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Low Water Gardening Droughts are becoming more common. The impact of droughts on food production is very real. After all, plants need water to grow. But, you don’t always need a ton of water to grow food. That’s where low-water crops come in. They can produce food for your family to eat without taking nearly as much water.

If you don’t have a large water stockpile, or you are concerned about a coming drought, it might be time for you to switch to a low-water garden.

Low-water gardens are designed to receive significantly less water than a traditional one. The soil, coverings, and seeds are all meant to work together to minimize your water needs.

Also known as dry farming, this method is a return to the roots of agriculture for many locations. Before dams and irrigation innovations, farmers didn’t have the access to water. They planted, gave an initial soaking, and then let the plants tend to fetching water for themselves.

Winter is a great time to plan your low-water garden. But, no matter the season, here are some essentials to consider when working on this type of garden.

The Soil Is Essential

The quality of soil in your garden will help stretch the length of time between watering sessions. You’ll want plenty of compost and organic material in your soil.

This will help absorb water and slowly release it. You’ll also want some coarse sand in your soil. Sand helps draw in any moisture that does fall, so you’ll maximize the benefit of rain.

Clay is another component of low-water garden soil. The clay will hold the water, and slowly give it to the plants’ root systems.

You’ll want to thoroughly mix your soil, incorporating all the elements evenly. That way all your plants will grow well. Loose soil is recommended for this type of gardening, so tilling your soil to a depth of four to six inches will help.

Unfortunately, making the exact soil combination that you need for your climate will take time. There isn’t one perfect formula that’ll work everywhere.

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You Can’t Skip the Mulch

In a low-water garden, mulch isn’t just a suggestion. It’s essential. You need this soil covering to ensure the water stays where it belongs.

Without mulch, you’ll lose precious water to run-off. Evaporation will also be a problem.

A good layer of organic mulch prevents both of those from occurring. It’ll keep the water around the plants longer, and allow it to soak deeply into the soil.


What Plants to Choose

When picking plants, be sure to check out the hardiness zone recommendations so you don’t plant something that won’t grow well in your area. There are a variety of crops to pick from that don’t take as much water.

You can also have a long-term vision when creating a low-water garden. If you have plenty of water now, you can plant some perennials that will take water initially. Once those plants are established, their water needs drop substantially.

For both long and short term planning, here are some crops to consider:


If a drought happens, you won’t be able to depend on large grain producers to keep on growing. Even if you don’t regularly plant grains, you’ll want to have some low-water seeds stored on hand. That way you have them when you need them.

A bonus with these grains is they’re easier to harvest than wheat. Many take minimal processing before being ready to eat. These grains would be a good addition to your low-water garden crops:

  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Field Corn


Vegetables are a great way to add variety and nutrients to your diet. Here are some excellent options for a low-water garden.

  • Jerusalem artichoke (this takes more water the first year, but once it’s established it needs very little.)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Swiss chard
  • Peppers
  • Asparagus (another long-term crop)
  • Drought tolerant zucchini


To add some natural sweetness to your diet, be sure to include some fruits in your low-water garden. Here are some plants that grow well with little water.

  • Watermelon
  • Figs
  • Pomegranates
  • Most pit fruit trees (once established)
  • Rhubarb (once established)


Many legumes don’t require much water. Consider adding these to your garden:

  • Black eyed peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Tepary beans

Think Native

If you head to a natural area nearby, what plants are you going to see thriving? Chances are many of those are wild edibles. Take time to learn about plants native to your region.

Some of the plants considered weeds by many will be the perfect purposeful addition to your low-water garden. After all, no one is out in the woods irrigating the weeds. They just grow.

If you can’t find any seeds for these plants, try to dig up some established ones and transplant them. That way you’ll get a variety that grows well in your area.

You might even have a separate area where you encourage these plants to grow. That way they don’t take over your dedicated garden space. That will also help spread out your gardening efforts and minimize your risk of losing everything from theft. Hidden food sources are wonderful!

  • Burdock
  • Dandelions
  • Lamb’s quarter
  • Stinging nettles
  • Plantain

Shopping for Seeds

When selecting varieties, you’ll want to go with heirloom seeds. Many modern versions of these plants have been altered and turned into very needy seeds. This is especially true with corn.

Back in the day, irrigation options were very limited. Plants often didn’t get much water unless it rained. You want plants that survived then—not the needy variations humans have turned those plants into.

The one exception would be plants that have been selectively bred for dry-land planting. You can often find drought-resistant varieties of many of your favorites.

Another tip is to plant mini-varieties of the plants you most want to grow. For instance, it takes much less water to grow a cherry tomato than it does a beefsteak. Planting a few of your favorite water-loving plants in the mini-form will help you keep from feeling deprived with your garden.

Save Your Seeds

By saving your own seeds each year, you’ll be selecting varieties that did the best in your soil. Over time, your seeds will be essential to increasing your yield. They are locally adapted plants that thrive in your garden.

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Companion Planting

The Native Americans knew much about growing food. One method they used is known as the three sisters. This method of companion planting grouped plants together to maximize their yield.

Corn, beans, and squash were the original three sisters. These crops work together in harmony. The beans give nitrogen to the soil, which the corn and squash need. The beans grow up on the tall corn stalks, reducing the need for additional scaffolding.

Finally, the low-lying squash leaves protect the soil from the sun’s rays and help ensure water doesn’t run-off.

Planting companion crops will also help you plant more in a smaller space. This is essential if you’re just getting your low-water garden established and don’t have much soil built up.

Companion planting


Give Plants Space

Because your dry land plants will need to establish a deep root system, you can’t plant individual plants or companion groupings as closely together as you do in a traditional garden. That means your yield won’t be the same.

When to Plant

Your soil needs to accumulate the winter moisture. This built-in reserve is what will get your plants through until harvest.

If you wait too long to plant, your soil will be too dry. Conversely, if you plant too early you risk a killing frost freezing your garden.

When you plant your seeds, you want the soil to be nice and moist. Keep an eye on both the weather and the soil. You’ll want to plant after the last killing frost, but before the daytime temperatures get so high that they dry up your soil.

Once planted, you need to seal in the moisture in the ground by applying a good layer of mulch. Have your mulch on hand and ready to go before you plant.

Caring for Your Low-Water Garden

Low-water gardens are easy to care for once they’re planted.  You don’t want to water most of them, because you’ll risk cracking the dry soil. Cracked soil loses moisture much faster than soil that isn’t cracked.

Any watering that you do for your long-term plants that are just getting established needs to be done gently. You can’t turn a hose on full-blast. Rather, gently water the soil around the plant instead of the plant itself.

You don’t want to overwater any of the low-water varieties you are planting. Plants that don’t get watered will grow a deeper root system than ones that are frequently watered. You want to start your plants off trying to seek water from the ground.

Besides doing less watering, low-moisture gardens bring a couple of other benefits. They take much less time than a traditional garden.

For instance, you’ll notice that you won’t get as many weeds in a low-water situation once your plants are up. There just won’t be enough water for them to grow.

But, you’ll want to pluck out any weeds that do creep in. You’ll also want to be diligent about weeding as your plants are just sprouting. That way weeds aren’t competing with your plants for resources.

Many garden pests thrive in moist environments. They’ll often leave your dry land crops alone. So you’ll have fewer to deal with.

You might notice your plants starting to shrivel up before harvest. The leaves may turn brown and you might see spots. These are typical signs in a low-water garden, and they don’t necessarily mean you’re going to lose your harvest.

Are you a dry farmer?

What tips can you add to help others get started in this style of gardening? It’s a different approach to growing food, and everyone can benefit from you sharing your knowledge.

Start growing your survival garden that will keep you and your family fed for life!  

This article has been written by Lisa Tanner for Survivopedia. 

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2 Insanely Simple Ways To Live Healthier, Have Less Stress & More Cash!

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A few weeks back, someone asked us in an interview if we could name the top 2 things that have helped us live healthier. The answers came out so quickly and easily that we both looked at each other and knew

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Luke 4:43

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 But He said, “I must preach [the good news of] the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because I was sent for this purpose.”

Today’s blog post is Part One of a two-part teaching my husband and I presented to our Home Church on “The Kingdom of God”.  Part One is an overview of why we need to understand and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.  Tomorrow, I will present Part Two, which takes a look at what Jesus meant by “The mystery of the Kingdom”.     
     I want to present an idea that is clearly explained in the Bible, yet we, as the Body of Christ, don’t recognize it.  As elucidated in Luke 4:43, the purpose of Jesus’s coming was to announce that the Kingdom of God would be established on earth.  Christians today, however, tend to focus on His message of Salvation, and we rarely proclaim what He taught about the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven, which are the same thing. Remember that in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”(Matthew 6:33).  Salvation was not his primary focus … the Kingdom of God was.
     Jesus is teaching His disciples the importance of knowing what He meant by the Kingdom of God, and making sure they knew it was His purpose; why He was sent. And when Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God, He spoke in terms of a real government—a structured, organized entity with the very authority of God behind it. (Certain rulers who heard Christ’s message recognized the political implications and viewed His words as a threat to their own power. This became a factor in Christ’s eventual crucifixion).  
     But God is a God of order.  To Jesus and His disciples, the term “Kingdom of God” meant a government that would be established on earth. They anticipated that its arrival would amount to nothing less than a sweeping, overwhelming change in the world order.
    We also need to recognize that there are two different fulfillments we need to consider when discussing the Kingdom of God:  1) The Bible shows that when the Kingdom comes in the future, the returning Christ will take His place as divine ruler of the earth.  It is a literal Kingdom on earth, with Jesus as the ruler. 2) Since the Kingdom is wherever the King rules, if He is the ruler of your heart, then the spiritual Kingdom of God exists in you HERE AND NOW.  
     It’s interesting, in light of these two fulfillments, to contemplate the chapter of Matthew 13, which consists entirely of parables about the Kingdom of Heaven.  The disciples asked Jesus, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And He answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” Notice that He doesn’t say you have been given the knowledge of Salvation … No! He was teaching them about the significance of the Kingdom of Heaven and why it was important, both in the present and in the future.
     In each of the parables in Matthew 13, Jesus presents an argument that begins with, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like…”.  I don’t know about you, but I have read those parables so many times, and I never made the connection that they all pointed to the Kingdom of Heaven.  I looked for a lesson in each one, but did not recognize that He was giving us valuable information that pertained to Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in Heaven.  Let me give you a short synopsis on each of the parables and why it was important to Jesus that we get this concept. I recommend that you read these parables in Matthew, Chapter 13, with a new spiritual eye towards The Kingdom of God.
The Parable of the Sower:  Each soil represents one of four responses to the teaching of the kingdom.
The Parable of the Wheat and Tares (Weeds):  There was corruption in the Kingdom, but it will be sorted out at harvest time.
The Parable of the Mustard Seed:  (This was the most fascinating to me!)  This parable accurately describes what the kingdom community became in the decades and centuries after the Christianization of the Roman Empire. In those centuries the Church grew abnormally large in influence and dominion, and was a nest for much corruption.  Close study of birds as symbols in the Old Testament, and especially in the literature of later Judaism, shows that birds regularly symbolize evil and even demons or Satan.
The Parable of the Leaven:  Three measures is far more leaven than is needed to make bread, and represents the addition of corruption and impurity through “paganizing influences” introduced into the Kingdom.
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure: The man is Jesus and this parable speaks of how highly the King values the people of His kingdom.  The treasure that is so wonderful that Jesus would give all to purchase is the individual believer. This powerfully shows how Jesus gave everything to redeem the whole world to preserve a treasure in it, and the treasure is His people.
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value:  Again, Jesus is the buyer and the individual believer is the pearl that He sees as so valuable that He would happily give all to have it forever.  To the ancient peoples that Jesus was speaking to, a pearl was the loveliest of all possessions; Jesus is telling them that the people of His Kingdom are the most valuable thing to Him.
The Parable of the (Drag)Net: Jesus shows that the world will remain divided right up until the end, and the Church will not reform the world.  The King will return, the angels will assist the King in the work of judgment, and He will establish His Kingdom on earth.
     As I studied further about Jesus’s teachings on the Kingdom of God, I began to understand how the early Church might have been confused about it’s significance, and how that has translated to near ignorance on the part of the modern Church.
     The hope of the early church was that the Lord would return in the clouds to establish a Kingdom of peace and justice.  That is what Jesus preached!  They had yet to learn that the Kingdom was in them! The Disciples believed in the literal return and reign of Christ on earth.  Jesus, Himself, said in Matthew 25:31, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.”  He goes on to say in verse 32, that He will then judge the nations, separating the sheep from the goats. But He also told them in Luke 17:21:  “You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”  We can see both the future and the present Kingdoms of God presented here.
     So, how have we come to lose the importance of Jesus’s message about the Kingdom of God?  It began to change through the centuries as follows: The Church began to limit the idea of the Kingdom of God to just mean the 1,000 year reign of Christ in the Millennial Kingdom.  While The Kingdom of God and the Millennial Kingdom aren’t the same, they do overlap. Then theologians began arguing if the Millennial Kingdom was literal or allegorical. The early Church fathers Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Tertullian believed in a literal Millennial Kingdom. In the 3rd Century, Origen was the first to present the allegorical theory. Then just a few years later, Augustine changed the theory even more.  He “identified the Church with the Kingdom of God and maintained that the millennial age had already come”.  In his highly influential book The City of God, Augustine wrote: “Therefore the Church, even now, is the kingdom of Christ, and the kingdom of heaven” (Book XX, Chapter 9). In essence, Augustine taught that the Church in this present world is the Kingdom of God, and “the thousand years stand for all the years of the Christian era”. 
     We need to remember that the Hebrew prophets showed that the arrival of God’s Kingdom on earth would bring worldwide peace, physical abundance and divine righteousness.  Isaiah 2:4 tells us that He will judge among the nations, and rebuke many people; that people will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; and that nations won’t lift their swords against other nations, and man will learn war no more.
     But history shows us that the “Christian era” or “the Church era” that Augustine equated with God’s Kingdom has been a time of violence, war, starvation and widespread lawlessness.  We certainly can’t say mankind is no longer learning war!  So the Church, in this “Age of Grace,” has obviously not spread Jesus’s Gospel Message about the Kingdom of God! 
     Continuing from the historical perspective, in the 18th Century mankind adopted “the Age of Reason”, and instead of basing all knowledge in Biblical revelation, they tried to build on the foundation of human reason.  Theologians that adopted this concept believed that “Western civilization was establishing Christ’s earthly rule”. And they began to teach that Mankind was “improving” and through our human power and ingenuity we could establish a righteous world. (SIDE NOTE:  We’ve left the “righteousness” part of that world equation behind, and now through our human power and ingenuity, we’re going to “improve” through transhumanism).
     Those theologians also taught that as the Church, we should set good examples of Christian living, which would influence society and culture… we haven’t done a very good job of that if you look at our society today. And even though that idea was preached by the theologians of the day, the Church received no commission to politically reform the society by seeking God’s righteousness, and from the Roman Empire on, we have NOT seen the governments of the world conform to what Jesus said the Kingdom of God was: a structured, organized entity with the very authority of God behind it.  And throughout the centuries, the Church has not preached that as a goal!  Instead, church members heard from their leaders that they should hope and pray for God’s Kingdom to come, while concentrating on the Salvation message.
     That literal Kingdom on earth WILL COME and Jesus WILL be the Divine Ruler of His Kingdom on earth.  In that sense the Kingdom of God is future and we look forward to our inheritance. BUT the Kingdom of God also refers to the King’s realm into which we may now enter to experience the blessings of His reign in our hearts.  REMEMBER:  the parable of the Sower is all about what is sown in our hearts; that’s the personal realm that Jesus concentrated on and wants to be King of.
     So, in this earthly realm, it is perhaps easier to comprehend that the Kingdom of God exists in our hearts.  Our spirits give us hints that He is there, and our souls (our minds, emotions and will) will show us He is real and there is evidence of Him — IF WE SEEK THE KINGDOM OF GOD FIRST.  
     As for the literal establishment of God’s Kingdom at the return of Christ, God’s timetable may differ from man’s. God does not allow man to foresee the chronological details of His plan, but the outcome is certain. God will do what He has promised. 
     Finally, here is the really important concept I hope you will grasp … After the true biblical teaching of the Kingdom of God was removed, the gospel message was changed from the message about the Kingdom to a message primarily about Jesus Christ.  It would become a message that Christianity would triumph over its enemies in the world. And it was a message that faith in Jesus would yield eternal salvation … both true, but these were not the “Good News” that Jesus had come to preach, nor the purpose for which He was sent.  (Re-read the Scripture at the top of this page). In other words, Christianity kept the name of Jesus Christ, but abandoned His message.
Tomorrow I will explore the “secrets” or the “mystery” of the Kingdom of God.  

Steel ammo quirks

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Friend Of The Blog, Tam, over at View From The Porch is doing one of her revealing 2000-round handgun torture tests. Succinctly, over time shoot 2000 rounds of a variety of ammo through the chosen gun, with no additional cleaning or lube, and chronicle the results. What has been fascinating, to me, is that as of late she has been noticing that steel-cased ammo, in certain magazines, is having issues where the rounds bind up and rattle around in the mags. As best I can tell from reading her posts, this is a problem that doesn’t seem to happen with brass-cased ammo..at least, not nearly as often as with the steel stuff.

Why is this interesting? Two reasons. First, steel-cased stuff is often a tad cheaper and when you’re laying back a lot of ammo every dime matters. Secondly, same rule for mags…sometimes the non-OEM mags are cheaper than the factory ones. Combine those two statements with a crisis where you may or may not have any choice but to use whatever magazine and ammo you can scrounge up and you have a potential for a pretty significant failure point.

As I’ve been reading the posts, it appears that the problems have been in the non-Glock mags. Of the non-Glock mags, the Magpuls perform best but are susceptible to an infrequent issue with the steel cased ammo. The factory Glock mags seem to do just fine.

The obvious lessons would seem to be: don’t shoot steel cased ammo if you can avoid it, and use factory Glock mags. But, as we know, here in the real world we’re faced with ugly choices.


I’m a snob. For my autopistols, the preference is: US brass ammo, quality European brass ammo (S&B, Fiocchi, Norma, etc.), and at the bottom…this stuff. But…if it’s all you can get…….

My own policy with steel cased ammo is to shoot it only in guns designed for it…basically Commie calibers in Commie guns. I’ll shoot steel 7.62×39 out of an AK with no reservations at all…but I’ll only shoot brass 5.56 out of my AR’s. (Yes, I know, I know…everyone says it’s fine to shoot steel cased ammo out of your AR.) For me, between reloading my own ammo, and having career goals that are a bit higher than WalMart shopping cart wrangler, I can afford to lay in a few cases of brass-cased ammo. But…as I said…sometimes ya gotta shoot what’s available. So, from that standpoint, it looks like the only reliable way to have the best of both worlds, brass and steel, is to use the factory Glock mags. Fortunately, we’re past these days and you can get a nice, shiny, factory Glock mag for about $20. So…go get a dozen.

I hope Tam explores this sort of failure further in her shooting adventures. As far as I can tell, it’s not something I’ve seen mentioned anywhere else. Some US manufacturers like Hornady are offering steel-cased ammo these days and I’d be curious to see if the problem persists with their offerings.

8 Tips For Making Big, Scary Decisions

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how to make big decisionsLife is a bit interesting, isn’t it? It is exhilarating, scary, magnificent and confusing. We all trek along this journey of life with plans. Big and small, we all have plans. We have calendars, goal sheets, dream boards and apps that keep us on track. This works great if you know what you are doing. But what do you do when you’re faced with a big, scary decision? How do you decide what to do when you don’t know what to do?

Sometimes we are faced with big decisions that need to be made:

  • Do I take this job offer?
  • Should we have another child?
  • Should I go back to school or get married?
  • …and so many more.

Whether you need to make a fast choice or have time to ponder, here are some steps to help you have the optimal outcome from your decision.

How to make that big, scary decision

  • Breathe and do not over think.

Our minds can wander and drive us crazy, especially at 2 a.m. When you’re pondering a big decision, only think about things that you have control over. Start every day with an attitude of hope and optimism. You never know what is around the corner and thinking about every horrible scenario is a waste of energy. Every situation really does have at least one solution. With the ups and downs that life has, learn from the journey, figure out your potential and experience new things. Challenges are not a curse. They are an opportunity to learn more about yourself and what you are made of. The end result will give you a confidence, a sense of satisfaction and a feeling of gratitude for things you may not have paid attention to earlier.

  • Assess your strengths/skills.

We all have different talents and abilities. Most of us know at least a few things that we are good at. Often there are skills we possess that we may not see, but others do. Ask those you know well and trust what they see your gifts are. You may be surprised by their response or may not take it seriously. But take the time to explore their comments. If you are looking for a new career or want a change, try taking a career quiz like this one. Another quiz to help you gain some insight is the Jung, Briggs Myers personality type test. It will give you some guidance about your attributes. List what you are passionate about and find a way to use those passions into solutions.

  • Know what you stink at.

I do not care for math, to put it politely. I will never be a math teacher, though I do admire them. Knowing that I will never go into a profession that involves a lot of math, makes some decisions easier. If you do not like being outdoors, do not make decisions or create a life that will put you outside. So figure out what you are not good at and what you do not like to do. Life is too short to spend time trying to be or do something you are not. This alone may help you make that big decision!

  • Keep moving and going.

When we are at a cross roads in life and decisions need to be made, feelings of uncertainty and doubt can creep in. It is easy to be overwhelmed and do nothing. To keep on track, stick to the basics and your schedule. Keep doing what is working. Do not let a bump in the road affect the other areas of your life that are good. Stick with your daily routine, exercise, eat healthy and maintain a connection with those you love. Maintain boundaries and know how to say “no” when necessary. Look at your priorities and dismiss anything that is taking you off course. Focus on only the vital tasks that need to be done.

Make a list of only 5 things to do a day. This small step can help keep things in perspective. It forces you to prioritize what is important and at the end of each day, you will have made progress and maintained some stability in your life. Just keep moving toward the direction you think you want to go. With forward movement come opportunities that you may not have seen coming and quite possibly, clarity for that big decision. Keep working towards what you think you need to do. Do not wait for the big picture or when you think you see things clearly. Small improvement is better than none at all. Nothing will get better sitting on the recliner feeling sorry for yourself.

Little by little and staying on track with your values will help clarify the choice you must make. One strategy described in the best-selling book, Eat That Frog!, describes a scene in the Sahara desert in which travelers focus on make it to the next oil drum, in a long line of oil drums. By setting small, achievable goals, the traveler can eventually make it across the vast, dry desert. Apply this concept and continue moving forward.

  • Study out options.

When you think you have made the big decision, ask for advice from others. Seek professionals in a field that you may be interested in, talk with people that you admire. Find those who are currently where you want to be. Research what others have done who have been in your situation. Read books about others that have had tough decisions to make. Find books that help you learn more about yourself. There are inspirational videos and articles online that are written by people like you, who have had to make decisions when they were not sure what to do either. Online groups can offer advice or networking options. Getting involved in a local organization may be one way to study out some options. Another benefit is being with people who are usually willing to encourage and help.

  • Pray/meditate

Many times in my life I have wished that God would send me a big blueprint in the mail with every detail in my life that He would like me to do. As wonderful as that sounds, that is not how He works. There is great learning and peace that comes from prayer, especially when faced with life’s major decisions.

First, learning comes from having faith and trust that God is very aware of you and your circumstances. We learn patience and how to quiet the things around us as well as our minds. We learn what is important and that we need to take the time to pray or meditate. It is in these quiet times that we allow our mind to be open. Ideas, thoughts and solutions can openly flow and inspiration can be received. We need to be quiet and listen.

Second is the peace that prayer and meditation offer us. Even if we do not immediately receive an answer to a prayer, there is a clarity that comes knowing that God is in control. He will not prompt you to do something that would be detrimental to your life. Tender mercies and miracles are often in the works and we cannot see them. They can come through God, but remember that He often works through others too.

  • Do not stray from your morals and foundational beliefs.

People are often tempted to make a decision that they would not normally make if they feel they are in a corner. Do not make a decision that goes against your morals. Circumstances come and go, but your integrity is something you want to maintain. Nothing will compare to the feeling of knowing that you were honest and fair with others and true to yourself. You never know who is watching you and may see you as an example. There are plenty of news articles that come out almost daily of people who have chosen to have dishonest business practices, devastate their family by affairs, abuse or abandonment, ruined friendships and destroyed their reputation.

  • Do not give up, you are becoming awesome!

When we feel that we are stuck, decisions are made based on fear, or the “what if’s”.

What if I don’t find a person I am compatible with and want to marry?

What if I do not get another job offer at my current pay?

What if I move and hate my new location?

What if I cannot find good friends?

What if this is as good as my health, finances, kids, or life will ever be?

Do not use obstacles in your life as an excuse to do nothing, make a lazy decision, or to bail. You will never know what you are capable of accomplishing if you walk away. We do not accidently fall into our success. It takes perseverance and tenacity. Some of the best accomplishments in life have happened to those who kept hanging on. You will learn so much about yourself and what you are made of. A deeper sense of triumph and understanding of who you are will be one of your rewards. Sticking with it builds character and strength. When future decisions need to be made, you will have your past experience to lean on. You will know that you have the ability to stay on track and see things through to the end.

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Big Daddy Weave The Lion and the Lamb

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Big Daddy Weave The Lion and the Lamb

Another beautiful one that God has made! Today let us rejoice in the fresh white coating on the ground and Big Daddy Weave with the Lion and the Lamb. For some of us we know it is all about the relationship with Jesus Christ.

If you are a believer then you know one day he will return. Every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb. He will not come like a thief in the night. Instead all will know when he returns.

If you are not already a believer then perhaps it is time to turn your heart over to God. Let him handle your burdens and worry. Break the chains and live for a greater cause.

He’s coming on the clouds, kings and kingdoms will bow down
And every chain will break, as broken hearts declare His praise
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before You
Our God is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain
For the sin of the world, His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
Oh every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb

So open up the gates, make way before the King of kings
Our God who calls the saved is here to set the captives free
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?

Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before You
Our God is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain
For the sin of the world, His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
Oh every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb

Who can stop the Lord Almighty?
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?

Oh who can stop the Lord Almighty?
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?
Oh who can stop the Lord Almighty?
Who can stop the Lord?

Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before You
Our God is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain
For the sin of the world, His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
Oh every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
Every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb

What Can We Do When Panic Sets In

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I decided I must talk today about what we can do when panic sets in. A few days ago we had another “shooting” in our country. This time it happened in a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida airport. I was running errands with my sister, Carol and I saw the news clip on my phone. I have a daughter that works at an airport and I quickly sent her a text to hear if she had heard about the shooting. I knew she didn’t work at the affected airport, but I knew it could impact the clients traveling to and from the airport where she works. I told her 13 people were shot and 5 of those had died. I’m sick for the families of these people and all others involved in this tragedy, the employees of the airport, and the law enforcement personnel who had to bring this terrible situation to an end. When I got home I quickly turned on the television to CNN and FOX News to see what was happening.

The pictures were horrific and I thought to myself, how are these people handling this stress. I could see some families, or groups of people anyway, with children. I can’t imagine the fear and panic those people must have felt as the events unfolded in front of them. In an instant, everything changed. The television reporters were interviewing the police, and a few of the people who were just innocent bystanders with plans for vacations, cruises, business trips or whatever, and their lives are now changed forever.

I remember when I was in high school in Las Vegas, Nevada and the school had the National Guard, Army Reserves and Police rotating to stop the riots that were happening due to poor race relations between the students. I graduated from high school in 1968 and the images are still vivid in my mind. I can remember one race walked on the left down the halls of the school and the other races walked down the right side. Yes, right here in America. We could not use the bathroom without going with a friend and police stood outside the bathroom, and the various races sat in different sections of the cafeteria apart from each other. My best friend was lucky because her parents had money to pull her out of this high school and send her to a private Catholic High School in town. I now lost association with my best friend who I had felt safer with as I walked down the hallways at school.

I wonder how those people at the airport felt hearing gunshots and having to drop to the floor of the luggage area. There is no way I can compare what they went through to what I went through as a 16-year-old student in high school. But, I can tell you, I was afraid every single day for a year. Some students were caught with knives, so then the bathrooms were off limits during school hours. I was in panic-mode every minute of the day. The school was totally segregated.

Panic Mode Tips:

I’m going to suggest some things you may want to consider if you are caught in a situation at school, an airport or movie theater. Now, I don’t want everyone to be afraid of going to the movies or of flying. Here’s the deal, more people are killed on the highways each year than in shootings throughout the country. We must be strong and not let these crazy nuts stop us from living how WE want to live. We still need to play, travel or go to our work environments each day. If we don’t continue to live we only hurt ourselves, our family and friends by giving up on those daily activities that bring happiness, contentment, and financial support by staying home.

  1. If you are in a movie theater, before taking your seat, look for the EXIT signs. If an emergency arises, you should try to find your way to the leave the theater through that door as soon as possible. Carry a small flashlight in your pocket or purse. Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight
  2. When you visit a restaurant, before you take a seat, look for the areas that you can evacuate the eating area, if needed. Here again, have a flashlight in your possession, never leave home without one. A small one with a great light like above is perfect because it is solar and never needs batteries. I have four of these flashlights.
  3. Have you heard of an EDC (every day carry) bag? I wrote a post about one of these bags. I have some things listed below you may want, besides some of your own special needs and desires.
  4. When you are filling your gas tank, look around before you get out of the car, lock the doors with the keys in your hand. I use this stretchy key wrist- band with my keys attached with a silver sturdy ring. 5 Pack – Ultimate Wrist Coil Camper Keychains for Work and Play – Premium Elastic Bungee Badge Holder & Key Chain Ring (One Size Fits All) by Specialist ID (Assorted Colors) Watch who is standing or walking around the area where you are standing. If you feel threatened don’t fill your tank there, look for a more safe facility, or come back the next day if you think it will be safer.
  5. Grocery stores are another place we must be aware of our surroundings. Please put your phones down and look around the aisles where you are shopping. I worry when I see small children at the grocery store running around unattended, and sometimes the mothers are oblivious as to what or where their children are.
  6. Parking lots are not all safe, I don’t care where we live, we must be aware of our surroundings. This could be a church parking lot, school parking lot, shopping malls, etc. Please keep your phones in your purse or pocket and be prepared whenever possible to protect yourself. Consider carrying some mace or pepper spray to use if necessary. Be sure to check out your key to see if there is a “panic” button that can be activated as needed.
  7. If you feel a panic mode coming on, take a deep breath and exhale. Do this again. It will help relieve anxiety if you are in a situation that makes you uncomfortable.
  8. I’m not talking about fear today, I’m hoping this is coming across as being prepared before panic hits you. You will relax if you are aware of the area you walking around, etc. It will become a natural thing to do in your life to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Items I carry in my Every Day Carry Bag:

  • Multi-tool knife, you can use these for so many things.
  • Hand sanitizer-keep my hands clean from bacteria.
  • Mirror-if stranded I can flash this to let people find me
  • Compass-if stranded I can at least know the direction I am heading.
  • Whistle-I prefer the ones that are extremely loud to alert people.
  • Small bills and coin for emergency cash if the power goes down.
  • Water bottle (with a filter).
  • Lip gloss.
  • Small first aid kit.
  • Duct tape (small rolls now available).
  • Seatbelt cutter.
  • Flashlight.
  • Pen and small paper tablet.
  • Folding knife for protection or other uses.
  • USB charger for phones and tablets.
  • Aspirin and Benadryl.
  • Pepper spray.
  • Black sharpie.

Other EDC Items To Consider:

  • Names and phone numbers of who to contact in an emergency.
  • Battery/crank powered portable radio/extra batteries.
  • Flashlight/preferably one with solar/crank/LED.
  • Compass and maps; not everyone has GPS in their car and on phones.
  • Can of motor oil.
  • Fire Extinguisher(5 pound ABC type).
  • Flares and/or orange cones.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Rags/paper towels.
  • Shovel/axe.
  • Pocketknife.
  • Tire gauge.
  • Toolbox.
  • Window scraper for ice.

Necessities for survival:

  • Water/Granola bars/Jerky
  • Blankets
  • Jackets/sweaters
  • Emergency cash: approximately $50.00 in small bills
  • First Aid Kit
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Scissors/pens/pencils (not crayons-they melt)
  • Emergency snack food and/or MRE meals (items may need to be replaced more frequently if stored in extreme heat conditions)
  • Whistles
  • Umbrella
  • Hand warmers
  • Extra blankets

PRINTABLE: Items I carry in my Every Day Carry Bag by Food Storage Moms

This is the bag I carry sometimes instead of a purse, and I don’t panic because I have things in my EDC bag I can use for most emergencies. Take a deep breath and pray before you panic. May God bless you and your family. Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack, Khaki

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Schrade SCHF51M Frontier Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife Review

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I have to start out by saying, that I really respect Taylor Brands – the current owner of Schrade knives. Since their acquisition of the company, they’re really listening to the consumer and they’re constantly improving design. What’s more impressive, is the fact that they’re keeping the price LOW! The new 2016 line could be the […]

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Condor Bushcraft Basic Knife Review

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At first look, it could very well be confused for a steak knife – but it’s much more than that! The design is actually very similar to the Leuku knives carried by the Sami people.  While the Leuku’s are generally a larger knife, it’s the very definition of a bushcraft knife. They use these for chopping, woodcrafting, butchering, […]

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Condor Nessmuk Knife Review

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The Nessmuk is based on George Washington Sears‘ (A.K.A – Nessmuk) design of what he thought was the best knife a woodsman could possibly carry.  Nessmuk was an avid woodsman, and his popular book Woodcraft and Camping was (and still is) considered a “manual” for outdoorsman all across the globe.  I highly recommend picking up a copy, […]

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Condor Kephart Survival Knife Review

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The Kephart is another quality, budget offering from Condor.  It’s based on the original design from Horace Kephart, who was an avid woodsman and author for the early days of Field and Stream magazine, as well as several books shown here. Specs and Review Link Blade Length: 4 1/2″ Blade Thickness: 1/8″ Overall Length: 9″ Blade […]

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Condor Bushlore Bushcraft Knife Review

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The Condor Tool and Knife Company offers a huge selection of affordable cutting tools. The company traces it’s history all the way back to 1787 in Germany, while the majority of it’s current products are now produced in El Salvador. You can find tons of reviews on YouTube and several popular forums. Blade Length: 4 […]

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Personal Radio Communications

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Personal Radio Communications Bob Hopkins “APN Report” Audio in player below! I bet some folks got a handheld radio in their Christmas Stocking this year. I bet also, some may be having a hard time figuring out how it works too. This Saturdays show is about personal communications, to help those poor souls who may … Continue reading Personal Radio Communications

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