Tired of being a rent slave, eating food that could make the world’s fattest lady belch

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My name is Mary. I’m 26 years old. I study the word of god and alternative medicine. I have over the course of several years been driven up to my wits end with the way our society (and increasingly world) works.
Nothing makes sense. Wealth over health, Kim kardashisn as role model of how a female should look and behave, Trump as the new president. I feel like we are living in the end times or are about to undergo a metamorphosis of consciousness into the enlightened multifaceted spiritual beings I always thought god designed us to be.
The society to me resembles one big psych ward without the organization that should go along with it. R.F.I.D chips? What’s next will we be charged for the air we breath. Someone catch me I am falling gasping for air. 

Besides the rant I really do need to live a life that supports my holistic approach. I want to network with other like minded people and build a eco, spiritual, solar panel community. A place where everyone has their own role critical to development and survival of the community. Caring about your neighbors. A community vegetable garden optional, and so much more. Been looking to organize all my ideas and thoughts with the right people and set this plan in motion, and finally materialize the golden reality-your own rent/mortgage free home and food you know without a shadow of a doubt is healthy and soundly nutritious! Oh my my heart spins like a gerbil on the wheel with excitement thinking about this! Who’s with me? Get in contact me and we can help each other make our dreams come true! God bless 

 

 

 

 

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Why Are There Hypocrites In The Church?

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Why Are There Hypocrites In The Church?Mahatma Gandhi, India’s famous leader of the early 20th century, once said, “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

No doubt, there are dark spots in Christian history. Words such as the Crusades and the witch trials, among others, come to mind. But for many reading this, hypocrisy in the church is more of a personal thing. Perhaps you have experienced some sort of judgment or had a terrible experience by a pastor, teacher or church member over the years. Maybe you felt you weren’t accepted. Or perhaps you have witnessed how some Christian leaders used their church position and influence to collect power and money. In short, sometimes, it seems, the best argument against Christians are Christians themselves.

These objections are very real for this author, and Jesus dealt with them famously in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Notice Luke 10:30-32 (ESV):

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

What is Jesus doing here? He’s admitting the truth of hypocrisy among very religious people. Each of the characters in this story was off to do something religious—“I have to get to the church to do my duties.” And in the line with their duty, they step over someone who is truly hurting and in need.

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You know, occasionally I gaze at the conduct of many Christians in our culture and I really wonder if we care more about being right factually than we do about people. Yes, proper theology is needed and can’t be dumped. Correct Orthodoxy equals correct orthopraxy.

church 1But if we are against something biblically (as we ought to), it should only be because we are for the people that are hurting, and that should come through in how we dialog about it. Remember: Jesus taught about trying to eliminate a crumb of dust from our brother’s eye when we have a plank in our own (Matthew 7:3-5).

In Luke 10:33-35, the Jews had the correct theology. Yet, the Samaritan acted more God-focused than the Jews, and God used this Samaritan to correct the Jewish people.

As Christians, we have to be meek enough to receive correction from any person—even if we think they are wrong biblically and even if it’s not done in a loving way. Honestly, many times in my life I have had people who weren’t Christians point out contradictions in my life. And, while I never liked it one bit, I’m grateful. We must accept truth in whatever way it comes to us.

But what do you do the next time someone tells you, “The church is full of hypocrites”? You can simply say, “You don’t even how much!” The greatest enemies of the church aren’t agnostics, scientists, atheists, Muslims or cultists, but pharisaical and nominal “Christians” who acknowledge Jesus with their lips but deny him by their lifestyle. True Christians aren’t hypocrites; they’re repentant sinners—big difference (2 Cor. 7:6-10). Hypocrites are those who pretend to be what they never intend to be. Hypocrites love what God can do for them, but true Christians love God for who He is. The hypocrite asks, “How little can I give and still be noticed?” The truly saved Christian asks, “How much can I give without being noticed?”

You may have been hurt by church people, but you should only give up on the local church when Jesus does (which is never) and not a second sooner.

Do you want to honor Jesus in the way you engage others? Don’t be easily offended. Be gracious. Give others the benefit of the doubt. And know God can work through all sinners—including yourself—for His glory.

7 Reasons to Grow Corn in a Survival Garden

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7 Reasons to Grow Corn in a Survival Garden There are many different foods you can grow in your backyard survival garden. You should emphasize on growing those foods, which can last for long and which can grow in different weather conditions. Another thing you need to keep in mind is the nutrition value of …

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How Much Should You Plant In Your Garden To Provide A Year’s Worth Of Food?

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How Much Should You Plant In Your Garden To Provide A Year’s Worth Of Food? Not long ago, people had to think about how much to grow for the year. They had to plan ahead, save seeds, plant enough for their family and preserve enough to survive over the winter months! It wasn’t just a hobby. It didn’t take …

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Ways Camping Can Help You Survive

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Ways Camping Can Help You Survive Camping season is only a few months away and for some, it never ended! Most people consider it a hobby that is done during the warmer months of summer. They can enjoy a swim in a lake or a nice hike without having to worry too much about the …

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15 Ancient House Designs that You can Build Really Cheap

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15 Ancient House Designs that You can Build Really Cheap What would you do if one day you had to build your own shelter from scratch? No convenient housing materials or modern tools, just you and nature. It probably sounds intimidating to most, but we should remember that people have been building shelters for thousands …

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Be Ye Kind One to Another

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And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32

If you have a spirit of prophecy, you’re a truth lover. It’s in your God-given nature to want to tell people like it is. You have no trouble speaking into people’s lives, even when it hurts. And yes, as abrasive as it may seem, that’s your spiritual gift.

Here’s the caveat. God didn’t give you that gift just to speak your mind and offend folks. He gave you that gift to effect change. If people cross the street to avoid another dose of your “spiritual gift”, you’re just a clanging cymbal or noisy gong. You have to temper your truth with love.

Being kind and courteous may not come naturally to you. That’s no excuse to not obey today’s verse. But I don’t have to tell you that. You’re a truth lover. You already knew that. So, how about this week we make a conscious effort to be kind and tenderhearted to one another. That person who you’re getting ready to “speak some truth to” may be having a rough day. More than a harsh dose of truth, they might need a little care and compassion.

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

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Civilization is a Thin Veneer

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Never find yourself in a situation where you are forced to go out, particularly in some type of emergency.

        Most women, especially mothers, and most men are polite and cooperative when dealing with strangers. They tend to behave a bit better than that when dealing with neighbors or acquaintances with whom they may have dealings later.  However, during even a mild crisis, behaviors change and they may change quickly.

                    One need only look to some of the Trump Inauguration protestors breaking windows and striking back at police as the police try to limit damage to the glass of a shop that has nothing whatever to do with the inauguration.   During weather emergencies, both men and women may behave very badly when their grocery store has only three loaves of sandwich style bread remaining.   I remember observing a rather nasty fight by Land Rovered soccer moms, here in Virginia over free bottled water in twelve packs,  being given out to customers of the power company,  during a protracted power outage.

                 Please know and accept that a gathering of people while under some type of duress, can go from odd and a bit entertaining, to downright dangerous in the space of a few seconds. Fires, for example, when they involve crowds of people, may cause deaths from trampling rather than smoke inhalation.

                  This doesn’t mean we wander through the world waiting for our friends and neighbors to lose their minds. It does mean that we keep normal amounts of supplies of water, food, healthcare, and comfort items so that we have the option of remaining at home when potentially dangerous gatherings of people might occur.   Give some thought as to how you would defend yourself and your family should you experience a home invasion during a disaster or national emergency of some type.   My parents used an excellent saying…….  A word to the wise is sufficient.

Ask a Prepper Series: What is Your Bug Out Shoe of Choice?

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Ask a Prepper Series: What is Your Bug Out Shoe of Choice? What shoes or boots do you plan on wearing when you have to bug out, and why? This is the simple question we posed to the team over at TruePrepper. Everyone responded pretty quickly and didn’t have to mull it over that long. …

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Principles of Home Canning

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Principles of Home Canning Food preservation and storage is pretty high on the list of priorities for anyone who is prepping or homesteading. We can always buy preserved food for SHTF situations or the winter months, but what happens when that supply runs out? We need to be able to get our own food supply …

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Patriots’ Prayers (Inauguration Edition)

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Scripture commands us to pray for our government officials and others in positions of authority. We should also pray that God’s Will be done in all things. With the Inauguration that just occurred in the US, I think it is a perfect time for us to pray for our new government officials- that they might do God’s Will in all things.
  

Prayer For Our New Government Officials


Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon all leaders, politicians, and civil authorities of these United States of America. We especially hold up to you President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Watch over them, keep them safe, grant them wisdom in their duties, and have them serve Your Will in all things. 

We also pray for Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Guide and direct them in their duties.

We ask, O Lord, that the Senate quickly vote on the many other appointments of President Trump, so that vacant Cabinet and other high-level positions can be filled in a timely fashion. May all Senate votes go according to Your Will. 

In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen. 

Supporting Verse:First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 (ESV)

Prayer for America (short version)

God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins as a nation who has rejected you in every possible way. And yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

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

Daily Bible Reading 
(Continuing in the book of Genesis this week.)


Sunday: Genesis 21:21-34 (Covenant with Abimelech) 
Monday: Genesis 22 (Abraham’s Faith Confirmed) 
Tuesday: Genesis 23 (Sarah’s Death) 
Wednesday: Genesis 24 (Isaac Marries) 
Thursday: Genesis 25:1-11 (Abraham’s Final Days) 
Friday: Genesis 25:12-28 (Families of Ishmael & Isaac) 
Saturday: Genesis 25:29-34 (Esau Sells His Birthright)
 

DIY Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

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DIY Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap DIY pest control is a great way to save money, and may even be a necessity if professional pest control is out of reach. Store bought poison or natural repellents work especially well for a lot of pests, but poison can be dangerous to your family and natural options don’t …

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Calculating the Cost of Growing Your Own Food

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Calculating the Cost of Growing Your Own Food There are plenty of rewards from growing your own produce. Self-reliance, the potential for extra income, and of course the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables are all great reasons to grow your own garden. For a garden that is cost-effective and productive there is a bit …

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How To Grow Potatoes Indoors, Using Straw

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How To Grow Potatoes Indoors, Using Straw & A Garbage Bag

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Did you know that you can grow potatoes in a container with just a little bit of soil and a whole bunch of straw? You bet you can. Using straw has a couple of huge benefits: the container remains light and easy to move around, and it’s easy to harvest early potatoes without disturbing the plant and the rest of the tubers.

Preparing The Seed Potatoes

One of the most important steps is choosing the correct variety of seed potatoes. Late-season cultivars work best because they will continue to set tubers as the plants grow taller, unlike early-season potatoes, which set tubers only once. There are a lot of fantastic late-maturing varieties to choose from. Kennebec and German Butterball are popular late-season varieties, but you also can switch it up and try cultivars like Russian Blue or All Blue (which have blue flesh) or the Purple Peruvian, which is a purple-fleshed fingerling variety. Whichever kind you choose, it’s best to use seed potatoes. If you saved potatoes from last year’s crop for seed, you’re ahead of the game. If you don’t have your own seed, buy them from a reputable seed company to ensure that your own potato crop is disease-free. It’s not recommended to plant store-bought table potatoes.

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When planting a potato, the most important part is the eye — the indentation on the surface of the potato skin where sprouts pop up. Larger potatoes have a number of eyes. While you can plant a whole potato of any size, it’s more cost-effective and productive to cut larger ones up, leaving one to two eyes on each piece. It’s possible to start potato plants from potato peels that have eyes, but for best results keep each cut piece to roughly the size of an ice cube or small egg.

If you plant freshly cut potatoes, they may rot. It’s best to let the cut parts “scab over” before planting. Just spread the cut pieces out and allow them to sit for a day or two. The flesh of the potato should dry up a bit. If they turn black or start to mold, you should cut up new seed pieces.

Preparing The Container For Planting

Tall containers work best for this project. Use things like tall tote boxes, garbage cans, bushel baskets, and five-gallon pails. Extremely soft bags probably won’t work since the straw won’t support the sides very well, but sturdy grow bags should do just fine.

Start with about an inch of small gravel at the bottom of the container. Cover that with about four inches of container soil that has been amended with a little bit of compost. Water the soil and let it drain before planting. It should be moist but not soaking wet.

How To Grow Potatoes Indoors, Using Straw & A Garbage Bag

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Once you’re ready to plant, place your seed pieces on the soil, with the eye/sprout facing upwards. Aim for about eight inches between each seed piece. The seed pieces only need to be covered with about a half inch of soil. Once the soil is in place, cover it with about six inches of weed-free straw. Do not pack the straw in. Keep it loose.

The Growing Stage

While you wait for your potato plants to grow tall enough to poke out of the straw, keep the sunlight and moisture levels regulated. The container is nice and light, and easy to move around so that it gets as much sun as possible. The straw acts as mulch and keeps your soil from drying out. It’s important to not overwater potato plants or they will rot. Just stick your hand in through the straw to see how dry the soil is, and water right through the straw as needed.

It should take about three weeks for your potato plants to start showing. Once they start peeking through, add about another four inches of straw. This encourages the plants to keep growing taller, and as they grow taller, they will set out more tubers. Once the plants poke through this second layer, you can add another four to six inches of straw.

Harvesting

You can start checking for new or baby potatoes about eight weeks after planting. Potatoes are super-easy to locate and harvest when you grow them this way. Just stick your hand into the loose straw and gently feel around for potatoes that are large enough to pull out. If you are helping yourself to potatoes as the plant keeps producing, there probably won’t be a lot left when the plant dies back. But once the plant starts turning yellow and withering, it’s time to finish the harvest.

Potatoes are not fussy plants. They are generally easy to grow and it’s fun to try the different varieties. Growing them in a container with straw makes it easy to enjoy fresh homegrown food in the depths of winter. Wouldn’t fresh baby potatoes, steamed, and served with butter and dill, hit the spot right about now? I think so!

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The One Most Important Question Survivalists Can Ask Themselves: Why Are You Trying To Survive?

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The One Most Important Question Survivalists Can Ask Themselves: Why Are You Trying To Survive?

With the news being what it is, the world has now come to the point at which a huge shake-up is undeniable – to anyone who has 2 cents worth of brain matter between their ears. So hordes are joining the stampede to become “survivalists”. The movement has even spurred the development of the “survival industry”, with commercials now being played on mainstream media stations for freeze-dried storage foods and solar generators.

There is an old saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.” So if you are going to go the path of being a “survivalist”, first you’ll want to know where you are going – and why.

Plenty of alternative news outlets are trumpeting that “martial law” is soon to be implemented – and the facts they present in support can only lead to that conclusion. So everyone wants to survive martial law. But what is on the other side of the marital law? The reality is that martial law can’t go on forever, but what will society/government look like after it has been dismantled?

If 9/11 caused so much restriction – by law or by fiat – of travel, of personal dignity rights, of speech, of redress of grievances, what will the next event (planned by man or by the hand of The Almighty) bring? Will you take the chip to be given your ration of food? If you allow your children to stand naked to be viewed by pedophiles in order to shop in a mall or fly on a plane, will you say no to anything else demanded of you?

Another major story all over the Internet – alternative and mainstream outlets – is that virtually the entire world’s economy is about to collapse – again, a foregone conclusion. Not a matter of if, but when. Eventually, the creditors demand their due. So everyone wants to survive an economic collapse and the chaos that will bring. But what is on the other side of the collapse?

Putting aside all the sensationalism, putting aside all the hype and all the wishes, the most likely scenario is that a new monetary system, digital in format, no cash, will be instituted and run by the same bankers who run the dollar systems now – if not the same people, people with the same heart. They will tout the new system as being just like before (hush . . . except that everyone’s every financial move will be tracked, incoming and outgoing).

It will usher in the removal of personal privacy and the instilling of fear. Fear that stops you from doing something, not because it’s not right, but because someone says you shouldn’t do it – usually because it does not benefit them. Is that alright with you? Will you join that society? Is that why you want to survive – to end up just as entrapped, even more so, than you are now?

Far too many people die soon after reaching retirement. The reason for this is that they have spent their entire careers with the only goal being that retirement. They did not have a vision of life after retirement, and so they had none. An unfortunate fact.

We have met many people who believe that they truly want to be survivalists. They have many reasons for wanting to survive, based on what they understand of the news. But over time they show that they still want to have one foot on third base, and so will never make it to home plate. They really don’t want their comfy lives upset, they don’t really want to have to give up their 62” plasma screen TV, they don’t really want to eat foods they actually have to cook, they want to be able to whip out their credit card at Trader Joe’s forever . . . but they want to be out of the way when TSHTF, too. Their vision is to “hole-up” in a sanctuary until the noise stops, and then go back to the same rat race they were in before – the same rat race that got us all in the predicament in which we now find ourselves as a society.

So why bother? If your ultimate goal is to save your neck so that you can go back to the same old same old, why would you put yourself through this? It’s like quitting smoking and starting again, knowing that you’ll just have to go through the withdrawal all over again. To be more exact, an ancient book of wisdom talked of “a dog returning to its own vomit.” Why put yourself through that? Why dislocate yourself and your family, mentally as well as physically, if you are ultimately happy right where you are?

If you are contented to fight your way through the morning commute so that you can be given a paycheck for performing a job you hate just so you can still afford your $8 Latte Enema at the local coffee chain and you can use that money to buy your kids every throw-away toy the commercials tell them they want, STAY THERE! You won’t be comfortable outside of those bonds.

The right answer to the question proposed in the title is: I want to survive because there is a better way to live, regardless of what the world “out there” does or does not do.

I want to be paid by nature for my own labor and that of my family (by blood or otherwise) in being good stewards of the Earth.

I want to help others who are also willing to work toward a common goal, each lightening the load of the other.

I want to look out my window and be invigorated by the Earth’s natural beauty before my eyes, by the stars in the sky.

I want to be judged by my acts of kindness, not by how much money I can obtain.

I want to give something of real value to my children and to theirs.

It’s not impossible. It’s not a foolish wish. It is being lived now by those who have stopped complying with that which is wrong. It is being lived now by those who know the depth of their own power and use it – not to impose evil acts upon another, but to lead a good and natural life for themselves. It is being lived now by those who choose to survive – not to survive the chaos, but to survive the beating down of the human spirit so that they may be a beacon to renew that spirit in light.

It ain’t easy – but it sure is worth it.

History has shown us many times that it can all fly away in a split of a second. The biggest misstep that you can take now is to think that this can never happen in America or to you! Call me old fashioned; I don’t care…but I completely believe in America and what our ancestors stood for. They all had a part in turning this land into one of the most powerful countries in the world. Many died and suffered before a creative mind found an ingenious solution to maybe a century old problem. Believe it or not, our ancestors skills are all covered in American blood. This is why these must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same for our children and our children’s children. Our ancestors laid the bricks and built the world’s strongest foundation…that we are about to -irreversibly forget! I don’t want to see our forefathers’ knowledge disappear into the darkness of time…and if you care for your family…and what America stands for…then neither should you! Watch the video HERE and learn more

 

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About the author : Dan & Sheila are the authors of Surviving Survivalism – How to Avoid Survivalism Culture Shock, and hosts of the podcast, Still Surviving with Dan & Sheila. For questions about space in their Intentional Survivalist Community or other survivalist issues, they can be reached at surviving@lavabit.com.

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Floating off the grid

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Rachel Johnson standing on deck

Rachel Johnson – every day is an event

Rachel Johnson loves it when people ask her where she lives ”and I say, ‘well…today its Broadway Market but next week its Victoria Park’”. Rachel is one of ten thousand “continuous cruisers” in London – changing moorings every few weeks – the waterborne equivalent of no fixed abode.

As London’s rents and property prices remain high, growing numbers are moving to houseboats on the city’s rivers and canals – aiming to cut their bills in half by living off grid – right in the centre of the city.
The trend has been steadily increasing in the last decade, with a significant jump in the past five years. According to the The Canal & River Trust, London waterways have seen more than a 50% increase in boat numbers since 2011, with more than 35,000 boats mooring on the canals in 2016. The biggest increase is among so-called “roving” houseboats, where owners don’t buy a fixed mooring but can remain in almost any location for two weeks before they must move on.
More than half of the 1024 boaters surveyed by the Canal River Trust in 2016 claimed that the primary use of their boat was for residential purposes, with the majority of residential boaters aged between 16 and 44 citing high prices and a desire to shift their lifestyle as motivation.

Young professionals
Event manager Rachel Johnson made the move in 2014, trading an apartment in Whitechapel for a roving narrowboat in response to rising prices and an increased noise level.
“I was in a flat in Whitechapel and it got really noisy all the time – there were lots of drunks around – and the rent went up to £800 and I just thought ‘well, this is ridiculous,’” she said.
“I’m now paying half the amount of rent. But at the time I just thought I’d either have to move out of London or move onto a boat, so I rented a boat.”
Rachel had spent a week housesitting for a friend who owned a boat, and, having no issues during her stay and realising the cost benefits, she said it had been an easy decision.
“Living in a houseboat was comfortable right away,” she said. “There is a small adjustment period where you get used to moving around all the time, and getting your belongings to fit in such a small space. But now it’s home.”
Rachel’s cat, Snowball, loves the lifestyle; although she’s fallen in a few times, she doesn’t seem to mind, and struts in and out of the narrowboat as if she owns the place.
Rachel, who cycles to work from wherever she is moored for the fortnight, is one of many in her line of work who live on houseboats. It’s a growing trend for young professionals to make the move, and it isn’t a new idea in the office she works in. However, clients do seem to like to hear her stories.
“Half the people at work live on boats too, but wedding couples we get in are always saying ‘oh my god, it must be so amazing,’” she said.

Logistics: how do Londoners live in boats?

boke and other possessions on board

20 minutes to the West End by bike

Under a ‘continuous cruisers’ (CC) permit, which depends on the size of the boat but averages about £700 per year according to Rachel, it is possible to moor on any of the anywhere there is an available mooring that isn’t a trade mooring location or privately owned. Some private areas charge extra per night, and in busy areas including right in front of Broadway Market the mooring time is reduced to one week, with a £25 per night fee if moored past the maximum. Rachel, who is currently moored just outside Broadway Market along Regents Canal, said the area was really popular.
“I really like it, and so do a lot of other people, and that’s why it’s quite busy here,” she said. “Especially over Christmas and New Year it’s been a good location, very close to the centre of the city, close to restaurants and pubs.”
Like many CC’ers, Rachel runs her boat on solar panels and batteries, and burns eco-coal in a wood stove to keep warm.
“You can get eco-coal delivered, and that smoulders all night and keeps the boat toasty, so I’ve never been too cold,” she said.
“Wearing a onesie in bed with the hood up and the fire on – it’s lovely. I’ve never been freezing, and sometimes it’s the other way actually – where it’s boiling and I have to open all the windows and the door.”
12 volt leisure batteries run the lights and change her phone each night, with solar panels on the roof charging the batteries during the day. Her boiler runs on gas, which heats the water for showering and cooking.
Rachel fills up the water tank every two weeks or so, depending how careful she is with water use.
“You’re careful with water, obviously, because you don’t want to be going to get water all the time, even though it is fine going to get it,” she said. “It does make you think about how much water you use; it naturally makes you think of your imprint on the world. You recycle like mad – I usually burn it, so I don’t have to recycle things like paper – and now I want to get a worm bin for composting and to put my food scraps to good use.”
She keeps a cool bag out the back for a fridge – although she does have one, she says she almost never runs it.
“When I stayed in my friend’s boat that first week and she said ‘I don’t have the fridge on,’ I was absolutely horrified,” she said. “I thought, ‘oh my god, how do you cope without a fridge?’ but then you think, hang on a minute – fruit and veg, butter, eggs – they don’t need to go in a fridge. If you do a whole week’s shop and you’ve got readymade meals and things like that, they obviously do, but really, I think most items don’t need it, especially in winter.”
The exception is when friends come over; she stocks up the fridge and runs it during the day when the solar panels are on, and then switch it off in the evening.
“I never used a hairdrier before moving to my boat, and I don’t own a TV. What else do you need, really?” she said.

On the move

For the first 14 months after moving out of her apartment, Rachel lived on a narrowboat larger than her friend’s houseboat. Downsizing was a struggle; her whole way of looking at space and belongings has shifted.
“My other boat was bigger and so I threw loads of stuff out, so I really had to condense – but even still, there’s quite a lot of stuff in here,” she said.
“The girl’s whose boat it is, she didn’t have much stuff, so when I first looked at it I thought ‘it’s lovely, it’s so minimalist,’ but now once I’ve brought all my stuff in I realised it’s a lot smaller than it looked. But the layout is the way she wants to live; if it were my boat, I’d probably build some coat storage in the front of the boat, and that’s quite easily done.”
Rachel’s attitude to constantly being on the move – driving her boat to a new location every two weeks – has also changed in her time living on the river.
“At first, I’d get to a place and think ‘this is amazing,’ or, sometimes, ‘I don’t know how it’s going to be here,’ and then two weeks later I didn’t want to go, I’d be really sad to leave,” she said. “
But now, a year or so in, I’m itching to get to the next place and I like the moving around. Moving is great. Sometimes you think ‘oh I can’t be bothered,’ but then you start driving and it’s great. You always see some amazing things on the river.”

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-1-21)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for […]

How to Fight Off the Elements While Bugging Out

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Prep Blog Review: 8+ Food Crops To Grow In Your Survival Garden

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Growing your own food makes you more independent, helps you save a lot of money and allows you to enjoy fresh ingredients any time of the year.

It may be challenging to start growing your own food, but you will thank yourself later, in a survival situation, when all the shelves will be empty and you will have fresh crops to feed the bellies of your loved ones.

Starting your own survival gardening is on your resolutions list for this year? For this week’s Prep Blog Review I’ve gathered five articles on this topic.

If you have other suggestions, please share them in the comment section.

  1. Eight Efficient Food Crops To Grow

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“Becoming self-sufficient is one of the many good reasons to want to grow your own vegetables. Nothing beats home grown food and for many people, there’s a great appeal to grow efficient food crops. The food you grow is cheaper, fresher and often better tasting than the one you get from the supermarket.

Starting your own garden may be challenging and most people give up after the first try. To boost your confidence, you should start by growing efficient food crops. After you acquire the proper experience, you can try growing more challenging crops.”

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  1. Plant These Edible Flowers in Your Garden

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“The first edible flower I ever ate was a nasturtium. We had giant nasturtium plants growing in our herb garden, nearly taking over, in fact, and decided we would start consuming the orange and yellow blossoms and leaves. They have a peppery flavor with a little bit of a kick. It’s always fun to discover plants in your own backyard you can eat.

Nasturtiums aren’t the only edible flower that is commonly found in backyards and growing wild. Here is a list of some of the most common. This list is by no means complete, but is meant to be a starting point for further study of the flowers you have in your yard. Just because you see the name of a flower on this list, do not assume you can run right out and start eating them.”

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  1. Indoor Gardening Ideas

3437003584_015070dee9_b-225x300“There are certain times of the year where, no matter your climate, you’ll have a hard time getting vegetables to grow in your outdoor garden.

However, this doesn’t mean that you have to go without fresh, home-grown veggies, or buy them from the grocery story.

Instead, you can grow some vegetables indoors, wherever you have space. Here’s how.”

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  1. Container Gardening: Grow a Fig Tree in a Pot

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“Tight on garden space? Maybe you live in an apartment with only a balcony for growing food. Maybe you have a rental place and you can’t dig up the back yard. Or just maybe you have a postage stamp yard with no room for a garden. Fig trees grown in containers may be ideal for your limited space or limited opportunity situation.”

Read more on Attainable-Sustainable.

  1. 3 Great Ways to Stop Weeds This Year Without Using Harsh Chemicals

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“Weeds can ruin more than the just the look of your property. By robbing the soil of vital nutrients, they also wreak havoc on yields in the garden, and can keep flowerbeds from staying healthy and vibrant.

But before all hope is lost, there are actually some great ways to reduce or even eliminate your weed woes completely. Even better, none  require the use of harsh, man-made, synthetic chemicals. Here are 3 of our favorites.”

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How to Assemble an INCH Bag

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In the prepper world there seems to be a bag for everything. There is your bugout bag (BOB), your get home bag (GHB), and your everyday carry (EDC) bag. But there is another bag that might just be more important than all of these because it is the bag that you leave home with knowing that whatever is in that bag is what will keep you alive indefinitely. It’s the I’m never coming home (INCH) bag and this is one bag you definitely do not want to get wrong.

Why an INCH Bag?

The name really says it all—the I’m never coming home bag. Many preppers consider their BOB an INCH bag. They have packed it as such. However, a BOB is ideally something with which you can survive for just a few days or even weeks, something that will keep you going as you move from your bug in location to your bugout location or are temporarily on the move for some other reason. People with a BOB intend to go back home or reach another destination at some point.

When you carry an INCH bag, it is because you will be bugging out permanently. You will have to leave and survive on the move. You simply cannot stay at your bug in or bugout location. Reasons you would have to leave your home, and thus carry an INCH bag, include:

  • Your home/bugout location is destroyed
  • Looters or gangs have taken your home
  • There is a lot of civil unrest
  • There is no food or water left where you are
  • There is so much disease that you need to get away
  • All communication is down
  • Stores and gas stations are closed

These are just a few of the reasons why you might need to get out of Dodge. There are plenty of others, as well as warning signs of when to bug out permanently.

Selecting the Right Bag

Before you can pack the contents in the bag, you need the bag. Since your INCH bag will contain everything you need for survival, it needs to be big and it needs to be sturdy. When choosing the bag you will use, consider the following:

  • How well it fits your body shape and size: Make sure it fits the length of your torso.
  • How much support it offers in terms of frame and support straps: Packs with an external frame tend to offer better support and you want to make sure there are adjustable straps that will allow you to distribute the weight between your shoulders and your hips.
  • Whether it is waterproof: You just don’t want your stuff getting wet.
  • The number of extra/external pockets and compartments: Make sure the pack has enough room for everything and that there are compartments in which you can store things so they are within easy reach.

You absolutely need to invest in a high-quality bag. It might cost some extra dollars, but it is worth it. You also want to get a bag that is neutral in color, something that will blend in with the natural surroundings. This will help you go unnoticed, whereas a brightly colored pack will make you a moving target, one that has a lot of useful items others will want to steal.

What’s Inside?

The key to packing an INCH bag is to take a minimalist approach. This is a bag in which you will pack more than you would in your BOB, yet you want to do your best to ensure that it does not weigh more than 25% of your body weight. Thus, if you are a small woman who weighs 120 pounds, your pack should weigh no more than 30 pounds. If you are a 200-pound man, then you can carry up to 50 pounds.

So, your INCH bag will be heavier than your BOB, which has its drawbacks, including moving more slowly and traveling less distance each day. However, you will have everything you will need for survival in any environment. Now, let’s get back to that minimalist approach.

When packing your INCH bag, you need to think over the long-term. Instead of packing a lot of food, you need to pack tools and equipment that will allow you to get food while you are on the move. Instead of packing water, you need to pack a means of purifying the water you find as you go. You need to carry tools that will help you build a fire and build shelter, rather than the matches and tarp you might otherwise carry in a BOB. With that in mind here are the most essential categories of items you should include in your INCH bag.

Water

The go-to water solution for a BOB is water purification tablets and a LifeStraw, and while you should still pack these, you will want to include a simple stainless steel water bottle. Why? Because you will run out of tablets and your LifeStraw filter will get used up and you’ll still be out there. So instead of using those tablets and the LifeStraw, save them as backup and just boil your water. If you have a stainless steel water bottle you can boil your water in your water bottle and keep on moving.

Food and Protection

  • Snares
  • Slingshot
  • Fishing line/compact fishing pole and hooks
  • Crossbow

As with water, you can only carry so much food with you, and after a few days it will be gone. While you could take some MREs or other lightweight and easy to carry food (e.g. freeze-dried), you should ensure you have with you the means to catch your own food. There are calories all around you if you know how to hunt and fish. Foraging will also supplement your diet with much needed plant nutrition.

By having a compact fishing rod or fishing line, you can catch fish that are highly nutritious. With snare wire and a slingshot, you can catch small game. With a crossbow, you can catch bigger game. Just make sure you get these things ahead of time and practice so you become skilled in how to use them.

Why not a gun? Well, you can and should certainly have one, but the bullets will eventually run out and then it will be useless. The fishing line and snares are reusable. Ammo for a slingshot can be found anywhere there are rocks (which is pretty much everywhere!). Arrows for a crossbow can be reclaimed and reused most of the time, and if you build your skills ahead of time, you can make arrows out of what is around you.

Medical

Have a serious first aid kit. Fortunately, first aid kits are already small, compact, and lightweight, so you don’t have to alter this much. Just be sure to pack what you can in as compact a package as possible.

But as with your other food and supplies, eventually the items in your first aid kit will run out, so you need to be familiar with how to identify medicinal plants and learn how to use what you find in nature to help you with medical care and procedures when necessary.

Tools

When you are surviving on the move, there are certain tools you will need in certain situations. The key is to take with you the fewest number of tools that will effectively get any job done that needs doing. You essentially need bushcraft tools that are easy to carry and effective for the many tasks you will need to perform, such as clearing brush, cutting firewood, and skinning and cleaning animals. Here are the basic tools you need:

  • Large knife
  • Small knife
  • Hatchet/small axe
  • Saw
  • Multi-tool
  • Carving tool
  • Whetstone
  • Firestarter
  • Navigation
  • Compass
  • Gas mask
  • Shovel (compact and foldable)
  • Small sewing kit

Clothing

When it comes to clothing, you need to have clothing for all weather situations. This means warm- and cold-weather clothing and waterproof clothing. However, you should pack one extra of each thing, not multiples. There simply is no room and you’ll have to get used to having less and washing what you do have in the nearest creek once a week or so. Just be sure the clothing you do have is high quality, moisture-wicking, and include some wool in there.

Shelter

Tents, tarps, sleeping bags, and pillows are all added weight that you don’t need, even if you might want these luxury items. If you have a high-quality bivvy bag, one that is like a tiny tent, you can survive quite nicely. Add your survival shovel for when you need to dig a trench to tuck down in and you are all set.

This is the basic must-have gear for an INCH bag, but you may want to include other supplies and equipment to ensure your survival. This is fine, provided you choose carefully and they will fit in your pack.

Assembling Your INCH Bag

When you assemble you INCH bag, be sure to pack the heaviest, least used items at the back and bottom of the pack and the lightest, most frequently used items near the front and top. You can use the exterior compartments for the smaller items you need to access frequently and quickly, such as your water, compass, and weapon. Packing a bag well will mean the difference between awkward discomfort and relative comfort and ease of movement.

Ultimately, you need to be sure you have everything in your INCH bag that you can use to survive the rest of your life on the move if need be. However, you might have noticed as you read through what you need to pack that there was something else you need to go with these items—skills!

Your survival when on the move will depend on the skills you master even more than the items you pack in your INCH bag. It is critical that you practice using everything you have, that you learn how to hunt, fish, and forage, and that you become skilled at bushcraft. The contents of your INCH bag and the skills you build will keep you alive and well.

Saturday Round Up #5 – Health & Wellness

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Welcome to the Saturday Round Up. We’ve been off to a pretty rocky start with the Round Up as I’ve been getting used to a new linky setup and struggling with some very serious health issues at home. If there’s a problem and you can’t link up, let me know. The more we promote the Saturday Round Up, the more exposure other bloggers can get for their great content and the more interesting reading material we all have. Remember – I will pin and promote all posts that are ON TOPIC! 🙂 Have you noticed my very awesome background? It’s

Inauguration, rebellion, and Samuel Culper on Intel!

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Inauguration, rebellion, and Samuel Culper on Intel ! Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio in player below! On this week’s show in player below we will be changing up gears. Obviously January 20th is a much anticipated day. President Elect Trump will be sworn in and we will be saying farewell to President Obama. … Continue reading Inauguration, rebellion, and Samuel Culper on Intel!

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Court Applauds Homeschool Mom, But OKs Criminal Charges Anyway

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Court Applauds Homeschool Mom, But OKs Criminal Charges Anyway

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CLEVELAND — A legal group representing a homeschool mom is filing an appeal after an Ohio magistrate and then a judge convicted her of a misdemeanor after she failed to file the proper paperwork.

“Can a mother whose son is not missing any school, learning eagerly, and even excelling academically still be considered criminally reckless when it comes to his education?” attorney Jim Mason of the Home School Legal Defense Association wrote at the HSLDA website.

The magistrate praised homeschool mom Valerie Bradley for “being so successful with the education aspect” of her homeschool program but then sentenced her to 180 days in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A common pleas judge changed the charge to failing to send her son to school and removed the jail sentence, but HSLDA said all charges should be dropped.

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As Off the Grid News reported in October, the controversy began shortly after Bradley and her husband, David, started homeschooling their son in January 2015.

“That summer the Bradleys received a form letter from school officials requesting that by August 1 they file a notice of intent for the coming year, as well as a student end-of-year assessment,” Mason wrote. “A short time later, Mrs. Bradley spoke with a school employee who told her, correctly, that there is no deadline for the student assessment.”

By late October, the Bradleys had filed their notice of intent, which the school system deemed too late.

“It was then that the state filed a criminal complaint against Mrs. Bradley, alleging that the delay in filing her homeschool paperwork had contributed to the delinquency of her child,” Mason wrote. “

But Valerie Bradley had been teaching her son the entire time and noted in court he was “doing better than when he was in public school.” In fact, on his end-of-year assessment, he scored in the 97th percentile.

HSDLA is appealing the judge’s ruling in an attempt to get the conviction overturned.

“In our brief, HSLDA is asking for the chance to demonstrate how state officials bungled Mrs. Bradley’s case in three fundamental areas: homeschool law, the procedure for dealing with truancy, and the determination of when a parent is reckless,” Mason wrote.

The Aug. 1 deadline is not in state law and is completely arbitrary, HSLDA says.

Further, Mason asserted, she was not acting recklessly, which is legally defined as acting “with indifference toward a known and obvious risk” to a child.

“Mrs. Bradley acted precisely as the legislature intended parents should act when questioned about truancy: promptly and decisively. That should have been the end of the matter,” Mason wrote.

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Review: Be Medically Prepared with a Gunshot & Bleeding Wound Kit + Giveaway

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Accidents do happen and we all need to be prepared for a medical emergency when help may not be on the way. It is my belief that everyone should have a kit that can control severe bleeding and my top choice is the Gunshot Wound Kit from Joe and Amy Alton’s Doom and Bloom Store. Today I will tell you about the kit and also, in a fantastic giveaway, offer both the kit and a copy of the book, The Survival Medicine Handbook, Third Edition, to one lucky reader of this article.

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