Lantern: One Device, Free Data From Space Forever

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Lantern: One Device, Free Data From Space Forever The most important preparedness tool is information. If you are reading this article, then you already know that. For the first time in history, there is a globally accessible information service broadcasting continuously from space, making it immune to any disaster that might happen on the ground. …

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Winter Survival: How to Build a Proper Snow Cave

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Winter Survival: How to Build a Proper Snow Cave As this winter is turning out to be a really cold, snowy winter, especially for the top states, this knowledge could save your family’s life if you find yourself stranded or lost, even if you are bugging out. It’s knowledge like this that can make the …

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4 Forgotten Meat-Preservation Methods of the 1800s

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4 Forgotten Meat-Preservation Methods of the 1800s

The struggle to keep and store enough food is not a new problem, and as far back as 12,000 B.C., there is evidence of food preservation. The greatest tools to the ancients would have been sun and wind. Of course, we also can look to the Native Americans to learn how food was preserved. They smoked and salted meat to make it last longer.

Or we can look to the classically trained chefs of the 1800s. Their stories may not be as exciting or as fraught with peril as the American pioneers, but under certain kings they could be one bad meal away from the gallows!

1. Fat cap

Fat has an astounding ability to preserve. This is especially true when it rises to the top and seals in food. When fat cools and seals food in, it also keeps oxygen out. Without that precious oxygen, it takes much longer for the food to spoil. That is because bacteria need oxygen to proliferate.

One of the best ways to take advantage of this fat or fat cap is to create a stock or broth. Bone broth has become very popular and would work here, as well. As you simmer the bones in your stock or broth, try not to skim off the fat. (Although you do need to skim off the foam and impurities.)

As this mixture cools, you will see the fat cap begin to rise, form and solidify. Store this somewhere cool. A refrigerator is ideal for the modern homesteader, but a cool basement will work, as well, particularly in colder temperatures. In the fridge, you will get up to a month if you leave the fat cap undisturbed; you could get up to two weeks in a nice cool area.

2. Salt cure and hang

This is a combination of techniques and is one of my very favorite preparations. The best method comes from the world-famous chef, Jacques Pepin.

Traditionally it is to be used on the pork picnic or hind quarters. You will first have to salt this piece of meat for 30 days. Place it in a large container or odorless trash bag. Cover it completely with salt and leave it in a cool place for a month.

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After the month is up, wipe off the salt, but do not rinse it because we are in the business of dehydration with this preparation; rub it with some whiskey or bourbon. In France, they would tell us to use cognac but we are in America so I use what we make here.

Next, wrap this beauty in some cheesecloth or a breathable chef’s coat.

The timing is critical, as it will take six months to hang and dry. You must be aware of your climate and the time of the year. To do this right, you need a nice cool, dry environment that will stay that way for most of the six months. On the East Coast, that means hanging your pork around September or October and pulling it down in March or April.

After about three months, unwrap your meat and give it a look. Make sure it hasn’t fallen prey to bugs or something bigger! Also, there may be some mold growing on this meat and you will need to trim that off, as well. Rewrap and hang for the remainder of time.

Once you have reached the six-month mark, drop your meat and bring it inside. Touch the meat; is it springy in the center or solid? Cut it in half and look it over. If it’s not completely dry, it will still be gummy in the middle. Wrap it again and hang it for another month. If it’s dry, shave off any mold and unsightly pieces.

Eat it raw or use it to flavor soups, pastas and stews.

In today’s world, this might sound like a lot of work for something you cannot eat for six months, but if you killed an animal in September and you could have access to the meat six months later, that would be a huge benefit to the people who are storing food.

I have used this on the following cuts of meat as well:

  • Beef shoulder — same prep as pork
  • Deer hind quarter — same prep as pork
  • Duck breast — salt one week; hang 1 month
  • Goose breast — salt two weeks; hang 2 months.

3. Rillette

The rillette is a preparation that also takes advantage of the powerful preserving qualities of fat. This preparation is traditionally used for rabbit and is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a good hare.

Rillette

Rillette

The meat of a rabbit should be roasted slow and low in an oven until it gets tender. It is then minced or processed in a food processor with a mix of herbs. (Chefs of the 1800s, of course, would have used cleavers.) For this flavor, use lavender, thyme and oregano. Chill the meat at this point.

Add fat to this mixture, as that is what makes it a rillette. Traditionally duck fat is used for this and you want the mix to be pretty creamy. In other words, add chilled fat slowly into your food processor until you achieve a good balance. Season it if you wish with salt and pepper.

Divide your rillette into smaller containers and top each with some warmed duck fat that will harden like the fat cap we mentioned earlier.

I am not positive on shelf life of the rillette because they get eaten fast. I bet if you had tops to cover them and buried this in the ground during winter, they would last at least a month.

4. Confit

I have saved my very favorite chef prep method for last. To “confit” is to cook on extremely low heat, submerged in fat. It is basically deep fat baking instead of frying. The results are totally different from that of deep fat frying, though. Meat is transformed into something incredible at these low temps.

We will focus on duck legs, as that is the classic meat used. Salt the duck legs for 24 hours and cover them with a little fresh thyme. After 24 hours, rinse and place the legs in a nice deep baking dish. Next, cover with duck fat and bake at about 200 degrees for six hours.

The legs become juicy, tender and incredibly succulent. They are also covered in fat. I am sure you know where this is going. Once cooled, the fat will harden and prevent spoilage. Shelf life: one month.

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The Pocket Pistol That Uses 22 Different Calibers

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The Pocket Pistol That Uses 22 Different Calibers

Bond Arms Backup. Image source: Bond Arms

 

Recently I had the opportunity to test a type of handgun that I have had little experience with — the derringer. I crossed paths with the folks from Bond Arms in the fall of 2016 at a media event in Florida and again at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas in January 2017. A homegrown company in Granbury, Texas, Bond Arms builds derringers with a wide variety of options. Admittedly, a derringer is not my top choice for a carry gun, but if it were, a Bond Arms derringer would be my pick.

I tested the Bond Arms Backup. Perhaps one of the greatest assets of this little gun is the fact that you can easily switch barrels, and thus switch calibers, in less than a minute. In our test, Bond Arms provided their Backup model in 45 ACP. It also comes in 9mm. Along with those were two additional barrels: 45 Long Colt/410 and 22 Magnum. The additional barrels are an added option.

Another Backup is handsome, with a gray bead blasted textured frame in a 2.5-inch barrel and black rubberized grips. All of the Bond’s derringers are over and under barrel two-shot system. While the company does make models without a trigger guard, I liked the fact that the Backup has one.

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At 18.5 ounces, the little gun has some heft which is probably good considering the recoil felt from 45ACP exiting a 2.5-inch barrel. While not excessive, the recoil does not go unnoticed. The 45 Long Colt/410 in a 4.25-inch barrel also displayed significant but manageable recoil. The 9mm and 22 Magnum calibers were both very easy to handle in the recoil department. The company provides an oversized black rubberized grip as an option that I would highly recommend for firing those stouter calibers.

Bond has a wide variety of barrels, from 2.5 to 4.25 inches in both a bead blasted matt and stainless finish. In all, there are 16 barrels and 22 calibers from which to choose. This hammer-fired derringer also has a cross-bolt style safety and a pronounced front sight.

At seven yards, all shots from both the top and bottom barrel were within defensive accuracy standards, easily within an eight-inch target area.

Some advantages of the Bond Arms derringer, which by the way is one of the oldest gun designs in the world, are fairly obvious. Among them: concealability, ease of carry and convenience. Bond Arms has a very nice leather holster that is an added option for all of their derringers.

Disadvantages of a derringer platform would include having to manually cock the hammer and defeat the safety before firing. Also, if using a pocket carry for concealment, the hammer could become a snag point in getting the gun into play. One must be cognizant of the short barrel options and keeping hands and fingers out of the way when getting the derringer out in a hurry.

MSRP on the Bond Arms Backup is in the $450 range. As a pocket or last-ditch gun, Bond Arms derringers provide an alternate choice for folks who may not be able to carry a small revolver or semiauto. It is perhaps one of the most overlooked options for concealed carry today.

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5 Simple Steps To Make Your Own Oil Of Oregano

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5 Simple Steps To Make Your Own Oil Of Oregano

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The ancient Romans and Greeks had a great appreciation for oregano, due largely to its many medicinal uses. Furthermore, the name “oregano” comes from the Greek words “ganos” and “oros,” which means joy and mountain. Therefore, oregano means “joy of the mountain!”

Oil of oregano has antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory qualities, and is a carminative, which means it lessens gas formation in the stomach. Furthermore, it is also a cholagogue, enabling bile to be released more easily and aiding in the digestion of fats.

Extracting oil from oregano involves a distinct distillation process. However, there is an easy way to make your own homemade, oil of oregano. Here’s a simple recipe:

What You Will Need

  • Oregano leaves, crushed or chopped
  • Grape seed oil, olive oil or almond oil
  • 2 sanitized jars with twist lids

What To Do

  1. Boil water in a saucepan. Let it reach a rolling boil, and then turn off the flame.
  2. Put your oregano leaves into a jar and then pour the oil of your choice over the leaves.
  3. Place the jar into hot water and allow it sit for 5-10 minutes. This process heats up the oil and allows the oregano to release its natural oils.
  4. Take the jar from the hot water and put it on a sunny windowsill for 1-2 weeks. Shake up the mixture every couple of days.
  5. After it sits for 2 weeks, strain the oil from the leaves into a second, sanitized jar. Store the oil in a cool and dark place.

To preserve homemade oil of oregano, add a couple drops of grapefruit oil. (If you decide to not make your own homemade oil of oregano, then make sure to use a quality, therapeutic grade essential oil.)

Uses For Oil Of Oregano

1. Respiratory illnesses

Many European respiratory remedies contain oregano as an important ingredient. It is used both externally and internally to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds and the flu.

It reduces inflammation caused by allergens. It also acts as a mild sedative, lessening the body’s reaction to the allergens.

Simply massage oil of oregano onto your chest to help relieve these ailments.

2. Skin ailments

People who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, candidiasis and rosacea can benefit greatly from oil of oregano. Remember, however, that oregano is a natural warming oil, so blend it well with jojoba, coconut or olive carrier oils and make sure to test it on affected areas lightly at first.

3. Fungal infections

Because of its antifungal properties, it is good for treating any fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and nail fungus. Again, remember that it is a natural warming oil, so dilute it properly and test it first.

4. Menstrual pain

Oil of oregano has been conventionally used to relieve menstrual issues such as amenorrhea and painful periods known as dysmenorrhea. Because oregano is an emmenagogue, it inspires blood flow to the pelvic region and encourages uterine contractions, enabling easier menstrual flow.

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Drink ginger tea mixed with 2-3 drops of your homemade oil of oregano if you have scanty or painful periods. Furthermore, you can add several drops of oil of oregano to chamomile tea to intensify its effectiveness.

To gain relief from menstrual cramps, massage a blend of six drops of oil of oregano and a teaspoon of coconut oil onto the lower abdomen.

5. Cardiovascular diseases

The antioxidant properties of oil of oregano can possibly guard your blood vessels and heart from free radical harm.

6. Arthritis and muscle pain

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties and its natural warmth, it is a wonderful oil for relieving aches and pains due to inflammation.

Simply use your homemade oil of oregano or mix a therapeutic grade essential oil with a carrier oil and massage it onto the affected area.

7. Animal conditions

  • Skin conditions and external parasites. You can apply the oil of oregano to areas where the pets have lost fur due to ringworm infections, mange or hotspots. Animals tolerate oil of oregano well when it’s used diluted with carrier oils. Blend a teaspoon of oil of oregano with a gallon of tepid water and use it as a rinse after bathing your dog. This will aid in flea and skin parasite control.
  • Treat arthritis in dogs. You can try adding several drops of oil of oregano to cod liver oil or moist dog food to make it taste better for your dog. Be sure to only use a drop or Don’t give it to cats; they have a problem metabolizing it.
  • Replace antibiotics for chickens. Antibiotics are traditionally blended with poultry feed to keep the chickens strong and healthy and to aid them in gaining weight faster. Moreover, many organic farmers have now rejected antibiotics and turned oil of oregano as a replacement.
  • Get rid of intestinal worms in dogs. Adding oil of oregano to moist dog food or cod liver oil will help kill internal parasites. Be sure to only add a drop or two.

8. Natural insect repellent

Oil of oregano can be used to get rid of head lice. Furthermore, you can successfully control household pests with this pungent oil.

Place 25 drops each of oil of oregano and lemon essential oil in a spray bottle and fill it up with distilled water. Shake it well. Spray the blend on surfaces and wipe it dry. Furthermore, you can drop several drops of oil of oregano on cotton balls and place them inside drawers and cabinets.

Oil of oregano is also a welcomed addition to any garden. Insects and pests hate the aroma. Blend oil of oregano and water and spray it on the plants in your garden.

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12 Unusual & Overlooked Uses For Vinegar

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12 Unusual & Overlooked Uses For Vinegar

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If you love using natural products around your home rather than ones that are laden with toxic chemicals, then you likely keep white vinegar stocked for cleaning purposes. But you may not be aware of all of vinegar’s uses.

Here are 12 great household hacks using vinegar that are often overlooked:

1. Metal cleaner

Instead of using soap and water, try wiping scissors, knives and other metal tools with a cloth that has been wet with full-strength vinegar. It will get them nice and clean without the rust!

2. Removing sales stickers

Ever bought an item at a store only to have a heck of time removing that sticky sales tag? Rub some vinegar onto the sticky area and allow it to sit for five minutes. Then, simply wipe away the residue.

3. Clean your microwave

Spatters in your microwave can leave it looking and smelling pretty gross. But vinegar is a great ingredient for steam cleaning it and getting it nice and fresh again. In a bowl, make a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent vinegar and microwave it for four minutes. Remove the bowl using oven mitts and wipe the inside of the microwave clean; the steam will have melted the spatters, making clean-up a cinch!

4. Refresh fabrics

Name-brand fabric fresheners are full of chemicals – and you don’t really need them! Instead, fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half mixture of water and vinegar and use that instead. Vinegar is wonderful for neutralizing odors. (And yes, you will smell the vinegar but it disappears within minutes.)

5. Prevent frost on your car windows

If you live in one of the colder parts of the country, you’ve probably spent many a morning scraping your car windshield.

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Here is a trick to try next time the forecast calls for frost. Before icy weather hits, wash your windshields with a solution consisting of one part water to three parts vinegar. The acidity will help to prevent ice from forming, which means less scraping for you.

6. Lose the fabric softener and dryer sheets

12 Unusual & Overlooked Uses For Vinegar Vinegar is a great ingredient to use in your laundry and it can actually replace dryer sheets and fabric softener. Try adding half a cup of distilled vinegar to your wash cycle. The acid from the vinegar will soften and deodorize clothing as well as help to remove static.

7. Remove odor from your hands

If you love to cook but don’t like having the smell of garlic, onions, fish and other pungent foods lingering on your hands, then vinegar offers a simple way to remove the odor. Simply wash your hands with soap and water as you normally would but then rinse them with vinegar.

8. Clean your wooden cutting board

Wooden cutting boards are great for food preparation, but if you are not careful they can be a trap for bacteria. To keep your cutting board clean, wipe it down after each use with a cloth that has been soaked in vinegar.

9. Neutralize cigarette odor

Especially if you don’t smoke, the odor of stale cigarettes can be pretty offensive – not to mention very difficult to eliminate. Here is a trick that will help to neutralize the smell. Fill several bowls with vinegar and place them around the room that you are trying to deodorize. Let them sit for at least 24-48 hours.

10. A natural weed killer

If you have weeds growing through the cracks in your sidewalk and driveway, try dousing them with vinegar. Be sure not to get the vinegar on your lawn, though, as it will also kill the grass.

11. Loosen a rusty screw

If rusty screws are a problem to remove, try loosening them up first by wetting them with vinegar.

12. Unclog drains

For mild clogs in your shower and sink drains, vinegar can help. Simply pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam and then flush down with boiling water.

These are just a few of the many household uses for vinegar – an inexpensive and non-toxic product that you likely already have in your home!

Remember that you should never combine vinegar with ammonia, as this will create a toxic gas which can put you in the emergency room.

Vinegar should not be used for cleaning natural stone surfaces such as granite, marble or limestone because the acid can damage the surface.

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Can you live in a tiny house in winter?

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Cold tiny house

The tiny house movement us huge (no pun intended), and is even becoming more mainstream. The fact that most of them are built on trailer chassis make them legal in many places where a non-mobile home would be illegal. Living year round in a tiny home means it’s going to be winter for you at some time unless you live in a southern latitude that doesn’t experience much or any cold weather. For the rest of us, it means you are going to have to deal with chilly air, snow, ice, cold wind and the such.

Fortunately it would seem that these tiny homes are built well for cold weather, being small they are usually easy to heat, in fact you often have to worry more about overheating your small space when keeping your digs toasty. If you have enough insulation, it doesn’t take much to heat your tiny space. Other than overheating, another problem is moisture, condensation. Propane heat usually generates moisture, we humans also generate moisture, living generates moisture, these tiny homes being well insulated as well as being tight, you have to be conscious of the amount of moisture in the air so that you aren’t creating problems.

Ariel C. McGlothin lives in a tiny home in Wyoming, a place known for beautiful vistas as well as cold temps in winter. She deals with snowfall, which she says her tiny home handles very well, with the steep pitch of her metal roof, it sheds the snow very readily and easily, she does have to shovel snow, to make paths to the various areas she needs to get to, as well as keeping various areas around her tiny home cleared for safety and access.

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Prepping for Climate Change: The Effects on the US

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Prepping for Climate Change: The Effects on the US One of our new writers believes the climate change threat is real, and on our doorstep. What do you think? Does it hurt for a prepper to be prepared for the worst case situation, regardless if climate change is happening now? Let’s do a quick poll: …

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US Main Stream Media Crash and Burn Watch

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So yesterday Trump announced leaving the TPP and will renegotiate NAFTA or cancel it if Mexico and Canada don’t make it fair for USA

And in Australia, 5 murdered using an automobile, intentionally.   No details on whether it is a black Muslim.

I got these from a Japanese site JIJI.
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But at NBC there is no mention of either.    Just “Trump still won’t release his tax returns” it is shameful.    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/donald-trump-will-not-release-tax-returns-white-house-adviser-n710511

How about ABC?  Nothing on these important stories, but plenty on “Women Marching Against Trump”

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Now in the Japan Crash and Burn watch, they have a severe problem with population decline, and in an astoouding act of stupidity, they make is harder for people to get married and have babies.    Surely this incredible act of ploitical correctness is misguided at best.   In order to make it fair for females, who priot to this could decide to get married at 16, they now have to wait until 18 so that is equal to the boys.  

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Illegal Use Of Firearms. Law abiding licensed gun owners NOT TO BLAME!!!

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MACHINE guns that can fire 1000 rounds a minute with pinpoint accuracy have infiltrated Victoria with the help of the owner of US weapons company, a court has heard.
Police say at least eight Thureon AR-15 assault rifles remain in the community after others were found in the hands of dangerous criminals involved in armed robberies and drug trafficking.
A former gun trader turned black-market importer has pleaded guilty before a Melbourne Magistrate to smuggling the guns into Australia.

Paul Munro, 63, has admitted to meeting the owner of Thureon Defense, Andy Huebschmann, who helped him conceal and export the weapons from the US.
Victoria Police Detective Senior Constable Paul Jones said the machine guns first surfaced in Caroline Springs in April 2014.
Armed Crime Squad detectives seized another on Williamstown in February 2015, and a third in Rockbank in January last year.
“That firearm in its fully automatic state is capable of firing 1000 rounds per minute. It’s accurate to ranges in excess of 100 metres.
“The fact that the firearms … have ended up in the hands of criminal elements linked with organised crime is a serious concern to the community,” Sen-Const. Jones said during an August 31 bail application for Munro.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Munro met Huebschmann at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in early 2013, later arranging to buy six assault rifles.
In 2015 Munro bought six more, giving Huebschmann a container of car parts fitted with a concealed compartment to ship the weapons from Winsconsin to California, then on to Australia.
Sen-Const. Jones said the weapons imported in 2015 were made without any branding or other markings after Munro told Thureon Victorian criminals had been arrested with the guns.
The court heard Huebschmann fingered Munro to US authorities after admitting to the illegal export of the rifles in June last year.
Munro was arrested in possession of an assault rifle in Clifton Springs in August, after negotiating to sell five assault rifles and 10 handguns for $110,000 to an undercover officer.
“The accused has imported at least 12 Thureon assault rifles and other firearms. Police have only recovered four of the weapons, leaving at least 8 outstanding in the community,” Sen-Const. Jones said.
Victoria Police have confirmed to the Herald Sun the frightening weapons are still on the loose.
The court heard Munro, of Koraleigh, near the Victorian-NSW border, had a previous licence to sell guns, which was revoked in 2012.
He has seven convictions for breaching NSW gun laws, Sen-Const. Jones said.
Munro has pleaded guilty to several counts of importing illegal firearms and will face a plea hearing in the County Court on April 7.

Crane Accident At Takahama Nuclear Plant, Radiation Doubles and Triples in Area

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You can look at radiation levels at this Japanese site
http://new.atmc.jp/#p=2692f54963fc39a9d8

At the bottom I have some pictures of the Crane accident.    I enlarged them and did a gamma correction to show more detail.   Looked around, these are the best available online. 

I tried to use Google translate, but the map then wouldn’t display.

A 400′ tall crane mysteriously fell over, and landed on a building which is storing spent nuclear fuel.   “spent fuel” is the most dangerous, it is the fuel after being fissioned inside a working reactor for usually around 1.5 years.    It has the most dangerous radiation products, and lot’s of them.    Roughly the equivalent of 1 to 3 nuclear bombs of radiation for each day of operation.     So a load of fuel from 1 reactor, run say 550 days, will have the equivalent of 550 to 1650 nuclear bombs. 

They said there was no radiation released due to the massive crane  falling over.   But the radiation maps available online show otherwise, the 3 closest to the plant are showing a clear spike of 200% to 300%, and staying high.

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Farther away from the Takahana Plant, most readings show steady. 

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There’s a War on Truth and We’re Loosing-Eve Gonzales-Pt 2

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Eve Gonzales of Trading Post in the Woods joins me today for the second half of our interview. We discuss the war on truth and the very words we use to communicate to one another.

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Old Fashioned Preserving: Grandpa’s Recipe for Cured Smoked Ham

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Old Fashioned Preserving: Grandpa’s Recipe for Cured Smoked Ham A century ago most of the hog’s meat was cured and smoked to preserve it. This process is still used today by some, but curing hams it’s becoming a lost skill. Nowadays we rely too much on refrigerators. You can buy a hundred pounds of meat, …

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SurvivalRing Radio Podcast – Show 103 – Jan. 20th, 2017

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Friday night’s  show is done…news of the day, homesteading tips, frugality, home security, and brain science…understanding how your brain responds to danger…and how to make it better. SurvivalRing Radio…we’re gonna make it out alive….catch the podcast here… http://www.freedomizerradio.com/blog/2017/01/survivalring-radio-01202016/ As always, you are invited to be part of the show every week, either calling in, emailing […]

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11 Survival Uses for a Tin Can

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11 Survival Uses for a Tin Can When you’re in a survival situation, you need to know how to improvise with what you have on hand. We can try to prepare and stock up for a SHTF situation as much as we can, but the truth is that we may have to switch into survival …

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107 Used Wood Pallet Projects and Ideas

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107 Used Wood Pallet Projects and Ideas Repurposing is great way to save money, labor, and materials. Whether you’re building from the ground up, need more furniture, or just looking to flex your creative muscles there are plenty of recyclable materials that are super cheap or even free. Snappy Pixels has a gallery of 107 …

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How to Grow Your Own Herbs for Cooking

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How to Grow Your Own Herbs for Cooking Fresh herbs are a wonderful and healthy way to season food, and many of them even have medicinal properties. Some of us are intimidated by the prospect of growing their own herbs, but as Spark People’s tutorial shows us, it just needs a little bit of knowledge …

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23 Prepper Items To Look For at the Goodwill Store

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Stockpiling food, water, and supplies to sustain you and your family for a long time can get very expensive. For some, it just isn’t feasible to spend hundreds of dollars or more every week buying supplies that won’t be used right away. Don’t be embarrassed. Most people can’t afford to do that. The trick is […]

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Should An RV Be Your Evacuation Vehicle? Pros and Cons

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Should An RV Be Your Evacuation Vehicle? Pros and Cons When the shit hits the fan, you will need to bug out as soon as possible. You will need to have access to a vehicle to transport your survival group to the bug out location promptly. Remote Vehicle aka RV is one of the options …

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If you’ve stopped prepping, it could be the biggest mistake of your life

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If you’ve stopped prepping, it could be the biggest mistake of your life

In a wildly viral article from TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com, Michael Snyder reveals that prepping has collapsed among Trump supporters since the day of the election. “[I]nterest in prepping is probably the lowest that it has ever been in the history of the modern prepper movement.  A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about how it was like ‘a nuclear bomb went off in the prepping community’, and nothing has changed since that time,” Snyder wrote.

Liberals and leftists, meanwhile, are suddenly stocking up like mad on food, guns and ammo. In an article titled, “Now it’s the liberals who are arming up,” McClatchyDC.com reports, “Gun shop owner Michael Cargill told NBC News gun classes at his Austin, Texas store are selling out. He’s noticed an increase in LGBTQ, African-American, Hispanic and Muslim customers. Store owners told NBC they’ve seen up to four times as many minority customers than is typical.”

Liberals, it seems, are scared about the possible rise in “hate crimes” under a Trump presidency. What they don’t realize, of course, is that nearly all the hate crimes are hate hoaxes committed by leftists. But that doesn’t stop them from buying guns, which is probably a smart thing to do no matter what the fear behind it.

Preppers are being lulled into complacency by the final blow off of a wildly overvalued stock market

My warning for all preppers — no matter what your political affiliation — is that if you’ve been lulled into a sense of complacency by the rising stock market and the Trump election victory, you could be making the biggest mistake of your life. Here’s why:

The Federal Reserve has already set the debt collapse apocalypse into motion by raising interest rates. The dominoes that will fall have already begun to tumble. The Fed promises two more interest rate hikes (at least) next year, giving the absurd excuse that the “Obama economy is overheating” from all its economic abundance and must therefore be slowed down using interest rate hikes.

This is all being done to create a false narrative that Obama is handing Trump a “robust economy.” Next, rising interest rates are coupled with a halting of quantitative easing and the acceleration of debt instrument failures in Europe. The result is that at some moment in President Trump’s first term, the global debt collapse is unleashed, unraveling the decades of debt creation and mindless bank deregulation we all witnessed under Clinton, Bush and Obama.

When that nightmare lands in Trump’s lap, the most likely outcome in the streets of America will be mass riots and social chaos at a level America has never before witnessed. Remember: This is all being set into motion to blame Trump and discredit the Republican party. I’ve released a mini-documentary explaining all this. You can read the full transcript at this link. Watch the video here:


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What the mass riots are going to really look like

It’s difficult to give you the full picture of what these riots will really look like, but I can start by explaining that the food stamps will almost certainly stop working for an extended period of time. You can probably imagine what that will mean in America’s inner cities. No free food from the government? Burn it down! (That’s what the food stamp recipients will be shouting as the also chant, “Kill the pigs!”)

But let me back up for a second and share something that will help you understand the “financial freeze” that will immediately follow the global debt collapse. There’s an outstanding book by Jim Rickards called The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites’ Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis. I strongly recommend you read or listen to this book (it’s available on Audible.com, too).


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As Rickards explains, the government’s solution to the next big banking crisis will be to “freeze” institutions and transactions, much like the “Ice-Nine” molecule in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle fiction novel. As described in the book, Ice-Nine was a special kind of water molecule that was frozen solid at room temperature (its melting point was higher than room temperature). More importantly, Ice-Nine would convert all other water molecules it touched into Ice-Nine molecules. Thus, it could spread like a molecular pandemic, freezing ponds, streams, rivers and eventually, entire oceans.

The coming debt collapse will function much like Ice-Nine, Rickards explains. Because of the global interconnectedness of central banks, investment funds and retail banks, once the next large collapse strikes a single institution, it will spread to all the other connected institutions, “freezing” their transactions and assets in the same way that Ice-Nine would freeze rivers and lakes.

The newly frozen institutions will, in turn, spread the “financial freeze” to all the other institutions to which it is connected. Because no bank operates in isolation these days — everything is connected — the Ice-Nine financial freeze will quickly spread through the entire financial system, locking up the western world’s financial infrastructure on which everything in our society depends (including food stamps).

When ATMs stop working and food stamps collapse, the ignorant, unprepared, left-wing masses go berserk

This means no one will be able to get cash out of their ATMs. Food stamps won’t work. Credit card transactions will be halted at retail. Businesses won’t be able to write checks, wire money or deposit funds. Essentially, just imagine the worst case scenario in the world of banking and finance… that’s what’s coming.

The effects on the streets shouldn’t be difficult to visualize. As the following chart from Visual Capitalist shows, nearly 52% of Millennials have less than $1,000 in savings. This number is even worse among females, where nearly 57% have less than $1,000 in savings.


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Across the nation, the numbers are similarly alarming. A 2013 article from CNN.com reported that “Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings, according to a survey released by Bankrate.com Monday.”

The article explains that 22% of Americans don’t even have enough cash to cover a $100 emergency expense, and 46% can’t cover an $800 expense.

Consider how this plays out when the Ice-Nine freeze kicks in across America’s financial institutions. Bluntly stated, approximately half the population will face starvation in just one week due to an inability to purchase food.

That’s when nearly every major U.S. city begins to burn. President Trump will have no choice but to declare martial law and roll out troops on the streets. The starving masses — mostly leftists who failed to prepare — will loot, steal, rob and murder anyone in sight if it gives them something to eat.

It is during this time that you will thank yourself for having some storable food on hand (like my certified organic survival food buckets). You’ll be thrilled that you picked up that extra Glock or POF-USA rifle. You’ll wish you had spent twice as much money on ammo, gold and silver (instead of the Starbucks, porn and lotto tickets you blew it on).

Don’t forget about the mindless zombies who demand your stuff, citing “equality”

As you ponder all this, don’t forget about the mindless liberal “zombies” who will wander out of the cities in a desperate effort to loot the suburbs and countryside for food and medicine supplies. I know, it’s insulting to call them “zombies.” But it’s actually not a bad description for a humanoid organism of low intelligence that’s incapable of planning. Those are the ones will will be the greatest threat to you and your safety (their total lack of preparedness turns into YOUR emergency when they show up at your door demanding you “share” your stuff).

The communist-leaning philosophy of the political left is also extremely dangerous during times of social chaos. Because they’ve been taught that “inequality” is an evil thing, they truly believe that your stuff belongs in their hands so that everybody is “equal.” Of course, they didn’t spend equal time or money to prepare, did they? So what they’re really doing is justifying their theft by calling it “equality.” (And that’s communism in a nutshell, come to think of it.)

If you live in a rural area, you may want to double check the range, in yards, to your front gate, and match it to your DOPE charts. If you don’t know why that’s important, you might not be qualified to live in the country during a zombie apocalypse. Make sure you have a PVS-14 at the ready, since the zombies come out at night, as Michael Jackson showed us in Thriller.

I’m also a proponent of micro-caching, meaning hiding your stuff in small containers that are distributed in different places around your home or yard. Don’t have all your stash in one place. It’s not a bad idea to have a spare handgun, ammo and some gold or silver coins buried in an air-tight, water-tight container that you can recover when needed. The MTM SAC Survivor Ammo Can is a good choice. You can pick these up for around $20.

 

 

 

Saving our forefathers ways starts with people like you and me actually relearning these skills and putting them to use to live better lives through good times and bad. Our answers on these lost skills comes straight from the source, from old forgotten classic books written by past generations, and from first hand witness accounts from the past few hundred years. Aside from a precious few who have gone out of their way to learn basic survival skills, most of us today would be utterly hopeless if we were plopped in the middle of a forest or jungle and suddenly forced to fend for ourselves using only the resources around us. To our ancient ancestors, we’d appear as helpless as babies. In short, our forefathers lived more simply than most people today are willing to live and that is why they survived with no grocery store, no cheap oil, no cars, no electricity, and no running water. Just like our forefathers used to do, The Lost Ways Book teaches you how you can survive in the worst-case scenario with the minimum resources available. It comes as a step-by-step guide accompanied by pictures and teaches you how to use basic ingredients to make super-food for your loved ones. Watch the video HERE

 

 

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Make A Practical Water Purification System Part of Your Survival Kit

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In a disaster, no single item or piece of gear can absolutely guarantee your ability to purify water for drinking. But several carefully-chosen pieces of water purification equipment might give you a fighting chance!

by Leon Pantenburg

As a newspaper reporter covering various natural disasters, including tornadoes, floods and forest fires, I noticed a common aspect among all of them: Drinking water was always in short supply.

My first flood taught me that. I was working for the Vicksburg Evening Post and was sent to photograph the high water in Chickasaw Bayou, north of Vicksburg, MS. The nearby Mississippi River had reclaimed some of its flood plain, sending high water into a subdivision and forcing residents to leave.

I rode in a jonboat with a sheriff’s deputy, and we cruised the flooded streets. It

A drainage ditch might be the only source of water you can find.

was Mississippi summer hot, the heat reflected off the muddy, nasty water and the bottom of the metal boat, and the  deputy and I baked in the sunshine.

Though  there were miles and miles of water, there was not one drop to drink (to update and steal a cliche from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”). I would have gotten  really thirsty, except the deputy was prepared with extra water and willing to share!

I’m not sure anything could have made that vile floodwater stew after Katrina potable! But regardless of where you are, staying hydrated is one of your first priorities.

Where I live in Central Oregon, I am within striking distance of high desert, mountains, temperate rain forests, the Pacific coast and beautiful deciduous forests. I love to roam all these areas, and frequently, during hunting season, may end up miles from the vehicle and my backup water supply. But these areas all require different variations of hydration gear, and here’s how to decide what will work best for your region.

Here’s an important consideration before choosing hydration gear: How long will it take to work? Some sport bottle systems work instantaneously – you fill them up, prime the filter and drink. This can invaluable if you need to quickly re-hydrate a child or someone who is dehydrated to the point of medical emergency.

The chemical treatments, such as the Polar Pure, can require upward of 30 minutes to work, depending on the water temperature. Some filters just take a long time to work. Generally speaking, boiling is not a particularly quick operation. The time it takes to boil water varies, depending on altitude, heat source, shape of container etc.

Buy this filter.

Here’s what I carry as part of my hydration system, and so far, everything has served me well. (Many of these items are multi-use):

Water Containers: You must have durable, large capacity water containers available. If you’re out all day in the desert or a flood, for example,

The Nalgene in the center is what I drink from and the Platypus flexible bottles on either side are backups.

there probably won’t be a place or chance to replenish your drinking water, and all you’ll have is what you carry. Also, you might find someone without any water at all. You don’t want to give away your backup!

  • Nalgene bottle: I like the wide-mouth model, and modify mine with a paracord loop and duct tape. The loop is designed so the bottle can be carried on my belt, or tied to a cord to lower into a stock tank, depression or water source that is hard to get to. Don’t think you can just tie something onto the lid retainer – chances are it will break at some point, and as these things go, probably when you need it the most.

Duct tape is useful for everything, and around the water bottle is a convenient place to carry it!

  • Platypus flexible water containers:  These collapsible water containers are available in various sizes as water storage units and they roll up into a small, lightweight pack when empty. I generally carry two or three large-sized extras, rolled up and empty, in my daypack, since they weigh next to nothing and don’t take up much space.   Then, if you need to carry water from a spring or other water source, you won’t have to improve. (Tip: Since you will probably need a minimum of a gallon of water per day, it makes sense to take enough flexible water containers to haul a gallon!)

Tin or metal cup for boiling or dipping water out of hard-to-reach places. Boiling water is probably the safest, most effective method of water purification available, providing you have a heat source, and a tin cup works great and is incredibly useful.

I usually carry a large (about 24-ounce capacity), metal cup for several tasks. My trusty, large blue enamel cup and a spoon comprised my mess kit for nine days in the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota. I never needed anything else. I have brewed countless cups of tea or coffee over various heat sources with that piece of gear, and I don’t leave home without one!

How long should you boil the water to purify it? Bring the water to a boil, and that should kill anything that boiling will

This Central Oregon high desert spring is the only water source for miles. The water will require purification before using.

This Central Oregon high desert spring is the only water source for miles. The water will require purification before using.

kill. Water boils at 212 degrees, then vaporizes. Extended boiling will not make the water hotter or kill more nasties, but it will use up more of your fuel!

Polar Pure or Potable Agua: These are chemical purifiers, and require a certain time period for them to work. I used the Polar Pure system exclusively on a nine-day canoe trip in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters and the system worked really well. Potable Agua comes in capsules and is easy to carry and use. Either Polar Pure of Potable Aqua goes on every outing. (Order Polar Pure here.)

Six-foot piece of aquarium tubing: I got this tip from survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt. Peter recommends including the tubing in case you find water in a crack or crevice and can’t get to it. Just stick the tube in the water and suck it out.

Coffee filter and bandanna: If you can filter the mud and debris out of the water, it will make any filter last that much longer. In especially turbid, muddy water, wrap the coffee filter around the bottom of any filter and attach it with a rubber band. It will help! The bandanna has many uses, including serving as a water filter. A clean one, that you haven’t used to wipe your nose, is preferable!

Large garbage bag: Another multi-use item. Use this to catch rain or dew, or as a reservoir for holding water.

Water filter: Some lightweight  method of filtering and purifying water can be incredibly useful.  Several companies make sport bottles with filters in them. Use is simple – fill the bottle and suck the water through the filter.

These are the best for hikes along streams, or in areas where you know there is running water available.

If the water is really nasty, two drops of plain chlorinated bleach or iodine can be added to each refill before filtering. This will kill minute pathogens such as viruses, and the disinfectant will then be filtered from the water entirely removing its odor, color and taste.

So, these items work for me. My hydration system is set up with the idea that there is a piece of equipment that should be able to handle any situation. Do your research, select your equipment carefully and include an integrated hydration system in every survival kit.

And make sure to  use your common sense to stay hydrated in the first place!

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Powerwall 2 takes homes off-grid

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Powering through, Tesla are expanding from cars to batteries

The sun is a huge energy source that can be taken advantage of using solar panels. But how to store the excess energy that solar panels capture has been a little tricky…until now. Tesla has come up with the solution – the Powerwall 2.

This wall or floor mounted battery pack stores excess energy captured by solar panels to be used anytime. This gives the consumer a reliable, available power source 24/7. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, cited climate change and the need to move to a sustainable energy source at the product launch, claiming the Powerwall 2 could power all the sockets, lights and fridge of a four bedroom house indefinitely with solar power. The 14kWh battery would also provide a back-up energy source if there were a power outage, allowing peace of mind.

Each pack has up to a 7kWh power output, with an average 5kWh continuous power output. A liquid thermal control (coolant) system helps to regulate the internal temperature of the battery, maximising its performance. Whilst the water resistant, dust proof casing allows for outdoor or indoor installation.

For those who do not have solar panels, the Powerwall 2 can be charged at night (when energy is in less demand and less expensive). Then it can be used as a power source during the day time. Tesla is also in the process of bringing out their range of solar tiles. These come in four styles, from Tuscan to slate glass. They are opaque from the street but transparent from above, allowing the suns rays to penetrate the tile and the solar panels within to capture energy.

The use of a Powerwall 2 pack with solar panels enables homes to become self-sufficient in providing their own energy. Musk has a clear vision of an affordable, integrated power generation and storage system which can be rolled out across whole neighbourhoods, allowing whole streets and communities to be off-grid.

One 755mm x 1150 mm x 115 mm 14kWh Powerwall 2 battery costs $5,500 (£5,400) with installation costs starting at $1,500 (£950). The first installations are due to begin in early 2017. Prices of the new Tesla solar tile range are yet to be released.

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Grecian Goddess Pork Chops Recipe

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Grecian Goddess Pork Chops Recipe If you are looking to spice it up in the kitchen department, this pork chop recipe will certainly do just that! With a marinade that goes together in minutes and a brief cook time this is a quick way to have a flavorful meal on a weekday. Serve with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce. Nutritional info: Calories: 430 calories Protein: 42 grams Fat: 25 grams Sodium: 240 milligrams Cholesterol: 115 milligrams Saturated Fat: 6 grams Carbohydrates: 7 grams See the recipe on the next page.

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How To Build a Solar Heated Large Scale Dehydrator

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How To Build a Solar Heated Large Scale Dehydrator If you’re living off the grid or homesteading, you probably already know how challenging it can be to come up with food stores. Preserving food is always an option, but can be time consuming and labor intensive, especially if you’re off the grid. Luckily, Instructables has …

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Survival Medicine Hour: Hypothermia Pt. 3, Frostbite, Winter Hazards

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Frostbite with gangrene

The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discusses altitude sickness, winter car survival, falling through the ice or into very cold water and more. Car Survival equipment should include wool blankets, instant hand warmers, flashlights and extra batteries (fresh), small tool with blade, screwdrivers, pliers etc, foldable shovel, sand or rock salt, flares and reflective large triangles, tow chain or tough rope, jumper cables, water and food, a first aid kit (Doom and Bloom makes a grab and go bag), tarp, noisemaker and more.

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Winter car survival

To increase your chances of survival in cold water you should wear a life jacket whenever you are on a boat. It enables you to stay alive longer by keeping you afloat without burning too much energy. A built-in whistle is a great item to have on the life jacket also. Keep your clothes on while you are still in the water. Button or zip up to retain some body heat. The layer of water between your clothing and your body is slightly warmer and will help insulate you from the cold.

 

To listen in, click the link below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/01/20/survival-medicine-hour-hypothermia-pt3-frostbite-winter-hazards

 

Wishing you all the best in good times or bad,

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Fill those holes in your medical preparedness with Nurse Amy’s kit and individual supplies at store.doomandbloom.net!

 

 

Battery fails

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Finally got around to swapping the old incandescent light bulbs out for new LED ones. What’s interesting is that the LED bulbs had a ‘soft indoor’ version and a ‘outdoor light’ version. These had nothing to do with venue, but rather color or ‘warmth’. For example, if you look at most of the regular light bulbs in your house, they throw a yellowish light. As a result everything you see in your house has a bit of that color tinge in it..nothing in your house is the ‘real’ color. I swapped out some of the bulbs for the ‘outdoor light’ bulbs and discovered that what they mean by ‘outdoor light’ is that, like natural light outside, it isn’t as tinged with other color. In other words, you put these bulbs in your household fixtures and you get to see what color your furniture, paint and carpet really is. Eye opening.

I replaced the bulbs because I was out of regular bulbs and had to go to Costco. LED bulbs provide the same light at about 1/10th the power usage so that’s kind of nice. The major appeal is the stupid things are supposed to last orders of magnitude longer than incandescent bulbs…and don’t bulbs always crap out at the worst times? So…LED upgrades.

As I was swapping bulbs, I passed a few of the battery operated ‘puck lights’ that are in the basement for use in power failures. They’re little LED lights that run on AAA-batts. I keep them mounted to the ceiling studs next to the regular lights. As I was swapping bulbs I figured I’d test out the lights. And…this:

20170110_145958As is typical when this sort of thing happens, you’ve got a 50/50 chance of the device being destroyed. In this case, a little cleaning with a wire brush and some fresh batts set things in the right direction. This is why, broadly, I try not to store things with batteries in them. I haven’t heard of this sort of thing happening with lithium batts, like CR123 or lithium AA’s, but I suppose it may happen..I just haven’t experienced it yet.

Moral of the story: those battery devices (like flashlights and radios) should probably get a six-month check to avoid this sorta thing. Put it on the same schedule as smoke detector battery changing – Daylight Savings Time changeover day.

5 Simple Yet Essential Garden Tools That Every Gardener Should Have!

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The best part of gardening is that it doesn’t take a lot of expensive equipment to have a great looking space. With that said, there are a few inexpensive tools that can really lighten the load when it comes to

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Army Tricks To Learn For Survival

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Army teaches you unique survival skills and habits, useful not only in extreme situations, but also in your everyday life.

The first and the most important thing people in the military are forced to learn is to survive. They learn to think fast, to function under stress, to pay attention to details and to survive in extreme environments. There is no other option. You either adapt or you are out or you… die.

Not serving in the army doesn’t mean you don’t have to learn something from those who do.

From keeping a low profile to self-defense, here are the top military tips and skills to introduce into your survival strategy.

Situational Awareness

Situational awareness is a simple concept, it’s just being aware of your surroundings and understanding the reality of the threats that you may face in any given situation. It’s just constantly being aware of what’s going on around you.

To some, situational awareness is just a theory, but there is much more than that, and once you learn it you understand why it stands for the basis of survival.

How Do You Recognize a Suspicious Activity or Person

If you know what normal looks like, you should be able to pick out the things that stand out as being abnormal in any situation, and those suspicious things are going to stand out. Don’t be afraid to act by calling the authorities when you see it, better sorry than dead! It might be a false alarm, or your call could lead to the capture, kill, or arrest of a terrorist cell or network.

Detecting Criminal Surveillance

Criminal surveillance is watching something or someone to determine if you’re the target that they’re looking for. Once you are identified as the target, most probably they’re going to hit by robbing you, kidnapping you or your family or even worse.

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First, you have to be aware that you have a tail, then act to lose it.

If you’re on foot, start walking erratically, meaning instead of going straight from point A to point B, take some weird turns. Look for shiny or reflective surfaces (a mirror or a store window) to see if that person is still following you.

How to Keep a Low Profile

Keeping a low profile doesn’t mean to drive the most expensive car in the country and talking too much about what you do and why you do it.

The goal is to stay unnoticed so the danger wouldn’t meet you round the corner. It starts with the way you dress and the way you move when you are in a public place, and has to do with the way you act and react in order to not drawing attention.

How to Cope with Danger

The first thing you want to do is put as much distance between yourself and the threat as possible, then you want to make sure that you alert the authorities to what’s going on in case communication means are available. Give them all the information that you can to make their job as easy as possible.

Now it’s not always the case that you can get away. Sometimes you may find yourself in an active shooter type scenario where escape is not an option. You may have to do things that you are not trained to do and that you have never done before.

Just calm down, stay calm and think before you do. Think about each move that you’re going to make before you make it, and try and protect yourself and others, as Brian M. Morris says in his “Spec Ops Shooting” guide to combat shooting mastery and active shooting defense. This decorated former Green Beret shares a lot of lifesaving advice from his 25 years of service in this book.

Click here to get your Green Beret’s Guide To Combat Shooting Mastery & Active Shooter Defense!

Combat Tips to Use for Self-Defense

1. You should be armed. In most states it’s now legal to get a concealed carry permit, which allows you to carry a handgun concealed on your person. Thirty-seven of the states are now “will issue” states, which means that as long as you meet the requirements for a concealed carry permit and do not have a record of criminal activity or mental incompetence, the state is required to give you a permit, upon application.

Okay, so being aware and having a weapon on your person takes away a lot of the assailant’s advantage, but not all of it. They still have two major advantages over you; the first is that they choose the time and place and the second is their willingness to inflict harm on you.

2. When an attack comes, you need to react quickly and violently. Violently doesn’t necessarily mean that you kill them or even that you shoot them, it means that you react in such a way that they are convinced you are going to shoot them. That alone might be enough to get them to break off the attack and run away.

3. As part of that initial reaction, you want to move out of their line of fire. Most criminals are poor shots and not much more skilled with a knife. They’re depending on their ability to intimidate you. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t dangerous or that they can’t shoot you; just that they are likely to miss. Moving, whether dropping to one knee or moving to the side, reduces their chances of hitting you.

4. There’s a saying that anything that’s worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Police departments train their officers this way, teaching them to shoot “double taps”. Those double taps increase the chances that your shots are going to do enough harm to the assailant that you will be able to stop them. If your shots don’t stop them, keep shooting. Your goal isn’t to kill them, just to stop them. As long as they are facing you and holding a weapon, they’re a threat.

5. Once you start moving, keep moving. You should practice shooting while moving, so that you are prepared to do it. It is infinitely harder to shoot accurately while moving, than it is while standing still. Practice, so that you can do it when you need to. Your movement makes you a hard target to hit.

6. Events might transpire in such a way that you can’t draw your gun and return fire immediately. There are times that an assailant might get the upper hand, even if you are aware of your surroundings. Your first indication that anything is wrong might be seeing a gun or knife stuck in your face. If that’s the case and you can’t draw your weapon, play for time.

They’re keyed up to attack at first, but the longer they have to wait, the less ready they are. In such a situation, you want to try and wait until they are either momentarily distracted or let down their guard for a moment. That then becomes your moment to act.

Being able to master army skills is what makes you a warrior and helps you survive and protect other at the same time. It takes practice and time to build this mindset, but once you got it you ease your steps to survival.

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Psalm 33:12

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Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…

     I have tried to stay away from political commentary and concentrate on what the Holy Spirit reveals to me.  But in the wake of Friday’s inauguration of our 45th President, I was quite moved at the emphasis on our God in the opening prayers.  I will leave the commentary on the President’s inaugural speech to those who are more astute at political analysis than I.  But I do want to give a short and visceral response, prompted by the reaction of my spirit.
     First, let me say that I knew on Thursday afternoon, as the pre-inauguration concert came to an end, and the Marine Band sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with all the reverence and respect that those words evoke, that perhaps we were going to see this event in terms that transcended politics.  I will honestly tell you that when the last verse was sung. slowly and deliberately … In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me: As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free, While God is marching on … I felt my spirit stir, and I could not hold back the tears — not because I was stirred by the patriotism, but because there was such honor and reverence for our God in picking that song to kick off our nation’s transference of power weekend.
     I will say that post-event, in spite of all the attempts by political wonks and hacks to derail the power of President Trump’s inauguration speech, I was more focused on the opening prayers.  For the first time, in a long time, there did not appear to be an effort towards ecumenicalism, or a global inclusion of false gods.  The Christian-Judeo God was at the center of each prayer; the One True God, and I can’t help but think that Satan, the Enemy of YHWH, was dealt a tremendous blow. For the first time — in a long time — it seemed that there was a declaration that we are a Christian nation!
     Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered the first of six prayers by various faith leaders, praying from King Solomon’s Book of Wisdom:  “Lord God, God of our ancestors … in Your Providence, You have charged us to rule the creatures produced by You; to govern the world in [Your] Holiness and Righteousness, and to render [Your] Judgment with integrity of heart.  Give us wisdom, for we are Your servants … Send Wisdom from Your Glorious Throne in Heaven; dispatch her to us that we might discern what is pleasing to You…”.
     The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez incorporated Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in his prayer offering, emphasizing God’s desire that His people represent His Kingdom on Earth.  Paula White, whom the press has labeled as President Trumps’s “spiritual advisor” began her prayer with “Dear Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus, … we recognize that every perfect gift and purpose comes from You … Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done … Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit… we pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
     Bishop Wayne Jackson of Detroit prayed that God would give President Trump the wisdom of Solomon, the vision of Joseph, and the meekness of Christ. And then he bestowed the Aaronic blessing upon the President and the nation:  The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His face on you and give you peace.
     Rabbi Marvin Hier invoked the blessings of the Eternal God: “May the days come soon, when Justice will dwell in the wilderness; and Righteousness will abide in the fertile fields; and the work of Righteousness will be peace, quietness, and confidence forever. Amen.”
     The Rev. Franklin Graham quoted from 1 Timothy, Chapter 2:  “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.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all…”.  And then to make sure that we heard the Divine Truth, he repeated one verse: For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.  He continued:  “Now to the King Eternal; the only God; Honor and Glory forever and ever.  In Jesus’s Name. Amen”.
     To be honest with you, I couldn’t quite believe my ears.  Only one God was magnified on Inauguration Day … YHWH, who is the God of Israel, the Most High God, and the One True God!  There was no attempt to make Him equal to the lesser gods of the world; nor to diminish His Authority or place in our history.  I heard the Word expressed in all its infinite Power, and it felt good to my spirit!
     But I want us to be mindful.  Before the Inaugural event even began, the Enemy has infiltrated the media and there were undisguised attempts to cast doubt on the characters of those pastors who spoke Biblical Truth.  I am not going to attempt to defend or deny these men and women.  I am only assessing the faithfulness and trustworthiness of their prayers.  
     No one can say if this turning towards God will last for our generation and into the future, or if it will be fleeting.  But for now — for this moment in time — the magnificence of my God was glorified, and I felt He was pleased.  May we continue to exalt Him, and may His Name be preserved in the government of our nation forever.
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:  As I consider the Prayer Service that took place the next morning at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., my spirit is somewhat troubled that the Service included prayers on behalf of faiths not recognized by YHWH.  And I fully understand that my comment would be seen as politically incorrect by most secularists, and some Christians. But I am not concerned with how the world looked upon this holy occasion; I am only concerned with how my God regarded it. In light of the fact that the Inauguration praised and magnified Jesus Christ, and the God of Israel, how would YHWH look upon exalting other gods the very next morning?
     I understood that as the Leader of the United States, our President is expected to honor all the peoples of this nation; peoples of different ethnicities and faiths.  But how did YHWH look upon those prayers to false gods?  Then my wise husband reminded me of Revelation 5:10:  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.  
      I know that we are called to rule and reign [in partnership with Jesus] in establishing God’s Kingdom here on earth. But we are also called to be priests.  And what did God establish as the role of a priest? It is to atone for the sins of the nation.  So I can pray to my God, and as His priest, I can ask that the sins of praying to other gods be transferred to me, whereby I will repent of them, and asking for forgiveness, trusting that they will be covered in the blood of Jesus. This Prayer Service could then be cleaned and purged of all unrighteousness. It in no way excuses or approves of the sin; but in fact, shows recognition of the affront to my God, and a willingness to atone for the iniquity. Please, Dear God, forgive us of our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.



My Huge Shout Out To Truckers On The Road

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This is my huge shout out to truckers on the road today! I wrote a post a few days ago about how we should all be prepared for a disaster or an unforeseen emergency in our neighborhoods. I was so glad I received a heart-warming comment from a reader by the name of JoEllen and I quote: What you say is very accurate. Just within the last week, there was a snow/ice storm in the Portland, OR area. While in Utah they are worse, here we aren’t really prepared for such weather events. I-84 was closed eastbound from Troutdale, OR to Hood River, OR and a few miles east it was closed again for “blizzard conditions.” The trucks were parked in Troutdale waiting to be able to continue. I can only imagine what the grocery store shelves looked like with their bare-bones inventory system! Whether your goal is to prepare for a winter weather event or the end of the world as we know it, PREPARE! My husband and I were homebound for 3 weeks due to snow. We were warm, had power and ate just as nothing was amiss. That is a major stress reliever!” End of quote. Thank you JoEllen, for this awesome comment.

I’m going to compare this story to a conversation I had with one of my daughters a few years ago. She mentioned how much she loves being a mother, but how hard it is some days. I told her I wish every mother could have a “nanny” to carpool kids, a housekeeper, a cook and someone to do the laundry. Of course, that’s not going to happen, in most families. I told her to smile every time she folds the laundry. I mentioned that kids are not usually going to say “hey mom, thanks for doing the laundry” or “wow that’s awesome you made my dentist appointment” or “thanks for planning our meals and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.” Of course, the kids will say “please” and “thank-you” for other things that happen during the day. My point is this, sometimes we take things for granted. Our kids or significant other may occasionally take us for granted. Sometimes, I want a wife…….yes I do.

Shout Out To Truckers:

I have a blogger friend named Wanda Ann over at Memories By The Mile, she and her husband are both truck drivers. We used to go to lunch at least once a month, but then our lives got busy writing and she was trucking with her husband all over the states. I sometimes would call her to see if she was driving where the weather was bad. She would call me back when she stopped at a truck stop or she would pick up if she was parked. I still think of she and her husband driving in bad weather. I think of them when I see a driver in a car on the highway not let a trucker change lanes. I get nervous when I see a car cut off a truck, you know a HUGE semi-truck. No one can be in that big of a hurry that they can’t have some manners or be courteous to our truckers.

I’m getting ready to drive up north to see my kids and I’m watching the weather to see which day would be good for me to make the trip. Our truckers drive in rain, snow, sleet, windstorms and icy roads. Yes, they stop and park when the weather is unsafe, but they have deadlines to get the animals, supplies, milk, groceries, gasoline or whatever to their destination. I am so thankful for the truckers who really need a shout out for doing their job. Without them our grocery stores would be empty, we would not have gasoline for our cars, we depend on those awesome drivers who never get a day off. Well, maybe Christmas. Wanda Ann told me she was having Thanksgiving at a truck stop last year.

So, the next time you see one of those huge semi-trucks go driving down the highway, I hope you have a smile on your face knowing they are the ones helping us every day of the year, come rain or come shine. Literally. Let’s show other drivers how WE can be courteous to the truckers driving by slowing down and letting them in a lane that they need to switch over to. When following or passing a semi- truck give enough space so the trucker can stop if he had to stop. Can you imagine trying to stop one of those babies with all the weight they carry?

Please stay clear of the tires as well, I have seen them shred all over the highway. Stay far enough back, that you or the truckers can stop or safely move out of the way to safety. I just had to post this picture below because I know we have truckers driving in these bad weather conditions and sometimes even worse weather. May God bless our truckers who we all depend on to survive, one way or another.

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May God bless our truckers who we all depend on to survive one way or another. We sometimes take you for granted, thank you for all you do for our country!

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After Casual Communism, Racial Division & Angst!

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After Casual Communism, Racial Division & Angst! James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! On this special edition of the I AM Liberty Show we are going to celebrate the peaceful transfer of power in the United States. In straight forward terms we are celebrating the end of the Obama age. Let’s be … Continue reading After Casual Communism, Racial Division & Angst!

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