A Caseworker For Every Single Homeschool Family?

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A Caseworker For Every Single Homeschool Family?

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa is well-known as being friendly to homeschoolers, but that could change if a bill requiring four government-approved home visits each year becomes law.

The bill by Democratic state Sen. Matt McCoy was introduced in response to the death of 16-year-old Natalie Finn, who died of cardiac arrest in October after starving to death. Her parents were charged in her death and remain in jail.

Neighbors had reported their concerns about the girl to police five months prior to her death. She was not enrolled in school.

McCoy’s bill, S.F. 138, would require the board of directors of each school district to “conduct quarterly home visits to check on the health and safety of children located within the district who are receiving competent private instruction or private instruction.”

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“Home visits shall take place in the child’s residence with the consent of the parent, guardian, or legal custodian and an interview or observation of the child may be conducted,” the bill states.

If parents refuse permission, then the school district can get a court order to enter the home.

Attorney Scott Woodruff of the Home School Legal Defense Association called the bill “a well-intended but misguided response.” Woodruff sent a letter to Iowa state senators urging them to reject the bill and instead to focus on the findings of the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF).

“The report listed numerous risk factors,” Woodruff wrote. “Homeschooling was never listed as a risk factor – or even mentioned.”

The report found that a prior report to social services is the “single strongest predictor of a child’s potential risk for injury death … before age 5.”

The problem, Woodruff asserted, is that local officials did not notice “the numerous abuse-neglect reports related to Natalie’s family.”

“Senator McCoy’s bill completely misses the risk factors identified in the CECANF report and instead focuses on an issue – homeschooling – that does not warrant even one mention in the report,” Woodruff wrote.

What do you think? Should homeschoolers be subject to government visits? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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5 Things You Didn’t Want to Know About Gardening

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5 Things You Didn’t Want to Know About Gardening No one mentions the darker stuff about gardening. Gardening has been romanticized by the media so badly that the reality is lost in the message. Gardening is a lot of work that will cause you to sweat, bleed, want to rip your hair out, and just …

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How To Keep Bees: A Beginner’s Guide

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How To Keep Bees: A Beginner’s Guide Beekeeping can be a fun and rewarding past time. It also has a few benefits, honey, wax and the knowledge that you are helping the bee population survive. It is great in so many of the foods and beverages we consume on a daily basis. Honey actually has …

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How To Build A Semi-Permanent Family Shelter

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How To Build A Semi-Permanent Family Shelter Shelter is one of the most important things you need to know how to make in an emergency situation. This awesome, family size shelter is just a large “debris shelter” for all intense and purposes but with the added protection from the rain because of the tarp or …

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Turn Your Smartphone Into A Satellite Phone

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Turn Your Smartphone Into A Satellite Phone We all know how cell phones can work on one street and then have no signal on another part of the same street. This makes cell phone not the best option for survival if you get lost in the desert or dense woods. I found a product that …

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My Favourite Off-Grid Place

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StrandThis is the place that celebrity chef Nick Knowles goes when he needs to get away – please send us details of YOUR favourite off-grid spot – to news@off-grid.net

The place I go to clear my head is Trebarwith Strand, just up the road from Polzeath and near Tintagel, on the north coast of Cornwall.Over the past 54 years, whenever I’ve had a black dog day or a time in my life where I’m particularly down and unhappy with the world, I’ll drive down there.

It’s literally one road running down to the coast where there’s a cove with a beach. The sea comes all the way up to the street and then, when it’s out, there’s a massive beach and caves. The sun sets behind an island out at sea. It’s a magical place.

From the age of about four, my dad would take me and all the family down there for holidays, and when I turned 17 I started to go down there on my own.

On the rocks to the lefthand side there’s a beautiful pub where you can sit and watch the surfers. Or you can climb up to the right on to a ledge that leaves you cut off when the tide comes in. You’re then stuck there for three hours until it goes out again. I’ve cut myself off on purpose many times. For the first hour it’s fine – I’ll have a Thermos and something to eat – but then I get annoyed with myself. But it forces me to slow down and think.

A few years ago a friend of mine died. It made me realise what I was doing was meaningless. I ended up going missing for two days, heading to Trebarwith. There’s very little reception down there, but when I finally answered a call, it was my brother. He knew I would be sat up there on the rock, watching the world go by and trying to make sense of things.

You see all kind of things while you’re down there; gulls, foxes, even dolphins if you sit there long enough. I’ve sat there in the snow watching surfers, or the lights on the fishing boats at night when they go squid-catching.

I lead a very transient life; I’m away a lot for work and I often don’t know where home is really. But Trebarwith reminds me of my childhood, teenage years and the times I’ve sat there to get through challenges. It’s somewhere I know intimately.

We holiday there every year – I take the kids and we fish in the pools. But in terms of going to escape on my own, I might go twice in a year or nothing for three years.

Its main purpose for me is in extremis. It’s a very angry coast and fits with darker moods. Being there is a bit like asking Turner to do a painting for you. The ferocious sea, aggressive rocks and sun piling through the clouds.

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Left-Wing Terrorists Rioting at UC Berkley in attempt to Stop Free Speech on College Campuses

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UC Berkley is on lock down after left-wing terrorists started fires, riots and attempted to takeover the campus to stop Journalist Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on Campus. […]

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The Stihl Pro Universal Forestry Axe: A Civilized Battle Axe

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Stihl_Pro_Universal_Forestry_Axe_head_profileWood and zombies have a lot in common besides their acting abilities; an axe easily splits them in two. And surprisingly, both zombies and iron battle axes share a similar timeline more than a dozen centuries long. Sure, stone axes were chopping coconuts and skulls as far back as 6000 BCE, but metal ones took longer to develop. Gunpowder displaced the battle axe as a primary weapon in the 1600s, but the modern zombie craze has caused a resurgence of interest in the swinging heavy blade.

By Doc Montana, a Contributing Author of Survival Cache and SHTFBlog

Battle axe evolution followed technology improvements as well as battlefield tactics. The early wood handles were often the target of the enemy combatant’s own axe since axes cut wood and a broken handle makes the weapon as useless as an empty magazine. Seems every weapon can be reduced to a club.

Stihl_Pro_Universal_Forestry_Axe__precision_choppingMetal handles were the natural outgrowth of adding metal reinforcement to the traditional wood handle. But metal adds weight and if of sufficient strength, the wrought iron handles of battle axes relegated them to two-handed use except by those humans of the heavily muscular variety. A six-pound head on a battle axe was huge with single-pound heads not uncommon. Since battle axes were more for chopping flesh than chopping wood, the blade could be narrowed and have a longer, more curved presentation. They could also be thinner overall prior to where handle mounts. If a wood axe was designed as such, it would chop much like a machete meaning it would stick into wood and provide little splay.

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Stihl_Pro_Universal_Forestry_Axe_glovesA distinct advantage of the axe as a tool is that it really is a tool. Nobody doubts the utility of a good axe to the point that even the U.S. Government’s National Forest Service lists the axe as an essential part of the “Responsible Recreation” kit. But not all axes are the same. While a steel head is uniform across the axe platform, it all ends there. And even steel has a host of variations: from overseas iron that is soft and rusty to finely crafted German blades polished and sharpened, to hand-forged Swedish steel that preserves the old ways of doing things. Handles range from Ash, to Hickory, to fiberglass, to plastic, to nylon, to a continuous steel extension of the head. All have their disadvantages, but a few materials and designs have very distinct and important advantages. And Hickory is one of them.

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In the case of the Stihl Pro Universal Forestry Axe, a high quality Hickory handle is used for durability, strength, power transfer, and shock reduction. However, wood is easily damaged by water, impacts, and time. Stihl addressed the impacts issue by adding a heavy steel collar around the neck of the axe to prevent overstrikes damaging the handle. And even more, the collar protects a super-thick neck that is a third more robust than traditional axe designs. And that’s on top of already being exceptionally hard Hickory with proper grain orientation.

With a length of just over 27 inches and a head weight of just under three pounds the Stihl Pro Universal Forestry Axe lands in the middle range of battleaxe demographics. And it looks the part. Compared to traditional axes you are likely to find around the woodpile, the Stihl Pro Universal Forestry Axe stands out as something different. And it is different.

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Stihl_Pro_Universal_Forestry_Axe_in_handIn addition to the overbuilt handle and steel sleeve, the head of the Stihl Pro Universal Forestry Axe is manufactured by Germany’s oldest axe forge, the Ochsenkopf company. So with all this brute strength in components, Ochsenkopf designed a system to hang the head on the handle with more than the the usual flat or round wedges. The Stihl Pro Universal Forestry Axe head is literally bolted onto the handle with a long screw and additional metal wedge plug and steel endcap all securely attaching the axe head and collar to a fitted handle. Ochsenkopf calls this their Rotband-Plus system. So not only are the pieces ready for battle, but the entire mechanism is assembled to outlast axe traditions that usually outlast their owners anyway.

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Stihl_Pro_Universal_Forestry_Axe_posing_logThe head of the Stihl Pro Universal Forestry Axe is forged with the German equivalent of 1060 steel they call C60. The “C” stands for carbon, but a 1060 steel is on the low end of high carbon steels. Not low in quality, but in carbon content. This minimal amount of carbon is fine as long as the heat treatment is correct for the tool. Axe heads are often of variable heat treatment with a different hardness at the bit (cutting edge) end compared to the eye (handle hole). Ochsenkopf axes are known for moving the hardened heat treatment further back than the usual half-inch or so from the sharp end. The 1060 steel in the Stihl Pro Universal Forestry Axe bit area appears to have been heat treated a full inch-and-a-half from the edge as noted by the change in light reflection off the blade. The variability in hardness of an axe head is a dance between sharp and brittle. Too much and things chip and crack. Too little and they bend and deform. Further, shallow heat treatments are often ground off during the axe’s short life of sharpening. A downward sharpening spiral begins when softer metal becomes the blade.

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It wasn’t just gunpowder that sent battle axes to the back of the line, but also their overall durability especially when encountering an armor-clad foe. Battle axes were fearsome but fragile. In proper hands, they were nothing short of harbingers of death and dismemberment. But swung wildly and with disregard for the landing zone, the axes broke with unnerving predictability. And the same can be said about today’s modern forest axes.

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Double-duty is name of the preparedness game. Just as the ancient grindstone handle can be found in modern configuration as a side-handle police baton, the battle axe could be hiding in the woodpile or by the campfire. While any axe can be dangerous (even to the user), not all axes are the same. Survival requires an unbroken chain of good decisions, and with the Stihl Pro Universal Forestry Axe, we have an exceptional hard-use tool for the homestead, and a dangerously strong striking weapon for breaching, rescue, and self defense.

 

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Survival Today! The mess we are in.

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We the people, or at least the majority of people, have help create what we have today. Too many people are simply not satisfied with a simple life, they want more & more & more. Having got more, they now do not want to lose it, they don’t want to rock the boat, so we are stuck with a corrupt government who will continue to take from us more & more & more!

Ask yourself, what is wrong with a nation of people who allow their own government to profit from genocide being committed in Tibet & West Papua? You think that a government who can do this can be trusted to look after your own welfare? Take a look around you, take your heads out of the sand & SEE what is happening! Chinese corporations purchasing Australian farms, mining corporations ruining farm land & polluting our environment; our own government prioritising mining rights over farmer’s rights! Our pensions cut, & not only that but the pension age extended! Our pension rights are not welfare, we have worked all our lives to earn our pensions!

Council services have not increased, but the rates/taxes have! People are being evicted from their own homes & their homes sold. Aboriginal communities are being forced off their land to make way for mining companies. The water supply cut off & their dwellings bulldozed! Crime is rife & the government likes it that way because they can spread their terror campaign & gain more control over Australian citizens. Ask yourself, why was the massacre in Tasmania was allowed to continue so long? Why was the police sniper instructed not to shoot Man Monis in the Lindt Cafe seige? Why were police instructed not to arrest Dimitrious Gargasoulas when he was stuck in a traffic jam & so allowing him to kill people in Melbourne’s Bourke street mall?
I am sick & tired of seeing all these petitions by a variety of organisations attempting to achieve some form of justice for everything from domestic animals & the environment to human rights. As if petitioning a corrupt government will actually achieve anything! If all of these organisations were to band together & start legal proceedings to remove our government from office & set in place a new fairer system for all, then all the other problems would be resolved at the same time! But no, just like our government, they want to keep things rolling along as they are, creating new petitions every day. Is there a method in their madness? Do they in some way profit from this? Or are they just too stupid that they can’t see the wood for the trees?
I am one person in a minority, this minority can not change what is happening to Australia, we can not sack this corrupt & illegal government corporation on our own, & the majority that can accomplish this are doing nothing. YOU the majority are to blame for the unrest & corruption in Australia. YOU are to blame for the number of homeless people living on our streets. YOU are to blame for the crime rate & the number of people dying in our hospitals & those dying because they are not being admitted to our hospitals! YOU have the power, but you are too damned lazy, greedy & corrupt yourselves to use that power to make change for all Australian citizens. So if one day it all hits the fan, DO NOT come knocking on the doors of this minority of preppers, farmers, alternative lifestyle people or anyone else who is doing it hard right now, because we will not be opening our doors.

Flying with Guns

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Weapons Man  did a post on this. As always it is good. I have some thoughts.
– Obviousky make sure whatever you are flying with is legal on both ends of the trip.
– In case of fbe off chance they cut your locks have spares. A 4 pack of normal master IDK pas locks is like $20.
– Like weapons man said plan in time. An extra half hour,  which probably puts you there 2 hours early is wise.
– Know the airlines policies. They vary. If in doubt call the airline and ask.
– Unless there is some compelling reason I wouldn’t fly with real expensive or heirloom type guns. Guns do occasionally go missing. Take a $500 Glock and a $600 rifle not your nighthawk custom 1911 and full auto FAL.
-Deensinf on the company you can have different amounts of ammo. All I’ve used let you take some and have it in the case with the guns. I’ll bring at least enough to load the gun 1-2 times. If I wanted more ammo for whatever reason at the end point I would get it shipped there. Most classes will let you send ammo to them.
– Weapons Man mentioned loaner guns. That is definitely an option if the people you are visiting have appropriate guns to spare.
-If your host does not have spare guns to loan and you go there often consider staging a cache there. The cost and moderate annoyance of checking a gun a few times justifies leaving an old revolver an a long gunnifnyiu want one along with some speed strips and a knife. This also helps with your risk management. If your house burns down an whatever is in it is gone the gun at Grannies may be handy.

20 Crock Pot Tips for the Winter

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crock pot tipsThere is nothing better than ending a cool winter day than with a bowl of something cooked in a crock pot. In our home, we adore our crock pots, all four of them. There is always one on the counter top ready to go. The soups and stews are always a big hit, and a really good crock pot recipe book is worth its weight in gold.

Lately, we have been branching out and using our crock pot for more than soup. We’ve learned some tricks and tips than can take your crock pot meals to the next level.

Which size crock pot?

Slow cookers come in a variety of sizes, usually 1 quart to 8 1/2 quarts. Follow the recipe’s recommended size. This is important becasue the correct quart cooker will allow your meal to cook properly, and you won’t have an overflow of mess to clean. Most recipes will work best in a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker.

Don’t peek!

Every time you open the lid, heat escapes and you lengthen the cooking time by 15 – 20 minutes. The best time to check on your dish is about 45 minutes before it should be done. You will be able to tell how much of your cooking time needs to be adjusted.

Do not over-fill

Do not put too much in your crock pot. Most manufactures recommend that you fill your slow cooker no more than two-thirds full. Check what the manufacture recommends for your specific brand and size pot. By following the recommendations, you will avoid any possible food safety hazards and your meal will be finished on time. Don’t be afraid to cook whole chickens and big meaty roasts. These can be very healthy meals. Just check that the lid has a good snug fit.

Avoid the food danger zone

Bacteria love to become an uninvited guest at temperatures between 40° and 140°F degrees. The best way to avoid the danger zone is to put your prepped food in separate containers in the refrigerator ahead of time. Do not cook large chunks of frozen meat in the crock pot. There is no guarantee that large pieces of meat will be cooked all the way through. If you need to double check your food’s temperature, a good quality digital thermometer like this one will give you the information you need without having to lift the crock pot’s lid. Works great when keeping track of food in the oven, too.

Get the most out of the meat

To maximize the flavor of your meal, brown your meat in a skillet before adding it to the crock pot. Then deglaze the pan and with wine or broth. Deglazing gets all of the caramelized pieces of meat from the bottom of the pan. Add the liquid with those yummy bits of meat to your crock pot and you will have a richer flavor in your meal.

Out with the old crock pot!

Check out the new crock pots! There are so many new options available now. If you need your crock pot to do its cooking while you are out of the house, look into the programmable models. On these models, when the food is finished cooking, the slow cooker adjusts its temperature. This keeps your food warm, but at a safe temperature until you are ready to dig in. The latest crock pot in my house has a rubber lined hole in the top of the lid for a meat thermometer. This is a pretty brilliant combination of the crock pot with an indispendable thermometer.The thermometer fits snugly into the lid so none of the heat escapes out. Perfect for larger cuts of meat.

Preheat your crock pot

It is basically a little oven. So give it about 20 minutes to warm up all the way before you start adding your food. Just like you pre-heat your oven, pre-heat while prepping your food. It also cuts down on cooking time.

Food temperature matters

Putting frozen food in the slow cooker can increase your chances of bacteria growth. Remember that danger zone of 40 to 140 degrees F that was mentioned above? Prevent bacteria by avoiding all frozen foods. Fully thaw out all meats and vegetables before adding to the cooker. We have thawed out meat in the fridge or used our microwave to thaw vegetables. The only exception to this rule would be the prepackaged crock pot meals that are sold in the frozen food section in the grocery store. Just follow the directions on the back of the package.

Gingerbread in a crockpot meal?

Toss in some crumbled gingerbread or crushed ginger snap cookies! Ginger adds a depth of flavor and texture to the liquid. Use them in beef type dishes like stew and pot roast.

Use a high quality wine

Look for wines that are dry and have a high alcohol content to add more complex flavor to your dish. The alcohol doesn’t evaporate out much because the cooker lid is sealed. So remember that a little bit goes a long way.

The best vanilla quality possible

Like the wine, use a vanilla of high quality. The alcohol in the vanilla doesn’t burn off as fast and leaves a more intense flavor. Use the same amount your recipe recommends.

Forgotten food

If you rush out the door in the morning with food in an unplugged crock pot, you must toss it. I know, it hurts. But forgetting to plug or turn the crock pot to low or high means that your food could have spent the day in that danger zone. Even having uncooked food on the warm setting needs to go too. The warm setting isn’t warm enough to prevent bacteria. It is hard to throw away food, but it is easier than being sick. Again, you need a good food/meat thermometer!

Layer your food

To get all of your ingredients cooked at the right temperature and finished at the same time, you must layer. Any root vegetables, like potatoes and carrots, need to be placed at the bottom of the pot. These foods take longer to cook and need to be where most of the heat is. Place the meat on top of the root vegetables. If you are going to cut the meat, cut it into uniform pieces for even cooking. Any other smaller or delicate foods, such as mushrooms, can be placed last. They require a shorter cooking time

Pasta and rice

These can both be tricky. When overcooked, they become an inedible blob in your dish. It is best to add rice the last 30 minutes of cooking. Cooking the pasta separately and adding it to your food right before serving is a safer bet. My friend makes this pasta dish and swears by its ease and taste. I feel the ziti is a heavier pasta and that is why it works in this recipe without being cooked on the stove top.

Crock Pot Baked Ziti

Serves 8

1 lb. box of ziti noodles, uncooked

15 ounce container low-fat ricotta cheese

1 egg

3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, fresh is preferred over the green can kind

1½ cup low-fat mozzarella cheese, grated

½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

¼ teaspoon pepper

2 24-ounce jars marinara sauce, any flavor

7-8 fresh, thinly sliced basil leaves or ½ teaspoon dried basil

Instructions

Use cooking spray to spray the inside of the crock pot, and rinse the noodles in a colandar and set them aside.

In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, egg whites, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella, salt, and pepper. Stir until this is a smooth mixture.

In the crockpot, layer half of the noodles, about 2 1/2 cups. Pour 2 cups of the marinara sauce over the noodles. Use a spoon to smooth the sauce over the noodles so they are all covered and create an even layer.

Drop small spoonfuls of the ricotta mix over the sauce/pasta. Use the back of a spoon or a spatula to carefully spread the cheese mixture over the noodles.

Repeat the 3 layers: noodles, marinara, and cheese. Over the top of everything, pour the remaining marinara sauce.

Cook on low heat for 4-6 hours. By this time, the ziti will be finished. Sprinkle the remaining cheeses over the top, cover with the crock pot lid, and allow about 10 minutes for the cheese to melt.

Garnish with the fresh basil and serve.

Notes: For a heartier dish, you can add a layer of cooked ground beef, sausage or vegetables, such as mushroom and spinach after the sauce layer and before the cheese layer. This recipe freezes well. Source of original recipe is here.

Wait a day

Some foods are better the second day. Many soups increase in flavor when they have had time to sit. About 24 hours should do it. If your dish has any sinewy tissue, like brisket, it will also have an improved flavor after sitting in the refrigerator for a day.

Choosing the right cut of meat for the temperature

For low heat, chose pork shoulders, chuck roasts, short ribs, chicken thighs and drumsticks and any other tough or fatty meat. They tend to become tender and moist. Avoid cooking chicken breasts, pork loin and other leaner cuts of meat on low. They often get dried out. Trim any excess fat before cooking. You don’t want greasy liquid floating on top of your dish.

Dairy last

Milk products, like yogurt, milk and sour cream should be stirred in the last 15 minutes of cooking. If you add them earlier, they tend to break down and you will not have the creamy consistency you are looking for.

Vegetable mush

If you end up with mushy veggies, scoop them out and puree them. Reduce the puree in a sauce pan and make a glaze to pour over the meat or add it to your sauce. To prevent mushy tomatoes, try sun dried tomatoes or use whole canned tomatoes and cut them into large pieces. Diced or crushed tomatoes can disintegrate into your dish.

Consider desserts in your crock pot

The sealed lid allows moisture to stay in the most delicious cakes, breads and brownies. Even cheesecake! Consider using your slow cooker to make party mixes and to roast nuts. Breakfast in a crock pot is an easy way to start the morning. Steel cut oatmeal or a breakfast casserole can be easily prepared the night before. A crock pot also does a great job with oat groats.

Give your crock some TLC

Any sudden change in temperature can cause the ceramic insert to crack. Place a dish cloth in between the insert and cool countertop if needed. Let the insert come to room temperature before you expose it to a hot or cold element. There are plastic liners available that are specifically designed to be used for crock pots. The make clean up easy!

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Stacking Functions: Increasing Efficiency with Multi-Function Spaces

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Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.

Analyzing homestead elements for multi-functionality and redundancy were covered in the first article. This time we’ll look at combining them into multi-function spaces.

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Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch: 5 Things You Need To Know

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Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch: 5 Things You Need To Know

WASHINGTON — President Trump moved quickly to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, and in nominating Neil Gorsuch – currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver – Trump instantly appeased his base.

But who is Gorsuch, and what can we expect from him?

1. Gorsuch is a life-long conservative. He co-founded a magazine and a newspaper while attending Columbia University in the mid-1980s. The publications were designed to promote conservativism and combat liberal views on campus. Gorsuch has contributed $3,050 to Republican candidates and causes in the past, according to a biography prepared by the Alliance for Justice. Gorsuch is so conservative that CNBC writer Jake Novak described him as a “Scalia clone.”

2. Gorsuch is highly qualified for the job. He studied law at Harvard and earned a doctorate at England’s Oxford University. At Oxford, Gorsuch studied under John Finnis, one the world’s top legal philosophers. He clerked for two different Supreme Court Justices: the late Byron White and current Justice Anthony Kennedy. Before being nominated to the federal bench in 2007, Gorsuch served as principal deputy to the associate attorney general during the George W. Bush administration.

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3. He might be on the Supreme Court for a very long time. Gorsuch is just 49 years old and would have a lifetime appointment. The oldest active Supreme Court Justice is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 83.

4. Gun-control advocates are afraid of Gorsuch. “Neil Gorsuch’s record on gun-related cases indicates some willingness to make it easier for felons to own guns – something that puts our families and communities at risk,” Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America told The Guardian.

5. The National Rifle Association (NRA) strongly supports Gorsuch.

“We will be activating our members and tens of millions of supporters throughout the country in support of Judge Gorsuch,” Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist, said in a statement.

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Salomon: High performance footwear

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The Philosophy

Every hiker knows that his boots are the most important part of his gear. Lose your backpack, lose your pants, its all good, but without shoes… your mobility is greatly handicapped and without mobility you have very few options.

Given how important it is to have adequate footwear during an emergency, your daily wear shoes should reflect that. If something happens and today whatever you chose to wear is all you will have to walk several miles, get by for days or even weeks, walk across broken terrain, help people or extract yourself or others across rubble and debris, keep yourself dry when raining. Therefore we are looking for practical, capable footwear.

Salomon Quest and X-Ultra

I’ve been using Salomon footwear for about a year now and have not been disappointed.

Even the low-top hikers X-Ultra have kept my feet dry and provided more than enough foot support and traction.

The Salomon Quest boots are a in a league of their own. Tough, impossibly comfortable once broken in and durable.

The grey ones are the typical hiking boots that made the Quest boots famous. Since these ended up in the feet of military personal nearly as much as in the feet of hikers, they came up with the Quest Forces model. The colours are more militaristic and use leather loops instead of metal eyelets but other than that its mostly the same great boot.

I think they all work very well for all-round footwear. They are comfortable enough for normal, everyday use yet provide serious hiking capability if it’s ever needed. It doesn’t hurt that they look great. The Quest boots are clearly more suited for moderate to cold climates (especially with Goretex models) and the low top do well in very warm climates. These do have goretex as well, which granted, makes it warmer, but then again its great to step on a few inches of water and not have a single drop go in (have done so numerous times already)

Give Salomon a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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

2017 Threat Assessment-James W Rawles

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James Wesley Rawles of SurvivalBlog.com joins me today. We discuss potential threats for 2017 and remind listeners not to get complacent.

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The Best Full Spectrum LED Grow Lights [Updated 2017]

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Body Armor to Help You Survive a SHTF Situation

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No matter how carefully and thoroughly you have prepped for a SHTF situation, if you get shot you will probably die. That is why you need to think about some sort of body armor to protect you. We covered some options in the Tactical Vest post recently, but that was more about preparedness and having quick access to your essentials. This post is about physical protection.

Body Armor Level

There are many different types of body armor, defined by the type of bullets they protect against. Here is a table that displays the levels:

Armor Level Protection Material
Type I Pistol – .22 LR, .380 ACP Para Aramid Fibers (Kevlar and Twaron)
Type IIA Pistol – 9x19mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP Para Aramid Fibers (Kevlar and Twaron)
Type II Pistol – 9mm +P, .357 Magnum Para Aramid Fibers (Kevlar and Twaron)
Type IIIA Pistol – .357 SIG, .44 Magnum, 10mm Auto, 7H21 Para Aramid Fibers (Kevlar and Twaron), Ballistic Steel Core
Type III Rifles – 7.62×39mm, 7.62×51mm NATO Ballistic Steel Core, Polyethylene, Ceramics
Type IV Armor Piercing Rifles – .30-06 Springfield Ceramics

Deciding what level of protection you want to invest in is tough. Body armor is expensive and if you want to protect multiple people the investment grows exponentially.

Bullet Proof Body Armor Material

Silk?

Would you believe the first bullet proof vest was actually made of silk? In the 1800’s, Japan and Korea both used silk (30 layers) as protection from the black powder weapons of the time. Even in recent history the U.S. Army has asked for testing of a new material called Dragon Silk, produced by Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc, which uses genetically modified silk worms to create silk that is stronger than regular silk.

Kevlar Armor and Twaron Armor

When I think of a bullet-proof vest the material that pops into my head is Kevlar, developed by Stephanie Kwolek at DuPont in 1965. In the early 1970s Kevlar — and a little later Twaron (by the Dutch company now called Akzo Industrial Fibers) — became the industry standard material used. Both are known as a para-aramid fibers that are heat-resistant, thin, and very strong. These fibers are woven and layered in different directions to maximize the effectiveness. Body armor made of this material is light and flexible and can absorb multiple hits until the overall structure is damaged. Type I all the way up to Type IIIA armor can be made with Kevlar. The level of protection depends on the number of layers used.

Ballistic Steel Core Armor

These steel plates are made of an advanced ballistic grade steel core that is much harder than traditional steel. Though they are a little heavier than some of the other options, ballistic steel core plates are relatively inexpensive and can take multiple hits.

Polyethylene Armor

Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) plates are made of fibers similar to the Kevlar process. Fibers are woven together and layered in different directions. But instead of a flexible fabric like material, the plates are layered together with a gel material that hardens to a solid end product. The plates are more expensive than the steel ones, but they take multiple hits and are much lighter than their steel counterparts.

Ceramics Armor

These ceramic plates are the only Type IV protection available. Made of made of boron carbide or silicon carbide ceramic. The weight is between the steel and the Polyethylene plates. Ceramic plates break the bullet into smaller pieces and reduce the feet per second of the fragments, then a backer made of steel or Kevlar catches the pieces. The theory is a single bullet flying at 2,900 feet per second is harder to stop than several pieces at twenty five percent of the original feet per second. Unlike the other plates each hit on this plate degrades its effectiveness. They need to be replaced after each hit.

Other Possible Armor Materials

Carbon fiber armor is a common question. If you do a Kevlar vs carbon fiber comparison you will find that strength and heat-resistance is better in carbon fiber. But you just don’t see carbon fiber body armor or carbon fiber plates. The reason for this is that it tends to be too brittle and expensive. One shot would destroy the integrity of the material. The material is better suited for car panels and motorcross armor, where stopping bullets are not the purpose.

Graphene body armor is a future possibility. Graphene is an atomic-scale hexagonal lattice made of carbon atoms, which means it is a extremely thin sheet of incredibly strong material. A million layers of graphene is only one millimeter thick. Tests have been done with a hundred layers of the material and it was able to outperform Kevlar and Ballistic Steel Core. But for now there are no Graphene body armor available. It is still too new of a material to work its way into the commercial market.

Standardized Plate Sizes

When you look at the sizes of plates sold on Amazon it looks like everything is 10″ x 12″ and this works for most people. But the United States Military required five different size so that it would fit better for individuals of different sizes. These Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) sizes are listed in the table below:

Size Type Inches Metric
Extra Small Front and Back 7¼ x 11½ 184 x 292 mm
Small Front and Back 8¾ x 11¾ 222 x 298 mm
Medium Front and Back 9½ x 12½ 241 x 318 mm
Large Front and Back 10⅛ x 13¼ 260 x 337 mm
Extra Large Front and Back 11 x 14 280 x 356 mm
Torso side plate 6 x 8 150 x 200 mm

Obviously there are bound to be other sizes. You will need to verify the size of compatible plates that fit your plate carrier.

Concealable Body Armor

You can buy concealable plate carriers and just “plain” bulletproof vests. These are very minimal vests held in place by Velcro. Often they are just soft armor carriers. Worn by important business men/women and political people.
Concealable Body Armor

Tactical Vest Plate Carriers

In a prior post I spent some time showing you different tactical vests. They have a lot of versatility. You are able to add accessories to them to customize for your needs. Worn on top of your clothes they are not meant to be concealed.
Tactical Vest Plate Carrier

Backpack Plate Carriers

Another option is to have a backpack that has a plate carrier compartment. Obviously there is only one side of protection provided from a back pack. But a backpack is better than nothing. This is a great option for a EDC bag. Additionally if you have children in school, you can send them out the door every morning knowing that they have a little bit of protection. Some schools have metal detectors at doors. But Kevlar armor is still available for this environment.
backpack plate carrier

Owning Multiple Panels

Since there is no way of knowing for sure what kind of emergency to play for, you may want to have more than one type of panel. If you are in a situation where you need to move fast and weight is an issue, having the light Kevlar Type IIA panel may be enough.

If you’re going to be wearing a bug out bag on your back, you may have a heavier panel on your chest and the lighter soft one on your back. Assuming that your items in the back pack may absorb some of the bullet energy.

If you are going into a situation where you are completely screwed, an easy way to increase protection is to use two panels. The lighter soft panels made of Kevlar are thin enough so that you can usually have one underneath a solid panel. Yes it adds weight, but it also adds a lot of protection.

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Essential Herbs Series – Herb Blogger Roundup

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Herb Blogger Roundup While researching the Essential Herbs for Every Garden series I ran across many wonderful bloggers. I thought you’d like to meet them too. Join me for a Herb Blogger Roundup. I spent the morning in the garden. Planting a few extra seeds, transplanting some basil and tending to the herbs. Even though […]

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Learn How to Crochet and Read Patterns

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Learn How to Crochet and Read Patterns – The Ultimate Guide Learning to crochet is almost like learning another language to many beginners – just learning how to read crochet patterns seems terrifyingly daunting at first. Reading crochet patterns is the equivalent of reading a book where it’s done left from right. We’re going to help you understand how to crochet and read patterns for whether you’re a beginner to the crocheting world or an experienced crocheter looking to strengthen their skills. We’re sharing some cheats, tips, and tricks you need to learn how to read crochet patterns including the

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3 Space-Saving Ways To Grow Vegetables Indoors

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3 Space-Saving Ways To Grow Vegetables Indoors

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Sure, the idea of gardening indoors during the winter is appealing, but how practical is it, really? Even putting aside things like calculating the wattage of grow lights and researching the best seed varieties for indoor gardening, how do you find space? Where do you put enough plants to get a meaningful harvest?

If you have a basement or other unused space like a spare bedroom, you could certainly set up shop there. But not all of us have the space to spare. Plus, there are benefits to being surrounded by greenery. Numerous studies show that being in the presence of plants reduces blood pressure, anxiety, the effects of stress, and feelings of fatigue.

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Whether you have existing free space or not, it’s worth exploring ways to fill the nooks and crannies of your everyday living areas with lush-producing plants.

1. Hanging baskets

Tomatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, salad greens, some herbs, and strawberries grow well in hanging baskets, as long as you keep these tips in mind:

  • Bigger baskets give your plants room to flourish. Choose baskets that are at least 12 inches deep and that have a minimum diameter of six inches.
  • Keep the soil light by buying commercial potting mixes and working in some perlite or vermiculite before planting.
  • Research cultivars to determine the best ones for indoor gardening, and while you’re at it, make a note of how much sunlight each one requires. Oftentimes, a sunny southern window will provide enough light, but it’s easy enough to supplement natural light with a clamp-on grow light if needed.
  • Most vegetable plants thrive in temperatures that range from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. While peas can tolerate light frosts, position other producing plants away from drafty doors and windows.

2. Vertical growing spaces

3 Space-Saving Ways To Grow Vegetables Indoors

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Create vertical growing spaces for smaller compact plants like herbs and salad greens. Install fixtures against your existing walls and maximize your growing space with ideas like these:

  • Fabric wall pockets, similar to over-the-door shoe holders, are super easy to install and use. Choose ones that are designed for indoor gardening, since they are made with waterproof fabric and/or water reservoirs to protect your walls.
  • For a rustic look, use stainless steel hose clamps to attach mason jars or other small vessels (like mini galvanized pails) to a length of board.
  • Build a large, simple frame out of 1x4s, and install cleats on the inner sides. Stack rectangular plastic balcony box planters on the cleats for a picturesque — and highly practical — wall planter.
  • A prefab shelving unit provides not just ample vertical growing space but a place to permanently install a grow light system, too.

3. Plants with small footprints

With only a little bit of space, potato plants provide large yields. Potatoes are easy to grow indoors, and can be planted in any tall container, such as a five-gallon pail, plastic tote box, waste bin, or even a large bag, such as a chicken feed, fertilizer or garbage bag. Additionally, growing potatoes in straw keeps the container light and easy to move. Although the base of the container needs to be covered with small gravel and a few inches of topsoil, once the potato eyes are planted in the soil, the rest of the container can be filled with straw. Start with about four to six inches of straw, and when the plants start peeking out, top up the straw to encourage the plant to keep growing. 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.

When planning your indoor garden, think outside the traditional floor-bound pot, and find ways to fill the nooks and crannies of your home with edible plants. Not only will you harness the health and environmental benefits of growing your own food, but your home will be lush and vibrant.

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The Best Survival Weapon For a Collapse: The Big Badass Machete

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When people hear the term “survival weapon,” usually the only weapons that come to mind are guns and knives. But for Jeff from Modern Combat And Survival, the weapon that comes to his mind is: a big ass machete. In this article, he makes a good case that a machete is a great thing to […]

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The Ultimate Meat Smoking Times And Temperature Guide

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The Ultimate Meat Smoking Times And Temperature Guide Are you looking for the ultimate meat smoking times and temperatures? Look no further because today I am sharing an infograph that you can save or print to save you the hassle of ever looking up a certain meat’s temperature again. Smoking is the process of flavoring, browning, cooking, or preserving food by exposing it to smoke from burning or smoldering material, most often wood. Meats and fish are the most common smoked foods, though cheeses, vegetables, and ingredients used to make beverages such as whisky, smoked beer, and lapsang souchong tea

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Bruce Lee’s Deadly Strikes and Self Defense on the Street

Bruce Lee’s Deadly Strikes and Self Defense on the Street

Stop a Rapist, Trash a Street Thug, Eliminate a Home Invader

Taught to Navy SEALS, CIA… Even Chuck Norris

The Navy SEALs and CIA both are trained in brutal, effective, simple martial arts strikes — many of these moves tracing their origins back to Bruce Lee.

Bruce also instructed several World Karate Champions including Chuck Norris, training which helped catapult Chuck Norris to Hollywood fame with movies like Missing in Action, Delta Force, and television shows like Walker, Texas Ranger, and the list goes on.

5’5″, 125 pounds … and unstoppable

In the next few minutes of reading, you’ll learn how Bruce Lee showed the world how a little guy who stood only 5 foot, 5 inches tall and weighed a whopping 125 pounds could put a beating on bigger, stronger combatants. Ladies, are you paying attention? CEOs in your business suits and potential targets of a robbery, would you like to know how to defend yourself from a kidnapping, torture, and serious beating by the mob?


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Jeet Kune Do … “Way of the Intercepting Fist”

Bruce Lee invented “Jeet Kune Do,” a revolutionary style of fighting that really isn’t a style at all, but a philosophy. It pulled effective and sometimes deadly moves from multiple styles of Western and Eastern fighting styles and taught practitioners how to read every moment (using “ranges”) so you always knew what to unleash on a threat or combatant at that specific moment measured in split-seconds.

By the end of this article, get ready to learn a few brutal moves that can save your life in a self defense conflict, when your life is on the line, or even save the life of close family, friends or strangers.

Heroes aren’t born. Heroes are made. It just takes practice.

Stop a Rapist, Trash a Street Thug, Eliminate a Home Invader

Bruce Lee’s Deadly Strikes and Self Defense on the Street

Who would have thought that a bunch of martial arts movies from decades ago would contain the person who created a fighting system that years later would be used by the Navy SEALs and the CIA… and over 100 other top law enforcement agencies?

Besides all of the flashy moves and spinning-flipping kicks preferred by Hollywood for the screen (moves you don’t need in real-life self defense), Bruce Lee created a fighting system that scientifically took the best of over two dozen combative arts and showed the world the first all inclusive mixed martial arts years before the first UFC.

In other words, Bruce Lee was the first one to “mix” it up, in many ways fitting it all together in near-perfection. He was small. He wasn’t a hero. But he became one.

Bruce Lee invents “Jeet Kune Do”

When one talks about martial art legends, there may not be any dispute when it comes to the individual called Bruce Lee. Decades ago he was a film star for the baby boomer generation, while still today he graces the t-shirts worn by third graders. His mystical life was cut short in 1973, while his philosophy called Jeet Kune Do (JKD) still mystifies practitioners in search of his combat secrets.

Although JKD was held to closed-door sessions for many years, Bruce’s magic still lives on through his fans across the globe. How can one man, with such a short life, still impact so many people today – both inside and outside the martial arts world? First, let us take a look at the three decades he lived, what he changed, and what role he plays today in martial arts and self defense.

Self defense means cleaning house — putting down attackers fast

This is exactly why even just learning a couple of the basics of Jeet Kune Do will prepare you to “clean house” in a variety of street fights, random attacks and violent scenarios.

What I teach in my classes and through my DVD programs, is that JKD is extremely adaptable, which is why it can give anyone the “fewest answers” to the most amount of dangerous situations when you need to strike fast and escape to survive. With Jeet Kune Do (and Krav Maga) to various police and military, I know what I’m talking about.


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JKD is extremely adaptable

What I teach in my classes and through my DVD programs, is that JKD is extremely adaptable, which is why it can give anyone the “fewest answers” to the most amount of dangerous situations when you need to strike fast and escape to survive. Therefore, let’s dive into a little of Bruce Lee’s life to find out the sources and foundation of his world changing theory, and then conclude by giving some functional tools you can use.

Bruce Lee’s beginnings

Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco in 1940 – ironically the year of the Dragon. His father was a star of the Chinese Opera, which probably impacted his early film spots in overseas film hits such as The Orphan and Chinese Blackboard Jungle. Highly dedicated to whatever he put his mind to, Bruce found a mentor in a teacher named Yip Man, who opened the doors to the world of martial arts.

A combination of East meets West

Bruce combined the philosophies of both the Eastern and Western world, which showed through in his combative training. For example, he trained both in the traditional art of Wing Chun, while also competing in school boxing tournaments. Bruce topped off his physical activity by also becoming a dance champion, which only further developed his world-renowned coordination, balance, and speed.

There was no definite point when Lee created his “art” JKD, but it is obvious that his eclectic experiences, (at the time) the country’s rebel tendencies, and the overly structured martial arts world, all added fuel to the fire. This fire continued to spread through his acting career as he starred as the side kick “Kato” in the Green Hornet. Later on, he would continue to star in other films as the Big Boss and Enter the Dragon. Both of these movies played huge parts in catapulting Lee in the stratosphere of Asian and American popularity.

His combat abilities made him a natural for Hollywood

However, there was still an aspect of Lee’s life that pushed him to test not only his limits, but martial arts practitioners all over the world. Bruce’s busy lifestyle did not take away from his training as he continued to experiment and discover new truths in martial arts. He was dedicated in finding the one art that was the “truth”, as he called it.

The ironic fact is that his frustration in finding this one art, set the foundation of Jeet Kune Do. After experimenting with dozens upon dozens of arts, and realizing that each had their own set of limitations – Lee made a discovery. The answer to his quest for the “truth” came not in one art, but a philosophy of freedom. Lee realized that one art may be the solution for one moment in combat, but useless in another. Therefore, he started to use techniques and training methods from different styles all in the same sparring session. Decades later this line of thought would become a necessity in tournaments like the Ultimate Fighting Championships.

Soon, Bruce and his protege Dan Inosanto were using Praying Mantis one moment, then switching to a Savate kick, then to Western Boxing, and ending up with a choke on the ground. Every movement was dictated by what was needed by the moment. The Jeet Kune Do “structureless structure” was able to account for many ranges including kicking, boxing, trapping (close quarters), and grappling. Inosanto expanded Lee’s knowledge on weapons, by introducing the Filipino Arts.

Lee even used these arts in the movie, Game of Death – where Inosanto made a cameo. Lee’s formula became a battle cry in training, as most JKD practitioners committed the phrases “Absorb what is useful and reject what was useless…” and “No way as way…” to memory.

Mission: Trapping Range

One of Lee’s most interesting discoveries, that is not widely known, is the aspect of “Trapping range”. Although Bruce was known to be able to adapt from range to range, he found that there was a particular range extremely effective for combat. Trapping range, as he called it, is simply close quarters. It is the range between grappling and boxing.

Lee found that in this range size, weight, height, and even skill did not hold as much water. For instance, in Trapping range one could use more effective tools as elbows, knees, and head butts. Even a smaller person can use these tools to take a larger opponent out of commission easily.


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Bruce showed that little people can put a beating on bigger people

Bruce knew this personally; he was only 5’5″, 125 pounds. Trapping range was also easy to learn. Compare teaching the mechanics of a head butt, to the extensive mechanics of a spinning roundhouse kick or triangle submission hold. These tools were also more efficient. Clock how long it takes to throw a knee, compared to putting someone into a “heel hook” submission!

In other words, stepping into trapping range and using a swift, brutal strike can end a conflict faster than a spinning kick or choke on the ground — both which can take several months of training since both moves can require strength and technique, especially a heel hook.

Not many people knew about trapping range

This Trapping range discovery was also an ignorant subject to most of the martial arts world. Besides a couple arts only scratching the surface of it’s effectiveness, this range was not used by a whole lot of martial artists at the time.

Because of the lack of certified instruction in America of JKD today, Trapping range is still not widely known – therefore those who know it have a huge advantage. Surprisingly enough, today’s favor of the month “Reality Combat Programs” are now adopting this close range, as a great range to train and defend themselves in.

However, if it is that effective, why did Lee not show this range off in his movies? It all came down to what looks good for the screen. Bruce adapted to everything, including the movie set.

Although Lee, and later on his son Brandon, both used Trapping range in their fight choreography, its quick “non-flashy” applications don’t usually demand attention on screen. This is true even today, especially compared to multiple unrealistic kicks Van Damme popularized in the 90’s, and the movie the Matrix showed off a couple years ago.

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Yesterday’s Ideas – Today’s Impact

To this day there is no other street fighting art as complete as Bruce Lee’s JKD. That last sentence may be the most controversial statement so far, however there is a perfect modern day example to support Bruce’s ideas showing up today. How many opponents in the first couple UFC’s lost because they were limited in their ground fighting knowledge?

Then, up until the last few years it was thought that ground fighting arts were the answer – as many of these schools popped up all over the US. In the last few “no rules” tournaments “ground only” opponents started to lose, because ground fighting is not the only answer.

Now it is assumed that “no rules” fighters know the stand-up and ground game… those who don’t learn painfully. As a result, much of the martial arts world now believes that “Hybrid Arts” (a system which combines two or more arts) is the answer to combat. Bruce’s findings still hold true, because “just mixing” arts will still have its limitations. There is no freedom by just mixing. JKD is a process not a product.

Today’s competitions prove Lee’s point once again… but will people ever see the difference? Only if the UFC brings weapons into the ring or allows mass attacks, will the Hybrid practitioners realize that self-defense is not found in one, two, or even five arts. It is found in that “structureless structure” – not the ring.

Yes, Hybrid arts are effective in the ring, but they are still limited in the street. Therefore, Lee’s JKD stays where it was meant to be, the street. Elite agencies are now starting to adopt JKD.

Navy SEALs contracted a JKD instructor

For instance, the Navy SEALs contracted out JKD Instructor Sifu Paul Vunak (student under Guru Dan Inosanto) to teach them the realistic self-defense system. Currently, JKD is popping up in the CIA’s and major police curriculums, as well. They simply realize that any altercation with a bad guy will have no referee – and really “No Rules”. Therefore, Bruce still continues to impact new students even though he has been gone for over 25 years.

It seemed that Bruce Lee did it all. He made movies that captivated audiences, trained and taught with such varied talent as Chuck Norris to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, while turning the martial arts world upside down.

JKD is “known for its street effectiveness”

His JKD continues to evolve, as it was once stated in a popular magazine that JKD is definitely “known for its street effectiveness.”

How You Can Use JKD to Defend Yourself

Defending Against the 3 Most Common Attacks

One of the main ways Bruce Lee simplified self-defense was to break attacks down to “a common denominator.” This was learning how to defend against that “first” or “main” movement of an attack. Once you can identify that, you can follow up with a simple self-defense move to immediately stop the attack and then either follow up by escaping or launching your own attack of close quarter moves.

As an example, there are 3 main types of attacks: A punch, grab/push and takedown. By simplifying these we can use a “JKD” move taken from a myriad of arts, and incorporate into an easy response.


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1. Intercept Thug’s Punch, Simultaneously Throwing a Brutal Strike

For instance if someone throws the common “haymaker” punch, which is nothing more than a wide hook (and thrown by a lot of street thugs as a typical first punch), the secret is to step in and “jam” or intercept the punch by blocking the incoming punch and simultaneously elbow striking the brachial area on the side of a person’s face and neck. This “two for one” move stops the attack (punch) but at the same time delivers a debilitating shot of pain to anyone of any size or strength level… and that is the key.

2. You Are Grabbed by Thug …

This one’s especially easy to practice — and practice you should in order to have instinctive reaction time in an actual conflict…

The second kind of common attack is a grab or push, where the attacker will put his hands on you. Most if not all of the time, the attackers’ hands will push or grab onto your chest, but this counter move can also work for a choke. When the opponent puts hands on you, simply “pluck” their hands off by using your hands like two meat hooks, quickly pulling down on their arms. The follow up here is a quick knee to the groin to neutralize your opponent.

3. You Are Bum Rushed…

Lastly, a “bum rush” or takedown move is extremely common as well when being attacked. When you see your attacker get low, you most get low too. Use your elbow again to strike the attacker in their brachial area, which will immediately stun your attacker and stop their initial attacking. As with the previous moves, you once again need to either escape or follow up with several other strikes (additional elbows, knees, punches, etc.).

All of these strategies follow from Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do (JKD), by simplifying the attack, picking just a handful of effective moves and using that secret distance of trapping range — which, with practice, you can learn to read instinctively, and know what kind of move to throw, and exactly the split-second timing to throw it.

It comes naturally with practice

With practice you can learn to do all of it without thinking. In time it comes naturally. That is when you become dangerous. That is when you can follow in the steps of former World Karate Champion, Chuck Norris, and step into a ring and demolish your opponent.

What about the streets?

On the street you can do the wise thing and choose to avoid conflict, but on that day conflict is unavoidable, you are a surprise attack waiting to happen. When it does happen, it’s swift, explosive — and most thugs, rapists, or other attackers simply won’t know what hit them.

Swift, surprise moves are used in Navy SEAL and CIA special defense classes on taking weapons from attackers and or simultaneously throwing any number of lethal strikes. So if you think Jeet Kune Do is only for martial arts experts, think again. It can be a useful tool when a gun has been pulled on you — especially if the guy holding the gun has no idea just how dangerous you are.

You are fast. You know where to hit. You can read the ranges of combat. You can position yourself into a specific range without an attacker realizing what you are doing before it’s too late.


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Demolish attackers in just seconds

Training these are also simple, as I would recommend stationary reps first, over and over again, and then progressing to movement. From there, mix in all three attacks, and focus on responding with the correct counter.

For a short video course on these moves, in addition to a way you can get a 3 DVD JKD instructional series mailed to you for free (just pay shipping and handling), check out Fearless Street Fighter.

You’ll be glad you did. Maybe, one day, your children, a coworker, or even a stranger will be glad as well.

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Setting Skills Goals For The Year And How To Learn Fast | episode 135

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This week Jeff from the lost skills podcast joins me to talk about skills. More specifically how to learn them fast. 

As per expected, we chase many rabbits and banter. 

We cover many techniques to quickly learn new skills. 

To begin with, we talk about setting skill-based goals for the year. And to make them smart goals. 

To be a smart goal it has to be timely, measurable and achievable.

Do not set a goal to become a master woodworker this week. You will fail. Miserable.

I like to set goals in quarterly intervals. So every three months. And to make them small and attainable. 

In my case since I do want to get into woodworking, I want to learn the dovetail joint this quarter. 

To measure my success I have to have a decent dovetail joint at the end of the quarter. 

We cover many ways to learn new skills quickly in this podcast. 

Shout Out to Kate for doing the opening this week. 

 

 
 

Topics

  • Setting skills based goals for the year
  • Time frame,  measurable 
  • Full immersion 
  • Books can help.
  • Talk to mentors
  • Take classes. 
  • Practice practice
  • Learn tips and tricks from outliers
  • Compete.

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It’s An Off-Grid ‘Hobbit Home’ Built Inside A 700-Year-Old Cave

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Man Builds Off-Grid ‘Hobbit Home’ In 700-Year-Old Cave

Turning a cave into a modern home is not easy or cheap, as homeowner Angelo Mastropietro discovered.

He invested £162,000 ($204,000) – and lots of physical labor — to transform an abandoned cave into a state-of-the-art off-grid home. But he says it was worth it.

“In the end I had spent somewhere around 1,000 hours basically breaking rock, cutting burrowing rock,” Mastropietro said. “… Somewhere about 70 or 80 tons of rubble that I excavated out of this rock house by hand.”

The finished home has wi-fi, forced air central heating and a wood stove. There’s an 80-foot terrace around the house, as well as modern windows.

Mastropietro’s house, located in the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire, England, is one of the oldest rock homes in Europe, Britain’s Daily Mail reported. Families lived in the caves for 800 years until the 1940s.

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The cave is located in 50-foot-high sandstone cliffs that reportedly inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

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Mastropietro stumbled upon the cave during a bike ride in 1999. Eleven years later, in 2010, he purchased it for £62,000 ($78,000) and went to work.

Transforming a cave into a home is far from easy. It took Mastropietro 11 days just to cut a door through five feet of rock. He also had to drill a 262-foot deep well through stone to get water. Other modern touches include ventilation channels cut into the floor, and skylights.

The most incredible aspect of the project: Mastropietro is battling multiple sclerosis (MS), which left him temporarily paralyzed in 2007. That disease forced Mastropietro to change his life; he quit his job as head of a successful recruitment company and returned to his native Worcestershire from Australia and bought the cave.

“I have literally been paralyzed before and it does put the fear of God into you really,” Mastropietro told the newspaper.

“I love a challenge,” Mastropietro said of his reason for taking on the project. “Coincidentally, my surname actually means master of the stones, so you know maybe it’s in my blood.”

The cave home, he says, is good for his health.

“MS was triggered by health and lifestyle and that was the catalyst I needed to remind me that I needed to be mindful of my health and be respectful of my lifestyle,” Mastropietro added. “I wanted to be in a place where I had a happier and healthier life.”

He hopes to live in the cave full-time sometime in the near future.

His cave home was featured on a popular British TV show, Grand Designs.

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Best Survival Books For The Mind, Heart, and Soul

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survival booksSurvival Books Are Amazing

They are simply pages with words all bound together to transfer knowledge. Doing so silently between human beings across time and space.

When you read, you’re learning from (and being entertained by) someone who’s not in the same room as you. Who you’ll likely never meet and who may no longer be with us.

Let that sink in for a moment and you’ll realize how epic an invention they are.

Books became the most dependent method of storing and sharing information for centuries. They’re one the best survival resources because they teach vast amounts of knowledge.

First, you read, then you understand, then you apply, and finally you master.

Everyone Should Invest In A Few Great Survival Books

Owning survival books on edible plants, trapping, building shelters and making fire are extremely helpful. They’re resources you can consult over and over again, whenever you like.

It’s like having a miniature survival expert in your backpack or on your shelf. One who you can ask for help when faced with difficult survival challenges.

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Some survival books focus on specific survival topics. Deep diving into specific survival fields such as edible plants or ascending mountains. While other survival books are more general in nature and speak to a wider range of essential survival skills.

Survival books earn a spot in your library, and in a serious emergency, you’ll be thankful to have your own mini “Survivopedia” on hand.

But beyond being incredibly useful, survival books are also a fantastic form of entertainment.

Getting trapped in a remote cabin by a winter storm is rarely fun, but it’s bearable with something good to read.

Being stuck in a car caught in a mudslide is a major bummer, no doubt. But you can at least take your mind off of the situation with a good book.

Books are a great escape. Even dull fact-filled ones are surprisingly interesting when there’s no other form of distraction

But, there are a lot of survival books out there. Many claiming to be, “the best and most thorough guide to survival ever written by anyone in the history of anything ever”! So, to save you the time and trouble of wading through the mass of options, I’ve compiled a short list of my favorites.

NonFiction Survival Books

Of course, the non-fiction variety of survival books includes the densest information. These are your straight up guides, how-to’s, fact-based DIY types.

If you are looking for an entertaining story to go along with your research, skip down to the next section. You won’t find many stories here. But if you want a valuable resource to keep for emergencies then I recommend the following:

Bushcraft 101 – A Field Guide To The Art Of Wilderness Survival

Bushcraft 101bushcraft 101 is a survival book that’s been called, “the ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry”. And that claim is hard to dispute.

Dave Canterbury covers everything from:

  • What to pack in your backcountry bag
  • How to manufacture tools needed for wilderness survival
  • How to protect oneself from harsh natural elements
  • Collecting and preparing food
  • And more!

This guide has everything you need to get the most out of your wilderness experience. Helping you master the art of bushcraft and connect with nature like never before.

And for those who have mastered the 101 bushcraft series, it may be time to upgraded to Dave Canterbury’s more advanced bushcraft series:

US Army Survival Manual

us army survival manualThere are not a lot of organizations out there that know more about the art of survival than the US Army.

They know how to survive in any climate, on any geographical terrain, under any circumstance.

The information in the US Army Survival Manual has been field-tested and battlefield-proven to an efficient and effective level.

It ‘s the perfect guide for your wilderness survival needs.

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills

freedom of the hillsThis is my personal favorite outdoor survival guide out there, but it’s particular. It’s for those of us who enjoy the challenges of mountaineering.

It doesn’t cover things like “how to build a fire with wet firewood“. You won’t learn “how to skin, clean, and cook a dead snake“.

While it doesn’t have any fancy survival tricks SkilledSurvival.com is known for, Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills is JAM-PACKED with important alpine survival info.

If you are at all interested in rock climbing, ice climbing or backcountry medicine, this book is for you. Get it.

Field Guide to North American Edible Wild Plants

edible wild plantsThey got super creative with the title on this one, right? Where the authors lacked imagination, they made up for it with plenty of foraging knowledge.

The Field Guide to North American Edible Wild Plants covers over 200 edible wild plants and contains 400 bright color photos. Making it easy to identify specific plants in their images and descriptions.

Anyone interested in determining, collecting, and eating wild plants needs a copy.

Eating wild plants can be a dangerous business. One should be 100% certain of what they are eating before they eat it.

Lest they risk ending up like Chris McCandless from Into the Wild.Who died of severe food poisoning all alone in the woods. Which would suck, right?

Eating wild edible plants can prolong your survival, or they can end it. Get this book BEFORE you consume any wild edibles.

How To Eat In The Woods

how to eat in the woodsPracticality meets reliability in this comprehensive wilderness survival guide.

  • Need tips on foraging? How To Survive In The Woods shows you how
  • Need fishing lessons? This book can help
  • Never trapped animals before? You will learn the key concepts

How To Eat In The Woods is a book all about maintaining your sustenance without grocery stores, pantries, and restaurants.

Good for both survival and preparedness.

Outdoor Survival Skills

outdoor survival skillsThis book has been around for decades. It’s helped three generations of survivors hone their outdoor and wilderness skills. It covers:

  • Building fires
  • Collecting food
  • Building shelters
  • Making tools

All with personal anecdotes from the author’s life. Outdoor Survival Skills should find space as one of the best survival options on your bookshelf.

Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual

hawkes green beret survival manualHave you ever heard of the Green Berets? If not, they are US Special Forces, and they are badass. Insanely BADASS.

They prepare to survive any mission they are charged with. Which means their training is brutal and intense.

In Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual, retired Special Forces officer Mykel Hawke gives a crash course in Green Beret survival knowledge.

Perfect for both everyday citizens and skilled survivalists alike.

SAS Survival Handbook

sas survival handbookThe SAS Survival Handbook goes over almost every plausible disaster/emergency/shit-hits-the-fan scenario.

No matter whether you’re a keen prepper, a savvy survivalist, a simple hiker, you should keep a copy of this book with you.

It has something useful for everyone in every situation. It even covers surviving in different geographic areas with different terrain and climates.

Survival Novels (Nonfiction and Fiction)

Fiction survival novels are not textbooks. They are not crammed with dry factual information. However, there’s still much one can learn from nonfiction and fiction survival novels.

Reading stories of these characters and how they prolong their lives can help you survive. They serve as inspiration that can save your life.

Plus, having a story to entertain yourself with can be incredibly useful as well. Entertainment is a valuable resource, especially if it’s full of useful survival information.

Hatchet

hatchetThis one’s a classic.

Hatchet was one of my favorite books growing up. Gary Paulson, the author, taught me more about the vast wild and the human will to survive than I could ever explain.

A young man traveling in a small plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness.

Where he’s forced to live out a season besides the lake, which swallowed his plane and pilot. He has to hunt, trap, fish, make fire, and seek help all with only a single tool: his hatchet.

A hatchet that saves his life and allows him to survive time and time again throughout the story. If you want a great read that you will learn a lot from, look no further!

Robinson Crusoe

robinson cursoe survival bookThis book is an older one, but the skill of survival has remained much the same for thousands of years.

When it comes to being stranded and forced to survive as a castaway, even a two hundred old story is still full of relevant knowledge today

But thankfully they shortened the title from its original. “The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years” to simply “Robinson Crusoe“.

The Life of Pi

life of piThis book goes beyond combining survival information with a great story. It’s also a spiritual journey.

The Life of Pi has recently been adapted for the big screen. It chronicles the adventures of a boy, who becomes stranded on a life raft at sea with a tiger, zebra, and monkey.

The story is every bit as strange as it sounds. And it’s every bit as full of useful survival intelligence as it’s weird adventures.

Lord of the Flies

lord of the fliesA horrifying study of the human survival spirit. This book is about a group of young boys who become stranded on an island by a plane crash, without a single adult. They’re forced to:

  • Organize themselves
  • Create rules
  • Delegate responsibility
  • And strive for social power

The boys must learn to hunt boars, start and maintain fire and live with one another.

Lord of the Flies is a harrowing illustration of the savage that lives in all of us.

Into Thin Air

into thin airIn 1997 a team of mountain climbers got caught in a horrible storm while descending Mt. Everest.

This story is a personal account from one of the only survivors.

The destructive storm took five lives and put the climbers through physical and emotional hell.

Into Thin Air is a story full of conflict, struggle, personal turmoil, and above all else, survival.

The Stand

the standA military super-virus escapes a lab in California. It’s contagious and infects the entire world, killing off 99% of human beings on Earth.

The remaining 1% is forced into a world littered with dead bodies. Where lawlessness reigns and wickedness flourishes. The survivors form into two encampments that both strive to rebuild what was lost. One is good, and the other is evil.

The Stand is one of Stephen King’s finest works. He illustrates masterfully how mankind might fall into chaos and rise from the ashes.

Into The Wild

into the wildWe couldn’t mention the book “Into The Wild” earlier in this article without adding this epic survival novel to the list. This survival book was adapted into a very good movie of the same name.

The movie was good, the book is better. If you’re looking for a good survival page-turner, this is it.

If you’ve ever felt the desire to leave your current life behind and go live in the remote wilderness all alone, you’ll have an immediate and deep connection with Chris McCandless. However, this is a cautionary tale as well.

Remote wilderness survival has its romantic side but it also has a brutal uncaring nature.

The Final Word

Books are not the first thing people think of when they start planning for a survival. Instinct drives you to grab weapons, food, water purification, and shelter gear first. But I urge you to invest in a few key survival books.

Honestly, any book in a survival situation is a good book, even if it is a fairy tale, that has nothing to do with reality. Because entertainment and distraction can be every bit as important in a SHTF scenario as food and water.

But survival books are good for the mind and they are good for the soul.

And maintaining a sharp and focused mind is imperative. Plus, in a post-order economy, books will become treasured items. Their trade value will skyrocket. You may find yourself with some serious power of commerce.

They are useful on other levels as well: they can work as makeshift pillows and pages as a fire starter. Although, I’d be hesitant to burn any valuable information in the book.

There’s no excuse not to have a few of the best survival books on your shelf. So select the ones best suited to you, and waste no time adding them to your survival arsenal.

What survival books or survival novels are your favorites? Which ones did I miss? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Importance Of A Get Home Bag And A Great Starting List

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The Importance Of A Get Home Bag And A Great Starting List I am sharing this article as I know a lot of you are new to prepping or just looking if it’s something you could do. This artcle is actually from a new prepper who shares her get home bag with us all and …

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Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain

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Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain & Survival The use of essential oils, extracts, and all parts of various plants and trees is an ancient practice for healing and easing ailments. Even the drinking of certain kinds of teas provide well established medicinal benefits that our bodies are made to work with. …

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Oh, These Perilous Times..

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     I am becoming increasingly aware that our society and culture; our country; and yes, the entire world is in the midst of precarious and uncertain times.  And I find myself asking if these are “the perilous times” of which the Bible talks about.  Certainly, the nature of our political and social consciences couldn’t be more divided.  The demarcation between right and wrong; moral and immoral has been mocked, and relativism rules the day.  Some of the leadership within the Church seem to have lost their way; others are stuck in doctrinal quagmires; and our Youth are abandoning the faith of their ancestors in ever-increasing numbers.  So what does this tell us?
     For me, I am faced with how to become the heart, hands, voice and compassion of Jesus to a progressively secularized world.  I have been honest about the direction God is taking me. He has brought me out of the Church building and given me the task of showing what the Power of a one-on-one relationship with my Savior looks like.  I am listening for His direction and finding that there are just as many self-professed Christians that need to be introduced to that Power, as there are non-Believers.
     And let’s face it… the Church doesn’t have a very good reputation in the world.  It is seen either as too conservative or too liberal; rich in worldly measures and poor in spiritual values; having too much influence in the public square, or no impact on society at all.  If I can give my own evaluation of how God intended the Church to establish His Kingdom on earth, it is this: to share the Gospel Message about the Kingdom; equip and train servant-minded leaders and followers; provide assistance to the poor and the sick; and prepare and educate the next generation to carry on this heavenly commission. Is this the picture we have of the Church today?  Is this the picture we are passing on to the Millennial Generation?  Or is it a portrait of the Laodicean Church which says, ‘I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing?’
     If so, then does this correspond to those perilous times in the last days that Timothy warned about:  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.’
     In case you don’t see it, these verses point to a future time when there is a great moral degeneration in the world; a time when there is a breakdown in the ethical and social values of societies.  We see that happening with all the uprisings, protests, rioting and toppling of governments. All you have to do is think about ISIS; the persecution of Christians that is on the rise; the decimation of the Syrian people; the racial violence in our own country.  We can see the danger of groups realizing the power they have when they unite, and this is a dangerous situation.  And when you add failing economies to the situation, and how it can have worldwide implications, then “perilous times” comes into sharper focus.

     Perilous times are marked by those who love their pleasures more than they love God — and that includes Christians.  We can see that in how much television, movies, music, sporting events, socializing, partying, Facebook and the internet take up in our lives.  How much time do you think the average Christian spends with God?  I can tell you that when it’s time to stand before Jesus, our Judge, that one hour on Sunday in the church building is not enough!  And when I think about the content of the TV shows and movies that are watched by those who are to be Christ’s representatives on earth… well, I’m pretty sure God considers all the sex, occult, and antichrist images to be an abomination.
     Timothy tells us that perilous times will be identified by covetous and proud people.  I would venture to say that a majority of people today are seeking after worldly riches, rather than eternal heavenly treasure. And it saddens me to see that we are teaching our young girls to be coveted after for their looks and the seductive clothing they wear; and then to be proud of it!  Look At Me is the motto of this generation, and the explosion of social media proves it.  Sadly, our pride keeps us from being humble before God, or turning the other cheek to our fellow neighbor.  And our pride keeps us from helping those in need, in case it might cost us too much. When covetousness and pride become the hallmark of a people, we are living in perilous times.
     Other symptoms of these dangerous times are the disrespect that our youth have for the older generation, the police, or anyone who stands in the way of them getting what they want.  People, in general, are unthankful for the blessings they have received in this world, and take what they have been given for granted.  But, as Christians, we must ask ourselves if we are adequately thankful to God for what He’s done in our lives.  If we have a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes on our back, and a family that loves each other, do we bother to acknowledge what He has done for us — or do we take credit for it ourselves?  When I hear the testimonies of those who are being persecuted in the Middle East, and have lost everything — homes, family members, even their country — yet still praise the Lord for His presence in their lives, then I am truly humbled and see the ungratefulness in the rest of the world for what it is … a lack of holiness.
     And that leads to another of Timothy’s signs of perilous times — people will be unholy.  We need only to look at the difference in our churches in the last 50 years.  The holy atmosphere of worshipping YHWH has been replaced with venues that look like theaters, concert halls, and social gatherings.  The message has also been perverted. Christians now seem to think that they will be saved IN their sins, rather than Jesus saving them FROM their sins.  Do you ever hear the Ten Commandments preached? Does anyone even understand what it means to live a holy and righteous life unto God — let alone practice such a lifestyle?  Believe me, if we Christians would model what that looks like, we would stand out like a sore thumb — yet that’s what we’ve been called to do and what the world needs to see from us! Instead, it can be said that we Christians are looking more and more like the world.
     It is perilous times when Christians not only do not understand what the Kingdom of God looks like, nor that we are to help men inherit it.  God is clear that there are those who will not share in His inheritance … Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.’  Yet we allow our fellow Christians and their Churches to accept these practices without a thought as to what it will cost them.

     Today, it is quite evident that people have become lovers of themselves and despise those that do good.  We are more interested in our external appearance than the condition of our hearts.  Everything is commercialized and temptation abounds in every area of our lives.  Polls in 2014 said that 71% of Americans identified as “Christian”.  But if they really knew what it meant to be a follower of Jesus Christ, then we would not have people starving, or in need of adequate medical care, or living on the streets.  Satan has done a good job deceiving professing Christians into thinking it is okay to spend the money that God has made them stewards of on THEMSELVES, rather than using it to help the sick, the needy, the poor, and furthering God’s Kingdom.  When Christians are blind to their duties as keepers of the faith, then perilous times are upon us.
     Finally, when Christians are living a life that only has “a form of Godliness”, but no evidence of the Power of God in their life experiences, then times are perilous indeed.  God sent His Son to show us the way to live a life that exhibits the image of God.  We are to show the world the Power and Authority of the One True God among all the lesser gods that are vying for man’s attention.  But Christians and the Church are unaware that this is our mission.  “Power” and “Authority”, as descriptors of our Christian walk, are dismissed in favor of “Grace” and “Love”.  And when the Enemy knows that God’s Power and Authority are missing from His Church, then our Adversary has been given an open door to infiltrate our places of worship, our homes, our communities, and our world with his power to deceive and lead astray.  Without God’s emissaries on earth acting in our full mandate and character, the result is perilous times for all humanity.  And we are all aware that will become known as “The End Times”.
      We are already seeing war, famine, natural disasters, incredible and rapid increases in knowledge. Our air and water being poisoned.  Birds of the air and the Fish of the seas are dying in huge numbers. And these are just a few of the Biblical signs of Christ’s eminent return.  I worry about loved ones who still do not know Jesus, and I worry about the Christians whom Jesus will say He does not know.  So, I recognize that we are living in perilous times, and my spirit is crying out for the Body of Christ to fulfill our assignment.  Yes, times are perilous, to be sure … but as long as we have one minute left, it should be our goal  to show one more person the image of Christ in us.  Our time to do so is NOW!

John 9:4   “We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work”.
     

Trump’s First Days In Office

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Trump's First Days In Office

When Donald Trump said he was anxious to get to work in his new job, few people took him seriously. Even amongst those who voted for him, there was doubt how quickly he’d actually get to work on the items in his first 100 days agenda.

After all, we’re talking Washington, DC; nothing happens quickly there. The town is filled with a huge spring, called bureaucracy, which reverberates to its own inefficient frequency.

But Washington apparently doesn’t know how to deal with a businessman, only bureaucrats and politicians. So they weren’t ready on the afternoon of January 20th, when Trump returned from the inauguration and hit the ground running.

Before the day was out, he had signed four executive orders, which had been prepared by his transition team.

Things have continued hard and fast since then, with Trump making a start on his “Contract with America.” A few of the more noteworthy moves have been:

  • Pulling the United States out of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If you remember, that’s the trade deal that Obama’s administration negotiated in secret and expected Congress to vote on, without giving the members copies to read. If they wanted to read it, they had to do so in a secure room and return the copy they were reading when they got done.
  • Putting a stop to U.S. taxpayer funding of foreign abortions. This one has gone back and forth every time there’s a change of president. Democrats order funding of those abortions, and Republicans stop it every time they are in office. Well, Trump signed that one in quickly.
  • Signing an executive order on Obamacare. While President Trump didn’t repeal Obamacare, he did sign an executive order, directing the various departments of the executive branch to use as lenient an interpretation of the law as possible, when dealing with the American public. Specifically, this deals with the financial burden of Obamacare, or the individual mandate. Quite literally, it tells bureaucrats to decide in favor of the citizens, rather than in favor of the government.
  • Called for a renegotiation of North-american Free Trade Agrement (NAFTA). Like the TPP, NAFTA has cost American jobs. Since jobs are a major issue for the American people, Trump is responding. Unfortunately, for Mexico, that left their president looking bad and caused a dip in the value of the already struggling peso.
  • Ordered the building of the wall. This was a big campaign promise of Trump’s, and he’s lost no time in ordering it started. Relying on a law passed by Democrats in 2006, Trump has ordered that the wall be started post-haste. He’s also ordered the hiring of 5,000 more Border Patrol Agents.
  • Established a freeze on federal workforce hiring. This is part of Trump’s plan to reduce the federal workforce by 20% and discretionary spending by 10%.
  • Authorized the building of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota pipeline. Obama wavered on these all through his presidency, ultimately succumbing to the pressure of environmentalists. Trump, ever the businessman, authorized the continuation of these projects.
  • Rescinded Obama’s “catch and release” instructions to the Border Patrol, where illegal aliens, even illegal alien criminals, were released into society, with nothing more than a court date (that most didn’t bother to attend) and a work permit.
  • He’s also given the EPA a gag order, stopping posting of information and issuance of new regulations, until they can be reviewed. During Obama’s presidency, the EPA was used as a bludgeon against business, reaching the point where regulatory compliance with the EPA’s mandates, equals half of all regulatory compliance costs that businesses must bear.
  • Signing an executive order temporarily suspending all travel from seven Muslim controlled countries, which are the most known for supporting and exporting terrorists.

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As anyone can see, looking at this list, Trump is holding to a hard conservative line in his early actions. He’s actually doing what he said he’d do.

According to information from the transition team, there are about 200 executive orders and actions ready for Trump to sign. While we don’t know how quickly those will be rolled out, it’s clear that the transition team put an effort in getting things ready for the new president.

Liberals have already been screaming about Trump’s actions, as they don’t follow the liberal ideology. But they’re also screaming for another reason; trying to throw the high number of executive orders in Republican’s faces, citing how those of us on the right complained about Obama’s executive orders.

A Difference We Should Be Aware Of

But most of these actions don’t really qualify as executive orders. In the first week, only four of them did. The rest are what are known as “Executive Memorandum.” The difference between those and executive orders may seem small, but it is significant. Calling them executive orders is misleading, even though Trump himself is making that mistake.

An executive order does something new, carrying with it the weight of law. As such, they are numbered and entered into the federal registry, just like any other law. But executive memorandum aren’t treated in the same way. While they may ultimately carry as much weight as a law does, they aren’t a law.

What they are is guidance to the various departments of the federal government, directing them in how to apply specific laws that are on the books.

In fact, President Obama actually issued fewer executive orders than many of his predecessors, preferring to use executive memorandum instead. But in his case, it was so that Congress would have a hard time finding his orders.

Since executive memorandum aren’t numbered, they are easily “lost” in the halls of power, so that when members of Congress ask for a copy, it’s hard to provide it to them.

While just about everything that Trump is doing has the liberals up in arms, the supposed “Muslim Ban” seems to top the list. According to the liberal narrative, Trump is discriminating against Muslims based upon their religion. But to take that stand, they have to purposely misunderstand the order that Trump signed.

Trump’s order isn’t based on the individual’s religion, but in fact bans travel to the United States by all people who are citizens of those seven countries. While the countries in question are Muslim controlled, with a majority Muslim population, they are not the only such countries around.

There are many other countries that he did not ban travel from, which are also Muslim controlled, with a majority Muslim population. But those countries are not known for exporting terrorism. The seven countries on the list were actually picked by Obama’s Administration, as they were the ones who created the list of the seven countries which exported the most terrorism. So, in a sense, all Trump was doing was something that Obama wouldn’t.

Nor is this the first time that such a ban has been put in place. Obama himself did a six month ban on travel from Syria during his first term in office. However, nobody was demonstrating against it or even talking about it, because Obama was the liberal media’s poster boy. They wouldn’t dream of saying anything so negative about him.

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Changes in the White House

Trump hasn’t just been changing things in the law, through executive orders and executive memorandum, he’s also made some serious changes in the organization and operation of the White House.

Even before taking the oath of office, he changed the name of the Office of the First Lady to the “Office of the First Family,” demonstrating that his family, especially his daughter Ivanka, will have a part to play in his administration.

That’s not too surprising, considering that they have all worked as his executives in Trump Tower. But it’s disconcerting to those on the left nevertheless. They’re responding strongly to that, citing laws about nepotism and conflict of interest. But those laws don’t actually apply, as none of his family members are filling cabinet posts.

Then there’s the décor of the White House. Yes, Trump has had something to say about that as well, telling the staff to remove all Muslim signs and symbols, even from the chapel. This country was founded as a Christian country.

But the biggest change in the White House has been in the Press Briefing Room. We’ve all watched Trump’s ongoing war with the press with some humor. The mainstream media acted as shills for Hillary Clinton during the campaign, and Trump’s not likely to forget.

Worse than that, the mainstream media is still acting as Clinton’s shills, even though it’s clear that she lost and Trump is now the president. Like the rest of the liberals in the country, they can’t seem to accept the idea that their candidate could possibly have lost. So they’re doing everything in their power to make Trump look bad.

That’s not all that surprising, as the liberal press does that with every Republican president, while working to hide the mistakes of the Democrats. Nowhere was this clearer than during Obama’s presidency and Hillary’s candidacy. In both cases, they held back information that the American people had every right to know.

The war between Trump and the media is far from over. The day after the inauguration, he was taking shots at them for their misrepresentation of the crowd at his inauguration ceremony. While that might seem petty, it demonstrates how low the liberal press is willing to go. Trump won’t put up with it.

So, Trump’s staff started out with the idea of moving the press to the Old Executive Office Building, so that they could give them a bigger room. But that idea didn’t go over too well with the press. They saw it as Trump pushing them away, something that would be understandable, if not necessarily wise.

So the press are in the same little briefing room they’ve been in for years. The difference is, there’s a whole lot more of them who are receiving credentials from the White House. Now it isn’t just the mainstream media, but many conservative news sites who are receiving their credentials.

That’s making that little briefing room seem tiny; and it’s going to get worse. It’s also giving Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, a chance to rub the mainstream media’s nose in the dirt. Rather than following longstanding tradition and allowing the AP wire service and the major networks to ask the questions, Spicer is calling on conservative news outlets.

The leftist media has managed to control the narrative in Washington, simply by the questions that they ask. Even if the briefing was about one subject, they’d turn the question period to what they wanted. But now, the people who are asking the questions aren’t asking what the liberals want to know, but what conservatives care about. That means that the narrative is being controlled by conservatives, rather than liberals.

Where Will Trump Go From Here?

There’s really no way of knowing for sure exactly what Donald Trump is going to do as president; but I think we can draw a few early conclusions. First of all, we have to take into account the fact that he put forth the most conservative platform that the Republican Party has floated in 20 years.

That’s a bit surprising, coming from a man who was a Democrat most of his adult life. But it’s not, if you consider how he ran his campaign. He wasn’t following any real political ideology, right or left, per se; but rather, asking what the American people, all those millions of people in flyover country, cared about. Those are the issues that he campaigned on and those are the issues that he has covered in his Contract with America.

It looks like Trump wants to be the president for the working man and woman. Those are the people who voted him into office, and those are the people he’s committed to serve. He’s willing to be the president for all Americans, but those who voted for him come first.

Some of those who voted for him are a bit surprising. Trump is the first Republican President in I don’t know how long who earned the support of labor unions. That’s a biggie, because the labor unions have traditionally backed and funded Democrats.

But when it all comes down to it, Trump is trying to create jobs, while the Democrats are trying to create a socialist utopia. For the unions, jobs are more important.

While it’s too soon to tell for sure, based on some of the things he’s said in the last week, it appears that Trump understands where the limits of his authority are and wants to work together with Congress on the rest.

That will be a nice change. Obama’s idea of working with Congress was to give them orders and expect them to carry them out. There were countless times when he said that Congress wasn’t doing their job, adding that if they didn’t, he would do it by executive order. But in each of those cases, it was clear that he thought that Congress doing anything but his will, wasn’t doing their jobs.

And Finally, the Democrats

The Democrat Party now finds itself with the shoe on the other foot. Their populist president has finished out his term, trying to rule by the force of his own personality and will, lying to the American people constantly and using a bludgeon on the collective heads of Congress.

Obama started out with control of both Houses of Congress and now Trump has that. But in the eight years of Obama’s presidency, the Democrats lost more and more power, until they lost control of both houses. They still acted like they had control, but they didn’t have the numbers. They had to rely on the president’s pen to thwart the Republicans’ will.

The question to be seen is how they Trump uses that same advantage and whether he’ll be able to keep it. A lot is hanging in the balance.

Sixty-eight Congressmen and Congresswomen boycotted Trump’s inauguration, with many stating that they didn’t consider his presidency legitimate. Of course, they wouldn’t think any Republican presidency legitimate, but in the process, they’ve shown their true colors, picking partisanship over patriotism.

That “boycott” sent a loud and clear message to Trump, the Republicans in Congress and the American people. It went something like this: “If we can’t have our way, then we’ll take out bat and ball and go home.” Sigh; it’s sad to see supposed adults acting so childish.

But this is the stance that the Democrats have decided to take for the next four to eight years. If they can’t have their way, they’ll just have a collective temper-tantrum. We can expect more of the same, expressed in a myriad of ways, as liberals and other Democrats continue to “demonstrate” against the duly elected president.

Apparently, those on the left feel that Trump is a threat to their freedom. Yet he hasn’t said one single word about taking away women’s rights, taking away LGBT rights or any of their other hot buttons.

The closest you can say that he came to that, was to say he was going to keep potential terrorists and criminals out of the country. I guess they think that’s stealing their rights.

Actually, the reason for the collective outrage of the left is quite simple; they’re listening to the lies of the mainstream media. The “fake news” machine is out in force, and it’s aimed its cannon on a target called Trump. They’re going to blast him with every malicious epitaph they can, and their blind sheeple and going to believe it.

We can expect more of the same, eight more years of the same. So stock up on pampers and pacifiers, we’ve got a lot of crybabies to take care of.

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia. 

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Surviving in the dark will be much harder than you think, here’s why and how you can improve your chances.

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Hello my friend and welcome back! Surviving when SHTF hits will be tough, that’s a given.  But somehow when most of us think about surviving, we tend to focus on surviving in the daylight,…

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5 Challenges All Homesteaders Face

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5 Challenges All Homesteaders Face Though the definition of homesteading has changed drastically from what it was in the pioneering days of old, there are certain challenges that every homesteader will face. Regardless of what kind of ‘modern’ homestead you have, even if you rent, you will have to learn how to accept, adapt, and …

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Article – Judge: Federal firearms regulations trump Kansas gun law

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected arguments that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state — a ruling that casts doubt on the legality of similar laws passed in nine states across the nation.

The decision handed down by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten allows federal firearms charges against Shane Cox and Jeremy Kettler to stand. The ruling clears the way for their sentencing on Monday.

Jurors in November returned eight guilty verdicts against Cox, the owner of Tough Guys gun store in Chanute, under the National Firearms Act for illegally making and marketing unregistered firearms, including a short-barreled rifle and gun silencers. Kettler was found guilty on one count of possession of an unregistered silencer.

The Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act, which passed in 2013, says firearms, accessories and ammunition manufactured and kept within the borders of Kansas are exempt from federal gun control laws. Kansas modeled its law on a Montana law that an appeals court has found to be invalid, according to court filings.

You know, if the feds feel that enforcing federal law is strictly their domain, and come down on states when they try to enforce immigration law, then it seems it should cut both ways and that states can simply choose to ignore enforcing federal NFA laws.

How To Cook Dried Beans Four Different Ways

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I’ve been wanting to talk about how to cook dried beans four different ways for some time now. There is something awesome about a pot of beans simmering on the stove. You can flavor so many kinds of beans with different seasonings, and the magic of several new meals begin. I grew up eating beans and made pinto beans into mashed beans to fill burritos to freeze in bulk with my daughters. I must admit right here that ONCE I missed a chunk of dirt, it must have been very small but big enough that it took one of my daughters years before she would eat refried beans again. Yep, she bit into a burrito with a chunk of dirt. I know we need to open the bag and spread the beans out and check for rocks, debris and small chunks of dirt. Dang, I missed a chunk! Anyway, just giving you the heads-up to look through the bags of beans you decide to soak or not soak before cooking them. Today, when I made these beans I found a 1/4 inch rock, this is why I use a mesh strainer to inspect my beans before I soak or cook them.

I love storing beans in my pantry and food storage because they are nutritious, hearty, versatile and inexpensive. When fall comes, I immediately think of chili served with cornbread. I make chili with white beans, red chili beans, or a combination. Man, my mouth is watering just thinking about a pot of chili. Here’s the deal about beans, if they are really old, as in 25 years old, that were stored in big cans (mine were green) then they may not have the food value we would all like after that many years. BUT, they would fill the belly, and if you have a pressure cooker you may be able to cook those old hard, and I mean really hard beans. I was in a pressure cooker class a few years ago and the instructor showed us how beans will soften if cooked in a pressure cooker. If you added some cooked quinoa and some vegetables along with the cooked beans you would at least feel full after an emergency in your neighborhood. I have friends that eat old beans almost every day of the week and they are healthy, so life is good if you store lots of beans.

I like to rinse my beans before I pre-soak them or cook them. You don’t have to pre-soak the beans, but just giving you the heads-up here, it takes longer to cook the beans when you don’t. I didn’t pre-soak the beans for my pressure cookers. I used two different electric pressure cookers below so I could compare them side by side. I purchased both of them just so you know I am not getting paid to review these pressure cookers.

Cooking Dried Beans:

Please note, I cooked the dried pinto beans four different ways using only the following:

  1. 1 cup dried beans (sort for rocks/debris, wash and drain)
  2. 3 cups water
  3. No salt, seasonings or oil/fat added
  4. I didn’t pre-soak any of them before cooking. PLEASE NOTE, I would for sure pre-soak the beans for cooking beans on the stovetop, in the oven, and the slow cooker. Just giving you the heads-up here. Pre-soak is always the best way to cook beans. Nothing has changed except maybe the pressure cooker cooks them a little faster. BUT, I will pre-soak all my beans going forward. I’ve pre-soaked them for years, but I wanted to see if I could cook them without doing pre-soaking. Nope, it helps cook them faster.

Four Ways to Cook:

Stovetop:

I would for sure pre-soak the beans at least 6-12 hours minimum covered with water in the refrigerator. After pre-soaking them, drain the water from the pan and cover with at least one inch of fresh water. Cook without a lid on medium heat until the water comes to a boil, simmer until tender, this time period will depend on how old the beans are. I had some beans that were about two years old and they took 8 hours to cook. I didn’t pre-soak them, big mistake. You can add your favorite seasonings, garlic, jalapenos, green chilies, onions, etc. There is something awesome about making your own homemade pinto beans, or whatever beans you have in your pantry. I added my favorite seasonings like chili powder, cumin and garlic halfway through the cooking. I didn’t add oil or fat of any kind.

Slow Cooker:

I would for sure pre-soak the beans at least 6-12 hours minimum covered with water in the refrigerator. After pre-soaking them, drain the water from the pan and cover with at least two inches of fresh water in your slow cooker. I would start by setting the slow cooker on high and then lower it to low maybe halfway through the day, depending on the temperature of your slow cooker. I realize different brands cook at different temperatures. Cook at least 6-10 hours or until tender. I added my favorite seasonings like chili powder, cumin, and garlic halfway through the cooking. I didn’t add oil or fat of any kind.

Oven Cooking:

I have to tell you this was the easiest way to cook them! I grabbed one of my Dutch ovens, but any deep oven-safe pan would work. I would for sure pre-soak the beans at least 6-12 hours minimum covered with water in the refrigerator. After pre-soaking them, drain the water from the pan and cover with at least one to two inches of water in the Dutch oven or pot. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake without a lid for 90-120 minutes. Longer if your beans are older. Cook until tender to your taste. I added my favorite seasonings like chili powder, cumin, and garlic halfway through the cooking. I didn’t add oil or fat of any kind.

Electric Pressure Cookers:

dried beans

I have purchased both the Fagor 3-in-1 pressure cooker and the 7-in-1 Instant Pot so I wanted to compare the two side by side. I am partial to the Fagor because I have taken several classes from Chef Brad who teaches so many wonderful classes everywhere. He suggested at the time we buy a Fagor, so I did. Then the Instant Pot became popular on Facebook and on blogs recently. I decided to buy an Instant Pot before I did a giveaway with one last year. They are both great machines.

You can see the mesh strainer above, I use it to rinse my beans before I soak or cook them. As you know, I will go back to soaking my beans overnight once again after today’s experiment. NOTE: you must be careful with beans in a pressure cooker because of the foam they create. Read the instructions about cooking beans in your pressure cooker’s owner’s manual. Most say to keep the pot fully cooked below 2/3 or 1/2 full. Please check your book because beans will expand and fill the pot, possibly too full.

Fagor:

The ratio for cooking beans is 1 part beans to 3 parts water. You lock the lid in place and turn it to “pressure”, HIGH 50-60 minutes and push start. I used the natural release to release the pressure after cooking.

Instant Pot:

The ratio for cooking beans is 1 part beans to 3 parts water. You lock the lid in place and turn it to “Beans/Chili”, then push the high pressure. The time comes up as 30 minutes, but my beans didn’t get cooked in the 30 minutes, but my beans are two years old. They may cook in 30 minutes if you have a fresh bag of beans, but these two year old beans were not cooked. Next time I will push 50-60 minutes. I used the natural release to release the pressure after cooking.

Release on pressure cookers:

Here are two ways to release the pressure, be sure and use a hot pad or washcloth or you will get burned from the steam:

1. Natural Method: after cooking you will press the START/STOP button to stop the cooking process. Unplug the unit and wait for the pressure to naturally release….approximately 20-30 minutes. After this time move the pressure regulator to vent to make sure all the pressure has been released.

2. Quick Release Method: after cooking press the START/STOP button to make sure the unit is completely turned off. Turn the pressure regulator to vent and allow the pressure to release. Caution! Keep hands and face away from the escaping steam as it is extremely hot and can cause injury. I use a washcloth to cover the release vent when turning it to help from getting burned by the very hot steam.

Please store some beans, they are inexpensive and you can cook them outside with charcoal and a Dutch oven or a Sun Oven if you have a lot of sunshine where you live. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and your family for being prepared.

My favorite things:

Fagor 670040230 Stainless-Steel 3-in-1 6-Quart Multi-Cooker

Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model)

Cuisinart Set of 3 Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers

Augason Farms Pinto Beans Emergency Food Storage 41 Pound Pail

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Three steps to wilderness survival to learn

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During my camping trips, I often had the pleasure to chat with different park rangers. We often discuss about wilderness survival and about the rescue missions they partaken. After countless discussions I can state that wilderness survival is based on three factors: survival knowledge, equipment and will to survive. These are the main factors that … Read more…

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Intelligence Insider: How To Protect Your Assets From Critical Infrastructure Failure

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cyber-warfareIntelligence insider Jim Rickards has previously warned of asymmetric attacks using cyber warfare, financial warfare and domestic disasters involving chemical, biological or radiologicial events. The threat is multi-faceted and the consequences of such an attack, whether it takes the the form of state-sponsored cyber financial warfare or a rogue terrorist group detonating a dirty bomb, could act as a destabilizing event that wipes out everything from our power grid to the wealth stored in your digital financial profiles.

Having worked directly with intelligence agencies simulating and war-gaming the potential fall-out that could result, in his latest interview with Crush The Street Rickards explains the distinct Doomsday scenarios that could instantly collapse life as we know it in America today… and how to prepare for them.


These things are actually happening and your digital wealth is vulnerable to a number of calamities… critical infrastructure failures… whether it’s power grid, banking system, cyber financial warfare, etc.


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Last month cyber thieves figured out a way to steal $100 million from the central bank account of Bangladesh via the U.S. Federal Reserve. They could have gotten away with $900 million more had it not been for a small typo. The point, as Rickards notes, is that there is a realistic possibility of a much larger-scale attack that targets not a central bank, but the direct holdings of every bank account in America.

The only tool you have at your disposal to protect from such an attack, says Rickards, is gold:


You never want to go all in… I am saying that 10% of your wealth… put it into physical gold… put it in a safe place and that will be immune from power grid outages, exchange closures, digital asset seizures and cyber financial warfare.


And while the potential for a serious calamity that would affect our digital monetary systems is a compelling reason to own gold, in his book The New Case For Gold Rickards explains that a global monetary collapse is also in the cards. And that means gold could one day become the de facto global currency as confidence in a global economy awash in fiat money is lost.

In the interview Rickards takes on analysts who say that a currency cannot be backed in gold, arguing that supply of the precious metal through current official holdings, private holdings and existing gold mining operations is sufficient to support well managed currencies. And countries that refuse to follow sound money policies, he says, will simply have worthless currencies that will not be accepted on the world economic stage.


That’s the whole point of the gold standard… it’s to force governments and countries to do prudent things.

As it is now there’s no standard… there’s no enforcement mechanism… there’s nothing.

I’ve spoken to Ben Bernanke and the head of the IMF about it and they both used the same word to describe the international monetary system… it’s incoherent.


It appears that a gold standard is the end-game for countries like China and Russia considering that they have been aggressively accumulating the metal in recent years. And while the United States may maintain a monetary hegemony over global affairs right now, there will come a time when that will no longer be the case. With gold being used to back currencies, prudent monetary policy will be rewarded.


If people had confidence that you were doing the right thing they would happily sell you the gold…  if they lack that confidence [in your currency] they wouldn’t sell you the gold… but that is a market signal telling you you’ve got the wrong policies… you’ve lost the confidence of your citizens.


But we’re not there yet. A global monetary reset needs to happen first. And that means the government and Federal Reserve are going to stay the course, including quantitative easing for the people,  no matter how disastrous the next round of policies may be.

As Rickards suggests, this makes the case for $10,000 gold quite strong, because they will continue to push low or no interest rate policies while printing even more money to stem off a potentially deflationary environment.


Deflation is good for citizens… inflation is good for government. But if you’re fighting the government, the government will win in the long run even though it’s taking longer than they thought.

At the end of the day they’ll get the inflation… and you’ll be glad you have some gold. 


 

Check out Jim Rickards’ latest book The New Case For Gold.

For more interviews like this one visit CrushTheStreet.com. To learn how the smart money is positioning for gold’s bull run by acquiring precious metals assets click here.

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Get Home Bags 101

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Unlike the bug out bag with everything (or almost everything) you need to survive away from home, the Get Home Bag (GHB) has what you need to help get you home in an emergency. Without further ado, let’s talk about what it should look like and what to pack in it

How Big Should the Get Home Bag Be?

This will depend on the season, and the emergency you are preparing for – a winter GHB will be a bit bulkier than a summer GHB.

The GHB should be carried with you to work/recreation and not left in the vehicle. Obviously if you are travelling in the vehicle it will be with you and easy to grab should you need to get out quickly. It doesn’t need to be huge but its compartments should have the basic stuff to enable you to get out of a situation, rescue others if need be and make it home safely within 24 hours. If you load too much into it you are going to be jettisoning half of it as the further you walk, the heavier a load tends to get. Ideally, the GHB should not weigh more than 8 pounds when packed.

How long should I pack for?

The time it takes to get home will depend on your daily commute. If you work say 12 miles from home it will take around 4 hours depending on walking speed, which for the average person is around 3 miles per hour. That is assuming there are no obstacles you have to avoid like roaming hordes of looters and rioters. If you have a 60-mile commute it will take a lot longer!

Why would I need a GHB?

There are various scenarios when you may need a GHB to help you survive the night and to help you get home. Here are some possible scenarios: riots, a terrorist attack, bombings, a snow storm, hurricane, a violent storm that washes away roads, a landslide/mudslide, a break in a dam wall, a tornado, an earthquake, roads blocked due to snow, power grid goes down, a vehicle break down in a SHTF situation, vehicle jammed in by other vehicles in TEOTWAWKI.

Most times there will be some services working, but there will be a great strain on those and you aren’t guaranteed that you can get outside help, so going it alone means packing the essentials to make the best of a bad situation.

These are 20 essentials

#1 Water – your most important item. The problem is it is going to be the heaviest single item in your GHB. For around 6 hours ½ a gallon should be enough in average temperatures.

For safe water carry a few Aquatabs. They are around $10.95 for 50 and come in various strengths for treating both small quantities – like a pint of water up to huge quantities for communities.  If you suspect the water you come across is not sufficiently pure for drinking, this will kill most organisms that could cause disease like giardia, cholera, typhoid and dysentery. The Aquatabs come in blister packs of ten and have a shelf life of 5 years. If you buy in a tub the shelf life is reduced to 3 years.

Other choices are Chlor Floc –water purification powder packets currently in use by the US military, they are a bit pricier, though.  This video  shows how they work:

When using these tablets or powders remember to wait at least thirty minutes after adding them to water to kill the bacteria.

Your water container should be stainless steel to prevent accidental breakage should your GHB come in for rough treatment and the powders or blister pack should be in a waterproof container with your medicines (see #16) in case your GHB is soaked.

#2 Shoes and socks

The kind of shoes worn to the office won’t be much help for a long hike home. You need ones that can cope with water, mud, rough ground and above all fit your feet comfortably providing some cushioning and support. You will also need fairly thick socks to avoid getting blisters. High top sneakers do a good job of supporting ankles. Hiking boots can be hard on the feet in urban situations where you may need to climb over stuff – like walls and over fences. The more resilient and pliable the shoes the better.

#3 Headlamp – leaves your hands free. Besides allowing you so see where you are going, it alerts others to your presence if you want to be rescued. It also allows you to help extract others from vehicle wrecks, rubble or snow.

#4 Hat – the type depends on weather conditions. In summer pack a wide brimmed hat that can be used to protect from sunburn or scoop up water. In winter one that will keep you warm.

#5 Bandanna – stops dust getting in your face, can act as a sieve for water, can be used as a bandage, a sling (with some paracord to give the length needed) Stops sweat dripping in your eyes, protects you from sunburn on a long hike and if moistened with water will keep your head cool.

#6 Sunglasses – to protect from the glare from heat, snow glare, stop dust particles getting in your eyes in strong winds and protect your eyes from flying debris if you need to chop something down.

#7 Tactical tomahawk – you need one that is light and strong – full tang preferably. You may need it to break out of a wrecked car, break into a wrecked car to rescue someone, clear debris, break down a door, cut poles to make a stretcher, chop firewood to keep warm or defend yourself. Depending on the design it can be used for chopping, penetrating (with the spike) and hammering.

#8 Matches or lighter in sealed watertight bag to enable you to light a signal fire, keep warm or keep beasts at bay.

#9 Underwater flashlight with wristband Most times emergency situations involve water – floods, mudslides, torrential rain. With an underwater flashlight you don’t have to worry about keeping it dry. You can pick your way through flooded areas, dive to locate someone, use it for signaling, or avoid obstacles on your way home.

#10 Fold up poncho/rainsuit

The little plastic ponchos aren’t heavy duty but do the job in warmish areas – they come with a plastic hood so you don’t get mind-numbingly chilled from your clothing being wet through. They take up less space in the GHB than a coin purse. After all you aren’t going to live in one for days. If you are in super cold areas then you might need a full rain suit with pants and top  – but they can be noisy (you don’t want the people to know where you are) so you may want to buy the ones with the fabric overlay so you can move silently.

#11 Space blanket

In full summer in warm state,s you wouldn’t bother with this but it too folds up very small and the silver space or emergency blanket can be shaken out to cover you when resting or if you have to spend the night outdoors. It too doesn’t take up much room. If you have two you of them you can make a tent like this:

#12 Gorilla Tape is useful for all sorts of things – like turning space blankets into a tent or taping shoes onto your feet when the upper parts company with the sole Always have some in your bag to tape up injuries, apply splints and more.

# 13 Emergency rations

When blood sugar levels drop people don’t think as clearly – and in order to get home safely in a SHTF situation you need your wits to be razor sharp.   Humans can survive without food for around 3 weeks but a small energy bar or two or a small pack of beef jerky or pemmican isn’t going to weigh down your GHB and will keep you feeling sharp. Other high-energy foods are trail mix, hard candy, almonds and dates. The Manasir Bedouins of Sudan can survive on a handful of dates a day in the desert – they call dates al-Zad-al-negidh –  the food for travelling.

#14 Gloves

Choose your gloves according to the climate in your area. One pair of heavy duty well fitted gloves will mean not getting cuts and scratches when moving debris, branches or rubble in order to get through an area. They can keep you warm in cold weather or protect you from blistering hot surfaces in a fire situation or a desert.

#15 Jacket/long sleeve shirt

In winter chances are you have a jacket on or with you, so you won’t need another in your GHB but in hot areas a light jacket or  long sleeve shirt will protect you from the searing heat of the sun and cooler night air in desert areas. It also protects against nicks and scratches if scrambling through the woods or over rubble and debris.

#16 Medicine/spectacles

People who need an asthma pump or epilepsy pills or other vital medications should have them with them. Overnight a person who normally doesn’t need to take pills won’t need headache tablets and such stuff.

Also leave out the plasters – if you get a deep cut rather have a decent size bandage in your GHB with a pressure pad – you can use the bandanna for a pressure pad in an emergency. Put on some rubbing alcohol  – you should have a small amount of this or some Neosporin cream. Chances are you won’t even feel small nicks in a high adrenaline situation – doctor those when you get home. Your medicine, water purification tablets and bandages can go in a ziplock bag and then into a tight sealing tin – like an altoids tin –  that is puncture and water proof.

If you wear glasses and are kind of blind without them then make sure the sunglasses you have are prescription ones and have a pair of ordinary prescription spectacles (in a hard case) in case one pair gets broken.

#17 Firearm and spare ammo

Some people insist on carrying at all times – this may just be extra weight but in a SHTF situation you don’t know what kind of people you’ll be dealing with. But, it is important to have had proper combat training so that the gun can be used effectively.  Get training from a Special Forces veteran if you can. The Glock 17 is light and efficient, but the specific is each prepper’s personal choice.

# 18 Knife/multitool

Let’s not go for overkill here – you are just out for a few hours – forget the knife if you have a gun or tomahawk – thugs are less likely to argue with those weapons. All you need is a multi-tool, which has a small knife anyway to cut the gorilla tape. No gun, no tomahawk?  Well then take a Bowie knife to intimidate zombies. But you are seriously not going to need it for much else, unless you have serious trouble opening up the energy bars.

#19 Paracord

This shouldn’t even be in your GHB – it should be on your wrist fastened into a paracord bracelet like this:

You can then use if for 101 things including lowering items a short distance to others who may be stuck in inaccessible places, creating a life-line, replacing shoelaces, supporting your space blanket between trees to create a makeshift tent or using as a tourniquet. By all means pack extra paracord if you think the one on your wrist won’t be enough.

#20 Cash is king when systems go down. Have enough on you for emergency transport if available, supplies, and other eventualities.

You Might Need These

Snowshoes

These wouldn’t go into your bag as such but you could keep them in your vehicle. Most times it makes more sense to stay with the vehicle than risk exposure to the elements but maybe you need to get help quickly or to escape – then these would come in handy. It would depend on your situation and where you live if you choose to include these.

Directional/communication equipment

If you live within 10 miles of home you are likely to know alternative routes, back roads, footpaths, culverts to hide in.  If you don’t then make it a weekend activity to go for walks or runs in the area taking note of all the available alternative routes and hiding places that could be used when on foot. This way you won’t need a map.

Chances are you will have your cellphone on you and for a few hours you should have signal so can use the built in GPS or compass on your phone. If you are seriously preparing for a longer time on the road or TEOTWAWKI then perhaps a small hand-held compass could help – but each item you put in the backpack adds to the weight – the idea is to move as fast as you can to get out of danger – not camp out unless it becomes absolutely unavoidable.

If you are worried about other members of your family and what is happening in your area then a CB radio could be useful.

Sprays

Only put in a mosquito repellant if you have mosquitoes in your area and think you will be out overnight, otherwise this is just more weight.

Bear repellant – sure pack some if you know you are in bear country and are fairly sure you will meet one.

You won’t need pepper spray if you have a firearm or tactical tomahawk. Pack some if you have no other weapons.

Family Safety

Make sure you equip kids with their own GHBs and discuss with them what they should do in an emergency. Do they stay at school of after care until you get to them or do they make for a nearby safe house that you have pre-arranged or get home by themselves if they are old enough?

This is particularly important if their school is in the opposite direction to where you work – it’s easy enough to collect them on foot on your way home but if you have to go past your home and a couple of miles in the opposite direction then there should be an alternative plan made to get them home with a relative – assuming home is still standing and safe.

Disaster Prep Guides Inaugural Show!

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Disaster Prep Guides Inaugural Show! John Smith “Disaster Prep Guides” Audio in player below! On this first episode of Disaster Prep Guides, we go over different scenarios from different disaster events and what could happen when different variables are introduced. Imagine if you were hiking in the woods and got lost on the trail? What would … Continue reading Disaster Prep Guides Inaugural Show!

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How to Make Cold Pressed Aloe Vera Soap

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Late last year I put out a call for topics that would enhance your ability to become self-sufficient. One of the topics that was suggested over and over again was step by step instructions for making soap from common ingredients that could be stored as part of our long-term preps.

As part of the Backdoor Survival “doing it my way” initiative, I put a call out to colleagues who had not only made soap themselves but were will to share their experience so we could learn ourselves. In this article, experienced prepper and soap-maker, Carmela Tyrell teaches us how to make cold pressed soap safely and easily using common ingredients plus gel from the Aloe Vera plant.

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