Worshiping The False God Of Football

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super bowl 3 -- wikipediaPicture this: People gathered together each week for one cause — clapping, singing, worshiping. They donate their hard-earned money, and their time, too, knowing they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Heaven, they believe, surely will be something like this.

Were you picturing a church? It’s actually a football stadium – and it happens each fall and winter in cities across America.

What happened that caused us to misplace our worship? We go to church and sing a few songs, check our watches waiting for the preacher to be done, and then rush home and cheer on our favorite team. And if our team loses, our world is shattered. Sadly, for so many Americans, football has become an idol.

The most-watched television event in U.S. history is … a football game. When Seattle defeated Denver to win the 2014 Super Bowl, 111.5 million Americans watched, placing it at No. 1. Second place on the list? A football game. Third place? A football game. In fact, Super Bowls account for the 21 most-watched events in American television history.

So, what about cable television? After all, Super Bowls are only on broadcast TV. Well, the most-watched event in cable TV history, too, is a football game. When Ohio State triumphed over Oregon this year in the college football national championship, 33.3 million Americans watched – a cable record. The semifinal games drew an average of 28 million.

And we didn’t even mention television contract rights. ESPN pays $1.9 billion each year to televise NFL games, FOX $1.1 billion and CBS $1.0 billion.

How did we get here?

There is nothing wrong with football, but we somehow have shifted from enjoyment of a good thing to the making of a false god. We now derive our joy and value from whether our team wins or loses – and not from the God of the Bible.

In a word, we now commit idolatry in the name of fandom. That’s what sin does; it takes something good and distorts it into something else, drawing our eyes off of God. It is the very thing Satan did in the garden with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-5).

Cotton Mather once said, “Faithfulness begets prosperity, and the daughter devours the mother.” What did he mean? Faithfulness can lead to prosperity, but prosperity will cause us to become complacent and to replace a desire for faithfulness with a desire for more prosperity — and we will sacrifice faithfulness in the name of prosperity.

Image source: Forbes

Image source: Forbes

Football is a child of American prosperity. Billions are paid in advertising, each team builds a new stadium in an attempt to out-do the last team that built a new stadium, and player contracts are astronomical for the sake of entertaining the fan and winning games. This is all possible because football is extremely profitable.

Where it gets personal, however, is when we realize football’s prosperity is due to us. Football makes billions because we have elevated it to a God-like status.

The first commandment God gave Moses read, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). When we elevate something to a level that it receives the affection that only God deserves, the praise that only God deserves, and the attention that only God deserves, we break the first commandment and sin. When we allow a game and our team’s performance to affect our mood while being indifferent toward the work of God in our lives and the lives of others, we break the first commandment. When we neglect our time with God and His people for the sake of something temporal, we break the first commandment. When we care more about the advancement of our team than the advancement of the Kingdom of God, we break the first commandment.

It would be bad enough if it ended there. But there is a more insidious thing that happens when we establish a lifestyle of obsession over something other than God: We teach others to do the same thing.

Truth is, you are always preaching – whether it is with your words or your actions. There are always eyes on you and ears listening to you … and sometimes those eyes and ears are very impressionable. Perhaps they are your own children.

Moses told the Israelites, “You shall teach [God’s law] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:7). When we obsess over football, we are doing just the opposite, teaching our children that idolatry is an acceptable way of life.

Please understand: Watching football does not equal idolatry. However, when football (or any sport for that matter) becomes something that defines you, affects you, consumes your thoughts, and controls your wallet – then it is bordering on idolatry.

What if we cared as much about the advancement of the Kingdom of God as we do about our team advancing the football down the field? What if we showed the same heartfelt elation over the worship of God as we do cheering for our team?

As the Super Bowl approaches, consider putting football in its rightful place: a good thing to be enjoyed, but not a god thing to be worshiped. We were made to worship. The question is: What will you worship?

Updated Top Barter List You May Want To Consider Stockpiling

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Updated Top Barter List You May Want To Consider Stockpiling Having extra supplies for bartering should be on every prepper’s plan. This enables you to barter for goods or services that you otherwise would be without! You don’t have to have a set list per-say, but think about what you would need if SHTF and …

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It’s Time To Build Your Raised Beds

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 It’s Time To Build Your Raised Beds! It’s nearly that time of year when you have to start building your raised beds and planning your garden. This is my favorite time of the year! Spring and gardening = Awesome. For space efficiency and high yields, it’s hard to beat a vegetable garden grown in raised …

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Transportation During a Grid-Down Disaster

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Transportation During a Grid-Down Disaster Although many feel that it may be unlikely for the entire electrical grid to shut down – after numerous warnings from government agencies regarding recent attacks to this system, it’s safe to say that the possibility is real and out there. Some of us might be considering how awful it …

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Patriots’ Prayers for 2-5-2017

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 Prayer of Personal Repentance

Heavenly Father, my good and loving Lord, I acknowledge all the sins which I have committed every day in my life, whether in thought, word, deed, or omission. I ask for forgiveness from the depths of my heart for offending You and others, and repent of my old ways. Help me by Your grace to change, to sin no more, to embrace your law, and to walk in the way of righteousness. I reject worldly standards, seeking live Your standards instead. May I praise and glorify You all the days of my life. In the Name of Jesus the Messiah I pray. Amen. 

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart — they do no wrong, but follow His ways.” –Psalm 119:1-3

Prayer for America (short version)


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

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


Sunday: Genesis 31 (Jacob and Laban) 
Monday: Genesis 32 (Life of Jacob) 
Tuesday: Genesis 33 (Life of Jacob) 
Wednesday: Genesis 34 (The Dinah Incident) 
Thursday: Genesis 35 (Jacob Becomes Israel) 
Friday: Genesis 36 (The Family of Esau) 
Saturday: Genesis 37 (The Story of Joseph Begins)

The COMPLETE How To Build The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle

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We’ve been on this series for some time and here it is, the COMPLETE How To Build The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle.  Bug Out Vehicles, they can mean different things to different people.  Not all “bug outs” may be permanent, some could be.  In this video we talk about the fundamentals of building a bug …

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Expiration Date Cheat Sheet: The Best Time to Replace Just About Everything

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Expiration Date Cheat Sheet: The Best Time to Replace Just About Everything How long can you rely on these everyday household goods? Stockpiling food, tools and other resources is a futile act if you don’t pay close attention to the potential longevity – or otherwise – of your goods. When times are good, we don’t …

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Things to Consider When Packing Your Survival Kit

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Before you even start to stuff your pack with the supplies, gear and materials you think you need to survive you will need some wilderness survival training/knowledge, and be able to exercise good judgment first.

Furthermore, you must be able to accept the fact that you will make mistakes, which brings us to having and needing, the ability to adapt when your first set of plans has gone off the rails because of a mistake made or due to circumstances beyond your control.

If you cannot adapt, or refuse to adapt because of stubbornness, pride or from the lack of knowledge or training then you are setting yourself up for failure, and failure at this level can mean death. No gear in the world will save you from a mistake, a mistake you may be reluctant to admit. Failure to admit you made a mistake, or had overestimated your own abilities means you are not correcting the problem.

Not everything should go in your pack. There are certain core survival tools and materials that should be carried in your pocket or lashed to your body in some form or fashion. A pack can be lost if you fall in a river or stream, or are caught in an avalanche. The pack can be lost if you take a tumble and a strap or harness breaks and then your survival gear is over the cliff and riding the rapids toward the warm waters of the Gulf.

Anything can happen, so it is important that you have a compass, a map that is waterproofed, fire starting materials in a waterproof container, communication devices, knife, cordage, thermal blanket (s), and water purification pills in pockets or hooked to your belt. Also on your belt, you should have a full metal canteen and a small quality flashlight.  A metal canteen means you have a metal container for collection and purification of drinking water.

Failure to do your research can be deadly. We have stated this time and again. You must, to the best of your ability, know the area in which you are traveling, hiking, camping, or hunting. Know the terrain, likely weather conditions, wildlife, insects, and reptiles you may encounter, as well as flash floods and fire danger.

Some might say, “Well I had no idea I would be in such and such a place”. Well, how could you not know? You started out from somewhere with a destination in mind. You want to go hiking, so you know where you want to hike, the same goes for camping and hunting, you start from somewhere and end up somewhere and the areas in between, as well as the destination should be well researched.

You have to know the route and likely dangers, resources and so forth before you start out. Planning an outdoor adventure is not a random thing where you start out driving with no destination in mind and then decide a path through the underbrush looks good for hiking, or simply drive aimlessly until you find a spot that looks good for camping or hiking. These things have to be planned. Impulsiveness when it comes to the wilderness is deadly. Mother Nature is unforgiving of those that do not show the proper respect and of those that lack a certain level of expertise or common sense.

Gear, gizmos, and gadgets are fun to play with but do you need all of it. Batteries die, and gadgets malfunction, so do not stake your life on either one. If you cannot read a compass and a map, you had better stay home and play in the tree house out back.

Electronics can be a lifesaver in a crisis, but if they don’t work, well, do you die then? If they can save your life and they don’t work, you have problems. Carry your gadgets, but have a map and compass, as well, and make sure you know exactly how to read both.

There is no magic formula when it comes to your backpack weight. The 25 percent of your body weight is simply a general rule. You may be able to carry more or maybe even less comfortably. Remember, out on the trail is vastly different from hiking up and down the sidewalk in front of your house to see how much you can carry.

You should know immediately if you can handle the weight. If you know you can’t, then do not convince yourself things will change once you get out on the trail. Things will change but not for the better.

What weight you can handle depends on many things, so a subjective number you read on a chart somewhere about body weight to pack ratio, means nothing, the reality of your situation is what matters.

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Pizza-Stuffed Bell Peppers are the Best Reason to Eat Your Vegetables

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Pizza-Stuffed Bell Peppers are the Best Reason to Eat Your Vegetables Nothing beats fresh veggies from the garden, but getting the kids to eat them can be quite a challenge. Casseroles and pasta dishes are great ways to incorporate vegetables into the menu, but they can get old after a while. If you’ve exhausted all …

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-A Companion of Fools

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A companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Proverbs 13:20b

Last week’s post could have sounded a little harsh. After all, doesn’t the Bible tell us to help those in need and not to neglect the poor? Absolutely, it does. But, it doesn’t ask us to be suicidal in fulfilling those admonitions.

Since the subject of Islamic immigrants is such a heated topic, let’s step back from the issue for a second. Instead of Muslims, let’s use me as the example.

Suppose you and I live next door to one another. And, let’s assume I have a terrible affinity for setting things on fire. Now let’s pretend that in one of my episodes of pyromania, I’ve burnt my house down and have nowhere to live. I come over to your house and explain to you, a kind Christian who wants to help, that I need a place to crash for a while.

What would you do? Let’s say that you decide to put me up on the couch for a few nights. Very kind of you, I truly appreciate it. Unfortunately, my unreformed nature gets the better of me late one evening. My imagination begins to run wild thinking about how beautiful your curtains would look engulfed in the glowing hues of red, orange and yellow. I can’t help myself. I pull out my lighter and . . .

The next morning, thankfully, we’ve both survived. However, neither of us have a place to live. Your inability to assist me with my needs is the very least of your problems. Now, you’re a refugee!

Have you fulfilled Proverbs 28:27 “ He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.” Sure, your heart was in it, but it hasn’t really done me much good. I’m still homeless. Not that I’m blaming you, I’m just pointing out that despite your sacrifice, I’m no better for it. And you, you’re in the same boat as me.

Perhaps a better response would have been to send me a box of food and a tent. Yes, in all likelihood, I’ll burn down my tent, but as long as you still have your home, you can continue to go to work and pay your bills. Being the generous soul that you are, I’m sure you’ll use what you have left over to keep on buying me more food and a new tent from time to time. Even though I may not know it, this remedy is actually better for me. And I’m sure you find this solution more agreeable as well.

Trust me when I tell you, I’m a really nice guy. But until we’ve addressed my love affair with fire and destruction, I won’t make a very good house guest. It may not even be my fault that I find a blazing flame so awe-inspiring. However, none of that will do you a bit of good when your house is reduced to an ash heap.

So, in the same way you can’t afford to have a pyromaniac for a house guest, America cannot afford to be a host to refugees who believe the radical ideas of Islam. In every country where the majority of the people are Muslim, women are oppressed, Bibles are illegal, and unbelievers are subject to rape, imprisonment, harassment, torture, and execution. In fact, the higher the overall percentage of a population professes Islam, the lower the level of freedom in that country. It is a direct and unfailing correlation. There is a reason that these people’s countries are in ruin.

If you feel led to help the refugees where they are, one of the best things you can do is donate to Voice of the Martyrs. They help to fund missionaries and pastors who covertly infiltrate Islamic nations in order to share the gospel. it is only through the transforming blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit that this culture can learn to stop burning their own house to the ground.

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

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Zip Cooking System by JetBoil

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There is certainly room in your survival pack, vehicle or in with your camping supplies for this compact and extremely efficient personal cooking system. A possible life-saving system because it can boil water and cook food all in its compact cooking cup, which sits right on top of its fuel canister. Once your water is boiled or food heated/cooked simply remove the cup and eat or drink right from it.

We like to see survival or hiking, camping, and hunting gear that is compact, rugged, and easy to use and can perform multiple tasks. One thing to keep in mind, however, this unit does require a match or lighter to ignite the burner because it does not have a built-in sparking device.

It does come with a bottom cover that can be used to serve food in, or to measure ingredients, or to drink from for that matter if needed.

Jetboil Zip Stove

It cannot be stressed enough the need for clean drinking water in a survival situation. If there is a surface water source and you have the means to boil that water to purify it, then you have dramatically increased your chances of survival. Let’s put it another way, if you cannot make water safe to drink and are stranded in warm or even cold weather and cannot rehydrate at the required levels, you are almost certain to succumb to dehydration if you are not rescued within days.

One, 100g Jetpower canister will boil 12 liters of water, which is slightly over 12 quarts of water. The recommended hydration level for a healthy adult is a minimum of two quarts of water daily.

Manufacturers’ Specifications

  • 0.8 Liter FluxRing® cooking cup with insulating cozy
  • Adjustable burner
  • Match ignition
  • Drink-through lid with pour spout & strainer
  • Bottom cover doubles as a measuring cup and bowl
  • Compatible with all Jetboil accessories
  • Able to store a 100g Jetpower fuel can
  • Fuel Canister Stabilizer included
  • Pot Support and Jetpower fuel sold separately
  • Item Weight is 12 oz (345 g) Does Not Include The Weight Of The Fuel
  • Volume is 27 oz (0.8 Liter)
  • Boil 12 Liters of Water per 100g Jetpower Can
  • Boil Time is 2 minutes 30 sec. per 16 oz (1/2 Liter)
  • Dimensions are 4.1” x 6.5” (104 mm x 165 mm)

Have one around the house for power outages, keep one in your vehicle, and always carry one while hiking, and hunting and on camping trips. The fuel canister and cooking cup nestle together. Have extra fuel with you as well, so you are always prepared.

Remember, when you boil water you reduce its volume, so be careful when purifying water that you do not let the container boil dry. One minute of rapid boil is normally enough at sea level. Higher elevations require three minutes unless at extreme heights and then 10 minutes may be needed. The temperature required to boil water is reduced by one degree for every 500 feet above sea level, thus, you will have to boil water longer at the reduced temperature to achieve purification.

The Zip Cooking System by JetBoil is not something that will fall apart on you after some rough handling. You will get years of service out of this system. It can take the rigors of camp life, however, the fuel canisters do need to be protected somewhat to avoid punctures.

Jetboil Cooking System

This unit can boil 16 ounces of water in 2.5 minutes, so short breaks on the trail are not taken up by waiting for your pot of water to boil for coffee, tea, or for your freeze dried meals.

It would be difficult to find a reason not to carry this system whenever out in the wilds. As we stated in the opening, it can be a lifesaver, and knowing you have the means to heat food and boil water is a tremendous psychological boost that may very well mean the difference between surviving and not.

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The ‘Easy Empty’ Composting Toilet Project

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The ‘Easy Empty’ Composting Toilet Project If you’re living off the grid or are looking into building your own homestead, sewage management is a big issue. Some people have septic tanks and these work fine, but need maintenance from time to time and you still lose a lot of valuable water. Wouldn’t it be great …

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Immigration “Ban” Hysteria, Pending Economic Doom, and the Risks of Convenience Food

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Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week in the News

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3 Edible Mushrooms That Defy Nature & Grow During Winter

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3 Edible Mushrooms That Defy Nature & Grow During Winter

Oyster mushrooms. Image source: YouTube

Any outdoor survival situation eventually requires some degree of hunting and gathering. Unfortunately, there are far fewer plants and animals in winter than you might find in more temperate seasons. Curiously, though, mushrooms in winter are an option — but you have to know where and when to look.

How can mushrooms grow in winter? The simple answer is that most can’t, but there are occasions when a mid-winter thaw will not only allow but encourage some mushrooms to emerge.

Two examples of edible mushrooms in winter include oyster mushrooms and wood ears. There’s also an edible winter mushroom called velvet shank that can withstand freezing and thawing throughout the winter.

Perhaps the most visible and ubiquitous mushrooms in winter are growing low to the ground on the trunks of trees. They often grow in clusters and stick out from the sides of the tree like little shelves.

This class of mushroom is commonly called “tree brackets” or as their appearance implies, “shelf mushrooms.” Mycologists refer to them as polypores. There is one polypore exception we’ll cover that can be eaten, and that’s wood ears, but it is a rare exception.

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While tree brackets are easy to spot and seem to be everywhere, almost all of them are defined as inedible and most are toxic and as tough as frozen leather.

Where to Look

Mushrooms favor forested areas where the rotting cellulose of trees provides them with the nutrients to survive and grow. A few can emerge in an open field or you may have seen them in your lawn, but lurking beneath the ground is a humus of rotting vegetation that feeds many species of mushroom. These are referred to as saprophytic fungi.

Then again, some species of mushrooms are parasitic and actually grow on green trees and plants as opposed to dead and rotting ones. The tree-brackets or shelf mushrooms we just covered are an example of a class of mushrooms referred to as parasitic fungi. 

There’s a third classification referred to as a symbiotic or mycorrhizal fungi. These mushrooms emerge from the roots of living plants and trees and actually help the plant or tree to draw more water or nutrients from the ground. These also can be found in an open field, lawn or wooded forest.

When to Look

Mushrooms cannot emerge from hard, frozen ground or frozen, rotting wood in winter. It takes a mid-winter thaw, usually preceded by rain or thawing snow, to motivate the mycelium or the early growth stage of a mushroom to spring to life, and with any luck (and a duration of a few days) a mushroom will emerge. The rare exception is the velvet shank which emerges and survives all year round.

What to Look For

Now comes the hard part. What have you found? There are three edible mushrooms often identified as prime species for mid-winter emergence. It’s worth noting that all three of these mushroom species are saprophytic, meaning they thrive on the rotting wood of trees, or the rotting cellulose of plants.

1. The velvet shank

3 Edible Mushrooms That Defy Nature & Grow During Winter

Velvet shank. Image source: Geograph.co.uk / Creative commons

The prime season for the velvet shank in many parts of North America is defined as November, December and January, although it is a year-round mushroom. The velvet shank is a very common mushroom and can actually withstand freezing and thawing. Its appearance is defined by yellow caps that are flat and about 2 to 10 centimeters in diameter. The stem is very tough and is also yellow, although it darkens towards the base, and the stem darkens to black as it matures. The velvet shank stands about 3 to 10 centimeters from the trunk or stump of the tree and has thin, yellow flesh. Horse chestnut and elms are a favored host for the velvet shank.

2. Oyster mushrooms

Prime months for oyster mushrooms include November, December, January and February, although they also can grow year-round. They first appear as grey turning to a creamy brown as they mature. The caps are shell-shaped anywhere from 4 to 20 centimeters in diameter. The oyster mushroom favors the trunks or branches of rotting, broad-leafed trees. It is also a very common mushroom. But beware. There is a similar looking mushroom called the olive oysterling that is toxic.

3. Wood ears

3 Edible Mushrooms That Defy Nature & Grow During Winter

Wood ears. Image source: Mo.gov

This mushroom has its prime season in January, but like the others is also a year-round species. After first appearing its texture is jelly-like but it hardens as it approaches maturity. It has a reddish-brown appearance and the interior of the cap is greyish-brown.  It also grows on dead branches and trunks and some of the common trees it favors include sycamore and elder. It, too, is a very common mushroom found across most of North America and is one of the few tree brackets that is edible.

While there are many sources for information about mushrooms, I usually look to the U.S. Forest Service as a starting point. They have an excellent publication that you can download for free as a PDF that does a great job of identifying mushrooms in the Eastern United States. You also can visit their website at www.fs.gov.us to search for information about mushrooms across the continent.

Another good resource is The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. This is handy to take into the field with you while you’re studying mushrooms.

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Survival Medicine Hour: Protest Survival, Capsizing, Allergies, Pt.1

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Surviving a Protest

The Survival Medicine Hour with your hosts Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discuss Protest Safety, How to survive a capsized boat or cold water immersion, and part one of a series on allergies. Our website https://www.doomandbloom.net/ is a source for these and other topics.

 

Getting caught in the middle of the crowd in the frenzy of protesting could be dangerous, especially if you are wearing anything that identifies you as their “enemy., Knowing how to extricate yourself and be the “gray man” can help you stay safe. Don’t approach lines of police officers in riot gear, they are focused on getting the crowd under control and could mistake you for a rioter. Try to stay with friends and escape as quickly as possible. Many more tips!

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Strategies for capsized boats or other water immersion

 

If you find yourself in the water due to a capsized boat or other water incident. the first step is to try and stay calm. Always wear a life jacket if possible while boating, which enables you to stay warmer since you don’t have to kick or try to swim to keep your head above the water. If any debris is nearby, try to elevate some of your body out of the water. These and more mportant steps to take are presented in the show today.

 

In an introduction to allergies, an immune reaction against an allergen occurs when it is encountered the first time, and may cause little to no reaction at all. The second exposure to this allergen is when the allergic cascade of symptoms and reactions are seen. Allergic reactions may appear in various forms. Part one of this allergie series is discussed on today’s show.

 

All this and more in the Survival Medicine Hour! To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/02/03/survival-medicine-hour-protest-safety-capsize-allergies-pt1

 

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

 

Amy and Joe Alton

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-2-4)

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I saw this UFO cloud at sunrise this morning.   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The […]

Prep Blog Review: Best Practices For Storing Survival Food

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Disasters can happen to anyone, anytime and hence you can’t prevent them, you can prepare for them. I want you to answer to one question: if disaster strikes tomorrow, do you have the basics covered? And when I say basics I mean food and water.

Water and food are at the top of the list when it comes to storing for survival if you want to have a healthy, ever-lasting, super-diversified diet when SHTF. But storing food for survival becomes overwhelming when you keep buying, and buying without a plan in mind.

That is why, for this week’s Prep Blog Review I’ve gathered 4 articles that sum up the best practices for storing survival food.

  1. Top 10 food Storage Myths

TOP-10“The internet is full of websites that give information on survival topics, including food storage. There are dozens and dozens of books that will teach you “the right way” to store food and YouTube videos galore. Most contain valid, trustworthy information, but mixed in with that are a number of food storage myths that many people accept without question. Here are 10 that I take issue with, and I explain why.

Myth #1:  You should stock up on lots of wheat.

When I was researching foods typically eaten during the Great Depression, I noticed that many of them included sandwiches of every variety. So it makes sense to stock up on wheat, which, when ground, becomes flour, the main ingredient to every bread recipe.”

Read more on The Survival Mom.

  1. The Best ORAC Foods to Stockpile

“ORAC stands for ‘oxygen radical absorbance capacity.’ It is a unit of measure to determine the antioxidant capacity of a particular food. The higher the ORAC unit value, the more antioxidants a food will have.food Storage

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and therefore play a role in overall long-term health. Of course, you may think: why should I care about my long-term health when SHTF? No, you probably shouldn’t. But, if you are like me, you’re probably rotating your food stockpile. So when your cans are about to expire… instead of throwing them away you can eat a healthy balanced meal.”

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  1. 50 Food Items To Keep Stocked for Emergencies

food-storage“Emergencies happen every day. We are faced with everything from a broken-down car on the freeway, medical emergencies, financial difficulties and natural disasters on a pretty consistent basis. Over the last 16 years, our country has been faced with some major events. We were attacked on 9/11 and many other terror attacks followed, we were faced with the devastating effects of Katrina, school shootings, our officers being shot, economic difficulties, and even rioting in our streets. All of these things are red flags that remind us to be prepared for just about anything.”

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  1. How To Dehydrate Herbs for Long-Term Storage

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“Herbs are one of the first plants we put in our garden. There is nothing like fresh culinary herbs to intensify the flavors of food. As well, herbs are hardy garden plants that don’t have to be watered as much as vegetables and can serve more than one purpose by being used as natural medicine. For instance, did you know that a sage leaf can be used instead of a band-aid because it has natural healing qualities? Some of these popular culinary herbs are oregano, thyme and sage and can grow year-round in many parts of the country.”

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Survival Home in Virginia

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     Once again, I have no financial interest in this or in any other property for sale by Survival Realty. However, depending upon where you are living in the US, this is an excellent buy. It is South of Richmond , Virginia in a rural area off Interstate 95.

The information between the two set of undulating lines is the work product of Survival Realty.

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Private Oasis on Over 47 Acres!

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Your private oasis awaits! Sited on over 47 acres, this custom-built retreat offers 3,100 sq ft in the main house with stunning open concept and no detail spared. Step inside the spacious foyer and be greeted by beamed cathedral ceilings, a breath-taking cypress vaulted front wall and many windows, illuminating the craftsmanship and detail throughout. The beautifully designed kitchen offers granite counter tops, tile backsplash, tin ceiling and state-of-the-art appliances.


Located on the first floor, the master suite provides a luxurious bath featuring a large tile steam shower, soaking tub and heated floors. The spacious second floor loft overlooks the lower level and provides plenty of space for relaxing. Two additional bedrooms offer private full baths.
The pool house adds an additional 2,450 sq ft of finished and conditioned space, housing the 36×12 heated salt water pool. Additional private rooms transform this building into a welcoming guest house. The oversized two-car garage features a half-bath and utility area as well as plenty of storage. There is an unfinished apartment above the garage with private entrance.
Conveniently located off Interstate 95. Stokes Plat. More details below:

  • 85_1611319_45_1461691977_636x435Land 48 acres +/-
  • Wildlife: Deer Turkey Hawks
  • Lots of country roads for great bike rides
  • 5 miles off 95
  • 20 minutes to Emporia: Wal Mart, Food Lion, Pebbles
  • 30 minutes to SouthPark area: Target, Best Buy, Lowes, Sears, numerous medical facilities, restaurants, etc.
  • Farmers market in Emporia, greenhouse/produce at Pinewood Greenhouse 10 minutes away.
  • Drilled well with 86 gal water tank and ¾ hp pump.
  • Infiltrator Panel System installed in septic drainfield
  • Main House completed in 2008. 3100 square feet
  • Has passive solar orientation, 24” overhangs for summer/winter energy savings.
  • 2×6 construction
  • Radiant barrier in ceiling for additional insulation in roof (R-Value 48)
  • Roof baffles and continuous ridge vent to prolong life of roof
  • 30 year architectural shingles
  • 1611319-1Low E glass Windows
  • Ext Fiberglass doors with interior blinds and PVC jambs
  • Foundry Hand Split Shake Vinyl Siding
  • Timbertech back deck
  • Stone veneer foundation
  • Interior walls as well as exterior walls are insulated
  • Moisture barrier in crawl space
  • Water proof 4’ lights in crawl space.
  • RV Connection in driveway near garage
  • Gate at road
  • Solar motion detection lights at gate.
  • Omni Security system with 4 cameras, DVR, cameras can be viewed on TV; expandable to 9 cameras
  • 3 American Standard Heritage 15 SEER HVAC systems: one for master suite, one for upstairs
    and one for downstairs. Each system has a whole house air cleaning filter system and
    programmable electronic communicating thermostat.
  • Generac Generator
  • 500 gal propane tank

Main house:

  • 1611319-2Laundry room has tin ceiling, built in cabinets, broom closet, granite countertops.
    Instant Rinnai gas hot water heater for continuous energy efficient hot water
  • Kitchen has tin ceiling, granite countertops, tiled backsplash, custom basswood cabinets with 41” tall wall cabinets, above and below cabinet lighting. 5’ refrigerator and freezer (Kenmore). Bosch dishwasher. Kenmore Elite Dual Fuel 40” range features five gas burners, and 2 electric. Ovens: one main and one side oven. Main oven is also convection. 48” Broan Elite 61000 series range hood with removable washable filters and 4 halogen lights.
  • Open concept living area with cypress T&G ceiling, cypress also on vaulted front wall.
  • Tiled floor installed on tilebacker cement board throughout first floor.
  • Custom energy saving blinds on 1st floor.
  • Media closet, surround sound throughout85_1611319_9_1461691965_636x435 house and on back deck.
  • 6’ storage closet
  • Recessed lighting
  • Half bath with vintage school desk vanity with granite top, vessel sink and vintage mirror.
  • Main floor master suite with wood floor, tray lighting, walk-in closet.
  • Master bath has granite counters. 1 sink and vanity area, double mirrors. 6’ Maax “Moonlight” soaking tub. Tiled steam shower (5’5” x 7’) with glass blocks, 6 jets, rain shower head and hand held faucet. Radiant heated tile floor with programmable thermostat.
  • Non load bearing log pole (from property) at stair case, stair case has bluestone treads, rockwall beside stairs.
  • 2nd floor has open center room for entertainment/ recreation; two additional bedrooms with 2 full baths. Wood floor throughout 2nd floor rooms. Each bath has tiled floor installed on tilebacker cement board. One bath tub/shower, vessel sink. 2nd bath has shower and pedestal sink. Bedrooms’ crawl spaces have access doors for additional storage.
  • All interior doors are solid wood.
  • Ceiling Fans throughout

85_1611319_22_1461691968_636x435Pool House (2450 sq ft)

  • Same footprint as Main house with passive solar energy saving
    features such as orientation and length of overhang.
  • Ceiling is moisture resistant PVC T&G, walls are James Hardee cement board, deck around pool is tinted concrete. Walls and ceiling have a vapor barrier as well as all seams sealed to prevent moisture damage.
  • Timbertech deck on side and rear of pool house
  • Pool house has DRY-AIR dehumidifier system professionally engineered to control humidity
    and prevent deterioration of building from moisture. System does dehumidification, space
    heating, pool water heating and air conditioning. The heating is propane so there is also a
    boiler in the mechanical room.
  • DRY AIR system also has a three way valve for energy efficiency. Excess heat from heating
    space or dehumidification is dumped into pool as needed to maintain pool temperature.
    Pool is salt water with a diatomaceous earth pool filter and Hayward Pool Pump. Also has
    the Aqua Plus Automation and Chlorination pool controller. With the Aqua Plus controller,
    salt level is monitored, filtering times can be set as well as chlorinator percentage. A Ranco
    temperature gauge sets the pool temperature.
  • 85_1611319_25_1461691969_636x435The pool house has security system (all doors are alarmed) and video monitoring. (Great
    for monitoring swimmers from main house!)
  • All windows are tempered glass and all electric is ground fault.
  • Negative pressure fan in ceiling
  • Completely open with 12 x 36 vinyl pool, mechanical room, exercise area and full bath with
    shower, toilet and utility sink, also washer and dryer hookup.
  • Five speakers in pool house with media system in exercise room.
  • Exercise room has a separate HVAC system.
  • Spiral staircase leads to second floor (approx 465 sq ft) which overlooks pool. Has glass
    panel rail so view of pool is not obscured.

85_1611319_34_1461691972_636x435Garage 32 x36 (2300 sq ft)

  • Built in 2013. Has two roll up 10 x 10 insulated Pantego garage
    doors.
  • Storage cabinets installed on one wall, walls and ceiling are finished.
  • Downstairs also has half bath with utility sink, storage closet and craft area with wall cabinets.
    The second floor of the garage is an unfinished apt with own entrance. The electric has
    been run. Rough in HVAC is completed. Unfinished kitchen and vanity cabinets for
    apartment convey.
  • Termite prevention and maintenance in 2015 (all buildings)
  • HVAC maintenance (main house) 2015
  • Pool systems maintenance 2014
  • Pool Dry Air maintenance 2014
  • Manuals available on request.
  • Direct TV
  • Exede Internet (other satellite systems are available)

Deborah Edgar

Deborah Edgar Real Estate Group    Richmond, Virginia    Properties (1)
With over ten years of powerful negotiating skills as a multi-million dollar producer, it is my mission to help you reach your desired real estate goals efficiently, effectively and with utmost profit. I specialize in urban, historic and waterfront properties, but am able to assist in any market whether it is investment, suburban or even commercial properties. Knowledge is power and I am committed to knowing and understanding our current market conditions so that your goals can be reached. In addition to powerful negotiating skills, I pride myself on customer service, attention to detail and forming life-long relationships with my clients. Please use my Website to access powerful features such as the access to the MLS through my MLS Wizard. Selling your home takes special care and attention in order to get the highest possible price and you can feel free to use my Value Wizard to get an instant comparable sales report. My links section is designed to point you to important information on home shopping, owning and selling. If you cannot find the information you seek, contact me and I will do my best to get you an answer or point you to a resource.

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7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

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7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

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The topic of everyday carry is not that popular on many survival blogs. I think the reason is that a lot of people worry too much about EMPs and other large-scale disasters and catastrophes — and too little about personal emergencies.

Yet there are a number of things that can happen to us … from getting mugged to getting stuck in the middle of nowhere because our car stalled. Avoiding all of these and more require not just knowledge and skills but also a number of essential items that you should at least try to carry with you every day.

No. 1. A folding knife

A folding knife fits in your pocket and, besides the infinite numbers of ways in which it can assist you, it has a great advantage: People won’t label you as a prepper for having one.

In fact, no small self-defense weapon (such as pepper spray) will get people to label you as such. You just tell them it’s for protection and they’ll leave you alone.

No. 2. A way to navigate

Whether you get lost in the wilderness or in a big city, you should always have means to find your way back. Leaving EMP events out of the equation, you should at least have GPS maps on your phone. Keep in mind that, even if the phone lines are down, satellites may still be working, showing you your location.

Another thing you should consider in your phone’s maps app is the ability to download them offline.

The Survival Water Filter That Fits In Your POCKET!

Lastly, it wouldn’t hurt to add celestial navigation skills to your “mental EDC,” as well as to practice the ability to orient yourself relative to various points of interest.

No. 3. A bandana

Bandanas are amazing survival items that have a huge number of uses. Besides the obvious one — to protect your head from extreme heat — you also can use them to:

  • melt snow.
  • pre-filter water.
  • hold a broken arm as a sling.
  • collect foraged food.

No. 4. Lighter

Not just to light a fire and keep yourself warm, but there are other situations it could be useful:

  • to melt a zip tie if someone ties you up.
  • to start a fire to use as signaling.
  • to light your way in absence of a flashlight.
  • to open a bottle.

No. 5. A multi-tool

7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

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Whether you opt for one of those micro multi-tools made by Leatherman or for one that’s credit-card shaped and fits in your wallet, you can carry with you at least 10 tools to aid in your survival: scissors, tweezers, screwdrivers, a ruler and many more.

No. 6. A “prepped” cell phone

When I say prepped, it should not only have a shock-absorbing case, but it also should be equipped with the apps and information you may need in an emergency. There are plenty of apps related to survival, and let’s not forget a maps application (with the option to download those maps for offline use).

No. 7. A mini-flashlight

I got the tiniest flashlight I could find on the market and attached it on my keyring. Sure, I can always use my phone, but what if I run out of batteries? Redundancy is never a bad thing.

Final Word

One last thing … don’t let anything stop you from expanding your EDC to your wallet and your pockets. Also, if you carry a laptop with you every day, don’t be shy about adding extra items in the laptop bag.

What would you add to our list? Share your tips in the section below:

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Force Multiplier!

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Force Multiplier Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio in player below! Force multipliers. If you’re not familiar with what these are this is a good show to listen in on. The essence of a force multiplier is any tool or tactic that gives you the upper hand. It’s a very broad term and can … Continue reading Force Multiplier!

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Getting Started With Straw Bale Gardening

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Gardening can be a huge hassle when you are first getting started. Not only do you need to find an optimal location with adequate sun, but you need prepared beds and decent soil conditioned with plenty of organic material. Preparing the beds is not difficult but it can take time and significant expense, especially if you are starting from scratch.

As a result of my recent move, I faced the prospect of building beds, bringing in soil, and doing the arduous work of getting my food garden ready for to go in time for spring time planting. All of this was complicated by my lack of familiarity with the area as well as need to assess fencing given the local wildlife. Luckily, serendipity stepped in and a long-time reader and author in her own right, Susan Perry, wrote to me about her great experience with a straw bale garden. I invited Susan to share her expertise with us, including the steps needed to get started.

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