3 Ways Hackers Steal Your Personal Data (And 3 Simple Ways To Stop Them)

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Though death and taxes always have been a part of the human experience, hackers now have become yet another unavoidable fact of modern life in this century.

Unfortunately, such cyber threats have become so abundant that you can almost guarantee that you’ll come under their crosshairs at some point. Just ask the CEO of LifeLock, Todd Davis, the guy who openly displayed his own Social Security number on his company ad campaigns – daring hackers to try and use it. Yep, he got hacked, too.

But does that mean we are all at the mercy of such keyboard thuggery? Well, it’s really a numbers game: If you at least mind a few common safe practices, then you will greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim through simply presenting them with fewer vulnerabilities. If you can make yourself a harder target in comparison to the masses who are extremely vulnerable, then chances are that hackers will pass you by.

Here are a few hacker tactics – and how you can outsmart them.

1. Phishing

By far, the most common tactic in the hacker toolbox is what is known as “phishing.” Essentially, phishing is when a hacker sends you some type of communication via email, SMS, or social media message, and embedded in the link, image or text of that communication is a sneaky way to deceive you into revealing your personal data.

Some highly invasive attacks will even include a line of code in the message itself, which extracts your IP address, MAC address, location information, etc. Most attacks, however, will simply include a link to a legitimate looking website of a well-known institution, such as Google or a government website, and then the fake site prompts you to disclose your personal and security information. These attacks are almost always mass-targeted, which means that they send a message to thousands in hopes of duping a handful.


First off, the easiest way to ward off a phishing attack is to simply use your common sense. Don’t click on suspicious-looking links! Reputable companies and institutions have policies that will never allow them to ask you for personal information via electronic means. Unless you sign in to their official website with your login credentials, you should never be prompted to disclose any private data. Also, if you have received a suspicious email or SMS from a company or institution, then you should certainly contact the Federal Trade Commission via their phishing reporting website. Lastly, it may be worth calling the company directly. If you get a questionable email from, say, DirectTV and you are a customer, then call the official DirectTV phone number and ask the company if the email is legit. Most likely, it is a scam.

2. Password attacks

Hackers also may attempt to gain access to your WiFi and/or devices by cracking your password. While it’s almost impossible for them to mass-target individuals (unless they’re running a rather ambitious phishing campaign), it’s not entirely difficult to precision-target nearby routers within broadcast range. In fact, through using WiFi antenna amplifiers, they can even snatch your WiFi signal from hundreds of yards away — and if they gain access to your router, then they can gain access to the devices connected to it. Essentially, they will use one or both types of these two particular password cracking attacks …

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Dictionary attack — They connect to the router, and then drill it with potential passwords through battering the system with a giant list of possible terms and numbers (called a dictionary). Penetration takes from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the size of their dictionary and difficulty of the password.

Brute force attack – This type of attack essentially slams the router by running it through a gauntlet of character combinations. While this method is nowhere near as precise or expedient as a dictionary attack, virtually any password can be cracked with this method if given enough time. These attacks can take anywhere from five hours to a few days, requiring unbroken and undisturbed access to the router for the duration of the attack. If the router is reset, then the attack must be restarted, creating a logistical attack obstacle.


3 Ways Hackers Steal Your Personal Data (And 3 Simple Ways To Stop Them)

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Basically, the rule of thumb here is to observe safe password creation practices. It’s important to keep your passwords long, using a variety of letters, numbers, cases and symbols. I would also recommend using products like 1Password, which automatically generates extremely strong passwords that can be unlocked with a master key password of your choosing. This also protects against other types of more sophisticated password cracking attacks that might be deployed against your online/offline accounts.

3. MIM (Man-In-the-Middle)

A man-in-the-middle attack (MIM) can be extremely devastating, as there is no end to just how much private data that can be extracted. MIMs can even result in a hacker being able to take control of your device. In order to launch an MIM, the attacker must place themselves between you and the website you have accessed. In some cases, the MIM is conducted between the Internet service provider (ISP) and the company website. Or, if you’re a private target, the attacker may place themselves between you and your router or ISP. After cutting in, they simply observe the personal data being exchanged, hijacking it in transit.


First, this is an extremely sophisticated attack, meaning that a high level of skill is required in order to pull it off. Also, due to the nature of the attack, the target must be precisely selected in the event that an MIM is launched against a private individual. However, if you believe that you may be the victim of an MIM attack, then it’s important to report this to the Department of Justice by going to the official DOJ website: Reporting Computer, Internet-Related, or Intellectual Property Crime.

There are a few other ways to protect against MIM attacks, especially if you believe you may find yourself on the receiving end of one. After assessing your target value, you might find it prudent either to install a firewall program or even purchase a firewall box, which keeps hackers from exploiting ports of entry into your system. You also may want to use email/messaging services that specifically provide end-to-end encryption for your sensitive communications. I recommend using the Swiss-based service Protonmail for this.

One More Thing…

Last, be sure that every time you provide sensitive data, such as credit card numbers and security information (i.e. making online purchases), then you always should check to make sure that the website’s payment/login portal shows “https://”. This is called a secure socket layer, which acts as a protective conduit between you and the site. Doing so would add just one more defense against all the hacker tactics mentioned above, as this makes sniffing data extremely difficult.

What tips would you add? Share your suggestions in the section below:

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Useful Machines Made From Bicycles That Could Be Very Handy

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Useful Machines Made From Bicycles That Could Be Very Handy Bicycles will be a much-needed commodity if SHTF. Fuel will have run out after a couple of days and bikes will probably be the only form of transport easily available.I Would even suggest investing in cheap older bikes just for this post! I couldn’t believe how …

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How To Disinfect Water With Household Bleach

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How To Disinfect Water With Household Bleach As everyone knows, many municipal water systems use chlorine to disinfect water.  Often, the use of chlorine is combined with other purification systems such as filtration and ultraviolet treatments.  All you have to do is sniff your water tap water – it’s no secret.  Why chlorine?  Simple – …

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Large Heat-Powered Wood Stove Fan

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Large Heat-Powered Wood Stove Fan This amazing large Heat-Powered Wood Stove Fan. Increase your stove’s efficiency, move more warm air around the room Starts automatically & adjusts its speed with stove temperature. The fan costs nothing to operate, no cords, plugs or batteries needed, this is great if you want to try and get as …

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How to Make a Power Outage Bearable

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How to Make a Power Outage Bearable Power outages are actually a common occurrence, especially if you get a lot of snow in the winter or a lot of storms in the spring. The refrigerator stops running and everything starts to defrost. If you live in the tropical climate, the air conditioning is the first …

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25 Reasons To Go and Pick Dandelions Right Now

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25 Reasons To Go & Pick Dandelions Right Now Dandelion, officially classed as a weed, is also a fantastically useful herbal remedy that contains a wide number of pharmacologically active compounds. Dandelion can treat infections, bile and liver problems and acts as a diuretic – which is probably where the popular myth that dandelion causes …

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Breathe easier: new tech monitors urban pollution

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Smartphone Apps plot “toxic areas” on maps, so you can avoid them.

One of the many appeals about living off-grid is breathing in that fresh clean air.

It’s safe to say the air quality in any city isn’t exactly top notch! High levels of pollution have been linked to serious health conditions such as asthma and emphysema. A report in the Guardian has found that in heavily polluted cities exercising can do more harm than good because of the high levels of particulate matter in the air. But for many people going off-grid and leaving city life behind tomorrow isn’t exactly feasible.

So until then, monitoring the air quality in your home and as you’re out and about in your everyday life is a good way to go. Not only will it make you more aware of the air you breathe, it will also help you take preventative measures to improve it. Whether this be through taking a different route on your way back from work, opening the windows or switching on the ventilation when you’re cooking.

If you have tried any of the technologies discussed below, please comment and give us your feedback – we’d love to know how you’re getting on with them!

Only want to monitor your air quality at home?

Sources of particulate matter include burning wood and oil, smoking tobacco products, pesticides and even some household cleaners. The indoor air quality monitor Speck detects fine particulate matter in the air and informs you about the changes you can make to improve your air quality. The 4 inch by 3 inch model comes with a touch screen and only needs to be plugged in for you to start receiving feedback straight away. The toggle feature allows you to look back over the past 12 hours of data to see how your actions, like cooking or cleaning with certain products, influences your personal air quality. Not only this, but the Speck has enough memory to collect up to two years’ worth of data without any need to connect online.

Free Speck software or the mobile app lets you upload data to your computer, tablet or smartphone to monitor the data collected. The SpeckSensor app also allows you to compare your personal air quality to the government’s air quality index stations. If you want to check out the outdoor air quality in your area, you will need to be within 40 km of a regulated particulate matter station. Currently, this service is only available for customers in the US and parts of Canada and Mexico.

This Speck model currently can’t be used outdoors, however the development of an outdoor friendly model is currently in progress. Although, this is a pricey option at $200 per unit, the Speck is easy to use with a range of features.

If you want something for on the go – try these!

Atmotube is a portable air pollution monitor which detects volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide, as well as the temperature and humidity which can also affect air quality. This small robust device is titanium coated for longevity and sends data to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Weighing in at just 40 g (1.4 ounces) this device can be clipped on to clothing or bags, with the airflow mesh allowing the air to pass through its sensors.

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The LA skyline shrouded in smog – new mobile technology can notify you when air quality becomes low

The free app which can be downloaded from the Google Play App store or ITunes has a global air quality map which is free to access by absolutely everyone. So even if you don’t own an Atmotube, you can still benefit from the data collected from these devices. But only Atmotube owners can view their air quality history and get notifications to their phone if they are in a location with low air quality. Shipping worldwide, this nifty little device retails at $89.

The Flow Device is another small scale air quality monitor, being only the size of a pack of chewing gum. The aluminium shell houses a set of sensors that detect dust, exhaust fumes, temperature and humidity, amongst others. A set of LED lights on the device indicates the air quality in the immediate location. Whilst data is sent to a mobile app which displays it on a map. This then flags high pollution zones so you know where to avoid when you’re out and about. Coming with a dock and cable the device can be charged at home whilst monitoring your indoor air quality too. Designed by Paris based company PlumeLabs, beta testing of the Flow Device is set to begin in London over the next few months. Prices are yet to be confirmed.

If you don’t want to carry your own device, then the BreezoMeter may be worth checking out. This free app is now available in 28 countries including the US, Australia and the UK. Set up in Israel in 2014, the BreezoMeter gathers air quality and weather measurements from a wide range of sources – including 7,000 official air quality monitoring stations worldwide. This data produces real-time air quality maps and gives you notifications on changes in the outdoor air quality.

Tech-savvy and fancy building your own air quality monitor, well you can!
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You don’t have to go to extremes – apps available on your smartphone can give you air quality in real time, allowing you to avoid polluted areas – and wearing a mask!

This article at electronicsforu.com outlines how you can make your own air pollution meter and connect it to your smartphone. The set up uses the Blynk platform which displays readings from your homemade meter that is connected to an Arduino board. Of course you’ll need to buy the components in order to do that. This set up requires an Arduino board costing $20 from the online Arduino store (other websites sell boards that claim to be Arduino but are actually replicas). A Nova particulate matter sensor SDS011 is also used, which retails from $36 on Amazon. You will also require a Gas sensor model MQ-135, which range in price on Amazon from $2.45 to $16. A temperature and humidity sensor model DHT11 is also needed, once again ranging in price from $4.79 to $10.99 on Amazon.

Other projects elsewhere in the world have got volunteers to build their own air quality monitors. Greenpeace Bulgaria set up their own Dustcounter project in 2016, getting members of the local community to build their own air quality counters. Designed to be easy to assemble even for the not so technically minded (that’s me then), the schematics for building your own Dustcounter can be found here. (Google Translate will be needed because the instructions are in Bulgarian!) The charity is hoping to bring out the Dustcounter 2.0 later in 2017 after successful monitoring trials.

Alternatively, if there are any teachers out there who want to bring hands on practical sensor building to the classroom, this step by step guide and lesson plan outlines everything you will need. Making children and young people aware of air quality is an important issue that should be brought into the classroom environment.

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Getting hooked on tiny houses

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Meg with husband in tiny house

Now that is real cosy

American architect and designer Meg Stevens was “immediately hooked” on tiny houses when she discovered them five years ago. She set a plan in motion to design and build her own tiny house – which was realized last year when she moved into The Lucky Linden, a tiny house RV measuring about 170 square feet.

Meg grew up in Michigan in a neighborhood under construction. Spending her spare time helping her dad with building projects, her interest in architecture, design and building was piqued at an early age. When she became interested in tiny houses in 2013, she purchased a ticket to a workshop at Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, an organisation focused on designing tiny house RVs, in order to learn more about the process. She ended up being hired as an architect, and her Lucky Linden RV design is one she created for the company – with a few changes made to suit her (and her husband Dan’s) personal living style.

“We decided to build a tiny house about five years ago, and immediately started planning (and saving up money),” Meg said. “We didn’t want to go into debt for the house, so I would work on the build as we had the funds, and put it into storage while saving up for the next phase. It took three years to build this way, and it was in storage for stretches of time from six months to over a year.”

“While we were building, we gradually downsized until we were living in a 330 sq ft studio apartment,” she said. “The apartment was just a bit over double the size of the tiny house, so when we finally finished the build and moved in to the tiny house it wasn’t much of an adjustment at all. We love it!”

Tiny houses can be anything smaller than the normal for family size, according to Meg. A four-person family living in a 600 sq ft house is tiny, because there is only 250 sq ft per person. But conventionally – at least in terms of the growing Tiny House Movement across the US – a tiny house is between 100 and 400 sq ft. And the majority of them are built for off-grid living.

Meg, a prominent member of the Tiny House Movement – a community of like-minded individuals across the US advocating tiny houses as energy efficient living spaces – says the American tiny house community has experienced “rapid, almost exponential growth” in the last four years, owing to environmental concerns, financial issues as the cost of living rises, and the desire for more time and freedom.

“Designing especially is more difficult in a small space, but it’s rewarding. Efficiency is everything, and really considering ‘needs’ vs ‘wants’ vs ‘nice-to-haves,’” Meg said.

“Tiny houses are more energy efficient just because of their size, but also I think the general tiny house community is more interested, aware and/or educated about energy and efficiency, so it compounds into having tiny houses that are both energy efficient and more environmentally friendly,” Meg said.

“Tiny houses use much less energy to heat and cool because of their size. Occupants of a tiny house also have less possessions, so both of these make tiny houses perfect candidates to go off grid!”

She estimates that a third of people interested in tiny houses or tiny living are also interested in going off grid – herself included.

“The Lucky Linden is powered from a big house on the same property, and the big house has solar panels that provide most of the energy needed,” she explained. “In the winter, when there isn’t much sun, we do draw a little bit from the grid. Our goal for 2017 is to purchase our own solar panels and setup, and try to go 100% off-grid.”

The Lucky Linden has a sleeping loft area overhanging the kitchen, with a front storage loft made slightly larger than the original Linden model to accommodate a twin sized mattress if wanted. Meg also changed the position of the front door to create a bigger footprint for the porch area. The adjustment also expanded the living room area. The sleeping loft is smaller than the plans show, but it still holds a regular king size mattress.

Meg and Dan step directly on the couch to the kitchen counter and up to a set of three steps in order to get to the loft area, after deciding it would take too much space to build in dedicated steps. They don’t have a washer or dryer, preferring to use a nearby laundromat in winter and hand wash in summer. They also don’t have an oven, but have the option of visiting friends and using their facilities if needed. Storage shelves are built into most available wall space.

In late 2016, the Tiny House Movement successfully submitted an appendix to the International Code Council (ICC) for inclusion in the upcoming 2018 building code for American houses. An optional “guide” that cities can adopt into their local codes, it gives a guideline for building safe and reasonable tiny houses on foundations. With more than 160,000 votes, the Tiny House Appendix passed in December last year – a stepping stone to building tiny legally in the US.

“The Tiny House Appendix creates a pathway for building tiny legally, which is huge for the tiny house community!” Meg said. “Currently the only legal way to build tiny is to put it on a trailer and call it an RV.”

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9 Favorite Homesteaders to Follow on Instagram

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You know how that saying goes, that you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with?

Well that’s why I follow the people below on Instagram, because they’re some of the smartest, wisest and most pioneering people when it comes to permaculture, self-reliance and off-the-grid living.

By following them I know I’ll get my daily dose of self-reliance inspiration. Check them out:

Ben Falk – Whole Systems Design

Ben Falk is the founder of Whole Systems Design, which utilizes an interdisciplinary team of land planners, ecological designers, builders, and educators to develop resilient and regenerative places.

He’s based out of Vermont’s Mad River Valley where they have an education site and run Permaculture Design courses and he’s an all around cool guy. On his instagram you might see glimpses from the farm, Ben taking care of baby ducklings, Ben grafting fruit trees, Ben skiiing, or anything else that cool guys do.

@wholesystemsdesign on Instagram
@wholesystemsdesign on Instagram

Daniel Sjöberg – Walden Labs

That’s me! If you want to get a glimpse of what’s going on in the day to day life at Walden Labs headquarters then check out my instagram. I’m not as awesome as the other cool people on this list, but still pretty cool. At least that’s what my wife tells me.

Lots of planting coming up, both in the kitchen garden and the young forest garden. The nordic bees will wake up from winter sleep in a month or so. Exciting times to be alive!

Walden Labs on Instagram

@danielsjbrg on Instagram (@sjbrg on Twitter)

Geoff Lawton – Permaculture Research Institute Australia

For those of you into gardening and permaculture Geoff Lawton likely won’t need an introduction. His work on spreading the knowledge of permaculture around the globe through the Permaculture Research Institute has been an inspiration for thousands.

On Geoff Lawton’s Instagram you’ll see glimpses of the abundance that’s possible with permaculture.

Geoff Lawton on Instagram
@geofflawtononline on Instagram

Esther Emery – Fouch-o-matic Off Grid

Off grid since 2013, Esther’s family of five lives in a 314 square foot yurt in the Boise foothills. Esther runs the popular Fouch-o-matic Off Grid channel on Youtube, and on her instagram you’ll get glimpses of their off-grid life and the process of building their off grid timber frame dream home.

Fun fact: Her mother, Carla Emery, wrote the homesteading and self sufficiency classic, “The Encyclopedia of Country Living.”

Esther on Instagram

@estheremery on Instagram

Nick Ritar – Milkwood Permaculture

Nick is a permaculture and mushroom teacher, gardener, beekeeper and tree hugger who runs Milkwood Permaculture out of Australia. There’s always something interesting popping up on his Instagram, and I bet we’ll see even more interesting things coming up because this year he’s moving to Melliodora in Victoria.

Melliodora is an amazing permaculture homestead and the home of Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren and his partner, Su Dennett. It’s one of the oldest home-scale permaculture demonstration sites, so I’m hoping we’ll get some glimpses of it when they’ve settled in!

Milkwood Permaculture on Instagram

@milkwood_permaculture and @milkwood_nick on Instagram

Diego Footer – Permaculture Voices

Diego is the host of the Permaculture Voices podcast and the PV conference. He’s doing really cool things to spread the message and knowledge of permaculture, and on his Instagram you’ll find his “behind the scenes” gardening and farming notes and insightful advice.

Diego on Instagram

@diegofooter on Instagram

Mr. and Mrs. Wranglerstar

Mr. Wranglerstar, the king of homesteading on Youtube, also has an Instagram account where you can get some peeks from their daily life as modern homesteaders.

Wranglerstar on Instagram

@mrwranglerstar on Instagram

Jean-Martin Fortier – The Market Gardener

A young farmer and author of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming, Jean-Martin Fortier has been invited to talk all over Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and China.

He’s also releasing The Market Gardener’s Toolkit this year, an educational documentary where he shares his tools and techniques for successful, profitable, human-scale vegetable growing.

On his Instagram you’ll get insights into the life of a market gardener in a cold Canadian climate.

Jean-Martin on Instagram

@jeanmartinfortier on Instagram

Angelo Valkenborgh – Becoming Wildman

Now here’s something different. Angelo is an ambassador of @wearewilderness, “a collective of humans striving to be more wild”, and full time student of Living by Nature, a wilderness school specialized in bushcraft and native skills. His Instagram is all about sharing his journey in rewilding, primitive skills and bushcraft.

BecomingWildman is about a journey into self reliance. I’m traveling to learn and practice the skills of the common past. By using the knowledge of bushcraft, I roam and life in nature. Looking for a more simple,meaningful and adventures lifestyle.

Becoming Wildman on Instagram

@becomingwildman on Instagram

More Awesomeness:

Here’s some non-people that offer tons of inspiration in their instagram feed:

Urban Gardeners Republic

Urban Gardeners Republic is, in their own words, “the biggest gardening community online”. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I can say that their instagram feed is awesome.

Urban Gardeners Republic on Instagram

@urbangardenersrepublic on Instagram

 Savory Institute

The Savory Institute is doing amazing things promoting large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management. Check out their instagram for lots of nature, cows and permaculture places and people from around the world.

Savory Institute on Instagram

@savoryinstitute on Instagram

Please note that yes, I realize I missed out on all the countless men and women who are into self-reliance and permaculture that deserve to be on this list.

This is but a very small sample, representative of a vast ocean of self-reliance awesomeness. Feel free to add more names in the comments!

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10 Essential Skills Every Prepper Should Master

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10 Essential Skills Every Prepper Should Master Many people concentrate on stockpiling necessary supplies, without taking the corresponding time to stockpile the essential skills to go with them. Without the skills, those supplies may not do you any good. Those who don’t want to study say, I have all the information in books. Would you …

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Food Storage for the Coming Civil Unrest-Ken and Jen Elswick

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Ken and Jen Elswick of PioneerPreparedness.com join me on the show today to talk about the need to stay vigilant with your food storage. Visit their Online Thrive Store to stock up today.

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Oroville Dam: Have you bugged out already?

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You may want to if you haven’t done so already. It can be nothing, or it can get biblical over there folks.

According to Los Angeles Times, more than 100,000 people were ordered to flee to higher ground Sunday afternoon after the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam developed a hole, prompting fears it could collapse. With rain expected later this week, things can get really bad really fast.

Now this isn’t a storm or winter blizzard we’re talking about. If the dam collapses and you’re down range its bye bye. With such high-stakes I at least wouldn’t be risking it and would get the hell out of there until the crisis is resolved. After all this is precisely the kind of thing we prepare for. Taking such risks makes no sense if it can be at all avoided.

Oh, remember what I always say about bugging out and bugging in not being a matter of choice? well… this.


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”.

Prepping For An Evacuation: How To Be Ready When The Gov’t Says ‘Get Out’

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Prepping For An Evacuation: How To Be Ready When The Gov't Says ‘Get Out’

Mother Nature has incredible power available at her fingertips — much more than we humans do. With water alone, she is able to destroy some of mankind’s greatest accomplishments. Water leveled the city of Miyako, Japan, in 2011, as a tsunami brought a wave surge 128 feet high. Water also destroyed much of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit the city in 2005.

Currently, Northern California is closely watching the destructive power of water, as the spillway for our nation’s highest dam, the Lake Oroville Dam, is crumbling.

What has caused the damage to that dam’s spillway? Just water. Erosion has created a 200-feet-long by 30-feet-wide rupture in the spillway, opening the way for more erosion. The emergency spillway is being eroded away rapidly, as well, as waters rise above the lake’s capacity.

Fortunately for residents downstream, the dam itself is holding. But should either spillway fail, which is a very real possibility, a 30-feet-tall wall of water could go rushing downstream. While that isn’t as bad as a 700-feet-tall wall of water, it has caused mass evacuations of the towns in the path of potential flooding. Nearly 200,000 people have been ordered from their homes, with no promise of when they’ll be able to return.

Were They Ready?

When events like this happen, I always find myself asking how many of those people were truly prepared. How many had an evacuation plan in place? How many had a place to go while they waited out the disaster? How many even had a bug-out-bag packed, so that they would have the basic necessities of survival?

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Prepping For An Evacuation: How To Be Ready When The Gov't Says ‘Get Out’ While flood warnings were given to the major cities downstream, the towns closest to the dam itself only received an hour’s notice to evacuate. That’s barely enough time to gather up your family and jump in the car, let alone leaving in anything that resembles an organized manner. It literally meant grabbing what you can and running out the door, so that you can sit in traffic, as the highways aren’t built to accommodate an evacuation. Some invariably had to abandon their cars and proceed on foot once they ran out of gas.

The vast majority of those people ended up packed in shelters, set up by charities or the government. This left them with no privacy, little comfort and no way of protecting their property. Had they had plans in place for an emergency, they would have been able to go to a much better place, where they could be more comfortable as they awaited their fate.

What’s Different About an Evacuation?

Normally, when we talk about bugging out, we’re talking about escaping from the aftereffects of a calamity. More than anything, we’re talking about escaping a breakdown in society. But an evacuation isn’t that. An evacuation is intended to protect you and your family from a natural or man-made disaster. In such a situation, it’s easier to survive in an urban environment than it is to head for the hills. Staying within the area also allows you to get back to your home quickly and survey any damage when officials allow it.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that bugging out in an evacuation has to include going to a government-run shelter. In fact, I would avoid that at all costs. You’re much better off trying to make it on your own than you would be packed into a refugee shelter that’s set up in some gymnasium.

Planning Your Evacuation

Planning for an evacuation is much like planning for any other bug-out. But there is one major difference. That is, the fact that you don’t need to plan on heading into the wild. That affects the things you carry with you and the destination that you seek.

You should start your planning with a destination. Where can you go to find a safe place from a pending disaster? For the people in Oroville and the other nearby towns, there are several options. The best is to head uphill from where the lake is. That can mean heading directly up the nearest mountain, but I really mean to head for some other town that is at a higher elevation. That would put them out of the path of the water.

Most people will stop at the first safe haven they can find, which means nearby towns fill up fast. Stopping there could very well put you in one of the shelters that we’re trying to avoid. Instead, pass through that first town and go farther down the road. The farther you go, the less you’ll see of other evacuees. That will put you in a better situation when you do decide to stop.

We can clearly see what happens to the roads in such an evacuation. As many have predicted, the roads leading away from the danger area have turned into parking lots, filled with slow-moving traffic. Abandoned cars litter the roads, left behind by those who ran out of fuel.

So it’s best to have escape routes planned out that don’t involve the major highways. Find the back roads that will take you where you need to go. While those might not be the fastest way to go somewhere in normal times, you’d probably be flying down those roads compared to the people sitting on the highways.

Work out an escape plan that includes many routes, with interconnections, so that you can jump from one route to another, as the situation may dictate. There’s no way of knowing how many others know of those routes and might try using, too, so you want to have as many options open as possible.

The other part of avoiding a traffic jam is making sure that your vehicle is ready for the trip. That means keeping your car or truck in good shape, mechanically, so that it’s ready to roll. But it also means having a supply of gas on hand so that you have something to go with. Most of us don’t keep our gas tanks filled. But in a time of evacuation, you’ve got to have a full gas tank, or you risk being one of those people who are forced to leave a car on the side of the road.

Grab and Go

The bug-out-bag is a great starting point, but as I said earlier, I wouldn’t want to leave with just that if my house might be destroyed by a 30-foot wall of water. I’d want to take anything and everything I could, realizing that I might never see the things that I didn’t take with me.

But what to take? In such a moment, you’re not going to be thinking clearly. So that’s not the time to put together a list of everything you want to pack. Besides, you’re going to have mere minutes to grab what you can, not hours to neatly fill your suitcases.

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Prepping For An Evacuation: How To Be Ready When The Gov't Says ‘Get Out’ With that in mind, it makes sense to prepare yourself a checklist, so that if you do have to go quickly, you’ll be sure to grab the most important things. Those will have to fall into two categories: things to help you survive the aftermath, and things to help you rebuild your life. Both are equally important, although we don’t think of it that way in most bug-out scenarios.

Your bug-out bag probably has the majority of the things you need to survive. But I’d like to add a few items to that, if you don’t already have them packed:

  • Extra clothing, especially rugged clothing.
  • Coats, hats, gloves, boots (especially during wintertime).
  • A tent and sleeping bag (if you have them) or blankets.
  • Whatever cash you have on hand.
  • Extra food and water.

For rebuilding your life, there are a number of other things you’ll need:

  • More clothes, for job interviews and for working.
  • Any valuables you have in your home.
  • Your computer (especially if it has valuable information on it).
  • Tools for your profession (which might include the above-mentioned computer).
  • Copies of all your important documents (birth certificates, marriage license, property deeds, car titles, diplomas and degrees, licenses, kids school records, health records). These can be scanned images on a thumb drive or CD.
  • Photos and other important memories.

Of course, you’re going to be limited in the space you have available, so you’ll have to be selective about what you take. But by taking the time to plan it out before-hand, you will make it much easier to evacuate with everything you really need, when and if the time comes.

Plastic bags are a great way to pack soft items, such as clothing. You can literally grab armfuls of clothing and stuff them in the bags. Being soft and flexible, they can then be stuffed in the trunk of your car or corners of the back seat, without a problem. You’ll find that you can pack more, by using plastic bags, than you can by using suitcases, boxes and plastic bins.

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8 Things To Do NOW Before The Economy Crashes Again

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The stock market has seen nearly perpetual success over the last eight years. The country is also carrying 20 trillion dollars in debt that will expand exponentially in the coming years. Worse than that, many Americans are so woefully unprepared for an economic downturn that if we see something like a derivatives bubble burst, most […]

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Best Assets To Buy That Are Inflation Proof

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Inflation is pretty much a built-in part of our current economic system, and every dollar that comes into existence is borrowed from somewhere – eventually leading up to the ‘Federal Reserve’ – a private entity which collects interest on ALL U.S. dollars. Since more dollars are always coming into the system (the system would actually […]

Best Assets To Buy That Are Inflation Proof

Inflation is pretty much a built-in part of our current economic system, and every dollar that comes into existence is borrowed from somewhere – eventually leading up to the ‘Federal Reserve’ – a private entity which collects interest on ALL U.S. dollars. Since more dollars are always coming into the system (the system would actually […]

‘Pure Chaos’ — 200,000 Calif. Residents Evacuated; ‘Nowhere To Get Gas’; 30-Foot Wall Of Water Possible

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‘Pure Chaos’ -- 200,000 Calif. Residents Evacuated; ‘Nowhere To Get Gas’; 30-Foot Wall Of Water Possible

OROVILLE, Calif. – An evacuation order that forced nearly 200,000 California residents to flee from a damaged spillway remains in effect, as officials hurriedly try to finish the repairs to the tallest dam in the United States before a storm hits Wednesday night.

Around 188,000 residents fled the area Sunday night, out of fear that water from Lake Oroville would collapse the spillway and flood an area that is comparable to the size of Connecticut. The concrete portion of the spillway is sound, officials say. It is the natural spillway to the side – made of dirt – that is in danger.

The spillway is used to release surplus water from behind the 770-food Oroville Dam during emergencies. Torrential rains and heavy snows from the past few weeks damaged the spillway.

The lake behind the dam has fallen 13 feet since Sunday, but the Weather Channel says there is a 100 percent chance of rain Wednesday night, with totals of over an inch possible.

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The dam was built to capture and store runoff from the mountains in 1968. The body of water it created, Oroville Lake, is the second largest reservoir in the state of California. The water is used to generate electricity, irrigate crops in the central valley and supply cities with drinking water.

Repair crews are using helicopters to drop rocks in the gap to try and stop the erosion.

“It would be a massive blow to the state’s water system if they lose Oroville,” Peter Gleick, a water researcher at the Pacific Institute, told the Desert Sun newspaper. “The question is, will it erode away the emergency spillway? Will there be a big uncontrolled release of water? Or will they be able to draw the lake down enough to prevent that?”

The fear is that a “30-foot wall of water coming out of the lake” will flood homes if the spillway fails, said Cal-Fire incident commander Kevin Lawson.

The Sunday night evacuation led to a scene reminiscent of a disaster movie.

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“Everyone was running around. It was pure chaos,” evacuee Maggie Cabral told KFSN.

Sean Dennis, from nearby Yuba City, told NBC News, “Nothing like this has ever happened. We just grabbed what we could.”

But not everyone could get out.

“There’s nowhere to get gas,” Jennifer Neff, an evacuee, told The Sacramento Bee. “I’ve called roadside assistance – I’m on hold with them now. Do we call the police?”

Neff and others were trapped because gas stations in Marysville, Calif., were closed.

Oroville Dam, located 65 miles northeast of Sacramento, is holding back more than 3.5 million acre-feet of water.

Cracks were found in the dam’s spillway in 2009, but officials claimed that they had been repaired.

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Allergies: What You Need To Know, Pt. 1

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Allergies are reactions caused by a hypersensitivity of the immune system to a substance ingested or in the environment (an “allergen”). These substances may cause little or no effect in most people, but a percentage of the population may experience significant symptoms that can affect quality of life, or even threaten life itself.


If you told a doctor a little more than a hundred years ago that you had an allergy, he/she wouldn’t recognize the word. “Allergy” was coined in 1906 by an Austrian pediatrician and immunologist named Clemens Von Pirquet. The word is derived from the Greek allos meaning “other” and ergon meaning “reaction”.


Von Pirquet and his associates noted that certain people who received a variety of smallpox vaccine had more severe reactions than most. Another scientist, Charles Mantoux, used this knowledge to develop a test for tuberculosis where an allergic skin reaction to a substance isolated from the microbe revealed previous exposure. A form of this test is still used today.

The worst allergic reaction, known as anaphylactic shock, was discovered by a french physiologist Charles Richet, who with his partner Dr. Paul Portier, injected the venom of a sea anemone into a number of dogs. Hoping to find some substance that would protect humans (called prophylaxis) from jellyfish stings, they instead found that a second injection killed many of the dogs. Since this was the opposite of protection, they termed it anaphylaxis.


Common allergens to which people are exposed include pollens, metals, insect stings, medications, and certain foods. There are also internal factors such as age, sex, race, and family history. How do these all combine to cause the physical symptoms of an allergy?

Put simply, an immune reaction against an allergen occurs when it’s encountered for the first time; let’s say it’s a bee sting. Cells in the body called “T-cells” identify the bee venom and interact with other cells called “B cells”. The B cells, in turn, produce certain antibodies called “IgE”. IgE attaches to the surface of cells called “basophils” and “mast cells”. These cells are now “sensitized” to the venom. No physical effects are usually noticed at the time by the victim beyond the sting itself.

When a second exposure to the allergen occurs, however, it’s a different story. The sensitized mast cells and basophils are activated and produce a large amount of histamine and other inflammatory chemicals. The flood of these into the system can cause possibly severe physical reactions.



Toxin Allergies

Allergies may appear in various forms, from mild to life-threatening. These conditions include hay fever, food allergies, local skin reactions (called “atopic dermatitis”), drug/toxin reactions, and allergic asthma. Common symptoms include red eyes, itching, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, and swelling. In the worst situations, a body-wide reaction called “anaphylaxis” causes rashes, major swelling, and difficulty breathing to the point of suffocation.

Hay Fever:  Hay fever is a (usually) seasonal reaction to high pollen counts in the air from certain plants. People with hay fever won’t likely have a fever, but they will have sneezing from a runny, clogged nose, red, itchy, watery eyes and “postnasal drip”, a condition where a cough is caused when mucus runs down the throat from the back of the nose.

Different grasses, trees, and flowering plants will release pollens at different times of the year, and it is often difficult to identify what allergen is causing the symptoms.  Skin “patch”, scratch, or blood tests may determine if a particular substance is causing the sensitivity.

Atopic Dermatitis: Most people who have atopic dermatitis have had allergies before or a family member with similar problems such as hay fever or asthma. Common allergens include animal dander, dust mites, exposure to certain foods, stress, and dry, cold weather.

The condition usually starts with itchy, dry skin.. Scratching causes inflammation, swelling, and redness, and may initiate an infection in the area. Small, oozy blisters sometimes occur that crust over with time. Although mild versions cover small areas and are improved with lotions, severe versions require more intense therapy.

Rashes may recur over the same area time and again, leading to toughened, thick skin that appears darker than other areas. These areas are usually on the scalp and cheeks of infants but may be seen on the baby’s knees or elbows. Other areas may be affected with age, such as the ankles, wrists, legs, the buttocks, and the nape of the neck.

Food Allergies: Four or five percent of the population is allergic to some kind of food. In children, eggs, milk and peanuts are often responsible; in adults, shellfish, nuts from trees (for example, walnuts), milk and eggs are common triggers to a reaction. It should be noted that an allergy to milk is different that intolerance caused by a deficiency of the enzyme needed to digest it (otherwise known as “lactose intolerance”.

Drug Allergies: A drug allergy is caused after repeated exposure to a medicine. Some of the most common include Penicillins, Sulfa Drugs, non-synthetic Insulins, seizure meds, and those containing iodine.

Drug allergies are often confused with what are called “adverse reactions”. An adverse reaction is a known ill effect that can occur with the use of a medication. For example, if a drug is known to cause nausea in some patients, that is considered an adverse reaction as opposed to an allergy.

Despite this, many will report an allergy to a particular drug to their healthcare provider. Some of the reasons that people will write “allergic” on their medical interview sheet include:

  • The drug causes symptoms that makes them feel unwell.
  • A family member has a history of an allergy to the drug, and they assume that the same goes for them.
  • An incident in their childhood resembled an allergic reaction, so better safe than sorry.
  • Negative comments online or elsewhere cause reluctance to take the medicine.
  • Philosophically opposed to a particular type of drug (antibiotics, psychotropics).
  • An actual allergy.

Note that a true allergy is placed last on this list; the World Allergy Association reports that less than 10% of reactions to medications are actually allergies caused by an immune response. Most symptoms that people get after taking medicine are, instead, adverse or “side” effects. It may not always be easy to tell the difference, but a true drug allergy will show immune-mediated symptoms such as hives, itchy skin or eyes, rashes, lip and tongue swelling, and wheezing. Blood pressure may drop precipitously in some cases.

Toxin Allergies: It’s common to have local redness, discomfort, itching and swelling when a toxin, such as bee venom, is introduced into the body. Your immune system, however, may respond strongly in the form of an allergy. Common insects involved are bees, wasps, hornets, and fire ants.

When the immune system gets involved, the reactions may be more severe, with hives, redness and swelling affecting large areas of skin. Swelling may extend to the tongue, throat, lips, and elsewhere. Stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, and diarrhea are common. The effects may take days to completely resolve.


Allergies, when mild, are treated with medications that help relieve the specific symptoms.

Antihistamines in oral, intranasal and ophthalmic (eye drop) form are useful to deal with the sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes associated with hay fever. Nasal decongestants like oral pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) and the nasal spray oxymetazoline (Afrin, Dristan) are useful drugs to have in the medicine cabinet. It should be noted, however, that the nasal sprays are addictive when used for more than three days. That is, if you stop using them, your nose will become stuffy again.

Others like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) may help, but are prone to causing drowsiness in higher doses. Longer term therapy with intranasal steroids like Atrovent (ipratropium) or NasalCrom (cromolyn sodium) is another option. These drugs are best for long term therapy, however, as the effects are not felt immediately.

In the worst cases, epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) is necessary as an injectable to improve symptoms that affect the entire body. A future article will discuss this type of event in detail.



Neti Pot

Many experience relief from allergies when they use an item known as a “Neti pot” to relieve congestion and pressure. The Neti pot essentially looks like a version of Alladin’s lamp, and allows the delivery of sterile solutions into the nasal cavity.

Neti pots work by thinning out mucus. The hairs in the nose, called “cilia” are aided in their attempts to eliminate mucus and allergens by the flushing action of the sterile saline solution delivered by the Neti Pot.

Some may have doubts about the effectiveness of the Neti Pot, but research backs up the benefits of nasal “irrigation” to relieve some allergy symptoms. Nasal irrigation via a Neti Pot may help decrease the need for drugs.

One concern related to Neti pots, however, is the importance of ensuring that you are using sterile solution when you irrigate. Non-sterile solutions, even tap water, may transmit infections directly into the body; two deaths in Louisiana were attributed to Neti pot use of contaminated water. Neti pots also must be washed after every use, as you would wash your dishes after every meal.

A natural remedy getting some serious attention lately is Butterbur. In a recent British Medical Joural study, butterbur extract (ZE 339) four times daily equaled the effects of a popular antihistamine–without causing drowsiness!

Goldenseal, Nettles, Resveratrol, Quercetin, and Vitamin C as well as saline spray may be helpful. Ragweed sufferers, however, should realize that some plants commonly used in herbal remedies, like Chamomile and Echinacea, might cross-react in hay fever sufferers to make symptoms worse.

You might be surprised to know that acupuncture has some evidence for effectiveness against certain allergies. acupuncture. Based on the idea that stimulating certain points on the body can cause effects inside, a study of 26 hay fever patients found in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine and described in WebMD appeared to improve symptoms in all without adverse effects. Another experiment eliminated allergic symptoms in half the patients studied.

Allergies can be nuisances or they can be life-threatening. In situations where we might spend a larger part of our day outdoors, as in survival, it’s important to know the signs, symptoms, and treatments when our immune systems go into overload.

Joe Alton MD


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Going Off The Grid By Gary Collins First Thoughts Video

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This week I got my hands on my friend Gary Collings New book, Going Off The Grid. Unlike most of my u

Unlike most of my unboxing videos, I wasn’t sent this book. You always want to support your friends so I bought this copy as soon as It was available. 

Like many of us, Gary got the bug to live a simpler life. And luckily for us, he has documented the whole process. 

In Going Off The Grid: The How-To Book Of Simply Living and Happiness, he provides a step-by-step guide for how to find a private piece of land and build a self-sustaining home. 

This doesn’t come from research alone but from experience. Gary has been building an off-grid home in northeast Washington state. 

You can watch some of the trials and tribulations on his Youtube channel.

Learning from others troubles can save you time and money. And from honest upfront people. 

If you watch many of the DIY tv shows you will have an unrealistic view of the process. Building an off grid home takes a lot of time and effort.

The reward is worth it, though. 

So if you are thinking about living a simpler less hectic lifestyle this is the book for you. Pick it up now before you need the info in here. 

Are you off the Grid? Wanting To Be? Let me know about your plans in the comments!





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DIY Hot Tub For Your Off-grid Hygiene

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When it comes to off-grid survival, personal hygiene is one of those delicate subjects preppers seldom talk about.

Ok, I know that women preppers consider personal hygiene a priority even after a plane crash, but generally speaking, surviving off-grid means that you must have a roof over your head and some chow in your belly, and eventually a cushioned place to sleep in. That about sums it up until cavalry arrives and gets you outta’ there.

However, living off-grid is slowly becoming a trend among outdoors enthusiasts and maybe student loan beneficiaries who cannot afford to pay both the rent and what’s owed to the good ol’ Feral Gummint.

Here is where the off-grid lifestyle comes into play. But living off-grid is not easy; not by a long shot. There are so many problems and challenges in a world without electricity that I don’t know where to begin.

One of them is the aforementioned issue, the personal hygiene thing – an issue that never occurred to you until now because you’re probably living the 21st century life style, with hot water pouring out of the faucet and the whole nine yards.

Basically, we all take modern hygiene conveniences for granted and that’s normal, because we’ve benefited from these cool things for almost 2 centuries now.

But, if you’re living off-grid together with your family, you’re probably aware of the fact that cleanliness is next to godliness, not to mention that keeping you and your family members squeaky clean is actually a matter of survival in its own rights.

The secret to a long and happy life is to live in a clean environment, and you can take that statement to the bank. The lack of proper personal hygiene may get you sick very easily and also you may pass the disease around and all that jazz; that’s how epidemics occur.

The good news is that there are ways to maintain adequate hygiene even if you’re living somewhere in the neck of the woods, as off-grid as it gets.

These ancient survival lessons teach you how to stay clean when there isn’t anything to buy!

There’s an old saying, about “Real men building their own [insert item here]”. In our particular case, real preppers built their own hot tubs.

Why hot tubs, you may ask? Well, the hot tub used to be regarded by many as a luxury if not a whim. Remember that old saying: that one needs only two baths in his/her lifetime – one when you’re born and the other one when you’re dead?

Especially back in the day, hot tubs were pretty rare not too long ago (circa 1700s), when  getting one was a rare experience, familiar just to kings and queens. Alright, and the rest of the infamous 1%, maybe.

One of the benefits of soaking yourself for hours in hot water is that such activity relieves pains and aches, beside getting you clean in the process.

But after reading this article, you’ll understand how hillbilly hot tubs changed the world for ever. And you’ll also understand that getting your fingers pruney is a God-given right for every American, even for those living in the back woods.

Also, let’s not forget that one of the most popular pieces of gear for outdoors survival after a hard and long day doing God-knows-what is a hot tub, right?

I am only kidding folks, but if you don’t know how to build your very own personal hot tub, well, that’s why I am here. I’ve scoured the depths of the Internet and I brought together some of the best tutorials in the world for helping you building your little piece of heaven.

Building the Tank

To begin with the basics, a DIY hot tub consists of two main things: a tank which makes for the bathtub itself and a device for heating the water inside of the tank. That’s all there is to it; it’s pretty straight forward.

As far as tanks go, you have two options: to use a prefabricated one, like an IBC container or a stock watering tank, or to build your own bathtub from scratch from wood; just imagine a big barrel of sorts.

Soaking in a wood-fired hot tub requires some planning, at least a couple of hours in advance, but the involvement in one’s bath is part of the attraction.

Here’s a video tutorial about how to build a cedar wood hot tub using planks of cedar and lots of skill and materials.

Video first seen on Heritage Craft.

The end result is a reminiscent of a big barrel, which looks pretty cool actually, but you’ll require some mad skills to get this done.

You’ll also require beaucoup gear, like cedar wood suitable for cutting and shaping, saws, chine joints, nails, a power drill, a carpenter’s level, screws and insane wood-working skills. But it’s doable, after all that guy did it and it looks pretty awesome.

However, there are other ways.

The hardest part of our first project is to build the tank itself, as it requires serious carpentry skills, but you can always go for a hillbilly hot tub that uses an IBC container using, for example, a prefabricated hot tub, then you just have to worry about the water heating device.

Here are two different projects, both involving a DIY wood-fired hot tub. The first one uses an IBC container, a steel cage, an old gas cylinder and pallets, plus some plumbing connectors. Except for the container, the rest of materials were free scrap.

Video first seen on Chris Jamieson.

The IBC container holds 1000 liters, which is more than enough for a hot tub, while the steel cage and the pallets are used for making the structure that will keep the water-filled container firmly in place. The pallet wood is used for decorating the steel frame; it makes it look better and all that.

The Heating Source

As for the heating device, here’s where the old gas cylinder comes into play. Basically, you’ll use a stove water heater. How does it work, you may ask? Well, it’s pretty straightforward: the stove water heater uses a heat exchanger for transferring heat from the stove to the water.

Water is circulated through the heat exchanger when the fire is burning (the gas cylinder makes for the stove in our case) whilst the heat exchanger is basically a copper serpentine made from copper pipe mounted inside the stove.

In this project, the hot tub is filled with water which is slowly flowing via a garden hose through the copper pipe and it’s getting hot as it fills. The process is relatively slow, but it produces very hot water.

The second DIY wood-fired hot tub system is very similar to the previous one, just that it uses a galvanized stock tank instead of an IBC container. Also, the heat exchanger system is the same serpentine made from copper pipe, but for heating the water, this project relies on the thermosiphon principle.

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Think about our ancestors. They didn’t have the luxury of the modern industry but they were able to create their own hygiene products from simple, readily available stuff.

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Chocolate Fudge Cake – With A Surprise, Healthy Ingredient

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Our son ate 3 pieces of this chocolate fudge cake and said, “This is the best chocolate cake that I’ve ever had!” He had no idea that the secret ingredient that made it taste so good was cauliflower.  Seriously, I

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RUGOSA, my 1st fiction survival novel, is finally here!

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Wow – this project has been a long time in the making – 6 years to be exact!  But finally, RUGOSA has come to fruition!  As many of you know, I’ve written a lot of books over the past 10 years or so – mainly survival guides.  RUGOSA is my 1st survival fiction novel and it was a much more challenging project for me to write.

First, I found it hard to write a fiction story that wasn’t personal in some way.  I guess most authors have to draw on personal experience to write some of their stories and RUGOSA was no different for me.  But, I guess it’s these personal draws that help to make a story relatable.  I really hope that you will enjoy it!  It’s the 1st book in a 3 book series, so your feedback is important to me as I write the second and third book in the RUGOSA series.

RUGOSA is the story of a young man, Omaha, who must travel 400 miles across hostile lands to save his friends (and sweetheart London) from a war-torn quarantined city.  Like me, Omaha is a Boy Scout.  Although Boy Scouts has been banned by the new world government, Omaha must use the survival skills he learned in scouting, and from his father and grandfather, if he has any hope of surviving the crazy journey.

As a survival instructor first and author second, this fiction story is survival skills heavy.  I think you’ll find it a unique mix of story and teaching – at least I hope so.  I’ll always be a survival instructor!

RUGOSA releases today (Valentine’s Day) exclusively on Amazon in both paperback and digital ebook download at this link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997690690  I’ll be signing the 1st 100 paperback copies sold!  If you pick up a copy – LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

I hope you are well and that our paths will cross in 2017!  All the best to you and yours.

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5 lessons I’ve Learned Trying to Rekindle My Preparedness Kit Romance

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Rekindle your preparedness kit romance. Get your 72-hour kits out of the closet, brush off the dust. Bring it back to the way things used to be. Hello, February!! We’ve had many crazy snow and ice storm days here in the Pacific NW since the beginning of the year. As if I needed more than […]

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Quick And Easy Chicken Soup Recipe For Colds-Flu

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This is my quick and easy chicken soup recipe for colds and flu that anyone can make easily. My neighborhood is experiencing a cold or some kind of virus that is lasting 3-6 weeks. Some of the people have bronchitis, coughs, sinus infections and they are feeling drained of energy. I have talked to two neighbors who have been sick since Christmas and they just can’t seem to kick the cold symptoms. One mentioned her husband thought he was on the mend and then BAM he was flat in bed. This must be a bad virus, flu, cold or whatever is going around. My husband and I have been taking meals to families and today I’m going to make the biggest pot of my chicken soup recipe and put it in quart jars to deliver to more people. If you have neighbors that are ill this recipe can be taken to them in quart jars or disposable containers. All they have to do is heat it up and enjoy this chicken soup recipe that is homemade.

Here’s the deal with chicken soup when people have a cold or influenza without complications, of course, it soothes the throat and helps clear the nasal passages. I would call it a comfort food we all grew up on that Grandma made for anyone who was sick. We rarely went to the doctor and somehow the soup made us feel better. This is truly the best homemade chicken noodle soup in the world. I have made this for years and now my grandkids ask me for the recipe. The reason I think this is the best chicken soup recipe is the fact that 99.9% of the ingredients are right there in your pantry, freezer, refrigerator or food storage pantry. You can interchange chicken in cans or use frozen chicken or leftover chicken.

You can make your own noodles, or use my secret ingredient noodles: Grandma’s Frozen Egg Noodles. Of course, you can boil your packaged noodles/pasta of choice and add them later when the soup is almost finished cooking. I use my electric slow cooker so I can do other things because I usually have ten things going on at once. So I set the slow cooker on low and go about my day doing stuff we all do each day. I call it my set and forget dinner. It really is a very yummy smooth soup with just the right amount of spices. It practically fills my 3-1/2 quart crock pot. Cuisinart 3.5-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

Secret Ingredient

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My favorite noodles

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Here is a picture of my favorite frozen Grandma’s Egg Noodles (as close to homemade as I have ever tasted).

Chicken Soup Recipe


  • 2 cans of chicken (12.5 ounces each) drained or substitute 2 cups of cooked chicken
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base or substitute equal amounts of water with chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup freeze-dried onions or 1 fresh onion chopped in bite size pieces
  • 3/4 cup dry dehydrated carrots or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh carrots
  • 3/4 cup dry freeze dried celery or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 package Grandma’s frozen egg noodles (11 ounces) cooked and separated as directed or boil your pasta of choice
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup undiluted (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, BUT add the Grandma’s Noodle the last two hours or they will be mushy. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup by Food Storage Moms

If you have some neighbors who are ill this week, they will love this chicken soup recipe, I promise! Keep up the good work by storing water and adding one can at a time to your pantry.

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Quick And Easy Chicken Soup Recipe For Colds-Flu

This is my quick and easy chicken soup recipe for colds and flu that anyone can make easily. My neighborhood is experiencing a cold or some kind of virus that is lasting 3-6 weeks. Some of the people have bronchitis, coughs, sinus infections and they are feeling drained of energy. I have talked to two neighbors who have been sick since Christmas and they just can’t seem to kick the cold symptoms. One mentioned her husband thought he was on the mend and then BAM he was flat in bed. This must be a bad virus, flu, cold or whatever is going around. My husband and I have been taking meals to families and today I’m going to make the biggest pot of my chicken soup recipe and put it in quart jars to deliver to more people. If you have neighbors that are ill this recipe can be taken to them in quart jars or disposable containers. All they have to do is heat it up and enjoy this chicken soup recipe that is homemade.

Here’s the deal with chicken soup when people have a cold or influenza without complications, of course, it soothes the throat and helps clear the nasal passages. I would call it a comfort food we all grew up on that Grandma made for anyone who was sick. We rarely went to the doctor and somehow the soup made us feel better. This is truly the best homemade chicken noodle soup in the world. I have made this for years and now my grandkids ask me for the recipe. The reason I think this is the best chicken soup recipe is the fact that 99.9% of the ingredients are right there in your pantry, freezer, refrigerator or food storage pantry. You can interchange chicken in cans or use frozen chicken or leftover chicken.

You can make your own noodles, or use my secret ingredient noodles: Grandma’s Frozen Egg Noodles. Of course, you can boil your packaged noodles/pasta of choice and add them later when the soup is almost finished cooking. I use my electric slow cooker so I can do other things because I usually have ten things going on at once. So I set the slow cooker on low and go about my day doing stuff we all do each day. I call it my set and forget dinner. It really is a very yummy smooth soup with just the right amount of spices. It practically fills my 3-1/2 quart crock pot. Cuisinart 3.5-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

Secret Ingredient

Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup | via www.foodstoragemoms.com

My favorite noodles

Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup | via www.foodstoragemoms.com

Here is a picture of my favorite frozen Grandma’s Egg Noodles (as close to homemade as I have ever tasted).

Chicken Soup Recipe


  • 2 cans of chicken (12.5 ounces each) drained or substitute 2 cups of cooked chicken
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base or substitute equal amounts of water with chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup freeze-dried onions or 1 fresh onion chopped in bite size pieces
  • 3/4 cup dry dehydrated carrots or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh carrots
  • 3/4 cup dry freeze dried celery or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 package Grandma’s frozen egg noodles (11 ounces) cooked and separated as directed or boil your pasta of choice
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup undiluted (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, BUT add the Grandma’s Noodle the last two hours or they will be mushy. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup by Food Storage Moms

If you have some neighbors who are ill this week, they will love this chicken soup recipe, I promise! Keep up the good work by storing water and adding one can at a time to your pantry.

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How to Make Perfect Hobo Coffee without Modern Gadgetry

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by Todd Walker

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Of all the pleasures of camping, sipping a freshly brewed cup of joe around the morning fire is, as the old TV commercial hummed along, the best part of waking up. Sorry, now the jingle is stuck in your head. Many campers employ a variety of gadgetry and complicated contraptions in pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee.

Wanna simplify the whole process? Of course you do.

The process is so simple you’ll kick yourself for purchasing, and packing, that expensive French press!

Harlton’s Hobo Coffee Maker

I dubbed this simple, yet amazing, bush coffee maker the “Harlton Hobo Coffee Maker” after watching a Karamat Wilderness video loaded with Kelly Harlton’s bushcraft ingenuity. I highly recommend this channel for simple solutions and philosophy of crafting in the bush!

Here’s what you’ll need to make one on your next adventure…


  • Cotton Bandana – Kelly uses a pre-cut triangular piece of parachute material
  • 3 finger-size, arm-length sticks
  • String long enough to tie around the sticks bundled together

This may be the shortest tutorial in the history of this blog. It’s so simple not much explaining is required.

Step 1: Build a Tripod 

Bundle the three sticks together. Tie your string around the sticks with a quick knot to hold them together. Fold them out to form a tripod. The height of the tripod needs to be high enough to allow your coffee cup to sit under the bandana.

If you’d like to make a more permanent tripod for base camp cooking or your backyard, check out our video below. This is a bit overkill for the Harlton Hobo Coffee Maker though. Just tie the sticks together.

Step 2: Attach Bandana

I keep a few multifunctional bandanas in my haversack. If you have a large bandana, you can fold it diagonal to form a triangle. If not, just tie two corners on two legs of the tripod with the remaining two corners secured to the third leg with a simple over hand knot.

Check to make sure your coffee cup will sit under the bandana funnel. Adjust as needed.

Step 3: Add Coffee Grounds in the Funnel

Not real complicated here. Depending on how you like your coffee, between motor oil or brown tea, add enough grounds to satisfy. I make my first cup strong. A couple of scoops filtered trough into my 16 ounce kuksa is about right for my taste. The next cup filtered through the grounds will be weaker.

Step 4: Add Hot Water

How to Make Perfect Hobo Coffee without Modern Gadgetry ~ TheSurvivalSherpa.com

An old bush pot I keep at base camp

Boil up some water up in a pot over the fire or stove. Once she’s boiling, place your cup underneath the bandana filter and slowly pour hot water over the grounds. Gauge the amount you pour for one perfect cup of steaming hot goodness. Have your buddy’s cup ready to slide under to catch the next cup if you happen to over pour the first cup. Don’t waste a drop.

How to Make Perfect Hobo Coffee without Modern Gadgetry ~ TheSurvivalSherpa.com

The first cup dripping into my cup

All that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy. I’ve found my first cup is easier to swallow than my buddy’s embellished fishing tales.

Clean up is a breeze. Untie your filter and shake out the spent grounds. Be careful not to whip the filter in the air or you’ll cover yourself with used coffee grounds. Rinse out and hang the bandana to dry while you cook up a hearty breakfast fit for a woodsman. If you’ve got to get moving, tie the filter on the outside of your pack to dry while tramping to your next campsite.

The beauty of Kelly’s simple bush coffee maker is its weight, and the fact that you craft it on the spot. No modern gadgetry required to make the perfect cup of camp coffee.

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Tactical Pens for Survival and Self-Defense

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Tactical Pens for Survival and Self-Defense   Although many people rely on guns for self defense even when they’re away from home, others cannot for a number of reasons. It could be that firearms are illegal where they live, or that they’re afraid of owning them, maybe even against it. In such circumstances, you’re left with …

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Emergency Wound Care: When All You Have is in Your Pantry

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 Without access to hospitals and emergency medical care during off-grid emergencies, a simply infection from wounds can become life-threatening. Having knowledge of alternative medical treatments using natural wound therapies could save a life.


Years ago, the Mrs. and I made a major move.  We had a specific timetable to adhere to, and as we were moving ourselves, efficiency was the word that exemplified our overall goals.  About an hour before we were going to batten down the hatches and hit the road, she slipped and slammed her shin on the edge of the moving van’s bumper: a combination of a laceration and abrasion, as well as potential for a broken bone.

What to do on something such as this?  Well, we certainly had enough antibiotics and (if it was broken) the hospital was close by.  She/we decided on some ice, a bandage, and (so as not to go into our antibiotics) herbal aids.  Oregano is one of the best herbs to have on hand for natural medicine and an astringent can  be made from oregano tincture to wipe down the abrasion.

Oregano Tincture

  • Add handfuls of oregano flower and leaves to a pint-size jar and cover them with 80-proof alcohol, such as vodka.
  • Allow the jar to sit for 3-6 weeks out of sunlight.
  • Strain the mixture and transfer to a tincture bottle, or proceed to make a double-strength infusion.

For oral dosage: The standard adult dose is 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to three times a day, as needed. Children usually get 1/4 to 1/3 of the adult dose.

To make astringent: Add 1 tablespoon oregano tincture to 1 cup of distilled water.

Learn more ways to disinfect wounds using pantry staples

Wound Care Made with Sugar and Honey

Once we applied the astringent to the wound, we made up a sugar formula that was common during the Napoleonic era:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey

Mix sugar and honey together and pack the laceration with it, spreading it liberally upon the abrasion and dressing it.

Monitor and change dressing daily.

Why Sugar and Honey Is Great For Natural Wound Care

We’re talking about plain white sugar, here: the same kind vilified for the diet is actually very beneficial with regard to wound therapy.  The sugar promotes tissue repair, while fostering an antimicrobial, anaerobic environment regarding the wound.  The sugar can be mixed with honey or glycerin (honey is cheaper and easier to get a hold of).  On some kind of laceration, you can pack it with the mixture after cleaning out the laceration with clean water and/or a mild astringent (such as the one I first mentioned).

The dressing needs to be changed once every day, and the packed laceration monitored for signs of swelling and tenderness.  Also, put fresh mixture to cover the overall wound, and then redress it with a fresh dressing and bandage.  The sugar will also reduce the amount of scarring and enable the wound to heal at a faster rate.

Sugar can also be used as an Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), in combination with table salt.  Take a one-quart bottle (remember how I advised to save those empty Gatorade and Power-Ade bottles, the 32-ouncers?  This is why.), and fill it up with water, leaving a little space.  Put ½ cup of your sugar into it, and about ½ tsp of salt.  Voila!  You have effectively made your own field-expedient “Gatorade,” minus the potassium.  The reason this is good is that the sugar will provide quick sugar to the bloodstream, while the salt will help to replace what you have either lost from sweating or from trauma.

Your sugars and honeys (yes, honey is a form of sugar) can be used to sweeten up a tincture that you might have to take in water.  If you have ever had Lomatium (Lomatium dissectum), it is one of the worst-tasting substances you can imagine.  We adults can grin and bear it, but when you’re administering a tincture to a kid, it is a big help to make it taste not quite so bad.

Honey For Wound Care

Honey is also good for wounds/abrasions/cuts of the mouth, as it is a demulcent that soothes abraded tissues, and it also is a medium that microbes do not live in.  Who doesn’t remember the time-honored honey and lemon mixture for a sore throat?  The thing of it is: it works, and if it works it should be employed.  For the wound-packing mixture I advised above?  Honey is the medium that keeps the sugar from falling out of the wound and congeals it to keep the dressing viable longer.

The reason these should be kept in mind: when the SHTF they are easily found.  You’re much more likely to find either of these two (sugar and/or honey) in a gas station or convenience store out in the middle of nowhere than a Cephalosporin such as Keflex (Cephalexin, if you prefer) for a soft tissue injury.  That’s what this is all about: winning with the weapons you have and tailor-making things you can rely on.  Practice with them sometime for something minor.  You’ll see results and build confidence in what you do.  That’s the way!  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook (Book Review)

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You’re a suburban homesteader.  You know how to raise your own food, protect your land, hunt for your protein, fix just about everything around your home and work with your neighbors to make your world that much better.  But, do you know how to deal with any acute medical emergencies that show up?  Scott Finazzo’s

Why Are the Lefists So In Love With Islam

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by Isabella

Why is the left so in love with Islam and so dead set on defending it against any and all reasonable scrutiny?

That question wouldn’t even make sense to a leftist, or someone who has, through mental osmosis, taken in the mass amounts of leftist propaganda that saturate the internet, television, and print media.  For the leftist, or the easily influenced and unquestioning “moderate”, there is no contradiction for them to wholeheartedly embrace and defend Islam.

In fact, these folks will, without hesitation, call any criticism of Islam “Islamophobia”, or apply some other label upon it that denotes bigotry as the only possible motive for such criticism.  This shouldn’t come as any surprise to those who have ever dared to question the left’s narrative on, well, anything.  Dismissive accusations are all the left has to defend itself.

So why is it that they are so determined to protect Islam in particular from any and all criticism?  To explain the merit of the question, let’s take a look at a few of the basic values the left professes, and what Islam has to say about these issues.  Otherwise, it might seem strange to question why the peace-loving (and presently rioting) left so vehemently defends “the religion of peace”.

Anyone with any recent exposure to the media has certainly heard that the reason that president-elect Donald Trump won the presidential election was all forms of bigotry, with sexism, racism, and religious intolerance topping the list of his, and his supporters’, offenses.  Those of the left promote themselves as the defenders of women’s rights, racial equality, and as the most tolerant bunch of peace-loving people to ever walk the earth.

Setting aside the fact that wage gaps, whether based on sex or race, have been disproven by economists for decades, or the unscrupulous and illegal practices of the Obama administration using the IRS to target Christian and conservative organizations, let’s just pretend that the left does actually care about women, minorities, and tolerance.  After all, most people who hold to leftist ideals are so ill-informed that they might not know what their politicians are doing and what the policies they advocate for actually produce.  So, assuming (which we know to be more than generous) that the left has the moral goals and ideals it professes to have let’s see what position Islam takes on these very issues:

Democrats and the leftist media couldn’t talk enough about the “grab ‘em by the p****y” Trump tape.  After all, the left in every way, shape, and form supports everything woman, even if they can’t explain how.  So, we should expect that Muslims would hold this same view, since the left so vehemently defends Islam, right?

So, what do actual Islamic religious and historic texts say about how  Muslim men should treat women?  Let’s take a look. The Quran, 4:24 says “And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess…”.  This passage might not seem to say much at all, so let’s look at some historical context for why Muslims say that Allah revealed this verse to Mohammad in the first place, we find this context in Suna Abu Dawud 2150 where it states “Abu Sa’id Al Khudri said “The Apostle of Allaah(ﷺ) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them.

They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of Apostle of Allaah (ﷺ) were reluctant to have relations with the female captives because of their pagan husbands. So, Allaah the exalted sent down the Qur’anic verse “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right-hand posses. This is to say that they are lawful for them when they complete their waiting period.”

This verse was “revealed” because some of the Muslims that had taken war captives were reluctant to rape them because their husbands were still alive, which would be adultery, a capital offense in Islam, luckily for them Allah jumped into to set the record straight and let them know that it wasn’t adultery if the women were captives or slaves.  This is only one instance in a nearly endless line of divinely revealed verses about how women can be treated like property in Islam.

If we had the time, we could go on to talk about how beating your wife is lawful and how the testimony of a woman is worth half that of a man, which means rape allegations can never be proven. Or to discuss left’s refusal of how the way Muslim culture views women is experiencing an extreme example in Europe.

Progressive European governments are so terrified of offending Muslims that rape allegations go unpunished as European women are experiencing record-high numbers of sexual assault incidences. Muslim migrants are used to countries in which rape is rarely punished, and instead of holding them accountable to European standards of civility and chivalry, laws are being bent to accommodate Muslim refugees.

But many more articles could be written discussing the European refugee crisis and the dangers of multi-culturalism. For now, let’s move on to the left and Islam’s view of race relations.

Despite all evidence to the contrary, the left champions itself as the defender of all racial minorities.  One of the more comical instances of this is when Collin Kaepernick, a half white, half black guy raised by an adoptive white family after being abandoned by his black father, and the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand during the playing of the National Anthem at a preseason game.

After the game, Kaepernick stated in an interview “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”  Now this is particularly interesting because not only did the leftist media fall all over themselves to report on this without end, but Kaepernick is a Muslim convert.

Maybe Kaepernick and CNN have it right, and Saudi Arabi and Qatar have it wrong.  Maybe a nation like America that was founded by white Protestants and that has codified laws protecting people of all races is, in fact, oppressive because it’s not Islamic, and Arab countries still have African slaves purely by coincidence.  Maybe Islam is not only a religion of peace, as it is always referred to as in the leftist media, but maybe it’s also a religion of racial equality founded by a strong, noble man of color with better values than the white devils that founded and spread Christianity.

Maybe, but then it must be one hell of a coincidence that not only are there repeated descriptions of Mohammad as a white man within texts held to be sacred by Muslims (Sahih Al Bukhari 63, Sahih Muslim 6081, Sahih Muslim 6071, and half a dozen others) but as a white man that owned black slaves (Sahih Al Bukhari 7263, Sahih Al Bukhari 6161, Sunan an Nusa’i 3858).

In fact, to top all of that, it’s a crime punishable by death to assert that Mohammad was a black in Islam, this can be seen in Muhammad Messenger of Allah, Ash-Shifa, a book of Mohammad’s life that is held in high regard by Muslims, where it states “…whoever says that the prophet was black is killed, the prophet was not black…”.  Not a lot of ambiguity on that one.  So far Islam looks like a misogynistic cult founded by a slave owning white man…

Things don’t get much better when we look at Islam and how it deals with anyone with dissenting views or with adherents of other religions.  While there are literally over 100 verses commanding violence toward others in the Quran, none is quite so clear and undeniable as Quran 8:12 which says, “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”.

Notice the reason for cutting off people’s heads in the verse is not self-defense, it’s not even theft, adultery, or some crime, it is for disbelief.  Yet we are told ad nauseam that when ISIS targets Christians or other religious minorities for murder that it isn’t consistent with the teachings of Islam,  despite the fact that ISIS makes videos showcasing their murders they make sure to include Quranic quotes that justify, if not command, their murder.

Yet Obama and the liberal media insisted that the actions of ISIS, and the like, are against the teachings set forth in the Quran.  Do they have any evidence to offer up in defense of their view of Islam and its teachings to counter the quotes that ISIS uses?  Yes, surprisingly enough they do, it’s Quran 5:32, which leftists and Muslims intending to mislead people about Islam will quote as saying “…if any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…” – The Holy Quran.  Despite the aforementioned discrepancies between leftism and Islam, one characteristic they do share is dishonesty.

So let’s take a closer look at this verse, and what gets excluded when Muslims or leftists quote it.  For those who like to think for themselves and would go so far as to look this verse up they would find that it reads ”On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.”.

In case you didn’t notice, the verse starts out by stating that this peaceful command was not for Muslims, but for Jews, it was taken from the Jewish Talmud.  And you will certainly not hear the next verse quoted to provide some context for what is commanded in the present tense for Muslims, it says, “The punishment of those who wage war against God and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter.”

So, the “…” that always comes before and after verse 5:32 is quite a conveniently applied “…”.  The most commonly quoted verse from the Quran used to provide evidence that Islam is a peaceful religion isn’t even an Islamic verse, it’s a Jewish one, and is proceeded by a violent command for Muslims to murder mischief makers.

So, once again, why is it that the left so loves Islam? It seems to be that Islam, unlike the pathetically weak Western left, actually poses a threat to conservative Western values.  Perhaps General Flynn said it best when he said “ Islam is a political ideology…It definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion. And I have a very, very tough time because I don’t see a lot of people screaming ‘Jesus Christ’ with hatchets or machetes or rifles shooting up clubs or hatcheting, literally axing families on a train, or like they just killed a couple of police officers with a machete. It’s unbelievable. So we have a problem.  It’s like cancer…And it’s like a malignant cancer, though, in this case. It has metastasized.”.

There isn’t a rational or logical reason for those who claim to care about women’s rights, racial minorities, or tolerance, to support Islam, but leftists aren’t rational or logical, they are ignorant and hateful.  They love Islam despite the clear danger it would put them in, because it poses a threat to that which they hate most, Western civilization.

Distill Your Own Fuel, Ethanol to Alcohol!

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Distill Your Own Fuel, Ethanol to Alcohol! Host: Nick & Don “We Grow Ours” Can you make your own fuel – at home? “Make Your Own Fuel! Alcohol Fuel Basics What if there were a fuel that was affordable, renewable, and produced right in your own community? If you’d lived 100 years ago, you would … Continue reading Distill Your Own Fuel, Ethanol to Alcohol!

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