$3 DIY Bamboo Longbow The long bow! One of the earliest weapons made by man. You can make your own from Bamboo for around 3 bucks! This is pretty powerful and will be plenty adequate to hunt small game and maybe even mid size animals. I found a great tutorial that shows you how to …
Why buy bottled Aloe vera Gel when you can grow your own plants? This is the question that most people ask when they first hear of bottled Aloe vera gel. Why would I buy it when I can grow my own? Well, there are several reasons why it is just plain convenient to buy Aloe vera gel:
1. You use a lot of Aloe and can’t grow and cultivate enough plants to supply your needs.
Some of us use a lot of Aloe vera, and if you are one of these people, you can understand my reasoning here. Personally, I use Aloe several times a day as part of my routine. Also, I use Aloe vera in a lot of homemade recipes. Add in the family members who also use aloe, and you can imagine how hard it would be to grow and cultivate enough Aloe for all of our daily needs.
2. You live in a climate where it is impossible to grow Aloe outdoors, year-round.
For those of you who live in year-round, warm weather, it is entirely possible to continuously grow your own supply of Aloe vera in an outdoor garden.
However, not all of us are fortunate enough to live in such a climate, and without a greenhouse, Aloe vera plants will not survive harsh winters.
3. You don’t have a yard, garden or greenhouse, or enough space inside to grow enough.
Many homes have limited space for potted plants and windows to supply the natural sunlight. Therefore, buying bottled Aloe vera gel is a lifesaver!
4. You just don’t have a green thumb!
Hey, not everyone loves to garden or has that green thumb to keep potted plants thriving! Aloe vera gel is the perfect solution for those who prefer not to grow it on their own!
5. There is not enough time!
Not everyone has hours to spend in the garden every day! With the hustle and bustle of daily life, jobs and family, maintaining a large garden of Aloe vera is unthinkable to some.
6. Life circumstances do not allow you to grow your own Aloe.
Maybe you don’t have the mobility anymore or have become ill. Bottled Aloe vera gel is a convenience for many people who cannot garden.
Aloe is a succulent plant with no stem, just fleshy leaves containing special sacs filled with a healing juice. Cold-pressed, fresh from the plant, this juice — or gel — can be applied to burns, cuts, wounds and sunburn with rapid anti-inflammatory and skin-healing results. In addition to these benefits, Aloe vera gel can be used for a number of other things:
- Soothes insect bites.
- Moisturizes the skin.
- Replaces face and body creams (check out the homemade Aloe skin mousse recipe listed below).
- Mixes well with essential oils (use as a carrier).
- Calms and heals rashes.
- Works as a hair gel and hair conditioner.
- Reduces dandruff.
- Prevents scarring or fades existing
- Brightens skin.
- Relieves and heals blisters.
- Reverses the signs of aging.
- Removes make-up and cleans pores.
- Lightens stretch marks.
- Prevents pimples.
- Fights athlete’s
- Soothes and relieves
- Contributes to healthy nail growth.
It is essential to pay attention to the ingredients before purchasing Aloe vera gel. Many companies claim that their gel is 100 percent pure, but that is misleading. Some will add water, color or alcohol. Others will add unnatural preservatives. In general, if there are more than six ingredients, more than likely the gel is not all-natural.
It is important to understand that any bottled Aloe vera gel will need to contain a small amount of natural preservatives. Without any preservatives, the gel will have a short shelf life and begin to grow bacteria and go bad. Because of this, the brand of bottled Aloe vera gel that you purchase should say 95-99.75 percent pure Aloe vera. Do your research and make sure that all the ingredients are natural or natural-occurring.
Homemade Aloe Gel Skin Mousse
This is an easy-to-make skin mousse formula that is super-nourishing and healing for your skin!
This is what you will need:
- A glass jar which can hold up to 20ml/4 tsp of the finished mousse.
- 3 ½ flat tsp of Aloe vera gel (all together).
- 1 tsp jojoba carrier oil.
- Small mixing spoon.
- Essential oils of your choice.
Add 3 flat teaspoons of Aloe vera gel and 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil to the jar and mix well. The oil and gel will start to combine and thicken. At this point, add another ½ tsp Aloe vera gel to the jar and keep stirring. The mixture will suddenly go smooth and slack, taking on an opaque, pale cream color. This will be enough for about 10 applications to the face. Adjust the recipe to make a larger portion for a body mousse.
You can use the mousse unfragranced, as is, or if you prefer, you can blend in 8-10 drops of essential oils to treat a particular health condition or to add fragrance to your skin mousse.
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Essential Oils for Common Sense Disaster Preparedness Essential Oils have become very popular in the past 5 years not only to heal ailments, freshen rooms naturally and clean the house but in the preparedness community especially. I have been looking for a great article on essential oils for a while now and as I only …
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Having a month supply of food storage is simpler than you might think. It’s known as a food storage starter kit. In one box (19 x 13 x 7.5) you can put 6 cans of food that will make 90 meals. The 6 cans are a bit bigger […]
Having a month supply of food storage is simpler than you might think. It’s known as a food storage starter kit. In one box (19 x 13 x 7.5) you can put 6 cans of food that will make 90 meals. The 6 cans are a bit bigger […]
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20 Tiny House Plans You Can DIY Tiny house living basically means living minimally in a small home with a size of under 500 square feet. If you’ve never heard of this concept before, you might think that it’s weird because isn’t it better to live in a modern, big house like those celebrities’ homes you …
You’re driving home from work during a blizzard and that semi-plowed road you were on suddenly disappears in a spray of snow. Whiteout! By the time it clears enough for you to see again you’re in the ditch – a small ravine really – stuck and wondering how you’re going to get out. The wind outside is blowing at a sustained 35 miles per hour and the snow is falling at three inches an hour. You hear a plow truck go by above you and when it doesn’t stop you know that any sign of your going off the road has just been covered. Your cell phone isn’t getting reception down in the small ravine you’re in, so you decide to step outside and see if you can climb high enough to get a signal.
By Jarhead Survivor, a Contributing Author of SurvivalCache and SHTFBlog
The cold wind takes your breath away when you open the door, but you clutch your cell phone tightly and and struggle out into the thigh deep snow. You’ve been at the office and your thin dress pants are soon wet, cold and clinging tightly to your legs. Your sporty jacket is decent, but the thin driving gloves you’re wearing are useless against mother nature’s brutal onslaught. You pull up the hood on your jacket and start up the hill, but soon realize there’s no way you can climb it in this weather. You decide to skirt along the base until you find a spot you can climb. Fifteen minutes later you realize you’ve made a horrible mistake and turn back towards the car, but then you realize you’re not sure what direction you came from. You’ve walked through thick brush and the snow is rapidly erasing all traces of your passage.
If you live in a snowy environment this could happen to you someday – unless you take precautions.
Blizzard of 2017
I was thinking about this yesterday as I was out in the “Blizzard of 2017” here in Maine plowing some friends out. I didn’t have to go far, maybe six miles one way, but I live in a rural area and if I’d gone off the road, it could have meant big trouble for me. I pulled my plow truck out onto the road and saw that it had been at least an hour or two since it had been plowed and there was at least four inches of snow with higher drifts in places. This might not sound like much if you’ve never driven in snow, but I assure you it’s a great recipe for disaster. Just because you have four wheel drive and a plow doesn’t mean you should go out into a blizzard if you don’t have to.
At one point, my truck started drifting off the road on a long stretch of nothing and I’ve got to admit my heart was in my throat for a few seconds until I wrestled it back onto the straightaway. I cursed myself for being stupid, but stubbornly drove on until I got to my friends house. You’re supposed to “plow with the storm” which means about every four to six inches you get out and plow if possible because when you have to push two feet of snow around it’s super hard on your truck. But then again, getting stuck in a ditch and dying is hard on the driver, so I said screw it and after I plowed him out I went home and stayed there until the storm was over.
After a few hours of being home, I got restless, so I gathered up my son and we went into the woods to check on my tipi. The wind was blowing pretty good and probably sixteen inches or more of snow had fallen by that point. (I think we would up with around 30 inches of snow for that storm.) We didn’t have too far to go and I know those woods like the back of my hand, so I didn’t feel like there was any real danger. I put on my pack and snowshoes and we walked out there with minimal difficulty, but in my head I put the scenario above together using the current conditions. It wasn’t that much of a stretch, believe me!
I’ve read stories of people who got stuck and decided to walk for help and didn’t make it. In order to solve this problem let’s go back to our Survival Rule of Three’s.
Yes, you’ve probably seen these before, but these are the basics and I think everybody should know them. (My seven year old can recite them by heart now.)
- You can survive three hours without shelter (in bad weather)
- You can survive three days without water
- You can survive three weeks without food
As you can see from the order above the first thing you should do is seek shelter, so if you’re in a frigging blizzard does it make sense to walk away from the one source of shelter that you arrived there in? No! Stay with your vehicle, at least until the storm has passed. This is the biggest mistake people make and I’ve always wondered why they do it. The only things I can come up with are panic and/or desperation. Trust me, if the snow is still falling stay with your vehicle.
I thought about my situation and about what I did wrong and what I did right. What I did wrong was to leave my driveway in a blizzard in the first place. I didn’t really have to go out, but I did. That was pretty stupid, but at least I learned from it. I also didn’t have my survival gear with me. Big red X on that one, folks. I have a big silver toolbox on the back of my truck that holds tools, various junk, and my survival kit. I took it out a few weeks ago so I could carry my snowmobile to Greenville for a riding trip with the boys, but I haven’t put it back on yet. Oops. What I did right: I was extremely well dressed for the situation and I had a wool blanket in the back of the truck. I also made sure I had a full tank of gas and my cell phone. Unlike the scenario above it worked, but they actually pulled the snowplows off the road for awhile, so I’d have been stuck good if I’d gone off the road. I could have survived the storm, but it was not a good idea to venture out when I did.
From my experience as a winter camper, mountaineer, ice climber, snowmobiler, and snowshoer, here’s a list of things that will keep you alive:
- Don’t go out if you don’t have to. Seriously folks, if you underestimate Mother Nature, she will kill you.
- Carry a sleeping bag rated for cold weather in your vehicle.
- If you’re not wearing winter clothes have some in your car or truck. These consist of:
- Winter boots
- Snow pants
- Good gloves
- Warm coat
- Snow goggles or glacier glasses
- Thick wool socks
- Water or a way to melt water. If you’re in a blizzard there’s plenty of snow to melt. Trust me.
- Alcohol or other small stove
- Small pot
- Weather radio – it’s good to know what to expect
- Only run your vehicle in short bursts to stay warm. Also – make sure that the area around your exhaust pipe is clear of snow. Getting a car full of carbon monoxide will kill you faster than the blizzard.
- Energy bars or some kind of food that doesn’t require cooking or heating. GORP would work well here.
- Cell phone and charger. If you’re stuck in a blizzard you can at least make people aware that you’re in trouble.
- Something to do. A book, game, or something to keep yourself occupied. Sitting in a car for hours and hours is boring.
So there’s a few ideas to keep you alive if you get stuck in a blizzard.
Again, the best advice I can give you is that if you know there’s a big storm coming stay home. It’s better to miss a day’s pay or that meeting than to die in a blizzard! How about it? What do you keep in your vehicle for emergencies? Questions? Comments? Sound off below!
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So I am trying to get more vegetables into our every day dinner dishes. We always have a vegetable but I want it to actually be part of the dish. A little less meat and a bit more veggies. I have saved several videos on facebook and I try them from time to time. This one just seemed appealing this week. It was made as a single serving in parchment paper on facebook but I needed an actual meal for us. I thought Michelle was going to be here too but she left with a friend instead so looks like we’ll have leftover for lunch for a few days.
Anyway, it starts with peppers and onions. I got 5 peppers marked down at the grocery store today, yellow and green. I used them all because…I don’t want any just sitting in the fridge.
Then I cut up a nice size onion. I put some boneless, skinless chicken tenders on top,
salted with pink salt, drizzled on oil, sprinkled on a packet of taco seasoning,
spread a 24 oz. jar of mild salsa on top, and then sprinkled with cheddar and Italian shredded cheese.
It was really good! Definitely a recipe to make again.
By: Tom Chatham Many Americans have been in dire straits for the past 8 years since the last economic implosion. Many still do not have full time jobs and some do not even have part time jobs. These people have been left behind while Washington plows ahead as if everything is just fine. To those […]
I’m pretty sure I posted this before, maybe last year, but in case you missed it it’s worth posting again.
Happy People: A Year in Taiga goes along the journey of one year with the professional trappers and hunters living along the Taiga river in Russia. These are hardy, no-nonsense old world people. They make a living in one of the harshest parts of the world, one that is at that beautiful and full of natural resources. The skill and resourcefulness they show is admirable.
It’s the second time I watch this documentary. Its four parts, one for each season (as in actual seasons of the year) each lasting one hour. Again, worth every minute of it.
One of the things that stuck with me this time though is that even though I bet they are happy people and some of them probably chose such a life, I sure wouldn’t trade places with them any time soon. In spite of the beautiful natural surroundings you can also see the Spartan way of life, in many ways limited. At the end of the day the trapping, fishing and hunting is done for good old money mostly, and they make rather little of it at that. Clearly being frugal is one of their main survival skills and if applied to any other line of work, likely one that pays better, it’s also understandable that a person would thrive as well.
Again, the skill and resourcefulness is amazing. How they cut down trees to make everything from skies to canoes, driving, navigating, repairing, fishing, hunting, trapping. While these people may be jack of all trades, they sure have mastered several of them as well.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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”.
The idea of packing iron around the house at home every day does not appeal to everyone. So, what are some alternatives to toting your favorite personal defense gun from room to room all the time? It may sound problematic to hide multiple guns around the house all day or night, but some other approaches can put defense guns within reach as needed.
By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache
First of all, if you want a hide gun in every room of the house, then there is nothing wrong with that “overkill” concept as it were, but just be certain that your domicile is secure inside and that everyone residing there knows guns are hidden around the place and where exactly they reside. Ideally they will be trained in quick response actions as you cannot be home all the time.
If you have young children at home or school children in and out, then extra caution is needed to avoid accidents or misuse. One idea is to place firearms up in higher places not easily accessed by young prowling eyes and fingers.
In reverse, if you are retired and at home a lot, then you can pick your own strategies for placing easy to reach firearms so long as you can remember where they are. That is not as funny as it might seem. Us older folks often go to the garage, freezer or work room and forget why we are there. Deal with it.
The Home Scenarios
An investigation of national crime statistics does reveal an increase in home invasions over the past decade especially in certain high crime areas of America. Think also in terms of such crimes that could just as well impact your bug out location during a SHTF event. Wherever you reside at any given time is under the same potential threat. This extends to travel. Whether you stay in a motel, an RV camping area, an interstate highway rest area, a national park, or at any bug out location, the threat potential remains the same.
So, what is defined as a home invasion? We typically think of this crime as somebody breaking in our house while we are at work, school, shopping, or just gone. They steal easy to grab valuables or stuff to hock at a pawn shop or on the street, then are gone in a flash. Don’t ever discount securing your home against these crimes in the first place by installing extra locks, hardened secure doors, and monitored security systems.
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Such break ins are one thing, but an invasion implies that somebody is at home at the time and therefore subject to the active threat. Often these threats can turn violent. Sexual assault, battery, and even death can result from such home invasions. “Leave no witnesses” is the standard mantra of scummier home invaders.
So, there you sit watching television in the den, office, or man cave, your wife is in the kitchen, or sewing room, and the kids are playing on their Wii. In such a scenario, you have little precious time or none to unlock a safe, open a locked gun closet, or other security practice to grab a gun to defend yourself in order to confront the threat that crashes violently into your house. Multiple Hornady gun vaults might be an option.
What you need is a defensive gun you can grip as you dash from your chair to the breeched entryway. It has to be conveniently placed and easy to grab virtually without thinking about it. It is a mindset for sure, that should be practiced.
See just how long it takes you to get out of your repose, grab a gun across the room, or in the TV controller console or off the top of a bookcase. Practice also lying on your bed, as though awakened at night, reading your favorite magazine in the restroom, or other common in home activities. Become comfortable in your movements, time response, and skills at getting into a defensive mode. It might stop an invasion and save lives.
Selecting Home Guns
Picking just the right home hiding gun is about as difficult as selecting ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins. There are a lot of flavors to choose from and a whole bunch of them are really good. This is a decision you have to make for yourself and other family members in terms of what you are comfortable with using, handling, loading, charging, aiming and shooting well especially in tight, pseudo-confined spaces such as down a hallway, or foyer, or room doorway.
The best probable choice would likely be a handgun, revolver or pistol in the category of a universal concealed weapon. That means small, easy to grip, handle, and to hide. Sure, I like a big Smith .44 Magnum with a 4-inch barrel, but it would not be the ideal handgun for this task. For this purpose, look at the 9mm or perhaps a .380 ACP with proper specialized defensive ammunition.
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If you like and can handle a 1911 semi-auto in the .45 ACP, then more power (literally) to you. These are not choices anybody else can make for you. The same principle stands if your choice, or a secondary hide gun would be a shotgun in 12 or 20 gauge. Some even might be thinking a defensive rifle such as an AR-15 as a selection, but these could become problematic once a threat is already inside the house.
In this discussion, one also has to consider the issue of bullet penetration when shooting inside a dwelling. There is ammunition available now that is intended for interior defensive use. The penetration and bullet expansion is controlled so as not to overpower the construction materials of a typical house, therefore not creating a threat to innocents in other parts of the dwelling. If you question this, practice your ammo choices on some sheetrock, 2×4 lumber, and plywood, so you’ll know its capabilities.
Also consider now whether to reply on one gun model with multiples placed in the house, or a one or two gun approach. Whatever route you choose, make certain every participant in the family is fully versed and practiced with your in home hidden defensive gun(s) defensive plan.
Hiding Home Guns
Where to hide an easy to grab defensive weapon? Walk the house, tour every room, including the kitchen and bathrooms. Where do you spend the majority of your time in the house? Scan each room with the singular goal in mind to identify secure locations to place or hide a firearm. Maybe among the books in a bookshelf, on a fireplace mantle, down beside the cushion of a couch, next to the television or stereo system.
Nearby every entry door, maybe on an umbrella stand, or next to a flower vase on a table. Perhaps there is a foyer piece of furniture to hide it. At other entries, maybe hangers mounted above the doors, or a window sill. They may be placed visible inside, but never allow them to be spotted from the outside.
Be creative where you hide home guns, but always with safety in mind. Propping a shotgun in the corner of a room may be convenient, but not secure. Place them with care, and practice moving to those locations, and drawing the weapon into a defensive position. And then hope it never comes to that. But, if it should, you’ll be ready.
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I’m sure you’ve had subscriptions in the past. Magazines. Newspapers. Netflix. It’s not a new concept to get news and entertainment by subscription. But did you know that you can also get an Ammo Subscription! Ammunition delivered to your doorstep, by subscription. Holy crap what a great prepper resource!! I can’t think of a more useful service for us gun nuts.
Imagine it: ammunition just magically appears on your doorstep. You step out and look across the street to see your gun-hating neighbor picking up her mail-order package of the latest trendy “it” thing of the moment as you reach down to pick up your much more substantial, timeless, classic monthly subscription of 7.62, 5.56 and .45 auto ammo. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Ammo Subscription Details
Subscriptions can be scheduled for delivery at every one, two, or three month intervals and can be cancelled at any time. All ammo is sold 50 rounds per box. All of the bullets are Full Metal Jacket Round Nose (FMJRN) except the .40 S&W which is Full Metal Jacket Round Nose Flat Point (FMJRNFP). The brass is re-manufactured (Reman) which means it has been fired once before, then put through a process to bring back to new specs. The best part about Reman ammo is that it is 20-30% cheaper than new brass. If you reload ammo you are familiar with this process. All of their ammo is made in the United States.
|Caliber||# of Grains||Bullet Type||Price*||Price per Round*|
|.40 S&W||180 grain||FMJRNFP||$12.92||$0.258|
|.45 ACP/Auto||230 grain||FMJRN||$14.20||$0.284|
|9mm Luger||115 grain||FMJRN||$10.15||$0.203|
|Caliber||# of Grains||Bullet Type||Price*||Price per Round*|
|.223 Remington||55 grain||FMJRN||$14.49||$0.289|
*Price at the time of this post
The only way to beat the prices that Ammo Subscriptions offers is to buy in bulk, and (often) foreign made.
Your subscription ammo is shipped by FedEx, and the shipping cost is calculated based on your shipping address. My order of one box each of .223, .9mm and .45 ACP ended up being just over $50 a month. Not bad for what you get.
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I heard Joey is starting a Risu Kobushi Bujutsu (Squirrel Fist Combat) school somewhere in Idaho. maybe near Meridian where he lives. I bet he’ll give the “non certified” instructors in Idaho a run for their money. No blue guns or belts were used by this squirrel whilst kicking the bad guy’s ass. JCD American […]
We are a couple in our early 50’s looking for someone either already off grid needing help or someone to help us prepare to go off grid. Been talking about it for several years and want to push things along. We are healthy and capable just looking for a friendly person to be part of the family. Willing to travel anywhere in the states for the right fit.
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Often times on preparedness websites (including ours) there are articles and discussions having to do with deep levels of being prepared. Regular visitors and many of those who comment may be well on their way to ‘Preparedness 401’ and may themselves be already living ‘the lifestyle’ in near optimum conditions to take on SHTF… For […]
If you’re a prepper, a simple prescription pill bottle can be incredibly useful. It’s durable, waterproof, and small enough to fit in your pocket, making it a perfect container for a mini survival kit. A couple years ago I wrote about Survival At Home’s pill bottle survival kit, but that is just one of at […]
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Life can throw a lot of different situations at you in a hurry, situations you might never see coming. With the world in the state it’s in, it can be easy to get scared and start feeling like you need to be prepared for “the worst.” The secret to having some peace of mind is being prepared ahead of time for the unpredictable. Because the very worst that can happen is a disaster in which you are unable to care for yourself or the ones you love. That’s where having the best bug-out bag comes in handy.
Article Originally published by Kelli Warner
The best bug-out bag is ready when you need it and contains everything required for living away from civilization for at least 7-days. A bug-out bag assumes that there may come a time when, for whatever reason, you have to leave your home and not return for at least a few days. It also assumes that, should things be so bad that you have to leave your home, you won’t be able to drive down to the local Wal-Mart and stock up on everything you’ll be needing. So it’s important to spend some time ahead of the disaster, assessing your current situation and needs, as well as anticipating your needs down the road. Creating the best bug-out bag you can for your family
What Is A Bug Out Bag?
Several types of emergency preparedness kits are commonly referred to as a Bug Out Bag or BOB. Each serves a different, though sometimes similar, purpose in being prepared for whatever might come your way. An everyday carry kit contains emergency essentials that you keep on your person at all times. These are items that will help you survive emergency situations and daily challenges more easily. A get home bag is designed to do just what the name implies, to get you home. It contains more gear than you would carry on your person every day, and you would typically keep it at your office or in your car. A bug out bag is an emergency kit that provides everything you need to survive for up to a week without any outside contact or resources.
It may help to think of the three types of bags this way: In the event of a disaster, your everyday carry gear gets you from where you are to your get home bag. Your get home bag gets you to your bug out bag. And your bug out bag is designed to keep you safe for an extended period of time.
Identifying Your Needs
Different factors mean different needs. Things to consider when mapping out your bug out bag should include:
Where do you live? Living in a rural or urban environment will influence your needs during a survival situation. If you’re likely to face survival in a disaster-stricken inner city environment, you may require self-defense and demolition tools more than shelter and fire starting materials. However, most people will likely attempt to make it to a wilderness area to wait out whatever situation they’re getting away from.
Where would you go if your home were no longer safe? Planning ahead gives you the opportunity to get a feel for the land and map out various strengths and weaknesses. If you require a map for your chosen area, you’ll want to include one as you pack your bug out bag.
How will you get there? Depending on the type of disaster, there’s the possibility that you’d be on foot. You may need two destinations, one you can reach by car and another by foot. If you were able to “bug out” in your vehicle, all the better, but you want to pack your bug out bag with the thought that you’ll be carrying it a long way. Keeping that in mind will help you to make realistic weight limit decisions. You could always keep an extra bag of “nice to have” items close by to throw in the back of the truck or car if you can drive.
Who depends on you? Few people live in a vacuum. If disaster struck, who would look to you for help? Do you have children in the home? A spouse or partner you need to consider? Keep these people in mind when planning your bug out bag. Involve them in planning and have them, or help them, pack a bug out bag for themselves, as well.
Unique medical needs? Do you, or those you care for, have any unique medical needs that should be considered? Rescue medications like inhalers and Epi-pens should always have a priority place in any emergency preparedness.
Once you’ve identified your needs, along with the people who will need you, make a plan with your family or extended group. Choose an area where you’ll gather should the need arise. Each person should have prepared their own bug out bag and be able to get there independently. For parents with children, consider their age and capability when creating a family disaster plan.
What Should Go In The Best Bug Out Bag?
Water – the human body can only last up to 72 hours without water. You should plan for at least a liter of water, per day, per person. Carrying all that water may not be practical, but you should have at least some packaged water in your bag, as well as ways to sanitize water for future use. Water sanitation tablets or a simple filtration system can be the easiest and lightest to pack.
Food – You’ll want food you can eat now, and ways to get food in the future. Protein bars, MREs or other dehydrated meals, jerky are great. Canned goods may be considered, but they add weight and bulk. There are many pre-packaged emergency foods available commercially. When choosing food, remember to take into account any food allergies or severe sensitivities. One of the last things you want to deal with in the bush is a severe allergic reaction.
Food preparation – Don’t forget that you’ll have to prepare your food. Be sure to include things like:
- P-38 Can opener
- Metal pot or something else to cook in
- Portable stove
- Stove fuel
- Eating utensils and dishes
- Pot scrubber to clean up after
Clothing – This is a variable component, depending on your personality, region, time of year, etc. Layering is the name of the game. Some suggestions:
- Lightweight long sleeve shirt
- At least one pair of long pants – you might consider “zip off” convertible pants
- Hiking boots (on your feet) and an extra pair of shoes, if possible.
- Underwear – a change or two, it’s up to you
- Good socks – several pairs of moisture-wicking socks
- Fleece jacket – medium weight jacket for layering
- Hat with brim
- Gloves – winter or work gloves
- Neck protection – A scarf or gator, for sun or cold
Shelter and Bed
- Tarp – must have
- Tent – optional
- Sleeping Bag – must have
- Ground pad – optional
- Extra blanket – optional
Fire – You really can never have too many methods for starting a fire. Choose at least three to pack in your bug out bag:
Tinder – You’ll want to pack several types of tinder, just in case:
- Cotton balls coated with Vaseline (keep them in a baggie, or they’ll make a mess)
- Pine chips
- Cedar shavings
- Dryer lint
- Commercial fire starters, there are many
First Aid – There are several very good first aid kits available commercially. If you want to put together your own, you’ll need at least:
- Alcohol pads
- Band aids
- Bandages with tape
- Antibiotic ointment
- Sunscreen – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and all that
- Insect repellent
- Super glue for closing wounds
- Medical needs – Inhalers, Epi-pens, blood pressure medications, etc.
- Wet napkins
- Hand sanitizer
- All purpose camp soap (dish soap or bar soap, whichever you prefer, or both)
- Mirror (hygiene and signaling)
- Small towel and a cloth
- Toilet paper (you’ll thank us later)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Personal hygiene needs – deodorant, feminine hygiene products, a brush or comb, ponytail holders if you have long hair, etc.
Tools – It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to tools. Because it’s important to keep the overall weight and bulk down, you’ll want to choose combination tools whenever possible:
- Survival knife – you may already have one as a part of your everyday carry gear, but make sure you have a backup.
- Multi-tool – there are many on the market, get one that gives you the most bang for your buck.
- Hatchet or machete – you won’t want to do everything with your knife, so taking something heavier makes sense.
Lighting – Always have at least primary and one backup light source:
- LED lamp
- Glow sticks
- Extra batteries
Communication – Consider that your cell phone may not work in an emergency. You might want to have a short wave radio, or some other means of communication with you, as well.
Cash – Travel funds. It’s a good idea to have some cash, and perhaps some gold or silver bullion coins, as well.
Local Map – Even if you’re familiar with the area take a map. Not having one could be disastrous.
Compass – you may already have a compass combined with your analog watch. If you do not, include one in your bug out bag.
Notepad and pencil – This is a good place to keep important numbers and addresses. Without a cell phone, many of us wouldn’t remember a phone number to call if we got the chance.
Self-defense – The need for a bug out bag implies that you are trying to survive. Take with you the best means of self-defense that you have. Include non-lethal means, in addition to whatever weapon you might choose to carry: whistle, pepper spray, etc. If you carry a gun, take extra ammunition, 25 rounds minimum.
Misc. items – Make choices based on your abilities, lack of ability, carrying capacity, space, etc.:
- Paracord – Must have – 50′ is a good start
- Bandannas – several cotton bandannas will come in handy for a variety of uses.
- Duct tape
- Garbage bags – 55 gal contractor bags are best
- Resealable bags – four or five, gallon and quart size
- Sewing kit
- Fishing Kit
- Face paint (optional)
- Snare Wire
How to Choose
The fact is, unless your bug out bag is a camper hooked to a truck, you just can’t take everything. That would be camping and not bugging out at all. So at some point you’ll have to make choices based on space and weight limitations. You’ll need to consider the distance you’ll be traveling, as weight can really add up over miles. Being able to get a pack on your back and walk across the yard is no test of your ability to get from point A to point B with it. Remember, the best bug out bag is the one you have when you need it. Having more than you can safely carry, could force you to make decisions about what to leave behind, while already under stress. That won’t set you up for success.
The weight recommendation for men is up to 20% of their body weight. This is an outside max, and assumes peak physical condition. Ten to 15% is a much more realistic weight goal. The weight recommendation for women is 10% to 15% max.
Everything has weight and takes up space. Refer back to your planning phase; remember to choose those items that you are most likely to need first, and add to it as space and weight allow.
Choosing a Good Pack
Keep a couple of things in mind: a compact bag, packed full, with no extra space, is going to be the easiest to carry. A larger, loosely packed bag, even with equal weight, is more uncomfortable. So choose the smallest bag that will still accommodate the volume and weight that you’re targeting. Remember, too, that the bag itself weighs something. Choosing a light but durable bag will be vital to having the best bug out bag possible.
Assembling Your Bugout Bag
Packing things flat, or rolled very tightly, will allow you to fit more in less space. Make a list of items along with their weight. Start packing the most important, keeping track of the overall weight as it grows.
Don’t overestimate your ability to carry your pack for hours at a time. This is a costly mistake that may land you without the survival gear you need. Once you’ve carried a too heavy pack as far as you’re able, you’ll have to lighten it beyond the recommended weight in order to finish your trek. That’s lose lose. Proper packing, keeping your weight limit in mind at all times, is a vital part of preparing the best bug out bag possible.
Be Prepared, Not Scared
Once you’ve packed your bug out bag, take it out for a weekend of camping and survival training. Practicing your survival skills in a non-stress environment insures that you’re ready, physically and mentally, when the challenge arises. Skills that are only in your head, may not serve you well in the field. After a weekend of surviving with your bug out bag, unpack, re-evaluate and repack. Did you find that you needed things you didn’t have? Did you have things you didn’t need, or that would have been better traded out for a different item? Preparing for the future, and whatever eventualities it may hold, allows you the peace of mind to relax and enjoy the here and now. If you’re prepared, you don’t
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It’s Presidents’ Day in the U.S., and we celebrate the 44 men who have held the office, beginning with George Washington. However, was George Washington really the first President? Seems like the simplest question that even a child could answer, but it’s not exactly as clear-cut as you’d think.
(As an aside, Donald Trump is the 45th president, but the 44rd man to hold the office, as Grover Cleveland’s two terms were not consecutive, making him both the 21st and 23rd President.)
The United States declared its independence in 1776, but George Washington didn’t take office until 1789! So who was in charge of running the country until then? Naysayers say no one, but there were a number of patriots who had the title of president. The big question is, president of what?
There were a number of Presidents of the Continental Congress, beginning with the man who signed his name in large script, John Hancock. But were the thirteen colonies now one country on July 4, 1776? Not officially. It wasn’t until the Articles of Confederation were signed in 1781 that we could say that the thirteen colonies were a new unified nation, the United States of America.
The first man elected president under the Articles of Confederation (who didn’t resign immediately, at least) was one John Hanson of Frederick County, Maryland. Who?
Like many of our Founding Fathers, John Hanson (and the eight men who served as President after him) have been relegated to the dustbin of history. Many prominent patriots don’t have statues dedicated to them in Washington, D.C. In fact, a lot of them died penniless and uncelebrated. For more info, see my article:
Once the signing of the Articles of Confederation took place in 1781, a President was needed to run the country. John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). As the first President, Hanson had quite the shoes to fill. No one had ever been President of the United States; the responsibilities were vague and ill-defined, but there were issues to be settled.
As the war for independence wound down, continental troops were demanding back salaries. Many of them were not in favor of the new government and even considered installing George Washington as King. John Hanson was responsible for quelling this discontent and held the rickety congress together.
Hanson is also responsible for ejecting foreign troops out of the new country. This wasn’t easy, as many of our allies felt they had a claim to special privileges due to their aid for the American cause. Among other things, he also established the Treasury, War, and Foreign Affairs departments. All of this in a term of office that lasted only one year.
After him, the following men were elected as President of congress:
- Elias Boudinot 1782-3
- Thomas Mifflin 1783-4
- Richard Henry Lee 1784-5
- John Hancock 1785-6 (elected but could not serve due to illness)
- Dr. David Ramsay (Nov 23, 1785 – May 12, 1786)
- Nathaniel Gorham (May 15, 1786-Nov. 5, 1786)
- Arthur St. Clair 1787-8
- Cyrus Griffin 1788-9
So why don’t we recognize these patriots as our first Presidents? Because we didn’t yet have a constitution that gave the federal government any significant power. As such, they served as President of Congress more than as leader of a united country.
Therefore, George Washington was the first president to serve under a firm constitution that established the United States that we know today. The first 9 presidents? They have faded into history, but let’s not forget their service to a fragile new entity that became a great nation.
Joe Alton, M.D.
You won’t learn about American presidents in the third edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, but you’ll learn a lot about how to deal with medical issues in disasters and epidemics!
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I know that Spiritual Warfare is a relatively new concept within the Modern Church (although the Early Church was well acquainted with it). And I know that there are many Pastors who will say they don’t believe in it; or at least do not want to consider it as part of shepherding their flock. Furthermore, while I believe that Jesus desires us all to engage in spiritual warfare, [in order to take territory from the Enemy and establish His Kingdom on earth], I do not necessarily think that everyone is equipped to do it. It takes someone with precise and clear knowledge of their Bible to understand that though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).
It is important to believe that you have been given the Authority to wage spiritual warfare, and then to believe that the Power of Heaven [through your faith in Jesus] is solidly behind you. You must wage this spiritual war for the right reasons — to perpetuate the works of Jesus: healing, deliverance, and salvation, thereby establishing His Kingdom. And I will tell you, it’s a definite learning experience. As we boldly trust Jesus and the Holy Spirit to guide us, we are progressing and learning new tactics. That results in God expanding our territory, and giving us harder assignments. But if you know that you have the Power of Jesus in you, who can defeat you? It truly is a matter of trust and confidence in Him.
That being said, I thought you might find it interesting if I shared some of the finer points of spiritual warfare that have characterized the experiences of my husband and myself. While they represent a common thread in the lives of people, I assure you that each person’s spirit perceives them to be unique to their life and circumstances. And I’m pretty sure that some of what I’m about to share will sound too fantastic to be true, but it is my honest testimony of the Truths Jesus has shown me.
Furthermore, it is imperative that you understand that the primary way in which Jesus and the Holy Spirit are able to communicate with a wounded and hurting person is through their imagination… Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered (Proverbs 28:26). Here, Strong’s Concordance defines “wisdom” as the Hebrew word CHOKMAH, meaning experience, shrewdness, special abilities. The Concordance further states that “the prerequisite [for wisdom] is a desire to follow and imitate God as He has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ, without self-reliance [and especially not in a spirit of pride]”. All this to point out that we are spirits in physical bodies, and our spirits can supernaturally connect with our Savior through our minds and imaginations.
And there will likely be those who say they see nothing of this sort in the Bible. But didn’t the Pharisees accuse Jesus of consorting with Beelzebub when He healed the blind and dumb man? And unfortunately, as I pointed out in this post, our English Bibles only have one word for all the miraculous works that the Father did through His Son. That word is healed and it connotes far more than physical healing. Just in the single verse of Luke 7:21, Scripture tells us, In that hour He healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind He bestowed sight. That verse speaks volumes. If we were honest with ourselves, we would admit that there there are supernatural inferences in the Bible that we may never understand. But I fear that this has resulted in man limiting all that Jesus can do when interacting (communicating) with our spirits. He has certainly showed me that nothing is outside His creative ability when it comes to setting a captive free!
So, for now, I hope that at least you will consider that the word “healed” leaves us with a limited understanding of all that Jesus did. In fact, Strong’s Concordance has shown me that the word “healed”, in this instance, is the Greek word Sózó, meaning to save, heal, preserve, rescue, deliver, [set free]. And when you look up the words “Blind” and “Sight” for this particular verse, the Concordance reveals this: Jesus is referring to people who were [metaphorically] “enveloped in the smoke of pride and self-conceit; lifted up with pride” (blind). But Jesus bestowed sight, which is defined as “intense, earnest perception”. And what were they perceiving? The Source of the Power by which Jesus healed them!
It is time that the 21st Century Body of Christ perceives the Truth of the Word! And just as in Luke 7:21, Jesus is raising up a spiritual army of men and women who are being “healed”; people who are throwing off their Doubt and Unbelief and Pride — the root sins that keep us from allowing Jesus to heal our physical and spiritual wounds, and to receive and use His Power within us. So, in Part One, I’d like to show you the most common responses we’ve seen to this uncommon ministry. I want to share how the Holy Spirit has guided us in helping Jesus to set these captives free…
1) Why didn’t Jesus stop it? This is perhaps the Number One question, and the biggest hurdle to overcome for anyone who has been oppressed by the Enemy. And it doesn’t matter what the “it” is. Whether it is child molestation, a parent abandoning them, bullying, infidelity, physical and/or emotional abuse, or any number of methods Satan uses to entrap us — it all spells P-A-I-N.
Even if individuals can see in the spirit, and imagine Jesus being with them through the pain, they cannot understand why He allowed it to happen. The fact that He never left them nor forsook them in their pain is not enough for some people to heal. They cannot forgive Him for not stopping the act, whatever it might be.
To be honest, I had difficulty in explaining it to both the person’s [and my own] satisfaction. Explaining that Free Will is a principle instituted by God [and given to us all], and that He cannot violate His principles — in other words, pick and choose whose free will He is going to void; yours or your perpetrator — does not ease the pain, nor adequately explain to them why they had to suffer. Their pain is personal and they don’t understand why they had to suffer because of someone else’s free will decision.
Like I said, that has been a hard concept to swallow, and hard for me to defend … UNTIL, in a recent session, the Holy Spirit gave me supernatural understanding into why seeing Jesus with them is so important. When I point out that God didn’t even stop His own Son’s crucifixion, and that even Jesus questioned why His Father had forsaken Him, every victim suddenly realizes that Jesus chose to be there with them in their pain. He is uniquely qualified to know how they feel. He, too, understands what it is like to wonder why the painful event wasn’t stopped. Although He couldn’t stop it, He was there with them, to share in their burden. And they begin to understand that God loves them so much, He allowed His Son to suffer (even though it was within His power to stop the crucifixion) in order that Jesus could identify with our suffering, meet us in our pain, and help us to begin to heal. I have literally seen the shadow of demonic torment be lifted from a person’s countenance with this revelation.
2) People are often angry with God. That is only natural, and to be expected at first. When you are an innocent victim of another person’s evil free will, it is understandable to want to blame someone. And if you are a Christian, it can shatter your impression of a loving, caring God.
But to a Believer, this can also cause confusion and doubt. We know God loves us. To some, it seems blasphemous to be angry at our Creator. To others, it completely changes how they view God, and their anger gets compartmentalized, because it is the only way they can move on and remain a faith-filled Christian. But whenever anger surfaces in someone, I have never sensed that the Holy Spirit judges or condemns. It is understood that Anger is a spirit introduced by the Enemy and the power of Jesus is greater than any power of a demonic spirit. It then becomes important to get the inner person, the victim, to be set free from the bondage the devil has imposed on them.
3) A victim is unwilling to see or look for Jesus in the event. It has been extremely illuminating to see the different responses to seeing Jesus in hurtful circumstances. Some see Him right away and rush into His arms; one might see Him, but angrily refuse His open arms, wanting nothing to do with Him; still others are indifferent to Him, almost mocking the thought that He could comfort them.
We know that Jesus is the One who heals, not my husband or myself, and the victim certainly has not been able to heal themselves, or they wouldn’t be suffering the oppression in the first place. We have discovered that Jesus is the key to healing, and if a victim is reluctant to accept His comfort, or unresponsive to His presence, then the Holy Spirit has given us an alternate route to take.
My husband is particularly good at listening to the Holy Spirit for cues, and this is what he has been shown… If a victim can’t let themselves see Jesus, or wants nothing to do with Him, we can ask them to picture a place that is peaceful and safe. They may choose a beach or a mountain cabin. It doesn’t matter where it is, as long as it has meaning to them. And you can see their body visibly relax as they picture that place.
We have then been able to ask them to close their eyes, search their spirit and see if there are any younger versions of themselves that are struggling. It is amazing! Everyone has been able to identify at least one or more versions of themselves that are floundering, or not at peace — and it is usually a vision of themselves at an age that a painful event in their life occurred.
We can ask them to just envision absorbing that younger self into their spirit, assuring them that they are protected, and taking them to that safe place. We can ask them to do that for each version of a younger self that feels “out of the loop” with the adult self. Once they are all comfortable in the safe place, the person is no longer fragmented by feelings of anger or fear or self-rejection. Sometimes that’s enough to heal the confused spirit, or if necessary, it is a good time to re-introduce Jesus to the whole person, who is now able to accept His loving embrace and spiritual healing.
I’m sure we have all expressed at one time or another … “I just don’t feel like myself”. I would submit to you that the Enemy is exploiting some part of your soul, and keeping you in a state of division within yourself. If he can get some part of you working against your spirit, who abides in Jesus, then he can lay waste to your peace, and your divided “household will fall”.
By the way, if you have a theological difference, or can’t embrace this concept, then feel free to comment, and let’s talk about it. We need to have an open discussion on the subject and begin to have an honest conversation, because in the next post, I will be going even deeper.
In Part Two of What I Have Learned By Doing Spiritual Warfare, I will explain the lengths to which the Enemy has gone to keep people in bondage, and how the Holy Spirit has guided us into more complex ways to help set the captives free. And I’m sure that they are not any more sensational than the works of Jesus in His day. I simply hope you will be able to see how precious each life and spirit are to God, the Father, and to His Son.
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom.”
Almost 250 years ago, a band of brave men and women stood up to a tyrannical government and entered into open rebellion against it.
These rebels were motivated by a desire for liberty, not wanting their lives to be controlled by a distant government which had no idea of who they were or what their lives were like. Their rebellion became a war, which they ultimately won, creating the United States of America.
The battle cry which brought those Founding Fathers to open warfare was “taxation without representation.” They were offended by the need to pay taxes to a distant government which didn’t look after their needs.
But even worse than that, they were taxed without being allowed any representation in the parliament of that country. To them, taxation without representation was tyranny, and they rose up against it.
The opening move in that rebellion was one of controlled violence. A band of rebels, disguised as American Indians, boarded three American owned and built ships tied up to Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts. There, they bound the guards, and proceeded to throw the contents of 342 crates of tea, belonging to the British East Indian Company.
Why would they do such a thing? More directly, why would my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Silas Hubble (that’s five “greats”), a law-abiding subject of England, choose to partake in such an event? Because that tea carried a tax stamp. One more tax, levied by the English Crown, on colonists who were not represented in Parliament. That stamp became a symbol of the tyranny of England, calling for its destruction, along with the tea that bore it.
The Boston Tea Party became the spark which unified the colonies and started the war. Americans from all walks of life, gathered together to form an army, an army with one purpose – only that of throwing off the tyrannical rule of Britain.
Interestingly enough, the men who participated in this raid were very concerned about not breaking the law or causing damage to the owners of those ships. They did no violence to the members of the crews guarding those ships, merely binding them. The only damage they inflicted on those ships was a broken padlock, holding shut the hatch to the hold. They had to remove it to gain access to the tea, so they bought another padlock and left it for the captain of that ship.
This is an interesting contrast to the protests and demonstrations we see today, which are marked not only by their violence, but by their wonton destruction as well. Demonstrators, or more likely the paid agitators in their midst, make a point of breaking windows, overturning police cars and setting buildings on fire. Silas Hubble and his compatriots would be horrified.
Another huge difference between that demonstration and the demonstrations of today was their purpose. The Founding Fathers fought for freedom, which to them, meant freedom from government interference. But today’s protesters and revolutionaries are bound by the common thread of wanting a more oppressive government, one that cares for them from cradle to grave.
These demonstrators commonly call for a socialist form of government, not really understanding what that means. To them, socialism is the government giving them freebies.
But they fail to realize that for the government to do that, they must take that money and the individual freedom of their fellow Americans. Few of them have been on the other side of the fence, watching their paycheck diminish as the government took more and more away in the form of taxes.
Breaking from Tyranny
The American Revolution was against tyranny and those who joined in had a clear understanding of what that tyranny looked like. An overbearing government, far removed from their daily lives, was stealing from them in the form of taxes, while not giving them anything in return. That was tyranny.
So they went to war, an upstart collection of colonies against the mightiest army and navy in the world. That, in and of itself was remarkable. To think that untrained farmers and craftsmen would stand up against the might of the British government was truly amazing.
But to see them win and cast off the yoke of tyranny was even more amazing. They accomplished what nobody else thought was possible and so founded the greatest nation on the face of the Earth.
Having just broken the bonds of tyranny, the Continental Congress wanted to protect their fledgling nation from it ever occurring again. Through much hard work and thought, hammering out the details in endless debates, they crafted one of the greatest political documents of history – the United States Constitution.
The purpose of the Constitution was to define and establish the government of this new nation. It was written with certain goals in mind, amongst which was minimal central government, creating a balance of power between the central government and the states, and splitting the government’s power between three separate, but equal branches, so that power could not be consolidated in one branch or in the hands of one individual.
That is not to say that all of the Founding Fathers were comfortable with the restraints that the Constitution placed upon the government. Some wanted a strong central government, with limited state powers. But that group ultimately lost out to those who wanted a small federal government.
Another disagreement led to the writing of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. Some felt that the Constitution, as drafted, guaranteed those rights. But others did not feel so, as they were not specifically enumerated.
Ultimately, this latter group won out, and the Bill of Rights was created. Once again, its purpose was to limit government power, not to give the government power.
Remember that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects peoples’ right to keep and bear arms for purposes that include self-defense. The Second Amendment was written so you can defend yourself!
Yet when we look at Washington today, we see a massive bureaucracy, which tries to meddle in every area of our lives. The Founding Fathers would be horrified by this, as it is the last thing they ever wanted. If anything, the Constitution and Bill of Rights give more power to the “several states” rather than to the central government. Yet the central government has stolen that power.
There is nothing which demonstrates more clearly than the Civil War how state power has been stolen.
While the main motivating factor in Southern cessation was slavery, the fact that the federal government didn’t allow them to secede, but rather went to war over it, was a massive theft of state powers by the federal government. In it, the several states lost their right to determine whether they would freely associate with the rest of the nation, or not.
Were the Founding Fathers to resurrect today, the first thing they would do is scale the federal government back. The Old Executive Office Building, originally built in 1871, was erected to be the home of the Departments of State, War (Army) and Navy. Yet today, it houses none of these functions, merely acting as an annex to the White House and holding additional staff members to the President.
To those Founding Fathers, several of the departments of the Executive Branch would be baffling, seen as unnecessary or as treasonous to the American people. They had fought for liberty and to find departments of the government which were meddling in the affairs of the citizens would bother them greatly. To them, the federal government we have today, would be even worse than the government they broke away from in the Revolutionary War.
Giving our government the benefit of the doubt (something I’m not normally wont to do), I believe that some of those departments would be accepted and understood by the Founding Fathers, after explanation and reflection. But not many.
Overall, they would see them as unnecessary meddling in the lives and businesses of the American people. In the cases of things that are necessary governmental services, such as education, they would ask why that wasn’t left at the state or even local level, as it was during their time.
But no governmental department would bother them more than the infernal IRS. Considering that they had just fought a war to get out from under the yoke of unreasonable taxation, the very idea that the American people would tolerate the existence of such an organization would be baffling. It would not surprise me if they were to rush it en masse, burning the building to the ground, as soon as they were made aware of its presence.
The original Continental Congress, which published the Declaration of Independence wasn’t made up of professional politicians. Rather, it was made of farmers and businessmen, who left their homes to go to Boston and returned back home after the government’s business was concluded.
Alexander Hamilton, who presided over that Congress, was a ship’s captain, who returned to his ship and set sail, once the Congress was dismissed.
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In creating the United States of America, the Founding Fathers were breaking away from the aristocratic rule of European countries. There would be no hereditary royalty who ruled the people, but rather representatives who were elected from the communities they represented.
There was to be no permanent political class either. Representatives would be farmers, craftsmen and business owners who had earned the trust of their neighbors. They would serve in government part time, returning to their communities to run their farms and businesses.
Yet today we have a permanent political class, where most of our politicians at the federal level have spent their entire professional lives as politicians. Few of them have any other skills or know any other profession than that of governing, and because of that, they are largely disconnected from the people that they represent.
I can clearly imagine any one of the Founding Fathers facing off against Congress and using Donald Trump’s famous line, “You’re fired!” They would see the permanent political class as nothing more than the permanent ruling class in England, something that they tried to eradicate on these shores.
Balance of Power
As the Founding Fathers looked closer, they would quickly see how the balance of power between the three branches of government has been corrupted. Through the years, both the Executive and Judicial branch have stolen power from the Legislative branch, reducing the influence of Congress, while increasing their own.
The idea of governing by executive fiat was never a part of the original plan, although power for executive orders are written in the Constitution. But that was only intended to give the president power to execute laws that were already in existence; not create his own or eliminate those he didn’t like.
Likewise, the judicial branch was never given power to create their own laws by the decisions handed down from the bench. Their function was limited to determining whether the laws created by Congress had been broken or not.
Decisions such as Roe vs. Wade and the supposed right of homosexuals to marry in same sex marriages would horrify them; not just for the lack of morality behind those decisions, but because the Supreme Court was adding “rights” to the Constitution which didn’t exist.
Morality & Religion
Speaking of morality, we must remember that of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, 53 of them were Christians. Twenty-seven of them had attended seminary. This nation was founded as a Christian nation; the only one in the history of the world.
Yet, Barack Obama’s declaration that this is no longer a Christian nation is much closer to the truth than many of us would care to face. Christianity is on the decline, rapidly being replaced by Secular Humanism, Islam, the New Age movement and outright atheism.
Many of the original settlers on these shores came here for religious liberty. At that time, the phrase “religious liberty” referred to the expression of the Christian religion, not Islam, secular humanism or any of the other religions which are seeking to take over society. They were concerned about a government sponsored church forcing everyone to accept the “official” version of Christianity, as the Church of England imposed upon their society. Hence the First Amendment gives us the right to freedom of religion.
Nevertheless, the morals of today, or more correctly the lack of morals in our modern society, would be shocking to the Founding Fathers. They created this country to be a Christian country, expressing Christian values and living in accordance with the commandments of the Bible. What it has become today would be both shocking and repugnant to them.
Helping the Poor
The poor have always existed. The most ancient evidence that exists shows poor people populating the world. In fact, the vast majority of people have been poor, throughout the majority of history. Helping the poor was seen as a work for churches, religious societies and other “do-gooder organizations” (non-profit corporations).
Some of the poor were poor due to circumstances beyond their control. These are often referred to as the “widows and orphans” of history. The Christian Bible even makes reference to them, admonishing Christians to help them out.
But there were others who were poor because of drunkenness, laziness and a lack of a good work ethic. While their numbers were much lower than those of today, they existed.
In the culture of the 1700s and 1800s such people were looked down upon. Their problems were seen as something of their own creation. As such, they earned no pity and were not supported by the community. Any handouts were reserved for those considered to be “legitimately poor,” the aforementioned widows and orphans.
The idea that the government would be in the business of redistributing wealth to help the poor was something totally foreign to them. They would not understand it.
While they were all good men, who probably would have reached out a hand to help a person in need, they would never think that their taxes would be spent in such a way. They especially wouldn’t think that entitlements would become the single largest part of government spending.
Yet that’s what we have today. I can see these men admonishing citizens and especially the church, to take up this burden and remove it from the government. They would probably be some of the first to give, in order to make this possible.
In reality, the America of today is vastly different from the America of our Founding Fathers. We have come so far down the road of change, that it’s doubtful that they would recognize the country as being the one they had founded. While some of that can be written off to changes in society and technology, even without those changes, they would not recognize the country we have become.
More than anything, they would be concerned about the size of our federal government, both in the amount of wealth it takes from our economy and the amount of regulatory burden it puts on people’s lives. While some of that is obviously necessary, they could not accept it as it is.
Were the Founding Fathers alive today, we could expect a second American Revolution, and they’d be the ones to start it.
This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.
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This is my quick and easy French bread you can make at the last minute for any meal. It’s very simple to make, it’s moist in the center and a little crispy on the outside. This recipe is an old family recipe, and my four daughters would sell the bread door to door to make a little spending money when they were younger. We sold it at church bazaars and at school functions. We got orders ahead of time when people were having spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. It’s a favorite bread when taking dinner to neighbors with a pot of chicken noodle soup.
The original recipe from almost 40+ years ago calls for shortening. I use butter these days, but most any oil could be substituted. Here’s the deal with this recipe, it says it makes three loaves. You could make two larger loaves or make the three skinny loaves I made with a pan I have had for years. You can make this bread dough in a large bowl or use a Bosch bread mixer like I did. As you know, I love pictures to visualize what I am going to make, so today here are my pictures for this bread. I have a PRINTABLE recipe available at the bottom. The thing I like about this recipe is that it doesn’t need eggs. If you have chickens that produce eggs that is great, but I rarely buy eggs these days because I am trying to eat less dairy. So let’s get started with this easy French bread recipe.
Just so you know, I dump everything in my Bosch and start mixing. Yep, I start it on low and work up to high, it’s an easy to make this recipe, I promise. It’s actually a no-fail recipe that anyone can make. You can actually make French bread rolls with the same recipe. Just mold them differently and cut the cooking time according to how big you make the rolls. You can make these loaves on a greased cookie sheet as well. You may remember, I worked at a fabulous Kitchen store and I loved to buy the fancy kitchen tools because I enjoy cooking and baking almost everything.
Easy French Bread
2-1/2 cups hot water
4 teaspoons SAF instant yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening (I used melted butter)
6 cups white bread flour
I dump everything in a bowl or my Bosch bread mixer and mix the dough about 6-8 minutes.
I then cut the dough with a dough cutter into three sections. OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper
I roll out the three pieces of dough into a rectangle shape and roll up into a tube shape and place on a greased cookie sheet or French bread/baguette pan as shown: Chicago Metallic Commercial II Non-Stick Perforated Baguette Pan
Grease some plastic wrap and cover the dough and let rise until double in size. Just before placing the loaves in the oven to bake, use a sharp knife to slice a few shallow cuts on the diagonal on the top of the dough. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown. Lightly brush the baked loaves with butter on the tops and serve while warm.
PRINTABLE recipe: Easy French Bread by Food Storage Moms
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Love him or hate him, there’s definitely one thing that you cannot deny about Bill Gates. He’s a guy who is in the know. Since he made his billions, he has brushed shoulders will all manner of experts and powerful people. That’s why regardless of how you feel about him, you should listen up when he provides a warning. Even if that warning is BS, it’ll tell you a lot about what is on the minds of the most powerful people in the world. Those individuals are after all, well acquainted with each other.
In this particular instance however, there is no BS. Before speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, he told The Telegraph that biological terrorism is one of the gravest threats we face today, perhaps even more so than nuclear war. He believes that within the next 10-15, it’s likely we’ll face a bioweapon that could kill hundreds of millions of people.
“Natural epidemics can be extremely large. Intentionally caused epidemics, bioterrorism, would be the largest of all.
“With nuclear weapons, you’d think you would probably stop after killing 100million. Smallpox won’t stop. Because the population is naïve, and there are no real preparations. That, if it got out and spread, would be a larger number.”
Of course, engineered bioweapons have been around for a long time. But Bill Gates explained in simple terms why the threat is greater now than ever before.
He said developments in genetic engineering were proceeding at a “mind-blowing rate”. Biological warfare ambitions once limited to a handful of nation states are now open to small groups with limited resources and skills.
He said: “They make it much easier for a non-state person. It doesn’t take much biology expertise nowadays to assemble a smallpox virus. Biology is making it way easier to create these things.”
Gates is absolutely right about that. What used to take massive laboratories, hundreds of researchers, and millions of dollars, could one day be accomplished by a handful of people in a basement with a shoestring budget. We’re rapidly approaching a future where a manufactured virus capable of killing millions and completely upending global civilization, can be created by nearly anyone with the proper skills and a few thousand dollars worth of equipment.
To put that in perspective, there’s only a handful of people in the world who are capable of ordering a nuclear strike on another nation. How many people are there in the world with the kind of skills that would allow them to make a world-ending virus? Tens of thousands of people perhaps. How many people in the world have the means and ability to learn these skills? Perhaps hundreds of thousands. And that number could grow as technological advances make genetic engineering easier. So if hundreds of thousands of people had their finger on the red button, you have to ask yourself, how long would it take before someone pushes it?
This is the world we live in now. A global pandemic engineered by terrorists is practically inevitable, and will likely be seen in our lifetimes. Make sure that you have the right skills and the right gear to see your family through it.
Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.
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