7 Things Your Doctor’s Not Telling You About Coconut Oil

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7 Things Your Doctor’s Not Telling You About Coconut Oil

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Do you notice more coconut oil in your grocery, discount or health food store? Coconut oil is everywhere, and in everything, from food to beauty products, as more people discover its benefits.

Health-conscious people have known about coconut oil for many years. As its popularity increases, so has its availability. Common in the Philippines, where it’s grown and produced, this simple oil is nothing short of miraculous because of the many things it can do. After harvesting, the white coconut “meat” is removed, dried and pressed to remove the oil.

Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA), which has long been thought to clog arteries, although newer studies are showing just the opposite. MCFA digests differently than long-chain fatty acids, starting in the digestive system. They’re sent directly to the liver, where they are turned into ketone bodies (water-soluble molecules) used for energy in your kidneys, brain and muscles. But you likely won’t hear this from your doctor.

Just 30 Grams Of This Survival Superfood Provides More Nutrition Than An Entire Meal!

If you’ve never tried coconut oil, (and you’re not allergic) here are seven reasons why you should:

Coconut oil. . .

1. Is better for cooking. Hydrogen molecules are added to soy or other “vegetable” oils to extend shelf life. This type of oil can turn trans-fat when you cook with it. Coconut oil has a naturally long shelf life without preservatives, withstands higher cooking temperatures and can be used in place of butter or olive oil. It’s liquid above 76 degrees Fahrenheit, and solidifies at lower temperatures.

2. Has natural anti-fungal properties. If you suffer with heartburn, acid reflux, bloating or other digestive issues, you may have an overgrowth of Candida albicans, or yeast overgrowth in your gut. Coconut oil’s lauric acid fights back. Taken daily, the oil’s acids help reduce and eliminate “bad” bacteria in the gut and allow healing.

3. Helps with weight loss and energy. Coconut oil’s MCFA helps the body metabolize fat, which is used for energy. These acids also keep your blood sugar stabilized and prevent cravings for salty or sweet junk food. Fat also provides better satiety longer, which keeps you from eating what you shouldn’t.

7 Things Your Doctor’s Not Telling You About Coconut Oil

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4. Can help with hair repair and re-growth. The small molecules of the medium-chain fatty acid are able to penetrate the hair shaft better than other oils.

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Coconut oil prevents frizzing much better than silicone- or alcohol-based products, which can dry your hair. A very small amount hand-rubbed onto towel-dried hair before drying and styling works well to stop frizz and give a healthy shine.

5. Has been shown to improve cognitive functioning in Alzheimer’s patients. Ketones supply the brain with energy, and coconut oils create an alternate source. There are numerous stories of diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients who started taking coconut oil daily and saw improvements.

6. Is a natural moisturizer. Your skin is your biggest organ and will absorb anything you put on it—including chemicals in your toiletries. Coconut oil is easily absorbed into your skin with no toxic chemicals. Use a small amount on your hands, feet, or any place you need a little extra moisture.

7. Can help improve dental care. Oil-pulling,” or simply swishing coconut oil around in your mouth, coats your teeth and helps remove plaque, stains and odor. It’s primarily an Ayurvedic medicine practice, but is gaining attention (and fans) here in the US. Oil-pulling also helps with bleeding gums and heart health by helping to remove oral bacteria that can migrate into the heart.

Do you need any more reasons to try coconut oil?

*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please consult with a qualified health professional first about this method.

Are you a fan of coconut oil? Share your uses for it in the section below:

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Swamp Dupes President Trump into Expanding US War into Syria

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Let me get right to the point.  President Trump is a complete moron if he honestly believes his military advisors are setting him up for success.  I want President Trump

The CIA WikiLeaks Revelation: Does It Affect Your Prepping?

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CIA WikiLeaks

“Documents released Tuesday by WikiLeaks allege a CIA surveillance program that targets everyday gadgets ranging from smart TVs to Smartphone’s to cars”.

“Such snooping, WikiLeaks said, could turn some of these devices into recorders of everyday conversations — and could also circumvent data-scrambling encryption on communications apps such as Facebook’s WhatsApp” (FoxNews.com, 2017).

To some people, this comes as no surprise that government agencies are snooping. That’s what they do is snoop, however, most people assumed they were checking up on foreign governments and their people, not us here in the heartland. Well, we don’t know for sure whom they are targeting, we don’t know yet anyway. They have the technology, however, but is doesn’t necessarily mean they are using or have used it.

You may have a firearm in the home and have never used it, so the fact that they have the ability to use the technology doesn’t mean they have. Nevertheless, to be safe, and to practice good OPSEC, or Operational Security assumes they do use it, and that others and not necessarily state-sponsored players have the technology as well.

There are always pros and cons’. Technology makes our life easier, saves lives, and even extends our lives in some cases, but there is always a price to pay, and in today’s world, it seems increasing clear that only a select few have advanced technology.

Oh, we have our computers, Smartphone’s, and we can order a pizza by voice commands while taking a shower using a device that sits on the counter ready to cater to our every whim. We can drive vehicles that know when we doze off, or are ready to rear end another vehicle, but we survived for decades before all this came about. However, will we survive the advancement of technology, we survived without it, but can we survive with it.

Are You Worried

Taking the long view, we should be concerned that America’s secrets are always up for sale, or that someone with a grievance or agenda can gain access and spill all to the world. Whether it affects you personally is another matter, but the nation’s security can be and could be at some future point put at risk, which would affect us all.

No one cares that you just bought 100 pounds of rice and beans at a big box store, no one cares that you ordered 1,000 rounds of .22LR online. No one cares until given a reason to care.

Posting online unless it condones violence, or you start make threats will not gain anyone’s attention; unless of course your passport is so stamped with foreign travel, you need a separate page.

Who has heard the saying, “Show me who you hang with and I will tell you who you are”. It holds some truth, but given the Internet today and world coverage, you may not know whom you are interacting with online. Are they under surveillance have they done something to get noticed, are they on anyone’s radar. Do you know?

Just be careful about what you do online, and who you may friend, email or simply correspond with.

OPSEC means you keep secrets, and if everyone knows your secrets then well, they are not secrets are they. 

If you are worried about some chain smoking Intel analysts hunching over his keyboard every night tuning into your bedroom drama using your smart TV then unplug it. Technology hasn’t advanced to the point to where someone can remotely plug your TV back in.

Take the battery out of your Smartphone if you want to ensure your private conversations at home or anywhere stay private. Unplug your laptop so the camera and microphone cannot be activated and make sure your children’s computers and iPads are off, covered up, closed, or put in a closet at night.

The technology is there for spying but they can’t spy if the technology is not powered up or not on your person. Technology is rather easy to defeat when you think about it. No battery installed, and no power means technology is in the dark. Use common sense, don’t talk too much, and do not get into arguments with online forum trolls, who delight in raising your blood pressure in hopes you reveal some personal info as you struggle to one-up them.

FoxNews.com. (2017, March 9). Retrieved 2017, from http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/09/outside-contractors-for-cia-reportedly-eyed-in-wikileaks-dump-probe.html

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The CIA WikiLeaks Revelation: Does It Affect Your Prepping?

CIA WikiLeaks

“Documents released Tuesday by WikiLeaks allege a CIA surveillance program that targets everyday gadgets ranging from smart TVs to Smartphone’s to cars”.

“Such snooping, WikiLeaks said, could turn some of these devices into recorders of everyday conversations — and could also circumvent data-scrambling encryption on communications apps such as Facebook’s WhatsApp” (FoxNews.com, 2017).

To some people, this comes as no surprise that government agencies are snooping. That’s what they do is snoop, however, most people assumed they were checking up on foreign governments and their people, not us here in the heartland. Well, we don’t know for sure whom they are targeting, we don’t know yet anyway. They have the technology, however, but is doesn’t necessarily mean they are using or have used it.

You may have a firearm in the home and have never used it, so the fact that they have the ability to use the technology doesn’t mean they have. Nevertheless, to be safe, and to practice good OPSEC, or Operational Security assumes they do use it, and that others and not necessarily state-sponsored players have the technology as well.

There are always pros and cons’. Technology makes our life easier, saves lives, and even extends our lives in some cases, but there is always a price to pay, and in today’s world, it seems increasing clear that only a select few have advanced technology.

Oh, we have our computers, Smartphone’s, and we can order a pizza by voice commands while taking a shower using a device that sits on the counter ready to cater to our every whim. We can drive vehicles that know when we doze off, or are ready to rear end another vehicle, but we survived for decades before all this came about. However, will we survive the advancement of technology, we survived without it, but can we survive with it.

Are You Worried

Taking the long view, we should be concerned that America’s secrets are always up for sale, or that someone with a grievance or agenda can gain access and spill all to the world. Whether it affects you personally is another matter, but the nation’s security can be and could be at some future point put at risk, which would affect us all.

No one cares that you just bought 100 pounds of rice and beans at a big box store, no one cares that you ordered 1,000 rounds of .22LR online. No one cares until given a reason to care.

Posting online unless it condones violence, or you start make threats will not gain anyone’s attention; unless of course your passport is so stamped with foreign travel, you need a separate page.

Who has heard the saying, “Show me who you hang with and I will tell you who you are”. It holds some truth, but given the Internet today and world coverage, you may not know whom you are interacting with online. Are they under surveillance have they done something to get noticed, are they on anyone’s radar. Do you know?

Just be careful about what you do online, and who you may friend, email or simply correspond with.

OPSEC means you keep secrets, and if everyone knows your secrets then well, they are not secrets are they. 

If you are worried about some chain smoking Intel analysts hunching over his keyboard every night tuning into your bedroom drama using your smart TV then unplug it. Technology hasn’t advanced to the point to where someone can remotely plug your TV back in.

Take the battery out of your Smartphone if you want to ensure your private conversations at home or anywhere stay private. Unplug your laptop so the camera and microphone cannot be activated and make sure your children’s computers and iPads are off, covered up, closed, or put in a closet at night.

The technology is there for spying but they can’t spy if the technology is not powered up or not on your person. Technology is rather easy to defeat when you think about it. No battery installed, and no power means technology is in the dark. Use common sense, don’t talk too much, and do not get into arguments with online forum trolls, who delight in raising your blood pressure in hopes you reveal some personal info as you struggle to one-up them.

FoxNews.com. (2017, March 9). Retrieved 2017, from http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/09/outside-contractors-for-cia-reportedly-eyed-in-wikileaks-dump-probe.html

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Survival… rest: 7 tips to buy a new mattress.

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Now this I know is a topic that rarely gets covered but man is it important.
How well are you resting?
A number of factors come into play. You need a quiet, dark room. The suggested bedroom temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep.
But above all, you need a good mattress. This is by far the most important piece of furniture in your house, the one that directly impacts your quality of life the most, how well you rest during the night and how well you perform during the day. It’s the one you spend 7 to 8 hours sleeping on. Make that nine if you’re lucky.
What’s this got to do with survival you ask? Everything. Proper rest is almost as important as a proper diet. It will directly impact both your mood and physical condition. Many people just get a cheap piece of foam and consider the matter done, only to wonder why they feel tired all day, or why their back, neck or head hurts. To heal, to be productive during the day, to be rested and therefore alert you simply need to sleep well.
Personally, I guess I was spoiled from the start. Knowing how important a good mattress is, it was the thing I spent the most money on when I first got married. We bought a Simmons Beautyrest with pocketed coils. Man was that nice. Maybe the best mattress I ever owned. Because of that Beautyrest I learned to appreciate pocketed coil springs and always stuck to those until last year. I somehow ended up with one of those spring mattress that aren’t pocketed, just a bed of connected springs. It was cheap garbage and by far the worst mattress I even slept on. For almost an entire year I dreaded going to bed, woke up with a stiff neck, felt tired all day. You know how that is, you know something needs to be done but you keep postponing it. One day I woke up and promised myself I would not continue to suffer this nonsense, especially given how easily my “problem” could be solved by just buying another mattress. Well, that was the beginning of period of days dedicated to research and finding the right mattress.
This is what I learned:
1) You get what you pay for but sometimes you over pay. If you want quality then it wont be cheap. The Simmons Beautyrest I mentioned before is a classic, still in production and a top of the line mattress, but some of their best models cost over $2,500. You can buy a lot of foam mattresses with that money.
2) Then again sometimes you are also getting ripped of. A +$1.000 foam mattress is still a piece of foam, even when fancy trademark names and new foam “technology” is used in the marketing of said product.
3) Get pocketed coils. This is what the best, most expensive mattresses have always been made of. This means springs in individual wrappings, so that each one works independently. When this method is done properly there is no movement transmitted from one side of the bed to the other. Even if you jump on one side and try to sleep in the other.
4) Get one that offers at least 6 months of trial and +10 year warranty.
5) Get one that uses quality, if possible natural fibers.
6) Get one that has a good thick bed topper(pillow top) as pictured below.

Beautyrest Recharge Simmons Plush Pillow Top Mattress, Full, pocketed coil springs $752.16

 

7) Go with “firm” for your mattress. When combined with a pillow top it makes for the best of both worlds.
After researching for several days I went to IKEA and got myself their top of the line mattress, Hesseng. The Hesseng is made of thick gauge pocketed coils, uses horsehair as filling, along with cotton and wool, all natural fibers. The topper, Tromsdalen is also natural silicon. This makes for a super fresh, well ventilated mattress.


If you need a new mattress look for this one in IKA (although I don’t believe its available in America yet, better check). IKEA gives you 12 months to try the mattress and a 25 year warranty. That’s pretty good.
IF not go for the Simmons Beautyrest. You cant go wrong with either one. They aren’t as cheap as a piece of foam but the quality is on another level as well.
If still on the fence and looking to save a few bucks at the expense of the quality of your rest, remind yourself that you deserve the best you can afford. Especially for a bed in which you’ll spend 1/3 of your life in.

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”.

Jewelweed – the Natural Poison Ivy Remedy

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Jewelweed – the Natural Poison Ivy Remedy Knowing your plants in the wild can save your you-know-what, in more ways than one! When my son was at army cadet boot camp, his leaders put fear into their hearts about what to beware of in the woods when camping out. The leaders shared the story of …

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Bugging Out By Car When It Hits The Fan

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Bugging Out By Car When It Hits The Fan Most of us cannot afford a bunker or underground shelter to hunker down during a SHTF event. Even more, few people out there have a fortified house that can withstand a natural or man-made disaster. When hunkering down is not an option, you will have to …

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Dried Cranberry Banana Bread

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So I did test out my dried cranberries and, of course, there were no recipes for bread using dried cranberries so I made one up. I used the cranberries right out of the bag and because they are so light most of them rose to the top. I might try letting them soak in water next time and the bread was a little dry so that might help with the dryness as well or I might use milk instead of water and see if that helps. The flavor however, was outstanding. Such a nice light banana taste with just a touch of cranberry. It was wonderful.

Dried Cranberry Banana Bread

Grease two loaf pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup margarine or butter (1 stick)

Combine these ingredients in a bowl and cut in butter until pea sized.

Add:

2 eggs
2 bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cup water

Mix well.

Add 2 cups dried cranberries. Pour half of the batter into two loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour.

‘Home School Check. Please Give Us A Call’

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‘Home School Check. Please Give Us A Call’

PARIS, Ky. – Homeschooling families in one Kentucky school district were surprised to discover recently that school officials were conducting unannounced visits to homes – and if no one was there, leaving door hangers.

The February visits within the Paris Independent School District apparently violate a state-wide agreement, which is designed to protect a family’s constitutional right to privacy, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association, which reported on the incident.

“I got the impression that district staff could become more difficult if I didn’t cooperate in answering their questions or bring out my child to meet them,” one parent, Jenny Griffith, reported. “I tried to handle the situation as civilly as possible, without adding any threat to them.”

Griffith said the two officials who visited her home said the district has plans to visit every homeschool family three times a year.

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“As part of their plan to help families, the school officials asked about attendance records and curriculum,” HSLDA attorney T.J. Schmidt wrote at the organization’s website. “Before leaving, one official asked Jenny about meeting her child.”

Families who were not at home got a doorhanger, reading, “Home school check. Please give us a call.” It was signed by the principal.

But the visits go against Kentucky state law, Schmidt said.

“Under Kentucky law, a homeschool program operates as a private school,” he wrote. “While private schools are required to keep attendance and scholarship records (i.e. report cards) in the same manner as the local public school, homeschooling parents do not need to open their homes and present these documents simply because a school official comes knocking.”

An agreement was reached more than 20 years ago between the homeschool organizations and the state that “unless school officials receive some report or have some evidence that the parents are not educating their children, no further inquiry should be made,’ Schmidt added.

HSLDA has contacted the school district about the law.

What is your reaction? Do you believe school districts should do “checkups” on homeschoolers? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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‘Home School Check. Please Give Us A Call’

‘Home School Check. Please Give Us A Call’

PARIS, Ky. – Homeschooling families in one Kentucky school district were surprised to discover recently that school officials were conducting unannounced visits to homes – and if no one was there, leaving door hangers.

The February visits within the Paris Independent School District apparently violate a state-wide agreement, which is designed to protect a family’s constitutional right to privacy, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association, which reported on the incident.

“I got the impression that district staff could become more difficult if I didn’t cooperate in answering their questions or bring out my child to meet them,” one parent, Jenny Griffith, reported. “I tried to handle the situation as civilly as possible, without adding any threat to them.”

Griffith said the two officials who visited her home said the district has plans to visit every homeschool family three times a year.

Awaken Your Child’s Love Of Learning And Put God Back Into History! Read More Here.

“As part of their plan to help families, the school officials asked about attendance records and curriculum,” HSLDA attorney T.J. Schmidt wrote at the organization’s website. “Before leaving, one official asked Jenny about meeting her child.”

Families who were not at home got a doorhanger, reading, “Home school check. Please give us a call.” It was signed by the principal.

But the visits go against Kentucky state law, Schmidt said.

“Under Kentucky law, a homeschool program operates as a private school,” he wrote. “While private schools are required to keep attendance and scholarship records (i.e. report cards) in the same manner as the local public school, homeschooling parents do not need to open their homes and present these documents simply because a school official comes knocking.”

An agreement was reached more than 20 years ago between the homeschool organizations and the state that “unless school officials receive some report or have some evidence that the parents are not educating their children, no further inquiry should be made,’ Schmidt added.

HSLDA has contacted the school district about the law.

What is your reaction? Do you believe school districts should do “checkups” on homeschoolers? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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10 Steps To Delete Yourself From The Internet

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Browsing and doing business on the internet is a two edged sword.

On the one hand, it has made amazing things possible. You can collaborate with other people all over the world. You have millions of products that you can buy for convenient home delivery at the touch of a button. And you have […]

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A Preppers Guide to Prepping for the Hunt

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After the SHTF, let’s assume you picked out a hideout spot far enough off the grid to avoid other hunters and in a region well populated with deer and other wild game. If you don’t have any experience hunting but plan to harvest game that you’ll ration throughout the year, consider these steps you to ensure a successful harvest season after season and year after year.

Location, Location, Location

Every region is different, and finding wild game can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. One of the best ways to locate top hunting spots is to break down these areas by elevation, including low, middle and high. Once you locate the mule deer based on elevation, you’ll be able to hunt across different terrain using the altitude as your reference.

Lay of the Land

Familiarize yourself with the area in which you plan to hunt. You’ll need to lay out a grid of the landscape and understand how to navigate the entire area. Memorize wind patterns and locate watering holes and well-traveled game trails, so you know where these animals might move if spooked. In other words, use the terrain to your advantage.

Additionally, stick to southern-facing slopes and areas with preferred vegetation for hunting mule deer. Plan out your hunting movea, as many mule deer will bed down on hillsides or against breaks. This activity protects them from attack above and allows them to scan for predators below. Pay attention to the weather as you get ready for your hunt. Something as simple as rain can move mule deer out of an area altogether.

Game Behavior

Familiarize yourself with the movements and behaviors of the deer you hunt. Mule deer tend to reside within a few miles of each other until it’s time to move feeding grounds. Pattern your game so you know their summer, fall and winter feeding grounds and when they make their move. Take note of the herd’s size and when they go into rut so you’ll know if more deer are in the area.

The hour before and after daylight is when deer move most, so plan your hunts at dawn and dusk. You won’t see much movement during the hottest portions of the day, so glassing hillsides or posting up by a watering hole is a great way to extend your hunt.

Your Weapon and Gear

Optics can help you spot mule deer from up to four miles away. When glassing, train your eye to look for the flick of an ear or the sun shining off the tip of an antler. Once you find your weapon of choice, learn everything about it and acknowledge your limitations. For example, you’ll want to be able to answer these questions:

  • From what distance are you most accurate?
  • Are you comfortable hunting with your weapon in all weather conditions?

Ethical Hunting Practices

The quickest way to hunt a species to extinction is to make that animal the only source of sustenance for a large population of hungry, desperate and panicked people. If you are far enough off the grid, then you won’t need to worry as much about hunting your local herd to extinction. Still, it’s important to consider the benefits of ethical hunting and where to draw the line.

Animal Harvesting

Learning how to properly harvest your animal is critical so that you waste little to no meat. If you’re hunting in hot climates, make a kill and quickly retrieve it before the meat spoils. You’ll then want to cool it down as quickly as possible. Be prepared with the right gear so you and your vehicle can navigate in even the most difficult off-road conditions. That means ensuring your vehicle has quality off-road tires, which will make your life easier if you find yourself in a difficult spot.

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13 DIY Stove Tutorials for Urban Preppers

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There’s no way to downplay the importance of being able to cook in a survival scenario. With a simple heat source you can stay warm, sterilize water, cook out impurities in meat, and even begin to manipulate soft metals. Cooking over an open campfire is simple enough if you’re in the middle of a forest, […]

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The Companion Plant You ALWAYS Should Grow Around Tomatoes

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small farmWinter is nearly gone and gardening season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to consider what you might do similar and different from last year.

Author and expert gardener Sally Jean Cunningham has a suggestion: Try companion planting.

By planting unique combinations of vegetables, herbs and flowers, you can minimize pests and diseases – while boosting your garden’s yield!

Cunningham, author of “Great Garden Companions,” is the guest on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio.

She says the Native Americans’ “three sisters” method is just scratching the surface in companion planting.

Cunningham also tells us:

  • What always should be planted around tomatoes, potatoes and beans.
  • Why she doesn’t use traditional gardening methods when companion planting.
  • Which vegetables, flowers and herbs should not be planted close to one another.
  • Why she believes most bugs in the garden are actually good for vegetables.

Finally, Cunningham tells us about her favorite types of mulch — and most of them are dirt-cheap.

If you’re a gardener who can’t wait to get your hands dirty this spring, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

12 Best Climbing Plants for Pergolas and Arbors

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12 Best Climbing Plants for Pergolas and Arbors Jeepers Creepers, we have crawlers. I’m not talking about wriggly worms or drooling babies, I’m talking about your garden. There’s no rule that your garden must remain stagnant and rooted to the ground. Raise your roses and honeysuckles to the Heavens with these twelve flowers. If you have other plants you think belong on this list, please feel free to head on over to our Facebook page and leave us a comment. We will gladly add them to this list. Before you start reading this amazing article consider reading our other article

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U.S. Military Prepping For Migrant Crisis In Month-Long Drill

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U.S. Military Prepping For Migrant Crisis In Month-Long Drill

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MIAMI, Fla. — The U.S. military is preparing for a massive wave of migrants from the Caribbean as part of a multi-million dollar training drill at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The exercise this month, called Operation Integrated Advance, is scheduled to last all of March, cost around $2.5 million and involve 400 troops as well as personnel from the State Department and Department of Homeland Security, The Miami Herald reported. The military is keeping the operation secret and denying the media access to it.

The idea is to prep for a migrant crisis in which hundreds or thousands of Cubans or people from other nations cross the ocean to the United States.

“This year’s exercise scenario focuses on a potential mass migration in the Caribbean,” a statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reads. “The primary objective is to protect the safety of life at sea and to deter mass migration using organic DHS forces reinforced by other federal, state, and local assets and capabilities.”

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During the operation, troops will practice rescuing, capturing, processing, housing and taking care of migrants.

US Expecting Refugee Crisis?

Guantanamo Bay is a U.S. Navy base that is technically on Cuban soil. In 1994 the Clinton administration interned hundreds of Cuban refugees at Guantanamo Bay, and more recently captured terrorists have been imprisoned there.

It is not known if the drill is tied to a potential increase in deportation of illegal immigrants during the Trump administration.

Another possibility is that the Pentagon expects a complete collapse in Venezuela.

Venezuela’s government is almost out of money, CNN reported. The South American nation has only $10.5 billion in foreign reserves, which are used to buy food and medicine. Venezuelans are already dealing with 800 percent hyperinflation, empty grocery shelves and food riots. Last year some Venezuelans got so desperate they started butchering zoo animals for meat. Earlier reports indicated that people in Caracas were eating cats and dogs.

Terrorists From Venezuela?

That might drive thousands of Venezuelans to get on boats and head to Florida. Caracas is on the northern coast of the country and just south of the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

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There is a good reason why the military wants to intercept such migrants. The Venezuelan government may have issued passports to people with ties to terrorism, CNN reported.

Venezuelan diplomats in Iraq sold large numbers of passports for cash, Misael Lopez – the former legal adviser to the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq — told CNN. Lopez is now living in Toledo, Spain, because he’s afraid for his family’s safety.

Lopez said that Venezuela’s Ambassador to Iraq, Jonathan Velasco, was one of those selling passports.

“He gave me an envelope full of visas and passports,” Lopez said of the ambassador. “He told me, ‘Get this, this is one million U.S. dollars.’ I thought it was like a joke. Then he told me here [in Iraq] people pay a lot of money to get a visa or a passport to leave this country.”

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DIY Fridge Mat

I am not messy, but I am a little clumsy.  My wife is always getting on to me about spilling things.  When I saw this DIY Fridge Mat Pinterest, I jumped at the chance to show the wife some projects of mine can make HER life easier also.  It is all well and good to be […]

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Dehydrated Cranberries

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The cranberries were finally marked down at the store (although not as cheap as they usually are) and I bought three bags thinking I would make cranberry sauce again but then never had time for it. When you buy produced marked down here it is usually perfectly good if used soon…so I needed to use these. I decided to dehydrate them thinking they would end up like dried cranberries I had seen in the stores…kind of like raisins. That isn’t what happened when I dehydrated them however.

They did not shrivel up, most of them kept their shape but feel hollow inside and they are brittle and break up when crushed. It is very odd and not at all what I expected. 

So I have some experimenting to do with these cranberries to see what I can make with them. I am thinking of rehydrating them in water and using them in bread or muffins. I also suppose there could be the option of making cranberry powder of some kind and using that in recipes but I am thinking I likely won’t use it so I will try the first option and let you all know how it goes.

The Difference Between Urban and Rural Prepping

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The Difference Between Urban and Rural PreppingFor most preppers, their dream scenario would include something like a Doomsday Castle or a massive underground living facility. Unfortunately, reality always seems to get in the way, and we must figure out an alternative. So what is the difference between urban and rural prepping?

While it’s true, your chances of survival increase the further away from people you are, but that’s not an option for most people. In fact, some people have no desire to head out to the middle of nowhere.

With that being said, this article is not about which is better, but rather what the differences between rural and urban prepping are.

There is a lot more that goes into moving to a rural area than buying some property and packing the U-Haul truck. There is quite a bit of freedom that comes with living in a rural area, but there is also quite a bit of responsibility. In an urban area, everything is within walking distance and readily available. In a rural area, you need to plan ahead or figure out alternatives.

SPP192 The Difference Between Urban and Rural Prepping

In today’s show, we talked about how your prepping will be different depending on where you live. An urban area will require different supplies and plans than Rural prepping, and a suburban area is a little bit of each.

Picking the Right Prepping Supplies

The supplies you need will be different depending on where you live. In an urban environment you might need something like the Ontario SPAX Tool, a Pry Bar or a Lock Picking Set. In a rural environment bushcraft skills, storing fuel and larger amounts of food and water will be a priority.

In a suburban environment, you will have the best, and worst of both worlds. Because you sit right between urban and rural, and have more storage space, both situations could apply to you. Here is a good video that goes over the differences in prepping supplies for urban and rural.

Urban VS Rural Preparedness

This list is some of the important differences when it comes to urban and rural prepping. Keep in mind, a suburban area could require you to think about all these different areas of preparedness. Your living situation, family size and location will dictate what you need to become better prepared.

Urban: Most people chose to live in or near the city because you are closer to work, and closer to infrastructure. Finances also play a big role.
Rural: Living out in the boonies takes a commitment because EVERYTHING is far away. The trade off is freedom and less people.

 

Urban: In (or near) the city, events like Martial Law and civil unrest are more immediate. You will need to be on high alert, and react quickly.
Rural: In an urban area civil unrest might not be as immediate. Although unlikely, the golden hoard might be headed your way.

 

Urban: In high population areas there are more people. More people = more potential problems. It would be easy to become caught in the middle of something you never saw coming.
Rural: While there are less people, and less potential problems, you might be on your Own. This could be a good or a bad thing depending on the situation.

 

Urban: In the city people are more dependent on Infrastructure. While this is OK now, in a SHTF event there will be more competition and lawlessness.
Rural: In a rural area and some suburbs, there is less infrastructure to utilize. Planning ahead and storing supplies is critical for survival.

 

Urban: Because there are more people, news will travel faster by word of mouth. Be careful about what is really news, and what is rumor.
Rural: In a rural area you might only have a handful of neighbors, and they could be miles apart. The news you do get is more likely to be true though.

 

Urban: With the more people there are in an area, there is an increased risk of disease. This is especially true in a large scale disaster.
Rural: The downside of living in a rural area is there might be less medical help available, and help is further away.

 

Urban: With limited space, storing preparedness supplies is much harder. This requires thinking outside the box a little bit.
Rural: If you live in the middle of nowhere, you will have more room so store supplies, but you also have more property to protect.

 

Urban: In high population areas, bugging out should be a priority. Getting away from people and potential problems could be the difference between life and death.
Rural: If you live in a rural area you are already bugged out, so bugging in should be a priority, especially if you work or travel in or to the city.

 

Urban: In an urban area, clean drinking water could be hard to find. Drinking from a city river could be deadly, but there are ways to find clean water in the city.
Rural: In a rural environment you will need to depend more on mother natures resources, and less on man made resources. 

 

This is just a few of the differences when it comes to rural and urban prepping. Your situation will dictate which of these apply to you, and how you should prepare. This is not to say that people in an urban area don’t need to worry about Martial Law, it just means we need to prioritize the threats we might face.

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Wilderness Survival: Starting Fire After Rain, Drinking Seawater, & More

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Wilderness Survival: Starting Fire After Rain, Drinking Seawater, & More

We’re a blog about more than just wilderness survival – but that doesn’t mean we don’t cover wilderness survival and bushcraft techniques at all. There are a good number of articles we’ve published on this blog that have to do specifically with wilderness survival, though they do end up buried amongst the prepping and gear… Read More

This is just the start of the post Wilderness Survival: Starting Fire After Rain, Drinking Seawater, & More. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


Wilderness Survival: Starting Fire After Rain, Drinking Seawater, & More, written by Elise Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

Growing Pumpkins – How To Grow A Great Pumpkin Crop This Year

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There is just something special about growing pumpkins! The tips and tricks to successful growing are the same – whether you want to grow a few pie pumpkins for delicious pies, rolls or donuts, or large ones worthy of a

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10 Current Nuclear Risks Every Prepper Must Know

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Over the years, the media has done an excellent job of minimizing the immense risk of nuclear contamination.

No matter whether mainstream media makes their reports late at night, or the newspapers print somewhere in the middle of the paper, American citizens remain largely unaware of just how bad the nuclear contamination problem really is.

While these problems continue to be understated or ignored, cancer rates continue to skyrocket and large scale animal die offs go on without other explanation.

Since the media cannot provide an accurate barometer, preppers must take extra care to investigate nuclear risks and be ready to deal with them long before a critical level warning is issued.

Fukushima

Even as I write this article, the #2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is pumping out over 530 sieverts of nuclear radiation per hour. It only takes 1 sievert to cause radiation sickness, and 10 to kill. Right now, the radiation levels inside the reactor are so high, even the best radiation shielded robots cannot survive more than 2 hours.

Now, if you do a Google search in the news section for Fukushima, you only find Fox News reporting on this matter. If you watch TV or read a newspaper from other mainstream sources, there is every chance that you won’t even know that the ongoing situation in Fukushima has gotten much worse.

To add insult to injury, for some time now there are massive die offs of fish all along the west coast from Alaska to Chile. There are also genetic mutations popping up in fish and other animals that suggest they have been exposed to nuclear radiation.

Very soon, perhaps, the US government will have to admit that coastal areas of the Western United States are experiencing higher rates of cancer; and those cancers are being caused by nuclear contamination from Fukushima. In the meantime, all we hear from Japan is that it can take 40 years or more to stop the radiation leaks and fully decommission the reactors.

If you live along the west coast, or plan to bug out to any area west of the Rocky mountains, it is best to move further inland as quickly as possible. Your best options will be locations that are on the east side of the Rockies, and in the lowest valleys on that side. Just make sure that you aren’t near any nuclear plants or nuclear waste dumps.

Because nuclear radiation from Fukushima is being detected all over the world, it is also very important to have your own Geiger counter as well as a Kierney Fallout Meter. In addition, it is also extremely important to avoid buying foods, beverages, or anything else from Japan or anything from businesses along the western seaboard.

Since people are not aware of the level of nuclear contamination, it is all too easy to ship products that have low levels of contamination all over the place.

Never forget that ionized radiation exposure produces effects as it accumulates in the body. What looks like a safe amount right now may not be when added to continual exposure.

The Bear is Still out There

Right now the media claims that just about nothing can stop the tawdry bromance between Trump and Putin. Nevertheless, there are many tangible points of contention between our two nations.

While Trump and Putin may ultimately agree on Syria and be able to work together on this issue, there is a very real possibility that they will not be able to reach common ground on nuclear disarmament.

Relations between the United States and Russia soured during the Obama administration. Virtually all of the work done starting with the Reagan administration is lost, as evidenced by Putin’s videos saying that war with the United States was inevitable. While he often said that he held hopes for better chances with a new president (Trump), his actions since the election say there are problems.

For example, Russia is performing snap air raid drills and has been conducting civilian nuclear bomb shelter drills even before Trump was elected.

Keep any eye out for more news of large scale civilian preparedness drills and military maneuvers, especially in relation to the Ukraine or Russia’s border with other nations.

Chinese Aggression

Even though former President Clinton was eager to sell China super computers, it remains very clear that this communist nation can and will flex its muscles in military matters. Aside from serious trade deficits, China is becoming increasingly hostile to the United States with regards to the South China Sea.

There are several tiny islands in the South China Sea that are claimed by different nations. They may not be worth much of anything in terms of real estate, but the sea floor beneath and around them is believed to be rich in natural resources such as oil and natural gas. Given China’s economic growth and population size, it is very clear they need the South China Sea for fossil fuels.

While China isn’t likely to start a nuclear war over this incident, they may be more inclined to follow North Korean aggression if the situation is to their advantage. Never forget that the government of China takes the issue of saving face very seriously.

A nation that issues decrees that attempt to tell supernatural entities where they can and cannot incarnate is not likely to forget a slight no matter how minimal. This, in turn, can make China very easy to control by North Korea even as they seek to make it look like they are the ones controlling the situation.

The very fact that North Korea continues with its nuclear arsenal says that China will use them as a scape goat to start a nuclear incident, and then follow up, either from the position of “protecting an ally”, or more likely defending Chinese honor.

North Korea

Considering the number of other nuclear threats we face, it is not likely that North Korea will develop its own arsenal (including delivery systems) fast enough to be a risk to us or any other country.

The real risk from North Korea stems from it’s position as an ally of China and the interest ISIS has in being recognized by North Korea. We cannot discount the role of South Korea in this problem given that the people of both nations are keen in being one nation again.

While that is a positive thing in cultural terms, it is not so good for the global economy because South Korea has been infiltrated by Sharia Banks. Even though the majority of these banks may be peaceful, we cannot ignore the possibility that these banks secretly support ISIS and other terror organizations.

As it stands, the greatest risk we face from North Korea is a diplomatic one. Because it is a small country, other nations such as China can use it as a front for hostile actions.

It is, and remains my contention that China, and perhaps even Russia will not attack directly. They will attack through North Korea, a state run by what western media paints as a “madman”. In my opinion, it gives North Korea far more leverage in the nuclear arena than we are led to believe.

Video First seen on AFP news agency.

Watch the news carefully for signs of these developments, as well as the Sharia watch group site that gives excellent information on the progression of Sharia law and banks throughout the world.

Israel Upping the Stakes in Iran

Iran is similar to North Korea in the sense that it is not likely it will develop a nuclear arsenal and delivery system fast enough to compete with established nuclear nations.

On the other side of the equation, Iran is favored by many people in Islamic nations and seen as a crown jewel. As messy as the situation was in 1981 when Israel bombed Iranian nuclear material sites, it did give the rest of the world some time to think about how to manage a nuclear capable Iran.

History still paints this action as something of a disaster because Iran is now far more protective of its nuclear sites and has gone to great lengths to protect them from bombings.

Even though Israel stopped short of bombing Iranian nuclear targets just a few years ago, there is a definite chance they will go through with their plans sometime soon.

Because there are no Middle Eastern nations that admit to having nuclear weapons, it is not likely this action would trigger an immediate nuclear attack on the United States from a country in this region.

On the other hand, Russia remains supportive of Iran as front much as China does North Korea. Given that stance, it is likely both Russia and the United States would be drawn into the fray. If other tensions continue to escalate, there is a chance we will be right back to facing nuclear war with Russia.

Before closing the topic of Iran, let me point out that two of the five nuclear weapon states (United States, Russia, China, UK, and France) have puppet nations in front of them that claim to want access to nuclear arms. I think these puppets hold far more power than we estimate because they might be bought for the right price by the nations hiding behind them as well as other nations that want to push China or Russia into a war with the United States.

In the end, never forget that smaller nations always want to get bigger and have a better place in the global pecking order, while large and powerful nations must struggle to maintain it at their own level plus watch out for the effects of smaller nations acting en masse.

Use business activity sites to watch for where large companies are moving or building their factories as well as FOREX sites that revel changes in one nation’s currency in relation to another.

The Dilemma of Pakistan

Even though Pakistan is a nuclear nation and ally of ours, it is at odds with India, another ally and nuclear nation. At this time, Russia makes no secret of its interest in strengthening economic and cultural ties with India while Pakistan struggles with terrorist groups trying to take it over from within.

Unlike Iran and North Korea, I don’t necessarily see Pakistan as a puppet that could be used by the Trump administration. Nor do I see Pakistan as a nation that would attempt to start a nuclear war on its own.

However, if a terror organization gets control of any of nuclear assets (not just weapons), it can spell disaster for nations surrounding Pakistan that are aligned with the United States. It is through this form of aggression that a major global nuclear war can be triggered.

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In the arena of Mutually Assured Destruction, diplomatic ties are always complicated when two groups are leery of each other. In this situation, the media tends to sway public opinion into thinking that “other countries” will break their promise first, or fall to terrorism long before the United States will.

The mirror here works two ways and the media in these other countries may also cast doubt on the strength and integrity of the United States. No matter whether Pakistan chooses to align with Iran, or gives another non-Israeli Middle Eastern country the promise of nuclear weapon support, it can be a very dangerous trigger.

Escalating levels of mistrust alone can create a self-fulfilling prophecy of horrifying proportions. If there is one warning I would look for insofar as Pakistan serving as a trigger to a major nuclear encounter, it would be support of a Middle Eastern nation against Israel, or increasing indicators that radical Islamic terrorists are controlling the government and nuclear assets.

A World Ready to Stop Our Nation

When Trump made his inaugural speech, many people in the United States cheered when the candidate they voted for proclaimed “America First”. This phrase, however, has become a point of mockery via viral videos that are being shared around the world. These videos, which seek to “introduce” Trump to their nations say “we don’t mind you being first, but us second, or third, etc.”

While these videos pretend to be humorous, the “me second” theme can be seen as threatening from the standpoint of war, in particular, MAD.

In a MAD scenario, it is often thought that the first strike is not always the defining one. Instead, as other nations join not the fray and launch nuclear weapons, the destruction of the first striking nation, and quite possibly the rest of the world, is assured. Since many of these nations “nuclear sharing” contracts with NATO, it is entirely possible these videos are a warning.

Many of our allies, including Israel have made these videos. While they may, in fact, just be a joke (which in an of itself can be seen as an act of aggression), the fact remains that nations will always look for the most advantageous positions for themselves. Mocking a president of a world power is not a way to grow an alliance. If anything, it will only lead to more aggression.

Insofar as nuclear risks, watch for points where nations making these videos move to contribute to the destabilization of the United States or act in some way that increases the risk of the United States being drawn into a nuclear conflict with one of the other main nuclear nations.

Never forget about France and the UK. While they are historically some of our best allies, they also have many ties to other nations and are on a path to global unity. Trump may not want to bring the United States into that conglomeration especially if our nation cannot be the leader or act with unreserved autonomy.

Aging US Nuclear Reactors

If you think the overseas based threats of nuclear disaster are troubling, then you haven’t been watching Fukushima or Chernobyl close enough.

Source: Radiation Network

What is happening at Fukushima can easily happen right here. We have hundreds of aging nuclear power reactors spread throughout the nation. For example, Indian Point has been showing signs of trouble for decades, however it never gets shut down because it brings in too much money.

For the most part, you won’t get any warnings from the media or government sites about nuclear reactors that may be in trouble. Earthquakes, hurricanes, or other natural disasters could also cause problems at these power plants.

As a prepper, you will be best served by always being informed and aware of how close or far away you are from nuclear reactors. Avoid being downwind of a nuclear power plant and within 200 miles.

It is also very important to have several Kierney Fallout meters located around your home and work place. These will help you detect sudden changes in ionized radiation. If you see something going on, you can always follow up with a Geiger counter.

What Else is ISIS Hiding?

One of the biggest problems with ISIS and other terror groups is they have a lot of money. While many people want to stereotype radical Islamic terrorists as being of Middle Eastern descent, the fact of the matter is many radicals are in Asian and Oceanic countries.

For example, Indonesia and the Philippines both have fairly large terror cells that may well rise up and take the place of ISIS on the world scene. In some cases, some of these groups may already be aligned with the Taliban, ISIS or Al Quaeda or are offshoots of these groups.

This is how you prepare to face ISIS threat to put the entire American nation on our knees!

Since these groups have so much money and access to gullible people of all races, lone wolves can slip through even the best clearance processes for nuclear facilities. No matter whether they get in as janitors for a nuclear medical testing facility or work in a nuclear power plant, there are probably dozens of ways they can gain access to nuclear materials.

Also, with money comes the capacity to buy scientists. In this case, even if we don’t have the technology to turn medical grade nuclear materials into warheads, that doesn’t mean terrorist based scientists aren’t trying their hardest.

Unlike other scientists committed to curbing or inhibiting weapons development, rest assured that drugged up, knocked up, brainwashed and radicalized terrorists will not hesitate to find as many deadly tricks as they can. Just as sadly, they more than likely have all kinds of money at their disposal to do the job.

From dirty bombs to close range warheads, the best thing preppers can do is be aware. Keep a close watch on abandoned buildings and people that go in and out of them. Get to know the homeless people in your area so that you can figure out who is new or using that as a cover. Make it your business to keep a Kierney Meter with you at all times. If you detect suspicious levels of radiation, report it. You just never know what might be hiding under your own nose.

Other than that, never assume that it is just Middle Eastern people that may be plotting to launch an inside nuclear attack in our nation. Even if the final perpetrators wind up being from this part of the world, it is entirely possible that people from other races were part of the process.

In short, let the trail of ionized radiation be your guide and suspicious behavior patterns be your guide more than race based stereotypes.

Improper Medical Testing and Nuclear Waste Disposal

Speaking of obvious sources of a nuclear disaster, never forget about how much radiation you are getting from x-rays, mammograms, CT scans, and other medical diagnostic systems. While these are supposed to be safe over a lifetime, they may be enough to cause serious damage when combined with contaminated food, air and water.

It is best to limit your exposure to these tests as much as possible. Ask for, and demand tests that use other means to view internal organs and systems while providing suitable information. If your insurance company will not pay for alternative tests, do not hesitate to take the matter to social networking, the media and your elected representatives.

From mundane things you deal with every day to large scale conspiracy theories turned real, our nation is in serious danger from nuclear fuels and technologies.

Now is the time to make sure you know how to detect nuclear radiation and spot global trends that indicate dangers are increasing. This is also the time to make sure you can follow appropriate steps based on what you find. Do not forget to include nuclear survival gear in your bug out bag and EDC, and learn how to survive an attack!

This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia. 

References:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/09/fukushima-nuclear-cleanup-falters-six-years-after-tsunami

http://www.ibtimes.com/russia-nato-war-moscow-deploys-nuclear-missiles-europe-subsonic-weapons-sea-2504854

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/islamic-finance-insouth-korea-pastandfuture-yagoub-elryah-phd-

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Peres-bombshell-I-stopped-an-Israeli-strike-on-Iran-469112

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/22/isis-finds-easy-recruits-in-prisons-of-indonesia/

 

AR Wheeler Trigger Guard Install Tool Review

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Editor’s note: Please welcome Evail Juan to Planandprepared.com. He will be a regular here, providing reviews on firearms, firearm accessories and tools, as well as other prepper related gear. I recently received a Magpul Enhanced Trigger Guard as a gift (Thanks Sis). But upon reading how to change it out from the Mil Spec guard, […]

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Which Safe is Safest? How to Pick the Best Safe for Your Valuables

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In the market for a safe? Don’t make the mistake of buying one that’s not entirely secure. Find out what to look for so you know how to pick the best safe here. Homeowners have been using safes for centuries to store everything from cash to expensive belongings. But how “safe” are these home safes […]

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How to Choose the Best Gun Safe for Your Needs

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Looking for the best gun safe to add to your home? We’re sharing everything you need to know to pick the one that best suits your unique needs. Check it out! There are so many gun safes you may actually get lost if you walked into a warehouse that sold them. Choosing a safe can […]

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5 Things You Need in Any Great Hunting Rifle

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When you’re out in the woods at your stand or stalking your prey in an open prairie, you want the hunting rifle that will bag your buck. You’ve got to be able to trust your tool. It’s like your own limb. You wouldn’t leave home without it. So, since you’re choosing a trusted companion, you’ve […]

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50% off code on Amazon Water Filter

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My friends over at survivalhax offered a 50% off code on a water filter straw I want to share with you. It is for a water purification straw, unfortunately it is only good for the next 5 days. Using it is simple. Step 1 – Go to the link for the Water Filter Straw with […]

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Krav Maga Tactical Survival Book Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Krav Maga Tactical Survival is about using Krav Maga techniques in real life situations.  It is all about evaluating a dangerous situation and neutralizing attackers before they get the upper hand. As a reader who knows very little about Krav Maga, I thought the book was very interesting.  I liked the section on Armed and Unarmed Self Defense Scenarios.  The author goes over how an angry person responds and also talks about de-escalation.  […]

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Why “This War of Mine” Is the Perfect Video Game for Preppers

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this war of mineTo my knowledge, the video game industry has never really catered to preppers. Though they do create games that contain survival situations, they are generally steeped in glorified violence. Likewise, their attempts to create games with post-apocalyptic story lines are almost always based in pure fantasy.

If they did create a game that tackled survival situations or the collapse of society in a realistic way, the realism would probably suck all of the fun out of the game. Or at least that’s what you’d think. However, there is one video game that tackles both of those subjects brilliantly, without sacrificing fun or realism. It’s called “This War of Mine,” and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

As that trailer suggests, this is a war game unlike any other, in that you experience war through the eyes of a handful of civilians who aren’t taking part in the combat. They are merely trying to survive the terrible conditions that war creates. For that reason, I’m actually a bit surprised that the prepper community hasn’t latched onto this game, despite the fact that it’s has been out since 2014. This War of Mine captures the gut wrenching experience of survival in ways that don’t compare to most games.

And like I said, it’s fun. However, it’s not fun in the traditional sense. It’s not glorious and epic and bombastic. It’s subdued. You don’t experience fun by vanquishing waves of faceless enemies. You experience the satisfaction of surviving another day.

The game takes place in the fictional war-torn city of Pogoren. The conditions found in this city are inspired by the real world Siege of Sarajevo, which took place between 1992 and 1996. You command three or four civilians with no military experience. Each character has unique skills and attributes such as cooking, scavenging, bartering, strength, and speed.

You’re hunkered down in a dilapidated house, and you’re responsible for building barricades, stoves, workbenches, rain collectors, water filters, weapons, tools, alcohol stills, and traps, and more. You have to keep these folks alive in this house until a cease-fire is signed and the siege is lifted, which occurs at a random point in the game. You’re responsible for keeping them well-fed, well-rested, warm, and protected from looters and thieves.

So what makes this game so realistic? For starters, there is a degree of luck and randomness in the game that makes it unpredictable. Certain resources and events are generated randomly each time you play. You can’t just play through it once and master it. Strategies that will help you survive one play-through might not help you in another, so you’re always flying by the seat of your pants.

Also, you don’t get to save your game whenever you want. The game will only save at the beginning of each day, and you can’t go back to previous days. So if you make a mistake, there are often no do-overs. So say you send one of your characters out to go scavenging for supplies and that character dies, you can’t go back and try again. And when that happens, the remaining characters have to take a larger share of the daily tasks that are needed to keep everyone alive.

Because of these conditions, you can’t fight your way through the game. Unlike most video games, you can’t just go around killing people and taking their supplies. In fact, most combat encounters will kill you. And even if you survive an encounter like that, you’re almost definitely going to have an injury that requires rest and medical supplies to recover from. To survive this game, you have to be smart, stealthy, and diplomatic. Just like the real world, you’re much better off engaging in trade than you are by engaging in combat, which should be treated as a last resort.

And finally, This War of Mine will really challenge your altruism and morality. You will be faced with situations that will give you the opportunity to be charitable, and you don’t really know if you’ll be rewarded or screwed over. There are times in this game when you will run out of supplies, and you’ll be faced with the choice of going hungry and cold, or stealing from your neighbors.

For sure, This War of Mine is a grim and unforgiving game, but that’s what makes it so perfect for preppers. It will definitely put you in the headspace of someone who is just trying to survive.

 

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Alert: Your Cell Phone is Spying on You! 4 Ways to Block Your Cell Phone and Prevent Being Monitored

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“We are all just prisoners here…of our own device…” – “Hotel California,” by The Eagles

 

ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, this piece is on the heels of an article released by RT News on 3/8/17, entitled “85% of World’s Smart Phones ‘Weaponized’ by CIA.”  The article is a very disturbing report; however, it isn’t something that just “surfaced” out of the zone of unpredictability.  The basis for the report stems from the recent WikiLeaks release of the CIA-documents and information that just occurred.  Here is an excerpt from that article:

 “Google’s Android operating system, used in 85 percent of the world’s smart phones, including Samsung and Sony, was found to have 24 ‘zero days’ – the code name used by the CIA to identify and exploit vulnerabilities for the purpose of secretly collecting data on individuals.  The techniques allow the CIA to access data from social messaging platforms, including WhatsApp, Weibo and Clockman before encryption, according to WikiLeaks.  Both audio and message data were vulnerable to the exploit through the CIA’s exploitation of gaps in the OS.”

Now mind you, Readers, this piece is not a “news article,” although this event was just reported on 3/8/17.  The purpose of this article is to serve as a “wake-up” call, in case you haven’t taken the measures already outlined in previous articles to protect yourself from your own devices tracking, recording, and (essentially) “spying” upon you.  You may research past articles on electronic security that you can do, and this piece is a “refresher” that will enable you to secure yourself…. from your own equipment.

4 Ways to Block Your Cell Phone and Prevent Being Monitored

As mentioned in times past, Mylar can be your best ally.  Mylar is simple to use, affordable, and it works at blocking the signals going to and from your happy cell-phone tracking and recording device.  Here are some inexpensive sources for the Mylar:

  1. Chip/Snack bags: An infinite variety of sizes are available, and you will have to gauge what size you use after taking the size of your phone/device into account.
  2. Mylar in the form of “ponchos” or “space blankets”: these are a little more expensive than the chips, but only slightly so. You will end up with more Mylar to use, and the pieces you cut will not need to be cleaned off of salt and other detritus as with the chip bags.
  3. Freezer bags: Also in a variety of sizes, such as ones that hold up to 30 lbs. of food/ice (for a laptop-sized device) or just a small 1’ x 1’ bag, such as a lunchbag-cooler size.
  4. Another thing to do is to place your device inside of an ammo can (military issue). In doing so, make sure the rubber gasket around the mouth seals efficiently for a tight seal.  There are other containers that can be used; however, you may have to reinforce the seams with something such as Aluminum HVAC duct tape (available for about $15 per roll from your local Home Depot), and cover them over.  With the ammo cans, the container is contiguous with only the lid needing that rubber gasket that works.

How to Test for Protection

There is a way to test it out with your phone to see if you have the protection.  Take your chip bag or bags.  If they’re small, be advised that you will need about three complete layers around the cell phone.  Also, place your phone in a plastic Ziploc bag before putting them into the chip bags.  This will keep them clean just in case you missed wiping all of the stuff out of them.  Wiping out the bags can best be accomplished with a dry paper towel: the oils, salts, and other filth will be caught up by the towel.  Just remember to cover/swipe the entire inside surface of the bag.

Then turn your phone on, and turn up the volume of its ring all the way.  Next, roll/wrap up your phone and fold it over in at least three complete layers of Mylar.  Then use your house phone/landline/etc. to dial your wrapped-up cell phone’s number, and hold the wrapped-up phone close to your ear.

If you did the job correctly, you will not hear a thing.  Also, make sure you only ring it 3 times.  Any more than that and it may go to a voice-mail/other function, that will send it stored to your cell phone after you unwrap it as a missed call.  This way it will not ring it, and the call will have been cancelled.

Remember what General David Petraeus mentioned about the “Internet of things?”  Well, those days are upon us.  So, what else?  You’ll have to figure out the best method for making your layers work and last a long time.  You can take the chip bags, cut them open with scissors, and make three premeasured layers.  Form a pouch, and cover them inside and out with duct tape.  Then you just slip in your phone, and secure the top (fold it over) with whatever type of clamp or clip works for you.

The continuous signal your cell phone sends out (every 4 seconds) will be interrupted.  Inconvenient?  No.  Coordinate with your family members when you will call and talk to them beforehand.  Emergency?  Pull the phone out of the pouch and use it.


Bottom line: It is a discipline that will have to be followed to enable your privacy…from your own device.


99% of all people carry that thing around with them everywhere.  They’re hooked to it more closely than a fetus to the umbilicus: they can’t function without it.  But the point I’m making is this: Do you own the phone, or does it own you?

You can accomplish the same thing with your laptops and other “smart” toys…your palm-pilots, blackberries, cameras, and all of the other damnable devices that have made you an unwitting prisoner to the powers and systems that set them in place…not for your “technological convenience,” but for the very purposes of control, dominion, and surveillance over you.

Ammo cans work.  The Mylar (when cleaned and fashioned properly) will work.  Now you just received confirmation that it is happening, and I’ve given you methods to use to stop it from happening to you.  The methods work.  I have tested and used them myself.  So, without further ado, figure out how much material you need and make one of these pouches for yourself.  Your privacy is guaranteed under the 4th Amendment from illegal searches and seizures by the government.  That right, however, needs to be exercised by action.  So, finish those Doritos, clean out that bag, and wrap that phone up!  We’d love to hear of any tips or improvements you have come to trust.  Keep fighting that good fight, and send us your comments!  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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Top 10 Safest and Possibly Best Countries for “Preppers” to Relocate to Outside the U.S.

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Could large parts of the U.S. become uninhabited following apocalyptic nuclear war? Yes. If you’re not cut out for a major bug out, take a serious look at international relocation beforehand.

Here are ten countries to consider relocating to and why

It’s no secret that millions of people across the U.S. are worried.

They worry about their future, about their employment and income, children, safety, quality of life, and much more. During the most recent presidential election numerous celebrities claimed they’d leave if Donald Trump won the presidency. We all know where that led.

While the rich celebrities are out of touch with reality and tend to be spoiled brats with little redeeming qualities, real, hard working Americans see the writing on the wall. We know what’s coming and that’s why we prepare.

Preparedness leads to stronger survival skills and foresight

We prepare with stronger survival skills, backup plans, and foresight into the future. We’ve seen the increase of natural disasters and climatic weather events on a steady increase for many years. Who can dispute that? We hear the threats growing from the Middle East and would be foolish to think that Radical Islam is simply going to stop their desire to destroy everything the U.S. stands for. Anyone who thinks it’s going to go away needs to get their heads out of the sand.

Threat of nukes, high level hacks, Islamic terrorism

Throw in all the threats of nuclear war coming from North Korea (and don’t forget about Iran at one time estimated to be connected to 80% of the world’s terrorism), coupled with dangerous hacking from the Russian and Chinese on all levels of U.S. infrastructure, and it’s clear that we face multiple threats that could sink us (with or without Trump in the White House), and not just to the U.S.

Story of the Titanic: America’s story?

We’ve compared the U.S. to the Titanic in recent years, the ship that the world was told was unsinkable. Realize this — if the U.S. has already hit the iceberg, it doesn’t matter who is the captain of the ship, Trump or not.

America’s enemies aren’t going away. Thanks to all that hacking by foreign governments, government spying, etc., etc., other superpowers in the world have the ability to sink us.

Attacks on the power grid, attacks on communications

They can attack our power grid for example, a loss of power leading to tens of millions of deaths in the first year alone (or the vast majority of the U.S. population say some experts on the threats to the grid, including EMP attack). What if these same foreign governments can interfere with communications from the White House that would give the order to U.S. ICBMs to launch retaliatory nukes at another country that had launched at us? Result: Their nukes strike. Ours never launch.

Today’s life planning should include preparedness

Instead of thinking only about college, careers, or retirement, or where to take that next vacation, now is the time to instead think about being adequately prepared with a get home bag and survival skills for surviving a long term disaster. For others, and the focus of this article, now may be the time to consider ‘getting out of Dodge while the gettins good’ and, for many, that may mean finding good, safe, and reliable places to live far from U.S.A.

Not everyone is cut out for a bug out

The fact is not everyone is cut out for a major bug out into wilderness or even just a remote town somewhere many miles distant. Bugging out successfully takes good health, resources and supplies, and a bit of ruggedness and even tactical know-how that some readers would rather not tackle.

Either choice should be something we should all be praying over, getting our lives right with God, so we know we are making the right decisions.

 

Top 10 Best and Safe Places Internationally for Americans to Consider Relocating To Before SHTF

Here are the top 10 we have found for Americans looking to relocate internationally as a way to survive a potential Perfect Storm of events that could lead to the toppling of an empire.

Falkland Islands

For those people in their 50s, 60s, or 70s, they probably remember hearing about the Falkland Islands in the 1980s. A British controlled territory in the southern portion of the Atlantic seaboard, the Falkland Islands remain under British control, but they’ve become much more self-sufficient in recent years.

The Falkland Islands are located in the southern Atlantic Ocean, some 400 miles from the South American mainland and 850 miles north of the Antarctic Circle. They are located between Latitude 51° and 53°S and Longitude 57° and 62°W; coincidentally, that is approximately the same latitude south as London is north.

Their main economic drive involves fishing, agriculture, and tourism. There has also been some exploratory drilling for oil that’s been met with some success, so it’s believed this could be a strong economic boost in the near future for the island nation.

The Falklands offer a number of benefits, most notably stability. With a large military presence from the British Empire (thanks to a failed insurgency from the 1980s), the Falkland Islands remain independent without any major threats to its residents or tourists.

Even though there’s a large military presence here, the Brits are said to not be involved in local politics. Schooling here is solid and the cost of living index remains comfortable for the average person looking for a better alternative to living in the U.S.

Malta

Malta has been on many radars as a place to consider for relocation in recent years and it’s really beginning to make some waves in the global perspective. The small nation is home to more people who are in long-term relationships. It’s not clear as to why this is the case, but it offers a low cost of living and some quality employment opportunities. More than that, a majority of respondents to a survey stated they are completely delighted with their partner.

A major draw for Malta is that it offers plenty of wonderful leisure activities, especially for those with some strong financial means. While Costa Rica ranked at the top of one list for personal happiness, Malta comes in a close second.

When asked, more than half of people living in Malta planned to remain there for the rest of their life, which was considerably higher than the global average.

The climate in Malta is relatively mild, and the summers can get hot and humid. For those who lived most of their life in the northern portion of the U.S., this could be like moving the Southeast part of the country.

While safety isn’t a major concern, some regions of the country are not as well kept or clean as others and this may be a deterrent for some. Cost of living is on the rise at the moment, but it still provides a great alternative to living in the U.S.

French Polynesia

A group of about 1,700 islands make up French Polynesia, located in the Pacific Ocean about halfway between California and Australia. While the total area, including water, is about the size of the European Union, land mass only consists of about 1,056 square miles, or slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island.

What many people find attractive about French Polynesia is the climate. Yes, it can be quite hot and humid here during their summer months (between November and March), but even then the average temperatures hover about 85 degrees F. The water temperatures get to be about 84-degrees F during that time period as well.

As far as crime is concerned, it’s almost unheard of through many of these islands. Tahiti is the most commonly thought of island in French Polynesia, and also the most attractive to tourists.

Bora Bora, Moorea, and Huahine are commonly viewed as exceptional destinations. The nation has been under French control since the 19th century, but there has been a concerted effort in recent years to gain independence through economic development.

This makes it attractive for folks looking for a place to settle down and make their mark, and they get the added bonus of the tropical climate.

Australia

There are many people from the U.S. and beyond settling into Australia for a number of reasons. However, many of the same political issues that are currently plaguing the U.S. are beginning to filter down under.

One of the most attractive features of Australia is its incredible expanse of warm beaches and incredible (though dangerous) Outback. The climate in Australia can be relatively warm along the northern portion of the country, but winters in the south can be quite cold.

There is no shortage of recreational activities to enjoy in Australia and there’s no real language barrier for Americans deciding to call this country home in the future. However, you will need to learn some of the interesting and unique dialect, such as ‘barbie’ for barbeque.

Population levels are considered relatively low in Australia, which is a benefit for many Americans who are looking to get away from a growing population boom in the U.S.

One thing that may concern some is the new gun ban that went into effect in the country a couple of years ago. As most ardent patriots and survivalists understand is that a citizenry that’s disarmed allows its government too much control and power over it; one day that could be a bad thing.

Settling in near Melbourne or Queensland offers better safety than the rural outlying areas. The Outback can be potentially dangerous for those with little to no experience with unadulterated nature.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been a staple among men and women looking for a change of pace from the U.S. One of the main attractions for people moving to Costa Rica is the laid back attitude the entire country seems to have. In comparison to the U.S.’s ‘rat race,’ this pura vida, which literally means ‘pure life.’

This means most people here in Costa Rica have a relaxed and casual attitude about almost everything, including delivering the mail, restoring power when it goes out, or trying to accomplish any goal within the government.

Most people initially find this new attitude refreshing, but when you want things done on a schedule, it’s going to be incredibly frustrating. It also means you’re not going to find the infrastructure here in the best of conditions. Then again, if you’re from New York, Chicago, or just about any other major city in the U.S., you might even think Costa Rica’s infrastructure is better.

Because it’s a tropical climate, you may be in awe of the incredible surroundings, the jungle atmosphere, foliage, volcanoes (hopefully which stay quiet), and incredible scenery just about everywhere throughout this country. Of course, that also means some serious insects that are probably the size of small dogs or cats back in the states. There’s not much you can do about this, but if you’re okay with it, then settle in and enjoy life.

As far as safety is concerned, it’s the safest Central American country next to Nicaragua as far as violent crimes, but if you leave your home unattended too long, it will probably get broken into. Pickpockets target tourists and new people to the country frequently.

However, there are ways to prepare and protect yourself against these kinds of crimes and when you do, it’ll be a fun place to live.

New Zealand

If safety is your biggest concern, then New Zealand is a place to live. It’s one of the safest nations in the entire world, but there is a drawback; it’s far away from almost everything.

To go anywhere outside of this nation, you need to either cruise on a boat for a long, long trip or fly. Those are your basic options. This usually isn’t a big problem for many, but after what we witnessed in the U.S. after 9/11, when air travel is stopped, you could very well be stranded, at least until flights resume.

The scenery in New Zealand is often described as breathtaking, but it doesn’t have much in the way of historic buildings. While it doesn’t have a great number of people living there (about 4.5 million for a country about the size of Great Britain), this can be nice but there isn’t a great deal of public transportation and housing isn’t the best.

Job opportunities are limited, but for someone working remotely (online), that wouldn’t be an issue, either. Cost of living is decent, but not the best.

All in all, New Zealand would make a great option for any American who’s living with the belief that America has probably hit the iceberg and may go the way of the Titanic. Her sins are piled high to Heaven, as many evangelicals claim. God may be about to take action to upset America’s status in the world and the U.S. may go the way of the ancient Roman Empire, lost to the ash heap of history. If you do go to New Zealand, you may want to stay away from the city of Christchurch, which has been hit with severe and destructive earthquakes in recent years. Some evangelicals even claim that these earthquakes that have rocked Christchurch, New Zealand are a sign. Whatever it is, maybe it is a bit more than coincidental.

Canada

Canada remains a strong beacon for people seeking benefits coupled with a beautiful country. There are some issues to be aware of, however, before looking to Canada.

Yes, it has universal health care coverage and free public education, but nothing is free; the tax rate in Canada can be high, especially for those earning more than the average citizen. Also, if you enjoy city living, get ready to pay a premium for it, with real estate prices continuing to spiral upwards, almost out of control in Toronto, Quebec, and even Calgary.

If you’re interested in avoiding the harsh winter (at least in comparison to the U.S. in many spots), focus on the shoreline. Vancouver and Newfoundland can offer some respite from the seemingly endless winter cold that strikes inland more harshly, but does offer pleasant summers in many of these places that endure winter cold.

Newfoundland has been dealing with the effects of a depressed real estate market for some time and that means you could get some good deals on real estate if you relocate here. Just remember that jobs may be sparse in this part of Canada.

Schools are considered good, health care is good, and quality of life is often reported as being higher than in most other nations throughout the world.

Ecuador

Ecuador has been on the leading edge of people looking for a great place to live. While it’s beginning to show signs of slowing down and losing ground against other nations on the list, it’s still a strong alternative to living in the U.S. during uncertain times.

Ecuador offers a strong working abroad index, ranking 30th out of 67 countries, which is way down from where it was just a couple of short years ago. Job security is what’s holding back Ecuador from another top finish to many rankings.

A big part of the problem here is that few see the economic climate in Ecuador as being very positive.

Another major problem for this Central American country is safety. It had ranked much higher in previous years, but only 22% of people calling this nation home feel very safe here now.

One thing that makes Ecuador an appealing place to live is that it’s relatively easy to settle in and become comfortable. More than one fourth of people surveyed felt very happy about their decision to live in Ecuador, which is about 10 percentage points higher than it is for the rest of the world when asked about their home country.

Ecuador, as with several other Latin American countries, does have some safety issues, most notably cartels that kidnap children or other family members for ransom. So, life here definitely calls for being able to blend in so that you don’t stand out as a Westerner — having some kind of Hispanic heritage could be an asset, as well as a strong grasp of Spanish.

Just remember that avoiding some of the less populated regions and focusing more on the major cities where people tend to settle down can provide more safety, as long as you practice situational awareness and staying away from areas where criminals target tourists. Making and developing friendships, even marrying into a local family, with trustworthy citizens can be assets to living long term and not coming on to the radar of kidnappers in a few less populated areas.

Spain

Spain is only second to Taiwan (Taiwan isn’t on our list due to it’s close proximity to communist China) when it comes to overall contentment of foreigners calling a nation other than their original one home. Spain is an ideal location for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its incredible climate and when you plant yourself closer to the coast, miles upon miles of incredible sandy beaches.

Spain is a member of the EU and while that may cause concern for some people, it hasn’t dealt with some of the same issues plaguing other parts of the European Union. Politically speaking, it has a tendency to keep a low profile and doesn’t attract too much unwanted attention.

As with most places around the world you need to know where to live in a particular country. If you have children or plan to raise a family, Basque Country ranks highest in education in the country with Extremadura and Ceuta ranking lowest.

As far as safety is concerned, Basque Country ranks highest and Ceuta lowest. In fact, Ceuta, which borders Morocco, has issues with reported terrorist cells recruiting for ISIS and other organizations in Iraq and Syria.

Opportunities exist in Spain for skilled foreign workers in engineering, language teachers, and skilled trade, as all of these are currently in high demand.

Czech Republic

First off, since the EU formed, the Czech Republic has been on a boom economically. Housing is at a premium and is often more expensive for foreigners. However, it’s a rich and diverse culture that is ideal for those seeking history, culture, and rich architecture.

You’re nowhere near the sea in the Czech Republic, so if you enjoy the beach, this might not be the place for you. However, there’s a lot to do here and incredible outdoor hiking and other places to visit.

Crime is relatively low, but you’ll want to protect your wallet as there’s a rise in pickpockets in recent years. Salaries for work here are great, but you’ll have to contend with a lot of government bureaucracy.

It’s also not easy to get a driver’s license in the Czech Republic, but public transportation is cheap and reliable; you simply need to be aware that many taxi drivers try to take advantage of foreigners who aren’t familiar with the area.

If you’re looking for alternatives to uncertain times ahead in the U.S., there are plenty of great options to consider.

A dynamic President, but the same destiny?

As much as supporters and the rest of us appreciate Trump and his strong words for helping make America great again (who wouldn’t want that?), if the U.S. has enemies in the world, and it does, then only time will tell how these U.S. enemies will react. Don’t be fooled; if massive hacking is taking place, and it is, then potential scenarios where massive hacks attack U.S. infrastructure must be considered, and we should be prepared for that, whether it’s to the power grid or goes beyond the grid and includes White House communications with the military.

Hacking defenses are too little, too late

Trump’s plans to bolster America’s defenses to hacks are an essential step for a world superpower to take in the modern day. But it may be too late. Only time will tell just how much foreign governments have learned about essential U.S. operations from the thousands of hacks reported to have taken place and still taking place.

Conclusion

Maybe you’ll choose to bug out. Maybe you’ll bug in and do just fine instead.

Or maybe you’ll decide that a sunny beach in Costa Rica or a rugged Canadian coastal town or the Falkland Islands or even French Polynesia could be a better place to wait out the coming storm ahead.
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Why It’s A Bad Idea To Ignore Forgiveness (Day Five)

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Let’s talk about forgiveness!

My entire readership suddenly looks baffled and wonders if Marie has lost it. Haven’t we been talking about forgiveness for several days now?

Let’s be more specific, then.

We’ve had a basic overview of forgiveness. We’ve discussed what it is, what it is not (which is just as important) and why it’s so very important to choose forgiveness.

But what happens when you choose to ignore forgiveness? Because make no doubt, it’s your choice.

Some of you are glaring at the screen now, ready to close this post, because you’re thinking I don’t understand. Your pain is so very strong and raw, and the hurt done to you is so incredibly overwhelming, that you just can’t bring yourself to forgive and move on.

If I understood how badly you’ve been hurt, I wouldn’t be so cruel as to suggest you’re choosing to be unforgiving.

Perhaps you were sexually abused as a young child.

You could be the child of an alcoholic who witnessed abuse and toxic relationships throughout childhood.

Your pain could come from rape. Date rape is a vile, under-reported crime that causes lifetime scars. Violent stranger rape creates its own trauma.

It might be that those who were supposed to love and protect you were instead physically and emotionally violent. When you were a child. Or a teenager. Or a new spouse. Or while in the hospital recovering from childbirth.

Maybe you’ve had children torn from your arms. Parental alienation – by the other parent, by the courts, by anyone – could emotionally tear your children away from you, and children have been killed, too.

I get it.

Really and truly, I understand exactly how you’re feeling right now.

There are times and situations in which forgiveness feels absolutely impossible, and no amount of reading or even therapy is going to make it easier.

There are times when, let’s be honest, you just don’t want to forgive. Move on? Baby, that prison of hurt and pain just feels a bit too good right now, because it’s yours and no one can take it away from you, and you’re going to wallow in it for a bit.

It’s okay, sometimes, for a little while, to feel resentful and angry.

Unless you’re spiritually at the point where you can be dying on a Roman cross and calling forgiveness and mercy upon your murderers …. No?

Not there yet?

It’s okay, neither am I.

What’s important, though, is that you start getting yourself into the right state of mind. You don’t want to be stuck in that world of anger, resentment and revenge. It’s not a healthy place to be and it will lead to so very many problems. That’s a place where you can’t have truly healthy relationships with other people, you can’t feel good about the world, and you can’t feel happy and content.

It’s also a place where you can’t connect with God, and I have to tell you, that’s probably the worst place of all. There’s a four letter word to describe what it feels like to lose access to the Presence of God.

Ignoring Forgiveness Keeps You Stuck

When you’re holding onto those feelings of resentment, it’s impossible to move on with your life. You might think you’re managing, but you’re not.

The saddest part of that – the other person has long moved on and most likely barely thinks of you!

True story – I know of a man is constantly plotting ways to ruin his ex-wife’s life.

He loathes her and wastes no chance to tell everyone how she destroyed him. Misunderstandings, the mistakes of youth, fights that escalated for stupid reasons – their marriage had ended for pretty much the standard reasons that young marriages fail. But he can’t let go. He’s on his fourth wife since her, and the anger still bubbles away, wrecking his relationships and her happiness.

Meanwhile, she has remarried (and stayed married) and has happily settled down into a nice community as far away from him as she can. Mention him and she’ll look surprised for a moment and then a little sad. It would have been nice, she’ll tell you, if they could have at least stayed friendly, but it is what it is. The last time he screamed at his family in a grocery store parking lot, she realized they needed to move. She recognizes that she wasn’t the wife he should have been, although not quite to the extent that she says, but then it seems all of her husbands have been “horrible”. At any rate, since she can do nothing to change the past, she has made sure to improve her relationships going forward.

For the record …. I know of four different former couples who all fit into that description, switching the genders a little! It’s sad to see, but it’s so very common.

That person you’re hating on and holding a grudge against, are they even sparing a thought to what happened? In all likelihood, they’ve moved on with life and aren’t feeling worried or bad about it. In fact, it’s quite possible that they’ve completely forgotten whatever it is that you’re nursing in your prison of anger.

And there you are, stuck in that miserable, painful emotional place, holding on to your grudge because it somehow is going to make things right. You see, in the example above, does it matter which spouse was in the wrong, if either of them even were?

Which of them is happier, more content and enjoying life?

Can you see how forgiveness is about you?

Holding On To Anger Keeps Out Happiness

All of that anger makes it hard to make room for positive feelings.

Truthfully, you can’t be happy and angry at the same time, and you’ve spent a long time holding on to that hatred. It crowds out all the good emotions.

When you begin to forgive, and choose to love even those who harm you and spitefully use you, the anger and hurt makes room in your heart for joy and happiness.

If that’s not a great reason to make a serious effort to forgive, I don’t know what is!

It May Even Cause Depression

When you’re stuck in that dark place, you’re retraining your brain to negative, dark emotions. They are always there and, as I said, anger and happiness can’t coexist.

This is a path that leads to depression.

Is it worth it? Is the dubious pleasure you get from nursing that grudge worth risking depression? Even if you are totally in the right and they are totally in the wrong, how does it help you to keep that grudge going?

Yes, there are generally other factors that come into play with depression (and I’ve mentioned before that I suffer from seasonal bouts of depression), but learning how to forgive goes a long way towards easing the darkness.

That feeling of freedom that comes when you truly forgive will go a long way towards helping you feel better. Depression seems to drop you into a deep, dark hole with no sunshine. Forgiveness helps you to let a bit of sunshine in.

Please take this warning seriously.

Ignoring forgiveness will never hurt anyone else more than it hurts you.

Tactics and technology!

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Tactics and technology Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! I am not sure if it’s my recent obsession with Batman or the fact that I have reached a certain age where these things just start to populate in a man’s mind. Either way I have spent more time looking at tactical … Continue reading Tactics and technology!

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Prepper Book Festival: Off Grid and Free My Path to the Wilderness

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It is not often that I become indecisive but earlier in the week, as I was deciding how to lead this latest book festival, I just couldn’t decide. There were too many good books, each delivering value to preppers in their own unique way. Ultimately, the winner was a book by Ron Melchiore, someone many of you may recognize as a periodic guest contributor here on Backdoor Survival. Ron and his wife, Johanna, have lived a good portion of their life together off-grid in what most of us would call the remote wilderness.

In spite of his isolation, Ron is quite sociable and remarkably witty eloquent as he shares his journey in his book Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness. This is a book about sustainable living, starting in the seventies and come full circle to today. Read the interview with Ron and enter to win a copy of his book for free. There will be three winners.

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