Why The Most Delicate Part Of Our Infrastructure Is The Grid

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In case you hadn’t noticed, major power outages are on the upswing. During the period of 2000 to 2004, there was an average of 44 power outages per year, nationwide. That rose to 100 per year in the period from 2005 to 2009, and doubled to 200 in the years 2010 to 2013.

In 2014, 14.2 million Americans were impacted by power outages, with California topping the list. I can’t find compiled data for the years after that, but in the first six months of 2014, there were 130, which shows a continuing of this trend.

Basically, our electrical grid is old. Power plants, distribution centers, substations and transmission lines are all designed with a 50 year lifespan. But a large chunk of our electric grid is older than that and an even larger chunk is approaching the 50 year threshold. In the Northeast, there are transmission lines which have been in continuous use for over 100 years.

The Fact: 3 Blackouts in One Day

On April 23rd, three major cities in the US received blackouts on the same day – New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; the largest, second largest and fourteenth largest cities on our country, respectably. The fact that these happened all at the same time and can’t be attributed to either hot weather (the use of air conditioning) or storms is suspicious.

While all three of these cities were hit by outages, San Francisco was hit the hardest, with business, traffic and many day-to-day activities coming to a complete standstill. We are so dependent on our electric grid, that there are few areas of activity which are not affected by a blackout.

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Yet as we look into the future, we can expect more and more blackouts to occur. Government red tape and regulations are making it harder and harder to build new power plant. During the years of Obama’s presidency, the coal power industry was especially hard hit. That’s on top of the struggles that the nuclear power industry regularly has, because of the fear that the political left has of nuclear power.

Yet the left’s vision of green power is unrealistic. The only renewable (or green) power that is reliable is hydroelectric, and the United States has pretty much maxed out the use of available rivers in building hydroelectric plants. Unlike Lesotho, Bhutan and Paraguay, we can’t produce 99% plus of our energy needs from hydroelectric dams.

We need to depend on much less reliable wind and solar power, neither of which can provide power 24/7. Even geothermal power, which the United States is the world leader in, accounts for only 0.41% of our total energy needs.

Not replacing our aging power grid merely plays into the hands of our enemies, all of whom are aware of our high dependence on electrical power. We can be sure that any countries who look at the Untied States as a potential enemy, have both mapped out our electric grid (the information is readily available on the internet) and developed plans to disrupt it.

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The Question About the Cause

The question has been raised whether the power outages on April 23rd were part of a test attack by a foreign power or not. China and Russia lead the world in cyberwarfare, especially China. But they are not the only countries pouring resources into this new battleground.

Compared to other forms of warfare, cyberwarfare is cheap, requires few “soldiers” and minimal money spent on developing or acquiring arms. A small group of brilliant programmers and hackers can do wonders, when given the freedom to experiment.

When survivalists think of the grid going down, we tend to think of an EMP attack. I wrote about that recently, in regards to North Korea. But an EMP is only one of the options available to an enemy. Cyberwarfare entails less risks and requires less expenditure of money; yet can be extremely effective.

It is a known fact that nuclear power plants have been targeted for hacking, with considerable success. Remote control of a nuclear plant by a hacker can cause a variety of effects, ranging from reducing power output all the way through causing a meltdown of the core.

I’m not sure if it is possible, but if they can hack in far enough to cause a meltdown; it seems to me that they could also cause a runaway reaction, leading to an explosion.

Then there’s the attack on the San Jose, California substation in 2013. In that attack, unknown parties shot the coolant tanks on the substation’s transformers, draining the coolant out and destroying the transformers. Had it not been for the ability designed in to the electric grid to reroute and cover a destroyed substation, the people of San Jose would have been without power for months.

Our grid can absorb the loss of a substation, power plant or transmission line. But the more that are lost, the greater the chance of the domino affect taking over, causing more and more failures. If a major substation were to be destroyed during peak usage time, the number of people who would end up being affected could easily run into the millions.

What Is the Risk?

One of the biggest tactical mistakes in the protection of our country was when some unnamed officials admitted to the Wall Street Journal that sabotage of just nine key substations would be enough to bring down the grid.

Do you want to guess which countries have engineers hard at work determining which o the country’s 55,000 substations are included in that short list? Once they figure it out, there will be a clock on our country’s electrical power use.

Potential attacks like this, and our dependence on electricity, make our country much more vulnerable than it was 100 years ago, or even 50 years ago. The more we depend on electronics in our day-to-day lives, the more easily our lives can be disrupted.

Worse than that, the disruptions that we would experience can’t be replaced by other systems, as we no longer have those systems available to us.

  • Loss of water pressure as the city water loses power
  • Loss of heating and air conditioning
  • Loss of communications, once phone companies run out of fuel for their generators
  • Loss of fresh and frozen food, without stores having refrigeration
  • Loss of transportation, without the ability to pump fuel out of underground tanks
  • Loss of our supply distribution system, which is highly dependent on computers
  • Loss of much of our medical services, which depend on electricity as well
  • Loss of jobs and the associated paycheck, as few companies can operate without electricity
  • Loss of education, when the schools shut down
  • Loss of air travel, which depends on radar and radios for communication, not to mention the fuel they need to get those planes in the air
  • Loss of the news media, which needs power to broadcast
  • Loss of the internet, which is all electronic
  • Loss of sewage systems, as soon as the sewage lines back up. Water treatment plants depend on electricity to drive their pumps. Without that, the system backs up.
  • Loss of refrigeration, so our food will spoil
  • Loss of access to our money, as we mostly depend on electronic money
  • Loss of access to money in the bank, as the computers which tell the bank how much money we have would be inoperative
  • Loss of commerce, in general, due to the inability to access money
  • Loss of defense, as the military depends heavily on electronic communications, as well as electrical power to control and run our weapons systems

I could keep going, but I’m sure you get the idea. Basically, everything we depend on, depends on electricity to operate. So, without electricity, our lives come to a standstill.

That’s a fact known to our friends and enemies alike. So is the lead time on new transformers for substations and how few manufacturers there are in the world build those custom artifacts. Maybe it wouldn’t have as major an impact on the USA as a nationwide outage caused by an EMP would, but the fact is, it wouldn’t take much to take out the grid regionally, in any part of the country.

Without electrical power, it wouldn’t take long for fear to set in and for people to turn against each other. FEMA’s recommendation of three day’s food isn’t going to help people much, when they’ll be without electrical power for weeks or even months.

Even Hurricane Katrina left some people without electrical power for six weeks, and that didn’t take even one terrorist who was willing to lay down their life in pursuit of a larger cause.

When Going Off-grid is Not Your Choice

For us here in modern-day America, the loss of the electric grid is probably the ultimate urban survival challenge. With our lives and our communities so dependent on electrical power, the loss of that power would quickly lead to a breakdown of society. As soon as people realized how close they were to starvation, they would panic; and that, in turn, would lead to them turning on each other; especially on those who they suspected had food.

Survival in such a situation has to include complete isolation from others. The old adage of “out of sight, out of mind” applies here. If people don’t see you, they won’t be asking how you are doing. Nor will they have the chance to ask you if you have any food that you can share with them. They may speculate, but that’s all it would be.

This would be an ideal time to disappear to that secret cabin in the woods, if you are fortunate enough to have one. If not, you’ll need to make your home look as abandoned as possible, while you live off of whatever food and water you have stockpiled.

Depending on how widespread the blackout is and how it happens, repairs could take months or even longer. In a case where substation transformers are destroyed, it takes a year to build new ones. That’s long enough that the loss of life could be severe enough to prevent their replacement. America, as we all know it today, could cease to exist.

This is why a three day supply of food isn’t enough. For that matter, a three month supply of food isn’t. You are going to need at least a year’s worth of food to survive this sort of attack, and possibly even more.

The year figure I just mentioned is based upon the assumption that within that year, you can get your own food production up and running. But if you can’t, then you’ll need more than a year’s worth of food in your stockpile.

Water will be at least as critical, if not more so. The idea of surviving off the water in your hot water heater or the community pond assumes that you’re only going to have to survive a short period of time. When we’re talking a year or more, you’re going to have your own means of harvesting water.

If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, you’ll be able to use rainwater capture to provide you with water. But if not, about the only truly reliable means of providing yourself with water is with a well, unless you happen to be fortunate enough to have a river flowing across the edge of your property. Any other method for getting water would require you going out in public and letting people know that you are alive, healthy and obviously eating.

The ability to defend yourself could ultimately be the most important part of your survival preparedness. Regardless of who you are, where you are, or how well you isolate yourself from society, somebody is going to realize that you are there. That realization will probably be quickly followed up by the thought that you are better fed than they are, which would mean that you have food.

Once people realize that you have food, when they don’t, you’re in trouble. While some will limit themselves to begging for food, others will try to take what you have. In either case, you’ll have to be ready to defend home, family and your stockpile as well.

That may even mean defending your chickens and vegetable garden. When people are desperate and hungry, they do desperate things. Scaling your fence to steal some food may not even seem all that desperate to them. But if you allow it, your garden will be cleaned out in a matter of days.

Sadly, survival carries with it some hard decisions. Decisions like not helping others, so that you can take care of your own.

If you can’t make that decision and then follow through on it, chances are, you won’t survive.

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Is It Time for Judgment of the Household of God?

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     Certainly, God lets us know throughout the Bible that Judgment is part of His character.  The Book of Psalms is full of descriptors of His Judgment:  It is true; it is in all the earth; He has established His throne for Judgment; and He will most assuredly execute His Judgment.
     But there is another topic that surrounds this theme of “Judgment”, and it can be found in both the Old and New Testaments.  In Ezekiel, Chapter 9, God shows the prophet a vision of an effectual slaughter of the people of Israel for the abominations they have committed against Him.  Ezekiel sees God commanding an angel to put a mark on the foreheads of those who mourned over the sinfulness and kept themselves apart from it.  Then come the devastating words of the Lord: Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary. It is quite apparent that God’s Judgment is swift and terrible, and His Judgment begins with His sanctuary.

     Again, in 1 Peter 4:17, the Apostle warns Believers that the time is coming when there will be Judgment on the Household of God. Many commentaries suggest that this references persecution coming against Christians.  I believe that this is a definite aspect of the Judgment, but I think it goes beyond that.  I believe that just as in Ezekiel, God will use an instrument of Judgment [on His behalf] against those who have not been obedient to Him… both Believers and Unbelievers.  But just as in Ezekiel, there will be a fiery test of the quality of one’s faith.  In other words, there will be a process of judgment that leads to a decision [by God], resulting from His investigation.  Those who are sealed with the mark of true faith on their foreheads will be exempt from the Judgment.
     But let me ask you a question … are you willing to say, let it begin with me? Can you examine yourself, and know for certain, that you have been walking the narrow road, instead of the broad one?   Will Jesus recognize you when you stand before Him at the Judgment seat, or will He say He never knew you?  I must admit that I am deeply concerned for the people of our nation who call themselves Christians.  They have access to the wisdom and the knowledge of ancient Scripture, and the very words of God Himself at their fingertips — but do they bother to take the time to get to truly know the God they say they worship?
     I’m afraid that too many rely on their Pastors and Sunday School Teachers to interpret the Bible for them, and far too often those sermons and lessons are formulated from a subscription to an online clearinghouse of Bible resources.  How many congregations today are receiving the WHOLE counsel of God from pastors and teachers who not afraid to offend one or two for the sake of revealing God’s Truth? It grieves me that so many churches are receiving only a small part of God, and people are ignorant of the fullness of His character and commandments.
     As Mark and I dig deeper into God’s Word and share the Bibles’s Truths with our fellow Believers, I can’t tell you how many people cry out [as we did], “Why haven’t we been taught this?!? Why hasn’t the Church shown us our Power and Authority? There are so many people in physical pain and spiritual torment! Why aren’t we laying hands on people, and delivering people from demonic oppression and bondage???  This is what Jesus told us to do, and yet we are totally unaware we are supposed to be doing it!”
     All I can say is that Satan has been working a very effective plan for hundreds of years and we are seeing the demonstration of his masterful scheme to keep us from our destiny of authority and power. When you think about it, the devil has played his hand very cunningly. By introducing false doctrine through false prophets, and infiltrating our churches with flawed theology, the Enemy has been able to keep us in ignorance of our calling as sons and daughters of the Kingdom.  And after generations of this lack of Biblical knowledge, well … the Body of Christ is suffering and perishing.
     As Dr. Charles Kraft has explained, when he attended seminary in the 1940s, his professor told the students they could skip the very short chapter on spiritual warfare since they would not ever encounter it.  Thank the Lord, that He showed Dr. Kraft that evil spirits were just as relevant today as they were when Jesus walked the earth.  And thanks to Dr. Kraft (and many other devoted men and women) for making it their life’s work to help teach Christians how to walk in victory and freedom.  Because as Rob Pue writes in an article for Barbwire.com, “The writer of Hebrews tells us what REAL MEN OF GOD accomplished for their Lord, and what they endured throughout the Scriptures — and what REAL CHRISTIANS should EXPECT to endure even today: “they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; they shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength, and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies…. Others were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning, they were sawed in two, they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated…”.

     That describes the commitment that the faithful in the early Household of God exemplified.  Does it describe the Church today?  Even the “True Church”, as some call those with a higher quality of faith? Because the very next question I have to ask is a pretty tough one… God is the same today as He was then, and as He will be into eternity.  Are we due any less of His Judgment than those He called His own in Ezekiel Chapter 9? It seems to me that the Israelites that Ezekiel saw in his vision were comfortable in indulging their sins and remained unrepentant and flagrantly disobedient.  Who are we, who call ourselves the Household of God today?  Are we maintaining the Holiness of His House and Sanctuary?  Or do we invite everyone in and try to make them feel comfortable and accepted in their sin, hoping that they will “get the message” one day?  After all, who are we to cast stones or judge another, right?
     And why aren’t we warned, as Peter warned the First Century Church, that we can expect a fiery ordeal to test us, and we can expect to suffer as Christ did. Don’t you think God will judge us for dispensing only the “feel good” message with all its promises of ease and comfort and peace if we will just “turn to Jesus”?
     As saddened as I am about the Judgment that I sense is going to come on the Household of God, I am tremendously encouraged at the remnant that I see rising out of the delusion and deception being heaped upon the Church. I am hearing it and seeing it across this land; faithful followers of Christ who have ears to hear and eyes to see through the dirty veil that Satan has thrown over the Church-at-large. Believers are discovering the Truths of what Jesus commanded and being consistently obedient to do the works that He did.  They are diligently learning how to heal and to minister to their fellow Christians who are tormented and oppressed by demons.  They are not afraid to exert their power and authority through the Holy Spirit to reach an unsaved person, and to set them free by the Blood of the Lamb. They are preaching a Gospel of the Kingdom message and taking back territory from the Enemy.  They are shining Jesus’s Light into the Darkness of this world and into the shadows that surround the Body of Christ.
     This is what revival looks like and the Lord knows we need it!  Because I don’t believe it will be long before we hear an angel shout in a loud voice,  Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. It will be swift and it will be mighty.  But I praise Him for all those seeking to come out of their ignorance and indifference.  I praise Him for the remnant that is standing up to the lies and deception that Satan has propagated upon the Church.  And I praise Him for revealing His unmitigated and pure Truth to those of us who have been wanting more of Him. I pray that more of God’s Household will awaken from their slumber before that fateful day.  Because I know this for sure:  Jesus died that all might know Him and glorify the Father; that all might receive the gift of eternal life and in the Kingdom of God — and He doesn’t wish to lose a single one of them!

1 Peter 4:17    “…. and if it [the Judgment] begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not respect or believe or obey the gospel of God”?  
   

7 Essentials for Navigating Through the Wilderness Without a GPS

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Exploring the great outdoors if one of the favorite past time of many Americans. Gone are the days when these modern pioneers would navigate through the wilderness with just a map. Nowadays, they rely on their mobile phones and various GPS devices to find the safe path. Rather than “abusing” technology, it’s best to look … Read more…

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10 Facts About Trauma and Kids

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10 Facts About Trauma and Kids

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Three Easy Cakes To Make From Scratch

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Can you use three easy cakes to make from scratch? I know summer is coming and we are starting to hear about family reunions. I love taking cakes to family reunions. I can still remember a very yummy cake that Mark’s aunt brought to the Loosli family reunion every year. I swear we all fought to get in line to get a piece of her cake. It was a white sheet cake, topped with real whipping cream and topped with homegrown elderberries or loganberries in a rich gooey sauce. Oh my goodness, I can almost taste it, right now!

Have you heard about the famous chocolate Texas sheet cake? I’m not sure if it was REALLY a Texas cake or not. Maybe it started in Texas, I don’t know. In Utah, we tend to take this cake to every funeral or family reunion because it’s easy to make and serves a lot of people. I think anything with chocolate is always my favorite. So let’s get started with three of my favorite easy cakes to make from scratch.

Easy Cakes:

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or one cube
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa-dry
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon real salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
 Instructions:
  1. Put the butter, water, and oil in a medium size pan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, salt, and vanilla. Blend in the slightly beaten eggs and buttermilk. Pour into a greased cookie sheet 12″ by 17″ or a 9″ by 13″ cake pan. Bake the cakes @ 350 degrees. Bake the cookie sheet cake approx. 20 minutes. Bake the 9″ by 13″ cake pan for approx. 37 minutes.
  2. Frosting: melt one cube butter in a saucepan, add 4 tablespoons cocoa and 5 tablespoons milk. Bring to a boil. Mix in 4 cups powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour over cake while it’s still warm. This cake is very moist and never has any leftovers.

PRINTABLE recipe: Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake by Food Storage Moms

Carrot Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups shredded/grated carrots
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, sugar, soda, seasonings, and oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and thoroughly mix together. Grease a bundt cake pan or two 9-inch cake pans. You can also make 24 cupcakes.

Baking times:

Bundt cake: bake 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Two-9-inch cake pans: 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Cupcakes: bake approximately 20-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

PRINTABLE Recipe: Carrot Cake by Food Storage Moms

PRINTABLE recipe: Cream Cheese Frosting by Food Storage Moms

Oatmeal Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

1-1/4 cup boiling water

1 cup regular uncooked oatmeal (not instant)

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Pour the boiling water over the oatmeal and let it set for 20 minutes. Grab a bowl, use a mixer to beat the butter until creamy, add the sugars and beat until fluffy. Blend in the vanilla and eggs and thoroughly blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and mix them together. Pour into greased pan and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees, depending on altitude. While the cake is baking mix the frosting recipe below and spread carefully on the cake after it is done. Put the cake back in the oven and broil until the glaze bubbles.

Frosting, combine the following ingredients and spread on the hot baked cake:

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons cream

1/3 cup chopped nuts

3/4 cup shredded coconut

PRINTABLE recipe: Oatmeal Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze by Food Storage Moms

Sometimes we just need to make some easy cakes and enjoy a treat with family, friends, and neighbors. Who wouldn’t love a piece of cake from a friend? Thanks again for following my blog and giving me input so we can learn together.

My favorite things:

KitchenAid KHM512ER 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, Empire Red

Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″

Top Rated Bellemain Stainless Steel Non-Slip Mixing Bowls with Lids, 4 Piece Set Includes 1 Qt., 1.5 Qt., 3 Qt. & 5 Qt.

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Here’s How to Tell If a Riot Is About to Erupt in Your City

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It seems like civil unrest has become an increasingly common occurrence in America over the past few years. Since the election we’ve seen a lot of protests turn violent, and in the years preceding the election, just about any controversial police shooting could spark a riot. As these incidents become commonplace, more people are becoming aware of just how tumultuous our nation really is. They want to know how they can protect themselves from civil unrest or avoid riots in the first place, especially if they live in urban areas.

Coincidentally, I have firsthand experience on this subject. Though I have thankfully never been in a riot, I know exactly what it looks like on the streets in the hours before a riot kicks off. I was visiting Berkeley, California on December 6th, 2014, just before a massive protest for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown turned violent.

I left the city a couple of hours before things got crazy, though not because I knew what was coming. Though I had heard earlier in the day that there was going to be a protest, I didn’t think that anything serious was going to happen, because protests are a pretty common occurrence in Berkeley. This may sound crazy now, but at the time there was no reason to think that there was going to be a full-blown riot.

Always Be On the Lookout for Warning Signs

Though I was completely ignorant of what was about to go down, in hindsight there were plenty of red flags. I noticed them as I was walking through the city in the late afternoon, on my way to catch a BART train home.

For starters, there was a massive police presence everywhere I looked. There were more cops walking or driving around than I had ever seen in the city before before. That may sound like an obvious sign, but it was what the cops were doing and what kinds of equipment they had on hand that was significant. You could hear helicopters overhead, and there were several large nondescript buses parked near where the protest was about to begin. They were kind of like school buses, but painted white. In other words, the kind of buses that are often used to transport prisoners. They were clearly getting ready to detain a lot of people.

As for the behavior of the police, there was one thing I saw that stands out. I distinctly remember seeing two police officers tell a homeless man to leave the area. That’s common in some cities, but not Berkeley. There are homeless people everywhere and I’ve never seen the police do that. Unless the homeless are being unruly and someone calls the cops (which most people rarely do), the police seem to leave the homeless alone in Berkeley.

In hindsight it makes a lot of sense. After they close, the homeless often sleep in front of the shops where the riot was about to take place. And when the cops interacted with this guy, they weren’t being aggressive. The interaction looked pretty courteous. They weren’t removing someone who was causing a problem. They were removing him for his own safety.

And perhaps the most interesting warning sign I witnessed, has to do with what many of the businesses in the area did to prepare themselves for the protest. I saw dozens of shops close early. Their owners and employees had boarded up windows and doors, as if they were getting ready for a hurricane to rip through the city.

The reason why that’s so intriguing, is that before 2014 I don’t think Berkeley had seen a major riot in decades. I’m really not sure how these businesses knew that there was going to be unrest in the streets. Remember, Berkeley is practically the protest capital of the world. It seems like there is a protest going on in that city every week, and they rarely turn violent.  So how did they know that this time was going to be different? My only guess is that the police must have warned them ahead of time. Without that kind of advice, they would have been as much in dark as I was.

So keep these warning signs in mind the next time you visit a city. Don’t be like me. I just happened to leave as the city was gearing up for civil unrest. I had no idea of what was going on, and basically avoided the riot by dumb luck. When you see the police and the locals getting ready for a street battle, take note and get the hell out of there.

 

Additional Reading:

8 Prepper Principles for a Prepared Mind

Think Like a Navy Seal: Training Exercises to Toughen Your Mind

Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

7 Tips To Improve Your Situational Awareness

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

Joshua’s website is Strange Danger

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How to start foraging … Without killing Your family!

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How to start foraging … Without killing Your family! Austin Martin “Homesteady Live“ Audio in player below! Last year i was super excited when my wife came inside and told me that she thought she found a patch of Morell Mushrooms in our backyard. I ran outside to look, and yes! There were lots of … Continue reading How to start foraging … Without killing Your family!

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The $100 Simple Outdoor Canning Kitchen

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The $100 Simple Outdoor Canning Kitchen

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Canning is a fun and rewarding summertime activity that helps preserve your garden’s bounty, saves money and increases your self-reliance.

But it also involves work at a hot stove during the hottest part of the year, when fruit and produce are at their peak. Back in the day, when cooking was done on wood cook stoves, many households had a second detached “summer kitchen,” where summer meals were prepared without adding extra heat into the house.

Outdoor summer kitchens are mostly a thing of the past, but serious home preservers and canners can set up an outdoor “canning kitchen” to make their jams, jellies and preserves.

Basic Setup

While you can use an old-fashioned wood cook stove to equip your canning kitchen, most people opt for the convenience of large portable propane burners. A simple high output propane burner (55,000 BTU or more) is available for under $40, and can connect to a standard exchangeable propane tank.  These large burners can bring a five-gallon pot of water to a rolling boil in just a few minutes, which beats waiting as much as an hour for your indoor kitchen stove to do the same job.

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A second, small scale camp stove to cook up your preserves is a necessary expense, as a high output burner would quickly burn preserves and wreak havoc on your small saucepans. These are similarly inexpensive and sell for as little as $20.

The $100 Simple Outdoor Canning Kitchen

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Assuming you already have canning jars and pots, the only other thing you’ll need is a propane tank for about $40. All total, for about $100 you have the basics of an outdoor canning kitchen that can be set up temporarily outdoors on a small table or even the ground in a pinch. With even a few batches of jam or pickles in a summer, you’ll be thankful for the investment, both for the cooler house and the reduction in humidity and mold potential, as all that water bath steam is released into your kitchen.

Canning on Wood Heat

If you’d like to further reduce your ongoing costs, or simply avoid the use of fossil fuels, it’s easy enough to can outdoors on wood heat, or with a hybrid method. For the least expensive option, try creating a small wood stove by making a U-shaped fire pit out of cinder blocks and topping it with a BBQ grate. With this setup, you’ll need to be careful not to damage your canning pot with the open flame. For a less primitive option, try a wood cook stove, which you can get, second-hand, for as little as a few hundred dollars.

If you’re truly looking for the best long-term outdoor canning kitchen solution, try a dual-fuel wood and gas stove. With a dual-fuel stove, you’ll be able to use wood as your primary heat source to bring canning water to a boil, but still use a more gentle heat from a small gas burner to gently cook down jams and jellies before they go into the water bath.

Temporary or Permanent Canning Kitchen

It’s easy enough to set up a temporary canning kitchen for the afternoon by simply hauling your propane burners out to a safe spot, but if you’re canning more frequently, it might make sense to set up a semi-permanent or permanent canning kitchen.

A semi-permanent option with a tarp or tent canopy roof means that you can leave your materials outdoors and can several times a week without exhaustive setup time. A simple sink built into a 2×4 framed countertop can be plumbed in with a garden hose. With this option, you’re still at the mercy of the weather to some degree, as tarps don’t fare particularly well in high winds and storms — and flies, honeybees or mosquitoes are sure to be a problem.

If you can afford it, the best option is a permanent screened-in outdoor structure that has a solid roof and fully screened walls to protect you from the elements and unwanted pests. Keep in mind: If you set everything up correctly, you could do just about all of your summer cooking in your outdoor canning kitchen to help keep your house cooler.

For a truly year-round option, try integrating your canning kitchen into a sugar shack. A sugar shack is already set up to vent heat and steam, and most are designed with a bit of counter space for making value-added maple products like maple cream and candy. If you’re considering building a sugar shack or summer canning kitchen, why not design them together into one structure to save both space and money?

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An Alternative to Fox News

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I really can’t watch the major news networks, they are outrageously biased and in many cases simply lie to promote hard left liberalism, not truthful news. I only tune them in for a quick look to see what the whacko left is up to.
I was a Fox News junkie, it was always on where ever I was, just like some people have a radio on for background noise, I had Fox on. If something caught my ear I would stop and listen for the details.

If you remember, about a year or so ago, Fox News went into negotiations with the satellite providers for a new contract and they were off the air for about two weeks. That was a real dumb move for Fox because it forced a mesmerized audience to look elsewhere for news. It also gave the viewers time to think just how left Fox is! I thought I was going to die during that time, but I did see the light and it was blinding!

So without Fox, I began searching for other news outlets. It didn’t take long to get disgusted to the point of simply listening to local news and hope they would cover important news. I e-mailed my local news station about getting more current national news and their answer was, “We only broadcast AP (Associated Press) news stories). Obviously, they have a contract with AP to save money rather than hire real station journalists.

The trouble with their approach is we only get AP slanted news. At this point, I’m ready to through in the towel and go shortwave only to listen to what other countries have to say about what’s going on here.

However! I believe it was a commenter on http://harryflashmansblog.blogspot.com/Self SufficientMountain Living”, also listed in my sidebar, who said he watched and recommended “OAN” news network!!??

Well anyone who reads Harry’s blog can’t be totally out lunch, so I searched for it on Google and found it, http://www.oann.com/  “One America News Network”.

I’m sure I found a new home for my news needs. If you want real news you need to check it out! News writers who are not 12-year-old snowflakes. Stories that have appropriate length to cover the details without boring filler.

There are many ways to receive the OAN broadcast, cable and satellite, check their website for all the providers unless you have the same satellite provider I have the Communist DISH network who doesn’t offer it. So, I log on to my computer and read the numerous well written relevant news stories.

An Alternative to Fox News

I really can’t watch the major news networks, they are outrageously biased and in many cases simply lie to promote hard left liberalism, not truthful news. I only tune them in for a quick look to see what the whacko left is up to.
I was a Fox News junkie, it was always on where ever I was, just like some people have a radio on for background noise, I had Fox on. If something caught my ear I would stop and listen for the details.

If you remember, about a year or so ago, Fox News went into negotiations with the satellite providers for a new contract and they were off the air for about two weeks. That was a real dumb move for Fox because it forced a mesmerized audience to look elsewhere for news. It also gave the viewers time to think just how left Fox is! I thought I was going to die during that time, but I did see the light and it was blinding!

So without Fox, I began searching for other news outlets. It didn’t take long to get disgusted to the point of simply listening to local news and hope they would cover important news. I e-mailed my local news station about getting more current national news and their answer was, “We only broadcast AP (Associated Press) news stories). Obviously, they have a contract with AP to save money rather than hire real station journalists.

The trouble with their approach is we only get AP slanted news. At this point, I’m ready to through in the towel and go shortwave only to listen to what other countries have to say about what’s going on here.

However! I believe it was a commenter on http://harryflashmansblog.blogspot.com/Self SufficientMountain Living”, also listed in my sidebar, who said he watched and recommended “OAN” news network!!??

Well anyone who reads Harry’s blog can’t be totally out lunch, so I searched for it on Google and found it, http://www.oann.com/  “One America News Network”.

I’m sure I found a new home for my news needs. If you want real news you need to check it out! News writers who are not 12-year-old snowflakes. Stories that have appropriate length to cover the details without boring filler.

There are many ways to receive the OAN broadcast, cable and satellite, check their website for all the providers unless you have the same satellite provider I have the Communist DISH network who doesn’t offer it. So, I log on to my computer and read the numerous well written relevant news stories.

Multiple purchase dispositions

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A couple years back I touched on what exactly (in Montana) happens when you fill out the ‘yellow sheet’ 4473 form when you buy a gun. Succinctly, nothing happens. Your name isn’t added to a big .gov file somewhere with a list of what you bought. Doesn’t happen here. (In your state, it may be different.)

But…there is a scenario where .gov does get all that info.

Remember this? Well, a guy came in and bought five of those from me last week. Three on a Monday, and two on a Wednesday. So, he bought more than one handgun within five business days from the same dealer….that gets a special form sent, within 24 hours, to the fedgoons.

It’s called the 3310.4 Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Pistols and Revolvers form. It asks for the info off the 4473 and also includes the specifics of what was purchased. This form then has to be transmitted to ATFE and your local CLEO within 24 hours. The gal at the sheriff’s office told me they’ve never had anyone come and ask about the forms. ATFE, on the other hand, takes a more pro-active role.

SO, in case you didnt know, next time you feel like buying a six-pack of handguns from one source, try not to do it within five business days of each other. Or, better yet, buy them in a private sale.

This has been a public service announcement.

Shelter In Place (For Radiation Emergency) — A Logical Well Thought Out Guide on Emergency Supplies You Need to Gather Now

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stock here: Updated the Shelter in Place Listing 4-25-17.     Click on the link in red below and you can view or download a Word document.   It’s worth a look.

Tomorrow, Trump meets with all 100 senators for a briefing on North Korea.    That likely means war, and that could go nuclear. 
A day or 3 after that USA will be pelted with fallout.   

Print this list now, in a font you can read in lower light.
Start pulling it together in one or 2 large boxes.    But keep them to a size that the second strongest member of your group can still load into a vehicle in case Shelter in Place turns into Get The Hell out of Dodge.

It took me about 3 weeks to pull together all this stuff in an efficient manner.   It could probably be done in 1.5 days with a full court press effort.   

When the SHTF there won’t be electricity, computers, thumbdrives, readers.

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Read now, Print Now….when you need them you won’t have the ability to start up your computer and printer.   Do not store “online”, do not store on a thumbdrive.    Knock yourself upside the head and think about what it will be like.

1-7-2012 Just found another good one

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The Cholesterol-Lowering ‘Weed’ Hidden In Your Yard

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The Cholesterol-Lowering ‘Weed’ Hidden In Your Yard

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It grows everywhere, and it’s persistent in its growing. But many homeowners rip the plant out of their gardens, yards and walkways without a second thought.

It is purslane. You may not even know its name, yet you certainly have seen it growing.

This little weed, though, actually is a beneficial herb. It is native to Asia, popular in the Mediterranean, and is a typical hot-weather herb. It does not like frost, and will not grow until the soil is warm, usually in May. It is drought-resistant, probably because it retains water in its tube-like stems.

When examining the leaves of purslane, you will notice they are fleshy and green, with red stems and bright yellow flowers. The leaves are thick and smooth, with a paddle shape, and are about one and a half to two inches long.

Purslane is remarkably high in omega-3 fatty acids – which can help lower bad cholesterol — and contains more of it than any other leafy green. It also has calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. Additionally, it is high in vitamins A and C and pectin, the latter of which can lower bad cholesterol, too.

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

Not bad for something you usually yank out of the garden!

Planting Your Own Purslane

If you don’t have purslane in your yard, you can grow it. You will have to find it first! In its wild state, purslane grows in a flat, circular, horizontal position of up to 16 inches across. You also can simply buy seeds from a garden center.

If you are harvesting wild purslane, stay away from plants growing by the road or where chemicals have been sprayed. You will want to find the most organic and healthy plants possible.

When you find a plant, you can collect some seeds. If you would rather deal with seedlings, then cut a couple of stems. Sowing the seeds is quite easy. Simply scatter the seeds over the prepared soil. You don’t need to cover them; let them sit on the surface, as they need sunlight to germinate. If it makes you feel better, spread a thin layer of soil over the seeds.

The Cholesterol-Lowering ‘Weed’ Hidden In Your Yard

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Purslane cuttings can be laid on the soil, after which you can water the stems. They should take root after a few days. It is a care-free plant once it starts growing.

Purslane is an annual and takes four to six weeks to fully mature. It usually reseed itself, but you can gather seeds just to be safe. It likes partly sunny, to full sun areas.

The soil type doesn’t seem to matter too much to this plant, but the ground needs to be clear and recently turned. Purslane likes the combination of moisture and heat, and it does well during wet summers.

Harvest it regularly or it can become invasive in your garden. (Harvest before it flowers to control its spreading.)

Using Purslane

It has a crunchy and lemon or citrus-like taste. The last inch or two of the plant is the most delicious, so when you gather it to eat, make sure you get the whole plant — the stems and the leaves. If you are trying to thin out a patch, simply pull it out by the roots. Keep it cool until you can wash and trim it.

Purslane goes well in salads and can be used as garnishes or in sandwiches (preferably by using the tender, young leaves).

You can use it to substitute for spinach or watercress, as well as to thicken stews or soups.

Make your own pesto by combining these ingredients:

  • Purslane, with stems and all.
  • Olive oil.
  • Garlic.
  • Pine nuts.
  • Hot watercress.

Blend thoroughly.

Whether you want to call purslane a weed or an herb, there is no denying the healthy benefits of this often-overlooked plant.

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Is George Orwell’s 1984 Coming True?

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” Here is a good article I just read. Its getting to get real….”

Urban Man-


In February 1937, an idealistic and ungainly Englishman in his thirties traveled to Spain to take his place in the trenches at the Aragón front to defend the Republic. His name was Eric Arthur Blair, remembered by history as George Orwell. This month, 80 years after the start of that adventure, Richard Blair, the writer’s only son, now a 72-year-old retired agricultural engineer, visited Huesca to take part in the opening of a major exhibition about his father.

Talking to EL PAÍS during his brief stopover in Madrid on his way back to London, Blair evoked the figure of Orwell and commented on the relevance of his legacy and the enormous interest in his final novel, 1984, which has become an international best-seller since Donald Trump became US president.

“It’s true that in recent weeks, with the references in the United States to ‘alternative facts’ [cited by Kellyanne Conway, one of the president’s top advisors], there has been increased interest in his book. But my father has never gone out of fashion.” The book was not so much a prophecy as a fable about Nazi and Stalinist totalitarianism, says Blair, although as he points out, some details from the novel that once seemed like science fiction have been part of our everyday life for some time, such as security cameras that watch our movements, or what some companies know about us from our internet activity, or how we use our credit cards. “Society has evolved toward what he saw. The world is becoming Orwellian,” he says.

Blair is patron of the Orwell society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to spreading knowledge about the life and work of the writer, as well as debate about ideas, and that remains scrupulously neutral about politics. Which might explain why he is so careful in choosing his words when talking about Trump.

“I think that there is a lot of tension and compression in the White House right now. It is true that Trump is attacking the press, but he is a complete enigma, they are all maneuvering and learning to live with each other,” he says.

Nevertheless, he says he cannot help but be happy at the hike in sales of his father’s books, particularly as he inherited the publishing rights (“which expire in 2020,” he points out). But he recognizes concerns that this has been due to the public finding parallels between the current situation and the dystopia Orwell described.

Orwell and his wife Eileen adopted Richard in 1944. Ten months later, Eileen died on the operating table. Some of the friends of the tuberculous-stricken writer suggested that he give up custody of the child but he ruled out the possibility. The relationship between Orwell and his adopted son became closer when the two of them moved to the Scottish island of Jura, chosen because it was a healthier location for Orwell to overcome his illness and where it was so cold that “if you move six feet away from the fireplace, you freeze.”

Blair’s memories from those days are of a loving father who made wooden toys, who had a strange sense of humor, and whose parenting style had none of the political correctness of modern upbringings. On one occasion he allowed the three-year-old Richard to smoke from a pipe filled with tobacco collected from his cigarette butts. The result, aside from a vomiting fit, was that the child saw himself temporarily vaccinated against the vice of smoking.

It was on Jura that Orwell finished 1984, writing in his room during the day and spending the evenings with the child. One of their favorite activities was fishing, especially for the lobsters that filled out a diet otherwise made frugal by post-war rationing. One weekend in August 1947, however, on a journey back from a weekend of relaxation on the west side of Jura, their boat sank and they almost drowned. Blair says Orwell’s health suffered as a result. David Astor, owner of The Observer newspaper, which published the writer’s work, asked to be allowed import the newly discovered antibiotic streptomycin from the United States, with which he was treated between December 1947 and July 1948 in a hospital near Glasgow. But his efforts were in vain: Orwell developed an allergy to the medication. “His nails fell out and blisters appeared on his lips,” Richard recalls. The writer died in January 1950 at age of 46, when his son was about to celebrate his sixth birthday.

What is the most important lesson that Orwell taught us? For journalists, says Blair, there are many. “To be honest. The most important things are facts which can be corroborated, not reality as you want it to be. Journalists today do not have time to check facts, and errors are perpetuated and multiplied on the internet until they become true.” The writer’s son also recalls Orwell’s six rules for clear writing from his 1946 essay Politics and the English Language. “Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech that you are used to seeing in print; Never use a long word where a short one will do; If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out; Never use the passive where you can use the active; Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent; Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous.”

Blair finished up with his father’s definition of liberty: “If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

Blair is particularly concerned about the lack of dialogue in contemporary society. “All people do is shout at one another, without actually listening.” And he is surprised to see young people who, instead of speaking face to face, spend all day staring into their smartphones. “Even couples in restaurants! Are they communicating with each other via text messages?!” he jokes. And what would Orwell make of the 21st century, the era of the internet, great scientific advances and post-truth?

“Ah, now that’s the million-dollar question. But it’s impossible to get into anyone’s head. Nor to come up with the answer by reading his books. If he were still alive he would be 113, and would have had a lot of new influences… There’s no point in speculating.” As such, we don’t know, and we can’t know. But he does go as far as to assume one thing: whatever his thoughts, they would be characterized by common sense.

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S.A. Wetterling Axe 20H S.A. Wetterlings Axes – Large Hunters Axe

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The axe head is hand forged from Swedish quality steel alloyed from iron, carbon, silicon, manganese and vanadium. The hand forging process uses presses that deliver many blows, making the axe edge stronger than if they were drop forged. After grinding, hardening and tempering, the axe keeps a Rockwell hardness of 57-58. 19.25″ Overall length. 6″ Axe Head with 3″ cutting edge. Head Weighs 1.5 Pounds. American hickory handle with lanyard hole. Leather Sheath. Made in Sweden.

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S.A. Wetterling Axe 20H S.A. Wetterlings Axes – Large Hunters Axe

The axe head is hand forged from Swedish quality steel alloyed from iron, carbon, silicon, manganese and vanadium. The hand forging process uses presses that deliver many blows, making the axe edge stronger than if they were drop forged. After grinding, hardening and tempering, the axe keeps a Rockwell hardness of 57-58. 19.25″ Overall length. 6″ Axe Head with 3″ cutting edge. Head Weighs 1.5 Pounds. American hickory handle with lanyard hole. Leather Sheath. Made in Sweden.

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Wetterlings Bushman Axe by Les Stroud One Size

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Les Stroud, award-winning Canadian producer and star of the hit TV series Survivorman on the Discovery Channel in the US, teamed with Wetterlings to design this Bushman Axe. Stroud is the only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone. The Bushman is multifunctional and intended for use in many different wilderness situations. Apart from felling and limbing smaller trees, the Bushman Axe also is handy when chopping firewood because it has a slightly broader and wedge-shaped head. The axe also has a hammer neck. The axe blade is hand-forged Swedish carbon specially alloyed steel with an HRC57 edge hardness, and the handle is American hickory. Axe comes with a vegetable tanned, locally produced, leather sheath and a 20-year warranty. Approximately 2 lbs., 3.3 oz. total weight; 22″ overall length with a 3″ face. Made in Sweden. CAUTION: Remember there is always a risk to hit steel against steel – there can be steel splinters that damage an eye, for example! Use protective glasses and suitable workwear! Make sure the edges on both wedge and maul are kept beveled!

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Helko Classic Forester – 3.5 lb Felling Axe

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The Forester is a highly capable, full-size general purpose axe. Its 3.5 pound head provides enough heft for all types of cutting and splitting work, and is big enough to take down large trees without fatiguing the average user. If you are looking for a full-size axe, but aren’t able to comfortably wield the 4.5 pound expedition, the Forester is a solid choice. Perfect for the farm, home, or cabin. The head is buffed and polished to a highly reflective finish that reduces cutting friction and improves rust resistance.

HEAD
+ Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany
+ German C50 high grade carbon steel, 53-56 HRC
+ Open face drop forged, heat treated, and oil-hardened
+ Polished to a highly reflective finish

HANDLE
+ Crafted in Switzerland from Grade A American hickory
+ Selected for strength, grain orientation, and density
+ Boiled linseed oil finish, 150 grit smooth sanded
+ Hung with softwood wedge and notched steel ring wedge

INCLUDED
+ Vegetable-tanned leather sheath, USA made
+ 1oz bottle of Axe-Guard

SPECS
+ Length: 31 in.
+ Head Weight: 3.5 lb
+ Total Weight: 5.5 lb

NOTE
*Handle colors may vary lighter or darker than photos.

Contact us directly to order full sets. Full product line available at our website Helko North America

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Helko Classic Forester – 3.5 lb Felling Axe

The Forester is a highly capable, full-size general purpose axe. Its 3.5 pound head provides enough heft for all types of cutting and splitting work, and is big enough to take down large trees without fatiguing the average user. If you are looking for a full-size axe, but aren’t able to comfortably wield the 4.5 pound expedition, the Forester is a solid choice. Perfect for the farm, home, or cabin. The head is buffed and polished to a highly reflective finish that reduces cutting friction and improves rust resistance.

HEAD
+ Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany
+ German C50 high grade carbon steel, 53-56 HRC
+ Open face drop forged, heat treated, and oil-hardened
+ Polished to a highly reflective finish

HANDLE
+ Crafted in Switzerland from Grade A American hickory
+ Selected for strength, grain orientation, and density
+ Boiled linseed oil finish, 150 grit smooth sanded
+ Hung with softwood wedge and notched steel ring wedge

INCLUDED
+ Vegetable-tanned leather sheath, USA made
+ 1oz bottle of Axe-Guard

SPECS
+ Length: 31 in.
+ Head Weight: 3.5 lb
+ Total Weight: 5.5 lb

NOTE
*Handle colors may vary lighter or darker than photos.

Contact us directly to order full sets. Full product line available at our website Helko North America

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Helko Classic Voyager Camp Hatchet

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The Voyager, Helko’s smallest hatchet, is practical for both the up-and-coming novice or the seasoned explorer. Compact and lightweight, this handy tool is a fine fit for scouting, camping, backpacking, or yard duty. If you need a dependable hatchet that not only looks fantastic but will last a lifetime, the Voyager is an excellent choice. The hammer-head poll can be used for light hammering work, such as pounding in tent stakes. The head is buffed and polished to a highly reflective finish which reduces cutting friction and improves rust resistance.

HEAD
+ Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany
+ German C50 high grade carbon steel, 53-56 HRC
+ Open face drop forged, heat treated, and oil-hardened
+ Helko crown hammered into cheek
+ Polished to a highly reflective finish

HANDLE
+ Crafted in Switzerland from Grade A American hickory
+ Selected for strength, grain orientation, and density
+ Boiled linseed oil finish, 150 grit smooth sanded
+ Hung with softwood wedge and notched steel ring wedge

INCLUDED
+ Vegetable-tanned leather sheath, USA made
+ 1oz bottle of Axe-Guard

SPECS
+ Length: 13 in.
+ Head Weight: 1.25 lb
+ Total Weight: 1.75 lb

NOTE
*Handle colors may vary lighter or darker than photos.

Contact us directly to order full sets. Full product line available at our website Helko North America

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Helko Classic Splitting Maul – 6.5 lb

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There aren’t many makers producing quality mauls these days, and Helko’s Classic Log Maul dominates the competition. Mauls are often overlooked as the simple, brutish ancestors of the traditional splitting axe. The characterization is not wholly inaccurate, but the fact remains that few axes can match the power and effectiveness of a well-made maul. This premium, high performance log maul features a heavy 6.5 pound head capable of splitting large logs, difficult trunks, and tough firewood. The turn-around hook on heel of the blade is useful for moving and turning logs. This maul was born with a sole purpose: To split tough wood. And it does it. If you are facing a cold winter and need help burning through a cord of wood, look no further. The head is buffed and polished to a highly reflective finish that reduces cutting friction and improves rust resistance.

HEAD
+ Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany
+ German C50 high grade carbon steel, 53-56 HRC
+ Open face drop forged, heat treated, and oil-hardened
+ Polished to a highly reflective finish

HANDLE
+ Crafted in Switzerland from Grade A American hickory
+ Selected for strength, grain orientation, and density
+ Boiled linseed oil finish, 150 grit smooth sanded
+ Hung with softwood wedge and notched steel ring wedge

INCLUDED
+ Vegetable-tanned leather sheath, USA made
+ 1oz bottle of Axe-Guard

SPECS
+ Length: 35 in.
+ Head Weight: 6.5 lb
+ Total Weight: 8.5 lb

NOTE
*Handle colors may vary lighter or darker than photos.

Contact us directly to order full sets. Full product line available at our website Helko North America

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How To Build A Simple Rucksack

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Being able to carry loads in a wilderness situation is a vital element of survival in such a situation. If frees up your hands and allows you to carry a good quantity of goods that will be useful in the near and longer term future. When your wilderness adventure is planned, it is easy to…

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Sustainable Survival – Making ‘Off-The-Grid’ as Green as Possible

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This article was originally published by Will Brendza on survivallife.com

So, you want to live off of the grid. The smell of civilization is starting to spoil in your nostrils, the crowds of people constantly surrounding you have jangled your sanity – the wilderness calls. And you feel the strong urge to heed its beckoning, to exercise some civil disobedience and start looking for sustainable survival options.

Sustainable Survival

I’m all for it. In fact, I believe that surviving in the natural world, off the fat of the land is a skill everyone should understand. Because those are our roots. It’s easy to get caught up in a world full of flashing lights, screens and browsers, social webs, easy access to food and energy, and to forget that at our core, we humans are animals that belong in the wild.

To this extent, everyone should try living off the grid at least once in their life – even if it’s just for a season or two. Because it teaches you a lot about yourself and your place in the world.

But here’s the rub: living off the grid can be extremely bad for the environment. If not done properly, your little home-stake in the wild might be coughing up a pretty massive carbon footprint. And for someone who escaped to nature, polluting and damaging it might conflict with your priorities. Don’t you want to take care of the environment in which you live? What’s the point of living in nature if you’re just going to kill off the magic that made your off-the-grid getaway beautiful in the first place?

Sustainable off-the-grid living is totally doable (and it can even save you money!) Unfortunately, it isn’t always simple or straight forward. And it almost always requires a little more effort. Sure, it’s way easier to overlook the fish and the birds and the grass and the trees and the air and water quality of the place you live in. But if you are just a scourge upon the land that supports you, if you don’t give anything back or make any effort to be a steward of your environment, then you might as well just spend your days in the filthy heart of some concrete jungle.

Sustainable Energy off the Grid

Last summer I was way up North, in the Alaskan Arctic National Wildlife Refuge helping a filmmaker capture the annual caribou migration. The arctic tundra is a vast wilderness, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced – there is nothing up there.

The only way to get around is by bush plane or helicopter and the only camp/refueling station out there in that desolate wild, is Kavik River Camp, run by one Kavik Sue. Sue lives way off the grid. Sue is a total Alaskan badass. But Sue is incredibly unsustainable in the way she runs her river camp: she burns all her trash (which is a lot, because she hosts hunters, photographers, filmmakers, oil crews and government scientists most of the year), she dumps the contents of their outhouses into the Kavik River, and perhaps worst of all, she runs her massive diesel generator all day and all night, non-stop, constantly, rain or shine.

The point of this story? You don’t have to use a gigantic gas-burning generator to produce enough electricity to live by. Especially if it’s just you and a few family/friends. Sue needs her big diesel generator, because sometimes there are up to 75 people staying at Camp Kavik (although she certainly doesn’t need to run it as much as she does).

Even if you can rely 25% on sustainable forms of energy, that is something. Most people who use alternative sustainable forms of energy production, do so in combination with a gas burning generator.

Alternative Options

Geothermal Energy:

This is a form of sustainable energy that is growing in popularity. It harnesses heat from within the Earth and converts it into electricity that you can use in your home. The only downside to geothermal energy is it takes a lot of planning and a lot of technical installation. You have to be situated over a geothermal hotspot that you can tap into. So, many structures that use geothermal heat were built with that plan already in mind. Geothermal energy is extremely reliable, and pumps out a significant amount of energy.

Hydroelectric Energy:

If there is running water on your property, or near your off-the-grid getaway, you can harness that and create free electricity. You can build your own hydroelectric generator or have one installed professionally. Here is an extremely helpful guide to using hydroelectric generators, and understanding their survival applications.

Solar Energy:

Solar panels are widely available for purchase, and some companies even offer free installation. Obviously solar energy works best when you are in a place that get’s a lot of sun, and the Panels have to be south facing in order to maximize sun contact. Solar panels produce steady, reliable amounts of energy, and just a few small ones might be enough to produce all the energy you need at your off-the-grid getaway.

Wind Energy:

Wind is a little harder to nail down. Because big wind turbines are SUPER expensive and require teams of engineers to build and maintain. That isn’t an option for most people – but there are some smaller, personal and home sized wind on the market. Even in the last couple of years the technology has come a long way – the Micro Wind Turbine is just one of several types of portable wind turbines designed for backpackers. Wind energy is extremely sustainable, and in windy areas it is a very reliable source of electricity.

Sustainable Houses

Making sure your house is sustainable is first and foremost a matter of protecting your energy (and your wallet). If your house or cabin or hut can’t hold heat for crap, then you will constantly be wasting energy and money and polluting in the process.

So what can be done? Well, there are a lot of ways to make a structure sustainable. Here are just a few:

Earthships:

These are the most sustainable homes on the market. They are “the Ultimate green houses” and can be built anywhere on the planet. They use extremely creative recycled materials to build these homes – which function effectively to hold in heat in cold weather and keep it cool in hot weather. Earthship Biotecture is the company that invented these super-sustainable off-the-grid homes, and they can build one for you, to your specifications, with alternative electricity, potable water, and sewage systems included.

Adobe Homes:

Adobe houses are made from a mud and clay mixture, and they are extremely popular throughout the southwest US desert. The natives of that region have been using adobe for thousands of years because it is such a great building material in the desert. Its insulating properties make it perfect to handle the often drastic temperature shifts of those regions. Adobe is the perfect, natural, sustainable material for building off-the-grid getaways in the desert – but I wouldn’t recommend them anywhere else.

Hobbit Holes:

Believe it or not, Hobbits were onto something with their hole-homes. But they didn’t come up with the idea first – building residences directly into the sides of hills and mountains has been a common practice throughout Scandinavia for centuries. And (as we learned with Adobe) Earth often makes for the best insulating, sustainable building material. Hobbit holes are particularly good at retaining heat when it’s bitter cold out, and staying cool when it’s warm. Vikings commonly built homes and hunting huts like these, and the practice is just as effective today as it was back then. If you want to make a hobbit hole, just pick the right hill and make sure you build in a lot of support… it wouldn’t be good to have your hill collapse on you.

Log Cabins:

Log cabins are old school, they make for classic off-the-grid huts. Logs are readily available almost anywhere, and they insulate well. The only caveat I’ll maintain about building log cabins is this: if you are cutting down the trees to make your hut, do so sparingly. If you’re trying to be sustainable, it does no good to level an entire forest just to build yourself a personal six-bedroom hunting lodge out in the middle of nowhere.

Sustainable Food

Living off the grid requires that one either stocks, or grows/cultivates their own food. I believe in a healthy balance between the two: keeping a generous supply of canned and preserved goods in case of an emergency, while also growing as much fresh produce as possible. Putting all your eggs in one basket or the other will likely lead to issues.

If storing food is all you do, you’re spending lots of money and making lots of trips to the store, wasting gasoline to do so, and probably eating pretty unhealthily on top of all that. Growing fresh food and raising fresh livestock is important, not just for your wallet, not just for the environment, but for your health.

Aquaponic Gardening:

The first time I was introduced to this fancy type of gardening was at a Mahayana yoga ashram high in the Rocky Mountains where they exclusively cooked food for the entire community with produce grown in their greenhouse. The system is about as sustainable as gardening can get – a big tank of fish produce fish waste, which is then fed through pipes to the veggies, which use the nutrients in the water as fertilizer to flourish. Those flourishing veggies filter out the water, which is then clean and pumped back to the fish tank, where the cycle starts all over again. The fish provide the plants with nutrients and fertilizer, and the veggies provide the fish with fresh, clean water. And you get to enjoy all the fresh goodies they make.

Animals:

Animals are really good for the land. Cows and goats fertilize the earth with their waste, chickens aerate the soil as they peck through it in search of grubs and seeds, and bees pollinate the flowers and the trees… And having access to cow milk, goat milk, fresh eggs, poultry, and fresh honey is extremely beneficial for someone living off the grid. It’s a win-win situation: the land stays healthy and you stay fed.

Eventually you want to be growing and producing more food on your own than you are buying. That’s the end goal, but you don’t have to get there right away – start small with a greenhouse or a couple chickens, then work your way up to having an entire farm. Agriculture and animal rearing are essential to off the grid living, and when it comes to food, sustainable growth is the only way to go. Anything else just falls short. Your animals and gardens will be most productive when you are running them at maximum sustainability.

Managing Waste Off-Grid

Burning your garbage is a terrible idea. I saw it being done all over Thailand and Vietnam, and the smoke produced by it is absolutely toxic, and pumps so much pollution into the air. Sadly, this is how most people living off the grid choose to dispose of their waste. It might be impossible to eliminate burning garbage at your off the grid home altogether, but you can certainly minimize it by composting, reusing and recycling.

Compost:

Any and all organic material can be piled up into a compost pile. This mound of garbage will rot and decay and can eventually be used as fertilizer for gardens. This reduces a lot of what ends up getting thrown away, and repurposes it.

Reuse:

This one is pretty simple. If there is a glass jar or plastic container that you can repurpose and use somewhere else to some other end, do it. Reuse as much as you possibly can.

Recycle:

I know, it requires a lot of effort. But if you keep all cardboard, paper and tin/plastic/aluminum set aside, once a month you can make a trip to town and recycle these materials. This is the biggest reducer of garbage besides compost, and is an essential piece to sustainable living.

Sustainable Survival

There are a lot of ways to achieve sustainability. You don’t have to do them all, all at once. Nor do you have to drastically change your off-the-grid lifestyle all at once. But I can promise you that living sustainably in nature is far more rewarding, and far more enjoyable than living in nature only to destroy and pollute it.

And hell, maybe you don’t care about this “hippy-dippy BS”. Maybe you just want to run your generators, fell your trees, and burn your garbage all day long. I can’t stop you. But you live in the world you create – and if you make a toxic dump out of your off-the-grid getaway, it’s you who has to live there.

Source : survivallife.com

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A 10-Year-Old Autistic Boy Acted Up At School. So They Handcuffed & Arrested Him.

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A 10-Year-Old Autistic Boy Acted Up At School. So They Handcuffed & Arrested Him.

A 10-year-old boy with autism was arrested, charged with a third-degree felony, and spent the night in juvenile detention.

Disturbingly, the arrest occurred at school, where John Benjamin Haywood’s mother had taken him for a standardized test.

“I didn’t know I was going to get arrested like this,” John Benjamin told the officers. “I don’t want to be touched. Please don’t touch me.”

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“I know, honey,” his mother; Luanne Haywood, can be heard saying on the video. “He has autism — he doesn’t know what’s going on, he’s scared to death, he’s 10 years old!”

The boy was arrested on April 12 for an incident that occurred in October at Okeechobee Achievement Academy in Florida, The Washington Post reported. The boy allegedly kicked and scratched the educational assistant who was working with him.

An Overreaction?

That prompted Okeechobee County schools to charge him with “battery on a school board employee” – a third-degree felony.

After the arrest, the boy was taken to a juvenile detention facility where he spent the night. His mother offered to go with officers in the police car, but they refused.

Prosecutor Abigail Albright told The Post that she plans to offer John Benjamin a “non-judicial sanction” which would probably mean counseling rather than criminal charges. Luanne Haywood vowed to fight that.

“It appears the school’s responses are beyond wrong and evil,” Scott Badesch, the president of Autism Society America, told The Post. “It is a tremendous failure by two allegedly responsible institutions — the police and the school.”

Badesch’s organization is planning to help the Haygoods with support services and legal counsel.

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5 Fatal Foods Americans Eat Every Single Day (Are YOU Eating No. 3?)

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5 Fatal Foods Americans Eat Every Single Day (Are YOU Eating No. 3?)

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Many people falsely believe they are eating a healthy diet. How can you blame them when we’re constantly bombarded with such misleading labels as “sugar-free,” “organic” and even “all-natural”?

It’s time to take a stand against false advertising and unhealthy foods — and learn what is truly healthy and what is not.

To help you, we have compiled a list of the most commonly misconceived healthy foods that are actually fatal to your health.

Let’s examine foods you should never eat.

1. Foods with artificial sweeteners

The term “sugar-free” is one of the most misleading terms in the food industry. Yes, it’s a good thing to lower your sugar intake, but not when you are ingesting artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin and aspartame.

5 Fatal Foods Americans Eat Every Single Day (Are YOU Eating No. 3?)In fact, recent studies have found that saccharin and aspartame cause greater weight gain than sugar by stimulating your appetite and increasing your cravings for carbs.

Aspartame is the worst. It hides behind names such as Equal and NutraSweet. Aspartame accounts for 75 percent of adverse food reactions that are reported each year to the FDA, according to Mercola. Some of these responses include seizures, joint pain, rashes, insomnia, irritability, anxiety attacks and headaches.

2. Farm-raised fish

Farmed-raised fish, such as tilapia and Atlantic salmon, are advertised as being healthier than wild caught fish but, in fact, are worse because of environmental pollutants.

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Researchers found that dioxin levels in farmed-raised salmon to be 11 times higher than in wild salmon. Dioxins are highly toxic compounds that can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.

Persistent organic pollutants, or POP, also are found in farmed-raised fish. Persistent organic pollutants are toxic chemicals that negatively affect human health and the environment.

3. Microwave popcorn

Microwave popcorn is passed off as healthy – but is far from it. This is because to keep the bag “microwavable,” and to prevent the grease from seeping through, it is lined with perfluorochemicals, such as perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), both which are linked to cancer, infertility, thyroid disease, increased cholesterol and immune system problems. As the bag heats up, these chemicals leach into the popcorn.

5 Fatal Foods Americans Eat Every Single Day (Are YOU Eating No. 3?)The second problem with microwave popcorn is diacetyl, which is a fake butter flavoring compound and is linked to lung disease when inhaled in large amounts.

The healthy solution to enjoying popped corn is making it the old-fashioned way and popping it on the stove (or using an air popper). Coconut oil is a good choice for popping stovestop popcorn.

4. BPA: food out of plastic bottles and containers

Canned fruits and veggies are considered to be healthy, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Many leading brands of canned foods and food or water packaged in plastic containers contain BPA.

BPA, or bisphenol A, is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are used to manufacture some plastic water bottles, and epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans and bottle tops.

Research has shown that BPA can seep into beverages and food from containers that are manufactured with BPA. Contact with BPA is a hazard because it’s a toxic chemical and can cause high blood pressure, reproductive abnormalities, a heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, neurological problems, heart disease, diabetes and other severe health problems. Plus, it can affect the prostate glands of fetuses, infants and children.

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To reduce your exposure to BPA, do the following:

  • Buy only BPA-free products. Look for BPA-free labeling.
  • Reduce your use of canned foods, since many containers are lined with BPA. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies, instead.
  • Avoid heating and dishwashing polycarbonate plastics, because plastic breaks down over time and allows BPA to leach into food.
  • Use glass, stainless steel or ceramic containers instead of plastic to store food and to heat food.
  • Buy food in glass jars as opposed to canned food or plastic containers.

5. Vegetable oils and margarine

Vegetable oils and margarine are top causes of inflammation and – contrary to what we’ve been told – are not healthy. Most vegetable oils go through the process of refining, bleaching and degumming, which involves high temperatures and chemicals of questionable safety.

This combination has been linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, liver problems, skin reactions, digestive disorders and an impaired immune system.

In fact, canola oil is one of the worst oils to ingest because it must deodorized, which causes normally healthy fatty acids to turn into trans-fat. The amount of trans fat contained in this oil is actually unknown and varies by batch. According to Guy Crosby, associate professor of nutrition at Harvard, all vegetable oils contain trans fat.

“This process produces the bland taste that consumers want” he wrote.

What would you add to our list? How do you avoid fatal foods? Share your health tips in the section below:

10 Healthy Herbs You Can Grow in Water

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No garden? No Problem! You can grow your own indoor herb garden without a pinch of soil. Even if you live in an apartment with nothing more than a tiny back porch or balcony, there is still room to grow some fragrant herbs. All you need is water, sunlight, and a place for your plants […]

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14 Ways Prepping Can Actually Help You Save Money

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14 Ways Prepping Can Actually Help You Save Money

Prepping can be incredibly expensive depending on how you go about it. Buying a plot of land to build a bug out location on, building an underground bunker, even having a quality prepper stockpile – none of these things are free to do, let alone cheap. There’s no end to the number of items you… Read More

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HUGE Billion-Dollar Giveaway! Re-release of Economic Collapse Chronicles Box Set

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I’ve just re-released The Economic Collapse Chronicles Box Set for Kindle! Yes, I’ve released this series as a box set before, but it ended up in the hands of tons of folks who were offended by the Christian and conservative slant of the story. They ripped it to shreds in the Amazon review section and I had to take the book down.

To avoid this from happening again, I’m issuing a caveat at the beginning of the Amazon book description so folks won’t accidentally have their liberal safe spaces invaded by offensive Bible verses and deplorable right-wing rhetoric.

The Economic Collapse Chronicles Synopsis:

Matt and Karen Bair thought they were prepared for anything, but can they survive a total collapse of the economic system? If they want to live through the crisis, they’ll have to think fast and move quickly. In a world where all the rules have changed, and savagery is law, those who hesitate pay with their very lives.

This is the complete, three-book box set! Buy your copy and jump into this near-future, post-apocalyptic adventure today!

Mega-Giveaway Details!

To celebrate the launch, I’m having the Biggest Giveaway in the history of Prepper Recon! I’m giving away Silver American Eagle Coins, lots of survival gear, prepper books, and I’m giving away $1,000,000,000 Zimbabwe!

As I’ve said before, one billion Zimbabwe won’t buy you what it used to. But, as a teaching tool, not to put your faith in fiat currencies, this real one-billion-dollar note from Zimbabwe is absolutely priceless! Of course, I’m also giving away silver, a prime example of how to protect yourself against the type of hyperinflation that turned Zimbabwean billionaires into paupers.

One First Prize Winner will win 10 US Minted Silver American Eagles, 10 pre-1965 90% silver US quarters for a total of 12 ounces of silver, $1,000,000,000.00 Zimbabwe in REAL currency, a fully-stocked, custom Prepper Recon Individual First-aid Kit,  a Gerber Multitool, a Surefire G2X tactical flashlight, and a Sawyer Mini Water filter, totaling over $500 worth of prizes!

One Second Prize Winner will win Three US Minted Silver American Eagles, Five pre-1965 90% silver US quarters for a total of  4 ounces of silver, a Sawyer Mini Water Filter, Smiths Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener, 550 Paracord Boot Laces, a First Aid Essentials Kit complete with an Israeli Battle Dressing, Quick clot, TK4 tourniquet,Suture Kit, and EMT shears, and a bottle of Germ Free 24 Plus hand sanitizer!

Bonus Giveaway!

In addition to the regular giveaway, Three Audiobook Listeners will each win Three Free codes for Audible.com

How to Win:

  1. Leave a review for The Economic Collapse Chronicles, The Complete Box Set on Amazon.com.
  1. Send an email including your Amazon screen name that you used for the review to: PrepperRecon@gmail.com. Use ECC Giveaway in the subject line. If you would like to be entered in the Bonus Audiobook Giveaway as well as the regular drawing, use ECC Audiobook Giveaway in the subject line.

NOTE: Even if you’ve already left reviews for the individual books, or even the box set, you can still leave a review for the newly released box set because it is considered a new product by Amazon.

The drawing will be held Friday, May 19th. The winners’ Amazon screen name will be posted on PrepperRecon.com to announce that they’ve won. The winners will also be notified via email. Sorry, contest is open to US residents only.

Godspeed in the drawing!

Mark

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8 Truths About Frugality That Everyone, Not Just Preppers, Should Know

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Preppers know that being prepared for everyday emergencies and worst case scenarios can cost money. Sometimes a lot of money if you factor in a multi-month food supply, a top notch Berkey water filter, and developing a lifestyle that is as self-reliant as possible. Composting toilets, solar energy, and the like aren’t exactly budget-friendly.

But a frugal lifestyle isn’t just for preppers, it is for everyone. Everyone should care about their financial security and living within their means, just as preppers aren’t the only ones who should care about 72-hour kits and food storage. But, sadly, sometimes it seems like we are the only ones who actually do. In my neighborhood I often consult others on how to be more preparedness-minded. Many people feel that it is easier to build up and rotate food storage, than it is to develop good spending habits.

Living within your means is a worthy goal, but it is easier said than done. Doing the work to achieve that goal can be daunting and even a little scary. People often forget about their financial goal until the washing machine breaks down or they become behind on the electricity bill. Being frugal requires some self control and learning from others, but most people don’t like being told how to spend their money. You have to want it bad enough for change to occur.

The following 8 truths about living a frugal lifestyle choices will inspire you to get started.

Frugality is more than just living within your means. It entails cutting costs and putting money away for a rainy day. When people think of frugality, some people recall extreme behavior as documented on TLC’s “Extreme Cheapskates.” In the show, the people featured have the goal of never spending anything ever. As a result they sometimes do things that are rude, unethical, or gross. Most frugal people are nowhere near that extreme. We just want to have some money set aside for emergencies, stay on top of bills, and have the money necessary for life’s everyday expenses. It is not about never spending, it’s about having priorities and sticking to them, even in the face of temptation.

Here are a few guiding rules:

  1. You never know when disaster will strike and you’ll need to dip into your savings. First, you need savings. Living frugally will allow you to put money into savings a little at a time. When unexpected expenses rear their ugly head, using the money in your savings account instead of charging on a credit card will keep you out of debt.
    1. TIP: One of the most helpful methods for saving money is the 52 Weeks Savings Plan. You can read the details here and use the various tracking charts in the Freebies section on this blog.
  2. Debt is a crushing monster. None of us like to be told what to spend our money on. But if you have credit card debt or loans, you no longer have that freedom to do what you want with your money. Any spare change should go toward the debt instead of the things you want. If you have debt, work to get out of it. For tips on how to pay off credit cards and get out of debt, see this article. Pay extra attention to #4, which mentions organizing debt.
  3. Money in the bank gives you freedom to fulfill your dreams – Frugal people don’t refuse to spend money ever, they just have priorities. Whether you want to travel, go back to school, or get a new car or a bigger house, the money you save adds up. As an example: a year and a half ago, we decided that my husband would quit his job so he could finally finish his education. (He graduates in two months!) Since then, we have been living on savings and bits of income from odd jobs. If we did not have savings and a plan, we would not have been able to do this.
  4. Frugality is the pathway to financial security. You can try get-rich quick schemes or pick up a part time job to make more money, but unless you have a frugal mindset, you will never get ahead. It involves making and sticking to a budget. To help you get started, use this free, easy budgeting app.
  5. Living frugally will lower your stress. A lot of people like to shop as a means of stress relief, but without good money management skills this can be counterproductive. Spending your money on your needs, like utilities, rent, food, can bring a sense of peace. You know that you are taking care of yourself and your family. When money is foolishly spent on wants, like game consoles, and expensive vacations, you will eventually have to worry about money. That peace of mind is worth much more than toys or treats. One person said of his approach to this concept, “I worry about money so that I don’t have to worry about money.” Here are 43 tips for cutting down on household expenses, something we all have to deal with.
  6. When a disaster does hit, it doesn’t hurt as much. Unfortunate things happen to all of us. Those who live within a budget and without excess, do not feel the pain of disasters as bad. As an example, we never in our married lives have had a subscription to cable TV. We consider it nonessential and distracting. Even when our homeowner’s association included cable as part of our monthly dues, we chose not to take advantage of it. The HOA decided to suspend the group subscription. Many neighbors had come to regard it as necessary to their lifestyle. They complained most vociferously, even though it lowered HOA dues a considerable amount. When disaster does come, as it did for  this prepper couple, they had to start from scratch with their savings and prepping when they had lost pretty much everything.
  7. When you choose not to buy your happiness, life has more meaning. Frugality does tend to automatically mean less stuff: fewer toys, fewer clothes, and less hassle. Owning fewer clothes mean less laundry. All that extra time can be spent reading a nice book in a clutter-free room. You will save money by not buying a cartload of toys for your kid’s birthday. You also save yourself the time of picking them up, or the frustration of nagging your kids to pick them up. Consider celebrating your child’s birthday with an enjoyable family outing. Toys break and can be outgrown, but building relationships and cultivating memories will prove more meaningful in the long run. More tips are shared in this article about celebrating good times in tight times.
  8. If you are less of a consumer, you automatically become more of a producer. My 7-year-old son is the poster child for this concept. He recently saw a very interesting toy at his a friend’s house. Instead of asking for me to buy it for him, he went to work building a paper model of the toy. He said that “it is more fun to make toys than to buy them.” He has even made a Nimbus 2000 using this method. When my son makes paper models, he is developing a mindset of self-sufficiency, increasing his spacial abilities and improving his fine motor skills. Similarly, when you choose not to buy a new rug for the kitchen because you want to try your hand at making one, you are, by definition, developing a new skill.

If you’re still not inspired to adopt a frugal mindset, let me leave you this story, used with permission from a friend of mine. She says:

My husband has always been more careful with money than I was. Sometimes I resented, what I came to regard as, his miserly habits. It wasn’t until we bought a house that I changed my ways. I knew that we didn’t make more money than our neighbors. After some  conversations with my neighbors, I soon came to learn that we were one of the few that didn’t have trouble making ends met. We have never late on our mortgage or utility payments. Yes, it was annoying not to be able to go shopping at the mall every time I felt like it.  I learned that by sticking to our shopping budget, we were able to put money in our savings.

Is There Life After A Nuclear Blast?

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The world is far less stable insofar as mass numbers of people are exposed to the risk of a nuclear event.

While Russia and North Korea have the bulk of people’s attention, every single nuclear reactor and other nuclear locations can be the source of disaster. That’s why it a bomb based nuclear war is a small problem compared to our electric grid being hacked/infiltrated and other situations that can be far more dangerous.

As for the nuclear event, if you survive the initial attack, you’ll face a different world in the aftermath.

But how are you going to survive? Here are 10 questions answered about how life is going to be after a nuclear blast.

Make sure that you can do as well as possible in a medium where the following changes are expected to occur.

1. Look for Safe Areas when Traveling

While explosions can easily take out roads and bridges, there are invisible threats that come with a nuclear disaster. Even if you won’t meet the heat found inside the Fukushima reactors, you’ll pass through areas where elevated levels of ionic radiation will pose a risk to your health. If you eat or drink contaminated in these areas, you’ll get very sick.

Traveling in the post nuclear world will not be as simple as trying to get across blocked roads or other common navigation issues. Instead, you will need to read the more subtle cues that radiation is present and needs to be avoided.

You’ll need the very best in mapping skills and the ability to read wind and air currents so that you know which places are most likely to be downwind of the radiation source. While avoiding these areas, take them into account within the larger context of other areas where nuclear radiation may be higher.

For example, if you are approaching an area with elevated radiation from a nuclear reactor, think what will happen if you head towards another reactor located within 100 miles.

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To understand the level of radiation in the areas you travel, lookout for people or animals with unusual sores, animals and plants with unusual sizing, or deformed plants and animals. Also, take into account the elevated readings on a Kierny fallout meter (KFM) or Geiger counter.

2. Sheltering Underground Can Save You

In the direct aftermath of a nuclear event, you may have to stay underground for days to months. When your return to the surface, do not make the mistake of believing that buildings and other forms of shelter are safe to occupy.

Dust filled with radiation may still be all over the place as well as contaminated soot from fires. If you are in a more “silent” area such as one produced by a nuclear reactor melt down without an explosion, you will need to rely on Geiger counters or other radiation meters to find out if the area is safe to live in.

Overall, I would say your best bet for survival is to stay underground for as long as possible. It will be to your advantage to have a comfortable shelter and storage area beneath the ground. Today, there are all kinds of specialized LED lighting strips and other resources that can enable you to grow plants and have a good degree of lighting even if located underground.

If you can live underground and sustain that, you will be well ahead of the curve for nuclear disasters as well as many other kinds that may come to pass.

3. Survive Growing Food Underground

If you stored your food above ground, it will be contaminated by nuclear radiation, and your stockpile and all the hard work you put into it will be useless. By the same token, animals and plants in the area will not be a viable option for food consumption.

When it comes to obtaining and preparing food, here’s what to do:

  • Store your food and ammo for hunting far enough underground so that they will be safe from nuclear radiation.
  • Make sure that you can farm and garden in an underground cave or some type of bunker that you build for this purpose. This includes sufficient underground ventilation and air recycling systems in place.
  • Keep radiation shielded jars for micro gardening and insect farms, and make sure that all seeds are either stored underground or in a radiation shielded storage container. Water and other materials used for this purpose have to be kept free of contamination too.
  • If you are going to live underground, make sure that you have the right lighting for the plants you plan to grow. While hydroponic and aeroponic gardening require fewer resources, the plants still need plenty of light for optimal growth and disease prevention.
  • In the post nuclear world, bees may very well be driven into extinction. If there is one skill you should try to learn, it is making and caring for a small beehive. Even just a few dozen bees can pollinate crops growing underground or other radiation safe locations.

In the outer world, the safe game and fish will not be safe anymore, as radiation travels from the source of the event, it will contaminate everything in its path.

Even if you are a few years to decades past the initial nuclear event, you will always need to be on the lookout for signs of radiation related diseases and problems. This includes everything from genetic mutations to increased rates of cancer (including tumors found in plants), leukemias, and other disorders that aren’t commonly found in animal and fish populations.

Since you never know when the food supply will become unsafe to harvest or eat, store food away underground as well as the means to produce it.  From there, it will be up to you to decide if you want to evacuate once again or simply stay where you are and live underground.

4. Filter, Filter and Filter Your Water to Stay Clean

As with food, you won’t always find sources of clean water in the usual locations. Your stockpile of water will also be worse than useless if stored above ground. Large scale storms and other systems can carry all kinds of contamination and spread them for hundreds of miles. Once this water leaches into the water table, well water and other sources will not be safe to drink.

In fact, even if you are getting water from a flowing underground source, you need to test it on a regular basis for nuclear contamination even years or decades after the nuclear event. Depending on the source of the radiation, you’ll need different filtration systems.

Most forms of radioactive material can be filtered out by distilling the water because the contaminated particles will be left behind in the original vessel. Since Tritium is an isotope of Hydrogen, it won’t be removed by distillation. While Tritium cannot be removed by using this method, don’t worry unless the incident involves a nuclear reactor. Tritium is also very hard to detect, yet it is very dangerous if it gets into your lungs or other internal organs.

Boron, borax, activated carbon, and bone char can also be used to filter out radioactive materials. Remember, unless you are dealing with Tritium, it is not the water molecules that will be radioactive. Rather, it is the dust, microscopic debris, and other molecules that will carry the radioactive signature, and therefore pose a threat to your health. If you have a reverse osmosis system on hand, run the water through an activated carbon filter.

5. Switch to Light Colors in What You Wear

Anything that you were wearing during the nuclear event will have to be discarded. To be on the safe side, anything that comes into contact with any kind of dust may be harboring radioactive materials. As with everything else, the garments that will be the safest are the ones stored and worn underground.

Other than that, the way you dress will change in order to stay protected:

  • Even in hot weather, you’ll be covered from head to toe because most fabrics will prevent Alpha and Beta particles from reaching your skin.
  • You will be saturating your garments with perfumes or baby powder, both of which can prevent x-rays from getting to the body. Make sure these chemicals do not touch your skin since they can be as dangerous to your health long term as nuclear radiation. Ask a medical x-ray technician which perfumes cause the most problems insofar as preventing x-rays from passing through the body. Some herbal perfumes will do the same job without putting as much of a toxic burden on your body.
  • You’ll be wearing a mask / respirator capable of filtering out dust and other radioactive particles. Today, there are activated carbon masks that are no bigger than a surgical scrub mask. These are better than nothing, but without a better sealing wrap around the mask, they will only filter out about 50% of the particles in the air. Full respirator masks work too, but they can be expensive to maintain and they are very hard to breathe through.

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  • You’ll need garments in light colors or white to reduce the amount of heat that reaches your skin. In fact, wearing white or light colors it may literally save your skin from being burned in the first critical moments of a nuclear event. If you wear a head or face covering, choose white, and wear an appropriate eye shield as well.
  • Learn about disposable paper garments that are sturdy enough to be worn and then disposed off on a daily basis. A full body suit capable of blocking nuclear radiation also helps, but remember you’ll have to decontaminate the suit and yourself before you go into any area that you want to keep clean.
  • Bone based gowns or other garments – as with perfumes and baby powder, X-rays also cannot penetrate through bone. If you can create some kind of exoskeleton from animal bones, focus first on protecting your vital organs and any access points to your brain.

6. Rely on Lye Soaps to Maintain Your Hygiene

What you need after a nuclear disaster, is cleaning agents that will remove as much dust and debris from your skin as possible. Typically, lye based soaps will do the best job. Learn how to make these kinds of soaps from animal and plant based sources. I do not recommend adding herbs to all of your lye soap batches as the herbs and oils may prevent the soap from doing its job.

Once you are sure that your skin and hair are clean, you can always go back and add herbal oils and skin conditioners. Just remember, however, that these products can still allow any remaining radioactive dust or debris to remain trapped next to your skin. While you will be rinsing and scrubbing vigorously to avoid these problems, they can still happen.

7. You’ll Have to Deal with Personal Illnesses

Of all the areas where you can expect major changes after a nuclear blast, medical care and personal illness may be the hardest to deal with. While modern medicine is filled with dangerous drugs, it does have some saving graces in the face of a nuclear crisis. Surgical procedures, dental care, treatment of sores, therapy for burns, and a source of knowledge on how to treat radiation sickness are all very important. Medical providers will become very limited or unavailable at this critical time.

Search for alternatives, since vital resources can be found in herbal remedies and vitamin related research. From potassium iodine tablets for your thyroid to Vitamin C, E and other antioxidant cellular shields, you never know what new studies will come out and help you figure out what to stockpile.

Make sure that you have a viable source of medicinal herb seeds as well as the means to grow them. Develop a complete and comprehensive library of binaural music to help you manage a range of medical and mental conditions. Learn more about acupressure and other forms of alternative healing.

It never hurts to store these things away to use in time of need. From Bible verse healing to crystals, reiki, and prayer systems, you never truly know what will work for you within the paradigm of your personal belief systems. In essence, what modern medicine calls a “placebo” effect, may, in fact, be a true cure for the disease under consideration by virtue of the fact that your particular belief system allows it to happen.

What modern medicine considers quackery today may actually be proven more effective and safer tomorrow. Consider that very recently researchers found a connection between the brain and the immune system by way of the lymph system. Up until now, it was believed the immune system had very little, if any access to the brain. This discovery alone may undo decades of dogma on how to treat  “immune disorders” and shift the treatments towards the kind of “mind-body” dogma associated with alternative methods.

8. Money and Exchanging Goods: How Safe Are They?

Depending on where you and others are in relation to the nuclear event, less or more people will survive. On the other side of the equation, government, and currency collapse might occur, and any form of paper or plastic money will be useless. An occupying force may also prevent you from using gold or other metallic money as a trade medium unless it is stamped from their mint.

Trade and barter won’t be easy, regardless of the number of people and resources available:

  • You will be as concerned with preventing theft of your goods and trading mediums as you are actually exchanging them with others.
  • It may be harder than usual to trade or barter without external interference from people seeking to control the flow of goods in order to make a profit for themselves.
  • Securing items that haven’t been contaminated by nuclear debris can be very difficult. You will need to know how to test all different kinds of materials so that you do not come into contact with goods that will endanger your health.

9. Social Changes: God, Bad, and New

In the modern world, people will shun each other over things that will not matter in the post nuclear world. While this may seem like something of a positive social change, other problems will come up.

For example, as people realize that there’s no fast solution to the nuclear problem, they’ll turn to rioting and looting. When important supplies become unavailable, stealing, and other related crimes are likely to increase beyond expectation. These problems can happen in any crisis, but a nuclear one can be even worse because there are few, if any ways to remove radioactive contamination once it occurs.

More than a few preppers today work with a small family group, or several families as they work towards being ready for any kind of disaster. When disaster strikes, people you from your survival group may be dead, while total strangers might contribute something to the groups overall odds of success.

Being able to gauge what other people’s social intentions are will be more important than ever in the post nuclear world. No matter how tempted you may be to veer towards suspicion, it may be not always be to your advantage. Things can also change very quickly in a survival situation, and  you may come to realize that both old and new acquaintances aren’t who or what you thought they were

10. Political Changes: Same Fight, Different Actors

When governing bodies collapse, a struggle starts to see which individuals will emerge as dominant political forces. The laws and values that we hold today may no longer exist, or change radically in order to meet many different needs. To make matters worse, if there is any usable and clean land left, foreign adversaries might occupy the area and use it for their own purposes.

Over the years, I have taken a long, and hard look at the words and facial expressions used by certain world leaders. What I found can be best described as chilling. While some are mainly concerned with being the biggest nuclear brat on the block, others seem to be driving our world into a nuclear crisis for the express purpose of selective reduction of the human population.

There is a much bigger picture than a simple demand for weapons, energy, and medical diagnostics that drives the usage of nuclear materials. Rather, a leader that wants to occupy a foreign land will limit the damage to the land itself, while taking the maximum toll on the resident population. This hidden agenda has vast implications for every area of modern politics. From trade to preventing a new world war, the politics of global nuclear materials is more dangerous than we may realize.

The Next Generation Is Born Underground

One of the most heartbreaking things is to see a child sick or in pain, and the children will suffer the most from any kind of nuclear incident, for sure. No matter how much you prepare the younger ones for surviving on their own, there are limits to what they can do in a time of need.

Once adults or children are exposed to nuclear radiation, they might not be unable to conceive, or future children will be born with all kinds of birth defects. While surviving children may still reach adulthood and contribute in other ways to the society, the problem of producing the next generation is a very serious one.

There is really only one way to deal with this problem, and it entails being part of a survival group that already lives independently underground. Children that are born in this setting and kept away from radiation have the best chance of bringing forward a new generation. Studying genetics and making sure that the gene pool remains diverse and strong will be a top priority.

As you may be aware, there are also different methods for preserving sperm and egg, as well as transplanting embryos into a viable uterus. Not only are these methods expensive, they are not likely to be available to people after a nuclear crisis. Therefore, your best bet remains using the earth itself as a shield from nuclear radiation so that the next generation will be as healthy and viable as possible.

Just about any kind of large scale disaster will cause serious disruptions in society. In most cases, however, the devastating effects disappear in as little as a few years. From there, people will be able to rebuild society, perhaps faster than expected.

But nuclear radiation continue to poison and kill for centuries on end, and recovery from a nuclear incident will not be as fast or as easy as other types. Think carefully about how the world around you will change and prepare to be a part of it .

And remember that knowledge is the only doctor that can save you.

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US Official Procedures Before SHTF. How to Know Before It Hits

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In any major disaster or SHTF situation, there will always be two critical forces that respond: the government and you. Knowing what the government will do and what you should

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Recipe – Incredible Flavor, And No Pectin Required!

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When I first made strawberry rhubarb jam, it was purely out of necessity. As a young 20 something year old,  I had received a bundle of rhubarb from a friendly neighbor, and had absolutely no idea what to do with

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Personal Survival: 4 Steps to Create and Maintain an Emergency Kit

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When there’s a natural disaster or a situation where your personal survival is in danger, you need to have the minimal tools on hand to make it through at least a few days until help arrives or the situation is over. After you gather the items that you need for the kit, you can put them in a small plastic box that has a lid so that they are securely in one place. You can get the items that are needed for the kit at most retail stores and even at discount stores so that you don’t spend a lot of money.

Hydration

The first thing that you want to have in your kit or in the area where you’re going to take shelter is water. It’s ideal to have at least one gallon a day for each person to last for three days. This would mean that you would need three gallons for each person who is planning on using the kit or who is going to stay in the shelter.

Clothing and Blankets

You want to have at least two or three additional clothing items aside from what you wear when the disaster strikes. The clothing should be comfortable and easy to get on and off. You also want to have a jacket or coat depending on the weather and even a pair of sturdy work boots in case you have to walk across areas that have limbs on the ground or that are covered in water. Companies like Bargain Center often have boots and other clothing supplies in all sizes as well as blankets so that you can stay warm.

Supplying Nutrients

When packing your kit, include enough food so that each person has at least 2,000 calories available each day. You might not eat that much, but it would be available in case someone needs more energy or you need to stay in the shelter for a longer time. Foods that don’t need to be heated are suggested along with protein bars and trail mix. Include baby formula that can be mixed with water as well.

Hygiene

You might not be able to take a shower for a few days, so you need to have supplies that can keep you clean. Dry shampoo, baby wipes and toilet paper can be packed as these will give you at least some way to keep dirt off the body. A toothbrush and toothpaste also needs to be packed along with diapers for babies or even toddlers.

When you pack a survival kit, think about the bare necessities instead of the luxury items. Try not to over-pack your kit as this will make it hard to move to your shelter. Update your kit as needed, especially if there are more people who plan to join you during the event.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Twitter: @LizzieWeakley Facebook: facebook.com/lizzie.weakley

Are You Tired Of Being A Crazy Prepper?

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Are you tired of being a crazy prepper? Some people give me a blank stare if I mention “prepper”. I don’t want to be a “crazy prepper”. If you don’t know what I am talking about when I say prepper, let me explain. When I used to hear the word prepper, I assumed it was someone like me who is preparing for the unexpected. I’m a grandma, mother, sister, and an aunt who loves to store food for a rainy day., disaster or unforeseen emergency. Of course, I want to store water as well in order to survive if water lines are disconnected or the water is contaminated in some way. Just a note here, I will not use any tap water anywhere, nope, I will not. There are too many bacteria elements/spores in the water that I don’t want to drink or cook with. I use reverse osmosis in my home to purify it to 99.99% bacteria free. I try never to buy bottled water because I really don’t know where the different companies get their water. But, hey if I’m on the road, I may have to buy a bottle or two.

Let me explain why I am writing today’s post about being a crazy prepper. I started teaching classes on food storage and emergency preparedness in stores and in my home, years and years ago. I couldn’t get enough people in my neighborhood to come on board with me, so to speak, so I started my blog, Food Storage Moms in 2012. I wanted to teach the world about how important it is to be prepared for the unexpected.

Crazy Prepper

Here’s the deal, I feel like there are NOW what I would consider being crazy preppers out there doing things they consider important and reasonable. Please tell me what you think, I will add your comments to my post. It seems like many people are becoming survivalists, that’s not me. I’m just a chick in Southern Utah who wants to know how to survive a disaster or unforeseen emergency. I am not purchasing gas masks, I do store N95 masks because I learned we needed those when Mark and I took our C.E.R.T. classes. I do recommend buying N95 masks in case of a pandemic or if you may be in charge of helping others after a disaster. 3M 1860 Medical Mask N95, 20 Count I also store these in case of a blood or human saliva splash: Dynarex Face Mask with Shield, Tie on Surgical, 50 Count It would be nice to have child size ones as well: Cotton PM2.5 Anti-smog + N95 Activated Carbon Mask Children Masks Bear Green

Is it just me or are some of these preppers or preparedness people becoming a military type operation? This might include storing hundreds of weapons/ammunition, living in a bunker or metal Quonset hut, storing food and other items in metal storage containers located on property in the mountains, not being neighborly since they don’t want others to know what they are doing or storing. One family, I know about has built a 20,000 square foot home with four-foot concrete walls with a 12-foot solar run fence to ward off any scary people/offenders. The house has its own “grocery store” for their family. To you, these efforts may make total sense, but it seems a little over the top for me.

Others have built “bunkers” under the floor in their garages during initial home construction. We have one community not far from here where families are digging enclosures on the side of hills where they plan to live or at least secretly store items to be used in case of disaster. What are your thoughts? I’ve really struggled lately with what I am seeing on blogs, FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram as some preppers try to justify what they are doing, maybe in hopes of convincing others to do the same. I’ve actually had to take a step back from FaceBook for a few months. Yes, I still look at FaceBook, but I’m quickly scrolling through some of the garbage people are spitting out. I think, really people do you REALLY want to say that in public via social media? Yikes, I feel like I’m on a soapbox. Yes, I love learning from people I respect, but wow, some of the stuff on FaceBook is not acceptable to me. You may say, just get off FaceBook. That’s not going to happen. I have expenses to run my website, I must keep my business FaceBook page. I hope you as readers can understand where I am coming from today.

I started this blog to teach people about food storage and to learn the skills to survive a disaster and not have to depend on the government. Because, as you know, the government cannot take care of everyone. They can’t. Period. This is why I recommend buying an extra can of food each week and storing water as your budget allows you to purchase the necessary containers. I write sometimes to remind myself, oh yeah, Linda get a couple of one dollar bills this week and stash them for emergencies. I remind my readers to keep their gas tank 3/4 full now over the 1/2 full I suggested a  few years ago. The reason being when we lose power we may not have access to get gas for our cars to get out of the city if our community is evacuated. The gas pumps do not work without electricity. If you live out in the country where the gas pumps are hand powered you are the lucky ones.

Prepper Doctor

I have a really awesome prepper doctor. I love him, so let me tell you that upfront. He is a bit over the top to me, but I do respect him for being prepared. He has 5th wheel totally filled with emergency preparedness stuff, a trailer is attached to the 5th wheel ready to take water, and food up into the mountains. I have been to his a house a few times and I LOVE seeing what he has planned. It’s a bit too much for me, but at least he is prepared. He has a double cab truck and is ready to flee when the time comes. I would not say he is a survivalist with military type actions intended. He is teaching people in his church to be prepared for the unexpected. I wish I lived in his neighborhood. The sad thing is, he said he teaches a preparedness class monthly and only 3 or 4 people show up. It’s frustrating to him because he believes as I do that we must all be prepared for the unexpected. This is so frustrating to him.

This is why I will occasionally write a post about getting to know your neighbors. Hopefully, you live by like-minded prepared people. Where I live, I am extremely worried for some of my neighbors. I can count on one hand how many people realize how critical it is to be prepared within a three-mile radius. I’m not saying I want some crazy prepper living on my street, but a few prepared people would be awesome.

Thanks for following me and giving me your input. I want to teach the world to be prepared and learn tips from my readers. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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The Best Gloves for Survival

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In my experience, I have often found my gloves lacking.   In addition, I have found times that I thought I would be fine without gloves only to end up with hands that are blistered and bloody.  It my be my poor circulation or may be the circumstances, but I often find my hands to be the part of my body that gets the most cold.  Because of this, I always try to take quality gloves with me when I go into the wild.

After a few rough experiences with my hands, I was on a mission to find gloves that would cover all my needs.  I realized that a person’s hands are some of their most valuable tools in a survival situation.  To protect your hands it to protect yourself.  Gloves are definitely not all created equal.  You can spend a small amount of money and effectively protect your hands, and you can easily spend a large amount of money and provide no protection at all. In this article I will cover how to select the right set of gloves and discuss the different types of gloves available.

How to Select Gloves

When I first set out to find quality gloves, I was overwhelmed by the wide array of options available. How do you really know you are getting a product that will work well for survival when gloves are rarely made for this purpose?  I decided to break down exactly what variables affect my hands and gloves, and what my priorities are for this product.

  • Gloves must protect hands from abrasions. Cuts and scrapes are quite common in a survival situation.  In addition, blisters form easily if you are cutting and chopping over long periods of time.  It seems like there are thorns on everything when you get into the wild.  Gloves must be made of thick material that protects your hands from these threats.  Impact pads add cushioning to protect knuckles and other points of impact.
  • Gloves must keep hands warm. There are two types of warmth they can provide.  One is simple protection from exposure. Any thick material will provide some protection just by adding a barrier between the cold air and your skin.  This helps with frostbite in moderate conditions.  However, for true warmth you need insulation.  Insulated gloves work by trapping air between the glove and your skin.  Your hands then warm that air to protect against the cold.  This means the gloves must be large enough to give you that pocket of air inside.
  • Gloves must be durable. There are gloves available made of dozens of different materials.  The material you choose must be strong enough to protect against cuts, wear and tear, and repeated daily abuse. Thinner materials will typically tear or wear through within hours. However, there are several thicker materials that could last a lifetime.
  • Gloves must provide dexterity. When you are in a survival situation, there are several tasks which require you to use your fingers for detailed work.  A great example of this is working with cordage.  Whether you are building a shelter or setting a snare trap, you fingers must be able manipulate the cordage to tie knots. An added bonus is the ability to feel texture through the gloves.  This allows you to be even more effective with your fingers.
  • Gloves should protect your hands during combat. One of the reasons why many self-defense experts suggest using your knees and elbows for striking is because bare knuckles split open easily.  Many gloves have impact pads that help protect your knuckles when striking an opponent.  In survival situations, you never know when you might have to defend yourself or your family.
  • Gloves should help you grip tools. Ideally, you want gloves that have a rough or sticky surface on the palms.  Whether you need to grip a hatchet or a shotgun, you want to be sure it will not slip out of your hands.
  • Gloves should be water resistant or waterproof. One of the easiest ways to get frostbite is to allow your hands to get wet.  Wet skin drops in temperature 20 times faster than dry skin. It is tough to find gloves that are 100% waterproof, but they should at least be water resistant for working in wet conditions.
  • Gloves should allow you to use your phone. In many survival situations, your smart phone is a wonderful tool.  It can help with communication, navigation, light, and information.  However, touch screen phones only work with certain materials.

Types of Gloves

There are a few standard styles of gloves that you can choose from.  I will briefly cover the advantages and disadvantages of each of these styles of glove.

Leather Work Gloves – These gloves are great for protection against cuts, scrapes, and blisters.  They are thick and tough, so they often will last a lifetime.  Leather is water resistant and typically gives you some good grip.  They give you some protection in combat and some protection against cold, but they are rarely insulated. Leather does not work with touch screens. They provide a medium amount of dexterity in the fingers.

Here is a good example.

Jersey Gloves – These cheap gloves are virtually worthless.  They provide a small amount of warmth and protection, but they tear easily.  They absorb water, have no padding, have no grip, and have no insulation. They do allow for dexterity in your fingers.

Here is a good example.

Medium Thickness Hunting Gloves – These gloves are designed to provide you with some insulation while still allowing dexterity in the fingers.  They are water resistant and sometimes even work with smart phones.  They have no padding and are not designed for heavy abuse. Often these gloves will rip or wear through over time.  They rarely have a good gripping surface and are not built for combat.

Here is a good example.

Mechanic Gloves – These gloves are waterproof and are designed to protect your hands from the constant impact they would take working on machinery.  They are thick and padded, so they would work well in combat.  They are durable and should never rip or tear.  These gloves have no insulation but do provide quality grip.  They do not work with touch screens and provide a medium amount of dexterity in your fingers.

Here is a good example.

Tactical Gloves – These happen to be the gloves I choose most often for survival situations.  Tactical gloves are padded for combat and have a good gripping surface for holding tools or weapons.  They are water resistant, and have open fingers for ideal dexterity or using a touch screen.  They provide some warmth, and are super durable.  The only downside is that they could be a bit warmer, but they work great for three seasons of the year.

Here is a good example.

Wool Gloves – Wool is the only glove material that can be soaking wet and still provide warmth.  They are water resistant and very warm.  They provide some level of protection, but are not padded.  Wool does wear through over time, and does not provide much grip.  Often these gloves come without fingers, so they may work well for dexterity and for touch screens.

Here is a good example.

Ski gloves – The main benefits of these gloves are that they are waterproof and very warm.  They have heavy insulation, so they would provide some protection in combat.  They rarely have a good gripping surface, and are not designed for abuse. They rip and wear through easily, and do not work with smart phones.  They provide very little dexterity.

Here is a good example.

Insulated Leather Mittens – This is my top choice for sleeping in cold weather.  Mittens actually provide the most warmth possible because they leave your fingers in one section of the glove so they can warm each other.  They are plenty durable and have a good gripping surface.  They are waterproof and provide good protection in combat.  They have zero dexterity so they are best used when you have no projects on which to work.  They cannot be used with a touch screen.  I buy mine large enough that they will actually fit over my tactical gloves.  When I am hunting I will keep my mittens on until I see a deer and then remove my hands to aim and fire with only the tactical gloves.

Here is a good example.

In Conclusion

As you can see, there are many choices when picking the gloves for your survival kit.  While my two favorite are the tactical gloves and the mittens, I have considered using leather work gloves and mechanics gloves as well.  There are advantages to them all.  Once you have selected the type of glove to use, read the reviews and pick one that you know will last.  These gloves may be one of the most important survival purchases you make.

When a Prepper Relocates: Finding and Moving to the Perfect Survival Retreat

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It is hard to believe that a little over a year ago I decided to pull up stakes and search for the perfect survival retreat. More than a retreat, I wanted to find a forever home. It has been quite the journey and now that I am within days of fully moving into my new home, it is time to come clean on the how-to’s of moving, prepper-style.

Learn where I landed as well as some first-hand tips to help overcome the challenges of relocation.

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Taking Care of Elderly during SHTF

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Taking Care of Elderly during SHTF Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps“ Audio in player below! I’ve listened to the debates on taking care of the elderly and it never seems to end on a good note. The main argument being that you are fast as your slowest link. This is being quite frank and it … Continue reading Taking Care of Elderly during SHTF

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North Korea Detains U.S. Citizen, Threatens To Sink U.S. Warship; U.S. Ambassador Issues Warning

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North Korea Detains U.S. Citizen, Threatens To Sink U.S. Warship; U.S. Ambassador Issues Warning

War talk between the United States and North Korea continued to escalate in recent days as a U.S. aircraft carrier headed to the Korean peninsula.

“Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” an editorial in the Rodong Simnun threatened. It is the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ (Communist) Party.

The warning added that the attack would be “an actual example to show our military’s force’ the newspaper also described the aircraft carrier – the USS Carl Vinson — as a “gross animal.” The Vinson arrived in the region as South Korea put its armed forces on heightened alert. The ship is a nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that can haul up to 90 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. It is the flagship of the Navy’s Carrier Strike Group One, which was redeployed from the Indian Ocean to the North China Sea because of rising tensions with North Korea.

The group is moving in as U.S., Chinese and South Korean officials warn that North Korea is set to stage another nuclear test, Reuters reported.

UN Ambassador Warns North Korea

Meanwhile, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is warning that a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea might prompt a U.S. attack. She made the comments on NBC’s Today Show.

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“We are not going to do anything unless he gives us reason to do something,” Haley said of Kim Jong-un.

Asked whether her warning included a missile test, Haley responded, “If you see him attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we’re going to do that. But right now, we’re saying don’t test, don’t use nuclear missiles, don’t try and do any more actions, and I think he’s understanding that and China’s helping us really put that pressure on him.”

NBC’s Matt Lauer then said, “Let me just make sure I understand what you just said. If he tests another intercontinental ballistic missile, if he were to test another nuclear device, when you say, ‘Obviously we’re going to do that,’ do you mean military retaliation?”

Haley answered, “I think then the president steps in and decides what’s going to happen.”

The U.S. is not the only nation taking action; the Japanese Navy has dispatched two warships to take part in exercises with Carrier Strike Group One, Reuters reported.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is trying to negotiate a solution to the crisis.

North Korea notched up the tensions by detaining a U.S. citizen for unknown reason. The man detained is Tony Kim, who was teaching accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. He was preparing to fly out of the country when authorities detained him. Kim is one of three Americans in North Korean custody.

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Free Beginner Prepping Course

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In 2009, I lost my job as a sea-captain and after a year of watching company after company tying up their fleets, I knew it was time for a career change. Entering college at 57 years old was not exactly what I had in mind for my golden years, however, that was about the only option left. I figured if I could get a degree on top of my master’s license, then maybe, I could get back on top before I was ready to retire.

After graduating college last year, my life took another unforeseen change as my family situation placed me as primary caregiver for my home bound elderly mother. Her care became my job, so looking for some avenue to have a social life, I signed up to volunteer with Senior Corps’ Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. The first thing I was asked to do was attend a training class with the local Homeland Preparedness Medical Reserve Corp. During that training, I was taught to think about preparedness for disasters. I came away from the class with the knowledge that I was in the dark when it came to being prepared for a disaster.

Living here on the southeast Gulf Coast of Texas, I have experienced numerous hurricanes. As a sea-captain, I have been involved with the evacuation of offshore platforms. I have experienced firsthand smaller hurricanes and the havoc they can cause. The tidal surge, winds, and tornadoes that accompany them can be very destructive. Lowland flooding, downed power lines, and trees will take the most time to recover from. But it is way of life in this area and something every person living here should be prepared for.

However, I was not trained to deal with the enormity of a large, wide spread natural disaster like the floods that came through here the year before, or what damage a cat 5 hurricane might do. I was lost when it came to understanding all the many different types of disasters that are all around me, all the time. We can prep for a hurricane, but most other events happen so suddenly, if we are not prepared ahead of time, we could be like the people of New Orleans after Katrina or the Galveston area after Ike.

My training while working in the offshore mineral and oil industry and around the local chemical docks taught me safety measures with regards to the dangers involved. The local port dock’s chemical tankers transporting numerous volatile cargoes. That, along with the plants that produce and use them, are another of the local disaster scenarios that one must always consider. These are things we discussed at the Homeland Preparedness class. That class also introduced me to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

A man-made or natural disaster is not all a prepper should be prepared for. A car accident right in front you miles from nowhere or a hunting accident or even someone dropping down having a heart attack. As a prepper, these are all emergencies that could be part of the world when the SHTF. That is what I have learned and have become energized about from my CERT preparedness and training classes.

But something else that is great about CERT training, it is a FREE government training program that got me on my way to being better prepared to finding the answers to many of the questions I was beginning to have. A FEMA program that is in every community around the country. FEMA also offers many free online courses as well. Almost any disaster I can think of is covered as well as more advanced courses. Several of the courses are a requirement before entering the CERT class, but they not difficult and they will prepare you for what is to come.

The classroom training covers a lot of materials and each cert member receives their own Emergency Response Bag filled with all the equipment needed to respond to an emergency or disaster. As a CERT member, you are a volunteer responder, there to assist the professional first responders. At the end of the classroom training there is a practice drill so each team member will get a feel for working as part of a team, as well as assessing a disaster consisting of varying degrees of injured people.

Since completion of the CERT training, I have been actively researching to become further informed and prepared. I have spent countless hours reading articles and watching videos on when the SHTF. I am amazed that there are as many ways to prepare as there are people out there sharing their knowledge about it. But the bottom-line I have drawn from all my training from the Merchant Marines to CERT to having been through flooding and hurricanes is that I must look at what are the possible scenarios that will occur where I am now and prepare for those events.

Experience from Ike taught me that electricity could be out for as much as two weeks or more. The National Guard were here within three days and rations then became available. From that, I learned that a minimum of three to five days supply of water and nonperishable foods on hand is essential. My hot water heater has a twenty gallon tank that I drain every spring to make sure the water is clean, just in case. It uses natural gas as does my stove. City water supply is gravity feed from a tower and if it were to run dry, there is the hot water heater. And I have a portable generator that will run the refrigerator and a couple of fans. I buy and store enough gasoline early in hurricane season to supply the generator for several days.

Of course, there are many other forms of disasters which could be much more devastating like a nuke or plant explosion or EMP. These are events that I must trust that my faith, commonsense, and willpower will be there to help me to prevail. Those are my primary resources, which I expect will give me the resolve to deal with such an incident as one of those. Having taken the CERT training educated me enough to think more clearly about prepping and protecting my love ones.

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Build your tiny home like a boat

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It’s a funny thing, I had always thought people who built tiny homes, especially the portable ones did build their homes like a boat, water tight, flexible, but I suppose I was wrong about that assumption.

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There are different approaches to building, it’s like the old saying, everything looks like a nail if you are a hammer… so if you are a carpenter, you will build as a carpenter does, which is not the same way you would build for a marine environment.

Building a home that is also your vehicle, you need something that will flex without cracking or breaking, no nails were used, it is all mortised, glued and screwed. This tiny home built on a truck is a one of a kind, it’s filled with unique beautiful and useful items, I really love their stove! It does seem tight and cramped, maybe it’s the table that sticks out in the middle, I think I’d shrink that down or make it where it folds out of the way, just my personal observation, obviously they live with it just fine.

He mentions gypsies, this does have a gypsy feel and look to it. Watch and enjoy, let me know what you think below 🙂

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The Best Battery Strategy For Your Bug Out Bag

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When it comes to survival, the key is having the right mix of gear and skill available to solve a wide array of potential problems that might come up. As most of us already know, a bug out bag (BOB) is a particular set of gear that is intended to keep you alive for up […]

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6 Tips for Choosing the Best Binoculars for Outdoor Activities

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Simple as they may look, binoculars are very useful for any outdoor adventure. They are especially a must-have for hunters and bird-watchers who need to be able to see clearer and farther in the wild. Picking the perfect binoculars is not as easy as finding the shirt that fits, though. Several things have to be […]

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The Top Three Best G26 Holster to Meet Your Needs

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The Glock 26 pistol comes with ten round magazines that will expand to as much as 12 rounds with floor plates. If this is the type of weapon you own or have purchased, you’re likely looking for a G26 holster. But what type of G26 holster is right for you? If you want to protect […]

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How To Pack A Bleeding Wound

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Bleeding Wound

The failure to control hemorrhage is a common cause of death in trauma situations. With the increased number of active shooter events in the United States, the average citizen should have knowledge of basic methods to stop heavy bleeding. The government’s Stop The Bleed Initiative is attempting to foster awareness of the importance of this type of education.

In the April 2017 issue of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), Dr. Peter Taillac and EMT-P associates Scotty Bolleter and A.J. Heightman put forth their recommendations for the packing of hemorrhagic wounds with plain and/or hemostatic gauze such as Quikclot, Celox, and others. In addition, they reinforce the principles of direct pressure and tourniquet use to control bleeding and save lives.

In 2012, The American College of Surgeons (of which I’m a retired Fellow) and other organizations formed a joint commission to improve survival in heavily bleeding injuries. While endorsing direct pressure as a primary technique to reduce hemorrhage, the commission reviewed evidence for the use of hemostatic gauze, finding it to be an effective tool in 90% of cases.

Packing of wounds is useful in many situations, but not all. Wounds of the neck are problematic, for instance, due to the risk of compressing airways. Packing injuries in the abdomen, pelvis, and chest may not be effective due to the deep nature of the bleeding vessels. This is one reason why, in an off-grid setting, the death rate (called “mortality”) from these wounds is so high. Statistics from the Civil War put mortality rates for major injuries in these regions at close to 70 per cent, a figure that might be expected in long-term survival scenarios.

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Celox Gauze is approved by the TCCC

Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines approve hemostatic gauze as dressings of choice for severe bleeding. These products use materials that enhance or produce clotting. QuikClot uses Kaolin, an original ingredient in Kaopectate; Celox and Chitogauze use Chitosan, a product made from the shells of crustaceans. XStat, made by RevMedX, is preferred by TCCC for hemorrhage in areas like the axilla (armpit) and groin. A new product, Xgauze, was recently described to us by John Steinbaugh of RevMedX as an effective item to control bleeding without kaolin or chitosan, using instead expanding sponges built into the dressing itself.

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Xgauze by RevmedX

According to Dr. Taillac’s team, proper packing of wounds with plain or hemostatic gauze include the following steps:

  • Quickly and aggressively apply direct pressure with a gloved hand, clean dressing or cloth, or even the knee or elbow while breaking out your supplies. Explore the wound with your fingers to find the source of bleeding, using nearby bones, if possible, to increase the effectiveness of pressure.
  • Tightly (and I mean, tightly) pack the wound cavity as deeply as you can while continuing to apply pressure on the bleeding vessel. Pack directly onto the vessel itself. Although hemostatic gauze is effective, sufficient pressure with plain gauze may be enough.
  • Maintain pressure on the packed wound for at least 3 minutes.
  • Place a tight pressure dressing (Israeli Battle Dressing, Olaes Bandage, etc.) over the whole thing.
  • Splinting the wound will immobilize it and help prevent re-bleeds during transport.
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Direct pressure with a gloved hand and cloth barrier

The above method, along with appropriate use of tourniquets, should be effective in controlling hemorrhage. If the dressings become saturated, however, it may be necessary to use more packing or to start over. A second tourniquet may also be needed. In normal times, this might best be done during transport to a modern medical facility. In long-term survival settings, get the victim to where the bulk of your supplies are.

It is thought that 1 in 5 deaths from hemorrhage may be prevented by rapid action. Know the procedure and, have no doubt, you will save lives in disasters or other times of trouble.

 

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The COB LED Grow Light Explained and Reviewed

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Have you heard about COB LED grow lights, and now you’re wondering what all the fuss is about?Then look no further, because I’ve got a treat for you.In this article, I want to go over the COB LED phenomenon. I will explain what they are, and how they’re a significant development for indoor grow light […]

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10 Reasons to Understand Trauma

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10 reasons why you need to understand trauma and its effect on your family. Resilience is possible with a plan in place and knowledge to see you through. Judging by the fact you are on a site called PreparednessMama, I’m going to safely assume you are a planner or at least feel a desire to […]

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17 Natural Antibiotics Our Grandparents Used

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I’ve written about the importance of stocking up on antibiotics, but since antibiotics require a prescription, it can be difficult to stockpile enough to last a long time, and they won’t last more than a couple years anyway. Plus, if the people in your group get a lot of infections, you might go through your […]

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How to Make Your Own Semi-Automatic Off the Grid Washing Machine (No Electricity)

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I wrote this free, detailed, step-by-step guide with pictures just to show you how ridiculously easy it is to make your own off the grid washing machine. If you enjoyed it, please

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Handling Medical Emergencies

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1_med_bagMedical emergencies go far beyond straightforward fractures, sprains and breaks; would you know what to do in the case of an asthma attack, fever or dehydration? These things can happen to anyone and at any time, and when they do strike you might find yourself far away from emergency medical care. Then what?

By Alex Coyne, a contributing author of SurvivalCache and SHTFBlog.com

Here are some common (and not so common) medical emergencies you should be prepared for and what to do…

#1: An asthma attack.

Chronic asthma sufferers should always have their medication on hand or within reach, especially when they plan on travelling. When they don’t, the first step is to keep the person calm and breathing deeply. Panic only causes the airways to close up further. Caffeinated beverages – coffee and energy drinks – are good in an emergency and can stop an asthma attack in its tracks; they’re always part of the emergency kit for good reason.

#2: Handling a fever.

1_thermometer-temperature-fever-fluA fever is the body’s way of altering its temperature to kill any pathogens in the body. Symptoms include shivering, sweating and the sensation of feeling hot or cold – sometimes both interchangeably. The worst thing you can possibly do with someone who has a fever is to throw them into an ice bath. Yes, it’s one of those things you saw in the movies that can kill someone. A fever puts way too much strain on the heart, and your best bet for cooling down someone with a fever is to keep them hydrated, cool them down slowly with a cold cloth and try medication like paracetamol before seeking medical attention.

#3: Seeing (and stopping) advanced hypothermia.

Hypothermia is what happens when the body’s core temperature drops below 35°C; frostbite and hypothermia go hand in hand. The symptoms of hypothermia starts with shivering, then goes on to worse symptoms like drowsiness and confusion, which eventually leads to coma and death. With hypothermia, do not resort to alcohol or quickly warming the person: Both will do more damage. Remove the person from the cold environment, get them into dry, warm clothes and warm them up slowly.

#5: Dehydration.

1_splashing-splash-aqua-water-67843By the time your body tells you you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated: It pays to remember this fact on a daily basis and when camping or hiking. Make sure you drink plenty of (clean) water. Replace the fluid your body puts out (through sweat, for example) and then some more. Also pack drinks specifically for treating dehydration, which contain much-needed salts and electrolytes. In an emergency, a mixture of water, sugar and salt replaces the most necessary minerals. Remember that sugar, salt and alcohol all have dehydrating effects on the body.

Keep in mind that coconut water, intravenously, will also replace electrolytes.

#6: How to stop bleeding.

Maybe it’s a small cut, or maybe the emergency is a little more severe – and spurting blood. You’ll encounter both in your lifetime, and it’s vital that you know how to handle it. For severe bleeding, apply firm pressure with a compress. Remember to wear gloves, and do not use a tourniquet. This cuts off blood circulation and will lead to tissue damage pretty quickly. For slight bleeding, both salt and sugar have antibacterial  properties and will help the blood to clot sooner.

#7: Slowing an infection.

The biggest danger with most wounds, even small ones, is often not the wound itself but the resulting infection that can occur. When an injury occurs, the first priority after stopping the bleeding should be cleaning the wound with sterilized water or alcohol – trace amounts of dirt can be enough to cause a serious infection and should be removed. Sugar and salt, as mentioned above, have fantastic antibacterial properties. Yes, this will hurt, but what would you rather have in this situation?

If severe infection has already set in and medical help is not available for a long time (say, if you are stranded on a boat in the middle of the ocean), learn to look upon maggots as a good sign: They clean dead and infected skin out of the wounds, and should be allowed to do their thing before being removed – carefully, of course.

#8: Demystifying fainting spells.

The technical term for fainting, if you’ve ever wondered, is syncope. It can happen for a variety of reasons, including (but not limited to) blood pressure or lack of oxygen to the brain. Fainting at the site of blood we now know is a neurological condition. It’s never anything less than a medical emergency, and should always be treated with care – and examined on a case-by-case basis. First, check if the person is breathing and their heart is beating the way it should. Make sure that their airways are not obstructed and that they are away from danger. Then, try to revive them. Fluids – sugar water or fruit juice – should be given immediately.

#9: Spotting a stroke.

The cause of most strokes are a lack of blood supply to the brain.

1_stroke_blurry_lights-night-unsharp-bluredThe symptoms of a stroke are varied and can include the feeling of pins and needles, fatigue, a loss of balance, paralysis – especially on one side of the body, double vision and difficulty speaking or slurred speech. Look for signs of confusion, and ask the patient to lift their arms above their head or touch their tongue to the roof of their mouth: If they can’t, you might be dealing with the symptoms of a stroke.

Like most other emergencies, keep the patient calm and stay calm yourself. Check their responses by asking some simple questions and seeing how they respond to physical stimuli. (Someone who has just had a stroke might be unconscious. In this case, resort to checking eyelid response.) If they are unconscious, you want to check their airways and heart rate and administer CPR before seeking help.

It is not recommended to give someone having a stroke something to eat or drink.

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Video Monday: “Easy To Follow” – How To Tie An Eye Splice In 3 Strand Rope “

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Hello, my friend and welcome back!  When it comes to camping and survival, knowing how to tie different knots and create what you need with rope is essential.  In an SHTF world, you will…

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Surviving when SHTF – How to tell when people are lying to you

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Being able to recognize deception in a post-SHTF world can actually save your life. If you are able to tell when people are lying to you, chances are you can turn things around. The ability to determine if someone is honest or not is a great skill to have and use to your advantage. In … Read more…

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What Is Your True Identity?

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     If you were asked to describe your identity, what would you say?  This was a topic that infused two days of Godly fellowship with some very good friends.  After all, your identity is what makes you uniquely you; the characteristics that determine who you are.  On a deeper, more spiritual level, your identity defines how you see yourself from your own perspective, as well as God’s — and those two viewpoints can be drastically different.
     But if you are going to call yourself a Believer, shouldn’t they be as similar as possible?  I mean, the Bible tells us that if we are “in Christ”, we are a new creation.  Our old identity has passed away and a new one has come.  There is another definition of identity that pertains to this Biblical truth: identity is “the quality or condition of being the same as something else.” So, in the case of our identity in Christ, our lives should indicate that we are the same as Christ, both in how we see ourselves, and in our actions and deeds.
     But how many people who call themselves Christians still see themselves as those old identities? They are dragging around old impressions of who they used to be in the events of their lives, before Christ came to live in their hearts. This is really sad, since Romans 6:6 makes it very clear:  We know that our old self [our human nature without the Holy Spirit] was nailed to the cross with Him, in order that our body of sin might be made powerless, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.  Did you get that?  That past life has no power over you now!  If you have confessed your sins, asked for (and received) forgiveness, and accepted Jesus as your Redeemer and Savior, then you are welcomed as a member of God’s beloved family, with a new identity and a new spirit.

     But it is obvious that we Christians find it difficult to accept this premise, because this sort of identity problem is at the very heart of any Deliverance Ministry. Faithful Believers, who sincerely love Jesus and proclaim Him as their Savior, nevertheless fall prey to the lies of Satan, who convinces them that under the Christian mask they wear, is the same old self which has not been renewed or regenerated. The devil whispers to their minds that because of the sin in their lives they are worthless, unlovable, guilty, condemned, ugly, dirty, unfit to be called a son or daughter of God — and any number of other false impressions of who they are.  And those lies keep getting repeated until they become a person’s truth.
     Somehow the Enemy convinces us that we can never be like Christ; can never have the same relationship with our Father that Christ has. Sure, the Bible tells us that we are God’s children; He has adopted us; and we are co-heirs with Jesus.  The Bible even tells us that Jesus calls us a friend (John 15:15).  But we’re unable to accept that because we look in the mirror and choose to see who the devil tells us we are.
    As a Body of Believers, we need to begin ministering to each other; seeing ourselves as members of a new family that is stronger and more powerful than the Enemy.  We need to recognize that we are part of a new family image that has dual citizenship: on earth and in heaven.  In the past we were committed to our earthly lives, but as a new creation, our values have changed and we have died to the things that used to run our lives — so all those lies that Satan tells us to keep us attached to that old image of ourselves are false, non-binding, and groundless.  But far too many Christians cannot shed those old memories and do not know how to rebuke the lies and bind the voice of the Enemy.
     We need to encourage each other to see ourselves as Jesus sees us.   Our Deliverance Ministry is the most successful when a Believer can let Jesus into the memories of his or her life, and plainly see that the lies Satan has been whispering no longer identify who he is.  When you can see that the devil’s goal is to rob you of your new position before God as a member of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a temple of the Holy Spirit, God’s special possession, His beloved child, and a friend of Jesus… then those fraudulent labels that are associated with your old self no longer apply!
     I believe we are called to become soldiers and ambassadors of our Lord’s Kingdom.  In order to be effective in continuing Jesus’s work, it is necessary that we identify with Him and cast off any lingering semblance of our old selves.  Jesus sees none of that when He looks upon us.  He is bringing us to a fullness in Him, designed to bear much fruit.  And He desires to give us the riches of the Kingdom as we grow into His very likeness.  It is imperative that we know Whose we are, and Who we are!
     In this new identity, there is no benefit to looking back, or to listening to the Father of Lies who would have us miss our purpose and squander God’s love.  So, trust God’s voice when He says who you are, and stand guard against the Enemy’s lies. Let us commit to each other that we will give support, confidence, and hope to our fellow Christians who struggle to claim their spirit-filled identities.  And I pray that in these new identities we can love all mankind as Jesus loves us, and show the world what it looks like to abandon the darkness and come into the Light of Truth and Life. You are a Child of God! How does that identity suit you?

Ephesians 4:24   “and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation]”.

   

How To DIY An Expensive Water Filter On A Budget

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Have you ever wondered which are the first items to disappear from the shelves in an emergency situation? If you did, I bet you’ve reached the same conclusion as yours truly: water, food, and guns, in no particular order.

Because water and food are essential survival items needed on a daily basis – never mind an emergency/SHTF situation – they’re among the first to make the “extinct” list at any grocery store or seven-eleven.

And while you can live for a couple of weeks sans food, the story with water is way more dramatic; you’ll croak in 2-3 days tops without water.

And what’s even worse, even if you manage to get some water from a – let’s say dubious – source, drinking impure water is almost as bad as not drinking at all. Besides the fact that you can get sick from bacteria/chemical pollutants, you may spread the disease you’ve contracted from unfiltered water to the members of your community, to your children etc. You got the idea.

You should also be aware of the fact that a community’s water supply is one of the first essential resources to be compromised/contaminated in a disaster.

This short preamble is aimed at emphasizing the fact that water filters are essential, must-have items in every respectable prepper’s paraphernalia. Some of the water filters on the market can be described as the rock star of water filters, one of those inventions which made prepping great again in North America!

Contaminated water after an emergency can put your family at risk. Protect them now!

About the Best Water Filters on the Market

For example, Berkey water filter systems are arguably the most popular brand among preppers and regular folk living in areas where water is not safe for drinking for various reasons: disaster sites, rural areas etc. Using one of these bad boys, you’ll be able to produce potable water from various sources like rain water or water from rivers, streams, lakes, or wherever.

They are so popular thanks to their high quality and their performance, and that’s due to their proprietary/state of the art cleanable micro permeable ceramic filter elements. This type of ceramic filter is long-lasting, highly effective, and if we’re talking about a gravity fed water filtering system, it requires no electricity. This type of water filter system will cost you around $250-$300 (depending on your location) and I am talking about the 2.5 gallon system. The Imperial Berkey, which is a 4.5 gallon system will easily cost you north of $350.

Now, for example, if you take a look at the Big Berkey, which in my neck of the woods will drain around $400, what you really have here is a couple of fancy-looking, stainless steel-made, big buckets, and that makes for an accurate description if there ever was one, at least in my opinion. I’m not saying that it’s not worth the price, but if you can’t afford to spend that kind of money, relax; there are ways around it.

What’s not so great about the the best water filters on the market is that it will cost you beaucop dollars. However, the good news is that you can save a lot of dough DIY-ing your own water filter in the same style. I am talking about saving approximately $200 here, which can be used for more useful things, like stockpiling food and ammo, or paying your bills.

How a Ceramic Walter Filter Works

This water filter works something like this: the top bucket contains the aforementioned state of the art ceramic filters. The water leaves the top bucket, gets filtered through the filters, and then it drains into the lower bucket. That’s all there is to it, really, simple and effective. All gravity-fed water filters work the same, regardless of the brand.

However, there’s another, less expensive way to get your own high-quality water filtering system by using just the Berkey filters and ditching the rest of the fancy-looking assembly.Yeah, you got that right: you’ll still use those top notch Berkey-made filters, but you’ll DIY the rest of the device, saving big bucks in the process.

How to DIY Your Own Expensive Water Filter on a Budget

Of course, since you’ll most likely be using plastic buckets for the DIY job, your homemade filter will lack the “wow” factor of a stainless steel-made one, but the water quality will be just the same, and that’s all that matters in final analysis. This is not a beauty contest.

What You Need

As per materials required, you’ll need a couple of 2- or 5-gallon food-grade plastic buckets (pay attention to the food grade part) with lids.

The buckets can be usually procured for free from restaurants or grocery stores. Stay away from pickle buckets if you can, as the smell is hard to wash out. If you can’t find free food-grade buckets, you can go for the out-of-pocket option and buy them new. They aren’t very expensive; 5-10 bucks. You can go for stainless steel containers (especially if you already have them) instead of plastic buckets, as stainless steel is more sanitary than plastic.

Besides the plastic/steel containers, the main component in your DIY water filtering system is the Berkey filter element. You’ll need two of those (they always come in pairs) and they’re easy to get on the Internet from places like Amazon.com.

And here comes the crux of the trick: a genuine Berkey replacement filter costs anywhere between 30% and 50% of the whole water filter; here’s where you save the big bucks. If this filter is too much for your budget, don’t worry; there are many other brands to choose from on Amazon which are cheaper. Just look for .01-.02 micron ceramic water filters and make sure you read the reviews, thus making sure you’re buying the good stuff.

Finally, you’ll need a spigot, and obviously you can get a Berkey system spigot or that kind used for water coolers from Amazon or Ebay.

As per tools, all that’s required for a basic DIY water filtering system is a power drill.

With the gear taken care of, you’ll have to drill some holes through the plastic buckets and then attach the water filtering elements and the spigots. It’s a pretty straight forward job and very simple.

Keep in mind to prime the filters prior to installing them into the pails; i.e. flush them with water at your kitchen sink. Don’t worry because there are instructions for doing this included in the package.

Another thing: after you’re finished with assembling your water filtering system, discard the first 2-3 batches of filtered water.That’s because you’ll want to flush out all the potential residue left inside the filters from the manufacturing process.

If you want to filter the fluoride from the water (regular black Berkey filters don’t do that) you’ll have to go the extra mile and buy a couple of optional fluoride filters. They’re easy to install, as they just screw on the bottom of the regular filters. There are attaching instructions in the bundle.

Black Berkey filters are good enough for providing you with 6000 gallons of crystal clear water before requiring replacement, meaning that they’re last you for at least a couple of years if not more. Fluoride filters must be renewed sooner: every 1000 gallons or so, approximately. If you’re going to use 5-gallon buckets for your DIY job, you’ll have to buy replacement filters for the Imperial Berkey system.

And here come the video tutorials.

The simplest of the bunch, this is a guy using 2 recycled plastic buckets and a screwdriver (not even a power tool!) for DIYing his own water filtering system. It’s a 15 minute job.

Video first seen on Steve Spence.

And here’s another, with the whole DIY job made by a nice lady.

Video first seen on namegatherer

Finally, a higher-end job: a water purifier built using 16-quart stainless steel stockpots with lid. This job is a little bit more difficult, as it involves cutting through steel and all that, but it’s doable.

Video first seen on thebossoftheswamp

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New stuff from Repackbox.com

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I got a postcard in the mail the other day (who sends real mail these days??) from repackbox.com telling me that they’ve expanded their product line to include boxes for more calibers of ammo.

What is repackbox.com? Well, they sell a few useful cardboard products that have appeal to those of us who keep ammo onhand. What I’ve been getting from them are cardboard boxes to store ammo in.

Every so often I find deals on ‘bulk’ ammo. Bulk ammo is just that – bulk. You buy a thousand rounds of ammo you dont get a nice cardboard box with fifty little boxes of 20 rounds each. Nope, you get a big ol’ polybag or box filled with loose cartridges. 8290915400329fc2a66d65b6f89dfeaf (1aa)Great savings, but not exactly easy to store. When the zombies are massing at the barricades the last thing you want to be doing is counting ammo into little ziploc baggies and handing them to your buddies. Repackbox gives you small cardboard boxes, appropriately sized to a particular cartridge, so you can have your ammo organized, neat, and ready for the apocalypse. Case in point: a guy came into the shop and sold me a .50 can full of loose 7.62×39 ammo. I’m not just sticking a can of a thousand loose rounds on the shelf…grabbed a stack of 7.62×39 boxes and a little while later everything was neat, organized, and ready for the apocalypse.

The advantage? Plastic ammo boxes are great, but they aren’t cheap. The cardboard boxes are cheap enough that you can hand out ammo to your buddies at the range or at the rally point and not feel like you’re throwing away money. Also, inexpensive storage boxes are hard to find for some calibers. Repackbox just came out with boxes in a buncha new calibers inc. .30-06, .303 brit., 7.62x54R (better than those string-n-paper bundles you get outta the spam can), and, of interest to me, .30-30.

Although I don’t talk about it much, I like the .30-30. My like for it stems from the fact that after the ubiquitous .22 rifle, the .30-30 carbine is probably the most common rifle in many parts of the country (although the SKS may have supplanted that for a while…but since the days of the cheap Chinese SKS are long behind us….) I rather like the .30-30 in an unltralight single shot Contender carbine, but there are still several million Winchester and Marlin rifles out there. (And Savages and other brands as well.) So…I stock a decent amount of .30-30 and now have a convenient way to package it for distribution and storage.

I’m also a huge fan of he old ‘military style; 50-round ammo boxes. Repackbox makes these for .45 ACP as well as other calibers. Extremely handy.

Since I have a Dillon 1050RL sitting on the bench, I can whip out a lot of ammo in a couple hours. There is very little more satisfying than watching the boxes of ammo stack up like bricks as I package the ammo for storage.

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12 Reasons Why You Need Family-Friends

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I’m sure there are more than 12 reasons why you need family-friends, but I will start with this number today. I have had a lot of time lately to think back over my life and think about my family and friends. I’ve had a very good life, compared to some people I know. My husband, Mark loves me more than I can even describe. I have been very, very blessed with his compassion and love for me. I grew up in a negative family situation. My mom was a single mom and later married a wonderful man. But life was still very hard for me growing up. I would have to say I have PTSD from my childhood. You don’t need to know the details, but Mark has made me the woman I am today. I do need to say my mom taught me to work hard and be strong, and I’m thankful for that.

I’m sure the people that really know me, like Elaine, Sarah, and Heather would never guess I had a bad childhood. I have never dwelled on it or blamed my parents or grandparents for how I was treated. They have known me as a happy go lucky person who smiles all the time. We can laugh, giggle and cry together. There is something very important about having friends and family you can rely on. So let’s get started with a few of my ideas. I would love to add your ideas as well.

12 Reasons Why You Need Family-Friends:

1. Meals: We can laugh, and giggle while we enjoy time together with family and friends. We can fix meals in the kitchen at someone’s house and burn the bacon and still eat it. Just a note, this happened over Easter weekend. We still ate the bacon, it was just a little more crunchy than usually. The Easter egg hunt took longer than expected, life is good when you can laugh about burnt bacon.

2. Phone calls: I know that social media is very popular and serves a purpose. BUT, there is something really awesome about talking to someone over texting someone. Yes, of course, I text all the time, but I love hearing my friends voices. My adopted granddaughter, Jenna sent me a text last night to let me know her mom was going to the hospital on Monday. I called her mom within 15 minutes of the text. I HAD to talk to her mom, I HAD to hear her voice. I had to laugh with her because that’s what we do. Life is good when you have awesome friends you can call anytime and catch up on life.

3. Holidays: Nothing is better than inviting friends and family over to celebrate holidays, and I mean any holiday. I love excuses to get together with each other. I love hearing different family traditions from new friends as well as old friends. Don’t you love hearing what food each family specializes in for certain holidays? I love tasting new side dishes and sharing the recipes. As you may know already, I LOVE appetizers, they are my favorite food items! I wish I lived closer to my kids and grandkids so I could go to all their birthdays, but that isn’t always possible.

4. Funerals: I must tell you funerals can be happy or sad. I had to stop going to funerals after I went to a celebration for our best friends son, Aaron after he died. His non-funeral was a celebration of life. I will never go to another funeral again, sorry, I can’t. Aaron’s was joyful and we all shared memories of his life. Our best friends had the celebration with his wife and three young kids at a park and lunch was catered. As I remember well over 400 people attended. His life was cut way too short, but his life lives on through his wife, kids, parents, and siblings. I want my non-funeral to duplicate his. He was a hockey player and coach and the youth and their families came out in droves. I can still remember watching him as a kid water ski behind a boat! What an amazing dad he was! Great memories of a great family and friends.

5. Lunches After Funerals: Now, I do not like going to funerals, I will sometimes go to viewings. Please don’t judge me, I tell people I love them before they die. I do, however, LOVE going to the lunches AFTER the burials. Here’s the deal, you talk, laugh and giggle with friends and family you haven’t seen in years. Facebook is fine, and I love seeing what some of my friends and extended family are doing. BUT talking and giggling face to face rocks! I mean it rocks with love!

6. Family loves you no matter what: You can always count on family to love you no matter what. Of course, life isn’t always perfect, but family is family. We accept each other for who we are, and here again, we can laugh and giggle together.

7. Reminisce about old stories: Don’t you just love old family-friend stories we all lived to tell about? I start getting the giggles inside thinking about one story when Mark and I lived in Farmington, Utah. Why dwell on negative stories when you can tell really good stories that maybe the younger kids haven’t heard yet. You know the stories sometimes change a little over the years and some of us can’t remember this or that, but we still laugh and giggle. It’s called history. Mark’s mother wrote a journal her whole married life, maybe even when she was younger I don’t know. It would be nice to keep a journal, but nowadays people take pictures and make photo books with pictures. Pictures tell a thousand words, right? Add a story along with the pictures and you have a true treasure.

8. Being a friend: When you are a friend you help your friends be better people. They help us be better people. We tend to choose those friends that are happy, optimistic and love life. Who needs a Debbie downer around, right? I must admit I’ve been called a Pollyanna, and that’s okay, I own it. I have been called a cheerleader by my life coach, Lyn. Life is good when you have good friends.

9. You’re less lonely when you have friends: My biggest regret in life is how lonely my mom was after my dad died. Unfortunately, because she was lonely in her later years she became somewhat of an unhappy recluse. She became angry, although I didn’t understand it at the time. Now that I am older and a bit wiser, I think I understand her moods. If does make me sad because I didn’t visit her when I had my career life. I lived about 400 miles away, but that is no excuse. I see that now. She just needed someone to take her to lunch, to visit her and pamper her. I didn’t do that. That is something I regret BIG time. If you have an older neighbor or relative you live close to, please visit them often. They need it and you will grow from it. I know, because I try to visit my lonely neighbors now. People need friends, no doubt about it.

10. Friends and family can make you miserable sometimes: We all know the ones at family reunions we all want to sit by, and the ones at neighborhood lunches we love sitting by. We also know the friends and family members that can make us miserable and they probably don’t even know it. They whine and complain and are sometimes just plain hard to be around. But it’s life, what can we say. They are family and friends.

11. Friends support us through thick and thin: I remember calling the friends above after I learned one of my daughters had just been diagnosed with a disease. I could hardly say the words through the tears. I felt guilty because I thought maybe I had eaten something when I was pregnant with her that caused this awful disease, or what I fed her or whatever. I knew I had to call my friends. I called Elaine first and we cried together, then Heather, then Sarah. I knew they would understand how I felt. I get emotional just thinking about when I made those phone calls. Thank goodness for friends, awesome friends.

12. Gender doesn’t matter with friends: I have female friends and male friends. I know I can call anyone of them and they will listen and console me if needed. I’m making it sound like I call my friends all the time to be consoled. I don’t. But I have called them for advice because they wouldn’t judge me. They would listen. Listening is being a really good friend and sharing advice when needed. One of my really good male friends is more like a brother to me. We would call each other about every six months or so until he started getting Dementia or Alzheimer’s. I cry when I think about the 25+ years we have been friends. He has gone down hill faster than I would have expected. Age is not always good to us. May God bless all those who care for family members with Dementia or Alzheimers in their homes. I see it here where I live, it’s a 24/7 hour job for those neighbors.

Please hug your family members every time you see them and tell them you love them. Please do the same with your friends, I promise they would love to hear how much you care about them. Mark has three best friends, and they tell each other often how much they truly value their friendships. They express their love to each other as well. Life is good with friends that love you, May God bless you to express your love to family and friends today, not tomorrow. Tomorrow may not come. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.

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15 Ways to Repel Bugs Naturally

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2_tiger-mosquito-mosquito-asian-tigermucke-sting-86722Having a healthy insect population in your garden is a good thing, but when you’re camping you can run into all sorts of things like mosquitoes, flies, spiders, ticks, fleas, ants and mites. If you’re an avid gardener, you might also want to keep the insect population on your lovelies in check. Pesticides and insect repellents can contain harmful ingredients (or you might not have access to them), and you might want to opt for a natural way that doesn’t harm you, your family or the bugs in question.

By Alex Coyne, a contributing author of SurvivalCache and SHTFBlog.com

Here are some of the most effective ways to repel bugs naturally…

#1: Crushed basil leaves

What’s homemade Italian cooking without some basil? It’s an essential addition to any herb garden – as most chefs will tell you! Fresh, crushed basil leaves placed on a table will keep flies away while you’re eating: This is especially handy for camping trips, picnics or hot days.

#2: A solution of yeast, water and sugar

Yeast is something you should always have in the house. A solution of yeast and sugar – to feed the yeast and attract the bugs – will keep flies away. This is the natural version of the bug-zapper. Just remember to change it out every couple of days – or hours, depending on how huge your fly problem is.

#3: Homemade fly strips

1_fly_bug_repellentThere’s no reason you should have to buy fly strips. (If you’ve ever tried getting one down again without sticking hundreds of fly corpses to yourself, you might not want to buy them again….). Boil some sugar water (or water with a bit of money in it) and add strips of paper. Hang these up, and they will attract flies pretty much just like a fly strip would. Again, change and dispose of these periodically.

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#4: Clove essential oil

Flies (and some humans) absolutely hate the scent of clove oil, so if you’re trying to get a handle on a fly problem, get some essential oil to make a spray with and spray in the areas the flies happen to frequent. Keep clove oil as part of your natural arsenal anyway, as it can also be used as a natural and very effective (though temporary) remedy for toothache: If you do not have the oil, bite down on a clove.

#5: Yellow globes

Yellow light naturally repels bugs (including moths and mosquitoes) at night, so if you have an ongoing problem with either, start by changing your lights – and, it should go without saying, getting a mosquito net to go with your bed. They’re cheaper than getting treated for malaria, or, y’know, being buried.

#6: Burning coffee grounds

Used coffee grounds can be burned – over a fire, like you would incense or dried herbs – to get rid of mosquitoes. If you’re a regular camper, it’s likely that you love the smell of coffee by a campfire, so it doesn’t cost you anything to do this as part of your process anyway.

#7: Rose geranium for ticks

Ticks can carry diseases like tick bite fever, and if you’re going to the woods or African bush you’ll want to check your body regularly. Rose geranium, in an essential oil on the skin (or diluted in a spray), is commonly recommended to get rid of ticks. This works on both man and beast, by the way, so it’s even great for your dogs.

#8: Black pepper for ants

1_pepper-pepper-mill-pfefferkorn-pepper-ground-39069Black pepper, sprinkled where you don’t want them to go or diluted in a spray, will keep ants in check and away you’re your food. Of course, don’t leave open food lying around for ants either – get containers that seal (and seal properly). Cayenne pepper works just as well, but you don’t want to get that in your eyes.

#9: Vinegar

Vinegar is commonly recommended as a repellent for spiders: Diluted, spray it if you don’t want to follow the spiders. Apple cider vinegar (again, diluted in water) will also keep away ticks and fleas on both humans and animals. Keep in mind that cats hate the smell of vinegar (and it’s also a cat repellent), so dilute pretty well if you plan on using it on your cats. Internally, it’s given to cats and dogs to treat a bladder infection.

#10: Caffeine for mites

Caffeine is a naturally occurring pesticide, and a weak coffee spray on plants will keep all sorts of pests away, including mites.

#11: Garlic

Garlic keeps away more than just vampires. You can also increase the amount of garlic in your diet to keep away mosquitoes: They really don’t like the smell of it. (If your camping mates don’t either, chewing on some parsley will neutralize the smell of garlic on your breath after some buttery garlic bread.)

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#12: Mint leaves

3_mintMint leaves, fresh and crushed, in an oil or in a spray will keep away mosquitoes – and a range of other bugs including moths. Catnip is technically family of mint, and much of the same properties that apply to mint apply to catnip. (For those with heart problems, take care when ingesting mint.)

#13: Lavender for moths

Lavender has been recommended for years as a remedy for calm and aiding sleep, but it turns out that dried lavender pouches work just as well for keeping moths out of your clothes. (This tip comes courtesy of Martha Stewart – the queen of homemaking hacks.)

#14: Citronella for mosquitoes

Citronella candles or oil should always be part of your camping kit as a bug repellent. It’s commonly recommended for mosquitoes, and is a great natural replacement for mosquito coils.

#15: Sage

Both sage and rosemary can be burned over a fire to get rid of mosquitoes naturally. (And again, both are great additions to whatever you’ve got cooking on the fire, too!)

What have you used as a natural bug repellent? Use the comments to let us know.

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The Real Reason Why Diet Sodas Increase Your Risk of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Stroke

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The Gaurdian dropped a bombshell of a health report on Thursday. Researchers working on the Farmingham heart study, which has tracked the health of thousands of residents from Farmingham Massachusetts since 1948, discovered a correlation between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and several serious health conditions. Apparently, drinking a diet soda every day may triple your risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and stroke.

“After adjustments for age, sex, education (for analysis of dementia), calorific intake, diet quality, physical activity and smoking, higher recent and higher cumulative intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks were associated with an increased risk of ischaemic stroke, all-cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease dementia,” the co-authors write.

Those consuming at least a can of so-called diet drinks every day were 2.96 times more likely to suffer an ischaemic stroke and 2.89 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who drank them less than once a week, they found.

Ischaemic strokes occur when blood cannot get to the brain because of a blockage, often one caused by a blood clot forming in either an artery leading to the brain or inside a vein in the brain itself. They comprise the large majority of the 152,0000 strokes a year which occur.

So far the researchers haven’t found a clear causation, meaning that there could be other reasons why people who drink so much diet soda are afflicted with these conditions. Though the study didn’t find a link between consuming regular sugar laden sodas with stroke, Alzheimer’s, or dementia, there’s a good chance that real sugar is the problem here.

What most people don’t realize is that consuming artificial sweeteners can lead to more sugar consumption. It makes you crave sugar. The leading theory on why this happens, has to do with how your body responds to sweet foods. When you eat something that’s sweet, regardless of whether or not that sweetness comes from real sugar, your body produces insulin to process it. But if you don’t have any significant levels of sugar in your bloodstream, there’s nothing to balance out the insulin, so you crave sugar even more.

So it wouldn’t be far-fetched if sugar is still the real culprit here. That’s because previous studies have also shown correlations between sugar consumption and heightened risks of dementia and strokes. So instead of diet sodas by themselves, the real problem may be that people are consuming artificial sweeteners, and then pigging out on large quantities of sugar.

To give you an idea how horrible real sugar is for your health, one study found that people who drink one or more sugar sweetened sodas a day had a 16% higher chance of having a stroke. That may not sound like a lot, but that 16% emerged after watching subjects over the course of 20 and 30 day periods. Compare that to the Farmingham study and artificial sweeteners, which found that your risk of having a stroke nearly tripled. However, that was based on ten years of data. Clearly, sugar consumption shows a stronger relationship to strokes than artificial sweeteners.

Obviously, we’re still talking about studies that have found a correlation, not definitive proof. Regardless, the results of these studies are both alarming and compelling. It would be wise to stay away from both added sugars, and artificial sweeteners.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Caterpillar VIP Bag?

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greetings, am curious on the vip bag from cat. link to view and

purchase. good video on supplies

-Anthony

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Hello,

This is the bag you are talking about, the one pictured in my book, “Bugging Out and Relocating”.

I cant seem to find it. I bought it many years ago and these things rarely stay in production for long. They get replaced by new, more appealing models.

The closest thing I found from CAT was this tablet bag. I’d probably buy something like this for my VIP bag. Something small, tough and inconspicuous. Being a “tablet” bag, keeping an actual tablet in it isnt a bad idea either so as to access important files, go on line, etc.

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CAT The Project Tablet Bag $18.56

For those that aren’t familiar with the VIP Bag concept. You probably know what a Bug Out Bag is, a bag with items you take when escaping or evacuating, usually including food, water, spare clothes, etc. VIP bag stands for very important papers(or possessions) bag. Most immigrants from my grandparents generation had something like this, usually kept in a box, they would keep passports, birth certificates, some family heirlooms, etc. Its basically the same concept but in a more handy container ready to go.  If you need to move fast, if you are injured, if you have to help others escape, injured family, and taking your BOB isn’t possible, at least you would have the essentials in the VIP while still being mobile.

Items to keep in your VIP bag are important documents such as passports, birth certificates, copies of documents and other important files in a USB drive, car and home spare keys, cash and precious metals, maybe even a compact handgun like a Glock 19 and spare magazine. The paper documents and cash should be kept in a ziplock bag to protect them from water. Its not a bug out bag, its something far more compact mostly intended for those important documents.

I suggest keeping it in a fireproof safe. This would be the first thing to grab when bugging out, when you only have seconds to safe your life (flash flood, fire).

Check this previous post to learn more about BOB bags and VIP bags.

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

 

 

How to Make Fire With a Lemon – Fact or Fiction?

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How to Make Fire With a Lemon – Fact or Fiction? When SHTF, sometimes we need to get creative. While you may not have all of these items on hand, I just wanted to show you what you can do with items you may be able to scavenge and a little ingenuity (MacGyver anyone?). Ok, …

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What Preppers Are Storing That Will Kill Them!

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What Preppers Are Storing That Will Kill Them Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio in player below! Could you be stockpiling something that will ultimately kill you after SHTF? Odds are, you have been storing this stuff for years. What is this potentially deadly and exceedingly common prepping item? If you guessed prepackaged food storage, … Continue reading What Preppers Are Storing That Will Kill Them!

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Vegetables In 1950 Were More Nutritious. Seriously.

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Vegetables In 1950 Were More Nutritious. Seriously.

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Most potatoes we eat today have 100 percent less vitamin A than potatoes did in the 1950s. One hundred percent. That may sound unbelievable, but it doesn’t end there.

An analysis of nutritional records done by Canada’s national newspaper found that potatoes also lost 57 percent of their vitamin C and iron, 50 percent of their riboflavin, 28 percent of their calcium, and 18 percent of their thiamine. Of the seven nutrients analyzed to determine nutrient density, only niacin levels increased in potatoes in the past 50-60 years.

This decline in nutrient density isn’t specific to potatoes. Broccoli in the 1950s had more calcium. Scientific American reported – shockingly — that it takes eight of today’s oranges to pony up the same amount of nutrients that one single orange had in the 1950s. What on earth is going on?

Nutrient Density

Nutrient density is the measurement of key nutrients in a predetermined amount of food. For example, the USDA’s “National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference” indicates that 100g of “tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average” contains 237 mg of potassium, 1.2 g of fiber, and 833 IU of vitamin K. These numbers are averages, based on testing done on produce purchased around the country. Nevertheless, these averaged numbers help determine how nutrient-dense — how healthy — each type of food is. And it’s by comparing historic numbers with contemporary numbers that the decline in nutrient density can be tracked.

Crop Development

Vegetables In 1950 Were More Nutritious. Seriously.

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Agribusiness is called “agribusiness” for a reason: It’s about making money. And in its quest to make money, agribusiness has developed new varieties of vegetables, selecting for characteristics that impact the bottom line, rather than nutrient density. Cultivars are chosen for their disease resistance, suitability for the climate, maturity rate, high yields, and physical appearance.

Plants are growing bigger, but their ability to take up or process nutrients has not increased at a comparable rate. Also, as Scientific American points out, the high yields of commercial plants have a direct impact on nutrient density. It’s not unusual for commercially grown tomato plants to produce 100 tomatoes per plant. The plant itself is limited in how many nutrients it can take up and disperse among that many fruits.

Soil Depletion

Another problem that’s rooted in agribusiness is soil depletion. Intensive farming methods strip the soil of its nutrients. If the soil lacks nutrients, so too will the plants that grow in that soil. Just as the health of human beings depends on what they eat, the health (nutrient density) of vegetables depends on what they “eat” or absorb from the soil. The more nutrients they take up, the more nutrients their produce will have.

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The only way to address soil depletion is to fertilize the soil. For agribusinesses that are not concerned with nutrient density, the high cost of fertilization may seem to be an unnecessary expense. But, as Scientific American points out, without re-mineralizing the soil, “each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before.”

Chemical Pesticides

The term “pesticide” collectively includes substances that control pests and/or weeds, including insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. Chemical pesticides are formulated to kill specific things, but once released into the soil, they also may kill beneficial microorganisms. Microbes are crucial to nutrient density because they recycle and release nutrients in the soil, which are then taken up by plants and distributed to the produce.

Long-Haul Transportation

Once picked, vegetables start losing nutrients. Leafy greens lose their nutrients very quickly; some types of spinach may lose 90 percent of their vitamin C within 24 hours of being picked. While vegetables are in transport to grocery stores or sitting on grocery shelves, they continue to “respire;” that is, they continue to live by drawing from their nutrient stores. The longer the time between harvest and consumption, the more nutrients are used up during respiration.

Impact on Human Health

Insufficient nutrients may be one reason why we continue to crave food even after we’ve eaten full servings. And, some speculate that due to the decrease in nutrients, five to ten servings of fruit and vegetables daily is insufficient to meet our needs. Foods that are low in nutrient density may contribute to Type B malnutrition, which is prevalent in industrialized nations. While people with Type B malnutrition take in adequate calories and do not appear outwardly malnourished, the food they eat does not contain sufficient nutrients for health.

What Can We Do?

The solution? Plant a garden. Amend the soil with natural fertilizers. Besides producing healthier nutrient-dense produce, nutrient-dense soil creates a healthier plant. A healthier plant has:

  • Increased pest and disease resistance.
  • Higher and healthier yields.
  • Produce that has more intense and complex flavor due to increased nutrients.

Soil that is rich in microorganisms and nutrients is good for plants — and good for us, too.

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The Surprisingly Quiet Ammo That’s Often Misunderstood

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It’s The Misunderstood Ammo That Makes Less Noise

Along with the rising popularity of gun mufflers, usually called suppressors or silencers, has come an increased interest in subsonic ammunition. Often, though, there are more questions than answers.

This article seeks to inform the reader with basic knowledge of subsonic ammo.

Subsonic ammunition is ammunition made primarily for use with a suppressor. It also can be used in a handgun or rifle all by itself, unsuppressed, though weapon performance may not be the same as with regular ammo.

When compared to other cartridges within the same caliber, subsonic loads have a smaller powder charge inside the case, and are generally a heavier bullet. In extraordinarily simple terms, we can think in terms of the formula mass times velocity equals force. When velocity is decreased by having less powder, and therefore less gas to drive the bullet down the barrel, through the air, and into its target, a bullet of more mass compensates to a degree. For example, Atomic Ammunition’s subsonic load in .223 has a 75-grain bullet — not an extraordinary weight, but one associated with match rounds. An average .223 target match bullet weighs 55 grains.

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It is the moment a bullet leaves the barrel, and the explosion of gas that’s behind it, that creates the “bang” of a firearm. Subsonic ammunition, traveling at lower-than-normal velocity relative to the caliber, is quieter. It still, though, makes enough noise to necessitate hearing protection when used sans suppressor.

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In tandem with a suppressor, subsonic ammunition makes a hearing-safe pop, the kind you hear in the movies when the bad guy fires a gun with a silencer. Funny, isn’t it, how it’s always a bad guy in the movies? On the street, most criminals aren’t interested in making the effort to conceal these bulky attachments.

Why Use Subsonic?

Subsonic can be used when less noise and/or less recoil are desired. It’s a great choice for indoor or urban ranges. With a suppressor, it’s beneficial for hunting, especially when a landowner may want to eliminate more than a single varmint or pest animal. The minimal report is less scary to the rest of the herd. Some hunters claim the remaining animals may still spook, but since subsonic offers no muzzle flash and no directional bearing on sound, they actually may run in the hunter’s direction.

It’s also a good choice for teaching gun handling and marksmanship fundamentals to a new or very young shooter without the complication of recoil.

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Subsonic protects the irreplaceable asset of hearing. Quieter shooting is an asset not just for gun users, but also for non-shooting neighbors who are less likely to object to our hobby — at home as well as in the voting booth.

What Are the Downsides?

Some subsonic loads will, consistently or occasionally depending on the semi-auto firearm, fail to automatically cycle the action. This challenge is gradually being overcome as manufacturers fine-tune components. I found it to be quaintly enjoyable to hand-cycle my AR-15 while using subsonic.

A notable exception is the popular .300 AAC Blackout caliber, purpose-made for suppressed shooting. With a bolt carrier group and barrel change, it can be fired through the AR-15 platform. This widely available load offers the AR owner great versatility from one firearm, although many feel it’s unnecessary unless it’s used with a suppressor.

Subsonic ammunition is a bit less accurate at longer distances. The smaller doses of powder in subsonic loads can shift around within the case, producing less reliable flight. I experienced this in a 100-yard field trial of .308 caliber subsonic. In several three-shot groups, two rounds would be remarkably accurate; their impact holes touching. A third would be a modest flyer, three to five inches away from the others. It’s not a huge difference for most applications except where absolute precision is required.

According to Jerod Johnson, a company rep for Atomic Ammunition, subsonic rifle loads such as the .308 are rather ineffective beyond 300 yards, where velocity loss is rapid.

The price of subsonic is, like match ammunition, reflective of the specialized manufacturing process. Expect to spend double or more the price of FMJ.

If there’s no admonishment against subsonic ammunition in your firearm’s user manual, trying out a box of subsonic is an interesting experience, whether accompanied by a suppressor or not. Especially with centerfire calibers, there’s a surprising ease to firing powerful rounds, while getting sound and recoil that are closer to the rimfire range. Try some!

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8 Coffee Substitutes You Can Grow In ANY Climate

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8 Coffee Substitutes You Can Grow In ANY Climate

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If you’re trying to raise as much of your own food as possible, a coffee habit can be a real problem. Most people’s morning cup comes from thousands of miles away, involving a lot of unfortunate environmental and human consequences.

Enjoying coffee is a daily ritual that brings comfort and time for contemplation. A casual conversation with friends or family, the warm mug in our hands, or just the excuse to take a few minutes for ourselves. If you’re looking for a coffee substitute that you can grow or forage yourself, there are a lot of compelling options.

1. Beech nuts

Beech trees are easy to identify and produce large amounts of a distinctive nut that can be collected in the fall. The thin shells are easily and quickly peeled off by hand, allowing the nut to be roasted and ground into a coffee substitute. Deer are particularly fond of beech nuts, and if you don’t know if you have beech trees in your area, ask a local hunter where you can find them.

2. Chicory root

Perhaps the most common and well-known coffee substitute, some brands of coffee actually include roasted ground chicory root in with the coffee to enhance the flavor and stretch the coffee further. In the U.S., this is known as New Orleans Style Coffee, and results in a smooth coffee with a slight mocha flavor. Straight chicory coffee has a blacker-than-black color, and is delicious drink with a bit of sugar to balance out the flavor. Harvest the roots before the plant flowers for a less bitter brew.

3. Dandelion root

8 Coffee Substitutes You Can Grow In ANY Climate A bit easier for most people to find and identify, dandelion root makes some of the best-tasting coffee of any wild substitute. Fancy farm-to-table restaurants across the country are marketing dandelion lattes with their local bacon on the breakfast plate, and why not? It’s a much-cheaper alternative, but still tastes great. Just like chicory coffee, for the best dandelion coffee harvest the roots before the plants flower for the most delicious brew. If you only notice your dandelions after they’ve gone to flower, harvest them anyway; they’re still almost as good.

4. Burdock root

Burdock is easy to identify in the fall of the second year by its large leaves and round burs that stick to just about everything.

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Growing nearby the second-year roots, you should be able to find smaller first-year plants without seed burs. First-year roots make the best coffee and can be harvested in the late fall, dried in an oven and roasted to produce a naturally detoxifying coffee substitute.

5. Cleavers fruit

Known as cleavers for its reported ability to “cleave” illness from the body, this natural medicine also makes an excellent coffee substitute. It’s an extremely common weed, slowly spreading across the ground and climbing in a tangled mass over rocks or stumps. It produces small flowers that turn into tiny cleavers fruits that can be roasted and ground into a coffee substitute.

6. Kentucky coffee tree

As the name suggests, Kentucky coffee tree beans can be roasted and ground into a coffee substitute. The name stems from a marketing ploy, back when coffee was expensive and hard to get in inland areas away from ports. Land developers told people that in Kentucky, they could harvest a plant that would make a great substitute.

7. Sow thistle

An aggressive weed closely related to the dandelion, sow thistle produces prickly leaves and sends up long shoots with yellow, dandelion-like flowers. Its greens are edible and medicinal, and in some places in the world it’s actually cultivated as a vegetable, but more importantly, the tap root makes an excellent coffee substitute similar to dandelion coffee.

8. Acorn coffee

Though bitter if not prepared correctly due to the tannic acid, if acorns are first thoroughly soaked and ground, they can be roasted into an acceptable coffee substitute. Some mention this as a tastier use for them than trying to use them as flour or porridge, but others note that they’re a far cry from real coffee.

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3 Simple, Healing Salve Recipes Your Great-Grandparents Used

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3 Simple, Healing Salve Recipes Your Great-Grandparents Used

Using herbal remedies to heal your ailments is a crucial aspect of living a self-sufficient lifestyle. Instead of purchasing balms premade at the store, you can use items you grow or create on your homestead to heal your body. Salves can replace store-bought creams (such as Neosporin) in your medicine cabinet.

What is a Salve?

If you have used any form of ointments, you already have a general idea about salves. They are a homemade ointment or cream, created to protect and heal our bodies and skin. Salves were used for centuries by our ancestors, great-grandparents and grandparents for cuts, burns, blisters and many other ailments. They often were called “drawing salves,” intended to draw out infections, splinters and toxins from spider or snakebites.

The process used to create herbal salves hasn’t changed much in the last few centuries, even if we do have essential oils more readily available than ever before. Old salve recipes called for herbal-infused oils. It involves simmering herbs in any melted oil for a long period before straining out the herbs.

All salves also require an element that creates the creamy consistency needed so you can spread it over the ailment. Beeswax is the most common choice, a benefit for those who have beehives. Shea butter and honey are also used in recipes. The creation of an herbal salve is easy and typically only requires a few minutes of commitment!

Let’s examine three easy salves you can make at home.

1. The perfect all-purpose salve

Everyone needs to have an all-purpose salve available at all times. I make a large batch because, with three kids, we use a lot of it! You will use coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax to create it, but you can use more coconut oil and beeswax if you have no olive oil. It is a great choice as a homemade diaper rash cream that is cloth diaper safe.

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • 1/3 cup calendula flowers
  • 15 drops of melaleuca essential oil
  • 15 drops of lavender oil

If you have older children or are simply using this salve for yourself, you can increase a number of essential oil drops.

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Instructions:

  1. Use a double boiler to melt the coconut oil and olive oil together.
  2. Add in the calendula flowers to the melted oils and allow to simmer for a minimum of two hours. This infuses the oil with the healing properties of the flowers. Make sure to stir during this process.
  3. After simmering, strain through a filter.
  4. Put the infused oil back into a pan and melt the beeswax.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before adding in the drops of essential oils.
  6. Pour or ladle the salve into glass jars. Allow to cool and harden for 24 hours. This recipe makes one cup of salve, but it is easy to increase the recipe.

2. Burn salve

3 Simple, Healing Salve Recipes Your Great-Grandparents Used

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Burns can happen to anyone, but if you live an off-the-grid lifestyle, you have a higher chance. It is always smart to keep a jar or two of burn salve nearby. I find that it is one of the most common salves I use, even if it’s only because I spilled morning coffee on my hand.

  • ½ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup aloe Vera
  • 10 to 15 drops lavender essential oil

You also could add ingredients such as comfrey, which aids the healing process! This salve doesn’t require many steps. If your coconut oil is solid, melt it over a double boiler. Then, add in the raw honey and aloe Vera. Let the oils cool for 15 minutes before adding the essential oils.

3. Sore muscles salve

When you spend all day working hard, you can expect a few aches and pains. After a day of work, apply a layer of a sore muscle salve to help relax your body. I have tried some different salves, and this recipe is the most loved choice of all.

  • ½ cup arnica flowers
  • ½ cup comfrey leaf
  • ½ cup St. John’s Wort
  • 2 cups of coconut oil
  • 3 ounces of beeswax

Instructions:

  1. Put the oil into a double boiler and melt over medium to low heat.
  2. Once melted, add the herbs and allow to infuse for 12 hours. If you don’t want to keep adding water to the pot, you can use a slow cooker on low.
  3. After infusion, strain the oil through a cheesecloth or filter. You could repeat the process with new herbs for extra-strength salve.
  4. Put the infused oil into a pot with the beeswax and slowly melt over the heat. Once melted, pour into individual glass jars and allow them to harden.

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Preventing Tick Borne Diseases

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It’s Monday morning and you’re returning to work, all smiles, after a wonderful weekend backpacking with friends. By Wednesday, all of a sudden, you’re not feeling so well. You’re feeling a bit of nausea and weakness. Sitting around for too long also makes you experience joint pain. “What could it be?” you ask yourself. “Maybe I’m catching some sort of bug from one of my co-workers,” you tell yourself. While that may be true, it is likelier you’ve brought a stowaway with you from your weekend adventures and you’re experiencing classic symptoms of a tick-borne disease.

With backpacking and hiking season in full swing, it is important to know tick season is also in full swing. And these little stowaways are quietly lying waiting to hitch a ride on an unsuspecting soul.

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The Precipice of World War III-Part 2

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This is the second half of my recent guest appearance on Radio Free Redoubt with John Jacob Schmidt. We discussed the imminent threat of World War III and what you can do to prepare.

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Will You Turn Away Family, Friends And Neighbors At Your Door

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Will You Turn Away Family, Friends And Neighbors At Your Door This is one of the those great what if articles. Its a terrifying thought but one we must consider. If the big one hits, whatever that big one may be, you will have some serious decisions to make. Even as a well prepared survivalist …

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