4 New Pistols That Turned Heads At The SHOT Show

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4 New Pistols That Turned Heads At The SHOT Show

Colt Government Model 32

This year’s SHOT Show featured tons of new guns and products – too many for one person to see. But a few models and manufacturers kept popping up in conversations. Below are a few of those pistols that attracted many admirers all week. I was fortunate to handle most of them and even to shoot a few.

S&W M&P M2.0

4 New Pistols That Turned Heads At The SHOT Show

S&W M&P M2.0

This pistol comes in 9mm (17 +1), 40 S&W (15+1) and 45 ACP (10+1). Barrel lengths vary, from 4.25 inches in the 9mm and 40, while the 45 sports a 4.6-inch barrel. The barrel, frame, grip and finish all have been upgraded. I especially like the aggressive grip texture (called cat’s tongue) and Armornite corrosion-resistant finish. The M&P M2.0 pistol can be purchased with or without a thumb safety and comes in matte black or flat dark earth. It also comes standard with two magazines and four interchangeable palm swell grip inserts. A low bore axis makes this pistol comfortable to shoot and reduces muzzle rise. MSRP is $599.

KAHR CT9 and CW380 (carbon fiber finish)

Kahr Arms has always been a name worth considering for your pistol needs. A black carbon fiber finish on some of Kahr’s most desirable carry guns is new for this year. I handled this pistol and I like the feel of it. The carbon fiber grip is appealing; the textured weave provides a realistic 3D appearance as well as allowing for more grip stability in your hand.

The Self-Defense Weapon That Doesn’t Require A Firearms License!

4 New Pistols That Turned Heads At The SHOT Show

KAHR CT9

The carbon fiber finish is new for 2017 in the CT9 and the CW380. It was available in 2016 in the CW9. With the Kahr 9mm and 380 being some of the slimmest handguns available, I dare say these three pistols with the carbon fiber finish will be in high demand in the concealed carry market. The carbon fiber Kahr pistols ship with one magazine, a polymer frame, and a drift-adjustable white-bar dot sight configuration. MSRP for the carbon fiber finish pistols range from $419 to $495.

Canik TP9 SF Elite

Canik has been leaving a mark on the striker-fired pistol market in the last couple of years. Now the company has come out with a mid-size carry pistol, the TP9SF Elite. Canik has been known for pistols running tens of thousands of rounds without a hiccup. The Elite has a barrel length of 4.19 inches and a magazine capacity of 15+1. I personally own the TP9 SF and have had zero problems — it runs! The Elite comes standard with two 15-round magazines, Warren Tactical fiber optic sights, a poly holster with paddle attachment and interchangeable backstraps. The Canik Elite will be available in a Tungsten Gray finish in the USA. MSRP is $459.99.

Colt Government Model 32

If you are interested in classic designs from the past, you may want to take a look at the Colt Model 1903 General Officer’s Model in 32 ACP. The gun is part of Colt’s classic remake program and is an exact remake of the classic John Browning design of over 100 years ago. Although this pistol was introduced at SHOT 2015, it was still a hit among visitors to Colt’s booth at the 2017 show. Colt joined forces with US Armament to produce this classic design. The pistol is made in both parkerized and standard blued finish and is marked “U.S. PROPERTY.” If you are a traditionalist and always wanted to own a classic gun, this pistol could be for you. You may want to hurry, however; there is a limited availability on these reproduction models. MSRP is $1,100.

What new pistol would you add to our list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

4 New Pistols That Turned Heads At The SHOT Show

4 New Pistols That Turned Heads At The SHOT Show

Colt Government Model 32

This year’s SHOT Show featured tons of new guns and products – too man for one person to see. But a few models and manufacturers kept popping up in conversations. Below are a few of those pistols that attracted many admirers all week. I was fortunate to handle most of them and even to shoot a few.

4 New Pistols That Turned Heads At The SHOT Show

S&W M&P M2.0

This pistol comes in 9mm (17 +1), 40 S&W (15+1) and 45 ACP (10+1). Barrel lengths vary, from 4.25 inches in the 9mm and 40, while the 45 sports a 4.6-inch barrel. The barrel, frame, grip and finish all have been upgraded. I especially like the aggressive grip texture (called cat’s tongue) and Armornite corrosion-resistant finish. The M&P M2.0 pistol can be purchased with or without a thumb safety and comes in matte black or flat dark earth. It also comes standard with two magazines and four interchangeable palm swell grip inserts. A low bore axis makes this pistol comfortable to shoot and reduces muzzle rise. MSRP is $599.

KAHR CT9 and CW380 (carbon fiber finish)

Kahr Arms has always been a name worth considering for your pistol needs. A black carbon fiber finish on some of Kahr’s most desirable carry guns is new for this year. I handled this pistol and I like the feel of it. The carbon fiber grip is appealing; the textured weave provides a realistic 3D appearance as well as allowing for more grip stability in your hand.

The Self-Defense Weapon That Doesn’t Require A Firearms License!

4 New Pistols That Turned Heads At The SHOT Show

KAHR CT9

The carbon fiber finish is new for 2017 in the CT9 and the CW380. It was available in 2016 in the CW9. With the Kahr 9mm and 380 being some of the slimmest handguns available, I dare say these three pistols with the carbon fiber finish will be in high demand in the concealed carry market. The carbon fiber Kahr pistols ship with one magazine, a polymer frame, and a drift-adjustable white-bar dot sight configuration. MSRP for the carbon fiber finish pistols range from $419 to $495.

Canik TP9 SF Elite

Canik has been leaving a mark on the striker-fired pistol market in the last couple of years. Now the company has come out with a mid-size carry pistol, the TP9SF Elite. Canik has been known for pistols running tens of thousands of rounds without a hiccup. The Elite has a barrel length of 4.19 inches and a magazine capacity of 15+1. I personally own the TP9 SF and have had zero problems — it runs! The Elite comes standard with two 15-round magazines, Warren Tactical fiber optic sights, a poly holster with paddle attachment and interchangeable backstraps. The Canik Elite will be available in a Tungsten Gray finish in the USA. MSRP is $459.99.

Colt Government Model 32

If you are interested in classic designs from the past, you may want to take a look at the Colt Model 1903 General Officer’s Model in 32 ACP. The gun is part of Colt’s classic remake program and is an exact remake of the classic John Browning design of over 100 years ago. Although this pistol was introduced at SHOT 2015, it was still a hit among visitors to Colt’s booth at the 2017 show. Colt joined forces with US Armament to produce this classic design. The pistol is made in both parkerized and standard blued finish and is marked “U.S. PROPERTY.” If you are a traditionalist and always wanted to own a classic gun, this pistol could be for you. You may want to hurry, however; there is a limited availability on these reproduction models. MSRP is $1,100.

What new pistol would you add to our list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

5.11 tactical RUSH 24 backpack review

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Recently, I couldn’t make up my mind on selecting a new day bag for my adventures.  I didn’t want a big survival backpack like the RUSH 72, I just wanted something smaller for when I’m just going out for the day or just for overnight.  I took to a bunch of forums, Facebook, and some groups about what they thought the best bug out bag was. So When I finally compiled all the answers, I found that the 5.11 tactical RUSH 24 backpack was the one that everyone mentioned. I finally managed to get my hands on one to see what everyone was talking about, and to give you my honest opinion on this type of bag.

For the longest time I had been using my old Camelbak BFM for over a decade now. It has been so long that I couldn’t even find a link to the exact model that I have but one that was close to it. The one that I have actually has smaller pockets than the newer models, which is what made me want a new bag so bad.

The 5.11 tactical RUSH 24 backpack is an iconic bag. This happens to be the most popular MOLLE bags out there. Most of us have probably owned one of these, but the new updated versions are quite nice. I love that it had MOLLE webbing everywhere, which gives it a lot of versatility. The RUSH 24, has a lot of internal organization that if you add more pouches to the outside, it is basically unnecessary and it will clutter up the bag.

There are upper compression straps that you can use to compress your bag when you aren’t trekking with a full load. They do a pretty good job even though having both upper and lower straps would have been better. Strap management is the key when it comes to this bag. The RUSH 24 comes with elastic keepers and tier straps. Everything will cinch up nicely and very neat, and it is basically integrated.

There is a yoke harness that does an awesome job of distributing the load across your shoulders evenly. The shoulder straps are padded and adjustable. I love the fact that there is an option of a sternum strap which you can remove, if you want. There are even attachments for a waist belt if you want.

5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Back Pack

The Admin pouch, it was great for a low profile and durable pack that gives access to items that you use often without having to get in your bag. It has great retention and non-zippered access so, someone who is behind you can’t just steal your items.

This is one of my favorite bug out bags and from a value standpoint, there are not many out there that rival it. The RUSH 24 cracked the code for the two strap versatility as well as capacity with this bag. Is it perfect? Not really, because it isn’t great for those who commute to work because there isn’t a laptop sleeve in it. Plus, it looks like a tactical bag, which isn’t great for those who work in the office. Other than that, it is a great bag.

Teaching Children Homesteading Skills

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Growing up on a homestead offers not only the chance for a picture-perfect childhood, but also gives parents the opportunity to begin teaching the kiddos how to be self-reliant as soon as they learn how to walk! Children homesteading can be synonymous with children playing with these helpful tips.

Children Homesteading – Good for the Whole Family

Homesteading children are exposed to a myriad of learning opportunity on a daily basis. Each chance to help their parents and learn why they are doing what they are doing should be capitalized. Even a toddler has the capability to absorb information about their surroundings and be enthralled by all the sights, sounds, smells, and textures they can touch while helping do necessary chores around the farm.

The work will seem like play to the little ones! While older children and teenagers will likely come to view their given tasks as chores, hard word breeds not only good character. Besides, they’ll also get a sense of accomplishment when a task or project has been completed.

 

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The Idolatry of Self-Reliance Revisited

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By Denis Korn                                                                   God reliance c-s-lewis-quote

It is time once again to share an article I posted two years ago and this is an appropriate companion to my last post Spiritual Survival.  As current political and social events continue to become more and more critical, the significance of this post becomes more and more essential.  While the title of this article The Idolatry of Self-Reliance Revisited may seem counter-intuitive and paradoxical, since I am in an educator for emergency and disaster preparedness and survival, I am confident that by the time you finish reading you will understand what I am professing. You are encouraged to read the entire article. As an introduction, I believe it is important to know a little about my background and perspective so you’ll understand the basis for my insights.

  • 52 years ago – in 1965 – I began my military service in the Army. I was a combat arms Artillery officer. I spent my first year of service in intensive training.
  • My first introduction to prophesy, religious beliefs, esoteric opinion, logic and critical thinking was in 1969 while majoring in philosophy at San Diego State.
  • In 1975 was the beginning of my involvement with emergency preparedness and the development of these skills, both personally and as a retail business.
  • I have a Master’s Degree and the rather academic title of my thesis is Christian Eschatology, Premillennialism and Apocalypticism in Contemporary American Culture that was written in 2004.
  • I have taught Critical Thinking and Ethics at our local college.
  • I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
  • I was raised Jewish, had a Bar Mitzvah at 13 and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1984 – this means I am a Messianic Jew, who has studied the old and new Testaments carefully and with reverence.
  • I feel spiritually lead to be engaged during these transformative and volatile times in the process of educating, encouraging and motivating all who are serious and responsive to be prepared for the potential scenarios of these unstable periods. I feel a personal – for my family, and a social – for our community, responsibility to share my 42 years’ experience and educate all who are receptive.

I presented this brief outline so you will better understand where I am coming from when I discuss this critical subject. As important as I believe this issue is, I don’t currently see the topic of reliance and attitude presented quite like you will discover in this article.

Let me be clear about the importance of being prepared in an emergency. I completely support and encourage everyone to be ready and prepared in the event of a disaster, emergency, catastrophe, or any situation that threatens one’s safety and security to survive with the least amount of trauma and injury possible. We must take responsibility for ourselves and loved ones to be a leader and provider during troubling events. We cannot presume that the government, agencies or others will be available during emergencies, and it might be the government itself that causes the very disaster we may experience. I have written many articles on this blog that emphasizes these points.

So why is Self-Reliance idolatry?

It is the worship of the “stuff” of self-reliance and the worship of “self” as the primary focus of the actions taken. We have placed our stuff and ourselves as the object of primary worship and reliance. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the ultimate reliance is on God. While we have a duty to be prepared, we are commanded not to idolize and exalt our provisions and personal position in the preparedness process above absolute reliance on God. During a serious disaster when emotions are intense and fear rules one’s reactions, it is a challenge to rely on a higher power for the supreme guidance and insight on the actions to take.  It is not only a challenge, it is a necessity to rely on the greatest ally you can have – Divine guidance.  Where does your faith reside – in the Divine or in the human condition?

While I recommend and encourage taking effective physical action to provide the essential provisions, I have been explicit in my teachings that one’s attitude is essential in overcoming and surviving a serious catastrophe. This requires embodying the attitude of God-Reliance first – follow His instructions, assurance and power before we rely only on ourself.  Self-reliance without God-reliance is what I refer to as “The Idolatry of Self-Reliance.”

I am well aware of the difficulty and struggle involved in understanding, expressing and putting into action the balance between reliance on God and reliance on ourselves – both are essential! This requires prayer, serious reflection, critical thinking and common sense – as does all aspects of effective emergency planning.

Our whole upbringing in our current society and culture has conditioned us to what is known as “ego-centrism.” When our worldview is always filtered through our own self-centered interests, conditioning and survival, then for many letting go and trusting unseen Divinity becomes incomprehensible. For those who have a committed spiritual or religious worldview it is still difficult to truly recognize and realize the vise grip that our egocentric thinking has on our perceptions, evaluations and actions. Here is the first paragraph of a quote from, Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder, that I included in my article Barriers to Critical Thinking:

The Problem of Egocentric Thinking

Egocentric thinking results from the unfortunate fact that humans do not naturally consider the rights and needs of others.  We do not naturally appreciate the point of view of others nor the limitations in our own point of view.  We become explicitly aware or our egocentric thinking only if trained to do so.  We do not naturally recognize our egocentric assumptions, the egocentric way we use information, the egocentric way we interpret data, the source of our egocentric concepts and ideas, the implications of our egocentric thought.  We do not naturally recognize our self-serving perspective.

Reflections on Contemporary Preparedness Issues

When I first became involved in the preparedness industry my focus was directed in what we called “family preparedness.” The scenarios basically involved natural disasters, personal emergencies or perhaps financial events. Those drawn to preparedness were primarily main stream individuals and families. Many had a religious foundation of prophecy from which to draw.

With the advent of the internet, 9/11, the need for sensationalist media reporting and movies, terrorism, fear, government agendas, the zombie apocalypse, talk of revolution and dozens of horrific and catastrophic potential scenarios, a significant portion of the preparedness industry and the “prepper” community has morphed into a different animal.

The preparedness environment is now polarized between family/household and survivalist, with both groups aware of the serious issues of the day, and the survivalist reaction much more radical, passionate, militaristic and fear based – the survivalist community has plenty of probable scenarios from which to choose. I make no right or wrong judgment regarding this situation, I am just sharing what I observe. It is for my readers to evaluate.

Also consider that the cable and main stream news programs and certain internet news sites need ratings and/or are part of an insidious government agenda to keep crisis and fear constantly on your mind for some possible future shenanigans.  Which programs, sites and their celebrity status hosts are sincerely sharing important factual information, suggestions and encouragement, and which are part of the deception and insidious agenda?  How many news and product websites do you think that are promoting the fear-provoking aspects of preparedness and emphasize the doomsday scenarios are primarily driven by the profit motive?  Oh the necessity for critical thinking and discernment skills!

There are now hundreds probably thousands of preparedness/survival websites, blogs and newsletters. Virtually every conservative talk show host promotes survival foods and products. Most talk show hosts have no idea what they are promoting and are justifying themselves for the advertising dollars, doomsday TV shows make big advertising money by instilling fear and mindless buying, and most of the websites and blogs are run by instant experts with little or no knowledge and experience with the information and products they sell. Of course there are many legitimate product and information sources – how can a customer or researcher discern the truth from the deception?

The preparedness/survival atmosphere of fear, chaos, anarchy and confusion is unprecedented in my 42 years in this marketplace. Because of the total lack of government, media, big corporations and educational leadership focused on the truth, and the self-serving delusions and the insanity of those in control, there is plenty of evidence to support the fact that we have serious problems facing our society.

As I examine various websites I am disturbed by the excessive emphasis and focus on military, hard core survival, end of the world as we know it, suffering, potential death, preparing for bondage, war, pandemics and the list goes on and on. Of course virtually all of this sites emphasize the “stuff” you need to survive and the extreme practices you should master to fend off the enemy. This stuff is sometimes valuable and appropriate, however – be it food or other supplies – much of the stuff is junk, cheap and ineffective. I ask again – how can a customer or researcher discern the truth from the deception?

I have viewed and evaluated thousands of articles, videos and presentations in the last 42 years – I am not naïve about the serious potential scenarios that may very well come to pass – and be advised I am not a psychic or do I channel some spirit from the other side. All of the predictions, concerns and theories about what may soon occur could very well happen, and maybe you will need some of the stuff that appears radical and maybe you should prepare for a dramatically altered lifestyle and mindless zombies coming after you.

For those with discernment skills, a desire for the truth, an accurate perception of reality and an attitude of true Godly reliance for guidance, the coming times will place you in a position of leadership and service. My concern however, is with the effects on our population of a constant barrage of negative, fearful, mindless nonsense – from media, “progressive” colleges, government and special interest groups. These people are our neighbors, family, those who we all have to come into contact with daily and those who vote.

My advice and counsel to all that read this post, and why I presented the material I did, relates directly to the title of this article. If severe and life-threatening events do occur, where will your ultimate trust and reliance rest?

So What Do I Think is Happening and Going to Happen?

  • The underlying reasons for many events of our time cannot be understood by reason and logic, because what we are engaged in is “spiritual” warfare.  And spiritual warfare requires spiritual/Biblical solutions and responses.  Read Ephesians 6 in the New Testament.
  • We live in an unprecedented time of lying, deception and self-serving by those who are in positions of authority and control.
  • The domestic and global condition of negativity, confusion, evil, delusion cannot continue without serious implications and the creation of a world of great repression, suffering and loss of freedom. For those of our population who have been programmed and indoctrinated and unfortunately are delusional, no degree of reason, common sense, facts or intelligence will change their worldview and perception of current events.
  • We have entered a time of great transition. This is my assessment and that of many diverse spiritual, religious, Native American, intuitives, prophets, interpreters of ancient prophesy and others – and I as they, believe good will triumph over evil, however we must first go through a very difficult and challenging period of incomprehensible trials, adversity and tribulation.  The length of this transition is to be determined – keep tuned in.  I do not believe what is referred to as “The Rapture” will occur at this point in history – it’s for the future.
  • We have the choice to find meaning and purpose, positively contribute and encourage others during these times by adopting an attitude of faith, hope and love in the midst of darkness and uncertainty.

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From Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl was a doctor, teacher and philosopher who lost his entire family, and was the survivor of four Nazi concentration camps.

~~ Will to Meaning: Our inherent capacity to continually search for meaning under all circumstances.

~~ Self-Transcendence and the Will to Meaning: I can see beyond the misery of the situation to the potential for discovering a meaning behind it, and thus turn an apparently meaningless suffering into a genuine human achievement. I am convinced that, in the final analysis, there is no situation that does not contain within it the seed of a meaning.

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God-Reliance – A Biblical Perspective

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear,

Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and be troubled,

Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV

God-Is-My-Reliance-on-the-Path-of-Tribulation-Almighty-God

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The Idolatry of Self-Reliance Revisited

By Denis Korn                                                                   God reliance c-s-lewis-quote

It is time once again to share an article I posted two years ago and this is an appropriate companion to my last post Spiritual Survival.  As current political and social events continue to become more and more critical, the significance of this post becomes more and more essential.  While the title of this article The Idolatry of Self-Reliance Revisited may seem counter-intuitive and paradoxical, since I am in an educator for emergency and disaster preparedness and survival, I am confident that by the time you finish reading you will understand what I am professing. You are encouraged to read the entire article. As an introduction, I believe it is important to know a little about my background and perspective so you’ll understand the basis for my insights.

  • 52 years ago – in 1965 – I began my military service in the Army. I was a combat arms Artillery officer. I spent my first year of service in intensive training.
  • My first introduction to prophesy, religious beliefs, esoteric opinion, logic and critical thinking was in 1969 while majoring in philosophy at San Diego State.
  • In 1975 was the beginning of my involvement with emergency preparedness and the development of these skills, both personally and as a retail business.
  • I have a Master’s Degree and the rather academic title of my thesis is Christian Eschatology, Premillennialism and Apocalypticism in Contemporary American Culture that was written in 2004.
  • I have taught Critical Thinking and Ethics at our local college.
  • I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
  • I was raised Jewish, had a Bar Mitzvah at 13 and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1984 – this means I am a Messianic Jew, who has studied the old and new Testaments carefully and with reverence.
  • I feel spiritually lead to be engaged during these transformative and volatile times in the process of educating, encouraging and motivating all who are serious and responsive to be prepared for the potential scenarios of these unstable periods. I feel a personal – for my family, and a social – for our community, responsibility to share my 42 years’ experience and educate all who are receptive.

I presented this brief outline so you will better understand where I am coming from when I discuss this critical subject. As important as I believe this issue is, I don’t currently see the topic of reliance and attitude presented quite like you will discover in this article.

Let me be clear about the importance of being prepared in an emergency. I completely support and encourage everyone to be ready and prepared in the event of a disaster, emergency, catastrophe, or any situation that threatens one’s safety and security to survive with the least amount of trauma and injury possible. We must take responsibility for ourselves and loved ones to be a leader and provider during troubling events. We cannot presume that the government, agencies or others will be available during emergencies, and it might be the government itself that causes the very disaster we may experience. I have written many articles on this blog that emphasizes these points.

So why is Self-Reliance idolatry?

It is the worship of the “stuff” of self-reliance and the worship of “self” as the primary focus of the actions taken. We have placed our stuff and ourselves as the object of primary worship and reliance. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the ultimate reliance is on God. While we have a duty to be prepared, we are commanded not to idolize and exalt our provisions and personal position in the preparedness process above absolute reliance on God. During a serious disaster when emotions are intense and fear rules one’s reactions, it is a challenge to rely on a higher power for the supreme guidance and insight on the actions to take.  It is not only a challenge, it is a necessity to rely on the greatest ally you can have – Divine guidance.  Where does your faith reside – in the Divine or in the human condition?

While I recommend and encourage taking effective physical action to provide the essential provisions, I have been explicit in my teachings that one’s attitude is essential in overcoming and surviving a serious catastrophe. This requires embodying the attitude of God-Reliance first – follow His instructions, assurance and power before we rely only on ourself.  Self-reliance without God-reliance is what I refer to as “The Idolatry of Self-Reliance.”

I am well aware of the difficulty and struggle involved in understanding, expressing and putting into action the balance between reliance on God and reliance on ourselves – both are essential! This requires prayer, serious reflection, critical thinking and common sense – as does all aspects of effective emergency planning.

Our whole upbringing in our current society and culture has conditioned us to what is known as “ego-centrism.” When our worldview is always filtered through our own self-centered interests, conditioning and survival, then for many letting go and trusting unseen Divinity becomes incomprehensible. For those who have a committed spiritual or religious worldview it is still difficult to truly recognize and realize the vise grip that our egocentric thinking has on our perceptions, evaluations and actions. Here is the first paragraph of a quote from, Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder, that I included in my article Barriers to Critical Thinking:

The Problem of Egocentric Thinking

Egocentric thinking results from the unfortunate fact that humans do not naturally consider the rights and needs of others.  We do not naturally appreciate the point of view of others nor the limitations in our own point of view.  We become explicitly aware or our egocentric thinking only if trained to do so.  We do not naturally recognize our egocentric assumptions, the egocentric way we use information, the egocentric way we interpret data, the source of our egocentric concepts and ideas, the implications of our egocentric thought.  We do not naturally recognize our self-serving perspective.

Reflections on Contemporary Preparedness Issues

When I first became involved in the preparedness industry my focus was directed in what we called “family preparedness.” The scenarios basically involved natural disasters, personal emergencies or perhaps financial events. Those drawn to preparedness were primarily main stream individuals and families. Many had a religious foundation of prophecy from which to draw.

With the advent of the internet, 9/11, the need for sensationalist media reporting and movies, terrorism, fear, government agendas, the zombie apocalypse, talk of revolution and dozens of horrific and catastrophic potential scenarios, a significant portion of the preparedness industry and the “prepper” community has morphed into a different animal.

The preparedness environment is now polarized between family/household and survivalist, with both groups aware of the serious issues of the day, and the survivalist reaction much more radical, passionate, militaristic and fear based – the survivalist community has plenty of probable scenarios from which to choose. I make no right or wrong judgment regarding this situation, I am just sharing what I observe. It is for my readers to evaluate.

Also consider that the cable and main stream news programs and certain internet news sites need ratings and/or are part of an insidious government agenda to keep crisis and fear constantly on your mind for some possible future shenanigans.  Which programs, sites and their celebrity status hosts are sincerely sharing important factual information, suggestions and encouragement, and which are part of the deception and insidious agenda?  How many news and product websites do you think that are promoting the fear-provoking aspects of preparedness and emphasize the doomsday scenarios are primarily driven by the profit motive?  Oh the necessity for critical thinking and discernment skills!

There are now hundreds probably thousands of preparedness/survival websites, blogs and newsletters. Virtually every conservative talk show host promotes survival foods and products. Most talk show hosts have no idea what they are promoting and are justifying themselves for the advertising dollars, doomsday TV shows make big advertising money by instilling fear and mindless buying, and most of the websites and blogs are run by instant experts with little or no knowledge and experience with the information and products they sell. Of course there are many legitimate product and information sources – how can a customer or researcher discern the truth from the deception?

The preparedness/survival atmosphere of fear, chaos, anarchy and confusion is unprecedented in my 42 years in this marketplace. Because of the total lack of government, media, big corporations and educational leadership focused on the truth, and the self-serving delusions and the insanity of those in control, there is plenty of evidence to support the fact that we have serious problems facing our society.

As I examine various websites I am disturbed by the excessive emphasis and focus on military, hard core survival, end of the world as we know it, suffering, potential death, preparing for bondage, war, pandemics and the list goes on and on. Of course virtually all of this sites emphasize the “stuff” you need to survive and the extreme practices you should master to fend off the enemy. This stuff is sometimes valuable and appropriate, however – be it food or other supplies – much of the stuff is junk, cheap and ineffective. I ask again – how can a customer or researcher discern the truth from the deception?

I have viewed and evaluated thousands of articles, videos and presentations in the last 42 years – I am not naïve about the serious potential scenarios that may very well come to pass – and be advised I am not a psychic or do I channel some spirit from the other side. All of the predictions, concerns and theories about what may soon occur could very well happen, and maybe you will need some of the stuff that appears radical and maybe you should prepare for a dramatically altered lifestyle and mindless zombies coming after you.

For those with discernment skills, a desire for the truth, an accurate perception of reality and an attitude of true Godly reliance for guidance, the coming times will place you in a position of leadership and service. My concern however, is with the effects on our population of a constant barrage of negative, fearful, mindless nonsense – from media, “progressive” colleges, government and special interest groups. These people are our neighbors, family, those who we all have to come into contact with daily and those who vote.

My advice and counsel to all that read this post, and why I presented the material I did, relates directly to the title of this article. If severe and life-threatening events do occur, where will your ultimate trust and reliance rest?

So What Do I Think is Happening and Going to Happen?

  • The underlying reasons for many events of our time cannot be understood by reason and logic, because what we are engaged in is “spiritual” warfare.  And spiritual warfare requires spiritual/Biblical solutions and responses.  Read Ephesians 6 in the New Testament.
  • We live in an unprecedented time of lying, deception and self-serving by those who are in positions of authority and control.
  • The domestic and global condition of negativity, confusion, evil, delusion cannot continue without serious implications and the creation of a world of great repression, suffering and loss of freedom. For those of our population who have been programmed and indoctrinated and unfortunately are delusional, no degree of reason, common sense, facts or intelligence will change their worldview and perception of current events.
  • We have entered a time of great transition. This is my assessment and that of many diverse spiritual, religious, Native American, intuitives, prophets, interpreters of ancient prophesy and others – and I as they, believe good will triumph over evil, however we must first go through a very difficult and challenging period of incomprehensible trials, adversity and tribulation.  The length of this transition is to be determined – keep tuned in.  I do not believe what is referred to as “The Rapture” will occur at this point in history – it’s for the future.
  • We have the choice to find meaning and purpose, positively contribute and encourage others during these times by adopting an attitude of faith, hope and love in the midst of darkness and uncertainty.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl was a doctor, teacher and philosopher who lost his entire family, and was the survivor of four Nazi concentration camps.

~~ Will to Meaning: Our inherent capacity to continually search for meaning under all circumstances.

~~ Self-Transcendence and the Will to Meaning: I can see beyond the misery of the situation to the potential for discovering a meaning behind it, and thus turn an apparently meaningless suffering into a genuine human achievement. I am convinced that, in the final analysis, there is no situation that does not contain within it the seed of a meaning.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

God-Reliance – A Biblical Perspective

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear,

Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and be troubled,

Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV

God-Is-My-Reliance-on-the-Path-of-Tribulation-Almighty-God

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The Idolatry of Self-Reliance Revisited

By Denis Korn                                                                   God reliance c-s-lewis-quote

It is time once again to share an article I posted two years ago and this is an appropriate companion to my last post Spiritual Survival.  As current political and social events continue to become more and more critical, the significance of this post becomes more and more essential.  While the title of this article The Idolatry of Self-Reliance Revisited may seem counter-intuitive and paradoxical, since I am in an educator for emergency and disaster preparedness and survival, I am confident that by the time you finish reading you will understand what I am professing. You are encouraged to read the entire article. As an introduction, I believe it is important to know a little about my background and perspective so you’ll understand the basis for my insights.

  • 52 years ago – in 1965 – I began my military service in the Army. I was a combat arms Artillery officer. I spent my first year of service in intensive training.
  • My first introduction to prophesy, religious beliefs, esoteric opinion, logic and critical thinking was in 1969 while majoring in philosophy at San Diego State.
  • In 1975 was the beginning of my involvement with emergency preparedness and the development of these skills, both personally and as a retail business.
  • I have a Master’s Degree and the rather academic title of my thesis is Christian Eschatology, Premillennialism and Apocalypticism in Contemporary American Culture that was written in 2004.
  • I have taught Critical Thinking and Ethics at our local college.
  • I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
  • I was raised Jewish, had a Bar Mitzvah at 13 and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1984 – this means I am a Messianic Jew, who has studied the old and new Testaments carefully and with reverence.
  • I feel spiritually lead to be engaged during these transformative and volatile times in the process of educating, encouraging and motivating all who are serious and responsive to be prepared for the potential scenarios of these unstable periods. I feel a personal – for my family, and a social – for our community, responsibility to share my 42 years’ experience and educate all who are receptive.

I presented this brief outline so you will better understand where I am coming from when I discuss this critical subject. As important as I believe this issue is, I don’t currently see the topic of reliance and attitude presented quite like you will discover in this article.

Let me be clear about the importance of being prepared in an emergency. I completely support and encourage everyone to be ready and prepared in the event of a disaster, emergency, catastrophe, or any situation that threatens one’s safety and security to survive with the least amount of trauma and injury possible. We must take responsibility for ourselves and loved ones to be a leader and provider during troubling events. We cannot presume that the government, agencies or others will be available during emergencies, and it might be the government itself that causes the very disaster we may experience. I have written many articles on this blog that emphasizes these points.

So why is Self-Reliance idolatry?

It is the worship of the “stuff” of self-reliance and the worship of “self” as the primary focus of the actions taken. We have placed our stuff and ourselves as the object of primary worship and reliance. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the ultimate reliance is on God. While we have a duty to be prepared, we are commanded not to idolize and exalt our provisions and personal position in the preparedness process above absolute reliance on God. During a serious disaster when emotions are intense and fear rules one’s reactions, it is a challenge to rely on a higher power for the supreme guidance and insight on the actions to take.  It is not only a challenge, it is a necessity to rely on the greatest ally you can have – Divine guidance.  Where does your faith reside – in the Divine or in the human condition?

While I recommend and encourage taking effective physical action to provide the essential provisions, I have been explicit in my teachings that one’s attitude is essential in overcoming and surviving a serious catastrophe. This requires embodying the attitude of God-Reliance first – follow His instructions, assurance and power before we rely only on ourself.  Self-reliance without God-reliance is what I refer to as “The Idolatry of Self-Reliance.”

I am well aware of the difficulty and struggle involved in understanding, expressing and putting into action the balance between reliance on God and reliance on ourselves – both are essential! This requires prayer, serious reflection, critical thinking and common sense – as does all aspects of effective emergency planning.

Our whole upbringing in our current society and culture has conditioned us to what is known as “ego-centrism.” When our worldview is always filtered through our own self-centered interests, conditioning and survival, then for many letting go and trusting unseen Divinity becomes incomprehensible. For those who have a committed spiritual or religious worldview it is still difficult to truly recognize and realize the vise grip that our egocentric thinking has on our perceptions, evaluations and actions. Here is the first paragraph of a quote from, Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder, that I included in my article Barriers to Critical Thinking:

The Problem of Egocentric Thinking

Egocentric thinking results from the unfortunate fact that humans do not naturally consider the rights and needs of others.  We do not naturally appreciate the point of view of others nor the limitations in our own point of view.  We become explicitly aware or our egocentric thinking only if trained to do so.  We do not naturally recognize our egocentric assumptions, the egocentric way we use information, the egocentric way we interpret data, the source of our egocentric concepts and ideas, the implications of our egocentric thought.  We do not naturally recognize our self-serving perspective.

Reflections on Contemporary Preparedness Issues

When I first became involved in the preparedness industry my focus was directed in what we called “family preparedness.” The scenarios basically involved natural disasters, personal emergencies or perhaps financial events. Those drawn to preparedness were primarily main stream individuals and families. Many had a religious foundation of prophecy from which to draw.

With the advent of the internet, 9/11, the need for sensationalist media reporting and movies, terrorism, fear, government agendas, the zombie apocalypse, talk of revolution and dozens of horrific and catastrophic potential scenarios, a significant portion of the preparedness industry and the “prepper” community has morphed into a different animal.

The preparedness environment is now polarized between family/household and survivalist, with both groups aware of the serious issues of the day, and the survivalist reaction much more radical, passionate, militaristic and fear based – the survivalist community has plenty of probable scenarios from which to choose. I make no right or wrong judgment regarding this situation, I am just sharing what I observe. It is for my readers to evaluate.

Also consider that the cable and main stream news programs and certain internet news sites need ratings and/or are part of an insidious government agenda to keep crisis and fear constantly on your mind for some possible future shenanigans.  Which programs, sites and their celebrity status hosts are sincerely sharing important factual information, suggestions and encouragement, and which are part of the deception and insidious agenda?  How many news and product websites do you think that are promoting the fear-provoking aspects of preparedness and emphasize the doomsday scenarios are primarily driven by the profit motive?  Oh the necessity for critical thinking and discernment skills!

There are now hundreds probably thousands of preparedness/survival websites, blogs and newsletters. Virtually every conservative talk show host promotes survival foods and products. Most talk show hosts have no idea what they are promoting and are justifying themselves for the advertising dollars, doomsday TV shows make big advertising money by instilling fear and mindless buying, and most of the websites and blogs are run by instant experts with little or no knowledge and experience with the information and products they sell. Of course there are many legitimate product and information sources – how can a customer or researcher discern the truth from the deception?

The preparedness/survival atmosphere of fear, chaos, anarchy and confusion is unprecedented in my 42 years in this marketplace. Because of the total lack of government, media, big corporations and educational leadership focused on the truth, and the self-serving delusions and the insanity of those in control, there is plenty of evidence to support the fact that we have serious problems facing our society.

As I examine various websites I am disturbed by the excessive emphasis and focus on military, hard core survival, end of the world as we know it, suffering, potential death, preparing for bondage, war, pandemics and the list goes on and on. Of course virtually all of this sites emphasize the “stuff” you need to survive and the extreme practices you should master to fend off the enemy. This stuff is sometimes valuable and appropriate, however – be it food or other supplies – much of the stuff is junk, cheap and ineffective. I ask again – how can a customer or researcher discern the truth from the deception?

I have viewed and evaluated thousands of articles, videos and presentations in the last 42 years – I am not naïve about the serious potential scenarios that may very well come to pass – and be advised I am not a psychic or do I channel some spirit from the other side. All of the predictions, concerns and theories about what may soon occur could very well happen, and maybe you will need some of the stuff that appears radical and maybe you should prepare for a dramatically altered lifestyle and mindless zombies coming after you.

For those with discernment skills, a desire for the truth, an accurate perception of reality and an attitude of true Godly reliance for guidance, the coming times will place you in a position of leadership and service. My concern however, is with the effects on our population of a constant barrage of negative, fearful, mindless nonsense – from media, “progressive” colleges, government and special interest groups. These people are our neighbors, family, those who we all have to come into contact with daily and those who vote.

My advice and counsel to all that read this post, and why I presented the material I did, relates directly to the title of this article. If severe and life-threatening events do occur, where will your ultimate trust and reliance rest?

So What Do I Think is Happening and Going to Happen?

  • The underlying reasons for many events of our time cannot be understood by reason and logic, because what we are engaged in is “spiritual” warfare.  And spiritual warfare requires spiritual/Biblical solutions and responses.  Read Ephesians 6 in the New Testament.
  • We live in an unprecedented time of lying, deception and self-serving by those who are in positions of authority and control.
  • The domestic and global condition of negativity, confusion, evil, delusion cannot continue without serious implications and the creation of a world of great repression, suffering and loss of freedom. For those of our population who have been programmed and indoctrinated and unfortunately are delusional, no degree of reason, common sense, facts or intelligence will change their worldview and perception of current events.
  • We have entered a time of great transition. This is my assessment and that of many diverse spiritual, religious, Native American, intuitives, prophets, interpreters of ancient prophesy and others – and I as they, believe good will triumph over evil, however we must first go through a very difficult and challenging period of incomprehensible trials, adversity and tribulation.  The length of this transition is to be determined – keep tuned in.  I do not believe what is referred to as “The Rapture” will occur at this point in history – it’s for the future.
  • We have the choice to find meaning and purpose, positively contribute and encourage others during these times by adopting an attitude of faith, hope and love in the midst of darkness and uncertainty.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl was a doctor, teacher and philosopher who lost his entire family, and was the survivor of four Nazi concentration camps.

~~ Will to Meaning: Our inherent capacity to continually search for meaning under all circumstances.

~~ Self-Transcendence and the Will to Meaning: I can see beyond the misery of the situation to the potential for discovering a meaning behind it, and thus turn an apparently meaningless suffering into a genuine human achievement. I am convinced that, in the final analysis, there is no situation that does not contain within it the seed of a meaning.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

God-Reliance – A Biblical Perspective

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear,

Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and be troubled,

Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV

God-Is-My-Reliance-on-the-Path-of-Tribulation-Almighty-God

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The Idolatry of Self-Reliance Revisited

By Denis Korn                                                                   God reliance c-s-lewis-quote

It is time once again to share an article I posted two years ago and this is an appropriate companion to my last post Spiritual Survival.  As current political and social events continue to become more and more critical, the significance of this post becomes more and more essential.  While the title of this article The Idolatry of Self-Reliance Revisited may seem counter-intuitive and paradoxical, since I am in an educator for emergency and disaster preparedness and survival, I am confident that by the time you finish reading you will understand what I am professing. You are encouraged to read the entire article. As an introduction, I believe it is important to know a little about my background and perspective so you’ll understand the basis for my insights.

  • 52 years ago – in 1965 – I began my military service in the Army. I was a combat arms Artillery officer. I spent my first year of service in intensive training.
  • My first introduction to prophesy, religious beliefs, esoteric opinion, logic and critical thinking was in 1969 while majoring in philosophy at San Diego State.
  • In 1975 was the beginning of my involvement with emergency preparedness and the development of these skills, both personally and as a retail business.
  • I have a Master’s Degree and the rather academic title of my thesis is Christian Eschatology, Premillennialism and Apocalypticism in Contemporary American Culture that was written in 2004.
  • I have taught Critical Thinking and Ethics at our local college.
  • I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
  • I was raised Jewish, had a Bar Mitzvah at 13 and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1984 – this means I am a Messianic Jew, who has studied the old and new Testaments carefully and with reverence.
  • I feel spiritually lead to be engaged during these transformative and volatile times in the process of educating, encouraging and motivating all who are serious and responsive to be prepared for the potential scenarios of these unstable periods. I feel a personal – for my family, and a social – for our community, responsibility to share my 42 years’ experience and educate all who are receptive.

I presented this brief outline so you will better understand where I am coming from when I discuss this critical subject. As important as I believe this issue is, I don’t currently see the topic of reliance and attitude presented quite like you will discover in this article.

Let me be clear about the importance of being prepared in an emergency. I completely support and encourage everyone to be ready and prepared in the event of a disaster, emergency, catastrophe, or any situation that threatens one’s safety and security to survive with the least amount of trauma and injury possible. We must take responsibility for ourselves and loved ones to be a leader and provider during troubling events. We cannot presume that the government, agencies or others will be available during emergencies, and it might be the government itself that causes the very disaster we may experience. I have written many articles on this blog that emphasizes these points.

So why is Self-Reliance idolatry?

It is the worship of the “stuff” of self-reliance and the worship of “self” as the primary focus of the actions taken. We have placed our stuff and ourselves as the object of primary worship and reliance. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the ultimate reliance is on God. While we have a duty to be prepared, we are commanded not to idolize and exalt our provisions and personal position in the preparedness process above absolute reliance on God. During a serious disaster when emotions are intense and fear rules one’s reactions, it is a challenge to rely on a higher power for the supreme guidance and insight on the actions to take.  It is not only a challenge, it is a necessity to rely on the greatest ally you can have – Divine guidance.  Where does your faith reside – in the Divine or in the human condition?

While I recommend and encourage taking effective physical action to provide the essential provisions, I have been explicit in my teachings that one’s attitude is essential in overcoming and surviving a serious catastrophe. This requires embodying the attitude of God-Reliance first – follow His instructions, assurance and power before we rely only on ourself.  Self-reliance without God-reliance is what I refer to as “The Idolatry of Self-Reliance.”

I am well aware of the difficulty and struggle involved in understanding, expressing and putting into action the balance between reliance on God and reliance on ourselves – both are essential! This requires prayer, serious reflection, critical thinking and common sense – as does all aspects of effective emergency planning.

Our whole upbringing in our current society and culture has conditioned us to what is known as “ego-centrism.” When our worldview is always filtered through our own self-centered interests, conditioning and survival, then for many letting go and trusting unseen Divinity becomes incomprehensible. For those who have a committed spiritual or religious worldview it is still difficult to truly recognize and realize the vise grip that our egocentric thinking has on our perceptions, evaluations and actions. Here is the first paragraph of a quote from, Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder, that I included in my article Barriers to Critical Thinking:

The Problem of Egocentric Thinking

Egocentric thinking results from the unfortunate fact that humans do not naturally consider the rights and needs of others.  We do not naturally appreciate the point of view of others nor the limitations in our own point of view.  We become explicitly aware or our egocentric thinking only if trained to do so.  We do not naturally recognize our egocentric assumptions, the egocentric way we use information, the egocentric way we interpret data, the source of our egocentric concepts and ideas, the implications of our egocentric thought.  We do not naturally recognize our self-serving perspective.

Reflections on Contemporary Preparedness Issues

When I first became involved in the preparedness industry my focus was directed in what we called “family preparedness.” The scenarios basically involved natural disasters, personal emergencies or perhaps financial events. Those drawn to preparedness were primarily main stream individuals and families. Many had a religious foundation of prophecy from which to draw.

With the advent of the internet, 9/11, the need for sensationalist media reporting and movies, terrorism, fear, government agendas, the zombie apocalypse, talk of revolution and dozens of horrific and catastrophic potential scenarios, a significant portion of the preparedness industry and the “prepper” community has morphed into a different animal.

The preparedness environment is now polarized between family/household and survivalist, with both groups aware of the serious issues of the day, and the survivalist reaction much more radical, passionate, militaristic and fear based – the survivalist community has plenty of probable scenarios from which to choose. I make no right or wrong judgment regarding this situation, I am just sharing what I observe. It is for my readers to evaluate.

Also consider that the cable and main stream news programs and certain internet news sites need ratings and/or are part of an insidious government agenda to keep crisis and fear constantly on your mind for some possible future shenanigans.  Which programs, sites and their celebrity status hosts are sincerely sharing important factual information, suggestions and encouragement, and which are part of the deception and insidious agenda?  How many news and product websites do you think that are promoting the fear-provoking aspects of preparedness and emphasize the doomsday scenarios are primarily driven by the profit motive?  Oh the necessity for critical thinking and discernment skills!

There are now hundreds probably thousands of preparedness/survival websites, blogs and newsletters. Virtually every conservative talk show host promotes survival foods and products. Most talk show hosts have no idea what they are promoting and are justifying themselves for the advertising dollars, doomsday TV shows make big advertising money by instilling fear and mindless buying, and most of the websites and blogs are run by instant experts with little or no knowledge and experience with the information and products they sell. Of course there are many legitimate product and information sources – how can a customer or researcher discern the truth from the deception?

The preparedness/survival atmosphere of fear, chaos, anarchy and confusion is unprecedented in my 42 years in this marketplace. Because of the total lack of government, media, big corporations and educational leadership focused on the truth, and the self-serving delusions and the insanity of those in control, there is plenty of evidence to support the fact that we have serious problems facing our society.

As I examine various websites I am disturbed by the excessive emphasis and focus on military, hard core survival, end of the world as we know it, suffering, potential death, preparing for bondage, war, pandemics and the list goes on and on. Of course virtually all of this sites emphasize the “stuff” you need to survive and the extreme practices you should master to fend off the enemy. This stuff is sometimes valuable and appropriate, however – be it food or other supplies – much of the stuff is junk, cheap and ineffective. I ask again – how can a customer or researcher discern the truth from the deception?

I have viewed and evaluated thousands of articles, videos and presentations in the last 42 years – I am not naïve about the serious potential scenarios that may very well come to pass – and be advised I am not a psychic or do I channel some spirit from the other side. All of the predictions, concerns and theories about what may soon occur could very well happen, and maybe you will need some of the stuff that appears radical and maybe you should prepare for a dramatically altered lifestyle and mindless zombies coming after you.

For those with discernment skills, a desire for the truth, an accurate perception of reality and an attitude of true Godly reliance for guidance, the coming times will place you in a position of leadership and service. My concern however, is with the effects on our population of a constant barrage of negative, fearful, mindless nonsense – from media, “progressive” colleges, government and special interest groups. These people are our neighbors, family, those who we all have to come into contact with daily and those who vote.

My advice and counsel to all that read this post, and why I presented the material I did, relates directly to the title of this article. If severe and life-threatening events do occur, where will your ultimate trust and reliance rest?

So What Do I Think is Happening and Going to Happen?

  • The underlying reasons for many events of our time cannot be understood by reason and logic, because what we are engaged in is “spiritual” warfare.  And spiritual warfare requires spiritual/Biblical solutions and responses.  Read Ephesians 6 in the New Testament.
  • We live in an unprecedented time of lying, deception and self-serving by those who are in positions of authority and control.
  • The domestic and global condition of negativity, confusion, evil, delusion cannot continue without serious implications and the creation of a world of great repression, suffering and loss of freedom. For those of our population who have been programmed and indoctrinated and unfortunately are delusional, no degree of reason, common sense, facts or intelligence will change their worldview and perception of current events.
  • We have entered a time of great transition. This is my assessment and that of many diverse spiritual, religious, Native American, intuitives, prophets, interpreters of ancient prophesy and others – and I as they, believe good will triumph over evil, however we must first go through a very difficult and challenging period of incomprehensible trials, adversity and tribulation.  The length of this transition is to be determined – keep tuned in.  I do not believe what is referred to as “The Rapture” will occur at this point in history – it’s for the future.
  • We have the choice to find meaning and purpose, positively contribute and encourage others during these times by adopting an attitude of faith, hope and love in the midst of darkness and uncertainty.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl was a doctor, teacher and philosopher who lost his entire family, and was the survivor of four Nazi concentration camps.

~~ Will to Meaning: Our inherent capacity to continually search for meaning under all circumstances.

~~ Self-Transcendence and the Will to Meaning: I can see beyond the misery of the situation to the potential for discovering a meaning behind it, and thus turn an apparently meaningless suffering into a genuine human achievement. I am convinced that, in the final analysis, there is no situation that does not contain within it the seed of a meaning.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

God-Reliance – A Biblical Perspective

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear,

Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and be troubled,

Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV

God-Is-My-Reliance-on-the-Path-of-Tribulation-Almighty-God

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Be Wealthy—Even if You’re Not Rich!

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We’ve all felt sorry for rich people sometimes: that occasional guy (or gal!) with loads of cash, but very few real friends …

… who drives a Lamborghini home to a huge, empty house, because he’s worked himself out of a family.

It makes you realize that people can have tons of money and still be missing out on true wealth.

Now compare that rich (but not wealthy) person with Juancensio—a Tarahumara Indian I met a few years back on a trip to Copper Canyon, Mexico.

In this video, I tell you more about my journey to meet the Tarahumara.

It’s a fact that Juancensio didn’t have much money by American standards.

But, then, true wealth can’t be measured in dollars and cents:

  • He lived in a gorgeous valley surrounded by incredibly fertile soil.
  • He grew amazing crops every year and got his water from a fresh mountain spring.
  • He lived and worked with his beautiful, loving family.
  • He was healthy and able.
  • He had plenty of food on the table, plus a three year’s supply of corn and beans stored on his property.
  • He deeply enjoyed his life and found his work meaningful.
  • He was well-respected in his community.

I’m sure you’d agree with me that, even though Juancensio didn’t drive a Lamborghini, he was still an incredibly wealthy man.

Many of you have written to ask what got me started writing Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground.

I can truly say a major inspiration came as I stood on Juancensio’s front porch, drinking in the realization that this Tarahumara Indian man—whom very few Americans would consider “rich”—was one of the wealthiest people I had ever met.

I think, as you watch it, you’ll see why I had to tell this story—and why both you and I are already wealthier than most millionaires.

And then, let me know:  How do you define true wealth?

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Wanna Cry Ransomware is Harbinger of Dangers to Come

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Post-Apocalyptic Survival Fiction Author Bobby Akart is on the show today. We discuss the recent Wanna Cry ransomware and speculate how fast civil society could crumble into something from a dystopian novel when the next wave of malware strikes. To see just how bad things can get, read Bobby’s Blackout Series and check out his latest Pandemic series.

 

Everett and Courtney Carroll have survived the Seven Seal Judgments which devastated the planet. But have their efforts to stay alive been in vain? The next series of judgments to fall upon the earth are known as the Seven Trumpets.With each subsequent Trumpet Judgement their odds of living grow slimmer. If Everett and Courtney are to survive, they’ll need perseverance, faith, and a great outpouring of providence from The Almighty. Buy your copy of Wormwood in audio, paperback or Kindle edition today!

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The dollar has lost over 90% of its purchasing power since 1971. Silver, on the other hand, has proved to be a very stable form of wealth preservation over the years. Silver.com offers fantastic prices on silver and gold. Check out Silver.com today.

Ready Made Resources is a trusted name in the prepper community, because they’ve been around for 18 years. They offer great prices on Night Vision, water filtration, long term storage food, solar energy components and provide free technical service. Get ready for an uncertain future at ReadyMadeResources.com!

Happy Prepping!

Mark

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Starving And Dying, They Did The Unthinkable …

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Starving And Dying, They Did The Unthinkable …

It was October 28, 1846, and the Donner Party was in trouble. Ahead of them towered the rugged Sierra Nevadas. White snow was falling all around, and from what they could see of the mountain pass ahead, much more blocked their path.

Already worn out from a long trail, the migrants decided to retreat. They backed out 12 miles to wait out the early storm at Truckee Lake. With supplies running low, and months on the trail beginning to show its toll, the group sat tight for a break in the storm. Had they known the fate that was to befall them, it’s likely the group would have exited the mountains altogether. As it was, they were running late and the permanent snows were setting in. However, running late was nothing new to the Donner Party.

The “Donner Party” is the name given to one of the most haunting groups of Oregon Trail migrants. This group of pioneers originally came from Springfield, Ill., and were led by Jacob and George Donner, who had set their eyes west on the rich lands of California. In a time before the Gold Rush, these folks were looking for the golden soil California had to offer. In only a few short years, it would become precious metal that drove a wave of migration.

Their First Big Mistake

By the time the group had plodded down to Independence, Mo., and bought the necessary equipment, it was already May 12. This was considered exceptionally late to begin the trek west. Most of the big trains had been gone for two or three weeks at that point. In fact, the Donner Party was the last big party to leave Independence in the spring of 1846.

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Traveling across the plains went well enough for the group. Golden grass would have blanketed the expansive prairie, although no doubt most of the forage close to the trail was gone. Eventually they arrived at Fort Bridger in southeast Wyoming – at which point they made a disastrous decision. Rather than take the traditional route, the Donners decided to strike straight west out of the fort. They were seeking a new route that had been dubbed “The Hastings Cutoff” – a supposed shortcut named for Lansford Hastings, the man who had written about it in a new guidebook. Little did the group know, Hastings himself had never made the trip and was only speculating on the route. Rather than a shortcut, the Donner Party ran headlong into the Wasatch Mountains. In order to make it over, the group hacked their way through the timber and painstakingly made their way through the mountains. Eventually, they would exit the other side, but the “shortcut” had cost the group an extra 18 days.

At this point, their two biggest mistakes — a late start and 18 days going through a “shortcut” — were beginning to catch up. Had they either left earlier, or taken the traditional route, the group would have missed the Oct. 28 snow. But they did hit the snow, and what happened next is one of the most narrated stories of western history.

No Way Out

As soon as the group retreated down to Truckee Lake, the real problems began. Snow fell and fell, and soon the group had no way forward. Ominously, they had no possible exit, either. To protect against the falling snow and the dropping temperatures, the members constructed makeshift shelters and cabins from what they could gather around camp. They began to dig in for a long winter, and made the best survival preparations they could.

Starving And Dying, They Did The Unthinkable …Most of their food had been eaten on the trail, and most of their loose stock animals were run off not long before they became snowbound. With only 100 miles to the end of the trail, the group would have had enough supplies to last had the snows not caught them. Now the group faced a long winter in the high Sierras, and the supplies would certainly not last all winter.

Within just the first few weeks they had blown through what was left of their foodstuff. They then began slaughtering what stock animals remained. After that was devoured, the group was reduced to eating dirt, grass, tree bark and hides.

As supplies diminished by mid-December, 15 of the strongest group members decided to strike out over the pass in search of help. They fashioned snowshoes from the forest and began their trek. In later days, this search group would be called Forlorn Hope. The name suggests the party’s dire straits.

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Soon, the Forlorn Hope group became lost in the white peaks of the high Sierras. They staggered around in the winter landscape, with no bearing as to where they were headed. After just a few days, several in the group were on the verge of death. The legend goes that on Dec. 25, Patrick Dolan went mad, stripped naked, ran into a storm, and collapsed dead in the snow. Imagine the scene.

A Shocking Decision

Towering pines encrusted in snow bent stubbornly to the howling wind. All around the Forlorn Hope lay a vast expanse of white. They didn’t know where they were going, where they had been, or how far they had to travel. The hunger pains that had begun cramping their stomachs weeks earlier were once again noticeably prevalent. They had been marooned in the high country for nearly 60 days, and no help had been contacted. This group was the only hope the Donner Party had of contacting somebody from the outside world. It was at that point, when Patrick Dolan collapsed, that members of Forlorn Hope made a decision that would become the focal point of the Donner story. They butchered and ate Patrick Dolan.

Starving And Dying, They Did The Unthinkable …Patrick Dolan was not the only group member who was eaten. Two Native Americans also happened to be traveling with Forlorn Hope in search of help. When they saw the cannibalized body, they separated from the group out of fear that they, too, might be eaten. After several days, the duo was found by the rest of Forlorn Hope. At that point, William Foster is reported to have shot the two Native Americans in order to cannibalize them. Eventually, the battered search group exited the mountains alive. They soon notified local residents that the majority of their party was still stranded at Truckee Lake.

With heavy snows in January and February, the search effort was not able to commence right away. By mid-February, the first relief effort punched through the deep snow to reach the stranded party. Unable to bring pack animals, they brought whatever supplies they could carry and ushered out those who could make it. Over the next two and half months, rescuers guided out what remained of the Donner Party. In mid-April, the final effort was made to save the last survivors. Legend says that Lewis Keseberg was the last to be rescued. When rescuers arrived, Lewis was surrounded by half-cannibalized people lying all around him. Some speculated he had murdered the remaining party members in order to eat them. In the end, no charges were ever proven against him.

The Donner Party is a well-known part of western history. Had the group arrived at the now aptly named Donner Pass just one day earlier, odds are all of them would have lived. But of the original 81 pioneers who started the winter at Truckee Lake, only 45 survived to tell the tale. More than 150 years later, their story still shocks those who hear it.

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How to Make Homemade Jam Without Pectin

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  Nothing is more of a summer tradition here at our house than making enough homemade jam from fresh fruit to see us through the winter. Get some fruit, some sugar, and a box of pectin and you’re good to go, right? Not so fast! You can actually make jam without pectin if you use my …

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Domoic Acid

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Domoic acid is a heavy metal transporter used by those toxic plankton to modulate different metals to their needs…iron, copper… There is an analogy; Some molds thrive in radioactive environments…they live off it. They use melanin, and the mold is black with it.

So anyway its a possibility, just a hypothesis, that the nuclear toxins are better handled by the toxic algae because of the domoic acid, which gives them an edge in the competitive world.

The domoic acid may bioconcentrate radionuclides also, and I wonder if it is shuttled to the nervous system. As an analog of glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter,

DA binds to the kainate type of glutamate receptors, but with a binding capacity three times greater and 20 times more powerful than kainic acid

run with it stock…call it a discovery

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Chitin is a polysaccharide biological structural polymer found in exoskeletons, like insects, crabs, beaks of squid etc, and combined with calcium carbonate to form shells of crustaceans. It absorbs radioactive fallout.

“radiation destruction of chitin
The change in functional composition and molecular mass of crab, shrimp, and Antarctic shrimp (krill) chitin under the effect of ionizing radiation has been studied….it was established that primary radicals appear in positions 1 and 4 of the pyranose ring with subsequent breakdown of the glycoside bond analogous to cellulose and chitosan decay when γ-irradiated.”
https://inis.iaea.org/search/search.aspx?orig_q=RN:26023735

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Kainic acid (kainate) is a natural marine acid present in some seaweed.

Kainic acid is a potent neuroexcitatory amino acid agonist that acts by activating receptors for glutamate, the principal excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Glutamate is produced by the cell’s metabolic processes and there are four major classifications of glutamate receptors: NMDA receptors, AMPA receptors, kainate receptors, and the metabotropic glutamate receptors.

Kainic acid is an agonist for kainate receptors, a type of ionotropic glutamate receptor. Kainate receptors likely control a sodium channel that produces excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) when glutamate binds.[1]

Kainic acid is commonly injected into laboratory animal models to study the effects of experimental ablation. Kainic acid is a direct agonist of the glutamic kainate receptors and large doses of concentrated solutions produce immediate neuronal death by overstimulating neurons to death.

Such damage and death of neurons is referred to as an excitotoxic lesion. Thus, in large, concentrated doses kainic acid can be considered a neurotoxin, and in small doses of dilute solution kainic acid will chemically stimulate neurons.[2]

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Morphogenesis (from the Greek morphê shape and genesis creation, literally, “beginning of the shape”) is the biological process that causes an organism to develop its shape. It is one of three fundamental aspects of developmental biology along with the control of cell growth and cellular differentiation, unified in evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo).

The process controls the organized spatial distribution of cells during the embryonic development of an organism. Morphogenesis can take place also in a mature organism, in cell culture or inside tumor cell masses. Morphogenesis also describes the development of unicellular life forms that do not have an embryonic stage in their life cycle, or describes the evolution of a body structure within a taxonomic group.

Morphogenetic responses may be induced in organisms by hormones, by environmental chemicals ranging from substances produced by other organisms to toxic chemicals or radionuclides released as pollutants, and other plants, or by mechanical stresses induced by spatial patterning of the cells.

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cant wait until you realize the other part of the story stock. The chitin acts like an ion exchange resin…and the radiation CAN break down the chitin,
http://enenews.com/mass-death-species-found-around-fukushima-nuclear-plant-govt-disappeared-little-reproductive-success-evident-biota-around-power-plant-affected-nuclear-accident/comment-page-1#comment-746906
BUT there is a whole other path of influence. The chitin machinery is right there on the cell wall, and several things have been discovered which influence morphogenesis…which limb goes where…which microtubule in the cell cytoskeleton goes which way…among which influence is the ionic gradient and the voltage gradient.

So EVEN IF the chitin is not degraded significantly, or if its consumed by a non chitin based animal…it still forms a hot spot of ionic and voltage gradient which can interfere with morphogensis on the macro and micro scale.

Indeed, ion gradients and flow is a large factor in biochemical process and morphogenisis. Needless to say this is a deforming potential not directly related to DNA breaks.

In fact has been found that organisms can select for different isotopes; “it is thought that accumulation of radionuclide elements follows that of nonradioactive elements. However, with the
discovery of isotope discrimination for a number of elements by a range of organisms, this may not hold true.

You arent done with your discovery process

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“a hot spot of ionic and voltage gradient”

This fits in there.

“Collectively these data demonstrate that low-dose ionizing radiation has an important effect on absorbing water, consuming O2 and releasing CO2, which means the risk for embryo and endosperm development was higher.”

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022519317302382

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Might be a key as to how radiation directly damages immune system besides the gut based flora route that I have already established
http://mbio.asm.org/content/3/2/e00056-12.full
Besides the role of chitin in supporting structural stability, chitin and host enzymes with chitinase activity have an important role in host defense and modifying the inflammatory response. Thus, chitin appears to provide a link between the fungus and host that involves both innate and adaptive immune responses. Recently, there has been increased attention to the role of chitinases in the pathogenesis of allergic inflammation, especially asthma. We review these findings and explore the possible connection between fungal infections, the induction of chitinases, and asthma.


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So far, this seems restricted to fungal cell wall, and not cell walls in other chitin uses, but we shall see…..


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Localization of chitin in algal and fungal cell walls by light and electron microscopy.

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Chitin was visualized in cell walls after hydrolysis with potassium hydroxide and subsequent postfixation of the deacetylated polysaccharide (chitosan) in OsO4. Areas of chitin deposition appeared dark borwn by light microscopy and electron dense in the electron microscope. With this method, the presence of chitin was demonstrated in the cell walls of the green alga Pithophora oedogonia (Montagne) Wittrock and two fungi, Ceratocystis ulmi Buism. (C. Moreau) and Blastocladiella emersonii Cantino and Hyatt. Most of the chitin in P. oedogonia ws found in the crosswall disk and small amounts occurred in the outer longitudinal walls. The septal disk of C. ulmi also contained chitin, but significant amounts were present in the inner and outer regions of longitudinal walls as well. Chitin was present throughout the walls of B. emersonii. Small amounts of chitin were not easily demonstrated by this technique, but removal of chitosan by exposure to dilute acetic acid before osmium fixation disrupted cell wall integrity, suggesting that small amounts of the structural polysaccharide had been removed.—————————————————————

http://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/11/7/2398/htm

The low iron treatment may have increased the susceptibility of S. marinoi to other stressors, in this case, domoic acid. Previous studies have shown that nutrient limitation increases the susceptibility of phytoplankton to radiation [23,24] and to unidentified allelopathic compounds produced by other phytoplankton [25]. From this experiment, it is not clear whether domoic acid directly inhibits the growth of S. marinoi or if domoic acid binds iron, and reduces iron availability to the already iron limited S. marinoi cells

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Formation of excessive fibrinogen inside arteries and vessels is an inflammatory response to a toxin, or pathogen. There may be other causes. Kent Holtorff, M.D., discusses this in detail in a video at his website. He discusses it in the context of an inflammatory cascade and the long-term development of chronic disease states.
‘Ho out ….

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The cell wall of candida is composed of fibrin and chitin. I sometimes think of humans as a kind of out of control fungal growth…but regardless…we always have some chitin going in…we eat it, colonized by it. Especially oceanic mammals. But I was going to mention the fibrin…its in the back of my mind to research this because Ive noticed more people getting thrombosis and there are some similarities of fibrin and chitin

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Cache is King: Learn How to Plan and Create Your Own Survival Cache

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Cache is King: Learn How to Plan and Create Your Own Survival Cache There are very real physical limits to what can be carried and unfortunately in the current state of affairs your average American cannot carry very much very far. One of the biggest mistakes preppers will make in the early days of a …

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How to Build a Log Cabin (…from Scratch and by Hand)

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How to Build a Log Cabin (…from Scratch and by Hand) This is the ultimate guide to building a log cabin. There may be other article out there that claim to teach you how to build a log cabin. I have never seen anything as comprehensive as this guide. This article goes as deep as …

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How to Choose the Right Backpack

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Backpacking season is in full swing, with many folks being on the trail since March and April, en route to completing their thru-hikes. Some of these folks are seasoned hiking veterans and have dialed in their packs for maximum carry efficiency and load, while others are learning along the way, tweaking and changing as they go along. A few things to keep in mind before buying your pack will help prevent you from tweaking, changing, and wasting money on a pack which is ill fitting and painful to carry.

Choose your gear before you choose your pack.

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The Best OTC Painkillers to Stock Up On: Behind the Brands

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 The Best OTC Painkillers to Stock Up On: Behind the Brands Do you know what’s in the painkillers in your cabinet? Despite all the brands on the shelf, most over the counter painkillers boil down to five ingredients. Some of them don’t even vary in dosage size. Besides the fancy pill designs and different colored …

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One Year In Hell: Wartime In Bosnia

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Could you imagine living through something like this? Amazingly, it was ONLY one year “in hell” during wartime in Bosnia in the early 90’s but the experience must have felt like an eternity. If this real life account is even remotely accurate (I’ve heard similar stories, though) it must have been a horrible experience to … Continue reading “One Year In Hell: Wartime In Bosnia”

Best Essential Oils for Sore Throat – Soothe Your Throat with Essential Oils

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Suffering from a sore throat is a terrible experience. Each swallow feels like a golf ball pushing down your throat. Just laying on the coach is exhausting because of the nagging scratching burning sensation every present throughout the day. You feel miserable. Relief is just around the corner, but not in the form of pills. . . Read More

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25 Survival Uses for Q-Tips / Cotton Swabs

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Q-tips, cotton buds, cotton swabs, or whatever you want to call them, can be found in almost every single household. So if you’re a prepper, you may as well learn how to use cotton swabs in a survival scenario. In this video, Sensible Prepper shares 25 survival uses for cotton swabs. Below is the complete […]

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Massive Sea Life Die-Offs On The West Coast Continue — I Know The Reason

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Well here is some stuff that will rock your world.

Krill off gas elements that cause cloud nucleation.   Strong sun hurts krill, so its a protective effect.   Clouds mean cooler temperatures.

Krill use a tough biological structure called Chitin.   Chitin absorbs man-made radiation at rates of 200 to 20,000 background levels.   Radiation destroys the bonds that make Chitin a useful structure.   

So even “low” levels of man-made radionuclides, can bio-magnify and kill the krill, meaning less clouds, and hotter temperatures.   Incidentally the krill sink pretty quickly, taking the radiation to Davy Jones Locker.

Obviously we had an el Nino, but on top of that we had the progression of Fukushima fallout and continued releases into the Pacific, a so called “blob” of radiation as measured by Woods Hole Oceangraphic Institute, which moved pretty in line with the hottest of the blobs.    This radiation/krill/cloud heating event superimposed on top of the El Nino.   

We saw the results with half the whales gone from Hawaii in 2016 and I participated in the 2017 NOAA whale count, but haven’t reviewed their synopsis, not sure if it is completed.   And of course on the West Coast, the mass die-offs should be readily apparent to anyone not living under a rock.    One main basis of the ocean food chain, the krill, have been toasted by radiation.    

NOAA in 2016, under direction from top government to push for the Paris Climate Scam, blamed the die-offs on domoic acid, even though the test results clearly show that only 1 to 3% were caused by domoic acid.

This is the world that we live in.    stock out

The scientific basis for this bio-magnification effect on Chitin is here

https://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-scientific-basis-for-destruction-of.html

When even the Huffpost reports on items like this, you know things are bad, this is from 4 years ago

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/16/wes-coast-krill_n_3606349.html

Krill are actually cleaning the ocean for us.    How do we know this for sure?   A scientific review of the 2 main isotopes of Cesium, CS-134 and CS-137 proves how this is happening.  The details are in the link below, and a quick summary, the CS-134 is 15 times more radioactive, the krill that absorb the CS-134 are killed more quickly and sink to the bottom.    So you would expect to find less CS-134 in the water.    And science does show exactly that.

 https://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2016/12/pacific-ocean-decimation-being-fixed-by.html

21+ Organic Fertilizers and How To Use Them In Your Garden

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If your plants keep dropping leaves, turning odd colors, and generally failing to thrive, it might not be your gardening techniques that are at fault. There could be an imbalance in your soil that’s killing your plants. In such instances, improving your soil might simultaneously improve your chances at having a successful garden. However, it’s … Read more

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The Benefits Of A Chest Holster For Firearms Carry Outdoors

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image: GunfightersINC A Chest Holster is the ultimate way to carry a firearm when outdoor activities make it inconvenient (or impossible) to hip carry. Activities including hiking, back country travel, hunting, fishing, riding an ATV, backpacking, etc.. may be more comfortable while wearing a chest holster if you choose to carry a firearm. Depending on […]

Being Honest with Yourself: A Prepping Reality Check

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The more articles and prepping books I read and the YouTube Videos I watch I find a very obvious question that I don’t think people are asking themselves. The more I start to question if these people have anything valuable to say or worthwhile to show. What is this huge imposing question? Are these preppers being honest with themselves?

Now I realize in the Survival lifestyle there is a lot of ways to break it down. From bugging in or out, which kind of food storage to have, how to defend yourself, which weapons to own the lists can go on and on. But the word Survive itself is where I think people are completely missing the point. Survival! It’s not a TV show, it’s not a video game, there are no restarts and no second chances. You do or die, make the right call or fail, eat or starve. It’s not glamorous it’s not pretty and if it happens to you,  it won’t be the Hollywood version you have seen on movies. With these thoughts in mind, I have compiled a selected few topics I think people should reevaluate in their lives and make and give yourself a prepping reality check.

Why are you prepping anyway?

First and foremost what in the hell are you prepping for and why? Do you live in area prone to floods or hurricane alley? Is your home in a place that has regularly harsh winters or some other kind of recurring natural disasters? If so, then you have an easy to envision goal to strive for. When part of your normal life could be that you’re snowed in and can’t get out for two months, its nice to have food, water and heat that you can provide for yourself. If you live in flood zones its nice to have sand bags handy that are all ready filled and ready to go and other natural methods of water diversion. But then I read of people who prepare for this TEOTWAWKI and I take a step back and wonder what that means to them.

For my wife, the end of the world as we know it is a world without Facebook. To a guy at work it’s no TV and no way to charge his vape batteries. To others it’s a nuclear holocaust as is portrayed in the Fallout video games. Before you start prepping, you need to have a vision of something realistic that you are preparing for. I find it easy to think of a certain problem, for example how will I stay warm, and go forth from there. Find a simple problem and then find several different ways to fix that particular problem. Keep your problems small and you can tackle them more easily. Don’t start with how to heat your house, focus instead on how am I going to stay warm – how am I going to keep my safe room warm? Because honestly you don’t need your whole house to be warm. You don’t even need your room to be warm, all you need is your body to be warm to survive.

Once you start breaking basic problems down you’ll see that you are a lot better off and better prepared to face your challenges. This is also great for somebody who is just starting out in prepping or maybe have been doing it for a while but feels like they are missing something or there is a giant hole in their supplies. Focus on the little things because you start adding a bunch of little things up and they become a very big thing. Would it be cool to have NBC gear and gas masks for Nuclear Fallout, to have full body armor and a diverse array of weaponry at your disposal? Sure it would be but that’s all it would be, cool. For most people, it would not be practical. When you’re wearing all that cool gear starving or dying from dehydration you will wish you would have used that money to prepare for something that could have been used not something tacticool.

Your supplies won’t last forever.

Second, realize that everything you hoard will run out, it’s not a lifeline, it’s a buffer. There is no way the average person has enough room and space, let alone money to stockpile roughly 50 years of food and water nor have the ability to move it around if needed. The most common responses I get from people when asked what they’ll do in an emergency is, ‘we have rice and beans well be fine’, or ‘we’ll just garden we won’t need the grocery store’. The problem with these people is that they don’t consider the amount of water for rice and beans or the amount of time food takes to grow.

The one, single, solitary thing that will keep you alive are skills. Having a stockpile is great and I myself am working on creating one, but you must have the skills and the materials to replenish that stockpile before it’s all gone. Many people who garden, rarely stockpile plain empty canning jars and lids or know of or have the skills to persevere garden harvests from spoiling. Folks who plan to hunt either haven’t done it in a while or only know how to use a firearm. They’ve never used or considered a bow, traps, snares or other methods. They are just planning on being able to go hunt and survive. They don’t consider how skilled (and lucky) you have to be to even see game, let alone how much competition from other people trying to survive they will encounter.

Another huge problem with stockpiling is people become targets to looters. Chances are someone has seen you unloading your massive amounts of beans and rice at one point or another. Or someone you know is aware of that root cellar you have outside. When you have so much crap that you can’t easily hide it, others are going to look at you as their lifeline or their target. Last note on stockpiling is stop stockpiling crap. Will a hundred empty peanut butter jars be helpful, probably not as much as you think because there going to be so many other empty peanut butter jars out there. Will a hundred cheap flashlights from the dollar store be the cure-all for lights? Good reliable gear is not cheap. I am not saying you have to spend a million dollars to have decent gear as a lot of it is way over priced but have something that’s quality built not just crap. You will appreciate it one day.

How much is too much?

Good reliable gear brings us into our third topic, don’t be a gear whore. Is having some back up gear nice to have, yes, but don’t we all get that momentary high from getting new things? All that gear you have stocked away is great but do you know how to use it? What good does it do you to have an AR and all the ammo in the world if you don’t know how to shoot it? Can you properly tear it down, clean and lube it? What usefulness does a fully loaded medic bag do if you don’t even know basic wound care, CPR or even what’s in the bag?

I find a lot of people will buy these “ultimate anything bags” and throw em in the corner and think they are good to go without ever really knowing what’s in them. They have never used any of the supplies before, hell sometimes they haven’t even unwrapped some of the components inside. The best way for gear to assist you is if you have the skills to use it properly. You want a sure-fire way of knowing what gear you need for a 72 hour bag? Throw in some minor stuff and go survive out of it for 72 hours. Try and build a shelter by testing out that weirdo from YouTube’s latest and greatest shelter design. Try and build a solar still and see how much water you get. Live in an urban environment? Pack a bag and try to leave the city. See how fast and how far you can get each day on foot. Find safe places to hole up for the night.

There is a reason why highly skilled military operatives go through so many mock training courses, because that is the only way you’ll know how you will react in that situation. You train over and over and then reflect back on the experience. It builds muscle memory. Do you really need that 400-dollar ultra light tent or is a tarp that much better to use? Sure flint and steel are a good idea but should I have some matches to use too? Only by going out and trying out your gear will you know if it fits your plan of action and if it actually works for you. Most of you will probably be pretty disappointed.

What shape are you in?

You don’t want to have your health working against you in an emergency.

Now lets talk about physical fitness levels. I work on my feet for 8-10 hours a day -eat like a typical mid twenty year old and weigh 150 pounds. Can I throw on an extra 20-pound bag and walk for 15 miles a day, then sleep on the cold ground and eat crappy food and walk another 15 miles the next day? The answer is no, and if you asked yourself that question, your answers still probably the same. Everyone has the crazy idea of running to the mountains and living like the old school mountain men. The problem is that most mountains are a few hours if you are lucky in a vehicle and a few weeks by foot. Can you make that distance?

I’m not saying that you need to spend 8 hours a day in a gym working out getting ready for SHTF but a few hours a week is probably not a bad idea for anyone. Getting to know your body’s physical limits is a good idea but pushing them is even better. Once you think you know how much you can take, it allows you to start breaking down those mental barriers that are preventing you from achieving more.

A part of overall fitness is physical health as well. This is especially important to those of you who are dependent on medications to survive. I am not talking about medications to just make life a little easier or lower risks of certain types of things but to physically stay alive. In a survival situation there is no drug stores, no pharmacy and there will be no way to renew that medication. If your health is dependent on these medications, in the short-term you die. Everything you have stockpiled will be of no help to you. I’m sorry but the laws of nature and natural selection are what a survival situation really comes down to. The strong survive and reproduce. The weak die off and the ones who have bad traits die off. There is no way around this problem. Now for those who take a blood pressure medicine to prevent risk of heart attack. You’ll probably die of a heart attack once your meds run out and you’re in a high stress situation. But you can still go on, still fight and survive because you are not dependent upon your meds to stay breathing. For those people who are in that category you need to seriously reevaluate your plans and your expectations as you’ll have the hardest and shortest of times.

It’s time for some to have a reality check

Last I want to talk about some people’s grand plans and ideas they have to survive a SHTF scenario. I’ll break this up into two sections bugging in and out.

Bugging Out

Lighter is always smarter.

Lets start with bugging out. A 72 hour bag, bug out bag is supposed to get you to a well supplied location within a 72 hour walking distance. It’s not meant to live out of for the rest of your life. It’s not meant to stock your bug out location. Its to get you from your home to your bug out location or some other safer location. People over complicate the hell out of a bug out bag. Light and fast should be the motto when building a bug out bag.

A lot of people will argue against this idea and try to pack as much prepping supplies as they can carry. If that’s you,  then you don’t have a 72 hour bag you have a INCH bag (I’m Never Coming Home) bag were you will need extra things to survive because you do not have a survival stash location. Your plan is that you are heading out the door and you will be forced to survive with everything on your back. Another question I hear frequently is ‘what if your location isn’t 72 hours away – what if its five or six days away?’ Well then you need to have a resupply location in between your home and your location, a temporary bug out location if you will that some people call a cache. A survial cache is a place that you have another fully loaded 72-hour bag ready to go, or at least additional items to resupply what you have used already. If at all possible, this cache location is also a place where you can rest for a little while and regain some strength and stamina. People might wonder why this is necessary and the answer to that is weight. If you have a resupply location, you can carry only the items you need to get you to that point. You don’t have to add-on the extra 3 days worth of water and food. Instead of having a 60-pound pack you can now have a nice 25 pound pack that you’ll be able to travel a lot faster with. Obviously stashing a pack takes some planning and thought process but its much easier on the back if the mind does all the work. Seriously reconsider what your bug out plan is I realize that sometimes 72 hours away isn’t far enough distance away from a problem so plan ahead of time.

Bugging In

Now lets cover bugging in. I like bugging in because it doesn’t involve as much walking plus there are softer beds to be slept in. But the thing with bugging in is security from a number of aspects. First, when you are on the road in a survival situation, you’re a target. Some loser will think he can come and take what you have and you will need to be ready to take a life if it’s required unless you want to jeopardize your safety or your supplies.

The Second risk is a theft situation, you and your supplies need to be locked up tight from anyone trying to break in which means a better built door and windows to start with. Whatever it takes to keep people locked out. Third is a smoked out situation, in the old days people would die from being trapped in a house because looters or a mob burned it down and they were trapped inside. The solution isn’t to have a secret escape route out of the house its to have a fire-proof house. They make metal roofs and concrete siding all of which are fireproof and if enough money is spent on windows not even small arms fire can get through them. Bunkers are nice but unpractical as the cost of construction and they pose their own set of problems with airflow and sanitation. Consider the construction of your house to determine the safety of your house, remember the home is your castle and that’s what needs defending and they sure didn’t build em out of wood back in the day. Maybe go back through the house and analyze how you would survive your firefight or a Molotov cocktail incident.

To conclude I just want to bring reality back to people. I myself get caught up with having a huge stockpile of stuff. The best gear I can afford in my BOB, and planning for a highly unlikely scenario when there’s a more probable one to plan and prepare for. I want people to be able to take away something positive from this article that will help improve their chances of life in a terrible situation. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hype and the latest and greatest survival gear but ultimately it comes down to you and your skills, mental ability and your planning that will let you see another day. If you take the time to go back through your check lists and evaluate with an honest heart, how well you have things together and have prepared I promise, you wont regret it.

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7 Things Rabbits Absolutely Hate (So Put These In Your Garden!)

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7 Things Rabbits Hate (So Put These In Your Garden!)

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I’m an avid gardener and prefer to do things the natural way. That means I spend a lot of time composting, planting heritage fruits and vegetables, and using natural ways to control insects.

But while the bugs can be bad, rabbits can wipe out a garden overnight. So, I’ve developed a number of ways to deal with those critters — sometimes use them in combination.

Whichever method you use, it is best to implement it from the day of your first planting. Rabbits love sprouting plants.

I’ve tried all these methods, and they do work.

1. Geraniums. Believe it or not, rabbits hate the smell of geraniums. They’re an annual plant, but the seeds are easy to harvest in the early fall to replant around the perimeter of the garden during spring. They’re not a foolproof solution, but when used with other rabbit repellents they can create an effective barrier.

2. Human hair. Sprinkle some hair from your last haircut around the perimeter of your garden and in between rows. Rabbits are repelled by the scent and may think a human is in close proximity. The hair decomposes and adds to the compost variety in the garden. Dog or cat hair also can work.

3. The plastic owl. This is an odd one, but it works. Many garden centers sell life-size plastic owls. When mounted on a stick above your garden, they will repel most rodents, including rabbits.

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Owl prey on rabbits, mice, chipmunks and squirrels. The site of your fake owl most likely will keep them some distance from your garden.

7 Things Rabbits Hate (So Put These In Your Garden!)

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4. Rubber snakes. You can buy rubber snakes at some novelty stores. Scattering a few around your garden will add an additional stop sign to rabbits and most other rodents. Rabbits hate snakes. Of course, if you also hate snakes it may be a bit unnerving to have rubber snakes scattered around your garden, but that’s up to you.

5. Fences. It’s the standard chicken-wire solution. You drive in some stakes and surround the garden with chicken wire. It requires work and is a bit unsightly, but it’ll at least keep the rabbits out.

6. Noise. Anything that rotates in the wind to create noise will repel most rabbits. Of course, you need wind to make them work, but as an added rabbit repellent you should see good results. Here again, some garden centers sell these types of garden noisemakers, so ask around.

7. Home-brewed rabbit repellent. Imagine the hottest and stinkiest stuff you have in your kitchen and you’re halfway to a home-brewed rabbit repellent. Think garlic, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes — anything that will make one taste of one of your vegetables objectionable to a rabbit. Here’s a recipe but you can improvise:

  • 1 gallon of water.
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed red peppers.
  • 10 garlic cloves diced.
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (“Dave’s Total Insanity Sauce” is the hottest).

Put everything in a gallon milk jug and let it sit in the sun for three to four days to get those flavors infused. Spray or splash onto plant leaves and fruits where you have a rabbit problem, or think you’ll have one.

One note: Some vegetables will need to be rinsed after this application. A first rinse in half and half water and vinegar followed by a clear rinse in cold water should do the trick. This is less of a problem with root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, beets, radishes and rutabaga, because you’re only spraying the top leaves and the roots will not pick up the hot stuff. Of course, if you’re harvesting those green tops you’ll want to do the vinegar and water rinse.

Final Thoughts

It’s tough when you want to take a natural approach to gardening. The bugs and fungus and critters love to show up at your garden table. Hopefully, though, some of these ideas work for you when it comes to rabbits.

How do you keep rabbits out of your garden? Share your thoughts in the section below:

8 Simple Emergency Preparedness Hacks That Work

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Today I have eight emergency preparedness hacks for you–but I didn’t come up with them! Instead, I’ve invited my friend Colette from My Computer is My Canvas to share her emergency preparedness hacks with you. As you probably know if you’ve followed me for very long, I very rarely have guest posts.  I personally don’t […]

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The 8 most likely disaster Scenarios Countdown: Number three (Civil War)

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Hello, my friend and welcome back! Today we continue with our eight most likely Disaster Scenarios countdown.  Today we have scenario number three which is Civil War, so grab a cup of coffee my…

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How Thirsty Are You?

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     I guess this could be considered a continuation of yesterday’s post; a follow-up question to all who are earnestly seeking God, Are you thirsty for Him, and do you hunger for Him? And how much of Him do you want? I can only answer for myself, and my response is that I want all of Him that I can get!
     But what does that look like, and do I even have a clue of what He’s offering?  Have my thoughts and ideas of my Father in Heaven been so colored by the traditions of men, that I have a limited view of Him?  To be sure, it is difficult for men to fully know God.  In fact, Jesus made it clear in Matthew 11:27 that no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son [deliberately] wills [or chooses] to reveal Him. That should make more than a few of us nervous!  Will I ever get to really know God, and how do I make sure Jesus decides to reveal Him to me?
     Most of us have enough of a Church experience to be familiar with all the ways that we’ve been taught to seek and know God … prayer; true repentance from our hearts; praise and worship; assembling together so that He can be demonstrated in the Body of Christ.  But in this age of explosive communication, we find other opportunities being encouraged.  There are multitudes of pastors, theologians, Christian authors, and self-declared prophets who are willing to tell you how to gain a more intimate knowledge of God through their online teachings, websites, podcasts, books, DVDs, and yes, even blogs.
     I am not saying that there isn’t good, Biblical exegesis (critical explanation or interpretation of Scripture) coming from these sources. But Jesus expounds upon His statement in Matthew 11, by thanking the Father for having “hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children”.  And He further says to “Come to Me… learn from Me”.
     I have never proclaimed to have the answers, and I hope it is well understood that I am expressing my own thoughts and my own journey. But I am here, today, to share that I am exceedingly thirsty for God, the Father; for Jesus; and for the Holy Spirit! I am unsatisfied with the measure I have of them, and I want more!  I want what the Believers in Acts had, and it makes me sad to say this, but I haven’t been able to find that in the 30 years since I asked Him into my heart. And until the past few years or so, I didn’t even know I was missing anything!
     But I believe that Jesus is now deliberately choosing to reveal the Father to me, although in no way do I have a complete picture of the fullness of His nature and character.  I am beginning to see and experience glimpses of Him; and it is making me thirst for more!  And as I read Jesus’s words, I know that my journey is just beginning … Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied (Matthew 5:6) …. Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink (John 7:37) …. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price [that is free] (Revelation 22:17).

     It is so obvious to me that I am not satisfied; that my spirit is showing me that the gifts the Bible tells me are available to me are not only real, but they can be mine if I will just “Come to Him and drink from His well of living water”.  And I think that means I must come to Him as a child; without the inhibitions and rules and barriers that have constructed a wall between me and Him. I think it means that I don’t have to settle for the little shivers down my spine which give me affirmation that I am in sync with the Holy Spirit, but that it’s okay to want and expect to be actually filled with the Holy Spirit until my thirst is quenched and I become “a well of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:14) and “from my innermost being will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38) .  
     Just picture what that looks like … every cell in your body pumping the living water that flows from a heart seeking and thirsting for God — and that water overflowing in your life, to be shared with other Believers and to provide water for the Lost of the world, who are dying from their thirst. 
     I have to admit that it’s a little scary to ask for the fullness of God, because to experience the immensity of His power and love will be something my flesh cannot contain. But it’s even scarier for my soul and spirit to stop desiring and reaching for it. Only He can quench this thirst through an encounter with Him! And I am not content to remain unfilled; to stay where it is comfortable and safe; nor to remain quiet.  I am ready to pursue my God with the boldness that my maturity brings, and with the anticipation and innocence of a trusting child. How long it will take, I cannot say.  But I do know this: I will not hold back in my pursuit of Him, and I am willing to receive all that He has for me. I will not be satisfied until my thirst is quenched and I have met Him at the well!

Psalm 63:1   “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water”.

Bio-Availability: The Importance of Whole Foods in the Prepper’s Pantry

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Have you ever talked to a prepper who has highly processed, nutritionally bereft foods stacked to the rafters?  Oftentimes the logic behind the purchase of massive quantities of these inexpensive … Read the rest

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How To Generate Energy In The Desert

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When people think of deserts, they picture extremely dry terrains with intolerable heat in the day that is quickly changed to extremely cold temperatures at night.

Despite this harsh environment, some energy generating methods may work better than others. Actually, electricity can be generated in these areas regardless of whether there is a crisis or not.

Bear in mind, however, that along with any given crisis situation, you will also have to account for characteristics of the land and its inhabitants.

Be Aware About the Risks!

Large scale solar power is a key to energy independence here in the United States, and desert areas seem to be the best place for solar panels and equipment. But those with an interest in off gridding and survival also get led the wrong way.

There are many problems you might go into when trying to generate power in the desert:

High Temperatures Increase Risk of Fire

Motors, gears, engines, and other machines all generate heat as one surface moves against another one, in locations where temperatures are already high, which means they will catch fire much faster. Solar panels in the desert lead to endless numbers of massive fires that kill off habitats and spell immense levels of danger to anyone living near them.

Military bases located near the panels have also complained about how excess heat from large scale solar interferes with planes landing and taking off. At the personal, survivor level, a solar cooker may work really well, but you will also have to keep the temperature from going too high.

Small scale, home based solar panels are also known to come with an increased fire risk, which means more water may be required than you will be able to obtain in a desert setting.

Not Enough Water

To generate electricity using heat from solar installations will take large amounts of water. In fact, it is estimated that large scale solar installations use almost as much water as refining crude and fracking. Cattle, horses, and all kinds of wild animals die because there is not enough water in the desert for both the use of solar power and sustaining living organisms.

Poisonous snakes are plentiful in desert. No matter whether you use a wind turbine, solar panels, or other devices, rest assured that rattlers and other poisonous snakes will be drawn to your home and power generating facilities. Never forget that many snakes can also burrow underground and pose other hazards as you try to build or maintain both large and small scale power generating equipment.

Sand and Sandstorms May Ruin Equipment

Sand is a highly abrasive and can easily damage wind turbine blades and just about anything else. In addition, sand particles can easily clog up motors and just about anything else that works best when free of dust and debris. All kinds of equipment (including battery systems and generators) need special protection to work properly in a desert environment.

High Variance in Temperatures

High variance in temperatures will make it difficult to use body power generation systems. No matter whether it is too hot to move around during the day hours or too cold at night, even a lightweight system will prove virtually useless in a desert setting.

The Hidden Advantages

As with any other terrain and situation, there are things that can make the desert a kind of place where you may feel that challenges are outweighed by the problems you will encounter. Here are some of them:

  • Contrary to popular belief, desert areas do not get more sun than other areas. The terrain and temperatures are so inhospitable, the human population is very low. If you can manage to live comfortably there, you won’t be as concerned about defending your power generating equipment from thieves.
  • In most scenarios, your first instincts include trying to harness solar or wind power, and unlike other areas, you’ll have very few tall objects to compete with. Even though the amount of sun and wind reaching the desert is the same as everywhere else, you will actually have a much easier time accessing it.
  • Passive heating and cooling systems can be turned into power generators with less effort. Since temperatures vary extensively in a 24 hour period, you can use the transition points for a number of applications that would not work as well in other settings.
  • Overall, you’ll need to generate less energy than in other settings. Cooking can easily be accomplished without using electricity or conventional fuels, and you may not need conventional fuel, electricity to heat for cooling the buildings. Outside of medical, communication devices, and refrigeration for foods, there will be very little need for large amounts of electricity in a desert setting, which means that smaller scale DIY based electricity generating systems may work perfectly in this setting.
  • Minimal corrosion and rust. When you have motors and other metallic objects, one of your greatest problems will be the development of rust and other forms of corrosion. In a desert setting, motors and other objects of metal will rarely, if ever rust out. Just remember that flying bits of sand can still damage equipment, and that you’ll still have maintain your system from being ruined.

5 Small Scale Power Systems

Solar panels and wind turbines are primitive at best, cost a lot of money, and may not withstand the test of time let alone be capable of producing electricity after a major crisis. On the other hand, newer devices with fewer moving parts and degradable materials may well work in desert.

While some of these technologies may not yet be available to consumers, keep them in mind and see what becomes available as time goes by.

Thermocoupling or Heat Junction Systems

Basically, these systems generate electricity when heat moves from a warmer substance to a cooler one. In this case, as the energy moves from one substance to another, it also generates an electrical charge. For example, you can take copper and iron wires and generate electricity when heat transfers from one metal to the other.

Steam Generators

Since deserts offer higher temperatures, generating steam can be done on small scale levels and be successful. You can use something as simple as a modified solar oven to heat up water, or use more complex systems based on large scale technologies. Your next step will be to use the steam blasts to turn a turbine, which will have magnets attached to it.

As the turbine spins, the magnets will also spin and cause electricity to flow in a nearby coil. Just remember that water is limited in the desert, so you will have to make sure that you can conserve and reuse what you have in the system as much as possible.

Air Based Generators

Simply heating up air will not work the same way as converting from water to steam. Even though heating up air causes it to expand, the force generated is not as much as you can get with steam because vaporized water is still denser than air.

To take advantage of air pressure, it is much easier to simply take air at lower temperatures, compress it, and then release it through a nozzle. If you are interested in using a pneumatic type of system, combine gravity operated motors to compress the air, and then release it onto a lightweight turbine.

Aerogels

This is a fairly new technology that relies on nano particles and strands to create ultrathin pieces of matter.

For example, zinc dioxide, can be shaped into very thin hairs that will behave differently than large quantities of the same material. Zinc Oxide at the nano level will push electrons along a nano wire instead of releasing heat when the wires are placed in a silicon aerogel.

While this research is very much in its infancy, there are many other materials, including low viscosity liquids that might be made into sandwich layers that might function like zinc oxide and silicon. Unfortunately, we actually know very little about all of the materials that are available in a desert environment as well as how they may be used in a similar fashion.

Rubber Band Heat Engine

One of the most fascinating things in a desert terrain is just how much of a temperature difference there is between areas exposed to the sun and those in the shade. With a minimal amount of effort, you can use that temperature difference to drive a rubber band heat engine.

You can generate a bit of extra heat using a solar cooker, or keeping some other heat retainer near the end of the wheel where the rubber band is supposed to contract. As with other power generation methods, you will always seek to convert this spinning energy into electricity using magnets and coils.

Video first seen on Dan Bruton.

Large Scale Systems You Can Build

Solar Power

Unless you have a fairly large group of people that require electricity, large scale solar systems would cost more than they are worth in a desert setting. For example, if you choose to try and build or maintain solar panels, the glare from them will easily capture attention for miles around.

This can spell disaster in the post crisis world, as well in the pre-crisis world where there is a constant push to prevent people from living off the grid.

Wind Power

Aside from wind turbines that require towers, there are some new turbines that can sit close to the ground. You could learn more about wind turbines that produce power when a pole is shaken. No matter whether sand or wind hits the pole, it will still generate electricity from the motion.

Hydroelectric Power

If you live in an area where you can get water from the ocean or another large body of water, it may be possible to generate power by transporting that water through underground pipes that house turbines at certain intervals.

This particular system is already being used in Israel, and even at low flow levels, produces about half the power of a hydroelectric dam. Just search for the Leviathan Hydroelectric project and give some thought to how it might work in a desert region closer to home.

If you are planning on building a bug out location in desert terrain, this may be even more incentive to establish yourself near a body of water.

Some desert regions have as much, if not more water flowing beneath the surface than you would find in other areas. Before purchasing land or deciding on any given area, be sure to study the water tables so that you know how deep you would have to drill for water.

If you happen to find a place with plenty of water, it may just be possible to create a pipe system that will generate more power with less problems than you would encounter with wind or solar generation methods.

Alternatives to Electricity

While generating electricity may be more of a challenge than expected in a desert environment, there are still many alternatives that will not work as well in other regions. For example, passive heating and cooling systems in a desert setting work well because of the rapid change in temperature between shade and full sun as well as between day and night.

Here are some other things you can use in a desert that may work better here than in other climates:

Solar Cooking and Cooling Devices

In most areas, your ability to use solar cookers during the day and solar coolers at night will depend on clear skies. Since it rarely rains in the desert, there are also very few cloudy days to worry about. As such, you can build both smaller and larger scale solar cookers to meet your food preparation needs.

You can also achieve good temperature reduction at night by simply aiming the solar collector at a clear area of sky.

Water Purification

In most settings, you will always be looking for enough fuel to purify water. On the other hand, in a desert setting, full sunlight can easily kill off any bacteria in the water in a minimal amount of time. If you need to distill the water in order to remove heavy metals or other chemical contaminants, you will also have plenty of heat available for this task.

Evaporative Refrigeration

The ability of Zeer pots to cool off materials in the inner chamber depends on how much water can be moved from the inner area to the outer one. Since desert air is very hot and dry, you will actually achieve a greater cooling effect than you would in cooler, moister climates.

You can also expand on this design to take advantage of other materials that wick water easily in order to build larger refrigerator units.

Solar Lenses

When you need to concentrate heat for cooking, purifying water, or some other task, you may not be willing to wait an hour or more for the appropriate temperature to be reached. There are many lenses on the market that are designed to harness sunlight to produce several hundred degrees of heat in a matter of minutes.

Just be sure to operate these lenses in areas where they will not create fires. Even a low-grade magnifying glass can start fires in much cooler temperatures.

Food Storage Alternatives

The heat of a desert setting is more than enough to cause many different kinds of foods to spoil. On the other hand, there is nothing quite like hot, dry desert air for drying foods. No matter whether you grow fruits and vegetables indoors or hunt the for meat, all of these foods can be easily preserved by simply laying them out to dry.

Individuals that use electric food driers and other gadgets are sure to be surprised at how much better the foods taste, as well as how much easier the process is.

Obtaining Water

You will more than likely need an electric water pump if you have a well in the desert. Since these wells may go down several hundred to several thousands feet, a hand pump may not be a viable option. You could also have a pond or other nearby source of surface level water to draw water from with a ram pump or Archimedes Screw.

Or you could have a system that can draw water from the air, but it’s not likely to draw enough to meet your needs.

Under the circumstances, keep in mind a few things when obtaining water without using electricity:

  • making sure that any and all water is used and reused as much as possible, including taking waste water and dumping it into a sand pit during the early morning hours. Next place plastic over the pit with a rock in the center of the plastic. You can capture clean water in a pot or bucket as the moisture evaporates and hits the plastic instead of escaping into the air.
  • Setting up rain barrels and cisterns that can be used to capture any rain that does happen to fall. You can also set up large tarps so that you cover as much area as possible. Rains in the desert tend to be very intense, and they will also depart as quickly as they arrive. As such, you will need to capture the water quickly, and then store it in a location where it will not evaporate before you have a chance to use it. You will still need to purify the water before you use it in order to make sure it is as clean as possible.

Generating power in a desert setting will come with many challenges. If you find yourself in the desert and know that you must survive there for some time, there is no reason for your life and well-being to be threatened by lack of electricity.

You can take advantage of many alternatives to using power that may be impractical or far less feasible in other settings.

This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

References

phys.org/news/2014-03-electricity.html

instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-Rubber-Band-Heat-Engine/

Off-grid Survival: How To Generate Energy In The Desert

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When people think of deserts, they picture extremely dry terrains with intolerable heat in the day that is quickly changed to extremely cold temperatures at night.

Despite this harsh environment, some energy generating methods may work better than others. Actually, electricity can be generated in these areas regardless of whether there is a crisis or not.

Bear in mind, however, that along with any given crisis situation, you will also have to account for characteristics of the land and its inhabitants.

Be Aware About the Risks!

Large scale solar power is a key to energy independence here in the United States, and desert areas seem to be the best place for solar panels and equipment. But those with an interest in off gridding and survival also get led the wrong way.

There are many problems you might go into when trying to generate power in the desert:

High Temperatures Increase Risk of Fire

Motors, gears, engines, and other machines all generate heat as one surface moves against another one, in locations where temperatures are already high, which means they will catch fire much faster. Solar panels in the desert lead to endless numbers of massive fires that kill off habitats and spell immense levels of danger to anyone living near them.

Military bases located near the panels have also complained about how excess heat from large scale solar interferes with planes landing and taking off. At the personal, survivor level, a solar cooker may work really well, but you will also have to keep the temperature from going too high.

Small scale, home based solar panels are also known to come with an increased fire risk, which means more water may be required than you will be able to obtain in a desert setting.

Not Enough Water

To generate electricity using heat from solar installations will take large amounts of water. In fact, it is estimated that large scale solar installations use almost as much water as refining crude and fracking. Cattle, horses, and all kinds of wild animals die because there is not enough water in the desert for both the use of solar power and sustaining living organisms.

Poisonous snakes are plentiful in desert. No matter whether you use a wind turbine, solar panels, or other devices, rest assured that rattlers and other poisonous snakes will be drawn to your home and power generating facilities. Never forget that many snakes can also burrow underground and pose other hazards as you try to build or maintain both large and small scale power generating equipment.

Sand and Sandstorms May Ruin Equipment

Sand is a highly abrasive and can easily damage wind turbine blades and just about anything else. In addition, sand particles can easily clog up motors and just about anything else that works best when free of dust and debris. All kinds of equipment (including battery systems and generators) need special protection to work properly in a desert environment.

High Variance in Temperatures

High variance in temperatures will make it difficult to use body power generation systems. No matter whether it is too hot to move around during the day hours or too cold at night, even a lightweight system will prove virtually useless in a desert setting.

The Hidden Advantages

As with any other terrain and situation, there are things that can make the desert a kind of place where you may feel that challenges are outweighed by the problems you will encounter. Here are some of them:

  • Contrary to popular belief, desert areas do not get more sun than other areas. The terrain and temperatures are so inhospitable, the human population is very low. If you can manage to live comfortably there, you won’t be as concerned about defending your power generating equipment from thieves.
  • In most scenarios, your first instincts include trying to harness solar or wind power, and unlike other areas, you’ll have very few tall objects to compete with. Even though the amount of sun and wind reaching the desert is the same as everywhere else, you will actually have a much easier time accessing it.
  • Passive heating and cooling systems can be turned into power generators with less effort. Since temperatures vary extensively in a 24 hour period, you can use the transition points for a number of applications that would not work as well in other settings.
  • Overall, you’ll need to generate less energy than in other settings. Cooking can easily be accomplished without using electricity or conventional fuels, and you may not need conventional fuel, electricity to heat for cooling the buildings. Outside of medical, communication devices, and refrigeration for foods, there will be very little need for large amounts of electricity in a desert setting, which means that smaller scale DIY based electricity generating systems may work perfectly in this setting.
  • Minimal corrosion and rust. When you have motors and other metallic objects, one of your greatest problems will be the development of rust and other forms of corrosion. In a desert setting, motors and other objects of metal will rarely, if ever rust out. Just remember that flying bits of sand can still damage equipment, and that you’ll still have maintain your system from being ruined.

5 Small Scale Power Systems

Solar panels and wind turbines are primitive at best, cost a lot of money, and may not withstand the test of time let alone be capable of producing electricity after a major crisis. On the other hand, newer devices with fewer moving parts and degradable materials may well work in desert.

While some of these technologies may not yet be available to consumers, keep them in mind and see what becomes available as time goes by.

Thermocoupling or Heat Junction Systems

Basically, these systems generate electricity when heat moves from a warmer substance to a cooler one. In this case, as the energy moves from one substance to another, it also generates an electrical charge. For example, you can take copper and iron wires and generate electricity when heat transfers from one metal to the other.

Steam Generators

Since deserts offer higher temperatures, generating steam can be done on small scale levels and be successful. You can use something as simple as a modified solar oven to heat up water, or use more complex systems based on large scale technologies. Your next step will be to use the steam blasts to turn a turbine, which will have magnets attached to it.

As the turbine spins, the magnets will also spin and cause electricity to flow in a nearby coil. Just remember that water is limited in the desert, so you will have to make sure that you can conserve and reuse what you have in the system as much as possible.

Air Based Generators

Simply heating up air will not work the same way as converting from water to steam. Even though heating up air causes it to expand, the force generated is not as much as you can get with steam because vaporized water is still denser than air.

To take advantage of air pressure, it is much easier to simply take air at lower temperatures, compress it, and then release it through a nozzle. If you are interested in using a pneumatic type of system, combine gravity operated motors to compress the air, and then release it onto a lightweight turbine.

Aerogels

This is a fairly new technology that relies on nano particles and strands to create ultrathin pieces of matter.

For example, zinc dioxide, can be shaped into very thin hairs that will behave differently than large quantities of the same material. Zinc Oxide at the nano level will push electrons along a nano wire instead of releasing heat when the wires are placed in a silicon aerogel.

While this research is very much in its infancy, there are many other materials, including low viscosity liquids that might be made into sandwich layers that might function like zinc oxide and silicon. Unfortunately, we actually know very little about all of the materials that are available in a desert environment as well as how they may be used in a similar fashion.

Rubber Band Heat Engine

One of the most fascinating things in a desert terrain is just how much of a temperature difference there is between areas exposed to the sun and those in the shade. With a minimal amount of effort, you can use that temperature difference to drive a rubber band heat engine.

You can generate a bit of extra heat using a solar cooker, or keeping some other heat retainer near the end of the wheel where the rubber band is supposed to contract. As with other power generation methods, you will always seek to convert this spinning energy into electricity using magnets and coils.

Video first seen on Dan Bruton.

Large Scale Systems You Can Build

Solar Power

Unless you have a fairly large group of people that require electricity, large scale solar systems would cost more than they are worth in a desert setting. For example, if you choose to try and build or maintain solar panels, the glare from them will easily capture attention for miles around.

This can spell disaster in the post crisis world, as well in the pre-crisis world where there is a constant push to prevent people from living off the grid.

Wind Power

Aside from wind turbines that require towers, there are some new turbines that can sit close to the ground. You could learn more about wind turbines that produce power when a pole is shaken. No matter whether sand or wind hits the pole, it will still generate electricity from the motion.

Hydroelectric Power

If you live in an area where you can get water from the ocean or another large body of water, it may be possible to generate power by transporting that water through underground pipes that house turbines at certain intervals.

This particular system is already being used in Israel, and even at low flow levels, produces about half the power of a hydroelectric dam. Just search for the Leviathan Hydroelectric project and give some thought to how it might work in a desert region closer to home.

If you are planning on building a bug out location in desert terrain, this may be even more incentive to establish yourself near a body of water.

Some desert regions have as much, if not more water flowing beneath the surface than you would find in other areas. Before purchasing land or deciding on any given area, be sure to study the water tables so that you know how deep you would have to drill for water.

If you happen to find a place with plenty of water, it may just be possible to create a pipe system that will generate more power with less problems than you would encounter with wind or solar generation methods.

Alternatives to Electricity

While generating electricity may be more of a challenge than expected in a desert environment, there are still many alternatives that will not work as well in other regions. For example, passive heating and cooling systems in a desert setting work well because of the rapid change in temperature between shade and full sun as well as between day and night.

Here are some other things you can use in a desert that may work better here than in other climates:

Solar Cooking and Cooling Devices

In most areas, your ability to use solar cookers during the day and solar coolers at night will depend on clear skies. Since it rarely rains in the desert, there are also very few cloudy days to worry about. As such, you can build both smaller and larger scale solar cookers to meet your food preparation needs.

You can also achieve good temperature reduction at night by simply aiming the solar collector at a clear area of sky.

Water Purification

In most settings, you will always be looking for enough fuel to purify water. On the other hand, in a desert setting, full sunlight can easily kill off any bacteria in the water in a minimal amount of time. If you need to distill the water in order to remove heavy metals or other chemical contaminants, you will also have plenty of heat available for this task.

Evaporative Refrigeration

The ability of Zeer pots to cool off materials in the inner chamber depends on how much water can be moved from the inner area to the outer one. Since desert air is very hot and dry, you will actually achieve a greater cooling effect than you would in cooler, moister climates.

You can also expand on this design to take advantage of other materials that wick water easily in order to build larger refrigerator units.

Solar Lenses

When you need to concentrate heat for cooking, purifying water, or some other task, you may not be willing to wait an hour or more for the appropriate temperature to be reached. There are many lenses on the market that are designed to harness sunlight to produce several hundred degrees of heat in a matter of minutes.

Just be sure to operate these lenses in areas where they will not create fires. Even a low-grade magnifying glass can start fires in much cooler temperatures.

Food Storage Alternatives

The heat of a desert setting is more than enough to cause many different kinds of foods to spoil. On the other hand, there is nothing quite like hot, dry desert air for drying foods. No matter whether you grow fruits and vegetables indoors or hunt the for meat, all of these foods can be easily preserved by simply laying them out to dry.

Individuals that use electric food driers and other gadgets are sure to be surprised at how much better the foods taste, as well as how much easier the process is.

Obtaining Water

You will more than likely need an electric water pump if you have a well in the desert. Since these wells may go down several hundred to several thousands feet, a hand pump may not be a viable option. You could also have a pond or other nearby source of surface level water to draw water from with a ram pump or Archimedes Screw.

Or you could have a system that can draw water from the air, but it’s not likely to draw enough to meet your needs.

Under the circumstances, keep in mind a few things when obtaining water without using electricity:

  • making sure that any and all water is used and reused as much as possible, including taking waste water and dumping it into a sand pit during the early morning hours. Next place plastic over the pit with a rock in the center of the plastic. You can capture clean water in a pot or bucket as the moisture evaporates and hits the plastic instead of escaping into the air.
  • Setting up rain barrels and cisterns that can be used to capture any rain that does happen to fall. You can also set up large tarps so that you cover as much area as possible. Rains in the desert tend to be very intense, and they will also depart as quickly as they arrive. As such, you will need to capture the water quickly, and then store it in a location where it will not evaporate before you have a chance to use it. You will still need to purify the water before you use it in order to make sure it is as clean as possible.

Generating power in a desert setting will come with many challenges. If you find yourself in the desert and know that you must survive there for some time, there is no reason for your life and well-being to be threatened by lack of electricity.

You can take advantage of many alternatives to using power that may be impractical or far less feasible in other settings.

This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

References

phys.org/news/2014-03-electricity.html

instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-Rubber-Band-Heat-Engine/

Reasons Your Transformer May Blow Up and How to Prevent it

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An electric transformer is a static electrical machine which transforms electrical power from one circuit to another circuit, without changing the frequency. It can either increase or decrease the voltage with corresponding decrease or increase in current. Let’s learn more about what is an electrical transformer, its types and what causes it to fail. Design … Read more…

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These Are the Early Warning Signs That Most Cancers Have in Common

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Most people don’t bother to learn what the early warning signs of cancer are. That is until they or someone they love comes down with some form of the disease. I can understand why. People don’t really like to think about their own mortality, much less a deadly disease that often strikes unexpectedly, and costs tens of thousands of dollars to treat. Plus, there are so many forms of cancer with differing symptoms. Trying to learn them all can seem quite daunting.

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Fortunately, there are a handful of symptoms that most or all forms of cancer share. Learning these symptoms can help you get on the path to treatment as soon as possible, and better your odds of survival. Don’t let squeamishness keep you from learning about these critical signs:

  1. One of the first signs is sudden and unexplained weight loss. It’s also one of the most common symptoms among cancer patients. Even before patients begin treatments like chemotherapy, they often experience a loss of appetite as part of a metabolic syndrome called cachexia.
  2. Along with weight loss and a lack of appetite, cancer can take a lot out of you, and leave your body with fewer resources for normal functions. That’s why common symptoms include sores and other injuries that refuse to heal.
  3. Cancer can often lead to various forms of internal bleeding. That’s why you should look out for blood in vomit, urine or feces. And because of that blood loss, you may begin to experience severe and persistent fatigue, regardless of whether or not you see any blood.
  4. Though cancer occurs in part because your immune system has failed to overcome it, that doesn’t mean that your immune is twiddling its thumbs. Cancer can cause a potent immune response, and with that, a fever that can last days or weeks.
  5. Obviously, if you notice a mole on your skin that continues to grow, it could be a sign of skin cancer. However, there are multiple skin conditions that can be signs other forms of cancer. If you notice a rash; skin that is darkened, yellowed, or red; or skin that suddenly sprouts more hair than usual, it can indicate multiple forms of cancer.
  6. And finally, pay attention to any lumps that you can feel under the skin. Most people know that lumps in the testicles or breast tissue can be signs of cancer, but you should be wary of lumps that form anywhere.

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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Family in Black Forest, Germany

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Hi everyone

We are a family living in the south of germany in the black forest.

 

Its a nice area, lovely nature and very safe.

 

We are looking for other families who would like to share the experience of going off grid.

 

Idea mainly is; build a sustainable lifestyle, own water, growing food, own heating, have animals like sheeps or lamas for the wool, build a wood/cob house with solar cells, etc.

just contact us, and see what flows.

 

chow!

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Raising Dogs for Hunting and Farm life!

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Raising  Dogs for Hunting and Farm life Austin Martin “Homesteady Live“ Audio in player below! DO you want a dog for your farm that will not chase and kill chickens, and that will still retrieve birds and track wild game for you? Find out how to get that in this episode of Homesteady Live. Since … Continue reading Raising Dogs for Hunting and Farm life!

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The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans To Survive A Nuclear War (While The Rest Of Us Die)

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The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans To Survive A Nuclear War (While The Rest Of Us Die)

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WASHINGTON — America’s leaders have made elaborate preparations to survive a nuclear war while everyone else apparently dies.

The plans go back decades and only cover top government officials, according to a new book.

“In the early 1950s, the government really hoped and believed it would be able to save most Americans,” writer Garrett M. Graff told The Washington Post. But “plans and ambitions gradually shrunk until, realistically, the best they could hope to do is save the senior leadership.”

Graff describes the elaborate plan in the book “Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself – While the Rest of Us Die.”

Graff discovered that the federal government maintains several huge secret underground fortresses where officials, officers and politicians — but not average citizens — would survive nuclear war in relative luxury. One of them, Raven Rock near the Pennsylvania/Maryland state line, contains several freestanding multi-story buildings with 900,000 square feet of office space.

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Raven Rock is where government leaders and top brass from the Pentagon would flee in the case of an attack on Washington D.C., Graff revealed. Former Vice President Dick Cheney hid there briefly after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Declaration of Independence Would Be Stored, Too

Another underground complex, Mount Weather in Virginia, once was where the Supreme Court, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and paintings from the National Gallery of Art would be kept safe. That still might be the case, The Post reported.

The exact details of the bunkers and evacuation plans are unknown because they are classified. Graff was able to learn some details of the plans by sifting through declassified documents.

Graff became interested in the federal government’s survival plans when a coworker found a misplaced government ID and gave it to Graff.

“The back of the ID had these evacuation instructions on it,” Graff told The Post. “And so I got on Google Maps and followed the instructions and they led to a road that very clearly went into the side of a mountain, and you can see on the Google satellite view big concrete bunker doors.”

Some tidbits about those plans include:

  • The government has a number of custom-built 747s that are “fully staffed with battle planners and war planners and meteorologists and anything else you might need to run a nuclear war,” Graff said.
  • The flying war rooms are protected from electromagnetic pulse attacks with a fine wire mess. They can communicate with nuclear submarines via a five-mile-long wire.
  • The federal government’s last major effort to help citizens survive nuclear war in the 1960s involved the distribution of 150 million pounds of wheat crackers and biscuits to fallout shelters across the country.

Uncle Sam, it seems, is a prepper.

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The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans To Survive A Nuclear War (While The Rest Of Us Die)

The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans To Survive A Nuclear War (While The Rest Of Us Die)

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WASHINGTON — America’s leaders have made elaborate preparations to survive a nuclear war while everyone else apparently dies.

The plans go back decades and only cover top government officials, according to a new book.

“In the early 1950s, the government really hoped and believed it would be able to save most Americans,” writer Garrett M. Graff told The Washington Post. But “plans and ambitions gradually shrunk until, realistically, the best they could hope to do is save the senior leadership.”

Graff describes the elaborate plan in the book “Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself – While the Rest of Us Die.”

Graff discovered that the federal government maintains several huge secret underground fortresses where officials, officers and politicians — but not average citizens — would survive nuclear war in relative luxury. One of them, Raven Rock near the Pennsylvania/Maryland state line, contains several freestanding multi-story buildings with 900,000 square feet of office space.

Are Your Prepared For A Downed Grid? Get Backup Electricity Today!

Raven Rock is where government leaders and top brass from the Pentagon would flee in the case of an attack on Washington D.C., Graff revealed. Former Vice President Dick Cheney hid there briefly after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Declaration of Independence Would Be Stored, Too

Another underground complex, Mount Weather in Virginia, once was where the Supreme Court, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and paintings from the National Gallery of Art would be kept safe. That still might be the case, The Post reported.

The exact details of the bunkers and evacuation plans are unknown because they are classified. Graff was able to learn some details of the plans by sifting through declassified documents.

Graff became interested in the federal government’s survival plans when a coworker found a misplaced government ID and gave it to Graff.

“The back of the ID had these evacuation instructions on it,” Graff told The Post. “And so I got on Google Maps and followed the instructions and they led to a road that very clearly went into the side of a mountain, and you can see on the Google satellite view big concrete bunker doors.”

Some tidbits about those plans include:

  • The government has a number of custom-built 747s that are “fully staffed with battle planners and war planners and meteorologists and anything else you might need to run a nuclear war,” Graff said.
  • The flying war rooms are protected from electromagnetic pulse attacks with a fine wire mess. They can communicate with nuclear submarines via a five-mile-long wire.
  • The federal government’s last major effort to help citizens survive nuclear war in the 1960s involved the distribution of 150 million pounds of wheat crackers and biscuits to fallout shelters across the country.

Uncle Sam, it seems, is a prepper.

What is your reaction? Share your thoughts in the section below:

PICKLING RECIPES YOU WILL LOVE THAT DO NOT USE CUCUMBERS

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I love pickling recipes! I love how fruits and veggies taste after you pickle them…and frankly I just love pickles. But pickling can be great for your health too, much like fermentation, it can be great for your gut health. Just make sure you’re using good, organic, ingredients.

Today I’m sharing 17 of my favorite pickling recipes that don’t use cucumbers. I love those cucs but why stop there? There other amazing recipes for pickling all sorts of things. Can we say…preserve the harvest without canning? Oh yes, we can!

OK, ENOUGH RAMBLING…BRING ON THE PICKLING RECIPES!

First, my personal recipes…aka my super favs:

 

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52 Weeks Savings: June brings sunshine and summer deals

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52 weeks savings challengeIn June, we celebrate summer, Father’s, graduations, weddings and Flag Day. It marks the halfway point of the year and on the 25th, it will only be six months until Christmas! Maybe this is the month to start making a holiday gift list and begin looking for bargain-priced gifts, well before the shopping rush begins.

There are loads of great June sales and bargains. Here’s what we’ve tracked down for you.

Food sales

June is National Dairy Month, which means there will be sales on ice cream, cheese, butter, milk, cream cheese, yogurt and popsicles. Most of these freeze very well, so it is an easy thing to stock up on. June is Turkey Lovers Month, so there should be sales on turkey deli meat (whole turkeys are cheapest to buy around Thanksgiving).

Cookout supplies are also on sale, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, buns and charcoal. If a charcoal grill is one of your alternate cooking options, it would be a good time to stock up on it. Soda, iced tea and bottled water also go on sale. Bottled water is a great thing to have on hand for almost every emergency. I keep a case in our vehicle during the summer months for when we are out and about.

Watermelon goes on sale during June, and there will be good deals on lots of seasonal produce. Consider going to farmer’s markets or researching what u-pick farms are near you to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. It can be preserved by canning, freezing or dehydrating.

TIP: Think about what desserts you might want to have in the winter months and get the fruit for it now.

Here is what is usually in season in June:

June Household Sales and Bargains

Tools, tools and more tools: with Father’s Day, the typical gifts for dad are on sale. Cologne and menswear will also be on sale for this occasion. Dishes and kitchen appliances should be on sale to coincide with wedding season. Graduations start winding down in June, so the party supplies will be on sale, which can be used for future parties or for food storage supplies.

TIP: Paper plates are a very handy items in an emergency. They don’t need to washed, so you avoid wasting valuable time and water, and you can either shred and compost them or burn them in a campfire. The best thing is that paper plates from any past holiday or birthday party work just fine for this purpose!

For household items, some small electronics like camcorders and computers should be on sale. Both are good items to have on hand for keeping track of inventory for personal and insurance purposes. Carpeting and indoor furniture are usually on sale in June.

Women’s underwear, bras and lingerie are a hot item in June, since Victoria’s Secret holds its semi-annual sale in June.

And, as always, be on the lookout for gifts! Sooner or later, a birthday, bridal/baby shower, wedding, or some other holiday will surprise you, and when that happens, most of us usually go into the panic-shopping mode! That’s the mode where we don’t care how much something costs — we just need to get that gift today! Don’t be that crazy-eyed lady at the mall! Shop ahead and look for the bargains posted here in this article as well as the entire, monthly 52 Weeks Savings series on this blog.

Outside the home

Gardening items start going on sale in June. It is never too early to start planning next year’s garden. Stock up on seeds and gardening tools. Seed planters are handy along with organic fertilizer. June is Rose Month, since most are in bloom. This can mean lower prices for roses and rose bushes in June.

Sports and Fitness

Summer sports gear and swim gear go on sale in June. Many people tend to focus their exercise outside in June, so indoor exercise equipment goes on sale and some gyms may offer discounted memberships. June is hosts National Fishing & Boating Week and National Get Outdoors Day, so local parks and recreation departments may offer special and possibly free activities for those days.

Events                  

Taking a staycation this year? Check out this link for a list of blogs for fun things to do in different states: .

June is also National Aquarium Month, so if you have a local aquarium, they may offer deals.

Some stores and restaurants like to participate in specific special days, so keep an eye out for deals on the following days:

June 5 – National Doughnut Day

June 7 – National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

June 10 – Iced Tea Day

June 18 – Go Fishing Day

June 20 – Ice Cream Soda Day

June 27 – Sunglasses Day

Flea markets and yard sales gear up this month and are a great way to find deals on almost any item. Here’s a list of 21 things to always be on the lookout for.

Activities for Children

Summer reading programs are in full gear in June as schools let out for the summer. Check your local library and local bookstores to see what they offer. For a list of stores, theaters and online programs, visit http://savingdollarsandsense.com/free-summer-reading-programs/.

Several stores also offer children freebies as a reward for a good report card. Ask your local stores if they do anything for report cards or, for a list, visit http://savingdollarsandsense.com/good-report-card-freebies/.

Check local hardware and craft stores for children’s make-and-take events.

Register at www.kidsbowlfree.com to get children up to 2 free games of bowling a day at your local bowling alley.

Some movie theaters offer discount movies during the summer. Check your local theater for prices and movie listings.

Money saving tips

In the summer, close blinds and curtains to keep sun out on hot days to reduce cooling costs. If possible, dry clothes outside on a clothesline to avoid running the dryer. Take a different approach to summer meal planning and incorporate meals that are light, such as salads that incorporate fresh ingredients, or that involve cooking outside on the grill or over a fire pit.

If you have a solar oven, Sun Oven, or want to make a DIY solar cooker, this is prime season and a great time to learn this skill before a power outage or some other disaster happens. Using a solar oven will help keep your kitchen cooler and you won’t be using any electricity at all.

By the end of June, you should have $325 saved if you’re following the weekly savings plan (25 weeks). If you have extra right now, perhaps going to a higher week in the chart and putting that money away would be a smart thing to do. Take things one day at a time and focus on what you can do and what you can enjoy.

If you’re on Facebook, it’s not too late to join our very active 52 Weeks Savings Club for tips and encouragement.

Saving money is a daily lifestyle and the key is having a good attitude. Take pride in what you have already saved up and learn from any mistakes.

Take advantage of June’s deals and start looking forward to a fun summer. Come back next month to see what deals July offers to help you save AND prepare!

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Insane Liberals Still Insist That Trump Did Not Win The Electoral College

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PT I will post this again in case you missed it
Justify your statement with real data, not bullshit rhetoric.
“no legal recount possible”

Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson MaziarDr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

The recounts were never completed.
Judge Stops Recount in Pennsylvania
Dec 12, 2016
“Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s quest for a recount in Pennsylvania is over: a federal judge has blocked the recount effort. Donald Trump was declared the winner of Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral College votes in a surprise upset on Election Day. Trump won the Keystone State by about 45,000 votes.
“BREAKING: Federal judge blocks Green Party bid for presidential recount in Pennsylvania.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 12, 2016
“Stein had requested and fundraised for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Michigan’s recount was blocked, and Wisconsin’s nearly-completed recount did not change the outcome of their election.”
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2016/12/12/judge-stops-recount-in-pennsylvania-n2258793


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    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson MaziarDr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

      Hacking and the 2016 Presidential Election
      “Was the 2016 presidential election hacked? It’s hard to tell. There were no obvious hacks on Election Day, but new reports have raised the question of whether voting machines were tampered with in three states that Donald Trump won this month: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
      “The researchers behind these reports include voting rights lawyer John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, both respected in the community. They have been talking with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but their analysis is not yet public.
      “According to a report in New York magazine, the share of votes received by Clinton was significantly lower in precincts that used a particular type of voting machine: The magazine story suggested that Clinton had received 7 percent fewer votes in Wisconsin counties that used electronic machines, which could be hacked, than in counties that used paper ballots. That is exactly the sort of result we would expect to see if there had been some sort of voting machine hack. There are many different types of voting machines, and attacks against one type would not work against the others.


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      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson MaziarDr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

        So a voting anomaly correlated to machine type could be a red flag, although Trump did better across the entire Midwest than pre-election polls expected, and there are also some correlations between voting machine type and the demographics of the various precincts. Even Halderman wrote early Wednesday morning that ‘the most likely explanation is that the polls were systematically wrong, rather than that the election was hacked.’
        “What the allegations, and the ripples they’re causing on social media, really show is how fundamentally untrustworthy our hodgepodge election system is.
        “Accountability is a major problem for US elections. The candidates are the ones required to petition for recounts, and we throw the matter into the courts when we can’t figure it out. This all happens after an election, and because the battle lines have already been drawn, the process is intensely political. Unlike many other countries, we don’t have an independent body empowered to investigate these matters. There is no government agency empowered to verify these researchers’ claims, even if it would be merely to reassure voters that the election count was accurate.
        “Instead, we have a patchwork of voting systems: different rules, different machines, different standards.


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          I’ve seen arguments that there is security in this setup ¬ an attacker can’t broadly attack the entire country ¬ but the downsides of this system are much more critical. National standards would significantly improve our voting process.
          “Further investigation of the claims raised by the researchers would help settle this particular question. Unfortunately, time is of the essence ¬ underscoring another problem with how we conduct elections. For anything to happen, Clinton has to call for a recount and investigation. She has until Friday to do it in Wisconsin, until Monday in Pennsylvania and until next Wednesday in Michigan. I don’t expect the research team to have any better data before then. Without changes to the system, we’re telling future hackers that they can be successful as long as they’re able to hide their attacks for a few weeks until after the recount deadlines pass.
          “Computer forensics investigations are not easy, and they’re not quick. They require access to the machines. They involve analysis of Internet traffic. If we suspect a foreign country like Russia, the National Security Agency will analyze what they’ve intercepted from that country. This could easily take weeks, perhaps even months. And in the end, we might not even get a definitive answer. And even if we do end up with evidence that the voting machines were hacked, we don’t have rules about what to do next.


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            “Although winning those three states would flip the election, I predict Clinton will do nothing (her campaign, after all, has reportedly been aware of the researchers’ work for nearly a week). Not because she does not believe the researchers ¬- although she might not -¬ but because she doesn’t want to throw the post-election process into turmoil by starting a highly politicized process whose eventual outcome will have little to do with computer forensics and a lot to do with which party has more power in the three states.
            “But we only have two years until the next national elections, and it’s time to start fixing things if we don’t want to be wondering the same things about hackers in 2018. The risks are real: Electronic voting machines that don’t use a paper ballot are vulnerable to hacking.
            “Clinton supporters are seizing on this story as their last lifeline of hope. I sympathize with them. When I wrote about vote-hacking the day after the election, I said: “Elections serve two purposes. First, and most obvious, they are how we choose a winner. But second, and equally important, they convince the loser ¬- and all the supporters ¬- that he or she lost.” If the election system fails to do the second, we risk undermining the legitimacy of our democratic process. Clinton’s supporters deserve to know whether this apparent statistical anomaly is the result of a hack against our election system or a spurious correlation.


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    • PT are you seriously trying to pretend that because there were extra ballots cast in Detroit, that this somehow leads credence to your delusion that admitted vote fraud would have somehow helped Trump? In Detroit, black, poor, plenty of government assistance, thats the calling card of the Dems.


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  • PT, thanks for reminding me of another reason to hate two faced Stein, as she allowed herself to be used as a tool to pretend the recount effort was coming from her, and not from Hillary Establishment.
    Doesnt even pass a straight face test.
    Wisconsin’s was decided, it would not have changed the outcome in Wisconsin.
    How can you freaking miss that?


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How to Make Your Home an Impregnable Fortress for a Safe Family

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When it comes to the safety and security of your family, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Even in a relatively safe area, criminals are constantly on the lookout for insecure homes and vulnerable families. Here are a few steps you can take to make your property more secure than ever.

Update the Door Locks

Experts believe that around 34 percent of burglars enter through the front door. Those who have recently purchased a home should immediately change the locks on all of their doors. An ANSI Grade 1 deadbolt lock is generally seen as the most secure option for residential entryways.

Upgrade the Windows

Older windows are not only easier to break, but they can also be opened with nothing more than a screwdriver or knife. If your windows are more than 10 years old, then you might want to think about upgrading to lockable aftermarket windows. You should also invest in a handful of affordable glass break detectors that will go off if the glass is cracked or rattled.

Eradicate Blind Spots

Criminals are often drawn to homes where they can hide in tall bushes and dark corners of the yard. All of the trees and plants throughout your property should be trimmed so that an adult can’t hide behind larger branches. You should also consider installing lights throughout your property so that every single corner is well-lit. Many motion-sensor floodlights can be attached to solar panels, and that means they will draw little or no electricity from your home.

Add a Safe Room

Those who want to make their home as secure as possible should consider having a safe room installed. A typical safe room is made from concrete, steel, and other materials that can withstand a tremendous amount of abuse. Some companies, like Southern Screen Scene, know how important it is to keep your family safe. In addition to keeping you safe from criminals, these rooms are also an excellent form of protection against dangerous storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

Meet the Neighbors

Very few people realize just how beneficial it is to become friends with their neighbors. Whenever you are at work or away on vacation, your neighbors could be your first line of defense against a home invasion. Once they get to know you and your family a little bit better, they will begin to recognize when unusual people are on your property.

As an added bonus, many of these security upgrades can have a major impact on your insurance premiums. Whenever you add a new security feature to your property, you should contact your insurance provider to see if they will bring your monthly premiums down.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

How to Make Your Home an Impregnable Fortress for a Safe Family

When it comes to the safety and security of your family, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Even in a relatively safe area, criminals are constantly on the lookout for insecure homes and vulnerable families. Here are a few steps you can take to make your property more secure than ever.

Update the Door Locks

Experts believe that around 34 percent of burglars enter through the front door. Those who have recently purchased a home should immediately change the locks on all of their doors. An ANSI Grade 1 deadbolt lock is generally seen as the most secure option for residential entryways.

Upgrade the Windows

Older windows are not only easier to break, but they can also be opened with nothing more than a screwdriver or knife. If your windows are more than 10 years old, then you might want to think about upgrading to lockable aftermarket windows. You should also invest in a handful of affordable glass break detectors that will go off if the glass is cracked or rattled.

Eradicate Blind Spots

Criminals are often drawn to homes where they can hide in tall bushes and dark corners of the yard. All of the trees and plants throughout your property should be trimmed so that an adult can’t hide behind larger branches. You should also consider installing lights throughout your property so that every single corner is well-lit. Many motion-sensor floodlights can be attached to solar panels, and that means they will draw little or no electricity from your home.

Add a Safe Room

Those who want to make their home as secure as possible should consider having a safe room installed. A typical safe room is made from concrete, steel, and other materials that can withstand a tremendous amount of abuse. Some companies, like Southern Screen Scene, know how important it is to keep your family safe. In addition to keeping you safe from criminals, these rooms are also an excellent form of protection against dangerous storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

Meet the Neighbors

Very few people realize just how beneficial it is to become friends with their neighbors. Whenever you are at work or away on vacation, your neighbors could be your first line of defense against a home invasion. Once they get to know you and your family a little bit better, they will begin to recognize when unusual people are on your property.

As an added bonus, many of these security upgrades can have a major impact on your insurance premiums. Whenever you add a new security feature to your property, you should contact your insurance provider to see if they will bring your monthly premiums down.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

DMR

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For a while I’ve had a bit of an irrational urge to build up my version of a ‘Designated Marksman’-type rifle. Basically, an accurate AR that isn’t so trick you cant carry it afield, but not so spartan that you cant hit stuff out to several hundred yards (which, really, is about as good as the .223 is going to get in my opinion.)

For a number of years, I’ve had an IOR M2 scope sitting around here gathering dust. It has an illuminated reticle, BDC out to around 600 yards, very nice adjustments, steel tube, German glass, and is hell-for-stout. Have it sitting in ARMS QD rings. But…all dressed up and nowhere to go.

20170530_190128I found it in a pawn shop years ago for around $300. Having had very favorable experience with my IOR 10×56 scope, I figured this one would be a good scope to have for the money. It’s got a BDC calibrated for 62 gr., illuminated rangefinding reticle, and I just happen to have an ARMS QD mount sitting around. Now…what to put it on.

Also sitting around gathering dust are a stack of these:

20170530_190253No better time than the present. Again, these are purchases from years ago that have just been sitting around. A stripped lower (not to be confused with a low stripper) is fairly worthless without the innards…so:

20170530_190350Stag had a sale on these a year or two ago and I picked some up. I figured I could bide my time and wait for the sales to put together the parts I needed to cobble together a fun AR. Need a milspec buffer tube while I’m at it. Ordered these a month ago and Stag finally got the bloody things here today. Booooo Stag!

20170530_190155Ok, we have the lower put together. What do we put on top of it?

Stag had a bit of a sale a few weeks ago and they had an upper that looked very much like what I was after.Stag 15 DM-VRS-X Upper Half. On sale for $320. With bolt carrier group. And charging handle.  Ok, sure.

20170530_190559Alright, let’s grab a screwdriver, punch, and brass hammer and get this thing cobbled together.

20170530_190822

“I call her ‘Vera’.” – J. Cobb

I  need to save my pennies and pick up a Magpul PRS stock, and a nice trigger. Once that’s done all I need is some quality brass and bullets and it’ll be time to play. But, I just put the A2 stock on there because I had one laying around and I really want to be able to go out to the range and play a bit.

Purpose? I have no idea. In my opinion, the .223 is a bit light for anything out past 400 yards or so…too light a bullet to buck the wind, and a bit light in the mass department. Sure, I don’t want to get hit with one but it’s not my first choice for shooting out there. No problem with it at intermediate ranges. I suppose this thing would shine for that situation where you want something you can use within normal conflict distance out to something a little longer range.

Realistically, though..this will most like be a range gun with some infrequent gopher shooting thrown in for practical challenge. But..it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

The barrel is a 1:9 20″. It’s what was available. A 1:7 would, I am told, be a better choice since it would be more optimal for the heavier 69-75 gr. bullets. Well. ya take what ya can get.

I’ve some Lapua .223 brass floating around, and about half a keg of Varget, so I’ll load up some Win 62 grainers and go break this thing in…if I ever have some free time.

Note that this isn’t really ‘building’ an AR15 any more than putting together an Ikea dresser is ‘building’ furniture. Any idiot can buy the off the shelf parts and assemble on of these…clearly, an idiot has. This kind of modularity is one of the AR-series great strengths. There’s enough aftermarket crap out there that you can tweak it into exactly what you want. As i said, all I’ve got left to do is a Magpul PRS stock and a trigger.

I’ll let you know how it shoots.

 

AC window units installed

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The small 5000 BTU window units are installed once again and the wailing and gnashing of teeth was not excessive.  The window in Mom’s room is always a pain as it slides side to side rather than vertically.  So we have to remove the sliding section of window and then cover up a large gap above the AC unit so we don’t have either heat or bugs come in the house.  I used a bit more wood and some of the thermal barrier to close off more of the gaps around the AC unit and the window frame.  I think this year Mom and I did a much better job on eliminating all those small gaps compared to previous years.  This year I used cedar shims to help brace the bottom part of the AC unit in the window. This seems to be better for supporting the weight of the AC unit.

Mom and I installed my AC window unit in about half the time because my window slide moves vertically, so everything is much easier to install.  FYI I use bits of thermal barrier to cover the gaps and cracks around the AC unit and the windows.  This material seems to do an acceptable job for stopping bugs and hot air that might come into the house.   The last bonus of installing the AC units is using them really seems to help with allergies that happen in the early stages of summer.

The last part of the AC install is I ordered a portable 8000 BTU air conditioner for the living room.  This unit is on rollers and uses a tube out the window rather than being installed in the window so I’m not sure how it will all work but between the fans and the existing AC units we should be able to handle the summer heat this year.  Between adding the new roof , attic vents and how well the house is insulated this last AC unit will take the house from tolerable to extremely cool if we need it.  By using several small units we can choose what to cool in the house and when we cool.  A big factor in my thinking is it much easier to plug a couple of small AC units via a generator compared to powering a large central AC unit.   Remember heat can also kill, oldsters and the young are the most vulnerable to heat.  Even one cool room could make the difference in surviving/ thriving.  The most important thing to remember about survival is do everything you can do to not get dead!

Surprisingly,  I’m just slightly ahead of the power curve.  Usually I’m at least 3 steps behind the curve. Then I also tend to put myself in that position of playing catch up.   I was hoping to find some sweet corn starts at the local farm store but nothing was found but we got some lovely flowers and added some basil and another type of Rosemary that we hope to grow.  I have some seed for sweet corn so we will go with that for the beds.

Update on the rose beds I hacked and slashed.  Most of the roses are not only recovering but thriving!  Who’d a thunk it?  Improving  the soil, mulching to restrict weed growth could make such a difference?

Update on the mouse hunt.  Well we got several mice and the Sachets are having an effect.  Of course the mice have changed up what they are doing because of the sachets.  I do think the sachets are worth the money especially if you want to prevent a mouse infestation.  Making good shelving and have good containers that don’t give mice a place to breed or feed is next.  Remember Rodents are not your only prepper problem.  Insects is also a big deal.

I got lazy and did not follow proper prep procedure. Doing your preps correctly the first time same time, effort and money long term.  Prepping for the long term is my goal!

Don’t get me wrong getting a 3 week supply of the basics on hand is a huge accomplishment!  Honestly I think that is the biggest accomplishment based on myself prepping.  Three weeks is not difficult but it takes some effort and once you reach 3 weeks of prep adding another week for a month’s worth of prep seems simple.  Hell I got a month’s worth of preps then your mindset starts to change.  Or at least my mindset changed.

I have to stop myself as this is a new blog post about changing mindsets.

Not Dead, Been Shooting

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Hey folks, I know it’s been awhile. Work, getting ready for my kids to come out this summer and shooting have kept me pretty busy.

I got to go out to a sweet private range and do some cool stuff you can’t usually do.

Also shot my first handgun match. It was fun and I will definitely take up that hobby. On the good side my balance in shooting of speed and accuracy seems to be on point. Down side if I care about being competitive (vs defensive practice) I’m moving pretty slow. I’ll work on it.

Learned some stuff about my gear and had a ton of fun. 

Not Dead, Been Shooting

Hey folks, I know it’s been awhile. Work, getting ready for my kids to come out this summer and shooting have kept me pretty busy.

I got to go out to a sweet private range and do some cool stuff you can’t usually do.

Also shot my first handgun match. It was fun and I will definitely take up that hobby. On the good side my balance in shooting of speed and accuracy seems to be on point. Down side if I care about being competitive (vs defensive practice) I’m moving pretty slow. I’ll work on it.

Learned some stuff about my gear and had a ton of fun. 

Advice for expats moving to Uruguay (or anywhere else)

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... 13 km de Punta del Este, muy cerca de la largada de GFNY URUGUAY 2016

Casapueblo, Uruguay

Hi Fernando,

I just came upon your blog in my search about Uruguay. Did you and

your family eventually move there? We live in the US and are

considering a move to Uruguay and have no idea where to start. I

wanted to ask you some questions if you are living there or if you

know someone who does.

 

Thanks,

Tiffany

Hello Tiffany. I’m not in Uruguay and not planning to move there any time soon. We never planned to do so really. In fact the last person from Uruguay I talked with already emigrated and is now happily living in Ireland. She left with her family looking for the kind of stability and opportunities Uruguay simply couldn’t provide. Still, Uruguay is the country I have recommended in my book “Bugging Out and Relocating” for those looking to move to South America.

So as to contact people there my suggestion would be to start with the obvious “expats in Uruguay” search and go from there. Participate in forums, get to know people. Keep in mind though that one man’s paradise is another man’s hell.

If you want my opinion, basically what I said in this video is still very much true.

Uruguay can be a great place for you. Or Argentina. Or Colombia. Or Thailand. Or Canada. Or India.

Pobreza en Uruguay bajó levemente el año pasado – El Politico

Also Uruguay

But since you ask me and I’m not a magazine or website editor trying to hook you up with anything here’s some honesty/tough love: While you may be happy in any of those places, there’s some facts you can’t avoid. Canada is simply better as a place to live in than India. Or Colombia. Or Thailand. This is not me expressing an opinion, but a simple observation of pretty conclusive data.  Indicators of quality of life, healthcare, crime, life expectancy, GDP, education, infrastructure, employment, transportation, cost of living, and a long etcetera points in a certain direction. Uruguay is nice. Its relatively peaceful and simple living. Millions live there happily and wouldn’t trade it for anything else… just like millions of people in other countries.

My point is be honest with what you want to find in Uruguay, or anywhere else. This is one of the main points I focus on in “Bugging out and Relocating” when it comes to moving abroad. Expectations. Crime in Uruguay will be much better if you’re from Chicago, but it will be much worse if you come from Maine. Either way you’ll experience a clash of cultures. People all over Latin America are mostly used to getting by with less. Less of everything. Computers, cars, cell phones, many of these will be luxuries for you. Organization and overall bureaucracy is a lot worse, and I know this drives many people from developed countries nuts.

Now, if you want a friendly, family oriented culture you will find it in Uruguay. Family and friends, the importance of relationships between people is stronger and simply more of a priority all over Latin America compared to most of the developed world. Friends hug one another more, people greet each other with a kiss in the cheek, it just seems overall more “touchy” which some people aren’t comfortable with but it’s not meant to be sensual in any way, its just a more expressive culture in the way they interact with one another. For example people in Uruguay don’t doubt a second about sharing mate, where everyone drinks form the same straw. It’s the same in Argentina. An American more worried about personal space and worried about sharing a glass let alone a metal straw is hardly the kind of person that would integrate well in Uruguay. Then again you could focus more on being among expats from your same country, most of which went there with the same ideas and expectations, maybe even more important LEFT your country for the same reason and you just get along great with them, sticking among like-minded people in somewhat of an enclave.

My advice is be honest with yourself. The expectations you have and what you are likely to encounter there. There’s a tremendous difference between the developed and developing world. Everything sounds fantastic until you realize that other than some honourable exceptions pretty much everything is more expensive in Uruguay than in USA.

Once you are certain you want to give it a go, don’t make any permanent decision. Give it a year. Don’t sell your home in USA, rent it out and rent in Uruguay. The first year is usually the “honeymoon” period where everything looks great. The second and third year will be more down to earth but a year minimum is the time you should give it before making any permanent decisions you may later regret.

Best of luck and as the Irish saying goes, May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.

FerFAL

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

The Cheap And Easy Way To Build A 30-Day Food Supply

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The Cheap And Easy Way To Build A 30-Day Food Supply

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One of the first steps in prepping your family for an emergency is setting up a 30-day food supply.

This may seem like an expensive task, but it can be affordable – and east — if you do it the right way.

Store What You Eat

One way to get your 30-day supply of food going is to store 30 days worth of the things you already eat. Some people will get around this via the prepackaged route with a prepackaged 30-day supply of food, but this is a mistake. Your first 30 days should be made up of the food from your everyday pantry.

This takes no special ordering or online researching — just your normal shopping trips to the local store. Fresh food, of course, is so much better for you, but we are talking about storing food. Fresh food just doesn’t keep.

One for You and One for a Friend

Another way you can build your 30-day supply is through a “one for you and one for a friend” approach. That is, for each grocery trip, buy your regular groceries and buy a couple of the same things for your emergency food supply. An extra can of tuna, an extra can or two of veggies, and some extra oatmeal only adds a couple dollars to your bill.

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

If you are consistent about it, soon you will have quite a stash of extra food. Then, look at all your extra stuff, figure out where you are short, and concentrate on adding to that area.

Don’t Forget Comfort Food

The Cheap And Easy Way To Build A 30-Day Food Supply

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How many of us lived on Ramen noodles when we were first out on our own? Ramen is cheap and stores well, but it has hardly any food value. But it can be used as a base for a large pot of soup with a couple cans of veggies thrown in.

Comfort food does have value in that it will help make things a little more normal in an otherwise stressful situation. Stress can keep people from eating when they need it most, so store up chocolate, candy, chips or other things that usually wouldn’t be on such a list. Just don’t overdo it.

Don’t forget condiments and spices, along with any special foods your family likes to eat.

How Much Water?

Experts tell us we need to store one gallon of water per person per day. I know from personal experience (during an ice storm) that I didn’t use nearly that much in the short term with no power to run the well. In the long-run, though, water usage would have gone up as more cleaning would have been necessary.

Most homes have at least 40 gallons of water stored in the hot water heaters. You can also buy a bladder that fits in your bathtub to fill when you think there will be an outage.

When you want store-bought water, be sure to buy the higher-quality jugs, since the milk-jug type will start degrading and leaking in a short time.

Record Keeping and Rotation

If you are truly storing what you eat, then rotation will be a simple thing. Get a Sharpie and write the month/year on the top of each can as you put it away. Do the same for any boxed dry foods that you use on a regular basis.

When you cook your daily meals, just use the oldest date first. Then your “storage” food will always stay fresh.

A 30-day supply of food can be yours with just a little thought and planning. A small effort now can mean 30 days of food security for you and your family.

What advice would you add on storing 30 days of food? Share your thoughts in the section below:

The Cheap And Easy Way To Build A 30-Day Food Supply

The Cheap And Easy Way To Build A 30-Day Food Supply

Image source: Flickr / Creative Commons

One of the first steps in prepping your family for an emergency is setting up a 30-day food supply.

This may seem like an expensive task, but it can be affordable – and east — if you do it the right way.

Store What You Eat

One way to get your 30-day supply of food going is to store 30 days worth of the things you already eat. Some people will get around this via the prepackaged route with a prepackaged 30-day supply of food, but this is a mistake. Your first 30 days should be made up of the food from your everyday pantry.

This takes no special ordering or online researching — just your normal shopping trips to the local store. Fresh food, of course, is so much better for you, but we are talking about storing food. Fresh food just doesn’t keep.

One for You and One for a Friend

Another way you can build your 30-day supply is through a “one for you and one for a friend” approach. That is, for each grocery trip, buy your regular groceries and buy a couple of the same things for your emergency food supply. An extra can of tuna, an extra can or two of veggies, and some extra oatmeal only adds a couple dollars to your bill.

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

If you are consistent about it, soon you will have quite a stash of extra food. Then, look at all your extra stuff, figure out where you are short, and concentrate on adding to that area.

Don’t Forget Comfort Food

The Cheap And Easy Way To Build A 30-Day Food Supply

Image source: Flickr / Creative Commons

How many of us lived on Ramen noodles when we were first out on our own? Ramen is cheap and stores well, but it has hardly any food value. But it can be used as a base for a large pot of soup with a couple cans of veggies thrown in.

Comfort food does have value in that it will help make things a little more normal in an otherwise stressful situation. Stress can keep people from eating when they need it most, so store up chocolate, candy, chips or other things that usually wouldn’t be on such a list. Just don’t overdo it.

Don’t forget condiments and spices, along with any special foods your family likes to eat.

How Much Water?

Experts tell us we need to store one gallon of water per person per day. I know from personal experience (during an ice storm) that I didn’t use nearly that much in the short term with no power to run the well. In the long-run, though, water usage would have gone up as more cleaning would have been necessary.

Most homes have at least 40 gallons of water stored in the hot water heaters. You can also buy a bladder that fits in your bathtub to fill when you think there will be an outage.

When you want store-bought water, be sure to buy the higher-quality jugs, since the milk-jug type will start degrading and leaking in a short time.

Record Keeping and Rotation

If you are truly storing what you eat, then rotation will be a simple thing. Get a Sharpie and write the month/year on the top of each can as you put it away. Do the same for any boxed dry foods that you use on a regular basis.

When you cook your daily meals, just use the oldest date first. Then your “storage” food will always stay fresh.

A 30-day supply of food can be yours with just a little thought and planning. A small effort now can mean 30 days of food security for you and your family.

What advice would you add on storing 30 days of food? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Prepper Bundle Sneak Preview

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You may remember the Back to Basics Bundle we shared with you back in September.  It was full of resources on self reliant living covering everything from gardening and essential oils to food storage and home organization. Well the same organizers of that bundle have now compiled a specific PREPPER BUNDLE with over 30 food storage and emergency preparedness resources including our Food Storage Made Easy eBook!

From food storage to bug out bags, from primitive survival skills to first aid and alternative medicines,this bundle contains quality content geared toward the modern day Prepper. The quality of resources, the step by step getting started guide, the seamless and incredibly easy to use download area, their unprecedented customer service (their goal is your happiness), and all the bonuses included in the bundle are incredible.

Since we know you already care about food storage and preparedness we think you will LOVE this bundle, but it’s only going to be available for a limited time! The Prepper Bundle includes 30 resources (over a $300 value) to help you better prepare for the unknown. You will learn about:

  • Alternative cooking techniques and recipes
  • Seed saving and gardening
  • Edible and medicinal wild plants
  • Creating a wholesome, healthy food storage
  • Learn about bushcraft and primitive survival
  • How to build the ultimate bug out bag
  • The blueprint to a first class first aid kit
  • Preparing for extreme weather
  • Plus learn how to do more things yourself, manage a small homestead, and much much more!

If you were to buy each of these resources separately you’d pay over $300, but for this short sale it’s 90% OFF! It’s a super deal, no doubt! But it’s more than a great deal, it’s the information you need to help you ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for any type of crisis or disaster. But it’s kind of like buying in bulk, there’s a ton of stuff and it can be overwhelming. That’s why they have created a getting started guide to help you utilize the most relevant information to you so you can begin preparing immediately. The bundle is only available for a few days starting on June 7th!
 
Click here to sign up to receive notification when it goes on sale. You’re not going to want to miss this one! 


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New World Order Pulling Out All the Stops to Politically Assasinate Trump

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  • ‘The Plot to Overthrow Trump is VERY REAL!!!!!’
    “There is a very REAL plot to overthrow Trump led by the political establishment and aided by the mainstream press.. This is not simply speculation – this is the real deal. Of course the Washington Post and New York Times are in full swing to get rid of Trump. No matter what it might be, the twist is always against Trump right down to the story how Sean Spicer wanted to see the Pope because he is a devote Catholic and was denied.
    CNN, of course, is also part of this conspiracy. You will NEVER find any positive article about Trump in mainstream media. Here is CNN and we can see that 50% of the top stories are always against Trump. We have Boehner coming out saying Trump is a disaster. This is the guy who threw people off committees if they did not vote for his agenda. The Kushner story is desperately trying to make something out of nothing. Here we have after Flynn’s removal, Kushner suggesting setting up a direct channel for diplomatic purposes regarding Syria with the Russians. That is entirely within reason and has been done during confrontations in the past. It was not done, it was merely a suggestion. They press seems to want war with Russia and absolutely nothing else…
    …Behind the Curtain, Republican Elites are conspiring to overthrow Trump (including Boehner) to protect the establishment…”
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/the-plot-to-overthrow-trump-is-very-real/


    HoTaters

    Piling on to the perceived offenses does not make it “so.”

    When the people making these allegations can prove criminal misconduct, then there will be grounds for impeachment.

    Just pointing fingers and saying he’s a “bully” and personalizing the accusations does not help to make them credible.

    In order for there to be impeachment, there must be a very high probability of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

    Just because people do not like a sitting president does not give grounds for impeachment.
    Just stating the facts. Did a little study on impeachment this morning, and it is not initiated unless there are sufficient grounds for it.

  • HoTatersHoTaters

    These people are making themselves look like buffoons. They obviously do not understand the impeachment process.

  • HoTatersHoTaters

    OK, here’s the problem with this impeachment and election nonsense. The Democrats seem to want to change the manner in which the Electoral College functions, and the manner in which impeachable offenses are prosecuted.
    The process has worked fine since the founding of the country. Just disliking a sitting president does not give grounds for changing the process.
    It was designed so that there would be no caving in to public opinion. The supposed “will of the masses” should not trump legal process, no pun intended.
    I for one do not care to have rule by the rabble of the masses. Mob rule will destroy the USA. Internal corruption combined with mob rule probably WILL destroy the USA. That is exactly what the Globalists want.


    HoTaters

    • If the Democrats (or whomever) want to change the Electoral College and impeachment process, they need to go through the proper channels to do it. We need to maintain the rule of law. The manner in which these processes function works well, and they were well thought out before being implemented.
      Watching people who differ in their opinion of who should be President being beaten up in public places just for expressing their opinions (see Berkeley riots) is deeply disturbing.

      oTaters

      • We might begin by getting rid of the Diebold vote counting machines, so that the election process could be more transparent. Voting precincts would be more accountable if we got rid of the electronic voting process.


Razzz, you are correct. George Soros’ Open Society Foundation is playing a very key role in the plot to unseat Trump. Soros has openly stated he wishes to overthrow the US government. He is a subversive and is wanted for criminal human rights abuses and interfering with the political (voting) process. Why don’t people (liberals) realize they are playing into the hands of Globalists and Soros by backing this?
DOH!
Let’s be clear, I’m not saying I strongly support Trump. What I AM saying is I don’t want to see our political process and rule of law subverted by George Soros and a Globalist agenda.
Our sovereignty and rights as individual people are at stake, no less.

HoTatersHoTaters

See this:
http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/01/31/open-society-soros-backed-anti-trump-immigration-protests-sprung-from-nowhere-at-airports-across-america/
So much for “organic flash mobs” protesting ….
Watching this play out is just unbelievable. That people can believe these lies is astonishing. Drank the Kool Aid, yes.


GEORGE SOROS: ‘These times are not business as usual. Wishing you the best in a troubled world’
George Soros Jan. 24, 2017, 9:37 AM 112,938
“I am an 86-year-old Hungarian Jew who became a US citizen after the end of World War II. I learned at an early age how important it is what kind of political regime prevails….
Then Soros’ argument for wealth redistribution:
“The lack of redistributive policies is the main source of the dissatisfaction that democracy’s opponents have exploited. But there were other contributing factors as well, particularly in Europe…..
http://www.businessinsider.com/george-soros-essay-on-trump-defending-an-open-society-2017-1
George Soros-Tied Activists Behind Campaign to Impeach Trump
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/23/george-soros-tied-activists-behind-campaign-impeach-trump/
HoTaters

Soros quote re: “open society”
“I am particularly worried about the fate of the EU, which is in danger of coming under the influence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose concept of government is irreconcilable with that of open society.”

Who is George Soros (from Wikipedia):
“George Soros … Hungarian IPA: (born August 12, 1930, in Budapest, Hungary, as György Schwartz) is an American currency speculator, stock investor, businessman, philanthropist, and political activist.
Soros is estimated currently to be worth … ~$11.0 billion in net worth … ranked by Forbes as the 29th-richest person in the United States and has given away $6 billion to charities and his favorite causes since 1979.
Soros is chairman of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Institute and is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also one of three initial funders of Center for American Progress, and is represented on the board. His funding and organization of Georgia’s Rose Revolution was considered by Russian and Western observers to have been crucial to its success, although Soros said his role has been greatly exaggerated. In the United States, he is known for having donated large sums of money in a failed effort to defeat President George W. Bush’s bid for re-election in 2004.”

Why do you think the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) is going after Trump? Connect the dots.

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More quotes from the first article above (Soros quotes). Note what he says about globalism and national sovereignty:

“I was an avid supporter of the European Union from its inception. I regarded it as the embodiment of the idea of an open society: an association of democratic states willing to sacrifice part of their sovereignty for the common good. It started out at as a bold experiment in what Popper called “piecemeal social engineering.” The leaders set an attainable objective and a fixed timeline and mobilized the political will needed to meet it, knowing full well that each step would necessitate a further step forward. That is how the European Coal and Steel Community developed into the EU….”
The problem with “partially” giving up sovereignty is it subverts the rights of individual people under the rule of law.

“But the US will be preoccupied with internal struggles in the near future, and targeted minorities will suffer. The US will be unable to protect and promote democracy in the rest of the world.”
What gives the US the right to “protect and promote democracy” in the rest of the world? Isn’t that a form of imperialism and hegemony?
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The top dogs of the Globalists (aka one world government) are George Soros, Henry Kissinger, the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers (and lets all be happy that the human heart purchasing David Rockfeller is  recently dead).   I am sure there are some other lynch pins, but that’s a good start.  

Here is an example of how they ARE rolling out their agenda.

BREAKING: America Is Under Attack By These 187 Groups Funded By George Soros

http://www.mydailyinformer.com/breaking-america-is-under-attack-by-these-187-groups-funded-by-george-soros/

Some contributions by readers:

 Kelly Ann Thomas

This site has a list of NWO quotes.
http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/quotes/index.htm

This is JFK’s speech in which he talks about Secret Societies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdMbmdFOvTs

This site has the transcript of Kennedy’s speech.
“I think that his [Obama’s] task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period, when really a New World Order can be created.”
—Henry Kissinger, CNBC 2008

“In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all.”
—Strobe Talbot, Deputy Secretary of State, TIME, July l992

“One of the least understood strategies of the world revolution now moving rapidly toward its goal is the use of mind control as a major means of obtaining the consent of the people who will be subjects of the New World Order.”

–K.M. Heaton, National Educator

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CodeShutdown

If there is no New World Order, why do all these presidents and politicians talk about it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2c9PMV3ZJg
The angry reaction of our friends and associates is telling; They are angry for a reason; they cant stand an upset in their world vision. The more the comfort zone of their world or religious ideology is upset, the angrier they get. Was the demolition of the world trade center an inside job? The ramifications are too much for them.
Emotion rules peoples reality, not facts and logic. There are always enough facts to argue endlessly. emotion decides the belief. Those people have not been divided from us by subversive organizations, they were ALREADY that way. They were snitches in Nazi Germany, they were angry and turned on their neighbor during the inquisition. Our friends are few indeed and the others we will never convince.

Hawaii has 112,000 people in government housing (I don’t include the military in those numbers), and the most staunchly Democratic state in the union.
Indeed, the atmosphere was much more aggressive, upset. People got their undies all bunched up with the Hillary loss/Trump victory.
I have even gone on fake facebook to some liberal sites and tried to “fit in” and try to understand what makes them tick. I will let you know how that turns out…..lol, kind of entertaining.

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obewanspeaks

https://wakeup-world.com/2016/03/31/understanding-the-new-world-order-the-who-what-how-and-why/

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Proofs of a Conspiracy Against All the Religions and Governments of Europe, Carried on in the Secret Meetings of Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies
By John Robinson, A.M.
1798 John Adams Library collection
PDF-
https://ia601209.us.archive.org/0/items/1798ProofsOfAConspiracyIlluminatiFreemasonsRobisonJohnAdams/1798%20Proofs%20of%20a%20Conspiracy%20Illuminati%20Freemasons%20Robison%20John%20Adams.pdf
Alt link –
https://www.scribd.com/document/344221671/Proofs-of-a-Conspiracy-Illuminati-Freemasons

The Power of herbs for Prepper’s series “Marshmallow Root”

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The Power of herbs for Prepper’s series “Marshmallow Root”
Marshmallow root a powerful demuculant that soothes the membrane walls of organs , intestines, throat, stomach and urinary tract. It is also said to have some germ fighting properties and inflammation relieving phytochemicals as well as compounds that stimulate the immune system. It possess’ high concentrates of mucilage and pectin which are the powerhouses of aid in the irritated membrane walls.Its spongy, gummy mucilage soothes sore membrane walls and beginning the healing process. The concentrates of pectin found in this herb is a soluble fiber that keeps the gastrointestinal system running regularly and helps tame blood sugar.

The Mucilage becomes gel like when mixed with a little water use it in a poultice on inflamed or bruised skin as needed. Also you can use the gel to calm and heal irritated areas around your mouth during the winter month from wind burn especially.
A few Good Uses for Marshmallow root are (but not limited to):
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sore Throat
  • Uriart tract infection
  • diabetes 
  • Gallbladder problems 
  • Bronchitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Sores
  • Wounds Ulcer
  • Toothache
  • Burns
  • arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • cystitis
  • colitis
  • crohn’s disease
  • sunburn
  • inflamed tonsils
  • veracious veins
  • carbuncles
  • boils

Dosage:(ADULT)
Roots: 1/8 to 1/3 cup of marshmallow roots daily
Tea: 1 teaspoon of dried leave or roots in 8 ounces of boiling water steeped for 15 to 20 minutes daily.
Extract: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon 3 times daily
Syrup: 1/2 to 2 teaspoons daily
Tincture: 1 to 1 tablespoon 3 times daily

Notes: Due to the high levels of mucilage and pectin present it may effect the rate of absorption of other medications. Also discoloration of urine is common 
A powerful Marshmallow root Syrup to aid soreness, sooth inflammation and has antibacterial and anti viral properties
You will need:
  • 2 tablespoons of dried marshmallow root
  • 1 teaspoon of chamomile flowers
  • 1 /2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 1 cup of honey

Directions: bring 2 cups of distilled water to a hard boil then add all dried herbs, Cover and bring to a low simmer, simmer for 15 minutes or until reduced to half. The cover allows any essential oils present to remain in the concoction( base liquid of syrup) let cool  and strain and press in a potato ricer add honey and use for 
Burns, Eczema, insect bites, heat rashes, sunburn skin inflammations and irritations; 
Use as needed EXTERNALLY.
For internal Use  Adults use 1 tablespoon twice daily
This is good for tonsillitis, sore throats, inflamed larynx, hemorrhoid, anal flares, upset stomach, 24 hr, bug, inflamed intestines due to food allergies.
A Powerful Burn wash:
You will need:
  • 2 tablespoons of dried marshmallow root
  • 3 tablespoons of  dried tea tree leaves
  • 3 teaspoons of lavender flowers
  • 3 teaspoons of chamomile flowers
  • 4 cups of distilled water

Directions: bring 4 cups of distilled water to a hard boil then add all dried herbs, Cover and bring to a low simmer, simmer for 15 minutes or until reduced to half. The cover allows any essential oils present to remain in the concoction
Note: For severe sunburn or sun poisoning add 1/4 cup of PURE aloe vera juice( not the juice you drink as a snack) to the concoction AFTER IT HAS BEEN STRAINED< PRESSED and COOLED and mix well refrigerate and shake well before each use.
Dosage:
USE AS NEEDED TO EFFECTED AREAS EXTERNALLY ONLY

The Rise of Liberal Preppers – Welcome to the Party!

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Ever since I first began to take an interest in prepping, it seems that someone is always trying to classify the different types of individuals who make up this lifestyle and put us into a box. Back in 2007, when I was beginning to search out websites and blogs, the concepts that caught my eye were probably more aligned with more of a militia mindset, then it became survivalists, then Doomsday Preppers started gaining ground when the NatGeo show came out and really blew up from there. Elite preppers followed the trends of multi-millionaires buying up land in foreign places and constructing fortified bunkers. The latest repackaging by means of classification is Liberal Preppers.

What are Liberal Preppers and are they any different from those who can’t stomach the thought of describing themselves as anything left of Die Hard Conservative? Is the latest attempt at branding preppers any different and if so, who are these Liberal Preppers? Do you have anything to worry about as a new crowd shows interest in what was something you thought was uniquely yours? Could some of your own friends be preppers incognito?

Today I want to discuss this whole new term and break down the similarities and differences between Liberal Preppers and everybody else who used to simply call ourselves Preppers to figure out what this means for the prepper movement at large.

Who are these so-called Liberal Preppers

Liberal Preppers have come to the whole concept of prepping the way I would assume many of you have. They became concerned with what they perceived in the world around them and realized that should their worst fears be realized, they would be in serious doo-doo without taking some precautions up front. Liberal Preppers worry about some of the same things we do like having enough food to feed ourselves or our families so they are learning about canning. They worry about the political landscape and how the current administration policies and regulations could impact them negatively. They are concerned about geopolitical unease and the threats of war. Essentially, like any prepper, they want to do what they can in order to set themselves up for success and not be a victim of their own laziness should the worst happen.

How is a Liberal Prepper any different than a ‘Regular’ Prepper?

So, reading the list of concerns above, you might be asking yourself how is a Liberal Prepper any different from me. How is the steps they are taking to get knowledge, to gain a level of preparedness different from what I have been doing for years? My take on this is that there is nothing different about the steps they are taking. Humans need the same basic things that I have harped on for years. We all need water. Everyone needs food. You will die without shelter and you will be safer with some form of security. This is a universal truth.

What is different is their motivation.

Liberal Preppers are motivated by the flipside of things that you who have been called preppers for years are usually motivated by. Liberal Preppers are concerned about the new Trump Administration where older preppers were likely concerned about the Obama administration or the threat of a Hillary presidency. It is because of this that I think the term Liberal Preppers is a misnomer. Liberal Preppers assumes that you also have Conservative Preppers. What about Independent Preppers?

Your political bent shouldn’t really define you as a prepper but the current political landscape is always a major factor when people start to worry about the future. Both Liberals and Conservatives as well as Independents, Progressives, Main Streamers, Traditionalists all could be more accurately called Political Preppers.

Political Prepper – Noun – A person who makes preparations out of fear of the current political climate or leadership.

We have lots of the same types of worries on the other side here, but we just call ourselves preppers.

What does all this mean anyway?

Prepping is a lifestyle that I think everyone should engage in to the extent that your time and resources allow. I believe every human should take steps to make themselves less reliant on systems around us that bring us water and food. I believe that we don’t need to see the scenes repeated after Katrina and Sandy of people standing around screaming for the government to come help them. I think each parent should be able to take care of their children if the gas stations close, the grocery stores are out of food and the hospitals are unreachable. To a point.

Prepping for most people is really just providing a support net to get them over the initial duration of the most common emergencies we can visualize finding ourselves in. We stock up food and water, but most of us aren’t planning to go completely off-grid for 2 years in a concrete reinforced bunker but that’s ok. Most disasters aren’t apocalypses and simply having a few weeks’ worth of food and water can mean the difference between life and death. Your politics might be driving your rationale for prepping but you are trying to achieve the same personal goals as all the rest of us.

The Prepper Journal has always tried to appeal to anyone trying to take practical steps to be more prepared to take care of their family in a short or long-term disaster. We have people who love guns, who wear MAGA hats, hold lifetime memberships to the NRA as well as vegans, pacifists and yes, Liberals. I have shared the stories of my own life of close personal friends and even family members who hold diametrically opposing positions on social and political issues but we still get along just fine. The comments section at the bottom of every article is open to anyone regardless of your personal philosophy and I would say that mix has created some very interesting and instructive conversations.

Prepping is not an exclusive party and my goal has always been to get as many people prepping as possible. I say to anyone who is new to these concepts and calls themselves a Liberal Prepper, welcome! I’m glad you are interested in taking steps to get more prepared. I hope you will join the conversation here at the Prepper Journal. I think you will find that you have more in common with your other fellow Preppers than you might even know and I think we all can learn a lot from each other.

Here are a few articles that can help you get started:

Good luck and remember that you can always ask any question in the comments of this or any article. The Prepper Journal has a diverse, intelligent and experienced audience who has always shown they are happy to provide their own advice and experience on any issue you are facing.

What are you prepping for?

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How to Make Remote Camping More Manageable

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Before thinking about going on a remote camping trip, you should have a plan of action in place long before your arrival. Remote camping is only manageable when you plan ahead. Some people may think remote camping should be a spontaneous and adventurous activity, but you don’t want spontaneity without some focus. Like anything, if you have direction as to where you are headed and what you should take with you, your trip should be more manageable. 

 

Plan of Action

Depending on whether you are going to camp on your own, with others, or with pets, you need to plan as to where you will camp, how you will get there, what essentials you will need to take, and how long your camping adventure will last. Coming up with your plan is the most important part of your trip!

 

Transportation

Hiking to a remote campsite will be different from driving or having a recreational vehicle with you, so the matter of transportation has to be taken into consideration for not only getting back and forth from a campsite, but transporting and storing camping essentials as well. Plus, you need to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape, have access to fuel, distilled water, a battery charger, tire inflator, a multi-tool kit, and other items before you plan a remote camping trip. You should also have your vehicle documents and insurance papers along in case of any altercations on the road. No one wants to contact a car accident attorney on the way to and from a remote camping spot. 

 

Camping Destination

Wherever you decide to camp, check with the Forest Service for camping locations as well as national parks, state parks, and other areas for camping accommodations. Inquire as to what campsites offer, such as camping time limits, safety concerns, passable roads, water availability, fire restrictions, restroom/shower facilities, and the nearest towns and medical services. Remember, many remote spots are “first come, first served.” Write, email, or call about reserving campsites before taking off into the wilderness. 

 

Camping Essentials

Camping essentials should include a survival or “bug-out” bag, a first aid kit that includes sunscreen, chap stick, insect repellents, and any personal medications. Hand wipes, sanitizer, toilet tissue, towels, soap, dry shampoo, water purification tablets or filters, as well as garbage bags for dirty laundry and trash are other important essentials. 

Sufficient bottled water as well as a food box and cooler are other items to include. Stock the food box with non-perishable food items, such as canned goods, coffee, tea, powdered drinks, crackers, bread, dried fruit, dehydrated or packaged dinners, canned meats, jerky, peanut butter, pudding and fruit cups, trail mixes, granola bars and other snacks. Canned drinks, water bottles and any perishable foods should be kept in the cooler, or a recreational vehicle refrigerator.

 

Clothing Essentials

Other personal essentials should include comfortable hiking shoes/boots, synthetic or wool socks, breathable loose and protective clothing (moisture wicking clothing), as well as sun hats, raingear, and swimsuits (if swimming areas are available). 

 

Camping Equipment

Depending on whether a recreational vehicle of some kind is used for remote camping, there are equipment pieces that are usually necessary if tent camping is the camping mode. Equipment should include a seasonal tent, sleeping bags, pillows, folding chairs, air mattresses or cots, blankets, lanterns, flashlights, headlamps, a fold-able shovel, an axe, propane cylinders, propane stove, over the fire grill grate, fire-starter, waterproof matches, stainless steel coffee pot, pans, plates, cups and utensils, which are all equipment standards. A camera, binoculars, maps, a handheld GPS, extra batteries and a cell phone and phone charger all make remote camping safer, easier, and more enjoyable as well.

 

Safety Concerns

Wild animals, disgruntled or hostile camper neighbors (interlopers), rough terrain, poisonous or dangerous insects and plants, dangerous weather, fires, and other situations can all present safety concerns, which suggest it is good to know about animal and plant life in a remote camping area, plus have others campers with you to help in emergencies and make calls to local emergency and law officials if necessary. 

 

The advice listed should help to make remote camping far more manageable. With the right plan, equipment, supplies, common sense, and a little cautionary know how, remote camping can be both manageable and fun.

 

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11 Places To Hide Your Guns Where Nobody Will See Them

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One of the most effective home defensive weapons you can own, without question, is a gun. A gun is what will equalize you to your invader (or perhaps give you an advantage) and should always be your primary choice for a home defense weapon. That being said, owning a gun for home defense still comes […]

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Solar Simple 123 Review And Giveaway

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Have you heard of this little solar-powered device that can not only charge your phone, tablet, or camera, it can also stick to your window for a constant supply of energy from the sun? If not, you’ll want to check this out.

It’s called the Solar Simple 123 and it has the power to charge any USB-powered device, but is small enough and light-weight enough to carry anywhere. Keep some at home, in your car, or anywhere else you might need to charge up your phone or other devices.

The team at Solutions From Science made a great video for you to watch below. Make sure you watch all the way to the end! They offer some really great tips on ways to use the Solar Simple 123, including one use that amazed everyone at the table.

Even better: For the next two weeks (until June 13th), you can get one of these for free! It’s so easy – all the details are listed down below. They normally sell the Solar Simple 123 for $19.95, but they’re so excited about this product, they wanted to get it to as many people as possible.

If you want to get more than one Solar Simple 123, you can purchase extras to have on hand. (Watch the video below to hear why one customer always has two in her house.) To order additional Solar Simple 123s, go to www.SolarSimple123.com

Remember, you can get a free Solar Simple 123, but you have to do it before June 13th.


 

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Food Storage Recipe – Quick and Easy Ham & Bean Soup

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This recipe uses canned beans for a quick, last-minute recipe. If time is not an issue, however, you can save a little more money by using dried beans. They will need to be soaked and prepared first, so just be sure to follow the instructions for preparation on the package.

 NEED:

3 carrots, diced

 1 onion, diced

 3 celery ribs, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

 4 (14.5-ounce) cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained

 5 cups chicken broth

 2 cups cubed, fully-cooked ham (you can make this vegetarian by skipping the ham – it will still be tasty!)

1 bay leaf

Salt and pepper

1. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, sauté the onions, carrots, and celery in the oil over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté, stirring constantly, for one additional minute.

2. Add the tomatoes, beans, broth, ham, and bay leaf to the kettle. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 40 minutes. Use water to thin the soup to your liking.

3. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Food Storage Recipe – Quick and Easy Ham & Bean Soup

This recipe uses canned beans for a quick, last-minute recipe. If time is not an issue, however, you can save a little more money by using dried beans. They will need to be soaked and prepared first, so just be sure to follow the instructions for preparation on the package.

 NEED:

3 carrots, diced

 1 onion, diced

 3 celery ribs, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

 4 (14.5-ounce) cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained

 5 cups chicken broth

 2 cups cubed, fully-cooked ham (you can make this vegetarian by skipping the ham – it will still be tasty!)

1 bay leaf

Salt and pepper

1. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, sauté the onions, carrots, and celery in the oil over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté, stirring constantly, for one additional minute.

2. Add the tomatoes, beans, broth, ham, and bay leaf to the kettle. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 40 minutes. Use water to thin the soup to your liking.

3. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

How to Transition to Live off the Grid with Success

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In recent years going off the grid has become a cultural buzz phrase. From reality shows airing, to dozens of new articles and media coverage, and legal battles has stirred many misconceptions and inaccurate facts about going off the grid. Our goal here is to clear the air and provide the facts on what it really means to go off the grid and provide a beginners step by step guide to really making it happen, with success.

Quick Navigation

  I. Off Grid Living Philosophy
    1) Sustainability
    2) Self Sufficiency
    3) Independence
    4) Minimizing Waste
    5) Communal Living
    6) Trading and Bartering
    7) Saving Money
    8) Connecting with Nature
    9) Connecting with Old Ways
    10) Work & Play Balance
    11) Alternative Fun & Play
    12) Be Realistic, Not Idealistic
  II. Strategy to Go off the Grid
   A. Home Planning
    1) Buying Land
    2) Build New or Fix Old
    3) Generating Power
    4) Backup Power & Storage
    5) Sourcing Water
    6) Managing Waste
   B. Lifestyle Changes
    1) Reduce Energy Consumption
    2) Limit Appliances
    3) Compost
    4) Rent a PO Box
    5) Reduce Water Usage
    6) Farming & Gardening

I. The Philosophy Behind Off Grid Living

There are people who don’t give a lot of thought about using electricity provided by power companies. But there are those who strive to be more self-sustaining in all aspects of their lives.

Ever wondered how you could be independent and use electricity generated “off the grid”? Or how you could live your everyday life without relying on modern technologies and outside resources?

You might be surprised on how many people all over the world are doing it now. Around 1.7 billion globally are off their respective electrical and sewer grids. More than 200,000 US citizens are living off the grid.

One way to define it is when one goes to live in a more natural setting and becomes conscious of their energy consumption.

The “Grid” once referred to the US electrical system. The idea sparked when groups of people thought how they could potentially get their source of electricity via more natural means, i.e., solar and wind power. Americans welcomed the idea of unplugging from the grid and striking it out on their own with eco-friendly alternatives.

Off the grid living has grown since then. Now, it means a whole lot more than just having your own source of electricity. The term now refers to cutting off your cell service, generally escaping the clutches of invasive technology and becoming self-sufficient. Reducing overall carbon footprint as well as living a simpler, more rewarding life is the goal of any and all off-gridders around the world.

It can be one people, a couple or a family. Going off grid will prove to be a challenge at first, but it’s definitely doable. You can effectively erase your identity and live a happy, beautiful life on your own.

Are you ready to take that first step? Here’s what going off the grid is all about:

1) Environmental Sustainability

Back in the old days, each family and community had the idea of living off the grid down pat.

Our ancestors were truly independent. They strived to have their own source of water, food, electricity, gas and other essential goods.

Think about it. If you were living in a house that generated its own electricity, had a water source nearby, had a means to acquire fuel, heat, food, clothing and other necessities, then you’d surely become independent in every sense of the word. Even when SHTF events and the apocalypse came, you’d have a strong propensity to survive!

Finding a good source of nearby water is the very first step you should undertake. It is of absolute importance that you should be independent from government or municipal facilities on one of most basic necessities of man. The more natural wells and underground orifices in one location, the better.

Let me tell you that finding the ideal location where one can get plenty of water makes your self-sustaining lifestyle 50% complete. It’s vital that you can turn to this source of water all throughout the seasons for washing, cleaning, bathing and drinking purposes.

At the very least, you should have a reliable source come high winter and during the summer, where water could be limited. Invest in a portable water purifier for you and the entire family. Learn how to create a makeshift water filter using common items found in the wild.

The next task on the agenda should be your energy source. There are many options for creating sustainable energy- solar, wind and water. The choice will depend on your location and the geographical layout.

2) Self Sufficiency

Living off the grid and self sufficiency are both similar and different in meaning. For one thing, you can be free of using public utilities (off the grid), but still rely on certain human necessities (self-sufficiency). Being independent would mean that you rely on no one for electricity, water, food, shelter, protection, etc.

Some of you might wonder if self sufficiency also means quitting your 9 to 5. After all, won’t you need money to set it all up? What happens then after you start living off the grid?

Part of the philosophy is understanding that you can truly be the master of your own self. Yes, you work hard to earn a living, but the bottom line is that you can and should sustain yourself without the help of any external elements. You shouldn’t toil the rest of your life just to meet your basic human needs. Off the grid means you will have the time to pursue your interests, hopes and dreams!

Self sufficiency is an everyday practice. At first it’s understandable to have to go to the grocery store or the laundromat as you set things up, but off-gridders should strive to become their own masters in due time.

3) Independence and Freedom

Would you believe it if I told you that you can live for free in this world?

Realizing this is one more step towards off the grid living. Look at what nature can give you- food, clothing, shelter and an endless supply of renewable, clean energy. You have everything you need to survive!

4) Minimizing Consumption and Waste

One of the rules in successfully living off the grid is preventing wastage whenever possible. Some might even go as far as saying that wasting resources is a crime. It makes total sense, because although all the resources you have is free, that doesn’t mean you should waste it. Purchase only the items that you need. The things that add no value to your life should be avoided.

Think of it this way- wasting one resource will affect how you live off grid in the near future. Don’t waste hard-earned money just to be happy for one day. Practice the art of saving and being frugal. Not wasting means you avoid the need to be greedy.

5) Communal Living and Support Network

It’s not uncommon to find off the grid communities within your neighborhood, city or state. Having a community of like-minded individuals can be a boon as you could share skills, resources and whatnot. One could be in charge of managing the power supply for the entire group; one could be farming vegetables, and one could be growing livestock.

There are advantages of living off grid in a community. A number of off-gridders have a greater chance to successfully sustain themselves as a group as compared to an individual. There’s an internal barter system in place, with each individual or family having their own skills and interests.

 

6) Trading and Bartering

It’s possible to acquire some much-needed resources with little to no money involved. Our ancestors did this by trading and bartering with one another. The concept goes something like this- you offer your talent, skill or any excess resource to those who need it, and they give you something equally beneficial to you in return. Bartering is quick and it doesn’t need to be overly bogged down with details.

7) On Saving Money

Money should be the least of your worries when you go entirely off grid. Being able to generate your own needed resources, along with the barter and trading system for the ones you’re lacking for the moment should be enough for money-free living. If you do happen to make money, save it so you will have a resource you can use for later.

8) Connecting with Nature

Living off the grid is synchronous to becoming in harmony with nature. As you begin this way of life, you become aware of the beauty of our Earth, and you’ll come to appreciate and preserve the things around you. It promotes environmental living and the Going Green lifestyle on a wider scale.

Once you touch base with your inner instincts, you’ll have the chance to “re-wild”, or reconnect with your primal survival instincts. You’ll also forego living in artificial light and learn to wake up with the sun. Instead of having to worry if you have enough electricity, why not look up and learn how to live with our sun?

You’ll be surprised by how little electricity you consume if you work where there’s natural light, and settle down when the sun sets for another day. In other words, you sleep when it’s dark and make the most of your day when it’s light. Enjoy the stars, the twilight breeze and the nocturnal sounds that will lull you to a satisfying, deep sleep!

9) Connecting With Old Ways

When people hear the word off the grid living, they usually think mere survival. This shouldn’t be your mindset, because living entirely off the grid doesn’t make it just a remake of the hunger games. The goal isn’t a survival of the fittest aspect, but it should be a reconnection of the old ways and living like the ancient days.

There’s no competition. It’s just you and nature and everything else that’s around you. Don’t think too hard on surviving. Think about living and start from there.

10) Work and Play Balance

A lot of resources and hard work is involved if you strive towards off the grid living. Life slows down to the most natural rhythm, which means you should also slow down and smell the roses. You have achieved enormous work using immense energy and time, but now it’s time to sit back and enjoy what you’ve created for yourself.

Put your feet up and relax. Take in the amazing sounds of nature. Start a hobby that you’ve been putting off all your life. Read a book. You deserve it! Off-gridding is about slowing down and experiencing a simpler life. There’s plenty of relaxing activities to do and a lot of communing with nature.

11) Alternative Entertainment and Activities

Avoid electronic activities as much as possible. If you can eliminate it entirely, all the better. This means there should be no video games, no computer and no TV. If you’re used to being surrounded by electricity and all those newfangled gadgets, then it could take a while before you could shake off the modern addiction, but there’s still a reward to be earned.

Instead of missing out on these things, why not focus on what’s in front of you? The world is your playground now. Think hard about what it is you truly love doing. You’ll be surprised at how much time is freed when you won’t have to worry about earning enough to live. Then, you’ll naturally start spending time on your hobbies and your passion. The time you spend won’t be wasted on drudgeries. You will start to understand yourself better. Your natural skills will be nurtured and heightened. Then all the days you spend will be towards the things you keep putting off. You’ll be happier and more fulfilled as the days go by.

12) Be Realistic, Not Idealistic

Before starting your off the grid project, ask yourself- what is my motivation for pursuing this kind of life?

There are many acceptable reasons. One, you might be tired of having to rely on the electrical grid and be at the mercy of their price hikes and fluctuations. Or, you may wish to be more self-reliant. Other people may be tired of the current society and want to be left alone. And there are some who do it just because they can.

Think long and hard about what it is that drives you to go off the grid. Understand the reality of going off the grid- are you sure you want to forego modern luxuries? Understanding your base motive will also help establish what type of off-grid living you will set up.

Environmental Motive. Your motive is to use the least amount of energy possible and have a renewable system of energy you can rely on for your everyday living. You’d want to be free of price hikes and vulnerabilities of living on the grid, such as power outages, water outages, gas hikes, etc.

Political or Social Motive. You want to be responsible for your consumption of energy.

Financial Motive. The distance from the grid makes off-gridding more viable and less expensive.

 

– Going Off The Grid is Going Green

Going green is a natural byproduct of living off grid. This type of lifestyle benefits mother Earth and the environment. Most off-gridders select a location where nature becomes an essential part of their daily lives. You naturally gravitate towards places where there’s more sunlight, more water and more wind because you’ll rely on it more. You’ll start living differently than those who are in the city. For example, you won’t need as much stuff as the average consumer. In fact, you’ll be surprised at how much of the stuff you owned before wasn’t that beneficial to your life anyway. You’ll be more aware that we’re simply consuming too much. Then, you’ll be awakened to the fact that everything you need is all around you, and it is all free.

Off the grid living won’t mean that you have to give up your main mode of transportation, but you’ll be less dependent on it. You’ll still use it, but that will happen once a week or only once a month.

– Trade offs, Fears, and Finances

Some people take the chance of living off the grid as a more permanent means of escape. They may have lost their trust in the government, in society and large companies that promote consumerism. These people may have felt that community is no longer what it was before- a safe haven.

Individuals may find off the grid living a necessity that’s perpetuated by hard times. But they must also consider hard work and waking up early hours if they want to survive in an off the grid setting.

You’d be surprised at how much work you need to put in if you’ve always worked that 9 to 5 desk job. That’s not necessarily a bad thing- you’ll be the master of your own home. It will be your responsibility to make it livable and comfortable. Keeping a garden for produce, hunting and growing food, finding and storing wood for fire and making water potable are just some of the basic necessities for successful off the grid living. It’s not off the grid if you buy wood from the local grocery store.

You can sure bet that there will be trade-offs to consider. More notably, modern conveniences, the latest gadgets and technologies, and of course, less vacations. Think hard and fast- are you willing to give up a modern lifestyle?

Deep down, you may have longed to be free of all stresses of your modern life. You wish for times that are much simpler. Eat, sleep and be merry. Isn’t that the whole reason you’re stuck doing that 9 to 5 for years now?

Choosing to live independent of public utilities and all those modern niceties can be a liberating thing. If you think they’re chaining you down, then it’s truly possible that what you’re searching for is an off the grid lifestyle. Think about your doubts. What’s keeping you from realizing your personal freedom? More often than not, it’s a misguided notion about keeping up with current society and living the American dream.

The idea of living in the wild and having a crooked house, with little creature comfort may prove to be overwhelming at first. There’s truth in the saying “No man is an island”, but we shouldn’t be too restricted in living in crowded neighborhoods and playing set roles our entire lives.

Understandably, we shrink from the fear of the unknown. This is why some would rather endure 2-hour work commutes and 50-hour work weeks to pay off all those mortgages, debts and loans. Shying away from the norm will take some time getting used to. Being finally free of the 9 to 5 drudgery and not worrying whether you can survive for another day is a worthy endeavor someone would give anything for.

You can try to acclimatize from being free of the grid by visiting a similar homestead. Try to live a week or a month in a city with a smaller population, or in a cabin that’s sparsely populated with living amenities. You can target off-places that are miles beyond civilization.

 

II. How To Go Off The Grid and Make Your Own Homestead

Here’s a step by step strategy if you’re planning on going at it alone

A. Home Planning

You can choose any of the options below for going off the grid

1) Buying Land

The best kind of land you can buy for off the grid living will have some of these essential elements:

– Reliable Source of Water. Land that has more than one good water source are your best bet. Look for streams, lakes and other natural water sources.

Wildlife. This factor is important for several reasons. One, it adds to the off the grid atmosphere. Two, it can prove to be a very useful source of food for when you’re experiencing regional and even national disasters where food distribution grinds to a halt.

Sunlight. Don’t forget the importance of having healthy doses of sunshine. Forested lands, mountainous areas and coastal land will need to have plenty of sunlight for your solar panels. Try to sketch out a plan where you can install solar arrays that get lots of sunlight, even when the winter arc is lowest in the sky. If not, then go look for land that has this aspect.

Natural Fuel. You’ll also need some natural fuel for cooking and for heating your home with. The key to off the grid living is finding land that has abundant resources. Land that has numerous trees are always a plus. If you could get firewood cutting permits or get your own private land, so much the better. Here, you can plant saplings for future sustainability.

– Once you establish these things, then the next natural step will be to install your own septic tank system. Set up a well or a source of water near your home. These are the basics for waste and water management.

– The best land for off the grid living has plenty of areas to put up solar and wind energy. You’ll need an established power source for your energy needs at home. Before you think of anything else that you may need for your home, consider water, sun and wood. A piece of property that has all these 3 is your ideal location.

You can reach out to any of the pre-established off the grid communities if you’re having a hard time finding the perfect land. The Three Rivers Recreation Area around Bend, Oregon has a thriving community living well away from the grid. Breitenbush is also a renowned off the grid area, which is near Salem. For a closer look at income-sharing communities, try out Earthhaven, North Carolina, Twin Oaks, Virginia or Dancing Rabbit, Missouri. Spend several days and commune with the locals to see what the off grid life is all about.

You can also visit the Greater World Community, located in Taos in New Mexico. The “Earthship” homes are made entirely from recycled materials. Buying property here would run you anywhere from $75k to $350k. The buildings in Arcosanti Ecovillage, Arizona uses all-natural material as well.

Finally, the Possibility Alliance located in the state of Missouri is a testament to how people can live in the most simplest of lifestyles. All the off-gridders here share communal work such as tending to the livestock, cooking, farming and working from sunrise till sunset. Although some of the residents here stay only for a few months, there are permanent residents who call the area their home.

 

2) Building a New Home, or Rehab an Existing One

Should you consider buying a new home to move into, or to rehab your existing one?

It’s true that each of these options have their own pros and cons. You can move into a new home if it fits the ideal off-grid setting (plenty of wind, sun, many trees and water, etc.), or if you’re already on the right location, it would make more sense to rehab your existing home. Rehabbing or upgrading your existing home will be the more viable option if you need only to modify a few aspects (making it more eco-friendly, adding sustainable features), and if your existing property is already an off the grid living work in progress.

Here are some more Pros and Cons for each to consider:

 – Building a New Home Pros

Quick, Efficient Transition. New homes are pre-built and ready for occupation. You can add in a few specifications before the house is completely built, but once that’s done then there’s little extra work to do. You won’t have to repaint, remove walls. relocate the toilets and maintain existing plumbing.

Enjoy New Design Elements. You can have a contractor put in the things you want for off the grid living before you move in. Moreover, they can add in essential elements and everything you need without having to work from the ground up.

Energy Efficient. You’ll be limited in terms of electricity and power, so you’ll want to make the new home as energy-efficient as possible. It fits into the overall theme of living off the grid.

 – Building a New Home Cons

More Expensive. Understandably, new homes are priced higher than if you were to rehab your existing home.

Little Customization. A new home may or may not have all the design elements you’re looking for. If you’re accustomed to DIY projects, then a rehab may be the better choice.

– Rehab an Existing Home Pros

Huge Savings. Working with what you already have will save you more in costs. You won’t have to wait until the right kind of property comes along.

Complete DIY. You will have complete freedom over the design choices and which off the grid feature goes where. If you have the know-how and the skills to build, then you can draw up your own plans and get started. You can take full advantage of the lay of the land and put up solar panels that will get the most sun, or build your room that has the most energy-efficient location. The end result is more or less how you envisioned your house to be.

 – Rehab an Existing Home Cons

More Work Needed. Choosing to rehab your existing home means you’ll have to put up with the extra work required. Even if you hire a contractor to do most of the dirty work, you’ll need to work with the details and get ready to do manual labor on some of the processes involved.

More Time Needed. The rehabbing process could take weeks, or even months if you want a huge remodel. Converting some of the areas of your house into one that’s better suited for off the grid living will take up huge amounts of your time.

3) Generating Power

Off the grid living is all about generating your own electricity. This is one important element that you shouldn’t skimp out on. You can build your very own energy efficient house, or buy a land or house that comes with pre-installed off-grid power sources. Setting up one for yourself may vary, but the estimated out of pocket costs will be somewhere around $10,000.

The two best sustainable energy sources are either solar or wind power. A single wind turbine would cost somewhere between $500 to $2500, while solar panels are a more complicated matter. You’ll also need a way to convert all that energy into usable electricity.

Untethered solar power can be had for an investment. It’s all worth it in the end. Imagine having your very own source of electricity that can power simple appliances and the like. The first thing you’ll need is a capable solar panel.

A mid-sized solar power array can generate somewhere around 2,300 watts worth of electricity. This is enough to run a small kitchen’s worth of appliances, a laptop computer, a TV, a refrigerator and a medium washing machine. You won’t need air conditioning since you’ll get plenty of cool air and refreshing breezes from where you’re at. Plus, ACs are a major energy hog.

The best measure of how much solar panels you will need is how many of them you can afford. The sooner you have the investment money for them, the better. Get the latest photovoltaic cells that could acquire more solar energy more efficiently. This directly translates to the quality of life you experience. You’ll also depend less on gas and firewood when you have more sources of free electricity coming from the sun. Instead of needing more firewood or propane, you can just use free electricity to heat your water and cook your food.

Don’t forget about investing in an off grid battery bank! Sure, you can get electricity as long as there’s a sun, but it always helps to have a backup power at night. You can add batteries that could store power and require little maintenance. Keep in mind that you’ll need to pour in distilled water from time to time, and check and see that the state of charge doesn’t go below 50 percent. I know how this added maintenance may seem to be a bother, but think about not having to pay an electricity bill ever again, or experience an inconvenient power outage.

A final note on off-grid batteries. Get as much as you can. This maxim applies to solar panels as well. PV panel costs are dropping each day, so make the most out of it. Oversize as necessary. It’s instant peace of mind, and you get to rely less on generators.

– Wind Power For Off Grid Living

Don’t count out wind power just yet. Installation of turbines have recently proven to be worth the effort when you wish to be living off the grid. Wind is always present, all the time. This fact could prove to be useful for when you’re not getting any sun for an extended period of time.

If you can install both solar and wind sources, the better. They can work exceedingly well and complement each other. A hybrid solar and turbine system combined will allow you the luxury of having enough electricity per day. Sometimes this combo is enough to forego the use of generators. Don’t be surprised if you would need the generator for only a few times per year!

How does one find an ideal location for setting up a wind turbine? The best sources of strong wind would be at a high vantage point, at a wide field and near a large body of water. For safety reasons, it should be 300 feet away from tree lines, silos and barns. The height should be at least 30 feet taller than any object that might cause dangerous turbulence.

Like any good prepper, you should think about all possibilities and prepare for all kinds of emergency situations. This applies to your wind turbines as well. Protect your wind turbine and ground it properly. Turbines operate in extreme weather conditions and can break if you don’t take the proper measures. Repairing broken wind turbines may prove to be inconvenient but you’ll soon thank the stars for having more than one reliable source of electricity.

– Heating Water and Your Home

So we’ve covered the wastewater management, potable water supply and electricity. The next step would be the concern of heating your home. As it stands, your house should already be optimized for being energy efficient by means of insulation and installing heating elements, but of course one should prepare for the unexpected as well. You can consider using propane to cook your food and heat water. This is not the most sustainable means but it’s a good start to living off the grid. Look deeper and you’ll find other renewable sources of heating your home.

You can start by varying your methods of heating water. Instead of using electricity to make hot water, why not let the sun go at it directly? There are many ways to install a solar hot water heater. Make a DIY or purchase one that’s ready to use. When the clouds come, or when the rainy seasons start to show up, then you can switch to other heating methods. Woodstoves are excellent alternatives for heating water. Put on larger kettles so you can heat larger amounts of water on demand. This will serve you well during the cold winter months. Install a cast-iron bathtub that retains the heat of the water and passes it on to the bathroom floor for maximum efficiency.

Most homes that are connected to the grid use most of their electricity for heating purposes. Compare this to wood stoves that use the surrounding environment for fuel. Burning wood won’t be as damaging as using fossil fuel, because it will get absorbed by the surrounding trees anyway. Use firewood cutting tools that are electrically powered to complete the loop.

Biogas can be created from scratch once you learn how. It’s not too hard to live a self-sufficient life nowadays. The more you stay away from the grid, the more independent and knowledgeable you become!

4) Backup Power and Storage

Focus on creating your own power grid that could generate 10,000 kilowatts of usable electricity per year. This figure should be enough to power a typical American household. If you don’t know anything about solar panels, wind turbines and alternative sources, now is the time to find out.

Browse around and you’ll see a lot of power storage options. The energy you acquire from nature can be stored for later use. To prepare for all kinds of contingencies, you’ll also need a back up system in place. Have propane or electric generators on hand. These are widely available on hardware stores, home improvement shops and on the internet. You can look in eBay, Amazon or Craiglist, among others.

Propane generators are better than generators that are powered by gasoline. Gas depletes easily, while propane can be kept indefinitely.

How about food storage? A freezer or any similar container should work fine here. Grow some onions and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, squash, carrots and potatoes. A root cellar is excellent because you won’t need electricity for it. A cistern below the kitchen area will do- it’s cold but it doesn’t freeze. It also contains a high amount of humidity, which is good for storing vegetables.

5) Sourcing Water

Water use will significantly decrease once you get off the grid. A storage tank that holds up to 20 gallons should suffice. The source of water will depend on your location, but the most possible ones include a river, a cistern, a well, a lake, etc.

Here’s how you can find one:

Drill A Well. This well water will come in handy for use inside the house. To supplement this, you can purchase cisterns or make your own to collect rainwater falling from the sky. This water can grow your crops and be used for bathing. Drilling and the pump can be priced up to $15,000.

A deep-drilled water well paired up with a solar-powered DC pump fills up the water tanks quite nicely. You can also install a drip irrigation system to water your garden everyday.

Water should be collected in large batches. Pumps require a significant amount of electricity, so you can time it when the sun is up and you’re collecting solar power. Two tanks per instance should suffice. Don’t forget to put in the septic tank to complete the water process. This will cost a few thousand dollars, but it’s always worth it.

 

6) Managing Waste

In off the grid living, you’ll quickly find out that there are no municipal waste bins and garbage trucks that collect your refuse each week. An efficient waste management and waste disposal system should be set up. Installing a septic tank is the first step; the next logical one would be to create a compost pit that will be beneficial for a lot of things.

Managing your waste is very important. If you leave waste on the surface carelessly, then you could end up very sick and unable to do any work. A consistent method of disposing waste is paramount if you wish to be successful in off-grid living.

There are several ways to do this. Put up composting toilets that don’t use any water. The septic tank should be able to deal with indoor bathrooms. Your shower room could be placed outside your house to save on space. If you aren’t too keen on the idea of having to heat water, you can invest in a propane tank for hot water on demand. Since you won’t be bringing washing machines along, you should pick out functional and durable clothing that can be worn in any season.

B. Lifestyle Changes

Some people might think that off the grid living is reserved only when the apocalypse comes. They may deem it unnecessary because they are accustomed to living a plentiful life. Off the grid living is a practice of living a self-sustaining life, and it’s beautiful in its own way. One can connect with the living world and all that it can offer even when there’s no global war or SHTF scenario. If you think about it, modern conveniences veer us off towards dependency, with more and more inventions claiming to make life easier for humans. In essence, living off the grid means shaking off the shackles of pop culture, conveniences and being free from the government.

Off the grid living serves to open your eyes as to what life can give. Your current life isn’t what it totally seems. Mother Nature can provide for everything you’ll ever need. You might be overwhelmed and wondering why you ever got into this if you’re accustomed to living the sheltered life, but soon the blinds fall away and you experience a wonderful commune with Earth. Be prepared to let go of the things that seem to matter the most to you- modern conveniences, technologies and the like. Yes, you may still use them but they will not dominate every waking moment of your life from here on. Instead, you’ll get to think on your feet and work with whatever’s in front of you.

 

1) Reduce Energy Consumption

You’ll learn how to maximize the sun and the energy it brings. Work when the sun is up and rest when it goes down. If you need electricity, then put up additional generators and solar panels whenever resources allow it.

2) Limit Appliances

What goes inside your new home should be of the utmost importance. This means there shouldn’t be any space for one-use or superficial appliances. No video games, microwave oven, clothes dryer, washing machine, blow dryer, etc.

The ones you put in your home should have the highest energy efficiency rating. Nowadays, a larger energy efficient unit is better than an old refrigeration unit in terms of electric consumption. Since we’re talking about appliances, let’s talk refrigeration. Food should be stored to keep them fresh for as long as possible. Opt for small refrigerators that consume very little power. The 3 most power-hungry appliances are the following- the water pump, the TV and the fridge. For these 3 appliances, it would be worth it to invest in a better, more efficient unit.

3) Compost

Composting is a must-have. Learn the ins and outs of waste disposal. Read up on how you can recycle most of your waste, and leave the rest to the local dump sites.

4) Rent a PO Box

Living off the grid usually means you won’t be living in a residence anymore. If you have family and loved ones that you’d want to stay connected with, then you can opt to rent a PO Box for this matter alone. It’s optional, but one of the few things you should consider.

You may also want to keep an open line via mobile phone and other communication devices. An emergency radio is one of the most important things you can bring with you, which could be useful when such situations and scenarios arise.

5) Reduce Water Usage

Water can come from the basins that collect rain, barrels and cisterns. You can heat the water you’ve collected using a wood stove, an installed solar water heater and the like. For washing your clothes and eating utensils, you can use hand soap and the nearest water source, i.e., rivers, lakes, etc. You won’t be using as much water because you’ll be conscious of it all the time.

Your water usage along with your power usage will naturally lessen. You’ll learn how to shower, flush and wash your clothes only when necessary.

 

6) Farming and Gardening

Farming and gardening is a must-have if you wish to thrive off the grid. Get all the information you can and start farming and gardening, even if you haven’t escaped yet. All that you eat can be acquired from the land. Some of the most important food you need are fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Plant crops, preserve food and know when the best time is for harvesting. You can gradually add to your food source by keeping livestock. Farming is hard work, but it is ultimately rewarding. You won’t get to be good at it overnight- keep at it and you’ll find your skills improving day by day.

Propane stoves would be great for cooking your meals. Consider other alternatives such as an outdoor fire pit or a DIY barbecue grill.

How to Transition to Live off the Grid with Success

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In recent years going off the grid has become a cultural buzz phrase. From reality shows airing, to dozens of new articles and media coverage, and legal battles has stirred many misconceptions and inaccurate facts about going off the grid. Our goal here is to clear the air and provide the facts on what it really means to go off the grid and provide a beginners step by step guide to really making it happen, with success.

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  I. Off Grid Living Philosophy
    1) Sustainability
    2) Self Sufficiency
    3) Independence
    4) Minimizing Waste
    5) Communal Living
    6) Trading and Bartering
    7) Saving Money
    8) Connecting with Nature
    9) Connecting with Old Ways
    10) Work & Play Balance
    11) Alternative Fun & Play
    12) Be Realistic, Not Idealistic
  II. Strategy to Go off the Grid
   A. Home Planning
    1) Buying Land
    2) Build New or Fix Old
    3) Generating Power
    4) Backup Power & Storage
    5) Sourcing Water
    6) Managing Waste
   B. Lifestyle Changes
    1) Reduce Energy Consumption
    2) Limit Appliances
    3) Compost
    4) Rent a PO Box
    5) Reduce Water Usage
    6) Farming & Gardening

I. The Philosophy Behind Off Grid Living

There are people who don’t give a lot of thought about using electricity provided by power companies. But there are those who strive to be more self-sustaining in all aspects of their lives.

Ever wondered how you could be independent and use electricity generated “off the grid”? Or how you could live your everyday life without relying on modern technologies and outside resources?

You might be surprised on how many people all over the world are doing it now. Around 1.7 billion globally are off their respective electrical and sewer grids. More than 200,000 US citizens are living off the grid.

One way to define it is when one goes to live in a more natural setting and becomes conscious of their energy consumption.

The “Grid” once referred to the US electrical system. The idea sparked when groups of people thought how they could potentially get their source of electricity via more natural means, i.e., solar and wind power. Americans welcomed the idea of unplugging from the grid and striking it out on their own with eco-friendly alternatives.

Off the grid living has grown since then. Now, it means a whole lot more than just having your own source of electricity. The term now refers to cutting off your cell service, generally escaping the clutches of invasive technology and becoming self-sufficient. Reducing overall carbon footprint as well as living a simpler, more rewarding life is the goal of any and all off-gridders around the world.

It can be one people, a couple or a family. Going off grid will prove to be a challenge at first, but it’s definitely doable. You can effectively erase your identity and live a happy, beautiful life on your own.

Are you ready to take that first step? Here’s what going off the grid is all about:

1) Environmental Sustainability

Back in the old days, each family and community had the idea of living off the grid down pat.

Our ancestors were truly independent. They strived to have their own source of water, food, electricity, gas and other essential goods.

Think about it. If you were living in a house that generated its own electricity, had a water source nearby, had a means to acquire fuel, heat, food, clothing and other necessities, then you’d surely become independent in every sense of the word. Even when SHTF events and the apocalypse came, you’d have a strong propensity to survive!

Finding a good source of nearby water is the very first step you should undertake. It is of absolute importance that you should be independent from government or municipal facilities on one of most basic necessities of man. The more natural wells and underground orifices in one location, the better.

Let me tell you that finding the ideal location where one can get plenty of water makes your self-sustaining lifestyle 50% complete. It’s vital that you can turn to this source of water all throughout the seasons for washing, cleaning, bathing and drinking purposes.

At the very least, you should have a reliable source come high winter and during the summer, where water could be limited. Invest in a portable water purifier for you and the entire family. Learn how to create a makeshift water filter using common items found in the wild.

The next task on the agenda should be your energy source. There are many options for creating sustainable energy- solar, wind and water. The choice will depend on your location and the geographical layout.

 

 

2) Self Sufficiency

Living off the grid and self sufficiency are both similar and different in meaning. For one thing, you can be free of using public utilities (off the grid), but still rely on certain human necessities (self-sufficiency). Being independent would mean that you rely on no one for electricity, water, food, shelter, protection, etc.

Some of you might wonder if self sufficiency also means quitting your 9 to 5. After all, won’t you need money to set it all up? What happens then after you start living off the grid?

Part of the philosophy is understanding that you can truly be the master of your own self. Yes, you work hard to earn a living, but the bottom line is that you can and should sustain yourself without the help of any external elements. You shouldn’t toil the rest of your life just to meet your basic human needs. Off the grid means you will have the time to pursue your interests, hopes and dreams!

Self sufficiency is an everyday practice. At first it’s understandable to have to go to the grocery store or the laundromat as you set things up, but off-gridders should strive to become their own masters in due time.

3) Independence and Freedom

Would you believe it if I told you that you can live for free in this world?

Realizing this is one more step towards off the grid living. Look at what nature can give you- food, clothing, shelter and an endless supply of renewable, clean energy. You have everything you need to survive!

4) Minimizing Consumption and Waste

One of the rules in successfully living off the grid is preventing wastage whenever possible. Some might even go as far as saying that wasting resources is a crime. It makes total sense, because although all the resources you have is free, that doesn’t mean you should waste it. Purchase only the items that you need. The things that add no value to your life should be avoided.

Think of it this way- wasting one resource will affect how you live off grid in the near future. Don’t waste hard-earned money just to be happy for one day. Practice the art of saving and being frugal. Not wasting means you avoid the need to be greedy.

5) Communal Living and Support Network

It’s not uncommon to find off the grid communities within your neighborhood, city or state. Having a community of like-minded individuals can be a boon as you could share skills, resources and whatnot. One could be in charge of managing the power supply for the entire group; one could be farming vegetables, and one could be growing livestock.

There are advantages of living off grid in a community. A number of off-gridders have a greater chance to successfully sustain themselves as a group as compared to an individual. There’s an internal barter system in place, with each individual or family having their own skills and interests.

 

6) Trading and Bartering

It’s possible to acquire some much-needed resources with little to no money involved. Our ancestors did this by trading and bartering with one another. The concept goes something like this- you offer your talent, skill or any excess resource to those who need it, and they give you something equally beneficial to you in return. Bartering is quick and it doesn’t need to be overly bogged down with details.

7) On Saving Money

Money should be the least of your worries when you go entirely off grid. Being able to generate your own needed resources, along with the barter and trading system for the ones you’re lacking for the moment should be enough for money-free living. If you do happen to make money, save it so you will have a resource you can use for later.

8) Connecting with Nature

Living off the grid is synchronous to becoming in harmony with nature. As you begin this way of life, you become aware of the beauty of our Earth, and you’ll come to appreciate and preserve the things around you. It promotes environmental living and the Going Green lifestyle on a wider scale.

Once you touch base with your inner instincts, you’ll have the chance to “re-wild”, or reconnect with your primal survival instincts. You’ll also forego living in artificial light and learn to wake up with the sun. Instead of having to worry if you have enough electricity, why not look up and learn how to live with our sun?

You’ll be surprised by how little electricity you consume if you work where there’s natural light, and settle down when the sun sets for another day. In other words, you sleep when it’s dark and make the most of your day when it’s light. Enjoy the stars, the twilight breeze and the nocturnal sounds that will lull you to a satisfying, deep sleep!

9) Connecting With Old Ways

When people hear the word off the grid living, they usually think mere survival. This shouldn’t be your mindset, because living entirely off the grid doesn’t make it just a remake of the hunger games. The goal isn’t a survival of the fittest aspect, but it should be a reconnection of the old ways and living like the ancient days.

There’s no competition. It’s just you and nature and everything else that’s around you. Don’t think too hard on surviving. Think about living and start from there.

10) Work and Play Balance

A lot of resources and hard work is involved if you strive towards off the grid living. Life slows down to the most natural rhythm, which means you should also slow down and smell the roses. You have achieved enormous work using immense energy and time, but now it’s time to sit back and enjoy what you’ve created for yourself.

Put your feet up and relax. Take in the amazing sounds of nature. Start a hobby that you’ve been putting off all your life. Read a book. You deserve it! Off-gridding is about slowing down and experiencing a simpler life. There’s plenty of relaxing activities to do and a lot of communing with nature.

11) Alternative Entertainment and Activities

Avoid electronic activities as much as possible. If you can eliminate it entirely, all the better. This means there should be no video games, no computer and no TV. If you’re used to being surrounded by electricity and all those newfangled gadgets, then it could take a while before you could shake off the modern addiction, but there’s still a reward to be earned.

Instead of missing out on these things, why not focus on what’s in front of you? The world is your playground now. Think hard about what it is you truly love doing. You’ll be surprised at how much time is freed when you won’t have to worry about earning enough to live. Then, you’ll naturally start spending time on your hobbies and your passion. The time you spend won’t be wasted on drudgeries. You will start to understand yourself better. Your natural skills will be nurtured and heightened. Then all the days you spend will be towards the things you keep putting off. You’ll be happier and more fulfilled as the days go by.

12) Be Realistic, Not Idealistic

Before starting your off the grid project, ask yourself- what is my motivation for pursuing this kind of life?

There are many acceptable reasons. One, you might be tired of having to rely on the electrical grid and be at the mercy of their price hikes and fluctuations. Or, you may wish to be more self-reliant. Other people may be tired of the current society and want to be left alone. And there are some who do it just because they can.

Think long and hard about what it is that drives you to go off the grid. Understand the reality of going off the grid- are you sure you want to forego modern luxuries? Understanding your base motive will also help establish what type of off-grid living you will set up.

Environmental Motive. Your motive is to use the least amount of energy possible and have a renewable system of energy you can rely on for your everyday living. You’d want to be free of price hikes and vulnerabilities of living on the grid, such as power outages, water outages, gas hikes, etc.

Political or Social Motive. You want to be responsible for your consumption of energy.

Financial Motive. The distance from the grid makes off-gridding more viable and less expensive.

 

– Going Off The Grid is Going Green

Going green is a natural byproduct of living off grid. This type of lifestyle benefits mother Earth and the environment. Most off-gridders select a location where nature becomes an essential part of their daily lives. You naturally gravitate towards places where there’s more sunlight, more water and more wind because you’ll rely on it more. You’ll start living differently than those who are in the city. For example, you won’t need as much stuff as the average consumer. In fact, you’ll be surprised at how much of the stuff you owned before wasn’t that beneficial to your life anyway. You’ll be more aware that we’re simply consuming too much. Then, you’ll be awakened to the fact that everything you need is all around you, and it is all free.

Off the grid living won’t mean that you have to give up your main mode of transportation, but you’ll be less dependent on it. You’ll still use it, but that will happen once a week or only once a month.

– Trade offs, Fears, and Finances

Some people take the chance of living off the grid as a more permanent means of escape. They may have lost their trust in the government, in society and large companies that promote consumerism. These people may have felt that community is no longer what it was before- a safe haven.

Individuals may find off the grid living a necessity that’s perpetuated by hard times. But they must also consider hard work and waking up early hours if they want to survive in an off the grid setting.

You’d be surprised at how much work you need to put in if you’ve always worked that 9 to 5 desk job. That’s not necessarily a bad thing- you’ll be the master of your own home. It will be your responsibility to make it livable and comfortable. Keeping a garden for produce, hunting and growing food, finding and storing wood for fire and making water potable are just some of the basic necessities for successful off the grid living. It’s not off the grid if you buy wood from the local grocery store.

You can sure bet that there will be trade-offs to consider. More notably, modern conveniences, the latest gadgets and technologies, and of course, less vacations. Think hard and fast- are you willing to give up a modern lifestyle?

Deep down, you may have longed to be free of all stresses of your modern life. You wish for times that are much simpler. Eat, sleep and be merry. Isn’t that the whole reason you’re stuck doing that 9 to 5 for years now?

Choosing to live independent of public utilities and all those modern niceties can be a liberating thing. If you think they’re chaining you down, then it’s truly possible that what you’re searching for is an off the grid lifestyle. Think about your doubts. What’s keeping you from realizing your personal freedom? More often than not, it’s a misguided notion about keeping up with current society and living the American dream.

The idea of living in the wild and having a crooked house, with little creature comfort may prove to be overwhelming at first. There’s truth in the saying “No man is an island”, but we shouldn’t be too restricted in living in crowded neighborhoods and playing set roles our entire lives.

Understandably, we shrink from the fear of the unknown. This is why some would rather endure 2-hour work commutes and 50-hour work weeks to pay off all those mortgages, debts and loans. Shying away from the norm will take some time getting used to. Being finally free of the 9 to 5 drudgery and not worrying whether you can survive for another day is a worthy endeavor someone would give anything for.

You can try to acclimatize from being free of the grid by visiting a similar homestead. Try to live a week or a month in a city with a smaller population, or in a cabin that’s sparsely populated with living amenities. You can target off-places that are miles beyond civilization.

 

II. How To Go Off The Grid and Make Your Own Homestead

Here’s a step by step strategy if you’re planning on going at it alone

A. Home Planning

You can choose any of the options below for going off the grid

1) Buying Land

The best kind of land you can buy for off the grid living will have some of these essential elements:

– Reliable Source of Water. Land that has more than one good water source are your best bet. Look for streams, lakes and other natural water sources.

Wildlife. This factor is important for several reasons. One, it adds to the off the grid atmosphere. Two, it can prove to be a very useful source of food for when you’re experiencing regional and even national disasters where food distribution grinds to a halt.

Sunlight. Don’t forget the importance of having healthy doses of sunshine. Forested lands, mountainous areas and coastal land will need to have plenty of sunlight for your solar panels. Try to sketch out a plan where you can install solar arrays that get lots of sunlight, even when the winter arc is lowest in the sky. If not, then go look for land that has this aspect.

Natural Fuel. You’ll also need some natural fuel for cooking and for heating your home with. The key to off the grid living is finding land that has abundant resources. Land that has numerous trees are always a plus. If you could get firewood cutting permits or get your own private land, so much the better. Here, you can plant saplings for future sustainability.

– Once you establish these things, then the next natural step will be to install your own septic tank system. Set up a well or a source of water near your home. These are the basics for waste and water management.

– The best land for off the grid living has plenty of areas to put up solar and wind energy. You’ll need an established power source for your energy needs at home. Before you think of anything else that you may need for your home, consider water, sun and wood. A piece of property that has all these 3 is your ideal location.

You can reach out to any of the pre-established off the grid communities if you’re having a hard time finding the perfect land. The Three Rivers Recreation Area around Bend, Oregon has a thriving community living well away from the grid. Breitenbush is also a renowned off the grid area, which is near Salem. For a closer look at income-sharing communities, try out Earthhaven, North Carolina, Twin Oaks, Virginia or Dancing Rabbit, Missouri. Spend several days and commune with the locals to see what the off grid life is all about.

You can also visit the Greater World Community, located in Taos in New Mexico. The “Earthship” homes are made entirely from recycled materials. Buying property here would run you anywhere from $75k to $350k. The buildings in Arcosanti Ecovillage, Arizona uses all-natural material as well.

Finally, the Possibility Alliance located in the state of Missouri is a testament to how people can live in the most simplest of lifestyles. All the off-gridders here share communal work such as tending to the livestock, cooking, farming and working from sunrise till sunset. Although some of the residents here stay only for a few months, there are permanent residents who call the area their home.

 

2) Building a New Home, or Rehab an Existing One

It’s only natural to look more towards the rural areas rather than cities when wishing to go off the grid.

You’ll need plenty of land to be able to move around and become self-sufficient. These areas should have an abundance of natural resources such as sunlight, water and wildlife. The land should have plenty of opportunity for setting up wind or solar energy systems. The more wells, lakes and rivers, the better.

There’s a compromise between living off the grid and becoming a modern day nomad. This entails purchasing an RV or a van as a fully functional house. You get the benefits of a house and can still live in self-sustenance from your natural surroundings.

People who start getting off the grid usually downsize their homes and make it simpler. Tiny homes can be customized for maximum space efficiency. There’s no wasted space and there’s no clutter.

You’ll be spending a lot of time in your off the grid home, so it makes total sense to plan one that will fit all your needs. Keep it simple, ergonomic and create a flowing space without wasting too much real estate. Minimalism should be at the forefront here- keep it clean and free of unnecessary things. Everything inside should be useful and should have a great value.

You can refurbish your home if you have a perfect-sized one right from the start. Make sure that it retains heat well. Insulate or install a heating element, such as a fireplace if you’re living in a region that has winter seasons. You can consult contractors whose specialty are building efficient and green living spaces.

3) Generating Power

Off the grid living is all about generating your own electricity. This is one important element that you shouldn’t skimp out on. You can build your very own energy efficient house, or buy a land or house that comes with pre-installed off-grid power sources. Setting up one for yourself may vary, but the estimated out of pocket costs will be somewhere around $10,000.

The two best sustainable energy sources are either solar or wind power. A single wind turbine would cost somewhere between $500 to $2500, while solar panels are a more complicated matter. You’ll also need a way to convert all that energy into usable electricity.

Untethered solar power can be had for an investment. It’s all worth it in the end. Imagine having your very own source of electricity that can power simple appliances and the like. The first thing you’ll need is a capable solar panel.

A mid-sized solar power array can generate somewhere around 2,300 watts worth of electricity. This is enough to run a small kitchen’s worth of appliances, a laptop computer, a TV, a refrigerator and a medium washing machine. You won’t need air conditioning since you’ll get plenty of cool air and refreshing breezes from where you’re at. Plus, ACs are a major energy hog.

The best measure of how much solar panels you will need is how many of them you can afford. The sooner you have the investment money for them, the better. Get the latest photovoltaic cells that could acquire more solar energy more efficiently. This directly translates to the quality of life you experience. You’ll also depend less on gas and firewood when you have more sources of free electricity coming from the sun. Instead of needing more firewood or propane, you can just use free electricity to heat your water and cook your food.

Don’t forget about investing in an off grid battery bank! Sure, you can get electricity as long as there’s a sun, but it always helps to have a backup power at night. You can add batteries that could store power and require little maintenance. Keep in mind that you’ll need to pour in distilled water from time to time, and check and see that the state of charge doesn’t go below 50 percent. I know how this added maintenance may seem to be a bother, but think about not having to pay an electricity bill ever again, or experience an inconvenient power outage.

A final note on off-grid batteries. Get as much as you can. This maxim applies to solar panels as well. PV panel costs are dropping each day, so make the most out of it. Oversize as necessary. It’s instant peace of mind, and you get to rely less on generators.

– Wind Power For Off Grid Living

Don’t count out wind power just yet. Installation of turbines have recently proven to be worth the effort when you wish to be living off the grid. Wind is always present, all the time. This fact could prove to be useful for when you’re not getting any sun for an extended period of time.

If you can install both solar and wind sources, the better. They can work exceedingly well and complement each other. A hybrid solar and turbine system combined will allow you the luxury of having enough electricity per day. Sometimes this combo is enough to forego the use of generators. Don’t be surprised if you would need the generator for only a few times per year!

How does one find an ideal location for setting up a wind turbine? The best sources of strong wind would be at a high vantage point, at a wide field and near a large body of water. For safety reasons, it should be 300 feet away from tree lines, silos and barns. The height should be at least 30 feet taller than any object that might cause dangerous turbulence.

Like any good prepper, you should think about all possibilities and prepare for all kinds of emergency situations. This applies to your wind turbines as well. Protect your wind turbine and ground it properly. Turbines operate in extreme weather conditions and can break if you don’t take the proper measures. Repairing broken wind turbines may prove to be inconvenient but you’ll soon thank the stars for having more than one reliable source of electricity.

– Heating Water and Your Home

So we’ve covered the wastewater management, potable water supply and electricity. The next step would be the concern of heating your home. As it stands, your house should already be optimized for being energy efficient by means of insulation and installing heating elements, but of course one should prepare for the unexpected as well. You can consider using propane to cook your food and heat water. This is not the most sustainable means but it’s a good start to living off the grid. Look deeper and you’ll find other renewable sources of heating your home.

You can start by varying your methods of heating water. Instead of using electricity to make hot water, why not let the sun go at it directly? There are many ways to install a solar hot water heater. Make a DIY or purchase one that’s ready to use. When the clouds come, or when the rainy seasons start to show up, then you can switch to other heating methods. Woodstoves are excellent alternatives for heating water. Put on larger kettles so you can heat larger amounts of water on demand. This will serve you well during the cold winter months. Install a cast-iron bathtub that retains the heat of the water and passes it on to the bathroom floor for maximum efficiency.

Most homes that are connected to the grid use most of their electricity for heating purposes. Compare this to wood stoves that use the surrounding environment for fuel. Burning wood won’t be as damaging as using fossil fuel, because it will get absorbed by the surrounding trees anyway. Use firewood cutting tools that are electrically powered to complete the loop.

Biogas can be created from scratch once you learn how. It’s not too hard to live a self-sufficient life nowadays. The more you stay away from the grid, the more independent and knowledgeable you become!

4) Backup Power and Storage

Focus on creating your own power grid that could generate 10,000 kilowatts of usable electricity per year. This figure should be enough to power a typical American household. If you don’t know anything about solar panels, wind turbines and alternative sources, now is the time to find out.

Browse around and you’ll see a lot of power storage options. The energy you acquire from nature can be stored for later use. To prepare for all kinds of contingencies, you’ll also need a back up system in place. Have propane or electric generators on hand. These are widely available on hardware stores, home improvement shops and on the internet. You can look in eBay, Amazon or Craiglist, among others.

Propane generators are better than generators that are powered by gasoline. Gas depletes easily, while propane can be kept indefinitely.

How about food storage? A freezer or any similar container should work fine here. Grow some onions and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, squash, carrots and potatoes. A root cellar is excellent because you won’t need electricity for it. A cistern below the kitchen area will do- it’s cold but it doesn’t freeze. It also contains a high amount of humidity, which is good for storing vegetables.

5) Sourcing Water

Water use will significantly decrease once you get off the grid. A storage tank that holds up to 20 gallons should suffice. The source of water will depend on your location, but the most possible ones include a river, a cistern, a well, a lake, etc.

Here’s how you can find one:

Drill A Well. This well water will come in handy for use inside the house. To supplement this, you can purchase cisterns or make your own to collect rainwater falling from the sky. This water can grow your crops and be used for bathing. Drilling and the pump can be priced up to $15,000.

A deep-drilled water well paired up with a solar-powered DC pump fills up the water tanks quite nicely. You can also install a drip irrigation system to water your garden everyday.

Water should be collected in large batches. Pumps require a significant amount of electricity, so you can time it when the sun is up and you’re collecting solar power. Two tanks per instance should suffice. Don’t forget to put in the septic tank to complete the water process. This will cost a few thousand dollars, but it’s always worth it.

 

6) Managing Waste

In off the grid living, you’ll quickly find out that there are no municipal waste bins and garbage trucks that collect your refuse each week. An efficient waste management and waste disposal system should be set up. Installing a septic tank is the first step; the next logical one would be to create a compost pit that will be beneficial for a lot of things.

Managing your waste is very important. If you leave waste on the surface carelessly, then you could end up very sick and unable to do any work. A consistent method of disposing waste is paramount if you wish to be successful in off-grid living.

There are several ways to do this. Put up composting toilets that don’t use any water. The septic tank should be able to deal with indoor bathrooms. Your shower room could be placed outside your house to save on space. If you aren’t too keen on the idea of having to heat water, you can invest in a propane tank for hot water on demand. Since you won’t be bringing washing machines along, you should pick out functional and durable clothing that can be worn in any season.

B. Lifestyle Changes

Some people might think that off the grid living is reserved only when the apocalypse comes. They may deem it unnecessary because they are accustomed to living a plentiful life. Off the grid living is a practice of living a self-sustaining life, and it’s beautiful in its own way. One can connect with the living world and all that it can offer even when there’s no global war or SHTF scenario. If you think about it, modern conveniences veer us off towards dependency, with more and more inventions claiming to make life easier for humans. In essence, living off the grid means shaking off the shackles of pop culture, conveniences and being free from the government.

Off the grid living serves to open your eyes as to what life can give. Your current life isn’t what it totally seems. Mother Nature can provide for everything you’ll ever need. You might be overwhelmed and wondering why you ever got into this if you’re accustomed to living the sheltered life, but soon the blinds fall away and you experience a wonderful commune with Earth. Be prepared to let go of the things that seem to matter the most to you- modern conveniences, technologies and the like. Yes, you may still use them but they will not dominate every waking moment of your life from here on. Instead, you’ll get to think on your feet and work with whatever’s in front of you.

 

1) Reduce Energy Consumption

You’ll learn how to maximize the sun and the energy it brings. Work when the sun is up and rest when it goes down. If you need electricity, then put up additional generators and solar panels whenever resources allow it.

2) Limit Appliances

What goes inside your new home should be of the utmost importance. This means there shouldn’t be any space for one-use or superficial appliances. No video games, microwave oven, clothes dryer, washing machine, blow dryer, etc.

The ones you put in your home should have the highest energy efficiency rating. Nowadays, a larger energy efficient unit is better than an old refrigeration unit in terms of electric consumption. Since we’re talking about appliances, let’s talk refrigeration. Food should be stored to keep them fresh for as long as possible. Opt for small refrigerators that consume very little power. The 3 most power-hungry appliances are the following- the water pump, the TV and the fridge. For these 3 appliances, it would be worth it to invest in a better, more efficient unit.

3) Compost

Composting is a must-have. Learn the ins and outs of waste disposal. Read up on how you can recycle most of your waste, and leave the rest to the local dump sites.

4) Rent a PO Box

Living off the grid usually means you won’t be living in a residence anymore. If you have family and loved ones that you’d want to stay connected with, then you can opt to rent a PO Box for this matter alone. It’s optional, but one of the few things you should consider.

You may also want to keep an open line via mobile phone and other communication devices. An emergency radio is one of the most important things you can bring with you, which could be useful when such situations and scenarios arise.

5) Reduce Water Usage

Water can come from the basins that collect rain, barrels and cisterns. You can heat the water you’ve collected using a wood stove, an installed solar water heater and the like. For washing your clothes and eating utensils, you can use hand soap and the nearest water source, i.e., rivers, lakes, etc. You won’t be using as much water because you’ll be conscious of it all the time.

Your water usage along with your power usage will naturally lessen. You’ll learn how to shower, flush and wash your clothes only when necessary.

 

6) Farming and Gardening

Farming and gardening is a must-have if you wish to thrive off the grid. Get all the information you can and start farming and gardening, even if you haven’t escaped yet. All that you eat can be acquired from the land. Some of the most important food you need are fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Plant crops, preserve food and know when the best time is for harvesting. You can gradually add to your food source by keeping livestock. Farming is hard work, but it is ultimately rewarding. You won’t get to be good at it overnight- keep at it and you’ll find your skills improving day by day.

Propane stoves would be great for cooking your meals. Consider other alternatives such as an outdoor fire pit or a DIY barbecue grill.

Climate Scientist Recognize That Cities are Heat Islands. But Then Claim Thsi Effect will Double the Cost of Climate Change While Refusing to Correct Data From the Cities

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Tens of Thousands of Air temp Sensors are Located in Cities That Were Much Smaller 20 Years Ago.

And they are registering higher temperatures.   But NOAA refuses to “correct these downward” whilst they correct other temperatures upward, so they can show some warming, and so they can achieve the political objective of the Paris Climate Agreement.  

Seems a wee bit on the hypocritical side, doesn’t it?

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Study: ‘Heat island’ effect could double climate change costs for world’s cities

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/05/30/study-heat-island-effect-could-double-climate-change-costs-for-worlds-cities/

From the UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX and overheated climate science department, comes a claim that just doesn’t seem plausible, suggesting that in the future, nearly 11% of a “worst-off city” gross domestic product would be consumed by UHI boosted climate change. On the other hand, the study is by Dr. Richard Tol, who is well respected by the climate skeptic community. He does have a point about “the effects of uncontrolled urban heat islands”

Climate Scientist Recognize That Cities are Heat Islands. But Then Claim Thsi Effect will Double the Cost of Climate Change While Refusing to Correct Data From the Cities

Tens of Thousands of Air temp Sensors are Located in Cities That Were Much Smaller 20 Years Ago.

And they are registering higher temperatures.   But NOAA refuses to “correct these downward” whilst they correct other temperatures upward, so they can show some warming, and so they can achieve the political objective of the Paris Climate Agreement.  

Seems a wee bit on the hypocritical side, doesn’t it?

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Study: ‘Heat island’ effect could double climate change costs for world’s cities

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/05/30/study-heat-island-effect-could-double-climate-change-costs-for-worlds-cities/

From the UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX and overheated climate science department, comes a claim that just doesn’t seem plausible, suggesting that in the future, nearly 11% of a “worst-off city” gross domestic product would be consumed by UHI boosted climate change. On the other hand, the study is by Dr. Richard Tol, who is well respected by the climate skeptic community. He does have a point about “the effects of uncontrolled urban heat islands”

Nuclear Operatives (aka Trolls) Infiltrate Web Sites That Go Against the US Gov Desired Narrative

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Hippie Dog

“I caught Kenny boy testing plankton, and not reporting results”

Interesting and something I’ll personally look into…

…but.

Let’s face it Ken is the head and is a mouthpiece, he is not the one that actually does the testing.

Gathering samples, transporting them and the many stages of testing things as complicated (and hard to read) as foods and water for individual isotopes requires 100’s of people.
If you look at the sea reads they are on point. problem seems to be noone can understand the results so sea water results are posted without worry.
Foods like kelp and plankton are a no brainer. If there is any AT ALL in it it’s a problem. Easy to understand right?
Any levels could ruin a global industry. I think we should ALL be able to view and know the results. But this creates a problem, a world wide problem. So the results must be tested again and again with the same result for a no holds barred release of information.
We know in our knowers (those that have actually been studying this stuff) That certain isotopes decay and change the overall readings over time so this creates a lawyers dream for not releasing the results. They can argue to the cows come home that the results don’t show the same levels and therefore can not be accurate. So the argument is since the tests are not showing the same results when repeated they must be flawed.
Simple argument for a food lawyer to block the public release of results.

We should support these people instead of casting doubt…
Doubt is why we can’t see the results to begin with…

earthsmithearthsmith

Yeah just smile that radio-toxicity away. No doubt about it. It’s poses no threat “they” said so. “We” just need to support that..simple ain’t it.

“Yeah just smile that radio-toxicity away. No doubt about it. It’s poses no threat “they” said so. “We” just need to support that..simple ain’t it.”
It would be if any of that was true.
But I think you know what I was saying.
Support those that test like woods hole!
A very complicated process (testing water and food) that you can’t possibly do.
I have no personal opinion on Ken. Infact I don’t even pay attention to him, I pay attention to the results of the testing at WH.
The numbers aren’t a political he said she said debate.
The numbers are not subject to your opinion or what he said or what she said. They aren’t up for debate or assumption nor are test results subject your need to talk bad about someone or something.
The results are the results and if we want to see more of them we need to support the testing and disclosure whole heartily.
NEVER casting doubt on the testing, only doubt on the nay sayers that make it harder still to get the actual results by reinforcing doubt in the accuracy or spouting that the most poison substances on earth are not a problem…
Cry like a spoiled brat or be a responsible adult…
After all it’s only the future of the planet we are dealing with…

CodeShutdownCodeShutdown

a bullet was fired into the dense crowd. Scientific testing using the sample number required to achieve statistically significant results showed that likely no one was hit. Not a he said, she said debate, just the numbers.

  earthsmith

I don’t support anything about Woods Hole

  earthsmith

Numbers=dollars…the scientific method. Oh what numbers are you looking for? Yeah “we” can support that.
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Obvious points out how Woods Hole if 80% funded by the US Government
Obvious

start here: http://www.whoi.edu/main/partners-sponsors

** 2005: http://www.whoi.edu/main/nereus/funding-sources

** 80 percent of its annual budget is supported by federal grants and contracts

http://www.woodsholeconsortium.org/about/index.html

** 2010: NIST “With ultimate research targets ranging from off-shore wind power and coral reef ecology to quantum physics and nanotechnology, the 12 projects will launch more than $250 million in new laboratory construction projects beginning early this year.” https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2010/01/nist-awards-123-million-recovery-act-grants-construct-new-research

** 2016: Coalition for National Security Research Members listincludes WHOI: https://www.aau.edu/sites/default/files/AAU Files/Key Issues/Budget %26 Appropriations/FY17/CNSR-FY17-Funding-Statement.pdf “DOD funded educational programs that cultivate a new generation of talented engineers and scientists”

** Then google search (for period 1/1/2000 to 12/31/2016): woods hole oceanographic institution department of defense dod


and this is interesting – 2015: WHOI sustained a “sophisticated, targeted attack” http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2015/10/signs-point-china-us-research-facility-hack/122897/
“WHOI isn’t a company or a government agency, but given its close ties with the US military and the National Science Foundation, it’s not exactly a regular research institution, either.”


Borax Uses and Multi-Purpose Cleaner

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What is borax? It is a natural occurring mineral (a compound of the element, Boron). Borax has lots of practical uses (some listed below) and is often purposed as an affordable, natural cleaning, odor eliminating, eco-friendly cleaner used around the home. Where does borax come from? One of the largest deposits is located in Boron, […]

Borax Uses and Multi-Purpose Cleaner

What is borax? It is a natural occurring mineral (a compound of the element, Boron). Borax has lots of practical uses (some listed below) and is often purposed as an affordable, natural cleaning, odor eliminating, eco-friendly cleaner used around the home. Where does borax come from? One of the largest deposits is located in Boron, […]

Borax Uses and Multi-Purpose Cleaner

What is borax? It is a natural occurring mineral (a compound of the element, Boron). Borax has lots of practical uses (some listed below) and is often purposed as an affordable, natural cleaning, odor eliminating, eco-friendly cleaner used around the home. Where does borax come from? One of the largest deposits is located in Boron, […]

Make Money Prepping: How to Put Your Preps to Work for You

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Make Money Prepping: How to Put Your Preps to Work for You

I’ve spoken already about how it’s possible to save money with your preps, but preparedness can be taken one step further – it can actually earn you money if you use your skills as a prepper in the right way. For those of you who don’t struggle with finding money in your budget for prepping because your […]

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Make Money Prepping: How to Put Your Preps to Work for You, written by Elise Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

North Korea Tests 9th Missile Of Year; Pledges ‘Gift Package’ To U.S.; Mattis Warns Of ‘Catastrophic’ War

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North Korea Tests 9th Missile Of Year; Pledges ‘Gift Package’ To U.S.; Mattis Warns Of ‘Catastrophic’ War

A war with North Korea would be “catastrophic,” Defense Secretary and retired General James “Mad Dog” Mattis told CBS, as the reclusive country tested yet another missile.

“A conflict in North Korea, John, would be probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetimes,” Mattis told host John Dickerson on CBS’s Face the Nation. “Why do I say this? The North Korean regime has hundreds of artillery cannons and rocket launchers within range of one of the most densely populated cities on earth, which is the capital of South Korea.”

Still, Mattis regards North Korea as a menace to America. Mattis called North Korea a threat to its neighbors, including close U.S. allies Japan and South Korea.

“It is a direct threat to the United States,” Mattis said of North Korea. “They have been very clear in their rhetoric — we don’t have to wait until they have an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear weapon on it to say that now it’s manifested completely.”

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Mattis continued, “This regime is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea. And in the event of war, they would bring danger to China and to Russia, as well. But the bottom line is it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat if we’re not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means.”

North Koreans on Monday tested its ninth missile of the year. The SCUD or R-11, is a short-range ballistic missile developed in Russia during the Cold War. North Korea has around four variations of the SCUD.

The country’s official news service, KCNA, reported that after the test, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said the missile tests would continue, with the goal of destroying the U.S.

“He expressed the conviction that it would make a greater leap forward in this spirit to send a bigger ‘gift package’ to the Yankees,” the KCNA story said.

The missile tested Monday traveled for around 280 miles before falling into the ocean.

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SHTF in Country Living!

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SHTF in Country Living Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps“ Audio in player below! We’ve talked about a shtf scenario while living in a metro area or apartment but what about the country? This show will be all about country living during shtf and as you may know it has multiple advantages but there are also … Continue reading SHTF in Country Living!

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Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe – Better and Healthier Than Store Bought!

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Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on the can of Sloppy Joes sauce? If you haven’t, the most likely first ingredient will be High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Don’t stop reading there, you may also find regular corn

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15 Reasons To Start Dehydrating Food

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Dehydrating food is a great skill to learn as a prepper. It is easy to do, can be done with no equipment (but you will get much better results with a dehydrator) and offers many benefits to your long term storage. Dehydrated foods are long lasting, light weight, require no refrigeration and can be eaten…

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The 8 most likely Disaster Scenarios Countdown: Scenario number Four (Economic Collapse).

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Hello, my friend and welcome back!  Today we have number Four in our 8 most likely Disaster Scenarios Countdown:  “Economic Collapse” is one of those Disaster Scenarios that we hear are imminent every day….

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In Memory Of…

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For most Americans, Memorial Day is nothing more than a day off work; an opportunity to do some work around the house, take a leisurely day off, or maybe go on a family outing.

There’s no special significance to it, other than not having to go to work.

But Memorial Day is so much more than that.

Since 1941, Congress established that the last Monday of May be reserved as an official federal holiday; a holiday specially created for those who have served and died in our nation’s armed forces. This day is about them, from those who laid down their lives at the battles of Lexington and Concord, to those who we lost in the two Gulf Wars.

Each of these brave men and women wrote a check to the United States of America, with the amount filled in as “anything, up to and including my life.” Each and every one of those checks have been cashed; not always for the full amount, but for some amount. As the saying goes, “all gave some and some gave all.”

So while the average American is coking their hot dogs and hamburgers on the grille, America’s veterans are seeing so much more. They are seeing their friends and unit mates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

This isn’t just a day off from work, it’s a day of remembrance; remembering those who stood in the gap, giving their all, so that others might have freedom.

What Our Freedom is About

The United States of America is unique in many ways. Many of those first brave settles came here so that they might escape persecution and have religious liberty. This love of God and desire for liberty is enshrined in our First Amendment, granting us freedom of religion, the first of all our freedoms.

While the federal government has whittled away at our freedom over the years, imposing more and more restrictions on what we are free to do, America is still the land of freedom and we Americans enjoy more freedom than the citizens of any other country in the world.

It is the soldiers who have died, who gave us that freedom, not the politicians in Washington. While they would have us believe that our freedom is granted to us by the government, the reality is that politicians have no ability to grant freedom; merely to take it away.

Our freedom was granted to us by God, and the constitution guarantees us that freedom.

Freedom is so precious to America, that we export it to other countries.

We are the only nation in history of the world, who has regularly and unselfishly sent our young men off to fight other country’s wars.

Oh, there have been many cases of those who gone to the aid of another government to fulfill a treaty obligation; but only the United States of America has done so with countries for which we had no treaty obligations, simply to help give to other the freedom which is so precious to ourselves.

The American concept of freedom isn’t just about doing what we want, although it does allow much of that, it’s about not being told what we must do. We are not told what god we must worship; we are not told what we can say and what we cannot; we are not told what work we must do or where we must live.

America, and the American Constitution allow us to decide all of that for ourselves.

Were it not for those in uniform, we would not have those rights. It is our country’s military strength which keeps others from dictating to us; conquering this great land and imposing some restrictive form of government upon us.

Yet it is the internal threat which is greater today. There are always those who want to control, simply for the sake of controlling. They feel they have a right to dictate others lives to them. The USA is not immune to that. We too have those who would dictate to us; those who are convinced that they are better equipped to rule our lives, than we are ourselves.

To those people, the military is a threat; it is the ultimate trump card. One which can take their authority away, simply by their existence. For as long as mankind has existed, power has come out of the force of arms. Yet, while our military forces are subject to civilian rule, they are not blindly subject. Rather, our military serves with its eyes open, protecting and defending “the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Should there ever be a need for a second American Revolution, it is the veterans in our country who we will be able to count on to lead the charge.

From the militia groups that gathered to protect Cliven Bundy from an overbearing government and uncalled for aggression, to the two million bikers who rode down the mall in protest of Islamic terrorism, none of our veterans have forgotten their oath.

Many still stand ready to defend the Constitution, regardless of where the enemies come from.

So when we gather together today, whether it is around the barbecue grill or on the beach, we must remember those who have sacrificed for us. We must remember their dedication and sacrifice. Their willingness to give all to protect the rest of us. We must not forget their sacrifice or what that sacrifice has bought for us.

Today, veterans will don their old uniforms, digging them out of the attic. They will visit the monuments and gravestones of those who they served with.

This is their day; a day of remembrance, a day of tears. So when you see them walking in your town, stop and thank them for their service; for the sacrifice that they made and for their willingness to lay it all down, in the service of a higher good.

Truly, our military receives little thanks. They come home from their wars and are often forgotten. The Veterans Administration does a poor job of caring for them. Some die because of the poor care they receive. Others are shunted off to the side by society, left with nothing more than menial jobs or living on the street. They haven’t asked for much and they haven’t created a scene. That’s not their way. Were they like that, they never would have served.

That is why we, you and I, must speak out for them. Yes, we must thank them for their service, but we must also remind our government of our responsibility towards them. All too often they are the poor who are overlooked, while others who have given nothing, receive much.

War changes you. I don’t care who you are or what sort of personality you have, when you come out of war, you are a different person than when you went in. Yet many are looked down upon, because of that change.

What would happen if those who served had not? What would be the story of our great nation, without a great military to protect it? Would we be free? I dare say not. There are many who are jealous of our riches and our success. Some would surely try coming after us, to take what we have earned… were it not for our military.

So we each owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans, both living and dead. They have loved in a way which few love, being willing to say down their lives for others, if that was what was necessary.

As it says in the Bible, “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Is that not what our brave veterans have done? Have they not laid down their lives, their dreams and their futures, as an act of love for our nation?

Perhaps these then are the greatest lovers the world has known. Not some actor in Hollywood or some playboy in New York; but rather, the quiet men and women who don our country’s uniform, willing to lay down their lives for us all.

I thank you veterans, of whatever war or even of peacetime. Each of you has given to this country, making it the greatest in the world.

Yes, we have our faults; but those are not your fault. You did your part and I am grateful. Now it is up to us to do our part; and I hope we are up to it. For the part that you have done has merely laid the groundwork for what the rest of us must do.

What is that? What is it that we must do? We must return America to her greatness. We must make the sacrifice that they made worth the cost. We must ensure that the American way of life, as enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights is not lost.

We must continue to throw off the yoke of tyranny and not allow others to enslave us. We must remain strong and healthy, so that as a country we are able to continue exporting freedom to the rest of the world.

We must be America, the last hope of the world. do you see any other way for our country?

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

How To Make Reusable Menstrual Pads

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It’s all about how to make reusable menstrual pads today. Are you prepared for that time of the month? You know that topic (Maturation) no one wants to talk about, typically. But, hey, it’s life and we need to be ready if the stores are closed or the shelves at those stores are empty, right? I look back when I was younger and I had to purchase tampons or menstrual pads. Why was I embarrassed to throw those items in the shopping basket? Now, I think what’s the big deal? But I didn’t think that back when I was 16 or 17 years old. I really start to giggle that I even worried about that sort of thing, but I did. Now I could walk down the grocery store aisle with them piled high with all the glory of knowing I have tampons and menstrual pads for my guests or the neighborhood after a major disaster. Oh, how life changes for the good, right?

Have you had your kids or grandkids come to the house and someone whispers, “Do you have any tampons or pads grandma?” Yep, I sure do in the cupboard. I’m a preparedness chick, remember? Now, today, let’s talk about the tampons and the pads, please stock a few boxes or packages just in case a visitor needs some, whether you no longer need them or not. Thank goodness, I’m past that period of time in my life. Hallelujah!

Here’s the deal, I am going to share with you how you can make your own reusable menstrual pads. Now, some people may think this is some weird idea. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. What if we are unable to go to the store after a disaster and you are totally out of the tampons or pads? Now what? Oh yeah, we could roll up a washcloth and put in our panties if we had too. You may need a small bucket to store them until you wash them. After a grid down we could wash them by hand, we may have to wash cloth diapers, so it’s better to be prepared BEFORE we need them and we can’t purchase them.

I can hear some people saying, there is no way I am making these, let alone going to use them. I get it, I really do. But on the other hand, I raised my daughters on cloth diapers. I have heard young mothers say, there is no way I am using cloth diapers. I get it, I do. BUT, if the store shelves are empty, are you prepared for what I call Plan B (cloth diapers, safety pins, and rubber pants). Just something to think about. They are washable and reusable and cheaper in the long run and better for the environment and landfill. These are pretty reasonable, I bought some cheaper diaper pins and I can’t even open them so be careful when you purchase diaper pins if you decide you may need to store them. And don’t forget the rubber pants. I have seen some pretty fancy reusable diapers, but I’m too cheap to buy those. Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers, White, Pack of 10 I would check your local store for some rubber pants to cover the diapers, along with some GOOD diaper pins.

Menstrual  Pads

What you’ll need to make these:

Flannel, old nightgowns, old flannel shirts or some yards of flannel purchased at your local fabric store.

Filler to put inside the flannel outside layers so they will absorb a little more each month. Warm & Natural Cotton Batting-Crib Size 45″X60″

Thread.

A sewing machine that has a zigzag stitch. Ask a neighbor if you don’t have a sewing machine, make it a neighborhood project. Order bagels and serve milk and juice. Make it a project everyone can do.

Scissors, a cutting board or rotary cutter, they all work. Anyone who sews has these items.

Here’s the deal I have seen some online reusable menstrual pads with wings or flaps. That’s too complicated for me, but if you want to add a flap that would be easy. I’m a shortcut chick, if it’s complicated I won’t make them. That’s how I roll. It has to be easy. Mine are a rectangle shape, easy peasy. Keep in mind, you can make these smaller in size and thicker for those heavier flow days.

time of the month

You can see above I cut some pink flannel into 12-inch sections.

time of the month

Then I cut the pink flannel into 4-inch sections. Therefore these are simple, 4-inch by 12-inch pieces of the pink flannel and the same size of batting. The batting is very absorbant so I used one flannel backside up, layered two pieces of the batting and layered the last piece of flannel right-side up. They are now ready to zigzag the edges. Easy peasy. If you need then thicker, add another layer of batting. Awesome! Cheap! Soft and reusable!

time of the month

Here they are from left to right, flannel, two layers of batting, the stack ready to sew, the pinned menstrual pad for the time of the month, the finished one that was zigzagged around. The farthest one on the right is the store purchased throw away kind. I then used my ruler and left-handed rotary cutter to even the edges after sewing. They are washable and will save you so much money! It’s all about saving money, being prepared for that time of the month and never running out of menstrual pads. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected. Someone in your neighborhood or family will need these, I promise!

P.S. these would be great for older people who may have a little incontinence.

 

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Are You Prepared For That Time Of the Month

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Are you prepared for that time of the month? You know that topic (Maturation) no one wants to talk about, typically. But, hey, it’s life and we need to be ready if the stores are closed or the shelves at those stores are empty, right? I look back when I was younger and I had to purchase tampons or menstrual pads. Why was I embarrassed to throw those items in the shopping basket? Now, I think what’s the big deal? But I didn’t think that back when I was 16 or 17 years old. I really start to giggle that I even worried about that sort of thing, but I did. Now I could walk down the grocery store aisle with them piled high with all the glory of knowing I have tampons and menstrual pads for my guests or the neighborhood after a major disaster. Oh, how life changes for the good, right?

Have you had your kids or grandkids come to the house and someone whispers, “Do you have any tampons or pads grandma?” Yep, I sure do in the cupboard. I’m a preparedness chick, remember? Now, today, let’s talk about the tampons and the pads, please stock a few boxes or packages just in case a visitor needs some, whether you no longer need them or not. Thank goodness, I’m past that period of time in my life. Hallelujah!

Here’s the deal, I am going to share with you how you can make your own reusable menstrual pads. Now, some people may think this is some weird idea. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. What if we are unable to go to the store after a disaster and you are totally out of the tampons or pads? Now what? Oh yeah, we could roll up a washcloth and put in our panties if we had too. You may need a small bucket to store them until you wash them. After a grid down we could wash them by hand, we may have to wash cloth diapers, so it’s better to be prepared BEFORE we need them and we can’t purchase them.

I can hear some people saying, there is no way I am making these, let alone going to use them. I get it, I really do. But on the other hand, I raised my daughters on cloth diapers. I have heard young mothers say, there is no way I am using cloth diapers. I get it, I do. BUT, if the store shelves are empty, are you prepared for what I call Plan B (cloth diapers, safety pins, and rubber pants). Just something to think about. They are washable and reusable and cheaper in the long run and better for the environment and landfill. These are pretty reasonable, I bought some cheaper diaper pins and I can’t even open them so be careful when you purchase diaper pins if you decide you may need to store them. And don’t forget the rubber pants. I have seen some pretty fancy reusable diapers, but I’m too cheap to buy those. Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers, White, Pack of 10 I would check your local store for some rubber pants to cover the diapers, along with some GOOD diaper pins.

Time Of The Month

What you’ll need to make these:

Flannel, old nightgowns, old flannel shirts or some yards of flannel purchased at your local fabric store.

Filler to put inside the flannel outside layers so they will absorb a little more each month. Warm & Natural Cotton Batting-Crib Size 45″X60″

Thread.

A sewing machine that has a zigzag stitch. Ask a neighbor if you don’t have a sewing machine, make it a neighborhood project. Order bagels and serve milk and juice. Make it a project everyone can do.

Scissors, a cutting board or rotary cutter, they all work. Anyone who sews has these items.

Here’s the deal I have seen some online reusable menstrual pads with wings or flaps. That’s too complicated for me, but if you want to add a flap that would be easy. I’m a shortcut chick, if it’s complicated I won’t make them. That’s how I roll. It has to be easy. Mine are a rectangle shape, easy peasy. Keep in mind, you can make these smaller in size and thicker for those heavier flow days.

time of the month

You can see above I cut some pink flannel into 12-inch sections.

time of the month

Then I cut the pink flannel into 4-inch sections. Therefore these are simple, 4-inch by 12-inch pieces of the pink flannel and the same size of batting. The batting is very absorbant so I used one flannel backside up, layered two pieces of the batting and layered the last piece of flannel right-side up. They are now ready to zigzag the edges. Easy peasy. If you need then thicker, add another layer of batting. Awesome! Cheap! Soft and reusable!

time of the month

Here they are from left to right, flannel, two layers of batting, the stack ready to sew, the pinned menstrual pad for the time of the month, the finished one that was zigzagged around. The farthest one on the right is the store purchased throw away kind. I then used my ruler and left-handed rotary cutter to even the edges after sewing. They are washable and will save you so much money! It’s all about saving money, being prepared for that time of the month and never running out of menstrual pads. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected. Someone in your neighborhood or family will need these, I promise!

P.S. these would be great for older people who may have a little incontinence.

 

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