How To Find Fresh Water When There’s Seemingly None Around

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How To Find Fresh Water When There’s Seemingly None Around

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All living creatures require water in order to survive. In fact, scientists who search for extraterrestrial life beyond our solar system consider the presence of liquid water to be an essential criterion for the possible presence of life on other planets.

Humans can survive weeks without food, but they only can survive about three days without water! Although many parts of the U.S. are blessed with an abundance of fresh, drinkable, surface water, there are many arid regions where this essential element of life is far more difficult to find. Thus, the ability to find fresh, drinkable water while adventuring in the wilderness is an essential skill.

The step to finding fresh water in the wilderness is to obtain, carry and learn how to read a topographic map; this handy tool will not only display the details of the terrain you are traveling in, but is also will reveal any sources of fresh water in the area. Thus, leaning to determine your approximate position on the map by using the surrounding terrain features is of paramount importance, because doing so will enable you to decide which direction you need to travel to reach water sources on your map.

How To Find Fresh Water When There’s Seemingly None Around

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Of course, water always flows downhill, so you should always look for creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes in the valleys between mountains and in the lowest-lying areas in flatter terrain. Another trick for obtaining water in wooded terrain is either to dig up the roots or cut the branches from trees; then, cut them into short sections and stand them up vertically in some sort of pan or trough to allow the water to seep from them. In fact, some trees and vines contain a considerable amount of fresh water. Using this method can be very productive if the right plants are chosen.

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But in more arid regions, surface water is often difficult or even impossible to find. If in such a location, you should look for the presence of water-loving plants and trees such as birches, alders, cottonwoods and willows, since these are good indications of subsurface water sources. Also, another good place to look for subsurface water sources in arid regions is in the outside of a bend in a dry creek bed. Thus, by digging a hole or ditch in these areas and allowing the water to seep into them from below ground, you often can obtain drinkable water in areas where there are no sources of surface water.

Yet another method for obtaining fresh water in arid terrain is to build a “solar still” by first digging a hole in the ground deep enough to encounter moist soil and then placing a catch basin such as a cup in the bottom of the hole before covering it with a sheet of plastic, such as a garbage bag; then, secure the sheet with rocks to hold it in place. After that, place a small rock on top of the plastic sheet, directly above the catch basin, so that as the water condenses on the underside of the plastic sheet, it will then run downhill and drip into the catch basin.

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If this isn’t possible and you’re traveling in barren, rocky terrain, then the best place to look for water is in depressions, caves or crevices in the rock, where water can accumulate. Last but not least, you can sometimes use animals to find sources of fresh drinking water. For instance, some animal species, such as grazing animals and especially feral or wild pigs, never stray far from a source of fresh drinking water since they require large amounts of this precious resource to digest their food. In addition, many species of birds, such as pigeons and mourning doves, always visit fresh water sources after leaving their roosts in the morning and before returning to their roosts in the evening. By noting their direction of flight during these times of day and following them, you can find fresh water.

It should be noted that even the clearest mountain streams often contain harmful bacteria, and you should always carry some means of purifying any fresh water source. However, if such tools are unavailable, you can construct a crude water filter by pouring it through charcoal from a fire and then purifying it by boiling it.

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The Foundations of Good Community Security

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There Foundations of Good Community Security Its been another week in American and we have seen yet another violent clash between groups. There could come a time when this violence leaves the arena of the main street and makes a block near you. Now it may sound extreme but these riots could also manifest as …

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Caching Strategies For The Smart Prepper

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Caching Strategies For The Smart Prepper There is a lot of discussion going on in the prepper communities regarding caching. However, some people fail to make a distinction between hiding their supplies and caching them. These are two different tactics and a cache should be considered a long-term investment. It’s your main and perhaps only …

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GROW: Staying Healthy and Free—Even In Old Age! (Video 3)

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You’ve seen this, I’m sure:

The connection between health and freedom?

With good health, we have the freedom to pursue hobbies … spend active days with family and friends … travel … and continue the everyday activities we, perhaps, take for granted in our younger years.

Yet as most people get older, they let health slip away, instead of vigorously pursuing it. And with it, their freedom slips away, too.

But what if I told you:

Health can continue into your 80s and 90s.

And that decline *isn’t* a given in your senior years. But instead, health is something you can actively continue to pursue—and as a result, hang on to that freedom.

In my fourth video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground, I explore 2 secrets to staying healthy and making your coming years the best ones yet.

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In the video, I also talk secrets to staying healthy, including:

  • A SIMPLE Test to Determine Longevity
  • Why Exercise Doesn’t Equal Fitness
  • The Absolute BEST Way to Incorporate Movement Into Daily Life

After you watch it, would you leave me a comment?

I’d love to know:

How do you add movement to your life?

What movements make you feel best?

I can’t thank you enough.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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Could You Survive A Year Without Summer?

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Most of us dread the dog days of summer. We look for relief at the summer pool with a glass of cold lemonade. In 1816 the summer was different for those living in Northeastern America and Northern Europe. They did not have the warm summer weather they were accustomed to. What happened that year? What we can learn from it and how we can prepare for these kind of events? Could you survive a year without summer?

Mount Tambora

Located on the island Sumbawa in Indonesia is Mount Tambora. It has been, and currently is, an active volcano. On April 10th 1815, Mount Tambora erupted leaving 12 feet of ash over a 100 mile radius. This is the largest volcanic eruption was that has ever been recorded. It was 100 times larger than Mt. Saint Helens and was over 4 times stronger than the Krakatoa eruption. For 2 weeks, Mount Tambora spewed lava so violently, that the smoke blocked the earth from the summer sunlight. This resulted in a year without summer and the death of hundreds of thousands of people.

Could you survive the initial blast? If you were near the volcano, you would have experienced a fast death. There was not enough time to run away. Many people who lived farther out in the Asian region also died, but it was from hunger and starvation.

In Southeast Asia

In China there were widespread floods, then the temperature dropped and the summer rice crop froze. This resulted in a famine. Taiwan endured cold weather and snow. People were so hungry that they were eating white clay to survive. Some parents went to the village market to sell their children, while others killed them so they would not suffer anymore. In other areas of Asia, the explosion caused a drought, then when the monsoon season began and brought with it cholera. This cholera was a more rare and deadly strain. Consequently, by the end of the 1800’s, millions died from this disease.

Could you survive if you were in South Asia? You could have if you were far enough away from the immediate explosion and knew that you needed to move, and fast. In the 1800’s there was no a way to test or treat cholera. Now it is treated by re hydration, antibiotics and IV fluids. People would begin to have symptoms of the flu, and not recover. With limited clean water, it is easy to see how the deadly strain was able to spread to others so fast. You can learn many water purification techniques here and check out a portable, on the go way to get clean water.

The Devastating Results

Northeastern America and Western Europe felt most of Mount Tambora’s wrath the following year. The temperatures would fluctuate from warm to freezing, in just a day or two. A hard frost was experienced every month of that same year. In some areas, up to 18 inches of snow was recorded in June 1816. Small farm animals died due to exposure and in Montreal, frozen birds just dropped dead. It was difficult for the residents in the area to see the cold continue. When the warm days would come, people thought that the cold was over and began planting again. The fierce cold would come back and freeze all the plants they were trying to salvage.

In August things were looking up. There were warmer days and farmers began planting crops again. They were hoping that they could grow something to harvest in October. Without warning, a strong, cold storm hit the area that was followed by 2 days of freezing temperatures. Farmers wrapped their plants in rags, but the crops were still destroyed by the cold. As a result, the shortage of crops caused hording and the price of produce tripled. In New Hampshire, hay was six times its normal cost.

Could you survive on minimal food?  The people who lived in the northeast didn’t know that this cold spell would last all summer. If they did, they may have done some things differently. Nowadays, we would be aware of a volcano eruption and have had time to prepare. If we were there in the year 1816, one way to survive would have been to ration the food already stored. Also, processing livestock and storing the meat before the animals starved and died would help temporarily. Learn more here about the importance of canning meat.

Eat What?

Most people depended on the food they grew in the summer to get them through the long winter. These summer crops were preserved and the extra produce was either sold, used to barter or exchanged with neighbors for other foods. During this cold summer, potatoes, rye and wheat were the only crops that were enduring the freeze. Due to extreme hunger, many people resorted to eating pigeons, raccoons, wild turnips, nettles, mackerel and hedgehogs. To survive you would have to eat foods that are not normally part of your diet. Not only vegetation that you may not like, but other kinds of animals. Read about the art of foraging and what you can do to feed yourself in an emergency.

Could you survive eating food you may not like, or the same food over and over? When long term food shortages hit and food could be difficult to eat, try combining a familiar food with a new one. There are some remarkable stories that did come out of this tragety. One is about a small community of farmers that survived because on older farmer had 40 bushels of wheat stored up. He chose to share his wheat with his neighbors. Those simple 40 bushels saved lives. After the man passed, those that received wheat, put their money together and had a statue erected in honor of their generous neighbor. Working together and sharing with those you know and trust can help stretch the current resources. Also, having a group of people with a variety of skills and ideas can help increase the chances of survival.


Many of the residents decided to head west, not wanting to chance another bad year in New England. They sold their farms for what they could and headed out to find a new area to settle. Others moved to Ohio, believing they would have mild winters there, other went to the Midwest. This migration helped establish what is now known as the American Heartland. At the time, decisions were made on the made on limited information and knowledge people had. No one understood why they were not experiencing a summer. Their concern was that the cold summer weather would continue into next year’s planting season.

Would you make the decision to stay and hope things improve, or go and start a new life in an unknown area? That is a hard question to answer. We can now go to the NOAA site and learn about weather in our area and around the world. In 1816 many families lived in close proximity and were dependent upon each other to survive. Moving would have been a big commitment with no guarantees. I am sure there was a lot of conversations among families and friends about what to do. Needs and circumstances were different for each family. What can increase your chance of survival is learning how to communicate with others, analyze your situation and develop problem solving skills. You can read tips on how to make big decisions here.

Government and Politicians

During this disastrous summer, the government did expand their weather collection data. Almost 2 dozen weather stations were tracking the weather 3 times a day and sending regular reports to Washington, hoping that scientists could learn more about this odd occurrence. While citizens worried about their livelihood, congress voted to double their income. Other politicians who ignored the struggles of their constituents were not voted back into office. There was not a Federal Emergency Management Agency in 1816. People did their best to prepare and save for a rainy day. For farmers, this disaster was more devastating than they could have prepared for.

Could you survive without the help of the government? It is best to assume that the government will not be able to come and take care of you in a disaster. FEMA has been asking citizens to be prepared and have at least 3 days’ worth of food and supplies stored in case of an emergency. It could take at least that long for the government to arrive with help. Therefore, be wise and take responsibility for yourself and your family by being prepared. Learn about the possible risks in your area and prepare for them. Store enough food, water and money to help you survive financial hardships, natural and man made disasters. FEMA has information about the hazards near your home and how to prepare for them.

Could Mount Tambora Erupt Again?

The odds of another Mount Tambora are pretty slim according to scientists.Yet other events that can cause a shortage of food and unusual weather.  It is best to learn from those who lived through Mount Tambora and apply those lessons into your survival plans. Look here for downloads and information about getting started on your emergency plan. For more reading about preparing for the everyday disasters and worst case scenarios, check out this informative book!







My EDC Fail (and pocket carry update)

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Two things you eventually learn about EDC:

1)It does you no good unless you do indeed carry it every day. The day you don’t will be the day you need it. Be honest and keep your expectations real. Better to have a few tools in your pockets that you do indeed carry rather than some massive bag full of stuff that always ends up staying left behind.

2) 3 is 2, 2 is 1 and one is none. Backups work. The day a tool breaks, is forgotten, left behind or lost is the day you will be glad to have a backup. This is especially true of primary tools such knives and flashlights.


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”


Do You Need That to Survive: Fishing Tackle and Pole

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Do you need to carry fishing tackle and pole in your survival kit? If you are skilled enough, you can make your own tackle, and a pole can be virtually anything on which you can attach a line. However, why go through all the trouble of making your own when you can carry a small […]

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A $6,000 Off-Grid Home: ‘Take Control Of Your Life,’ Builder Says

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A $6,000 Off-Grid Home: ‘Take Control Of Your Life,’ Builder Says

It is hard to picture Ryan Halpin as a clean-shaven corporate executive working 50 hours a week, but that is how he was before he followed his dream of pursing an off-the-grid lifestyle.

Halpin — with his long hair and beard — looks completely at home pounding tires for what he calls his “bachelorship” home near Taos, N.M. He says that planning and building his own off-grid sustainable home for around $6,000 has allowed him to “set himself free.”

“I want to show people that it is possible – on a low budget – to take control of your life,” he says in a YouTube video. “I can be my own boss out here, and I can do it in a way that actually benefits the environment.”

Using tires as the structural basis for an earthship home is an idea Halpin had been considering for many years. It first occurred to him when he was working in his father’s tire shop in Wisconsin. Then he firmed up his plans after attending a seminar taught by noted earthship architect Mike Reynolds.

By June 2016, Halpin had purchased land in the high desert mesa of Taos and was ready to start “pounding tires” for his new home. Last October, he says he was just two weeks away from putting the roof on his earthship when what he calls a “backhoe driver incident” derailed his plans.

Having to replace about 70 tires from the structure and facing a ticking timeclock of approaching winter weather, Halpin had to postpone finishing his home until this spring and summer.

In Magaster’s video, we see Halpin building the tire framework for his home, which features a modest 15-foot-by-13-food living area bordered by a large greenhouse on one end and a berm in the back. He reports that he obtained all of the tires from two local tire shops, the owners of which he says were “happy to let me have them.”

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Halpin filled in and around the tires with a mixture of adobe, sand, straw and water. He explains that each tire is about 90 percent compacted with the adobe mixture and weighs about 300 pounds. He will plaster the exterior of his tire walls.

He discusses his plans to create a 10-inch “cooling tube” to bring in cool air in the summer as well as an operable window to let out heat. “I will let convection and science work as my air conditioning system,” he says.

In the rear of his living space, Halpin will build a loft bed with a closet underneath it. In front will be a small kitchen and dining area. “I will basically be camping with a roof until I upgrade my systems,” he says.

Halpin also plans a 10-foot-by-12-foot aquaponics system where he will utilize grey water to grow his own food. He says his greenhouse will boost both the heating of his living space in the winter and the cooling in the summer.

“The most important system — especially here in the high desert mesa — is the water system,” he stresses. “We get seven inches of precipitation a year here — if we’re lucky … I am designing a system that is high enough to be gravity fed.”

He also is including an outlaw septic system that will overflow outdoors to irrigate a garden of native species and “other plants you wouldn’t expect” in a desert area.

Halpin says it has taken him “baby steps” to get where he is in terms of living off the grid, but he encourages others to follow his example.

“No matter where you are, it is possible to get to this point,” he says, adding that he began his journey to a sustainable lifestyle by making a series of small budget-friendly and earth-friendly changes. For example, he began by reducing his use of plastic, a change that affected his diet and health as well as his wallet.

“Just start locally and work on yourself a little at a time,” he advises. “It will just start snowballing.”

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ISIS’ Next Plan Involves U.S. Gun Shows

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ISIS’ Next Plan Involves U.S. Gun Shows

The terror masterminds at ISIS are urging their followers to adopt a horrific new tactic: Buy weapons at U.S. gun shows and use them to take innocent people hostage.

A gun show purchase would allow them to get around background checks.

“Ideal target locations for hostage-taking scenarios include night clubs, movie theaters, busy shopping malls and large stores, popular restaurants, concert halls, university campuses, public swimming pools, indoor ice skating rinks, and generally any busy en­closed area,” an article in the May 4 edition of the ISIS online magazine Rumiyah recommends.

Rumiyah is used to instruct ISIS sympathizers and lone-wolf terrorists in the art of wreaking havoc.

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“Such an environment allows for one to take control of the situation by rounding up the kuf­far (nonbelievers) present inside and allows one to massacre them while using the building as a natural defense against any responding force attempting to enter and bring the operation to a quick halt,” the text continues.

Another frightening recommendation is to place a fake job ad to lure a person to a remote location so they can be killed or taken hostage. Non-Muslim men in countries such as the United States seem to be ISIS’ target of choice.

“As an example, one might advertise a job vacancy that Muslims would not seek, or that may only appeal to men,” Rumiyah recommends.

Other methods of luring innocent people to their deaths include advertising rooms for rent on eBay Listings and Craigslist ads.

The Middle East Media Research Institute’s Jihad & Terrorism Threat Monitor speculated that ISIS wants to recruit Muslims in the West to commit such atrocities. The murders would be in retaliation for the recent military setbacks the group has suffered on the battlefield.

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How City Dwellers Should Prepare for an Earthquake

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What would you do if an earthquake struck your city?


If you don’t have an answer to that question, stop what you’re doing and grab a notebook and pen (not your phone, you’ll want this information to be available even if your city’s power lines are compromised). Here are some tips that all city dwellers need to know when the ground begins rumbling.


The rumble of shifting tectonic plates sends shivers down spines worldwide–the fear of earthquakes is understandable; they have ravaged countless cities the world over, long before recorded history.


It’s urgent that people learn about earthquake preparedness in their cities, sooner rather than later; the information may even save your life.


3 Steps to Remember

If you’ve taken fire safety courses, you’re no doubt aware that you should “stop, drop, and roll” if an item of your clothing catches fire. With earthquakes, city dwellers need to remember to Drop, Cover, and HOLD ON. As in, “Drop to the ground, seek cover from falling objects, and do your best to stay still.”


Your Home or Apartment’s Safest Areas

Scout out areas in your home where you’ll be safe from any falling objects–strong earthquakes can loose mirrors and light fixtures from your ceilings and walls; a quake can even topple bookshelves or entertainment centers. As such, you should find your home’s “safe spaces”. This might be under a bed, in a closet, or in a largely unfurnished room.


Finding Out the Specifics for Your City

Every city has a different design; consequently, we can’t tell you precisely what you should do in the event of an earthquake affecting your city. Fortunately, your local government can. Through, the government’s disaster preparedness website, you can find the localized information you need.


Developing the “Prepper” Mindset

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Chances are, you have at least one friend who’s interested in survivalism or even considers themselves a full-blown “prepper”. We’re not saying that you need to fill your crawlspace with cans of Spam and other non-perishables. However, you can learn a lot from these survivalists.

One of the best ideas prepper culture has borne is the idea of the “bug out bag”. While bigger versions exist, the 72-hour bag has become the standard for beginners. When it’s fully packed, it will contain a flashlight, first-aid kit, waterproof matches, and many other tools you’ll need if an earthquake renders your home, or even your city, unlivable.


When it comes to your health and sustenance after an earthquake, you should store plenty of clean, bottled drinking water, as well as (at least) a week’s worth of non-perishable food items.


Your Personal Health

Thrust into a survival situation, you’ll need to be in good physical condition to survive and prosper. If you’re over your ideal weight, it’s important to start eating a little healthier and exercising more each day. Likewise, if you’re a smoker, you might find that a tobacco harm reduction product (such as an e cigarette starter kit, otherwise known as a “vape pen”), or another tobacco alternative can provide you with a greater level of freedom.


Further Information

We apologize if the tone of this piece ever struck you as alarmist–we don’t want to scare people. Our goal is to make people–especially those living in cities–aware of the steps they need to take to be disaster-ready. If you have any questions, comments, or additional information you’d like to add, feel free to comment below or send us a message. Stay safe!

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Goffman, Nuclear Chemist, Explains in Interview How Corrupt and Dangerous the Radiation Industry Is

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GOFMAN:   We have to get back to a simple understanding of the concepts of liberty, justice, and truth.
        You know, Frederick Douglass–then an ex-slave–made an important statement about power. He said, “Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. . . . The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
        People have to see the truth in Douglass’s words . . . they have to realize that a lot of freedom is being taken away from them, and they have to learn how to take it back.
PLOWBOY:   So the first step is education. We Americans have to become aware of how we’re being used.
GOFMAN:   Yes, but it’s not just Americans who need to wake up. We may not have perfect freedom here, but comparing our liberties to those of people in the world’s totalitarian countries is like comparing night and day. The journey to full liberty for much of the rest of the world will be a very tough one.
        So we need to preserve and extend our own freedoms and help men and women in totalitarian countries resist coercion, as well. All of the world’s peoples need to work toward liberty.

Roger Batzel–who, by the way, once admitted to a TV journalist that even he didn’t see any errors in our calculations–came up to me. “Jack,” he said, “last year the AEC told us that we’d have to cancel your chromosome and cancer research program. Now you may not believe this, but Mike May and I both said that–although we disagree heartily with you concerning your actions against nuclear power–we think your lab work on chromosomes is first rate, so we’re not going to cancel it.”
        I started to assure Roger that I appreciated his efforts, but he went on: “This year the AEC people have told us that either we cancel your work or they’ll simply cut our budget by the $250,000 that your program costs . . . which would force us to fire somebody else in order to keep you.”
PLOWBOY:   Now that’s devious!
GOFMAN:   Roger said he’d leave the decision up to me. Well, I couldn’t force another project to lose out in order to keep my program. So I told Roger that I thought I might be able to get funding from the National Cancer Institute . . . and asked whether he’d get me the approval to move all my scanners, culture equipment, and other research gear to Berkeley. Roger agreed.
        At first, my plan looked as if it would work smoothly. I talked with Frank Rauscher, the head of the National Cancer Institute, and he was quite excited about funding my chromosome work. In fact, Frank said the research would tie in perfectly with some breast cancer studies the Institute was doing at Yale. All he’d need, before giving me the go-ahead, was three or four weeks to look into the funding.
        Well, about seven weeks later, I still hadn’t heard from him, and–since it was getting near the time when Roger would have to cut his budget–I wrote a little note to remind him . . . and got back a letter, from an assistant I didn’t even know, saying, “Thank you very much for your inquiry. The program that you’re proposing is not in the mainline interest of the National Cancer Institute. But if you ever have any ideas in the future, please call us.”
        That was the end of my research. The next day, a program that could have been very important to world health, one that I’d worked on for seven years, was completely dismantled. All the people were reassigned to other scientists’ work . . . in fact, to anyone’s work as long as it wasn’t mine. It was one of the saddest days of my life.
PLOWBOY:   Yet nothing was done that you could point to to improper?
GOFMAN:   Oh no. Everybody knew, of course, that I didn’t want to give up the research program. But I had to. It’s really a rather common story: There’s just no room for scientific truth in government-funded work when the truth in any way goes against a program that the government–or any of its special interests–wants to carry through. And I believe it’s an outrage that we’re taxed to support dishonest scientists . . . or to finance science that’s being paid to provide a façade.

stock here: nothing new under the sun.   Nuclear has been corrupt out of the gate.

This interview is from 1981

7 Tips on How to Shoot a Compound Bow Better

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When it comes to shooting a compound bow in the field, all of us can use a little bit more help. If you’ve been looking for a way to become an even better archer, then read on and we’ll show you some tips that’ll help you learn how to shoot a compound bow with laser accuracy.

1. Know Your Gear

Anytime you change something in your setup, it’s important that you get used to it. It’s always a good idea to test it out before you need it. This is especially important if you’re a gear fanatic, a lot of us are constantly looking for the best bow sight on the market, new strings, new arrowheads or whatever else we can come up with.

The best setup is the one you’re the most familiar with though, and as long as it’s not broken you might want to think twice about fixing it.

2. Varied Practice Conditions

Conditions can change rapidly in the field. Visibility, wind speed and direction, and even humidity will have an effect on your accuracy, so try and get out in practice in less than ideal conditions.

It can be dreary and tiresome some days to shoot, but by learning how to shoot no matter what the weather is like you can become an adaptable, capable sharpshooting archer rather than having to rely on ideal conditions to make sure of a hit.

3. Relax During the Release

It might seem counter intuitive, but if relax a little bit you’ll find that your accuracy becomes a lot higher. Staying tense on the bow leads to a less reliable shot, since your levels of tension will inevitably vary even if just a little bit.

By staying relaxed during the release you can ensure a much smoother hit. Many archers who can manage a relaxed shot tend to grip down on the bow when they allow the arrow to fly. The effect can be minute on accuracy at shorter ranges but keeping your body relaxed during the final release is one of the keys to repeatable, pinpoint accuracy.

4. Use a Reliable Anchor Point

Your anchor point is one of the most important pieces of your draw. It can make or break you when it comes to accuracy, and forcing it to be an automatic motion is one of the best little modifications you can make as long as your basic form is down.

Everyone has their own idea of what the perfect anchor point is when they’re firing, but you should definitely find which one works best for your own shooting and then stick to it. Take video or use a friend to keep yourself accountable, the best shot is one that you can repeat in exact detail each time you pull an arrow back.

5. Sight “Floating”

Instead of seeking to hold your sight in exactly one area, allow the sight to “float” a little bit while you’re lining up your shot. Combine it with the next tip and you’ll soon find yourself shooting better than ever before.

6. Master the Surprise Release

Simply put, the surprise release means that the bow goes off without any conscious effort on your part. You can achieve this by using a back-tension release and pulling smoothly back until it fires.

One of the most common reasons to miss shots is so-called “target panic,” where people have trouble keeping their sight on track while they’re firing. By utilizing this technique you can make sure that every shot is smooth and reliable.

It will take some time, especially if you’re already using a back-tension release and are used to punching the trigger, but you’ll be impressed with how much tighter you can shoot once you retrain yourself to fire this way. Most hunters highly recommend mastering this technique, regardless of how good you are already.

7. Follow Through

One of the most important parts of archery, and one of the most disregarded, is the follow-through when you’re shooting. If you haven’t kept up with this part of archery a follow-through sounds odd when you think of the way a bow works, but it’s another way to make sure you can attain quick and consistent firing.

Instead of immediately dropping the arrow hand and the bow after firing, strive to keep aiming until the arrow hits the target. It’s simple to teach, but for someone who has been shooting for years and dropping the bow immediately afterwards it can take a little bit of time to retrain this way.

This is one of the easiest habits to acquire if you’re just beginning, however, and it should part of the “basics” for every new archer who’s getting ready to step into the field.


These tips should help get you on your way to shooting better with a compound bow. As long as you have basic form down, the above will help you to take your shooting to a higher level. The key, as always, is to practice, practice, and practice some more. Happy shooting!

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Folks, I am currently experiencing computer difficulties, which will keep me offline for a few days. I am waiting for a new laptop battery to arrive. This may delay next week’s Patriots’ Prayers by a day or two.

I also won’t be able to post any new articles on my website, answer emails, or access my twitter account for a few days.

Thank you for reading my website!  

–Tim Gamble

Composting Leaves: How to Achieve Fast Leaf Decay

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Best Selling Prepper Items – Why They May Not Work for You

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I personally shop online for almost anything I can for a couple of reasons. First is the incredible ability to research and check prices. I can read or watch video reviews for any products I am considering before making a final decision. Secondly, I hate going to the mall or just about any other shopping center type of place with a passion – I would just about rather take a kick to the head than go to the mall during Christmas, but even the rest of the year shopping online is just my preferred option. I was looking around for more prepper and survival gear the other day and often readers ask for gear recommendations so I wanted to give you this list of the best-selling prepper items but with a twist. I want to also give you my opinions on why this list is wrong when taken from the standpoint of what people should be focusing on. I will show the best sellers and give alternate items you should have if you don’t already.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

The LifeStraw is a great idea and Water is the highest priority, all things being equal, you should focus on when preparing for any kind of unforeseen emergency. But I think the LifeStraw itself has some limitations and drawbacks that would make me choose another option for water filtration.

For starters, the LifeStraw is really meant for only one person. If you have a couple of people to provide clean water for, this isn’t ideal. Next, you must stick your face down in the water for this to work. Not only does this require you to get up close and personal with your water source but it also prevents you from being able to fully stay aware of your surroundings. Yes, you can fill a container up with water and stick the LifeStraw in that, but why? Additionally, can’t take any water with you for later because the LifeStraw only works when you have a water source to stick the straw into. Lastly, the LifeStraw only filters up to 1000 liters before it is no longer safe.

For me, there are a couple of other options. For just about the same price, size/weight footprint, the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System is far superior. It filters 100, 000 gallons, comes with it’s own bag that you can fill to quench your thirst, then refill for the road and still has all the microorganism filtering benefits. To me, these are the most minimal and basic water filters you can get, but it’s probably better to expand to a slightly larger capacity system.

The best solution in my opinion is a gravity fed water filtration system. Why? Unlike manual pump filters like the Katadyn Hiker or the MSR Miniworks (which I own and like), gravity fed filtration systems have no moving parts to break. Also, you can just let the water filter do its job while you move on to other issues like setting up camp or observing your surroundings. I am a HUGE fan of the GravityWorks by Platypus, but they are much more expensive. They taste far better than any type of Iodine water filter system like the Polar Pure, last far longer too, can easily support multiple people and I don’t have to worry about those little glass bottles breaking on me.

Mountain House Freeze Dried Food

The next 3 items on the list of best-selling prepper gear are food so I will combine them. Mountain House is listed as the best seller and I certainly have recommended their products as a great camping or backpacking option that also work great as a preparedness option. They only require hot water and you have a meal. Now, is this the best prepper food you should get if you are trying to stock up food for emergencies?


Mountain House or any one of the many other manufacturers of quality freeze-dried food out there fill a need and as part of a larger food self-sufficiency strategy I think they fill a great role. If you have nothing else but Mountain House, you will still be able to feed your family with decent tasting food that requires nothing more than a fire or stove to heat the water. You can even eat out of the bag. However, I recommend a little more diversity.

Your pantry should be filled with a larger portion of foods you already eat and let the Freeze-Dried food supplement that should you need to. You probably wouldn’t want to break out some Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce if your friends were coming over for dinner, but after a snow storm knocks your power out for a week, this stuff is awesome. Your own family’s needs and preferences will dictate what you store but for tips on how to get started, check out my article on 30 days of food storage for ideas on how to get a jump-start.

Emergency Disposable Rain Ponchos

No offense to the good-looking group pictured here, but preppers shouldn’t be buying these cheap bags expecting protection.

Number three on the list of the best-selling prepper gear is Emergency Rain Ponchos? Seriously? Granted, this is from but these are glorified trash bags meant to give you some protection if you are out at a theme park let’s say and an unexpected downpour threatens to ruin the fun. No self-respecting prepper should have to resort to this because if you can’t find out what the weather is going to be and plan accordingly, you have bigger things to worry about most likely.

Instead of a disposable trash bag, if you are looking for some prepper gear that isn’t a rain jacket, consider a legitimate poncho instead. These are more expensive, but the construction is vastly better and you can use these to provide shelter if you combine them with a little paracord. Usually they come in camouflage colors but you do have options if you are trying not to look tactical. You can even combine them with a poncho liner to have a great cold weather system that can keep you dry and warm.

Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter

Number 4 is a means to start a fire and magnesium fire starters are a great grid-down item to have. There are many other brands out there and while I haven’t personally tested the Gerber line, I have been very happy with the craftsmanship and quality of other items like their multi-tools that I own. The Bear Grylls Fire Starter is just branded merchandise but it should do the job admirably.

Now I own several fire starters like this but you know what I own more of? Disposable lighters. They are cheap (you can get a pack of 10 for the price of one fire starter) and easier to use. Yes, they won’t last anywhere near as long as a fire starter, but if I needed to get a fire going quickly, I would much rather start my tinder off with a quick flick of my Bic and then move on.

Survival Shack Emergency Survival Shelter Tent

Keep the rain off you? Maybe? Sun? Yep. Will it keep you warm in cold climates?

Number 5 on Amazon’s list of best-selling prepper gear is essentially a big piece of Mylar with some rope. It is cheap, lightweight and compact, but when it comes to staying warm, I don’t see how this big open tent is going to help you.

In the right environment, creating a survival shelter is a free option but that assumes a lot of things. First that you have materials you can make a shelter with. Debris shelters are all the rage on YouTube for preppers and survivalists, but what if you don’t have any trees, limbs lying around or millions of leaves to cover it with?

A better option may be a survival bivvy. Advanced Medical Kits sells an Emergency Bivvy that will keep two people warm. First, it’s enclosed so you don’t have air blowing through it and wiping away any heat convection your body was making – think survival sleeping bag. It doesn’t require trees to string a rope and you get the added benefit of body heat from your buddy – assuming you are with someone. It is a little more expensive and does take up a little more room, but seems like it would be more effective at keeping you protected from the elements.

Is Best Selling Gear really the Best for You?

There are many other items on the list of best sellers and I just scratched the surface. I think in some cases; the things people buy are often out of convenience and cost savings but those two factors alone could leave you just as unprepared as if you didn’t purchase any prepper gear. Before making any prepper gear purchases, use the internet and conduct research. Take a look at what your survival priorities for the place you are or where you are going. Read articles – there are thousands out there on just about any subject related to prepping you can think of. Watch videos on YouTube and make your own mind up on what makes sense. But don’t stop there.

Actually try out the gear you just purchased. Use it to collect water and drink from it. Take that freeze-dried food out with you and make a meal. Try spending a night in that shelter or working in the rain in that poncho – start a fire. You will learn more from your own experience than anything you can read on a prepper blog and it will give you the knowledge you need to make your own, better, decisions on survival gear that works best for you.

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A School Banned Yearbook Pictures Of The Trap-Shooting Team … Because Of Guns

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A School Banned Yearbook Pictures Of The Trap-Shooting Team ... Because Of Guns

A school district tried to ban a picture of a school-sponsored trap-shooting team from the yearbook because shotguns were displayed.

And then parents spoke up.

“Big Lake High School trap team will not be allowed to display proudly their team photo in the year book due to the kids displaying their sporting equipment,” Carrie Evens Wagener wrote on Facebook in late April. “These students’ guns are their equipment just as a hockey stick, tennis racket, a football, a baseball bat, ice skates, swim goggles — just as all these pieces of equipment are used, guns are used for trap.

“Sadly many people have died of a wasp sting — so does that mean Big Lakes hornets emblem with its stinger should be considered a weapon?”

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Wagener was reacting to the decision by Big Lake Public Schools Superintendent Steve Westerberg to remove the trap shooters’ picture from the yearbook, TV station KARE reported. Westerberg was enforcing a district policy that bars pictures of guns from the publication.

Not surprisingly, the decision was not very popular in the rural Minnesota community. Parents, trapshooting coach Rhonda Eckert and others complained, and Westerberg reversed his decision. District policy has been amended to allow the trap-shooting teams’ guns in the yearbook.

“This has spun into an amazing issue when it really shouldn’t have been,” Westerberg said.

He added, “You know, I really think the administration would’ve resolved this anyway, but certainly there’s been a lot of pressure and one would think that — but, let’s say three or four months ago, a request would’ve been made, process would’ve been followed, I think we would end up in the same spot.”

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Toxic Environment Creating Huge Numbers of Early Deaths Among Otherwise Healthy People

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This is just one example, but keep your ears open, these examples are all over the place.

“Young” people, dying quickly after contracting a disease, often cancer.   By young, I mean, 57, 62, 65.     This story is about Ken Leghorn from Alaska.  

This is a result of our toxic environment.   Including radiation and heavy metal damage due to ocean dumping of nuclear material and Fukushima.

This article explains why the traditional way to present “life expectancy” way underestimates reality.

Summary: Everyone uses the “mean” aka the average.    A very few short lives can sway the statistics greatly.   

But when we look at the actual chart, we see for men, the most likely age at death is 86, but the average is 78/79

So when a otherwise healthy person dies at 62, the chart by inspection shows that that early death is actually very unlikely. 

Pancreatic cancer – excellent diet, care and attention to life-long health.
Fukushima fuel flea???

From an Alaska native

Yeah, from a distance. I know his best friend and the circle he ran in. All prep school and East coast edu…and the life he lived as a guide for big-money guests to Alaska. He ate well from the land and sea of SE Alaska; he hadn’t been warned. Like most of us. Never knew what hit him. So instead of loading up on cannabis, he went rad and chemo [don’t know for a fact, but it looks like it. We all know the look.]



Why You Can’t Grow Food In Containers

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You start by planting seeds and hope to have a small crop but they don’t even sprout. Or you buy healthy seedlings and they just come to your home to die.

Your container gardening is just not working…

Just like with flat gardening, you’ll come across some problems when you’re practicing container gardening, too.

Are you going to give up before reading how these 8 problems can be solved?

Plants grow but don’t produce fruit

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your plant grow from a seedling into a lush, beautiful plant, then waiting for fruit that never comes.

There are a couple of different reasons that this may happen.

Plant isn’t pollinated

If you’re growing plants that require cross-pollination, they won’t bear fruit if they aren’t pollinated. Usually, bees take care of this, but not always, especially if your containers are in a protected area or you live somewhere with a small bee population. These plants include squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, and some cucumbers to name a few.

To pollinate them so that they bear fruit, simply take a small, soft paintbrush and gently run it around the inside of each flower. Don’t forget to do the first one twice!

If you still have a problem, you may not have both male and female plants. Female plants may not develop if the weather is cold or too wet. You can determine which flowers are male and which are female, by their appearances. If you do this, then you can just pick the male flowers (only females bear fruit) and pollinate the females with those.

The easiest way to tell if many plants are female or male is to look at the base of the flower. For instance, with squash, the female flower will have a little squash underneath it at the base of the stem and a raised orange structure inside. The male will just have a stem on the bottom, but there will be an anther with pollen on it inside of it.

This will vary from plant to plant, so know how to tell the difference on your individual plants. Usually, though, the presence of the pollen-covered anther will be a dead giveaway.

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High temperatures or humid/arid conditions

Another reason that your plant may get bushy but not produce fruit is because they won’t produce if the temperature is too high or if the pollen can’t spread. This is particularly applicable to tomatoes and peppers.

If the temperatures regularly reach 85-90 degrees during the day and 75 degrees at night, the plant may not set fruit. If it’s too humid, the pollen may be too sticky inside the flowers to spread from flower to flower. If it’s too arid, the pollen may be too dry.

The best solution here is to protect your plants from the heat as much as possible, and make sure that they’re fed and watered correctly. Even though most people will tell you that tomatoes and peppers prefer full sun, if you live in places such as the southern US where temperatures can be brutal, “full sun” means “full sun in the morning.”

Plant your seedlings where they’ll get full sun in the morning but shade in the afternoon.

Learn from our ancestors the old lessons of growing your own food!

Seeds Don’t Sprout

This is incredibly frustrating. You’ve taken the time to choose your seeds and plant them, then you wait … and wait … and wait. And nothing happens. No seedling pokes through. What went wrong? Well, again, it can be a couple of things.

Seeds were too old

Seeds are only good for an average of a couple of years – some seeds may be good for up to five years – but don’t count on them for more than two years. To make sure that your seeds are good, germinate a few of them before you plant the rest.

Do this by placing ten seeds, evenly spaced, in a wet paper towel. Roll it up and put it in a baggie, then put the baggie in a warm spot in the kitchen for two to seven days. Check the seeds after then and see how many of them germinated.

The number of seeds that germinated will give you a good idea of the percentage of the other seeds that will germinate, thus giving you an idea of how many to plant in order to get the yield you’re looking for.

Incorrect amount of water

This is possibly the most common reasons why seeds don’t germinate. Some seeds, such as tomato seeds, like plenty of water. Others, like peppers, germinate better when the soil is fairly dry. The only solution here is to know what conditions your particular plants require in order to germinate the best.

Planting too deeply

This is a common mistake made by new gardeners. Most seeds don’t need to be planted more than an inch or so beneath the soil. Planting them deeper will either delay the appearance of the sprout or cause the seed not to germinate at all.

Planting in cold soil

Most plants need the soil to be at least 50 degrees in order to germinate, and 65 is better. If you live in an area that gets extremely cold, start your plants inside in order to get your seeds to germinate. A combination of planting too deeply and planting in cold soil is the most common reason for seeds not to germinate.

Plants have mold

You may notice a white mold growing on the top of your soil. This in itself isn’t cause for concern, though you do need to change the environment around your seedlings. The soil is either too wet or it isn’t getting enough sun, or both.

The white mold actually helps organic matter decompose, but you don’t want it to grow in your plants. Don’t freak out, though. It doesn’t mean instant death. Scrape the mold off the surface of the soil, then don’t water your plant again until the soil dries out.

Setting up a fan to circulate air may help, too. Just put it on a setting that causes the leaves to flutter.

Your plants may also get what looks like a white film over the leaves. This is actually powdery mildew and is one of the most common and easily identifiable fungal disease in plants. Unlike mold, mildew favors dry foliage. Like mold, though, it also favors low light and high humidity.

You have a few effective natural treatments, but the best is vinegar. Combine 2-3 tablespoons of ACV with a gallon of water and spritz on the leaves a couple of times a week until the mildew disappears. Be careful though, because vinegar can burn the plant. A combination of 1 part milk and 2 parts water is strangely effective, too.

Nobody really knows why, but it works! Sulfur and lime/sulfur works, too, but can easily damage your plants, so try the vinegar or milk first.

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Other common problems to container gardens

Plants wilt even with enough water

Cause: insufficient drainage.

Tip: increase drainage holes, use a lighter soil mix.

Plants are “leggy” (spindly and unproductive)

Cause: not enough light.

Tip: relocate the plants.

Leaf edges die

Cause: too much salt.

Tip: leach container regularly by watering until water drains from drainage holes.

Plant turns yellow at the bottom

Cause: too much water.

Tip: water less and ensure good drainage.

These are most of the problems that you’ll run into with container gardening, aside from insects and other diseases.

If your plants become covered with spots, develop dead, dried, powdery, or rusty areas, you may have a few different issues. Your plant may not be warm enough, the soil may have low phosphate levels, or you may have a variety of diseases.

Start by separating the plant from your others and setting in the sunlight. Pull off the dead or damaged leaves, if you think the plant is salvageable. Also, spray with neem oil and/or vinegar water to kill a variety of bugs and diseases.

Container gardening is typically easy and most problems are related to water, sunlight, and temperature. The best way to avoid most of these problems is to know the needs of your plants and meet them.

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This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia. 

Podcast #142: I’m Back

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May 5th, 2017: In today’s show, after a long healing hiatus, I am thoroughly excited to be back.  I also shared my newly published book How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle:  Our Journey & A Step By Step Look At The Lifestyle along with my testimony and healing.  My husband and I did a video sharing […]

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It’s Not Enough!

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     Today I’m going to be very bold; actually blunt and honest more accurately describes my attitude.  And I’m going to start by pointing the finger at myself.  I have been writing this blog for nearly six years, all with the purpose of directing people towards God.  The first few years I was still focused on this world, combining a message of how to survive the tactics of men and the schemes of the Prince of this world to destroy us.  The last couple of years, I have clearly heard God’s instructions to focus on Him and His will to see His Kingdom be realized on earth as it is in Heaven.
     I have listened to the Holy Spirit and spoken to you about our Power and Authority; and shouted that we serve a Supernatural God. I have desperately wanted both fellow Believers and the Unsaved to grasp the magnitude of the God we serve and what He expects from us.  And, yes, I know that I have been moderately successful in getting that message across — and maybe there are some people who have had those “Aha!” moments, or even began examining their theology and Biblical worldview.  But, I know that I’ve not done enough!!!

      It’s not enough to provide you with food for thought, if it doesn’t result in a manifestation of God’s Power here on earth.  Just as it’s not enough for my husband, Mark, to do in-depth Bible studies whereby he teaches people in Colorado and Ohio about what Jesus meant when He spoke of the Kingdom of God.  And it’s not enough for teachers and preachers in the Church buildings to “make a difference” in their classes or sanctuaries for one hour on Sunday mornings.  Yes, in all these instances people’s minds are being expanded about what the Bible tells us about our God; they are receiving new concepts of the Bigness of God and new ideas about who He is.  But is that what Jesus demanded His disciples to do after He was gone?  Is it what He demands of us?
     In Matthew 28, we receive our Commission from the Lord:  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe [do] all that I commanded you.  So, now comes a very important question that I had to ask myself … Where is the fruit from my labor? Are the people who I might have influenced through this blog doing the things that Jesus did and taught His disciples to do?  Are the people who my husband is leading in Bible study, or the students in that Sunday School class, Small Group, or members of the congregation sitting in the pews going out and converting people? Are they baptizing people in Jesus’s Name? Are they laying hands on the sick, or casting out demons, or raising the dead, or discipling others in this Kingdom work?  If the answer is “No”, then are we doing what Jesus commissioned us to do? Even our “home church” group is not measuring up to Jesus’s instruction.
     I will concede that there is a real need to be educating and teaching people in the Truths of the Bible, and the Gospel of the Kingdom. “Teaching” is specifically mentioned in Ephesians 4:11 as a gift from Jesus to build up the Body of Christ, and to bring Believers to maturity in their knowledge of the Son of God.  But we seem to have skipped over one very important reason that the gift of teaching was given — to equip the saints for the ministry; a ministry that is exemplified by the fullness of Christ; that is, the full measure of all His powers. Teaching is supposed to result in Believers doing the things Jesus did, not just knowing about them! To that end, teaching is not enough!
     I will tell you that God is making that point very clear to me — head knowledge is simply not enough! I agree with American Evangelist, D L Moody, who said, “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives”. If we are going to make an impact [and change] our cities, our neighborhoods, our communities — why stop there? — change the world, then we need to be doing more than educating people.  We need to be exhibiting the Power of God.  That’s what Jesus did.  He brought Heaven to earth with signs and wonders, and He said that signs [and wonders] would accompany those who believed His message about the Kingdom of God.  And those signs would include healing, casting out demons, and raising the dead.  If we, in the Body of Christ, are truly making an impact in our labor for the Lord, then we should be seeing this evidence among those we are influencing.  So, why aren’t we seeing it happen?
     Timothy says in these last days we will have the appearance of godliness, but will deny its power. That’s what I’m seeing.  The Body of Christ has either been convinced that signs and wonders stopped with the Apostles [which makes this belief akin to cessationism], or they fear signs and wonders because of the possibility of being deceived.  So, in their fearfulness, they deny the power of miracles, healing, and casting out demons, and replace them with religious traditions, church activities, and even Bible study. They become satisfied with knowledge alone, instead of a genuine encounter with the Power of God Almighty.

     We are all created for greater exploits than expanding our minds and being able to explain our Bible.  After all, I think we would all agree that there are very real powers of darkness in this world who aren’t holding back from the authority they’ve been given to exhibit their influence.  I have seen God’s Power first-hand in the Deliverance Ministry that the Lord has brought me and my husband.  But think about this — if we would seek an anointing of the Power and Authority that the Father gave Jesus, and which He then gave the Apostles and all who would believe, we could actually encounter the presence of God [just as they did] and defeat the ruling influence of Satan and hell.
     I believe that my husband and I have witnessed the Power of God on only a small scale. Yes, we have seen people’s lives changed as they encounter Jesus in a Deliverance session and allow Him to heal their spiritual and inner wounds. And we have partnered with Jesus to cast out demons from tormented souls.  We have witnessed to people and seen real conversions, and baptized new believers in His Name.  But it’s not enough!  Our discipleship needs to result in these Believers then going out and exercising God’s Power and doing all that Jesus commanded.
     We need to end the powerlessness of the Body of Christ and make God’s signs and wonders the focus and ambition of our lives.  Head knowledge only takes us so far.  When we can effect real change in a person’s life by showing them God’s love for them and the salvation message; by baptizing them; by healing their infirmity, or casting out a demon — and yes, even raising someone from the dead — then we can reflect the true image of Christ to the world, and God’s will is truly being done.  We have long been told that we represent Christ; but what if we did as Pastor Bill Johnson suggests, and actually re-present Him? What if we returned to a gospel of God’s Power, as well as one of His Love?
     I no longer want to simply know that I have the Power and Authority from Jesus.  I want to exhibit it in my life every moment of every day.  I want the fullness of what it means to be a child of God.  I want the full manifestation of the Holy Spirit so that I can truly co-labor with Christ. I want God to be glorified through His power that is evident in me.  I want His power to be released in the works of my life so that repentance, change, and the desire to do the works of Jesus come into peoples’ lives through real encounters with God.  As Jesus was, so I want to be!

Matthew 9:8     But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.


Life-Saving Items You Need To Carry When Hunting

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As you prepare yourself for the hunting season, it is important that you emphasize on your safety by giving it the priority it deserves. Taking into consideration what survival items you need to carry whether you plan on using them or not is paramount regardless of your hunting prowess. You never know what might happen when you are out and about in the wild. There are items that you should never forget when going out on a game hunt.

This article strives to give you the most essential must have survival items you need not miss on your hunting spree.

  1. First aid kit

    A hunter’s first aid kit is very different from the ordinary kit that just contains pain relievers and a Band-Aid. An excellent hunter’s first aid kit should be built from scratch taking into consideration all tools that you may require in case of a major accident. Some of the things that need to be in your first aid kit include; Special medication for those who suffer from a special need that requires them to frequently medicate, heavy-duty bandages and gauze, water purification tablets, tourniquets among other things.

  2. Map and compass

    Since time immemorial, a compass has been used by hunters as their primary navigation tool. Regardless of the change in technology where you can easily use a wrist GPS, it is important that you tag along with your compass just in case. A compass combined with a map is the only fail proof navigation gadget you can get.

  3. Food/water

    Whether you are going hunting for days or just for a hike, easy to eat food and water is a must have for all hunters. Stainless steel utensils are also highly recommended since you can use them for cooking purposes as well.

  4. Knife

    Just like a pen is to writing so is a knife to hunting. The importance of this tool can never be over emphasized. Before leaving for hunting, ensure that your knife is sharp. A knife is a Multi-functional tool that you can use as a weapon, for cutting rope, skinning game, opening packages, or even creating a fire starter. A knife should be kept on your person as opposed to keeping it in your backpack. Also, when cutting, ensure that you do not cut towards yourself as this may cause an accident.

  5. Communication tool

    A fully charged cell phone, its power bank and a two-way radio are a must have for hunters. These tools provide a way for hunters to communicate with other people incase an emergency arises. Unfortunately, due to poor network coverage or damage to this items, they may not be in a condition to help you convey messages. In this case, a whistle or a glass mirror will come in handy. Blowing a whistle or using a glass mirror to reflect rays of light are other ways you can communicate with the outside world as well as ward off animals.

  6. Fire Starters and flashlights

    Although easy to forget, flashlights are highly essential when going out to hunt for days. A heavy duty AA flashlight is not only bright, but it can last a long time. A flashlight may help you find your way through the night or on that dark morning. A flashlight may also help you to get your bearing at night and scare off animals.

    When you are out hunting for days, a means of making fire fast is also essential. Disposable lighters will aid you in quickly lighting up a fire to cook, for warmth, to melt snow and also to find your way through the darkness in case your flashlight runs out of battery. Ensure that you carry matches as backup lighters in a waterproof container.

  7. Cordage

    Although making a rope out of plant material is possible, bringing along a strong 50-feet cord is highly essential for hunters. You can use it to build shelter, secure loads to your backpack or to navigate through steep paths and inclines. A paracord is highly recommended because it does not add too much weight.

Once you have all these items in place, ensure that you pack them in a sturdy and durable backpack. Make a checklist where you can cross out all things you put in your bag to prevent yourself from forgetting an important item. In addition, before going out on that hunting expedition, ensure that you are geared up in appropriate clothing. Depending on the season, you may opt for some light or mid weight clothing. However, hunting boots are a must wear regardless of the season.

Remember that in order to survive adverse situations, you need to be prepared at all times. Bear in mind that preparedness is an ongoing thing that involves acquiring new survival tactics and adapting to new situations.

Author Bio:

Kevin Steffey is an avid hunter and freelance writer. He loves spending time in the field with his rifle more than almost anything else, and occupies his off-time discussing deer and their habits online. He is a founder at

My Top 5 Woods Loafing Lessons

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by Todd Walker

My Top 5 Woods Loafing Lessons ~

Photo credit: Bill Reese, Instinct Survivalist

Early on I took to the woods and never outgrew it. Exploring every creek bend, barefooted as the day I born, cane pole in one hand, and one of Mama’s soup cans half-full of hand-dug worms, fishing has never been as fun. Chiggers, aggravating as they are, were no match for my need to be out there. Georgia red clay joined my toes and soul to our woods.

Not much has changed in my mid 50’s. The Monday morning question always comes from a few of my students…

“Mr. Walker, did you go to the woods this weekend?”

“Yup. You know I did.”

“I saw your video. You were chopping wood.”

My eighth graders live vicariously through my outdoor adventures. They want to learn how to use an ax, identify plants and trees, rub sticks together to build a campfire, get muddy, and sleep soundly in the woods. Their innate curiosity gnaws at them like a beaver on a Sweet Gum. But those pesky rules. I stop the stories and press on through the math lesson. But some stuff just doesn’t add up.

I wonder, would time in the woods help these students? Recess is a historic relic. No green spaces for free-play and wild exploration, just red ink on paper. You know my thoughts if you’ve read any of my work. Kids, and especially all of us over-busy and strained grownups, could benefit from the human-nature connection.

Science proves it. But woods loafers don’t need studies as proof. We experience the benefits firsthand with everything that’s wild and free and good in the woods.

Woods Loafing

Some friends and coworkers have the idea that I live in the woods like Jeremiah Johnson based on this blog and social media. Not hardly. I live in a typical neighborhood. I’m fortunate to have my fixed camp a short drive from my house. Like the vast majority of readers, town is where I live and make a living. The forest is where I play and learn.

Here are five lessons I’ve learned from being a woods loafer…

#1) Be Wild

The distinction between “wilderness” and wild places (nature) needs to be made. The disturbing attitude that wilderness skills are not as real unless demonstrated in a wilderness setting is invalid. YouTubers go to great lengths to get the setting just right so as to build credibility and authority and views. Break that “wilderness” protocol with a touch of civilization, even an occasional airplane overhead, and the hardcore purist may unsubscribe.

I love going to Back of Beyond, a place Mr. Kephart was so fond of. However, if I had to wait to practice wilderness living skills in a vast wilderness, I’d still be a novice. Some of my most memorable woods loafing lessons have come close to home.

My backyard is full of wild things and nature. The tract of land surround my middle school is full of wild nature, despite being bordered by a railroad track and I-20. Practicing skills, or just observing nature, need not take a tank of fuel and three hours of driving to reach. Read our Backyard Bushcraft Skills: No Wilderness Required article for practical ideas.

Developing wilderness living skills is my greatest unfinished work. I’m not moving to a vast wilderness to live alone like Dick Proenneke. However, building a log cabin with hand tools is on my woods loafing bucket list.

Tulip Poplar- A Rich Resource for Year-Round Wilderness Self-Reliance -

Reconstructing old cabins with tulip poplar at Foxfire Museum

#2: Be Still

Drop me in any patch of woods and my eyes shine like new money. Every sense awakens. Sounds, aromas, textures, sights, even tastes are heightened. From where I park my truck, the walk to my fixed camp would take only a few minutes at a normal pace. Intentionally, many trips there take much longer.

Creeping slowly along the creek side to spot crawdads or admire trout lily blooms bending low requires a deliberate decision to slow down. Instead of breaking into the woods like a jack hammer on concrete, make as small a ripple as possible. In doing so, the non-human participants of nature are more likely to return to their normal everyday life.

I sometimes find a comfortable spot where I can sit and be still. Try this yourself. Look out over the landscape and relax your eyes. Look but don’t focus on anything in particular. Allow time for your ripples in the forest to settle. You’ll begin to notice movements and sounds and critters you would have missed by tramping through the woods. Jot down reflexions and observations in your note pad or journal.

I watched this family of otters feasting on crawdads one day as I sat quietly on a creek side. Pardon the shaky camera.

#3: Be Curious

The idea of wilderness living first came from animals. They lived in the forest before humans. We learned how they moved, stalked, and slept by observation and curiosity.

For instance, the concept of staying warm in an emergency debris shelter came from our bushy-tail friends. A squirrel’s home, nestled in a tree fork, viewed from the ground may appear to be just a large bird nest with an open, cupped design. However, upon closer inspection you’d find the two tree homes differ greatly. A squirrel nest is not open but an enclosed dome shape built of sticks, leaves, and shredded forest material. This design is efficient for shedding water and holding warmth in cold weather.

My Top 5 Woods Loafing Lessons ~

The inside of a debris hut built at a Georgia Bushcraft Campout

Math is all about making sense of patterns. Have you noticed patterns in nature? How about the spirals on a pine cone? Or the number pattern of limbs on trees? There’s actually a name for this, the Golden Ratio (phi = 1.61803…) or the Fibonacci sequence.


If you’d really like to get your geek on in the woods, research theses terms and start counting tree limbs and flower pedals. Not every plant and animal displays the Fibonacci pattern but enough do to make this a valid pattern occurring in nature.

#4: Be Resourceful

Wild nature provides more than just a refreshing walk in the woods. Resources are at every turn. I wonder as I’m woods loafing if the dead tree up ahead would give me fire by friction. Or if fibers from the green plant to the left would make strong cordage. As my human-nature journey continues, my eyes are keen to spot a tree or plant I’ve used for food, medicine, or craft. Experiencing the usefulness of woodland resources for yourself builds confidence, comfort, and appreciation for nature.

A while back a misguided youth vandalized my fixed camp. One of the first things I checked on inside my shelter was my collection of wood, stone, and bones. A few modern items went missing, but my most prized resources were of no value to the vandal. You learn to value the trees, rocks, dirt, leaves, bark, and vines you can name and use. Become intimate with nature’s gifts.

A Swiss Army Bread Bag as a Common Man's Haversack

Pine sap collected to make pitch glue sticks. The vandal saw no use in this resource

Not all resources in nature are physical and easily seen.

#5: Be Healed

Woods loafing is my process for body-mind-spirit alignment. It allows me to focus inward and center my mind and body for optimal performance.

My Top 5 Woods Loafing Lessons ~

Raven Cliff Falls

Five years ago, after regaining her strength from chemo treatment, Dirt Road Girl wanted to go back and visit her favorite hiking destination, Raven Cliff Falls. Our slow pace and frequent stops allowed us to take in more scenery than ever before. There are times in life, unforgettable moments, where spiritual healing takes place. This hike was one of them.

Spiritual stuff is impossible to measure. But it’s real. Infinitely real. I experience the Infinite when woods loafing. Nature subtly draws my soul to that which is bigger and smarter than I. What appears to be primordial chaos in nature is full of order. Discovering this order through woods loafing humbles me and makes God smile.

Go. Get out there!

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Know the Risk: Wildfire Preparedness Before You Need It

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Be Aware and Prepare If you live in an area that is susceptible to wildfire, it can be scary. Your best course of action is to know the risk, be aware and prepare for wildfires. For our last seven years in Oregon, we lived in a wonderful little town of 2500 people called Estacada.  It is […]

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Birch Bark Fire Tinder

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Birch Bark is one of the best tree barks for fire tinder and it will light even when it’s damp. Why? Because the natural oils in birch bark is very flammable. For a successful “survival” fire, preparation is critical. Most all of the work is done prior to sparking or lighting the fire. Other than […]

Skills And Training

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I have just finished delivering another ‘Mile In My Shoes’ (MIMS) down here in the Balkans. As always it was a great event with many insights both for the students and me. Having finished the course I got to thinking more about training in the survival and preparedness community.

Learning real survival skills in the field is something that cannot be substituted with anything, but I see people often try to do that.

Another mistake in learning skills is because they are often (almost always) taken out of the context, or even more often, there is no context at all.

Somehow as a result, there is a whole bunch of people learning skills without mindset where and when to use it, or not to use it. (I agree it is better to have skills even without context than not to have them at all, but that sounds more like an excuse than a justification…)

Prepping is a BIG industry, and for lot of people it just needs to be “sugar coated” in order to be consumed.



Two examples here:

When you say to me “SHTF” my first thought is partial or complete collapse of the system and its services, so my second thought is about (lack of) resources, and other people realizing that fact, my third thought is about fight with other people for the resources still left.

It is my thought when you say SHTF.

For some people when they heard “SHTF”  their first thought is let’s say ‘power shortage’ that’s going to last for about 12 hours, their second thought is that they need to be comfortable for those 12 hours (only) because after that government (system, services) will jump in and fix things.

For them SHTF is 12 hours without electricity…

Now what is clear here, I firmly believe that there will be event of complete (prolonged) missing of the system (law, medical services, food distribution chain…) and some of the reasons could be new pandemics, economic problems, ethnic race (religious) reasons, chaos, or simply some wide world event.

Important thing is that people believing in any of these two levels have a lot to learn, but the starting point should be different.

For example for the folks who think that it is impossible to meet anything more complicated then short disturbances in electrical supply there is no too much use in throwing to them war scenarios and tactical shooting course, because for them it is maybe going to be fun, but there is no context there for them, no understanding.

It is more use for them to read history books, speak with war veterans-to try to understand that shit (will) happens, even in most modern societies where similar things did not happen for generations.

That is start for them.


Skills and Using Skills In Context


Real danger here is not about learning skills (which is again great thing to do), it is about not understanding how to put it in correct context and real life situation.

If you putting skills learning into good, practical multi day courses of “basic primitive skills learning course” or “wilderness skills course” and play it like that it is perfectly good and useful.

But again there are courses (or books, publications, media, you tube videos) of “how to survive end of the days”, “austere medicine course” or simply “buy this and you will survive and thrive when SHTF” and inside are skills, and list of items to learn or buy without connection to real situations, it is not only scam (more or less) – it is quite dangerous.

What I am trying to explain is best to show through the example.

Let s say there is “where there is no doctor” or “austere medicine course”, and it is like “advanced” too.

In short part of the course goes like this:

-Students start with drinking coffee, and getting know each other

-It is nice, weather is fine, there are snacks and food available, all students feel really comfortable

-They are injuring a pig (or other good sized live animal) and then trying to stitch the pig, or stop the bleeding in different ways

– The pig does not survive and they learned something about stopping the bleeding, and they feel stronger (and disgusted) because of the amount of blood and screams and how ‘real’ the training was.

Good things here that students get some feeling about blood, and they learned something about bleeding and ways to stop it.

But bad thing here is that they been told that now they are ready for SHTF in terms of the bleeding and stopping it.

In reality they are not even close to be ready.

Preferable this is  how this part of the course should look:

-No coffee on the course

-No food that day

-Bad weather is preffered

-Students are divided in two groups

-Preferable one at least one student in each group should be slowed down (let say evil instructor will “somehow” cause one of the student to have serious case of diarrhea)

-Students (each group separately) are instructed to carry the pig 5 kilometers to a near mountain or a specified place using compass and map only

-Half way to the mountain they have been (each group) instructed to stab the pig, stop the bleeding and carry the pig to the mountain again (while pig is screaming)

-Groups should hide one from another

-Group who get first to the mountain top with alive pig is winner


Now this is very banal example, and it is here only to in terms of an example, but point here is to understand – there is no sense only from learning skills without putting (and testing) those skills in scenarios that need to be as close to real life as possible.

I mean, if we are learning about stopping bleeding on someone when serious SHTF do you really believe  that you ll be well fed, healthy, in good mental state, perfectly capable for that?

There is the huge probability that you’ll be in poor condition while you trying to stop someones bleeding, remember it is SHTF? Actually you may be in condition where you may not be able to stop someone s bleeding at all.

What is the point of testing yourself if you do not push yourself at least close to the limits while testing ?

It is much more important  after the some  course, book, or you tube clip to understand and realize that you are not yet ready, and to know your current limits than to be sure “you are ready for full SHTF” because your instructor told you that, or simply book saying you that, while clearly you are not.

If you know your current  limits you know what more to learn or practice or achieve, and that is good, I learn almost every day something, and in many fields there are unknown stuff for me and there is nothing wrong in that…

Remember “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” – Archilochus




2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 18

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Another week, another weekly update from the Suburban Steader Homestead.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t another post in between the weekly update post from last week, but such is life.  It’s a combination of being busy at work, being busy at home and not finding something to write about that I can really sink my teeth into.