24 Injuries and Ailments You Can Treat With Home Remedies

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Snake Bite!

Many of you know that I got bitten by a copperhead snake late last summer, treated it with home remedies for snake bites, and lived to tell the tale.

What you may not know is that this was the second copperhead bite in my family in the last few years.

(Yeah, we have a lot of copperheads here in Central Texas!)

The two experiences could not have been more different.

Last time, it was my husband who got bitten.

When it happened, he chose to head to the hospital. I respected his right to make that choice—and you’d better believe I went with him and stayed by his side as his advocate the entire time!

His whole experience was very painful, very disruptive, and very expensive. But, within about a week, all of the swelling had gone, and he was back to normal.

Contrast that with my own snakebite experience last summer. My husband knows me well enough that, after I got bitten, he didn’t even mention going to the hospital. Instead, he asked, “What do you want to poultice it with?”

I’m not going to lie—there was still a lot of pain involved.

But in every other way, my snakebite experience was completely different from my husband’s.

I was in the comfort of my own home, being treated by my husband and daughter. And, honestly, while that snake venom was working its way out of my system, I had the most amazing spiritual experience I’ve ever had.

It was absolutely life-changing.

You can read more about it on our website—the first part of my blog post is here and the second part is here.

Perhaps most telling of all was my husband’s comment to me when it was all over … .

I tell the rest of the story in my next video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground. (above)

In it, you’ll learn:

  • My #1 Favorite Home Remedy
  • 24+ Injuries and Ailments You Can Treat at Home
  • 7 Simple Steps to Mastering Home Remedies

I also reveal the fundamental difference between home and hospital treatments, what home remedies are (and what they’re not!), and why treating illness at home can be such an abundant source of family wealth.

After you watch, I’d love to know:

What are your favorite home remedies?

What’s your most memorable experience with treating illness at home?

I can’t wait to hear from you!

P.S. If you’d like to take the Antibiotics IQ quiz I mention in the video, click here!

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10 Most Important Things On Every Survivalist’s Checklist

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By Rachel Stinson – Guest Writer

Survivalist are people who are prepared for any circumstance in times of war and peace. A survivalist does not only prepare for himself but also for his fellowmen. Traditionally survivalist would plan for war and keep the essential items needed to survival in war. The survivalist might make a list for himself or might even be responsible for making the list for others. If you are wondering what are the must have items on a survivalist check list then please read below for 10 most important things on every survivalist’s checklist:

  1. Food and Water

Starting from the basics food and water supplies are necessities on every survivalist checklist. A survivalist would not just pack to go with but will also contemplate the unforeseen circumstances that could cause shortage of food and water and pack accordingly.

  1. Flash Light

A flash light is a must have on a survivalist checklist. When talking about a survivalist we are talking about someone who will have the items to survive in unfavorable conditions and flashlight is an extremely important tool to have.

  1. Match sticks and Fire Starter

Weather anticipation is also very important along with cooking food. Both for cooking food and for keeping yourself warm during cold weather you may need to start a fire so a survivalist checklist would definitely have match sticks and fire starter.

  1. Camera

Although a new invention but camera has become an essential item on survivalist checklist. With new inventions such as video glasses and wifi nanny cams it has become easy to use cameras for security and recording and one of these items are a must have on survivalist checklist.

  1. Survival Knife

Although some people debate this but a survival knife is important. Even if there is no danger a survival knife can be used for hunting and cooking.

  1. First Aid Kit

First aid kit is a must have on a survivalist checklist because you can face medical emergencies anywhere and you must be prepared.

  1. Blanket

Weather is unpredictable sometimes and a survivalist blanket can help him survive through cold weather.

  1. Water Filtration System

Although difficult to carry but survivalists responsible for survival of multiple people specifically in war could benefit greatly from a water filtration system. As it could filter the water readily available and help during shortage of water.

  1. Outdoor Cook Stove

Survivalists would mostly be responsible for cooking their own food and sometimes in very unfavorable conditions. Although, this might not necessarily be on all lists but an outdoor cook stove could be very advantageous.

  1. Duct Tape

Although when we mention duct tape the question of its important is risen. But duct tape could have a lot of benefits. It could help in fixing things that you might have broken but you need and is not very heavy to carry.

A survivalist checklist could have above items and more on the basis of the survivalists’ mission. A survivalist in war might have a different checklist than a survivalist who is looking to survive alone through one trip.

This article originally published at The Survival Place Blog10 Most Important Things On Every Survivalist’s Checklist

About the author:

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants and electronics stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters.

 

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How To Feed Rabbits Sustainably Without Store-Bought Pellets

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How To Feed Rabbits Sustainably Without Store-Bought Pellets

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Rabbit breeders around the country raise more than 30 million rabbits a year, and most of them feed rabbits little other than commercial pellets. This food has the perfect protein and nutrients and is reasonably priced at $14 to $20 for a 50-pound bag.

Just one problem. What happens when the supply line is severed during a storm or long-term power outage and you can’t get that 50-pound bag? Well, that’s the world I plan for, so the goal with your rabbits should be to feed them from sustainably produced food from the homestead.

But it’s hard work. Then again, if hard work scares you, buy the rabbit pellets.

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To successfully feed rabbits, you must first understand their diet. Full-grown rabbits that are not pregnant need 12-15 percent protein in their diet. Pregnant does and growing young need 16-18 percent protein for optimal health and growth.

So, you need a source of protein, keeping in mind that rabbits are vegetarian.

If you have enough land and the resources to grow hay, then high-protein crops like barley, alfalfa, oats and soybeans can make up much of the diet.

If you have limited space and ability, like me (I live in a mountain forest), then other options are available. For example, I grow peas and podded radishes for roughage, and soybeans for hay. This provides some protein and fiber. Most of what the rabbits eat, however, comes from the plants I forage for on the homestead. I go out daily and forage for dandelion greens, clover, a legume-like wild plant that grows like a weed all over the place, ferns, numerous weeds I have no name for but the rabbits love, maple leaves, oak leaves, and young blackberry leaves and twigs (before the thorns harden on them).

How To Feed Rabbits Sustainably Without Store-Bought Pellets

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Of course, foraging only works if you know what is healthy for rabbits to eat, and what is poisonous to rabbits.

There are hundreds of websites purporting to list what rabbits can and can’t eat. However, sometimes they are wrong and sometimes they conflict. For example, some websites say soybeans are fine (and they are for my rabbits); others say they are not. So, if you’re not sure about whether a new plant is OK, test it out. Rabbits are smart and generally won’t eat something poisonous to them.

When there’s a new plant you’d like to feed to them, take a small piece of it and mix it in with something your rabbits regularly consume, like dandelion greens or pea sprouts. The rabbit will sniff the new plant and do one of three things: devour it, nibble on it, or ignore it. A plant that is immediately devoured can probably be a new staple in their diet. If they nibble on it, then gradually introduce it and see how the herd likes it. If the rabbit ignores it, then avoid feeding it to them.

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Feeding your rabbits sustainably requires patience and hard work. Keep these thoughts in mind when striving toward that goal:

  1. While 12-18 percent protein is optimal, young rabbits on a higher fiber, lower protein diet will do fine. It’s just that they will take longer to mature. For example, kits (baby rabbits) fed on an ideal protein diet take about eight to 10 weeks to mature to slaughter weight, while those on a lower protein diet can take 14 to 20 weeks.
  2. Feeding rabbits sustainably is not an absolute. You can work toward it gradually. On my homestead, I generally grow enough and forage enough to feed my herd sustainably. But I still buy some high-protein pellets for pregnant does and for the herd during winter. Every year, I buy fewer bags of pellets, but I’m not yet to the point of full sustainability.
  3. Don’t forget about barter. Try and set up a system for trading rabbit meat for food for your other rabbits. For example, I have a deal where I trade one rabbit for two large bales of alfalfa hay—enough to help feed my rabbits for a couple of months. Rabbit meat is a great commodity. Don’t be afraid to barter with it.

How do you feed your rabbits sustainably? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Nuclear energy Is Dying, It’s Too Costly, After $14B They Throw In The Towel In South Carolina

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stock here:   Japan’s Toshiba owns Westinghouse Electric.   Westinghouse was trying to also design a new smaller nuclear reactor, AP1000, and failed on that too.  Westinghouse went bankrupt, and No one wants to complete the deal

The cost to complete almost doubled.   Nuclear is dying, but not fast enough.     

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S.C. utilities halt work on new nuclear reactors, dimming the prospects for a nuclear energy revival

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How To Recognize Copper Deficiency In Goats

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What you don’t know about copper deficiency, can hurt your goats

It all started with goat cheese more than 30 years ago.

When I had my first bite of goat cheese at a party, I was 19 years old. I wondered where this amazing food had been all my life. Why wasn’t everyone eating goat cheese? When we started our homestead in 2002, I wanted a couple of goats, so I could make that wonderful cheese, which was too expensive for me to buy as often as I wanted.

Making goat cheese, which I learned was called chévre, was incredibly easy.

However, raising goats wasn’t quite so easy…

…And I never expected the little darlings to steal my heart.

Then the problems started

My goats started having problems with infertility, losing babies at all stages of pregnancy, and even dying. I was determined to figure out why. About a third of our does were not getting pregnant. Some never came into heat. Some gave birth to babies too small to survive. For the first five years that we had goats, we never had a buck that lived past three years of age. I went to more than half a dozen vets, including the university vet hospital. I paid for necropsies and tests that told us nothing.

One day my teenage daughter said to me,
“Mom, I think our goats are copper deficient.”

She showed me the information she’d found online. The symptoms matched everything we saw with our goats. The suggestion was to get “injectable copper,” which was only available with a vet’s prescription. I called four different vets and asked for the prescription. They all said, if we were feeding a commercial goat feed and had loose minerals always available, copper deficiency was impossible.

Then one day…

…a doe died and left behind two scrawny looking doelings that were barely two-months-old.

Even though it was June, the doe had not shed her winter coat. She had not been pregnant the year before. I called the vet and asked for her liver to be tested for copper. He replied, “You’re wasting your money!” I said, “Well, it’s my money.”

A few days later…

…he called with the results. Normal copper levels in goats are 25 to 150 ppm.

My goat’s copper level was 4.8 ppm!

I again asked for the prescription copper and to my complete shock, he said “no.” He told me that just because her liver test showed low copper levels that didn’t mean that all of my goats were copper deficient. It was just a fluke.

So, I read and learned all I could…

…about using copper oxide wire particles (a supplement made for cattle) to increase the copper level of my goats. I purchased it and asked an experienced goat breeder how much to give my goats. The giant cattle boluses (a large pill) were ripped open and redistributed into smaller goat-sized capsules.

I only gave it to the goats that I thought had a deficiency.

Within two weeks, the goats that had the copper looked so much better than the goats that did not. It was an easy decision to give it to all of them. When the goats looked like they needed it (based on their coat conditions), I provided extra copper. The next fall all of my goats became pregnant. They all carried their pregnancies to term and gave birth to healthy babies. Our oldest buck celebrated his fourth birthday! He ultimately lived to be ten-years-old!

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Causes of copper deficiency

Goats can have primary or secondary copper deficiency. Primary deficiency means they are not consuming enough copper. Secondary deficiency happens when they are consuming enough copper, but they are also consuming a copper antagonist that reduces how much copper they absorb. Providing a loose mineral may be all some goats need. On farms with well water that is high in minerals, the loose minerals may not be enough. Iron, sulfur, and calcium bind with copper and cause secondary copper deficiency. The well-water goats need even more copper.

Want to learn more?

Even though veterinary researchers and breeders have learned a lot about goats and copper in the last ten years, there is a lot of misinformation being passed around. Outdated websites are still shared on social media. I’m lucky that I teach college, so I have access to scholarly databases, which include published research studies in veterinary journals. However, most people can’t read the research unless they’re willing to spend $20 or more. A lot of the studies are hidden behind paywalls.

Unfortunately, most vets graduated from vet school more than ten years ago, which means they were taught that the risk of copper toxicity was the only thing they needed to know about copper. They were told that deficiency in goats was not a problem. Goats are also considered a “minor species,” not too many vets use their continuing education hours to update their goat knowledge. That means it’s tough to find reliable information.

If you are interested in keeping your goats happy and healthy, I’ve created a free online course about copper deficiency in goats.

No one else should have to learn the hard way like we did

Watching goats die or give birth to premature kids is heartbreaking. The symptoms and causes of copper deficiency are easy-to-recognize and easy-to-treat. But there is no one-size-fits-all dosage. It has to be customized to the goats on your farm. That means you have to be informed and empowered to recognize when you have a problem. Then, you’ll have the means to take action.

 

 

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Russian Retaliation Begins: Covert Russian Attack Wipes Out Massive Munitions Depot in the Ukraine

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The Russians have exhibited great restraint and diplomatic poise in recent years against the growing anti-Russian hysteria in the United States.  Not only has Russia endured sanctions, but also having

Ways to Prepare for a Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

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Folks… if this astrological event isn’t on your radar, it should be!  There are a few things that make this solar eclipse special: The path of the eclipse runs the length of the United States. It first touches the US in Oregon, then passes through twelve states and leaves […]

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How To Identify Plants Quickly

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Would you like to be able to quickly and easily identify plants?

Even be able to recognize species while driving 60 m.p..h. down the highway?

Marjory Wildcraft discusses Tom Elpels classic book Botany In A Day. Botany is the most crucial skill for sustainable living—everything we need ultimately comes from the plant kingdom: Our food, medicine, shelter, clothing, heating, and so much more.

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • How related plants have similar characteristics
  • Identifying plants in the Mustard Family … and they are all edible!
  • How family patterns can teach you a lot about plants
  • Get a grasp on the seven plant families

Get Tom’s book, Botany In A Day by clicking here.

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When you want to identify a plant, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is this a hazardous plant?
  • General question: Is this a flower, tree, succulent, shrub, or grass?
  • Is it a monocot or dicot?
  • How are the leaves arranged?
  • Are the leaves simple or compound?
  • What is the shape of the leaf?
  • What other leaf characteristics do you see?
  • What do the flowers look like? (shape, color, florets, petals, sepals, pedicel, stamen, etc)
  • What does the stem look like?
  • What type of root system does the plant have?

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How to Make and Get Free Mulch

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How to Make and Get Free Mulch Your plants are surviving in the wild. They are subject to a harsh environment that involves incredible heat and cold, damaging UV rays and even pests. For a long time I was simply not interested in mulch. I had no desire to get involved in pine straw, hay …

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Add Strength to your Survival Plan with Powerful Fitness Tools

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Add Strength to your Survival Plan with Powerful Fitness Tools Are you looking for a workout routine that will stand the test of time and even a life changing disaster? There are several pieces of workout equipment that are crucial to your success and fitness in a survival scenario. Many people think that when it …

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NOAA Doubles Down — Since Fukushima, The Number of Unusual Mortality Events Has Dropped Sharply

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Wow, Just Wow.    I logged into NOAA site today, and was amazed at their audacity in lying about

the incredible number of mass die-offs.

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/mmume/events.html

One of their tricks is to group UME’s from 2016 and 2017 into one UME.   Poof!    The stats look much better.

Then they lumped 2013 to 2017 California Sea Lion UME’s into ONE UME!   Shameful!

Looking at this colorful chart, one would assume the oceans have never been in better shape.

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Nukepro busted NOAA big time, about the cause of Marine Deaths, pretending that it was all about Domoic Acid, even though testing showed only a very small percentage was Domoic Acid.   Article here—

http://www.nukepro.net/2015/11/noaa-lying-about-cause-of-ocean-mammal.html

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After lumping the  2013 to 2017 California Sea Lion UME’s into ONE UME, NOAA then has the disrepect to truth to also lump the Guadalupe Fur Seal UME in that same UME.

2015-2017 Guadalupe Fur Seal Unusual Mortality Event in California

Guadalupe fur seal undergoing rehabilitation.  Photo Credit: The Marine Mammal Center, NMFS Permit No. 932-1905 and 18786

Increased strandings of Guadalupe fur seals have occurred along the entire coast of California.  Guadalupe fur seals strandings began in January 2015 and were eight times higher than the historical average.  Strandings peaked from April through June 2015 and have since lessened.

stock here—see above…they are pretending “the problem is over, almost”.   But if you look at the statistics for 2017, through July 1 2017 one can see that the problem dropped a bit in 2016 but 2017 looks like it is back in full force if you extrapolate to the end of 2017.

From the NOAA “information”

 Another Method of NOAA lying is to called “Starving to Death” as Malnutrition.

I sent an Email to NOAA to ask them about this misreporting.   If I get an answer back I will update the article.

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If you do a Google Search for Mass Die-Offs <year> you will get an amazing display of what is really going on.  
http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/animal-deaths-birds-fish-end-times.html

At this site, I found a 2017 Mass Die Off of 82 massive dolphins that are 15 to 20 feet long and called False Killer Whales.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-whales-idUSKBN1511IF

And then while researching that unlisted UME, came across a similar stranding/death of Dozens of Pilot Whales in 2013.
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/dec/04/nation/la-na-nn-whales-everglades-trapped-20131204

And just yesterday, reports of mass die-offs of Right Whales in Canada.

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http://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/2017/04/28/humpback-whales-dying-at-alarming-rate-off-east-coast.html

here is the email to the NOAA “Spokesperson”
Jennifer.Goebel@noaa.gov

She got mail also.   Will advise any response.

Sugar-Storing Tricks: The Right Way To Stockpile It For Years And Years

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Sugar-Storing Tricks: The Right Way To Stockpile It For Years And Years

Whether you are purchasing it for long-term emergency storage or just for your kitchen pantry, you may wonder how long sugar will last.

Well, the answer can be “indefinitely” if sugar is stored correctly. The package of sugar you buy at the store may include a “best before” date. According to the U.S. Sugar Co., headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., you may safely use sugar long after that date.

However, the quality of sugar depends on how it is stored. Sugar is highly absorbent, so you must keep it away from any kind of moisture. Even sugar that is exposed to humid air may begin to harden and clump.

Brown sugar is especially susceptible to hardening. Hardened sugar is safe to consume, but it is more difficult — and unsightly — to use. To prevent clumping, store sugar in its original package or, if opened, in an airtight container placed in a dry environment.

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Also, keep sugar away from any heat sources such as stoves or ovens. Heat causes condensation, which eventually turns into water droplets that sugar can absorb. When sugar absorbs moisture, it clumps.

Hardened Sugars

You can soften hardened white sugar simply by breaking the clumps with a fork or the back of a spoon. To soften brown sugar, you can place it in a microwave-safe bowl and cover it with a lid. Heat in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Check to see if the sugar has softened, and if not, try another 30-second interval. Repeat if necessary.

Although white sugar lasts longer when stored in a dry environment, brown sugar can be placed in an airtight container in the freezer for long-term storage.

If you are dealing with more than a few lumps, here are some more detailed instructions for restoring hardened sugar to its granular form.

White sugar — White sugar hardens when it absorbs moisture. To soften it, place it on a cookie sheet in a preheated 150-degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes. Then break up the clumps with a spoon. Next, turn off the oven, leaving the softening sugar in the oven for about another hour.

Sugar-Storing Tricks: The Right Way To Stockpile It For Years And YearsBrown sugar — Have you ever been ready to make cookies or a cake only to be confronted with hard brown sugar? Here are a few time-honored ways to soften brown sugar:

  • Add a slice of fresh bread to the bag of brown sugar for a day or two.
  • Place a damp paper towel next to the brown sugar package and enclose both in another plastic bag for a day or two.
  • Place a washed and dried orange peel next to the brown sugar container so that the natural oils from the orange can soften the sugar. This process will take a few hours.

If you are in a hurry, place the brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl and cover it with a damp paper towel. Microwave for about 20 seconds, but don’t go much longer or the sugar may turn into a gooey, unusable substance.

Powdered sugar — The cornstarch contained in powdered sugar will cause it to form lumps over time, and there is little you can do to prevent it. Use a fork or a spoon to break up the lumps.

Raw sugar — As with white sugar, place hardened raw sugar on a tray in a 150-degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 to 30 minutes, then break up the clumps with a spoon. Be careful not to overheat raw sugar, as it may burn.

Bug Problem

Insects like sugar for the same reason we do — it is sweet. Unfortunately, a bug infestation can cause your sugar to become unusable.

If you find bugs or signs of bugs in your sugar, throw it away and start over with a new supply that you store in an airtight container. Here are some natural ways to keep ants and other insects out of your pantry:

  • Determine where the bugs enter your home and wipe away their trail with warm soapy water.
  • Place coffee grounds near the bug entrance points.
  • Wash down pantry or cabinet shelves with white vinegar.
  • Grow mint plants around the perimeter of your home to discourage ant colonies.
  • Place cinnamon sticks in and around your windowsills and doorways as a deterrent.
  • Sprinkle cayenne pepper around cracks and crevices where you have seen ant activity.
  • Hang or place dried bay leaves in cabinets where sugar and other sweet treats are stored to keep bugs at “bay.”

In conclusion, sugar will last indefinitely when stored in proper containers in cool, dark, dry areas that are free of bugs. Sugar can get hard or clumpy, but it remains safe to eat. You can purchase sugar in large quantities and store in a food grade bucket until needed.

One word of caution: Do not store oxygen absorbers with sugar. Oxygen absorbers will cause the sugar to harden into a brick and to have an unpleasant, chemical taste.

Do you have any sugar-storing tricks? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Kerosene and the ghost of Y2K

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Well, I think I’m pretty much done on buying kerosene for the rest of my life. Last time I bought kerosene was here. That was an awesome deal.

Was tooling through Craigslist (when? When will I learn??) and, lo and behold, a fella selling 14 5-gallon drums of kero. For those of you who went to public government schools, that’s 70 gallons. Or, if you’re in a country that never put a man on the moon, 265 liters.

20170801_101755The fella was asking way, way, too much for the stuff so I made him an offer. Wound up getting it for $200…a tad under $3/gallon. (ok, fine….$2.86/gallon).

I  love kerosene…it burns hottest of the liquid fuels, keeps forever with no special treatment, is safe to store, and has a nice market of stoves, lamps, and heaters out there.

My anticipated use? Well, it’s winter for a good chunk of the year here and it would be nice to keep the house toasty in the event of a power outage. Most likely these will go into storage with the last batch of 5-gallon drums I bought. There they will wait until the day when it’s dark, cold, and dreary and I shall have light, heat, and hot food.

Here’s the interesting part… I met the guy, a rather old gentleman who, sadly, was dying of cancer, and as I was moving the cans out of his rather neat and nicely stocked garage I asked him why he had so much of it. His reply was that it was his leftover Y2K stash. Apparently he’d gone long on Y2K stuff. I suspected as much as I looked around his garage and saw the rifle cases, cases of ammo, etc, etc. All the hallmarks of someone who is on the same page. We chatted a bit about the Y2K thing and about how we’d rather have it and not need it, etc, etc. I thanked him for the deal and assured him it was going to a home that shared his concerns and mindset.

I also told him that if he had any other Y2K leftovers he wanted to sell, to please keep me in mind.

So for those of you who wonder how you meet like-minded individuals, there’s another example.

I did the math to figure out how may gallons of kerosene I have in storage and I think I may have actually gone a tad heavier than I planned. I’m going to have to contact a few of the LMI and see if they want some…I don’t think I really need more than 100 gallons for any forseeable emergency.

 

North Korea Quietly Testing Submarine Nuclear Missile System In ‘Highly Unusual’ Activity

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North Korea Quietly Testing Submarine Nuclear Missile System In ‘Highly Unusual’ Activity

North Korea is testing a submarine missile system in what one defense official called “highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of activity.

Four tests of a cold-ejection launch system for submarine-based ballistic missiles have been carried out at the Sinpo Naval Shipyard this year, with the latest one taking place in recent days, officials told CNN.

A cold-launch system prevents the missile’s engine from burning the submarine. With such a system, the missile is propelled away from the submarine before the engine starts.

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“Achieving a successful cold-launch ejection test, even from land-based tubes, is a critical step forward in making an operational missile,” defense analyst Michael Gatling told The Telegraph. “The whole point of putting missiles into a stealthy platform like a submarine is to achieve tactical surprise, and this moves closer to that.”

Just last week, North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that experts say likely could have reached Denver or Chicago if it had been fired in that direction.

Strangely enough, North Korea has the world’s largest submarine fleet with 76 ships, according to Global Firepower. Most of those vessels are small diesel-powered submarines not capable of hauling missiles, but all it would take is one nuclear submarine to cross the Pacific to kill several million Americans.

Meanwhile, a North Korean submarine equipped with 14 torpedoes and up to 20 mines conducted tests for a week in July off the coast of the Korean peninsula. Officials with the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University told The Telegraph that the latest cold-launch test “most likely is preparations for a test in the near future of an updated Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile or a potentially newer system.”

North Korean launched its first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in August 2016.

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Where to Find Water in an Emergency

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How to find an emergency water supply. How do you purify water for storage? Where am I going to store it? It takes up a lot of space and it’s heavy. How much IS enough for my family? How much per day per person?

Survival Fishing: Making A Primitive Fish Trap

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Editor’s Note: Thank you Brenda from FallForFishing.com , much appreciated. 

If you ever find yourself in a survival situation, it is important to try and use as little energy as possible. It may happen that you get stranded in an area near a water body that has fish. Well, you can eat the edible fruits or plants and also top up your meal with some fish.

In survival fishing, there are many ways in which you can catch fish, be it by noodling, traps or improvisation. However, most of these activities require you to move around and consume energy. What if you have a lot to do and catching fish to make a meal out of it is one of them?

Here, you will learn how to make a traditional fish trap or otherwise known as Weir.

How to make a Fish Trap

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Catching fish using traps has been in practice for a long time now. Though, this fishing method is illegal in many areas and thus intended for survival situations. During the ancient days, traps were made from stone or sticks and so is a traditional fish trap.

There are different designs and styles of fish traps:

1.      Woven Funnel Trap

This trap may be a little bit more complicated to make. However, in a survival situation, one settles for what works. It has a V-shape opening to allow fish in, but make it difficult for the fish to get out. The trap is made of two parts, the main body and what looks like an inverted cap of a cone.

  • Main Body

You only need to have a knife and several sticks, preferably an odd number of sticks. Hold the sticks together and wrap the bark of a tree around it, near the end of the trap. The bark should keep the pieces of sticks together.

Take a flexible sapling and form a hoop using it, and tie it to the part where the trap is to be open. Once the lower end of the trap is tightly tied; use any extra bark to weave around the sticks. Weaving is pretty simple, you only pass the leaves or the strips of bark over and under the sticks to form a mesh-like pattern.

If you run out of pieces of bark, you can use leaves or any other material nearby. It doesn’t have to be a consistent use of weaving components. Ensure that your weaving material holds the different sticks together and that you leave little room for the fish to escape from the trap.

When you get to the hoop that you fastened at the opening, remove it as you continue weaving. At the end of the main body of the trap, trim the protruding ends of the stick and use a sapling to tie a few of the top most loops together.

  • Cone Cap

The cone cap is made similarly as the main body of the trap. Use an odd number of sticks. Now, instead of tying the ends shut as we did previously, you will leave a narrow opening at the ends.

This space should be enough to fit the size of fish that you are targeting. You can stick the ends of the cap on the ground to guide you in weaving. Weave the sides of the cap and trim the ends of any protruding sticks.

The top part of the cap should be the slightly smaller than the opening of the main body of the trap. Place the cone inside the main trap while inverted. For bait, you can use bread and also the inner and inedible parts of the fish you catch.

You can tie the bait with a string, inside the trap. Also, remember to tie the cone cap to the main body of the trap. You don’t want it to come loose.

 

2.      Funnel Wall Trap

This technique is suitable for those who may not have the time or energy for weaving. All you have to do is to collect several pieces of sticks and stick them on the floor of the water in the shape of a wall with small openings between the saplings.

You will, however, need to leave a funnel-like opening where the fish can get into the trap. Place or drop your bait inside the trap. Its smell will draw fish into the trap. It is suitable for catching small fish from the banks.

Position the opening of the trap in the downstream position, that is, the water should be flowing towards it. It is easier to make than the other type of trap. However, fish can still find its way out.

3.      Bottle Trap

It is the simplest trap that you can make, especially, when you are targeting small fish. You only need to cut the top part of the bottle, invert it and place it inside the bottom part of the bottle. If it doesn’t fit, cut the sides of the lower section of the bottle and push the top part through it.

For water to flow through the bottle, you will need to poke a few holes at the bottom of your bottle trap. Tie a string to the trap and drop it in the water. Place some stones inside it, to let the trap sink.

Advantages of Traps

Making fish traps is advantageous:

  • They are easy to make
  • You can work on other things as you leave the trap to do its “work.”
  • They consume less energy as compared to other survival fishing techniques, the only energy consuming part is making the trap itself.

Conclusion

When you find yourself in a survival situation, you can still have a meal as you wait for help. If there is a water body near you, you can catch fish to add to your meal. There are many fishing methods suited for a survival scenario.

If you are looking to conserve or use your energy elsewhere, you should consider the passive fishing methods of building a trap and putting it in the water as you engage in other activities that require your attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Things I Love About the Prepper Community & 5 Things I Hate

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10 Things I Love About the Prepper Community & 5 Things I Hate

Every once in a while, someone stumbles on an old article of mine – “Why We’re Giving Up Prepping” and doesn’t realize that it’s actually an April Fools Day joke! I am 100% in this mindset to stay, and would never stop prepping, not ever (which is why I wrote this article as a follow […]

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10 Things I Love About the Prepper Community & 5 Things I Hate, written by Elise Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

MSR Sweetwater Review: A Good All Purpose Filter?

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The Sweetwater is a good all purpose filter for those concerned about protozoa and bacteria but its filtration factor provides no protection against viruses so this is not a filter that you want to use in some situations such as foreign missions. You can purchase drops to add to eliminate viruses. These are described further. . . Read More

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This 3500-Year-Old Powerful & Natural Cure Found in The Bible Treats So Many Diseases

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The olive leaf has been used for ages for nourishment and medicine. The Bible shares many instances of the olive tree. The olive leaf was used even before Christ. Ezekiel

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Without Electricity: Level-1 Prepping & Preparedness

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Being without electricity for a few hours is no big deal, right? Well maybe it isn’t too much of a problem if the power outage only lasts a few hours. But when it drags on into the day (or longer), then you will certainly have some issues to deal with. When you really think about it, our modern way of life is hinged on the availability of electricity – the grid! Now imagine the possibility of being without electricity for up to one week (Level-1 Preparedness). Let me explain how to get through it:   First of all, this is

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Grandma’s Garden Pasta Sauce Recipe – Fresh, Canned or Frozen!

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Nothing beats the taste of Garden Pasta Sauce made from fresh picked tomatoes, peppers, and onions, especially if they come from your own backyard garden. Unless of course, that recipe was passed down by your Grandmother. I came across my Grandma’s

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The North Korean Threat Just Got Real

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Kim Jong-un’s hermit regime in North Korea has been grabbing a lot of international attention lately, with their ongoing string of missile tests. He’s been launching a missile a week, with each of the latest ones performing better than its predecessor.

Kim Jong-un is not someone you’d want in charge of a country that has around 20 nuclear warheads. We have all the reasons not to ignore the North Korean nuclear threat, but to stay aware and prepare! 

Just a few short weeks ago I wrote to you that they had launched their first successful two-stage ICBM, which gave them enough range to reach Alaska and possibly Seattle. That launch has since been trumped by one with a potential range of 6,500 miles.

What that means is that Denver and even Chicago are now theoretically within reach of North Korea’s missiles. I say theoretically mostly because one launch doesn’t prove that they have a viable system.

Launching an ICBM and having it hit its intended target is one of the most complex undertakings mankind has ever done. So there may very well still be a host of technical details that North Korea has to correct before this can be called a viable weapon.

The biggest of those hurdles is mating a nuclear warhead to the missile. For this to happen, the nuke has to be “miniaturized.” While not on par with the type of miniaturization we find in modern electronics (like smartphones), compared to the original nuclear bombs, which were huge devices, they are tiny.

We know that North Korea has somewhere around 20 nuclear warheads; but we don’t know how big they are. So, while they are working hard on developing both their nuclear weapons program and missile program, we don’t really know if they are ready to mate the two together yet. But even if not, at the rate they are working, it probably won’t take them long.

There is also the issue of aiming the missile. While nukes make a big enough bang that being a mile or two off target really isn’t going to make much of a difference, a one percent error factor works out to 60 miles if they shoot at Denver from North Korea. That’s enough of a difference that chances are that the bomb would go off in some farmer’s field, rather than over Denver.

While these two issues are enough to cause North Korea considerable trouble, they have already overcome a number of monumental technical problems to get to where they are today. With their national policy of putting the military first, they are investing an incredible amount of time, effort and money into pushing towards becoming a nuclear power.

That alone would be something to be concerned about; but the real concern is the rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang, much of which is filled with threats to attack the United States with those nuclear weapons.

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Whether they are actually foolish enough to think that they could survive such an attack is, of course, at question. But it’s not one that we can afford to take for granted. When the discourse between countries centers around threats and counter-threats, it’s something that must be taken seriously. To do otherwise, is flirting with disaster.

You and I really don’t have much to do with whether there is an attack or not. Nor are we in the position to do much about intercepting those missiles, if they ever fly in our direction. The government has to take care of negotiations with North Korea and the military has to try to stop the missiles. We are incapable of doing anything about it.

But there are aspects of this in which we can and do have an impact; most specifically on our own ability to survive. Since we won’t be able to depend on FEMA’s assistance, we will have to depend on ourselves.

So, what are you and I to do?

If There’s a Conventional Nuclear Attack

While Kim Jong-un has not been specific about how he plans on using his nuclear arsenal to attack the USA, he has made it clear that he intends to. With no specifics given, it’s easy to assume that he is talking about taking out some major cities or military bases with a conventional nuclear attack.

That would be devastating for the lives of millions of people, but it would actually be better off for the country as a whole.

In a conventional nuclear attack, the missiles would most likely be aimed at major population centers. Which ones would depend a lot on the type of message he wants to send. If he wants to show off his military and technical prowess, he’d be more likely to pick targets that are farther from the launch point. But if he wants to do the most damage possible, he’d pick the largest population centers he can reach.

In either case, it’s not a good time to be living in a big city. If you do, you might want to consider moving if at all possible.

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With a typical air burst over the center of a city, we could pretty much count on any major city being totally destroyed and everyone within a ten mile radius of the blast dying instantly. At a slightly larger distance there would be some who lived, but with major injuries that would shorten their lives and cause considerable pain.

A nuclear blast releases three major components of energy; heat, the shock wave (wind), and nuclear radiation. It is the combination of the heat and shock wave that will kill people who are closer in towards, the blast. The radiation will cause burns and sickness for those who are farther out, as well as those who are downwind of the blast, who must contend with the risk of fallout.

If you are actually far enough away from the blast that you see it happen, there is a fairly good chance that you will survive.

While the nuclear radiation will reach you instantly, it will take some seconds for the blast and heat to arrive where you are. This gives you a chance to seek cover. Ideally, what you want is something like a low concrete retaining wall, which you can lay down behind. You want to be cautious about buildings, as the blast wave can destroy them and the heat can cause them to ignite.

If you are in a building, you’re best off being in the basement, where you are protected from the direct force of the blast. But even in the basement there is a risk, as it could collapse upon you.

Once the blast has passed, you’ll need to move to a better shelter where you can wait out the fallout from the explosion. This means having a prepared shelter, preferably underground, stocked with enough supplies to meet your needs for 30 days. After the 30 days are over, it will be safe to come out.

If at any time during the 30 days you experience any symptoms of sickness, you should leave your fallout shelter and seek medical help. While it may not be anything serious, it could be the onset of radiation sickness.

There will probably be military hospitals established in the area, in addition to the normal medical services which are available. Any military or emergency service personnel could direct you to the nearest medical facility.

If There’s an EMP Attack

The bigger risk to us is if North Korea attacks us with an EMP. While a conventional nuclear attack will kill millions, an EMP would indirectly kill as many as 290 million people. The bulk of those people would die of starvation, but there would also be many who would die from the spread of disease or from the lack of medicine to treat their chronic conditions.

Ultimately, this is a much bigger catastrophe than the death of a few million people killed by a nuclear blast taking out a city. It’s also one that is easier to prepare for, giving us each a much better chance of survival.

Since generating an EMP by nuclear explosion requires exploding the bomb above the atmosphere, the energy leaves the bomb in its original electro-magnetic form. So there is no blast wave and no heat to contend with. While there will be nuclear radiation that reaches the earth, it will be dissipated across a large enough area that it won’t cause radiation sickness and there would be no fallout to worry about. The biggest thing we’ll all notice is a sudden loss of electrical power.

At first, hardly anyone will understand what has happened, as there will not be any obvious signs of the EMP, other than the loss of electrical power. Since communications will be down, we won’t have any idea that it is more than a localized event. Few will realize that communications are usually intact during a blackout, which should indicate that something more serious is happening.

By the second or third day after the event, pretty much everyone will know what had happened and will be trying to come to grips with the situation. Stores will be looted for whatever people can get and mass demonstrations will happen, with people demanding that the government take care of them. But the government won’t be able to help them. What’s left of the government won’t even be able to take care of itself.

This is the survival scenario that we are all supposedly working towards. Whether or not you believe that an EMP is a true risk to us, if you are working towards self-sufficiency you are preparing for it. More than any other scenario we can imagine, an EMP will require that self-sufficiency. The total loss of electrical power will mean that pretty much everything we depend on will be gone. We will be on our own.

That’s why it’s so important to develop a long-term survival plan. Just stockpiling food and water to get you through a few months won’t do it. For this scenario, you have to assume that the power won’t come back on and there won’t be any resupply. If there is, it will be far enough into the future that it won’t matter for the 90 percent of the population that dies.

More than anything, preparing for an EMP means developing the means to provide your own food, water and fuel, even after your stockpile runs out. Even if you have enough of a stockpile to last a year, it won’t be enough. Restoring some semblance of normality to life will take much longer than that year. But the year will be enough time to allow you to plant and harvest food to continue eating.

Your biggest concern during that year will be protecting yourself and your family from attack. All the starving people out there will be desperate and will be willing to do anything in order to eat. Killing you, so that they can steal what you have could easily be seen as a small price, when compared to their own lives.

While you might be able to fight off a small group of people on your own, you can’t continue to fight off attack after attack. You will need help. This is why it’s important to form a survival team; a group of like-minded preppers, who are all investing in surviving such an event. Together, your chances of defending yourselves and surviving will be greater than your chances will be alone.

The survival team also provides you with more hands to work together in the business of survival. While there will be more mouths to feed, there will also be more people raising food. Ultimately, this should work out to a more efficient operation, with greater harvests and more for everyone to eat.

But it will have to be carefully planned out. More than anything, you’ll need some sort of compound where everyone can live and work together. Unless you all happen to be neighbors, this probably means a place out in the country, where each of you build a shelter for your family, as well as communal buildings that you can use for meetings, storage and shared tasks.

This is the one error I have seen with most survival teams. While they might have a goodly collection of skills between them, they usually don’t have a good place to retreat to. But it’s one that needs to be resolved, if the team is going to be able to survive.

Take action on those, and you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way! Being ready to survive a blackout is one big step to take!

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Concert Jihad

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Over the last few years, Islamic terrorists have targeted concerts in large Western cities. The result has been carnage and fear, but also a lot of confusion. Why would radical Muslims engage in concert jihad? Take a few moments and watch this YouTube video, which will help explain why. The first step in achieving victory […]

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Remembering All That God Has Done

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     Last post, I focused on that situation in Mark, Chapter 8, where the Disciples are concerned that they only have one loaf of bread between them for lunch — this after witnessing the supernatural power from Heaven that multiplied five loaves to feed 5,000; and seven loaves to feed 4,000!  Jesus must have been frustrated with them!  He asks them,  “Why are you discussing [the fact] that you have no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Though you have eyes, do you not see? And though you have ears, do you not hear and listen [to what I have said]? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?”  
     In other words, Jesus must have been thinking, Can’t you see? Can’t you hear? And, can’t you remember all that God has done for you? Why are you worrying about what you will have for lunch when you’ve witnessed over 9,000 people fed with a few loaves of bread?  Actually, the message to focus on God’s supernatural works has been a recurring theme in the Bible, beginning in Deuteronomy 6.  The Word says God instructed Moses to tell the Israelites to hear His commandments and to keep them; to keep His statutes (which are His values), and to teach them to their children so that [your generations] “do not forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery”… See, hear, and remember.

     And it is my opinion that our remembrances, which are kept alive in our testimonies, are the record/history of God’s supernatural activities in our lives, and they are the lenses through which we should see everything else around us in this world. But, here’s what often happens … once we get some time and space between that moment when we receive God’s invitation to let Jesus become the Lord and Savior of our life, we begin losing some of the awe of that momentous and supernatural occasion.  First, we quit talking about our transformation.  Then we quit expecting more supernatural experiences.  And then, pretty soon, if we’re not careful, we are no longer seeing or hearing evidence of Him in our daily lives.  It’s not too long before we are engaging with a religious form of God — we still profess faith in Him; go to Church and go through the motions, but there is no power in our Christian walk, no life, no encounters, and no real relationship with our supernatural God. Our connection with God can become so sterile that we can begin to even question whether He is real.  And people will eventually abandon what they perceive to be fake or artificial.
     You see, Christianity has all the distinctive characteristics of a God who passionately and supernaturally walks with the children He loves: He provided manna from Heaven every day while they were in the wilderness; when they were desperate for water, He provided it out of a rock; He secured their passage through the Red Sea and the flooding waters of the River Jordan. And I do not doubt that God still desires to work supernaturally in each of our lives.  In fact, I’m sure many of us could share our own stories of the wondrous and miraculous things He has done for us.

     Now, you will recall that after the nation of Israel had passed over the Jordan, that the Lord instructed Joshua to have one man from each of the twelve tribes place a stone on the banks of the River as a sign and a call to remembrance for all generations for the people of Israel.  When future generations saw and looked upon this memorial, it would cause them to remember all that the Lord had done for them in bringing them into the Promised Land. And that is a lesson that we should sincerely take to heart, as well.
     For when we lose the memories of God’s supernatural works in our lives, we can lose the courage to do the hard stuff, and the strength to get through the hard times.  When trials come our way, it is so important to have those memory touchstones to return to… to be able to recall how God supernaturally delivered us, or provided for us.  And when what seems like an impossible situation arises, and we are called to radical obedience, it is paramount that we rely on our memories of all God has done for us so that we do not become cowardly in the conflict.
     One thing we need to realize… by not remembering the displays of His power in our past, we limit Him and restrict what He wants to do.  Remember, He wants us to co-labor with Him to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. But He needs our cooperation and our involvement. When we stop living our lives conscious of the God who invaded this realm, and accomplished the impossible — healed the sick, cast out demons; freed the oppressed and tormented; and raised the dead — we begin to reduce the ministry He wants us to do on behalf of the Kingdom.  When we forget what He has done, then it becomes all about our gifts and what we have done.
     I never want to reduce the possibilities of Him supernaturally conquering this world!  I want to live with an ever-present awareness that God can invade every situation in my life. And I want the history of my life to be a reflection of His Presence, and I want to remember every detail to share with whomever will listen.  It is vital for the Body of Christ to never lose their memories of God’s supernatural activity in their lives.
     Like those stones on the banks of the River Jordan, we need to leave a lasting testimony that not only preserves the memories of God’s Greatness and Provision, but prophecies of His future acts of Righteousness and Justice.  Nothing has changed since those long-ago days in the Bible. We are serving a God that deserves to be praised and lauded for all He has done.  It is important that both we and our future generations never forget. Joshua said it so well … Testify to the [supernatural] works of the Lord, our God, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is Mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.

Psalm 78:4     We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.

Animal Predators on the Homestead

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Do you know what predators are eyeing your homestead animals? Learn how to recognize and prepare for 50 common animal predators on the homestead. Several years ago we lived on a beautiful, wooded piece of land in the Oregon Cascade foothills. The pine trees were abundant and so were the predators, although the latter were […]

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Is Prepping Stressful?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I meant to write this post last week but I held off until I got a chance to ponder it a bit.   I was at work around mid-morning a few days ago when the power went out all of a sudden.  First the computers turned off, then the lights and air conditioning shut down and emergency backup lights turned on.  It was not weather related as there were no storms in the area […]

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Is Prepping Stressful?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I meant to write this post last week but I held off until I got a chance to ponder it a bit.   I was at work around mid-morning a few days ago when the power went out all of a sudden.  First the computers turned off, then the lights and air conditioning shut down and emergency backup lights turned on.  It was not weather related as there were no storms in the area […]

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How To Harden Your Home Using the Cheapest Materials on the Market

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Purchasing sandbags have always been sold in late summer early fall as a preparedness product that is associated with the flooding attached to the fall rainy seasons and hurricanes.  The time to order and purchase your sandbags is now, but for a different reason: to harden your house if possible.  Those sandbags can be filled with more than just sand and can be used to stop more than just water.  Look at the world situation right now with North Korea, China, and Russia: need I say any more to encourage you to prepare and fortify your homes for a SHTF event?

There are charts ad infinitum that will give you the amounts of layers of sandbags that are needed to stop a bullet, depending on the caliber.  Most fill them with sand; however, unless you live on a beach, sand may be something not found out in your backyard.  You can fill them with dirt, but the stopping factor is significantly reduced.  It’s up to you: your decision (to paraphrase “Alice in Chains”).  You can make them permanent with concrete.  You can convert a front porch into a semi-fortified fighting position with three layers of sandbags about 3 to 4 feet high.

I don’t care to hear naysayers complaining at how the front porch will collapse, the room will collapse, yada yada.  It is up to you the homeowner to find what the weight-bearing structural load is for your porch or any other room you intend to fortify.  The main point is that there are steps you can take at home to make your property harder to enter and to enable you to defend it.

One of the big problems is that it’s hard (or impossible) to “scrap” different types of building materials or construction supplies out of the dump.  The days of “dumpster diving” for materials are just about over.  Salvage companies save everything to sell back to China, to be sent back (and sold) to us…as the salvors are raising money that is taxed by the local government…the same local government that will not permit you the citizen to “dumpster dive,” as it cuts into the “chain of events” just outlined…and their profits.

You’ll have to pick up some rolls of heavy-gauge fencing wire to cover over your windows.  Nail them right to the frame with fencing staples, and ensure they’re taut.  In this way, the Molotov will not go through.  Also, ensure that you have at least 1 inch between this fencing-grating and the glass from the window.  The Molotov may hit and allow the glass to break by bending the wire in enough so that the bottle’s weight impacts the window.  Then you’ll have to cover the busted window with plastic.

And since we’re on the subject, you can pick up rolls of 6 mil plastic, 25’ x 10’ for about $10 at Wal-Mart…could come in handy to close those windows if needed.  If you pick up the fencing wire rolls with rectangular apertures, say 2” x 4” it will facilitate you using the window as a firing port if the window is able to be opened from the inside and not a fixed window.  I wrote several articles a couple of years ago for SHTFplan detailing how to harden your home; I highly recommend reading them if possible.

A good door brace (also referred to as a New York Lock) for the entry doors to your home will help out.  It won’t completely prevent a break-in, but it’ll slow it down enough for you to deal with it.  Consider a good brace-bar to go across the door.  You want to make sure you have a solid frame.  If it is one of those premade “cookie-cutter home” frames, you may have to reinforce it.

Plywood sheets should be measured and cut for the event (or eventuality, depending on your viewpoint) that your windows will disappear.  Cut out your sizes to be able to nail or bolt into the frame on the outside of the window, and mark the pieces to enable you to match them up to the appropriate window.  I suggest (at a minimum) ½” pressure-treated plywood.  Also: measure and match up with those pieces pre-cut 2” x 4” sections, to put together as a “T” or multiple “T’s” to brace up the plywood in the center when it is in place.  You never know when some fool will try to smash out the center of the plywood and enter the house.

Cut apertures for firing ports and viewing ports at the appropriate levels in your sheets.  You can cover these up with pieces of plywood either on a screw or on a hinge to the side, to enable you to use your firearms to deal with Mr. Moron who just won’t take “no” for an answer.  Make sure you take down and remove any trees, bushes, or anything that can provide marauders with cover and/or concealment.  Cut down these things and use them for firewood later.

Now is the time to place any building materials and supplies you can on your property for use in repairs later.  Most of this article applies to those who live in a house, and it has not yet taken into consideration the plethora of neighbors, neighborhood associations, and other assorted worthless groups that try to infringe on your rights and safety in the interest of keeping their property values high and in conformity.  You may have to do it all on the q-t, and keep the OPSEC at a high.

The best thing you can do: conduct a thorough assessment of your home and determine likely avenues of approach for invaders foreign or domestic, weak points in the house, and areas where you would most likely make a stand.  We’re getting “long in the tooth,” so to speak, with world events, and you need to harden all of the points of your home now while there is still time.  An ounce of prevention is more than a pound of cure.  Keep fighting that good fight!  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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How Liberals Try to Demasculinize the Military

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by Isabella

Last week, President Trump dropped a bombshell Tweet announcing that transgender people would no longer be allowed in the military.

The obviously controversial announcement comes in the midst of several years of debate surrounding the topic of transgender people in the military.

Earlier this year, Bradley Manning, aka Chelsea Manning, was released from prison. Manning was sentenced in 2013 for sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks, and after receiving his sentence of 35 years, he announced through his lawyer that he wanted to live his life as a woman.

What happened to Manning following this shocking turn of events is a poignant vignette of the obstacles a transgender person in the military would face. He attempted suicide several times while incarcerated, and he also petitioned the court to provide various “treatments” that would allow him to try to be more feminine–from hormone treatments to full-blown “gender reassignment” surgery.

Then, before Obama left office, he pardoned Manning. At this point, Manning had become a hero of the transgender movement, (almost as if that’s what he had been put in prison for in the first place, rather than violating the Espionage Act) and a national discussion about transgenders serving in the military was already well under way.

While liberals might still be in denial, it is hard to deny the fact that the principal reason for Trump’s election was a response from the American people to eight years of President Obama’s social justice warrior policies taking precedence over issues such as military might and the economy. And one of the ways that the Obama administration’s far-left values affected our country most dramatically was through his military policies.

Many on the right have criticized Obama for using the US military, the most powerful military force in the history of human civilization, as a sort of freak experiment for his socially radical leftist ideals. While those on the left, quite happily enjoying the cushy freedom that can only be maintained by such a powerful military, hailed the changes the Obama administration made to military policy, clearly those on the right, whose interest is in the protection of the US homeland and the security of our troops, felt differently.

While the Trump campaign’s most prominent messaging was focused on more stringent immigration policy from Latin America and the Middle East and creating jobs, one promise Trump made on the campaign trail that might have sailed over the heads of those on the left was the promise to bring back strength and honor to the US military.

The reason was, despite all valid criticism of the now-president, he was able to tap into the hearts and minds of those who had been alienated and brow-beaten for the last eight years with leftist lectures on equality and confusing gender pronouns. His base supports the military, and many of them are active duty or veterans, and strengthening our military after eight years of Obama was vital to these voters.

This move from Trump marks a determination to carry out this promise, which is, in essence, to bring masculinity and patriotism back to the military. Because that is what Obama was clearly trying to destroy, and I would like to illustrate to you how he did this.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

One of the most famous cases of the Obama administration feminizing and liberalizing the military was his famous repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. This barred homosexual individuals serving in the military from being open about their sexual preferences. While many Democrats saw this policy as discriminatory, it was actually implemented by one of their own, Bill Clinton, in 1994.

The original purpose of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was actually meant to protect homosexuals serving in the military, and was a relaxation of policy that had mostly barred homosexuals from military service prior.

The timeline of policy regarding homosexuals in the military has a close correlation with cultural movements surrounding homosexual rights in our country. Before WWII, homosexuals in the military were court martialed and imprisoned. In the WWII era, they were typically admitted to mental institutions and subsequently discharged, as the medical community still considered homosexuality a psychiatric condition in those days.

As you can imagine, in the 70’s and 80’s as the homosexual revolution gained momentum in the United States, many gay activists turned their sights on the military, and, as so often happens with our government, politicians slowly gave in to the pressure. Hence, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” protected homosexuals from being discriminated against.

Of course, as is so common with the socially leftist agenda, that wasn’t enough for them, as they felt homosexuals serving in the military had a right to being open about their sexuality. So, in 2011, Obama reversed the policy, to the cheers of his far-left, LGBT supporters.

As you will know by now, it didn’t stop there. In 2015, Obama Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stated that he was open to reconsidering the longstanding Pentagon ban against transgender individuals serving in the military. This came on the heels of Bradley Manning’s shocking announcement following his sentencing, and may very well have spurred the discussion.

Then, in July of 2015, it became official. Hagel’s successor, Ashton B. Carter, announced that the Pentagon would move to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military, stating that those who were already serving here being hurt by an “outdated” policy.

This shift from staunchly opposing anything but straight, masculine men in the military has of course, also come with increased integration of women in the military, notably with the recent introduction of women in combat.

Over the years, in conjunction with leftist feminism permeating the mainstream culture, women’s rights activists have continued to badger the military for basing policy on the reality of the physical differences between men and women. While the majority of feminists probably wouldn’t even consider serving in the military themselves, they certainly seem determined to make sure that as many women as possible can enter the armed forces.

Are Women Favored in the Military?

One of the most distinct ways that this has manifested itself in actual military policy is by lowering physical requirements by both men and women. An early YouTuber named Christy0Misty gained a following refuting mainstream leftist feminism and later deleted her account due to violent threats she received.One of the topics she addressed was based on her own experience in the armed services, in the Civil Air Patrol.

In her video, “Confessions of a GI Jane”, she shared how, as she gained rank during her time in the CAP, she began to discover a trend of favoritism towards women that was disenfranchising the men. One of the ways in which they were doing this was by lowering the physical requirements for women to regulations that nearly anyone could pass, while the men’s requirements remained vigorous and competitive. And when she spoke up, she was brushed off. Her confessional is worth a watch:

Robert Maginnis, a retired Army officer, agrees that standards are being lowered for the sake of pleasing a social agenda. “The pressure is on the services from the White House’s politically correct crowd vis-a-vis Obama’s Pentagon apointees,” he says, “who will force the services to accept degraded standards.”

“The pressure is on the services from the White House’s politically correct crowd vis-a-vis Obama’s Pentagon appointees, who will force the services to accept degraded standards,” said Robert Maginnis, a retired Army officer and author of the book “Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women Into Combat.”

Of course, the fact that PT standards need to be lowered to accommodate female troops only stands to underscore the reality that women are irrefutably weaker physically than men. This became apparent as ambition female soldiers tried to blaze trains into the infantry and special forces after the ban on women serving in combat was lifted.

General Martin E. Dempsey, the nation’s top military official at the time the ban was lifted on women in combat, confirmed at the time that the administration would lower the standards to accommodate the incoming women. “If we do decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn’t make it,” he said, “the burden is now on the service to come back and explain to the secretary, why is it that high? Does it really have to be that high?”

Lowering the standards for women would of course be the virtual only way women could advance in the infantry, ultimately, as evidenced by the first team of women who attempted to complete the rigorous testing for the Marine’s Infantry Officer Course. The IOC is a requirement for anyone who wants to be an infantry officer, and of the 29 women who attempted the course, none completed it, and only four made it through the first day.

While there are certainly many vital roles women could play in the military, serving in combat remains impractical. And yet, feminists have always continued to insist that women play a more and more prominent role in the military. This has nothing to do with national security–the ultimate purpose of the military–but with a leftist social agenda of “gender equality”. And sadly, the fact that women are clearly not physically equal to men plays no part in their logic.

It seems that men these days hardly object, too. A recent poll showed that men would actually support women being drafted, a proposal that was dropped from Congress last year. According to the poll, a striking 61% of men were in favor of implementing the draft for women. Most ironically, of course, is the fact that of female respondents to the same poll, more women than not were actually against women being drafted.

This is the sad reality of our time, I believe. While men are abandoning chivalry and sitting back to let the feminists wreak havoc on American culture, at the end of the day, women would still rather have men do their fighting for them. Whether this means that it is only a small majority of women representing all women, or that, at the end of the day, today’s feminists don’t practice what they preach, the reality is that this is one huge example of our our military is being demasculinized.

So, when it comes to social agendas, what typically comes hand-in-hand with feminism and a pro-LGBT agenda? That’s right: Islam. In perhaps the most striking and self-detrimental pressure applied to the military yet, American liberals have actually decried the lack of Muslims in the military and throw media fits whenever a Muslim isn’t allowed to wear their beard or hijab in uniform.

If you search for “Muslims in the US Military” on Google, you will be met with a slew of articles from mainstream, liberal publications like the New York Times, lamenting how few Muslims there are in the military and the difficulties those who are enlisted face, such as non-halal food, dress codes that are unfriendly to beards, and a notable lack of prayer rooms or imams serving as military chaplains.

Articles like these also never fail to point out how, between 15 years of military intervention in Muslim-majority countries and the fallout from the 9/11 attacks, Muslim soldiers face a huge stigma and, sometimes, harassment. Of course, this is pinned on those doing the harassing, and not those who identify with a religion whose adherents commonly pledge “death to America” and target US military bases and embassies abroad.

Liberals unrelentingly blame the US for Muslim terrorism, so of course the fact that Army psychiatrist Nidal Hassan went on a shooting spree in Ft. Hood, Texas in November of 2009 was no different. While to most sensible observers, the shooting in Ft. Hood would be a very good example of why we must be wary of allowing Muslims to serve in our armed forces, to liberals, it was a result of the pressure of Hassan having to listen to the psychological trials of troubled veterans all day as an Army psychiatrist. Nevermind that he asked to join the Islamic State from death row or screamed “Allahu akbar” before commencing his shooting spree.

What is possibly more insane than twisting the implications of the Ft. Hood shooting is that liberals of course think the obvious solution is to allow more Muslims to serve in the military, and to make them feel welcome. In the UK, there is even a campaign to recruit more Muslims into the armed forces, since the government was concerned that despite the high Muslim population in the UK, very few Muslims enlisted. One might think that because so few Muslims enlisted, perhaps they did not have the best interest of their host country in mind, but not liberals. In the US, every other minority group is adequately represented, and we have a strong history of patriotic immigrants joining up to serve their new home.

This is not to disparage those Muslims who do want to serve their country and condemn the violence that is committed across the world in the name of Allah. Or the women or transgender people who simply want to defend their homeland. At the end of the day, if these individuals are up to the challenge, an argument can be made to let them take it.

But that’s just it: serving in the military is a challenge. We must not let liberals, who are largely anti-military to begin with, dictate policy that should be decided by seasoned military veterans who know what it takes to protect and defend our homeland and our interests abroad. We cannot expect those who have already proven themselves up to the challenge of serving in the armed forces to have the standards lowered to protect someone else’s sense of political correctness.

The military is not a social experiment, it is an organized killing force. There is no room for feelings when it comes to security. And finally, we have a commander-in-chief who understands this.

Gadgets & Gear needed to survive!

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