The One Thing The Left And The Right Can Agree On

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The One Thing The Left And The Right Can Agree On

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If there is one thing that the left and the right can agree on, it might be this: We are living in uncertain times. Negative news stories flood our newsfeeds and screens and radios and newspaper pages every day. It includes cyberattacks, tension between global superpowers, government corruption, catastrophic weather events, terrorism, mass murders, attacks on elected officials and law enforcement, populist uprisings, angry protests, rampant poverty, and general unrest—often more than one of them on the same day. It leaves a lot of people shaking their heads and wondering how we can turn things around, and how it can possibly all end. Many feel unnerved or frightened—even people who have never worried before.

Some of us are concerned that things could get worse before they get better. In fact, some of us have been concerned about possible tough times ahead since long before our nightly news sounded dire, and have been preparing for the worst-case scenario all along.

Whether a seasoned prepper, someone new to prepping, or someone just considering joining the preparedness community, many people will agree that there has never been a better time to be a prepper than right now. Even though the possible disasters vary widely among different schools of thought within the preparedness community, from natural disasters to electromagnetic pulse to famine to war to economic collapse to dozens of other scenarios, it is clear that hard times could be on the horizon.

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Preppers have not always been taken seriously. Considered by some to be a radical fringe, preppers’ concerns for the future and dedication to self-sufficiency have not always been shared by mainstream Americans. I get some raised eyebrows when I tell people I’m a prepper.

“No, I’m not one of those crazy ones you hear about,” I assure them.

But it is by no means clear what would define me—or anyone—as a crazy prepper. It is true that we all focus on different possibilities and different preparations. There are many variations amid prepping lifestyles, in the same way that there are many ways to live as back-to-the-landers, house flippers, foster parents, pet owners, mountain climbers, volunteer missionaries, or any other cause or belief to which people might devote their lives. I have my own way of prepping, which may or may not be seen by others as crazy. But crazy or not, I have noticed more people are considering the benefits of preparing for the future. Folks who even a year ago might not have given any real thought to the tenets of prepping have expressed to me a measure of unease about today’s world and tomorrow’s possibilities.

Different Paths to Preparedness

The One Thing The Left And The Right Can Agree On

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People come from different directions to the realization that learning to provide for oneself and one’s future is crucial. For some, it is an extension of having grown up in a conservative rural family where households and communities fended for themselves in the face of potential job loss or severe weather or injury. For others, it is learning about the likelihood of the world as we witness it being knocked off-kilter by the loss of a power grid—either by way of an electromagnetic pulse due to naturally occurring sunspots or due to something more sinister and deliberate initiated by hostile entities. Still others have reason to believe that primary American institutions, such as our financial structure or our system of government, are on the verge of implosion which will leave citizens scrambling for resources.

Some feel the threat of impending changes in food availability—due to climate change, overpopulation, government regulation, overdependence on fewer varieties, or other causes.  Others worry about polar shift or massive earthquakes.

There is what some perceive to be an increasing likelihood of all-out war—with North Korea, Russia, Syria, ISIS or others. This is compounded by what feels to the residents of some communities like war already in progress—a war on people of color, a war on men and women in uniform, a war on the poor, or a war on taxpayers.

There is no shortage of threats to concern us. In response, preppers everywhere are doing their best to be ready for whatever might happen. Some buy a few extra cans of prepared soup and vegetables when they are on sale and tuck them away in the back of a closet for just-in-case.  Many people try to follow suggested guidelines of keeping a three-day supply of food, water, batteries and other necessities—things like baby diapers and medicines and fuel—on hand at all times. Others take things a little more seriously, filling pantries with rows and rows of food stockpiles and keeping gun cabinets full of weapons and ammunition and practicing emergency evacuation procedures. Some people create alternative residences for themselves by way of underground bunkers or wilderness retreats, which they plan to use if their current home becomes uninhabitable for any reason.

With possibilities looming that could shake up our entire supply chain, affect how we acquire what we need to live, alter our priorities, and even change our very livelihoods and lives, there is no better time than now to be a prepper.

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Reverse Crossbows

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A reverse crossbow is just a crossbow that has the limbs reversed from your normal crossbow configuration. It sounds like a super simple explanation, but that is just because it lays out the groundwork for a real in depth description.

The riser for a regular crossbow is at the end of the barrel will be placed on the back of the frame, possibly behind the trigger for a reversed crossbow. Because of this, the reverse crossbow will be in a pullpup configuration, when the trigger has been moved forward and more of the weight is at the shoulder. The limbs come from the riser and point forward and the bow string is past the end of the barrel when it is as rest.

The reverse crossbow has been around for plenty of years and have a lot more advantages than your regular crossbow, yet there aren’t a lot of people that have experience with a reverse crossbow even though they’re a great survival bow.  Check out my recurve bow vs compound bow page for more info.

Some advantages of a reverse crossbow

The reverse draw crossbow actually has a lot of advantages over your normal crossbows.

It has a much lower draw weight. This is because the design. The string is going to be close to the end of the barrel when it is at rest. This means that it will have a much longer power stroke that can be done within the reverse system, which means longer contact time with the arrow which causes higher speeds for the draw weight.

It has faster arrow speeds. Just like the longer power stroke gives less draw weight to give an arrow speed that is similar to a heavier draw weight bow, it also causes some really high speeds. There are actually reverse crossbows that are using limbs under 200 pounds of draw weight causing arrows to go over 400 feet per second.

They are much quieter. Although the design for a reverse crossbow isn’t actually meant to be quieter. The fact that it is able to take advantage of longer power strokes to give higher arrow speeds that have a lower draw weight is what makes it quieter. To put this in simple terms, the lower that the draw weight of the limb is, the less energy that is released when it is fired. This means less vibration and less shock which means less sound.

It has a better balance. Since the riser is at the back, the center of gravity is also been shifted towards the back. Since there is more weight on the back towards the shooter this means more control and better accuracy. Whenever there is less weight that is supported by the forward arm, there will be less movement or wobble which means tighter groups and less fatigue. This even lets a hunger keep the weapon shouldered for much longer when waiting for that perfect shot or a target shooter that is making multiple shots be able to do so easily.

It has a narrower axle to axle distance. Since the reverse crossbow design has parallel limbs, this means that it has a narrower design. This lets a hunter to move the crossbow in areas that may have only be done by a rifle hunter or a vertical bow. There are some models that are about 10 inches wide when  they are cocked.

Disadvantages of a reverse bow

Although it may seem minor for some, but it is still important to know about the limitations of a reverse crossbow.

They come with fewer accessories. Because of the design, there are going to be fewer accessories that will fit it. Most of the regular crossbows can handle a lot of universal accessories because of the standard nature of the design. With a reverse crossbow, you can only use accessories that are made by the manufacturer of the bow. That doesn’t count for the scopes and items that mount to the picatinny rails that are on the reverse crossbow.

It can only use OEM cables and strings. Because the power stroke is longer, you won’t find a lot of selections for any aftermarket strings or cables. This is something that would only affect the sophisticated shooter, but it is something that you should keep in mind when it comes to a reverse crossbow.

There are no recurves and only compounds. There are a lot of shooters that like the reliability and simplicity of recurved crossbows. Just about every design of reverse crossbows will be a compound design. Most reverse crossbows will use a parallel limb design which is not best for recurve bows, you will have a compound limb for a reverse crossbow.

Best Reverse Crossbows on the market

Below we will talk about the most popular reverse crossbows as well as the basic information on them. We have listed these selections by arrow speed and they are not in order by preference as each have their own great qualities that really depend on the need of the shooter.

BC Raptor Reverse by Barnett

The Buck Commander Raptor Reverse is going to be the lightest model in our selections. It is also going to be the slowest as it only has an arrow speed of 330 feet per second, then again that isn’t always a bad thing. Having too much speed can cause you to miss your target as there is going to be less margin for any errors. The Raptor Reverse still has a pretty impressive 97 foot pounds of kinetic energy at the muzzle, so there is still plenty of punch to get that job done. This bow has a lot of unique features for being such a small size. It is quite quiet and you can get away with almost not having any sounds even in a silent place. The laminated limbs are something to really love.

BC Raptor Reverse by Barnett-2

You can adjust the butt pad easily. The flight track is made from CNC machined aluminum. It has a pass-through foregrip that can really help to fire out those accurate shots. The ATA is about 16 inches. It comes with reverse limb and carbon riser features. It also has string suppressors and laminated limbs that are really great.

I love that it is lightweight and very comfortable to hold for long time on the shoulder. The front isn’t heavy and has really great balance. The trigger is clean and have less travel. It is quiet and that goes for cocking as well. The headhunters that come with it work well too. I don’t like that the scope isn’t very clear and the circles and dots don’t work well. The string dampeners aren’t easy to adjust either.

BC Raptor Reverse by Barnett-1

The BC Raptor is pretty awesome when it comes to accuracy as well. If you are a professional, then you are going to love that it is so lightweight and quiet. You can get headhunters that go with this bow and it will fit it perfectly. You are able to carry it along with you for long periods of time whether you are just moving through the forest or on a trek.

When you consider everything, you will find that the BC Raptor reverse crossbow is quite effective and one of the best values for money right now on the market.

http://www.barnettcrossbows.com/crossbows/raptor-fx3-pro

Storm RDX by Horton

The Storm RDX by Horton is going to be the narrowest when it comes to ATA of the recommended reverse crossbows. It is only 10 inches wide when it is cocked, this will let you hunt in a lot of areas that you have not been able to use a crossbow in. It has a shorter power stroke than other models, but the 165 pound draw weight will shoot your arrow 370 feet per second, which is about 122 foot pounds of kinetic energy right at the muzzle. There is also the ACUdraw crack system that will allow you to cock the crossbow with very little effort for the smaller framed shooters to cock it with ease.

Storm RDX by Horton-1

It has an aluminum riser and a self locking limb pocket. This allows you to hold the crossbow easily and comfortably. It has been fitted with a lot of steel bearings so that increases the performance of the reverse crossbow.

I love that it is so lightweight and weighs less than 3 pounds. It is completely assembled, except for the front when you purchase it. The whole package comes with a crank system, bow, quiver, and scope. It also comes with 3 carbon arrows.

Storm RDX by Horton-2

It takes less time to assemble this model. It also has some pretty accurate shots. It is best used for close range or even long range shooting. So you are getting the best of both worlds with this model. The Storm RDX doesn’t need a whole lot of maintenance and it is very quiet. I don’t like that during long range shooting the scope will often go out of range and it can be hard to handle during long range shooting.

Since this bow comes with ACUdraw, it allows you to cock the bow while you are sitting down. It has a noiseless feature and the weight distribution is perfect. Since it is so lightweight, you can really carry it around for long periods of time without it giving you a whole lot of hassle.

If you have been looking for performance and speed in one reverse crossbow, then you are going to be impressed with this model. It has great precision when doing close range shooting and you can carry it easily.

https://www.hortoncrossbows.com/shop/horton-storm-rdx/

Vengeance Crossbow by Barnett

The Vengeance crossbow is very well known for being a very fast reverse crossbow. It can travel 365 feet per second and it has great accuracy and really gives you superior performance. It has a carbon riser that gives you plenty of stability. Not to mention that it can use 20 inch arrows.

 Vengeance Crossbow by Barnett-2 

It has a draw weight of about 140 pounds, which provide it with plenty of strength. The standard arrow that can be used is 22 inches long. It has great stability and accuracy.

Vengeance Crossbow by Barnett-3

I love that it is stable and accurate when shooting long range. It is perfect for beginners and because of the reverse limb, this bow is great for professionals too. It also comes with a scope. I don’t like that it is a bit heavier than I would expect.  If you are a beginner it may hard to assemble at first.

ReVengeance Crossbow by Barnett-1

When it comes to all of the features of the Vengeance reverse crossbow, the very first thing that you are going to notice is how it impresses anyone looking for power and speed. This is a reverse crossbow that really gives you the best performance for your money. The reverse limb technology really adds value to this bow. The carbon riser technology has really made it very stable and efficient. You are able to easily aim and do so quickly in standing and sitting positions.

Vengeance Crossbow by Barnett-4

VTEC Extreme by Scorpyd

VTEC Extreme by Scorpyd-1

The VTEC Extreme by Scorpyd was made to be a target crossbow, but you should be able to have a great hunt with it. It is the heaviest reverse crossbow on this list because it weighs over 8 pounds, but it was designed for accuracy. It is a bit wider than you would expect but it is more forgiving when it comes to accuracy. It has a pretty long power stroke which gives it the greatest speed for its draw weight. It has a speed of 370-440 feet per second based on the average draw weights. This reverse crossbow has a folding stock, which means that you can’t use a crank cock system on it.

VTEC Crossbow

Overall

Each reverse crossbow shooter will have their own unique needs when it comes to speed, draw weight, and weight of the bow. It is vital that you consider your shooting needs when you are looking for a crossbow. Only you will be able to know what is truly best for your shooting needs. The selection above will help you to pick out what type of reverse crossbow is going be best for you.

7 Antiseptics For Your Medical Kit

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Betadine is a Iodophor-type antiseptic

I’ve often said that, in a major disaster, we may be thrown back to a bygone era where modern medicine is not an option. Indeed, we can expect civil war-era statistics with regards to major abdominal and chest trauma outcomes, but we will still be ahead of our ancestors even if we’re thrown off the grid. That’s because of modern knowledge of antisepsic techniques.

The word antiseptic comes from the greek words anti (against) and septikos (putrid or rotten).  Antiseptics are substances with antimicrobial properties applied to living tissue to reduce the possibility of infection. Antiseptics, it should be noted, are not antibiotics. Antibiotics are meant to destroy bacteria within the body. Antiseptics are also different from disinfectants, which destroy germs found on non-living objects. All of these are important supplies for the survival medic.

Infected wound

We have a number of videos on this website that discuss antibiotics and what your options are in a survival scenario. If you haven’t been here before, use the search engine and you’ll find there are more than you think. We haven’t, however, talked a lot about antiseptics. Let’s discuss the most popular types on the market that might be candidates for your survival medical kit.

Iodophors: Iodophors like Betadine contain iodine, a substance that can also be used to purify water, but is combined with a solubilizing agent, povidone, which makes it, unlike pure iodine, relatively nonirritating and nontoxic to living tissue. Iodophors work against a broad array of microorganisms and don’t need to be heavily diluted. I will admit that I do dilute my Betadine if I use it on open wounds for regular dressing changes.  Iodophors are effective in killing microbes within just a few minutes.

Chlorhexidine

Chlorhexidine Gluconate: This substance, perhaps better known by its brand name “Hibiclens”, is helpful  against many types of germs, although it’s not very effective against fungal infections. It’s relatively long-lasting, however, compared to some other antiseptics. For this reason, Hibiclens is popular as a way to prepare areas for surgery and for healthcare providers to scrub their hands before patient encounters.

Alcohol: Ethyl Alcohol (also called ethanol) is another tried and true antiseptic product. It, along with isopropyl alcohol, kills many different types of microbes and is fact acting and inexpensive. The problem is that alcohol has a drying effect on skin, the oral cavity, and vagina. It has a tendency to inhibit the development of new cells, so use it for an initial wound cleaning but not for regular care.

Benzalkonium Chloride: BZK is a mild antiseptic and is easily tolerated by most people. One of the most popular first aid wipes or sprays, some say that it has a special effect against the rabies virus, but there’s little hard data supporting this claim.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is used to clean wounds and reacts with blood to form an impressive foam. This is because blood and most cells contain an enzyme called catalase. Catalase reacts with hydrogen peroxide, converting it into oxygen and water. This effect makes it popular for household first aid in common mishaps like abrasions, but not a great candidate for regular dressing changes due to its drying effect on new cells. It can be used as a mouth rinse in the oral cavity, however, making it a candidate for a survival dental kit.

PCMX (Parachlorometaxylenol or chloro-xylenol for short): Available in more brand names than you can count, this substance is effective against most germs. It’s less potent, though, than chlorhexidine and iodophors, although the antiseptic effect lasts longer. PCMX can be irritating, so don’t use it on mucous membranes like the oral cavity and vagina.

Bleach and baking soda added to just-boiled water in the right proportions can make an effective antiseptic solution

Bleach: Bleach can be found as either a sodium hypochlorite (Clorox) solution or can be improvised with calcium hypochlorite granules, also known as “Pool Shock”. Used more as a disinfectant than an antiseptic, bleach in very dilute solutions (0.5% or less) can make Dakin’s solution, a time-honored method to clean wounds. Be sure to watch our recent two-part video on this website that shows you how to make it easily and affordably.

I’m sure you know of more products that can serve as antiseptics for your survival sick room. Armed with these items, your chances of succeeding when everything else fails, at least as a medic, go up exponentially. Be sure to get the supplies and knowledge that will save lives in times of trouble.

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The 12 Most Dangerous Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

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The threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs is quickly becoming a huge concern. The World Health Organization (WHO) is ready to take a stand. For the first time, the WHO[i] has created a list of the top twelve most dangerous superbugs. The reason for drawing attention to these deadly diseases is so they are taken seriously.

A panel of international experts[ii] at the WHO, list disease-causing bacteria based on four things: [iii]

  1. Prevalence in the general community
  2. Overall mortality rates
  3. Burden on the health care system
  4. Level of resistance to treatment

The twelve that ranked highest on their list are the most dangerous bacteria on the planet today.

The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

Concern over antibiotic-resistant superbugs[iv] is becoming more and more important. Every year, antibiotic resistance in the United States is responsible for 2 million illnesses and almost 23,000 deaths.[v] Most fatalities come from people with weak immune systems, including cancer patients, infants, and the elderly. A widespread, antibiotic-resistant superbug epidemic is just a matter of time. There are diseases now resistant to every antibiotic we have available.

One reason why the supply of antibiotics has dwindled to dangerously low levels is because new drugs are difficult to create. Seventy years of antibiotic research discovered dozens of effective drugs. But new ones aren’t being developed fast enough to beat the resistant stains. There have been decades of overuse of antibiotics by both humans and livestock. It’s easy to see that a perfect storm of antibiotic-resistant superbugs is brewing.

New Antibiotics?

Pharmaceutical companies aren’t likely to create new antibiotics anytime soon. They take years to develop[vi], and most aren’t profitable enough for drug companies to invest millions in research and development. There has not been a new antibiotic brought to the market since 1984. It looks like there is less of a chance that a new “miracle drug” will be on the market anytime soon.

Nonetheless, the stakes have never been higher to become better prepared to fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

The superbugs that made the WHO list are separated into three categories: critical, high, and medium.

Acinetobacter baumannii © Kateryna Kon

Priority 1: Critical

According to the WHO, there are three types of superbugs that require immediate attention in order to keep them under control. They are categorized as a critical priority because each one is multi-drug resistant and often prove fatal in hospitals and nursing homes.

Acinetobacter baumannii, carbapenem-resistant

Acinetobacter baumannii is highly drug resistant and affects people with compromised immune systems, meaning it often leads to pneumonia and is increasingly responsible for deadly blood infections in hospital patients.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa, carbapenem-resistant

Highly adaptable in developing antibiotic resistance, pseudomonas aeruginosa is responsible for skin rashes, ear infections, blood infections, and often deadly bouts of pneumonia in hospital patients.

Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant, 3rd generation cephalosporin-resistant

As a family of bacteria often found in the human gut, enterobacteriaceae has been called a “nightmare bacteria”[vii] by health officials. It is resistant to over a dozen antibiotics and kills half of all infected patients. Hospitals are the main place to contract enterobacteriaceae. It is known to cause urinary tract infections and pneumonia.

antibiotic-resistance

©Eldar Nurkovic

 Priority 2: High

Next on the WHO list are a variety of multi-drug resistant microbes that spread quickly and are dangerous to contract, including staph infections, salmonella, and gonorrhea.

Enterococcus faecium, vancomycin-resistant

Though often harmless in the human intestine, enterococcus faecium can also cause dangerous diseases like meningitis and endocarditis.

Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant, vancomycin intermediate and resistant

More commonly known as MRSA[viii], staphylococcus aureus is the bacteria responsible for roughly one third of flesh-eating bacteria[ix] in the United States. This superbug is a prime cause of skin and respiratory infections and food poisoning. Often it is resistant to penicillin. MRSA is regularly found[x] in hospitals.

Helicobacter pylori, clarithrocin-resistant

Often present in the stomachs of people with gastric ulcers, helicobacter pylori has been linked to stomach cancer.[xi] The majority of infected patients don’t show any symptoms. Strains of antibiotic-resistant helicobacter pylori are becoming more common, making effective treatment very difficult.

Campylobacter, fluoroquinolone-resistant

Found in poultry, campylobacter[xii] spreads to people who eat the contaminated meat. This microbe causes blood diseases, diarrhea, and food poisoning, especially in developing countries that do not have access to proper antibiotics.[xiii]

Salmonella spp., fluoroquinolone-resistant

Found worldwide, strains of salmonella cause a variety of illnesses, including typhoid fever and food poisoning. Throughout the U.S., an estimated 1.4 million people[xiv] become ill from salmonella every year. Infants, young children, and the elderly are most at risk.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae, 3rd generation cephalosporin-resistant, fluoroquinolone-resistant

Shaped like a coffee bean, neisseria gonorrhoeae is responsible for an antibiotic-resistant superbug of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. Antibiotic resistance against penicillin was widespread by the 1940s. Today most forms of neisseria gonorrhoeae are resistant to every drug but cephalosporin, which is “the last line of defense.”[xv]

antibiotic-resistance

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Priority 3: Medium

Childhood infections make up the “medium priority” for the WHO. However, many researchers fear that antibiotic-resistant superbugs will soon become more widespread.

10  Streptococcus pneumoniae, penicillin-non-susceptible

While Streptococcus pneumoniae is relatively common in the lungs of healthy people. However, those with weaker immune systems (like children and the elderly) often come down with pneumonia, infections, and meningitis.[xvi]

11  Haemophilus influenzae, ampicillin-resistant

Once thought to be the cause of the flu, haemophilus influenza is still known as “bacterial influenza.” Actually, it’s responsible for infections like bacterial meningitis, pneumonia, and infectious arthritis. It is resistant to penicillin antibiotics.

12  Shigella spp., fluoroquinolone-resistant

Naturally found in humans and gorillas, shigella is a leading cause of diarrhea worldwide. It contributes to 74,000 to 600,000 deaths every year.[xvii] Many of the antibiotics used aren’t working any longer.

The looming threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs is a medical issue likely to be the talk of the 21st century. The WHO hopes that making this information public will help bring proper research and new discoveries in the fight against these antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Sources
[i] WHO: Global Priority List of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria To Guide Research, Discovery and Development of New Antibiotics

[ii]The Washington Post: The World’s Leaders are Finally Holding a Summit on Superbugs

[iii]Stat News: WHO Releases List of World’s Most Dangerous Superbugs

[iv]New York Times: Deadly, Drug-Resistant “Superbugs” Pose Huge Threat, W.H.O Says

[v]Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Antibiotic Resistance

[vi]IDSA: Despite Superbug Crisis, Progress in Antibiotic Development ‘Alarmingly Elusive’

[vii]PBS Frontline: Illinois “Nightmare Bacteria” Outbreak Raises Alarms

[viii]New York Times: MRSA Health Guide

[ix]New York Times: Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection Health Guide

[x]Oxford Academic: Dominance of EMRSA-15 and -16 among MRSA causing nosocomial bacteraemia in the UK: analysis of isolates from the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS)

[xi]Pathobiology of Helicobacter pylori-induced Gastric Cancer

[xii]Medscape: Campylobacter Infections

[xiii]Antimicrobial Susceptibilities of Multidrug-Resistant Campylobacter jejuni and C. coli Strains: In Vitro Activities of 20 Antimicrobial Agents

[xiv]Human Health Implications of Salmonella-Contaminated Natural Pet Treats and Raw Pet Food

[xv]Planned Parenthood: STD Awareness: Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

[xvi]New England Journal of Medicine: Community-Acquired Bacterial Meningitis in Adults

[xvii] Status of vaccine research and development for Shigella

 

 

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Geezer Truths

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1. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong. 

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger. 

4. There is a great need for a sarcasm font. 

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? 

6. Was learning cursive really necessary? 

7. Map Quest or Google Maps really need to start their directions on # 5.  I’m  pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood. 

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died. 

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired. 

10. Bad decisions make good stories. 

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day. 

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu-Ray?  I don’t want to have to restart my collection… again. 

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to. 

14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call. 

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well. 

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers.  I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay. 

17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option. 

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger. 

19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said? 

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front.  Stay strong, brothers and sisters! 

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever. 

22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time, while half asleep. 

23. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important. (Ladies .. Quit Laughing! )

It just gets better as you get older, doesn’t it? 

I was in a Starbucks Coffee recently when my stomach started rumbling and I realized that I desperately needed to fart.  The place was packed, but the music was really loud so to get relief and reduce embarrassment I timed my farts to the beat of the music.  After a couple of songs I started to feel much better.  I finished my coffee and noticed that everyone was staring at me.  I  suddenly remembered that I was listening to my IPod (with ear piece) – and how was your day? 

(This is what happens when old people start using technology!)

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At What Point-In-Life Do We Become “OLD PEOPLE” ? It seems like I’ve been “Middle Aged” most of my life!


Geezer Truths

1. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong. 

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger. 

4. There is a great need for a sarcasm font. 

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? 

6. Was learning cursive really necessary? 

7. Map Quest or Google Maps really need to start their directions on # 5.  I’m  pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood. 

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died. 

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired. 

10. Bad decisions make good stories. 

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day. 

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu-Ray?  I don’t want to have to restart my collection… again. 

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to. 

14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call. 

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well. 

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers.  I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay. 

17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option. 

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger. 

19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said? 

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front.  Stay strong, brothers and sisters! 

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever. 

22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time, while half asleep. 

23. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important. (Ladies .. Quit Laughing! )

It just gets better as you get older, doesn’t it? 

I was in a Starbucks Coffee recently when my stomach started rumbling and I realized that I desperately needed to fart.  The place was packed, but the music was really loud so to get relief and reduce embarrassment I timed my farts to the beat of the music.  After a couple of songs I started to feel much better.  I finished my coffee and noticed that everyone was staring at me.  I  suddenly remembered that I was listening to my IPod (with ear piece) – and how was your day? 

(This is what happens when old people start using technology!)

 I Would Like To Add One.

At What Point-In-Life Do We Become “OLD PEOPLE” ? It seems like I’ve been “Middle Aged” most of my life!


Nutty State May Ban Pet Stores From Selling … Pets

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Nutty State May Ban Pet Stores From Selling … Pets

A proposed law would make it illegal for pet stores to sell many dogs and cats in the state of California.

Assembly Bill (AB) 485 would subject any pet store owner who bought puppies, kittens or rabbits from a commercial breeder to a $500 fine for each animal sold, National Review writer Wesley J. Smith reported. AB-485 has passed California’s lower house or Assembly but it has yet to be approved by the Senate or signed by the governor.

“This bill would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2019, a pet store operator from selling a live dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store unless the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group, as defined, that is in a cooperative agreement with at least one private or public shelter, as specified,” the text of AB-485 states.

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Wrote Smith, “California is on the verge of outlawing pet stores from selling pets unless they come from shelters or rescue organizations.”

Smith fears that the real motive behind AB-485 is an attempt by animal rights activists to outlaw pet ownership. He noted that the proposed law makes no effort to set up a means of distinguishing humane from inhumane pet breeders.

“But it will push us closer to a time where the only place to obtain a pet will be a shelter,” Smith wrote.

The bill, he wrote, seems to be an attempt to write the ideas of animal rights extremists like Peter Singer and Gary Francione into law.

“We oppose domestication and pet ownership because these violate the fundamental rights of animals,” Francione wrote in an essay called The Case against Pets.

Others, though, support the bill.

AB-485 is an attempt to ban “puppy mills” and inhumane animal breeding operations, The Los Angeles Times editorial board claimed.

“It may seem unfair to put the onus for stopping bad breeders on pet store owners who sell puppies they buy legally from commercial breeders,” The Times editors wrote. “Nor does it seem fair to cut off commercial breeders that are humane, assuming there are some, from their prime sales outlet. But the combination of low standards and lax enforcement has helped entrench the business of inhumanely manufacturing animals, particularly puppies.”

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This is Why you Teach Your Kids Self Defense: Thugs Brutally Beat Innocent Teens

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Earlier in the week, a group of kids were brutally attacked while hanging out at a boardwalk in Quincy, Massachusetts. The story received zero national coverage… […]

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4 Keys To Create A Gorgeous, Easy To Maintain, Low Cost Landscape!

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In spite of what many think, it really is possible to create a stunning, easy to maintain, low cost landscape. In fact, with a little planning, labor and DIY gusto, you can create nearly anything you can imagine. And for

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His Off-Grid Home Is Made Of 1,000 Tires (& Other Recycled Stuff)

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His Off-Grid Home Is Made Of 1,000 Tires (& Other Recycled Stuff)

After studying construction technology in college, Jordan decided to focus on sustainable building.

Initially discounting earthship building as “pretty out there,” he came back to the idea after doing some more research. Wanting to see “what it was all about,” the Canadian young man travelled two times from Prince Edward Island to Arizona, where he helped with two earthship builds.

“Eventually I made the leap to build here in Prince Edward Island,” he tells the Exploring Alternatives YouTube channel, adding that he chose a location near a busy road so that the home could “serve as a beacon for people who pass to know that sustainability is out there. You don’t need to build a home out of tires, but you can contribute in whatever way possible.”

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With the help of his girlfriend and some friends he met while helping with the Arizona earthship builds, Jordan designed and built a beautiful 800-square foot earthship home that offers an open floor plan and plenty of natural light.

His home is filled with recycled and repurposed products, including recycled granite countertops and nearly 1,000 tires reclaimed from the local dump. Broken CDs form a creative kitchen backsplash, and like many earthship homes, the house includes mosaics made from recycled bottles and tiles.

In addition to the sturdy tire walls, Jordan used earthen cob made from clay, sand and straw in building his green home.

He says that he learned about the process by reading books on earthship building, but that the first-hand experience of working on two other homes was invaluable. “It’s also about karma,” he says. “It goes around like that.”

Jordan admits that reading and planning are important, but he warns against “diving into the deep end headfirst. “

“Help someone else first, so you can know if it is want you want to do,” he advises. “You can meet friends, ask questions and know your plans.”

The light-filled home collects rainwater, recycles grey water and heats and cools itself through its passive solar design and strategic thermal mass that stores heat much like a battery stores energy.

Although he has a wood stove in the home for cold Canadian winter nights, Jordan says that he didn’t really need it the first winter. He plans to add solar panels soon, and he says he is working on developing his green thumb by growing some of his own food.

“It’s a beautiful thing to be in a place that you and your friends created,” Jordan says. “It’s almost like a nest in nature… You live with the beautiful complements and you live with all the kinks of the place.”

The home, which is located in the town of Wellington, is available for rent on Airbnb. The rental page promises the home as the “Most Unique Stay on PEI Guaranteed!”

“You build a home,” says Jordan, “but it also builds you as a person.”

He says that if he builds another sustainable home, he will make it even smaller. “Bigger is not always better,” he explains, adding that his next home will be “tiny home meets earthship.”

Would you want to live in an earthship home? Share your thoughts in the section below:

His Off-Grid Home Is Made Of 1,000 Tires (& Other Recycled Stuff)

 

His Off-Grid Home Is Made Of 1,000 Tires (& Other Recycled Stuff)

After studying construction technology in college, Jordan decided to focus on sustainable building.

Initially discounting earthship building as “pretty out there,” he came back to the idea after doing some more research. Wanting to see “what it was all about,” the Canadian young man travelled two times from Prince Edward Island to Arizona, where he helped with two earthship builds.

“Eventually I made the leap to build here in Prince Edward Island,” he tells the Exploring Alternatives YouTube channel, adding that he chose a location near a busy road so that the home could “serve as a beacon for people who pass to know that sustainability is out there. You don’t need to build a home out of tires, but you can contribute in whatever way possible.”

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

With the help of his girlfriend and some friends he met while helping with the Arizona earthship builds, Jordan designed and built a beautiful 800-square foot earthship home that offers an open floor plan and plenty of natural light.

His home is filled with recycled and repurposed products, including recycled granite countertops and nearly 1,000 tires reclaimed from the local dump. Broken CDs form a creative kitchen backsplash, and like many earthship homes, the house includes mosaics made from recycled bottles and tiles.

In addition to the sturdy tire walls, Jordan used earthen cob made from clay, sand and straw in building his green home.

He says that he learned about the process by reading books on earthship building, but that the first-hand experience of working on two other homes was invaluable. “It’s also about karma,” he says. “It goes around like that.”

Jordan admits that reading and planning are important, but he warns against “diving into the deep end headfirst. “

“Help someone else first, so you can know if it is want you want to do,” he advises. “You can meet friends, ask questions and know your plans.”

The light-filled home collects rainwater, recycles grey water and heats and cools itself through its passive solar design and strategic thermal mass that stores heat much like a battery stores energy.

Although he has a wood stove in the home for cold Canadian winter nights, Jordan says that he didn’t really need it the first winter. He plans to add solar panels soon, and he says he is working on developing his green thumb by growing some of his own food.

“It’s a beautiful thing to be in a place that you and your friends created,” Jordan says. “It’s almost like a nest in nature… You live with the beautiful complements and you live with all the kinks of the place.”

The home, which is located in the town of Wellington, is available for rent on Airbnb. The rental page promises the home as the “Most Unique Stay on PEI Guaranteed!”

“You build a home,” says Jordan, “but it also builds you as a person.”

He says that if he builds another sustainable home, he will make it even smaller. “Bigger is not always better,” he explains, adding that his next home will be “tiny home meets earthship.”

Would you want to live in an earthship home? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Where SHTF This Year Around the World

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One of the best ways to learn how to deal with a SHTF situation is from real-world examples of how the average person deals with them and which threats are most essential to protect from to ensure their survival. There were plenty of SHTF scenarios this year that we all can learn from. I’ve chosen. . . Read More

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Dave Canterbury’s Summer Survival Tricks

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If you were in a survival situation during the summer – with 100-degree (Fahrenheit) heat – would you know what to do? And could you find water?

Summer survival is the subject of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to survival expert Dave Canterbury, who teaches survival classes and has authored several books, including the bestseller “Bushcraft 101” and his latest book, “Bushcraft First Aid.”

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we speak with T.J. Smith, executive director of the Foxfire Fund, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary and has a new book – “The Foxfire Book of Simple Living.”

Dave tells us:

  • Which plants in nature can supply water.
  • How to filter water and make it safe to drink.
  • What he recommends eating in nature. (His advice goes against the general consensus!)
  • Why he says T-shirts and shorts are a no-no in the wilderness.

Finally, Dave gives us insights from his newest book, “Bushcraft First Aid.”

We learned a lot about survival during our talk with Dave. You will, too!

How to Make Gunpowder Step by Step (With Pics)

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In the Chinese culture, there are four great inventions that are celebrated. You may have recognized them at the Beijing Olympics as they made an appearance at the games. They are: papermaking, printing, the compass, and gunpowder. Although there is a widespread belief that the Chinese only used gunpowder for fireworks, they also used it […]

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My Many Prepping Failures!

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My Many Prepping Failures James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! My Many Prepping Failures I have always learned more from my failures than from my successes. Most of the time, real success just blows up your head and you spend more time fighting the ego than enjoying the success. For me the dark … Continue reading My Many Prepping Failures!

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Vote for Your Favorite – Prepper Writing Contest Round Nine – Finally!

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Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

Promise made, promise kept. Finally preppers you get to cast your votes for the “best articles” published between March 9th and May 15th of this year.

I have chosen five (5) worthy candidates for the Preppers Writing Contest. It was a hard thing to do, so many honorable mentions, so much coverage of wide-ranging subjects. Impressive. Paring the list down to five (5) was the challenge. As always, I want to thank everyone who entered and remind you that Round Ten will be run as soon as we award these worthy candidates. And yes, previous winners can still win again!

I will leave the voting open for a few days so please let me know which article you think is the best. The five (5) articles in contention for the three (3) prizes of Amazon gift cards are (in no particular order):

And the Winners Are:

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What You Need to Know about the Improved LDS Home Storage Centers

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I get a lot of questions about preparedness through comments on my blog, on Facebook posts, and via email.  I get all types of questions, but the #1 “category” I’d put them in is questions about the LDS Home Storage Centers (formerly know as the LDS Cannery). And for good reason!  The LDS Home Storage […]

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6 Things You Must Know When Choosing A Biofilter

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If you are interested in building a homestead or want to live as well as possible while all the world is falling apart, you’ll have to face the challenge of sewage and waste disposal. On the other hand, there are so many pollutants in the air, ground, and water, that you will need a way to manage harmful toxins and chemicals on your own.

Biofilters can be used to manage these and other problems.

Do you know what to be aware of when buying a biofilter? Here’s what you should know before any acquisition. Keep reading!

What is a Biofilter?

If you have ever kept an aquarium or fish pond, then you may already be acquainted with the concept of a biofilter. Basically, these filters rely partly on mechanical media to remove debris, toxic gasses, and other pollutants from a surrounding substance that is pumped through the media.

The filter media is also used as a growing place for bacteria that can break down even more chemicals and turn them into something less dangerous. For example, in an aquarium or pond, nitrifying bacteria break down ammonia excreted by fish and turn it into nitrates. The nitrates, in turn, are used by plants which release oxygen into the water.

Modern biofilters for aquariums and ponds still rely on the same bacteria to keep the water clean and in as good a condition as possible for the fish living in it. Other biofilters are emerging to take care of many other needs.

Some use other kinds of bacteria, while others use fungi and other micro organisms. Since different chemicals and molecules require different micro-organisms to break them down, you will find that each filter has a specific purpose and may not be usable for other applications.

This proven-to-work portable device which provides clean fresh water 24/7! 

What a Biofilter Will and Won’t Clean

Basically, a biofilter can break down or “clean” just about anything that can be metabolized by the micro organisms living in the filter. Many are only available to businesses, government, or other commercial consumers, but biofilters for different purposes are making their way to the masses.

If you wonder what kinds of micro organisms are used for such a dirty job and what could they deliver, here are a few examples:

  • Bacteria that break down sludge and sewage – these biofilters are available to consumers at all levels. For example, you can buy sludge removers for drains as well as for septic systems. There are also composting toilets available that utilize these kinds of bacteria.
  • Bacteria used in hydroponics, ponds, and aquarium systems – you get these bacteria “for free” along with any fish you might buy, and there are also jump start bacteria that you can use to establish them even faster in a new aquarium or hydroponic setup. In addition, there are newer and more powerful biofilter/pump systems arriving on the market that take even more advantage of these filters to accommodate larger aquariums and volumes of water.
  • Bacteria that break down plastics – these bacteria are very important for dealing with plastic waste that you don’t want to bury or have leaching into the soil. These bacteria and appropriate media are not readily available to the public, but you can expect to see these devices making their way onto the market as the technology gets cheaper.
  • Bacteria and fungi that break down volatile organic compounds – these biofilters are not widely available. They are designed, however, to break down paints and toxic gaseous pollutants in the air. You may not be able to buy a biofilter for air filtration, but you could make your own. In this case, you can make a fairly large on using a fan to move contaminated air into a pipe that leads under a bed of peat, wood chips, straw, or other appropriate media. Today, these filters are being used on commercial farms that are located near residential areas affected by the odor from animals living on the farms. You can also build a similar system for a homestead, especially if you are going to keep large animals in a relatively small or enclosed area. You can still use the same fan and pipe arrangement for pushing contaminated air into a location where it will be exposed to the micro organisms in the filter.
  • Other filters for water, or mud (soil that has been liquefied enough to pass through the filter). Even though these filters may not be readily available, you can still get pumps that will move thick mud or sludge around. From there, you may devise your own screens and media, as you would for making a biofilter for the air.
  • Bacteria that break down radioactive materials – these bacteria are still being studied and researched to see if they can be used to manage nuclear waste sites as well as other locations that need to be cleaned up. Sadly, while many people are at risk from exposure to nuclear radiation and debris, it is not likely that appropriate bacteria and filter systems will be made available to the public anytime soon. Since these bacteria are also rare and notoriously difficult to find, it may not be possible to obtain them from natural settings.

How Different Filter Parts Work Together

Consider the power and durability of the pump that will be used to take the contaminated materials and move them through the filter media.

A weak pump will not work as quickly, and may also burn out as the media fills up or begins to clog from debris buildup. Overall, the stronger the motor, the better it will be. Even if you push the filter to its maximum limit, a stronger motor gives you room to expand as well as reduce the risk of break downs.

Filter size is also important. Larger filters media beds can accommodate more bacteria and also process more material at one time. This reduces the speed at which clogs will develop. A larger filter surface are can also reduce impact on the pump and filter because it has more area to pull a “smaller” amount of material through.

Ease of Cleaning the Filter

When people hear about biofilters, they often start off by thinking that the filter should never, or rarely need cleaning. For example, in an aquarium filter using floss, you may even have been told that the floss only needs to be rinsed from time to time.

While some filters last for a long time without clogging, others need a bit more care. In fact, if you don’t clean a biofilter, the clogging can easily damage the pump and motor as well as kill off the organisms that you need for breaking down toxins.

Since you will also need to avoid killing off the bacteria or fungi employed while cleaning the filter, ease of maintenance is important. Most filters on the market today use drop in cartridges or screens that can be rinsed out, but they can also be quite messy to work with, especially if they have been immersed in water or mud.

Take the time to look at the filter schematics before you buy.

If a floor model is available, find out if you can test assemble and disassemble a unit to see how you feel about it. There are few things worse than trying to install new filter media when the clamps get stuck, or some vital part is stuck in a place that is hard to see or reach. Spend a bit more on a filter that is easy to care for than a cheaper one that is harder to maintain.

Is it Possible to DIY Replacements and Repairs?

Some biofilters have flexible media, while others require special cartridges that cannot be substituted.

For example, if you are considering buying a biofilter for a pond, it may require special cartridges that cannot be rebuilt or substituted with something that you make yourself. Other filters have non-DIY cartridges because the media the micro organisms grow on may not be readily available at the consumer level. Some may require special plastic films, while others may only grow in special chemical solutions that are housed maintained in some kind of ceramic matrix.

Either way, this can pose a problem for off gridders and preppers that want to be completely sufficient. It can also pose a problem for anyone that buys a system, and then find out that they can no longer obtain filters for a unit that still works perfectly in every other way. These are just a few reasons why you should shop around for a filter that you can make replacement cartridges for if needed.

If you do some research on biofilters, you will find out that some are fairly easy to make.

Let’s say you want to use a biofilter to process pond water. As you browse through listings for these devices, you may find there are several dozen models on the market, each with a different size cartridge.

When building your own system, you can always find a motor and pump that will match the models you are looking at, and then build a canister that will accommodate multiple sized filter cartridges. Even if building a custom canister doesn’t save you money, at least you will still be able to keep the system going even if the preferred cartridges are not available.

In this case, a custom canister can also be of immense help if you want to make sure you can use alternative media.

For example, there is no such thing as an aquarium, pond, or hydroponics filter that can’t use floss fiber or a sponge as the supporting material for nitrifying bacteria. Even if you have to fold up old fabric or loosely woven sari cloth, it can be used as a matrix for the bacteria.

You can also use prefilters featuring tighter or looser weaves so that you disrupt as little bacteria as possible when you need to change these filters.

No matter how careful you are about choosing durable biofilter with a good quality motor and pump, eventually it will fail. Under these circumstances, you are best served by having a filter that has a pump and motor in an easily accessible location.

If you can’t do the repairs yourself, look for a filter with a bit more flexibility, able to swap out different motors and pumps and still have them fit in the casing.

Powering the Biofilter

Electric pumps and motors are very convenient devices, and when it comes to household current usage, they can also take quite a bit of current: the larger and stronger the device, the more power it will need.

If you don’t have a viable source of electricity, your biofilters will also stop working. This is just one of many reasons why you should think about pump mechanisms that will work without electricity. Here are some other options:

  • for pumping water you can use an Archimedes screw or a ram pump. You’ll need larger or more loosely packed filters and then let the water drain down into a catching receptacle before feeding it back into a pipe for use in the house.
  • Instead of using electric fans to push air into a filter, try gravity fans.
  • If you must process large amounts of mud or sewage, choose either a water wheel or some other device that can operate a non-electrical pump.
  • Depending on the devices you have at hand, you could generate small amounts of electricity. Instead of powering one large device, build networks of smaller systems able to effectively use the power you have at hand. Let’s say you can generate 12 volts of power with a solar backpack or some DIY solar system. Let’s also say you have built 4 of them, and can easily build several more. Rather than try to operate one large fan, pump or motor, focus on smaller motors that can run on what you have. From there, you may need to make smaller filters and clean them more often, however they will still get the job done.

As more people become interested in prepping and off gridding, biofilters are also emerging as a technology of interest. Whatever you need to clean – clean water, air, or soil, biofilters could be the solution.

Just remember that each item you want to clean may require a different filter because each toxin you need to break down may require a different micro organism that has specific growth requirements.

Having a wide range of biofilters onhand and knowing how to choose the proper one will help you a lot. You need clean water, so be sure you’ll be able to provide it for you and your family!

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This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

References:

https://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/manure-management-and-air-quality/air-quality/biofilter-design-information/

Bugging Out From School: Build a Kit and Make a Plan That Won’t Get Your Kids Expelled

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With back-to-school time approaching, have you ever thought about whether bugging out from school was something that your kids should know how to do?

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6 everyday things you can do to stay prepared

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When it comes to being prepared, you will find so many great articles on things like bugging out, food and water storage, 72 hour kits, etc. All of it is very pertinent information. But often times, I see the little, everyday things that people can do to be more prepared get overlooked. While these things […]

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Seasonal Considerations: Level-1 Prepping & Preparedness

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Important for prepping and preparedness are the seasonal extremes and other conditions which I will describe in a minute. We sure have it made in our modern world of heat and air-conditioning. We can spend most of our time in climate controlled homes, offices, stores that we shop, our vehicles… But for those who live where it can get really cold or really hot, you better give a bit of thought to what you would do if our modern “lifeblood” were to temporarily go away (electricity). No heat during the winter? No air-conditioning during the summer? It could even become

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Valley of Vengeance: Interview With Franklin Horton

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Valley of Vengeance Interview With Franklin HortonIf there is anyone left out there who hasn’t read any of Franklin Hortons books, I highly suggest you do. If you are like me (and most preppers) you are always looking for movies to watch, and books to read that have something to do with why or how we prepare.

I’ll admit, I’m not a big reader. I think it’s because I can’t sit still long enough to finish a book. What’s great about Franklins books (and other top level prepper fiction authors) is that they are not only available at amazon, they are available at Audible as well. It’s much easier for me to listen to books while I’m working or driving.

In The Borrowed World, a series of terrorist attack has taken out fuel refineries, and wreaked all sorts of havoc in the United States. The book series chronicles the challenges and struggles the characters face on their way back home.

Valley of Vengeance is book 5 in The Borrowed World series, and the characters are reaching the end of their journey. Along the way, they have lost some friends, gained a few new ones, and found that they themselves have transformed into people they wouldn’t recognize a short while ago.

SPP213 Valley of Vengeance: Interview With Franklin Horton

Just like in our previous interview with Franklin, we didn’t want to make this podcast a book report. We decided to talk about how some of the situations in the books could apply to us, and give us an opportunity to ask ourselves “what would I do?”

If you have already read Franklins books, you will still love this podcast. And if you haven’t, this podcast will make you want to get a copy and start reading today.

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At the end of the show Franklin mentioned that he would like to give away 2 signed copies of his books to a couple of our listeners. All you need to do is leave a comment below and tell us why you want one. Next week I will pick 2 random winners and send you an email.

Questions & Topics From the Show…

I half jokingly asked Franklin about if he had plans for taking his books to the big screen. His answer was “ABSOLUTELY”, nut the problem is getting it in front of the right eyeballs. I think the Borrowed World books would make a great mini series, ore even weekly TV show…but I would settle for a movie.

Valuable SHTF Skills

In any sort of post collapse or shtf scenario, skills are not only important for your survival, but they are also an important part of community. Even people that think they have nothing to offer could be a productive part of a community.

We talked about how everyone has something to add and how there are other factors than just skills like family, friendships, bonds.  A couple characters from the book are Alice’s mother who is a homesteader, and a HAM radio operator who found himself more useful than he thought he would be.

The Value of Community

This book series really shows how community and working together is important. From book 1 where everyone was trying to figure each other out, to this book, where everyone is settling in to their SHTF roles.

We talked about why community is so important and give some examples from the book. In a large scale disaster like this, having laborers, technicians, teachers, gardeners and security would all help to build a group that would better withstand the challenges you might face.

Operational Security

This book centers around the group having a fuel tanker, and people finding out they have it. In the book Jim’s father unwittingly spilled the beans, and started an unavoidable chain of events. In the book it was a fuel tanker, In the real world it could be anything that becomes more valuable than money.

We talked about how operational security, planning, and communication is so important. When something becomes a commodity, and people find out you have something they don’t, you become a target.

Preconceived Notions

In the book, there were good cops, and bad cops. The bad cops got away with stuff because of their uniforms. When we see people in uniform we make assumptions about them, and don’t think about the person behind the uniform.

We talked about how preconceived notions can be dangerous, and how people will make different decisions when there aren’t any rules or laws. We can’t afford to assume that just because someone looks like a professional, they are there to help us.

Transformations

At this point in the series it’s interesting to see who everyone has become. Alice and Jim son are good examples. Everyone has gone from being that 9 to 5 worker, to embracing their SHTF personality. Even though none of this was by choice, it was necessary for their survival.

We talked about how a disaster might change you, how it changed them, and how (good or bad) we might be surprised with the choices we make. We might “miss the old days”, but if we don’t change and adapt to the new normal, we will get left behind.

Dealing with Death

One thing that doesn’t get talked about much in the preparedness community is how prevalent death will be. We tend to think about other dying, but not much about close family and friends, or being the one having to pull the trigger.

We talked about how we might find ourselves in this situation, and how we might react. It’s one thing to think about how everyone else might die, but it’s a totally different story when it hit’s close to home.

Franklin’s Future Plans

At the end of the show Franklin talked about his future plans. Right now he is working on a spin off series for Locker Nine which is book 4 in this series. He also mentioned how Valley of Vengeance is not the last book in the Borrowed World series…so stay tuned!

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8 Principles For Welcoming Rain Into Your Life And Landscape

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This is an in-depth interview with Master Rainwater Collector Brad Lancaster. No matter where you live there will be dry spells to droughts. Having multiple sources of water is the best strategy – and Brad covers them all. In this interview you will discover:

  • The 8 principles for welcoming rain into your life and landscape
  • Why cisterns aren’t the best solution for collecting rain
  • How to deal with toxicity from tar roofs, automobile exhaust, bird droppings, and worse
  • How to work with landscapes that are either solid rock, super sandy, or thick clay.
  • Can mystical powers be used to call rain?

Brad lives in Tucson, AZ on a 1/8th acre lot where he only gets about 11″ of rain per year.   Brad grows about 25% of his own food in his yard and collects rain to supply all the water he and his landscape needs.

Listen to this fascinating interview with a Master of Rain Water Collection.


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Brads books “Harvesting Rainwater Volumes I & II” are available at Brads website at http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/

The pottery filter Brad mentions in the interview is at http://pottersforpeace.org/

Brad’s non-profit organization “Desert Harvesters” which teaches all about edible desert plants is located here  http://www.desertharvesters.org/

 

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