Your TEETH Are Alive

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Yes, you read that correctly—your teeth are alive.

Did you know that 92% of U.S. adults between the ages of 20 to 64 have the pleasure of experiencing a cavity in their permanent teeth. The “drill and fill” method is painful, expensive, and potentially toxic.

Check out this article about the Hidden Dangers of Commercial Dental Care!

It’s no wonder people are seeking alternatives to dentists.

You can repair cavities without a dentist and have squeaky clean teeth—just like coming out of the hygienists office—and not pay a cent?

Yup, its true.

The Adventure Began

A few years ago, I was on an adventure (and you know by now that I venture pretty far off the beaten path). I found this amazing healer who lives mostly out in the wilderness.

Doug had watched how the animals take care of their teeth, and he learned from primitive peoples (like the Tarahumara Indians), how they take care of their teeth.

So a few years ago, I got an abscessed tooth. And I healed it using Doug’s methods.


Doug is kinda different.

Uh, some folks have called him a tree hugger. He has that indigenous, earthy sort of vibe to him. But so many people from all walks of life have bought the video because the information is so good.

Now, let’s talk about your teeth being alive!

It might be difficult to believe that your teeth are alive because they are so hard, but it’s true. Nerves inside your teeth control blood flow and nourishment, so this makes your teeth another organ in your body.

Just like other organs in your body, it’s important to keep your teeth clean and healthy. If your teeth are unhealthy, it can affect the other organs, as well as your quality of life.

It’s not only about your smile!

There are two basic parts to your teeth: the crown and the root. Then, there is also the gum tissue and the bone, which are both very important.

Tooth Parts

The crown is what you see above the gumline.

The root is what is below the gumline. It is about 2/3rds the length of the entire tooth.

There are four different tissue types that make up each tooth.

Enamel is the white part of the tooth. It protects the tooth from wear and tear, and is very strong. It is also the hardest substance in your body.

Dentin supports the enamel. It’s a yellow bonelike material, slightly softer than enamel, that holds some of the nerve endings. These nerve endings let you know when there is something wrong with your teeth.

The Pulp is at the center of the tooth. It’s made up of soft tissue that contains blood vessels, lymph tissue, and nerves. Your teeth get nourishment and signals to and from your brain through the pulp.

Cementum covers the root of your tooth. It helps attach the tooth to the bones in your jaw.

The Periodontal Ligament is a cushioning layer that sits between the cementum and your jawbone. It helps connect the two.

Knowing your teeth is important, because if a tooth is alive, it can also die.

What is tooth decay?

You probably know tooth decay as cavities. Tooth decay happens when bacteria found in plaque coats your teeth and produces an acid, which erodes and destroys the tooth enamel. Once it destroys the tooth enamel, it begins to work toward the pulp.

This type of bacteria feeds on sugar and carbohydrates. If left untreated, this tooth erosion causes pain, infection, and eventually tooth death.

Poor oral hygiene, junk food, and acidic foods and drinks promote tooth decay, and the death of the tooth.

But there’s good news!

The hard tissue of your teeth can remineralize. But it’s not as easy as just taking a pill for it. You’ll need to maintain a diet that is good for your teeth and make sure that plaque and tartar are not left on your teeth.

10 things you can do to help remineralize your teeth

  1. Get off the sugar! This is what the plaque bacteria thrives on.
  2. Reduce your intake of grains, beans, lentils, soy, nuts, and seeds, but remember these are also important for a healthy balanced diet.
  3. Increase your vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin A, C, and D, and Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and Iron.
  4. Eat apples, pears, raw celery and carrots, and cucumber to dilute sugars and stimulate saliva production, which will protect your teeth.
  5. Kill the cavity causing bacteria with good oral hygiene.
  6. Fix dry mouth! Saliva is very important in protecting your teeth from decay.
  7. Make your own toothpaste, mouthwash, and practice oil pulling.


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Discover …

  • Dental hygiene without brushes, paste, or floss
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Wrong-House Raid Leaves Innocent Man Dead; He May Have Thought Police Were Burglars

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Wrong-House Raid Leaves Innocent Man Dead; He May Have Thought Police Were Burglars

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Ismael Lopez likely did not know that the person who killed him in his own home was a police officer. He was shot when officers were trying to serve a warrant in a tragic wrong-house raid Sunday night.

Officers did not realize they were at the wrong home until after Lopez was dead, The Washington Post reported. Lopez apparently was shot simply because he was holding his gun in his hand when he opened the door.

“The deceased subject had absolutely no warrant for his arrest,” District Attorney John Champion told Jackson, Miss., CBS affiliate WJTV. “He wasn’t wanted for anything at all. I want to make that abundantly clear at this point.”

‘Put the Gun Down!’

Southaven, Miss., police were at the mobile home park where Lopez lived to serve an aggravated assault warrant on someone else but, for unknown reasons, cops went to the wrong house.

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Lopez, who was in bed, apparently heard someone at his door, got up and grabbed his gun.

“The officers began hollering ‘Put the gun down! Put the gun down! Put the gun down! Put the gun down!’ at which point that did not occur,” Champion said. “More than one shot was fired toward the door. There was a subject, a male subject, inside the residence that was killed as a result of this gunfire.”

Friends of Lopez said the shooting never should have occurred.

“If you’re shooting through a door in that manner, you don’t know who’s behind that door,” friend Jordan Castillo told reporters.

Castillo showed reporters three bullet holes in the door.

“They’ve been in that home for 13 years,” family attorney Murray Wells told WMCA TV. “The only time the police had ever been there was when they had been robbed.”

Lopez had no criminal history.

“A long-standing employee of the city of Bartlett, a mechanic. Loved in the neighborhood,” Wells said.

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When it comes to my personal level of preparedness or my family’s level of readiness and resilience, you need to listen and hear me clearly when I say …. I am not competing with you.


So very often in the world of preparedness, in forums across the spectrum and in every specific area of interest, one of the realities is that those that are seeking to learn more about how to best prepare their families quickly become overwhelmed at the prospect of it all.  This is very common and virtually all of us have been there at one point or another.  This is because tackling the idea of personal preparedness is, indeed, quite a task.  I’m not re-inventing the wheel by pointing this out.  However, I point that out to focus on a more insidious and disheartening obstacle that makes everyone’s journey towards better preparedness more difficult, especially those new to the subject matter.  This obstacle presents itself in a myriad of forms, from the overbearing and extreme doomsday prepper that makes you question your sanity, to the know it all prepper that offers nothing more than a voice telling you that you’re doing it wrong, to the “look at all my stuff” prepper that takes a not-always-s0-quiet glee in showing off their preparedness “stuff” and telling you all about how far behind the curve you are type prepper, to the zero sum prepper that let’s you know in no uncertain terms that it’s you or them.  There are others too.  Some are obnoxious, some are dangerous, and some are ridiculous, but ALL are counterproductive to the greater goal of advancing the idea of preparedness.


The “on the ground” reality of my level of preparedness, however great or small, doesn’t diminish or increase your level of preparedness in any way.  Rather, I hope any effort I choose to make to open a window into our journey that exposes all of our successes, as well as my failures, will help you as you travel your preparedness road.  No one can tell you the best way to prepare you and your loved ones for an uncertain future better than you.  My situation and circumstance is not your situation or circumstance.  My weaknesses are not your weaknesses.  My resources are not your resources.  How then can I expect to be able to tell you how to achieve your preparedness goals, and furthermore, why should you listen?  Now, by all means, take a look around, listen and learn from anyone you think has something of value say, show or share.  Take what works and leave the rest behind.  Just remember, at the end of the day, it comes down to what you want to accomplish and how best you can make that a reality.


What you’re doing and how you’re doing it should be absolutely comfortable for you.  Forget peer pressure.  It’s easy to get caught up in this trap, especially once you’ve got the basics covered.  Again, this is a common misstep, even among those of us that have given this topic a great deal of consideration.  Remember, no one will have to walk a mile in your shoes except for you, so make sure they wear well.


As you look around the landscape of the personal preparedness universe, you will undoubtedly find people with perspectives that you value and appreciate.  I hope you will seek to build beneficial relationships, maybe even from some of the people behind those voices and perspectives, and hopefully you can and develop a community of your people from those relationships.  You can think of this as your tribe.  You can’t, and shouldn’t, do this preparedness thing alone.  It will wear you down.  Building relationships and aligning yourself with folks that share the same moral and ethical perspectives as you, the same character type as you, and even the same general world view as you, will prove to be a tremendous resource in the long run.  Especially if they just happen to have a skill set that you may be lacking.  The cold, hard truth is you have to sleep some time, you can’t be everywhere at once, and certainly none of us know everything there is to know.  A strong community is a tremendous asset at any time, but especially during a time of crisis.  Start building yours today.


Finally, please remember to enjoy the journey!  You’re doing all of this work, research, and training to be ready when the occasion demands it of you.  It can become quite the anxiety triggering grind.  I would like to encourage you to look at the other side of the coin and remember that you are providing yourself with entertainment, social activity, physical activity, continued education, and perspective, just to name a few benefits.  And please don’t forget why you’re doing all of this in the first place.  Doesn’t that make everything you do worth it?  Never forget, you can handle this.


I am not competing with you, but I sure am pulling for you.


If you want to better understand my thoughts on personal preparedness, please check out my books HERE and HERE, or wander deeper into this blog.  I hope this website will help you along your way, especially if you’re just getting started.  Keep up with everything Practical Tactical by subscribing to our mailing list and be sure to LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW us across all of our social media platforms as well.






Survival Gold and SHTF Silver Will Make You A Disaster Target

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Survival Gold and SHTF Silver
Most survival and preparedness sites suggest stockpiling lots of survival gold and SHTF silver. We don’t agree with this approach (which we explain in detail later).

But this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the great benefits of owning gold and silver.

There’s a smarter way to get the gold and silver’s benefits without the barter economy risks.

Gold and silver have represented wealth since the beginning of recorded history.

These precious metals are used in jewelry, cups, chalices, flatware, eating utensils and tools.

Gold and silver are soft metals; they are both shiny and pliable. They are excellent conductors of electricity and do not oxidize, tarnish or corrode.

Gold and silver have been around for a long, long time yet never spoil or deteriorate. And in modern times, gold’s put into spacecraft as plating for electrical connections in the harshest environment known to Man.

However, gold and silver supplies are limited; it’s challenging to find either in bulk and hard to extract them. So they are “rare metals”.

And it’s due to gold and silver’s rarity and longevity that ancient empires made coins with these metals. And up until last century, gold even backed the value of the US dollar.

Historically speaking gold and silver have always had value. But the question is:

gold coins inflation hedge

Will Precious Metals Always Have Value? Should You Invest In Them?

Historically speaking, the answer to the first question should be a no-brainer. Gold and silver have always had value throughout human history.

Gold and silver have had value during the rise and fall of empires. They’ve held value in the ebb and flow of:

  • World wars
  • Global pandemics
  • Civil wars
  • Economic collapses
  • Droughts
  • Famines

Gold was valuable back when Moses led the Chosen People out of Egypt.

Stacks of Survival Gold barsIs It Safe To Assume Gold and Silver Hold Their Value In The Future?

One key element of gold and silver throughout history is their ability to hold value regardless of the society. All historical societies who were aware of gold and silver valued them.

  • Ancient Rome
  • Nazi Germany
  • Napoleonic France
  • Edwardian England
  • Aztecs
  • Incas
  • etc.

Humans have always grouped into large Societies. Even after every Great War, purge or plague – Human Society continued – not always in the same form, but continued nevertheless…

In some cases, these societies evolved into empires, dictatorships, oligarchies, monarchies or communist collectives.

In other cases, history led to republics and governments for the people by the people.

In all cases, history moves forward, society evolves, and the basis of society was laws. Laws are the glue that holds a successful Society together. Without laws, you get chaos and anarchy.

So every successful society has a dedicated group whose sole purpose is to enforce and uphold the laws. And one essential building block of any lawful society is enforcement of property rights.

And by property rights, we’re not talking only about land – we’re also talking about durable goods, money, and hard assets (including survival gold and shtf silver).

So again, in all societies, property is protected by the law and enforced in some way. However, law enforcement can come in many shapes and sizes. The Chicago police, the French Gendarmes, the Nazi Gestapo or the East German Stasi are all different forms of law enforcement

In some cases, society’s private citizen’s property is protected. In others, the law states all property is ownership of the State (the collective).

The bottom line is property, capital, currency, gold, and silver have retained value in organized Societies.

But the question now becomes, will as a citizen of society be allowed to keep that value in troubled times?

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Will The Value Be Protected For The Private Citizen?

Many countries, namely communist nations, make it illegal for its citizen to own precious metals. Since gold and silver have value, these governments want it.

They want to control their value and put it in the Federal coffers, instead of in someone’s sock drawer or home safe.

These governments view individual stockpiled wealth in precious metals, as a “tying up” the nation’s assets.

They believe this capital (or gold) is for the betterment of the nation as a whole.

They believe hoarding gold or silver undermines the collective good.

But That Couldn’t Happen In The United States…

We live in the United States founded in laws, capitalism and individuals rights to pursue, obtain, and keep property. That’s what the American Dream and the American experience is all about, right?

Did you know in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the United States made it unlawful to own gold? It’s a fact. See for yourselfExecutive Order 6102.

If you owned physical gold back then, you were forced by law to turn it over to your local bank or face prison time. Gold was deemed too important to National interest, too valuable to be left in the hands of the people.

Of course back then the US was on the Gold Standard, our paper money was backed by physical gold. The Government needed that gold to ensure its paper money had value in the world.

This is not the case anymore. The dollar is no longer backed by gold.

Still, does the Government have the power to outlaw physical gold ownership? Yes, it does. They did it before and could do it again.

Our current Government will likely compensate you with paper money in exchange for it. But it’s hard to say whether the paper money given will worth much.

So gold and silver will continue to have value but you may or may not get to keep the value. In times of crisis, your government will decide – and no government can be trusted.

singed 100 dollar billsWhat If We Found Ourselves In A Lawless World?

To be fair, those collapses don’t usually last long. When one empire falls, another rises out of the ashes.

When the Roman Empire fell it was replaced by their conquerors. These cycles have happened again and again throughout history.

When Imperial Japan fell, the Americans sailed into Tokyo Bay to establish law and order.

The same thing occurred in Nazi Germany. When Czarist Russia fell, the Bolsheviks were there to take over.

It’s the continuing saga of human history. Human tribalism. Human nature.

Someone always takes over and begins imposing their will on the masses. Powerful groups rise up out of the ashes.

Persuasive and charismatic individuals appear and soon you have a new George Washington or a new Joseph Stalin on the scene.

In either case, gold and silver will still be worth something. George might let you keep your precious metals, but Uncle Joe won’t.

Let’s Assume You Get To Keep It

Let’s say during an interim period of civil chaos you have a stockpile of gold and silver coins. So when paper money is no longer accepted, you decide to whip out the shiny stuff to trade for food and water.

That’s why you bought it, to begin with, right? To someday spend it. If no one trusts paper dollars, people will trade gold and silver, right? Some will; many won’t.

In such dark days, a good Smith and Wesson Model 29 will be “worth its weight in gold.” An egg-laying chicken will be worth more than a single gold coin.

Because a starving man can’t feed his family gold bars but a few egg-laying chickens can.

In such a scenario, as time goes on, the value of the gold coin goes lower as the value of a loaf of bread goes higher.

Now don’t get me wrong, in a barter economy, gold and silver will have a place. But it may take the right person to seal the deal with gold. Do not assume it will be universally accepted.

And realize when you whip out your bag of gold, you just painted a massive target on your back. You just highlighted yourself as the guy who has gold“.

silhouette of a soldier with a gun

If you bring gold or silver to the marketplace, you’d better bring friends, along. Plus, all their friends – and their AK-47s.

And they better follow you home and stand guard outside your house.

Now, here’s the rub about survival gold and shtf silver in a lawless, post-apocalyptic world.

Many folks in a barter economy won’t trade with gold – it’ll be too risky.

Survival Gold and SHTF Silver Are Not Survival Supplies

You can’t eat it; you can’t drink it, you can’t shoot it.

But the criminals of this lawless world just sang the Hallelujah Chorus.

You see these lawless bastards are not just criminals – many also have an insight others might not have.

The ruthless ones will have a long-term criminal vision. They understand that civil society will eventually return. John Q Law always returns at some point. Some badass always rises up and restores law and order.

They know the value of gold will skyrocket again in the future. It’s a guarantee.

And the amount of gold they can get their hands on now will establish their station in future life.

So Let’s Go Back To A Stable Scenario

OK, let’s set aside the end-of-the-world, post-apocalyptic vision for a moment. Instead, let’s assume civil human society putters along at our normal, ups and downs. Presidents come; Presidents go.

The market rises and falls. Wars are fought – some lost; some won.

In general, let’s assume the world as we know it today continues to chug along. Are survival gold and shtf silver good investments in this scenario?

Gold and silver are both stable investments if your goal is to protect your wealth. Gold acts as a hedge against inflation and financial collapse.

Gold is an excellent hedge against inflation – and inflation can go nuts from time to time. When prices rise, the price of gold has historically matched this price rise.

For example, in 1974 a nice quality suit cost around $400, or roughly the value of one ounce of gold at the time. Today that quality suit sells for around $1100, or roughly the value of one ounce of gold nowadays.

From a historical perspective, the suit has not changed, nor has the gold. The only thing that’s changed is the value of the paper money we exchange.

Gold tends to hold its value through inflationary periods.

But inflation’s not the main reason you prepare. You are not stockpiling food and water for the day when inflation hits 19%. That’s like preparing in 1979.

Money On FireWhat About In A Financial Collapse? A Nasty Recession Or Even A Depression?

People tend to buy gold and silver when they’re fearful. They’d rather own something physical instead of paper (or electronic) when markets are falling fast.

So the demand for gold and silver shoots up in times of market collapses.

Making gold and silver good hedges against collapses as well.

Not only does gold and silver hold their value during inflationary periods, and collapses, it also diversifies a portfolio.

As the adage goes “never put all your eggs in one basket.” You should put those eggs into several baskets, one of them being a gold basket and another a silver one.

Stocks, bonds, real estate, gold, silver, and bank savings accounts, etc. – these are the most common financial instruments we have at our disposal.

Most people have some of each basket to help mitigate financial risks.

The question any good prepper should ask is this: will gold always have value? And even more importantly…

Investment Coin StacksShould You Invest In It?

Over historical periods of time, gold doesn’t deliver high returns on investment. But again, it holds its value.

Make no mistake Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Elon Musk did not become wealthy buying and selling gold. Gold is a commodity and is a part of a commodity exchange.

The price of gold at any one moment is the intersection between the supply and demand curves – the market clearing price

Now, unlike wheat, pork bellies, corn and other commodities, gold’s supply curve does not depend on any weather or climate related factors.

Most commodities, such as grains, oil, and natural gas, have a demand curve based on consumption. You can’t consume gold, you buy it and mostly hoard it.

The demand for gold depends on how many people and governments think buying more gold is a good hedge against an uncertain future.

Yes, You Should Buy Precious Metals (but not in the way you thought)

You should consider adding gold and silver to protect your current assets. They will help maintain your portfolio’s value during the downs of a volatile market.

Survival gold or shtf silver can help to diversify your asset base. It may not perform as well as stocks in a bull market, but this hard asset should improve your risk-adjusted returns over time.

Gold holds its value better than most assets in inflationary periods. It also becomes a high demand commodity in times of collapse and fear.

This is the main reason to buy and hold survival gold or shtf silver – you’re protecting your wealth for an unpredictable “normal times” future.

However, gold and silver are not as useful as many suggest in a total societal collapse. Because if we end up in a barter economy, gold and silver may become more of a liability than an asset.

If you think having survival gold will be your saving grace in a post-apocalyptic barter economy – think again…

A Smith & Wesson firearm will have far more value in a post-apocalyptic economy.

It will provide me with personal and family security – it can get me your survival gold as well. That’s why you should add physical survival gold and shtf silver to your investment portfolios but not hoard it at home.

You want the asset protection for normal times without the SHTF economy liability. You want the non-apocalyptic benefits without the post-apocalyptic headaches.

So the only question left is:

How Do You Go About Adding Gold And Silver To Your Investments?

This one’s easy for me to answer – I recommend you check out American Bullion.

Gold is in my portfolio and American Bullion is the only gold company I trust. They have an A+ rating with the better business bureau, have second to none customer service.

Plus, I’m not the only one who endorses American Bullion.

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But don’t forget about Silver, many believe now is a tremendous opportunity to add silver to your investment portfolios.

Be sure to read their important risk information to make sure buying gold and silver is right for you.

Remember: Prepare, adapt, and overcome,

“Just In Case” Jack

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I’m Lost! What Do I do?

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TakeOutdoors Infographic on Things to Do When Lost

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The Rookie’s Guideline To Gun Ownership

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By Cody GriffinSurvivoPedia

Congratulations!  You just bought your first firearm.

No matter whether it is the latest and greatest in gun fashion, or a used weapon, you will need to learn how to shoot safely and effectively whether for hunting and/or self-defense.  Your best teachers will be commitment to a lifetime of training, practice, and gaining personal experience.

Training to shoot safely and effectively requires practice. Here are some essential tips to follow to make rookie’s training and gun usage accident-free, responsible, and enjoyable:

1. Choose The Right Gun for You

A 5‘2“ 98 pound person would have a ridiculously difficult time shooting a 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum.  In fact, the recoil might hurt the shooter more than a living target, assuming they can control the gun enough to hit the target.  Your handgun or rifle needs to fit you.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: The Rookie’s Guideline To Gun Ownership

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20 Roadside Emergency Items You Better Store In Your Car’s Trunk

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20 Essential Emergency Items You Better Store Your Car’s Trunk  

By Rich MOff The Grid News

The trunk of my car is an amazing place. In it, you can find tools and equipment to deal with a variety of situations.

Most of what is there can and has helped me out in an emergency; but pretty much all of it has helped someone else, too, when they were facing problems of their own. I have found that helping others in a time of need is a great opportunity to share the message of preparedness and convert them to our way of looking at things.

I need to mention here that this is different than just being prepared to be caught in a blizzard, which I’ve written about previously. While many of the items overlap, there are things in my trunk which have nothing to do with surviving a blizzard. Besides, where I live, a blizzard could only happen if God gave us one by His miraculous power

So, what sorts of things can be found in my trunk?

1. Tools – While not huge, I have a fairly complete mechanics tool kit in the car. There are always situations where your car or the car of another needs to be repaired.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: 20 Roadside Emergency Items You Better Store In Your Car’s Trunk

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20 Roadside Emergency Items You Better Store In Your Car’s Trunk

20 Essential Emergency Items You Better Store Your Car’s Trunk  

By Rich MOff The Grid News

The trunk of my car is an amazing place. In it, you can find tools and equipment to deal with a variety of situations.

Most of what is there can and has helped me out in an emergency; but pretty much all of it has helped someone else, too, when they were facing problems of their own. I have found that helping others in a time of need is a great opportunity to share the message of preparedness and convert them to our way of looking at things.

I need to mention here that this is different than just being prepared to be caught in a blizzard, which I’ve written about previously. While many of the items overlap, there are things in my trunk which have nothing to do with surviving a blizzard. Besides, where I live, a blizzard could only happen if God gave us one by His miraculous power

So, what sorts of things can be found in my trunk?

1. Tools – While not huge, I have a fairly complete mechanics tool kit in the car. There are always situations where your car or the car of another needs to be repaired.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: 20 Roadside Emergency Items You Better Store In Your Car’s Trunk

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Trump says US ‘losing’ war in Afghanistan, wants top brass reshuffle – reports

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President Donald Trump may have gotten a few things very right regarding the on-going war in Afghanistan if reports are accurate.  President Trump has apparently called the military to task

Authors on the Air Host Spotlight

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As you may already know, I am the Host/Producer of a preparedness themed radio show called Practical Prepping. Period. on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.  I was recently asked to give an interview for a segment of the network’s monthly newsletter called the Authors on the Air Host Spotlight and was thrilled to participate.  You can sign up to receive the newsletter HERE.  Below is the full text of my interview.


1. Randy Powers, welcome to the spotlight! Please introduce yourself. You know the drill: name, profession, pets, GPS coordinates of your survival cache . . . anything you think the readers might enjoy.


Thank you, Terri.  Let’s start with what’s most important.  I’m daddy to a beautiful baby girl named Riley who will become a big sister later this year when we welcome her little sister to the family.  I’ve been married to my best friend for 18 years and we’ve been working to create the world we want to live in, practicing a preparedness lifestyle on our north Georgia homestead for the last 15 years.  I love, and am a student of, history, geology, and sociology.  When it comes to preparedness, I have a particular interest in gaining a better understanding of the macro issues we face as a society going forward, including resource depletion and climate change.

I’m a graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and the University of Georgia. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a working journalist since graduating from UGA with a career spanning 20 years across all forms of media, including radio, print, digital and television. Since 1998, I’ve been working with an international broadcast media outlet with credits as an editor, producer, speaker, media manager, and trainer.  I’ve seen a lot over the years on location and in the newsroom and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a contributor on three projects that were awarded the prestigious Peabody Award in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

Using the skills I’ve acquired during my career as a journalist, I’ve widened my focus to include disaster preparedness, becoming an entrepreneur as the founder and Chief Managing Partner of Practical Tactical. From this new platform, I work as a personal preparedness strategist, consultant, public speaker and author.

I love to talk preparedness with anyone interested in the subject and I always reply to anyone that reaches out.  I can be contacted directly by email at or through his website at, and am very active on social media.  You can find me on Facebook at the Practical Tactical page ( and the Practical Prepping. Period. page ( and onTwitter @PracTac4U (

2. Tell us about your show “Practical Prepping.” When are you on? What are the topics of discussion? Who are some of the writers and other personalities that have appeared?


Practical Prepping. Period. is really the natural next step for me in spreading the good word about personal preparedness.  Having already been practicing personal preparedness for more than a decade and learning most of what we knew through good old trial and error, in 2012 I was motivated to help others with their journey to preparedness with the hope of saving them a little time and effort as they took steps to better prepare their family.  After blogging and making YouTube videos for a couple of years, and a lot of urging from author Steve Konkoly, I decided to publish the practical, straight forward guide to preparedness I had developed for my consulting business, Practical Tactical Quick Start Guide.  Very soon thereafter, I co-authored a book with Steve on preparedness called Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required, a light-hearted, instructional look at practical readiness concepts that nearly ANYONE can embrace–without seriously interrupting your life or draining your bank account.  The promotion for that book introduced me to Pam Stack, executive producer for the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.  After a few months of discussion, we decided to launch Practical Prepping. Period. for anyone interested in personal preparedness, regardless of their level of experience, as an alternative to the tsunami of websites and television programs out there that promote the idea that if you’re not prepared for the very worst catastrophe you can image and the post-apocalyptic scenarios that are sure to follow such an event, you may as well not even bother.  We welcome everyone under our supersized preparedness tent and are truly interested in seeing what we can learn from one another.

The show airs live on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network on the first Wednesday of every month at 9 pm EST.  Taking a whole-istic approach to preparedness, we talk about all aspects of the topic.  This includes everything from wilderness survival to off-grid homesteading.  I also like to provide a platform to explore the “bigger picture” factors involved in preparedness like resource depletion, climate change, energy, the environment, and the economy, in hopes of helping our listeners better understand the macro forces that are driving the impacts the each of us feel and experience on an individual level.

Only July 6th we will celebrate one full year of shows, and I’m proud to say that this has been a very informative and entertaining year!  We have managed to fill show after show with top tier names from the world of preparedness and social commentary, authors and even one Hollywood film producer!  We have welcomed Survivor Jane, James Howard Kunstler, Thunder Levin, Richard Heinberg, Steve Konkoly, Alice Friedemann, Gail Tverberg, Prepper Nurse, Rick Austin, Sean T. Smith, Chris Martenson, Mat Stein, Mason Inman, and John Michael Greer to the show so far and we have no plans on stopping anytime soon!


3. Expand on the subject a little bit. There’s a lot of misinformation out there.  What is prepping? Why is it important?


You’re right about that, “prepping” has attracted a bit of a stigma as it moved into the mainstream and there is a lot of misleading and down right bad information out there.  As I said earlier, we don’t think of personal preparedness in exactly that way.  We choose to practice a lifestyle of personal preparedness.  By this I mean that we do not take action steps out of fear or as a direct response to the perceived threat of the moment.  Instead, we take a long range view that focuses on constantly working to strengthen our overall resilience against any threat that may arise.  Every decision we make is wrapped around the framework of this world view.

As a topic of discussion, “prepping” really should not carry a stigma because it is something that every one of us does every day already.  Think about it for a moment.  If you go to the grocery store and buy food for you home, you are preparing to feed yourself and your family for the next week.  It’s the same if you put fuel in your vehicle so you can go to work next week.  If you maintain your car insurance or home owner’s insurance, then you are taking steps to prepare for an eventuality that may happen just in case you ever need it.  Everyone is a prepper already and most don’t even stop to realize it.

The cold hard truth of preparedness on any level is that bad things happen to good people every day and there is nothing any of us can do to stop that.  However, you can absolutely take steps to mitigate the impacts of any eventuality with just a little planning and focused preparation.  The great news is everyone can do this and achieve the preparedness goals that are appropriate for themselves and their families.  Regardless of what you may be preparing for, you will never be able to prep for perpetuity.  No matter how deep your larder, those supplies will eventually run out.  That is precisely why we promote the idea that there is more to personal preparation than collecting the preparedness “hardware” of stored food, supplies and gear.  These things are great and often vital, but in order to give yourself and your family the best chance of making it through any upheaval, this “hardware” should be paired with the “software” of preparedness knowledge, skills and experience.  As with most things in life, but especially in preparedness and homesteading, you can’t just talk about it.  At some point you have to be about it.  In our view, this symbiotic relationship between the “hardware” and “software” of preparedness is crucial to the ultimate viability of any complete personal preparedness plan.

4. What are you reading? Both for fun and for your show. Are there any books, fiction and non-fiction, that you’d recommend to someone who wanted to learn more about prepping.


Recently I have been reading The Oracle of Oil in preparation for my chat with Mason Inman on the show.  Inman takes a look at the remarkable M. King Hubbert in what is a great example of how bringing the past alive can help us make sense of the future.  For fun, I recently completed Dogs of War by Jonathan Maberry and I am anxiously awaiting the ZULU Virus Chronicles from my pal Steve Konkoly.  As for recommendations, I have a few. Starting with non-fiction, anyone interested in homesteading should have a copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery on their bookshelf.  It’s an amazing reference volume.  The Foxfire Series is also a wonderful resource on this topic and many others.  Mat Stein has a couple of fantastic volumes, When Technology Fails and When Disaster Strikes covers all the bases.  I would also like to humbly suggest the book I co-authored with Steve Konkoly, Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required.  And finally, a work that has been tremendously influential for me that has served as a road map for where we may be headed as a society is James Howard Kunstler’s The Long Emergency.  When it comes to preparedness fiction there is a lot to choose from, but I’ll try to keep it manageable.  My favorite in the post-apocalyptic genre is a true classic, Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank.  Others that are fantastic include Lights Out by David Crawford, Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, One Second After by William Forschten, the Borrowed World series by Franklin Horton, and a series that I consulted on where preparedness was involved, The Perseid Collapse series by Steven Konkoly.

5.  The final question is always what I call “rat out a friend.” Tell us about an author that we should be reading (and if you have a story about the writer, well then, out with it.)


An author that you should be reading if you are interested in prepping or post-apocalyptic fiction that you may not have heard much about is D.J. Molles.  The Remaining series is a wild, fast paced and hardcore sprint through a post-apocalyptic world from a perspective I would venture most of us have never considered.


As for a story, well I have a pretty good one, but it’s not about Mr. Molles.  It’s about Steve Konkoly.  A little over two years ago, Steve and I had just finished a call doing some promotion for Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required when my wife Alice popped her head into my office with some news.  She was letting me know that she was going into labor with our first child, my baby girl Riley, and that it was time to go to the hospital.  Steve and I were bantering when I stopped mid-sentence and relayed the info to Steve.  His response was instant.  Even though he was many miles away in Maine, it was as if I could feel him pushing me out of the room and on my way to what would turn out to be the greatest day of my life!  He quickly said something like “Get out of here, man.  Go!  Good luck!” and we were soon on our way.  Later when we talked about that moment, Steve just had to laugh saying, “I still can’t believe I was talking to you when you got the call.  Awesome.”  I think that tells you an awful lot about the kind of guy Steve really is.  I’m very proud to call him my friend.

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me and my show. If you’re on Facebook, please check us out and LIKE and FOLLOW the Practical Prepping. Period. page to keep up with everything we have going on, upcoming guests, and much more.


Able minded/bodied wymn

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Wymn come forth. Have acreage owned outright 100% off grid. Private and secluded but not isolated. Ready for the work of wild rustic but beautiful buildings. . ponds gardens and orchards as well as rocket stove hot tubs/ saunas and food smokers. One will develop and relie on solar power rain catchment,  wood heat and perhaps some propane    We are looking for wimmin who are emotionally stable and mature. Familiarity with this way of life would be a great plus as this not for the egotistical or faint of heart.


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The ultimate neck knife guide

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What is a neck knife?

A neck knife is a small to mid sized knife that you can wear on a chain or string around your neck that provides you with a blade that’s always on you and it can be a form of protection without it being obvious to those around you.  Your neck knife would just be a necklace to most people that see it, but would still give you something to provide a sense of security when you are out and about.  However because most neck knives are small, if you truly want a self defense knife you’re best off with a bigger blade like a tanto knife.

I find neck knives really interesting because they’ve been in use for hundreds of years but have only just come back into fashion.  You’ve got several choices to make when buying a neck knife such as type of necklace, type of blade (fixed or foldable), type of sheath and whether you wear it on the inside or outside of your shirt.  I’ll go over all the pros and cons of neck knives and neck knife options below.

Pros of a neck knife

  • If you wear it outside of your shirt it’s one of the most accessible of all carry systems
  • If you wear it on the inside of your shirt it allows you to carry a fixed blade basically in stealth mode and it can be quite comfortable.  Just bear in mind that if someone hugs you, they’ll know you’re carrying something under your shirt.
  • It frees your pocket for something else
  • Most are small, light weight and comfortable.  If you’re after a small blade check out the best karambit
  • Generally the neck knife is small so you can carry it anywhere without taking much space, not just the neck.
  • Can be easily switched to belt or pocket carry.
  • You might not have pockets or a belt on if you wear say athletic shorts or are walking through a stream and don’t won’t to get your pants wet so a neck knife might be your best option
  • Good for canoeing, kayaking, etc.
  • Because they’re so small, they’re easy to sharpen with a pocket knife sharpener.  The neck knife and pocket knife sharpener combination is a really light and reliable combination for hikers, hunters, backpackers etc.  Check out my guide to the best pocket knife sharpener.

Cons of a neck knife

  • Having something dangling around your neck can be annoying
  • Bead chain can pull chest and neck hairs
  • If you hug someone, they’ll know you’re concealing something under your shirt
  • Not all that sheeple friendly
  • If you wear it outside of your shirt it’s very obvious you’re carrying a knife and that can freak some people out
  • If you wear it on the inside of your shirt it’s hard to extract quickly
  • Most are pretty small so if you need a bigger knife, a neck knife isn’t for you
  • They can be a choking hazard if you don’t have a break-away type of chain or cord
  • If you have a breakaway chain, it might do exactly that at the worst possible time if you’re hunting, hiking or fishing.
  • You’ll need two hands to resheath
  • A lot of people don’t want razor sharp steel near their throat or heart
  • If you fall heavily onto your chest area you would want to make sure you have a quality sheath
  • Even if you carry it under a baggy shirt for stealth purposes, if you lean forward it will press against your shirt making it obvious you’re carrying something.  Mercop’s tactical harness is a fix for this.
  • If you carry it under your shirt and someone sees you wearing a necklace, they might ask to see your necklace.

Best neck knife

Below are the 5 best neck knives. Each has great reviews, so before you make your choice, check out what we have to say about them. There are a lot of neck knives on the market right now, and a lot of great options, so do your research.

4008X Dune by Kershaw

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As you may know, Kershaw is a big name for top brands in the blade industry. This particular model is a great neck knife that comes with a sheath that is molded and a strong lanyard to make it easy to carry on your neck. The knife has a full tang and is made from steel with a black finish made from oxide. The blade is almost 4 inches long while the whole knife is almost 8 inches total.

4008X Dune by Kershaw-03

You are going to be getting quality when you get a Kershaw blade, and that is certainly the case with this knife. This blade has plenty of positive reviews and most of them are about how awesome it is that it is sharp right out of the box. It definitely lives up to the quality standards that have been set up by Kershaw. There is just one little issue, if you have big hands, this blade has a bit of a small handle, so keep that in mind. But as a quality neck knife, this is a great brand that has an amazing reputation for quality products and the Dune is perfect for most.

SCH406N Neck Knife by Schrade

SCH406N Neck Knife by ShradeAnother big name in the blade business is Schrade. This particular model is one that definitely needs to be considered. It has a short blade of just under 3 inches, which allows the whole knife to be compact which helps with convenience. The handle is under 3 inches as well, so this knife isn’t going to take up a lot of space when it is hanging from your neck. The blade is a big part of the knife, and it is only made from stainless steel. This particular knife gives you a quality blade for an inexpensive price. Many of the Schrade items will have plenty of great reviews, and this knife isn’t any different. Many people love how sharp it is, as well as the strong and sturdy design. It also has a sheath that goes with the knife nicely, which is kind of important when you are wearing a knife. If you are looking for a knife that is smaller than a Kershaw, then check this model out.

MU-1119 Tactical Neck Knife by Master Cutlery USA

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If you have been looking for a lengthy but affordable neck knife, this this blade will check both of those boxes for you. For a small investment, you can get this knife. You will be getting an almost 7 inch knife (including the handle) that is made from black stainless steel. It comes with a super hard, plastic sheath that comes with the blade. This sheath will hold the knife around your neck and it is attached to strong lanyard.

MU-1119 Tactical Neck Knife by Master USA-02There are a lot of positive reviews, especially for an item that is kind of cheap. Although it doesn’t have some of the high end features like other knives, it serves the market quite well. It is quite affordable which comes sharp and is actually quite sturdy for regular use. There are plenty of people who are surprised just how sturdy it is for the price, even though it may be a bit bigger for regular use as a neck knife. If you are wanting a great knife, with a low price tag, then look at this model.

MT-20-30 by MTech USA

MT-20-30 by MTech USA-01

If you are looking for an average neck knife, then check out this one from MTech. It is just under 5 inches with 2 inches being for the blade. The blade is stainless steel but it has a nice stonewashed finish. It comes with a sheath made from Kydex, which comes with a ball chain to hang it on.

MT-20-30 by MTech USA-02The sturdiness of this knife is great, and that is why they decided to go with a full tang construction which keeps it strong for regular use. There are plenty of great reviews about this blade, most talking about the value and how useful it is for basic things like fishing and hunting. If you are looking for an inexpensive knife, then MTech is one that you should go for.


Overall, neck knives aren’t an item that will work for all people, but they are great to have when a situation calls for one. The knives listed above are the ones on the market right now that will give you a run for your money and is a great investment that you would not even expect it to be.





North Korea a Serious Situation

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It reminds me of the Cuban Missile Crisis, it was a very serious situation then. We were dealing with sane people back then, but today the NoKo leadership are full blown nut cases.
We also find out today that NoKo has 10-20 miniature nuke warheads that can be delivered by their current missiles with the ability to reach the east coast. And don’t forget NoKo has subs that can deliver nukes. If we were issued an attack warning we would have only minutes till detonation.

If an EMP attack were to happen and it was only 25% as devastating as suggested it could be, we will as a country lose millions of citizens and the country may never recover from just one let alone multiple targets.

I suggest we review our preps now and restock accordingly with food, water, camping gear and plenty of propane for cooking and water sterilization.

Below are two links to articles about EMP that are located in my sidebar. Worth your time to review.

The EMP Threat to Canada and the USA:

EMP Pulse Event:

School District Threatens To Throw Away Homeschool Family’s Official Notice

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School District Threatens To Throw Away Homeschool Family’s Official Notice

An Ohio school district has found a new way to discourage families from homeschooling. The unidentified district simply refused to accept any notices of intent from homeschool families — even official documents, says the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSDLA).

Even though a mother complied with all the district’s requests, officials refused to accept her homeschooling application until she called an attorney, according to HSDLA.

The controversy began when the parents withdrew their son midway through the spring semester.

“That same day, the parents hand-delivered a notice of intent to homeschool to the school district. From the beginning, the district caused problems,” HSLDA attorney Mike Donnelly wrote.

The district told the parents that “until the parents notified the county educational service centers (ESCs) of their intent to withdraw,” their son was truant.

The parents then contacted the ESC and were told that their notice to the local district “was all that was necessary to withdraw their son,” Donnelly wrote.

Put God Back Into History And Teach Your Kids What They Won’t Learn Anywhere Else!

The family subsequently sent another notice of intent to the school district – this time by certified mail.

“A few days later, the mother received a call from the assistant principal, who insisted that the family file their intent to homeschool via a specific county form,” Donnelly wrote.

The mother then filled out the form – the third attempt at filing a notice – but was told by email that the district was “unable to process [their] request” and that they should notify the ESC. HSLDA responded for the family, telling the superintendent that Ohio law “requires notification to and excuse from the local superintendent, not the ESC.”

“The next day, the school’s attorney notified HSLDA that she was reviewing the situation,” Donnelly wrote. “However, the school district also sent an email to the family, threatening to discard the notification form if no one picked it up within a week. HSLDA contacted the school’s attorney again, expressing concern that the district would seek to destroy a lawfully submitted document.”

In response, the school’s attorney assured HSLDA that the district would not “take measures to hamper your client’s interest in homeschooling” and that the excuse “process is now underway,” Donnelly wrote.

After “prolonged correspondence” with the school’s attorney, “the parents received written confirmation that their child had been excused for homeschooling effective the date they originally submitted the original notice of intent” – that is, the date they had turned it in two months before.

“Many Ohio districts insist that families seeking to withdraw their students from the public school system use a specific notification form to do so, or send notification to the county educational service center,” Donnelly wrote. “HSLDA continues to advocate for our Ohio member families and educate school districts of their responsibility under Ohio law.”

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With your host, Category5 and guest writer, Survival Acres.
After my last couple articles on the Ultimate Cargo Bike and a stubborn two week cold that has turned my mind to mush, its nice to give my swollen brain a bit of a break by tagging back in Survival Acres  to continue his 5 part epic rant series. For part I, go here
My last article was about 6 months in the making. I also had about 6 month of sarcastic humour squirrled away for that bombshell. I was going for Total Air Supremacy, Shock and Awe… armed only with a slingshot. Denise the Menace meets David and Goliath. In street fight, Blitz Attack manner, I wanted the fight over and won before the target even realised they were under attack.
C5 Rule of Survival- Dont fight any battle you don’t know is already won…by simply showing up.
Of course, keep that balanced wth Murphy’s Rule- No plan survives initial contact with the enemy.
Ah, The Ultimate Cargo Bike, Redux- The Sharable Version  . Yikes. Seeing it makes me feel soooo emasculated. Like doing a Polar Bear swim on the New Years or Winter Solstice, it turned my Outy into an Inny. If I ever wanted to have sex again or pee standing up, it was going to require a toilet plunger to suck it back out again.
The comments on other boards were nice though. FarmGal over at Living My Dream Life On The Farm made me have to look up, “What the hell is a Pingback”. I’m not very computer literate, having spent the majority of my life Off Grid, Low Tec and under the radar.
She wrote to her Crew, ” I do enjoy the ramblings of C5 but I also admit I was grateful he offered the cleaned up version, so I could share it with my readers…” and “…if you brave the sometimes eye popping ‘did he really just write that’  without ending in a head shake or starting to laugh”.
It makes me want to say the old prayer, “Please God, Let me be the man FarnGal and my dog thinks I am”.
Prepping is way too serious. Always try to keep in mind we are ALL going to die at some point, no matter how much survivalism we employ.
Commenters wrote, “Always a pleasure to meet another C5 fan. He does go off track… and tares out alot of guard rail… definitely not for family audience” and ” He is normally PG-14 and at times Rated R”. I’ve got to work harder on that. I was going for X Rated in a seedy trench coat. Does he have a bomb under there or is he just naked? You decide. I can’t believe I have “fans”.
One Girrrl wrote (heavy on the extra Rs), “What a wonderful Rabbit Hole this blog is”. Hey, I do miss getting into mischief with the Unshorn Sisters Of The Apocalypse (Bonus points go to those that get the cultural reference. hint. A cartoon), By Gias secretly shaved V-Jay Jay. I can just hear, “That’s not funny C5″. No really, how many light bulbs…”What part of, That’s not funny C5, don’t you understand”. Luv the Girrrls.
Bison Prepper wrote, “Bison Seal of Aproval…this last one is darn skippy great…Makes me want one if I knew I wouldnt burn my junk off trying to weld”.
Getting Back to Subject, the legendary Survival Acres shared with me, “You are one of the few writers I still respect. I like your style”. Ah, Shucks. On a much more serious note, he shared, “I just can’t bring myself to ‘try’ with the current crop of  fantasy, fear mongering fools that inhabit the internet. We both know that the entire meme has been overwhelmed by opportunistic profiteers and promoters of absolute foolishness”.
Nice Triple Fs. Fantasy Fear mongering Fools. I like. Very much like my Tripple Ps. Proper Prepper Perspective for Pavlovian Prepper Pooches to avoid Piss Poor Prepping.
Also, Big Respect to the Good Reverend of his flock, Denob, the Big-D over at the Canadian Preppers Network whom is reposting this series there. He understands its value.
This aint all about me. It’s the reason I have made a public fool of myself, vulnerably sharing both my Good parts and my Bad. It’s about Saving Lives.
And if you are not sick of hearing it already, This is a C5 Exclusive. You will not find this anywhere else on the Web. In the previous, The Fallacy of Bugging Out part I, there is only one other copy on the Net over at the truely embarrassing duchebag’s, Shit Of A Plan Fan. Now there is an asshole that is going to get alot of people killed. The Hague, anyone?
There are few things that actually scare me anymore but that type of conspiracy driven propaganda is one thing that keeps me up at night because it inevitably leads to this
A REAL bug out doesnt involve alot tacticool boy toys in a man purse. It involves a Passport, a large wad of cash, personal Refugee status and very few people that could pull this off in time.
Now, without further Adieu- The star of the show, Survival Acres.
Part II – The Fallacy of Bugging Out
by Survival Acres
If you haven’t read this already, please read The Fallacy of Bugging Out for important background information on this topic.
This is Part II, which expands on some of the assumptions and misconceptions on why bugging out is in nearly all cases, a very bad idea for the vast majority of people who might be considering this.
There are only a very few, extremely unlikely scenarios where attempting to disappear or escape into the wilderness for survival could be deemed necessary. This decision, should be essentially a last ditch, balls-to-the-wall, choice of “last resort” that offers extremely limited survival for the majority of people, yet receives an inordinate amount of attention and concern, probably through a serious lack of understanding of what this choice actually means.
Bugging out to the wilderness is in reality, a last ditch emergency survival decision, one which offers a very limited duration of survival — with a very low chance of actual long-term success. Divorcing yourself from everything you actually need that is presently keeping you alive is a decision not to be taken lightly. You will have to come back — a point that is chronically overlooked.
The mythology of bugging out, with its many adherents but few actual practitioners, somehow manages to overlook some absolutely critical needs that we all have on a daily basis. This critical need is simply described in the rest of this article as the need to resupply.
We all have the need to resupply ourselves with food, water, shelter and clothing, avoid hypothermia, sickness and injury, and then do this all over again, day in and day out, every single day of our lives. We take this essential need for granted because resupply is actually pretty easy these days. We are absolutely surrounded by stores, malls, supermarkets and shopping ‘opportunities’, where connedsumers can buy whatever they need, at nearly any hour of the day or night.  The sheer abundance and ‘plenty’ that our just-in-time global delivery system has made available to us with millions of products makes our daily survival requirements something very much taken for granted.
Obviously, it won’t be like that out in the wilderness. Strangely however, the lack of understanding on how to stay alive and resupply is largely absent from survival discussions. There is always the assumption that “I’ll hunt and fish” as if this will be the end-all answer to this most desperate decision.  This is actually a terrible “plan” (no plan at all in reality).  In point of fact, if it were really that easy, thousands of homeless people would already be doing it right now. Yet they’re NOT.
How can it be that so many thousands of ‘survivalist’ types miss this most important question?  Wouldn’t living off the land, if it were really possible and apparently so easy, choose to live in the woods out of their backpacks, rather then under a bridge?
I certainly would, in a heartbeat — if it were possible and I were homeless.  But it is not the fantasy existence that so many ill-informed ‘survivalist’ think it is. Not even close.
I’ve investigated this topic at some length years earlier on this blog. For years I’ve kept looking for the modern-day survivalist who is actually “living off the land”.  I’ve found a couple — but only a couple (less then five) in the entire United States.  I’m certain that there are more, but not many.  Essentially what I found was they are NOT actually “living off the land” as is so widely assumed.  They’re still resupplying themselves from civilization.  They do hunt and fish (poaching of course, not an important point with me personally), but they don’t find enough nourishment without still begging, scrounging, working or buying more food.  Even the homesteads I’ve visited, discussed and investigated aren’t actually self-sufficient, producing all that they need. Everyone it seems, some more then others (Joe SixPack) is still heavily reliant upon buying enough food to stay alive.
Whoa!  If this is true, then why does the survivalist community still think that they can go “live off the land”?
I have extensive outdoor, wilderness experience and training from a very early age. I’m also one of the hardest working people I know.  I’ve learned that living off the land is only going to be possible for very small numbers of people, for very limited time spans, with the proper skills, location (critical), stamina and abilities (and don’t forget “season”).  Not a combination you’re just going to pull off the shelf from some book or from Joe Sixpack’s ass who decides he’s ready to “head for the hills” because he doesn’t like how things are going.
The “plan” it seems, is to take your bug-out bag (limited) and “pioneer” your way to survival by sheer will power and wishful thinking. Indefinitely apparently. An incredibly stupid idea, given the actual reality, which conveniently and consistently overlooks almost everything.  Bugging out to the wilderness is an ABSOLUTE FANTASY.  Sure, you can try this, but you will quickly find out the truth of the matter.
Wilderness survival is hard, taxing, and always results in just two things: return to civilization; or death.
Yet daily survival is really what it is all about, everywhere people are found. The need for food, clothing, shelter, water, medical care and safety are why all of civilization actually exists. It is the productive capacity of civilization, the ability to create, distribute and make available to us all (resupply), on a daily basis, all with the thing we need in order that we might live. These are the very things that are actually keeping every American alive today (thank a farmer, he’s really the one that you owe your life to, every single day).
Bugging out to the wilderness, divorcing yourself from this productive capacity of civilization will only ensure that you will die much sooner. This is EXACTLY what happens in many forced survival situations. Incredibly, the essential need to resupply is somehow grossly overlooked in a bug-out situation and / or still very much taken for granted.
Everything that keeps us alive today, comes from the productive capacity of civilization. Notably, none of what we actually need comes the wilderness anymore, where so many erroneously think they’re going to make a new home (I’m excluding things like logs and minerals found in forests and deserts, since these are not daily necessities for survival anyway). What we need to live and to exist day-by-day comes primarily from farms.
In every conceivable bug-out situation, for whatever reason, duration or requirement, you will still need to meet this essential need of daily resupply of the things that are presently keeping you alive. Otherwise, you will only last as long as your supplies last (and what you think you can glean from the wilderness, an amount of food energy that is far, far less then you think).
In truth, we are all presently ‘survivors’, a end-product of our civilization, without which, none of us would even be here today. It is the production of civilization that has made our daily existence a reality. The sustenance that we all need for survival has come from countless farms, villages and towns. None of it comes from the woods or wilderness anymore, except the occasional wild game, an amount that is absolutely minuscule (and woefully insufficient) to keep us all alive. We are all here, alive, in the present day precisely because of what this civilization has produced to keep us all alive — and not because of what we can find, or think we can find in the wilderness.
It is the products of our civilization that actually sustains our population and keeps us all alive. Should civilization collapse, something that I believe that is well on its way, then the core issue of daily sustenance (adequate food) will become extremely critical, very quickly (mere days) across the nation, with a very high probability that the majority of people would succumb to starvation in just a few weeks.  The farms may not go away, but it is possible the distribution will, or be hindered in some such way as to make things hard to get (or incredibly expensive).
Sure, lot of people will start poaching — but how long do you think that will last?  I’ve got about 6 – 8 pet deer here, the buggers are actually pests. But I’ve got lots of people to feed.  Once they’re eaten, then what?  There are lots of people like me, but almost nobody else is actually preparing like I am.  They’ll eat everything in sight, very quickly, and now we’re going to have a pretty big problem.
We also receive everything else we need from civilization — shelter, clothing, water (or the ability to pump it), and medical care. All these other daily, life-essentials are also the products of civilization. You could obtain all of these yourself, through construction of a temporary shelter or inhabiting a cave, tanning hides or the weaving of fabric materials (cotton, flax or wool), drink surface water from creeks, rivers or streams (all water sources in the U.S. are known to contain Giardia and Crytospordium), and even self-treat your medical needs through herbalism and ancient plant-based medicine (provided you know how). But for how long?  And for how many? What duration / season are you really considering a likely time frame?  All of them?
Bugging out to the woods quickly becomes a problem of endurance and supply in mere days. Attempting to carry everything you would need is an impossibility with a very limited ‘life’. You will run out (or something essential will break) — and you will need to resupply very soon in order to stay alive. This is actually what civilization does for humans today — it resupplies us all, whenever we need it, with all with the things we need to stay alive. When and if that were to stop, the vast majority of us would simply cease to exist quite quickly, dying from either hunger and malnutrition, injury or disease or simply exposure (notwithstanding the extreme violence that would spring up as survivors fought over the scraps that were still left).
You CAN live off the land, provided you are skilled enough, lucky enough and find enough, and do it at the right time of year, and importantly, have near-zero competition with your fellow humans, but this is almost never done with any success anymore. Books, videos and interviews with actual ‘survivors’ who have been somehow forced into this situation have ALL shown without exception that those that survive this experience, did so precisely because they either had food, tools, gear, clothing or implements from civilization to use (or found them), which gave them the critical edge they needed in order to only temporarily survive in the wilderness.  All suffered extreme hardship, calorie deficiencies (malnourishment) and weight loss. None would have survived indefinitely or even through a single winter without resupply.
The most critical element for resupply is food, without which nobody can live very long. Food is constantly consumed, unlike shelter or even clothing. Water is more easily found then food in most wild settings, which makes sense, since neither plants or animals themselves can live without water. But you will die fairly quickly without adequate food to maintain your health and energy. The ability to fight off infection, recover from injury, or succumb to exhaustion or hypothermia is a food issue.  Food is energy, and finding enough food energy in the wilderness becomes your #1 problem.
There are countless examples of survival to be examined. Even this guy, who claims he now lives without money in a Utah cave, is living off the production of civilization. Examine the video, the clothing, food, gear and implements he’s using for ‘surviving’, which all comes from civilization. He’s actually begging for his food, producing little to none of it himself. He’s surviving, but it is not because of anything he is actually doing. He is surviving because civilization is still supporting him.
Every single one of these ‘moneyless men’ who are living without money are actually STILL living off the production of civilization (the human labor of others, and the ability to grow and distribute food), who are producing their food, clothing, sleeping supplies, gear, utensils, pots, pans, even discarded plastic bottles (ubiquitous in nearly every situation). Unfortunately, simply giving up money doesn’t make you a survivalist, it actually makes you more dependent then ever upon civilization and what it produces to keep you alive.  Only the truly self-sufficient homestead (something that does not actually exist, since all still require things from civilization) comes close to “no dependency” and self-survival and the ability to produce the daily nutrition you actually need.
In the days of the mountain men and the pioneers, when this land still had a huge abundance of wild game, fish and open spaces (and with a fraction of our current population), could you live off the land and actually prosper somewhat while doing so. Those days however are long gone, along with the millions of buffalo and endless herds of deer and elk and rivers full of fish, to be replaced with hundreds of millions of voracious humans eating everything in sight. Wilderness survival doesn’t mean staying and living in the woods anymore — it means finding your way back to civilization as fast as you can, where you can obtain the things you need to stay alive. The notion that we can run off to the woods and await the Rapture or hide from the New World Order while gnawing on tree bark may be fanciful and entertaining, but utterly unrealistic. You will die — painfully, and far too slowly, even if you manage to survive your fellow humans who will be eying your emaciated flesh with hunger.
Why Bug Out?
There are various, but many reasons why bugging out receives so much attention, usually based upon ideology (politics), religion or a disaster. We can all envision a “reason”, but this is clouding our judgement and understanding of the reality of what this would actually mean.
In the “shit-hit-the-fan” scenario, bugging out is assumed to be your best option (even if it is your last option, it is still considered by many to be better then staying put). Whether disaster or your beliefs “drove you” to head for the hills is however, actually completely irrelevant. The reason you left will be endlessly and uselessly debated among various groups with no complete agreement. But the reason you left however, whatever that may have been, will most definitely not be a factor in keeping you alive anymore. The truth is, the reason you left does not even factor in to your survival.
The reason you left is not and never has been the real issue, yet it does get an awful lot of inordinate attention these days, and this is what is clouding our judgement and understanding. We’re focusing on reasons, but glossing over what the reality would be. If you’ve left, and headed for the hills, taking family and dog, this then becomes the reality that you must now deal with and try to survive and how soon you will be finding out what “hot dog” really means. For many of the reasons I’ve seen proposed online, this would be a self-made refugee reality, an incredibly bad idea with horrible results. Whatever reasons drove you to make this decision is now moot — now you must try to survive the decision.  I hope I’ve shown just how incredibly difficult this will be in these two articles — and why bugging out needs to be completely reexamined.
But the mirror-opposite of bugging out, and what this will mean, will be just as true. If bugging out divorces you from civilization and essential resupply, what does staying put do for you? Staying put increases your chances of survival, except in the most dire circumstances (where staying put will cause you to be killed). If you must leave — then leave to somewhere where you can be sufficiently and adequately resupplied. The middle of the wilderness is most definitely not the place to expect this to happen.
This is why “redefining bugging out” is such a critical need within the survival community. The reasons for bugging out are actually irrelevant, but where you should go if you must leave, and how you will manage to survive and find adequate nutrition, wherever “there” turns out to be, isn’t. It is THE issue, and the only one that you really need to concern yourself with. The rest is just “fantasy discussion”.
This then becomes the real issue of focus, where you can or should go in order to find survival. If you must leave — leave to where you can survive, not to where you drastically lower your chances, or increase your risk of malnourishment, injury or violence from hordes of competitive humans. Competition for food will be extreme in any survival situation (everywhere, even within the confines of civilization) and this then becomes the #1 issue for everyone, everywhere. The larger the disaster, or the more refugees, the bigger the problem, the worse this issue of competition and resupply is going to get.
Food production (adequate nutrition) is the entire point to all civilizations. It is the driving factor behind everything humans have created. Large disasters (or large numbers of refugees) threaten this ability dramatically, sometimes fatally for large numbers of people. Historically, cities, towns and villages have all been built to help support (and take advantage of) food production and the division of labor. Modern farming with mega-sized farms, however, has replaced most of the nation’s small family farms. Population dependency however, on all the food grown and produced someplace else, is higher then ever, due to increased population levels and fewer local farms. Yet it is still the productive capacity of civilization that is at the very core of our daily survival, whether we live in the woods, the city or in a small town.
This won’t change. Until the wheels of ‘progress’ revert back to locally grown, locally produced (a situation we are still a very long ways from), over 95% of us are still entirely dependent upon the productive capacity of civilization to produce the food we need to eat in order to stay alive.
This is why bugging out to the woods makes little sense. The nutrition you need, multiplied by the number of survivalists planning on attempting this, with the bio-capacity that is now left in our depleted forests, is woefully inadequate.  Conveniently overlooking the critical issue of resupply only compounds this problem, essentially making this a fatal decision for those who naively think this is their “answer” to their future.  It may help the rest of us by winnowing the wheat from the chaff (morons die first), but it’s going to be mighty hard to look your daughter in the eye as she dies in your arms from starvation.
Some are advising to “carry it all with you” — which is a certain death sentence, unless you can somehow resupply. Without resupply, even the most well-prepared location will eventually run out, or something essential and critical will break or be lost, stolen, sold, traded or worn out, and you will be forced back to civilization (where in actuality, you will attempt to resupply). Even the most well prepared “cache” will run out of essentials (notwithstanding theft, spoil, or be ruined by accident, weather, fire, bugs or bears). Resupply then, in ALL situations, becomes a critical necessity for long-term survival irrespective of “where” you are.
Bugging out then, will always mean “short-term survival” with the expectation that the survivor will either return to the productive capacity of civilization out of necessity (survival), or alternatively (and least likely) find some way to take advantage of it (especially food) by hunting, farming, stealing, trading or gleaning the necessary calories to stay alive — all while hoping sickness, injury, exhaustion, hypothermia, detection, violence and betrayal doesn’t do you in first (most likely).
Forest gardening, while a nice thought, is not going to work very well for long-term survival and should not be considered your food source for resupply. The reasons and requirements and drawbacks are many: pests, bugs, depredation by animals, acidic soils, need for water, harvest and storage, spoilage, unpredictable weather and long lengths of time (months to harvest, which is difficult to process and store without proper equipment and shelter).
Here, where I live in the woods, the deer are major problem for any garden. I could slaughter all the deer around and solve that issue, but only temporarily. I still have birds, rabbits and rodents and bugs to deal with. But I would still have problems with storage and processing (preserving) the crops that survived.  The same is true for any meat harvested. Smoking, drying, curing, pickling, canning are all possible, but they’re ALL terribly unrealistic in a bug-out situation. If you’re bugged-out, aren’t you actually hiding in the woods? How do you propose to plant a garden, smoke meat or setup a canning operation while doing that? Nothing will announce your presence more then a smokey fire or cleared land (or row crops). You’d also be spending all your time and energy trying to keep every other creature from eating what you planted. And where are you going to get the supplies you would need? And exactly how would you manage to carry it all?
No, bugging out will not allow you to “farm and garden” in the woods, this notion is stillborn, because it overlooks the entire issue of logistics. Those of us who live in the woods now have fixed locations (no moving around trying to carry stuff), a constantsource of resupply (critical to our survival), adequate nutrition (plenty of food), tools, equipment and gear (everything from tractors to shovels, which we do not have to carry far), and good shelter, including storage locations. Don’t forget that we’re all still depending on oil too — which has produced, or made possible, our food, tractors, shovels, shelters, electricity and transportation. We could learn to live without these things, eventually, but years of research has shown me that nobody actually does.  Not yet.  Everyone alive today is benefiting in large ways from the productive capacity of civilization and oil, with the only exceptions being some indigenous tribes still living in the jungle.  But our “jungle” (forest and wilderness) will no longer able support even a tiny fraction of our population, and if many of us tried this, we’d simply strip it bare in a matter of weeks.
There are tens of thousands, if not a few million — would-be ‘survivalists’ that have bought into the notion that they can (and should) disappear into the wilderness and “bug-out”, abandoning civilization and disappear. This is largely based upon the gross misconception of what it takes to stay alive, what kind of nutrition you actually need, why resupply would be such a critical short-term and long-term necessity (and how) for this to actually work, and how many people could be reasonably expected to successfully do this.
It’s also pretty well known now among those that have actually lived the life, that you cannot guard and protect what you have and hope to farm / grow and harvest all by yourself. You don’t / won’t have the energy to do all of this.  You WILL need help, and lots of it.
The common theme in every wilderness survival situation, whether plane crash, lost hiker, escape from the Soviet gulag, desperado, capsized canoeist, or escaped criminal, is food. There is not enough to eat. There is not enough game to hunt. There is not enough wild and edible plants to keep you in proper nutrition. Those that would willingly bug-out into this situation are facing either death by starvation or severe malnourishment, which will only be solved by their rescue or return to civilization and its productive capacity and ability to keep them alive, a concept which is often not even considered (or even deemed desirable by many).  After all — if you’ve left, why would you want to come back?
But come back you will, probably far sooner then many seem to realize. This is the other common, but unrecognized theme in every survival situation — to return home. Civilization, and its ability to feed every single one of us, meeting our daily needs for nutrition, shelter, clothing, water, medical attention and many other essentials, may be something we take for granted, but it will become near-immediate evident when you are cut off and divorced from everything.
I mentioned that I do not have a bug-out bag anymore, because it is extremely unlikely that I will ever find myself in need of such a thing.  Running off to hide in the forest is not a plan with any future — it is an escape. I do not intend to escape. I have better plans then this.
Getting home will not be a problem for me (I can simply walk). I’m never far away. Leaving for the wilderness in “flee mode” will never be a viable, workable option for me either, because it is actually a death sentence. Rather, I have had made many extensive preparations to live here and to provide for myself and my family the things that I will need in order to endure here. I will be the first to admit that I cannot divorce myself from civilization, and even though I have now written thousands of articles on the evils of our present world, civilization and I (and you) are joined at the stomach, for life, whether we like it or not, and whether I / we disagree with it or not. It is now simply a fact of life, one of the ‘requirements’ of living in the modern age in a severely depleted and heavily occupied world.
I don’t concern myself much anymore with what might happen. The years I’ve spent dwelling on this issue, investigating, researching and writing countless articles, have proven to be pretty non-productive, a near-total waste of my time, distracting me from the business of actually being properly prepared. If some cataclysm or regional disaster or some such event takes place, there is really nothing I can do about it. If it happens, it happens. I’m not going to waste my life worrying about the unfixable (and the unknowable). What I am going to do however, is focus on what I can do, right now.
Survival then, in reality, abandoning all the bullshit, all the hype, all propaganda and endless (and pointless) discussion, and all the sale ads trying to snag the dollars from your pocket, becomes identifying how you might survive long enough to return back to civilization — or if you are already or still there, how you might endure longer if things go belly up. This has been the focus of this blog for years.  Those of you that are still persuaded that you are going to turn your back on civilization, utterly divorcing yourselves are absolutely DELUDED. You have embraced a strong delusion and believe a lie. This is your opportunity to wake the hell up and get grounded in reality.
I currently have a ten-year food supply, and am building a large, near-commercial sized greenhouse (finally!) because even this amount of food is insufficient. This is hoped to give my family and I enough calorie “income”  (we won’t be selling anything) to meet a percentage of our daily calorie requirements.  But we will still be dependent upon civilization and the need for other calories, equipment and supplies, fuel, transportation and many other things.  Survival here will be far easier then survival anywhere else, but it is still going to be hard if the balloon goes up. But we won’t be bugging out under any conceivable circumstances, because we already live in our survival retreat, something else I’ve long advocated (live there now). Bugging out to the wilderness is a non-option with no future, I can barely even conceive of a truly valid reason why choosing this would be better then choosing something else.
Something nobody seems to really consider is bugging out also leave you very ineffective to deal with why you bugged out. You’ll be far too busy trying to stay alive to do much else, such as put up any resistance, fight back or try and solve the problem that “forced” you to abandon everything.  Who are you going to resist, while far, far away off in the forest or wilderness? The nearest tree?  Your cave mates?  The inability to make a fire from wet wood? The game warden?
Resistance to the NWO or tyranny or whatever will not come from wilderness ‘survivors’. You will be utterly USELESS while living off in the woods, except to yourselves, trying to stay alive (or leeching off the locals). Not a situation that will receive much appreciation or support from anyone.
Your decision to leave your situation is your business — don’t make it someone else’s responsibility. I personally deeply resent it when someone tries to do this to me, because it shows a deep misunderstanding of personal responsibility and accountability. I am not responsible for your future or your food or your safety or your anything in reality. Only you are. We CAN work together, but only if we agree on some important points.
don’t agree that it is my responsibility to support you if you have made a terrible decision, i.e., self-made “refugee” because you thought that heading to the wilderness was going to be your best option. YOU are responsible for YOUR actions, as I am for MINE.
The truth is, those that depart for the wilderness will only be a threat to the locals that they will impinge upon.  Nobody else is really going to care, not even the government. A few local “officials” may decide to route you out, but for the most part, you’re off the radar.  But as mentioned in Part I, even the locals should not be taken lightly, they’re better prepared then you will be, having the advantage of civilization and its productive capacity at their back.  They’ll also probably have the law protecting them — dissenter / defectors will probably be widely derided and / or hated and even hunted down if things get out of hand (start stealing livestock and see what happens).
The latter is not hard to envision, historically it is exactly what has happened all over the world. It is still illegal to live off the land in most of this country — do not expect this to change much (except for the worst) if hordes of you decide to bug out and try your hand at “survival”.
Don’t expect a helping hand or a sympathetic ear to your political views or plight either, it’s unlikely as hell that this will actually happen.  You will be perceived as a serious, but local problem. We may agree with your decision to refuse to comply with a government that makes “anti-everything” a daily action item (freedom, liberty, economic equality, take your pick), but we’re not going to be much help to you. Our advice to you is “go home”, or pick a new one where you can actually do some good. Keep in mind that ‘locals’ do not really cotton too well to outsiders either. You will be perceived with suspicion and distrust, especially if things are bad all around.
There may be more justification to this latter point too. I’ve seen discussions where these self-made refugees think they’re going to raid the locals for supplies, stealing whatever they need in order to survive. Sure, you might try that, but you’ll also then declare yourselves absolute fair game to be shot and killed on sight, including anyone with you, at any time of the day or night.  Anyone that is not known under those kind of conditions will be considered a dangerous threat to be eliminated. Thievery will be the same thing as deadly assault (which is what it really is when you start stealing the essential food and supplies keeping those people alive) — and will be dealt with in kind, with absolutely no mercy, no questions asked. If you think you are going to live by the sword, be prepared to die by the sword.
There are many, many absolutely ridiculous notions and “plans” for how people are going to survive. Most are actually pretty stupid, inhabiting the empty barren landscape found all too often between empty ears. Novels, movies, forums and blogs, chock full of “answers” that have very little to do with reality. Speaking out against them isn’t popular, but going along with all the mythological bullshit I’ve seen isn’t survivable either.
The only thing you can actually do is to find ways to survive that will actually work — based upon reality. The rest of the talk you read and hear online and elsewhere is pure absolute unadulterated bullshit. If you really intend to survive, and make it through tough times, then you are going to need to get grounded in reality, the sooner the better.
Also see the follow up articles on this topic:
The Fallacy of Bugging Out –
Survivalist Challenge
B.O.B. – The Reality
Surviving the Horde
Thank you Survival Acres
I’m crawling back into bed now. This cold has to end sometime.sometime.

5 Easy Steps Toward Sustainable Chicken Farming

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5 Easy Steps Toward Sustainable Chicken Farming

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Although the move toward a self-sufficient farm can seem daunting and out of reach, there are plenty of small things you can do to decrease your reliance on outside sources and make the most of what you have.

1. Start with clean feed

There are plenty of great mixes that can be purchased at the local feed store. However, some mixed feeds contain fillers and additives, which not only become part of the chickens’ diet, but also yours when the meat and eggs are part of your food source. The cleaner your chickens eat, the cleaner you will eat. A good option is to purchase the separate grains in bulk and mix them yourself. The price is sometimes comparable or a little more than the regular chicken feed mixes, but it’s a very clean source of nutrition without additional additives.

As you move toward replacing goods from outside vendors with your own homegrown options, start small with growing a few grains at a time and adding them to the feed you currently purchase. Over time you will use less and less store-bought items while finding out how the additional crops can work into your existing infrastructure. You can try oat, wheat, lentil, pea, corn, etc. Do a little research to determine the protein needs of your particular flock so you can create an appropriate mix of grains. The rest of their nutrition can come naturally through free-range grazing. They’ll eat the grass, weeds, bugs and worms. They also greatly appreciate any kitchen scraps you desire to throw their way.

2. Try a fodder system

This has been called a supplement by some, and a mainstay by others. Essentially, fodder is sprouted grains. It contains all of the nutrition of the grain itself, plus everything it develops as the greens grow, especially chlorophyll and beta carotene.

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These are wonderful for your chickens, especially in the winter when they have little access to grass and bugs. The sprouts are grown in a tray system until they’re about four inches in length. These can then be fed directly to your chickens. Some great grains to try are wheat, barley, oat, sunflower and beans. Just keep them fresh and free of mold. Even the little sprouts themselves, harvested on the third or fourth day, are packed with nutrients and good for digestion.

3. Use the manure

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This means rich compost! Every coop should have the bedding and manure stripped out periodically. If you are using the deep litter method, you can add new bedding on top of the old, as needed, to reduce any odors. The chickens will scratch around and keep it mixed. Whether you choose to use sawdust or straw on the floor of your coop, it all can go into the compost pile. After a little decomposing action, this nitrogen-rich mix will be ready for your gardens. This is another reason why feeding your chickens well ultimately feeds your soil well (as well as your body!).

4. Don’t forget deep litter for heat

Depending on where you live, winters can be tough for chickens. Ideally, with a self-sustainable farm you want to have as many natural sources of heat as possible. As long as the chickens’ combs and wattles are not getting frost bitten or frozen, and they can come into the coop to stay dry, then they should be able to handle the weather.

A concern, however, is keeping their water from freezing. Some coops utilize a small heater for the watering container, while some people will simply change out the water periodically. Another option is deep litter, which is a method whereby you allow the sawdust or straw to build up in the floor of the coop. The decomposition of the material and the chicken manure give off a little bit of heat that can be helpful in the harsh winter months. To do this, just leave everything in the base of your coop, periodically adding a bit of new sawdust or straw on top to freshen it. The deeper it gets, the more it insulates the coop and generates a little natural heat through decomposition.

5. Enjoy the food!

Of course, one of the most obvious benefits of having chickens on your farm is the fact that they’re a tremendous source of protein. Even if you are not yet at the point where you slaughter your own meat, consider chickens for their eggs. A typical egg can have between 6-8 grams of protein, which is a great source for your family when times get hard. Most healthy hens lay up to one egg per day. So, if you have 12 healthy hens, you can expect to harvest up to a dozen eggs per day. The amount of eggs produced can drop during the winter when daylight hours are shorter, but can be helped by adding extra light to the coop. As long as you keep the chickens fed, they will help keep your family fed.

The more you use what you have, the closer you’ll be to having a healthy, self-sufficient farm.

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Testing the Cheapest Survival Kit on Amazon

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This week’s video comes from an awesome Youtube channel known as Wranglerstar. It’s about the Wranglerstar family and their life as homesteaders in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. They have a bunch of videos about basic skills, food storage, and product reviews. Right now, Cody is doing a series on cheap items from Amazon. […]

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Best Pressure Canners: Which To Buy And What To Know

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Your garden is overloaded with produce during the harvest this year, and you have come to the realization that you just can’t eat that much zucchini, tomatoes, or green beans all at once. But you lack freezer space, or perhaps it’s already overflowing with earlier production. The apple tree is starting to show signs of … Read more

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Guess Who Edited the “Independent” Reviews That Say Monsanto’s Round-Up Is NOT Carcinogenic?

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New reviews have shown that Monsanto’s Round-Up is not carcinogenic. The weed killer is perfectly safe, despite the World Health Organizations proclamation in 2015 that glyphosate, the primary ingredient … Read the rest

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15 Preparedness Uses for Kiddie Pools

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Kiddie pools have multiple uses for the prepper! Check out our list. | via www.TheSurvivalMom.comSummer is upon us and that means summer items are now available. As you have no doubt noticed, some items are only available during certain seasons, and if you miss the opportunity to get those items when you can, you are faced with either waiting until next year or finding an online retailer carrying the item.

This summer, consider adding several kiddie pools to your preparedness supplies. These pools are cheap and come in both rigid plastic and inflatable vinyl. Despite the myriad of colors and patterns of these pools, they can serve very important roles in your preparedness plan.

How many of these pools should you keep on hand? Not every type and size of pool is best suited for each of the uses below, though any would probably work if that was all you had. You will need to size the pool to the task for which it is best suited. After reading the 15 preparedness uses for kiddie pools below, you may find yourself wanting more than just a few of these valuable preparedness assets and in varying sizes.

1. Emergency Water Storage

Among the first things you should do after a disaster strikes is to fill up the bathtubs with water (assuming, of course, you are home and there are no other immediate needs). But, why stop there? If you are going to need water, fill up as many containers as possible.

Small kiddie pools can hold between 30 and 250 gallons of water, depending on the size and construction. Larger pools, like those designed for an entire family’s summer fun, can contain between 1000 and 5000 gallons. However, even a small pool holding only 50 gallons can provide enough drinking water for a family of five for 10 days. Three of these pools filled would be an entire month of drinking water.

If storing outside, cover them with a tarp or sheet of plastic to keep out debris and reduce loss to evaporation. No need to worry about treating this water, you can treat it before using it, depending on the use. In addition to drinking, this extra water gives you additional ability to flush toilets, put out fires, and water the garden.

You can avoid your water storage becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes by using Mosquito Dunks.

2. Rainwater Collection, Expedient Cistern

A backyard full of pools during a rainstorm can collect quite a bit of water. If you are looking at an extended period without a working municipal water system, or as a back up to your well water system, being able to replenish your water storage is like having the ability to make gold.

With a little bit of creative ingenuity and some tarps or plastic sheeting, you will be able to maximize the water collection that each pool collects. Like storing water from the tap, this water does not need to be treated until it is time to use it. Unless you are only using to water the garden or if water is extremely scarce, do not collect water from roof runoff, as this water will be highly contaminated, particularly from bird droppings.

Unfortunately, this is the point where I need to remind you to check your local laws about collecting rain water.

If you have the ability to collect water from a spring or running surface water, especially if it is an intermittent water source, you can use the pool for an expedient cistern. By running pipe from one pool to another, you can expand the amount of water stored, only limited by the number of pools and amount of pipe you have on hand.

3. Decontamination Station

This is an often overlooked use for these small pools, though it is an important one. There are two major scenarios where you will need a home decontamination station: pandemics and radioactive matter.

During a pandemic, you can decrease the risk of getting sick from people, who may have come in contact with the virus, by decontaminating them before they enter your home. Likewise, if any of your family is caught in the plume of a radiological dispersal device, they will need to be decontaminated when they get home. The radioactive particles, from dirty bombs or from an actual nuclear detonation, must be scrubbed from the body to stop the irradiation and to prevent inhalation or ingestion of these particles.

When you decontaminate, you need to control the water runoff, so it does not further contaminate people or other portions of your home. Use kiddie pools to collect this water by having the person stand in the middle of the pool as you decontaminate him or her. The contaminated water can then be treated or disposed.

Please note there is much more involved with decontamination procedures but it is beyond the scope of this article.

4. Mixing Bulk Foods

If you like to mix your bulk ingredients before you package them for long-term storage, you can speed up the process by mixing up a pool-sized batch. For example, if you prefer a blend of hard red winter wheat with a little bit of hard white wheat mixed in, you can mix up several buckets worth before sealing. Another example is buying your beans separately and crafting your own blend of mixed beans. Pre-mixing allows you to have what you need when you need it, instead of having to open several or many containers to derive your mix.

When we were setting up our Square Foot Garden beds, a kiddie pool would have been the perfect container for mixing our soil and amendments.

5. Mixing Cement

Speaking of mixes, a kiddie pool makes for an expedient cement mixer. Handy if you happen to have no electrical power, but need to do masonry repairs. This is commonly used in Arizona by landscapers when they have stonework to do, but don’t want to drag along the large mixer when all they need is a small batch. The big drawback to this is the pool is not good for much else once you are finished.

6. Raised Garden Bed

Once the canary in the coal mine keels over, you will probably be looking for quick ways to expand your garden. Using rigid plastic kiddie pools, you may be able to add a raised garden faster than you could work the soil for a new plot, particularly if you live in an area with poor soil or your new plot was formerly occupied by grass. Among other aspects, raised bed gardens are easier for controlling weeds, waterine, and for avoiding grasses sprouting from recently pulled up sod. These also allow you to grow food where there is no dirt.

7. Bathing, Shower and Washing Station

It’s the apocalypse, but does that mean you have to fight the zombie hordes stinking of B.O.? Of course not! Rig up your solar water heater to a shower head, tie up a privacy curtain around the pool, and step in. Ah!

Seriously, though, staying clean is important to staying healthy. Whether your rigged shower is inside or out, the kiddie pool will collect the water for other uses (toilets, fires, garden, and so on). Additionally, the wide pool prevents muddy splashes that occur when you try to shower standing on the ground.

What’s that? No solar water heater or solar powered water pressure? No problem. Heat some water up with your favorite low-tech method and have a bath, or at least a sponge bath.

Lacking a washtub, these small pools can also serve for laundry purposes. Three pools (soap wash, first rinse, second rinse) and some clothesline and you can face the undead in a clean pair of jeans and shirt.

8. Expedient Fish Pool

Without refrigeration, meat spoils rapidly. If you can capture fish from your local fishing spot and move them to your expedient fish pool, you’ll be able to keep them alive and fresher longer. You may even decide to start breeding them (see aquaponics below).

9. Expedient Hydroponics

Hydroponics is an amazing way to grow food without soil. Once into a SHTF scenario, you may be faced with having to grow food everywhere you have space. Expedient hydroponics systems will allow you to grow food where there is no soil.

10. Expedient Aquaponics

If you have the fish in one pool and the plants in another, you might as well connect them into an aquaponics system. The fish water helps fertilize the plants on the hydroponics side, which in turn cleans up the water for the fish. While using pools would not be the best vessel for any of these last three (fish pool, hydroponics, and aquaponics), it will allow you to get things going until you can find more suitable containers.

11. Crib or Baby Pen

Watching a toddler or crawling infant often means you are unable to attend other tasks. An inflatable pool with sides high enough and thick enough to prevent the child from crawling or falling out, and filled with the child’s favorite toys, allows you the ability to take care of other things. This can be quite advantageous when outside of your home, like when the family is doing some “emergency camping,” by preventing the child from tripping and getting hurt on the uneven and rough ground.

12. Staying Cool in Hot Weather

Even with all these other uses, the pool is still a great way to stay cool by using it as a pool. Without electricity for air conditioning, many people will suffer heat-related illnesses. However, a small pool in the shade can provide needed comfort and emergency treatment for heat stroke and heat exhaustion. When you are providing your own medical care, a pool of water can literally be a life saver.

And not only for people, but pets can also overheat. As long as the water isn’t frivolously wasted on the ground (possibly impossible with pets), it can be used for the big three (gardening, fire control, and toilet flushing).

13. Large Solar Still

If you live in an area having a lot of sunshine, you can use two pools to set up a large solar still. Place a small pool concentrically inside a larger pool. You will need to start with clean pools and attach clear plastic over them, so the clean water runs into the larger pool. To prevent having to open up the plastic and pause the distillation process, rig up some tubing for putting dirty water into the inner pool, and getting distilled water from the larger pool. This large solar still is another way you can reclaim water used for washing or making other water safe to drink.

14. Emergency Raft for Gear or Pets During Flood

Back in the mid 1990s, this author lost about half of his possessions in a 500-year flood. The three days of deluge-like rainfall caused the local river to swell in a matter of hours and people awoke to find themselves in the middle of a half-mile wide flooded river.

One of the items people needed were large containers that floated, so they could drag their pets and whatever possessions they could to safety. Small pools would have worked well for this. While they would not make a sea-worthy raft in any sense of the term, they do work well for expedient emergency rafts.

15. Indoor Pet Pooping Station

You have provided for emergency sanitation for you and your family, including toilet paper, buckets, bags, sanitizing and deodorizing chemicals. The pandemic arrives to your city and you seal you and your family into your home, ready to wait it out. Just then, your trusty biological security system, AKA dog, looks up at you and whines to go “out.” Whoops.

Cats are already trained to use a litter box, but what about man’s best friend? Sure, you could put out newspaper, but who wants to deal with that on the kitchen floor when you cannot leave your house? Kiddie pool to the rescue again! With a little forethought, you can set up the pool for a pet relief station. Whether it be newspaper, sand, or even some artificial grass, having a place for your dog to go is important.

It’s not advised to let the waste sit there, but putting the pooping station in the garage is far more convenient than decontaminating the dog every time they go outside. Combining a small pool with one of those “Diaper Genies” is only one way to control pet mess and odors.

Rigid Plastic or Inflatable Vinyl?

Kiddie pools come in either rigid plastic or inflatable vinyl and, of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. It is likely you will want a few of each, depending on how you plan to use them.

Rigid pools are harder to store, but generally easier to put into use. They maintain their shape and they nest together, meaning you can stack them like measuring cups, allowing you to store a large number of them in the same footprint that one pool takes. They are less susceptible to damage, but more difficult to repair once a hole or crack appears.

Inflatable pools are easier to store, as you can keep them in their small boxes until needed, and refold when finished. This storage convenience comes at a price, as they require more resources to put into use. Unless it is a very small inflatable pool, you will need an air pump. Manual pumps will work, but electrical pumps are the quickest, although, it is likely the power grid will be down when you need to employ them. There are battery-operated air pumps, though without a way to recharge them, using them to inflate a pool may not be the best use for your batteries.

Inflatable pools are also more prone to puncture. These can be patched with a vinyl patch kit, and you will need to re-inflate them once the repair is complete. Many inflatable pools have separate chambers, or rings, which will help prevent a total loss if using to store water.

There are also larger pools, the above ground family sized pools, that have a plastic frame and do not require inflating. This material is less prone to puncture, but these types of pools are large and may be more difficult to set up and take down. However, if you had warning of a pending disaster, these would be space-efficient for water storage.

Though it’s clear they have been an overlooked preparedness item, given the many ways you can use kiddie pools, be sure to stock up on these the next time you head to your local big box store.


Survival Lighting An Illuminating Podcast | episode 157

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Survival Lighting An Illuminating Podcast | episode 157

Survival Lighting An Illuminating Podcast | episode 157



This week I talk all about survival lighting.  Everything from candles to super bright rechargeable LED headlamps. 

You need a method of lighting your surroundings on a daily basis. This becomes more important in a disaster. Illumination during a collapse becomes a matter of life or death.





  • Survival Illumination
  • Candles
  • Oil Lamps
  • Chem Lights
  • Electric Lights
  • Solar
  • Shake and crank lights
  • non-rechargeable battery
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Flashlights and Headlamps



Olight H2r

Olight S1R

Coleman AAA Headlamp



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Fire & Fury: Is The Trigger Event Upon Us?

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(image: Reuters) U.S. B-1B bombers flew a mission from Guam to Korean Peninsula last night. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are quite likely aware of the present situation between North Korea and the United States. Are we at the brink? Is the trigger event nearly upon us? The president of the United States just said any threat to the U.S. would be met with ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’. The rhetoric between Kim Jong-un and the U.S. president has ratcheted up to the point of no return. One side will have to back

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Fire & Fury: Is The Trigger Event Upon Us?

(image: Reuters) U.S. B-1B bombers flew a mission from Guam to Korean Peninsula last night. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are quite likely aware of the present situation between North Korea and the United States. Are we at the brink? Is the trigger event nearly upon us? The president of the United States just said any threat to the U.S. would be met with ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’. The rhetoric between Kim Jong-un and the U.S. president has ratcheted up to the point of no return. One side will have to back

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How to Choose a Bug-Out Bag

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A contribution from Zac and timely as we move towards more rugged gear for the Fall and Winter. Zac will be receiving a $25 PayPal payment for being published and is automatically entered in Round Eleven of our Prepper Writing Contest. Don’t be shy, follow in Zac’s footsteps!


I do a lot of backpacking, it is something I really enjoy, do quite often, and feel that it is something at which I have become quite efficient.

That’s why when I see peoples’ advice on what a bug-out bag should look like I often end up shaking my head. Nobody would last an hour out deep into the woods with the bags I constantly see flaunted. More often than not, they’re poorly made tacticool bags that were created by somebody who’s spent the majority of their life in a cubicle.

You want something that will actually work out in the woods, not something that just looks good on a website. So if you want to avoid ending up letting apathy win 20 miles out with a sore lower back, achy shoulders, and chafed hips I highly recommend picking a bug out bag based off of the following traits:

  1. Bag Size

This is the very first factor that you need to consider. Do you need a big bag or a little one? The answer to that question depends on your length of stay out in the woods, mobility needs, desire to blend in, and sheer convenience.

A large bag allows you to carry more gear (aka survive longer) at the cost of mobility, convenience, and concealment. A smaller bag doesn’t allow you to pack as much, but permits you to move fast, blend in better, and will more likely be nearby when the poo poo flies.

  1. Hip Belt

If the bag doesn’t have a hip belt, forget it. These things are heavenly. A hip belt allows the majority of the weight of the bag to ride on your hips rather than your shoulders. The amount of weight that they take off your back is unreal.

I’ve done a few hikes with a broken hip belt and you tire sooner, end up hunched over a good portion of the day, travel slower, and tend to wake up with an achy back.


Also, make sure that the hip belt has a comfortable amount of padding. Some cheaper military-style bags contain a nylon strap which they claim is a hip belt. Those things will cut into your stomach and leave you raw within the first couple of miles.

Pick something that is actually high quality.

If you’re going to be spending any time moving about in the woods, you need to have a padded hip belt.

  1. External vs Internal Frame

You need a bag with a frame, and to get one without any form of frame is sheer stupidity based on the ease with which one can pick up a quality, reasonably priced framed bag.

Framed bags not only help to distribute the weight of your back better, but they also permit you better posture, and keep pointy packed items from jabbing into your back. Without a frame you end up hunched over with your tent poles digging into your lumbar every step.

If you choose a smaller bag, it’s going to have an internal frame. External frames are only placed on larger backpacking bags. Knowing which one to pick between the two choices depends on your location and personal preference.

An external frame will allow you to stand up higher, permit more ventilation between the bag and your back, and are built to let you carry heavier loads more comfortably. This comes at the cost of mobility though. These packs can sway a bit side to side when you’re moving quickly, and if you need to scramble through any tight spaces you’ll quickly end up in a game of tug of war with your stuck bag.

An internal frame gives you greater mobility when it comes to scrambling up hills and moving across rougher terrain because it stays close to your back. This means that there’s no ventilation there though, and you may not be able to hike as upright as you would like.

  1. Color

Pick a bag that doesn’t stick out in a crowd like Hulk Hogan playing the recorder. Neon colors are out. Find a more earthy tone that doesn’t scream as loudly to the world where you are whether that be in a crowd or in the woods.


  1. Pocket Distribution

If the bag only has two gigantic pockets, it cheap and non-functional. Find something with a respectable number of pockets to keep you from having to journey deep within the bowels of your bag every time you need your rain gear.

  1. Sleeping Bag Space

I don’t care what time of year it is, if you go out into the woods to spend the night without a sleeping bag, you’re not going to be doing very much sleeping. Make sure your bag has enough space for some sort of tool to keep you warm at night.

Yeah, I realize that aluminum blankets will keep you relatively warm, but they alone will not keep you from being miserably cold at 3:00 AM out in the woods unless you have two as you need insulation from the cold dark ground as much as from the sky above.  Make room for a sleeping bag, a quality, compact one.

  1. Feel/Fit

Does the bag feel good when you have it strapped to your body? Remember, this thing is going to be with you for the long haul. You may as well spend the extra money now. Backpackers like to chide each other when they’re deep within the woods with “Do you wish you had paid the extra $20 now?” Usually the answer is an exasperated, drawn out ‘yes’.

Just like tools, buy the best quality backpack that you can right now with the means that you have. Otherwise, you’ll make up the difference and then some when you have to buy a proper bag not long down the road. It’s cheaper to pay for quality up front.

In Conclusion

The last thing you need when the need to get out fast happens is a crummy bag that either spills your goodies everywhere, makes life miserable, or that doesn’t allow you to get away from what you need to quick enough. There are a lot of bags out there to choose from, but as long as you follow the above seven (7) guidelines to picking out a fantastic bag, I’m confident that you’ll have chosen a good one.

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So You Are Thinking About an Electric Vehicle (EV), Solid Advice on the Charging Setup

OK here is some free consulting.   LOL you get what you pay for.
In selecting a vehicle and charging system, one formula is very basic and very important.   But don’t turn your brain off even if you don’t want to do calcs, you don’t have to, just follow along.

Voltage will always be 240V on a 2 Phase (which uses a 2 pole breaker), in your area that might be 230V no big difference in the calcs.
The Average peak charging rate shown in the spreadsheet is 6.6 kW, plug that in and solve for Amps
6600 W=240 *A
AMP= 27.5
The other main max charging rates are 10kW, and for the Tesla an option for 20kW
10,000 =240 * A    solves A for 41.67A
20,000 = 240 * A   solves A for  83.33A
Now a very important observation from over a decade of solar PV work, and the NEC (National Electric Code) has been slowly adopting more conservative codes to reflect  that fact that solar circuit often operate near peak load, and for a long time.   This means the wires heat up over time, and over time the insulation takes a beating, as well as the connections whether they are wire nutted or bolted.    
The main effect of Amperage is in selecting wire size, at least in conventional systems.    But PV electric systems, and car charging system are similar in one important way, and so the knowledge gleaned from PV systems is directly applicable to EV Charging systems, and that similarity is that they both run near peak amperage for long periods of time, many hours.   This creates heat, and also losses, and the higher the heat, the higher the losses, so it is like a cat chasing it’s tail. 
One other aspect of PV, because of the heat issue, is that the most recent codes require that any wire that is in a run of conduit, that is situated where it can be directly lit by the sun must be further “derated” and this simply means you must jump up one wire size from the other calculations which also have some conservatism built into them.
I will introduce quickly one other concept that is affected by wire and breaker sizing – the amount of electricity lost while running through the wire (it’s lost as heat).    The smaller the wire the bigger the loss.   In most modern electrical systems, it is almost always a no-brainer to upsize the wire as the additional cost will be more than paid for by lower losses. 
The minimal “derate” on solar PV is done by multiplying the expected Amps time 125%, and sometimes this is also multiplied by another 125%.    125% *125% = 156%
If you take the 27.5A Charging amp above and use the 156% multiplier you get 42.9A, which would use a 50A 2 Pole breaker.  
So yes, a 50A 240V (2 Pole) circuit would be pretty comfortable for all the currently available electric cars.
How about the Volkswagen at 7.2kW charging rate?
7200 W = 240 *A = 30 A
30A *156% = 46.8A
You work out the numbers for the BMW at 7.4kW — try it, there is no rocket science here.   You will leave your EV or PV “Salesman” in the dust though, with just this amount of knowledge.
The Tesla at 20kW
20,000 = 240 * A   solves for 83.33 A times 156% would be 130A in this conservative calc, and even using a 125% multiplier would be 104A. 
It should be clear if you are following that a 50A 2 Pole service (or breaker if you will) would be definitely pushing the limit to charge the Tesla at the 10kW rate, and may even violate local codes.   The manufacturers of the car and charger may also have their own requirements, which you can never go under, but you can definitely, and probably should, go over in picking breaker and wire size.
Electricians will probably want to “bid” the smallest breaker and wire size, not for your long term benefit, but because they want a better chance of winning bid, and if they upsize your wire and breaker to get you the safer system and the one with less power losses over time, they will lose the bid.     So be aware, they will convincingly try to assure you the smaller wire and breaker is “fine” and meets code. 
And back to the concept of electrical losses, the bigger wire and breaker will provide less electricity losses, especially on system that run often and for many hours.     So I wouldn’t necessarily rip out a 40A charging circuit, and replace it with a 50A because that project cost would probably not be justified.    But if designing fresh, I would almost always choose the 50A as the upgraded cost is minimal.
One final thought.    You might be designing a charging system for a Chevy Volt at 3.3kW.   That only gives you 11 Miles for each hour of charging.   That might be really inconvenient at times, you may want a quicker charge rate.      You might “put up with that” on your first EV, but I strongly feel that as time goes on, people are going to insist on faster charging rates, and future vehicles and chargers will require a fast, strong shot of electricity — big Amps.    So doing it right, once, and on the first system, makes a lot of sense.    Doing it over can cost A LOT more, and with less electricity losses, doing the larger system gives you benefits right out of the gate, even if your second EV is many years down the road.  
Stock out
Max Charge
~Miles Added Per Hour
100% Electric or PHEV
Audi A3 e-tron
3.3 kW
BMW i3
7.4 kW
100% Electric / REx
Cadillac ELR
3.3 kW
Chevy Spark EV
3.3 kW
100% Electric
Chevy Volt
3.3 kW
Fiat 500e
6.6 kW
100% Electric
Ford C-Max Energi
3.3 kW
Ford Fusion Energi
3.3 kW
Ford Focus Electric
6.6 kW
100% Electric
Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
6.6 kW
Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid
3.3 kW
Kia Soul EV
6.6 kW
100% Electric
Mercedes B-Class Electric
10 kW
100% Electric
Mercedes S550 Plug-in Hybrid
3.3 kW
Mercedes C350 Plug-in Hybrid
3.3 kW
Mitsubishi i-MiEV
3.3 kW
100% Electric
Nissan LEAF
3.3 kW / 6.6 kW
11 / 22
100% Electric
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
3.6 kW / 7.2 kW
12 / 24
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
3 kW
Smart Electric Drive
3.3 kW
100% Electric
Tesla Model S
10 kW / 20 kW
29 / 58
100% Electric
Tesla Model X
10 kW / 20 kW
29 / 58
100% Electric
Toyota Prius Plug-In
3.3 kW
Volkswagen e-Golf
3.6 kW / 7.2 kW
12 / 24
100% Electric

4 Ways to Keep Your Home and Property Safe and Secure

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Home security is a huge topic in the media today and even among friends and neighbors. Burglaries and vandalism are real threats, and nobody wants to own the house on the block that is targeted. In fact, four burglaries are committed every minute in the United States. Thankfully, homeowners can beef up their security without spending wads of money and even without hiring professional services.

Sturdy Windows and Doors

Choose solid core wooden doors for outer doors, or pick steel or fiberglass options, which are difficult to break. Windows should have secure locks, and individuals living in crime-prone neighborhoods may want to invest in break-proof glass. Casement windows are often seen as the most secure options. Be sure to protect valuables inside from peering eyes by installing window blinds or shades, particularly on lower level and basement windows.

Smart Shrubs

While shrubs should not grow so tall around doors and windows that they help burglars hide, they can actually protect homes when trimmed to the correct height. Shrubs near doors and windows should grow no higher than three feet tall. A smart choice is a thorny bush beside a door or window, which will reward any unwelcome visitor with pain.

Security Cameras

Security cameras can easily be placed at key points around the property by oneself. The best places to install them would be by doors leading outside, including patio doors, as well as by the garage door and the sidewalk or driveway entrance to the street. Some companies, like Infrared Cameras Inc., know that these are the most strategic places to place cameras. Homeowners should invest in infrared cameras, which provide excellent night vision, as well as in a large hard drive to store hundreds of hours of footage.

Plenty of Lights

Well-lit pathways, porches and driveways deter burglars and vandals from staying on the property. Motion sensors can turn on lights when tripped and can help guests see their way to the doors. Even solar lights along pathways and around landscaping by the home can deter anyone from lurking on the property. While professional security services can be useful in some instances, most homeowners will benefit significantly from do-it-yourself tips and tricks that can be set up in a few hours or less. Many of these security devices can be seen from the outside of the house and may deter burglars or vandals from coming close to the doors or windows. Plus, they can add exponentially to the feeling of calm and security that families have as they relax behind their locked doors and windows.

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

6 Prepping Goals To Aim For In Case You Become Disabled

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If you are not disabled, it can be very hard to relate to challenges associated with limited mobility. As a prepper, you may even avoid thinking about becoming disabled because it will make planning, purchasing supplies, and actually using them much more complicated.

But if you aren’t prepared to deal with hand, arm, leg, or foot related disabilities, all of the efforts you have been making will go to waste. What if you get a disability while struggling to survive?

Rather than have that happen, add a line in your prepping agendas for what you would do if you become disabled. It might change your perspective!

Here are six areas that you should focus on and be ready for regardless of whether or not you are disabled at this time.

Know How to Make and Use Mobility Aides

Consider a situation where you routinely go camping, and may have broken a leg or ankle while on an excursion. If you have already gone through this, then you know how hard is to navigate when one or both legs or feet aren’t able to support your weight or move properly.

Now let’s say you are also young enough or in good condition and don’t see a need to worry at this time about problems such as arthritis or other conditions that make navigating harder as you get older.

Even if a major social collapse takes 10 more years to develop, your body will be 10 years old and may not be as strong as it is right now. Rather than simply leave your bug out gear and bug out plans on the shelf, make sure you can use everything even if you have an arm or leg impairment.

3 Second SEAL Test Will Tell You If You’ll Survive A SHTF Situation

Here are some things you can practice as well as mobility aides that may be useful to you:

  • Tie your stronger arm loosely to your side and see how much you can do with your non-dominant hand. Are you able to prepare foods, wield a knife, or carry out dozens of other tasks that you take for granted now? If not, then you need to practice these skills and find ways to do them with just one hand. As an extreme challenge, see how much you can do using your feet and toes. Surprisingly enough, it is possible to do many things with your feet that you normally do with your hands, however it takes a lot of practice.
  • Practice moving around in a wheelchair on crutches, or while using a walking stick. This is also a good time to practice using weapons and other items that you may need to use even if you are dealing with limited mobility.
  • Look for braces, pick-up tools, and other devices that can be used in increase what you can do with just one hand or limited strength in your arms and shoulders. There are many devices on the market for this purpose, as well as newly emerging motorized devices and robots that can be controlled with a minimal amount of effort.

Avoid Becoming a Target

As disgusting as it may be, even at the best of times there are people that pick on others they perceive as weaker than themselves. If you are disabled or become less able to take care of yourself, there will be people that try to take from you or cause you some kind of harm.

While many of these actions should be, and are illegal, it does not change the fact that having a disability already makes you a target. When the crisis strikes, it will be even worse.

If your disability occurs just before or during the crisis, and you don’t know how to avoid becoming a target, then you’ll be left at a serious disadvantage.

Here are some things you can do to develop those skills:

  • Spend time with people that have different kinds of handicaps. You can volunteer at centers where disabled people meet and learn more about how they cope with various problems.
  • Many people that become targets do so simply by virtue of appearing older. In this case, try dying your hair grey or white, and use makeup that makes you look older. Use a cane or other device to indicate mobility impairment and see how it changes the way you are treated. If you have one available, use your smart phone and record the interactions.
  • Learn how to use situational awareness and body language to your advantage. Sometimes, just appearing more alert than others around you can prevent people with bad intentions from approaching you. If you are perceived as weaker, criminals may decide to attack you.
  • Learn how to defend yourself if you are in a wheelchair or must rely on some other mobility aide. There are many self-defense classes you can take to learn basic techniques as well as gyms and dojos where you can practice.

Grow and Prepare Food

One of the most important things you can do is learn how to grow and prepare food using a minimal amount of physical effort, as well as how to obtain and purify water.

When it comes to simple food growing methods, sprouts require the least amount of effort. Combine that with container gardening in order to obtain enough sprouts to meet a significant percentage of your dietary needs.

Overall, taking care of fish and animals requires a good bit of physical work and strength. Try raising smaller fish in a very large aquarium, however you must choose ones that are raised for human consumption. Chickens, rabbits, and some birds can also be raised in fairly small areas, however you may not be able to kill them humanely if you have limited strength.

On the other hand, if you can get used to consuming crickets, ants, and other insects, you can have a fairly good sized indoor bug farm and eat well with far less effort.

Do what you can to grow food indoors. Setup lights and other systems so they are easy to reach and repair if needed. Installing lights on the ceiling will save some space, but you won’t be able to get to them.

By the same token, if you are interested in any kind of solar or wind power that will be used to generate electricity for the lights, you will need systems that do not go on a roof or another area where you cannot make changes or repairs as needed.

Choose lightweight, portable gear so that you need as little strength as possible to use the items and take care of them. Never underestimate what you can do with a solar oven, or even a larger sized toaster oven as compared to a full sized stove.

Manage Shelter Needs

One of the hardest parts of dealing with a disability revolves around building both long and short term shelters.

If you aren’t disabled now, purchase plastic, tarp, and items that you can use to build temporary shelters. You should always be able to build something that will shelter you from rain using contractor size trash bags as well as standard tarp or fireproof emergency blankets.

Over the years, many people have developed a considerable interest in living in various kinds of vehicles. If you are disabled, you could set up a sleep area as well as meet many other needs while living in a truck or van.

Here are a few things you can practice now while you still have more abilities:

  • Go to a safe area where you will not encounter any traffic or obstacles. Practice driving using just your left foot and just one hand. Even though it can be confusing at first and feel very uncomfortable, you can and will get the knack of it.
  • If you have a truck or van, practice getting in and out of the back without using your hands or arms to lift yourself up or down. You can use braces as well as other assistance devices. Look for ways to get in and out of the back with limited foot and leg usage. This may include making sure that you have some kind of steps, platform, or ramp that can be deployed and used to help you raise and lower yourself in relation to the vehicle.

Building a permanent shelter on your own can be complicated even if you are in good condition. Rather than try to build something using conventional materials, make sure you know how to use old plastic bottles or other materials that can be combined with mud and straw to build sturdier walls.

Alternatively, practice building an underground dugout or other underground shelter while sitting in a chair or with just one hand. Remember, even though it takes longer, the purpose of this drill is to show you that you can do it.

When building a permanent shelter, look at circular designs as well as single floor options. Also practice digging pits for foundations as well as for sanitation needs. If you can’t dig very much, make sure that you know how to assemble a composting toilet, as well as make use of other methods for meeting sanitation needs using outdoor plumbing.

Simple Machines to Expand Muscle Use

I wrote about simple machines that can be used to lift weights and do other kinds of work.

Learning how to make and use these devices now will help you even if you never need to use them in conjunction with a disability. Practice using them in weight free, safe drills with limited hand or leg strength or movement so you could see if braces or other devices can make them easier to use in actual situations.

Here are the six devices you should know how to make and use even if you have leg, foot, arm, or hand impairments:

  • the lever
  • pulleys
  • the wheel (and axle)
  • ramp or inclined plane
  • screw
  • the wedge

Understand and Work Around Mental and Emotional Disabilities

If you are approaching middle age, you may already realize that you aren’t as energetic as you used to be. Your body may not be necessarily weaker, but mentally you may be more forgetful, or simply inclined to think that you can’t do the same things as you did when you were younger.

Some aspects of mentation decline faster even as experience and skill seem to give you more of an edge in some ways. Regardless of what parts of your mind are aging, be aware of developing impairments as quickly as possible.

Use puzzles, memory games and other aides to try and retain as much mental strength as possible. Since the ability to read and process information can also decline faster than expected, be sure to store important information in video and auditory formats.

During a crisis, you can also expect some fairly debilitating emotional changes. Watching dramatic movies or pretending you are in a crisis isn’t going to give you the kind of core driven emotional strength that you will need to endure a major crisis.

In fact, it is my contention that these kinds of games and role playing only weaken you because you are practicing a set of patterns that were created by others. As such, there is a critical loss of variance that you may not even realize exists.

You are better served by using meditation, reading spiritual materials, and making sure that you can control your emotions with trigger words and images that will help you get on track and stay on track regardless of the situation.

If you do some research, you will find that 3D printers and new motor control technologies are used to create all kinds of devices that can be used to increase mobility for the disabled. No matter whether you are concerned about surviving a hurricane or want to make sure you can still navigate after a major crisis, think about how you will manage these kinds of limitations.

Failure to take into account changing physical limitations can truly spell disaster even if you have a full range of mobility and strength at this time. Always remember that the worst part of surviving a crisis will always involve the unexpected.

If you have not thought about disability and impairment, then this can truly be one of the biggest overlooked part of your plans. Don’t ignore the risks and do whatever it takes to prepare!

This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

15 Reasons Why I Store Epsom Salts To Use Everyday

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What are Epsom Salts? It is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of sulfate and magnesium.  It started out from a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. Do you remember your family always having Epsom Salts? I remember seeing this blue bag in the hall closet with the rest of the medicinal products my mother had stored. We only had a few items for any ailment we had. The ones that I remember were Epsom Salts, Merthiolate, Mercurochrome, and aspirin.

Yes, that was it. We did not go to the doctor much, and if we did, we must have been close to death. I do remember having my throat painted with a purple violet ointment (Gentian Violet), something for strep throat. I would love any comments to help refresh my memory on that stuff. We also had a yellow mustard paste you’d smear on your chest for bad coughs. Today it is all about Epsom Salts. Thank you to several readers that reminded me of the purple/violet ointment name! Another reader just emailed me and said she always puts a couple of tablespoons in the hole before she plants her tomatoes. It helps them grow stronger and prevents blossom end rot. Thanks so much for these awesome tips!

My 15 Reasons Why I Store Epsom Salts:

1. Throw a cupful into a warm bath along with some lavender essential oils…….relax and read a book. No need to buy expensive bath salts, plus you choose the essential oils you prefer.

2. Make a paste with water and Epsom Salts to soothe a sunburn. Take a small container and mix water and enough of the Epsom Salts to make a paste similar to thin toothpaste. Gently rub the mixture onto the sunburned skin.

3. You can do your own pedicure by soaking your feet in a bucket of warm water with a 1/2 cup Epsom Salts added. Relax and let the dry skin fall off. Use a pumice stone to remove the remaining dead skin, and then rub coconut oil into your feet to soften them. I wear socks so I won’t fall from the slippery oil on my bare feet. It really helps with those cracked heels in the summertime.

4. It is great for splinters….soak and then remove the splinter ever so carefully with clean tweezers.

5. Gout can be treated by soaking your foot in as hot as the water can be and still be comfortable, along with 1/4 cup Epsom Salts. Soak the foot for about thirty minutes. This will help ease the discomfort of a sore foot.

6. Sprains can be treated by following the instructions for gout. The water with the Epsom Salts seems to ease the discomfort of the sprained ankle or foot.

7. Athlete’s Foot is treated by soaking the feet in warm water with 1/4 cup Epsom Salts for about 30 minutes. Drain the water, clean the container and repeat if necessary.

8. Gardens are benefited by preventing slugs when you sprinkle some Epsom Salts around where you do not want the slugs to enter near your garden plants.

9. Epsom Salts is a natural insecticide….sprinkle lightly around your plants to keep those plant pests away.

10. Keep your lawns green with 2 tablespoons to one-gallon water and spray onto your lawn. Cheap way to keep your lawn healthy and green.

11. Fertilize your house plants. Sprinkle a little each week to keep them healthy and keep the pests away. (high in nitrogen, phosphorus & potassium)

12. Make your own hand wash with baby oil and Epsom Salts. Soothes dry chapped fingers and knuckles.

13. Clean your bathroom tile with equal amounts of Epsom Salts and your favorite liquid detergent, use a rag to just wipe away the grime.

14. Add a tiny amount (about 1/4 teaspoon give or take) to your regular face cleansing cream and wash your face as usual. It feels fabulous!

15. Fungus toenail or fingernail can be treated by soaking the infected nail(s) in hot water mixed with Epsom Salts at least three times a day.

If you have other ideas please comment. I would love to add them to my list. We all learn from each other. The really nice thing about Epsom Salts is the fact that they are fairly inexpensive to purchase and store in your food storage stash or pantry.

My friend, Karen @Blue Yonder Urban Farms Why we should store Epsom Salts

My friend, Shelle @PreparednessMama has, even more, ideas using Epsom Salts

My friend, Kristi @Homestead Wishing She has some Epsom Salt relaxing tips


Jan: I use Epsom salts to give more volume to my hair. Don’t know the amount you use. I used a tablespoon per 16 ounces water. You could probably use less. Mix with warm water in spray bottle. I am a hair dresser and this gives more volume to your hair than any expensive hair products I’ve used. Plus it doesn’t make you feel like it has product in it. Also, I learned in beauty school that magnesium makes your hair curl. Not if you have straight hair but if you have some body in your hair it is supposed to make it curly.

Sue: My physical therapist recommends an Epsom salt bath to help reduce inflammation. This is good for people who have an injury, feel achy or have fibromyalgia or arthritis.

Veronica: I learned from one of the nurseries that Epsom salt makes the plant yield more flowers, I tried that for my roses and they look very great!!

Roberta: When my hubby plants his vegetable garden he digs hole puts a tablespoon of Epsom salt in adds a little dirt back then plants tomatoes. This year he yielded so much more because of Epsom salt he also sprinkles around plant before watering

Barb: When someone is coming down with the sniffles or you just want your room to smell really good, I take a cup of Epsom and add about 4 drops of peppermint oil in a pretty container and put it in the bedroom, close the door and your room will smell wonderful, plus it seems to get rid of the sniffles! I don’t know if there is any medical backing this up, but it works for us!

Rebekah: Epsom salts make a great laundry softener also! I mix 4 cups Epsom salts with 25-30 drops of my favorite essential oils (right now I’m hooked on the fresh clean scents of lemon and lime) and store it in a big sealed container. I put about 2 tablespoons in my laundry with the detergent, and my clothes get softened as well as smelling great!

Siobhan: Epsom salt is also good in healing bruises faster. I will soak a towel with hot water and Epsom salts and place on bruise and repeat. I think it works best if you do this within the first 24 hours of the bruising This definitely speeds the healing process. This past winter I slipped and fell. I had a very large bruise and this cleared it up in a week.

Gabe: Hello, I’m a geologist and use Epsom salt for all sorts of things. It really is a wonderful substance. I appreciate the information here. I wanted to let you know that Epsom Salt is the household name for a mineral called Epsomite MgSO4 * 7H2O. It is great in the garden if your soil pH is too high and for plants that like high acidity. It does not, however, contain any amount of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, or Potassium.

Please don’t take this as criticism. I am just trying to offer helpful knowledge to pass on. Thank you for writing this article and sharing your knowledge with us.

PS: It also works as a gentle (if very yucky tasting) laxative.

Survival Food Storage by Linda

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“There Is Therefore Now No Condemnation For Those In Jesus Christ”

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Two months ago, I wrote a blog post decrying the condemnation coming against popular Bible teacher Beth Moore.  At the time, I wrote that it wasn’t quite clear why the fundamentalist, conservative website Pulpit and Pen was coming after Moore so hard.  Their complaints were shrouded in unsubstantiated grievances, and it took a lot of research to uncover the somewhat lukewarm objections that she was a woman who taught before men (which they say violates Paul’s command for women to be silent in the church), and she claimed to “hear the voice of God”.  But, I instinctively knew there was a deeper objection that infected this angry segment of the Body of Christ.  Now it has come out into the open….  

     Author J. Lee Grady wrote an article on Charisma News applauding the appearance of Beth Moore as a speaker at a Conference of Pentecostal associations and churches.  Grady wrote that Moore’s speech was “so convicting and so saturated in the Holy Spirit …. that people wept, prayed, and sobbed uncontrollably”.  Grady stated that Moore based her message on Jeremiah 12:5: “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?”  He wrote that “Moore lamented the powerless state of the modern church and called us back to the raw authenticity of New Testament faith”.
     And then came the statement that has [not surprisingly] set the angry tongues wagging at Pulpit and Pen… “We are settling for woefully less than what Jesus promised us,” said Moore. “I read my New Testament over and over. I’m not seeing what He promised. I’m unsettled and unsatisfied.” She added: “I want holy fire!” Amen, Sister!   

     Now, it has become clear to me why there is such an ongoing and aggressive attack upon Beth Moore.  She has stepped outside the Church’s rigid box of acceptable doctrine concerning the supernatural effects of the Holy Spirit, and is being accused of not following in lock-step with the man-made teachings of the Biblical text.  As she says, when you read the New Testament “over and over” with a mind and heart that seeks God’s perspective on what and why He inspired the writings, you get a Kingdom mandate that is different from the stereotypical and formulaic variety of teaching and preaching the Word.  You see that Jesus wants more from us than regular Church attendance and a narrow view of our responsibilities as Christians.  He wants bold and courageous followers who [like the Apostles] dare to walk in His radical footsteps.  He wants a Church walking in His power! And that scares the majority of comfortable Christians.
     Moore is calling for renewed minds that are in step with Jesus and His promises; for Christians who have had the Light of God shine upon His Word so that they see what our Lord has called us to do in living out our faith — Christians that see with unveiled eyes and understand with pure hearts that God is a consuming fire — and Believers who desperately seek His Presence and that Holy fire in their own lives!  Beth Moore wants “holy fire”, and so do I!
     In the Old Testament, God, Himself, lit the fire on the altar of burnt offering, and charged His priests to keep it continually lit.  As New Testament believers in YHWH, our bodies are living sacrifices upon the altar of God, and His Holy Spirit is to engulf our hearts and remain inextinguishable.  That holy fire within us exhibits God’s Presence, His passion for His children and His Kingdom, and His desire to purify us for good works for that Kingdom.
     All of that is our right as Sons and Daughters of God! But that “right” comes with some conditions … we should be crying out for, embracing, and receiving that Holy Spirit fire.  We must trust in, and rely on, the power of Jesus’s Name to continue the works He did for the Father [including healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead]. We must be spiritually transformed, with renewed minds, and sanctified to do these works for the glory of God alone.  But do we see that happening in the Body of Christ today?  That is what Beth Moore is calling our attention to, and those who are satisfied and settled in their complacency are made uncomfortable by that calling.  And, so they condemn and criticize and censure.
     But how many of you can identify with Beth Moore and Jeremiah 12:5? How many of you lament the powerless teachings of the modern Church? There are so many promises given to us in the Bible; promises that we have a right to expect as Sons and Daughters of God.  But, as Beth Moore explicitly states, we are settling for less than the inheritance due us.
     Among those stated promises is this: we have been given authority to trample on demonic spirits, and are able to exercise that authority over all the power of the enemy, with no harm coming to us. We have been promised that whatever we bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Jesus gave us the promise that if we have only the faith of a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible to us.  We have been given the promise of treasure in heaven. We have been promised persecution — but it will give us the blessed opportunity to testify of our Lord before the world.  We are promised a kingdom and a place at Jesus’s table in His Kingdom.  We are promised that He will do whatever we ask in His Name, so that our Father will be glorified by His Son.  We are promised that He will abide in us and we will bear much fruit.  We are promised that our joy will be full, and we will not stumble.  We are promised that we will be made holy and set apart by God’s Truth.  We are promised power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us; and signs will accompany us in that power.
     These are just a few of the more than 200 promises in the New Testament, and these are only the promises we can expect in this present age.  There are many more promises to be fulfilled in the future Kingdom!  But all these promises are due the Children of God who believe them and trust in Him who pledged them — and who are willing to act out their faith.  Beth Moore and so many others are simply willing to step out in faith and receive those promises, seeking the fire and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to do Christ’s bidding.
     But here’s how the Enemy blinds the hearts and minds of the Body of Christ … with headlines that scream, Beth Moore is Unsatisfied With Christ.  They are so twisted in their minds that they cannot see that it is the modern Church that is unsatisfactory to her, not Jesus!  Why are they so afraid to seek after the promises Jesus offers those who trust Him?  How do their unregenerated hearts hear the false whispers of the Enemy who translates her words into conflicting statements such as this:  Jesus promised eternal life to those who would repent and believe in Him. Is she denying that this promise is being fulfilled? Is there something more than this that she wants? Who could make such a claim? Of course, this is one of the deceptive errors of Pentecostalism and charismaticism–that God owes us anything and that His Son Jesus is not enough. And there, we also see their fear of any supernatural relationship with Jesus or the Father. That is why so many of us have also become wearied by the “footmen” of the Church.
     Can you see how Satan has blinded them and twisted her words?  Can you now understand why so many Christians are living powerless and fearful lives?  For those who have ears to hear, and eyes to see, it is not difficult to discern the schemes of the devil and the presence of a religious spirit.  But there is a remnant in this generation that is following Jesus’s command to seek the Kingdom first.  We will not be intimidated nor pressured into standing down from our Lord’s invitation to walk in His footsteps. I, for one, am thankful that Beth Moore is letting the Light of God guide her as she boldly and confidently walks that narrow path towards Heaven’s gates. As long as she faithfully represents Jesus’s Kingdom message, I will stand with her.  But it is no wonder that those who choose the easier and more frequently traveled route think themselves the wiser. I’m afraid they will find themselves put to shame by their arrogance and rejection of the Word of the Lord. It is much easier to condemn than to diligently seek the Truth.

Please feel free to click on the following links and read the article by J. Lee Grady on Charisma News, and the opposing viewpoint on Pulpit and Pen.  Then I welcome your prayerful discernment and comments. 

Matthew 15:14   “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit”. 

How to Use Garden Produce to Bulk Up Your Prepper Pantry

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Many of you are undoubtedly beginning to harvest some veggies from the garden, and many of you generous samaritans are giving away extra stuff.  You may want to reconsider that for a time, and consider dehydrating your extra produce to add to your prepper pantry.

There are as many types of dehydrators as there are words on this page.  The most important thing you can do with your dehydrator (besides ensuring that it works) is to put it to work.  A dehydrator packed in the box with its instructions, safe on your shelf is not doing you any good.  In addition to this, there are a ton of plans for solar dehydrators all over the internet, and articles have been written about solar dehydrating in the past.

One of the rules of dehydrating and perhaps one of the biggest mistakes that people make is that they do not boil/parboil their vegetables before placing them in the dehydrator.  This accomplishes several things.  By parboiling the food, it makes it easier for the dehydrator to extract the fluid from it.  The act of immersion in the boiling water for a couple of minutes also kills any bugs that may have slipped through, and any damaging fungus or exterior plant woes.

If you have a standard, 4-tray dehydrator, you can rock and roll with that thing for about 8 hours and dry your veggies out just fine. Another thing you may want to consider is that when you dehydrate fruits and vegetables there is some nutrient loss, especially vitamin C, but it can easily be added back.  Now, there are plenty of packets out there for canners, and if you want the “Uncle Caveman” method, here it is.  Take a couple of thousand milligrams of Vitamin C tablets, and crush them up into a fine powder.  Yes, the mortar and pestle made from marble are excellent for this.  A hammer with a clean striking face will suffice as a backup.

After powdering your Vitamin C very fine, then take a good-sized bowl (glass, such as Pyrex is best, as you can see the mixture occurring and it will not trap any Vitamin C on the surface) and fill it halfway with water at room temperature.  Mix in the powdered Vitamin C.  Soak the vegetables to be dried for about 1-hour minimum in the refrigerator.  This will allow the C to soak into the tissues of and adhere to the surface of the veggies.  The Vitamin C (being an acid, hence the name ascorbic acid) will keep mold from growing on your stored veggies, as the acidity is not something that fungus and/or “bugs” prefer to live in.

Some high-acidity foods such as tomatoes don’t really need this, as well as other fruits.  Even so, I still do it with apples; better safe than sorry.  Parboiling also helps with things such as berries, as unless the outer skin of the berry is loosened slightly by the boiling, the dehydrator will have a really hard time.  Make sure you use the Vitamin C on these as well!  I lost a whole “crop” of serviceberries because of mold; therefore, ever since I have used the Vitamin C “bath” on everything.

I’m telling you to dehydrate for a reason: in case you haven’t heard, the North Koreans just successfully test-launched an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) capable of reaching Alaska (the U.S. admitted to) and in reality, able to reach the continental U.S. (CONUS).  It would behoove you to put preps of dried veggies into overdrive, and then maybe branch out to other things such as fruits, meats, and other staples.  You cannot overprepare, and eventually, you would have to can them all anyway if you did not give away your extra.  Keep in 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.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Cancer In The Family & How It Made Us Re-Assess Healthcare Preps

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Cancer In The Family & How It Made Us Re-Assess Healthcare Preps

So we’ve been a little MIA recently on this blog. You may or may not have been able to tell, but from this end of things, it’s felt like we’ve been half in half out for weeks. See, a relative of ours was diagnosed with cancer. Don’t worry – 1) It’s been long enough for […]

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Top 50 Things To Disappear From Stores Before A Natural Disaster

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Every time a big storm is predicted, you see people panicking and ransacking regional stores. These are the same people that call folks like you and me “odd”. They think we exaggerate with our prepping plans and we won’t need all the things we stockpile. Before a natural disaster, the following things will disappear faster … Read more…

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Secrets of the Forest: The Best Outdoor Education Book I’ve Read

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by Todd Walker

Secrets of the Forest- The Best Outdoor Education Book I've Read -

I recently began working with at-risk youth in our county’s alternative school, Rise Academy. My “job” is to offer project-based learning opportunities to develop self-reliant skills in our students.

My curriculum guide is a blank slate. There are no state approved guides for Doing the Stuff of Self-Reliance in academia. I must write my own. Out of necessity, I began to pull from my own experience and those of my mentors. Fortunately, one of my teachers, Mark Warren, director of Medicine Bow, recently published the first in a series of four books, Secrets of the Forest.

Secrets of the Forest, Volume 1, is broken into two parts:

  1. The Magic and Mystery of Plants, and…
  2. The Lore of Survival

I ordered and quickly devoured Volume 1. If you’ve ever wondered how to transfer lost knowledge and skills to our next generation, this book series is your guide. Mark is no newcomer in the world of primitive skills and nature study. He’s been passing on his knowledge to young and old for over a half century. I’ve had the pleasure of attending several of his classes in Dahlonega, Georgia. Mark is a walking encyclopedia of earth-lore and the skills required to call Nature home.

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Mark showing an impromptu lesson on stringing a bow during a Winter Tree Identification class.

Part 1: The Magic and Mystery of Plants

Students at Medicine Bow are fully submerged in experiential, hands-on learning. Reading Mark’s book is no different. Over 200 original activities are included to engage one’s senses in the forest. Making your own Botany Booklet, written and illustrated by you, is worth the price of this first volume. It only consist of six sheets of folded paper (12 pages) but will set a student on a path of discovery in the amazing green world surrounding us.

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“Plant study is the foundation upon which all survival skills are built.” ~ Mark Warren, p. 16

Mark is quick to point out that modern humans have lost the instincts of our paleo ancestors regarding plant usage. Therefore, we must approach our study of plants on an academic level. Eating the wrong plant, or wrong part of a plant, in the wrong season can be deadly. However, embracing the study of plants and trees for food, medicine, and craft is worth the time and effort.

I’ve read many online discussions of outdoorsy people expressing their desire to become more proficient in plant identification and use. Many have purchased botanical field guides specific to their locale. These guides are helpful for identification but rarely offer hidden secrets of a plant. In Chapter 6, 100 Plants ~ And Their Many Gifts, Mark offers insight into plants/trees of southern Appalachia which I’ve never read in other botanical books. Color photos of each plant await at the end of this chapter to aid in identification.

Chapter 10 is devoted entirely to Poison Ivy. Anyone spending time outdoors will appreciate the information on this rogue plant. From identification, protecting ourselves, treating the rash, and even making oneself immune, Mark covers it all.

Part 2: The Lore of Survival

“If you get lost out there, the world around you may seem your enemy, but it’s not. It’s just that you’ve forgotten what your ancestors knew a long time ago.”

~ Natalie Tudachi, Blue Panther Woman of the Anigilogi clan, Let Their Tears Drown Them (p. 167 – Secrets of the Forest)

Reading this volume will give you knowledge, but knowing is not enough – there must be urgency in doing the stuff. As with Part 1, many hands-on activities accompany The Lore of Survival section. Chapters include:

  • The First Step ~ getting started in survival skills
  • The Ties That Bind ~ cordage
  • Oh Give Me a Home ~ shelter building
  • Sticks and Stones ~ the multi-use rabbit stick
  • Water, Water Everywhere ~ water purification
  • Hors D’oeuvres of Protein ~ adventures with larvae
  • A Kitchen in the Forest ~ cooking in the wild
  • An Army of Silent Hunters ~ traps and snares
Secrets of the Forest- The Best Outdoor Education Book I've Read -

Describing the finer details in a tracking class at Medicine Bow.

Mark’s approach to wilderness survival centers around the primitive technology used by the Cherokee who called Southern Appalachia home. Our relationship with “the real world” (forest) becomes intimate as we integrate primitive survival skills. This may seem overwhelming, depending on the forest to provide your needs, so take one skill of interest and practice until proficiency is developed.

Of particular interest to me, since I’m allergic to yellow jacket stings to some degree, is the section on making yellow jacket soup. Larvae, not adults, are used to make a nutty flavored, protein-packed soup. Mark gives detailed descriptions on how to “safely” dig and harvest larva from a yellow jacket nest. My experience with the business end of these stinging insects has prevented me from attempting a heist. However, after reading his experience, it sounds doable even for me.

Secrets of the Forest- The Best Outdoor Education Book I've Read -

Hands-on learning in a creek studying animal tracks and sign.

I respect Mark Warren a great deal, not only for his passion to share this lost knowledge, but more so because he lives what he describes his book. He traded theory for action decades ago. When purchasing his book or attending his classes, you’ll quickly discover that Mark is the real deal with a depth of experience sorely lacking in the world of outdoor education.

If you teach wilderness living skills, scouts, school children, or just interested in expanding your own outdoor education, I highly recommend Secrets of the Forest! Order yours at his site: Medicine Bow.

While you’re there, check out his class schedule. I’ll be attending The Art of Archery class in September. Mark knows a thing or two about archery. He was the World Long Bow Champion in 1999.

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The Many Uses of Borax

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Sodium tetraborate decahydrate, commonly known as borax, is a natural mineral made of sodium, boron, oxygen and water, and is a good thing to have in your storage. It has many uses in your home, and if kept in a dry location, the shelf life of borax is virtually unlimited.

Borax and pest control

  • Keep roaches, waterbugs, and ants away by sprinkling a combination of equal parts all-natural borax and sugar.
  • Keep the mice out by sprinkling borax on the floor along the wall.
  • Kill fleas by sprinkling borax on your carpet.  Leave it for an hour and vacuum it up thoroughly.
  • Combine cornmeal with borax. Pour into shallow dishes and place them in areas where pests are a problem.

General uses for borax

  • Make an all-purpose cleaner by mixing 2 tablespoons borax and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle.
  • You can remove oxidation from metals with borax. The ingredient is also used as a flux in welding.
  • As a laundry detergent, add one cup of borax to each load and significantly boost your cleaning power.
  • Make your own dishwasher detergent by mixing 1 tablespoons borax and 1 tablespoons baking soda.
  • For removing urine odors from a mattress, wet the mattress rub in borax with a damp cloth. Let dry, then vacuum up the remaining residue.
  • Just 1/2 cup of borax poured down drains will help unclog them.
  • Pour 1 cup of borax into toilet bowls at night and in the morning, scrub bowl with a toilet brush.
  • A paste of water and borax can scrub away sticky residue from adhesives.

Borax for homemade candle wicks

This is an unusual application of borax but will help homemade candles produce less ash and smoke.

  • Dissolve 2 tbsp. table salt and 4 tbsp. borax in 1 1/2 c. warm water.
  • Soak a 1-foot length of regular cotton kite string or twine in the solution for 15 minutes.
  • Hang the string with a clothespin for five days to be sure it is completely dry.
  • Use a paper clip to dip the string in melted wax three or four times, coating it completely. Hang it up to dry as before.
  • Store wicks rolled up in a newspaper.

Is borax toxic?

Safety Source for Pest Management states the following regarding uses and toxicity.

“While exposure to boric acid has been linked to adverse health effects, experts agree that careful application offers a safe and effective alternative without the indoor air problems associated with sprays. Boron is a naturally-occurring element in the earth’s crust and background levels even circulate in the human bloodstream. Boric acid’s exposure risks are minimal because of its method of application.

However, while boric acid has become one of the chemicals of choice for many urban pest control programs, it can be toxic. EPA considers boric acid as a moderately acutely toxic due to acute effects including oral and dermal toxicity, and eye and skin irritation. EPA’s reregistration document states that a subchronic borax feeding study using dogs resulted in blood and metabolism disorders as well as effects to the testes, endocrine system, brain weight, and size ratios among various organs and glands. In chronic oncogenicity studies using mice, rats and beagle dogs, boric acid and borax were found not to be carcinogenic; however, testicular effects and decreases in body weight resulted at high dose levels. EPA has classified boric acid as a “Group E” carcinogen, indicating that it shows “evidence of noncarcinogenicity” for humans. In reproductive and developmental toxicity studies using rats, mice and rabbits, maternal liver and kidney effects and decreased weight gain as well as decreased fetal body weights were observed. In two studies, at the highest dose levels, no litters were produced. Prenatal mortality occurred at the highest dose levels in the rabbit study. Boric acid does not cause mutagenicity (U.S. EPA 1993).”

This is a good item to keep in your storage, just use some common sense. It is inexpensive and readily available in most grocery stores. You’ll find it in the laundry soap aisle.



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Popeye, Down the Rabbit Hole and Anything Go’s!

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Popeye Down the Rabbit Hole and Anything Go’s! Ray Becker… “The Ray Becker Show” Audio player provided! I will be joined with Popeye from Down the Rabbit Hole. The start of the show will be a look at the economic news and the Markets. We’ll take a look at Gold and Silver prices along with … Continue reading Popeye, Down the Rabbit Hole and Anything Go’s!

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The PRIMAL Glue That Creates The Family Bonds

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Would you believe I found the glue that creates the family bonds? It’s true!

What’s your favorite memory of your grandparents?

I love to ask baby boomers that question, and here are just a few of the answers they’ve given me:

“Collecting eggs in the henhouse with grandma.”

“Working in the garden with granddad.”

“Gathering apples from Old Aunt Julia’s tree and making applesauce together.”

I started noticing a theme in the answers I was getting—I’m sure you see it, too.

… They’re all about food!

If you’re like me, you can completely relate. Everything of importance in our lives centers around food—from holidays to connection to focused conversation.

In fact, gathering, growing, and preparing food together is a primal glue that has bonded family groups since the first humans walked this earth.

In my next video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground, I show you how to tap into the power of this ancient human activity to strengthen your family and vastly improve your true wealth.

(Video Length: 20.21 minutes)

In this video, I discuss:

  • Reluctant Spouse Or Kids? 7 Ways To Entice Them Toward Food Production!
  • The Gardener’s “Gateway Drug” 😉
  • 3 Tips For Bulletproofing Your Family’s First Garden

Then, I’d love to know:

What are your favorite food-related childhood memories?

How do you get your family involved in gardening?

Put your answers in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you!


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