Hiring An Affiliate Manager Who Love Gardening, Permaculture, and Homesteading

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Want to Join the Grow Network Team?

We’re hiring an Affiliate Manager!

The Grow Network is the online home of a global network of people who are producing their own food and medicine. The purpose of the organization is to stop the destruction of the Earth, and “Home Grown Food on Every Table” is our catalyzing statement.

We offer inspiration and education via our online blog, video “how-to” tutorial products (physical DVD’s and digital access), and a community membership area, at:  http://TheGrowNetwork.com

Our company culture is that of a team of adventurers and entrepreneurs, out to make a difference in the world.  While our team is spread across the United States (and beyond), we meet regularly via face-to-face Skype conferences and gather 2-3 times each year to meet in person in various interesting locations, including Durango CO.

Are You Good With People and Vegetables?

Are you the kind of person who loves to throw totally awesome parties?  Are you such a natural born networker that you’ve made friends or signed up new clients while waiting in line at the grocery store?  The Grow Network is looking for a dynamic team player to join us as we create the most useful, simple, and fun homesteading resource on the web.

The Grow Network is currently composed of about 120,000 members, and we are scaling up our systems to handle 2 million members.

You are a person who knows you can work anywhere, but chooses to work with us.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Skills and Attributes Needed: (Please don’t apply if you don’t meet these criteria.)

  • You have a passion for homegrown food and natural health – you already have a garden and/or livestock…you are growing some of your own food in some way.
  • You have a minimum 5-years’ experience in internet marketing with a fluent understanding of affiliate marketing. Two-years’ experience directly in the role of Affiliate Manager is a plus.
  • You have a 4-year college degree – bonus points if it is in business or marketing.
  • You have excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills – you love engaging with people.
  • You are persistence with follow-up – a dozen interactions for an outcome doesn’t faze you at all.
  • You are a skillful negotiator, always seeking win-win outcomes in delicate business relationships.
  • You are detail oriented and have an instinct for organizing and categorizing with simple clarity.
  • You are computer and internet savvy – you easily pick up new software.
  • You have excellent time-management skills with the ability to balance multiple projects.
  • You have been or currently are an entrepreneur, owning your own business or freelance gig at some point.
  • You are comfortable working remotely as part of a geographically distributed team, across different time zones.
  • You have a good sense of humor, and are a team player.
  • You have good working knowledge (intermediate skills) with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Big pluses for familiarity with OntraPort, WordPress, Highrise, and Office-365.

The main objective of the Affiliate Manager will be to generate revenue for TGN, by:

  • Creating attractive/compelling affiliate programs, collateral and product marketing launches.
  • Seeking and recruiting new affiliate partners who have sizeable, well-aligned audiences.
  • Managing and motivating our existing pool of affiliates to sell more TGN programs and products.

The Affiliate Manager will:

  • Nurture exceptional partner relationships and provide regular performance reporting to affiliates.
  • Negotiate and manage contracts and commission structures for affiliates.
  • Maintain direct communication and recommend new campaigns for affiliates.
  • Identify and recruit new affiliates through various networking approaches, including travelling approximately 6-8 times per year to Internet Marketing conferences, participating on social media and marketplace sites, etc.
  • Proactively monitor traffic sources to determine which affiliates should be prioritized and focused on.
  • Prepare and present reports for metrics such as # of affiliate partners recruited, conversion rates, etc.
  • Maintain good record keeping of reciprocal click agreements and status with our top affiliates.
  • Travel approximately 6-8 times per year to Internet Marketing Conventions, for networking.

Application Steps

To apply, send an email to “hr(at)thegrownetwork(dot)com”, with the subject line “Affiliate Manager – (your name).” Please attach your resume in word docx format, and a cover letter describing why you want to work for The Grow Network.

Additionally, in your email please include a link to a short “unlisted” YouTube video of yourself answering the brief set of questions below.  Please, don’t worry about editing this video—we promise to not share it with anyone.  Just do a one-shot video (shot with a webcam, cell phone, etc). Please just be yourself and answer the following questions:

  1. What are you looking for in a new company/position?
  2. What is one job perk that would motivate you like nothing else? (keep it reasonable please)
  3. What is a goal or dream that really excites you?
  4. What sets you apart? What will make us want to work with you?

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Get yourself a Busse INFI Dog Soldier knife

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If you’re looking for some INFI steel knife from Busse they have a pretty neat knife available at the moment for $259.95 called the INFI Dog Soldier. INFI knives are usually around the 350ish to 500 buck range so the $259 price, while high, isnt that bad. Especially given that these days any 1095 “survival”  knife costs around or above 100 bucks. Good stainless steel knives often twice as much.

Busse knives are often sold out in a matter of days and resold at higher prices.In particular INFI steel blades tend to be pretty expensive as you probably know, so while the price isnt cheap, you do get something neat in the knife world, but also a steel that is actually excellent. and you get to pick the blade color finish.

No, I don’t make a single buck out of this, no commission of any kind, but I do write about these knives at times and they aren’t always easy to acquire so this is your chance if you want a high end knife. Here’s the link.

http://www.bussecombat.com/infi-dog-soldier/

The current offer is the Dog Soldier, 6.25 inch blade, .210″ thick. A solid blade geometry, great Respirine C grip. The only thing I’d like to have is a matte or satin polished finish but I can live with the black finish too, especially at that price.

Get one while you can if interested, supply tends to be limited. In fact I’m posting this because I already ordered mine, which I will review once I receive it.

Take care!

FerFAL

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

7 Toxins Lurking In Your Toothpaste

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Over your lifetime, you’ll use about 20 gallons of toothpaste. The chemicals in that toothpaste can get into your bloodstream. Even though you don’t swallow it, your mouth can absorb it. Let’s take a look at what’s in your toxic toothpaste.

Toxins In Your Toothpaste

Look on the back of your toothpaste tube. What ingredients are listed? Can you even pronounce them? My thought: If you can’t or struggle to pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t put it in your body.

There are certain risks with a lot of common toothpaste ingredients, even though they are branded as “natural.” The chemicals in your toothpaste are known to cause mental and physical problems, inflammation, and cancer.

Artificial Colors, Flavors, and Sweeteners

Toothpaste often contains artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners, especially toothpaste branded for children. These are linked to hyperactivity and behavioral problems.

FD&C and D&C dyes are made from petroleum. The term “lake” is a colorant made by combining a pigment with metal salts, usually aluminum, zirconium, titanium, and others.

Aspartame and artificial sweeteners are added to toothpaste to make it taste good. Aspartame in the body breaks down to wood alcohol and formaldehyde. Both of these are stored in your liver or kidneys. They are not eliminated from the body.

Fluoride

I could write an entire article on the dangers of fluoride.

In a 2010 study, researchers found that a beneficial layer of fluorapatite was formed on your teeth from fluoride, but it was only 6 nanometers thick. Let’s put that into perspective—you’d need 10,000 of those layers to be the width of a human hair. The ultra-thin layer disappears as soon as you chew something.

Now consider the toxic nature of fluoride. It is a chemical that accumulates in your tissue over time. It can cause neurological, as well as endocrine system problems.

Triclosan

To fight plaque and gingivitis, Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical is added to toothpaste. However, it has been linked to antibiotic resistance, endocrine disruption, and thyroid dysfunction.

Its chemical makeup is similar to thyroid hormones. Triclosan causes a wide-range of health problems including breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, preterm and low birth weight babies, pre-puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

This harmful chemical is responsible for the foaming action of your toothpaste.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate has also been linked to skin irritation and canker sores. It is registered as an insecticide. The manufacturer sought approval to market Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as an organic pesticide. The application was denied because of the potential environmental hazard.

Studies have shown that it may have toxic effects on marine life.

Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

Some of the chemicals in toothpaste release formaldehyde—a known carcinogen. These preservatives kill microbes that might grow in the toothpaste.

The preservatives are absorbed into your bloodstream through the lining of your mouth. It can also cause allergic skin reactions.

Here are 10 Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives to watch out for:

  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Polyoxymethylene urea
  • Methenamine
  • Quaternium-15
  • Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
  • Bronopol
  • Bronidox
  • Glyoxal

Parabens

These chemicals are endocrine disruptors that have been linked to cancer and developmental and reproductive issues. They act like the hormone, estrogen.

Keep an eye out for these chemicals in your toothpaste:

  • Methylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Isopropylparaben

Carrageenan

This thickening agent is a suspected carcinogen. According to current research, food-grade carrageenan creates intestinal inflammation that can lead to cancer, even in small doses.

It has been linked to:

  • free radicals
  • inflammation
  • insulin resistance
  • glucose intolerance

Diethanolamine (DEA)

This foaming agent is a known hormone disrupter that reacts with other ingredients. It forms a potential carcinogen called N-nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA), which is readily absorbed through the skin. It has been linked to stomach, esophagus, liver, and bladder cancers.

On another note …

Many kinds of toothpaste include ingredients that are genetically modified Organisms (GMOs). The only way to avoid these is to buy products that carry the USDA 100% Organic label.

So how do you brush your teeth with all of these toxins in your toothpaste?

There are several healthy and safer alternative products on the market. Look at your local health food store for some of their recommendations.

OR, with a few ingredients, you can make your own.

Simple and Natural Toothpaste

Brushing twice-a-day, this recipe lasts about a month.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Raw cacao powder (promotes remineralization) Or Calcium Carbonate Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Baking soda (it is alkaline, helps balance pH in the mouth)
  • 2 Tablespoons Xylitol Powder (natural sweetener, reduces cavity-causing bacteria, more is not better with this ingredient. If it is too sweet or if you get sweet cravings, reduce the amount.)
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons Coconut oil (naturally prevents candida in the mouth, boosts the microbiome in your gut)
  • 15-20 drops Essential oils for flavor (cinnamon, orange, or peppermint) This is optional, but it does add to the taste. I tend to like the peppermint.

How to make it:

  1. Melt or slightly soften the coconut oil.
  2. Measure the dry ingredients into a glass measuring cup.
  3. Pour the coconut oil into the dry ingredients, and stir. Mix the ingredients really well. It should be the consistency of cookie dough, or if you prefer, cake batter.
  4. Put the mixture in a small glass jar to store.

To use: Dip your toothbrush and scrape a small amount onto the bristles.

Your Diet

Also, remember that your diet is essential as the foundation for healthy teeth and gums. Your oral health depends on:

  • Vitamins C, D, and K2
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Calcium

 

How do you take care of your teeth and gums? Tell us in the comments below.

 

Resources:

Is Your Toothpaste Toxic? Progressive Health.
Is Your Toothpaste Loaded With Toxins? Mercola.
Epoch Times August 26, 2015
Behind the Dazzling Smile: Toxic Ingredients in Your Toothpaste. Cornucopia report.

 

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Types of Nuclear Weapons and Their Effects

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TYPES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THEIR EFFECTS

Ground Blast with Fireball

Given the fragile state of affairs on the Korean peninsula, fears of a nuclear incident are higher than at any time since the Cold War. With good reason, most people associate use of nuclear weapons with devastating outcomes. Few, however, know much about the different types and their actual effects.

(by the way, It’s pronounced “noo-clee-ar”, not “noo-cu-lar”)

TYPES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Until the recent missile launches by North Korea, most people were concerned about the use of “dirty bombs“ by terrorists. A dirty bomb is not technically a nuclear weapon. It uses conventional explosives to disperse radioactive material in the general area. Usually, the effect of the explosion causes more damage and casualties than the radioactive elements.

Our concept of an “atomic bomb“ as developed by the Manhattan Project in the 1940s is one that uses “nuclear fission”. The explosion is caused by a chain reaction that splits atomic nuclei. The result is a wave of intense heat, light, pressure, and kinetic energy equaling thousands of tons (also called kilotons) of TNT. This is followed by the release of radioactive particles in a cloud that resembles a mushroom (if a ground blast). Mixed with dirt and debris, the particles fall back to Earth, contaminating crops, animals, and people. This will happen in the area of the detonation, but will also be blown elsewhere by the prevailing winds.

Atomic bombs gave way to hydrogen bombs, which are best described as “thermonuclear” weapons due to the generation of extreme heat during detonation. H-Bombs use a process known as nuclear fusion, which takes two light nuclei and forms a heavier one, using variations of hydrogen atoms called “isotopes”. This fusion process requires high temperatures and usually involves a fission reaction as discussed above to initiate. H-Bombs don’t just generate power in the kilotons; they can reach levels in the megatons (millions of tons) of TNT.

Another type of thermonuclear weapon is the “neutron bomb“, which generates much less kinetic energy and thermal damage, but much more radiation. Enhanced radiation weapons like the neutron bomb generate a fusion reaction that allows neutrons to escape the weapon with only a limited blast. Originally designed by the United States to counter massive Soviet tank formations, the neutron bomb is an example of a tactical nuclear weapon. The effect is to leave infrastructure mostly intact while wiping out human targets due to massive radiation.

Blast and Heat Waves cause more % damage than radiation in a fission bomb detonation

DAMAGE CAUSED BY A NUCLEAR ATTACK

The impact of a nuclear bomb is dependent on its “yield”, a measure of the amount of energy produced. The Hiroshima A-Bomb had a yield of 15 kilotons, while the “Tsar Bomba” detonated by the Russians in 1961 had a yield of 51 megatons (51,000 kilotons!). Most of the weapons stockpile of the U.S. and Russia consist of bombs in the 100 to 500 kiloton range, much stronger than Hiroshima and much weaker than Tsar Bomba. This is because they are meant to be fired at major cities in clusters rather than one large bomb, which would be easier to intercept than, say, 20 smaller ones.

Damage is caused by:

  • Blast effects (kinetic energy) – damage due to the explosion and resulting shock wave
  • Heat (thermal energy) – damage generated by extreme heat
  • Radiation (initially and later via fallout) – both local and, later, far-reaching
  • Electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) – disrupts telecommunications, infrastructure

You can expect a generally circular pattern of local damage, but various factors come into play besides the yield of the weapon. The altitude of the explosion, weather, wind conditions, and nearby geologic features play a role. The U.S. government estimates the distribution of damage for fission bombs to be distributed in the following manner:

  • 50% shockwave
  • 35% heat
  • 5% initial blast radiation
  • 10% fallout radiation

Hiroshima Burn Victim

(Note: I don’t have the data in front of me, but it stands to reason that H-bombs would likely cause a higher percentage of heat damage while Neutron bombs would cause more radiation damage than the above model for a standard fission bomb.)

The atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 flattened buildings over a roughly 4 square mile area and killed 60,000 people immediately. Another 90,000-140,000 succumbed later to injuries and radiation exposure. Although this represents a total of 150,000 to 200,000 fatalities, the entire population did not perish. At the time of the explosion, there were about 350,000 people in Hiroshima, including 43,000 soldiers. This shows that, although horrific in its effects, that distance from ground zero and other factors play a role in a nuclear weapon’s lethality, as does the power of the bomb itself.

A 50 megaton H-Bomb like the Russian “Tsar Bomba“, however, would cause a much larger circle of devastation than the Hiroshima bomb, with widespread fatalities at least 20 miles from ground zero and third-degree burns 50 miles away. Windows were reported shattered from the test detonation as far away as Norway and Finland.

You might think there isn’t anything you can do in a nuclear attack, and if you’re at ground zero at the moment of detonation, you’re right. But your chances of survival, given some time, distance, and protection, may be better than you think. Well talk about’ what you can do to increase your chances of survival in future articles.

Joe Alton MD

Joe Alton MD

 

Find out more about disasters (natural and man-made) with the 700 page Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way. And don’t forget to fill those holes in your medical supplies by checking out Nurse Amy’s entire line of kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net.

Doom and Bloom(tm) Med Kits

Types of Nuclear Weapons and Their Effects

TYPES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THEIR EFFECTS

Ground Blast with Fireball

Given the fragile state of affairs on the Korean peninsula, fears of a nuclear incident are higher than at any time since the Cold War. With good reason, most people associate use of nuclear weapons with devastating outcomes. Few, however, know much about the different types and their actual effects.

(by the way, It’s pronounced “noo-clee-ar”, not “noo-cu-lar”)

TYPES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Until the recent missile launches by North Korea, most people were concerned about the use of “dirty bombs“ by terrorists. A dirty bomb is not technically a nuclear weapon. It uses conventional explosives to disperse radioactive material in the general area. Usually, the effect of the explosion causes more damage and casualties than the radioactive elements.

Our concept of an “atomic bomb“ as developed by the Manhattan Project in the 1940s is one that uses “nuclear fission”. The explosion is caused by a chain reaction that splits atomic nuclei. The result is a wave of intense heat, light, pressure, and kinetic energy equaling thousands of tons (also called kilotons) of TNT. This is followed by the release of radioactive particles in a cloud that resembles a mushroom (if a ground blast). Mixed with dirt and debris, the particles fall back to Earth, contaminating crops, animals, and people. This will happen in the area of the detonation, but will also be blown elsewhere by the prevailing winds.

Atomic bombs gave way to hydrogen bombs, which are best described as “thermonuclear” weapons due to the generation of extreme heat during detonation. H-Bombs use a process known as nuclear fusion, which takes two light nuclei and forms a heavier one, using variations of hydrogen atoms called “isotopes”. This fusion process requires high temperatures and usually involves a fission reaction as discussed above to initiate. H-Bombs don’t just generate power in the kilotons; they can reach levels in the megatons (millions of tons) of TNT.

Another type of thermonuclear weapon is the “neutron bomb“, which generates much less kinetic energy and thermal damage, but much more radiation. Enhanced radiation weapons like the neutron bomb generate a fusion reaction that allows neutrons to escape the weapon with only a limited blast. Originally designed by the United States to counter massive Soviet tank formations, the neutron bomb is an example of a tactical nuclear weapon. The effect is to leave infrastructure mostly intact while wiping out human targets due to massive radiation.

Blast and Heat Waves cause more % damage than radiation in a fission bomb detonation

DAMAGE CAUSED BY A NUCLEAR ATTACK

The impact of a nuclear bomb is dependent on its “yield”, a measure of the amount of energy produced. The Hiroshima A-Bomb had a yield of 15 kilotons, while the “Tsar Bomba” detonated by the Russians in 1961 had a yield of 51 megatons (51,000 kilotons!). Most of the weapons stockpile of the U.S. and Russia consist of bombs in the 100 to 500 kiloton range, much stronger than Hiroshima and much weaker than Tsar Bomba. This is because they are meant to be fired at major cities in clusters rather than one large bomb, which would be easier to intercept than, say, 20 smaller ones.

Damage is caused by:

  • Blast effects (kinetic energy) – damage due to the explosion and resulting shock wave
  • Heat (thermal energy) – damage generated by extreme heat
  • Radiation (initially and later via fallout) – both local and, later, far-reaching
  • Electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) – disrupts telecommunications, infrastructure

You can expect a generally circular pattern of local damage, but various factors come into play besides the yield of the weapon. The altitude of the explosion, weather, wind conditions, and nearby geologic features play a role. The U.S. government estimates the distribution of damage for fission bombs to be distributed in the following manner:

  • 50% shockwave
  • 35% heat
  • 5% initial blast radiation
  • 10% fallout radiation

Hiroshima Burn Victim

(Note: I don’t have the data in front of me, but it stands to reason that H-bombs would likely cause a higher percentage of heat damage while Neutron bombs would cause more radiation damage than the above model for a standard fission bomb.)

The atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 flattened buildings over a roughly 4 square mile area and killed 60,000 people immediately. Another 90,000-140,000 succumbed later to injuries and radiation exposure. Although this represents a total of 150,000 to 200,000 fatalities, the entire population did not perish. At the time of the explosion, there were about 350,000 people in Hiroshima, including 43,000 soldiers. This shows that, although horrific in its effects, that distance from ground zero and other factors play a role in a nuclear weapon’s lethality, as does the power of the bomb itself.

A 50 megaton H-Bomb like the Russian “Tsar Bomba“, however, would cause a much larger circle of devastation than the Hiroshima bomb, with widespread fatalities at least 20 miles from ground zero and third-degree burns 50 miles away. Windows were reported shattered from the test detonation as far away as Norway and Finland.

You might think there isn’t anything you can do in a nuclear attack, and if you’re at ground zero at the moment of detonation, you’re right. But your chances of survival, given some time, distance, and protection, may be better than you think. Well talk about’ what you can do to increase your chances of survival in future articles.

Joe Alton MD

Joe Alton MD

 

Find out more about disasters (natural and man-made) with the 700 page Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way. And don’t forget to fill those holes in your medical supplies by checking out Nurse Amy’s entire line of kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net.

Doom and Bloom(tm) Med Kits

Earthquake and Power Outage Experience in the Philippines

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Earthquake and Power Outage Experience in the Philippines   Editor’s Note: This full article is a guest post submitted to us for use on the site.  This was my experience with a mild earthquake and a power outage, in the Philippines. Amazingly nothing was damaged by the quake.  I expected some things to tip over.  …

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4 Shooting Drills Every Carbine Owner Should Perfect

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4 Shooting Drills Every Carbine Owner Should Perfect

Combat Focus Carbine course in Gypsum, Colo. Right: Rob Pincus. Photo by: Terry Nelson

Most serious students of home defense have a handgun or two prepped and ready around the house. I know many that also have a good shotgun at the ready. But fewer folks I know and train with seem to consider the carbine for home and vehicle defense. Aside from some legal issues while carrying in your car (know your state and local laws), I routinely carry a carbine in my vehicle and have the same placed strategically in my home.

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Combat Focus Carbine course in Gypsum, Colo. This class is part of a series of courses sponsored by Personal Defense Network (PDN) and Rob Pincus, executive director of PDN. Although there are numerous instructors working nationwide for PDN, Pincus was the on-site instructor for this class.

Aside from a discussion of safety and responsibility concerning firearms inherent to any good firearms course, the emphasis of Combat Focus Carbine was the defensive use of your carbine (both AR and AK platforms were present in this class) in and around your home and vehicle. If you have watched training videos or read any of Pincus’s work, then you know that his approach is focusing on the threat when firing from about 10 yards and closer, rather than a focus on the front sight. Hence his “Combat Focus” trademark. This carbine course, as the name suggests, was no exception.

Pincus led the class through a series of drills and shooting techniques designed to enhance the shooters’ manipulations of the carbine. I wholeheartedly agree with that priority. Four baseline drills from the class are listed below.

1. Extend/touch/press

This drill started out the day at the five-yard line. The distance is realistic to defensive actions taken within your home or around your vehicle. While in a good stance, (squarely facing the target with feet placed shoulder-width apart) and the toe of buttstock in the pocket of the shooting shoulder, the student would extend or bring the carbine into the cheek weld while beginning trigger touch, and then press the trigger as the muzzle was on the threat/target. All the while the focus is on high-center mass of the target, looking into the desired strike zone.

This technique is very fast and more than combat accurate at the five to 10-yard line. This drill was repeated several times while increasing rounds fired from two up to six.

After several reps of extend-touch-press, Pincus added lateral movement while moving into the shooting position … a very realistic tactic.

2. Flow drill

After having discussed and demonstrated a variety of shooting positions, including standing, kneeling and sitting, Pincus had students commence with what he calls the Flow Drill. At about 12 to 15 yards, students would flow through all three of these shooting positions (as physical abilities allowed) while engaging the target with multiple shots. The realization that as distance increases, one must start using the iron or red-dot sights, became obvious. This exercise forced students to maintain good muzzle awareness and finger discipline while moving between positions and attempting to make good combat accurate shots. It also made the point to maintain good physical fitness within your own capabilities.

Also introduced were the squat or “rice paddy prone” position and the supine (flat of back). Both are excellent positions if the shooter’s body and joints will allow.

3. Front, middle and back  

This drill also required some physical movement and exertion. Shooters would start on about the 30-yard line. On the command “move,” shooters would run to a certain yard line, say the 10-yard mark, and fire multiple rounds into target center mass. A command would then be given to move forward or back to another called yard line and turn to fire multiple shots again. This drill got heart rates up and created a bit of stress with movement. In my opinion, this provides a real-world application because few confrontations are static. Safety protocols were, of course, in place so that no shots were fired until all shooters were on the same yard line and facing downrange.

4. Target ID

The target used for this course was the PDN-trademarked “Balance of Speed and Precision.” This target is a silhouette and provides a center mass zone that is slightly blurred, along with a head zone, plus eight-inch “A” and “B” squares at the bottom. In addition, there are numbered and colored circles on the outer margin of the target.

The instructor called out different colors or numbers, or puzzles with numeric answers. Shooters would move laterally, find the correct colors and or numbers, then fire at those specific targets. It’s a good exercise that incorporates movement, multiple threats and target ID. This drill was conducted from around the five- to seven-yard line.

Many other shooting skills were addressed during this course including transition to and shooting from support-side shoulder, use of cover and cornering, assessing surroundings after shots fired, shooting through small ports or openings, and shooting from supine both left and right positions around and under a vehicle. Total rounds fired for the day approached the 400 mark.

Overall, the course was very thorough and well-conceived. You could categorize the course as a home and close quarter’s defense with your “fighting carbine.”

If you’re interested in upping your skill set with a carbine, check out the Personal Defense Network online for a list of training and course locations nationwide.

What carbine advice would you add? Share your self-defense tips in the section below:

 

The Trader

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When I was a kid they had such things as ‘Army-Navy Stores’ which were, ostensibly, military surplus outlets. They still have them but now most of the stuff is made in China crap rather than genuine GI stuff. The greatest of these places was a place called The Trader over on Canal St. in Manhattan. It was an old building from the ’20s that was just jam packed with all sortsa gear. Sadly, I discovered that The Trader is no longer in business.

Canal St., by the way, was an awesome collection of stores for above-board and sometimes below-board stuff. Computer geeks were especially drawn to all the electronics surplus that some stores carried. I remember buying stuff t do all sortsa computer-related chaos.

Canal Street was also pretty mucht he place to buy illegal fireworks back in the day. There was nothing subtle about it. Just don’t blow anyone up and everyone pretyy much loked the other way.

After 9/11 The Trader was kind of an everyman’s survival supply. Sure, it was ostensibly a surplus store, but savvy survivalist knew that in all those piles of old Vietnam era flight suits, German ponchos, and surplus wool socks, there were a few things that could be useful for when the end of the world came.

I’ve linked to this article in the past, but it really is worth a repost…especially now that The Trader appears* to have gone the way of other great hole-in-the-wall specialty shops that used to populate NYC.

Survivor N.Y.C.

 

* = It appears The Trader is no longer in business. Google Earth shows a new business at the old Trader location on Canal Street.

Here’s Where Massive Alt-Right Rallies Are Planned Across the Country This Weekend

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(Updated) Just in case the horrifying events in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend weren’t enough of a warning about the dangers of political extremism, it looks like we’re Read the rest

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8 Best Survival Multi Tools For Survival and Preparedness

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Best Survival MultiToolTools have always been essential to mankind’s survival.

From early discoveries like the wheel, the knife, and bows and arrows to today’s tools like vehicles, computers, and servers. We continue to develop our tools to sustain and improve our lives.

But the problem with traditional hand tools has always been the same: they are burdensome.

Most are heavy, and keeping a fully stocked tool-box on you all the times would get real old, real quick.

Even a handful of tools on a tool belt weights you down.

Lucky, we humans are a clever bunch.

With our modern technology, we’ve engineered some amazing survival multi tools. These multi-tool devices serve as an entire toolbox that attaches to your hip or slips easily into a bug out bag.

No doubt, our ancestors would be insanely jealous of this solution to that age old problem.

That’s why I think every serious survivalist should own at least one multi tool in their survival gear.

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They’re lightweight, packable, and useful for everyday situations, as well as survival situations.

However, there are about forty-thousand different types to chose from and each one boasting a different set of “essential” tools. Each claiming – of course – to be the undisputed best.

So how do we choose from such an overwhelming selection? That’s exactly what this article is for.

If you’re interested in buying a survival multi tool for you, you’ve come to the right place!

The Styles of Multitool

Now, let’s clear something – multi tools are highly useful but supplemental. They are a jack of all trades device. They’re not as effective as a dedicated tool for any of the jobs they perform.

For example, most electric saws are better and faster than a multi tool saw blade. But you can’t wear a table saw on your hip. So a multi tool is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none tool.

They’re ideal for “quick fixes” and small casual problems. They’re not a replacement for a conventional set of tools. Dedicated tools that are extremely useful, and extremely valuable.

That being said, every survivalist should have a multi tool because it’s like a ‘mini-me’ of your full tool kit. So the first thing you need to decide when you’re looking for a survival multi tool is which kind you want to buy.

There are three main types of multi tool options:

Swiss Army Knife On A Rock

1 – Swiss Army Knives –

These are classic folding knives. They’ve been a popular survival tool for well over a century.

The first known Swiss army knives included just a knife blade, a bottle opener, a reamer, and a screwdriver.

Today though, you can find just about any combination of tools.

Genuine Swiss Army Knives are only made by two companies Victorinox and Wegner.

Multitool Folding Pliers2 – Folding Multi Tools –

Tim Leatherman developed the world’s first ‘modern’ folding multi tools. They’re more robust than conventional Swiss-Army knives and include a pair of pliers.

There’s more space for tools than Swiss Army knives because there are two handles for tool storage.

Survival Multi Tool Card3 – Survival Business Cards –

These are incredibly simple multi tools that offer as many gadgets as possible into a single piece of metal.

They are usually the size of a card. So these fit into wallets, backpacks, bug out bags and even on key chains.

They are cheap, durable, and lightweight and minimalistic.

I own several and keep one in each of my emergency bags, one in my car, and another on my keys – that way, I’m always prepared with a set of basic tools.

Survival cards often include bottle openers, wrench sockets, screwdriver bits, saw blades, measuring sides, and can openers.

What To Look For In A Great Survival Multi Tool

The best part about multi tools is the fact that they include multiple devices in one small package. So, two of the most important factors to look for when investing in a multi tool is compatibility and weight.

I have seen some novelty Swiss Army Knives that are the size and weight of an actual brick they are so big. While those might carry a ton of tools and gadgets, they’re also unwieldy – to the point of being counter productive.

The next thing to look for in a multi tool is specialty tools. Most multi tools on the market are for general use and include general tools. But you can also buy specialized multi tools that are designed specifically to aid in a certain task.

There are

So what it comes down to is you and what you will be using this multi tool for most. Analyze your own needs, and decide accordingly.

The 8 Best Survival Multi Tools

Here’s the thing, if you want a real survival multi tool it should have the tools you need when you need them. A durable, reliable, applicable device. For survival, you’re not looking for a golf-specialized multi tool.

The novelty of a specialized multi tool is nice, but you won’t need to fix green divots when the shit hits the fan.

You’re going to need pliers, and can openers, knives, saws, and files. Take that into consideration when making your purchase.

Naturally, some multi tools are better than others – not all are created equal in the eyes of a survivor.

So you have to be careful when you buy online. It can be difficult to know what you are buying without having seen it before – which is why we’ve compiled a short list of our favorite survival multi tools with video reviews:

1 – Victorinox Swiss Army Work Champ Pocket Knife –Swiss Army Knife Work Champ

This classic styled multi function swiss pocket knife has 33 functions! That includes pliers, a large blade, scissors, a corkscrew, and a large screwdriver.

It’s constructed of durable stainless steel and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

There are also six different color choices.

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2 – Leatherman Charge ALX Multi Tool –

Leatherman Charge ALX_

Unlike the Swiss Army Knife, this multi tool is bi-fold and comes with a sweet leather case. It comes with

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • Wire cutters
  • Crimper
  • Wire stripper
  • 154CM knife
  • 420HC serrated knife
  • Saw
  • Cutting hook
  • Ruler
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • File
  • Diamond-coated file
  • Large bit driver
  • Small bit driver

It also comes with an “all-locking” feature that fixes every tool in place when it’s folded away. This prevents any of these tools from opening up on you when you’re using another of the tools.

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3 – Victorinox SwisstTool X –

Swiss Tool X

From the reliable makers of the Swiss Army Knife, comes this stainless steel bi-fold multi-tool.

Includes three different sized screwdrivers, wire stripper, pliers, a bender, a scraper, a crimper, a cutter, and bottle/can openers.

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4 – RumbaDock 14 -1 Credit Card MultiTool –

Survival Card RumbaDock Survival

This is one of the better business credit card multi tools on the market. You can find cheaper ones but they won’t include any cordage and will have only 11 tools.

This one has 14 tools at a very reasonable price.

The biggest downside is that it doesn’t have a set of pliers. But for those who would rather have a thinner credit card sized survival multi tool – you can’t do much better than the RumbaDock.

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5 – SOG PowerAssist Multi Tool S66N-CP –

SOG PowerAssist

This slick, stainless steel multi-tool comes with 16 different tools and is engineered with SOG’s patented compound leverage – giving the user double the grip and increased cutting power.

It provides easy single handed access to tools and blades.

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6 – Leatherman SuperTool 300 –

Leatherman Super Tool

This survival multi tool features 19 tools! Including:

  • Needlenose pliers
  • 154CM replaceable wire and hard-wire cutters
  • Electrical crimper
  • Wire stripper
  • 420HC knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Saw
  • Awl with thread loop
  • Ruler
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • File
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Plus three different sized screwdrivers

Its matte black stainless steel construction gives this tool a sleek, tactical look. And a built in lanyard loop allows users to avoid losing it if the device gets dropped.

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7 – Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier –

Gerber Survival Mulitool

Twelve different tools are integrated into this lightweight, open frame stainless steel grip.

Gerber is known for making reliable, durable blades and tools and this is no exception. It also comes with a fitted nylon carrying case.

This one also has “lockers” to keep the tools locked open while in use and prevent you from the tools closing on you during use.

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8 – Leatherman Black MUT Multitool –

Leatherman MUT Multi Tool

Yes, this is one of the more expensive options but you get what you pay for when it comes to Leatherman products.

This Leatherman is an insanely useful multi tool, with a lot of unique features. It includes 16 tools:

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Replaceable wire cutters
  • Electrical crimper
  • Combo knife
  • Saw
  • Replaceable cutting hook
  • Hammer
  • Bolt override tool
  • Replaceable bronze carbon scraper
  • Cleaning rod/brush adapter
  • Replaceable firearm disassembly punch
  • Carabiner/bottle opener
  • Large bit driver

It has damn near EVERYTHING!

There’s even a convenient bit storage compartment built into the handle. Leather holster included.

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Where to Keep a Survival Multi Tool

Most people keep their multi tools right on their hip, or in their pocket. Having a mini-tool box on hand and at the ready is highly useful.

There are a lot of different holsters options for your multi tool – some tools come with a fitted one you can attach to your belt, others require you get your own.

That’s alright though, online there are a ton of really cool multi tool holsters.

I also keep a spare multi tool in my Bug Out Bag and my backpacking bag.

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It also isn’t a bad idea to tuck one into the glovebox of your vehicle. There are even some multi tools that will fit on your keychain – like the Gerber Shard.Gerber Shard

Or if you just want a small pocket knife you’ll never forget, check out the Micro Tactical Concealed Carry Key Knife.

It looks like a key but it’s a knife. And you can grab one for Free today!

micro key knife gif

And if you have a survival medical kit, you NEED to keep a small multi tool in there.

Obviously, these smaller tools are not the most versatile, but they’re better than nothing in a pinch.

A Brief History of the Survival Multi Tool

Multi-tools have been around longer than you would probably imagine. The very first know folding, multi use tool was from around 200 AD!

And (surprisingly) it wasn’t designed so soldiers could carry different types of knives with them. Nor was it intended for construction purposes, medical purposes, or self-defense. No, the very first multi tool was designed for eating.

Some bright Roman did not want to give up his eating utensils when he traveled and built the world’s first folding multi-tool.

It was primarily just a fork and spoon on a hinge, but it set in motion a handy type of invention.

Fast forward 1600 years and humanity got their second incarnation of the multi-tool. The Swiss company Victorinox began in 1884 as a cutler’s knife workshop – but by 1886 was transformed into the world’s most infamous folding tool company.

The first real Swiss Army Knife was made in 1893, and the rest is history, as they say.

It wouldn’t be until the 1980’s when another company, started by Tim Leatherman, rose to compete.

Tim had a degree in mechanical engineering. He realized there was a significant gap between what he needed from a multi tool and what was available. So he started his own multi-tool company, Leatherman.

Today, just about every knife manufacturer makes a multi tool – be it a multi function pocket knife or a techy bi-fold.

The multi tool patent has spread, and you can find just about any combination of tools, any style, any color, any shape, weight, dimensions, or unique attributes you might want.

The Final Word

I can’t imagine a more effective every day carry survival tool than the multi tool.

It’s the physical embodiment of the survival mentality: versatile, multi function, durable, and effective.

Even if you have a good folding knife already, I would recommend investing in a high-quality survival multi-tool

And don’t be shy when it comes to quantity: buy one for your car, one for your bug out bag, one for your camping gear, another to keep at home, another at the office, and another at your side!

The more, the merrier.

Obviously, they don’t all have to be 33-function multi tools. I would recommend buying one excellent, high-quality multi tool to keep on your person. Then a handful of more generic, smaller, less-expensive ones in your gear bags, and wherever else.

Any real survivalist wouldn’t dare go without owning at least one multi tool.

Not because they replace your grandfather’s tool set, not because they mitigate the need for an actual tool bench or tool shed, but because they offer you some basic (and sometimes advanced) tools in an easily accessible, easily packable, lightweight companion.

Simply put, multi tools are the ultimate survival tools.

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Will Brendza

 

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Bleeding Heart Flower: How to Care For Dicentra Spectabilis

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Ever wondered if there was a heart-shaped flower that you could give to your loved one? Well, look no further, because here’s a type of plant that produces strings of up to twenty of them at a time! Dicentra spectabilis, now known officially as Lamprocapnos spectabilis, is known more popularly by its original taxonomical name. … Read more

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The Secret To Storing Fresh Lettuce For Up To A MONTH

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The Secret To Storing Fresh Lettuce For Up To A MONTH

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It happens: We buy or pick lettuce with the best of intentions, but before we eat it all, it wilts, or worse, gets slimy. With a little care, though, most lettuce will keep for at least a week or two, and some varieties will stay fresh and crisp for about a month. For the longest-lasting lettuce, keep it cool, dry and free from bruising. (Paper towels are the best trick – stay tuned.)

Core Before Storing

If you have a whole head of crisp lettuce, it’s best to remove the core first. Just don’t cut the core out with a metal knife, or the cut edges will turn brown. Instead, use a plastic serrated lettuce knife or just brute force.

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Iceberg lettuce can be cored easily by smacking the head, core side down, on a countertop. The pressure breaks the leaves from the core and projects the core into the head. Then, voila! you just pull the core out. Other types of crisp head lettuce, like romaine or butterhead, can often be cored just by grabbing the core and giving it a strong twist.

Keep Stored Lettuce Dry

Once cored, lettuce should be stored unwashed in the refrigerator. Whenever you have a hankering for lettuce, take what you need and wash it at that time.

If you have loose-leaf lettuce, whether picked from your own garden or purchased, it’s best to wash it before storing. After washing, put it through a salad spinner or gently pat it dry, being careful not to bruise it.

Best Storage Containers

Lettuce can be stored in a plastic bag, a sealed glass or plastic container, or even a salad spinner. That said, lettuce (other than iceberg lettuce) bruises easily and it’s best kept protected in a container.

Iceberg lettuce is super easy: Just toss it whole into a bag. Other cored, crisp and unwashed, head lettuce will do best in a sealed container.

If you’ve washed any type of lettuce and aren’t able to use it immediately, the best choice for storage is right in a salad spinner after spinning it dry. The basket in the spinner allows the lettuce to drain and keeps the air circulating so that the lettuce stays dry. If you don’t have a salad spinner, use a sealable plastic or glass container. Put a paper towel in, too, to absorb excess moisture. (One on top and one on the bottom works best.) Check the paper towel daily. If it’s soaking wet instead of just damp, remove it, and replace it with a dry sheet or two.

That’s it! By taking a few easy steps before tossing it in the fridge, you can enjoy fresh, crisp lettuce for a longer time.

What advice would you add for making lettuce store longer? Share your tips in the section below:

The Secret To Storing Fresh Lettuce For Up To A MONTH

The Secret To Storing Fresh Lettuce For Up To A MONTH

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It happens: We buy or pick lettuce with the best of intentions, but before we eat it all, it wilts, or worse, gets slimy. With a little care, though, most lettuce will keep for at least a week or two, and some varieties will stay fresh and crisp for about a month. For the longest-lasting lettuce, keep it cool, dry and free from bruising. (Paper towels are the best trick – stay tuned.)

Core Before Storing

If you have a whole head of crisp lettuce, it’s best to remove the core first. Just don’t cut the core out with a metal knife, or the cut edges will turn brown. Instead, use a plastic serrated lettuce knife or just brute force.

Looking For Non-GMO Herb Seeds? Get Them From A Company You Can Trust!

Iceberg lettuce can be cored easily by smacking the head, core side down, on a countertop. The pressure breaks the leaves from the core and projects the core into the head. Then, voila! you just pull the core out. Other types of crisp head lettuce, like romaine or butterhead, can often be cored just by grabbing the core and giving it a strong twist.

Keep Stored Lettuce Dry

Once cored, lettuce should be stored unwashed in the refrigerator. Whenever you have a hankering for lettuce, take what you need and wash it at that time.

If you have loose-leaf lettuce, whether picked from your own garden or purchased, it’s best to wash it before storing. After washing, put it through a salad spinner or gently pat it dry, being careful not to bruise it.

Best Storage Containers

Lettuce can be stored in a plastic bag, a sealed glass or plastic container, or even a salad spinner. That said, lettuce (other than iceberg lettuce) bruises easily and it’s best kept protected in a container.

Iceberg lettuce is super easy: Just toss it whole into a bag. Other cored, crisp and unwashed, head lettuce will do best in a sealed container.

If you’ve washed any type of lettuce and aren’t able to use it immediately, the best choice for storage is right in a salad spinner after spinning it dry. The basket in the spinner allows the lettuce to drain and keeps the air circulating so that the lettuce stays dry. If you don’t have a salad spinner, use a sealable plastic or glass container. Put a paper towel in, too, to absorb excess moisture. (One on top and one on the bottom works best.) Check the paper towel daily. If it’s soaking wet instead of just damp, remove it, and replace it with a dry sheet or two.

That’s it! By taking a few easy steps before tossing it in the fridge, you can enjoy fresh, crisp lettuce for a longer time.

What advice would you add for making lettuce store longer? Share your tips in the section below:

The Nuclear Industry Is Based On a Series of Lies Out Of the Gate — And They Don’t Give a Damn About You

From an article at WUWT, regarding “Climate Cash” there were a number of pro-nuclear comments in the comment section, in particular, pushing Pakistan of all places, towards more nuclear.   I found it particularly disgusting and wrote of the article below.

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The pro-nuclear sentiment here is disturbing, from a bunch of people who are otherwise pretty free thinking.    I am MSME thermal fluids and material science with specialties is radiation, probability and statistics.    Around 2005 I started hearing how nuclear was now being considered “green”.   This is shortly before I started catching on to the scams related to the entire financial system, including the lies and intended massive wealth transfer related to CO2 and “Global warming”.    So I thought it was “cool” that nuclear was being called green, it was high tech, and from a young lad being exposed to Cook Nuclear plant and all the great lies of “too cheap to meter”….I did not look further.    

After Fukushima, I started studying the industry and what they have been doing, and was rather appalled at the highly risky ways they handled their most dangerous product, spent fuel, and their superficial focus on “safety” in stupid ways.   A welder friend who does work at nuke plants states how they go through advanced safety training on vacuous type things as “if you are using a cart on a sloped floor stand behind it or it will run you over”.   And they ignore the elephant in the room, storing spent fuel, often hundreds of tons, in water pools that are often located at the top of the reactors.   In fact, they do calculations, to “prove” that tighter packing densities are possible if they use boron sheets to separate them.   And then ignore the fact that these boron sheets degrade with time. 

The direct costs of an accident at a nuke plant, will more than wipe out any long term financial benefits of even a fleet of nuclear plants.    Fukushima will see direct costs of over $1 Trillion, and the indirect costs of pain, suffering, loss of productivity, loss of life will also be enormous.   Chernobyl was “not as bad” it was just one reactor, and they took effective action, although it put hundreds of thousands of people at risk in the mitigation effort, it was the right thing to do.   

But when you get to studying the industry, you see that the whole thing, from the bottom up, is built upon a stack of lies.   Starting with “background” which they pretend is around 6 mSv, even though in reality it is less than 1 mSv.    Then the ICRP dose model, which models the human body as a bag of water with energy being “deposited” by ionizations.   This dose model makes a mockery of science and epidemiological studies that clearly show that even low dose radiation causes cancers and contributes to many other diseases / morbidity.    

But it’s big money projects, and when those happen, money can be siphoned off for bribes, kickbacks, and so industry and politicians love them.    And it has the entire backing of the Military/Industrial complex.   

But to see those who don’t even buy into the CO2 lies, support nuclear on “other grounds” that I find hard to even establish, is disappointing.    Study it with an open mind, and it is very likely you will come to the same conclusions that I have, it is time to phase out all civilian nuclear power plants.  

Each running nuclear plant produces the equivalent of 3 nuclear bombs of radiation, EACH DAY.    And there is no solid, safe way to store it for the tens of thousands of years that it needs to be stored.

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We shall see if I get past moderation.   This is the first time in years a comment at WUWT has been sent to moderation.

Consumable Supplies: Level-1 Prepping & Preparedness

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Consumable Supplies (one of the topics of Level-1 Prepping & Preparedness) are items which are intended to be bought, used, and then replaced. With regards to preparedness it is simply a matter of stocking up on a number of specific items for your convenience and to ensure that you won’t run out during a period of disruption. Note: Level-1 preparedness is being prepared for a disruption that may last hours, days, or even up to one week. Most all “typical” disruptions will fit into this category and time frame. Surprisingly though, most people are not adequately prepared even for Level-1.

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Headlamps – Advantages, Disadvantages and Considerations

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Most preppers have at least considered using a headlamp, and for good reason.  They are inexpensive, lightweight and handy as H E double hockey sticks!  But they also have some downsides as many who have used them can tell you.  Personally, I would recommend them.  The above picture is from the website where I ordered mine and I wouldn’t give it up for anything, but at the same time, wouldn’t always reach for it when venturing out into the dark.  Here are my reasons…

Advantages:

  • Keeping both hands free.  I can’t name all the times that I’ve used my headlamp for this reason alone. Washing dishes during a power outage, working with wiring or plumbing under the house, anytime you need illumination and both hands free for use.
  • Bright light.  Today’s headlamps most often use cree LED lights which are super bright.  If it has intensity settings even better!
  • Aimable light.  Most models come with a tilt feature that lets you aim the light downward for tasks such as reading.  Some also have a zoom feature which can help concentrate the illumination to one spot.

Disadvantages:

  • Insects.  Ever notice how bugs are attracted to your porch light at night?  Try strapping one to your forehead and see what happens.  Trying to light a fire outdoors in the dark wearing one of these can be an exercise in frustration…ask me how I know.
  • Indiscrete.  If you’re trying to be hidden, good luck!
  • It’s on your head!  Talking face to face with someone wearing a headlamp is annoying at best.

 Considerations:

  • Power.  Try to get a headlamp that uses a battery size you commonly use and stock.  Obviously rechargeable batteries have their advantages and many headlamps come with a charging port for car lighter or USB adaptors.  The one pictured above uses 18650 lithium batteries which I use for quite a few applications and has a port that I use to charge with a USB cable.
  • Tilt/Zoom.  You may not realise just how handy these two features are until you own and use a headlamp.
  • Price.  Dollar store models don’t last.  Also, the old style bulbs in them really eat up batteries.  However, you don’t need to spend $100.00 up for a lamp that does the trick and lasts.  Beware of fancy models with multiple heads and tactical designs often found on EBay.

In conclusion, having a headlamp has been a smart investment.  Handy in many situations and a fairly inexpensive prep. (mine cost about $12.00 from EBay, not including batteries and charging cable).

Lessons Learned From The Venezuela Crisis | episode 158

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This week we talk about lessons Learned From The Venezuela Crisis.

When I heard about the turmoil going on in Venezuela I had to look further into it. 

For many of the citizens there, it is an actual case of the shit hitting the fan with the Venezuela crisis. 

After years of socialism, the country is collapsing. 

People are resorting to eating out of trash bags. 

They have the highest murder rate in Latin America and the citizens are disarmed.

And like any failing Government, they think more legislature will fix the problem. 

 

Topics

  • Hugo Chávez President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013.
  • Nicolás Maduro President of Venezuela since assuming office in 2013.
  • Social Programs.
  • Inflation.
  • Price Controls.
  • Shortages.
  • Economic Recession in 2014.
  • Housing issues.
  • Unemployment January 2016 the unemployment rate closed at 18.1 percent.
  • Crime and Murders.
  • Immigration .
  • Disarmament.

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Racism Isn’t Who We Are

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Regardless of what the mainstream media and others on the left say, those of us who consider ourselves conservatives aren’t racists. Race just isn’t an issue to us. We look at people to see how competent they are, not the color of their skin.

Of course, that doesn’t stop progressives from calling us racist, as one of their mantras.

Barack Obama and his buddy Al Sharpton wore out the race card during the last eight years, publicly declaring everything from the names of sports teams to the kinds of foods served in school cafeterias racist, regardless of the motivations of the people behind those things. In this, they showed their own racism to the entire world.

Just to be clear, let’s define racism. Merriam-Webster, the gold standard for defining the English language, says:

“A belief that race is the primary determination of human traits and capabilities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”

Based on this, it’s clear that to be racist, one must be focused on race, rather than ability. In fact, it says that race determines ability, an idea that is totally foreign to conservative thinking.

It is also an idea that has no founding in fact, considering that we’ve seen people of every ethnic background rise to the tops of their professional fields. This hasn’t been based on “affirmative action” but rather on their ability.

Progressives have used the cry of racism to make America look bad, calling us out as a country for our racism. They conveniently forget that we were one of the first countries to abolish slavery in any form, going to war over it. They also ignore the huge strides that we as a country have made towards eliminating racism on a social level.

While there is no way we can say racism has been eliminated in our country, it is nowhere near what it was during the time of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Wrong Perception that Hurts

But conservatives face a new enemy in the fight against being called racist. From what they say about themselves, the alt-right has racism at its core. This faction consists of a number of white supremacy groups, such as the KKK. While a fringe group, they have become more vocal in recent times.

The real danger to us is to identify the alt-left as being mainstream conservatism. In other words, you and I are part of the alt-right, not part of mainstream America. According to this logic, it was the alt-right who voted Donald Trump into office, so anyone who voted for him is part of the alt-right. This circular argument allows them to label us all as racist.

Granted, it takes some convoluted logic and ignorance of the facts to do that, but those are strengths of the left. They have no problem with them at all. As long as it fits their narrative, it must be true and anything that doesn’t fit their narrative must be false.

This has all suddenly come much more to light, due to the recent attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. A group of alt-right white supremists held a protest march against the removal of historic statues, one of the progressive liberal campaigns of today. This protest, which started off peaceful, was met by a counter-protest, which apparently took umbrage at the white supremists having a public event.

Information about exactly who was part of the counter-protest is still sketchy, but so far the Latin American Coalition, Anarchists and members of the Occupy group have been named.

Unsurprisingly, the two groups clashed and that clash turned violent. Both sides claimed that the other started the violence, citing the use of pepper spray, lighter fluid and clubs. The truth may never be known. Even so, both sides did their fair share of violence to the other, with a number of people being seriously injured.

Video first seen on Trending World.

It just got worse from there. James Alex Fields Jr., drove his car into the crowd, killing one woman and injuring 19 others. The mainstream media is calling him a neo-nazi, which would put him clearly in the camp of the alt-right. The interesting thing is that the information that has been dug up about him, fits the profile of the various mass killers who have plagued the country in recent years.

Let me say here that I condemn his actions, as do any conservatives I know. Murder is still murder, regardless of who is committing it or for what reason. He should face the full force that the law can bring down on him.

Likewise, those who committed other acts of violence were wrong and should be charged, unless they were merely acting in self-defense. They too should be punished, regardless of what side they were on, although their punishment should not be as severe, as their crime wasn’t.

But this brings up the question of how we should react to such situations. How do we keep ourselves from being embroiled in such things?

The answer to the first question is to condemn it, regardless of the perpetrators, like I just did. The idea that one group should have a license to practice violence, just because of who they are, is wrong.

Violent protest is violent protest. No grievance justifies it.

The idea that the left has propagated, where some groups, such as Black Lives Matter, have a right to violent protest as part of their First Amendment rights, is false. The First Amendment gives us the right to peaceful protest, nothing more.

In other words, the alt-right march was legal, up until violence broke out. As much as I personally don’t like the idea of people marching with torches, because it conjures up images of the KKK lynching people, they had a right to do it.

Likewise, the neo-nazis had a right to use their flag, even though 6 million of my relatives were killed under that banner. As a conservative, I will fight for their rights to free expression, just as long as they don’t hurt anyone.

However, while I will fight for their right, I won’t take part in their fight. Not only do I not agree with their white supremist views, I don’t want to become embroiled in their mess. The best protection you and I have, is to stay away.

With the state of the country the way it is, and the massive political divide that we currently have, any public political protest is likely to end in violent confrontation. While many have skirted around that, without open conflict, the risk is just too high. It is not wise to participate in potentially inflammatory situations, just to make a political statement.

That’s not to say that we should be quiet. We should make our voice be heard. That is our right and no amount of political correctness or other form of censorship should stop it.

So while I would not personally put myself in the position of being part of those acts, neither would I back down from saying what I believe. The balance between the two can be tricky to uphold.

Let me put it this way. If I was invited to speak at a college campus, I would go, even if there were going to be protesters. But I would do everything I could to avoid those protesters, entering in through a back door, if I could. I would be there to exercise my First Amendment rights of freedom of expression, not there to take on the world in a fist fight. If any violence were to take place, I would not be the one to start it and I would try to ensure that I was not where it occurred.

This is survival on the most basic level. Being subject to violence does not guarantee one’s survival. So it is best to avoid it when we can.

We don’t need to prove that we’re macho or that we are tougher than the next guy. Rather, we need to prove that we have more wisdom and understanding than he does.

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40943425

Answering The Skeptics…

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     I would venture that there are many of you who have read the last couple of my posts who have had serious doubt as to their plausibility or veracity.  You have questioned if my presentations have aligned with Scripture, and have perhaps struggled with accepting them as valid for Christians.  That is to be expected in the 21st Century, and is most likely the normal reaction from most Believers.
     In fact, my friends and fellow Christians who have partook in this spiritual exercise have had varied reactions and experiences.  And to be honest, it didn’t surprise me, since we are products of the 18th Century Enlightenment and Age of Reason, which was an intellectual movement that emphasized reason (logical justification for an event), rational thought, and skepticism while challenging the traditional religious views of the prior centuries.  Those earlier views readily accepted the supernatural when it came to faith; of experiencing miracles and a spiritual relationship with God. But here we are, with nearly 400 years separating us from the ability to conceive of supernaturally experiencing Jesus and God, and we find it so difficult to do what God made possible … to be brought near by the blood of Christ.

     So, I’m going to present some of the skepticism and doubt, along with the questions that arose from those who have participated in experiencing the garden of their heart.  I will begin by saying that desiring [or hungering] for intimacy with Jesus is a necessary component for being able to see “the garden” or submitting to any spiritual experience with Him.  And it is not unusual for someone who has been raised up in a rigid religious denomination to find it difficult to “let go” of this carnal world in order to experience the spiritual realm.  Paul explained this dilemma in Romans 8:5-9, For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit… You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.
     That is perhaps the most difficult thing for some Christians to accept — God created us to abide in Him in the spirit; spirit-to-Spirit, so to speak.  That’s why He gave us our imaginations — so that we can experience Him beyond the physical restraints of this earthly realm; experience Him where He resides, in the heavenly realm.  And that may be hard for other Christians to perceive because they don’t truly believe their Scripture that says we can now come boldly and confidently before the throne of God (Hebrews 4:16), or that we are now seated in the heavenly realms with Christ (Ephesians 2:5-6).  We can only do that in our spirit, since our sinful flesh is still delegated to this earth.
     But so much of the teaching of the modern Church [to the Body of Christ] has not emphasized that we are three-part beings: body, soul (mind/emotions/will), and spirit.  Our bodies [or flesh] are limited to this realm. Our souls are subject to our relationship with Jesus. And our spirits have the ability to commune with Him supernaturally.  That last part has been all but purged from our Christian understanding, and the Church only emphasizes our sinful flesh and minds that are subject to temptation.
     Much of the skepticism and doubt about supernaturally interacting with Jesus and God comes from the fear of being deceived.  It is common for Christians to ask, “But can’t the devil invade our imaginations, or read our minds? So how can we trust that what we are seeing in the garden of our heart is actually coming from Jesus?”  Here’s my answer to that: Satan is not omniscient. He cannot read our minds. Only God is all-knowing of everything, including our thoughts.  If you are able to [in your imagination] go to your garden, that intimate place of meeting with Jesus, and you experience His overwhelming love, joy, and peace; and you hear Him say something that moves you to tears, how in the world could you ever say that was from Satan?  What purpose would Satan have for allowing you to come away from that experience with such an image of a loving Christ?
     Now, what Satan will do is this: He will send a spirit of doubt, or a spirt of unbelief against you so that, out of your own free will, you start discounting or disbelieving what you experienced. And he’s always ready to use a spirit of religion to shut down any opportunity for a Believer to come into greater relationship with their Lord.  We have a perfect Biblical model for that in Matthew 23:13, when Jesus says to the religious leaders, But woe (judgment is coming) to you, [self-righteous] scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven in front of people; for you do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow those who are [in the process of] entering to do so. 
     That same spirit of religion that was evident in the Pharisees is alive and active in the Body of Christ today.  The rigid religious doctrine that the Pharisees used to stifle and suppress a spirit-to-Spirit relationship among the ancient people of God is still used today to shut down a Believer’s access to that heavenly realm where their spirit resides. They are simply unable to conceive of themselves as anything other than flesh and blood.
     But I also wish to remind you that if you are Saved and Redeemed by the blood of Jesus, you are a new creation, wholly sanctified, with a renewed mind.  Satan is going to do everything he can to tempt you to use your free will to corrupt the new you. Can you be deceived?  Only if you come into agreement with the devil.  If you set your heart and your mind upon the things of God, and learn to recognize His voice and see Him in all circumstances, you have nothing to fear.  You will be able to judge the fruit of that tree in your heart’s garden and know whether it is a good tree, placed there by the Goodness of God.
     Now, I don’t expect that the arguments I have presented here will persuade anyone that has made up their mind that we are not able to supernaturally experience Jesus.  But I would hope that they would search their Bibles and meditate upon the Word day and night (Joshua 1:8) and meditate upon the Lord’s precepts and thoughtfully regard His ways (Psalm 119:15).  Because, while on earth, Jesus only acted as a man … seeing and hearing the Father; in other words communing with Him supernaturally.  He has left us with that model for how the Father wishes to relate with us, too.
     In closing, I would like to say that among the participants of our Home Church who attempted to establish the garden of their heart, the majority of these wonderful people were able to experience some aspect of experiencing Jesus in the garden.  Some openly wept at what He showed them, and what He spoke to them.  Others, who were visiting their garden for a second time, found themselves more open to experiencing it, since their spirits had discerned His presence was real.  They ran and played with Him.  Still others were going to need a little time to process what they had “seen”.  It was a new, and frankly, foreign experience for them.  And perhaps you recognize yourself among their varied responses.  That’s okay.  I would just like to encourage you to ask God to show you how to have an intimate encounter with Him.  He wants to visit those who seek Him and desire Him. Let Him show you the way.

Update on Molly:  You will recall my post on Molly, the young mother who was in a coma after being in a car accident with her husband and young daughter.  She was unresponsive for weeks, and members of our community have visited the hospital in Austin and laid hands on her for healing.  She is now in Houston in an intensive rehab facility.  Her family has been traveling back and forth to be with her.  Last week, her father walked into her room, and said, “Hey, baby girl, how ya doing today?” She responded, “I love you, Daddy”. She is healing! Praise you, Jesus, for You are worthy to be praised!

Jeremiah 33:3   Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. 

Making Old Pioneer Sourdough For Traditional Baking

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I’m fascinated by the old ways of living and my mother and grandmother were the ones that showed me how to do things the old-fashioned way. I love to bake and I often surprise my family and friends with old recipes. Making pioneer sourdough is one of the teachings I try to pass on and … Read more…

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Gone Fishin: How to Deck Out Your Boat for a Successful Fishing Trip

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There are lots of ways to have an enjoyable fishing experience. Sitting by the side of the lake with your basic rod and reel and some worms can make for a great day. However, there’s really nothing quite like the feel of being out on the water for an afternoon of smooth sailing on your pontoon boat. You can relax with friends or family, get some sun, have a picnic lunch and, of course, do some angling. Having the latest and greatest boating accessories and equipment can make things even better. Read the tips below to learn how to deck out your boat for a successful fishing trip.

Choose Your Vessel

First and foremost, you and your companions need a quality boat to carry you along the lake. You may already have a pontoon boat you’re proud of and happy with. Even so, dedicated fishing aficionados tend to upgrade their vessel every six years or so. If you’re in the market for a new boat, be sure to research your options for getting the best deal on a quality boat. Investing some extra time now will ensure the best experience on the water later.

Equip Yourselves

Next, you and your fishing comrades will need to have the best rod and reel to suit your needs. In this case, “the best” doesn’t always mean the most expensive. Consider the type of fish you’re angling for, the age of each angler, your overall budget and the reviews of other consumers. This is an area in which satisfaction depends upon personal preference, but you can at get a general idea of what brands and types of equipment are well-loved on the market these days.

Ensure Safety

Safety is essential to having a wonderful fishing trip. This encompasses many aspects. Read up on the latest boating regulations in your area. Make sure to have the proper life vests and other safety equipment aboard your boat so you’re prepared in case of accident or malfunction. Also, don’t forget the safety of your actual boat. Deck equipment like ladders, navigation lights and corner caps ensure measures are taken to prevent accidents before they can occur. When buying boating accessories, always choose reputable companies like Pontoon Stuff for your purchases. Don’t risk receiving inferior products when it comes to safety measures.

There are so many other ways you can enhance your fishing trip. Adding fum tech gadgets like fish finders and the like is fun, but decking out your boat with the essentials in fishing equipment, safety measures and a good quality boat itself will have you on your way to a successful day on the lake.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Twitter: @LizzieWeakley Facebook: facebook.com/lizzie.weakley

The Thunderclap Isn’t Just an Imagined Future

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Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: I am sharing this, with minimal poetic license, a single edit for flow. It is something that was shared with me by one of our contributors who would like to be identified as Sunlit Dusk in this post.  In exchanging emails on possible future posts she shared this and I think it is an excellent lesson for us all, so I asked for and received permission, honoring her rules.

“He was stung by a wasp. He knew anaphylaxis was heading his way like a crazed fizzy bath bomb of internally-produced mustard gas – asphyxiation precipitated by his own immune system. Eight years old.

Everyone knows that baby scorpions and baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than their adult relatives because their defensive systems have not yet developed any self-control – they unload everything they’ve got regardless of the consequences to their own survival.

That is his immune system right now.  It responds to a venomous threat with so much force it will kill him if medical intervention is not available.

He was stung. He quickly understood that no help was coming; his babysitter froze in the classic human response of, “This can’t be happening, what am I supposed to do?” She has been conditioned to look for someone else to assume authority.

He knew that he would die if he did not take charge. Assert his own authority. This was indeed a life or death moment.

To save his own life, he had to ignore his caregiver’s own weaknesses, paralysis and observed incompetence. He understood that it was all on him. There was no help coming.  He decided that he was now in charge.  He had to be. Walked up a flight of steps. Was scared enough to be shaking but kept telling himself to try to keep his heart rate as slow as possible. Was deliberate. Never got sloppy or forgot exactly where his Epi Pen was located. Used it as rehearsed.

Lived.

Commanded that I, his mom, receive a phone call right NOW.

Use of an Epi Pen is not the end of the story. Immune systems gone wild are like college kids on spring break – it’s not over ‘till it’s over. It can be a 72-hour life threatening event even if it appears that nothing is going on. The immune system will defend as soon as it can get back on its feet just like a young scorpion or a college kid without limits; it doesn’t think, it just goes ape-crazy and does its thing.

This is a story of survival, A thunder clap. It was not TEOTWAWKI. But it would have been for me, and for him, had the story ended differently. It would have ended differently if, at eight years old, he decided that someone who was clearly incompetent, could assume authority over him.

Or if he had waited for help to come that was not coming. If he had done that, the thunderclap would not have been some sort of romantic survival scenario about how amazing we are in a worst-case scenario. Instead it would have simply been tragic. Survival isn’t a future thing. It’s right now.”

Editor’s Note: I believe she has a future John Connor there.

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Tactical LED Pen by Survival Hax – Review and Giveaway

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Today we are looking at the Tactical LED Pen with Glassbreaker by Survival Hax. What does it do? The Survival Hax Tactical LED pen has four tools in one: Writing Kubotan/Glassbreaker Flashlight Firestarter It comes with a clip so you can secure it to a shirt or bag pocket. What’s it made of? The pen is hand crafted with aircraft aluminum alloy and a Tungsten steel cone.   It does have a nice, sturdy feel to it. Using the Tactical Pen […]

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The Bug Out Roll

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Here’s an interesting idea. Canadian Prepper came up with something he calls the “bug out roll.” Instead of digging through your bug out bag looking for small items, you can just unroll this canvas bag and have everything laid out where you can find it. You can even see all your items through the clear […]

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Common Mistakes Nearly Every Prepper Will Make (If They Admit It!)

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After years of prepping, I’ve been reflecting on what I would do differently if I were starting to prep right now. I’ll bet some of my mistakes are pretty common among all preppers and survival-minded people. These are some of the mistakes I made. Do any of these sound familiar?

1)  I read too much Survival Blog when I should have watched more how-to videos on YouTube.

Survival Blog gave me a big kick in the pants for getting started in preparedness, but it also sucked my wife and I into near-panic attacks and bouts of despair. One day I came home from work to find her at my desk, still in pajamas, hypnotically reading article after article on Survival Blog. Doom and gloom articles had her frozen with fear, and although that blog and others like it motivated us, they also didn’t encourage us to learn more skills. It was all about stocking up and being afraid.

YouTube is filled with massive amounts of great information but in smaller doses and often accompanied by a friendly face and voice. I would have learned more about waxing cheese, bushcraft skills, primitive water filters, and stocking up on veterinary antibiotics, all of which would have been more practical than reading tips for buying property safe from rifle fire.

James Rawles is one of my prepper heroes, but for a beginner, YouTube videos would have been more helpful and encouraging. Just one of many prepper mistakes I made early on.

2) I should have bought less crap and more high-quality products.

Preparedness is best done in this order: awareness, education, and then action. In our initial panic, we steered clear of education and jumped right into the action phase. That’s my style, I guess. Early on I bought a lot of cheap “survival” products that were recently sent to a thrift store as a donation. My wife was quite the couponer and because she had a stack of “awesome” coupons, she bought bottles and bottles of salad dressing we never used. After a year or two, they turned all sorts of weird colors and she threw them out. I didn’t argue with her.

I’ve since figured out that buying the best quality we can afford is smart, even if we have to wait until we have the money. A high-quality pair of walking shoes could make the difference between life and death someday. We want tools, supplies, and even food that is meant to last for the long haul, not bargain basement specials that are cheaply produced and quickly fall apart.

3) I wish I had spent less money early on

I imagine that most preppers start off in a panic mode and begin amassing enormous quantities of stuff, just for the sake of having stuff. However, I have learned that doing a fair amount of research first is the smartest way to go.

We didn’t know much about food storage conditions, for example, when we first began buying extra food and soon found ourselves with packets and boxes of potato flakes infested with tiny black bugs.

4) We should have networked with others sooner

It’s always hard feeling as though you’re the, “only one”. The, “only one,” with a certain health condition or the, “only one,” going through a personal crisis. Feeling as though you’re the only prepper in town is just as hard. You feel isolated, a little paranoid, and yet there’s a deep need to talk with others who are on the same wavelength, but everyone you know isn’t a prepper for any number of reasons.

I felt very alone, year after year. A couple of fledgling prepper MeetUp groups began around that same time, but I didn’t take advantage of their meetings, and I should have. Joining in on forum discussions is a good option but it can’t take the place of face to face conversations. It would have helped me identify more quickly what my priorities should have been, and it would have been comforting to know that I wasn’t the, “only one.” Preppers University live classes offer one of the best ways to network with others who have the same survival perspective and get an education at the same time.

5) I should have kept my mouth shut around family and close friends

To this day, no one in my family or my husband’s family is on board with preparedness. In short, I could have saved myself a lot of awkward explanations and times of feeling defensive if I would have stayed quiet.

Eventually, preppers “self-identify” when they’re around people they know and trust. They are suddenly familiar with names like Gerald Celente and Alex Jones. City-dwellers develop an odd interest in raising chickens and turning their backyard pools into tilapia ponds. It’s not hard to figure out who’s prepping if you pay attention, and keep your mouth shut until you’re pretty darn sure they’re on the same page as you.

6) And, we should have focused on financial survival first instead of third, or fourth

In the beginning I felt a mad rush of urgency to buy, to stock up, to preserve, to read. I wish I had felt that same urgency when it came to money. I should have doubled down on paying off debt, saving money, learning about and buying precious metals. We did these things eventually, but it would have made life easier if we had taken financial survival a little more seriously from the get-go.

As an experienced prepper, I now realize the importance of financial prepping. In fact, you could almost say that it sets the stage for all other prepping steps but it’s overlooked by most prepper writers and websites, and that’s a shame. From finding ways to earn extra money to creative ways for cutting back on expenses, it’s possible for just about anyone to come up with enough extra dollars each month to afford a good first aid kit, freeze-dried food, a Sun Oven, and many other helpful products. I’m also a big fan of having extra cash on hand for emergencies.

Looking back, what prepper mistakes did you make?

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Markets and Economy!

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Markets and Economy! Ray Becker… “The Ray Becker Show” Audio player provided! I am returning to focusing on the economy. In the first segment I am going to cover the equities markets, metals, the dollar, Shanghai metal prices, BDI, VIX…All of the Indicators that we’ve been following. I believe that it is critical for us … Continue reading Markets and Economy!

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