Chemists are running out of flu drugs as outbreak worsens

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This is one of the major survival scenarios that preppers have been aware of for a long time. Not only the lack of medications, but the possibility that available medications may not work on new flu viruses. Take precautions, flu can kill you.

The Eclipse: How Cities Are Preparing & Why You Should, Too

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The excitement of the upcoming eclipse can be heard across the nation. The radio and news stations are keeping tabs on the weather and hoping for clear skies on August 21st. While we are all looking forward to the possible two minutes and 40 seconds where the sun will be completely covered, other cities have been focusing on other aspects of the eclipse.

As preppers, we often think of our family, friends and property when it some to being prepared. We know that businesses, cities, counties and states look at possible disasters and do their best to mitigate any potential problems. But how could an eclipse be a concern to cities across America? Idaho Falls, Idaho is a quiet city of about 60,000. They have been planning for the eclipse since last December. It seems like a long time to prepare for something that only lasts a few minutes.  Idaho Falls is very easy to travel to. If you live if California, Arizona, Nevada or the other surrounding states, it is an easy drive. The skies are clear and there is an abundance of natural beauty. It is an inexpensive and nice town to visit.

What the city of Idaho Falls realized is that they could have 150,000 visitors, maybe more, show up for the eclipse. We don’t need to live in Idaho Falls to learn from their preparation.  How does a city and its citizens prepare for that many people?

First responders and traffic

The emergency management department knows the importance of their first responders. All responders will be working the week of the eclipse. First responders will be spread out over the city to have fast access to any area they may be called. Response times will be late because of the increased traffic. The infrastructure works well for the size of the population now, but when you double or triple that number, you need to plan for delays. Educating the public has been one method that could help prevent some of these delays. The citizens have been reminded about when they should and shouldn’t call 911. Each fire station will have a first aid station available to help.  Learn more about how authorities respond to disasters.

Check your preps: Are you prepared to do first aid if medical help isn’t available? What education and supplies do you need to have to help yourself and your loved ones?

Fire Safety

Wild fires at the end of summer are always a possibility. There will be an Area Command along with command centers in the communities of eastern Idaho. This will allow the firefighters to travel to any area they may be called to.  Even with burn bans, fires can start by parking a hot vehicle in tall grass and there will almost certainly be careless campers. Communication with the community can be done in advance with citizens, but it is difficult to educate those who are coming into town. Visitors are going to be encouraged to think of the fire risk and how they can prevent fires. Do you have what is needed to survive a wild fire?

Check your preps:  Is your home prepared for a small fire? Do you have fire extinguishers located in the proper areas in your home?

Personal safety

The following advice is from the Eastern Idaho Public Health and the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. The advice is valid for any of us outside Idaho and for can be applied to other situations.

  • You will be outdoors, so use sunscreen. Have the proper eye-wear that is certified by ISO if you are planning on viewing the solar eclipse.
  • There could be ticks, mosquitoes and other insects. Many carry disease, so wear insect repellent and read this article about dealing with mosquitoes.
  • Stock up on groceries and other items. Plan easy-to-prepare meals. It may not be easy to get in and out of grocery stores quickly.
  • If you will be out camping or hiking, take note of your surroundings and be aware of any wildlife.
  • Check your family’s immunization records. With the influx of visitors there is always a chance of communicable disease. Keeping up to date of your immunizations is one way to protect yourself. Washing your hands is one other easy way to prevent illness.
  • Cell phones may not work, your ability to access maps may not work. In the Eastern Idaho area, “travel will be reduced to one lane in each direction on four-lane highways and to one lane on two-lane routes, with signs or flaggers directing traffic through the work zones.”
  • Consider a paper map and plan alternative directions. Red here to learn more about the importance of using a map.
  • Always be aware of where you park and where you are at. Are you blocking access for emergency vehicles, are you in areas of potential danger?
  • Carry extra supplies with you in your vehicle. You may be stuck somewhere longer than you plan. Purchase a battery operated radio to hear any emergency updates. Here is an easy to use, durable radio
  • Learn the area, know where local medical offices, hospitals, fire and police departments.
  • Keep a full tank of gas. Gas prices will also be increasing in the area. Tune in and listen to local radio stations for up to date information and keep cash on hand.
  • Be considerate about the property of others. Don’t trespass or assume that you can park or camp anywhere.
  • Check the cities website for information about utilities, city services and other community information.
  • Have family members download the Life 360 app or something similar to keep tabs on each others’ locations. Families and groups get separated all the time in large crowds, and this might be very helpful. Also have a meetup location in case of separation.

Whether you are planning on leaving your home to view the eclipse, or any other event, the information is still valid. Now is a good time to check your supplies and think about the many ways you can prepare.

TIP- To learn about 50 last minute ways to prepare, read this article and go over the check list.

 

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The Eclipse: How Cities Are Preparing & Why You Should, Too

The excitement of the upcoming eclipse can be heard across the nation. The radio and news stations are keeping tabs on the weather and hoping for clear skies on August 21st. While we are all looking forward to the possible two minutes and 40 seconds where the sun will be completely covered, other cities have been focusing on other aspects of the eclipse.

As preppers, we often think of our family, friends and property when it some to being prepared. We know that businesses, cities, counties and states look at possible disasters and do their best to mitigate any potential problems. But how could an eclipse be a concern to cities across America? Idaho Falls, Idaho is a quiet city of about 60,000. They have been planning for the eclipse since last December. It seems like a long time to prepare for something that only lasts a few minutes.  Idaho Falls is very easy to travel to. If you live if California, Arizona, Nevada or the other surrounding states, it is an easy drive. The skies are clear and there is an abundance of natural beauty. It is an inexpensive and nice town to visit.

What the city of Idaho Falls realized is that they could have 150,000 visitors, maybe more, show up for the eclipse. We don’t need to live in Idaho Falls to learn from their preparation.  How does a city and its citizens prepare for that many people?

First responders and traffic

The emergency management department knows the importance of their first responders. All responders will be working the week of the eclipse. First responders will be spread out over the city to have fast access to any area they may be called. Response times will be late because of the increased traffic. The infrastructure works well for the size of the population now, but when you double or triple that number, you need to plan for delays. Educating the public has been one method that could help prevent some of these delays. The citizens have been reminded about when they should and shouldn’t call 911. Each fire station will have a first aid station available to help.  Learn more about how authorities respond to disasters.

Check yourself: Are you prepared to do first aid if medical help isn’t available? What education and supplies do you need to have to help yourself and your loved ones?

Fire Safety

Wild fires at the end of summer are always a possibility. There will be an Area Command along with command centers in the communities of eastern Idaho. This will allow the firefighters to travel to any area they may be called to.  Even with burn bans, fires can start by parking a hot vehicle in tall grass and there will almost certainly be careless campers. Communication with the community can be done in advance with citizens, but it is difficult to educate those who are coming into town. Visitors are going to be encouraged to think of the fire risk and how they can prevent fires. Do you have what is needed to survive a wild fire?

Check your preps:  Is your home prepared for a small fire? Do you have fire extinguishers located in the proper areas in your home?

Personal safety

The following advice is from the Eastern Idaho Public Health and the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. The advice is valid for any of us outside Idaho and for can be applied to other situations.

  • You will be outdoors, so use sunscreen. Have the proper eye-wear that is certified by ISO if you are planning on viewing the solar eclipse.
  • There could be ticks, mosquitoes and other insects. Many carry disease, so wear insect repellent and read this article about dealing with mosquitoes.
  • Stock up on groceries and other items. Plan easy-to-prepare meals. It may not be easy to get in and out of grocery stores quickly.
  • If you will be out camping or hiking, take note of your surroundings and be aware of any wildlife.
  • Check your family’s immunization records. With the influx of visitors there is always a chance of communicable disease. Keeping up to date of your immunizations is one way to protect yourself. Washing your hands is one other easy way to prevent illness.
  • Cell phones may not work, your ability to access maps may not work. In the Eastern Idaho area, “travel will be reduced to one lane in each direction on four-lane highways and to one lane on two-lane routes, with signs or flaggers directing traffic through the work zones.”
  • Consider a paper map and plan alternative directions. Red here to learn more about the importance of using a map.
  • Always be aware of where you park and where you are at. Are you blocking access for emergency vehicles, are you in areas of potential danger?
  • Carry extra supplies with you in your vehicle. You may be stuck somewhere longer than you plan. Purchase a battery operated radio to hear any emergency updates. Here is an easy to use, durable radio
  • Learn the area, know where local medical offices, hospitals, fire and police departments.
  • Keep a full tank of gas. Gas prices will also be increasing in the area. Tune in and listen to local radio stations for up to date information and keep cash on hand.
  • Be considerate about the property of others. Don’t trespass or assume that you can park or camp anywhere.
  • Check the cities website for information about utilities, city services and other community information.

Whether you are planning on leaving your home to view the eclipse, or any other event, the information is still valid. Now is a good time to check your supplies and think about the many ways you can prepare.

TIP- To learn about 50 last minute ways to prepare, read this article and go over the check list.

 

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Katadyn Vario Review

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Katadyn is one of the major manufacturers of water filters for backpacking, expeditions, and emergency and medical workers. One thing that is important to point out with Katadyn is that they have a wide range of filters to meet various needs and capacities for filtration from personal pumps to a 10L Base Camp Bag. For. . . Read More

Canada Refuses to Test Nuclear Plant Workers for Drugs or Alcohol

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Canada, you know, where they want to store nuclear waste underground on a peninsula on Lake Huron, is fighting against drug testing for Nuclear workers….

Proving once again that a country can be more stupid that the USA

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/canadian-nuclear-safety-omission-random-drug-and-alcohol-testing-1.4251339

David Shier, national director of the CNWC, calls the testing “discriminatory.” He says there is already an “exhaustive screening process” in place to make sure workers are fit to work. 

Compromising further to political correctness, you can show up drunk for work at a Nuke plant, and they will just counsel you.   No penalties.

According to CNSC director general Greg Lamarre, the Canadian Human Rights Commission said drug and alcohol “testing is permissible for workers in safety-sensitive positions,” as long as workers are aware it’s part of their condition to work, and it’s non-punitive. 
In other words, workers would not be penalized if they test positive, but rather, would be given support programs to get help.

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But abuse of substances even at plants were drug testing is required, shows that abuse continues

Today, 2 Different Nuclear Plants Had Workers Busted For Being Drunk on the Job

Palo Verde (AZ) 1;2;3 all @ 100 % FITNESS-FOR-DUTY

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2016/20160831en.html#en52209
A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee’s access to the plant has been suspended.
Vogtle 3;4 (GA) Under Construction FITNESS-FOR-DUTY

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2016/20160831en.html#en52208
A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee’s access to the plant has been terminated.
[ hard to determine what the job function of these people are. ‘ non-licensed employee supervisor ‘ could be the supervisor of the secretarial pool, gardeners or janitors. ]

Canada Refuses to Test Nuclear Plant Workers for Drugs or Alcohol

Canada, you know, where they want to store nuclear waste underground on a peninsula on Lake Huron, is fighting against drug testing for Nuclear workers….

Proving once again that a country can be more stupid that the USA

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/canadian-nuclear-safety-omission-random-drug-and-alcohol-testing-1.4251339

David Shier, national director of the CNWC, calls the testing “discriminatory.” He says there is already an “exhaustive screening process” in place to make sure workers are fit to work. 

Compromising further to political correctness, you can show up drunk for work at a Nuke plant, and they will just counsel you.   No penalties.

According to CNSC director general Greg Lamarre, the Canadian Human Rights Commission said drug and alcohol “testing is permissible for workers in safety-sensitive positions,” as long as workers are aware it’s part of their condition to work, and it’s non-punitive. 
In other words, workers would not be penalized if they test positive, but rather, would be given support programs to get help.

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But abuse of substances even at plants were drug testing is required, shows that abuse continues

Today, 2 Different Nuclear Plants Had Workers Busted For Being Drunk on the Job

Palo Verde (AZ) 1;2;3 all @ 100 % FITNESS-FOR-DUTY

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2016/20160831en.html#en52209
A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee’s access to the plant has been suspended.
Vogtle 3;4 (GA) Under Construction FITNESS-FOR-DUTY

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2016/20160831en.html#en52208
A non-licensed employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee’s access to the plant has been terminated.
[ hard to determine what the job function of these people are. ‘ non-licensed employee supervisor ‘ could be the supervisor of the secretarial pool, gardeners or janitors. ]

‘Let’s Get Rid of Mount Rushmore’; Anti-Confederate Movement Spreads To Founders

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‘Let’s Get Rid of Mount Rushmore’; Anti-Confederate Movement Spreads To Founders

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The attack on statues of Confederate leaders has now spread to the Founding Fathers and even Abraham Lincoln.

Op-Eds and news articles around the web chronicle proposals and actual efforts to erase America’s history from the public square. Some of the most disturbing efforts include:

Blasting Mount Rushmore

“Let’s Get Rid of Mount Rushmore” – the headline on a Vice op-ed by Wilbert L. Cooper reads.

“Fact is, I’m not sure there is any American president worthy of being etched into the side of a 60-foot mountain with explosives and jackhammers,” Cooper wrote. “I mean, every single one has at least been partially complicit in horrific atrocities.

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

“… Obviously, Washington and Thomas Jefferson were remarkable individuals who helped usurp British rule in America and, eventually, establish a new empire. But they also enslaved their fellow man, committing special kinds of inhumane acts that should never be confined to footnotes. Unfortunately, that is exactly how those troublesome truths are treated when you face the awesome grandeur of Rushmore, a monument so incredible it obscures the multifaceted nature of these old dudes, transmogrifying them from individuals with a capacity both for greatness and evil into pure American deities.”

Interestingly enough, Cooper says he’d oppose a statue of Obama, too. Obama ordered some morally questionable actions, including drone strikes and unconstitutional surveillance programs, Cooper wrote.

“What I am suspicious of are monuments produced by the state, which tend to flatten out nuances and turn flawed individuals into tools of propaganda that bolster a kind of religious patriotism,” he wrote.

In Chicago, Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, wants a statue of George Washington removed in his community and a street named for Andrew Jackson to be changed.

Lincoln Under Attack

A bust of Abraham Lincoln on Chicago’s Southside was vandalized and burned on Wednesday, NBC 5 TV reported. The statue was erected in 1926.

“What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism,” Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez wrote on Facebook.

Monument to Supreme Court Justice Removed

A crane lifted a monument to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert B. Taney from a pedestal in front of the Old State House in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, CBS Baltimore reported. Taney wrote the infamous Dred Scott decision in 1857 declaring that African-Americans were not US citizens.

Taney remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War and remained on the job until his death in 1865. A group cheered as the statue was removed.

Blasting Stone Mountain?

A gigantic carving of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson should be blasted off the side of Stone Mountain in Georgia, Hontas Farmer wrote at Science20.com.

“Sign this petition if you don’t want to be defined forever by the face of traitors arguably worse than Benedict Arnold, who fought for a version of slavery which was more dehumanizing than even that practiced by George Washington,” Farmer wrote. She was referring to a MoveOn.org petition.

“Those men were traitors at best,” Farmer complained. “They are in the same league as Benedict Arnold.”

Confederate Reenactors Attacked

A man attacked Civil War reenactors dressed as Confederate soldiers with pepper spray at a parade in Newton, N.C., WSCO TV reported. The reenactors were taking part in the 128th Annual Soldiers’ Reunion Parade.

Things might have been much worse. Karl Smith, the man who pepper-sprayed the reenactors, was carrying a revolver when police arrested him, WSCO reported.

Do you think the Confederate statues should be removed? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Gear: Level-1 Prepping & Preparedness

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Gear: Supplies, Tools, or Clothes needed for a special purpose. That’s the definition we’re using as it relates to gear for prepping & preparedness. Level-1 preparedness only covers periods of disruption lasting from hours, days, or perhaps up to one week. So, the topic of gear won’t be too overwhelming. That said, there are some specific recommendations to consider while setting out on the road of preparedness. Note: Some of the gear that you might consider is already discussed and overlapped in other Level-1 topics which you can view here: Prepping and Preparedness 1 -Overview   Gear: Supplies Flashlight &

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The History of Rationing in the US

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What is the history of government-mandated rationing within the U.S.?

Since WWI, here is how things have played out:

World War 1

Though rationing was not mandated by the government in this war, the government did strongly encourage American citizens to self-regulate their consumption of certain goods. Slogans such as “Food Will Win the War” dominated war posters which were plastered in highly traveled areas.

Meatless Tuesdays” and “Wheatless Wednesdays” and similar ration-themed days were advocated nationally, with an end result that food consumption within the US was decreased 15% from 1918-1919. (Ref: 1)

World War 2

It wasn’t until after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor that the U.S. truly instituted severe rationing. The reasoning for this was that American soil had been attacked, we faced war on two fronts, and the threat of further attacks on American soil was highly likely.

Rationing had to be instituted in order to insure that American troops had the supplies that they needed. Though an annoyance, people generally didn’t have a problem with rationing during this war as they understood the importance of what rationing was accomplishing. There were no moral qualms among the nation in regards to WW2, and many had family overseas who were fighting for our freedom. As a result, rationing was a much more bearable burden.

Here is what was rationed in WW2:

1)        Tires

There was a shortage of rubber due to the Japanese invading the parts of Southeast Asia where rubber was produced.

2)        Metal goods

These included cars, metal office furniture, radios, phonographs, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, dog food in tin cans, washing machines, sewing machines, toothpaste in metal tubes, typewriters, and bicycles

The metal and other raw materials which would normally be used to produce such goods instead were needed for the production of tanks, aircraft, and other weapons.

   

3)        Fuels

For obvious reasons, gasoline was rationed in the form of gasoline cards. Government perceived need determined how much one would get per month. In addition to gasoline rationing, a national speed limit of 35mph was enacted (in order to save gas and rubber), and all sightseeing driving was banned.

Firewood and coal were rationed as well, making heating a home during the winter a much more difficult proposition.

4)        Foodstuffs

Sugar, shortening, butter, margarine, meat, lard, cheese, processed foods, dried fruit, canned milk, jams/jellies, and fruit butter were all rationed during the course of the war.

Coffee was rationed as well due to German U-boats sinking Brazilian shipping vessels.

5)        Medicines

Scarce medicines, most notably penicillin, were also rationed. Though this resulted in troops getting the medical supplies that they needed, it also resulted in civilian doctors being forced to choose between which patient would receive the life-saving medication that they needed and which one would die.

6)        Clothing

Shoes, silk, and nylon were also rationed during the war. (Ref: 2, 3)

Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, War on Terror

No government-mandated rationing has occurred within the United States since World War 2.

What Lessons Can We Learn From This?

1)        Rationing Doesn’t Happen Often

The first thing I believe that we can learn from the history of rationing within the United States is that it’s not something that happens often. It’s happened once.

The only likely way that government-induced rationing could occur would be if the US faced an attack on its soil that would require the majority of its resources to fight off a potential invasion. The last time that happened was World War 2. That leads me to my second point:

2)        Rationing Depends on the Scope of Current Destruction

Obviously an event that wipes out the entire West Coast infrastructure is going to require some rationing on the Eastern Seaboard. Why? Because everything that previously was able to be produced and transported from the West would then be destroyed or radioactive.

Though the threat from Russia and China during the Korean and Vietnam War were both very real, the threats were more or less contained to a different side of the world than ours. Yes, there were instances such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, but as a whole the threat remained a threat. It didn’t finalize.

Had those missiles or bombers hit the States, then I do think that rationing would have happened again as the entire country would have been mobilized.

3)        What is Rationed Often Depends on What is Destroyed

During WW2, it was the destruction of merchant vessels from other lands, and capture of strategic factories/material producing regions by the enemy which resulted in certain goods being rationed. The Japanese didn’t bomb our dairy farms though, so why on earth would butter be rationed?

For food items in particular, the main reason that they were rationed was because soldiers needed all the food they could get. If you give somebody 60+ lbs of gear to haul 20 miles a day through extremely difficult terrain in terrible weather all the while having their stress levels constantly elevated due to having to fight for their lives, they are going to need all of the calories that they can get.

As a result, foodstuffs would be rationed too. (It kind of makes producing your own food and homesteading sound good, huh?)

4)        Rationing Being Unlikely Doesn’t Make Being Prepared Stupid

It would be foolish to assume that the ability to waltz on down to the supermarket any day of the week to purchase whatever you need/desire with a little square of plastic is something that will always be available. You would think power outages alone would be enough to convince people of this, but alas, that’s not always the case.

Anyone who has some cash, food, water, and other goods laid up already understands that.

The defining moment for me was when my wife and I were on vacation and the kettle corn vendor had a broken credit card reader. I had no cash, and as a result my wife had no ketlle corn. I learned my lesson real fast. Carry cash.

That same preparedness mindset has helped me to avoid other miseries at other times.  After all, if just a single credit card reader malfunction could deny you access, couldn’t the power going out for any length of time cause even greater problems? What about the loss of a job?

In Conclusion

Though government induced rationing may not happen in the future, I would argue that the weapons which are available to the world today are much more devastating than anything that has been available throughout history.

Nukes, EMPs, and bioweapons can completely change the economics of a country within a matter of minutes. Yes, an EMP was technically available by the end of the second World War, but we (the good guys) were the only ones who had that technology at the time. That’s not the case anymore.

Now we have rogue nations such as North Korea and Iran (who have vowed to destroy us) possessing EMP, nuke, and bioweapon technology. In a matter of minutes, either of those weapons could make a portion of, or all of a country’s ability to mass produce, transport, and sell necessary goods on a national scale virtually impossible.

Anything can happen, but in all probability I don’t think government-mandated rationing will happen anytime soon. However, if you are already prepared for a disaster of any appreciable length (and you have kept your preparations secret) you will be much better able to ride anything out provided that I am wrong.

References:

  1. http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/food-rationing-in-wartime-america
  2. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/seventeen-states-put-gasoline-rationing-into-effect
  3. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/office-of-price-administration-begins-to-ration-automobile-tires

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Best Expandable Hoses You Can Buy Today

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It’s impossible to have a garden without water. Plants need it, lawns need it. We all have to have a way of conveying that water to where it needs to be. And we all have old, heavyweight hoses lying about, as they’re a requirement in the yard. But in recent years, expandable garden hoses have … Read more

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Best Expandable Hoses You Can Buy Today

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Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.

It’s impossible to have a garden without water. Plants need it, lawns need it. We all have to have a way of conveying that water to where it needs to be. And we all have old, heavyweight hoses lying about, as they’re a requirement in the yard. But in recent years, expandable garden hoses have … Read more

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PVC Water Pipe Fish Trap

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Should we ever find ourselves in a Venezuela situation, where food is scarce or rationed, you’ll need alternative food sources. Many believe they’ll go hunting for extra meat to eat. Trouble is so will every other hunter and the game will be quickly depleted, plus I doubt the acting government in charge will allow you to be in public with a gun.
Another source for food is fishing. If you’re fortunate and live near lakes, rivers, or like myself next to major water like the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean and have reasonable fishing skills you’ll have more fish than you can eat.

I came across this video below that shows how to make a simple fish trap made from PVC pipe and two-liter bottles. Interesting, and it gives you the ability to fish all night without being there. Note, this is probably illegal so be careful.

Also in the videos side bar they make traps for snakes, and yes snakes taste good. I believe this video was taken in Cambodia.

Drowning In Tomatoes? Try Something Different This Year.

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Drowning In Tomatoes? Try Something Different This Year.

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If you’re a home gardener about to drown in tomatoes rolling in off the vines and demanding to be consumed before they go bad, hang on. Here comes a life preserver!

Everyone knows the delectable bliss of cutting up a perfectly ripe red tomato and enjoying the slices simply seasoned with salt and pepper on a plate next to a steak or macaroni salad or grilled cheese or chicken cutlet or just about anything. And we all know the decadent joy of picking sweet little orange cherry tomatoes off the vine and popping them into our mouths like candy.

But what about when it’s time for something different? Here are a few ideas to get your tomato creativity flowing and help you embrace the garden’s bounty.

First, consider them on sandwiches. Not just as an add-on to standard meat and cheese or tucked into a tuna- or egg-salad creation—although they are definitely delicious that way—but on their own, as well. Half-inch thick slices of fresh ripe tomato between two slices of bread with mayonnaise and a few dashes of seasoning tastes like a bite of delicious summer. Add a few slices of cucumber for added cool crunch, or mix it up with some ultra-thin slices of summer squash, onion or peppers. The dressing doesn’t have to be mayonnaise, either. You can experiment with ranch dressing, hot mustard, relish or other condiments to suit your own taste.

Tomatoes are tasty on hot sandwiches, too. Burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches are perfect places for tomato slices, as are hot meat-and-cheese on bun types that go by the name of heroes or hoagies in different parts of the country.

One of my favorites ways to eat tomatoes on hot bread is to grill Italian or French bread slices, spread it with pesto, add chopped tomatoes, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Yum.

This New All-Natural Fertilizer Doubles Garden Production!

Tomatoes make great salads, too. You probably already include them in tossed salads, from basic everyday side dishes to more elaborate or ethnic concoctions that use everything from feta cheese to walnuts to Asian noodles to corn chips. But tomatoes can be the main ingredient instead of an add-in in salads. Chopped slicing tomatoes or halved cherry or grape types can be dressed up with Italian-style or ranch dressing, fresh or dried herbs such as basil or chives or parsley, chunks or crumbles of any kind of cheese, chopped cucumbers or other fresh vegetables, or bits of bacon or prosciutto.

Tomatoes go wonderfully with pasta. Toss chunks of pasta in with cooked short pasta—I prefer corkscrew types—and your choice of seasonings, dressing, meats, cheeses and other vegetables.

Make a Sauce. Or Eat Them Like an Apple.

Drowning In Tomatoes? Try Something Different This Year.

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Another fun way to enjoy tomatoes and pasta is as a fresh red sauce. I learned this dish from a campsite caretaker many years ago and wrote it down in my little camping journal, and the dish has long outlasted my hiking days. I chop up a small bowlful of fresh very ripe tomatoes, add chopped red onion or scallions, minced garlic, chopped fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.  I sometimes add Kalamata olives. I make this dish in the morning and let it set on the kitchen table all day. By evening meal time, the flavors have melded nicely, and I serve it over hot cooked spaghetti noodles and top it with fresh grated parmesan for an easy meal on a hot summer day.

Tomatoes, either slices or cherry halves, are elegant and delicious mixed with fresh mozzarella cheese—either small balls or slices—and drizzled with olive oil and herbs. Full-sized tomatoes are delightful stuffed with cottage cheese and herbs and served cold, or stuffed with bread stuffing and baked or broiled and topped with cheese.

Don’t forget pizza. You can substitute slices of fresh tomatoes for the red sauce, or you can substitute pesto for the red sauce and add tomato slices on top of the cheese.

Cherry tomatoes can be sautéed or broiled. You can add bread crumbs, soft cheese, olive oil, butter, herbs or black olives to complement the lovely tomato flavor.

Tomatoes work well in scrambled eggs, baked eggs, frittatas and omelets. They can be cooked slightly to soften them before adding to egg recipes or added raw in some dishes. Tomatoes are a staple for many soups and casseroles, as well, providing an excellent way to use up yesterday’s fresh broiled or sautéed tomatoes to make room for more fresh ones coming ready in the garden today.

If somehow not one single tomato-eating idea on this list appeals to you, you can always try it my brother’s way. He has been known to pick a ripe tomato off the vine, rub the dust off on his shirt, and eat it like an apple.

A lot of foods from around the world pair nicely with tomatoes, so there is no reason to succumb to a flood of garden tomatoes in August. Try some of these ideas—along with your own recipes and your variations on the ones I’ve suggested—and you’ll be glad once again that you planted so many tomatoes.

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Charlottesville And The Higgin’s Memo, aka Deep State Attack

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I had to weigh in on Charlottesville, at least quickly.

At 4:04 to 4:07 a 400 pound woman is receiving CPR and also having a baby. That seems unlikely, especially since it never made any “news” that would certainly be newsworthy.

And multiple citizens, shouting, “medic”, that also seems very unlikely, like something out of Mash. Looks like a drill to me.

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Rich Higgins, while working for the National Security Council, penned a 7 page “memo” that described the Deep State attack against America, but first via a Trump Takedown.

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Admittedly, the author, Higgins (who was fired and no one is denying that he was fired because he

wrote that memo), does “juice it” a bit.   

Amazing how the WaPo (owned by Jeff Bezos) picks up expose’ of the narrative, and constructs it to mean that Trump is:

Paranoid
In an alternate reality
Insane
Terrifying combination of delusions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/08/11/this-nsc-ex-staffers-memo-is-crazy-trumps-reaction-is-more-disturbing/?utm_term=.883fde1a0540

Then they compare him to Nixon, who incidentally was also “not to be trusted with nuclear launch codes”, and WaPo concludes with their end game, after dismissing every thing else as conspiracy “the end of this <presidency> cannot come soon enough.”
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stock here– and “Business Insider” well now you can see how things lean over there….

http://www.businessinsider.com/senior-nsc-official-ousted-after-writing-controversial-memo-about-trump-2017-8

Of course, an American deep state does not, in fact, exist. And in places where it does exist — like Turkey, Egypt, and Pakistan — it typically results in bloody outcomes like mass killings, pogroms, and bombings. 

Items You Should Stockpile For Proper Off The Grid Sanitation

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A natural disaster can bring a brutal aftermath and people often get caught unprepared. Damaged water mains and downed power lines are often common results of Mother Nature’s fury. The lack of proper sanitation requires your immediate attention and resolution. Stockpiling the following supplies will make your life easier when having to deal with the … Read more…

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Charlottesville And The Deep State Attack

I had to weigh in on Charlottesville, at least quickly.

At 4:04 to 4:07 a 400 pound woman is receiving CPR and also having a baby. That seems unlikely, especially since it never made any “news” that would certainly be newsworthy.

And multiple citizens, shouting, “medic”, that also seems very unlikely, like something out of Mash. Looks like a drill to me.

—————————————————————————————–

Admittedly, the author, Higgins (who was fired and no one is denying that he was fired because he wrote that memo), does “juice it” a bit.   

Amazing how the WaPo (owned by Jeff Bezos) picks up expose’ of the narrative, and constructs it to mean that Trump is:

Paranoid
In an alternate reality
Insane
Terrifying combination of delusions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/08/11/this-nsc-ex-staffers-memo-is-crazy-trumps-reaction-is-more-disturbing/?utm_term=.883fde1a0540

Then they compare him to Nixon, who incidentally was also “not to be trusted with nuclear launch codes”, and WaPo concludes with their end game, after dismissing every thing else as conspiracy “the end of this <presidency> cannot come soon enough.”

Stuck in the Woods: How to Truly Prep Your Homestead for a Natural Disaster

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A natural disaster happens in any corner of the world with some or little warning. These situations are frightening, especially when you live in a rural region. When it comes to your homestead, you need to be prepared for almost any situation. Consider these top tips that truly prep your home in the event of a disaster.

Stock up on Supplies

Canned food, water and batteries should be prioritized as your homestead stock. Disasters often cut off food and water supplies almost immediately. Be sure to have enough water for both drinking, cooking and cleaning. Nearby municipal supplies might be out of commission for several days, depending on the disaster’s extent. Always rotate your canned-food stock too. You don’t want to experience a disaster, and the food has expired several years ago.

Inspect the Building Envelope

Before a disaster occurs, make it a habit to inspect your home. Look at the roof, walls, and foundation. Collectively, these components are referred to as the building envelope. Deal with any minor issues that you observe, such as cracks or broken materials. If these items are ignored, a disaster can quickly worsen them. In fact, it’s possible for the homestead to have severe problems as the disaster weakens any cracks or compromised areas.

Invest in a Generator

Don’t rely on nearby electricity because it can go out for days or weeks at a time during a disaster. Ideally, purchase a portable power generator. Some companies, such as Renogy, know that these kinds of devices uses oil, gas, or a battery to generate electricity. You’ll have limited power with the generator, but it’s enough to keep you going through a disaster. Without power, boiling water and heating your house can be nearly impossible.

Prune Away Hazards

When your homestead is in the wilderness, you’re surrounded by nature’s beauty. Be aware of the hazards that are all around you, however. Dangling tree branches and brush on the ground can quickly become hazards. Branches might fall on the home, or the brush goes up in flames. Prune away these items so that they’re a safe distance from the home. You can still have nature to enjoy, but just at a distance where the home is safe from immediate harm.

Practice disaster scenarios with your loved ones. Create drills that everyone participates in so that you’re ready for almost any disaster. Although it’s impossible to be completely ready for the unexpected, these drills will simplify your response as you keep everyone safe from harm.

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

Surviving in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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A recent Facebook experiment in artificial intelligence has garnered a lot of attention across the internet.

Stories vary considerably, ranging from pure reporting of a technological accomplishment to humor at what had happened to outright fear about the potential of computers going haywire and turning against their human owners like in some science fiction story.

The truth of the matter is somewhat more benign.

This was an experiment and the two computers were chatting about nothing more nefarious then how to divvy up a number of items.  The experiment was about how well the robots (not physical humanoid robots as much as artificial intelligence computer programs) could negotiate with one another to come to an agreement.

As such, it was no more serious than people negotiating over price at a garage sale.

In the process of the negotiations, the two robots actually developed their own language, or at least something that hints at language.

Just as two friends or a married couple might have their own code words that they use in conversation with each other; words that mean one thing to them, but something else to others, the two robots started using their own code words. Words which meant something to the two robots, but really didn’t mean anything to the programmers who were running the experiment.

At this point the experiment ended, not out of fear, they say, but out of a realization that they had not set the parameters for the experiment correctly.

The programmers had allowed for the creation of their own language, but failed to place the limitation that the language had to be intelligible to humans. As the experiment was really about developing the ability for a robot to converse with a human, it was stopped.

Apparently, the next generation of this experiment is going to include a modification to the programming. While continuing to allow the robots to develop their own language, such changes will be limited to things that are understandable by the human operators.

Whether that is because the computers supply the definitions as part of the process or they are only limited to words and syntax that the human operators can understand is probably still up in the air.

Were I to be running the experiments, I would probably try both, just to see the difference in the results.

While there was nothing really scary about this experiment, maybe there’s a little bit of reality in the fear caused by the misunderstanding of this test and its results. Not because of the danger of computers negotiating trades, but the potential of computers making decisions that their human operators don’t understand.

While artificial intelligence mimics human thought, it can only do that as well as the programmers are able to develop their programs.

Thinking machines would by their very nature be immoral, not having any morals whatsoever. That may not be dangerous in the short-term, but there really is no way of telling where it might lead. We’ve all seen the atrocities that humans without morals are able to propagate on each other; so it’s only logical that computers without morals will eventually be able to do the same.

Thinking computers and robots need some system of checks and balances. That’s why science fiction writer Isaac Asimov developed “the three laws of robotics,” placing limitations on the decisions that robots can make. These laws have actually been so well defined, that other writers have used them too.

Ultimately, any use of artificial intelligence needs human oversight. The decisions that we make, as humans, take into account many factors that we don’t even realize.

Our decision making process is extremely complex. And while it may be imperfect, by and large it protects human life and works to generate some benefit to at least some group of people.

Artificial Intelligence is Not New

The whole idea of artificial intelligence (AI) is not really new. Science fiction television shows as far back as the 1950s featured humanoid robots that could think for themselves and communicate with their human counterparts, even offering advice. In serious scientific research, we find the first discussions of artificial intelligence going back as far as 1947.

Alan Turing, the British mathematician was the first to suggest that AI would best be researched by programming computers, rather than building machines. Considering that the very first computer was built in 1937 and ENIAC, widely considered to be the earliest electronic general-purpose computer was finished in 1946, Turing was obviously ahead of his time.

Research into AI was carried on in college laboratories and research departments for the next couple of decades. But it wasn’t until 1980 and the birth of the idea of expert systems (a form of AI), that artificial intelligence took off. Since then, the growth of AI has been slow, but consistent.

I distinctly remember some of the work that was going on in the 1980s, as I was an engineer during those years and so managed to keep abreast of it to some extent.

Those were exciting years for computer programmers, with the idea of developing a true AI system being seen as the holy grail of computer programming.

In more recent times, research into applying artificial intelligence, especially the decision making part of it, has progressed considerably, funded by the idea of developing totally autonomous machines that can eliminate the human operator.

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Replacing Human Operators?

Much of current AI research is focused around replacing human operators for mundane tasks. One of the most successful of these is in the area of self-driving vehicles. A number of companies, around the world, have been working on developing such systems.

The LS3 Robotic Mule, developed for our military forces, is a prime example of using AI to make autonomous vehicles. This walking vehicle is under development for the purpose of carrying loads for infantry. One mule is supposed to be able to carry the packs of a squad of infantry, freeing them of that load and making it easier for them to fight effectively.

Another excellent example is the Mercedes-Benz self driving truck. Videos of the truck, which is in road testing, show the driver turning control of the driving over to the truck and literally moving his seat back to relax with a tablet, while the truck drives itself. Mercedes is planning to offer the truck, which has a futuristic look, for sale in 2025.

But over-the-road trucks aren’t the only place where we can expect AI to take over the job of driving vehicles, Uber has placed an order for 100,000 self-driving cars, to be delivered as soon as the technology is proven. Their parent company, once again Mercedes-Benz is hard at work to fulfill that order, with testing of 15 self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs on the road in Arizona, picking up passengers and delivering them to their destinations.

What Does this Mean to You and I?

While these breakthroughs in technology might be exciting to watch, they tell a potentially grim story for humanity. This story is especially evident in Uber’s order for the 100,000 self-driving cars.

Part of what has made Uber so popular is that it has given 160,000 people in the United States and somewhere between 500,000 and 1,000,000 drivers worldwide an opportunity to make extra money, using their personal vehicle to provide rides to others. Creating that many jobs in an unconventional way attracts a lot of attention, both by job seekers and the public in general.

But what’s going to happen to those people when Uber gets serious about using self-driving cars? Or what about the 3.5 million truck drivers in the US? Where will they work?

Granted, the replacement of all those drivers with autonomous vehicles will take a number of years, but it appears that the handwriting is already on the wall.

Advances in technology tend to displace workers, and the advances in AI might be the biggest job displacer of all time. The tech jobs that these advances create don’t come close to the numbers of jobs lost; if they did, the advance wouldn’t go forward.

Besides, the workers who are displaced don’t have the necessary skills for those new jobs. They have to be totally retrained into a new field or they become just one more statistic, added to the rolls of the unemployed.

The loss of manufacturing jobs here in the US has received a lot of attention. China is more or less universally hated for taking those jobs away from us. But the loss of manufacturing jobs to automation actually outstrips those lost to China. We are losing our jobs to robotics.

This is simple business economics. While automating requires a huge investment in equipment, it’s a one-time investment. That means that the lifetime cost of that robot is much less than the equivalent human operator.

Skilled welders, for example, earn about $25 per hour in manufacturing plants, while the costs of a robot work about to about $8 per hour. With increased competition and consumer demands for lower prices, companies are forced to automate.

“The loss of manufacturing jobs to automation actually outstrips those lost to China.

We are losing our jobs to robotics.”

 

Is this a real threat? Yes, most definitely. According to one tech insider, a former employee of Facebook, within 30 years, half of humanity could be unemployed, due to artificial intelligence and automation. This is the danger we face from AI, robots taking our jobs, not turning against us to annihilate us.

To put that in perspective, unemployment during the height of the Great Depression reached a high of 25%. Yet this technologist is talking about double that number. We just lived through a recession which peaked out at 10.1% unemployment, yet 10 million households were displaced. How could we even begin to handle a 50% unemployment rate.

Supporting this idea of a technology apocalypse is the news that many Silicone Valley insiders are preparing for a major breakdown in society. Whether it is through buying a house in New Zealand or building a private retreat on an island, many of the wealthiest technologists in the country are preparing a place to run to, when society collapses.

Considering how much technology is driving America today, perhaps these insiders know something that the rest of us don’t. There’s truly something to be concerned about, if the people who are planning the future don’t want to live in the future they are creating.

Society is not ready for this. We don’t have the systems in place to take care of that many unemployed people. Our country’s safety net would be torn asunder, simply because there would be as many people needing assistance, as there would be working.

With only a 30 year timeframe before such an apocalypse were to occur, it is doubtful that we will be able to develop the means of taking care of all these people. The problem is so much larger than anything we’ve ever seen before, that a simple expansion of existing systems wouldn’t work.

Rather, we would need to reinvent society as a whole, coming up with a totally new way of meeting people’s needs.

Perhaps this is behind Silicone Valley’s push for a universal basic income. These people, who are shaping the future even now, are the only ones who understand what is coming. They have a vision for a new world, but it’s one that we are truly unprepared for.

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Surviving the Technology Apocalypse

A fifty percent unemployment rate definitely qualifies as an apocalypse. I’ve written about a financial collapse before, something on the order of the Great Depression; but as we’ve already discussed, that’s nowhere near as bad as this.

Is this risk real? I honestly don’t know. All I know is that the rate of technological advancement that is happening in the world today makes it possible.

We have already seen millions of people lose their jobs to technology. What is there to stop millions more or even tens of millions more from losing their jobs?

That’s a risk we just can’t afford to take.

Over and over again, I see scenarios proposed which would cause hungry gangs of people to roam the streets, attacking whoever they could in order to get food. Ultimately, this is the reason why so many preppers have guns and ammunition. The downside risk of such a situation is grave enough to warrant investing considerably in being able to protect our homes, our families and our food supplies.

This could very well be such a situation; a much more realistic one than others I’ve heard. Without the ability to take care of all those displaced workers, they will become desperate. Desperate people, it is said, do desperate things.

So how do we prepare for such a potential? I think there are two possible ways, both of which would probably work. For simplicity sake, I’ll call them the bug in and bug out options.

Bug In Option

While as much as 50% of the workforce could potentially lose their jobs from automation, there will still be 50% who are employed. So the trick is to make sure that you are part of that 50%. How? By having a job that can’t be fulfilled by a machine; one that requires a living, thinking human being.

There are many jobs which can be accomplished by machines. As we’ve already discussed, manufacturing jobs are being replaced by automation all the time. But machines can’t design the products, program the robots and sell the products. Machines can’t write the code that makes computers run; nor can they provide medical services to the people who are fulfilling those more technical jobs. For that matter, they can’t teach the people who will fill them either.

There are and will always be jobs that require thought and imagination. So the key to job security in this scenario is to get the necessary education and training for those sorts of jobs. People with valuable degrees, meaning degrees for which there is actual work, are and will continue to be in demand.

It’s the people who don’t have marketable skills, whether educated or not, who will lose their jobs.

Basically what this means is that the people in the lower end of the socioeconomic scale are the ones who are most likely to lose their jobs to automation. That makes sense, because it is easier to design machines and develop the software to replace those jobs.

Just look at what’s happening to the fast food industry in cities and states that are pushing for the $15 per hour minimum wage. Self-service kiosks, where customers order their food off of a touch screen are replacing cashiers. Kitchens are becoming more automated, with machines doing the cooking and only a skeleton crew of workers managing the machines. Low wage earners are losing their jobs.

This is the trend we can expect to see. To survive it, we need to make sure that we are not overtaken by it.

In addition, we can probably expect to see an increase in crime as more and more people lose their jobs. Our society has many people who walk close to the edge between being law-abiding citizens and criminals.

While they are productive members of society today, the loss of their jobs could very well give those people sufficient reason, in their own minds, to leave the path of righteousness and turn to a life of crime.

Should that happen, we will need to be ready to protect ourselves. Our homes will need to be fortified and we will need to be armed. You know what to do, I’ve written about it before and so have others. There’s no reason to repeat it here.

Bug Out Option

Our second option is to quite literally head for the hills, find a remote location and homestead there. That doesn’t mean waiting for the technology apocalypse to come and then bug out, but rather to start preparing today. Just as the technology gurus of Silicon Valley, we need a survival retreat where we can go, when those hungry gangs start roaming the street.

This will require time and investment. Unless there is a complete breakdown of the government, which I doubt is going to happen, you can’t just go and build a log cabin on federal land somewhere. Rather, you’re going to need to buy a piece of land, build some sort of home and prepare to become totally self-sufficient in every way. That’s why I used the word homestead.

Such a place will need to be in a remote location, so as to avoid the risk of being attacked by the aforementioned gangs. There is safety in numbers and one of the risks associated with living outside of town, on your own, is that there would be nobody around to help you, should you come under attack.

So you really want to make sure that your survival homestead is in a place where those gangs aren’t going to find you.

Even so, you’ll want to prepare extensive defenses to use, just in case. If you can find a place to bug out to, you have to assume that others can find it too.

Failure to prepare for that eventuality could end up being the last mistake you ever make.

 

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

Podcast #157: The Need For Forgiveness

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August 18th, 2017: In today’s show I share with you the importance and need for forgiveness in our lives. A GREAT resource: When You’ve Been Wronged; Moving From Bitterness To Forgiveness If you like Mountain Woman Radio you can also Subscribe to me on iTunes or Stitcher. Submit a review on iTunes. For those of you that […]

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How to Dehydrate Melon Slices for Healthy Snacks

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Melons are a favorite summertime treat. If you’ll take the time to dehydrate melon slices you can have that wonderful flavor all year long. My melon harvest was frightful, but luckily they were on sale at the local grocery store last week so I picked up several to freeze for smoothies and to dehydrate. This batch […]

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How to Make Hot and Cold Packs for First Aid

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Being prepared includes getting into shape.  I started exercising at the gym and found myself feeling sore after a workout.   A hot or cold pack can usually help with minor sore muscle aches. Having a well-stocked first aid kit is great to have, but if you don’t happen to have a hot or cold pack, you can make them with common household items. Hot Pack Materials Tube socks 2 cups uncooked rice Microwave […]

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The Versatile Stinging Nettle Plant

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Stinging nettles grow throughout most of the United States. They are common and easy to identify and pick as long as you wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and have a good pair of gloves. Of course a good quality, authoritative book on foraging like this one goes a long way to insure you’e picking the right plant.

How to use stinging nettles as an edible

This edible plant has a flavor similar to spinach when cooked, and they are well worth harvesting when you can as they are rich in vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Native Americans harvested stinging nettles and used them as a cooked plant in spring when other food plants were scarce. Depending on where you live, you might also find them as early as January.

The stinging chemicals from the plant can be removed if you soak them in water or cook them. This allows the plant to be handled and eaten without incidence of stinging. After stinging nettles enter their flowering and seed setting stages, the leaves develop gritty particles, which can irritate the urinary tract.

At its peak season, the stinging nettle contains up to 25% protein, dry weight, which is high for a leafy green vegetable. The young leaves are edible and make a very good pot herb. The leaves can also be dried and be used to make an herbal tea or used in stews and soups. Nettle soup is a common use of the plant in parts of Europe.

Using stinging nettle for medicinal purposes

The stinging nettle has many medicinal properties. Rather than collecting the plant, drying it, and then using it for medicinal purposes, I highly recommend buying it in capsule form in order to know exactly how much you are taking.

Some of the ways it may help with health issues are:

  • Blood purifier and diuretic.
  • Primary use has been for allergies (usually taken in capsule form).
  • Used for urinary problems and rheumatic problems.
  • Used for anemia, arthritis, food or pollen allergies, head and chest colds, relief of asthma and bronchial cough, hay fever, and prostratitis.
  • The tea with honey and lemon is used as a stimulant.
  • Increases flow of milk in nursing mothers.
  • Makes an astringent gargle for sore throats and mouthwash for bleeding gums.
  • Tea used as a rinse for dandruff.
  • Joint pain — My mother-in-law swears by it.

The following information is from WEB MD it shows the interaction with prescription medicines.

Lithium interacts with STINGING NETTLE

Stinging nettle might have an effect like a water pill or “diuretic.” Taking stinging nettle might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with stinging nettle

Stinging nettle above ground parts might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking stinging nettle along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with stinging nettle

Stinging nettle above ground parts seem to decrease blood pressure. Taking stinging nettle along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.

Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.

Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with stinging nettle

Large amounts of stinging nettle above ground parts might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking stinging nettle along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.

Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.

Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with stinging nettle

Stinging nettle above ground parts contain large amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body to help blood clot. Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. By helping the blood clot, stinging nettle might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.

As with any plant be sure of its identity before you use it. Herbal remedies can interact with pharmaceutical medications and you should advise your doctor if you include these remedies in your daily routine.

 

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Smart Food Storage!

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Smart Food Storage! Host: Katzcradul “The Homestead Honey Hour” Since all the Honeys of The Homestead Honey hour believe it’s important to formulate shows based on what our subscribers and listeners want, Katzcradul is devoting this upcoming show to the discussion of “Smarter Food Storage”, how to get the most: for your food storage dollar, … Continue reading Smart Food Storage!

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