Ron Paul Warns: 50 Percent Fall In Stock Market Is ‘Conceivable’

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Ron Paul Warns: 50 Percent Fall In Stock Market Is ‘Conceivable’Former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul thinks the stock market might lose 50 percent of its value this year.

“A 50 percent pullback is conceivable,” Paul said on CNBC’s “Futures Now” last week. “I don’t believe it’s 10 years off. I don’t even believe it’s a year off. “

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If Paul is correct, the Dow Jones would plummet to 10,851.71 and the S&P 500 would fall to 1,214.185. The S&P Index was at 2,428.37 and the Dow at 21,703.75 on Monday.

It also would be the greatest crash in history – even larger than the Great Crash of 1929 when the Dow lost 12 percent of its value. The stock market did not recover from the crash of 1929 until 1945, after World War II.

“I see the foundation of our system built on sand, and a big wind comes along to blow it down,” Paul said.

Wall Street, he said, is overestimating the strength of the U.S. economy.

“It’s all man-made,” Paul said. “It’s not the fault of Donald Trump … If the market crashes tomorrow and we have a great depression, he didn’t do it in six months. It took more like six or 10 years to cause all these problems that we’re facing.”

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3 Tactical Preps You Probably Do NOT Need

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Tactical preps are ultra cool, always good to have some extra kit laying around because…”better to have and not need than need and not have.”  Right?  Or maybe time and money could be spent elsewhere, after all very few of us have money to throw around at whatever our tactical heart desires.  What follows are thoughts on preps that I actually own, things I’ve aquired over time and have a perspetive on and can give everyone (read: you who are new to the game or on a more restricted budget) tips concerning.  I’m not saying that one should not aspire to own these items but I can without a doubt state that most of us do not need to have any of these on the “must have” prep list.

Night Vision Goggles

Pro: See what goes bump in the night

Con: Good (or even cheap) ones are expensive, also need extras like mounts, helmets, IR lasers etc.

If night vision goggles were $300 a piece almost everyone would have a set, they are after all very cool and in areas where the bad guys might need some fixin under cover of darkness they are handy.  I get it…just in case right?  What if you have to jump out of bed and there your night vision will be on your bump helmet ready to go to defend you family etc etc.  A valiant effort at justification but unless you have the other skills / preps checked off the list, you don’t need these.  Save the $3000 to $10,000 and put it toward something with a better return.

Plate Carrier with Plates

Pro:  Level IV Body Armor, stops multiple hits of various rifle rounds

Con:  Total package kinda pricey, maybe $1,000 or so.

What’s your plan, jump out of the car and toss the body armor on?  Maybe toss it on when jumping out of bed at night when defending the homestead.  The reality is more like this:  wear it a couple times a year on a flat range for a couple hours and watch it collect dust otherwise.

10 AR’s, 10 Glocks

Pro: Redundancy

Con:  Unecessary, unless arming small militia after SHTF

I have multiple weapons in multiple calibers but the reality is I train with my G19 and M4 99.99999% of the time.  The rest collect dust in my safe, I train with what I’ll use and only shoot the others for novelty.  I look at each of those other guns and remember the rationalization for buying each and think, I fooled myself.  No problem collecting what you like but to buy all sorts of the same gun because you “need” them, it’s a bit of a stretch.

The Bottom Line

Consider what you want and what you need and balance that against your budget.  It’s not that you shouldn’t own a set of night vision goggles but if you are struggling to make that $250 car payment and put groceries on the table what the F are you doing buying NODs?  Prep accordingly.

 

3 Tactical Preps You Probably Do NOT Need

Tactical preps are ultra cool, always good to have some extra kit laying around because…”better to have and not need than need and not have.”  Right?  Or maybe time and money could be spent elsewhere, after all very few of us have money to throw around at whatever our tactical heart desires.  What follows are thoughts on preps that I actually own, things I’ve aquired over time and have a perspetive on and can give everyone (read: you who are new to the game or on a more restricted budget) tips concerning.  I’m not saying that one should not aspire to own these items but I can without a doubt state that most of us do not need to have any of these on the “must have” prep list.

Night Vision Goggles

Pro: See what goes bump in the night

Con: Good (or even cheap) ones are expensive, also need extras like mounts, helmets, IR lasers etc.

If night vision goggles were $300 a piece almost everyone would have a set, they are after all very cool and in areas where the bad guys might need some fixin under cover of darkness they are handy.  I get it…just in case right?  What if you have to jump out of bed and there your night vision will be on your bump helmet ready to go to defend you family etc etc.  A valiant effort at justification but unless you have the other skills / preps checked off the list, you don’t need these.  Save the $3000 to $10,000 and put it toward something with a better return.

Plate Carrier with Plates

Pro:  Level IV Body Armor, stops multiple hits of various rifle rounds

Con:  Total package kinda pricey, maybe $1,000 or so.

What’s your plan, jump out of the car and toss the body armor on?  Maybe toss it on when jumping out of bed at night when defending the homestead.  The reality is more like this:  wear it a couple times a year on a flat range for a couple hours and watch it collect dust otherwise.

10 AR’s, 10 Glocks

Pro: Redundancy

Con:  Unecessary, unless arming small militia after SHTF

I have multiple weapons in multiple calibers but the reality is I train with my G19 and M4 99.99999% of the time.  The rest collect dust in my safe, I train with what I’ll use and only shoot the others for novelty.  I look at each of those other guns and remember the rationalization for buying each and think, I fooled myself.  No problem collecting what you like but to buy all sorts of the same gun because you “need” them, it’s a bit of a stretch.

The Bottom Line

Consider what you want and what you need and balance that against your budget.  It’s not that you shouldn’t own a set of night vision goggles but if you are struggling to make that $250 car payment and put groceries on the table what the F are you doing buying NODs?  Prep accordingly.

 

When Your Bug Out Location Becomes Ground Zero

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Other than damage to your primary residence, perhaps the worst news to get when a natural disaster survivalhits is finding out it clobbered your own private Bug Out camp site.  A lot of preppers work endless hours and spend considerable funding to secure a good Bug Out location, then build a suitable escape hideout.  If it becomes the target of a natural disaster, then it is really gut wrenching.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

Last April 30 on a Sunday night with most people home and resting for the start of another work week, a strong storm front drove its way right down State Highway 51 in Holmes County, Mississippi right into the town of Durant.  Significant damage resulted including one death of a man in a tornado collapsed house in town.

The tornado brought winds in excess of 100 miles per hour as the twister drove north nearly parallel to the highway.  The path of the storm was predicted to have been roughly 600 yards wide when it hit the town and the surrounding area.  Structural damage to homes and businesses along with wooded timber was heavy.

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Days later FEMA assessed the city wide damage and decided not to provide storm recovery funding or epic banner 250x250 evolution of portable water filtrationlow interest loans for businesses to rebuild.  Holmes County is one of the poorest counties in the state.  Residents of Durant were basically left to fend for themselves. The state has provided minimal help as well.

Ground Zero

The 600 acre parcel of land that includes our Bug Out camp was hit by this tornado.  The northwest corner of the site butts up against the city limits, but it is protected by a natural timber barrier for several hundred yards including a thick, wet, snaky swamp.  That barrier was mainly laid to waste in the loss of significant timber damage from the storm.

Though the Bug Out camp proper sits nearly a half mile away, it too, received much damage from the tornado’s high twisting winds.  Lucky enough, none of the four structural cabins were directly hit, but residual wind damage choked the camp area with downed trees and limbs.  In many ways we were shown some measure of luck, but the site faces months of heavy clean-up work to make it serviceable again as a suitable Bug Out site.

Initial Damage Assessments

Where to begin.  We were on the ground in camp soon after notice was given by a local contact of the suspected damage.  The front secure gate was not damaged, but the main road in was littered with limbs and timber trash.  Upon entering camp, a big oak tree was pushed over right inside the camp area with the oak root ball leaving a huge hole that was full of water from the rains.  Two other trees downed in the camp blocked the main camp circle drive and even walking was difficult with all the tree trash thrown everywhere.

Two foresters were dispatched for assessments to the timber damage.  The news was not good.  Most of the big oaks lying on the ground now had trunks twisted by the wind action of the tornado, thus ruining the tree to be used for board timber.  Once the internal fibers of the trees are twisted like that, none of it can be used for construction lumber.

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Though a lot of trees were down all over the entire property, not enough were damaged to entice a logger to come in for a salvage harvest.  They are only interested in a high log timber count to make it economically feasible to haul the logs off the property.  This would mean a wholesale timber clear cut.  And doing so would ruin any easy area access in the forested areas.  Quite a dilemma.

The other issue involved property wide access trails.  Virtually every trail had trees of some size pushed over blocking ATV travel across the entire property.  This was not acceptable at all.  We need access to nearby hunting and fishing opportunities as part of the Bug Out camp long term survival prospects.

Decision-Making Priorities

The prepper team is still seeking solutions to the downed timber issues.  A prevailing idea now is just to bug out locationleave the downed timber alone and to let nature take its course.  This is rather than having the entire forested areas further ruined by a clear cut timber harvest.  First on the list of “To Do” is to clean up the camp site area.  The downed trees there and on nearby trails can be cleared with a chainsaw and turned into camp firewood.  We have to have clear movement access around camp.

Next is to clear primary ATV trails, again by sawing downed trees to allow easy passage via ATVs.  Trees too big to cut with a chainsaw will have to be moved by a tractor bucket and/or the hiring of a dozer to push the trails clear.  This means money of course with funds not being recovered by the downed timber.  Mother Nature dealt a lousy hand of cards on this one.

Events like this are heartbreaking to say the least.  However, recovery of the Bug Out camp is paramount.  The site serves us not only as a secure escape location, but also recreational opportunities and also a feasible way to secure supplemental foods via hunting and fishing.  In this regard, we have little to no choice but to recover from the storm damage.  Such is just one more example of situations that can develop from a SHTF event of which a tornado is definitely one.

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When Your Bug Out Location Becomes Ground Zero

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Other than damage to your primary residence, perhaps the worst news to get when a natural disaster survivalhits is finding out it clobbered your own private Bug Out camp site.  A lot of preppers work endless hours and spend considerable funding to secure a good Bug Out location, then build a suitable escape hideout.  If it becomes the target of a natural disaster, then it is really gut wrenching.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

Last April 30 on a Sunday night with most people home and resting for the start of another work week, a strong storm front drove its way right down State Highway 51 in Holmes County, Mississippi right into the town of Durant.  Significant damage resulted including one death of a man in a tornado collapsed house in town.

The tornado brought winds in excess of 100 miles per hour as the twister drove north nearly parallel to the highway.  The path of the storm was predicted to have been roughly 600 yards wide when it hit the town and the surrounding area.  Structural damage to homes and businesses along with wooded timber was heavy.

Also Read: Building A Shelter With No Tools

Days later FEMA assessed the city wide damage and decided not to provide storm recovery funding or epic banner 250x250 evolution of portable water filtrationlow interest loans for businesses to rebuild.  Holmes County is one of the poorest counties in the state.  Residents of Durant were basically left to fend for themselves. The state has provided minimal help as well.

Ground Zero

The 600 acre parcel of land that includes our Bug Out camp was hit by this tornado.  The northwest corner of the site butts up against the city limits, but it is protected by a natural timber barrier for several hundred yards including a thick, wet, snaky swamp.  That barrier was mainly laid to waste in the loss of significant timber damage from the storm.

Though the Bug Out camp proper sits nearly a half mile away, it too, received much damage from the tornado’s high twisting winds.  Lucky enough, none of the four structural cabins were directly hit, but residual wind damage choked the camp area with downed trees and limbs.  In many ways we were shown some measure of luck, but the site faces months of heavy clean-up work to make it serviceable again as a suitable Bug Out site.

Initial Damage Assessments

Where to begin.  We were on the ground in camp soon after notice was given by a local contact of the suspected damage.  The front secure gate was not damaged, but the main road in was littered with limbs and timber trash.  Upon entering camp, a big oak tree was pushed over right inside the camp area with the oak root ball leaving a huge hole that was full of water from the rains.  Two other trees downed in the camp blocked the main camp circle drive and even walking was difficult with all the tree trash thrown everywhere.

Two foresters were dispatched for assessments to the timber damage.  The news was not good.  Most of the big oaks lying on the ground now had trunks twisted by the wind action of the tornado, thus ruining the tree to be used for board timber.  Once the internal fibers of the trees are twisted like that, none of it can be used for construction lumber.

Related: Basecamp Survival Tool Bag

Though a lot of trees were down all over the entire property, not enough were damaged to entice a logger to come in for a salvage harvest.  They are only interested in a high log timber count to make it economically feasible to haul the logs off the property.  This would mean a wholesale timber clear cut.  And doing so would ruin any easy area access in the forested areas.  Quite a dilemma.

The other issue involved property wide access trails.  Virtually every trail had trees of some size pushed over blocking ATV travel across the entire property.  This was not acceptable at all.  We need access to nearby hunting and fishing opportunities as part of the Bug Out camp long term survival prospects.

Decision-Making Priorities

The prepper team is still seeking solutions to the downed timber issues.  A prevailing idea now is just to bug out locationleave the downed timber alone and to let nature take its course.  This is rather than having the entire forested areas further ruined by a clear cut timber harvest.  First on the list of “To Do” is to clean up the camp site area.  The downed trees there and on nearby trails can be cleared with a chainsaw and turned into camp firewood.  We have to have clear movement access around camp.

Next is to clear primary ATV trails, again by sawing downed trees to allow easy passage via ATVs.  Trees too big to cut with a chainsaw will have to be moved by a tractor bucket and/or the hiring of a dozer to push the trails clear.  This means money of course with funds not being recovered by the downed timber.  Mother Nature dealt a lousy hand of cards on this one.

Events like this are heartbreaking to say the least.  However, recovery of the Bug Out camp is paramount.  The site serves us not only as a secure escape location, but also recreational opportunities and also a feasible way to secure supplemental foods via hunting and fishing.  In this regard, we have little to no choice but to recover from the storm damage.  Such is just one more example of situations that can develop from a SHTF event of which a tornado is definitely one.

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VA is holding up my refi over paint chips

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My siding sucks, I’ll agree to that statement.  Sort of why I want a refi loan to replace my siding and my windows.  The VA appraiser stated my paint is peeling off the bad siding and I must replace it or cover it up before I get the refi to replace my siding. I a’m in a catch 22 again via the VA.  I don’t need a $130 thousand appraisal as $105 thousand is enough to cover the siding and new windows.

I painted my shop door and while it looks better it still is a crappy door to my shop.  My sander is literally shredding the crappy siding and my shopvac picks up the paint chips this all seems damn stupid!

I’m literally paying the VA for the US Army kicking me out of the Army.  I’m just peeved and this crap happens to all vets but I’m pissed off about the PTBs making shit so hard.

It is a simple refi of a loan for home improvement and yet again I have to jump through hoops.

Looking for off the grid settlement to join many skills

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Hi , I am Lara – widow for ever and still single , love animals and have loads of experience looking after most animals , greenfingers , general first aid , natural medicines , can weld and drive a tractor, breaking horses , chef , awesome cooking skills , desparate to escape to the country , Ex Rhodesian grown up in SA , been in the UK for 17 years , uk passport , also breed English bull terriers atm and show , but just want to get away from everything , please help 

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New Friends – For potential 2 rustic cabins conversion

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Have been researching properties in the New Hampshire area, came across a property with what I think has a lot of potential…. Too much for me to go it alone. I haven’t had the chance to visit the property yet.

The property seems to have two (2) similar dwellings w/ an outhouse each. Only one (1) of the dwellings was photographed… but appears to be an uninsulated hunters cabin w/ baseboard heating and potential for wood stove.

Love to see this become reality, just don’t see me dealing with both dwellings… So, thought I’d try finding someone who would be interested in joining me in this venture.

Hope to hear from you.

Take Care.

Alan

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Texas Glamping. Tent or Rv. Temp or permanent.

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Looking for landbuddies. Are u ready to go off GRID ? I have the land AND looking FOR some landbuddies. MUST be serious. Trying to start from scratch off grid community. If you are into glamping in your RV or tent, that is also possible.contact for more info. This is in southwest Texas towards New Mexico border

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Ex-MobileHome OffGridder moved to boat, happy to advise from own experience

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I’m an Ex-CamperVan-OffGridder who moved to a boat eventually due to some reasons explained in my brief story here in ‘introductions’; I’m happy to help with advice gained by my own experience, or simply chat & meet like-minded people (quite rare down here in the posh south-UK / Solent-area)

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Trump’s Afghanistan War Strategy

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Well, tonight is the night.  President Trump will officially own the war after his 9PM address to the nation tonight for better or worse.  Will he pull us out?  Will

THE ECLIPSE

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Astronomical events have been observed with awe, ceremony, and even fear for millennia. I choose to regard such events as opportunities. Whether or not the heavens and the positions of celestial bodies effects us will be debated forever.  Yet, we know that our reality is also created by the thoughts of others, especially the collective thoughts of “good,” “bad,” and any of the types of thinking and desiring that creates destiny.  That is, I acknowledge that the thinking (passive or active) of humans collectively does affect our reality, and in particular, my reality.
During our partial eclipse in S. California, we took the time to acknowledge the guardians of the 6 directions, and ancient ones, and our own teachers and mentors who have gone before us. While burning herbs and sharing our impromptu prayers, feelings, and desires, we spoke to each other of our hopes for our future, and for the future, and of those things (people, habits, stuff) that we would do well to leave by the wayside if we are to evolve.
The subdued light outback was noticeable, and we felt a different atmosphere as we spoke our words and shook rattles. Two green California scarabs buzzed about during the time, and a line of small birds tweeted their song as they sat in the bottlebrush tree.  A breeze began to flow through the yard.
Of course, everything in our life and in the world can be viewed only in the most mundane of interpretations, but we choose to also view their symbolic aspects.
The sun – the source of all life on this planet, and viewed nearly as a god by so many ancient civilizations – is temporary blocked out.  A symbolic death. A moment to think, to choose, to decide. And then, the light returns, and the darkness fades. Life, death, resurrection, reincarnation. Everything is there.  Today is the first day of my new choices, and wherever those new choices lead.
That’s what the eclipse meant to me.

Concealed Carry Insurance – Is It A Good Investment?

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Concealed Carry InsuranceIs it really worth getting Concealed Carry Insurance? What exactly does concealed carry insurance cover anyways? What if I don’t have concealed carry insurance?

By the end of this article, you will fully understand what concealed carry insurance is and what it is not.

That way you can make an informed decision on whether you need concealed carry protection or not.

But first, a short story.

A story that will provide clarity on how concealed carry insurance works and why you might want to have some…

Dark Parking Lot A Dark Parking Lot

Let’s say you’re walking across a dark parking lot near closing time of your favorite restaurant. As you’re walking toward your vehicle, you notice you are being followed. Three disreputable-looking individuals seem to be trailing you.

You notice the only vehicle left at this late hour is yours, yet they are walking in the same direction as you.

You begin to worry something bad might be about to happen. So you reach into your right jacket pocket and close your hand around the comforting grip of your snub-nose Smith and Wesson. One with .357 Magnum hollow points in the chamber.

You reach your car, reaching for your keys with your left hand. You always keep the keys in the left jacket pocket for this very reason.

As you slide the key into the door when you notice the men are still closing on you.

You are clearly a target.

Before you can turn around completely, they’ve surrounded you.

You turn and see each of them brandishing a knife. Before anything is even said, one of them lunges at you, cold, razor-sharp steel leading the way.

There’s a flash of light and the evening quiet is split with the explosion of 8 grains of magnum powder. A hollow point bullet leaves your barrel and catches the lunging man square in the chest.

He goes down.

Eyes go wide on the other perps for only a moment before they take off, sprinting like their lives depend on it.

The man on the ground is not moving or breathing. He is lying in an expanding pool of blood, the twelve-inch stainless blade lying beside him.

You open your car door and sit down, thanking God for your life and your Smith and Wesson.

The manager of the store appears.

You okay, buddy?” he calls out from a distance, wary of approaching.

“Yeah,” you answer. “But you’d better call 911.”

He disappears back inside.

Five minutes later and police car arrives followed by an ambulance. You set your pistol down on the ground near your vehicle and wait.

You’re smart enough to know to get the weapon out of your hand when the police approach.

At this point, I want to examine two different ways this could go down.

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Aftermath Scenario #1 – The Hero

You happen to be in a parking lot in the suburb of a large Southern city. Two police officers approach, weapons drawn.

One eyes you warily while the other checks the perp for a pulse. Satisfied there isn’t one, they both turn their attention to you.

Sir, are you alright?” one of the officers asks.

“Yes,” you answer. “I’m okay.”

“Is that your weapon?” the other officer asks, pointing at your Smith.

“Yes.”

He slips on a latex glove and pulls out a plastic bag, then slips the pistol into the bag, sealing it.

Sir, do you know this man?” the other officer asks, pointing at the perp who’s now assuming room temperature.

“No, officer. I have no idea who he is.”

“What happened here, sir?”

You tell your story.

You were attacked by three, unknown men wielding knives. One lunged for you, and you shot him.

You claim self-defense.

They listen to your story. While they do, more police arrive. The coroner arrives and photographs the body. The body is chalked and removed by the ambulance crew. It drives off, lights and sirens off.

Sir, we’ll need you to come down to the station to complete the paperwork. Your weapon is evidence but will be returned to you when the investigation is complete.

You can leave your vehicle here. We’ll drive you home when we’re finished at the station. We can have a unit stop by and give you a lift back to your vehicle tomorrow if you need one.”

The incident is written up as a potentially justifiable homicide, pending investigation.

Self-defense – you are treated with courtesy and respect.

You are treated like a victim of a crime.

The police recommendation is self-defense and District Attorney has no basis for prosecution.

You are free to go.

Officer Holding a Flashlight

Aftermath Scenario #2 – The Criminal

You are in a parking lot in a suburb of a large city on the Eastern seaboard. Two police officers approach, weapons drawn. One eyes you warily while the other checks the perp for a pulse. Satisfied there isn’t one, they both turn their attention to you.

Get down. Face down on the ground. Hands behind your head and legs spread,” an officer demands, pointing his 9mm at the pavement.

You drop to the ground and assume the position.

Is that your weapon?” the other officer asks, pointing at your Smith.

“Yes, sir.”

He slips on a latex glove and pulls out a plastic bag, then slips the pistol into the bag, sealing it.

Sir, do you know this man?” the other officer asks, pointing at the perp now assuming room temperature.

“No, officer. I have no idea who he is. He and his buddies surrounded me, and he rushed me with that knife.”

“Just like that? He attacked you for no reason?”

“I didn’t say he didn’t have a reason.”

“So what did you say to him?

“I didn’t say anything.”

“You just shot him because he was holding a knife?”

“He lunged at me.”

“Are there any witnesses?”

“I don’t know.”

“Sir, do you have a problem with people not of your race?”

“No, of course not.”

“But you shot them dead just because they’re carrying a knife?”

You don’t know what to say at this point. Things are not going down the way you envisioned. A little voice in the back of your head says to shut up and ask for a lawyer.

They pull you to your feet and cuff your hands behind your back. More police arrive. The coroner arrives and photographs the body. The body is chalked and removed by the ambulance crew. It drives off, lights and sirens off.

The press arrives, and more flash bulbs are going off all around you.

Sir, you’re under arrest, your weapon is being impounded. You have the right to remain silent anything you say can be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided for you.”

You’re arrested. You’re treated like a criminal.

The police recommendation is prosecution to the District Attorney on several charges. Even though it was determined that the killing was in self-defense, there’s still some doubt as to whether it was justifiable.

You had a gun, and the perp only had a knife.

You find yourself charged with three crimes, including:

  • Public endangerment
  • Discharge of a firearm
  • Manslaughter

There also happened to be an elementary school within 1000 feet of the parking lot. Even though it was well after school hours and well after dark, you are being charged with violating a school firearm restriction statute.

You need a lawyer. Technically you are free to go but with a bond set at $25,000.

So you sit in your cell wondering if you did the right thing, whether you said the right thing to the police.

You are in totally uncharted waters. Nothing in your previous experience has prepared you for this day. That breeds more doubt in your mind. Was there a way to prepare? Did I just miss the boat?

Both of these scenarios are played out regularly across this country. In many times it boils down to your location.

If you find yourself in an area with a liberal, anti-gun political climate, perhaps with a Mayor District Attorney looking to score points for an upcoming election.

You’ve found yourself in a world of hurt for exercising your Second Amendment right to bear arms and protect yourself.

And God-forbid you were attacked by someone of a different ethnicity than yourself. That could make your self-defense a hate crime committed by a racist vigilante in some liberal district attorneys’ eyes.

Your self-doubt is natural and valid. You may not be prepared for this scenario and, frankly, you may just be counting on a friendly jurisdiction with healthy common-sense law enforcement.

This is something you can’t rely on today.

So what should you have done? What can you do?

Concealed Carry Insurance

The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides answers.

USCCA has extremely affordable comprehensive concealed carry insurance. They also provide instruction on what to do if you are ever in a similar scenario.

Most important, they’ll provide an expert self-defense lawyer immediately and will post bond for your immediate release.

If you are going to carry a weapon with the idea of protecting oneself using lethal force, you need to be educated and protected.

You may say,

But I’m protected by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.”

Yes, you are, but that protection often doesn’t kick in until the end of a trial.

The hardship, legal fees and time spent in jail before your trial can ruin you financially and professionally, as well as destroy your reputation.

Don’t let another day go by waiting in the dark for a bad guy to attack you and test our legal system.

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When you take a hard look in the mirror, the only reason you carry is for personal protection. Not to look cool, not to feel important, not to show off or any other egotistical reason.

It’s because of a growing trend in today’s America. It’s a nagging feeling in the back of your head saying “only you can protect your family from mindless threats.”

Not the cops, not the government, not the politicians. Just you.

From today’s young adults literally “killing for attention” to widespread home break-ins. From lone-wolf terrorist attacks to violent rioting mobs, we the American people understand police cannot protect us from violence.

At best, the police can chalk a white outline around your motionless form and maybe shoot down or capture the bad guys – after the fact.

That doesn’t help you or your family much…

Twenty-first Century America is a dangerous and violent place, and millions of Patriots are deciding they should carry a little danger themselves. Hence, the advent and widespread adoption of concealed carry.

Not that you’re looking for trouble, but if trouble finds you, you want the option to return fire.

If this sounds like you, then undoubtedly you’ve also thought long and hard about the reality of having to use your chosen concealed carry weapon in the real world.

You’ve likely already read and researched numerous advanced training techniques and considered which ammunition best suits your self-defense goals. You’ve probably tested which holster works best for your gun of choice and your most comfortable carry location.

But all these decisions are just the beginning. They’re the things we all do before we’re ever forced to pull the trigger.

We tend to forget about what happens after the trigger is pulled in a self-defense shooting. We don’t take the time to research and educate ourselves on how to prepare and respond to hard questions.

Because in a self-defense shooting, you’d be the good guy, the hero, the savior, right? Maybe, maybe not…

In any self-defense shooting, the authorities must launch an investigation.

Even if you think you had the right to defend yourself, others may not be so quick to agree.

You must educate and prepare yourself for the harsh consequences, tough questions, and possible penalties to come in the aftermath. You need concealed carry insurance.

USCAA – Protecting The Protectors

Listen – the sad truth is, being a responsibly armed American does come with some risks. Not just the risks associated with a self-defense shooting but the complicated legal aftermath.

Now, of course, the reason you carry is to mitigate risk as well. The risk of being attacked and being able to protect yourself and those you love.

You refuse ever to become a helpless victim.

But you need to spend some time now thinking about and preparing for what comes after you’ve asserted your self-defense rights.

The difference between going to jail or going home to your family will be your ability to navigate the follow-up investigation.

Proving your innocence without a plan or an experienced team in place will be difficult and cost you both financially and mentally – no matter the incident.

Even if you do everything right – even if you should be the hero of the situation – if you say or do the wrong thing in the heat of the moment, the follow-up investigation could take a surprising turn.

The good news is you don’t have to bear that burden alone. The USCCA was created to protect the protectors like you and me.

Their mission is to support responsibly armed Americans through the scary and overwhelming aftermath of a self-defense incident. So, you can quickly get back home to your family where you belong.

From 24/7 emergency assistance via the Self Defense SHIELD Critical Response Team to an immediate attorney retainer to post-incident psychological support, the USCCA will get the ball rolling in your favor and will be there with you every step of the way.

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Remember: Prepare, Adapt, and Overcome,

“Just In Case” Jack

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Planting by the Moon and Stars: Great Idea or Hogwash?

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We use the forces of nature as an aid in obtaining the highest possible degree of success. These are tools to be used along with other knowledge, advice, and information. Planting by the Moon and Stars has been handed down from generation-to-generation as a tool to grow the best food and medicine.

What facts and science do we have to back-up these claims?

Earliest attempts to prove this was not a myth

Francis Bacon conducted many experiments in which he planted seeds during various phases of the moon’s cycle. He observed that seeds germinated and produced healthier plants if they were sown immediately after the new moon (dark moon). The scientific world didn’t take notice of his discovery.

Moon and Star gardeners aren’t concerned with explaining why the moon and stars affect plants. They are only with stating what they have proven through experience over and over again. The believe that the positions of the planetary bodies, especially the sun and the moon, match the natural cycle of the Universe. Therefore, if we understand these effects and use them to our advantage, we can live in harmony with our world’s natural rhythms.

“… I believe in a dissymmetric cosmic influence which naturally and constantly controls the molecular organization of those principles immediately necessary for life, and that as a consequence, the types of controls of life are, in their structures, forms, and nuclear arrangements, in a relation with the motions of the Universe. ~Louis Pasteur

The Moon

The cycles of the moon have influenced gardeners all over the world for centuries. While science doesn’t fully understand why planting by the moon works, experience suggests that it does.

When you garden by the moon, it is easy to plan your above- and below-ground crops.

How it works

The same gravitational force that creates the tides and brings the sea turtles ashore to lay eggs, also cause crops to grow. When the moon wanes, and its light and gravitational pull decreases, the Earth’s gravity kicks in and root crops bear happily in the ground.

However, don’t plant anything on the dark of the moon (new moon). This is the time when plants should rest. It is a good time to kill weeds, because they will not grow back.

There are a number of things to keep in mind when planting by the moon.

During a waxing moon, the light increases toward a full moon. This is a great time for sowing and transplanting flowering annuals, biennials, grains, and melons. Any short-lived plant that you want to harvest for its leaves, seeds, flowers, or fruits.

It’s also a good time to apply liquid fertilizer, prune, or graft to produce new growth more quickly.

During a waning moon, the light decreases as the moon goes from a full to a new moon. This is the time the energy focuses on the roots, which is a perfect time to plant root crops and perennials.

Apply solid fertilizers and compost at this time. You can also prune dormant plants and harvest. It is less likely that your harvest will rot.

The New moon (from new moon to the first quarter) is best for sowing or transplanting leafy annuals. These are plants where we value or eat the leaves or stem, like lettuce, spinach, cabbage, and celery.

The first quarter phase is most suited to fruiting annuals (not fruit trees) where we value or eat the fruit or seed-bearing part of the plant, like tomatoes, pumpkins, broccoli, and beans.

Full moon (from full moon to the third quarter) is best for sowing or planting root crops, as well as fruiting perennials, like apples, potatoes, asparagus, and rhubarb. You can also take cuttings and divide plants.

In the last quarter phase, avoid planting and focus on improving your soil. Weed, mulch, add compost and manure teas, and create new garden beds. It is also a good time to weed and take care of pests.

Do not sow, plant, or prune 12 hours before or after the transition from one phase to the next.

Once in a blue moon

Do you know what this means?

There is such a thing as a blue moon. As a child, I was always looking for the moon to turn blue, but that’s not quite it. It is simply the occurrence of two full moons in one calendar month.

Plant as you would for any full moon.

The Sun

The Sun is our closest star. It provides light that promotes photosynthesis in our plants.

An Eclipse (Lunar or Solar)

Fear led ancient people to shoot flaming arrows at the sky to rekindle the Sun. Many stories and myths from around the world tried to explain an eclipse, especially a solar eclipse.

The perfect lineup of the Sun and the Moon form a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse happens about twice a year, but can happen as many as five times in a year, but that’s rare!

Ancient Babylonian tablets show a belief that the land is infertile during the time of an eclipse. This myth has lasted longer than most. The early bio-dynamic sowing calendars also say not to plant during the days leading up to an eclipse, the day of the eclipse, and the days following the eclipse.

Everyone has been so busy looking at the sky, that no evidence exists as to its effects on plants and planting. It is possible that plants will exhibit nighttime postures. Nighttime plants may bloom, and daytime plants may close up. It will be an interesting time to observe and record.

What about Solar Flares?

Solar flares create high energy particles that are dangerous to living organisms. Most of the dangerous particles of a flare are stopped by our atmosphere and rarely reach the Earth. If these particles reached the surface of the Earth, it would not only affect plants, but people, too.

The Science

When I asked a scientist about planting by the moon, I got a blank stare and a few chuckles. And rightly so.

It’s true. There is very little, if any, scientific evidence that planting by the moon has any validity.

Scientists haven’t tried to study this stuff, because it is believed to be a myth.

However, there has to be a physical reason why the moon’s different phases affect soil properties, soil temperature, moisture content, precipitation, which are physical factors that make seeds germinate. And that isn’t documented!

The scientist explained that the tidal forces—the gravitational pull of the moon—would be there, but the amount would be so small that it would not affect a plant’s processes.

The moon is 238,000 miles away from us, which is very close in astronomical measurements. The Sun is 92.96 million miles away from the Earth.

Scientists are logical and literal. We need that logic to understand our world.

So why is it that so many farmers and gardeners plant by the moon? Perhaps it is not for us to ask why or how, but to simply enjoy the abundance of our homegrown food and medicine.

Stay tuned for Part 2: Gardening by the Signs!

Do you garden by the phases of the moon? What are your results? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below.

 

Resources:

Planting by the Full Moon. The New York Times. May 2, 1991.
Gardening by the Moon. Farmer’s Almanac.
Solar Eclipse Folklore, Myths, and Superstitions. Farmer’s Almanac.
Moon Planting Guide. January 26, 2015.
Lunar Gardening: The Eclipses, The Planetary Aspects.
Astrological Gardening. Louise Riotte. Storey Communications, Inc.

 

 

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Cabbage Loopers: All About Trichoplusia Ni And How To Eliminate Them

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There’s something crawling along the leaves of your arugula, and it looks like a little inchworm. It’s green, and it is snacking as it goes, leaving holes throughout your plants. There’s another on your cabbage, and another one on your radish leaves. What’s going on here? You have just discovered the cabbage looper in your … Read more

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2 of 5 Destroyers Involved In Fukushima, Now Almost Sunk, With Large Life Losses

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Conspiracy theory anyone?

Some have speculated that the US Navy is intentionally trying to sink these ships that they cannot decontaminate.

It sure is statistically improbable that this is just coincident.

I suggest the cognitive abilities are affected by long term exposure to radiation, and this is increasing rate of accidents.

also noted the this new accident, the John McCain, had just challenged China last week by sailing close to one of China’s newly built military islands.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-southchinasea-exclusive-idUSKBN1AQ0YK

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http://thehill.com/policy/defense/347297-uss-mccain-collides-with-merchant-vessel

“10 US Navy sailors missing after destroyer collides with merchant ship”
http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/20/asia/us-navy-destroyer-collision-singapore/index.html?adkey=bn

On June 17, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan. That collision resulted in the deaths of seven US sailors. The Fitzgerald will be transported to the US for repairs. 
On May 9, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain was struck by a small fishing boat off the Korean Peninsula.
And in late January, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground while trying to anchor in Tokyo Bay. Authorities at Yokosuka Naval Base said the Antietam remains out of action.
The official contingent of Operation Tomodachi,    The US Navy participation in radiation polluted air and water off of Fukushima immediately after the Triple Melt Down. 
stock here — in a quick internet search, I could not find evidence that Lake Champlain or Antietam participating directly in Tomodachii, Although all 4 ships with accidents were reported to have been based at Yokosuka Japan.

A summary of Destroyers in Japan, Fukushima, and Accidents

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Military experts said the latest incident calls into question the Navy’s training and will likely lead to a serious shake-up among the Navy’s leadership.
“I can almost guarantee you that there will be a tumultuous shake up in the senior leadership of at least the 7th Fleet and maybe the Navy in general,” CNN military analyst Rick Francona said.
“The Navy is not looking good about now, especially when we need those … Aegis-equipped ships for possible ballistic missile defense in a North Korean scenario,” he added.
In a report on the Fitzgerald collision released just last week, the Navy said it would review its training and qualification procedures.
“The collision was avoidable and both ships demonstrated poor seamanship. Within Fitzgerald, flawed watch stander teamwork and inadequate leadership contributed to the collision,” a 7th Fleet statement said.

Oil tanker ‘three times bigger’

Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center, said the oil tanker would have been at least three times bigger than the USS John S. McCain.
“Oil tankers are huge and it takes miles for them to change course,” he said.
“When you’re going into a congested channel, you’re supposed to be very alert, track ships around you to a very meticulous degree.”
The Malacca Strait, which runs between Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, is the world’s second busiest waterway according to the World Economic Forum. The collision took place in waters to the east of the Malacca Strait, US authorities said.
At a press conference Monday afternoon, Malaysian authorities said both ships were heading toward Singapore from the South China Sea when the collision occurred. They described the area as very busy, with some 80,000 ships passing through it every year.
Both ships should have reported in to what the Malaysian authorities called a maritime “traffic separation scheme,” essentially air traffic control for ships.
The tanker Alnic MC

Francona said no matter what the tanker did, the faster, more-nimble US destroyer should have been able to avoid a collision.
“How does a state-of-the-art Navy destroyer equipped with multiple radar systems and communications gear with a full bridge watch not see, detect and evade a 30,000 ton slow-moving (10 knots) behemoth?” Francona asked.

Search and rescue

A US Navy official told CNN the McCain had experienced a loss of steering before the collision, but that steering had been regained.
Merchant marine websites describe the Alnic MC as a 30,000-ton, 600-foot-long oil tanker flying a Liberian flag.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said the Alnic sustained damage to a tank at its bow, about seven meters (23 feet) above the waterline. No one was injured on the tanker, it said, and no oil spill was reported.
The McCain is named for the father and grandfather of US Sen. John McCain. Both of McCain’s relatives were US Navy admirals. The senator was a captain in the US Navy.
The vessel is 505 feet long and displaces about 9,000 tons.

Guess what the USS Fitzgerald and the USS Mcstain have in common????? Anybody anybody????
They were both part of operation Tomodachi. Coincidense????
Google US navy aims to sink radioactive fleet and see if you can connect the dots.

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  • laconic93laconic93

    Well Surprise Surprise Surprise , all four ships were part of operation Tomodachi.
    For all of you who think the Navy doesn’t know those ships are turning our sailors into hot pockets I suggest you research Navy atomic test during the 50s and the. Of course there’s this little BIG ASS HINT from KOMO news in Seattle.
    Even sailors who joined the 7th Fleet immediately after Operation Tomodachi say they were affected. “I was on board the USS Germantown,” said former sailor Thomas McCants, who joined the 7th Fleet as a gunner’s mate right after the Japanese mission of mercy.
    http://komonews.com/archive/fukushima-fallout-whats-next-for-sailors-who-were-exposed

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    An earlier article by 

    http://rense.com/general96/USnavysink.html

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/06/something_is_fishy_about_uss_fitzgerald_story_we_are_getting_from_the_media.html

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    “Will the fourth “crash” be considered an unlucky accident or coinicidence as well?”
    FIFY – maybe?
    Ran across another collision reference on Breitbart which sounds similar but may just be “accidental”. Anyone hear about the USS Lake Champlain collision in May near South Korea?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Lake_Champlain_(CG-57)
    https://news.usni.org/2017/05/09/cruiser
    It’s a Ticonderoga-class cruiser instead of a Arleigh Burke-class destroyer but still uses Aegis. Interestingly from the USNI article it was hit on the port side amid ship.
     
     
     

     

  • How To Make Homemade Vinegar

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    I learned how to make my own homemade vinegar a few years ago. I had been interested in making my own for some time since it’s something my grandparents used to do. It’s a good practice to make your own homemade vinegar as this product is recommended for preppers to stockpile. It has many survival … Read more…

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    Got herbal questions: Ask Cat

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    Got herbal questions: Ask Cat Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below! Bring your questions about herbal and natural remedies to this “Ask Cat” episode. I will be taking questions from the audience on anything herbal or prepping related. How to Get Your Question Answered There are three ways to get your question answered: … Continue reading Got herbal questions: Ask Cat

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    Herbs for Seasonal Allergies

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    One of the most uncomfortable day to day health challenges has to be suffering through a round of hay fever every year. Many people rely either on prescriptions or a handful of capsules from the health food store to stay comfortable during allergy season, but herbs for seasonal allergies can be a simple alternative, and surprisingly, many of them are readily available as common weeds.

    Because of their weedy, grow-almost-anywhere nature, these plants make a great allergy back up plan for anyone looking for more natural remedies. Here are four of the best wild herbs to learn as part of your health preparedness strategies for allergy season.

    Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

    This plant has soft, fuzzy leaves and a dramatic spike of pale, yellow flowers when it

    Mullein for allergies.

    Mullein.

    blooms. Mullein is traditionally used for allergies and dry, irritated coughs. It is also good for the lymph glands, which is a bonus for the immune system during allergy season.

    It usually grows in dry soil, and a good place to look for this herb when you are first learning to identify it is along roadsides. Roadsides, however, are not a good place to harvest from because they are regularly sprayed with herbicides and collect polluted runoff from the road whenever it rains. Mullein also grows in fields, and is usually happy to grow from seed in the garden.  Tea can be made using either the leaves or the flowers.

    Plantain (Plantago major or P. lanceolata)

    Plantain for allergies

    Plantain

    Plantain makes an excellent tea for allergy season support, and the young leaves can also be steamed and eaten like spinach. P. major (the broadleaf variety) and P. lanceolata (narrow leaf plantain) can be used interchangeably. They can often be found growing near one another, although P. major prefers low areas with damp, rich soil and P. lanceolata prefers dry- even sandy- soil.

    This herb provides soothing and anti-inflammatory action for the upper respiratory tract, and helps moisten delicate tissues when they are dried out and irritated. Plantain grows almost everywhere that the soil has been disturbed at some point. Look for it around homes, as a weed in gardens, and in abandoned lots. The leaves are the part of the plant used to make tea.

    Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

    According to folk herbalists, the signature look for someone who will benefit from

    Goldenrod

    Goldenrod

    goldenrod is those pink, watery “allergy” eyes. Goldenrod gets a bad rap for causing allergies, but usually it’s the ragweed blooming at around the same time that causes problems. If you have had allergy testing and know for sure that goldenrod is a trigger for you, then by all means avoid it; but pesky, less-showy ragweed blooming alongside goldenrod is the culprit for most people.

    Goldenrod is easy to spot when it’s in bloom; the plant has a beautiful plume of bright yellow flowers. Fields and abandoned lots are two of this herb’s favorite places to grow. The leaf and flowers of this herb can be used.

    Nettles (Urtica dioica)

    One of the most well known traditional herbs for allergy season is nettles. Many of the nettle preparations available at the store are fancy, freeze dried versions of the herb, but herbalists have been growing and harvesting their own for hundreds of years before freeze drying equipment came along.

    Nettles

    Nettles

    The young leaves from the top of the plant are harvested and dried for later use. Fresh nettles sting, but allowing the plant to dry gets rid of the sting. just be sure to wear gloves and long sleeves when you harvest.

    Nettles love rich, moist soil, and will happily grow in damp pastures on low ground,  or along riversides; they don’t mind a bit of shade so you may also find them in open woodlands. Some people find that nettle works best for them if they begin using it daily a month or so before allergy season begins.

    How to Use Herbs for Seasonal Allergies

    All of the herbs above can be used alone or in combination. To make one serving of tea, use one tablespoon of the herb (or one tablespoon of the blended herbs) per 8 ounces of boiling water. Allow to steep, covered, for fifteen minutes, and let cool before drinking. A few rosehips or elderberries can be added for flavor (and extra Vitamin C!). If you prefer a mint flavored tea, mix in a little dried peppermint or spearmint.

    Precautions:

    Be sure to check with your doctor before using herbs, as some herbs may interact with medications or preexisting medical conditions. For instance, you should use nettle use with caution if you have diabetes or blood sugar problems.You should also discuss using nettles with your doctor if you take any of the following: blood thinners, blood pressure medications, diuretics, lithium, or drugs for diabetes.

     

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    Tactical Notebook Covers

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    Ran into an interesting piece of gear this weekend. Somebody took the idea of the ol’ Trapper Keeper, dropped it in a vat of multicam, rolled it around in some molle, and added a lot of velcro to get these.

    The one I got to examine was this model. I rather like the idea of having a separate system of keeping reference material at hand while writing. Could be maps, could be checklists, could be dryads, other code sheets, etc.

    The one I examined appeared well-made and wuite well thought out. There’s a certain  modularity to these things allowing all sortsa useful accessories to be added on.

    For the longest time I’ve been using one of the Write-In-The-Rain systems and while they work well, they are expensive and lack many of the features I saw on the TNC units.

    I’m ordering up a couple of these for myself and will have more detail on them when they arrive. School starts next week and I’m looking forward to using this tactical Trapper Keeper at my classes.

    Survival Medicine Hour: Nuclear Blasts, Water Safety, Eclipse Eye Safety

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    SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #353

    Solar Eclipse (via Wiki)

    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton MD, aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discuss the types of nuclear weapons and the damage they cause in the form of shock and heat waves. Plus, the different types of radiation emitted by detonations of nuclear bombs: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, X-ray, and Neutron radiation. Also, what are the damage zones for, say, a Hiroshima type bomb and what are the chances you’ll survive?

    Plus, it’s still pretty hot out and the kids will want to be at the pool, lake or beach. Here’s 12 water safety tips that can prevent a near-drowning mishap, the second most common cause of death in those 14 years old and under by injury. Find out what actually happens when you drown (hint: it’s not all screaming and thrashing around).

    Prevent Drowning

    Lastly, how to safely view the coming solar eclipse. Did you know that old eclipse glasses more than three years old no longer give you protection, and that homemade filters or sunglasses will not do the job?

    All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton! To listen in, click the link below:

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    Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

    Joe and Amy Alton

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    Unnoticed Survival Defense: The Best Way To Carry Concealed

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    As with choosing a gun, the type and design of the holster for concealed carry is a personal choice and preference. There is no such thing as one holster that will work for everyone, let alone one design or body placement that everyone would agree is the best.

    To get started, ask yourself: “What is the best way for me to conceal my firearm that will give me the quickest, safest draw, and still allow for comfort?”

    It’s up to you to choose between fashion, seasonal dress norms, and a holster that will enable you to draw fast and shoot if needed. Whatever is the idea you follow, choose a holster that you are willing and able to carry at all times.

    As with the gun itself, if you are going to leave it home or avoid wearing it because of discomfort, it is best to look for something more suitable.

    General Holster Choice Considerations for Women

    Most dresses, skirts, evening wear, and even some business wear for women are designed to flatter the body, not conceal a handgun. Aside from the weight of the fabric being all wrong, the lack of pockets, belt loops, and other items make it hard to conceal a gun, magazines, or speed loaders.

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    Women should choose garments or holster types carefully to avoid having a gun print while trying to wear it concealed. Let’s see what the options are, as well as some pointers to keep in mind while choosing between them.

    Purse or Fanny Pack

    There are many purses, handbags, and fanny packs sold that have special compartments to conceal firearms, like those from Gun Godess, even if you want to carry a larger gun. Be sure to choose a purse or fanny pack that has a hidden holster that is secured by a fast opening zipper.

    Don’t use a purse or fanny pack that doesn’t have a holster. It is to dangerous to keep an unsecured handgun loose in a purse or fanny pack.

    Overall, a fanny pack or purse is not a very safe place to keep your firearm even with the special holster option. A gun should never be in pack or bag that others can snatch because purses and fanny packs are always eye candy and prime targets for robbers.

    Purses and fanny packs frequently wind up in shopping carts, left in bathroom stalls, or even laying on the floor of the car. If you do choose a fanny pack, make sure that you feel comfortable enough that you never have to remove it while wearing it. Remember, when carrying concealed, it is still your job to keep the gun from being stolen, and to have control of its location, and use at all times.

    Some people choose a fanny pack or purse thinking that they can simply shoot through the material without having to actually draw the gun from the holster. Doing this may cause the weapon to malfunction, miss the intended target, or the bullet may not rip it’s way through the purse or fanny pack material.

    Drawing and firing from a fanny pack or purse takes a lot of practice and can be time consuming. It should also be noted that a gun can easily get tangled up in purse or fanny pack straps as you are trying to draw the weapon.

    Bra

    The bra concealed carry has made a new comeback with Flashbang holsters. This holster is connected directly to the bra and can be worn below or between the breasts. It uses a Kydex clamshell design holster to better secure the handgun and protect the trigger guard; which protects the wearer from accidental discharges that could be fatal.

    For best results when drawing from this holster, you must have easy access to it. The more clothes you are wearing, or the tighter they are, the longer it will take to draw the gun. Clothing wise, you will do best with a well fitting, sturdy bra. Light weight tops that are easy to lift up and replace will also make it easier to draw as quickly as possible when needed.

    Garter or Thigh Holsters

    These holster types are suitable if you prefer to wear dresses or skirts. The thigh holster is kept in place by a wide elastic band around the upper thigh that keeps the holster from slipping down. It should fit snugly on your thigh and the holster should also have features that protect the trigger from accidental discharge.

    Garter and thigh holsters can be a bit uncomfortable and slip down if the gun is too heavy, so you may need to carry a lighter weight gun.

    Ankle

    Some women like the idea of an ankle holster because it’s off the waist line and easy to hide under a pair of wide legged pants.

    There are two ways to wear an ankle holster. The first is to use an elastic garter system that fits snugly around the calf of your non-dominant leg with the holster attached just above the ankle with an adjustable Velcro strap. The second way is to just have a Velcro wrap-a- round adjustment strap to secure the holster.

    Drawing from an ankle holster can be very awkward under normal conditions, and also when driving. In a situation where you must fight or dodge blows, it may be nearly impossible to draw the weapon and remain safe while doing so.

    If your normal concealed carry weapon is too heavy or too large, it can disrupt your gait, and also be very uncomfortable to wear over a long period of time. You may have to use a lighter or a smaller caliber handgun to use the ankle holster safely. Insofar as manufacturers, I recommend Uncle Mike’s and Galco.

    Inside the Waist Band (IWB)

    If a woman wants to use the IWB carry, jeans or other heavy cotton pants work best. These pants need to have belt loops that will be able to support the weight of the handgun, extra magazines or speed loaders, a flashlight, and a knife.

    To cover up this type of carry, wear a shirt, sweater, or light jacket that offers quick access to the firearm. Most individuals that use this carry prefer to wear their cover clothing over the outside of their pants.

    When compared to other holster types, this one is safest because the gun is always on your body. It is also located in a place where you will be able to grab it fastest without having to shift your body around.

    IWB holsters such as the Kydex Hybrid inside the pants holster by Cleveland Holsters are also the hardest to detect because you can easily wear bulky or loose fitting clothes that will prevent it from printing.

    General Holster Choice Considerations for Men

    If you are a man and wish to carry a handgun concealed, it can be just as complicated as finding the right holster for a woman. While your body placement options will be different, the ability to conceal a specific gun size and avoid printing can still be challenging.

    Here are some of the most popular body placements to consider as well as things to consider about how they are used.

    Shoulder Carry

    This holster positions the handgun in the vertical or horizontal position on one side of your rib cage, below the armpit. A coat or jacket will be needed to hide the shoulder rig from sight. You can carry larger weapons easily with this holster type, and also conceal them with relative ease. It also gives you plenty of room for more than one magazine, a flash light, and a knife.

    Since you can position items all over the harness, it is easy to balance out the weight around your body. Insofar as drawing from the harness, you will need to practice a weakside holster with a strongside cross draw across the chest. This can take some getting used to.

    Holster Shirts

    As the name implies, this is a tight fitting t-shirt with carry pouches on either side of your body under the armpits. Each of these pouches are designed to carry a pistol or a magazine, depending on your dominant shooting hand. It’s to your advantage to wear a loose fitting shirt when using this carry to keep from printing as well as for easy access to the pistol. Tucked in shirts will do nothing but slow down the draw. Many men prefer holster shirts to shoulder carry because holster shirts are newer, and are therefore considered more fashionable.

    Inside the Waist Band Holsters (IWB)

    This is one of the most popular and carried concealed carry systems because it is easier and faster to draw from than any other holster type. IWB holsters also have a reputation for being one of the easiest kind to conceal. If you are right handed the pistol is usually carried around the 5 o’clock position.

    For left handed shooters the pistol is carried around the 8 o’clock position. To keep the holster stable, belt clips wrap around your belt and offer greater retention of the holster, extra magazine holders, flashlights, and knives. To cover the IWB holster, wear long pants with your shirt or sweater not tucked in for faster drawing.

    The IWB carry is excellent for anytime of the year. Always be careful what you plan to carry depending on the time of the year. If it is warm and you are wearing light weight clothing, it is possible to print the weapon on your shirt or pants (which could get you arrested in some states).

    To avoid printing, use a firearm that works with your body type and wear looser fitting clothing. Choose dark colored shirts instead of white or light colored ones to prevent the gun color from showing beneath your shirt.

    Pocket Carry

    The pocket carry is a very popular concealed carry for men because it is easy to hide in shorts as well as long pants. The main challenge with this holster type is that it is primarily designed for smaller pistols such as the S&W Bodyguard .380 or the Ruger LCP.

    It is very important to only carry a pistol size that fit properly into the holster without trying to squeeze it in. You must also be very careful to choose a good quality model that has a trigger guard. If your gun has a manual safety, make sure it is engaged and functional when wearing this holster.

    While these holsters may sound appealing and conceal well, they can also be the most dangerous when it comes to accidental trigger pulls. The last thing you will want to do is shoot yourself in the leg, testicle, or elsewhere because the trigger accidentally depressed while the gun is in the holster.

    Learn how to draw and release the safety as fast as possible rather than take the chance of hurting yourself by leaving the safety off when using this kind of holster.

    Ankle Carry

    The ankle holster is another popular concealed carry that works well with smaller sized pistols. If you do a lot of sitting during the day, this holster can give you fast and easy access to the pistol.

    As with women, however, you will find it challenging to draw this gun if you are standing, running, or walking. In a self-defense situation where you are fighting, it may be nearly impossible to manage every other move you must make and draw the weapon.

    You may also find that an ankle holster will disrupt your gait or lead to muscle soreness on one side if you don’t shift the carry from one leg to the other on a regular basis. Alternatively, you may need to choose a lighter, smaller weapon for the sake of comfort and safety.

    It’s very important for both men and women to think carefully about where to place a concealed carry gun on their body and which holsters will work best. Once you find a holster design and body placement that works, practice regularly with it until drawing techniques become second nature and encoded in your muscle memory.

    As with the gun itself, in the end, the best holster will be the one that you are comfortable with and actually use and practice with so that you can succeed in defending yourself quickly and efficiently.

     

    This article has been written by Fred Tyrell for Survivopedia.

    5 Bottle Uses in a Survival Scenario

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    I am always interested in reusing or repurposing common household items, especially in survival situations.  Below is an interesting article on emergency uses for  apartment and urban dwellers. 5 Bottle Uses in a Survival Scenario by Almo Gregor When you find yourself in a survival situation, it is vital that you use all of the resources at your disposal. One of the first actions I suggest is slowing down to assess the resources you have. This can be especially difficult […]

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    Tin Foil Hat – Are They Still Necessary?

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    Guest article, by ‘NRP’… Here we sit on the brink of many world changing events, Are you really prepared? Yes it’s the Solar Eclipse (August 21, 2017) of your lifetime and at last count close to 60+ Million people are heading to their “special spot” to watch the Eclipse. As of yesterday reports are saying that most Gas Stations are already running out of fuel. There are runs on the Grocery Stores and Hotels-Motels are 100% booked at 3-4 times the ‘regular’ price. There WILL be fights and aggravation of the Crazy’s… Do you have your Tin Foil Hat?  

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    The Real Cause of Natural Disasters Might Surprise You

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    What really causes natural disasters? At first glance that may sound like a silly question. We all know that natural disasters are acts of God/random occurrences that we have no control over. They don’t really have a unifying cause. They just happen.

    That’s one way to look at it. But after hearing about the flooding that New Orleans experienced earlier this month, I realized that there’s another way to look at what causes natural disasters. Read the following account of what happened to New Orleans recently, and see if you can spot the real cause of the flooding.

    Jamie Hill, a resident of the Mid-City neighborhood that has flooded twice in the past month, was clearing mud, sand, grass and other debris from the storm drain near her home. Her car flooded in an earlier downpour a few weeks ago. She said she’s learned her lesson and now moves her car anytime it rains.

    “I’m doing what I can, not that it will really matter if the pumps aren’t working,” she said.

    The city’s infrastructure was crumbling for years before the devastation unleashed in 2005 by levee breaches in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. The federal government earmarked billions of dollars for repairs and upgrades after the hurricane, but the problems have persisted.

    Streets are pockmarked with potholes and sinkholes. The city’s water system has been plagued by leaks from broken pipes and power outages leading to boil water advisories.

    So after enduring the worst natural disaster in American history, New Orleans was given billions of dollars to fix their flood control infrastructure, yet the city government has utterly failed to follow through. And let’s not forget what happened after Katrina. Multiple investigations found that the levees failed due to things like poor design, improper materials, and a lack of maintenance. And everyone knew for decades that one day those levees would fail, yet they kept kicking the can down the road. They’re still kicking the can.

    So what really causes a natural disaster? Is it really an act of God, or are people to blame?

    Earlier this week, city officials and spokespeople had said repeatedly that all 24 pumping stations were working at full capacity.

    But after the system failed to keep up with a storm that dropped 9.4 inches (24 centimeters) of rain in three hours, the truth about the state of the water pumps began to emerge.

    Despite what the public had been led to believe, City Council members were then told that pumping stations in two of the hardest-hit areas went down to half to two-thirds capacity Saturday, news outlets reported.

    “It is unacceptable that the public was not only uninformed, but misinformed as to our drainage system functionality during the flood,” Council Member LaToya Cantrell said in a statement Wednesday.

    There’s nothing “natural” about corruption and mismanagement. That’s what’s really responsible for most disasters, and that’s what really caused the flooding in New Orleans in 2005, and in 2017.

    And it’s not just New Orleans that we see human weakness written all over a natural disaster with massive casualties. Pretty much every time there is an earthquake, a fire, or a storm that kills hundreds or thousands of people, you’ll find that people failed to prevent the preventable. They built unstable buildings and failed to maintain levees. Or they built homes where they should have never been built. See this massive stone marker?

    It reads, “High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants. Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.”

    The marker was placed near Fukushima, and there are hundreds of them all over Japan that were built by tsunami survivors centuries ago. They’re a warning to future generations, not to build their homes too close to the coastline. The village that resides above this marker was untouched by the Tohoku tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011. The people who lived below it were not so lucky.

    In reality, natural disasters are rare. The kinds of disasters that are completely unexpected and kill lots of people who didn’t know they were in danger, only strike once in a blue moon. But man-made disasters, the kinds that are caused by a lack of preparedness, willful ignorance, corruption, and normalcy bias, are very common. They happen every day.

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    11 Actions You Must Take After an EMP Attack

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    Clearing the plates from the dinner table, you hear your kids in the living room. It’s summer and it’s hot. Thunderstorms were happening almost every evening as the earth struggled to deal with the cool dry air meeting hot moist summer days. Suddenly, the lights flicker. The power surges, and then it all goes out. […]

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    A Strange Thing That Might Save Your Life in A Nuclear Aftermath

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    Surviving a nuclear attack means preparing in advance and protecting yourself from radioactive fallout for weeks after the weapons go off – but if you’re anywhere near the actual explosions,

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