Recognizing and Resolving Common Vitamin Deficiencies

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Recognizing and Resolving Common Vitamin Deficiencies Thanks to the constant burrowing of science into how our bodies work we are now more educated than ever on the effect of vitamins on the body. We know that low levels of Vitamin D can actually make people depressive. We know that mega doses of Vitamin C can …

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How to Save Money Buying Prepper Gear

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How to Save Money Buying Prepper Gear When I rad an article like this I tend to think about cheap crap that doesn’t really work. Saving money on anything can go one of two ways. We can spend less money on cheaper products and that tends to work against us though many of us still …

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Predicting Weather When the Grid is Down, The Acu-Rite 01036

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Predicting Weather When the Grid is Down, The Acu-Rite 01036 This is a very interesting article on a topic that I do not know much about. What I like about this article is the idea of reoccurring disaster. We all know what happens to a community that is hit by a category 3 or 4 …

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7 Steps for Heating Your Home During a Power Outage

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7 Steps for Heating Your Home During a Power Outage In terms of survival, the rule of three states that you can survive three minutes without oxygen, three hours without shelter in a harsh environment, three days without water and three weeks without food. This article tackles the issue of shelter and heating for the …

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Prepper/Survival Round Table Discussion!

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Prepper/Survival Round Table Discussion! For having such a great community its rare we all get together to talk about preparedness, survival or even ideas and beliefs. There are amazing people in this community who run successful businesses. There are tons of people with great ideas that will only make this world better yet for preppers …

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Backpacking with Dogs: The Complete Guide

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Backpacking with Dogs: The Complete Guide There is nothing like a good dog. What other creature has followed us up from the stone age and been by our side. They watch our failings and our misery; they are therapists for it all. These great canines who spend their whole lives at our side, dependent on …

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Homemade Remedies For Foot Fungus

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Homemade Remedies For Foot Fungus The feet are often affected by fungal infections, due to a number of predisposing factors, such as the excess sweating, inadequate footwear and insufficient hygiene. When a fungal infection occurs at the level of the foot, it can extend and affect the toenails as well. Left untreated, the infection will …

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Dog Survival: 5 Skills You Must Train Your Dog

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Dog Survival: 5 Skills You Must Train Your Dog Training your dog certain techniques is essential for both his protection as well as the protection of your family. While dogs are caring, loving, protective animals, a poorly trained dog can be dangerous and destructive. Your dog can only be of great help if they are …

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Sonny Landham of “Predator” fame passes at 76.

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I just found out that Sonny Landham died about a week or so ago.

Who, you ask? Why, ‘Billy’ from Predator. You know, the guy who “wouldn’t wish that on a broke dick dog” and “We’re all gonna die.”

Sonny Landham, the Native American actor who costarred in action films Predator and 48 Hrs., has died at the age of 76.

According to his sister, Landham died from congestive heart failure in a hospital in Lexington, KY, the AP reports.

Beginning his career in adult films and stunt work, Landham transitioned into acting work in the late 1970s, often drawing on his Cherokee and Seminole ancestry to portray characters of Native American descent.

His mainstream movie debut was a minor role as a subway policeman in Walter Hill’s 1979 film, The Warriors. Based on that performance, Hill cast him in his first major role as Billy Bear, one of the criminals being tracked by Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hrs. 

Landham’s most memorable role came opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, portraying another Billy — Billy Sole, the Native American tracker in Predator.

There’s a handful of action movies that are so over the top that they are classics. “Predator” was easily one of them.

Upgrade your EDC and Conquer the Family Day Trip

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Upgrade your EDC and Conquer the Family Day Trip Lately we have seen EDC explode in popularity. I am not really sure what its linked to but I have to imagine it has both to do with the threats we face as a nation and the demands of the technology that we use. If our …

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Looting Begins in Houston: Thugs Pose as Rescuers to Rob and Assault Vulnerable Families

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As Houston is pounded by record level flooding, the worst of humanity has hit the streets looking to take advantage of an already horrific situation. […]

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The Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: 5 Immediate Threats Victims Will Face and How to Prepare

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After more than 50 inches of rain dumped on the greater Houston area, these coastal towns and cities face a new set of problems – the aftermath. The damage caused by this hurricane is expected to cost in the tens of billions of dollars. While city and state officials believe the recovery will be quick, there is a lot of work ahead and more problems to face before it is all said and done. While some threats will be short-lived, there will be issues that will be long-standing, and the gravity of the situation is dangers don’t end once the storm has passed.

There are immediate threats that hurricane victims must be aware of and be prepared to encounter. Not mentioned is the economic ramifications this disaster will have on the fifth-largest economy in the United States. This could be another disaster in and of itself. But one thing is for sure, this disaster could be felt throughout the United States with the increase of gas prices or shortages. Only time will tell, but the following are the most immediate threats to be aware of.

5 Immediate Threats Hurricane Harvey Victims Will Face

1.Water contamination – This environmental threat is very typical following a hurricane, but because of the mass scale of the flood damage, it could be an even larger concern for those living in the greater Houston area. Typically, utility facilities that remove contaminants from drinking water are usually unusable if they’re inundated with floodwaters or the facilities that clean the water supply may not have the power needed to run their pumps or an ability to get fuel for their generators. (Source)

What it might be contaminated with ranges from unpleasant but relatively harmless gastrointestinal hazards, such as norovirus, to rarer, more serious bacteria — including Vibrio, a potentially deadly micro-organism naturally found along the Gulf Coast. Vibrio can make you sick both by ingesting it and also through wound infections that come in contact with flood water. Your best bet at this point is to ensure your water is properly filtered and stay out of the flood water.

2. Infectious Disease – Floodwaters may also contain a number of pathogens that can cause illness. According to an article at CBSNews, “Flood waters harbor bacteria, different viruses, and fungi, all of which can make people sick,” Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told CBS News.

One of the biggest concerns with flood water is the possibility of cholera, a highly contagious bacterial disease-causing severe diarrhea. Cholera can spread when water is contaminated with infected feces and then others ingest it, either by drinking the water or consuming food that has come in contact with the water. While cholera is far more common in third-world countries, Glatter says the possibility of it occurring in Texas “wouldn’t be impossible.” “These types of bacteria can live in mixtures of murky water,” he said. “It’s possible to have this type of infection, especially if the water supply becomes contaminated.” Other infectious diseases that can be passed through flood water include hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can cause muscle aches, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

As well, due to the excessive flooding in many homes, mold could also pose a serious health problem and can exacerbate asthma, allergies, or other respiratory diseases like COPD. Mold can appear in as little as 24 to 48 hours after flood waters recede. Experts suggest not to touch it. Wear rubber gloves, wear a mask when handling it and if you are in a dwelling where there is mold, you should leave.

3. Mosquitoes – Mosquitoes are notorious disease breeders. And it goes without saying that dealing with itchy bites won’t be the only concern for Texans. Mosquitoes are notorious for harboring diseases, of which the following have been known to show up in that state:

  • Dengue
  • West Nile
  • Zika
  • Chikungunya
  • St. Louis Encephalitis
  • La Crosse Encephalitis

As well as a few others that mainly affect animals:

  • Western Equine Encephalitis
  • Dog Heartworm

So it’s important for homeowners in this region to take certain measures to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes. This requires keeping an eye out for things on your property that might contain even the smallest puddles of water. As well, experts are recommending that homeowners drain pools and if you see mosquitoes in larger areas of standing water to alert authorities.

Make sure you clear any trash or debris in your yards such as tires or cans and don’t leave any water out in flower pots or water bowls. It’s also a good idea to secure any leaky pipes you might have outside of your home, and clear out any leaves in your gutters. In some cases, you may need to fill or drain spots that tend to collect water on your property.  As an added defense, build traps that will cull the local mosquito population.

4. Mental Health – Depression, PTSD, and mood disorders are very common following a disaster and it is essential to assess yourself and your loved ones realistically and objectively and call a medical professional if you see signs. As well, children will be adversely affected by the traumatic events they have gone through. For the most part, children are not going to be able to process and adapt to the major changes as quickly as adults will. Experts say that in a situation where children are faced with too many changes in a given period, their sense of normalcy and security is disrupted, thus causing unwanted fear, anxiety and psychological distress. A child can also show signs of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more on helping children adjust to a major disaster.

5. Looting – While looting has been at a minimum at this point, nevertheless, it is still a threat. When people begin running out of their provisions and grocery stores unable to restock store shelves, more and more will go looking for them and this includes breaking into homes and businesses. A common saying in the preparedness world is “if you can’t defend it, you don’t own it.” There will be people looking at taking things and the best way you can prevent them from taking your provisions and belongings is to stay vigilant of what is happening in your neighborhoods and defend yourself if necessary. As well, do what you can to fortify your home from looters using these steps. One report stated that the volunteer organization Cajun Navy claims that looters fired on their boats as they attempted to rescue people. On a personal note, my sister, who is a victim of the hurricane, has said that looters had made their way into her neighborhood looking to pilfer through people’s homes that had been evacuated. It is a threat and one that people should prepare for, especially when the water begins to recede.

While the hurricane itself is one of epic proportions, the aftermath could be just as bad and just as destructive. Knowing what to expect will help an already battered community prepare for the next set of challenges they face.

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Mayor Right Not To Order Evacuation?

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Honestly, I haven’t been paying much attention of the Houston hurricane except to occasionally view a few photos of the aftermath and to keep up with how rescue and recovery efforts are going. I do hope these folks stay safe. Anyway, I recently read an article in The New York Times with a similar title as … Continue reading “Mayor Right Not To Order Evacuation?”

North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan; China Warns Situation ‘Approaching A Crisis’

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North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan; China Warns Situation ‘Approaching A Crisis’

The North Korean government deliberately fired a missile over Japan Monday to wreak havoc and create divisions between America and its allies, experts say.

The ballistic missile flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific.

“If North Korea had launched the missile to the south, the U.S. might have viewed it as a considerable provocation and responded accordingly,” Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono told reporters in Tokyo.

Instead, the North Koreans took an action that likely would not provoke a confrontation. The missile was identified as an intermediate-range Hwasong-12, which would be capable of hitting the U.S. territory of Guam.

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China foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the situation was “at a tipping point, approaching a crisis.”

The missile test was “perfectly calibrated to create political mischief,” Stephen Haggard, a Korea Expert at the University of California at San Diego, told The Washington Post.

“The launch shows how Kim Jong Un is weirdly conservative, calibrating tests so that they are difficult to counter, flying just beneath the radar of a required kinetic response,” Haggard said.

Others agreed.

“This is not the action of a country that is interested in showing restraint or in creating a glide-path to dialogue, at least not on our terms,” said James Schoff of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The North Koreans fired missiles over Japan in 1998 and 2009, although those were satellite launches that were announced beforehand.

“In a way, it’s kind of a trial balloon,” Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told The Post. “If we overfly Japan, what happens? If the blowback isn’t too significant, they will feel more comfortable with launching a Hwasong-14 to a good distance to validate its performance on a normal trajectory.”

The Hwasong-14 is a larger missile capable of hitting U.S. soil.

“A missile launch across Japan is an outrageous act that poses an unprecedented, grave and serious threat, and significantly undermines the peace and security of the region,” said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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6 Things That Will Make You a Better Bow Hunter

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The fall is here again. If you are a passionate deer hunter, you must be ready to go into the woods and tag your trophy winning buck. But before you step into the woods, I will like to share a few tips that can help you to improve your chances of killing the big game you’ve always dreamed about. Here are some expert tips on how to sharpen your shooting skills, avoid spooking your buck, when to hunt, and how to process deer meat without incurring high deer processing cost.

Practice Effectively

Every passionate deer hunter practices his bow hunting skills. But the question is “do you practice effectively?” You should practice shooting your bow while you are putting on your camo, boots, harness and other hunting gear. This helps you to discover the type of noises you will make in the woods. It also allows you to know if any of your equipment will stop you from tagging your buck.

Make sure you do your practice in a typical hunting position. If you know you will hunt from a tree stand, practice from there not on the ground. Remember that the angles at which you will shoot will be different in each position. So you should set up your tree stand and practice shooting from it. Shoot at targets directly in front of you and shoot at targets that are not. This will help you to prepare for the different types of situations you will encounter during hunting.

Keep Out the Noise

Silencers are designed to help us reduce the noise our bows make. But placing many silencers on it will not cut out all the noise completely. So what else can you do to eliminate noises connected with hunting? First, you must understand that removing your bow from the rest, attaching a release, drawing out an arrow, and setting your foot for the short all produce a significant amount of noise. So you should practice all these actions frequently to ensure you can do them silently. Putting foam around your bow rest can make it very silent. Also, placing a small carpet under your feet will make them quiet.

Sharpen Your Broad-heads

Your bow naturally attracts more attention than your arrow. But it is the broad-head that helps you to kill the deer. Although modern broad-heads are far more effective than what we had a few years back, they must be kept razor sharp. If you have just shot a broad-head into a foam target, you must not use for hunting immediately after. Sharpen it first.

Hunt in the Pre-Rut Season

Expert hunters, who target trophy winning buck, know that the rut is not really the best time to tag them. Many advanced trail cameras have tracked a buck within a hunting area throughout the season but it ends up being shot up to 2 miles away. Mature bucks are smart and they need to be studied carefully before you can shoot them successfully. For the following reasons it is better to tag a hit list buck during the pre-rut.

* Bucks Stay at Home in the Pre-Rut: You can only shoot at your target buck if he is at home. Pre-rut is the time when the buck will be more active in the daylight and stay within the boundaries of his home range. With the day-to-day levels of testosterone still rising, the buck will be prepared to come out of its bedding or staging areas in search of a doe.

* Bucks Respond to Calls at This Time: Bucks would have spent most of September and the early days of October, scraping and rubbing to prepare for fights. The levels of testosterone in the buck will make him come out if he hears a call from a challenger. So if you see your buck cruising, make a challenger grunt and get ready for a quick shot. This type of call is quite effective when your hunting stand is close to thick cover or there is something to obstruct the buck’s view. This will make him move close to investigate.

Crop Harvest Will Draw the Deer Out: If your hunting area is close to a corn field, the harvest time will offer a unique advantage. Many of these corn fields are harvested in the second half of October and there will be a lot of waste grain to draw the bucks out of their cover. At this time, the bucks will be compelled to bed inside woodlots and walk out in broad daylight. This makes them more predictable.

Target Bedding Areas in the Morning

During the pre-rut season, you need to make the best use of each time of the day, particularly the early hours. For instance, a bedding area is the ideal place to hunt in the morning during the pre-rut. During this season, bucks are actively searching for does at this time. Even if you get to your stand at dawn and you don’t see any buck coming out of the bedding area. Be patient. You could still see one come out as late as 10 am to find a doe.

Learn How to Process Your Venison

After you’ve shot your deer, you need to know how to process deer meat so you can preserve it and enjoy its unique taste, flavor and texture. Before you carry or drag the deer into your truck or camp site, make sure it is dead. This will help to prevent serious injuries. Then you must do field dressing immediately to remove the internal organs of the deer before transporting it.

At your camp, you need to hang it up, preferably with the head at the bottom so the blood can drain out completely. While the deer is hanging, cut the rib cage open using a hack saw. Then put a 2″x 4″ stick into it to keep it open for proper air circulation. The hanging position also offers a perfect chance to take off the skin. Use a sharp knife to obtain the best result. While taking off the skin, be careful not to allow fur to get on the meat. Take off the head, the tail and the legs from the knee downwards. Then rinse the meat thoroughly. If you are a new hunter, you may need to get help from a more experienced hunter or get a professional to do it and pay the deer processing cost.

Deer meat needs to age for at least three to seven days. During this time, the meat must be kept at a temperature that is close to, or less than 40 degrees F, to avoid spoilage. If the temperature is greater than 40 degrees, then you should not age it for more than three days. Aging the meat helps to make it tender and it improves the flavor. After you are through with aging, cut up the meat and store it in a freezer. To keep predators and scavengers away from your encampment, dispose of the carcass at a place far away from it. The other area natives will consider this a feast and efficiently dispose of it for you.

Conclusion

These ideas and tips will help you tag the type of buck you’ve always wanted during this hunting season. They are simple and easy to apply. Keep them in mind as you prepare to step into the woods.

 

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Do You Have Plans to Bug In, Bug Out, or Both?

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Do You Have Plans to Bug In, Bug Out, or Both?

We’ve spoken a bit about bugging in versus bugging out on this blog. Quite a long time a go, Thomas wrote up an article about the advantages and disadvantages of each option. There are of course many reasons why you might choose one option over the other – or might choose to split up your […]

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Trump Reverses Obama, Allowing Police To Acquire Military Armored Vehicles & Rocket Launchers

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Trump Reverses Obama, Allowing Police To Acquire Military Armored Vehicles & Rocket Launchers

WASHINGTON — The federal government will again give local law enforcement surplus military weapons — including bayonets and rocket launchers — under a plan unveiled by President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump on Monday lifted Obama-era restrictions on such gear. The Obama ban had been applauded by those on the Left and the Right.

“We will not put superficial concerns above public safety,” Sessions told the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), a union. “All you need to do is turn on a TV right now to see that for Houstonians this isn’t about appearances, it’s about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety.”

Under the Trump plan, police once again can obtain things like surplus armored vehicles and large-caliber weapons from the military.

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The FOP was one of a number of organizations campaigning to get the ban rescinded. Obama implemented the ban following national outrage over police militarization during the 2014 Ferguson riots.

FOP officials said rocket launchers would be used for tear gas.

“We’re not talking about tanks and cannons,” James Pasco, the FOP’s executive director, said. “Armored vehicles don’t attack people; they protect people and not everyone can afford this equipment.”

Said Obama when he announced the policy: “We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like they’re an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them.”

Trump’s action was quickly criticized by people on both sides of the aisle.

“Americans must never sacrifice their liberty for an illusive and dangerous — or false — security,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, said. “The militarization of our law enforcement is due to an unprecedented expansion of government power in this realm.”

Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, agreed. Gupta was an official in the Obama Justice Department.

“Our communities are not the same as armed combatants in a war zone,’ Gupta said.

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Eating Wild Animals You Never Thought You Could Eat

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Eating Wild Animals Without Catching Rabies

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Humans, for the most part, raise and eat vegetarian animals. From an agricultural perspective, that makes sense. A cow fed on grass is a more efficient way of producing meat than raising a meat-eating animal on meat, only to later harvest it for meat.

Animals that would otherwise eat a meat-based diet in the wild, like chickens or farmed fish, are fed corn and soy and labeled “vegetarian-fed” as though it somehow made the meat more desirable. In reality, though, eating corn-raised salmon and chicken deprived of their natural prey (bugs, frogs and even rodents) actually results in meat that’s less flavorful and less healthy, containing fewer omega-3 fatty acids.

Some animals, such as deer, are opportunistic omnivores. Deer have been observed eating birds, which scientists speculate is “a source of protein to help them grow antlers.” Scientists conducting a forensic experiment with human remains actually documented deer eating human meat when they had access to it in the wild.

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Other cultures around the world have a history of eating meat-eating animals. In modern America, it’s a taboo to eat dog meat, but many other places in the world regularly consume dog as a part of their diet without ill health effects. I’m not advocating eating the family pet. That’s not a part of our culture. But when thinking about whether or not there are health consequences to eating meat-eating animals, it’s good to note that it’s common practice in other parts of the world and does not cause harm to the humans eating them.

Bears are popular to hunt in many parts of the United States, and while their diet does include roots and berries, they’re putting on their winter weight with meat. Bears are omnivores, just like pigs. Both bear meat and pig meat tend to taste a lot like what they were eating in the few weeks before they are harvested. Pigs raised domestically are often intentionally fed a specific diet in the six weeks before harvest, such as whey or apples. With bears or wild boars, you don’t have that luxury.

Smart hunters will take wild boar in areas where there’s an abundance of food that will make their meat taste sweet, such as windfall apples. Bears, on the other hand, especially near urban areas, are likely to have been eating anything they can find. Bears near good fishing holes, for example, often have fishy-tasting meat.

Hunters who have cooked coyote describe it as a fatty dark meat that tastes a bit like overcooked duck. They note that made into sloppy Joes or covered in BBQ sauce and served like a pulled pork sandwich, you’d never taste the difference.

In the American South, raccoon is still a reasonably popular food. It’s said to taste a bit like dark meat chicken. Raccoon meat is mainstream enough that the famous chef Alton Brown wrote about how to cook it. It’s become less popular to hunt because of a fear of rabies, but he notes that as a general rule rabid animals will not be out feeding. If you find a raccoon busting into your chicken coop, grab the .22 and you could be eating well tonight.

But what about rabies, you say? Rabies is no joking matter, and it’s a serious disease that can kill humans and animals alike. Obviously, never eat an animal you know to be infected with rabies. Nonetheless, so long as the meat is thoroughly cooked, the rabies pathogen is killed. According to the Louisiana department of health, the main risk is to the person processing the raw meat, especially if he or she comes into contact with the salivary glands, brain or spinal cord. Be careful processing any animal, and use good sanitary practices.

Any hunted animal could potentially be contaminated with rabies. The incubation time is generally 90 days or less from exposure, but 90 days is a long time to carry the pathogen without showing any symptoms. Rabies, in reality, is a rare disease, but one that you could catch just as easily from raw deer meat in an animal not displaying symptoms.

In times of hardship, it’s good to know that meat is meat. So long as it’s cooked completely and thoroughly, just about any meat can provide a meal, be it coyote, bear, wild boar, raccoon or just about anything else. Clean it carefully, cook it fully and enjoy the protein.

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Nothing Will Stop North Korea But War

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The United States will be forced to respond. North Korea yet again has launched a ballistic missile. This time over Japan and into the sea after traveling 1,700 miles in eight minutes. Needless to say that Japan is freaked out, however even more precarious is what the president had said the last time NK launched an ICBM and threatened another launch towards Guam… …any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury”. Note: Japan is an ally. President Donald Trump warned North Korea’s leader that he “will not get away with” it if he does anything

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Honey Barbecue Chicken Wings Recipe – Instant Pot and Crock Pot Instructions

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One of our favorite meals this time of year is Honey Barbecue Wings.  Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they are also simple and easy to make! With just a few common ingredients you can have award-winning wings on

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Some “Charitable Humans” Aren’t Very Giving Toward “Red State” Texas

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The social media manager of Charitable Humans didn’t sound particularly giving in a series of despicable tweets directed toward Texas yesterday.

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“It Is Finished!”

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     These are the last recorded words of Jesus as He died on the Cross.  They only appear in the Gospel of John, yet any Christian who is well-schooled in the Bible is familiar with these poignant words.  But do we, as the Body of Christ, know what Jesus was referring to?  In other words, as my husband has been asking of our Christian brethren lately, What does “IT” mean? What is the “IT” that Jesus has finished? And what does it have to do with us?
     I have seen very intelligent and knowledgable sources say that the word “finished” comes from the Greek word tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” They will explain that when Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the “IT” to be the debt owed to His Father, which He wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt that He owed to the Father; rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by mankind—the debt of sin.
     Now, I will agree that Jesus did all that — He certainly paid the price we all owe the Father for our sins.  But, I’m not sure that is what He was referring to as being “finished”.  I guess I’m trying to say that I think the “It” He finished was something else.  Let me tell you exactly what I think…
    As I am progressing through an in-depth study of my Bible, I came across a verse in John that didn’t stick out to me the first couple of times I made my way through Scripture. It happens in John, Chapter 5, when Jesus is bearing witness that everything John the Baptist said about Him is true.  But then He says, in verse 36, But the testimony which I have is far greater than the testimony of John; for the works that the Father has given Me to finish—the very same works [that is, the miracles and proofs of My deity] that I am [now] doing—testify about Me, [by providing evidence] that the Father has sent Me.  

     It is clear to me that Jesus is saying, “The Father has given me works to do and finish.  These works testify that I have been sent by the Father”.  In other words, all the works He was doing — healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead, and announcing that the Kingdom of Heaven had invaded earth in the person of Him — have the ultimate purpose of glorifying the Father; the works of Jesus are proof that the Father sent Him.
     And so, here’s where I disagree with the accepted version of what Jesus meant when He said It is finished. True, the Greek word for “finished” can mean a levy or toll that is paid in full.  But, according to Strong’s Concordance, that is the secondary meaning of the word.  The primary definition of the root word, tello, is “an end of a defined purpose; the conclusion of an ultimate or prophetic act”. Jesus says in John 5:36 that the Father has given Him works to finish, and that those works revolve around the miracles and proofs of His deity, which will ultimately result in the glorification of the Father.  So, when He says It is finished with His dying breath, I contend that He is saying “I have finished all the works You assigned Me to do to bring Your Kingdom to Earth and to glorify You, Father”.  Jesus says in verse 36 that these works are the greater testimony about Who He is, and Why He came.
    The reason I think the modern Church doesn’t see this is because it would require that we acknowledge not only the significance of “the works” He did, but that He wants us to continue those works.  That’s why, within the same Gospel of John, Jesus is recorded as saying, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  I contend that Jesus was finished with the works the Father had assigned to Him.  He had displayed His Deity through the works of signs and wonders, [healing and deliverance], and then given all who believe on Him the authority to continue those works [in John 14:12].  Furthermore, in both Matthew 28 and Mark 16, Jesus emphasizes that He wants believers to be taught to do all that He has commanded; and as they do the works He has done, it will be a sign to others to believe that the Father sent Him and that He is working through them.
     But the modern Church is uncomfortable when it comes to us performing supernatural acts of healing and deliverance, which are the works Jesus did.  It is more logical to the human mind to think that It is finished is simply referring to what Jesus did for us [in paying our “sin debt”], rather than to accept that He had finished His assignment of “works” for the Kingdom, and the mantle has been handed to us to continue them.  Can you see that the former explanation puts the responsibility on Jesus, while the latter interpretation makes us accountable for continuing His work?
     If the “IT” is simply a paid debt, it makes it easier to live the Christian life when you think that Jesus has done the work for you, rather than realizing that we are supposed to carry on the works [that glorify the Father], in His stead.  And this results in a Body of Christ that is stagnant and powerless to battle the schemes of the Adversary.  Think how much leeway we have given the devil when we only consider that the debt for our sin has been paid.  Don’t get me wrong — what a glorious gift of Grace that is!  But when you consider that there are so many people who need physical healing and demonic oppression eliminated from their lives, then the “IT” Jesus left us to do has been far from finished in our lives.  There have been so few of us who recognize our charge from the Lord, that the “IT” has barely even begun!
     Yes, Jesus finished His part.  He did exactly what the Father commanded Him to do.  But a huge part of His assignment was to model for us the work that the Father wants us to continue until Jesus returns.  As He hung in agony on the Cross, Jesus was declaring to the Father that He had ushered in the Kingdom on earth, and He had left the Father’s work to be continued by those who believe in Him.  That stage of the Father’s plan was surely finished. It’s time we make up for all the lost opportunities to show His glory and the manifestation of His Kingdom here on the earth.  Our part of the Father’s plan won’t be finished until the last person accepts Christ as His Savior.  Until then, we need to use every tool He left us to accomplish that goal, and that includes the supernatural works that He did.  By neglecting them, we are not being obedient to all that He commanded us to do.  I’m not finished; are you?

Matthew 5:16     “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven”.

How To Be Prepared With Water Before A Disaster Hits

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Do you know how to be prepared with water before a disaster hits your city? If you have been following my latest posts, I am sharing some pictures taken by a professional photographer friend of mine. I teach classes at various churches, subdivisions and businesses on food storage and emergency preparedness. I decided I could no longer haul all of my emergency items to these classes showing what is needed if a disaster hits my neighborhood. It took two full days to set up the photo shoot and we will be doing videos together sooner than later. I am a visual person, so I hope these help you see what storing a few containers of water can do for you and your family in case of emergency.

Please feel free to share the pictures with your friends and neighbors, we must all be prepared when a disaster hits. I had a “print” button installed because several readers print and file my articles. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing that. You realize the importance of being prepared. Knowledge will save your life, literally, I promise.

Sometimes we take for granted that we can walk into the kitchen and just turn on the faucet and water comes flying out. We have to be prepared for the day when those faucets don’t work. Maybe the water lines are down because power is lost, or the water is contaminated from an unknown source.

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You may wonder why I talk about water storage so often, well it’s because we sometimes need a little nudge to get more water stored. I went to get my hair cut today and I asked the girl cutting my hair if she had any water stored at her home. I didn’t want to be too personal, but she’s been cutting my hair for years and I’m old enough to be her grandmother. I was concerned that she be prepared for water and food storage, etc. She said, “No, not yet.” I get it, she is newly married and living paycheck to paycheck.

I suggested she start with just a case or two of water from our local grocery store. I suggested she get a few cans of beans and a bag of rice. It’s a good start and she can sleep at night knowing she at least has a day or two of water and a little food in her home.

The shop had a television showing the Hurricane Harvey catastrophic events unfolding before our eyes. May God bless all the workers, first responders, families, etc.  that are being affected by this terrible storm.They reported it’s a 500-year storm, unbelievable. The worst storm in American history. My heart aches for all involved.

Of course, I then pointed out to the girl cutting my hair that where we live is far away from the ocean for any threat of a hurricane or tornado, but we have had a 100-year flood in 2005. I left it at that.

Please remember to always use a lead-free hose to fill your water containers if you fill them outside with a hose bib.

When A Disaster Hits Water Is Key To Survival:

  1. I suggest 4-gallons of water per person per day. I realize some may think that’s too much. It isn’t, we need water to drink, cook, wash clothes, or at least wash our underwear. I also think we may all have neighbors that have zero water in their homes. I used to think, well I have my water heater filled with 50 gallons of water. I don’t even count that water anymore. If it becomes contaminated from terrorists or some crazy group compromises the integrity of our water lines, we will be in big trouble. We have seen it in Flint, Michigan for example what happened to their water based on bad decisions by the local government agencies. It was lead poisoning.
  2. You can figure out the number of cases of water to buy for the needs of the people in your home for a week, 2 weeks or a month. Some cases come with 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce or 20-ounce bottles. Those work great for water storage if a disaster hits. They aren’t the most cost effective, but they work in a pinch.
  3. I love WaterBricks, the 3.5-gallon ones weigh about 26-27 pounds depending on how full they are filled. I use 1/2 teaspoon of Water Preserver in mine because then I only have to rotate them every five years. Some people just fill washed milk jugs. They may leak after a bit, but at least you will have water.  If you are lucky, they may never leak.
  4. You can buy the 55-gallon blue barrels with a pump and fill them full enough, but leave room for expansion if you get a freeze in your city.
  5. I have talked to you about the Berkey Sports Bottles, these are great for camping or traveling. In some countries or cities, you may need to be careful drinking the water. These can be refilled up to 640 times with municipal water. I gave these as gifts to my family a few years ago.
  6. If you can afford the large high capacity tanks they are awesome. I finally saved the money to get one this last December. I bought one that holds 250 gallons for about $350.00. Yes, very expensive, but I can sleep at night knowing Mark and I have water. Lots of water.

Please tell me how you are storing water. I would love to hear your ideas. My sister in Texas has a well, but if she loses power as of right now, she couldn’t get any of that water. She has bottles of water filled throughout her home because she is close to Hurricane Harvey right now. Let’s be prepared before a disaster hits, please store water. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.

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The Devastation Of Hurricane Harvey

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The recent arrival of Hurricane Harvey is somewhat personal for me. Early Friday morning, before it made landfall, radar course projections showed it heading right for my home. Since I only live 90 miles inland, we would have been hit hard by the 130 plus mile-per-hour winds and torrential rainfall.

But Harvey made a course change just before landfall and passed north of our home, leaving us safe.

But that doesn’t mean that Harvey was safe by any means.

As a Category 4 hurricane, Harvey’s winds are strong enough to tear buildings apart. It has dumped somewhere over nine trillion gallons of water on Texas, devastating Corpus Christi, Houston and many smaller towns.

While there has only been five reported deaths as of this writing, billions of dollars worth of property has been destroyed. This hurricane could very well be the most devastating to hit our country since Katrina, topping Sandy in total dollars of destruction.

Part of what has made Harvey so destructive is that it has moved very little since hitting the Texas coast, dumping trillions of gallons of water in what is really a rather small amount of space. By the time all is said and done, Houston is projected to end up receiving around 50 inches of rain.

This rain is what is going to end up causing the biggest part of the damage, as the winds started dying down as soon as Harvey made landfall. By the time the weekend was over, less than 48 hours after hitting, Hurricane Harvey had been downgraded to a tropical storm.

But I’m sure that’s no consolation to the residents of Houston, Galveston and the surrounding areas, whose homes have several feet of water flooding them. Many of those homes will never be the same.

Harvey isn’t done with its destruction either.

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As of this writing, the storm is still dumping rain on Houston, as well as moving farther to the east. Louisiana seems to be next on its dance card, as the storm moves towards the northeast. Lake Charles is already experiencing Harvey’s wrath and New Orleans could be in for some heavy rainfall as well, before it’s all over.

As with every natural disaster, nature couldn’t care less about the devastation that it is causing. We think we are so powerful, with our technology and our machines, but all it takes is one storm to break down this house of cards we call civilization.

Maybe it’s Time to Refocus Our Prepping

It’s no wonder that prepping is growing in the United States. The American people are finally waking up to something our ancestors knew, that life is fragile and nature is a killer. Even without the help that we humans give it in killing our fellow man, nature does a good enough job on its own, killing thousands of people per year.

As preppers, we love to talk about preparing for “the big one.” It doesn’t matter that that big one is a total breakdown of society, a financial collapse, an EMP attack or a zombie apocalypse, we have a plan for it.

But the reality is, we’re much more likely to face a natural disaster in our lifetimes, than any of the major disasters that we prep for.

Granted, much of the same preps need to be made for a natural disaster as those we need to make to survive a hurricane. More than anything, it’s the aftermath we’re prepping for, not the disaster itself.

Living through the destructive power of a hurricane or other natural disaster may be difficult, but nobody is going to starve or die of dehydration in a few hours or days. Living through weeks of outages, when there is no power or water and the grocery stores are empty is what we prepare for.

While the effects of an EMP are nationwide, on a local level they aren’t much different than any other disaster. The big difference is that Uncle Sam won’t be coming in to rescue us and help us to restore our lives. That’s going to have to happen on a local level, because the communications necessary to do anything on a national level won’t exist anymore.

What that means is that the aftermath is going to be much longer, straining our ability to survive, even if we are prepared.

But food is food and water is water. We will need both to survive anything that comes our way. Likewise, we will need most of the other things we stockpile. Even so, there are specific things that we will need, which are totally dependent on the type of disaster we end up facing.

Surviving a Flood

Hurricanes cause devastation in two ways; through wind and through water. While high winds can destroy many structures, it is ultimately the flooding that does the greatest damage. That will definitely be so in the case of Harvey, as the high winds dropped off almost as fast as they climbed.

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So how do you prepare for this sort of flooding? Can you save your home, and if so, how? What can you do to survive, if your home becomes flooded, making it inhabitable?

First of all, this storm, like others in the past, demonstrates the reason why we all need a good bug out plan in place. While Houston officials didn’t call for a general evacuation, the state’s governor recommended it to those who could. This raises the question of why a general evacuation order didn’t go out.

It really boils down to experience and history. When Hurricane Rita was headed towards Houston in 2005, a general evacuation was called. Six-and-a-half million Houstonites took to the roads, creating a 100 mile long traffic jam that lasted for over a day and a half. There wasn’t enough gasoline available to fill that many vehicles, causing many to run dry and be abandoned on the road. People died from the heat, as well as from traffic accidents.

After all that, Hurricane Rita only struck Houston with a glancing blow, not even worth the effort that had been taken to avoid it. Hurricanes are always unpredictable, and this is just one more example of how the best of our planning may only be for naught.

We cannot rely on the government to tell us when to evacuate; we’ve got to make that decision for ourselves.

In the case of Hurricane Rita, the city government was wrong in telling people to evacuate. Now, in the case of Hurricane Harvey, the city government was wrong in telling people to stay home. But in both cases, the decision that was made was based upon the best information available. It’s just that nature doesn’t follow our information.

Waterproof Your Stockpile

I don’t know how much money you have invested in your survival stockpile, but I’m sure it’s in the thousands. Food is expensive, so if you’re going to have enough to last you any time, you’re going to have to spend a lot of money.

That’s an asset you can’t afford to lose, even in a flood. So you want to make sure that you won’t. How? By doing everything you can to ensure that it is waterproof. Canned goods already are, so that’s not an issue. Dry foods stored in five gallon buckets are waterproof as well. But what about everything else? How’s your toilet paper supply; is it protected from the water?

In some cases, you can ignore waterproofing if you can store the items on the second floor of your home. I have a lot stored under the second floor eaves of my home, where it is fairly well protected from flooding. Unless the roof gets torn off my home, I won’t have to worry about losing it.

But many people have their stockpile in the basement of their home; the first place that will flood. If that’s the case, you want to be extra careful about waterproofing it. You also want to have a plan for moving those supplies upstairs, if your home starts to flood. Otherwise, you won’t be able to use any of them until the flood waters subside, simply because you won’t have access to them.

Another possibility for protecting your stockpile is to keep some of it off-site, hopefully on higher ground. That way, if your home floods, you will still have access to supplies. You can use the remotely stored supplies until your home gets to the point where you can have access to those supplies once again.

Keep in mind that your supplies are more for surviving the aftermath, than for surviving the disaster itself.

So just because your home floods and your supplies are underwater, doesn’t mean that you’ve lost them, assuming that they are properly waterproofed. You will need those supplies as you are trying to salvage what you can from your home and put your life back together.

Protect Your Home

American homes don’t handle flooding well. They are not made of materials that can withstand sitting in water for minutes, let alone days. Drywall will soak up water rather quickly, falling apart. Even the structural studs and plywood that makes up the wall structure, floors and outer sheathing of our homes can be destroyed by too much water.

Chances are that if your home floods and the flood waters stay in place for days, your home will be totally destroyed. But if the flood abates quickly, you may be able to salvage it. Carpeting, drywall and other materials will need to be replaced; but if the structural part of your home survives, it can be rebuilt.

In Mexico and in many other emerging countries, homes are built out of cinder blocks and cement. While that may not make for as nice a home, it handles flooding much better.

I have some friends in the state of Tabasco, in Mexico, whose home has flooded several times. In each case, they’ve moved the furniture to the second floor and waited it out. Once the flood waters abated they were able to clean their homes up, repaint them and put their lives back together. That’s a whole lot easier than rebuilding an American home.

Since our homes are not made that way, we need to consider trying to protect them from flooding altogether. That may be too expensive for any of us to do, but we should at least look at it.

The most common way of protecting a home or other building from flooding is to make a wall of sandbags around it, with space between the sandbags and the home. That way, any water that seeps in can be pumped out; and yes, water will seep in.

Doing this takes a lot of sandbags and a lot of sand. The wall has to be unbroken all the way around, with all of it built to a uniform height. One dip or gap makes the whole thing invalid, as the water can pour through that one spot, flooding your home.

There are other, more modern options, which have been developed for use, instead of sandbags. While these are probably more expensive than building a sandbag wall, they are also probably easier to use. essentially the idea is to create a wall out of water filled plastic tubes, two to three feet in diameter.

This wall does the same thing that the sandbag wall does, but is considerably easier to erect. A couple of different companies make these tubes, so you might want to look into them.

Stay Prepared to Bug Out

No matter what you do, always keep yourself ready to bug out. Let’s say that you decide to ride out a hurricane that’s heading for your city, like the people in Houston did. That’s your decision to make. But don’t leave yourself without options. Make sure you always have a way to escape, should it come down to that.

What do I mean by that? Either have a four-wheel-drive vehicle that is high enough to ford the waters or some sort of boat, even a raft, that you can paddle out of there. if your answer is a truck or SUV, then make sure you leave before the water gets too deep to use it.

If it’s a boat, you’ve got more time. But in that case, you want the boat ready to use, moored to your home, where you can get into it from a second-story window.

Granted, a boat is an expensive investment, especially if you’re not going to use it for fishing. But a rubber life raft is much cheaper. For that matter, a large air mattress will work, if you don’t have anything else. Just make sure that you always leave yourself an option, so that you don’t have to go down with the sinking ship.

Whatever you do, stay lert and be prepared to face the unexpected, so you and your family survive!

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

Family and Prepping!

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Family and Prepping! Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio player below! Your family has come in to town, or maybe you’ve driven 13 hours to visit them. Regardless, time with family should be treasured. So while you’re catching up and sharing memories you have a great opportunity to discuss Prepping. Assuming of course these are … Continue reading Family and Prepping!

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