Demo and clean up of the woodpile area. Garden harvest and clean up done by Mom.

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I got started taking down the rotted roof  that is over my woodpile.  I’m about 50% complete on the job as I  demo’ed the worst of rotted and warp boards first and now I’m moving my wood/ wood racks out of the way to finish up the demo of the last parts of the roof. My new wood racks made of pressure treated lumber seem to work great for getting the wood about 5-6 inches off the concrete slab and I’m going to use tarps to cover the wood this winter.  So far, I prefer the wood racks I made with pressure treated lumber compared the racks I made with the $20.00 metal brackets and regular 2 x 4s. Using the  4 x 4 pressure treated lumber as a base and then 2 x 4 on top of them gets the wood higher off the concrete compared with using the metal brackets plus the pressured treated wood racks are cheaper over all compared to metal bracket wood racks even with using more expensive pressure treated wood.  My wood racks are 18 inch x 4 ft. by 8 ft. and I believe that is what is called a “Face” cord of wood and not a “true” cord of wood which is 4 ft. wide x 4 ft. high and  8 ft. long.  I really like having a hard/soft wood mix for my wood stove and out here in the west usually means a mix of pine/fir and fruit woods like apple and cherry.   I got a my wood guy delivering a cord or so of some pine/ fir mix next week so now I can make some kindling for the stove.  I’m finishing up the last of the elm and while elm burns great it is difficult to split as the grain twists which makes it terrible for ax cut kindling.  For our kindling this year Mom and I want to get a load of actual “mill ends” and not “box wood” that I got to start this firewood adventure.  I got a small 6 pound splitting maul for those tougher chunks of wood, but I’ll have to re-learn how to use that tool.  So far the light weight ax has done a great job for making kindling.

I finally got to use the Ryobi impact hammer drill and my gosh I love it!  Okay it is a battery powered drill so I did not expect a lot but it did a great job on removing screws my basic drill could not remove and it was great on driving in screws that defeated my basic 18 volt drill could not handle.  I don’t think it would be great for concrete but for working on any wood job I think this little Ryobi drill would handle working with Hardwoods fairly easily.  Also this drill extracted screws that defeated my basic drill.

Mom got busy and cleaned up the garden and did some harvesting.  Big thing Mom wanted was the “rubber mallet” to re position stakes in the garden.  Well I had the ” mallet” in the basement breaking apart shelves and the trying to pound in garden stakes with a 6 pound maul was less than successful.  We found the mallet eventually but I learned that bigger is not always better.  I’m  going to get a small 2 pound maul hammer and a good 1 pound claw hammer.  You have to make things work for the job given and  some times you need brute force and sometimes you have to go small.  Good news we did have success with cantaloupes this year.

Prepping: How Much Food is Enough (Updated for 2017)

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Prepping: How Much Food is Enough (Updated for 2017) Most recently the collapse in Venezuela has taught us that starvation is never far enough away. There are tons of article on the net about various elements of a collapse. When I watch the people of the fallen nation of Venezuela attacking food trucks and rioting …

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Are You Prepared to Survive a Venezuelan Style Collapse?

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Are You Prepared to Survive a Venezuelan Style Collapse? While we in America are sipping our Starbucks south of us there is nation in the grasp of a full blown economic collapse. This isn’t the first time we have watched a South American nation fall into collapse. Of course this wont be the last. We …

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Inflatable Boats In Floods: What You Need To Know Before You Buy

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Inflatable Boats In Floods: What You Need To Know Before You Buy   Every flood disaster has seen the difference an inflatable boat can make for a family, a volunteer or emergency services. Floodwater is a sponge for sharp objects, disease, bacteria and everything else you don’t want your body to come in contact with. …

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4 Food Storage Mistakes You Might Be Making

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4 Food Storage Mistakes You Might Be Making Masters call it the 10,000 rule. Bruce Lee said very succinctly that he did not concern himself with the man who has thrown 10000 kicks once; instead he feared the man who has thrown 1 kick 10,000 times. I bring up these two instances because we have …

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4 Food Storage Mistakes You Might Be Making

4 Food Storage Mistakes You Might Be Making Masters call it the 10,000 rule. Bruce Lee said very succinctly that he did not concern himself with the man who has thrown 10000 kicks once; instead he feared the man who has thrown 1 kick 10,000 times. I bring up these two instances because we have …

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How to Grow Your Own Food in the Winter?

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How to Grow Your Own Food in the Winter? Do you miss plucking fresh fruits, herbs or veggies from your garden during winter? Do you wish to enjoy a beautiful organic produce during the cold months? You are just in the right place. This write-up is dedicated to all the essentialities necessary for growing your …

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Build a Prepper Home with a Log Cabin Kit in 3 days for $20,000

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Build a Prepper Home with a Log Cabin Kit in 3 days for $20,000   Thinking of building a prepper home to prep and defend for when SHTF? Building a log home is an easy way to build a small, well-hidden home for preppers, but, buying a log cabin kit is an even easier way. …

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The 3 Biggest Keys to Long-Term Food Storage for Survival

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The 3 Biggest Keys to Long-Term Food Storage for Survival Food storage is key to any survival plan. There is no getting around this one. You must have a plan and an understanding of how you are going to feed your family in the event of  disaster. This plan should be diverse. Grow some fresh …

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Important Things to Know When Camping in Iceland

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Important Things to Know When Camping in Iceland Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. From grassy lowlands and fjords to stunning mountains, every turn is impressive, and laying in a tent or the trunk of your car, staring up at the Northern Lights, is a difficult experience to beat. The Ring …

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A Quiet Life: How to Lower Your Profile or Go Fully Off the Grid

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A Quiet Life: How to Lower Your Profile or Go Fully Off the Grid The tighter the grip of tech clenches on our lives the more we feel urge to run and hide. There are families who practice powering down all devices for the weekend and “going dark” for some time. I think there are …

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Different Types Of Knife Tangs

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A tang is the most significant characteristic on a fixed blade knife. In simple terms, it is the bottom part of a blade extending down into the handle. A  tang is a knife’s backbone that holds everything together therefore without it the fixed blade will fall whenever force is applied. Below are the various types of knife tangs;


Full Tang

This extends and covers the entire handle length. It is the strongest of all the tangs as it incorporates the whole steel into the handle meaning failing or bending while the knife is in use is unlikely.

Partial Tang

This is also another major type of tang that encompasses all the other tangs that are not full. It is a kind of tang that does not cover the entire handle. It is sometimes referred to as a three-quarter tang, stub tang, push tang or even half tang.

Push Tang

Sometimes known as rabbeted tang, a push tang is a type of tang that is normally pushed into an already made handle then fastened with adhesives. It doesn’t cover the entire handle length but it can be found on both partial and full tang knives.

Encapsulated Tang

Unlike the push tang that is pushed into the handle, enscapsulated tang is when a handle material gets molded around the tang.

Hidden Tang

These are tangs which are not easy to see as they have been fastened to the handle in such away that one cannot be able to distinguish the tang and the handle or even tell how they have been held together.

Stick Tang Or Rat-Tail Tang

Stick tang, also known as a rat-tail tang, is among the most extreme knife tangs. The tangs is normally narrower compared to the balde which essentially gives the handle a rat-like look. The blade becomes the thick part of a rat while the narrow blade resembles a rat’s thin tail. This tang is often fastened into the blade using a threaded pommel or bolts.

Tapered Tang

Sometimes knwn as narrowing or tapering tang, this is when the tand gradually becomes narrow. It can be said as the thinning of the tang’s width.

Skeletonized Tang

This is when portions on the tang are missing. The tang material is minimised however its structural framework is maintained to a high degree but it’s not as strong as a full tang knife as can been seen below.

Broken knife

Extended Tang

Since most tangs end before or at the end of the handle, there are tangs that continue past the handle and these are known as extended tangs.

And these are the major types of knife tangs!


Types of Knives

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Knives have been in existence ever since the existence of man. They can be used to dress game, prepare food, for work and also game. Based on this broad categorization below are the different types of knives.

Outdoor knives


This is a middle Asian knife weighted at the front. They are great for chopping tasks. Large kukris knives can be used to cut down tree branches since they have a more downward power.  Find out more about kukris.


Used by those in the woods for bushcraft purposes.


Also known as butterfly knives, these are Philippines traditional work knives. They allow the user to open the knife single handedly. They are mostly used for recreation as their flipping action is fun.

Hunting Knives

These are knives used by hunters to gut game. They are painted in camouflage a times


This is a long and heavy knife used to cut limbs, coconuts and tress. It can be used in the kitchen and also to gather firewood. They are very popular and vary according to regions they come from.  There are many different types of machetes.

Pocket Knives

These are small pocket size knives that people carry around in their pockets. They have blades that fold into the handles.


These are knives used outdoors. Some of them have compartments where one can store survival gear such as a whistle, small reflective devices or a fire starter.  Find out more about survival knives.

Neck knife

A neck knife is a knife that hangs around your neck for easy access.


Also known as leathermans or gerbers, this knife combines several tools into one. They have pliers, openers, screwdrivers etc

Combat Knives

Fighting knives

Light and strong.

Trench Knife

This is a hybrid between a brass knuckles and a bayonet. It allows one to slash, punch and stab with a single tool. They were mostly used during WWI.


These are knives attached to the front of rifles. They give soldiers a sword like rifle to thrust with. They are not very good for slashing as most damage it can bring is from thrusting. It was mostly used by the British army when they were fighting Afghanistan rebel forces. They took zero causality.

Boot knives

A dagger attached to your boot.  Check out my boot knife guide.


Small, highly curved blade originating in Asia.  Check out the best karambit.


The traditional Japanese knife which in modern times has changed significantly.  Check out my Tanto knife guide.

Push daggers

Can be used to punch

Tactical Knives

These are modern day fighting knives that have also been designed to do other utility roles.

Assisted opening knife

You open the knife to a certain point before the opening mechanism will do the rest of the work for you.  Check out the best assisted opening knife.

Recreational Knives

Throwing Stars

These are a range of throwing knives. They are normally shortened and circular in shape.

Throwing Knives

This is a very popular sport. The knives are balanced and not sharp however they have sharp points.

Cooking Knives

Chef’s Knife

This knife is also known as a cook’s knife. It is used for almost every job in the kitchen. It is good for cutting, chopping, dicing and slicing. It has a gentle slope so that one could rock it back and forth during chopping. They are non-serrated.

Boning Knife

If you are not a vegetarian, this is the second basic kitchen knife you should be having. It looks like the chef’s knife but a bit smaller. It is used to remove fish filet, meat from bones and also cut up meat chunks. Some people have been using this knife to chop vegetables because it gives them more control.

Clever Knife

This knife is used by butchers to cut through bone and meat. It is very big with a tall blade. Its weight is meant to add power to the swings. Clever knife is great to tasks such as cutting through thick bones, cutting fish heads off and some people use its back side to mince garlic.

Bread Knife

These knives are long and serrated designed to cut bread without having to force it down. Unlike when using normal knives to cut bread, the bread knife cuts bread without squishing it and producing a lot of crumbs.

Paring Knife

This is a small knife with a blade approximately 3-4 inches. It is used to prepare vegetable, fruits, and garnish. The knife is very light and can fit easily in the hand.

Carving Knife

This knife can be automatic or mechanical. It is normally long and serrated. It is used to carve turkeys, breasts and roasts. It is the least used knife in the kitchen.

Specialty Knives

Besides kitchen knives, there are other types of knives used around the house or on the job site. They include;

Diver Knives

These are very sharp knives with sturdy and heat resistant handles. The handles go into a sturdy sheath which has a strap for attachment to the leg. They are mostly used underwater.


This is a knife used in medicine during surgery. The knife is made of high carbon steel and is very sharp.

X-Acto Knives

These knives are used to do detailed cuts in arts. They are also popularly used in architect to make miniature models.

Electrician Knives

The knives are insulated to protect a user from electrical shock. They look like a pocket knives

And those are all the major types of knives!


10 Surprising Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes (Our Favorite: No. 5!)

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10 Surprising Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes (Our Favorite: No. 5!)

If you only eat sweet potatoes as part of your traditional Thanksgiving meal, you are missing out on one of the most nutritious vegetables of them all.

The sweet potato, though, is not really a potato at all. It is a flowering dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the Convolvulaceae family, which is the same botanical family of morning glories. The part of the sweet potato plant we eat is the tuberous root. Native to Central and South America, the sweet potato can be grown year-round in temperate climates. In North America, it is most frequently harvested in the fall.

Sweet potatoes are often confused with yams, but once again, this comparison is not accurate. In the U.S., most of the vegetables you see labelled as yams are really a variety of sweet potato. True yams are not typically sold in American supermarkets.

Both yams and sweet potatoes are the tuberous roots of a flowering plant, but, other than that, they do not have much in common. To compare them is like equating beets with swiss chard – they are related but not the same.

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Part of the confusion stems from the fact that sweet potatoes come in about 400 different varieties. Some sweet potatoes are shaped like white potatoes, while others are shorter with a block shape and still others have long, tapered ends.

Sweet potatoes also come in a wide range of colors. Although a creamy or orangey flesh tone is most common, they can be yellow, pink or purple. The deeper the color, the more intense the amount of certain nutrients, such as the high beta-carotene found in dark orange sweet potatoes and the high level of anthocyanins in deep purple sweet potatoes.

In terms of health benefits, there is no comparison between sweet potatoes and regular potatoes. In fact, a study by the nutritional advocacy group The Center for Science in the Public Interest gave sweet potatoes the highest score in a ranking of nutritious veggies.

Here are 10 health benefits sweet potatoes provide or promote:

1. Heart health. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, a mineral that helps decrease the amount of the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. High levels of homocysteine are associated with heart attacks.

2. Cold and flu prevention. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin C, which plays an important role in your body’s ability to fight cold and flu viruses. Vitamin C also helps in wound healing, skin elasticity and stress reduction.

3. Bone and tooth formation. The Vitamin D in sweet potatoes helps your body build and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D, which our bodies produce from exposure to sunlight, also aids immune system function, and a lack of this vitamin can affect our moods.

4. Immune system health. Sweet potatoes contain iron, which helps the body produce healthy red and white blood cells and aids in the fight against infection.

5. Stress reduction. Magnesium is abundant in sweet potatoes, and this mineral helps de-stress our bodies. Magnesium also is important for heart health and nerve function. Manganese also can help women who suffer with PMS have fewer mood swings and milder cramps.

6. Blood pressure regulation. Potassium is another mineral contained in sweet potatoes. Potassium provides many important benefits, including helping to regulate blood pressure, the heartbeat and nerve signals; relaxing muscle contractions; reducing swelling and controlling kidney function.

7. Reduced blood sugar spikes. The natural sugar contained in sweet potatoes releases slowly into the bloodstream, offering a balanced source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes that can trigger fatigue and weight gain.

8. Eyesight protection. Rich orange sweet potatoes are high in carotenoids (such as beta carotene) that can strengthen our eyesight, boost immunity and protect against the effects of aging. Foods that are rich in carotenoids also may offer some protection to certain types of cancer.

9. Inflammation reduction. Sweet potatoes are a good plant-based source of choline, a micronutrient in the B-vitamin family that helps reduce chronic inflammation. Choline also aids sleep, muscle movement and cognitive skills.

10. Digestion. Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, which aids in digestion and can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Sweet potatoes are a versatile food. You can serve them steamed, roasted, baked, puréed or grilled. Try substituting them for white potatoes in many of your recipes.

How to select and store sweet potatoes

  • Choose fresh tubers with light, unblemished and unwrinkled skin.
  • Check for bruising. Sweet potatoes are somewhat delicate, and any cuts or bruises deteriorate quickly, affecting the freshness and taste of the vegetable.
  • Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark, dry place for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on when they were harvested and your storage conditions. Storing them in the refrigerator will shorten their freshness and make them taste less sweet.

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U.S. Virgin Islands Allows National Guard To Seize Guns, Ammo Ahead Of Hurricane Irma

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U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed an emergency order allowing the National Guard to seize private guns, ammunition, and property ahead of Hurricane Irma. […]

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Hurricane Irma Spaghetti Track Models (and more)

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(click image for latest positional update)   Hurricane Irma Strongest Ever in Atlantic? The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Irma was a “potentially catastrophic” storm. The maximum sustained winds are now 185 mph as of this post. Irma could potentially explode into the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. Currently this hurricane is the strongest ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. As Irma churns closer to the U.S. coast, the path is becoming more certain. South Florida, particularly the Keys, is increasingly likely to take a hit. This hurricane is so large that the National Weather Service

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7 Clever Ways to Earn Money If You Have a Green Thumb

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earn money green thumbI’ve checked and double checked, but neither of my thumbs are green.

I wish they were because there’s money to be made with those green thumbs.

Over the years I’ve read gardening books, joined a permaculture club, and slaved over a Square Foot Garden, managing to grow a few things here and there, but by no means are my thumbs green. If I had to supplement our family income with what I could grow, we’d soon be starving.

However, if you can nurture a nearly-dead, Home Depot 75%-off tomato plant to blossom and produce, these money-making ideas are for you.

1. Sell compost

When I used to live in Phoenix, we would occasionally make a trek out to the far east side of town and buy organic compost from an enterprising family who had a large farm. Customers could bring their own containers, like a plastic bin, for example, and farm workers would fill it with compost. It was a quick way to get our raised garden beds filled with good, healthy soil, and, I’m sure, the farm owner made a killing.

Are you able to produce more compost than you really need? I’ll bet if you got 2 or 3 good compost piles going, you could offer it to neighbors and friends at a low cost, and they would know, for sure, where it came from, unlike the stuff sold at big box stores.

2. Sell seedlings

Years ago when I took a gardening class from a master gardener, she told us that the seedlings sold in a lot of nurseries and the big home and garden stores weren’t the varieties that necessarily grew in the area. They were just what customers wanted and would buy.

If you can grow healthy seedlings and they represent varieties that actually grow in your part of town, not necessarily the grow zones, which can be very generalized. I’d love to buy tomato seedlings, for example, that do well in my shady backyard and humid climate.

3. Sell your garden design services

Not everyone has the knowledge and skills to plan a well-organized garden that takes advantage of the movement of the sun, microclimates, water sources, and the specific varieties of plants that will do well there. If you’re an experienced gardener, bonus points if you’re an official Master Gardener, you just might have a skill that people will be willing to pay for.

About 10 years ago, I befriended a woman who sold produce at a farmer’s market, along with her homemade soaps, and she told me that her garden had been designed by 2 master gardeners. In Phoenix gardening circles, this couple was well known, I guess. I never forgot that conversation because every year when I looked at my own meager harvest, I thought about how nice it would be to hire pros to come and design a foolproof garden.

4. Offer your homegrown, organic produce as a delivery service

Does your garden grow way more food than you and your family can eat? If so, consider starting your own food delivery company, offering a weekly or biweekly basket of fruit, veggies, and herbs to paying customers. If you raise chickens, you could possibly add a dozen fresh eggs as well.

One similar service that I know of has a website that is updated weekly so customers know what to expect in their next basket. In fact, when I filmed this video promo for World War Z, we used that same garden and kitchen for the set. As you’ll see, it’s gorgeous and is a nice side business as well.

5. Teach gardening classes to homeschoolers

As a long-time homeschooling mom, I have paid for all different types of lessons and experiences over the years, including archery, rifle camp, and etiquette lessons. If there’s one thing I know about homeschoolers, it’s that they are constantly looking for learning opportunities for their kids.

Just this past spring, I paid a mechanic $140 so my 2 teenagers could work with him on an engine rebuild of an old Toyota Camry. The kids learned the parts of an engine, helped replace the brakes, and did a whole lot more. With your green thumb, maybe you could offer gardening classes to a homeschool group or individual families.

6. Use homegrown herbs to create products for sale

Herbs grow quickly in the right environment. At one point, my basil and rosemary bushes were so large that I could barely grow anything else in my front courtyard. Are your herb plants going crazy? Well, why not begin harvesting and drying them, and then using them as ingredients in homemade beauty products, preserves, and soaps? One friend of mine has been making the most amazing varieties of jellies and jams and often, herbs like lemon balm and mint are the main ingredients. She even makes jams of marigolds and gardenia.

7. Teach classes for a local nursery

People love to learn and if the pro really knows what they’re talking about, they’ll pay for that education. If you have a favorite plant nursery and are known to the owners and managers, that may be a source of income for you if they are willing to have you teach classes for their customers. The beauty of this arrangement is that you are paid for your time by the owners, but inevitably, your students will turn right around and buy plants and gardening products. You can bet on it.

Many people are looking for ways to earn a little extra money. If you happen to have a green thumb and some gardening knowledge, you may be able to grow money on trees, almost literally!

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North Korea ‘Begging For War,’ U.S. Ambassador Says After 6th Nuclear Test

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North Korea ‘Begging For War,’ U.S. Ambassador Says After 6th Nuclear Test

The test of North Korea’s most powerful nuclear weapon ever and claims the nation has a hydrogen bomb mounted on a missile have inched the world closer to war.

War is never something the Unites States wants — we don’t want it now,” Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday. “But our country’s patience is not unlimited. We will defend our allies and our territory.”

North Korea, Haley added, was “begging for war.”

North Korea set off a nuclear blast Sunday that was 16 times more powerful than previous tests, The New York Times reported. That explosion — far more powerful than the atomic bombs that destroyed Nagasaki and Hiroshima during World War II – apparently caused a mountain at the test site to collapse.

It was the rogue country’s sixth nuclear test.

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The test came right after North Korea claimed it had a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), The Guardian reported. An ICBM is theoretically capable of reaching the United States.

“We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea,” U.S. Secretary of Defense and retired General James Mattis told reporters outside the White House. “But as I said, we have many options to do so.”

Mattis added, “We made clear that we have the ability to defend ourselves and our allies, South Korea and Japan, from any attack. And our commitment among the allies is ironclad: Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming.”

Both Mattis and the United Nations Security Council called upon the North Koreans to denuclearize the peninsula.

Asked if he was making plans to attack North Korea, President Trump said Sunday, “We’ll see.”

The U.S. and its allies might not be able to shoot down North Korea’s missiles.

Nonproliferation expert Joshua Pollack wrote in The Guardian that he doubts the anti-missile systems in South Korea would work against an ICBM.

Additionally, the system designed to protect the U.S homeland from ICBMs — the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) — does not work as designed, according to a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

“It is possible that defenses would only buy some time for the US military and its allies at the start of an immensely destructive war,” Pollack wrote.

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Leave a More Powerful Legacy With Genetic Diversity

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In 2002, scientists discovered something unexpected in Southeast Michigan—a beautiful, iridescent green and scarlet insect that had never before been seen in the United States. This is one reason why genetic diversity is so important!

Beautiful, but deadly.

This jeweled beetle had a particular taste for ash trees. Since it was non-native, it had no natural predators here in the United States. And, in the past 14 years, it has destroyed hundreds of millions of U.S. ash trees in nearly 30 states—and threatens the 8 billion+ ash trees that remain.

Now, ash can be used to make tonics and astringents, and it has a few edible properties … but it’s certainly not the most popular cultivar among homesteaders. Not by a long shot.

What ash does provide us with, however, is a really valuable object lesson: This is what can happen to one particular species if the wrong bug or plant disease enters the scene.

It’s why diversity is so important in our food supply. Imagine how history would have changed if potatoes had been just one of many staple crops back in mid-1800s Ireland.

Unfortunately, we’ve come to rely so heavily on centralized agriculture that we’ve forgotten many of the heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties that gardeners used to preserve in their own backyards …

… The varieties that were bred to overcome the challenges of a particular region …

… Or for big, beautiful fruits and stunning flavor …

… Or to withstand long-term storage, like the squash I grow today and keep for use throughout the winter and spring.

Those traits sound good, don’t they? So, where can you get your hands on these seeds today?

The truth is more than a bit horrifying.

Recent studies estimate that, over the last century, we lost as much as 94 percent of our heirloom vegetable varieties.

This loss is largely due to the rise of centralized agriculture, which means people no longer have the same vital need to grow their own food.

But, you and I recognize the truth that we lost more than just vegetables in those 100 years.

We also lost the work of our ancestors’ hands … and significant buffers against our own food insecurity.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, we had 75 percent less plant-based genetic diversity in 2000 than in 1900.

How can we stop this destruction and reclaim the diversity (and security) of our food supply?

Watch this video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground to find out—and to learn how you can leave your own descendants the most powerful legacy of all.

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After you watch, I’d love to know:

What’s your favorite heirloom fruit or vegetable variety?

I can’t wait to hear from you!


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Video: How To Apply A SOFT-T Tourniquet

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The Special Operations Forces Tactical Tourniquet (SOFT-T) is one of the most popular tourniquets made, with many selecting it as their item of choice to control severe extremity bleeding. The SOFT-T is reliable, sturdy, and easy to apply, especially when only one hand is available to the casualty. The US Army Institute of Surgical Research reports a 100% effectiveness rate in stopping hemorrhage.

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Tourniquets like the SOFT-T are used in a life-threatening situation, and its ease of application is a major advantage when no time is available for training purposes. Having said that, it’s important to become acquainted with the use of every item in your medical kit.

The SOFT-T particularly shines during transport, with a screw that that can be fastened to prevent accidental release during the jostling that can occur during evacuation to a modern medical facility or, in a survival scenario, to your sick room or hospital tent.

Here’s Nurse Amy to show you the method of application of the SOFT-T.

For 10 critical principles of tourniquet use, check out her video on the subject here:

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

Amy and Joe Alton

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy


For a review of several popular tourniquets (and much more), check out the 700 page Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way. And don’t forget to fill those holes in your medical supplies by checking out Nurse Amy’s entire line of kits and supplies at You’ll be glad you did.

Just some of our kits and supplies

Just some of our kits and supplies

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Best Books on Fermentation for 2017

It may sound gross, but fermentation is actually among the safest, healthiest way to preserve food, before or after SHTF. Whether you’re already a fan, or a beginner just looking to make your first batch of home-brew, we have found the perfect books to get you started. We have even included some newcomers for 2017. . . Read More

Surviving Prepper’s Digest Volume 2

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I really enjoy writing here at Surviving Prepper. But I also enjoy reading great posts from other prepping web sites around the Internet. Here are some posts I found recently. Please click through to some of these links and explore our the Surviving Prepper’s Digest Volume 2.

8 Lessons Learned From The Great DepressionModern Survival Blog highlights some of the lessons that everyone can learn from the great men and women that survived The Great Depression of the 1920s and 1930s. When you have almost nothing, you can survive with much less.

10 Low Cost Do-It-Yourself Survival Shelters – M.D. Creekmore at The Survivalist Blog has some really great posts on his blog. He has also authored four books that are available on Amazon.

Top Ten Trees For Survival And Wilderness Living – it is always interesting for me to find out about plants that are beneficial for survival. Prepper’s Will did a great article on the subject of trees that can be found all over the world.

5 Steps to Keep Your Apartment Safe While TravelingApartment Prepper does a good job of relaying information from different angles. This post is great for both apartment and home owners. Surviving Prepper covered similar topics in a past post.

Hunting with a Sling ShotKnow Prepare Survive had a great post recently about sling shots. I think a sling shot is great for a bug out bag. Small, light and if you run out of purchased ammo, you can always use small rocks. There are a lot of fancy sling shots on the market right now. But you don’t need anything fancy to kill small game.

I hope that you enjoy these posts as much as I did. Let me know if you find a good post that you think is worth mentioning.

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‘Columbus Day’ Changed To ‘Indigenous People’s Day’

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‘Columbus Day’ Changed To ‘Indigenous People’s Day’

Columbus Day will become Indigenous People’s Day this year in Los Angeles. The city council last week voted to remove the holiday from the official council.

“This gesture of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is a very small step in apologizing and in making amends,” Councilman Mike Bonin said.

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A number of Italian Americans turned out at the meeting to demand that Columbus Day remain as-is, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Bonin and another supporter of the move — Councilman Joe Buscaino — are Italian Americans.

“All of our individual cultures matter,” Buscaino said.

Others agreed.

“We are not creating a racial conflict,” Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said. “We are ending one.”

O’Farrell is a member of the Wyandotte Nation of Native Americans.

“On behalf of the Italian community, we want to celebrate with you,” Ann Potenza, president of Federated Italo-Americans of Southern California, said. “We just don’t want it to be at the expense of Columbus Day.”

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Ideal Bug Out Boat For Preparedness

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Guest post by “Bogan” Boat To Safety. The images of the flooding in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are everywhere in the media these days. They are filled with pictures of boats of one kind or another which are being deployed to get the living to safety, among other tasks. The Cajun Navy and other flotillas are out in force and Bass Pro, among others, has donated boats to the cause. Every imaginable kind of boat seems to be out there ranging from small kayaks to bass boats to air boats to ski boats, speed boats and party

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What I’ve Learned From This Hurricane

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     This has been an event like none other that I have experienced.  I have shared the physical description of what it is like when a Category 4 hits the little Texas coastal town of Rockport. I have showed a couple of pictures and tried to describe the emotional impact it has when you see lives disrupted so violently.
     Now I want to share the spiritual side of it and some of the struggles I’ve had.  I’ve heard beautiful expressions of love and support — and I’ve heard some of the most hate-filled rants about how we Texans deserved it because of our political leanings and/or the refusal of our Senators or Congressmen to support some government funding or another … and now we want the government to come in and rescue us. How can a person be so cold-hearted and callous?  I guess the devil roams the earth looking for ears that will listen to his evil whispers.
     And speaking of the devil, after making several trips with donated supplies, I would return home physically and mentally tired from witnessing the burdens and hardships placed upon these people of modest means. The prospect of dealing with insurance companies, low-interest government loans, and the logistics of all those houses that need to be repaired is mind-shattering.  But what if you don’t live on the beach side of town, or in one of the middle class neighborhoods, where the houses are built more sturdy and repairs are feasible?  What if you live on the poorer side of town, and perhaps don’t even own your small home? What happens if the owners decide not to rebuild, or you are unable to afford your current mortgage plus the government loan needed to make your home habitable?

     Those were the thoughts that would wake me up in the middle of the night, and I felt like I was carrying the weight of all those people who are living in such fear and anxiety.  I recognized that the devil was trying to capture my mind with his negative whispers, and I was struggling to keep my mind focused on the promises of God.  One night I woke up around 3:30 with such dread and despair that I felt like I was buried under blankets of it.  The Enemy kept trying to convince me that this situation was insurmountable; it was too big of a fight.  That some of these families would never be able to overcome the obstacles before them.  I felt defeated.
     Then he tried to add another layer of disquiet to my mind.  There has been a subtle judgment placed upon the Kingdom work we have been called to do in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  People in the damaged community don’t quite know how to take us when they ask what Church we are affiliated with, and we tell them we aren’t with any Church.  It’s almost as if there is an air of suspicion that surrounds us because we don’t possess the legitimacy that a Church group would have, coming in to offer relief.
     Then there are some Church people that also look at us with skeptical hearts, and I’m not sure why.  Do they feel safer participating within the comfortable domain of their Church connections? Or perhaps, are they not comfortable enough in their identities to know that they are to be the image of Christ to everyone they meet, and they don’t need to depend on the Church interrelation to be effective ambassadors of the Kingdom of God? Isn’t there room for us to work side by side in meeting the needs of the poor and afflicted?
      As I laid there, tormented by thoughts of both the overwhelming ruin before us, and the frustration of being judged for our lack of Church affiliation, I felt spiritually oppressed.  But I knew what was happening and I knew it was simply Satan’s way of trying to destroy any hope or faith I had that we were making any difference in advancing the Kingdom in the midst of this catastrophe.  But I stopped and made sure that, in the spirit, my helmet of salvation was securely placed over my mind. Then I told myself, Be still, and know that I am God.  Let me repeat that.  Be still … Be still … and KNOW that I am God.
     And it all came into perspective.  The promises of God are true, and I declared that all of His promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory (2 Corinthians 1:20).  He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, so those people who believe in Him will not have to go through this rebuilding process alone.  And God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for them.  So whatever designs the devil has for using this hurricane to cause evil in the lives of these people, it will eventually become good as they rely on their faith and each other.  There is a purpose to each and every life and this hurricane event is a chance for each person to discover the reason they are on this earth.

     And I think that is why I am beginning to sense a difference in the atmosphere of Rockport.  The streets are beginning to be cleared of debris. Tree branches and limbs are being collected into piles. The Relief Center sponsored by New Beginnings Ministries is feeling like it’s getting its sea legs, and the pervasive smell of panic is being replaced with an atmosphere of ordered chaos.  And I don’t say that cynically.  There will be chaos for some time to come in Rockport, TX — until power is fully restored; street lights are working properly; the debris is collected and removed — but order is now being established to the day, and there is a direction in their lives.  An outsider might not see it, but if you are looking with spiritual eyes, you can discern the small and subtle change, and it smells and feels like victory… and we who love Him, know there is victory in the Lord.
     So, ultimately, what I’ve learned is this — there is no catastrophe big enough to defeat God’s people. I know that this life is full of trials, tribulations, and tragedies. And I can expect the devil to tempt me to doubt God’s presence in the midst of them.  But if I can get still, and look for Him, I will find Him … every time!  This won’t be the last time the Enemy sends a fiery dart to test my mind.  And it won’t be the last time my lack of Church partnership will be scrutinized and judged.  But none of that will deter me from walking my particular [and singular] path in the footsteps of my Savior. We have been called to be servants, and that can sometimes seem a lonely and disparaging road.  But it’s not about us… it’s about those we serve, and pleasing God. And there is nothing the devil can do to stop my resolve to do both.

1 John 3:17-18   “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth”.


Urban Prepping: How To Plan Your Fall Canning

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You have to love autumn. The leaves are changing, the air is cooling down, and the joy of the holiday season is right around the corner.

Fall is also a time to do your canning in preparation for winter. Now, if you live on a farm, you have to harvest what you have and can it, but if you’re an urban prepper who has to buy produce, then you have to plan a little better.

Unlike a farm garden that likely provides months, if not years, of food, urban preppers have to decide how much food will be necessary to get through the winter.

Then they have to decide how much you need to can based on how much space you have, how much money you have to spend on produce, how much time you have, and how much you want to invest in store-bought goods.

Then of course, you have to figure out what’s available.

So, let’s talk a little about what you need to do to optimize your fall canning plan.

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Determine What’s Available

This is the first step that you need to take before making any kind of plans at all. Are you planning on making blueberry pie filling or strawberry jam? If so, you’re out of luck if you’re planning on sourcing your produce locally. Both of those are spring and summer crops and are already done for the season.

Blueberries peak in the spring in Florida, so I can’t find them locally now. Even though strawberries grow in some places as late as November, they’re a summer fruit and peak season for them is May and June, so you may have problems finding them locally. My point is to keep an eye on the seasons for the produce that you want to can.


As awesome as it would be to have unlimited space to store canned goods and unlimited funds to buy the produce, that’s not the reality for most of us. So, we have to decide what you want to can and what you’re willing to buy.

I would suggest making a list of foods that you eat the most during the winter months. Spaghetti, salsa, jalapeno peppers, pickles, vegetable or vegetable beef soup. Apple pies, apple sauce, strawberry jelly. Green beans, chili. Choose what you eat the most. Then decide how often you eat them.

Say you eat spaghetti once a week and there are four people in your family. You need at least a pint, if not a quart, or sauce for each time. It’s easy to figure – do you use the whole jar of Prego when you make spaghetti? If so, you use a quart.

Now, knowing that, go through and organize the foods you eat the most and figure out how much of them you need to get you through three months, six months, and a year.

Now that you know that eat a quart of spaghetti sauce a week, that’s four a month, which means 12 quarts in 3 months, 24 quarts in 6 months, and 48 quarts in a year. Remember that this is planning to eat it every single week. If there’s a pretty decent likelihood that you’ll skip a week here and there, then dial those numbers back by a few jars.

Now do the same with each of your top foods. And don’t forget the apple pie filling. As a matter of fact, include enough to give away few jars at Christmas! J

After you know what and how much you eat, it’s time to do a space analysis. Do you have enough space to store all of that for the amount of time that you want to cover? If not, it’s time to do two things. First, pick the ones that you absolutely want to can.

Maybe you have a favorite peach crisp recipe and store-bought peaches just won’t do. Nor, for that matter, is it easy to find canned peach pie filling. You have to buy canned peaches and it’s just not the same. Maybe you can’t stand the taste of mushy store-bought green beans. Put these must-have items at the top of your list.

Now that you’ve pared down the list, you have two options. You can make enough of those favorite items to get you through till next fall, or you can pick some items off of the non-must-have list to fill in some spaces to get you through a shorter time period. This is a good plan if you’re stocking up for a set amount of time, for instance, you want to have three months of food stockpiled.

Finally, you need to go through the non-essential list and decide which items are cheaper to buy at the store. I do love home-canned green beans, but unless they’re on your must-have list, I’d buy them at the store. It’s cheaper, especially if you use coupons, and it’s more efficient for you. It leaves you time to peel all those apples or blanch the tomatoes.

That’s one of the primary skills that you need to develop as an urban prepper – the value of store-bought over home-canned. You have limited space and, unfortunately, can’t grow thirty tomato plants for $20 like a rural prepper can so you have to take cost into consideration. That’s going to vary by location; for instance, I can buy cheap citrus fruits and strawberries dirt cheap because they’re grown right here.

Most of the non-citrus tree fruits, on the other hand – peaches, apricots, apples, cherries – are crazy expensive because they don’t grow down here.

Personally, I always choose to can tomatoes and apples if I can find them in bulk (sort of) at one of my local farmers markets because tomatoes are versatile – soups, sauces, salsas – and apples are expensive.

I also can entire meals in a jar, including vegetable soup, so that all I have to do is pour it in a pan and heat it up on nights that I don’t feel like cooking. As a matter of fact, a lot of my canned goods are either ready to eat or close enough.


Now that you have an idea of what you want to can and what’s in season, you need to find a source. Honestly, I found my favorite two farmers markets and my U-Pick blueberry/strawberry farm on Facebook and by Googling “farmers markets near me.” A lot of times, you can also find them under community events if you go to your town’s website.

Look around at other towns that are within driving distance. If you live in a city but more rural places are within an easy drive, search those places too. It’s a guarantee that food is going to be cheaper at rural, local farmers markets. And you may find a food co-op, too. Score!

Finally, the best source of organic, safe food is … you. Do some container gardening. You’d be surprised by how many tomatoes you can grow right on your porch or balcony, and strawberry hangers are adorable. Plus, that’s basically free food.

Urban prepping is tough – a lot tougher than being a country prepper. I know, because I’ve been both. I worked harder when I lived on the farm, but I was also in better shape and had a real sense of accomplishment every time I popped open a jar of jam or sliced up a fresh jalapeno pepper for my homemade salsa. And those fresh eggs and milk!

But, that’s not my life right now, so I, like you, do the best I can to eat healthy foods and prepare myself for emergencies given my current living arrangements. And I look at it this way – I’ve learned a ton because I’ve had to be resourceful, and even when I make it back to the country, I won’t be doing things the way I used to! Raised beds, container gardening – yeah, those tricks are going with me for sure!

Good luck with your fall canning and if you have any questions or comments, please share in the comments section below.


This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

Guest Recommended Free On-Line Summit

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Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A contribution from R. Ann Parris. The Prepper Journal hopes the content of the summit recommended here lives up to her expectations, as does she! Also note this starts in just five (5) days.

Free Online Summit & Email Protections

Every year we see more and more free online summits come out. Some are excellent. Some are … not. Most have good nuggets in there somewhere.

This time around, it’s the Self Reliant School hosting one. (I am not affiliated with SRS, nor to my knowledge, with any of its staff or scheduled speakers.) They have 28 speakers on a wide variety of topics running from Sept. 10-Sept. 16.

As usual, you visit a site,, and provide a name and an email – some tips for that later. They send you a “Welcome” email and it usually includes some goodies.

SRS’s “Back to Basics” summit is no different there. This time around the freebies you can download just for signing up are, in PDF format:

  • Day After Disaster (150+ page fiction piece by Sara F. Hathaway, the uncut edition from “The Changing Earth” series; somewhat unique in prepper fiction in that it takes a woman’s perspective – I’ll try to read it tomorrow night)
  • Easy Homemade Crackers
  • Oxygen-Absorber Chart
  • Simple Salad Dressings
  • The Soda Quick Start Guide
  • Tutorials for Homesteaders (It’s actually recipes for sauerkraut, smoking bacon & gouda cheese.)

Several include links to related or additional information within the pdfs.

Videos Released Daily

I prefer the format of this summit to some of the other types. Each day, they’ll provide access to a set of presentations. You have 21 hours to watch those videos, whenever you want. Whether you can pause and back up or skip ahead remains to be seen.

I haven’t seen many of these speakers before, but the topics and faces are largely fresh compared to some of the prepper and homesteading summits in the last few years.

Not being familiar with past presentations of the speakers, I can’t tell you how many or which ones will basically be 15-30 minute advertisements for their books and DVDs sets, etc., but even when there’s self-pumping, there’s regularly good information available, too.

Nor can I tell you how many are going to stay close to topic, which has been an issue with some of the prepper-focused summits in the past, or how much is going to end up being a re-hash of stuff we hear pretty much every summit.

Even so, it’s free. If you also have open internet access, it might be worth giving a listen.

Topics of Interest

I’m doing a quickie TPJ write-up for this instead of just posting it to my forums because some of the presentations are actually topics that I’ve seen come up here as suggestions and questions. Some of those include:

  • “Never Buy Garden Seeds Again – How Our Ancestors Had it Right”
  • “Seed Saving”
  • “How to Plan a Year’s Supply of Food”
  • “Jump Start Your Urban Farm”
  • “Secret Garden of Survival” (This one may be repetitive if you’ve watched others, but it’s really, really, really good if it is what he’s presented before.)
  • “Year Round Gardening” (Season extenders if it holds true to his DVD-book-online course)
  • “Starting a Homestead from Scratch”
  • “DIY Everything” (I suspect this may be about the DIY mindset or basic tools, because that’s a pretty broad topic; if it’s a book or DVD set, I will suspect lots of self-promotion)
  • Intros to mylar bag storage, preservation, & canning
  • Off-the-grid lifestyle challenges and perks
  • Syrup tapping and boiling, farm cheese, bread, & booze among other recipes
  • Intros to homesteading businesses, budgeting, & frugality needs
  • Homestead purchase & setup tips



Put Up Protections

The summit is free. Since it’s free, it will likely include not only the daily emails during the summit, but also several to “many” ad-type emails leading up to it.

They’ll be pushing not only their own sale of the presentations to watch at our leisure (wait until some of us watch to buy – we’ll stick up reviews and an overall “great” or “too much of this is out there for free somewhere to be worth THAT much money”), but probably the sale items offered by sponsors, presenters and people/things the presenters promote.

That’s part of what you get with free summits.

Happily, it’s more free than the “let me send you a free knife” that costs $10-25 to ship and comes with a lifetime of spam that will find you and all of your friends.

Too, there are ways to make these things easier to deal with.

One, set up a “drop” account.

Go with gmail if you like. It’s apparently preferred by the SRS summit’s tech people. I go with Yahoo and Hotmail for “use-and-forget” accounts. I find them faster and easier to set up, and they rarely make me jump through hoops to log in from different devices and locations.

Use an initial, nickname, location, inside joke, or favorite author instead of your actual first and last name. Something like “C Lemmingsrun”, “Four Freestuff”, “H Franklin”, or “My Prp-Ntwkg”.

Write these down somewhere, either physically or keep a little notepad sheet with a running tally of account info, along with the password or a hint to your password – which ideally does not match the password for your actual emails and other accounts.

Two, DON’T link/synch that email to the ones you open and use daily – you’ll just have to wade through stuff you want if you do.

Three, If you email yourself or somebody else from your free-stuff spam-happy email account, delete the contact information later. That way, if it ends up out in the world, you’re not sending crap to everyone you know and yourself.

Keep The Spam Temp

I do have “drop” accounts that have developed somewhat long lifespans, usually for preparedness networking or those free sites. Some of them are solely for initial contact, and if I decide you’re a keeper, you get pushed to a more permanent drop account and updated when I move on.

The biggie though, is that besides stuff like monthly site contests (grabagun, seedsnow, etc.), once a competition or freebie’s time has come and gone, I largely unsubscribe to the site(s). No more email inundation, mass “delete”, easy-peasy.

Yes, some stuff is persistent. Happily, the free email providers I use allow for me to block and-or report persistent problems (unsubscribe first, or you won’t be able to get their stuff from another run).

Then, when I feel like it, I can abandon that drop email account, without it ever having affected my business or personal email accounts or my preparedness networking accounts.


Online Summits & Drawback Mitigation

Online summits do require you to have the bandwidth available for them, which is a bummer. Locations like McD’s, Starbucks, and the public library may work with some, but most of us would only hang out for an hour or two, tops.

Even if you’re not going to “attend” you may want to go ahead and sign up. Eventually they’ll drop the price for the summit for members.

I’ll try to check back here after the first day or two to give a quickie review of “so far” and how much new and useful information is available with that buy-skip roundup later.

That way, you’ll have some feedback to help decide about buying if you just can’t watch it but wanted to.

As I said, this is a new summit and SRS is a new host for me. I don’t know if it’s going to be QA, stay on topic, be sale promotions, or be useful.

I’m not familiar with many of the speakers. I’m likely to go do more research on them to see what they’ve done in the past to help me decide which ones I’ll watch. I’m lucky enough to have a job where I can get hours of listening done, and September is still processing season, so I can pop a device open while I husk, shell, winnow, chop, sweep, wash dishes, and groom animals.

I can already tell you there are presentations I’m likely to skip. They just don’t hold interest for me at my stage. However, I’m likely to keep a notepad open for marking good tips, info to research and regulate the video times, and I usually run some commentary on the preparedness forum where I’m an admin and moderator.

Good or bad, the freebie summits usually have something for everybody, beginner or old hat. (Psst … take no single authority’s word for anything.)

With some five-minute steps ahead of time to keep from being inundated with spam and reminders, we can take advantage of those freebies and good nuggets without having to pull our hair out.

Hope you can catch it and add to the reviews!












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September is National Preparedness Month

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Are you thinking about preparedness this month? September is National Preparedness Month and it’s a big deal for us in the preparedness community. While we always want you to be prepared, this month has a special focus.  Are you preparedness minded? The Back to Basics Summit has FREE presentations from over 25 experts on all aspects of self-reliance. […]

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Why Everyone Should Have a Cash Stash

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This post is by Bernie Carr,   A lot of people no longer use cash and rely on debit or credit cards for all purchases.  I understand using cards is so much more convenient but consider having a set amount of cash on hand to help you get out of a bind. The following article by Donna Freedman, one of my favorite personal finance writers, explains it all: Why You Need a Cash Cache Everyone should have some cash […]

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A Review of OTC Meds for Your Kit

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To recap the medications I believe you should have, unless of course you are allergic to any of the elements, are:   This is a review:

You need medications in suitable form (tablet, chewable or liquid) for each of the persons in your family of the following medications:  These medications are available ” Over the Counter” (OTC) in the US and in Canada.

1.Acetaminophen   (aka tylenol)
2.Aspirin   (Give no aspirin to children without a specific physician’s order, as aspirin products and other salicylates are implicated in something called Reye’s Syndrome which is a devastating illness in children and those under 18.)
3.Loperamide (Imodium AD)  Available OTC in the US and in Canada.
4.Pepto-Bismol  (This is a salicylate, check with your pediatrician as to whether in an emergency, or when he/she is unreachable, whether they wish your child to have pepto-bismol, in view of Reye’s potential)
5.Diphenhydramine  (aka Benadryl)   (Please have in capsular and in liquid form, and in chewable if you have children.
6.Iosat (for all family members)  One source is   I will discuss at length later and
there is detailed information on the site also.
7. Omeprazole     Try to get brown oval tablets rather than capsules because they can be cut in half as needed.
8. Loratadine (aka Claritin, or Alavert) tablets and rapidly dissolving variety also.
     (You may substitute Cetirizine should it be more effective for you.)
9. Ibuprofen 200mg. tablets, and liquid should you have children.  (Clear this drug in advance with your pediatrician)
10.Ipecac syrup
11. Simethicone liquid for children, and capsules or tablets for adults.

You may also wish to add Mucinex tablets.  These are glyceryl guaicolate in Canada, ask your pharmacist for guidance.

 Generic medicines for these supplies are just fine. Try to find meds with expiration dates marked on the package that are as far in the future as possible.  Wal-Mart, because they tend to move a lot of generic product, often has lots of medicines which have an expiration date farthest in the future.

Always keep 30 days ahead on prescription medications if you can, 90 days if you are able..

Of course, OTC and any drug is dangerous to children, and so these need to be packed away or in a locked cabinet that you, the adult can quickly access.
I will speak of these at length in the future.

Revisiting Potassium Iodide in Radiation Emergencies

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   This is a post originally written by me, in 2011.   With Kim Jong Un experimenting with Hydrogen bombs, everyone should consider being in possession of Potassium Iodide, in order to help to protect our thyroid glands.   Please read below.



Potassium Iodide is a salt which when taken in the proper amounts, can block the uptake of radioactive iodine. It is frequently marketed in tablets, under the name of “Iosat”. Administering Iosat can be very beneficial because the thyroid can be quite vulnerable to radioactive iodine in a radiologic emergency, and because this strategy can benefit us in the prevention of later thyroid cancer. It is important to realize that even when properly used and taken as directed by public health officials, that the only organ protected by this practice is the thyroid, therefore evacuation from a contaminated area is always best. Since radioactive iodine has a half life of eight days, rational evacuation of a week or two may be all that is necessary. (Supposing that in this particular emergency, only radioactive iodine is released.) Following a radiologic emergency, a combination of administering potassium iodide tablets to human beings in the target area, coupled with evacuation, even for a week or two, is usually the best course.
Failure to take potassium iodide following a radiologic emergency may result in immediate or long term effects on the thyroid gland. Thyroid cancer, goiters, hypothyroidism, and thyroid growths may occur following untreated exposure to higher levels of radioactive iodine. Since thyroid failure in a child can impact intellect, and thyroid failure in a woman can impact successful reproduction, these are important considerations.
Many of us have chosen to keep an adequate supply of potassium iodide tablets for potential radiologic emergency in advance of such an occurence. This way, we sidestep distribution difficulties in a time in which our governmental and public health authorities will be most occupied. The tablets being sold now, most often have an expiration date of 2017. Those with small children, or with elderly family members may wish to consider buying the liquid preparation of this drug. The liquid version of this drug is said to expire in five years and is marketed as “Thyro-Shield”. In the past, I have purchased thyroid protective medication in advance of a radiologic emergency from the following sources: potassium iodide

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Please know that following the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear reactor disasters in Japan, many sources of potassium iodide are temporarily unavailable, as they help to meet the need in Japan, not only for the Japanese people, but for first responders from other nations as they rush to help. Please rest assured that all sources here in America, will likely restock very quickly thereafter.
Both the dose required is noted on each package, as is the expiration date of each package. These medications should be kept in a cool, dry place. They may be effective beyond their expiration date, but I have replaced them as we approach expiration, in the years that we have kept these in our emergency supplies. I keep the expired tablets, in a plastic bag, marked EXPIRED, and I save them. I save them in the event that in an emergency they could be useful to someone, or in the event that an official veterinary body makes an official recommendation for animals, as at the present time, they have not. Iosat is approved by the FDA for this use and is stockpiled by many arms of the US government.
Potassium Iodate is also marketed for the purpose of blocking radioactive iodine uptake by the thyroid. (One of the brand names is Rad-Block) Presently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) questions whether potassium iodate is as effective at blocking radioactive iodine uptake of the thyroid, as Potassium Iodide is. Therefore, Potassium Iodate is not approved by the FDA, but is in fact, available for sale at a variety of internet sources. The FDA also has voiced concerns regarding a higher potential for side effects from ingesting the Potassium Iodate preparation. Other nations may still stock and sell this in their pharmacies.
I think it is unquestionably wise for every family to invest the sum it would take to provide Potassium Iodide to their family members for a period of a few days, while planning to evacuate following a radiologic emergency. Although a “Dirty Bomb” is generally a local phenomenon, the potential for a nuclear bomb or even fallout from a local nuclear reactor, you may not even know existed in your area, is always possible. Although this does take some planning, reading and forethought, it is one of the easiest disaster preparations a family can make.
Although the news presently seems to indicate that the Japanese nuclear disaster will not adversely impact the contiguous United States, it is not over just yet. The Japanese still have six reactors in close proximity to one another, in tandem with spent nuclear fuel rods which are not yet being optimally cooled. This should be a lesson in the need for preparation for potential radiologic disaster for us all.

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