Maxim 50

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I love folks who push the fringes by coming up with things like ‘arm braces’ and ‘non-AOW/SBS’ shotguns. And now the folks at Silencerco have a suppressed .50 cal rifle that is legal to buy in all 50 states and that you can even order online. The catch? It’s a muzzleloader. (Can you imagine what the inside of that suppressor is going to look like after a few rounds???)

I heartily applaud this ‘outside the box thinking’. I also fully expect some legislation to be forthcoming to stamp this thing down.

For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in all 50 states with SilencerCo’s latest innovation: the integrally suppressed Maxim 50 muzzleloader. In addition, this product can be purchased right now on the web with no regulation (no 4473, no $200 tax stamp, no photographs, and no fingerprints) and be shipped immediately to the customer with few exceptions.

Maxim 50

I love folks who push the fringes by coming up with things like ‘arm braces’ and ‘non-AOW/SBS’ shotguns. And now the folks at Silencerco have a suppressed .50 cal rifle that is legal to buy in all 50 states and that you can even order online. The catch? It’s a muzzleloader. (Can you imagine what the inside of that suppressor is going to look like after a few rounds???)

I heartily applaud this ‘outside the box thinking’. I also fully expect some legislation to be forthcoming to stamp this thing down.

For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in all 50 states with SilencerCo’s latest innovation: the integrally suppressed Maxim 50 muzzleloader. In addition, this product can be purchased right now on the web with no regulation (no 4473, no $200 tax stamp, no photographs, and no fingerprints) and be shipped immediately to the customer with few exceptions.

Maxim 50

I love folks who push the fringes by coming up with things like ‘arm braces’ and ‘non-AOW/SBS’ shotguns. And now the folks at Silencerco have a suppressed .50 cal rifle that is legal to buy in all 50 states and that you can even order online. The catch? It’s a muzzleloader. (Can you imagine what the inside of that suppressor is going to look like after a few rounds???)

I heartily applaud this ‘outside the box thinking’. I also fully expect some legislation to be forthcoming to stamp this thing down.

For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in all 50 states with SilencerCo’s latest innovation: the integrally suppressed Maxim 50 muzzleloader. In addition, this product can be purchased right now on the web with no regulation (no 4473, no $200 tax stamp, no photographs, and no fingerprints) and be shipped immediately to the customer with few exceptions.

27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Write A Book to Show Trump Is Dangerous

This is VERY DRAFT.    The article and a good rebuttal are included, as well as names of 6 of the so called 27 experts.   I am hoping people can put in a half hour or so and dig deeper for more of the authors or for specific links on authors to show their background and actions.

Consider this.   America is now down trodden with mental illness, way over medicated with dangerous stuff that sometimes helps depression, but we also find that mass murderers are very commonly on psychiatric drugs.  

And the whole “Mental Health” industry is OK with this.   Turns a blind eye to it, participates in it, is complicit with the Pharmaceutical industry.    To call most of them “experts” when this obvious huge grievous disservice to the public is being foisted on them, is an insult to “science”. 

But per the snippets we are allowed to see, they are going to, from afar, diagnose the President of the United States, Trump, as

  1. Impulsive
  2. Unbridled and extreme present hedonism
  3. Pathological narcissism
  4. Paranoia taken to an extreme
  5. Sociopathy
  6. “Malignant normality” that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.
  7. Trump is so dangerous, his various insanity are contagious and you can “catch it”

Those are some strong words.    Let’s see what they really mean, at the bottom of this article.

———————————————————————————

stock here: There are battle lines drawn.   It’s the recent 4 decades old push by the Globalists, the Zionists (mostly Jews) who have needed to weaken America and Europe, in order to roll out a One World Government that is much stronger than the UN, even though they use the UN for current purposes.

Lots of smart and caring people get sucked into the diatribe, too.    A pre-disposition to lean one way in thinking, was co-opted by the Globalist cause, and manipulated into a tool further the Centralized World Government control scheme.

So when I saw promotion of this book coming out in October, I figured it would be worth a little expert to look into these “Experts” and see what their backgrounds were.   It was funny that it took little more than 30 minutes to get a pretty clear view and trend.

It’s a “Liberal” thing.    The Liberal “cause” has been co-opted by the Globalists that be.    The liberals don’t realize their role in multi-point strategy to bring America to it’s knees, to eliminate the Constitution, and the resilient, morally grounded, Christian middle class, at least eliminate their financial stability and overall opportunity for action.

So we discuss this article to pre-announce the “book”, quote below.

Then I try to find the names of the 27 contributors.   I found 6.

But right after the book quote below I want to show some critiques of the article (highlighted in red), which were nicely done and eliminated a lot of work that I would have had to do.  

————————————————-

Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump’s impulsivity in terms of “unbridled and extreme present hedonism.” Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the “malignant normality” that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.

His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond.

It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his.

—————————————————

A critique of the article come from many commenters.    But  this short summary with a linked
extended rebuttal caught my eye.

The “offending article” is here.

 https://theindependentwhig.com/2015/11/11/a-response-to-why-are-there-so-few-non-liberals-in-social-psychology-a-closer-look/

These are 6 names of the authors that I could sleuth out so far

Philip Zimbardo

Rosemary Sword

Craig Malkin

Gail Sheehy

Lance Dodes

Robert Jay Lifton

————————————————————————–
Sociopathic

stock here–going to add a few from my studies of sociopathy–

  1. They have a need to lie, they lie even when there is no upside to the lie
  2. No conscience — Makes it hard to use lie spotter techniques because they have no physical reactions to lying.
  3. They love sex, as it help create their ultimate control over their victim.
  • Superficial charm and good intelligence
  • Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
  • Absence of nervousness or neurotic manifestations
  • Unreliability
  • Untruthfulness and insincerity
  • Lack of remorse and shame
  • Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
  • Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
  • Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
  • General poverty in major affective reactions
  • Specific loss of insight
  • Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
  • Fantastic and uninviting behavior with alcohol and sometimes without
  • Suicide threats rarely carried out
  • Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
  • Failure to follow any life plan

pathological-narcissist 

 The bottom line is that a narcissist is completely incapable of love and void of empathy.

This person will never ever ever love you. Any overtures they have made that appear to be love have simply been to get you to admire them.  Yet, because they suffer from feelings of inadequacy, they actually disdain those who admire them. There is NO winning with the narcissist. 
Pathological is usually another word for personality disorder. However, personality disorder is typically established as an official diagnosis. There are many people with personality disorders who have never been diagnosed. And since you shouldn’t go around diagnosing people who don’t subject themselves to it, it’s better to use “pathological.”
The clinical definition is a DSM Axis II personality disorder whereas pathological narcissism is more an observation.

27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Write A Book to Show Trump Is Dangerous

This is VERY DRAFT.    The article and a good rebuttal are included, as well as names of 6 of the so called 27 experts.   I am hoping people can put in a half hour or so and dig deeper for more of the authors or for specific links on authors to show their background and actions.

Consider this.   America is now down trodden with mental illness, way over medicated with dangerous stuff that sometimes helps depression, but we also find that mass murderers are very commonly on psychiatric drugs.  

And the whole “Mental Health” industry is OK with this.   Turns a blind eye to it, participates in it, is complicit with the Pharmaceutical industry.    To call most of them “experts” when this obvious huge grievous disservice to the public is being foisted on them, is an insult to “science”. 

But per the snippets we are allowed to see, they are going to, from afar, diagnose the President of the United States, Trump, as

  1. Impulsive
  2. Unbridled and extreme present hedonism
  3. Pathological narcissism
  4. Paranoia taken to an extreme
  5. Sociopathy
  6. “Malignant normality” that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.
  7. Trump is so dangerous, his various insanity are contagious and you can “catch it”

Those are some strong words.    Let’s see what they really mean, at the bottom of this article.

———————————————————————————

stock here: There are battle lines drawn.   It’s the recent 4 decades old push by the Globalists, the Zionists (mostly Jews) who have needed to weaken America and Europe, in order to roll out a One World Government that is much stronger than the UN, even though they use the UN for current purposes.

Lots of smart and caring people get sucked into the diatribe, too.    A pre-disposition to lean one way in thinking, was co-opted by the Globalist cause, and manipulated into a tool further the Centralized World Government control scheme.

So when I saw promotion of this book coming out in October, I figured it would be worth a little expert to look into these “Experts” and see what their backgrounds were.   It was funny that it took little more than 30 minutes to get a pretty clear view and trend.

It’s a “Liberal” thing.    The Liberal “cause” has been co-opted by the Globalists that be.    The liberals don’t realize their role in multi-point strategy to bring America to it’s knees, to eliminate the Constitution, and the resilient, morally grounded, Christian middle class, at least eliminate their financial stability and overall opportunity for action.

So we discuss this article to pre-announce the “book”, quote below.

Then I try to find the names of the 27 contributors.   I found 6.

But right after the book quote below I want to show some critiques of the article (highlighted in red), which were nicely done and eliminated a lot of work that I would have had to do.  

————————————————-

Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump’s impulsivity in terms of “unbridled and extreme present hedonism.” Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the “malignant normality” that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.

His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond.

It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his.

—————————————————

A critique of the article come from many commenters.    But  this short summary with a linked
extended rebuttal caught my eye.

The “offending article” is here.

 https://theindependentwhig.com/2015/11/11/a-response-to-why-are-there-so-few-non-liberals-in-social-psychology-a-closer-look/

These are 6 names of the authors that I could sleuth out so far

Philip Zimbardo

Rosemary Sword

Craig Malkin

Gail Sheehy

Lance Dodes

Robert Jay Lifton

————————————————————————–
Sociopathic

stock here–going to add a few from my studies of sociopathy–

  1. They have a need to lie, they lie even when there is no upside to the lie
  2. No conscience — Makes it hard to use lie spotter techniques because they have no physical reactions to lying.
  3. They love sex, as it help create their ultimate control over their victim.
  • Superficial charm and good intelligence
  • Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
  • Absence of nervousness or neurotic manifestations
  • Unreliability
  • Untruthfulness and insincerity
  • Lack of remorse and shame
  • Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
  • Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
  • Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
  • General poverty in major affective reactions
  • Specific loss of insight
  • Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
  • Fantastic and uninviting behavior with alcohol and sometimes without
  • Suicide threats rarely carried out
  • Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
  • Failure to follow any life plan

pathological-narcissist 

 The bottom line is that a narcissist is completely incapable of love and void of empathy.

This person will never ever ever love you. Any overtures they have made that appear to be love have simply been to get you to admire them.  Yet, because they suffer from feelings of inadequacy, they actually disdain those who admire them. There is NO winning with the narcissist. 
Pathological is usually another word for personality disorder. However, personality disorder is typically established as an official diagnosis. There are many people with personality disorders who have never been diagnosed. And since you shouldn’t go around diagnosing people who don’t subject themselves to it, it’s better to use “pathological.”
The clinical definition is a DSM Axis II personality disorder whereas pathological narcissism is more an observation.

Trump Warns: U.S. Will ‘Totally Destroy North Korea’ If Forced To Do So

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Trump Warns: U.S. Will ‘Totally Destroy North Korea’

President Donald had some harsh words for North Korea and its dictator, Kim Jong Un, during an official address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.

During a roughly 40-minute speech, Trump: explained why North Korea must be contained, warned that the rogue nation would be destroyed if it doesn’t cooperate, and even called Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man.”

“[The North Korean government] is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing and oppression of countless more,” Trump said. “We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later.

“We saw it in the assassination of the dictator’s brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport. We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies.”

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Trump then turned to North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.  No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.”

Denuclearization, Trump warned, is North Korea’s “only acceptable future.”

“It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior,” Trump added.

Nor was North Korea the only target of Trump.

“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction,” Trump said.

“We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program,” Trump said of Iran.

He also went after one of Iran’s key allies — Syria.

“The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens — even innocent children — shock the conscience of every decent person,” Trump said.

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A Tale Of A Kernal, The Fluffy “General”, And The 4th CONstitutional Convention

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So the other day, a friend tells me about this “Kernal” who is “Legally and Lawfully” in charge of the “California State Militia”. So, being somewhat bored at the time, I go check out his page. To say that I hit the jackpot of the “perpetual moolisha moron meme” (PM3), is an understatement! So many […]

Venezuela’s President Tells Starving Citizens: Eat & Raise Rabbit

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Venezuela’s President Tells Starving Citizens: Eat & Raise Rabbit

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has a unique solution for his nation’s food shortage: rabbit.

In an online video, Maduro told Venezuelans to start raising rabbits for food.

“The first part of Plan Rabbit moves forward,” Maduro said.

“The rabbit isn’t a pet, it’s .. two and a half kilos of meat,” Venezuela’s agriculture minister, Freddy Bernal, added.

Rabbits are a good source of protein and they easily reproduce, Bernal pointed out.

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Rabbit meat is not a normal part of the Venezuelan diet, CNN Money reported. The people of the South American nation mostly view the furry critters as cute pets.

Protein is in short supply in Venezuela because the government has mismanaged the economy and destroyed the food industry. Food is now so expensive and rare that Venezuelans have lost an average of 19 pounds over the past year.

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Food imports have fallen by 61 percent since 2015, a situation that is driving hyperinflation.

Food prices have risen by more than 1,000 percent over the past year, supermarket manager Juan Jose Sousa told CNN Money. In fact, a bottle of Aunt Jemima syrup now costs more than a month’s salary at Venezuela’s minimum wage. The minimum wage in Venezuela is equal to $10 a month in U.S. dollars.

“Pasta, chicken — I also don’t have milk, nor sugar,” a 15-year old shopper told CNN Money. “I don’t know if I have a future in this country.”

Food is plentiful in private supermarkets in Venezuela, but most of the country’s citizens cannot afford to shop at them. Instead, they go to government-run supermarkets, where shelves are empty and food is rationed.

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Venezuela’s President Tells Starving Citizens: Eat & Raise Rabbit

Venezuela’s President Tells Starving Citizens: Eat & Raise Rabbit

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has a unique solution for his nation’s food shortage: rabbit.

In an online video, Maduro told Venezuelans to start raising rabbits for food.

“The first part of Plan Rabbit moves forward,” Maduro said.

“The rabbit isn’t a pet, it’s .. two and a half kilos of meat,” Venezuela’s agriculture minister, Freddy Bernal, added.

Rabbits are a good source of protein and they easily reproduce, Bernal pointed out.

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Rabbit meat is not a normal part of the Venezuelan diet, CNN Money reported. The people of the South American nation mostly view the furry critters as cute pets.

Protein is in short supply in Venezuela because the government has mismanaged the economy and destroyed the food industry. Food is now so expensive and rare that Venezuelans have lost an average of 19 pounds over the past year.

$10 a Month Minimum Wage

Food imports have fallen by 61 percent since 2015, a situation that is driving hyperinflation.

Food prices have risen by more than 1,000 percent over the past year, supermarket manager Juan Jose Sousa told CNN Money. In fact, a bottle of Aunt Jemima syrup now costs more than a month’s salary at Venezuela’s minimum wage. The minimum wage in Venezuela is equal to $10 a month in U.S. dollars.

“Pasta, chicken — I also don’t have milk, nor sugar,” a 15-year old shopper told CNN Money. “I don’t know if I have a future in this country.”

Food is plentiful in private supermarkets in Venezuela, but most of the country’s citizens cannot afford to shop at them. Instead, they go to government-run supermarkets, where shelves are empty and food is rationed.

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The Best Ways To Make Peaches Last Longer

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The Best Ways To Make Peaches Last Longer

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At the height of summer, it’s easy to be seduced by the baskets, bushels and flats full of juicy, fragrant peaches. But what do you do with that many peaches when you get them home? If you’re planning to eat them fresh, the best way to store them depends on how ripe they are.

A perfectly ripe peach is firm but yields slightly to a gentle squeeze; it will also give off that lovely peach smell. And, as with other fruit, ripe peaches should feel heavy for their size. Using this as a guideline, check each of your peaches to determine how to best store them.

Unripe Peaches

Although peaches — like all fruit — continue ripening after being picked, it’s best to avoid those that have any trace of green on their skin and/or are as hard as a baseball. Those peaches likely will not ripen properly.

Peaches that feel more like a tennis ball when squeezed, and that haven’t yet developed that rich peach smell, should be stored at room temperature and allowed to ripen. You can even put them in a sunny spot, as long as it doesn’t get too hot.

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Peaches are best stored stem (or “shoulders”) side down, and not touching. If you have to mound them in a bowl, try not to stack them too deeply.

If you want to ripen your peaches, quickly put them in a brown paper bag and leave them on the counter. Like other fruit, peaches naturally release ethylene gas, which speeds along the ripening process. Ethylene trapped inside the paper bag will be more concentrated and will ripen the fruit more quickly. For even quicker results, place a banana or apple in the bag, too.

Ripe Peaches

Peaches have the most flavor when they’re eaten at room temperature. If you have perfectly ripe peaches that you can eat within a day or two, just leave them on the counter. As above, it’s best to store them stem-side down and not touching.

If you can’t eat them all within a couple of days, store the extras in the fridge. The cool temperatures will slow down the ripening process, and give you about a week before the fruit becomes overripe. Take them out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before eating to enhance their flavor.

If you have a peach that’s already quite soft to the touch, either eat it right away or toss it in the fridge. These peaches will last only a day or two at best, even when refrigerated.

The cool, dry air in refrigerators is hard on peaches, and if they are stored loose in the fridge, they will begin to dehydrate (shrink and get wrinkled skin) within a couple of days. If you expect to refrigerate peaches for more than two days, protect them with a plastic bag. It’s best to poke a few small holes in that bag, though, to allow the peaches to breathe.

If you have too many ripe peaches to eat within a week of refrigeration, it’s time to figure out a way to preserve them. Making peach butter, preserves, fruit leather, or a pie is one way to go, but it’s fairly simple to freeze peaches, as well. Just peel, slice and freeze the slices on a cookie sheet before transferring them to a freezer-safe container or bag. In the depths of winter, you’ll be grateful for the rich flavor of those peaches in ice cream, smoothies or baked goods.

Did you buy a bunch of peaches this summer? If so, what’s your favorite way to make them last longer – even into the winter months?

7 Things I learned from Hurricane Erma

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Dear Fernando,

I live in a condo on the Pinellas County peninsula, west from Tampa across the bay. I have endured three tropical storms and an earth quake since moving here 11 years ago. This was the first storm I had been preparing for since reading your blog. There is no replacement for actual storm conditions to test preparedness so here is what I learned.

1. Do NOT believe the Weather Channel

    They ALWAYS exaggerate their predictions to sow fear and terror. Knowing that once the hurricane hit dry land its force would diminish, so I rode the storm out at my condo unit with no fear and knowing I was prepared. So by the time it hit Tampa it was downgraded to a Tropical Storm. Still fierce and dangerous but no 100 mph winds and no storm surge to flood us. Note; I live 50 ft. above sea level and am not in a flood zone.

Which leads me to the following…

2. Do NOT buy the Crane CC Solar Observer for your emergency radio

    They must have a great copy writer because they sound like the be all end all of portable emergency weather radios. I bought this used for the NOAA Weather broadcasts and solar power and crank power extras and found it almost totally useless! 7 separate channels to find a local broadcast of current NOAA weather info and all I could get was an indiscernible murmur! The AM/FM radio was fair, the solar cells useless in cloud cover and I used the flash light mostly to conserve my iPhone battery as its light was far brighter. I need to do further research on what would be useful in this situation when I’m toally out of power.
    As a side note, I got ALL my storm and weather info from a web site; VentuSky.com. I saw this on a friends cell phone and dialed it in immediately before the storm. It gave me a visual and number read-out by location of wind speed, storm track, temp, waves and just about anything else climate wise. This site really refutes Weather Channel in up-to-the-minute weather data and I use it almost daily. I saw and confirmed my understanding that the storm would die down as it got onto land and decided to stay put and not evacuate.

3. ALWAYS leave some windows open, even a crack, during a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

    This I learned from being an Insurance Adjuster in the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii in 1992. Many homes had roofs totally blown off into the neighboring yards due to keeping all the doors and windows shut. The storm is a low pressure weather phenomena and locking up a building tight creates a high pressure in the dwelling. The roof can’t hold the pressure and it pops off. I am on the bottom floor so I told my upstairs neighbors to kept their kitchen door window open a bit and one of the back bedrooms open a bit. Our building had no problems, but one of the other buildings had the roof blown off and onto the cars parked in front.

4. Just because you had power during the worst of the storm, don’t expect it to be on after

    I had power all through the storm and up until late the next morning Monday the 11th. I am assuming the power company had all the power turned off then to check all the lines before resuming power. Then we got power back in 24 hours but all the other units and surrounding homes and business didn’t get power back until Friday the 15th. I was told that since our building was on a main road that power came on to all the street lights, homes and business first before other areas.
    And it follows that …

5. … with power down, don’t drive at night unless you have to.

    With power down there were no street lights nor traffic signals. In other countries that is standard every-day life but here in the US when you can’t see anything due to pitch black accidents can occur. I had to slow down at intersections as many people ‘assumed’ it was natural to just go through, like they had a green light. The next morning I saw broken glass and plastic at almost every intersection, by then the police had put up temporary stop signs and had traffic officers directing traffic at main intersections.

6. Be smart where you park your car

    Tropical Storms can have 40-50 mph winds with gusts up to 80 mph. That can blow down trees, fences, telephone poles, street lights and communication antenna. I had my car in the condo parking and I somehow lost a head lamp cover! The lamp works fine but is now exposed to the elements. Other condo dwellers are snow birds that come for the Fall-Winter-Spring and leave for summer. They usually have cars wrapped in some canvas and wheels on boards (the summer heat can melt the asphalt and melt the tires and ruin the wheel). Most had the covers were blown off and one under a tree had branches knocking dents in them. The city parking structures were open during the storm and next time that happens is where I’ll keep my vehicle.

7. ALWAYS check your supplies and equipment well before the storm hits

    This goes to most of the above but here is what I did wrong and right.
    As my cell phone battery ran down I tried to charge it with a cigarette lighter charger. IT DIDN’T WORK! It had worked in other cars but Apple can be finicky when it comes to non-standard adaptors.
    My food and water were adequate for a storm like this but I will check if there is anything past its expiration date. I had quart containers of frozen distilled water in my fridge freezer and that kept my perishables quite fresh when the power went off. I would like the 3 months standard you have but with the small space I have getting 90 gallons of water stored will be a challenge.
    I found that the stores and gas stations closed up within 3-6 hours once the state authorities said to evacuate. So once the storm is headed your way you should have already stocked up if you are going to. And we had plenty of warning but I noticed the shelves of water and canned goods went fast a day before the store closed. I shrugged and got what dry food others missed as far as that goes.
    I found I also needed more flash lights. I used to have two small Cree flashes and because they were so small I tended to loose them unless I kept them in my EDC. My near useless radio had at least had some utility.
    Medical supplies, I had enough to get me through but I have a prescription to self catheter 3-4 times a day and if I don’t I can’t control my bladder. I have been slowly increasing my supply every month so that I have 4 weeks in back stock but my target now is   now 3 months. As for anti-bacterial I have one gallon of distilled vinegar and one quart of raw apple cider vinegar. That will kill most pathogens and for the rest I have lots of soap and that with hard scrubbing will handle anything else. I also found small tubes of antibiotic ointment that I carry around in my EDC that has been quite useful.
    The Tampa Bay area is in the sub-topics and one must be aware of that at all times. On top of my regular supplements and cell salts for heat exhaustion I always have some sort of Vitamin C with me for urinary infections . What with cathetering I find that no matter how careful I am cleaning myself before hand, I can sometimes get those urinary infection symptoms and I have found ANY vitamin C taken will clear up symptoms within 30 minutes.

I’m sure some other things will pop up as I get on with my life but I made out Ok and will be better prepared for whatever comes next.

Best,
Mark

7 Things I learned from Hurricane Erma

Dear Fernando,

I live in a condo on the Pinellas County peninsula, west from Tampa across the bay. I have endured three tropical storms and an earth quake since moving here 11 years ago. This was the first storm I had been preparing for since reading your blog. There is no replacement for actual storm conditions to test preparedness so here is what I learned.

1. Do NOT believe the Weather Channel

    They ALWAYS exaggerate their predictions to sow fear and terror. Knowing that once the hurricane hit dry land its force would diminish, so I rode the storm out at my condo unit with no fear and knowing I was prepared. So by the time it hit Tampa it was downgraded to a Tropical Storm. Still fierce and dangerous but no 100 mph winds and no storm surge to flood us. Note; I live 50 ft. above sea level and am not in a flood zone.

Which leads me to the following…

2. Do NOT buy the Crane CC Solar Observer for your emergency radio

    They must have a great copy writer because they sound like the be all end all of portable emergency weather radios. I bought this used for the NOAA Weather broadcasts and solar power and crank power extras and found it almost totally useless! 7 separate channels to find a local broadcast of current NOAA weather info and all I could get was an indiscernible murmur! The AM/FM radio was fair, the solar cells useless in cloud cover and I used the flash light mostly to conserve my iPhone battery as its light was far brighter. I need to do further research on what would be useful in this situation when I’m toally out of power.
    As a side note, I got ALL my storm and weather info from a web site; VentuSky.com. I saw this on a friends cell phone and dialed it in immediately before the storm. It gave me a visual and number read-out by location of wind speed, storm track, temp, waves and just about anything else climate wise. This site really refutes Weather Channel in up-to-the-minute weather data and I use it almost daily. I saw and confirmed my understanding that the storm would die down as it got onto land and decided to stay put and not evacuate.

3. ALWAYS leave some windows open, even a crack, during a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

    This I learned from being an Insurance Adjuster in the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii in 1992. Many homes had roofs totally blown off into the neighboring yards due to keeping all the doors and windows shut. The storm is a low pressure weather phenomena and locking up a building tight creates a high pressure in the dwelling. The roof can’t hold the pressure and it pops off. I am on the bottom floor so I told my upstairs neighbors to kept their kitchen door window open a bit and one of the back bedrooms open a bit. Our building had no problems, but one of the other buildings had the roof blown off and onto the cars parked in front.

4. Just because you had power during the worst of the storm, don’t expect it to be on after

    I had power all through the storm and up until late the next morning Monday the 11th. I am assuming the power company had all the power turned off then to check all the lines before resuming power. Then we got power back in 24 hours but all the other units and surrounding homes and business didn’t get power back until Friday the 15th. I was told that since our building was on a main road that power came on to all the street lights, homes and business first before other areas.
    And it follows that …

5. … with power down, don’t drive at night unless you have to.

    With power down there were no street lights nor traffic signals. In other countries that is standard every-day life but here in the US when you can’t see anything due to pitch black accidents can occur. I had to slow down at intersections as many people ‘assumed’ it was natural to just go through, like they had a green light. The next morning I saw broken glass and plastic at almost every intersection, by then the police had put up temporary stop signs and had traffic officers directing traffic at main intersections.

6. Be smart where you park your car

    Tropical Storms can have 40-50 mph winds with gusts up to 80 mph. That can blow down trees, fences, telephone poles, street lights and communication antenna. I had my car in the condo parking and I somehow lost a head lamp cover! The lamp works fine but is now exposed to the elements. Other condo dwellers are snow birds that come for the Fall-Winter-Spring and leave for summer. They usually have cars wrapped in some canvas and wheels on boards (the summer heat can melt the asphalt and melt the tires and ruin the wheel). Most had the covers were blown off and one under a tree had branches knocking dents in them. The city parking structures were open during the storm and next time that happens is where I’ll keep my vehicle.

7. ALWAYS check your supplies and equipment well before the storm hits

    This goes to most of the above but here is what I did wrong and right.
    As my cell phone battery ran down I tried to charge it with a cigarette lighter charger. IT DIDN’T WORK! It had worked in other cars but Apple can be finicky when it comes to non-standard adaptors.
    My food and water were adequate for a storm like this but I will check if there is anything past its expiration date. I had quart containers of frozen distilled water in my fridge freezer and that kept my perishables quite fresh when the power went off. I would like the 3 months standard you have but with the small space I have getting 90 gallons of water stored will be a challenge.
    I found that the stores and gas stations closed up within 3-6 hours once the state authorities said to evacuate. So once the storm is headed your way you should have already stocked up if you are going to. And we had plenty of warning but I noticed the shelves of water and canned goods went fast a day before the store closed. I shrugged and got what dry food others missed as far as that goes.
    I found I also needed more flash lights. I used to have two small Cree flashes and because they were so small I tended to loose them unless I kept them in my EDC. My near useless radio had at least had some utility.
    Medical supplies, I had enough to get me through but I have a prescription to self catheter 3-4 times a day and if I don’t I can’t control my bladder. I have been slowly increasing my supply every month so that I have 4 weeks in back stock but my target now is   now 3 months. As for anti-bacterial I have one gallon of distilled vinegar and one quart of raw apple cider vinegar. That will kill most pathogens and for the rest I have lots of soap and that with hard scrubbing will handle anything else. I also found small tubes of antibiotic ointment that I carry around in my EDC that has been quite useful.
    The Tampa Bay area is in the sub-topics and one must be aware of that at all times. On top of my regular supplements and cell salts for heat exhaustion I always have some sort of Vitamin C with me for urinary infections . What with cathetering I find that no matter how careful I am cleaning myself before hand, I can sometimes get those urinary infection symptoms and I have found ANY vitamin C taken will clear up symptoms within 30 minutes.

I’m sure some other things will pop up as I get on with my life but I made out Ok and will be better prepared for whatever comes next.

Best,
Mark

Military Nuclear Targets in USA Mainland

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(larger military nuclear targets map image here) I have assembled a map and a list of United States military targets likely to be hit first compared with others. Although there are lots of military installations, the following military nuclear targets logically seem more likely than others to be on primary target lists. I welcome your additional input (so long as it’s not ‘classified’) as this map and list is opinion based on strategic value military centers as well as those which are populous compared to others. If you believe there are additional military nuclear targets that are highly likely to

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Military Nuclear Targets in USA Mainland

(larger military nuclear targets map image here) I have assembled a map and a list of United States military targets likely to be hit first compared with others. Although there are lots of military installations, the following military nuclear targets logically seem more likely than others to be on primary target lists. I welcome your additional input (so long as it’s not ‘classified’) as this map and list is opinion based on strategic value military centers as well as those which are populous compared to others. If you believe there are additional military nuclear targets that are highly likely to

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Concealed Carry 101: What They Didn’t Tell You During Firearm Training

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Concealed Carry 101: What They Didn’t Tell You During Firearm Training

Since 2001, America’s sleepy eyes have slowly been opening to the threats we face each day. In just the last five years, we have watched radical Islam step out from the shadows and murder people with impunity — both in American and Europe.

In many states, you need firearms training to get your concealed carry license. What you never get, though, is training on how to carry that weapon. In fact, I didn’t even get advice on how to carry my weapon. It is truly your responsibility to learn about holsters and positions to carry.

The Discomfort of Ignorance

Many people take to magazines, blogs and YouTube videos to decide how to carry their weapon. Some even are trading their personal comfort for the ability to carry their weapon. Look, it’s 2017; there is no time for bulky, uncomfortable holsters or carrying positions.

Kydex – This hard plastic material makes up many of the new holsters on the market. The material is cheap and strong to protect your trigger.

Leather or nylon – These holsters will take some time to break in, but they can be comfortable, as well. They are effective, but personally I want something sturdy protecting my trigger. I have kids, and I am not a sedentary person.

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Combo – These are very cool designs that offer up the tough plastic protection of the Kydex hull along with a nylon or leather backing.

(There are some great examples of these holsters here.)

12 O’clock, 3 O’clock, 6 O’clock

But it’s not enough simply to have the right holster. You also need to consider where on your body you carry it. Let’s examine the options:

12 o’clock, appendix or front carry – This is a method I hadn’t considered until just recently. The appendix carry offers incredible ease of access. You are merely a shirt lift away from grabbing your gun. Many people like appendix for its ability to conceal your weapon in an area most people aren’t expecting. The biggest drawback is not having the ability to bend forward with some types of holsters.

3 o’clock, right hip or 9 o’clock, left hip – This method is most common and probably just comes down to your dominant hand. It offers good mobility. Some people are not a fan because of the possibility of something called printing. Printing is showing the outline of a weapon through your clothes, thus giving away the fact that you are carrying concealed.

6 o’clock, small of your back – To me, this is movie-style carrying. I am a very flexible guy and I still find that this is a very inconvenient way of carrying. With training and muscle memory I am sure it gets easier, but this position is not my cup of tea. That said, many people love it. It puts the gun out of the way and is there when you need it.

Chest carry – If belt carry doesn’t offer you the carry style you like, then look into chest holsters. These strap to your chest and offer access to your gun without a hindrance at the waist.

Leg carry — Some people strap to their thigh or even their calf, depending on the size of the weapon. These can be very effective and unobtrusive methods of carrying concealed.

Off-body carry – If you find that having a gun on your person is too much of a burden or discomfort, consider off-body carry. Over-the-shoulder bags will offer quick access to your weapon. Look for bags that are designed for conceal carry.

You Be the Judge

Unfortunately, many people are stuck carrying a weapon in an uncomfortable way because some guy online told them it’s the best way. There is only one true way to fix your problem, and that is to experiment. Carry in several diverse ways before settling on one concealed carry method.

What is your favorite concealed carry method? Share your tips in the section below:

9 Best Survival Lighters For Survival And Preparedness

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Best Survival LightersI can’t imagine what it was like for the first human beings to harness fire. Their’s no way they fully understood the revolutionary implications. Because they didn’t know it at the time, but harnessing the power of fire changed us forever…

Without fire, there’s no telling where humans might be today. But it’s undeniable that fire has set us ahead of the pack.

It’s put us in a different survival league.

Today, fire remains as essential to our survival as it ever has. We harness fire throughout our modern lives, from heating our homes to powering our vehicles. And fire still holds the keys to our survival.

So without a lighter (or some stormproof matches at the very least), no survival pack or camping bag is complete. It’s a staple of outdoor living and emergency survival.

It’s become such a valuable resource; we’ve figured out how to put this mighty power in the palm of our hand.

Lighters are simple, yet incredible devices that allow us to:

  • Stay warm
  • Cook food
  • Boil (and sterilize) water
  • Illuminate areas
  • Keep predators away

These powers all lie in the simplicity of lighters. Fire equals heat energy, and with a lighter, we can tap into this energy anytime, anywhere!

But you need a lighter you can depend on anytime and anywhere.

Now, cheap conventional lighters do work most of the time. Disposable lighters will make fire. But they’re a terrible choice for survival.

You can’t refill them; they’re not durable or water / wind-resistant.

Disposable lighters serve their primary function, but they’re NOT good enough for serious survivalists – like you and me.

And, as with most cool survival gadgets, the market is now full of much better options. Thousands of new badass flame-makers all claiming to be “the best” or the “highest rated” survival lighters…

So to cut through the smoke and get to the flame of this topic, Skilled Survival decided to find out once and for all, which survival lighters are the best and why…

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What Is A Survival Lighter 


No matter the exact style of lighter you prefer, there are a few common aspects all survival lighters share.

Refillable

Disposable lighters, by definition, are of the use and toss variety.

The goal for the disposable lighter manufacturers is to make a tiny profit on each sale. And they compete by making their product so cheap you buy and toss, buy and toss, over and over again.

But you can’t refill them. Otherwise, you’d keep the lighter and refill it, and the companies would lose money.

So while it’s true you can buy 5 or 10 cheap disposable lighters to a single survival lighter, it’s not worth it in the long run.

Not only are you sacrificing quality and durability but you’re wasting money over time.

With a survival lighter you can ensure your lighter is never empty.

You can top it off before and after every adventure you go on and always keep a near-full lighter on you. Never having to worry about your lighter dying on you in the middle of a trip again!

Plus, you’ll save money over the long haul with refillable lighters. Using a refillable lighter means you’ll buy a can of fuel every few months instead of new lighters all the time.

The cheap nature of the disposable lighter means low quality complements.

Durable

The great outdoors is not kind to cheaply made tools – especially in survival situations. In my younger years, I broke several cheapo lighters scrambling over rocks or dropping them on the trail only to get crunched underfoot.

Knowing your survival lighter can handle outdoor abuse is a major comfort. And since there are lots of durable survival lighters out there, there’s no reason to risk it.

You get what you pay for when it comes to lighters, and durability is a significant survival advantage.

Water Resistant

Water is fire’s ultimate enemy. And the enemy of fire is the enemy of your survival lighter.

If you drop a non-waterproof lighter in the snow, a puddle, or you’re trying to use it in the rain, you’re out of luck. And regular lighters take a long time to dry out and start working once they’re soaking wet.

Wind Resistant

A direct flame is like a torch, whereas an indirect flame is more like a match. Bic lighters use indirect flames, and these can be a real pain when you are in a windy area.

The wind will puff your flame out like it’s nothing.

But a direct flame is less susceptible to blowouts. Making it more efficient to start a fire fast.

Direct flame windproof lighters make far superior survival lighters.

The Best Survival Lighters


The sheer number of survival lighters you can buy is overwhelming. But we’ve whittled the masses down to just nine top-notch survival lighters. Survival lighters we feel stand above from the rest.

They’re all water resistant and durable, and most of them are refillable and use direct flames.

They’ll serve your survival needs well and will become one of your best companions in the wild.

The bottom line is these lighters are dependable and will bring you peace of mind.

1 – The Zippozippo lighter

Zippo lighters are iconic and have been dependable choices since their creation.

They’re small; they’re slick, they’re made of metal (which speaks to their durability). Plus, Zippos come in tens of thousands of colors and designs – some options allow you to choose a personal design.

Their unique chimney design makes them particularly resilient lighters in windy conditions. And their adjustable wick allows users to control the size of the flame.

They’re also waterproof and come with a rare lifetime warranty.

Zippos are a classic lighter and have been a great survival option since the 1930’s. And that’s why they made the top of this list – seniority, and experience.

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However, they do not use a direct flame, nor are they as lightweight as some of the following options…

2 – UCO Stormproof Torch Windproof Lighter

UCO Stormproof Torch LighterThe UCO Stormproof Torch Lighter “emergency survival accessory” has a lot going for it:

  • it’s refillable
  • has a triple jet windproof flame
  • waterproof
  • and adjustable
  • built-in duct tape

It carries enough butane for 700 ignitions, and its striker is guaranteed for 30,000 uses.

But this lighter takes survival one step further, by including 3 feet of built-in survival tape.

UCO Stormproof Torch is more than just an excellent survival lighter; it’s a survival multi-tool.

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3 – Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter

The Windmill Classic Lighter is built for rugged survival. This lighter is second to none when it comes to durability.

It comes with an elastomer armor outer covering for extra protection.

There is a window built into its center so you can track fuel levels. And because it uses a steel wire closure system fitted with an o-ring, it’s watertight and even floats!

The best part, though, is the two-year warranty that comes with buying one of these. So even if you do manage to break this tough little lighter in the first 730 days of using it, you can get it replaced.

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4 – Everstryk Matchpro Lighter

Everstryke Match Pro LighterThis minimalistic butane lighter has a replaceable striker and a replaceable wick. So it can last you indefinitely!

It’s a very simple design – fill the reservoir with lighter fluid, replace the starter, and go.

The lighter case is watertight with a small O-ring as well.

It’s extremely small; a tiny silver tube that fits in the palm of your hand, and comes with a keychain clip.

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5 – AWL All Weather Lighter

AWL All Weather LighterThe AWL All Weather Lighter will light even in heavy winds and high elevations.

When closed, the lighter becomes waterproof as the “O” ring gasket prevents any moisture or water from getting inside the burner.

This is an excellent genuine Windmill lighter worth buying.

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6 – Vertigo Cyclone Torch Lighter

Vertigo Cyclone Torch LighterThis is a durable triple flamed windproof torch lighter.

It has a clear fuel tank so you can easily see how much fuel it has left.

It’s also very lightweight making it easy to stash in your pocket or your bug out bag.

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A highly rated torch lighter at a price point that’s hard to pass up.

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8 – Xikar 9660BK Stratosphere II Lighter

Xikar LighterYou can count on the XIKAR Stratosphere II for high performance in windy or wet conditions. Easy grip rubber body and wind-proof flame.

It also has an easy grip case so it won’t slip out of your hands even in the middle of a torrential downpour.

The Xikar 9660BK also comes with a lanyard hole and a bit of rope to attach it to the outside of your pack if need be.

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9 – Tesla Electric Lighter

tesla lighter-double coilWelcome to the future, where flames have been replaced with electric plasma bolts. That’s right, instead of a flame, this Tesla Electric Lighter uses a battery and the power of electricity to start fires.

The key with this Tesla Lighter is to pair it with a Renegade Solar Charger.

For survival, you should have a tool to generate some power so you can create your own fuel everywhere and anywhere you go.

solar charger

Just use a USB cord to connect your lighter to your Renegade Solar Charger, and you can power your lighter.

Out of fuel? No problem; you’ve got your Renegade!

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Bonus  – The EverStryke Match

EverStryke Match BoxOk, this one is not technically a lighter – but it’s a fantastic refillable fuel based match. What’s the difference?

A lighter has a fixed striker and fuel release to keep a flame. You light a match using a rod or stick and then striking that object against a rough surface.

What I really like about The EverStryke Match is that it’s not a one-time use item like most matches. It’s a fuel container with a reusable matchstick. It’s sort of a lighter/match hybrid in a way.

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The Concept of Fire Starting


Yes, lighters are simple tools. They all use the same fundamental principles: heat, and fuel.

The idea of creating a spark as a flame heat source and fuel to sustain it is an ancient one that’s still harnessed today in modern lighters.

Take the Zippo lighter as an example; it has a canister full of butane and a wick that sticks out of the top. When the striker sparks, the wick ignites. Voila! Fire.

The same idea is achievable even without a lighter. Of course, having a lighter on you makes it much easier to produce a flame but only if you know what you’re doing.

Holding a large hot flame against a water soaked log is futile. So you still need to understand the basic principles of fire starting.

Here’s a rough and dirty guide:

  1. You need to start with a dry, fibrous fuel source called tinder (start with something like dried leaves, dried grass, cotton, or juniper bark, feather sticks, or just tiny branches). You never want to try and light large chunks of wood to start – you have to work your way up to that.
  2. Now put this tinder in a dry location as much out of the wind as possible. While these survival lighters can produce a flame in wind and rain, catching flame to tinder is a whole nother problem in these conditions.
  3. Now before you light your tinder, you need some kindling ready. If you light your tinder and then try to find kindling, you’ll likely come back to expired tinder. Then you’ll have to start over. You want the tinder to immediately start working on the kindling as soon as it’s lite.
  4. Now it’s time to light the tinder. Hold the flame to the tinder until it’s lite. Then move the flame to other parts of the tinder to get another section of it lite. The more places you can get the tinder lite the better chance of moving the flame from the tinder to the kindling.
  5. Finally, once the tinder is flaming, you may want to gently blow some fresh air into the base of the flame. This will provide some extra burst of heat and help get your kindling to catch fire.
  6. If you’ve done this all right, you’ll now have your kindling starting to catch. Now it’s just a matter of adding more kindling and working in some larger logs as well over time.

Easy enough, right? If your experience, this is a no-brainer.

However, you’ve likely learned this from your father, grandfather or a mentor. This isn’t something we know how to do when we’re born. So if you’re a novice fire starter, it can be a challenge, especially in a stressful survival situation.

So practice with your lighters, practice with your stormproof matches, practices with Magnesium Rods, sticks and rocks.

The Final Word


“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” – Dylan Thomas

Do not go unprepared into the night – make sure you’ve got a trusty survival lighter at your side!

Going into an emergency or the wilderness without one is dangerous.

Even if you can make sparks without one, your chances of survival go up when you pack a survival lighter in your bag.

I would recommend getting more than one. Keep one in your Bug Out Bag at all times, keep another in your car, and a third on your person.

That way, no matter where you get stuck in a survival situation, you have got a survival lighter.

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Fire is one of our most important survival resources – which makes survival lighters one of the most important survival tools you can every own. Do not take fire starting lightly.

Did we miss one of your favorite survival lighters? Let us know in the comments below and maybe it’ll get added to the list.

Will Brendza

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5 Tips for Keeping your Empty Premises Secure

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Editors Note: A guest contribution from Dakota Murphey to The Prepper Journal.  While the subject is security for empty buildings it applies to any remote structure, especially a hunting or fishing cabin, a SHTF family compound, and even to remote gardens with structures owned by “city-folks” preppers! And, as always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today

 

Does a disused building really need security? After all, it’s empty – what could possibly go wrong?

The answer is yes! It’s a common misconception that vacant premises don’t need maintenance or security. In many cases, an empty building is more susceptible to damage, criminal activity and hefty insurance claims than an occupied building filled with expensive equipment.

  

Whether you are the business owner or landlord for a residential block, or a commercial or industrial unit, if it’s vacant – or about to become vacant – for any length of time, you need to make sure it’s secure, ASAP.

The 4 Main Risks to an Empty Building:

  • Weather – It doesn’t take much time for the elements to take a toll on a building that isn’t being maintained. Inclement weather can damage its exterior, and if a storm or gale damages the roof or windows, you may find that bad weather causes problems inside, too. Besides, no evidence of activity raises curiosities.
  • Thieves – Any equipment left in an unsecured building is at risk of theft, but even if you’ve emptied everything out, thieves may still break in to steal valuable construction materials, like copper pipes or wires.
  • Vandals – Not everybody will want to steal things; some people just like being destructive. A vacant property is an easy target for vandals to leave waste, break things and cover the walls in graffiti.
  • Trespassing -Trespassing covers a number of threats, from so-called “urban explorers”, breaking in out of curiosity, to those with more sinister intentions. Vacant buildings can be tempting for homeless people looking for shelter, and your building may end up being used as a squat or for illicit activities.

Steps for Keeping a Vacant Property Secure:

  • Secure entrances

When you leave your building, double check that all windows and doors are properly closed and locked. Inspect each frame for gaps or damage, which will make it vulnerable to wind and rain getting in, as well as opportunists looking for the easiest way to get inside.

  

If you don’t expect to be using your building again for some time, consider using a more robust method of securing the windows and doors. Traditional wooden boarding may be cost-effective, but instances have occurred where these have contributed to the blaze of an arson attack, so consider a metal alternative. You can also install steel security doors which make it impossible to access your building without special equipment.

  • Maintain the Exteriors

Bins, palettes and spare construction materials will quickly turn into projectiles in the hands of a vandal, or when picked up by high winds in a storm. Loose items can also be stolen, used to climb over fences and as fuel for an arson attack. Be vigilant, and make sure large objects are secured or stored out of sight.

   

Landscaping may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to maintaining a vacant property, but a little bit of effort is required to keep your premises safe. Keeping pathways clear of debris (and snow and ice in winter) is the responsibility of the building owner, while trimming grass and hedges limits the available habitat for vermin. It also shows recent human activity which tends to make people less prone to mischief.

  • Check the alarms

It’s vital that any business is fitted with a security alarm. A visible alarm system will go a long way to deter trespassers, and by linking it to the local police you can have an immediate response to an incident. Regularly check that it is working properly, and if the system is managed by a third party, be sure to inform them if you will not be using the building for a period of time.

  

The same goes for your fire alarm and sprinkler system. An empty building will still need protection in the event of a fire, so make sure that your pipes and sensors are maintained and functional.

  • Increase passive security

Routine use might mean that there is someone in your building so often that other forms of security fall by the wayside. While dummy cameras are a reasonable deterrent for opportunists, the longer you intend to leave a property vacant, the more you should consider installing operational cameras to record trespassers or criminal activity in your absence.

Making your site physically harder to access is another important precaution, particularly if you have open spaces that may appeal to fly-tippers or travellers. Fencing, secure gates and concrete barriers are all ways to stop an unauthorised person or vehicle from entering your property.

  • Hire active security

If you have valuable equipment or materials stored on your premises, it might be more prudent to hire a professional guard patrol (guard dogs and handlers are also a good option) to ensure trespassers stay away. You can arrange for a guard to check on your building at random times of day (or night), and report back if any unusual activity is detected.

In some cases – particularly where the building is scheduled for future renovation or demolition – registering your building for a guardianship scheme may be a more cost-effective solution. You won’t be able to freely access your building while the guards are present, but having a live-in security option is the most effective against trespassers and squatters taking up residence in the building.

 

Don’t risk your vacant building becoming a liability – take the right steps now and you’ll thank yourself later.

 

 

 

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Homemade Apple Cider Recipe – Ready In Just Minutes!

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Every Autumn, as the weather begins to turn cooler and the apples are ready to be picked from the orchard, we find ourselves buying several gallons of apple cider to enjoy both hot and cold.  Over the years as we

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6 Reasons to Stockpile Blankets

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Have I told you about my collection of Vera Bradley blankets? I discovered these wildly colorful, plush blankets about 4 years ago when I was on a business trip and wanted to splurge on a little something just for me. Well, one blanket quickly turned into 2, 3 and now I believe we own a grand total of 6.

I love blankets and, if I am a hoarder of anything, it would be blankets.

For practical purposes, though, there is no need to buy anything expensive, not when there are always older, maybe even oddly colored, blankets at thrift stores and yard sales. Those cheap blankets can serve many purposes and can easily be tucked into corners until needed.

6 Reasons to Stockpile Blankets via The Survival Mom

You should keep a small stockpile of several blankets on hand, for the following reasons:

  1. Let’s start with the obvious. Blankets keep us warm and in an emergency situation, sitting underneath and on top of blankets when there’s no or little heat can quite literally keep us alive. Having more than enough on hand means we can care for extra people as well – the elderly neighbor, extended family and friends who come to visit.
  2. Keeping a garden is an important part of the homesteading lifestyle and a late spring or early fall frost can destroy our plants quickly.  Keep extra blankets in the garden shed or garage for frost protection. When the weather forecast looks ominous, toss the blankets over sensitive plants to protect them from the damaging effects of a light frost.
  3. Add a pocket to one edge of a quilt and hang it from a tension rod in windows, to add an extra layer of warmth during frigid cold spells. This helps keep the cold out from drafty windows or even just large windows that get cold from sheer size. These window quilts can help keep cold out and heat in, helping us use less wood or other forms of heat energy. Believe it or not, our first winter in Texas was freezing cold — Texas not being known for cold weather, I know. The only way we could keep the frigid January air out of our master bedroom was to hang a heavy, plush blanket over the sliding glass door.
  4. 6 Reasons to Stockpile Blankets - The Survival MomUse them as makeshift beds. A few blankets piled on a floor add padding and a slightly more comfortable sleeping space. It’s not as comfortable as a bed, but for extra guests in an emergency situation, it would be appreciated.
  5. Pets and livestock occasionally need bedding beyond just wood chips or straw, and your spare blankets can be a just as much a lifesaver for them as they are for humans. Keep a pile in the barn or outbuildings specifically for animal bedding. At worst, they get destroyed and can’t be used again, but most likely they can be washed and re-used multiple times.
  6. Receiving blankets and other thin cotton and wool blankets can make great scrap fabric. Hold onto these to repair thicker quilts that get torn or for piecing together larger quilts and throws. Depending on your sewing skill level, they can often be fashioned into coats, pants, pajamas, and more.

To keep your stockpiled blankets in the best possible shape, store them in plastic garbage sacks, space bags, or even plastic tubs to keep them from getting dirty between uses and to protect them from pests like insects or mice, especially when being kept outside. I’ve added cedar balls or small pieces of cedar planking to ward off insects.

Do you have any favorite uses for old blankets?

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Hurricane Maria Could Take Out Power in Puerto Rico Indefinitely and It’s Too Late to Prepare

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It seems like no one can catch a break this hurricane season. Many islands, including the US territory of Puerto Rico, are taking a second hit from Hurricane Maria just … Read the rest

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Even When You Don’t Understand Why …

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     There are times I think the best blog posts are when you share your experiences, and others can identify with your walk with Jesus.  I received the following email, and was struck with the courage and the obedience that this reader exhibited.  I have received permission to share the following experience, and I hope the story inspires you, too.

     This morning I really struggled with going to a “church”, and strongly felt like God guided me to this particular one. [But when] I walked in, it was like a club. Disco lights, fog machine, the drummer was in one of those platform cages that dancers are in at clubs. I struggled the entire time with the desire to get up and leave. 
     There was a clock on the back wall that was a countdown until the service was over. Do you think God wants a countdown clock at His Church?? The sermon was against what I believe, and if I did believe it, I would be in a very bad place. Basically, they believe that when you are at your breaking point you should just wait and eventually Jesus will find you and rescue you. 
     I disagree! Jesus never has to find you, and that’s not His job. You should seek Him out! If I had waited for Him at my breaking point I would probably still be waiting. He’s always there, you just have to find Him. The point is this was a BAD experience.
     So, at the end there was an altar call. By this point, I was just ready to leave. God spoke to me and told me to go pray over one of the prayer leaders. My response, “But God, this is not comfortable. I don’t know her situation and she looks pretty confident up there. How am I supposed to just walk up there and pray for her?!” 
     But I got up, walked down there, and grabbed her hands. I told her, “God told me you needed prayer”, and I prayed with her, as He guided me. I have no idea what I said, but after a few minutes she was bawling and I felt like He was done, so I left. 
     I have NO idea what her life is like and I will never know, but God used me to intervene. I think that is why I was sent to this terrible “church” and why He wouldn’t let me leave. It’s funny how you just never know why you’re in a situation. I feel like most of my steps these days are for a purpose I will never understand. But it was pretty exciting to feel like He used me like He did. I feel like my relationship with Him is strengthening more and more every day.

     How many of you identify with this person?  How many struggle with attending Church because you are not being fed?  How many think you have to leave the Church to do His work?  I can tell you that these are questions that I have asked myself, and I want to make sure you understand that I think the answers and solutions to these questions are different for every person, and the key to getting your answer is to listen to the Holy Spirit.
     For me and my husband, we clearly saw the Spirit leading us in a specific direction of spiritual warfare and deliverance.  We wanted to share these revelations with the Church, but they weren’t interested. So we were instructed to just go do these acts of service for the Kingdom, and He would bring people to us who needed Him.
     In the case of this person, they were instructed to go into the Church and stay for that one hour, with a specific purpose of reaching that one prayer leader.  Then they were released to leave.  Another person might hear they are to stay for years.  My point is, God has a specific purpose for each of us, and can use us in many different ways — and in many different places — to spread His Gospel of the Kingdom.  He has different roles for us to play in the administration of His purposes, and different deeds He wants us to perform.
     We will each have different responsibilities and duties in our walk with Him. And what He has planned for me is probably not going to look like what He has in mind for you.  But the one thing we should all have in common is the willingness to say, “Yes, Lord!” when we are called.  It is fruitless to compare ourselves to each other and how He is using us — and I mean that word “fruitless” in its most pure spiritual sense.  We do not bare fruit for the Kingdom when we are too busy judging others whose journey with Christ doesn’t look like the way we think it should — which usually means it doesn’t mirror our own walk.
     As far as I can tell, once Jesus had finished training up the Twelve Disciples and left them to carry on His work, they each walked a different path from the other Eleven. Yes, they had the advantage of seeing all the various ways that Jesus modeled how the Father wants us to administer His Kingdom on earth, so they weren’t trying to conform to a “one-size-fits-all” framework.  But isn’t it time that we step outside of the cookie-cutter mold of what “a Christian walk” should look like, and celebrate the unique and extraordinary ways He can use each of us?
     I’d like to finish my commentary by saying that whatever situation we find ourselves in — whether in the Church building; in a Home Church; in the line at the grocery story — they are all opportunities to listen for the Holy Spirit’s instruction, and then to be willing to act on it.  We were commissioned to go out into the world, with no restrictions on where the Spirit might take us, or how He might use us.  I pray that Christians will be more sensitive to experiencing the unexpected, the uncommon, and the unfamiliar.  You might find it difficult to comprehend … but Jesus is there, too.

1 Corinthians 3:8-9   “He who plants and he who waters are one [in importance and esteem, working toward the same purpose]; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers [His servants working together]; you are God’s cultivated field [His garden, His vineyard], God’s building”.


Even When You Don’t Understand Why …

     There are times I think the best blog posts are when you share your experiences, and others can identify with your walk with Jesus.  I received the following email, and was struck with the courage and the obedience that this reader exhibited.  I have received permission to share the following experience, and I hope the story inspires you, too.

     This morning I really struggled with going to a “church”, and strongly felt like God guided me to this particular one. [But when] I walked in, it was like a club. Disco lights, fog machine, the drummer was in one of those platform cages that dancers are in at clubs. I struggled the entire time with the desire to get up and leave. 
     There was a clock on the back wall that was a countdown until the service was over. Do you think God wants a countdown clock at His Church?? The sermon was against what I believe, and if I did believe it, I would be in a very bad place. Basically, they believe that when you are at your breaking point you should just wait and eventually Jesus will find you and rescue you. 
     I disagree! Jesus never has to find you, and that’s not His job. You should seek Him out! If I had waited for Him at my breaking point I would probably still be waiting. He’s always there, you just have to find Him. The point is this was a BAD experience.
     So, at the end there was an altar call. By this point, I was just ready to leave. God spoke to me and told me to go pray over one of the prayer leaders. My response, “But God, this is not comfortable. I don’t know her situation and she looks pretty confident up there. How am I supposed to just walk up there and pray for her?!” 
     But I got up, walked down there, and grabbed her hands. I told her, “God told me you needed prayer”, and I prayed with her, as He guided me. I have no idea what I said, but after a few minutes she was bawling and I felt like He was done, so I left. 
     I have NO idea what her life is like and I will never know, but God used me to intervene. I think that is why I was sent to this terrible “church” and why He wouldn’t let me leave. It’s funny how you just never know why you’re in a situation. I feel like most of my steps these days are for a purpose I will never understand. But it was pretty exciting to feel like He used me like He did. I feel like my relationship with Him is strengthening more and more every day.

     How many of you identify with this person?  How many struggle with attending Church because you are not being fed?  How many think you have to leave the Church to do His work?  I can tell you that these are questions that I have asked myself, and I want to make sure you understand that I think the answers and solutions to these questions are different for every person, and the key to getting your answer is to listen to the Holy Spirit.
     For me and my husband, we clearly saw the Spirit leading us in a specific direction of spiritual warfare and deliverance.  We wanted to share these revelations with the Church, but they weren’t interested. So we were instructed to just go do these acts of service for the Kingdom, and He would bring people to us who needed Him.
     In the case of this person, they were instructed to go into the Church and stay for that one hour, with a specific purpose of reaching that one prayer leader.  Then they were released to leave.  Another person might hear they are to stay for years.  My point is, God has a specific purpose for each of us, and can use us in many different ways — and in many different places — to spread His Gospel of the Kingdom.  He has different roles for us to play in the administration of His purposes, and different deeds He wants us to perform.
     We will each have different responsibilities and duties in our walk with Him. And what He has planned for me is probably not going to look like what He has in mind for you.  But the one thing we should all have in common is the willingness to say, “Yes, Lord!” when we are called.  It is fruitless to compare ourselves to each other and how He is using us — and I mean that word “fruitless” in its most pure spiritual sense.  We do not bare fruit for the Kingdom when we are too busy judging others whose journey with Christ doesn’t look like the way we think it should — which usually means it doesn’t mirror our own walk.
     As far as I can tell, once Jesus had finished training up the Twelve Disciples and left them to carry on His work, they each walked a different path from the other Eleven. Yes, they had the advantage of seeing all the various ways that Jesus modeled how the Father wants us to administer His Kingdom on earth, so they weren’t trying to conform to a “one-size-fits-all” framework.  But isn’t it time that we step outside of the cookie-cutter mold of what “a Christian walk” should look like, and celebrate the unique and extraordinary ways He can use each of us?
     I’d like to finish my commentary by saying that whatever situation we find ourselves in — whether in the Church building; in a Home Church; in the line at the grocery story — they are all opportunities to listen for the Holy Spirit’s instruction, and then to be willing to act on it.  We were commissioned to go out into the world, with no restrictions on where the Spirit might take us, or how He might use us.  I pray that Christians will be more sensitive to experiencing the unexpected, the uncommon, and the unfamiliar.  You might find it difficult to comprehend … but Jesus is there, too.

1 Corinthians 3:8-9   “He who plants and he who waters are one [in importance and esteem, working toward the same purpose]; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers [His servants working together]; you are God’s cultivated field [His garden, His vineyard], God’s building”.


How Many Of These Vintage Skills Do You Know?

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How many of these vintage skills do you know? Could you teach your family members or neighbors how to use those skills? This list is very short but it’s very important to make sure these skills are not lost or forgotten. Some people may call them pioneer skills, some call them vintage skills. It’s kind of like the phrase homesteading or a farm, is there a difference? I have never raised animals to eat on my homestead or plot of land. But I have raised a garden, sewn all of our clothes, lived on a budget, pressure canned food, dehydrated food, and water bathed foods. I cook from scratch and have my whole life. The largest lot we have ever owned was a 1/2 acre, but we produced enough fruits and vegetables to preserve for our family for a year.

I can still remember hearing people tell us we had the biggest garden on the street in every neighborhood we have lived in. It wasn’t for competition, it was for survival and to teach my girls to learn to work. And work, they did. I could not have canned 4-5 bushels of peaches, pears, apples, apricots, spaghetti sauce, and salsa. I also couldn’t have snapped that many green beans or made all that delicious purple grape juice. We made apple pie filling, don’t you love apple pie? These are just a small amount of the items we preserved to feed our family of six. I guess what I am trying to say is, you don’t need 15 acres to be self-reliant, you can do it on much less land. I know the word homesteading has become very popular the last few years, but people my age have been doing these vintage or pioneer skills for over 60 years.

It is not new to some of us, it was a necessity as we raised our families. We did not have food drive-thru’s to pick up dinner. We made dinner at home. We did not have access to all the processed food available to families today. I’m hoping I can help a few families realize they do not need a lot of property to be self-reliant. We did it with a half acre and sometimes less acreage.

We made pancakes from scratch, made homemade cookies ready for the kids when they came home from school. We wanted to pay off our house instead of getting a soda around the corner every day. So, my question today is how can we get people to go back to what we have been doing for years. Here are just a few vintage skills we must teach our kids and grandkids. Ten acres isn’t going to help you much if you don’t know how to use these few limited skills.

Vintage Skills

Gardening:

If you can learn how to save seeds, plant seeds and balance your soil with good organic products you can grow anything, anywhere. Learning how to use different soils found in your particular neighborhood is critical to be successful with growing a garden. I have had many good years and very few years that I couldn’t grow some vegetables in this desert where I live. I had better soil up north, but it’s taken a few years to get this soil where I want it to be the most productive.

Bread Making:

I know there are a lot of people with gluten issues, but try and make sourdough bread or natural yeast bread. Sometimes it’s not the wheat at all but the commercial yeast. Very few people in Europe have any gluten issues because they use zero commercial yeast, only natural yeast. It’s your gut and you must follow what is right for you, but I have families come to my house to get natural yeast and their gluten issues have disappeared.

Sewing/Mending:

vintage

I grew up making my own clothes, so a sewing machine has always been a mainstay in my home. I remember dreaming about owning a Bernina sewing machine one day after I worked at a Bernina shop in Logan, Utah. It took almost 50 years but I finally got one, thanks to the money my mom left me after she died. I will never part with that machine, it means too much to me. I grew up using a Singer machine, even a Singer Treadle machine, then a BabyLock. They were great machines and served me and my family well for many years.

Cooking From Scratch:

If we can teach our kids that a tube that snaps on the counter with premade biscuits is not cooking from scratch, we will win! If we can teach them that vegetables and fruits really are more filling than a drive-through hamburger or chicken nuggets we will win too!

I know, I can hear some of you say “but that’s why I use coupons, they save me money.” In the short term, this may be true, but our health is at stake, I promise. I confess I eat way too much. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream is my favorite. Is my cholesterol, high? Of course, it is and I know better. It’s an addiction, I’m trying to stop, including eating unhealthy food.

Please tell me I’m not alone. How can we teach our kids and grandkids how to make things a white sauce, homemade pizza crust? I’m thinking it’s by example, maybe or maybe not?

Budgets:

I truly believe we need to teach people to budget their money. If they write down what the net is that they bring in and then make a list of expenses that have to be paid, then they are well on their way to forming a family budget. If you have to cut those daily sodas, then stop it. I love Starbucks, but I also want to purchase another car in a year or two. Mark and I live on less than we make, if we can do it so can others. Is it hard, yes it is. But, it’s been a way of life for us. I would rather eat at home, but I also realize I need to splurge to go on a date with Mark from time to time. But I try to use a coupon for a two for one. I tip on the REAL full amount because I know how hard those servers work.

These are simple vintage or pioneer skills anyone can accomplish. We can’t depend on the government to take care of our families. We are responsible for feeding and clothing our families, not the government. I have known families over the years that have been on food stamps for over 15 years now and some still live in low-income housing. They have strong healthy bodies and could raise a garden or find more gainful employment, this needs to stop. I understand if they are going to school or have been out of work for 3-4 months, had some health issues, etc., but not 15 years. It’s become a way of life for them, plus they are teaching their kids that this is acceptable. In my way of thinking it is not. Okay, I will get off my soapbox. We need to teach people these vintage skills at the very least. Please teach these skills or have someone teach you, we will be a better world, I promise!

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How Hurricane Crisis Could Make Trump Look Bad

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The recent one-two punch of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left the country reeling, as any such event does.

But this time, it wasn’t just one such event that struck the country, but two, with a mere eight days between the end of one and landfall of the next. Never before in our nation’s history, has there been so much destruction wrought in such a short amount of time.

In the past, natural disasters of this magnitude have become watershed moments for various presidents.

When Hurricane Katrina nailed New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005, President Bush was lambasted thoroughly in the press for the poor response. Granted, not all of that poor response was his fault or even his administrations. But it happened on his watch, so he got the blame.

Specifically, Bush was blamed because it took three days for any government response to arrive in New Orleans. That’s enough time for people to start dying from the lack of adequate shelter and clean drinking water. Part of that delay was caused by the difficulty of getting through the deadfall trees on the highways, but the biggest part was that FEMA couldn’t move, until the state Governor declared a state of emergency.

 

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The poor press generated by Hurricane Katrina stuck with President Bush until the end of his presidency. It’s even been said that the bad press that Bush received from Hurricane Katrina had a part in President Obama winning the election in November of 2008, as McCain was tainted by simply being in the same political party as Bush.

Seven years after Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, the conflux of two hurricanes, struck the New Jersey seashore, once again destroying homes and leaving people without the basic necessities of life. As with Katriana, FEMA was slow getting their act together; but this time, it couldn’t be blamed on the state’s governor. Rather, it simply demonstrated how inefficient FMEA is.

There are many examples of this, most notably the fact that they didn’t put out requests for bids until two days after the hurricane hit the coast. Considering that the National Hurricane Center had been tracking the storm since it formed off the West-African coast, that was inexcusable.

But the media hushed that up. In fact, President Obama didn’t receive any bad press in the national media.

However, that’s not to say that Hurricane Sandy had no affect on Obama’s presidency; it did. In fact, it had a huge affect. Days before the hurricane hit, Obama was running severely behind in the polls.

But Hurricane Sandy changed all that. Hitting just over a week before the elections, it allowed Obama to look good, as he authorized relief efforts and financial aid to the victims, as well as visiting the area to show his support and concern.

In both cases:

  • The sitting presidents sent aid, petitioned Congress for disaster relief funds, gave speeches and visited the afflicted areas, although Bush delayed his visit to avoid getting in way of relief efforts.
  • People were displaced from their homes, lost property and in some cases lost their lives.
  • Thousands of homes were without electric power, in some cases for as long as seven weeks.
  • FEMA’s efforts at bringing disaster relief were slow and poorly managed. They apparently hadn’t learned much in the intervening seven years.
  • People were digging in dumpsters, trying to find something to eat.

But in one case, the sitting president came out smelling like a rose and in the other, like he had fallen in a septic tank.

What Was the Difference?

The difference was how the media handled the event.

Hurricanes are a big visual event for the media, with lots of good footage and pictures of flooding, general destruction, families in refugee centers and relief workers. People all over the nation are concerned and interested, so they can count on lots of viewers tuning in to see their “exclusive coverage.”

As such, it’s a major opportunity for politicians to make political hay. They get to stand in front of the cameras, talking about how bad it is, how much they support the victims and how much they are personally doing to get those people help.

Spending authorization bills get lots of “pork” projects attached to them, because nobody would dare vote against relief for the victims. For politicians with the right media connections, disasters are a great opportunity all around, too bad about those people who got hurt and lost their homes.

Since the media hated Bush, both for being a Republican and personally, they did everything they could to make him look bad in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But Obama was their fair-haired boy and he could do no wrong in their eyes.

So, as they did throughout his presidency and even during the campaign, they simply ignored anything that might make him look bad, refusing to report it. That left them with lots of good shots of President Obama looking concerned.

Since reality in the 21st Century is defined by televisions, computer monitors and handheld devices, all that most people know, is what the media tells them. This gives the media a huge amount of influence over society, influence that they use for the political benefit of their masters.

With the mainstream media totally sold out to the progressive-liberal left, what the low-information voters are receiving is political propaganda, not anything that even resembles the truth. Fake news has taken over, and the purveyors of that fake news have an agenda that they are trying to fulfill. It doesn’t matter how much they loudly and publically proclaim their innocence and lack of bias, it’s all a lie.

So, How Does this Affect Trump?

Enter President Donald Trump, a true enemy of the media. Trump’s war with the mainstream media has become famous, with neither side backing down. The mainstream media had thrown all their weight behind Hillary Clinton in the presidential race and they lost. Like the rest of those on the left, they don’t know how to handle that, so they’ve doubled down, attacking Trump at every turn.

When Donald Trump and his wife went to Houston, to see the damage and relief efforts for themselves, the media freaked out about the First Lady’s high heel shoes, accusing her of being “out of touch” with the victims, by wearing high heels to go to a flooded region of the country. Of course, they didn’t say anything when she got off of Air Force One, wearing a sensible pair of sneakers. Oops.

You would think that even the media would learn from a mistake like that, but they didn’t.

A few days later, when the Trumps went back to Houston again, we were treated to an instant replay, as the mainstream media once again started a Twitter firestorm about Melania getting on board Air Force One in heels. As with the first time, there was nothing that even vaguely resembled a retraction or apology when she once again got off the airplane in tennies.

That’s it. That’s the coverage that the media gave Donald Trump from Hurricane Harvey. There was nothing about FEMA and their relief efforts. Nothing about Trump’s request for billions in relief funds. There wasn’t even any photos about Trump and his wife helping out at a relief center.

Not even a word about Trump giving one million dollars of his own money to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Rather, they pushed a photo showing Obama feeding the hungry in a shelter, claiming that it was hurricane relief, when it wasn’t.

Such is the objectivity of the media today. Their whole purpose is to make Democrats look good and Republicans look bad. To do so, they hide any good news about Republicans and hide any bad news about Democrats.

Of course, they’re talking into an echo chamber, repeating the same things over and over again; telling their audience how bad Republicans are. But who is that audience? The low-information voters who don’t bother researching anything for themselves and merely repeat whatever Democrat talking points the media tells them to believe.

They apparently haven’t learned yet. Bashing Republicans isn’t going to win them any elections. The Democrat Party doesn’t even have a message anymore. Their supposed “message” is to talk about how bad they think Trump is, based purely on the name calling they’ve been doing. As if name calling is any sort of evidence. Yet apparently they think it is.

But it Doesn’t Stop There!

It’s bad enough to have the mainstream media giving a false narrative and convincing the low-information voters that Trump and the Republican party are bad. But that’s just the foundation level of what they’re doing.

From there it gets even more interesting. Conspiracy theories don’t just exist in the far right of the political spectrum, the far left has their own collection of conspiracy theorists at work.

According to this group of pseudo-scientists and pseudo-political theorists, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are Donald Trump’s fault. Yes folks, our president apparently hates the American people so much, that he’s intentionally trying to ruin their lives and even kill them. He is doing this by hand-crafting hurricanes out of thin air.

One theory holds that Donald Trump ordered cloud seeding to create the hurricanes, using some ultra-secret magic dust, that they can sprinkle in clouds, causing any sort of natural disaster they want.

Cloud seeding does apparently exist, and it’s been done to cause rain during a drought. But there’s a huge difference between causing a little rain to fall on some farmlands, and creating a storm that’s 400 miles across and has winds in excess of 150 miles per hour.

Then there’s the theory of hurricanes being caused by global warming, or “climate change” as it’s called now. The global warming narrative has been debunked so many times now, that it’s not even funny. Yet there are still lots of people who stick to that story, saying that the rest of us are criminal for not accepting “settled science.” Settled? It’s only settled in their warped minds.

Once again, we can go back to the Mayans to disprove that pseudo-science. If global warming caused hurricanes, how could there have been hurricanes in Mesoamerica over 1,000 years ago? How could those hurricanes have continued to exist through the mini ice-age?

Yet the global warming crowd is trying to blame Trump for these hurricanes; not for anything he’s done, which created more warming; but rather for pulling the US out of the Paris accord. Apparently, pulling out of an agreement that wasn’t going to make any discernible difference anyway is enough to cause hurricanes to start attacking our country. I never knew nature could read.

The cause of hurricanes is known. While we are powerless to do anything to stop it, we can see from the recent hurricane activity that the National Hurricane Center is good at predicting the actions of these hurricanes and warning people of what is to come.

No matter how much pseudo-science they invent to try and pin them on Donald Trump, it’s not going to work. The only people who will believe them are those that already hate Trump and are looking for whatever excuse they can find to talk about how bad he is.

Whatever they do and say on politics, you need to be prepared and expect the worse!

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

The Self-Reliant Lifestyle (and how to get it)

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Now is the time when we need to be sure we are moving forward with our own version of a self-reliant lifestyle. What does yours look like? It’s been so crazy in the world lately. We’ve had hurricanes, forest fires, floods, earthquakes, a school shooting and terrorist attacks, all in the last month. While I […]

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