10 Natural, DIY Ways To Rid Your Home Of Flies (And Other Annoying Pests)

10 Natural, DIY Ways To Rid Your Home Of Flies (And Another Annoying Pests)

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Before we get started with the list of natural fly remedies, it’s important to note that you must identify the exact species of fly you’re dealing with before you can get rid of it. You have to know your enemy, right?

The house fly is the most common type of fly. It’s attracted to animal waste, garbage and any kind of decaying matter. You’ll likely see these throughout the year, but most commonly in the warm summer months. Fruit flies, like house flies, are also attracted to garbage, but more commonly like to linger near partially decayed, sweet-smelling fruit (hence the name).

Another common type of fly—that may be rearing its ugly head around this time of the year—is the cluster fly. Cluster flies are lethargic, slow-moving flies that are attracted to warm, sunny places. You’ll likely see them if you have a large, productive garden, as they are parasitic to earthworms. Cluster flies, unlike house flies, do not carry or transmit disease, but are a nuisance to have around.

Other possible—but less common—types of flies include blow flies, flesh flies, drain flies and stable flies. You likely have no need to worry about these species invading your domesticity.

1. Homemade fly strips

Fly strips (or fly tapes) are a great way to get rid of flies, but come with many ugly side effects. The unsightly and messy yellow “goop” that attracts and eventually kills unwanted flies contains chemicals and leaves a disgusting, slimy residue around your house.

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A more natural—and less gross—solution is to create your own fly paper. It is much more attractive and uses non-toxic materials that can be found around the house. To create, cut a brown paper bag into 2-3-inch-wide strips. Dip the strips into a mixture of sugar, honey and water. Then, hang the strips using twine wherever flies like to congregate. If they happen to dry out before they’ve annihilated your fly population, simply spritz them with water.

Less mess, less stress.

2. Apple cider vinegar traps

Apple cider vinegar traps are another way of ridding yourself of unwanted flies. Flies can often be found even in the most spotless of kitchens. Simply place an open bowl of apple cider vinegar, water and dish soap near a trashcan or sink. Within a day or two you will find the bowl swimming with the dead buggers, without endangering food safety or the health of your curious pets.

3. Plants

Besides the obvious Venus fly traps, there are numerous plants that can be grown to naturally lower your fly population. Herbs such as basil, bay laurel, rosemary, lavender, mint and even citronella help to repel flies. Because they have strong scents, flies generally stay away from these multipurpose plants.

Most fly-repelling plants can be grown outside or potted indoors, and several are even perennial. This low-maintenance option will help you season your tomato sauce and maintain a pest-free homestead.

4. Essential oils

If fresh or live herbs don’t work as well as you’d like in your fly-combatting efforts, you can also extract the oils from these plants. Harvest them in the morning after the dew has dried but before the sun has burned off any oils. Place the oils in diffusers or open jars around the house.

Other helpful essential oils include tea tree, eucalyptus and cedar.

5. Plastic water bags

This is probably the easiest and one of the most effective fly remedies. A bag of water serves as a lens and reflects movement. Flies are naturally skittish, and will fly away from the bag out of fear.

Fill a plastic bag with water, and hang wherever you tend to find flies (such as near outdoor trash cans). It should repel the flies before they get a chance to invade your domesticity.

6. Place cloves in citrus

10 Natural, DIY Ways To Rid Your Home Of Flies (And Other Annoying Pests)

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While we tend to like the smell and flavor of cloves, flies absolutely abhor them. Cloves are the most effective against houseflies. As a result, flies will stay away from areas where they are present.

They also hate the fresh smell of citrus, so what you will need to do is take an orange or lemon and cut it in half. Poke about a dozen individual cloves into each half of the citrus. Place the slices on a countertop or other open surface. You will find that your fly population drops dramatically.

7. DIY fly killer spray

If you’re like most people, you hate using chemical-ridden sprays around the house—especially in places where you eat. An easy fly killer alternative is to combine dish soap, Windex, vinegar, and water in a large spray bottle.

This method requires vigilance, as you’ll need to spray the flies as they appear, but after several applications you should find that the amount of flies decreases.

8. Red wine traps

Flies love the sweet smell of red wine. If you place red wine in a bowl with some dish soap or vinegar, they’ll be drawn to the scent of the wine and drown in the liquid.

9. Lure them out with light

Most bugs—including flies—are attracted to light. Darken the room in which you tend to find them by lowering blinds.

You can also place light traps in an attic or other enclosed space that humans typically don’t frequent. Light traps will keep flies out without the application of stinky, toxic chemicals.

10. Get physical

It seems obvious, but if you don’t want flies in your house, don’t invite them in! Take out the trash on a regular basis, and keep trash bins far away from your house. Keep your kitchen tidy and make sure there aren’t any stray crumbs hiding in nooks and crannies. Cover pet food dishes and don’t leave food out on the counter.

Make sure your house is well sealed—cluster flies like to invade in the fall months when they are looking for a place to spend the cold winter months. These pests can find their way into the house through the smallest of spaces, so make sure any air gaps are sealed and holes in window screens are repaired before these buggers become a problem.

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Your Tactical Training Scenario…Someone is Following Me

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Your Tactical Training Scenario…Someone is Following Me Everyday people are put in scenarios just like the one being described in this article. Most important is your ability to stay calm. Beyond that its all about being prepared. Its an alarming fact of reality. It all can go bad for you in an instant. This is …

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Hear Me, My God!

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     The last several days God has gotten ahold of me and literally shook me out of a stupor.  I have been asking for more of Him… desperately wanting to encounter Him as Jesus did.  I’ve been wanting to see evidence of Him in miracles like the Disciples saw; to see a burning in the hearts of my fellow Christians like what happened in Acts, Chapter Two. I KNOW that, as today’s Body of Christ, we are missing so much of what Jesus told us we would experience after He sent His Spirit to us!  I KNOW we are to be having a greater effect on the world; to be seeing a greater intimacy with God and Jesus through the Holy Spirit. I KNOW so much is lacking … in my prayer life; in how I communicate Jesus to a lost world; in how I communicate the power of a Christian life to fellow Believers. I want more of God in my life, and in my community, my state, and my nation! And I’m SO weary of living in a compromised world — I just don’t want to settle for any less than what the Early Church experienced. So how did it all go so wrong, and how do we get it back?
     I’m going to try to relate in this post and the one following, just what God is showing me, and just what He has done in me.  Let me start by asking, how many of our churches preach the message that Jesus is the same Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow — essentially Forever? If He is truly the same, then everything about Him is the same — what He wants for us and what He intended for us to do after He went to the Father. And He gave us a clear model to follow … Himself! He even gave us a model Prayer to pray, yet I’m not sure we haven’t lost the essence of that because it has become almost a mechanical prayer for so many of us.
     I have spent the last week studying and listening to different teachings on Prayer because I want that intimacy that Jesus had with the Father. He knew that whatever He asked for in prayer would be answered because He talked with God and heard [and saw] His Father’s heart. And He did that as a man! It is available to us, too, because Jesus says, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  So why don’t we believe it? Why isn’t our prayer life the source of our power, as it was for Jesus?
     Could it be that we are too wrapped up in ourselves when we pray — that we are only conscious of the need(s) we are asking for, instead of focusing on Who we’re praying to?  I think Jesus believed His prayers would be answered, because He really knew the One He was praying to, and that the model for answered prayer is always Heaven — Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
     But perhaps the biggest failure in our prayer life [and it certainly has been in mine] is the lack of persistence.  I’m sure you’ve heard the teaching on Luke 11:9: And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you … that the tense of those verbs is really “keep on asking”, “keep on knocking”.  But what have we come to believe?  If our prayer isn’t answered right away, then “it must not be God’s will”. But I challenge you to find anywhere in the Bible that Jesus said to someone who came to him [in prayer] for healing or deliverance, “I can’t help you because it is God’s will for you to suffer”.
     Can you discern that His parables of The Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:5-13) and The Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8) are about showing us what our Father is not like? Unlike the Friend, our Father wants to give us everything we ask for. Jesus says, For everyone who keeps on asking [persistently], receives. And unlike the Unjust Judge, our Father won’t delay in giving us justice, if we pray and not give up and lose heart. Here is the question on Jesus’s heart as He told this parable: When the Son of Man comes, will He find [this kind of persistent] faith on the earth?
      So, we must ask ourselves, do we pray once or twice and then give up? Or do we knock until our knuckles are bruised, and ask .. no, shout! … until our voices are hoarse? Are we prepared to never give up until we get the answer we’ve prayed for, crying out to God, “Father, YOU SAID, in Your Word that if I asked in Jesus’s Name, I would receive! We have made a covenant, God! I am trusting in You to respond! And I know, Father, that no answer doesn’t mean this is Your will. You are not like the Unjust Judge or the Friend who doesn’t want to help.  I’m going to pray [like Jesus did], until I see Your Presence in this situation and something happens!”
     But, I fear that we put no more effort into prayer than we do studying our Bible. We have become too casual about our prayer life, instead of depending on prayer the way the Disciples did.  Do you recall that they returned to Jerusalem right after Jesus ascended into Heaven, and prayed for days in the Upper Room, with one accord, while waiting for the promised Holy Spirit?  They gave themselves “continually to prayer” (Acts 6:4), and after Herod had James killed, and Peter was arrested, “fervent and persistent prayer for him was being made to God by the church” (Acts 12:5).
     And why were they so persistent in prayer, and why did Jesus stress that persistence was so important?  Could it be that persistence in prayer changes us?  That God wants to develop and change our hearts so that we will be better suited to “rule and reign” as kings and priests?  Think about it! When that time comes on earth, He is going to need Saints who will be able to persevere and declare His Word into the storms of life; Faithful who won’t give up because they know their authority.
     The bottom line is this … our prayers don’t have to be lengthy and religious, like those of the Pharisees. We just need to be persistent, and don’t stop! But here’s what I want to make sure we all understand … Jesus points out [at the end of the parable about the Friend] that the real reason we should pray persistently is this:  If you, then, being evil [that is, sinful by nature], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!
     When we persist in prayer and seek the Father’s answer until He gives it, we will receive more of Him, namely an outpouring of the Holy Spirit!  Yes, I have been fervently praying for healing, and for miracles, and for His provision — but what I’ve really hungered for is more of Him.  I want to be made more full of God! I want that intimacy with Him that only the Holy Spirit can give me. Because I have come to realize that when my prayers are answered, it is the result of the moving of the Holy Spirit.  In other words, by persisting in prayer, my heart is changed and that moves the heart of God, and the Holy Spirit is involved in both.
     All of this has brought me to this point … I am changing the way I pray.  I am praying boldly; I am knocking loudly and often; I am going to ask until He can no longer ignore me; and I’m going to pray, expecting an encounter with the Holy Spirit … because I know it His good pleasure to answer my prayers and to see how much I’m willing to seek Him. Prayer is an important part of strengthening my relationship with my Father, and it is teaching me to grow my relationship with the Holy Spirit. And it is that process that has become an answer to my most fervent prayers.  More on that in an upcoming post…

Thank you to the teachings on Prayer by Bill Johnson, who helped me to recognize the longings of my heart, and how my prayer life effects my relationship with the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. 

John 16:23-24    In that day you will ask nothing of Me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Hear Me, My God!

     The last several days God has gotten ahold of me and literally shook me out of a stupor.  I have been asking for more of Him… desperately wanting to encounter Him as Jesus did.  I’ve been wanting to see evidence of Him in miracles like the Disciples saw; to see a burning in the hearts of my fellow Christians like what happened in Acts, Chapter Two. I KNOW that, as today’s Body of Christ, we are missing so much of what Jesus told us we would experience after He sent His Spirit to us!  I KNOW we are to be having a greater effect on the world; to be seeing a greater intimacy with God and Jesus through the Holy Spirit. I KNOW so much is lacking … in my prayer life; in how I communicate Jesus to a lost world; in how I communicate the power of a Christian life to fellow Believers. I want more of God in my life, and in my community, my state, and my nation! And I’m SO weary of living in a compromised world — I just don’t want to settle for any less than what the Early Church experienced. So how did it all go so wrong, and how do we get it back?
     I’m going to try to relate in this post and the one following, just what God is showing me, and just what He has done in me.  Let me start by asking, how many of our churches preach the message that Jesus is the same Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow — essentially Forever? If He is truly the same, then everything about Him is the same — what He wants for us and what He intended for us to do after He went to the Father. And He gave us a clear model to follow … Himself! He even gave us a model Prayer to pray, yet I’m not sure we haven’t lost the essence of that because it has become almost a mechanical prayer for so many of us.
     I have spent the last week studying and listening to different teachings on Prayer because I want that intimacy that Jesus had with the Father. He knew that whatever He asked for in prayer would be answered because He talked with God and heard [and saw] His Father’s heart. And He did that as a man! It is available to us, too, because Jesus says, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  So why don’t we believe it? Why isn’t our prayer life the source of our power, as it was for Jesus?
     Could it be that we are too wrapped up in ourselves when we pray — that we are only conscious of the need(s) we are asking for, instead of focusing on Who we’re praying to?  I think Jesus believed His prayers would be answered, because He really knew the One He was praying to, and that the model for answered prayer is always Heaven — Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
     But perhaps the biggest failure in our prayer life [and it certainly has been in mine] is the lack of persistence.  I’m sure you’ve heard the teaching on Luke 11:9: And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you … that the tense of those verbs is really “keep on asking”, “keep on knocking”.  But what have we come to believe?  If our prayer isn’t answered right away, then “it must not be God’s will”. But I challenge you to find anywhere in the Bible that Jesus said to someone who came to him [in prayer] for healing or deliverance, “I can’t help you because it is God’s will for you to suffer”.
     Can you discern that His parables of The Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:5-13) and The Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8) are about showing us what our Father is not like? Unlike the Friend, our Father wants to give us everything we ask for. Jesus says, For everyone who keeps on asking [persistently], receives. And unlike the Unjust Judge, our Father won’t delay in giving us justice, if we pray and not give up and lose heart. Here is the question on Jesus’s heart as He told this parable: When the Son of Man comes, will He find [this kind of persistent] faith on the earth?
      So, we must ask ourselves, do we pray once or twice and then give up? Or do we knock until our knuckles are bruised, and ask .. no, shout! … until our voices are hoarse? Are we prepared to never give up until we get the answer we’ve prayed for, crying out to God, “Father, YOU SAID, in Your Word that if I asked in Jesus’s Name, I would receive! We have made a covenant, God! I am trusting in You to respond! And I know, Father, that no answer doesn’t mean this is Your will. You are not like the Unjust Judge or the Friend who doesn’t want to help.  I’m going to pray [like Jesus did], until I see Your Presence in this situation and something happens!”
     But, I fear that we put no more effort into prayer than we do studying our Bible. We have become too casual about our prayer life, instead of depending on prayer the way the Disciples did.  Do you recall that they returned to Jerusalem right after Jesus ascended into Heaven, and prayed for days in the Upper Room, with one accord, while waiting for the promised Holy Spirit?  They gave themselves “continually to prayer” (Acts 6:4), and after Herod had James killed, and Peter was arrested, “fervent and persistent prayer for him was being made to God by the church” (Acts 12:5).
     And why were they so persistent in prayer, and why did Jesus stress that persistence was so important?  Could it be that persistence in prayer changes us?  That God wants to develop and change our hearts so that we will be better suited to “rule and reign” as kings and priests?  Think about it! When that time comes on earth, He is going to need Saints who will be able to persevere and declare His Word into the storms of life; Faithful who won’t give up because they know their authority.
     The bottom line is this … our prayers don’t have to be lengthy and religious, like those of the Pharisees. We just need to be persistent, and don’t stop! But here’s what I want to make sure we all understand … Jesus points out [at the end of the parable about the Friend] that the real reason we should pray persistently is this:  If you, then, being evil [that is, sinful by nature], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!
     When we persist in prayer and seek the Father’s answer until He gives it, we will receive more of Him, namely an outpouring of the Holy Spirit!  Yes, I have been fervently praying for healing, and for miracles, and for His provision — but what I’ve really hungered for is more of Him.  I want to be made more full of God! I want that intimacy with Him that only the Holy Spirit can give me. Because I have come to realize that when my prayers are answered, it is the result of the moving of the Holy Spirit.  In other words, by persisting in prayer, my heart is changed and that moves the heart of God, and the Holy Spirit is involved in both.
     All of this has brought me to this point … I am changing the way I pray.  I am praying boldly; I am knocking loudly and often; I am going to ask until He can no longer ignore me; and I’m going to pray, expecting an encounter with the Holy Spirit … because I know it His good pleasure to answer my prayers and to see how much I’m willing to seek Him. Prayer is an important part of strengthening my relationship with my Father, and it is teaching me to grow my relationship with the Holy Spirit. And it is that process that has become an answer to my most fervent prayers.  More on that in an upcoming post…

Thank you to the teachings on Prayer by Bill Johnson, who helped me to recognize the longings of my heart, and how my prayer life effects my relationship with the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. 

John 16:23-24    In that day you will ask nothing of Me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

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Tam, over at View From The Porch, has a nice and succinct post about lighting up your target before you light up your target.

“Know your target and what is beyond it” (in one form of this expression or another) is one of the cardinal rules of gun safety. It isn’t even ‘Gun Safety 101’, no, it’s one of the things they drill into your head before they even let you touch a gun at any gun school. If someone ever says they shot someone they didn’t mean to, it’s because they broke this rule. Accidentally shot your kid who was sneaking back into the house late at night? Not an accident. You either knew it was the kid and shot him on purpose or you shot a person before you knew who they were. Thats it…no other explanations. And if you didn’t know if the person was a friendly or not, why did you shoot them?

I have three guns I keep around the house for bumps-in-the-night. The pistol has an old Streamlight mounted on its accessory rail, the other two have SureFire lights mounted on their forends. The notion of shooting at a target whose identity you are unsure of is borderline sociopathic, in my opinion. Having mounted weaponlights gives an excellent tool for dealing with nighttime issues and keeping your hands free. Sure, you can do the old Harries flashlight technique but wouldn’t you rather have both hands on the gun?

In addition, being sorta old school, I also have a big ‘ol MagLight I keep handy.

I am always offended..yes, offended…when people mention they worry about coming by my house unanounced because they worry theyre going to get shot as an intruder. It offends me because they are, basically, implying that I’ll shoot someone without knowing who they are. They are implying that I have crappy target acquisition abilities and lack a grasp of the fundamentals of gun safety.

Anyway, go read Tam’s post. As always, it’s tight, clear writing with good content. Always worth a read.

US Civil War is Coming-Rep Matt Shea-Pt 1

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Washington State Representative Matt Shea is with me today to talk about the escalating conflict between the left and the right in America. He tells us that the two cannot continue to coexist and provides his insight on the coming civil conflict in the US. To learn more, check out Rep Shea’s Patriot Radio Podcast.

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Bakery workers chase knife-wielding thieves out of Brisbane shop

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The legalities of defending yourself, other people & property are in question in Australia. It is illegal to purchase or carry ANYTHING for the sole purpose of self defence. Could these shop workers be charged with a crime? One thief was struck from behind when he was leaving the shop, this too is illegal by Australian law!!! This law needs to be changed. Who is the government protecting, thieves, robbers, murderers, thugs? These laws are NOT protecting law abiding citizens!

Bakery workers chase knife-wielding thieves out of Brisbane shop

The legalities of defending yourself, other people & property are in question in Australia. It is illegal to purchase or carry ANYTHING for the sole purpose of self defence. Could these shop workers be charged with a crime? One thief was struck from behind when he was leaving the shop, this too is illegal by Australian law!!! This law needs to be changed. Who is the government protecting, thieves, robbers, murderers, thugs? These laws are NOT protecting law abiding citizens!

Bakery workers chase knife-wielding thieves out of Brisbane shop

The legalities of defending yourself, other people & property are in question in Australia. It is illegal to purchase or carry ANYTHING for the sole purpose of self defence. Could these shop workers be charged with a crime? One thief was struck from behind when he was leaving the shop, this too is illegal by Australian law!!! This law needs to be changed. Who is the government protecting, thieves, robbers, murderers, thugs? These laws are NOT protecting law abiding citizens!

Why is the Deep State Using Football Knees As It’s Venue?

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Why would black men, some getting paid millions per Football game, want to create controversy, unrest?

My first, not complete thought, was that it was because they are part of the entertainment industry.  

We know the powers that be have bought up the media and the entertainment industry.    You’ll have to do your own Googling to convince yourself of that one way or the other.  

If you aren’t already there in knowledge, AND also not willing to spend 30 minutes in a first step to really understanding what is going on in the world, then running down this rabbit hole with me is not going to be productive.

This latest “fad” is interesting to say the least. This is where we bring in some intuition, common sense, and knowledge of the human animal.

My first theory was that “Patriots like sports”.     I was at the Green Bay / Bengals game at LAMBEAU FIELD!    Seems that every game, they have a fly over by some kick ass Military craft.   What other sport gets that?    Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Kick Ass Military Craft, what could be more American than that?

The JWO (thats my funny term for the Jew World Order a play on New World Order, since 90% of the James Bond Villain class sociopathic arsholes that somehow need to control the whole world are Jews)…the JWO want to degrade American society and stability and pull their control and wealth out of the chaos.    A prime component in creating instability is to divide the country, which they have been doing for years.  

So my first theory, and it still applies, is that they wanted to further divide the sports loving Patriots, and so they came up with the “Disrespect the National Anthem” meme via kneeling, instead of hand over heart.

But that didn’t sit well, well enough.    And I think I have more of the answer now.

After a big Football week and weekend, I was reflecting on how many places, even small colleges have football teams, and how people loved to participate in this type of “battle”.    The Packers whooped up on the Chicago Bears, swinging the long term win loss into the Packers advantage for the first time in 84 years.    Kind of big, one of the greatest rivalries in sports.     Then Northwestern went up against the Badgers, David versus Goliath in a way, Northwestern just has 7000 students, and Wisconsin is over 50,000.   So Football was on my mind.

The level of “love of sports” has always amazed me.    I was an Equipment Coach for Northwestern’s team, as well as actually playing a Big 10 sport myself, which was Waterpolo.    But standing on the sidelines at Northwestern games gave me a sense of the majesty of the game. 

There seems to be some need for people to get “enough fighting”.   Evolutionarily, it makes sense.   If groups of peoples were too peaceful, the competition would be less, extending into reproductive competition also.     Sports lets people play out their need to be part of a fight.    It’s a good relief valve for society, a necessary one.

And Football being the most violent of the organized fighting that we (mostly) all love, is the Battle Royale.    So if some evil James Bond type villains wanted to increase the stress on a society, to increase the need to fight, what could be more perfect than to take away /reduce the efficacy of society’s relief valve?

So the Football Knee to the Groin of America is a “wonderful” one two punch. 

  1. First it pushes the race war thing that has been an essential element of the JWO strategy.   
  2. Second, and maybe more importantly, it can ramp up people’s need to fight outside of sports.

“They” have just not been able to get enough civil strife, civil war by their current tactics. 

What say you?

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Why is the Deep State Using Football Knees As It’s Venue?

Why would black men, some getting paid millions per Football game, want to create controversy, unrest?

My first, not complete thought, was that it was because they are part of the entertainment industry.  

We know the powers that be have bought up the media and the entertainment industry.    You’ll have to do your own Googling to convince yourself of that one way or the other.  

If you aren’t already there in knowledge, AND also not willing to spend 30 minutes in a first step to really understanding what is going on in the world, then running down this rabbit hole with me is not going to be productive.

This latest “fad” is interesting to say the least. This is where we bring in some intuition, common sense, and knowledge of the human animal.

My first theory was that “Patriots like sports”.     I was at the Green Bay / Bengals game at LAMBEAU FIELD!    Seems that every game, they have a fly over by some kick ass Military craft.   What other sport gets that?    Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Kick Ass Military Craft, what could be more American than that?

The JWO (thats my funny term for the Jew World Order a play on New World Order, since 90% of the James Bond Villain class sociopathic arsholes that somehow need to control the whole world are Jews)…the JWO want to degrade American society and stability and pull their control and wealth out of the chaos.    A prime component in creating instability is to divide the country, which they have been doing for years.  

So my first theory, and it still applies, is that they wanted to further divide the sports loving Patriots, and so they came up with the “Disrespect the National Anthem” meme via kneeling, instead of hand over heart.

But that didn’t sit well, well enough.    And I think I have more of the answer now.

After a big Football week and weekend, I was reflecting on how many places, even small colleges have football teams, and how people loved to participate in this type of “battle”.    The Packers whooped up on the Chicago Bears, swinging the long term win loss into the Packers advantage for the first time in 84 years.    Kind of big, one of the greatest rivalries in sports.     Then Northwestern went up against the Badgers, David versus Goliath in a way, Northwestern just has 7000 students, and Wisconsin is over 50,000.   So Football was on my mind.

The level of “love of sports” has always amazed me.    I was an Equipment Coach for Northwestern’s team, as well as actually playing a Big 10 sport myself, which was Waterpolo.    But standing on the sidelines at Northwestern games gave me a sense of the majesty of the game. 

There seems to be some need for people to get “enough fighting”.   Evolutionarily, it makes sense.   If groups of peoples were too peaceful, the competition would be less, extending into reproductive competition also.     Sports lets people play out their need to be part of a fight.    It’s a good relief valve for society, a necessary one.

And Football being the most violent of the organized fighting that we (mostly) all love, is the Battle Royale.    So if some evil James Bond type villains wanted to increase the stress on a society, to increase the need to fight, what could be more perfect than to take away /reduce the efficacy of society’s relief valve?

So the Football Knee to the Groin of America is a “wonderful” one two punch. 

  1. First it pushes the race war thing that has been an essential element of the JWO strategy.   
  2. Second, and maybe more importantly, it can ramp up people’s need to fight outside of sports.

“They” have just not been able to get enough civil strife, civil war by their current tactics. 

What say you?

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What Are The Best Martial Arts for Preppers?

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by Alexander

To even begin to answer this question we must first define a few terms. One, what do we mean by marital arts and two, why would preppers need them? The true meaning of martial arts are those skills that are required by military personnel. This is a very broad category encompassing many, many different skills.

Though sanitation and logistics are extremely useful when trying to keep people alive often times we put those mundane tasks in a different category. After all, civilians do not necessarily need combat skills but will always need sanitation services. What we are referring to when speaking of martial arts are usually combative techniques exclusively, the abilities that allow us to defeat our enemies and keep ourselves free from physical harm.

The very nature of prepping is to keep one both free from harm and continually thriving and surviving. Training in martial arts can be a great asset when someone is required to look after themselves as well as others when faced with adversity or put into a hostile environment. Secondary to self-defense, martial training forges a strong and resilient body, develops a flexible mind, and an indomitable spirit. These attributes, once cultivated, build an individual that little can deter or dominate.

So what arts should the loan prepper or even the prepper family units learn?

There are literally hundreds of martial arts on the planet. Every race and culture has some form of combat and within each said culture there are endless variations and styles. It truly doesn’t matter what you choose as long as it helps you to defend yourself and fight more competently. But for the sake of optimization, there are those skills that will help more than others. Preppers love optimization. It just screams efficiency and more bang for your buck.

A prepper will either be on the move, have shallow roots that can be moved with little effort, or deeply planted. These situations dictate what arts will be better for them. The nomad will be carrying everything with them and will want to travel light. Their combat skills must allow them to remain light, fast, and mobile. They will need greater endurance and stamina. The possibility of being caught in a combat situation and being on foot is greatest for them. Their weapons, ammunition, and resources will be limited. Escape and evasion are crucial to their survival.

The prepper with shallow roots can be afforded greater resources than the nomad but will have the ability to pick up and go without hesitation. Their martial arts should allow them to defend a fixed position as well as be mobile like the nomad. They have the ability to have greater numbers and larger weapons with greater ammunition stockpiles.

The deeply rooted prepper, the ones that bug in, will rely heavily on defending fixed positions. They may have the need to take prisoners and restrain individuals. They will need to gain intelligence on the outside world and keep up with the state of affairs. They will also have the added bonus of having routine surveillance, early warning systems in place, and traps if need be.

When the environment and situations change the skills need to adapt and remain flexible.

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Grappling and Wrestling Arts

It would be wise and quite useful for every prepper to study some form of grappling and wrestling arts. Freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, Russian Sambo, Judo, Jujitsu, and Chinese Shuai Jiao are all great arts that build raw strength and powerful bodies. In these arts the prepper learns leverage, conservation of strength, attacking and defending at the extreme close quarters, and using your opponent’s weight and power against him.

The reason we begin our discussion with grappling and wrestling arts is that they are the easiest to learn. The oldest forms of martial arts recorded were wrestling arts. Humans have been grappling with one another since their beginning. These arts can effectively defend against punches, kicks, and weapon attacks. One trained in wrestling techniques can fight in virtually any condition and on all terrain.

Grappling techniques work on armor clad opponents and can be done when the defender is wear armor. Unlike punching and kicking where the practitioner needs to generate kinetic energy to damage an opponent, grappling arts use leverage to fell the opponent causing them to damage themselves on the ground. A single throw or takedown can fracture bones, rip muscles and tendons, and even render the opponent unconscious. Dropping someone on their head can possibly damage their spine effectively taking them out of the fight.

Grappling techniques are most effective when the environment is close and narrow such as the hallways of a home or the confines of a bathroom. Wrestling makes good use of environmental weapons. These are the edges of cabinets, the corners of tables, and the backs of chairs. All one would need is an aggressive double leg takedown through a table or a body slam into a bathroom sink and the fight would be over. Watch some street fights on YouTube and take note of the effects of a hard body slam or takedown. They are very dangerous techniques.

Statistically the majority of hand to hand combat comes down to winning the grapple. In watching those YouTube street fights note how many of them result in the fighters trying to wrest each other to the ground. The percentage is quite high. Grappling techniques are the only hand to hand techniques that work in low light situations or for people that are blind. There is a saying “the hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.” This may be true but you can still choke out your opponent if and when the need arises.

The down side to grappling and wrestling is that the techniques lose their effectiveness when the number of opponents increases. One person utilizing wrestling techniques against two people is certainly possible. They would essentially use one opponent as a shield or obstruction against the other. However, they must remain on their feet and mobile. If they happen to lose their footing and fall to the ground then they are at the mercy of two people’s feet.

Beyond three opponents and using wrestling techniques is all but useless. Choosing to grapple in this situation is a bad decision and will more than likely result in defeat. Multiple opponents will want to wrestle with you as they can hold you in place while their cohorts beat you senseless. It would be more useful to stay moving and strike them.

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Boxing/Fist Arts

After wrestling, striking with the hands or boxing, is the next oldest form of combat. The hands are faster, more accurate, and relatively easy to train. Training to box the prepper will gain greater stamina, endurance, hand-eye coordination, the ability to protect the head, and vital areas of the torso. Boxing is an effective fighting arts as well as an efficient method of staying in shape for any task survival may require. Boxing requires the practitioner to condition their bodies to handle being struck. This often results in a lean tough body that is armor clad in a sheet of dense muscle.

Boxers are explosive, agile, and quick. These skills can only add to the prepper’s arsenal when they must fight on the run. Not only this but boxing alters the fighters perception. When wrestling the entire body is in contact with the opponent so you are largely getting feedback and information from touch. Your opponent advances and you can feel the pressure so you respond accordingly. Boxing is all in the eyes and it happens split seconds at a time.

Watch the evasive maneuvers of boxers like Mayweather, Rigondeaux, or Pernell Whitaker and you will see what I mean. The speed at which they can read an opponent’s movements, decide what action to take, and execute said action is measured in mili-seconds. True enough these are professional fighters and are top class, but even a basic skill in boxing defense will put you lightyears ahead of those that do not train it.

Again the hands cannot hit what the eyes cannot see and altering your perception with boxing drills will train your eyes. One of the reasons many fail in a fight is their flinch response. For just a moment they reflexively blind themselves by closing their eyes when they are struck at. Watch seasoned fighters in slow motion. They are able to relax and not flinch. This allows them to track incoming strikes and see openings in their opponent’s defense.

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Kickboxing/Muay Thai/San Da

You will always want to train in some form of fist and foot fighting. American kickboxing, Muay Thai from Thailand, San Da from China, or Kyokushin Karate from Japan are all great methods of fist and foot fighting. Training in these arts gives the fighter a strong and tough body like boxing and wrestling, but unlike boxing and wrestling one gains many more weapons. In boxing the hands are the primary weapons, though in street fighting head butts and elbow strikes are used.

In these kickboxing arts one learns to attack and defend using hands, feet, knees, and elbows. Hand-eye coordination will be increased with strike training. Balance will increase with kick training. These arts are invaluable when one aims to learn how to defend against kicking techniques. Though the striking combinations in boxing are faster the combinations in fist-foot arts have the potential to cause a wider range of damage as they allow the fighter to attack more areas of the body.

Where pure boxing techniques fail with an armored opponent kicking techniques can still be useful. Most forms of body armor are weakest at the joints and where striking with the hands may not have enough force to damage them a well-placed kick will be more than sufficient to drive a knee or elbow to destruction. Speaking of body armor, these arts can be made more effective when used in conjunction with armor. Steel toed boots, hard elbow pads, and hard shell knee pads act as force multipliers.

When wearing armor conventional unarmed attacks will be equivalent to blunt weapon attacks. Imagine yourself kicking someone in the stomach with your foot. It would probably knock the wind out of them. It would hurt and maybe even stop their forward momentum. It you kicked them in the shin or another hard bone you would be less likely to cause any significant damage and more likely to bruise you own foot. Now imagine what damage that same kick would do with your foot clad in a heavy boot? With a single blow you could potentially shatter their shin bone and take them out of the fight.

One other beautiful thing about learning to kick is that you can effectively bridge the gap between armed and unarmed combat. With wrestling only short range hand weapons are effective. With boxing or fist fighting the practitioner must either wield a single handed weapon and use the empty hand as a striking fist or wield one weapon in each hand. Single hand weapons are not nearly as powerful as those wielded with two hands. The only problem is that two handed weapons are usually slower.

When the feet come into play as striking weapons the hands are free to focus solely on heavy weapon usage. The quick attacks can be left to the feet and stronger follow up attacks can be made with heavy weapons. In modern day where we fight with firearms both hands can remain in contact with your weapon while you engage an opponent in melee combat.

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Modern Military Combatives

These arts are today’s equivalent of what the classical martial arts were. These arts are very eclectic and purpose driven. What I mean by that is they take into account the enemy they will be engaging, the weapons they will be using, and what support systems, if any, will be in place. These arts include styles like MCMAP (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program), Krav Maga, S.P.E.A.R., and Systema.

These styles have one goal always and that is to destroy the enemy. Through and through these are today’s killing arts. For someone trained in modern combatives survival and mission completion are all that are important. The techniques come from a variety of sources. There is much cross training with nearly everything being based on the combatting of edge weapons and firearms.

These are useful for the prepper because they will learn to defend modern weaponry in realistic situations. The techniques in these systems are developed and tested out on battlefields around the world. You can rest assured that what you learn had been used to defend someone’s life at some point. They tend to completely cast away theoretical techniques that take a high level of skill to perform for those that are simple and have a higher degree of success when under the stress of combat.

Modern army combatives has techniques that take into account that you will have certain weapons in certain places on your person. Most field operating soldiers will have body armor, helmet, a battle rifle, a side arm, and a fixed blade knife. Of course at distances beyond human reach the battle rifle and side arm are relied upon exclusively but in melee range those weapons take on a new dynamic. The operator couples striking and grappling with weapon fighting. A very good and entertaining example of what I am talking about is in the movie John Wick. Get on YouTube and watch a clip of John Wick fighting and you will have a better idea.

These systems have a series of techniques that are very useful when wielding weapons. These are called weapon retention techniques. They are employed in the event someone tries to wrest your weapons away from you. You can turn disadvantage into advantage by capitalizing on your opponent’s attention being taken up by your weapon. While they are grappling with your weapon you are counter attacking with natural body weapons, hands, feet, knees, elbows, or employing secondary weapons, your pistol or knife.

As I stated in the beginning, modern combatives borrow heavily from other arts. They use punches from boxing because they are basic and effective. They use low kicking from styles like wing chun kung fu and muay thai boxing because they are learned quickly and easily employed. They use throws from judo and joint locks from jujitsu but the sport aspect is completely removed as their aim is to break bones. All of this will usually be in conjunction with guns and knives. Remember mission completion is key and your mission is to survive.

Iaijustu/Kenjutsu

Now I know what you are thinking and you are half right. I had a natural progression going from most primitive wrestling to modern combat and now I am hitting reverse and taking it back to feudal Japan. Yes, we can learn many lessons from the arts of the Samurai that are just as valid today as they were hundreds of years back. When I speak of iaijutsu and kenjutsu of course I mean the use of the Japanese sword but I am not leaving out the other arts of war. All schools of bujitsu practiced an assortment of skills along with the sword.

The sword, in fact, was a secondary weapon to the samurai, equivalent to a modern day police officer’s service pistol. The primary weapons of war were the bow and arrow, and the spear. Ask yourself if these tools cold be useful to survival. I am willing to bet the answer is yes. We know for a fact that the bow and the spear are as old as man himself and were the great equalizers when it came to hunting dangerous game. There are those that still hunt deer with bow and arrow as well as those that hunt lion with spears.

Then what of the sword? Training with the sword is more about spirit than actual physical combat. The lessons extend into physical combat indeed but the real jewels are those gained through thousands of repetitions of a single technique. Not only does it train the body but the discipline and determination to train through boredom, discomfort, pain, and frustration are gained through an endless cycle of the same technique or set of techniques. One must be prepared to focus entirely on a single kata for the remainder of his/her life without pause and drive out the urge to want to move onto other material.

Patience is an absolute virtue when it comes to wielding the sword. This has a practical application as well. In the training hall a student may swing a sword ten thousand times to perfect a single cut. But what he/she does after mastery determines if he/she has truly learned anything. Will they move onto new material and begin again trying to master that material? Then what of their other skill? Will they let them mature or grow old? Will they become better and more efficient or will they suffer from neglect? The road to mastery has no end. One learns that like a swimming shark they must keep moving to survive.

In fist fighting a glancing blow can mean something or it can mean nothing. In sword fighting a glancing blow can mean death, dismemberment, or may be crippling. Even the slightest half inch cut can cause one to bleed out. The beauty of training with swords is how well the student learns to guage distance down to the centimeter. The degree of precision and control of an adept swordsman is uncanny. With training and unrelenting practice a student can attain a skill level that would allow him/her to attack an opponent with a killer’s instinct with the intent to strike him down and have the control to stop his/her blade less than an inch from the opponent’s skin.

It is one thing to pull a strike short, miss on purpose, or cut halfheartedly, but it is another matter entirely to project deadly intent and then turn it off at the last minute. The swordsman would need to gain control of their emotions in order to do that. Imagine being enraged near the point of losing your temper and having the emotional discipline to just turn it off and not feel those emotions through sheer will power and control. Training in iaijutsu and kenjutsu you will visit those lessons time and time again.

Shinobi no Jutsu/a.k.a. Ninjutsu

We all have heard of the legendary ninja of ancient Japan, the fearless shadow warriors with near magical abilities. Before you begin to roll your eyes and stop listening I want you to hear me out. Yes, I am still talking about feudal Japan and yes, I know most of our ideas about ninja and their skills come from television. First off forget what you thought you knew about ninja. Half of that stuff is lies and the other half is bullshit. Real ninjutsu is the art of deception.

I don’t want you dressing in all black with a short sword strapped to your back trying to climb up a drain pipe. That would more than likely get you shot. I am talking about having a silver tongue with the ability to travel to any place and blend in with the local populace. I am talking about having natives believe you are a native. I am talking about being so skillful at listening and gathering information that people begin to believe you are clairvoyant.

Simply put the ninja studied and understood people. They understood psychology which is how to many they seemed magical in their abilities. The understood society and how things worked between people at different levels. They understood local customs and curtsies which aided them when they needed to blend in. They understood anatomy which gave them an edge when they had to defend themselves physically.

We are usually too caught up in the romantic fantasy of the ninja to truly take them seriously. The ninja in our minds compared to the real ninja is analogous to James Bond compared to the real spy. James Bond is romantic and sexy but he would have never survived even a single mission in the real world. Real ninja, like modern spies, hid in plain sight, had day jobs, had a wide variety of skills that had absolutely nothing to do with fighting, and were extremely low key. They did not want to draw attention to themselves.

This brings me to their attire. The all black outfit is good for the silver screen but crap for cammo. During the day that outfit would clash with almost every back ground. At night the solid black would absorb all remaining light and create a sort of hole. It would silhouette and ultimately stick out. It may not look like a man but someone would know something was there. True ninja would wear what was expected to be in a given environment.

What you would aim to learn from training in the ninja arts would be stealth. Not just hiding in really acrobatic ways but learning to take advantage of people’s lack of attention to detail. You would learn the tricks to altering your appearance, you speech patterns, and your gait, all of those things that people recognize you by. You would train to speak different dialects and even languages. This would aid in gathering information.

You would learn how to gather information without looking like you are trying to gather information. You would be able to do your own reconnaissance and form plans from the information you gathered. In training you would learn some form of field craft. Ninja were trained as lone operators. They did work in teams from time to time but had the ability to function all on their own. You would learn to be completely self-sufficient.

As far as fighting and self-defense went the ninja had a plethora of skills. Their fighting skills were built upon what their natural inclinations were. There are “ninja fighting techniques,” but the best methods are ones that were natural. This made their training and employment very unique. There was sort of ninja basic training that was conceptual in its practice. All ninja were expected to have some training in the “eighteen skills”:

  • Horsemanship
  • Stick Fighting
  • Battle Tactics
  • Geography
  • Espionage
  • Disguise/Impersonation
  • Escape and Evasion
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Sword Techniques
  • Chain-Sickle Fighting
  • Polearm Fighting
  • Spiritual Refinement
  • Stealth/Infiltration
  • Throwing weapons
  • Spear Fighting
  • Swimming/Water Training
  • Unarmed Combat
  • Meteorology

As you can see there is much to be gained in learning even a fraction of the skills of the ninja. Even training in one of the eighteen skills would make you that much better at survival and that much more difficult to attack. Finding a school of ninjutsu may be difficult but worth it overall. Just remember to focus on growing many different skills and study hard.

CQB (Close Quarter Battle)

Now after visiting the past we shall return to the modern world with modern weapons. So far I have been discussing skills and tactics that are suited for personal protection in single combat. The arts can be used to defend against multiples but only to the degree of getting to safety. Running is the primary method of survival. One against many is something only action stars and the extremely lucky succeed at. Fighting more than one opponent with the goal of beating them you will need to have a team.

When chaos hits the odds will more than likely be stacked in your enemy’s favor. CQB, close quarter battle, also known as CQC, close quarter combat, are techniques designed specifically for combatting multiple aggressors in confined spaces wielding firearms. The idea is that a team uses controlled violence and overwhelming force in a coordinated effort to dispatch an enemy. These techniques were developed and tested in the streets an out on the modern battlefields.

CQB was developed to fight in an urban setting. One schooled in CQB methods is an expert at weapon fighting indoors. They are trained to fight in unconventional environments, up and down stairs, across a living room, and even in a bathroom. They use short range but powerful weapons, submachine guns, shotguns, and pistols. Their main strength is the ability to make buildings safe and clear of physical dangers. They are trained to efficiently and methodically go room by room ensuring that each is clear of opposition.

It is true there is strength in numbers, and more people shooting on your behalf is always a good thing. In spite of what action movies tell us one man with twenty guns is not better than twenty men with one gun each. Having said that, training of those twenty people is necessary. You may find yourself not the lone operator but part of a survival group. Having many armed people shooting in self defense is a lot of lead flying and very dangerous for all parties involved. It would be a sad day to accidentally send one of your own to the hospital or the morgue.

Each team member has a specific job and role which dictates their armaments. Everything they did would have to be coordinated and trained as a unit. They move like a single entity. In these arts there are no lone wolves. The smallest unit is a two man team. No one can watch their own back so they will always have another to cover their blind side. No team is over five members. Any more than five and they run the danger of encumbering one another.

The first person in on the team has the hardest job. He/she will be the one that makes contact with the opposition first. They should have the best body armor if any is available and the hardest hitting weapon. They should be the wielder of the shotgun. There should be someone on the team that is strong enough to get through any obstacles that the team may come across, this means they will break down doors and make holes in walls. They will be the one that has to carry the sledgehammer.

The tactics a team uses are the most important element. Though they have a basic underlying theme they are unique in every situation as the fighting environment continually changes. Keep in mind that armaments have a large part to play when deciding what tactics to use. Pistols are popular but largely underpowered. Shotguns are very powerful up close and can double at a melee weapon but they hold very little ammunition. Submachineguns are not allowed to civilians so we are left to carbines which have a large number of rounds but are still relatively underpowered.

You will learn the strengths and weaknesses of these weapons. You will learn how to use all of them in conjunction with one another. Most importantly you will have gun myths dispelled. You will learn what damage firearms can and cannot do. All that John Woo diving through the air and shooting bullshit, killing a man at one hundred yards with a single pistol round, and blowing pad locks off of doors, you will learn are movie magic.

3-Gun and IDPA (International Defensive Pistol)

Keeping up with the gun fighting theme we will discuss 3-Gun. 3-Gun is a type of shooting competition that uses; you guessed it, three guns. Competitors run through shooting courses wielding an assortment of weapons. The courses they run are both offensive assault type courses and reactionary defensive type courses. IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) is strictly geared toward pistol shooting in a self-defense manner.

The three guns shooters use are rifle, shotgun, and pistol. They shoot both modern and antique style weaponry. There is even a whole sub-genre that caters to the cowboys at heart using old black powder six guns. So there is no limit to the types and classes of weaponry you can compete in. This is a great thing because no matter what you are armed with there is an opportunity to go out and test your skill.

Though there are categories for most weapons the higher level competitors usually favor high capacity semiautomatic guns. Their rifles will more than likely be the very popular AR-15 sporting its thirty round box magazine. The large magazine capacity cuts down on the need to reload and shaves off time which is very important because time and accuracy are the deciding factors of the winner.

The shotguns they use will more than likely be of the semiautomatic variety with an extended magazine tube. Shotguns are very powerful weapons at close ranges. Their only down side is a low shell count. This is over come with a tube extension cutting down on the number of shells a competitor would have to keep thumbing into the tube. Where an off the rack shotgun may have space for four to six shells these competition weapons may have ten or more.

Personally I would recommend a pump action shotgun because it allows a certain degree of control that I like but it is slow in its operation when compared to its semiauto counterparts. Three gun competitors like the semiautomatics because they only need to pull the trigger and the weapon will discharge and cycle fresh rounds into the breech all on its own. This allows them to engage targets faster and speed may be the difference between life and death when the lead starts flying.

The models of pistol vary widely. They are personal and there are almost as many different set ups to go with as there are competitors. Like the rifle and the shotgun the shooters favor high capacity semiautomatics. Again, they choose these for the same reasons, to engage more targets faster with less reloads. There are some that compete with modern combat revolvers but this is usually in its own category as the semiauto pistols would always have the advantage.

In the competitions there are no enemies to fire back at you so the stopping power of your weapon is not really a factor. They keep the weapon calibers pretty generic and have rules mandating how small of a caliber you can have. A competitor with a .22 caliber would have the advantage against one with a 9mm as far as speed and accuracy, taking into account that they had comparable shooting skill, but in a live situation the wielder of the 9mm would potentially do significantly more damage and fire less rounds. The rules try and keep the shooting as realistic as possible.

Some of the courses will have the shooters use a single weapon. There will be a pistol course, a rifle course, and a shotgun course. These are done outdoors and sometimes negotiating obstacles. At other times the shooters will use weapons in tandem. For example they may begin a course with their rifle and hit a few targets. Then engage a close target with their pistol, re-holster, and engage more targets with their rifle. Sometimes they will use all three weapons on a single course.

I mentioned IDPA shooting because it falls into this realm of realistic weapon competition. The courses they run are catered toward the armed civilian fighting in everyday situations. For example they may have the shooter sitting at a table and holding a newspaper in front of his/her face as a starting position. At the signal the competitor must drop the paper, draw their weapon, and begin engaging targets. They too will negotiate different obstacles.

Now I know what you are going to ask. Why is competition important for a prepper? I mean prepping is for a lawless environment and the very nature of competition is bound in rules. Well there is much to be gained from competition shooting. Not only will you sharpen your skill with three major weapon systems, you have the added bonus of pressure. The pressure of being put to the test, the pressure of the clock, and the pressure of the other competitors all add up and affect your shooting performance.

Learning basic marksmanship is important and combat shooting even more important, but acquiring the ability to shoot under pressure is vital to your training. Participating in 3-Gun and IDPA will improve your defensive skills to no end. This is the one art that every prepper should spend significant time training. The fist fighting weaponless skills create a solid foundation for every other skill and should not be overlooked, but given the modern battlefield you would do well to acquire 3-Gun skills and keep them sharp. Your life will depend on it.

Knife Fighting

No list of best survival martial arts would be complete without a section on knife fighting. Knives are probably the third oldest weapons known to man after the rock and the stick. Knife work is something every martial artist, warrior, or soldier should know. The applications of a good knife are priceless. Every army that sent a man into combat never sent him without his blade.

A good knife is like a field kit, suited to do a multitude of tasks. I am not speaking of the popular multi-tooled version with multiple blades and gadgets affixed to it. I am strictly speaking of the fighting man’s knife. The thick razor edged piece of steel that could take a life, peel a potato, and pry open a door. A soldier should never be without his knife.

Training to use a knife is effective at any level. From the most basic single slashing technique to the most proficient master, with a good blade and the motivation to kill, little can stand in the way of one with the will to overcome someone with only a knife. Statistically more people die every year by stabbing than by gun attacks. This goes to show that even though it is an ancient weapon it has not become obsolete.

It does not matter what form of knife fighting you choose to train in as long as you train in a knife fighting form. The most popular, and you cannot go wrong with any of these, are the Filipino styles of Arnis, Escrima, and Kali. These will teach you various ways to wield a blade to incapacitate your opponent. Everything from a defensive cut to get an attacker to release you to successfully defending against a gun wielding assailant.

Any form of modern military knife fighting will serve you well. They keep it very simple and only use techniques and methods they know will work under stress. When the shit hits the fan you can guarantee that you will be scared. You can pretend that I am not talking about you but let’s be honest with ourselves. When that happens your fine motor skill will go to shit and what you will be left with is the gross movements of whatever you trained. This is the strength of the modern military knife fighting.

They shy away from the fancy and dexterous techniques and focus solely on the simple stuff that has the highest degree of success. They want maximum damage with minimum effort. Not only that but modern military knife fighting must be taught to modern soldiers. This means it must be able to be transmitted to a very large number of people in a relatively short amount of time and still be effective. You may not have years to devote to training.

I am going to tell you a secret. Knives are better than guns. Why you ask? It is for an assortment of reasons. Knives cannot jam at the wrong moment, misfire, or run out of ammunition. Knives can be found anywhere and if the situation calls for it made with random materials. Knives are cheap. Most importantly knives are silent. They are the ideal tool when the situation calls for the removal of a sentry. Where sap or a club may do the same job, they are not absolute. Knives can end someone in a matter of moments.

Parkour

I am going to finish our discussion with a bit of out of the box thinking. Most times when people discuss combat arts they say that the best policy is to run away. You train for years ten thousand ways to punch someone in the face only to come to a situation where you need to punch someone in the face and you do not punch them in the face instead you turn and run. We discuss what will happen when the sympathetic nervous system takes over.

Your adrenaline starts pumping and the fight or flight response kicks in. We learn that the best option is always flight but then we spend our entire martial career training for the fight. Parkour took the polar opposite approach. This activity turned natural human movements into, not only an art form, but a completely defensive martial art. And I am calling it a martial art because in its infancy it was heavily influenced by military obstacle courses.

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. This is one basic law in Parkour. A practitioner will try to find the fastest and most efficient way to get from point “A” to point “B” treating all things in their path as obstacles to be negotiated. The goal when negotiating said obstacle it to keep the momentum going and keep moving forward. A good analogy would be Olympic hurdle runners timing their leaps with the steps of their sprinting.

Of course if you have ever seen a parkour practitioner comparing them to someone jumping hurdles is unfair. The parkour runner does so much more. They climb walls, swing around poles, dive and vault over obstacles with ease. Watching them in action is like going to the zoo and watching the gibbons chase one another.

If your attacker cannot catch you then they cannot hurt you. Even someone that may run slow can get away from someone faster than themselves if they can get over a wall the other cannot. Aside from being a pure defense it is a great form of resistance and cardio training. One that practices parkour will develop a body that is agile, flexible, and quite strong. Everything they do is a body weight maneuver that requires strength, skill, balance, and precision. Imagine how useful it would be running away from an angry mob through a graveyard of broke down cars.

Conclusion

It all really comes down to personal preference really. God built man with one head, one body, two arms, two legs, and all the same weaknesses. I think Bruce said it best on Return of the Dragon, “If it helps you to fight better, then use it!” He was right. You cannot do any worse than no training at all. So go out and find a club to join. If you are not afforded that option then gather a group that wants to learn and practice with them. There is tons of instructional material on YouTube. Take your time, learn it right, find out what does and does not work for you.

Here is my call to action. I want you to take this list and research each of the ten arts. Then do a search near your house and see what you find close by. Go there and join. Give it a try for six months at least. That is long enough to say you have given it decent consideration. If it is what you need then congratulations and continue on. If it doesn’t interest you then at least you know and hopefully you learned something. After that move on to the next closest place and start again. At some point you will find something you like or at the very least have a wide sampling of skills. Good luck… now go train!

What Is An Azimuth

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An azimuth is the angular direction to an object.  Azimuths are described commonly in degree increments from either true, magnetic or grid north.


In the world of recreational navigation, GPS receiver operations and orienteering the use of the term “bearing” has become synonymous with azimuth.


Azimuth direction is measured from north clockwise in 360° increments. The point from which the azimuth originates is from the center of an imaginary circle.  This imaginary point is the operator.



Azimuth can be measured with a magnetic compass, a map and by rough estimation using the sun and North Star.



Azimuths can be expressed in degrees true and degrees magnetic.  Degrees true uses the north pole as the principle reference while degrees magnetic refers to reference from the magnetic pole.


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For more information on bearings and azimuth read Making Sense of The Declination Diagram.

Microsoft Opens First Underwater Server Farm

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Rows of processors in data center

Microsoft has made bold moves to achieve their goal of having 50 percent of their power usage come from renewable, sources by 2018. Microsoft has steadily begun to increase their renewable energy portfolio by finalising a purchase agreement for 100 percent of General Electric’s Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland.The agreement states that Microsoft will buy all 37 megawatts of electricity produced by the Tullahennel wind farm for the next 15 years. This energy will go towards powering Microsoft’s Irish data centres which support its expanding cloud services.  ·      This latest purchase puts Microsoft`s total global renewable energy procurements at almost 600 MW.

In recent years Microsoft has pledged ever more resources into the energy sustainability and Off-Grid capabilities of its data centres, moving beyond the purchase of renewable energy sources and into the realm of experimental Off-Grid technology.

The company has built a new data centre in Wyoming which operates Off-Grid and is powered solely by biogas. As well as alternative forms of power they are also exploring ways of cooling their data centres as huge amounts of energy are wasted on the cooling systems which keep their computers functioning.

To tackle this issue, they have tested a small data centre submerged underwater, which can be both cooled and powered by ocean water. The experiment acted as a proof of concept however Off-Grid underwater data centre could be implemented on a larger scale in the near future.

It Isn’t entirely certain how Microsoft power their underwater data centres using water however it may be wave power or a system of thermoelectric generators which work by converting temperature differences directly into electrical energy. The presence of a temperature gradient in a conducting material results in heat flow. This results in the diffusion of charge carriers. The flow of charge carriers between the hot and cold regions and in turn creates a voltage difference.

 

 

 

  • In 2014, data centers were responsible for 2 percent of all electricity consumed in the US, according to the recent government study.

 

 

  • Combined US data centers were responsible for the consumption of 626 billion liters of water. This Is expected to rise to 660 billion liters by 2020.

 

 

Microsoft has its sights set on more than just the green energy generated from the Tullahennel wind turbines but also sees the recent acquisition as a joint research project with General Electric, looking into the potential of turbines with integrated batteries for energy storage. This marks the first-time battery integrated wind farms have been used in Europe and so the data gathered will no doubt have importance for the improvement and application of wind turbine technology in years to come.

 

It is thought the reason Microsoft is so interested in turbine battery technology is that currently, wind farms without batteries provide inconsistent and irregular bursts of electricity, which is undesirable for data centres as they need a smooth consistent source of energy to operate effectively. It is hoped that battery technology in turbines could store energy and release it in a predictable and reliable format, something which is essential for Microsoft’s data cloud ambitions.

 

The people of Ireland are also set to benefit from this technology because if this energy storage technology results in a surplus of energy it can be fed back into the Irish grid, making this move mutually beneficial for both Microsoft, General Electric and the Irish people.

 

For more about server farms and what keeps them cool go to this link – https://www.cloudyn.com/blog/10-facts-didnt-know-server-farms/

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Magnetic Declination

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Declination: A Noun. The horizontal angle between the true geographic North Pole and the magnetic North Pole, as figured from a specific point on the Earth.”


 Declination is a term that causes “brain cramps” for many of my students in my map and compass classes. When I mention Magnetic Declination eyes roll.


The web site www.magnetic-declination.com has an excellent discussion of what declination is and what causes it:

“Magnetic declination varies both from place to place, and with the passage of time. As a traveler cruises the east coast of the United States, for example, the declination varies from 20 degrees west (in Maine) to zero (in Florida), to 10 degrees east (in Texas), ……the magnetic declination in a given area will change slowly over time, possibly as much as 2-25 degrees every hundred years or so………. Complex fluid motion in the outer core of the Earth (the molten metallic region that lies from 2800 to 5000 km below the Earth’s surface) causes the magnetic field to change slowly with time.”


Land navigation is based on the relationship to the North Pole; also known as “true north.  The measure of degrees of direction in relation to true north is called “degrees true.”  Maps are laid out in degrees true.  Land features (buttes, mountains, streams) on a topographic map are in reference to degrees true.  By that I mean the bearing from one mountain peak to another will be referenced in degrees true.  The map below illustrates that point. 



Magnetic compasses do not point to true north (the North Pole); the magnetic needle points to an area that could be considered the magnetic North Pole. 
As illustrated below, declination data can be found in the diagram at the bottom of a USGS topographic map, (on some commercially produced maps it can be hard to find.) 

Because declination changes over time, I recommend that map declination information be verified at www.magnetic-declination.com.   This is essential in the Pacific Northwest where maps are notoriously out of date in terms of road,  and city data.
So, how do we make this simple?  How do we convert magnetic to degrees true?

I could do the math.  In Oregon, where I live, the magnetic declination is 15.6° East declination.


My recommendation: have the compass do the work so that there is no confusion with the math.


To do this, I need to choose a compass that can be adjusted for declination.  Examples are the Silva Ranger or the Suunto M3.


With one of these compasses, the compass dial or housing is adjusted and rotated manually.  Both the Suunto and Silva Ranger come with a small, flat adjusting tool.  Consult with owner’s manual that came with the compass.

If declination is Easterly (Western U.S.) I will rotate the dial causing the baseplate’s orienting arrow to move in a clockwise direction.

   If declination is Westerly (Eastern U.S.) I will rotate the dial causing the baseplate’s orienting arrow to move in a counter-clockwise direction.


Now, adjust the dial and align the red magnetic needle on top of the orienting arrow (the red arrow engraved on the baseplate) the compass will provide directions in degrees true.

Magnetic Declination

Declination: A Noun. The horizontal angle between the true geographic North Pole and the magnetic North Pole, as figured from a specific point on the Earth.”


 Declination is a term that causes “brain cramps” for many of my students in my map and compass classes. When I mention Magnetic Declination eyes roll.


The web site www.magnetic-declination.com has an excellent discussion of what declination is and what causes it:

“Magnetic declination varies both from place to place, and with the passage of time. As a traveler cruises the east coast of the United States, for example, the declination varies from 20 degrees west (in Maine) to zero (in Florida), to 10 degrees east (in Texas), ……the magnetic declination in a given area will change slowly over time, possibly as much as 2-25 degrees every hundred years or so………. Complex fluid motion in the outer core of the Earth (the molten metallic region that lies from 2800 to 5000 km below the Earth’s surface) causes the magnetic field to change slowly with time.”


Land navigation is based on the relationship to the North Pole; also known as “true north.  The measure of degrees of direction in relation to true north is called “degrees true.”  Maps are laid out in degrees true.  Land features (buttes, mountains, streams) on a topographic map are in reference to degrees true.  By that I mean the bearing from one mountain peak to another will be referenced in degrees true.  The map below illustrates that point. 



Magnetic compasses do not point to true north (the North Pole); the magnetic needle points to an area that could be considered the magnetic North Pole. 
As illustrated below, declination data can be found in the diagram at the bottom of a USGS topographic map, (on some commercially produced maps it can be hard to find.) 

Because declination changes over time, I recommend that map declination information be verified at www.magnetic-declination.com.   This is essential in the Pacific Northwest where maps are notoriously out of date in terms of road,  and city data.
So, how do we make this simple?  How do we convert magnetic to degrees true?

I could do the math.  In Oregon, where I live, the magnetic declination is 15.6° East declination.


My recommendation: have the compass do the work so that there is no confusion with the math.


To do this, I need to choose a compass that can be adjusted for declination.  Examples are the Silva Ranger or the Suunto M3.


With one of these compasses, the compass dial or housing is adjusted and rotated manually.  Both the Suunto and Silva Ranger come with a small, flat adjusting tool.  Consult with owner’s manual that came with the compass.

If declination is Easterly (Western U.S.) I will rotate the dial causing the baseplate’s orienting arrow to move in a clockwise direction.

   If declination is Westerly (Eastern U.S.) I will rotate the dial causing the baseplate’s orienting arrow to move in a counter-clockwise direction.


Now, adjust the dial and align the red magnetic needle on top of the orienting arrow (the red arrow engraved on the baseplate) the compass will provide directions in degrees true.

Magnetic Declination

Declination: A Noun. The horizontal angle between the true geographic North Pole and the magnetic North Pole, as figured from a specific point on the Earth.”


 Declination is a term that causes “brain cramps” for many of my students in my map and compass classes. When I mention Magnetic Declination eyes roll.


The web site www.magnetic-declination.com has an excellent discussion of what declination is and what causes it:

“Magnetic declination varies both from place to place, and with the passage of time. As a traveler cruises the east coast of the United States, for example, the declination varies from 20 degrees west (in Maine) to zero (in Florida), to 10 degrees east (in Texas), ……the magnetic declination in a given area will change slowly over time, possibly as much as 2-25 degrees every hundred years or so………. Complex fluid motion in the outer core of the Earth (the molten metallic region that lies from 2800 to 5000 km below the Earth’s surface) causes the magnetic field to change slowly with time.”


Land navigation is based on the relationship to the North Pole; also known as “true north.  The measure of degrees of direction in relation to true north is called “degrees true.”  Maps are laid out in degrees true.  Land features (buttes, mountains, streams) on a topographic map are in reference to degrees true.  By that I mean the bearing from one mountain peak to another will be referenced in degrees true.  The map below illustrates that point. 



Magnetic compasses do not point to true north (the North Pole); the magnetic needle points to an area that could be considered the magnetic North Pole. 
As illustrated below, declination data can be found in the diagram at the bottom of a USGS topographic map, (on some commercially produced maps it can be hard to find.) 

Because declination changes over time, I recommend that map declination information be verified at www.magnetic-declination.com.   This is essential in the Pacific Northwest where maps are notoriously out of date in terms of road,  and city data.
So, how do we make this simple?  How do we convert magnetic to degrees true?

I could do the math.  In Oregon, where I live, the magnetic declination is 15.6° East declination.


My recommendation: have the compass do the work so that there is no confusion with the math.


To do this, I need to choose a compass that can be adjusted for declination.  Examples are the Silva Ranger or the Suunto M3.


With one of these compasses, the compass dial or housing is adjusted and rotated manually.  Both the Suunto and Silva Ranger come with a small, flat adjusting tool.  Consult with owner’s manual that came with the compass.

If declination is Easterly (Western U.S.) I will rotate the dial causing the baseplate’s orienting arrow to move in a clockwise direction.

   If declination is Westerly (Eastern U.S.) I will rotate the dial causing the baseplate’s orienting arrow to move in a counter-clockwise direction.


Now, adjust the dial and align the red magnetic needle on top of the orienting arrow (the red arrow engraved on the baseplate) the compass will provide directions in degrees true.

Magnetic Declination

Declination: A Noun. The horizontal angle between the true geographic North Pole and the magnetic North Pole, as figured from a specific point on the Earth.”


 Declination is a term that causes “brain cramps” for many of my students in my map and compass classes. When I mention Magnetic Declination eyes roll.


The web site www.magnetic-declination.com has an excellent discussion of what declination is and what causes it:

“Magnetic declination varies both from place to place, and with the passage of time. As a traveler cruises the east coast of the United States, for example, the declination varies from 20 degrees west (in Maine) to zero (in Florida), to 10 degrees east (in Texas), ……the magnetic declination in a given area will change slowly over time, possibly as much as 2-25 degrees every hundred years or so………. Complex fluid motion in the outer core of the Earth (the molten metallic region that lies from 2800 to 5000 km below the Earth’s surface) causes the magnetic field to change slowly with time.”


Land navigation is based on the relationship to the North Pole; also known as “true north.  The measure of degrees of direction in relation to true north is called “degrees true.”  Maps are laid out in degrees true.  Land features (buttes, mountains, streams) on a topographic map are in reference to degrees true.  By that I mean the bearing from one mountain peak to another will be referenced in degrees true.  The map below illustrates that point. 



Magnetic compasses do not point to true north (the North Pole); the magnetic needle points to an area that could be considered the magnetic North Pole. 
As illustrated below, declination data can be found in the diagram at the bottom of a USGS topographic map, (on some commercially produced maps it can be hard to find.) 

Because declination changes over time, I recommend that map declination information be verified at www.magnetic-declination.com.   This is essential in the Pacific Northwest where maps are notoriously out of date in terms of road,  and city data.
So, how do we make this simple?  How do we convert magnetic to degrees true?

I could do the math.  In Oregon, where I live, the magnetic declination is 15.6° East declination.


My recommendation: have the compass do the work so that there is no confusion with the math.


To do this, I need to choose a compass that can be adjusted for declination.  Examples are the Silva Ranger or the Suunto M3.


With one of these compasses, the compass dial or housing is adjusted and rotated manually.  Both the Suunto and Silva Ranger come with a small, flat adjusting tool.  Consult with owner’s manual that came with the compass.

If declination is Easterly (Western U.S.) I will rotate the dial causing the baseplate’s orienting arrow to move in a clockwise direction.

   If declination is Westerly (Eastern U.S.) I will rotate the dial causing the baseplate’s orienting arrow to move in a counter-clockwise direction.


Now, adjust the dial and align the red magnetic needle on top of the orienting arrow (the red arrow engraved on the baseplate) the compass will provide directions in degrees true.

Crisis in Catalonia

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Many in Catalonia wish to secede from Spain.

               Today, the people of Catalonia, an area in the Northeastern Spain which contains Barcelona, beaches of Costa Brava and the Pyrenees mountains, planned to vote for independence from Madrid, and to seceded from the rest of Spain. Madrid has declared such an election, illegal.

                Today, the vote is taking place, and police from Madrid have been sent to prevent people from voting in this election. According to European news sources, rubber bullets are being used, and both Catalans and police have been injured.

                  This will get worse, before it gets any better.  It is hard to believe that this is taking place, not in Syria, not in Turkey, not in Afghanistan or Cuba, but in Spain.  Cross off one more place as too volatile in which to vacation.  Please pray for these people.

Crisis in Catalonia

            

Many in Catalonia wish to secede from Spain.

               Today, the people of Catalonia, an area in the Northeastern Spain which contains Barcelona, beaches of Costa Brava and the Pyrenees mountains, planned to vote for independence from Madrid, and to seceded from the rest of Spain. Madrid has declared such an election, illegal.

                Today, the vote is taking place, and police from Madrid have been sent to prevent people from voting in this election. According to European news sources, rubber bullets are being used, and both Catalans and police have been injured.

                  This will get worse, before it gets any better.  It is hard to believe that this is taking place, not in Syria, not in Turkey, not in Afghanistan or Cuba, but in Spain.  Cross off one more place as too volatile in which to vacation.  Please pray for these people.

Crisis in Catalonia

            

Many in Catalonia wish to secede from Spain.

               Today, the people of Catalonia, an area in the Northeastern Spain which contains Barcelona, beaches of Costa Brava and the Pyrenees mountains, planned to vote for independence from Madrid, and to seceded from the rest of Spain. Madrid has declared such an election, illegal.

                Today, the vote is taking place, and police from Madrid have been sent to prevent people from voting in this election. According to European news sources, rubber bullets are being used, and both Catalans and police have been injured.

                  This will get worse, before it gets any better.  It is hard to believe that this is taking place, not in Syria, not in Turkey, not in Afghanistan or Cuba, but in Spain.  Cross off one more place as too volatile in which to vacation.  Please pray for these people.

Where to Keep Your Gun Safe: The Essentials

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With a burglary taking place somewhere in the US every eighteen seconds every single day of the year, it is no wonder that many of us choose to keep a gun in our homes. Yet, as soon as we make the decision to do this another issue crops up; where to keep you gun safe. […]

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The Raised Row Gardening Book -The Ultimate Guide To Simple Gardening!

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Our Raised Row Gardening Book is now a reality!  When we first began our little experimental raised row garden seven years ago, we never imagined how truly fun and simple gardening could really be! The advantages of raised row gardening

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Nuclear Prepping On Fast Forward: 10 Cheap & Easy To-Dos

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North Korea doesn’t have the power to wipe out the United States. They can take a lot of lives and make us uncomfortable, but they won’t be able to destroy us.

Our nation still faces a nuclear crisis; and it may come right from our own nuclear power plants.

No matter what nation you look at these days, there are hackers that can turn our power plants against us. This is an imminent threat that can disburse lethal radiation to just about every corner of our nation.

If you have been putting off nuclear prepping because it seems useless or expensive, then you may be wondering if there is something you can do right away. Keep reading to find out!

Here are 10 things you can do in just a few minutes to 48 hours to secure your survival in the outer bands of a nuclear crisis zone from the time the event occurs to 5 days past the main event.

Know Where the Nuclear Shelters are in Your Area

One of the first things you should do is find out where the local blast shelters and fallout shelters are located. You can try doing a web search for this information in relation to your local area, and also ask at your town or city clerk’s office.

Since the United States has become remarkably lax in this area, you may not get any viable answers.

 

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If you find that you cannot get the address and information on a viable nuclear shelter, then start looking around for places that might make a viable shelter in time of need. Old brick churches, schools, or other sturdy buildings with solid basements might be of some use.

Do not overlook underground parking garages or other places where you can put a lot of heavy material between you and the radiation. If you find a viable place, but no plans have been made to store water, food, and other supplies, now might be a good time to approach the owner and get some volunteer efforts going in that direction.

Given the current state of the news, you may find people are more amenable to these ideas than they would have been even a year ago.

Have a Plan for Getting Underground and Test It

It is often said that most people living in a city will be doomed if a nuclear bomb is detonated. On the other hand, if the city buildings survive, there is every chance the lower and underground levels of the buildings may be suitable for a fallout shelter.

Therefore, if you live in a city, locate at least five buildings with basements that you can get into quickly in a time of need. Try to space out the buildings so that you can get to them in under five minutes on foot.

If you have to approach a building owner or superintendent to make these arrangements, do not forget to add extra supplies. Unfortunately, people can become very untrustworthy in a time of need, however you may still find others that will honor their agreements.

No matter whether you live in a rural area or a location in the city where you can dig into the ground, build a small fallout shelter that you can reach in a matter of minutes. There are several resources online that you can use for starter plans to build everything from a foxhole design to larger ones.

When building your shelter, you must make sure you have at least 3 feet (6 – 7 feet is better if you can manage it) of well packed soil around you and above you. Just remember to make sure there is also enough room in the shelter to store at least 5 days of water, food, and anything you may decide to take along to another area.

If you are looking to build the shelter in less than 24 hours, you can also add a vent shaft, however the air will need to be pulled in through a MIRV 16 filter or better in order to remove as much radioactive dust as possible.

Be Able to Calculate When and Where to Go

As soon as you find out there is a nuclear blast and that you are in the radiation zone, get underground or put as much material between you and the blast site as possible. When you find the safest possible shelter, you’ll need to stay there for about 5 days.

When it comes to short term, fast prepping for a nuclear disaster, you will find the time after this much more challenging. Even though the most immediate threats from heavy doses of radiation will be over, you must still contend with all the contaminated things in your area. This includes food, water, tools, and anything else that would normally be of use in time of need.

Insofar as where to go after emerging from your blast/fallout shelter, it will depend largely on where the blast occurred and what else is going on in surrounding areas.

If you are dealing with a single nuclear power plant, you must know where the radioactive fallout is most likely to be carried by wind and water currents. Heading away from the projected fallout zone will be your best bet.

Make sure you know where all the nuclear power plants are within a 500 mile radius of locality. Some college campuses also have nuclear reactors for research purposes, so make sure that you know where those are in case they also get hacked.

Listen to the radio and find out what other areas are contaminated so that you have a better chance of picking a safe area. Take geographic features such as mountains and fresh water resources into consideration when deciding where you will go.

At the current time, relatively few analysts think that North Korea has a vehicle capable of reaching the eastern areas of the United States. Most also think North Korea has not yet developed a MERV device, so it is likely you will be dealing with a single detonation as opposed to a localized pattern.

On the other hand, a strike far enough into the west coast can still bring a lot of radiation to the eastern areas in a matter of a day or two. It is important to know how to get to the mountains or other areas where air and water currents from the west will be mainly blocked out.

Prepare for Radiation Sickness

You can start preparing for radiation sickness by having potassium iodide tablets on hand. Even though you will not need them until a nuclear event happens, it is still important to have them on hand. If you live close enough to a nuclear power plant, they may give them out for free if you ask for them.

There are also some vitamins (E and C) that can help reduce the effects of nuclear radiation, however they are best taken beforehand. Do not take more than the recommended amounts of these vitamins as some can be poisonous if you take too much.

See our articles on foods and vitamins for prepping to see what you need to be consuming right now, as well as which foods are best to store. Fortunately, the most useful vitamins for nuclear prepping can be found in a good quality multi-vitamin.

Just make sure that you include a new bottle in your food cache so that you have an uncontaminated supply at your shelter location.

Overall, treatment for radiation sickness will entail managing symptoms such as nausea, vomit, cough, and bleeding. To keep things as simple as possible, buy extra of any OTC medications you use for the most common symptoms and keep them in your shelter area. This includes any herbal remedies that you may already have experience with.

There are also some medications you can use to remove radiation from your body if you become exposed to it. The cheapest and easiest to obtain will be activated carbon capsules and zeolite capsules. When using zeolites, bear in mind, however, that it can be carcinogenic. Try not to use zeolites for a prolonged period of time.

Build a Radiation Detector

The fastest and cheapest way to build a radiation detector is to follow the designs for a Kearny Fallout Meter.

Try to build at least three or four of them, and place them in different areas. Once you know how to read the meters, it will be easier to determine when radiation levels are elevated in your area.

If you have some extra money, you can also buy a device that will attach to your cell phone that will act like a Geiger counter.

Secure a 5 Day Food Supply

One of the most important things you can do is store away at least five days worth of food. Stick to canned, dried, or powdered foods that do not require heating.

At least half of your food choices should be items that will shield your body from radiation or remove it from your body. It may also help to store away a few MREs for more balance. Sadly, I would not necessarily recommend putting food in a bug out bag, as it will get contaminated by radiation while you are moving to a place of safety.

Store your foods in your fallout shelter, and the remainder under at least 6 feet of dirt, and then retrieve when it is safe to do so.

Water Cleaning During a Nuclear Disaster

The cheapest way to remove nuclear radiation from water is to use uncontaminated dirt. Zeolites and activated carbon will also remove some radiation. Later on, when you emerge from your shelter, the best thing you can do is distill the water.

Even though this will not remove tritium, it will still get rid of all the other nuclear contaminants. It is also very important to have a 5 day supply of bottled water in your fallout shelter.

The plastic bottles will shield the water from the radiation. Be sure to wipe all dust off the bottles so that you do no contaminate the water with any fallout that may have gotten into the shelter.

Secure Decontamination and Hygiene Essentials

With the exception of Gamma radiation, almost all other radiation will be trapped by your clothes. Therefore, it is very important to have a change of clothes in your shelter.

The most effective decontamination is a long shower and scrubbing with lye soap. Since it is not likely you will be able to create an underground piping system for this purpose in a day, your best bet will be to make sure as much of your skin and hair as possible remain covered with white fabric.

Include a bandanna or scarf (preferably sari cloth as it can also double as a water filter) that you can quickly and easily slip over your nose and mouth to block out as much dust as possible. Even weaker Alpha and Beta radiation particles can wreak havoc if they get into your body via your mouth or nose.

Insofar as hygiene, store away wet wipes and other aides for keeping yourself as clean as possible without using water.It will also be useful to store away bags that can be used for urine and stool as you will not want them building up in the shelter. These can be pushed into an adjoining tunnel from your living area, and then sealed off with dirt or a door.

As much as you may be tempted to find a way to put these bags above ground, I do not recommend it. They can leave you open to detection by people above ground. You will also be exposed to radiation each time you emerge from the earth.

Be Ready to Defend Yourself

If you have a gun and ammo, you will be ahead of the game. That being said, it is also important to store away knives and anything else you can use as a weapon. Try to practice basic self defense moves now and do what you can to brush up on your situation awareness skills. Even 15 minutes of practice each day can be of benefit.

Depending on where you live and the severity of the blast in your area, it is possible that people will be roving around while you are still underground. These people are likely to be looking for food, medicine, and water. Even if they are suffering from radiation sickness and have just a few days to live, do not be surprised if they try to get into your shelter to steal from you.

Do what you can to disguise your shelter so that no one can find it once you enter it. If you have neighbors, it will be best to dig and work on your shelter during night hours or other times when no one knows what you are doing.

Communications and Gathering Information

Other than medical devices, your phone and radios are the most common electronic survival tools that will be damaged by an EMP.

Be sure to put an unlocked smart phone, a mobile SIM (Freedom Pop gives you free minutes and time every month), and backup computer files in an EMP proof bag, and store them in your shelter.

Even if cell service and internet go down, you can still use the phone for accessing digital files. Most web pages can be easily saved as PDF files, and it is also possible to download many useful YouTube videos for viewing offline. Build your library now of information that you may need while you are in the shelter, and once you emerge.

It is also important to store away a radio that gets AM and FM bands. If the radio is based on transistors or IC circuits, it should also go in an EMP proof bag. Include a solar battery charger and sufficient rechargeable (and fully charged) batteries to last 5 days for all your devices.

You may not be able to use the solar charger during the first five days of a nuclear crisis, but you can use it once you emerge from your shelter. Since crank radios can be quite expensive, you may be better served by storing away simple materials that you can use to build a foxhole radio and a simple transmitter.

Right now there are several things you can integrate into your daily life to prepare for a nuclear emergency. There are also some cheap, fast things you can do in a weekend that will put you well ahead of anyone else that makes no effort at all this direction.

While these suggestions will not take you much past five days, they are an important start that will give you an advantage that can still be wielded once you emerge from your shelter.

This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

References:

https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/natural-remedies-for-radiation-exposure/

http://www.oism.org/nwss/s73p919.htm 

Emergency Food Kits-Which Ones Do You Need

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I’m going to show you some emergency food kits, you decide which kits you need based on the makeup of your family, or those neighbors who may be looking to you for help. Plus, I would love it if you have more ideas that I can add to each group, please let me know. Here’s the deal, we all have different age groups in our families. There are different age groups living in our neighborhoods. I realize we can buy #10 cans of different foods and case goods as we prepare for major disasters, but maybe this will help one or two families realize how easy it is to get started with your emergency food kits we’ll find useful in most situations when an unexpected emergency hits us.

I just want to remind all of us we are responsible to feed and hydrate our own family, whether today as we live what seems like a normal daily life, or after major disasters. Today, I’m only talking about food, and maybe a few items to go with the different age groups. Today, it’s really more about short-term food storage. Of course, you can always have #10 cans with most all of your favorite foods for long-term storage, but I want to make this an easy step to get started with your own emergency food kits. All of this food requires water for each family member. Please note, I recommend 4-gallons per person per day. Don’t forget a few can openers. Can Openers

Emergency Food Kits

Babies/Newborns:

Babies in general and also newborns are a little easier if breast milk is available for the baby and the mother can be nourished and hydrated to keep up her milk supply. When I had babies 40+ years ago, we started our babies on rice cereal, pears, and bananas around six weeks old. I know things have changed a whole lot, they start real food much later now. I highly recommend one of these for your child to grind your own baby food when you feel it appropriate to feed them real food. It’s a hand-powered baby food grinder and you’ll find it can save you a bunch compared to canned or bottled baby food from the store. Of course you’ll need to purchase the fresh food to grind. Baby Food Grinder

If by chance a mother is hurt and unable to nurse her baby, please stock some baby formula, bottles, and burp rags because you may have to feed a baby or two after a disaster. This is why it’s critical to know our neighbors, so these things can be discussed and prepared for in advance. In pioneer days, they had wet nurses who could nurse babies if needed. It may come to that, just giving you the heads-up.

I suggest the following food items: rice cereal, bowl, spoon, and a few jars of baby food like bananas and pears. Please remember to rotate every six months. Yes, we can grind our own food with cans or fresh fruits and vegetables, but if we have a hungry baby, let’s have some ready to serve ASAP.

Toddlers:

Oh, this is the cutest age ever. I like to just sit around and watch as they entertain us with their cute personalities. Now, feeding them can sometimes be a little challenge. Their tummies are so small they need to eat several meals or snack, whatever you want to call them, each day. I still remember a granddaughter who loved broccoli, first grandchild ever to eat that at 1-1/2 years old.

Sometimes toddlers will eat anything, and some are a little pickier.

The next time you go the store look down the grocery aisles and decide what finger foods a toddler would enjoy eating. They love crackers, applesauce cups, fruit cups, green beans, and healthy snacks. I still love graham crackers, I guess I’m a kid at heart. Be sure and put some small sippy cups, bowls, plates and silverware in your toddler emergency food kits.

Freeze-dried fruits and vegetables in #10 cans are easy for toddlers to eat right out of the can. Cut into appropriate age bite sizes. Mac and cheese are always popular, just write down what your toddler may like and stockpile a little or lot and rotate it.

Children:

I love storing rice milk because it has a pretty long shelf-life, and one of my granddaughters is regular milk intolerant. I also store chocolate Quick Mix. I know it’s not the healthiest, but it makes a great hot cocoa for my grandkids. I serve the hot cocoa in sippy cups, so we have very few spills. If you have some sippy cups in your kits they will be clean and be new to any child that may need a warm cup of cocoa. There may be a neighbor who has not yet learned to be prepared, I will serve their cute little kids hot cocoa. Here are some sippy cups like I use, mental note to myself, please order a few more.  Sippy Cups

This age is fun because what child wouldn’t love to choose the food they would eat today at a grocery store or in case of an emergency? Let’s be real, not all the food will be healthy, but we need some cans of food that only needs a can opener and a way to cook it.

Teenagers:

Okay, I have to say right now I do not know how my daughters feed their sons who are athletes, and well over six feet tall. One of my grandsons came to visit and I fixed dinner and about an hour later he was rummaging for leftovers, love that kid. When he was born, I stared at his huge hands and feet. I said to my daughter “this is going to be a very tall son.” And he is. And a few others are just as tall.

Here’s the deal with teenagers, they may not want to go to the store to choose some foods in cans that can be reheated, but they may as well know life could change in an instant and they will be thankful for those food items.

Suggestions, pancake mix (all ages), syrup, chili, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, chunky soups, crackers and canned meats. Add a few boxes of crackers with small jars of mayo or Miracle Whip. Score with snacks like Costco serves.

Adults:

This one is a lot easier to figure out because we understand the need for food storage. I would go as a family to the grocery store and choose food for one day. The next week, choose food for the second day, then a third day. Before you know it you will have seven days worth of food for three meals a day plus snacks stored ready for the next challenge you face. Use my printout to get you started: Where do I start by Linda

The printout has seven days and has an area to fill in what you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinners. If I have rice, beans, pasta and salsa, cans of vegetables, cans of fruit, Mark and I are good to go. I can make any kind soup if I have diced tomatoes. I can make tortillas, bread, biscuits, and crackers. Life is good if you choose the food you will eat and then rotate them.  Before they expire and you haven’t eaten them, please donate the cans to your local food bank. Yes, I can make pancakes from scratch, but I always store Krusteuz pancake mix that only requires water to make pancakes or waffles.

I have instant milk so Mark can have his cereal, life is good. We always stock up on cereal. I recommend this milk. Remember, powdered milk for cooking, instant milk is for drinking. I never buy powdered milk, just letting you know. Instant Milk 

The Elderly:

Now, this age group may be a bit trickier because they may have heart issues or be Diabetic, so special precautions must be known before we fix food for them. This is another reason why we need to have neighborhood meetings to get to know each other and learn the foods people can eat safely. It would be a good idea to compare emergency food kits.

Special Diet Required:

If you have dietary issues, a reader mentioned today that Thrive Life has some great gluten-free food items. Thrive Life Gluten-Free Flour

Keep in mind 99.9% of my #10 cans of freeze-dried fruits, vegetables and meats are gluten-free. Be sure and check labels, there are more foods that you can eat than you may realize. It’s the “prepared meals” that may have gluten in them.

All emergency food kits need plates, cups, plastic silverware, paper towels and ways to wash them, but we will talk about that another day. May God bless this world to be prepared for the unexpected.

Survival food storage by Linda

 

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Confessions of a off grid granny

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I cannot believe it’s October already, the days are still warm but the evenings and nights are getting cooler, it’s almost sweater weather! I am so looking forward to our first woodfire in the wood stove. I have a little confession that I’m going to tell you, but don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret just between us… I’ve been looking for a set of footed pajamas, just like the ones I wore when I was a little girl. Yeah, I know, it’s a little silly for a 50+ year old grandma to want to wear footed PJs, but it’s what I want. I have looked around and there are quite a few to choose from, but most of them are in the $30+ range and I’m not ready to spend that much money on something I’m going to lounge and sleep in. The really good ones, the thick cushy ones are a lot more expensive than that! I think what I’ll end up doing is making my own, I found a quite a few tutorials on YouTube about how to make these and I like the idea of knowing what they are going to be made of.

OK, now that we have that out of the way, I’m also thinking about Christmas, with Halloween a month away and Thanksgiving the following month, Christmas is truly right around the corner. If I start now, I’ll have plenty of time to put together some fun homemade gifts. I tend to think too complicated for these sorts of things, I need to simplify my ideas, I have lots of raw materials out here on my 6 acres, twigs, rocks, sand… Turning to YouTube I am in the process of getting some crafty DIY ideas, here are some I found.

Actually this first one I’m thinking about making for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween, I looked around and found some solar rechargeable lights for Mason Jars that would work great with this.
https://youtu.be/jgufxIUwslw

https://youtu.be/6t7wnNg8tkc

https://youtu.be/pAmwWuyr6Ng

https://youtu.be/TJe_fM1rZCQ

https://youtu.be/0nIaBlpOsEQ

One more 🙂 actually this would be more for Halloween, but you have a month until that hits…
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Confessions of a off grid granny

I cannot believe it’s October already, the days are still warm but the evenings and nights are getting cooler, it’s almost sweater weather! I am so looking forward to our first woodfire in the wood stove. I have a little confession that I’m going to tell you, but don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret just between us… I’ve been looking for a set of footed pajamas, just like the ones I wore when I was a little girl. Yeah, I know, it’s a little silly for a 50+ year old grandma to want to wear footed PJs, but it’s what I want. I have looked around and there are quite a few to choose from, but most of them are in the $30+ range and I’m not ready to spend that much money on something I’m going to lounge and sleep in. The really good ones, the thick cushy ones are a lot more expensive than that! I think what I’ll end up doing is making my own, I found a quite a few tutorials on YouTube about how to make these and I like the idea of knowing what they are going to be made of.

OK, now that we have that out of the way, I’m also thinking about Christmas, with Halloween a month away and Thanksgiving the following month, Christmas is truly right around the corner. If I start now, I’ll have plenty of time to put together some fun homemade gifts. I tend to think too complicated for these sorts of things, I need to simplify my ideas, I have lots of raw materials out here on my 6 acres, twigs, rocks, sand… Turning to YouTube I am in the process of getting some crafty DIY ideas, here are some I found.

Actually this first one I’m thinking about making for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween, I looked around and found some solar rechargeable lights for Mason Jars that would work great with this.
https://youtu.be/jgufxIUwslw

https://youtu.be/6t7wnNg8tkc

https://youtu.be/pAmwWuyr6Ng

https://youtu.be/TJe_fM1rZCQ

https://youtu.be/0nIaBlpOsEQ

One more 🙂 actually this would be more for Halloween, but you have a month until that hits…
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Confessions of a off grid granny

I cannot believe it’s October already, the days are still warm but the evenings and nights are getting cooler, it’s almost sweater weather! I am so looking forward to our first woodfire in the wood stove. I have a little confession that I’m going to tell you, but don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret just between us… I’ve been looking for a set of footed pajamas, just like the ones I wore when I was a little girl. Yeah, I know, it’s a little silly for a 50+ year old grandma to want to wear footed PJs, but it’s what I want. I have looked around and there are quite a few to choose from, but most of them are in the $30+ range and I’m not ready to spend that much money on something I’m going to lounge and sleep in. The really good ones, the thick cushy ones are a lot more expensive than that! I think what I’ll end up doing is making my own, I found a quite a few tutorials on YouTube about how to make these and I like the idea of knowing what they are going to be made of.

OK, now that we have that out of the way, I’m also thinking about Christmas, with Halloween a month away and Thanksgiving the following month, Christmas is truly right around the corner. If I start now, I’ll have plenty of time to put together some fun homemade gifts. I tend to think too complicated for these sorts of things, I need to simplify my ideas, I have lots of raw materials out here on my 6 acres, twigs, rocks, sand… Turning to YouTube I am in the process of getting some crafty DIY ideas, here are some I found.

Actually this first one I’m thinking about making for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween, I looked around and found some solar rechargeable lights for Mason Jars that would work great with this.
https://youtu.be/jgufxIUwslw

https://youtu.be/6t7wnNg8tkc

https://youtu.be/pAmwWuyr6Ng

https://youtu.be/TJe_fM1rZCQ

https://youtu.be/0nIaBlpOsEQ

One more 🙂 actually this would be more for Halloween, but you have a month until that hits…
https://youtu.be/r8P2va94ml0

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Confessions of a off grid granny

I cannot believe it’s October already, the days are still warm but the evenings and nights are getting cooler, it’s almost sweater weather! I am so looking forward to our first woodfire in the wood stove. I have a little confession that I’m going to tell you, but don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret just between us… I’ve been looking for a set of footed pajamas, just like the ones I wore when I was a little girl. Yeah, I know, it’s a little silly for a 50+ year old grandma to want to wear footed PJs, but it’s what I want. I have looked around and there are quite a few to choose from, but most of them are in the $30+ range and I’m not ready to spend that much money on something I’m going to lounge and sleep in. The really good ones, the thick cushy ones are a lot more expensive than that! I think what I’ll end up doing is making my own, I found a quite a few tutorials on YouTube about how to make these and I like the idea of knowing what they are going to be made of.

OK, now that we have that out of the way, I’m also thinking about Christmas, with Halloween a month away and Thanksgiving the following month, Christmas is truly right around the corner. If I start now, I’ll have plenty of time to put together some fun homemade gifts. I tend to think too complicated for these sorts of things, I need to simplify my ideas, I have lots of raw materials out here on my 6 acres, twigs, rocks, sand… Turning to YouTube I am in the process of getting some crafty DIY ideas, here are some I found.

Actually this first one I’m thinking about making for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween, I looked around and found some solar rechargeable lights for Mason Jars that would work great with this.
https://youtu.be/jgufxIUwslw

https://youtu.be/6t7wnNg8tkc

https://youtu.be/pAmwWuyr6Ng

https://youtu.be/TJe_fM1rZCQ

https://youtu.be/0nIaBlpOsEQ

One more 🙂 actually this would be more for Halloween, but you have a month until that hits…
https://youtu.be/r8P2va94ml0

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Confessions of a off grid granny

I cannot believe it’s October already, the days are still warm but the evenings and nights are getting cooler, it’s almost sweater weather! I am so looking forward to our first woodfire in the wood stove. I have a little confession that I’m going to tell you, but don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret just between us… I’ve been looking for a set of footed pajamas, just like the ones I wore when I was a little girl. Yeah, I know, it’s a little silly for a 50+ year old grandma to want to wear footed PJs, but it’s what I want. I have looked around and there are quite a few to choose from, but most of them are in the $30+ range and I’m not ready to spend that much money on something I’m going to lounge and sleep in. The really good ones, the thick cushy ones are a lot more expensive than that! I think what I’ll end up doing is making my own, I found a quite a few tutorials on YouTube about how to make these and I like the idea of knowing what they are going to be made of.

OK, now that we have that out of the way, I’m also thinking about Christmas, with Halloween a month away and Thanksgiving the following month, Christmas is truly right around the corner. If I start now, I’ll have plenty of time to put together some fun homemade gifts. I tend to think too complicated for these sorts of things, I need to simplify my ideas, I have lots of raw materials out here on my 6 acres, twigs, rocks, sand… Turning to YouTube I am in the process of getting some crafty DIY ideas, here are some I found.

Actually this first one I’m thinking about making for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween, I looked around and found some solar rechargeable lights for Mason Jars that would work great with this.
https://youtu.be/jgufxIUwslw

https://youtu.be/6t7wnNg8tkc

https://youtu.be/pAmwWuyr6Ng

https://youtu.be/TJe_fM1rZCQ

https://youtu.be/0nIaBlpOsEQ

One more 🙂 actually this would be more for Halloween, but you have a month until that hits…
https://youtu.be/r8P2va94ml0

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Puerto Rico Spotlight

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Puerto Rico Spotlight Bob Hawkins “The APN Report“ Audio player provided! Depending on the News outlets, Puerto Rico is either on the receiving end of the a modern day “Berlin Airlift” continuous relief effort, or has been left to die by the Trump Administration. To be sure, the Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico has really … Continue reading Puerto Rico Spotlight

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