Build Your Compost Pile Right On Your Garden Beds!

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If you’ve read my book Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting or watched my presentations during multiple Home Grown Food Summit events, you know that I recommend building compost piles right where you plan to garden in the future.

Go ahead — build ’em right on your garden beds!

After following my advice, long-time reader W. R. sent me a composting field report:

“It is good to see you all are having fun in the tropics. I watch your videos weekly.

I haven’t been doing a whole lot of active gardening, but I wanted to give you a little update in photos.

I have two to 4’x 8′ raised beds next to each other that were left fallow since last fall. They were both recently cleared of weeds and grass, and here you can see the difference between them:

Which-bed-compost-in-the-garden

The left one is a native soil I started adding kitchen scraps to, but not for very long. It also was more exposed to the sun. The right one was a compost pile I threw kitchen scraps and coffee grounds in.

This bed had more growing in it, and the soil was more protected by the sun. The right one looks more like good soil, eh?”

This is a great illustration of what in-bed composting accomplishes. It just makes sense to build compost piles on top of garden beds.

Why Compost on a Garden Bed?

Less Materials Handling

When you compost directly on top of a garden bed, you don’t have to worry about moving as many materials.

You throw your kitchen scraps, leaves, rabbit manure, etc., right onto a bed. Don’t worry about it getting hot — it will rot down over time.

If you want it to compost hot and fast, build up a compost pile higher over the bed like I do in this video:

But really, nature will handle it.

Throw everything down on a garden bed and then some months later when you’re ready to plant, fork off the rougher stuff onto the next closest bed and get planting.

More Good Stuff Stays Where You Want It

Second, all the good leachates that would normally run into ground beneath a compost bin are instead transferred right into the ground where you will be growing.

If you’re ever moved a compost pile and seen the right worm-filled soil beneath it, you know what I mean. If you’re not planting that area, it’s a waste!

W. R. has also been composting meat and bones like a good extreme composter should:

bones-in-the-garden

As bones break down in the soil, they will feed your garden long-term. Yes, I know you’re “not supposed to compost meat” and all that. Heck with those rules — if you throw those materials away, you’re throwing away nutrition for your garden. There are plenty of ways to compost meat safely, though that’s fodder for another article.

For now, I just urge you to quit working so hard and start composting right where it will make the biggest difference.

Wherever you compost, good fungi and bacteria populations explode, worms arrive and till the soil, plus you don’t have to move your compost all over the place.

Though I do still have a bin, I also keep a compost pile going on one of my garden beds at any given time. It works.

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Lots of little jobs done on the to do list

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I got most of the blinds up and most of the curtains got a wash and rehung.  I can make some adjustments on curtains as Mom found a great curtain rod for my big window at a 2nd hand store.  I cleaned the blinds by setting them in the tub with very hot water and Dawn dish soap.  That cleaned off most of the tar/smoke stains with just a bit of scrubbing via a sponge or brush.  The small bathroom blinds cleaned up great and getting new replacement brackets has worked out great for the new window.  The nice thing about blinds as they can let in light but not let people look in.

I cleaned up my front porch light using a little CLR and a scrubby sponge.  The glass globe around the light cleaned up real good.  When I repainted the front door I saw how weathered the door hardware had become and it needs replacing.  I want levers rather than knobs to open my doors and for about $60.00 I can replace both doors hardware with a finish that will look good with the grey door up front and the red door in back.  Once I know the cost of stitch removal this weekend I’ll know what I can afford to retro-fit the access doors.  I may not be able to do a full security retro fit but I sure as hell can buy/install screws into my homes studs.

I did a of cleanup or at least moved all the trash wood away.  I want to build a good cat cottage for the roaming alley cat mousers.  I’ll re-purpose some wood crates and build a nice cedar wood basking area for the cats above the compost heap. Add a little radiant barrier for insulation and you have a great little kitty cottage. I saved some metal from the contractor so I should be able to make a dry sleeping space for the kitties.

Simple, Healthy Flatbread Recipe

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Is it just me or would you consider bread a comfort food also?  I have always been such a starch girl and just love a warm piece of bread slathered in butter! Bread has been a staple at tables for centuries and this recipe is age-old and super easy! Due to my health issues that […]

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Conflicted: Saving Your Neighbors – What Would You Do?

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The game BEFORE the SHTF!

 

Conflicted is a Survival Card Game.  Each card in the deck has a scenario that will stretch how you would respond in an SHTF situation.  What would you do?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

SCENARIO – You see a large mob breaking into your neighbor’s house, you know he is there with his wife and children.  You have about two dozen bullets, roughly one for each mob member.  You are the only person capable of defending your own family.  The mob passed your house and didn’t notice you all at all.

Would you step out of the shadows and risk your own life to help your neighbor or would you stay safe and protect your own family? Why?

Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

15 Essential Tips For Surviving In The Wilderness

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15 Essential Tips For Surviving In The Wilderness No matter how hard you fight against Mother Nature, you will always fail if you’re not prepared. Nature doesn’t give second chances and surviving in the wilderness is much more difficult than you think. People should learn what to do if they get lost in the wilderness. …

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Winter Pests: Keep an Eye out for These 7 Pests This Winter

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Winter Pests: Keep an Eye out for These 7 Pests This Winter While most people associate spring and summer to pest control season, you’d be surprised to know the number of pests that target your home for warmth and comfort during the winter. Take a look at some of the most commonly found house pests …

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Most Tender Meat Hang Times

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Most Tender Meat Hang Times There are a lot of great arguments and even some interesting studies about life without meat. Whether we are talking about vegetarianism or veganism it would seem that meat is not as necessary to human life as we once thought. Still, it’s so tasty. Whether we are talking about meat …

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The $9 Leather sheath: Quick, easy, and actually good!

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So today I finally went for it and made a leather sheath for my Sykco Dog Soldier.

Making a leather sheath is something I’ve wanted to do for many years. Seemed simple enough yet when watching tutorials and looking at all the stuff needed for leather work, the techniques, time… it kind of gets overwhelming.

Well, today I just went for it. Did a sheath the most simple, straight forward way possible. I expected very little given the basic method and tools used yet I couldn’t be happier with the results. Yes, I bought a cheap leather tool kit but didn’t use any of it, other than some of the waxed thread.

All you really need for this project is some thick leather, 2 or 3mm thick. I got some buffalo leather. It was 9 bucks shipped and the colour was pretty 🙂 .

Keep in mind this isnt by any stretch of the imagination the correct way of doing this. Its more of a redneck/ Jerry-rigged approach to it.

1)You should make a paper template although to be honest I didn’t bother and marked on the piece of leather the shape of the blade. Buy one that is at least 4 cm wider than the knife itself. Mark up to what point you want the sheath to cover the blade and where you want the belt loop to end up. I just did the best I could with the piece of leather I had, given that I use rather wide, riggers shooting belts daily in my pants. Leave about 5mm for the welt, meaning the piece of leather that goes between the two layers.

2)With the knife wrapped in plastic film, I placed the other piece of leather under the faucet and got it soaking wet. Once softened I placed it on top of the knife and moulded it with my fingers and using a spoon to mark the curvature of the grip. I gave it about 10mm overlapping the grip, over the choil and the finger guard so as to hold the knife in place. This would save me from having to use any snap buttons which I didn’t have.  I also placed a hair dryer and left it pointing towards the formed leather for it to dry up and harden.

3) On the bottom leather piece, the one I draw the shape of the blade, I soaked a bit the top section of leather that folds to form the belt loop and kept it down in place with a couple clips. I also used some sand paper on the section I would later glue and sew, so that the leather glue got a better grip on the surface. Once glued I kept it in place for a few minutes until it dried, then used an electric drill to drill a few holes with the smallest drill bit I had. I didn’t use any fancy stitches, just made an eight figure knot to keep the end of the thread in place, passed the thread to the end and then back on the same holes. I know this isnt the way you’re supposed to do it but oh well.

4)Now that I had my belt loop ready, I glued the welt to the bottom piece (sandpaper on the area before the glue), then glued the top one with the knife form on top of it and kept the three players in place with several clips. Before gluing check if the knife fits just keeping the pieces in place with the clips. This should give you somewhat of an idea of how it fits. Once glued and with the clips keeping everything in place I let it try for another 15 minutes or so.

5)Now I drill the holes along the edges, leaving a drain hole at the bottom of the sheath. I measure four lengths of thread per side of the sheath and sew all the way, then back the other way using the same holes. You’re supposed to use a technique using two needles but I just did it this way making sure everything was nice and tight. When I was done I hammered the thread to flatten the stitches.

6) I used a Dremel to sand down the sides, then using the hair dryer and some beeswax I worked the sides of the sheath, rolling a wooden handle to even and flatten the sides of the leather sheath. The wax presses and flattens the leather, keeping it from coming apart.

And that’s it. Not the best most sophisticated way of making a leather sheath but its cheap and relatively fast. Give it a try!

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

The $9 Leather sheath: Quick, easy, and actually good!

So today I finally went for it and made a leather sheath for my Sykco Dog Soldier.

Making a leather sheath is something I’ve wanted to do for many years. Seemed simple enough yet when watching tutorials and looking at all the stuff needed for leather work, the techniques, time… it kind of gets overwhelming.

Well, today I just went for it. Did a sheath the most simple, straight forward way possible. I expected very little given the basic method and tools used yet I couldn’t be happier with the results. Yes, I bought a cheap leather tool kit but didn’t use any of it, other than some of the waxed thread.

All you really need for this project is some thick leather, 2 or 3mm thick. I got some buffalo leather. It was 9 bucks shipped and the colour was pretty 🙂 .

Keep in mind this isnt by any stretch of the imagination the correct way of doing this. Its more of a redneck/ Jerry-rigged approach to it.

1)You should make a paper template although to be honest I didn’t bother and marked on the piece of leather the shape of the blade. Buy one that is at least 4 cm wider than the knife itself. Mark up to what point you want the sheath to cover the blade and where you want the belt loop to end up. I just did the best I could with the piece of leather I had, given that I use rather wide, riggers shooting belts daily in my pants. Leave about 5mm for the welt, meaning the piece of leather that goes between the two layers.

2)With the knife wrapped in plastic film, I placed the other piece of leather under the faucet and got it soaking wet. Once softened I placed it on top of the knife and moulded it with my fingers and using a spoon to mark the curvature of the grip. I gave it about 10mm overlapping the grip, over the choil and the finger guard so as to hold the knife in place. This would save me from having to use any snap buttons which I didn’t have.  I also placed a hair dryer and left it pointing towards the formed leather for it to dry up and harden.

3) On the bottom leather piece, the one I draw the shape of the blade, I soaked a bit the top section of leather that folds to form the belt loop and kept it down in place with a couple clips. I also used some sand paper on the section I would later glue and sew, so that the leather glue got a better grip on the surface. Once glued I kept it in place for a few minutes until it dried, then used an electric drill to drill a few holes with the smallest drill bit I had. I didn’t use any fancy stitches, just made an eight figure knot to keep the end of the thread in place, passed the thread to the end and then back on the same holes. I know this isnt the way you’re supposed to do it but oh well.

4)Now that I had my belt loop ready, I glued the welt to the bottom piece (sandpaper on the area before the glue), then glued the top one with the knife form on top of it and kept the three players in place with several clips. Before gluing check if the knife fits just keeping the pieces in place with the clips. This should give you somewhat of an idea of how it fits. Once glued and with the clips keeping everything in place I let it try for another 15 minutes or so.

5)Now I drill the holes along the edges, leaving a drain hole at the bottom of the sheath. I measure four lengths of thread per side of the sheath and sew all the way, then back the other way using the same holes. You’re supposed to use a technique using two needles but I just did it this way making sure everything was nice and tight. When I was done I hammered the thread to flatten the stitches.

6) I used a Dremel to sand down the sides, then using the hair dryer and some beeswax I worked the sides of the sheath, rolling a wooden handle to even and flatten the sides of the leather sheath. The wax presses and flattens the leather, keeping it from coming apart.

And that’s it. Not the best most sophisticated way of making a leather sheath but its cheap and relatively fast. Give it a try!

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Are you Welcoming a Home Invasion? Five ways you Could be Inviting a Burglar into your Home

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A home invasion/burglary occurs nearly every 15 seconds in the United States. Here are 5 things that could be inviting a criminal to burglarize your home. […]

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FDA Tries Again To Ban Natural Pain Herb

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FDA Tries Again To Ban Kratom

Kratom plant

Kratom plant

Last year, I wrote about the Food and Drug Administration’s campaign to ban the Asian herb Kratom, a non-opiate option for those with chronic pain, anxiety, and drug dependency issues.

As someone interested in medical strategies for disaster or remote settings, I was considering the herb as an option in circumstances when modern medicine isn’t available. The FDA, however, set a date for late 2016 to rule Kratom a Schedule I drug (the same category as heroin) and eliminate its access to the average citizen.

Then an extraordinary thing happened: A public outcry from tens of thousands of citizens that also included dozens of members of Congress. In response to the pressure, the proposed ban was cancelled. Now, a persistent FDA is once again pushing to prevent the sale and use of Kratom in the U.S.

Kratom (scientific name Mitragyna speciosa) has long been used in Southeast Asia for various medicinal purposes, including pain, anxiety, and depression. The chemical compounds in Kratom, (scientific name Mitragyna speciosa) are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These substances act on opioid receptors in the brain, just like heroin and morphine do, to eliminate pain. Despite this, Kratom is not an opioid; It’s actually a member of the coffee family. Therefore, using it doesn’t cause respiratory depression, which is how most opioid overdoses die.

A non-opioid alternative to Heroin? Sounds like a reasonable option to pursue, but FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says: “At a time when we have hit a critical point in the opioid epidemic, the increasing use of kratom as an alternative or adjunct to opioid use is extremely concerning.”

I can understand not wanting it to be an adjunct (medical-speak for adding Kratom to your drug intake), but not even as an alternative to Heroin? I think almost anything would be a welcome substitute for Heroin or prescription opioid abuse.

In the U.S., Kratom has received many testimonials as to its success in helping those addicted to opioids “kick the habit”.  On the other side of the coin, however, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb claims there is no hard data for Kratom’s effectiveness and that there is a “deadly risk” to using the herb. Indeed, some states, and even some countries, have outlawed its sale or export.

The FDA uses several hundred reported cases of Kratom “poisoning” and 36 deaths “involving” Kratom over the past few years as reason enough to deny access to it. But Kratom is rarely the only drug found in the systems of these cases; some mix it with OxyContin and other drugs. In the meantime, the number of deaths from Heroin overdose in 2015 alone was more than 13,000, with 15,000 prescription opioid deaths in the same year.

Given those numbers, you would think that the government would want to do further research on Kratom before dismissing it as Heroin-class dangerous. Some of the research, reported in Scientific American as well as by Columbia and other universities, favors further evaluation before placing Kratom on the list with the bad-guy drugs.

Columbia University pharmacologist Andrew Kruegel says keeping Kratom legal may help develop better pain meds: “Those compounds alone may already be superior to codeine and oxycodone. At a minimum, if you can get rid of respiratory [problems] then you can save thousands of lives…if the research were able to legally continue.”

However, the FDA was stung by the pressure to reverse its decision last year, so it persists in its mission. Is it so certain, however, that it won’t drive Kratom users to more clearly dangerous drugs by banning it? Perhaps the devil you know (Heroin, prescription opioids) is better than the devil you don’t (Kratom), but in this case, I doubt it. Don’t act hastily to prohibit Kratom.

Here’s a sobering video by Navy veteran Andrew Turner, who uses Kratom to deal with a nerve condition called Meige’s syndrome, as well as his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and pain issues. You see him both before and after taking the herb:

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How to Treat a Burn: From Soothing to Healing

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How to Treat a Burn: From Soothing to Healing

Being burned is a modern world reality. Not all of us have had a dislocated shoulder or severe lacerations, but I can almost guarantee that everyone reading this has been burned at least once. I find it interesting that there’s typically so much advice/discussion within the scope of first aid revolving around cuts and fractures, […]

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Birds Nest Fern: How To Grow And Care For Asplenium Species

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If you’re slowly turning your home into a haven for tropical plants, the birds nest fern is a must-have plant. This lush, leathery-leaved fern finds its home in humid environments naturally. Still, it can easily become a brilliant flush of green indoors or out. Does this sound enticing? If so, read on to learn all … Read more

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Built in Console Cabinet with Secret Compartment

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Built in Console Cabinet with Secret Compartment Why are secret compartments so cool? Though most of us have no one who would ever come searching our homes with the desire to find out what you have. Still, the desire to hide things is so huge in Americans that it’s practically absurd. The truth is we …

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78 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

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34 Uses of Duct Tape for SurvivalUPDATE: Note this is a combined resource, recently updated with all the relevant uses for duct tape that Gaye originally put together! I have always claimed, and not altogether jokingly, that you could build a house with Elmer’s glue and Duct Tape.  Both items are readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to tote around. Given. . . Read More

Make Your Own Winter Survival Food Kit

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A while back my family spent 2 weeks camping around the beautiful and very cold country of Iceland. (You can read about our adventures in this article.) We had a cozy camper van with a propane stove, a small sink, table, and bunks, and as you might imagine, coming up with plans for hot meals every day became an interesting challenge!

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There’s something deeply satisfying about a hot drink or hot meal on a cold day, but have you ever thought about how you could manage that on a long, winter drive or if you were stranded in cold weather? A Winter Survival Food Kit might save the day.

immersion heater for winter survival food kitThis very, very simple, inexpensive, and very portable Winter Survival Food Kit that will provide you and your family with warm drinks and small, hot meals, and it all begins with a $6 gadget, the immersion heater. (see image)

An immersion heater like this one heats up almost instantly and if you were stranded in the snow, which happens to thousands of people every year, having the ability to melt snow into drinkable water is vital. Although it might seem like a good idea to eat clean snow if you don’t have water, the fact is, that icy snow will lower your core temperature, making it even harder to stay warm and avoid hypothermia.

With an immersion heater in hand, you’ll next need a metal container that can hold at least 16 ounces of liquid/food. The one I have in my kit looks something like this pot. In a pinch, you could use an empty, clean aluminum can but without a handle of some kind, you would need to have a potholder or something similar.

You now have a heat source and a container for food and/or water, so the next step is to think about what you could pack that wouldn’t be affected by very cold temperatures, and here is where small packets of food, like oatmeal, are the perfect solution.

 

Some of the foods I’ve found to be perfectly sized for a Winter Survival Food Kit are:

  • Packets of dry soup and bouillon
  • Hot chocolate and cider packets
  • Packets of sweeteners and honey
  • Teabags of different varieties  (Teas containing ginger, lemon grass, and lemon verbena are very good for fighting colds.)
  • Oatmeal
  • Ramen (bulkier but more filling)
  • Packets of coffee and lemonade mix
  • Emergen-C (You may lose some of the nutrients when added to hot water but you will still get a healthy jolt of the ingredients, including Vitamin C, electrolytes, and zinc. It comes in a few different flavors as well.)
  • Theraflu Flu and Sore Throat Powder  (There is also a nighttime version that will put you to sleep. Avoid that one if you’re driving!)

You’ll be surprised by how many of these packets can easily fit inside your kit’s metal pot. If you store them in a Ziploc or, preferably, a vacuum sealed pouch using a Food Saver, it will help keep the packets dry.

One final and necessary ingredient for all these foods and beverages is water. If snow is your only source, then choose snow that hasn’t been plowed, appears to be clean, and, preferably, is snow that has fallen during the middle or toward the end of a snow storm. That snow will have fallen through cleaner and less polluted air.

You can store water in your vehicle using the tips in this article to keep it from freezing. I always have a case of water bottles in the passenger area of my SUV and even if a few get partially frozen, I’ve never had the entire case freeze — but then, I don’t live in the most frigid parts of the country, either!

Check out Minimus, for buying packets of food and beverage mixes in bulk. This is especially helpful if you’ll be putting together more than one of these kits.

Your Winter Survival Food Kit is now complete! Is there anything else you would add? If so, add it in the Comments section.

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Americans ‘Should Assume’ Their Tax Returns Can Be Hacked From The IRS, Expert Says

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Americans ‘Should Assume’ Their Tax Returns Can Be Hacked From The IRS, Expert Says

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Nov. 15, 2017

No one’s financial information is safe from hackers at the Internal Revenue Service — not even President Trump’s.

That’s according to fraud investigator John Powers, who suspects Trump’s tax returns have been stolen from the IRS. Powers also believes that expert hackers could take anybody’s data from the agency if they wanted it.

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“Considering Trump’s risk profile, the determination of his detractors, and the current state of cybersecurity, it’s almost inconceivable his tax returns haven’t been hacked—successfully—by someone with more experience and expertise,” Powers wrote in Wired on Sunday.

“After all, American taxpayers should assume their personally identifying information is already in the hands of criminals and then act accordingly, as former IRS commissioner John Koskinen recently told reporters.”

Koskinen said: “Our estimate is a significant percent of those taxpayers already had their information in the hands of criminals.”

Powers is a certified fraud investigator who has coordinated investigations with the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He has had 20 years of experience and now heads up Hudson Intelligence in New York.

Powers noted that:

  • The IRS awarded a contract to Equifax for fraud protection services. Equifax is the credit bureau that lost data from about 145 million people to hackers earlier this year.
  • Fraudsters were able to steal data from about 100,000 taxpayers and $30 million by hacking an IRS tool for students seeking financial aid.
  • A Louisiana private investigator named Jordan Hamlett may have come close to stealing Trump’s tax returns – and he wasn’t even an expert hacker.

Powers surmises that hackers have seen Trump’s tax returns but haven’t released it because there is nothing there.

“Maybe the tax returns just aren’t that juicy,” he wrote.

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10 Awesome Comfort Items to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

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10 Awesome Comfort Items to Prepare Your Home for a Storm While I didn’t think many of these items were comfortable items I definitely look at all of them as great additions to your survival plan. Some of the items in this post I have never even heard of before. It’s so important that we …

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A Look At The Great Depression | episode 171

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This week I take A Look At The Great Depression. I delve into the factors that caused it. 

The great depression was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world

It lasted from 1929 until 1941 when World War II brought us out. 

 

Topics

  • Stock Market Crash
  • Growth Built On Credit 
  • Bank Failures
  • No Spending
  • Unemployment
  • Trade Stopped
  • Dust Bowl

 

 

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Robot Apocalypse: “With Artificial Intelligence We Are Summoning the Demon”

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The Simple, Traditional, Off-Grid Way To Ferment Vegetables

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The Simple, Traditional, Off-Grid Way To Ferment Vegetables

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The fermentation of foods likely was accidentally discovered by our ancient ancestors. Certain foods that were left unattended or ignored actually developed unique properties that not only accented their flavor, but lent them unique preservation properties.

In this article, we will cover some basic foods that can be preserved by fermentation and a bit about the science of fermentation.

Fermentation 101

Fermentation occurs in a variety of ways. The most common is alcohol fermentation and lactic acid fermentation. Alcohol fermentation is common in beverages like beer, wine and spirits. It’s when sugar and yeasts interact to convert glucose into alcohol. The other primary type of fermentation (and there are others) is lactic acid fermentation. This is a common fermentation method with vegetables and certain dairy products like cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese and yogurt.

Vegetable Fermentation

We will focus on vegetable fermentation and review some standard recipes. This includes:

  • Cabbage fermentation resulting in “sauerkraut.”
  • Fermented garlic.
  • Fermented radishes, which are very popular and common in Japan,
  • Fermented carrot sticks,
  • Korean Kimchi

The Concept

While alcohol production from fermentation depends largely on sugar, vegetable fermentation or lactose fermentation is often triggered by salt. Sea salt is the salt of choice, and it naturally draws liquid or water from vegetables to trigger the fermentation process.

One of the key steps in fermenting vegetables is to keep them submerged in their own juices, with sometimes the addition of a little water. Typically, a plate is placed over the immersed vegetables and a weight like a canning jar filled with water is placed on the plate to make sure everything stays submerged. This creates an anaerobic or no-oxygen environment which causes good bacteria to grow and ferment the food. The result is a release of carbon dioxide, which is often visible in the jar as the food ferments.

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Once the process is complete, it’s best to put the fermented vegetables into cold storage, either in a root cellar or refrigerator, or you can process them in a hot water bath and store them in the pantry. I prefer the root cellar or refrigerator. I like my fermented vegetables cold.

Don’t Forget to Burp the Baby

When you ferment food in a sealed jar, the release of carbon dioxide will build up pressure. This will eventually cause the jar to leak or could even crack it. You should gently release the lid to allow the gas to escape at least once a day. I would suggest you take the jar outside, because in addition to the carbon dioxide there will be a strong aroma. This is particularly true for more aromatic vegetables like cabbage, garlic and radishes. I actually like the aroma, but my wife has told me otherwise on many occasions. Most fermented vegetables take about two weeks to ferment, so don’t forget to burp the jars or you might have a mess.

Basic Equipment

You really don’t need much to ferment vegetables. A cutting board and knife plus some Mason jars or a small crock. Most of the recipes call for 1-quart jars. If you use a crock you might need some plastic wrap to tightly cover the top to create an anaerobic environment (oxygen-free) in addition to the plate and weight to keep the vegetables submerged. The standard ingredients include sea salt and the vegetable you’re going to ferment. You can also mix vegetables if you like, just make sure they’re washed and cut up as the recipes indicate.

You also can add some seasonings. This is especially true with Kimchi, but caraway seeds are often an accompaniment to sauerkraut and I always add them during the fermentation process. Other accompaniments could include turmeric for fermented radishes and mustard seed or coriander for fermented carrots. That’s up to you. I’ve added peppercorns to fermented garlic cloves and they give the cloves a nice bite and finish.

Let’s Get Started

Here are some traditional fermented vegetable recipes that are easy to make with ingredients that are easy to grow, or bought at the grocery store.

Sauerkraut

A traditional recipe popular across Europe, sauerkraut is fermented strips of cabbage.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 3 tablespoons of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of caraway seeds (optional)
  • 1-quart Mason jar

DIRECTIONS

Chop the cabbage into thin shreds and place into a large bowl. Sprinkle with the salt, and using your hands incorporate the salt into the cabbage shreds. If you’re going to add caraway seeds, add them before you mix and blend the salt into the shreds. Press down and squeeze the cabbage as you go for about 10 minutes. I’ll often use a potato masher to really compress the cabbage. Slowly, the cabbage will release liquid. Press the cabbage down firmly into the jar and if you don’t see enough liquid covering the top, add a little water until the cabbage is immersed. You obviously don’t need a plate on top when using a canning jar, but make sure the lid is sealed tightly and that the jars have been sterilized.

Let the cabbage shreds sit at 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit for two weeks. If it’s cooler, it could take another week or two. Burp it every day and after two weeks, give it a taste. If it’s too salty you can always rinse it, but not too much or you’ll lose some of the flavor. When it’s done you can either process it in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes or keep it refrigerated or stored in a root cellar. Fermentation will help preserve the food, but processing or refrigeration is a good cautionary step.

Fermented Radishes

The Simple, Traditional, Off-Grid Way To Ferment Vegetables

Photo by Steve Nubie

Fermented radishes are very popular in Japan and are often used as a palate cleanser between courses or a bite of particularly pungent fish like Mackerel.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 bunches of radishes
  • 3 tablespoons of salt
  • 4 cups of water
  • Small crock or 1-quart Mason jar
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric and/or dill, mustard seeds, peppercorns (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Slice the radishes into thin slices and toss in a bowl with the salt and optional seasonings until they are thoroughly covered.  Add the water and stir until salt is dissolved, and put into the jar or weigh down with a plate in the crock. If using a crock, cover the top with self-cling plastic wrap.

Ferment at 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 weeks. Taste to evaluate flavor and either process, cellar or refrigerate.

Fermented Garlic

Another personal favorite, this is a great way to have instant garlic on hand for recipes or you can chomp on them until someone tells you to stop.

INGREDIENTS

  • One dozen heads of garlic
  • Brine made from 1 quart of water and 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 1-quart mason jar
  • Herbs or seasoning of your choice. I like peppercorns but you can improvise

DIRECTIONS

Break the heads into cloves and peel. Fill a 1-quart Mason jar with the cloves up to 1 inch from the top. Add the seasonings and/or herbs and pour the brine into the jar. Ferment 3 to 4 weeks at 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit before processing or cellaring or refrigerating. As they sit in cold storage, the flavor will increase, so don’t eat them all at once.

Fermented Carrots

The Simple, Traditional, Off-Grid Way To Ferment Vegetables

Photo by Steve Nubie

I have carrots coming out of my garden for months, and fermenting them is a great way to preserve them. They’re great as a garnish or on a relish tray and make a tasty snack as well.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 quart canning jar
  • 1 quart of water
  • 3 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 3 pounds of carrots julienned into sticks

DIRECTIONS

Dissolve the salt in the quart of water. Julienne the carrots into thin sticks about 3 inches long. If you want to add any herbs or spices, put them into the bottom of the jar. Place the carrots in the Mason jar and pour the liquid over the top.  Make sure you leave some headspace in the jar so the carrots are totally submerged. Ferment for 2 to 4 weeks at 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Taste as you go and when they suit your taste, put into cold storage. They’ll continue to develop their flavor while in storage.

Kimchi

Kimchi is the national dish of Korea, but variations are found across Asia. I lived and worked across Asia for two years studying Asian language, culture and cuisine. It was while I was in Seoul, Korea, that I discovered my unending love for Kimchi. This is a hot and spicy fermented dish made with Chinese or Napa Cabbage and slathered in a rich and robust mix of garlic, hot Chile peppers and other ingredients to create an inferno of flavor.

INGREDIENTS

Step 1

  • 2 heads of Napa or Chinese cabbage
  • 1 ¼ cups of sea salt

Step 2

  • 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
  • 6 green onions chopped
  • Small onion minced very fine
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced or mashed
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground or finely grated ginger
  • 5 tablespoons of red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS

This is a two-step process. The first thing you must do is cut the Napa cabbage into 2-inch squares. You then toss it with the 1 and ¼ cup of sea salt and place it into plastic bags or a large plastic bowl or crock and let it rest for 6 hours. This will tenderize the cabbage and soften it. You then rinse the cabbage and put it into a large plastic bowl.

You then combine all the ingredients left on the ingredient list and toss them together to blend. I wear rubber gloves from here on out for the rest of the process and jam it all into canning jars or your crock.

Make sure you crock is covered. Burp daily and in 2 weeks at 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit you’ll have wonderful Kimchi. Reduce the pepper flakes or increase depending on your tolerance for spice and heat. Store in cold storage and don’t eat it all at one sitting like I have sometimes done.

Fermenting Doesn’t Stop There

There are numerous recipes on the Internet for fermenting everything, from fruits to vegetables. The important thing is to understand and respect the concept and experiment as you go. Our ancient ancestors figured this out long ago, and it’s nice to know we can enjoy a taste of the distant past with something growing in our gardens today.

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Stay Energized!

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The Invaluable Asset of Energy: As Preppers we have all not only imagined that we can be suddenly been thrust into the position of protecting and providing for our family in a catastrophic situation, we have seen it on the news and some have experienced it too up close and too personal. What are the first things that come to mind? Safety, protection, food security, a low-key hideout maybe or hunkering down; those are probably some of your top priorities. But once you get that hideout secure and stocked with food, then what? What about running water, heat, and electricity for the basics of survival? If things go bad quickly, do you really want your fortress dependent on the grid?

If you’re a regular visitor to this site, chances are the above scenario is a thought that has crossed your mind many times before, and will many times again, as we rethink and updates plans, taking into consideration new technologies, or tried and true solutions that need to be refreshed. You may even have a good plan in mind of exactly where to go and what to do. As a part of this on-going planning you might consider a solar photovoltaic (PV) system with Nickel Iron battery energy storage. We like this because the nickel–iron battery is a rechargeable, having nickel(III) oxide-hydroxide positive plates and iron negative plates, with an electrolyte of potassium hydroxide. Wikipedia

Charge temperature intervalmin. −40 °C – max.46 °C
Self-discharge rate20% – 30%/month
Specific energy19-25 Wh/kg
Energy/consumer-price1.5 – 6.6 Wh/US$
Energy density30 Wh/l
And I love the fact that the materials used in their construction are found in meteorites! Brings a smile to my face when I think that few of us have the mineral rights to the property we live. The advantages of this system are many. We love generators but they produce noise, pollution and will eventually consume all their fuel.

 

Weather/Cold Resistance

Maybe you see yourself and your family hunkered down in a private bunker somewhere in the unforgiving Mojave Desert, or your home in Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert, or at the edge of the Outback down under. Your daily temperatures can easily get up to 120º F, maybe even 130º, your roof certainly will. Of all the things you need to worry about keeping cool (most importantly your loved ones and your supplies) your battery system shouldn’t be one of them. This is a big plus if you live in the desert southwest, where temperatures approaching this are normal 7 months a year, and I have been boiling in Toronto in August.

Maybe your plan is to retreat into a snowy forest, shrouded in dense tree cover high in the Rocky Mountains. There you might have better access to hunting game as a source of food, but you can also regularly expect daily low temperatures in the Winter to dip into the single digits and sub-zeros. Again, in this kind of climate, your focus should be on keeping the family warm, not your support systems. I have been to Wyoming skiing in February four times in mys life and have never experienced a temperature above 5º, but have experienced as low as -25º.

At either extreme, and at every climate in between, a Nickel Iron battery can hang right there with you. Its battery chemistry and hardware are capable of both charging and discharging in temperatures as low as -30º F (-35º C) and as high as 140º F (60º C). This range of functional operation means you have the ability to harness solar energy and utilize it reliably regardless of where you live. I’m sold.

Discharge Durability

For years the standard battery for solar energy systems was lead acid. The lead–acid battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Planté and is the oldest type of rechargeable battery. Wikipedia

Charge temperature intervalMin. −35 °C, max. 45 °C
Specific energy33–42 Wh/kg
Self-discharge rate3–20%/month
Energy density60–110 Wh/L
Specific power180 W/kg

 

For standby applications such as occasional emergency backup on a grid-powered home, a lead acid battery might work. But even then, you better hope you don’t need too much power throughout the day for things like lighting, refrigeration, heating, and many other critical survival needs. Need to use it daily at 50% depth of discharge (DOD) or more? You likely won’t get more than 1,000 charge and discharge cycles out of your bank. Need a little more juice, say 80% DOD? Have fun replacing the bank after the first 200 cycles. That’s less than a year if you’re using it every day.

Now remember those climate extremes for you and your family’s backup bunker? Well, a lead acid battery might work for a while in the Mojave, though if the temperature exceeds 122º F you’re going to be in trouble. When charging, the lead acid can handle temperatures as low as 4 below, but when discharged it can freeze at 32º F leading to permanent damage. And if you have a whole bank freeze, you better hope you planned ahead with an extra bank or two in nearby storage, that has been heated.

Not only can the Nickel Iron battery handle those temperature extremes, its cycle life at a high depth of discharge is unbeatable. At 80% DOD, the Nickel Iron battery can go for 11,000 cycles and up if well-maintained (which we’ll get into in a second). The effect of this is twofold: for one, you are able to utilize more of the solar energy you’re harnessing every day; and two, even with this bonus daily juice, your Nickel Iron batteries will still last over 50 times longer than lead acid ones. This means decades of reliable solar electricity to help keep your food refrigerated, your security alarms armed and your family more comfortable.

Maintenance

The main drawback of the Nickel Iron cell lies in its maintenance requirements, though even those are easy enough to mitigate. It needs to be watered with distilled water every few months and needs a liquid electrolyte replacement every ten years or when you notice a loss in energy capacity.

   

The watering is not much of a problem these days. Water deionizers are readily available, as well as watering guns to cut down on the time and even fully integrated watering systems that can attach to each cell and fill up to the perfect level automatically in a few minutes.

The electrolyte replacement process is more involved, but still a viable option for the life of your battery bank, even in a crisis. Some Nickel Iron manufactures will sell you extra electrolyte in its dry, powdered form (which is then mixed with water to become the liquid electrolyte solution that will actually go into the cells); then all you need to do is store the powder properly and forget about it until that ten year mark comes around.

Think of this part like storing powdered eggs: the more air and water-tight the container you store it in, the longer it’ll last. It reacts with moisture from the air, so it might not be 100% as good as new when you bring it out a decade into the future, but if stored well it should retain its chemical properties enough to do the trick when the time comes.

History

In the first decades of the twentieth century, American inventor Thomas Alva Edison worked tirelessly to find an ideal battery, one that would store energy, discharge that energy in its entirety on demand, and be returned to its original state when it was done discharging without excessive wear. Edison found a battery as close to ideal as has been discovered to this day: the Nickel Iron battery.

In Edison’s mind, the ideal battery would also be “durable, light in weight, and sufficiently strong to stand the abuse, carelessness and negligence of a bustling world.” Thomas Edison, riding the wave of the second industrial revolution, envisioned his batteries in use in a world of ever-increasing prosperity and technological advancement. The “bustling world” Edison had in mind likely wasn’t one where the battery’s users had to worry about dire circumstances in the event of extreme weather, governmental fallout or economic crisis. He may not have known that such events would become more and more viable in the century ahead.

The good news, in light of the catastrophic possibilities ahead of us when things go wrong, is that Nickel Iron batteries are ready and should be considered a part of your planning.

 

 

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A New Season of New Assignments

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     After attending the Christian Warriors retreat for female military veterans, and spending hours in conversations with new and old friends who have been called to a new understanding of our place and duties in the Kingdom of God, I am coming to a new realization that I think God is about to do something completely different in the Body of Christ.
     I can’t explain it, but I have a heightened sense that those of us who are being called out of the traditional model of service to our God are going to be given new assignments that will greatly advance the Kingdom.  First of all, just in my own experience, I have been able to step back and see that how I view my faith is worlds apart from what it was just four years ago.  Then, I was content to accept the doctrines of the denomination I attended without question, and without any real interest to go beyond the surface level of understanding His character, His will, or His nature.  I didn’t even understand that He desired to partner with me, or what I could possibly do for Him.  I admit He was somewhat of a distant fatherly figure whom I didn’t really know.

     But He changed all that because He had an assignment for me.  Why He felt I was worthy of being called, I couldn’t have told you at the time.  But the ensuing years have been nothing less than astounding in regards to how I view our relationship now.  I will tell you that for me, my faith has evolved into one that is completely Christ-centered.  Oh, I knew John 3:16 in my prior Christian life, but I cannot say I knew Jesus.  But now when I declare that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, I mean it and I live it.  He is literally at the center of everything I do.  He has invaded my soul and spirit and nothing is more important than serving Him in obedience.
     When I read the Bible now, I see Him on every page, in both Old and New Testaments — not just in the red letters of the four Gospels. He is at the center of the Bible; He IS the Word! And although I was introduced four years ago to the concept of Christ’s delegated power and authority to all Believers, this concept is now a guiding principle by which I live out my faith.  And it is exciting to see more and more of my brothers and sisters in Christ embracing this same mandate from our Lord.
     Perhaps even more exciting is the acceptance of the supernatural in our faith lives.  I have been saying for the last few years that the Bible is a supernatural Book and we serve a supernatural God. What’s more, the Supernatural permeated the lives of Jesus and His Disciples and Apostles. But it seemed to me that the only ones who were willing to accept and espouse the supernatural were those who engaged it from the dark side.  Not anymore!  Christians are coming into their authentic identities as spirit children of a God who is spirit, and we are no longer skeptical or afraid of letting Jesus and the Holy Spirit work through us [and with us] supernaturally.
     And this all results with us being able to identify more with Christ.  After all, the Bible tells us we are being changed into His image with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), and we will, in all things, grow up into Christ (Ephesians 4:15).  And with our new identity in Christ, we grow into a desire to empower others to come into their true identities.  No longer are we satisfied to just be a part of a group called Christians, but rather, we desire to fulfill our destinies as designed by our Creator from the foundations of the world. We are no longer pleased to just bide our time on earth until God calls us home.  Instead, we want to actively carry out our assignments to advance the Kingdom until Jesus returns.
     Up until now, I believe that Jesus has been training us for these all-important assignments.  I believe that it will soon be revealed what part each of us will play in the Master Plan to defeat the Enemy’s evil moves.  I do not think that it is by accident that we have discovered how to release people from the bondage of Satan, or that we have the capabilities to heal and cast out demons, just as Jesus and the first century Church did.  I believe the revelations of these truths that we have been receiving in recent months and years is just the beginning.  Jesus is going to give us the keys to unlock so much more that hinders us from achieving the fullness of God’s Kingdom here on earth.
     Things that haven’t quite made sense, aren’t in alignment, or that seem to be veiled will come into full view, and we will have no hesitation about stepping into our roles as co-heirs with Christ.  In other words, we need to get ready for a major shift in how we operate in this realm as the spirit children of God.  I don’t know exactly what that looks like, but my spirit is telling me to get ready.  I already recognize a remnant that is forming into a cohesive group of willing Disciples for the advancement of the Kingdom. We have all independently been transformed and are now coming together under the guidance and leadership of the Holy Spirit, being provided with wisdom and knowledge for what will be coming.  I feel it in my spirit; it’s a new season for new assignments, and it will all be for the glory of YHWH.  It’s an amazing time to be alive!

1 Corinthians 7:17   “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.”

A New Season of New Assignments

     After attending the Christian Warriors retreat for female military veterans, and spending hours in conversations with new and old friends who have been called to a new understanding of our place and duties in the Kingdom of God, I am coming to a new realization that I think God is about to do something completely different in the Body of Christ.
     I can’t explain it, but I have a heightened sense that those of us who are being called out of the traditional model of service to our God are going to be given new assignments that will greatly advance the Kingdom.  First of all, just in my own experience, I have been able to step back and see that how I view my faith is worlds apart from what it was just four years ago.  Then, I was content to accept the doctrines of the denomination I attended without question, and without any real interest to go beyond the surface level of understanding His character, His will, or His nature.  I didn’t even understand that He desired to partner with me, or what I could possibly do for Him.  I admit He was somewhat of a distant fatherly figure whom I didn’t really know.

     But He changed all that because He had an assignment for me.  Why He felt I was worthy of being called, I couldn’t have told you at the time.  But the ensuing years have been nothing less than astounding in regards to how I view our relationship now.  I will tell you that for me, my faith has evolved into one that is completely Christ-centered.  Oh, I knew John 3:16 in my prior Christian life, but I cannot say I knew Jesus.  But now when I declare that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, I mean it and I live it.  He is literally at the center of everything I do.  He has invaded my soul and spirit and nothing is more important than serving Him in obedience.
     When I read the Bible now, I see Him on every page, in both Old and New Testaments — not just in the red letters of the four Gospels. He is at the center of the Bible; He IS the Word! And although I was introduced four years ago to the concept of Christ’s delegated power and authority to all Believers, this concept is now a guiding principle by which I live out my faith.  And it is exciting to see more and more of my brothers and sisters in Christ embracing this same mandate from our Lord.
     Perhaps even more exciting is the acceptance of the supernatural in our faith lives.  I have been saying for the last few years that the Bible is a supernatural Book and we serve a supernatural God. What’s more, the Supernatural permeated the lives of Jesus and His Disciples and Apostles. But it seemed to me that the only ones who were willing to accept and espouse the supernatural were those who engaged it from the dark side.  Not anymore!  Christians are coming into their authentic identities as spirit children of a God who is spirit, and we are no longer skeptical or afraid of letting Jesus and the Holy Spirit work through us [and with us] supernaturally.
     And this all results with us being able to identify more with Christ.  After all, the Bible tells us we are being changed into His image with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), and we will, in all things, grow up into Christ (Ephesians 4:15).  And with our new identity in Christ, we grow into a desire to empower others to come into their true identities.  No longer are we satisfied to just be a part of a group called Christians, but rather, we desire to fulfill our destinies as designed by our Creator from the foundations of the world. We are no longer pleased to just bide our time on earth until God calls us home.  Instead, we want to actively carry out our assignments to advance the Kingdom until Jesus returns.
     Up until now, I believe that Jesus has been training us for these all-important assignments.  I believe that it will soon be revealed what part each of us will play in the Master Plan to defeat the Enemy’s evil moves.  I do not think that it is by accident that we have discovered how to release people from the bondage of Satan, or that we have the capabilities to heal and cast out demons, just as Jesus and the first century Church did.  I believe the revelations of these truths that we have been receiving in recent months and years is just the beginning.  Jesus is going to give us the keys to unlock so much more that hinders us from achieving the fullness of God’s Kingdom here on earth.
     Things that haven’t quite made sense, aren’t in alignment, or that seem to be veiled will come into full view, and we will have no hesitation about stepping into our roles as co-heirs with Christ.  In other words, we need to get ready for a major shift in how we operate in this realm as the spirit children of God.  I don’t know exactly what that looks like, but my spirit is telling me to get ready.  I already recognize a remnant that is forming into a cohesive group of willing Disciples for the advancement of the Kingdom. We have all independently been transformed and are now coming together under the guidance and leadership of the Holy Spirit, being provided with wisdom and knowledge for what will be coming.  I feel it in my spirit; it’s a new season for new assignments, and it will all be for the glory of YHWH.  It’s an amazing time to be alive!

1 Corinthians 7:17   “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.”

A New Season of New Assignments

     After attending the Christian Warriors retreat for female military veterans, and spending hours in conversations with new and old friends who have been called to a new understanding of our place and duties in the Kingdom of God, I am coming to a new realization that I think God is about to do something completely different in the Body of Christ.
     I can’t explain it, but I have a heightened sense that those of us who are being called out of the traditional model of service to our God are going to be given new assignments that will greatly advance the Kingdom.  First of all, just in my own experience, I have been able to step back and see that how I view my faith is worlds apart from what it was just four years ago.  Then, I was content to accept the doctrines of the denomination I attended without question, and without any real interest to go beyond the surface level of understanding His character, His will, or His nature.  I didn’t even understand that He desired to partner with me, or what I could possibly do for Him.  I admit He was somewhat of a distant fatherly figure whom I didn’t really know.

     But He changed all that because He had an assignment for me.  Why He felt I was worthy of being called, I couldn’t have told you at the time.  But the ensuing years have been nothing less than astounding in regards to how I view our relationship now.  I will tell you that for me, my faith has evolved into one that is completely Christ-centered.  Oh, I knew John 3:16 in my prior Christian life, but I cannot say I knew Jesus.  But now when I declare that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, I mean it and I live it.  He is literally at the center of everything I do.  He has invaded my soul and spirit and nothing is more important than serving Him in obedience.
     When I read the Bible now, I see Him on every page, in both Old and New Testaments — not just in the red letters of the four Gospels. He is at the center of the Bible; He IS the Word! And although I was introduced four years ago to the concept of Christ’s delegated power and authority to all Believers, this concept is now a guiding principle by which I live out my faith.  And it is exciting to see more and more of my brothers and sisters in Christ embracing this same mandate from our Lord.
     Perhaps even more exciting is the acceptance of the supernatural in our faith lives.  I have been saying for the last few years that the Bible is a supernatural Book and we serve a supernatural God. What’s more, the Supernatural permeated the lives of Jesus and His Disciples and Apostles. But it seemed to me that the only ones who were willing to accept and espouse the supernatural were those who engaged it from the dark side.  Not anymore!  Christians are coming into their authentic identities as spirit children of a God who is spirit, and we are no longer skeptical or afraid of letting Jesus and the Holy Spirit work through us [and with us] supernaturally.
     And this all results with us being able to identify more with Christ.  After all, the Bible tells us we are being changed into His image with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), and we will, in all things, grow up into Christ (Ephesians 4:15).  And with our new identity in Christ, we grow into a desire to empower others to come into their true identities.  No longer are we satisfied to just be a part of a group called Christians, but rather, we desire to fulfill our destinies as designed by our Creator from the foundations of the world. We are no longer pleased to just bide our time on earth until God calls us home.  Instead, we want to actively carry out our assignments to advance the Kingdom until Jesus returns.
     Up until now, I believe that Jesus has been training us for these all-important assignments.  I believe that it will soon be revealed what part each of us will play in the Master Plan to defeat the Enemy’s evil moves.  I do not think that it is by accident that we have discovered how to release people from the bondage of Satan, or that we have the capabilities to heal and cast out demons, just as Jesus and the first century Church did.  I believe the revelations of these truths that we have been receiving in recent months and years is just the beginning.  Jesus is going to give us the keys to unlock so much more that hinders us from achieving the fullness of God’s Kingdom here on earth.
     Things that haven’t quite made sense, aren’t in alignment, or that seem to be veiled will come into full view, and we will have no hesitation about stepping into our roles as co-heirs with Christ.  In other words, we need to get ready for a major shift in how we operate in this realm as the spirit children of God.  I don’t know exactly what that looks like, but my spirit is telling me to get ready.  I already recognize a remnant that is forming into a cohesive group of willing Disciples for the advancement of the Kingdom. We have all independently been transformed and are now coming together under the guidance and leadership of the Holy Spirit, being provided with wisdom and knowledge for what will be coming.  I feel it in my spirit; it’s a new season for new assignments, and it will all be for the glory of YHWH.  It’s an amazing time to be alive!

1 Corinthians 7:17   “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.”

Survival Foods: Can You Live On Just One?

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If you’re reading this, you’ve likely seen at least one article listing foods that you should have in your survival stockpile because you’re interested in it. But … what if you only had the option of living on one food?

You’re stuck after a SHTF scenario with one crop and nothing else but it, other than water. Is there one food that you could live on? Let’s talk about that.

There are two factors to consider since we’re already assuming that you have one single food in a large enough quantity to survive on. That’s a pretty big hurdle in and of itself. Some people might think they wouldn’t make it. Would you?

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But say you do have one food only. Those two factors are nutrients and food fatigue.

We’ll address nutrients first.

Macronutrients aren’t optional

Your body requires three macronutrients to keep the balance and live: fat, protein, carbs, fiber, and water. If you don’t eat carbs and fat, your body will start consuming first its own fat, then muscle tissue.

Your heart is a muscle, so this is bad. Especially if the meat is particularly lean, like rabbit.

Fat

If you don’t eat fat, your organs will shut down. Your gall bladder, for example, requires a certain amount of fat just to function. Something like 40 percent of your brain is fat, and lack of fat, particularly essential fatty acids such as omega-3, and an overabundance of carbs have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. So, eat fat.

Protein

If you don’t eat protein, your muscles will degrade, and your body won’t be able to heal and generate new cells. There are 20 amino acids that are the building blocks of protein, and 9 of them are essential – our bodies can’t make them so we have to eat them.

Other Nutrients

Not only do you need these macronutrients, you also need micronutrients – vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients.

For example, if you don’t get any vitamin C, you’ll have scurvy inside of a month. Listing all of these wouldn’t just be another article; it would be a book.

Here’s a chart to help you out. In addition, you also need about 40 grams of fiber to keep your digestive tract and cardiovascular system healthy.

Food Fatigue

There are documented cases where entire villages have starved to death with readily available food within access. A good example of this is rice. Your body gets so tired of eating only one type of food for a long period of time, especially if it’s only prepared one way, that it will literally make you sick rather than allow you to eat any more of it.

This could be because it’s lacking nutrients that the food is missing, or it has an overabundance of the nutrients in the food because it can’t process them due to missing necessary macronutrients or micronutrients. For whatever reason, it’s a reality.

That being said, there are places on the planet where people survive almost solely on one food, usually rice. Maybe the key word is “almost.”

Is There a Perfect Food?

So, knowing what we know now, is there one food that provides all of the nutrients in adequate amounts that you need to survive? No. There are some that are close, but none of them meet all of your needs.

So which ones are the closest to perfect?

Potatoes

People have survived solely, or almost solely, on potatoes for centuries. For instance, during the Irish potato famine, the impoverished portion of Irish citizens lived off of potatoes and, when available, milk.

And the Scots will joke and tell you that a hundred years ago, their diet was potatoes, milk, oatmeal, and kale. Nutritionally, you could survive quite well off of that combination.

Also, there was Andrew Taylor. For the entire year of 2016, he lived on a potato diet, but there were a few caveats. He ate both white and sweet potatoes because just one or the other didn’t provide the nutrients he needed, and he occasionally threw in some tomato sauce, soy milk, salt, and herbs, and he took a B12 supplement. He did well, but it still wasn’t technically an all-potato diet.

They provide protein, carbs, and, especially if you combine the two, all of the macro- and micronutrients you need, except for molybdenum, which you can get from oatmeal. White potatoes are lacking in vitamins C and A, too, and calcium, which is where the kale and milk comes in.

Milk

Milk, especially fermented milk (aka yogurt, kefir, sour cream, some cheeses) is pretty darned close to perfect, too. Actually, human milk is the perfect food but that’s probably way outside the realm of reality, so we’re not even going there. Other milks, though, are still good.

You could meet your protein, fat, and carbohydrate needs, but it has zero vitamin C or iron. It’s missing several minerals, too. So, you couldn’t live off of milk.

Kale

Serious superfood here. Plenty of fiber and vitamins A, B6, and C – as a matter of fact, just one cup gives you 134 percent of your daily value of C. It even has protein, but you’d have to eat twenty cups a day to get enough protein, and then it’s not complete.

There’s no fat to speak of, and it only has 33 calories – 2 grams of carbs – so you’d have to eat at least 30 cups a day to meet minimal requirements. It’s also missing several micronutrients. So, no.

Your body is a complicated machine. Saying that you could feel it one food is sort of like saying as long as you keep the air checked in your tires, your car will run just fine. It’s just not the same.

Could you survive off of one food? Yes. If you had to, I’d go with potatoes. But if you have to do it long-term, you’re going to be suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiencies within a couple of months.

Do yourself a favor: stockpile a variety of foods. Make sure you have plenty of beans, rice, flour, and sources of vitamin C, because that’s a serious one that will have rapid negative results. You do not want to develop scurvy.

Think ahead and plan your survival! You never know when a disaster will hit!

Is there a food that you think may be complete enough to survive on long-term? If so, please tell us about it in the comments section below and get a dialogue going.

This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

5 Ways To Prevent You And Your Pet Dog From Heat Stroke

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Heat stroke is a very serious, sometimes lethal condition that affects all of us, animals and humans alike. While some animals enjoy specialized defensive mechanism to protect themselves from the effect of sun exposure and heat, it is fair to say that for the rest of us, heat stroke is an equal opportunity offender. Prolonged … Read more…

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Essential Skills, Tasks, and Training for Preppers and Survivalists: Part 1

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For this article, we’re going to go into “basic focus” mode: you start out with the basics and build upon them.  This is the type of mindset and foundation that work for everything in life (basically).  You use it as a format in everything you do, such as building a home or when you begin an exercise program.  In this vein, we’re going to create a Training METL: A Mission-Essential Task List for your Training as a basis for well-rounding yourself.  This is Part 1 of a 2-part series.

What is your focus?  What type of work do you do?  How do you allocate your time?  A short time ago, I wrote a piece on the importance of self-analysis: creating a true picture of yourself, your strengths, and areas that you need to improve in.  This holds true here, as you identify and prioritize your goals, with an overall objective in mind.  Here is an overall objective for you:

To survive and thrive as you and your family develop physically, mentally, and spiritually to well-round yourselves and prepare for any disaster that arises.

Simple enough.  The Mission-Essential Task List for Training can become a big part in actually realizing that objective and maintaining it.  This METL (called “Metal” in the Army) for your use will use broad categories to train and prepare that you can refine as your needs change and your skills improve.  Let’s start it off!

  1. Physical Training: It all starts here, with whatever you do to be able to “hang with the big dogs!”  Whether you’re a Triathlete, a weightlifter, a boxer, or a swimmer, you need to take your personal forte and tailor it to the maximum productive capacity.  Outline your training schedule, plan short and long-term goals for improvement, and take copious notes!  If you’re a swimmer, do you want to swim the English Channel?  If you’re a marathon runner, do you want to set a personal record for yourself?  Want to “up your max” on the bench press by 50 lbs.?  Part of your training is to identify your goals, and work up to them.  Tie in what you can do with the tasks you will need to accomplish as a survivor.  This also has to do with your overall body fat content (what is your goal?) and your measurements of weight, and tape.  Physical training is not an accessory: it is a priority!
  2. Martial/Fighting Arts Training: this is in the form of self-defense, such as Karate or the Martial Arts, or Boxing.  This also takes the form of skill with weapons and firearms.  We’re talking about combat with knives, with a staff, with PR-24’s or batons.  We’re mentioning rifle and pistol marksmanship and proficiency with every aspect of them…field stripping and cleaning, small repairs, maintenance, zeroing those weapons and scopes…the whole picture.  Your gym should also have a heavy bag (as mentioned in past articles).  You should have a definitive training plan with goals to meet.  An example could be to go a whole 3-round “bout” against your heavy bag, with 3-minute rounds and 30 seconds of rest in between.  An example with firearms could be to pick up any weapon…disassemble it blindfolded, identify the component parts and parts groups, reassemble it, perform functions check, and then drop the blindfold and put three rounds in the bull at 25 meters (75 feet) with iron sights at a one-inch shot group.  Sound tough?  High goals will yield high performance.  You can do it.
  3. New Skills: Work on one per 2 weeks or one per month.  Whatever you can handle.  Electricity, mechanics, home canning, medicine.  Take your pick.  Give yourself courses of instruction both on your own and with someone if possible.  You can never study enough, and as mentioned earlier, a good training calendar will really help you iron out the rough spots.
  4. Cross-Training the Family: Many people concentrate so much on individual tasks and studies that they neglect the group.  The training for a group and preparation can be just as important to you as an individual.  If you are the leader of your group and/or family, it will make your job that much easier if you know that your family members know what to do in an emergency and can help you.
  5. Book Learnin’!  Yes indeed, Study:  You need to well-round yourself and also to concentrate on the specifics of your specialties.  Know those ballistic tables for your reloading of your firearms…and know them cold.  Attention to detail.  Get the rest of the family involved.  Study to show yourself approved, a workman worthy of his craft.  Your goal is to survive.  You need to study and become a professional in all of these areas.
  6. Tying in the tasks and Practicum: Yes, outlining all of the functions of the family’s training and preparation…and then you need to come up with a realistic and safe training exercise for yourself.  Regularly.  This doesn’t necessarily mean under “ideal” or “Holly Hobby” conditions…but when it’s raining outside, and 40 degrees, and getting dark.  The more realistic you make your training, the more effective you’ll be when the time comes to do it for “real.”
  7. Meditation and Faith: whatever it is that you follow after, make it a core of your activities.  Learn to develop inner peace and strength by rooting yourself in whatever you follow after.  Be the best that you can be, and face life without fear in your heart and the courage to face it head-on.

These are general categories for you to follow: essential skills, essential tasks, and essential training.  You can refine them with time and practice.  Weigh your priorities, and honestly assess yourself and your abilities.  You will see improvement in areas only if you take action in those areas.  Part 2 will cover the actual “tasks” that you need to focus on (METL) when the “S” hits the fan.  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Essential Skills, Tasks, and Training for Preppers and Survivalists: Part 1

For this article, we’re going to go into “basic focus” mode: you start out with the basics and build upon them.  This is the type of mindset and foundation that work for everything in life (basically).  You use it as a format in everything you do, such as building a home or when you begin an exercise program.  In this vein, we’re going to create a Training METL: A Mission-Essential Task List for your Training as a basis for well-rounding yourself.  This is Part 1 of a 2-part series.

What is your focus?  What type of work do you do?  How do you allocate your time?  A short time ago, I wrote a piece on the importance of self-analysis: creating a true picture of yourself, your strengths, and areas that you need to improve in.  This holds true here, as you identify and prioritize your goals, with an overall objective in mind.  Here is an overall objective for you:

To survive and thrive as you and your family develop physically, mentally, and spiritually to well-round yourselves and prepare for any disaster that arises.

Simple enough.  The Mission-Essential Task List for Training can become a big part in actually realizing that objective and maintaining it.  This METL (called “Metal” in the Army) for your use will use broad categories to train and prepare that you can refine as your needs change and your skills improve.  Let’s start it off!

  1. Physical Training: It all starts here, with whatever you do to be able to “hang with the big dogs!”  Whether you’re a Triathlete, a weightlifter, a boxer, or a swimmer, you need to take your personal forte and tailor it to the maximum productive capacity.  Outline your training schedule, plan short and long-term goals for improvement, and take copious notes!  If you’re a swimmer, do you want to swim the English Channel?  If you’re a marathon runner, do you want to set a personal record for yourself?  Want to “up your max” on the bench press by 50 lbs.?  Part of your training is to identify your goals, and work up to them.  Tie in what you can do with the tasks you will need to accomplish as a survivor.  This also has to do with your overall body fat content (what is your goal?) and your measurements of weight, and tape.  Physical training is not an accessory: it is a priority!
  2. Martial/Fighting Arts Training: this is in the form of self-defense, such as Karate or the Martial Arts, or Boxing.  This also takes the form of skill with weapons and firearms.  We’re talking about combat with knives, with a staff, with PR-24’s or batons.  We’re mentioning rifle and pistol marksmanship and proficiency with every aspect of them…field stripping and cleaning, small repairs, maintenance, zeroing those weapons and scopes…the whole picture.  Your gym should also have a heavy bag (as mentioned in past articles).  You should have a definitive training plan with goals to meet.  An example could be to go a whole 3-round “bout” against your heavy bag, with 3-minute rounds and 30 seconds of rest in between.  An example with firearms could be to pick up any weapon…disassemble it blindfolded, identify the component parts and parts groups, reassemble it, perform functions check, and then drop the blindfold and put three rounds in the bull at 25 meters (75 feet) with iron sights at a one-inch shot group.  Sound tough?  High goals will yield high performance.  You can do it.
  3. New Skills: Work on one per 2 weeks or one per month.  Whatever you can handle.  Electricity, mechanics, home canning, medicine.  Take your pick.  Give yourself courses of instruction both on your own and with someone if possible.  You can never study enough, and as mentioned earlier, a good training calendar will really help you iron out the rough spots.
  4. Cross-Training the Family: Many people concentrate so much on individual tasks and studies that they neglect the group.  The training for a group and preparation can be just as important to you as an individual.  If you are the leader of your group and/or family, it will make your job that much easier if you know that your family members know what to do in an emergency and can help you.
  5. Book Learnin’!  Yes indeed, Study:  You need to well-round yourself and also to concentrate on the specifics of your specialties.  Know those ballistic tables for your reloading of your firearms…and know them cold.  Attention to detail.  Get the rest of the family involved.  Study to show yourself approved, a workman worthy of his craft.  Your goal is to survive.  You need to study and become a professional in all of these areas.
  6. Tying in the tasks and Practicum: Yes, outlining all of the functions of the family’s training and preparation…and then you need to come up with a realistic and safe training exercise for yourself.  Regularly.  This doesn’t necessarily mean under “ideal” or “Holly Hobby” conditions…but when it’s raining outside, and 40 degrees, and getting dark.  The more realistic you make your training, the more effective you’ll be when the time comes to do it for “real.”
  7. Meditation and Faith: whatever it is that you follow after, make it a core of your activities.  Learn to develop inner peace and strength by rooting yourself in whatever you follow after.  Be the best that you can be, and face life without fear in your heart and the courage to face it head-on.

These are general categories for you to follow: essential skills, essential tasks, and essential training.  You can refine them with time and practice.  Weigh your priorities, and honestly assess yourself and your abilities.  You will see improvement in areas only if you take action in those areas.  Part 2 will cover the actual “tasks” that you need to focus on (METL) when the “S” hits the fan.  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Safe Storage of Gas & Combustible Fuels

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Safe Storage of Fuel Do you store Fuel? Gasoline, Diesel, Propane, Kerosene, Camp-Fuel, Alcohol, Fuel-Oils, Acetylene? Are you storing them “Safely and Properly”? Have a look at this perfectly timed photo of an exploding gas can. Probably staged, but still quite impressive to say the least:   Guest Article by NRP Flammable liquids can be one of the most dangerous items anyone can store. Safe storage of gas and other fuels should be a top priority. If stored incorrectly it can lead to explosive disastrous results and even death. Here is an excerpt from the National Fire Protection Association: “In

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5 Emergency Heat Sources to Get You Through the Winter

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How would you stay warm if the power went out during a winter storm? If you only have one answer to that question (or no answer at all), it’s time to prepare some extra emergency heat sources. As they say, two is one and one is none. If your main source of emergency heat is […]

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The Great Divide ~ Preparedness Then & Now!

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The Great Divide ~ Preparedness Then & Now!
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The Great Divide for some will conjure up thoughts of the Continental Divide, a geological divide of the America’s by mountain ranges that drain to the Pacific and the Atlantic, but for others the Great Divide might be bring thoughts of music of a band so called and still others will think of a 2012 movie comedy while others will think of it in terms of society and those things that divide us.

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The Great Divide ~ Preparedness Then & Now!

The Great Divide ~ Preparedness Then & Now!
Host: Lynna… “A Preppers Path” Audio player provided!

The Great Divide for some will conjure up thoughts of the Continental Divide, a geological divide of the America’s by mountain ranges that drain to the Pacific and the Atlantic, but for others the Great Divide might be bring thoughts of music of a band so called and still others will think of a 2012 movie comedy while others will think of it in terms of society and those things that divide us.

Continue reading The Great Divide ~ Preparedness Then & Now! at Prepper Broadcasting |Network.