MSM Downplays the Smoking Gun Memo Which Shows Clear Treason Within FBI / CIA and the Dem Party

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Kudo’s to Chelle Grant


This is organized crime.
Media is complicit.
[Dilley covered some information specific to the AZ Dist 8 Congressional race he’s in.]
McCain has got major problems.
There’s a reason he’s not be in public in two months.
Five of the memos you won’t ever get (raw intelligence), and you won’t really need them.
The four you will get will be the breakdown of this whole mess. These will suffice.
Sedition = death penalty
RICO = life in prison
Which category is top tier?
Sedition -> hang time.
Sessions will talk to POTUS shortly.
Sessions can now unrecuse himself and kill Special Counsel and instruct Gowdy and NEP to start the ball rolling


Dilley Intel Drop, 2.2.18 PM, via Facebook PART 1

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FISA memo. MSM downplaying significance, trying to pretend one-off memo saying it only covers a small window of people.
Memo a product of nearly a million documents.
Memo a product of hundreds of hours of testimony.
Memo is smoking gun.
Unequivocally states that Comey, McCabe, Susan Rice, Yates, Priestap, etc., used the Steele fake dossier, planted in Yahoo news, they then took the dossier and the Yahoo article and took it to the FISA court.
The FISA court gave them the warrant to tap the phones of the Trump campaign.
This is not the full scale of it.
Not easy to get FISA warrant. Very difficult. Have to be a foreign actor doing intelligence, they think you’re a spy, to get FISA warrant.
This means FBI conspired with Obama admin and HRC campaign to spy on US citizens who were running for office.
This is called a coup.
This is how you take over an entire country and usurp democratically elected government.
This is treason.
This is sedition.
This will get everyone who’s on that thing hung, that’s the penalty. No getting locked up for this.
You signed that thing, you signed your fate.
Obama had this information, he was complicit in this.
Don’t let the media fool you.
This is one of many—there are more memos coming out.
Backed up by hundreds of hours of testimony, millions of pages of documents, black and white.
This is history you’re seeing, the media is complicit and they know it.
The State Dept. has a memo coming out against them.
This one was the FBI/DOJ memo that showed they conspired.
You weaponize the Intelligence Community (IC) and your law enforcement community, the top, to fix an election.
This is something you would see in third world countries, not in the USA.
This is what you get shot for in front of a firing squad.
This is how you literally usurp 340 million people and the will of those people, and you plug in who you think should be the next president.
It’s way worse than many of you guys probably realize.
Get the word out, intel coming in a moment you won’t see ANYWHERE ELSE.
This is huge. Intel coming straight from the top (remember that when you’re voting).
There are NINE TOTAL memos.
Believe only FOUR are going to get released.
Memo #5, a nuc about to drop on you guys, memo #5 states: “Obamas daily briefings [Top Secret], which he passed to Hillary, with daily intel updates on Trump’s campaign via the wiretap.” Along with other information.
This is called SEDITION.
This is what you would get hung for in the USA.
This is the highest level of crime that you can actually perpetrate, aside from treason, which Obama will have an opportunity to face those crimes as well.
Especially when you guys find out about the weapons and everything else.
But we’ll stick to the topic at hand.
This dude was literally, illegally spied on as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States
They took that information that they were spying on him about.
And passed it to another candidate in that race.
Even if they believed their nonsensical lie that they thought President (Candidate) Trump was actually a Russian spy, well, that whole narrative goes out the window when the next memo comes out and shows they were passing information to that political candidates opponent.
Now you’re done. Dead in the water.
Now you have broken so many laws that it’s not even funny.
This is why Obama lawyered up, why McCabe lawyered up, why Comey lawyered up, they’re all lawyering up.

Dilley Intel Drop, 2.2.18 PM, via Facebook PART 2
The content of the wiretap is amazing. Can only share this one portion, not cleared to do the rest yet.
Touches on people without clearance involved and being shown top secret intel.
They were passing along the most sensitive intelligence that you can receive in government and they were allowing average Joes with no security clearance to read it.
This other part is really bad. Cannot read it yet (aroused anger) but it will give you the most respect for the President of the United States.
Inspector General (IG) Report. Unbelievable, it’s going to take a while, not confirmed when it will be released, but it’s a shocker. Gallows being built. Uranium One section in Iran stuff is beyond comprehension. This is what source telling Dilley.
It goes back really far.
As said before, you will be facing/observing is going to be military tribunals for those at the top, because treason and sedition are punishable by death, and that is not to be tried in a normal, everyday courtroom.
That is to be tried in a military courtroom.
However, also mentioned 13,600 sealed indictments now, of which we don’t know how many people that actually is.
There will be multiple RICO cases.
Why is that significant?
Fun fact about a RICO case: there is no statute of limitations.
So if you broke the law, part of organized crime, back in 1975, and the evidence is found in 2018, you’re getting charged.
You can’t out run a RICO case.
In a RICO case, you can be sentenced, maybe not to death, but life imprisonment.
We’re going to have a really big RICO case. Probably two of the, maybe more.
This is organized crime.
Media is complicit.
[Dilley covered some information specific to the AZ Dist 8 Congressional race he’s in.]
McCain has got major problems.
There’s a reason he’s not be in public in two months.
Five of the memos you won’t ever get (raw intelligence), and you won’t really need them.
The four you will get will be the breakdown of this whole mess. These will suffice.
Sedition = death penalty
RICO = life in prison
Which category is top tier?
Sedition -> hang time.
Sessions will talk to POTUS shortly.
Sessions can now unrecuse himself and kill Special Counsel and instruct Gowdy and NEP to start the ball rolling.
Storm is here, and it’s beautiful.
Raw intel here, not broken down
Don’t let anyone tell you that that memo that came out today wasn’t significant. You’ve got to start paying attention.
There was a Freedom of Information Act release also on HRC emails which corroborate another portion of this memo that will be coming out which is that Hillary was getting Obama’s daily briefings which is disgusting.
They have evidence that, not only did they weaponize the IC, they also weaponized the Judicial Branch. They weaponized judges, just so we’re clear. And there’s actual evidence.
That’s way they (Dems/MSM/GOPe) ar trying to downplay this. They are freaking out.
This is how you end up with a banana republic.
Been saying for nine months, the only way to save this country is with law and order, restore law and order.
The rule of law must be established and respected or your country will fall apart.
[There was a Dilley Periscope that aired just prior to this that I didn’t listen to, but I was told by a friend that this podcast covered it all.]
*https://8ch.net/qresearch/res/114336.html#145810
*https://youtu.be/knZbDyFRxEs

MSM Downplays the Smoking Gun Memo Which Shows Clear Treason Within FBI / CIA and the Dem Party

Kudo’s to Chelle Grant


This is organized crime.
Media is complicit.
[Dilley covered some information specific to the AZ Dist 8 Congressional race he’s in.]
McCain has got major problems.
There’s a reason he’s not be in public in two months.
Five of the memos you won’t ever get (raw intelligence), and you won’t really need them.
The four you will get will be the breakdown of this whole mess. These will suffice.
Sedition = death penalty
RICO = life in prison
Which category is top tier?
Sedition -> hang time.
Sessions will talk to POTUS shortly.
Sessions can now unrecuse himself and kill Special Counsel and instruct Gowdy and NEP to start the ball rolling


Dilley Intel Drop, 2.2.18 PM, via Facebook PART 1

Image may contain: 1 person, text

FISA memo. MSM downplaying significance, trying to pretend one-off memo saying it only covers a small window of people.
Memo a product of nearly a million documents.
Memo a product of hundreds of hours of testimony.
Memo is smoking gun.
Unequivocally states that Comey, McCabe, Susan Rice, Yates, Priestap, etc., used the Steele fake dossier, planted in Yahoo news, they then took the dossier and the Yahoo article and took it to the FISA court.
The FISA court gave them the warrant to tap the phones of the Trump campaign.
This is not the full scale of it.
Not easy to get FISA warrant. Very difficult. Have to be a foreign actor doing intelligence, they think you’re a spy, to get FISA warrant.
This means FBI conspired with Obama admin and HRC campaign to spy on US citizens who were running for office.
This is called a coup.
This is how you take over an entire country and usurp democratically elected government.
This is treason.
This is sedition.
This will get everyone who’s on that thing hung, that’s the penalty. No getting locked up for this.
You signed that thing, you signed your fate.
Obama had this information, he was complicit in this.
Don’t let the media fool you.
This is one of many—there are more memos coming out.
Backed up by hundreds of hours of testimony, millions of pages of documents, black and white.
This is history you’re seeing, the media is complicit and they know it.
The State Dept. has a memo coming out against them.
This one was the FBI/DOJ memo that showed they conspired.
You weaponize the Intelligence Community (IC) and your law enforcement community, the top, to fix an election.
This is something you would see in third world countries, not in the USA.
This is what you get shot for in front of a firing squad.
This is how you literally usurp 340 million people and the will of those people, and you plug in who you think should be the next president.
It’s way worse than many of you guys probably realize.
Get the word out, intel coming in a moment you won’t see ANYWHERE ELSE.
This is huge. Intel coming straight from the top (remember that when you’re voting).
There are NINE TOTAL memos.
Believe only FOUR are going to get released.
Memo #5, a nuc about to drop on you guys, memo #5 states: “Obamas daily briefings [Top Secret], which he passed to Hillary, with daily intel updates on Trump’s campaign via the wiretap.” Along with other information.
This is called SEDITION.
This is what you would get hung for in the USA.
This is the highest level of crime that you can actually perpetrate, aside from treason, which Obama will have an opportunity to face those crimes as well.
Especially when you guys find out about the weapons and everything else.
But we’ll stick to the topic at hand.
This dude was literally, illegally spied on as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States
They took that information that they were spying on him about.
And passed it to another candidate in that race.
Even if they believed their nonsensical lie that they thought President (Candidate) Trump was actually a Russian spy, well, that whole narrative goes out the window when the next memo comes out and shows they were passing information to that political candidates opponent.
Now you’re done. Dead in the water.
Now you have broken so many laws that it’s not even funny.
This is why Obama lawyered up, why McCabe lawyered up, why Comey lawyered up, they’re all lawyering up.

Dilley Intel Drop, 2.2.18 PM, via Facebook PART 2
The content of the wiretap is amazing. Can only share this one portion, not cleared to do the rest yet.
Touches on people without clearance involved and being shown top secret intel.
They were passing along the most sensitive intelligence that you can receive in government and they were allowing average Joes with no security clearance to read it.
This other part is really bad. Cannot read it yet (aroused anger) but it will give you the most respect for the President of the United States.
Inspector General (IG) Report. Unbelievable, it’s going to take a while, not confirmed when it will be released, but it’s a shocker. Gallows being built. Uranium One section in Iran stuff is beyond comprehension. This is what source telling Dilley.
It goes back really far.
As said before, you will be facing/observing is going to be military tribunals for those at the top, because treason and sedition are punishable by death, and that is not to be tried in a normal, everyday courtroom.
That is to be tried in a military courtroom.
However, also mentioned 13,600 sealed indictments now, of which we don’t know how many people that actually is.
There will be multiple RICO cases.
Why is that significant?
Fun fact about a RICO case: there is no statute of limitations.
So if you broke the law, part of organized crime, back in 1975, and the evidence is found in 2018, you’re getting charged.
You can’t out run a RICO case.
In a RICO case, you can be sentenced, maybe not to death, but life imprisonment.
We’re going to have a really big RICO case. Probably two of the, maybe more.
This is organized crime.
Media is complicit.
[Dilley covered some information specific to the AZ Dist 8 Congressional race he’s in.]
McCain has got major problems.
There’s a reason he’s not be in public in two months.
Five of the memos you won’t ever get (raw intelligence), and you won’t really need them.
The four you will get will be the breakdown of this whole mess. These will suffice.
Sedition = death penalty
RICO = life in prison
Which category is top tier?
Sedition -> hang time.
Sessions will talk to POTUS shortly.
Sessions can now unrecuse himself and kill Special Counsel and instruct Gowdy and NEP to start the ball rolling.
Storm is here, and it’s beautiful.
Raw intel here, not broken down
Don’t let anyone tell you that that memo that came out today wasn’t significant. You’ve got to start paying attention.
There was a Freedom of Information Act release also on HRC emails which corroborate another portion of this memo that will be coming out which is that Hillary was getting Obama’s daily briefings which is disgusting.
They have evidence that, not only did they weaponize the IC, they also weaponized the Judicial Branch. They weaponized judges, just so we’re clear. And there’s actual evidence.
That’s way they (Dems/MSM/GOPe) ar trying to downplay this. They are freaking out.
This is how you end up with a banana republic.
Been saying for nine months, the only way to save this country is with law and order, restore law and order.
The rule of law must be established and respected or your country will fall apart.
[There was a Dilley Periscope that aired just prior to this that I didn’t listen to, but I was told by a friend that this podcast covered it all.]
*https://8ch.net/qresearch/res/114336.html#145810
*https://youtu.be/knZbDyFRxEs

Mom’s moving Update!

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Mom got all of the rental storage sheds cleaned out before paying another month of rent, Huzzah!  Of course the house is sort of full of stuff that is not put away.  The chicken house has been moved and some temporary fencing is up for the chicken run.  In the next couple of days we should be able to move the chicken run “kennel” out to Mom’s place and finish setting it up for the birds.

We finished setting up Mom’s bed today and by the weekend we hope to have all the chickens moved to Mom’s new home.  I need to add the power out to the chicken house that is cheap but safe.  My plan is to run the extension cord though PVC pipe and then bury the pipe 6-12 inches deep across the driveway area so the cord does not get damaged.  This is a temporary fix until Mom can run power out to her shop/critter area.

We did have a bit of bad luck as Tucker lost an eye in a dog fight. I’m good on paying for the Vet bill but getting the work trailer and hitch installed will take another couple of months of saving up cash.   It often seems that when you build and “Emergency Fund”  an Emergency happens.  I still prefer moving cash around to pay the bill rather than not having any funds to pay an unexpected bill.

We are not done moving but by this weekend we should have enough done on the move that Mom can live in the house and then putter around finishing up the odds and ends.

How-To: Winter Hiking and Camping

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Pack and Snowshoes Out of My Tipi

Not many people enjoy camping out in the cold.  The first time I took my wife cold-weather camping it got down to -4 Fahrenheit that evening and it was all I could do to get her out of her sleeping bag the next morning.  The secret to enjoying cold weather is dressing warm and having the right gear.

By Jarhead Survivor, a contributing author SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

Tipi in the Snow

Tipi in the Snow

Just because the temperature drops below zero, or it gets dark at 4:30 doesn’t mean you should hibernate like a bear for the winter.  Instead grab your warm clothes, your head lamp, and a warm sleeping bag and head into the woods for a night.  I’ve camped many nights in cold weather and those camping trips have ranged from super fun to miserable depending on what I had for equipment.  One night when it was well below zero I was going to camp on a mountain near where I live.  When I got to the trailhead I put my pack on and started looking for my gloves, which – as it turns out – I’d left at home.  At that point I was unwilling to turn around to go back and get them, so I went camping without them.  Overall it wasn’t horrible, but setting my tent up when the temps were below zero was pretty rough.  Other than that I kept my hands in my coat pocket and managed not to lose any digits.  Manageable, yes.  Fun.  No.  Lesson learned.  Don’t forget your gloves.

What You’ll Need

No matter what your winter sport of choice is you’ll need a base layer of clothing to help keep you warm and dry.  One of the big mistakes newbies make is to just throw on a heavy coat and head outside.  A pro tip is to dress in layers with synthetic or wool long underwear.  Avoid cotton because once it gets wet it loses it’s insulating properties and you’ll get cold.  Thick wool socks, good boots, a good pair of pants and if you’re going to do some snowmobiling or go rolling around in the snow you’ll need some snow pants too.  You’ll also need a warm jacket with a hood, hat, and a good pair of gloves or mittens.  Even when you’re snowmobiling with heated handgrips you still need a good pair of gloves.  I was out on my sled earlier this season during the cold snap we were having and those expensive gloves were worth their weight in gold!

Waiting for a friend after we got separated.

Snowmobiling fun!

In between your long underwear top and jacket you’ll need a medium layer or two, depending on what the temperature is.  I have several different tops I wear depending on whether I’m snowmobiling, hiking, or snowshoeing.  I have a military cold weather wool shirt that works very well when I’m hiking or ‘shoeing.

Regulate Your Core Temperature

When you’re moving through the snow with a pack or pulling a sled with gear on it you’re going to heat up fast.  One thing I like to do to regulate temperature is to start unzipping layers as I go.

Take your hat off, pull your hood back, unzip your coat, take the coat off if you’re getting really hot, take your gloves off.  Basically you don’t want to sweat iWinter scenef at all possible even though you will if you’re working really hard.  What I do when I’m hiking is have another inner-layer shirt in my pack and when I get to wherever I’m going I pull it out and change into it immediately while I’m still hot.  By the time you get done changing you’ll have cooled enough to start adding your layers back on plus you’ll be dry up top.

Stay Hydrated

In the winter you don’t feel thirst like you do in the summer, so it’s easy to become dehydrated.  When you stop to urinate check to see what color it is.  If it’s yellow you’re getting dehydrated and need to drink water.  Have a water bottle handy and every time you stop make it a point to drink some water.

Small stove I use in my tipi.

Small stove I use in my tipi.

Sleeping Bag

If you’re camping a good sleeping bag is your most important piece of gear.  I’ve slept in cold weather in at least ten different types of sleeping bags with mixed results.  I’ve got one bag rated for -20 and I’ve slept in -10 with it and stayed reasonably comfortable.

The warmest bag I ever slept in was one of the older military extreme cold weather bags.  It came with a silk liner that was a sleeping bag in its own right, but put the two together and you have a bag that will keep you comfortable at -40.  No, that’s not an exaggeration.  In the early 80’s we camped out at Camp Ripley, Minnesota for ten days in temps that never got up to zero degrees at their warmest and down to -40 at night.  We stayed in the big ten man arctic tents in those sleeping bags and stayed warm.  Getting up to go the bathroom was a miserable experience, but the bag itself was unbeatable.  Its one downside is the weight.  It weighed about 15 or so pounds and was huge, but if you’re sleeping in arctic conditions I’d highly recommend this type of mummy bag.

The newer military sleep systems aren’t too bad, but I slept out a few nights at -10 and could feel the cold creeping in.  I’m not sure how it would feel at -40.  If anyone has camped in colder temps than I have in one of these sleeping bags post about it in the comments and let me know how it worked out.

Civilian bags are pretty good depending on what you buy, but very pricey the better and warmer they get.  The older military bags are reasonably priced, but heavy… more suited for car camping or being pulled on a sled rather than alpine camping.  The newer military bags are ok, but when you’re sleeping in temps colder than zero expect to sleep cold.

Fire in the snow

Fire in the snow

Tents and Shelters

Alpine style four-season tents are designed to be more sturdy than warm.  They are designed to hold up under high winds on the side of a mountain, which means they have to be light enough for you to carry them up there.  They are well engineered and sturdy, but also expensive.

I’ve used three-season tents in the winter and as long as it’s not blowing a a gale they’re fine.

Other shelters I’ve used are the arctic military tents, which are really heavy.  I used them in the military, but also bought one for home use and it lasted about five years before it collapsed after a blizzard here in Maine.

I also have a tipi which holds up really well.  My uncle in Canada has a tipi as well and I snowshoed out a few years ago in the middle of winter to find that a couple of poles had collapsed under the heavy snow load.  It was still standing, but two of the poles needed to be replaced.  The most important maintenance task to perform is to make sure your structure is shoveled off as soon as you can get to it.

Camping

Pack and Snowshoes Out of My Tipi

Pack and Snowshoes Out at My Tipi

Now that you’ve got your gear it’s time to take it on a shake-down cruise.  The first step is to put everything in your big backpack.

Here’s a list of some of the things you’ll want in your pack:

  • Backpack
  • Stove and fuel
  • Extra clothes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent
  • Knife
  • Flashlight or headlamp (or both)
  • Food
  • Water
  • Lighter/matches/firesteel – some way to start a fire
  • Cook pot and eating utensils

This is in addition to what you’ll be wearing and it’s not everything you’ll need, but it’s a good start.

A winter pack is usually pretty heavy.  One good way to move it through the snow is by pulling it on a sled or toboggan.  Make sure everything is lashed down tightly or you’ll wind up picking it up a hundred times.

Find a good patch of woods and if there’s plenty of snow you’ll want to pack down a patch of it with your snowshoes.  When you figure out where you want your tent to go start packing the snow down with your ‘shoes.  Walk back and forth on it for about ten minutes or so and then let the snow harden up.  After it’s left to sit for awhile you should be able to walk on it, or least put your tent up without worrying about sinking into the snow.

Now it’s time to lay your gear out.  Put your tent up and then the sleeping mat and sleeping bag should go in.  Once you’ve got that done put your pack in next to you or in your vestibule if you have one.  At this point you can work on your camp.  Get firewood if you’re going to have a fire and get it ready to light.  How do you get a fire going in the snow?

 

Once the work is done light the fire and kick back.  Now it’s time to relax and watch the stars.  Have some cocoa or coffee and something to eat and enjoy the evening.

When you get in your sleeping bag it’s a good idea to sleep with just a t-shirt and maybe your long johns and socks and a hat or balaclava.  That way if you sweat you won’t get them wet.  If you get cold by all means put them back on.  I’ve slept in an inadequate bag with my coat on before, so do what you have to do to stay warm.

The reason you’re out here this first time is to experiment.  Take notes on what worked and what didn’t.  I’ll usually write something like this in my journal:

“The new gloves sucked.  They were too tight and caused my hands to get cold.  Probably good for ice climbing, but not for general camping purposes.  Good news:  the new sleeping bag rocks.  It’s got plenty of room and kept me good and warm with last night temps around 15 degrees.”

Take good notes, modify your gear as necessary, and pretty soon you’ll be a winter camping pro.

-Jarhead Survivor

 

Hen Fruit (Eggs) to the Rescue!

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Hen Fruit (Eggs) to the Rescue!
Host: Lynna… “A Preppers Path” Audio player provided!

Did you remember to eat your fruits and vegetables? Truly a positive behavior when it comes to our health. Most of us don’t get nearly enough whole foods including our fruits and vegetables which provide us nutritious and healthful benefits. While hen fruit isn’t actually a fruit or vegetable the benefits of hen fruit are incredible.

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8 Homeschool Blogs You Should Be Reading

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When I first started homeschooling, I couldn’t get enough of homeschool blogs. Although I was homeschooled as a kid, I loved reading about the different ways people choose to home educate. Some parents swear by curriculum, some love unschooling, and quite a few opt for a mixture of the two. There are ideas, free printables, lesson plans, and interesting curriculum resources on homeschool blogs, and I loved exploring these ideas when my kids were little.

Now that they’re older, I’ve found that I still love to read home education blogs. I love seeing what other families are doing, how they’re using the Internet to supplement their home education, and how they’re teaching their kids about interesting and complex topics.

Whether you homeschool for educational, religious, or personal reasons, it’s important to read as much as possible about home education so you can find the latest and greatest resources, exchange ideas, and learn new skills that will help you in your homeschooling. The more information you have, the better off your kids are going to be when it’s time to start teaching them about new and different ideas.

Have you been looking for some new reading material? Reading home education blogs offer a great way to connect with other moms, find new ideas, and to discover new information about home education. Here are a few fantastic homeschool blogs that you should be reading!

  1. Blog, She Wrote not only has a great name, but also has tons of resources for new and experienced homeschoolers alike.
  2. Homeschool Encouragement offers a variety of resources and lots of information for parents. It’s also a great place to get a little boost if you’re feeling down.
  3. Free Homeschool Deals is the place to be if you’ve been wondering how you can possibly afford to home educate your kids.
  4. Fantastic Fun and Learning is an informative site to find ideas and activities for kids. Whether you want something educational or just something fun, you’ll be able to find something great for your little ones.
  5. Confessions of a Homeschooler is the place to be if you’re looking for giveaways for home educators or for encouragement in your homeschool journey.
  6. Amongst Lovely Things isn’t just a homeschool blog, but it has a lot of information for organizing your school area. It’s also a fantastic site to visit if you need a little cheering up.
  7. Simply Living For Him is a really sweet blog with lots of ideas for every part of your home.
  8. Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus has tons of information for new home educators, as well as tons of great resources for online learning.
Do you enjoy reading homeschool blogs? Did I catch any of your favorites? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Rechargeable Lightbulbs!!

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I found these rechargeable lightbulbs at Lowes  a few weeks ago.You use them as a lightbulb and then if your power goes out these will kick on and last for 3.5 hours! They will flash for a few seconds before they go out all of the way so you can be prepared for the dark! I bought 2 of them. Put 1 in the living room and one in my son’s room. They are surprisingly bright, even after the power goes out. I have been using the one in the living room every night. By time I get ready for bed , It goes out on it’s own.

Food Storage Recipe – Family-Friendly Noodle Casserole

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Family-Friendly Noodle Casserole is a great recipe for a quick meal.

NEED:

1 (12 oz.) package egg noodles

2 tbsp olive oil

 2 C. fresh sliced mushrooms

1/2 C. chopped green bell pepper

 1 onion, chopped

 2 cloves garlic, minced

 1 lb. lean ground beef

 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes

1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste

1/4 tsp chopped fresh parsley

 2 tsp Italian seasoning

 1 tbsp dried oregano

 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp salt ground black pepper to taste

1 tsp white sugar

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese

 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream

 1/2 C. chopped green onions

 1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

1 pinch paprika

 In a large pan of lightly salted boiling water, cook the egg noodles till desired tenderness .


 Drain them well and keep everything aside.

 In a large skillet, heat the oil on medium heat, sauté the bell pepper, mushrooms and onion for about 5 minutes.

Add the beef and cook till browned.

 Drain the excess fat from the skillet.

Stir in the tomatoes, parsley, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper and simmer, covered for about 30 minutes,  stirring occasionally.

 Set your oven to 325 degrees F and grease a large casserole dish.

 In a bowl, mix together the sour cream, cream cheese, 1/4 C. of the Parmesan and green onion.

 Place the cooked noodles in the bottom of the casserole dish evenly, followed by the tomato mixture, cream cheese mixture and top the mix with the remaining Parmesan and paprika.

Cook everything in the oven for about 45 minutes.

Snowshoe bindings

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I’d mentioned earlier that after years of wanting, I finally caved and got a pair (well, two actually) of the surplus magnesium snowshoes that never seem to run out of inventory at the various surplus dealers.

The bindings that come with them are, to put it mildly, challenging. Oh, if you get good instructions you can suss it out and get them the way you want them but isn’t there a better way?

Might be.

Some research showed that these bindings were recommended for this sort of thing so I went ahead and ordered a set. The instructions were NOT terribly clear, but between YouTube and some comments in the reviews on Amazon, I got it figured out.

 

Bottom line: You will want to use different screws. I used 1.5″ 10-24 with nylon locking bolts and a couple washers on either side. About $1 at most hardware stores. The guy in the video cut away some of the wires that were in the way and then cable clamped the loose ends. Maybe that works for him, I dont like the idea of cutting anything. I used some safety wire to pull the webbing wires apart where I needed more space.

Getting in and out of these bindings is a breeze. Highly recommend. If the weather would just cooperate, I’ll take these things for a hike up in the hills but right now we’ve got rain and virtually zero snow on the ground. But, February us usually our winteriest month, so who knows.

Book Review: Living Well on Practically Nothing

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I have mixed feeling about the book Living Well on Practically Nothing. I did get my money’s worth in ideas, but a lot of this was rehash of things I have seen before. I really expected a lot out of this book, so it may have been my expectations where too high, but I felt it could have been a little shorter and left out some of the “fluff”. Some of the “disaster proof” jobs are things a lot of us do now to earn spare money. I did learn some things, but most of it was good common sense,

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Free PDF: An Elementary Experimental Chemistry

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By the end of 2020 PDF Downloads like An Elementary Experimental Chemistry are going to ensure that I dominate the internet on searches for 200 year olf Chemistry manuals. l have went in depth about why I am posting them, and I am limiting them to one a week, at some point I will figure out a better way to categorize them and lump them together like I do the firearm manufacturers manuals. Unfortunately, these all have different authors, different publishers, and different mindsets.  Some of these books are textbooks, others are more of lab notes from the experiments of the

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Mom shoots intruder: Is a 6 shot revolver enough?

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The clip below is about a mom that hid in the attic with her 9 year or twins as an ex convict broke into their home.

In the dramatic audio we hear the husband instruct his wife to shoot as he taught her. The woman shoots the intruder as he enters the attic, hitting him 5 times in the face and neck with her 38 special revolver. The intruder escapes, goes back to his vehicle and crashes near by due to blood loss. He is captured by the authorities and expected to survive.

One of the most common discussions among firearms enthusiasts regarding self-defense is how many rounds do you need and what caliber should it be.

This story is in fact a great piece to analyze and explain what happens in real life.

Was the 38 revolver enough?

Depends.

Enough to dissuade the intruder? Yes it was. It saved the woman’s life because five of those six shots made the bad buy change his mind. But it did not stop him. The man was still able to exit the house and drive. Had he been armed or more determined to cause harm he might have been able to do so.

We often hear that six rounds is more than enough because the average gunfight is 2-3 rounds….

Well, no. Those statistics often include everything from homicides to suicides and certainly are a poor representation of what actually happens during violent confrontations, even more so when it involves multiple attackers.

You see, this woman was effectively out of ammunition in this situation. She shot all 6 rounds in her revolver.  If there had been another attack with the will to fight, she would have been unarmed. In fact she didn’t have enough ammo left to effectively stop the one intruder she did shoot 5 times already. Sometimes things work out, but sometimes they don’t and we can’t plan on being lucky.

Was 38 enough? 5 shots in the face and neck is more than what most shooters can hope for in a gunfight. Clearly none of them were direct hits in critical parts of the anatomy but it is safe to say that a more powerful round (or maybe better 38 ammo) would have performed better. 357 magnum rates considerably better than 38 regarding one shot stops. The recoil is also more powerful and not everyone is comfortable with it.

A revolver is an excellent choice for shooters than won’t be training much and may get confused with the somewhat more intricate manual of arms of auto pistols. 38 special will work within its limitations (and it certainly did in this case) but 357 magnum is preferable if at all possible. Keep in mind that a person that isn’t comfortable with the blast and recoil of a magnum may hardly notice any of it under stress during a confrontation, even if back at the range it was more of a problem.

My advice still remains the same. For anyone that will put into it the necessary training to be proficient with a firearm, take a defensive shooting class and practice with certain frequency then a Glock in 9mm (or bigger) loaded with good ammo is certainly the way to go. For the person that wont go beyond the basic firearms safety handling, then a revolver is more simple to use, less prone to confusion when handled under stress and it is still far better than being unarmed.

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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”

3 Things You MUST Know to Protect Your Money (Even If You Know Nothing About the Market)

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In this economic climate, lots of folks are wondering how to protect their money. Some people are forced to invest in retirement funds by their employers, … Read the rest

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Beer Bread

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Why I like this recipe:

It tastes great! It’s very simple to make, an 8 year old could make it if they’d put down their cell phone. It uses few ingredients, all of which are probably in or should be in your pantry. No mixer needed or special bread tools other than a bread baking pan. It’s a perfect Prepper food to stock ingredients for.

Beer Bread

Why I like this recipe:

It tastes great! It’s very simple to make, an 8 year old could make it if they’d put down their cell phone. It uses few ingredients, all of which are probably in or should be in your pantry. No mixer needed or special bread tools other than a bread baking pan. It’s a perfect Prepper food to stock ingredients for.

Sliced and ready to eat. Yummy!

The beer I used. Any beer should work but I prefer a Lager type.

Dough ready to put in the oven and bake.

Checking the internal temperature to be sure it’s finished.

Cooling for a few minutes in the pan before removing.

Out of the pan, nicely golden brown, ready to slice and enjoy!

Ingredients, makes one loaf:

  • 3 cups self-rising flour. [360 grams]

  • 12 oz room temperature beer, any kind, I use a Lager. [360 grams]

  • 1/2 cup sugar [100 grams]

  • 4 tbs butter (1/2 stick) [60 grams] for drizzling on loaf after first 40-45 minutes in oven.

If you do not have self-rising flour; then make your own by using double acting baking powder. For this recipe add 4½ tsp baking powder AND 1 tsp salt to the 3 cups of AP flour.

Directions:
Combine and blend thoroughly the dry ingredients.  

Add the beer and immediately blend to bring all the ingredients together. Don’t overwork the dough. The dough will be wet and sticky, almost pourable.

Once blended immediately place the dough in a greased bread pan (I use shortening) and into the pre-heated oven.

Bake @ 350f for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes remove from oven and drizzle the melted butter over the top of the loaf and return to oven.

Bake for 15 more minutes. Using an inexpensive stick thermometer the finished internal temp should be 195f – 205f.

Remove from oven and let the bread rest in the bread pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack.  

Allow to cool then serve.

This recipe was stolen from; http://twomenandalittlefarm.blogspot.com/2018/01/beer-bread-recipe.html and with a little modification.

It’s just too good to not pass around.

Beer Bread

Why I like this recipe:

It tastes great! It’s very simple to make, an 8 year old could make it if they’d put down their cell phone. It uses few ingredients, all of which are probably in or should be in your pantry. No mixer needed or special bread tools other than a bread baking pan. It’s a perfect Prepper food to stock ingredients for.

Sliced and ready to eat. Yummy!

The beer I used. Any beer should work but I prefer a Lager type.

Dough ready to put in the oven and bake.

Checking the internal temperature to be sure it’s finished.

Cooling for a few minutes in the pan before removing.

Out of the pan, nicely golden brown, ready to slice and enjoy!

Ingredients, makes one loaf:

  • 3 cups self-rising flour. [360 grams]

  • 12 oz room temperature beer, any kind, I use a Lager. [360 grams]

  • 1/2 cup sugar [100 grams]

  • 4 tbs butter (1/2 stick) [60 grams] for drizzling on loaf after first 40-45 minutes in oven.

If you do not have self-rising flour; then make your own by using double acting baking powder. For this recipe add 4½ tsp baking powder AND 1 tsp salt to the 3 cups of AP flour.

Directions:
Combine and blend thoroughly the dry ingredients.  

Add the beer and immediately blend to bring all the ingredients together. Don’t overwork the dough. The dough will be wet and sticky, almost pourable.

Once blended immediately place the dough in a greased bread pan (I use shortening) and into the pre-heated oven.

Bake @ 350f for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes remove from oven and drizzle the melted butter over the top of the loaf and return to oven.

Bake for 15 more minutes. Using an inexpensive stick thermometer the finished internal temp should be 195f – 205f.

Remove from oven and let the bread rest in the bread pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack.  

Allow to cool then serve.

This recipe was stolen from; http://twomenandalittlefarm.blogspot.com/2018/01/beer-bread-recipe.html and with a little modification.

It’s just too good to not pass around.

How to Grow Beans: The Ultimate Guide (Updated February 2018)

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Beans are one of the most powerful and versatile plants you can plant in your garden. They yield a massive amount of pods, and are nitrogen-fixers, meaning they add valuable nitrogen back to your soil. Learning how to grow beans can not only give you tons of produce, but it can be good for your … Read more

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California Targets Homeschoolers Following Tragedy; Home Visits Possible

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California Targets Homeschoolers Following Tragedy; Home Visits Possible

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Calls for severely regulating homeschooling in California have begun in the wake of the horrific Turpin child-abuse case that made national headlines.

“There’s no better way to isolate your child if you are an abusive parent than to homeschool,” Rachel Coleman, the executive director of the Coalition for Responsible Homeschooling, told NBC 4 in Los Angeles.

Two California state assembly members, Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton) and Jose Medina (D-Riverside), want to increase restrictions on homeschooling. The two are partnering with the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torkalson, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board is among those pushing for tougher restrictions. David and Louise Turpin are accused of keeping their 13 child starved, chained up and living in filth.

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“The answer is that the couple exploited California’s lax homeschooling laws to keep the authorities from finding out what they were doing to their kids,” a Bee editorial charges. “ … Beyond local zoning and fire codes and an annual registration to show that the children enrolled are not truant, private schools have scant oversight in California. The state Department of Education doesn’t approve, monitor, inspect or oversee them. They don’t have to perform standardized testing. The state can’t monitor their academic performance or review their curricula.”

California, the editorial board said, should “follow the lead of New York and Pennsylvania, which require standardized testing and regular assessments.”

“It might also take the labor-intensive step of requiring site visits, as with private day care centers,” the editorial board said.

Civil Rights Violated?

But some say increased regulation is a bad idea.

“We are concerned … that this horrible incident – words fail to describe the depravity – may lead to an unwarranted backlash and violation of the civil rights of law-abiding, thriving, homeschooling families,” James R. Mason of the Home School Legal Defense Association wrote in a Sacramento Bee op-ed.

“The story out of Riverside has prompted The Sacramento Bee and others to adopt a frightening position,” Mason charged.

He summed up the position: “This parent who claims to be home schooling has committed unspeakable acts. Therefore, we need to treat all parents who claim to be home schooling with suspicion and make them submit to periodic government inspections of their homes and children.”

Mason then quoted a 1979 Supreme Court decision that affirmed homeschooling: “That some parents ‘may at times be acting against the interests of their children’ … creates a basis for caution, but it is hardly a reason to discard wholesale those pages of human experience that teach that parents generally do act in the child’s best interest. … The statist notion that governmental power should supersede parental authority in all cases because some parents abuse and neglect children is repugnant to American tradition.”

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5 Things You Better Know About The Stock Market Freefall

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5 Things You Better Know About The Stock Market FreefallThe Dow Jones plunged Monday by 1,175 points and continued that slide Tuesday morning. Not surprisingly, many investors are confused by the freefall.

Here are five things you should know about the present panic on Wall Street:

1. The Dow Jones industrials suffered its worst one-day point drop ever on Monday. It even was down by 1,600 points at one point. This was actually worse than the memorable decline on Sept. 29, 2008, during the Great Economic Meltdown, CNBC reported. The market lost 777 points back then. Still, as a percentage of the market (4.6 percent), it was not a record.

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2. Interest rates might be to blame. Bond traders believe the sell-off, which began Friday, was triggered by speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve is set to raise interest rates. The fear is that higher interest rates would lead to lower home sales and less new construction, which can trigger a downturn.

3. This might not be a correction. A correction would require the Dow to lose around 10 percent of its value, Vox pointed out. The Dow only lost 6.5 percent of its value on Monday. However, stock market strategist Steve Stovall told Vox that a 20 percent drop in the market is possible.

4. The real estate market might be worse than stocks right now. U.S. home sales fell sharply in December, the National Association of Realtors reported. Home sales fell by around 3.5 in the final month of 2017. The number of previously owned homes fell by 11.4 percent to 1.8 million, the lowest number since January 1999.

5. Advisors are telling people to sell their stocks. Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts gave investors a “sell indicator” Friday, CNBC reported. The indicator means that the market is overheated and primed for a big fall.

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Bull & Bear or sell indicator is one of the most accurate predictors of market activity, CNBC reported.

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How to build a practical, affordable prepper library

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When I first began learning about survival topics like food storage and bug out bags, I knew I needed to begin building a library of actual books that could guide me through survival scenarios of all kinds. I began collecting books about gardening, household repair, first aid, military manuals, you name it. When possible, I […]

Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

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Guest Article by Lauren: Seed saving is not difficult. The hardest part of seed saving is knowing when and how the particular crop produces seeds. Some seed in the spring, some in the fall, some the 2nd year. Some have seed pods, some have fruit. If seeds come from inside the edible fruit (like tomatoes, squash, and peaches), let one fruit ripen on the plant and harvest the seeds from that. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve lost track of how many times someone’s said “Wait, I can plant that?” The fruit will have to be fully ripe,

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Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

Guest Article by Lauren: Seed saving is not difficult. The hardest part of seed saving is knowing when and how the particular crop produces seeds. Some seed in the spring, some in the fall, some the 2nd year. Some have seed pods, some have fruit. If seeds come from inside the edible fruit (like tomatoes, squash, and peaches), let one fruit ripen on the plant and harvest the seeds from that. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve lost track of how many times someone’s said “Wait, I can plant that?” The fruit will have to be fully ripe,

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Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

Guest Article by Lauren: Seed saving is not difficult. The hardest part of seed saving is knowing when and how the particular crop produces seeds. Some seed in the spring, some in the fall, some the 2nd year. Some have seed pods, some have fruit. If seeds come from inside the edible fruit (like tomatoes, squash, and peaches), let one fruit ripen on the plant and harvest the seeds from that. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve lost track of how many times someone’s said “Wait, I can plant that?” The fruit will have to be fully ripe,

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Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

Guest Article by Lauren: Seed saving is not difficult. The hardest part of seed saving is knowing when and how the particular crop produces seeds. Some seed in the spring, some in the fall, some the 2nd year. Some have seed pods, some have fruit. If seeds come from inside the edible fruit (like tomatoes, squash, and peaches), let one fruit ripen on the plant and harvest the seeds from that. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve lost track of how many times someone’s said “Wait, I can plant that?” The fruit will have to be fully ripe,

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The Power Of Our Testimony – Part Two

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     I want to finish out my discussion on how our testimonies can encourage others to step out in the power and authority Christ has given us to effect change on the earth. I’m speaking of change in the sense of changed lives; lives that need to receive the message of what the Kingdom of God on earth looks like. And this “change” involves the power of the Holy Spirit to bring a pardon and forgiveness of sins to those who have been held captive by the lies of the Enemy [who whispers they don’t deserve it]. It involves the power of the Holy Spirit to bring sight to the blind — both those with physical blindness, as well as spiritual blindness to the truth of the Kingdom Gospel. This “change” also includes the power of the Holy Spirit to free those who have been oppressed by sins committed against them; those wounded by tragedy; and those who walk in false identities given to them by the devil. And finally, change can be effected when we share the good news of the acceptable year of the Lord (the day when salvation and the favor of God will abound upon all the earth for those who accept Jesus as their Redeemer).  This is the change prophesied by Isaiah and spoken of by Jesus in Luke 4:18-19.

     I want to make it perfectly clear that all this comes about by the power of the Holy Spirit — whether one receives the power of these truths through their own unwavering faith; through an independent move of the Holy Spirit; or by us acting in our authority to represent the Kingdom… all allow the Holy Spirit to exhibit His power through us. Furthermore, it is our testimonies of that power that encourages others to seek the Divine Power in their lives… all of which transforms this earth for the glory of God.
     In the previous post, I presented Jeremy’s testimony; one of hearing the Holy Spirit and responding in obedience to take a message of the redemptive love of Jesus to heal a hurting family. As I said in that post, it is clear to me that we have to find the balance between battling in spiritual warfare and proclaiming Christ’s healing love.  They are really two sides of the same coin, and when you are doing one, you are doing the other, and both reflect the power of the Holy Spirit to change a person’s life.
     Today, I want to share my dear friend, Terah’s testimony.  First, I want to say that when it comes to being steadfast and committed in battling the Enemy and his schemes, I want Terah by my side. She has been unflinching in battling for her marriage and her family; always relying on her identity as a Daughter of the King. Even when the devil has landed a well-placed fiery dart, she quickly recovers, and returns to her true identity.  I think the secret to Terah’s strong faith is that she was willing to examine her theology, and was willing to be discipled through a Bible study, where the Holy Spirit revealed God’s truth. Then she was willing to accept those truths and walk out her salvation [in fear and trembling]. Now, together with her husband, Greg, [who is undergoing his own amazing redemptive transformation], Terah is growing in her spiritual maturity.  As we all should do, this couple was willing to undergo some critical self-evaluation and then commit themselves to advancing the Kingdom that Scripture has revealed.
     But before I let Terah tell you her story, I want to say that it is always amazing to me when I see the opportunities [to share the Kingdom Gospel] that God puts in front of us when we are willing to be obedient. Somehow, supernaturally, our hearts and spirits become both softened and more alert to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit. That is what has happened in Terah’s life. And I ask her forgiveness if I have the timeline of her testimony wrong, but I am sure that her heart and her commitment to serve others through the power of the Holy Spirit in her life will come through.  Here’s her story…
      “I have been praying for awhile for an acquaintance of mine who had been in a long-term relationship, and had finally broken it off.  My opportunities to minister to her just happened kind of organically. I was coming into contact with her through a series of meetings the residents of our county were convening regarding some concerns over government policies.  I could tell that she was upset and having a difficult time, so I made sure she knew we were there to support her.  But she remained heavy on my heart.
     Shortly after one of these meetings, I received a prompting from the Holy Spirit and texted her that Jesus loved her and wanted her heart to be whole.  She responded that she was struggling, and then she began to open up.  I prayed over her, encouraging her to turn to Jesus and reminding her that her comfort would be found in Him.  I then sent her a copy of The Full Armor of God: Defending Your Life From Satan’s Schemes by Dr. Larry Richards”. [My Note: This book has played a very important part in Terah’s own spiritual transformation, and it is a book I highly recommend].
     Terah continues: “This girl was doubting her own self-worth, and I wanted her to know that each of us has an important role to play in God’s plan for mankind and the earth. So, I quoted her a sentence from the book that had spoken to my heart.  I wanted her to know that she was important to God … And through you, God will reveal something of Himself that will never be seen through anyone else. I then shared with her that one of Satan’s primary schemes is to block our spiritual development by convincing us that we are worthless.  And then I told her, ‘You aren’t! You were worth the death of God, Himself!’ 
     I told her I knew how she felt! God wants to hold a full-length mirror in front of us to show us in all of our created and beloved beauty. But what is Satan’s counter-move in this spiritual battle? To hold up a magnifying mirror to show some slight defect, and then we become distracted from the full-length redeemed image God provides. The devil’s battle plan then proceeds to make us appear ugly to ourselves; to feel bad about ourselves; and to keep us from becoming all that God designed us [and assigned us] to be. I encouraged her to pray with all her might, pressing into Him, and I promised her that Greg and I would be with her every step of the way.
     And then by the power of God and the Holy Spirit’s ability to set up Divine appointments, within a few days, we passed her unloading hay on the highway. Both Greg and I felt the prompting to stop and pray over her, invoking her identity as a child of God, and the Daughter of the King. We pressed into Jesus on her behalf, trusting Him to renew her mind as to her new identity. 
     I have to say that I am amazed at these opportunities that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are presenting to Greg and me! And I see us both growing in our own identity, and our power and authority. It’s as if the Holy Spirit is bringing people to us so that we can share our own testimonies of what He has done in our lives. For instance, a friend from college called Greg out of the blue to discuss his marital problems. Considering that our own marital issues are being healed by the power of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, it is a blessing to let Them work through us to heal another! I can only imagine the impact in the spiritual realm when my husband prayed a warfare prayer over this man’s marriage, with authority!
     And within this same time-frame, an acquaintance from these political meetings in our county called us in a panic. After feeling threatened for her participation, Greg was able to talk her off the ledge by walking her through an emotional healing with Jesus. By the power of the Holy Spirit she was able to imagine Jesus healing her emotions and fears, and letting Him speak into her. In the spirit, she could see herself kneeling at the feet of Jesus while He ministered to her, and then she responded out of her gratitude by washing His feet. What a beautiful picture of spiritual healing! Then Greg showed her how to put on her spiritual armor to stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceptions of the devil. This woman has no need to fear the tactics of men when God is for her! It is such a privilege to share [with another] the power of the Holy Spirit, when we are willing to put on our armor and walk in the authority [given to us by Jesus] to overcome all the power of Satan. That’s such a tremendous testimony of God’s love for us!”
     

     I hope you can see the power of the Holy Spirit to heal, as represented by these two very different posts. Jeremy’s testimony shows how just sharing a word of God’s love, received from the Spirit, can begin the process of healing, while Terah and Greg’s testimony exhibits our power and authority to battle Satan’s schemes to intimidate and defeat us. But it is essential that we recognize both are anchored in the Father’s love for each one of us.
     And we need to embrace the truth that the word of God (Jesus) is living inside of us in the form of the Holy Spirit; He is active and full of power — whether to reveal a word from the heart of God to our heart, or to ask us to partner with Him in defeating a spiritual attack upon our souls and spirits. Whether we experience that power as Love or Warfare, it all serves the same purpose… to remind us that we belong to the Father, and that we are representatives of His Heavenly Kingdom while we are here on earth, commissioned to help set people free from the Kingdom of the god of this world. As heirs of that heavenly kingdom, we are to walk in obedience to our King!
     When we realize that each Person of the Godhead committed Himself to seeing that we receive eternal life, and dedicated Himself to helping us walk in freedom while behind enemy lines, then it is critical that we testify to the Power that can change lives for eternity! But for our testimony to be convincing and persuasive, it must involve more than recitation of Scripture and adherence to rituals and tradition. We must walk in the Power of God that resides in us. Our presence in any circumstance must convey an atmosphere that is charged with His Presence and Power. We must be the conduit between Heaven and Earth, using our testimonies to transmit God’s love to a hurting world. 
     I don’t need to remind you that God doesn’t need us to exhibit His power and love — He could just whack any of us in the heart and change us if He wanted. And it is surely not our own clever abilities which allow us to minister to others, but the empowering Presence of the Holy Spirit within us who guides us and counsels us whether to give a word from the Father, or to employ a tactic on the spiritual battlefield. Either way, we will have a testimony to share from our hearts; hearts that have been transformed by the love of the Father and the power of the Spirit within us. If you have personally been changed, and know the love of the Father, ask the Holy Spirit to use you and your testimony to change the life of another human being. Let God be glorified through our obedience to Christ and the Holy Spirit!

Psalms 107:2-3   So, go ahead — let everyone know [Jesus’ faithful love never ends]! Tell the world how He broke through and delivered you from the power of darkness and has gathered us together from all over the world. He has set us free to be His very own! (Passion Translation)



 

Worried about Finances?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com As I write this, the stock market has just experienced its largest sell-off in history.   The negative sentiment was echoed around the world, and today the market is in for a wild ride, according to market analysts.  The experts are saying it due to worries about rising interest rates, inflation, and should stabilize.  People can’t help but feel jittery.   Though there is nothing we can do about the markets, we can focus on […]

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Cape Town “Day Zero”: How To Survive When The City Turns Off The Taps

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Here in the United States, we rarely hear much about what’s going on in the rest of the world. Our news media is so focuses on the latest scandal, many of which are of their own creation, that they tend to ignore what’s going on in other countries.

Yet every day, people around the world face crisis and disaster that we don’t hear about.

Such is the situation in Cape Town, South Africa today. There’s a countdown to disaster going on there, as the 3.7 million residents in the area race towards what is being called “day zero.” This is the day when the city runs out of water and it’s currently projected to be May the 11th; just a few short months away.

On that day, the city water authorities will be shutting off water to all but critical installations. People will be forced to get their water from centralized locations, carting it home. A maximum of 25 liters of water (6.75 gallons) per person, per day will be authorized until the day zero crisis is over.

While some people are trying to stockpile bottled water now in preparation, not everyone can do that.

So, what has brought the city to this point? Many say that it has been poor management of the municipal water supply. Accusations of leaky pipes that have not been repaired, poor management of the infrastructure and lack of planning abound.

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But regardless of whether these accusations are true or not, the reservoir that Cape Town depends on for water is down to 26.3% of capacity, after three years of drought.

Government officials are blaming the current water shortages on global warming, which makes a handy scapegoat. But droughts have existed throughout the history of the world, regardless of whether global warming exists or not.

Not developing the necessary infrastructure to survive those droughts is irresponsible on the part of any government, essentially ignoring their responsibility to protect the people they are sworn to serve.

Currently, a massive water conservation campaign is going on in the city, as the residents pull together to extend the date for day zero. So far, this has added four days to the calendar. While that may not seem like much, it is a major victory, one that can be expanded upon.

One news interview of a resident shows how hard people are working to make this campaign work. The man stated that their normal water use was 19,000 liters (5,135 gallons) per month, but that the last month his family only used 8,000 liters (2,162 gallons); a reduction of 58%.

But that probably isn’t going to be enough. Further cuts will have to be made, unless the drought breaks and the reservoir fills once again.

To put that in perspective, the average American uses 80-100 gallons of water per day. So, a family of four would use roughly 12,000 gallons of water per month, more than double what the middle-class South African family uses.

Of course, that interview was of a typical middle-class homeowner. The poor of South Africa, like the poor elsewhere in the world, get by with much less water than that.

Any time people don’t have running water available, and instead have to haul water from the local source, whether a natural source of a government installed community water pipe, they find ways of living on much less water.

I’ve spent time in the villages of Mexico, places where they didn’t have running water. Instead, each family had a water tank out front and the city water truck would come and fill it twice a week. That gave them 100 to 150 gallons of water to last three to four days; roughly 15 gallons per person, per day.

But that’s not the worst. If there is anywhere where people struggle with having enough water it is in sub-Sahara Africa. The norm there is for people to live on five gallons of water per person, per day. That takes care of drinking, cooking and cleaning, including bathing, washing clothes and washing dishes.

Can This Happen Here in the US?

The big question this brings to mind is whether this sort of thing could happen here in the United States. Let’s be honest with ourselves a moment; we’re spoiled. We expect to turn the faucet on and have a virtually unlimited supply of clean, purified water to use.

But that doesn’t mean that it will always be that way. In recent years, we have seen a number of droughts plague various parts of our country. It seems like hardly a year goes by, where there isn’t one part of the country or another which is in drought.

A few years ago, I was in the Colorado Rockies and saw first-hand how low the reservoirs were at that time. Several states depend on the water from those reservoirs, which are filled by the melting winter snow.

Southern California, where a large part of the country’s produce is grown, has seen severe droughts over the last few years, and it is unlikely to get better soon.

Since the area is normally arid, the state has spent billions of dollars over the last few decades, in creating the necessary infrastructure to collect and transport water from the wet northern part of the state for use in farming the southern part.

But politics got in the way of practical reality, and the water which was intended for those farmers was instead flushed down-river to protect the delta smelt, a feed fish.

It is easy to say that this was a situation caused by mismanagement of the available resources. Had the politicians stayed out of the way, the drought would have been manageable and the farmers would have had enough water. But by allowing shaky environmentalism to overcome practical necessity, California’s government has put many of the state’s farmers out of work.

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But that’s not the worst situation we face, as far as our water supply is concerned. The scariest piece of data to come forth is that the water level of several of our major aquifers is dropping. We are using the water from those aquifers at a faster rate than it can be replenished.

The aquifers most seriously affected by this are: the Canbrian-Ordavician Aquifer, the High Plains Aquifer and the two aquifers in Southern California.

These are the aquifer that provide water for a large part of the nation’s farming. So, water shortages in those areas means more than just a lack of water, it can lead to shortages in food as well. While water is a higher survival priority than food is, we need both of them to survive.

What Should We Do?

The reality is that you and I are subject to facing the consequences of those who control our water supply, as well as any natural disaster or drought. The economic, technological and military might of the United States can’t do a thing to stop drought. All we can do is prepare for it as best we can.

I don’t care where you live, unless maybe in the Pacific Northwest, rain is not consistent. There are wet spells and dry spells, and just about every resident who has lived anyplace can tell you when they usually are in that area. This is why our country has invested so much in building reservoirs, with over 84,000 dams in the United States.

The reservoirs allow us to have water during the dry spells; but even then, there is a limit to their capacity.

Of course, even if the reservoirs are filled to capacity, that water has to make it from the reservoir to our tap before we can use it. This makes the entire system dependent on electricity, the easiest part of our infrastructure to interrupt.

Blackouts which last more than 12 hours, can be accompanied by a lack of water pressure or even the water shutting off, just because there isn’t power to run the pumps.

The only solution for you and I is to have our own water stockpile. But more than that, we need a means of harvesting water from nature, so that we aren’t totally dependent on the system. That way, if something happens, at least we will have water, even if nobody else does.

This is really the only way we can protect ourselves from ending up standing in line, waiting our turn to get a few gallons of water, like the people of Cape Town. While we will probably still find ourselves having to ration water, at least we’ll have water to ration; and it will be our water, not water that the government can turn off or give away to some bait fish that we’ve never heard of.

There are actually three things we need to do here:

  • Stockpile water
  • Develop a means of harvesting water
  • Have a way of purifying water

I’m not going to get into a detailed discussion about these three areas here, as there are other articles here on Survivopedia which do. But there are a few key things that I want to mention.

Stockpiling Water

Water is difficult to stockpile, simply because of the vast amount of water we need. Since dehydrated water is only a joke, there is no real way of reducing the water’s volume, making it possible to store it in a smaller space. So the question then becomes, where can you find all that space?

I suppose if we all had the money to build an underground cistern or a private water tower, this wouldn’t be an issue. But we don’t; so we need a less-expensive alternative. That’s actually easier to find than you’d expect. All you need is an above-ground swimming pool, which you can buy surprisingly inexpensively.

The chemicals used to keep the water clean for swimming, are the same chemicals that make it safe for drinking.

Harvesting Water

The two basic means of harvesting water are rainwater capture and putting in a well. In both cases, there are legal ramifications that you have to consider, depending on where you live. Some states don’t allow rainwater capture and others limit who can drill a well. So before making a decision on this, you have to see what your state allows.

I’ve never liked the government telling me I can’t do something, especially if that something doesn’t hurt anyone else. So, just as a thought for your consideration, if I lived in a state where they didn’t allow rainwater capture, I’d put it in anyway.

To keep anyone from knowing what I was doing, I’d bury the water barrels, making it look like I had nothing more than a French drain for my downspouts.

New technologies are emerging, which show considerable promise. These focus on extracting moisture from the air. If you live in an area with high enough humidity to have fog, you can build simple fog catchers, which will allow you to convert the moisture in fog into drinkable water.

Other, more complicated technologies allow for extracting moisture from the air, even when there isn’t fog. These are still expensive, as they are new, but prices should drop as they become more readily available.

Purifying Water

Any water you harvest needs to be purified, even rainwater. Birds tend to do things on the roof of our homes, which ensure that the rainwater we capture isn’t as clean as we might expect it to be. So don’t expect that water to be pure, if you haven’t purified it.

Likewise, well water can contain a considerable amount of bacteria, even when it comes from one of the deep aquifers. The only way of being sure that it is safe to drink is to purify it.

But water used for gardening, bathing, cleaning and flushing toilets doesn’t have to be purified. We use purified tap water for that now, just because it is cheaper to do that, than it is to put two water lines into every home, one for purified and one for non-purified water.

Be sure to have more than enough filter cartridges for your water filter, if you are using filtration to purify your water. Even the best cartridges only last so long, so put in a good stock.

Conserving Water

No matter what you do to harvest water from nature, it’s probably not going to be enough, unless you also work to conserve water. The 100 gallons of water, per person, per day, that Americans use, is the highest rate of water consumption in the world.

People in South Africa are given a breakdown of water usage, that comes down to 50 liters per day. That’s a mere 13.5 gallons!

Many survival instructors say that you need one gallon of water per person, per day, for survival. But that’s just taking into consideration the water you need for drinking and cooking. It also doesn’t take into account hot temperatures. If you live in the Southwest, limiting yourself to that quantity of water could cause you to suffer severe dehydration.

Is it possible to live on the 13.5 gallons of water that they are recommending in South Africa? Yes, it is. But it means making some serous adjustments to our lifestyle. Take bathing for example; the average American bathes daily, using from 17 to 36 gallons of water per day.

But people in poorer countries can’t use that much water. Even in Latin American countries where they bathe daily, the average water consumption is much lower, with bathing accounting for only a gallon or two of water per day.

One of our biggest water wasters is flushing the toilet. Older toilets use as much as seven gallons of water per flush, while newer ones can be as low as 1.6 gallons per flush. So, changing out toilets can drastically reduce the water consumption of your family.

The other thing that can reduce it is not flushing every time it is used. Urine is biologically sterile, so unless the urine concentration in the water reaches a point of causing it to smell, there is no reason to flush every time you urinate.

But we have a water user that’s even bigger than toilets; that’s our lawns. With the large lots that we typically have for our homes (based on a world-wide average) and the fact that we all seem to plant lawns, we use an enormous amount of water keeping that grass alive.

To provide your lawn with one inch of imitation rainfall requires 62 gallons of water for every 10’ x 10’ area. So you could easily go through several hundred gallons of water in one day, just by watering your lawn.

I’ve lived in a couple of different arid areas during my life and I remember water rationing. During the rationing, we were only allowed to water our lawns certain days or not at all. When you’re living in a hot climate anyway, not being able to water your lawn could be enough to ensure its death.

So How Should We React?

Potential water shortages, even severe shortages, are no different than anything else that you and I prepare for. Like other potential disasters, the key is to be as self-sufficient as possible. That’s the only real protection for ourselves and our families.

Taking the actions I’ve mentioned above, as well as others you can find in this website, will ensure that you won’t be standing in line for hours, waiting to be able to get your daily ration of a few gallons of water. You and your family will be able to live a much more normal life, even if everyone else is suffering.

That’s not to say that you should flaunt your relative wealth. Part of good OPSEC is living as much like everyone else as possible. If you’re watering your lawn and washing your cars, while everyone else is fighting to have enough water to drink, it will quickly become obvious that you have an abundance of water.

You can expect that to be immediately followed by a line of people forming at your front door, expecting you to share with them.

However, one way of hiding your wealth might be to co-opt your neighbors. If you have enough water to share, then why not share it with them? Allow them to get their water from you, rather than having to go to the water point and stand in line. Just make sure you know how much water you are able to produce and how much you can afford to give them.

Sharing your water with your neighbors could act to help protect you, as they would have a vested interest in your source of water remaining a secret. That has some real tactical advantages, especially since it will be much easier to co-opt their cooperation, than trying to hide what you’re doing from them.

Unless your OPSEC is perfect, you have to assume that your neighbors at least have some idea of what you’re doing.

Finally, whatever you do, don’t panic. Panicking will just make it more difficult to survive. Nobody can think clearly when they are in panic mode. But there’s really no reason for you to panic. You’re the one who knows what to do and has prepared to do it.

So, while everyone else is worried about how they’re going to survive, you don’t have to worry. All you have to do is put your plans into action and keep going forward. You’ll be all right.

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup – Better than Any Restaurant!

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The Power Of Our Testimony – Part Two

     I want to finish out my discussion on how our testimonies can encourage others to step out in the power and authority Christ has given us to effect change on the earth. I’m speaking of change in the sense of changed lives; lives that need to receive the message of what the Kingdom of God on earth looks like. And this “change” involves the power of the Holy Spirit to bring a pardon and forgiveness of sins to those who have been held captive by the lies of the Enemy [who whispers they don’t deserve it]. It involves the power of the Holy Spirit to bring sight to the blind — both those with physical blindness, as well as spiritual blindness to the truth of the Kingdom Gospel. This “change” also includes the power of the Holy Spirit to free those who have been oppressed by sins committed against them; those wounded by tragedy; and those who walk in false identities given to them by the devil. And finally, change can be effected when we share the good news of the acceptable year of the Lord (the day when salvation and the favor of God will abound upon all the earth for those who accept Jesus as their Redeemer).  This is the change prophesied by Isaiah and spoken of by Jesus in Luke 4:18-19.

     I want to make it perfectly clear that all this comes about by the power of the Holy Spirit — whether one receives the power of these truths through their own unwavering faith; through an independent move of the Holy Spirit; or by us acting in our authority to represent the Kingdom… all allow the Holy Spirit to exhibit His power through us. Furthermore, it is our testimonies of that power that encourages others to seek the Divine Power in their lives… all of which transforms this earth for the glory of God.
     In the previous post, I presented Jeremy’s testimony; one of hearing the Holy Spirit and responding in obedience to take a message of the redemptive love of Jesus to heal a hurting family. As I said in that post, it is clear to me that we have to find the balance between battling in spiritual warfare and proclaiming Christ’s healing love.  They are really two sides of the same coin, and when you are doing one, you are doing the other, and both reflect the power of the Holy Spirit to change a person’s life.
     Today, I want to share my dear friend, Terah’s testimony.  First, I want to say that when it comes to being steadfast and committed in battling the Enemy and his schemes, I want Terah by my side. She has been unflinching in battling for her marriage and her family; always relying on her identity as a Daughter of the King. Even when the devil has landed a well-placed fiery dart, she quickly recovers, and returns to her true identity.  I think the secret to Terah’s strong faith is that she was willing to examine her theology, and was willing to be discipled through a Bible study, where the Holy Spirit revealed God’s truth. Then she was willing to accept those truths and walk out her salvation [in fear and trembling]. Now, together with her husband, Greg, [who is undergoing his own amazing redemptive transformation], Terah is growing in her spiritual maturity.  As we all should do, this couple was willing to undergo some critical self-evaluation and then commit themselves to advancing the Kingdom that Scripture has revealed.
     But before I let Terah tell you her story, I want to say that it is always amazing to me when I see the opportunities [to share the Kingdom Gospel] that God puts in front of us when we are willing to be obedient. Somehow, supernaturally, our hearts and spirits become both softened and more alert to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit. That is what has happened in Terah’s life. And I ask her forgiveness if I have the timeline of her testimony wrong, but I am sure that her heart and her commitment to serve others through the power of the Holy Spirit in her life will come through.  Here’s her story…
      “I have been praying for awhile for an acquaintance of mine who had been in a long-term relationship, and had finally broken it off.  My opportunities to minister to her just happened kind of organically. I was coming into contact with her through a series of meetings the residents of our county were convening regarding some concerns over government policies.  I could tell that she was upset and having a difficult time, so I made sure she knew we were there to support her.  But she remained heavy on my heart.
     Shortly after one of these meetings, I received a prompting from the Holy Spirit and texted her that Jesus loved her and wanted her heart to be whole.  She responded that she was struggling, and then she began to open up.  I prayed over her, encouraging her to turn to Jesus and reminding her that her comfort would be found in Him.  I then sent her a copy of The Full Armor of God: Defending Your Life From Satan’s Schemes by Dr. Larry Richards”. [My Note: This book has played a very important part in Terah’s own spiritual transformation, and it is a book I highly recommend].
     Terah continues: “This girl was doubting her own self-worth, and I wanted her to know that each of us has an important role to play in God’s plan for mankind and the earth. So, I quoted her a sentence from the book that had spoken to my heart.  I wanted her to know that she was important to God … And through you, God will reveal something of Himself that will never be seen through anyone else. I then shared with her that one of Satan’s primary schemes is to block our spiritual development by convincing us that we are worthless.  And then I told her, ‘You aren’t! You were worth the death of God, Himself!’ 
     I told her I knew how she felt! God wants to hold a full-length mirror in front of us to show us in all of our created and beloved beauty. But what is Satan’s counter-move in this spiritual battle? To hold up a magnifying mirror to show some slight defect, and then we become distracted from the full-length redeemed image God provides. The devil’s battle plan then proceeds to make us appear ugly to ourselves; to feel bad about ourselves; and to keep us from becoming all that God designed us [and assigned us] to be. I encouraged her to pray with all her might, pressing into Him, and I promised her that Greg and I would be with her every step of the way.
     And then by the power of God and the Holy Spirit’s ability to set up Divine appointments, within a few days, we passed her unloading hay on the highway. Both Greg and I felt the prompting to stop and pray over her, invoking her identity as a child of God, and the Daughter of the King. We pressed into Jesus on her behalf, trusting Him to renew her mind as to her new identity. 
     I have to say that I am amazed at these opportunities that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are presenting to Greg and me! And I see us both growing in our own identity, and our power and authority. It’s as if the Holy Spirit is bringing people to us so that we can share our own testimonies of what He has done in our lives. For instance, a friend from college called Greg out of the blue to discuss his marital problems. Considering that our own marital issues are being healed by the power of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, it is a blessing to let Them work through us to heal another! I can only imagine the impact in the spiritual realm when my husband prayed a warfare prayer over this man’s marriage, with authority!
     And within this same time-frame, an acquaintance from these political meetings in our country called us in a panic. After feeling threatened for her participation, Greg was able to talk her off the ledge by walking her through an emotional healing with Jesus. By the power of the Holy Spirit she was able to imagine Jesus healing her emotions and fears, and letting Him speak into her. In the spirit, she could see herself kneeling at the feet of Jesus while He ministered to her, and then she responded out of her gratitude by washing His feet. What a beautiful picture of spiritual healing! Then Greg showed her how to put on her spiritual armor to stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceptions of the devil. This woman has no need to fear the tactics of men when God is for her! It is such a privilege to share [with another] the power of the Holy Spirit, when we are willing to put on our armor and walk in the authority [given to us by Jesus] to overcome all the power of Satan. That’s such a tremendous testimony of God’s love for us!”
     

     I hope you can see the power of the Holy Spirit to heal, as represented by these two very different posts. Jeremy’s testimony shows how just sharing a word of God’s love, received from the Spirit, can begin the process of healing, while Terah and Greg’s testimony exhibits our power and authority to battle Satan’s schemes to intimidate and defeat us. But it is essential that we recognize both are anchored in the Father’s love for each one of us.
     And we need to embrace the truth that the word of God (Jesus) is living inside of us in the form of the Holy Spirit; He is active and full of power — whether to reveal a word from the heart of God to our heart, or to ask us to partner with Him in defeating a spiritual attack upon our souls and spirits. Whether we experience that power as Love or Warfare, it all serves the same purpose… to remind us that we belong to the Father, and that we are representatives of His Heavenly Kingdom while we are here on earth, commissioned to help set people free from the Kingdom of the god of this world. As heirs of that heavenly kingdom, we are to walk in obedience to our King!
     When we realize that each Person of the Godhead committed Himself to seeing that we receive eternal life, and dedicated Himself to helping us walk in freedom while behind enemy lines, then it is critical that we testify to the Power that can change lives for eternity! But for our testimony to be convincing and persuasive, it must involve more than recitation of Scripture and adherence to rituals and tradition. We must walk in the Power of God that resides in us. Our presence in any circumstance must convey an atmosphere that is charged with His Presence and Power. We must be the conduit between Heaven and Earth, using our testimonies to transmit God’s love to a hurting world. 
     I don’t need to remind you that God doesn’t need us to exhibit His power and love — He could just whack any of us in the heart and change us if He wanted. And it is surely not our own clever abilities which allow us to minister to others, but the empowering Presence of the Holy Spirit within us who guides us and counsels us whether to give a word from the Father, or to employ a tactic on the spiritual battlefield. Either way, we will have a testimony to share from our hearts; hearts that have been transformed by the love of the Father and the power of the Spirit within us. If you have personally been changed, and know the love of the Father, ask the Holy Spirit to use you and your testimony to change the life of another human being. Let God be glorified through our obedience to Christ and the Holy Spirit!

Psalms 107:2-3   So, go ahead — let everyone know [Jesus’ faithful love never ends]! Tell the world how He broke through and delivered you from the power of darkness and has gathered us together from all over the world. He has set us free to be His very own! (Passion Translation)



 

The Hooligan Bag

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I do not condone breaking and entering or burglary of any sort. However, in a true SHTF situation, there will be times that you will have to get into, somewhere or something. Having a tool bag with the proper tools can make things easier.

There will be certain times where entering with stealth and leaving no evidence behind will be important. There will also be times where the subtleties of a brick through the window will be the most efficient technique. The situation will dictate the tools. Having the proper tools to accomplish this is no different than picking the right tools for personal and property protection, dehydrating meat, or preparing a garden. Fortunately, there is but one of these tools that any real practice or skill needs to be developed to effectively use. The rest of these tools are deployed with brute strength and caveman technique. These tools are easily bought for relatively inexpensive prices at any Harbor Freight, Northern Tool, hardware store, or even Walmart. With the exception of the lock picks and slim Jim (NOT the sausage), it is also perfectly legal to own all the other tools. Lock picks and slim Jim’s may be regulated in your state, so as usual, check your local laws.

Having a good tool bag to keep all these tools portable, organized and accessible is important. Don’t skimp on a good bag. A good one will be made of a rugged material like a 500 denier nylon cordura, heavy duty stitching so as to support the weight, and a good set of grab handles. The handles should be short so as to easily carry the bag. This isn’t the type of bag you would use a shoulder strap to carry due to the weight. Realistically, this would be a bag that was stored at your bugout location, and when needed, thrown into the vehicle. It is not something you will be carrying around with a bugout pack.

Perhaps the quintessential tool for getting into things is the crowbar. The crowbar, or pry bar, or wreaking bar, is tool with a single curved end and an angled flattened end. Usually with the ends having a notch in them designed to remove nails. Not to be confused with a digging bar. Which some people also refer to as a crowbar. A digging bar is longer, it is straight, and has a chiseled tip to help penetrate the ground. While it could also be used as a lever, it is a much longer and heavier tool, and won’t fit into a bag with everything else. The crowbar is the tool for prying things apart. Doors and windows can usually be pried open with this tool. It also has the benefit of breaking glass. You will find that many of these tools can also be used as a weapon, another added bonus. Crowbars are normally made of a medium type steel. If you want to spend the money, titanium crowbars can be had, which will be significantly lighter in weight than the normal steel one. Stanley Tools makes a more refined version of the basic crowbar called the Fatmax fubar. It not only is a pry bar, but a sledge hammer and has the ability to twist boards of the 2-x variety.

The next must have tool for getting into things would be the bolt cutters. Also known in some circles as, the “keys to the city.” Bolt cutters were originally designed, to cut bolts. They are also really good at cutting other things like padlocks, lock hasps, chain link fencing, chain, etc. They are rated by how hard of material they can cut. There are multiple types of cutting heads also available. We want center cut heads. We aren’t concerned with being able to cut nails flush to a surface. So you won’t need clipper cut, angled cut or shear cut heads. You can get them with different length handles. The longer the handle the heavier the tool if you are buying the steel handle cutters. The longer the handle, the further the reach you have, as well as the ability to apply more torque. The head has a hinge that multiplies the leverage you apply to the handles allowing one to be able to cut through hardened steel like locks. There are also fiberglass handle bolt cutters available, used for cutting energized lines or wires. They also have the benefit of being lighter weight.

The 2-3 pound drilling hammer is another tool I believe belongs in this bag. This is not your typical claw hammer used to drive nails. They’re called drilling hammers because they are used to drive masonry drills. The best ones are made by Estwing because they are one solid piece. Nothing to break. They are short and handy. You could literally hammer your way through a brick wall if you had to. You can also use them in conjunction with your other tools like the crowbar to drive the bit deeper in whatever your prying. The old saying holds true, when in doubt, get a bigger hammer! With some brute strength and one of these drilling hammers, there are a multitude of uses for the prepper.

A cold chisel should be in your bag. Cold chisels are made of a hardened steel and have a sharpened edge on one end. The other end is made to be struck with your drilling hammer to be able to cut through steel, or to get behind something so as to pry and or cut. Not only will they cut through metal, but brick, stone, or concrete can be cut using a cold chisel. They can be had in different sizes. Throw a couple in your bag.

A large slotted screwdriver is one of a burglars favorite tools. They are cheap, can he had anywhere, they are effective at prying open windows and doors, unscrewing exposed screws, and make great last ditch weapons.

Lineman cutters or diagonal cutters. Basically a small hand version of bolt cutters. Used for the smaller cutting chores.

Lock picks are tools that would be used when stealth entry is desired. In some states, the possession of them without a locksmiths license is a crime. Make sure you check local laws before you order them. Lock picking usually consists of two pieces, a tension bar or wrench and the pick. The tension bar provides the torque required to turn the locks cylinder or plug and the pick rakes the tumblers. They are made of a thin flexible steel. Think hacksaw blades. As a matter of fact picks could be made out of hacksaw blades. Generally though, I’m a fan of buying something made by professionals in their field as opposed to garage tinkering. You can buy sets as simple as a 3-5 piece set all the way to 75+ piece comprehensive sets. There are even electric picks powered by battery that will do the raking for you. There are even cylindrical lock, lockpicks. Cylindrical locks are the type of lock that usually are on vending machines, the cheaper metal gun lockers also use these. Like the ones made by Homak or Stack on. These tools will require practice to be able to be used effectively. You should have a basic knowledge of locks and types of locks so as to be able to choose the proper tool for the job. There are lock pick kits you can buy that allow you to practice picking locks in increasing difficulty. SouthOrd is THE place to get lock picks and other such related type gear. Slim Jim’s are basically lock picks for getting into vehicles. In many states they fall under the same types of laws lock picks pertain to. Like lock picks, slim Jim’s will require practice and skill to be used effectively.

Those are the basics of the hooligan bag that will get people into 99% of structures. Keep in mind we are not talking about defeating vault type doors. The kit can be added to with more specialized tools. A battery powered sawzall with the right blade will cut right through the wall of a house or building. Battery powered hand drills may come in handy. Some folks like center punches for breaking vehicle windows. All valid tools. The thought of breaking and entering may be objectionable to some. But if the S truly hits the fan, there may be supplies that could save you or your family’s lives locked up somewhere. You will have to get to them. What will you do?

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7 Easy Rice Recipes For Every Day Of The Week

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Today I have 7 easy rice recipes for every day of the week for you. I love rice, especially sticky rice. I know brown rice is healthier, but it doesn’t store as long. Mark and I can only eat so much brown rice before it becomes rancid, which is about 6-8 months. I mainly purchase white Jasmine rice because I like the flavor and the texture. I buy the rice in small bags that weigh five pounds each. I then store the bag in an airtight container, bag and all. I don’t store 5-gallon buckets of rice, it doesn’t make sense for just the two of us. When I was raising my family I would buy 25-pound bags. I don’t use Mylar bags or oxygen absorbers, there are too many variables to chance it. I’m not saying it’s wrong, it just doesn’t work for me. OXO Airtight Containers or Larger OXO Container

I have cases of #10 cans of white long-grain rice for long-term storage. I will use those cans when a major disaster hits. These cans have a shelf-life of 25-30 years because they are commercially processed. I purchased them from Thrive Life. No, I do not sell Thrive Life products. I simply prefer Honeyville Grain or Thrive Life for long-term food storage products.

If you are like me you are getting tired of seeing the prices of food continue to escalate. I really don’t know how families are able to feed themselves, although, I must say it wasn’t easy when I was raising my daughters. Luckily, I learned how to make bread from my mom and how to cook from scratch from her. I also have to give credit to the Home Economics classes I took in junior high. Why they stopped those classes, I will never know. They gave me the tools to be self-reliant.

Rice Recipes

I typically use 2 cups of dry rice to 3 cups of water. You can rinse your rice, if desired, and use a saucepan, rice cooker or pressure cooker. I like using my rice cooker because I just throw all the ingredients in the pan, put the lid on and push the button to turn it on. Then I go about doing my daily activities and serve it when the yellow light comes on. It keeps it warm, and that works for me.

You can always make rice as a side dish or stretch a casserole or pot of soup with cooked rice. We can always feed two more people at the very least, right? You will notice that the butter is optional in some of the recipes. All of these recipes are used with white rice. If you use brown rice you will need to add more water according to the package you have in your home.

1. Basic White Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

3 cups water

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

2. Spanish Rice

Instructions:

2 cups rice

2 cups water

1 can Rotel tomatoes (10-ounces)

Chili pepper and cumin to taste

1/2 cups finely minced onions

1/2 cups finely chopped bell peppers

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

3. Garlic Butter Rice

2 cups rice

3 cups water

2-4 finely chopped garlic cloves

1/4 cup of butter (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

4. Taco Flavored Rice Dish

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

3 cups water

1/2 cup finely minced onions

chili pepper and cumin to taste (you can always add more after cooking)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

5. Vegetable Rice Dish

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

3 cups water

1/2 cup finely minced onion

1/4 cup grated carrots

1/4 finely chopped celery

1/4 finely chopped bell peppers

1/4 cup butter (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

6. Spinach Rice Dish

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

3 cups water

1 cup finely chopped spinach

1/4 cup minced onion

1/4 cup butter (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

7. Chicken Rice Dish

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

3 cups chicken broth

1/4 cup finely minced onion

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

PRINTABLE recipe: Try These by Food Storage Moms

I wrote this post today for two main reasons. The first reason is I know how expensive groceries are and cooking with rice on a frequent basis can save your family money. The other reason is I wanted to show you how easy it is to make rice recipes in a rice cooker, saucepan, or a pressure cooker every day of the week. Just think how easy it is to use rice in your food preparation plans, and think how much money we will all save. Rice fills the belly. Please store rice, you can sleep at night knowing you have food to feed your family. Please remember to store water, spices, and beans. Lots of beans. You can make so many rice recipes with rice, water, and spices.

Please store water for your family. I recommend four-gallons per person per day. May God bless you for being prepared. It’s a way of life.

One Of My Favorite Casseroles by Linda

22 Ways To Use This Food by Linda

My Favorite Things:

Aroma Cooker

Saucepan

Copyright pictures: AdobeStock_46761486 by airborne77

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7 Easy Rice Recipes For Every Day Of The Week

Today I have 7 easy rice recipes for every day of the week for you. I love rice, especially sticky rice. I know brown rice is healthier, but it doesn’t store as long. Mark and I can only eat so much brown rice before it becomes rancid, which is about 6-8 months. I mainly purchase white Jasmine rice because I like the flavor and the texture. I buy the rice in small bags that weigh five pounds each. I then store the bag in an airtight container, bag and all. I don’t store 5-gallon buckets of rice, it doesn’t make sense for just the two of us. When I was raising my family I would buy 25-pound bags. I don’t use Mylar bags or oxygen absorbers, there are too many variables to chance it. I’m not saying it’s wrong, it just doesn’t work for me. OXO Airtight Containers or Larger OXO Container

I have cases of #10 cans of white long-grain rice for long-term storage. I will use those cans when a major disaster hits. These cans have a shelf-life of 25-30 years because they are commercially processed. I purchased them from Thrive Life. No, I do not sell Thrive Life products. I simply prefer Honeyville Grain or Thrive Life for long-term food storage products.

If you are like me you are getting tired of seeing the prices of food continue to escalate. I really don’t know how families are able to feed themselves, although, I must say it wasn’t easy when I was raising my daughters. Luckily, I learned how to make bread from my mom and how to cook from scratch from her. I also have to give credit to the Home Economics classes I took in junior high. Why they stopped those classes, I will never know. They gave me the tools to be self-reliant.

Rice Recipes

I typically use 2 cups of dry rice to 3 cups of water. You can rinse your rice, if desired, and use a saucepan, rice cooker or pressure cooker. I like using my rice cooker because I just throw all the ingredients in the pan, put the lid on and push the button to turn it on. Then I go about doing my daily activities and serve it when the yellow light comes on. It keeps it warm, and that works for me.

You can always make rice as a side dish or stretch a casserole or pot of soup with cooked rice. We can always feed two more people at the very least, right? You will notice that the butter is optional in some of the recipes. All of these recipes are used with white rice. If you use brown rice you will need to add more water according to the package you have in your home.

1. Basic White Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

3 cups water

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

2. Spanish Rice

Instructions:

2 cups rice

2 cups water

1 can Rotel tomatoes (10-ounces)

Chili pepper and cumin to taste

1/2 cups finely minced onions

1/2 cups finely chopped bell peppers

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

3. Garlic Butter Rice

2 cups rice

3 cups water

2-4 finely chopped garlic cloves

1/4 cup of butter (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

4. Taco Flavored Rice Dish

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

3 cups water

1/2 cup finely minced onions

chili pepper and cumin to taste (you can always add more after cooking)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

5. Vegetable Rice Dish

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

3 cups water

1/2 cup finely minced onion

1/4 cup grated carrots

1/4 finely chopped celery

1/4 finely chopped bell peppers

1/4 cup butter (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

6. Spinach Rice Dish

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

3 cups water

1 cup finely chopped spinach

1/4 cup minced onion

1/4 cup butter (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

7. Chicken Rice Dish

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

3 cups chicken broth

1/4 cup finely minced onion

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients and cook as directed in your rice cooker or pressure cooker.

PRINTABLE recipe: Try These by Food Storage Moms

I wrote this post today for two main reasons. The first reason is I know how expensive groceries are and cooking with rice on a frequent basis can save your family money. The other reason is I wanted to show you how easy it is to make rice recipes in a rice cooker, saucepan, or a pressure cooker every day of the week. Just think how easy it is to use rice in your food preparation plans, and think how much money we will all save. Rice fills the belly. Please store rice, you can sleep at night knowing you have food to feed your family. Please remember to store water, spices, and beans. Lots of beans. You can make so many rice recipes with rice, water, and spices.

Please store water for your family. I recommend four-gallons per person per day. May God bless you for being prepared. It’s a way of life.

One Of My Favorite Casseroles by Linda

22 Ways To Use This Food by Linda

My Favorite Things:

Aroma Cooker

Saucepan

Copyright pictures: AdobeStock_46761486 by airborne77

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Guest Post: Building and Construction: Should You DIY?

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Should you DIY your own home? Understand that wanting to do something and actually doing it are two different things. And there’s also a question of whether you can honestly do something well, if you do manage to do it. Sometimes the stakes are low, and even if you completely mess up, the experience is a fun one. But when it comes to building, construction and home improvement, doing something incorrectly can not only be costly and frustrating, but also potentially dangerous. That’s not to say that all DIY is bad. There are plenty of perks to doing-it-yourself. You can

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Guest Post: How to Fish With a Crossbow

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So, you want to learn how to fish with a crossbow? Maybe you want to impress your hunting buddies with an innovative technique while catching a bunch of fish? Well, it’s either that or you want to show off with your skills and new cool gadgets, right? All in all, you are reading this article because you are a fisherman or you will be soon. Amateur or professional, whatever your level is, equipment is updating, upgrading and just getting better overall. You should too! Luckily for you, I will show you everything you need to know about fishing by using

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Peasant Communities Survived On This Simple and Nutritious Food For Centuries

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Peasant food, while simple and frugal, has been around for centuries – in every culture around the world. Using fresh roots, herbs, and foods available to them, households would whip up a soup the family could feast on for days. Soups such as pot-au-feu, minestrone, cawl, and Acquacotta would give the family sustenance during hard times. But why is this simple meal so nutritious?

The Health Benefits of Soup

During the winter months, one of the things we neglect is taking in an adequate amount of fluids.  This is understandable, as cold doesn’t make you feel thirsty the way hot weather does.  Nevertheless, the fluid dynamics and balance requirements are the same, and sometimes more: we expend more energy in the winter trying to stay warm.  Guess what?  We still need about a gallon of water per person, per day.

That being said, let’s discuss some facts of digestion.  Shunting is the term where, when you’re digesting, all of the blood in your periphery (arms, legs, and such) shunts inward to your thoracic cavity…where you’re actively digesting your food.  The term “food coma,” is a humorous description of lack of mental alertness while your body digests the meal.

Then again, we make it hard on ourselves.  The best time to eat a large, sit-down meal is for dinner when you’re able to be home and to digest your food and then turn in for the night.  During the day?  You’re running around and active…then you turn into a “stone” after that huge meal of chimichangas or gigantic beef brisket sandwich and fries.  Then you don’t understand why you feel as if you’ve been hit head-on by a train.

Take the Anguish (and guesswork) Out of It

Soup is a must from a dietary standpoint.  It is more easily digested, and the ingredients you need (protein and carbohydrates) are broken down faster without taxing your system as hard.  In addition, vital electrolytes (such as sodium and potassium) are more easily taken in.  In other articles, we discussed the thermogenic factor of food: how protein takes more energy to break down, but with greater return.  We also discussed how 10% of your intake is spent digesting the food.

Soups and broths make it easier on your body by giving you the nutrition you need in a form that is more easily digestible.  Do you remember that piece I did on the Thermos, and how it is worthwhile to pack your own lunch from a practical/economic standpoint?  There was more to it than dollars and cents.  You can give yourself the best of food, in a form that it is easier to handle.  Let’s talk about some steps to it…maybe I can give you some good ideas that you can use.

5 Tips for Making Soup as Nutrition-Packed as Possible

  1. If you’re going to buy your soups, then invest in high-quality material: organic, non-GMO, with some actual good statistics to it. Look for protein, look for your electrolytes, and stock up on these.
  2. Next, pick up some good meats…what is your favorite, in a high-quality (look for leanness, no additives, and organic if you can swing it financially. Grill them or broil them, and store them in your fridge. Here’s a tip: If you grill meat with garlic…as in fresh, sliced cloves, the garlic neutralizes cancer-causing agents in the meat that affect your colon…and garlic lowers your risk of colon cancer and stomach cancer substantially.
  3. Take your meats, chop them up nice and small…and add them to your soup, along with extra vegetables and herbs to your liking…such as onions, garlic, fresh carrots. Heat up your soup, and then add these after you’ve taken it off of a boil.  Throw it in your thermos.
  4. If you make your own? Stick with high-protein legumes, such as lentils, kidney beans, and such.  Legumes also lower cholesterol.  “Batch” up about 5 gallons at a time to make it cost-effective, break it down into quart containers, and freeze your excess.
  5. The Blender is your Buddy! Yes, you can go back to that article I wrote about using the blender to make that hamburger into a “puree,” then adding to the base, or just throwing it in some tomato juice.  Hi Ho Lycopene and Protein!  You’re only limitation is your imagination.

Not to mention the fact that if you’re packing it around with you, this decreases the travel time to obtain food, eat, and go back to the grind.  That thermos can be your best friend: pack it with good, reliable proteins, fluid, and electrolytes in the form of a hearty soup.  Who knows?  You might start a trend in your workplace.  Then after the winter, you will be able to start the spring in better shape, as eating healthy will prevent that transformation into the Michelin Man.  Bon Appetit, and stay in that good fight!  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

Could VR Help Prepare Us For Survival Scenarios?

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Virtual reality has been the trendiest topic in tech for a few years running now, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down in 2018. CES, always the biggest tech conference of the year, has already come and gone and many of the headlines made related to virtual reality. It’s something that’s going to keep … Read more…

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5 Pieces of Overrated Prepper Advice

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I’m a skeptic of just about everything. My wife will tell you I was born disgruntled and contrary, so when I hear certain pieces of prepper advice, again and again, I can’t help but question it. In no particular order, here are 5 pieces of overrated prepper advice that drive me crazy.

  1. Stock up on lots and lots of wheat. Okay, we did that and then realized that our family eats very little bread and we feel a lot healthier on lower-carb diets. My wife buys one loaf of Ezekiel bread (tastes like sandpaper to me, but she likes it), keeps it in the freezer, and it lasts for 3-4 weeks. Here I am, sitting with 10 5-gallon buckets of wheat, almost ready to open a commercial bakery, because that was “the prepper thing to do” when we first started out. Yes, if there is ever a total economic collapse or EMP attack, we will eventually make it through that wheat, but in the meantime, it takes up a lot of space in my food storage pantry. Preppers who have since discovered they or someone in the family is gluten intolerant or has celiac disease could have spent that money on something else. Stocking up on a lot of wheat? Totally overrated advice.
  2. Focus on preparing for worst-case scenarios. Some time ago I received an email from a woman asking, “How do I prepare for when we don’t have electricity anymore?” Huh? I think someone has been reading too much prepper fiction. Yes, an EMP attack could take out the power grid for quite some time, but focusing on that as a prepper is short-sighted. I mean, people with this point of view aren’t interested when I recommend something like rechargeable batteries (this set can be charged using any USB charger) because they’re convinced we will shortly be living in the stone age, so why bother. “The end is near” — yeah, probably not. You’re a whole lot more likely to get stranded by the side of the road, flooded by a massive rainstorm or hurricane, or have to shelter in place for one reason or another. Get fully prepped for those, first, before you follow this particular piece of prepper advice.
  3. Stock up on “survival food”. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s scammers, and there are plenty to be found in the prepper/survival niche. They prey on people’s fears. My wife’s aunt is one example. Somehow, she got on the mailing list of a well-known “survival food” site and began receiving emails that terrified her. Naturally, she began forwarding them to us asking, “What should I do??” The text and videos in the emails were designed to scare her into spending thousands of dollars on so-called survival food — freeze-dried meals in pouches. Now, I’m not against this type of food and we have a bit in our pantry, but the truth is, freeze-dried meals are usually not the very best type of food to store. These meals have their place, but you are limited to those specific recipes — spaghetti with meat sauce, turkey tetrazzini, mashed potatoes. You’d better love those foods more than life itself because you’ll be eating the same things meal after meal after meal.
  4. Better get a bug out location or you’ll die. This one really kills me because in reality, a “bug out location” is a second home. If you’ve ever owned a lake house, a cabin, or another second home, you know it can be a real financial burden. You first have to buy the house/property, make payments, get insurance, furnish the house, pay certain utilities even when you aren’t there, worry about vandalism and other property crimes, and, as a prepper, equip the house and property with everything from stored food and water to medical supplies, fuel, self- and home defense, and so much more. It’s just not practical and for many people, not even desirable. Now, the pro bug-out-location people are going to say, “You’re not supposed to just visit your BOL, you’re supposed to live there.” Well, again, if it’s that easy, most preppers would do it. The truth is, most of these armchair survivalist warrior types work regular 9 to 5 jobs like you and me, and very few of those jobs are possible from some remote BOL. Better advice? Have a number of “safe houses” in mind, varying from 5 or 10 miles away to 100 miles or so. These could be homes of relatives/friends or familiar campsites. Just anywhere you could head to if you really do need to evacuate your home for a few days. After Hurricane Harvey hit, people living in flooded 2-story homes simply moved everything upstairs during the mucking-out and rebuilding so their kids could continue with school and they could continue with their jobs. Their BOL was right under their noses, so to speak.
  5. Read prepper fiction to get some really good prepper advice. Here’s yet another overrated piece of advice because what tends to happen is that people read these books and then take them as gospel truth. Try to convince a die-hard fan of One Second After that most vehicles will continue to run just fine after an EMP and that airplanes won’t fall out of the sky. William Forstchen wrote a compelling book that tugged on their emotions so everything he wrote must be true. There are millions of variables at work in the scenario portrayed in One Second After, and many experts agree that, perhaps, just 30% or so of vehicles would be fully disabled with the others experiencing no effects at all or just needing a quick turn of the key to restart. All prepper fiction comes from the imagination of authors who are only human. They do their research, some more than others, but their main purpose isn’t to provide training but entertainment. Entertainment equals sales, which is very smart on their part. Enjoy prepper fiction but before you stake your life on any particular piece of advice, weigh it against information from experts and your own common sense and experience.

Is there any prepper advice that has rubbed you the wrong way? You know everyone believes it, authors and bloggers pass it on like it’s truth with a capital T, but you aren’t so sure it’s 100% reliable and something everyone should follow without question. What’s on your list of overrated prepper advice?

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5 Pieces of Overrated Prepper Advice

I’m a skeptic of just about everything. My wife will tell you I was born disgruntled and contrary, so when I hear certain pieces of prepper advice, again and again, I can’t help but question it. In no particular order, here are 5 pieces of overrated prepper advice that drive me crazy.

  1. Stock up on lots and lots of wheat. Okay, we did that and then realized that our family eats very little bread and we feel a lot healthier on lower-carb diets. My wife buys one loaf of Ezekiel bread (tastes like sandpaper to me, but she likes it), keeps it in the freezer, and it lasts for 3-4 weeks. Here I am, sitting with 10 5-gallon buckets of wheat, almost ready to open a commercial bakery, because that was “the prepper thing to do” when we first started out. Yes, if there is ever a total economic collapse or EMP attack, we will eventually make it through that wheat, but in the meantime, it takes up a lot of space in my food storage pantry. Preppers who have since discovered they or someone in the family is gluten intolerant or has celiac disease could have spent that money on something else. Stocking up on a lot of wheat? Totally overrated advice.
  2. Focus on preparing for worst-case scenarios. Some time ago I received an email from a woman asking, “How do I prepare for when we don’t have electricity anymore?” Huh? I think someone has been reading too much prepper fiction. Yes, an EMP attack could take out the power grid for quite some time, but focusing on that as a prepper is short-sighted. I mean, people with this point of view aren’t interested when I recommend something like rechargeable batteries (this set can be charged using any USB charger) because they’re convinced we will shortly be living in the stone age, so why bother. “The end is near” — yeah, probably not. You’re a whole lot more likely to get stranded by the side of the road, flooded by a massive rainstorm or hurricane, or have to shelter in place for one reason or another. Get fully prepped for those, first, before you follow this particular piece of prepper advice.
  3. Stock up on “survival food”. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s scammers, and there are plenty to be found in the prepper/survival niche. They prey on people’s fears. My wife’s aunt is one example. Somehow, she got on the mailing list of a well-known “survival food” site and began receiving emails that terrified her. Naturally, she began forwarding them to us asking, “What should I do??” The text and videos in the emails were designed to scare her into spending thousands of dollars on so-called survival food — freeze-dried meals in pouches. Now, I’m not against this type of food and we have a bit in our pantry, but the truth is, freeze-dried meals are usually not the very best type of food to store. These meals have their place, but you are limited to those specific recipes — spaghetti with meat sauce, turkey tetrazzini, mashed potatoes. You’d better love those foods more than life itself because you’ll be eating the same things meal after meal after meal.
  4. Better get a bug out location or you’ll die. This one really kills me because in reality, a “bug out location” is a second home. If you’ve ever owned a lake house, a cabin, or another second home, you know it can be a real financial burden. You first have to buy the house/property, make payments, get insurance, furnish the house, pay certain utilities even when you aren’t there, worry about vandalism and other property crimes, and, as a prepper, equip the house and property with everything from stored food and water to medical supplies, fuel, self- and home defense, and so much more. It’s just not practical and for many people, not even desirable. Now, the pro bug-out-location people are going to say, “You’re not supposed to just visit your BOL, you’re supposed to live there.” Well, again, if it’s that easy, most preppers would do it. The truth is, most of these armchair survivalist warrior types work regular 9 to 5 jobs like you and me, and very few of those jobs are possible from some remote BOL. Better advice? Have a number of “safe houses” in mind, varying from 5 or 10 miles away to 100 miles or so. These could be homes of relatives/friends or familiar campsites. Just anywhere you could head to if you really do need to evacuate your home for a few days. After Hurricane Harvey hit, people living in flooded 2-story homes simply moved everything upstairs during the mucking-out and rebuilding so their kids could continue with school and they could continue with their jobs. Their BOL was right under their noses, so to speak.
  5. Read prepper fiction to get some really good prepper advice. Here’s yet another overrated piece of advice because what tends to happen is that people read these books and then take them as gospel truth. Try to convince a die-hard fan of One Second After that most vehicles will continue to run just fine after an EMP and that airplanes won’t fall out of the sky. William Forstchen wrote a compelling book that tugged on their emotions so everything he wrote must be true. There are millions of variables at work in the scenario portrayed in One Second After, and many experts agree that, perhaps, just 30% or so of vehicles would be fully disabled with the others experiencing no effects at all or just needing a quick turn of the key to restart. All prepper fiction comes from the imagination of authors who are only human. They do their research, some more than others, but their main purpose isn’t to provide training but entertainment. Entertainment equals sales, which is very smart on their part. Enjoy prepper fiction but before you stake your life on any particular piece of advice, weigh it against information from experts and your own common sense and experience.

Is there any prepper advice that has rubbed you the wrong way? You know everyone believes it, authors and bloggers pass it on like it’s truth with a capital T, but you aren’t so sure it’s 100% reliable and something everyone should follow without question. What’s on your list of overrated prepper advice?

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