HTML Formatting Tips for Disqus Comments

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Some formatting tips for the Disqus comments

Hello everyone, if you did not now, you can format your text in the comments section. While you can not have it automatically done for you, you can do it with some very simple HTML knowledge.

All you must do is use simple HTML to format the text in your comments. It might take some minor getting used to, but trust me, it is simple. Below is some basic formatting, with some extra stuff like quotes detailed in the Disqus help docs link below.

  • To make text italic, use <i> at the beginning of the text you want to put into italics, and </i> at the end of the text you wan’t to put into italics. Example: This comment text is in italics
  • To make text bold, use the <b> tag. At the end of the text put the closing tag </b>. Example: This comment text is bold
  • To make a piece of text bold and italic, use <b><i> and </i></b>. You can interchange the two, as long as you use the proper closing tag first. Example: This comment text is bold and italic
  • To make a piece of text underlined, use the <u> tag. </u> is the closing tag. Put this at the end of the text. Example: This comment text is underlined
  • To put a strike though the text, use the <strike> tag. Put </strike> at the end of the text you want to put a strike though. Example: This comment text has a strike though it.
  • To mark your text as a spoiler, use the <spoiler> tag. Put </spoiler> at the end of the text you want to mark as a spoiler. An example is shown in top comment.
If you need more formatting tips, as well as additional HTML tags you can use in comments, go see this post from the Disqus help docs.

Let me know of your thoughts/questions below.

Melbourne police captured on video taking down disability pensioner

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Are these the sort of police officers you want on our streets in a crisis situation? Do you think you could trust police officers like this if the shtf? This behavour is criminal, cruel, disgusting & reflects the sort of people these officers are. And let’s make it quite clear that this behavour is happening Australia wide & has been for many years! As Australian citizens we have a legal right to demand that these police officers be dismissed from the police service, not just “stood down”.

More information here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-03/melbourne-police-on-video-taking-down-disability-pensioner/9591006


Video: Hygiene and Comfort Issues

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VIDEO: Hygiene and Comforts Issues in Survival Settings

Comfort and Hygiene in Survival

Comfort and Hygiene in Survival

Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, again steps in front of the camera to discuss issues relating to hygiene and “comfort” in disaster settings. Supplies include important items that will help assure both physical and mental preparedness even in tough times.

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

Amy and Joe Alton

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Preparedness and Survival, inherent trait or learned?

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Preparedness and Survival, inherent trait or learned?

Preparedness and Survival, inherent trait or learned?
Lynna… “A Preppers Path” Audio player provided below!

For many in the prepared world it is basic knowledge or at least presumed that in order to survive we must prepare. How one goes about this preparedness issue is personal to each, some focusing on one particular path at a time but with the ultimate goal to be prepared for what ever comes our way.

Continue reading Preparedness and Survival, inherent trait or learned? at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – April 3, 2018

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “It’s Serious” – 4/1/18
  • Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update, March 31, 2018.
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-March 30, 2018
  • Tom Hughes – “Prophecy Update: The Deep State”
  • Jason A – A Shocking Revelation for America! (2018-2019)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “It’s Serious” – 4/1/18

 

Amir Tsarfati – Middle East – Current Events Update, March 31, 2018.

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-March 30, 2018

 

Tom Hughes – “Prophecy Update: The Deep State”

 

Jason A – A Shocking Revelation for America! (2018-2019)

 

Peace,
Todd

Far Cry 5: SJW Liberals Hate it. You’ll love it.

I know, a bit off topic but do yourself a favour and get this game. Not only is it tons of fun, its making liberals lose their minds.

Far Cry 5 for PS4

Far Cry 5 for XBox One

Most liberal/SJW game reviewers simply cannot comprehend how a game can have conservative, pro-gun rednecks and preppers as heroes. Its ironic how they are ok with shooting and blowing countless people, yet when one character in the game makes fun of “”Obama-loving libtards” their panties bunch up so bad it cuts the blood flow to their little brains.

Check out how these left wingers get all worked up over the “politics” in the game.

What’s it about? Its an open world game, meaning you can go pretty much all over the map in a fictional Montana county where a crazy cult has taken over and the common people of the community are fighting back. Mostly you fight the crazy cultists, but then you can go fly fishing, hunting, shooting bad guys and everything in between.

I’ve been playing it all weekend and it’s a blast. I was walking past a checkpoint manned by the good guys and one of them said “This is why we have the second amendment”. Gotta love those details.

So play it, enjoy it, and spread the word. Let everyone know there’s a community out there that appreciates when companies make games in which pro-gun conservatives are depicted as the good guys.

FerFAL

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”

Free PDF: Farm Poultry

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Just about every homestead I know started with chickens, I live in a subdivision and have kept chickens for years. In the book to the left, Joel Salatin talks about how to make money with chickens. I’ve never made money with chickens (except a little with eggs), but I know that farm poultry are almost considered essential. Besides the eggs and meat, chickens kill bugs, eat scraps, kill snakes, and if used correctly can help prepare your garden bed. Done incorrectly they can destroy your garden, your budget, your relations with your spouse, and cause neighborhood drama as they have

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Book Review: The Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game

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Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game is a book you need to have if you are going to try to become self reliant. The ability to process your own food is vital. I find that of all the food skills, butchering is one that is often overlooked. It seems simple to cut up a large chunk of meat into smaller pieces, but this in an area of endeavor that the more you know the easier the process becomes. I like the Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game because it is practical, has lots of very clear illustrations, and is short enough

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Operational Security (OPSEC) – Part 2: Practical Considerations

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This is part 2 of my Operational Security (OPSEC) article. If you missed part 1, click here to read it

How do the bad guys get our critical information?  The answer is we give it to them, most often without realizing it. For one example oif how we might give away our information, take a look at the back-end of the cars in the next parking lot you visit. Chances are that most are covered with bumper stickers, window decals, family stick figures, parking passes, and car magnets that reveal a lot of information to nosy neighbors and potential bad guys.

Take those family stick figures that are so popular today. Folks, justifiably proud of their families, put them on their back windows as representations of their family. But think about what it potentially reveals to bad guys:  number of family members, their sex and approximate ages, even what pets you have. Many of these stick figures often also show the interests of the family: Dad holding a fishing rod, Mom swinging a tennis racket, a young boy holding a baseball bat, an older girl wearing a cheerleader outfit.  And look, the family has two cats, but no dog. The bad guys now have a real good idea of the make up of that family, including many of their interests. 

But it doesn’t stop there. That parking sticker reveals where you work. This bumper sticker reveals where you attend church (which, in turn, reveals something about your religious beliefs). Another bumper sticker reveals where your honor student attends school (which, in turn, reveals the general location of where you live). That Bass Masters window decal (along with the stick figure of Dad holding the fishing rod) shows that Dad is really into fishing. And look, there are two car magnets – one a yellow ribbon saying “Support Our Troops” and the other a red, white and blue ribbon saying “God Bless America.” Hmmm… This family is patriotic and probably conservative. Bumper stickers and window decals can also reveal political affiliation and ideology, even who we voted for in the last election. Favorite sports teams, causes we support, what groups we belong to, and other interests can also be revealed. Quite a database of private information to put on public display without a second thought.

I’m as guilty of this as anyone. A quick glance at the back of my vehicle reveals a NRA sticker and a GOA sticker, broadcasting to the world that I support the Second Amendment, and am most likely a gun owner and a conservative. The “Freedom From Government” bumper sticker pretty much confirms me as very conservative politically, as does the “Jim DeMint for Senate” sticker. (Wow, that’s old. I’m surprised its still readable.) I even have a “Survival Resources” sticker, revealing the fact that I am a survivalist. And the Alumni Association decal reveals my education level, and from what college I graduated. Quite a profile can be built on me by glancing at my vehicle’s back end. What do your vehicles say about you?  

Tim, are you really saying we shouldn’t have any stickers or decals on our cars? Nope. I’m not saying that at all. What I am saying is that we need to be mindful of what information we are giving away without realizing it. It doesn’t matter if the information is being given away on the back of our vehicles, on social media, in our trash, through public conversations, or however. 

I said in part one of this article “The first and most important part of protecting your critical information is to make sure that everyone in your family/group understands what information to protect.” If you don’t understand what to protect, you’re not going to be able to do OPSEC. If you haven’t already done this, I highly suggest you sit down with your spouse and/or group members and make a conscious decision about what critical information you want to keep protected. What exactly you consider critical information will depend on your own personal circumstances and concerns, but part one of this article will help you think through this step.

Once you decide what information is critical to protect, then you can examine the back of your vehicle, your use of social media, what paperwork you just toss away without shredding, and other ways you may be giving that information away without realizing it.  Follow this up by taking countermeasures to protect this critical information (part three of this article). 

In closing, I will say that, like most things in life, OPSEC will be about balance. Unless you want to become a hermit on a remote deserted island, it is unrealistic and impossible to perfectly protect every possible scrap of information. The OPSEC process described in part one is designed to help you come up with a realistic plan to protect truly critical information. You have to decide for yourself what information to protect and what steps are reasonable to take given your circumstances. 

As for me, this exercise has made me decide to remove several stickers and decals from my vehicle. I’ll keep the NRA and GOA stickers because it is important to me to show my support of the Second Amendment, but the others will be removed today.
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The Complete Guide To The Best Survival Water Filters

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How To Find The Best Survival Water Filter For You and Your Needs

Best Survival Water Filter

If you had to list the most critical resources in your survival plan, water will always be in your top 3.

Just think about all the ways you use water in your daily life:

  • Drinking
  • Bathing
  • Flushing Toilets
  • Brushing Teeth
  • Cleaning Dishes
  • Cooking

These are all tasks we perform EVERY day!

Now imagine for one minute, it’s gone. Taps dry…

You couldn’t flush your toilets. You couldn’t bath. But more importantly, you couldn’t quench your thirst. The dehydration countdown would begin. You’d be forced to find a different source of water.

And while the image of a crystal clear, pure mountain stream sounds appealing; reality is likely far different in a survival situation.

When you’re in survival mode, you may have to consume water wherever you can find it –

  • muddy puddles
  • algae-filled ponds
  • livestock tanks
  • river runoff
  • roof runoff (i.e. rainwater harvesting)

These sources can be teaming with all kinds of bacteria, viruses, and chemicals.

You need a way to remove these dangerous contaminants for drinking and cooking. You need a survival water filtration plan.

So today we’re going to cover the following survival water filter topics in detail:

  • 3 Types of Survival Water Filters
  • Filtration vs Purification
  • Critical Survival Water Filter Factors
  • Best Inline Survival Water Filters
  • Best Small Group Water Filters
  • Best Large-Scale Water Filters
  • Simple DIY Gravity Filter
  • Water Filtration Best Practices
  • Survival Water Action Plan

3 Types of Survival Water Filters


There are 3 main types of survival water filters. Each type works best for different situations and setups.

So let’s quickly go over them in general now. Then we’ll go over what we consider the best water filters for survival later.

In-Line Water Filter

Win A Free LifeStrawIn-line water filters are basically small, portable, hollow tubes with filter medium inside.

Think of them as a large straw where the easiest way to use one is to suck (just like a straw).

The sucking action pulls water through the interior filter medium and removes harmful contaminants. Simple but effective.

The ones we will be covering later (Sawyer Mini & LifeStraw) are both lightweight, portable, packable and are ideal for a single person on the move.

Hand Pump Water Filter

MSR MiniWorks Filter 1Hand pump water filters are a larger tube with filter medium inside. Since they are larger than inline filters, sucking is no longer effective. Instead, they are built with hand pumps.

The pumping action pulls water through the filter medium to clean the water of contaminants.

Hand pump water filters are larger than inline personal filters. Not too big to pack and carry but bigger and slightly heavier. They can also process more water faster than inline filters.

So they are ideal for small to medium-sized groups on the move.

Gravity Fed Water Filter

LifeStraw Mission Water Filter 1Gravity fed water filters are systems take up the most amount of space to set up. The filter itself can be small but you need a reservoir of water above the filter and a collection reservoir below it.

That’s because gravity filters are passive. You set them up and let them work via gravity while you go away and do other things.

You don’t have to suck or pump to filter the water, instead, gravity does this for you.

Again, the filter doesn’t have to be large, but the setup is. So this type of filtration system is not ideal for travel.

Heck, many of the popular gravity fed systems are not mobile at all and are better suited for a countertop.

Due to the passive filtering and the setup size, gravity fed water filtration systems are best for large groups who are staying put.

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Filtration vs Purification


First, a little terminology lesson.

I’m going to be very deliberate with my use of two words. So pay attention because they mean very different things in the world of water treatment.

Term 1 – Filters

“FILTERS” are mechanical devices that remove particles from the water.

They’re rated by the size of the LARGEST particle that’s able to pass through the filter pores.

Most filters are rated in microns (1/1000000th of a meter). So a 0.2-micron filter can safely remove the majority (i.e. 99.999%) of bacteria, protozoa, and sediments.

Term 2 – Purifiers

“PURIFIERS” may or may not remove particles. Instead, they render dangerous contaminants inactive.

Purifiers add a layer of protection against viruses. It kills viruses which could slip through all but the smallest filters.

You can purify water through the use of UV light, chemicals, or mechanical filtration.

Also, some purifiers contain secondary treatment (usually activated carbon or chlorine). These secondary treatments remove dissolved chemicals, taste and odor.

In today’s article, we are primarily focusing on water filtration, you should check out our water purification article as well.

The bottom line is that the simplest, most cost effective two ways to purify water are to 1) boil it or 2) add water purification tablets to it.

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Critical Survival Water Filter Factors


There are a lot of factors which go into the selection of right water filter system for you.

You have to think and plan for future use. Keeping in mind your needs may change over time and as you travel, so it’s often best to have a couple of options available.

Also, for such a critical resource as water, I always have backups for emergencies.

With this in mind, here are the most important aspects to consider in your search for the perfect survival water filter.

Source Water Quality

The most important factor to choosing a water treatment system is; “What do you need to remove from my water?”

If you’re near the water source (i.e., glaciers, cold springs, snowmelt), you’ll need very little treatment.

In these locations, the water is mostly pure. It has had little chance to become contaminated with bacteria and viruses.

These situations are ideal for a basic water FILTER.

But, if you’re filtering near farms, cities, or swamps (where most of us live) contamination is more likely. Upstream human activity has probably contaminated the water to some degree.

So you’ll need more and better treatment than a basic filter.

Plus, you’ll also want to purify the water as well to remove viruses, chemical runoff, and any bad tastes and odors.

Group Size

Another critical factor is the size of the group you plan to provide with clean water.

If you only have to supply for your own needs, you may be able to get by with a lightweight inline filter or filter straw.

They’re cheaper, lighter, and take up less space in your pack.

If this expands to a small party (2-5 people), a personal filter no longer makes sense. Instead, you’d be better served by a small pump water filter.

They’re faster for filling several water bottles, and you can take turns pumping water.

If you plan to make camp in one place for a while, gravity-fed filters are a good option. They remove much of the effort of treating lots of water. They can provide gallons a day as long as someone keeps adding raw water.

The downside is they’re bulky and sometimes heavy. But you can’t beat the convenience of water at the turn of a tap in camp.

Weight and Size

A lot of our survival plans involve being mobile, even if only while we make our way to a bug-out location.

The smallest in-line filters weigh nearly nothing and can fit in the tiniest of pockets. But, as you move into larger systems, the weight and pack size can add up.

The larger pump-style and gravity filters are great options for a cabin or vehicle, but won’t work in a pack.

It all comes down to weighing the technology against your needs. You’ll need to understand the tradeoffs to develop your survival water filter plan.

Price

Finally, we all know quality survival gear doesn’t come cheap.

When comparing water treatment systems, be sure to check the specifications carefully. Two seemingly similar filters can have wildly different prices.

There’s a significant difference between a 1-micron “filter” and a 0.2-micron “purifier.” They are different regarding function and cost, even if they come in similar packaging.

That said, sometimes a simple filter is all you need. In these cases, paying more for a high-tech purifier leaves you with less for other supplies.

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Best Inline Survival Water Filters


For most, the first line of defense in water treatment systems is a personal filter to take care of their own needs.

Everyone should have a personal filter in their pack at all times, even if you’re traveling with a group. If your group needs to split up, you don’t want to strand anyone without access to water treatment.

With the ultra-lightweight options nowadays, there’s no excuse.

Everyone should add a little bit of water filtration insurance to your pocket or pack.

LifeStraw Water Filter

Drinking With A LifeStrawIn the past, we’ve detailed the LifeStraw personal straw filter.

These are impressive little filters that can treat up to 1000L of water. Using a LifeStraw is as simple as, well, drinking from a straw.

Their 0.2-micron filter material is effective against waterborne bacteria and parasites. Plus, they don’t need any extra chemicals or moving parts to function.

They’re only 2oz, and just under 9″ long, so they fit in any corner of your pack – or even a coat pocket. And, at this incredible price, they’re easy to stock up on for a group.

However, the LifeStraw isn’t the only personal filter on the market.



Sawyer Mini Filter

Sawyer Mini Inline Water Filter 1I’ve recently become a big fan of the Sawyer Mini Filter.

This tiny water filter can process up to 100,000 GALLONS of water through a 0.1-micron filter.

Unlike the LifeStraw, the Sawyer Mini has hose adapters on either side. This design allows you to a large variety of water retrieval options.

For example:

  • Splice it into your hydration pack
  • Convert it to a gravity filter
  • Use a small piece of hose to gather water out of a small crack

Plus, it has a threaded end which screws onto a small bladder (or any soda bottle) to let you filter and drink on the move.

It also only weighs 2oz and is only 4″ long.

Again, for this price, it’s an excellent survival water filter for daily use or emergencies.



Best Small Group Water Filters


When you go from a single person to a group, a personal water filter alone may not be practical. In this case, it’s often helpful to transition to a pump-style water filter or purifier.

They are typically about the size and weight of a 1L water bottle.

This weight increase makes it harder to carry, and it’s not practical for everyone in a group to have one.

But with a group, you can share and distribute the weight of other supplies. One person can carry the group water filter, while someone else packs more food. This distribution helps the group to even out pack weights accordingly.

There is a wide range of filter options on the market. From the simple sub-$100 filters to more advanced purifiers costing over $300.

It comes down to understanding your survival needs the likely conditions you’ll encounter.

MSR MiniWorks Purifier System

On the less expensive end is the MSR MiniWorks EX purifier system. This system combines a filter and a purifier for better virus protection.

Plus, the MSR MiniWorks (and most MSR products) commit to designing field-serviceable equipment.

In this case, you can disassemble the entire filter without tools. A toolless disassembly allows you to clean and replace the filter core anywhere.

In fact, regular cleaning of the surface of a ceramic filter core (via a scrub pad) helps keep the water flowing.

The filter/purifier cartridge is good for about 2000L, after which you’d have to replace it with a fresh one.

MSR MiniWorks Filter 1While the cost of entry is low, the filter replacement costs will add up over time. Filtration costs are even more of an issue if you depend on the MSR MiniWorks for everyday use.

Also, the two-step treatment workflow is a bit clunky. However, you can decide whether you feel virus treatment drops are necessary. Then conserve them for the times they seem justified.

The MSR MiniWorks EX purifier is ideal for small group water treatment. Perfect as a temporary portable filter (traveling to a cabin) that won’t see a ton of use and you’re on a tight budget.



MSR Guardian Purifier

For longer-term and worst case water situations, check out the MSR Guardian purifier. It’s another decent option, though it is a bit more expensive.

The Guardian is a mechanical filter purifier.

Mechanical filters don’t rely on any added chemicals. It uses a tiny filter pore size (10x smaller than the MiniWorks EX). And this filter removes microscopic viruses from the water.

In the past, mechanical purifiers were incredibly quick to clog with sediments.

But MSR has found a way to deal with this limitation. They now divert 10% of the water on each pump stroke to flushing the filter element.

This design allows The Guardian to remove the tiniest viruses without sacrificing flow rates.

In fact, it maintains flow rates more than double what you find in comparable filters. So when you’re filtering for a large group, that equates to a LOT of saved time and effort every day.

I’ve heard stories of people returning their Guardian because they pumped too easily! The users couldn’t believe the water was actually going through the filter.

Having used one on a couple of trips, it certainly made me double-check at first as well.

In addition to filtering smaller particles, The Guardian is rated for over 10,000L. That’s more than 5x the MiniWorks EX.

This massive volume helps to offset much of the cost difference.

If your group plans to be on the move and encountering suspect water sources, the MSR Guardian is an excellent survival water filter.



Best Large-Scale Water Filters


In the world of survival, having a permanent (or even semi-permanent) camp is indeed a luxury.

But, with a good plan and essential camping equipment, it’s a great way to conserve resources and energy.

On a long trip, even a single no-travel day can feel like a vacation from the everyday routine of breaking camp.

With larger groups, one of the first resources to secure is an abundant supply of clean water.

Sure, you could sit and pump gallons and gallons of water through a hand-held filter. But it’s far more efficient to set up a gravity filter.

A gravity filter allows you to go about other camp chores while your water takes care of itself.

LifeStraw Mission Purifier

One of the more portable gravity filters, the LifeStraw Mission purifier. This unit combines a 0.02-micron filter purifier (0.02 not 0.2) with either a 5L or 12L reservoir.

The reservoir is like a dry bag, with a roll-top seal and a hose port on the bottom.

The LifeStraw Mission also contains a handy pre-filter. That way you can use murky water but remove the larger sediments to prevent clogging of your primary filter.

From there, the water flows through a modified version of the LifeStraw filter. But, unlike the LifeStraw, this model includes a backwash valve for cleaning.

LifeStraw Mission Water Filter 1The LifeStraw Mission system gives you up to 3 gallons of fresh water per hour. That 3 gallons with no effort on your part except to fill the reservoir and hang it.

When not in use, the whole system packs down into a small stuff sack and weighs less than a pound. It’s a tremendously useful turn-key system.

The LifeStraw Mission is an inexpensive way to provide bulk amounts of filtered water for a group camp.



MSR AutoFlow

Another gravity filter option is the MSR AutoFlow. This unit provides much higher flow rates (1 gallon in about 3 minutes) through a 0.2-micron filter.

But that high flow rate comes at the cost of virus protection.

If you’re in a pristine environment in the wild, the MSR AutoFlow is a great option for filtration.



AlexaPure & Berkey

If your survival shelter is permanent, check out AlexaPure and Big Berkey. These units have become popular in homes as an everyday modern kitchen appliance.

These gravity filters consist of stacked stainless steel reservoirs and high-quality ceramic filters.

Yes, they are more expensive, bulky, and heavy. But, they can withstand years of daily use with only occasional filter changes.

They also provide convenience at the flip of a spigot.

Another feature people tend to like about the AlexaPure or Berkey systems is how sleek they look.

You wouldn’t want to hand a dry bag and inline filter up in your kitchen for everyday use, right?

But with a sleek stainless steel container, they can look great sitting on your countertops.



Simple DIY Gravity Filter


Of course, there are those out there who want to keep costs to a minimum and aren’t afraid of DIY.

If that sounds like you, building a gravity filter from a Sawyer Mini is simple.

There are several ways to set up a gravity filter but they almost all use:

  • an elevated reservoir (a bucket, bladder, or tank)
  • a length of tubing
  • an inline filter (like the Sawyer Mini)
  • a second reservoir for clean water

Seriously, that’s it!

Plumb a valve into the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket (large elevated reservoir). Then attach several feet of hose to your inline filter. Let the water drip into a second 5-gallon bucket (or bottle, or whatever).

Voila! You have a simple, inexpensive gravity filter.

The greater the elevation between the reservoir and the filter, the more pressure.

Pressure is what you need to force the water through the filter element. The good news is a few feet is usually enough, but more will help to increase the flow rate.

A simple gravity filter can filter at the same rates as the commercial version, at a fraction of the cost.



Finding and Purifying Water Survival Skill

Water Filtration Best Practices


No matter what type of water treatment system you choose, there are some best practices.

Techniques you should use to make it work as smoothly and efficiently as possible. These best practices should become simple habits when you’re filtering and treating water.

Water Source Selection Matters

First off, this is critical, don’t make your filters do any more work than they have to.

Try to find the cleanest, most transparent water available to you. Avoid muddy water and water with visible pollution if at all possible.

The manufacturers filter ratings are all based on a generic “bad” water specification. But that’s usually a whole lot cleaner than something like a stirred up muddy puddle.

The more material you put into your filters, the faster the pores will clog. Soon you’ll notice a drop in flow rates and an increase in the effort to move water through the filter material.

Eventually, they’ll clog so severely you won’t be able to use the filters at all.

Sometimes you don’t have any options though, and this is where pre-filtering your water can help.

I keep a small piece of filter sponge, a survival bandana, and some elastic hair ties with my water filter. That way, when I encounter silty water, I always have a prefilter with me.

To prefilter the small debris, I place the filter sponge over the filter inlet. Then I cover it with at least one layer of the bandana and wrap the whole thing with a hair tie.

This setup creates a DIY prefilter to remove the sand, muck, and leaves before it enters the filter inlet.

The prefilter reduces the work my filter element has to do and extends the filter’s useful life.

Avoid Cross-Contamination

One common mistake I see people make with water treatment systems is cross-contamination.

They allow raw water to drip onto the clean water end of the filter. This means the contaminants can pass on to your next batch of treated water.

This is why most commercial filters have clear labels or color codes to let you know which end is which. Many also include protective rubber caps for both ends to reduce leakage after use.

If you’re careful not to cross-contaminate, you reduce your risk of waterborne illnesses.

Take Time To Learn Maintenance

Take time to read and follow the maintenance instructions for your treatment system.

Some need to be flushed with clean water after each use. Others only require this if you plan to store the filter for extended periods.

Some filters need to be scrubbed instead of flushed to prevent clogging. Other systems do it automatically.

Many hollow-tube filters (LifeStraw, Sawyer, MSR Guardian) are susceptible to freezing. If you leave trace amounts of water in them during sub-zero temps, they will not work again until they thaw.

Others with ceramic filters can crack if frozen.

Most instructions are simple and quick reads. But following them to a T can extend the life of your water treatment system.

Don’t skip them just to save a couple of minutes.

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As you can tell, there are a lot of options out there for water treatment.

These are just a few of the brands we’ve tried, but they represent a good cross-section of the market. We hope they give you an example of how they work and their differences.

From here, you’ll have to think about your survival water plan.

Remember, clean water is one of the most crucial elements of your survival plan. From cooking to cleaning, and staying hydrated, everything stops without life-giving H20.

There are lots of ways to make sure your plan doesn’t leave you without clean water. And I highly recommend a good backup (or two) just in case.

Honestly, if you want the most options at the best price, pick up a couple Sawyer Mini’s. That way, you’ll kill two birds with one stone.

You’ll have a personal water filter with a massive 100,000 filter lifespan. Plus, you can use it to create a simple group gravity water filter as well.

It’s the easiest, most cost-effective way to cover all your bases regardless of the type of emergency you’re dealing with.

Jason K.

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Cashless society

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No doubt you’ve heard the term ‘cashless society’, right? Basically, it means a system where the usage of physical currency has been supplanted by the use of ‘cashless’ forms of payment….debit cards, electronic wallets, etc. They’ve already started experimenting with this sort of thing in parts of Europe (naturally) and this sort of thing is being hailed by the technology fans as a tremendous advancement in society…muggings and robberies will fade as people no longer have cash. Why hold someone up in an alleyway or knock over a MiniMart when there’s no cash there?

Who else lauds this move to the cashless society? Folks who feel they have an interest in keeping tabs on what you do with your money. I’m of the opinion that whether I’m buying a Slim Jim and a copy of Hustler at 3am in 7-11, or buying a duffel bag of AR mags out of the back of a van in the Domino’s parking lot, what I do with my money is no one’s business but mine.

I was in the bank today and saw this lovely sign:

This is what I would call a ‘soft ban’. A hard ban would be the outright prohibition of the use of cash. Knowing that sort of thing might actually not go over well with a large chunk of the voting constituency, the alternative is to make the transactions more and more annoying to the point where the average Joe says “Screw it, it’s easier for me to just move the money to your account using [PayPal/ACH/Debitcard/etc]”. See, they don’t actually ban the cash, they just make it more and more difficult to the point where it may as well be a ban. (Machine guns are a good example…they’re not banned, they just require a tax..and fingerprints..and background checks…and police approval..and nine months of waiting…and…and…and…to the point where they may as well be banned.)

Governments angle, of course, is tax revenue. Oh, they cloak it in ‘war on terrorism’ nonsense…can’t let those guys have a bake sale amd then move the money to Islamabad to buy RPG’s..but a happy side-effect (for the .gov) is that it’s far easier to make sure you’re claiming all the money you make for tax purposes.

Taxes aside, no one needs to be able to look at financial records and determine who bought freezedrieds, ammo, guns, bus tickets, politically-sloganed sportswear, or anything else for that matter.

There will always be that group of people (raises hand) who prefer to do cash transactions for things. When Kroger stops taking cash and only takes EBT and debit cards, or the local Conoco only takes plastic ‘for the safety of our staff’, what choices are left to you? Barter? I suppose that might work but the guy working the island at the Costco gas pumps isn’t in any position to dispense fuel for cash (or cash equivalents). You’re only real recourse will be small businesses and entrepreneurs who will fill that market void…and, reasonably, make a profit. $2.50 a gallon for gas with your debit card at Costco, or $4 a gallon in the back of the WalMart parking lot from a bunch of five-gallon cans in the back of someones pickup.

I used to work in an adult bookstore. Virtually all the transactions were in cash for a very obvious reason – no one wanted their spouse (or whoever) getting the cancelled checks or credit card statements and seeing that someone had rented movie or bought toys. Did the store owner declare all that lovely undeclared cash? Beats me. But the takeaway here is that using cash afforded a level of privacy.

The usual crowd will address these issues by saying  ‘if you’ve got nothing to hide then you shouldn’t have a problem with it’. Thats the same crowd that has schoolkids wearing see-through backpacks and want’s a backdoor to unlock your phone. ‘Reasonable’ and ‘commonsense’ limitations on privacy, of course.

Whats the privacy-minded to do? Well, the obvious answer, to me, is also the shady answer – go create a fake identity and load it up with a debit card or other electronic banking info. But…that would be wrong, You could use some anonymous electronic payment form like a prepaid debit card like you’d find in vending machines or in the gift rack at the supermarket checkout, but those actually have some limitations on how they can be used. I suppose the lowest-impact thing to do would be to vigilantly make sure that your must-be-private transactions are done with cash. And, of course, whenever possible try to be paid in cash.

Cryptocurrency? That’s definitely something that has potential, but it’s still a bit too unstable at the moment. The idea is brilliant and wonderful and, of course, of great concern to .gov who thinks that unmonitored financial transactions are the work of terrorists and bad guys and not simply people who want their privacy.

Gold and silver are about as close a thing as we have to a universal currency. Trouble is, you still can’t really go into WalMart and buy a deli bucket of chicken wings with it. Oh you can convert it into a currency that will let you get your bucket of wings, but if that WalMart doesn’t take cash then what exactly will you convert it to?

I’m not sure what the solution is. I suppose it’s to simply be prepared to pay a premium to do things the ‘off the grid’ way. The more clever and morally flexible of us will, no doubt, come up with some workarounds but that has its own set of problems and issues.

For now, I suppose I’ll just have to keep an eye on how things develop.

 

LOCAL Foods – 5 Reasons To Buy Them

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Local Foods: Better Nutrition Typically the local produce that you buy locally (farmers markets, etc..) will have been recently picked or harvested. Fruits and vegetables start losing vitamins and other nutrients from the minute they’re picked. That short (local) travel time is important to their overall nutritional impact. They haven’t had a chance to start losing nutrients, so they are actually healthier for you than they would be if the foods had to travel for a week or more to reach you. Local Foods Taste Good! Locally grown fruits and vegetables generally end up in your hands at their peak

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Best String Trimmer: Finding The Right Weed Whacker For You

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You’ve gotten the lawn mowed wherever the mower would fit. You’ve used your lawn edger to clean up along the sidewalk and driveway. But you still need to get around the garden beds, and then there’s a narrow path where the lawn mower just wouldn’t fit. Now you need the best string trimmer you can … Read more

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49 Expert Tips, Tricks, and Advice for New, Teen Drivers Book

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I just realized that I forgot to mention that my latest book, , is currently available and FREE for the next two or three days on Amazon Kindle (through Thursday, I believe). I know it’s not quite a “survival” book that most people expect, but I’d say it’s one of the most important books anyone … Continue reading “49 Expert Tips, Tricks, and Advice for New, Teen Drivers Book”

Crispy Dill Pickle Recipe – 7 Tips and Tricks For Making Crisp Pickles

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Because we get lots of questions on how to make pickles we decided to share our favorite crispy dill pickle recipe. We love to make our own pickles from our garden cucumbers. But how disappointing when you open a jar

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Things You Should Consider When Preparing For A Hurricane

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Are you preparing for this years hurricane season yet? The Atlantic Hurricane Season start June 1st, 2018 which means as of this writing, you have just shy of two months to get prepared. AccuWeather is forecasting another active hurricane season, with the potential for: 12-15 Tropical Storms 6-8 Hurricanes 3-5 Major Hurricanes which is sustained […]

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And the Round 13 Winners Are…

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Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

The Polls at The Prepper Journal have closed! The results have been tabulated and yet AGAIN no Russian interference has been charged!

The three (3) prize winning articles of Amazon gift cards are (in order):

Never Be Situation Unaware

Lessons From History – Starving Spring

Introduction to Nuclear Survival

All the candidates are worthy of a review-read as 2018 unfolds before us. And now is the time to get your contributions in for a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards worth a total of $500 in the Round 14.

Congratulations are in order to:

  1. Valknut79
  2. R. Ann Parris
  3. John Hertig

The Results:

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It’s Like the Great Depression Right NOW in the UK: Malnourished Children Fill Pockets With Food

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Editor’s note:  This is one of the best examples I’ve read in a while about why we prepare. So many people around the world are quietly dealing with financial catastrophes. Read the rest

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Crowing Hen? Is That Even Possible?

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OK—so, the title of this post is really a trick question. If your laying hen is crowing, then she’s already undergone a hormonal change that is causing her to display rooster-like qualities.  And since roosters don’t lay eggs … guess what? Neither will your crowing hen.

I only know this because a few days ago, I was in my goat barn, milking one of my goats, when I heard this poor, strangled little rooster crow coming from just outside the barn.  I set down my milk pail and headed toward the sound, expecting to find one of the neighbor’s young roosters in my yard.

Instead, there stood my fattest Buff Orpington hen with her head cocked back, crowing like a rooster.

Yes, this is a true story. And I have a video to prove it.

Only 20 people Signed!!! All for one & one for all? No we’re bloody NOT!!!

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APR 3, 2018 — The Barwon region alone which makes up most of north-west NSW, tops the list with 8,617 gun owners, & yet only 20 people have signed my petition. I think this is proof enough that gun owners in Australia DO NOT support each other, we are fractured & we are our own worst enemy.
If you are a gun owner & you have a good reason for not signing my petition, then PLEASE let me know what that reason is. I think that I am making a very reasonable request, so do you have a reason not to sign my petition, or do you just not give a damn?!
Keith H. Burgess
NECLHG NSW.