America’s Vulnerability When it Comes to Internal Crises: US Now vs. US Then

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As preppers, we assume that in a major crisis most people aren’t going to be able to look after themselves. That’s why we worry about securing our property, our supplies

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Tsunami dreams and earthquakes

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I don’t know what I ate last night but, man, it was some weird dreams last night. I dreamt that I lived in a coastal city, surrounded by mountains, and the whole city had been evacuated because of a tsunami warning. I, for some reason, had remained behind and was contentedly wandering through an empty CostCo wondering how long the produce would last before I could get around to eating it all…and wondering if the power would stay on. Next thing you know, I’m on a ridge overlooking the city and I see the Hollywood-style wave slam through the city, obliterating everything and…heading right up the side of the mountains where I’m standing. I make a dash down the opposite slope of the ridge hoping the ridge will channel all the water. Nope. The wave comes up behind me, picks me up and hurls me to certain doom. My final thought before I’m slammed into the ground, and presumably killed, is for my loved one. And then I wake up.

I recall, in the dream, watching the city get washed away and thinking “Man, I shouldn’t have left all my gear down there.” Live and learn, I guess.

Definitely a change from the usual zombie dreams.


Interesting that I had that dream and then today was pointed to a fascinating article about the likelihood of a massive earthquake (and it’s consequences) in this region.

Soon after that shaking begins, the electrical grid will fail, likely everywhere west of the Cascades and possibly well beyond. If it happens at night, the ensuing catastrophe will unfold in darkness. In theory, those who are at home when it hits should be safest; it is easy and relatively inexpensive to seismically safeguard a private dwelling. But, lulled into nonchalance by their seemingly benign environment, most people in the Pacific Northwest have not done so. That nonchalance will shatter instantly. So will everything made of glass. Anything indoors and unsecured will lurch across the floor or come crashing down: bookshelves, lamps, computers, cannisters of flour in the pantry. Refrigerators will walk out of kitchens, unplugging themselves and toppling over. Water heaters will fall and smash interior gas lines. Houses that are not bolted to their foundations will slide off—or, rather, they will stay put, obeying inertia, while the foundations, together with the rest of the Northwest, jolt westward. Unmoored on the undulating ground, the homes will begin to collapse.

Interesting article. We had a bit of an earthquake here last summer and it underscored that, for the entire time I’ve lived in Montana, I had seriously underestimated the likelihood of seismic-related events. I’ve been thinking about it on and off since then (which is worthless without actually doing any followup) and figure that there are a few things I really need to bump up the priority list…most notably, I need to get the second water heater secured and have flexible couplings installed. I also need to get a couple gas shutoff wrenches and chain one to the gas meter out back. And, of course, reposition a certain amount of gear and supplies someplace where they’ll still be useful and accessible if a house falls on top of them.

ETA: Followup article


I was going through blog email and discovered a couple email notices that a couple folks very generously sent a few bucks my way. Darn nice of ’em. Next week when the blog has its’ fifteen-year birthday I’ll probably lean on everyone for offerings to the bandwidth gods, but for those who jumped the gun a little early…much thanks.

The Mental Health Benefits of High Concentration Sports (Like Archery)

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There’s a never ending stream of celebrity confessions about mental health issues (such as this recent one from “The Rock”) at the moment. If it isn’t that it’s a pressure group highlighting the lack of funding given to this growing problem. Mental health is a modern issue and one that’s seemingly on the rise. Or has it always been this way? Are mental health issues just a byproduct of our modern lives? What’s the cause? Here are a few stats on psychological problems we found from 1 in 5 adults in the US experiences mental health issues in a

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Prepper Interview on a New Podcast

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I recently was asked to participate in a prepper interview for a new pod caster that is a well known Nashville journalist (but who wants to be anonymous in this new venue). We talked about Prepping, Reality TV, Nuclear Plants, and the current state of Corrections…  They edited about 5 hours of tape to a good 20 minute tape. One thing we did wad build a huge smoke bomb, but it was hard to show on an audio recording. We had a good time, and the two guys were great hosts and it was a blast.  I hope you enjoy

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Ban on home deliveries of knives and ownership of “Zombie” knives

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Within weeks, anyone buying a knife online in UK will be banned from having it sent to a residential address, under a government crackdown following a surge in street stabbings.

Of course blaming knives is easier than blaming the woolly mammoth in the room: police budget cuts, closing of police stations and less officers on the streets… which by the way aren’t even armed.

So, bad news for our friends over in UK, no more buying knives online and having them delivered to your home. As we all know, buying online is the best way to not only get good prices, but good products as well. Being stuck to whatever happens to be available in the closest brick and mortar store sounds downright depressing. You rarely find anything better than overpriced cheaply made in China junk. And when you find something made by a good manufacturer, the prices are easily double or triple what you would pay online.

They are also updating the definition of a flick knife to “reflect changing weapon designs”. Who knows what they mean by this. Ban one-hand-open folders, assisted opening folders?

Also, there’s a complete ban on “Zombie”  knives, making possessing them illegal everywhere, even if you just bought it and plan to keep it in your home.

Now this has to be, by far, the most ridiculous piece of legislation I’ve ever come across. And that’s coming from someone that spent most of his life in Argentina, so yes, it’s that terrible.

In over 30 years of collecting, using and studying knives, reading books about knives, writing a fair bit about them and honestly enjoying the hobby I’ve never come across a “Zombie” knife. You know why? Because such a blade design simply does not exist. There’s bowie knives (lets not open that can of worms as of what IS a Bowie knife) there’s machetes, there’s folding knives of all sorts, karambits, but zombie knife is a completely fabricated term.

But what do they mean by “zombie knife?

Well, here’s the closest thing to a description I could come across:

“Also called “zombie killer” knives, they are ornate blades sometimes printed with skulls or toxic-warning symbols inspired by horror films. The ban specifies a zombie knife has a cutting edge, a serrated edge and “images or words that suggest it is to be used for the purpose of violence”.

So it’s a knife with a cutting edge (that’s all knives, ever) …. A serrated age (that’s also, like every knife in every kitchen of this planet)  and/or some silly drawing (and that’s just stupid).

And here’s a pic of some “zombie knives”

The fearsome knives are set to be banned

Confused? Of course! There’s no such thing as “zombie knives”.

There’s a $3 axe, some cheap throwing knives, some larger knife and a cheap generic folder. All rather cheap looking I must say. They all just happen to have “toxic green” colour somewhere.  So they are keeping people safe by banning knives that have bright green fluorescent colours then. Got it. I wonder how much they paid the “knife expert” they consulted with to come to such a bright decision.

Here’s the official press release.

Well done boys! That will stop criminals from buying better made large 12″ chef knives,used in slasher horror movies and sold in literally every supermarket across UK… right? No?


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”


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Navy Video Shows UFOs Exist, Pentagon Still Refuses to Investigate

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Declassified U.S. Defense Department videos provide evidence that UFOs exist but the Pentagon is refusing to investigate them, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense alleged.

“The videos: along with observations by pilots and radar operators, appear to provide evidence of the existence of aircraft far superior to anything possessed by the United States or its allies,” Christopher K. Mellon wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. Mellon served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Defense Department officials confirmed that there have been more than a dozen encounters between U.S. military planes and unidentified aircraft along the East Coast since 2015, Mellon noted. He thinks recent UFO incidents that were widely covered by the media indicate a potential threat to national security.

In one story Mellon pointed to Air Force F-15s chased an unidentified aircraft that was traveling over Oregon at high speeds on October 25, Fox News reported. The object moved at speeds so fast the fighter jets were unable to catch it.

A video showing an encounter between Navy aircraft and a UFO off the East Coast in 2015 was only declassified after a Freedom of information Act request by the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mellon serves an advisor to that organization.

Are UFOs from Russia?

“Is it possible that America has been technologically leap-frogged by Russia or China,” Mellon wrote? “Perhaps Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent chest-thumping claims about propulsion breakthroughs are not pure braggadocio.”

“Unfortunately, we have no idea, because we aren’t even seeking answers,” Mellon charged.

The Pentagon has no effort to research unidentified flying objects, and makes no efforts to investigate UFO reports, Mellon alleged. The Defense Department claimed it stopped funding a program to investigate UFOs in 2012, The New York Times reported.

“I know from numerous discussions with Pentagon officials over the past two years that military departments and agencies treat such incidents as isolated events rather than as part of a pattern requiring serious attention and investigation,” Mellon wrote. Military officers and intelligence officials are afraid of being mocked as the “alien guy,” so they refuse to talk about UFOs.

Are UFOs a Threat to National Security?

“I know they continue to occur,” Mellon wrote of UFO reports, “because we are being approached by military personnel who are concerned about national security and frustrated by how the Defense Department is handling such reports.”

Mellon, a former chief of staff to the U.S. Senate Intelligence committee believes UFOs might be a threat to national security. He believes US airspace is being violated and nothing is being done about it.

“It is time to set aside taboos regarding “UFOs” and instead listen to our pilots and radar operators,” Mellon concluded.

Book Review: U.S. Marine Guidebook

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Everything there is to know about the essentials of life as a Marine is found in U.S. Marine Guidebook. From fitness to first aid to firing positions, this book covers all subjects in which every troop, regardless of rank, must maintain proficiency. Learn the Military’s Code of Conduct, understand the Dos and Don’ts of surviving as a POW, and grasp the foundation of military law. Find out about Marine customs, uniforms, and drills. Follow the Marine Corps fitness routines to get into the best shape of your life. Read the detailed section on first aid and learn how to perform

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Free PDF: ARC Be Ready

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The American Red Cross “Be Ready” program is designed to help kids learn about basic disaster preparedness without being fearful.  The Prepper Pete Series from Chaplain Kermit Jones does the same thing but with better pictures. I reviewed the Prepper Peter books a few years ago and still enjoy them with my son. The Red Cross Be Ready program created animal experts to teach proper disaster response. Disaster Dog knows earthquakes, Cool Cat teach about home fires, and Ready Rabbit is the expert on winter storms, This program encourages self reliance and a positive “can-do” attitude. Preparedness saves lives, and

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Scandinavian Grind Is Best Edge For A Bushcraft Knife

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What is a Scandinavian grind? A scandi grind (or V grind) (commonly found in Scandinavian knives) is a wide flat bevel that runs to the edge of the blade. The image above shows the shape of a Scandinavian knife edge. The Scandi doesn’t begin tapering until closer to the edge. There is no secondary bevel.   Advantages of the Scandinavian Grind (Edge) – The long flat edge provides excellent control of the cut. – Excellent control in woodcarving. – Scandi grind prevents the knife from slipping off easily. – Bites into the surface without getting stuck. – Can be sharpened

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Movie Monday – Episode 5

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Frontier House Episode 5

Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did in the state of Montana on the American frontier in 1883. Each family was expected to establish a homestead and complete the tasks necessary to prepare for the harsh Montana winter. At the end of the series, each family was judged by a panel of experts and historians on their likelihood of survival for each group.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Lyme Disease and plant medicine relief

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Lyme Disease and plant medicine relief
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below!

This episode of Herbal Prepper Live starts a series of shows on Lyme disease. Lyme is a devastating disease that is spread by ticks. While Lyme was first noted in Lyme, CT and has plagued New England states for decades, Lyme is now present in ticks all across the US.

Lyme disease, aka borreliosis, causes a range of symptoms and can lead to life-threatening conditions.

Continue reading Lyme Disease and plant medicine relief at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

Used Knives For Sale At A Fraction Of Retail Cost

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These used knives have been cleaned, lubricated, and sharpened. They can be purchased at a fraction the cost of new. Who cares if there’s a nick or scratch here and there, right? It’s a knife after all… it’s going to be ‘used’. I can tell you that when I look at any of my knives, they all have blemishes, some worse than others. That means that I’ve used them! They’re not ‘for show’. And that’s okay. The good thing is that ‘being used’ won’t affect the effectiveness or operation of the knife. It’s still the same knife! Why wouldn’t you

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What Happened in Economic News Last Week Could Signal a Massive Change for All of Us

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by M.K. Matthews

Last week was a busy one for economic news, what with a looming tariff war and a job report that is nothing to write home about.

As … Read the rest

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No-Till Gardening: Tiny Life Doing HUGE Work!

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There is some good sense beyond the modern push toward no-till gardening methods.

One of the best arguments I’ve found is that no-till gardening and farming doesn’t disturb the soil ecosystem.

You may not think of a patch of ground as a huge web of living creatures, but it is. And those creatures do a lot of hard work, all day, day and night.

Check out this time-lapse video showing how soil fauna break down fallen leaves:

Impressive, isn’t it?

When you rototill an area, you kill off a lot of the useful creatures in the soil, both macroscopic and microscopic.

On a forest floor or a healthy patch of prairie, these creatures break down debris and turn it into the soil, bringing plants the good stuff they need to thrive.

Read More: “Improve Soil Fertility With Autumn’s Gift”

One of the reasons I don’t use pesticides and herbicides (with the exception of the occasional nicotine spray to kill pesky cucumber beetles) is because I do not want to kill soil life.

Just because you can’t see what’s happening beneath your feet doesn’t mean you should ignore it.

Tread lightly and nature will do a lot of good work for your garden. Most bugs and worms are not our enemies.


*h/t PermieFlix for finding this video.


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How Scientists Plan to Feed Billions Without the Help of the Sun

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Our most recent article about the most recent minor eruptions at Yellowstone briefly touched on the mitigation process this type of disaster entails and the evacuation efforts that would need to be made for millions before a supervolcano were to erupt. This brings to mind an even greater question of how the world governments would be able to feed and care for citizens without the help of the sun.

Following a massive volcanic eruption, and especially in the case of a supervolcano erupting, the eruption would blast 240 cubic miles of rock, dust and volcanic ash into the sky. This would spread throughout the world and lower global temperatures by up to 28 degrees for years and cause what scientists refer to as volcanic winter. Due to the debris and ash spewing into the atmosphere, the sun will be blocked, and crops would not be able to grow. As a result, this would cause worldwide famine. Additionally, abnormal rainfall will cause major rivers around the world to flood.

This Has Happened to the World Already

In 1816, a similar situation arose when the world experienced a decrease in global temperatures caused by a volcanic eruption and caused major food shortages and famine. The anomaly was predominantly due to a volcanic winter event caused by the massive 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies. This event was exacerbated by a previous eruption in 1814 of Mayon in the Philippines. Adding to this dire time, the world was already in a centuries-long period of global cooling that began in the 14th century, and the volcanic eruptions in the early 1800’s only added to the agricultural distress in Europe. Failed harvests were widespread and deeply felt.

“Food riots broke out in the United Kingdom and France, and grain warehouses were looted. The violence was worst in landlocked Switzerland, where famine caused the government to declare a national emergency. Huge storms and abnormal rainfall with flooding of Europe’s major rivers (including the Rhine) are attributed to the event, as is the August frost. A major typhus epidemic occurred in Ireland between 1816 and 1819, precipitated by the famine caused by the Year Without a Summer. An estimated 100,000 Irish perished during this period.”

A Blueprint For Surviving Volcanic Winter

To prevent history from repeating itself, scientists have been searching for ways to feed the world without the help of the sun.

“At least two scientists have already sketched out a blueprint. In their 2015 book Feeding Everyone No Matter What, David Denkenberger and Joshua Pearce propose several ways to feed billions of people without the help of the sun.

Denkenberger, an architectural engineer at Tennessee State University in Nashville, started moonlighting as a catastrophe researcher a few years ago after reading that fungi may have thrived after previous mass extinctions. If humans ever face a similar threat, he thought, ‘Why don’t we just eat the mushrooms and not go extinct?’

Indeed, people could grow mushrooms on leaf litter and on the trunks of trees killed by the disaster, Denkenberger says. Even better would be raising methane-digesting bacteria on diets of natural gas, or converting the cellulose in plant biomass to sugar, a process already used to make biofuel. Denkenberger and Pearce—an engineering professor at Michigan Technological University in Houghton—calculate that by retrofitting existing industrial plants, survivors of the catastrophe could produce enough of such alternative foods to feed the world’s population several times over.

Of course, a few other ingredients would have to survive as well: infrastructure, international cooperation, and the rule of law. Whether human society endures or snaps is the unknown on which everything else could hinge, says Seth Baum, executive director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute in New York City, a nonprofit think tank whose researchers include Denkenberger.

‘How would we fare? I think the only reasonable answer one can give to the question at this time is that we have absolutely no idea,’ Baum says. To him, social resilience after a catastrophe is just another question for scientists to address, instead of leaving it to dystopian writers and doomsday preppers.

Not that he has anything against survivalists. ‘As much as they might seem silly on television, I’m actually a little happier knowing that there are people out there doing that stuff,’ Baum says. He quickly adds, ‘Hopefully, it’ll never come down to just that.’”


Fortunately, there are scientists and teams of individuals looking out for the human population and finding ways to keep us alive during the worst possible circumstances. But, as Seth Baum remarked in reference to preppers and survivalists, it is a relief knowing there are people out there doing stuff to get ready and are preparing for the worst-case scenario.



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Should You Store Plastic Bottled Water in Your Car?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, We all know you should have some water stored in your car for emergencies or in case you get stranded.  A lot of readers wonder, “Should you store plastic bottled water in your car?” Issues regarding storing water bottles BPA Water itself does not expire, according to the FDA.  However, common plastic water bottles contain BPA.  BPA stands for bisphenol A, a chemical used in producing plastic and resins. It can leach into water especially […]

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How to Stockpile Prescription Meds from Veterinary Sources

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Extreme times call for extreme measures. Here’s one way to manage the chaos. If a major disaster occurs and the supply chain breaks down, many critical items will be difficult to find. Without the power grid and fundamental distribution systems, things like food and water will be hard to come by. That includes life-saving medications. Many […]

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