Big Birch Bark Sheets; Deer Carcass Inspection; The Importance Of Tree ID In Bushcraft

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There are three serious topics in this podcast. Some of the most important parts of bushcraft are right here in this one. I was very impressed when I came across this. Tree identification is quickly becoming one of the most important pieces of the preparedness puzzle. Dave Canterbury says that they are a 4 seasons …

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Homestead Chicken Terms – How to Speak Chicken

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Having an egg factory in your backyard doesn’t come for free. There are responsibilities that you must take on as a chicken owner. There are issues within the flock that must be remedied, predators and illness. It can be a lot if you find yourself having a couple problems at the same time. While that …

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Dandelion Soda Recipe: Naturally Fermented with a Ginger Bug!

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The vast uses for the humble dandelion are blowing me away lately. Homesteaders are putting out these incredible blogs about taking full advantage of this front yard weed and I cant get enough of it. You might remember the article on dandelion wine and what a beautiful drink that was. Well, you may have thought …

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Battling Mosquitoes – 3 Great Ways To Protect Your Backyard Naturally

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When it comes to defending your outdoor living space from pests, nothing quite compares to battling mosquitoes. Whether it’s working in the garden, sitting under the pavilion, or enjoying a night around the fire pit, we love to be outdoors.

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Unpacking 1 Corinthians 12

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     I think I’m safe in saying that 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12 is one of the most deliberated chapters in the Bible. At the heart of the chapter is the subject of spiritual gifts given to believers by the Holy Spirit. In fact, Paul begins his letter to the growing Church in Corinth (scholarly estimates suggest the number of members was between 40 and 150) by telling them he doesn’t want them to be “confused” about spiritual gifts. Other translations say, “I don’t want you to be uninformed [or misunderstand] the gifts”, so obviously the Early Church also struggled with coming to terms with the divine gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit.
     And I have to admit that I have not heard a teaching in the churches I have attended over the years that satisfied all the questions I, myself, had. And, as I am again making my way through the Bible [in chronological order], and I reached this important chapter, I figured it was time to develop my own understanding according to the revelation God would give me as I dug in.
     Let me say this before I begin to share my apprehension of Chapter 12 … this time I am reading from The Passion Translation, and understanding jumped out at me so quickly as I saw the methodical way Paul “unpacked” the knowledge he had received from his own revelations. I no longer saw all the various interpretations different pastors had given this chapter; nor was Scripture tainted with denominational doctrine that obscured its clear meaning. At least this is how 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12 was revealed to me. And of course, I urge you to study it yourself with the help of the Holy Spirit, free of any man’s bias [including mine]. With that caveat, let me begin to share what I have perceived…
     Paul says he wants to impart to the believers in the Church in Corinth this conviction: It is the power and influence of the Holy Spirit that reveals that Jesus is God, and reveals the understanding of of His Word. Then 1 Corinthians 12:4 says this same Holy Spirit “distributes many different varieties of spiritual gifts”. And the Passion Translation actually says “continues to distribute” these gifts. [Note: none of the other translations give any indication that the spiritual gifts were not for all believers, for all time]. These gifts include: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, the gifts of faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues. I will elaborate more on these in a moment.
     Verse 5 then says that the Lord Yahweh (Jesus who is One with the Father) “apportions to believers different varieties of ministries”. These ministries [apportioned by grace] are the ministries of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Notice that Scripture calls these roles ministries or areas of service, NOT offices in the Church heirarchy. And then it is verse 6 that struck me as so important. I want to give it to you in several different translations so that it is clear that the meaning is consistent. Verse 6 in the Passion Translation reads, “The same God distributes different kinds of powers that accomplish different results through each believer’s gift AND ministry as He energizes and activates them”. The New Living Translation says, “God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us“.  The Amplified version reads, “And there are [distinctive] ways of working [to accomplish things], but it is the same God who produces all things in all believers [inspiring, energizing, and empowering them]”.  And finally, the King James version says, “And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.”
     Then Paul summarizes it all by saying, “Each believer is given continuous revelationby the Holy Spirit to benefit not just himself but all”.  First of all, I want to say that I truly believe Scripture is telling us that every believer has the Holy Spirit in us, and since the Holy Spirit possesses all the spiritual gifts, we each have ALL the gifts in us, and they are available to us as the Holy Spirit leads us to use them. Secondly, I also believe that verse 5 makes it clear that those five ministries [of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher] are available for each believer. We should all be walking in the gifts [as distributed by the Holy Spirit] and in a ministry [as apportioned by Jesus]. Not what you’ve been taught in Church? Let’s go back and consider verses 4 through 6 again:

It is the same Holy Spirit who continues to distribute many different varieties of gifts.
The Lord Yahweh is one,and He is the one who apportions to believers different varieties of ministries.
The same God distributes different kinds of powers that accomplish different results through each believer’s gift and ministry as He energizes and activates them.

     Can you see it now? Each believer has the availability of the spiritual gifts and a ministry. But they are activated and energized by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. Unless one is in communion with the Holy Spirit within themselves, I believe these gifts and ministries can be neglected [at the least] and/or misused [at the worst]. What we need to comprehend is that the spiritual gifts Paul talks about in Chapter 12 are the power source for Christians! If we are not walking in that divine power, or ministering to the Body of Christ in one of the five service ministries, then how much influence do you think Christians or the Church are going to have in the world? 
     A very good friend of mine, who is growing and maturing in her faith at an exponential rate, asked me a wise and insightful question…. Couldn’t we operate in more than one gift and more than one ministry? And my first thought was, The Bible doesn’t say we’re restricted to just one, and then my second thought was, Shouldn’t we want to? When you consider the purpose of the spiritual gifts and the ministries, it becomes obvious [to me, at least] that in order for the Kingdom of God on earth to be established, the Body of Christ/Church must step into the identities and gifts to which they’ve been called.
    Consider the purpose of the spiritual gifts: Word of Wisdom: a revelation gift of the Holy Spirit to impart an understanding of strategy and insight that only God can give to unlock the hearts of people and free the corporate body of Christ to move forward under God’s direction. Word of Knowledge: the gift of a revelation message from the Holy Spirit; often through an impression of thought in one’s mind, a vision, an audible voice that gives understanding of a situation that cannot be known by the natural mind. Gift of Faith: faith that comes from the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit; released in a person’s life to do the [miracle] works of God on earth. Gift of Healing: the power of the Holy Spirit [that raised Jesus from the dead] released in a believer to heal the sick here on earth. Miraculous Works of Power: this is a gift that gives a believer the divine power to do what Jesus did [still a storm, feed thousands, walk on water, cast out demons, turn water into wine, raise the dead, destroy cancer in a body]. Gift of Prophecy: to be given divine revelation from the Holy Spirit to speak the word of God in proclaiming God’s will over a person’s life or a particular situation. Scripture says this is one gift that every believer should desire and never despise [1 Corinthians 14:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20]. Gift of Discernment: the divine ability to recognize the origin of spirits; whether from God or demons; to hear the voice of the Lord clearly. Gifts of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues: this is the gift of a divine language for the edification of the Body of Christ/Church and its interpretation [not the same as speaking in tongues, a personal prayer language].      
     Paul goes on in the rest of Chapter 12 to impress upon the Corinthian believers that these gifts are for the benefit of maturing the Church into one effective Body for Christ [with many parts]. There should be no competition for status or position within the Body, and he emphasizes over and over that collectively, they are the body of Jesus, “and each of you is a unique and vital part of it”. He then goes on in the final verses to reiterate that God has placed in the Church apostles, prophets, teachers, those with gifts of miracles, gifts of divine healing, gifts of tongues, etc. And his final admonition in the chapter is to say that “not everyone [is these things or has these gifts]”. BUT, my spirit discerns that he is not saying that only a select few receive them, but rather, that the Body is not made up of all apostles, or that only the gift of healing is evident in the Body. In fact, he says in verse 31, You should all constantly boil over with passion in seeking the higher gifts. And I believe those five ministries and the nine spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit are the “higher” gifts he is referring to. [Keep in mind there are other “services/ministries” and “gifts” that build up the Body, such as Deacon, Steward, Charity, Hospitality, Helps, etc].  
     Finally, I believe that we can grasp the bigger picture of Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians by taking a look at his letter to the Ephesian Church: The ministries given to all believers by the grace of God will function until we all attain oneness in the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed in the abundance of Christ”. Furthermore, “every member [of the Body] has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all; and as these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love”.
     So, can you see that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit delight in a Church in which every believer constantly and passionately seeks to fill his particular ministry role, using any and all gifts he/she receives from the Holy Spirit to empower Christ’s Body on earth to walk in His image? Can you see how equipped the modern Church would be to battle against the lies and false values the Enemy has instilled in our culture, society, and yes, holy assemblies? I don’t know about you, but I want all that God wants to give me, and I want to give my all to Him! Lord, I answer your call and receive as many of Your divine gifts as You will give me. I thank You for the opportunity to serve You!

Ephesians 4:6     And He is the perfect Father who leads us all, works through us all, and lives in us all!

  
     
    

Unpacking 1 Corinthians 12

     I think I’m safe in saying that 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12 is one of the most deliberated chapters in the Bible. At the heart of the chapter is the subject of spiritual gifts given to believers by the Holy Spirit. In fact, Paul begins his letter to the growing Church in Corinth (scholarly estimates suggest the number of members was between 40 and 150) by telling them he doesn’t want them to be “confused” about spiritual gifts. Other translations say, “I don’t want you to be uninformed [or misunderstand] the gifts”, so obviously the Early Church also struggled with coming to terms with the divine gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit.
     And I have to admit that I have not heard a teaching in the churches I have attended over the years that satisfied all the questions I, myself, had. And, as I am again making my way through the Bible [in chronological order], and I reached this important chapter, I figured it was time to develop my own understanding according to the revelation God would give me as I dug in.
     Let me say this before I begin to share my apprehension of Chapter 12 … this time I am reading from The Passion Translation, and understanding jumped out at me so quickly as I saw the methodical way Paul “unpacked” the knowledge he had received from his own revelations. I no longer saw all the various interpretations different pastors had given this chapter; nor was Scripture tainted with denominational doctrine that obscured its clear meaning. At least this is how 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12 was revealed to me. And of course, I urge you to study it yourself with the help of the Holy Spirit, free of any man’s bias [including mine]. With that caveat, let me begin to share what I have perceived…
     Paul says he wants to impart to the believers in the Church in Corinth this conviction: It is the power and influence of the Holy Spirit that reveals that Jesus is God, and reveals the understanding of of His Word. Then 1 Corinthians 12:4 says this same Holy Spirit “distributes many different varieties of spiritual gifts”. And the Passion Translation actually says “continues to distribute” these gifts. [Note: none of the other translations give any indication that the spiritual gifts were not for all believers, for all time]. These gifts include: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, the gifts of faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues. I will elaborate more on these in a moment.
     Verse 5 then says that the Lord Yahweh (Jesus who is One with the Father) “apportions to believers different varieties of ministries”. These ministries [apportioned by grace] are the ministries of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Notice that Scripture calls these roles ministries or areas of service, NOT offices in the Church heirarchy. And then it is verse 6 that struck me as so important. I want to give it to you in several different translations so that it is clear that the meaning is consistent. Verse 6 in the Passion Translation reads, “The same God distributes different kinds of powers that accomplish different results through each believer’s gift AND ministry as He energizes and activates them”. The New Living Translation says, “God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us“.  The Amplified version reads, “And there are [distinctive] ways of working [to accomplish things], but it is the same God who produces all things in all believers [inspiring, energizing, and empowering them]”.  And finally, the King James version says, “And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.”
     Then Paul summarizes it all by saying, “Each believer is given continuous revelationby the Holy Spirit to benefit not just himself but all”.  First of all, I want to say that I truly believe Scripture is telling us that every believer has the Holy Spirit in us, and since the Holy Spirit possesses all the spiritual gifts, we each have ALL the gifts in us, and they are available to us as the Holy Spirit leads us to use them. Secondly, I also believe that verse 5 makes it clear that those five ministries [of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher] are available for each believer. We should all be walking in the gifts [as distributed by the Holy Spirit] and in a ministry [as apportioned by Jesus]. Not what you’ve been taught in Church? Let’s go back and consider verses 4 through 6 again:

It is the same Holy Spirit who continues to distribute many different varieties of gifts.
The Lord Yahweh is one,and He is the one who apportions to believers different varieties of ministries.
The same God distributes different kinds of powers that accomplish different results through each believer’s gift and ministry as He energizes and activates them.

     Can you see it now? Each believer has the availability of the spiritual gifts and a ministry. But they are activated and energized by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. Unless one is in communion with the Holy Spirit within themselves, I believe these gifts and ministries can be neglected [at the least] and/or misused [at the worst]. What we need to comprehend is that the spiritual gifts Paul talks about in Chapter 12 are the power source for Christians! If we are not walking in that divine power, or ministering to the Body of Christ in one of the five service ministries, then how much influence do you think Christians or the Church are going to have in the world? 
     A very good friend of mine, who is growing and maturing in her faith at an exponential rate, asked me a wise and insightful question…. Couldn’t we operate in more than one gift and more than one ministry? And my first thought was, The Bible doesn’t say we’re restricted to just one, and then my second thought was, Shouldn’t we want to? When you consider the purpose of the spiritual gifts and the ministries, it becomes obvious [to me, at least] that in order for the Kingdom of God on earth to be established, the Body of Christ/Church must step into the identities and gifts to which they’ve been called.
    Consider the purpose of the spiritual gifts: Word of Wisdom: a revelation gift of the Holy Spirit to impart an understanding of strategy and insight that only God can give to unlock the hearts of people and free the corporate body of Christ to move forward under God’s direction. Word of Knowledge: the gift of a revelation message from the Holy Spirit; often through an impression of thought in one’s mind, a vision, an audible voice that gives understanding of a situation that cannot be known by the natural mind. Gift of Faith: faith that comes from the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit; released in a person’s life to do the [miracle] works of God on earth. Gift of Healing: the power of the Holy Spirit [that raised Jesus from the dead] released in a believer to heal the sick here on earth. Miraculous Works of Power: this is a gift that gives a believer the divine power to do what Jesus did [still a storm, feed thousands, walk on water, cast out demons, turn water into wine, raise the dead, destroy cancer in a body]. Gift of Prophecy: to be given divine revelation from the Holy Spirit to speak the word of God in proclaiming God’s will over a person’s life or a particular situation. Scripture says this is one gift that every believer should desire and never despise [1 Corinthians 14:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20]. Gift of Discernment: the divine ability to recognize the origin of spirits; whether from God or demons; to hear the voice of the Lord clearly. Gifts of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues: this is the gift of a divine language for the edification of the Body of Christ/Church and its interpretation [not the same as speaking in tongues, a personal prayer language].      
     Paul goes on in the rest of Chapter 12 to impress upon the Corinthian believers that these gifts are for the benefit of maturing the Church into one effective Body for Christ [with many parts]. There should be no competition for status or position within the Body, and he emphasizes over and over that collectively, they are the body of Jesus, “and each of you is a unique and vital part of it”. He then goes on in the final verses to reiterate that God has placed in the Church apostles, prophets, teachers, those with gifts of miracles, gifts of divine healing, gifts of tongues, etc. And his final admonition in the chapter is to say that “not everyone [is these things or has these gifts]”. BUT, my spirit discerns that he is not saying that only a select few receive them, but rather, that the Body is not made up of all apostles, or that only the gift of healing is evident in the Body. In fact, he says in verse 31, You should all constantly boil over with passion in seeking the higher gifts. And I believe those five ministries and the nine spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit are the “higher” gifts he is referring to. [Keep in mind there are other “services/ministries” and “gifts” that build up the Body, such as Deacon, Steward, Charity, Hospitality, Helps, etc].  
     Finally, I believe that we can grasp the bigger picture of Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians by taking a look at his letter to the Ephesian Church: The ministries given to all believers by the grace of God will function until we all attain oneness in the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed in the abundance of Christ”. Furthermore, “every member [of the Body] has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all; and as these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love”.
     So, can you see that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit delight in a Church in which every believer constantly and passionately seeks to fill his particular ministry role, using any and all gifts he/she receives from the Holy Spirit to empower Christ’s Body on earth to walk in His image? Can you see how equipped the modern Church would be to battle against the lies and false values the Enemy has instilled in our culture, society, and yes, holy assemblies? I don’t know about you, but I want all that God wants to give me, and I want to give my all to Him! Lord, I answer your call and receive as many of Your divine gifts as You will give me. I thank You for the opportunity to serve You!

Ephesians 4:6     And He is the perfect Father who leads us all, works through us all, and lives in us all!

  
     
    

Unpacking 1 Corinthians 12

     I think I’m safe in saying that 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12 is one of the most deliberated chapters in the Bible. At the heart of the chapter is the subject of spiritual gifts given to believers by the Holy Spirit. In fact, Paul begins his letter to the growing Church in Corinth (scholarly estimates suggest the number of members was between 40 and 150) by telling them he doesn’t want them to be “confused” about spiritual gifts. Other translations say, “I don’t want you to be uninformed [or misunderstand] the gifts”, so obviously the Early Church also struggled with coming to terms with the divine gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit.
     And I have to admit that I have not heard a teaching in the churches I have attended over the years that satisfied all the questions I, myself, had. And, as I am again making my way through the Bible [in chronological order], and I reached this important chapter, I figured it was time to develop my own understanding according to the revelation God would give me as I dug in.
     Let me say this before I begin to share my apprehension of Chapter 12 … this time I am reading from The Passion Translation, and understanding jumped out at me so quickly as I saw the methodical way Paul “unpacked” the knowledge he had received from his own revelations. I no longer saw all the various interpretations different pastors had given this chapter; nor was Scripture tainted with denominational doctrine that obscured its clear meaning. At least this is how 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12 was revealed to me. And of course, I urge you to study it yourself with the help of the Holy Spirit, free of any man’s bias [including mine]. With that caveat, let me begin to share what I have perceived…
     Paul says he wants to impart to the believers in the Church in Corinth this conviction: It is the power and influence of the Holy Spirit that reveals that Jesus is God, and reveals the understanding of of His Word. Then 1 Corinthians 12:4 says this same Holy Spirit “distributes many different varieties of spiritual gifts”. And the Passion Translation actually says “continues to distribute” these gifts. [Note: none of the other translations give any indication that the spiritual gifts were not for all believers, for all time]. These gifts include: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, the gifts of faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues. I will elaborate more on these in a moment.
     Verse 5 then says that the Lord Yahweh (Jesus who is One with the Father) “apportions to believers different varieties of ministries”. These ministries [apportioned by grace] are the ministries of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Notice that Scripture calls these roles ministries or areas of service, NOT offices in the Church heirarchy. And then it is verse 6 that struck me as so important. I want to give it to you in several different translations so that it is clear that the meaning is consistent. Verse 6 in the Passion Translation reads, “The same God distributes different kinds of powers that accomplish different results through each believer’s gift AND ministry as He energizes and activates them”. The New Living Translation says, “God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us“.  The Amplified version reads, “And there are [distinctive] ways of working [to accomplish things], but it is the same God who produces all things in all believers [inspiring, energizing, and empowering them]”.  And finally, the King James version says, “And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.”
     Then Paul summarizes it all by saying, “Each believer is given continuous revelationby the Holy Spirit to benefit not just himself but all”.  First of all, I want to say that I truly believe Scripture is telling us that every believer has the Holy Spirit in us, and since the Holy Spirit possesses all the spiritual gifts, we each have ALL the gifts in us, and they are available to us as the Holy Spirit leads us to use them. Secondly, I also believe that verse 5 makes it clear that those five ministries [of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher] are available for each believer. We should all be walking in the gifts [as distributed by the Holy Spirit] and in a ministry [as apportioned by Jesus]. Not what you’ve been taught in Church? Let’s go back and consider verses 4 through 6 again:

It is the same Holy Spirit who continues to distribute many different varieties of gifts.
The Lord Yahweh is one,and He is the one who apportions to believers different varieties of ministries.
The same God distributes different kinds of powers that accomplish different results through each believer’s gift and ministry as He energizes and activates them.

     Can you see it now? Each believer has the availability of the spiritual gifts and a ministry. But they are activated and energized by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. Unless one is in communion with the Holy Spirit within themselves, I believe these gifts and ministries can be neglected [at the least] and/or misused [at the worst]. What we need to comprehend is that the spiritual gifts Paul talks about in Chapter 12 are the power source for Christians! If we are not walking in that divine power, or ministering to the Body of Christ in one of the five service ministries, then how much influence do you think Christians or the Church are going to have in the world? 
     A very good friend of mine, who is growing and maturing in her faith at an exponential rate, asked me a wise and insightful question…. Couldn’t we operate in more than one gift and more than one ministry? And my first thought was, The Bible doesn’t say we’re restricted to just one, and then my second thought was, Shouldn’t we want to? When you consider the purpose of the spiritual gifts and the ministries, it becomes obvious [to me, at least] that in order for the Kingdom of God on earth to be established, the Body of Christ/Church must step into the identities and gifts to which they’ve been called.
    Consider the purpose of the spiritual gifts: Word of Wisdom: a revelation gift of the Holy Spirit to impart an understanding of strategy and insight that only God can give to unlock the hearts of people and free the corporate body of Christ to move forward under God’s direction. Word of Knowledge: the gift of a revelation message from the Holy Spirit; often through an impression of thought in one’s mind, a vision, an audible voice that gives understanding of a situation that cannot be known by the natural mind. Gift of Faith: faith that comes from the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit; released in a person’s life to do the [miracle] works of God on earth. Gift of Healing: the power of the Holy Spirit [that raised Jesus from the dead] released in a believer to heal the sick here on earth. Miraculous Works of Power: this is a gift that gives a believer the divine power to do what Jesus did [still a storm, feed thousands, walk on water, cast out demons, turn water into wine, raise the dead, destroy cancer in a body]. Gift of Prophecy: to be given divine revelation from the Holy Spirit to speak the word of God in proclaiming God’s will over a person’s life or a particular situation. Scripture says this is one gift that every believer should desire and never despise [1 Corinthians 14:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20]. Gift of Discernment: the divine ability to recognize the origin of spirits; whether from God or demons; to hear the voice of the Lord clearly. Gifts of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues: this is the gift of a divine language for the edification of the Body of Christ/Church and its interpretation [not the same as speaking in tongues, a personal prayer language].      
     Paul goes on in the rest of Chapter 12 to impress upon the Corinthian believers that these gifts are for the benefit of maturing the Church into one effective Body for Christ [with many parts]. There should be no competition for status or position within the Body, and he emphasizes over and over that collectively, they are the body of Jesus, “and each of you is a unique and vital part of it”. He then goes on in the final verses to reiterate that God has placed in the Church apostles, prophets, teachers, those with gifts of miracles, gifts of divine healing, gifts of tongues, etc. And his final admonition in the chapter is to say that “not everyone [is these things or has these gifts]”. BUT, my spirit discerns that he is not saying that only a select few receive them, but rather, that the Body is not made up of all apostles, or that only the gift of healing is evident in the Body. In fact, he says in verse 31, You should all constantly boil over with passion in seeking the higher gifts. And I believe those five ministries and the nine spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit are the “higher” gifts he is referring to. [Keep in mind there are other “services/ministries” and “gifts” that build up the Body, such as Deacon, Steward, Charity, Hospitality, Helps, etc].  
     Finally, I believe that we can grasp the bigger picture of Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians by taking a look at his letter to the Ephesian Church: The ministries given to all believers by the grace of God will function until we all attain oneness in the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed in the abundance of Christ”. Furthermore, “every member [of the Body] has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all; and as these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love”.
     So, can you see that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit delight in a Church in which every believer constantly and passionately seeks to fill his particular ministry role, using any and all gifts he/she receives from the Holy Spirit to empower Christ’s Body on earth to walk in His image? Can you see how equipped the modern Church would be to battle against the lies and false values the Enemy has instilled in our culture, society, and yes, holy assemblies? I don’t know about you, but I want all that God wants to give me, and I want to give my all to Him! Lord, I answer your call and receive as many of Your divine gifts as You will give me. I thank You for the opportunity to serve You!

Ephesians 4:6     And He is the perfect Father who leads us all, works through us all, and lives in us all!

  
     
    

Unpacking 1 Corinthians 12

     I think I’m safe in saying that 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12 is one of the most deliberated chapters in the Bible. At the heart of the chapter is the subject of spiritual gifts given to believers by the Holy Spirit. In fact, Paul begins his letter to the growing Church in Corinth (scholarly estimates suggest the number of members was between 40 and 150) by telling them he doesn’t want them to be “confused” about spiritual gifts. Other translations say, “I don’t want you to be uninformed [or misunderstand] the gifts”, so obviously the Early Church also struggled with coming to terms with the divine gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit.
     And I have to admit that I have not heard a teaching in the churches I have attended over the years that satisfied all the questions I, myself, had. And, as I am again making my way through the Bible [in chronological order], and I reached this important chapter, I figured it was time to develop my own understanding according to the revelation God would give me as I dug in.
     Let me say this before I begin to share my apprehension of Chapter 12 … this time I am reading from The Passion Translation, and understanding jumped out at me so quickly as I saw the methodical way Paul “unpacked” the knowledge he had received from his own revelations. I no longer saw all the various interpretations different pastors had given this chapter; nor was Scripture tainted with denominational doctrine that obscured its clear meaning. At least this is how 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12 was revealed to me. And of course, I urge you to study it yourself with the help of the Holy Spirit, free of any man’s bias [including mine]. With that caveat, let me begin to share what I have perceived…
     Paul says he wants to impart to the believers in the Church in Corinth this conviction: It is the power and influence of the Holy Spirit that reveals that Jesus is God, and reveals the understanding of of His Word. Then 1 Corinthians 12:4 says this same Holy Spirit “distributes many different varieties of spiritual gifts”. And the Passion Translation actually says “continues to distribute” these gifts. [Note: none of the other translations give any indication that the spiritual gifts were not for all believers, for all time]. These gifts include: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, the gifts of faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues. I will elaborate more on these in a moment.
     Verse 5 then says that the Lord Yahweh (Jesus who is One with the Father) “apportions to believers different varieties of ministries”. These ministries [apportioned by grace] are the ministries of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Notice that Scripture calls these roles ministries or areas of service, NOT offices in the Church heirarchy. And then it is verse 6 that struck me as so important. I want to give it to you in several different translations so that it is clear that the meaning is consistent. Verse 6 in the Passion Translation reads, “The same God distributes different kinds of powers that accomplish different results through each believer’s gift AND ministry as He energizes and activates them”. The New Living Translation says, “God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us“.  The Amplified version reads, “And there are [distinctive] ways of working [to accomplish things], but it is the same God who produces all things in all believers [inspiring, energizing, and empowering them]”.  And finally, the King James version says, “And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.”
     Then Paul summarizes it all by saying, “Each believer is given continuous revelationby the Holy Spirit to benefit not just himself but all”.  First of all, I want to say that I truly believe Scripture is telling us that every believer has the Holy Spirit in us, and since the Holy Spirit possesses all the spiritual gifts, we each have ALL the gifts in us, and they are available to us as the Holy Spirit leads us to use them. Secondly, I also believe that verse 5 makes it clear that those five ministries [of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher] are available for each believer. We should all be walking in the gifts [as distributed by the Holy Spirit] and in a ministry [as apportioned by Jesus]. Not what you’ve been taught in Church? Let’s go back and consider verses 4 through 6 again:

It is the same Holy Spirit who continues to distribute many different varieties of gifts.
The Lord Yahweh is one,and He is the one who apportions to believers different varieties of ministries.
The same God distributes different kinds of powers that accomplish different results through each believer’s gift and ministry as He energizes and activates them.

     Can you see it now? Each believer has the availability of the spiritual gifts and a ministry. But they are activated and energized by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. Unless one is in communion with the Holy Spirit within themselves, I believe these gifts and ministries can be neglected [at the least] and/or misused [at the worst]. What we need to comprehend is that the spiritual gifts Paul talks about in Chapter 12 are the power source for Christians! If we are not walking in that divine power, or ministering to the Body of Christ in one of the five service ministries, then how much influence do you think Christians or the Church are going to have in the world? 
     A very good friend of mine, who is growing and maturing in her faith at an exponential rate, asked me a wise and insightful question…. Couldn’t we operate in more than one gift and more than one ministry? And my first thought was, The Bible doesn’t say we’re restricted to just one, and then my second thought was, Shouldn’t we want to? When you consider the purpose of the spiritual gifts and the ministries, it becomes obvious [to me, at least] that in order for the Kingdom of God on earth to be established, the Body of Christ/Church must step into the identities and gifts to which they’ve been called.
    Consider the purpose of the spiritual gifts: Word of Wisdom: a revelation gift of the Holy Spirit to impart an understanding of strategy and insight that only God can give to unlock the hearts of people and free the corporate body of Christ to move forward under God’s direction. Word of Knowledge: the gift of a revelation message from the Holy Spirit; often through an impression of thought in one’s mind, a vision, an audible voice that gives understanding of a situation that cannot be known by the natural mind. Gift of Faith: faith that comes from the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit; released in a person’s life to do the [miracle] works of God on earth. Gift of Healing: the power of the Holy Spirit [that raised Jesus from the dead] released in a believer to heal the sick here on earth. Miraculous Works of Power: this is a gift that gives a believer the divine power to do what Jesus did [still a storm, feed thousands, walk on water, cast out demons, turn water into wine, raise the dead, destroy cancer in a body]. Gift of Prophecy: to be given divine revelation from the Holy Spirit to speak the word of God in proclaiming God’s will over a person’s life or a particular situation. Scripture says this is one gift that every believer should desire and never despise [1 Corinthians 14:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20]. Gift of Discernment: the divine ability to recognize the origin of spirits; whether from God or demons; to hear the voice of the Lord clearly. Gifts of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues: this is the gift of a divine language for the edification of the Body of Christ/Church and its interpretation [not the same as speaking in tongues, a personal prayer language].      
     Paul goes on in the rest of Chapter 12 to impress upon the Corinthian believers that these gifts are for the benefit of maturing the Church into one effective Body for Christ [with many parts]. There should be no competition for status or position within the Body, and he emphasizes over and over that collectively, they are the body of Jesus, “and each of you is a unique and vital part of it”. He then goes on in the final verses to reiterate that God has placed in the Church apostles, prophets, teachers, those with gifts of miracles, gifts of divine healing, gifts of tongues, etc. And his final admonition in the chapter is to say that “not everyone [is these things or has these gifts]”. BUT, my spirit discerns that he is not saying that only a select few receive them, but rather, that the Body is not made up of all apostles, or that only the gift of healing is evident in the Body. In fact, he says in verse 31, You should all constantly boil over with passion in seeking the higher gifts. And I believe those five ministries and the nine spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit are the “higher” gifts he is referring to. [Keep in mind there are other “services/ministries” and “gifts” that build up the Body, such as Deacon, Steward, Charity, Hospitality, Helps, etc].  
     Finally, I believe that we can grasp the bigger picture of Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians by taking a look at his letter to the Ephesian Church: The ministries given to all believers by the grace of God will function until we all attain oneness in the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed in the abundance of Christ”. Furthermore, “every member [of the Body] has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all; and as these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love”.
     So, can you see that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit delight in a Church in which every believer constantly and passionately seeks to fill his particular ministry role, using any and all gifts he/she receives from the Holy Spirit to empower Christ’s Body on earth to walk in His image? Can you see how equipped the modern Church would be to battle against the lies and false values the Enemy has instilled in our culture, society, and yes, holy assemblies? I don’t know about you, but I want all that God wants to give me, and I want to give my all to Him! Lord, I answer your call and receive as many of Your divine gifts as You will give me. I thank You for the opportunity to serve You!

Ephesians 4:6     And He is the perfect Father who leads us all, works through us all, and lives in us all!

  
     
    

White Vinegar Benefits and Uses

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  For years we tried various floor cleaners that would work for cleaning our floors. It’s tricky because we have a combination of tile, vinyl and wood flooring, so to find the perfect cleaner that could use place in one bucket for mopping them all come Saturday cleaning days, was not so easy, and it …

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All the people like us are ‘we’, and everyone else is ‘they’

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I do enjoy chatting with fellow survivalists. There are two or three that I communicate with back and forth in email and it’s always very satisfying and enjoyable. What makes it such a pleasure, other than us being, basically, on the same page is that it also helps to make me feel like I’m not unique and ‘strange’ or ‘out there’… there are people who think that my concerns and actions are perfectly reasonable. I like that feeling of…I dunno…validation?

It isn’t always that way, though. See, everyone has a different flavor of apocalypse. And everyone, when it comes to their particular flavor, is a remarkably fussy eater. For example, the Peak Oil guys are quick to attribute everything to Peak Oil (which, much like how Global Cooling morphed into Global Warming and is now simply the much more vague Climate Change, has undergone some brand retooling)… water wars? Its because Peak Oil makes transporting water too expensive. Food prices up? It’s because Peak Oil makes farming more expensive. Neighbors dog got into the chickens? Peak oil.

I shouldn’t give the Peak Oil guys too much grief….my own particular flavor of apocalypse is probably scoffed at by other parts of the survivalist demographic. But…my point is that it’s always nice when you have ‘out of the ordinary’ interests/beliefs/concerns to get to interact with other ‘like minded individuals’ so you don’t feel so isolated or alienated.

I was thinking about that today as I was restocking the rice containers in the kitchen. As of late I’ve been going through a lot of rice, mostly to use it up and also out of a renewed sense of thrift since there’s a new alternator sitting at the curb with an old car attached to it. Anyway, I was scooping out the last of a five-gallon bucket of rice and I was thinking what it must feel like to have that moment where you see the bottom of the barrel (literally) and think ‘thats it…we’re outta food’.

Of course, in my case that just means opening up another five-gallon pail. But how many people keep multiple five-gallon buckets of food on-hand? For years? Not many, I’d wager. But when I encounter other people who do that sort of thing, I feel much more comfortable with myself. Go figure.

I’m relatively active on a bunch of discussion forums. Some as Commander Zero, some as other anonymous names, but I really enjoy reading other people’s experiences and ideas about preparedness. It really helps to lessen the feeling that I’m the only one who thinks this way and, therefore, somehow I’m abnormal or not quite right.

So…let’s ask an interesting question: not counting spouses or relatives, how many survivalists do you frequently interact with in real life.. not over the internet, not on discussion boards, but in genuine “Hey, you wanna go to the range/gun show/Mormon cannery/backapacking store?” fashion?

How many other ‘outted’ survivalists (meaning people that you know for a fact are survivalists) do you socialize or hang out with in real life (spouses and siblings DO NOT COUNT)?
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    Home Invasions & Assaults 2018 to date.

    Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. There are many women, raped and/or murdered, who would have been liable to prosecution had they been carrying anything that might have saved them.

    Home Invasions & Assaults 2018

    Teen arrested over two ‘frightening’ attacks on women in Sydney’s west

    A man allegedly throws rocks at police in Darlington after attempted break-in

    WA Police hunt for man in relation to sexual assault

    Investigation continues into Margaret River massacre

    Judge cries in court while sentencing woman who killed abusive partner

    CCTV of missing 12-year-old moments before he was pulled into car

    Another home invasion!

    Man on the run after assaulting 12-year-old girl

    Another home invasion! Eight-year-old girl ‘assaulted after man climbs into bedroom window’

    Home Invasions. New Victoria police taskforce targeting wayward teens in home invasion crackdown

    Masked men threaten family with machetes and tomahawk in home invasion

    Home Invasion. Man charged over death of young mum found next to baby

    Police release CCTV of Elizabeth South home invasion in which a bullet was fired into a bedroom

    TERRIFYING CAIRNLEA HOME INVASION STILL UNSOLVED

    THE VICTIM of a terrifying home invasion has recalled the moment three thugs stormed her home and held a doona over her head.It comes as police make a fresh appeal for public assistance following the aggravated burglary and false imprisonment in Cairnlea in

    Nine charged with murder over stabbing death of woman

    ‘I was screaming blood-curdling screams’: Brave woman speaks of shock sex attack

    Lake Macquarie Police District officers charge man, 44, over alleged axe attack of man, 73, in Rathmines this morning

    Man threatened with gun and knife during Hornsby home invasion

    Armed Home Invasion. A TEENAGE boy has been charged with armed robbery after an alleged break-in at an Armidale NSW house.

    Starbucks New Bathroom Policy To Shelter Perverts and Drug Addicts?

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    Starbucks “bathroom bias” creates potential legal trouble for coffee retailer.

    Starbucks is making a terrible mistake by opening its bathrooms to people off the street. The new policy of leaving bathrooms unlocked will make Starbucks a hangout for drug addicts and derelicts, former employee Tyler Durden wrote at Zero Hedge.

    The old policy at Starbucks was to leave the bathroom locked, usually with a combination lock. Employees were supposed to give the combination only to paying customers.

    That policy ended after complaints that some of the coffee shop employees were letting white people use bathrooms without buying coffee. Employees have also been accused of denying the same privilege to African Americans. Now the company will leave the bathrooms unlocked at its more than 8,000 stores in the United States.

    Starbucks Would Violate Law By Unlocking Bathrooms

    Durden recalls having to call the fire department to get homeless people out of bathrooms at a Starbucks he worked at in Boston. Durden admitted that he did let some noncustomers use the toilets including mothers with children.

    “The old rules encouraged partners to deny non-paying customers access to the bathroom, regardless of race or ethnicity,” Durden wrote. Starbucks calls its employees’ partners.

    He also denied the bathroom to some because of their appearance.

    “When it comes to making a decision of trust, it should go without saying that some people look more trustworthy than others,” Durden said.

    Durden’s belief from personal experience is that unlocked bathrooms at Starbucks will become a magnet for homeless people and drug addicts. He also noted that the policy would put Starbucks in violation of Boston ordinances that make it illegal to offer shelter to substance abusers, sex offenders and prostitutes.

    Starbucks will also face difficulties keeping restrooms clean. Not to mention the presence of homeless people usually scares paying customers away.

    Some commentators have argued that Starbucks’ new “unlocked bathroom policy” is actually unfair to paying customers. Retailers face increasing discrimination charges as laws and cultural standards continue to change.

    Why Bathrooms Create Problems For Retailers

    Locking a company’s bathroom can also generate controversy for retailers because employees that control access to toilets are, well, human beings. Being human, they’re forced to make decisions that will be seen as discrimination no matter what the decision is.

    After all, decisions based on the perceptions of “types” or stereotypes. Retailers like Starbucks can respond to the bathroom access policy with one of three strategies:

    1. They can control access by only allowing paying customers to use the bathroom. This policy can lead to charges of discrimination and can be a nightmare for employees to police and enforce.

    2. Adopt the McDonald’s strategy of leaving the bathroom open and letting everybody use it. The hope here is that people who use the facilities will feel obligated to buy something. Like many people, I have gone into McDonald’s to use the bathroom and ended up buying something off the Dollar Menu as a way of saying “thanks.”

    3. Having a bathroom for employees’ only is another option. Most mom and pop retailers take this route because it creates fewer problems and involves fewer decisions. The most likely outcome of the Starbucks’ bathroom controversy will be that many more retailers make restrooms for employees only.

    That policy ends discrimination by denying access to everybody equally. It also ensures that there will be a lot fewer public toilets in our cities and more alleys reeking of urine and feces.

    Local governments have the power to help solve this problem by building more public restrooms in American communities, something that a lot of municipalities refuse to do. Many cities, such as Los Angeles and Philadelphia, have almost no bathrooms in subway stations and downtown areas.

    Starbucks is responding to complaints by requiring all employees to undergo training for racially based “Bathroom Bias” on May 29, 2018. All Starbucks locations will be closed for the training on that day, so no one will be able to use the bathroom.

    Note: Starbucks stores in other locations such as supermarkets will not be affected by the “bathroom bias training” or the new shelter the homeless policy. Only standalone store employees will  be training for race and restroom bias.

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    Viking Blacksmithing on the Move

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    One of the coolest instructables I have seen is gathered in this article. There is a pull on many of us to start blacksmithing. There is an incredible allure that pulls at many people to get back to some of the lost skills like blacksmithing. There has also been an explosion in craftsmen and artisans …

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    No Dig Gardening – Help Controlling Garden Weeds

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    Have you ever been away from home (or just too busy to get to your garden) for a week, and came home to a weed garden that hid your veggie garden? This happened to us several times, and it’s such a pain to catch up with weeding! you might even be inclined to just give …

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    Improved Stove Top Fan (from Junk)

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    A big part of urban survival that is often overlooked is the manipulation of metal. We have extracted so much metal from the ground and brought it to the surface that we have created scrap yards full of that metal. What can you do with metal? What can you assemble, disassemble or re create altogether? …

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    Generational Strengths in Times of Crisis

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    “How am I supposed to prep when my family member is in such bad health?”

    I get asked this question a lot, actually. And I fully understand where it comes from. My dad, who lives with us, was recently diagnosed with dementia. So the question has arisen in my home: how do we prepare and account for Pop?

    The news, however, is not quite so doom and gloom. In fact, every single age group has strengths when crisis strikes. Some of these strengths are easily noticed while others are more like a diamond in the rough – they have to be searched for and found before being much use.

    This post was designed so that when crisis strikes, you are able to know the strengths of every age group if SHTF. I realized recently that without any member, a well-functioning team is weaker. Our families, loved ones, and friends should work like a well-oiled machine when it comes to prepping.

    So here are the strengths of every age group in a crisis.

    Youth:

    Stories abound about how frustrating youth are in modern culture. Their music, tv, and attitudes are all crap nowadays. But in a crisis, youth have several unique strengths.

    First of all, youth have the ability to do a disgustingly large amount of work. For example, I was out digging holes for my plants today and my back kept bothering me while I was digging. So I would dig a few holes, take a break, and go back to digging a few more. It was time consuming, tiring, and (worst of all) painful.

    My son drives in from work and comes over to lend me a hand. In 15 minutes, he does as much work as I did in an hour. I could have just spit!

    But this shows the incredible power that youth possess: their backs don’t burn, their knees don’t ache, and if they’re encouraged and loved the right way, they have an incredible work capacity.
    Sometimes we’ve gotta be smart about how we speak to and encourage youth today, but when we do it in a firm yet loving way, showing them that we have their best intentions at heart, I’ve found that they tend to fall in line.

    Another talent that youth have is that they possess an abundant amount of energy and when morale is down, there isn’t much that makes people happier than seeing hard working young folk.

    When it comes to a crisis, youth are at once energetic enough to do hard work and energetic enough to remind those on our team what we are fighting for: love, happiness, and freedom.

    Middle Aged Crowd:

    I find myself in this category as I type. If you woke up this morning remembering how sweet 20 was but knowing that 60 or 70 will be even worse, you’re probably right there with me!

    But my generation has unique strengths in a crisis, particularly the strengths of leadership and creativity.

    Let’s face it: young people today are just not wired like we were. I don’t know if it’s the tablets and smartphones or the pitiful educational system in some places, but if I didn’t teach my boys how to hold a hammer, they’d have gone well into their teens and twenties without ever knowing how to drive a nail.

    That’s pretty pitiful if you ask me.

    Young people are creative online, but not in person. Their generation can make graphics online, but my generation has the unique strength in that we can see a physical problem and find a physical solution. We can help others see our vision and guide them onto the path of help.

    When it comes to a crisis, no one is better suited to lead than those who are aging in body but young in heart and mind.

    My generation is also capable of doing (some!) physical labor, though our backs, shoulders, and knees hate us for it. In my opinion, my generation has excellent social skills and can work hard to keep others in line and happy. Because the middle age crowd serves as a bridge between youth and elderly folks, we are the ideal leaders and strategists when everything turns to crisis mode.

    And speaking of the elderly folks…

    The Well-Experienced:

    Those among us who have plenty of life experience make for incredible companions during a crisis. My father, though he has dementia and is a fraction of his former self, is a wise and bold man, not letting much get in his way.

    He’s a manly man too!

    Those among us who are widely versed in the ways of the world (like how I said that) have a set of strengths that other age groups simply can’t match: you bring the wisdom, love, and guidance of an entire life.

    You have the experience that can only be gained with time.

    There will never be a time when people need more wise and calming advice than during a crisis. When it all goes down, emotions will be rampant. People will be frustrated, hurt, and will feel alone. There will be such a need for those who have experienced those emotions beforehand to share their wisdom on how to last in difficult times.

    If you or your loved ones fit into the well-aged crowd, I want you to understand something: those in the well-aged crowd know things that other people don’t. You can have deeply personal conversations with your team. You can bring stability, hope, and courage, reminding those that bad times have happened in the past and will happen again, but that good times are coming one day.

    Those who are experienced at life also bring another unique skillset: for most of you, you grew up outside, in the real world! I can’t tell you how many times my father has given me gardening tips that sound crazy but work out better than I could ever imagine.

    Dad knows what kind of foods you can eat in the wild, how to hunt, how to grow food, how to identify poisons, and who knows what else. If you are well-experienced in life, you bring a knowledge of the outdoors that the modern man or woman simply does not possess.

    If you are in this crowd, do not lose hope. You bring a strength to a crisis that cannot be imitated.

    Conclusion

    Whatever your team composition is, whatever your family looks like, whoever you’re stuck with in a crisis, remember that every age group brings specific skills, abilities, and strengths.

    Remember that not all skills are physical. In fact, sometimes the physical skills don’t get us very far if we aren’t supported by a belief in what we are doing or trying to accomplish.

    No matter your age, if you are in a crisis, then you have something to contribute.

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    Top 10 Common Prepper Fails

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    Being successful at prepping is a lot more difficult than most people think. In fact, the failure rate for fully prepared survivalists is pretty high on a deployment level. This is nothing to be ashamed about, because nobody ever said that life itself was going to be easy. Prepping effectively just adds extra stresses and budgetary restraints to everyday life survival.  For sure there is nothing new about that.

    By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

    However, if you elect to strike upon the path to preparing for disasters and SHTFs at any level, there are some tasks that must be accomplished to be reasonably ready for any threat.  As you begin the process, here are ten areas of concern that could very easily bog you down.  You need to know these up front to fully accept the challenge of prepping.

    1. Failure to Prep

    Remember Harvey, Irma, and Nate?  Nice sounding group, like people you might have over for a backyard BBQ. Except these were hurricanes that disrupted the lives of tens of thousands of residents.  Remember the clogged highways of escapees, and what happened to those unwilling to evacuate?  Some of them are dead.  Why?  Because they were ill prepared to weather a storm or have sense enough to heed the advice to leave the area.

    You cannot reasonably expect to withstand a storm or any SHTF unless you have prepared to do so.  That means a commitment to prepping at a most basic level.  If you sit on the fence forever, you are likely to die there.  So, if you never elect to begin the process, you are a failure to start with.  But, of course, that can be easily reversed by stepping up to the plate.

    2. Fail to Plan

    Ok, you bit the bullet, but not all the way through.  In your mind, you wanted to start a prepping process for you and your family, but so far, nothing has happened.  Like a diet or exercise (tell me about it) following through can be the tough part just to jump off center.

    Prep planning is really quite simple and indeed can be a fun and challenging trial.  First, buy a basic how-to book.  Pick a basic one that would seem to cover all the basic bases.  It might take a couple volumes or more.  These works will get you to thinking about all the steps involved in prepping for a bug in or out, or other SHTF scenarios.

    Naturally continue to read the article posts here at SurvivalCache.com and our sister site at SHTFBlog.comThere is a wealth of common sense advice here at both the elementary and advanced levels.  Check out the sidebars, too for supplies and gear to purchase at Forge Survival Supply.

    Start a prepping notebook.  Build sections or folders containing ideas, plans, do-lists, gear needs, supply needs, and everything else.  This notebook should become your prepper’s owner’s manual.  Prepping is a lifelong process, so kick start that baby now.

    3. Fail to Supply

    Many wannabe preppers I have advised simply fail to initiate the process by stocking up on all the essentials they will need to survive a SHTF.  Be it a hurricane, flood, wildfire, tornado, civil unrest, or economic collapse, it is going to take supplies of every description to withstand the downfall.  This may be for 72 hours or 72 days or more.  Who knows?

    Again, build your needs lists and little by little as you can afford it, start to create a survival cache of supplies to hold you over.  Go for water, food, medical, and security core supplies.  Collect them, rotate them by use, and be ready.

    4. Fail to Gear Up

    Just as with the life supplies mentioned above, there will be a number of vital hardware items needed too.  This survival ammomight be a chainsaw to remove downed trees or limbs after a storm in order to get down the driveway.  It might be gardening tools and supplies to plant your own food producing garden.  It could be installing and maintaining a hand pump water well in the backyard.  It could be something as simple as a couple fire extinguishers in the house or shop.

    You may need all kinds of mechanical tools to fix stuff.  This includes typical mechanics tools from screwdrivers to wrenches.  You may need carpentry tools to build things or repair stuff around the homestead.  You may need at least one gas powered electric generator to run drills or saws.

    Gearing up can be a slow process and an expensive one.  All your tool acquisitions do not have to be new ones.  Think about garage and yard sales, pawn shops, and other ways to pick up some items without having to pay retail prices.  Take small bites on this one, but keep eating away at the lists.

    5. Failure to Become Weaponized

    Shocking to some but not others, the idea of buying guns, having guns, and using guns is not particularly Best Scout Riflecomfortable, especially if you were not raised up around them.  For others, they often make the mistake of too much emphasis on guns and ammo to the neglect of other critical aspects of prepper survival.

    Push comes to shove you cannot eat a gun.  Unless you intend to turn rogue and take supplies from others, survival weapons are primarily intended for defense measures.  You want to be able to protect yourself and your family from external threats to your life.  This requires more than a Bible and a pitch fork.  It takes a gun.

    Do some reading, ask around, visit some gun shops or gun shows, and shooting ranges.  Do a lot of research and don’t get talked into anything.  To start all you will need is a basic handgun, revolver or pistol, a good 12-gauge (or 20) shotgun, and a defensive rifle.  The later can be the last to acquire if funding is tight.  There are entire books on this subject so buy one, even my own, Basic Prepping Essentials-Weapons to start out.

    6. Failure to Assess Threats

    This is a public awareness aspect and the initiative to stay tuned into the world around you.  This includes across the street, in the neighborhood and town where you live as well as the state.  It also means our country and the world.  Include in this regular daily monitoring of the local, regional, and national news and weather.  Know what is happening around you and you are more likely to be ready for anything.

    7. Failure to Train

    This not only or just includes the security aspects of self-protection, but learning to do all the tasks required to survive.  For sure learn to handle, shoot and maintain your stash of firearms, but how to hunt and clean wild game.  Know how to start a fire under all kinds of circumstances.  Learn to cook over an open campfire and to set up an emergency camp.

    Most of us preppers fall very short in this area.  We have a lot of stuff, but can we use it all and under the stress of an emergency?  You better know.  Sign up for training programs in all sorts of areas like carpentry, auto mechanics, small engine repair, plumbing, sewing, gardening, hiking, camping, shooting, and much more.  Don’t forget first aid and medical skills training, too.

    8. Fail to Map a Bug Out

    If a hurricane is 48 hours out from your location, do you have the faintest idea where to go?  Do you know the many viable escape routes and have you traveled them just to inspect the availability of services, and supplies along the way?  Have you identified the gas stations, hospitals, police stations, grocery stores, camping areas or hotels?  You best know, and have alternatives mapped out as well.  Then take weekend trial runs to check them out.  Are your Bug Out bags packed and ready to go at a minute’s notice?

    9. Failing to Practice

    Practice is different from training.  First you learn how to do something correctly, then you put it into use by continuing to practice the skills on a regular basis.  If you took a golfing lesson then never played golf again, what good did it do?  The same with any other skill you acquire from shooting to running a table saw, or operating a welding machine.

    10. Failure to Secure a Bug In

    While a lot of preppers gear their planning toward an escape, which is prudent, don’t forget the Bug In option.  It may become your only option, or indeed the best one available.  For us senior preppers, a Bug In may be the only serious option, but we have to recognize the possibility that we may be forced to leave as well.  But for now, our home is our fort.

    A Bug In requires additional work on security and lock down measures to withstand a strong storm or an assault threat if it comes to that.  Contingencies have to be in place for water supplies to drink, cook, and for plumbing.  An auxiliary power generator may be needed.  Partnering with neighbors might be an option, too, but all that has to be worked out in advance.

    While the thought of failure at anything is not a pleasant idea, without proper planning and initiative to supply, gear up, train and practice, it is a serious factor of reality to consider.  But, it does not have to be.  The secret is to get engaged as soon as possible and keep grinding away at your plan and readiness.

     

    An example of the ‘loaner’ or ‘disposable’ gun

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    Tam very nicely linked back to this post and opined in her blog:

    But say you wind up with a friend or family member who suddenly finds themselves in a life circumstance where they realize that they need a better way to protect themselves than 911? A crazy ex, a stalker, a neighbor making threats, or just one of those violent criminal incidents that happens close enough to home to be a wake-up call…

    If you’re the “gun person” in your family or social circle, this has probably happened to you at least once already. Lately, seeing the occasional sub-$300 fire sale prices on Smith & Wesson Shields and SD9s, I’ve more than once thought about buying one to set aside for just this sort of occasion. “In case of crisis, remove unfired-in-box gat from safe.”

    And no sooner had that post hit the light of day than my vehicle decided that it’s alternator had had enough of this mortal coil (get it? ‘Coil’?) and shuffled off to wherever dead car parts go. As a result, my vehicle very inconveniently puttered to a stop. In front of the homeless shelter.

    Joy.

    So, I called a buddy of mine to come help me push it off the road because I really didn’t want to ask the whiskey-for-breakfast crowd for a hand. My mood was already several orders of magnitude into the red zone and it wouldn’t have taken much to release some pressure in an unprofessional manner. So my buddy shows up and asks how long till the tow truck arrives. “Two hours”, I reply. He looks over at the homeless milling around aimlessly, goes back to his truck, and pulls a beater Beretta 96 out from under the seat. “Wanna borrow this until the tow truck gets here?”, he asks. I thanked him and told him me and my G19 were just fine. But…here’s the big takeaway from that: because he had what amounted to a ‘disposable’ or ‘beater’ or ‘truck gun’ available he was able to offer it to someone else. And a scenario like that is precisely why we have extras, and extras on top of extras – because someday a friend, family member, or other person you care about might be in a bad position and in this way you can offer them assistance. And thats not just guns, guys…. that could be food, ammo, batteries, money, or any host of other things that, when you don’t have it and really need it, are really important.

    This is a big distinction from charity. Charity is generalized giving out of some sense of moral or religious imperative or duty. I generally don’t suffer from this particular quality, so my generosity is a bit more selfish – I give to those that add a value to my life, or I give for the satisfaction I get from the act of giving. It may seem like that’s a difference with no distinction, but I see a distinction. I suppose the greatest distinction, for me, is that charity often comes across as an obligation and I am extremely opposed to obligations being forced upon me rather than they being voluntarily assumed.

    On a side note, I had my Bag Of Tricks with me as well as my mountain bike sitting in the back of the vehicle so I could very easily have left the area and made it back to base with minimal inconvenience…if I was willing to just abandon the vehicle, which was not called for at that point.

    26 Survival Uses for a Knife

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    by Nick

    A survival knife is probably the single most versatile tool in your BOB, INCH or GO bag, but did you know quite how much you could do with it? Here are 25 different functions of any good survival knife.

    Caveat: you shouldn’t do most of these unless you really have to, as you’ll damage the knife. An alternative would be to have a cheaper back-up knife in your BOB that you can use.

    1) Cutting Stuff to Size

    Probably the most obvious use for a knife, a knife cuts things up. Tarps, blankets, ropes and cords, shoelaces etc. For thicker thicker stuff (e.g. composite ropes, heavy canvas) you want a serrated knife with a wide blade, like a rigger’s or sailor’s knife. For really delicate things like sewing threads use the tip of a finer knife for precision.

    2) Fell Trees

    With a big enough knife, and enough time, you can fell a small tree. Carve two V-shaped notches in opposing sides of the trunk, with the one on the side you want the tree to fall towards being slightly lower. The notches should go about a third of the way through the trunk, then just push the tree over in the right direction.

    3) Split Wood

    If you don’t have an axe a large knife will do the trick for small logs for the fire. You will need a strong knife with a relatively wide spine. It’s length should be at least one and a half times the diameter of the logs you expect to split.

    Ideally you should split wood on a chopping log, a thick log with the end grain uppermost. If this is not available a large flat rock will do, but will blunt the edge of your knife faster. If no good chopping block can be found, hard ground is preferable to soft, and try to clear away any small stones which could splinter your knife edge.

    Stand up the piece of wood to split vertically in front of you. Place the blade of knife, using the part nearest the handle, straight across the diameter of the wood. Take a large wooden billet (a big heavy stick) and use it’s weight (not swinging it) to tap the knife into the wood, similar to making a pilot hole.

    Make sure the knife is vertical and square to the wood then bring down the billet, straight and hard onto the spine of the knife, directly above the log, driving it down through the wood. It probably won’t split the log all the way down (especially if you are splitting close-grained hardwood).

    To finish the split. Lean some of your body weight on the knife handle and bring the billet down again on the spine of the knife which should be poking out of the opposite side of the log. Hitting this side of the knife will have a ‘lever’ effect (tilting the knife through the split, rather than lengthening it) unless you counter it with your body weight. Continue until the log is split, then split down each part to the right size.

    Small split battens make ideal blanks for feather sticks., larger ones are good for shelter building.

    4) Hammer

    A heavy knife can be used as a hammer. Folding knives actually end to be better for this because the mechanism, blade and handle together are very heavy. Hold the handle with the knife closed and use the butt of the knife. The same grip can be used with a fixed blade, but the blade should be sheathed if possible to protect your hand.

    5) Pry Bar

    Any knife with a flat blade can be used to pry things open, like opening tin cans without a can opener or pulling nails out. Whenever possible use the spine of the knife rather than the blade and the blade rather than the point. Some knives come with a wide ‘chisel tip’ blade specifically for prying (often ‘wrecking’ knives and diver’s knives).

    6) Screwdriver

    You can use a knife as a screwdriver. This will probably blunt your knife and can damage the tip, but it’s faster than making a tool from wood or bone, and you might not have anything else to hand. Use the knife blade-downwards (towards the screw)  because if you slip while putting pressure on it to tighten a screw  you want to hit the spine (which is blunt) not the edge.

    7) Make Tools

    Knowing how to use your knife to full effect is great, but a specialized tool is often better. Tools for almost any application can at least be improvised with the help of a knife. For food, good fishing hooks can be carved from wood or bone. A stick carved to a chisel point becomes a screwdriver or a scraper for tanning hide, and of course a knife is needed for making the ultimate survival tool, a bow.

    8) Close Quarters Combat

    You might not be the only large mammal around in a survival situation. An angry bear is just as dangerous (and likely to sneak up in the night) as a human, so be ready. With the right training even a bunt Swiss Army Knife is much better than nothing (Steve Tarabi and Raymond Floro both teach good training systems).

    That said, a larger knife (a bowie or parang) will be better for fighting, and if you really think it likely you will need it, a specialised fighting knife. There are really only two options : a karambit (which necessitates learning a whole new approach to knife fighting, but is very effective) or a Fairbairn-Sykes (a straight bladed double edge knife designed specifically for military use).

    9) Ranged weapon (throwing knife)

    If you can it someone before they even get you, so much the better. Yes there are specialised throwing knives out there, but any knife can be thrown accurately with practice. Before training, try balancing your knife on your finger at the point where the handle meets the blade. Whichever end swings up (the lighter end), grip that when throwing. So if you have a long knife with a very heavy blade, hold the handle and vice versa. Balanced knives can be thrown from either end.

    10) Spear

    A knife lashed to the end of a stick becomes a spear. For all hunting, but especially for fishing, a spear with some kind of hook or barb will make a world of difference, so having a hunting knife with a gut hook is preferable. If this is your only knife then it will also help with gutting fish later for the fire.

    11) Skinning and Dressing Game

    Unless you’re feeling truly wild you’ll want to dress any game you kill. The best dressing knives come with a gut hook inthe back of the blade, and with practice one motion can open up the belly, then remove the guts on the backstroke.

    You don’t need to learn dressing methods for each individual animals you my come across. Dressing a rabbit is very similar to a hare or a squirrel, but a turkey needs plucking and fishing need descaling. Most big (bears, deer etc.) are different again and each part has a different use. In a survival situation knowing how to make thread from sinews and guts or tan a hid can make life a lot easier when your equipment needs repair.

    12) Clearing a Path

    This one also needs a big blade to do easily. Machete and Kuri knife designs evolved specifically for the big swinging motion needed to clear a path through dense undergrowth quickly.

    13) Debarking Trees

    Tree bark (especially that of birch and palm) can be useful in a survival situation for making containers (and even canoes!). Bark should be harvested in the spring time, when the sap is rising so it will be easier to ‘peel’.

    Using a sharp knife, make a vertical incision in the tree, dig your fingers under it and push them under the bark, peeling it off. Around the tree, to eventually meet the incision again. It should pop off like a roll of wrapping paper.

    A large section of a tree with no branches can even be completely debarked in a spiral if you need long strips for weaving or boat building.

    14) As a speil (Tapping for sap)

    From mid spring to mid fall the sap rises the trees and can be a great source of hydration or just a sweetener for trail meals. A surprising number of trees can be tapped: most species of maple (the sugar maple is the best), Box Elder, Gorosoe, Black and White Walnuts, Sycamore and all species of Birch. Do your research as different species are best tapped at different times of year

    There are two methods for tapping. For the ‘trunk’ method: Use the tip of your knife to cut an incision, angled at about 45° upwards into the trunk of the tree, then stick your knife into the cut blade first, so that the flat of the blade is horizontal. Put a container below the end of the handle and wait.

    The other method is less invasive. Cut off the end of a branch at an angle (ideally a fairly large, healthy branch, low down the tree) and place a container underneath it. Neither method is quick, but the ‘trunk’ way is probably a little faster and can be performed within a slightly longer period of the year.

    15) Open Cans

    This can be a very dangerous procedure (open tin can ids can be very sharp and serious cuts on your fingers are the last thing you want in a survival situation!). That said, if you lose your an opener, you can use a knife with a decent point.

    Make sure your can sits on a flat, stable surface. Place the tip of the knife at the inside edge of the lid, where the blade of a can opener would normally go. Hold it vertically in your strong hand and smack your other hand down on the butt. This should make a small cut through the seam. Move the knife around the rim, to just past the end of the cut you just made made. Repeat, making another cut. Reperat all the way around the rim, then use the tip as a pry bar to lever up the lid, which should now be free.

    16) Digging

    In a pinch, a flat blade is better than nothing for digging. This will blunt you’re blade and almost certainly break the tip off your knife, but if you really need to it works.

    17) Eating and Cooking Utensil

    If you want to pack really light you don’t really need to pack a knife fork and spoon. So long as your knife can cut food up small enough to pick up with your hands, your good, and a flat bladed knife makes a good cooking spatula if need be.

    18) Stake (or making stakes)

    If you run out of tent pegs a knife will do for a night. Make sure to push the knife into the ground with the blade edge facing the tent, otherwise it will just cut the guyline or groundsheet when any force is applied. Although this will work in an emergency, using the knife to make a stake from a stick is a much better idea.

    19) Fire starter

    A knife made of proper steel (higher carbon steels work better) will spark when struck with a flint or ferro striker. Especially in the case of well known brands, any companies offer sheaths or pouches with a loop for ferro rods and you should always take one you with you just in case.

    20) Cauterize (seal) Wounds

    Cauterization is an absolute last resort. If you are losing a lot of blood, at risk of bleeding out, and methods like tourniquets or heavy dressing are unavailable or impractical, then (AND ONLY THEN) cauterization is an option.

    If possible, take a painkiller first, even if it’s just a natural root or herb which helps a bit, it’s better than nothing. If not, you might want to grab a stick to bite down on.

    Next, prepare the knife. If the metal of the blade is the same as that of the handle then you need to wrap it in some kind of insulation, like leaves or bandages. Then sterilize the blade with alcohol before heating it. Then heat the metal of the blade until it is hot, but not so hot that it glows red or white.

    Finally, place the metal over the wound. Leaving it there too log will burn healthy tissue, so cauterize in one or two second bursts until the wound is sealed. It is going to hurt, even with strong painkillers, so be ready.

    22) Removing Splinters

    A pointed knife can remove splinters well. Point the blade edge in the same direction as the splinter went in to your body. Lay the flat of the knife (as close to the tip as possible) at the bottom of the splinter (the end in your body) then ‘scape’ towards the other end. This should squeeze the splinter out.

    23) Shaving

    If your knife is sharp enough, you can shave with it. You will almost certainly need to re-sharpen your knife each time, as a standard razor is ground to less than 15°, whereas most knives are around/above 20°. Keep the blade absolutely perpendicular to your face and don’t press too hard and you should be fine.

    24) Making Toothpicks

    A piece of wood split down small enough (or just thick shavings carved to a point) make excellent toothpicks.

    25) Stripping Wire

    It goes without saying that you should never try to to strip live wire with a metal knife (or any tool, but especially a conductive one).

    That said, it can be done safely: hold one end of the wire, with the wire resting on a flat surface like a worktop. Score a groove all the way through the wire jacket at the end near your hand (you will have more control at this end), you should be able to see the copper of the wire itself. Now hold both ends of the wire and pull, a small section of the jacket of the jacket should come off at the end you scored.

    If you need to strip more of the wire then follow the above until the scoring, then   hold the knife in the groove you scored and pull the end nearer the score away from the knife. This will be harder but it should take of a lot in one go.

    26) Signaling

    A well polished knife is essentially a mirror, so can be used just like a heliograph. Point the flat side of the knife towards the sun and then tilt it towards the intended recipient. You don’t necessarily need to learn Morse code (it’s a good idea anyway though!) so as long as you know some basic phrases by rote:

    • I require assistance …–
    • I require medical assistance .– –
    • No/negative –.
    • Yes/affirmative -.-.

    You can also use a knife to carve blazes on trees.If you’re going to do this then learn the system first, as it differs from region to region. Mostly a combination of arrows and larger/smaller symbols to indicate direction is common.

    Emergency Shelters From a Poncho & Trekking Poles

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    What do you depend on for shelter? What are the things that you really have on hand and the skills to make a shelter? There are a  collection of things that can be packed, carried or stored to create an emergency shelter that will keep you alive in a wilderness emergency. Its hard for most …

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    Best Tactical Watches On The Market Right Now – 2018

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    A Guide To Help You Find The Best Tactical Watches Available Today

    Tactical Watches

    Investing in a tactical watch shouldn’t be just about looking cool (though that is definitely one of the side benefits).

    It’s about wearing a functional piece of survival gear.

    It’s a legitimate tactical tool – one that’s ready to be deployed at a moments notice.

    The usefulness of a tactical watch goes well beyond merely telling time. Especially the newest models full of sensors and technology.

    Nowadays, tactical watches are small wrist computers that provide critical information in any survival or outdoor adventure.

    It’s also the reason why a tactical watch makes the recommended overseas deployment list. But they’re also extremely popular with civilians as well, like:

    • Sailors
    • Explorers
    • High altitude athletes
    • Outdoor enthusiasts
    • Pilots
    • Survivalists
    • Hunters
    • Navigators
    • Park Rangers
    • Etc.

    And the more advanced tactical watches gets, the more “in demand” they become. Because a tactical watch is the most crucial survival accessory you’ll wear every single day.

    Here’s exactly what we’re going to cover in this guide:

    • What Is A Tactical Watch
    • Features Of A Quality Tactical Watch
    • Best Tactical Watches Reviews (with videos)
    • Survival Uses Of A Tactical Watch
    • Tactical Watch Wrap Up

    So take a quick look at the comparison guide below and then the detailed analysis that follows to help find the best tactical watch for you.

    Tactical Watch Comparision Chart

     

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    Close Up Of A Tactical Watch

    What Is a Tactical Watch


    To be honest, there is no set standard for what makes a watch tactical.

    In the wide world of everything watches, it’s easy to get confused on what is and what’s not a “tactical watch”. For example, here’s a random list of watch categories:

    • Pocket watches
    • Dress watches
    • Diving watches
    • Climbing watches
    • Collectible watches
    • Survival watches
    • Belt-loop watches
    • Digital watches
    • Analog watches
    • Stopwatches
    • Military watches
    • Etc.

    So as you can see, there’s an overwhelming number of ways in which to categorize watches. And there are even more subcategories within each category.

    This extensive categorization only helps to exacerbate the confusion.

    But I think we can all agree that the best tactical watches are ones at the forefront of watch technology.

    They are the most durable, toughest, multifunctional, lightweight, technology-filled watches on the market. I like to say – “I’ll know it’s a tactical watch when I see it”.

    Because they are badass, and if you’re serious about survival, you should invest in one.

    But a tactical watch should never be an impulse buy.

    It’s NOT something you grab in the checkout line of a supermarket. It’s a serious investment!

    That’s why you must figure out exactly what you want, what you need, your price range, and goals.

    After all, someday, your life may very well depend on this piece of survival gear.

    So, don’t be silly and hinge your own existence on a poorly made, basic, cheap, fragile watch!

    Make sure you are getting the very best tactical watch for your money.

    Trust me, it’ll pay off in the long run.

    Internal Gears Of A Watch

    Features Of A Quality Tactical Watch


    Tactical watches come in a variety of shapes, sizes, weights, price ranges, and colors. But, as with any piece of gear, there are a few features that all the best tactical watches have.

    A tactical watch does not need all these features to be useful. But ideally, it should have as many of them as possible.

    Scratch Resistance

    The crystal or plastic that makes up the face of a watch must be resistant to scratches and scrapes.

    Otherwise, over time, it may become difficult (if not impossible) to see through.

    And if you get to the point where you can’t see the hands on your watch or the numbers – you might as well disassemble it for parts.

    Water Resistance

    This is a non-negotiable quality of a tactical watch. If water ruins it, it was never meant for survival purposes in the first place.

    You need to check and see how deep your watch is rated to withstand water. The deeper it can go without succumbing to water pressure damage, the better off you will be.

    Diving watches are particularly useful in regards to water resistance. Because they are designed to handle depths of hundreds and thousands of meters.

    But a great diving watch will be insanely expensive.

    And a quality tactical watch will be able to survive hundreds of meters anyway. Which is more than enough for the average survivor out outdoorsman.

    Backed By A Strong Warranty

    Of course, you never want to break your tactical watch or have to send it back for repairs (or replacement). But stuff happens.

    After all, these watches are designed to take a whipping, deal with stress and shock and keep on ticking. Sometimes, they are exposed to more than they can handle and they break.

    Which is a major bummer when you’re investing in something that’s supposed to last for years.

    That is why it is always good to check and see if the manufacturer of a tactical watch offers a damage warranty.

    It will offer you some peace of mind as a form of watch insurance.

    Warranties are one of those things that you don’t need until you really need it.

    Reliability

    Some survival tools do not have to run like clockwork, but a tactical watch does. If your watch is not reliable, you should get rid of it.

    • You should stop wearing a watch that measures some days less accurately than others.
    • If the internal compass never points north – take it off.
    • Your watch is unreliable if the altimeter says you’re below where you’re actually are.

    The bottom line is if you can trust your watch, it’s time to find a new watch.

    A tactical watch worth wearing needs to be extremely accurate and reliable.

    That’s why people like to buy their watch from brands they trust.

    Some tactical watches manufacturer’s have been in the industry for over a century. Their brand names are synonymous with quality.

    This is where it helps to spend the extra few dollars for the brand name. They have proven their value time and time again.

    It Looks Amazing

    OK, let’s be real for a second: watches are an accessory, no matter how you slice it. And many of them look fantastic, on top of being extremely useful.

    I said it before, and I’ll say it again – vanity should never be a driving force in a tactical watch investment.

    Just because something looks slick, badass, and incredible does not mean it’s any good.

    Watch designers, manufacturers, and marketers know humans bias towards cool looking survival gadgets. But that means there are lots of badass looking watches out there that are not very good!

    However, if you find a functional survival watch that also looks great, that’s a win-win.

    Because, honestly, watches are a fashion accessory. But that does not mean they are not first and foremost survival tool.

    So try to find a quality one that you’ll also enjoy wearing.

    Triple Sensor Technology (optional)

    If your willing to pay a bit more for your tactical watch, then you should get one with triple sensor technology

    The best tactical watches are ones that include 3 advanced sensors:

    1. Altimeter
    2. Barometer
    3. Temperature

    1 Altimeter

    An altimeter measures your current altitude based on atmospheric pressures.

    This comes in handy when you’re in mountainous terrain. It’s much easier to find your exact location on a topographical map if you know your current elevation.

    2 Barometer

    A barometer measures the change in atmospheric pressure over time.

    And since weather changes are correlated with changes in atmospheric pressure, you’ll be able to predict the weather well before it arrives.

    When the pressure is rising, the weather is likely to improve; when it’s falling, there’s usually worse weather ahead.

    I think it’s fairly obvious how this is a major advantage in a survival or outdoor adventure situation!

    3 Temperature

    Everyone like to know what the temperature is at all times and with this sensor all you’ll need to do is look down at your wrist.

    But this sensor can do more than just tell you the current temperature, it can also help predict your destination temperature based on your current location temperature!

    Temperatures generally decrease by approximately 3.6°F with every increase of 1,000 feet. If the temperature at 5,000 feet is 50°F, therefore, the temperature at 8,000 meters will probably be about 39.2°F.

    The bottom line is tactical watches with triple sensor technology is incredibly useful. You should get one with these advanced sensors if your budget allows.

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    Best Tactical Watches


    With so many watch choices and all the features available it’s an epic challenge to find the perfect tactical watch.

    So to help you narrow your search down, here are a few of the best tactical watches you can find on the market today:

    Casio G-Shock GD-100-1B Watch

    Made in the USA, this shock resistant watch remains water resistance up to 200 meters.

    It has a large digital display face and can keep track of up to four different time zones at once.

    It has five separate alarm options, a stopwatch, a timer, a full auto-calendar and an LED backlight.

    This tactical watch is easy to read helping keep track of an array of different applications.

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    Casio Men’s GW-9400 G-Shock Master of G Rangeman

    This Master of G Rangeman watch by Casio includes the triple sensor technology. 

    Plus, all the features you’d expect from a tactical watch such as ruggedness and water resistance.

    So if you want a watch that has it all (and you can afford the higher price tag) this watch won’t let you down.

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    Note: Casio has an entire series of these watches with the triple sensor technology with hundreds of color options as well. So if you like this watch, in general, you might find a variation of it that you like even better!

    

    Luminox Men’s 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark Watch

    The Luminox EVO Navy SEAL watch is constructed from the highly durable polyurethane.

    Its backlight glows 100x brighter than an average watch.

    It’s protected by a durable mineral dial window. And it has a handy date dial at the 3 o’clock mark.

    It is water resistant to up to 200 meters. This watch can be used for any and all outdoor sports, survival, and day-to-day uses.

    Just about the only thing, you can’t do with it is scuba diving.

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    INFANTRY Mens Big Face Dual Display Watch

    If you are looking for a tank to wear on your wrist, look no further than the Infantry Big Face Military Watch.

    The watch case is constructed from aluminum alloy. And flexible silicon rubber makes up the watch band.

    The display has a stopwatch, day-month calendar, a backlight and a rotating bezel.

    And anti-scratch mineral window protects the analog-digital dual display.

    This tactical watch is water resistant to up to 30 meters underwater and includes a one-year warranty.

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    Armourlite Caliber Series Black Dial Watch

    This analog tactical watch features a day calendar with a black background and white numerals.

    It’s built with a rugged polycarbonate case.

    It includes a sapphire crystal face making it highly scratch-resistant. And it has a sturdy nylon strap.

    Making this watch the picture of durable survival elegance.

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    Timex T49612 Expedition Shock Digital Compass Resin Strap Watch

    Timex is one of the most trusted names in watchmaking. You can trust that their watches are both highly durable, and extremely reliable.

    This tactical outdoor watch is made for the survivalist in mind. It features an easy-to-read digital display, with date, day, time, and compass functions.

    It’s shock resistant, and water resistant up to 200 meters.

    The Timex Expedition is one of the most affordable and effective tactical watches.

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    Simply put, the practicality of these things goes far beyond their ability to tell time.

    So let’s cover those abilities now.

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    If you wear a tactical watch, it will likely have a digital compass built in.

    With a compass, you’ll never be completely lost.

    Sure you might be somewhere you’ve never been, but you’ll know in which direction your heading. This is critical for survival situations and any outdoor adventure for that matter.

    Don’t underestimate the power of the compass and having one strapped to your wrist at all times.

    Accurate Countdowns

    Accurate countdown timers are essential tools when you need to countdown things. There is an unlimited number of countdown tasks.

    For example, countdown timers come in handy when :

    • Backyard Grilling
    • Lighting Bomb Fuses
    • Coordinating Ambushes
    • Scheduling A Watch Guard

    Sometimes an accurate countdown time is a “nice to have” feature (like grilling), but sometimes it’s life or death one (like lighting a fuse). But most countdown tasks fall somewhere in the middle.

    And with an accurate timer on your wrist, you’ll be ready no matter the circumstances.

     Signaling In Distress

    Many watch faces are made of crystal or another highly reflective material.

    So if you’re ever lost and forgot to pack a signaling mirror, you can use your tactical watch instead. Angle the sun into it and flash at rescuers to alert them of your distress and location.

    If the back of your watch is reflective enough, you can polish it up and use that as a reflector distress signal as well.

    Team Synchrony

    If you are planning a raid or an escape with others, chronological synchronicity is a must.

    If you both have tactical watches, you can sync up your times, and you will be running on the same time clock.

    Which makes the meeting at a specific time and location much more accurate.

    Starting a Fire

    I only recommend this if you are in serious trouble, and if your watch is broken or out of batteries. (Namely, because it requires disassembling your timepiece; which, will almost certainly ruin it).

    But, if you take the crystal face out of the watch, it can be used to concentrate sunlight and start a fire.

    If the sun is out, this is an easier way to start a fire than with sticks.

    And, perhaps best overall, each of these survival applications is strapped to your wrist.

    Like having a multi-tool, or a survival kit latched to your arm at all times. Except these are elegant and classy and un-intrusive.

    Tactical Watch Wrap Up


    When people think of watches, they rarely think of survival gear.

    To most people, watches are a simple fashion accessory that can tell time and nothing more.

    But as survivalists, we know better. Tactical watches combine a ton of gear and sensors into a single device.

    They are a data-based survival multi-tool.

    They bring practicality together with durability, simplicity, and ease of use.

    Any survivalist, or outdoorsman worth his salt should wear a tactical survival.

    If you choose not to, you’re at a major disadvantage.

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    Growing Tomatillos: Enjoy Salsa Verde All Summer Long

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    Have you ever tried growing tomatillos? Often used as part of salsa or Mexican cuisine, this relative of the cape gooseberry is a popular fruit. But what are tomatillos, really? The Mexican husk tomato, sometimes called jamberry but more commonly called tomatillo, is a strange little plant. Its fruit grows within a natural papery lantern-like … Read more

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    Some Thoughts on Self-Defense

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    It is a dangerous world out there, and likely to get more dangerous as society continues to break down. As someone said on GAB yesterday about the recent school shootings: “When a society becomes godless, you will get more godless acts.” Add in the open borders maddness of the globalists, and you have a situation which will only get worse in the coming years. 

    Self-Defense – Yes, this is the “guns and ammo” skill set for preppers and survivalists, but it is so much more than just that. Guns are just one tool in your personal security arsenal, and not the most important one. The first and most important tool for personal security is awareness. Awareness of your surroundings and the potential risks of your situation is essential. Situational awareness isn’t just paying attention, as I explained in my article Situational Awareness and the OODA Loop. It also means knowing what to look for, and how to assess (make decisions about) your surroundings.

    I do recommend that most folks own and learn how to use guns, and to carry on an everyday basis if possible (know and follow the laws in your area, of course). If you do have guns, don’t just target shoot at the range. You need to take a good self-defense firearms training course. Consult with your local gun dealer – they will be able to guide you to appropriate courses, and make you aware of local gun laws.

    In addition to all gun-owners taking firearms training courses, everyone in your family/group/church should take a regular self-defense course. A good self-defense course won’t just cover the physical aspects of self-defense, but also give tips and advice on avoiding dangerous situations in the first place.

    Learning a martial art such as karate can be a fun hobby, provide considerable health and fitness benefits. improve self-confidence, and give you a life-long self-defense skill set. I especially urge parents to get their kids involved in martial arts at a young age. 

    We must be concerned for the physical safety of ourselves and our families, as well as the protection of our personal property. Today, this includes protecting against identity theft which can be as devastating to its victims as any mugging or home robbery. Identity theft has become a $16 billion dollar idustry in the US alone.

    Be sure to guard your personal records – driver’s license & Social Security numbers, banking & financial information, medical records, etc. – as carefully and diligently as you guard your gold & silver. Be especially vigilant with your computer. At a minimum, always use a firewall, maintain an up-to-date anti-virus program, and regularly scrub your computer with one or more anti-spyware programs. Only do business online with well-established companies you know and trust. 

    Home Security – Both the situational awareness skills and personal security skills discussed above can and do fit into this category. However, here I am particularly talking about making your home safe – “hardening” it against criminals, looters, and other thugs, as well as protecting it against fire and other disasters. Items that fit under this skill set include anti-burglary measures such as alarm systems, cameras, steel security exterior doors, fences, burglar bars, etc. It also means performing home safety inspections on a regular basis, having fire & smoke detectors (with fresh batteries), fire extinguishers, first aid supplies (and knowledge), flashlights with fresh batteries, and other safety equipment and supplies on hand.  

    Obviously, home secutrity and and self-defense is a huge topic with a wide scope of considerations.  Start thinking through these issues now.  The protection of yourself & your family will be – IS – your responsibility.

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    How to Make Butter In An Emergency

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    Many families are learning how to make butter as a “just In case” strategy as well as good ole fashion fun.

    You’re proud and secure in the fact you’ve stored weeks’ or even months’ worth of food for the inevitable collapse. But what happens if the grocery stores don’t reopen, and you’re living indefinitely off your own resources? There are some things you’d miss quite a bit – including butter. Here’s how to make it, plain and simple.

    The ingredients are simple:
    1 pint of heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
    Salt (to be added at the end of the process)

    The equipment list is even more simple:
    A glass jar

    The directions:
    1. Pour the heavy cream into the jar, tighten the lid, and shake! After about 7 minutes, the cream becomes whipped cream. After about 3 more minutes of shaking, the whipped cream begins to separate into butter and buttermilk.

    2. Pour the buttermilk into a separate container. You can drink it or save it for cooking.

    3. Now wash the remainder of the buttermilk off the butter by pouring enough clean water into the jar with the butter to cover it completely. Swish it around enough to rinse and then drain the water from the jar.

    4. Place the butter in another container (such as a small bowl) and mix it around with a fork or knife to release any additional buttermilk and pour it off again.

    5. Add salt to taste. You’re done! You’ve made your own butter. One pint of whipping cream yields almost exactly 1 cup of butter, equal to 2 sticks.

    Interestingly, shaking works faster than a hand-held electric mixer, which can make whipped cream in about a minute, but take about 14 more minutes to turn it into butter.

    One final consideration is where to get the cream, if the grid collapses. Heavy cream is simply the cream that floats to the top of the milk (straight from the cow, that is). If you’re lucky enough to live near a dairy farm, you’ve got that option. Or you could get your own cow and make butter truly from scratch!

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    Life Out There: Survival Kit

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    To preppers OUT THERE may sound like something of a collapse. In fact, it could be a great title for the world following a full scale apocalypse. What is presented here is the idea of OUT THERE being the vast wildernesses that make up this great nation. There is something about getting knowledge about surviving …

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    Turning our Lawn into Pasture

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    The American lawn has to be one of the greatest  resource wastes in modern society. The second is the fact that we rake all of our leave up and let the city take them. Don’t people know that leaves and grass equal compost!? You are literally throwing the best growing medium away all the time. …

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    The Power of the Prepper Compound and the Curse of Doomsday Preppers!

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    This is a very powerful article. It is rare that we get to look at serious prepper philosophy and ya know what? That’s just what this is. You are going to see into the mind of a very influential prepper in the niche. I love the idea that this is possible and that these things …

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    8 Forgotten Ways Your Great-Grandparents Survived Hard Times

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    8 Frugal And Forgotten Ways Your Great-Grandparents Saved Money

    There are lots of lessons to learn from previous generations.

    One thing I know for certain. Previous generations survived hard times because they chose to spend money wisely. The key was never spending more than you earned.

    And now, as  I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed that life has lots of challenges including financial ones. I’m not talking about the almost-natural increase of inflation; that’s to be expected. No, what I’m talking about is the way that lifestyle choices make things more expensive. Things that are considered the “norm” today were considered luxury 20 years ago.

    This has been brought home to me in a number of ways, mostly through my own, now grown, children. When my youngest graduated from college, she came home and bought a car a few months later. Now, that’s not unusual in and of itself, but she bought a Buick. When I was her age, we saw a Buick as being a rich man’s car, not one for someone working a low-paying job just out of college. Yet, that’s what she had to have, in order to get the luxury options that she wanted.

    This same theme repeats itself over and over in everyday life. We carry around $600 cell phones as if they were nothing; and if it drops, breaking the screen, that’s OK. We wanted a new one anyway. We eat at fancier restaurants, and even fast food joints carry more elaborate selections than they once did.

    I remember Dairy Queen being a treat, but today, it has to be one of the fancy frozen yogurt places. Everyone has big screen televisions and you have to have either satellite or cable to get the selection of programming you want. Yes, life has definitely gotten more expensive.

    We’re so busy spending money on things that have become the norm in our society, not even realizing that we don’t need those things., or that we could get by just fine with much less. I mean, does anyone really need a $7 cup of coffee that much more than a dollar one?

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    My parents’ generation couldn’t even think of paying for many of the things we think are normal today; for that matter, the younger version of me couldn’t. But as we go back in time, we find that our grandparents and great-grandparents were even more frugal. Why? Because they had to be. They didn’t have the disposable income that we have today and what income they did have, they didn’t consider disposable.

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    They survived hard times despite tremendous challenges.

    We could learn a lot from our grandparents and great-grandparents; especially in how to live frugally and make our money go farther. Then, we might have more money to spend on the things that really matter, like giving our families some security.

    Here’s how they saved money and survived hard times:

    1. They survived hard times by asking, do I really need this?

    Let me finish ranting about all the expensive stuff we buy today. The real question is; do you really need it? Do you need that $5 cup of coffee or will you be just as satisfied with the $1 one at the convenience store? Shoot, my convenience store even throws in the fancy, flavored creams, so you can have flavored coffee for a buck or a buck and a half.

    It’s fun and special to go out someplace expensive or to eat fancy ice cream. I enjoy it just as much as anyone. But, I leave it to be something special. Rather than buying all of my ice cream from Marble Slab, I buy it at the grocery store. If I want it fancy, I throw some fruit, nuts and chocolate syrup on it at home. Then, I can save the trip to the fancy ice cream store for special times, making the trip special, rather than making the special ordinary.

    2. They survived hard times by slowing life down

    Henry Ford’s Model T was probably one of the most boring cars in history. Compared to its contemporaries, it had little to attract attention to it … except for one all-important feature: the price. You could buy a Model T much cheaper than any other car out there.

    But the T lacked in some things that might attract buyers today. There weren’t a long list of “standard options” that you could order. For that matter, there weren’t any options. When you bought a T, that’s what you got. If you wanted something different, you had to do it yourself. You could have any color you wanted, as long as it was black.

    As cars became more commonplace, the automotive industry realized that they were going to have to do something to keep people buying their new cars. So, they came up with the idea of model years. Now, you can buy the exact same car, with a few insignificant but highly visible details that are different, and you’ll have the latest and greatest. You could snub all of your neighbors and friends who didn’t have the current model, like you do.

    This is actually one of the greatest marketing victories in history. In fact, it’s been so great that everyone else is copying it. Everything from can openers to rocket ships now has model year changes. Electronics are the worst. Why do they do this? To entice you to buy the new model. That way, they get more of your money.

    Let me ask you something. Does your old cell phone work? If it does, why would you need to replace it? I keep my cell phones for an average of seven years and then finally replace them when they break. But most of the people I know replace theirs every year or two. They just can’t wait to get the new model, with all the new whistles and bells.

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    Break the habit of replacing things so quickly and you’ll find that you have more money. It’s amazing how that works.Think twice, buy once

    3. They survived hard times by thinking twice before buying once

    Impulse buying is another way that marketers have found to separate us from our hard-earned wages. If they can get us to buy it on the spur of the moment, we’ll probably buy it. But if we decide to think about it overnight, chances are that we’ll decide we don’t need it.

    This is what our grandparents did, but it’s gotten lost in time somehow. I remember my parents telling me to always wait a day before making a major purchase. But you don’t see many people talking about that today. In our instant society, we want it now and we’re going to get it now, even if that ultimately hurts us. Let’s just say, that’s not the smartest thing we can do.

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    Sometimes they survived hard times with the help of charities.

    If anything, the Internet has made this worse. I’ve been offered countless items on Facebook, which I just looked at on somebody’s website, especially Amazon. They want to make sure I buy it, before I lose my desire for the item. If they can get me to do that, they win and get my money. It’s not about good customer service; it’s about getting you and me to buy.

    Taking your time to make buying decisions is one of the easiest ways there is to save money. Not only that, but your home won’t be filled up with stuff that you don’t use. You’ll actually have things that you want to have, instead of things that someone else wants you to have.Reuse, repurpose, recycle

    4. Survived hard times by reusing and repurposing

    Our grandparents and especially our great-grandparents were experts on reusing and repurposing things. They rarely threw anything away. Anything they had, including the packaging from things they bought, was reused for something else.

    I can still remember my grandmother’s kitchen with its stacks of plastic storage containers. Only … those containers weren’t made by Rubbermaid or Tupperware; they were old margarine and Dream Whip containers. She’d clean them out and use them to store food in the refrigerator or any number of other things.

    Back in the pioneering days, everything got reused. Burlap bags became towels (even though they are a bit scratchy), old clothes were either remade into clothes for children, cutting out the good parts of the fabric, or turned into rags. Barrels and casks were used for anything from storing grain for the horses to water tanks. If it would hold something, they’d find a way to use it.

    We still see this in Third World and emerging countries. I’ve bought containers of candy to give to kids in Mexico, and had their mothers ask me for the container, once I passed out the candy. To them, that empty container was just as valuable as the candy that their children had eaten.

    5. They survived hard times by asking themselves good questions 

    Here’s another subtle marketing trick that our grandparents didn’t fall for. Have you ever noticed how much of a product is typically used on a television commercial?

    Take toothpaste, for example. There’s always a point in the commercial where they squeeze out the toothpaste onto a toothbrush. It’s a nice long line, covering the whole top of the brush, with a nice curl on the end. So, when we go to brush our teeth, we do the same. We don’t realize it, but we’ve unconsciously gotten the message that we need that much toothpaste.

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    But how much do you really need? Can you get by with half of that and still get your teeth clean? I won’t tell you if you can, because I’m not a dentist. But I will tell you this; I do.

    We use countless products every day, without thinking about how much of that product we really need. That ultimately causes us to use more of the product and sends more of our money into those companies’ coffers. Why not figure out the least you need and use that?

    6. They survived hard times by being willing to wait

    Another result of our instant society is that we expect everything now. We can’t even wait one minute, once we decide that we want it. After all, why should we wait? We’ll just charge it.

    I think my grandparents would have fainted at the idea of buying things on credit, especially my mom’s parents. Back then, if you wanted something, you saved your money until you could afford it. If that meant you had to save for years, you did it. If that item was really that important to you, you’d make that sacrifice and save. You’d also be willing to wait.

    Do you have any idea how much of an interest rate your credit card company charges you? If you’re like most people, you don’t. Credit card debt is one of the most crippling things for a family’s finances.

    Believe it or not, there are actually forms of debt that are worse than credit cards. Those payday loan places where you can borrow $1,500 for six months are murder. Their interest rate is so high, they don’t even tell you. That’s not a problem, as the only number most people want to hear is the monthly payment. Hock shops are worse, but that’s because it is short-term, high-risk loans.

    7. They survived hard times by doing things themselves

    We don’t even have to go back to our grandparents for this one, although I’m old enough to qualify as a grandpa. When I grew up, a man taught his son how to do things for himself. Therefore, the average boy would grow up learning how to change their car’s oil, do common mechanic’s work, be a fairly good carpenter, know a bit about plumbing and maybe even know how to shoe a horse (if they lived in horse country).

    This training for self-reliance has somehow gone by the wayside. When I look at my children’s generation, so many of them don’t know how to change the oil on their own car, let alone swap out a bad alternator. The average person’s understanding of plumbing is to look down the drain and say, “Looks like it’s time to call the plumber.” Somehow those skills haven’t been passed on.

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    They survived hard times, but it wasn’t always easy.

    Paying someone else to do everything is expensive. They need to eat, too, so you’re covering their life expenses. Don’t get me wrong; that’s fair. If someone works for you, you should pay them, and pay them well. But let them work for someone else and learn how to do it yourself.

    Through the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection of tools. Over half my garage is actually my workshop and I use the other half when I’m building large projects. But even with all the thousands of dollars I’ve spent on tools, they’ve saved me more than what they cost me. Buying tools becomes part of every project; and as I buy them, I guarantee myself savings in the future.

    8. Survived hard times by repairing rather than replacing

    Speaking of those tools, they also help with repairing things, rather than throwing them away. We’ve become a disposable society, but as I mentioned earlier, our grandparents weren’t that way. They would fix things and keep on using them as long as possible, not throwing them away.

    This is another marketing ploy, which is taking money out of our pockets. By making things hard to repair and parts hard to find, manufacturers ensure that we’ll throw things away, rather than repairing them. But that old vacuum is really just as good as a new one, if you can find a new switch and put it in.

    I get annoyed about this, especially when I’m trying to find parts for things that I own, which have broken down. Few manufacturers still offer replacement parts, except for things that are considered maintenance items. But if they can use the part in the factory, I can’t see why they can’t package some of them for sale as replacements. That’s usually one of the most profitable parts of any manufacturing business.

    Fortunately for me, I’ve got an engineering background. So, I’m pretty good at repairing. If I can’t find the right switch for my belt sander, I’ll find one that will work (I did this). It may not be as pretty, but I’ll save myself a bunch of money.

    By the way, don’t use the fact that you’re not an engineer as an excuse to not try and fix something. I’m a self-taught engineer, even though I worked at it professionally for 15 years. If I can teach myself, you can, too. After all, I didn’t have YouTube or the rest of the Internet to help me. My grandparents and great-grandparents survived hard times, with a little effort, I know I can too.

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    What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-05-19)

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    Never Leave Home Without at Least One

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    As you know we are all fans of a good knife, one of the most versatile tools anyone can carry and for true knife aficionados, Damascus Steel is a Force to Reckon With!

    Who would not love a piece of history, in the form of a humble knife? Humble as it may seem, Damascus steel is far from that! From being a champagne saber to the perfect partner for your wilderness adventures, Damascus steel is the perfect metal for all to invest in.

    When you have a real Damascus steel knife, you will have nothing short of a razor-sharp deal. Damascus steel has numerous applications in various kinds of knives. You just need to find one that fits all your needs and you are set for success!

    WHAT ARE THE KNIVES THAT CAN BE MADE WITH DAMASCUS STEEL?

    Whether you have a job in the kitchen or out in the wilderness, Damascus steel has application in all areas. You just need to find the right knife! Look for the knife of your dreams in the collection that hundreds of knife makers have to offer you. I have found mine, but have you found yours? Let’s have a look at the different knives, to find you your knife:

    1. The Champagne Sabre: This is more a sword than a knife and gives you the feel of a dramatic period in history. This kind of sword is packed in the wooden case that has a stylish presentation stand! The sabres even have a protective guard on the handle to save you from any mishaps. So, go on and try your hand at one of these mesmerizing sabres, without the risk of cutting your hand.

    2. Hand-forged Damascus Steel Knife: When you have a Damascus steel knife, you have the perfect wilderness partner. Depending on the blade length and thickness, you will have a knife, which is sharp and quite durable. Damascus steel is created by folding numerous alloys in to innumerable layers. This method has given the knives an immense strength. It is a time-consuming process, but the end result is fascinating. From a Bowie to a hunting knife, you will be able to definitely find the perfect knife for your uses.

    3. Chef’s Knife: Slicing and dicing veggies and meat is just the tip of the iceberg. The jobs in a kitchen can range from the usual cutting and dicing to opening cans and tins. When you have a Damascus steel knife as your kitchen partner, you will be able to cut and slice through nearly everything! Reputed knife makers forge their knives at low temperatures and hence lend the knife great sharpness and durability. The unique texture and patterns lend your knife skills a beautiful showmanship as well.

    4. The Sword: The original use for Damascus steel has been for manufacturing swords. The process remains the same, but it has advanced from a technological point of view. Forging each layer by hand and adding on one layer at a time. When you purchased your Damascus steel sword from a reputed knife maker, you will have a handle that is moulded to lend your sword great grip. This is in fact the secret to a top-notch sword knife.

    WHAT ARE THE PERKS OF USING THE SERVICES OF A RELIABLE & REPUTED KNIFE MAKER?

    Once you have zeroed in on the type of knife, you need, you will need to find a good knife maker! The benefits of a reputed knife maker, making your knife is as follows:

    1. Skill Set: Forging a Damascus steel knife of any kind is no joke or walk in the park. You need to understand that the process is complex and intricate! This means that a novice can never get you the strong and beautiful Damascus steel knife, you have been looking for. They might mess up the process and ignore intricate details of manufacturing procedure. These steps might be the important steps and missing them will cause issues with the knife’s sharpness and strength.

    2. Guarantee on the Knife’s Quality: When you have a Damascus steel knife from a reliable knife maker, you have the guarantee that the knife is bound to be of top notch quality. Why? Well, they have their reputation to uphold. This ensures that they will not dupe you out of your money! You will get the perfect knife for your use.

    Whoa, enough information! It is time to start your journey to find a Damascus steel knife worthy of all your resources.

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    The Urban Survival Toilet

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    If the grid goes down and you’re trying to stick out the disaster at home, one of the most immediate problems you’ll have to deal with is what to do with human waste. If the water stops running, you won’t be able to flush your toilets, and you don’t want to just keep using them […]

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    Harvesting Rainwater Reality Check

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    “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As preppers, we all know how vital water is to survival. We have the filters, the chemicals, the storage barrels, and most of us have a storage plan for drinking water. What happens when you run out? Have you planned on resupply your water reserves?

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    13 Factors To Consider When Planning Your Urban Bug Out Bag

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    Lets take a minute and talk to our inner city preppers. When you face a serious disaster or collapse you have zero options outside of bugging out. There are very little options when it comes to sustaining yourself amongst millions of people in very tight quarters. If you are too prepared people will notice and …

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    Why Military Action Against Syria Is A Really Bad Idea

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    After the action we saw in Syria many people are torn about the situation. They see those who may have been killed by a chemical weapons attack and there is a desire for justice. Is America the entity to bring that justice. On the other side we are all concerned about the repercussions of our …

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    What I’ve Learned As A Prepper In The Past 5 Years

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    Let me start by sharing with you a fact that is the foundation of being a smart prepper: Preparedness is inevitable but it does not come overnight. Yes! This is the biggest lesson I learned in my last five years! This realization is now my motivation to become a smarter prepper. This habit or lifestyle …

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    The Incredible and Efficient Use of a Bicycle as a Bug Out Vehicle

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    There is something to be said about the bike in a bugout situation. While we may not like to admit it, bikes can get some work done if you are well prepared. The obvious issue with a bicycle is the same issue that comes up with anything that isn’t tethered to your back in a …

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    Survival Medicine Hour: Ticks, Volcanoes, Special Guests

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    Survival Medicine Hour: Ticks, Volcanoes, Special Guests

    SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST

    Old Faithful is a sign of a mass of superheated water and rock below Yellowstone National Park

    Old Faithful is a sign of a mass of superheated water and rock below Yellowstone National Park

    Can you prepare for a day at the beach? Can you prepare for an asteroid strike? Well, preparing for volcanic eruptions is in the middle, actually closer to an asteroid strike that anyone would like. Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP discuss what can and can’t be done to prepare for a volcano, and whether volcano preparedness is an oxymoron!


    Also, school’s almost out and families will out hiking and camping. Ticks will also be out, and ready to make a meal out of the blood of your loved ones. The Altons discuss how to avoid being a blood donor to a tick this summer, and avoid diseases they transmit like Lyme disease.

    All this and more in this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy!

    To listen in, click below:

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2018/05/18/survival-medicine-hour-ticks-volcanoes-interviews-more

    Follow us on Twitter @preppershow; on Facebook at the Doom and Bloom(tm) page; on YouTube at the DrBones NurseAmy channel

    Also, check out Nurse Amy’s entire line of medical kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net!

    Joe and Amy Alton

    Book Review: Back To Basics

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    I recently was asked to review two new books from Skyhorse Publishing. They are Abigail Gehring’s Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency. These two books are the latest in Shyhorse’s Back to Basics series. If you follow my blog, you know that I have recommended the original Reader Digest Back to Basics book for a long time. This is the book that first turned me on to homesteading. While it is tattered and torn now, it still has a prominent place in my library and I have spent many happy hours thumbing though its pages and daydreaming of having a homestead someday. I

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    Book Review: Back To Basics

    I recently was asked to review two new books from Skyhorse Publishing. They are Abigail Gehring’s Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency. These two books are the latest in Shyhorse’s Back to Basics series. If you follow my blog, you know that I have recommended the original Reader Digest Back to Basics book for a long time. This is the book that first turned me on to homesteading. While it is tattered and torn now, it still has a prominent place in my library and I have spent many happy hours thumbing though its pages and daydreaming of having a homestead someday. I

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    What Is An EDC (Everyday Carry) Bag? And Why It’s Important To Have A Well-Maintained EDC Bag?

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    While EDC items have become rather fashionable its also important to understand that they are part of a very important process. The idea behind EDC is that you have everything you are going to need in a daily situation as well as an emergency situation. Companies all over the net are paying attention and they …

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    Scotch or Bourbon? .556 vs. .300

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    The .300 blackout round has taken the gun enthusiast community by storm. Its been an impressive thing to watch.  It has been long understood that the .556 round does not have the power that the 7.62 does. There have been tests and while power is not the defining factor in a rounds proficiency it is …

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    What Has Changed In Society Making School Shootings Common Place?

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    Here we go again, another school shooting. Santa Fe, Texas, a small city just south of Houston. Something surely has changed over these past few decades making school shootings more common place. Yes? I read this comment from one of the online reports: Schools from my era where not fenced, no security or law enforcement was present {didn’t need to be}. No metal detectors, or “active shooter drills’. And yet, guns were just as prevalent, if not much more so. Now, our schools have taken on the look of a maximum security prison. That right there should tell you something.

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    The End Of Our Empire Approaches

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    Perhaps the very basis of what we do is because, in some sense, we see it all coming to an end. We feel like America is the 21st century Rome. There are very real concerns about carrying capacity of this nation not just from a standpoint of resources but also from the standpoint of civility. …

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    Facebook Users Tricked Into Revealing Personal Data In Weird “Lab Rat” Behavior Experiment

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    Personal data is being freely given up by Facebook users in many online quizes.

    Your personal data is being collected through some new tactics and you might be participating in behavioral science experiments without your consent and not even realize it – especially if you take the wrong quizzes online.

    More than six million Facebook users were tricked into participating in a behavioral science experiment disguised as a quiz. The experiment called MyPersonality operated on Facebook for several years and collected personal data from millions of people.

    The data collected by the MyPersonality Facebook page was made available to scientists and companies all over the world, The New Scientist reported. Anybody was able to log in and get access to the data with just a password and a username.

    Personal Data and Psychometric Guinea Pigs?

    The accessible data included the ages, genders, and relationship status of up to 4.3 million people. Personality scores that revealed behavior traits such as conscientiousness and agreeability were also publicly available.

    MyPersonality was reportedly operated by data scientists at the Psychometrics Center at England’s University of Cambridge. The scientists were using the data in their research and in business ventures.

    Politicians And Big Business Used Data from Facebook Experiment

    Two of the scientists behind My Personality; David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski, ran a company called Cambridge Personality Research. Cambridge Personality Research sold a marketing tool that built advertisements aimed at specific personalities. The data the tool was based on was collected by MyPersonality.

    Another researcher behind MyPersonality was Alexandr Kogan who has been connected to Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica advised political campaigns; including the effort to take Britain out of the European Union or Brexit. President Donald J. Trump (R-New York) and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are also accused of using personal data in their respective presidential  runs in 2016 as do most candidates in almost any campaign. Cambridge Analytica is now out of business.

    More than 280 people and organizations accessed the data collected by MyPersonlity. Giant corporations that used MyPersonality included Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo; now part of Verizon.

    Facebook Aware Personal Data Being Revealed

    Facebook itself was very aware of MyPersonality and the data it collected. Somebody at Facebook was also accessing the data collected by MyPersonality.

    The MyPersonality App was up and running on Facebook as recently as April 7, 2018, The New Scientist reported. Facebook only removed MyPersonality after an investigation by the British government’s Information Commissioner.

    Code that allowed anybody access to get access to MyPersonality data was available on the website GitHub, The New Scientist reported. GitHub is a marketplace for digital tools used by software engineers and developers. Github is a public website that anybody can access.

    Big Gov and Big Biz Needs Your Personal Data

    Disturbingly, MyPersonality was far from alone; Facebook suspended over 200 pages that were collecting personality data. The gathering of personal data is becoming big business vast numbers of people are trying to cash in by collecting and selling your data.

    German entrepreneur Dr. Christian Lange has even labeled personal data “the oil of the 21stCentury” because of its value. Lange has built an app called Opira that is supposed to serve as a marketplace where average people will sell their data to big corporations like General Motors.

    It would be a good idea to think twice next time somebody online asks you to take a quiz. There is a strong possibility the quiz is really a psychological test designed to collect personal data about your behavior that someone plans to sell and the government plans to add to your dossier.

     

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    What Goes In Your ‘Plan B’ Cache (e.g. Olive Barrel)?

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    ‘NH Michael’ is an advocate of having a ‘Plan B Olive Barrel’ and recently said the following: I remember my Drill SGT saying the more you Sweat in Training (and Preparing) the less you bleed. It’s hard to prepare for what you refuse to consider. It’s a lot of Sweat to do Midnight Gardening as to have an effective Plan B Olive Barrel set aside with some “Beater Firearms” shelter tools and materials and supplies. If you do a Plan B Olive Barrel START with the Assumption you have been driven from the burning ruins of your house wearing bloodied

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    An Active Shooter Open Fires on a Crowd. What Do You Do?

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    [Editor’s Note: A rising epidemic is growing in this country that no one seems to know how to quell. According to a recent study, there are more mass shootings in the United States than in any other country in the world. Equally as sobering is the fact that Americans tend to suffer from mental disorders more than any other country. Could this be coincidental?

    While there is no universal definition of a “mass shooting,” one can surmise this country has a big problem and the numbers speak for themselves. Thus far, 2018 has seen close to 100 mass shootings occur across the country. The numbers are sobering to say the least and show that something is very wrong and has sprawled nationwide debates on every subject from gun control to protection.

    The fact is, we have always had a false sense of security in this country and many of us are unprepared on how to handle a situation of an active shooter opening fire. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security believes in a “whole community” approach to preparedness and have created workshops to help others prepare. Civilian-based companies are also seeing the need for essential training in this matter and active shooter response training companies for schools, healthcare systems, houses of worship and businesses are trying to help others get prepared.

    With mass shootings increasing, we should all have a plan in advance if faced with this type of devastating emergency. While the situation and location matter, acting deputy undersecretary, Bob Kolasky for the Department of Homeland Security is teaching a simple guideline for surviving a mass shooting: Run, hide and fight. His advice is based of studying actual cases and, while horrific in terms of imaging, the fact remains that it is up to you to prepare yourself for surviving the situation.

    With that in mind, how does one survive a mass shooter? Writer, Jeremiah Johnson, who happens to be a retired Green Beret shares valuable advice on how to prepare, train and mitigate a mass shooting attack.]

    Mass shootings are increasing in frequency and severity. While many are holding out hope that they will stop or that the government will handle the situation, our personal security and peace of mind continue to be under attack. This begs the question on what can each citizen of this country do to survive.

    Firstly, if you’re in a state that permits you to carry, open or concealed weapons, then you have an opportunity to prevent something: that will be on you, on your state’s laws, and where you fit in between with whatever you have in your head and what your environment and social life/structure has placed in it.

    While I was in the military, we learned drills to respond to a near-ambush, and a far-ambush (the latter also termed a “sniper”).  The actions are a little bit different, but we can find some tailoring to employ them for your use.  Let’s do a “near-maniac” and a “far-maniac” for our categories.

    Near-Maniac

    This could be loosely defined as a jerk who is starting to fire in your immediate vicinity…say within 30 feet (an approximation).  Much of this immediate action will be contingent on your situation: how many maniacs, what type of weapon(s) he or they are firing, and how the attack is being carried out.  For that “how,” I mean is it just a random spraying or is it a precise, calculated effort to place bullets into a target.  Is the maniac just shooting at anything, or is he more deliberate and calculating?  Let’s cover the basics.

    1. Get yourself and your loved ones out of the line of fire and behind cover and concealment if possible. For a refresher: cover actually protects you to some degree from the bullet; concealment does not necessarily protect from bullets, but it affords you a degree of being rendered unseen to the maniac.
    2. Figure out his intended path or estimate it. Maniacs in general tend to be very focused, and when the predatory instinct is at a fevered pitch, the cone of focus of their field of vision is more intensified with adrenaline…they tend to go after what comes into that cone, or what they place the cone on.  Gauge from the sounds of activity and the direction in which they’re running, and the sounds of the yelling.
    3. If possible, move away from his direction of travel. Maintain as much cover as possible, and run low, almost crouching, so as not to silhouette yourself or to give him a target with your movement.  Remember: as discussed in past articles, movement is the first focus that we have that attracts our hunter-gatherer eyes.
    4. Safeguard your relatives or family members: have them continue on to safety or lead them…if they leave without you, make sure it is to provide that they are not followed…to act as a blocking element to ensure the maniac does not pursue them.
    5. * The military reaction to a near ambush is to charge the ambusher…CQB, or “Close-Quarters Battle.”  I would advise not engaging unless you have the training as either former military, law enforcement, or martial skills that you’ve placed into practice in the past.

    Far-Maniac

    A “pseudo-sniper,” usually these guys don’t have the training to effectively place a bullet in anything more than a mob targeted at random.  Nevertheless, it may be something you encounter in an open area, such as a football field or an athletic stadium of some kind, or in a public venue such as a fairground.  In that case, take these steps:

    1. Identify the direction and distance of the Far-Maniac.
    2. If in the open where there’s no cover and concealment? Run, but not with the crowd.  The maniac will see the “area target” of the crowd and want to shoot at it…a better chance of hitting someone…than an individual target moving rapidly and haphazardly.
    3. Move in a zig-zag pattern, changing your direction every 3-5 steps, but not in a defined pattern…don’t change in the same manner to “telegraph” yourself.
    4. Immediately find cover and concealment.
    5. Know whether the maniac is on the move, or if he’s in a fixed position, dumbly awaiting the drone
    6. Be able to continue movement if you are covered throughout the traveling
    7. * If you are armed: find a good location and hunker down, making sure that avenues of approach are covered, and that you are not able to be seen and sighted in unless he (the Maniac) exposes himself to your position

    Whether a contrived false-flag operation or a genuine independent maniac, these mass shootings have been occurring more and more frequently.  Your best bet with things is to play the scenario in your mind and know what actions you will take when out and about with your family before the event occurs.  With practice and training, and if you live in a state where firearms are not an anathema to vampires of Marxism, you may be able to do some good and prevent a bad situation…at the very least, keep it from escalating and touching you and your family.  Fight that good fight to win!  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

    Survival Rifles

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    On this episode of the GMA, we are gonna talk all about Survival Rifles. A few months ago, we did a show on AR15 Survival Rifles… This is a follow up to that show. We are going to talk more about the AR15 and setting it up to be a more efficient Survival Rifle platform. We are also going to discuss other modern sporting rifles and how they can be converted into a more “Survival-Minded” platform.

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    Can You Really Defend Your Home With Just A Slingshot?

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    Would any burglar enjoy face full of ball-bearings at point blank range?

    Is it possible to defend your home with just a slingshot. Before you say “no way” think about how powerful a slingshot truly is.

    The last time most of us picked up a slingshot was when we were kids. Before we were entrusted with firearms, we roamed the world with our slingshots, ready to take on any challenge. Some of us even learned to hunt small game such as rabbits, squirrels and birds, but quickly set the slingshot aside after gaining access to guns. Perhaps in our maturity we have become too quick to dismiss the slingshot as merely a kid’s toy. It’s time to take another look at this classic tool.

    There are three basic versions of the slingshot in existence. The first is the ancient sling used by David in the biblical story. It consists of a leather pouch and a bit of rope or leather. A stone is placed in the pouch and the sling is spun over one’s head to build momentum. When one end of the cord is released, the stone is sent on its way at a high velocity. Slingshots of this type are the most powerful, easiest to construct and also the most difficult to use.

    The next modern evolution used a piece of rubber suspended between a Y shaped support. This is the slingshot most associated with children’s toys and is simple to build. Unfortunately, slingshots of this type do not generate much force and are not terribly useful in a survival situation.

    Defend Your Home With Just A Slingshot?

    Modern technology has given us the final version of the slingshot. This type is an improvement on the Y design, adding a wrist support to allow you to generate more power. Stronger bands also aid in the generation of velocity. These types can be found in folding models and can even include front stabilizers to make aiming easier. Though not quite as powerful as the traditional sling, these “wrist rocket” slingshots produce sufficient velocity to easily kill or incapacitate small game and cause serious injury to humans. You can buy a slingshot like this in most sports supply stores for around $20.

    As kids, the perfect slingshot projectile was a rounded stone. As an adult you have several better options. Ball bearings are the best ammo. These small steel balls fly straight and true and can be launched at an extremely high velocity. As a substitute, lead fishing weights can be used. It’s also easy to form lead projectiles from any piece of salvaged lead by melting it down over a campfire and pouring into an improvised mold. Any other hard object, such as marbles, can be used in a pinch, though their flight might not be as true. The good, old fashioned stone can also be used if necessary, with an unlimited supply.

    Slingshots require a little practice to use effectively. A few hours spent in the backyard shooting at a cardboard target should provide you with the skill you need. Please avoid the temptation to take a quick practice shot at the neighbor’s cat.

    In Many Cases It Might Be Preferable To Defend Your Home With Just A Slingshot

    Firearms are the first choice for hunting, but they are not always available or practical. Often noise is a concern and the slingshot will allow you to secure food without announcing your location. If ammunition is in limited supply, you won’t want to waste it on small game when you can use another method. And never forget that using a gun to defend your home could land you in a heap of trouble. 

    Additionally, for many of us, there will likely be children or others present who may not be prepared to use a firearm effectively. A slingshot gives them a great, non-lethal weapon. If you have a few kids or other people who are not comfortable with firearms, but they have a slingshot in hand and a handful of ball bearings, you’ve assembled a formidable self-defense force. Imagine some thug with a knife or a pistol facing down a family where every member has a slingshot and can encircle him, if necessary?

    The danger may not even come from a street thug; it could be a pack of ravenous dogs. A young person otherwise undefended would be a easy target for a formerly domesticated animal that hasn’t eaten in weeks, but a kid with a pocketful of ball bearings can ward off a number of animals and give them reason to move on.

    Don’t dismiss out of hand the slingshot as a little boys’ toy. It is an inexpensive and versatile addition to your survival stockpile. After all, if the slingshot was good enough for David, who are we to dismiss it?

    You really can defend your home with just a slingshot. Just lock and load.

    You may also be interested in reading, Eat Those Varmints:  3 Nuisance Animals that Make Tasty Meals.

     

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    How to Carry Escape & Evasion Tools – Questions Over Coffee 04

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    Many people are enhancing their EDC. That is, their every day carry. The items that the average American carries each day is changing radically. You see, we are coming to understand there are a good many threats that we can face. Its important that we know how to react and have the tools we need …

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    Miracle Drugs No Match For New Super-Gonorrhea

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    Medical science is struggling to stay ahead of a dangerously adaptive viruses and bacteria.

    With super-gonorrhea set to arrive on American soil, it might be a little early to say “so long” to any of the age-old sexually transmitted diseases. The fact is, air travel and the new strains of super gonorrhea are a great reminder of the problem we face.

    It’s convenient to think that we can live recklessly and science will always pick up the tab. Take a pill or get a shot, and they go away, right? Maybe. The miracle drugs used to treat such diseases are starting to fail. What’s worse is that we’ve now created “super strains” of many dangerous viruses and bacteria which are getting harder and harder to deal with.

    Super-Gonorrhea Increasingly Resistant To Miracle Drugs 

    The fact is, gonorrhea is already very common in America, with over 700,000 new infections annually. If untreated in women, it may result in pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Men can be left sterile. Gonorrhea can also spread to the bloodstream and if that happens, it can be deadly.

    Why super-gonorrhea?  Bacteria are constantly adapting to new conditions they face. Bacteria are usually killed outright by antibiotics, but many times they create new defence mechanisms and actually gain strength if a dose that is too small is used.

    There was a time when penicillin, the first wonder drug, would treat gonorrhea effectively. Sometimes however, an insufficient dose was used. Brothels in Vietnam during the war illustrate the dilemma.  Men treated with insufficient penicillin to kill the bacteria, became hosts for the new more powerful stains. Super strains then grew and spread literally across the planet.

    Wrong Use Of Drugs Just Part Of The Problem

    In many regions of the world, antibiotics are available without a prescription. Often they’re misused, providing these bugs more chances changes to mutate.

    Sadly, gonorrhea isn’t the only biological enemy gaining ground on our culture. Even simple E. coli is becoming more resistant to treatment. Tuberculosis is also growing tougher and tougher for doctors to deal with.

    Air travel has also made many of the new and dangerous strains of gonorrhea a problem for American doctors.

    Of all of the obstacles we face in the battle against antibiotic resistance, the biggest is our lack of moral integrity. For too long we’ve believed that miracle drugs can replace morality. All part of the “no consequences” to my behavior mind-set.

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    3 Reasons for Using Hand Forged Knives

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    Knives are an ultimate weapon and tool. Who would not want to have one in their collection? These tools can also be used for cutting and chopping wood and even has found utility in the kitchen. These knives have been around for so long that people have started forgetting about their power. Do you fall …

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    Upcycling for Preppers – Maintaining Organization

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    Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.

    Editors Note: Another guest contribution from R.Ann Parris to The Prepper Journal. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

    One of the challenges when we get into preparing for disaster is keeping everything neat and organized. In some cases, we’re trying to maintain our own or a spouse’s sanity and keep some of our preparations neat, tidy and organized without being in plain sight while short on space, either square footage or because we rarely allow something to leave our grasp. Beyond the ease in counts and condition checks, and avoiding a hoarder’s larder, organization can help us with both rotating supplies and in some cases even rationing our supplies should we fall on hard times.

    Happily, there’s lots of stuff out there that can help us. Repurposing some items that are inexpensive, commonly found curbside and at flea markets or yard sales, or that we might already have laying around can help us maintain that organization without breaking the bank.

    Maps & Rolls

    Keeping our wrapping paper neat and tidy might not appeal to preppers, but we can steal some of the ideas out there for keeping our maps, charts, and our property plats accessible and tidy. There’s one where you take an old wire shelf and affix it vertically to a wall or door instead of horizontally. The 250ml wine boxes are ideal for keeping both maps and wrapping paper contained and neat, and most alcohol retailers are simply delighted to let you have boxes.

    Cutting the bottoms out of hanging shoe organizers lets us customize height. That one has added benefits because you can leave pouches intact to keep map pens, sprays, and dry erase markers and erasers right there with them. It also allows some mobility, so they can be re-hung by a work board, in a radio or control room, or at the desk and table where you do your planning.

    Hanging Shoe Organizers

    You have to watch the weight in these guys, but otherwise, the sky is the limit. They can hook us up in pretty much all wedges of our preparedness “health” wheels. I’ve got some in use for “daily” life, too.

    One’s in the kitchen keeping small packets of instant cereal and snack foods and the last bar of one kind or another from either getting lost in the abyss or from having the boxes continue to eat up space. One’s for winter, and keeps hats, scarves, and gloves neat and organized. The bottom row holds some quick slip-on slippers for household members and the dogs’ various booties. There’s another set up with each person’s preferred garden and yard work sets of gloves and pocket detritus.

    For preppers, the value goes up further. With stick-on labels or clothespins, we can use them to track dates for at-a-glance organization. We can also take a space where we would be limited to boxes or shelves and turn it into basically a rack for them. A couple of freebie curbside-pickup filing cabinets, a bar or two to go across the top, and we can string our organizers on dowels or sturdy branch/sapling trimmings.

    The filing cabinets here are actually reading nooks, but it gives you an idea of how the addition of a plank (freebie-pickup shipping pallets, walls/shelves from curbside bookshelves) and a curtain (surviving sheet from a wrecked bedding set) can keep it from being “ugly” even if it’s out in a home where somebody cares. If appearance is less of a concern, some suit hangers and any ol’ pole can be hung in sheds, basements or a storage room to accomplish the same – a flip or slide-through storage area for small items.

    Those items can be anything. It can be a great way to keep veggie seeds separated by planting/growing season and year. We can use them for sewing supplies or art supplies. Instant drink packets, seasoning packets and shakers, granola bars, little packets of vitamin-rich gummy treats, boxes and packets of pudding or gelatin mixes, and other kitchen items fit easily. We can arrange them to be a general category like snacks or spices, or we can set each up by expiration or best-by date.

    Educational goodies, supplies for the radio room or office, entertainment items, hygiene items, and especially first-aid and medical items that do start separating or losing efficiency are all other options for storing someplace we can find and see them easily and check those dates without pawing through boxes.

    We can use hanging closet organizers much the same way to buy some extra space, although they’re not as handy for the tiny little items and still have the weight restrictions.

    We can also use them to help us ration, just like we can with canning jars. We can pack each with a week, a month, or a quarter’s “goodies”. That can be seasonings or instant helpers like gravy or dressing mix. It can also be things like chocolate chips, tea bags or a brick of coffee, smaller packets of cookie, edible cake decorations, or Slim Jim’s. Some of the shoe organizers are big enough we could even seed them with fresh games like Qwixx or Dog Bites Man, new decks of cards, some specialty feel-good lotion or chap stick, or something seasonal to brighten the mood.

    Another option is to use a shoe organizer as a pre-staging area. Rather than those things that jump in buggies getting tossed in a box or drawer for a while, they can get slotted by category. It can also help with those items that seems like a great idea but then hide when we want them. That can be everything from eyeglass repair kits and those mini sewing kits, to things like outlet and light-switch wall plates, overhead pull cords, and those plastic twisty-cap wire connectors that like to multiply in drawers and tool rooms.

    Curtain Rods

    While we’re hanging things to improve our organization, we can keep an eye out for curtain rods. With some rings and-or big S-hooks, they can help us in all kinds of spaces. We can mount them in our bathrooms – and our outdoor camping/solar showers – to drape bathroom organizers and avoid having stuff sit on ledges and floors. With hooks affixed to light baskets and tubs, what we can hang for easy access increases even further.  Those baskets can easily be the bathroom organizers or oddball dishwasher or silverware baskets that show up here and there or wire or plastic bins form the dollar store, and get used for school and office supplies, kitchen spices, each individual’s hankies and bandanas, or anything else we like.

    We can arrange them under cabinets or against walls to keep items like spools of thread, bungee cords, and weed-eater wire accessible. With hooks or loops, we can add our extension cords, gloves, and tools. By our doors, they’re another easy way to keep hats and gloves organized, and the airflow they’ll get will let them dry faster.

    While I specified curtain rods, be flexible while we’re upcycling and repurposing. I see swingsets and bed frames on freebie listings and by the curb on a regular basis. Tree trimmings can yield nice, straight pieces. The scrap guys in town will let us have pretty much whatever we want at about a halfway between their cost and sale price. Be flexible.

     

    Garage & Shed Storage

    We can use all kinds of oddball wrecked, found, used, or inexpensive items for storage, although the garage and shed where we don’t have to hear anything from family members really shines. We can use coat hangers and hooks with a piece of looped rope, chain, or bungee cord to keep heavy extension cords, hoses, and heavy rope neatly coiled and off the flat surfaces. A wrecked binder offers three rings that can hold anything, from our bungee cords to cleaned cans with a hole punched that can then hold our paint brushes, garden pruners, gloves, or safety glasses.

    You have to pretty much murder somebody to find them now, but a plastic 2L soda bottle is awesome for allowing us to stack and move bottles and for keeping stuff in a pickup or van right where you want it. They can also be screwed flat to a wall to use the holes as shallow storage nodes, but they’re too shallow to have much value for me there. Instead, see if a plumbing outfitter or company has PVC scrap. It’s usually deeper and you can cobble that into a honeycomb with some screws and get a lot more use out of it.

    Throw-Aways

    All kinds of things that hit our recycling and trash have other uses, particularly in keeping our storage neat and tidy. The cardboard boxes that soda comes in get a lot of play for upcycling into soup and veggie can organizers, but we can also just slit the top off entirely. Swiffer pad tubs are awesome for stacking and labeling the sides, but really only for lightweight stuff. Old-school laundry detergent boxes with the flip-up lid and the little plastic handle are sturdy, stackable, and you can hook that handle around a screwdriver on your belt or a carabiner for hands-free carrying. Plastic coffee cans, jugs, powdered parmesan shakers, and creamer tubs are hugely versatile.

    Indoors or out, they can help us organize absolutely anything. Arrange packets of Lipton and Knorr sides, seeds, Heartgard and Frontline, or spice blends. Keep extension cords, tow cables, tie-down straps, or Christmas lights neat and tidy, and ready to deploy again (which buys time and space for other stuff). They can also help us keep kits of commonly replaced items together.

    The plastic options can help us keep pests out of dry pantry goods and little packets of drinks or boxes of pudding. Those plastic bottles are also handy for rationing out things like brown and white sugar that last forever in storage, or once we bust into bulk bags or buckets of snack foods and dry goods.

    Drink bottles get a lot of play for organizing wire, ribbon, and cord. If you have access to wide-mouth juice or sports drink bottles, those make excellent ways to keep some ammo in a bag nice and dry – but don’t try it with narrow-neck water and soda bottles, not even with .22 LR. There’s nothing wrong with using them for beans or grains, either, since they stack up like cordwood well.

    Mostly, though, I think people seriously underestimate how much water they need. I may be the only person affected by Uncle Murphy on a regular basis, but you need water stored even with a well, because you need time to hunt down the problem and repair it if the pump goes down. So, for the most part, I’d rather see soda bottles get used to store water, everywhere, in homes and in vehicles.

    Organizing Preparedness Supplies

    The time spent in organizing not only makes maintaining our storage a little less daunting and time consuming, but also allows us to better visualize gaps. The sanity boost from neatness and not being overwhelmed by our piles o’ stuff can’t really be overstated, either, and less-involved family is less likely to add to our stresses when they’re not overwhelmed by it all, too. Since there’s so many items out there that we can scrounge for free or little outlay and repurpose, we really don’t have any excuse not to keep our storage organized.

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    How Can Paintball Tactics Improve Your Survival Skills

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    Paintball passionates can always learn more tactics to ace the game. Furthermore, besides getting better at the game, the new techniques can also improve one’s survival skills. The first time you enter the game or a paintball field, you might not know what to expect. You are surely curious about the right outfit, equipment, and … Read more…

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    Rain, thunderstorms and solar panels?

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    Spring time in Idaho is going strong with lots of storms rolling through daily or every other day this week.  Makes finishing up the garden beds tough but the yard is filled with the smells of drying firewood, lilacs, roses and the clean earthy smell of dirt ready to be planted!

    While the weather has been a bit iffy this week I did get out to Mom’s place and got her bathroom towel rack, toilet roll and hand towel ring installed.  The job went great as I had my little level and took my time to make everything stayed level and properly placed each step of the way rather than trying to get the job done as quickly as possible.  Honestly by taking my time and doing it “right” was probably faster, easier and I got a much better looking end product.

    I have been watching a lot of videos about restoring old boats and people building homes and measuring, testing/dry fitting, making simple models and starting over to get stuff correct is apart of the process for most DIYers that get things built correctly.  Goodness knows I have dealt with stuff in my home that so badly half-assed, even I knew the job was badly done.  I know many people have issues with vinyl/metal siding but if the job is done well the end product will not only look good but it will be good for the long term.  Perhaps people are being polite, but everyone that sees the new windows and siding asks how much it cost and who did the work, as they want to do something similar in the future.  Overall it really does not matter what other people think.  I think my home looks great and the yard and garden are getting to “looking great”.  If my house isn’t quite as pretty on the inside as others, in time I’ll install the new kitchen butcher block counter tops and appliances to fit the kitchen.  Once I can afford to get all the plumbing fixed and up to date.

    Mom bought a bathroom cabinet that was supposed to go over the toilet but it was a $45.00 piece of junk! The back board was literally cardboard and it used only a thin sheet of painted particle board to attach the cabinet to the wall.  Storing anything in this cabinet could cause it to fail and crack a toilet or bonk you in the head at any time.  Mom and I will go yard sales and the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and look for a solid bathroom cabinet to install.

    Mom did get her front yard looking very good with her new tools. She trimmed up all the rose and shaped the bushes, planted some lavender and got most of her containers filled with plants.  Gosh just mowing clearing out the weeds and getting some water on the grass really made the front yard come to life in just a couple of weeks.  I may have a great score as a neighbor is installing a cedar fence and is taking down most of the old chain link fence, hardware and gates. The neighbor will let me have all of old chain link fence for free and this should help repair both my fence and Mom’s fence.  Perhaps it will give us a start on getting some new ones installed around Mom’s property.  This is a WIN/WIN for all of us. My neighbors save the cost/effort of getting rid of the old fence and Mom and I get to repair our fences.

    I had a couple of guys stop by to give a quote on a solar panel install.  I told them I had just did a major home improvement so I would not be looking at an install this year.  I don’t want to waste anyone’s time but they wanted to come and talk about it so hey why not get an idea of what is needed if I get panels?  They were very nice people and even they seemed to think that any system they could install would have marginal savings at best based on payback.  A $5,000.00 tax break is not a lot of help when you are already not paying income taxes because of low yearly income.  I was correct that a 3-5 KW solar panel array would take care of most if not all of my electrical needs.  I also learned that adding the windows and new siding along with not powering Mom’s chicken house has dropped my electrical costs by at least 20-30% per month.  I think I’m going to see quite a bit of savings this summer cooling season compared to last year.

    Two big cost coming up as the Kia needs a brake job. I always have a chatter with using the brakes at high speed and was assured the brakes were good,  but now it is very bad.  The Kia needs some maintenance done via Les Schwab. Just basic stuff that goes with owning a car.  For a 15 year old car I’m doing great as I don’t put a lot of mileage on a vehicle.  The other cost I need to take down the big tree in my front yard.  That will cost at least $500-1000 to remove.  It is an elm but I may get a little firewood to mitigate the cost.  The joys of home ownership!

     

    Watergun: grips

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    Set of grip screws arrived today. Had some cheesey plastic P35 grips laying around, so no extra cost there. Also had a couple crappy USA Brand P35 mags sitting around that I never got around to throwing out. (USA mags are unbelievably worthless.) Took the followers out and put them into he mags that rose form the depths with the Watergun. Result: functioning magazines.So, all thats left is replace the parts for the rear sight and get the gun coated with something.

    Evaluating and Managing Risk 2: SWOT and Risk Management

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    This series the second post in our series on evaluating and managing risk. In this post we will discuss a methodology for assessing and managing risk. We are going to look at strategic planning and risk management today. For strategic planning we will specifically examine SWOT analysis. For risk management we will use the US Army Risk Management model. I was going to do these the other way speaking more about risk management specifically first. The reason I am not is that logically one could use some kind of strategic planning method to get the big picture then use risk management to drill down into that piece. I think these two methods could complement each other well.

    First we will look at SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis. This is a strategic planning technique, predominantly used in business, to see how different factors will aid and hinder in reaching organizational objectives.

     

    This handy chart is used for SWOT analysis. The first column (vertical) is factors that are helpful and the second column is harmful. The top row (horizontal) is internal and the lower one is external.

    The goals of SWOT are easily captured in another handy chart.

     

    Using SWOT we want to match our strengths against opportunities while minimizing our weaknesses and avoiding threats. It is also a good way to look at whether our unique situation is well suited for the goal/ mission. An opportunity I am well suited to take advantage of might not work for our buddy Zero and conversely an opportunity that would be perfect for him might not work for me. I am not going to write a lot more about this because while I have worked with it in school I haven’t really used it professionally so my experience is a bit thin. I would rather toss out the ideas and yet you, if you want, do your own research than unintentionally send you down the wrong path.

    Next we will look at the US Army Risk Management model. I will use this model because it is the one I am the most familiar with. Some folks in the blogosphere have written about it but honestly I don’t think they had any actual experience with it and thus their articles were a rewording of some overview they found on google. Not saying they were wrong but simply that their discussions lacked the experience that comes from practical implementation of the topic.

    Risk Management has 5 steps:

    Identify Hazards

    Assess hazards

    Develop Controls and Make Risk Decisions

    Implement Controls

    Supervise and Evaluate

     

    Core Principles of RM are:

    Risk management should be integrated into all activities. This is important because the actually risky stuff is typically related to boring day to day things in part because we do them so frequently. Complacency is a serious problem.

    Accept no unnecessary risk. We should try to mitigate as much risk as is practical.

    Apply the RM process cyclically and continuously

    To expand on the core steps. We will also do a walk through Risk Management for an event. We will do riding a motorcycle.

    Identify Hazards: Taking a step back one might say “The hazards of what?” I would reply with “Your life.”

    We need to apply the RM model generally to our lives to see what all could go wrong resulting in injury, death, loss/ damage of equipment or any other negative consequences such as financial loss (including the opportunity cost of an action). I would submit to you that a general assessment for your life is important. Additionally you could apply the RM process to specific events such as a trip or activity.

    So we have to identify hazards for our life. Experience would show that a normal person has risks of injury while operating/ traveling in motor vehicles, risk of injury doing certain jobs/ tasks, risk of criminal actions, risk of natural disasters, etc plus of course pandemics, foreign invasions, grid down TEOTWAWKI collapses, Zombies, etc.

    I would say that a big mistake people make is by arbitrarily narrowing the hazards they choose to assess. They tend to do this by drawing some magical line between normal life shit and ‘preparedness’. I recall a very famous survivalist who mentioned keeping a spare computer for the family hauler in a tin foil package in the trunk in case of am EMP but didn’t carry a concealed handgun! Not naming names but he entirely missed the point. I believe this was in part because he looked at preparedness or its less politically correct, maybe more racist, cousin survivalism as some discrete thing for extreme unlikely situations.

    We need to look holistically at identifying the hazards that might impact our lives.  

    To our scenario. The hazards of riding a motorcycle would be accidents or getting run over by a car.

    Next we will Assess Hazards.

    We want to rank hazards in terms of its probability and severity.

    7 Brute Ways To Protect Yourself From Barbarian Hoards in a Collapse

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    ReadyNutrition Readers, we did a segment on some positive actions and strategies of the Roman Army to incorporate into your SHTF battle plans.  But what about the barbarians?  Yes, the Roman war machine was the penultimate fighting unit down to the individual level.  It was after the Republic (and then Empire) decayed through overextension, greed, corruption, and moral turpitude that the Legions lost their effectiveness.  By the early 5th century C.E., the Legions were a shadow of their past.

    This brings us to the barbarians.  The term was an all-encompassing one that meant “foreigners,” more than anything else…specifically to non-Romans.   Those who were not Roman citizens, is the most accurate rendition.  By the middle of the 4th century, the Legions depended heavily on conscripts from Gaul (now France), the Germanic tribes, and many nations such as Greece and Spain.  With service, Roman citizenship was obtained, along with grants of land.  This became a two-edged sword, however: the discharged auxiliaries of the foreign nations returned to their homelands.

    The Barbarians and Their Effective Fighting Skills

    They brought back to their tribes and clans the knowledge of the fighting ways of the Legions, incorporating many of their tactics into their own ways of fighting.  To a point.  These barbarian tribes had many effective ways of fighting peculiar to themselves that proved of great merit…lessons we can incorporate into what we do today.

    Let’s list some of these ancient tribesmen and some of the tactics that enabled them to succeed, and we’ll draw a correlation as to how we may emulate some of these tactics.

    1. The Saxons: They are the ancestors of the Germans today. Indeed, Saxony is a famous geographical area in Germany between the Elbe and Rhine rivers.   The most common weapons of these people were spears: a lighter one for throwing a long distance, and a heavier one for close-in combat.  In Saxon poetry the spear was referred to as the aesc (which is derived from the make of the shaft, fashioned from ash wood.  The aesc-berend was the “spear-bearer,” the term given to a Saxon fighting man.  Saxon warriors (contrary to Hollywood portrayal) did not all have chain mail: they had thick embossed leather armor, as well as hides.  They did have helmets of iron and plates of horn with nose-guards.  Their infantry traveled lightly, and swords were not as widespread as commonly portrayed.  The Saxons gathered about warrior chiefs and kings, giving him their loyalty and in return they received a share of what was taken in conquest in the form of arms, monies, and livestock.
    2. The Vikings: the term coming from the word vikingr, an ancient Norse word that means “sea rover” and the Scandinavian nations such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark were the points of origin of these warriors. They relied on their raids on narrow, sturdily built, and swift long ships.  These Northmen interacted with the Romans by trading and occasionally by mutual visitation.  It was not until after the Empire had fallen that the Northmen assumed the “Viking” mantle and began their raids throughout Europe that lasted for several centuries.  A warrior culture, they had the Jomsvikings…the elite of their warrior tribes who trained incessantly for the raiding seasons and lived for battle.  These Jomsvikings were supported by the communities they lived near within compounds.  They were without wives for the period they served in this manner and concentrated their focus upon hand-to-hand combat in preparation for raids.
    3. The Britons: The peoples of the British Isles were conquered and occupied for several centuries by the Romans, but eventually Roman rule disintegrated as the Legions departed in 406 C.E., leaving all their forts, edifices, and infrastructure intact. The Britons were masters of the chariot and proficient with spear and lasso.  Often their chariots would act as a “shock unit” and ride into closely packed formations of infantry to disorganize the ranks and then create gaps through which their own infantry could penetrate.
    4. The Huns: the ancestors of the modern-day inhabitants of Hungary and the steppes and plains of western and central Asia, the Huns were the consummate horsemen of their day. They rode, ate, slept, and lived (among other things) on the back of a horse.  They were excellent archers and spearmen, and their ferocity was so great as to cause entire nations of Germanic tribes in the area of what is now known as the Black Sea to come stampeding onto Roman territory to escape the Huns.  These Huns had a habit of killing just about everyone who did not submit to them, and many of those who did.  They could ride great distances and appear seemingly out of nowhere to battle with vigor and endurance.  It took the combined efforts of the Romans and the Visigoths to stop them from conquering all of Europe.

    7 Brute Ways To Protect Yourself From Barbarian Hoards in a Collapse

    So, what can we learn from all of this?  Let’s go over it, then.

    1. It is better to be lightly armed and completely proficient in the use of weapons than be encumbered by a bunch of gear that may just slow you down [Saxons].
    2. A lightning raid executed perfectly will shock, demoralize, and defeat an opponent who is unprepared for it [Vikings].
    3. Train without ceasing, and train to the peak of your proficiency [Vikings].
    4. Vehicles have a distinct advantage over infantry if employed properly [Britons].
    5. Find a good leader whose aims exemplify those of the group…a leader with ability, humility, and humanity…who is not afraid to lead by example [Saxons, Vikings].
    6. Speed and timing in an engagement are very difficult to counter by your enemy if you have mastered them and mastered their employment in an unpredictable manner [Huns].
    7. Violence of action in an engagement often carries the day: 100% commitment with vigor. [Vikings, Huns]

    Although appearing outwardly disorganized, these people had structure to their societies, and their cultures have contributed much to the mindset and makeup of the world today.  They supplanted the Roman Empire with their vigor and tenacity.  We can learn much by studying them: their seriousness, their stern demeanor and taciturn ways.  Chances are these are some qualities that have been passed on to you, their descendants that you might never have been aware of unless you studied them.  They have much to teach us, if we pay attention to what they did and some of the positive aspects of their lives.  So, raise those drinking horns high, and take a step back in time to study their history…your own family’s history, in many cases…and translate it into a tool for today…as it is also the history of all of us.  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

    OUTDOOR LIVING WITH ONLY A SURVIVAL KNIFE: IS IT POSSIBLE?

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    The outdoor lifestyle is not for everyone, let’s be honest. This lifestyle requires a little bit of grit and determination and taking on the wild is not for everyone. I spend a lot of my free time browsing the web, looking for tips on how to make life in the wild more fun. Easy is …

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    New Computer Enroute!

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    Hey Folks. I’ve given up trying to work around or unscrew my current computer. Pulled the trigger on a new one which will be here early next week. So the post I planned to do today will be up then.  

    Sewing & Mending Kit Essentials For Preppers (And Everyone Else!)

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    It seems like no one wants to carry this skill on. It could be the cheap clothing and our societies desire to throw away the things we could repair. Its just the reality of the times. That said, there are times when sewing can make a situation much better. There was a time when at …

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    Emergency Procedures During Travel

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    While most of us have a number of preps and plans that are conducive to being at the home, you will not have those things when you travel. We travel more than ever before. Some Americans are tethered to travel based on their professional life. That’s just the reality of how we do business. You …

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    Book Review: The Tactical Pistol

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    Big-city cop and gunfight veteran Gabe Suarez teaches you the most vital lessons and techniques for prevailing in any situation where you must draw your weapon. Chapters in The Tactical Pistol include The Dynamics of a Gunfight, The Rules of Close-Quarter Combat, Holding Hostiles at Gunpoint and more. This is not the only Suarez book I have reviewed because he has written several books worth reviewing.  I particularly like his book on the combative perspective. This particular book builds upon the mindset lessons of the combative perspective by showing specific pistol techniques that you should master. This is not the only

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    Free PDF: Fuel From Farms

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    Fuel From Farms was republished to help fill the information void that exists with regards to fermentation ethanol. Fuel from Farms tackles the subject of fermentation ethanol in a balanced and reasoned way, with an emphasis on small scale production using farm crops as the source of raw materials. This book will provide you with an array of facts so that you can make informed judgments. Farms and businesses all across the nation can take part in one of the most exciting endeavors of this new decade. We are in the midst of a transition from an economy that is

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    Book Review: 1984

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    Along with Atlas Shrugged,  1984 is one of my “go-to” philosophical fiction books that I read to keep myself grounded when I get to feeling that the majority of people do not share my belief that we are heading in the wrong direction. I find it telling that some of our governmental czars and their agencies sound just like some of the organizations in this document. This book is a lot darker than atlas shrugged, the movie was not nearly as well done as the Shrugged series, but it is a lot easier to read. Both authors have first hand experience

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    Interviewing Preppers – Omega Survival

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    It’s common to feel alone when you have a preparedness mindset. It’s been my experience that preppers value education, being self-reliant, developing skills, and being capable of helping in stressful situations. However, many people act like having an emergency kit is a foreign concept. For example, I was […]

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    You Don’t Need To Be Wealthy to Homestead

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    What are the criteria for a homestead? The truth of the matter is you can define it anyway you like. It doesn’t have to be some 20 acre plot of land that is miels away fro everyone else and is completely off grid. That is one form of homesteading. Across the nation there is a …

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    The Toxic Environment — Some Place The Blame 100% on Capitalism

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    This is a topic I will revisit several times and beef up this page.  

    Because things overall suck right now, people tend to blame all of the systems that are in place.    When in fact there is a very targeted approach by the powers that be, to “make everything suck”, to make everyone hate each other, to create chaos and then pull power and wealth from that chaos.   To install a One World Government.

    Many people and governments now recognize the above fact, and are fighting against it, as any freedom loving individual should.     Russia is one, it will be almost impossible to “turn” Russia.    Whilst western countries have been distracted and weakened, Russia has created a new level up of weaponry using nuclear propulsion and hypersonic “gliders” which nullify other countries abilities to stop and attack or to protect their own “assets”.    Scary?   Maybe.    A sharp blow to the NWO ability to take Russia out militarily?   Yes.    A soft coup won’t work on Russia.

    ——————————————————–    Capitalism

    4 Common Capitalism Myths Debunked

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    The term Marx coined stuck and has led to some confusion about why markets actually work.
     One of the most disappointing things I face as a college professor is the lack of understanding most students have regarding capitalism. The simple fact is, despite its importance to our daily lives, relatively few people have a strong grasp of what causes economic growth and why markets are so central to continuously rising standards of living.
    In my teaching, I have encountered several myths or misperceptions about capitalism from students as well as individuals outside the classroom. Dispelling these myths has become a focus of much of my teaching.

    Myth #1: Capitalism Was “Created”

    One of the most pervasive misunderstandings about capitalism is the idea that it was created by someone. Some of this can be attributed to the language used to describe Adam Smith’s role in explaining the market process. The common reference to Smith as “the father of modern economics” can lead people to assume that he in some way created the market system. It is also not unreasonable to conclude that, since socialism is generally reliant on planning, many would assume that capitalism is as well.
    Markets arise out of our human qualities.

    However, as Friedrich Hayek explained, the market system is not really “created” as much as it is a system that evolves out of human interaction and discovery. Similar to language, the market economy was not created by a single individual or group but evolved over a long period based on the interactions of many people. The rules and institutions which support the market economy arose from these interactions.This notion of a spontaneous order emerging out of the individual actions of millions of people, and the discovery of rules and institutions that will facilitate the continual progress of this order, may be the most important aspect of capitalism. It succeeds because it arises out of humanity itself.
    Unlike socialism, which attempts to impose rules and institutions regardless of their conformity to human nature or desires, markets arise out of our human qualities. And the rules and institutions that facilitate the ability of markets to perform are discovered as we discover ourselves and in the way we interact with one another.

    Myth #2: Capitalism Creates Poverty

    This may be the most pernicious of all the misunderstandings I encounter regarding markets. The idea that absent market capitalism would create greater shared wealth within society continues to permeate the thinking of a great deal of people. This is despite mounting evidence that, as markets are used by more and more countries, global poverty is steadily decreasing.
    All developed countries have market-based economies.

    Importantly, the evidence is clear that this decline in poverty has happened as countries have come to embrace market capitalism as the way forward – especially China and India. As other countries see the success of these two previously very poor countries and begin following their lead, we can expect to see poverty in the rest of the developing world significantly reduced as well.In the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith explained how markets, by continuously expanding the range of goods and services to an ever-increasing number of people, would produce what he called “universal opulence.” However, since Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels first launched their frontal assault on capitalism, many intellectuals, entertainers, and even politicians have embraced the idea that capitalism causes poverty, or at least prevents people from escaping it, and more disturbingly, that socialism leads to greater prosperity for the masses.
    It’s not surprising, then, that these ideas filter down to the public-at-large. But this idea that capitalism leads to poverty for the masses while socialism leads to their prosperity is exactly opposite to all the evidence we have.
    All developed countries have market-based economies. Those developing countries seeing the greatest growth have adopted market principles. Contrast this with countries that have fully adopted socialism, such as Venezuela or North Korea. It is troubling that incoming students do not understand this.

    Myth #3: Capitalism Is about Capital

    The underlying foundation of capitalism is human freedom.

    The term “capitalism” was coined by Marx as a pejorative towards market-based economies. The term stuck and has led to some confusion about why markets actually work. As economic historian Deidre McCloskey has noted, people at all times have attempted to amass capital (land, resources, and money). But those collective attempts didn’t lead to the type of society-wide economic growth we have seen since 1800.The underlying foundation of capitalism is human freedom. As Adam Smith recognized, when individuals are permitted to pursue their self-interest through markets, they are amazingly good at finding ways of bettering not only themselves but society as well.
    Equally important, as economist Joseph Schumpeter explained, out of this freedom arises a continuous process of improvement – what he called “creative destruction.” It is this constant innovation – discovering and bringing to market new products and services, finding ways of improving existing products and services, and finding more efficient ways to create these products and services – that truly drives economic growth and increases standards of living.
    The fact is, while the accumulation of capital is a feature of a market economy, it’s certainly not exclusive to it. It is individual freedom and the innovation that arises from it that drives the engine of capitalism.

    Myth #4: Capitalism Creates “Winners” and “Losers”

    While it is true that some individuals and firms succeed while others do not in capitalism, this also is hardly an exclusive feature of markets. All economic systems have some individuals who succeed and others who fail in one form or another.
    Over the long run, society in its entirety benefits as a result of markets. 

    However, capitalism is different in this regard in two important ways. First, capitalism increases the number of “winners.” Unlike other systems, capitalism reduces the barriers to entry into market activity for larger numbers of individuals. The resulting competition provides greater opportunities for success (both great and small) than in any other system. Second, over the long run, society in its entirety benefits as a result of markets. This is because markets, as mentioned above, bring more goods and services within reach of more people than any other system.
    Markets also produce products and services that improve our lives in ways that our ancestors could never have dreamed. Just consider all the things that exist today, that didn’t a mere thirty years ago. The simple fact is that today even the poorest modern Americans have more goods and services at their disposal than kings and queens did just two hundred years ago.
    So, although individual firms may fail, and individual people may not gain great wealth, the fact is that, over the long-run, we all win by enjoying better living standards than previous generations.

    We Need Better Education

    If the United States is going to continue to see its economy grow and the living standards of its citizens improve, it is important that students are taught the basics of the economic system that has allowed them to experience Adam Smith’s “universal opulence.” Without this basic knowledge, they’re easily led to believe the myths I’ve mentioned and to vote for politicians and policies that will ultimately undermine the very system that has made their lives significantly better than their ancestors, as well as better than most of their contemporaries across the globe.

    Summer Solution For Stings and Bites

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    Wasp stings are acidic which means an alkaline pain solution.

    Insect bites can be painful. So can stings from many poisonous plants. Now that its summer, its important to have some alternative solutions for stings and bites.

    Some of this is because their venom or juice is either highly acidic or highly alkaline. For example, the sting from stinging nettle, ants, and bees is extremely acidic.

    So, it makes good sense that you can relieve the pain by quickly applying something alkaline to the sting site. Some commonly available alkaline compounds are bicarbonate of soda (more widely known as baking soda) and soap.

    Wasp stings are alkaline, so you’ll need something acidic to counteract their pain. Vinegar is an excellent and safe acid to use as an off-the-grid solutions for stings and bites. If the sting happens when you’re outside enjoying a picnic, head for the pickle juice.

    Scorpion stings vary greatly in their seriousness, even within the United States. Some small scorpions in the Southeast U.S. have stings that are only about as serious and painful as a wasp sting, while some of the larger scorpions in Arizona and down into Mexico can be lethal if they sting you. If you are stung by one of the dangerous variety, the only cure I’m aware of is the anti-venom available from hospitals – so that’s where you should head as fast as possible, especially if the person stung is a child or senior citizen. If the scorpion is one of the nuisance variety, you can experiment a bit if you don’t show any signs of being allergic to the venom. If you do show symptoms of allergy, again, head to the hospital. Since scorpion venom is acidic, you’ll need the alkaline solutions in your”just in case” bag.

    One curious thing about scorpion venom.  It has a very high acid content which means lots of protons which connect to neurons which then dramtically amp up the intensity of the messages sent to the brain.  So the acid content gives the venom a kind of “push” by forcing ion channels to open wide and “communicate” in a very special way.  Basically, the acid kick makes it hurt like hell.

    When I’m uncertain, I mix an acid (vinegar) with something alkaline (baking soda) and hope for the best. Alternatively, you could experiment with small amounts of alkaline and acidic substances in isolation to see which makes the pain worse and which makes it better. Then apply a considerable amount of the one that works.

    For simple bites, you can use several things. Fresh lime or lemon juice can be rubbed on the bite. So can raw garlic or even a salt type paste.

    What seems to work very well, if done immediately after the bite or sting, is to soak a small cotton pack with apple cider vinegar and on top of that, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda. The mixture of this acid and base will cause a bubbling reaction immediately on the cotton pad. Take the pad and place it directly over the bite with the baking soda and vinegar against the skin for several minutes.

    As I mentioned, this will usually work well for minor stings and bites. However, if you are prone to allergic reactions from insect stings or bites and experience abnormal swelling or difficulty in breathing, it’s best to get medical help as soon as possible.

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    Survival Debate: Which Dog is the King of Survival

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    Mans best friend has long walked in our wake and helped us with a number of tasks. if you think that a survival dog is about having a creature that will attack and sacrifice itself to save you, you are missing the point of having a dog. You need only look through history to see …

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    Top 5 Crank Flashlights For Emergency Survival

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    No survival kit is complete without a crank flashlight. There are a few elements you should consider before purchasing your own. Take a look at your rankings to find the best crank flashlight in your price range. Planning for the unexpected is the only way to make sure you and your family are prepared for every […]

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