5 Ways To Avoid Approaching Attackers

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I know this has been covered before by everyone, but I’m compelled to state it again: what is in his hands? Hands empty? And he’s about to attack you? Go through him, do damage, and leave. As an unwanted side effect of deep training in self-defense, too many people wait for the attack…”

Comment by Miro, a Ready Nutrition Reader

Excellent comment by Miro, substantiating a point I made in a letter to Readers about how important the comments sections can be.  Read them and learn about others’ points of view, as well as picking up some tips and good information you can use.  Good job, Miro.  I suggest everyone go to the article Immediate Actions You Must Take If You’re About to be Attacked,” and read the rest of what Miro wrote.  We’re going to get into those actions in Part 2.

It is especially important because it characterizes vital points about threat assessment, the critical component in your actions.  What you must do is often characterized by what threat you face.  In this light, observe the actions of the individual or people approaching you.  What are they carrying?  Do they have any weapons, and is it obvious that they are going to be a threat?  Facial expressions, gestures, speed of movement, and stance (approaching you, trying to cut you off, etc.) all need to be considered to determine threat level.

Staying Safe and Escaping a Dangerous Situation is Your Main Priority

In the article previously mentioned, the three factors are Equalize, Distance, and Escape.

  1. Equalize – this means to use whatever you have on hand to make the situation more manageable for you. An assailant comes at you with a knife, and you have an umbrella…you can use the umbrella to interdict between the knife and yourself (if it’s opened) or as a striking tool if it’s closed.  A pocketbook can be used as a “Morningstar/mace” against an attacker with a club or knife.  A jacket carried in-hand can be slung upon the attacker’s face or weapon.  Here are seven improvised objects that can be used for self-defense.  These actions take you to the next step:
  2. Distance – this means to place as much distance as possible between you and the attacker. This can also include getting into a car or vehicle and locking the door behind you.  Your objective with this step is to separate yourself from your attacker and his weapon.  “Distance is your best friend,” as they used to say in the Army.  It is your best friend.  By using that “friend,” you can progress to step number 3.
  3. Escape – Yes, get out of that uncontrolled situation. What you do afterward is your business, but the first rule is to survive and succeed.  Suppose there’s a dozen of these guys, right out of the movie “The Warriors?”  What then?  There’s no use getting into semantics.  Just GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) while the getting is good!  Escape, call the police and deal with them if you must ON YOUR TERMS, not on theirs.

5 Ways to Avoid an Approaching Attacker

Emphasis should be placed on “escape” here, because you’re dealing with 2 scenarios: 1. The everyday/now, and 2. A SHTF/disaster-stoked scenario.  In the scope of this article, we will deal with the first scenario…and this is where threat assessment is more critical.

The reason: the law.  Laws more often protect the criminal more than the victim.  If you are going to engage one of the morons who is attacking you and you must do it alone, use some of these tools to your advantage, and keep some points in mind:

  1. In this CCTV/omnipresent camera age, try to maneuver into an area where there is some sort of security camera. This can dispel doubt and give credence to your case of self-defense and provide evidence that you were defending yourself
  2. Make it loud and summon others. You’d be surprised how loud a small air horn (they make them not much larger than a tube/vial of pepper spray these days) can be.  Attract attention!  Most of these hoodlums do not want to be seen.
  3. If you must engage, fight to win. Be as effective as possible and use “Fabian Tactics,” in other words, “hit and run.”  Inflict the maximum amount of damage with the minimum amount of effort and get out of there.  We have covered the vital areas to strike for, as well as improvised weapons in previous articles.  It would behoove you to refresh on these.
  4. “Any Old Port in a Storm” – be smart: duck into a business or make a break for an area where there are plenty of people. The probability is high that the pursuer(s) will break contact and discontinue the chase.
  5. When it’s done, it’s not done – Yeah, that sounds contradictory, but you cannot let it go and think if you’ve escaped them that it’s all over. Best thing to do: file that police report and get them involved.  You pay for the “system,” so make it work for you.

Take note of the attacker(s) after you have concluded that an attack is occurring.  How are you being approached?  “Blocking” is the key word here…placing something in between you and them.  A line of cars, a narrow alleyway where they cannot come at you except in a single file, a busy street full of traffic.  Put something between you and them.  Part of avoiding them from channeling you into an area they can deal with you is your preparations.

Start Actively Practicing Situational Awareness

What this means is simple: don’t park in an area that has “blind spots,” or areas where a goon can hide.  Don’t enable said goon by being complacent in your activities.  Part of prevention is observation: you need to see who is lurking around, potentially following you, watching you, and planning something.  When several people are in an area where you park, and they look at you and begin talking to themselves and continue to look at you…the odds are not in your favor with this.

Avoidance is not being a coward.  Avoidance is gaming the situation correctly and assessing it for what it is.  Even if you beat the daylights out of them if they attack, what is to be gained from it?  Better yet, what can you lose?  When they say they were the victim and then bring criminal and civil charges against you.  All for something you could have avoided.

Sun Tzu: The apex of a general’s skill is when he wins a battle without fighting fight.

Sage advice.  Avoid at all costs, and break contact to continue the mission.  The mission is to survive and to keep yourself, your family, and your home intact.  Assessing the threat at the level that it is and meeting that threat head on only when there is no alternative will give you better odds at staying out of problems from being hurt, being sued, or having the law on top of you.  In Part 2, we will cover what to do when there is no way to avoid the attackers, and go a little more “in-depth” than the basic article mentioned previously.  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.

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How to Build A Spider Shelter | A Survival Life Guide

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There is nothing like a good how to for your week. This how to comes from a serious shelter builder who is offering up another impressive shelter design both in picture and video. The spider shelter is impressive because of its efficacy but also due to its ability to camouflage itself in the forest. From …

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How to Build A Spider Shelter | A Survival Life Guide

There is nothing like a good how to for your week. This how to comes from a serious shelter builder who is offering up another impressive shelter design both in picture and video. The spider shelter is impressive because of its efficacy but also due to its ability to camouflage itself in the forest. From …

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How to Build A Spider Shelter | A Survival Life Guide

There is nothing like a good how to for your week. This how to comes from a serious shelter builder who is offering up another impressive shelter design both in picture and video. The spider shelter is impressive because of its efficacy but also due to its ability to camouflage itself in the forest. From …

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Weekly Watchman & Current Events – May 8, 2018

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CURRENT EVENTS AND BIBLE PROPHECY – PREPPED & AWARE!

 

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

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

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

IN THIS WEEK’S WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “What a Week!″ – 5/6/18
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – May 6, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update – May 7, 2018.
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – May 4, 2018
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – ISLAM CONQUERED OSLO – 5/6/18
  • Jason A – Something Biblical is Happening in 2018!

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “What a Week!″ – 5/6/18

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – May 6, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update – May 7, 2018.

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – May 4, 2018

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – ISLAM CONQUERED OSLO – 5/6/18

 

Jason A – Something Biblical is Happening in 2018!

 

Peace,
Todd

Book Review: Protecting the Gift

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d7KXB3s2Ng Protecting the Gift is a great companion book to DeBecker’s first book The Gift of Fear. This book takes those concepts and applies them to raising a secure child that can operate safely in today’s world. I did not have a child the first time I read this, and did not see as much value in it as I did when reading it AFTER I became a parent. Of course, from this side of the line I see that there is a huge change in attitude after becoming a parent. This book is not a parenting guide, but it

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Argentina looks for a $30 billion bailout from the IMF

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Oh boy…

Not this s**t again.

I just hope the government manages to survive the storm and those damn Peronists don’t try to overthrow the government again.

Argentina Is in Talks to Get a $30 Billion Flexible Credit Line From the IMF

Argentina asked the International Monetary Fund for financing to help stem a five-month-rout in the peso that is sparking a surge in interest rates and threatening to derail the country’s economic recovery.

“This will allow us to face the new global scenario and avoid a crisis like the ones we have faced before in our history,” President Mauricio Macri said in a televised address Tuesday.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-08/argentina-said-to-request-30-billion-imf-flexible-credit-line

FerFAL

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

Free PDF: Top 120 Cities at Risk for NBC Attack

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Top 120 Cities at Risk for NBC Attack is a single page PDF that shows (obviously) the author’s idea of the top cities at risk for an attack. I don’t have any information on the author or how they made the determination of what cities made the list. That being said, as I look at the list, the cities mentioned are probably ones I would attack if I was an enemy of the US. This list is not necessarily tied to military bases. Target factors could include population density, cultural centers, proximity to nuclear plants or NBC waste sites, Also is a

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Free PDF: Top 120 Cities at Risk for NBC Attack

Top 120 Cities at Risk for NBC Attack is a single page PDF that shows (obviously) the author’s idea of the top cities at risk for an attack. I don’t have any information on the author or how they made the determination of what cities made the list. That being said, as I look at the list, the cities mentioned are probably ones I would attack if I was an enemy of the US. This list is not necessarily tied to military bases. Target factors could include population density, cultural centers, proximity to nuclear plants or NBC waste sites, Also is a

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Book Review: Amateur Rocket Motor Construction

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One hobby I would like to do more of is Pyrotechnics. I love fireworks and I love diy projects, but unfortunately the regulations on storage keeps my playing to a minimum. However, even if I don’t get to build as much sparkly smoky things as I like, I still enjoy reading about them Amateur rocket motor construction is an awesome book. It is full of diagrams and instructions as well as recipes to make several tested rocket designs. Not only does the book have lots of reference material, it even has a couple “improvised” ingredients – recipes included use common

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72 Hour Emergency Kit: The Essentials To Pack

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

All homes need to be equipped with an emergency bag. We never know when we might
need one or when we might need to leave our homes quickly, so it is important to be
prepared and ready for anything. Getting an emergency kit together can be pretty
straightforward, you just need to know what to pack and the best places to get the items. The
good news is that they are pretty inexpensive and easy to find. So there really are no
excuses for not getting your kit together.

Three days, or 72 hours is usually the best time-frame to aim for. So here are a few of items
that you might need, if you’re not sure where to start.

Water

It makes complete sense to have water in the kit. It is what you will need to survive, so as
much as you can fit in. Not only can you drink it, but you can use it to clean yourselves with,
as well as cleaning things like food or cuts. The goal is to aim to pack a gallon of water per
day, per person.

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First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is really important when it comes to an emergency kit. You might not know
where you’ll end up, especially if there is something like a natural disaster. So it makes
sense to have some supplies to help you care for yourself and for others, until you can get
medical attention, if needed.
Flashlight and Batteries
Being able to see in the dark is important for an emergency kit. Candles and matches can be
a good idea, but generally, for safety, a flashlight is going to be a better option. If you can’t
find a flashlight that is powered by winding it up, then make sure that you have plenty of
batteries spare in your emergency kit too.

Clothing

Often you’ll only have time to leave in the clothes that you are in. So having a few pieces
stored away in the emergency kit will help, especially if you’re wet and have only left your
house because of a flood, for example. Having some practical and sturdy clothing, much like
the things that froutlet.com sells, can be a good idea. You don’t know how long you’ll be
away from home, so you’ll want clothing that is practical, warm, and comfortable.

Food

While you can go longer without food than you can do without water, to be as comfortable as
you can, some food packed away is a must. Think about some foods that are
non-perishable, and will actually be something that you and your family will eat. Plan for a
few days, and try to get things that won’t need too much preparation or could be eaten cold
(things like tins of beans could work well, for example. Plenty of protein and fiber in them).
This is just a start of the list that you would need. But having a few items packed and ready
to grab is going to be better than nothing.

Original content from: The Survival Place Blog

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72 Hour Emergency Kit: The Essentials To Pack

Can, Kitchen, Product, Wooden, Canned, Container, Metal

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

All homes need to be equipped with an emergency bag. We never know when we might
need one or when we might need to leave our homes quickly, so it is important to be
prepared and ready for anything. Getting an emergency kit together can be pretty
straightforward, you just need to know what to pack and the best places to get the items. The
good news is that they are pretty inexpensive and easy to find. So there really are no
excuses for not getting your kit together.

Three days, or 72 hours is usually the best time-frame to aim for. So here are a few of items
that you might need, if you’re not sure where to start.

Water

It makes complete sense to have water in the kit. It is what you will need to survive, so as
much as you can fit in. Not only can you drink it, but you can use it to clean yourselves with,
as well as cleaning things like food or cuts. The goal is to aim to pack a gallon of water per
day, per person.

number sign red color metal box street sign signage brand sheet font emergency tin can traffic sign first aid vehicle registration plate metal cans medicine chest

pxhere.com

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is really important when it comes to an emergency kit. You might not know
where you’ll end up, especially if there is something like a natural disaster. So it makes
sense to have some supplies to help you care for yourself and for others, until you can get
medical attention, if needed.
Flashlight and Batteries
Being able to see in the dark is important for an emergency kit. Candles and matches can be
a good idea, but generally, for safety, a flashlight is going to be a better option. If you can’t
find a flashlight that is powered by winding it up, then make sure that you have plenty of
batteries spare in your emergency kit too.

Clothing

Often you’ll only have time to leave in the clothes that you are in. So having a few pieces
stored away in the emergency kit will help, especially if you’re wet and have only left your
house because of a flood, for example. Having some practical and sturdy clothing, much like
the things that froutlet.com sells, can be a good idea. You don’t know how long you’ll be
away from home, so you’ll want clothing that is practical, warm, and comfortable.

Food

While you can go longer without food than you can do without water, to be as comfortable as
you can, some food packed away is a must. Think about some foods that are
non-perishable, and will actually be something that you and your family will eat. Plan for a
few days, and try to get things that won’t need too much preparation or could be eaten cold
(things like tins of beans could work well, for example. Plenty of protein and fiber in them).
This is just a start of the list that you would need. But having a few items packed and ready
to grab is going to be better than nothing.

Original content from: The Survival Place Blog

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What To Do With $1000 Right Now

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By Rourke – Modern Survival Online

A little while back I read a post over at IfItHitstheFan.com concerning a recommendation on where to spend $900 on survival & preparedness preps.

I love thinking about stuff like this. It is sorta like “What would I do if I won the lottery?”

Back to reality.

There are many people across this great country that are just now seeing the light and beginning there preps. For many of these newcomers the question of where to begin is ever present. Some people are taking things serious and are willing to sink some serious change into their preparations – so I figured I would throw my 2 cents in.

For someone relatively new to the prepping scene and having no purposely stocked supplies – a $1000 can go a long way.

Here are my recommendations:

  • Food ($350) – this has to be the priority.
    • Purchase in quantity what you normally eat. A good idea would be to sit down with a notepad and pen and meal plan for 2 weeks.
    • Remember that there may be no electricity so all food items in the meal plan have to come from the pantry.
    • Next – take that 2 week meal plan and make a list of all items and use that as your shopping list. If you are able to buy 2 of everything listed – that would be a one month supply.
    • Take into consideration any supplies such as cooking oil that you may need to complete the meal. Don’t forget about spices and other condiments.
    • Lastly – do consider shelf life (often on the package) as well as buying store brands and buying on sale to maximize your available funds.

Continue reading at Modern Survival Online: What To Do With $1000 Right Now

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Preparation For Nuclear Apocalypse Triggered By Strange Sounds

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A video apparently filmed in New York City on April 19, 2018, has become the most popular point of contention among conspiracy theorists. The film reveals bizarre trumpet-like sounds coming out of the underground, and conspiracy theorists have speculated the fact that the government is secretly constructing an underground tunnel to guard the elites in preparation for nuclear apocalypse.

In the video, the noise which supposedly comes from below ground seems to be recurring several times per day. A YouTube conspiracy theory channel known as ‘Sky net 5’, uploaded the clip, and up to now, it has garnered more than 3,000 views. Many viewers shared different explanations for the weird phenomenon, with the majority contending that the bureaucrats are making a secret subterranean tunnel to protect them during the occasion of a nuclear apocalypse. Other people asserted that CERN is digging tunnels below the surface of the earth.

A YouTube user named Jennifer Heath drew a parallel between the strange sounds and the great tribulation period, along with the second coming of Christ. “Since September 23, 2017 Revelation 12 in the skies, since then it seems like everything has excelled, just look around the planet. I know Jesus Christ said great tribulation such as the world has never seen, and we are already tilting in head of a pole shift and that would alone be massive+not forgetting wars+rumours of wars, horrific weather conditions, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions,” Heath declared.

“These are Trumpets sounds, not the brass ones, the old testament Trumpets sounds, from the longhorn being blown, is vibration from blowing the longhorn Trumpets from heavens. God is trying to get our attention. This is warning from God to us all for us to ask for forgiveness for our sins,” stated another user by the name of Bridget Lazenby.

These stories are evidently not the first ones that have surfaced online concerning secret underground tunnels supposedly built during preparation for nuclear apocalypse. A month ago, conspiracy theorists sensationally alleged that there’s an entire city within the underground of the Denver airport, and that it has been created to safeguard the elites in the event of a new atomic cataclysm. These theorists even argue that there’s a secret train running underground from the White House to this particular city.

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9 Proven Non Lethal Weapons For Insanely Strong Protection

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Non Lethal WeaponsEveryone should own and carry non lethal weapons – even if you already carry a firearm.

Why? Because not every conflict or attack calls for a weapon of the lethal variety.

For example – does a starving pickpocket deserve a bullet in the head?

Sometimes a non lethal weapon is the right answer to deter, intimidate, or stop a threat.

Or maybe you’re not familiar with firearms and have no desire to do so.

In this case, your best bet is a non lethal weapon for self-protection.

That’s why there are so many types of non lethal weapons available. Weapons that make sense when the incident calls for a non lethal (but still extremely effective) defense tactic.

As you’ll soon discover, the best non lethal weapons are incredibly intimidating and can inflict severe pain. The best ones can stop an intruder in their tracks.

But they’re non lethal weapons that will most likely leave both perpetrator and victim alive to see another day.

Now, don’t get me wrong, you should still be ready to defend yourself and do so by lethal means if necessary.

However, that should be a last resort and not your go-to option. It’s always preferable to deter an attacker if possible first.

So today we’re going to share with you the 9 best non lethal weapons to keep you and your loved ones safe:

  1. StrikePen Tactical Pen
  2. ViperTek Heavy Duty Stun Gun
  3. Devil Juice Pepper Spray
  4. FastStrike Tactical Whip
  5. StrikeLight Flashlight / Baton
  6. Cold Steel Baseball Bat
  7. Monkey Fist 
  8. Konnex ET15 Survival Shovel
  9. HyperWhistle Emergency Whistle
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StrikePen

1 – Strikepen Tactical Pen


StrikePen

The StrikePen is a whole pocketful of EDC tools rolled into one milled aluminum package.

From the bright LED flashlight to the interchangeable tooltips. Thie StrikePen is a serious piece of survival gear.

The solid tungsten steel striker tip makes it an excellent close-quarters weapon. Plus it doubles as an emergency glass breaker!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a StrikePEN if didn’t write with a smooth black ball-tip point.

And a replacement ink cartridge is also a welcome addition.

But the bottom line is a tactical pen (like the StrikePen) is an ideal non lethal weapon.

That’s not to say it cannot kill someone if shoved into a lethal area of the human body. However, if you know how to use a tactical pen properly, it can stop an intruder in their tracks.



Hell, even if you must use it to stab an intruder in the eye, they will still likely survive the incident.

Yes, they will likely be blind for the rest of their life, but they will still be breathing.



2 – ViperTek Heavy Duty Stun Gun


Stun guns are becoming popular non lethal weapons for those who opt not to carry firearms.

The ViperTek produces enough electrical power to drop a large man in seconds flat.

Plus, it has extra design features such as snatch prevention.

If a threat attempts to take the device from you, the side shock plates will deliver high voltage shock. You sort of want them to try and take it from you!

The Vipertek Stun Gun also has ultra-Sharp spike electrodes. These help to penetrate thick clothing to deliver the high voltage shock with maximum impact.

It also includes an internal Rechargeable Battery. So no expensive batteries to buy and replace.

The main handle has a non-slip rubber coating to keep the device firmly in your grip.



3 – Devil Juice Pepper Spray


deviljuice

Earlier this year, I read an interesting news article. It was about a man hospitalized after eating one Carolina Reaper.

It said to be the hottest chili pepper known to man – at around 2,000,000 Scoville Heat Units!

This pepper causes intense dry heaves, blinding headaches, and some near-stroke symptoms.

But what if the “pepper” in a pepper spray was that powerful?

Devil Juice is measured at 3,000,000 SHUan astounding 50% hotter than the Carolina Reaper!

It can spray this blinding defense up to 6’ and across 120deg. Devil Juice also gives you a wide strike zone for hitting your attacker.

Good thing it comes with a safety to prevent accidental discharge in your pocket!

4 – FastStrike Tactical Whip


If I said “tactical whip,” I bet you’d imagine a blacked-out version of Indiana Jones bullwhip, right?

But The FastStrike Tactical Whip is not quite like that; it’s better!

It’s a concealable, 17” stainless steel spring cable with a solid striker.

It’s simple to use and can strike from any direction, unlike a knife with only one sharp edge.

The FastStrike’s solid grip handle makes sure the weapon stays in your hand. And the pocket clip makes it easy to attach in a pocket, purse, or backpack.



Only drawback? It doesn’t make that sweet whip-crack sound!



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5 – The StrikeLight Flashlight / Baton


When checking out a strange noise in the middle of the night, there’s always a toss-up.

Do you take a flashlight or a baseball bat?

With the StrikeLight, you can avoid the question altogether and carry both!

It includes a powerful LED flashlight and multiple light modes. The best self-defense light mode being a disorienting strobe setting.

With a StrikeLight, you’ll intimate a threat and head off a more serious altercation.

If the situation goes from bad to worse, the solid aluminum construction lets you use the light as a baton.

Plus, the aggressive teeth and end points make quick work of anyone on the receiving end of your swing.

If you need a little more reach, the barrel extends another 4 inches with the twist of a wrist. That’s 4 more inches of intimidation!

6 – Cold Steel Baseball Bat


Of course, a good old baseball bat is a shockingly good non lethal weapon!

While I love the look and feel of a wood bat for baseball, I don’t prefer it as a self-defense weapon. Why? Because they can splinter in two at the worst possible time – like during an attack.

The Brooklyn Crusher is made of nearly indestructible polypropylene. Plus it gives you a HUGE 29” reach.

At just over 2lbs, it’s got enough heft that anything you hit isn’t likely to come back for more.

Add barb wire to make your own better version of “Lucille” from the Walking Dead.

Barbed wire sold separately!

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7 – The Monkey Fist


One of my very favorite self-defense tools is also one of the oldest – a Monkey Fist Knot.

The monkey fist surrounds a heavy ball with wraps of rope, giving you a weighted end on your line.

They’re great throwing a length of rope over a tree branch – or to make a devastating close-quarters weapon.



You can buy one pre-tied, but it’s way more fun to tie one yourself.

Plus, it’s a great skill to add to your plans and allow you to make them any weight and size you need.

All you need are:

With these tools and a video, you can make your own Monkey Fist.



KONNEX Survival Shovel8 – Konnex ET15 Survival Shovel


KONNEX Survival Shovel

The Konnex ET15 is a solid survival tool, made for more than just digging ditches!

This survival shovel has tons of extra tools hidden in the handle. From a compass, a signal whistle to a Ferro rod fire striker capable of creating a shower of 3000 deg sparks.

The Konnex Shovel blade is also sharp on one side and acts as an axe blade. This blade can even do fine detail work such as shaving kindling.

The other side holds a saw blade for large wood and other materials.

Now, I’m not saying it was designed as a self-defense weapon; it was not. But a solidly built axe/saw on the end of a stout 24” handle isn’t something I’d want anyone swinging at me!

This survival shovel is intimidating without having to use it.

And if you do land a few blows, you’re going to inflict some serious (but likely non lethal) damage.

Plus, if you’re into preparing and survival, you’ll want a survival shovel in your survival gear stash anyways.

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9 – The HyperWhistle Emergency Whistle


Sometimes it’s best to head off a fight even before it becomes physical.

With 142dB sound levels, The HyperWhistle is disorienting and painful in close quarters. It’s so powerful that it comes with hearing protection for the user.

Imagine trying to fight with that blowing in your ear!

Even if your attacker persists, this loud whistle will draw attention from as far as two miles away.

A survival whistle is a smart device to add to your non lethal weapons arsenal but it would be wise to have some other weapons as well.

Non Lethal Weapons Wrap Up


If you’ve made it this far into this article, you’re serious about getting a non lethal weapon. Now it’s just a matter of deciding which ones make the most sense for you.

Maybe its the StrikePen along with some self-defense classes. Classes that will teach you how to use a tactical pen most effectively.

Or maybe its the Devil Juice pepper spray you can add to your backpack or purse.

I’d even suggest you get a couple of different options and learn how to use them all. That way, an attacker will regret ever having messed with you.

But this only works if you take action. You can only improve on non lethal self-defense if you invest some non-deadly weapons today.

Ok, before you go – did we miss any non lethal weapons? Is there a new gadget that you feel should be on this list but isn’t?

Don’t keep that information to yourself, share in the comments below!

Jason K.

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There are a lot of natural nuclear shelters in the US that are absolutely free. And one of them is near your home.

Click on the image above to find out where you need to take shelter.

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Morel Mushrooms: Tips For Hunting Them This Spring

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The time for morel mushroom hunting is upon us. The temperatures are starting to rise, and signs of spring are popping up all around us. That means morel mushroom season is here as well.

Morel mushrooms are a delicacy, selling for hundreds of dollars per pounds. They are a treat and only bloom once a year. You can’t walk to your local grocery store and purchase them. The only options are to find them yourself or buy them from someone else.

Luckily, those of us who live in the upper half of the United States can hunt for morel mushrooms in the spring. Here is what you need to know.

When Can I Hunt for Morel Mushrooms?

In most areas, morel mushrooms start to bloom in late April. Their growing season lasts throughout early June. The season will depend on your area.

  • If it is your first year hunting mushrooms, ask local, experienced hunters when they typically find them. Also, start hunting a month or so before you expect to see them to increase your chances.

The best time to find morel mushrooms is after heavy rainfall when the air is warm and humid. Keep an eye on the temperature. Morels tend to be a bit picky about the temperature.

They enjoy the weather when it gets around 60 degrees and above throughout the day. Night temperatures should hover around 40 degrees. Soil temperatures will be between 45 and 50 degrees when morels start to develop.

Where Should I Look for Morel Mushrooms?

In the early spring, southern-facing hills will be the ideal place to check for mushrooms. They receive more sunlight in this area. As the season gets closer to June, morel mushrooms grow more on northern-facing hills.

Here are some other tips for locations that morel mushrooms enjoy.

  • Morels love to grow near trees. Ash, poplar, apple and elm trees are favorite choices!
  • Dying and dead trees are common places as well.
  • Look for loamy soil, similar to what is at the bottom of creeks. Loamy soil drains well, is moist and has a good mixture of clay, sand and decaying matter.
  • Morels love burned sites. Research past wildfires in your area, or look in areas that have experienced wildfires years ago. The mushrooms love the nutrients that burned trees put back into the soil. These sites are more common towards the Western part of the United States. However, anywhere that has experienced a brush or forest fire might attract morel mushrooms.
  • Previously flooded areas also attract morel mushrooms. Check locally for areas that were recently disturbed by water, or even disturbed in the past! That means look near creeks, streams, and

You Found Morels, Now What?

Carry your findings in a mesh bag! As you walk through the woods, the mushrooms will release spores. The spores will increase the chances of mushrooms growing in that area in the future. You are encouraging future growth!

Remember to not pick all of the mushrooms in the area. You might want to, especially after searching for a few hours. However, leaving mushrooms means they will drop spores and allow you to enjoy morels in the following years.

Once you start to find morel mushrooms, it is a great idea to keep a record of where you found them. They tend to pop up in the same areas each year. You will have an idea where to look the following year. Thoroughly check the surrounding areas as well. Where there is one, there tends to be more!

Make sure they are morel mushrooms. Several different poisonous, false morel mushrooms can cause you to get sick if you make them for dinner. Make sure you identify correctly. Real morel mushrooms have these characteristics:

  • Two to four inches long
  • Full of ridges and pits
  • Looks like a sponge
  • Pale yellow to dark gray
  • Cap is attached to stem
  • Hollow from the bottom of the stem to the top of the cap. A true morel is always hollow!

Before you cook the morels, soak them in water. Morels are hollow, so bugs, sand, and debris tend to collect in their hollow stem. Soaking them for a few hours allows all of the nasties to come out. If you found your morels in a creek or riverbank, it is wise to cut them lengthwise and then soak to remove all of the sand.

Enjoy Your Time

Morel hunting is fun; don’t take it too seriously! It is an excellent activity for kids, making it a fantastic family activity. Determined kids, who are lower to the ground, might spot morels better than adults. When they do find them, their excitement will be contagious!

Now, head home and enjoy your morel snack. Sautee mushrooms lightly in butter or cover in a batter for a delicious meal. The earthy, meaty taste is appealing for adults and kids.

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7 Must-Have Herb Plants to Give You a Bug-Free Backyard

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After a long spring, there’s nothing better than enjoying the outdoors.  We can’t wait to get outside to do yard work, ride bikes, garden, grill out or to enjoy Smores around a campfire.  However, it’s not long before the pesky bugs arrive to drive us all crazy!

How often have you and your family wanted to eat outside but you all go back inside because of the bugs?  Swatting away bugs and getting bitten can ruin a perfect summer night!  Our quick fix is to pull out the bottles of bug spray.  But not only does using bug spray get expensive but who wants to spray DEET on themselves and their kids intentionally?

Here’s the good news.  We don’t have to hide inside to avoid these annoying bugs.  There are natural ways to combat them instead.  So this summer, try a natural way to have a bug-free backyard this year with these seven must-have plants!

  1. Catnip:  Need a long-term stink bug repellent?  Catnip is the herb of choice!  Also repels ants, cockroaches, and squash beetles.
  1. Rosemary:  A great herb to have around to repel mosquitoes.  Plant in pots to decorate your outdoor living areas.   In addition to repelling bugs, you can use rosemary to enhance your meat dishes, add to homemade bread or to garnish a plate!
  1. Chives:  Chives is a perennial that will not only provide you with a beautiful border and endless kitchen possibilities but will keep the mites, aphids, and beetles away too! 
  1. Lavender:  Though lavender is a favored scent to freshen up our homes, bugs such as fleas, mosquitoes, and flies hate it!  Lavender is a perennial, providing you with beautiful bluish-purple flowers year after year.  Not only will you keep the unwanted bugs away but you can dry your lavender bouquets to keep around the house.
  1. Basil:  Plant in pots around your deck or favorite area to spend as a family.  Basil repels two annoying pests, mosquitoes and flies.  Another benefit of having basil around is you can use it to spruce up your culinary dishes as well!
  1. Mint:  Another great mosquito repelling herb to grow in pots.  Plus, while enjoying a bug-free patio, you can pick a few mint leaves and use them to freshen up a guests tea or Mojito.
  1. Lemon Balm:  Not only does lemon balm keep biting insects away but snakes as well!  Another herb that can be planted in pots and placed around the areas that you hang out the most.  As with most herbs, you can add it to your culinary dishes or enjoy in a cup of tea.

Don’t let the bugs deter you from enjoying summer with your family.  If you are new to gardening, start small.  Buy a few pots, potting mix and herbs at your local greenhouse.  Get the kids involved too!

 

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Morel Mushrooms: Tips for Hunting Them This Spring

The time for morel mushroom hunting is upon us. The temperatures are starting to rise, and signs of spring are popping up all around us. That means morel mushroom season is here as well.

Morel mushrooms are a delicacy, selling for hundreds of dollars per pounds. They are a treat and only bloom once a year. You can’t walk to your local grocery store and purchase them. The only options are to find them yourself or buy them from someone else.

Luckily, those of us who live in the upper half of the United States can hunt for morel mushrooms in the spring. Here is what you need to know.

When Can I Hunt for Morel Mushrooms?

In most areas, morel mushrooms start to bloom in late April. Their growing season lasts throughout early June. The season will depend on your area.

  • If it is your first year hunting mushrooms, ask local, experienced hunters when they typically find them. Also, start hunting a month or so before you expect to see them to increase your chances.

The best time to find morel mushrooms is after heavy rainfall when the air is warm and humid. Keep an eye on the temperature. Morels tend to be a bit picky about the temperature.

They enjoy the weather when it gets around 60 degrees and above throughout the day. Night temperatures should hover around 40 degrees. Soil temperatures will be between 45 and 50 degrees when morels start to develop.

Where Should I Look for Morel Mushrooms?

In the early spring, southern-facing hills will be the ideal place to check for mushrooms. They receive more sunlight in this area. As the season gets closer to June, morel mushrooms grow more on northern-facing hills.

Here are some other tips for locations that morel mushrooms enjoy.

  • Morels love to grow near trees. Ash, poplar, apple and elm trees are favorite choices!
  • Dying and dead trees are common places as well.
  • Look for loamy soil, similar to what is at the bottom of creeks. Loamy soil drains well, is moist and has a good mixture of clay, sand and decaying matter.
  • Morels love burned sites. Research past wildfires in your area, or look in areas that have experienced wildfires years ago. The mushrooms love the nutrients that burned trees put back into the soil. These sites are more common towards the Western part of the United States. However, anywhere that has experienced a brush or forest fire might attract morel mushrooms.
  • Previously flooded areas also attract morel mushrooms. Check locally for areas that were recently disturbed by water, or even disturbed in the past! That means look near creeks, streams, and

You Found Morels, Now What?

Carry your findings in a mesh bag! As you walk through the woods, the mushrooms will release spores. The spores will increase the chances of mushrooms growing in that area in the future. You are encouraging future growth!

Remember to not pick all of the mushrooms in the area. You might want to, especially after searching for a few hours. However, leaving mushrooms means they will drop spores and allow you to enjoy morels in the following years.

Once you start to find morel mushrooms, it is a great idea to keep a record of where you found them. They tend to pop up in the same areas each year. You will have an idea where to look the following year. Thoroughly check the surrounding areas as well. Where there is one, there tends to be more!

Make sure they are morel mushrooms. Several different poisonous, false morel mushrooms can cause you to get sick if you make them for dinner. Make sure you identify correctly. Real morel mushrooms have these characteristics:

  • Two to four inches long
  • Full of ridges and pits
  • Looks like a sponge
  • Pale yellow to dark gray
  • Cap is attached to stem
  • Hollow from the bottom of the stem to the top of the cap. A true morel is always hollow!

Before you cook the morels, soak them in water. Morels are hollow, so bugs, sand, and debris tend to collect in their hollow stem. Soaking them for a few hours allows all of the nasties to come out. If you found your morels in a creek or riverbank, it is wise to cut them lengthwise and then soak to remove all of the sand.

Enjoy Your Time

Morel hunting is fun; don’t take it too seriously! It is an excellent activity for kids, making it a fantastic family activity. Determined kids, who are lower to the ground, might spot morels better than adults. When they do find them, their excitement will be contagious!

Now, head home and enjoy your morel snack. Sautee mushrooms lightly in butter or cover in a batter for a delicious meal. The earthy, meaty taste is appealing for adults and kids.

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Downy Mildew: How To Stop This Plant Disease Before It Starts

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Downy mildew and powdery mildew are often confused. If you’re looking for how to get rid of powdery mildew, check here. But downy mildew is a completely separate problem, even if it might look similar. Both are common issues in the garden. Today, we’ll go over everything there is to know about downy mildew. I’ll … Read more

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Downy Mildew: How To Stop This Plant Disease Before It Starts

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Downy mildew and powdery mildew are often confused. If you’re looking for how to get rid of powdery mildew, check here. But downy mildew is a completely separate problem, even if it might look similar. Both are common issues in the garden. Today, we’ll go over everything there is to know about downy mildew. I’ll … Read more

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Zorthians: Memories of Altadena’s eclectic couple

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Serendipity, and Reflections Upon Life:

COMMENTARY ABOUT DABNEY AND JIRAYR ZORTHIAN,

Altadena’s most eclectic couple

[Nyerges is a naturalist and outdoor educator. He is the author of “Extreme Simplicity,” “Self-Sufficient Home,” “Foraging California,” and other books. He can be reached at www.SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com].

It was just one of those days. I had a few hours before my next appointment, and I was driving towards the direction of home and there was the cemetery where my parents had been buried. I hadn’t said “hello” for some months, so I pulled in and began looking for the spot.  Right away things looked a little different. A road had actually been removed and it was the road that took me right to their tombstone.  So I had to drive a little further away, as I was a bit disconcerted.  And a movie was being made with the various lights and crew, a distraction from my inner communion with my parents.

Still, after some guesswork and wandering, I found the tombstone and kneeled before them to chat a bit. As usual, I just shared some news and thoughts that were swirling in my mind. My mother seemed to respond first, as if she was more alert. Conversation ensued.  My father slowly awoke, and passively joined the conversation.  Was this all in my mind? Who cares? It was real enough to me, to be there with my memories of them, to feel their presence, to listen to what I think they would have said.

I sprinkled some sage on their stones, and then I walked back erratically to my car, always amazed at the diversity of tombstones and messages over such a long period of time.  I understood the solitude, and the sacredness, of the cemetery, this place of timelessness where the dead and the living meet.  Regardless of whatever hurly-burley is happening in my life, in the cemetery I realize that the physical life has its limits, and will one day end.

THE ZORTHIAN TOMBSTONE

Nearly to my car, I happened upon the tombstone of two old friends, Dabney and Jirayr Zorthian.  I knew Dabney much better, for she often attended my field trips and we would have long conversations after Jirayr died.  I knew Jirayr most through his reputation, and from our many phone conversations.   Why had I happened upon their grave this day?

For those of you unfamiliar with the Zorthian family, Mr. Zorthian had long been considered the most famous eccentric artist of Altadena, and the parties held at their sprawling foothill property were legendary.  Everyone has a story about the Zorthians.

The “last words” engraved next to Dabney’s name were “I want to know.”  What a perfect thing to express!  I want to know.  She didn’t state that she wanted to know a specific this or that, just   that she wanted to Know!  The quest for knowledge, and the drive to do more and try more, was such a signature of Dabney’s.  In our conversations, she often asked many questions, always listened sincerely, truly trying to learn and to know.  Our conversations seemed like true communing, unlike so many of today’s conversations where one party is not listening and is just waiting for the talker to stop so they can say what they are waiting to say.

Jirayr’s tombstone said “Make my heart my mind.” Beautiful!  I took that to mean that Jirayr’s quest was to think with feeling in all that he does.  Even though most of my interactions were somewhat commercial and mundane, I found him to be a creative thinker, thinking outside of the box and finding creative solutions to problems.  

His tombstone carried a second phrase also: “Give me a pleasureful life.” Indeed!  Jirayr didn’t wait for someone to give him such a life, but he pursued pleasure in his art and parties and interactions with other. I don’t believe that he experienced any shortage of pleasures.

Though I doubt anyone would ever inscribe a phrase about pleasure on my tombstone, the fact is that I’m not Jirayr, and it did seem appropriate for him.  As I stared at the phrase, it made me think of all the pros and cons of pursuing pleasure, the excesses of pleasure, but also the simple pleasures of life which money cannot buy.

As I sprinkled some sage on their tombstone, I felt blessed to have had some interaction with one of Altadena’s most unique and eclectic couples.  And I could not help but feel the shortness of life, that one should never wait in the pursuit of knowledge, that one should pursue new knowledge with every breath, and that one should also do so by allowing the heart to be the mind.  In death, Dabney and Jirayr imparted their final lessons to me, and it made me again acknowledge that they indeed had a most wonderful life.

The Power Of The Media Is Dwindling Rapidly

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from MSB regular, ‘Dennis’, I personally believe the power of the media is dwindling rapidly. Minds have been made up for quite some time now and most folks are not going to change their mindset based on what they see or hear in the media, especially in today’s plethora of alternative outlets. I question the validity of everything coming from any so called news source, whether the New York Times or Zero Hedge, Fox News or CNN. Every publication or broadcast station caters to an audience of true believers in both ends of the political spectrum. They tend to disseminate

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The Power Of The Media Is Dwindling Rapidly

from MSB regular, ‘Dennis’, I personally believe the power of the media is dwindling rapidly. Minds have been made up for quite some time now and most folks are not going to change their mindset based on what they see or hear in the media, especially in today’s plethora of alternative outlets. I question the validity of everything coming from any so called news source, whether the New York Times or Zero Hedge, Fox News or CNN. Every publication or broadcast station caters to an audience of true believers in both ends of the political spectrum. They tend to disseminate

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Michelle Obama Follows Just 15 “People” — 3 Are Joe Biden, VP Biden, and Biden Foundation

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With “Creepy Joe” nearing death due to brain cancer, and Creepy Joe mentioning that he does not

want Trump at his funeral, it is curious that Michelle Obama places such high “following” on the Joe.

Poor thing, had to live in that house built by slaves for 8 years…..

https://twitter.com/MichelleObama/following

This would be a good Q topic.   Why the obsession with Biden?

Watch all 42+ talks… on your own schedule! [Home Medicine Summit 2018]

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Great news …
…  Marjory Wildcraft is once again inviting the world to a world-class event, this time to watch her Home Medicine Summit for FREE!
She has lined up 42+ leading experts to show you how to live FREE of drugstores and be naturally healthy…
… By using food as medicine and learning to make your own 100% natural kitchen remedies.
Including BIG NAMES like Mike Adams, Ronnie Cummins, Sally Fallon, Sayer Ji, Nick Polizzi, Melinda Meyer, Joel Salatin, Eric Zielinski, Howard Garrett and so many more.
… 
To give presentations on topics that include:
  • The Big Organic Rip Off: why it’s not as healthy as you think!
  • Making your own probiotics–CHEAP + EASY!
  • 100% NATURAL remedies for stress, anxiety, and depression. (Safe alternatives to prescription medications.)
  • How to save $1000s in funeral costs.
  • Foods that are BETTER than anti-inflammatory drugs!
  • How to make your own miraculous CBD “hemp oil” … and use it as medicine, without getting high!
And that’s just to name a few!
It’s going to be a very exciting week, and again it kicks off on Monday, May 14th at 9 a.m. CT.

However, if you’re like me and you don’t have 40+ hours to dedicate to watch this event around the clock next week… (Sure wish I could!!!)
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Until Monday, May 14th at 9 p.m. CT:
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Win 1 of 14 prizes valued at $5,446.23
Personally, I’d love to win one of the three $1000 gift certificates that Marjory is giving away.
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… You must act before Monday, May 14th at 9 p.m. CST.
Register to watch for FREE:
Once you’re registered, you’ll be given the opportunity to:
  • Grab life-time access at the pre-sale savings, and
  • Be automatically entered in the prize draw.
Some people ask me, “what’s the catch.”
Look – there’s no catch.
Watch for free, or purchase lifetime access.
Marjory’s mission over at The Grow Network is to stop the destruction of the earth by teaching and inspiring people to grow their own food and medicine.
This event is made possible by the sales of the digital + shipped recordings.
But everyone is invited to watch for FREE.
So either way, I hope you can take advantage of this opportunity.
I sure plan to!   I’m excited for Monday…

Can You Prepare For A Volcano?

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Can You Prepare For A Volcano?

Can You Prepare For A Volcano?

Uh oh...

Uh oh…

There are a number of disasters, natural or man-made, where a great deal of preparation greatly increases your chances of survival. Then there are others, like volcanic eruptions or asteroid strikes, where your option are, to say the least, more limited. You might not consider a volcano as the most likely event to ruin your day, and you’d be right. Still, it makes sense to know about them and what you might be able to do to prevent being a victim of one.

A volcano is a rupture in the crust of the earth which allows lava (molten rock at 750-1250 degrees Fahrenheit), ash, and gases to escape from deep below the surface. The violence of volcanic eruptions is so great that boulders can come raining down from the sky to flatten houses and, perhaps, you.

Most have the impression that a volcano is a conical mountain with smoke and fire spewing from the top, such as you see today in Hawaii. In actuality, however, most volcanos can be active without displaying physical signs for thousands of years.

Volcanoes can also take a number of forms: In Yellowstone National Park, a huge dormant super-volcano looks more like flat land than a cone. Indeed, it takes some observation to know you’re walking on top of it. Geysers like ‘Old Faithful” exist as evidence that there’s still a great deal of pressure and molten rock below the surface.

Old Faithful Geyser

 

One doomsday scenario includes the eruption of this huge land feature, which is called a “caldera” (meaning “cauldron” or “cooking pot”). This disaster last happened 640,000 years ago, but it’s thought to be an event that is likely to occur again “soon”. In geologic time, “soon” means in the next 40,000 years or so.

If you live in a volcanically active area, there are a few things that you can do to decrease the chance of becoming a victim. Monitor volcanic activity reports via NOAA radios and evacuate the area if authorities believe an eruption is imminent. Have a plan in place to get the family together via texting, email, social media, etc.

Know several routes out of the area; roads may be blocked by fire, thick ash, or lava flows. Visibility and breathing might become difficult, so respirator masks and goggles should be worn by every member of the group.

That's not snow, it's volcanic ash!

That’s not snow, it’s volcanic ash!

Ash can also damage engine parts and stall escape vehicles, so be prepared to go on foot if necessary. Any equipment with moving parts that must remain outside as your evacuate should be covered with tarps.

The most intelligent decision is to hit the road, Jack, and take a good amount of supplies with you. There are circumstances, however, where you might be unable to leave your home. While you can’t expect even the most solid house to be much protection from a wall of lava, you might still be able to achieve protection from volcanic ash:

·       Close all windows and doors

·       Block chimneys

·       Stay under the sturdiest part of the roof (ash can be very heavy)

·       Have food and water stored in quantity

It imperative to have at least several days supplies packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. I call this a “G.O.O.D.” bag (Get Out Of Dodge!).

It’s also important to have a good kit to deal with medical issues. You’ll need materials that that treat burns and orthopedic injuries as well as masks, goggles, and flashlights for every member of the family. You might not consider these items to be medical in nature, but they’ll help you breathe and see even if the ash is falling thickly, and you’ll be in better physical shape and more likely to survive.

Masks

Masks

No masks and no shelter? Place a damp cloth over your nose and mouth and cover your skin as much as possible. Of course, protection in the form of work gloves, sturdy high-top boots, and head coverings (a hard hat even seems prudent here) will decrease your chance of injury as you escape the area. Avoid low-lying areas that might be a natural conduit for lava. Stay clear of areas downwind of the volcano; ash and flying debris will be thickest there.

Don't let this happen!

Don’t forget the pets

Don’t forget your pets: Have a “G.O.O.D.” bag for them as well. Here’s the Red Cross’s recommendations for emergency pet kits and a plan of action that will increase your animals’ safety in times of trouble:

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/pet-disaster-preparedness#Pet-Emergency-Kit

You might not always have a lot of options in a disaster, but you can always improve your chances of surviving even in the worst situations.

Joe Alton MD

Dr. Alton

Dr. Alton

Find out more about disaster preparedness and 150 medical topics you might face off the grid in the award-winning Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way. Plus, fill those holes in your medical supplies at store.doomandbloom.net!

Third Edition

Third Edition

ASIDE: Can you stop a lava flow? Here’s some ways they’ve tried:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/people-have-tried-to-stop-lava-from-flowing-this-is-why-they-failed/ar-AAwVk3t?ocid=spartanntp

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake – A Classic Summertime Recipe

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When you think of spring or summertime desserts, you probably think of Strawberry Shortcake. Who can resist fresh picked strawberries piled on top of a piece of shortcake, topped with a creamy layer of whipped cream? But when you think

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11 Human Foods Dogs Should Never Eat

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Some human foods may seem harmless to feed our dogs, but they can actually be very dangerous. My two dogs, Bentley and Bailey, are Shih Tzus and I wanted to research what is safe to feed dogs and what is unsafe to give them. I put together a list for you in case you have four-legged puppies like I do.

I went this morning to a local pet store for some new ideas on options for healthier dog food brands and types. I love supporting the locals in every way I can. Natalie owns the store and the staff is so awesome you feel like family when you walk in there. That’s why I keep going back, plus they know tips to keep our dogs healthy. This is Bentley below. I was prompted to do some dog food research and write this blog post today due to the current challenge we have with our puppies and their poops. Generally, things have been great, but for some reason, they are both experiencing some less than solid poops. It hasn’t been fun checking up on things and then having to clean up. Hoping the new food we got today will help. If not, we’ll be off to visit our favorite local vet.

Dogs

11 Foods Dogs Should Not Eat

1. Chocolate

Dogs and Chocolate

Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which are toxic to pets. The darker the chocolate the more dangerous it is. If a dog eats chocolate it can cause vomiting, dehydration, elevated body temperatures, seizures, and death. Thank goodness I’m not a dog, I love chocolate.

2. Grapes/Raisins

Dogs and Grapes/Raisins

It’s not entirely known why grapes are toxic to dogs, but the chemicals and compounds toxicity consumed can be pretty devastating. Please be careful with small children who may have some raisins in their lunch boxes or eating as snacks.  The dogs may vomit, have diarrhea, stop eating, become dehydrated, and actually have kidney failure if consumed.

3. Onions

Dogs and Onions

Yikes, these are really dangerous. They make our eyes water, but they can damage the red blood cells of our pets. If they ingest too many pieces of onion they may need a blood transfusion.

4. Avocados

Dogs and Avocados

The skins of avocados, the pits, leaves, and fruit contain persin. They can cause an upset stomach, breathing difficulties, and fluid may build up in their chest. The pit is the most dangerous because dogs may think it’s a ball or toy and can choke on it because it’s slippery from the fruit and can lodge in their throats.

5. Apple Cores

Dogs and Apple Cores

My dogs love small pieces of apples, Mark loves giving them to our puppies. Of course, their tails wag in anticipation of the plate served with a few morsels on it. It’s the core of the apple that is toxic. The seeds contain cyanide. Please watch out for those cores that might be left on the coffee table. To be safe, throw the core out as soon as you eat the apple.

6. Bacon

Dogs and Bacon

Bacon is high in fat and can cause pancreatitis in our four-legged friends. I had heard they couldn’t have bacon, but now I know why. It’s so high in fat content they can’t digest it properly. So, the next time you feel tempted to give your dogs a slice of bacon under the table, think again.

7. Raw Potatoes

Dogs and Raw Potatoes

Potatoes (nightshade veggies) contain solanine which is toxic to animals. I read where if they are boiled or cooked the amount of solanine from the heat diminishes. I know we may be tempted to give those sweet pets a small piece while chopping them on the counter, but it may not be a wise decision.

8. Garlic/Onions

Dogs and Onions/Garlic

Garlic is part of the onion family and is stronger in flavor per ounce and very toxic to dogs. The dog’s urine will become dark colored in a few days and the pet will become tired and lethargic. Onions or garlic may cause a pet to need a blood transfusion because it will disrupt their red blood cells.

9. Corn on the Cob

Dogs and Corn on the Cob

Corn cobs are frequently given to dogs at barbecues. You may not want to give Fido the cob from that yummy corn you finished eating. The cob may get ingested and the results would be devastating as you can imagine. If the dog is heaving or trying to vomit after ingesting a cob, take the pet to your veterinarian ASAP.

10. Tomatoes

Dogs and Tomatoes

This one is interesting because it’s not the red part of the tomato but the green part contains solanine like potatoes. Unripened tomatoes are the most toxic to pets. I can still remember seeing tomato seeds on one of my Shih Tzu’s face, you know the look, like, what??? Those puppies can get into our gardens and eat those cherry tomatoes thinking I won’t see the seeds on their chins, oh my gosh! I giggle every time, but I will make sure they can’t reach my green tomatoes from now on, that’s for sure.

11. Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts & Macadamia Nuts

Dogs and Nuts

I know people who fill dog toys with peanut butter, I have never done that only because I don’t want to clean the rubber toy. Well, it’s not entirely known why, but it’s assumed to be the high-fat content of the nuts. They can cause our dogs to vomit, disrupt their digestion, cause diarrhea, and depression. Wow!

We try to figure out why we get an upset tummy from time to time. Was it something we ate, a flu bug, an allergy, or what? Pets can experience the same uncomfortable feelings. If the pet acts differently, their stool consistency changes or they start to throw up, you may need to make a trip to the pet vet. The hot days ahead can also affect your pet if left out in the hot weather. Good luck with your efforts to help keep these special family members safe and healthy!

You may want to think about putting together an emergency 72-hour kit for your small dogs, cats, or other animals.

72-Hour Kit For Pets

Safety Items for Pets:

Copyright Pictures:

Chocolate: AdobeStock_110607823 by Grafvision, Grapes: AdobeStock_25953124 by Subbotina Anna, Onions: AdobeStock_71659175 by Printemps, Avocados: AdobeStock_79978154 by Nata_Vkusidey, Apple Cores: AdobeStock_87934445 by Hookmedia, Bacon: AdobeStock_82943959 by MSPhotographic, Potatoes: AdobeStock_81391773 by Nblxer, Onions/Garlic: AdobeStock_194630241 by SauravG, Corn on the Cob: AdobeStock_24866279 by 14KTGold, Tomatoes: AdobeStock_69276511 by Mara Zemgaliete, Nuts: AdobeStock_54884259 by dream79

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11 Human Foods Dogs Should Never Eat

Some human foods may seem harmless to feed our dogs, but they can actually be very dangerous. My two dogs, Bentley and Bailey, are Shih Tzus and I wanted to research what is safe to feed dogs and what is unsafe to give them. I put together a list for you in case you have four-legged puppies like I do.

I went this morning to a local pet store for some new ideas on options for healthier dog food brands and types. I love supporting the locals in every way I can. Natalie owns the store and the staff is so awesome you feel like family when you walk in there. That’s why I keep going back, plus they know tips to keep our dogs healthy. This is Bentley below. I was prompted to do some dog food research and write this blog post today due to the current challenge we have with our puppies and their poops. Generally, things have been great, but for some reason, they are both experiencing some less than solid poops. It hasn’t been fun checking up on things and then having to clean up. Hoping the new food we got today will help. If not, we’ll be off to visit our favorite local vet.

Dogs

11 Foods Dogs Should Not Eat

1. Chocolate

Dogs and Chocolate

Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which are toxic to pets. The darker the chocolate the more dangerous it is. If a dog eats chocolate it can cause vomiting, dehydration, elevated body temperatures, seizures, and death. Thank goodness I’m not a dog, I love chocolate.

2. Grapes/Raisins

Dogs and Grapes/Raisins

It’s not entirely known why grapes are toxic to dogs, but the chemicals and compounds toxicity consumed can be pretty devastating. Please be careful with small children who may have some raisins in their lunch boxes or eating as snacks.  The dogs may vomit, have diarrhea, stop eating, become dehydrated, and actually have kidney failure if consumed.

3. Onions

Dogs and Onions

Yikes, these are really dangerous. They make our eyes water, but they can damage the red blood cells of our pets. If they ingest too many pieces of onion they may need a blood transfusion.

4. Avocados

Dogs and Avocados

The skins of avocados, the pits, leaves, and fruit contain persin. They can cause an upset stomach, breathing difficulties, and fluid may build up in their chest. The pit is the most dangerous because dogs may think it’s a ball or toy and can choke on it because it’s slippery from the fruit and can lodge in their throats.

5. Apple Cores

Dogs and Apple Cores

My dogs love small pieces of apples, Mark loves giving them to our puppies. Of course, their tails wag in anticipation of the plate served with a few morsels on it. It’s the core of the apple that is toxic. The seeds contain cyanide. Please watch out for those cores that might be left on the coffee table. To be safe, throw the core out as soon as you eat the apple.

6. Bacon

Dogs and Bacon

Bacon is high in fat and can cause pancreatitis in our four-legged friends. I had heard they couldn’t have bacon, but now I know why. It’s so high in fat content they can’t digest it properly. So, the next time you feel tempted to give your dogs a slice of bacon under the table, think again.

7. Raw Potatoes

Dogs and Raw Potatoes

Potatoes (nightshade veggies) contain solanine which is toxic to animals. I read where if they are boiled or cooked the amount of solanine from the heat diminishes. I know we may be tempted to give those sweet pets a small piece while chopping them on the counter, but it may not be a wise decision.

8. Garlic/Onions

Dogs and Onions/Garlic

Garlic is part of the onion family and is stronger in flavor per ounce and very toxic to dogs. The dog’s urine will become dark colored in a few days and the pet will become tired and lethargic. Onions or garlic may cause a pet to need a blood transfusion because it will disrupt their red blood cells.

9. Corn on the Cob

Dogs and Corn on the Cob

Corn cobs are frequently given to dogs at barbecues. You may not want to give Fido the cob from that yummy corn you finished eating. The cob may get ingested and the results would be devastating as you can imagine. If the dog is heaving or trying to vomit after ingesting a cob, take the pet to your veterinarian ASAP.

10. Tomatoes

Dogs and Tomatoes

This one is interesting because it’s not the red part of the tomato but the green part contains solanine like potatoes. Unripened tomatoes are the most toxic to pets. I can still remember seeing tomato seeds on one of my Shih Tzu’s face, you know the look, like, what??? Those puppies can get into our gardens and eat those cherry tomatoes thinking I won’t see the seeds on their chins, oh my gosh! I giggle every time, but I will make sure they can’t reach my green tomatoes from now on, that’s for sure.

11. Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts & Macadamia Nuts

Dogs and Nuts

I know people who fill dog toys with peanut butter, I have never done that only because I don’t want to clean the rubber toy. Well, it’s not entirely known why, but it’s assumed to be the high-fat content of the nuts. They can cause our dogs to vomit, disrupt their digestion, cause diarrhea, and depression. Wow!

We try to figure out why we get an upset tummy from time to time. Was it something we ate, a flu bug, an allergy, or what? Pets can experience the same uncomfortable feelings. If the pet acts differently, their stool consistency changes or they start to throw up, you may need to make a trip to the pet vet. The hot days ahead can also affect your pet if left out in the hot weather. Good luck with your efforts to help keep these special family members safe and healthy!

You may want to think about putting together an emergency 72-hour kit for your small dogs, cats, or other animals.

72-Hour Kit For Pets

Safety Items for Pets:

Copyright Pictures:

Chocolate: AdobeStock_110607823 by Grafvision, Grapes: AdobeStock_25953124 by Subbotina Anna, Onions: AdobeStock_71659175 by Printemps, Avocados: AdobeStock_79978154 by Nata_Vkusidey, Apple Cores: AdobeStock_87934445 by Hookmedia, Bacon: AdobeStock_82943959 by MSPhotographic, Potatoes: AdobeStock_81391773 by Nblxer, Onions/Garlic: AdobeStock_194630241 by SauravG, Corn on the Cob: AdobeStock_24866279 by 14KTGold, Tomatoes: AdobeStock_69276511 by Mara Zemgaliete, Nuts: AdobeStock_54884259 by dream79

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11 Human Foods Dogs Should Never Eat

Some human foods may seem harmless to feed our dogs, but they can actually be very dangerous. My two dogs, Bentley and Bailey, are Shih Tzus and I wanted to research what is safe to feed dogs and what is unsafe to give them. I put together a list for you in case you have four-legged puppies like I do.

I went this morning to a local pet store for some new ideas on options for healthier dog food brands and types. I love supporting the locals in every way I can. Natalie owns the store and the staff is so awesome you feel like family when you walk in there. That’s why I keep going back, plus they know tips to keep our dogs healthy. This is Bentley below. I was prompted to do some dog food research and write this blog post today due to the current challenge we have with our puppies and their poops. Generally, things have been great, but for some reason, they are both experiencing some less than solid poops. It hasn’t been fun checking up on things and then having to clean up. Hoping the new food we got today will help. If not, we’ll be off to visit our favorite local vet.

Dogs

11 Foods Dogs Should Not Eat

1. Chocolate

Dogs and Chocolate

Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which are toxic to pets. The darker the chocolate the more dangerous it is. If a dog eats chocolate it can cause vomiting, dehydration, elevated body temperatures, seizures, and death. Thank goodness I’m not a dog, I love chocolate.

2. Grapes/Raisins

Dogs and Grapes/Raisins

It’s not entirely known why grapes are toxic to dogs, but the chemicals and compounds toxicity consumed can be pretty devastating. Please be careful with small children who may have some raisins in their lunch boxes or eating as snacks.  The dogs may vomit, have diarrhea, stop eating, become dehydrated, and actually have kidney failure if consumed.

3. Onions

Dogs and Onions

Yikes, these are really dangerous. They make our eyes water, but they can damage the red blood cells of our pets. If they ingest too many pieces of onion they may need a blood transfusion.

4. Avocados

Dogs and Avocados

The skins of avocados, the pits, leaves, and fruit contain persin. They can cause an upset stomach, breathing difficulties, and fluid may build up in their chest. The pit is the most dangerous because dogs may think it’s a ball or toy and can choke on it because it’s slippery from the fruit and can lodge in their throats.

5. Apple Cores

Dogs and Apple Cores

My dogs love small pieces of apples, Mark loves giving them to our puppies. Of course, their tails wag in anticipation of the plate served with a few morsels on it. It’s the core of the apple that is toxic. The seeds contain cyanide. Please watch out for those cores that might be left on the coffee table. To be safe, throw the core out as soon as you eat the apple.

6. Bacon

Dogs and Bacon

Bacon is high in fat and can cause pancreatitis in our four-legged friends. I had heard they couldn’t have bacon, but now I know why. It’s so high in fat content they can’t digest it properly. So, the next time you feel tempted to give your dogs a slice of bacon under the table, think again.

7. Raw Potatoes

Dogs and Raw Potatoes

Potatoes (nightshade veggies) contain solanine which is toxic to animals. I read where if they are boiled or cooked the amount of solanine from the heat diminishes. I know we may be tempted to give those sweet pets a small piece while chopping them on the counter, but it may not be a wise decision.

8. Garlic/Onions

Dogs and Onions/Garlic

Garlic is part of the onion family and is stronger in flavor per ounce and very toxic to dogs. The dog’s urine will become dark colored in a few days and the pet will become tired and lethargic. Onions or garlic may cause a pet to need a blood transfusion because it will disrupt their red blood cells.

9. Corn on the Cob

Dogs and Corn on the Cob

Corn cobs are frequently given to dogs at barbecues. You may not want to give Fido the cob from that yummy corn you finished eating. The cob may get ingested and the results would be devastating as you can imagine. If the dog is heaving or trying to vomit after ingesting a cob, take the pet to your veterinarian ASAP.

10. Tomatoes

Dogs and Tomatoes

This one is interesting because it’s not the red part of the tomato but the green part contains solanine like potatoes. Unripened tomatoes are the most toxic to pets. I can still remember seeing tomato seeds on one of my Shih Tzu’s face, you know the look, like, what??? Those puppies can get into our gardens and eat those cherry tomatoes thinking I won’t see the seeds on their chins, oh my gosh! I giggle every time, but I will make sure they can’t reach my green tomatoes from now on, that’s for sure.

11. Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts & Macadamia Nuts

Dogs and Nuts

I know people who fill dog toys with peanut butter, I have never done that only because I don’t want to clean the rubber toy. Well, it’s not entirely known why, but it’s assumed to be the high-fat content of the nuts. They can cause our dogs to vomit, disrupt their digestion, cause diarrhea, and depression. Wow!

We try to figure out why we get an upset tummy from time to time. Was it something we ate, a flu bug, an allergy, or what? Pets can experience the same uncomfortable feelings. If the pet acts differently, their stool consistency changes or they start to throw up, you may need to make a trip to the pet vet. The hot days ahead can also affect your pet if left out in the hot weather. Good luck with your efforts to help keep these special family members safe and healthy!

You may want to think about putting together an emergency 72-hour kit for your small dogs, cats, or other animals.

72-Hour Kit For Pets

Safety Items for Pets:

Copyright Pictures:

Chocolate: AdobeStock_110607823 by Grafvision, Grapes: AdobeStock_25953124 by Subbotina Anna, Onions: AdobeStock_71659175 by Printemps, Avocados: AdobeStock_79978154 by Nata_Vkusidey, Apple Cores: AdobeStock_87934445 by Hookmedia, Bacon: AdobeStock_82943959 by MSPhotographic, Potatoes: AdobeStock_81391773 by Nblxer, Onions/Garlic: AdobeStock_194630241 by SauravG, Corn on the Cob: AdobeStock_24866279 by 14KTGold, Tomatoes: AdobeStock_69276511 by Mara Zemgaliete, Nuts: AdobeStock_54884259 by dream79

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Reforesting Land With ORANGE PEELS?

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Compost everything, orange peel edition:

“Treuer initially set out to locate the large placard that marked the plot—and failed.

‘It’s a huge sign, bright yellow lettering. We should have been able to see it,’ Treuer says. After wandering around for half an hour with no luck, he consulted Janzen, who gave him more detailed instructions on how to find the plot.

When he returned a week later and confirmed he was in the right place, Treuer was floored. Compared to the adjacent barren former pastureland, the site of the food waste deposit was ‘like night and day.’

‘It was just hard to believe that the only difference between the two areas was a bunch of orange peels. They look like completely different ecosystems,’ he explains.

The area was so thick with vegetation he still could not find the sign.

Treuer and a team of researchers from Princeton University studied the site over the course of the following three years.

The results, published in the journal Restoration Ecology, highlight just how completely the discarded fruit parts assisted the area’s turnaround.

The ecologists measured various qualities of the site against an area of former pastureland immediately across the access road used to dump the orange peels two decades prior. Compared to the adjacent plot, which was dominated by a single species of tree, the site of the orange peel deposit featured two dozen species of vegetation, most thriving.”

I’ve seen massive changes in an area after dropping lots of tree mulch. Struggling trees suddenly found their stride. Wildflowers and mushrooms appeared. Sweet potatoes exploded in productivity.

Read More: “Extreme Composting—How to Compost Everything”

Feed the soil, and the soil takes care of your plants. That’s why I argue in Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting that making lists of rules of things you “shouldn’t compost” and chucking good stuff like bones, wood, etc., is foolish.

Compost Everything

Nature breaks down organic material wonderfully. She’s a well-designed machine. Work with instead of against her and good things will come your way.

If something as simple as orange peels can restore lousy land, imagine what would happen if you added in a wide range of compostable material?

Big changes occur, even when you start small. Compost everything!

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Garden Cheats – Quickie Starts & Expansions

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Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.

Come spring and summer, a lot of us would be delighted to have a few more hours in the day. Gardening and producing crops is one of the many reasons. Sometimes we just don’t have the time or money to get started or to expand as fast or as much as we’d like.

Here are a few hacks we can use on that front, whether we’re beginners, or in a hurry for some expansions. Most are totally appropriate for anyone with a patio, balcony, or prime prepper property with acreage. They’re about saving time so we can start learning our gardening lessons or increasing our yields.

Tilling to break new ground is a multi-step process; new grass/weed seeds are brought to the surface with each pass and in some cases, weeds will sprout from the broken roots we leave behind.

Bench the Tillers

Whether we already have a big, tilled, bare-earth conventional plot and are just looking to expand, or are just getting started, it’s going to be fastest off the mark to skip tilling – at least for this season. An exception would be if we have a sod cutter we’re going to run through first, so the first inch or two of soil and roots – with a fair portion of the weed seeds – are at least getting bundled away.

Otherwise, every time we till, we’re introducing years or decades worth of weed seeds to the surface, and some of those seeds will last 70 years. It also takes multiple passes, mechanical or hand-turned, to get that nice, loose soil we like to see.

If we’re racing a clock and trying to save labor, it’s just easier to work from the ground up. There are numerous ways to do that, from layered lasagna beds, modified or true Eden-garden style beds, to some of the suggestions coming up.

With all of them, a layer of some sort forms a barrier between our existing ground plane and our good dirt for veggies, which will limit the weeds.

Cardboard is among the most common of those barriers. Sources to tap for cardboard are liquor stores, gas stations that sell cigarettes, stores that sell appliances, and moving companies. Moving boxes and appliance boxes are fantastic because they tend to be so big and so thick – it’s easy to cover a big span at once, and it forms an excellent exclusion barrier.

Other big advantages of starting from the ground up is that it creates a looser, less compacted growing space than conventional row gardening, the elevated beds benefit from drainage and will warm up earlier in the season, and – the biggie – we’re not first taking the time to till, waiting a week or two for the new weeds to sprout, and doing a second (and third) “kill till” before we even get to planting.

Caveat: We can absolutely make a first pass till to break up soil and lower grass competition, then layer up over that.

There is a big drawback, however. To go up, we’re going to need to source soil.

Maybe it’s from somewhere else on our property, or maybe we’re going to do a lasagna or hugel-style bed and use compost, so we really only need a couple handfuls of soil per “plug” and it wouldn’t be that expensive to buy. For more conventional beds, most of us will either be buying bulk or bagged soil, and it can get pricey compared to just digging up a patch of lawn.

Priority of time to get started planting, versus amount of work in the future (weeding), versus initial cost will have to get weighed out for each person and plot.

Low-Soil Methods

Growing styles like using lasagna beds and “trash” or “fill” beds that use layers of raw organic material and then only plugs of soil can be one way to limit the labor and cost of establishing a new bed or container garden. Over time, that organic material breaks down, feeds our existing soil plugs, and we actually start producing new soil.

In years past, there has also been the straw bale method. I used it myself a few times, and it works well – the first year, you grow in a bale that has had decomp started, again, using just a little bit of soil to start the seeds or give transplants a little room to groove before they expand outward. Some people can get two years out of a straw bale. Others will take this year’s straw bale, and use it to establish a new growing space, or as mulch for other beds or around trees.

I say “in years past” because a lot of hay and straw producers are now using herbicides in their fields. Sometimes those herbicides target a specific species or family, but in a lot of cases, they target all broadleaf plants. Sometimes those herbicides have a very short effective life, but many are persistent – they stick around for a while. Sometimes a year, sometimes two, sometimes more.

That means that as the straw starts breaking down and leeching into the soil or “feeding” our plants, it’s releasing those broadleaf killers.

The problem there is, straw bale gardens are not the most efficient way to grow grains, and most of the other veggies we eat are broadleaf plants.

I haven’t personally had a problem so far, but there is anecdotal evidence all over the web of people whose garden beds have been wrecked by not only straw, but also horse and cattle manure from animals that were fed hay from herbicide-treated fields. In some cases it’s a single season lost, but in others, people have apparently had to scrap the whole plot for anything but grains for more than 2-3 years.

If you can source herbicide-free square bales, that’s an excellent tomato, pepper, squash, and melon planter that leaves a lot of versatility for the future, and a good way to get started. If you can’t be absolutely sure … This is about fast, easy, relatively inexpensive ways to start gardening or expand our gardens, not “how to make you hate me in 2K words or less”. Just be aware of the increasing risks on the straw front, for both garden bales and mulching.

Bag Planters

These have been out there for a while, and they can work. There’s one where you poke holes in one “flat” side, lay that side on the ground, cut a big hole out of the other flat side, and use that as your planting space. That one restricts us to relatively shallow plants like lettuces, mustards, strawberries, and in some cases dwarf peas or compact bush beans – although spacing requirements for those can make it a little bit prohibitive.

Another version calls for slicing open the top of the bag, and sticking in our potato, tomato, pepper, or squash. With the exception of sweets, yams, and potatoes, or really small bags, we don’t usually need a whole bag per plant, but besides a companion flower or two, there’s not really room for more in there due to surface area.

We can also basically cut larger bags in half, and use one or both halves for our “big” plants, and stick smaller things like berries, peas and lettuces in cut-off drink bottles we fill from the other half.

There’s no need to ditch the soil at the end of the season. I have no idea where that misconception comes from – we wouldn’t ditch our in-ground or conventional raised beds each year; we just add amendments as needed. We can add coffee grounds and tea bags to our soil bags throughout the season to maintain fertility, just as we would a planter, raised bed, or in-ground bed or plot, and we can mix in compost or manure the next year if we want.

Most bags are only going to hold up for one season outside, so sourcing a bucket, tote or some big plastic drawers to serve as our planters the following year is a good idea.

Or, we can use the growing season we’re bagging it to go ahead and slowly build up a bed out of junk branches, chunks of logs, CMU, or timbers.

 

Bookshelf Beds

One way to quickly and easily cheat our way to a “pretty” garden bed is to pay attention to Craigslist, Freecycle, and curbside alert boards, and land ourselves a bookshelf. Many bookcases are already a good size to reach across for seeding, weeding and harvest, even for kids and adults. Most are shallow enough to be filled reasonably, whereas a filing cabinet on its back is going to need some junk wood and then leaves or straw to fill so we’re only supplying 6-12-18” of dirt.

All we need for most plants is that 6-8” of soil, although some will benefit from 12” or so. If that doesn’t fill the bookcase, no biggie. We can use those “trash” fills at the bottom, improving drainage, or we can add soil later, grow cover crops, add compost, and-or add mulch, and over time we’ll increase our depth.

An awful lot of modern bookshelves have basically cardboard backs that can act as our weed exclusion barrier – so we’re only sourcing one thing, and assembling our new garden bed is as easy as laying it on its back in its new home.

Bookcases are also nice, because they work right beside or even on a patio, can go atop gravel or asphalt, and don’t require much if any construction. Bookcases also won’t typically need drainage holes put in, although thick, solid-backed ones could use a few holes. That means even those who aren’t *yet* DIY-ers can get started without any power tools.

Another advantage to bookshelves is that they come with the frame, and most come with shelves. The frame becomes one “main” bed, and the shelves can get built into an additional, smaller bed (although we’ll need the exclusion barrier for that one).

Many bookshelves aren’t going to be a long-term solution, and some may need a few extra screws to last even a single season, but we can get started right away with a nice, bounded raised bed.

If we decide we like the location, we can work our way around that bed with timbers, stone, CMU, brick, or logs from storm-damaged trees. We can also use the bookcase as an inner form, assemble an outer form, and pour concrete if we really want a permanent solution in there.

Quickie Starts & Expansions

There are lots of ways we can get started gardening or expand our food production, quickly and easily. There are other hacks that help us maintain our veggies – such as locating them so we’re more likely to see problems fast and actually take care of them, and keeping them close enough it takes no time at all to get out and weed, water and harvest.

There are also ways we can decrease the labor and time that gardening takes, from mulch to covering beds, planting styles, and even our plant selection. Some of those have been covered in past articles here on TPJ, and some I’ll hit on in another article.

The biggie, always, is to go ahead and get started.

It doesn’t have to be big or pretty, but if we want to start producing our own food, we need to get started now. There are too many learning curves when it comes to gardening to wait until we have the perfect property, the perfect setup, and the perfect planters or plots.

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Finding Water in the Desert

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Always take lots of water along, and never depend on being able to find it! But it’s a really good idea to know where to look for water in the event of an emergency. Here are some desert water tips from survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt.

Truth or Spin!

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Truth or Spin!

Truth or Spin!
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For the fourth broadcast of Behind the Lines, the use of public relations (a. k. a. propaganda) for the purpose of manipulating the masses for business gain receives attention. After a short review of the subject matter of the previous episodes, we will submerge ourselves in how companies perfected the mechanisms of involuntary coercion now used so deftly in the political arena.

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