Trees for Long-Term Survival

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I found this poster, promoting the usefulness of trees for long-term sustainability and survival, on a UK website/blog more than 10 years ago.  The website went dark soon after, and I have no further information on its origins.

I love this poster because it reflects the usefulness and neccessity of trees. It has been said that trees can provide everything that human civilization needs (except for minerals/metals that must be derived from the Earth) to survive indefinately. Watch Patrick Moore’s five-minute Prager Univesity video Trees Are The Answer for more on the usefulness of trees. Even though I am far from a liberal “tree-hugger,” I’ve long promoted within the survivalist community the usefullness of trees. 

My Forest Gardening series of articles published on my website have been quite well-received. If you don’t know what Forest Gardening is, check out my Introduction to Forest Gardening. Its a concept for preppers, survivalists, and homesteaders to seriously consider.  Even if you don’t want to get into Forest Gardening (it does take a lot of work and time to set-up), I hope you will at least plant a few fruit or nut trees on your property.  My receent article Tips For Planting Fruit Trres & Common Mistakes will help guide you through this process.  
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Prioritizing Sheepdog Tendencies | Medical Management

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There is no denying that Americans are in need of a serious evolution. We need to get smarter, tougher and more self reliant. We need to me community minded and care for one another, despite ideology. These things are evident in the current downward spiral of our civility. Some people are strong on this sheepdog …

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We Got to Change the System! Action Items — Bullet Points

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This just quick copied from ENENEWS.   Indeed we need to change the system.  It is happening at record pace, mainly for the better, but apparently with the Zionist overlords still primarily in charge. 

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OK, nobody seemed to care for my ‘practical alternatives to the system’ here
http://enenews.com/forum-off-topic-discussion-thread-non-nuclear-issues-new-as-of-january-2017/comment-page-137#comment-898540

a more bullet point approach;

  1. study and research historical societies and existing capitalist alternatives
    Arrasate-Mondragon, in the Basque region of Spain is a successful alternative to the capitalist organization of production. Marinaleda is in many ways a successful alternative.
  2. interest free loan cooperatives -alternative to the capitalist bank- Check out the JAK bank in Sweden
  3. Spend tax money earmarked for the military to create green spaces with food trees and plants in cities
  4. Take back at least some of the land from corporate real estate firms and moguls. Land is a commonwealth, the rich sequestered it, thus enslaving the masses
  5. Allow tax payers to at least partically decide where their tax money is going to be spent
  6. Abolish the federal reserve
  7. restore civilian rights
  8. call a global cease fire
  9. have profit free health insurance cooperatives
  10. decriminalize access to nature and its plants
  11. Decentralize energy and almost everything else
  12. build profit free manufacturing cooperatives- worker-owned cooperatives
  13. Encourage open source design and information. That means free access and use of science, computer programs, education, maker-bots
    real or online free libraries uninfluenced by market interests. There could be assisted…
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    1. Real and internet based free libraries uninfluenced by market interests. There could be assisted education or tutoring associated with these libraries
    2. start several alternatives to wikipedia
    3. a profit free communications system. Theres something wrong about the whole cell phone/internet capitalist sytem which seeks to maximize wealth extraction rather than maximize benefit to the public
    4. interest free housing loans
    5. make tax revolts legal
    6. encourage ideas that help tame capitalism, escape capitalism, erode capitalism and/or smash capitalism,
    7. reign in militarized police. Subject police recruits to psychological tests, teach them how to manage their anger and control issues and express it in non harmful ways, teach them tai chi and other ways which diffuse rather than escalate conflict and domination
    8. issue an unconditional basic income. In this world of increasing automation efficiency and information sharing, income can no longer be based on work
    9. expose the sham of the two party political system. The virtual exclusion of the green party is remarkable. In a leaking boat, do you want ‘strong leadership’ ,’change you can believe in/anti establishment’ ‘jobs creation and abortion reform’ or do you want someone who keeps the ship from sinking. The sinking ship is an analogy for the ecosystem

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    from the first link

    Code LOL, come on bro, don’t play the “use the same meme” that liberals do, and reverse it. sheesh.
    Come up with a practical solution, and believe me, it won’t and ca’t be a full solution…
    think practical, realistic. stock out

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    stock, well I have offered seed ideas that are practical. I seem to do a lot of repeating with few taking up the dialogue, and several combating it.
    Solving the problems of society is a huge undertaking, requiring the best thoughts of experts in many different fields as well as the voice of the public. Most importantly, minds must be open to new visions for life on spaceship earth.
    Make no mistake…society does not have that condition at the moment, with everything mired in political, economic and bureaucratic self interested stagnation. Despite examples of great works in ancient civilizations, people dont seem to realize we live in a lowest common denominator in many ways. The vector is from better to worse. This is evident and crucially important in the ecosphere, our life support…NATURES life support.
    Too many words lose readers, but quite a few words are required to get the multifaceted point across.

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    some basic ideas I have given are interest free loans, redesigning cities and funneling money say from the military machine into the civic sector.
    Civil engineering is poor and nobody has a shred of vision, yet towns, cities and architecture go a long way to defining civilizations.
    The heavy weight of corrupt government and monetary institutions has to be lifted. One way forward is suggested by Mark Garavan in ‘Democracy for an Ecological Age.’
    “We are not of course starting from scratch. A considerable body of work has been done on what the desired alternative green world might look like. In general, green conceptions of a sustainable economic and social model have organised themselves around a number of key points such as communitarianism, participative democracy, communal self-reliance, and ecologically-sensitive, human-scale technologies. The assumption is that these principles, if allowed to determine the political and economic order, will invariably produce a sustainable society.”

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      I think ape-man is more realistic in smaller groups. I personally dont like any group or commune, but I see the absolute necessity of it.
      If your wife or child needed to borrow money for a car or startup, would you focus on maximizing your return with high interest rates, charges and penalties, taking everything if they had to default?
      Small communities and families show the madness of civilizations business as usual which aims at maximum wealth extraction from as many people as possible. We try to climb up the pyramid on each others backs, with only a few uber rich reaching the top

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      75 countries of world have started 1300 interest free banks. But its not quite as rosy as it may sound. Many of these are Islamic; two of the three Abrahamic religions, Christianity and Islam, but not Judaism, are outspoken against usury. They make the money in a different way, by sharing in the profit and loss. In my mind its not that much different than an interest charging bank in the end. Those banks get around 20% of the profits of the funded enterprise.
      Heres where community comes to play. The JAK bank is a different interest free bank. The JAK Members Bank is a cooperative, member owned bank in Skövde, Sweden. JAK is a co-operative, fully owned by its 40,000 members.
      ‘Oscar Kjellberg, the development director, is opposed to charging interest because it transfers wealth from the poor to the rich and from declining areas – often rural ones – to more prosperous parts. “That sort of transfer doesn’t happen with JAK,” he says. “People save with us because they either want to borrow interest-free themselves or because they want to assign the right to an interest-free loan to a relative, a son or daughter, perhaps or to an organization they support. This means that most money is lent out in the same area that it was collected, and, if it’s not, it’s only loaned in a place and for a purpose which the original saver has approved.”

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      In keeping with the idea of independent groups, Caravan suggests “first we need to create new networks de-linked from the present system, what Rudolf Bahro used to call ‘liberated zones’. These would be economic, social, political and cultural spaces outside the logic and control of the present economic and political system. They might involve local trading systems, new currencies, acts of self-governance, reclamations of civic space, communal self-reliance.”
      Several times I have given the example of Marinaleda in Spain. People get a house for $20 a month on the condition you cant profit on real estate and sell it. There is work for everyone and there is no crime
      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/20/marinaleda-spanish-communist-village-utopia

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      Marinaleda is only an example. I would try a different philosophy. Variety of systems and ideas in different communities (I still dont like the word) is like biodiversity.
      The monotone of U.S. and in many ways global culture is for me ugly and stifling. The concrete apartment high rises in China look a lot like the ones in Portugal. Its depressing. Can anybody really say the public is living a vibrant life in this global feudalist like prison?

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      I think Marx and others had a great idea; the means of production and the rewards of production should be in the hands of the public.
      Its easy to envision this in a rural agrarian type of community. Largely getting rid of big corporate everything would be a huge advance in public liberty. Big Agribiz, big pharma, big energy, big government

      To this end, I would see distributed, or local energy and manufacturing rather than consolidated. How hard can it be? I know a guy with a passive solar house, his own septic/composting waste system, his farm and business. His family doesnt drive to work.
      Hamlets could share in the building of larger projects like wind turbines, energy storage, farming equipment, medical facilities. Who needs a usury loan for that? If I loan to you and you loan to me, charging interest does absolutely nothing for our combined wealth. Its just plain stupid.
      With the efficiency inherent in todays mechanization systems, ape man and woman need only work 3 hour days. The rest of your labor was going to support the leaches on your good works.
      This is not hyperbole, its not debated, its easy to see. Just look at the wealth inequality. 80% of the people sharing 10% of the wealth is direct proof…oddly missed by the sheered and fleeced compliant visionless frightened public. Look at your home loan, your insurance payments, how your taxes subsidize so many different corporate skimming operations.

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      eliminating the corporate/government big groups..I call it fascist because in truth it is, with the military and police strong-arms being the same as Mussolini’s brown shirts or magistrate body guards in ancient rome…
      http://www.artnet.com/WebServices/images/ll00007lldy1GGFgPNECfDrCWvaHBOc5Ox/italian-school-bolognese-(16)-two-roman-warriors-holding-fasces-(+-two-studies-of-hercules-on-a-dolphin,-verso).jpg
      reducing, eliminating them is not a death knell to any development. Society would still have universities, now freed from government/corporate impositions. There is no inherent limit to the scope of projects undertaken…people only need to want it and pool resources and talent for the task.
      Medical practice would be freed from the ugly profit motive which prefers you sick and unable to avail yourself of inexpensive cures…capitalist ideology at work!
      It seems a small thing perhaps but 3d printing and other local maker-bot systems can revolutionize access to goods at a fraction of prices and reduced waste. This international shipment thing, and the U.S. having the largest employment in truckers is really crazy…a waste of transportation energy! Middle men at every step…

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      What globalist can gain a foothold on your life if you dont use their system of economics? You could argue…a military invasion or something from the European union?
      I dont think so…the attitude of the whole world will shift as people are unshackled from capitalist mentality on all levels, whether that be the fevered real estate guy or the multinational corporation or the Rothschild bank. Remember, they need you, you dont need them.
      I dont say the answers are all here or that there are easy answers to any of it. But changing the tone from prison planet to space ship earth is going to happen. Why? The present course is unsustainable…its crazy, insane. The ecosphere is collapsing, the money men and politicians are raving lunatics, lost in their own feverish corrupt delusion…so heavy they are truly schizophrenic as well as the usual psychopathic syndrome.
      Its so pervasive the whole world suffers a wild aberration of normalcy bias. Trump supporters and Hillary supporters are a case in point. Are they any different than Pol Pot or Stalin supporters…they make a hero of a corrupt narcissist imperialist mad man or woman. They are blind…blind to the obvious in front of them. Trump and Hillary are not normal looking people, theyre whack jobs
      The main thing is that people need to open their minds. Most people believe the status quo is the only way. Stock and razzz stated this many times concerning capitalism, global currency, usury, militarism.

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      The defense of that belief in the status quo is almost shocking. Why is this the only way? “because it is”

      The journey of a thousand miles is very difficult if the horse wont even take a step outside the barn

      try to see it in a historical context; We are only lately coming out of Monarchies, Church-states, Feudalism. Knights, castles and burnings at the stake. The magna carta was drafted in 1200 and something and we’re still clinging to it. The oft mentioned Dutch East India Co, birth of modern capitalism was in 1600. 400 years ago…its a small slice of time historically. Surely we cant say “ah, finally, humanity has arrived at the ultimate stage of civilization, social and economic development!” No, we are lost in the dark ages. Torture, enslavement, imprisonment, disease, war, strife, depression.
      Who would be so stupid to think the misery of civilization isnt tied to its systems of government and economics? Yet thats the sorry state of delusion and normalcy bias

       

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Free PDF: Watermills with Horizontal Wheels

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Watermills with Horizontal Wheels is another document I got from the CD3WD set, but it was written to preserve history, not to be a how to.  Fortunately the quality of information and how it is presented allows it to be used to construct watermills. The great thing about water as stationary power is that is consistent – find a year round creek, set up a wheel, and you have power 24 hours a day. some times of the year you may have more or less power, but you have a power source you can count on.  While the potential energy

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Book Review: Survival Mom

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I am a follower of Lisa Bedford’s blog, and was very excited to hear she had come out with a book. This excitement was well founded because Survival Mom is a great book. As I mentioned in the video, I got this book for my lovely wife, who is very understanding, but who does not truly understand what prepping is, or why I spend so much time and energy doing it. This book connects the dots between good parenting and prepping. It is accessible, entertaining, knowledgeable, and shows that preppers are not some paranoid group of gun nuts stroking their guns

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Comparing Home Grain Mills

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The home grain mill is something that might not fit every prepper. Or it might not fit every prepper today. In the future we could see that change as things get more bleak and food prices keep rising. The idea of storing unmilled grain is one that very few people outside of preppers understand. I …

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Stormy Times Coming to Those Who Disparage, Defame, or Blackmail Trump

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This is draft and in the works, looks like Stormy Daniels lawyer skated out on $5M in employment taxes, after stripping the money from the Baristas that worked for his LLCs.

Note, all annotated notes in read are my own.

My research continues on whether Michael J. Avenatti is liable for those non-disputed non-paid taxes.    It looks like he used an LLC shell or holding corporation to shield another LLC of similar name.     It doesn’t appear that there is any reason to set up such a structure, except to evade taxes, and if true, fraud has no statues of limitations, and could be used to pull back the LLC corporate veil that could provide some personal protection.

It may have been a totally legal “snake move”, I can’t tell at this point.

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The “holding company” is/was Global Baristas LLC and the operating company is/was Global Baristas US, LLC.

More research remains and I am getting ready for a huge trip, so no promises, I wish someone would pick up the ball and run with it. 

The trial is twisted, just to sue the one LLC, you need to bounce through 3 other  “agents of service”
the final one that I found (with no link to information about them) is Vivian Imperial.    Interestingly in searching on Vivian Imperial they are the service agent for Solar City, which made millions off of crappy solar leases and then left clients with non-performing systems and no service.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/11/heat-on-stormy-daniels-lawyer-over-past-business-dealings-bank-record-disclosure.html

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It looks like the entities were started in Washington State.

My initial search started in California
https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/CBS/Detail

Per this article from 2013, Avenatti was an attorney for Global Baristas LLC, which he also held ownership of via Global Baristas US LLC.    It’s a curious setup for sure.

This also from Bloomberg, which has even more detailed information, including an employee who workd for Tully’s Coffee for 9 years who stated that Avenatti was the only name on his paycheck for that whole duration.     Avenatti tries to distance himself from Global Basristas LLC which is the operating company which operated Tully’s Coffee and has the 5 to 6 million dollar tax lien by the Feds from taking employment taxes from the baristas but not turning it over to the Feds.   

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LOL I got into this search via a Twitter exchange and Dropbox exchange with Avenatti, now I see Zerohedge covers this pretty well, but I think they are missing the important entity and tax information that I am to pursue….

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-10/avenatti-exposed-stormys-lawyer-may-face-disbarrment-legal-action-past-catches

Ah here I found some nuggets….Avenatti is the Governing Person of Global Baristas, LLC

 https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/

Interesting, for the first time in their history, Global Baristas, LLC was Delinquent in Filing their annual report and subject to dissolution.

Advanced search on Washington corporations can be found here.   Type in check box for Governor, and then Avenatti.   You can go to important business documents.

On March 6, 2019 
March 9, 2018 There was a statement of change, they don’t provide it, and you need a Washington State business account to view it.  

THIS IS KEY!

Taxation of LLCs (especially when there are multiple LLCs can get complicated and Federal tax recovery, esp under a tax lien, may be limited to just the physical assets of the LLC, i..e the coffee machines, as the wealth has been plundered via other transfers).

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=Z9P1WscTnbaPBL3mr9AN&q=is+a+member+of+an+LLC+responsible+for+unpaid+taxes+of+the+llc&oq=is+a+member+of+an+LLC+responsible+for+unpaid+taxes+of+the+llc&gs_l=psy-ab.3…2182.14420.0.14756.63.55.0.7.7.0.136.4200.47j6.54.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..2.53.3734.0..0j0i131k1j33i22i29i30k1j0i22i30k1j33i21k1j33i160k1.46.n0wetJQNiLE 

This Asian Barista thing also under the lawyer and family

Stormy Times Coming to Those Who Disparage, Defame, or Blackmail Trump

This is draft and in the works, looks like Stormy Daniels lawyer skated out on $5M in employment taxes, after stripping the money from the Baristas that worked for his LLCs.

Note, all annotated notes in read are my own.

My research continues on whether Michael J. Avenatti is liable for those non-disputed non-paid taxes.    It looks like he used an LLC shell or holding corporation to shield another LLC of similar name.     It doesn’t appear that there is any reason to set up such a structure, except to evade taxes, and if true, fraud has no statues of limitations, and could be used to pull back the LLC corporate veil that could provide some personal protection.

It may have been a totally legal “snake move”, I can’t tell at this point.

——————————————————————————————–

The “holding company” is/was Global Baristas LLC and the operating company is/was Global Baristas US, LLC.

More research remains and I am getting ready for a huge trip, so no promises, I wish someone would pick up the ball and run with it. 

The trial is twisted, just to sue the one LLC, you need to bounce through 3 other  “agents of service”
the final one that I found (with no link to information about them) is Vivian Imperial.    Interestingly in searching on Vivian Imperial they are the service agent for Solar City, which made millions off of crappy solar leases and then left clients with non-performing systems and no service.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/11/heat-on-stormy-daniels-lawyer-over-past-business-dealings-bank-record-disclosure.html

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It looks like the entities were started in Washington State.

My initial search started in California
https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/CBS/Detail

Per this article from 2013, Avenatti was an attorney for Global Baristas LLC, which he also held ownership of via Global Baristas US LLC.    It’s a curious setup for sure.

This also from Bloomberg, which has even more detailed information, including an employee who workd for Tully’s Coffee for 9 years who stated that Avenatti was the only name on his paycheck for that whole duration.     Avenatti tries to distance himself from Global Basristas LLC which is the operating company which operated Tully’s Coffee and has the 5 to 6 million dollar tax lien by the Feds from taking employment taxes from the baristas but not turning it over to the Feds.   

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LOL I got into this search via a Twitter exchange and Dropbox exchange with Avenatti, now I see Zerohedge covers this pretty well, but I think they are missing the important entity and tax information that I am to pursue….

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-10/avenatti-exposed-stormys-lawyer-may-face-disbarrment-legal-action-past-catches

Ah here I found some nuggets….Avenatti is the Governing Person of Global Baristas, LLC

 https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/

Interesting, for the first time in their history, Global Baristas, LLC was Delinquent in Filing their annual report and subject to dissolution.

Advanced search on Washington corporations can be found here.   Type in check box for Governor, and then Avenatti.   You can go to important business documents.

On March 6, 2019 
March 9, 2018 There was a statement of change, they don’t provide it, and you need a Washington State business account to view it.  

THIS IS KEY!

Taxation of LLCs (especially when there are multiple LLCs can get complicated and Federal tax recovery, esp under a tax lien, may be limited to just the physical assets of the LLC, i..e the coffee machines, as the wealth has been plundered via other transfers).

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=Z9P1WscTnbaPBL3mr9AN&q=is+a+member+of+an+LLC+responsible+for+unpaid+taxes+of+the+llc&oq=is+a+member+of+an+LLC+responsible+for+unpaid+taxes+of+the+llc&gs_l=psy-ab.3…2182.14420.0.14756.63.55.0.7.7.0.136.4200.47j6.54.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..2.53.3734.0..0j0i131k1j33i22i29i30k1j0i22i30k1j33i21k1j33i160k1.46.n0wetJQNiLE 

This Asian Barista thing also under the lawyer and family

Cilantro’s Amazing Health Benefits

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cilantro's amazing health benefits

Cilantro has so many amazing health benefits it should be in everyone’s 2018 garden.

Many individuals don’t recognize that the herb known as cilantro doesn’t originate from a plant of the same name, but in actuality consists of the leaves and stems of the coriander plant. Because of this, cilantro is related to cumin, dill, fennel, and anise. Additionally, cilantro’s amazing health benefits were discovered long ago.

People have utilized cilantro in cooking for years and years, and it has garnered notoriety for its robust and citrus-like flavor, which pairs well with seasonings. Examples of such would be mint, basil, and turmeric. Furthermore, the savory herb receives acclaim for its medicinal properties, namely:

Alleviates Tension

Cilantro has been found to provide a significant calming effect, so it is a reliable candidate to serve as a conservative therapy for relief of anxiety. The reality is, massive quantities of cilantro extract were found to create effects identical to the renowned anti-anxiety drug Valium®, but without that drug’s numerous and uncomfortable side effects. Some of these maladies include confusion, hallucinations, agitation, and memory-related issues.

Eradication Of Toxic Compounds (Heavy Metals)

The buildup of toxic metals and chemical elements such as lead, mercury, aluminum, and arsenic in human bodies could have severely detrimental health effects, including neurological damage, infertility, heart conditions and hormonal imbalances. Cilantro can assist in countering some of these problems. It has also been found to accelerate the elimination of pollutants. In mice, for example, simultaneous administration of cilantro extract protected against lead-induced oxidative stress.

Prevents Infection

Cilantro’s amazing health benefits make it a powerful protector against a good number of diseases – such as salmonella, cholera, and food poisoning. Cilantro is considerably effective against these ailments as a consequence of its antibacterial properties. Research has revealed that essential oil obtained from cilantro is useful against Listeria.

Safeguards Against Diabetes

In an animal study, cilantro extract was found to help lower blood glucose levels and support healthy liver function where diabetes exists. The researchers involved in the investigation, upon following their findings, have recommended that cilantro extract be present in the diets of diabetics.

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Making Turmeric Tincture

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Treating with tinctures is an old practice that has been overshadowed by modern medicine. There is a struggle with getting away from modern medications that put tremendous stress on our liver and kidneys. Its not an easy thing to do because you can take a pain pill and the pain goes away. That’s a tough …

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Top Nuclear Firm In USA Confirms — No New Nuclear Plants to Be Built in USA

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Laughably they blame it on the plant’s size and security.   Not on the extreme danger of the technology itself, and the never ending headache, and heartache cause by intentionally released radiation and the used fuel which is the most dangerous thing around.  

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2018-04-16/exelon-official-no-new-nuclear-plants-to-be-built-in-the-us

Because of the plants’ size and security needs, the costs become prohibitive.

He kind of links the success of renewable on the continued existence of the current nuclear plants.

If the existing nuclear units in the U.S. can continue to operate and the technology can be developed to store energy created by renewable resources, despite the current economic issues, “then we won’t need” new nuclear units and “we won’t build them because they’ll be too expensive,” he said.

Prepping Essentials: Duct Tape and WD-40 To The Rescue

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While the bushcraft skills are great there is something to be said about prepper essentials. What items do you lean on when you are truly desperate.  Follow me on  this thought. If you are in a true life and death situation are you going to reach for that stick and start making a bow drill …

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Floodings

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Between rain and snowmelt, western Montana…esp my little area of it…is experiencing a rather heavy amount of flooding. Rivers are way, way up and low-lying (or is it low-laying?) parts of town are underwater. Fortunately, I live in an are that is pretty much immune to such things. The city would have to be several feet deep in water across its breadth before I’d have to worry.

Nonetheless, it’s a good example of how when you purchase your little chunk of paradise you really need to investigate all the possible threats. “Oh, it only floods once every 200 years” is not as good as “it never floods here”. In addition to floods, you need to think about things like forest fires, rockslides, avalanches, wind storms. and a few other donkey punches Mom Nature likes to administer.

Oh, sure…you can build resilient housing, but better to not be in the path of the train rather than develop a train-proof suit.

On the bright side, the homeless camps (and hopefully some of the homeless) were completely washed away as the river rose about a dozen feet higher than normal. Folks downstream will be inundated with sleeping bags and tents when this thing finally dies down.

In the meantime, I’m just watching it all for the entertainment value. But I kinda did wanna go shooting this weekend and the rain is spoiling that.

Survival Medicine Hour: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Malaria

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Survival Medicine Hour: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Malaria

SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST

e. coli bacteria

e. coli bacteria

Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP often  talk about infectious diseases on the Survival Medicine Hour, a number of which are called emerging infectious diseases.

Emerging infectious diseases are infections that have recently appeared within a population or those whose frequency or geographic range is increasing or likely to increase in the near future. They say there’s nothing new under the sun, so how is this possible? Emerging infections can be caused by:

  • Previously undetected or unknown infectious agents (SARS, MERS)
  • Known agents that have spread to new geographic locations or new populations (Zika, Ebola, Chikungunya)
  • Previously known agents whose role in specific diseases has previously gone unrecognized. (like some viruses now being thought responsible for certain illnesses)
  • Re-emergence of agents whose incidence of disease had significantly declined in the past but whose incidence of disease has reappeared, say measles. This group is known as re-emerging infectious diseases.
Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian Tiger Mosquito

The World Health Organization warned in its 2007 report that infectious diseases are emerging at a rate that has not been seen before. Since the 1970s, about 40 infectious diseases have been discovered, including SARS, MERS, Ebola, chikungunya, avian flu, swine flu and, most recently, Zika.

More information on emerging infectious disease can be heard on this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour!

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2018/05/11/survival-medicine-hour-emerging-infectious-disease

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

Joe and Amy Alton

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Boy Scouts Lose Leading Sponsor Amidst Name Change Controversy

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Boy Scouts and Mormon ChurchAfter the Boy Scouts of America (soon-to-be Scouts BSA) decided to change their name to accommodate the admission of girls into their higher ranks starting next year, backlash from sponsors was inevitable. But it’s doubtful they knew such a decision would cost them 425,000 scouts (approximately 18.5% of their total enrollment) from the Mormon Church, the organization’s leading sponsor over the past century.

Last week, Bill Heid penned an article entitled “Boy Scouts Self-Castration Leaves Girl Scouts Wondering” and invited any readers who felt passionately about the topic (whether in favor or against) to join him on a podcast to discuss the issue. You can listen to the results of that invitation via the link below.

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Thank Goodness for Hollywood’s Seven Gun Skills

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Hollywood is an easy target for the teaching of poor to impossible gun skills. The number of errors and impossibilities in any gun-filled movie gives the general population a wildly distorted understanding of guns, shooting, and expectations of a bullet; all a good thing in my survival book. As long as potential adversaries are living in a fantasy world, there is a direct and severe survival advantage to a confrontation where Hollywood’s magic has taken its toll. The list of humorous gun behavior is long. From the inevitable click whenever a gun is pointed, to the ability to send someone airborne with a well placed hit, to anything and everything sparking when touched by a bullet, we come to expect the fairy tales of film firearms.

By Doc Montana, a Contributing Author to SHTFBlog and SurvivalCache.com 

But all that comic book action can be a good thing. Here are seven wonderful misconceptions that are sure to take the neophyte gun owner into bad territory when it really Hits the Fan.

  1. The pre-shot pause: Most movies build tension during an armed conflict through dialog and well planned pauses. What that teaches is indecisiveness and introspection at the absolute wrong moment. When a couple of cowboys with antique wheel guns are squaring off fifty feet apart there is a poker-faced dance taking place. Not just draw speed but also hipshot accuracy. But in a true survival situation, Magpul got it right with its unfair advantage catch phrase. No reason level a tilted playing field by a calling time out. Act fast and without discussion.
  1. The lack of aiming: This fallacy hardly needs explanation. It’s misfires on two fronts. First is the wildly skewed probability of a successful hit that Hollywood encourages. And second is the ease at which one can hit a target with a moment or two of actual aiming. Especially moving targets. Aiming a gun takes practice and is a perishable skill so knocking a few cans off a fence post twenty years ago is not of much comfort today. But the opposite is true. Even a little occasional practice can keep your shots in the center of mass rather than in the ceiling.
  1. The bottomless supply of ammo: Usually the easiest criticism of any Hollywood gunplay, the belief in endless ammo is pretty common. Outside of Dirty Harry counting his shots, most shooters have no idea how many bangs went bang and most importantly how many bangs have yet to go bang. Add some stress to the poop salad and who’s counting? Right, nobody. So plan accordingly because they aren’t.
  1. Weightless guns: Anyone who has really carried a long gun around for any length of time knows that the weight and size of the rifle makes a difference on what you can do and where you can go. Not many of the untrained can run through a forest with a rifle, nor tread water let alone swim while carrying a useful firearm even if the stock is made of wood. Walking from pickup to range table is not a workout. Ten hours of stalking during a mountainous hunt is a good start. Even after a couple hours of carrying around your rifle I can guarantee that you will want to set it down no matter how much you think you love it.
  1. Easy long shots: Whether a headshot from 200 yards while standing in a row boat (Bob Lee Swagger) or knocking a helicopter out of the sky with a .380 (James Bond) or bouncing a metal bucket at a quarter mile with a Sharps rifle, (Matthew Quigley), taking time to aim can make an accurate shot possible, but still unlikely. The movie Shooter did put an opposite spin on this theme as well by making a long shot seem superhuman. So illusive in fact that only a few snipers on earth could do it. In reality only a few snipers on earth are ever given the training and opportunity for a verified quarter-mile plus shot, but anyone with a bit of money, time, skill and a wide open space can ding steel at a thousand yards.
  1. Loud but not too loud: It would really a be a downer if the good guys always went deaf during a shootout. In reality there would be very little dialog following gun fire. Just a lot of confused looks and bleeding ears. Now double all that when shooting inside a car. Triple it when shooting next to someone’s head. In real life, guns are absolutely silent until they’re not. And when they are not, gunfire is one of the loudest things anyone ever encounters in life. That fact is hard to portray in the movies, and really is a buzzkill for plot lines. Actual gun loudness is ignored. Perhaps that’s why silencers are so common in movies. It’s a Star Trek fix to an obvious physics problem.
  1. Faith in bad shots: The film vaults in Hollywood are stuffed full of movie footage where thousands of rounds zinged back and forth with not a meat hit in sight. There’s some truth to the accuracy outcomes of spray-and-pray, but the statistics of sustained auto fire in general directions lean heavily towards something bad happening. The happy takeaway here is that the uninitiated might suspect a positive outcome when hiding behind a telephone pole waiting for your reload.

We all owe Hollywood a collective thank you for planting the seeds of misconception in the general population. Tactical advantages are where you find them. Long before Hollywood, about the fifth century BC to be exact, Sun Tzu penned (or penciled, or scratched or whatever the heck they did back then) that letting the enemy believe the world is what it seems is truly an Art of War.

“Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.”

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Calathea: Caring For The Rattlesnake Plant, Zebra Plant and More

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Have you ever grown a rattlesnake plant? How about a peacock plant? A zebra plant? All of these are forms of calathea! Let’s explore the delightful and fun world of this gorgeous and popular houseplant. With many vivid variations, this leafy plant can be a perfect addition to your living space. In some areas of … Read more

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The Ultimate Gas Mask Guide for Preppers

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My new friend, Rusty, at TruePrepper.com (go check them out, they’re doing good things over there) recently posted a very good article on gas masks titled, The Ultimate Gas Mask Guide for Preppers, which really opened my eyes to the importance of having gas masks on hand for my family again. Take the time to understand … Continue reading “The Ultimate Gas Mask Guide for Preppers”

Roycraft Packframes; Sharpening & Oiling Knives; Bow Drill Moisture Content

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The expanse of wilderness knowledge is vast and ever growing. More people are heading out into the woods than ever before. There is no denying this. That means a few things to us the content readers. We need to know who to read, where to get our content and what to do with all of …

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Does This Homesteading Thing Really Matter?

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Some articles are so effective that the title says it all. There are those articles that help those spur debate and this is one of those two. Homesteading is an old concept. While it has recently been made popular it is only a resurgence of a long lost style of living. Never forget, it was …

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Here Are 5 Things You’ll Need To Survive If Trump And Putin Hit The Red Button

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I think we have all been worried about WWIII since about the end of WWII. After we saw what could happen when modern nations went to war all over the world our society has never really recovered. That is fine. Its probably best for our longevity. While we cannot seem to get out of the …

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How Do I Get Started With a Container Garden?

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Container garden is a perfect solution for limited growing space.

Nearly all types of vegetables that you grow in a backyard garden can be grown in a container. A window sill, a patio, a balcony, or a well-lit area of the house are all well-suited areas for container gardening. Some plants that have vining properties (such as pole beans and cucumbers) will require more space than others, but good candidates are listed below:

  • Tomatoes
  • Green Onions
  • Peppers
  • Green Beans
  • Eggplants
  • Radishes
  • Squash
  • Parsley (or any herbs)
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Cucumbers

The first thing you’ll need is a good soil or growing medium. Synthetic soils are much better because they’re composed of sawdust, wood chips, peat moss, perlite, vermiculite or any other medium free of disease and weeds. The superiority of this type soil for container gardening is that it is light weight, holds moisture, but also drains well.

You can make your own synthetic soil by mixing the following ratios:

  • 1 bushel of vermiculite
  • 10 Tablespoons of lime
  • 1 cup of a garden fertilizer (such as 6-12-12 or 5-10-10)
  • 1 bushel peat moss
  • 5 Tablespoons of 0-20-0 (superphosphate)

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and wet the soil down before planting any transplants or seeds. When planting transplants from seeds you’ve started, make the transition from the starter pots to the larger container when there are two or three true leaves on the plant.

Fertilize your plants with a growing solution or time-release pellets like Osmocote®. It’s very easy to burn your tender plants with too much fertilizer, but container plants need fertilizer on a more regular basis than those out in a garden bed.  Watering your plants once a day should be sufficient, but if they’re in a fast-growing cycle, twice a day may be necessary. Monitor and adjust as needed. Remember, all vegetables need full sun for growth (although leafy vegetables tolerate a little shade better than other crops).

Next time we’ll discuss some of the common problems that you may run up against in container gardening. Until then, get started and see what kind of bounty you can grow in a limited space!

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Cleaning with Essential Oils – Six Homemade Natural Cleaner Recipes

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Thanks to the epidemic of cancer that is running through our nation it is easy to understand why people are more cognizant of the types of things they are using to cook and clean with. Certain ingredients in the makeup of these cleaners and products have been considered carcinogenic and have been linked to cancer. …

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Don’t Kill Those Dandelions! 10 Ways You Can Use Them  

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Dandelions are a versatile herb, not a pesky weed that overtakes your property.

Dandelions have a terrible reputation for being the pesky weeds that pop up between sidewalk cracks. Homeowners spray them with weed killer, but they have no idea what those yellow flowers have dozens of health benefits. Dandelions are a known edible; the greens make fantastic additions to salads. There is no reason to kill them. Instead, pick one of these ways to use dandelions.  

10 Ways to Use Dandelions 

 

  1. Dandelion Root Coffee

Yes, dandelion roots can be used to make coffee. Dandelion is a caffeine-free blend that is similar to instant coffee. It tastes and looks very similar to coffee. You can find directions here to make dandelion coffee from the roots right in your front yard. The process can be lengthy, but it is free and healthy. Save this one for your SHTF scenario!
 

  1. Dandelion Infused Oil

Dandelions have fantastic health benefits such as offering pain-relieving properties. If you want to tap into that property for your sore muscles and aches, an infused oil is the way to go. Fill a jar with dried dandelion flowers and then cover the flowers with your favorite oil such as almond or olive oil. Let it set in a sunny location for several weeks. Then, strain and use the oil on your skin.
 

  1. Dandelion Wine

These flowers make a delicious, sweet wine for cheap. Make sure you only use the petals. You are going to need a lot of flowers, so send your kids out to pick as many as possible. If you use the greens, your wine will turn bitter and gross. The process may take time, but it makes fantastic gifts and a way to build up your homemade wine stash.
 

  1. Dandelion Flower Salve 

The dandelion infused oil you made before can be used to create a salve. Dandelion salve is excellent for sore muscles, achy joints or chapped skin. If you work with your hands a lot, it is an excellent addition to your medicine cabinet.
 

  1. Dandelion Jelly 

You can use those pesky weeds to create a unique jelly that your friends and family will love. The flavor will remind you slightly of honey. You do need about ten cups – yes cups – of dandelion blossoms. That means you only want the blossoms and no parts of the stem. Just like for dandelion wine, the stems will infuse a bitter, unpleasant taste. Once you pick the flowers and snip the blossoms, you will end up with about four cups of petals.
 

  1. Dandelion Soap 

Dandelion soap is a favorite, seasonal choice for soap makers, but you can learn how to make it yourself at home. Honey and dandelions go hand in hand, and it is useful if you have persistent skin issues. Dandelion soap works terrific for eczema and psoriasis.
 

  1. Dandelion Blossom Cookies

The kids will be in for a surprise when you tell them that their cookies include dandelion blossoms. Dandelions are edible and offer health benefits, so why not use them in a cookie form? Give this recipe a try and see what you think! Dandelions are free, so it’s worth a try!
 

  1. Dandelion Tea 

You can make dandelion tea with fresh flowers and leaves. You pack them into a mason jar and pour boiling water over the top. Then, you allow the tea to infuse and cool so you can drink it.  

 Dandelion tea helps to purify and detoxify the blood. It also can help relieve acne and constipation. Be careful if you have any ulcers or chronic health issues. It does have a laxative and diuretic properties, so you don’t want to drink too much too often.  

 If you decide to make dandelion soap, you can use dandelion tea in those as well!
 

  1. Cook Them Up! 

Dandelion leaves can be cooked and added to any dish like spinach. Instead of using spinach in your quiche or scrambled eggs, use the cooked dandelion leaves. Make sure that you select dandelions from your land so that you can be sure they weren’t sprayed with any weed killer.
 You can add dandelions to almost any dish that you want! The leaves can be used as a replacement in fresh salads for spinach or other greens. Be creative and try them in as many dishes as you can throughout the spring.
 

  1. Dandelion Vinegar

Dandelions are a source of minerals like potassium, magnesium, and iron. If you want to extract those minerals, consider making a dandelion vinegar.  

 All you need is dandelion flowers with their leaves and stems. Fill a mason jar with washed, fresh dandelion blossoms and leaves. Then, pour apple cider vinegar over the top until the jar is full. Cover and let the jar and let it sit for four to six weeks. Once you strain it, you can use the dandelion vinegar immediately.  

 You can use dandelion vinegar as a hair rinse or on your bug bites. Try adding it to your bath with Epsom salt to help relieve any sore muscles. You also can mix the vinegar with oil and other herbs to create a unique and delicious salad vinaigrette.  

Dandelions are a versatile herb, not a pesky weed that overtakes your property. Don’t be like everyone else and kill them off! Instead, use dandelions to your advantage this spring. Make several jars of infused oil and dry the flowers for tea. Dandelions are free and useful; what more can you want?  

 

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Teton Sports Scout 3400 – A Prepper’s First Choice – Review

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You have your bug-out bag, right? Is it fully loaded? Ok, take it out of the closet and call in your kids. Can they carry it? Are they able to even pick it up? Can you? The Teton Sports Scout 3400 might be a good solution for your bug-out bag size issue. Let’s look a little […]

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Homebrewed Stinging Nettles Beer

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Homebrew is just that. It has been around long before it was sold in swanky downtown bars and it will be around long after. If we see a full scale collapse that renders much of the infrastructure we hold dear inoperable, people will still be brewing under their stairs. That is because alcohol makes the …

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Crop Rotation for the Home Garden, Part 2: Pathogen Prevention

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Pathogen…. That just sounds like a creepy, scary word. And when you are talking about pathogens in your soil, it really can be.

Crop Rotation for Pathogen Prevention and Control

Irish Potato Famine

You’ve all heard of the Irish Potato Famine, right? A million Irish people died and another million emigrated because the Irish potato crops were decimated by a pathogen called Phytophthora infestans.

When it happened, Irish farmers were growing potatoes about like the rest of us grow weeds. They were so good at it, that the diets of the Irish poor revolved around that one calorie crop. Little did they know that a vicious pathogen was lurking in their soil, biding its time until it had the numbers to totally decimate the Irish food supply.

OK, in reality, the pathogen itself is not quite that menacing. The real reason this was such a big deal was because more diverse food options were not available for a large percentage of the Irish population. (The wealthy had diverse diets; the poor relied on potatoes.)

Additionally, because potatoes were planted prolifically, the pathogen spread quickly through the sharing of seed potatoes (like the way a cold spreads through an office). Once in the soil, it stayed dormant until significant rains sent it into reproductive overdrive and allowed it to infect and thrive in sopping wet potato plants. Heavy rain is to fungal pathogens what dry wind is to an open fire.

Crop Rotation for Pathogen Prevention and Control

How Pathogens Spread

If you grow tomatoes, you are probably familiar with two well-known pathogens commonly called blight and wilt. These pathogens are similar to the Irish potato plant killer. They spread slowly in the soil—usually transmitted by transplants, compost, soil mixes, or even your shoes.

In relatively dry conditions, these pathogens may be present in the soil, but have no impact on your plant. Then one day, you get 2 inches of rain, your soil compacts and doesn’t dry out for days, and leaves turn yellow and drop off. Then, on the next sunny day, your tomatoes get ugly sun scald spots and rot before you can eat them.

Here’s the thing: Pathogens alone present no risks. Many of them are plant specific, which means that unless they come into contact with a suitable host plant, they are harmless. Even when you have the pathogen and the plant in the same place, this will not necessarily result in plant damage.

It’s only when you get a trifecta of conditions that include the right plant, the right pathogen, and environmental conditions suitable for incubation and infestation that problems happen. Here’s a simple mathematical expression for how that works:

Pathogen + Susceptible Plant Host + Optimal Environmental Conditions = Disaster

Remove one of these pieces from the equation, and you can avert disaster. Since you often don’t know the pathogen is present in your soil and you can’t control things like the weather, the most logical way to avert disaster is to take the host plant out of the equation.

Crop Rotation for Pathogen Prevention and Control

Rotate Plants by Family to Reduce Risk

This is where the idea of only planting one family of plants in the same plot once every four (or more) years comes into play. By rotating your plants, you limit the risk for having a trifecta. Also, depending on the life cycle of your pathogen, sometimes without a host plant, the pathogen will disappear over time.

Crop Rotation Slows the Spread

Additionally, with good plant-rotation plans, even if you do occasionally get small infestations of a pathogen, you can slow the spread by not offering host plants in close proximity year to year. Many pathogens are soil bound. They must make their way around on the bodies of soilborne critters, through transplants, on your garden tools, by catching a ride with an airborne insect, etc.

If they can move from host plant to host plant year after year, they can build up more quickly. With no nearby hosts, they remain dormant and pathogen populations remain in check.

Crop Rotation Gives you Time to Identify and Solve Pathogen Problems

Four-year rotations improve your odds by limiting a buildup of pathogens and spreading risk. Longer rotations are even better, since many pathogens can persist in the soil for 10 years or more. However, this can be more difficult to achieve in a small garden.

Luckily, if you do have plants that become infected with a pathogen, four-year crop rotation plans give you time to research and remedy your pathogen before you plant that family in that location again.

Start by identifying the pathogen. Aim to understand its life cycle and avoid planting the susceptible host plant again until you are sure the pathogen is gone.

Depending on your pathogen, there are different strategies you can follow to make your soil safe for planting again. For example, you can plant certain kinds of mustard and till them in. This practice is called biofumigation.

You can solarize your soil. This will kill all the biological life in your soil, too. You’ll need to then build back up your biological life with organic matter inputs.

With some pathogens that have long life spans, you may also need to consider more drastic measures. Replacing your soil, installing equipment to improve drainage, and developing alternate garden areas may be necessary in some instances.

Rotate by Families Prone to Similar Pathogen Problems

Because pathogens tend to affect entire plant families, rotating by family is the most common way to avoid pathogen problems. For example, tomatoes and potatoes might seem like very different plants to us. However, even if they have a preference for tomatoes over potatoes, opportunistic pathogens will take what they can get.

These are the family categories I use in my vegetable plant rotations:

  1. Nightshade Family: Tomato, Potato, Pepper, Eggplant
  2. Grass Family: Corn, Sorghum, Wheat
  3. Lettuce Family: Lettuce, Sunflowers, Dandelion, Chicory, Radicchio
  4. Beet Family: Beets, Spinach, Chard
  5. Cole Family: Cabbage, Mustard, Turnips, Arugula, Broccoli, Cauliflower
  6. Curcurbit Family: Squash, Cucumbers, Melons, Pumpkins
  7. Legume Family: Peas, Beans, Clover, Alfalfa
  8. Umbel Family: Carrots, Parsnips, Parsley, Fennel, Celery
  9. Allium Family: Onions, Garlic, Chives, Shallots
  10. Miscellaneous: Buckwheat, Okra, Sweet Potato

This is a lot to try to rotate in a small garden. Personally, I lump a few families together to create rotational pairings.

  • The nightshade, allium, cole, and sweet potato families tend to take up more space in my garden than the other families. They each get their own rotation.
  • I lump the grass, legume, and curcurbit families together in my rotations. I use that grouping because I tend to only need one row of space for those three plant families to one row of sweet potatoes based on how we eat. Sweet potatoes are a calorie crop that we need a lot of. Corn, cucumbers, and even beans (which are hard to grow enough of in useful amounts) are things we grow for fun to add variety to our diets.

Create Interplanting or Seasonal Plant Groupings

As long as you are consistent in your crop rotation methods, you can mix and match your families to get down to a four- or five-year planting rotation cycle.

If you use interplanting in your beds for soil protection, you may want to plan your family rotational groupings using this information. For example, if you grow carrots, radishes, and lettuce in the same bed at the same time, then one of your rotations would include the umbel, cole, and lettuce families.

Once you establish that grouping of families as a rotational pattern, then you can use that information to plan other rotations. You could grow early cabbage, followed by summer sunflowers, and then over-wintering parsnips. Using that same family grouping in different ways, you can achieve more food production while still having distinct rotations geared at preventing pathogens.

If you are following this series, you now have information to help you plan your crop rotation schedules to prevent pests and pathogens. However, there is one more really big reason why you may want to use crop rotation, even in a small garden. It’s for nutrient management. In the next post, we’ll cover that in more detail. Then you can take these three concepts and apply them to growing a more problem-free garden at home.

Read More: “Crop Rotation for the Home Garden, Part 1: Pest Control”

In the meantime, start thinking about what you grow, and the kind of pathogens that are common to your area. Are there any you are particularly worried about? Talk to your local agricultural office and find out what risks may apply to your garden.

If you have any tricks or tips you’ve learned that might help with crop -rotation planning, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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Grid-Down Intel: Finding Resources

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Information is hugely important to success in any endeavor. We have to know what’s going on to best respond. There are all kinds of clues we can take from our surroundings and the skies to fill in some of the gaps the loss of the internet leaves, but a biggie is going to be just finding things. Many of us know our immediate towns well, although we might not be intimately familiar with all the back alleys of every community and crossroad in our county. If the grid is down for any amount of time, locating resources in less-known or new places is going to get a whole lot harder.

There are any number of reasons we might go looking for something – or anything. We might develop a community that ends up needing a resupply, be part of a nomadic community that forms, or be hoofing it home from afar.

Information about where we are and what’s around us can dictate which roads we parallel or which direction we head. Never having been in an area before, we can still find places to seek refuge and supplies, as well as areas to give wide berths.

For example, I might think it’s a great idea to hit a park with old Indian caverns since there’s water, fishing, foraging, shelter, and maybe still canoes. However, I might not if I know they have their own zoo or are right beside a big cat sanctuary, given the number of caretakers who might release their charges to give them a chance.

I for sure do not want to tromp through the vicinity of a drive-through safari park that uses hot lines, chain link, and moats if there have been storms dropping trees. I walked in on that episode of The 100. I do not want to annoy a gorilla.

(The 100, by the way, is gorier than I’d have expected a CW show for/about young adults to be, and did not in some hit-and-miss scrolling appear to actually have any useful survival tips, if it was on your watchlist.)

Depending on the type of disaster – its speed, duration, and effects – schools and various correctional facilities might be excellent locations to aim for. If they were evacuated and have not yet been re-occupied, they can be great sources for food, bottled drinks, hygiene and medical supplies, clothing, weapons in many cases (guards, but also confiscated items), and tools.

The flip side is that some inmates are really bad guys, and some schools are shelters. Depending on the time of year and even the day of the week and their delivery schedule, there may or may not be anything left in them as far as foods go, either in cafeterias or in the staff room or snack carts and vending. Still, if I’m in month/year six and have assimilated a group of refugees or a growing compound, it might be worth checking for cleaning supplies, trash bags with their many uses, trash cans for water catchment or container planting, and windows to extend the season.

So how do we find these, and check for risks or other useful locations that might be near them, without our handy smart phone and computer? We pass the answers on pretty much every shopping trip, and can keep an eye out for them when we’re “shopping” after a disaster as well.

Phone Books

A local-area phone book can be a goldmine of information. Sometimes they contain only bare-bones, general maps, but there are sometimes more detailed sections. Some of the ads will actually have maps on them, too. They’re small and bare-bones, too, but usually there’s a reference from a major roadway nearby.

Those ads are particularly useful, but we can also check the white and yellow page listings for things like animal control (live traps, sometimes to regularly buckets and catch poles, radio equipment), hardware stores, hotels, schools, distribution centers (the places where semi trucks pick up and deliver all the things that make it to our store shelves), assisted living and nursing homes, seed and feed distributors, restaurants (we’ll detail that a little more in a minute), lockups, and various factories.

The books themselves have a ton of uses (now as well as later), but the information they offer is an enormous resource, too.

Brochures for Area Attractions

At the front of hotels and welcome centers, there’s usually a rack of glossy pamphlets. Those can give us a big boost for things to hit – or, as mentioned previously, to avoid. With them, we can find parks with fishing, camping and RV locations, some of the restaurants in the area, and oddballs like a wine trail or microbrewery, “Tigers for Tomorrow”, and an unclaimed luggage store.

Museums might get marked “skip it” as a resource center, but they have concessions and sometimes cafeterias and are unlikely to be on the top of the list for others to scavenge. Casinos, too.

Ball parks are among the many that now get a lot delivered fresh and may very well be an evacuation shelter, but they also have shelf-stable cheese and chili for the dispensers (freakish, I know) and other canned goods, powder mixes and bottled drinks, team shower facilities, tons of coolers and cleaning supplies, team-logo clothing and blankets, and umpteen paper products.

One of the charming aspects of those brochures is that most of them still include a map or turn-by-turn directions from a major roadway or the compass points. That can be super useful in a world where our phones and cars no longer give us directions on command.

There’s also usually a stack of phone books somewhere behind hotel reception desks. That desk area can also be a source for a pretty nicely detailed map of the area – even at the Motel 6 and Knight’s Inn level of lodging.

Freebie Publications

In front of all kinds of storefronts but especially supermarkets, there are stands with freebie papers and magazines. Some of them aren’t overly useful, but there are a few that can be huge helps whether we’re working in our local area or just passing through.

There are usually some vehicle-sales and real estate oriented books in there with them. A rental or a bank-owned/foreclosed home that was uninhabited at the start of a disaster stands a better chance of not encroaching on anyone’s territory, making for a safer temporary abode for foraging, resting, getting out of weather, curing game or fish, or recovering from an injury. Most private sales aren’t going to give you more than a phone number these days, but the dealerships can also be places to scout for a replacement part for our vehicle that can be salvaged or traded for, or net a vehicle that can actually be driven without a key (in dire emergencies with few survivors anywhere).

We commonly need a good map to take advantage, but if we can find one or make a list of cross streets to remember, we can find some useful locations in those freebie paper listings and advertisement pages. That can include locations of restaurants that may have less-obvious food sources the average looter overlooks, oil for biofuel, mechanics, and stores where the foods and drinks at most counters will have been overlooked, like a Marshal’s, Hobby Lobby, or Petco.

What, Where and When

By type of disaster and the type of scrounging being done – a person or a handful on foot or in a single vehicle, or a convoy going out for a surviving community – the risks and needs change. So will the locations with the most possibilities for us. If we’re avoiding attraction and well into a disaster, we’re more likely to skip over some of the “obvious” locations and those in dense areas. We might work outskirts instead, and focus on locations that were probably hit for one thing, but maybe not another or everything.

An example of that would be heading for a fuel processing plant or distributor instead of a gas station, or hitting that gas station with a sledge hammer to go through the CMU brick (as opposed to using weed eater cord to defeat the metal plate or trying to pick a high-value lock – not my best skillset) to check for food, drinks, tools, and bags in supply rooms instead of trying to siphon fuel from empty tanks with my handy garden hose and bike pump.

I might opt to skip a zoo in most situations. On the other hand, if I have buddies to watch my sides and back with a .3-something caliber repeater and I’m pretty sure I’ll survive the mental trauma that’s waiting when animals get locked up and abandoned, that zoo might be a handy source for animal feed, concession or vending locations, and hunting opportunities. Almost all of them will have buckets, tools, and cleaning supplies. If it’s empty, there’s fencing and barbed wire. There may still be veterinarian supplies.

I might even luck out and some of the petting zoo or tamable critters have survived the loose lioness or hippos, and I can convince them to come live with me since I’m there anyway (with my armed guards in case the gorillas survived, too).

Some of the locations to consider scouting for supplies are:

– Veterinarian offices, to include racetracks and sanctuaries

– Distribution centers – both manufacturer goods and end-point retailers (Mars and Buffalo Rock, as opposed to Target), or something like a Wakefield that services distribution and warehousing for other companies

– Construction and renovations sites and companies

– Towing and vehicle maintenance services

– Vehicle fleet services, especially with heavy diesel ratios or rental trucks/cars but including the power company, pest control companies, internet providers, and others that maintain a fleet

– Hotels, casinos, museums, civic centers

– Rental storage units (vehicles and sale supplies; contents vary wildly)

– Clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities

– Zoos, sanctuaries, petting zoos, animal control, humane societies

– Animal, automobile, and antiques auction houses

– Building and earth-moving equipment rental companies

– Restaurants, cafeterias, caterers, and vending supply companies

– Nurseries, you-pick orchards and berry farms, nursery suppliers

– Universities, junior colleges and high schools; elementary grade schools

– Rental homes, foreclosure/bank-owned real estate

Remember, what we’re looking for isn’t always the obvious. Hospitals might be devoid of drugs and have run through generator fuel, but that generator may still be there and I might be after buckets, cleaning supplies, and linens. I might have my fingers crossed for a ride, but a vehicle fleet is also “just” a source of fuel, tires, oil, coolant, and batteries as well as other supplies whether it’s Enterprise, Verizon, or Bubba-Bob’s Construction.

What’s useful changes by our specific situation. How worth it a trip is varies, too, on our situation and the most-likely yields waiting for us. Worth an overnighter or if it’s in a direction that’s as good as any other? Maybe. But I’m not kidding about having buddies and the right firearms if it’s near a zoo.

On the other hand, if bad guys get me and I paid attention to the information around me and thus know there’s a zoo within a reasonable distance, I’m totally leading/sending them there and rooting for the gorillas, gators, and bears. Intel has all kinds of uses. We just have to collect and apply it.

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Solar Cooker, All American Sun Oven

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This post originally aired years ago when we lived in ‘sunny’ California. I wanted to re-post it and discover if any of you currently have a solar oven or live in a climate where it would be useful more than just a few months a year 😉 We will be taking ours out pretty soon and start using it again… Here’s the original article:   I enjoy experimenting with all things related to harnessing energy from the sun. Living in a part of California where the sun shines all summer long, I use solar energy to produce electricity, heat water,

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Solar Cooker, All American Sun Oven

This post originally aired years ago when we lived in ‘sunny’ California. I wanted to re-post it and discover if any of you currently have a solar oven or live in a climate where it would be useful more than just a few months a year 😉 We will be taking ours out pretty soon and start using it again… Here’s the original article:   I enjoy experimenting with all things related to harnessing energy from the sun. Living in a part of California where the sun shines all summer long, I use solar energy to produce electricity, heat water,

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Solar Cooker, All American Sun Oven

This post originally aired years ago when we lived in ‘sunny’ California. I wanted to re-post it and discover if any of you currently have a solar oven or live in a climate where it would be useful more than just a few months a year 😉 We will be taking ours out pretty soon and start using it again… Here’s the original article:   I enjoy experimenting with all things related to harnessing energy from the sun. Living in a part of California where the sun shines all summer long, I use solar energy to produce electricity, heat water,

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Wealth Preservation: Understanding Silver and Gold Content for Collapse Investing

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Investing in precious metals is a great way to diversify and preserve your wealth. You can even find it on eBay! While this article is by no means an exhaustive treatise on gold and silver buying, it is more of a “primer” to give you some basic information you need to get started (if you plan on going into this area) or to provide knowledge to arm you in your dealings with people.  Some of this may be useful for you in purchases of precious metals, but the scope of this is mainly to cover things that you may find when out hunting in the flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales, or other areas of the “secondary shops.”

First, we’ll cover gold measured in terms of purity that is expressed in karats, symbolized by the letter “K” and “kt” with jewelers.

24 Karat                                 100%, or pure gold

22 Karat                                 91.7% gold

18 Karat                                 75.0% gold

14 Karat                                 58.3% gold

10 Karat                                 41.7% gold

Now let’s cover silver, a metal marked with a purity mark.  Here are the marks and their percentage of silver contents that correspond:

999                                          99.9% silver

958                                          95.8% silver

925                                          92.5% silver (known as Sterling silver)     

800                                          80.0% silver

We are referring mostly to jewelry or decorative pieces and keepsakes here (such as silverware, candlestick holders, or other things that may bear a stamp to show their precious metal content).  Coins are a little bit more involved and beyond the scope of this article, as there are too many to list here.

One of the problems that people run into with jewelry and their great-grandmother’s candlestick holders is that most businesses that buy them will usually pay according to their melt value.  This is especially true with silver.  Most of these dealers will estimate the silver content of your item by weight, and then will pay you roughly 15-25% under value to cover their handling and melting charges.

Learn how to test your junk gold and silver

For coins there can be a numismatic value attached to the coin…that is, its worth as a collector piece…that is greater than the melt value.  There is also the little problem that although the coins are no longer in circulation, well…they are.  All coins and currency are (technically) the property of the U.S. government…and to melt them down without proper authorization would be considered destruction of government property.

Jewelry doesn’t have that problem.  The real problem is that you will receive a fraction of what it is worth when you take it to a dealer who will hand you nice, crisp, approved, Federal Reserve Notes in exchange for your silver or gold.  Here’s how to figure out the “melt value” in silver:

Take your weight in silver (usually in grams) and convert to troy ounces, multiplying this weight by the percentage of silver in the silver content of your item.  Then you will have the amount of silver in troy ounces.  Then it’s a simple matter to look up the spot price of the silver (what silver is trading for that day on the commodities exchanges).  Divide the weight of your silver by the spot price to find out the worth in dollars.  Then multiply this figure by the percentage that the dealer will pay you minus his handling and melting fees.

Now, many people do this routinely as a business.  Others hold onto their finds.  Your actions will be determined by your purpose: to turn a “quick” Federal Reserve note out of some metals, or to garner a supply little by little as a hedge against either a currency collapse, or as a barter material in a future time.  Either way, this piece will get you started on researching an area you may choose to enter or specialize within.  Good luck and remember to lay your groundwork before you act.  JJ out!

 

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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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Self Defence Laws In Australia.

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You are not legally allowed to use a gun to defend yourself or your family. Whatever you do use, you will have to prove that it was a random choice of normal items you had in the house at the time. You can’t for instance have a baseball bat unless you can prove you regularly play baseball. You can’t have a table or chair leg by your bed to use in self defence. If the assailant has a gun, the best you can do is try & get your family out of the house, but bare in mind they may be in danger outside too! You can use a chair or a kitchen knife but these have their limitations if there is more than one intruder & they are armed. Basically you have a choice, you can either be a victim, or you can be a criminal! 


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

7 Important Areas of Your Home Preparedness System

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The home is our fortress. Even though, as preppers, we often put a lot of focus on the fact that we may need to bugout, lets not jump into that too fast. Leaving your home should be the very last resort in a collapse. Remember, no matter how nice your bugout location is, it will …

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7 Important Areas of Your Home Preparedness System

The home is our fortress. Even though, as preppers, we often put a lot of focus on the fact that we may need to bugout, lets not jump into that too fast. Leaving your home should be the very last resort in a collapse. Remember, no matter how nice your bugout location is, it will …

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Is It Safe To Store Food In Plastic Bags?

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Storing food is pivotal in a bid to reduce waste and to optimize on resources. In many kitchens, the main method of storage is through the use of plastics. They range from plastic containers to wraps and boxes. In fact, most people will have food stored in plastic bags in their fridge or freezer. Are … Read more…

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Is It Safe To Store Food In Plastic Bags?

Storing food is pivotal in a bid to reduce waste and to optimize on resources. In many kitchens, the main method of storage is through the use of plastics. They range from plastic containers to wraps and boxes. In fact, most people will have food stored in plastic bags in their fridge or freezer. Are … Read more…

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Tracking for Survival Part 2

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Tracking for Survival Part 2

Tracking for Survival Part 2
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What’s up Team Gunmetal!! Dont forget, coming up soon… We are going to have the next installment of the Single Mom Survival Series with the Mistress of Metal. She’s gonna break down the next steps to mixing prepping and single motherhood. AND we will be giving away the Single Mom Starter Survival Kit…. Which is even starting to surprise me at how extensive it is.

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