Rainy day good excuse for a rest day

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I thought I stopped in time but I seemed to pulled a muscle along my neck and shoulder.  I took this rainy day off to rest that area and while it is not 100% it does feel 100% better than it did yesterday so it should heal up with a couple of easy days to get it loosened  up.

Speaking for myself I find that doing little things to keep the pulled muscle area moving a little bit with light weight work helps with the healing process. So I have just been doing some puttering around the house rather than any heavy lifting jobs. I finished getting the lawns watered and then a light rain came through to help finish up the job.  I made up a big batch of dog food this time using chicken quarters, green beans and brown rice.

No rain today (Saturday), the pulled  muscle is stiff and twinges occasionally but overall it seems to be healing up quickly.  I started the day with pulling the weeds out of the front rose beds.  With the mulch that covers these beds the weeds are very easy to pull out.  Then a split the rest of the day getting the house vacuumed,  clothes washed and finish building the last garden bed.  Having the shop cleaned up made the bed go together quicker than the first two beds. Putting the supporting 2x4s end pieces of wood first made adding the 10 foot long 2x6s much easier, plus having the work space to clamp the boards together, drilling the screw holes saved much wailing and gnashing of teeth.  I did not add the soil or till the new garden bed as moving the big bags of soil are a bit to much for my shoulder muscle until it gets healed up.

One of the best things for me building these garden boxes is I have learned how to follow simple building plans, use all of my tools and that trial and error is not a bad way to learn. One of the worst aspects I have is doing ALL of the work and not getting inpatient doing all the measuring, fitting and drilling out the screw holes, because I wanted the project done quickly rather than taking the time to make sure everything is done correctly.  Even a stacked concrete brick wall can be strong using re-bar and sand as a filler in the cavities of the block wall. I don’t think I’d use it as a house foundation but for a base for fence I think it would be good enough.

Good fences make good neighbors or unless you protect your property rights no one else will protect them, via precedent or squatters rights.  We need to get up some fencing and post more signs around Mom’s property.  Mom can be as nice or nasty as she chooses but her property lines must be respected.  Even a temporary fence is better than nothing as it proves you are protecting your property.  I fought a long hard legal battle about property rights.  Not good, so it is best nip these thing in the bud.  Even a temp. fence declares your right to your own property.  No one will ever care about your property than you. Do all you can to protect that property!

Chipping Away at the Second Amendment

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The greatest equalizer for the individual is the second amendment. It takes a soft bodied human and turns them into a lethal weapon.  The second amendment assures that a woman need not walk defenseless down a dark alley and be prayed upon. It also assures, and this is not for debate, that the people of …

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Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide: Globalism’s Inherent Systemic Threat

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The economy is on a global scale, communication is on a global scale, it would seem the only thing that isn’t is governing, yet. What does that mean to the world and to its people. There are many big players in our world that wish to see a one world government that makes decisions for …

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What is a Vole and How Do You Get Rid of Them

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There they were… slightly raised tunnels running through our garden like veins of soil feeding the plants. Except that it wasn’t feeding the plants. It was killing them.  Oh no!! Was it a mole or a vole this time? Upon closer inspection, it was a vole. Our greens were laying wilted on the soil, as …

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War and the Separation of Powers

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War affects us all. There is a reason why so many of us prep. Many are looking at the possibilities for WWIII and getting things in order. Who could fault them for that? Lately it would seem like the ability for our nation to go to war has been taken over by twitter. Our president …

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Blain: “Millennials Aren’t Buying Cars Or Homes Because They Are Indentured Slaves”

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This article is a stark reality for many people not just in the UK, where the subject matter is pulled, but in the united states as well. It is even more alarming in the UK because we have been told for so long that their socialist leanings are just the thing we need to adopt. …

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Hawaii Volcano Continues to Decimate — How To Get Current News — And Forebodes Threat of Another Fukushima Tsunami

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First off let me say this.    NONE of the nuclear plants on the Fukushima coast have been restarted, but that does not lessen the risk because of all of the stored nuclear waste that has been gathered and bagged up.     If this waste gets swept into the ocean, I predict that the Pacific will be decimated for around 100 years.    As it is, it will probably take 30 years to recover the food chain.

3 generations with no Pacific food chain, could cause the mass die-offs to go beyond just the whales, get it????

Here is prior story on Hawaii lava lakes draining prior to to Fukushima

 http://www.nukepro.net/2018/05/disappearing-lava-lakes-in-hawaii.html

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from Flying Cuttlefish, which ought to be on your daily “check it” list

https://flyingcuttlefish.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/hawaii-3/

Hawaii braces for worse lava flows from erupting volcano

“As a lava lake at Kilauea’s summit drains inside the volcano, magma is running underground. It could burst to the surface as large, fast-moving and intensely hot lava flows and produce higher levels of toxic gases, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist-in-charge Tina Neal said.“

As events move faster than we can post them here’s
HOW TO FOLLOW THE VOLCANO NEWS

HVO Live Cams – https://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cams/

LIVE CAM (split screen view) – https://youtu.be/Dy4lG6YzLI8

CNN‘s Live Updates page

The USGS channel has science updates

KHON2 News has breaking news

Hawaii 27/7 has daily updates

Inspired to go on a life change

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Hi there. You can call me Mia. I am wanting to head in to the woods off the coast of Bc.  I am hard working woman with some know how.  I grew up off the grid in northern Manitoba. I would like a companion of the like minded type.  I know this will be hard work and there is a high chance of starvation, injury, or sickness but I am willing to take the chance. 

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Inspired to go on a life change

Hi there. You can call me Mia. I am wanting to head in to the woods off the coast of Bc.  I am hard working woman with some know how.  I grew up off the grid in northern Manitoba. I would like a companion of the like minded type.  I know this will be hard work and there is a high chance of starvation, injury, or sickness but I am willing to take the chance. 

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Magazines

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There’s a ratio of magazine:gun that makes me feel comfortable. For a pistol that I plan on shooting and having as an integral part of my long-term plans, I like to have a ratio of at least 20:1. For rifles, thats more like 40:1. That’s not an unattainable goal and, in my opinion, it’s a realistic quantity of magazines if you operate under the guide of “will what I have right now last me the rest of my life if I can’t get any more?”

Having acquired recently two Ruger PC9 carbines that take P-series magazines, my ratio of mags:guns took a bit of a hit. So…off to GunBroker……

Once in a blue moon I can find someone selling a bunch of Ruger mags as a single lot. (Which is how this absurd collection of P-series pistols got started.) I just happen to stumble across someone selling a fistful of law-enforcement restricted P-series mags and, since the guns aren’t exactly terribly popular, managed to nail them down for $100 for the lot…or $12.50@. Good deal for gen-u-ine Ruger mags.

Although it’s not something we usually think about, mags are a consumable. They are disposable. They have a limited usage life compared to the pistol. The person who say “Oh, I’ve got five mags for Beretta 92…I’m all set!” is a short-sighted, ignorant, and unimaginative fool. I’ve covered this elsewhere so i won’t rehash it here, but it’s really hard to have too many spare mags.

Anyway, these will get distributed amongs the pistols, and a couple pistol mag pouches will be set aside for the carbines. And, unless a smoking deal comes along, I think I’ll be pretty much done on this particular front.

 

Designing Your Blade: Things to Keep in Mind

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Knives and blades have been designed and made since hundreds of years and modernization is taking place every year. Each era had its own trends and designs. History has thus given us different variations of the humble knives according to the different uses they were put to, and the owner itself. There were astounding designs …

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Silver Is A GIFT Right Now And Any Time Spent Below $16.50 Is A FIRE SALE

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There is no need to rattle of the many reasons a prepper might want to be stacking silver. Its pretty self evident. Silver is not only an investment for the end of the world but its also a pretty safe investment overall. Right now we are sitting at an incredibly low rate for silver. I …

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Learn Your Country’s History!

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Learn Your Country’s History
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History reports that George Santayana once famously quoted, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” A very famous line that we are seeing applies more and more these days. Mark Twain also famously commented on this same quote when he said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” This week we will be talking about learning history, more specifically learning the history of your country.

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Nuclear Attack Preparation from A to Z

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by Chad

You curse moving out of the city for the umpteenth time. Rush hour traffic has turned your comparatively short 12 mile commute home into a snail’s-pace exercise in patience. You wait for your turn to move forward another few feet toward the interstate ramp, phone in hand, scrolling mindlessly through your social media notifications, when suddenly it makes a new, shrill chime.

It doesn’t stop. The catchy tune on the radio is slashed abruptly by an equally, ominous tone. You tap the flashing banner on your phone. Suddenly, everything feels very far away, and very unreal: the message reads “Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound! – Seek Cover Immediately!” You look around to the other cars; almost every driver wears the same terrified face, heads bent down at phones or staring mutely at the radio.

Then the panic starts…

In the Shadow of the Atom

Nuclear attack preparation is once again climbing the ranks of plausible threats for preppers. Out of the dustbin of history, from Cold War-era Mutually Assured Destruction policies between superpowers to today, with the too-real brinkmanship occurring between the United States and rogue, progressively nuclear-armed dictatorships like North Korea.

With the rise and fall of various regimes, and nuclear material being more accessible than ever, there is also the plausible, even probable, possibility of a terrorist group detonating a smaller nuclear device, or “dirty bomb,” in a major population center.

Unleashing the power of a star upon activation, even the smallest strategic nuclear weapons possess stupefying destructive capability: blast wave and heat effects produce devastation and casualties miles beyond the epicenter of the blast. Assuming one is not killed or mortally wounded by either, then there is the simultaneous release of hard gamma radiation that can easily kill in hours or weeks, or if not gravely debilitate a victim, leading to a life ridden with cancer and disease.

Even this is followed by the irradiated soot, dust and other particulates that will settle back to earth in the minutes and hours after the blast, the iconic “black soot” of nuclear fallout, which presents a significant threat to life for months afterward, hampering reoccupation and society in the aftermath.

Considering that the nuclear warhead is the mankind’s ultimate and terrible total weapon, you may think that surviving the use of one may boil down to mere chance: hope and pray that it isn’t aimed your way. This is not the case.

While survival anywhere near the epicenter of the detonation will be virtually impossible if one is not far underground in a specialty bunker or shelter, anything short of such misfortune is survivable, if you have warning, react quickly, and keep the appropriate sustainment supplies with you, or prepared in advance, you and your loved ones can survive both the detonation and resultant fallout with no or minimal ill effects.

Most of the supplies and preps we will discuss you will be plenty familiar with. There are a few specialty items that are desirable to preparing for and surviving in the aftermath of a nuclear strike. Note that this article is a guide on surviving a nuclear strike as a single incident or limited exchange, not a proper nuclear war or end-of-world-as-we-know-it cataclysm. T

he information shared is not conjecture, and has been gathered from authorities in nuclear preparedness at the highest government and academic levels. Many readers will already have the fundamentals of such a plan in place, and will only need to make a few adaptations to their existing plans to facilitate survival of a nuclear strike. Others may be brand-new beginners, and if so, will see that the techniques, equipment and procedures listed will help to prepare one for a multitude of disaster and crisis scenarios of far lesser magnitude than a dreaded nuke.

This article will cover the first, second and third order effects of a nuclear detonation, but will not be a detailed analysis of the various kinds of such weapons, as for our purposes only the yield of the warhead will make any practical difference in  the outcome of the event.

Some devices, so called “dirty-bombs,” do not produce much in the way of blast compared to a nuclear detonation, and are in fact not a proper nuclear warhead, but instead are designed to scatter as much radiological material as possible far and wide, hampering clean-up and rescue efforts in the aftermath of a conventional bomb. These devices will be touched on briefly only because dealing with their irradiating fallout is much the same as dealing with the fallout resulting from a nuclear detonation.

Nuclear Weapon Basics – What Are We Dealing With?

Nuclear warheads come in a couple of basic varieties, fission and fusion. Fission, commonly called “A-Bombs” are the original, simpler and still widely used type of atomic weapon. Fusion, or “H-Bombs,” or thermonuclear bombs are more common in the arsenals of nations with large and advanced nuclear arsenals and are typically more powerful, and far more complex, than their fission cousins. For our purposes, both produce the dreadful effects that we will be preparing to defend against, and it will make no difference which one is heading your way!

The power of a nuclear warhead is measured in yield, typically expressed in the equivalent weight of TNT detonated, either in kilotons (thousands of tons), or megatons (millions of tons). The higher the yield, the greater the destructive effects will be. The primary destructive effects of a nuclear detonation are Blast, Flash, Ionizing Radiation, and Fallout.  A larger warhead will result in a larger radius of complete destruction at the hypocenter of detonation, and a correspondingly larger radius of severe damage.

The Blast is a shockwave created by the intense heat and radiation forcing gas outward from the detonation site, and compressing the surrounding air. It is this shockwave that causes much of the widespread destruction associated with a nuclear bomb. Any building short of specialty blast-resistant structures will be severely damaged or destroyed depending on their proximity to the detonation, up to several miles away. Human beings are subjected to severe overpressure effects in tissues, or are torn apart by the blast wind itself. Anything near ground zero that is above or slightly below ground will be completely annihilated.

Flash or Thermal Radiation is emitted on detonation in visible and invisible spectrums. This is the predominant cause of both burns and eye injuries, and will occur far outside the blast range. This thermal radiation is absorbed, transmitted or deflected upon striking an object and raises the object’s temperature accordingly. This can result in the charring and scorching of flammable material.

This intense heat is enough to start fires initially, but these are often quickly snuffed out by the approaching blast wave. The initial flash can cause temporary blindness by overloading the amount of light that the human retina can handle. Permanent injury to the eye by retinal scarring can be caused by having the fireball of the detonation in the field of view. The height of the burst and size of the fireball will have a determining effect on permanent eye injury.

Ionizing Radiation is released in multiple forms, some moving at up to the speed of light. The principle types we are concerned with during and after the detonation are alpha and beta particles, neutrons and gamma ray radiation. Alpha particles are dangerous if ingested, or inhaled. Beta particles can penetrate living tissue, causing molecular damage, and, if the molecule is DNA, mutation or cancer.

Gamma rays are high-energy, and long range compared to other radiation, and deeply penetrating, causing damage at the cellular level. Neutron radiation will render surrounding matter radioactive, including the fine dust and debris that collectively is nuclear fallout. A lower dose of ionizing radiation will produce sickness or long-term health risks, like cancer or genetic damage, while higher doses will cause acute sickness, tissue damage and death in hours or weeks.

Nuclear Fallout is any matter that has been rendered radioactive the emitted radiation of the nuclear device. This fallout will settle back to earth after being lifted high into the atmosphere by the explosion, and can sometimes be carried many miles away by prevailing winds and air currents.

It forms the primary hazard for days, weeks or months afterward depending on the device, and can adhere to skin, hair, clothing and shoes, being tracked around like dust or mud, including into previously uncontaminated areas. Any exposure or ingestion of fallout will result in exposure to radiation, with the effects accruing depending on the dosage of radiation.

Nuclear weapons also generate a secondary effect, an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP. This EMP is not harmful to tissue, but will damage or destroy any unshielded electronics exposed to it, and disrupt radio communication. Semiconductors and integrated circuits are especially vulnerable to EMP effects. This will result in communications difficulty at the least following a nuclear detonation.

While it paints a grim picture, understanding the destructive mechanisms of a nuclear warhead will allow you to better plan against it.

Preparation

Material preparation should concentrate on water, food, medical and trauma supplies, flashlights and batteries, and redundant backup copies of all important personal and legal documents, including physical copies of all important phone numbers. General guidelines below.

  • Food: high calorie, energy dense, shelf stable products, either canned or bagged. Minimal prep required is a plus. Do not forget pet food if you have a pet.
  • Water: a good guideline is one gallon per person, per day. Expect to shelter in place immediately after an event for at least 72 hours, and probably longer.
  • Medical: a basic first aid kit and additional trauma supplies. Add somewhat more preference for additional burn treatments. Include potassium iodide pills; these pills stop uptake of radioactive iodide by the thyroid gland, and are effective at preventing thyroid cancer. These are a preventative, not a cure. Do not forget any critical medication. If refrigeration is required you must have provisions in place for a cooler or ice chest.
  • Protective Gear: disposable gloves and dust-masks or respirators of appropriate rating.
  • Flashlights: stock plenty of batteries. Expect total loss of power for the foreseeable future.
  • Emergency Crank Radio: this type of radio is expected to survive the effects of an EMP. Will be crucial to tune into instructions from responding agencies about severity of aftermath and safety procedures, and does not rely on batteries. Note that radio communications may be atmospherically disrupted after a blast, or equipment may be damaged or destroyed far from ground zero due to the EMP effect.
  • Clothes: a change of clothes can allow you to ditch contaminated clothing for a fresh pair.
  • Documents: anything that you do own that survives the blast may be unrecoverable due to fallout contamination. Have copies of everything important on a flashdrive and on paper as a backup. Expect that you will be able to retrieve nothing from anywhere else. Items to include are things like social security cards, driver’s licenses, car titles, deeds, birth certificates, diplomas and degrees, emergency numbers and other phone contacts.
  • Sanitation: if stashing supplies in a known location. Five gallon bucket with lid, heavy contractor bags, saw dust or quick lime, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, wet wipes, powder.

Keep a general readiness kit with you at all times! You may have a window of opportunity to seek shelter if warned of an impending strike early enough. A BOB or INCH kit should be in every one of your vehicles. If you have to take shelter hastily, the contents of either could be all that you have for several days.

Advance prep work should focus on identifying shelter and cover locations around places you frequent in your town or city, like home, school, work, etc., or installing shelter locations at home or work, resources and time permitting. Pay attention to your surroundings while you commute.

Remember: mass attenuates radiation! More mass between yourself and the fallout is best. There may be an adequate structure to protect you every few blocks. Any building, especially one with a basement, is better than being in your vehicle or in the open. If resources permit, you may wish to install a subterranean shelter in your home or on your property.

Consider your locale: major population centers will be priority targets in a nuclear exchange, as will military bases, defense industry manufacturing centers and certain infrastructure hubs. If you live in or near one of these locations, you will need to be doubly prepared to act quickly in order to survive. Understand that a larger weapon detonating in close proximity is considered non-survivable. If that is a risk you are not willing to take you must consider moving.

The government rates the suitability of a room in a structure to protect occupants from nuclear radiation with a rating known as Protection Factor.  The ideal shelter location is one in a large concrete building, either at the center of the structure or an underground room with no exterior subsurface access point. Structures made from concrete or brick are best. Wood, or light metal structures offer very little protection from radiation. Vehicles offer little to no protection from radiation. See the following diagram for details.

building protection factors

Attack Imminent, Pre-Detonation

If you are warned of an imminent strike in your area, you may have only a few minutes to seek shelter, but these few minutes are sufficient to save your life. Get inside the nearest structure, taking all family members and pets with you. Heavier, stronger materials are desirable. Such a building with a basement or multiple sublevels is best. Move away from windows. DO NOT look for any flash or cloud; you’ll know it when it happens, and the flash can temporarily or permanently blind you.

If you are trapped outside when a detonation occurs, take cover behind any large, heavy object between you and the blast or get below surface level if possible. Lie flat and cover your head and face. After the shockwave passes you must find the closest, best shelter: fallout will be on its way down at this point.

Post-Detonation

You may have anywhere from 10-30 minutes before fallout arrives post-blast. Be inside before it arrives. This alone will save you from the worst effects of radioactive fallout, which will lose potency as days pass. You should be prepared to stay inside no less than 24hrs, and preferably 72 hours.

If you were caught outside when the fallout arrives, your clothing and all exposed skin or hair will be contaminated, and until you remove it, you will be tracking deadly radiation everywhere. You should strip and discard any clothing exposed to fallout. Do this in an exterior room or antechamber of the building so you do not bring any fallout with you to the safest area.

If you must move through fallout or other irradiated areas, do so as quickly as possible, as every moment you are exposed to radiation is injurious, and even brief exposure to extremely “hot” material can make you very sick, or kill you.

Once inside an appropriate structure, you must take these few minutes to make the dwelling as impermeable to outside air as possible: close and lock all doors and windows. Close the chimney damper if there is one. Shut off all air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces. Any drafty doorways or windows should be sealed if possible. Remember: fallout can be as fine as dust or ash, and you must take all precaution to keep it out of your building, off your body and away from you!

If exposed, take a shower or wash with soap or shampoo and water to decontaminate your body. If that is unavailable use wipes or washcloths to cleanse any exposed parts of your hair or skin. Pets that were exposed should be gently brushed, then bathed with soap and water in the same manner. DO NOT USE HAIR CONDITIONER: the nature of the conditioner can bind radioactive fallout to hair.

If you are dealing with a dirty bomb, and survived the explosion, you should follow the decontamination protocol above as soon as you have reached a safe distance from the site and any possible follow-on explosions. The principal threat from a dirty bomb is the bomb itself, not its radioactive material.

Staying Safe While Sustaining

As soon as you can, utilize a crank- or battery-powered radio to tune in to a public notification frequency. Listen for broadcast instructions on evacuation procedures and routes. Note again that the worst threat from fallout will be in the 24 hours following the detonation.

When selecting food, water and medication for consumption, any sources that were inside a building, away from fallout, or brought inside a safe location before fallout arrived should be safe to consume. DO NOT eat or drink from any sealed containers exposed to fallout, or from any source that may have been exposed to fallout somewhere in the distribution system. Ration safe food and water to ensure you can endure in place while sheltering.

If you have the opportunity to help someone else by letting them into your shelter, you may choose to do so, but you must assume they have been contaminated by fallout; Any one that is showing symptoms like nausea or vomiting, burns, seizures, tremors or lethargy may have been exposed to strong radiation in a short period of time, and suffering from Acute Radiation Sickness, or ARS. Follow the decontamination procedures listed above, and understand that some risk must remain as they could be irradiated themselves. This is something you must consider before the time comes.

When the time comes to evacuate, follow instructions from nuclear response agencies and personnel closely.

Conclusion

A nuclear detonation is one of the most destructive events imaginable, and will doubtlessly cause many deaths and widespread devastation, but it is survivable if you take the appropriate action before, during and after the strike. Do not let fear or awe keep you from taking sensible, achievable steps to survive and prevail after a nuclear strike. Time spent thinking about a solution now will save precious seconds and prevent panic prior to the event.

References

https://www.ready.gov/nuclear-explosion

https://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/moretypes.asp#ind

“Casualties Due to the Blast, Heat, and Radioactive Fallout from Various Hypothetical Nuclear Attacks on the United States.” -William Daugherty, Barbara Levi, PH.D., and Frank Von Hippel, PH.D., Princeton University

Nearsighted Legislation Prohibits Grid Upgrade in Puerto Rico

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With thoughts of recover on our mind from last hurricane season its hard to believe that we are just a few months away from the start of the next one! The electrical grid is one such upgrade that we must always be aware of. In fact, there is an ongoing call for EMP upgrades right …

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The War Machine Springs To Life Over Syria

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The connections between business, commodities and war cannot be denied. Nothing spurs growth like a decent war. That is a sad reality that we all must be aware of and we all must keep an eye on. Years ago we were warned of “no win wars” that were going to do little more than regulate …

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7 Bug Out Vehicles You Can Rely On In An Emergency Situation

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It’s often a worry that one should not put all their faith in a bugout vehicle because we do not know the conditions of the roads following a disaster. Depending on when you make it out could be the difference between success and failure. An outfitted bugout vehicle is nothing you want to leave behind. …

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This Guy Didn’t Wait for the Govt. to Restore Power in Puerto Rico. He Bought a Truck Learned to Do It Himself

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by Daisy Luther

While everyone else was waiting for the government to restore power to Puerto Rico, Oscar Carrion and his friends went in together to buy a bucket truck … Read the rest

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Emergency Alerts – 6 FREE Resources!

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Dozens of earthquakes gave Hawaii residences a 48 hour warning before the volcano erupted. The average warning time for California wildfires victims was 20 minutes. Japan’s tsunami victims had a 15-minute warning. Being one of the first to know about oncoming dangers can provide you a head-start. Emergency alert systems […]

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Stuffed Up Already? Try This Early Summer Sinus Solution

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Early summer sinus solution

By for you run to the pharnacy, try this effective early summer sinus solution

With early summer allergies on the rise, lots of folks are looking for an early summer sinus solution  to clear up the sinuses and get breathing again. So once you begin to notice mucus is starting to build up in your sinuses, consider a simple method called “nasal irrigation.” Some of our readers know this, but its always good to have a reminder when the sesaons change. It’s usually enough to deliver much-needed relief and in many cases the relief is rapid.

First, it’s important to understand that your nostrils are a necessary filtering system which not only removes smoke, dust, and other irritants, but they also warms and humidifies the air you breathe. When your nostrils start to become irritated or “blocked” and you begin to breathe through the mouth, you put a lot of unnecessary stress on both your bronchial tubes as well as your lungs.

OK, To irrigate your nostrils, dissolve one teaspoon of salt in 16 oz of warm water. A small amount of this can be placed in a small plastic inhaler jar and gently used as you would any inhaling mist to clear the nostrils.
If you have an inhaler, pour the entire 16 ounces of mixture into a fairly wide bowl. While bending forward, block one of your nostrils and set another below the water surface in the bowl. Very carefully, take the water in and gently pull it into the nostril until it’s possible to taste the salty solution trickling into the rear of your throat. Once your can tase it… blow it back out. (the fun part, right?) Repeat this process a few times with both nostrils for a great early summer sinus solution.

In addition , you might try some horseradish. I use it all the time in combination with nasal irrigation.

So before you go to the pharmacy to pick up your favorite nasal spray, give this a try. If you’re like me every time you use the over the counter stuff like Afrin, you get rebound addition or whatever its called from using too much. Truth is, sometimes I feel worse from using the over the counter spray than I do from the allergy.

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Teaching Kids to Shoot: Gun Safety and More

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One of the most important life skills you need to teach your children (boys and girls both) is how to handle firearms.

If you are bringing your family up off the grid, one of the most important life skills you need to teach your children (boys and girls both) is how to handle firearms.  Before we talk about safety and the best guns to help kids learn with, let’s talk about why teaching kids to shoot is so important.

First of all, if you have guns in the house, kids need to learn to respect them.  They need to understand that these real weapons are not toys.  Kids are naturally curious, and the best way to tame that curiosity is to allow them to learn to shoot a real weapon when they are old enough.  You never hear stories about farm kids who grow up around guns pulling the revolver out of mom’s nightstand and shooting the neighbor kid.  It doesn’t happen.  Why?  Kids who are allowed to shoot guns know they have to respect what the weapons can do, and they know they have to follow the rules.

Second, kids need to learn to hunt.  Hunting is one of the most important ways to keep yourself and your family alive, and once kids are old enough to get a hunting license (ages vary state by state), they can get their own game tags.  Family participation is a great way to keep the freezer full.

Third, kids need to know how to defend themselves.  If you have a variety of weapons at home, every member of the family needs to know how to operate and maintain every weapon.  If you leave your kids home alone, they need to know what to do if an intruder shows up at the door.  This is where family values come in.  Kids need to understand that killing in self-defense is not a violation of the sixth commandment.  They also need to have a solid understanding of righteous anger versus the kind of selfish anger that can get people in trouble.  Teach your children the right way to live, and pray they’ll never have to raise a gun in self-defense; at the same time, don’t make the foolish mistake of neglecting to give them a solid education about how to use firearms.

A Child’s First Gun

My recommendation is to give kids a good airsoft gun sized right for them as soon as they are old enough to understand that these things are not toys.  Start with the kind that shoots plastic projectiles that can be reused.  Line up some soda cans about three feet away, and let your budding marksman go to town.  Once your child can hit these reliably, start moving them further away.

Remember, don’t treat operating guns (even unloaded airsoft guns) like toys.  These are not toys.  They shoot projectiles, they are tools, and they have a purpose.  This being said, shooting should be fun.  I have never met a boy or girl who did not have fun with his or her first airsoft.

BB and Pellet Guns

When you move up to a BB or pellet gun, you’re going to be able to start hitting targets that are further away.  Use a big marker to draw an easy-to-see target on a piece of paper (don’t waste money on printed targets!),  and tack it to a bale of straw or hay.  You can still shoot pop cans, and if you’ve given your child a good pea shooter, then he’ll hear a satisfying “thwack!” noise when he hits them.

Don’t let your kids shoot at birds or little animals with BB and pellet guns.  These are for target practice.  Kids need to know that shooting any kind of ammunition at living things should always be done with the intent to kill.  Injuring God’s creatures intentionally is wasteful and wrong, so don’t stand for it.

Rifles, Shotguns, and Handguns

Once your kids have the arm and hand strength to handle a real gun, they can start to learn how to shoot real, working guns.  A .22 rifle made for kids is an inexpensive investment, and it’s one of the best ways to start a child out.  Start with targets nearby, and as accuracy improves, move targets further back.  Making targets easy to hit at first gives kids confidence that they can, indeed, hit what they are aiming for.  Just like they do in other situations, kids will look forward to greater challenges, so don’t be afraid to let them start at a super easy level and move along at their own pace.

Don’t let your kids shoot unsupervised until you are absolutely sure that they have the ability to handle their guns responsibly.  The more time you spend shooting and working on gun maintenance, and taking your kids along when you go hunting, the faster you will be able to get them to that level of responsibility.

A .22 pistol is best for teaching kids how a pistol works, and a .410 shotgun is a great starter shotgun.  Whenever your child starts to learn about a new gun, spend time showing him or her how it works, and go over all the features of the weapon.  Use appropriate targets, and make sure you use hearing protection.

Hearing Protection and Safety

While you don’t want to wear protection in the woods until you’re actually ready to shoot (you want to hear game coming), you do want to protect your precious hearing when you are practicing.  Also, a good pair of shooting glasses can help improve aim and protect your eyes.  If kids shoot on their own, insist they wear protection while practicing.  An accident or hearing loss will reduce your child’s quality of life – and when you’re living off the grid, you need all your senses to remain in good order.

Most important of all, and this bears repeating, teach your kids that guns are tools for killing game and protecting the family.  It’s fun to shoot at targets and if that is all you ever do, that’s fine – but kids need to know that they should never point a gun at something they do not intend to shoot.  Teach them right when they are young, and you’ll end up with kids who are responsible, and who are good shots.

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Learn How to Manage Your Sleep for Optimum Health and Increased Longevity

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As a prepper, you need to learn diametrically opposite things when it comes to sleep. Both are useful for different situations.

On one hand, you need to learn how to get a good night’s sleep–because this is useful for everyday performance. Without adequate levels of rest, humans deteriorate both physically and mentally to the point where our very lives are at risk. For example, extreme exhaustion can lead to impaired judgment, something nobody wants in a life or death situation. Furthermore, lack of sleep can do damage to the immune system, making us especially susceptible to illness and infections which may be difficult to treat in an environment where resources are limited.

On the other hand, you’ve got to learn about the benefits of sleep deprivation in training–because this will help you remain alert and able during an emergency when you’ve had little or no sleep. Despite the health risks posed by not getting enough sleep, the human body and mind can continue to function for a surprisingly long time without proper rest. You’ll be able to perform well despite sleep deprivation if you’ve undergone the necessary training beforehand.

Since both are topics that can be discussed at length, for the sake of focus, let’s talk about how to sleep well first and why it is essential that you understand how to get a good night’s sleep and why it’s important. We will address the benefits of learning to function better in spite of a lack of sleep in a follow-up article.

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Here are three ways to make sure you sleep well:

Sleep on a good mattress: A good mattress is essential for getting a good night’s sleep. A good bedding/mattress store will offers mattresses from top manufacturers like Serta, Simmons, TempurPedic, and Taylor & Wells. So the first place to start when it comes to troubleshooting how to improve the quality of your night’s rest is with a good mattress. One that is right for you. This is one of the things that, well, getting a bargain is never a bad thing, but sacrificing comfort and function for a few buck is NOT a smart decision.

Keep your bedroom dark and quiet: Our Stone Age ancestors slept in dark, quiet and cool caves and caverns. Consequently, we may be biologically primed to respond to these conditions. When a room is dark and quiet, and when it isn’t hot and stuffy, we sleep deeply. Darkening your room is as simple as turning off bright electronics in your bedroom, like your digital clock,  computer, and television, adding window coverings and closing doors. If, for some reason, you can’t reduce the noise in the house, buy a white noise machine. And, finally, adjust the thermostat for the right temperature.

Enjoy a hot shower or bath before bed to calm your mind and relax your muscles: Although you’ll sleep better in a cooler room than a hotter one, your muscles relax more when you raise your body’s core temperature with a hot bath. Also, consider adding a few drops of a calming essential oil like lavender to the bath or as a mist on sheets to help trigger drowsiness.

Why You Need to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Here is a quick list of the seven benefits you’ll get after a good night’s sleep:

You’ll get smarter: A good night’s sleep improves alertness and cognitive function. Additionally, sleep helps you remember important information. If you study before sleep, a process called Memory Consolidation helps your brain make connections, find contextual relationships, and build long-term memories.

You’ll be less stressed: When you’re sleep deprived, your blood pressure and stress hormones spike. Observable symptoms of stress from sleep deprivation include irritation, anger, and overwhelm. People who have not had a good night’s rest are more likely to lose patience with their spouse and children, yelling at them for trivial issues. They are also likely to be disinterested and unmotivated in things that they previously found engaging. 

You’ll live longer: Studies have shown that there’s a direct correlation between the overall quality of sleep you get every night and your longevity. Every major physiological system and organ appears to be compromised when a person does not get enough sleep. For instance, they find difficulty in thinking clearly, heart variance rates are higher, and their immune system is compromised. When you get enough sleep, it will improve your overall health.  Sleep helps your body heal from the pain of a recent injury, and it also boosts your immune system, reduces inflammation, controls blood sugar, and regulates heart rate. 

You’ll be in a better mood: If you get enough sleep every night, your serotonin levels will soar, promoting a sense of peace and a feeling of well-being. The amygdala and the prefrontal cortex play a critical role in mood regulation. Connectivity between these two brain centers is higher when you’re well-rested and much lower when you’re suffering from sleep deprivation. This enhanced connectivity results in more effective executive functioning, better reactivity, and reduced impulsiveness.

You’ll be more attractive: When you sleep, your body begins to repair your skin, adding collagen protein and regenerating cells. Collagen prevents skin from sagging, and when you have plenty of collagen your skin is plumper. Conversely, insufficient collagen causes wrinkling. 

You’ll control your weight: Weight control is managed by the hormones leptin and ghrelin. When you don’t get enough sleep, your levels of leptin go up, which, in turn, stimulates your appetite, making you overeat. Insufficient sleep also spikes up ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, reduces how many calories you burn, and increases how much fat you store. So, when leptin and ghrelin levels go up because of insufficient sleep, it becomes almost impossible to lose weight. 

You’ll be less accident-prone:  Although clumsiness caused by drowsiness might just result in bumps and bruises or dropping and breaking things, some accidents are far more dangerous. For instance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that drowsy driving causes fatalities. In 2014, they reported 846 deaths were due to drowsy driving. Although much attention has been paid to fatalities and injuries due to alcohol, sleepiness has also played a significant role in poor decisions and slow reaction times behind the wheel.   

The one lesson we probably all wish we’d learned years ago would be how to get a good night’s sleep. When you get good at figuring out how to get enough sleep, you’ll feel alert and ready to deal with anything that comes your way during the day. Good sleep allows you to feel happier and be healthier. You’ll be at your best the next day, ready and able to perform mental and physical tasks well.

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Dandelions: 31+ Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the King of Weeds

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This article is part of a series on weed gardens and identifying and using the plants you’ll often find there. For other articles in the series, please click here.

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As you can see, the weed garden is really starting to come to life. I’ve got henbit, sedges, dayflowers, wood sorrel, pokeweed, and a few other visitors. But one weed I would gladly welcome has yet to show up. Dandelions!

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Dandelions are pretty much the unofficial mascots for foraging and herbal medicine. They can be found on every continent (except Antarctica) and have tremendous value as food and medicine. They invade lawns, fields, and waste spaces despite every effort to control, contain, and kill them.

Dandelions are survivors, and they pass on a little of that to us when we consume them.

Identifying Dandelions

While dandelions do have a few look-alikes, none of them are toxic. Among the common fakers, you’ll find cat’s ear, chicory, shepherd’s purse, and hawksbeard. Here’s your guide to telling the real thing from the fakers.

Dandelions are perennials1)Perennial: Any plant that lives for more than 2 years. that grow in a basal rosette.2)Basal Rosette: A circular arrangement of leaves at ground level. You’ll never find leaves growing from the stem. Leaves are anywhere from 2 inches to over a foot (5 to 40 centimeters) long and have jagged teeth.

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The jagged pattern of the leaves can vary quite a bit. On some plants, the indentations will go nearly to the midline of the leaf, while others will have fairly shallow teeth. The tips of the teeth tend to point backward, toward the center of the plant. Leaves are virtually hairless at all stages of growth.

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By the way, the name “dandelion” is said to come from “dent de lion” or “teeth of the lion.” And depending on who you ask, this either refers to the jagged leaves or the flower petals.

The scientific name, Taraxacum officinale, could be translated as “the official cure for every disorder.”

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The yellow blooms are composite flowers. That is, they look like one flower, but are technically a cluster of tiny flowers. The ends of the petals tend to be flat, rather than tapering to a point, and they overlap all the way to the center of the flower. Blooming happens mostly in spring, and again in fall, with sporadic blooming at any time.

Dandelions - Uses, Eating. Medicine

These flowers turn into the puffballs that kids love to blow on to make wishes. A single dandelion plant may produce many stems and flowers, but each stem will have only a single flower. The stems are hollow and can range in length from 2 to 18 inches (5 to 45 centimeters).

All parts of the plant contain a white, milky sap. This would normally be a warning sign, but dandelions are an exception to the rule.

Read More: “How to Not Die While Wildcrafting: 15 Rules for Foraging Safely”

There are even some rather useful applications for this sap, which we’ll get into below. Be aware that dandelion sap has occasionally been reported to cause contact dermatitis in some individuals.

Dandelions can be found throughout the U.S., Canada, and most of the rest of the world, especially around people. This is another plant that loves us and wants to be near us. You can find them in lawns, fields, pastures, waste spaces, and disturbed ground. They seem to survive everything from drought, to over-picking, to digging, to mowing, to herbicides. But why would you want to get rid of these happy little guys? They’re beautiful, and they’re trying so hard to help us.

Edible Uses and Dandelion Recipes

If you do an Internet search for dandelion recipes, you’ll find page after page of preparations for this versatile vegetation. Recipes abound!

I, myself, have only scratched the surface of dandelion delicacies. There are just so many!

Nutritional Value

And why shouldn’t there be? Every part of the plant is edible, raw or cooked. And not only are dandelions plentiful, they’re very nearly a perfect food. Dandelions are rich in potassium; magnesium; manganese; phosphorus; sodium; copper; choline; calcium; iron; lecithin; biotin; inositol; chlorophyll; fiber; and vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, D, and E.3)Foster, Steven, James A. Duke, and Steven Foster. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.,4)Peterson, Lee Allen, and Roger Tory Peterson. A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.,5)Chevallier, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. London: DK/Penguin Random House, 2016.,6)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014.,7)Gladstar, Rosemary. The Beginners Guide to Medicinal Herbs 35 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use. Storey Books, 2012.,8)Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.

That’s quite a mouthful. Literally.

They have more vitamin A than any other green plant—six times more than carrots—and a single cup of fresh greens will meet your daily requirement of beta-carotene, iron, calcium, and potassium!9)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014.

That tap root really reaches down to bring up the good stuff. You can see why I call them the king of weeds.

Furthermore, when eaten as a whole (roots to flowers/seeds), the dandelion forms a complete protein, with all 9 essential amino acids.10)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014. That’s a pretty good trick for a plant.

Dandelion also seems to help with the absorption and balance of minerals.11)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Overcoming the Bitter Taste

But let’s address the elephant in the room. Dandelions are bitter. Very bitter. Involuntarily-spit-them-out-and-go-wash-your-mouth-out-with-ice-cream bitter.

Perhaps I exaggerate. But how is one to get past the bitterness to access those amazing nutrients? I’ve got you covered.

First, you should select the best dandelions. The best-tasting leaves have had the easiest life. Don’t pick any sunbaked, twice-stepped-on leaves. Harvest from a plant in a shady, well-watered location. Harvest younger greens, earlier in the year. Leaves toward the center of the rosette also tend to be less bitter.

Next, choose the right preparation. It’s the rare individual who enjoys eating a handful of dandelion greens raw. It’s a lot easier to moderate their taste by chopping them up and mixing them with other greens. They also pair well with savory dishes.

Of all the cooking methods, boiling does the best job of reducing bitterness. Drop the leaves into boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. If you’ve picked a good plant, it shouldn’t take much more than this. If not, you can always boil them longer. Use plenty of water so the bitterness has someplace to go.

Eating the Roots: Stir-fried, Pickled, and as a Coffee Substitute

The root can be eaten raw, but tastes better when cooked. Try them sliced and stir-fried with other veggies. Cooking breaks down the root’s inulin into fructose, bringing out a much sweeter taste. They’re also a fine addition to soups and stews, and—although I’ve never tried it—they are reportedly quite tasty when pickled.

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Dandelion Coffee Recipe

The root is typically harvested from late fall to early spring. Second-year roots are preferred, but good luck on guessing how old a dandelion is by looking at it. If it’s too old and woody to eat, you can still use it to make a caffeine-free coffee substitute. Slice up the root and slow-roast it in your oven until it turns dark brown and becomes brittle. This should take about 30 minutes at 350°F (175°C). Let it cool, and then grind it up to use like coffee grounds. I’m usually not a fan of coffee substitutes, but this is one I really enjoy.

Dandelion Mocha Recipe

If you’d like to take your dandelion coffee to the next level (and who wouldn’t?), you can turn it into a dandelion mocha. This recipe comes from Rosemary Gladstar, and it is delightful.

Use 1 tbsp each of dandelion coffee grounds and cacao nibs. Simmer in 3 cups of water for 30 minutes. Then strain and add ½ cup milk (or milk substitute), ½ tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tbsp. honey (or other sweetener), and a dash of ground nutmeg or cloves.

It’s excellent. I highly recommend you try it.

Eating the Flowers: Sautéed, Fried, and Infused

The flowers make a colorful addition to salads, soups, ice creams, or just about anything else. Two of my favorite ways to eat them are sautéed in butter and as an ingredient in dandelion lemonade.

  • Sautéed blooms are easy. Just melt some butter and sauté away. (Alternately, you could make a simple egg-and-flour batter and fry them. Yum!)
  • To make dandelion lemonade, just add about a quart of dandelion flowers to a half gallon of lemonade. Let the mixture infuse in the fridge overnight, then strain out the blossoms and enjoy.

The less green you have from the base of the blossoms, the less bitter they will taste. Here’s a brief clip demonstrating a super easy way to separate the petals from the bitter greens:

https://youtu.be/fWyA35Cs5e0

The last way to get past the bitterness is simply to build up an appreciation for it. Sure, it’s not the most popular option, but you really can develop a taste for a food by consistently consuming small portions of it. Gradually, your aversion turns into tolerance. And then tolerance can even become a craving. It really works. Try it!

Medicinal Uses for Dandelions

Dandelion’s medicinal effects are not limited to its impressive nutritional profile. It sports a bevy of benefits. Let’s dive in!

As a Digestive Aid

Dandelion’s bitter taste is likely also its best-known medicinal property. It’s a bitter. Bitters are plants that encourage optimal digestion by stimulating the secretion of enzymes and digestive juices.12)Gladstar, Rosemary. The Beginners Guide to Medicinal Herbs 35 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use. Storey Books, 2012.,13)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Dandelion stimulates appetite, aids the liver in its detoxification duties, helps to regulate the release of pancreatic hormone, is stimulating to the spleen, supports correct bile duct function, and even helps to repair the gut wall.14)Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.,15)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.,16)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. It may even help to resist the progression of cirrhosis of the liver.17)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013.

Dandelion is a remarkable plant!

To Treat Colitis

In one experiment, participants with non-specific colitis were given dandelion along with calendula, lemon balm, and St. John’s wort. Complete relief from spontaneous and palpable pains was reported by 96% of participants, and stools were normalized in those with diarrhea symptoms.18)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013.

As a Spring Tonic and Diuretic

Dandelion is also well-known as a spring tonic. It helps to flush and tone the body after enduring the rigors of winter.

The entire plant is diuretic, flushing excess water from the body and generally giving us a good cleansing. The leaf is more powerful than the root, and is comparable to the drug furosemide in terms of strength.19)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003. Don’t take it right before bed or you’ll be up all night. Trust me. I know.

Dandelion’s diuretic properties help to relieve fluid retention.20)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. It is also used to dissolve calcium stones and to prevent new ones from forming, and can be used safely over long periods.21)Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.,22)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013.

Dandelion’s diuretic nature may also help to explain its effectiveness in relieving arthritic complaints.23)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

With conventional pharmaceuticals, as the body flushes out water, it’s also flushing out our supply of potassium. This can be rough on your heart and cause problems for anyone with a heart condition.24)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003. Dandelion, on the other hand, is so rich in potassium that even while it flushes out the body, it still provides a net gain in potassium.25)Chevallier, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. London: DK/Penguin Random House, 2016. This makes it an ideal diuretic herb for people with heart issues.26)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

For Skin Health

The natural latex in its sap is helpful in getting rid of warts.27)Gladstar, Rosemary. The Beginners Guide to Medicinal Herbs 35 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use. Storey Books, 2012. However, this is not a quick process. The sap must be applied several times a day for 2 to 3 weeks. Direct application of the sap can also help with moles, pimples, canker sores, and other skin blemishes.28)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014., 29)Grossberg, George T., and Barry Fox. The Essential Herb-drug-vitamin Interaction Guide: The Safe Way to Use Medications and Supplements Together. New York: Broadway Books, 2007.

To Fight Cancer and Harmful Bacteria

Dandelion may have anti-tumor/anti-cancer properties, though it is not clear whether this would be from a direct action or indirectly through its ability to cleanse and support normal body function.30)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.,31)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. Dandelion also appears to have selective antimicrobial properties, supporting healthy gut bacteria while discouraging unhealthy ones.32)Foster, Steven, James A. Duke, and Steven Foster. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.,33)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014.,34)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. It even helps prevent plaque buildup on teeth.35)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014.

Other Medicinal Uses

Dandelion is also cooling and drying, and can be used as a fever reducer.36)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. It’s a mild laxative and has an alkalizing effect on the body.37)Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.,38)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.,39)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. Dandelion may also help some people with allergies and food intolerances.40)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013.

In animal studies, dandelion has been shown to have hypoglycemic activities.41)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003. This may make it a helpful plant for those with diabetes, but could be a contraindication for those with hypoglycemia.42)Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.,43)Grossberg, George T., and Barry Fox. The Essential Herb-drug-vitamin Interaction Guide: The Safe Way to Use Medications and Supplements Together. New York: Broadway Books, 2007.

Medicinal Formats and Dosages

You can use dandelion via any of the normal methods: fresh, dried, tincture, decoction, infusion, etc. The dried leaves make an excellent addition to green powders.

Outside of some very specific circumstances, dandelion is widely considered to be safe. Recommendations vary from herbalist to herbalist as to how much you should take.

I will present some amounts that I think are reasonable, but you should view them as suggestions, rather than rules. Other quantities/frequencies could be equally valid, depending on your situation.

Root Tincture

1:5 ratio in 60% alcohol. Use 2.5–5 ml, 3 times daily.

Root Decoction

Use 2–3 tsp of root material in 1 cup of water. Simmer for 10–15 minutes. Drink this 3 times a day.

Leaf Tincture

1:5 ratio in 40% alcohol. Use 5–10 ml, 3 times daily.

Leaf Infusion

Pour boiling water over ½ tsp of dried leaf and allow to steep for 10–15 minutes. Drink this 3 times a day.

Long Live the King!

Dandelions are so impressively versatile that I could never fit everything into a single article.

For example, did you know that the sap can be used as glue, or that the stem can be fashioned into a working flute?

What else did I leave out? What’s your favorite recipe or medicinal use? Do you have any dandelion stories (or horror stories about the bitter flavor)? Are dandelions really the king of weeds, or should that title belong to a different plant? Let me know in the comments!

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1. Perennial: Any plant that lives for more than 2 years.
2. Basal Rosette: A circular arrangement of leaves at ground level.
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8, 14, 21, 37, 42. Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.
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29, 43. Grossberg, George T., and Barry Fox. The Essential Herb-drug-vitamin Interaction Guide: The Safe Way to Use Medications and Supplements Together. New York: Broadway Books, 2007.

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How To Run Your Business When The Power Grid Goes Down

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Run your business when the power grid goes down

With the right technology, it’s possible to run your business when the power grid goes down.

A back-up source of electricity has become a must-have resource for all small businesses, entrepreneurs, and freelancers. Smart business people realized if you want a sustained cash flow and life style in troubled times, you’ll  have to learn to run your business when the power grid goes down.

Small-businesses in Puerto Rico were able to stay open and accept digital payments even after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island’s electric grid. The Punta Maria Bakery in Rincon stayed open and made money by accepting Bitcoin even though the grid was down, blogger Annie Mueller reported on Medium.

The owners even posted a sign that said “We Don’t Always Have Electricity, But We Accept Bitcoin.” That means Punta Maria’s owners were able to make some money without the electric grid, phone service, cash, and possibly cell-phone service. All they needed was an internet connection and an off-grid source of electricity like a gas or solar generator.

How Businesses Can Operate Without Grid Electricity

One of the greatest ongoing threats to the survival of small businesses is the dependence of the economy on electricity.

Around 78% of transactions of consumer transactions in the USA in 2015 were made with credit or debit cards, The San Francisco Federal Reserve reported. Credit and debit cards require a card reader which needs electricity and internet or phone service to operate.

Small businesses should be able to keep taking credit and debit card payments when the grid is down – if they have backup power, internet, and payment systems available. That means entrepreneurs who are prepared for outages can continue to operate or perhaps even turn a disaster into a competitive advantage.

No Grid Electricity, No Cash, No Problem

A greater problem would be lack of access to cash. Most people get cash from registers or automatic teller machines (ATMs) that need electricity to run. That means cash would have to be distributed the old-fashioned way through local bank branches, which no longer exist in some areas.

Even if cash can be distributed, it might be days or weeks after a disaster before the government or banks can haul the banknotes to your area. That means you might be faced with several days or weeks without a functioning local economy.

Beyond that, paper cash presents a huge safety risk because it can be stolen or taken by force. If you do have paper cash in an emergency situation and you actually use it, you’ll attract the attention of bad guys who have guns. And the truth is, even if you have guns yourself, you really don’t want to risk a shootout over a cash transaction if it can be avoided.

So it makes good sense for every business owner who needs to stay open, to prepare to do so under these adverse circumstances… without cash and without the electric grid. Further, entrepreneurs that can achieve those goals will survive, thrive, and keep their families safe after a catastrophe. The good news is that with the right technology, you really can run your business when the power grid goes down.

Run Your Business When The Power Grid Goes Down

Most businesses that have internet access and some type of backup electricity should be able to keep operating and run your business when the grid grid goes down. It should also be possible for freelancers, folks who work from home, and online entrepreneurs to keep operating and even making money when the electric grid is down for a sustained period.

Even gig economy workers; such as Uber, Lyft, and GrubHub drivers, might be able to keep working and making money with no grid. Such workers might be able to keep operating if they have satellite smartphones.

There is also a strong possibility that the cellphone system will start to come back on  before the electric grid after an emergency. Phone towers are self-contained units that are easier to repair and can operate with off-grid power sources. Remarkably, Wi-Fi and cell-phone service might come on in your area before other utilities.

This means smartphones and payment apps; like Apple Pay, PayPal, and Google Pay, might keep operating in your area if the grid is down. Business owners might be faced with customers with no cash, who cannot pay with their phones because there is no electricity. A company with a source of backup electricity might be able to accept Apple Pay, PayPal, and Google Pay even if the grid is down.

Keeping your business operational is critical because you will still need to make money, pay bills, and feed your family after a catastrophe. An off-grid electrical backup system and a satellite internet connection would be two of the smartest investments for any small businessperson, entrepreneur, or freelancer to make in an increasingly chaotic world.

Conclusion: Backup preparations for your business should make it possible to stay open for business and even make some money after a “grid down” event. In addition to having a source of off-grid backup power, you should consider other payment methods which are likely to continue to operate.

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TSA-Approved Travel Kit for Preppers

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If you’re planning on doing some traveling by plane this summer, you should put together a small travel kit to make your journey more comfortable. I’m not talking about a full-blown survival kit. Just something that contains items you might want while sitting around in airports or airplanes. Having a handy kit is a lot […]

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In The News Today 12-5-2018.

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Home Invasions & Assaults 2018

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

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

WA Police hunt for man in relation to sexual assault

Investigation continues into Margaret River massacre

Judge cries in court while sentencing woman who killed abusive partner

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

Humane Right to Armed Self defence.

The right of self-defense (also called, when it applies to the defense of another, alter ego defense, defense of others, defense of a third person) is the right for people to use reasonable force or defensive force, for the purpose of defending one’s own life or the lives of others, including, in certain circumstances, the use of deadly force.[1]

If a defendant uses defensive force because of a threat of deadly or grievous harm by the other person, or a reasonable perception of such harm, the defendant is said to have a “perfect self-defense” justification.[2] If defendant uses defensive force because of such a perception, and the perception is not reasonable, the defendant may have an “imperfect self-defense” as an excuse.[2]

Thwarted by the demise of its global gun ban treaty, the United Nations declares the human right of self-defense null and void

As far as I can tell, no country is listed for restricting the natural, civil and human right to self-defense. So, it appears Human Rights Watch doesn’t care that people are prevented by their governments from protecting themselves. 

In legal terms, Australians have a right of self-defence. While some states rely on the common law and others have it enshrined in statute, the right itself is never questioned. Moreover, juries consistently refuse to convict those charged with serious offences whenever self-defence is made out.

What we don’t have is the practical ability to exercise that right. Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence. 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.

The massive Police and government anti-terror apparatus failed yet again to protect the public. How many more reminders do the public need that the state is not their god and saviour? This is not a sleight at Police, but as we’ve discussed at length previously they are reactionary only and in terms of firearms, held to a lower standard than Category H licence holders. Even Queensland Police admit this.

It’s time to get serious about empowering the public by letting them have the opportunity to defend themselves, and end this useless and dangerous obsession with denying people the basic means and right to practical non-lethal and licenced lethal forms of self-defence, in the name of ‘muh public safety’.

RESIDENTS have backed calls from the Shooters Union Australia for the government to clarify and strengthen self-defence laws.

SUA vice president David Brown wants the ambiguity around gun laws, which leave licensed firearms owners at risk of prosecution for defending their homes from intruders, clarified.

Mr Brown this week told The Chronicle guns were the “only means of levelling the playing field against an aggressor”, and his view has earned support from readers.

Human Rights Act 2004 Australia.

9 Right to life (1) Everyone has the right to life. In particular, no-one may be arbitrarily deprived of life.

11 Protection of the family and children Note Family has a broad meaning (see ICCPR General Comment 19 (39th session, 1990)). (1) The family is the natural and basic group unit of society and is entitled to be protected by society. (2) Every child has the right to the protection needed by the child because of being a child, without distinction or discrimination of any kind.

18 Right to liberty and security of person (1) Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person.

Part 3B Limits on human rights 28 Human rights may be limited (1) Human rights may be subject only to reasonable limits set by laws that can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. (2) In deciding whether a limit is reasonable, all relevant factors must be considered, including the following: (a) the nature of the right affected; (b) the importance of the purpose of the limitation; (c) the nature and extent of the limitation; (d) the relationship between the limitation and its purpose; (e) any less restrictive means reasonably available to achieve the purpose the limitation seeks to achieve.


There is nothing in this human rights document that actually states that we have a right to defend ourselves or our families. The United Nations says that we have NO right to defend ourselves or our families against harm!


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.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/an-assault-on-our-right-to-selfprotection/news-story/f743f8b76f21a586a6efb2396c9b2f8d