Ammo For SHTF Preparation

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Along with food and water, something that will be very important to store for SHTF purposes is ammunition.  Just as you can never truly have enough food or water, you can also truly never have enough ammo, especially when world turns upside down. But what is the minimum amount of ammo that you should have …

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Sponsored Post: Which One is better? The Folding Pocket Knives or the Fixed Blade Knives?

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Which One is better? The Folding Pocket Knives or the Fixed Blade Knives?
Whether you go on outdoor adventures or are associated with covert ops, you will need a trusty knife! It might be your saviour in adverse situations! You can carry a sword, sounds royal right? Well, it could be a possibility for an outdoor adventure, but not a covert operation. For the later, nothing bigger than a knife is plausible.
Why not consider using a pocket knife? Many have their reservations about using this cute little foldable knife, but do not let the looks fool you! If, you have them from a reputed dealer or seller, then you could have a potent life saviour in your hands, or rather pockets.
Look at stores that have high quality knives for sale. They will definitely have a huge collection of these foldable knives that are easy to carry in the pockets as well, hence the name pocket knives of course!
Why Consider Using a Pocket Knife?
Now, many may feel that a pocket knife is weak, and cannot help you in adverse situations; but you need to look at the benefits as well. Before, we even start weighing out the foldable knife’s applications against those of the fixed blade; you need to see yourself the fine perks that you stand to gain with a foldable knife.
Here are just some of them:
o   The folding knives are completely discrete. You can easily hide them in the pocket! It is perfect for moments that need tactical planning.
o   The fact that knives are small and discrete, in case your enemy is not a wild animal and an actual person, is an advantage. They will never be able to see your knife, giving you the upper hand.
o   A high-quality pocket foldable knife is as good as a fixed blade knife. In UK, pocket knife stores that are reputed and reliable will be able to provide you with a huge number of choices.
Have you understood the perks of a good folding knife and a good one is no less than a fixed blade? If not, then let’s see a comparison between the two!
Which One Suits Your Purpose: Fixed Blade Knives or Pocket Folding Knives?
Now, you need to understand that a fixed blade is a great knife, but in certain situations a folding pocket knife can be more advantageous. So, let’s chalk out the applications and features to understand which is better for you:
o   Fixed Blade Knives:
  1. The knives cannot be folded, so to protect the blade, you need to have a sheath. The sheath is crucial to maintaining the sharpness for the knife’s blade.
  2. These knives come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
  3. The design makes the knives sturdy and durable, which lends them the ability to handle all kinds of tough tasks.
  4. It is a popular option as a survival knife, especially the ones with a full tang and a sharp tip.
  5. Just remember, however small the fixed blade knife maybe, it cannot be concealed discreetly in your pocket, so it is not a good option for tactical operations or everyday life.
 
o   Pocket Folding Knives:
  1. It is one of the most popular options as an everyday knife.
  2. It can be easily handled with one hand, as its locking mechanism makes it easy to open, but closing is a bit difficult with a single hand.
  3. The small size makes it easy to carry the knife hidden in your pocket, providing you a tactical advantage.
  4. The handles are designed ergonomically for better handling. Make sure you find a reputed store for your pocket knife in UK.
  5. If, you are a novice, then a folding knife can be dangerous, because, mishandling can have the knife snap out on your hand when you reach for it.
Now, that you have seen all the features and characteristics, you must understand that both kinds of knives have its own set of applications. Each works well in certain situations, but none is better than the other, in general. So, it is advisable to have both on your outdoor adventures.

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Today we will talk about goals. Goals have been a big part of my life recently. Some good stuff has been getting done. I have also learned a few things.

Why set goals? Good stuff almost never happens by accident. A good event might happen by accident but things that take some level of effort over time don’t. The inertia of life is such that unless you make intentional choices you will keep doing the same things and getting the same results. That is fine if you are where you want to be. It isn’t so fine if you want things to change.

Focus- I have found that I can focus on a fairly small number of significant goals at once. Two seems doable and 3 is probably pushing it. Four would definitely be too many.

What makes a significant goal? Something that you can routinely do in terms of time/ effort/ money in a normal month without making significant changes could be considered routine. Routine stuff is important but often that stuff is on auto pilot. Save X% of this paycheck, make your IRA contribution, etc. Stuff bigger than that which requires changing your use of time/ effort/ money falls into the category of significant goals.

Admittedly this part is sort of being formed in my head but focusing on 1-2 significant goals makes sense.

What makes a good goal.

SMART

Specific- Get prepared would not be specific. Add 90 days of routine household items would be specific.

Measurable- How can you tell if the goal is met or not? Get fit would not be a good goal. Lose 15 pounds or get my 10K road march under 100 minutes with a 40lb load would be measurable goals.

Achievable- I am a mid 30’s average height white guy. I am not going to be an NBA star.

Relevant- The goal has to relate to the desired end state.

MOP v MOE

Measures of Performance (MOP) measure something you do. An example of a MOP would be “Go to the gym 3x a week and work out for 30 minutes.”

Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) measure the result of what you do. “Add 25% to core lifts” or “Lose 15 LBs” would good measures of effectiveness.

Discussion: I almost always favor MOEs. If you go to a gym you will see (at the risk of generalizing) a chubby girl moving slowly on a glider playing on her phone and some guy doing 135 on bench press. They have been doing the same thing for a year. She wants to lose weight and he wants to get stronger/ bigger. They are, if there is any plan at all, using a bad MOP.

The one place I do like MOPs is when you are trying to build a habit. Going to the gym (doing dry fire/ etc) to get into the habit of doing that thing is important. Also often with the beginning of a goal you might not have a baseline to really make a good MOE. So the habit of going to the gym will help you get an idea of your capabilities which will let you set more effectiveness based goals down the road.

If we really want to be specific you might have measures of performance to support the actual goal which is a measure of effectiveness. Example “ I want to lose 20 pounds this year and to do that I will consume 2,000 calories of real food a day, minus one cheat meal a week, and work out 4x a week for 30 minutes.” The two MOPs (diet and exercise) support the MOE of losing the weight.

Time- This is pretty simple. When do you plan to achieve the goal by? Breaking it down into sub goals lets you set a path to success. If the goal is to save $1,200 in a year that would be a hundred bucks a month. So to meet the yearly goal you have to put back $100 a month or $50 per bi weekly pay period.

 Various Afterthoughts:

Consider how one goal might affect other goals or be limited by other things.

Example- I wanted to save money and also to cash flow grad school. These goals were mutually opposing. I could do one but not both. I ended up putting saving on the back burner and cash flowing school. Now that school is done I am back to saving.

Putting it all together. We have a plan for our life. The previous SWOT article is a way of doing that. Figuring out goals that support the plan is a logical step towards making the plan happen.

The First Burger Restaurant Run By A Robot Is Opening In San Francisco

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As order kiosks replace cashiers in McDonald’s and other “Fight for $15” fast-food restaurants, a restaurant startup that’s opening in San Francisco next week will feature what would be a milestone in the history of food service (and also the latest sign that robots are about to take over far more fast-food jobs): On June 27, the restaurant will become the first to serve burgers cooked and assembled by a robot. According to Bloomberg, the burger will be assembled and cooked in a machine that contains 20 computers, 350 sensors, and 50 actuator mechanisms – and zero human interference, other than having somebody present to hand the finished burger to customers.

The company, called Creator, was founded by entrepreneur Alex Vardakostas in 2012. The 33-year-old has had experiencing working in burger restaurants since he was young; growing up in Southern California, his family owned the A’s Burgers chain, as well as several other restaurants. Building a robot to build a more efficient burger has always been a source of fascination for Vardakostas, who started construction of what he calls “the burger robot” in his parent’s garage back in 2010. Since then, he has been working to assemble a dream team of engineers, robotics experts and chefs to help him finish the machine and round out the concept. He’s also raised at least $18 million in venture funding from Google ventures and other sources.

Building the burger robot was always something Vardakostas has always wanted to do.

“When you make 400 of the same burger every day, you can’t help but think, ‘How would I make this experience better?’” he said.

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Cherokee Medicine Benefits For Surviving Off-The-Grid

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Knowledge about Cherokee medicine was passed down from one generation to the other. People used it to heal colds, flu, and pain.

According to the legend, all creation was one at one time. Plants, fishes, animals, humankind and even weather elements like the wind could communicate with each other. Everything worked together in harmony. All these elements submitted themselves with the goal of helping humans survive.

Animals sacrificed themselves out of their own accord so that humans could have meat to eat. They realized that their skin were much tougher than that of humans. Therefore, they gave up their skin for humans to use for cloth and shelter. Birds, fish, and insects that crawled all sacrificed for the benefit of humankind.

Plants, trees, and rocks were all given for the benefit of humans so that they could be comfortable and survive. There was an agreement where humans could make use of anything they wanted, as long as they used what was just enough for them and not more than that. Everything went well.

However, the number of human beings started multiplying. Humans began to feel more important than all the other creatures. They started taking whatever they wanted without permission and they took it in great numbers. They weren’t even thankful for all they got. This led to the agreement that they had before being broken.

The animals came together to fight against this impunity. They decided to plague any human that killed them and didn’t sacrifice them as required with disease.

The plants argued against this cause and pleaded on behalf of humankind. They argued that humans also misused them and trampled upon them and burned them. However, they argued that if humans were wiped out by the plague that the animals would send, they would change. This is because humans wouldn’t be able to learn from their mistakes. The plants argued that man should be kept alive. Therefore, they pledged that for whatever disease the animals plagued humans with, the plants would give them a cure for it. The plants said that humans should pay attention to them when they are speaking.

The Circle Of Medicine

2000 BC           Humans used roots for medicine

1000 AD          Humans abandoned the use of roots for prayer

1500 AD          Prayer was dismissed as being superstitious and was replaced with snake oil

1940 AD          Snake oil was swapped with pills

1985 AD          Pills were dismissed for antibiotics

2007 AD          Antibiotics were seen as being ineffective and were being replaced by the root

Cherokee Medicine

Knowledge about Cherokee medicine was passed down from one generation to the other. This is the same way that other forms of healing were passed down from one person to another. The Cherokee people consulted their healers, not only when they needed Cherokee medicine, but also when they had other problems in their lives. Most people used the Cherokee medicine when they needed healing for colds, flu, and pain.

Some of the most popular herbs that Cherokee medicine made use of included boneset tea when someone had a cold or flu. In addition, people used the bark of wild cherry when one had a cough, sore throat, or diarrhea. Blue cohosh root was added to tea in order to minimize childbirth pain and make delivery quick. The Cherokee medicine for people with diabetes was Wild Carrots Blossoms and Devil’s Club. Many individuals utilized Dogwood, Willow bark, and Feverwort to treat fever. Caregivers provided Pennyroyal teas to people who had headaches in order to soothe the pain. Native Hemlock was the Cherokee medicine for people who had the flu.

The Cherokee medicine that was used during operations as a sedative was mixed with Wild Lettuce, Wild Black Cherry and Hops. Many folks used Green Hellebore, Dogbane, and American Hemp to treat heart and circulatory issues. These Native American medicines set the foundation for contemporary medicines that are widely used, such as penicillin.

Conclusion

Note that this information was derived from the Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Centre.  The council states that these plants are medicinal since they have strong chemicals that people may use for healing. However, if individuals do not employ these plants properly, then they can be abused. Cherokee herbalists have lots of experience. They have also undergone extensive training, so they know what they are doing.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: 7 Forgotten Plants The Native Americans Used For Medicine

Do you have any additional thoughts on the benefits of Cherokee medicine for living off-the-grid? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Survival Skills To Teach Your Kids During Summer Break

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What will become of your child’s summer? We all know that there will be plenty of opportunity for poor food choices, too much video game and tv time. These are just part of the summer break. That said, you can take the reigns on what your kids are doing and learning over their summer break. …

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“Cooked Tomatoes” Really Are The Secret Superfoods

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Cooked tomatoes are beneficial because the lycopene inside of them is good for bone health, as well as lung and prostate cancer.

You can find tomatoes in the homes of many people. You can eat them raw and add them to your salads and sandwiches. But if you want to get the most out of your tomatoes, cook them first before eating them. Cooked tomatoes really are superfoods, especially if you combine them with healthy fats such as olive oil. Tomatoes truly are superfoods when they are cooked because their lycopene content is increased during the process.

 

Benefits Of Cooked Tomatoes

Organically grown tomatoes contain 55% more vitamin C and 139% more phenolic content than non-organic ones. Tomatoes really are superfoods because they are rich in vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin. They are also rich in vitamin K, vitamin B, copper, potassium, and manganese. Furthermore, tomatoes have cancer-fighting properties like flavanols, rutin, kaempferol and quercetin. They also possess caffeic acid, ferulic acid, and coumaric acid. Lycopene, which is the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red color, minimizes the risk of cancer and heart disease. Tomatoes really are superfoods because the lycopene inside of them is good for bone health, as well as lung and prostate cancer. If you mix tomatoes with olive oil and take them in the form of tomato paste for 10 weeks, they can reduce sunburn.

Cooked Tomatoes Vs. Raw Tomatoes

This is one of those rare situations where cooked food is much healthier than raw food. Liu published a study on this in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry in 2002. Liu observed that cooking tomatoes for half an hour at 190.4 degrees Fahrenheit increased lycopene by 35%. Notably, the cooking process reduces the vitamin C levels of tomatoes. However, cooking tomatoes increases their antioxidant levels by 62%.

Lycopene Food Sources

80% of Americans consume their lycopene in the form of processed tomato products. This includes ketchup, tomato juice and pizza sauce. This is according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  However, this is not the best way to get your lycopene since these products have high sugar content.

You can get your lycopene from:

  • Guavas
  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Grapes

Eat these fruits from time to time. Be sure that you keep your sugar intake to less than 25 grams a day. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, keep it below 15 grams.

How To Boost The Effect Of Lycopene

A research study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that lycopene is fat soluble. Therefore, eat it together with healthy fats for better absorption in the body. Tomatoes really are superfoods since the cooking process serves to break their cells down, thus making lycopene more available. You can cook tomatoes with olive oil, coconut oil, or Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) oil. You can also serve tomatoes together with organic beef.

Is Tomato Sauce Good For Gut Health?

Researchers in Spain from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) published their findings in the Journal of Functional Foods. They observed that as both raw and cooked, tomatoes are digestive and their antioxidant levels are reduced. Also, the antioxidants in cooked tomatoes had a positive effect on the L. reuteri, which is a bacteria that’s found in the gut. In addition, the antioxidants in cooked tomatoes were able to preserve their integrity during the digestive process. This led to more of them being absorbed into the body.

Cooked Tomatoes Slow Down The Growth Of Malignant Prostate Cells

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men all over the world. A study done by the University of Illinois revealed that high levels of tomato intake reduce the risk of prostate cancer. This can lead us to conclude that tomatoes really are superfoods. This research was published in the Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease journal.

When Tomatoes Do More Harm Than Good

As much as tomatoes really are superfoods, there are cases where you should avoid them. You must avoid canned foods. The bisphenol-A (BPA) in the cans can leak into the tomatoes due to the high acidity of tomatoes. Make sure that you use fresh tomatoes instead or those packed in glass containers. Raw tomatoes contain lectins which are high in sugar content. They can lead to weight gain, inflammation, and a leaky gut. Instead of eating tomatoes raw, be sure that you cook them first. Also, you may consider removing the seeds in tomatoes to reduce their lectin levels. You should limit your consumption of tomatoes due to some of the negative effects that they have on the body.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: The Remarkable Health Benefits Of Ordinary Tomatoes

What do you think about the “superfood” potential of cooked tomatoes? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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“Cooked Tomatoes” Really Are The Secret Superfoods

cooked tomatoes

Cooked tomatoes are beneficial because the lycopene inside of them is good for bone health, as well as lung and prostate cancer.

You can find tomatoes in the homes of many people. You can eat them raw and add them to your salads and sandwiches. But if you want to get the most out of your tomatoes, cook them first before eating them. Cooked tomatoes really are superfoods, especially if you combine them with healthy fats such as olive oil. Tomatoes truly are superfoods when they are cooked because their lycopene content is increased during the process.

 

Benefits Of Cooked Tomatoes

Organically grown tomatoes contain 55% more vitamin C and 139% more phenolic content than non-organic ones. Tomatoes really are superfoods because they are rich in vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin. They are also rich in vitamin K, vitamin B, copper, potassium, and manganese. Furthermore, tomatoes have cancer-fighting properties like flavanols, rutin, kaempferol and quercetin. They also possess caffeic acid, ferulic acid, and coumaric acid. Lycopene, which is the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red color, minimizes the risk of cancer and heart disease. Tomatoes really are superfoods because the lycopene inside of them is good for bone health, as well as lung and prostate cancer. If you mix tomatoes with olive oil and take them in the form of tomato paste for 10 weeks, they can reduce sunburn.

Cooked Tomatoes Vs. Raw Tomatoes

This is one of those rare situations where cooked food is much healthier than raw food. Liu published a study on this in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry in 2002. Liu observed that cooking tomatoes for half an hour at 190.4 degrees Fahrenheit increased lycopene by 35%. Notably, the cooking process reduces the vitamin C levels of tomatoes. However, cooking tomatoes increases their antioxidant levels by 62%.

Lycopene Food Sources

80% of Americans consume their lycopene in the form of processed tomato products. This includes ketchup, tomato juice and pizza sauce. This is according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  However, this is not the best way to get your lycopene since these products have high sugar content.

You can get your lycopene from:

  • Guavas
  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Grapes

Eat these fruits from time to time. Be sure that you keep your sugar intake to less than 25 grams a day. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, keep it below 15 grams.

How To Boost The Effect Of Lycopene

A research study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that lycopene is fat soluble. Therefore, eat it together with healthy fats for better absorption in the body. Tomatoes really are superfoods since the cooking process serves to break their cells down, thus making lycopene more available. You can cook tomatoes with olive oil, coconut oil, or Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) oil. You can also serve tomatoes together with organic beef.

Is Tomato Sauce Good For Gut Health?

Researchers in Spain from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) published their findings in the Journal of Functional Foods. They observed that as both raw and cooked, tomatoes are digestive and their antioxidant levels are reduced. Also, the antioxidants in cooked tomatoes had a positive effect on the L. reuteri, which is a bacteria that’s found in the gut. In addition, the antioxidants in cooked tomatoes were able to preserve their integrity during the digestive process. This led to more of them being absorbed into the body.

Cooked Tomatoes Slow Down The Growth Of Malignant Prostate Cells

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men all over the world. A study done by the University of Illinois revealed that high levels of tomato intake reduce the risk of prostate cancer. This can lead us to conclude that tomatoes really are superfoods. This research was published in the Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease journal.

When Tomatoes Do More Harm Than Good

As much as tomatoes really are superfoods, there are cases where you should avoid them. You must avoid canned foods. The bisphenol-A (BPA) in the cans can leak into the tomatoes due to the high acidity of tomatoes. Make sure that you use fresh tomatoes instead or those packed in glass containers. Raw tomatoes contain lectins which are high in sugar content. They can lead to weight gain, inflammation, and a leaky gut. Instead of eating tomatoes raw, be sure that you cook them first. Also, you may consider removing the seeds in tomatoes to reduce their lectin levels. You should limit your consumption of tomatoes due to some of the negative effects that they have on the body.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: The Remarkable Health Benefits Of Ordinary Tomatoes

What do you think about the “superfood” potential of cooked tomatoes? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Free PDF: The Unheated Greenhouse

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Todays PDF is an old book called The Unheated Greenhouse.  Today so much is written on heated or underground, or fancy greenhouses it is nice to share a simpler idea. Excerpt from The Unheated Greenhouse The unheated greenhouse may be represented by four distinct types, which can be classed as follows The glass-garden. The garden corridor. The conservatory. The ordinary span, or lean-to greenhouse. Under each of these heads a few remarks will be necessary. In this we have another book on the “Unheated Greenhouse” on a rather large scale. It is well printed and nicely illustrated. Quite a host

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Simple, No-Knead, Artisan Bread

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Food is always a concern when it comes to preparedness. We all have those thoughts about what the world looks like when we start scraping the battle of the barrel in terms of resources. What are we going to be capable of? That all comes down to how well you can manipulate ingredients into edible …

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One Lone Rat Causes Blackout Havoc For 3,000 Residents

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A rat causes blackout? A rodent knocked out the electric grid serving 3,000 homes on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

A rat knocked out the electric grid serving 3,000 homes on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Wednesday. Homeowners were without electricity for several hours because the Kapilina Beach Homes neighborhood had no backup for a substation transformer.

The rat knocked out the Iroquois Point substation, which supplied electricity to the neighborhood. The rodent did this by getting into equipment, Hawaiian Electric spokeswoman Shannon Tangonan admitted. Moreover, crews were forced to set up a mobile substation to restore power to the area of former military housing near Pearl Harbor, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

“Replacing a substation transformer is a lengthy process,” Tangonan wrote in an email. “Most circuits have a backup, but this area is former military housing where no backup exists, making it an unusual situation.”

 

Rat Causes Blackout? The Grid Is Far More Fragile Than Many Think 

The situation at Kapilina Homes demonstrates that the grid is far more fragile than most people think. Something as simple as a rodent chewing on a powerline or getting into equipment can short out the grid. Even a power outage lasting only a few hours can cost people money by causing food in freezers and refrigerators to rot or denying entrepreneurs and freelancers their access to the internet.

Renters and homeowners insurance does not always reimburse you for food lost in blackouts. In addition, such coverage will definitely not cover lost income for people who work from home over the internet.

The fragility of the grid demonstrates why every household and business needs a backup source of electricity. Those who rely on the internet for their living definitely need a backup to the grid.
A rat can cost your family hundreds of dollars if it gets into your local electrical substation. Nonetheless, you can protect your livelihood from rats with a backup source of electricity.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: Air Conditioning Usage Creates Huge Power-Grid Concerns This Summer

What are your thoughts on a rat causing blackout havoc on the power grid? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Sweat Bees: Everything You Need To Know About Halictids

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Have you ever been out working in your garden and suddenly discover you have a tiny bee sitting happily on your arm? These little creatures are sweat bees, and it …

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Starbucks burned by social-justice appeasement as growth stalls, stock plunges

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Starbucks CoffeeStarbucks may have appeased progressives with its social-justice workshops and open-bathroom policy, but such moves have failed to caffeinate the company’s bottom line.

The coffee giant’s stock took a tumble Wednesday after CEO Kevin Johnson announced that Starbucks would close 150 company-owned stores next year instead of the expected 50, with an emphasis on under-performing shops in densely populated urban areas, and lowered growth projections.

Mr. Johnson acknowledged that the decision to shut down 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 for anti-bias training, driven by the high-profile arrests of two black men in Philadelphia, played a role in the company’s sluggish second-quarter performance.

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How to Build a Custom Truck-Bed Storage System

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This one is for the pickup truck drivers out there. You may be driving around with a big empty truck bed? Did you ever consider that space as storage. How nice would it be to have a get home bag tucked away in the bed of that truck? The back of your truck can become …

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4 Ways to Keep Your Attic Rodent Free

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If you find yourself hearing noises in your attic, you may have some unwanted guests. Don’t ignore the signs. Hearing thumping or scratching noises especially at night is a surefire sign that you have animals or even squirrels in your attic. Also, if you keep finding your trash can overturned and waste in your yard, this can be an indication that something is thinking about or currently taking up residence in your home. Acting early is important. Animals like raccoons and squirrels living in your attic can quickly cause severe damage. They are notorious for destroying wiring, pipes and air

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What About Virtual Attacks? Consider Becoming a Cybersecurity Expert!

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In the age of the internet, natural disasters and economic collapse aren’t the only catastrophes we have to worry about. Cyberattacks are a huge threat to the security of both individuals and the masses around the world. Whether or not you have something to “hide,” data collection and cyberspying are real and dangerous problems that …

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Six Survival Skills Your Children Need NOW

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This article was inspired from a question posed on the Ed That Matters website  from the Conflicted survival card game.  I answered the question on the website, and am expanding on my answer in this article.

Conflicted is a Survival Game. Each card in the deck has a scenario that will test how you would respond to various problems in an SHTF situation. What would you do? (Note: I am not affiliated with the makers of Conflicted.)

The Scenario: The survival group you belong to has lots of children. What are three essential life skills that every child should know in today’s current society? What are three other skills you would add to their education in a post-apocalyptic world? 

My Answer:  There are lots of useful and needed skills, both now and in the aftermath of a SHTF crisis. Limiting my answer to three basics for now and three others for a post-apocalypse is hard, but I came up with the following list, which covers most of the major skills needed.

Three Basics

1) Attitude of Self-Reliance — Teach your kids to start taking personal responsibility now for their own lives. Taking personal responsibility is the core of self-reliance. And self-reliance is the core of preparedness and survivalism. 

Taking responsibility means doing what needs to be done, not just what is fun or what you want to do. Taking responsibility means not waiting around for others to do it for you. Taking responsibility means not assuming if you don’t do it then someone else will. Be proactive.

Keys To Self-Reliance:

  1. Assuming responsibility for your own life
  2. Accepting responsibility for your mistakes
  3. Being informed
  4. Knowing where we’re going (having goals)
  5. Making your own decisions

2) Strong Work Ethic — Having a strong work ethic is a major key to success in life in any situation, not just during or after a crisis.  Teach your kids the value of hard work. Hard work is good, healthy, and effective.

3) Biblical and Traditional Values — Teach your kids to have a relationship with God. Make prayer, scripture reading, and worship a regular part of their lives. Teach them the Commandments and the teachings of Jesus. Teach them to look to the perfection of God’s Word as the ultimate authority for what is right and wrong. 

Also, teach them traditional American values – including the love of individual freedom & self-reliance, the importance of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the importance of private property rights, the morality of capitalism, the value of hard work, the value of human life, common decency towards others, and the traditional monogamous family as the basic building block of society. Be sure to teach them that our rights come from God, not from government.

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4) First Aid (including knowledge of wild medicinals) — If your kids are old enough to be in school, they are old enough to learn basic first aid. They can advance their skills as they grow older. I would also start teaching them early on how to identify wild edibles and medicinals, adding to their skill sets collecting, preserving and using wild medicinals as they mature.

5) Self-Defense Skills — Teach your kids situational awareness, which is more than just paying attention to what is going on around you, though that is an important start. It means both knowing what to look for, and how to assess (make decisions about) your surroundings. Check out my article on Situational Awareness and start teaching your kids these skills. 

I also urge parents to enroll your kids in a good martial arts class. Learning a martial art such as karate or judo can be a fun hobby, provide considerable health and fitness benefits, improve self-confidence, and give a life-long self-defense skill set. 

If your family or group has guns (and you should), then your kids need to learn gun safety at a very young age. Two resources are the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Club (a program of the NRA) and the recently-published book Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children’s Book About Gun Safety.

It is up to you to judge the maturity level of your kids and decide when they should start firearms training. I grew up around guns and was shooting and hunting with my Grandfathers when I was still in my single digits. They were with me to provide guidance and supervision, but I was carrying and shooting my own guns. I also had to help clean anything I shot, even at that early age.

6) Food & Water This covers growing and preserving food, and saving seeds for next year, as well as raising and processing chickens, goats, and other livestock. Also, identifying and collecting wild edibles, and collecting and treating water.

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Best Canned Cheese For Emergency Survival

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You don’t need to give up all your favorite comfort foods in emergency situations. With a little forethought and smart prepping, you can have staples like the best canned cheese on hand to satisfy your cravings during tough times. Here are some of the best options. Whether you’re planning for a natural disaster, a pandemic, or another […]

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Is it enough if you can’t get any more tomorrow

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This is going to be one of those posts thats going to get linked to quite a bit in future posts. Why? Well, because I get tired of repeating over and over again a brief encapsulation of why I buy as many of a particular thing.

Uncertain Goods

I’ve mentioned this in the past, but Uncertain Goods are items whose future availability cannot be readily assured. It’s not a black and white issue….some items will be more uncertain than others. And, depending on the nature of the apocalypse you are forecasting, all items can be Uncertain Goods. Lemme give some examples…

Dental Floss. Those little plastic boxes with the spool of floss and the cutter? Yeah, those. Are they an Uncertain Good? No..I am virtually confident that tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year I will be able to walk into a Walgreens and buy as much of it as I want.

The more forward thinking of you might say “But, in a nuclear war (or similar event) the availability of just about everything would be affected, therefore all goods are Uncertain Goods.” Strictly speaking, this is true. This is where evidence and history come into play. Best I can tell, we haven’t had a nuclear war lately, nor have we had a global failure of the dental floss crop due to floss weevils. Additionally, I’ve heard nothing about dental floss prohibitions, taxes, confiscations, panic buying, distribution chain failures, and that sort of thing. To my way of thinking, dental floss is not an Uncertain Good. Oh, I stock up on it….but not because I worry about it’s availability, but rather because if I can spend fifty bucks and get a few years worth of the stuff tucked away, that’s one less thing to deal with.

Contrast the dental floss with, say, plutonium. Plutonium is an exceptionally Uncertain Good. I can walk out of my house and get dental floss from a half dozen different places without even needing to drive. Plutonium , on the other hand, is something you really have to make an appointment for. Even in ‘normal’ times your ability to obtain it is challenging. Throw some political or social turmoil in the mix and it gets even harder.

These are, obviously, two extreme examples but I think they make the point. An Uncertain Good is one whose future availability cannot be guessed at. Here are some items that, in my opinion, are Uncertain Goods: prescription meds, hard-to-find car parts, clothing in special-order sizes, odd batteries, certain chemicals or mixtures of chemicals, etc. Basically, if the only way you can obtain something is to special order it off Amazon or pay for it with a credit card, it’s an Uncertain Good. (Note that I said ‘the only way’…the fact that you buy your TP off Amazon to save money doesn’t mean it’s an uncertain good. You could buy TP at your local grocery. If you live in Nowhere, WY and you need a forward mounting bracket for the fusebox in your ’89 Saab you’re pretty much only going to get that through Amazon or some other internet contortion…thus, it’s an Uncertain Good.)

Take me, for example. I wear shoes that are, nominally, EEEEE width. (Yes, I have wide feet. I can walk on snow like a moose.) My only source for shoes is a couple specialty outfits on the internet. Thus, for me, shoes that fit are an Uncertain Good. So, I keep several pair on hand.

Alright, we’ve established what an Uncertain Good is. Your idea of what it is and mine may differ due to our regional differences, but, broadly, we should be on the same page. Now it’s a matter of scale.

Relative Uncertainty

Take my 5E shoes and the plutonium, for example. Both are Uncertain Goods, we’ve established that. Now, which of the two is more likely to be difficult to obtain at a later date? Probably the plutonium, right? So in a priority-based system of acquisition, I’d probably want to score the plutonium before I score another pair of black walking shoes. Both goods are uncertain, but one is likely (IMHO) to be more uncertain than the other.

Quantity

Ok, so we know what Uncertain Goods are, and we know that some Uncertain Goods are more uncertain than others. So why do I need several hundred G3 magazines? Or a dozen ARs?

Both of those items are Uncertain Goods with a history of threatened availability, and a near constant threat of diminished future availability. Or, put into simple terms, they banned ’em before and they want to ban them again.

Okay..so they’re an Uncertain Good, with a definite likelihood of future availability being a problem, but why do you need so many???

I have another 25 years on my meter. We’ve established these Uncertain Goods may become unavailable at any moment. So…if tomorrow I couldn’t call up Cheaper Than Dirt and order more, and what I had in the closet had to last me the rest of my life, would I feel comfortable with that? Well…a lot of stuff can happen in 25 years, so I’d want plenty to cover things like loss, breakage, confiscation, abandonment, trade, gifting, and ‘just in case’. When you look at it in those terms, five magazines for your Beretta 92 when your’re forty years old is not a ‘lifetime supply’. In fact, it’s laughably short-sighted.

The Matt Foley suvivalists (You know, the ones who think all you need to survive the apocalypse is a Mosin Nagant and a vaaaaaaan down by the riverrrrrrr.) are aghast at the notion of spending money, but if your career goals go beyond being a WalMart greeter and complaining about ‘the rich’ full-time, you can afford such things. The secret to being able to afford things like guns designed after World War 2, food that isn’t stored in 2-liter pop bottles, and housing that doesn’t have a license plate holder, is to complain less about people who have more money than you and start doing what it takes to become someone who has more money than you.

The paradigm I use is: if I could not get any more of these [items] tomorrow, would I be comfortable with the amount I currently have. I’ts not any more complicated than that.. When I buy supplies and items to enhance my survivability, I’m thinking on the long term. Even a ‘personal’ EOTWAWKI like a job loss or health issue would benefit from such planning… its one less thing to worry about.

Obviously, there will be a couple factors to consider – cost, storage, expiration, opportunity cost, etc. I wouldn’t buy a lifetime supply of Toyota Tacomas because of cost, I wouldn’t buy a lifetime supply of drinking water because of storage issues, and I wouldn’t buy a lifetime supply of bananas because of expiration. But, something like, say, toothpaste? Dental floss? MagLites? Blankets? Lantern wicks? I’d have no problem with several dozen in storage.

So there you have it. Next time you want to comment and say “You have one Blastomatic 500, why do you need fifteen magazines for it” you’ll have your answer. And maybe the rubric of “if I could not get any more of these [items] tomorrow, would I be comfortable with the amount I currently have” might prove useful to you. But, regardless, those are the reasons and logic behind why I buy as much as I do of some items.

Pastor Shoots, Kills Gun Wielding Carjacker In Walmart Parking Lot

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Pastor Kills CarjackerAn armed off-duty paramedic, who is also a pastor, is being hailed as a hero after he shot and killed a gun wielding carjacker at a Washington state Walmart.

The good Samaritan is now coming forward to share his story.

Emotions overwhelmed David George Wednesday morning as he identified himself as the person who shot and killed a suspected gunman at a Tumwater, Washington Walmart.

“This was a traumatic experience for us and all those involved,” he said.

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How To Do Laundry & Clothes Washing Without Electricity

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Maybe you’re planning an extended off-grid stay somewhere or maybe you’re planning for what you would do during a long grid-down situation. Eventually you will want to wash your dirty clothes! But how? Those here who are preparedness-minded and into higher levels of being prepared, have you thought about this? Whether you have or haven’t, it’s today’s topic and food for thought.   What do you need to do laundry? 1. Water 2. Soap 3. Agitation That’s it! Even without soap, you can get clothes cleaner by water-soaked agitation. There are a few clever inventions that may assist you in

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Community Disaster Preparedness!

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Community Disaster Preparedness
James Walton “I Am Liberty ” Audio player below!

For years we have been doing shows about building community and morphing communities into more powerful units to survive disaster. This show is going to be our first look at this topic in a 2 hour forum. I think we will have the ability to explore some of the topics of the past even further and really be able to understand the gems that are hiding in your community all over America.

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6 Things To Remember Before You Get Into Adventure Sports

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

Getting into adventure sports could be a great idea for people who already love fitness and
pushing themselves but want to take it to the next level. If you’ve been thinking about trying
adventure sports for a while, you’re in the right place. Read on for 7 things you need to
remember if you’re going to start an exciting new adventure sports hobby:

1. Get Mentally Prepared And Excited

One of the most important things you’ll do is make sure you’re mentally prepared and excited for
the sport you’re attempting. You should only do it if this is something you feel confident that you
really want to do. Not because of peer pressure!

2. Know Your Health

If you suffer from health conditions, then there are probably some adventure sports that you
shouldn’t try. Things like vertigo, acrophobia, asthma or any heart disease mean you should
avoid pushing your body to the extreme. If you’re unsure you should speak to your doctor before
going ahead, and always take his advice.

3. Don’t Take Pictures

Taking pictures while you’re supposed to be focusing on the adventure sport at hand can be
very dangerous. Make sure you just focus on the task you came to do and have a good time.
You don’t need photographic evidence!

4. Trying It With Somebody Else Can Be Useful

It’s usually better if you can take someone along with you, especially the first time you try
something like this. You will have more confidence as you attempt your chosen sport, and you
have somebody to count on if you need them, too.

5. Research The Company

You’ll usually take part in a sport with a company, so make sure you research them before you
risk your life. Ask questions and find out how safe they are, along with their risk management
procedures. Make sure you choose a company that has experience and has a good reputation.
Companies like Vault cargo create equipment that can be used for adventure sports, so make
sure you do your research on what you need to get started and buy that from somewhere
reputable too. Don’t take any chances.

6. Have The Right Gear

Having the right gear is essential, too. You could easily injure knees, elbows, or another body
part if you’re not kitted out with the right safety gear. Knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist pads can
all help you to stop from hurting yourself.

7. Warm Up

A warm up will help you to keep your muscles and joints flexible, as well as get you ready for
what is to come. Dynamic warm ups can be best, rather than stretching. Stretching cold muscles
can actually cause more problems. Stretching them once your sport is over will help, however. A
dynamic warm up could mean jogging, bodyweight exercises, and similar movements to get the
blood pumping and body ready.

Are you ready to try an adventure sport, and which will you try? Leave your thoughts below

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Homemade Hot Pepper Spray – Repelling Pests Naturally In The Garden!

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If there is one concoction that has helped in our battle against pests in the garden and flowerbeds, it is homemade hot pepper spray! It can simply work wonders when it comes to keeping rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and yes, even

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Tree House Project: Make Your Kids Wishes Come True

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Tree houses were all about a quick assembly of a simple little house where the kid could play with a bunch of friends and lead imaginary life. Today, tree houses are more of a complex building that includes certain luxuries unknown to the previous generations. Even so, this type of tree house building has a lot of benefits for the kids – a mutual work between the parents and the kids will bring out a lot of fun and educational experience. The benefits of building a tree house Building a modern tree house with your kids will take a couple

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How to Flatten Boards With Just a Planer

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The processing of wood doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. If we are talking about a scenario that ends the world as we know it, you are going to have to know how to manipulate wood and metal in order to survive. You will likely leave your home behind and have to build a …

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Remove That Tomato Debris … Or Is There A Better Way? (Homesteading Basics)

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Since our TGN Community is so spread out geographically—across the globe, really—I wanted to go ahead and post this Homesteading Basics video because there are certain climates where this question is starting to come up. And if your tomatoes are still producing (or maybe are just starting to produce if you’re in a colder climate!), it’s never too early to start thinking about this!

So, here’s my question: When your tomatoes have stopped producing, what do you do with your tomato debris?

I share my intention for my own tomato plants in the above Homesteading Basics video—but are my garden cleanup plans truly necessary? I’d really like to know what you think, so please let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Why Writing a Journal is Important in a Prolonged Emergency

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Written by Lucas Cappel   Many people are yet to embrace the culture of keeping diaries and journals as they find it hectic and unnecessary. Many will argue that diary keeping will steal some minutes of their rather busy day. Others may hold the opinion that it will bring back irrelevant memories that have nothing to do with the present and would only make a person hate their past. Most of the reasons for not keeping a diary are genuine, but […]

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Let Them Eat Cake

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As Preppers we must keep up with the events that will affect our lives and one in England is the icing on the cake. The spreading of the gooey, sickeningly sweet sugar coating over a real problem has once again been applied with the strokes of a government so clueless as to punish with a broad stroke its law abiding subjects as opposed to fix the fundamental problem which they themselves cooked up.

Okay, the puns stop NOW, but such is the blind ambition of people smarter that the rest of us who are callous in their application of solutions that do more harm than good and veiled as “in the public good.” What was an empire founded by the sword, one where the sun once never set, is now a land where the second weapon of choice, and a valuable EDC staple, knives, are also illegal in most of their forms.

The Government of England has issued a new decree/law on knives and we all as Preppers  need to read and understand this law, even if we don’t live in England. The link, thankfully, is direct and to the point, as opposed to any similar policies that would/will come out of the American Government. The last line is the one that I label as the most sinister thing I have read in a while – “A court will decide if you’ve got a good reason to carry a knife or a weapon if you’re charged with carrying it illegally.” 

As a subject of the British government you can no longer order knives on-line.

This article is from a related website posted back in April of this year in response to a decree from the current Lord Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan on knives and the restriction, again, on his law abiding subjects, because his minions having lost all semblance of lawful control of the city of 8.7 million (known) people – by comparison NYC has 8.5 million (known) residents.

This same Mayor stated “…he believes the threat of terror attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city” and encouraged Londoners to be vigilant to combat dangers..” But now they can only carry harsh words to “combat dangers” but, no wait,  they imprison people for saying hateful things, so forget harsh language: The Communications Act of 2003 defines illegal communication as “using public electronic communications network in order to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety”. Breaking the law carries a six-month prison term or fine of up to £5,000. The media must have an exclusion to the law. So no texts, no instant messages, no emails, no pics on Instagram, no comments on Facebook that can be deemed offensive by the thought police. Another law that has far more reaching “unintended consequences”, or were they the actual intent?

It is rumored that when Tomas de Torquemada was asked during the Spanish Inquisition what is “heresy against the church” his reply was “it is whatever I say it is.” And so, again, we see history repeating itself, lessons NOT learned.

I chose the icing spreader as it almost fits the official definition in England of an acceptable knife, it is too long actually and any mods – filling an edge to be sharper, will most certainly get you a trip to a London jail. And, of course, to take the lunacy further, using an icing spreader and spreading icing on someone trying to attack you, your family, friends, neighbors or strangers right in front of you is also a form of assault and will also get you a  ride to jail.

So NEVER use this as a weapon, even in self-defense. After all they may already have diabetes, so this would be accessory to murder, even if they die years later. Far fetched? Have I gone off the deep end more so than this policy and its application to fix a problem that is being used to further disarm the subjects of the British government? In America you are still free to decide that for yourselves.

Some British can Still Own Guns

“Members of the public may own sporting rifles and shotguns, subject to licensing, but handguns were effectively banned after the Dunblane school massacre in 1996 with the exception of Northern Ireland. Dunblane was the UK’s first and only school shooting.” A horrible act and reading the link is very hard. Finding a link that presented a factual account was much harder. On this side of the pond we are all too aware of these tragedies. We are also very aware of how they are exploited, how the facts are spun and twisted to meet the agenda as opposed to the facts simply being presented and supported by evidence.

The origins of our 2A Rights can be directly traced to the policies of authoritarian British Governments and it appears they are circling back to that form of government again, or, they are exploiting the tragedies they themselves have inflicted upon their subjects.

My real point here is that we hear about such policies on the news, in passing and we tend not to look under the covers. Juggling our own lives and needs and daily dramas is keeping us engaged, and that is the devils playground. As Preppers we should always expose information to the light of day and strive to understand the driving forces behind things. And at the end of this chain, if you follow it back to its origins, there is a root cause – the invasion of Europe by an immigrant population that will keep its facilitators in power. This isn’t news to Preppers or to most people, it is just misplaced on the devils playground and THAT is when we are blindsided.

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7 Problems That Every Prepper Must Overcome

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Preppers have a problem. Oftentimes, they can’t see the forest for the trees. I’ve found that prepping is like a vast river of opportunity, a river that ebbs and flows based on the situations around us. When world events are spiraling out of control, we feel inspired to get prepping. When the world feels stable, […]

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Getting the Family Onboard with Prepping

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At times it can be difficult to explain to your children of family members how important prepping and being prepared is. With the world the way it is today, and all the different potentially catastrophic scenarios we face, we know we can’t afford to sit around with our fingers crossed, but how do we convey […]

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SMH…. gotta learn to say no

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Text message from local coin/gunshop:

“Hey, a couple shotguns just came in. 20 ga double barrel and Win 1200 in 12 ga”

*sigh* Okay, I’ll try to be resolute.

“Whatcha got?”
“Stevens 20 ga. double barrel but it has a small ding in the barrel. Yours for a hundred bucks.”
“Useless. Lemme see the Winchester. Hmm…..Whaddya want for it?”
“$125”
“Dammit.”

Now, I have no need for a Winchester 1200..the cheapest pump shotgun Winchester ever made…and I’m actually not a fan of that rotating bolt lockup either. But…for the price…it’ll go in the closet until I find someone who wants a duck gun or something and I can make fifty bucks off it. Or, I can break it apart, grease it up, and stick it in Deep Storage as a pentary level backup shotgun.

One of these days, I really hope I learn to say no to these sorts of deals.

Conflicted – Forcing Your Members – What Would You Do?

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CONFLICTED SURVIVAL GAME:

BEFORE THE SHTF!

Conflicted is a Survival Game.  Each card in the deck has a scenario that will stretch how you would respond in an SHTF situation.  What would you do?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

SCENARIO – Someone in your group has gear that would be better used in the hands of another member who’s more experienced.  The owner doesn’t want to lend his equipment because modern society has collapsed, and his gear is now irreplaceable.  Giving his gear to the more qualified person would be a great advantage to your group. 

As the group’s leader, do you force the man to lend his equipment in order to give the entire group a much needed advantage or do you respect his right to his own property?

 

READ: 3 Barter Items You Probably Haven’t Considered But Will Be Valuable Even If the Poop Doesn’t Hit the Fan!

 

Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted Survival Game Cards  – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

 

Sale on Family Emergency Food Kit

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I just found out that Valley food storage has a sale on a new family food storage kit: Meals, Meats, Fruits and Veggies, 100 Servings all in 1 Bucket This 1 week Food supply is a great way to start your food storage supply or add to your existing food storage reserves. All of the Valley Food Storage kits are designed to make the planning and preparation process extremely easy. This family value emergency food kit includes 100 servings of great tasting, healthy, just-add-water meals, protein-packed chicken and our famously delicious fruits and vegetables. This kit is designed to be enough food

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3 Common HVAC Leaks to Look Out For

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Did you know most HVAC service calls are related to some type of leak? A leak in your heating and cooling system can reduce the efficiency of your system, increase your energy costs, cause premature wear and tear to the HVAC system, and even damage your home. We’ve compiled here information on three common leaks you should watch for to keep your system in good working order. 1. HVAC System Leaking Water Do you notice water pooling inside your air conditioner? Do you have water leaking out of the system when it’s turned on? Leaks are common with central AC

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Buying Guide: Best Scope Mounts

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It is very important that you ensure that rifles work as intended.  Owning am expensive rifle does not guaranty accurate shots. Proper quality firearm accessories play a massive role into ensuring that you weapon can give its 100% every time, there are few accessories more vital and essential to a gun than a scope mount. Today I am posting a guest article to introduce you to the best scope mounts in the opinion of the guest author. Benefits to using a scope mount: Holds the scope in place Let’s start with the most primary benefit which is to actually lock

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Family Of Immigrant Detainee Sue President Obama

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Family of Immigrant Sue President Obama

A local family says it will sue President Barack Obama and several federal agencies because their loved one, an immigrant being held in various detention centers, died while waiting to get medical treatment.

Nancy Luna fought back tears Friday as she discussed her husband’s ordeal.

At a news conference Friday, attended by CBS2’s Amy Johnson, Luna said her husband had Type 2 diabetes, and his care was neglected.

He was held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, among other places.

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Free PDF: Permissible Emergency Levels of Radioactivity in Water & Food (1952)

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Permissible Emergency Levels of Radioactivity in Water & Food is an interesting topic, they actually used to put little tins containing a radioactive source and if the water you wanted to drink tested lower than the test item then it was considered safe to drink. I have one of those old tins somewhere in a storage container, but it has half-lifed to where it is just a novelty. This PDF is similar to yesterdays post on Dosimeters as it is actually from an old civil defense Technical Bulletin TB 11-8 of December 1952. This bulletin has some good charts and

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God Will Provide

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A young woman brought her fiancé home to meet her parents. 
After dinner, her mother told the girl’s father to find out about the young man.

The father invited the fiancé to his study for a talk.

“So, what are your plans?” the father asked the young man.

“I am a biblical scholar,” he replied.

“A biblical scholar, hmmm?” the father said. “Admirable, but what will you

do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in?”

“I will study,” the young man replied, “and God will provide for us.”

“And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she

deserves?” asked the father.

“I will concentrate on my studies,” the young man replied, “God will provide

for us.”

“And children?” asked the father. “How will you support children?”

“Don’t worry, sir, God will provide,” replied the fiancé.

The conversation proceeded like this…and each time the father questioned,

the young idealist insisted that God would provide.

Later, the mother asked, “How did your talk go, honey?”

The father answered, “another Democrat, he has no job, he has no plans, and he thinks I’m

God.”



Legacy Food Storage Gluten Free Meals

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To many people, food storage is having 20 cans of Pork N Beans in the pantry or Military Meal Packs (aka MREs). These are great options for short-term food storage but both items have a shelf-life of up to 5 years. They may still be eatable after 5 […]

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10 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods Your Doctor Hasn’t Told You About

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By including the best anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, you can greatly reduce the risk of unwanted diseases and illnesses.

Whenever you are sick, your body gets inflamed. Inflammation is a way for the body to heal and protect itself. However, inflammation can also be a negative thing. When it occurs, you are still in perfectly good health and your body tissues are okay. When you have inflammation over a long period of time, it can lead to negative effects. This includes you getting diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity among many others.

What Is Inflammation?

In the event that you hurt yourself, your immune system reacts by bringing white blood cells to the affected area. Your body will produce more white blood cells, cytokines and immune cells to help deal with the infection. This is signified by the soreness or redness that you will notice in the affected area. This is a good sign as it’s an indication that natural healing is taking place.

Inflammation Causes

What you eat is the greatest contributor to inflammation. If you eat unhealthy foods, you are opening yourself up to all kinds of unwanted diseases and illnesses.

Top 10 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods

#1: Berries

This refers to different kinds of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Berries are beneficial as they contain anti-oxidants and help to minimize inflammation in the body and keep diseases away.

#2: Fatty Fish

Fatty fish is an anti-inflammatory food that’s rich in omega 3 fatty acids. This includes sardines, trout, mackerel, salmon and herring.

#3: Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables are anti-inflammatory foods that have lots of antioxidants. This includes vegetables like cabbages, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach and cauliflower. They help to significantly minimize your chances of getting cancer or heart disease.

#4: Avocados

Avocados are quite nutritious. They have good fats, magnesium, potassium and fiber. They minimize inflammation and reduce your chances of getting cancer, plus they can help you lose weight.

#5: Organic Green Tea

Instead of taking your usual cup of tea, swap it with green tea. Put in some berries for additional flavor. This tea has lots of antioxidants and will greatly reduce your chances of getting cancer, heart problems or Alzheimer’s.

#6: Grapes

You can freeze grapes and snack on them throughout the day. You can also cut them up and include them in your salad. These fruits are anti-inflammatory foods and diminish your chances of getting heart problems, cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity and diabetes.

#7: Chili And Bell Peppers

Chili peppers and bell peppers are anti-inflammatory foods that are loaded with vitamin C and they are also full of antioxidants. They have anti-inflammatory properties and will help to increase your metabolic rate.

#8: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Since you use oil all the time to cook, why not go for the best? Virgin oil is full of anti-inflammatory properties and is said to be as effective as ibuprofen when it comes to reducing soreness.

#9: Cherry

I like cherries a lot. I suffer from an illness known as CRPS, and I have come to realize that when I eat cherries, the pain I feel gets significantly reduced. The darker the berry, the more antioxidants it has. Freeze these anti-inflammatory foods and snack on them during the day. Just a handful of them can make a great difference in your life.

#10: Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has flavanols which are rich in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory.

In order to get lots of antioxidants, go for chocolate that contains 70% cocoa.

Anti-Inflammatory Supplements

Some of the supplements you can take to help you fight inflammation include fish oil, ginger and curcumin (which can be found in turmeric).

However, we like to encourage our readers to get their nutrition from natural foods. That’s why we recommend that you eat lots of the best anti-inflammatory foods, and we won’t dwell too much on supplements.

Conclusion

Whether you are just looking to improve your health, you are actively fighting inflammation, or you’re trying to lose weight, do this by watching what you eat. Try to incorporate more of the best anti-inflammatory foods into your diet while eliminating foods that cause inflammation. You can do this by gradually changing your diet. In addition, minimize stress since it can lead to inflammation and try to take things easy. Be patient with yourself as you make these changes.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: Helpful Anti-Inflammatory Herbs When You Can’t Use NSAIDs

Do you have any ideas for other anti-inflammatory foods that someone could incorporate into their diet? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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How a Rifle Sling Can Help!

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How a Rifle Sling Can Help!

How a Rifle Sling Can Help!
Be a Better Shot with Your .300 Blackout

I know what you’re thinking. Yes, we know that sounds crazy. Bear with me.

So you’ve got your .300 Blackout rifle all built, and you’re starting to accessorize it. Maybe you’ve got your handguards on it, a foregrip, and you’re working on picking a sight. However, what other accessories can help you improve your shot?

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3 Simple Steps for Life Without Cable

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You may be asking yourself, ‘ what does getting rid of cable have to do with my level of preparedness.’ It all comes down to a battle of time and money. In fact, the whole of life has become a very simple balancing act of time and money. How much of one are you willing …

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Will China’s “Master Plan” Lead To World War Three?

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China’s master plan intends to reshape the global order to their liking.

The leaders of the People’s Republic of China have a master plan for global domination that might lead to World War III. China’s master plan consists of two parts. First of all, a “web of international institutions” designed to make other countries subservient to Beijing. Second, a massive military buildup, as Hal Brands wrote in a Bloomberg opinion piece. Brands believes that the Chinese have a plan to reshape the global order to their liking by excluding America. Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to export a new ideology that Brands calls “authoritarian mercantilism” or “authoritarian capitalism.” Under that system, other countries would be ruled by dictators loyal to Beijing. These rulers would open markets for Chinese corporations and harvest natural resources for China’s benefit.

China’s New World Order

That system is similar to the Soviet Union’s rule of Eastern Europe and creation of Communist puppet states during the Cold War. That policy led to numerous conflicts and almost sparked a nuclear war over the Soviet puppet state in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Such an ideology would undoubtedly shut out American ideas like freedom, democracy, and constitutional rule. It would certainly be appealing to corrupt rulers in developing nations. To promote the new order, the Chinese are signing trade pacts with and making loans to dictators in countries as diverse as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. The basis of the ideological master plan is a new international order called the Beijing Consensus which would supplant the United States as the world’s leader.

Like the Soviets, the Chinese have set up front organizations to spread propaganda. They have also tried to influence elections in Australia and New Zealand with money, Brands claims. The Chinese government is underwriting so-called Confucius Institutes on college campuses. The Confucius Institutes are supposed to promote “Chinese values,” which is a code word for Xi’s authoritarian capitalism. The last country that tried to impose its ideology on the rest of the world aggressively was the Soviet Union. That scenario led to the Cold War and many minor conflicts. Conflicts such as the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the strife in Afghanistan. Between 850,000 and two million people died in just one of those conflicts: the Soviet-Afghan War.

China’s Dangerous Military Master Plan

Like the Soviets, the Chinese are building up a massive military machine designed to police and protect their global empire. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) opened its first overseas base and naval port last year. It is in Djibouti across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia. That base is part of a plan for China to dominate the Indian Ocean and extend its power into the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The PLA has agreements to build bases in Gwadar, Pakistan, and the Seychelles Islands. From these locations, it can dominate the Indian Ocean, Brands noted. The Chinese are trying to establish bases in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Darwin, Australia to add to their power.

The Chinese also have plans for naval bases at Piraeus, Greece, on the European continent and inside the European Union. In addition, they may construct bases in Walvis Bay, Sao Tome and Principe on the Atlantic Coast of Africa, Brands claimed. Such bases would allow Chinese air and naval forces to operate in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. There’s also a scheme for a “Naval Silk Road,” an all-water route from China to southern Europe through the Suez Canal. Control of that route would enable the PLA to cut India off from Europe and America and dominate the Middle Eastern oilfields. It would also allow the PLA to cut the United States off from Middle Eastern oil. To project its power, the People’s Republic is expanding its navy and building aircraft carriers.

Is China’s Master Plan Leading To World War III?

This can lead to war, as such a naval expansion by Imperial Germany in the early 20th Century helped sparked World War I. Fears of a German naval buildup and German trading alliances with countries like Turkey pushed Germany and the British Empire into war in 1914. The British won that war because of access to superior American industrial resources. America might not be so lucky in the 21st Century. China’s production of steel (the primary component for almost all modern weapons) is 10 times greater than America’s. China produced 831.7 million tons of steel last year. However, the United States only produced 81.6 million tons of steel in 2017, Worldsteel estimated.

China’s master plan might spark a catastrophic Third World War that could devastate both the United States and the People’s Republic. Smart individuals should start preparing for the day when America’s military may not be able to protect their families from China’s “authoritarian capitalism.”

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: Artificial Intelligence Key To China’s Plan For World Technology Domination

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7 Best Tent Stoves To Make You A Winter Camping Hero

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Tent StovesThe Ultimate Guide To The Best Tent Stove You Can Buy

You no longer have to suffer cold nights inside a tent!

Instead, add a tent stove to your camping gear.

And while traditional tent wood stoves are big and heavy, there are now many lightweight options.

Stoves you can pack, carry, and setup with ease.

Not to mention the lastest tent stove accessories like;

  • water heaters
  • chimney ovens
  • warming trays

When your done reading this guide, you’ll be a tent stove convert; just like me.

Today, well be covering the following topics:

  • Life Before Tent Stoves
  • Top Reasons To Get A Tent Wood Stove
  • Types Of Tent Stoves (with 7 recommendations)
  • Incredible Accessories For Your Tent Stove
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LIFE BEFORE TENT STOVES


1) Winter 2) Camping

Those two words bring chilly memories of frozen boots and morning tent frost.

As a Boy Scout, I spent a lot of nights dreading the morning.

You know, that moment you must leave your toasty warm sleeping bag.

Shivering uncontrollably until the sun gets over the tree line.

Hunkering around a small fire – warming your hands while waiting for breakfast.

It’s Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Since moving west, I’ve upgraded my camping gear.

I’ve switched to mountaineering sleeping bags and pads. I’ve even bought a cold weather tent.

Yet I still spent my share of freezing cold nights dreading the morning.

That is until an elk hunting trip showed me what I’ve been missing out on…

The Hunt Trip

If you’ve ever spent time in the mountains during the fall, you know the weather can change at the drop of a hat.

When you’re planning a hunt, months in advance, you must be ready for anything.

From blazing sun to dumping snow.

Now, some hunters are lucky. They have a cabin in an area with elk herds nearby.

Others bring motorhome or travel trailer rigs.

But some of the prime areas are located in the deep remote wilderness.

Places far from the nearest road and accessed only by horseback or ATV.

In these far-flung hunting camps, a canvas wall tent is a common sight.

When we arrived at my friends family hunting camp, the snow had been falling for several hours.

The temperatures were dropping fast.

I had packed for a cold camp, but I was starting to worry our canvas tent wouldn’t be enough.

But those fears disappeared the minute I stepped inside.

I was met with a blanket of warm air from a roaring tent wood stove.

Right then, I was tent stove convert!

REASONS YOU SHOULD GET A TENT WOOD STOVE


In extreme winter conditions, the need to stay warm and dry is critical to comfort and your survival.

And nothing beats a wall tent stove for portable shelter in the worst conditions.

Warmth and Comfort

First, you can sleep comfortably and get up easily.

Stoking a fire before heading to bed means a smooth start to the morning.

With a quick fire to heat up the tent while you get dressed and ready to head out for the day.

Easy Camp Cooking

Better yet, most tent wood stoves include a cooking surface.

That way you can start the day with a warm breakfast and hot coffee!

Dry Out Wet Gear

Speaking of getting dressed, the dry heat of a wood stove helps to dry out wet or snowy gear with ease.

The bottom line is:

Don’t underestimate the power of dry clothes, warm food, and warm space to relax.

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TYPES OF TENT STOVES (plus 7 recommendations)


Tent stoves come in a variety of shapes and sizes and offer a wide array of accessories.

However, the best tent stove for you comes down to 4 main factors:

  • the size of tent you want to heat
  • how far you need to pack the stove
  • how much weight you’re willing to carry
  • and as always, price

So let’s break down the different types of tent wood stoves and touch on each of these 4 factors.

Heavy Steel Tent Wood Stoves

Heavy steel stoves are generally made of thicker rolled steel.

With the added mass, they hold heat for longer and provide more even heating.

Thicker walls also resist warping.

This means the doors seal better and keep smoke from leaking into the tent.

Most heavy steel stoves also an integrated stovetop, which gives you a place to heat water and cook meals.

Many of them also feature cold-air inlets and stovepipe dampers.

These features help control airflow and allow for longer burn times.

Of course, they weigh more (a wall tent and heavy steel stove are generally a full load for an ATV or pack horse).

And are often more expensive than other stove types.

But they’re far more durable so the investment can be worth it.

1 – Guide Gear Outdoor Tent Wood Stove

The Guide Gear Outdoor Wood Stove is built to last.

Keeps coffee and saucepans hot on top, brings water to a boil and cooks bacon and eggs!

The legs detach, the pipes nest and the entire stove fits inside itself for easy storage and smooth transport.

Contents include:

  • 5 pipes
  • detachable legs
  • assembly hardware
  • ash rake and fire poker/door opener

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2 – SHTFandGO Bullet Proof 50BMG Rocket Stove

This gravity-fed SHTFandGo Tent Stove is Made In The USA.

This tent wood stove includes an extra wide base for stability.

It’s a perfect stove for camping, preppers, and survivalists!

It’s designed to produce little-to-no smoke with dry wood.

You only need sticks the size of your thumb to operate the rocket stove.

It includes a built-in handle for balanced transportation.

Made out of heavy-duty steel so it won’t warp over time like stamped steel stoves.

The cooking grate is wide enough to support large pots. 

It comes painted flat black with high heat resistant 1200*F paint. 

Accepts standard 3-inch venting pipe.

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3 – Camp Chef Alpine CS14 Heavy Duty Cylinder Tent Cabin Stove

The Camp Chef Alpine CS14 is one heavy duty tent wood stove.

And it’s full of useful features such as:

  •  A wide form shelf/drying rack
  • Adjustable legs for uneven ground
  • All parts store inside for easy transportation
  • water tank brackets (tank sold separately)
  • 5-inch diameter chimney pipe (over 10 ft. total height)
  • Wire spark arrestor

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Lightweight Tent Stoves

If you have to carry your stove far, then a lightweight tent wood stove is the only sensible option.

These stoves are designed to take advantage of lightweight galvanized steel.

This alone cuts the weight of a comparable steel tent stove by nearly half.

This makes a difference when you’re calculating loads for a horse. Or having to make multiple trips to get all your gear to camp.

With the lighter weight, you generally sacrifice some of the durability.

The stoves don’t hold heat as long as heavier models.

This is offset by a lower price point, which can be the attractive tradeoff, especially if planned usage is occasional.

4 – SilverFire Hunter Chimney Stove

The SilverFire Hunter Stove is rated for either indoor or outdoor use.

It creates a natural draft using only twigs and dry field scrub.

It’s portable, lightweight making it very easy to take with you and set up fast.

It’s also cleaner and burns faster than other rocket tent stoves!

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5 – Gstove Heat Camping Stove – Starterpack

The G stove is a great tent stove for starters.

It’s both lightweight and efficient.

Meaning it doesn’t take much wood to get some nice heat generation.

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Collapsible Tent Stoves

As the name suggests, a collapsible tent stove is designed to fold or disassemble.

This makes them much more convenient to pack.

Their construction is usually similar to lightweight stoves.

The stoves made of galvanized steel and with thinner walls.

These stoves are great if space is an issue, such as packing into boats or aircraft.

They’re usually a little more expensive than a standard lightweight stove.

This is due to the engineering involved in the collapsible features.

And the collapsible stove body, the stovepipe often telescopes – saving space.

6 – Winnerwell Woodlander Deluxe Cook Tent Stove Package

The Winnerwell Woodlander Tent Stove is an easy to assemble stainless steel wood burning stove.

It includes a removable hot plate cover so you can allow open flames to lick the bottom of the pot. This equates to more heat control when cooking.

It also has a spark-arrestor, water tank, pipes, carrying bag, fireproof mat.

Making The Winnerwell Tent Stove the complete package.

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7 – Uncompahgre Collapsible Pack Stove

The Uncompahgre Collapsible Pack Stove measures 23″x14″x11″ at the firebox and stands 19″ tall when assembled.

It has a 4″ round stove top flue hole and a control damper in the door.

Built with 20 gauge black steel and coated with 1200 degree stove paint. It won’t bubble and peel off when hot.

Total weight for the Uncompahgre is just 32- lbs!

folded up tent stove

Folded Up

So it fits perfect in a pannier for packing in on horseback.

The Uncompahgre Collapsible Pack Stove comes 5 pcs of nesting stove pipe that are 20″ long each and a mesh spark arrestor.

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ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR TENT STOVE


Most tent wood stoves (other than the ultralight models) come with a few core accessories:

  • wood grate
  • stovepipe
  • stove jack
  • spark arrestor

But there are other accessories out there that can make a winter camp even better.

Pipe Damper

A flap damper valve in the stove pipe helps to slow the flow of air through the stove.

This reduces the fuel burn rate and allowing a load of firewood to last all night instead of just a couple hours.

Some tent wood stoves come with one but if it doesn’t a pipe damper is a worthwhile addition.

Hot Water Tank / Water Heater

A tent stove water tank hangs on the side of the stove pipe.

These units make sure you have warm water available (whenever the stove is running).

Hot water is ideal for washing up or starting another pot of coffee.

Just keep it topped up to prevent warping.

Chimney Oven

A chimney oven allows many other cooking options, including baking.

It uses the waste heat from a tent wood stove to warm a small oven.

Allowing you to bake mini pizzas, rolls, casseroles, whatever!

It’s one of the best tent stove upgrades.

Fresh biscuits with breakfast? Excellent!

Pellet or Propane Burner Kits 

In areas with limited firewood, you’ll need to resort to alternative fuels.

Some wall tent stoves are rigged to burn propane or pellets.

Just make sure you check the specific alternative fuel compatibility before you purchase.

Alternative fuels are “extra” accessories, not all tents stoves can accommodate.

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WALL TENT STOVE SAFETY


Finally, no discussion about stoves inside tents would be complete without a BIG warning.

Make sure your stove is well maintained and vented to outside.

Burning ANY fuel produces carbon monoxide and other combustion gases.

These toxic gases can cause:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • breathing issues
  • death (in high enough concentrations)

Be sure to inspect your stove pipe regularly.

Make sure all connections are tight.

You can’t afford a mistake.

If correctly set up and maintained, no smoke should escape into the tent.

Do this with care to prevent a tragedy.

TENT WOOD STOVE WRAP UP


Winter camps don’t have to be a bleak, cold experience.

A well-built canvas wall tent and a roaring fire in a tent wood stove can make camp a warm refuge.

It can keep you safe from bitter cold, snowy or wet weather.

Providing a safe space to dry out and cook a hot meal, and to gather and relax at the end of the day.

If your plans include an extended stay in cold weather, do yourself a favor and get a tent stove.

Do it now, before you unzip your sleeping bag to one more icy morning.

Jason K.

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A Prep You May Not Have Known You Needed: Screen Repair Kit

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Every so often there is an outlier prep that just blows your mind and you think to yourself, How did I miss that? This article might be that one for you. There is nothing more annoying than damage to your screen windows or doors. Its nice to be able to open windows and doors to …

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10 Urban Survival Skills To Develop Before SHTF

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                  Urban survival after a serious disaster will be the most challenging of all types of survival. It comes down to the sheer number of people who will be looking for the exact same answers as you and your family. The hunt for provisions, medicines and safety …

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How To Build A Salt Water Distiller | Survival Life Guide

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Its one thing to struggle with water in a desert  survival situation or maybe a high elevation wilderness survival scenario. These areas can be tough places to find water, unless you know where to look. Still, neither could be as remotely frustrating as being right next to the ocean and being dehydrated. Hopefully, you understand …

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Gary Collins On The Simple Life | Episode 180

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Gary Collins On The Simple Life | Episode 180

 

 

This week we have Gary Collins on the simple life. He has recently made the change from Primal Power method to Ths SImple Life. 

We talk about the change of branding. Why hes burned out on the Health industry. 

Garry tells me about his progress on his off grid home. 

 

  • I’ve noticed you have changed directions a bit with a new book series and website, what brought that about?
  • One of your new books is on RV Living, what would say are some of the advantages of living in an RV?
  • You have been working on your off the grid project for several years now, how is it coming along?
  • You have also released a new health book, are you still planning on writing about health?

 

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Lithium Iron Battery For Solar Off-Grid Alternative Energy Systems

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The Lithium Iron battery from Iron Edison has significant advantages for solar panel alternative energy storage. Consider these benefits over Lead Acid: 1. SAFE. Unlike lithium-ion ‘cobalt’ batteries that you may have heard about (catching fire in laptops, mobile phones), the Lithium Iron phosphate battery from Iron Edison (made in Denver Colorado) will not explode or catch fire. It’s thermal stability makes it safe. No thermal runaway. 2. MORE ENERGY. Its electrochemical capacity allows it to store more energy than lead acid. Thus the ability to design smaller more efficient battery sizes. Typically 1/4 the size and weight of lead

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Foraged Food : How to Safely Enjoy Wild Edibles

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There is a mountain of knowledge the average person must overcome if they are going to start foraging wild foods. When you know nothing about the natural world, looking for food in the woods is a serious struggle. Don’t be disheartened. Little by little the more you read and study edible plants the more they …

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Manafort put in solitary confinement to avoid attack

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Manafort in solitary confinementFormer Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is being held in “solitary confinement” after his bail was revoked, in an “outrageous violation” of his civil liberties, former Trump lawyer John Dowd told Fox News on Tuesday.

“Paul is in solitary confinement for his own safety from the general prison population,” Dowd said. “The warden is concerned that someone would violently attack Paul just for street cred.

“They make all prisoners return to their cells whenever Paul needs to leave his cell,” Dowd, who said he is a friend of Manafort’s attorney, told Fox News.

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Refrigerador Eco-Solar

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Mantente fresco con el nuevo refrigerador EcoSolarCool’s

EcoSolarCool comenzó en 2017 con el lanzamiento de dos nuevos modelos de refrigeración solar. Las nuevas adiciones a la línea de productos verticales pretenden minimizar el consumo diario de energía de los aparatos de refrigeración. Los refrigeradores son uno de los electrodomésticos que consumen más energía en el hogar, y representan hasta el 25% del costo de energía de los hogares. EcoSolarCool quiere cambiar esto, “brindando un enfriamiento constante, confiable y energéticamente eficiente a un gran valor”.

Dos nuevos modelos

Ambos nuevos modelos de EcoSolarCool están aprobados por UL250 y CSA según los estándares de EE. UU. Y Canadá. Estos son los únicos refrigeradores solares en el mundo que cuentan con esta aprobación. Además, esto es para toda la unidad y no solo para el compresor. Ambos modelos tienen el compresor Danfoss DC más avanzado y avanzado y se fabrican en Europa. ¡El consumo de energía para los modelos también está en un mínimo histórico para la industria de electrodomésticos solares / CC en 201 kWh por año! Este también se encuentra entre los más bajos en el mercado de aparatos de refrigeración de CA.

El modelo ESCR260GE Metallic Gray tiene una capacidad total de 260 litros (9.2 pies cúbicos). El compartimento de refrigeración es más grande en comparación con el compartimento del congelador, con 235 litros (8.3 pies cúbicos) a 25 litros (0.9 pies cúbicos). El congelador se encuentra en la parte superior de la unidad y el compartimento de refrigeración en la parte inferior. Este modelo pesa 121 lb (55 kg) y mide 23,7 x 25,2 x 57,1 pulgadas.
El modelo de acero inoxidable ESCR355GE tiene una capacidad total de 354 litros (12.5 pies cúbicos). El compartimiento de refrigeración más grande (258 litros / 9.1 pies cúbicos) se encuentra en la parte superior de la unidad, y el compartimiento del congelador (96 litros / 3.4 pies cúbicos) en la parte inferior. Este modelo pesa 163,2 lb (74 kg) y tiene un tamaño de 23,7 x 25,2 x 78,8 pulgadas.

Características de ambos

Ambos modelos tienen temperaturas internas ajustables y puertas reversibles. El rango de temperatura para el compartimiento de enfriamiento está entre 0 ° C / 32 ° F y 10 ° C / 50 ° F. Mientras que, la temperatura del compartimiento de congelación puede alcanzar tan bajo como -18 ° C / -0.4 ° F. Para el funcionamiento, ambos modelos necesitan un panel solar, una AGM de 12 voltios, batería de litio o de ciclo profundo y un controlador de carga solar de 15 amp 12/24 voltios. La batería asegura que el refrigerador continuará funcionando toda la noche y en días no tan soleados. Considerando que, el controlador de carga solar regula la carga eléctrica de las baterías y los paneles solares. Para saber cuántos paneles / baterías solares se necesitan para hacer funcionar su dispositivo de refrigeración solar, consulte la publicación de blog de EcoSolarCool .
Los refrigeradores son perfectos para una amplia variedad de situaciones, desde casas rodantes hasta cabinas en casas dentro y fuera de la red.

Ambos modelos de refrigerador se pueden comprar en un distribuidor local o en la tienda de energía solar . Los precios anunciados en el sitio web de EcoSolarCool son de $ 1,299.00 para el modelo metálico gris más pequeño y $ 1,650.00 para el modelo más grande de acero inoxidable.
Todos los productos EcoSolarCool tienen estos …
Todos los aparatos de refrigeración y congelación alimentados con energía solar vendidos por EcoSolarCool tienen un revestimiento de 4,4 pulgadas de espesor de aislamiento de poliuretano. Todos los productos también tienen incorporada una función de modo de ahorro de energía para asegurarse de que las unidades no consuman más energía de la que necesita. Además, también tienen un apagado automático para garantizar que los dispositivos tengan una vida útil prolongada. Todas las unidades tienen una garantía de dos años y operan con un voltaje de entrada de 12/24 voltios.

Si quieres descubrir diferentes métodos para mantener los alimentos frescos, echa un vistazo a esta publicación.
También puede obtener más información sobre cómo funciona la refrigeración solar con más detalle. Consulte estos artículos:
What is a Solar Refrigerator?
Low Energy Refrigeration

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Identify These 5 Common Physical Injuries Before Giving First Aid

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Editors Note: A guest contribution from Caitlyn Bell to The Prepper Journal. With Summer here in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern, outdoor activities change and with that change comes the minor injuries we seldom are lucky enough to avoidAs always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

As everyone knows, especially Preppers, injuries are a part of life!

Adventure and injuries are two sides off the same coin and what we mean, you will understand right after your first trip. They say when you begin with something new, you will fall but what matters is how you get up again and move ahead with greater courage! The same thing implies to adventure sports and outings. And well! What is a trip good for if you do not have marks to support the telling of your fantastic time and exemplary courage! Injuries can happen anywhere, anytime, during any circumstance and often you really cannot do much about it. You may cut your hand from the very slicer which you use everyday twice in the kitchen! But let’s keep ourselves focused on one aspect and that is the amazing, full of fun trips that we make to places which are naturally difficult to get to in order to satiate our adventurous soul!

Adventure trips are not just confined to trekking. Canoeing, river rafting, scuba diving, deep sea diving, bungee jumping, rock climbing and many more such activities happen all around the globe that fall under the category of adventure sports. If at times you choose to spend some time living in camps and employ the natural ways of sustenance, that is also an audacious endeavor of another kind. Whether you are going out for a solo trip or a group adventure, you are always suggested to make your preparations well and always carry a survival kit with you. This kit must always contain a hunting knife along with other essentials.

You must also necessarily carry a first aid box with you that includes-

  • the major medicines like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, paracetamol, cough syrup,
  • thermometer
  • pain relief spray,
  • bandages
  • Cotton and scissors
  • Oral antihistamine
  • antiseptics,
  • hand sanitizer,
  • ice packs,
  • alcohol wipes,
  • non latex gloves
  • 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • A triple antibiotic ointment

These are a compulsion for the first aid along with any other ointment that you may remember. First aid is the first help that you can provide to your team member before you get any professional medical help so it needs to be complete and precise. But, if ever such a situation arises, you must not be in a hurry to perform first aid. Before applying any ointment, make sure you detect the issue properly and understand what kind of help is required.

Let us learn about some of the basic medical conditions that need to be identified properly first before administering first aid.

Cuts and scrape – if you are out on a trip that involves a lot of physical activity, then there will occur many instances when you will get cuts on your body parts, maybe on hands or on legs. Most of the times you will not even know how and when you got a cut. You only realize it later on when all of a sudden you feel a slight pain or burning sensation on your hand or leg! It is the most difficult to treat these cuts because you do not know the source. If you could find a cut immediately after it was administered, you know the source and you can easily the medicine that should be applied. It is crucial to deal with cuts carefully as they are prone to develop an infection which can prove to be much more harmful.

Burns – campfires are one of the most fun element of a camping adventure. Sitting around the fire in blankets with the right kind of music, food and people, can become of the most memorable part of your trip. But what if a member meets with an accident with the fire and encounters burns on the body. Not only this, in more severe conditions, when you choose to cook on your own while on a trek or in a camp, things are more complicated. It is not just fire that can cause burns! You may spill hot water accidentally or oil or any other mishap may happen. During any burns condition, you must know the source so as to give proper treatment. Not all the times you can use the same way to cure a burn and it is also not easy to understand the degree of the burns.

Swelling in limbs – this is a very frequent and common problem which can occur with anyone during a trek. There are a myriad reasons for swelling. At times, swelling can happen due to excessive water retention, maybe due to fatigue, some inflammation may also be a reason for this or at times an insect bite which may have worsen can also be a reason of swelling. If you are already suffering from a joint problem, then also you may suffer from swelling. You see, there are so many reasons for one medical condition. In case your legs swell while you are on a trip, then before taking any first aid help, it is important for you to figure out what is the actual reason of the swelling in the limbs. All the above reasons have different ways to be treated so it is imperative to make sure of the cause of swelling first.

Insect/bug bites – it is impossible to avoid these. Trekking or camping in the open means you are a free treat for insects and bugs. Generally there are swamps of bugs and insects and there are different kinds of these which can sting anytime and you not even get to know immediately until and unless you happen to see a red mark or a blister out of nowhere. Most of the times these small creatures are poisonous or maybe the carriers of harmful diseases so it is better to be loaded with repellent creams for a healthy trip.

Fractures – honestly, one must be scared of these. If something as serious as a fracture happens, you must try to get professional help at the earliest. But most of the times, in case of a hairline fracture, you are not even sure if there is a fracture at all. If you experience immense pain or experience difficulty in moving any particular part of the body, you must first try and confirm if there is at all a fracture or not before giving first aid. You might not always know the exact reason of the fracture and the actual location of the fracture.

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How to Mark Trails Like a Pro

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Every year we see tons of people get lost in National Parks around the nation. Its a nasty fact but many people head out into this massive world, unprepared. They leave without maps, they leave without extra clothes or food. There are simple skills that can make all the difference in your in your life. …

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Do You Know What to Do If Your Water Becomes Contaminated?

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Back in 2015, the EPA spilled millions of gallons of toxic waste into a river in Colorado. This single event turned an entire river system orange with over 3 million gallons of toxic water containing heavy metals such as manganese, copper, zinc, and cadmium. Wells and municipal water systems in 3 states were tested for possible contamination.

This was just another reminder about how vulnerable our water supply is . . . one of many reminders over just the past few years. There are a whole slew of threats that can compromise our water—natural disasters, industrial abuses, government accidents—the list goes on.

So that leads me to the question I want to ask you today: Do you know what to do if your water supply becomes contaminated during an emergency?

When disaster strikes and your water supply is disrupted or contaminated, safe drinking water will quickly become your #1 Priority. Who will make sure that your family has the water they need to survive? You, that’s who.

Plain and simple, you need to be ready to take care of your own.

The ability to turn nasty water into pure, safe drinking water in an emergency is an essential skill for pretty much everyone, so I’ve asked water purification expert Glenn Meder if he would update the TGN Community on threats to our water supply. He very kindly agreed, so if you want to learn how to take care of your family’s water supply in an emergency situation, I hope you’ll join us next week for this free online class.

In it, Glenn will teach us how to provide our families with safe drinking water independent of municipal sources or supply chains for long periods of time, and how to assess a water emergency and make smart decisions.

Here’s the important info:

It’s Been 4 Days Without Electricity. Now What?
(How to Provide Your Family with Safe Drinking Water in a Massive, Long-term Blackout) 

Thursday, June 28

7:00 p.m. CDT (8:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. MDT / 5:00 p.m. PDT)

Reserve Your Spot Now

Glenn’s an expert on this subject. He grew up working in his family’s water-treatment business, and he has a better understanding of the details of water treatment than anyone else I’ve ever met.

So, needless to say, we’re pretty excited that he’ll be offering this class to our TGN Community. I promise you’ll be glad you took one hour to review this lifesaving information.

(Oh, and, when you register for next week’s free class, Glenn will send you Water in an Emergency, a simple, practical e-guide to water treatment after an emergency. It takes you beyond bottled water and shows you how to be prepared to produce your own safe drinking water for extended periods of time. You’ll want to print it out and have it with your emergency supplies as a quick reference.)

 

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7 Smart Ways To Preserve Fish For The Hard Times Ahead

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Putting up fish is something a lot of fishermen don’t even consider. They may eat a lot of fish at certain times of the year but go without at others. With all the different ways to preserve fish, you can experiment to your heart’s desire with exotic recipes and flavors, all the while stocking up for your family’s future.

Preparation

 how to preserve fish

Learning how to preserve fish for future consumption could be a life-saver.

Start your preparation by cleaning your fish as soon as possible after you catch it. Fish meat is said to deteriorate 200 times faster than beef, so the fresher the better. Some things to do to keep fish fresh include: keeping them in the live well or on a stringer until you are done fishing, keeping the cleaned fish in a creel that is dipped into the water occasionally to keep them cool, or putting the fish on ice in a cooler after they are cleaned.

Scale your fish with a plain old spoon and decide if you want the skin left on or not. For catfish and bullheads, you will want to skin them. Generally the heads should be removed from all fish you wish to preserve.

After they are cleaned and you are ready to work on them, decide if you will want to put them up whole or as fillets, steaks, or chunks. The method you wish to use will sometimes dictate how they should be cut.

Salting

Salting is an ancient practice fishermen used to preserve their catch while at sea and a long way from the market. Salt draws out moisture, drying out the fish and creating an environment where microorganisms can’t function and the fish are preserved. Most of the methods listed will use salting in one form or another.

Always use pickling salt if possible because it contains no iodine or additives to keep it from clumping and is of a finer grain than other types of salt. In a pinch you can use Kosher or sea salt, but they will not perform as well. Table salt with iodine will turn everything dark and can influence flavor. It should be avoided in all but survival situations.

Brining

Brining is preserving fish in a salty liquid. It is also a flavoring step (similar to a marinade) in most of the other types of preservation.

There are two methods used to brine fish. One is using salt to draw out the fish’s own moisture to create brine. A crock works well for this. First, put a layer of salt covering the bottom of the crock, and then place a layer of fish on top of it. Next, place another layer of salt, then fish again. Continue until you are out of fish or your crock is getting full. Put in a layer of salt on top and cover with a plate that fits inside the crock. Place a weight on top of the plate to hold the fish down.

The salt will draw out the liquid in the fish and create a brine. The weight on the plate will hold the fish down in the liquid. If the fish fail to make enough liquid to cover them, salty water can be added until the top layer is under the liquid. This should keep the fish for several weeks.

The second method is preparing a solution of salt and water or vinegar (or even wine) and using it to cover the fish. This brine should be at least ½ cup of salt to the gallon of water; one cup per gallon would be better. You can even use more, depending on your recipe. If you are using this brine as a marinade, other spices and flavors can be added. Soaking in this brine can last anywhere for ½ hour to a week, depending on your preference.

Smoking

When you smoke fish, you are drying it out, similar to salting, to make an environment where bacteria can’t multiply. Usually, smoking uses heat to drive off the moisture without cooking the fish. You are also adding a distinctive flavor to the fish that many find quite enticing. Smoked salmon, anyone?  Some recipes and techniques call for enough heat that the fish is cooked at the same time.

Smoking works best with fillets, but it can be done to steaks or whole fish also. Smoking can be a one or two-step process. The one-step process involves taking the fresh cleaned fish and smoking it as is. The two-step process brines the fish for a time before the smoking. This can be to add salt for better preservation or more flavors for better palatability.

If you use a commercial smoker, follow your manufacturer’s directions. If you are using a homemade smoker, remember to use only hardwoods, with hickory and fruitwoods being the best. Evergreens will leave a tarry coating on the fish and ruin them.

Canning

Canning fish is generally discouraged since the meat deteriorates quickly. Fish is a low-acid food and thus has a long processing time. If it is attempted, you should cut your fish into chunks and can smaller pint-sized portions to be sure all the meat reaches a safe processing temperature. Canning fish should always be done with a pressure canner, and you should consult the most up-to-date information available regarding processing times. That being said, home-canned salmon can be very good.

Drying

Drying fish on a wooden rack just like our forefathers did can still be done. Fish should be salted and filleted if possible, or if small, opened up so they lay flat. They can be skewered with wooden spikes to aid in this if need be. They should be hung in a place out of the sun with good air circulation. They should be turned several times a day. They should be brought in at night and sprinkled with salt if they are still damp.

Drying will take several days and an effort should be made to keep insects and weather away. Sometimes a smoky fire will be burnt upwind to aid in this. Again, hardwoods only.

Freezing

Freezing fish, while requiring the least amount of work, will preserve your fish at the highest quality. If you have the room in the freezer and like fresh fish, this is the route you should take. For best results use, a deep freeze and not the freezer compartment on your refrigerator.

You can freeze them in a block of ice by putting your fish in a container, then filling it with water and freezing the whole thing. This works well for bulk storing.

Another method is to dip your fish in cold water and wrap it in plastic or foil and freeze without draining. A third method is dipping. Put your fish on a tray in your freezer.  When frozen, take them out and dip them in water and return to the freezer. Repeat the process until you have the desired thickness of fish-sicles.

Pickling

For a real adventure in putting up your fish, you can try pickling them. Most pickling recipes take a two-step approach. First, you either brine or cook your fish, and then you immerse them in a pickling mixture and allow them to soak. There are so many different recipes and advice it is hard to recommend just one.

Since you are being adventurous, you should try the recipe in Bull Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices by George and Berthe Herter. George prefers brining the cleaned fish for about a week in a solution of salt and white vinegar, and then he gives the recipe for the pickling liquid, with a couple of options to suit your taste. (You can even turn it into a wine sauce.) Once the fish are in this pickling liquid for three days, they are put in the refrigerator for one more day. They are then ready to enjoy.

Even people who don’t care for fish find they sometimes like it when it is put up in one of these ways. In hard times, putting up fish will be a valuable skill to possess.

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7 Brute Ways To Protect Yourself From Barbarian Hoards

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People love ancient knowledge–whether it’s herbs, fables, remedies, religions, philosophies–there’s something fascinating and appealing about things people discovered or came up with thousands of years ago. But I bet there’s one area where you never expected ancient knowledge to come in hand: self-defense. Before firearms, people spent a lot more time thinking about hand-to-hand combat […]

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Natural Disaster Preparedness: 10 Tools That Will Save Your Life

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As recent events around the world demonstrate, Mother Nature can whip up a disaster with little notice. Her list of disaster-causing events is impressive including floods, earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis, hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, cyclones, and more recently, volcanoes. For many of these natural disasters, we receive a warning in advance of the event. For others, none … Read more…

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In this case White is Right!

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In this case White is Right!
Lynna “A Preppers Path ” Audio player below!

Now before you get all excited and or angry with White is Right. The show has nothing to do with political correctness but rather what we put in our bodies. Many have heard of the diet where basically you just don’t eat anything white, such as sugar, flour, pasta, rice and on and on, however there is one white that is most definitely right in the food world.

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Book: The Adventure Bible Book Of Daring Deeds And Epic Creations

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As a busy mom, I’m always looking for fun, interactive ways I can incorporate God’s word into my family’s daily routine. This book offers a practical way I can do just that. It’s not overly preachy and it’s not boring at all. Instead of getting a block o’ text that’s going to make my kid’s eyes glaze over, this book presents a series of activities that reinforce Biblical truths. Each lesson has a little craft or project coupled with a Biblical principle your kids can meditate on. I love it! It’s a fun, easy-to-read book that doesn’t take up too much time, but that opens the door for more serious Biblical conversation and dialogue.

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – June 19, 2018

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CURRENT EVENTS AND BIBLE PROPHECY

– PREPPED & AWARE!

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

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

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

 

IN THIS WEEK’S WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Now, This is Interesting” – 6/17/18
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – June 16, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update, June 19, 2018.
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – End Times Fatigue– June 17, 2018
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – TERROR IN MEXICOL– 6/17/18
  • Mark Correll – Prophecy in Today’s News – 6/14/18
  • Jason A –Something Mysterious is Happening Worldwide!

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Now, This is Interesting” – 6/17/18

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – June 16, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update, June 19, 2018.

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – End Times Fatigue– June 17, 2018

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – TERROR IN MEXICOL– 6/17/18

 

Mark Correll – Prophecy in Today’s News – 6/14/18

 

Jason A –Something Mysterious is Happening Worldwide!

 

Peace,
Todd

Build Your Secret Prepper Hideout The Easy Way

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The bat cave is a dream that all preppers can aspire to. In fact, its pretty safe to say that Batman is the only prepper hero on the list. Normal guy, tons of foresight, ready for anything and has an underground bunker that would make any prepper weak in the knees. There is something to …

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Garden-Fresh Potato Leek Soup Recipe

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I went out to the garden on a rainy day (rare in San Diego) and noticed something… My leeks were finally ready to harvest! I knew it was time to …

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Free PDF: Personal Dosimeters for Radiological Defense (1952)

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Today’s PDF is entitled Personal Dosimeters for Radiological Defense it is actually from an old civil defense Technical Bulletin TB 11-2 of April 1952. A dosimeter is a device worn by a per son for measuring and registering his total accumulated ionizing radiation exposure. Personal dosimeters are designed to measure exposures which may result during and after an atomic explosion in the 50 to 600 roentgen range. They should not be considered to be personal protection devices as they do nothing to reduce your exposure, only measure it. Federal regulations limit a yearly dose to be the total effective dose

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The U.S. Has Decided To Fight Trade Wars With China, Europe, Canada And Mexico Simultaneously, And That Will Be Disastrous For The Global Economy…

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What do you think about America looking for an edge in trade? Is it as much of a crime as people are making it out to be? Do you stand with the nation or do you think America is bullying? The larger part of this conversation is that we are going to be faced with …

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Hurricane Season – Making Your Home Secure from Looters

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Consider the following scenario: you just emerged out of the underground shelter or bunker, and your house, heavily hit by last night’s hurricane, is one of many abandoned homes on your home street. With most of the neighborhood evacuated, you can’t rely on the police to keep you and your belongings safe. As such, you …

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Building a Hand Made Butter Churn From Scratch

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There are some pieces of equipment that just speak to self sufficiency in a way that others do not. One such piece of equipment is the butter churn. Now, I will preface this intro with: If you do not have a dairy cow or if you do not plan on getting one, the building of …

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How To Best Prepare Yourself For The Coming Financial Crisis

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Many financial analysts believe the United States economy is in a dire situation.  Peter Schiff, who accurately predicted the 2008 recession has come out and declared we will all live through another Great Depression, only this time, it’ll be much worse than before.  But there are ways to prepare for such an event, and we’ve gathered some helpful tips and tricks to help make the process a little more smooth.

“The bad news is, we are going to live through another Great Depression and it’s going to be very different. This will be in many ways, much much worse, than what people had to endure during the Great Depression…This is going to be a dollar crisis.”

When you are talking about the magnitude of the debt we have, that extra money [raising interest rates] is big. That’s going to be a big drain on the economy to the extent that we have to pay higher interest to international creditors…a lot of this phony GDP is coming from consumption, while the average American who is consuming is deeply in debt and they are going to impacted dramatically in the increase in the cost of servicing that debt…given how much debt we have, and how much debt is going to be marketed the massive increase in supply will argue for interest rates that are higher.” -Peter Schiff

According to Financial Times, it is becoming clear that the global monetary policy is now caught in a debt trap of its own making. Continuing on the current monetary path is ineffective and increasingly dangerous. But any reversal also involves great risks. It stands to reason that the odds of another crisis blowing up continue to rise.

So how can you forecast this economic disaster and best prepare?  For starters, you should pay off as much debt as possible. There are many reasons for this, the obvious being if it truly belongs to you and you have the title in hand, no one can take that property from you.  Pay off your unsecured debts first and as quickly as possible, however.  Credit card debt will become more expensive as interest rates rise, making those already only able to make a minimum payment stuck choosing between a credit card payment or another bill. Make sure you stop putting things on a credit card in order to pay it down with the goal of eliminating that debt. Cut things out of your budget if you must to pay things off. A good tip from Surviopedia is to tackle your debts one at a time starting with the smaller ones. Once the smaller one is paid off, apply the money for those payments to the next biggest debt, paying it off early. Once things are paid off, you’ll also have the added benefit of having extra money to buy things of value that can be used as currency during a crisis, such as gold, food, or ammunition.  Remember, when paper money is of no value, food or ammunition could very well be a powerful form of currency as bartering for goods and services inevitably returns.

Everyone knows they should store a little extra food “just in case,” even if it’s only to wait out a harsh storm. But accumulating ammunition is a great way to prepare for a post-apocalyptic world, especially one in which no one has money (or money is worthless) and grocery store shelves are empty. This is a great primer article to learn more about SHTF Firearms. Rifle and pistol cartridges will always have value if you store them right because ammunition could mean the difference between life and death.  An unloaded gun is merely a club, while a loaded gun can kill an animal for meat or protect one’s life from a violent attack.  Hoarding ammunition and having a safe and dry place to store it could be almost seen as a “savings account.” Even if you don’t own a gun capable of shooting a cartridge you are storing, someone else likely will. One strategy to use, though is to arm yourself with firearms and ammunition using very common cartridges. This will increase the chances that someone else, will have a gun that can shoot what you are offering. The most common pistol cartridges are 9mm, 38 Special and .45 ACP. The most common rifle cartridges are .22 Long Rifle, 7.62x39mm, and 5.56x45mm.  Ammunition is often overlooked as a possible form of currency during a financial crisis but it will be necessary and difficult to come by making it a highly valued currency.  Make sure you have a safe place to store your ammunition and keep its availability quiet to prevent theft or violent attacks against yourself. Rifle cartridges will represent months worth of food, even if you don’t own a rifle. The trick is to find someone who does and trade them for something of equal value.

The final tip to best prepare yourself for a financial crisis is to learn how to make things, such as biodiesel or vegetable oil. Vegetable oil can be extracted by the proper processing of corn and other seeds of your choice and during Venezuela’s collapse, this was one of the first staples that disappeared from the market. Most of the oil producing companies were seized and nationalized. Now their production is a small fraction of what it was when they were private, and the military controls the supply and sales in the black market. Once the vegetable oil has been used for cooking, it could be used as fuel, to improve the heat output of wood stoves, or even as a makeshift a water heater that runs with WVO (waste vegetable oil).  But you should also consider learning to make biodiesel, especially if you own a vehicle or a generator that will run on diesel fuel. It is possible to make biodiesel using vegetable oil too.  If you’d like to try it, Thoughtco has put together a helpful guide that will walk you through the process. 

Remember the three things that will be the most impactful during an economic collapse: having no debt, having items that will serve as a currency, and being able to produce things of value.  If you can accomplish all of those, your chances of survival will go up.

 

 

 

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“Stuff” You Need To Build Self-Reliance

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In my opinion, the core of prepping and survivalism is building self-reliance – as individuals, as families, and as communities. The more self-reliant we are, the more prepared we will be to survive whatever the future holds in store. Here is my list of the “stuff” needed to build self-reliance.

1- The right mind-set:  First and foremost, self-reliance is a mindset. It is a willingness “to do as much as we can without outside assistance” (definition of John McCann in his book Practical Self-Reliance, page 14). It is a mindset in which you both assume responsibility for your own life and take the blame for your own life. You are not looking for others (the government, your parents, community organizers, or whoever) to take care of you or to make life “fair.” Nor or you whining and blaming others when things don’t go your way. As I’ve said before,  the single most important thing you can do to survive any future chaos is to start taking responsibility for your own life now.

2- Good health and fitness: This should be obvious, but achieving and maintaining good health and fitness is crucial to self-reliance. It will be hard work, but almost everyone can do something to improve their health and fitness. Yes, even if you are old, have bad knees, or “just don’t have time to go to a gym,” you can do something to improve your health and fitness. No excuses. Quit smoking. Eat right. Get adequate sleep. Be physically active. Walk more. Take a pass on second helpings tonight. Eat a piece of fruit for dessert instead of a piece of pie. Lose weight. Get a check-up.  

3- Land (productive land). Productive land is an amazing asset for building self-reliance. You can produce much of your own food (fruit & nut trees, vegetable gardens, chickens, goats), provide your own water (well, pond/stream, rain water collecting), and harvest wood for heat, cooking, and timber. Sure, it would be nice to have a 1,000 acre homestead, but most of us will never be able to afford it. But maybe we can afford 20 acres. Or 10 acres. Or one acre. Even a quarter-acre in a small town or suburban neighborhood could be turned into a productive asset (see the book Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre for ideas).

4- Knowledge, skills, and experience: Just having “stuff” isn’t enough to build self-reliance. You have to know, or be able to figure out, what to do with that stuff. That’s why you need to develop your knowledge, skills and experience now, before war comes or disaster strikes. Knowledge is what you learn from articles, books, videos, and other people. Skills are what you develop by practicing what you learned. Experience is what you gain by putting knowledge and skills to work in your everyday life.

5 – Tools: Finally, we get to what most people consider “stuff” – actual things we can easily buy from a store or over the Internet. And we do need tools. Tools enable use to make use of our right mind-set. our health & fitness, our productive land, and all those skills & experience we’ve acquired. Knives, multi-tools, guns, hammers, screwdrivers, saws, axes, shovels, hoes, tractors, and even a pick-up truck are just a few examples of tools that can enable self-reliance (if we have those other building blocks).

6- Supplies: I separate supplies from tools due to their disposable nature. Supplies would mostly be one use and that’s it. You’ll then have to replace what you used. Seeds, ammo, duct tape, nails, spare parts, food, water, aspirin, and bandages are some examples. When planning on being self-reliant, ask yourself “How can I replace the supplies I use?” Food you stored and used can be replaced by food you grow (can you garden?). Seeds you used to grow your garden can be replaced by seeds you saved from your garden (do you know how to save seeds? Do you understand the importance of heirloom plants and avoiding GMOs?). Ammo you use can be replaced by reloading (do you know how?). The aspirin you use can be replaced by Willow Bark Tea (do you know how to make it?).

In coming weeks, I’ll be posting articles on each of these six areas of self-reliance, going into more detail on each. Please check back often. 
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Prepper’s Survival Retreats

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I purchased and read this book in early April 2018, but neglected to add it to my topics list of Books, Videos, and DVDs. So here it is.
My review of this book is there is something for everyone inside whether new to Prepping or just about ready to purchase property for a retreat or homestead. It is a good book with current information. Used as a reference book it could keep you from overlooking important retreat buying elements that may make your land or home purchase turn out to be a disaster. Well worth the $10.00

  

Prepper’s Survival Retreats

Your Strategic Relocation Plan for an Uncertain Future

Most Home Break-Ins Occur During Summer

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home break-ins

Home break-ins are most likely to occur in the summer when children are out of school and the weather is warmest.

Home break-ins are more common in the summer-time and more dangerous than you think. Here are some shocking statistics about burglaries that should give you pause:

-Burglary attempts cause one out of every three assaults in residences in the United States.

-Around 95% of break-ins involve the use of force.

-Amateur criminals commit about 85% of burglaries and are more likely to be mentally ill, violent, or using drugs.

-Police only solve around 13% of burglaries and break-ins because they lack evidence or witnesses.

-Most burglars are seeking money to support a drug habit, so they are likely to be high.

-Most burglars are after everyday items like cash, laptops, guns, tools, smartphones, iPods, television sets, and jewelry.

-July and August are the most typical months for home break-ins.

-Around 66% of all burglaries are home break-ins, Safeguard the World estimated.

Suburbs And Rural Areas Are Also Vulnerable To Home Break-Ins

The numbers indicate that break-ins are most likely to occur in the summer when children are on vacation. Burglars prefer the summer because it is the warmest time of year.

Homeschool families are in greater danger from break-ins because they are more likely to occur during the day. Burglars are looking for unoccupied houses, so they usually come around at midday during the work week. That means a criminal might break in while a mother is homeschooling her kids.

Contrary to what most people believe, homes in the suburbs and rural areas are just as likely to be broken into by thugs as those in the city. Most burglars drive, and many of them prefer outlying neighborhoods where there are fewer people than in urban areas.

Precautions You Can Take To Prevent Home Break-Ins This Summer

Everybody needs to be on guard against break-ins because they are more common than you think. Provisions you can take to safeguard your family include: keeping doors locked, strengthening doors that face the street or road, and having weapons available for self-defense.

A low-cost way to repel burglars is to make it always look like somebody is at home. This process can be done by scattering a few kids’ toys or bicycles on the front lawn, playing the TV or radio at a high volume, or leaving lawn mowers and tools sitting outside so it looks like somebody is around. Since most burglars seek empty homes, such deception might be more effective than expensive alarm systems.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: Strategies That Burglars Use To Case Rural Houses

Or download our free 40-page report on how to keep your property safe in uncertain times: Protect Your Perimeter

Do you have any additional suggestions on how to prevent home break-ins during summertime? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

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Most Home Break-Ins Occur During Summer

home break-ins

Home break-ins are most likely to occur in the summer when children are out of school and the weather is warmest.

Home break-ins are more common in the summer-time and more dangerous than you think. Here are some shocking statistics about burglaries that should give you pause:

-Burglary attempts cause one out of every three assaults in residences in the United States.

-Around 95% of break-ins involve the use of force.

-Amateur criminals commit about 85% of burglaries and are more likely to be mentally ill, violent, or using drugs.

-Police only solve around 13% of burglaries and break-ins because they lack evidence or witnesses.

-Most burglars are seeking money to support a drug habit, so they are likely to be high.

-Most burglars are after everyday items like cash, laptops, guns, tools, smartphones, iPods, television sets, and jewelry.

-July and August are the most typical months for home break-ins.

-Around 66% of all burglaries are home break-ins, Safeguard the World estimated.

Suburbs And Rural Areas Are Also Vulnerable To Home Break-Ins

The numbers indicate that break-ins are most likely to occur in the summer when children are on vacation. Burglars prefer the summer because it is the warmest time of year.

Homeschool families are in greater danger from break-ins because they are more likely to occur during the day. Burglars are looking for unoccupied houses, so they usually come around at midday during the work week. That means a criminal might break in while a mother is homeschooling her kids.

Contrary to what most people believe, homes in the suburbs and rural areas are just as likely to be broken into by thugs as those in the city. Most burglars drive, and many of them prefer outlying neighborhoods where there are fewer people than in urban areas.

Precautions You Can Take To Prevent Home Break-Ins This Summer

Everybody needs to be on guard against break-ins because they are more common than you think. Provisions you can take to safeguard your family include: keeping doors locked, strengthening doors that face the street or road, and having weapons available for self-defense.

A low-cost way to repel burglars is to make it always look like somebody is at home. This process can be done by scattering a few kids’ toys or bicycles on the front lawn, playing the TV or radio at a high volume, or leaving lawn mowers and tools sitting outside so it looks like somebody is around. Since most burglars seek empty homes, such deception might be more effective than expensive alarm systems.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: Strategies That Burglars Use To Case Rural Houses

Or download our free 40-page report on how to keep your property safe in uncertain times: Protect Your Perimeter

Do you have any additional suggestions on how to prevent home break-ins during summertime? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

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The paper chase

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Toilet humour is always good for a blog post. Today’s episode comes from Friend Of The Blog ™, Tam, over at View From The Porch where she recounts an episode of what happens when natures call is delayed by overpackaged designer toilet paper.

Here’s the money shot: “Just before I had to declare an emergency and kiss my socks goodbye…..”

Hysterical.

RTWT.

Meanwhile, everyone knows that women go through toilet paper like Germans through Poland. It’s exponential. Two women do not use twice as much TP as one. There’s a logarithmic (bodily) function somewhere in there.

I bring it up because toilet paper is one of those semi-serious things we survivalists rally around. Right after ‘who has the most guns’ and ‘how much ammo is enough’ comes the ‘how much toilet paper do you store’. I have the space to store a goodly amount, so I keep about 200 rolls on hand. That should cover me for a good while unless I develop a sudden interest in Mexican food or drink a Giardia cocktail.

Toilet paper is one of those things that is usually briefly touched on in survivalist fiction but almost never addressed in movies or TV. I’ve seen exactly one toilet paper reference in eight years of The Walking Dead. (Specifically, the episode where Bob The Alkie is introduced. He’s sitting on top of a truck trailer with a roll of TP sitting next to him. The implication being that he took a dump on the undead below him.)

Like .22 ammo, there’s just really no just-as-ggod-as substitutes. Leaves, phonebooks, small furry animals, paper towels, and anything else semi-disposable just don’t seem to do the trick.

I suppose you could go the way of the Third Worlders and make sure to use one specific hand for eating and the other for…….. but I didnt make these efforts and sacrifices so I can live like a Third Worlder.

My experience has been that toilet paper has only three natural enemies – women, mice, and moisture. Storing it in a waterproof container handles the moisture, storing it off the ground usually keeps themice from nesting in it, and buying the discount brands usually keeps the Gyno-Americans out of it.For travel, whether planned or unplanned, the usual thing is to just grab a roll, squash it flat, and shove it in a ziploc bag. That has a certain utilitarian quality is simple and effective. Turns out there are special ‘travel packs’ of toilet paper and you really can’t underestimate their utility. I usually just throw a couple of those pocket packs of Kleenex in my bag and use those if necessary…its convenient, cheap, multipurpose, and available.

Back in the old days, MRE’s used to give you actual toilet paper and it was worth saving the extras from your MRE pack for later use since it was packaged pretty well. Modern MRE’s give you these little blue individual squares that I cannot fathom were ordered by anyone who has ever had to take a dump out in the field.

Moral of the story? Well, first off, toilet paper is cheap and a definite nice-to-have… dont put a dozen rolls in the hallway closet and think you’re done. Go to CostCo and get a couple of the big 30-packs. Second, keep a half dozen in the bathroom. Without getting too..rude…go sit yourself on the toilet and figure out what your maximum reach is from there. Keep the a half dozen rolls within that reach. No brainer. And, finally, if you’re going through any crisis that requires you to whittle down your stock of end-of-the-world TP you’re also in a crisis where personal hygiene just took a boost in importance – so make damn sure to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer afterwards. Your stash of TP goes a lot further when you don’t have to deal with cholera and dysentery.

How Ready Are You for the Next Disaster? Take Our 60 Second Quiz Now!

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One of the things I enjoy is measuring levels of preparedness. If you haven’t noticed, I like to bring some way to quantify where you stand on preparedness issues. Where would you be after 3 days, 20 days, 3 months! That is what really helps preppers get better. In my opinion. This style of measuring …

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James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of “Less”

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We are all wondering what might happen to our economy in the long run. We just came out of 8 years of the greatest clearance in the history of our America. There was more giveaway in the last presidency, by way of funds and resources than any other time. If that was not hard enough …

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