Intuition in Survival – The Importance of Your Gut Instinct

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“The primary wisdom is Intuition.” Ralph Waldo Emerson A short on gut instinct, the sixth sense and intuition, and their dire importance to survival-type scenarios. First and foremost, it is of extreme importance, at the moment, to understand that this subject of intuition doesn’t only apply to survival and off-grid situations, but to nearly all … Read more…

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Long Haul Preparedness: Prepping Notes from a Trucker.

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By “Bull” Hayward

 

Editor’s Note: Preparedness is so wide and varied.  In my time running Prepper Website, I have found that the Preparedness Community is collectively very wise and resourceful.  You can find preppers everywhere, including long-haul trucking.  And truckers who are preppers are into long-haul preparedness!  This article is an introduction to one long-haul trucker and his experiences as a prepper.

 

After serious consideration, and some prodding from fellow preppers, I am writing about my travels, and prepping from a somewhat unique perspective as a trucker.  I am at 30-something, a full-blown trucker, having been one off and on since age 18. Trucking has taken me all over Canada, and the United States. I also drove as part of my duties with a security contractor. 

Let me start off by introducing myself: my name is Aaron, but those who are close to me generally call me “Bull.” The nickname has many origins and varied reasons for its existence. Some are as simple as, at the age of 16, I was a 6’ tall, 250 lbs. farm boy, who happened to have a septum piercing (center of the nose like a bullring).  I’ve long since not worn said “bull ring.”

I was born in Newfoundland (pronounced NEW-fin-land by my people), which is an island Province of Canada. When I was young, my family moved to Ontario, where I grew up. We still did everything the Newfie (a term to refer to Newfoundlanders) way. Now, the Newfie way is the way of a poor people who survived mostly off the land and sea, using a lot of old-fashioned ways. They hunt, fish, and farm what can be farmed in rock.

When I was young, my Father and I started caring for a cattle farm owned by a surgeon. He had bought it as his retirement joy for when he no longer would doctor. My formal education was a choppy affair. I was a no-nonsense-you-start-a-fight-with-me-or-try-to-bully-me-I’ll-deal- with -you, type of child. This attitude goes along with the whole culture of my people: great, friendly, giving people unless you took advantage or caused trouble with them.

Love for the Long Haul Starts Somewhere

So at the age of 15, I quit school and went to work after failing to join the military (not enough education to join). At age 17, I traveled to Saskatchewan to work for a big crop farmer. When I arrived there, the position I had originally been hired for over the phone had been filled by an older local gentleman. So, the farmer instead set to teaching me how to drive a tractor-trailer, and that was now my job. I had operated and driven various farm and construction vehicles from a very young age, so this was an easy learn for me.

After a couple years of that, I came back to Ontario for a short period. At this time, my uncle, a sniper scout for the Canadian armed forces, contacted me about an opportunity with a security contractor group. He had taught me many things about guns, shooting, and combat when I visited Newfoundland as a youngster, and knew my desire to serve my country.

He had retired from active duty, but due to his military service record, had been approached by some members of the military to head up an overseas security force of sorts. And I got to go! On that, I cannot say much, but I can say working with him and his crew as a contractor took me into war zones. By age 25 I had been to the Middle East, most of Canada, Australia (a 6-month job on a horse farm), Cuba, Dominican Republic, and on the Amazon River, for various stints, working in various capacities.

The Long Haul Home Away from Home

My weekly normality in a truck is where I am now, so let’s look at that. I generally try to come home as often as possible, but sometimes it is not feasible, and I end up on the road for a week at a time. I no longer go to the United States, and stay in Ontario.

Ontario is a very large province and sometimes I can be up to 600 or more Kilometers from home. My current rig is a 2012 Peterbilt highway tractor with a sleeper and twin 150 gal fuel tanks. For those that don’t know, a sleeper is the portion behind the cab that has the bed and living facilities. Now mind you, these are not large in some cases and brings “tiny living” into perspective. What was just a trucker’s reality is being emulated by people and the “tiny house” movement.

 

 

In this sleeper, I have a double bed, fridge, microwave, and a 3000-watt inverter. There are many areas of storage in the sleeper. I store a week’s worth of clothes: 5 changes of underwear, socks, shirts and 2-3 pairs of pants. I also have a packable raincoat, shemagh, and in winter time, a full winter- rated hunting pants and coat, as well as gloves and such.

 

 

Among the various things I store are sanitation goods for both myself and the truck, a personalized first aid kit, flashlights, knives, pens, a single burner stove with fuel, a water filter, a fishing kit, fire starter kit, a backpack, and general EDC items. I keep plenty of food items like canned foods, instant mashed potatoes, ramen noodles, oatmeal, trail mixes, energy and protein bars, protein powder, canned meats, and preserved meats.

A couple cases of liquids usually ride with me as well. I am quite fond of Arizona iced tea, so a case of that and 40 or more half-liter water bottles ride too. Now, because I do have the fridge I am able to bring some traditional refrigerated foods like meats, cheeses and such. So all in all, I’m stocked and could eat from the truck without leaving it for probably 2 weeks.  

For more on Every day Carry (EDC) – CLICK HERE!

 

 

That covers the livability of things as a trucker.

 

 

Plastic Recycling is Less than 10%, That is Shameful

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I used to buy cases of bottled water whenever on sale.    Where ever I live, there is “single sort” recycling so that makes it easy to recycle.       But when I heard that only 9% of all plastic is recycled I thought that was shameful.    In fact if only 60% was recycled, I would consider that shameful.

In Hawaii, drinking bottled water in almost a necessity.  much of the ground water is tainted by agricultural pesticides, one classic example, when a 50,000 gallon tank leaked, and it happened to be right next to the area well, totally polluting the ground water.    Corruption and nepotism in Hawaii is crazy large.    It creates this type of thing.  

Anyways…..I decided to reduce my carbon footprint, I re-use plastic bottles and fill them from larger containers purchased at 50c per gallon, which is supposedly filtered nicely, even some minerals added for health and taste.  

What have you done to reduce your plastic footprint?
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Last October scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, in Germany, found that ten rivers—two in Africa and the rest in Asia—discharge 90% of all plastic marine debris. The Yangtze alone carries 1.5m tonnes a year.

Volcano and Earthquake — “Sticking Points” Mean The Big One Could Be Coming

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I haven’t done it in a while, but you can download USGS Earthquake data in a CSV file (which is easily turned into an excel file), customoized by area, time, and EQ minimum size.

The time data is hard to use, you need to parse the data field several times.

Then to get EQ per day, I use a Pivot Table to extract data.   Awesome tool!

What is happening now in Hawaii is far far different than anything in the last 10 years.   I should go back and review the 1955 and 1960 Mega Eruptions.   1840 would be awesome too, but the USGS was still fighting Indians at the time.   

Amazing Organic Caterpillar Control

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There at a number of villains that are after your garden. Whether we are talking about the microscopic aphids or the rabbits, you know your garden is facing an assault. That is no fun for anyone. Did you ever really consider caterpillars? Did you read the book to your kids. Caterpillars eat leaves. They will …

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How to Bug-In – The Bug-Out Alternative You MUST Plan For

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Bugging out and bug out bags grab all the attention for those less versed with prepping and survivalism. If you ask someone about prepping, the bug out bag and bug out plan is one of the first things that comes up. In reality though, preppers are more likely to bug-in given the threats present in …

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The Dangerous Side of Solar

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Not only do we take power for granted, we also take the safety aspects of power for granted as well. This current that runs through our homes and allows us to do everything we like comes into the home with tremendous power. It could easily kill you if you decided to chew on the wires. …

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5 Dangers of Fuel Storage

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Gasoline is always an issue. There were stories out of Texas, after the hurricane, where people were filling up covered trash cans with gasoline. This was how their mind was working when the panic set in. Its a reality that any place in the world can face. You might think that having plenty of fuel …

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DIY Metal Arrowheads for Archery

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Archery may not have the distance or the power of firearms but it has the silence. It has the benefit of surprise and it will also not bring a others to the sound of the noise. When hunting, you can even get so lucky as to miss with an arrow and have the animal not …

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The World Doesn’t Have To End For Self Sufficient Living To Save Or Improve Your Life

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Truer words never written, “The world doesn’t have to end for self sufficient living to save or improve your life.” “The more self sufficient I become and the more I get back to basics, the more grounded I feel.” “All the tech and modern amenities can’t center you,” responds a MSB reader to the statement above… I’ve written about this in a number of different ways. Today’s title is sourced from a comment that I read here on the blog and is succinct in its message. I felt compelled to post it. As many of you already know, prepping –

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Solar up with the Jones

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Solar up with the Jones

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This show has solar electric expert and CEO of P.E.G. Solar, Joe Ordia. He is a Prepper that started a solar electric company when he could not find the help he needed as a Prepper. His company has been steadily growing and prides itself as being a solar company that understands Preppers and Prepping. Joe answers all your questions on solar power in a grid down situation.

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Prepping for the Inevitable Economic Crash Part 2

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Todd Sepulveda of Prepper Website is on the show today to talk about hedging yourself against the next economic crash. To learn more, check out his new Micro Biz Book and build an additional income stream.

 

 

Ava’s Crucible, Book Two: Embers of Empire is now available in Paperback, Kindle and Audio edition!

America has fallen and Ava’s band of misfits is all that stands between freedom and absolute tyranny. Her group pledges to launch an insurgency campaign against the occupying force in Texas, but they’ll have to watch out for those who have been tasked with purging the patriots. Her team cannot fail in their mission. If Texas falls, America’s demise is all but certain.

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Why You Should Store Kitty Litter

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You are probably wondering why you should store kitty litter. Let me say this first, I do not have a cat. I love cats but this post is about being prepared for the unexpected.  The first thing that comes to mind when we talk about kitty litter is the cat box. Well, today we will talk about more ways to use this inexpensive storage item. I buy both plastic containers and the paper bags of cat litter. I have listed a few ways below why I think we should all store some kitty litter.

So let’s get started today!

1. Remove Grease From Driveway

I must confess I am one of those chicks that sprinkle car litter in my driveway after someone leaves a grease spot from under their car. It’s who I am. Plus, I don’t want to track the grease into my house. Plus it looks junky. Oh, now I am sounding like a perfectionist. Okay, maybe I am, BUT I do not barricade my driveway like one of my neighbors so no one can even pull into their driveway. We all have quirks…LOL! Anyway, sprinkle it on, let it absorb the icky stuff and sweep it away.

2. Snow/Ice Traction

When I used to live up north where it snowed like crazy I usually had a bag of kitty litter in my Emergency Car Kit. You can scoop some kitty litter by the wheels and, hopefully, get out of the snow. It gives you some traction to get the car moving. You can also sprinkle some on your driveway if it is icy to give a little more traction.

3. Deodorize The Garbage Can

Put a little scoop of kitty litter in the bottom of your garbage can and it will help keep the odor a little fresher.

4. Freshen Up Shoes

You can fill some socks with some kitty litter and put the socks in your gym shoes or any other shoes that need to be deodorized. It draws the odor out.

5. Freshen Up Your Closet

Place a small container without a lid filled with kitty litter in your closet….it freshens up your closet without making everything smell like perfume. Love it!

6. Great For House Plants

Mix equal amounts of kitty litter and soil and your plants will thrive with better drainage.

7. Great For Gardens

Kitty litter is great for gardens because it loosens up the soil when added and mixed thoroughly. I have garden boxes so I usually add one bag per four foot by four-foot box.

8. Barbecue Grill

If you place a couple inches of non-fragrant kitty litter in the bottom of your charcoal grill it will help prevent grease fires from starting.

9. Musty Water Basements

If your basement has been flooded you can sprinkle some kitty litter where the water came it and it will absorb some of the musty odor.

10. Clean Up Pet Accidents

If your pet has an accident on your carpet, sprinkle some kitty litter, wait and vacuum up the residue. Make sure your vacuum can handle this. You might have to use an indoor/outdoor vacuum.

11. Emergency Toilet

I did a post about having an emergency toilet using it. Here is the link if you missed it. Emergency Toilet Set

12. Use Regular Kitty Litter

I had an awesome reader mention we should not use the scoopable type on our driveways. It is hard to remove. Please use the old fashioned regular kitty litter on your driveways.

I hope this gives you one more way to be prepared for the unexpected.

Tips on Epsom Salts by Linda

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Survival Gear Review: Benchmade Griptilian

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Best Survival Knife

Benchmade knives are often the gateway drug to the upper end of folding knives, and the Benchmade Griptilian is the gateway drug to Benchmade knives. For many, their first handling of the Griptilian is met with disappointment. The Griptilian, although a solid knife, does not have the heft and density often expected as the retail price goes north of $100. In reality a few minutes of use tells a different tail, but the lightweight and nimble mechanics of the Griptilian attest to its popularity.

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

Benchmade Griptilian: A Modern EDC Classic

There are several primary choices with the Griptilian including size (regular and mini), blade shape (drop point orbest survival edc knife tanto), steel choice (154CM or S30V), and color of scales (black and orange are popular but there are many other colors). From here the choices just continue including handle materials, blade coating, and edge serrations. In Benchmade parlance, each knife model is designated by a number that may or may not ever make sense. The Griptilian family of knives will be variations of 55x from 550 to 557.

What all Griptillians have in common is Benchmade quality and their famous Axis Locking mechanism. For those unfamiliar with the Axis Lock, it is a dual-sided lever bar that slides parallel to a deployed blade. The spring loaded lock is retracted away from the blade allowing the blade to swing freely. With the blade stored, the Axis Lock provides enough resistance to keep the blade in place, but easily lifted out of the handle as desired. However, with the blade extended, the bar of the Axis Lock snaps over a shelf in the blade back securing it to the point it will not fail under normal use, and even a considerable amount of abnormal use.

Also Read: Benchmade Adamas Review

Even better, the Axis Lock can be used in conjunction with a minor wrist flip that deploys the blade with a very benchmade edc knifesatisfying snap. After a few practice flips learning to coordinate the Axis Lock retraction and the wrist flip, the Griptilian can go from pocket to action in one clean fast move. Oddly, there is a Griptilian blade style called a Sheepsfoot containing a deployment hole like a Spyderco knife. Personally, I have no need for such a hole with the effectiveness of the Axis Lock. Even so, the other Axis Lock versions have thumb studs for a less overt blade opening.

The Gateway Drug To EDC Knives

And speaking of overt, sometimes carrying an orange handled knife looks much less aggressive than a black or FDE colored handle. With a healthy 3.5 inch blade on the regular sized Griptilian and a just under three inch blade on the Mini, the handle color might affect the attitude of those around you when whipping out your EDC blade at the office.

Related: Tops BOB Knife Review

The company Benchmade offers some services to its customers after the sale. One in particular is what best edc carry knifeBenchmade calls their LifeSharp program. At any time, you can mail your Benchmade knife to the company and they will professionally sharpen it and replace any normal wear and tear on the mechanism, springs, screws, bolts, and replace the pocket clip if needed. More work can be done at a minimal cost including replacing the blade. There is no charge beyond the one-way postage to Benchmade headquarters in Oregon. I’ve used the LifeSharp service many times with many knives, both fixed blade and folding. It always over delivers.

The old saying that two is one and one is none is based on the most likely reasons gear won’t work; loss and failure. The problem with doubling up due to anticipated loss is that many feel prepared by having two half-quality items rather than one full-quality tool. And failure might be closer than it appears since simple tasks under a blue sky take little sophistication for a knife. But once the difficulties start to compound, two 50% quality knives can never add up to more than 50% quality.

Also Read: Benchmade Bushcrafter Knife Review

Enter the Benchmade Griptilian, a high quality tool that plays with the big boys, but has a price point closer to the survivalcache.comusual suspects. The features of the Griptilian line include a rock-solid blade pivot and locking mechanism, and excellent form-fitting handles of durable and replaceable material. But best of all, a high quality Benchmade steel capable of more than most. Benchmade’s house steel of 154CM is an excellent steel, and easily makes the cut into the realm of so-called “Super Steels.” But there are other options available both at point of purchase, and later should you want to upgrade your Griptilian.

So don’t let the light weight and pretty colors steer you away from the Benchmade Griptilian. It might be cheap for a Benchmade, but its every bit a Benchmade.

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The Vipukirves-Leveraxe

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Maybe you love chopping wood. Personally there are many reasons I like getting behind an axe and getting some work done.  A lot of it has to do with the axe itself. Axes are beautiful pieces of art that have kept the human race relevant and on top of the hierarchy. That is nothing to …

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Now It’s Against the Law in California to Shower and Do Laundry on the Same Day

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by Daisy Luther

Governor Jerry Brown is retiring but not before he passes a few draconian laws as parting gifts for California. Two bills were signed into law on Thursday … Read the rest

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Safe and Secure Apartment Living

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by Derrick Krane

Burglary is the intrusion into an unoccupied or believed to be unoccupied commercial or residential property with intent to steal items within.  Home invasion is the intrusion into an occupied or believed to be occupied residential property with the intent to steal items within, and/or assault, murder, rape, kidnap or hold hostage the residents.

Both can occur during ordinary days and nights in an urban area with police several minutes away with a 911 call, in a rural area with unreliable phone service and police 30 minutes away, or during periods of civil unrest or a natural disaster with no 911 service and police otherwise occupied.

Your home is supposed to be a place where you feel secure; where you can relax and let your guard down.  In order to feel this way, you need to have a home that has redundant security measures in place.  If you live in an apartment, you will have fewer options than if you own a house for making your living space secure. You can still greatly improve your home security by taking some appropriate measures that will not involve radically altering the property.

Before you move in…

  • How is the crime rate in the area? Look at the crime statistics not just in the city, but the area of the city you are locating to. Crime stats show the overall crime in a city, but crime tends to concentrate in specific urban areas, in what is called crime distribution.
  • How well has the property been maintained? How much care has the landlord put into the apartment? If the property has been neglected, door frames may be rotted, which will make the best locks and solid doors of limited value.
  • Are you moving in with someone? If so, are you in a healthy relationship? If there has been abuse or domestic violence while dating, it is doubtful it will get better if you move in together. If you are moving in with a roommate, how well do you know them? Are they into anything they shouldn’t be, such as selling drugs? Personal safety and security starts with who you invite into your life.

Once you have selected your place…

…do a security survey of your apartment. How would you get in if you were a burglar? Some details to consider:

  • Are all of the doors illuminated at night, or would you be able to break in through a dark back or side door?
  • Are the doors made of a solid hardwood, or are they hollow, or pine? If the door is solid, is there a peephole? How close are the deadbolts in a door to a window in the door? Could someone elbow out a window and reach in and turn the deadbolt? Is there even a deadbolt, or only an in-knob lock?
  • Select an apartment on the ground floor, close to an exit. This will make it easier if you have to GTFO.
  • How close are the neighbors? What kind of neighbors are they? The type who would call the police if they saw someone breaking in, or would the neighbors be the ones breaking in?

11 Steps to a More Secure Apartment

1. Securing doors

A solid door, in a sturdy frame, secured with a deadbolt is the best option. Have the landlord change the locks when you move in. With the landlord’s permission, a barrel-bolt lock can also be installed on the door. This will give you a little more security when you are home, and there will be no need for another key for you or the landlord. Use the longest screw possible, not the short little ones included with the lock. The strike plate should also be secured with the longest screws possible.

A noisemaker on the door is another layer of security. Attach bells to your doorknob so any movement of the door will make a jingle.

2. Securing windows

Start by keeping the shades pulled down at night. Don’t let the bad guys see you or what you have.

If the windows have sash locks on them, always keep the windows locked when you are not at home. Ask the landlord if you can install a second sash lock.

Place items on the upper and lower window sills of the first floor that will make a lot of noise if they fall as someone tries to get in. Decorative glass bottles, or jars filled with rocks or shells are an option. Not all burglars are concerned with noise discipline, but those that are can be deterred in this way. It will be very difficult to enter through a window without making noise.

Plant blackberry bushes outside your window, and put a table of cacti inside. Make it unpleasant as possible for a burglar.

3. Cameras

Game trail cameras are used by hunters to determine the amount of wildlife traffic in the area they intend to hunt. They are motion activated to take still images or video. They are inexpensive, water resistant, rugged, easy to setup, and many models have night vision. They are a cost effective surveillance system.

There are no wires or wireless to set up. All you have to do take them out of the package insert the SD card and batteries, and they are ready to go. The cameras can be set up to cover the inside or exterior of your place. To stay on the right side of the law, check local ordinances regarding video surveillance, as well as with your landlord if you are going to place cameras outside.

4. Lighting

Burglars want to work in the dark, so deprive them of this option by illuminating your doors at night. LED bulbs are bright, and low cost to purchase and operate.

5. Get to know the Neighbors

Introduce yourself to your neighbors, learn their names, make some small talk, and see what kind of people you have living the same building as you. Work to get along with your neighbors and avoid any drama. See if people have a sense of community; if they look out for each other, and if they are alert to strangers loitering or observing the building.  See if there are suspicious individuals living in your building or frequently visiting. (More about spotting predators in another article).

6. Mail pick-up

Have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your mail, or have it stopped at the post office while you are away. A pile of mail is a sign to burglars that says come here and break in.

7. Keep your valuables and schedule off of social media

This is the modern version of letting your mail pile up. Don’t go on social media and show off your new jewelry or high-end electronics, followed by posting when you will be at work or how long you will be out of town. Anybody can be watching.

8. Get training and stay sober, fit, and alert

Don’t be the helpless victim of a home invasion. Get training so you know what you are doing, and know the self-defense and use of force laws in your jurisdiction. Part of being a good neighbor is avoiding over-penetration of adjoining walls. You will need to learn the advantages and limitations of various options for home defense.

If you should have to use a firearm to defend yourself, choose a gun and ammo which will likely incapacitate an intruder, but not likely punch through to your neighbor’s apartment.  Hosing down an intruder with pepper spray is another option, but pepper spray in an enclosed area will result in contamination of your apartment, and it will probably waft through the entire building.

What good are skills and knowledge if you are too drunk or high to use them? Avoid heavy use of alcohol or any illegal drugs, or misuse of prescription drugs, as this will weaken you and make you a target as your life becomes unmanageable.  Many burglars target people buying or selling drugs. If you are involved in the drug trade in any capacity, it is inevitable that your life will be touched by theft or violence.

The same goes for sitting and eating and letting yourself go. Develop and maintain a high level of fitness. You will be a less attractive target.

Develop the proper mindset. Be alert, aware of your neighbors and what is going on in your community, but not paranoid.

9. Protecting and Hiding valuables

Get a safe for emergency cash or precious metals.

Get renters insurance. You can add on items such as electronics, cameras, guns, or jewelry against theft or damage, even when these items are removed from you property.

Off-premise redundancy will provide further insurance against total losses if all the above fails and you are burglarized. Redundant thumb drives or external hard drives, hard copies of critical documents and records, and some emergency cash should be stored off site in a safety deposit box, your car, a locked office cabinet drawer, or gym locker.

Find discreet hiding places in your apartment for valuables, or bury a watertight container off premises, and/or on premises if you have a backyard.

10. Make a safe room

In the event of a home invasion, a safe room is a secure room within your secure apartment where you can retreat to and hold out until help arrives. Ideally, the walls should be thick and made of concrete and the door should be the sturdiest in the house, set into a solid frame, with a deadbolt. A phone and firearm secured in a gun safe are also components of the safe room. This may not be possible in an apartment setting, so you will have to get creative and improvise.  Does your apartment building have a laundry room or cellar?  This may have to do if you can get out of your apartment, but not the building.

11. Be ready to GTFO if the situation calls for it

In addition to or in lieu of a safe room, be prepared to evacuate, or Get The Family Out. (I am providing the more polite version of this acronym here). Note all of the exits, and make certain they are clear of obstructions. If you couldn’t score a first floor apartment, are their fire escapes? Or will you need an emergency ladder to egress?

Conclusion

Assess your situation objectively, keep perspective, and don’t get paranoid about home security. The purpose of securing your home should be to reduce anxiety, not increase it. If things are that bad, it’s time to move and/or consider some serious lifestyle changes. .

13 Must-Know Survival Hacks

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There is always time for video! Are you stocking up on survival hacks. Now these can be all sorts of different things like making a candle from Crisco or breaking out of zip ties. Logging away these survival hacks into your memory bank are the best way to have them around when you need them …

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Homemade Vinegar Weed Killer – Controlling Weeds Naturally

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We are asked quite often about how we create and use our vinegar weed killer at the farm. Without it, it would be simply impossible to maintain the property. Over the years, we have created a lot of stone walkways,

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Gun Control Has Created History’s Largest Mass Murders

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Rational conversations about gun control are difficult to come by.  Hyperbole as well as deliberate misstatements only lead to emotional tirades.  With this in mind, I will tread carefully toward illuminating the question posed by this article.

In their 1997 paper titled “Of Holocausts and Gun Control,” Daniel D. Polsby and Don B. Kates, Jr. note:

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Puerto Rico Power Grid Fragile Despite $3.8 billion In Repairs

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power gridCAIN ALTO, Puerto Rico (AP) — After months of darkness and stifling heat, Noe Pagan was overjoyed when power-line workers arrived to restore electricity to his home deep in the lush green mountains of western Puerto Rico.

But to his dismay, instead of raising a power pole toppled by Hurricane Maria, the federal contractors bolted the new 220-volt line to the narrow trunk of a breadfruit tree — a safety code violation virtually guaranteed to leave Pagan and his neighbors blacked out in a future hurricane.

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Government Control Of Water Becomes Permanent In New California Law

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California is now the first state in the nation to enact tough new “water-efficiency” standards. The controversial rules limit how many gallons a person can use inside their home per day.  

Don’t be fooled; this isn’t an “efficiency” standard, this is RATIONING- so the politicians in California can keep flooding the state with more and more illegal aliens, while everyone ELSE suffers for it!

Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board actually resorted to publicly discredited junk science about “climate change” to justify the rationing.  She “So that everyone in California is at least integrating efficiency into our preparations for climate change . . .”

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Jesus Christ: Who Is He According To Our Public School Textbooks?

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What does your childs textbook teach about Jesus Christ In history?

The role of Jesus Christ in history is one of the most defining issues ever discussed:”

“Our schools are established for the education of all our children. Any language, therefore, by our school teachers, justly offensive to any class of our citizens, whether rich or poor, Catholic, Protestant, or Jew, white or colored, cannot be too severely censured. Boston is too enlightened and too just.”
—Donahoe’s Magazine, vol. 23 (1890)

“The nature of the historical Jesus, then, is shrouded in doubt. Was he “Son of God,” “son of man,” inspired prophet, religious reformer, a humanitarian idealist—or, as his Jewish critics insisted, a blasphemer and impostor? A final answer, acceptable to all, cannot be drawn from the available sources.”
— Thomas Greer, A Brief History Of Western Man (1977)

History in the 19th Century
Here is what two different 19th-century history texts say about Jesus. The first text is supposed to have a Protestant bias and the second, a Roman Catholic one. See if you can detect their respective slants:

The most interesting event of this period was the Birth of our Saviour, which is supposed to have taken place 4 B. C.; that is, four years previous to the date commonly assigned for the Christian era. . . The crucifixion of our Saviour took place in Judea, in the eighteenth year of this reign (A. D. 33).

“This reign” is that of Tiberius. So below, as well.

But the most glorious event which took place during the reign of Augustus was the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which happened, according to the best authorities, in the twenty-sixth year of his reign, and four years before the period commonly assigned to the Christian era. In the eighteenth year of this Emperor’s reign, our Lord Jesus Christ suffered death upon the cross.

That’s it. Jesus is our Savior and Lord—in italics, no less. He was born; He suffered, was crucified, and dead. Notice the similarity of language and detail. The similarity continues in the next example, this from a somewhat liberal Episcopalian:

. . . The temple of Janus, which was shut only in profound peace . . . was closed, and at this period the “Desire of Nations,” the “Prince of Peace,” was born. . . . The whole civilized world, is now included in one vast empire, “the fullness of time” had arrived, when the Savior of mankind made his advent upon earth. His birth is supposed to have occurred four years before the common era. . . It was under the administration of Tiberius that our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified in Judea.

Our writer, Mrs. Emma Willard, later makes a passing reference to the slaughter of the infants in Bethlehem and Jesus’ “prophetic words” about the destruction of Jerusalem. But that’s it. Hardly pivotal. Like our previous authors, that’s all she has to say about Jesus.

In an 1854 edition, however, Mrs. Willard expands a bit on the significance of Jesus Christ. She calls Him “the Son of God and man.” She associates Him with “a new and heavenly kingdom.” She briefly describes His trial under Pilate. Finally, she writes, “But, on the third day, HE AROSE FROM THE DEAD.” Mrs. Willard also writes of the Holy Ghost, the promise of the Father . . . sent down.” She calls Jesus, “the Word of Life manifest in the flesh.” She underscores Jesus’ resurrection in her description of the apostles: “That Jesus was risen from the dead, the apostles, especially Peter and JOHN, proved by wonderful miracles wrought in his name, so that many believed.” In a footnote, she sends us to Adam Clark’s Commentary, an evangelical Methodist reference volume.

The biases of these texts do eventually come out in all sorts of ways—their discussion of the Crusades, for instance. But when they talk about Jesus Christ, they are not only all in agreement, they are all nearly silent. Why? Protestants and Catholics disagree about a lot of things, but in theory they should be able to confess who Jesus Christ really is—that He is the only begotten Son of God; that He is “God of God, Light of Life, very God of very God” and that He died for sinners; that He rose again and ascended into heaven; that He sits enthroned at the Father’s right hand. But whatever agreement professing Trinitarian Christians might have been able to reach in the 19th century, there were—and still are—it’s the humanist players in the game that now make the rules. And, as long as the government schools “are established for the education of all our children,” so to speak… Jesus’ true significance must be thrown intentionally in a muddy river of uninterpreted names and dates. All this to say that history as truth, history as meaning, is forever dead and gone.

Welcome to the 20th Century Jungle
Oddly enough, the 20th century gave the world high school and college texts that offered precious little information about Jesus Christ and Christianity as a belief system. Here are three examples.

The first, a high school text, is described by an Amazon reviewer as “a fine example of how to explain the content of world religions, and their role in the lives of people, without touting any of them.”

Jesus spoke of Himself as “the Son” and of “my Father in heaven,” and His followers believed that He was the Son of God, the Messiah described by some of the Old Testament prophets. . . Jesus believed that His mission was to help all mankind attain the Kingdom of God through His life and teachings.

The book goes on to describe Jesus’ ethics: All men are equal in the sight of God; men must follow the Golden Rule; no man may avenge wrongs done to him; men must respect their government; all quarreling and war are wrong. Though it might be smart to qualify some of this, these textbook authors attempt to describe Jesus and his mission in somewhat neutral terms. As secular humanists, they do the best they can:

Jesus believed that men could gain salvation, not only through His life and teachings but also through His death—that God would forgive men’s sins if Jesus gave up His life for mankind. According to the Gospels, Jesus arose from the tomb and remained on earth for forty more days. His resurrection became a central part of the message of His disciples, who, as missionaries, set out to convert all peoples to His teachings.

Now let’s look at two college texts. The first briefly compares Christianity with the mystery religions of the 1st century, but it acknowledges Christianity’s firm roots in Old Testament Judaism. The authors underscore Jesus’ historical reality and His claim to “exclusiveness and omnipotence.” They go on to describe His ministry and ethics and finally come to the Resurrection:

According to the Gospels, Jesus’s greatest miracle was his resurrection—his return to life three days after he died on the Cross. . . The early Christians not only accepted Christ’s ethical precepts but worshipped Christ himself as the divine incarnation of the omnipotent God.

The authors understand at least some of the implications of Trinitarian Christianity.

The doctrine of the Trinity gave Christianity the unique advantage of a single, infinite, philosophically respectable god who could be worshipped and adored in the person of the charismatic, lovable, and tragic Jesus. The Christian deity was both transcendent and concrete.

The second college text begins its discussion of Christianity with a brief survey of Judaism and Persian dualism. Then it introduces Jesus as a historical figure.

The Gospels concentrate on the birth of Jesus, the brief years of his ministry, and his death and reported resurrection. Faithful converts would later accept him as the Christ (Messiah), the true God in human form (incarnate). They would believe that his sacrifice on the Cross atoned for the sins of humanity and that his resurrection promised life eternal to all who loved and followed him.

With some understanding, the text discusses Jesus’ ethics as summarized in the Sermon on the Mount. Then it returns to the gospels claims about Jesus Himself.

According to the Gospels, Christ rose from the tomb and showed himself several times to his disciples before ascending to heaven.

The Quest for Historical Meaning
What happened in between the 1870s and the 1970s was a shift from a vague and pretended neutrality to a polite but very open relativism. 19th century America supposedly needed public education to provide social and moral unity for a religiously diverse nation. The textbooks claimed to represent a bland and acceptable public Christianity, a national religion that promoted an unnamed god and inculcated patriotic virtues but did not bow the knee to Jesus Christ, the Lord of history.

By the mid-20th century, Hegelian relativism was the backdrop for all historical studies, though most historians weren’t ready to come to terms with the full force of Hegel’s relativism. After all, if all values are relative, then why are we teaching history anyway, what do we expect to learn from it, and why should we pretend to be gracious about the whole process?

The real issue here, of course, is not what Christians believe, but who Jesus is and what He has accomplished in time and space. Scripture says that He is God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity; that He gave His life as atonement for sin; that He rose again and now sits at the Father’s right hand. Scripture says this, not as one religious voice among many, but as the authoritative, infallible word of the living God.

Jesus, then, is Lord of creation and Lord of history. He owns history. It is His story and He is its central theme. He shapes it moment by moment. He actively saves His people. He is putting all His enemies under His feet. When He is finished putting all His enemies under His feet, He will return in glory to end redemptive history. He will do this in resurrection and judgment, all to the glory of God the Father.

Our American Founders knew that each of us has a role to play in history whether for good or evil. Our lives, like history itself, are charged with meaning and significance. That’s why we need to know the “central story” to know Jesus Christ better and to understand the roles we must play in His great story. That’s why we study history. That’s also why we need real Christ-Centered history texts.

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Artificial Intelligence Key To China’s Plan For World Technology Domination

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China has a strategy to dominate artificial intelligence, (AI) perhaps the single most important technology of the 21stCentury. America is the world’s current leader in AI, but the People’s Republic of China has a plan to dominate the field within 10 years.

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Swarms of drones controlled by Artificial Intelligence could provide supplies and weapons to an army in the field, attack infantry forces, or even overwhelm and destroy aircraft carriers.

Chinese companies have already far outpaced American companies in patents related to essential aspects of artificial intelligence such as deep learning and machine learning, Adweek recently reported. The People’s Republic also accounts for nearly half, 48% of the investment in AI-related startup companies which makes China worth paying close attention to.

Alibaba alone has plans to invest $15 billion in AI laboratories all over the world including America. Alibaba will set up labs for artificial intelligence research in Russia, Israel, Singapore, and Silicon Valley.

One Chinese City will spend $16 billion in Artificial Intelligence

Just one Chinese city Tianjin near Beijing plans to invest $16 billion or 100 billion yuan in artificial intelligence, Reuters reported. The funds will be spent to develop intelligent robots and other devices.

An obvious use of that AI will be to develop smarter and deadlier drones that might be able to neutralize America’s military might. An excellent example of such AI-powered weaponry would be a massive swarm of drones that can destroy an aircraft carrier.

Last year a drone easily penetrated the security of Britain’s brand-new $5.02 billion aircraft carrier; the HMS Queen Elizabeth in port in Scotland. Another drone managed to destroy $1 billion worth of munitions at a military base in Balakliya, Ukraine, on March 23, 2017. That drone was able to destroy the munitions by dropping a thermite grenade that cost around $12.

China can use AI to create Deadly Drone Swarms

It is already possible to operate massive swarms of robots through the cloud using artificial intelligence. A British company called Ocadois operating a fulfillment center where 1,100 robots are used to pack groceries for home delivery. Ocado’s robot swarms operate in the cloud.

Other military uses of such drones would be to supply an army in the field, attack infantry forces, or to overwhelm and destroy enemy aircraft. A real horror of 21stCentury warfare would be a swarm of drones equipped with rocket launchers or automatic canon blasting a city to rubble.

The investment in Tianjin is part of a plan destined to make China the dominant power in AI by 2025. That means China might have the lead in next-generation military technology by 2025.

The Chinese are also investing heavily in AI for traditional industry. Reuters reported that Tianjin plans to spend 30 billion yuan ($4.67 billion) in AI applications for existing factories. That might make the factories more efficient and competitive with American manufacturers.

One result of Chinese AI investment would be cheaper manufactured goods which can be used to undercut American prices and industry. Average Americans might benefit from that because of lower prices at Walmart and Amazon. Widespread use of such AI-powered robots might kill hundreds of thousands of jobs leading to high levels of unemployment and social and political unrest.

How AI can Help China Dominate the Internet and Control Information

Artificial Intelligence might enable the People’s Republic to dominate the internet and control what Americans see, read, and hear online.

A Chinese company called GTCOM is developing intelligent software that is capable of processing 120 million pieces of data from more than 112 countries, Adweek reported. GTCOM’s platform is capable of mining 30 million news articles and 500 million social media accounts for data each day.

Theoretically, GTCOM would be able to rewrite the news or social media entries to manipulate the information flow. One use of GTCOM’s platform might be to censure blogs or news articles critical of the Chinese Communist Party or its leaders on websites in other countries.

Other potential uses would be to plant false news stories to spread panic or influence public opinion. GTCOM invested $12 million in developing a Natural Language Processing algorithm that can read articles in over 30 languages.

Americans should be worried about Chinese investments in AI as well as other strategic metals because they might give the People’s Republic of China an insurmountable military, technological, and economic edge over the United States.

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