Camping Gear List & Checklist of Necessary Things + Nice To Have

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When you go camping, what gear do you take with you? I know that some of your camping gear list choices will vary depending on what kind of camping you’re doing (self contained multi-day hiking excursion vs. ‘base camp’). But that’s okay. I’m curious to put together a general camping gear list, including necessary things (and also things that may not be ‘necessary’ but nice to have!). Plus, regardless of whether you’re tent camping or ‘roughing it’ in a trailer 😉 there are lots of common items to take along. When all suggestions are in, I’ll make a camping gear

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-04-19)

  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. This weekly open-forum is for any off-topic conversation during the week. Keep up to date with recent comments from ALL articles.   (Support Modern Survival Blog) Important: To help assure that we stay on-the-air: 1. If you’re running an ad blocker, add ModernSurvivalBlog.com to your whitelist. Revenue from our ads help bring you this free premium content. 2. Visit our

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-04-19)

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Hardiness Zone Map and Frost Dates for your Growing Season

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Your growing season is basically determined by your climate. Growing season factors include your geographical location, elevation, temperature range, first and last frost dates, daylight hours, and rainfall. The growing season is often summarized as the days between first and last frost. In parts of the northern United States this might be roughly April/May to about October. In milder regions it might be roughly February/March to November or longer. Here are a few online tools to help determine finer details of your growing season.   Planting Zones The USDA Agricultural Research Service updated and revised their Hardiness Zones Map for

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They Always Find A Way To Screw Us…

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Okay. Today I noticed yet another way that they are apparently screwing us. And this new way has to do with TP, toilet paper. So, Mrs.J opens up a new pack of TP from our well stocked supply, and low and behold she notices an obvious difference between previous TP and this one… The cardboard inner roll diameter is HUGE compared to a ‘normal’ roll of TP. I just had to take a picture of it. See picture above. (Note: some TP has been ‘used’ off that roll – the original outer diameter was larger). So, while not having taken

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They Always Find A Way To Screw Us…

Okay. Today I noticed yet another way that they are apparently screwing us. And this new way has to do with TP, toilet paper. So, Mrs.J opens up a new pack of TP from our well stocked supply, and low and behold she notices an obvious difference between previous TP and this one… The cardboard inner roll diameter is HUGE compared to a ‘normal’ roll of TP. I just had to take a picture of it. See picture above. (Note: some TP has been ‘used’ off that roll – the original outer diameter was larger). So, while not having taken

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They Always Find A Way To Screw Us…

Okay. Today I noticed yet another way that they are apparently screwing us. And this new way has to do with TP, toilet paper. So, Mrs.J opens up a new pack of TP from our well stocked supply, and low and behold she notices an obvious difference between previous TP and this one… The cardboard inner roll diameter is HUGE compared to a ‘normal’ roll of TP. I just had to take a picture of it. See picture above. (Note: some TP has been ‘used’ off that roll – the original outer diameter was larger). So, while not having taken

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Selecting The Right Cable Size For Your Battery Bank

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Are you putting together a battery bank for an alternative energy system? If you are, then you might be thinking about the size of interconnecting cables between the batteries themselves and the charger / inverter. How big should the cables be? What size? More accurately, what gauge (AWG)? Read on… or go straight to the chart at bottom of page.   The Battery Bank A battery bank for an Off grid solar powered alternative energy system will consist of a number of batteries and their interconnecting terminal cables. The batteries will be connected together in various series-parallel configurations to achieve

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How Many Gallons of Propane in a 20 lb Tank

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How many gallons of propane to expect in a standard 20 lb tank (typical barbecue grill size) when it’s “full” – is a bit confusing. However I’m going to make it simple for you (as simple as I can). When you bring your empty 20 lb propane tank to get it refilled, you are most likely going to get 4 gallons of propane. The tank technically won’t be filled to capacity, but for safety reasons a 20 lb propane tank should only fill to 80% of it’s maximum. If you were somehow able to fill the tank completely (extremely unsafe)

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1816 – Year Without A Summer – Massive Crop Failure, Food Shortages

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A big preparedness lesson from history is the summer of 1816 – the year without a summer. Apparently Spring seemed normal that year. But as the calendar progressed into summer, the temperatures & weather began rolling back. Cold temperatures and nearly permanent overcast was the new normal. The weather in North America and Europe during 1816 never turned into summer. The cold and lack of sunlight was severe. There were widespread crop failures as farmers lost crops and food shortages were severe across the northern hemisphere. One Albany newspaper reported “There have been hard frosts in every summer month, a

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JimBob Got A Raise At Work

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JimBob got a raise at work. Not much, just $100 per month, but it’s a huge deal because JimBob and his family have been living paycheck to paycheck and have no money for anything extraneous. What does Jim-Bob do? (guest article by MSB contributor, ‘Lauren’)   As JimBob is a normal member of our society he dithers back and forth between paying off some of his credit card debt or buying that new bike he’s been wanting. He already pays for a gym membership, but he’s been wanting the bike, and staying in shape is important. At the bike store

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-04-14)

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Emergency Communications If The Cell Network Went Down

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“Cell phones are great but before them people used CB’s (no license needed for CB), and today a lot of preppers are working on getting a ham license and buying a $30.00 radio.” says Chuck Findlay who recently commented here on MSB. It doesn’t take a Mad Max grid-down World to have the cell network go down. Any terror attack and it gets overwhelmed. I think I read that when the Boston Marathon bombing happened they shut down the cell network just in case there may have been cell phone bomb triggering devices. No one wants their cell phone shut

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The Russians Are Being Instructed To Prepare For Armageddon

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Evidently, the Russians are being instructed to prepare for Armageddon. Russia’s State TV is broadcasting instructions for survival in a bomb shelter. Will you ever hear or see this on American mainstream news? No. Never. However I found it surreal to watch/listen to what the Russians are telling their citizens today (actually yesterday). Yes this is really happening. (Read on for transcript translation)   First, The situation in Syria may soon turn into lots more that just a situation. Trump has promised missiles. Putin has promised to strike back. The MIC Deep State may have false flagged the trigger –

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How To Prep When You’re Broke

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For the preparedness minded / prepper, it sure would be easier to prep if you had lots of money wouldn’t it? I know what you’re going to say next — “You can prep by learning practical skills, having the right mindset and attitude, learning to adapt, practice situational awareness and all that…” Yes, that’ true. But seriously, part of prepping is acquiring some ‘stuff’. And like I said, wouldn’t it be so much easier if you had enough money to buy all that ‘stuff’ to apply towards preparedness? Of course it would be easier. But like most Americans, the majority

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How Much Worse Does It Have To Get Before You Act?

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People, like horses, can be led to water but you can’t make them drink … A paragraph from MSB contributor, ‘Bill Jenkins Horse’, I have been in SHTF MODE for almost 2 years. Have asked here many times how much worse does it have to get before you act? Never get responses. So, I guess the wolf has to be eating at the dinner table before people will take action. Really sad, many good people will fall by the sword due to indecision … – Bill Jenkins Horse   “How Much Worse Does It Have To Get Before You Act?”

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How Much Worse Does It Have To Get Before You Act?

People, like horses, can be led to water but you can’t make them drink … A paragraph from MSB contributor, ‘Bill Jenkins Horse’, I have been in SHTF MODE for almost 2 years. Have asked here many times how much worse does it have to get before you act? Never get responses. So, I guess the wolf has to be eating at the dinner table before people will take action. Really sad, many good people will fall by the sword due to indecision … – Bill Jenkins Horse   “How Much Worse Does It Have To Get Before You Act?”

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Scandinavian Grind Is Best Edge For A Bushcraft Knife

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What is a Scandinavian grind? A scandi grind (or V grind) (commonly found in Scandinavian knives) is a wide flat bevel that runs to the edge of the blade. The image above shows the shape of a Scandinavian knife edge. The Scandi doesn’t begin tapering until closer to the edge. There is no secondary bevel.   Advantages of the Scandinavian Grind (Edge) – The long flat edge provides excellent control of the cut. – Excellent control in woodcarving. – Scandi grind prevents the knife from slipping off easily. – Bites into the surface without getting stuck. – Can be sharpened

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Used Knives For Sale At A Fraction Of Retail Cost

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These used knives have been cleaned, lubricated, and sharpened. They can be purchased at a fraction the cost of new. Who cares if there’s a nick or scratch here and there, right? It’s a knife after all… it’s going to be ‘used’. I can tell you that when I look at any of my knives, they all have blemishes, some worse than others. That means that I’ve used them! They’re not ‘for show’. And that’s okay. The good thing is that ‘being used’ won’t affect the effectiveness or operation of the knife. It’s still the same knife! Why wouldn’t you

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-04-07)

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D Size Battery Maglight

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Does anyone use the D size battery anymore? I was going through my battery storage container inventory the other day to see if I needed to buy any new batteries. I have a handful of D size battery rechargeables, and it got me to thinking about it… First, the energy storage capacity of a D size battery is enormous compared with the most common consumer battery (AA size). Sure, the D size is bigger, but it sure packs a punch. D size battery capacity is typically 12,000 mAh (Alkaline) AA size battery capacity is typically 2,700 mAh (Alkaline) More: New

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My Home Defense Nightstand

I can’t imagine a much worse scenario than being woken up at night by a noise in your house that an intruder is inside! The overwhelming feeling that someone actually is breaking into your house or someone already inside your home will be a shock to your system. Your heart will start pounding… The amygdala, an area of the brain that contributes to emotional processing, will send a distress signal. The sympathetic nervous system (which functions like a gas pedal in a car) will respond. Your body will suddenly be rushed with adrenaline – an experience that you may not

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My Home Defense Nightstand

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I can’t imagine a much worse scenario than being woken up at night by a noise in your house that an intruder is inside! The overwhelming feeling that someone actually is breaking into your house or someone already inside your home will be a shock to your system. Your heart will start pounding… The amygdala, an area of the brain that contributes to emotional processing, will send a distress signal. The sympathetic nervous system (which functions like a gas pedal in a car) will respond. Your body will suddenly be rushed with adrenaline – an experience that you may not

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How To Tie A Square Knot, Clove Hitch, & Bowline

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The following three knots are useful for survival, camping, general preparedness, and all sorts of practical knot tying tasks. It would be beneficial to practice tying these knots enough times so that it becomes muscle memory. After that, quiz yourself once in awhile and tie them again to stay refreshed. There are additional useful knots to know how to tie, but lets start with these…   Square knot is useful for quick and simple tying of things; also for joining two sections of rope or cordage together. Note this type of knot has the potential to slip, so do not

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How To Tie A Square Knot, Clove Hitch, & Bowline

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The following three knots are useful for survival, camping, general preparedness, and all sorts of practical knot tying tasks. It would be beneficial to practice tying these knots enough times so that it becomes muscle memory. After that, quiz yourself once in awhile and tie them again to stay refreshed. There are additional useful knots to know how to tie, but lets start with these…   Square knot is useful for quick and simple tying of things; also for joining two sections of rope or cordage together. Note this type of knot has the potential to slip, so do not

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LOCAL Foods – 5 Reasons To Buy Them

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Local Foods: Better Nutrition Typically the local produce that you buy locally (farmers markets, etc..) will have been recently picked or harvested. Fruits and vegetables start losing vitamins and other nutrients from the minute they’re picked. That short (local) travel time is important to their overall nutritional impact. They haven’t had a chance to start losing nutrients, so they are actually healthier for you than they would be if the foods had to travel for a week or more to reach you. Local Foods Taste Good! Locally grown fruits and vegetables generally end up in your hands at their peak

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This Is Extremely Dangerous To Our Democracy

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I have known this for years, however most people consider it ‘conspiracy’. What is it? America’s mainstream media outlets are merely ‘talking puppets’ that propagandize the distributed messaging points from the powers-that-be. (Watch the video below for evidence) I cannot tell you how many times that I’ve heard a new talking point or new phrase words that suddenly appear across the spectrum of mainstream news. Regardless of the source: local news, national news, mainstream news programs, they all start using the new talking point verbatim. A new phrase will pop up all over the country as though some sort of

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Important Survival Preparedness Books To Have On Your Bookshelf

I want your opinion too, but I felt compelled to list what I believe to be some of the most important preparedness books to have on your bookshelf. Call me old fashioned, but there’s nothing quite like a real tangible book. I’ve tried the Kindle thing a few times but I still like holding and reading a physical book. Sure, a Kindle will hold a zillion electronic books and is convenient that way. There are times though when it may be simpler, quicker, or more helpful to find what you’re looking for in a real hard copy reference book. Some

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Important Survival Preparedness Books To Have On Your Bookshelf

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I want your opinion too, but I felt compelled to list what I believe to be some of the most important preparedness books to have on your bookshelf. Call me old fashioned, but there’s nothing quite like a real tangible book. I’ve tried the Kindle thing a few times but I still like holding and reading a physical book. Sure, a Kindle will hold a zillion electronic books and is convenient that way. There are times though when it may be simpler, quicker, or more helpful to find what you’re looking for in a real hard copy reference book. Some

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-03-31)

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Internet Security Software : Which Antivirus Do You Use On Your PC?

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Everyone should be running some sort of internet security software / antivirus software on their computer to help protect or firewall against viruses, malware, phishing, tracking, ransomware, identity theft, and to help protect your privacy to the extent that you can on the internet. There are all sorts of bad things that can (and probably will) happen to your computer if you have no internet security protection. Looking back over the years I have used a wide variety of FREE and PAID antivirus / anti-malware software products. Every now and then (about once a year) I reevaluate what I’m running

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Our Greatest Survival Tool : Awareness

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I believe that this may apply more than any other survival skill or tool: Our greatest survival tool is awareness. In ANY environment, awareness is the first link to action. Awareness comes first.   Greatest Survival Tool – Awareness of self – Awareness of others – Awareness of your environment   Awareness of Self To know your own abilities and limitations. To understand your position in the current environment. Being self aware in the moment of your thoughts. If you have ever been in a situation where you may have experienced everything happening in slow motion (e.g. adrenaline dump), you

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Travel Berkey – The Smallest Berkey Countertop Tabletop Water Filter

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Berkey makes five different models of stainless steel countertop water filter systems. If you are looking for a high quality water filter for countertop or tabletop but you’re concerned about losing counter space, the Travel Berkey may be the right choice for you. The Travel Berkey is the smallest of their countertop / tabletop models. Travel Berkey with 2 White Ceramic Filters Travel Berkey with 2 Black Filter Elements Note: Here’s the difference between the white and black filter elements: Berkey: Black Filter Elements vs. White Ceramic   The Travel Berkey, being just 7.5 inches in diameter may be perfect

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If You Have Nothing To Hide Do You Have Nothing To Fear?

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Guest article by Lauren “If You Have Nothing to Hide You have Nothing to Fear” Every despotic government in history has used some variation of this. The Germans believed it before WWII, when Hitler was just gaining power, before children started turning in their parents. The Russians believed it before Stalin murdered millions.   Many years ago I spoke to a woman from the USSR (as it was called at the time). She was a teacher, toeing the party line, and she believed it too. She had nothing to hide and therefore nothing to fear. Until they came for her

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Cordless Chainsaw – Battery Powered 40 Volt Powerhouse

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Last year I bought a battery powered (40 volt) electric cordless chainsaw and I couldn’t be happier with it. I also have a nice Stihl gas chainsaw which is fantastic. So you might be wondering, why would I buy a battery powered cordless chainsaw if I already have a gas chainsaw? Won’t the electric chainsaw be wimpy compared to that? Good questions! I was wondering about the wimp factor myself, but I took a chance. And let me tell you, my 40 volt Oregon cordless chainsaw is no wimp! Oregon 40 Volt Chainsaw (I upgraded mine to the 6.0 Ah

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What This Weekend’s High School Anti-G u n Protests Say About Our Future Republic

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I have no issue with the right of all those high school kids to march as they did this past weekend. We all have the right to peaceably protest. It is a protected right by the Constitution of the United States of America. It is a human right and is protected in the United States by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which prohibits Congress from enacting legislation that would abridge the right of the people to assemble peaceably. That said, I have several observations to mention, which are indicative of where we’re headed and the apparent future of

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-03-24)

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-03-24)

  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. This weekly open-forum is for any off-topic conversation during the week. Keep up to date with recent comments from ALL articles.   A Call To Action (Support Modern Survival Blog) As many of you know, the tech monopolies of the internet are quite apparently actively engaging in political censorship. For websites and social media accounts that express viewpoints counter to

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Budget Deal. Three Words. We’re Screwed Again.

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Given that DJT and the Republicans caved in to a $1.3 TRILLION spending bill (and MASSIVE deficit), let’s sound off on this current event topic… A few quick headlines I’m seeing: – FAKE VETO – TRUMP SIGNS MONSTER SPENDING BILL… – BUDGET BLOWS INTO OBLIVION… – VOWS ‘NEVER AGAIN’… – Congress Gives Self Bonus! – Planned Parenthood Gets $500 Million… – Lawmakers Had 1,000 Minutes to Read 2,232 Pages… – FLASHBACK: Ryan, McConnell LIE About Funding Border Wall… – Pelosi, Schumer declare victory… This afternoon I’m hearing on a few different talk shows the anger from Trump supporters (former?) and

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Choosing a Hand Grain Mill (Flour Mill) That’s Best For You

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(UPDATED)   Which Hand Grain Mill Is Best For Me? There’s quite a range of prices for various hand grain mills (flour mills) and it may seem challenging to choose one that’s right for you. If you will be milling wheat to make flour for bread, you will want to be sure that the grain mill (flour mill) will grind the wheat berries into fine flour. Many cheaper models apparently are inadequate when it comes to fine flour, although many claim that they do. Read the product reviews and they will usually get to the truth. If you will be

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I Encourage You To Go ‘All Out’ With Your Garden This Year

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One of the most important aspects of higher level preparedness is to be successful at gardening / growing your own food. Why? Because self-sufficiency is more important the higher you go with preparedness. Improving self-sufficiency is a cornerstone in my opinion. And putting food on the table is huge. We are all at our own stages of gardening development and expertise. Some are newbies and others already have farms that produce ‘tons’ of food. That said, it’s okay if you’re just starting out with a handful of tomato plants to see if you can manage to succeed. It’s okay if

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Question for Mueller “What did you know about Whitey Bulger, and when did you know it?”

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(image: History Channel) Having just read a very interesting article over on SaraCarter.com associating Robert Mueller’s apparent involvement with the case surrounding infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, and having recently watched a highly captivating episode on the History Channel’s “KingPin” TV series (episode 1 Whitey Bulger), I was surprised to discover that current special prosecutor Robert Mueller was indeed in Boston during that time as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. I simply did not know this, and it raised my eyebrow… It was Mueller’s actions during that time that raised questions about his role in one

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Why Was The Shooting in Maryland Ignored by the Mainstream Media?

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(image: Reuters) How much comparable news media attention has been given to the Great Mills High School shooting in St. Mary’s County Maryland on Tuesday compared with the shooting in Parkland Florida? Answer: Essentially, zero. From Reuters: GREAT MILLS, Md. (Reuters) – A 17-year-old boy opened fire at a Maryland high school on Tuesday in an attack that left two fellow students wounded, then died after a gunfight with a police officer posted there, amid a renewed national debate over gun violence in schools. – Two wounded in Maryland school shooting, student gunman dies Look at the headline from Reuters

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Will The Upcoming IG Report Trigger Politically-Motivated Violence?

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“Make no mistake about it: A group of F.B.I. and D.O.J. people were trying to frame Donald Trump of a falsely created crime.” – Joe diGenova That quote precedes the upcoming and anticipated release of the Department of Justice’s inspector general (IG) report surrounding the apparent embedded corruption at high levels of the FBI and DOJ, perhaps climbing as high as the Clinton cabal and the previous POTUS. President Trump recently announced “there will be a “major news conference” at the White House in about a month. Trump has recently brought on veteran DC attorney Joe diGenova as part of

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Best Jumper Cables ( Size & Gauge )

Here’s a little advice for the best size jumper cable size to keep in your car or truck. You do have jumper cables in your vehicle, right? Did you know that cold temperatures will greatly reduce your car’s battery capacity? And that’s one reason why it’s a good idea to keep jumper cables for just in case. Another is being a good Samaritan. As a car battery ages, it will become even more susceptible to poor starting during cold weather. In fact, a car battery can freeze solid in cold weather if it becomes too weak! If a car battery

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Best Jumper Cables ( Size & Gauge )

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Here’s a little advice for the best size jumper cable size to keep in your car or truck. You do have jumper cables in your vehicle, right? Did you know that cold temperatures will greatly reduce your car’s battery capacity? And that’s one reason why it’s a good idea to keep jumper cables for just in case. Another is being a good Samaritan. As a car battery ages, it will become even more susceptible to poor starting during cold weather. In fact, a car battery can freeze solid in cold weather if it becomes too weak! If a car battery

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Water & Food (Level 2 Preparedness)

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Level 2 Preparedness by my own definition is being prepared for 1 month of disruption. (Overview of Prepping & Preparedness 1 – 4) This requires storing 1 month of food for every member of the household and it requires a more significant (than Level 1) amount of water storage at home and preferably access to a nearby water source for further needs. The hypothetical circumstances surrounding the need for 1 month of supplies are pretty severe. Most all ordinary emergency / disruptions last far less in time. However there remains a likelihood that things could ‘go bad’ for that long,

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If The Blue Wave Is Real, They Will Impeach Trump. Lights Out America.

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In my opinion if the so called ‘blue wave’ is real and the Republicans lose the majority this November, Pelosi and Schumer will lead the crusade which will result in the impeachment of President Donald J Trump.   Given the absolute contempt and even hatred for DJT by so many – Given the well funded coordinated anti-MAGA protests and violence this past year demonstrating the ability to incite and trigger violence – Given the extreme 91% negative Trump tilt of the mainstream news media (5th column) shaping the anti-Trump opinion of mainstream America – Given the blatant and increasingly urgent

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-03-17)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. The purpose for this weekly open-forum is for any off-topic conversation during the week. Keep up to date with recent comments from ALL articles.   A Call To Action (Support Modern Survival Blog) As many of you know, the tech giant monopolies of the internet are quite apparently actively engaging in political censorship. For websites and social media accounts that

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Stoves (Kerosene, Propane, Butane, Alcohol, Wood) For Cooking Preparedness

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Guest article by Chuck Findlay This comes from a life-long ‘stoveaholic’ that has way too many stoves and is not at all in recovery. The addiction is life-long and in full bloom with no hope for recovery. I have been an avid tent camper my whole life, from the time I could walk to today (57-years old) I have had all kinds of camping gear. That includes stoves that ran on all kinds of fuel. The stoves I have are butane, gasoline-white gas, propane, wood, and kerosene. Most of them are small backpack stoves and are not made to serve

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Bug Out Bag Kit (Checklist – Packing)

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I was recently asked the following questions regarding the Bug Out Bag and bug out bag packing.   When you travel, what top 3 survival items do you bring besides the common stuff everybody brings? It depends! Well, I suppose it partially depends on what’s considered common stuff that everybody brings. And it also depends on where I’m going and how long I will be away. Additionally, if I could “only” bring 3 items my answer would be different. That said, I always bring the following 3 items regardless of where or how long. 1. Knife 2. Fire kit 3.

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Single Burner Butane Stove Safer For Cooking Indoors

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A portable single burner butane stove is an excellent resource for emergency cooking, while on the go, or camping. Cooking without electricity is something that everyone should consider in case of a power outage or other situations. There is a wide variety of portable single burner stoves to choose from. They vary from ultralight camp stoves for hiking expeditions to larger stoves with multiple burners.   Butane Stove Safer For Indoors A good choice emergency stove for ordinary cooking that’s safer indoors than others is a single burner butane stove. Years ago I bought the GAS ONE butane stove and

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Make A Food Storage Inventory To Know What You Have On Hand

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One problem that developed after I began storing extra food for preparedness – was inventory control. Actually knowing what we had in food storage. Whether it be the variety of canned food, home canned foods, dry goods, long term food storage, freezer items, dehydrated, freeze dried food, etc.., the problem was knowing exactly I had on hand. Here’s what I did:   Excel Food Storage Inventory Spreadsheet I inventoried what I had. Sounds simple right? Not everyone wants to get into the detail of inventory. However it’s worth the effort to know what you have, especially when you’ve built up

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Make A Food Storage Inventory To Know What You Have On Hand

One problem that developed after I began storing extra food for preparedness – was inventory control. Actually knowing what we had in food storage. Whether it be the variety of canned food, home canned foods, dry goods, long term food storage, freezer items, dehydrated, freeze dried food, etc.., the problem was knowing exactly I had on hand. Here’s what I did:   Excel Food Storage Inventory Spreadsheet I inventoried what I had. Sounds simple right? Not everyone wants to get into the detail of inventory. However it’s worth the effort to know what you have, especially when you’ve built up

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Make A Food Storage Inventory To Know What You Have On Hand

One problem that developed after I began storing extra food for preparedness – was inventory control. Actually knowing what we had in food storage. Whether it be the variety of canned food, home canned foods, dry goods, long term food storage, freezer items, dehydrated, freeze dried food, etc.., the problem was knowing exactly I had on hand. Here’s what I did:   Excel Food Storage Inventory Spreadsheet I inventoried what I had. Sounds simple right? Not everyone wants to get into the detail of inventory. However it’s worth the effort to know what you have, especially when you’ve built up

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Solar Motion Lights For Outside – Bright Enough To Be Useful

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Solar motion lights for outside. They are exceptionally convenient in that their placement can be just about anywhere. (Regular outdoor motion lights require a source of 120 VAC power) (…and a qualified electrician to install them.) Solar motion lights  get their power first from the sun using a mini solar panel that converts sunlight to electricity. A built-in battery is used for energy storage. The motion sensor and lights get their power from the battery. (See below for a specific recommendation)   Solar Motion Light Panels  — Two Configurations 1. Built in / attached mini solar panel. 2. Separate from

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-03-10)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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The Many Uses For A Game Camera

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How many of you have a game camera? They’re pretty useful! Not only do they assist the hunter finding ‘game’, but they’re good for all sorts of other discovery. A game camera or ‘trail cam’ is a great prep gadget to have in my opinion. Today’s models not only take pictures but video and audio too. And they see in the dark (to an extent). Some even are able to transmit wireless from their location. A nice security gadget too. I thought it might be fun if we list some of the things that we’ve used our game cameras for.

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All American Pressure Canner That Will Last Forever…

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We have had this ‘All American Pressure Canner’ for a number of years and I just wanted to post about it because it’s so awesome. And before you panic at the price tag, remember this, you get what you pay for. And this one is no exception. While it’s different for everyone, there are certain things that I’m willing to pay for the best. Why or what? For the things that I plan on using for the rest of my life, only have to buy it once. Also for particular things that I feel are essential or very important to

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Keychain Flashlight That Fits On Your Key Ring Like This One…

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How many of you have a flashlight on your keychain? I can’t tell you exactly how many times that I’ve used my own keychain flashlight (lots!). Having a flashlight at home is one thing, however most don’t have one on their person when they’re away from home. Sure, some of us keep an emergency kit in our vehicle which will include a flashlight. (You do have an E-kit in your vehicle, right?) But unless you physically every-day-carry a small flashlight or penlight, More: Best Pocket Carry Flashlight For Under 30 Dollars …chances are that you won’t have one when you

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Situational Awareness & Background Noise — Use Your Ears!

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Your ears are a very important asset to situational awareness! We hear all the time. Even when we’re sleeping our subconscious still listens. During the daytime as we go about our daily work, routines, and activities, our ears send ‘input’ to our brain. Even when we’re not ‘listening’ we’re still ‘hearing’. We are generally pretty good at distinguishing what would be unusual or out of the ordinary sounds in a given environment of background noise. Especially when we hear something that is loudly out of place, we take notice.   Background Noise versus Noticing Unusual or Out-of-Place Noises In this

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Two Tiered Economy – The Haves and the Have Nots

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I will be curious of your opinion about this… Do you believe that there is an increasingly two tiered economy / society? The “Haves” and the “Have Nots”? If yes, are you increasingly concerned as it relates to your security and preparedness? To what extent might this two tiered society devolve and what are the impacts as we look towards the future? Has anyone seen the movie, “The Hunger Games”? Is that what we’re looking at?   The Haves Without a doubt many parts of the Tech Sector have been doing very well. Lots of that is concentrated in particularly

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-03-03)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Door Security Bar Review & What I Like Most About It

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I’ve had two of this type door security bar for a number of years. Although we’ve never had an attempted break in, I’m sure that this simple security device would become a major impediment to a would-be burglar or home invasion attempt. Having become so accustomed to regularly using it, I wanted to offer a quick review.   What I Like About This Door Security Bar – Simplicity The #1 feature that I like about it is this: It’s so quick & easy to use! Because it’s so easy, it will more likely be used! It’s habit. Every single night

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Nuclear Escalation – Russia Unveils “Unstoppable” Intercontinental Nuclear Missile

Reading the news headlines this morning I was affected by a report that indicates there is an undeniable nuclear arms race going on. And in my opinion that just begs Armageddon. It may increases the temptation to actually use these weapons. During his state of the nation address in Moscow, Vladimir Putin just publicly unveiled a new Intercontinental Nuclear Missile that he said is “unstoppable”. That that can’t be stopped or shot down by any country’s defense system. “It’s like a fireball guided to its target,” VLADIMIR Putin says Russia is developing an “unstoppable” nuclear cruise missile which cannot be

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Nuclear Escalation – Russia Unveils “Unstoppable” Intercontinental Nuclear Missile

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Reading the news headlines this morning I was affected by a report that indicates there is an undeniable nuclear arms race going on. And in my opinion that just begs Armageddon. It may increases the temptation to actually use these weapons. During his state of the nation address in Moscow, Vladimir Putin just publicly unveiled a new Intercontinental Nuclear Missile that he said is “unstoppable”. That that can’t be stopped or shot down by any country’s defense system. “It’s like a fireball guided to its target,” VLADIMIR Putin says Russia is developing an “unstoppable” nuclear cruise missile which cannot be

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Biometric Gun Safe Review Of SentrySafe Pistol Safe (2018)

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It is now 2018. I have owned the SentrySafe pistol biometric gun safe (actually 3 of them) for nearly 5 years. I’m still of the opinion that they may be the best general purpose pistol biometric gun safe available. I feel compelled to let you know why I still believe they’re one of the best choices, and to highlight what I think are the best features. – metal heft – lid piston – padding – 3 methods to open – stunning biometric repeatability – ergonomics – battery life – brand quality SentrySafe Pistol Safe, Quick Access Biometric Safe   Heavy

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Solar Power and Energy Requirements – How To Calculate Your Needs

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(time to sweep the solar panels)   When doing any sort of design or even “back of the envelope” calculations for alternative energy systems (e.g. solar), among the important factors to consider are these: Solar Power and Energy requirements. – Power equals watts. – Energy equals power x time. I’m going to try and keep it simple…   Power (Watts) Anything that ‘plugs into the wall’ requires a certain amount of power (watts) to function. Some things require more power than others. When designing solar power (panel) requirements, you need to figure out the demands of the things that it

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Plant Seed Potatoes In A Barrel For Incredible Ease & Yields

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This year I’m going to try another way to grow potatoes. I’m going to plant my seed potatoes in a barrel. Several barrels. The past few years I’ve grown them the traditional way, in garden rows. For a homesteader, growing potatoes that way is a bit tedious to say the least. Why? Because you have to keep on hilling the long rows – covering them with more dirt as they grow. It involves a lot of shoveling and the continuing need for lots more soil. I’ve known about the concept of growing potatoes in a barrel for quite awhile. I’ve

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-24)

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(1930’s watering corn during great depression)   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of

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Favorite Bread Recipes – Homemade

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Okay all you homemade bread lovers out there… Let’s see your favorite bread recipes! I’m sure that most everyone will agree that there’s nothing quite like the smell of breadmaking, from the rise, to the baking, to the table! And there’s nothing like the taste of fresh, warm, homemade bread. I’m getting hungry just typing this! I think it will be fun to share our favorite bread recipes. And it will be equally fun to try one that we haven’t made before… Baking homemade bread is good practice Whether you’re using store bought flour or milling your own flour, baking

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Food Dehydrator

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A food dehydrator is essentially an oven. However unlike a conventional oven it’s a low temperature oven. Why do they call it a food dehydrator? Because it’s designed to draw out the moisture from food. To dry it out. Why would you want to dry out your food? Because certain foods that have been sufficiently dried out will be able to preserve without freezing or refrigeration. Foods that have been properly dried with a dehydrator will retain most of their nutrients. How does a food dehydrator work? It’s an enclosed space that typically contains food trays, a heater, a circulating

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Solar Generator – Silent, Portable, Many Uses

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The uses for a portable solar generator system are many. A few solar panels and a corresponding ‘solar generator’ (built-in battery storage, power inverter, controls & connectors) might be used for any number of purposes. Note that most ‘solar generator’ systems can also be charged up by simply plugging into an ordinary household receptacle. What can you do with a solar generator? I thought it would be a good exercise to brainstorm some of the uses for a portable power source such as a ‘solar generator’. Bear in mind though that some uses will require more energy than others. A

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Solar Generator – Silent, Portable, Many Uses

The uses for a portable solar generator system are many. A few solar panels and a corresponding ‘solar generator’ (built-in battery storage, power inverter, controls & connectors) might be used for any number of purposes. Note that most ‘solar generator’ systems can also be charged up by simply plugging into an ordinary household receptacle. What can you do with a solar generator? I thought it would be a good exercise to brainstorm some of the uses for a portable power source such as a ‘solar generator’. Bear in mind though that some uses will require more energy than others. A

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The Whole Planet Is Wringing Like A Bell

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All earthquakes since 1898. (view larger image) Canary Islands | Mid-Atlantic Ridge What everyone should be watching for, according to Steve Quayle: – THE WHOLE PLANET IS RINGING LIKE A BELL, SEISMICALLY AND VOLCANICALLY. THE RING OF FIRE WHICH CIRCLES THE PACIFIC RIM IS ESPECIALLY ACTIVE.   – NOTE THE COMPLETE ABSENCE IN THE MAINSTREAM NEWS OF THE MASSIVE EQ’S (928 IN ONE WEEK) HAPPENING IN THE CANARY ISLANDS AND IN ICELAND THAT SITS ATOP THE MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE.   – SHOULD EITHER ‘CUMBRE VIEJA’ IN THE CANARY ISLANDS SLIDE INTO THE OCEAN, OR A MASSIVE QUAKE TAKE PLACE ALONG THE

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Vest Pockets for Everyday Carry

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A few days ago I read a comment here on the blog from “Skeezix”. I had been intending to write an article about a wearable vest with lots of pockets for everyday carry items, and she got me motivated to do it. Here’s what she said: Last year I started wearing the Uncle Miltie Travel Vest. Rothco Uncle Milty Vest It looks like a fisherman’s vest and it replaced my purse. It didn’t work out quite as well as I had hoped. The weight of it when loaded cut into the back of my neck. Strangers would comment, “Oh, you’re

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Water Filter – A Survival Prep ‘Must Have’

A water filter is a survival prep ‘must have’ and high on the priority list of preps. We cannot survive long without drinking any water! In fact, you would likely NOT survive a week without it – they say 3 to 5 days would be it! Prepper Rule-Of-Threes The Rule Of Three Having a water filter will assure safe drinking water extracted from almost any water source. Ever heard of campers diarrhea? A good quality water filter will eliminate that risk. A very uncomfortable experience!   UPDATE This article was originally published during early 2010, and it’s still completely relevant

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Water Filter – A Survival Prep ‘Must Have’

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A water filter is a survival prep ‘must have’ and high on the priority list of preps. We cannot survive long without drinking any water! In fact, you would likely NOT survive a week without it – they say 3 to 5 days would be it! Prepper Rule-Of-Threes The Rule Of Three Having a water filter will assure safe drinking water extracted from almost any water source. Ever heard of campers diarrhea? A good quality water filter will eliminate that risk. A very uncomfortable experience!   UPDATE This article was originally published during early 2010, and it’s still completely relevant

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-17)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Avoid Detection By Moving SLOWLY

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While moving, and regardless of where, how, or why you’re in a situation to avoid detection: Short of being invisible, you need to move SLOWLY to avoid detection. We humans (and most animals) have a very good ability to detect movement. It’s built in to our core survival instincts. Even in our peripheral vision. Slow movement however is much more difficult to notice. A recent comment here on MSB regarding avoiding detection: “We’ll just use a whitetail for an example, I can spot a deer that’s moving at a trot down the trail for several hundred yards if terrain permits.”

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3 Most Popular Pepper Spray Canisters (2018)

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Pepper spray is a very popular self defense tool. Why? Because it is effective and legal to carry in most places. Top 3 Most Popular Pepper Spray 1. SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray – Compact Size with Clip (have a look) 2. SABRE Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring (have a look) 3. SABRE Pepper Gel Spray – Runner with Adjustable Hand Strap (have a look)   As you’ve noticed, all three are SABRE brand pepper spray. And these three particular models just so happened to be the most popular based on the number of reviews coupled with the number

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The Golden Horde – Redirecting & Misdirection

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First, Who is or What is the “Golden Horde”? While the phrase originally came from the ancient Mongols who overran eastern Europe in the 13th Century, the prepper community uses the phrase as follows: “The “Golden Horde” is (are) the anticipated throngs of unorganized and organized individuals, groups, and ‘gangs’ who will be out roaming, searching, and even looting & pillaging for food and supplies following a major widespread societal and infrastructural collapse – without the rule of law.” There’s a lot of varying opinion regarding the possibilities and probabilities of a Golden Horde, and how far (or not so

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-10)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Which Water Filter Do You Have?

A drinking water filter is a highly recommended prep item for anyone and everyone – regardless if you’re a ‘prepper’ or not… Clean, pure drinking water is essential for healthy living. Even having an ordinary ‘Brita’ style water filter in your fridge is a water commodity asset! As most of you know, there is quite a variety of water filters. There are also lots of factors that you might consider when choosing a water filter. Some factors may include: – Filter media type – Effective minimum porosity – Tabletop vs. Portable – Overall size, weight – Form factor (functional design)

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Which Water Filter Do You Have?

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A drinking water filter is a highly recommended prep item for anyone and everyone – regardless if you’re a ‘prepper’ or not… Clean, pure drinking water is essential for healthy living. Even having an ordinary ‘Brita’ style water filter in your fridge is a water commodity asset! As most of you know, there is quite a variety of water filters. There are also lots of factors that you might consider when choosing a water filter. Some factors may include: – Filter media type – Effective minimum porosity – Tabletop vs. Portable – Overall size, weight – Form factor (functional design)

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Your Tiny World Without Communication & Transportation

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Thinking once again about hypothetical results from an event or events that may happen in our future: The loss of our electrical grid. That is, power grid infrastructure damage either from man made circumstances (EMP, electromagnetic pulse) or that from our own nearby fireball, the sun (CME, Coronal Mass Ejection). This time however I thought about it from a slightly different viewpoint than previous articles on the subject. I thought about how tiny our world would become. Our personal spheres would shrink to become incredibly small. That alone would be shocking for most people living in today’s modern world. Without

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