What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-2-18)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for […]

How Much Are Your Property Taxes?

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We’ve recently touched upon things to do before you retire (5 Steps BEFORE You Retire) which included investigating the property taxes of a potential retirement location (because property taxes are always due, and they NEVER go down – only up). There certainly are parts of the country with much higher property taxes than others and […]

When Inflation Causes Mortgage Rates To Spike…

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I couldn’t help but correlate what I recently read over on ZeroHedge to the reality that many people are ‘on the edge’ (paycheck to paycheck) with being able to pay their mortgage (“Mortgage Delinquencies Rise Most In 7 Years As Rates Spike”), indicative of the fragility that exists within the structure of our debt burgeoned […]

Is The Economic Melt-Up About To Melt-Down?

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“STOCKS AROUND THE WORLD CONTINUE TO ADVANCE. The trend remains upward and although nearly ever method we know of for measuring market sentiment is preposterously over-extended to the upside, and although nearly every method we know of to measure relative value is equally over-extended to the upside, the great game of investment musical chairs continues.” […]

Best Assets To Buy That Are Inflation Proof

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Inflation is pretty much a built-in part of our current economic system, and every dollar that comes into existence is borrowed from somewhere – eventually leading up to the ‘Federal Reserve’ – a private entity which collects interest on ALL U.S. dollars. Since more dollars are always coming into the system (the system would actually […]

Best Assets To Buy That Are Inflation Proof

Inflation is pretty much a built-in part of our current economic system, and every dollar that comes into existence is borrowed from somewhere – eventually leading up to the ‘Federal Reserve’ – a private entity which collects interest on ALL U.S. dollars. Since more dollars are always coming into the system (the system would actually […]

You Are What You Eat Including Food Additives And Chemicals…

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Guest article, by ‘NRP’… You ARE what you EAT. We use approximately 275 chemical food “additives” in this country: The short list: Azodicarbonamide, calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate, potassium iodate, ascorbic acid, Tartrazine, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), Propyl gallate, Sodium nitrite, TBHQ (tert-Butylhydroquinone), Silicon dioxide, silica and calcium […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-2-11)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for […]

Domestic Terrorists Attack Free Speech & First Amendment Rights

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New York Times Headline – Anarchists Vow to use Violence to Stop Free Speech – 2/3/2017   Violent radical left-wing rioters are part of ‘the enemy within’ and are themselves domestic terrorists aimed towards destroying our Constitutional Republic.   “These people are calling for open violence against the President and anyone else that gets in […]

Surviving Haiti – A Real World SHTF Environment

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Eric Borton relates and reflects upon his personal experiences in a real-world SHTF environment (Haiti) while pointing out some of his ‘lessons learned’ such as “being prepared is more than just having the gear or the guns” and “surviving in that environment was more about awareness, mental and physical preparation, and avoidance”. Awareness was the […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-2-4)

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I saw this UFO cloud at sunrise this morning.   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The […]

Best First Aid Kit 2017

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The best first aid kit of 2017, decided by customer reviews, ratings and popularity, has been around the top for several years in a row – which is adding to it’s credibility. Whenever anyone says ‘best’ or in this case,’best first aid kit’, it is entirely subjective. This particular kit while not designed for professional […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-1-28)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for […]

15 Natural Remedies For Pain

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Pain management. When people can’t get the pain medication they need through their normal distribution channels, there are other alternatives that may help remedy their pain. Here are a few to consider:   Weight loss It all starts with your body. A healthy weight, and losing weight if necessary is a good start to eliminate […]

A Pack Of Predators Rely On Their Numbers To Prey On The Weak

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Predators run in packs. Predators will instinctively prey on the weak – especially those separated from the herd. Predators are opportunists looking for easy targets first. Not only is this true for the four legged predator but also the two legged variety. Again last night as I listened to the squealing and howling pack of […]

Things You Can Do For Prepping While Spending Little Money

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Yes indeed, prepping can get mighty expensive if you let it. There is a seemingly endless array of products to acquire for preparedness – some of which are quite useful. That said, there are LOTS of other preparedness related products that sure are “nice to have’s”, while still others are merely gimmicks and not so […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-1-21)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for […]

When People Within The Crowd Become A Mob

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When people are part of a large group of ‘protestors’ or a very large crowd where emotions are highly charged, these people as individuals will become vulnerable of losing their individuality. While a given person is physically him or herself, their thoughts, emotions, and actions can become highly influenced by the charge of the crowd […]

The Soft Coup Against Trump May Accelerate Hard

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It is a politically charged week for certain as we are truly living in historical times right at this very moment. Following yesterday’s heated discussion surrounding the question “Will Planned Chaos At Inauguration & US Streets Spiral Out Of Control?”, we will ask a new question “Will the furious actions to delegitimize Trump (an ongoing […]

Will Planned Chaos At Inauguration & US Streets Spiral Out Of Control?

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image: OathKeepers There is a highly organized plan that has been set in motion – a last ditch effort to disrupt and even stop the public inauguration of the next president of the United States. There is a clear and stated intention to trigger massive chaos and disruption in Washington DC and all around the […]

Remedies For A Dry Cough

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A dry cough may continue after other symptoms of a cold disappear and clear out. If this is you, remedies are likely on your ‘to-do’ list since the irritation of any dry cough is something that you’re hoping will go away soon. It can even keep you up at night (as many of you likely […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-1-14)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for […]

The Wind In The Trees

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During a particular cold snowy day as we eyed through the frosty edged windows, the house quivered and shook from the blasts of cruel winds. We are drawn to venture out into the powerful force, its grueling winds roaring through the forest of Spruce and Birch. Thoroughly rural, not another dwelling or soul around, we […]

New Improved Eneloop Rechargeable Battery AA & AAA

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There’s a new battery in town. It’s an improved ‘best’ new rechargeable battery (AA-size & AAA-size). It’s made by the same manufacturer of the previous ‘best’ rechargeable battery (Panasonic Eneloop), who has increased their battery performance such that their new ‘Pro’ version AA & AAA now holds more energy capacity than ever before. I have […]

The More Complex Our Society The More Vulnerable For Catastrophe

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At a bare minimum we have become more vulnerable for ‘disruption’ as our society has become more complex. But it doesn’t stop there. Perhaps more accurately we might say that ‘catastrophe’ or ‘meltdown’ are better words to describe our vulnerability from the systemic risks that are built-in to our modern way of life. Things, life, […]

Is A Devastating Economic Crisis In Our 2017 Future?

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I’ve got to say that the economic numbers, the markets, and the apparent enthusiasm seem quite out of place with economic reality. It is astounding how the controllers of today’s modern economic systems have not only staved off a complete crash during 2008, but have risked the system way worse than then while having also […]

Gloves With Thinsulate™ Insulation

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The other day I was reminded of how important it is to wear insulated gloves during the winter, and how Thinsulate™ insulation is something to look for when choosing winter gloves. Not only from a comfort standpoint, but from a preparedness point of view, insulated winter gloves (e.g. with Thinsulate™) of varying purposes and degrees […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-1-7)

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source: SpaceWeather.com, Aurora from Murmansk Russia   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, […]

Bug-Out And Survival In A Travel Trailer Or RV

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Ever thought about a ‘mobile’ bug-out with a travel trailer or RV? Pros? Cons? For many, purchasing another home or piece of property away from ‘the city’ or dense suburbs to have as a ‘bug-out location’ is unattainable. Given a worst-case-scenario whereby a bug-out to a safer location is or would be a matter of […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-12-31)

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Wishing you the best into the New Year…   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more […]

What Is Bleach – And How Much To Use For Disinfection?

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What is bleach? According to Dr. Laundry on the Clorox website, “The active ingredient in household bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which is derived from salt.” In fact, Clorox is headquartered in Oakland, California because they started making bleach there by running electricity through salt water from San Francisco Bay. So household bleach begins and ends […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-12-24)

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Merry Christmas everyone…   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s […]

Vegetable Oil Fuel For A Lamp

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Did you know that you can use Olive Oil as fuel for a do-it-yourself lamp that will produce as much light as a candle (or more)? Did you know that the Romans and other ancients regularly burned olive oil in their lamps? The concept is proven, and there’s no reason why it can’t work for […]

What Are Your Concerns For 2017?

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Our world is a changing place. Some of us designate time towards preparedness for change that might come our way…changes that might adversely affect us. There certainly are plenty of risks out there – with varying degrees of likelihood, potential, and degree of impact. The question for you is this… “What are your concerns for […]

A Fire Starter Kit List

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I keep a fire starter kit in a Ziploc bag in each of my various ‘bags’ (72-hour kit, my Versipack’s for hiking or outdoor adventures, etc..). The ability to make fire is one of the essentials of survivability, and having more than one way to make a fire is just good preparedness. Within my fire-starter […]

Do Not Let The Fear Of Failure And The Unknown Stop You…

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…From Trying New Things. Among the top fears for most people are the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown. I recently came across a quote (unknown source) that reads, “Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-12-17)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for […]

Silent Hunting After The Collapse

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Pick any post-SHTF scenario. Maybe from your favorite novel or maybe from your imagination… One of the major points of post-SHTF survival is staying off the radar, staying of the ‘X’, laying low, being the gray man, blending in, keeping silent. While many or most of you reading this may have an adequate (or more) […]

Are Fish Antibiotics Headed Towards Prescription-Only?

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Stories have been circulating lately regarding new regulations for some veterinarian medications which have been previously ‘over the counter’. The various reports that I’ve read go so far as to suggest that even ‘fish meds’ may require a prescription in the future (hint: ‘fish’ antibiotics). One wonders if it’s rumor, truth, or somewhere in-between. The […]

Windchill Frostbite Chart

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Source: National Weather Service Windchill Chart The Windchill Chart shown above (from the National Weather Service) is a temperature index which accurately indicates how cold the air feels on human skin. The Windchill Chart also includes a frostbite indicator which reveals the temperatures at which wind speed coupled with skin exposure time will produce frostbite […]

Do You Have A Handheld GPS Receiver?

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A handheld GPS Receiver is an excellent navigation tool and they come with a wide variety of form factors, features, and options for many different intended uses. Being a ‘modern’ survival site, we certainly acknowledge this particular high-tech gadget and its wide array of functionality and usefulness in our lives today. while a compass, map, […]

Which Comes First – Emotion Or Thought?

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(These days? A Tantrum) A recent comment here on the blog brought up a good topic… “Which comes first? Emotion or thought?” Can emotions cloud our judgement and actions during an emergency? Do emotions adversely affect the actions of people during everyday life? Should they? How many people ‘react’ first rather than ‘think’ first? Is […]

Hiding In Plain Sight

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Under some circumstances there may be reasons such that you don’t want to be noticed, or you don’t want to stand out while moving through an area, etc.. Instead, you want to hide in plain sight. Here are a few thoughts how to do it…   (UPDATED) Humans tend to notice anomalies, things (or people) […]

How The Next Great Depression Will Be Different From The First

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If and when there is a ‘next’ Great Depression (some may argue that we’ve already entered the next one – although hidden from sight), the question is “How will it be different from the first?” The current labor force participation rate is somewhere around 62% in the U.S. and the current (NOV-2016) combined U3 & […]

Do Not Underestimate The Value Of Food And Water

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This morning while reading an article/interview between Jim Sinclair and Greg Hunter regarding the ‘pressure cooker’ financial/economic time bomb of our current system and how it’s going to blow one day, they were talking about the value of having some gold and silver as a ‘savings account’ for one’s extra wealth (no counter-party risk compared […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-12-03)

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Found this fallen tree with giant Woodpecker holes in it. Probably from a Pileated Woodpecker – which we have lots of around here.   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what […]

Prepper Rules-Of-Three

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Guest article by NRP; Preparing and Survival for the most part may be broken down into “Time-Lines”. These concepts have been written about in many articles and seemingly are explained very simply. My attempt here is to expand on those concepts and to add a few more “Time-Lines” to think about. 1. 3 Nano-Seconds to […]

Home Invasion And What To Do…

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Home invasion happens. While there are geographical areas more prone to home invasion than others due to socioeconomic and other circumstances, no household is immune. Home invasion could indeed happen anywhere. And you can be guaranteed that as we descend down further into the depths of economic turmoil, home invasion will become more wide spread […]

A List Of Electronic Devices For Your Emergency Preparedness

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Which specific types of electronic devices may be useful for emergency preparedness? We sometimes talk about the preparedness basics such as water, water filters, food, food storage, etc.., but this time lets consider the electronic ‘gadgets’ or electronic systems that may be beneficial towards preparedness in one way or another…   First, before someone beats […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-11-26)

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Old Sturbridge Village Blacksmith Shop   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the […]

This Thanksgiving Day We Celebrate Our Preparedness Successes

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Norman Rockwell – Freedom from Want   As someone who has prepared for a potential time of need and for a time of potential food & supply disruption (and worse), I am grateful for what I do have, and will celebrate today for this year’s ‘bountiful harvest’ (this year’s preparedness successes). So as the Pilgrims […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-11-19)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for […]

A List Of Shopping & Gift Ideas For Preparedness

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If you are looking for shopping ideas, perhaps a gift or gifts for others having to do with general preparedness, then have a look at the following ‘Prepper Shopping List’ to spark the imagination. Comment with your own preparedness gift ideas too…   Lunch And Dinner Emergency Pail (21,000 calories) 30 Day Food Storage Emergency […]

20+ Other Uses For Soap

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To a chemist, soap is what you get when you boil down the sodium salts of fatty acids. To you and I, it’s just soap – known mostly for removing dirt from grimy hands or washing clothes and dishes. Here are a few other uses for soap…   Keep your fingernails clean: While you’re working […]

How To Use The Israeli Bandage

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The ‘Israeli Bandage’ is a highly recommended item for First Aid Kit trauma preparedness. The Israeli Bandage consists of a large sterile non-adherent pad surface to cover the wound, and is attached to a length of elasticized material (like an ‘ACE bandage) to wrap and uniquely apply pressure to a hemorrhaging wound with a built-in […]