Propane – The Prepper Fuel Of Choice

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Propane has no apreciable shelf life.  This is the one fact that makes it so attractive to preppers.  Unlike other petrolium based fuels, no additives are needed ane one does not have to ever concern themselves with rotation.  Combine this with the vast choice of propane fueled appliances and we quickly see why the prepper community has embraced this source of energy.

Already available in todays society, we an see uses for propane ranging from small camping appliances such as lanterns, heaters, and cookstoves all the way up to delivery trucks and fork lifts in the industrial setting.  In travel trailers, propane is used for cooking on (almost) full sized stoves with ovens, central heating. water heating, and refrigeration.  Many off grid applications use propane appliances in the same way.

Contrary to popular belief, propane does not produce carbon monoxide when burned.  It does however consume oxygen, so its use in closed confined areas should be avoided.  There are but a few concernes about propane safety.  Propane should not be stored indoors.  Like all my fuels, I store propane tanks in a shed set away from the house and other out buildings.  That’s not to say that it is completely unsafe to have propane in the home.  Tanks that are being used and connected to appliances are fine.

The biggest issue with propane is leaks.  While propane is scented, leaks can be a dangerous thing.  When the right mix of propane and oxygen exists, there can be an explosion caused by the tinyest of spark.  There are many carbon monoxide detectors on the market that also detect for gases such as propane or natural gas.  If you have one of these detectors and it goes off or you suspect a propane leak, DO NOT CAUSE A SPARK OF ANY KIND!  Avoid turning on or of any light switches, do not use the telephone or operate your cell phone and do not use a flashlight.  The only light source considered safe to use durring a suspected gas leak is a cyalume stick.

A little care must be taken to keep your propane tanks as safe as possible.  Rusty or dark colored tanks reflect the suns heat less, whick can lead to overpressue and open the safety valve.  Keep tanks painted light colors and have rusty or pitted tanks inspected or replaced.

Movie Monday

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Frontier House Episode 6

Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did in the state of Montana on the American frontier in 1883. Each family was expected to establish a homestead and complete the tasks necessary to prepare for the harsh Montana winter. At the end of the series, each family was judged by a panel of experts and historians on their likelihood of survival for each group.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – Episode 5

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Frontier House Episode 5

Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did in the state of Montana on the American frontier in 1883. Each family was expected to establish a homestead and complete the tasks necessary to prepare for the harsh Montana winter. At the end of the series, each family was judged by a panel of experts and historians on their likelihood of survival for each group.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

The Versetile And Essential Multitool

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The multitool is hands down the most used item in my EDC kit.  This one item gets more use on a day to day basis than any other item I carry on my person.  These multi purpose pocket knives have come a long way since the days of the popular swiss army knife.
  Many of todays multitools sport pliers, wire cutters, screwdriver bits and more.  Models are somewhat taylored to the user, such as miniature very basic ones for today’s on the go woman, while others are designed for the seasoned outdoorsman.

Navigating the various brands and models can be a confusing venture.  There are many online resources available that review knives and tools, many of which make recomendations based on very limited trials.  When looking for help online with respect to choosing a tool, look for sites that offer a simple overview instead of an actual review, which more often than not is based on a few minutes of use rather than long term experience.  Best Survial is one such site that shows you the choices, without biased sales driven recomendations.  Check out their article on multitools here.

Sticking to brand names is always a good idea.  That’s not to saw that branded tools will never fail, but they are at least backed by a warantee to protect your investment.  My wife carries a Gerber Clutch with her at all times and makes use of it on a regular basis,  and it has yet to let her down.  I also have a few brand name tools in various kits, however my EDC tool is an unbranded one that has lasted many years.  I’ve also owned unbranded tools that literally fell apart while using them on a ladder.  Try finding all those pieces and putting it back together after they fell 20 feet and scattered all over the ground.

When shopping for a multitool, take a look at the features and for every one ask yourself if you would really use it.  No sense having a corkscrew if you don’t drink wine right?

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Home Freeze Dryers – Are They A Viable Option?

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There are two ways that preppers can bolster their food storage.  Many will use home preservation methods such as canning or dehydrating while others will simply purchase food in various forms.  Dry goods such as rice and beans can of course be put up simply by sealing in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, however most foods will require some processing.

Purchasing foods offers the advantage of having the processing done for us, but there is often a trade off in longevity when storing canned or packaged goods from the supermarket.  Most of these foods, even though they are considered shelf stable, will only last with their intended quality for a couple years.  From that point, taste, texture, and nutritional value begin to degrade.  This is where freeze-dried foods come in.  There are many brands available to us on the market such as Mountain House, Wise, Thrive, and Legacy just to name a few.  The advantages are that these foods retain texture, taste, and nutritional value for a very long time, usually in the twenty to thirty year range.  The biggest disadvantage however is selection.  Menu choices are usually limited and often these meals are loaded with carbohydrates and short on protein and vitamins.

Home preserved foods will overcome the selection issue as preppers can put up the foods they eat on a regular basis and menu choices can easily be tailored to specific preferences, dietary concerns, and personal tastes.  However, home food processing for storage does have its disadvantages.  Home canning can reduce nutritional value in foods by as much as fifty percent for some essential vitamins, where as dehydrating can reduce nutrition by as much as seventy percent.  Texture and taste can also be affected.

EMP – The Great Unknown

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Many preppers, including myself, have concerns about EMP and frankly, for good reason.  The biggest problem with EMP is that we really don’t know much about them.  Most preppers will reference two events in recent history.  Those being the 1859 Carrington Event Solar Storm and the 1962 Starfish Prime Nuclear Test.  The problem with using these two examples is the lack of sensitive electronics in use at their times in history.



Just what is an EMP you ask?  An EMP, or electromagnetic pulse is a short burst of electromagnetic energy.  It can propagate through the air and does not necessarily need wire or any particular type of conductor to get from one place to another. The radio frequency of an EMP can vary depending on the source of the energy. EMP’s can occur literally anywhere in the spectrum from DC to daylight.

We are surrounded by these pulses everyday.  Whenever you use an electric motor, flip a light switch, or get a shock from rubbing your feet on the carpet, an EMP of some sort is generated.  These types of pulses are harmless and can be dismissed by preppers…it’s just not the type of thing that can upset our fragile society.  The EMP’s we need to concern ourselves with come from 2 sources.


Solar Storms – This was the cause of the 1859 Carrington Event.  A strong CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) caused the natural electromagnetic field around the earth to bend, almost as if it were being blown away.  This movement caused induced currents in long telegraph wires strong enough to cause fires at some telegraph stations.  It is assumed by many that a similar CME would completely destroy the electrical grid we have come to rely on so heavily.  While the increased electrical current in power transmission lines could easily damage any electronics connected to them, there is actually a very recent event that would seem to indicate that the effects could be minimal.
In 1989, a Carrington Event level CME caused the electrical grid in Quebec to shut down.  The increase in current on the transmission lines triggered a cascading shut down of the grid when the current was detected by the system.  Please take note here that transformer stations were not exploding and the grid was down for only a few hours until the current returned to normal and the system could be restarted.  Hydro Quebec has since adjusted their system to compensate for these induced currents and has not suffered any geomagnetic caused shut downs since.


Nuclear Detonation – The EMP caused when a nuclear weapon is detonated is generally accepted to be stronger than that from a solar event.  In reality, it is quite different, not stronger.  The biggest point to remember here is that distance from the detonation is a huge factor.  We have  probably all heard about the damage caused in Hawaii after the Starfish Prime detonation some 900 miles away.  Keep in mind that the damage reported was limited to a few streetlights and other minor issues…the island was not devastated!

So just what will and won’t be affected by an EMP?  That’s a loaded question that depends upon a lot of variables and likely more guess work than science.  Many so called prepper experts warn about the complete destruction of every electronic or electrical device.  There has been some evidence that this simply isn’t true.  Let’s take a look at a few common misconceptions…

Cars will not operate after an EMP.
Recent testing by the US EMP Commision showed that most cars and trucks were not affected by EMP when not running.  Those that were affected while running displayed mostly minor annoyances such as flashing lights on dash boards.  A few vehicles stalled when subjected to a pulse, but most were operable when restarted.  You can read all about that test here.

All electronics will fail in an EMP
Again, testing shows contrary.  Portable Solar LLC has done some research into this common misconception.  Induced currents need to be significant to destroy electronics parts..  Most home electronics do not have sufficiently long conductors to generate damaging levels of current.  Take a look at this video:



One last word of advice about EMP protection.  Many websites and youtube videos proclaim that placing electronics in a microwave will keep them safe from EMP damage.  While microwave ovens do provide excellent protection (which is why you don’t get cooked when standing in front of one)  they are designed to block ONLY microwaves.  Any other frequency of electromagnetism will pass right through it like it wasn’t even there.

Spring Cleaning Your Chimney

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Anyone with experience heating with wood knows full well the importance of cleaning the chimney before the cold season sets in.  Creosote left to build up can lead to dangerous and potentially devastating chimney fires.  During the winters, we burn hot fires pretty much 24 hours a day, so creosote from low temperature fires really isn’t an issue, and with care any significant creosote buildup can be virtually avoided.  The high heat in the chimney (550f or more) do a great job of clearing smoke and taking creosote with it.  Let’s not forget that hotter fires produce far less creosote in the first place.

Spring weather can present a different scenario.  With temperature in the -10c to +10c range, we often burn lower fires to prevent overheating the house.  This is not an uncommon practice in many households, and many so called experts will tell you not to do this.  Perhaps the easiest way to take care of the problem, but not really practical in real life.

Using Chimney maintenance products such as powders or special logs can help keep creosote from getting really stuck to your chimney, and MAY prevent a certain amount from accumulating, but they are not a substitute for a proper sweep.

Taking advantage of the less frigid temperatures we experience this time of year is ideal.  Pick a warm day (there are plenty on the way) and go give your chimney an early spring cleaning.

Movie Monday – Frontier House

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Frontier House Episode 1

Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did in the state of Montana on the American frontier in 1883. Each family was expected to establish a homestead and complete the tasks necessary to prepare for the harsh Montana winter. At the end of the series, each family was judged by a panel of experts and historians on their likelihood of survival for each group.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Ontario Preppers Network Blog Relaunch

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Ontario Preppers Network Blog Relaunch

The Canadian Preppers Network is relaunching the provincial blogs and we decided to start with Ontario.  While still in it’s infancy, and all the old posts unfortunately lost forever, we are optimistic about these renewed blogs.  We are currently looking to recruit volunteer authors.  If you think you have some knowledge you would like to share, we encourage you to visit the blog and apply.

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 10

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 10

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 9

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 9

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 9

The Colony Season 1 Episode 9

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 8

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 8

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 7

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 7

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Earthquake Risks For Eastern Canada

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While people in British Columbia are mindful of the fact they could eventually face some of the strongest earthquakes in the world, at least one study warns there’s a lack of awareness of the risk in Eastern Canada.
One report released last summer predicts Montrealers could suffer $45 billion in economic losses if the city were to experience an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale. That’s the estimated strength of a tremor that hit Montreal in 1732.

Maurice Lamontagne, a seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada, says 300 houses were damaged back then but if a similar earthquake were to occur now it “would cause a lot more damage.”
The study by Zurich-based Swiss Re, a company that helps cover other insurers, noted that Quebec’s Charlevoix region northeast of Quebec City was hit in February 1663 by a 7.0 magnitude quake.
Lamontagne added that in 1929, an earthquake just off the shore of Newfoundland measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.
The tsunami that followed caused most of the devastation and killed 28 people when it hit the shore.
Each year, there are about 450 quakes in Ontario and all points east.
“You don’t get huge earthquakes like they get in Japan, in California,” Lamontagne said. “But we do get what you call moderate earthquakes, so six to seven on the Richter scale are possible.”
The Swiss Re study, entitled: “Earthquake Risk in Eastern Canada: Mind the Shakes,” says quakes in the East tend to be of lower magnitude than in the West, “but their loss-inflicting potential, particularly in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario, is huge.”
The study points out that three of the biggest cities in Canada — Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City — are all located in the most earthquake-prone regions of the East.
Two tremors measuring 3.0 and 3.5 were recorded in the Beaupre region on Jan. 2 and Jan. 4 and were felt in Quebec City, about 40 kilometres away.
Pierre Babinsky, a Quebec spokesman for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, says 85 per cent of people it surveyed in 2017 said they didn’t think their home was at risk of being damaged by an earthquake.
Their loss-inflicting potential, particularly in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario, is huge

“It’s about three per cent of people who have earthquake insurance in the Quebec City area, about four per cent in Montreal,” he said. “And Charlevoix, where they felt a few stronger earthquakes, the average isn’t much higher.”
In B.C., 65 per cent of households have earthquake insurance, according to Swiss Re.
“In the case of earthquake risk in Quebec, most people are unaware — or if they are aware that it’s the second seismic zone in Canada, they don’t believe it will actually affect them,” Babinsky said.
In June 2010, the Parliament Buildings were evacuated following a 5.0 magnitude earthquake near Ottawa. Several buildings are still undergoing major renovations that include seismic reinforcement of foundations and walls.
Babinsky said the insurance bureau has been raising awareness by touring cities in Quebec with a simulator, so people can experience an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude.
“Maybe they just want to prepare their home, maybe they want to get some insurance, it’s up to them,” he said, “But we want them to have the information they need to make that decision.”
It would cost an additional $200 a year for earthquake coverage.
Babinsky stressed the insurance industry has the required capital to cover a major quake, which he said would be about nine on the Richter scale in British Columbia and about seven in Quebec.
“Right now, for all the policies that are out there, both residential and commercial, the industry has enough capital to cover any claims that would occur in one of those types of earthquakes,” he said.
“But if we have two successive earthquakes…then obviously we need to make sure that we’re ready as an industry and as a financial sector to go through that.”
Seismologist Lamontagne says there’s a 45 per cent chance that Charlevoix will have an earthquake over the next 50 years that would cause significant damage. For Montreal, it’s about “maybe 10, 15 per cent over the next 50 years.”
“In 1988, there was a 5.9 quake south of Chicoutimi that was felt everywhere in Quebec and in the coming decades we’ll have another one of that order,” he predicted.

Some tips from Canadian insurance companies about preparing for an earthquake:
— Know the safe and dangerous places in your home; plan and practise evacuation.
— Decide with family members where to meet in case of separation after an earthquake.
— Talk to relatives about what to do if they’re at home, school, or at work and the quake separates your family.
— Place heavy objects on lower shelves to prevent them from falling on someone.
— Secure tall pieces of furniture and shelves, mirrors and furniture on wheels.
— Make sure chemical products are securely stored.
— Don’t forget to practise, Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 6

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 6

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

5 Tips for Starting Krav Maga – Guest Post By Carl Turner

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5 Tips for Starting Krav Maga



Let’s face it, we live in a dangerous world. Every day when you leave your doorstep, you are, on some level, facing risk of unpleasant and potentially violent confrontation. Survivors of these encounters often wish they had some form of martial preparedness to assist them during this traumatic event. However, even for people with multiple martial arts resources at their convenient disposal may experience a layman’s embarrassment, fear, or even just general confusion regarding where to begin.

Krav Maga is a military system of defense and combat developed carefully by a collaboration between the Israeli Defense Forces, Shin Bet, and Mossad. It combines techniques derived from various martial arts such as Boxing, Aikido, Judo, and Karate while taking special focus on the realistic fight preparation that is often overlooked in styles practiced as an art. Krav Maga is widely known in this regard for its extreme focus on efficiency and practicality. The goal of Krav Maga has always been to take the most effective and relatively simple techniques from other martial forms and make them rapidly teachable, mostly for the sake of quickly training military.

With the effectiveness of this system proven time and time again, not to mention the physical health benefits that it can provide, Krav Maga is a great system for even a complete beginner interested in self defense to take on. If something like this seems to appeal to you, here are five tips for starting Krav Maga.

1. Knowledge is Power

One of the most important things to do first is to wrap your mind around the true nature of Krav Maga. If you are already a martial artist skilled in another fighting system, this may be an even more important step for you to take in order to break any preconceived notions about this system of fighting. Fortunately, there are several resourcesby which to learn more before you decide to commit, such as forums and youtube videos by masters. Educate yourself before going in.

2. Maintain a Responsible Mindset

Like most martial arts, Krav Maga discourages heavily seeking out or instigating any sort of violent situation. However, if this is impossible to avoid in any situation, Krav Maga focuses on dispatching a threat as quickly and effectively as possible. Unlike in other martial arts, attacks and techniques are often aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the body, such as the eyes, neck, or genitalia. It should go without saying that training is not at all limited to relatively superficial techniques like the kind used in competitions that emphasize sportsmanship.

In fact, many techniques learned are meant to deliberately cause severe injury or even death to an assailant. This is all to say that if you’re looking to show off at a party, this is the wrong combat system to learn.

3. Equipment Preparedness

Your instructor may demand that you supply certain equipment at any given point during your training, and preparedness is key. Krav Maga supplies are readily available and relatively inexpensive for the most part. Many practitioners swear by simply keeping a large bag relegated exclusively to your training along with an up-to-date checklist as well as a strict laundry schedule. You don’t want to be the only one showing up unprepared or smelling like a teenage locker room, after all.

4. Dietary Changes

When practicing Krav Maga, you’re going to be sore, sweaty and out of breath. You’re going to feel unable to move after some rigorous days. Many practitioners find that subtle changes to their diet have a strong effect on their efficiency. Some swear by always having a banana at a training session as a potassium supplement, having not loaded up too heavily on food before such strenuous exercise, and – of course – hydrating religiously.

5. Punch Through

This is where practitioners of other arts often run into trouble. When using a technique in Karate, for example, a practitioner would stop about an inch short of delivering a blow, just to demonstrate the technique. Krav Maga is not about flash or flourish, but aggressive reactions. If you were punching the face, for example, you would demonstrate by punching “through” the face by punching above the shoulder. When you’re practicing Krav, you’re going all out, all the time.

Walk Through the Door

One final tip? Just do it. Make yourself get to the gym and walk through the door. Don’t compromise with yourself or skip a day because your ‘just not feeling it’. Many practitioners find that this initial action is one of the most difficult parts, and the training is much less painful than their mind was conjuring it up to be. It’s important to be strict with yourself and stay the course if you’re serious about becoming a true practitioner of Krav Maga.

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 5

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 5

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 4

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 4

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.

Movie Monday will be taking a break for the holidays and will return January 8th, 2018














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Guest Post By Ben Atkinson at Safeguard LLC – Survival Prepping In Canada

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Canadian prepping requires a different approach than, say, American prepping for several reasons. Apart from the obvious climate specifics that dictate how you should dress, there’s also the difference in crime statistics and gun ownership.

Most people know that Canadians are very polite and laid-back people, which means that guns are not that common. You can own one, but most don’t. Even with the increasing number of shooting incidents and terrorist attacks worldwide, Canada has somehow (and fortunately) managed to remain distanced from all of it. Automatic machine guns are very rare though hunting rifles are very common. Knives, air rifles, slingshots, and bows designed for hunting are usual. This love of Canadians for spending time in the great outdoors has taught us to see prepping as foundational to personal survival. Personal defence and wearing adequate protection are part of that.

This is where body armor comes in. It is one of the most efficient pieces of equipment that can ensure your survival in a variety of scenarios. From keeping you from overheating as well as ensuring all your vital organs are protected – body armor is a trusted companion of every prepper in Canada.

Prepping in Canada is related mostly to surviving in conditions that involve serious snow, lack of food, and cold for much of the year. And body armor can provide an added layer of warmth and protection as well as keeping you safe in a wide number of scenarios. While law enforcement agents and journalists opt for ballistic resistant vests, security operatives and preppers go for combined systems that also protect against stab and slash attacks as well. Wearing a vest underneath your clothes can give you peace of mind that you are safe in a number of environments, where you’ll come in contact with a lot of people.

Given the wide range of bullet proof vests available, it is important to choose the right type for each situation and expected threats to ensure adequate protection.  Most soft armors come with the option of additional protection in the form of hard plates, so there is a great deal of flexibility in choosing the right bullet proof vest.

First, you need to select the type of the body armor you want to buy. This basically means choosing if you’ll wear it over (overt) or under (covert) your clothes. Both carry their advantages in different situations. For example, covert vests work better in urban environments, where you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you are wearing body armor while overt vests are easy and quick to put on in the event of an attack.

For a prepper – all body armor is a compromise between protection and mobility. That applies to everything from the choice of protective vest to additional panels. Your first instinct may be to reach for bulky, tactical body armor – the type NATO and SWAT operatives use, but ‘more is better’ is not a motto that works well in survival-style situations. Your most valuable skills remain your ability to move fast and to react to potential threats and you want body armor that helps you keep them. You don’t want heavy armor that slows you down and, God forbid, restricts your range of movement. In a hostile environment, this most certainly will mean death.

Getting prepared ahead of time vastly increases your chances for survival. You can stock your house with essential supplies, food and water. But a great deal of your survival will depend on getting from point A to point B to source food, medicine, water and other items without getting hurt or killed. Wearing body armor can give you the upper hand when the worst occurs and keep you safe as you focus on other critical tasks for your survival. 

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 3

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 3

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














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Winter Prepping In Canada – Calcium Chloride

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As many of us begin preparations for the holiday season, temperatures outside are slowly but continually dropping as winter sets in.  In the coming weeks, the entirety of the country will be covered with varying degrees of snowfall and temperatures will not be going up for a few months.  Canadian winters can be down right miserable.  Snowfalls can be measured in feet in a single storm, temperatures often dip below minus forty, and services can be spotty to say the least.

One of the many problems we face as Canadians is ice build up.  Driveways, walkways and stairs that have been covered in ice can cause nasty limb breaking falls, or strand us home.  Most of us are familiar with deicing salt and it’s many variations, but once the outside temperature hits minus 10c or lower, it really doesn’t work well…or at all!

Of course, let’s not forget about the damage it can do to concrete walkways, patio stones, ashphalt driveways, and of course the environment.  A few years of salt use on concrete can turn it into something resembling gravel.  There MUST be a better way!  There is…Calcium Chloride.  This is sold at most hardware stores and home centres.  A bit more expensive than typical deicing options, it has advantages that can’t be beat.  Typically, Calcium Chloride will melt ice at outside temperatures of minus 25c…I’ve had luck up to minus 40c.  It also happens to be more environmentally friendly, especially to garden beds that may be near your walkways that salt.

Another typical ice problem many of us face is ice dams on the roof.  A buildup of ice on the roof can easily cause damage to the roof itself as well as water damage inside the home.  Ice dams are caused when heat escapes through the roof, melting snow.  This water then runs down the roof line until it hits the overhang of the roof, which is cold and freezes.  A continuing flow of water will have no route to escape, thus sitting on the roof surface and eventually finding a way into the home.  Here is a visual of what I’m talking about:
Calcium Chloride is also a good choice here as it will not damage ashphalt shingles.  Sprinkle it liberally over ice build up on the roof and you will see water flowing from your roof in a minute or two…yup, it’s that fast!
Typically, I go through 2-3 50lb bags per year.  Purchased at the beginning of the season and stored in buckets, I never have to worry about ice being a problem…even when it’s too cold for salt to work.

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 2

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 2

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 1

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 1

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Military Comparison – US vs NK

There has been a lot of concern lately over the possibility of war breaking out between the US and NK.  While the prospect of a nuclear conflict can be terrifying, the actual possibility of war breaking out may be a lot less than some would have you believe.
Regardless of the rhetoric from BOTH sides, the real question is will the button be pushed?  Here is a little comparison of military capabilities between the two sides, and it has to make you wonder if NK really would do the unthinkable.

According to the August 2017 polling report released by Axios, ‘’ 82% of Americans are afraid of nuclear war with North Korea’’.  But looking at what would obviously be a one sided war, one must ask if anyone could really be crazy enough to push things that far.

Infographic provided by Hunting Mark


Military Comparison – US vs NK

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There has been a lot of concern lately over the possibility of war breaking out between the US and NK.  While the prospect of a nuclear conflict can be terrifying, the actual possibility of war breaking out may be a lot less than some would have you believe.
Regardless of the rhetoric from BOTH sides, the real question is will the button be pushed?  Here is a little comparison of military capabilities between the two sides, and it has to make you wonder if NK really would do the unthinkable.

According to the August 2017 polling report released by Axios, ‘’ 82% of Americans are afraid of nuclear war with North Korea’’.  But looking at what would obviously be a one sided war, one must ask if anyone could really be crazy enough to push things that far.

Infographic provided by Hunting Mark


Military Comparison – US vs NK

There has been a lot of concern lately over the possibility of war breaking out between the US and NK.  While the prospect of a nuclear conflict can be terrifying, the actual possibility of war breaking out may be a lot less than some would have you believe.
Regardless of the rhetoric from BOTH sides, the real question is will the button be pushed?  Here is a little comparison of military capabilities between the two sides, and it has to make you wonder if NK really would do the unthinkable.

According to the August 2017 polling report released by Axios, ‘’ 82% of Americans are afraid of nuclear war with North Korea’’.  But looking at what would obviously be a one sided war, one must ask if anyone could really be crazy enough to push things that far.

Infographic provided by Hunting Mark


Movie Monday – Wartime Farm Episode 8

Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm Episode 8

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Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm – Episode 7

Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm – Episode 7

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Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm – Episode 6

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Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

And the winner is…………

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Well folks, it’s time to pick a winner for the Saver Emergency Breath System 2-Pack!
We have 24 comments to choose from.  The blog shows 25, but one was removed by the commenter, so here we go.

Using Random.org, we set up to pick a number between 1 and 24,  The number generated will correpond to the comment made in the order they appear.

And the number we got was……..6.

Congratulations to Bigmoe99!

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm Episode 5

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Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm Episode 4

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Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Product Review & Give Away

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Saver Emergency Breath System

The Saver Emergency Breath System is a compact and lightweight filter intended to give you those few precious minutes to escape from a house fire.  This easy to use gadget is a one use, 5 minute filter that will remove smoke, particles, and most importantly carbon monoxide.  The Canadian Preppers Network has been given one for testing, and a two-pack to give out to one lucky winner.
First…the test.
As I mentioned, this is a one shot product.  Once the seal is broken, the filter must be used or replaced.
To test this product, I’m certainly not going to light my house on fire, but I can find out if it works, at least to some degree outdoors.  In the below video, I light a smoke inducing fire in the old burn barrel and see if I can breath while standing directly in the path of the smoke.  If this product performs as advertised, I should have no problems.
As you can see from the video, the filter was quick and easy to deploy.  I had my face directly in the smoke path and could breath without sensing any contaminates.  In fact, I was so close to the fire at one point that I lost some eyebrow hairs(they’ll grow back), but I could not sense the heat in the air that I was breathing.  So the big question is:  Does it work as advertised?
Answer:  Even better.
Now for the giveaway.
I have a two pack to send out to one lucky winner thanks to MySafetyIQ.
Enter by commenting “I’m In” in the comments section of this blog post. 
Comments outside of that arena will not count.
Only one entry per person please.
Entries must be received by October 31st, 2017.
You must be a resident of Canada, or have a Canadian postal address to send the prize to.
You must be willing to provide your name and address to receive the prize via Canada Post.
Winner will be chosen by random draw on November 1st, 2017.
Good luck, and don’t forget to visit My Safety IQ for more info.

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm Episode 3

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Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Amazing Amazon Deal

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Hoppe’s No.9 Universal Gun Cleaning Kit

Universal gun cleaning accessory kit
3-piece universal aluminum cleaning rods
Includes 5 swabs and 4 slotted ends
9 phosphor aluminum brushes fit variety of calibers
Shotgun and pistol adaptable
Quality materials used for all hoppe’s products
100 percent designed and tested for the toughest situations and environments

Whether you are a professional, recreational user, or even casual, hoppe’s will fit the mold for all types of people

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm Episode 2

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Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Alert Issued By Canadian Hurricane Center

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Issued at 2017-10-08 12:00 UTC by Environment Canada:
Tropical cyclone information statement issued for:
Simcoe – Delhi – Norfolk, Ont. (041100)
Dunnville – Caledonia – Haldimand, Ont. (041200)
Elgin, Ont. (041600)
Oxford – Brant, Ont. (041700)
City of Toronto, Ont. (043100)
York – Durham, Ont. (043200)
Belleville – Quinte – Northumberland, Ont. (043300)
Stirling – Tweed – South Frontenac, Ont. (043400)
Kingston – Odessa – Frontenac Islands, Ont. (043510)
Napanee – Consecon, Ont. (043520)
Brockville – Leeds and Grenville, Ont. (043600)
Cornwall – Morrisburg, Ont. (043700)
City of Hamilton, Ont. (046100)
Halton – Peel, Ont. (046600)
Niagara, Ont. (046700)

Current details:
For Tropical Storm Nate.

This is the only information statement planned for this storm.

For Tropical Storm Nate.

Tropical Storm Nate is currently located in southwestern Alabama and is moving in a north-northeastward direction. Over the next 12 to 24 hours Nate will begin a rapid acceleration northeastward and will begin to weaken to a Tropical Depression. By the early morning hours of Monday Nate will begin to interact with a strong upper level flow and will take a more easterly track. By Monday afternoon Nate will be a post-tropical storm located over eastern New York State.

Rainfall associated with Nate will graze portions of the lower Great Lakes tonight into Monday. Rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm are expected.

As the remnants of Nate continue along an east-northeast track the system will continue to weaken as it moves eastward toward the Maritimes.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre will continue to monitor the evolution of this system.

Forecaster(s): Murtha/Couturier

Please continue to monitor alerts issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

More details on the alert are available here.

The latest status and details on all alerts, including alerts that are not part of your subscription, can be found here: http://www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm Episode 1

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Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – Surviving Disaster – Nuclear Attack

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Since the end of the cold war in 1991, the threat of nuclear attacks has been forced to the backs of our minds, but in recent years, especially since the world trade centre attacks on 2001, the threat of terrorism has brought these fears back into our focus.

The Scenario:
A nuclear bomb has been detonated on American soil.  Navy SEAL Cade Courtly shows you what to do in the first 20 minutes of detonation in order to survive. 

















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How to Communicate During an Emergency – Sponsored Post

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How to Communicate During an Emergency
The following information is taken from ‘How To Communicate During A Disaster’ by GetVOIP.


How communication is compromised

     Strong winds or flooding damage cables between cellular towers

     Seismic activity damages underground fiber-optic cables

     Heavy rain or snow cuts off wavelength signals to important wireless links

     Solar storms destroy cellular satellites

     Networks become congested and jammed

     Hackers disrupt or overload networks


Make sure you’re prepared before a disaster strikes

     Create a family emergency plan – Make sure your family knows what to do and where to go during a catastrophic event.

     Compile an emergency contact list – Build a list of important contacts for easy reference during an emergency.

     Important contacts include:

     Local police

     Local fire department

     Children’s school

     Power company

     Insurance company

     Family members

     Friends

     Colleagues

     Establish a calling tree – Designate someone that everyone calls. They will be the central hub for information.

     Subscribe to local text alerts – Subscribe to local alerts to receive text updates about your area.

     Download helpful apps – Download apps specifically designed for emergency situations.

     Helpful apps include:

     Red Cross

     Weather Network

     Environment Canada

     Purchase backup charging options – Ensure you have backup charging options for your phone in case the power goes out.

Options for communication during a disaster
Amateur Radio Service (Ham)An amateur radio service for non-commercial purposes. Ham radios have multiple frequency bands, including: HF, VHF, and UHF—with multiple modulation types, including: AM, FM, and SSB.

     Pros – greater power and more availability of repeaters

     Cons – requires licensing and testing

Family Radio Service (FRS) – Personal radio service that is essentially an improved walkie-talkie system. FRS radios use UHF and FM.

     Pros – entire family can have their own radio and no license required

     Cons – limited range (~1 mile) and restricted by line-of-sight

General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) – Land-mobile radio service designed for short-distance, two-way communication similar to FRS. GMRS radios use UHF, FM, and have 23 available channels.

     Pros – higher power level and can use repeater to greatly improve range

     Cons – interference from limited channels

Citizen Band (CB) – A system of short-distance radio communications where users share channels. CB radios HF, AM, and SSB.

     Pros – unaffected by cell towers or satellites and no license required

     Cons – limited range and not many people using CB

Walkie-talkie – Handheld, mobile, two-way radios with a built-in speaker, microphone, and antenna. Walkie-talkies share one channel and only one radio can transmit at a time.

     Pros – mobile and easy to use

     Cons – limited range and easy to eavesdrop

Satellite Phone – Mobile phone that uses satellites rather than cell towers.

     Pros – unaffected by cell towers with functionality of a cell phone

     Cons – don’t work well indoors and won’t function if satellites are compromised

Landline Phone – Landline telephones use a fiber optic telephone line or metal wire for transmission.

     Pros – generally work during power outages and lines are protected underground

     Cons – not many people have landlines and can be expensive to pay for a landline only for emergency use

Social Media/Mobile Apps – Social sites or apps often have messenger and chat functions that can be used to communicate.

     Pros – more access to real-time news/events and location features can help track loved ones

     Cons – requires internet access and internet capable device

Email – Electronic mail messages sent via the internet on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

     Pros – less congestion than cell service and doesn’t rely on cell towers

     Cons – requires internet connectivity and internet capable device

Cell Phone/Smartphone – Handheld mobile devices capable of calling and text messaging other phones as long as cell towers are intact.

     Pros – everyone has one and can reach people directly

     Cons – dependent on power grid and cell towers and network congestion can cause issues


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C5 PRESENTS- B.O.B.- THE REALITY- BY SURVIVAL ACRES

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C5 PRESENTS- B.O.B.- THE REALITY- BY SURVIVAL ACRES

With your host, C5 and special guest writer, Survival Acres
(A special welcome to the folks from The Doomstead Diner that have been trickling in. This site is not usually this dark…but it had to be done. Someone had to do it. That task fell to me)
We are going to some pretty Dark Places in this article.
You might be thinking to yourself, “That C5 is already a pretty dark fellow…and the future is pretty dark… and that is just part of being a survivalist…so where is he going with this?”
This is Part 4 of The Fallacy Of Bugging Out series by the legendary Survival Acres.
Survival Acres writes, “The ‘thieves and murderers’ will be those who ran off into the woods and attempted to survive — the so-called ‘survivalist’”
and   “We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time. I do not mean “tracking you through the woods” or even landing a contingent of Special Forces soldiers to “route you out”. There will be no need for that, or at least unlikely. You will be coming to us, because you will have to. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you.”
and    “It’s unpopular because it flies in the face of common ‘wisdom’. I’m seeing plenty of suppression now of this article series”.
Lets make sure you heard that correct. One of the essential daily tasks is not to fight off the Golden Horde or Mutant Zombie Bikers or the New World Order, UN antichrist army in Blue Berets.
The chore list will eventually include, actively murdering “The Survivalist Horde”.
Honey Do List___________
Weed the garden, check.
Clean the stove pipe, check.
Put kale in the dehydrater. Yuck, check.
Patch the bicycle tire, check.
Go Kill the starving white supremacist survivalists creeping around in the bushes……Oh, Honey. Do I have to? They are all skinny and icky and gross. And they are armed to the fucking teeth. Cant we just start a forest fire or something…….
Soooooooo……If you are thinking of phasing out at this point…..Buck The Fuck Up, Biatches. You dont have to agree…until a few of your neibours get killed by them….but you do have to listen.
And make sure you read the first 3 parts before getting to this Dark Place.
But before we get there…
(Most times, when you hear those five little words, you know a kick in the nuts is coming. No need this time as Survival Acres has already got your scrotum set up for the field goal)
Since the theme for the day is “Dark Places”…lest go talk to Jesus. Oops. I got Chris Martenson and Jesus mixed up again. Peak Prosperity put this out and it deserves better viewing than it got.
It starts a bit dull. Doom is at hand, yada, yada. Oh look, a graph. I always tune out at the graph….
Then it got REAL interesting as it explored the minds response. By the way, I first read it with a WHOPPER of a hang over. An important point.
Now. Stop reading. Go read the article and get your ass back here. Shoooo!
Doesnt that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Now lets get back to Survival Acres. As I mentioned in Part 1, when I first read this series it made me really angry. Two Reasons. One was “Previous Investment”. I had spent many years learning how to squat in the forest and from my earliest years studied the First Nations food systems, believing, “If they could live that way, sustainably, so could we”.
(When I hear other people saying that these days, I roll my eyes, think “dead man walking…and try to change the subject. I just wasnt ready to ditch that myth at the time, inspite of all my time out in the boonies. This deserves a whole other post at a future time. Hint- Eighty Million people added to the planet Yearly.  There was only one place in Canada that living off the land was going to be possible…so I spent the majority of my life near it and felt panicked every time I had to leave. I am not going to tell you where that area is….because even that window pretty much closed by the 80s and is now unworkable)
The Second reason I was pissed, was because, in spite of Survival Acres just trying to make a point to save people’s lives, Now some Asshole with a hate on for bush ninjas, was going to make it even more dangerous, as if doing this isnt tough enough. Now we have to worry about being killed by land owners. (not really what he was saying, by the way)
Then a strange thing happened….
I had only recently come on grid and ON LINE. I was surprised as Christ on a pogo stick that there were so many Survivalists and this thing called “Preppers”. I started to study them…alot…and as I tried to reach out to start my own group…I started to meet them…. and…
Holy Batshit, Backwoods Batman…..He was completely right.
I’ll stop that thought there and go to directly to part 4 of the Fallacy of Bugging Out. I’ll add more content on this at the end.
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B.O.B. – The Reality              By Survival Acres
Here are some rather important ‘revelations’ that the survivalist community should at least read:
When I run our SERE based classes (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape), I get people who last maybe two weeks, normally one.. I would put money on the fact that anyone who does the BOB challenge, would last only a few cold damp wet nights before they give up.
I don’t agree with most of the BS that is out there on the net or printed material. Having first hand experience of peoples expectations versus reality, 95% of attendees have a massive shock.
Most have watched the scripted survival TV series or other TV based survival instruction programs, but when reality hits, you cans see it on their faces….
I train a lot of very fit regular and ex forces members and even some of these guys/gals have a tough time lasting a week, foraging of the land, so long term BOB style living is a sure way to help reduce the surplus population.
Keep well and keep blogging, best regards
And another email received:
If you get a chance, I would like you to read this topic I started and consider my suggestion that preppers take on the role of “pest control”. IMO, if the people who are prepared to survive, are not also prepared to eliminate the thieves and murderers who are going to perceive us as prey…. then we are pissing in the wind. No matter how well stocked your are or how long you are prepared to survive on your own, everybody will have to come out of their hiding spots eventually. And if no one has taken it upon themselves to literally exterminate the vermin who are surviving a true doomsday scenario by cannibalism, then we are all pretty much fucking doomed.
Please note what this actually means. The ‘thieves and murderers’ will be those who ran off into the woods and attempted to survive — the so-called ‘survivalist’, urban house mom, couch ‘patriot’ and would-be doomsday wilderness ‘prepper’. I am not overlooking the displaced hordes from the city of course. This horde is an entirely different topic which can be addressed later.
Even the professional survival instructors do not agree that bugging out and living off the land is going to work.
The reason is easy to understand. Your first problem is going to be hypothermia, mentioned in Part I. The second is going to be water. The third is going to be food (malnutrition). The fourth will be shelter. Fifth will be physical condition (fatigue, injury, sickness). Not necessarily in that order either.
Many people simply utterly fail to connect how easy it is to die when you are no longer properly protected with the essentials needed to stay alive. Civilization meets this needs for most of us, but we do indeed take this for granted.
Now – here is why I have been harping on this topic of late — please read, because it is important to everyone.
First — I’m saving your life. I don’t know you, but I do know what many of you intend to do. Internet ‘wisdom’ is dangerously absent on facts and common sense. You are going to be risking your life and that of your family if you really do try to disappear off into the wilderness as oft depicted online.
Secondly — Some of you are getting closer and closer to your ‘trigger point’. This is the jumping off point where you decide it’s time to depart.  That decision is entirely up to you, but before you go consider the rest of the points I’m going to present here.  I’ve known people that ‘left’ in 1999, convinced that it was ‘time’. Well, I think we all know what probably happened.
Thirdly — Some of the best individuals intend to disappear. You are among some of the better informed, better trained, better prepared. But you’re not going to be very effective while living like a refugee. I’m talking about the possibility of resistance. If your plans have not included constant and essential resupply, covered in Part II, then it is only a matter of time before you become ineffective and incapacitated, among the ‘survivalist horde’ that begins to rob, kill and steal to stay alive.
If you do not think that could happen to you — think again. It has happened to thousands upon thousands of people before, who formerly led exemplary lives. Desperation and hunger, and critical needs such a medical care, will drive you to abandon your morality and integrity virtually instantly in some cases. For others, it may take a few days or few weeks, but quite frankly, it will happen.  If you are still able to meet your needs and that of your group or family with you — then no, but it’s pretty clear that nobody is going to last indefinitely ‘out there’, which means you’re coming back and you’re going to be in extreme need when that happens (if you’ve delayed). You will not only be a refugee, but a dangerous one. No doubt able to inflict some serious harm on those around you.
Your first ‘prey’ is probably going to the other ‘survivalists’ hiding in the woods with you. Their supplies, if they have any left, may become your supplies, extending your ‘stay’. But the ensuing bloodbath won’t be pretty.
The other side of this coin is you won’t be working together. Or perhaps you will, forming gangs of desperadoes, preying upon everyone else.
Eventually, you’ll all come back to civilization. Those of you that have survived this time period, will be forever changed — and highly dangerous to the rest of us.
Fourth — We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time. I do not mean “tracking you through the woods” or even landing a contingent of Special Forces soldiers to “route you out”. There will be no need for that, or at least unlikely. You will be coming to us, because you will have to. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you.
It ALL eventually leads to the same place. Wilderness bugout will create refugees, criminals and desperate people, all of who will either come back, prey upon one another or die.  A tiny few will “make it” for a time (survive), but even they will come back. Begging or stealing, or perhaps offering their newly finely honed “skills” to us, but they will come back.
Maybe some will actually stay, surviving all the shootouts, thefts, rapes, murder and assassinations, hiding, running, defending, surviving.  But this too is highly unlikely because of the 5 points to survival I mentioned above. Injury and sickness will eventually get the very best of us — and you will come back, if you can.
Fifth — Many think that hiding in the wilderness will buy them the essential and critical ‘time’ that they need to endure whatever it was they ran from.  Maybe it will — but it probably won’t. Absentee owners (of freedom, or of anything) are subject to more abuse, not less. If you ran from the NWO, martial law, economic collapse, asteroid strike or whatever it was, your absence ensures that things for you will not get better.  The only way that they can get better is to deal with it. That isn’t going to easy either — but it is the ONLY path ahead that offers any real hope or promise.  The other path can only result in extreme suffering and death.
Six — If you’re going to be a refugee, or a ‘survivalist’ — think it through VERY, VERY carefully.  Many paths lead to despair, impoverishment, conflict and death. In fact, most of them do.  There IS a better way if you absolutely MUST leave.
Nothing offers any of us any guarantees — but some paths / decisions will remove all hope, all future, all possibilities rather quickly. The self-made wilderness refugee is one of them.  If you must go — then be sure you return quickly, and have some place to return to.
Seven — Prepare your ground. If you cannot, will not or are prevented from staying put where you are now (applicable to many people, and many possible scenarios) then prepare your ground where you think you can. You need to do this now.
Most of us are going to choose to stay put, right where we are. Preparing here will actually work for a lot of people and a lot of situations. It also happens to be where you will be able to get the most help of course.  And if you are going to try to fix anything, you will need some safe place, meeting all of your essential needs, to do it from.
The ground you prepare can be your home or a new home location. There are many, many opinions and insights on this important topic, covering everything from so-called ‘urban survival’ to ‘cabin in the wood’. I cannot do justice to the topic here, many people won’t even have read down this far, having made up their minds already.  So I’m only going to make the point here that you must prepare a place where you intend to stay. Wandering around in the woods is not it, since you are coming back anyway (maybe). Save yourselves (and us) a lot of needless suffering and death and prepare something else.
If you do go to the woods, be absolutely certain that you have some place else to return to. I’ve demonstrated the need to resupply as critical and essential, and that “returning” is in all cases, a 100% likelihood. Therefore, this means you must have someplace else in mind.  Someplace where you will be welcomed and not simply shot on sight.  Someplace where you can meet or obtain the essentials to keep you and yours alive.
It is my opinion, that it makes far more sense to live there now if you can. Or at the very least, sidestep all this ‘wilderness’ bullshit and prepare instead your new home. Do not misunderstand — I am not advocating “buy a second home” or anything like that. Your new home, if you must leave, must be a place where you can live, in safety, with the ability to resupply. I’m not going to try and list all the “how’s” here that you might do that, another series of articles no doubt.  Nor am I suggesting that a B.O.B wouldn’t be useful to get you somewhere where you can actually live and survive.
The Truth
George Orwell said that “speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act”. It’s unpopular because it flies in the face of common ‘wisdom’. I’m seeing plenty of suppression now of this article series, but I’ve also seen just the opposite too, it’s proven to be the most popular thing I’ve ever written.
I’ve long chosen to ignore the entire ‘survivalist’ side of things on this blog on purpose. This field is absolutely saturated with ‘wisdom’, some good, some bad. I didn’t see any need to try and correct the faults. Let ’em figure it out themselves, or at least, clean out the gene pool, I thought. Well, that is going to happen anyway. Plenty of people will have their minds made up, I see this nearly daily in private emails received. You can speak the truth, share the facts and they will still throw it back in your face.  That’s fine, it’s your life, your responsibility. The only reason why I’m engaging in this topic now is because there is a huge, pressing need to dispel the modern-day myths that permeate ‘survivalism’. And I really cannot stand the profiteers that have come and gone, preying upon your fear.
I don’t think it really takes all that much to realize that our individual survival, the means by which we all live now, has common, identifiable elements that will not go away in any future scenario. Humanity is not going to simply “stop” or shut down, I don’t care what the catastrophe is, we are still going to have to meet our essential needs. Many catastrophes have come before — and we’re still here.  Overlooked (somehow) is how absolutely critical it is today that we try to meet those needs together. We are ALL alive because other people are actually keeping us alive. That is not going to change.
Therefore, plan ahead, knowing that simple fact. Plan for where you CAN survive, not where you won’t. Whatever the future holds, we’re all in this together, and we are going to need each other, even if we don’t like it. Your critical and essential resupply comes from other people, who are performing the many various and essential task that you can’t. You really cannot do this all by yourself, or even in a small group. EVERYONE will need to resupply for all those things you can’t do for yourselves (food being the most important, medical attention probably next). After that, comes many other essentials, shoes, clothing, critical parts and equipment, fuel, etc.
Our response and preparation for any contingencies we may encounter in the days ahead is critical and essential. Those that have well-prepared locations will be best prepared. Those that don’t, well — we know what that means. You might get lucky, or you might just find yourselves part of the coming horde (extremely likely), caught up in events totally outside of your control, unable to do anything, even meet your own daily needs.
Fire Earth has been sharing some applicable news — 2.2 million refugees in Sudan.  Hunger, malnutrition, war, conscription, warlords, the “horde” actually does exists already, in many parts of the world, and always shows up whenever there is war, strife, collapse, even just riots. Our civilization is teetering, its amplitude and period increasing.
Americans are not immune to any of this. There are common elements in every collapse situation. Identifying the common needs is easy, and so is our response. But you must wade through the Internet bullshit first.
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Thank You Survival Acres.
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So, What did I learn by studying and meeting other Survivalists and Preppers (and to a much lesser extent, many Permaculture and Transition Town folks. The OTHER preppers). Well, lets start with something I wrote recently on another board.
“Now, I am pretty used to Swimming with Sharks. I have been around the survivalist, and later, the prepper world. What I was surprised about is….Just how badly unprepared these folks are. Very few…if any, serious food production skills. Food stores are usually lacking, some as bad as a few cases of MREs…but a shit load of guns and military equipment (don’t get me wrong. I’ve met a few good preppers…but very few) Most of them are just a danger to other people.”
“Sooooo,,,,,How exactly did this happen. We have to go back to the bad old days of Survivalism.
The three main groups that influenced HOW we prep (badly) were…drum roll please….
White Supremacists groups (like the Christian Patriots Defence League, a militant arm of the Klan)
Christian Reconstructionists (who gave us the term, If not by the ballot box, then by the cartridge box)
and Broken ex Military Men seeking to be valued.
We will just forget all about the Rhodesians and Aparthied South Africans, survivalist influence.”
“Survivalism wasnt about actual survival. It was about WAR. Beans, Bullets and Bandaids.
Any actual sustainability was an afterthought.”
“The Preppers pretty much rejected the extremes of the Survivalists…at least at first…but then got co opted and just started repeating all the same old bad survival advice. The newbies just repeat the old shit without thinking “Why?”. Survivalism then becomes just a recruiting tool for, guess who? White supremacists, christian reconstructionsts and the military flag wavers.”
Well, besides the rampant douche bags, political ideologues, Racism Lite and mental health cases, and even amongst the more reasonable preppers, there was an underlying, usually un articulated or even unrecognised position…that future survival would involve THEFT. This is not even acknowledge by most. But even amongst the morally minded, this is somehow being missed. It usually goes something like this….
“How are you going to deal with looters?”   “ I’m going to shoot them”    “ How are you going to survive?”    “I’m going to loot”. (I’ll just call it something else like resource allocation or salvage)
People were making up for Piss Poor Prepping by theft whether they were acknowledging it or not. I started hearing common themes and saw it repeated in books and fiction. “First stop. I am going to break into Wallmart “ or “ Im going to steal a sail boat” or “I am going to break into cabins” or ” I amg oing to hot wire a truck” or “Im going to break into a gun shop”. Seriously! I was trying to figure out why one person I was communicating with refused to store food while he was spending money on an expensive Sub gun.  Then it came out what his plans were…and I immediately cut contact. I couldn’t even bother pointing out that these were all really good ways to die or be ass raped in prison. It turns out, this wasn’t an anomaly. I kept hearing similar things. In one case, a person that had contacted me with extensive military training, we discovered through investigation as part of our vetting process, he had organised with others a complex plan of stealing heavy trucks, breaking into a food distribution warehouse, and hauling off all the food, while his team would shoot anyone, police or civilians, that tried to stop them. He was only contacting me for a place to go. Good thing I dodged that bullet. And now we are getting people openly saying, there “PLAN” is to kill farmers and take their food (alot more than you think. Not an anomoly)….sooo…No real plan for sustainability whatsoever. No skills in that whatsoever And usually not much in the way of food stores.
And now Survival Acres warning to others at the top of my post makes sense.
“We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time.  You will be coming to us, BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE TO. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you”
So, do I have your full attention now. Wait! It gets even better. Now lets throw in the Racists and Christian Reconstructionsist and 3 percenter types, prepping for WAR who feel justified in taking your food to further there struggle.
And if that is not enough…I also learned along the way, talking to hundreds of people, that a very large percentage of the non prepping people I talk with on the subject…All have SHTF plans…in a “If the shit does hit the fan, I will (insert lame un experienced plan here)”
So, where to go from here? There will be 80 million more people on the planet next year. There will be no food waiting for you in the bush.
C5s F5s-  Food Storage. Food Production, Firewood, Fuel Storage (short term) and Friends (long term)
That is where to START….so YOU don’t become MY Problem…to have to “DEAL WITH”.

C5 PRESENTS- B.O.B.- THE REALITY- BY SURVIVAL ACRES

C5 PRESENTS- B.O.B.- THE REALITY- BY SURVIVAL ACRES

With your host, C5 and special guest writer, Survival Acres
(A special welcome to the folks from The Doomstead Diner that have been trickling in. This site is not usually this dark…but it had to be done. Someone had to do it. That task fell to me)
We are going to some pretty Dark Places in this article.
You might be thinking to yourself, “That C5 is already a pretty dark fellow…and the future is pretty dark… and that is just part of being a survivalist…so where is he going with this?”
This is Part 4 of The Fallacy Of Bugging Out series by the legendary Survival Acres.
Survival Acres writes, “The ‘thieves and murderers’ will be those who ran off into the woods and attempted to survive — the so-called ‘survivalist’”
and   “We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time. I do not mean “tracking you through the woods” or even landing a contingent of Special Forces soldiers to “route you out”. There will be no need for that, or at least unlikely. You will be coming to us, because you will have to. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you.”
and    “It’s unpopular because it flies in the face of common ‘wisdom’. I’m seeing plenty of suppression now of this article series”.
Lets make sure you heard that correct. One of the essential daily tasks is not to fight off the Golden Horde or Mutant Zombie Bikers or the New World Order, UN antichrist army in Blue Berets.
The chore list will eventually include, actively murdering “The Survivalist Horde”.
Honey Do List___________
Weed the garden, check.
Clean the stove pipe, check.
Put kale in the dehydrater. Yuck, check.
Patch the bicycle tire, check.
Go Kill the starving white supremacist survivalists creeping around in the bushes……Oh, Honey. Do I have to? They are all skinny and icky and gross. And they are armed to the fucking teeth. Cant we just start a forest fire or something…….
Soooooooo……If you are thinking of phasing out at this point…..Buck The Fuck Up, Biatches. You dont have to agree…until a few of your neibours get killed by them….but you do have to listen.
And make sure you read the first 3 parts before getting to this Dark Place.
But before we get there…
(Most times, when you hear those five little words, you know a kick in the nuts is coming. No need this time as Survival Acres has already got your scrotum set up for the field goal)
Since the theme for the day is “Dark Places”…lest go talk to Jesus. Oops. I got Chris Martenson and Jesus mixed up again. Peak Prosperity put this out and it deserves better viewing than it got.
It starts a bit dull. Doom is at hand, yada, yada. Oh look, a graph. I always tune out at the graph….
Then it got REAL interesting as it explored the minds response. By the way, I first read it with a WHOPPER of a hang over. An important point.
Now. Stop reading. Go read the article and get your ass back here. Shoooo!
Doesnt that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Now lets get back to Survival Acres. As I mentioned in Part 1, when I first read this series it made me really angry. Two Reasons. One was “Previous Investment”. I had spent many years learning how to squat in the forest and from my earliest years studied the First Nations food systems, believing, “If they could live that way, sustainably, so could we”.
(When I hear other people saying that these days, I roll my eyes, think “dead man walking…and try to change the subject. I just wasnt ready to ditch that myth at the time, inspite of all my time out in the boonies. This deserves a whole other post at a future time. Hint- Eighty Million people added to the planet Yearly.  There was only one place in Canada that living off the land was going to be possible…so I spent the majority of my life near it and felt panicked every time I had to leave. I am not going to tell you where that area is….because even that window pretty much closed by the 80s and is now unworkable)
The Second reason I was pissed, was because, in spite of Survival Acres just trying to make a point to save people’s lives, Now some Asshole with a hate on for bush ninjas, was going to make it even more dangerous, as if doing this isnt tough enough. Now we have to worry about being killed by land owners. (not really what he was saying, by the way)
Then a strange thing happened….
I had only recently come on grid and ON LINE. I was surprised as Christ on a pogo stick that there were so many Survivalists and this thing called “Preppers”. I started to study them…alot…and as I tried to reach out to start my own group…I started to meet them…. and…
Holy Batshit, Backwoods Batman…..He was completely right.
I’ll stop that thought there and go to directly to part 4 of the Fallacy of Bugging Out. I’ll add more content on this at the end.
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B.O.B. – The Reality              By Survival Acres
Here are some rather important ‘revelations’ that the survivalist community should at least read:
When I run our SERE based classes (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape), I get people who last maybe two weeks, normally one.. I would put money on the fact that anyone who does the BOB challenge, would last only a few cold damp wet nights before they give up.
I don’t agree with most of the BS that is out there on the net or printed material. Having first hand experience of peoples expectations versus reality, 95% of attendees have a massive shock.
Most have watched the scripted survival TV series or other TV based survival instruction programs, but when reality hits, you cans see it on their faces….
I train a lot of very fit regular and ex forces members and even some of these guys/gals have a tough time lasting a week, foraging of the land, so long term BOB style living is a sure way to help reduce the surplus population.
Keep well and keep blogging, best regards
And another email received:
If you get a chance, I would like you to read this topic I started and consider my suggestion that preppers take on the role of “pest control”. IMO, if the people who are prepared to survive, are not also prepared to eliminate the thieves and murderers who are going to perceive us as prey…. then we are pissing in the wind. No matter how well stocked your are or how long you are prepared to survive on your own, everybody will have to come out of their hiding spots eventually. And if no one has taken it upon themselves to literally exterminate the vermin who are surviving a true doomsday scenario by cannibalism, then we are all pretty much fucking doomed.
Please note what this actually means. The ‘thieves and murderers’ will be those who ran off into the woods and attempted to survive — the so-called ‘survivalist’, urban house mom, couch ‘patriot’ and would-be doomsday wilderness ‘prepper’. I am not overlooking the displaced hordes from the city of course. This horde is an entirely different topic which can be addressed later.
Even the professional survival instructors do not agree that bugging out and living off the land is going to work.
The reason is easy to understand. Your first problem is going to be hypothermia, mentioned in Part I. The second is going to be water. The third is going to be food (malnutrition). The fourth will be shelter. Fifth will be physical condition (fatigue, injury, sickness). Not necessarily in that order either.
Many people simply utterly fail to connect how easy it is to die when you are no longer properly protected with the essentials needed to stay alive. Civilization meets this needs for most of us, but we do indeed take this for granted.
Now – here is why I have been harping on this topic of late — please read, because it is important to everyone.
First — I’m saving your life. I don’t know you, but I do know what many of you intend to do. Internet ‘wisdom’ is dangerously absent on facts and common sense. You are going to be risking your life and that of your family if you really do try to disappear off into the wilderness as oft depicted online.
Secondly — Some of you are getting closer and closer to your ‘trigger point’. This is the jumping off point where you decide it’s time to depart.  That decision is entirely up to you, but before you go consider the rest of the points I’m going to present here.  I’ve known people that ‘left’ in 1999, convinced that it was ‘time’. Well, I think we all know what probably happened.
Thirdly — Some of the best individuals intend to disappear. You are among some of the better informed, better trained, better prepared. But you’re not going to be very effective while living like a refugee. I’m talking about the possibility of resistance. If your plans have not included constant and essential resupply, covered in Part II, then it is only a matter of time before you become ineffective and incapacitated, among the ‘survivalist horde’ that begins to rob, kill and steal to stay alive.
If you do not think that could happen to you — think again. It has happened to thousands upon thousands of people before, who formerly led exemplary lives. Desperation and hunger, and critical needs such a medical care, will drive you to abandon your morality and integrity virtually instantly in some cases. For others, it may take a few days or few weeks, but quite frankly, it will happen.  If you are still able to meet your needs and that of your group or family with you — then no, but it’s pretty clear that nobody is going to last indefinitely ‘out there’, which means you’re coming back and you’re going to be in extreme need when that happens (if you’ve delayed). You will not only be a refugee, but a dangerous one. No doubt able to inflict some serious harm on those around you.
Your first ‘prey’ is probably going to the other ‘survivalists’ hiding in the woods with you. Their supplies, if they have any left, may become your supplies, extending your ‘stay’. But the ensuing bloodbath won’t be pretty.
The other side of this coin is you won’t be working together. Or perhaps you will, forming gangs of desperadoes, preying upon everyone else.
Eventually, you’ll all come back to civilization. Those of you that have survived this time period, will be forever changed — and highly dangerous to the rest of us.
Fourth — We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time. I do not mean “tracking you through the woods” or even landing a contingent of Special Forces soldiers to “route you out”. There will be no need for that, or at least unlikely. You will be coming to us, because you will have to. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you.
It ALL eventually leads to the same place. Wilderness bugout will create refugees, criminals and desperate people, all of who will either come back, prey upon one another or die.  A tiny few will “make it” for a time (survive), but even they will come back. Begging or stealing, or perhaps offering their newly finely honed “skills” to us, but they will come back.
Maybe some will actually stay, surviving all the shootouts, thefts, rapes, murder and assassinations, hiding, running, defending, surviving.  But this too is highly unlikely because of the 5 points to survival I mentioned above. Injury and sickness will eventually get the very best of us — and you will come back, if you can.
Fifth — Many think that hiding in the wilderness will buy them the essential and critical ‘time’ that they need to endure whatever it was they ran from.  Maybe it will — but it probably won’t. Absentee owners (of freedom, or of anything) are subject to more abuse, not less. If you ran from the NWO, martial law, economic collapse, asteroid strike or whatever it was, your absence ensures that things for you will not get better.  The only way that they can get better is to deal with it. That isn’t going to easy either — but it is the ONLY path ahead that offers any real hope or promise.  The other path can only result in extreme suffering and death.
Six — If you’re going to be a refugee, or a ‘survivalist’ — think it through VERY, VERY carefully.  Many paths lead to despair, impoverishment, conflict and death. In fact, most of them do.  There IS a better way if you absolutely MUST leave.
Nothing offers any of us any guarantees — but some paths / decisions will remove all hope, all future, all possibilities rather quickly. The self-made wilderness refugee is one of them.  If you must go — then be sure you return quickly, and have some place to return to.
Seven — Prepare your ground. If you cannot, will not or are prevented from staying put where you are now (applicable to many people, and many possible scenarios) then prepare your ground where you think you can. You need to do this now.
Most of us are going to choose to stay put, right where we are. Preparing here will actually work for a lot of people and a lot of situations. It also happens to be where you will be able to get the most help of course.  And if you are going to try to fix anything, you will need some safe place, meeting all of your essential needs, to do it from.
The ground you prepare can be your home or a new home location. There are many, many opinions and insights on this important topic, covering everything from so-called ‘urban survival’ to ‘cabin in the wood’. I cannot do justice to the topic here, many people won’t even have read down this far, having made up their minds already.  So I’m only going to make the point here that you must prepare a place where you intend to stay. Wandering around in the woods is not it, since you are coming back anyway (maybe). Save yourselves (and us) a lot of needless suffering and death and prepare something else.
If you do go to the woods, be absolutely certain that you have some place else to return to. I’ve demonstrated the need to resupply as critical and essential, and that “returning” is in all cases, a 100% likelihood. Therefore, this means you must have someplace else in mind.  Someplace where you will be welcomed and not simply shot on sight.  Someplace where you can meet or obtain the essentials to keep you and yours alive.
It is my opinion, that it makes far more sense to live there now if you can. Or at the very least, sidestep all this ‘wilderness’ bullshit and prepare instead your new home. Do not misunderstand — I am not advocating “buy a second home” or anything like that. Your new home, if you must leave, must be a place where you can live, in safety, with the ability to resupply. I’m not going to try and list all the “how’s” here that you might do that, another series of articles no doubt.  Nor am I suggesting that a B.O.B wouldn’t be useful to get you somewhere where you can actually live and survive.
The Truth
George Orwell said that “speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act”. It’s unpopular because it flies in the face of common ‘wisdom’. I’m seeing plenty of suppression now of this article series, but I’ve also seen just the opposite too, it’s proven to be the most popular thing I’ve ever written.
I’ve long chosen to ignore the entire ‘survivalist’ side of things on this blog on purpose. This field is absolutely saturated with ‘wisdom’, some good, some bad. I didn’t see any need to try and correct the faults. Let ’em figure it out themselves, or at least, clean out the gene pool, I thought. Well, that is going to happen anyway. Plenty of people will have their minds made up, I see this nearly daily in private emails received. You can speak the truth, share the facts and they will still throw it back in your face.  That’s fine, it’s your life, your responsibility. The only reason why I’m engaging in this topic now is because there is a huge, pressing need to dispel the modern-day myths that permeate ‘survivalism’. And I really cannot stand the profiteers that have come and gone, preying upon your fear.
I don’t think it really takes all that much to realize that our individual survival, the means by which we all live now, has common, identifiable elements that will not go away in any future scenario. Humanity is not going to simply “stop” or shut down, I don’t care what the catastrophe is, we are still going to have to meet our essential needs. Many catastrophes have come before — and we’re still here.  Overlooked (somehow) is how absolutely critical it is today that we try to meet those needs together. We are ALL alive because other people are actually keeping us alive. That is not going to change.
Therefore, plan ahead, knowing that simple fact. Plan for where you CAN survive, not where you won’t. Whatever the future holds, we’re all in this together, and we are going to need each other, even if we don’t like it. Your critical and essential resupply comes from other people, who are performing the many various and essential task that you can’t. You really cannot do this all by yourself, or even in a small group. EVERYONE will need to resupply for all those things you can’t do for yourselves (food being the most important, medical attention probably next). After that, comes many other essentials, shoes, clothing, critical parts and equipment, fuel, etc.
Our response and preparation for any contingencies we may encounter in the days ahead is critical and essential. Those that have well-prepared locations will be best prepared. Those that don’t, well — we know what that means. You might get lucky, or you might just find yourselves part of the coming horde (extremely likely), caught up in events totally outside of your control, unable to do anything, even meet your own daily needs.
Fire Earth has been sharing some applicable news — 2.2 million refugees in Sudan.  Hunger, malnutrition, war, conscription, warlords, the “horde” actually does exists already, in many parts of the world, and always shows up whenever there is war, strife, collapse, even just riots. Our civilization is teetering, its amplitude and period increasing.
Americans are not immune to any of this. There are common elements in every collapse situation. Identifying the common needs is easy, and so is our response. But you must wade through the Internet bullshit first.
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Thank You Survival Acres.
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So, What did I learn by studying and meeting other Survivalists and Preppers (and to a much lesser extent, many Permaculture and Transition Town folks. The OTHER preppers). Well, lets start with something I wrote recently on another board.
“Now, I am pretty used to Swimming with Sharks. I have been around the survivalist, and later, the prepper world. What I was surprised about is….Just how badly unprepared these folks are. Very few…if any, serious food production skills. Food stores are usually lacking, some as bad as a few cases of MREs…but a shit load of guns and military equipment (don’t get me wrong. I’ve met a few good preppers…but very few) Most of them are just a danger to other people.”
“Sooooo,,,,,How exactly did this happen. We have to go back to the bad old days of Survivalism.
The three main groups that influenced HOW we prep (badly) were…drum roll please….
White Supremacists groups (like the Christian Patriots Defence League, a militant arm of the Klan)
Christian Reconstructionists (who gave us the term, If not by the ballot box, then by the cartridge box)
and Broken ex Military Men seeking to be valued.
We will just forget all about the Rhodesians and Aparthied South Africans, survivalist influence.”
“Survivalism wasnt about actual survival. It was about WAR. Beans, Bullets and Bandaids.
Any actual sustainability was an afterthought.”
“The Preppers pretty much rejected the extremes of the Survivalists…at least at first…but then got co opted and just started repeating all the same old bad survival advice. The newbies just repeat the old shit without thinking “Why?”. Survivalism then becomes just a recruiting tool for, guess who? White supremacists, christian reconstructionsts and the military flag wavers.”
Well, besides the rampant douche bags, political ideologues, Racism Lite and mental health cases, and even amongst the more reasonable preppers, there was an underlying, usually un articulated or even unrecognised position…that future survival would involve THEFT. This is not even acknowledge by most. But even amongst the morally minded, this is somehow being missed. It usually goes something like this….
“How are you going to deal with looters?”   “ I’m going to shoot them”    “ How are you going to survive?”    “I’m going to loot”. (I’ll just call it something else like resource allocation or salvage)
People were making up for Piss Poor Prepping by theft whether they were acknowledging it or not. I started hearing common themes and saw it repeated in books and fiction. “First stop. I am going to break into Wallmart “ or “ Im going to steal a sail boat” or “I am going to break into cabins” or ” I amg oing to hot wire a truck” or “Im going to break into a gun shop”. Seriously! I was trying to figure out why one person I was communicating with refused to store food while he was spending money on an expensive Sub gun.  Then it came out what his plans were…and I immediately cut contact. I couldn’t even bother pointing out that these were all really good ways to die or be ass raped in prison. It turns out, this wasn’t an anomaly. I kept hearing similar things. In one case, a person that had contacted me with extensive military training, we discovered through investigation as part of our vetting process, he had organised with others a complex plan of stealing heavy trucks, breaking into a food distribution warehouse, and hauling off all the food, while his team would shoot anyone, police or civilians, that tried to stop them. He was only contacting me for a place to go. Good thing I dodged that bullet. And now we are getting people openly saying, there “PLAN” is to kill farmers and take their food (alot more than you think. Not an anomoly)….sooo…No real plan for sustainability whatsoever. No skills in that whatsoever And usually not much in the way of food stores.
And now Survival Acres warning to others at the top of my post makes sense.
“We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time.  You will be coming to us, BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE TO. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you”
So, do I have your full attention now. Wait! It gets even better. Now lets throw in the Racists and Christian Reconstructionsist and 3 percenter types, prepping for WAR who feel justified in taking your food to further there struggle.
And if that is not enough…I also learned along the way, talking to hundreds of people, that a very large percentage of the non prepping people I talk with on the subject…All have SHTF plans…in a “If the shit does hit the fan, I will (insert lame un experienced plan here)”
So, where to go from here? There will be 80 million more people on the planet next year. There will be no food waiting for you in the bush.
C5s F5s-  Food Storage. Food Production, Firewood, Fuel Storage (short term) and Friends (long term)
That is where to START….so YOU don’t become MY Problem…to have to “DEAL WITH”.

Canada’s First Hurricane of 2017 May Already Be On The Way!

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With images everywhere of the devastation caused by hurricane Harvey in Texas, Americans are already preparing for the next impact from hurricane Irma.  In fact, there are currently 3 named storms in play on the CHC track map:.

  • Irma
  • Jose
  • Katia

Of these 3 storms, Katia is the least of our worries.  This storm is tracking into Mexico, and while these types of storms are serious in their own right, tropical storm Katia is not predicted to develop into a hurricane.
Irma, on the other hand has been largely covered by the media as “potentially catastrophic” and is already a category 5 hurricane, the strongest on the scale.  Residents of Florida are bracing for impact, and rightfully so!
Now let’s take a look at Jose.  Not yet a hurricane, but the one that draws most of my attention, given it’s track.  Notice how this storm is predicted to track north east .  Currently, I would say that the Carolinas would be the likely targets, but we need more time to see where exactly it will hit.  It could still curve to the north east and dissipate harmlessly in the northern atlantic, as many do, but it could also abruptly turn inland at any time(remember hurricane Sandy?), depending on a number of factors too numerous and complicated to get into here.

Preparing for Jose is something you can start doing now.

  • Stay informed.  Visit the Canadian Hurricane Center website to get up to date information on the path and intensity of the storm.  You can subscribe to email alerts, twitter feeds, or better yet, invest in a weather radio with the SAME feature that can alert you to a wide range of emergency situations, not just weather related.
  • Stock up.  When the alerts start pouring in, it will already be too late to purchase supplies.  Rushes on water, food, gasoline and other supplies will make it next to impossible to navigate the crowds and you could end up with scraps or nothing at all.
  • Plan an escape.  The atlantic provinces are more apt to feel the direct effects of a storm.  If you live in this area of the country, be prepared to head for higher ground.  This is the real meaning of bugging out.  Forget your bush gear, it won’t help you here.  Concentrate on important documents, clothing and cash.  Most importantly, know where you will go and how to get there.  Leave early if possible and avoid the panicked  masses.

The 2017 hurricane season has been predicted to be above average on all counts…named storms, hurricanes, major hurricanes as well as hurricanes affecting Canada and it is just ramping up.

Be alert.
Be ready.
Be prepared.

What You Need to Know If There is a War with North Korea – Guest Post By Will Holloway

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Keywords: North Korea, nuclear war, preparedness, self-defense

Summary: The threat of a nuclear war between North Korea and the USA is very present these days, and people need to know how to protect themselves and their families in case such a disaster happens.

FB summary: The tensions between the US and North Korea make us think about preparedness in the case of a nuclear attack. Are you prepared?

I am sure you are worried about a possible war between the United States of America and North Korea. Even more, the latest tensions didn’t help in putting old rumors to bed.

A war between these two nuclear powers will influence the entire world in the worst possible ways. Besides the deep economic implications, a nuclear war may as well send us back to the Stone Age, destroying everything we’ve built in the last centuries. I think that the survival of the human race is at risk here and, even if some of us survived, the implications would be horrifying.  

Now, while it seems that things calmed down and there won’t be a nuclear, war after all, I am a strong believer in preparedness. And in this case, preparedness is the key word since there won’t be much to do is all hell breaks loose.

If you share my opinion on this matter, I invite you to read on and learn how to protect yourself and your family in the case a war with North Korea can’t be avoided.

Don’t run! Find Shelter!

You must know you can’t outrun a nuclear blast! North Korea recently ran tests on long-range missiles which are (theoretically) capable of hitting big cities like Washington, Chicago, or New York. In areas as densely populated as New York, you can’t run even if you want to. The general state of panic that would create, only the lucky few would manage to escape alive.

However, if we’re talking about a nuclear explosion, the blast moves extremely fast, and no human being can outrun it. The important move in such a situation is to put as many layers as possible between you and the affected surface.

It’s important to find a bunker or to go as deep under concrete walls and soil as possible. According to officials representing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security, the population should follow the rules regarding shelter and action posted on Ready.gov.

If you can’t go underground, specialists recommend finding the center of a tall building. In such a case, being surrounded by glass and concrete is just as effective.

Self-defense is important

Wars and disasters, in general, reduce humans to their basic instincts. The most powerful instinct in us is to survive, and for this, you need to know how to defend yourself and your family against various enemies (other people included).

In such a situation, the most recommended method of protection is a gun (or several guns) and plenty of ammunition. Still, you need to learn how to use it in various combat situations and the best way to do so in times of peace is on the airsoft field.

BB guns are realistic, easy to find online and in store, and they perform amazingly in action. For more on this, visit Goog Gun– they have reviews on the best weapons on the market today.

How to be prepared before the blast

If North Korea becomes an imminent threat, there won’t be too much time to act. That’s why it’s important to be prepared before anything bad happens. Here are the three main steps to take for preparedness:

1) Put together a bug out bag for each member of your family – this should include food, water, communications (that are not electrically dependent), batteries, a first aid kit, and any other items that are necessary to your survival. Everything should be packed in a compact backpack and easy to grab in case of emergency.

2) Put together an emergency plan – you may not be all together when disaster strikes so plan your evacuation thoroughly. Talk to every member of your family and decide on places where they can find shelter and methods to find each other in case you get separated.

3) Check for local fallout shelters or building designed to resist a nuclear blast. If you can’t find any, start looking for potential shelters and devise a plan that will help you find the best possible way to survive the initial blast.

The Radiation Threat

Those who manage to survive the first minutes/hours of a nuclear attack must worry about radiation poisoning. Radiation is toxic to our bodies and can be carried by the wind for long distances.

The best course of action is to stay in the shelter for at least 24 hours (radiation loses about 80% its energy) and try to find a way to get news from outside (a weather radio may be very handy). It’s important to stay connected with rescue forces and listen to advice from specialists (which should come on the emergency frequency).

Once the immediate danger has passed, it’s safe to get to the surface, but you should move away from the contaminated area as fast as possible.

Keep in mind: even though things don’t seem to be going towards a war right now, it’s important to be prepared! Knowing how to survive in such dire circumstances may be the only way to stay alive and safe in an apocalyptical scenario.

Movie Monday –

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With the devastation in Texas right now, I thought it might be appropriate to bring back to memory what happened only 5 years ago in New York.  Many people think we are too far north to be bothered by hurricanes, but Canada is affected by about 3 – 5 of these storms per year.  In fact, the Canadian Hurricane Center predicts 2017 to be an “above average” year with 4 – 6 storms affecting Canadians.  In 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated New York and it could have easily hit dead on in Canada if the various circumstances were only slightly different.

Here’s a 2.5 hours long compilation of emergency responses the days before, during and the days after hurricane Sandy. No matter whether FDNY, NYPD, PAPD, MTA Police, NGUS, USACE, USCG or whatsoever, here you see pretty much anything. Even emergency vehicles from other cities and states (like e.g. Superior from the Chicagoland area) were present with several vehicles. 
Of course not every single emergency responses is a consequence of the hurricane (like e.g. Medical call at Macy’s with the Ambulance and Engine 1), but I didn’t sort them out since it’s hard to determine whether it is or isn’t linked to Sandy in many cases.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

C5 PRESENTS- SURVIVALIST CHALLENGE- PUTTING THE BULLSHIT TO THE TEST- BY SURVIVAL ACRES

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C5 PRESENTS- SURVIVALIST CHALLENGE- PUTTING THE BULLSHIT TO THE TEST- BY SURVIVAL ACRES

With your host Category5 and special guest writer, Survival Acres
This is a second post this week to help get me caught up on my huge backlog of posts and personal messages to friends and family.
This is part three of The Fallacy Of Bugging Out series.
Belive it or not, One of the Bubble Gum, Made for TV, Pop Survivalist made one of these challenges. The difference was…he was serious about it. The result was a person died. I couldnt bother reading the details so I dont know the specifics.
Its a good test and I recomend it to all would be survivalists. It doesnt have to be this extreem. Go live your survival plan now…while there is no actual competition for resources… and you can come back to ciphilisation if you screw up. Very simply, if you cant handle it now, what makes you think you will rise to the occasion when the theoretical shit hits the fan.
C5 Rule of Survival- “Prove it, mr Light Beer”.
(That’s not flying. It’s falling with style)
or
C5 Rule of Survival- There is a big difference between KNOWING in the biblical sence and Knowing in the porn sence.
or
C5 Rule of Survival- 30 million deer in america. 350 million people. 1 deer per month, per person, strictly rationed. You do the unworkable math and prep accordingly.
or
C5 Rule of Survival- If you go camping for a week, you are a camper, not a prepper. If you go camping for 2 weeks, you are an outdoor enthusiast, not a prepper. If you go camping for 3 weeks, you are an outdoor adventurer, not a prepper. If you go caming for a month or more, you are either a refugee or a homeless person, not a prepper.
Now I went camping for about a decade of my life off and on, for multiple years at a time but that was in an assortment of rolling homes packed with stuff and still completely relient on a funtioning ecconomy and re supply…and I am pretty good at eating things I have to push out of the way. In fact, one of my previouse collections of ex bed warmers, a well known canadian crime reporter, that christened one of my forrest squats “Camp Supertramp” after Chris McCandless, would say in here cutesy, manipulative, little girly voice, “C5…stop eating nature”.
(There is bonus material at the end)
Now without further adue…


Survivalist Challenge- Putting the Bullshit To The Test
By Survival Acres

I propose a “Survivalist Challenge” to prove the theory, concept and practical reality of what the survivalist movement calls “bugging out” to the wilderness. Whatever the “shtf” scenario that requires / demands of you to leave your home and disappear off into the woods, abandoning everything you haven’t taken with you.
This challenge, in order to be realistic, must have certain rules to emulate a real “SHTF” scenario. They are intended to be as real-life as possible.
The Rules
1) B.O.B – The “bugout bag” is permitted, containing only your gear. See instructions below on food and water. Gear, limited to a realistic 20 – 40 lbs is permitted. Pick what you like, but you must already own it. Weapons, knives, snares, books, etc., but be honest here — select the gear you already have. You are not allowed to buy anything (see below). If you’re bugging out — shopping is not a realistic option in “bugout mode”, so it is not permitted for this challenge.
Your starting water supply is limited only to what you can carry into the wilderness. A canteen, Camelbak or some such container. Just be honest here and carry what you would have had with your B.O.B.
Food in your B.O.B is limited to a 3-day supply, per person. Remember, you’re going to be living off the land, unsupplied from civilization. For reality purposes, any food you might have had in your B.O.B. would be eaten fairly quickly anyway, and then it would be gone. To get to “reality conditions” quicker, only a 3 day food supply is allowed (time enough to get you to your bugout location), where you must find all your remaining food yourself. However, no shopping (anywhere) enroute or at anytime is permitted. You can only arrive at your wilderness spot with what you started with — and what you still have left.
Oh, and if you’re a ‘patriot’ preparing for the NWO resistance movement (soon to show up one of these days, or so I hear), then don’t forget your SAPI Level IV body armor. Your loadout should include a full-combat load in your chosen caliber. I’ll allow an additional 50 lbs for armor, ammo, rifle and sidearm in addition to your bugout bag. You are however not permitted to engage in any peace-time firefights, your survival ‘life’ in that situation is an entirely different issue then this particular challenge. Tactical wheelbarrows are prohibited.
2) You must take your immediate family with you (no child left behind). Every survivalists says they won’t leave their family behind, so don’t. Take them with you. The same rules for realism also apply to each of them.
3) You are to “bug out”, so you are not permitted to tell your boss you are leaving. You cannot schedule a leave of absence, a vacation or even draw an advance paycheck. You are to virtually “disappear” without any notification of any sort to your employer, or your extended family or in fact, anyone at all. It’s bug-out time, so keep this “real”.
4) If you have children in school, the same “no announcement / scheduling” rule applies to them. They go with you, disappearing without any notification to anyone (family, friends, schools, doctors, the whole enchilada). Of course, the same applies to your spouse, “disappearance” with no prior announcement / arrangements being made.
I realize that 2, 3, 4 are only “real” in a real bugout scenario, but without taking them with you, the widely held claims made that a) you would really leave with your family; b) you could actually survive with your family; c) understand and experience the total consequences of taking your family with you — would not be realized. Without taking them with you, then this challenge would not be realistic enough, and in fact, meaningless as proof of concept / theory of the “wilderness bugout”.
For single people, none of the family requirements apply.
5) You are not allowed to buy anything you do not already have (nothing). No cheating. No fuel, no gear, no equipment, no food, no tires for your car, virtually “nothing”. Bugging out to the wilderness does not mean you get to go shopping beforehand — or enroute to your wilderness location. It means you can’t, you are bugging out.
6) You are allowed 1 vehicle, with a tank of gas. It’s hard to design into this challenge whether or not you would have more gasoline, or even any vehicle at all, but since you will eventually use it all up anyway, no matter how much you might have started with, to get to “realism” faster, let’s limit this to just one tank of gas. Only 1 vehicle is permitted, carrying you and your family and the B.O.B’s. You are not permitted to have an additional “stash” of food, water or gear in your vehicle to take with you into the wilderness. Only what is permitted in the B.O.B’s. No wilderness “stashes” either (pre-cached food / equipment supplies). These too will run out quickly, so to get to the realism of living off the land, this is not permitted.
7) You cannot take any friends or compatriots with you, nor can you arrange for them to meet you in the wilderness, or even notify them what you are doing. This is for realism purposes too. Nobody knows who will make it there or not, or what kind of “time” they may have to get out of Dodge, or whether their partners or friends will be killed enroute, captured, trapped, nuked or whatever, so to keep this real, this is just going to be you and your family. You are on your own.
In a real bugout situation, this would admittedly be very unlikely, you would intermix with others, working with and challenging many strangers (think “highway of Death” for a apt description), all bugging out just like you are. However, it is simply not possible to simulate this for this challenge, with all the incredible unknown variables and everything that could go wrong, so the “go alone” rule with only your family will have to do. You may very well be going alone – since everyone seems to have a different “bugout threshold”.
8) Obey (or not) any laws (this is purely at your own risk and responsibility) while enroute to your wilderness location. Since in a real bugout all bets are “off”, and all morality and rules are “off”, then do whatever you have to do to get you and your family to your wilderness location.
9) You get to pick the wilderness location. To make this real, it must be remote (no people, no towns, no villages or hamlets) where you can be alone (desert, forest, whatever suits your fancy). However, make it real, it should be by definition, meaning and intent a real wilderness.
10) You are not allowed crimes after your arrival at the wilderness location. Examples of crimes include stealing food, equipment, fuel from a cabin, farmer or anyone. To keep this real, you must actually “live off the land”. Realism means the local farmers (if there are any) won’t let you steal, nor will the remote cabin owner, vacant property owners and so forth, they will protect what is theirs. Since we cannot include them in this challenge, you will have to avoid committing any crimes against them. You can however, poach, fish and forage for your food in the wilderness (at your own risk of course).
I do realize that in a real bugout, crime will be extremely rampant (and important to every survivalist). But we’re hoping you survive this challenge (stay alive and stay out of jail), how else can we prove the theory? In a real bugout, isn’t staying alive and staying out of jail still valid? Isn’t this always going to be valid, no matter how big of a collapse you’ve envisioned? Of course it is. Law and order may break down, but theft is still theft and crime is still crime. You most certainly COULD be held accountable by anyone. So committing crimes against others is not in your best long-term survival interests anyway, so don’t do this for the duration of the challenge.
11) You must try and survive as long as you can. Six months would be a good test (two seasons) and prove beyond a doubt whether or not this is actually possible (survivable) as so widely embraced. If you fail (come back) sooner or die, then wilderness survival with your family in tow, living only off the land, is simply not possible as so widely believed. Skipping winter would also give you a huge “cheat” on reality, but you can pick the two seasons you want to do this for our challenge. A real proof-of-concept however, would include all seasons — since each has its own particular challenges and would in all probability, have direct impact on your decision of “when, where, who, why and how” (WWWWH) you would bug out. Little is being said about how seasons will affect this, or how a single misjudgement on WWWWH could be instantly disastrous (fatal).
12) There will be no “reward” for the successful survivors of this challenge. No cash payments, nothing. This too would be “realistic” in a real bugout, since anybody that does this cannot actually expect to come back to anything. You left, remember? Life either did or did not go on for the rest of us. Civilization either collapsed entirely, partially or not at all. But you DID abandon everything, so it is very real to assume that for you, there is nothing left to come back to. No reward, no cash, no job, no house, virtually nothing.
Perhaps you could work out a book deal with a publisher to help you pay off your debts or reintegrate you back into civilization. Or not.
Don’t be surprised at the “non-rewards” you will get upon your return (job loss, bankruptcy, family problems, homelessness and so forth). Since we’re keeping this as real as we can, then “starting over” is what survivors can honestly expect (that is, if you believe any civilization will exist after a real bugout event).
If you don’t believe anything of civilization will exist in a real bugout event, then you are going to be incredibly prepared to “bugout for real” when it finally does collapse, meeting your expectations. You might want to consider staying out there in the wilderness then, since you now “know” you can do it, and you’ve already taken the challenge and you’d have lost everything “back in the world”. No need to bother and try to rebuild.
However, if you think some kind of civilization will exist after a real bugout event, then this will be a great way to find out how you might (if you choose) to reintegrate yourself back into society, and rebuild everything you’ve lost. Or not, but now you’ll have both the experience and choice. It will no longer be an unproven theory, to be endlessly debated and argued about. It will be real.
And finally, all survivors of this challenge will learn the true and total consequences of their “wilderness escape” choice and beliefs, on themselves, on their families and on the rest of their lives, probably the most important reward of all. I’ve tried to pen many of these consequences down already.
Bugout to the wilderness is a one-way street for most people that would try this (what thousands if not millions are actually preparing for, what is surely to be crowded places).
13) If you don’t, won’t or can’t take the challenge (maybe you’ve got a vacation coming up), but still somehow believe that this is a viable option in your future, then just contemplate the end-results in #12 and save yourself a lot of anguish.
Bugout to the wilderness is a lose-lose option in the end for everyone. I could count the many ways, but already have. Even if you survived this — you will return to the world, in order that you might continue to survive. Indefinite subsistence existence in the wilderness is simply not going to happen there (nobody is doing this now as pointed out in Part II and with good reasons). This is an absolute fantasy.
But the world you left is gone, or you have lost your place so to speak, during your absence, whatever “it” was (the life you had), by walking away (the end result here is identical, it’s still “gone”).
The point of this challenge is to prove that this conclusion is in fact what everyone can expect by embracing the bugout to the wilderness myth. If you don’t believe it — then go do it, take the challenge and prove it.
Perhaps you think this challenge is foolish or unnecessary. But isn’t this entire notion of wilderness bugout supposed to be a real life-or-death choice (versus recliner fantasy)? The above rules for the challenge will be almost as real without just killing you right off. Do you really want to base your bugout decision on just guesswork? Or do you really want to know for real if this is going to actually work or not?
The Better Choice
In closing — there IS a much better option the bugging out to the wilderness. I’ve been living it for many years now.
I’m already at my bug out location, building, preparing and making ready for any contingency. Since I live here already, I’m “bugged in”, and so is everyone around me. Going “somewhere else” simply makes no sense for us and probably never will. Population is incredibly low, the land is defensible if need be, the lifestyle is light years above hiding under a tree, and leaving / abandoning this virtually means to abandon everything that I am.
I am not a survivalist, not anymore, I’ve abandoned many of the preconceived myths and notions that go hand in hand with the survivalist movement — and neither are none of you. A real survivalist wouldn’t even be online. Nor need any of the trappings of civilization. You are what you are today — engineers, scientists, teachers, boilermakers, nurses, students and so forth. That life may be “at risk” by some “event”, but I’m talking about you. You are alive right now, because of what you are, and what civilization has done for you (provided you with the necessary sustenance and means to keep you alive). You applied your skills, training and experience to some place within society, in exchange for what you needed to stay alive.
That is not going to change. Not even in a total collapse. How do I know this? Because it is a historical fact. Displaced person, former scientist or professors or artists or whatever, become shoemakers or salesmen, surviving somewhere else after being displaced (or fleeing). The point here is they find a new place within civilization, “surviving”. Nobody is going off into the wilderness (except a tiny few) to live off the land — and those that do, come back, in order to survive. The American wilderness is not the “land of plenty” that seems to permeate these fantasies. If it was, thousands upon thousands of homeless would already be there, living the life, proving the concept. But they’re not. Those that do exist “out there” are still living off civilization (read the labels if nothing else will convince you).
It’s not an issue of “lawfulness” for the presently homeless (or would-be survivalist), but practicality and sustenance. It is not practical to try and live there. It does not contain sufficient levels of sustenance anymore except for a very few, hardy and skilled individuals.
So, if you are going to have to come back anyway — then why leave at all? Why not choose a much better option in the first place?
I can’t envision choosing leaving for any conceivable reason, thus no bug out bag for me. I don’t leave, I don’t drive, I don’t go anywhere anymore, my life is here, I’m building a life on what is local, not what is fantasy or what is even beyond my ability to control, affect or influence. I had a B.O.B. (I’ve had several and could fill a dozen), but unpacked it, but if I traveled anywhere, then yeah, I’d have something to get me here.
I’m going to be one of those “locals” some of you are going to try and rob (do not attempt this), because quite frankly, I’m going to have everything you ‘survivalists’ are going to need when you run out. And run out you will, but don’t come here — you’ve not only been repeatedly warned, you’ve been given blueprints on how you might survive and make better decisions for your survival.
My family, my neighbors, my community come first, in that order. You are not even on the list. You SHOULD be doing the same, abandoning all these bullshit fantasies of the “end of the world” scenarios where you think your future lies in running away from everything. It’s all crap, designed by ignorant profiteers and I challenge each and every one of you that believe this garbage to go do it — prove yourselves. Run away and go ‘survive’ and see what happens. Do it without the support of the civilization you are abandoning, take the challenge.
Longtime readers well know that I am no fan of our present civilization. But I understand my dependency on it. Do you? I am alive because it exists, not in spite of it. Survivalist think they can live without it. They’re unbelievably wrong. One of the first things that they will do, if they live, is to try and rebuild it; and then try and take advantage of it! They will swiftly come to realize how necessary it was all along. Yet many of them also intend to run away! If this is not a house divided, I don’t know what is.
Personally, I’d like to see civilization “redone” with some big changes, but it’s not realistic to think that it won’t exist. Civilization has lasted over 10,000 years, surviving catastrophe and calamity, time and time again. Short of an extinction level global event, it’s not going anywhere. It will be different, but not “over” as some claim. But maybe you will, turning your back on the very things that have kept you alive your entire lives. This makes no sense to me at all. Better to find a way to live here, safely, then out there, in the cold, cutoff, running out and faced with other hungry desperate people. Yes, the hungry will be here too, but I’m much better prepared for that here then I ever would have been there.
It is your choice. Fantasy or reality. Put up or shut up
Also see the follow up articles on this topic:
The Fallacy of Bugging Out – Part I https://darkgreenmountainsurvivalresearchcentre.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/c5-presents-the-fallacy-of-bugging-out-part-i-by-survival-acres/
The Fallacy of Bugging Out – Part II https://darkgreenmountainsurvivalresearchcentre.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/c5-presents-the-fallacy-of-bugging-out-part-ii-by-survival-acres/
Survivalist Challenge
B.O.B. – The Reality
Surviving the Horde
Thank You Survival Acres.
Just One last thought. Six months is not realistic in the slightest. Survival Acres is letting people off way two easy. A FULL YEAR is much more realistic as you will need to store up enough to get you through a winter…totaly ignoring your need to store even more than that so you have stores for your next emergency…
Goddess forbid, you actually start this in the winter. I actually knew someone that wintered in a tent hamoc in the woods just outside of Banff Alberta. The second year, he got Pneumonia and almost died. He had to be rescued and moved into his mothers home for a year of convalescence….
Still, that was one tough little hippy. Thats another short hippy to add to the list. There is just something about Short and Hippy that makes them do crazy things.



EDIT- Wait! Comming Through! Hold the door! Hold my beer! There is more. Ive got to get this in before too many people read this. This is a good place to slip this in. A quote I like to use from John Michael Greer…and I am glad I have it since his site, The Archdruid Report, is gone.
It adds MORE to this series in that the same problems apply to Bugging Out to some type of stocked Bug Out Location or homestead.
JMG says, “A practical example, again, will be useful here. In my experience, it takes around five years of hard work, study, and learning from your mistakes to become a competent vegetable gardener. If you’re transitioning from buying all your vegetables at the grocery store to growing them in your backyard, in other words, you need to start gardening about five years before your last trip to the grocery store. The skill and hard work that goes into growing vegetables is one of many things that most people in the world’s industrial nations externalize, and those things don’t just pop back to you when you leave the produce section of the store for the last time. There’s a learning curve that has to be undergone.”
“Not that long ago, there used to be a subset of preppers who grasped the fact that a stash of cartridges and canned wieners in a locked box at their favorite deer camp cabin wasn’t going to get them through the downfall of industrial civilization, but hadn’t factored in the learning curve. Businesses targeting the prepper market thus used to sell these garden-in-a-box kits, which had seed packets for vegetables, a few tools, and a little manual on how to grow a garden. It’s a good thing that Y2K, 2012, and all those other dates when doom was supposed to arrive turned out to be wrong, because I met a fair number of people who thought that having one of those kits would save them even though they last grew a plant from seed in fourth grade. If the apocalypse had actually arrived, survivors a few years later would have gotten used to a landscape scattered with empty garden-in-a-box kits, overgrown garden patches, and the skeletal remains of preppers who starved to death because the learning curve lasted just that much longer than they did”
“The same principle applies to every other set of skills that has been externalized by people in today’s industrial society, and will be coming back home to roost as economic contraction starts to cut into the viability of our externality systems. You can adopt them now, when you have time to get through the learning curve while there’s still an industrial society around to make up for the mistakes and failures that are inseparable from learning, or you can try to adopt them later, when those same inevitable mistakes and failures could very well land you in a world of hurt. You can also adopt them now, when your dependencies haven’t yet been used to empty your wallet and control your behavior, or you can try to adopt them later, when a much larger fraction of the resources and autonomy you might have used for the purpose will have been extracted from you by way of those same dependencies.”
I’m personally sick of hearing people say, “When the shit hits the fan, I am going to… (insert lame unlived survival plan here)”. Put up or shut up

Headlamps – Advantages, Disadvantages and Considerations

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Most preppers have at least considered using a headlamp, and for good reason.  They are inexpensive, lightweight and handy as H E double hockey sticks!  But they also have some downsides as many who have used them can tell you.  Personally, I would recommend them.  The above picture is from the website where I ordered mine and I wouldn’t give it up for anything, but at the same time, wouldn’t always reach for it when venturing out into the dark.  Here are my reasons…

Advantages:

  • Keeping both hands free.  I can’t name all the times that I’ve used my headlamp for this reason alone. Washing dishes during a power outage, working with wiring or plumbing under the house, anytime you need illumination and both hands free for use.
  • Bright light.  Today’s headlamps most often use cree LED lights which are super bright.  If it has intensity settings even better!
  • Aimable light.  Most models come with a tilt feature that lets you aim the light downward for tasks such as reading.  Some also have a zoom feature which can help concentrate the illumination to one spot.

Disadvantages:

  • Insects.  Ever notice how bugs are attracted to your porch light at night?  Try strapping one to your forehead and see what happens.  Trying to light a fire outdoors in the dark wearing one of these can be an exercise in frustration…ask me how I know.
  • Indiscrete.  If you’re trying to be hidden, good luck!
  • It’s on your head!  Talking face to face with someone wearing a headlamp is annoying at best.

 Considerations:

  • Power.  Try to get a headlamp that uses a battery size you commonly use and stock.  Obviously rechargeable batteries have their advantages and many headlamps come with a charging port for car lighter or USB adaptors.  The one pictured above uses 18650 lithium batteries which I use for quite a few applications and has a port that I use to charge with a USB cable.
  • Tilt/Zoom.  You may not realise just how handy these two features are until you own and use a headlamp.
  • Price.  Dollar store models don’t last.  Also, the old style bulbs in them really eat up batteries.  However, you don’t need to spend $100.00 up for a lamp that does the trick and lasts.  Beware of fancy models with multiple heads and tactical designs often found on EBay.

In conclusion, having a headlamp has been a smart investment.  Handy in many situations and a fairly inexpensive prep. (mine cost about $12.00 from EBay, not including batteries and charging cable).

C5 PRESENTS- THE FALLACY OF BUGGING OUT PART II- BY SURVIVAL ACRES

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C5 PRESENTS- THE FALLACY OF BUGGING OUT PART II- BY SURVIVAL ACRES
With your host, Category5 and guest writer, Survival Acres.
After my last couple articles on the Ultimate Cargo Bike and a stubborn two week cold that has turned my mind to mush, its nice to give my swollen brain a bit of a break by tagging back in Survival Acres  to continue his 5 part epic rant series. For part I, go here  https://darkgreenmountainsurvivalresearchcentre.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/c5-presents-the-fallacy-of-bugging-out-part-i-by-survival-acres/
My last article was about 6 months in the making. I also had about 6 month of sarcastic humour squirrled away for that bombshell. I was going for Total Air Supremacy, Shock and Awe… armed only with a slingshot. Denise the Menace meets David and Goliath. In street fight, Blitz Attack manner, I wanted the fight over and won before the target even realised they were under attack.
C5 Rule of Survival- Dont fight any battle you don’t know is already won…by simply showing up.
Of course, keep that balanced wth Murphy’s Rule- No plan survives initial contact with the enemy.
Ah, The Ultimate Cargo Bike, Redux- The Sharable Version   https://darkgreenmountainsurvivalresearchcentre.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/c5-presents-the-ultimate-cargo-bike-redux-the-shareable-version/  . Yikes. Seeing it makes me feel soooo emasculated. Like doing a Polar Bear swim on the New Years or Winter Solstice, it turned my Outy into an Inny. If I ever wanted to have sex again or pee standing up, it was going to require a toilet plunger to suck it back out again.
The comments on other boards were nice though. FarmGal over at Living My Dream Life On The Farm made me have to look up, “What the hell is a Pingback”. I’m not very computer literate, having spent the majority of my life Off Grid, Low Tec and under the radar.
She wrote to her Crew, ” I do enjoy the ramblings of C5 but I also admit I was grateful he offered the cleaned up version, so I could share it with my readers…” and “…if you brave the sometimes eye popping ‘did he really just write that’  without ending in a head shake or starting to laugh”.
It makes me want to say the old prayer, “Please God, Let me be the man FarnGal and my dog thinks I am”.
Prepping is way too serious. Always try to keep in mind we are ALL going to die at some point, no matter how much survivalism we employ.
Commenters wrote, “Always a pleasure to meet another C5 fan. He does go off track… and tares out alot of guard rail… definitely not for family audience” and ” He is normally PG-14 and at times Rated R”. I’ve got to work harder on that. I was going for X Rated in a seedy trench coat. Does he have a bomb under there or is he just naked? You decide. I can’t believe I have “fans”.
One Girrrl wrote (heavy on the extra Rs), “What a wonderful Rabbit Hole this blog is”. Hey, I do miss getting into mischief with the Unshorn Sisters Of The Apocalypse (Bonus points go to those that get the cultural reference. hint. A cartoon), By Gias secretly shaved V-Jay Jay. I can just hear, “That’s not funny C5″. No really, how many light bulbs…”What part of, That’s not funny C5, don’t you understand”. Luv the Girrrls.
Bison Prepper wrote, “Bison Seal of Aproval…this last one is darn skippy great…Makes me want one if I knew I wouldnt burn my junk off trying to weld”.
Getting Back to Subject, the legendary Survival Acres shared with me, “You are one of the few writers I still respect. I like your style”. Ah, Shucks. On a much more serious note, he shared, “I just can’t bring myself to ‘try’ with the current crop of  fantasy, fear mongering fools that inhabit the internet. We both know that the entire meme has been overwhelmed by opportunistic profiteers and promoters of absolute foolishness”.
Nice Triple Fs. Fantasy Fear mongering Fools. I like. Very much like my Tripple Ps. Proper Prepper Perspective for Pavlovian Prepper Pooches to avoid Piss Poor Prepping.
Also, Big Respect to the Good Reverend of his flock, Denob, the Big-D over at the Canadian Preppers Network whom is reposting this series there. He understands its value.
This aint all about me. It’s the reason I have made a public fool of myself, vulnerably sharing both my Good parts and my Bad. It’s about Saving Lives.
And if you are not sick of hearing it already, This is a C5 Exclusive. You will not find this anywhere else on the Web. In the previous, The Fallacy of Bugging Out part I, there is only one other copy on the Net over at the truely embarrassing duchebag’s, Shit Of A Plan Fan. Now there is an asshole that is going to get alot of people killed. The Hague, anyone?
There are few things that actually scare me anymore but that type of conspiracy driven propaganda is one thing that keeps me up at night because it inevitably leads to this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_genocide
A REAL bug out doesnt involve alot tacticool boy toys in a man purse. It involves a Passport, a large wad of cash, personal Refugee status and very few people that could pull this off in time.
Now, without further Adieu- The star of the show, Survival Acres.
Part II – The Fallacy of Bugging Out
by Survival Acres
If you haven’t read this already, please read The Fallacy of Bugging Out for important background information on this topic.
This is Part II, which expands on some of the assumptions and misconceptions on why bugging out is in nearly all cases, a very bad idea for the vast majority of people who might be considering this.
There are only a very few, extremely unlikely scenarios where attempting to disappear or escape into the wilderness for survival could be deemed necessary. This decision, should be essentially a last ditch, balls-to-the-wall, choice of “last resort” that offers extremely limited survival for the majority of people, yet receives an inordinate amount of attention and concern, probably through a serious lack of understanding of what this choice actually means.
Bugging out to the wilderness is in reality, a last ditch emergency survival decision, one which offers a very limited duration of survival — with a very low chance of actual long-term success. Divorcing yourself from everything you actually need that is presently keeping you alive is a decision not to be taken lightly. You will have to come back — a point that is chronically overlooked.
The mythology of bugging out, with its many adherents but few actual practitioners, somehow manages to overlook some absolutely critical needs that we all have on a daily basis. This critical need is simply described in the rest of this article as the need to resupply.
We all have the need to resupply ourselves with food, water, shelter and clothing, avoid hypothermia, sickness and injury, and then do this all over again, day in and day out, every single day of our lives. We take this essential need for granted because resupply is actually pretty easy these days. We are absolutely surrounded by stores, malls, supermarkets and shopping ‘opportunities’, where connedsumers can buy whatever they need, at nearly any hour of the day or night.  The sheer abundance and ‘plenty’ that our just-in-time global delivery system has made available to us with millions of products makes our daily survival requirements something very much taken for granted.
Obviously, it won’t be like that out in the wilderness. Strangely however, the lack of understanding on how to stay alive and resupply is largely absent from survival discussions. There is always the assumption that “I’ll hunt and fish” as if this will be the end-all answer to this most desperate decision.  This is actually a terrible “plan” (no plan at all in reality).  In point of fact, if it were really that easy, thousands of homeless people would already be doing it right now. Yet they’re NOT.
How can it be that so many thousands of ‘survivalist’ types miss this most important question?  Wouldn’t living off the land, if it were really possible and apparently so easy, choose to live in the woods out of their backpacks, rather then under a bridge?
I certainly would, in a heartbeat — if it were possible and I were homeless.  But it is not the fantasy existence that so many ill-informed ‘survivalist’ think it is. Not even close.
I’ve investigated this topic at some length years earlier on this blog. For years I’ve kept looking for the modern-day survivalist who is actually “living off the land”.  I’ve found a couple — but only a couple (less then five) in the entire United States.  I’m certain that there are more, but not many.  Essentially what I found was they are NOT actually “living off the land” as is so widely assumed.  They’re still resupplying themselves from civilization.  They do hunt and fish (poaching of course, not an important point with me personally), but they don’t find enough nourishment without still begging, scrounging, working or buying more food.  Even the homesteads I’ve visited, discussed and investigated aren’t actually self-sufficient, producing all that they need. Everyone it seems, some more then others (Joe SixPack) is still heavily reliant upon buying enough food to stay alive.
Whoa!  If this is true, then why does the survivalist community still think that they can go “live off the land”?
I have extensive outdoor, wilderness experience and training from a very early age. I’m also one of the hardest working people I know.  I’ve learned that living off the land is only going to be possible for very small numbers of people, for very limited time spans, with the proper skills, location (critical), stamina and abilities (and don’t forget “season”).  Not a combination you’re just going to pull off the shelf from some book or from Joe Sixpack’s ass who decides he’s ready to “head for the hills” because he doesn’t like how things are going.
The “plan” it seems, is to take your bug-out bag (limited) and “pioneer” your way to survival by sheer will power and wishful thinking. Indefinitely apparently. An incredibly stupid idea, given the actual reality, which conveniently and consistently overlooks almost everything.  Bugging out to the wilderness is an ABSOLUTE FANTASY.  Sure, you can try this, but you will quickly find out the truth of the matter.
Wilderness survival is hard, taxing, and always results in just two things: return to civilization; or death.
Yet daily survival is really what it is all about, everywhere people are found. The need for food, clothing, shelter, water, medical care and safety are why all of civilization actually exists. It is the productive capacity of civilization, the ability to create, distribute and make available to us all (resupply), on a daily basis, all with the thing we need in order that we might live. These are the very things that are actually keeping every American alive today (thank a farmer, he’s really the one that you owe your life to, every single day).
Bugging out to the wilderness, divorcing yourself from this productive capacity of civilization will only ensure that you will die much sooner. This is EXACTLY what happens in many forced survival situations. Incredibly, the essential need to resupply is somehow grossly overlooked in a bug-out situation and / or still very much taken for granted.
Everything that keeps us alive today, comes from the productive capacity of civilization. Notably, none of what we actually need comes the wilderness anymore, where so many erroneously think they’re going to make a new home (I’m excluding things like logs and minerals found in forests and deserts, since these are not daily necessities for survival anyway). What we need to live and to exist day-by-day comes primarily from farms.
In every conceivable bug-out situation, for whatever reason, duration or requirement, you will still need to meet this essential need of daily resupply of the things that are presently keeping you alive. Otherwise, you will only last as long as your supplies last (and what you think you can glean from the wilderness, an amount of food energy that is far, far less then you think).
In truth, we are all presently ‘survivors’, a end-product of our civilization, without which, none of us would even be here today. It is the production of civilization that has made our daily existence a reality. The sustenance that we all need for survival has come from countless farms, villages and towns. None of it comes from the woods or wilderness anymore, except the occasional wild game, an amount that is absolutely minuscule (and woefully insufficient) to keep us all alive. We are all here, alive, in the present day precisely because of what this civilization has produced to keep us all alive — and not because of what we can find, or think we can find in the wilderness.
It is the products of our civilization that actually sustains our population and keeps us all alive. Should civilization collapse, something that I believe that is well on its way, then the core issue of daily sustenance (adequate food) will become extremely critical, very quickly (mere days) across the nation, with a very high probability that the majority of people would succumb to starvation in just a few weeks.  The farms may not go away, but it is possible the distribution will, or be hindered in some such way as to make things hard to get (or incredibly expensive).
Sure, lot of people will start poaching — but how long do you think that will last?  I’ve got about 6 – 8 pet deer here, the buggers are actually pests. But I’ve got lots of people to feed.  Once they’re eaten, then what?  There are lots of people like me, but almost nobody else is actually preparing like I am.  They’ll eat everything in sight, very quickly, and now we’re going to have a pretty big problem.
We also receive everything else we need from civilization — shelter, clothing, water (or the ability to pump it), and medical care. All these other daily, life-essentials are also the products of civilization. You could obtain all of these yourself, through construction of a temporary shelter or inhabiting a cave, tanning hides or the weaving of fabric materials (cotton, flax or wool), drink surface water from creeks, rivers or streams (all water sources in the U.S. are known to contain Giardia and Crytospordium), and even self-treat your medical needs through herbalism and ancient plant-based medicine (provided you know how). But for how long?  And for how many? What duration / season are you really considering a likely time frame?  All of them?
Bugging out to the woods quickly becomes a problem of endurance and supply in mere days. Attempting to carry everything you would need is an impossibility with a very limited ‘life’. You will run out (or something essential will break) — and you will need to resupply very soon in order to stay alive. This is actually what civilization does for humans today — it resupplies us all, whenever we need it, with all with the things we need to stay alive. When and if that were to stop, the vast majority of us would simply cease to exist quite quickly, dying from either hunger and malnutrition, injury or disease or simply exposure (notwithstanding the extreme violence that would spring up as survivors fought over the scraps that were still left).
You CAN live off the land, provided you are skilled enough, lucky enough and find enough, and do it at the right time of year, and importantly, have near-zero competition with your fellow humans, but this is almost never done with any success anymore. Books, videos and interviews with actual ‘survivors’ who have been somehow forced into this situation have ALL shown without exception that those that survive this experience, did so precisely because they either had food, tools, gear, clothing or implements from civilization to use (or found them), which gave them the critical edge they needed in order to only temporarily survive in the wilderness.  All suffered extreme hardship, calorie deficiencies (malnourishment) and weight loss. None would have survived indefinitely or even through a single winter without resupply.
The most critical element for resupply is food, without which nobody can live very long. Food is constantly consumed, unlike shelter or even clothing. Water is more easily found then food in most wild settings, which makes sense, since neither plants or animals themselves can live without water. But you will die fairly quickly without adequate food to maintain your health and energy. The ability to fight off infection, recover from injury, or succumb to exhaustion or hypothermia is a food issue.  Food is energy, and finding enough food energy in the wilderness becomes your #1 problem.
There are countless examples of survival to be examined. Even this guy, who claims he now lives without money in a Utah cave, is living off the production of civilization. Examine the video, the clothing, food, gear and implements he’s using for ‘surviving’, which all comes from civilization. He’s actually begging for his food, producing little to none of it himself. He’s surviving, but it is not because of anything he is actually doing. He is surviving because civilization is still supporting him.
Every single one of these ‘moneyless men’ who are living without money are actually STILL living off the production of civilization (the human labor of others, and the ability to grow and distribute food), who are producing their food, clothing, sleeping supplies, gear, utensils, pots, pans, even discarded plastic bottles (ubiquitous in nearly every situation). Unfortunately, simply giving up money doesn’t make you a survivalist, it actually makes you more dependent then ever upon civilization and what it produces to keep you alive.  Only the truly self-sufficient homestead (something that does not actually exist, since all still require things from civilization) comes close to “no dependency” and self-survival and the ability to produce the daily nutrition you actually need.
In the days of the mountain men and the pioneers, when this land still had a huge abundance of wild game, fish and open spaces (and with a fraction of our current population), could you live off the land and actually prosper somewhat while doing so. Those days however are long gone, along with the millions of buffalo and endless herds of deer and elk and rivers full of fish, to be replaced with hundreds of millions of voracious humans eating everything in sight. Wilderness survival doesn’t mean staying and living in the woods anymore — it means finding your way back to civilization as fast as you can, where you can obtain the things you need to stay alive. The notion that we can run off to the woods and await the Rapture or hide from the New World Order while gnawing on tree bark may be fanciful and entertaining, but utterly unrealistic. You will die — painfully, and far too slowly, even if you manage to survive your fellow humans who will be eying your emaciated flesh with hunger.
Why Bug Out?
There are various, but many reasons why bugging out receives so much attention, usually based upon ideology (politics), religion or a disaster. We can all envision a “reason”, but this is clouding our judgement and understanding of the reality of what this would actually mean.
In the “shit-hit-the-fan” scenario, bugging out is assumed to be your best option (even if it is your last option, it is still considered by many to be better then staying put). Whether disaster or your beliefs “drove you” to head for the hills is however, actually completely irrelevant. The reason you left will be endlessly and uselessly debated among various groups with no complete agreement. But the reason you left however, whatever that may have been, will most definitely not be a factor in keeping you alive anymore. The truth is, the reason you left does not even factor in to your survival.
The reason you left is not and never has been the real issue, yet it does get an awful lot of inordinate attention these days, and this is what is clouding our judgement and understanding. We’re focusing on reasons, but glossing over what the reality would be. If you’ve left, and headed for the hills, taking family and dog, this then becomes the reality that you must now deal with and try to survive and how soon you will be finding out what “hot dog” really means. For many of the reasons I’ve seen proposed online, this would be a self-made refugee reality, an incredibly bad idea with horrible results. Whatever reasons drove you to make this decision is now moot — now you must try to survive the decision.  I hope I’ve shown just how incredibly difficult this will be in these two articles — and why bugging out needs to be completely reexamined.
But the mirror-opposite of bugging out, and what this will mean, will be just as true. If bugging out divorces you from civilization and essential resupply, what does staying put do for you? Staying put increases your chances of survival, except in the most dire circumstances (where staying put will cause you to be killed). If you must leave — then leave to somewhere where you can be sufficiently and adequately resupplied. The middle of the wilderness is most definitely not the place to expect this to happen.
This is why “redefining bugging out” is such a critical need within the survival community. The reasons for bugging out are actually irrelevant, but where you should go if you must leave, and how you will manage to survive and find adequate nutrition, wherever “there” turns out to be, isn’t. It is THE issue, and the only one that you really need to concern yourself with. The rest is just “fantasy discussion”.
This then becomes the real issue of focus, where you can or should go in order to find survival. If you must leave — leave to where you can survive, not to where you drastically lower your chances, or increase your risk of malnourishment, injury or violence from hordes of competitive humans. Competition for food will be extreme in any survival situation (everywhere, even within the confines of civilization) and this then becomes the #1 issue for everyone, everywhere. The larger the disaster, or the more refugees, the bigger the problem, the worse this issue of competition and resupply is going to get.
Food production (adequate nutrition) is the entire point to all civilizations. It is the driving factor behind everything humans have created. Large disasters (or large numbers of refugees) threaten this ability dramatically, sometimes fatally for large numbers of people. Historically, cities, towns and villages have all been built to help support (and take advantage of) food production and the division of labor. Modern farming with mega-sized farms, however, has replaced most of the nation’s small family farms. Population dependency however, on all the food grown and produced someplace else, is higher then ever, due to increased population levels and fewer local farms. Yet it is still the productive capacity of civilization that is at the very core of our daily survival, whether we live in the woods, the city or in a small town.
This won’t change. Until the wheels of ‘progress’ revert back to locally grown, locally produced (a situation we are still a very long ways from), over 95% of us are still entirely dependent upon the productive capacity of civilization to produce the food we need to eat in order to stay alive.
This is why bugging out to the woods makes little sense. The nutrition you need, multiplied by the number of survivalists planning on attempting this, with the bio-capacity that is now left in our depleted forests, is woefully inadequate.  Conveniently overlooking the critical issue of resupply only compounds this problem, essentially making this a fatal decision for those who naively think this is their “answer” to their future.  It may help the rest of us by winnowing the wheat from the chaff (morons die first), but it’s going to be mighty hard to look your daughter in the eye as she dies in your arms from starvation.
Some are advising to “carry it all with you” — which is a certain death sentence, unless you can somehow resupply. Without resupply, even the most well-prepared location will eventually run out, or something essential and critical will break or be lost, stolen, sold, traded or worn out, and you will be forced back to civilization (where in actuality, you will attempt to resupply). Even the most well prepared “cache” will run out of essentials (notwithstanding theft, spoil, or be ruined by accident, weather, fire, bugs or bears). Resupply then, in ALL situations, becomes a critical necessity for long-term survival irrespective of “where” you are.
Bugging out then, will always mean “short-term survival” with the expectation that the survivor will either return to the productive capacity of civilization out of necessity (survival), or alternatively (and least likely) find some way to take advantage of it (especially food) by hunting, farming, stealing, trading or gleaning the necessary calories to stay alive — all while hoping sickness, injury, exhaustion, hypothermia, detection, violence and betrayal doesn’t do you in first (most likely).
Forest gardening, while a nice thought, is not going to work very well for long-term survival and should not be considered your food source for resupply. The reasons and requirements and drawbacks are many: pests, bugs, depredation by animals, acidic soils, need for water, harvest and storage, spoilage, unpredictable weather and long lengths of time (months to harvest, which is difficult to process and store without proper equipment and shelter).
Here, where I live in the woods, the deer are major problem for any garden. I could slaughter all the deer around and solve that issue, but only temporarily. I still have birds, rabbits and rodents and bugs to deal with. But I would still have problems with storage and processing (preserving) the crops that survived.  The same is true for any meat harvested. Smoking, drying, curing, pickling, canning are all possible, but they’re ALL terribly unrealistic in a bug-out situation. If you’re bugged-out, aren’t you actually hiding in the woods? How do you propose to plant a garden, smoke meat or setup a canning operation while doing that? Nothing will announce your presence more then a smokey fire or cleared land (or row crops). You’d also be spending all your time and energy trying to keep every other creature from eating what you planted. And where are you going to get the supplies you would need? And exactly how would you manage to carry it all?
No, bugging out will not allow you to “farm and garden” in the woods, this notion is stillborn, because it overlooks the entire issue of logistics. Those of us who live in the woods now have fixed locations (no moving around trying to carry stuff), a constantsource of resupply (critical to our survival), adequate nutrition (plenty of food), tools, equipment and gear (everything from tractors to shovels, which we do not have to carry far), and good shelter, including storage locations. Don’t forget that we’re all still depending on oil too — which has produced, or made possible, our food, tractors, shovels, shelters, electricity and transportation. We could learn to live without these things, eventually, but years of research has shown me that nobody actually does.  Not yet.  Everyone alive today is benefiting in large ways from the productive capacity of civilization and oil, with the only exceptions being some indigenous tribes still living in the jungle.  But our “jungle” (forest and wilderness) will no longer able support even a tiny fraction of our population, and if many of us tried this, we’d simply strip it bare in a matter of weeks.
There are tens of thousands, if not a few million — would-be ‘survivalists’ that have bought into the notion that they can (and should) disappear into the wilderness and “bug-out”, abandoning civilization and disappear. This is largely based upon the gross misconception of what it takes to stay alive, what kind of nutrition you actually need, why resupply would be such a critical short-term and long-term necessity (and how) for this to actually work, and how many people could be reasonably expected to successfully do this.
It’s also pretty well known now among those that have actually lived the life, that you cannot guard and protect what you have and hope to farm / grow and harvest all by yourself. You don’t / won’t have the energy to do all of this.  You WILL need help, and lots of it.
The common theme in every wilderness survival situation, whether plane crash, lost hiker, escape from the Soviet gulag, desperado, capsized canoeist, or escaped criminal, is food. There is not enough to eat. There is not enough game to hunt. There is not enough wild and edible plants to keep you in proper nutrition. Those that would willingly bug-out into this situation are facing either death by starvation or severe malnourishment, which will only be solved by their rescue or return to civilization and its productive capacity and ability to keep them alive, a concept which is often not even considered (or even deemed desirable by many).  After all — if you’ve left, why would you want to come back?
But come back you will, probably far sooner then many seem to realize. This is the other common, but unrecognized theme in every survival situation — to return home. Civilization, and its ability to feed every single one of us, meeting our daily needs for nutrition, shelter, clothing, water, medical attention and many other essentials, may be something we take for granted, but it will become near-immediate evident when you are cut off and divorced from everything.
I mentioned that I do not have a bug-out bag anymore, because it is extremely unlikely that I will ever find myself in need of such a thing.  Running off to hide in the forest is not a plan with any future — it is an escape. I do not intend to escape. I have better plans then this.
Getting home will not be a problem for me (I can simply walk). I’m never far away. Leaving for the wilderness in “flee mode” will never be a viable, workable option for me either, because it is actually a death sentence. Rather, I have had made many extensive preparations to live here and to provide for myself and my family the things that I will need in order to endure here. I will be the first to admit that I cannot divorce myself from civilization, and even though I have now written thousands of articles on the evils of our present world, civilization and I (and you) are joined at the stomach, for life, whether we like it or not, and whether I / we disagree with it or not. It is now simply a fact of life, one of the ‘requirements’ of living in the modern age in a severely depleted and heavily occupied world.
I don’t concern myself much anymore with what might happen. The years I’ve spent dwelling on this issue, investigating, researching and writing countless articles, have proven to be pretty non-productive, a near-total waste of my time, distracting me from the business of actually being properly prepared. If some cataclysm or regional disaster or some such event takes place, there is really nothing I can do about it. If it happens, it happens. I’m not going to waste my life worrying about the unfixable (and the unknowable). What I am going to do however, is focus on what I can do, right now.
Survival
Survival then, in reality, abandoning all the bullshit, all the hype, all propaganda and endless (and pointless) discussion, and all the sale ads trying to snag the dollars from your pocket, becomes identifying how you might survive long enough to return back to civilization — or if you are already or still there, how you might endure longer if things go belly up. This has been the focus of this blog for years.  Those of you that are still persuaded that you are going to turn your back on civilization, utterly divorcing yourselves are absolutely DELUDED. You have embraced a strong delusion and believe a lie. This is your opportunity to wake the hell up and get grounded in reality.
I currently have a ten-year food supply, and am building a large, near-commercial sized greenhouse (finally!) because even this amount of food is insufficient. This is hoped to give my family and I enough calorie “income”  (we won’t be selling anything) to meet a percentage of our daily calorie requirements.  But we will still be dependent upon civilization and the need for other calories, equipment and supplies, fuel, transportation and many other things.  Survival here will be far easier then survival anywhere else, but it is still going to be hard if the balloon goes up. But we won’t be bugging out under any conceivable circumstances, because we already live in our survival retreat, something else I’ve long advocated (live there now). Bugging out to the wilderness is a non-option with no future, I can barely even conceive of a truly valid reason why choosing this would be better then choosing something else.
Something nobody seems to really consider is bugging out also leave you very ineffective to deal with why you bugged out. You’ll be far too busy trying to stay alive to do much else, such as put up any resistance, fight back or try and solve the problem that “forced” you to abandon everything.  Who are you going to resist, while far, far away off in the forest or wilderness? The nearest tree?  Your cave mates?  The inability to make a fire from wet wood? The game warden?
Resistance to the NWO or tyranny or whatever will not come from wilderness ‘survivors’. You will be utterly USELESS while living off in the woods, except to yourselves, trying to stay alive (or leeching off the locals). Not a situation that will receive much appreciation or support from anyone.
Your decision to leave your situation is your business — don’t make it someone else’s responsibility. I personally deeply resent it when someone tries to do this to me, because it shows a deep misunderstanding of personal responsibility and accountability. I am not responsible for your future or your food or your safety or your anything in reality. Only you are. We CAN work together, but only if we agree on some important points.
don’t agree that it is my responsibility to support you if you have made a terrible decision, i.e., self-made “refugee” because you thought that heading to the wilderness was going to be your best option. YOU are responsible for YOUR actions, as I am for MINE.
The truth is, those that depart for the wilderness will only be a threat to the locals that they will impinge upon.  Nobody else is really going to care, not even the government. A few local “officials” may decide to route you out, but for the most part, you’re off the radar.  But as mentioned in Part I, even the locals should not be taken lightly, they’re better prepared then you will be, having the advantage of civilization and its productive capacity at their back.  They’ll also probably have the law protecting them — dissenter / defectors will probably be widely derided and / or hated and even hunted down if things get out of hand (start stealing livestock and see what happens).
The latter is not hard to envision, historically it is exactly what has happened all over the world. It is still illegal to live off the land in most of this country — do not expect this to change much (except for the worst) if hordes of you decide to bug out and try your hand at “survival”.
Don’t expect a helping hand or a sympathetic ear to your political views or plight either, it’s unlikely as hell that this will actually happen.  You will be perceived as a serious, but local problem. We may agree with your decision to refuse to comply with a government that makes “anti-everything” a daily action item (freedom, liberty, economic equality, take your pick), but we’re not going to be much help to you. Our advice to you is “go home”, or pick a new one where you can actually do some good. Keep in mind that ‘locals’ do not really cotton too well to outsiders either. You will be perceived with suspicion and distrust, especially if things are bad all around.
There may be more justification to this latter point too. I’ve seen discussions where these self-made refugees think they’re going to raid the locals for supplies, stealing whatever they need in order to survive. Sure, you might try that, but you’ll also then declare yourselves absolute fair game to be shot and killed on sight, including anyone with you, at any time of the day or night.  Anyone that is not known under those kind of conditions will be considered a dangerous threat to be eliminated. Thievery will be the same thing as deadly assault (which is what it really is when you start stealing the essential food and supplies keeping those people alive) — and will be dealt with in kind, with absolutely no mercy, no questions asked. If you think you are going to live by the sword, be prepared to die by the sword.
There are many, many absolutely ridiculous notions and “plans” for how people are going to survive. Most are actually pretty stupid, inhabiting the empty barren landscape found all too often between empty ears. Novels, movies, forums and blogs, chock full of “answers” that have very little to do with reality. Speaking out against them isn’t popular, but going along with all the mythological bullshit I’ve seen isn’t survivable either.
The only thing you can actually do is to find ways to survive that will actually work — based upon reality. The rest of the talk you read and hear online and elsewhere is pure absolute unadulterated bullshit. If you really intend to survive, and make it through tough times, then you are going to need to get grounded in reality, the sooner the better.
Also see the follow up articles on this topic:
The Fallacy of Bugging Out – https://darkgreenmountainsurvivalresearchcentre.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/c5-presents-the-fallacy-of-bugging-out-part-i-by-survival-acres/
Survivalist Challenge
B.O.B. – The Reality
Surviving the Horde
Thank you Survival Acres
I’m crawling back into bed now. This cold has to end sometime.sometime.

C5 Presents- The Ultimate Cargo Bike from South America Part 8 – or Real Men Push Bikes

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C5 Presents- The Ultimate Cargo Bike from South America Part 8 – or Real Men Push Bikes

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With your host, Category5 and special guests, The Village People…Just Kidding!

 

( This months view count continued to climb to a wopping 17 hundred views without trying very hard. So much for my evil plan to insult and scare off as many readers as possible. I will just need to try harder. I can tell by the clicks that people keep checking in, waiting on edge for my next post. For this wonderful outpouring of asperger compulsiveness, you shall now be rewarded)

 

This is what started it all for me. Oh, not my original, first ever YouTube video on “The Apocalypse Specific Bicycle”… that got over 20,000 views before I freaked out and took it down. I wasn’t ready yet to be a public personality. I felt too exposed. I had too many personal demons. I am certainly no one’s Role Model.

Well, I guess I had hit a nerve, itching away just underneath the surface like a zit that won’t break the skin. Next thing I knew, there was a fad of Bug Out Bikes. Grown men were camouflaging bicycles and accessorising them like GI Joes dolls, adding tactical bags, gun racks and leafaflage. Yikes. They missed the whole point that this was an everyday tool to move shit around. Not play Bicycle Rambo.

No. What I mean to talk about is the South American Bike Truck, simply referred to down here as “The Trike”.

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I had retired from posting on assorted boards. I wanted to disappear into obscurity like a Grey Man. To never talk to anyone on the internet again. I was done. I had run my race. No more trying to help people. No more trying to save prepping from itself.

Within the first day of being here in South America, I noticed the unique bike truck. As a cargo bike aficionado how could I not. It seemed interesting but ridiculous. How could this heavy steel contraption ever be pedalable… and yet, there was just something about it that got in my craw.

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Then, as time went by and I explored further out of the safe zone I started seeing them everywhere… and started to realize that this pedalable contraption was doing a lot of the heavy work in this megacity of 10 million souls. There are thousands of them. Maybe tens of thousands.

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I realized, I did not have the right to my privacy. My Conscience and Honour would not allow it. I had to come back online and share this seemingly awkward contraption with the world. At least to the so-called “developed world”. I was going to need my own blog. Every post I have made so far, was a very intentional train of thought leading to this post and beyond.

What can I say. I am a long game player.

But before we get there…

 

And by now you know when you hear those 5 little words that something inappropriate is coming. You now know to cover your Gonads for the inevitable, Secret Ninja, kick in the nuts…Of Death

 

I mentioned people with Daddy Issues in an earlier post. So, what do I mean by “Daddy Issues”? There is a LOT of people out there that want to tell you what “Real Men” are supposed to do. There is a LOT of people in the Preparedness world with Daddy Issues. What I mean by this is, at some point in a boy’s life, their “Daddy” called them a fag… or implied it… and those people with this clinical Disease spent the rest of their lives trying to live up to not being a “fag”, instead of calling it what it was. Abuse. And a developing young man generally isn’t quite ready to say, “You are done. You have lost the right to be involved in my life. You will never know your grandchildren. You will die unmourned.”

Whenever someone tells you what “Real Men” are supposed to do, you know, Sports, pickup trucks, Remington 870s, Harley’s, sacrificing themselves on the battle field for freedom, working 60 hours/week to provide for their families and the children they have decided not to raise… just think to yourself “Daddy Issues”. In oxymoronic fashion sense, there is a word for men obsessed with all things manly. Hint. It’s three happy little letters that starts with a ‘g’ and ends with collecting antiques.

 

True story. I don’t know if you know this,  but there used to another member of the Village People back when they started. Survivalist man. You might have forgotten him. It was a problem right from the start because he wasn’t a very good dancer. He was too much of a self-focusing loner so he couldn’t sync with the other Villagers. You might have gotten him confused with Army Village Person. In fact, that was what broke up those two’s tumultuous, on and off again relationship. Survivalist Village Person started to dress more and more like Army Village Person as often happens with couples. But Army Village Person didn’t want to be seen in public with Survivalist Village Person because he just looked like a dorky poser. There soon became incidents of domestic violence and several trips to the hospital emergency room. A good friend, Doctor Village Person wanted no part of it, and made some phone calls. That’s when Police Village Person got involved and told them, if it happened again he would have to press charges. Survivalist Village Person made some threats at Police Village Person. Judge Village Person was not impressed and sentenced him to 6 months in prison, where Survivalist Village Person became the bitch of the Aryan Nations and developed a drug problem. The real problems for the Village People began when Survival Village Person got out of prison. It started when he wanted everyone to start calling him Survivalist Man, because “Village” and “the people” actually just sounded too “Socialist” and Faggy. It went from bad to worse when, one day, he showed up in a tactical vest with a 3%er patch on it. Biker Village Person, a member of a 1%er motorcycle club, took offense. He knocked Survivalist Man out, ripped his vest and patch off, set it on fire and then pissed on it. Survivalist Man had no idea how close he came to dying that day. He was warned if it happened again, a ballpein hammer was waiting for him in an ally. The Village People were starting to fall apart. Cowboy Village Person tried to back Survivalist Man since they had done a lot of camping and fishing trips together. This would break up the long Co-Dependent relationship between Cowboy Village Person and Indian Village Person who was just horrified. Indian Village Person left the group for a while and got a part in “The Warriors” hit movie before facing his own existential crisis about cultural misappropriation that came to a head with the “Hey-Ya” song. He was never really the same after that. Cowboy Village Person took to drinking beer in the morning and whiskey in the evening. As he broke down, he started playing country music backwards because he believed that it would make his broken truck start, his dog come home, his Indian wife come back and all this would somehow Make America Great Again. After being kicked out of one too many rodeo bars for inappropriate drunken line dancing, and seeing what was happening to Survivalist Man, he joined AA and pulled his life back together again.

It all came to a head when several Village People walked into the dressing room after a show where Survival Man had been missing. They found him naked, in an oxycontin and meth twitchy stupor masturbating to a White Power website while mumbling to himself something about killing Muslims. That’s when they noticed the swastika tattoo. It was time for intervention so they kicked him out of the Village. With this act, the group was able to mend their fences and went onto a successful career, still doing shows down here in South America to this very day.

Survivalist Man became a Born Again Christian, replacing one addiction for the other, but he was able to pull it together enough for a movie part. He became Bert Gummer in Tremors 1 through 5, and is, to this day, the pinup poster model on the walls of many lonely survivalists gun vaults where he receives regular deposits of sploosh via tissues and tube socks. His face is on the bottle of the popular “Backdoor Gun Lube” for which he still gets royalties.

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Survivalist Man now lives in the Idaho Redoubt with his life partner James Wesley Rawles. Survivalist Man would become Rawles Muse and the inspiration for the “Patriots” book series. They secretly married in 2007 under the Obama administration but hide this from their fans. They still give interviews and sign autographs on the Gun Circuit, selling Bug Out Bags and other grossly overpriced “Survivalist” products of questionable merit as well as the deeply inappropriate “Black Guns Matter” T-shirts that shows Survival Man is still trying to provoke a Race War. He might get his wish.

 

 

Now, all this is, of course, Fake News. Then again, there is no proof that it didn’t happen this way. Could there be a Conspiracy of the Elites to cover up these facts. You decide. The C5 lesson to be learned here is….

C5 Rule of Survival-  Its Takes a “Village”.

Buduptup!

Damn. I missed an opertunity for a mustache joke but I am getting nothing.

How about some country line dancing…with Asian School Girls. Feel free to take a break if you need to dance. No one’s watching.

 

As far as I am concerned, a Real Man can do whatever the Fuck he wants to do…and he can do it in his own way…and at his own speed.

So, I am going to show you all what a Real Man looks like. A real hero. It turns out, Real Men push bikes.

I was snapping some shots to do with traffic congestion when my instincts caught something in the corner of my eye. I kept snapping. It was only afterwards that I realised a Morality Play was happening and I was simply documenting the gods at play.

I noticed a, very small, elderly man pushing a bike truck loaded with recyclables towards me.

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This asshole blocked my shot. No biggy. It would just get deleted in the trash bucket. Then I realised this 20 plus thousand dollar truck purchased on credit, indebted to insurance companies, bank companies, oil companies, infrastructure repair companies and tax retrieval companies, was the kings jester fool in this celestial theater play. I realised he was carrying about the same weight as old bike truck guy. On closer inspection, The Divine Irony was that the jester was also carrying a bicycle in the back of the truck. Totally Shambolic.

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But the show wasnt over. The next thing that caught my peripheral vision was the motorcycle version creeping up from behind very slowly.

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You can tell the wieght he is carrying buy the flat tires that arent stopping him from Gettin er dun.real man 6This guy is younger, heavier and relient on an engine. Hum.real man 7

Now I’m going to divide this into 2 articles. The first will be the peddle version. The second will be on the motorized version and then a curious amalgamation of the two.

 

Unlike many tools available for Permaculture, Transition or Preparedness for a world of quickly declining EROEI or Energy Return on Energy Investment, leading to oil supply shocks, resource supply shortages and more importantly, the economic contraction if not full collapse of the economy…

…You won’t be able to just go out and buy yourself one of these. I am going to provide enough photos and descriptions so that, hopefully, these can be reversed engineered back home and around the world. I would like to see a bike building company take on this challenge but more so, I can see some enterprising welder being able to put these together. You would need a welding unit, tube steel, a pipe bender and a light trailer axle from some local company like Princess Auto. (no affiliation) I’ll leave someone else to figure out how to find and mount the wheels.

At first, I thought, maybe, people could make a much lighter version using higher tec bike building materials. Like this smaller version used by an agriculture proffesor.bike professor 2cbike professor 1c

On further study of this vehicle, though, I realized I was misunderstanding the whole concept. This wasn’t really a bicycle at all . This was a cart. A carriage. It simply had a heavy steel bike attached to it to stabilize, control it and ride it down hills.

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I’ve seen things that “Look” like it before. So have you. Most have seen ice cream carts that can be pedalled. In China they have trikes that “Look” similar but the bike is on the front. It wouldn’t be able to carry nearly as much weight and has a much wider turning radius. In Mexico the government brought in and distributed a bicycle cab that “looks” similar. It takes a standard bike, removes the front forks and attaches it to a cart. It looks alittle more like this modified local version with its hinge placement and lack of shocks.the mexican version c

Very quickly, people stopped using them as taxis and started using them for cargo. I saw one of these in Mexico being pushed down the highway loaded with deadfall branches piled high above the pushers head. But this design can’t be controlled at any speed. You certainly couldn’t attached a motorcycle to it. Hitting a pot hole or rock would yank it out of your hands and you would crash.

 

The South American bike truck is a completely different animal altogether. It is not the same as other trikes. It hauls much more and is stable at speed. It’s all about the balance points and the hinge points. That was the “Ah Hah” moment for me. This is why, I posted the article on the Chinese wheel barrow when I did http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2011/12/the-chinese-wheelbarrow.html  . If you understand its balance point you can understand how much weight can actually be loaded without straining the operator. Then I added the article on the Vietnam war bicycle on how much cargo can be pushed in a mass logistical operation http://www.historynet.com/pedal-power-bicycles-in-wartime-vietnam.htm . Before that I told the story of me crossing the Rocky Mountains with a grossly overloaded bike where I pushed the bike up mountains then road it down the other side. All that writing was a lead up to this moment, including the other stories of embracing low energy input, poverty based prepping. A severe downshifting of energy and cost expenditures. I was also pointing out that even in a collapse, resources needed to be brought in and places needed to be gotten to. Trade and transport continues by other means. Yup. This is all about managing logistics… and yes I am that crafty.

The first mistake I can see people making about the Bike Trucks is that this is just a step up from mentality ill, homeless drug addicts pushing shopping carts of recyclables. That would be a big mistake. This is the means of many small businesses. The amount of recycling done in this city is epic. Every garbage bag will be gone through by several people a night. The best quality of recyclables will be taken first. Latecomers will take what’s left. Daytime recyclers will go so far as to have speakers, calling out that they are there and ready to haul away cardboard, old mattresses that they strip for the steel springs, old appliances that go to electric repair businesses, fridge repair man cold furniture that goes to craftsmen working 3 men in a 10 x 20 foot garage stripping them down to their frames and rebuilding. But don’t be thinking this is all about salvage. At some future time we will do a post on the magnificent efficiency of inefficiency that I see down here. But this is the means of many micro businesses. I have seen modest homes where a driveway was made specifically for a bike truck, or I see them locked up in the courtyards I mentioned in the “sharp and pointy things” article.behind bars c Tradesmen use them in lieu of a truck, reducing all vehicle related costs. Financing, insurance, gas and repairs. Tile layers, construction workers moving tools, lawn care workers… and furniture movers are a sight to behold.

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Here is anothe Real Man, elderly fellow.another real man c

I’ve seen furniture movers, moving in 2 man teams, one pushing from the back, one pulling and steering form the front, right in the middle of downtown traffic jams, pretty much moving at the same speed as the clogged cars. Anyone that wants to go faster simply has to go around. More of that later. Each bike truck owner gets to negotiate their rate with the person that needs something moved.moving day 1c

If the person needing something moved doesn’t like the cost there is usually someone cheaper or more desperate or simply trying to fill their time while waiting for a better job, that wants to be seen working so someone else will notice them for a later job, or simply to justify their daily food costs.

Farmers use these, as well as local transport moving produce from trucking distribution points to local retailers and street level sellers. This guy was hauling about a half a ton.heavy loader c

Sometimes they do direct sales by rolling through the streets with an annoying blow horn announcing what they have for sale directly to the housekeepers tending children that can’t go out. It’s chaotic but there is an, end of the gas and finance age, efficiency to it.

This gets to another Big Issue. Oh, not the local markets or distribution points within easy walking distance but competition with the markets themselves. These are mobile small stores for those that can’t afford store fronts or the bureaucratic costs of rent, taxes, licensing.mobile storefront c

So I can see future millennials and beyond, taking up these bike trucks as mobile retail space in a, sort of, anarchist marketeering. Let’s face it, nowadays, with all the employment laws, licenses, retail space costs, warehouse space costs, bank financing costs, and taxes taxes taxes, any start up small business doesn’t have a chance. You have to already be a millionaire to start a small business. For those of us that aren’t millionaires, that keeps us out of the markets with no other choice then to be a wage slave to someone that is. The answer then is guerilla marketing. Mobile retail, playing cat and mouse with bylaw enforcers, accepting the occasional fine or confiscation of goods as a cost of doing business. If you are bound to get a ticket in one area you can move to another area you are less likely to get harassed. If you cut down your retail overheard costs, you can charge much less for your product, labour, and skills capital. You can bring your market to the people instead of bringing people to the market.

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I have already done this sort of thing before. I have sold handmade furniture, art and cool recyclables on a trailer behind a vehicle or on the roof. (there will be a future article on sturdy roof racks to turn your commuting car into a cargo vehicle). I would park directly on the street or sometimes in a park. If people asked me about the displayed items, I had a potential customer or gave them my card.mobile bike vendor If a business owner complained or police asked me what I was doing, I would look them straight in the eye… and lie. And I kept moving. That way if someone contacted bylaw enforcement, it would take them a few days to fill out the paperwork to send somebody and I would no longer be there. I can’t feel too sorry for the store owners that had “cornered the market” to keep the poor out of starting small businesses, to keep a desperate pool of minimum wage slaves. Sooooo… rolling anarchist markets on wheels. Of course you can always try for a vendors license and pay the man… good luck with that.

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As a person that has spent a decade of his life living in vehicles I fully understand how something with wheels IS mobile land and how I could mitigate transportation and housing costs by staying near my income source, while playing cat and mouse with Evil, self-entitled, legal overloads with their lawyers and occupational army in blue, trolling in squad cars like sharks scenting injury or weakness in the water to feed on. Unconscious Moloch instincts.

 

As this swirling, progression into the water slide of our cultural collapse, picks up, fasten your seat belt, crash speed, I can see the millennials Adapting this as a minor solution to their miserable lot in life. There is that word again. Adaptation.

(Warning- Un Grammatically Correct rambling Rant ahead)

I am prognosticating that Survivalism will go the way of grandpappy buried in his fallout shelter, entombed with his gun collection and WWII Nazi paraphernalia, like a pharaoh. Aged Preppers, no longer able to purchase “preps”, will huddle, squatting in their foreclosed homes waiting to be evicted under blankets, basking in the warming glow of ancient computers watching memory files of Doomsday Preppers while complaining about girlie men and young people nowadays.  Collapseniks will be very retro, revisited as beat poetry in someone’s apartment bar where they keep a still cooking on the roof and turn the living room into a night time booze can, whilst sleeping on the couch during the day. And crazy Doomer Prophets like me, shamble through the streets in tattered second hand clothes form the 90s, ringing a bell, drooling a bit in my incoherent ramblings, “bring our your bikes!  Bring out your bikes!”, while still holding a sign that reads “The End is Nigh!!! FUCKERS!”… probably scrawled in my own blood and feces… where people, occasionally feeling sorry for me bring me a bowl of squash and cabbage soup… until one day my body is found in a ditch with a saintly glazed over stare… and a rigormortised middle finger presented to the sky.

The quickly aging Millennials will be teaching the principles of the new Adapter Movement to the younger generation, on the far edges of the long abandoned suburbs, where they wisely started in their mom’s basement before accidently reinventing the multigenerational home. These will be packed with relatives and a couple of homeless trophy wives they picked up turning tricks on the street, with their children in tow, for food. With their couple of disabled uncles, back from some failed oil war of occupation, sitting on the porch with rusty shotguns at night to guard the gardens and the pool they repurposed, not for swimming, but to collect rainwater from the roofs, pitifully saluting to the soldiers that patrol the streets behind heavy machine guns, while they are all slowly taking over the abandoned neighbours’ yards by planting permaculture perennials and fruit trees while discussing burning down a few of the abandoned houses in the neighbourhood to keep the ex-bank drones and real estate salesmen turned crack heads, out while improving lines of sight.

Taxes will be even higher now due to the triple tax. Failed government still trying to pay a small part of the interest on the loans they can never pay off. Payolas, in vegetables to the local police so he doesn’t find an ancient bylaw infraction to put you in debtor’s prison for. And then there is the tax you pay to the local organized crime group, the only tax that benefits you and you are happy to pay because they are the only functioning government in the area to hear neighbours disputes. And organized crime does keep disorganized crime out of the neighbourhood while they soak up bullets in territorial wars. You luckily can scrape together enough bling and produce to pay this all off because of so many bodies living in the house to throw body heat while a couple of the kids work in the now mega cities to send home some savings from their couple of dollar a day jobs, having made a cozy dry home in an abandoned car after ripping out the seats and engines, occasionally riding home on one of these bike trucks with a load of useful scrap metal, antibiotics, and sacks of highly sought after animal grade wheat for granny to cook up nutritional breakfasts. These bike trucks replace the abandoned “alpha male” trucks which have been pulled up front of the house, conveniently to be turned into raised bed gardens so it is easier on granny’s back to keep gardening into her old age. The truck cabs rotated between greenhouses for starter plants in the spring, solar water heaters in the summer, solar dehydrators in the early harvest and dry firewood storage for the winter.  Except for a few Semi Autonomous Towns surrounded by the few, still functioning farms, work by transient slave like climate refugees. The rural areas having been abandoned after the furry and feathered game was hunted to extinction. No longer able to afford transport or pesticide or tractor diesel or fertilizer or starter seed, Rural Refugees have walked to the nearest megacities hoping for any dollar a day job, leaving behind a nitrate and Roundup polluted wasteland haunted by homeless old survivalist patriots with bugout bags, turned cannibals and raiders. Occasionally, these Semi Autonomous Towns organize the entire population to spread out and beat the bushes to cull out these dangerous, self-made refugee survivalists turned threat to public safety.

 

Okay I got a bit distracted there…and I was mixing timelines a bit. So sue me. Survivalists seem to miss these transitional states anyhow…

 

Perhaps I am fancifully self-imposing myself on history. If the next gen do take up the made up moniker “Adapter Movement” it would be nice if I got a shout out as the self-deluded old guy that came up with the name, documented for posterity by some other doomer chronicler, in the same way I tell people the first ever use of the term “Prepping” came from the Foxfire book series. With any luck, the New Adapters will create a mythos of “no survivalist or preppers allowed”. Trust me on this. If you don’t, expect them to shamble back and try to take over like a bad zombie movie. Imagine the creeping dead in boony caps, empty 1911s open carried, using AR-15s as crutches to make up for their eaten off leg they lost in a survivalist food fight, moaning, “OPSEC… Shit Hits the Fan… the constitution… illegal aliens… militia rights… YOUNG BRAAAINS!…”.

Anyway, I don’t think the new Millennial Adaptors are going to be very forgiving of the next round of Timothy McVeigh like terrorists blowing us up to bring us freedom. Nor of the next round of Christian Reconstructionists, finally seizing their opportunity to impose a Theonamy on unbelievers, Instituting the death penalty on all things heretical, disobedient and gay, “If not by the ballot box, then by the cartridge box”. I think the Millennials will be rather miffed at the right wing Death Squads, that slaughtered the friendly Muslim family next door, the Kumar buddy they smoked pot with in high school and worked with at the Kwiki Mart for minimum wage to keep up with the interest on the useless student loan dept. They might just be horrified at the assassination of the kindly, eccentric old lefty professor from school. They wont be all Patriotic about the Ethnic Cleansing to save us from “Terrorists”. And they might be discombobulated about the new, random, house and person searches in the Dictatorship that follows…in a Dumbassed paranoids, SELF FULFILLING PROPHESY. What exactly did you think was going to happen? A ticker tape parade to the sound of The Saints Come Marching Home, and bitches in mini skirts running up for a swooning kiss.

 

OOPS. There I go again…Well, if you wants the soup, first ya got to listen to da preaching…

 

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This is a photo of a photo from the Yuyanapao, Sort of a Truth and Reconciliation museum about the time of violence, where right wing death squads and real Maoists terrorists wrecked the country…not the fantasy ones, Howard Kunstler made up in his head to whine about. Its insulting.

You will notice the bike truck in the photo from the 80s is much shinier and new. Most of the ones I see are ancient and keep being rebuilt….

Which presents us with some great photos for those that would like to reverse engineer one.   bike skeleton 2cThis is a short, light version. Notice the light axel and wheels.bike skeleton 1cThis is the next step up heavier axel and wheels. Notice the size comparison to the heavy loader beside it.bike skeleton 3cLast, the decent workers version.

These get rebuilt, reconditioned, and rusted parts rewelded on over and over again. The paint is to stop rust. Remember my C5 rule? “all of civilization is held together by paint” and “if you love it, put a ring on it. A ring of paint… or oil or wax or fucking animal grease if that’s all you got”.

Also before I forget, the balance point is just a bit forward. That way if the rider hits a bump, the load will want to straighten itself out instead of whipping out of the rider’s hands.under carriage 1cThe braking system.bike break 1cbike brake 3cIt apocalypticly, convieniently uses easy to recycle, old tire rubber for the brake pad.brake 2c

 

I’m giving you all you need so an entrepreneur, a bike builder or some unemployed but mechanically inclined redneck can start pumping these out in his garage.

 

I’ve done my part. I’ve done the proverbial heavy lifting. My honour and conscience is no clear.

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The rest is up to YOU!

 

Share this with everyone you know. Share it with the guy at your local bike shop or online bike magazine. Share it with your unemployed friend with a garage full of tools. Share it with environmentalist blogs. Share it on the right side of politics. I know you guys are watching but I remain a political agnostic. Share this on peak oil blogs. Share this on anarchist newsposts. Share this on Transition Town and permaculture sites. Share this with my enemies on useless pop survivalist and prepper boards. Share this with Christian missionaries doing aid work… wherever. In fact share this with any government foreign aid agency that wants to throw some guilt money at “developing countries”. Share this with greedy back stabbing entrepreneurs. Share this with idealistic hippies with a community garden plot. Share this with the hunter that wants a way to haul a moose down a logging road. Share this with urban hipster dumpster divers. In fact share it at your favorite local microbrewery… think of all the beer you can haul. As I often say, “Share me with your friends. Share me with you wife. Share me with your lover. Share me with your lover’s wife, like one big dysfunctional inbred family”.

 

In a “Fight Club” manner, this is a homework assignment. Repost this at least three times. I have a VERY small readership and I like it that way because I am less likely to be arrested for some small everyday infraction, receive death threats or be assassinated for my positions. The internet sucks as much as it is useful. But this ain’t about me.

In fact, for one time and one time only… I will allow you to edit me on this post only. You can repost me anywhere and edit out my foul mouthed, punk rock prepper, generally obnoxious self to get this info “out there”. It’s that important to the world… and me.

If you don’t, this post just goes into the dumpster that is the internet, into my archives, never to be seen again. Consider it “Paying it forward” or “Giving love to Jesus” or the conscienscious prepprer’s motto “Save as many as you can”. I don’t care.

 

It’s now on your conscience. You can carry it.

Why, Yes. I am one dangerous and manipulative son of a bitch. No apologies.

One last thing. Don’t be presenting this as a “solution”. I don’t believe there are solutions to the world’s predicament at this stage in the game. We are far past that point already. Only Adaptations or death. We are ALL going to ride this crazy roller coaster ride to the end station.

If that is too somber of a note to end on…Here is more Sexy Female Police Officers On Bikes. This time, its interesting folders you can fit in a trunk. I cant believe this shot actually happened. The gods at play…sexy bikes 1 c

If there is ever a motto for this theoretical “Neo-Adapters Movement”, may I suggest – “Go Around, Idiots! Just Go Around”.

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C5 Presents-The Fallacy Of Bugging Out -Part I- by Survival Acres

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C5 Presents-The Fallacy Of Bugging Out -Part I- by Survival Acres

With your host, Category5 and guest writer, Survival Acres.

 

I have the great pleasure of being able to reprint the entire 5 part, EPIC Rant series, The Fallacy Of Bugging Out, by the legendary Survival Acres. It’s a name I have known since the 80s. He has seen A LOT of survivalist, end of the world, panics come and go.

Survival Acres finally tapped out about a month ago and shut down his site for good. Few have earned a retirement as much as him. In the words of Jesus, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”. He had shut it down a  couple years before, which was a huge loss for me because when it went down, The Fallacy Of Bugging Out series went with it. I had been using it as a teaching tool. When it disappeared, I suddenly realised I didn’t have it stored anywhere. When he came back online to test the waters, I realised I had a unique opportunity and a short window. So, I reached out to him.

In our brief conversations, SA revealed his frustration that most people were “Preparing” for all the wrong things, that they were only roll playing their favorite paranoid FANTASY. I then revealed my own existential crisis, that I worried, as I popped these survival Myths and slaughtered these Survivalist Sacred Cows, that it would drive off and discourage the more religiously militant, the fantasy prone, and what Mel Tappan called “Backpack Batmen” from continuing and growing into something better. His honest response was, “Fuck them. We don’t need them”.

The first time I presented this, I playfully titled it, “C5s Ultimate Bug Out Bag And Survival Gun”, knowing the Pavlovian Prepper Pooch tendencies of many. When they clicked it, they were met by,   “THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!”

 

Let me start by saying, when I first read this series…It made me Really Angry.

There is a saying that when a position makes you really angry, It’s not the subject that made you angry. It’s that it challenged a BELIEF, a tenet of someones SELF IDENTITY and Previous Investment.

Two weeks later, still wrestling with this, quite literally as I was on the plane to Jamaica… my shoulders and head dropped… and I put up the white flag of surrender. It was time to re-evaluate my own prepping tunnel vision.

A common mistake of people reading this is to think it is the worn out argument of Bugging In Vs Bugging Out. It is not. This is an argument for “strategic relocation” and changing your life “NOW”. Not some mythical future event.

Don’t run off if you don’t like his style. I have added two more important links at the end, of others backing his claim.

Any serious practitioner of preparedness should force themselves to sit through this entire series at least once. It is the EPIC Rant of someone that has had to deal with this bad advice for DECADES.

He beats this subject like a Casanova that seduced his wife, knocks it unconscious, beats it with a garden rake, stomps on its head, spits on it, buries it in his garden, goes after its family members… then digs it up again, pisses on it, sets it on fire, chops it up with an axe, reburied it again, then lights candles incanting demons to bring it back to life again so he can kill it all over again…. while putting curses on all its descendants to get syphilis and foot fungus…

 

Enjoy.

 

The Fallacy Of Bugging Out

by Survival Acres

Many websites, blogs and forums have covered the topic of bugging out in excruciating detail, all under the assumption that this will be a necessary escape plan for many of us when the proverbial shit hits the fan.  This notion is predicated upon the belief that escape and evasion, necessary for your immediate survival will be a (likely) event that you must plan and prepare for now.

However, nothing could be further from the real and actual truth.  This cherished myth is a deceptive and dangerous notion that has little place in reality.  I’ve long held a stance against this notion because in nearly all cases and all situations, this is a very bad idea with oftentimes fatal consequences.  Bugging out is embracing the refugee lifestyle – a very bad idea.  Refugees throughout history have fared very badly, suffered extreme hardship and deprivation, with many not surviving the experience. There is a far better alternative to this.

The rejection of the “bug out” mythology flies in the face of the so-called ‘expert advice’ and theory being proposed by many websites and authors, who are also very active in selling products and gear specifically oriented around this concept. You could say quite rightly, that there is indeed a agenda at work here, but it is not one in your best interests.  Hold onto your pockets and read on.

Bugging out entails leaving everything you are, and everything you own, and everything you use, day in and day out, and everything you cannot carry or transport with you, behind. Not only behind, but inaccessible, unusable and abandoned. Potentially forever.

How much of our lives, and the things within our lives, do we truly want to abandon? You will also leaving behind all rules of normalcy, the concept of “plenty” and abundance (which also means replacements and repair), all laws, rules, behavior and expectations that we have come to expect from each other and within our society, both good and bad.

Let’s make a list of these things to put this reality into perspective:

You will be leaving behind your job (income), perhaps your family (wife, kids), your home (shelter), your friends (support network), your contacts (other people you know), your bank accounts (money), your credit (ruined), your retirement (pension), your property and everything you own (everything you cannot carry with you), your vehicles (except perhaps one, at least until the gas tank is empty), your future (prospects, employment, credibility, integrity). Don’t forget things also left behind, such as electricity, running water, Internet access, news and information, communications, telephone and even cell service, a warm, dry bed and other ‘essentials’, some more then others.

You will also leave behind all expectations of normalcy, decency, morality and expectations, i.e., a “normal life”, forever — more on that below.

If you were dependent upon a job, it will be gone. You will have either been fired or laid off with a ruined reference for any future employment. You would not be able to pay your rent or your mortgage, your utility bills or any of your monthly obligations. If they’ve lapsed far enough, then you would be facing bankruptcy and / or forfeiture of your (remaining) assets, or at the very least, their liquidation (if you still have them) in order to survive a few more weeks.

It’s possible your kids or your wife could be gone, having abandoned you for abandoning them or sucked up into the system by the welfare state or child protective services. Your marriage could be in ruins, your family and friends could disown you, but in any case, what would be left of your relationships could potentially be in complete tatters.  Worthwhile?  You decide.

Your connections to society and civilization would also be destroyed, or certainly damaged, perhaps beyond repair. In effect, you’d be “cashing out” completely and perhaps forever, of the life you’ve lived and starting over.  Worthwhile?  You decide.

But you’d be alive! (supposedly).

In effect, bugging out will mean you will be totally abandoning your present life in exchange for huddling under a tree in the woods, trying to avoid hypothermia and starvation, wondering where you next meal will come from, and how long you can hold out in your new ‘reality’.  And whatever it was that you chose to run away from — will still be there.  This is perhaps the most overlooked point of all.

How long could you hold out?  Not long.  The reasons are many, but they are sound.

The need to bug out is an exceedingly tiny reality — a future event that will probably never happen. But it is not a zero possibility (nothing is, not even an alien invasion).  Yet this topic still receives a ridiculous amount of attention despite its extremely low probability, which makes no sense at all. The reason is because escapism is thought to be a ‘solution’ versus contributing to the problem. It’s not, as the points above demonstrate.

Running — from whatever the problem is, usually ensures that you are taking your problems with you. Only if your life is in immediate danger does running offer a better opportunity then staying put and dealing with the problem. Running does not make problems go away, it will very often make them much worse.

Running is also thought of as being romantic, adventurous and even ‘brave’ in some circles. Taking on the world all by yourself while you’re on the run is a common theme in movies and books, but has nothing to do with real life.  Running means you’re in full-blown survival mode and all bets are off, including all notions of morality, right and wrong, doing the “right thing” and what you can even reasonably expect to happen. Anything can happen if you run, and often does, because you are replacing all of your security for a whole series of things unknown (and insecure).

Did you know that if you abandon the system, then the system will also abandon you?  Nobody much talks about this point, but it is true. You will find yourself outside of society, unhelped and unhelpable, unknown, disconnected and even hated for being what you have now become. With no address, connections, no references, no family or friends, nothing with which to help connect you back into society, society will turn its back upon you in fear, and you will be outside of all normal channels of help and assistance, effectively cut off.  This is a huge issue, but nobody ever mentions it.

To The Woods

Bugging out is usually assumed to mean “to the woods” where survivors, patriots, militia, end-timers and others will be making “their last stand” (apparently together, whether they like it or not) while roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.  Instead, it will be the last man standing over a pile of rotted and half-eaten corpses, since the food and supplies and the notions of ‘living off the land’ will have died out with the last slaughtered deer to be found. And every ‘survivor’ will have been hoping all along that nobody has turned them in for poaching.

Campsites, caves and hidey-holes will have become armed, dirty and infested encampments of hungry and desperate men (the surviving women would have long since been forced into prostitution and slavery), all fighting over the remaining scraps to be found (and newcomers showing up) necessary for their survival. Informants, traitors, thieves, murderers, rapists and thugs will quickly become the defining characteristic, with the strongest ruling (or eating) the weak.  Those who arrive “first” will potentially be better prepared to prey upon the late-comers or the weak, so if you are still planning on trying this, get your seat at the table early.

Think not? This is exactly what happens during civil wars and internal conflicts when a country turns against itself. The war in Bosnia saw tens of thousands of murders, rapes and thefts as the people turned on each other.  It was a fight for survival, for food, for weapons, for money, for women.

It has happened all over the world, and it will happen again. Whenever there is not enough to go around, and whenever there is strife, secrecy and conflict, those involved will resort to whatever methods of survival that they have to in order that they might live another day by whatever means possible.  It will be no picnic, no romantic “retreat into the woods” where faith, truth, righteousness or rebellion will flourish and grow. Instead, it will be a bloodbath where the young, old and the weak succumb the quickest.  I suggest you bring lots of Tabasco sauce, as it does make the meat taste better.

Bugging out also means you are leaving the norms of society behind. These are the rules, laws, restrictions and expectations that you have come to expect (and largely appreciate) that govern human behavior. Would-be dictators and gang leaders will spring forth from unlikely sources. Since there is nothing to hinder them, then they will allow themselves to be unhindered. Unrestrained, you will find the true nature of what your “friends” can really be.  You’ll soon regret not locking up the mad caps among you and taking away their weapons.  If food or medical supplies are in short supply, then expect gang on gang, tribe on tribe warfare to begin.  Expect slavery, torture, imprisonment and rape.  Also expect the nearby communities (cities, towns, villages) to become their prey, as theft, robbery and murder to go hand in hand with their (daily) need for food and other things like fuel and medical supplies.

Inversely, you could also expect smart and prepared communities to expel, exterminate and hunt down these refugees if things get way out of hand, exacerbating an already bad situation. Forget for a moment the military or law enforcement going after these woodland refugees (a topic unto itself), the locals themselves will not be the helping hand that you may have naively come to expect, especially if you or your gang have already trod upon their welcome mat.  They’re trying to survive too, and live normal, unfettered lives as best they can. They don’t need nor appreciate you coming along and messing things up. Camping out in their back yard or nearby forests will often pit you against them in violent and lethal ways. And they will be far more adept then you are outlasting you because they will have the infrastructure and support network to do so.

Survivalism is only rarely about ‘surviving in the woods’. Rather, survivalism is about living, and staying alive, and how you might do that while experiencing as few hardships as you can. Bugging out to the woods to survive your end-time fantasies is going to be a quick path to death for the majority of people that try this route. There is a better alternative to this.

Staying Alive

Bugging out is never quite what everyone seems to think it is, where living off the land and finding adequate nutrition and staying healthy is grossly overlooked. Many people claim that they can “do it”, yet return year after year from hunting season empty handed.  When the beer runs out, they head home. Or when the food is bland or gone, they’re beating tracks as fast as they can to the nearest restaurant.  These ‘survivalists’ and ‘outdoorsman’ will not survive their voluntary refugee status by bugging out, but they will (if they show up, far from home) be a serious problem for the locals.

You will burn up a tremendous amount of calories (as much as 3 – 4 times as normal) while trying to live off the land.  Finding and building shelter, hunting and gathering for food and water, providing heat, establishing security and working and waking / walking for long hours at a time, will cause you to expend far more calories then you will be taking in. Even if you are very well supplied, you won’t be for long (you cannot carry enough). Foraging for food will very rarely provide enough calories versus what you are expending while looking. You will quickly go into a calorie deficit, burning off fats and muscles as your body adapts to your new environment and demands.

I’ve seen lot of ill-informed discussion of ‘nomadic lifestyle’ whereas the individual or group is roaming about, living off the land. This notion is pure b.s., as it is calorie-deficient, ill-advised for security reasons and will increase the risk of injury and health issues. You will need to preserve calories — not expend them (if you can).

Calorie deficiency cannot last very long (mere days in most cases) before your health diminishes and your strength drops. You risk hypothermia, vitamin deficiencies and a higher risk of contracting illness and injury due to your weakened condition. Unless your nutritional needs are met and you are able to also stay warm and dry, avoiding hypothermia (core temperature drop) and frostbite / exposure, then it is just a matter of time before you become incapacitated, unable to effectively help yourself.

There are countless examples of ‘modern day survivalists’ who have found this out, believing that they too could live off the land and survive, but lacking the skills and experience to do so.  Additionaly, our forests are not the cornucopia of food waiting to be plucked many seem to think, they’re vastly depleted monocultures of trees, lacking sufficient edible foods and wildlife. Some of these people wound up dead, others were found or rescued. All of them learned that foraging for sufficient nutrition and calories is why we have modern farms — it is the most efficient way of meeting our nutritional needs. Even growing your own food at home in a controlled environment (garden) with a plentiful supply of soils, seeds, water, tools and time is extremely difficult, if not nearly impossible for most of us (really) to meet all your daily nutritional needs, all while leading a far less demanding lifestyle then living off in the woods in survival mode. I’ve long been advocating sustainable living and raising your own food, but here in the woods where I live, I cannot even grow half of the food I need to stay alive and healthy, let alone expect to hunt it down. Nor can I grow enough to feed my family, compounding the nutritional needs required.

Bugging out is in nearly all cases, a very bad idea, fraught with danger and pitfalls, destined for failure and doom for those that believe that this will be “their answer” to whatever they’re running away from. It would only be necessary in the most extreme circumstances (extremely rare) and for very extremely short periods of time and for extremely few (skilled) people. This rules out almost everyone else. You would need to return to civilization far sooner then many seem to be planning for.  If you did run off into the woods, you’d soon be back (as many Y2K refugees found out).  Wouldn’t it then be a better solution to avoid this unnecessary step altogether if you could?

Ultimately, this then is the far better solution — bugging in, back to safety, food, heat, clothing, medical attention and survival. If you truly think that you foresee a need to bug out — then revise your plans to bug in to a new location within civilization where you can find (or work for) food, clothing, shelter, safety and security (including an income) where your survival is a far more sure thing. This is the only long-term answer there really is. You will also be in a much better situation to deal with whatever the problem was in the first place that caused you to leave.

I do not have a bug out bag anymore, since it no longer makes any sense to me to have one. I do have cash, toys, tools, vehicles and other things of interest at my disposal. Disappearing off into the woods is a dead end and it will not work for the vast majority of people that would try this. You would have to come out sooner then you think (if you survive) and return to life within civilization somewhere. You’re not going to live off the land indefinitely, and not even as long as you may think, so it makes far more sense in your ‘escape plan’ to prepare for living someplace else instead.

The entire concept of bugging out truly needs to be redefined to fit within the parameters of reality and how this would really work for the vast majority of people. Leaving for reasons of safety, security, natural disasters or some other valid reason is perfectly acceptable — but where you go and how you will plan on surviving while you are there seems to be where this theory falls flat on its face against reality.  Having the means to leave, but having some place to go, where you can find safety, food, shelter and sustainability is key to a true “bug out” plan.  Planning on disappearing into the woods is in all probability one of the worst ideas you could attempt. You would have to come out sooner or later, weakened, possibly sick or injured, broke, destitute and impoverished — a true self-made refugee.  Basically, a dumb idea all around, one that should only be tried in the most extreme circumstances and only for the adept.

Also see the follow up articles on this topic:
The Fallacy of Bugging Out – Part II
Survivalist Challenge
B.O.B. – The Reality
Surviving the Horde

 

 

 

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But wait. There’s more. If you order today we will throw in two bonus articles absolutely free.

http://woodtrekker.blogspot.pe/2013/09/living-off-land-delusions-and.html  (on caloric input from whats actually in the woods)

http://ready4itall.org/the-top-4-reasons-why-youre-not-going-to-survive-bugging-out-to-the-woods/  (best lines- “Facepalm. Guys….that’s not prepping. That’s schizophrenia, or at best, extremism. Honestly, if you spend all day arguing on Facebook about the best way to place “troops” around your “bugout base camp” to “stalk and take out the sheeple coming in to YOUR woods” you have problems. Please go talk to a professional”) ( also. You must read the 4th commenter, Harry, to scare the shit out of you)

That’s right. We will throw in the bonus articles by Wood Trekker, Living off the land – Delusions and Misconceptions about Hunting and Gathering… And, READY4ITALLs, The top four reasons you are not going to survive bugging out to the woods,… absolutely free if you order The Fallacy of Bugging Out, today, on your credit card for 12 easy payments of …

I better stop there in case people think I’m actually selling something.

The reason I put this post in this order is because the next handful of articles are on transport systems I have been photographing and documenting down here in South America that we need to introduce up north.  These are for improving your Logistics and Adaptation. I want you to look at these as tools for everyday use. Not as cool new ways to Bug Out. The next photo rich article will be, C5 presents The Ultimate Cargo Bike or Real Men Push Bikes. This is The BIG article that inspired me to come out of writing retirement and build this blog. I would be a rather bad C5 if I did not share this adaptation with the world.

Stay tuned.

I would also like to say thanks to my friends over at the Canadian Preppers Network. http://www.canadianpreppersnetwork.com/  They just gave me a shout out on their subscription newsletter. I laughed when they added, “fasten your seat belts and try not to get offended”.

 

Yup. I am the only prepper out there that is actually trying to get a smaller view count. It’s counter intuitive. It’s all part of my evil genius conspiratorial plot for world domination.

Friday Book Recomendation – Pulse Attack

Pulse Attack: The Real Story Behind The Secret Weapon That Can Destroy North America

North America is vulnerable to a catastrophic attack that will spell the end of life as we know it. An electromagnetic pulse launched from the atmosphere will shut down the electricity grid and dismantle appliances, water systems, food distribution for weeks, months or even years.

Veteran CIA agents, trailblazing astronomers, physics professors and maverick politicians are just some of the cast of characters in this book that sheds light on one of the most worrisome dangers of the modern age that was only recently declassified.

The worst case is societal collapse and death. But we can avoid this. The only question is will we protect ourselves before it is too late?

Friday Book Recomendation – Pulse Attack

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Pulse Attack: The Real Story Behind The Secret Weapon That Can Destroy North America

North America is vulnerable to a catastrophic attack that will spell the end of life as we know it. An electromagnetic pulse launched from the atmosphere will shut down the electricity grid and dismantle appliances, water systems, food distribution for weeks, months or even years.

Veteran CIA agents, trailblazing astronomers, physics professors and maverick politicians are just some of the cast of characters in this book that sheds light on one of the most worrisome dangers of the modern age that was only recently declassified.

The worst case is societal collapse and death. But we can avoid this. The only question is will we protect ourselves before it is too late?

17 Facts About Emergency Preparedness

 

  1. Roughly 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada every year.
  2. Canada gets more tornadoes than any other country except the U.S., averaging about 50 tornadoes per year.
  3. The worldwide cost of natural disasters has skyrocketed from $2 billion in the 1980s, to $27 billion over the past decade.
  4. Canada’s first billion dollar disaster, the Saguenay flood of 1996, triggered a surge of water, rocks, trees and mud that forced 12,000 residents to evacuate their homes.
  5. Some hailstones are the size of peas while others can be as big as baseballs.
  6. Approximately 85% of Canadians agree that having an emergency kit is important in ensuring their and their family’s safety, yet only 40% have prepared or bought an emergency kit. Complete yours online at www.GetPrepared.ca.
  7. In 2011, flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan featured the highest water levels and flows in modern history. Over 11,000 residents were displaced from their homes.
  8. Ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of an ice storm.
  9. The deadliest heat wave in Canadian history produced temperatures exceeding 44ºC in Manitoba and Ontario in 1936. Rail lines and bridge girders twisted, sidewalks buckled, crops wilted and fruit baked on trees.
  10. In 2007, the Prairies experienced 410 severe weather events including tornadoes, heavy rain, wind and hail, nearly double the yearly average of 221 events.
  11. The coldest temperature reached in North America was –63ºC, recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon.
  12. The largest landslide in Canada involved 185 million m3 of material and created a 40m deep scar that covered the size of 80 city blocks in 1894 at Saint-Alban, Quebec.
  13. Hurricanes are bigger and cause more widespread damage than tornadoes (a very large system can be up to 1,000 kilometres wide).
  14. One of the most destructive and disruptive storms in Canadian history was the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Canada causing hardship for 4 million people and costing $3 billion. Power outages lasted for up to 4 weeks.
  15. The June 23, 2010 earthquake in Val-des-Bois, Quebec produced the strongest shaking ever experienced in Ottawa and was felt as far away as Kentucky in the United States.
  16. Using non-voice communication technology like text messaging, email, or social media instead of telephones takes up less bandwidth and helps reduce network congestion after an emergency.
  17. At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean and the northeast of the North American continent. When the hurricane made landfall in the United States it blended with a continental cold front forming a storm described as the “Monsterstorm” by the media.

Emergency Management in Canada: How Does It Work?

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In a country that borders on three oceans and spans six time zones, creating an emergency response system that works for every region is a huge challenge. That’s why emergency management in Canada is a shared responsibility. That means everyone has an important role to play, including individuals, communities, governments, the private sector and volunteer organizations.
Basic emergency preparedness starts with each individual. If someone cannot cope, emergency first responders such as police, fire and ambulance services will provide help.
If the municipality needs additional assistance or resources, they can call on provincial/territorial emergency management organizations, who can seek assistance from the federal government if the emergency escalates beyond their capabilities. Depending on the situation, federal assistance could include policing, national defence and border security, and environmental and health protection.
Requests for assistance from provincial/territorial authorities are managed through Public Safety Canada, which maintains close operational links with the provinces and territories. It can take just a few minutes for the response to move from the local to the national level, ensuring that the right resources and expertise are identified and triggered.
Everyone responsible for Canada’s emergency management system shares the common goal of preventing or managing disasters. Public Safety Canada is responsible for coordinating emergency response efforts on behalf of the federal government. More information is available on the Public Safety web site at www.publicsafety.gc.ca (click on “Emergency Management”).

Using Technology During a Disaster

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We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on the use of technology in an emergency:

  • If possible, use non-voice channels like text messaging, email or social media. These use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone service doesn’t.
  • If you must use a phone, keep your conversation brief and convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family. This will also conserve your phone’s battery.
  • Unable to complete a call? Wait 10 seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion. Note, cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work during a power outage. If you have a landline, keep at least one corded phone in your home.
  • Keep extra batteries or a charger for your mobile device in your emergency kit. Consider getting a solar-powered, crank, or vehicle phone charger. If you don’t have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card in your emergency kit.
  • Keep your contacts up to date on your phone, email and other channels. This will make it easier to reach important contacts, such as friends, family, neighbours, child’s school, or insurance agent.
  • If you have a smartphone, save your safe meeting location(s) on its mapping application.
  • Conserve your smartphone’s battery by reducing the screen’s brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using. You never know how long a power outage will last!

Remember, in an emergency or to save a life, call 9-1-1 for help. You cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1. If your area offers 3-1-1 service or another information system, call that number for non-emergencies.

5TH Annual Preppers Meet Ontario

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Originally started in Huntsville 5 years ago as a provincial meet, and now hosted by Che Bhodi from the Ontario Preppers Survival Network, the Annual Preppers Meet has now grown to a full blown weekend full of seminars, presentations, and a great place to network with other regional preppers.
This year, the meet will be held in Desbro, Ontario at the off grid property of the Zombie Survival Camp on the weekend of July 7th to 9th.
Already confirmed to return this year are Nader Eid and Karen Stephenson, both of whom put on fantastic presentations in the past.  Also confirmed is Aleks Rakocevic presenting on bushcraft cooking.
This year’s meet is looking to out perform any other!


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Movie Monday – Happy People Part 4

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“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – Happy People Part 3

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“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – Happy People Part 2

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“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Movie Monday – Happy People Part 1

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“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Home Canning – Spotting Spoilage

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When done properly, home canned food is safe for consumption for years.  However, it isn’t a foolproof process.  Sometimes seals come unsealed due to small bits of food on the jar rim, improper cooling times before removing from the canner, getting knocked around on pantry shelves, and sometimes the pantry goblin buggers it up just for giggles.

I’ve personally home canned thousands of jars and for the most part had great success.  But alas, I’m not perfect.  For whatever reason, sometimes jars just become unsealed…I usually blame the pantry goblin, but that’s another story.

There are 3 things you should do when opening home canned food to prepare…

1 – look at it before you open it.  If you see discoloration or even something that looks like mold, then discard it.
2 – listen as you open.  You should hear a sucking sound as air rushes INTO the jar.  If you don’t hear that sound, toss the contents and reach for another jar.
3 – Smell it.  Does it smell like the contents should?  If you get an off smell (or even a gag reflex) flush it!

Realize that no one is perfect, and that includes me!  It’s happened before and let me tell you, one can usually spot spoiled food from home canning without questioning it, but the golden rule applies…

If in doubt, throw it out!

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm Christmas Special

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Wartime Farm Christmas Special

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologist Peter Ginn are returning to Manor Farm in Hampshire to recreate the conditions of Christmas 1944.


1944 saw the sixth Christmas at war, and shortages were biting deeper than ever. Added to this, Britain’s cities were in the grip of the worst German attacks since the Blitz of 1940. Unmanned flying bombs – the dreaded V1 ‘Doodlebugs’ and V2 rockets – rained down, stretching morale and services to breaking point.
Having been set the target of doubling home-grown food production by the government, Britain’s farmers had already ploughed up six and a half million additional acres in the drive for additional crops (an area equivalent in size to the whole of Wales). Now, in addition to maintaining food production, it fell to Britain’s farmers to come to the aid of the nation’s urban dispossessed in their hour of need. Many rural women joined the one million-strong Women’s Voluntary Service to provide food, drink and gifts to lift the spirits – especially at Christmas. Ruth finds out how the WVS operated the government’s National Pie Scheme.
Beer was seen as so essential to the nation’s morale that it was never rationed – but a vital ingredient, barley, was in short supply, so substitutes were needed. Peter calls upon rural crafts expert, Colin Richards, to brew some improvised potato beer for Christmas. Meanwhile, Ruth comes up with innovative presents for children, and ingenious festive decorations made from scraps.
After enjoying a Christmas church service for the community at Manor Farm, including German prisoners-of-war who, along with Italian POWs, accounted for one in five of the farming labour force in Britain by Christmas 1944, and had become surprisingly well-integrated into some rural communities. Following in the footsteps of many wartime rural farmers, Peter and Ruth transport their gifts, food and beer on a vintage wartime steam train to Chislehurst Caves – 10 miles outside London – where they discover what Christmas was like for some of the 15,000 people who sheltered in the caves.
Following recipes and guidelines issued by the government and the WVS, Ruth cooks an improvised Christmas meal, relying chiefly on rabbit and a glut of carrots from the farm. And the Salvation Army bring musical cheer to the occasion as the team reflect on the impact of what was to be the last Christmas of the Second World War.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Moderators Wanted for the Forum

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Well, now that all the technical stuff on the forum is done and over with, we can get down to some other improvements.  We are looking for Provincial Moderators – one for each province/territory to help welcome new members and keep the activity flowing.  If you have a generally sunny disposition, love chatting with new people and like to keep conversations going, then please visit the forum and click on the “application” link in the navigation menu.  I’m sure there will be lots of responses to this, but we can only handle one moderator per province/territory so please don’t feel rejected if you don’t get chosen.

Applicants should have some history on the forum.  We won’t set minimum membership time or post counts, but we would like to see some history of involvement.  You won’t be asked to settle arguments or ban users or do any policing of any kind…we just want someone welcoming to new users and someone to keep the flow of posts active.

Looking forward to seeing your applications!

Movie Monday – Without Bound – Perspectives on Mobile Living

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Without Bound

Many of us have thought about mobile living.  The thought of total freedom can be intoxicating.  Perhaps this is even your SHTF plan…bugging out and living in a van, camper, whatever…but is it as glorious as we may want to believe?  This week we take a look at some of those that have actually done it.  Their perspectives promise to be eye opening.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

President Elect – Donald Trump

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Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is President Elect.  So just what does this mean?  Like many readers, I really can’t say for sure how this is going to work out.  True, he has little to no political hands on experience, although one would think that his business dealing have brought him into contact with some very powerful politicians, which MAY give him some insight.

One thing is for certain, the American people have sent a strong message to the political class in the country and that is that they are fed up with them.  The status quo for politics in America has been sternly rejected.  However, I personally don’t think this will change much as the President doesn’t have absolute power and needs to maintain the support of his(or her) party to succeed, so in reality, the powers that be are still running the show.

The immediate effects remain to be seen.  How will this affect the economy in the US, and in trading countries?  Will a renewed and intensified battle against terrorism bring more backlash than success?  Will diplomatic relations with Russia come to fruition?  So many questions and so much time on our hands just waiting to see.

Personally, I think the concerns are far over rated.  He won’t have the absolute power that people think he will, and the established powers that be won’t let him ruin things for their future.  Either way, I plan on keeping an eye on things…just in case.

Friday Book Recomendation – The Solar House

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Passive solar heating and passive cooling—approaches known as natural conditioning—provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved.
Now Dan Chiras, author of the popular book The Natural House, brings those principles up to date for a new generation of solar enthusiasts.
The techniques required to heat and cool a building passively have been used for thousands of years. Early societies such as the Native American Anasazis and the ancient Greeks perfected designs that effectively exploited these natural processes. The Greeks considered anyone who didn’t use passive solar to heat a home to be a barbarian!
In the United States, passive solar architecture experienced a major resurgence of interest in the 1970s in response to crippling oil embargoes. With grand enthusiasm but with scant knowledge (and sometimes little common sense), architects and builders created a wide variety of solar homes. Some worked pretty well, but looked more like laboratories than houses. Others performed poorly, overheating in the summer because of excessive or misplaced windows and skylights, and growing chilly in the colder months because of insufficient thermal mass and insulation and poor siting.
In The Solar House, Dan Chiras sets the record straight on the vast potential for passive heating and cooling. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, he highlights certain egregious—and entirely avoidable—errors. More importantly, Chiras explains in methodical detail how today’s home builders can succeed with solar designs.
Now that energy efficiency measures including higher levels of insulation and multi-layered glazing have become standard, it is easier than ever before to create a comfortable and affordable passive solar house that will provide year-round comfort in any climate.
Moreover, since modern building materials and airtight construction methods sometimes result in air-quality and even toxicity problems, Chiras explains state-of-the-art ventilation and filtering techniques that complement the ancient solar strategies of thermal mass and daylighting. Chiras also explains the new diagnostic aids available in printed worksheet or software formats, allowing readers to generate their own design schemes.

Movie Monday – Meteor Storm

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Meteor Storm

A little more light hearted entertainment this week with Meteor Storm.  A meteor shower turns San Francisco into a battle zone when the massive fiery rocks begin bombarding the city. The fate of the world hangs in the balance as astronomer Michelle Young tries to determine what is causing the seemingly targeted strikes.

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Friday Book Recomendation

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In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.

Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless’s short life. . Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

When McCandless’s innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless’s uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding–and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer’s stoytelling blaze through every page

Hacks for Homesteading for Almost No Money – Guest Post by Jack Neely

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Homesteading comes with freedom. It provides you with an opportunity of living off the land as you enjoy your own grown food and recreation. On the flip side, getting started might require some capital before your homestead can sustain itself.
Here are some tips to get started with homesteading for almost no money.
Initial Decisions
If you want to start homesteading today, you must first consider what is important to you. You might want to start growing your own food, raising your own livestock, cooking your own bread, or even doing a combination of the above.
Additionally, consider your strengths. If you love vegetables, start with gardening. If meat is your thing, then you can get started with meat harvesting. It all depends on your passion and interests. If you have interest in something, you will be more likely to sustain this sort of lifestyle.
Homesteading with Livestock
If you have made a decision to start homesteading with livestock, then you’ll need to practice a lot of patience. You can start by joining Facebook groups in your locality, especially those relating to livestock and farms.
If there are livestock in your area, some people sell them for super cheap. This means you can really start with the livestock at a low price. You’ll just need to worry about the food.
However, you will have to ensure that the stock you are receiving is healthy and will not infect your other animals with diseases. If you are cash-strapped, this is something you really need to be smart about. Don’t take free or low cost animals for the sake of increasing your livestock, because it can have the opposite effect. Make sure each animal you choose is perfect for your needs.
When it comes to goats, purchase them when they are young and bring them up yourself. They are available at a much cheaper cost than when they mature up. For homesteaders who want to rear pigs, a weaned piglet is available for as low as $40.
If space is limiting, you can rear chickens, rabbits or quails instead. They don’t require much space. On the other hand, you can even stack up their cages, making use of vertical space, which is not easy when rearing cows, goats and pigs.
Learn Traditional Skills
One of the simplest and best ways to launch your homesteading is to learn some traditional skills such as canning and baking. Once you learn these skills, you don’t have to buy bread any more. You’ll be able to eat fresh breakfast straight from your farm.
There are certain foods that you might need to acquire from the store. So that you can save on costs, you should purchase them in bulk, and then you can them. You can also learn how to make sausage or how to preserve meat. Similarly, you can learn numerous traditional skills that will help around the house and plot.
Gardening
Homesteading is not complete without gardening. If you happen to have some portion of land, start growing vegetables and fruits. It is advisable to grow only what your family can consume. During your first homesteading years, just concentrate on few varieties of vegetables.
This will give you a better experience, as you proceed to putting more land under cultivation. Tomatoes are always a nice way to start, since they are not very demanding, in terms of care and management.
Moreover, you can make several things with them including pasta sauce, tomato paste and salsa. Beans, which contain a significant amount of proteins, should also be grown.
Conclusion
There are many ways to start homesteading today. Just find out the activities that are very attractive to you, and start with them. Homesteading isn’t super easy, but it’s rewarding. These hacks will help you get started!

About the Author
Jack Neely is a fitness expert, survivalist, and world traveler. He’s been in several life or death situations, and he’s making an effort to spread his knowledge around the web to help others survive these situations as well. He’s also on the content team at The Tactical Guru.

Friday Book Recomendation – The Sensible Prepper

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As the news reports an endless array of chaotic events from summers of record-setting wildfires, heat waves and droughts or winter polar vortexes, Hurricane Sandy convinced many that climate change is real and that catastrophic weather events are the new norm. Many people resolved to be better prepared for the next big crisis and to make a plan to deal with the disruption that will come. The Sensible Prepper provides readers with the tools to make a plan and be prepared to deal with the next storm. The book takes a big picture look at additional challenges such as economic collapse, peak oil and global pandemics that form the zeitgeist of “angst” many people are experiencing. It provides a framework for taking steps to build personal resilience examining such questions as where to live, how to power your home, how to grow and store more food as well as new models of economic exchange. The tools and knowledge exist today for people to be more independent and better able to deal with many of the challenging issues of our time but what has been lacking is a coherent, achievable plan to build that resilience. Unlike the “stock up on guns and ammo” books of the past, this book provides a logical road map to build independence written by people who have lived independently for more than a decade. Michelle and Cam Mather have lived off the electricity grid for 18 years heating and powering their home sustainably and independently with renewable energy while growing food for themselves and for others in their community.