Blast from the past: “eBooks or Printed media, which is best for a Survival Library?”

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Simple Faraday Cage

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A homemade Faraday cage that will protect life-saving and useful electronics from an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) event is something that every prepper should have. It doesn’t need to be fancy, or complicated. It doesn’t need to be an entire room. There are DIY simple faraday cage designs that can be built quickly, with supplies on hand, and then kept in your garage, basement, attic, or vehicle as storage containers for those sensitive machines that you want to protect.

Let’s discuss EMPs, and why we need to shield our equipment from them.

What is an EMP?

An EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) is a short burst of electromagnetic energy that is powerful enough to destroy electronic equipment. There are three major sources of these bursts. First is a very large solar flare from the Sun. Luckily large solar flares are not at all common and are very directional. So the likelihood of one big enough to affect us and aimed directly at Earth is pretty small, but still possible.

Second source of an EMP is from a nuclear warhead detonating on land. This would be a fairly contained EMP that radiates away from the warhead impact location. Though significant, the radiation effects of the nuclear warhead would be much more devastating than the EMP would be.

The third and scariest of the possible EMP options is a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP). This is where a nuclear warhead is detonated hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface. There is little to no radiation affects from these blasts. But the EMP effect is massive to fragile electronics below, for a range of hundreds to thousands of miles depending on the size of the blast. One large HEMP could affect all of Europe.

Any of these three sources would seriously compromise our modern infrastructure by destroying electronics that run our grid, including power stations, sewage facilities, modern airplanes, and modern vehicles. If you want to get a general idea of what life would be like after such an attack, take a look at some of the books on the Prepper Fiction page.

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What is a Faraday Cage?

A Faraday cage–also know as a Faraday shield–really isn’t that complicated. Named after the English scientist Michael Faraday, who invented them in 1836, a simple Faraday cage is just an enclosure made of a non-conductive material, that is then enclosed in a structure that is made of a conductive material. You could simply wrap a cardboard box in several layers of aluminum foil and make a aluminum foil Faraday cage. Or you could go really big and put cardboard boxes inside of a large metal shipping container to make a shipping container Faraday cage.

A Faraday shield could be small, enclosing only one item. Or, you could build a mid-sized one for each room. Maybe a larger one for your garage. Let’s take a look at three simple Faraday cage options.

3 Simple Faraday Cage Options

Metal Trash Can Faraday Cage

First let’s make a simple Faraday cage out of a standard metal trash can. I stopped by the local big box hardware store and bought a 31 gallon metal trash can and a slightly smaller 20 gallon plastic trash can. I made sure the height and diameter were similar, with the plastic can being just small enough to fit easily into the metal can with the metal lid fitting snugly. I had to do a little bit of prepper engineering by removing plastic handles so I could insert the whole plastic trash can inside the metal trash can. Both lids close correctly. It is really important to have a tight seal of the outside aluminum can.

I’ve seen several sites that use cardboard or carpet pieces to make similar Faraday cages. But I really think that the ease of a second plastic trash can is the way to go.

I made a Instructable that walks through the whole creation process.

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This will hold a lot of stuff and protect electronics from EMP. But will also a nice portable Faraday cage.


Ammo Can Faraday Cage

Second we can build an ammo can Faraday cage. One thing about the military is that they have some really cool containers that are made to last. I didn’t realize while I was in the Army but all of the important equipment like night vision goggles, special weapon sights and shoulder-fired anti-tank weapons had custom containers. They were made of aluminum with cut out foam inside to ensure things wouldn’t move. But now I know they were also pretty simple Faraday cages. Military ammo cans are inexpensive and easy to find.

Here are a few links to help you make your own:


Faraday Bags

Lastly Amazon has some pretty cool Faraday bags for sale. There are some inexpensive Faraday bags that basically look like really thick static bags which computer parts are shipped in. Also there is a really nice duffle bag that is specially lined to protect against EMP attacks.

Conclusion

Once you know how to make a simple Faraday cage, it really isn’t too hard to build your own. I think it would be great to see some that other people have built. Leave comments or send me an email and I will add them to this post.

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Preppers University – Sign Up Now

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Preppers UniversityFounded by Lisa Bedford of The Survival Mom fame and prolific writer, Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper, Preppers University is a unique and interactive online school designed for a small group of highly focused students, willing to commit their time and energy to ensure their homes and families are prepared.

Preppers University Instructors

A really impressive list of instructors has been gathered to teach and be available for questions. Click through some of their web sites and look at the books that this group have authored. This is the best online resource I have seen to date!

Lisa Bedford, The Survival Mom: Lisa is the founder of The Survival Mom blog, an author, speaker, and will teach webinars throughout the course.


Daisy Luther is a prolific writer and author and is Co-Founder of Preppers University. Daisy’s expertise lies in the practical application of preparedness and common sense survival. She will be teaching webinars throughout the term.


Dr. Arthur T. Bradley is nationally known as an expert in EMP research. He has written numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, and joins us to talk about EMP preparedness.


​Fernando Aguirre is better known to some as FerFAL, author, blogger, and survivor of Argentina’s economic decline and collapse. Fernando will join us to talk about realities of an economic collapse.


Jim Cobb is the author of 9 books related to survival and preparedness. He joins Prep U students to teach Suburban/Urban Survival and Security. Jim is a private investigator and is the lead consultant with Disaster Prep Consultants.


Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen Ph.D. has been a forager all his life. Author of Idiot’s Guide to Foraging, he’ll be teaching how to harvest nature’s free food to supplement your food storage pantry.


Herbalist Cat Ellis shares her experience and expertise in a session focused on natural remedies for times when there is no doctor. Cat is a blogger, author, and hosts 2 podcasts.


Patrice Lewis, well-known columnist for World Net Daily, author, and blogger at Rural-Revolution will teach our Intensive students the realities of rural life. Our students will leave her session with a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of a rural homestead.


Cherie Norton is an NRA Firearms Instructor and an avid homesteader. She is a long-time advocate of the Second Amendment and will be presenting a webinar about keeping yourself safe through situational awareness.


Tammy Trayer is a freelance writer and author, radio show host and homesteader. She’ll talks to students about living of the grid, and surviving with no power.


Lisa Egan is a researcher and writer. She has a BS in Health Science. Lisa has worked as both a personal trainer and nutritionist. Her experiences help to give lots of information when she talks about bug out boot camps in her webinar.


Selco is the founder of SHTF School. Join him when he discuses what it’s really like to live in a war-torn country.


Steven Konkoly graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993, receiving a bachelor of science in English literature. He is the best selling author of multiple books including the recently released Fractured State books. In his webinar, he’ll talks all about Pandemics.


A. American is the author of the Survivalist hit series. He is a prepper, survivalist and avid outdoors men with a wide knowledge of medicinal and edible plants.


Rick Austin is the author of Secret Garden of Survival. He is a researcher, farmer, and survivalist and will join us to teach you how to grow a plentiful and sustainable food supply that is camouflaged and hides in plain sight.


Brandon Smith is the founder and chief strategist behind the Alternative Market Project. He’ll join students in an informative webinar.


Tim Young is author of the bestselling book How to Make Money Homesteading, as well as many other books that can help people enjoy a more prepared and self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Pandemic Preparedness Guide – Review

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There has been a lot of information regarding the possibilities of a global pandemic. While this is something to be concerned about, not a lot of people have been able to explain exactly why. The Read More …

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Specialized Bug Out Bags (And What’s Inside Them)

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bug_out_essentials_stuff‘Bug out bags’ are put together to be grabbed in a hurry. Their use stems from the bags issued by militaries to their soldiers in field situations, and it should contain everything you need to sustain yourself in an emergency situation for at least 72 hours. Ideally, every member of your group or family should have their own bug out bag with their own supplies: The more you have as a group, the better your chances of survival will be.

By Alex Coyne, a contributing author of SurvivalCache and SHTFBlog.com

Most bug out bags are aimed at meeting the most basic survival needs: That is, they contain a bit of everything for when you need to grab and go, but what if you have some more specialized needs, for example access to technology or your family’s important documents stored separately?

Here’s a look at some specialized bug out bags to go with your main kit, customized for more specific needs. (Note: Most of these are just as useful for camping or hiking as they are for grabbing in an emergency.)

Oh, yeah, and take a look at this link on YouTube for what Dr. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory keeps in his

#1: The Medic Bag

1_med_bagThe medic bag contains your group or family’s medical supplies. Include a laminated card with each member’s details and medical history; be sure to list their full name, blood type, next-of-kin with the most recent contact details and their allergies. Your kit should also contain antibiotics, painkillers, alcohol, bandages, stitches, burn gel and/or cream, clean wipes, surgical scissors, a scalpel, cotton wool, a syringe (and the knowledge to use it!) and any other medical supplies you would normally keep in your first aid kit or might come in handy where you’re going.  Prescription medication (for chronic conditions) can be arranged in advance with your doctor or pharmacist.

#2: The Bag of Documents

Your family’s important documents can include birth certificates, passports, doctor’s reports, financial information and wills; this is by no means an exhaustive list. We highly recommend that documents like these are always kept organized neatly in the same place, with several digital backups. Consider backing up your information on DVD or Blu-Ray to keep in your bag of documents. Store hard copy documents in plastic sleeves. Make sure your bag can withstand elements like water, and make sure you don’t store your documents with (or next to) anything that can catch fire or explode.

Related: Building a Natural Emergency Shelter With No Tools

#3: The Chef’s Bag

fallkniven_phk_professional_hunting_knife_gutting-birdThere’s likely someone in your group or family who’s been appointed the head chef, and a chef – especially one on the road – could do with some decent tools. The chef’s bag is customized to hold all the tools a chef might need in the field, and this will be up to personal preference. Be sure to ask them what tools they simply can’t do without. Many tools have a portable version. Take a look at the Glamping Fold Up Pan and the Camp Chef Knife Set. The chef’s bag should also contain other chef’s essentials like their most used spices and utensils.

#4: The Hiker’s Bag

The hiker’s bag should be taken if you’re planning on going on a hiking trip. Practicality is your main goal here, and you’re looking to cover all of the bases. Take enough food to sustain yourself on the walk and for a while after should you get stuck, take along your first-aid basics, a knife, a fold-up walking stick, plenty of water and purification tablets, a map and compass and a fire-starter kit. Again, this is not an exhaustive list, just the basics.

#5: The Mechanic’s Kit

The mechanic’s kit is great for keeping in your car by default, and it’s essential if you’re going to be stuck somewhere for a while. Put simply, it’s for fixing things. A wide variety of things. The mechanic’s kit should contain the most portable tools you can find – a simple online search on Amazon will give you hundreds of options for portable tools – and odds-and-ends like wire, cable ties, glue, duct tape, rope, nails, screws, nuts and bolts. Keep documents like your car’s repair handbook (or, say, a general book on DIY and car repair) with this too: Digital backups are available, will take up much less space and can be handy should anyone else who isn’t as handy end up with the mechanic’s kit.

Check Out: Fortifying Your Home

#6: The Herbal Healer

Waterford_Medicinal_Survival_Plants_of_the_Rocky_MountainsWaterford_Press_berries_closeAncient human groups consisted of hunter-gatherers, and modern humans are no different. The herbal healer’s bag is for the gatherer or natural healer, and should contain everything they need to gather, preserve and prepare herbs. Take this along for a hiking trip or when you go out to gather herbs, plants or fruits. A sharp, versatile knife is essential; some cords and clothespins (useful for drying), containers and bags for collecting samples; gloves; a fold-up camping shovel; seeds for starting a garden; plant nutrients; an empty spray bottle; sanitized water and wipes (for various and fairly obvious reasons); alcohol (for tinctures and sanitization). The herbal bag will likely also contain a collection of common herbs that have already been collected: These are up to you. Again, a disc with your library of plant books (with pictures for identification) should go with your kit.

#7: The Tech Junkie’s Kit

Don’t discount the usefulness of technology in a survival situation: As a journalist working online, I realize the value of connectivity. The tech junkie’s kit should be exceptionally well-padded and contain a laptop that can withstand some damage (laptops like the Sony Vaio are small yet durable), replacement cables, an additional camera (of higher quality), blank DVD’s, spare parts, an operating system on DVD (should you need to re-install your system on the go), a power bank or solar power kit, a screwdriver kit, a USB dongle (yes, even if you have a router), a mouse, backup batteries, a backup celllphone and a signal strengthener. (At the very least.)

What do you have in your bug out bag? Have you learned to add anything from yours by reading this article? Use the comments to let us know your thoughts.

Krav Maga Tactical Survival: Personal Safety in Action Review

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When the grid goes down, and SHTF, it’s vital that a person knows how to protect themselves. Guns, knives, and other weapons will only get a person so far. Also, despite what most people think, those items aren’t always readily available when the need arises.  A person needs to be able to protect themselves even […]

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10 How-To Books Worth Owning

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10 How-To Books Worth Owning They say knowledge is power and that you need wits to survive when the world around you crumbles. As preppers, we are used to stockpile food, water and survival gear. We gather all the things we might need during a crisis and we hope for the best. However, gathering knowledge …

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(Free) New US Air Force SERE Manual

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The new Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) Operations Manual is available free online and it’s actually pretty great. It’s a rather large file so rather than opening it with the browser I suggest to right click and directly download the PDF.

AF Handbook 10-644 SERE 21 March 2017

The USAF survival manual has always been a solid survival literature staple, often used as reference or downright plagiarized by more than a few survival manuals out there. This latest version is packed full of good updated info.

Keep a copy in your PC, you phone and flash drive, heck, take the time and print a hard copy of it as well.

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

 

 

Top 10 Homesteading and Preparedness Books

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Top 10 Homesteading and Preparedness Books There are so many resources in the digital world that its easy to forget about the importance of the old paper world. I feel like no group can better portray the importance of paper knowledge like preppers. There is also just something nice about a good book. It has …

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Your Survival Library

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wilderness_book_survival_educateWe all know that knowledge is power; but when it really comes down to an emergency, the right kind of knowledge could be the difference between life and death. We take a look at some of the best survival books for your library or Kindle. The books in this collection were chosen because they truly make life easier. Why make stupid mistakes when you can learn from the mistakes from others?

By Alex Coyne, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

The books on this list serve as a cornerstone of good survival habits and practices. Any competent survivalist will understand the information conveyed in these materials.

The Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living

Also known as the Naked Wilderness Survival Guide, this book’s slightly longer title tells you every you need to know about it: Surviving with nothing but your bare hands and what you find in the woods. John and Geri McPherson are well-known in survivalist circles, and have been instructing people in the art of wilderness survival for decades.

Read Also: Survival Books for Your Bunker

Fire Skills: Methods for Starting Fires Without Matches

A collaborative project by David and Victoria Aman, this book teaches you more about how to make fire in the field – fire is one of the most primitive human skills, and in a situation where you’re fighting for survival, knowing how to make, use, and control fire will be one of your most critical skills.

A Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs

This one’s part of the Peterson Field Guide series; check out the rest if you want to broaden your nature library. This one applies to western medicinal plants and herbs: What you’ll encounter in the wild and what to do with it. Knowledge of plants, it goes without saying, is essential if you don’t want to die from eating or applying the wrong thing.

The Complete Book of Knots

By Geoffrey Budworth, this book really is the complete book of knots. Knot-making can get you out of a lot of tight situations: You might need to tie together a knot to keep your gear or shelter in one place, and that’s just two examples. Knots are useful. Learn how.

First-Aid WikiBooks

WikiBooks is a great resource for information, and this one is specifically geared towards basic First-Aid. You won’t find much of survival info in here, but at the end of reading this one you should know what to do in a medical emergency at the very least, which makes it worth a look.

Related: 3 Types of Books you Should Read and Why

The American Red Cross First-Aid and Safety Handbook

First-Aid is vital, so here’s another take on the First-Aid straight from the American Red Cross. You know the information you’re getting in here is accurate, so make sure you’ve got this one standing on your bookshelf, or hanging around on your Kindle device.

US Air Force Survival Handbook

Also known as The Portable and Essential Guide to Staying Alive, the US Air Force Survival Handbook is surprisingly available for order off of Amazon. Get your copy and learn how to stay alive from the experts.

The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook

survival_book_complete_survival_shelters_handbookBy Anthonio Akkermans, The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook contains guides on how to build shelters for almost any environment and climate using materials you’ll find around you in such a situation.  According to the book’s description, you can expect to find out more about everything from a Yurt to a Debris Hut and Scandinavian Lavvu. In any survival situation, crafting adequate shelter is crucial. Having multiple ways to construct shelter is A worthy inclusion to anyone’s library!

The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering and Cooking in the Wild

Food: Even outside of a survival situation, you’re screwed without it. Here’s the field guide to trapping, gathering and cooking in the wild. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t take this one on the road if you’re just planning a camping trip at a nearby game reserve; that being said, it’s essential info for the serious survivalist.

A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America

This one is also part of the Peterson Field Guide series – see, we told you to go look! This one is geared towards Eastern and Central North America. Even if travelling there isn’t in your plans, familiarize yourself with the area’s plants and their uses. As we all know, survival situations rarely stick to a plan.

Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere – Alive

Written by the guy behind the TV show Survivalman, this book comes highly recommended by many survival experts. The book promises a no-BS look at survival, and that’s pretty much exactly what you get. It covers everything from shelters to survival kits as well as “why the notion of hunting and tracking large game is largely a pipe dream” in a wilderness situation.

The Ultimate Survival Manual: 333 Skills That Will Get You Out Alive

The Ultimate Survival Manual is certainly comprehensive; the book offers a run-down of skills that you absolutely cannot afford to be without.

The US Army Survival Manual

Know the ins and outs of survival like a real soldier: It could be the difference between life and death.  This one goes well with the US Air Force Manual (recommended further up), and it teaches you not only what to do in a survival situation, but how to prepare yourself for anything you might encounter mentally. Things like first-aid and health are also covered at length.

Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

Dave Canterbury is well-known in survival circles, and there are a couple books that add to the Bushcraft series: This is only one of them, and focuses purely on the art of survival in the wilderness. Also take a look at Advanced Bush Craft once you’ve read your way through the rest.

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List of Great Books on Bartering

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Just by going to websites like this, you are way ahead of the general populace. If you go ahead and actually prepare you are light-years ahead of most. If we have a large scale disaster, you may be in a position to trade some of your goods (and services) for items you may need. Here are some books to get you started in bartering.

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“Third Tier” List of Recommended Specialty Books

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Some of these books are more expensive than those in the second and first tiers, others are more technical, and some are supplemental texts that cover the same subjects in different ways. For whatever reason, I don’t find these books as essential as those on the first two lists, even though I bought some of them first….

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“Second Tier” List of Recommended Specialty Books

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I subscribe to a Good, Better, Best philosophy when it comes to preparedness resources. I would rather have a good piece of equipment RIGHT NOW, than have plans to buy the best most ultimate piece of gear someday. Then as I learn to use that good piece of equipment, it helps me know what too look for when I have the resources to upgrade. Once you start to understand the fundamental skills contained in the non-fiction must have list, you may want to learn more details. This next list is a little more in depth. It will be followed by a third list at a later date.

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Non-Fiction Must Read Books

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Having “stuff” is cool, but too many people tend to rely on “stuff” in an emergency, when really, keeping your head and thinking your way through things works a lot better. (Ever watch MacGyver?) No preparedness plan is complete without knowledge, because somebody can take your stuff, but they cannot take your mind, (if YOU don’t lose it!).

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Trayer Wilderness Cookbook – Volume 1

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After reading and reviewing How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle, I could not wait to see what kind of recipes Tammy Trayer would cook up in The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook Volume 1. It is good to Read More …

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Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle – Review

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How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle by Tammy Trayer I would first like to thank Tammy for her willingness to share this information with the public and for allowing me to review her work. I Read More …

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Kate Morris and The McClane Apocalypse

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Kate Morris and The McClane Apocalypse Richard McGrath ” Finding Freedom” Audio in player below! This week we have another author Kate Morris who is also a homesteader. We will dive in and talk about prepping, freedom, homesteading, and her books also be sure to check her out on Facebook as well. Kate Morris: “I … Continue reading Kate Morris and The McClane Apocalypse

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20 Survival Principles From the Classic Book, Lucifer’s Hammer

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A classic noven in the TEOTWAWKI* niche is Lucifer’s Hammer, published in 1977, by veteran science fiction writers Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The story line is a classic end of the world scenario. A previously-unknown comet is discovered only months before scientists realize it is on a near-collision course with Earth. Naturally, virtually no one in the world is prepared when the comet breaks apart and strikes the Earth in several places. As the story continues, it focuses on the struggles of survivors, building into an exciting, good vs. evil finish.

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Within this 600+ page story are 20 valuable, often universal lessons and principles worth examining

Things in the sky can be unpredictable

This story is based on a comet that crashes into earth; but there are other, more plausible hazards from space, foremost being electrical storms generated by the sun that can wreak havoc with our electrical grid as described in this article.

Leaders lead

A U.S. Senator from California is one of the heroes of the story when he takes on the executive role, comparable to that of a Governor, when all other government structure fails. Even though he is hampered by a heart defect, he maintains the respect and loyalty of the group of people that gravitated to him. As a natural leader, he steps up in a crisis to do what he does best.

Be careful who you trust

The millionaire amateur astronomer who first discovers the comet, has a caretaker maintaining his mountain observatory. It’s stocked and ready to go as his personal bug out location. When disaster strikes, the caretaker and some friends decide they need the property more, and turn the owner away at gunpoint. The astronomer had placed all of his preparedness eggs in that basket, and was turned away with nothing but the vehicle he was driving.

Love may have to wait

Romance becomes much more complicated when your social circle shrinks. Within the Senator’s tight-knit survivor’s group, two alpha-males seek the attention of the Senator’s beautiful daughter. For political reasons, one of the men is strongly advised not to pursue her in the interest of keeping the group together. Personal relationships are difficult to cultivate and maintain in a big enough crisis.

Denying what’s in front of you can get you killed

One of the more memorable characters is a rural mail carrier who gets caught mid-route by the comet strike. Even in the face of extreme rainstorms caused by the comet, he presses to finish his mail route and is almost washed away. Salvaging as much of the mail as he can, he presses on and is shot at by predatory teens. He eventually accepts the dangers of the new world and obtains a pistol for self-protection. Realities may change and they may change drastically. Survivors will be those who can accept and adapt quickly.

Impending doom can embolden bad people

A paroled rapist realizes that even if he indulges his homicidal sexual fantasies, he won’t be held to trial. He unleashes his urges on a young woman and is arrested for her murder. Later after the comet strike, he is the recipient of “frontier justice” from a jailer who releases lesser criminals but can’t bring himself to let the rapist go. This is a lesson to add self defense and home defense to your list of prepping priorities. Learn self-defense through martial arts (learn how to choose the best dojo), as well as teaching everyone in the household to use a firearm safely and accurately.

The right vehicle can save your butt

In 1977, the do-all, off-road truck was the International TravelAll, equivalent to today’s Chevy Suburban. In Lucifer’s Hammer, the TravelAll lived up to its reputation by getting characters through floods and mud, pulling down trees, and being reliable all the time, every time. In the real world, having a tough, reliable vehicle is just as important. This article shares tips for getting your vehicle ready for the end of the world, and it’s not as expensive as you might think.

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You don’t have to know everything, you just need to know where to find it

Dan Forrester, Ph.D., is an Astrophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California when the comet strikes. He has the foresight to conceal reference books that turn out to be important in getting accepted into the Senator’s survival group. Later, these books become key in defending the good guys and restoring civilization. It also inspired me to get the books, How Things Work, Volumes 1-4, which are difficult to find, but a very good substitute is The Way Things Work Now and, for homesteading and rural basic skills, the Foxfire books.

Politics are a big part of disasters

As Lucifer’s Hammer progresses, comet survivors look to existing remnants of government to guide them. The lesson? Strong politicians and their supporters will have more influence over what happens following a disaster than they did before the disaster. Face time with politicians at all levels or campaign contributions before the disaster go a long way.

Adversity Forces You to Grow Up Fast

Several of the characters in the book have sons in Boy Scouts. The parents’ plan to send the Scouts up into the mountains for their safety backfires when the kids have to take on adult roles. While somewhat immature, the boys had the skills they needed to survive and survive, they did. Survival skills should be taught at all levels, and this list provides a good place to start.

The Keepers of Secret Knowledge are worth their weight in gold

Engineers, physicians, mechanics, machinists…these will be the modern-day alchemists who will salvage the remnants of the disaster and start to rebuild. Guards at roadblocks had lists of desired skills that could pass through to safety. Others were out of luck. The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm is a must-read for more information in this area.

Medical problems before become severe after

Dr. Dan Forrester, savior of the good guys has Type 1 Diabetes, a dangerous affliction to have in a post-disaster situation. He eventually loses his source of insulin and dies. However, all may not be lost in our more modern era. Read this article written by a prepper mom with a Type 1 child for practical tips to prepare for such an event. For the rest of us, it’s vital to become as healthy and physically fit as possible now, both as a prep for future hard times as well as a way to improve quality of life.

Hard decisions will have to be made

As it often happens in a sudden disaster, needs outstrip resources very quickly. Both the good guys and bad guys have in-depth discussions about available food, restrict adding new outsiders, and predict the severity of the winter soon to come. Do they feed strangers now, just to watch their own children starve later? Moral dilemmas will become one of the most difficult aspects of surviving, as Survival Mom explains in this BuzzFeed article.

Those with skills will fare better

This one is distinct from the “Keepers of Secret Knowledge” because it relates to everyone. Can you ride a horse? Drive a car with manual transmission? Use a two-way radio? Defend yourself with a handgun/rifle/shotgun? Have prior military or law enforcement experience? You will fare better than others if you said yes to one or all. Check out the section, Skill of the Month, for some ideas to build your skill/knowledge repertoire.

Civilization is fragile

Few businesses are able to maintain large inventories of items, including food. Our modern computer-managed inventories and just-in-time reordering means that when a sudden disaster hits, stores run out of items quickly. After about 12 hours, we are back to 1930’s level society, or worse.

Disabilities are magnified

When society is reduced to day-to-day survival, many with emotional or mental disabilities exceed their ability to cope and succumb to their disorders. The inability of many persons with disabilities or access and functional needs to pull their own weight can subject them to the cruel calculus of survival. Families with loved ones in these circumstances should consider and plan now how they will continue caring for them. One example of a family with an adult Down’s syndrome child is detailed in this book.

The Art of the Deal is real

Successful survivors must have the gift of gab…the ability to sell one’s self and trade valuable information for food or protection is vital. Persuasion is a skill worth its weight in gold and the ability to trade and barter, priceless.

Be prepared to use what you find

You can’t open a soup can or wine bottle without an opener or a drain a gas tank without a siphon hose; opportunities may present themselves along the way and some planning and forethought can make a difference.

Information is valuable, and organized information is priceless

In our everything-is-available-on-the-internet world, something as simple as a paper road map can be incredibly useful post-disaster. Annotating that map with notes about bridges out or roads blocked consolidates multiple sources of info in a more valuable way. Collecting detailed maps of your area and surrounding states is an inexpensive prep.

The Road is not where you want to be

Every society needs a justice system with consequences for violating rules. In Lucifer’s Hammer, the good guys hanged those who were sentenced to capital punishment; short of hanging, the next most severe punishment was being banished to The Road. Being evicted meant you were no longer able to share food, protection, and fellowship with the good guys. The Road almost surely guaranteed slow starvation and death from lack of food or from marauders.

The Most Important Lesson

Lucifer’s Hammer is just a story, one that The Survival Mom and I both enjoyed. You have the opportunity to write your own story, for the most part. Have a plan, stock your home, have some way of protecting yourself, and you and your family may live happily ever after.

*The End of The World as We Know It

Here’s Lisa’s video review of Lucifer’s Hammer.

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SURRENDER THE SUN

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SURRENDER THE SUN

I have a vast array of interests that add flavor and color to this wonderful life of mine. A few of those happen to be the idea of apocalypse and what impact it may have on the baseline human condition, our sometimes crazy weather and it’s impacts on this incredible world, and a deep rooted love of history, especially when either of my previous two mentions are somehow involved. In her recent work Surrender The Sun, author AR Shaw has offered up a shiny bobble that I simply could not ignore. So, the real question is would it live up to my wild imaginings of where it may take me?

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Full disclosure, AR Shaw is a friend, a very nice lady and I have read her work before. That is precisely the reason I want to be careful in this review to only speak to the work and my impressions of it.

Given the interests I listed above that originally secured my interests in the book, in Surrender The Sun, Shaw did not disappoint.

Want to end life as we know it?
Let’s do it.
How about a naturally occurring catastrophe?
Yes, please.
What if I told you it’s all happened before and it will happen again?
Awesome. Bring it on.

In this cataclysmic, blizzard driven romp of a story, Shaw does a wonderful job of world building. I could feel my lungs ache and burn in the frigid temperatures as I stood on the lake shore staring out as wisps of blowing snow spun out and across the body of water’s frozen surface. To further my immersion in this white-bleached, wintry wasteland, Shaw effectively weaves a sense of intimate foreboding throughout the tale as I witnessed Bishop standing like a granite mountain as he shepherds flame-haired, Maeve and her party through the seemingly never-ending storm. Both natural and man made.

In short, if you share any or all of the interests I mentioned earlier, take a chance on Surrender The Sun. The story and the world are engulfing and satisfying. The author also does a good job of touching on some of my other interests too like preparedness and just what it would feel like to realize that you cannot prepare your way out of a situation. After all, it seems that is where things would get really interesting anyway, right? There will come a point when reading this book where you will find yourself standing alongside Bishop and Maeve, each of you asking yourselves the same question. Now what?

Jump into the deep freeze and grab your copy of Surrender The Sun today. To keep up with everything going on with AR Shaw, be sure to check out her blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Steven Bird On Prepping -Homesteading

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Steven Bird On Prepping -Homesteading Richard McGrath “Finding Freedom” Audio in player below! On this Episode of Finding Freedom we interview Steven Bird Author, Homesteader, Pilot, and Veteran. I’m excited to talk to Steven as I enjoy his books starting with The Homefront series and then The Shepherd. Steven Bird was born in 1973, deep … Continue reading Steven Bird On Prepping -Homesteading

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Homesteading, Prepping, and The Borrowed World

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Homesteading, Prepping, and The Borrowed World Richard McGrath “Finding Freedom” Audio in player below! Come along with Rich McGrath Host of Finding Freedom on this eoisode as we Interview Franklin Horton. Rich became friends with Franklin Horton on Facebook after reading the first book in his series. Rich sent Franklin a Friend request and the two … Continue reading Homesteading, Prepping, and The Borrowed World

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My Favorite Survival Books

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With Christmas coming around the corner I want to share some of my favorite new survival books of this year.

What better way to learn than by reading? Be it factual or fictional there are all kinds of good books to read. Bobby Akart and Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are some of the best authors I know of. Bobby Akart writes fictional true stories that haven’t happened yet. His words. 🙂 Dr bones and Nurse Amy have a goal set in mind to teach as many people as possible how to treat medical emergencies at home so that we can take care of our families in a disaster. Both of the authors should be on all book shelves.

The Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr.Bones and Nurse Amy is a must have for every home. Not only preppers. The Survival Medicine Handbook is a 670 page detailed guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way. The third (2016) edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other so-called “survival” medical books, it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family. The Survival Medicine Handbook will give you the tools, in plain English, to competently handle injuries and illness for any situation that leaves you as the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical well-being

Bobby Akart has a post-apocalyptic series titled “The Boston Brahmin Series” is fantastic! There are 6 books in this series and each book takes you deep inside of our corrupt government with The Loyal Nine as America descends into societal and economical collapse.

 

 

“With social unrest sweeping the country, Europe on the brink of war and the U.S. economy under siege by foreign nations, a new threat emerges. The nation is caught in the crosshairs of a power struggle between wealthy oligarchs and the political leaders who claim to have the country’s best interests at heart.

As the collapse events escalate, enter The Loyal Nine – direct descendants of the Founding Fathers, a modern day Knights Templar whose mission is to protect America, and the republic, from those who would inflict tyranny upon her.

But will America be destroyed from within? Conditions of war are building and they do not involve bullets and bombs. There is a new battleground – cyberspace. As the country descends into decline economically and socially, will America be caught off guard by a threat never before experienced – a devastating Cyber War?”

It is definitely worth the read and will turn any non believer into a prepper very quickly. As Bobby says, “This is a true story. It just hasn’t happened yet.”

Book One: THE LOYAL NINE

Book Two: CYBER ATTACK

Book Three: MARTIAL LAW

Book Four: FALSE FLAG

Book Five: THE MECHANICS

Book Six: CHOOSE FREEDOM

A few others of my favorites written by Bobby Akart are:

Cyber Warfare

EMP

36 hours (The Blackout Series Book 1)

Zero Hour (The Blackout Series Book 2)

Turning Point (The Blackout Series Book 3)

 

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The Doomsday Book Of Medicine Review

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Let’s say an EMP struck last week, and has taken out everything from communications to the street lights on your block. In the panic, you forget about the fact that your wife has had the flu for four days now, and it seems it’s getting worse. Your child also constantly reminds you that their feet have developed blisters, due to the extended walking they’ve been doing, and they can’t go on another step. You’re not a doctor so what do they want you to do? Luckily, one doctor thought about this scenario, and many more, when he decided to write The Doomsday Book of Medicine.

Now at 910 pages, this isn’t exactly a “pocket survival guide”. What it is though, is a book with vast pages of information on almost any common medical issue there is. There are remedies for things ranging from radiation exposure to treating animal and insect bites. Think of it as an encyclopedia of sorts. An encyclopedia with the potential to save your life.

After graduating from medical school, Dr. La Guardia dedicated 30+ years to researching health and human nutrition. Based on the information he was able to gather, it’s clear that there are natural remedies and alternative methods to treating illness and diseases, that people needed to be made aware of. How to deal with things like asthma and diabetes, in a Grid-Down situation, is crucial. This is where The Doomsday Book of Medicine comes in. Dr. La Guardia has a treasure trove of information located in one book.

While reading The Doomsday Book of Medicine, it was amazing to see what all I was learning about. I can’t stress enough, the amount of information that is covered in this book. It’s also written in a way that’s very easy to understand. Not only does the author tell you about treatment or prevention options, but he also covers some of the anatomy of the area. It helps the person reading to understand what it is they’re actually working with.

This is a book that I am going to recommend everyone pick up. People in your group, be it a small or large group, are going to get sick or are going to suffer from some sort of disease. You need to know to how deal with it or how to prevent it from becoming a life threatening issue. Medical supplies will only get someone so far. Medicine expires and for the things that don’t, they do run out. Be prepared and be informed get your copy of The Doomsday Book of Medicine.

Review By: KYPrepper89

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The Lost Ways – A Truly Amazing Prepper Book

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Learn how to build a self-feeding campfire. How to use herbs to heal a wound. How to forage for food, navigate by nature, and make your own knives. How to cook a survival staple that will keep for years. How to build a shelter and cook over open flame. Preserve food and water. Make homemade soap and toothpaste. If the world as we know it came to an end tomorrow, would your family be able to survive? The Lost Ways is a book that could help you thrive.

I’d like to tell you about the book The Lost Ways. I bought the book several months ago, and really haven’t been able to put it down. There are so many prepper topics covered in the book, that I think everyone would be able to learn something from reading i; beginning prepper, and seasoned survivalist. Take a look at the table of contents, and you’ll see what I mean.

The Lost Ways – Table of Contents

Disclaimer …………………………………………………….. 4
The Most Important Thing ……………………………… 18
Making Your Own Beverages: Beer to Stronger Stuff …………………………………………………………………. 23
Making Beer – Basic Recipe ………………………………. 25
Equipment ………………………………………………………………. 25
Ingredients ……………………………………………………………… 26
Creating the Malt: Malted Barley ………………………………. 26
Making the Yeast …………………………………………………….. 27
A Word on Hops ………………………………………………………. 28
Making the Beer ………………………………………………………. 28
A Bit of the Stronger Stuff: Distilling Your Own ‘Moonshine’ …………………………………………………… 30
Making a Still …………………………………………………………… 31
An Alembic Still ……………………………………………………….. 31
A Homemade Still ……………………………………………………. 33
A Schematic of a Homemade Still ………………………………. 35
Ginger beer: Making soda the old fashioned way .. 37
The Deadliest Drink? ……………………………………….. 38
Drunken Sailors ………………………………………………. 39
Beer Gets Boring …………………………………………….. 40
Spicing It Up …………………………………………………… 41
An Easier Brew ………………………………………………… 42
An Unusual Organism ………………………………………. 43
Doing It Yourself ……………………………………………… 45
How North American Indians and Early Pioneers Made Pemmican …………………………………………… 47
Nutritional Qualities ………………………………………… 49
Directions ………………………………………………………. 51
Ingredients ……………………………………………………………… 51
1. Rendering the Fat …………………………………………………. 51
2. Dried Meat Preparation ………………………………………… 58
How Much Do I Need? ……………………………………… 65
Spycraft : Military Correspondence during the 1700s to 1900s ………………………………………………………. 67
Rectal Acorn, Silver Ball, and Quill Letters …………………… 68
Invisible Ink……………………………………………………………… 70
Mask Letters ……………………………………………………………. 74
Wild West Guns For SHTF And A Guide To Rolling Your Own Ammo…………………………………………. 77
Modern Firearms …………………………………………….. 78
Handguns ……………………………………………………………….. 78
Rifles ………………………………………………………………………. 80
Ammunition ……………………………………………………………. 80
Reloading Components …………………………………….. 82
The Cartridge Case …………………………………………………… 83
Processing Brass Cartridge Cases ……………………………….. 85
Primer Pocket………………………………………………………….. 86
Bullets and Projectiles ………………………………………………. 86
The Cast Lead Bullet …………………………………………………. 87
Casting Bullets………………………………………………… 88
The Bullet Mold ……………………………………………………….. 88
The Lead Melting Pot ……………………………………………….. 89
The Ladle ………………………………………………………………… 90
The Melting Process …………………………………………………. 90
The Casting Process …………………………………………………. 91
Swagging Bullets ……………………………………………………….. 93
Machining Bullets…………………………………………………….. 94
The Final Word on Lead Bullets …………………………………. 95
Powder …………………………………………………………. 95
Black Powder ………………………………………………………….. 95
Smokeless Powder …………………………………………………… 96
Primers …………………………………………………………. 96
Primer Size ……………………………………………………………… 96
Reloading Equipment ………………………………………. 98
The Lee Loader ………………………………………………………… 98
The Single Stage Press ………………………………………………. 99
The Progressive Press …………………………………………….. 100
Reloading Dies ………………………………………………………. 101
Reloading Bench ……………………………………………………. 102
The Tumbler ………………………………………………………….. 102
The Powder Scale …………………………………………………… 103
Manuals ……………………………………………………………….. 103
Storage of Ammunition and Components ………….. 104
How Much Ammunition is Enough? …………………………. 105
Recycling ………………………………………………………………. 105
Work Practices ………………………………………………………. 106
How Our Forefathers Built Their Sawmills, Grain Mills and Stamping Mills ………………………………. 109
How the Overshot Wheel Works ………………………. 111
Making That Force Usable ……………………………………….. 115
Gears ……………………………………………………………………. 116
Belts ……………………………………………………………………… 119
For Reciprocating Saws …………………………………………… 121
Don’t Forget Lubrication …………………………………………. 122
Building Your Own Water Wheel ……………………………… 123
How our Ancestors made herbal poultice to heal their wounds ……………………………………………… 126
What is a Poultice? ………………………………………… 127
A Few Poultice Recipes……………………………………. 130
Cataplasma Aromaticum …………………………………………. 130
Soothing Poultice …………………………………………………… 131
For Stomach Aches …………………………………………………. 131
A Mustard Poultice …………………………………………………. 132
A Native American Recipe to Treat an Abscess …………… 132
A Word of Warning from The Past ……………………………. 133
What Our Ancestors Were Foraging For? Or How to Wildcraft Your Table ……………………………………. 134
Arrowhead (Sagittaria Latifolia) ……………………………….. 135
Asparagus (Asparagus Officinalis) …………………………….. 136
Bulrush (Scirpus acutus, Scirpus validus) …………………… 138
Cattails (Typha Latifolia, Typha angustifolia) ……………… 139
Chickweed, Common ……………………………………………… 141
Chicory (Cirhorium Intybus) …………………………………….. 143
Cleavers ………………………………………………………………… 144
Dandelion (Taraxacum Officionale) …………………………… 145
Henbit (Lamium Amplexicaule) ………………………………… 146
Lady’s Thumb (Polygonum persicaria) ………………………. 147
Lambs Quarters (Chenopodium album, Chenopodium berlanieri)……………………………………………………………… 148
Mint (Mentha piperita, Mentha spicata) …………………… 150
Mulberry (Morus alba, Morus rubra) ………………………… 151
Mustard, Black (Brassica Nigra) ……………………………….. 152
Peppergrass (Lapidium Virginicum) ………………………….. 154
Pigweed (Amaranthus Retroflexus, Amaranthus Hybridus) ……………………………………………………………………………. 155
Plantain (Plantago major, Plantago minor) ………………… 156
Pennycress, Field (Thlaspi Arvense) ………………………….. 158
Prickly Lettuce ……………………………………………………….. 159
Purslane (Portulaca Oleracea) …………………………………. 160
Quickweed ( Galinsoga Parviflora) ……………………………. 161
Reed Grass ( Phragmites communis) ………………………… 162
Shepherds Purse (Capsella Bursa-pastoris) ………………… 163
Sour Dock (Rumex crispus) ……………………………………… 165
Storksbill (Erodium Cicutarium) ……………………………….. 166
Watercress (Nasturtium Officinale) ………………………….. 167
How Our Ancestors Navigated Without Using a GPS system ………………………………………………………. 169
Shadow Tip Method ………………………………………. 170
Watch Method ……………………………………………… 171
Using the Stars ……………………………………………… 171
Letting the Sun Guide You ………………………………. 174
Letting the Moon Guide You at Night ………………… 175
Moss and Other Vegetation …………………………….. 175
Making a Compass …………………………………………. 176
How Our Forefathers Made Knives …………………. 178
Forging a Knife Blank ……………………………………… 179
Forging the Blade …………………………………………… 180
Forging the Tang ……………………………………………. 181
Grinding the Blade …………………………………………. 182
Hardening the Blade ………………………………………. 184
Making the Handle…………………………………………. 186
To Make Your Own Knife…………………………………. 187
How Our Forefathers Made Snow Shoes for Survival ………………………………………………………………… 190
Anatomy of a Snowshoe …………………………………. 191
Making Survival Snowshoes …………………………….. 193
Using Your Snowshoes ……………………………………. 196
How North California Native Americans Build Their Semi-subterranean Roundhouse ……………………. 197
Building the Semi-subterrain Roundhouse ………….. 201
Supporting Poles ……………………………………………………. 203
Roof Construction ………………………………………………….. 204
Roundhouse Entrance …………………………………………….. 206
Fire Pit ………………………………………………………………….. 206
Summary ………………………………………………………………. 208
Our Ancestor’s Guide to Root Cellars ………………. 210
History ………………………………………………………… 211
The Right Space for the Job ……………………………… 212
Climate …………………………………………………………………. 212
What to Keep Where ……………………………………………… 215
Creating the Ideal Conditions …………………………… 216
Lighting…………………………………………………………………. 216
Humidity ………………………………………………………………. 217
Dirt Floors …………………………………………………………….. 218
Wet Cloth or Paper ………………………………………………… 218
Standing Water ……………………………………………………… 218
Bury Your Treasure ………………………………………………… 218
A Condensation Nightmare ……………………………………… 219
Ventilation ……………………………………………………………. 219
Storage Ideas ……………………………………………….. 220
In-Garden Storage ………………………………………………….. 221
Insulation ……………………………………………………………… 222
Things That Do and Do Not Belong in Your Root Cellar ………………………………………………………………….. 223
Proper Storage ……………………………………………… 224
Cull the Crops ………………………………………………………… 224
Preparing Vegetables for Root Cellar Storage ……………. 225
Curing Winter Vegetables for Storage ………………………. 226
Pests …………………………………………………………………….. 226
Organization ………………………………………………………….. 227
Good Old Fashion Cooking on an Open Flame ….. 230
Cast Iron Cooking ………………………………………….. 231
Care and Use …………………………………………………………. 232
Seasoning Your Cookery …………………………………………. 232
Never Use Dish Soap ………………………………………………. 233
Iron Rusts ……………………………………………………………… 234
No Fire ………………………………………………………………….. 234
Companion Tools……………………………………………………. 234
Roasting Meats ……………………………………………… 235
On a Spit ……………………………………………………………….. 235
On a String …………………………………………………………….. 236
Dutch Oven Cooking ………………………………………. 238
The Right Temperature …………………………………………… 239
Companion Tools……………………………………………………. 240
Recipes Past and Future ………………………………….. 241
Colcannon …………………………………………………………….. 242
Meat Pies………………………………………………………………. 242
Mock-mock Turtle Soup ………………………………………….. 243
Wassail …………………………………………………………………. 243
Apple Pie ………………………………………………………………. 245
Biscuits and Gravy ………………………………………………….. 245
Easter Cake ……………………………………………………………. 246
Porridge ………………………………………………………………… 247
Stew ……………………………………………………………………… 248
Bread ……………………………………………………………………. 248
Learning from Our Ancestors: How to Preserve Water ……………………………………………………….. 250
How Can I Make Sure That the Water Is Clean? …………. 256
Where Should I Hide or Store My Stock of Water? ……… 260
Learning From Our Ancestors How to Take Care of Our Hygiene When There Isn’t Anything to Buy … 263
Soap Making …………………………………………………. 264
Basic Recipe for Soap ……………………………………………… 264
Making Lye Water from Wood Ash …………………………… 265
Collecting the Fat …………………………………………………… 266
Cooking Up the Soap: The Cold Process Method ………… 268
Making Your Own Signature Soaps …………………… 269
Medicinal Soaps …………………………………………………….. 270
Homemade Toothpaste ………………………………….. 270
Basic Baking Soda Recipe ………………………………………… 271
Clay Toothpaste …………………………………………………….. 271
To Taste ………………………………………………………………… 272
How and Why I Prefer to Make Soap with Modern Ingredients ………………………………………………… 273
History ………………………………………………………… 274
Why Modern Ingredients ………………………………… 275
Understanding The Process …………………………….. 275
Irreplaceable Ingredients ………………………………… 276
Machinery and Equipment for Making Soap at Home ………………………………………………………………….. 278
Possible Soap Additives ………………………………………….. 279
Essential Oils …………………………………………………………. 279
So, How do You Make Soap? …………………………… 280
Ingredients ……………………………………………………………. 280
Equipment …………………………………………………………….. 281
Methodology…………………………………………………………. 282
Temporarily Installing a Wood-Burning Stove during Emergencies ………………………………………………. 288
Why a Wood-Burning Stove …………………………….. 289
Temporarily Installing Your Wood-Burning Stove … 290
Temporarily Installing the Chimney ………………….. 292
Heating with Wood ………………………………………… 294
Making Traditional and Survival Bark Bread ……. 296
How to Make Sourdough Starter (The Rising Agent People Used Before 1900) ……………………………….. 298
How to Make Tasty Bread Like in 1869 ………………. 301
Making Bark Bread (Famine Bread) …………………… 302
Trapping In Winter For Beaver And Muskrat Just like Our Forefathers Did …………………………………….. 306
Why Our Forefathers Trapped ………………………….. 307
The Best Places to Trap for Beaver and Muskrat … 308
Their Local Habitats ……………………………………….. 309
The Types of Traps You’ll Use for Beaver and Muskrat ………………………………………………………………….. 310
Foot Hold Trap Types ……………………………………………… 311
Finding the Land Trails ……………………………………. 313
How to Set the Foot Hold Trap …………………………. 314
Finding the Underwater Trails ………………………….. 315
How to Set a Body Grip Trap ……………………………. 315
Tanning ……………………………………………………….. 316
Selling at the Trading Post ……………………………………….. 318
And There You Have It…………………………………………….. 318
How To Build a Smokehouse and smoke Fish ……. 320
Cold Smoking ………………………………………………… 322
Before We Start: Woods for Flavoring Your Fish ………… 322
Cold Smoking the Fish …………………………………………….. 323
First Things First: Curing the Fish ……………………………… 323
Making a Cold Smoker ……………………………………………. 324
Creating the smoker……………………………………………….. 326
Hot Smokin’! ………………………………………………… 330
Recipes Using Smoked Fish ……………………………………… 332
Practical Survival Lessons from the Donner Party 335
The Story of the Donner Party …………………………. 338
The Fatal Decision ………………………………………………….. 338
Escape and Rescue Attempts …………………………………… 343
Survival Lessons from the Donner Party …………….. 345
Follow the Known Route …………………………………………. 345
Money Won’t Save You; It’s What You Know …………….. 346
Supplies + Time = Life……………………………………………… 346
Weather Is the Deciding Factor ……………………………….. 347
Know When to Turn Back ……………………………………….. 348
Stress Leads to Anger and Volatility………………………….. 348
Age and Gender Play a Huge Role in Survival …………….. 349
Small Wounds = Death ……………………………………………. 350
How The Sheriffs From The Frontiers Defended Their Villages and Towns ……………………………………… 351
Crime in the West………………………………………….. 354
Equipment …………………………………………………… 356
Guns …………………………………………………………………….. 356
Communications …………………………………………… 359
Organization ………………………………………………… 361
The Sheriff …………………………………………………… 362
Deputy Sheriffs ……………………………………………… 363
Posses …………………………………………………………. 364
Bringing It Up to Date …………………………………….. 364
Showing the Flag ……………………………………………. 368
Raising a Posse ……………………………………………… 371
References …………………………………………………. 375

 

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17 Free Kindle Books for Preppers

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17 Free Kindle Books for Preppers While it may be hard to pass over freebies, sometimes they are free for a reason. Free books, in particular, have a reputation for being pretty bad. So we combed through the free books available for the Kindle and found a few good resources. Whether you are looking for …

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Prepping for SHTF scenarios with Angry American

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Prepping for SHTF scenarios with Angry American Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Listen in player below! Forrest and Kyle are interviewing author Chris Weatherman. Some folks may know Chris by another name though. Angry American. Chris is a successful author with more than a few novels under his belt. His “Going Home” series is a … Continue reading Prepping for SHTF scenarios with Angry American

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Book Reviews: “Broken Mirror” by Michel Savage, and “Off Grid and free” by Ron Melchiore

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Broken Mirror by Michel Savage Hello, my friend and welcome back!  A couple of months back, I received a book about survivors of an asteroid hit by the asteroid known as “Apophis”.  It’s an…

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My Revised Book, Emergency Preparedness & More

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EP&More 2nd Edition_v7It has been a while since I have written a new post, since I have been enjoying a bit of time off, as well as working on new projects. One thing that I am very pleased with is that Noah has taken good care of this blog. Information continues to be widely shared and you are getting to see some different points of view.

I have been working on revising and updating the second edition of my book, “Emergency Preparedness and More, A Manual on Food Storage and Survival. I’m happy to announce that it is now available on Amazon.

The second edition contains approximated 100 new pages, plus updates to many more. It consists of 23 chapters that cover a wide variety of survival topics, such as figuring out the amounts and types of foods needed in order to be self-sufficient and how to package this food for long-term storage. After reading this book, you will be able to answer important questions that include:

  • How do you cook your food without electricity?
  • What type of medical supplies should you have on hand?
  • Do you know how to purify your drinking water if the water system fails?
  • How should you navigate precious metal trading?

All of this and more is included in this easy to read book.

In addition, I am working on a new book that deals with a different area of prepping. This should be coming out in the spring. You will hear more about this later. While I will never start another new blog, I intend to stay somewhat active in helping people. I do have a Facebook page Peppers Books and Info, in which I share posts from some of my favorite blogs, like The Survival Mom and of course Preparedness Advice

You will see occasional posts from me on this blog in the future.  In the mean time, I wish you all well and may God Bless you.

Howard

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Angry American!

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Angry American Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Listen in player below! Forrest and Kyle are interviewing author Chris Weatherman. Some folks may know Chris by another name though. Angry American. Chris is a successful author with more than a few novels under his belt. His “Going Home” series is a best seller and has many … Continue reading Angry American!

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Outdoor Adventure & Essential Skills!

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Book Review: Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide

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I’ll say from the outset that I’m less familiar with air guns than “traditional” guns. Air rifles, to me, have always fallen into the christmas_story_markwith_airrifle_bbguncategory of a BB gun, the “Red Rider” type that Ralphie wished for in the classic movie, A Christmas Story. A “rifle” that kids use as a precursor to getting a rimfire rifle, something they can use to understand the principles of gun safety while knocking soda cans over with an air-powered BB.  This book, along with some independent research, shattered my preconceptions of the air rifle. As it turns out, the air rifle has a rich history and a variety of applications. As much as it hurts to admit, the air rifle may be a valuable tool in skirting gun control laws.  As bleak as it may sound, plinking around with an air rifle may be the only option in the future.

By Mark Puhaly, a contributing author to Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

In any event, let’s dispense with the gloom and doom and get into the world of air rifles. Exploring the details of miscellaneous weapons types is always fun.  It’s even more fun when it brings you back to the days of plinking around the backyard as a kid.

Overview 

The modern air rifle, in case you’re unaware, is vastly different from its predecessor. The first air rifle, it seems, dates back to around 1580 air_rife_book_markwith_survivaland now sits in a museum in Stockholm.  After a bit of cursory research, I learned early, advanced air rifles were used for hunting wild boar and deer.  Of course, these rifles were a bit more hardcore than your traditional BB Gun.  In fact, old air rifles were used in military applications as well.  Today’s more modern air rifle can do just that in a survival situation.  And with what seems like ever-increasing risks of additional gun control measures and expensive ammunition, the air rifle makes sense to add to anyone’s collection of survival firearms.   The book covers air rifles from start to finish. All types are covered: CO2 powered guns, spring guns, multi-pump pneumatics, single-stroke pneumatics, and pre-charged pneumatics. The book then moves into the many types of projectiles (more than a novice might think).  For preppers, there’s even an entire chapter devoted to “The Survival Springer”.  These include models of all types and price ranges.  The book also covers sights, scopes, velocity, accuracy, range, targets, training tips, and accessories. Truly, this book seems to cover everything on air rifles.

Related: Back to Basics – Rifle Accuracy 

After reading “Air Rifles: A Buyers and Shooter’s Guide” by Steve Markwith, I’m much more familiar with the versatility of the air rifle and have a newfound respect for them. I’m even itching to buy one (or two) now.  The modern air rifle could serve as an excellent, low-cost training tool for people that live in more suburban environments where shooting bullets off your back deck is less of a… neighborly thing to do.

Likes & Dislikes 

Rich in photos and description, Markwith’s conversational yet informative writing style from his Survival Guns – A Beginner’s Guide holds true here, too. This should be a go-to book for, as the title suggests, anyone thinking about buying an air rifle or anyone that shoots one. I don’t care if you’re a beginner or an expert air rifleman, there’s something in this book that will help.

Also Read: The Evolution of the Black Rifle 

My biggest complaint is that, like Survival Guns, the images are informative but are presented in black and white. The book would be richer if they were in color. The writing is better than the image presentation. $12.95 seems fair for the paperback, but $7.95 for a Kindle version feels a bit high. I generally prefer paperback anyway, particularly where this one is in 8×10” size, but Kindle buyers should be able to get this book for something more like $5.95.

The Verdict 

If you’re new to air rifles, or are even a moderate user, there’s something of use for you here, I’m certain of it. This book would, however, best serve the individual that’s thinking about getting an air rifle, because the money spent on the book up front would save you money many times over by both helping you choose the right air rifle to suit your needs from the outset, and also help you get the most out of it.

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Lessons Learned from One Second After

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One Second After by William R. Forstchen is a really scary book. Not scary like a Stephen King book, but more like a wake up call to how fragile the world we live in is. This is the book that prompted my first post, and really pushed me to start thinking of myself as a prepper or a survivalist. If you stay dependent on today’s way of life, you will die quickly when it is all taken away from you.
One Second After

This post is a review of One Second After and assumes you have read the book. If you haven’t already read One Second After, then be warned that there are a lot of spoilers in this post.

John Matherson is the main character and lives in the small college town of Black Mountain, North Carolina. One Second After deals with an unexpected electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States and how it affects the people living after.

Here is my list of lessons learned:

  1. If you currently depend on medicine to stay alive, you will be one of the first people to die. John Matherson’s daughter was a Type 1 diabetic. When the insulin was out, she died a painful sad death.
  2. The elderly that depend on others to take care of them will also die quickly. People forget about taking care of others when it is a struggle to take care of themselves.
  3. Back up generators are useless when they’re taken out by an EMP. None of the important generators in the town of Black Mountain worked after the EMP. The hospital and the nursing home specifically. If they had worked, many lives would have been saved. The town would have been more prepared before they ran out of fuel.
  4. Tend to any kind of open wound immediately. The small cut on Matherson’s hand almost killed him. His stubbornness to have it looked at was dumb.
  5. Old cars are more reliable than today’s modern cars. A 1950s era Studebaker, a 1964 Ford Mustang and a whole fleet of old VW buses and bugs didn’t notice the EMP attack. When so much depends on computer motherboards today, it is really easy to render them useless.
  6. Don’t be afraid to be a leader when you are the most knowledgeable and experienced in the group. Someone had to take charge of the town. The major was slow to take action because nothing like this had ever happened. Matherson was hesitant to take charge of the defense of the city, even though he was the most experienced.
  7. Teach your way out of a job. When everyone around you knows what you do, you no longer have to be the one that people depend on. This is what Washington Parker did with the college kids. He taught them as much as he could as quickly as he could. When the attack from the Posse came, the town was ready and performed well even after Washington died.
  8. Learn how things were done before electricity. Have good training material for this available in something other than electronic format. Books and magazines were eventually found in the basement of the library. But having this ready from the beginning would have been great.
  9. Having electronic versions of training material on a laptop that was in a Faraday cage would have been even better. Not a single time was a Faraday Cage mentioned in the book.
  10. Communication is really important. Having a way to talk across town would have saved lives.
  11. Why is it that in every prepper book the local first responders are screwed after an EMP? Couldn’t a fire truck or police car be hardened against an EMP?
  12. Everyone in your family needs to know how to use a gun safely. But you also have to train and practice how to protect your home. When Matherson’s home was invaded, the children were not useful. They had never trained for that situation. Gun training is not enough.
  13. Having neighbors who you know and trust is so important. Immediately after Matherson’s home was invaded, his neighbor came over to assist.
  14. It doesn’t matter how rural you are. If everyone is hunting the woods to survive, the animals will all be killed. Why didn’t they do more fishing?
  15. Working together is the only way for a group to survive. The town of Black Mountain became organized and everyone participated in the defense and food for the city.
  16. Don’t be afraid of strangers. Just make them prove themselves. They may be able to provide skills or advice to help everyone. Makala was and outsider who’s car was stalled on the highway like many others. But she was a gifted nurse who ended up running the hospital.
  17. Pets were looked at as protein. A last desperate means of feeding starving family members.

If I was the mayor of a small town and read One Second After I would:

  1. Have a room specially built onto the municipal building that would serve as a Faraday cage.
  2. Add a HAM radio for long distance communications. Also add a dozen short distance (25 mile) walkies talkies to the room.
  3. Add nightvision goggles to the room for defense.
  4. Encourage solar panels for homes in the city, stores, schools and municipal buildings.
  5. Create school and city food banks. Stock up on MREs and freeze dried food.
  6. Create a seed bank with crops that grow well in your area. Encourage people to have gardens and have free classes on gardening.
  7. Encourage and fund homesteading and Renaissance festivals. Old world skills like blacksmithing, farming without electricity, tanning hides and foraging would be valuable and it’s good to know who has these skills.
  8. Encourage chicken and rabbit raising. Have free classes on these topics too. Eggs and rabbit meat would have made a huge difference in Black Mountain.
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Extreme Couponing can be a Valuable Prepper Skill

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I know what your thinking! Preppers already have a bad rep in today’s society. Don’t you dare try to group us with those crazy coupon ladies. But hear me out. Let’s think about how extreme couponing can really benefit your budget and your prepper pantry. Maybe you will change your perception of it.

Imagine this little story:
On my way home I often stop by the grocery store to pick up a few items. Now I live in a suburban area of a very large city. So stopping by the store around the rush hour time frame is often just a little bit crazy. With very little parking open, I have to drive around the lot a few times before finding a place to park. Of course it is on the edge of the lot, so I have to walk a little. Lucky for me it is mid July in Texas and only 96 degrees today.

Navigating crowded rows. Screaming kids. People stopped in the middle of a row talking on cell phones. Busy sample booths.

Shopping done. My list of four items somehow turned into closer to twenty items. So when I get to the cash registers I’ll end up having to wait in line behind the others who have carts full of food. No self check out. No express lane either. I manage to find a relatively short line behind a mother with two kids. The kids looked to be early teenagers. They unloaded the cart onto the conveyor very efficiently as the mother spoke with the cashier. Rather surprisingly one of the older store workers comes over and stands behind the cashier. Looks like a manager of sort. He greets the mother and surveys her groceries. The lady smiles and returns the managers greeting. She apologizes for coming in while they are so busy. He nods and reassures her that because of the weekly sale ending that he was sure he’d see her.

The cashier works his job. Over forty canned good items, four bags of flour, three bags of rice, and lots of pasta. A dozen electric tooth brushes, 10 tubes of tooth paste, two big packages of toilet paper rolls. Grand total ends up just over $230. Then she pulls out a binder, and hands the cashier a stack of manufacturer’s coupons. I notice that all of these coupons are related to the name brand products that were bought. Twenty or thirty scans later and the price of the groceries suddenly drops $40. I’m thinking, wow I need to learn how to coupon. Then they apply the double manufacture coupon discount that this store supports. $40 in coupons suddenly turns into $80. The overall grocery bill has gone from $230 to $150?!

There is a small cheer that erupts from the crowd of store baggers that has gathered around. I had no idea you could get this kind of coupon savings. I wonder where can I get coupons like these. Maybe the Sunday paper? The manager just smiles and tells the workers that they haven’t seen anything yet.

Next she pulls out a stack of free grocery store coupons, you know the kind that are hanging right beside the product throughout the store? Most of these require that you buy multiple products around the store or several of the same item. These are usually the generic store brand. Four bags of flour turns into “buy two and get two for half off”. Three bags of rice turns into “buy two get one free”. Pasta bags turn into “buy four and get one free”. 10 tubes of tooth paste turns into “buy 10 and get $5 off”. Two big packages of toilet paper rolls turns into “buy one and get one four half off”. Very quickly another $60 is knocked off the overall price. We are down to $90. At this point several shoppers are standing around watching too.

Next the lady pulls out a stack of printed pages. I guess there are printed from coupon websites. I wonder if they are free coupon sites or if you have to pay for them. These coupons are $4 off an electric tooth brush. She has 12 printed pages, one for each tooth brush she picked up. The store manager steps in now and says “I’m sorry but the store only allows 10 of these sort of coupons.” The lady without a beat pulls another page out of her binder and says “actually as of two weeks ago your store policy changed to 12. Here is a copy of your store coupon policy”. The manager nods to the cashier. There goes another $48. Now we are down to $42!

Lastly she pulls out a small stack of coupons. These look like they are from the stores sale flyer. I think that some of the products she had already used manufacture coupons for. I didn’t know that you could stack coupons like that. Then there are a few generic $5 off coupons when purchasing over $100. She uses two. A total of $24 in savings. She hands the cashier a $20 bill and actually receives change for her purchase.

I am totally blown away. I have never seen anything like this. Apparently a lot of people (who have gathered around) haven’t seen it either. Suddenly swamped by people asking questions. The lady turns to her kids, who were helping the bagging process and asks them to start passing out business cards. She specifically turns to me since I was behind her in line and hands me a card.  “I’m sorry for delaying your shopping this evening”. I shrug and say that I was really impressed by her crazy couponing. She says that it is actually called extreme couponing.

I look at her card:

On the front side has her name and a blog URL.

  • How to Extreme Coupon
  • Coupon Sites List
  • Extreme Couponing Tips

On the back side of the card is an ad for a class she teaches:

Extreme Couponing for Beginners

  • Where to get Coupons
  • What are the Best Coupons
  • How to get Free Coupons
  • Best Coupon Sites
  • How to Coupon Shop

This should be a prepper skill. Just like foraging or hunting for wild game, this brings additional food to your table. Not useful for after an EMP or other SHTF events. But certainly useful for stockpiling food and products to be prepared.

Recommended Sites to Learn About Extreme Couponing

Books about Extreme Couponing

Extreme Couponing: Learn How to Be a Savvy Shopper and Save Money... One Coupon At a TimeCouponing Bible: Couponing 101 Guide to Save Thousands Each Year: Extreme Couponing Strategies to Put Money in Your PocketThe Lazy Couponer: How to Save $25,000 Per Year in Just 45 Minutes Per Week with No Stockpiling, No Item Tracking, and No Sales Chasing!Extreme Couponing Without Extreme StressExtreme Couponing 101: What the stores don't want you to knowExtreme Savings: The #1 Guide To Getting Anything You Want For Free with Extreme Couponing 101 Secrets, Proven Ways To Save Money, and Financial Fitness Blueprint

 

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When Help Is NOT On The Way!

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When Help Is NOT On The Way Josh “The 7 P’s of Survival” On The 7 P’s of Survival we have Scott Finazzo and we talk about his second book “Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook. A Lifesaving Collection Of Emergency Procedures From U.S. Army Field Manuals”. Scott is a fellow firefighter of nearly 20 years, currently a Lieutenant … Continue reading When Help Is NOT On The Way!

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CHOOSE FREEDOM: What does this mean to me?

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CHOOSE FREEDOM: What does this mean to me? Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On the episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart in player below, Bobby dives into a topic which has been the overriding theme of his critically acclaimed Boston Brahmin series —CHOOSE FREEDOM! In addition to being the title of … Continue reading CHOOSE FREEDOM: What does this mean to me?

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ML BANNER: Post-Apocalyptic Author

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ML BANNER: Best-Selling Post-Apocalyptic Author Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, our special guest will be best-selling author, ML Banner. Michael “ML” Banner is a serial entrepreneur, having formed dozens of businesses over the years. He founded and currently runs SmallBiZ.com which … Continue reading ML BANNER: Post-Apocalyptic Author

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Mark DeBryan: Family Reunion Series Author

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Mark DeBryan: Family Reunion Series Author Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow  Author Bobby Akart, best-selling post-apocalyptic fiction author P. Mark DeBryan joins the program. Mark has always been a bit of a vagabond. Born in Washington, raised in California, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard after … Continue reading Mark DeBryan: Family Reunion Series Author

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Book: Basic Electricity

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See larger image Basic Electricity (Dover Books on Electrical Engineering) This expanded and revised U.S. Navy training course text provides thorough coverage of the basic theory of electricity and its applications. It is unquestionably the best book of its kind for either broad or more limited studies of electrical fundamentals.It is divided into 21 chapters and an extensive section of appendixes. Chapters cover safety, fundamental concepts of electricity, batteries, series direct-current circuits, network analysis of direct-current circuits, electrical conductors and wiring techniques, electromagnetism and magnetic circuits, introduction to alternating-current electricity, inductance, capacitance, inductive and capacitive reactance, fundamental alternating-current circuit theory,

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KYLE PRATT: Best Selling Speculative Fiction Author

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KYLE PRATT: Best Selling Speculative Fiction Author Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program we have Kyle Pratt, author of the Strengthen What Remains series. In 1975 Kyle joined the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Technician. While in the service he met Lorraine Best of Plymouth, … Continue reading KYLE PRATT: Best Selling Speculative Fiction Author

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John L. Monk: Science Fiction and Post-Apocalyptic Author

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John L. Monk: Science Fiction and Post-Apocalyptic Author Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this special episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, Bobby is joined by John L. Monk, author of the supernatural thriller series titled The Jenkins Cycle and his latest hot new release—Hell’s Children.  Author John L. Monk launched … Continue reading John L. Monk: Science Fiction and Post-Apocalyptic Author

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Book Review: Zombie Apocalypse Preparation

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Zombie Apocalypse Preparation is a book of fiction.  I think.  I mean it says so in a disclaimer on Zombie Survival Guidethe inside first page.  If and when you buy this book purely for some humorous edification, you have to keep in perspective at all times and upon the turn of every day that the work is indeed fiction.  But you’re always going to wonder.  Houchins and Thomas’ tome is a fun read, if not admittedly outright silly at times and plain old stupid in some cases.  Remember, remember, its fiction.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

If you are a serious prepper or survivalist, then some of this material you might take as a personal affront, but I doubt it was meant to have that impact.  I mean after all, there is no such thing as a zombie to start with.  But if you substitute other character references such as roving thugs, Ferguson rioters, home invaders, home grown ISIS terrorists, and other such real criminals, then the book makes perfect sense, sort of.

Bullet Point Commentaries

As I was reading this 370 page paperback, I took a lot of random notes about thoughts, criticisms, Survival Guide for Zombiessalient points, useful information and many other notations, some which could only be summed up as questions which I will never have answered by the authors.  I present these bullet point thoughts here in no particular order.

  • At times you catch yourself asking “is this for real”, then you remember it is fiction.
  • The book puts down the very popular AR-15. Do these guys know guns at all?
  • Suppressors (not silencers) do require a Federal ATF NFA $200 permit tax, not a state tax.
  • The use of a slingshot to “sail” a fishing lure over water is ludicrous.
  • True military grade sniper rifles are only available to law enforcement or the military.
  • Discusses having firearms that are fully auto as if this were a common occurrence or option. It is not.
  • Who or what is a Johnny Two-Balls?
  • “Other bladed weapons” are highly impractical and most are unheard of.
  • Use of heavy equipment to kill zombies highly unlikely option. No access, no skills.
  • Concrete filled tires? During a SHTF, where or why find tires and fill them with concrete to roll down a hill?
  • 3 wheeled ATVs are no longer made and have not been for many years.
  • Mines in the yard? Where do they propose average citizens can obtain landmines?
  • “Mow Down Hoedown”? Too much gas, too much time for the effort.
  • Who is Fisherman F. Thompson?
  • There are comments here and there that are simply unnecessary such as “humping your mom last night.” Much of the foul language is unnecessary being a poor stab at humor.
  • Out of all the places listed to hide out, they left out elevators and forest service towers.
  • Oddly enough in this manual there is useful information intended as such or not, but you have to read close to glean it.
  • The book comes into its element in Section 8 , “Coping with Life in Zombietopia.”
  • Thoughts on dealing with assholes and malcontents is spot on.
  • The paragraph on Greed, page 204 in highly insightful. It is the root of all evil.  See Hillary and Bill Clinton.
  • Page 207, “Compromising is going to be a mainstay of your existence.” True that.
  • Page 246, “paying attention to the tiny details will prove to be a lifesaving hobby.”

Again, these are just some of the thoughts and comments I had about reading this book.  As a prepper, again, I found many items of useful information that could be put into practice, despite the book being fiction.  I do wonder if the authors intended that or just hit upon item merely by accident. Further, the reader has no idea who these authors are or anything about their backgrounds.  Perhaps their previous work was a romance novel or a skill guide to picking gardening tools.  It would have been nice to see their bio or if in fact these author names are even real.

Zombie Apocalypse Preparation is a laughable read.  You will get chuckles from it, but scratch your head at times.  Pick out what is useful or thought provoking and just laugh at the rest.  After all, it is a work of fiction.  Or is it?

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Prepping for medical issues.

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Been refreshing my medical kits over the last few weeks. I have an interest in staying alive and having some medical kit is a good way of doing that once the basics are sorted.

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Book Review: Zero Footprint

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Every once in awhile you need to stop and read a good book.  A book that will make you laugh, cry, and rethink howSurvival Book lucky you are not to be in war or working in one of these hostile nations.  The book Zero Footprint is one of those type of books.  Written by Simon Chase (aka Scott Charnick) and Ralph Pezzullo, the book details the life of a PMC (Private Military Contractor) in the modern era of Blackwater type mercenaries.

By Mark Puhaly, a contributing author to Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

The British Military

Scott Charnick spent 15 years in the British military, serving in Northern Ireland and overseas.  Before Sept 11th, he Private Military Contractorwas working in executive protection for very rich families such as those of philanthropist John Paul Getty Jr. and Prince Aga Khan IV.  He has recently been reported to guard such high profile athletes as American Swimmer, Michael Phelps.

Now after I read Zero Footprint but before I wrote this review, I checked Amazon and a few other places and apparently some people are claiming the author, Scott Charnick (Simon Chase), stretched the truth and embellished quite a few stories in his book.  I do not know if it is true that he embellished stories and frankly, from a pure entertainment perspective, I enjoyed the book immensely either way.

Related: Book Review American Sniper

I was mad for a minute when I first read that some of the stories were embellished but with Hillary Clinton claiming to be shot at by snipers in Bosnia and Brian Williams claiming that his helicopter in Iraq was hit by an RPG, I guess I am used to people stretching the truth a little bit (Never let the truth get in the way of a good story).  Also, who knows, maybe the people who are trying to discredit him are from an embarrassed government trying to cover up that the CIA was trying to ship weapons to Libya through a British holding company.  Either way, Zero Footprint is great, fast paced, and you will not find yourself wishing there was more action.

Zero Footprint begins with the author growing up in a tough neighborhood in England and eventually finding his way into a choice between the military or jail.  From there his military adventures begin but Charnick would eventually get hurt and was discharged from her majesty’s service.  From there he fell into the executive security field and eventually landed in the Private Military Contractor role after 9/11.

The CIA Lies?

What I like about Zero Footprint is that there are some lighter moments that remind me of my time in Marine Corps Secret Armieswhere someone would say something in a dire moment and everyone would start dying laughing.  One of those moments came during the early stages of the Afghanistan war post 9/11 where Scott (the author) found himself working as a contractor for the CIA.  The CIA paid him and his mates in cash, a lot of cash.  The problem was how were they going to get all of that CIA cash back to the UK without paying 60% in taxes.  Their CIA contact (Michael S.) told Scott that he and his teammates should give their money to a stranger in Kabul who will call his cousin in Dubai and the money will be waiting for them once they landed in Dubai.  When Scott tries to sell that to his mates, they look at him like he is bonkers.  One of the guys starts yelling in his face “Are you fucking on drugs mate?  Who told you that?” – Scott responds “Michael S” and his mate says “Well, Michael lies for a living.”  I found that moment in the book particularly funny considering Michael S was a CIA agent.

Related: Book Review The Mission, The Men, and Me

The book has some sad moments as well.  When the bullets start flying in these hot spots, good people inevitably die.  Many of Scott’s friends die in conflicts with terrorists around the globe and each one has a devastating effect on his mental health and plays a role in the unwinding of romantic relationships which is detailed in the book as well.  I have several friends who are in the PMC contractor world and I think this book gives a good perspective on how it is not all fast pace action with your hair on fire.  A lot of what you do is very tedious work and sometimes you are not treated very well by the people you are protecting.

Overall

Overall, I think this book is worth the read.  The author does not take the politically correct tone when it comes to the middle east, he basically says it is all one big shit hole.  Which we all pretty much know.  Whether or not the book is a 100% accurate will be for someone else to research and comment on.  Either way, I really enjoyed the read.  The book was a page turner and the action was fast paced when it came up.  There might be a movie in the works based on Zero Footprint.  I would definitely go see that.

About Mark: Former Marine Reconnaissance Team Leader, Marine Infantry Officer, Cross Fit Coach, Endurance Athlete, and Survivalist.

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WENDELL BERRY’S THOUGHTS ON CONSUMPTION AND OLDER TECHNOLOGY

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Wendell Berry’s nine rules for consumption

1. Be happy with what you’ve got. Don’t be always looking for something better.

2. Don’t buy anything you don’t need.

3. Don’t buy what you ought to save. Don’t buy what you ought to make.

4. Unless you absolutely have got to do it, don’t buy anything new.

5. If somebody tries to sell you something to “save labor,” look out. If you can work, then work.

6. If other people want to buy a lot of new stuff and fill up the country with junk, use the junk.

7. Some good things are cheap, even free. Use them first.

8. Keep watch for what nobody wants. Sort through the leavings.

9. You might know, or find out, what it is to need help. So help people.

 

Wendel Berry’s nine requirements for replacing an older technology

1. The new tool should be cheaper than the one it replaces.

2. It should be at least as small in scale as the one it replaces.

3. It should do work that is clearly and demonstrably better than the one it replaces.

4. It should use less energy than the one it replaces.

5. If possible, it should use some form of solar energy, such as that of the body.

6. It should be repairable by a person of ordinary intelligence, provided that he or she has the necessary tools.
7. It should be purchasable and repairable as near to home as possible.

8. It should come from a small, privately owned shop or store that will take it back for maintenance and repair.

9. It should not replace or disrupt anything good that already exists, and this includes family and community relationships.

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Success Stories!

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Success stories from a self made publisher & self made author. Tom “Galt Strike” Melanie Davis is the founder of Triumph Press, publishing a nonfiction genre of books including true and inspiring stories of overcoming or self-help.  She is also a bestselling author and ghostwriter, including The Triumph Book Series.  The Triumph Book is the first … Continue reading Success Stories!

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WALT BROWNING: Post-Apocalyptic Author

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WALT BROWNING: Post-Apocalyptic Author Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this  episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic author, Walt Browning, will be his special guest. As preppers, we hunger for knowledge and often seek out post-apocalyptic fiction as a source. We try to imagine ourselves in a … Continue reading WALT BROWNING: Post-Apocalyptic Author

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PRACTICAL PREPPING. PERIOD. LAUNCHES ON THE AUTHORS ON THE AIR GLOBAL RADIO NETWORK

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When you choose to live a preparedness lifestyle and building resilience you have to constantly challenge yourself, test and reset boundaries and change the game. Your willingness to do so could prove to be the difference in making your life all it can be or even in your survival some day.

In 2012, we created Practical Tactical. In 2014 I published two books, the Practical Tactical Quick Start Guide and then co-wrote Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required. In 2015, my daughter Riley arrived and our world changed forever. What can possibly top that? Well, nothing. Absolutely nothing. Now it’s 2016 and it is time to get back in the ring, keep creating, thinking, growing and prospering. It’s time to change the game…again.

 

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I am thrilled to announce that we are taking our vision of personal preparedness world wide as proud members of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network as I launch my new show, Practical Prepping. Period.

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Practical Prepping. Period. is where preparedness theory meets the real world. We hope to bring you a variety of unique and wide ranging voices in the world of preparedness that will not only help you strengthen your preparedness when it comes to the basics, but also present a broader view to expand your ideas of what personal preparedness can be as we discuss some of the larger concepts, as well as the factors in today’s world that will make you realize why having a family disaster plan and a high level of individual resilience is a good idea. For example, the “three Es” (Environment, Energy, Economy) and how they work together will underpin our view of the world and our discussions. I feel this is important because regardless of where you are on the road to preparedness, the “three Es” will ultimately have an impact on your path. Other topics certain to be discussed on P3 are homesteading, gardening, first aid, firearms and self defense, climate, philosophy, water and food storage, not to mention spiritual preparedness.

I hope you will come along for the ride and make it a point to join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 9pm for our live shows where you will have the chance to call in and speak with our amazing guest. If that doesn’t work out for some reason have no fear, you can always download the podcast from the Authors On The Air Global Radio Network or ITunes and listen in whenever you get the chance.

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ALLEN GAMBOA: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction!

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ALLEN GAMBOA: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction! Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, popular zombie apocalypse author, Allen Gamboa joins us. Our month long series featuring some of the best authors in the zombie apocalypse genre continues. With The Walking Dead’s record-breaking ratings (including its … Continue reading ALLEN GAMBOA: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction!

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CLAIRE C. RILEY USA Today Best Selling Author!

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CLAIRE C. RILEY: USA Today Best Selling Author Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, Claire C. Riley, USA Today Best Selling Author and horror writer from Manchester, England joins us at a special time—3 ET, Noon Pacific and 8 p.m. in the … Continue reading CLAIRE C. RILEY USA Today Best Selling Author!

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Survival Shelters!

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Survival Shelters Handbook Book Review Josh “7P’s of Survival” I received The Complete Survival Shelter Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Building Lifesaving Structures for Every Climate and Wilderness Situation. The author (Anthonio Aakkermans) is in Europe making it very impractical for him to be on this live program. Instead, this show we go through the book chapter … Continue reading Survival Shelters!

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Mike Evans: Author of Prepper Fiction

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Mike Evans: Award Winning Author of Prepper Fiction Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, post-apocalyptic author Mike Evans joins us. Mike, who lives in Iowa with his wife and children, released his first book on Amazon two years ago and never looked … Continue reading Mike Evans: Author of Prepper Fiction

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Once Upon An Apocalypse: The Journey Home Review

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People in the prepping community struggle all the time with the thought of, “What if I’m away from home, and more importantly, my family, when SHTF?” All of the gear and car emergency kits in the world won’t bring peace of mind about your loved one’s well being. The thought of how your surrounding community is holding up, also looms overhead. Once Upon An Apocalypse The Journey Home, follows two people at different preparedness levels on their perilous trip back to their families, after an Electromagnetic Pulse, or EMP attack.

John Carter and Jill Barnes had the typical big brother/little sister relationship in their younger days. Each went their own way as they grew older, each getting married and raising a family. Chance and possibly luck brings them together after an EMP hits the United States and leaves them stranded away from home. The story is told in a 2nd person point ­of ­view, with each chapter told from one of the main character’s perspectives. Keep that in mind and the story flows much smoother.

Readers will notice a lot of gear and terms commonly used in the preparing community. This makes for a more in depth experience, being able to visualise exactly what they’re using and how they’re using it. One interesting factor in the story is that the main characters are at different levels in being prepared. Without giving too much away, it’s interesting to see how one character views the other when the time comes for action.

Author Jeff Motes started the story out as a series of Facebook posts to engage friends into thinking more about what they would do in an emergency situation. It bloomed into a full fledged novel, full of hard times and even harder decisions. With the perspective in which the story is written, and the author’s knowledge of the preparedness world, Once Upon An Apocalypse makes for a very exciting read, and one that will certainly have you thinking, the next time you take a trip away from home. Get your copy of Once Upon an Apocalypse: The Journey Home on Amazon.

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James Wallace Author of the Zombie Theorem!

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James Wallace: Author of the Zombie Theorem series Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, Author James Wallace, creator of the hit post-apocalyptic Zombie Theorem series, will join us. James Wallace is a new author, having published his first novel, ZOMBIE THEOREM, in … Continue reading James Wallace Author of the Zombie Theorem!

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7 Must Reads for the Beginning Prepper

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7 Must Read for the Beginning Prepper

This list of 7 Must Reads for the Beginning Prepper is short and sweet. A great start to the Post Apocalyptic genre. These are in no way to scare you, but they will make you think. Don’t go crazy prepping after reading them. Pace yourself. Whatever you do, don’t forget to continue living. Don’t ask my how I know this.
Let me know what you think after you have read a few.

After America was the first or second book I read when I started prepping 4 years ago. It is of the Post Apocalyptic genre. The Amazon reviews suck, which is probably why I liked it. It is the 2nd in a series, but I didn’t read the first and I was fine. Why is it on the list at all. It was eye opening for me and helped push me to start prepping. Not that the scenario in the book is likely, but it made me think.

One Second After is also post apocalyptic in nature. I took notes while reading this one. I learn more from books that aren’t text-booky in nature, and for me this was a great book for that. It’s about an EMP (Electro Magentic Pulse) hitting America. This scenario isn’t as far fetched as one would hope or think, whether from the sun or one of our enemies. An EMP has the potential to destroy our technology advancements. This story is about a man who struggles to keep his family safe and alive.

Patriots written by John Wesley Rawles who coined the term American Redoubt, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Alson Eastern parts of Washington and Oregon. Now this book is about economic collapse…..So, pretty eye opening for the beginning prepper and I believe, pretty realistic. Of all of Rawles’ books this is the best one. They can be read as stand alones or as a series.

How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It. Also by Rawles. I picked this one up at Costco actually. This book is more of a how to in nature. As with most educational books, you want a hard copy, not a digital. You want to be able to access them at all times.

Survival Mom…This was the first book I bought myself. Mother’s Day 2012 at a bookstore in Portland. If you know me you know as much as I LOVE books, I rarely purchase them new. This one wasn’t even on sale, that is how much I wanted it. It is a great how to and practical for the ‘average mom’ meaning not a survivalist oo rah type of book.

Preppers Blueprint (review coming soon) I started reading this for a review and it is fabulous! 56 chapters PACKED full of information. I have the digital (for the review) I will be buying a hard copy.

Prepper’s Long-term Survival Guide. You can read my review to see why I recommend this one. “Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living” It is another how to book, but while they might overlap in a few topics, they are from different authors, therefore different perspectives and a-ha moments.

Food Storage for Self Sufficiency and Survival. I also have a review for you to read. This is nothing but food storage. How to, best ways, etc. Again, you’ll want a hard copy as a reference for your home library.

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Surviving the fall and what it really takes!

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Hello my friend and welcome back.  Things are not always as they seem and a wise man knows his own shortcomings, so in today’s post we are going to be discussing what it will take to truly survive “the fall” when the time comes.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat while …

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Every Prepper Needs a Good Reference Library

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libraryIt seems like at least once or twice a day I am on the internet looking something up.  It is a great reference source.  We have a huge amount of information at our fingertips.  Now I remember the time before the internet, you had to have books at home or go to the library.  Information was harder to get.

You used to see books in people’s homes and they read them.  Today many people no longer own more than a few books.  Why bother when all the information you could ever want is readily available on the internet.  In many areas, even the library services are being reduced.

If you are a prepper, you need to have some access to books for when the internet fails.  Other that possessing books and stored information you will have to depend on what you know.  Libraries can be at your bug out location or in your home if you are planning to bug in.  Now I like to think that I have a reasonably wide base of knowledge, but the truth is I have to look up things every day.

Now when I am talking about a library I am not referring to the typical list of survival, medical and firearms books that many of us own.  We will need books that will help us rebuild society.

This means a library of books covering the following areas

  • Homeschool Books – including math, reading, chemistry and history. Get older history books that predate political correctness.
  • A good set of encyclopedias, before the internet this was our go to resource.
  • Medical books – from first aid to advanced, be sure to include a PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) of both natural and manmade medicines.
  • Gardening books – make sure they cover insects and plant diseases.
  • Old homesteading manuals – Many of these from the late 1800 to early 1900’s can be downloaded and printed from the internet.
  • Engineering and technology books – get anything that you think will be useful
  • Survival and woodcraft books – These you probably already have.
  • Books on different trades including carpentry, plumbing and electricity.
  • Automotive repair manuals.
  • Books on forging and blacksmithing.
  • Books that teach good values, for me that is my religious books including the bible. For you it may be different.  But the idea is to teach morality to our children or grandchildren.
  • Some good fiction to help expand the mind.
  • Depending on the trade you currently pursue you want to have the books so you will be able to teach it to others.

The bottom line is that you are trying to build a library that won’t only help you to survive, but will help you to rebuild.

Howard

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Prepping For A Pandemic w/ Cat Ellis

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Prepping For A Pandemic w/ Cat Ellis Josh “7P’s of Survival” This episode of the 7 P’s of Survival Radio Show we will have our good friend Cat Ellis on the show talking about her new book “Prepping for a Pandemic, Lifesaving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak.” Each year pandemics strike, and they … Continue reading Prepping For A Pandemic w/ Cat Ellis

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Introducing The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

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The Survival Doctor's Complete Handbook: What to Do When Help Is NOT on the Way

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

For the last 13 years, I’ve made it my mission to teach as many people as I can how to handle medical problems when they can’t get to a doctor. You shouldn’t have to go to medical school to be empowered to help yourself and your family.

Today, I’m proud to announce the culmination of my efforts to date. On May 17, Reader’s Digest will publish my best book yet: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook.

And we’re publishing with a bang. If you preorder The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook before May 17, you’ll also receive my PDF guide to preventing infectious disease. Plus, you’ll be entered to win a package of medical-survival goodies valued at over $100.* To receive the PDF and drawing entry, simply email your preorder receipt to communications [at] thesurvivaldoctor.com by May 17, 2016.

Why This Book?

Ever since I started practicing medicine in the 1980s, I’ve noticed that so many intelligent people don’t have their facts straight about how to handle medical problems. There are simple steps for almost every common treatment that everyone can and should know. You’re not always going to have cellphone or Internet service, but if you keep this book with you, it will be there when you need it.

At almost 300 pages, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook is a book I’ve envisioned for years. It’s in-depth, covers numerous problems, goes well beyond typical first-aid books, and features more than 100 illustrations, to make the information easy to follow.

I wanted a well-known publisher for it so it would be distributed as widely as possible. Reader’s Digest has been very generous in doing this, and I think they realize the importance of a book like this being available for the general public.

In my opinion, everyone should have one to several of these books so they’re easily available in situations when you might need them. I’m keeping one in my safe room, one in my bug-out bag, and one in my hiking backpack, in case someone needs it because I’m the one needing help. I advise you do to the same.

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook makes a great gift too, even for the kids. I receive many comments and questions from children ages 10 and up on my posts. They’re interested in their health. Why not buy them a book they can use?

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Preorder The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook before May 17 at http://www.readersdigeststore.com/survivaldoctor.html or wherever books are sold and get a free guide to preventing infectious disease! Just email your receipt to communications [at] thesurvivaldoctor.com by May 17, 2016.

Plus, you’ll be entered* to win a grand prize of:

  • Membership in The Survival Doctor’s Emergencies Training Course, a video-based series
  • An autographed copy of my book Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together
  • One of my favorite survival medical supplies—to be announced soon!

Five runners-up will receive an autographed copy of Duct Tape 911, and another five will receive the survival supply.

Here’s the deal, just between you and me: If The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook does well, you can expect to see more books on different topics. And if we make it a best seller, we’ll show the world that this is information people want and flock to. You and I already know that’s true. Now it’s time to shout it from the rooftops—and make one of the best investments you can make for yourself and your family. Are you ready? I am. Here we go.

 

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ECONOMIC COLLAPSE!

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ECONOMIC COLLAPSE! Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program, Author Bobby Akart devotes the entire hour to his new release, ECONOMICCOLLAPSE, the third installment in his best-selling Prepping for Tomorrow series. Available in eBook, Audiobook, and Paperback, ECONOMIC COLLAPSE has already achieved #1 bestseller rankings in six genres … Continue reading ECONOMIC COLLAPSE!

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How to learn about prepping without reading a guide

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When I’m not busy homeschooling or studying Chinese or working, I really love to read about prepping. I enjoy prepping guides on different topics and I’ve written quite a few myself. My favorite prepping books include a well-rounded balance of prepping tips and practical advice for families. Many guides make the mistake of talking to single adults, which is fine, but makes it challenging to prep if you have little kids.

If you’ve been thinking about learning to prep, though, you don’t have to pour over a guide to get ideas. There are plenty of places you can learn useful prepping skills. Here are just a few.

Post-apocalyptic novels are one of the best places to find prepping tips. Why? Zombies. That’s why. Apocalypse writers try to be inventive, so you can expect to find some creative ideas for prepping you might not have considered. While some authors go crazy with fighting scenes, most have a good balance of finding water and supplies, utilizing the area around the characters, and building a base. I’m partial to J.L. Bourne’s books, but there are many great dystopian novels available on Amazon.

Stories from older people are another great way to learn. Do you know a retired person in your community? Do you still have grandparents around? Why not chat with them about the “good old days”? You might be surprised at just how much you can learn hanging out and having fun sharing stories. I know that my grandparents often have great ideas for things like gardening, saving money, and cooking at home. Many older people (note: older just means older than you!) are willing to share stories and ideas if you’re willing to listen.

There are plenty of ways to start prepping without pouring over guides. These are just a couple of my favorite ways to learn.

What about you? How do you find new ideas for prepping?

Soul Saviour Gloria Gaynor Pens Powerful Book ‘We Will Survive’

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we will survive - Gloria Gaynor‘I Will Survive’ is one of the most powerful songs of its generation, and its message is as powerful as ever today. Tina Turner, a legend in her own right, remarked on her enduring classic “A timeless anthem empowering those reaching for positive changes in their lives”. The legendary soul singer behind the composition, Gloria Gaynor has always had the ability to galvanize hope through the medium of her music, but now, for the first time, she has compiled a list of evocative stories that will touch your heart. If you have ever loved her music and ‘I Will Survive’ in particular, this book will enlighten you with stories of people battling against their individual troubles and overcome them. Each story in the book is unique, but all have a one recurring theme throughout; they were all influenced and inspired by ‘I Will Survive’ in their singular survival stories.

The book, which contains “True stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song” documents these incredible stories of perseverance throughout, but there is one in particular that shines out above the rest. Gloria’s own personal story of survival is the first and foremost story, and begins the book with an amazing level of sincerity and self-exposure. It is within her own story that you realize that her lyrics reflected her own desires and motivation so pre-eminently, and continue to do so in her performances today through the Gloria Gaynor booking agent.

One of the editors of the book, Gary Krebs, revealed why the project was such a fascinating concept, “It sounded unique enough for me to probe further, and I met with Gloria. I was struck by her personal connection to ‘I Will Survive’ and by how many people have been impacted by it thirty-five years later”. Gaynor remains a brilliant role model today and she reveals in detail how the song is a symbolic message of a mission against personal struggle which prevails after all these years.

We will survive - Gloria GaynorThe sense of common humanity through the stories is strikingly apparent. For instance, a tale of a woman who reversed her decision against committing suicide after hearing the song; those who have persevered through incest and domestic violence; a Holocaust survivor; people who had their lives in ruins due to natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina and families who lost loved ones in 9/11. Each story exemplifies how the individuals found hope in the song, enabling them to keep moving forward, creating a perfect mixture of tales that capture the process of turning vulnerability into empowerment.

Quite simply, the book is excellent, with hundreds of exceptional Amazon reviews, and highlights how influential the song has been for so many people. Gloria today also lends her support to numerous charities ranging from the likes of The Rita Hayworth Gala for Alzheimers to Revlons Annual Walk for Life. Her Live concerts are a massive part of Gloria Gaynor’s essence. She has touched audiences in more than 80 countries with her electrifying performances, and is as powerful a performer as she has ever been, where she can be booked through music agency MN2S to hear her rousing renditions of her many other famous tracks today.

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JAMES WALTON: Author & PBN Radio Host

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JAMES WALTON: Author & Fellow PBN Radio Host Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, APN Radio host and Author James Walton will be my special guest. For years, James has entertained and informed his listeners on the I Am Liberty program heard Friday … Continue reading JAMES WALTON: Author & PBN Radio Host

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7 Books That Show Us How To Fix Our Broken World – One Home And Community At A Time

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The knowledge in these books have the potential to feed the world, regenerate and restore the soil, reforest deserts, and lead the way to permanent food security for mankind.

Bold claims, I know, but I believe them to be true because many of these books are based on what has already happened. Some of the books do include grand visions but the solutions they present are not science fiction, the answers are found in our own history.

The history of mankind shows that a civilization can only be as stable as its food supply. When the food supply falters, be it due to natural disaster or man-made destruction of the top soil, the civilization goes down the drain with it. The result? War, violence, starvation as well as financial, social and cultural collapse, and so on.

What led me to these seven books was a photo and mention on the Facebook page of Ben Falk, founder of Whole Systems Design and author of The Resilient Farm and Homestead (thanks for letting me use the photo!). Ben is a true self-reliance and permaculture pioneer on his resilient homestead in Vermont, and when he said that “there are seven books that NEVER get put away here” because “they are turned to so often”, that got my attention.

Here are shortcuts to the book descriptions below:


1. A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

2. The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

3. Tree Crops – A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russel Smith

4. Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea and Japan by F.H. King

5. The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander

6. A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander

7. Tending the Wild by M. Kat Anderson


Some of the books I’ve read and know from before and they’re all what I consider game changers in my own search for knowledge, and some of the books were new to me.

Without further ado, here are seven books every homesteader and farmer should read. The same goes for every permaculture designer, architect, city planner, politician, president, change maker, activist, and so on who cares about this planet’s future.

1. A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast.

Considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast.

“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.” – Aldo Leopold

First published in 1949, A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America’s relationship to the land.

A Sand County AlmanacBut it would be a mistake to describe this book as “nature writing” per se, or of that genre. As one reviewer writes, “It is a series of essays in wonderful prose in which nature, outdoor settings or situations provide the backdrop. But it is not written as a naturalist droning about the wonders of some aspect of nature. It is an inspired and deeply insightful description, by a man who clearly has a deep understanding of how nature works, about the ethical dimensions of our relationship with the land and our environment generally.”

Through science, history, humor, and prose, Leopold utilizes A Sand County Almanac and its call for a Land Ethic to communicate the true connection between people and the natural world, with the hope that the readers will begin to treat the land with the love and respect it deserves.

“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to the layman. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well, and does not want to be told otherwise. One sometimes envies the ignorance of those who rhapsodize about a lovely countryside in process of losing its topsoil, or afflicted with some degenerative disease in its water systems, fauna or flora.” – Aldo Leopold

Leopold’s legacy continues to inform and inspire us to see the natural world “as a community to which we belong.”

Check out A Sand County Almanac on Amazon


2. The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese farmer and philosopher celebrated for his natural farming and re-vegetation of desertified lands.

Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese farmer and philosopher celebrated for his natural farming and re-vegetation of desertified lands.

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” – Masanobu Fukuoka

Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world.

The One-Straw RevolutionAs Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book “is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical. It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture.”

In essence, the nugget of his wisdom is that, instead of struggling to control and command nature, we must learn to work with and learn from nature.

Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural practice, deciding instead that the best forms of cultivation mirror nature’s own laws. Over the next three decades he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.

“I believe that a revolution can begin from this one strand of straw. Seen at a glance, this rice straw may appear light and insignificant. Hardly anyone would believe that it could start a revolution. But I have come to realize the weight and power of this straw. For me, this revolution is very real.” — Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Check out The One-Straw Revolution on Amazon


3. Tree Crops – A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russel Smith

From J. Russell Smith's book: A few of the many photos from around the globe

From J. Russell Smith’s book: A few of the many photos from around the globe

“Why are the hills of West China ruined, while the hills of Corsica are, by comparison, an enduring Eden? The answer is plain. Northern China knows only the soil-destroying agriculture of the plowed hillside. Corsica, on the contrary, has adapted agriculture to physical conditions; she practices the soil-saving tree-crops type of agriculture.” – J. Russell Smith

With this question J. Russell Smith sets the tone for his book Tree Crops – A Permanent Agriculture. This book reflects a lifetime of research around the world and personal trials on the author’s farm in Virginia on the uses of perennial tree crops for animal and human food.

Tree Crops - A Permanent AgricultureSmith saw trees as “the natural engines of food production” for hill lands that we should put to work; to produce an abundance of food and fodder and to preserve the soil for future generations, permanently.

During his travels around the world saw many examples of this permanent type of agriculture, for example the chestnut forests of Corsica. He notes in his book: “These grafted chestnut orchards produced an annual crop of food for men, horses, cows, pigs, sheep, and goats, and a by-crop of wood. Thus, for centuries, trees upon this steep slope had supported the families that lived in the Corsican villages. The mountainside was uneroded, intact, and capable of continuing indefinitely its support for the generations of men.”

Here’s David Holmgren, one of the co-originators of the Permaculture design methodology, talking about this 1929 classic:

I’ll leave you with a quote describing his vision, at once practical and lovely:

“I see a million hills green with crop-yielding trees and a million neat farm homes snuggled in the hills. These beautiful tree farms hold the hills from Boston to Austin, from Atlanta to Des Moines. The hills of my vision have farming that fits them and replaces the poor pasture, the gullies, and the abandoned lands that characterize today so large a part of these hills.

These ideal farms have their level and gently sloping land protected by mangum terraces and are intensively cultivated — rich in yields of alfalfa, corn, clover, legumes, wheat, and garden produce. This plow land is the valley bottoms, level hill tops, the gentle slopes, and flattened terraces on the hillsides. The unplowed lands are partly shaded by cropping trees — mulberries, persimmons, honey locust, grafted black walnut, grafted heart nut, grafted hickory, grafted oak, and other harvest-yielding trees. There is better grass beneath these trees than covers the hills today.” – J. Russell Smith

You can download a PDF-version of Tree Crops for free here (1929 edition), courtesy of the Soil and Health Library, read it online, or check it out on Amazon if you prefer a printed version (it’s pricey though).


4. Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea and Japan by F.H. King

Farmers of Forty Centuries

“Between these two books [Farmers of Forty Centuries and Tree Crops], you’ve got solutions to most of what faces humanity, food-wise. Read them. Be inspired.” – Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design

For more than 4,000 years, Asian farmers worked the same fields repeatedly without sapping the land’s fertility and without applying artificial fertilizer.

How did they accomplish this miraculous feat?

Farmers of Forty CenturiesThat’s what author Franklin Hiram King describes in his book Farmers of Forty Centuries, first published by his wife in 1911 after his death.

King traveled to China, Korea and Japan in the early 1900s. The purpose of his trip was to study how the extremely dense populations of the Far East could produce massive amounts of food century after century without depleting their soils.

What he discovered was a highly sophisticated system of water management, crop rotation, interplanting and rational utilization of ecological relationships among farm plants, animals and people.

The book has become a classic of the permaculture/sustainable economics movement for several reasons, as noted by a reviewer:

  1. It dispels the myth that fossil fuel-free agriculture will produce much lower yields than industrial farming. Without access to oil and natural-gas based pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, agriculture will be much more labor-intensive. However with global population at more than seven billion (as of last October), the world seems to have no shortage of human labor.
  2. Farmers of Forty Centuries paints a detailed picture of tried and true regional models of food, fuel, and construction materials production, as well as regional water and human waste management.
  3. It provides detailed descriptions, almost in cookbook fashion, of a broad range of permaculture and terraquaculture techniques.

You can download a PDF-version of the book for free here, as various ebook formats here, read it online here, or get a printed book on Amazon.


5. The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander

Cristopher Alexander

Cristopher Alexander

“There is one timeless way of building. It is thousands of years old, and the same today as it has always been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been made by people who were very close to the center of this way. And as you will see, this way will lead anyone who looks for it to buildings which are themselves as ancient in their form as the trees and hills, and as our faces are.” – Cristopher Alexander

The Timeless Way of BuildingThe Timeless Way of Building is the introductory volume in the Center for Environmental Structure series. In it Christopher Alexander presents a new theory of architecture, building, and planning which has at its core that age-old process by which the people of a society have always pulled the order of their world from their own being.

The book explains the idea of patterns in architecture, and how we can use these patterns to build and maintain healthy living environments. As one reviewer notes on the term ‘pattern’, “there are certain patters in buildings. When the pattern works the building is pleasing. Otherwise it isn’t. These patterns are not architectural design plans, they are instead organic, instinctive, feeling-based relationships.”

[..] despite reading and re-reading the first half of the Timeless Way of Building about 10-15 times since first doing so in college, I am still enthralled at the depth of what Alexander is conveying in this work. Anyone who finds themselves amidst the planning stages of your houses or landscapes: I cannot encourage you enough to spend some real time with his work.” – Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design

Check out The Timeless Way of Building on Amazon (or your local library, the book is quite expensive).


6. A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander

Patterns

“If you are interested in making great spaces – especially homes – and can only spend time with one book, this would be our pick. Read it and read it again. The kind of book you’ll never be “done” with.” – Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design

Also by Cristopher Alexander, A Pattern Language is the second book in the Center for Environmental Structure series and takes a more practical approach compared to The Timeless Way of Building. The book presents a series of “patterns” that the authors believe must be present in order for an environment to be pleasing, comfortable, or in their words, “alive.”

A Pattern LanguageThe “patterns” are answers to design problems, such as:

  • How high should a window sill be?
  • How many stories should a building have?
  • How should the light fall within a home?
  • Where should the windows be placed?
  • How much space in a neighborhood should be devoted to grass and trees?

More than 250 of the patterns in this pattern language are given in the book: each consists of a problem statement, a discussion of the problem with an illustration, and a solution.

As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seemly likely that they will be a part of human nature, and human action, as much in five hundred years as they are today.

Check out the book on Amazon (or your local library, the book is quite expensive).


7. Tending the Wild by M. Kat Anderson

Cahuilla woman

Cahuilla woman storing acorns for food

“Nature really misses us,” laments M. Kat Anderson. “We no longer have a relationship with plants and animals, and that’s the reason why they’re going away.”

This book works not only as a history of indigenous horticulture in California, but also as a beginners manual for those who seek to understand more about sustainable, indigenous land management, gleaned in part from interviews and correspondence with Native Americans who recall what their grandparents told them about how and when areas were burned, which plants were eaten and which were used for basketry, and how plants were tended.

Tending the WildThe bulk of Tending the Wild describes how the California Indians tended the land. They did not merely wander across the countryside in hopes of randomly discovering plant and animal foods. They had an intimate, sacred relationship with the land, and they tended it in order to encourage the health of their closest relatives — the plant and animal communities upon which they depended.

Tending the Wild is an important book, because it presents us with stories of a way of life that worked, and worked remarkably well, for countless generations. This is precious knowledge for us to contemplate, as our own society is rapidly circling the drain, and our need for remembering healthy old ideas has never been greater.

“Through coppicing, pruning, harrowing, sowing, weeding, burning, digging, thinning, and selective harvesting, they [California natives] encouraged desired characteristics of individual plants, increased populations of useful plants, and altered the structures and compositions of plant communities. Regular burning of many types of vegetation across the state created better habitat for game, eliminated brush, minimized potential for catastrophic fires, and encouraged diversity of food crops. These harvest and management practices, on the whole, allowed for sustainable harvest of plants over centuries and possibly thousands of years.“

In this book we come to see California’s indigenous people as active agents of environmental change and stewardship. Tending the Wild persuasively argues that this traditional ecological knowledge is essential if we are to successfully meet the challenge of living sustainably.

“The map in there of California cultural regions before colonization is insanely amazing.” – Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design

Check out Tending the Wild on Amazon


What All These Books Have In Common

The one big takeaway from all of these books, in my mind, is that they irrefutably show us that there are alternative futures possible for humanity. There are ways we can feed ourselves, clothe ourselves and build our homes without depleting the soil and destroying nature.

But if the knowledge in these books can “fix” the world, why did not previous generations get it done? After all, some of these books are over 100 years old.

The answer is simple. As Wendell Berry writes in the foreword to a newer edition of Tree Crops:

“The minds that have dominated agriculture since 1929 when Tree Crops was first published, have been little interested in conserving either the land or the people on the land. They have, Heaven knows, seen no visions of “a million neat farm homes snuggled in the hills.” A farming system in which millions of small landowners would manage devotedly and skillfully a diversified, locally-adapted system of tree crops, pastures, animals, and row crops has been simply unthinkable to them.”

Or as permaculture co-originator Bill Mollison says in Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual:

Bill Mollison“We know how to solve every food, clean energy, and sensible shelter problem in every climate; we have already invented and tested every necessary technique and technical device, and have access to all the biological material that we could ever use.

The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange their own food, energy, and shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves.“

Now, back to my bold claim. Can a book really save the world?

No. Only human action (and in some cases human inaction) can save the world.

A book can show us the door to another reality, but we’ll have to walk through the door of our own accord.

It’s up to us, the humans who desire this alternative future, to change how things are done and show people that there is indeed a better way.

Nestle won’t get it done. Unilever won’t get it done. Monsanto won’t get it done. Nor any other of the mega corporations below that control almost everything you buy:

These 10 mega corporations control almost everything you buy and eat

These 10 mega corporations control almost everything you buy and eat

So let’s read these books and then get to work making things happen, and start helping ourselves and future generations to a better future. Start in your backyard, create abundance, and I bet you that the rest of your neighborhood will soon follow.

Let these lines from Bob Dylan lead the way:

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

Featured photo by Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design

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Congratulations Winners!

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Congratulations Winners! It’s not every day a large collection of some of the best in books all based around self reliance and independence wind up in your library. Our 3 lucky Winners will receive the entire collection below of the best in Prepper/Survival hard cover or paper back books, fiction and non-fiction! Winners! Chin Gibson in … Continue reading Congratulations Winners!

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D J Cooper Author Radio Host

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D J COOPER: Author and Fellow APN Radio Host Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, APN Radio host and Author, DJ Cooper, will be my special guest. Like so many of our fellow authors, Dee Cooper was an avid reader and lover … Continue reading D J Cooper Author Radio Host

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The Most Important Book in 2016 on Permaculture And Self-Reliance

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The challenge of our generation is regeneration. Starting from the soil up, we are faced with our very survival as a species. […] As the basis of civilisation, agriculture must play a large part in restoration.” – Richard Perkins, Making Small Farms Work

It’s not often I get excited about a book, but this Kickstarter-project by Richard Perkins of Ridgedale Permaculture is an exception. The book is titled Making Small Farms Work – A Pragmatic Whole Systems Approach to Profitable Regenerative Agriculture, and here’s Richard explaining what it’s about:

This book serves to share the beginning of our little farm in rural Sweden, a small look into how we apply holistic design to creating the sort of future we would like our children to grow up in.

402 backers have secured their copy already and with 19 days to go the campaign will very likely succeed. I hope it goes well beyond the minimum goal though because with more supporters Richard can do a larger print run and get the book out to more people.

Richard has worked professionally in every major climate zone across several continents consulting to projects, farms & industry, and has also led over 40 solo Permaculture Design Course’s as well as 10 week internships at his Ridgedale farm, “the northernmost permaculture farm on the planet”. Richard even gave me initial input on the development of the Walden Labs project site, which I found invaluable.

This book is dedicated to all those who are dedicating their lives to be of benefit to themselves, their communities, land & farmscapes. The deeper we study ecology and the patterns and relationships in the natural world around us the more glaringly obvious it becomes that this is the default function of all life.

Rather than throw more fancy titles and numbers at you, let me show you what he and his team have done. In 9 short months they turned this:

House before

Into this abundant paradise:

House after

And this:

Field before

Into this:

Field after

Amazing, right?

Richard gave me a chance to take a look at a draft of the book and what I really like about it, and what makes it stand out, is that it’s not full of theories devoid of context. It’s just a simple look at how and why they’ve done what they’ve done at Ridgedale farm.

And that’s what I find so valuable about it. The world is not short on theory and general information. What I think is lacking is real people getting real stuff done and then sharing their experiences and results. That’s how progress is made.

Richard is for real, his book is for real, and without a doubt the book will help me in developing my homestead this year and beyond. I’m sure it will help and be an inspiration to many others around the globe as well, especially those looking to create an income from their land.

Learn more about the book (and secure a copy!) on Kickstarter, where you can also see the full table of contents.


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Johnny Jacks Green Beret & Author

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Johnny Jacks: Former Green Beret & New Preparedness Author ofAbsolute Anarchy
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Johnny Jacks Green Beret & AuthorOn this episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, Johnny Jacks, former Green Beret & new preparedness author, will be my special guest.

On his seventeenth birthday, Johnny Jacks enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, later transferring to the U.S. Army where he became a Special Forces soldier, a Green Beret. He completed training at the U.S. Army Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in the spring of 1966 and began a career serving on Special Forces A teams in Europe, Asia, and Central America, including a combat assignment to Special Forces A team 102, Tien Phuoc, Vietnam, 1967-1968. He became proficient in guerrilla warfare strategies and tactics, communications, intelligence gathering, and guerrilla group organization and operations.

After retiring from the Army in 1982, he worked for several government agencies over the next thirty years in significant positions involving national security and emergency preparedness program implementation and policy-making. These roles provided him with knowledge of the national security policy relating to continuity of government and continuity of operations with insight into what will take place with the senior leadership when the Schumer hits the fan and the nation falls into a state of absolute anarchy.

4-7-16 absolute-anarchy-cover-artThis combination of experience and education in off-grid, self-reliant living, guerrilla warfare, and national security policy imbued him with unique insight into today’s individual and group prepper survival needs and requirements and gave him the skills and knowledge needed to defeat organized gangs and other bad guys and assist refugees under a state of absolute anarchy.

Hence, the title of his upcoming new release, ABSOLUTE ANARCHY, an interactive study guide to surviving the coming collapse. This fantastic new prepper/survival guide includes a foreword by Dr. Joe Alton, a/k/a Dr. Bones, author of the Survival Medicine Handbook.

Johnny has created an interesting concept with Absolute Anarchy. The book will be closely tied to his website,http://AbsoluteAnarchybook.com. He suggests that his readers study the book and the suggested supplementary information found online. Participate in the practical learning exercises described in Chapter 11 of Absolute Anarchy.  You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become a self-reliant survivalist, fully prepared for TEOTWAWKI.

He believes many preppers are oriented toward survivalist techniques, the sort of things that Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone, and Davy Crockett, and other pioneers used to exist on the frontier of the time. Johnny does not discuss Rambo stuff in this book, just the practical application of prepper and off-grid living techniques that will enhance your ability to exit the other side of the die-off alive and ready to reconstruct a new America as envisioned by our Founding Fathers.
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Book Review: The Mission, The Men, and Me

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I wish I could remember where I heard about this book, The Mission, The Men, and Me.  I was reading some Delta Force Booktraining blog and they were talking about trimming weight from their packs and this book was mentioned.  So of course I bought it and read it immediately.  The book isn’t really about trimming gear, not that I thought it was, but what I got was so much more.

By Pineslayer, a contributing author to Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

Porch Snipers

In the survival community there are so many different factions it is mind blowing.  From porch snipers to those delta_force_book_review_the_mission_the_men_and_mewho produce their own energy and food, it can be a daunting task to find common ground when communicating to all of us.  What we all may have in common is a mindset that we want to live to fight and/or live another day.  What this book offers is a mindset of true elite survivalists.  Most of us are not cut out to be high speed operators who save the world, but I bet a lot of you wish you could be.  Oh if we knew then what we know now, many would be a better version of ourselves.  Part of this book is about being a better version of Americans.

So the book is titled, ‘The Mission, The Men, and Me’,  lessons from a former Delta Force Commander.  The author is Pete Blaber.  He was an Army Lt. Colonel in Delta Force operations that led long range recon missions in the early days of the Afghan War.  It was called Operation Anaconda and there are a lot of different versions of who, what, and how the operation went and was orchestrated by.  During my reading I did the search thing, looking for more background on the history of this time.  I was slightly dismayed by the spin that I found online.  No surprise really, everyone has their own version of war.  Where this book shines is in the way it puts you there, with all the situations failures and successes.

Part One and Two of the Book

So back to the mindset thing.  How does one become an elite warrior?  Determination, genetics, and blind luck.  Not what you expected?  Let me explain.  Determination is the one that stops most people.  Wanting something and the will to make it happen can be worlds apart.  Life can get in the way, family can get in the way, your own physical and mental limitations can stop you dead in your tracks. You just gotta want it and put all other things aside.  Hence the genetics thing.  Not everyone is built to be able to haul loads on little sleep and think clearly when taking fire.  Not all can focus on a task, see it through, and then move on.  Conversely, how many of you can change direction instantaneously and not wig out, and do it continually without losing sleep?  OK, the losing sleep thing might not be fair, because all of those with lives hanging on every decision they make, lose sleep over it.  It’s in the book.

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The luck thing.  Life, training, injuries, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, all can cut short your hopes and dreams.  Think of your own life and those you have shared that life with, how many bad things have happened that caused those people to change course?  Now think about those who have made it to that elite level of fitness and willingness to sacrifice it all for what they believe is right.  You are ready to read this book.

This book is about those who have made it to that level and are throttling it.  The book starts out with Pete talking about how he got to be in Delta Force.  From his early days,  to those who helped him get his priorities straight, hence the title,  you will find many pearls of wisdom and funny stories.  The one thing that I loved about the beginning chapters was these guys ability to brainstorm.  So many people are unwilling to let their imagination go and think outside the box, because of the fear of being ridiculed.  Some bad ideas lead to good ones, never forget that.  That idea that seems bad now may have validation later on.  At all times look at history to gain some perspective when deciding on which tactic might work best.  Even though tech has changed, humans have remained very much the same.  Remember that as you read the next ¾ of the book.  The attitude that ‘management’ has at times, to resolve a problem, is based on using that new widget, not on common sense.  How does that relate to preparing?  Knowledge vs. gear.  Gear is great when applied properly, but without an end game, it is just stuff.

One thing all these soldiers have in common is patience.  The patience to do their homework and the humble nature to listen to locals.  Lt. Col. Blaber talks about, ‘developing the situation’ throughout the book.  We can all improve upon our life by following his advice.  As the book progresses you will understand what this means in your day to day life.  Building trust among soldiers takes time and everyone must prove themselves.  What is a little different about this storyline is that many of these men don’t work together all the time, like you expect in many military scenarios.  They are brought together to get a mission done and have worked with each other in the past sometimes.  Which makes the story just that much more incredible.  Why do people sign up for this stuff?  The answer is simple and as old as time itself,  somebody has to make things right.

The Mission Is Set

Pete Blaber and his teammates are sent into alien territory to destroy an enemy that thinks it is invincible in its Special Forces US Army Delta Forcestronghold.  This team did not buy into that mindset.  The area is known as the Shahi Knot, an area that many foreign invaders have lost their lives trying to take. The book has some great pictures and maps that will help you understand what our men were up against.  As the book tells the story you will inevitably get pissed off.  Many chapters explain the obstacles that are these brave men face when trying to finish the job.  That job is to find and capture or kill Osama Bin Laden and his followers.  They come up with a well thought out plan, that keeps getting poked with holes from superiors who think they know better or want to use larger assets.

Flash forward to current events and look at the debate about how to defeat or dislodge IS forces.  Boots on the ground vs. cruise missiles and daisy cutters.  There is no absolute formula despite what defense contractors and their civilian puppets might tell you on T.V. everyday.  Sometimes you just need some hardened grunts with an M4 and a rucksack full of ammo, who are willing to lay it all on the line.

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As you progress through parts 3 & 4 of the book you will taken into a world that few people can imagine. Most of it deals with the planning, the re-planning and gathering of intel, constantly.  Coordinating with other units, SEALS, CIA, SOF,  and their corresponding chain of command.  At times you will wonder how anything works out, but it always comes down to someone just doing it and possibly getting their ass chewed later.  As long as the men come back and the mission has some success,  the rest is just footnotes on a report.

Putting The Iron Into The Fire

Crawling over rocks, through snow, for days just to get into position to attack.  Then waiting some more for the weather be just right and for last minute changes in the plan to materialize. Then the battle starts and the plan becomes fluid, that is when you see what you are made of.  Like most all battles, lives are lost and all people involved are changed forever.  I will not say more about the actual fight, you need to read it yourselves, plus I hate being a spoiler.  Just remember that this is one battle in a war that has been raging for over a decade now, with no end in site.  Just when we thought it might be winding down, it just keeps going.  The world has no shortage of bad people causing problems, so my guess is we will not see peace in our lifetime.

Related: Back To Basics Book Review

Every time you see someone in uniform say hi or shake their hand, buy them lunch.  They all have the guts to sign on the dotted line to put themselves in harm’s way so we can sleep easier at night and try to have faith that our kids future will be safer than it might be today.  Let us all help that brighter future along by staying engaged, especially with the next generation, and being prepared for whatever comes our way.  If you get a chance, I recommend that you read “The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander

“For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.” -Patrick Henry

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JD Dutra’s Dark Ages: 2020 Review

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It’s not often that when you’re reading a book that you stop for a second and go, “Wait, is this happening right now? In real life!” Well I found myself thinking that one too many times in JD Dutra’s Dark Ages: 2020. This is the tale of a Secret Society that sets out to initiate their plan of a “better world”. We follow a cast of extremely relatable characters in their attempts at keeping a “life” together amidst all that’s going on. There’s also something very dark and disturbing lurking in the shadows of the story that brings an element of mystery into the plot, for a very enjoyable read.

A New World Order has devised a plan: To wipe out majority of the world’s population, which enables them to bring about a new era of their design. This isn’t the first time either, the same group was responsible for The Black Plague. Which in turn resulted in The Renaissance. Their ties are global, their history is ancient, and their power is unmatched. To make matters worse, the president of the United States is starting to have his doubts about the entire plan itself.

In the middle of all of the chaos, we also follow a CIA agent who is having an internal battle between his work and home life. A group of petty criminals manage to bumble their way into some real trouble when they uncover some information that could possibly endanger one of the city’s most well-known philanthropist. An Average Joe is locked up for tax evasion, in a miserable tent-city jail in Arizona, while everything is going on. He gets a lot more information from the outside than he could ever imagine as the story progresses.

This was an extremely well written book that made for an absolutely page-turning experience. After finishing the book, I was left wanting more, and a whole lot of it. Anyone that’s into conspiracies, the apocalypse, action novels, or thrillers will love it. To be honest this book has a little bit for everyone, and I am certainly looking forward to more from this author. Get your copy on of Dark Ages: 2020 on Amazon!

Review By: KYPrepper89

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Franklin Horton: Prepper & Author

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Franklin Horton: Experienced Prepper & Post-Apocalyptic Author of The Borrowed World Series
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Franklin Horton: Prepper & AuthorOn this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, experienced prepper and post-apocalyptic author, Franklin Horton, will be my special guest.

Franklin Horton lives and writes in the mountainsof southwestern Virginia.  He attended Virginia Intermont College and Virginia Commonwealth University.   In his spare time he pursues outdoor adventures with his wife and two children.  His interests include camping, kayaking, backpacking, mountain biking, and shooting.

He is also a committed prepper. He and his wife lead a preparedness lifestyle which helps him lend realism to his incredibly successfulBorrowed World Series. Franklin and I will discuss the threats we face as a nation with a particular emphasis of a potential terrorist attack against our power grid.

3-31-16 the-borrowed-worldWe’ll discuss his hugely successful series which was began with Book One, THE BORROWED WORLD, an Top 5 Amazon bestseller in both Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Dystopian Science Fiction during the summer of 2015.  The next book in the series, ASHES OF THE UNSPEAKABLE, was released in October of 2015 and rose up the Amazon bestseller charts to reach the Top 10 in both categories again. Franklin’s third book, Legion of Despair, is slated for release on April 8, 2016, although the paperback edition is available on Amazon now.
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Thomas A. Watson: Best Selling Author

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Thomas A. Watson: Best Selling Author
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Thomas A. Watson: Best Selling AuthorOn this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, Tommy Watson will be my special guest.

Thomas Watson grew up in Doyline Louisiana and Grenada Mississippi, and moved to Shreveport Louisiana to start a family. He now lives in Northwestern Montana with his adoring wife, four dogs and a cat. He graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science.

3-24-16 patriots-rebornTommy’s love of reading, which was instilled in him at a young age by his parents, inspired him to begin his writing career in 2012 with his first bookBlue Plague: The Fall. The books in the Blue Plague series are no holds barred about the end of civilization and are not for the faint of heart. The language and actions are harsh even by the main characters. The series is pure post-apocalyptic, dystopian fiction which can only be described as eye-opening.

His most recent series, titled Forgotten Forbidden America, has thrilled fans with three releases in the last year. Tommy released Patriots Reborn last week and it still occupies a top ten spot in the political thriller rankings.

A prolific writer, Tommy Watson is one of the few political and post-apoc authors who live the preparedness lifestyle. He is also living proof that behind every good man, there is an even more gooder woman!
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Review: James Wesley, Rawles’ Land of Promise

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Most folks in the survivalist and prepper communities know who James Wesley, Rawles is – the first survivalist blogger and a prolific author, with six novels and two non-fiction books. His most recent novel, Land of Promise, is the first of The Counter-Caliphate Chronicles series. I just finished reading the book, and really liked it. It is definitely worth reading if you enjoy prepper and survivalist fiction, especially written from a Christian viewpoint.

Synopsis

Land of Promise is a Christian survivalist geopolitical thriller. It is also technically science fiction since it takes place several decades in the future and features some not-yet-existing technology. But the futuristic aspects are realistic, not fantastic, so don’t expect any space ships, lightsabers, or Star Trek-like transporters.

The premise of the book is that an Islamic Caliphate, a successor to the current ISIS, has succeeded in being established throughout the Islamic world, and now dominates globally through its economic and military might, as well as the continued use of terror and fear. Aiding its world dominance is the political weakness, economic troubles, political correctness, and moral decline of the United States and the rest of the Western world. Westerners, in general, have lost much of their personal and economic freedoms to politically-correct police states that cower in fear of the Caliphate. Traditional, Bible-believing Christianity, in particular, has fallen out-of-favor in the West, with Christians being treated as second-class citizens, often persecuted for their beliefs. All this is very realistic considering current trends, if one is willing to take an honest look at what is happening today.

In answer to this untenable situation, a small group of Christian business people and diplomats hatch  plan to create a Christian homeland, the Ilemi Republic, in the harsh environment of a very sparsely populated area of eastern Africa. Africa seem a surprising choice, but the book provides a reasonable rationale for this location, which actually fits quite nicely the current real-world situation in east Africa.

Land of Promise tells the story of the conception, founding, and early development of the Ilemi Republic. Not only is the nation created as a Christian homeland, but also one that prizes and protects personal and economic liberty, and self-reliance. In many ways, the book reads almost as a How-To manual for founding such a nation from scratch.

This how-to aspect of the book brings up the one possible complaint many folks may have.  Sections of the book seem almost like highly detailed shopping lists of the tools, equipment, and supplies needed to build infrastructure, and to create a national defense. In fact, some of it is shopping lists, as the book follows several Ilemi diplomats around the globe arranging to buy said arms and equipment and recruit needed skill-sets. These sections may be boring to those not much interested such things, but luckily for me I found it fascinating. These sections can be easily skimmed by those not interested without losing very much of the story-line.

I did take notes as I was reading Land of Promise, and found many ideas and tips that I may be able to incorporate into my prepping and survival plans, even if I’m not creating a nation from scratch.

This book is a serious warning of things to come, especially for Christians, if current world trends continue. I HIGHLY recommend it for Christian preppers and survivalists. As a geopolitical thriller, it is an enjoyable read. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

You can find Land of Promise of Amazon.

10 Outdoor Adventure Books Every Boy (and Man) Should Read

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Here are ten books of outdoor adventures and wilderness survival that I think every boy* on his way to manhood should read. If you are already a grown man, but haven’t read one or more of these books, I recommend you do so. They can be enjoyed by all ages.

Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, is the classic “stranded on a desert island” book. The protagonist, Robinson Crusoe, “chronicles his daily battle to stay alive, as he conquers isolation, fashions shelter and clothes, enlists the help of a native islander who he names ‘Friday’, and fights off cannibals and mutineers.”

The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling, is actually a collection of short stories by Kipling published in the 1890s. Set in India, the stories are actually fables in which talking animals are used to teach a moral. The most famous of these stories are about the abandoned “man cub” Mowgli – a boy raised in the wild by wolves.

Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss, is about a shipped-wrecked family that must survive and adapt to life alone on a tropical island. Written in the early 1800s, the book is somewhat “off” in certain details of natural history (for example, an impossibly wide range on animals are native to the island). However, this is still a classic tale of family adventure and survival.
 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is an American classic. Considered “controversial” in today’s highly sensitive, PC-culture because of its honest portrayal or race relations of its day, including the frequent use of the word “nigger,” this book should be mandatory reading for every school kid, but often avoided. However, the book’s protagonist is solidly anti-racist, as is the book’s overall theme.

Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson. Yes, this is the book the Disney movie is based on. A very moving story of a boy and his dog growing up together in the hills of west Texas.

Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, is the first of the Little House on the Prairie books. Sometimes considered a girl’s book because it is told from the point of view of Laura Ingell, the story is really about the life and struggles of an American pioneer family in the 1870s. Pioneering life is hard, with plenty of adventures to keep things interesting.

The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both by Jack London, are  set in Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s. Full of dogs, wolves, adventure, and survival, these fast-paced books will hold the attention of most boys, while teaching positive themes of morality and redemption.

Stormy, by Jim Kjelgaard, is a fantastic adventure story about a boy, Allan Marley, and Stormy, an abused dog accused of turning on its master. I won’t give away too much of this story, but basically the two have some amazing adventures and ultimately save each other.

Big Red: The Story of a Champion Irish Setter and a Trapper’s Son Who Grew Up Together, Roaming the Wilderness, is another book by Jim Kjelgaard (too often forgotten as a great author of young adult adventure books). The rather long title pretty much sums up this book. All of Kjelgaard’s books are must-reads for boys, in my opinion.

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Not an adventure novel, but rather a wide-ranging collection of articles on topics of particular interest to boys, The Dangerous Book for Boys, by Conn Iggulden, is a book I wish I had when I was growing up. Topics covered include essential gear for boys, paper airplanes, the seven wonders of the ancient world, the 5 knots every boy should know, dinosaurs, making a bow and arrow, understanding grammar, famous battles, first aid, cloud formations, astronomy, navigation, the Declaration of Independence, building a workbench, and seven poems every boy should know, among many others.

There is a similar book for girls, The Daring Book for Girls, by Andrea J. Buchanan.
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*Yes, girls (and women) can read and enjoy these books, too!

Books, get your ultimate resource!

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Books, always the ultimate resource!

books 650x488When or if the poo starts flying, preppers will soon come to realize that their prepper/survival library may well be the most valuable resource he or she owns. Could it be more valuable than water, food, or shelter? For the majority it could be and I’ll explain why in the list below. I’ll also tell you how you can get a complete prepper/survival related library FREE. First I will dispel the only legitimate argument, other than being blind that a prepper or survivalist may have; books are too heavy to bug out with or too heavy in my every day carry bag. I will give you that but unless you plan on living out of that bag you will be making your way back home or to your bug out location where your library will be.

3-3-16 lib2What could make a library more valuable than water, food or shelter? There are a few good reasons but I will explain the two I find most valuable. Let’s assume for a moment there has been a catastrophe and you find yourself with limited supplies or even none at all. How will you survive? Besides relying on someone else it would be up to you to procure the items you need for the family and yourself. Unless you already have the skills to find or purify water, gather food, or build a shelter you need the resource to show you how and you’ll find it in well thought out library.

It go’s way beyond water, food, and shelter. There are hundreds of other skills and scenarios that you should be equipped and ready for such as medical, self-defense, surviving bad weather or gardening. The list can be long but the information needed can be held in your library if you have one.

How often have you asked someone, “Did you watch that movie”? The reply, “The book was better”.  This is usually the case with an author who knows how to write.  Details have no limits and allow the mind to input the pictures the author suggests if there not already there. Below is a list of books and their authors that I have found to be some of the best and there is an opportunity to get these books that are listed free.  Some of these books are fiction but besides entertainment (which may be the only entertainment you have in a disaster scenario), still provide ideas on how to cope with emergency situations.

The Survival Medicine Handbook:  When Help is Not on the Way
Author: Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P.

Prepper’s Natural Medicine: When There is No Doctor
Author: Cat Ellis

Cyber Warfare: Prepping for Tomorrow Series
Author: Bobby Akart

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Clueless To Totally Prepared
Author: Survivor Jane

299 Days: The Preparation
Author: Glen Tate

EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse: Prepping for Tomorrow Series
Author: Bobby Akart

Dystopia: The Beginning of the End
Author: DJ Cooper

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Disaster Guide
Author: Tess Pennington

Emergency Evacuations: (Survival Mom’s No Worries Guide)! 
Author: Lisa Bedford

Tom Locke: Surviving America
Author: James Walton

The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less!
Author: Bernie Carr

Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans!
Author: Cat Ellis

Preppers Road March (Prepper Trilogy. Book 1)
Author: Ron Foster

Emergency/Survival Hygiene:  Making Survival Hygiene Products
Author: Survivor Jane

Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide
Author: Steve Markwith

Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense
Author: Joe Nobody

Oathkeeper
Author: Troy Grice

Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon
Author: Lynda King

You could get this entire selection for free. There are a lot more great books out there this is just a list I agree with as being some of the best and you could get them all for free by going to the contest Prepper Broadcasting has just started and entering to win. They are giving away 3 sets of all the books listed above and adding more. To enter this contest GO HERE!

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Books, The Entire Prepper Survival Library Give A Way!

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Books, always the ultimate resource!

 books 650x488When or if the poo starts flying, preppers will soon come to realize that their prepper/survival library may well be the most valuable resource he or she owns. Could it be more valuable than water, food, or shelter? For the majority it could be and I’ll explain why further on. I’ll also tell you how you can get a complete prepper/survival related library FREE. First I will dispel the only legitimate argument, other than being blind that a prepper or survivalist may have; books are too heavy to bug out with or too heavy in my every day carry bag. I will give you that but unless you plan on living out of that bag you will be making your way back home or to your bug out location where your library will be.

3-3-16 lib2What could make a library more valuable than water, food or shelter? There are a few good reasons but I will explain the two I find most valuable. Let’s assume for a moment there has been a catastrophe and you find yourself with limited supplies or even none at all. How will you survive? Besides relying on someone else it would be up to you to procure the items you need for the family and yourself. Unless you already have the skills to find or purify water, gather food, or build a shelter you need the resource to show you how and you’ll find it in a well thought out library.

It go’s way beyond water, food, and shelter. There are hundreds of other skills and scenarios that you should be equipped and ready for such as medical, self-defense, surviving bad weather or gardening. The list can be long but the information needed can be held in your library if you have one.

How often have you asked someone, “Did you watch that movie”? The reply, “The book was better”.  This is usually the case with an author who knows how to write.  Details have no limits and allow the mind to input the pictures the author suggests if the’re not already there.

Below is a list of books and their authors that I have found to be some of the best and there is an opportunity to get these booksthat are listed free.  Some of these books are fiction but besides entertainment (which may be the only entertainment you have in a disaster scenario), still provide ideas on how to cope with emergency situations.

The Survival Medicine Handbook:  When Help is Not on the Way
Author: Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P.

Prepper’s Natural Medicine: When There is No Doctor
Author: Cat Ellis

Cyber Warfare: Prepping for Tomorrow Series
Author: Bobby Akart

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Clueless To Totally Prepared
Author: Survivor Jane

299 Days: The Preparation
Author: Glen Tate

EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse: Prepping for Tomorrow Series
Author: Bobby Akart

Dystopia: The Beginning of the End
Author: DJ Cooper

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Disaster Guide
Author: Tess Pennington

Emergency Evacuations: (Survival Mom’s No Worries Guide)! 
Author: Lisa Bedford

Tom Locke: Surviving America
Author: James Walton

The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less!
Author: Bernie Carr

Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans!
Author: Cat Ellis

Preppers Road March (Prepper Trilogy. Book 1)
Author: Ron Foster

Emergency/Survival Hygiene:  Making Survival Hygiene Products
Author: Survivor Jane

Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide
Author: Steve Markwith

Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense
Author: Joe Nobody

Oathkeeper
Author: Troy Grice

Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon
Author: Lynda King

You could get this entire selection for free. There are a lot more great authors and their books out there (see others here) and a few more may be added to this list.

We are giving away 3 sets of all the books listed above and adding more. Enter contest now CLICK HERE!

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How I read for free

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Let me preface this by saying I don’t only read for free. On average, I spend about $25 per month on Audible ($15 for a membership, plus two extra Boxcar Children mysteries with the membership discount) and at least $40 on eBooks through Amazon. While this might seem like a ton to some people and nothing at all to others, I would absolutely be spending much more if I didn’t take advantage of free ways to read.

It’s simple to get books for free if you’re willing to do one little thing: write a review.

Reviews are not everything to writers, but they are important. Reviews are one of the best ways people discover new books. For indie authors, this is even more important since writers who independently publish through Amazon or Kobo don’t have the power and money behind them that a large publishing house offers.

So what makes a good review?

Saying what you think about the book.

Your review does not have to be:
long
in-depth
a book report
something that took you an hour to write

Honestly, it just doesn’t. And there are some authors who would protest this, but to be honest, just a brief “I loved the characters in this” or “this book really helped me to declutter” can mean the world to a writer.

And they’ll let other readers know that the book is good (or not), which can translate into more sales for the author.

So as long as you’re willing to write a review, you can get freebie books on just about any topic imaginable. While review copies are almost always digital, you can get print copies, too.

Here’s how.

Pitch authors directly
The fastest way to get a copy of a book you really want is to contact the author directly. You can usually do this through an author’s social media account: Facebook or Twitter. Let them know you want to review your book and ask if they would provide a copy for review. Not all writers do this, but most indie writers do and are happy to send you a copy. If an author has a publishing contract, they may not be permitted to give out copies, so don’t be too upset if they turn you down.

Also, to increase your chances of a “yes,” send a link where you have already reviewed a book, whether this be on Amazon or your own blog. Many writers, myself included, are nervous when it comes to new reviewers we haven’t worked for. Why? Some reviewers promise to review a book and never do! Unfortunately, this can ruin it for the rest of us! If you have already reviewed a book, send the link to the author so they can get an idea of what to expect.

Most of all, remember that you are never obligated to leave a 5-star review. Never. Just because you get a review copy does not mean you should lie in your review.

As a side note, if you have any interest in reading one of my prepper or minimalism books and you’re willing to leave me a review, please shoot me an email at thenerdysurvivalist(at)gmail.com. I am always looking for new reviewers for any of my published works and am happy to send you a copy if you’ll post your thoughts on Amazon!

Join NetGalley
Netgalley.com is a great resource if you like fiction books. I joined this site a few months ago and it’s very easy to use, but you do need to have an eReader app on your phone or tablet. I use the Kindle app on my phone and this interface is very simple. You request the book you want, and when the publisher or author approves you, they’ll send the book to your device. This helps reduce pirating (since you can’t share the file with your friends), but it also makes reading really simple. When you’re finished, you post your review on the site and anywhere else you like.

Book Look Bloggers
This is a Christian organization, which makes it perfect if you want to review Bibles (yes, that’s a thing), Christian literature, or homeschool materials. Unlike many websites, Book Look will send hardcover and paperback copies of some books. You have to apply and need to have at least 30 subscribers to your blog. (This can be Twitter followers or Facebook fans.) Apply at booklookbloggers.com.

Kindle Free Books
Finally, the simplest way to get books for free – that you don’t have to review! – if through Amazon Kindle’s top 100 free books each day. The top 100 books that are free change hourly! Additionally, you can browse individual categories to find free books on prepping, minimalism, or parenting. I check this regularly and have found some great books by my favorite authors on their freebie days.

Do you read for free? What’s your favorite way to find free books?

Book Review: Patriot Rising: The Unbroken

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Max Velocity Patriot Rising

This is the sequel of Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises by Max Alexander.  The first installment is a book that is Max Velocity Tacticalon my shelf of ‘books that must go with me’ in the event I must flee my home, right next to my survival guides.  By that I mean wild edible plants, the Constitution, and other invaluable texts.  Not only is it inspirational, but it lays out basic and advanced military style guerrilla warfare for the freedom fighter in all of us.  When this next book showed up I had to stare it down for a couple of days before starting it, because I knew it would consume me and my limited spare time if it was half as good as the first one.

By Pineslayer, a contributing author to Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

For those of you unfamiliar with the author, check out his site.  I consider it one of the best out there for those interested in learning about SUT (Small Unit Tactics) and Max and crew are training Americans year round (training info).  Max is a ‘no-holds-barred’ patriot and when you learn more about him and his personal history, it will reinforce the idea of what it means to be an American.

Let’s Get Started

Reading the first book is kinda mandatory IMO, just to understand how the people in the book got to where they Max Velocity Tacticalare now.  That being said, Max does an adequate job in setting you up to dive right in, a little background, just enough to set the stage.  The current situation is that America is in the midst of a Civil War for about a year now.  Even if you don’t accept the author’s version of who the outside players are who helped our corrupt politicians perpetrate this crime against us, you can easily insert your own boogeyman into the mix and come to the same conclusion of what the end game is.  Total subjugation of the remaining population.  One world rule, hell on Earth unless you are one of the elite and those who bow to them.

Here is the text from the back cover of Patriot Rising: The Unbroken to help set the stage.  “The flames of civil war rage across America. The totalitarian Regime remains in power, fighting against the forces of Resistance and the Southern Federation. With Russian and Chinese forces advancing, the storm of war is rising.  America is in its death throes, as the forces of tyranny stamp out liberty across the country.  Following the assault on Washington D.C. by the Southern Federation, Jack Berenger must escape the city with his Resistance forces.  Facing overwhelming odds, fighting both the Regime and invading Russian forces, they must fight for survival, and ultimately, for freedom.  The future of the Republic is bleak.  The Resistance is the light against the darkness.  They are the Unbroken.”     

I’m going to do this review differently than most other reviews.  Most people read the whole book and then write it up, fair enough, but I like to be different.  I will read a few chapters and then write my thoughts down.  By doing it this way, I hope to portray the book as it unfolds and reveal my own trepidation about this scenario.  I’m willing to bet most of you, when reading a fiction novel, not only expect things to go a certain way, but also wish it to follow your own vision of what should happen.  I enjoy being surprised or even sometimes getting pissed off at what is happening in a book, but human nature in all of us wishes to be in control.  In reality we can only control how we react to a situation that is forced upon us, it is then that we see what we are really made of.

Related: Patriot Dawn – The Resistance Rises

Chapters 1 – 4, damn.  The best analogy I can come up with is a ‘roller coaster’.  Max picks up right where he left off max_velocity_tactical_book_review_patriot_rising_the_unbrokenand throws a 800lb gorilla into the mix.  Where will the military leaders, who have been non-state side, lend their support?  As of now a corrupt government has been running amok, using standard bully tactics and disinformation to beat the masses down.  Military leaders are told what to do by civilian leaders, by design and The Constitution,  since the dawn of time.  At what point will they break free and start to think for themselves?  Will they make the right decisions given their limited knowledge of the current reality on the ground?  By the end of the 4th chapter, you will be doubting all you hold sacred as an American, except the faith you have in those you have watched your back for the last year.

Chapters 5-10, at this point you are put through the whole gamut of emotions.  As the team starts making its way back to regroup and patch up their wounded, the reader is met head on with all of our worst fears, a nuclear detonation.  Your head begins to spin as it ties to grasp who would to this. The choices are few, each with nauseating repercussions.   Regime forces not only have no remorse or morals, but they end up recruiting gang members to do their really dirty work.  True terrorism.  Sub-human scum accountable to no one.  The bright spots are just as notable, Jack Berenger and his company of patriots exact their revenge more than once.  At this point the the Resistance Forces are hit head on the idea that their families may have targeted also with additional strikes deep within Texas where their loved ones are.  Now imagine that you have to keep fighting with this knowledge hanging over your head.  The last couple of pages of chapter 10 will bring a tear to any parents eye.

Also Read: The Katrina Rifle

At this point I have to add this mental image/exercise.  It is a point of discussion in virtually all survivalist communities, that if we devolve into Civil War, with a government unwilling to stand by the Constitution and the people, and it turns on its citizens to extract its pound of flesh, who will the military stand by?  In the past decade many top military leaders have retired or maybe have been forced out, either by coercion or disgust.  It is valid concern and Max does a very thorough job in weaving all the possibilities into this story.

Chapters 11- 17, furious, that is best word I can think of to describe the story and my reading.  After a successful ambush of gangland terrorists, some involved locals make an ill advised statement by dumping some bodies for all to see.  This starts off a firefight that brings in foreign forces to ‘pacify’ the area.  One thing that really sticks out in this section of the book is the idea of ‘know your enemy’.  The details of enemy weaponry is at times text like.  You only need to keep reading to understand why it is so essential to the story.  Understanding your adversaries strengths and weaknesses is the only way to put together a game plan for victory.   The fight is full swing at this point and the detail that Max puts into giving you a visual image of how the battlefield is laid out, can only be described as total immersion.

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At this point I have confirmed in my mind that if Max Velocity Tactical puts as much thought into their classes as he puts into this book, the training really can’t get any better.  It is obvious that Max, and I’m sure the rest of his cadre, don’t sit back and think that they are doing just fine, ever.  They may be happy with things, things can always be done better, I’m guessing this might be their unsung motto.  I envision the author sitting in front of a large dry erase board sketching up the battlefield scenarios and then putting them to pen.  The detail of the war scenes are precise and there are enough drawings and pictures to help you visualize the terrain and how the battle develops.

Chapters 18 and on, I found myself getting distracted by my own thoughts.  That is not a bad thing.  There are so Survival Bookmany elements and different possible outcomes occurring, that your/my mind starts to wonder what would I be doing at this point.  I found myself this past week waking up thinking about this book and what it means to be ready for the future.  I like to think that I am mentally prepared for just about anything, but you never know until you are there.  After you read this book your ‘to do’ list will get revamped for the better.

Revenge Is Best Served

So, the battle ends, the enemy retreats to lick its substantial wounds, and our fighters get some much needed rest, one whole week.  Our country is still partially occupied by foreign forces so the fight is far from over.  The last chapter of Patriot Rising: The Unbroken does give you a sense that those who bet on the wrong horse are getting what they deserve and those who haven’t been caught yet are burning their credentials and hoping to blend in somewhere.

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Revenge is a dish best served cold.  Great saying with a unknown original author, that debate is ongoing, but I like Khan’s rendition.  It is very cold in Siberia comrade.  I can’t wait for the next book.

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A Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking at its Best

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Dutch ovenDutch oven cooking is an art.  The pioneers used it extensively and many considered their Dutch oven one of their prized possessions.  Now I have been involved in some Dutch oven cooking with some success and I have several of the Lodge Dutch ovens, but is has not been a real passion.

The other day I encounter a book published by Lodge.  It is the Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking.  One of my sons likes to use his Dutch oven and after reading this book, I am starting to see what I have been missing.

This book tells you everything you need to know to start using a Dutch oven.  It has recipes from novice to champion.  In addition, it covers the care and handling of the ovens.  There is information on how to roughly determine the cooking temperature of your stove.

The recipes in the book are amazing and I intend to try some in the next few days.  They cover everything from meatloaf to fancy cakes.  We have some other books on cooking with Dutch ovens, but this is the best that I have seen.  The price is good, it can be found on Amazon for under $12.00.

Dutch ovenNow my son won’t use anything but Lodge Dutch ovens and other than a few older brands, you may encounter in garage sales, they have by far the best reputation.  Everybody I talk to that has had much experience with cast iron ovens says avoid all the new ones that are being manufactured in China.

Lodge has the following statement on their website about where their products are manufactured.

“All of our foundry Seasoned Cast Iron and our Seasoned Carbon Steel products are manufactured in the USA and always will be. All Enameled Cast Iron products are made in China to our strict quality standards and overseen by an American owned 3rd party inspection company. Our accessories come from multiple sources, some of which are American, and some overseas. Our in-house Quality Assurance Department constantly inspects all items we produce and sell.”

If you are interested in Dutch oven cooking you need to get a copy of this book.  In the near future, I will be trying some of these recipes and I will post the results.

Howard

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