Uncleanness, Regeneration, & “The Internet of Things”

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    I’m going to tell you, right off the bat, that I’m not sure why the Holy Spirit is connecting these seemingly disparate concepts, but I’m going to just go where He is leading me, and pray that it makes some kind of sense at the end of this post…. and that you don’t think I’ve gone completely off the deep end!
     You know when a thought or idea comes from out of nowhere and you’re not sure why it is suddenly being brought into focus? Well, that happened to me when a dear reader began an email conversation about taking another look at Genesis 6:1-5. These few verses have caused perhaps more confusion and misinformation among the Body of Christ than any other Scripture — yet they are at the foundation of so much of what Jesus prophecies and what we see happening on the earth today.
    This reader was expressing her consternation that the Body of Christ overwhelmingly ignores these verses, and very often just skips over them without seeking to understand their meaning. As I was contemplating her thoughts and reviewing the implications of this Genesis passage, I recalled Jesus’s words regarding “unclean spirits”. In Matthew 12, He says, Now when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it roams through waterless (dry, arid) places in search of rest, but it does not find it. Then in Mark, Chapter 5, Scripture tells us the story of the Gerasene demoniac [or as he is more commonly known, the Gadarene madman]. The Word specifically says, When Jesus got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him. 

     Various translations of the Bible use “demon” or “evil spirit” in place of “unclean spirit”. But my mind began connecting the dots as I discerned that what Jesus was seeing and speaking about was connected back to Genesis 6. Let me show you how I got there…. and for the sake of keeping this post focused on my original topic, I am not going to give my complete explanation of Genesis 6. And for the purpose of staying on track with this post, let me just say that based on the Septuagint (the earliest Greek translation of the Old Testament from the original Hebrew), Genesis 6:2-4 reads, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and desirable; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose and desired …  The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them.”  Here, “sons of God” are not earthly men, but as translated from Hebrew (Bene Ha Elohim), it means “angels of God”. Therefore, I do not subscribe to the “Sethite theory” that this verse is referring to the offspring of Adam’s son Seth, who procreated with earthly women and bore the giants called the Nephilim. No! Scripture means what it says … “angels of God” (fallen angels) saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, mated with them and created a hybrid race of angel/human beings that were not what God designed or planned. [For a more detailed debate on the Fallen Angel vs. Sethite theories, read my blog post from 2014 by clicking here.] Furthermore, how does a normal human man and woman produce children that become “men of renown” (demi-gods)? And the extra-Biblical Book of Enoch [which is referenced in Jude, 2 Peter and John) states And the women became pregnant, and they bare large giants, whose height was three hundred cubits (450 feet tall)!
     Moving on … the Nephilim were the subsequent offspring of fallen angels and human women. Since these creatures were not made in the image of God, when they died they could not return to the Father [who is pure]; but rather their spirits were left to wander the earth in the form of demons, or evil spirits, or “unclean” spirits. The Holy Spirit made this so abundantly clear to me when I understood the meaning of unclean according to the Hebrew and Greek. “Unclean” in Hebrew means to be contaminated, polluted, foul, opposite of pure. In the Greek, it is interpreted as being filthy or impure. These same spirits are still upon the earth and present today; polluted and corrupted [impure hybrids] — perfect tools to be used by the Enemy to torment the true children of God.
      But, on the opposite end of the spectrum, what happens to us, as humans, when we accept Christ as our Savior? We are regenerated, just as Titus 3:5 says: He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth (spiritual transformation, regeneration) and renewing by the Holy Spirit.  In essence, we are “re-gened”, if that makes sense. We are restored to the divine image of our Father; there is a new birth that takes place. And Christian scientists are now seeing changes in the DNA of people who have gone from Sinner to Redeemed! 
     Let’s continue … how are Uncleanness and Regeneration connected to this term, “The Internet of Things”? First of all, you might want to take a look at a post I wrote in 2015, titled “The Terasem Movement, Second Life, & The Rise of the New Nephilim”. I know, I know … it all sounds like a bad science fiction movie title — but it is all too real and being played out before our very eyes! And I do not write this to exploit radical conspiracy theories. On the contrary, I believe our God is greater than any of Satan’s diabolical plans. Rather, I am being prompted by the Holy Spirit to remind Christians not to take their eyes off these schemes, even as we grow in our knowledge and practice of Kingdom living. We must be aware of all the fronts we face in our spiritual battles.

     So…. just what is “The Internet of Things”? It is defined as follows: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Sounds like a bunch of geeky technology language, right? But my spirit discerns that it is just the progression of Ray Kurzweil’s theory of “Singularity”, which is the point at which machines, intelligence, humans (and yes, animals) would merge — i.e., Transhumanism — or when machines, animals, and humans will have the ability to interface or interact (merge).  
     Does anyone else see the danger in that? Or can you hear the warnings of this present danger mirrored in the following Scriptures? In Matthew 24:37-39, Jesus says, “For it will be exactly like it was in the days of Noah when the Son of Man appears. Before the flood, people lived their lives eating, drinking, marrying, and having children. They didn’t realize the end was near until Noah entered the ark, and then suddenly, the flood came and took them all away in judgment. It will happen the same way when the Son of Man appears“.  Also, in Revelation 18, John reports hearing an angel thunder from Heaven, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a demonic dwelling place, a prison for every unclean spirit, unclean bird, and every unclean, detestable beast.All the nations have drunkof the wine of her immoral passion, and the kings of the earth have committed fornicationwith her, and merchants of the earth have grown wealthy because of her power and luxury.
     Both passages speak of the polluted, impure, foul, and unclean state of mankind in the Last Days. Jesus warns that the same activities that took place in the days of Noah before the flood will occur again before He returns. Heaven, itself, warns in the last Book of the Bible that mankind will become drunk with their power and wealth from the ability to create unclean hybrids. If you pay close attention to the news, they are already mixing animal genes in our vaccines, merging man and machine in Artificial Intelligence, and even exploring implantable smartphones and uploading our brains to the Cloud. None of this preserves us as being made in the image of God!
     So, while I do not advocate turning our attention away from our Commission of advancing the Kingdom, I clearly discern that the Holy Spirit does not want us to ignore these warning signals of “the days of Noah”. The direction the world is taking will surely affect the next generations and we must not abdicate our responsibility to war in the spirit for them.  So make sure you have your spiritual armor in place and ask the Holy Spirit for supernatural discernment of what is coming against us in the coming years. It has been several years since these “unclean” technological developments have captured the headlines, but do not be lulled into complacency. Yes, we are being directed to advance the Kingdom, but we have not been told to stand down from guarding against the unholy machinations and inventions of men. 
     I apologize if this topic seems out of character from my normal message. I do not feel called to make this a priority, but I will always listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting and speak from my heart. So, just receive this warning and continue to listen to the Spirit in your own lives. He will not lead us astray. As the song from the Christian band, Mercy Me, says, “Lead me through the darkness. Lead me through the unknown. Oh, Lead me, Holy Ghost”! Blessings to you all, in the Mighty Name of Jesus! Amen!

Luke 21:28    And at last, when you see how the Son of Man comes—surrounded with a cloud, with great power and miracles, in the radiance of his splendor, and with great glory and praises—it will make you jump for joy! For the day of your full transformation has arrived.
    
     

Accept Your Decentralized Overlords

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Will the next war be waged between nations and hyper-influential corporations? I know that is a deep question to ponder but we have to be very careful about how powerful tech companies are becoming. Can they use the entirety of the constitution by paying off politicians and by creating a monopoly so big it becomes a …

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A.I. Maybe Not What We Hoped For?

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A.I. now for those of us on the homestead the term A.I. refers to artificial insemination, you know when breeding animals without the male (daddy) actually on location, but with times changing and technology growing by leaps and bounds it is better known as Artificial Intelligence!

Once a pipe dream and some great story lines in books and movies AI is now alive, well and growing.

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Facebook and Google Promise Congress They’ll Brainwash You With Their Own Counter Propaganda

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Facebook and Google Promise Congress They’ll Brainwash You With Their Own Counter Propaganda What is happening with social media? For many preppers social media is something they don’t even participate in. I must remind you that no man is an island and while you might be avoiding these apps and platforms. You need to understand …

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Book Review: When Technology Fails

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I really enjoyed When Technology Fails, I liked seeing all the neat ways of improvising and adapting objects to new uses. Of course I am weird that way, and when I was in the service I spent hours reading the M1A1 tank BDAR (battle damage assessment and repair) manuals to learn how to steer a […]

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Don’t Be Prey, by L.H.

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Don’t Be Prey, by L.H. We are rushing headlong into a new age. This age is one that offers up some very real challenges for the average American. While battling the ever growing threats of intrusive technology we will also need to be prepared to protect ourselves. In a world of iPhones you get a …

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Face Off: Will iPhone X and Face ID Revolutionize Biometric Security?

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Face Off: Will iPhone X and Face ID Revolutionize Biometric Security? We are merely at the base of this mountain of disruptive technology that will change our lives radically over the next 20 years. It’s not a stretch to say that in 20 years the world will be nearly unrecognizable. We are seeing only the …

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Multirole Armored Robot for Infantry Announced by BAE Systems

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Multirole Armored Robot for Infantry Announced by BAE Systems The age of robots is upon us. It didn’t come with a bang and it didn’t bring hordes of gun totting terminators to our ranks. Still, there is no denying that the age of robots is here. This article is just another example of how these robots …

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Emergency Management: How Technology Can Impact the Way We Prepare for Disasters

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Emergency Management: How Technology Can Impact the Way We Prepare for Disasters By H. Davis Technology is starting to dominate many aspects of the emergency planning profession. This is particularly true during a disaster response. Since the dawn of man, there have been countless natural disasters responsible for taking lives and causing chaos throughout cities. … Continue reading Emergency Management: How Technology Can Impact the Way We Prepare for Disasters

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Technology: The Advantage in Preparedness!

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Technology: The Advantage in Preparedness! The forgotten ways are essential to living a more self reliant lifestyle. Learning the basics of building, gardening, preservation and cooking come to mind when I think of these most important skills. They can be the foundation of a powerful preparedness lifestyle. No matter how advanced our technology becomes these … Continue reading Technology: The Advantage in Preparedness!

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Closing a Window

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Technology can be a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it gives regular people access to information and provides countless communications channels to convey it. On the other hand, Big Tech installs various tracking tools to gather data on what users are looking for. It’s a bit Orwellian and provides tech criminals with a big […]

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Top 7 Deer Hunting Bullet Types – An Optimum Guide to Get the Success

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You are probably finding the best bullets to hunt the deer species in the best way possible. But the most common problem is to opt the hunting bullets out of the piles of countless types.

So, here is a good news for you:

I have researched upon the various kinds of hunting bullets that can give a 100% of success ratio to the deer hunters. I am going to share all those top bullets with you right now.

There are a few qualities that must be present in the deer hunting bullets for more accuracy:

  • Deer hunting bullets should provide a proper expansion.
  • They should give deeper penetration.
  • They should provide the proper destructive power to knock down the game.
  • They should provide the maximum accuracy and speedy flight.

So, all these above mentioned qualities, if present in your bullets, can give you the optimum outcomes undoubtedly.

Not only this, but also there are many other ideal features that must be provided by the deer hunting bullets to achieve the perfect results.

For this purpose, you must have to check out the Hunting Mark infographic. It contains all that necessary information that a hunter should require to get the 100% outcomes. You will have a better understanding of the subject after checking it out.

Conclusion:To sum up, a deer hunter can achieve the best outcomes by using the above mentioned 7 types of bullets. All these bullet types are chosen after a massive research and they are pretty much suitable for the deer hunting. So, the successful hunting experience is waiting for you. Just grab the right bullets and get the success guaranteed!

My name is Jessica Kelley and doing the hunting from my childhood. I spent lots of time in the hunting fields with my dad from childhood. I also have my blog named as Hunting Mark where I often write about hunting & survival.

4 Ways to Keep Your Home and Property Safe and Secure

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Home security is a huge topic in the media today and even among friends and neighbors. Burglaries and vandalism are real threats, and nobody wants to own the house on the block that is targeted. In fact, four burglaries are committed every minute in the United States. Thankfully, homeowners can beef up their security without spending wads of money and even without hiring professional services.

Sturdy Windows and Doors

Choose solid core wooden doors for outer doors, or pick steel or fiberglass options, which are difficult to break. Windows should have secure locks, and individuals living in crime-prone neighborhoods may want to invest in break-proof glass. Casement windows are often seen as the most secure options. Be sure to protect valuables inside from peering eyes by installing window blinds or shades, particularly on lower level and basement windows.

Smart Shrubs

While shrubs should not grow so tall around doors and windows that they help burglars hide, they can actually protect homes when trimmed to the correct height. Shrubs near doors and windows should grow no higher than three feet tall. A smart choice is a thorny bush beside a door or window, which will reward any unwelcome visitor with pain.

Security Cameras

Security cameras can easily be placed at key points around the property by oneself. The best places to install them would be by doors leading outside, including patio doors, as well as by the garage door and the sidewalk or driveway entrance to the street. Some companies, like Infrared Cameras Inc., know that these are the most strategic places to place cameras. Homeowners should invest in infrared cameras, which provide excellent night vision, as well as in a large hard drive to store hundreds of hours of footage.

Plenty of Lights

Well-lit pathways, porches and driveways deter burglars and vandals from staying on the property. Motion sensors can turn on lights when tripped and can help guests see their way to the doors. Even solar lights along pathways and around landscaping by the home can deter anyone from lurking on the property. While professional security services can be useful in some instances, most homeowners will benefit significantly from do-it-yourself tips and tricks that can be set up in a few hours or less. Many of these security devices can be seen from the outside of the house and may deter burglars or vandals from coming close to the doors or windows. Plus, they can add exponentially to the feeling of calm and security that families have as they relax behind their locked doors and windows.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

5 Apps Every Survivalist Needs

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When disaster strikes, there won’t be any time left to prepare. There’s no telling what situation you’ll be left to deal with, so prepping as much as possible as soon as possible is the wisest choice. Aside from books and in-person classes, apps can help you learn new skills efficiently, and since to use them all you need is a smartphone, you can prepare wherever and whenever, without having to use too many of your resources.

If you get into the habit of using these apps now, you’ll expand your knowledge base, allowing some of this information to become second nature. So when order and civility go down the drain and people are scrambling to find an internet connection to learn which plants they can eat or how to build a shelter, you will already be well-equipped with these skills and in a superior position to survive.

If electricity is still available when the apocalypse hits, there are some apps that will remain useful no matter how much you’ve learned. Either way, though, a solar powered phone charger will likely come in handy. Here are five apps every survivalist needs.

  1. Emergency

    The “Emergency” app by the American Red Cross provides severe weather alerts, as well as the opportunity to verify the safety of your loved ones during a natural disaster. It can also assist you in creating a family emergency plan and contains pre-loaded content you’ll be able to access without internet or mobile connectivity. A flashlight, audible alarm and strobe light are included within the app, too, making it a useful all-around resource for nearly every survival situation.

  2. Cures A-Z

    Developed by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., “Cures A-Z” is a mobile medical guide that can help you treat hundreds of health conditions. Both natural and prescription therapies are listed in this guide, so even if you don’t have access to a doctor or pharmacy, it’s a great resource. Information on herbs and nutrition is also included, as well as general advice for a variety of ailments.

  3. Wild Edibles

    Foraging for your next meal is going to be essential at some point, and “Wild Edibles” will help you prepare for doing so. It provides information on over 200 plants, and with several high-resolution images available for each plant, it’ll become your go-to app for identification. Descriptions to further help you with identification, as well as explanations about how to use each plant, are also listed.

  4. ExpressVPN

    If the internet is still available when the apocalypse hits, it’s likely it’ll be controlled by the elite, at least to some extent. Our government has already been trying to regulate the internet for some time now, so you should get into the habit of protecting yourself online now so that you can’t be tracked, spied on or hacked. In a survival situation it may be necessary to hide out or keep a solid distance between you and other people. A Virtual Private Network app, such as ExpressVPN, is the best way to prevent your phone and personal data from being used against you.

  5. SAS Survival Guide

    A mobile version of the book “SAS Survival Handbook,” by John Wiseman, “SAS Survival Guide” will assure you’re prepared to survive no matter where you end up. Jam-packed with tutorials, videos, photo galleries, checklists and even quizzes to test your knowledge, it’s one of the best survivalist apps available. This app also doubles as a Morse code signaling device, as well as a sun compass, so it ultimately provides what other survivalist apps are lacking.

The above is only a short list of apps that will come in handy. Have you found any others that have been useful? If so, please share them with us by posting a comment below.

About the Author: Sandra is a blogger and prepper who enjoys writing about alternative news when she’s not busy blogging about survivalism. In her spare time, she likes to go camping with her family.

Emerging Technologies That Will Impact Disaster Preparedness

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Emerging Technologies That Will Impact Disaster Preparedness What is very dangerous about being a prepper is if you forget about mankind as a great innovator. We are always learning, always expanding and always getting better. There is no way around that. When you read an article about the things that are coming up in the …

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29 Once-Common Survival Skills We’ve Lost To Technology

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No doubt, all of us benefit greatly from technology. Unfortunately, though, there is a payoff for all this convenience: the loss of common skills.

Although I love being able to Google almost any question and click an icon to call home, the fact is that there are some skills we might want to consider keeping.

Imagine life after a societal collapse. How many of us would survive?

Here are 29 skills virtually lost to technology:

Home and farm skills

These would include skills such as:

1. Darning socks and mending clothes.

2. Tying specific knots such as sheepshanks, bowlines and clove hitch knots.

3. Identifying trees, edible plants, flowers and berries

4. Baking from scratch.

5. Knitting or crocheting.

Simple memorization skills

We used to rely on memorization for many things, including:

6. Phone numbers and even complete addresses of family members.

7. Highway names or numbers (Route 2, Highway 101).

8. Recipes and measurements.

9. Personal information, such as driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers, employee numbers, locker combinations, etc.

10. Birthdays and anniversaries of relatives and close friends.

11. Simple math, such as simple division.

Writing skills

Although some people still manage to hunt and peck on their phone or computer, imagine getting most people to:

12. Write a proper letter.

13. Use handwriting or cursive that is legible.

14. Fill out forms or applications by hand.

15. Write a check.

16. Write anything and have most of the words and grammar correct.

Direction skills

Both giving and taking. If you didn’t have your cell phone, would you be able to:

17. Understand directions, such as “wait on the Southeast corner.”

18. Know where north or south is from where you are standing.

19. Tell someone, on the phone, the street names and directions they need to use to find you.

20. Read a paper map.

21. Read a compass.

Everyday life skills

The list is endless, but here are a few:

22. How to change a tire and/or check the oil and water in a car.

23. Understand pounds and ounces.

24. Look up something in a book or dictionary.

25. Read a recipe or a thermometer (non-digital).

26. Write shorthand.

27. Start a fire.

28. Make small talk with strangers

29. Wait patiently for someone – without looking at a smart phone.

What would you add to our list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

 

4 Types of Security Doors Every Prepper Should Be Aware Of

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Your home is only as strong as its doors and windows. Many intruders are able to gain access to a space simply by kicking in the door. Smoke, wind and fire could also easily get through a weak door. When you are prepping your home for a natural or man-made disaster, consider these four types of security doors.

Vault Doors

If you have created a safe room in your house, you might consider fitting it with vault doors. These doors allow you to enter the code to get into the safe room. Once inside, you quickly and easily lock the vault. No intruder would be able to break into the vault. A vault is ideal for storing essential prepping supplies such as ammunition, food or protective gear. These doors also work well for storm shelters.

Security Doors

Key cards for security doors are a helpful way of gaining access to a building or room without having to worry about keys. Key cards, like those available from Arapahoe County Security Center Inc., make use of an embedded chip that emits a signal that opens the door. Another option is a magnetic strip that unlocks the door. If you need to change access, doing so is easy with the use of the card reader system’s proprietary software.

Fireproof Doors

When you are prepping for a natural disaster, consider installing doors that are fireproof. These doors could protect you in the event that your home catches fire as the result of a wildfire or lightning strike. They could also protect you in a time of civil unrest. Fire doors are heavy, insulated and form a tight seal against smoke intrusion. They may also have a protected glass window.

Bullet-proof Doors

In the event of civil unrest or a burglar invading your home, bullet-proof doors could come in handy. These doors are able to resist splintering and shattering if bullets were fired at them. In most cases, the doors are able to retain the bullets or slow them down enough so they do not cause bodily injury if they were to strike you after passing through the door.

When designing a shelter for storms, intruders and other disasters, consider one or more of these types of doors. Also keep in mind how easy or difficult it will be for you to use the door, especially during an emergency situation. Selecting the right type of security door can make all the difference when it comes to your security.

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Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Heavy Equipment: 4 Useful Vehicles for any Emergency Situation

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An emergency situation can happen anywhere and at any time. When there is heavy equipment available during the initial response and rescue stage, more lives could be saved. Heavy equipment facilitates the removal of large and potentially dangerous debris. These pieces of equipment also make it easier for rescuers to reach out-of-the-way places. Keep these four useful vehicles in mind when preparing for emergency situations.

Forklifts

In a natural disaster, a forklift makes it easier to unload supplies. Drinking water, meals ready to eat and other heavy items can be unloaded with ease. Forklifts also make it easier for emergency responders to lift up and move pieces of debris so that larger vehicles can make their way through a road. Forklifts may work in concert with digging equipment such that the diggers scoop up the debris and the forklifts move it.

Marsh Buggies

Marsh buggies are designed to traverse water and mud as easily as a dirt road, grassy field or asphalt road. In a disaster such as a flood, a marsh buggy, like those available from Specialized Enviro, could make it easier to get across an impassable road. Marsh buggies may also facilitate the rescue and transportation of people when a bridge has been washed away due to flooding.

Jeeps

Jeeps and other similar vehicles that can go off-road are helpful in a variety of emergency situations. People could be stranded in wilderness areas when there is a forest fire or another type of emergency. With an off-road vehicle, emergency response crews will have a better chance at navigating rough terrain and reaching the people who are in need of rescue.

Dump Trucks

Dump trucks also play an important role in mitigating an emergency situation. After a severe weather event such as a tornado, windstorm or hurricane, dump trucks can be loaded with the debris. The dump trucks are able to haul bulky and heavy loads, including parts of houses, totaled vehicles, trees and other items. With dump trucks available, roads and streets can be cleared of debris so that people can be evacuated to an emergency shelter.

Every community should have access to these four useful emergency vehicles. These vehicles are also helpful for non-emergency situations. First responders should make regular practice runs so they know how to operate the vehicles. It is also important to keep the vehicles well-maintained so they are ready at a moment’s notice. These pieces of heavy equipment can make all of the difference when a natural disaster occurs.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

3 Pieces Of Portable Tech That Could Save Your Life

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Technology is something we take for granted until we have to go without it. Battery-powered, portable devices can save your life when you are far from home or when disaster strikes. Whether you are planning an expedition into the wilderness or preparing for a potential emergency, these three pieces of portable tech can help you survive the most challenging conditions.

Water Purifier

The average person can only live for three days without water. A source of safe, clean drinking water is vital for camping trips, emergencies and other survival situations. Avoid the challenge of long-term drinking water storage by purifying natural water sources into drinking water.

There are two basic types of water purifiers. The most common type removes contaminants like dirt, parasites and bacteria from fresh water to make it drinkable. Fresh water filters are versatile and can transform water from muddy ponds and rivers into clean, potable water. Another type called a desalinizing filter removes the salt from seawater and is useful if you live near an ocean or plan to travel by boat.

Portable Ultrasound Machine

Dealing with illness, injuries and other medical conditions is even more frightening when the nearest hospital is miles away. A portable ultrasound machine like those made by Keebomed can be used to diagnose and monitor patients in the field. Unlike the large ultrasound consoles found in clinics and hospitals, portable ultrasound machines are small and light enough to take anywhere and can run on battery power.

Ultrasound imaging can be used to check for internal injuries, detect abnormalities like tumors or cysts, and monitor the health and progress of a pregnancy. Access to ultrasound technology in the field lets you know if a sick or injured person needs medical treatment. Portable ultrasounds can be used in emergency situations for triage to keep hospitals from filling up with patients in less serious condition.

Solar Charger

Most portable tech is useless without battery power, which makes a reliable charging method indispensable. A solar-powered charger converts the sun’s energy into battery power to fuel your phones, tablets and other devices. Solar chargers come in a variety of sizes, from a pocket-sized charger than can power up your phone to large panels capable of running an entire house. Some portable devices have built-in solar power to eliminate charging time.

When you are preparing your survival kit, consider adding one or more of these portable tech devices once you have the basics, such as water, food and medications, covered. It might save your life.

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Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

4 Ways to Set Up a Backup Electrical System in Case of Disaster

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Your house goes quiet and dark when the power goes out. The background hum of the refrigerator or the sound of a furnace or air conditioner stops. It gets quite dim in some rooms indoors even at noon. If the power stays out for a few days, your refrigerated and frozen foods spoil, and your HVAC system shuts down. There is no power to charge cell phones or lights. Here are four ways to establish backup power in case of a disaster.

Whole-House Generator

This backup power plan is not cheap, but it is very effective. You can even have one big enough to power every circuit in your house to make it like the power grid was never interrupted. Smaller units can be wired to power a limited number of circuits such as some lights and outlets along with refrigeration, heating and cooling.

Whole-house power generators can be purchased that run on liquid or gas fuels. Natural gas supplies often remain intact in hurricane, tornado and flooding disasters. If you already use propane, this can be a fuel of choice. If you live on a farm and store diesel in tanks, it would be a good fuel option.

Portable Power Generators

Portable does not necessarily mean underpowered. There are small generators on wheels you can roll outside and hook a few extension cords to them. Then there are large units that are lifted by forklifts onto trucks or flown in by helicopter. However, for household purposes, they are usually mounted to a frame that has inflated rubber tires about the size you would find on the front of a riding lawn mower.

The standard ones sold in stores are usually gasoline powered, but you can buy diesel, natural gas and propane models. They are used to run some lights, power your refrigerator and freezer and maybe power the blower on a forced-air natural gas furnace. They do not usually have enough power to run air conditioning.

Fixed Solar Panels

This can give you a complete off-grid power system for your home if your house gets enough sun year round. Solar panels installed on the roof absorb energy from the sun to create electricity that is immediately used with the surplus being stored in batteries to keep things running at night.

Power inverters are used to step up the battery power to run your lights and connected household appliances. This is another system that is fixed in place like the whole-house generator. They can be great if you can shelter in place during a disaster but are useless if you have to become mobile.

Portable Solar Power Generation

These are the same as portable power generators, but they use the sun for fuel instead of gasoline, diesel, natural gas or propane. The Lycan Powerbox by Renogy is one example. These systems are look like a wheeled suitcase and have an inverter, battery and solar panel. There are receptacles to plug devices into that run on household current, and you can get a system with a spare battery for an instant power reload.

Typical portable solar power generators can also be charged by plugging them into a wall receptacle at home. This lets you keep a full charge on your batteries before a disaster hits, and you have the solar panel to maintain a charge while the grid is down. Plus, you can take it with you if you have to become mobile, and they can be used for camping and other outdoor recreation and adventures where electricity is desired.

Failure of the power grid due to a disaster doesn’t have to leave you in the dark. Planning ahead can keep your life powered and running no matter how long the power stays out for everyone else.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

Old-Time Methods Vs. New Technology — How To Choose?

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Old-Time Methods Vs. New Technology -- How To Choose?

The 21st century is an excellent time to be a homesteader. We have the best of both worlds, able to both draw from the wisdom of antiquity and still make use of cutting-edge technology.

Homesteaders today have the opportunity to raise our own food and provide for our own needs in the same ways our ancestors did — but unlike them, we are not completely dependent upon our success at raising crops and keeping livestock and harvesting firewood.

If severe weather, illness, family emergency, or other unfortunate events occur, it is not likely to result in the same level of crisis it would have for our forebears. If wildlife destroys the vegetable garden or a hog dies of disease or a cow goes dry, it probably does not create a risk of starving to death for most homesteaders today. And if an exceptionally cold winter empties the woodshed before spring, most of us are able to find an alternative that will keep us from freezing.

Modern homesteaders are fortunate to have an abundance of technology and skills available, but there is so much to choose from that it can be challenging to know when to lean one direction and when to lean the other. It is possible to achieve a nice equilibrium between the world of the past and the world of the present and future, and enjoy both eras by embracing the ability to choose.

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It is helpful to think of new technology and old-time methods as a continuum with many possibilities in the gray area between the two ends, rather than simply a black-and-white view of all one or all the other. Locking ourselves into a rigid set of parameters reduces our ability to appreciate the best of both worlds. Instead, it is valuable to pick and choose, leaning further toward one end or the other in different aspects.

Old-Time Methods Vs. New Technology -- How To Choose?

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To do this, we need to first think about what made us become homesteaders in the first place. While self-sufficiency is the baseline definition for the lifestyle, there are a variety of reasons that we chose it. For some, it’s about resource conservation and planet preservation. For others, health and food sovereignty are key. Other reasons include saving money, honoring tradition, being prepared for a world where modern technology and resources might become less accessible, the desire to treat animals humanely, or for the intrinsic value of the skills themselves.

You may not be able to consider yourself a homesteader unless you raise meat animals, or make cheese, or heat with renewable fuels, or live completely off the electric grid. On the other hand, the thing that makes you feel like a homesteader might be nothing more than raising and canning your own tomatoes and keeping a couple of laying hens. Whatever it is you do that makes you a homesteader in your eyes, focus on that first.

If it is about having your own fresh eggs, for example, then do what it takes to make that happen and give yourself permission for guilt-free vegetable purchases at the grocery store. If your reason for homesteading is to reduce your carbon footprint, then it may be more important to live in a small home and practice diligent waste reduction than to raise dairy goats.

Another way to bring old-fashioned practices and modern technology together is to toggle back and forth depending upon the season. You can make butter when the milk is abundant and rich, but plan on buying it during parts of the year, or use your wood stove for heat and cooking in colder months but switch to other fuels during summer.

Modern technology is great, but bear in mind the importance of not becoming reliant upon it. Online recipes and GPS are great, yet it’s wise to maintain some access to hardcopy recipes and know how to use a map. Just in case. Most people store phone numbers and contacts in their phones and tablets, but it is useful to have some way to access the information we need in another format. Again, just in case. Remember that if homesteading is about self-sufficiency, it is counterproductive to be overly dependent on tools of any kind.

In combining modern technology and old-fashioned ways, the absolute litmus test must be this:  Who or what is in charge? Make sure you own your technology, rather than the other way around. Go ahead and use modern technology when it serves you, but be careful that you do not end up serving it. When the latest electronic gadget enhances your ability to accomplish homesteading in the way that is most meaningful to you, use it. But if it takes away from your goals or raison d’etre, let it go.

As long as we use the best and leave the rest from both ends of the spectrum, we can effectively meld the best of antiquity and the best of today’s technology in a way that allows us to maximize our homesteading enjoyment and success.

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Different Types of Bows And Their Benefits

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Bows are essential tools in hunting and games. They exist in different forms and shapes. Over the years, bows have evolved and are now made of components like carbon fiber and fiberglass with improved shooting mechanisms. There are different types of bows namely; compound bows, recurve bows, crossbows and traditional bows with their distinct benefits.

Compound bows

A compound bow is a modern form of a long bow. It is easy to use, highly versatile, adjustable, more compact, longer life and extremely powerful and thus preferred by many people. A pulley system is used to draw back the arms which are stiff when drawn by brute force. This bow is considered better than the other bows for its draw weight that is less than half of the original weight. They are made of aluminum alloy that does not distort or warp in the case of temperature, humidity, and moisture. Its developed stabilizers cause less vibration in the release of an arrow. These bows are mostly used in 3D archery, bow hunting and some in target archery.

Recurve bows

These are the only bows allowed by the Olympics and historically they are known to be used by the horsemen. Recurve bow is known for its standard draw weight, low maintenance and highly versatile. Its lower and upper tips curve away from the archer allowing it to store more elastic energy. Less power is needed to use the bow thus a tactical advantage to the user. Recurve bows with a bare bow recurve made of a string, bow limbs, a riser and an arrow rest are mostly used to train the beginners. Some archers also use them in 3D archery and field archery. One can also use them in bow hunting with higher poundage bows.

Crossbows

Modern crossbows resemble firearms with a short bow attached horizontally to the muzzle. For the archer to fire, the string is attached to the trigger mechanism and locked in place. Crossbows have the best bow sights and their shooting range is longer than all the other types of bows. This is a modified bow and arrow mostly use in 3D archery, target field and sometimes in bow hunting.

Traditional bows

A traditional bow is also known as long bow or self-bow. It is the oldest form of a bow with a long piece of wood that is either straight or curved having a bowstring fixed on each end. These bows are easy to make since their materials are locally available. They are easy to maintain, easy to carry and easy to use. It requires a very clear environment to fire a target. When used in bow hunting, it is usually at higher draw weights.

Conclusion

There is a total of four types of bows; compound bows, crossbows, traditional bows and recurve bows. They are useful in hunting, shooting the target, shooting on a course, and competitive shooting. The purpose of the course determines the type of the bow to use. For instance, a recurve bow is instrumental in field archery such as Olympic Games, compound bows in target archery and crossbow in 3D archery with their best bow sights and traditional bows in bow hunting.

Joseph Gleason is the founder of Captain Hunter. CaptainHunter.com is a site dedicated to the sport of hunting. We have a deep respect for nature and for the environment, and we therefore take the sport of hunting very seriously. Never think that you are alone in the woods again. Our goal is to share what we know with who needs it most.

8 Alternatives for When Technology Fails You

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Modern human civilization has become so reliant on technology that we almost can’t cope at all without it. When was the last time you had to deal with a power outage, and how long did it last? A phone with a cracked screen or terrible phone reception when you really needed it? While technology has […]

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How To Define A Safe Distance At Nuclear Explosion

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Atomic blast is one of the main adverse factors. Depending on in what environment atomic blast appears and spreads, whether it is air, water or soil, it is called wind blast, air blast and seismic explosion wave accordingly.

A wind blast is an area of an air abrupt contraction spreading around and above from the center of the explosion with hypersonic speed. Having a high level of energy, an atomic blast is capable of defeating people, destroying buildings, equipment, military hardware and other objects at significant distances from the place of explosion.

Nature of pressure changing in the space point when an air blast goes through. As soon as an atomic blast reaches a certain space point, pressure and temperature become higher shortly, air begins to spread in an atomic blast direction. With time passing by, the pressure becomes lower and becomes equal to atmospheric. Further pressure decreasing causes exhaustion. At the time, air begins moving in the direction of the explosion. Usually, the action time of an atomic blast in phase of exhaustion is not taken into consideration as long as its importance is rather secondary.

Apart from the specified parameters, an atomic blast is characterized with front propagation velocity, air speed in pressure shock front, temperature of air in pressure shock front, ram air pressure in pressure shock front.

At surface burst, an atomic blast is shaped as hemisphere with center in the spot of explosion of nuclear weapon.

At air blast, reaching out the surface of earth, bounced back off it. the shape of the front is similar to hemisphere with the center in the spot, which is a mirror reflection of the explosion spot related to the surface of earth. Damage is caused by direct and indirect effect of air blast. Affecting exposed personnel, an atomic blast is able to damage like practice shell or air bomb would do at significantly bigger distances. Character and degree of damage depend on differential pressure, a position of a person at the very moment and its protection level. Depending upon differential pressure of a trauma under the impact of the blast, the waves are subdivided into light, average and heavy.

Damage of equipment and military machines after repulsion (on impact with soil) can be more significant than from direct effect of an atomic effect. Tanks receive weak damage such as antenna, headlights and other outdoor equipment breakdown. Weak damage of the tanks happens under a pressure of 0;3—0,5 kgf/cm2 while total damage under a pressure of 10—20 kgf/cm2. Pieces of artillery get average damage under a pressure of 0,4— 0,7 kgf/cm2 and are totally destroyed under a pressure of 2— 10 kgf/cm2. The least tolerant of the atomic blast are planes, helicopters and rockets. They can go to rack and ruin under a pressure of 0,1—0,3 kgf/cm2.

At explosion of neuronal ammunition, equipment and military machines, which have electronic facilities and relay ladder logic system, go to rack and ruin as a result of transistors, diodes and other elements under the impact of radiation damage.

If to take into account that at the air blast the safe distance for unshielded man is /?, km ( 2.5), personnel assets located in fortifications will not be damaged over a distance 2/3/?. Covering trench decreases the radius of damage effect in 2 times and dug-out shelter in 3 times. Military personnel located underground at a depth of more than 10 meters is not affected even if the place underground is in the epicenter of an atomic blast.

About the author: Melisa Marzett is the one who have passion for writing. She is extremely curious by nature and working for getessayeditor.com, which is a service for students at the moment, she is eager to help bloggers to make their services more popular let alone to become better at writing through different writing challenges.

Digital Detox: let your mind off-grid

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We need to stop looking down and start looking up!

Rising heart rate, a sense of panic, breathing becoming shallow and inconsistent. It is highly likely that you have experienced these very symptoms at some point during your life. Perhaps you were in a confined space, feeling claustrophobic, or you were in a large crowd feeling disorientated….or perhaps you misplaced or lost your smart phone. Maybe you hadn’t even lost it, but the battery symbol was flashing red – oh no my cell’s going to die! If this sounds like you or someone you know, chances are you have smartphone separation anxiety – a.k.a. “nomophobia”. This has led to the need for us to have a digital detox.

What is “nomophobia”?

This term was coined in 2010 and relates to the feelings of anxiety linked to losing your phone, having no network coverage or when your battery is running low. Researchers at Iowa State University have found that there are four main components to nomophobia. The first is the fear of not being able to communicate with people or being in contact; the second is losing connectedness in general; the third not being able to access information and the fourth is not having the convenience that a smartphone brings. Watch the video below from Iowa State University to find out more about nomophobia.

But why does this anxiety happen?

Smartphones and technology have many benefits, but it has also infiltrated every aspect of our daily lives. Let’s face it, we rely on our phones an enormous amount – because they can do so much! Need directions? Check a date in the calendar? Don’t know the answer to a question? Need to make a call? More often than not, we all reach for our phone. If we think about it, they organise and navigate our daily lives more than we think.

Research has shown that we rely on our devices as much as we rely on a life partner. That is a scary thought – surely a device can’t replace someone as important as a spouse or significant other? The psychology behind this subconscious thought process though is very interesting. If we have a reliable source of external information on a specific topic, then we are less motivated and likely to remember that information for ourselves. If we need the answer to something we go to our reliable information source.

Before now, these reliable sources of information would take the form of people, and to some extent still do. For example, my dad knows a lot about cars I however, live in blissful ignorance and know very little. But I know all too well I can go to him for help so I am less motivated to learn and retain information about anything car-related.  The exact same process happens in our brains except now we don’t turn to people for help, we turn to our smartphones. Why should we bother remembering things when we can ask Siri? This reliance has led to what scientists are calling “digital dementia” – reduced cognitive abilities related to the overuse of gadgets.

It’s not just Digital Dementia we have to worry about

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Even when we’re on holiday, we’re still connected to our phones and technology – no online detoxing happening!

There are plenty of other health impacts from the overuse of our devices. Staring at phones and screens for extended periods of time, especially in low light, can lead to eye strain and headaches. The blue light can also impact our sleep patterns, especially with use just before sleep. After all, who isn’t tempted to check your favourite social media site just one last time before you close your eyes? Plus using social media sites in place of social interactions with actual people, can also lead to depression and anxiety. Constantly comparing yourself to others through an Instagram filter or the selfies on Facebook can impact your self-esteem.

Decreases in physical activity are also common place. After a long day at work, it’s very tempting to veg out in front of the television, laptop, i-pad, or pick up your phone to keep connected.

We need a Digital Detox

So far it’s all sounding pretty doom and gloom isn’t it? But there is hope on the horizon, in the form of a digital detox. A study, funded by company Kovert Designs, observed 35 people with no gadgets in the Moroccan Desert. The results were astounding. After four days researchers observed improved posture with greater eye contact being made during conversations. Memory also improved as people were more present in conversations instead of having one eye on their phone, meaning they were better able to process and store more information from the conversation. Remembering finer details from conversations also helps people to build stronger bonds and relationships with each other. Improved sleep patterns were also seen as the participants weren’t checking phones before sleeping. Therefore, their melatonin levels weren’t suppressed, enabling them to have a more uninterrupted night’s sleep.

An off-grid mind set

The results of the study have shown that digitally detoxing can have health benefits as well as improving your relationships with those around you. It also helps stem your whirring mind and unplug from the world for a short while – which is no bad thing!

Companies like Digital Detox, offer retreats providing off-grid accommodation and workshops – no digital technology allowed! The idea behind these retreats is to disconnect with the online world and reconnect with your sense of self. Camp Grounded, Mendocino, California is set in a beautiful 2,000 acres of woodland and described as a pure, unadulterated camp for grown-ups! Hiking through the countryside, practising mindfulness and yoga, as well as art and writing workshops are all a part of this all-inclusive program. Testimonials from Digital Detox include it being a “rejuvenating time” and a “transformational experience”.

The next Camp Grounded retreat offered by Digital Detox is from May 20th to May 23rd with tickets starting at $695 based on options chosen.

 

What can you do day to day?

If you don’t have the funds to spend a long weekend detoxing from your smartphone device, there are some things you can do at home. Tania Mulry, a digital marketing guru gave some tips on having an immediate digital detox in a TEDx talk at La Sierra University.

  • Turn off your notifications to quiet unnecessary noise from all of those apps.
  • Get rid of toxic apps and pages that bait you into wasting hours of your life by dragging you into commenting.
  • Go into Airplane mode, just because it’s in the title doesn’t mean this has to be solely used for airplanes. This takes you out of the rat race of notifications until you’re ready to reconnect with the online world.
  • Set a time in the evening after which you don’t touch your devices and gadgets, this will help you settle back into a healthy sleep pattern without your melatonin levels being interrupted.
  • Occupy your free time with a new hobby instead of filling your time with scrolling through screens.
  • Deepen connections with those around you by interacting face to face rather than through an online device.

See the full TED Talk from Digital Marketer Tania Mulry about the need for a Digital Detox.

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To Bunker or BOL: That is The Question

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Preppers often debate the pros and cons of the two common survivalist shelters for the SHTF. Each has its own perks and each has its own disadvantages. Every prepper and every situation is different, so in order to help you decide what will work best for you, we highlighted each of these shelters and why one might benefit you more than the other.

Why Bunker Down?

As appealing as a bunker may be, the hidden shelter does come with its own set of disadvantages. A major one being the amount of oxygen available in such a small underground space. Seeing as you’ll be confined in this location for extended periods of time, the risk of running out of oxygen is inevitable.

The best way to counteract this issue is by installing some sort of ventilation system so that you are constantly replenishing the oxygen levels in your bunker. The airflow will make the prospect of living in an underground bunker much more reasonable, although keep in mind that adding ventilation is just another exposure point increasing your risk of being found.

Add Security

The obvious allure of a bunker is that they can’t be seen by air or passerby, but that also means you will have no eyes on the ground to report what’s going on around outside of your bunker. That is, of course, unless you step out from your shelter and reveal your location. After all, once your location has been found, any intruder would simply need to wait until you have no choice but to leave the bunker or starve. So in order to avoid revealing your location while maintaining proper surveillance, you can add exterior cameras around your bunker that stream live footage or can be set off with motion detection sensors.

If your bunker has access to electricity, as most should, adding a robust surveillance system will beef up your security with minimal effort. With weatherproof cameras, live HD footage, and even night vision, you will increase your security by equipping your bunker with a high-end surveillance system.

Why BOL?

There are many reasons that preppers and survivalists decide against a bunker and instead decide on a bug out location. If you have access to a large area of land that you are comfortable living off of, then a BOL might be a better choice for you. Not everyone is as fortunate to have land access, or the ability to travel to such a discrete location easily if an attack or apocalypse were to occur. But we all know that the further away from civilization you are the better the BOL.

If you have a BOL then you’re going to need surveillance on a whole new level, not just cameras and motion detectors, but around the clock patrols and motion activated trail cameras. These types of security measures reinforce a larger area of land and prevent intruders from sneaking up unseen. A BOL isn’t generally hidden from view, whether aeiral or on foot, so you have to keep an eye on your borders at all times for maximum security and surveillance. The security efforts for a BOL can be extensive and, at times, exhausting, but it comes with the territory and it’s well worth it.

Increase Chances of Survival

Keep in mind your skill set and surroundings before heading out to build your BOL. Do you have access to fresh water like a lake or stream? Is your location in a vantage point with good visibility, or does it’s location present more weaknesses than strengths? Will you have areas with proper irrigation for planting and growing food? Is it in a region that hunting will be an option so food will be plentiful and not sparse? These are all vital questions to ask when determining the location of where you choose to bug out and the chances of survival.

If you’re already a proud bunker owner but are considering switching to a BOL, you don’t need to ditch the efforts you’ve already put in. Instead, experts recommend using your bunker as a cellar space for veggies and roots, or even as a last resort cache or weapon storage.

Casea Peterson is a freelance copywriter and content marketing specialist for businesses in the outdoor industry. She has been writing personally and professionally since 2009, but when she doesn’t have her pen in hand she can be found somewhere in the woods hiking, hunting, or exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Tactics and technology!

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Tactics and technology Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! I am not sure if it’s my recent obsession with Batman or the fact that I have reached a certain age where these things just start to populate in a man’s mind. Either way I have spent more time looking at tactical … Continue reading Tactics and technology!

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Simplify Your Life: Disconnect to Reconnect

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Unplug from social media and take some time out

We all need to simplify our lives. We live in a world where we are constantly connected, consistently plugged in and never switched off. The demands and responsibilities of life: jobs, bills, children, insurance, medical care and social media means we are constantly occupied. Balancing and juggling a hundred tasks whilst ensuring Facebook and Twitter knows only the best version of ourselves. The version that is carefree and doesn’t have a million things racing around in our mind. Our lives are anything but simple.

In fact perhaps in this world we live in, the hardest thing to do is simplify our lives.

We are constantly surrounded by external stimulation – the text message beep, the Facebook notification, the ever growing number of rules and regulations we must live our lives by.

Do we blame technology for this? More often than not, the answer is probably yes.

Should we blame technology for this? If we think deeply enough, perhaps the answer is no. We have the power to simplify.

Technology has given us the option to be connected. But it does not force us to remain so. We have a choice, and too often we choose to remain embroiled in all of life’s demands and responsibilities. When in fact we have a responsibility to ourselves to take time out. To remove ourselves from the constant clamour and buzz of modern day life – to “chillax” as the kids would say.

Even those who live off-grid, a supposedly “simple” life, can still feel the need for a release of responsibility.

Off-grid living is far from simple! Hunting, scavenging, collecting water, the mere act of trying to survive in isolation is complicated. Whilst city dwellers are dealing with the tirade of information from the huge numbers of people around them, off-gridders are trying to control the rampages of their own thoughts and imagination.

For Christmas, I received a book titled “The Little Book of Hygge”. The word “hygge” derives from a Norwegian word meaning “well-being”. It has lead me to think that simplifying my life doesn’t have to be releasing myself from the demands of everyday life – or my responsibilities.  It is instead a state of mind.  Ensuring that every so often I indulge myself in some time out – a mental release if you will – allows me to be clear minded when it comes to coping with life’s stresses.

Everyone has their own way of unplugging and finding time for themselves. Some do yoga and meditation; others sink into a good book or wander around an art gallery lost in thought. My dad tinkers with his pride and joy, a classic car, and I take my camera and amble off into the countryside. Whatever it takes for you to take a mental release and come back refreshed, make sure you make the time to do it on a regular basis.

Whether on or off-grid, simplifying your life is really very simple – it is your state of mind.

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Extraterrestrial Life Exists, What Now?

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For many years now I have been observing Alien craft in the skies at night. Confirmation of identification is only possible if (a) they change direction, or (b) if there are more than one travelling together. Satellites do not change direction abruptly at right angles, & satellites do not travel in numbers as far as I know. I have only seen one Alien craft in daylight, & that was about 30 years ago here where I live, & the craft was only about 50 meters away. Observation of the craft I have seen so far has shown me that they do not slow to change direction, not do they bank or curve like our aircraft, They simply change direction. I saw two do this, one travelling behind the other. Both going west, & suddenly they were going south. Almost as if they were following a grid pattern.

The one I saw up close made no sound when it finally moved. I have no idea how long it had been observing me & my young son. If my son had not spotted the reflection in the water, we would not have known it was there above the trees & slightly to the south of us. Shortly after we noticed this craft, it started to move, but went around us rather than going directly over us. It moved very slowly, but I have seen others that left an area in what I can only explain as being a flash. Not a flash from any external engine, but simply a flash of light. The same light that allowed me to observe its movements, being the reflection from what I have always assumed was the sun’s rays somewhere further round the earth. From what I have seen I believe the shape of some of these craft are indeed a shallow saucer shape. The suns reflection from the one I saw in daylight was literally dazzling & blocking out much of the shape under & over the craft.

So now comes the questions, do they have some objective beyond observing us? How many races of these Aliens are there? They are technically advanced far beyond anything that we could imagine going by the observation of their flying craft. I have seen nothing to make me think that they are anything but friendly, & I sincerely hope that some moron out there with a gun, should he get as close as I did, does not shoot at them!

Anyway, something to think about.

Keith.

Breathe easier: new tech monitors urban pollution

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Smartphone Apps plot “toxic areas” on maps, so you can avoid them.

One of the many appeals about living off-grid is breathing in that fresh clean air.

It’s safe to say the air quality in any city isn’t exactly top notch! High levels of pollution have been linked to serious health conditions such as asthma and emphysema. A report in the Guardian has found that in heavily polluted cities exercising can do more harm than good because of the high levels of particulate matter in the air. But for many people going off-grid and leaving city life behind tomorrow isn’t exactly feasible.

So until then, monitoring the air quality in your home and as you’re out and about in your everyday life is a good way to go. Not only will it make you more aware of the air you breathe, it will also help you take preventative measures to improve it. Whether this be through taking a different route on your way back from work, opening the windows or switching on the ventilation when you’re cooking.

If you have tried any of the technologies discussed below, please comment and give us your feedback – we’d love to know how you’re getting on with them!

Only want to monitor your air quality at home?

Sources of particulate matter include burning wood and oil, smoking tobacco products, pesticides and even some household cleaners. The indoor air quality monitor Speck detects fine particulate matter in the air and informs you about the changes you can make to improve your air quality. The 4 inch by 3 inch model comes with a touch screen and only needs to be plugged in for you to start receiving feedback straight away. The toggle feature allows you to look back over the past 12 hours of data to see how your actions, like cooking or cleaning with certain products, influences your personal air quality. Not only this, but the Speck has enough memory to collect up to two years’ worth of data without any need to connect online.

Free Speck software or the mobile app lets you upload data to your computer, tablet or smartphone to monitor the data collected. The SpeckSensor app also allows you to compare your personal air quality to the government’s air quality index stations. If you want to check out the outdoor air quality in your area, you will need to be within 40 km of a regulated particulate matter station. Currently, this service is only available for customers in the US and parts of Canada and Mexico.

This Speck model currently can’t be used outdoors, however the development of an outdoor friendly model is currently in progress. Although, this is a pricey option at $200 per unit, the Speck is easy to use with a range of features.

If you want something for on the go – try these!

Atmotube is a portable air pollution monitor which detects volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide, as well as the temperature and humidity which can also affect air quality. This small robust device is titanium coated for longevity and sends data to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Weighing in at just 40 g (1.4 ounces) this device can be clipped on to clothing or bags, with the airflow mesh allowing the air to pass through its sensors.

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The LA skyline shrouded in smog – new mobile technology can notify you when air quality becomes low

The free app which can be downloaded from the Google Play App store or ITunes has a global air quality map which is free to access by absolutely everyone. So even if you don’t own an Atmotube, you can still benefit from the data collected from these devices. But only Atmotube owners can view their air quality history and get notifications to their phone if they are in a location with low air quality. Shipping worldwide, this nifty little device retails at $89.

The Flow Device is another small scale air quality monitor, being only the size of a pack of chewing gum. The aluminium shell houses a set of sensors that detect dust, exhaust fumes, temperature and humidity, amongst others. A set of LED lights on the device indicates the air quality in the immediate location. Whilst data is sent to a mobile app which displays it on a map. This then flags high pollution zones so you know where to avoid when you’re out and about. Coming with a dock and cable the device can be charged at home whilst monitoring your indoor air quality too. Designed by Paris based company PlumeLabs, beta testing of the Flow Device is set to begin in London over the next few months. Prices are yet to be confirmed.

If you don’t want to carry your own device, then the BreezoMeter may be worth checking out. This free app is now available in 28 countries including the US, Australia and the UK. Set up in Israel in 2014, the BreezoMeter gathers air quality and weather measurements from a wide range of sources – including 7,000 official air quality monitoring stations worldwide. This data produces real-time air quality maps and gives you notifications on changes in the outdoor air quality.

Tech-savvy and fancy building your own air quality monitor, well you can!
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You don’t have to go to extremes – apps available on your smartphone can give you air quality in real time, allowing you to avoid polluted areas – and wearing a mask!

This article at electronicsforu.com outlines how you can make your own air pollution meter and connect it to your smartphone. The set up uses the Blynk platform which displays readings from your homemade meter that is connected to an Arduino board. Of course you’ll need to buy the components in order to do that. This set up requires an Arduino board costing $20 from the online Arduino store (other websites sell boards that claim to be Arduino but are actually replicas). A Nova particulate matter sensor SDS011 is also used, which retails from $36 on Amazon. You will also require a Gas sensor model MQ-135, which range in price on Amazon from $2.45 to $16. A temperature and humidity sensor model DHT11 is also needed, once again ranging in price from $4.79 to $10.99 on Amazon.

Other projects elsewhere in the world have got volunteers to build their own air quality monitors. Greenpeace Bulgaria set up their own Dustcounter project in 2016, getting members of the local community to build their own air quality counters. Designed to be easy to assemble even for the not so technically minded (that’s me then), the schematics for building your own Dustcounter can be found here. (Google Translate will be needed because the instructions are in Bulgarian!) The charity is hoping to bring out the Dustcounter 2.0 later in 2017 after successful monitoring trials.

Alternatively, if there are any teachers out there who want to bring hands on practical sensor building to the classroom, this step by step guide and lesson plan outlines everything you will need. Making children and young people aware of air quality is an important issue that should be brought into the classroom environment.

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Is Technology Threatening Our Spirit?

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     This post explores the boundaries between our hearts, minds, and Spirit; and whether we are in danger of exceeding those boundaries as set forth by our Creator.  I recently read a very disturbing article in The Sun, stating that FACEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg is funding the development of technology with the potential to read humans’ minds. Of course, the Billionaire and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are doing it for the “good of mankind”, and they hope to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases in the span of a couple of generations.

     According to The Sun, one of the researchers who will receive funding is Dr. Rikky Muller, CEO and founder of a firm called Cortera. She is purportedly working to develop brain implants that will have the potential to change people’s behavior by altering their “physiological responses” – the term for reactions which take place in response to external stimuli; like allowing paralyzed people to control prosthetic limbs, for instance. These implants would work by monitoring the electrical signals sent within the brain.
     Now, you might be thinking that this doesn’t sound any different than the tremendous number of dynamic technological advances that have marked the last 50 years or so. But the more I am becoming aware of living “in the spirit”, the more concerned I become about the “advancements in technology” that threaten my connection to God. And by now, I’m sure you’re wondering how technology and our spirit can come into conflict.  See if you can follow my train of thought….
     I want to begin by pointing out that this technological research is multi-faceted.  Among the goals stated by these scientists are the ability to interface with the brain for long-term, minimally-invasive neurological recording; monitoring and manipulation of neural circuits; and to develop 3D imaging technology which can probe the “deep structures of the brain” and is “essential for unravelling neural activity”.  Now let’s examine how God made our unique souls and spirits to “interface” with Him (if you will allow me to use that technological term).
     In a fascinating article by Andrew Freed, entitled Understanding the Heart and Spirit Realm Connection, Mr. Freed starts off with a bang:  “The heart is the doorway to the supernatural.  Through our heart we have access to the spirit realm, and through the heart the spirit realm has access to us”.  This is borne out by the many references to “the heart” we find in the Bible.  And the excellent website, Bible Study Tools, offers an extensive discussion of the heart, in which they identify Scripture that supports Mr. Freed’s premise.
     Jesus says that the heart’s secrets are betrayed by the mouth, even as a tree’s fruit discloses its nature ( Matt 12:33-34 ). “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, ” says Solomon ( Prov 16:23 ). Most importantly, the mouth confesses what the heart trusts ( Rom 10:9 ; Deut 30:14 ).  Furthermore,  the heart’s reasoning, as well as its feeling, depends on its moral condition. Jesus said that “from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts” ( Mark 7:21 ). Because the human heart is deceitful above all things ( Jer 17:9 ) and folly is found up in the heart of a child ( Prov 22:15 ), the Spirit of God must give humans a new heart ( Jer 31:33 ; Ezek 36:26 ) through faith that purifies it (Eph 3:17). If you take the time to look up all those Scriptures, you will get the idea … the heart is essential to our relationship with God, and there is a definite relationship between our heart and mind.  But how does technology link to possible threats to those relationships?
     That’s where Mr. Freed’s article takes an interesting turn.  He writes that decades ago the medical community thought the only communication between the heart and the brain was through nerve endings.  (This is how the brain regulates heart rate).  He says that today we know the heart sends signals to the brain through the unseen realm in the form of electromagnetic waves … your heart communicates like a transceiver and the mind speaks to the heart through nerve endings, while the heart speaks to the mind through wave endings. Are you starting to get the picture?
     You see, the word “Heart” (Lebab/Leb in Hebrew) occurs over one thousand times in the Bible, and the ancient Israelites understood that there was a connection between our heart and our minds (or brain), and more often than not, there was a battle between the two. There are so many verses that point to this Truth:  I, the Lord, search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds (Jeremiah 17:10; Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding [or thoughts from your mind] (Proverbs 3:5); The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience [which comes from the mind] and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5).
     So can you discern the danger involved with brain/computer interfaces?  If these technology scientists are interested in interacting with nerve endings to stimulate the brain — and nerve endings are how the mind speaks to the heart (see above in bold) — and if the heart is our connection point to the supernatural, and by inference, to God and the Holy Spirit — then it seems logical to me that technology could interrupt or corrupt our communication with our Creator.
     Technology and their scientists will tell us that they want to change people’s behavior by altering their “physiological responses” to external stimuli and help paralyzed people control prosthetic limbs and walk again, but I honestly fear that Satan could use this research to alter our reactions to the external stimuli of God and the Holy Spirit.
     When you think about it, it is quite cunning of Satan to influence technology in this manner.  While I do not believe that Satan can read our minds, he can influence our thoughts through our hearts.  He certainly did that in Acts, Chapter 5, when his influence on the hearts of Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, resulted in their thoughts to deceive the early Church.  That is why part of our spiritual armor from God is a helmet of salvation.  I believe part of that helmet’s job is to protect our minds from the attempts of the Enemy to corrupt our hearts through our thoughts.  This idea is further expounded upon by the Word: We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Arguments and opinions come from our mind/brain, while obedience to Christ originates in our hearts.
     So, when the article in The Sun states that Mark Zuckerberg is funding “technology [that] could one day be used to directly record human thoughts and allow artificial intelligence to read our minds”, then the Holy Spirit tells me we are on fragile ground.  Scripture tells us that we are to guard our heart, for from it flows the springs of life.  That tells me that my eternal life depends on the state of my heart.  And I am well aware how my thoughts can derail my relationship with Jesus.  Do I really want technology to advance to the point that they can manipulate my brain and try to corrupt [or possibly eliminate] my spiritual connection to my Lord?  It’s something to think about.

Psalm 26:2   “Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind”.

Could You Rebuild Civilization?

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By: Tom Chatham Most people would agree that when disaster strikes, what you know is one of the most important things you will have to work with. Your knowledge base is the one thing you can carry with you wherever you go. It will allow you to create items from locally available materials and improve […]

Winter project Build a computer

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Winter project Build a computer Bob Howkins “APN Report” Audio in player below! Snow on the ground, snow on the roof, ice on the roads, winter’s set in. As Preppers, wintertime is a inconvenience, but it’s also downtime. Want something to do? As the desire to get out and about is tempered by the desire … Continue reading Winter project Build a computer

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Electrifying developments in bicycling!

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Electrifying developments in bicycling! Bob Howkins “APN Report” Audio in player below! Throughout the bicycle industry two trends have created a bright future in bicycle development, an aging customer base, and the rise in popularity of electric powered vehicles. In some ways, both are joined at the hip. With more people re-discovering their health by … Continue reading Electrifying developments in bicycling!

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4 Keys to Maintaining Communication in a Disaster Situation

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When faced with a disaster, either human-made or natural, it’s critical that you and your family are prepared. Have you thought out and gone over what everyone is supposed to do? Do you have an emergency supply kit that could save your lives? But perhaps the most important thing is planning to be able to communicate, with your family, loved ones, friends and relevant authorities, in a disaster situation. Here are the keys for how to do that.

  1. Have a Meeting Spot

  2. Technology can fail, so if communication is ever cut off or you can’t get a hold of anybody, have a previously-established meeting spot or place to go in case of an emergency. This should be near your home but not too close to it, as buildings can collapse due to earthquakes or fires could spread to nearby vegetation and structures. You could even have a reciprocal arrangement with a neighbor or neighboring family, making their home a designated meet-up and safe space for your children or vice versa.

  3. Have a Way to Charge Devices, or Batteries

  4. Batteries last a long time, and can easily be purchased and kept in an emergency kit for years and still be functional. Most devices come with rechargeable batteries now, so keeping a spare, fully-charged battery for important devices like your mobile phone is a very good idea. You can also charge cell phones and most other devices in your car if you have an adapter, so keeping those spare adapters and cords in your vehicle is a good idea as well.

  5. Prepaid SIM or Phone Cards

  6. You can purchase a SIM card to install in an old cell phone to be used only in case of an emergency. Old cell phones without service plans can be used to dial 911, but won’t be able to contact friends and family members, hence why a SIM (possibly a prepaid one) is a good alternative. Prepaid phone cards are also a good option that allow you to make calls only when the need arises, so you don’t have to pay monthly service fees on it like usual.

  7. Keep a Battery-Powered Radio and Two-Way Radios

  8. Keeping a battery-powered radio you can use to listen for updates on the situation, as well as battery-operated two-way radios to stay in contact with the other people with you, can help you maintain communication without having to worry about having to recharge cell phones. Also, make sure you are signed up for federal and local emergency alerts on your phone, so you can receive information and be better prepared in case of an emergency.

Being able to communicate with loved ones and authorities during an emergency situation can mean life or death, and it’s imperative that you think ahead and have some kind of preparedness and plan ahead of time. Do try and limit cell phone calls or data usage during an emergency to free up networks so emergency calls can get through for other people affected in your area. Establish the four things listed above and you and your family should be all set!

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

They Exist, so let’s hope they are friendly!!!

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They do exist, & they have already visited earth. So let’s hope they are friendly & have no use for us or our ailing planet! We have enough to worry about as it is.

Staying Off Grid When “Nearly Everything Is Chipped, Almost Everything Is Tracked”

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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

If you weren’t paranoid before, it may be time to start paying attention.

“They” are spying on everything you do, and are collecting information about every purchase, appliance, vehicle or place you make, do or interact with. For the first time in history, we have arrived at a time when nearly everything is chipped, and almost everything is tracked.

It really is true, and it’s no longer a conspiracy theory.

They are spying on everyone, collecting all the available data and tracking you, your family and everyone you know. All the time.

And worst of all, it does matter, it will be used against you – for revenue collection, social control, fines, fees and evidence if necessary – even if you haven’t done anything wrong. Is it any wonder why many states have made living off the grid illegal, and have attempted to get everyone on the grid?

If you don’t conform to the habits of most Americans – and harvest alternative stores of power, fuel, food, water and supplies, then your energy use and digital footprint (or lack thereof) will cast you as a suspicious anomaly, worth of investigation, seizure of goods, subject to violations and codes, and NOT off the radar.

Meanwhile, your interaction with other people will intercept data about you and your activities even if you don’t carry a smart phone or wearables.

The extremes are already here. The murder case where police have sought data from an Alexa smart device is just the beginning of what is to come:

In what may ultimately lead to a precedent setting case and/or landmark court ruling, police in Arkansas have demanded that Amazon provide them with recordings made by an Amazon Echo device that was located in the home of murder suspect… (source)

Many other attempts have been made to microchip people, while the cashless grid has already found widespread acceptance.

Former CIA director David Petraeus admitted to the tech community that the Internet of Things (IoT) was about to become one of the greatest assets in the spy community – as an endless pool of data could turn the tables on any ‘persons of interest.’

In other words, maybe you. As Wired reported in 2012:

More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot wait to spy on you through them.

Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an “Internet of Things” — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. […]

All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said.

More and more of these smart chips are being integrated into absolutely every imaginable device.

Unless you are investing in vintage equipment, you will be buying into this system, even with basic appliances

An alarming report in 2013 highlighted concerns over some Chinese-made irons and tea kettles that included wireless spy chips… for purposes unknown, since these devices are not “smart” gadgets with computer interfaces and high-dollar functionality.

via AndroidHeadlines.com:

To this date, Qualcomm has shipped over a billion of Internet of Things (IoT) chipsets, the San Diego-based semiconductor manufacturer revealed on Tuesday. While speaking at the CES Unveiled press event yesterday, the company’s Senior Vice President of Product Management Raj Talluri said that the firm is already serving all segments of the IoT industry, from smart TVs and thermostats to connected speakers, wearables, and home assistants. Talluri specifically pointed out that smartphones and tablets aren’t included in the one billion figure.

Qualcomm’s impressive shipment numbers are mostly driven by the company’s presence in the wearable industry… numerous consumer electronics manufacturers are already implementing the cutting edge Snapdragon 835 chipset into their products…

As this chart demonstrates, the Internet of Things (IoT) will literally incorporate devices throughout consumer & home, retail, security and surveillance, IT and networking, transportation and industry, healthcare, energy

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Notice that “Elderly and Children” are considered “things” in these digital tracking grid which otherwise incorporates refrigerators, stoves and smart appliances to share data and “spy” on individuals in their own homes.

And people are just another track and traceable part of the system.

It is absolute confirmation that “mark of the beast” technology is coming into full force – whether or not they will succeed in implanting microchips into people remains to be seen, but a major attempt is in the works.

In the meantime, there is now information about every move you, or any piece of “inventory” makes inside the system.

This isn’t just hypothetical talk.

This is the society that has been built.

Good luck avoiding it. You won’t avoid these devices by accident, it will take a lot of work to remain anonymous, off the grid, and out of their grasp.

As Sargent Survival at BeSurvival.com explains, getting out of the system is no easy task. Any serious attempt to “delete” yourself from the system actually go undetected would involve some very methodical footwork.

Not impossible, but not the default by any means:

  • There are 30 million plus surveillance cameras on the US, one camera for every ten Americans.
  • The average American is in 200 databases.
  • Putting a plan in motion to keep you from being tracked is a good idea if you want to devise a new life for yourself
  • Right before you leave, change your appearance significantly
  • Before you leave, terminate all of your accounts (email, bank accounts, credit cards, etc).
  • Don’t terminate your social network sites as you can use these sites to provide disinformation.
  • Before you leave, delete all of your computer files and get rid of your computer’s hard drive  – boil; smash; run a Degausser/ electromagnetic wand
  • Get rid of your cell phone or tablet as these can be easily used to track your location
  • Break your normal patterns (what you eat, where you frequent, how you shop, the kind of work you do, etc).
  • Completely change your lifestyle [and employment]
  • Pay for everything with cash.
  • Ditch your car and find a substitute; get rid of the toll pass which can track your movements
  • To change your identity … petition the court to change your name legally to a new–and common–name.
  • Apply for a driver’s license under your new name.
  • Buy a basic pre-paid cell phone (not a smart phone). Replace the pre-paid phone frequently, about every 2 weeks.
  • To get back online use a new laptop. Stay away from libraries!
  • Always use a hard wire to your laptop and turn off the wi-fi; reroute your ip address so your location can’t be determined
  • Be aware of the NSA spying and the ECHELON program in the US which monitors phone and computer transmissions for keywords and messages.
  • There are 70+ FUSION centers in the US which coordinate surveillance and other information.
  • Technology is now available to identify you by the way you walk, your facial measurements and biometrics
  • It will be 7 to 10 years before your old identity drops off of databases, if ever.
  • The less you interface with technology, the better off you will be.

Living off grid is a great dream, and a good principle to live by. Preparing to deal with emergencies and escape the danger zones in modern cities is essential. Using technology in this world comes with many advantages, but also some serious disadvantages.

Make sure that your use of technology is serving your purposes, and not giving you away during good times or bad.

This article first appeared at SHTFplan.comStaying Off Grid When “Nearly Everything Is Chipped, Almost Everything Is Tracked”

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Perpetual Blue UVO Necklace

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Seeing that it is Christmas time people may be looking for a stocking stuffer. The blue uvo necklace makes a great one on many levels. It is a green product that quickly recharges via solar power. It is reusable and never wears out.

We started selling these product because we loved the technology and usefulness, but could not find a local source. Please browse over to http://nccampers.com and see what else there is. Some of you may have seen the link on the right hand side of this blog. This is a great product and you can find a need for it around the house, campsite, recreational vehicle, boat, or car.

glow in the dark Blue UVO Necklace on paracordFeaturing non toxic, non radioactive chemicals the blue uvo necklace never wears out. You can either charge it via solar energy while you wear it or leave it in sun lignt or even a regular indoor light. You can super charge it via a flashlight to really get it glowing.

This can also be attached or tied to something to make sure that at night you can find it. The beauty is that it is not a harsh light. The blue uvo necklace will not harm your night vision.

My children love them and at night you can even twirl it in a circular motion to signal people. This Christmas when the stockings are gone through everyone would love to find this one there.

Keeping Warm with Winter Preps!

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Keeping Warm with Winter Preps! Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps” Audio in player below! BRRRRR! Getting cold out there! What are you doing to keep warm in the beginning months of winter? Well fall is almost over and winter is right upon us. In this episode I will be talking all about how to keep warm. … Continue reading Keeping Warm with Winter Preps!

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Top Prepper Gadget Christmas Gifts

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Top Prepper Gadget Christmas Gifts Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps” Audio in player below! Are you a technology nut like me? If so this is the show for you! I will be giving the best list of pepper type gadgets that would make the perfect gifts. These are gifts for those like minded individuals that … Continue reading Top Prepper Gadget Christmas Gifts

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Ways to Secure Your Home if You Can’t Afford a Home Security System

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Having a security system is one of the best ways you can protect your home against burglary and intrusion. However, since most of today’s surveillance systems come with expensive price tags, they aren’t always convenient to have, especially if you are on a tight budget.

If you are looking for ways to secure your home without relying on a security system, here are a few ideas you should try.

  1. Change your locks

    Traditional locks may not be enough to protect your home anymore, especially with how smart burglars are getting these days. If you can’t get a security system, you should consider changing your locks to tougher and more durable ones.

    Deadbolt locks are a great option since they are more resistant against lock picking and bumping. They extend deep into door frames which means they won’t easily get broken in case an intruder uses brute force on your door.

    Your locks, however, can only be effective if used properly. Leaving your doors unlocked most of the time only defeats the purpose of upgrading them.

  2. Get a good door

    Your door should be of the same strength as your door lock. If your lock is durable but your actual door isn’t, it can still break and give access to intruders. In finding a good door, make sure it’s sturdy and isn’t hollow.

    If you can’t get a solid door, you can reinforce its back with a metal plate. You can just paint it over to make it look more appealing. It’s a cheaper yet effective alternative to having your entire door replaced.

  3. Know who knocks on your door

    Burglars and intruders are finding more ways to access homes without getting caught or even drawing suspicion. They can wear uniforms or claim to be somebody they aren’t. If someone knocks on your doorstep, make sure to verify his identity first. It’s not enough to check his uniform and identification cards since they can easily be forged.

    In protecting yourself and your home, you’ll want to prevent an incident from happening in the first place. Before someone could hurt and attack you inside your home, you should prevent their access in the first place. Take, for example, one of the recent cases of home attack where a man was found fired, bound and beaten by a home intruder.

  4. Build a connection with your neighbors

    Your neighbors are the first people who can sense something’s wrong in your home. They are also the first people who can recognize strangers in your neighborhood.

    If your area doesn’t have an existing neighborhood watch program yet, you can try organizing one. This type of program is one of the most traditional and effective ways to secure homes. If you can’t build one, you should, at least, get to know your neighbors. You can invite them over for dinner or gift them with freshly baked cookies or your specialty dish.

  5. Secure your valuables

    Since there’s no security system to ward off burglars or notify you in case of an attack, it’s a good idea if you can keep an inventory of your valuable items. You can list them down and take pictures of them so that in the event that someone steals them, you can provide a proof that the items are yours.

    Consider getting a safe and hiding it in an area that isn’t too obvious. There are also a lot of DIY hiding spots you can make at home, such as hidden book storage, extra slot in your cabinets or little storage boxes that mimic regular wall sockets.

Author’s Bio: Rose Cabrera specializes in reviewing home security products and systems. She has covered a wide range of brands with Ezviv Mini Security Camera as one of her latest reviews.

How Solar Panels Can Be a Boon in an Emergency Situation

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How Solar Panels Can Be a Boon in an Emergency Situation

In an emergency situation such as a power outage, natural disaster or man-made disaster, being able to generate your own electricity can help to keep you and your family safe. One of the most cost-effective and easy to use ways to generate electricity is with solar power. Solar panels can be installed onto your rooftop, requiring as little as 12 square yards of roof surface.

Operating Heating and Cooling Systems

A wintertime blizzard, ice storm or nor’easter could result in widespread wintertime power outages. Having solar panels on your home could supply enough electricity to keep your heating system on. This would allow you to stay in your home and off the unsafe roads. A summertime severe weather event such as a derecho could also cause widespread power outages. Your solar panels could deliver enough power to keep your air conditioning working.

Maintaining Essential Appliances

If you have a medical condition such as sleep apnea or COPD that requires the use of breathing machines or other appliances, having a steady supply of electricity is crucial to your health. With solar panels in place, you would have enough energy to power these life-saving systems. The solar panels can also power a refrigerator to keep baby formula safe and can even run your hot water or oven for cooking.

Do-It-Yourself Solar Kits

Do-it-yourself solar panel kits allow you to save money on the cost of installing a solar system. A typical 4kW system can cost a homeowner about $18,000 in 2016, explains the Energy Informative. About 15 percent of that cost is the installation fees. By installing your own solar panel kit, you could save about $2,500. This level of savings shortens the payoff period of your solar system.

Security Systems

Solar panels can also help to keep your home safe in an emergency situation. The panels can be linked to an inverter that stores the energy you do not use. Some professionals, like Jeff Long, know that the stored energy can be used to power your home’s security system even if the electrical grid is down. You can also use the power to charge your cellphone in order to call for help or make contact with family. Solar panels are an environmentally friendly way to generate your own electricity. The systems pay off in 18 to 22 years, but their lifespan is about 25 years. By installing a solar panel system on your home, you can be safe in any type of an emergency situation.

Written by Rachelle Wilber

Home Should Be Your Sanctuary: 4 Security Options For The Constant Worrier

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The home is considered to be a place to retreat and feel safe from the outside world. Unfortunately, there’s a risk of break-ins if the home isn’t properly secured. To ensure that you avoid worrying about your home security and can protect your possessions, there are a few important security options to utilize.

  1. Motion-Sensor Lights

    It can be easy to worry about someone lurking in the dark outdoors late at night when you’re home. Make it difficult for intruders to hide in dark corners or areas that aren’t visible on the property by using motion-sensor lights. The light will make it easy to spot someone outdoors once motion is detected, which will reduce the risk of a break-in.

  2. Security Doors

    The most common place where intruders enter homes is through the front or back door on the first floor of a building. Although locks are used to secure the homes, they can easily be broken if the door is kicked down or if there’s enough force on the other end. Install a custom-made security door that is extremely durable and will make it difficult to access the building with the use of Bonds Security products.

  3. Cameras

    More people are using cameras to monitor the activity on their property when they’re away from the home. This makes it easy to keep an eye on different entry points and alert the authorities if suspicious activity is detected. Some security systems include cameras and will send you a photo of anyone who takes a step on the property or knocks on your door during at any time of the day.

  4. Door Stop Alarms

    Door stop alarms are an extra precaution to use to secure your front or back door. The product detects when a door is opened and will immediately alert the homeowner if someone has entered the house. The door stop is durable and portable, making it easy to use on different areas in the home or even take with you when you’re staying in a hotel.

Theft and home intrusions continue to become more common, making it important to secure your home and remain safe on the property. Although it can be difficult to prevent a break-in, you can make it extremely challenging for someone to enter the property with the right tools used. You’ll not only reduce the risk of a break-in but can have peace of mind while you’re home.

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

How to Make a Trailer into a Suitable Camper

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How many times have you seen a travel trailer zooming by on the interstate and thought, “Boy, I wish I could travel in one of those?” It may not be as unreachable a dream as you think. Even though most of the ‘silver palaces’ of the 1940s–1960s are gone, and modern RVs are prohibitively expensive, there is another option.

Cargo trailers, like the Endura Cargo Trailer by Hillsboro Industries, can be easily converted and customized into a comfortable tiny home on wheels.

Advantages of Cargo Trailer Conversion

  • Fully-customizable – Classic travel trailers were designed to serve a different lifestyle, and may not be suitable for modern living. Many feel like dark, claustrophobic spaces. Cargo trailers are an empty, open space, just waiting to be built to your specific needs. Straight-hitch trailers can run from fourteen to twenty-eight feet in length. Fifth-wheel models vary between fourteen and thirty-four feet. Cargo trailers come in a variety of widths and heights, unlike pre-built travel trailers, and include many options for the numbers and types of doors and windows.
  • Less expensive – Starting costs for a customized cargo trailer are considerably less than an RV.
  • New – With a brand-new cargo trailer, there are no concerns over the condition of the frame, exterior, or electrical systems. When you buy a used travel trailer, you’re never sure of the condition it’s in.
  • Lighter – Aluminum, double-wall construction is light, stronger and more durable than steel. You can control how much weight you want to add to your mobile home-away-from-home.
  • Unobtrusive – Many people prefer using a cargo trailer because it attracts less attention. Traditional RVs may be subject to restrictions on where they can be parked, but those restrictions do not apply to cargo trailers.

Things to Consider First

] The first decision that must be made is, how will the trailer be used? Do you want to live in it full-time year round, or only as an alternative to a tent when camping in the great outdoors? How much do you want to spend? How much time and effort do you want to invest in the project? What climate zones do you plan to visit in your customized RV? What functional areas are most important to have in your trailer? What conveniences do you require?

External Functionality

Most cargo trailers include a standard side door and double rear doors. However, if you want the option of an outdoor room, or you want to use your RV as a toy hauler, consider buying a trailer with a rear ramp door. If you arrange supports to lower your ramp door so that it is level with the floor of the trailer, you can create an instant outdoor deck. Some people prefer to live in a trailer with no windows, or small windows set high up along the walls. This design is optimal if being unobtrusive is an important feature. In this case, you might want to consider installing small skylights.

Insulation Is Key to Comfort

One-inch aluminum studs are readily available and would support both rigid and soft foam insulation in walls and ceiling. However, insulation in the floor will be the most important factor in keeping the heat in during the winter, and out during the summer, especially if you plan on living in the RV full-time. Installing studs and internal walls are also necessary if you wish to install plumbing, additional electrical features (like outlets and specific lighting), and propane lines for furnaces and ovens.

Many Design Options Available for Wall Panels and Flooring

Many people choose aluminum panels or 3/8” wood panels for walls, but pre-fabricated wall panels are available in hardboard, MDF, fiberglass and vinyl with almost any decorating style including brick, tile, bead board, wood planks, and 3-D textures. Subfloor panels should be at least 3/4” thick, or the floor will feel spongy when you walk on it. Once that is installed, almost any type of flooring would work well, including vinyl flooring, wood parquet tiles, or small ceramic tiles. Another quick, easy and attractive option is to paint the subfloor with a few coats of marine varnish and leave it bare.

Utilities Needed

If you plan on living in your camper full-time, you will probably want both a furnace and an air-conditioner. Choose appliances that are designed for use in an RV. Used appliances can often be found in good condition if you are on a budget. Plumbing will be crucial if the trailer is your main residence. Most campgrounds offer public showers, so you may not require one of those in your trailer, but at least one sink and a toilet are important. PVC works great in RVs, and supplies can be found at almost any hardware store.

The principles of gravity are simple and almost anyone can install their own plumbing lines. Tanks for fresh, gray and black water add weight and take up space. If you design the drainage lines at the correct angle of descent, you can avoid installing tanks altogether. Most campgrounds provide sewer and water hook-ups. Since you’ll never know the quality of the water before you arrive at a campsite, installing a small water filter is a good idea. Also, look for a water heater that is designed for RV use. If you do want a shower, you might want to search for a used one from an old RV. Installing gas lines to the propane tanks is a job best left to professionals, though, so keep that in mind.

Appliances

Most campgrounds provide 120V and 240V electrical hook-ups, so once you’ve installed basic electrical wiring and outlets, you can fill your customized cargo trailer with whatever standard appliances you prefer. Small or medium-sized refrigerators, microwave and convection/toaster ovens make the most sense. Propane RV oven-stoves are also popular.

Off-Grid Living

If you don’t plan on berthing your new converted RV in a campground, there are a number of options like solar panels, chemical toilets, tent showers and other features you could install to save money and energy.

Interior Design

Once the basics are installed in your converted trailer, the real fun begins. Many people install customized shelving and platform or bunk beds. One unique idea is to use a pop-up trundle bed in conjunction with a daybed. During the day the daybed acts as a sofa. At night it converts into a king-sized bed. Not many RVs, even the really expensive ones, can support any bed larger than a queen-sized mattress. Multipurpose and convertible furniture ideas will also help make your new residence more livable.

No Limits

With the emergence of the tiny home movement and a robust RV industry, once you’ve decided to embark on the cargo trailer conversion adventure, there really are no limits as to the RV you can create. Visit a trailer dealer to see what brand-new, customizable cargo trailers are available and begin the journey.

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

“Stranger Things”: Seeing This Secular Production Through Spiritual Eyes

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     With a nod to nerds and the popularity of science fiction, the Netflix series Stranger Things has taken the entertainment industry by storm.  It has been interesting to hear the disparate reactions of those whose spirits discern a dark, spiritual undertone, and those who just see the slick and scary surface image that Hollywood is so good at projecting.
     I wanted to write this particular post because I want Christians to start seeing the world through spiritual eyes.  I want them to begin discerning the spiritual warnings that are hidden in plain sight, so they can be prepared; with their spiritual armor on and the Sword of the Spirit at the ready!
     Why do I think it is important enough to talk about this specific mini-series?  Because this is one more instance of the New World Order [as an agent of satan] revealing their agenda and de-sensitizing us to what they have planned.  I find it very interesting that the series was originally titled Montauk, which references The Montauk Project, an alleged series of secret United States government projects conducted at Camp Hero (or Montauk Air Force Station) on Montauk, Long Island for the purpose of developing psychological warfare techniques and exotic research including time travel.  Other alleged experiments by our government and military included teleportation, mind control, contact with alien life and staging faked Apollo Moon landings.  If nothing else, the allegations about The Montauk Project certainly served as the inspiration for the popular mini-series.
     While there are those who might consider all this just a bunch of conspiracy theories, I cannot discount them as such.  There is simply far too much research and interviews with people who claim they were involved with the project.  And it certainly explains some of the strange occurrences and violence we are seeing in the world today.  Add to this the speculation that The Montauk Project was an extension of the Philadelphia Project, an effort to study the possibility of rendering things and people invisible.

     Here’s a little of that history:  In 1933, Nikola Tesla, famed inventor, physicist, electrical engineer, and futurist worked with a coalition of scientists at the California Institute of Technology which included Albert Einstein, Dr. John Erich Von Neumann, and later a team of scientists that were coming to the U.S. from Germany until WW II started in 1939.  All this led to the Philadelphia Project, which was an alleged military experiment that is said to have been carried out by the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania some time around October 28, 1943. The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge (DE-173) was claimed to have been rendered invisible (or “cloaked”) to enemy devices. 
     The fact that Tesla was involved in both the Philadelphia Project and the Montauk Project — he was Chief Director of Operations —  makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.  If you recall an earlier blog post I wrote, in which I connected the dots between Tesla and Fallen Angel Technology, you will understand why.  (I wrote that post nearly two years ago, and to this day, I get comments that decry my suggestion that Tesla’s experiments with energy and light involved information he received from demonic entities).
     But the truth is that Tesla and others were hired by the government to work with energy reactors and light streams to rip a hole in the atmosphere (otherwise known as portals) — all under the guise of experimenting with electricity, but with a clandestine plan to look into other realms.  Think about it, the best scientific minds in mathematics and physics all come together to work at the same facility, and you can honestly say they would be incapable of developing space-time quantum physics?  Yet, that’s just what they did; bending physics in the atmosphere and opening up holes into other dimensional realms.  The results were other-worldly, to say the least, and you can read more in-depth details here.
      Naysayers will label these claims as hoaxes and say none of the allegations about the experiments have ever been proven.  Yet, here are few of the assertions about the experiments that took place, and they sound eerily familiar and would explain some of the bizarre events we are witnessing today:
•  Homeless people and orphans were abducted and subjected to huge amounts of electromagnetic radiation to test mind control technology and remote brain programming. Few survived.  Doesn’t that make you wonder about this statistic from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States — that’s roughly 2,000 per day. Of those, there are 115 child “stranger abduction” cases each year, which means the child was taken by an unknown person.
•  Mind control experiments were conducted and runaway and kidnapped boys were abducted and brought out to the base where they underwent excruciating periods of both physical and mental torture in order to break their minds; then their minds were re-programmed. Many were supposedly killed during the process and buried on the site. Others were released with programming as mind-slaves with alternate personalities to be sleeper cells who could be activated to perform missions.  Doesn’t that make you wonder about the unexplained incidents whereby normal people suddenly “snap” and commit horrendous crimes?  Wouldn’t this be a valuable weapon in the hands of evil people who wanted to do great harm to this country?
•  Contact was made with alien extraterrestrials through the Time Tunnel and technology was exchanged with them which enhanced the project. This allowed broader access to “hyperspace”.  This makes me think of the Tower of Babel and if it isn’t possible that Nimrod, who “began to become a mighty one” received advanced technological information in order to know how to construct a tower that would reach to heaven.  And wouldn’t that mean a hole in the atmosphere would have to be made?  Was that the first portal? And were Tesla and his cohorts just continuing that exchange of advanced ideas?

•  Mass psychological experiments, such as the use of enormous subliminal messages projects and the creation of a “Men in Black” corps to confuse and frighten the public, were invented there.  We see all of this in the spectacular mini-series Stranger Things.  The series points to mind control, subliminal messages, DNA experimentations to create hybrids, and time travel, which all speak of spiritual warfare to me.
     I know there will be many who ask why I am even bothering with this topic, or who fail to see the connection to parallel universes, overlapping dimensions, and real evil.  What does it have to  do with Scripture or what God wants us to know?  Well, have you considered that in Isaiah, Chapter 38, God adds 15 years to Hezekiah’s life, and turns the sun backwards 10 degrees?  Both of these events would seem to indicate distortion of time.  And what about Jesus’s warning of “As it was in the days of Noah”?  I certainly see the indication of demon spirits or evil angelic beings trying to pollute and corrupt the human race through forced DNA experimentation.
     And it does not escape my notice that all this, plus the theme of Stranger Things, furthers the theory of “ancient aliens” being promoted by the History Channel; a theory that in ancient history, extraterrestrials landed on Earth, where they were hailed as gods and helped shape human knowledge by giving primitive man the knowledge of the solar system, concepts of engineering and mathematics, and knowledge that became the basis for humanity’s religions and cultures.
    Then take it one step further, and consider what the miniseries suggests; that mankind, in their attempt to gain more power by harnessing the knowledge of otherworldly entities have crossed the line, opening portals that have allowed these evil entities to enter our dimension.  That is essentially the fear that surrounds projects like the Large Hadron Collider at Cern.
     I know this all sounds completely crazy, but can you see it yet?  Technology has always been a tool that the Enemy has used to entice man to help the false god set up his kingdom on earth.  And one branch of that technology has created the entertainment industry, which not only shows us what the Adversary’s mission and plan is for mankind on earth, but lulls us into an acceptance of it by subliminal messages and repetitive conditioning.  Stranger Things may look like just another harmless science fiction show with scary monsters, but I contend that it is mirroring the planned spiritual attacks that will be launched by another round of fallen angels that will visit the earth … just like in the “days of Noah”.
     So it is okay to enjoy this fantastically entertaining mini-series, and to look forward to a much-anticipated Season Two.  Just know what you’re really being shown; look at it beyond the surface level and discern the message with spiritual eyes.  Yes, it’s a message of a corrupt and nefarious government, but it’s also a picture of a very real and physical spiritual war that is prophesied in the Bible.  There’s a reason those of us with spiritual discernment are seeing beyond the obvious…

Revelation 12:9   “And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”

   
   

Let’s Cook with the Sun!

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Let’s Cook with the Sun! Highlander “Survival and Tech Preps” This show I will be discussing solar ovens and the uses. How can you build one yourself? And a few pre-made ones you can buy. What are the advantages and drawbacks to such a device? The need for food is unquestionable. When we do not have … Continue reading Let’s Cook with the Sun!

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Electronic Security in shtf.

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Electronic Security in shtf. Highlander “Survival and Tech Preps” On this episode we will get back to the technical aspects of prepping. Everything security in shtf or present day is discussed. I myself have security cameras at my home, monitoring 24/7 and recording. The need to have eyes and ears around you at all times … Continue reading Electronic Security in shtf.

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Preppers Checklist: Everything You Need for Any Disaster

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From earthquakes to fires, there are a number of natural disasters that can take place when you least expect it. Unfortunately, most people are not prepared for the worst to occur. To ensure that you have everything you need during an emergency situation, there are a few important supplies to have on hand.

Emergency Water Filter

Water is a resource that will allow you to stay alive after a disaster occurs. A compact water filter is an essential product that you can take on the go without having to carry extra weight. This will allow you to have safe drinking water to ensure that you survive.

Portable Camping Toilets

Portable camping toilets are essential for emergency situations when you need to use the restroom in a public setting. Some companies, like Blackpine Sports, know that having a compact and lightweight toilet makes it easy to take them on the go. You can enjoy using something that is easy to sit on instead of trying to find a grassy area or an empty lot.

Solar Flashlight

A solar flashlight will allow you to use a flashlight without having to use batteries to power the device. You’ll have more light at night when walking on trails or trying to flag down other people. The product must be exposed to sunlight to obtain power at night and work for several hours. Magnetic shake lights are also ideal because they don’t require batteries and are powered by shaking the product for several seconds.

Multi-Tool

A multi-tool will come in handy when you need to cut through rope or cut a cord. Multi-tools are a convenient item to carry with you and often include a small saw, a folding knife, pliers, a hole punch, and scissors. You can carry the product in your pocket and even survive the great outdoors while using the tools.

Lighter and Matches

Many people are cut off from gas and heat during a disaster, making it important to have a lighter and matches on hand to start a fighter when you need to boil water or want to keep warm at night. You can easily light cotton balls that are dipped in petroleum jelly, which will work as a sparking device when you need a fire.

Although no one can anticipate a disaster from occurring, there are several ways to prepare ahead of time by having the right products on hand. With the right materials, you can get through the emergency with ease.

Written by Rachelle Wilber

How to Stop Google App from Tracking You Everywhere You Go

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That’s the claim, anyway. If you use Google Maps on your phone etc., it keeps track of your every single step via GPS, making a perfect little map of everywhere you’ve been.

We are told features like this are easy enough to turn off… if you even know that you have the option to turn it off.

Then again, deep down we all realize there really is no off button, especially not for the government and military-industrial complex that created these “smart” technologies to begin with.

The news clip below shows how to turn this timeline “feature” off.


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On the Safe Side: Tips for Teaching Your Teens Better Driving Skills

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Parents and guardians often believe that teaching their teens better driving skills is as simple as riding along in the passenger seat as they practice. In today’s fast-paced world, teens need a broader education that focuses more on detailed explanations, positive reinforcement, and guidance about bad personal habits that increase accident risks on the road. Modern teens also need visual and experiential learning tools that take into account the general ways they learn best. Consider these tips to teach your teens better driving skills as you get started.

Show Patience and Understanding

It is okay to point out incorrect driving maneuvers and actions, but you need to balance your critiques with positive examples, explained in a patient and understanding tone so your teen does not shut you out, or feel less motivated to listen. Whenever possible, lower stress by telling funny anecdotes about your own early driving experiences. Negativity can demotivate your teen and even result in errors caused by nervousness and low self-esteem so keep things in their court with what positive statements you say.

Record Them While They Drive

A recording always has a greater impact than words, because it shows your teen visually the driving problems you see. Ask someone to record your teen from outside of the vehicle at a distance during practice lessons so they can review it later. Set up an interior camera in the back of the vehicle that records all of your teen’s physical actions while in the driver seat. They can watch and review mistakes and you can even show them through example what the right move might be in certain situations.

Show Them the Consequences

Since better driving skills include not being distracted, provide lessons about distracted driving. Show your teen statistics and videos related to distracted driving accidents. Afterward, show your teen the consequences in real life so that the experience has a greater impact on their understanding of common safety issues. Introduce your teen to injured accident victims or a Clearfield & Kofsky personal injury lawyer who can generically outline some worst case scenarios. Having a tangible result in front of them is a lot more impactful than just listing statistics.

Some of these tips may seem embarrassing or severe, but using them to teach your teen better driving skills can only make them safer. The most important thing to remember is that better driving helps prevent injuries and costly insurance premiums.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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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Why Drones Could Save Your Life When The SHTF

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quadcopter wikimediaDrones have a rather negative reputation these days, and for good reason. They bring to mind government surveillance and extrajudicial killings in foreign countries. And in the civilian world they are at best a nuisance, and at worst they can be used by hobbyists to spy on their neighbors. And among the more paranoid members of our society (though in all fairness, being paranoid doesn’t mean you’re wrong) drones bring to mind the possibility of automated killing machines taking over the human race in the near future.

But truth be told, drones aren’t all bad. And for those of you reading this who are drone hobbyists, I should add that the vast majority of private drone users are responsible people who respect the privacy and safety of their neighbors. Drones are just like any other technology. They are neither good or evil, nor are they positive or negative for society. Drones are only as good as the people who wield them, and when used ethically, they have the potential to enrich our lives.

As for preppers, drones are a highly underrated tool for surviving the potential collapse of our society. Having one of these machines would give any survivor an edge over anyone who would take advantage of the chaos brought on by such an event. Drones have all of the advantages of a security camera, such as the ability to watch your surroundings in real-time without exposing yourself, without the disadvantage of that camera being stuck to a fixed location.

If you live in a rural area with wide open spaces, you could easily provide perimeter security for a large property, and spot any bad guys in your neighborhood without ever stepping outside of your home. And if you live in a city, a drone could help you safely navigate a chaotic and barricaded urban environment, filled with obstacles. Or if you live near a major roadway, which is a situation that most preppers would agree is not ideal for protecting your home from looters, a drone could help you spot threats long before they reach you.

And due to their popularity, there is a wide variety of drones on the market today. No matter what your situation or budget requires, there is probably a perfect drone for you. The larger and more expensive drones are better suited for situations where you are hunkering down in your home, and you need a bird’s eye view of your neighborhood.  In some cases, these models can fly more than a mile away from their users, though video quality may suffer or be nonexistent at those ranges. However, being able to capture real-time video from several hundred yards away is not uncommon with a high quality drone.

But for bug out situations, some of the smaller and cheaper drones are more suitable. They’re portable, lightweight, and use very little energy. The cheapest models have a range of about 20 yards, which is ideal for looking around corners in urban environments or over vegetation in rural and suburban areas.

For the most part, it seems like the prepper community has overlooked drone technology, which we can’t afford to do any longer. As time goes on these devices are becoming very cheap and common, which means that the bad eggs in our society will likely have access to them if the grid goes down. With that said, it would be wise for preppers to reconsider this technology. It could be just the thing we need to even the odds against people who would do us harm after the collapse.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Staying Cool in the Collapse: 5 Must-Haves for Every Hardcore Survivalist

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There have been many warnings issued over the years about the possibility of a total collapse of the national electrical grid. Blackouts occur in some parts of the country during the summer months. They may be planned rolling ones to keep the entire system from being overwhelmed or they may be catastrophic unplanned ones. Thunderstorms or even hurricanes are additional reasons to be prepared for the unexpected havoc from weather related outages. There are several items that are a benefit to have on hand should this scenario occur for any length of time. Survivalists of all levels—especially hardcore enthusiasts—may already have them in their possession. Here is a list of five must-have products that will keep things cool during a collapse.

Golf Cart Batteries

These types of batteries power items for a long period of time in comparison to car batteries. They are similar in size, but can provide hours of use for refrigerators, fans, and medical machines. An inverter is needed to charge appliances and cell phones using a 120 volt outlet. Well pumps will also stay in operation so clean water will be available for drinking, cooking, and bathing. It is a good idea to purchase at least two or more, if budgets allow. Recharge one while the other is in use. A caveat is to keep batteries of the same age in use at all times.

Ration Protection

Having plenty of food to eat is critical, although humans can live for up to three days before symptoms of malnutrition kick in. An unbeatable option that can facilitate making ready to eat meals is sealed bags. They store a wide variety of food stuff from dried fruits, nuts, crackers, cereals, and more. This can be accomplished by using chamber vacuum sealers to seal bags for storing foodstuffs. Look for BPA-free products in several sizes such as three, four, or five milliliters that can accommodate sharp foods. Boil-able bags can withstand extended boils without losing food quality and taste, so look for this feature too. Consider zipper bags that can be resealed and those with tear notches for meat and dairy products such as jerky and cheese.

Mini-fan With Misting System

A compact and portable mini-fan is ideal for those times when a burst of cool is needed instead of using the resources of batteries or generators. There are plenty of alternatives to choose from, but look for ones with a built-in mister. The larger reservoirs will usually come with a flat-bottom so they stand upright when not in use. Lithium battery powered units last longer and perform better than those with alkaline batteries. Use the misting function sparingly to conserve its water content.

Two-Season Tent

During power outages, homes heat up almost as quickly as cars do. If there is no breeze, opening the windows will only invite the hot temperature inside. A two season tent is a great option for placing under a nearby tree. The spring and summer version is perfect especially when it has a ventilation screen to keep bugs out and let breezes in. Some may also come with poles and a hammock to enjoy in a shaded area.

Backpacks with Bladders

This is an excellent choice that can be storage for batteries, flashlights, and wick and lightweight clothes. They also come with different size water bladders and built-in cooler versatility. Fill them up with fresh water as soon as the outage occurs or ice would be a better alternative. Manufacturers include a straw for drinking or spout for pouring so there is no need to open it. This keeps the water cold and ice frozen as long as possible.

Hardcore survivalists are generally prepared for what may come in diverse scenarios, but this will serve as a reminder of what keeps them cool in extreme heat. The everyday individual will benefit from the information outlined here as well. Stocking a personal inventory of these items in advance is a sure way to mitigate the inconveniences associated with a collapse.

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Homeschooling Resources For Teaching Technology

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If you’ve paid any sort of attention to the landscape of education in the last five years, you know that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects are very “in” right now. There’s been a huge push to teach children how to code, Lego Robotics teams are all the rage in schools and at home, and then there’s the perennial frenzy over whether American kids’ math test scores are high enough. Many traditional schools are making a real effort to get kids into the 21st century by issuing laptops, iPads, and other devices.

Obviously the easiest way to teach your 2nd grader electrical engineering, short of enrolling him at MIT at the tender age of six, is to make sure one of his parents is also an electrical engineer. If, for some reason, you have failed to provide your child an engineer parent, do not despair! Whether you’re a homeschooling parent or just want to keep your kids from forgetting everything over the summer, tons of easily accessible STEM resources are available.

Coding

Computer programming is everywhere in our lives, even if we don’t often recognize it for what it is. Most animated movies these days are someone’s calculations just as much as they are art. Think of the scores of apps on your smartphone, or even the technology that allows you to read this article right now. Most people who are adults today never heard much about coding until high school or college, but there are lots of opportunities for children to learn how to code when they are young.

  • From MIT, we have Scratch, a free online coding instruction program. By dragging and dropping commands, you can create your own animations, stories, and games. Scratch is set up like an open source community that allows users to share their projects and the source code behind them.
  • Code.org  has a game based on the Disney movie Frozen that teaches coding via a series of puzzles to make snowflake designs. Also uses a drag-and-drop interface. Code.org also has a coding game that has an Angry Birds theme.
  • Khan Academy’s coding instruction program is less like a game and more like actual instruction. Like Scratch, Khan Academy is also set up like a community. This one would be more effective for older students (as in, not 8-year-olds).

Math

A solid foundation in mathematics is essential for someone wanting to enter the technology field. Lawmakers are forever lamenting America’s low math scores. Electrical engineering requires a solid basis in multivariable calculus and differential equations. This is a problem in a society where math is automatically labeled “hard,” whether it is or not, and kids who like math are sometimes teased. Kids need to be comfortable with math when they’re young if they are to get into it when they’re older, and something as basic as a math puzzle book can help. Here are some ways to make math fun (or, at the very least, slightly more interesting):

  • Math Facts Games. The curator of the Easy Peasy All-in-one online curriculum has assembled a list of free online math games for practicing basic math facts
  • Number Munchers. Kids of my generation probably remember playing endless rounds of Number Munchers during computer class in elementary school. Happily, Number Munchers is now classified as abandonware, which makes it freely available to the public at no cost. You can play it in your internet browser at archive.org, or if you are more technologically inclined, you can download it and play it via a DOS emulator.
  • Calculus by and for Young People. Don Cohen was a mathematician who ran a math clinic for children, wherein he introduced topics such as infinite series, fractals, and the Fibbonacci sequence. Materials related to this clinic were made free and open to the internet upon his death in 2015. Calculus by and for Young People includes a series of videos (via YouTube), a workbook, and a textbook, both pdfs. If you prefer the actual workbook, it can be purchased here for a little over $10.
  • Vi Hart. You may have already run into those “doodling in math class” videos. Those are the work of Vi Hart, who is an expert in explaining interesting calculus concepts with colored sharpies and a spiral notebook. After watching a couple of her videos, you, too, will want nothing more than to go out and count the spirals on pinecones.
  • Math Blaster. Another math drill game. It requires registration, but is free. Also available as a mobile app.
  • Khan Academy again. While Khan Academy also offers lectures, etc, on a variety of other topics, most of the site is devoted to mathematics. The early math and basic arithmetic section are enjoyable enough that my four-year-old likes to dabble in it from time to time. There is plenty for older students, as well, with courses in algebra, geometry, and calculus. Khan Academy differs from the others because it offers full courses – if you can pass every question and meet the challenges, you can feel confident that you’ve actually mastered the subject. It uses a self-directed learning approach that lets you choose which topics you’d like to cover, so you can save harder questions for later or skip easier ones.

Engineering

  • Hacker YouTube Channels. There are many of these. You’ll know them when you see them. There are about a million and one online tutorials about how use a lemon to light things on fire or a vaccuum cleaner out of a plastic bottle. Most of these projects only require basic items usually found around the house, in addition to wires and nine volt batteries.
  • TeachEngineering.org. This is a teacher’s dream. Oodles of free lesson plans for all grades in a variety of subjects related to science.

Non-Internet Resources

Old Textbooks

Yes, old college textbooks. I use them for my elementary school-age kids. If you know where to look, these are easily sourced for cheap, and have lots of pictures. I live in a college town, so our local thrift store is full of textbooks that the university bookstore wouldn’t buy back. Last year I found a 1000+ page biology book with the glossy pages and fancy illustrations and it only set me back $4. If it’s good enough for Biology 101, it’s good enough for me. In my experience, it’s a lot easier as a teacher to dumb down a text than it is to try and give more detail when it’s not printed in the book, so it’s easy to work a level you and your child are comfortable with. For my first grader, looking at the pictures and reading the captions is more than satisfactory at this point.

Check Your Local University

The university in my town has a lot of programs open to the public that are specifically to encourage children’s interest in STEM fields. Our local university had an engineering expo for middle and high school students this last spring. Many local schools brought their students on field trips, but as it was open to the public I went along with my elementary-aged kids and we had a fabulous time. The physics department also hosts a big astronomy day for the community every May, with activities for all ages. The scope of university-sponsored family activities varies considerably from one establishment to another, so you’ll just have to ask around or check out the university’s website.

Visit Your Local Library

Libraries aren’t just for checking out books, any more! Some libraries have summer or after school programs for Lego Robotics or computer programming. The children’s nonfiction section is full of possibilities in itself.

This is not anywhere close to an exhaustive list. If you’ve found something that you find useful for teaching STEM subjects, let us know in the comments!

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Aftermath Automobiles: 4 Options for Bug-Out Vehicles

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It’s hard to overlook the appeal of an automobile if something goes wrong. A good car is one part transport, one part hauler, and one part mobile fortress. Given the sheer amount of vehicles on the market, though, it’s good to know your options for when things go bad and it’s time to bug out. Below are four of the best options for bug-out vehicles, as determined for disaster type.

Short-Term, One-Way Escape: Hybrid SUV

While staying on the grid might rankle a hardcore survivalist, you want to look for high gas mileage in a one-way escape. A good hybrid SUV combines the best of all world when on-road, giving you plenty of room for passengers and gear while still allowing you to go the distance. According to Edmunds, you can expect to get around five hundred miles on a single tank with a 2016 RAV 4, which should get you clear of any disaster.

Short-Term, Off-Road: Traditional Off-Road SUV

While a hybrid’s nice for staying on the roads, you’ll need something more rugged if you don’t think the roads will be available. This is perhaps the trickiest category, because you’ll need to consider taking everything you need while still having the full expectation of someday coming home. A traditional off-road SUV can get you there and back again, but be careful—there are plenty of SUVs out there that look rugged but can’t actually leave the road.

Long-Term, Shelter: Minivan

While conversions might offer you more space, you do want something that will keep you on move on a more limited amount of gas, such as a minivan. A modern van not only provides ample space for both passengers and goods, it also has the requisite hookups to provide both power and entertainment for those inside. Consult a car dealer like Woody Sander Ford if you have questions about the available features you need. While vans aren’t ideal for going off the road or long hauls, they can make for a fantastic shelter when you have no other choice.

Long-Term, Shelter Provided: Rugged Truck

You’re looking for a farm truck here, not a luxury model. A good truck can handle a lack of roads, deal with the weather, and provide you with hauling capability. If you have a fallback location—and you should—the lack of passenger space in the cab should become a non-issue. In a worst-case scenario, you can even bring several passengers with you in the truck’s bed. Trucks aren’t always ideal because of their lack of fuel economy and passenger capacity, but they can’t be beat for long-term survival.

This article was written by Dixie Somers. Dixie is a freelance writer and avid blogger who gets her inspiration from her wonderful husband and three little girls.

4 Signs Your Security System Is Failing You

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Security systems are getting more sophisticated. The downside to this is when it comes to knowing whether or not they are working perfectly. If you install a new set of motion sensors tied to the internet, you will instantly know when someone is inside your house. But if the sensors are not working well, they may not actually inform you that you are getting incomplete data. Here are 4 signs that your security system is failing you:

Trouble finding events

If you have cameras in your security system, they should faithfully record every disturbance or problem in their field of view. Yet in some cases, an event will occur that will not be saved to the system that is storing the recorded video. So if you have trouble finding video of a security problem that happened, it can either be a computer problem or you may have had a camera go bad or lose power at a certain point at night.

Electronic unpredictability

Most security equipment is built to handle the indoor or outdoor conditions that it is designed for. When there are fluctuations in temperature, humidity, or when the electric power source is unstable, it can degrade their performance and cause malfunctions over time. Having a strong partner that can regularly validate your key security electronics provides you with the ability to have complete confidence that your system will operate as flawlessly as you intend it to.

Errant alarms

When there is a problem, you want your alarm system to tell you about it. When you don’t have a problem and your alarm system goes off, then it is likely the case that you have an incorrectly configured system or the electronics require repair.

Non-functioning equipment

One of the most popular types of security door upgrades uses biometrics or fingerprinting to allow access for employees. The software is not always perfect and sometimes people registered for access are denied. If it isn’t possible to return your faulty equipment for a refund or exchange, experienced technicians at Contec Direct and other electronic support services specialize in home security repair.

Security systems protect the valuables you have in your home and business. Knowing the sign of a faulty operating system can mean the difference between security and taking a loss. Ease your mind by routinely checking on your security system and catch any faulty bugs before misfortune comes knocking on your door.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure

Rural Broadband

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Rural Broadband

As someone who prefers to live in a rural setting there is one desperate need in the modern economy and that is rural broadband. In many places it is almost non-existent or very slow. This is a huge disadvantage to those trying to leverage a modern economy in a rural location.

I was reading a fantastic piece about the trouble with the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment program. They pointed out a legitimate problem that obviously the Federal government does not understand. You need to have the local banks of the community involved not the Top 100 banks.

Does it surprise you that that FCC would miss on the rural broadband experience? It should not come as a surprise to anyone that understands the misdirection in Washington. They may have never wanted to support the rural communities and that qualifier was thrown in to ensure that it would not happen.

The reality is that if rural broadband can be put in place effectively you all of a sudden offer a great chance for those that prefer that type of lifestyle. You can have the room and comfort found in a rural environment and still enjoy the latest in this modern world. It has a way to break down the barriers.

If the FCC wanted to really make a difference they would remove the Top 100 banks qualifier for the rural broadband program. This change would allow the local banks to invest in the companies that can deliver the modern economy to a rural area.

This is one way rural communities can be transformed and the rural lifestyle can be enjoyed by many people and yet still have the benefits of the global economy.

Home Security Techniques that Keep Your Family Safe

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Many people view their home as a literal safe haven. It can be a place where the owner or family can unwind, let loose and relax after a long hard day. It’s where your children play, family dinners are hosted and where memories are made. That being the case, the safety and security of your home, and your family should be a top priority. There are some ways to protect your home and ensure your family is safe. Here are just a few…

Installing a Security Gate

Installing a security gate on your property is an excellent tool to protect your family and your home. Although this may be the most expensive of the three techniques mentioned here, it is well worth the money. A security gate usually involves a card or code to access the gate and has an intercom system and controls from inside the home. This allows the home owner to monitor and talk to anyone at the gate before allowing access to the property. In this way, people unknown to the homeowner or their family cannot enter and therefore an intrusion cannot occur.

Home Alarm System

Getting a wired alarm system from places like Perimeter Security Systems for your home is a great way to deter a possible break in. Most alarms have a code that is pre-programmed upon installation that is only known by the home owner. That code will be required to access the home from the outside, or in some cases to open the doors from the inside. If a door is kicked in, window broken, or any other intrusions are detected, an audible alarm is activated and the police are automatically contacted. This audible alarm works to deter a crime in progress as well as alert your neighbors that something is taking place. An intruder will most likely leave if an alarm is detected and your family and possessions will be safe.

Getting a Firearm

As a homeowner, you may register a firearm by going through the proper steps in your county to be licensed for owning and operating a firearm. After receiving this permit, and purchasing the firearm, it is wise to go to the gun range to sharpen your skills and learn about proper firearm safety, cleaning, and storing as well as handling of the firearm. If there are minors in your home, you will want to purchase a lockbox for everyone safety. If an intruder does enter your home, and is the cause of a threat to you or your family, most states allow for you to use your firearm in defending your family. Similar to having an alarm, having a firearm can deter a possible intruder as well.

There are many ways of keeping your property and your family safe, but these are some of the most common and effective techniques to do so. It may take a little extra money or time to get these services installed in your home, but it is well worth it. When it comes to the safety of your family and your beautiful home that you worked hard for, that investment in safety and security is priceless.

Written by Rachelle Wilber

Opsec, Is it Important?

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Opsec, Is it Important? Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps” In this episode I will talk about Opsec (operational security) and if it is important. The need for this in my opinion is extremely important to preppers, and everyone else in today’s world. Today’s world is not the good place it once was, full of people who will … Continue reading Opsec, Is it Important?

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Ransomware and Infrastructure

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One technology threat that is becoming more evident this year is ransom ware. This is a particular type of malware that holds computers and data hostage until a ransom is paid. It has become a popular way of hackers to monetize cyber crime, which is why such incidents are on the rise. For regular computer […]

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Tech & Coding for Newbies!

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Tech & Coding for Newbies! Brett Bauma “Makers on Acres” Many of the people who are involved in prepping and or homesteading may stay clear of a lot of technology. Many people steer clear of technology, knowledge and learning, because they fear they may not be able to learn it or start the new skill … Continue reading Tech & Coding for Newbies!

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Stop Being a Slave to Technology: Here’s How to Unplug

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tech slaveIf you could pluck any of your ancestors from any period of time in history, and send them to the world we live in now, they would be in for quite a shock. All of the technology that we have at our disposal would seem like magic to them. The diseases we can cure and prevent, the speed with which we can communicate with anyone around the world, the devastating weapons we use to defend ourselves with, and the machines we use to travel from place to place, would all leave them in awe.

They’d have to pick their jaws up from off the floor after they see what kinds of energy we use, and I’m not even talking about nuclear power. For people who relied on firewood for most of their energy needs, the cost and energy density of crude oil would blow their minds. I’m sure that seeing the accessibility of food in our society would cause a similar reaction in their minds. The idea that some people in the West only need to work a few hours a week to cover their food and energy costs, would leave your ancestors shaking.

And then they would meet us. The residents of this magical high-tech world.

They would see people who spend more time staring and laughing at their ghostly screens, than they spend interacting with other human beings. They would meet us, a generation of people who are terrified of the sun, and who can’t step outside without slathering themselves in odorous creams (or who barely spend any time outside at all). They would be introduced to people who can’t find their way home or solve any practical problem without first consulting the computers in their pockets. They would come face to face with a society that is willing to sacrifice privacy for high-tech convenience.

They would see a society full of people who are completely out of touch with nature, and completely helpless without all of their gadgets. And more importantly, they would discover how incredibly stressed and unhappy many of us are, despite the wonders at our disposal.

Truly, we are slaves to technology. Here’s what you should do if you want to break free, and get back in touch with your humanity.

Stop Multitasking

Multitasking is the bane of the modern world. We clean the house with the TV on in the background, we text on our phones while we eat dinner, and we talk on those same phones while we drive. People in the modern world are obsessed with cramming as many tasks in their day as they can, and they pride themselves on their ability to multitask. And even though most of us like to believe that we’re getting a lot done and that we’re really good at multitasking, in reality we all really suck at it.

Every scientific experiment that has tested people on their ability to multitask, has shown that it’s not an ability any of us have. Anytime we try to tackle more than one task at a time, we perform across the board. Unfortunately, the gadgets we own have made it incredibly easy for us to get distracted. We use our gadgets as a crutch and an excuse for when we don’t want to do the task at hand. So stay focused and do one thing at a time. You’ll do a better job, you’ll learn more, and you’ll enjoy yourself more.

Get Back in Touch With Nature

Despite how far civilization has advanced over the years, human beings still have pretty much the same brains and bodies that we had when we were hunter gatherers. In a sense, we are an anachronism. We live in this sophisticated, high-tech wonder world filled with 9-5 jobs, cars, phone bills, taxes, and gadgets, but we’re still the same people who used to spend the majority of their days in nature.

At heart, the outdoors is where we really feel comfortable, yet we live in a time where most of us, especially our children, spend so very little time there. Our brains were never designed for the task of staring at screens for 11+ hours a day, and we’ll never be truly happy if we don’t set the phone down and spend some time outside. We evolved in the outdoors. It’s where we belong. If we don’t set aside time to be away from the hum our gadgets, and to enjoy nature, we’ll never really feel fulfilled or satisfied. It might even make us a little crazy.

Try to Remember How You Killed Time Before The Internet

If you’re old enough to remember what life was like before the proliferation of the internet and smartphones, or if you’re young but you remember what life was like before your parents gave you access to those technologies, then you’re in luck. You actually have some sense of how normal human beings are supposed to behave when they don’t have anything important to do.

Do you remember what you used to do when you weren’t working, doing chores, or studying? Did you doodle or write? Did you play the guitar? Did you tinker with stuff lying around the house? Did you go for a walk around the neighborhood? Those are the sorts of things that people used to do when they didn’t have anything important on their plates.

These days we feel compelled to fill every waking moment with electronic entertainment. We act like boredom is a crime, and the only way to stay out of jail is to check our email and watch another episode of whatever is on Netflix. We have to keep our brains in a constant state of hyper-stimulation. We fear quiet, contemplative activities. If you really want to unplug from technology for a while, then you have to teach yourself to not reach for digital entertainment every time you find yourself with an empty moment. You have to kill that knee jerk response, and learn how to enjoy the things you do, not the things you watch other people do.

Quit Using Gadgets to Solve All your Problems

Undoubtedly, the internet is one of the most useful things that humanity has ever invented. Having that vast library of information at our fingertips is a godsend whenever we have a problem that needs solving. It’s provided a voice for countless ideas and people who would never have had a voice in the past. Unfortunately, it’s also making us stupid.

Whenever we have a problem, we’re faced with two solutions. Figure it out ourselves and learn a thing or two along the way, or if this problem is out of our depth, we enlist the help of a friend or we hire a guy to fix it. If the problem arises again in the future, we know who to call. We all have a ‘guy’ that we refer to when a car or a computer needs fixing.

We also treat the internet as ‘that guy.’ We refer to it anytime we need to fix something, or find directions, or remember an obscure fact. Every time we do that, our ability to remember and our ability to learn, dies a little. We know that if any given problem shows up again, we can just look it up. Our brains don’t bother to retain knowledge when we know that it can easily be recalled for us at the click of a button.

In the future, always try to do it yourself first before you ‘look it up.’ Try to remember a phone number before you look for it in your phone. Try to remember that witty quote before you search for it on the internet. Take a shot at finding your way home before you refer to your GPS. Your brain is like a muscle, and if you never bother to use it, you will lose it.

Do Nothing At All

I dare you. No, I double dog dare you, to do nothing at all. Do you even remember the last time you just sat alone in silence for a while? Have you stopped to consider how crazy it is that most people can no longer stand to be alone with their own thoughts? That’s not an exaggeration. The inability to withstand silence is a sign that you’re a slave to technology.

Scientists have conducted experiments where they place people in a room with blank walls, by themselves for 15 minutes, and tell them to just sit and enjoy their own thoughts. A third of the participants admitted to cheating and checking their phones. Most of them admitted that it was an unpleasant experience. Then they introduced a device that would give these participants a voluntary electric shock. Two thirds of the men and a quarter of the women in this study chose to shock themselves out of pure boredom. Many of us would prefer physical pain over doing nothing at all. That’s freaking sad.

If you really want to stop being a slave to technology, then every once in a while you should take time out of your day to do nothing at all. You don’t have to fill every moment of your waking life with vapid entertainment. Meditate, or stare at a wall, or quietly think about your future. It’s a normal, healthy part of being human, and our technology has robbed us of our ability to quietly be ourselves. So take back the reins, unplug yourself for a while, and enjoy being human again.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Alternative Energy!

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Alternative Energy in Depth! Brett Bauma “Makers on Acres” What are some of the benefits of adding alternative energy to our homes and farms? What are some of the negatives? We discuss many of the different types of alternative energy and the benefits and downfalls of each. From wind power to solar and everything in … Continue reading Alternative Energy!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know Android Can Do

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Android and IkrossAndroid is constantly at battle with Apple, but there are a lot of interesting features that the OS company has over its rival, which are sure to make you at least turn your head. As one of the coolest and innovative companies around, Android never ceases to amaze, which is exactly why this list had to be made – below are the top 5 coolest things you probably didn’t know your Android could do. Watch this video by TeQreation to see the complete video review and app links.

5. Expand Your Memory with iKROSS

iKROSS is a lesser known company that has a lot to offer. If you happen to own an Android phone that doesn’t have an SD slot, then memory expansion may seem like an option that’s flown out the window, but with the help of iKROSS, you can expand your memory through the micro USB 2.0 slot.

4. Use an Ethernet Cable for high-speed internet

When most people hear Ethernet cable, they think of old school internet; dial up with scraggly sounds and screeches, but what many don’t know is that it’s still one of the most reliable forms of internet, even more than Wi-Fi. You can do this with your Android phone or tablet by simply purchasing an OTG Cable connector and connecting it with an Ethernet port.

3. Use Your Phone as a Monitor

For many photographers and filmmakers, a monitor is crucial – it assists the artist in making sure not only the composition is perfect, but the angle and overall look as well, which is why using your Android as a DSLR monitor is one of the coolest and most little-known features. The best route is to download the Android app ‘DSLR Controller,’ then connect your phone or tablet to the DSLR for a live feed via USB 2.0.

2. Use Your Phone as a Wireless Mouse

Apple iMacs are known for wowing people with their magic mouse, a tool that allows users to freely control the computer from virtually anywhere in the room, but did you know that Androids offer the same product? By downloading the Remote Mouse app from the Android store, you’ll be able to control your laptop or desktop, all from the touch of your Android’s screen!

1. Make Your Android a Remote

This is probably the most useful and underused tool that any device on the market can do. Whether it’s your television, Blu-Ray Player, or Apple TV, your Android most likely controls all of these products, making it incredibly pointless to juggle different remotes. You should be able to do it from any Android device, especially if there is a pre-installed IR Blaster, which most phones come with. The best universal app to start your journey is the Peel Smart Remote app, an app that’s fully accessible in the Android store.

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Personal Sustainability!

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Personal Sustainability!
Brett Bauma “Makers on Acres

On the next episode of the Makers On Acres Tech. Build and Grow Show, we are going to be talking about our own personal sustainability.

Personal SustainabilityMany of us dream of living a self-reliant lifestyle. The road to true self-reliance can be one that has many road blocks and obstacles, including funding. So how do we develop a sustainable lifestyle that leads us to self-reliance? There are many answers to this question, but I want to hit on some of the most impactful ones that can make the biggest change from the start.

4-9-16 wood-214577_960_720For the last 2 weeks of shows I have been discussing the pitfalls of modern agriculture and how it cannot sustain itself at its present pace. If we are to live personally self-reliant lifestyles, we need to make sure that the life we set up for our self can be sustained for many years to come and overcome multiple obstacles in the path. We need to build in redundancy in our lives and hedge our “bets” by developing multi-level systems that can overcome loss and failures. Many times folks will choose one system for a part of their self-reliance plan and simply not consider backup plans or build in redundancy plans.

4-9-16 vegetables-790022_960_720On the next show I will be discussing many different projects we can all do to set ourselves up for success in our self-reliance and sustainability plans. We will go over plans from gardening to technology and everything in between. A successful plan will account for as many variables as possible, and not simply focus on one issue. Self-reliant living can be complex with many different facets, but once the ball is put in motion, it can become simple and a part of everyday normal in our lives.
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An Open Letter to the US 10th District Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

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Today’s post directly addresses an email sent out by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock of the US Tenth District to her constituents (pasted at the bottom of this post).  Specifically, it poses

Teaching Your Kids Not to Rely on the Digital World

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Children between ages 8 and 10 spend around 5 1/2 hours every day using media, according to a media usage report by the Ganz Cooney Center and the Sesame Workshop. But in reality, they’re exposed to eight hours a day of media because they’re often multitasking, watching cartoons […]

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The Smart Home Era: Can Intelligent Living Secure Us?

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Based on a 2015 survey conducted by The Harris Poll, 78% of Americans anticipate homes to be reinforced with must-have smart home products in the next five years. These hi-tech and Internet-enabled devices, which are estimated to reach 45 million by 2018, range from home security products to automated vacuum cleaners. Are you ready for the future?

Although there’s no question that we want to secure and maintain our homes with the best technology available, many are still left in the dark as to the practicality and sustainability of intelligent living. As we have yet to fully adapt to this fast-developing reality, many are grappling with a good understanding of the challenges and benefits of maintaining a smart home. Some even fear that smart technology can be too smart for our own good, a fear which is generously illustrated in popular culture and blockbuster movies with images of robots and computers taking over us.

But we are obliged by the times to adapt despite the concerns surrounding new technology and intelligent living. That many aspects of our lives are now linked to the Internet is one reminder of the of the influence of new technology on how we live. So instead of hopelessly avoiding or fearing new technology, the question that should be asked is: How prepared are you in incorporating intelligent living in your smart home? It’s valid to feel concerned about intelligent living, but knowing more about it means you are proactive in mastering new technology instead of letting it controlling you.

Home Security and the Face of Intelligent Living

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The importance of security in intelligent living is becoming less science fiction and more concrete reality. With today’s high crime rate, it is vital to reinforce home safety with devices that can effectively deter burglars and other criminals. Consider the recent statistics from the FBI, which reports that 1.7 million burglaries occurred in 2014 in the US alone. The alarming figure provides justification for new technology developers to come up with much-needed home security solutions.

As a major component of intelligent living, advances in home security are concrete proofs of this growing industry. It is determined to reach new heights in terms of coming up with newer smart devices. To date, consumers can already optimize smart home products such as home alarm monitoring, automatic locks, smart thermostats, wireless speakers, and various intelligent sensors that can be controlled with a smartphone. With the Internet-of-Things becoming a trend, a new breed of devices are overtaking the market. Just last year, smartwatches have begun to ingrain itself in the consciousness and lifestyle of many people.

In addition to providing digitally-controlled and -monitored home security, intelligent living is making sustainable homes an exciting reality. Current home automation systems are demonstrating that it’s possible for homeowners to enjoy an efficient, eco-friendly, secure, and comfortable living space. Devices include smart thermostats that can adjust temperature while you’re asleep or send you alerts when you’re away. Basic yet necessary capabilities such as automatic indoor and outdoor lighting can help you save energy costs and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Challenge: Keeping Up with Smart Home Development

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While property crimes like burglaries are rampant, investments in home security system is quite low at present. According to statistics, only 17% of homes in the US have home security, a small amount considering that a burglary is estimated to occur every 13 seconds and that two-thirds of burglars abandon their misdeed in the presence of home security system. There is clearly a disconnect between the necessity of home security and the preventive measures (or lack thereof) implemented by homeowners. What could be the reasons behind this?

A number of studies and articles provide explanations to the challenges involving smart homes and consumer response. For smart homes, the challenge consists of bolstering protection against hackers and cyber criminals. Smart homes may prove effective against home invasions, yet its Internet-based feature is vulnerable to digital security threats. On the part of consumers, the challenge largely relates to the rapidly increasing—and potentially confusing—number of devices. This challenge is compounded by the lack of a coherent system that can unite all existing smart home devices. As it happens, the best IoT devices for the connected home have different functionalities and application requirements. Devices “speak” different languages at the moment, which signals disjoint rather than unity.

A case can also be made with regard to the limited functionalities of current smart home devices. This can be restrictive for consumers who, armed with tips for achieving a sustainable home, are clamoring for devices to make many aspects of their lives easier and safer. For example, while basic items like security cameras, smart bulbs and electronic locks are available, smart refrigerators and cookers are not yet in existence. The growing demand of modern life expose the need for many other home items to be made smarter.

Despite the challenges, the reality and necessity of creating a smart home are encouraging both consumers and developers to think and create better ways of improving intelligent living. In fact, progress is already happening. A good example is the increasing affordability of home alarm monitoring. Month-to-month security systems monitoring can be efficiently sustained for as low as $8.95, making intelligent living more accessible than you might think.

Off to the Future: Looking Forward with Optimism

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The challenges surrounding intelligent living serve as a guide to better achieving a sustainable home in the future. A good indication of the development involves the evolution of smart home security. Before, home security simply meant locking doors and windows. Now, it is fast evolving into something which involves surveillance cameras and devices like sensors which can be controlled and monitored remotely. Indeed, we are fast realizing that change is necessary and inevitable. Remember that before the Internet became common, life was different in that it was less mediated by technology. Life is now inconceivable without the Internet, and so is our future without it. It is worth mentioning that the United Nations now asserts that Internet access is a basic human right.

It’s also becoming clear that IoT and smart homes are logical extensions of the modern life. The promise of new technology is to create more devices that can potentially improve home safety and raise the standards of quality living. We are still at the early stages of intelligent living, which makes it all the more necessary that we remain vigilant.

The fast-approaching golden era of smart and sustainable homes carry the compelling features of convenience, sustainability, and security. Alarm security system companies and manufacturers are orienting consumers to the idea of better designing their lives with the existence of smart devices. As a proper response to the inevitable rise of smart homes, consumers must continue in their active participation in directing the course of new technology. After all, the future can only be truly bright and promising if new technology and intelligent living remain under the control of users rather than passively accepted as an inescapable reality.

Written by John Anderson

Control projects created!

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Control projects created!
Brett Bauma “Makers on Acres

This week on the Makers On AcresControl projects created Tech, Build and Grow show we are going to be discussing Arduino!

It has been a while since we have visited the world of Arduino Micro controllers!

3-5-16 20151214_175549Many of you may or may not have listened to me as a guest on Highlanders Tech Show when we were discussing Arduino Micro Controllers. Arduino Micro controllers give us abilities to control and create so many different projects that the list is nearly limitless. An Arduino Micro Controller can control a greenhouse, watering system, robot, heating and cooling system, RC Car, drone and much more.

Arduino microcontrollers are a very interesting product as they allow us to create nearly anything we can think of with our creative minds. When coupled with some extra electro mechanical devices and digital devices, the possibilities of Arduino are endless!

So what is an Arduino? And why would any survivalist or Prepper or anyone else for that matter be interested? If you have ever had that moment in your life where you have said I wish I could make “____” or get this to do “____”, than this may be one place for the Arduino to enter your life and creative world. Last week I talked about how Technology can be a problem in life, and that I was not a fan of where some of Technology was headed, but the Arduino is simple technology that I love. The Arduino can make our lives simpler by adding it into a system to do the thinking and switch flipping for us. Think of the Arduino as a time saving little piece of technology that, once learned, can be implemented into all of your automation and control system projects.
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Secure Home: 3 Inventions that Keep Your Family Safe

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As a homeowner, keeping your family and your property safe is of the utmost importance. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, there were an estimated 2,159,878 burglaries in 2010. Furthermore, 60.5 percent of those burglaries involved forcible entry. Their findings indicate the “victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $4.6 billion in lost property.” Today’s marketplace offers a variety of solutions to help secure the home. The strategy you employ will depend on your unique needs and budget. Knowing you have done your part to safeguard your most valuable possession – the lives of your loved ones – is worth every bit of effort. Below you will find three ideas for consideration as you set out to protect your home.

The FakeTV

This American-made product simulates the flickering light emitted by traditional TV screens to help discourage potential burglars. According to alarm.org, burglars are three times less likely to break in when there is a deterrent in place. The clever FakeTV helps to mitigate the risk of burglary by providing the illusion someone is home. The device is built around a series of LED lights on a compact display. Transport of the FakeTV is quick in a pinch and energy consumption is quite low. The company currently offers three different models, ranging from $24.95-$39.95. At such a small investment, there is likely room for a FakeTV in most homeowners’ budgets.

Infrared Security Cameras

Infrared cameras offer peace of mind in a technologically advanced package. The cameras are designed to offer quality video footage no matter the time of day or night, employing LED light at wavelengths virtually undetectable to the human eye. Infrared cameras are discreet, especially when compared to jarring security lights that disturb neighbors and can be damaged with little effort by a thief. Some companies, like Infrared Cameras Inc., work hard to develop this kind of unprecedented technology. Infrared cameras have many advantages over standard cameras. They their job well in nearly all conditions, including fog and mist.

Alarm System

The right alarm system can serve as a strong deterrent to potential home invaders. Of course, one size does not fit all, and the costs can easily mount depending on the company you select. Do your homework and get several estimates before signing a contract. A good system will alert the authorities about other home disasters, such as fires or flooding.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program found that “burglaries of residential properties accounted for 73.9 percent of all burglary offenses.” Considering such risk, it is essential to formulate a multifaceted approach to help keep your home free from break-ins. Every step taken towards protecting yourself and your property is one in the right direction.

Written by Rachelle Wilber

The Advantages In Using Electric Fence As Your First Line Of Defense

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When it comes to your personal protection and the protection of your property, is there such a thing as “too much”? Hard to say really. But if you have the time and the means, you should spear no expense in securing your home. Sure, having you very own machinegun turrets installed on the lawn would be excessive indeed, not to mention illegal. But luckily there are other ways in securing a perimeter, and they’re far less expensive than advanced military technology. Building a fence around the area you’re trying to protect is the way to go; and nothing would be more efficient than your very own electric fence system. Electric fences are less obvious than barbed wire and more efficient, as they can deliver quite a punch to anything and anybody that dare to intrude on your property. To be more precise, the system uses alternative current (A.C.), and via a transformer,turns it into electric pulses. A mechanical trigger is activated when something comes in contact with the wires and the current is released immediately. The current shoots out the power terminal, goes through the wires as high voltage electric pulse (can go as high as 10.000 V) and it’s picked up by a second terminal, which consists of a rod (mostly copper) that’s implanted in the ground. Such fences are highly used today in agriculture (they deliver mild, discomforting shocks to keep animals away) or in prisons (where voltages are lethal).

 

Such technology is available for everybody who takes prepping and personal safety to the next level. And believe it or not, installing an electric fence has its own advantages over more traditional methods. If done right, you won’t be sorry won’t went for an electric fence instead of barbed wire or anything else. And here’s a list of reasons as to why.

 

  1. Electric fences are cheaper than traditional fences

Believe it or not, it’s true. The materials are cheaper to buy and the installation process will be cheaper as well. This is because an electric fence requires a lesser quantity of wires and fewer posts as opposed to traditional fencing methods. It’s not meant to be strong and withstand mechanical forces, but rather cover a big enough area to stop all sorts of intrusions. It may be frailer than barbed wire, but it will do some much more than scratch the surface of your skin; it can make you wish you’d never been born.

  1. Electric fences are easier to install

Because the key components are fewer and lighter, you can install your electric fence by yourself, although I’d advice against it. But even if you plan on doing it yourself, make sure you know what you’re doing. The materials aren’t that heavy, not even the posts, so the installation will go faster than if you’d be installing a traditional fence, where you’d need to dig holes. The thin electric fence poles require no such effort from your part; just take them out and stick them in the ground.

 

  1. Electric fence systems are easily maintained and modified

The system will require very little attention from your part. Just pay some attention to the battery system and the console from time to time, to make sure that everything is working properly. Also, they should be kept clean and dry at all times to avoid unwanted electric discharges and system shutdown. The wires require no maintenance, unless the fence has been hit or damaged in one way or another. Because it has fewer and lighter elements compared to a regular fence, you can modify the structure with ease. You can add or take out poles in a matter minutes.

  1. Electric fences are more efficient overall

The intensity of the electric discharge is customizable, depending of the types of charge you’re using, but also on the materials that the fence is made up of. Barbed wire can be easily cut and taken down by perpetrators, and once the fence is gone, the way is clear. Electric fences can’t be cut, as they’ll release thousands of Vs when the cutting tool comes in contact with the wire. So not only is it hard to go around, but it’s also very hard to interact with a fully charged electric system without getting the shock of a lifetime.

Of course there are some things to keep in mind and consider before installing you very own electric fence. The systems are effective, but you’ll need to keep the area around the fence as clean as possible at all times, so that nothing’s growing in the vicinity of the wires. Growing plants could complicate the situation, so make sure there are none close to the wires.

Thunderstorms could also spell trouble, as the electric discharges could shut the fence down. But repairing the electric fence shouldn’t be much harder then installing it, so that’s a plus. To make it even more effective, you could conceal it, so whoever is trying to breach your “fortress” will get a nasty surprise. However, most states have very specific laws regarding electric fencing visibility and signaling. So do some research and stay out of trouble.

 

By Alec Deacon

 

 

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4 Amazing Multipurpose Blades For The Outdoors

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If we’re talking preparedness and prepper conduit, we have to agree on one thing: there’s no such thing as being too prepared! And this is because so many things can go wrong at any time. It’s extremely important to be both physically and mentally prepared for when it really hits the fan; and it will hit the fan hard. You’ll need to counteract everything life throws at you, and it won’t be easy. But you have only so much time to do it, your resources are finite and there’s only so many things you can keep around the house or on you. Owning any sort of multipurpose blades is the way to go; the more you can get done with a single object that you can easily store in a small space is the key to surviving in a hostile environment. When it comes to pocket blades, the sky’s the limit. There are many companies that have followed in the footsteps of Victorinox (the producer of the Swiss Army Knife) and have released many competitive products, which are equipped with a lot of useful gadgets alongside a well sharpened blade. Owning such a tool will get you out of many tight spots; it’s only a matter of finding the right one for you. Let’s have a look at some of the finest multipurpose blades on the market.

 

The Swiss Army Knife

It’s only fair that we start with the most renowned name in the business, with the brand that started it all. The Swiss Army Knife is the most common product that Victorinox has to offer. And its reputation is well deserved. This tiny gadget is so much more than just a “blade-in-a-box”, it comes equipped with many tools and gadgets to help the wielder’s cause in so many situations. There are various models with a different combinations of features. The most multifunctional model comes with a can opener, a screwdriver, a compass, a pair of pliers, a nail file, a pair of scissors, magnifying glass, a toothpick and more. More recent models also offer a USB flash drive, a small digital clock and even an LED flashlight. The economic design makes it easy to fit in a small pocket and easy to use in any situation. The price will vary, depending on the model and the amount of features it has.

 

The Leatherman Skeletool

Leatherman have taken the idea forwarded by Victorinox and are trying their best to take it even further. This company have released a very serious model that’s giving the Swiss Army Knife a run for their money. Their “flagship” blade is called the Skeletool, and what’s sets it aside and makes it shine is the carbon fiber version. Not only is it small, compact and easy to use, but it’s also light and very durable at the same time, thanks to the carbon frame. In the tools and gadgets department, the Skeletool has all the necessary appliances you could need in a SHTF situation: a bottle opener/ carabiner, a bit driver, a pocket clip, a screwdriver, a pair of pliers and of course, a sturdy and sharpened blade. Based on the model, you’ll spend somewhere in the range of $80 – $100 if you decide to go with the Skeletool.

The CRKT Guppie Multi-Tool

The Guppie Multi-Tool is a device released by Columbia River that can also be attached to your belt, in case your pockets are full The clip gate makes it easy to attach to any sort of belt or D-ring. The gadget is made up of very durable 3Cr13 steel. The knife blade is made from high-carbon stainless steel and it can be opened with one hand. It also has a powerful enough LED light, a wrench, a bottle opener, a jar opener. The wrench jaws are adjustable and open half an inch, making it very efficient for small assembly or repair jobs. This tool is so much more than just a blade, and it will be very useful in case you’ll find yourself in a pickle.

 

The Buck 301 BKS Stockman

The Buck 301 BKS Stockman is one of the most elegant pocket blades on the market. This folding knife is not exactly what you’d call “small”, as it reaches an overall length of 4 inches. This all-American pocketknife has 3 very durable blades, made out of 420HC stainless steel, which will stay sharp for a very long time. It has a sheepsfoot blade, a Spey and a 3-inch clip point. To attest to the product’s quality, the Buck 301 BKS Stockman comes with a lifetime warranty. The handles are made of plastic, but they’re made in good taste and out of a strong plastic, that will last forever.

 

There are so many products to choose from, so making the right choice won’t be an easy task. The beautiful thing is that you don’t have to settle for just one multipurpose folding knife. You can get as many as you like, just make sure that the tools you decide to equip yourself with are complementary. No use in carrying too many identical knives on you. The more diverse their features are, the more options you’ll have in a survival scenario.

 

By Alec Deacon

 

 

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How You Can Use Drones In A TEOTWAWKI Scenario

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Drones have been widely available on the market lately and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. Many people look at drones and see an over-the-top expensive toy. I, on the other hand, as a prepper, see opportunity. And with good reason. Drones are remote-controlled gadgets, with enough battery autonomy that have cameras attached. No special skills are require to handle your very own drone and you can even pair to your smartphone. You can use drones in a TEOTWAWKI scenario to gather intelligence in your surroundings without being physically present in a possibly hostile territory. Reconnaissance missions will no longer require special preparations, other than that of flying a drone that has a camera attached. The cameras can take high quality pictures and even videos with sound. If you’re smart phone allows it, it can even emit in real time. Many drones have a built-in GPS software that helps them return safely to their launch point, in case radio contact is lost. However, in a survival scenario, the GPS service might not be available, so keep that in mind before taking off.

 

What you need to know about drones

First and foremost they are battery operated. So if you plan on using the drones even when everything falls to bits, you’ll need to ensure you have a recharging station, based on fuel, or even better, solar panels. They are computer and smartphone friendly, which means they have USB ports that allows you to connect your drone to your computer, for easy access and settings; you can even follow the flight path in real time from your smartphone and even adjust camera angles. The flight speed varies from model to model. The average drone flies at about 25 mph, but the more expensive model can reach staggering speeds of even 80 mph. Autonomy and control distance is also variables from one model to the next, but an average fully charged battery gets depleted in about 10 – 30 minutes. There are also gas-powered drones available on the market, their autonomy is superior to the battery operated ones, but they’re also more expensive. A drone can serve many purposes in SHTF situation: scouting and surveillance flights, scouting for wild game and even delivering messages from A to B. On the down side, drones are very visible and can attract unwanted attention. They can be taken down easily or even worse, followed to give away your location. So you’ll need a bit of practice before using it in a critical situation and A LOT of caution.

Some of the best drones that you can buy

The Dromida Ominus FPV is one of the cheapest drones on the market, which is perfect for flight practice. The camera quality is rather good and it has great connectivity to you mobile device. It’s easy to use, has decent autonomy and it can be very fun to fly. For those of you that are looking for a device to get you started in the drone area, look no further. The Dromida Ominus FPV is a resilient little gadget, comes in many colors you can chose from (blue, green red, yellow), is both iOS and Andriod compatible (so you won’t have to change your phone) and costs only $150. If you’re interested in purchasing it, go here.

 

 

The Parrot Bebop drone is possibly the most renowned of the Parrot company and it is a semi-pro drone, meaning it’s considered to sit in between toys and professional drones.  The drone itsef is very lite and incredibly maneuverable, making it easy to fly even in closed spaces or indoors. It support smartphone and tablet connectivity and it comes with two batteries. The battery, if fully charged, should last about 10 – 15 minutes of continuous flight. The on-board camera is decent; it has a resolution of 1080p. The base model comes at about $450, but if you’re willing to spend more you can get the model with the range extension, that will allow it to fly further. For more details, go here.

 

The Yuneec Q500 4K is drone whose popularity is growing steadily amongst the drone enthusiasts thanks to its camera quality. The built in camera has a 4K resolution (4000p), meaning the image quality it offers for both pictures and video is unbeatable. It comes with two batteries and the camera is removable. There’s also a version that comes with a 1080p camera, but the $k version is of course far superior. The controller has an android built into it, so you don’t necessarily have to use your phone or tablet for maneuvering the drone. The model doesn’t have many gadgets and accessories available yet, but it won’t be long before Yuneec releases a bunch, considering how fast this little drone is gaining in popularity. The price is about $1300, and if you’re interested in getting your own, click here.

Getting your very own drone is nowhere near a bad idea. Flying one can be really fun and addictive, so if you’re lacking a serious hobby, drone flying could just fill that void. Enjoy it and practice, you’ll never know when your drone piloting skills will save your neck in a SHTF scenario.

 

By Alec Deacon

 

 

 

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Off-grid Power: Electricity Generation Tips for You and Your Family

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Off-grid Power: Electricity Generation Tips for You and Your Family

More and more families are beginning to generate their own electricity, whether to fully meet their home’s needs or supplement their regular on-grid consumption. Between the rising cost of electricity, concerns for the environment, and fear of power outages, there are plenty of factors that go into deciding to move to off-grid electricity generation. That said, there are a few tips homeowners should bear in mind when choosing the best electrical system for their needs.

Look at More Than a Home’s Electrical Consumption

Electricity generating strategies that work for one home may not work for another. While a home’s electricity consumption is often flexible, things like terrain, average local weather, and natural resource access aren’t. Which is more abundant in the area—sunlight or wind? Will trees block solar arrays? Photovoltaic panels generate roughly 8-10 watts per square foot. How many square feet of outdoor space can be devoted to generating electricity?

Consider a Standby Generator

One of the biggest things keeping renewable energy sources from achieving wider use is the fact that electricity isn’t easy to store or transport. For homes that require standby power for emergencies, a propane- or natural gas-powered automatic standby generator from places like Wade Sales and Service may be the best option. These rely on liquid fuel and only turn on when a home experiences a power outage, making them an excellent addition to a home’s electricity generation system.

Know Your Electric Company’s Net-Metering Policies

Who wouldn’t love to pay for their home electric system by selling power back to their utility company? For net-metered homes, homeowners are only billed for their net power consumption– their meters run backward while they are generating more power than they’re using. Unfortunately, having a net-metered home isn’t the case in every area and it pays to be familiar with the local utility company’s policies beforehand.

Skip Major Electric Appliances

Electric heating systems, stoves, water heaters, and other large appliances will consume the majority of a home’s electrical output. Consider outfitting homes with better insulation, double-glazed windows, wood stoves, and clotheslines to reduce your dependency on large electric appliances. It’ll free up more power for lights, computers, and other needs.

Setting up a home for off-grid electricity generation goes deeper than picking between solar panels or wind turbines. By choosing the best strategy (or combination of strategies) for the local area, investing in a standby generator, understanding net-metering, and outfitting homes with low-electricity upgrades, it’s possible to meet or exceed a home’s electricity needs.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

Five Emergency Backups Every Home Should Have

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According to the International Disaster Database, the number of natural disasters reported between 1900 and 2011 has steadily increased, as well as the number of people affected. While this should seem natural with rising populations, the interesting fact is the number of deaths from natural disasters has declined sharply in the last 50 years. This is due, in part, to better education and preparedness. Whether you’re outfitting your first home, or are just concerned about your emergency preparedness, there are supplies every home should have.

Lighting

If the electricity goes out, you’ll still need light to make your way around the house safely. Candles are a good option, but can be a fire hazard. It’s best to keep several good flashlights and plenty of batteries on hand. If you live in an area with frequent outages, investing in a battery-powered camping lantern to give you hands-free light for hours. Some models also come equipped with red LED lights and a mode to flash as an emergency beacon.

Heating

Though preventative maintenance is often the best way to combat heating problems, outages do happen. New Jersey heating repair companies like Team Electric, Plumbing & Air, warn that without proper heat, pipes could freeze and cause water damage. While you’re waiting a heating repair service to arrive, you will want to keep yourself and the family toasty. An electric blanket and a small space heater are both excellent, as long as you are careful with them to avoid fires. A hot water bottle is another great idea for keeping you warm in a pinch.

Cooling

For those who live in areas with intense heat, the breakdown of a home’s cooling system can be deadly. This is especially true for babies, the elderly, and any pets in the home. Even if you have whole-house air conditioning, you should still have enough fans to keep the air moving, and help everyone keep cool. If you live close to a source of ice, such as a gas station or grocery store, you may want to keep a homemade swamp cooler around, too, just in case of a cooling outage.

Food

Even a mild snowstorm often throws people into a panic when they can’t go out and fill the pantry. In an emergency, your family will need plenty of calories for healing any injuries, cleaning up in the aftermath, and staying healthy. Stock your pantry with shelf-stable supplies like granola bars, cereals, canned meat, and other ready-to-eat foods. If anyone in the family has a restricted diet, make sure you have emergency foods that respect the restriction.

Water

A heavy rain can overtake a municipal water systems and make tap water unfit for human consumption, as can many other disasters. Keep several gallons of water available in your house, and don’t forget about any pets or livestock you have.

Being prepared for an emergency is an important facet of having a well-stocked household. These tips will help you be ready for whatever nature throws your way.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

The Benefits Of Chewing Gum In A Survival Situation

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Chewing gum / bubble gum is a pop-culture element so rooted into modern society that it’s impossible for our generations (the gum-chewing, bubble-blowing generations) to envision it otherwise. As kids, we used to go for the sweet flavored types, the ones that came into a multitude of colors or flavors. As adults, if we lost our sweet tooth along the way, we changed directions when it comes to chewing gum. We mostly go for the minty ones, which are great for oral hygiene.  No matter your age or social status, for some reason or another, at some point in space and time, you’ll find yourself the benefits of chewing gum.

You might think that the product in question is a characteristic of modern 20th and 21st century society, but that’s far from truth. The “ancestor” of chewing gum originated in antiquity, and it can’t be attributed to a single civilization. The Greeks were chewing on mastic tree sap, the Egyptians had a mixture of sap and spices (cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh etc.) and the Mayans and Aztecs chewed Sapodilla tree sap. The habit of chewing gum (or its various alternatives) stood the test of time because, apart from flavor and texture, chewing has its benefits.

 

Enhances memory capacity and overall concentration

It has been demonstrated that chewing gum can do wonders for both the memory and the ability to concentrate. There are caffeine-based chewing gums that are best suited for the job, but any sort of gum will do well too. An NBC report has shown that chewing is in direct correlation with memory enhancement and improved test scores, due to the increase of physiological activities like blood flow, blood pressure and heart rate. The increase of blood flow in the brain means higher oxygenation, which makes for better brain functions. Because chewing increases mental alertness, is also highly recommended for kids with learning problems or mental disabilities. Mental alertness is always beneficial, especially in a survival situation where you’ll need to be aware of everything that goes on around you, to make fast decisions and act quickly as your survival depends on every step you take.

 

Relieves stress and boosts morale

According to his scientific study, chewing gum is a very powerful nerve tonic, because it helps calm down the nerves and alleviates negative moods. It’s exactly for this reason why chewing gum is included and distributed amongst the soldiers that find themselves in a war zone. Chewing gum helps reduces the levels of cortisol , which is a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland as a response to high levels of stress or to low levels of glucose in the blood stream. Increased levels of cortisol can be beneficial on short-term periods, but on longer periods of time they can be detrimental to cognitive functions and can even lower the immune system recovery. Because chewing gum contains small amounts of sugar, it can also serve as a small reserve of energy. Having a pack of your favourit gum on you will not only supply you with that tiny bit of energy, but it can also increase your morale and distress your jaw muscles and lower anxiety. So leave some room in your survival kit for a couple of packs of gum.

 

Suppresses hunger, thirst and aids digestion

The military (and trained combatants in general) use chewing gum as a means of suppressing hunger when the opportunity of eating is not available. The same principle can easily be applied in a survival situation, especially if SHTF and you find yourself a bit short on food supplies. The Zoft Gum is a very potent appetite suppressant and you can get 5 packs for about $10. Believe it or not, not only is there a gum to fight of hunger, but there’s also one that can quench thirst. The Quench Gum was primarily made for athletes in order to keep them hydrated as much as possible during periods of physical effort. It’s packed with 5mg of potassium (K) and electrolytes. The Quench Gum is available on the market in costs about $9 – $10. Chewing gum can be very supportive when it comes do digestion. Chewing constantly will increase the levels of saliva, which in turn will boost the quantity of digestive acids in the stomach. This is achieved with the aid of xylitol, which is found in most chewing gums.

 

Chewing gum based life hacks

Apart from chewing, there are a lot of other unorthodox uses for gum.

  1. Bait – you can use chewing gum as fish bait, just chew it a little and place it on the hook; it’s very efficient against catfish and it can also lure crabs if you place it on the crab line.
  2. Radiator patch – this is a good temporary solution for a leaky radiator; it should hold long enough for you to reach a mechanic
  3. “Magnet” – it can be very useful if you’re trying to retrieve small objects from an nearly unreachable place; just place some gum on the end of a stick or a piece of string and you’ll be able to recover that lost ring or keys in no time
  4. Window fixer – if you have a lose window pane, don’t worry too much about it; get a stick of ordinary chewing gum, chew on it a little and simply place it as putty
  5. Repeal bugs – extra minty gum will repeal mealworms and other bugs from getting into your flower; of course, provided you previously placed a small piece of gum in there first

You’ve probably been chewing gum for some years know, without knowing the benefits that ordinary chewing gum had to offer. Now you know, as the wonders of chewing gum are irrefutable. No matter who you are or where you’re at, always have a pack of gum on you; you can never tell how and when it will save the day.

 

By Alec Deacon

 

 

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4 Of The Largest Handguns In The World

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This is not the first time I get to talk about guns, that’s true. Every time I’ve covered the subject I’ve tried to be as pragmatic as possible when it comes to the usage of firearms in a survival situation. I’m talking a different approach this time. Not that carrying a largest handguns caliber could not serve you well in a SHTF scenario; if it’s one thing they do well, is to obliterate everything that stands in your way. A single shot fired is more than enough to stop even large animals in their tracks. They might not be as easily concealable or maneuverable, but there’s something really intriguing (almost poetic) about owning your very own hand cannon. Maybe it has something to do with the “bigger is better” mentality, who knows? All I know is that there is no such thing as “too big” when it comes to firepower. And I’m sure that many of you share the same exact belief. Let’s have a look at some of the best of the best in the field of “heavy artillery”.

 

The Desert Eagle .50 Caliber Handgun

The Desert Eagle .50 is one of the most notorious handguns in the world. Commonly known as “the 50 caliber”, it was developed by the Israeli military with the aid of Magnum Research in 1972. It’s the largest magazine-fed handgun in the world and despite its age, this old timer is considered (still) to be one of the best looking handguns on the market; especially the versions that come in chrome or titanium gold plating. When it comes to firepower, only one word comes to mind: annihilation. The .50 projectile packs such a heavy punch that made it feared and respected across the map, and won fans from both sides of the law. It’s just as lethal as it is beautiful. It has a capacity of 7 rounds and it measures a total length of 10.75 inches (with a barrel length of 6 inches).

 

The Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum Revolver

This particular handgun was firstly introduced to the world by Clint Eastwood and his infamous character by the name of Dirty Harry. This revolver gained so much in popularity that Smith and Wesson was not only able to sell this particular model, but hat to release “improved” version to meet the demand. It’s not a large enough of a gun to cause your body spinning in the air several times before you hit the ground, as seen in the movies, but it’s powerful enough to end a life instantly. It’s 11.63 inches in total length (the barrel measures 6 inches) and it’s about 49ozs heavy. Not the most practical gun in the world, but nothing compares to shooting a .44 Magnum.

 

The Smith & Wesson’s 460XVR Revolver

You might look at this particular Smith and Wesson model and think “overkill”. When I look at it I see “beauty”. This handgun was introduced in 2005 and the XVR stands for “Extreme Velocity Revolver”. It shoots fairly well, especially at a distance bellow 125 yards; when this distance is exceeded, the trajectory of the projectile tends to get curbed, thus losing accuracy. It’s really noisy, so for those of you that do not enjoy the “music” made by the 460XVR, I recommend you bring along muffs or ear plugs. It has a capacity of 5 bullets, weighs about 75ozs and the barrel length comes in various sizes: 83/8 (standard), 35/8 inches, 6 inches, 7½ inches and 10½ inches. The finish is stainless, which makes it one of the most beautiful handguns in the world.

 

The WTS .50 BMG Pistol

This is a fully German product. And once again, when it comes to technology, Germany seems to push the barrier just a bit further. Although the WTS .50 BMG (the BMG stands for “Browning Machine gun Cartridge”) is technically a pistol, it weighs about 15.87lbs, which is as heavy as an ordinary riffle. Not to mention that the ammo in question, the .50 Browning Machinegun cartridge, was primarily used to pierce heavy armor and take down tanks and airplanes. Imagine how ridiculously power drunk you would feel to unleash all this power from a “pistol”. Shooting flesh with a WTS .50 BMG can make it disintegrate into thin air… literally! This monster measures 24.21 inches in length (16.92 inches in barrel length), it has an adjustable trigger mechanism and grip safety. Is it practical? Probably not. Is it glorious? Yes.

Getting a big handgun for survival purposes would not be practical for so many reasons that would take forever to explain. There are way better options for a TEOTWAWKI scenario, that’s true. There are lighter, faster and more maneuverable options on the market for preppers and survivalist. But nothing feels quite like shooting a powerful handgun, even if it’s just for target practice. It will be heavy to carry, almost impossible to conceal and the recoil and the noise might sometimes feel like it’s just too much. But if you’re ever in trouble, a big caliber handgun will do its job and stop anybody or anything that threatens your life.

 

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Best Binoculars For Survival Purposes

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Owning a pair of binoculars for survival in a TEOTWAWKI scenario is not only meant to make every day life easier for you, but it could also save your life. Most binoculars are very precise and will let you spot from afar all sorts of dangers that might be coming your way, leaving you with enough time to react. It could also be used for hunting (spotting wild game), guarding your property or simply scouting new territory. So no matter the scenario, binoculars would be always welcome. A good pair of binoculars (and a bit more expensive one) will work fine even in low light or moon light. There are plenty of companies on the market that have specialized in making quality products and are well-known for it, like Olympus, Pentax, Steiner, Brunton, Carson, Zeiss, Leica, Nikon and more. There are plenty of counterfeit products (coming mostly from China) that cost far less but are worth less than the plastic they’re made up from, so stay away from such devices.

To fully understand the importance of such a device we must comprehend what it is and how it works. There various types of binoculars for survival on the market and they come in a great variation of shape and size, but in principle they are all the same:  they’re comprised of two telescopes that are linked together by an adjustable mechanism. The most important factor you have to consider when buying your own binoculars is a sequence similar to, for example, 9×35. These numbers are giving you a lot of information on the capacity of the product, as the number before X (9 in this case) is the magnification factor. A 9X binoculars means that the image will appear to be 9 times closer than it actually is. The number following X (35 in our case) is a specification of the front lens, which is responsible for the light intake capacity. The greater the light intake capacity, the clearer the image is going to be.  So the bigger the number following X is, the more suited the binocular will be for lower light conditions. The RBI (the relative brightness index) is responsible for image brightness. It’s determined by a simple mathematical equation. First we need to figure out the exit pupil in our case, for the 9X35 mode we used as an example. The exit pupil is 35 / 9 = 4 (roughly). The RBI is the square of the exit pupil: 4 x 4 = 16. It’s commonly known that the best binoculars for low lighting conditions are those that hold an RBI bigger than 25, so our example wouldn’t do so well outside proper lighting conditions.

Lens coatings are responsible for light transmission; they’re purposes is to prevent hazardous light reflection and to deliver a clear and focused image. There’s single coating, or a single layer of antireflective coating (Coated), the whole lens to lens surface is coated (Fully Coated), some surfaces have multiple layers of coating (Multi-Coated) and last but not least, all surfaces are covered in multiple antireflective coating layers (Fully Multi-Coated).  Now that we covered the basics, let’s see some of the best binoculars for survival scenario.

 

The Olympus Outback 10×21 RC 1

This particular model by Olympus is one of the best binoculars you can find if you consider the quality / price ratio. It’s only about $125, and it’s not much if you consider its capabilities. Its field performance is simply outstanding, as it can produce superior imagines to those of binoculars that are twice as big or pricy. It has great sharpness and definition thanks to its high quality roof prism, which is made out of a very high quality optical glass. But like most 10x devices, it requires a steady hand for maximum efficiency, because it also magnifies movement. If you’re interested in buying or finding out more, you can click here.

The Carson Raven RV-826

The Raven RV-826 is real bargain and possibly the best deal for budget preppers. It’s an 8×26 binocular that despite its tiny size, (4.5 x 4.25 inches and 10oz) it delivers quite a clear and steady image. It’s perfect for hikers who simply want to observe their distant surrounding or for people that are out nature watching. It will allow a steady and focused image without making your presence known to the animals you’re watching. These tiny binoculars are really tough and resistant; they come with a waterproof housing that is just impenetrable. And as a bonus, you also get a microfiber cloth for lens cleaning. If the Raven RV-826 is the right tool for you, know that it’s no more expensive than $79 and that you can find it here.

The Brunton Eterna Compact 10×25

The Eterna Compact 10×25 by Brunto is worth mentioning because of its image clarity and focus despite its tiny frame. Despite its small carcass, it’s pretty heavy, weighing in at 1lb 1oz. The excessive weight seems to justify if you consider the toughnes of the Eterna Compact 10×25. It has neoprene lens covers that are easily removed (even if you’re wearing gloves), it has a padded neck strap and a very efficient and functional focusing dial. What sets it apart from regular, cheaper binoculars is the adjustable diopter setting for each eye that allows precision focusing for maximum clarity. It’s not a cheap device (it costs about $360), but it’s precise, well built and durable. Those that are interested, click here.

There are many options, and the prices vary from tens to hundreds of dollars. What you ultimately buy is entirely up to you. Just know that for survival purposes you don’t need the latest and greatest, so you don’t have to necessarily spend a lot of money. You can find good binoculars even on a tight budget that, if need be, we’ll undoubtedly provide you with an advantage in a SHTF scenario.

 

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Keep Breathing: Some Of The Best Gas Masks You Can Afford

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We’re all aware of what a gas mask is; at least we have some idea about them. Gas masks (aka. respirators) are heavily used in society. The Police force has them, the Special Forces have them, the firefighters have them, spray painters have them etc. The basic use of a gas mask is to serve as filter for the air you’re breathing in and to stop possible irritants and noxious substances from getting into your respiratory system and affecting you general state your health.

The best gas masks (or respirators) are based on the same principle: the air is pulled into the canister that has a filtering system (on 3 layers: aerosol filter, charcoal filter and dust filter) and then is released towards the interior of the mask; the filtered air is safe to breathe.

The air is sucked into the canister as the wearer breathes. There are also battery operated gas masks, equipped with a fan, that will syphon air inside, but become useless when the batteries die out. There are also some that work just like a scuba breathing system: they don’t have a filtering canister, but a pressurized air canister, that is completely sealed.

A gas mask is a real asset for any serious prepper. It’s an absolute must-have in case of a chemical or biological attack. Works just as well in a combat zone, as it’ll filter out heavy smoke and even dust clouds. There two main types of masks: half masks and full mask. I half mask will cover your mouth and nose only; they’re used in spray painting and are recommended only if you know what contaminant you’re dealing with. In case of an extremely dangerous contaminant or if you simply don’t know what you’re facing, a full gas mask is the way to go. Not only will it cover your respiratory system, but I’ll also protect your eyes and face from dangerous agents, like Anthrax etc.

Israeli Civilian Gas Mask

This gas mask was issued by the Israeli government, is NATO approved and it’s perfect if you consider the quality / price ratio (it costs about $80). Because of the relatively low price and good features, it’s regarded to be as the standard gas mask for civilian protection. It’s best used in an evacuation scenario from a contaminated area. The mask itself is made out of a soft but durable rubber that covers the whole face (full mask); it offers great protection not only for the respiratory system, but also for the entire face. It has extremely efficient filters (NBC filters) that will keep you safe from almost everything, from nuclear and biological agents (like Anthrax) to chemical agents. This particular gas mask comes in both adult and child versions.

M61 Finnish Gas Mask

The MA61 model was developed in Finland and it’s meant to be used as a heavy-duty gas mask. It’s a side-mounted mask, which means the filter is screwed into the side of the mask, rather than in the font. The rubber it’s made from is extremely durable, but rather soft flexible at the same time. Its flexibility means that the mask will incase the face of the wearer perfectly, making it airtight, so that noxious fumes or chemical agents won’t find their way inside. It uses a twin goggle system rather than a single visor. The exhalation system has a plastic valve with an integrated speech diaphragm, for better communication.

 

ADVANTAGE 1000 CBA-RCA Gas Mask

The 1000 CBA-RCA mask is 100% American and it was developed based on a US Military design that was used by the USAF during the Operation Desert Storm. It has a Hycar face piece which is about 40% lighter than most full gas masks and also a customizable fit. There’s also a standard nose cup to eliminate visor fogging and a mechanical speaking diaphragm. The visor is a one piece that’s extremely tough and offers great field of vision. The canister can be mounted on both the left and the right side and it’s effective against all sorts of biological and chemical agents, like Mustard, Lewisite, GA, GB, GD etc. The head harness is adjustable and stable. There’s also an ID tag attached and it includes a CBA-RCA canister. The whole package comes at about $300.

There are plenty of models that are available on the market, it’s only a matter of personal choice. The price of a certain gas mask does not necessarily reflect its quality, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money for a good product that will filter well and fit great. But you’ll need to educate yourself in the matter a bit so you won’t throw your money out the window. Luckily there’s many manufacturer’s and sellers and price ranges vary from one to the other. So keep hunting for bargains, you’ll most likely find them.

 

By Alec Deacon

 

 

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