Dec 23, 2014

Food Fails, Bad Food Managment


10 Most Common Emergency Food Fails
























Source: http://prepforshtf.com/top-10-common-emergency-food-fails-infographic/#.VJnj3uAN0DA

Prepare your Garden to Produce!



How To Prep Your Garden for ProDuce

 Source:http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/prepare-garden/

How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Winter or Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
We all want to know how to prepare our garden so next year we can produce a great deal of fruit and vegetables for ourselves. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year when we need  to clean out the garden, the flower beds, prune the trees, and fertilize. I will miss my fresh tomatoes, lettuce, basil and cucumbers. I didn’t get a lot of squash this year, it usually goes gang busters. Not this year though. I have a really small yard but it still takes time to clean out the garden and cut back shrubs that are overgrown. I have a few flower pots with perennials that I enjoy in the spring and summer. There is something amazing when you see those flower buds just about to bloom. Gotta love it! Do you love watching for the vegetable seeds to start peeking out of the soil? Life is good!

How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Winter or Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
In case you are wondering, I live in the desert and therefore I chose to buy raised garden boxes. I used to have large gardens with a tiller and rows and rows of vegetables. I still grow enough vegetables for my family and a few neighbors. I would like to add some more raised garden boxes next year to grow even more vegetables. Let’s get started with what to do with your garden spots, etc. I love to “put my garden to bed” for the winter, so to speak. I believe if you take care of your yard you have respect for your neighbors. It is our responsibility to keep the neighborhood clean and weed free where we live. It helps with the values of our properties as well.
The first thing we need to do is remove the plants that are finished producing the vegetables we enjoyed through this last season. Add some extra soil, manure or compost to make your soil more productive next year. Till or cultivate the new products into your soil. You will notice I have coffee grinds shown below from a local coffee shop. They are FREE and you can pick them up all year round. They give the garden some extra nitrogen, but they also keep the neighbor cats out of my flower and raised garden beds. I sprinkled the coffee grinds on the top of the soil so the cats will stay out of my flower pots and garden areas.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Free Coffee Grinds

This picture below shows the clumps of the coffee grinds. They worked great for the entire summer to ward off the local cats from using them as a litter box. Yay!
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Fresh Soil Then Coffee Grinds

Here I added some fresh soil to my flower pots and sprinkled the local coffee shop coffee grinds over the soil to keep the local cats out of my flowers. Coffee grinds keep the cats from using your soil as a litter box. I wanted to use something safe because I love animals. Just not in my garden and flower beds.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Cut Back Perennials-Prune Trees-Weed

It’s always sad to cut back my perennials, but if I cut them back now they will bloom and and have beautiful flowers to enjoy next year.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Take Care Of Garden Tools

Lastly, take care of your garden tools and they will last for years. Wash and dry them all before storing them for the winter.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
Have you cleaned up your yard, pruned or weeded your yard yet? Its just starting to get really cold here….share some tips and I will add them to my list. Check out the garden areas of your local stores, this is a perfect time to pick up garden gloves half price.
Please visit Prepared-Housewives there is an article about Kohlrabi written by Mike the Gardener

Dec 20, 2014

Public Educ. "Stupid Is, as Stupid Does" .

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"Stupid Is, as Stupid Does"
Forest Gump


"Common Core" education is the Dumbing DOWN of, and for, the control of America

 
Brought to you through the deMented intellectual gymnastics of Stalinist "progressive liberal Demoncrats"
"PLD"=Self serving criminal behavior (in Gov't) under the guise of legislating "Liberty" at the public expense.
 

Stupidity... 
"Communist Core" its not designed for education, its designed for control. 

WAKE UP AMERICA!

Dec 15, 2014

Teaching Kids to Survive

"Prepping isn’t about talking… It’s about doing. It’s about learning."

Turning Your Child into a Survivor


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As preppers and modern survivalists we’re all concerned about what we can do to ensure that we can survive any disaster, weather any storm and being ready for all of the SHTF moments and scenarios life can throw at us. I think it’s important sometimes to take a step back from this stuff and remember the big picture. It doesn’t really matter how prepared you are, how much food you have stockpiled or how many guns and bullets you have. One day you will die.


It’s kind of dark and even depressing to think about but it’s important to remember. We are all finite beings. There is no prep out there that will keep the grim reaper away indefinitely. With this in mind, we need to start looking at things that we can do now to prepare for that reality. Who are you going to leave behind? You might be prepared for anything, but what about your children? Have you instilled a prepper mindset into your kids? Are they ready to face a of life’s disasters head on and thrive?

How to talk to your kids about prepping
It’s hard enough to talk to adults about the importance of prepping. Most people simply aren’t ready for their illusion of modern society to be broken. Teaching children about prepping can sometimes be even harder. Most kids are blissfully unaware of the realities of the world around them. And yes, while it is our job as parents to protect them and take care of the big stuff for them, we’re not going to be around forever…and in a SHTF disaster scenario, the chances that you may not actually be one of the survivors, despite your preparations is higher than most of us are willing to admit.
So with that in mind, what can we do now to start teaching our kids about preparedness? You don’t need to have the “prepper talk” with your kids. They’re unlikely to understand it, they’ll probably be ridiculed by their peers as soon as word gets out that Jimmy or Sally is a “doomsday prepper” and in reality you don’t need to have that talk.
Prepping isn’t about talking… It’s about doing. It’s about learning.

Teach your kids basic survival skills – The basic skills our grandparents and their grandparents used on a daily basis are sadly becoming extinct thanks to modern conveniences. We need to teach our children these basic survival skills so that they can be ready if the time comes to use them.

  • How to build a fire without matches
  • How to hunt
  • How to  tie basic knots
  • How to purify water
  • How to cook without power and running water
  • How to make a shelter
  • How to do basic first aid on themselves and others
  • How to defend themselves

Teach your kids how fragile their world really is – Most children today have really no idea how fragile things like our food supply, governments and economy are. If we don’t teach them about these things no one will. Teach them about…
  • The real meaning of money – how it’s made, what money really is, why the economy is in the state it’s in.
  • Liberty – Why this country was founded, the principles it was founded on and why no man/women should be a slave to anyone, including their government
  • Financial responsibility – Teach them about saving money, insurance, how debt works and how it really is cancer.
  • Work Ethic – How there’s really no such thing a free lunch and that it’s their job to work for the things they want in life.
  • Food and water storage – Explain the real reasons why you store food and water. Not because the zombies or pandemics are coming, but because stored food is insurance. It’s an investment in your future survival no matter what kind of disaster you might face.

Today’s children have a tough road ahead of them. Even if the big SHTF disaster never comes, they’re likely to face continued economic troubles, oppressive governments and they’ll continue to be inundated with the unsustainable ideals from the “entitlement” generations and THEIR kids. They’ll face adults who think it’s their job to undo the lessons of self-reliance you’ve instilled in them. They’ll also face all the same day to day disaster threats that we all do like personal security and financial security. There may come a time that (god forbid) they will need to rely on basic survival skills to get them out of a serious jam.
It’s our responsibility as parents to not only prepare ourselves for disaster but to prepare our children as well. Far too many parents of years past failed in their parental responsibilities and have created a convenience-centered, fragile society in the hopes of sheltering their kids from the world around them. Well… take a look around. Take a look at all the modern disaster threats we face today whether people want to admit to them or not and how blissfully unprepared most of the world is. How’d that work out? Not well would be my answer.
We need to break that cycle of what I’m calling “ignorance-education”. We need to teach our children that the world isn’t perfect, that they’re not entitled to whatever they want without working for it and we need to teach them to pass on these lessons to future generations so that one day we can hopefully re-educate our society and reclaim the liberty and responsibility that this country was founded on.

great Prepper content at Source:  http://ready4itall.org/turning-your-child-into-a-prepper/

Dec 8, 2014

Disaster Aftermath, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Kits






Disaster Preparedness;
 Aftermath of a natural disaster


All Battles are won or Lost, Before they are fought.
 
 

Source: by Michele Sandusky,  http://cruiseready.hubpages.com/hub/emergency-disaster-survival-kits-earthquake-evacuation

Emergency Prepardeness Disaster Survival Kits Your Preparedness for a Disaster should include an Emergency Disaster Kit. On this page you will find the best emergency 72 hour survival kits and most importantly helpful and life saving Survival tips Recent natural disasters round the world have highlighted the need to have our own emergency response procedures in place for our own families. Disaster survival and emergency response plans should be top priority, along with your survival gear list. How would you survive if a flood emergency, earthquake disaster, destructive hurricane or tornado were to hit your area? Don't put yourself in the position of having to depend on some outside source to come to your immediate aid. That isn't always possible. The time to prepare is now! Every family should have a basic emergency preparedness plan for evacuation, and what they need to get by on their own for at least three days. A Survival Kit with Essentials to Survive Disasters for coping in Earthquake, Hurricane, Fire, Flood, you will be safe in the knowledge that you and your family have this Emergency Disaster Preparedness Family Kit and it includes Safety items, First aid and lots more
What do you think? Do you think we should all have our own emergency kits ?
Yes, at least I know we would be okay until we could find out what was going on.
No,  I trust the authorities even in a disaster situation,they will provide all we'll need.

 Wildfire Wildfires and other Fast Occurring Dangers - Make a Ready to Go Bag a Necessity
 
While one usually has some time to prepare for and evacuate from the danger of hurricanes, other natural disasters can strike so quickly that you have time only to flee. Wildfires, for example, can race towards homes at breakneck speed with a drastic change in wind condition and direction. While you may know that there is a wildfire nearby, you may suddenly be faced with the necessity of getting up and out of the house within minutes if a monster fire suddenly heads in your direction. There is no time at all to rush around packing a go bag under those conditions.
However, you can monitor your local drought conditions using free drought monitors found on the internet. The higher your drought index, the greater the danger there is that wildfires can start.
A 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack is what I think of as a basic or starter kit. It will aid in your basic survival, and it probably a good place to start if you don't already have a survival kit. Be sure you add in important papers - passports, drivers license, birth certificates, proof of insurance coverage - and prescriptions and essential medications. It's called "grab and go" for a reason. You may not have time to retrieve all these things at the last minute - just time to grab a pre-packed bag, and GO.

Ready America (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_hi?ie=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Ready+America&node=228013) makes one that comes with everything right down to sleeping bags and a pack of cards, all in an easy to grab holdall, enough to keep you and your family safe until you can find out what is happening in the area. Be prepared for ANY emergency Hoping a Disaster Doesn't Strike Just Isn't Enough It is the most awful thing to watch all the news coverage from countries affected by natural disasters, and the look of shock covering their faces, many just stumbling around, this is one of those items you really do hope that you never need to use it. But do you really want to take that chance, Whether it be a natural disaster, like an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, wildfire, or flood, or a human inflicted one, ensure you and your family are equipped The best way to ensure you are prepared is by purchasing on of the many fantastic emergency survival kits available. All include the basic essentials to ensure you and your family can survive the crucial first 72 hours until your government provides you with their plan.
There are lots of pre-packed emergency kits to choose from, including Grab and Go bags, such as the one shown above. There is a wide variety of emergency kits, as well as disaster planning advice, and other resources, available at American Family Safety's website. They even have emergency go bags for cats and dogs.

Three Keys Three Keys Source: By Honza Groh (Jagro) (VlastnĂ­ fotografie/ Own work)
Keys to Survival Three important keys to surviving a disaster, rather than it surviving you are;
1.Education
2.Awareness
3.Preparation

EDUCATION;
Know what disasters - natural and manmade - are most likely to hit your area, and learn all yuo van about othem For example, if you are in an area subject to flash flooding, learn what causes them, and how they behave. Know how exactly how much water is an inconvenience and how much is a threat. lLearn where your threats will come from, and under what circumstances.
AWARENESS;
Be aware of any current conditions that could advance into your area to threaten you. If, for instance, you are in a hurricane prone area, be aware of the current long and short term forecasts. Make it a point to know about any potential tropical development that could even possibly turn towards your area. Know what the NHC's cone really means, not just whether you might be inside it or not.
PREPARATION;
That's what this page is about - in part. However, this page cotains general information about one specific type of preparation. You'll need to know how to prepare your home and family, and create a family contingency play. That plan may include evacuation (either instant or planned) or sheltering in place. Backpacks make good go bags Backpacks make good go bags Source: public domain clip art Important Things for Your Go Bag or Bug-out Bag Once you have your basic Go Bag, or Grab-n'-Go Kit, you're still not quite ready to go.
Think about what you absolutely, positively MUST have if you must leave your home, and may not be able to get back into it for a prolonged period of time, or ever.
Here's a starter list of things to add to the basic survival kit, along with the three days worth of food, water, first aid, and other survival essentials in it:
Passports, Drivers License, Birth Certificates, Proof of Insurance Coverage, Prescriptions, and essential Medications, Cash Money!
It's called a Grag and Go Bag for a reason. Beause you should be able to pick it up and walk out the door with it. You may not have time to round up all of the items listed above, and the others that you will want to add. Survival -Water Supply - Water is Essential to Life Securing a dependable water supply will possibly be your biggest challenge. You should need on average a gallon of water per person a day. For drinking and cooking. No matter how safe and secure you think your water supply is right now, it can be compromised in a number of ways during floods, hurricanes, fires, tornadoes. Our water supplies are not 100% safe and invulnerable.
General Ecology First Need XL Water PurifierGeneral Ecology First Need XL Water Purifier The affordable Water Filter/Purifier (1 filter/purifier) unit won a "Gear of The Year" award from Outside magazine. Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets

Hurricane Jeanne Did Some Real Damage Damage done by Hurricane Jeanne to a beachside home Damage done by Hurricane Jeanne to a beach side home Source: By Mark Wolfe (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 Damage done by Hurricane Jeanne to a beachside home
Hurricanes can bring about temporary food and water shortages Right after Hurricane Jeanne, you could not buy food within 30 miles of our house. Residents had emptied the store shelves of non-perishable foods and bottled water as the storm approached. By the time the storm left, the frozen and refrigerated food that had been left in the stores prior to the storm could not be sold because the power went out early on, and refigeration with it. Anyone who did not already have a supply of non perishable food had to drive at least 50 miles to get some.... IF they had remembered to fill their gas tanks before the storm. (Gas was unavailable locally, too.) It was a couple more days before deliveries could be resumed, and some homes were still without power 8 - 10 days later. So, there's one real life example of a food shortage, albeit a temporary one, that we experiencecd.  


Emergency Food supply - Food Shortages
Governments estimate each household has enough food for approx 3-4 days, but this includes fresh foods. which don't last long without refigeration. . You can purchase a Family Emergency Food Supply Kit which includes everything imaginable from emergency food preparedness to emergency tools and shelter equipment. There are also specially packaged survival foods, and freeze dried foods with a stated shelf life of anywhere from one to 25 years. You may even need a way to do cooking on a temporary facility Power sources - including both electricity and gas can be disrupted.
Emergency Energy - Heat, light, power - We Have Been Without Power for DAYS from Hurricane Strikes. Heat & light two very important components, not only will a hot drink keep you warm, but also hot food, it is essential you have made provisions for making heat. Extra flashlights, lanterns, and batteries shouldn't be something you have to go out and buy at the last minute. There's too much else to do when things happen. We keep a whole drawer full of batteries in all sizes, and buy extras at the beginning of each hurricane season.
But, you never know. Another important piece of equipment is an emergency radio that can operate even after your last battery is used up.


Ambient Weather WR-333-AC Emergency Solar Hand Crank Weather Alert Radio, Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger with AC Adaptor
Here's  one that has some very important additional features. Are you prepared to ensure the survival of you and your family when disaster strikes? When something happens, it's a bit late to start learning survival skills, first aid, and the things that may make a real difference in an emergency. Start making your own emergency supply list now. Then, begin making sure you have the things on it... giving priority to obtaining the most crucial ones first, of course. Depending on where you live, some items will be important for you, while others will not. 


For example, Survival Blankets are essential for someone living in an area that experiences blizzards, but not so quite so much for a Floridian planning for hurricane survival. When something is about to happen, its no time to start getting ready. Just knowing what you will need, is not the same thing as already having what you need on hand.
Emergency kits are being auctioned off at eBay. See what you need? Why not place a bid now?


All Battles are won or Lost, Before they are fought.

Feb 20, 2014

ObamaCide effects

Getting Ready for the Barack-alypse

Obama's second term is very bad news for survivalists. It's also very good news for the industry catering to their worst fears.

Article—By Tim Murphy

Its our opinion that this Author has a severe “Ostrich” Out?look on the state of the union. 
He needs your pity, However, the links and information in the article are very useful.

WITH HIS LOAFERS, KHAKIS, and polo shirt, James Talmage Stevens isn't exactly dressed for the end of the world. When I run into the 73-year-old Texan 10 days before the November election, America's most celebrated self-reliance guru seems better suited for an early bird special than a black swan event. The only hint of his notoriety is a patch over his left breast depicting his professional alter ego—"Doctor Prepper."
Stevens' book, Making the Best of Basics, may be the closest thing the survival industry has to a bible (aside from the actual Bible). It has sold more than 800,000 copies since hitting the shelves at Kmart during the gas crisis in 1974. Stevens is not actually a doctor, and, come to think of it, he'd rather you not call him a "prepper," which he considers a slur meant to impugn self-reliant folks like himself as paranoid loons. But it's become part of the lexicon, and Stevens is somewhat paranoid about where the United States is headed (he foresees a borderline tyrannical second Obama term that begins with massive gun confiscation and ends who-knows-where), so he's rolling with it. As he puts it, "I don't really like cuss words, but I know how to use them and I know what they mean." Besides, it's good for business.
I met Stevens at the Self Reliance Expo in Mesa, Arizona, one of the nation's leading "readiness" trade shows, where attendees (about 5,000 over two days) shop for bulletproof vests and dehydrated peas or practice suturing an open wound on a severed pig's foot. Stevens' cosponsorship amounts to a sort of papal blessing for the event. "He's the bomb, he's the godfather," says Tony Tangalos, the Phoenix-based host of The Prepper Patch, an AM radio show. "He's like the Elvis Presley."



Over the past four years, Stevens has witnessed something of a renaissance, coming out of retirement to hawk an expanded edition of Basics and a water-filtering system that's so efficient, he tells me, it could make urine taste like bottled water. The product has netted Stevens and his partner $1.5 million in profits in just over a year. And he's far from the only one making a living off the coming collapse of civilization. Sites like Revolutionary Realty and Survival Realty list rugged properties with amenities such as a "defensible hillside location." There are no fewer than three prepper dating sites—Survivalist Singles ("Don't Face the Future Alone") boasts 4,000 members, mostly male. Both the National Geographic Channel and Glenn Beck TV have gotten into the game with their reality shows Doomsday Preppers and Independence USA. The preserved food company Shelf Reliance reported a 708 percent explosion in revenues over the past three years. Overall, the size of the market for Americans expecting major disruptions caused by hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorism, pandemics, price shocks, gas shortages, civil unrest, martial law, nuclear disasters, and/or the Rapture is estimated to be $500 million.
"If the economy falls apart, people don't have food. People who are looking for food, they're gonna have their guns with them. People want body armor so they can protect themselves."
Welcome to the doom boom.
Humans have been preparing for the worst for millennia, but modern Americans have turned it into an art form. At the dawn of the Atomic Age, suburbanites scrambled to build backyard shelters and the government stockpiled food in anticipation of the day after. The spiraling inflation of the 1970s brought with it a spike in gold sales and backwoods land purchases. During the Clinton years, camo-clad survivalists prepared for the black-helicopter invasion, and Y2K briefly made prepperism mainstream. But perhaps the best salesman for the notion that we're on the verge of financial, technological, and political collapse has been the current occupant of the Oval Office. Stevens says of the president, "He is the leading promoter of this without even knowing it."
At the Self Reliance Expo, the prospect of a second Obama term is seen as both a catastrophe and an opportunity. "There's a lot of people I talk to who say, 'Depending on what happens in the election, I'm going to buy some body armor,'" says Derek Williams, president of the Salt Lake City-based company Amendment II. Its Centurian children's tactical vest costs $499. "If the economy falls apart, people don't have food. People who are looking for food, they're gonna have their guns with them. People want body armor so they can protect themselves."

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 A bunker designed to house a family of four
in subterranean comfort Mark Peterman
Tangalos, the talk show host, believes Obama is expediting the arrival of the Islamic Antichrist. He's planning on establishing "Christian Transition Villages" in western Arizona "for people who believe that we may be close to experiencing some dramatic man-made or naturally occurring changes in our world."
Robert Wiedemer, whose 2006 America's Bubble Economy foresaw the collapse of the housing market, warns that government debt will lead to hyperinflation. "Does anyone here remember 15 percent inflation?" he asks during a presentation before pulling out a Zimbabwean $100 trillion bill. Several attendees ask him what will happen if, God forbid, Obama gets a second term. Short answer: We're screwed. Also: Buy my book Getting ready for the day when TSHTF (prepper shorthand for "the shit hits the fan") isn't cheap. Shelf Reliance hawks the "Netflix for food," a monthly shipment of freeze-dried products that will come as long as the post office still delivers. A cache of 8,671 servings of its gluten-free, vegetarian emergency rations goes for $1,799.99 at Costco.
For $72,000, you can get a 40-foot-long underground steel tube that comfortably houses a family of six, provided there's no fighting over the queen-size bed and no one has ever watched The Shining. An after-market fake tree or rock to mask the air vent costs extra. Buy now and they'll throw in 10 acres at a "secret prepper community" near Kingman, Arizona, complete with a sign that warns, "We Will Blow Your Ass Away!" "Underground this far, it's basically EMP-proof," says Kaden Atwood, who's offering tours of a model outside the convention center. He's referring to an electromagnetic pulse, a burst of radiation triggered by a nuclear device that could theoretically shut down the electrical grid—one of Newt Gingrich's pet preoccupations. (The former speaker of the House has warned that an EMP set off by America's enemies could "throw all of our lives back to an existence equal to that of the Middle Ages.")
Video: Watch Tim Murphy taste-test survival-food selections, from freeze-dried eggs to the Candwich ("the Sandwich in a Can").
Amid all the eagerness to equip for the coming upheaval, Stevens tells me he's wary of his colleagues who are motivated less by a desire to help than by the bottom line. "Now, everybody and his twin brother who's spastic and is able to cut and paste have become preppers," he laments. Many prepper websites feel like they could be gone tomorrow. A Mesa wholesaler founded 2012supplies.com to serve people who believed that the Mayan apocalypse was coming on December 21; in the meantime, he's appeared everywhere from Doomsday Preppers to the New York Times. The makers of the NukAlert nuclear radiation counter brag that their product has been "verified by National Radiological Laboratory," an institution that seems to exist only in the product description. And that's to say nothing of celebrity doomsayers like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, who endorse shady gold dealers and pricey freeze-dried food. (Food Insurance's Hannity Ultimate 80-day supply goes for $989.99.)
The industry's leading lights clearly see the need to battle the notion that they're a bunch of hucksters and kooks. "We really are normal people," insists Amy Alton, a registered nurse who is one half of the prepper power couple Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. They are the authors of The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook ("Keep your loved ones healthy in every disaster, from wildfires to a complete societal collapse"), one of the best-selling prepper guidebooks on Amazon.com. She later approaches me to emphasize that she's selling insurance, not fear. "I just want you to know," she says, pointing out the Doom and Bloom logo, "that that tree is the tree of life." (Technically, it's a tree of life overlaid on a mushroom cloud.)
Perhaps the best salesman for the preppers has been the current occupant of the Oval Office: "He is the leading promoter of this without even knowing it."
Though doomsday evangelists fantasize about reaching mainstream consumers, hardcore prepping attracts a fairly limited demographic. Stevens pegs the market at about 4 million people, and he has his theories on why it's not for everyone. "It's the upper-middle white class that shows up here," he says. "I've seen two or three black people and that's about it. They never show up to these places. They don't get it. Culturally. It's not brainpower, it's not color, it's cultural. They've never lived this lifestyle. More important is the car with thin tires and the beautiful finish and nice clothes and rings. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is!"
As I browsed the aisles of portable solar generators and freeze-dried beef Stroganoff, the irony seemed inescapable. Two thousand miles away, New Yorkers were emptying grocery stores of everything from Fiji water to baby food in preparation for a storm that would leave thousands without power for weeks. Viewed in that light, the preppers kind of had a point: Shouldn't we all buy a few cases of OvaEasy powdered eggs, just in case?
Even before climate change, events like hurricanes and drought and pestilence and the plague were constants throughout history. Yet most of the cataclysms preoccupying the preppers are unlikely at best. After the election was over, I called Stevens at his home, a stone house tucked in the woods with a water pump and a cache of freeze-dry—about as close to off-the-grid and self-reliant as you can get in the San Antonio metro area. Doctor Prepper told me he'd seen copies of the draconian executive orders the president was about to unveil and it wasn't pretty.
"They're getting worse," he said, his voice dropping. In the meantime, he'd been going to gun shows and making sure to get the message out. "I just came back from one last weekend and my partner's going to one this week. I couldn't because I knew you were going to call and I wanted to be here."

—By Tim Murphy 
Its our opinion that this Author has a severe “Ostrich” Out?look on the state of the union.
He needs your pity, However, the links and information in the article are useful.

Feb 9, 2014

Edible Weeds: Herbal Medicine Chest

Edible Weeds,Herbal Medicine Treasure Chest in Your Backyard


Edible Weeds
Don’t kill, spray, tear up, or destroy the weeds in your garden, yard, and fence rows. Many of them are actually highly-regarded, widely-used, and extremely-valuable medicinal herbs! What could be easier than growing an herb garden with no effort? Of course, you’ll have to harvest your edible weeds, but you would do that anyhow: it’s called weeding.
Spring is an especially fertile time for harvesting your edible weeds – roots and all – and turning them into medicines. Here then are some tips on how to find, harvest, prepare, and use a baker’s dozen (13) of common edible weeds that probably already grow around you.
To make your medicines you’ll need glass jars of various sizes with tight-fitting lids. And at least a pint each of apple cider vinegar (pasteurized), vodka (100 proof is best, but 80 proof will do), and pure olive oil (not extra virgin) or good quality animal fat such as lanolin, lard, or belly fat from a lamb or kid. You will also want a knife, a cutting board, and some rags to mop up spills.
In general, you will fill a jar (of any size) with coarsely-chopped fresh, but dry, plant material. (Do not wash any part of the plant except roots, if you are using them, and be sure to dry those well with a towel before putting them in your jar.) Then you will fill the jar with your menstruum, that is, the vinegar, the oil, or the alcohol. Label well and allow to stand at room temperature, out of the sunlight for at least six weeks before decanting and using. (See Healing Wise for info on making preparations.)
A field guide is helpful for positively identifying your weeds. The one I like best is: A Guide to the Identification of New Zealand Common Weeds in Colour, complied by E. A. Upritchard. (Available from the New Zealand Weed And Pest Control Society, P.O. Box 1654, Palmerston North) This book even shows you how the edible weeds look when they are emerging.
Ready? OK! Let’s go outside and see what we can find.
Shepherds’s purse (Capsella bursa pastoris) is an annual in the mustard family. Cut the top half of the plant when it has formed its little heart-shaped “purses” (seed pods) and make a tincture (with alcohol), which you can use to stop bleeding. Midwives and women who bleed heavily during their period praise its prompt effectiveness. Gypsies claim it works on the stomach and lungs as well. A dose is 1 dropperful (1ml); which may be repeated up to four times a day.
Cleavers (Gallium aparine) is a persistent, sticky plant which grows profusely in abandoned lots and the edges of cultivated land. The entire plant is used to strengthen lymphatic activity. I cut the top two-thirds of each plant while it is in flower (or setting seeds) and use alcohol to make a tincture which relieves tender, swollen breasts, PMS symptoms, and allergic reactions. A dose is 15-25 drops (.5 – 1 ml); repeated as needed.
Chickweed (Stellaria media) this edible weed has many uses, including delicious salad greens. I cut the entire top of the plant and eat it or use alcohol to make a tincture, which dissolves cysts, tonifies the thyroid, and aids in weight loss. A dose is a dropperful (1 ml), up to three times a day.
Daisy (Bellis perennis) is a common perennial edible weed of lawns and open areas. Quite different from the native daisy (Lagenifera petiolata), the little English daisy is related to feverfew and has similar abilities. I use the leaves and flowers to make a tincture (with alcohol) or a medicinal vinegar which relieves headaches, muscle pain, and allergy symptoms. A dose is a dropperful of the tincture (1 ml), up to twice a day; or a tablespoon of the vinegar in the morning.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) is a persistent perennial of lawns and gardens and one of the best known medicinal herbs and edible weeds in the world. (The native dandelion of New Zealand – Taraxacum magellanicum – is medicinal too.) Those who love a pure green lawn curse the sunny yellow flowers of common dandelion. But those who are willing to see beauty anywhere (such as children and herbalists) treasure this edible weed. You can use any part of the dandelion – the root, the leaves, the flowers, even the flower stalk – to make a tincture or medicinal vinegar which strengthens the liver. A dose of 10-20 drops of the tincture (.5-1 ml) relieves gas, heartburn, and indigestion, as well as promoting healthy bowel movements. A tablespoon of the vinegar works well, too. More importantly, taken before meals, dandelion increases the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, thus increasing bio-availability of many nutrients, especially calcium. The fresh or cooked green leaves are loaded with carotenes, those anti-cancer, anti-heart disease helpers. And the oil of the flowers is an important massage balm for maintaining healthy breasts. (There’s lots more information on dandelions in Healing Wise.)
Dock, also called yellow dock, curly dock, and broad dock is a perennial plant, which my Native American grandmothers use for “all women’s problems.” The Maori call it paewhenua or runa. It is another plant that disagrees with sheep, especially when the land is overgrazed. I dig the yellow roots of Rumex crispus or R. obtusifolius and tincture them in alcohol to use as an ally when the immune system or the liver needs help. A dose is 15-25 drops (.5-1 ml). I also harvest the leaves and/or seeds throughout the growing season and make a medicinal vinegar, taken a tablespoon at a time, which is used to increase blood-levels of iron, reduce menstrual flooding and cramping, and balance hormone levels. If the chopped roots are soaked in oil for six weeks, the resulting ointment is beneficial for keeping the breasts healthy.
Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) and Ragwort (Senecio jacobea) are hardy perennials that have a reputation for poisoning livestock, like their cousin tansy. Although not good for sheep, these two Senecios are some of the world’s most ancient healing plants, having been found in a grave 60,000 years old. You can use the flowering tops and leaves with your alcohol to make a tincture which acts slowly to tonify the reproductive organs, ease PMS, and stop severe menstrual pain. A dose is 5-10 drops (.2-.5 ml) per day, used only once a day, but for at least 3 months. (A larger dose is used to speed up labor.)
Mallows (Malva neglecta, M. parviflora, M. sylvestres) grow well in neglected gardens and are surprisingly deep-rooted. The flowers, leaves, stalks, seeds, and roots are rich in sticky mucilage which is best extracted by soaking the fresh plant in cold water overnight or longer or by making a medicinal vinegar. The starch is extraordinarily soothing internally (easing sore throats, upset tummies, heart burn, irritable bowel, colic, constipation, and food poisoning) and externally (relieving bug bites, burns, sprains, and sore eyes). The leaves, flowers, and bark (especially) of the native Hohere (Hoheria populnea) are used in exactly the same way by Maori herbalists.
Plantain, also called ribwort, pig’s ear, or bandaid plant – and kopakopa or parerarera by the Maori – is a common edible weed of lawns, driveways, parks, and playgrounds. Identify it by the five parallel veins running the length of each leaf. You may find broad leaf plantain (Plantago major) with wide leaves, or narrow leaf plantain (Plantago lanceolata) with lance-thin leaves. Either can be used to make a healing poultice or a soothing oil widely regarded as one of the best wound healers around. Not only does plantain increase the speed of healing, it also relieves pain, stops bleeding, draws out foreign matter, stops itching, prevents and stops allergic reactions from bee stings, kills bacteria, and reduces swelling.
Try a poultice or a generous application of plantain oil or ointment (made by thickening the oil with beeswax) on sprains, cuts, insect bites, rashes, chafed skin, boils, bruises, chapped and cracked lips, rough or sore hands, baby’s diaper area, and burns.
To make a fresh plantain poultice: Pick a leaf, chew it well and put it on the boo-boo. “Like magic” the pain, itching, and swelling disappear, fast! (Yes, you can dry plantain leaves and carry them in your first aid kit. Chew like you would fresh leaves.)
To make plantain ointment: Pick large fresh plantain leaves. Chop coarsely. Fill a clean, dry, glass jar with the chopped leaves. Pour pure olive oil into the leaves, poking about with a chopstick until the jar is completely full of oil and all air bubbles are released. Cap well. Place jar in a small bowl to collect any overflow. Wait six weeks. Then strain oil out of the plant material, squeezing well. Measure the oil. Heat it gently, adding one tablespoon of grated beeswax for every liquid ounce of oil. Pour into jars and allow to cool.
St. Joan’s/John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) This beautiful perennial wildflower may be hated by sheep farmers but herbalists adore it. The flowering tops are harvested after they begin to bloom (traditionally on Solstice, June 21) and prepared with alcohol, and with oil, to make two of the most useful remedies in my first aid kit. Tincture of St. Joan’s wort not only lends one a sunny disposition, it reliably relieves muscle aches, is a powerful anti-viral, and is my first-choice treatment for those with shingles, sciatica, backpain, neuralgia, and headaches including migraines. The usual dose is 1 dropperful (1 ml) as frequently as needed. In extreme pain from a muscle spasm in my thigh, I used a dropperful every twenty minutes for two hours, or until the pain totally subsided. St. Joan’s wort oil stops cold sores in their tracks and can even relieve genital herpes symptoms. I use it as a sunscreen. Contrary to popular belief, St. Joan’s wort does not cause sun sensitivity, it prevents it. It even prevents burn from radiation therapy. Eases sore muscles, too.
Self heal (Prunella vulgaris) This scentless perennial mint is one of the great unsung healers of the world. The leaves and flowers contain more antioxidants – which prevent cancer and heart disease, among other healthy traits – than any other plant tested. And as part of the mint family, self heal is imbued with lots of minerals, especially calcium, making it an especially important ally for pregnant, nursing, menopausal, and post-menopausal women. I put self heal leaves in salads in the spring and fall, make a medicinal vinegar with the flowers during the summer, and cook the flowering tops (fresh or dried) in winter soups.

Usnea
(Usnea barbata) is that many-stranded grey lichen hanging out of the branches of your apple trees or the Monterey pines planted in the plantation over there or in almost any native tree in areas of the South Island Alps, where it is known as angiangi to the Maori. If in doubt of your identification: Pull a strand gently apart with your hands, looking for a white fiber inside the fuzzy grey-green outer coat. To prepare usnea, harvest at any time of the year, being careful not to take too much. Usnea grows slowly. Put your harvest in a cooking pan and just cover it with cold water. Boil for about 15-25 minutes, or until the water is orange and reduced by at least half. Pour usnea and water into a jar, filling it to the top with plant material. (Water should be no more than half of the jar.) Add the highest proof alcohol you can buy. After 6 weeks this tincture is ready to work for you as a superb antibacterial, countering infection anywhere in the body. A dose is a dropperful (1 ml) as frequently as every two hours in acute situations
Yarrow (Achellia millefolium) This lovely perennial weed is grown in many herb gardens for it has a multitude of uses. Cut the flowering tops (use only white-flowering yarrow) and use your alcohol to make a strongly-scented tincture that you can take internally to prevent colds and the flu. (A dose is 10-20 drops, or up to 1 ml). I carry a little spray bottle of yarrow tincture with me when I’m outside and wet my skin every hour or so. A United States Army study showed yarrow tincture to be more effective than DEET at repelling ticks, mosquitoes, and sand flies. You can also make a healing ointment with yarrow flower tops and your oil or fat. Yarrow oil is antibacterial, pain-relieving, and incredibly helpful in healing all types of wounds.


Jan 21, 2014

Essentials-Survival Kit

Essentials to Consider for your-Survival Kit

Another  list of essential items for your survival preparations bereadyforsurvival.com/

 http://modernsurvivalblog.com/survival-kit/

Surviving DoomsDay?


We all throw around the phrase "Doomsday" in a joking manner, but if push came to shove, could you survive such dire times?

 Image via iStockphoto, Torquetum and infographic 
courtesy of National Geographic
 http://mashable.com/2013/03/24/doomsday-survival/#m!eff1

Easy to build, Conserve rainwater


Easy to build, 
Conserve rainwater from plastic drums, barrels or trash cans.

Search online for “bottles” or “containers” to find an “open head” plastic 55-gallon drum with a cover (about $60). Or find a used barrel by talking to car wash managers (they buy soap and wax by the barrel). If you can't find a container you like, buy a large, heavy-duty garbage can (about $35) at a home center. All the other plumbing parts will add up to about $40.
Place the drum near a downspout, drill a hole in the side near the bottom and screw in a drain valve. That's an OK installation if you plan to run a soaker hose to your garden. But if you want to use a wand or a spray nozzle, you'll need to elevate the barrel on a stand for more water pressure.  
CAUTION! Water is heavy (1 Barrel-55 gallons weighs 440 lbs.), 
so use 4x4 treated lumber for the legs and secure everything with construction screws or stainless steel lags. But don't place the stand on soft ground. You could kill somebody if the rig toppled over.
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If you have large gardens and want to store more water, double-size the stand and add a second barrel.
Cut holes in the bottoms of the barrels with a 2-1/4-in. hole saw. Then screw in a 2-in. male threaded electrical (gray PVC) conduit adapter (electrical adapters aren't tapered like plumbing adapters, so you can tighten them down all the way). Squirt a thin bead of silicone caulk around the opening and screw on a threaded electrical PVC coupler to cinch the barrel between the two fittings (see Figure A). Next, glue together sections of 2-in. PVC pipe, unions (to make winter disassembly easier), reducers and valves. As long as you're at it, install an overflow pipe so you can direct the excess where you want it.
Finally, cut a hole in one of the covers and mount a screen to filter out leaves and debris. Then just wait for the next big rain.

 http://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/how-to-build-a-rain-barrel/

Conserve rainwater

   
Conserve water by collecting rainwater and using it for your garden or lawn.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  • Recycled food barrel (try checking with large restaurants or food distributors)
  • 2 to 4 concrete blocks (to allow room for a bucket to fit under the spigot)
  • 3/4-inch hose spigot
  • Drill
  • Saber saw
  • 3/4 x 1-1/4-inch threaded pipe nipple (used as overflow connector)
  • Window screen
  • PVC cement                                               
  •                                                                 WHAT YOU’LL DO
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1. Wash out the barrel with a solution of 1/8-cup bleach and 5 gallons of water.
2. Drill a 15/16-inch hole a few inches from the bottom of the barrel.
Thread the spigot halfway into the barrel, apply PVC cement onto the
threads and continue screwing it in until snug.
3. Using the same procedure as the spigot, install the 3/4-inch overflow
connector a few inches from the top of the barrel.
4. Choose a good spot for the rain barrel. It needs to be close to a rain
downspout and a short distance from your plants and gardens.
5. Raise the barrel off the ground by placing it on concrete blocks.
Reconfigure the downspout so it empties directly into the barrel.
Use the screen to cover the open hole in the barrel to prevent insects
or debris from getting in.
6. If you’ve installed an overflow, you can attach a hose and direct
the water to another part of your yard.
                                                                             


http://boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/7544/build-a-rain-barrel/

Jan 16, 2014

Sustainable Housing: The Incredible Earthship

the Earthship

is the epitome of sustainable design and construction.

No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building."

http://earthship.com/



       In this age of excess and overindulgence there are many who desire to return to a more simplistic and sustainable lifestyle. There are many ways to achieve this goal, and this month I will be dedicating my blogs to that end. Specifically, I will be focusing on the area of alternative and sustainable housing. This week features my personal favorite, the Earthship. Below is a short youtube video with a preview of this amazing idea. If you enjoyed the video, the full documentary explaining this innovation in housing can be found at http://www.garbagewarrior.com/


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Jan 2, 2014

Collapsing America from Within

Collapsing America from Within

Patriotism-Morality-Spirituallity
If we can UNDERMINE these three Areas,
AMERICA will collapse from within....joseph Stalin(communist)

7 min video - Collapsing America
 Collapsing America from Within- 7min Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ3bxMaI2T4&feature=share

Jan 1, 2014

Emergency Car Kit Essentials

How to make an emergency 72-hour car kit

If you’ve ever taken a winter road trip, you know how quickly the road 
conditions can change. 
The winds can kick up, and suddenly the snow is blowing across the pavement, 
making the lanes difficult to see, and the potential for black ice to increase. 
The key to driving in the winter is to be prepared, and the best way to do that 
is by creating an emergency kit for your car. Here are some things to include:

1. Shovel

 A shovel comes in handy if your vehicle becomes stuck.

Credit: Tim Lenz

2. Spare tire, lug wrench and jack, 

The last thing you want to deal with when you’re stranded in your vehicle is a flat tire, 
and the jack or lug wrench is nowhere to be found. Make sure the tire is full and in 
good condition, and the jack is well lubed.

3. Rope, bungee cords and tie downs

 Make sure there are no knots, and the cords are in good condition.

Credit: turbo.beagle

4. Portable radio

 A portable radio comes in handy when severe weather strikes. 

Find one that is battery operated or uses a crank.


5. Flashlight

 Spend a few extra bucks to get a decent flashlight that can illuminate 

a good distance.


6. Extra batteries

 Have an assortment of extra batteries on hand, including AAA, AA and 9v.

Credit: Sh4rp_i

7. Road flares

 You can buy road flares at any auto parts store or department store.

Credit: Dvortygirl

8. Ice scraper     

An ice scraper with a brush on the end can help you clear snow from 

your car during a blizzard.                      

  Credit: Highways Agency 

9. Jumper cables

 You never know when you’ll need jumper cables, or when you drive 

by someone else who does!


10. Portable power source

You can find a portable power supply like this one on Amazon.

11. Orange/Yellow safety vest

 When whiteout conditions exist, you need to make every effort to be seen.


12. Notebook and pen

 If you need to leave your car during a storm, you can write down 

your personal information.


13. Cash

 If severe weather strikes and phone or internet lines go down, paying cash 

for gasoline might be your only option.


14. Lighter or matches

 Pair these with an emergency candle.


15. Microfiber towels

Microfiber is super absorbent, and can handle spills (or wet hands) 

before they turn to ice.


16. First aid kit

 A well-stocked first aid kit is a must for any winter driving.



17. Toilet paper or tissues

 If you have kids, you’ll be glad you included these.

18. Emergency contact information

 If you get stranded in a snowstorm, write your family and friends’ 

contact information down for first responders.


19. Warm clothing

 Include fleece jackets, outer shells, thermal underwear, wool socks 

and extra gloves.


20. Thermal blanket

 You can pick up a reflective blanket at any department or outdoor 

equipment store.


21. Water bottle

 A good, sturdy water bottle like a Nalgene container will store water 

without leaking.


22. Water purifier

 If you need to fill your water bottle from a nearby river or lake, 

a water purifier or filtration system should remove a majority of the contaminates.


23. Snacks

 Include granola bars and other non-perishable items for food.

Credit: SweetOnVeg

24. Small fire extinguisher

 A small fire extinguisher can help you avoid an even bigger disaster, 

if your engine overheats.

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25. Extra medication

 Along with your regular prescriptions, include medicine for headaches 

and other minor ailments.


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