Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What I'm Reading

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

book cover

This is going to be an 'On again; Off again' series about some of the books that I am currently reading or that I have recently read.

'Cause, ... I don't read so fast with also writing for the blog and starting another book.

Dies the Fire by S.M. Sterling 
This book is a classic in so-called survival fiction. It chronicles the aftereffects of an unknown worldwide loss of electrical power and ... gunpowder! In other worlds back to the middle ages in less than a minute.

Needless to say, Wikipedia has a page that saves me from having to write about all of the characters and other stuff from the book that I suggest you read.

Or, .. Not, because you and your family don't like spoilers.

The first lesson that I would like for you to take away from the book is that 'The World can change in an instant!' and you better get use to it, fast!

The second lesson, banding together is better than going it alone.

Third, I have said many times, 'You and your family aren't storing enough food.'

Needless to say, there are many other lessons that you will need.

To Read or Not to Read
Yes, Yes, and Yes read this book. S.M. Sterling did a great job of providing an entertaining story to highlight some of the 'big' and 'small' ideas of surviving an event.

To Recommend
Dies the Fire is a good book to have your partner and friends to read, so y'all canstart the discussion about preparing for long-term events.

Plus, it's a good book to recommend for your older children to read 'for the adventure,' of course.

Needless to Say
Like any other fictional book, you need to remember that the characters will survive events that just might kill you and your family.

So, ... I suggest you borrow Dies the Fire from your local library.

Wikipedia - Dies the Fire

Monday, November 30, 2015

Volume One Number Forty-Eight

Can-Can Dancers (ca 1886)
painting by
Jean-Louis Forain

Jean-Louis Forain was born in October, 1852

Mr. Forain started his art career drawing caricatures for several magazines. Wanting to expand his abilities, he studied formally at a prestigious art academy.

Like all radicals, Jean-Louis Forain joined other artists to exhibit, in 1879.

During the First World War, his work 'honored the patriotism of his contemporaries.' He also enlisted, joining a group that would have about 3,000 members, developing and providing camoflauge for the battlefield.

After the war and later in his life, Mr. Forain painted numerous scenes of various Parisian institutions.

Jean-Louis Forain passed away in July, 1931

Many of us are currently facing tough times, as we face medical, financial, and other problems.

But, ...

We need to give thanks for our families, friends, and other blessings.

I work 300 to 400 miles from my family, but I am grateful for employment that allows my family to thrive and get prepared

I am getting old and slowing down, but I am thankful for the wisdom of those years.

I miss my father, mother, and sister that have died, but I am thankful for their time with me.

And, much, much more.

Things You May Want to Think About

In Small Towns, Too (Say Uncle)
These attitudes can be seen in any hamlet, town, or city. Sometimes, they will also be seen in our farmlands.

If you encounter these attitudes, in your police officers, patrol supervisors, or unelected officials, you and your friends need to be working to get them fired.


Their stupidity may get you and family killed.

It Begins (BlackListed News)
As robots get cheaper, they are going to be used more and more, including for warfare.


"While Europe’s military spending has been dwindling, Russia has been remilitarizing" (WeaponsMan)

"... that tiny wobble in 2008 very nearly collapsed the entire global financial system."

That's Just the Way it Was: Natrona County, Wyoming (ca 1936)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Preventing Cold Weather Injuries)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,


A few weeks ago, I wrote about cold weather injuries.

Needless to say, these injuries are easily preventable by you and your family.
 by following some simple steps

Damn, ...!

Princeton University: Outdoor Action  - Outdoor Action Guide to Hypothermia And Cold Weather Injuries


U.S. Army - Cold Weather Injury Prevention.ppt


U.S. Army - Cold Weather Injury Prevention.ppt


Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention - Cold Stress

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday: 25 November 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

State Archives of North Carolina

Peak Oil
My mother-in-law paid about $400 a month for fuel oil, last year. Since prices have gone down and the weather has been nice, we haven't paid that much, yet.

To prevent paying as much, we have been insulating, like crazy.

Energy Star - Recommended Levels of Insulation

U.S. Department of Energy - Guide to Home Insulation

Warming and Cooling Breeze
We will also be adding ceiling fans, since they are an energy efficient method of reducing energy costs.


Ceiling fans 'move' the warm air from the ceiling down towards the living space. They also create a breeze, providing evaporated cooling on your skin, during the summer,

Hansen Wholesale - Fan Size

Wednesday: 25 November 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

SKS Rifle 10-Pocket Bandoleer with Stripper Clips

How Many?
You are a bright and thoughtful person, right?

You have thought hard about all the things that I have talked about in these last few years, right?

You and your family have stored water (two liter bottles), put away food (one year supply of whole foods), taken a first-aid class or practiced using the military first-aid manual, and all the other stuff, right?

But, ... You bought a pistol and AR-15, right?

Philosophizing with a Hammer - Defensive Firearms: How many magazines and how much ammunition should you have?

Stripper Clips
The SKS rifle is an almost 'perfect' rifle. It's semiautomatic, shoots a reasonable cartridge, and doesn't need detachable magazines.

But, ... It could use some ...

SKS Boards - Stripper clips?