Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Plastic Bags)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Plastic Shopping Bags (ca 2008)
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Plastic Bags
You're probably thinking, ...

Ooooh Mmyy Goooossssh, Plastic Bags!

How can they contribute to my family's survival during an event.

Well, ... Let me tell you.

Plastic Trash Bag (ca 2005)
photograph by
David Monniaux

Trash Bags
First, you and your family are going to produce trash that will need to be removed from your home.

If you're lucky, it will be the everyday, ordinary trash like food wrappers, empty plastic bottles, paper towels, and ... You know all the stuff that normally goes in your trashcan.

If you're unlucky, it will be the remains of childhood memories, cherished wedding pictures, expensive clothing, and ... all the other things that are destroyed or ruined during a home fire, natural disaster, or other catastrophic event that levels your home.

Either way, ...

This stuff has to make it to the curb, and the cheapest way to do that is in a plastic trash bag.

But, ... Which one?

Zelt eines Hirten bei der Bergsiedlung Obcina (ca 2009)
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Improvised Shelter
In my family's emergency evacuation kit and emergency evacuation kit +, we have several large, heavy-duty contractor trash bags. These bags can be used to make improvised shelters by cutting one edge and the bottom of the bag to make one large sheet of plastic. Cutting two of the bags would allow you and your family to create an improvised shelter like the picture above.

A Honda CRF250L Motorcycle
with a waterproof bag strapped to the rack and seat,
in Chiang Rai province, Thailand. (ca 2013)

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As all travelers, military members, and outdoors people know, your stuff will get wet, so you and your family need to waterproof your gear, clothing, and other stuff.

So, ...

You can spend lots of money on expensive dry bags or you can use ... plastic garbage bags.

Since the bag will be protected by your backpack, it can be the lighter, less durable, and thinner plastic trash bags.

SHIT BOX - Portable Toilet (ca 2010)
photograph by

When the 'Shit Hits the Fan,' you need a place to put it, and the easiest place to put it is in a plastic bag ; - )

So, ... How do you do this.

First, you take a plastic shopping bag with no holes.

Second, fill the plastic shopping bag, half way, with some absorbent material such as strips of newspaper, old clothing, or ... Kitty Litter.

Lastly, place the partially filled bag in your empty toilet, lower the toilet seat and poop in the bag.

Now, you don't need to put the newspaper or other absorbent material in the bag, but the newspaper makes it easier and less smelly to use a second or third time.

Needless to say, ... You don't pee in the bag. For that you use a large mouth plastic or glass bottle with a lid ; - )

A Platypus Hydration System Water Bag (ca 2007)
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Water is heavy, running about eight pounds for a gallon of water.

So, ... Most people don't carry enough water because they (wrongly) think they need to carry other stuff like ...

Ooops, I apologize. I was going in the wrong direction because we were talking about ...

Platypus Bags
A long, long time ago, (about a hundred years, in internet time) a group of people were trying to carry a lot of water in their school packs, but they didn't have the space during 'good' times.

Some folks suggested carrying empty canteens that they could fill up from a drinking fountain.

But, ... As you know, canteens don't compress, very well.

Some folks suggested empty water bottles.

But, ... They don't compress very well, either.

Some folks suggested Platypus Bags

But, .. They roll up into neat, tight packages. They are easy to fill and refill. They are, relatively, inexpensive.

But, ... They aren't as versatile as ...

The 'Zipper' Plastic Bag

I apologize.

I'm tired, so I'm going to sleep ; - )

But, ...

Before I go, do you have any ideas on how to use plastic bags for your family's survival?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday: 23 May 2018, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survialists,

After-Action Review
If you haven't seen the video of an armed woman protecting a group of children and mothers, you need to go see the vid, at the link.

Are you back?

First, .. What did you notice?

* The woman waited until she had a clear shot, including the background

* She got close, real close

* She moved to cover, after the shot

Western Journal - Pink-Shirted Hero Literally Kicks Punk’s Butt for Pulling Gun on Group of Moms

Wednesday: 23 May 2018, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

In a few short months, Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness will be ten years old,

In honor of this event, ...

I have collected, every Wednesday for the next year, a few blurbs from various places, such as ...

Safely Gathered In
Hannah and Abbie with Brittany, Aleasha, Sarah, and Tiffany provided wonderful advice and suggestions about gathering, storing and using food storage for you and your family. The six women also provided great, delicious recipes based on their food storage that their families eat at family meal times.

Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Steel Cut Oat

Food Storage Made Easy
Jodi and Julie have a wonderful blog with lots of information, so they also have many tips, tricks, and recipes, for you and your family.

Food Storage Made Easy - I was sneaky tonight!

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Recipes: Rice Pudding

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Carrot Cake

Wednesday: 23 May 2018

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Every once in a while, you and your family are going to make a mistake. What you do about it will determine whether your family thrives or dies.

Well, ...

Gun Free Zone - “Oh, you cannot mention the name of the shooter!”

You and your family have a choice.

You can support the people that want to infringe on your freedoms, render you defenseless, and ... make you a slave to the government.

Or, ...

You can quit buying their products.

Bearing Arms - Mark Wahlberg And Hollywood’s Anti-Gun Hypocrisy

Monday, May 21, 2018

Volume Four: Number Twenty-One

Paul Laffoley


Doom and Gloom







Ebola, Surges

Ebola, Again







Wells Fargo 

Things You Might Want to Think About

After years of selling your information, getting a 'kickback' from the app developers, or just no caring about you and your family, Facebook is finally going to crack down on unscrupulous people.

I guess they're going to close up shop, too


Followed by
Everyone in the company being fired laid off

When your leaders don't care about you, lie to you, then send you to face armed troops defending their country, ...

In other words, I told you so.

Just, ...
Another day at the office.

Here we go.

Yeap, ... Women don't need to carry a firearm, ...

Until their families are threatened, they need to protect themselves, or they need to protect their friends and their children.

It's in their best interest because the Latter-day Saints have been persecuted for decades.

But, ...

Like most groups, they forget about the Christian persecutions take place overseas.

I can see it now, ... Trans Fat dealers, illegals smuggling trans fat across the border, and China selling precursor fats for the illegal frying of foods, cake icing, and coffee creamer. Ha, ha, ha

Do you know where your children are? Right now, at this minute? How about your partner?

How about your taxes? Electric bill? Gas Bill? Credit Cards?

Depending on your religion, he is correct or he is incorrect.

Liberals are funny because they don't know where the money comes from for their pet projects.

These United States, Not
Cease-Fires are for suckers.

In other words, if you're winning, you keep on attacking. Just like the Colonials did on Christ's Mass night, in 1776


"The problem is that no such politically homogeneous category of citizen exists in the real world. It's the creation of demographers and liberal data journalists eager to mollify their anxieties."

I couldn’t just walk away without doing anything,

"It’s called the 75 Cent Dollar Store. We’re going to sell dollar bills for 75 cents — no service charges, no hidden fees, just crisp $1 bills for the price of three quarters. It’ll be huge."

"Only small-scale markets and structures of governance can succeed in the long run ..."

"Personally, I won’t be completely satisfied until the editors of The New York Times have to answer to charges of sedition in a court of law."

What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 5/18/18

Active Response Training: Weekend Knowledge Dump- May 18, 2018

Defense One: The D Brief, 18 May, 2018

Shall Not Be Questioned: Weekly Gun News, Edition 60

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 529

Survival Blog: The Survivalists Odds n' Sods, May 19, 2018

The Z Blog: The Warcast

That's Just the Way it Was: Randolph, Vermont (ca 1937)

Railroad station

Scene at station

Interior of railroad station

Railroad station agent