Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wednesdays and Other Stuff: 2015, Part One


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


Boris Karloff
as Frankenstein's monster (ca 1935)
source
Bride of Frankenstein


Again, ...
I have reached another 1000 posts, so I have consolidated the first half, January through June, of the blurbs for 2015.


Wednesday: 4 January 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Engelbert Reineke

A Changing
As you can tell, Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness is changing, just a bit. One of the changes has already happened. Another change is happening right now.

Maybe ; - )


Thinking
I wrote a book, Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead. The problem with most books; there is no video, .pdf, or ... Plus, surviving isn't easy. You need a lot more information.

Link:
Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead
http://prepperstta.blogspot.com/


Shelter
How y'all doing during this cold snap?

Link:
YouTube: Kirsten Dirksen - Nomadic tiny home: Mongolian yurt moves in 1 day, DIY-style
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW-FRx1Pq2I


Water
Bet you don't have enough.

Link:
YouTube - StartUp Survival - Prepping for Dummies: Water Storage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxSzSA5AbPw


Food
There are many secrets of prepping. One of these secrets is: "Store Food" ; - )

Link:
YouTube: huntnsurvival - Long Term Food Storage Made Easy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_mTGjuSUyI

That's it for the rest of the day.



Wednesday: 14 January 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Crs9740

Competition
I'm a competitive kind'a person. I like to be the best or close to the best, that a slacker can be ; - )

Well, ... Sometimes folks are stronger, smarter, or ... just plain lucky, depending on the situation, and they win the race.

Needless to say, when it comes to prepping, I could care less who's advice you follow, as long as you and your family are getting ready.

P.S.
Buy my e-book Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead. If you can't afford it, read 16 Weeks

Link:
Ready Nutrition - 52 Weeks to Preparedness: An Emergency Preparedness Plan For Surviving Virtually Any Disaster
http://readynutrition.com/resources/52-weeks-to-preparedness-an-introduction_19072011/

Note:
The 'free' 52 week series is on the right side of the page with lots of advertisements.



Wednesday: 14 January 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
Kenneth Fidler, U.S. Africa Command

Training, Training, and More Training
There is a lot to read in the next few articles, and I need for you to read them all for a couple of reasons.

First, I want you to understand that there is a military-industrial complex, and there are people that will take advantage of our soldiers, sailors, marines, and airman, to make a buck, in every country.

Second, I want you to understand your children and partner need training (so do you) with your weapons and other equipment because the villains are going to attack when they are ready, not you.

Lastly, I want you to understand there is a balance between supplies and training.

Link:
WeaponsMan - More Bullshit from our Favorite Lobbyist
http://weaponsman.com/?p=20148

WeaponsMan - More on Wanat and Rifles: the Captain’s Journal
http://weaponsman.com/?p=20161

WeaponsMan - More “M16 Failures” – 507th Maintenance
http://weaponsman.com/?p=20137

WeaponsMan - 507th Follow Up
http://weaponsman.com/?p=20171



Wednesday: 14 January 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Daniel Ahlqvist (Green Yoshi)

How Much is Enough?
My family and I have reached a point in our preps where we're starting to think about caches at each of my brother's home. The idea is to stock a limited amount of long-term food storage, about three to six months, for each family. The idea is to purchase long grain white rice and a variety of beans and self-pack

Link:
Food Storage Made Easy - Long Term Food Storage Calculator
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/03/09/long-term-food-storage-calculator/



Wednesday: 21 January 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



source

Last month, I talked to y'all about selecting firearms for your family to use during an event.

Well, ... Some of y'all don't have a gun range that will let your family rent firearms for comparison or you live under an oppressive regime like Colorado, California, or ...


Revolvers and Pistols
As you know, I suggest a .357 magnum revolver for your family because of it's affordability and its need for minimal equipment to be effective for your family (no expensive magazines)

But, ... Some of y'all have a little more money

Link:
YouTube: TheYankeeMarshal - Revolver vs. Semi-auto for Concealed Carry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv-HopvElfc


Glock, M&P, and XD
There are many 9mm pistols out there. The three most popular polymer pistols (maybe not the XD ; - ) are from Glock, Smith and Wesson, and Springfield Armory.

Not really, there are many others, as you saw in the first video ; - )

Link:
YouTube: Miculek.com - Glock vs M&P vs XD comparison with world champion shooter, Jerry Miculek
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clZnXL7nlFo 


.45 ACP
Some of y'all consider the 9mm a 'baby' cartridge, so you want something a little bigger like the .45 ACP.

Link:
YouTube: hickok45 - Glock vs 1911
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly5UnR7pPtk


Bolt Action or Semi-Automatic Rifle
I suggest the SKS rifle for most preppers. It's an inexpensive rifle that requires minimal equipment, like the .357 magnum revolver, to be effective.

But, ... Some preppers have even less money, so they may be thinking about a bolt-action rifle for their preppers such as the Mosin–Nagant, K98, Lee-Enfield, and some others.

Link:
YouTube: DocTacDad - Bolt Action vs Semi Auto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOvc3DNkRnE


The Other Semi-Automatic Rifles
Of course, with many military veterans in our society, they will find the other semi-automatic rifles to be better suited to their situation.

Link:
YouTube: hickok45 - AK47 vs AR15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4OmlORv6qs


Or, ... You and your family may like the 7.62X39 cartridge.
 
Say Uncle - But I read on the internet AKs can’t hit the side of a barn from inside the barn
http://www.saysuncle.com/2015/01/18/but-i-read-on-the-internet-aks-cant-hit-the-side-of-a-barn-from-inside-the-barn/


Shotguns
There are many others shotguns for you and your family to consider for your preps.

But, ... The most popular are the ...

Link:
YouTube: hickok45 - Mossberg 590 vs Remington 870
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vaa6wsw7Ts


Just to Remind You
Because you and your family are going to spend some hard earned currency on your defensive weapons, I like for you to have a couple of different opinions. Here's another.

Link:
TEOTWAWKI Blog - $1k Arsenal: 2014 Edition
http://www.teotwawki-blog.com/2014/12/1k-arsenal-2014-edition.html



Wednesday: 21 January 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


painting by
Helena Schrammówna

You Know the Deal
After I talk about firearms, I'm talking about water or food

Well, ... It's going to be food or at least ...

Cooking Without Power
The great, awesome, wonderful, knowledgeable, and informative folks (Julie and Jodi) at Food Storage Made Easy have a series of videos that cover numerous methods of powerless cooking.

Link:
YouTube: FoodStorageMadeEasy1 - Powerless Cooking Class: Emergency Cooking Fuel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_4Is_78vVM

YouTube: FoodStorageMadeEasy1 - Powerless Cooking Class: #10 Can Stove
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgMk-jhA974

YouTube: FoodStorageMadeEasy1 - Powerless Cooking Class: Cardboard Box Oven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6OyWgmpCc4

YouTube: FoodStorageMadeEasy1 - Powerless Cooking Class: Wonder Box Oven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF14ErH469U



Wednesday: 21 January 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photgraph by
Dey.sandip

Find

Link:
YouTube: Eugene Runkis - 7 ways to find water
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIOCPzn38vo


Treat

Link:
YouTube: 314Helias - SPECIAL FORCES ~ POTABLE WATER Survival Tactics!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0U92Wi27yQ

Note:
It's jazzy.

But, ... You want to treat the cleanest water possible.

Oh, iodine is unhealthy for pregnant women

Link:
High Altitude Medicine Guide - Water Treatment Methods
http://www.high-altitude-medicine.com/water.html


Store

Link:
Centers for Disease Control - Emergency Water Supplies
http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/water/

Centers for Disease Control - Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water
http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/safe_water/personal.html


Another Person's Thoughts

Link:
YouTube: nutnfancy - "And Many Will Die for Want of Water" by Nutnfancy [Water Storage]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcE5x3X6TQ4


P.S.
Buy the book Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead for more information on surviving the tough times ahead



Wednesday: 21 January 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photgraph by
Andreube

It's Shelter for Your Body
Military surplus gear is great, if you can get it cheap.

Link:
Total Survivalist - 7 Layer ECWCS System: My Thoughts
http://www.totalsurvivalist.com/2015/01/7-layer-ecwcs-system-my-thoughts.html

Note:
As Ryan notes "If it is over say 80% of the same price [as civilian clothing] I would carefully weigh the individual item in question against earth tone civilian offerings" because Cabella's has a reoccurring sale on their polypropylene long johns, gortex outerwear, and other cold weather clothing, every year.

Plus, ...

Since you're probably not going to be running around in the woods, trying to defeat the forces of the New World Order, the local charity stores will have fleece jackets and many other outdoor clothing in brighter, but still very warm, colors.

Link:
YouTube: Thenewsurvivalist - What NOT to Wear When Bugging Out After a Disaster!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvnD7O_9ehM


Thanks For Noticing
Remember, the situation dictates the response.

But, ... Normally, it's going to be shelter, water, food, medical, then protection.



Wednesday: 28 January 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
あばさー

Bushcraft Shelters
In Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead, I discuss various shelters that you and your family should learn to build, because your family's home may be destroyed, using natural material. I also suggest learning how to build other shelters, like a tipi.

Link:
John Sunter - My favourite bushcraft/survival shelters from around the world.
http://www.johnsunter.com/shelters.htm

Frontier Bushcraft - The Tarp Tipi: A Modern Take on a Classic Shelter Design
http://frontierbushcraft.com/2011/12/04/tarp-tipi-a-modern-take-on-a-classic-shelter-design/


Lastly, A Word of Warning
As you and your family improve your home, be careful of possible scams.

Link:
Len Penzo - The 9 Biggest Home Repair Scams
http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id1149-the-9-biggest-home-repair-scams.html



Wednesday: 28 January 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Robertcruiming

Swimming Pools
Most preppers look at their family's pool as a source for drinking water during an event.

Too bad. Pools, and waterbeds, use toxic chemicals to keep the pool water clear, toxic chemicals that could harm you and your family.

But, but, but, ... I drink it all the time!

No, not really, you or a family member probably just swallowed a little bit the last time you went swimming. No enough to make you sick or harm you.

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Is Swimming Pool Water Safe to Drink?
http://preparednessadvice.com/water_purification/is-swimming-pool-water-safe-to-drink/


Distill It
Needless to say, a swimming pool can hold a lot of water that would be hard to pass up during an event.

So, ... you and your family could probably distill the swimming pool water, for drinking.

Notice:
I said probably. I have distilled water, but never from a pool.

Link:
Instructables: - How to distill clean drinking water in emergency
http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-distill-clean-drinking-water-in-emergency/

YouTube: CrypticCRICKET - A Small Homemade Solar Still
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m408EZTGD64


Won't work for a Pool
But, ... For about $20, you and your could purchase a LifeStraw.

Link:
YouTube: cutlerylover - Gear Review : "Life Straw" Water Filtration System
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN5ViUnXreM

YouTube: Martin Survival - LifeStraw Review and Field Test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI1vfRjuL9U

YouTube: Survival Commonsense  - Should you buy the Lifestraw Portable Water Filter?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNb5OHf1CiU

YouTube: SensiblePrepper - Lifestraw Emergency Water Filter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421782837&x-yt-cl=84359240&v=DzzWgow8unI

YouTube: Heidi Hisrich - Drinking poop water through a life straw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unr565H9r4o

Note:
Ms. Hisrich is an awesome teacher to have done this demonstration for her students.

However, ... She made a mistake. Ms. Hisrich should have let the water settle because there were too many solids in the water. Letting the water 'settle' would have allowed 'clear' water to form for her to successfully used the LifeStraw.



Wednesday: 28 January 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


Rocket Stove
by

Last week, I linked to some videos from the wonderful folks at Food Storage Made Easy about powerless cooking.

Well, ... Here's some more


Metric
Even though the presentation emphasizes the stove's precision, someone with metal working skills could easily hand build a copy of this stove.

Oooh, ... If you're looking for a potential end of the world business, you might ponder this stove.

Link:
YouTube: Shanti Martin - Institutional Stove (Factory in a Box)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buPtpr-0sqA



StoveTec Stove
One possible future for you and your family is the reality that many people live in today.

Link:
YouTube: greentvgreentv - Making affordable, efficient stoves for the masses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQLC-UhqYZs

YouTube: LowBuckPrepper - Stovetec Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAOFIbHfOOI


$118 to $177
Wow, the StoveTec is one expensive stove.

But, ... Thanks to Gene Lonergan, we have awesome, fantastic, great, and easy to follow instructions for building an inexpensive, homemade stove.

Link:
YouTube: Gene Lonergan - How to Make a $12 Rocket Stove
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOZ7gJaqdtQ

YouTube: Gene Lonergan - Rocket Stove Test! Boiling Water
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv2ghg3Xtkc

YouTube: Gene Lonergan - Project Updates
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-qJcZmDu4Q


$6
I love Capitalism!!!

Plus, Stephen has great instructions, probably better than Gene's, for building a concrete rocket stove.

Link:
YouTube: Cooking Different - A Heavy Duty $6 DIY Rocket Stove
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmDTj2py-1k



Wednesday: 28 January 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



source
Stanley Karnow’s, Vietnam, A History

Old Men
Many years ago, about the time I was born, a small conflict started. It was called World War Two. During that conflict, some promises where made by the French to the Vietnamese.

The promise: Fight the Japanese with us, and we will leave the country, at the end of the war. (According to family)

Needless to say, the French reneged on their promise and we got the First Indochina War. A few years latter, these United States became involved with the conflict; a little action, we call the Vietnam War.

During that conflict, the Vietcong would give old rifles to old men. These old men were told 'Here are five unfired cartridges. When we return, we want five fired cartridge cases.' The old men knew their families would be punished, if they disobeyed. (According to family, of course)

Why?

The five shots would cause these United States combat forces to deploy to the sound of the shooting, at least. At worst, a Soldier or Marine would be injured or be killed.

Why?

To remind you, old men with old rifles can kill you just as dead as young men with new rifles.

Link:
The Firearm Blog.com -The Humble Trapdoor
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2013/10/27/humble-trapdoor/

The Firearm Blog.com - Reconsidering the Carcano
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/05/28/reconsidering-carcano/

The Firearm Blog.com -The Mauser 98: The Perfect Rifle
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/06/12/mauser-98-perfect-rifle/


You Might Also Like
GSIEP - Weapons
http://gsiep.blogspot.com/2011/05/weapons_27.html



Wednesday: 4 February 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Edward Sheriff Curtis

I believe every prepper should learn simple, basic bushcrafting skills like building wilderness shelters, finding water, direction finding, and some others.


Pack
You will want padded carrying straps, if you and your family are in a hostile environment, people possibly shooting at you because you may need to remove your pack in a hurry.

So, ... No waist belt to support the pack's weight.

Link:
YouTube: MCQBushcraft - Bushcraft Equipment: Swedish Lk50 Backpack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcVEsNSJQC8

P.S.
If you're interested, the L35 canvas version is available from Coleman's and Keep Shooting


Pack Contents
Depending on your situation will determine what you carry in your pack.

Link:
YouTube: MCQBushcraft - Bushcraft Equipment: Full Kit July 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMKnWQaBf3E


Camp
During a short-term event, you and your family probably won't need this advice, but for longer-term events or rainy weather; it's worth your time.

Link:
YouTube: MCQBushcraft - Bushcraft Shelters: Camp Construction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84503534&v=SAlFy67h-0k&x-yt-ts=1421914688



Wednesday: 4 February 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


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Purification
Water is easy to find, but you need a reliable method of purifying the water.

Link:
YouTube: Reality Survival - The Truth About Water Purification In A Wilderness Survival Situation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyJIu6O9bsI



Wednesday: 4 February 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
Oakknollschool

I don't have anything more to say : - (

But, ... Dr. Joe St. Sauver does

Firearm's Safety
I'm not sure if this page is from Dr. St. Sauver, but when I went looking for "Joe" this is who I found ; - )

Link:
University of Oregon: Joe St. Sauver, Ph.D. - Firearm's Safety
http://pages.uoregon.edu/joe/firearms-safety.html


Cybercrime
The first link, not including "Firearm's Safety," is for the professional computer folks. It talks about checking your servers and other things. (Jumper and Scout, my brothers, would understand the whole paper. I don't).

Needless to say, I would be linking to it, unless there were one or two useful things for preppers.

P.S. They're at the very beginning, all in 'Part: One'

University of Oregon: Joe St. Sauver, Ph.D. - New Crypto 101
https://www.stsauver.com/joe/new-crypto-101/new-crypto-101.pdf


The next link, from 2011, deals with a discussion of the various types of cybercrime. Something you and your family need to know.

University of Oregon: Joe St. Sauver, Ph.D. - The 2011 “Tour of Cyber Crimes”
https://www.stsauver.com/~joe/cybercrime2011/cybercrime2011.pdf


The next article, Dr. St. Sauver writes about the need for passwords, how to select a 'strong' password, and how to manage your passwords.

University of Oregon: Joe St. Sauver, Ph.D. - "Those Dang Passwords: They're Just Driving Me Crazy!"
https://www.stsauver.com/~joe/password-oregonian/password-oregonian.pdf


Privacy
As we enter an era of government (Big Brother) and commercial (Little Brother) intrusion into our affairs, we will want more and more privacy from these groups.

But, ... How do you get it?

University of Oregon: Joe St. Sauver, Ph.D. - We Regret To Inform You That "Due to Insecurities Beyond Our Control, Your Privacy Has Been Cancelled For Your Convenience"
https://www.stsauver.com/~joe/pacificinstitute/astoria.pdf

P.S.
If you think you're a 'Good Guy' and have nothing to hide, you're just like me, a few months ago.

Because, I have thought about this. What happens "If' the National Socialists (Nazis) came to power, in the next election?

Do you own firearms, buy ammunition, magazines, holsters, firearm's cleaning supplies, and other gear, over the internet? Using a credit card?

Do you read Ann Coulter, Lew Rockwell, Claire Wolf, Derrick Wilburn, and many others on-line?

Oh, ... Let's not forget if you're a Homosexual, Abortion Advocate, Women's Rights Advocate, Jehovah's Witnesses, and many, many others.


Electromagnetic Pulse
There are few events that would devastate our country. One of these is an Electromagnetic Pulse attack, something that becomes more and more available to potential enemies.

University of Oregon: Joe St. Sauver, Ph.D. - Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
https://www.stsauver.com/~joe/infragard-2009/infragard-eugene-2009.pdf



Wednesday: 4 February 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Rebroad

National Candle Association
Burning a candle, one of the most inexpensive methods of providing light during a disaster, is asking for another event to happen, a house fire.

So, ... Please follow these suggestions from the National Candle Association.

Link:
National Candle Association - Candle Safety Rules
http://candles.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Candle-Fire-Safety-Rules.pdf


One Way
If you're following the safety rules for burning a candle, you and your family will need a safe container.

Well, ... If you're like most families, you're not going to have enough candle holders, so you will need to improvise a candle holder. One example is ...

Link:
Weekend Woodsman - A jar lantern and some other small projects
https://weekendwoodsman.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/a-jar-lantern-and-some-other-small-projects/


Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead
If you're interested in other methods of providing light during an event, you will be interested in purchasing Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead



Wednesday: 11 February 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,





photograph by
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
Chris Lussier

Skills
There are certain skills, you and your family will use whether you're in the wilderness or the city, but there are certain skills that are only appropriate for the city.

Link:
Preparedness Advice Blog - Disaster Survival Skills For the Urban Environment
http://preparednessadvice.com/uncategorized/disaster-survival-skills-urban-environment/



Wednesday: 11 February 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


source
Unknown

Pretty Neat
Angela from Food Storage and Survival has a neat project for carrying two 2-liter bottles.

And, ... It's not a plastic bag.

Link:
Food Storage and Survival - DIY Double Two Liter Bottle Tote
DIY Double 2 Liter Bottle Tote

Copyright © 2014 - Food Storage and Survival - Read more at: http://foodstorageandsurvival.com/diy-double-2-liter-bottle-tote/Diy
http://foodstorageandsurvival.com/diy-double-2-liter-bottle-tote/


Neat Idea
Around the world, people collect water in various ways then some of these folks will walk miles back to their homes. They do this everyday.

To give you and idea how hard this is, have a little fun, and practice with your family, here is a neat idea.

Public Broadcasting Service - How Hard can it be to Carry Water?
http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/rxforsurvival/campaign/givetime/pdf/Rx_Carry_Water.pdf


Wow
I believe a family can easily store enough water for 30 days using 55 gallon barrels.

Link:
YouTube: unchainedgun - 55 Gallon Water Storage: Part 1: Barrels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcKjIaFBIhA

YouTube: unchainedgun - 55 Gallon Water Storage: Part 2: Building the Rack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh9ntiYxA8g

YouTube: unchainedgun - 55 Gallon Water Storage: Part 3: Filling the Barrels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBtNjMlJGDo

YouTube: unchainedgun - 55 Gallon Water Storage: Part4: Adding More Barrels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JXbfMitd8c

Note:
I would change the design, just a little. First, I would use shorter carriage bolts or insure the bolt ends are away from the barrels. Don't want the barrel to be pierced by the bolt end : - (

Second, I would install shutoff valves on all the barrels, just in case the bottom barrl leaks.

Third, I won't store flammable liquids or gases with my family's supplies.



Wednesday: 11 February 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,




photograph by
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aprentice
Jordon J. Murzyn

Old Beans
As I have mentioned in the past, the shelf-life of canned foods is determined by where the canned food has been stored, not the expiration date.

So, ... That means dried beans can be eaten well past their 8 year shelf-life.

You just need to know how to cook them.

Link:
Preparedness Advice Blog - Old Beans from 1970 Made Soft and Edible
http://preparednessadvice.com/food_storage/old-beans-1970s-made-soft-edible/

Preparedness Advice Blog - More on Saving Old Beans that Have Turned Hard
http://preparednessadvice.com/food_storage/saving-old-beans-turned-hard/



Wednesday: 11 February 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



Photograph by
Spc. Ben Watson

Bicycles
After walking, the easiest method of traveling is using a bicycle.

Link:
Bison Prepper - 2 of 2 Today [Transportation, Part One]
http://www.bisonprepper.blogspot.com/2015/01/2-of-2-today.html

Bison Prepper - Frugal Living Six: Transportation, Part Two
http://www.bisonprepper.blogspot.com/2015/01/frugal-living-6.html

Bison Prepper - 1 of 2 Today [Transportation, Part Three]
http://www.bisonprepper.blogspot.com/2015/01/1-of-2-today_23.html


Obstacles
There are two major rivers between me and my family. These rivers are large enough that I could not cross them during cold weather using an improvised raft.

Some folks would think I would need a boat. Nope, All I will need is a knife, a tarp, and some tarp clips.

Link:
Shelter Systems - Four-Hour Grip Clip Kayak!
http://www.shelter-systems.com/kayak.html



Wednesday: 18 February 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


by
Puorgri

Finding North
Some folks still wear a wrist watch, so it can be used to find north.

Link:
YouTube: unitxplore - Find North Using a Wristwatch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSPtnAN9G7s


But, ... I Don't Have a Watch
So, ... Use your iPad or cellphone.

Link:
YouTube: AlfieAesthetics - Find North using a Wristwatch and the Sun: Navigation without a Compass
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=85114404&v=BoKQMwUx2gA&x-yt-ts=1422579428


But, ... I Don't Have Anything
You still have your brain and the sun.
 
Link:
YouTube: Martin Survival - Sun Compass Shadow Stick Method
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3l49zQREcY


But, ... It's Dark
Dang, you're needy ; - )

Link:
YouTube: AlfieAesthetics - Find North using the Stars: Ursa Major/Polaris, Navigation without a Compass
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DjJ3r4XG0E


But, ... I Live in the Southern Hemisphere
You can still use the stars, a wristwatch, iPad, or other electronic device (just watch the other videos)

Link:
YouTube: AlfieAesthetics -Find North with the Stars: The Southern Cross (Southern Hemisphere)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmb6BVbaCuI



Wednesday: 18 February 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
jcarson

Does "It" Work?
One of the problems with prepping and survivalism is the widespread use of fiction to tell a convincing story that is basically lies; like Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse; Alas, Babylon; and many others

Even though they are excellent stories, some folks believe they are technical manuals that will help them survive. Hardly.

With that said, ...

Link:
io9 - Do Those Household Life Hacks Really Work? See 30 Of Them In Action
http://io9.com/do-those-household-life-hacks-really-work-see-30-of-th-1684429947


Just for Fun
Here's a quick video, from a long time ago, about ...

Link:
Wikimedia - Something for Nothing
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Something_for_nothing_%281940%29.ogv



Wednesday: 18 February 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Albane46

During an event, you and your family will want to have a hot meal or two. One of the methods to possibly use is the sun.

The Differences
The Global Sun Oven has been in use for a few decades. They recently updated the solar oven and called it the All American Sun Oven.

Link:
YouTube: Sun Oven - Solar Cooking: New All American Sun Oven vs Global Sun Oven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFd08ZS3Gp0


A Review
Here is one review that includes cooking with the All American Sun Oven.

Link:
YouTube: John Milandred - The New All American Sun Oven Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Lyd2zjd4U


Making an Oven
At $294, the All American Sun Oven may be financially out of reach for some preppers.

So, ...

Link:
YouTube: HillsboroughCounty - How to Make a Solar Cooker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsgiAPy7Wgw


Another Option
Here is another solar oven made from cardboard, a mirror, and some other simple material.

By, ... A Teenager.

Link:
YouTube: Carlos Andrés Berejnoi Bejarano - How To Build A Solar Oven, With Cardboard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNkBranK7JQ


Another Option
If you don't trust teenagers and cardboard, here is a solar oven made from a vehicle tyre, foil, and a sheet of glass.

Link:
YouTube: Send a Cow - Solar Tyre Oven for under $5: How to make a cheap solar cooker, Tire Oven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCPuYvIMKi0



Wednesday: 18 February 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



Photograph by
Israel Defense Forces

I admit it; the two most popular firearms for preppers and survivalists are the Glock pistol and the AR-15 series rifle because no one takes the suggestion to save money by purchasing a .357 magnum revolver and a SKS rifle.

So, ... I'm going to highlight some videos to help those that own these weapons.


Glock Pistol


Truth is Treason  - Glock Disassembly/Field Strip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLphhrLYmxE

Full 30: Patrol Tactical - How to Lubricate a Glock Pistol
https://www.full30.com/video/a7a7c09dd45d4c90ba10bc7daa315472


AR-15 Series Rifle


Full 30: Patrol Tactical - How to Field Strip an AR15
https://www.full30.com/video/77cce05d1d365792500c386ad1dca923

Mr2ndAmendment - AR15 Lubrication
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2rY1bChvBM


A 'Nice' Idea
You have heard me say this a couple of time, if you have been here a little while, magazines are a weakness of pistols.

Because of this weakness, you're going to buying a lot of them. Remember, at least five for the pistol (ten would be better) and 10 for the rifle (20 would be better).

So, ... To keep better track of them, you need to ...

Link:
Full 30: Patrol Tactical - Quick Tip: Number Your Magazines
https://www.full30.com/video/e7bc312c64c0cbcae2dc8276b4a5a794


Accessorize
The great thing about the SKS rifle? Add some ammo and it's ready to go.

With that said, ... 

Link:
WeaponsMan - Customizing your Carbine: Pro and Con
http://weaponsman.com/?p=20881



Wednesday: 25 February 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Two Maasai Lighting a Fire
photograph by
Christopher T. Cooper

Magnifying Lens or a Water Bottle?
Yes, it's true. You and your family can use a water bottle to start a fire.

Link:
YouTube: Grant Thompson - Start a Fire With a Water Bottle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwQJ-3pZfwc

But, ...
It will be easier using char cloth

Link:
YouTube: Grant Thompson - DIY Emergency Fire Starter (Char Cloth)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Makaciz3Xc



Wednesday: 25 February 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Beggar Girls (ca 1889)
painting by
Kamal-ol-molk

The Poor ...
Are some of the most prolific givers so are preppers and survivalists.

Well, ... Villains know this, so they will take advantage of you and your family.

Link:
WeaponsMan - 5 Red Flags for Veterans’ Charities
http://weaponsman.com/?p=19971


Of Course
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires everyone to send you a piece of paper that allows villains to rip off the IRS and your family.

USA Today - Protect yourself from income tax identity theft
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/2015/02/07/weisman-income-tax-identity-theft/22868085/



Wednesday: 25 February 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Cliff Palace,

photograph by
Ken Lund

At Home
I had a chance to head home this week.

Needless to say, I didn't hangout at the library to write a bunch of blurbs for y'all.

So, ... (for this blurb) all you get is a couple of links.


Nuclear War
There is so much information for surviving a nuclear war. Here's one

Link:
Hathi Trust: Digital Library - SM 3-11: Personal and Family Survival
http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015055882800;view=1up;seq=1


Winter
It gets cold every year.

Link:
Prineton University: Outdoor Action -  Guide to Snow Shelters
http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/winter/wintshel.shtml


Chemical
If you're interested in surviving a chemical attack, you will be interested in ...

Link:
Barnes and Nobles - Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/prepper-someone-you-know/1120426925?ean=2940046203349

Smashwords - Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/480662



Wednesday: 25 February 2015, Part Four

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Inlaid Wheellock Pistol
source
Walters Art Musuem

Caution
Every once in a while, I have to remind y'all that firearms are just another tool. They are like the fire starters, water filters, warm blankets, and many other items you and your family will purchase for your preps.

Remember, ... Don't confuse a firearm hobby for prepping.

Link:
Guns and Ammo - What’s the Most Beautiful Handgun Ever Made?
http://www.gunsandammo.com/blogs/history-books/most-beautiful-handgun-ever/

Rare Antique and Beautiful Firearms - Strange Guns
http://rareantiqueandbeautifulfirearms.tumblr.com/

Jim Downing: The Gun Engraver - Gallery of Guns
http://www.thegunengraver.com/gallery.htm


Shiny
It's all Uncles' fault, from Say Uncle, because of a link, a few weeks ago.

Link:
Beretta - The Beretta SO6 EELL "Izumi Project"
http://www.beretta.com/en/izumi/


Cosmonauts = Preppers
You knew that already. Didn't you?

Link:
io9 - Did You Know Soviet Cosmonauts Carried A Bear-Killing Shotgun To Space?
http://io9.com/did-you-know-soviet-cosmonauts-carried-a-bear-killing-s-1684410938



Wednesday: 4 March 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Cpl Glen Sargent briefs Members of the Finnish Army

photograph by
Irish Defence Forces

Former Republic of Yugoslavia
Scout, one of my brothers, served in these United States Army. One of his deployments sent him to Yugoslavia, with KFOR.

While he was there, they rescued a child from a minefield.

Yeah, it's the classic (made for t.v. movie) child chasing a ball into an open field. Mom walks out, sees her kid in the minefield, and shouts for him to stop moving. She flags down a passing convoy that proceeds to rescue the child.

Yeah, they rescued the kid's ball, too ; - )

And, ... Located some weapons caches, thanks to the grateful locals.

So, what does this have to do with you and your family?

Link:
Personal Libery - One Year in Hell
http://personalliberty.com/one-year-in-hell/

Survival Monkey - Sarajevo Survival Guide (excerpts)
https://www.survivalmonkey.com/threads/sarajevo-survival-guide.19312/

P.S.
You might be able to borrow a copy of the book from your local library or through the inter-library loan program : - )


Slick
I haven't looked at this site to 'mine' for information, so you're on your own, for now.

If you plan to sign up, you might want to open a burn e-mail account with Yahoo: Mail, MSN: Mail, or Google: Mail ; - )

Link:
SHTF School - Home
http://shtfschool.com/

P.S.
A burn e-mail account allows you to remain anonymous, especially if you use an assumed name

And, ... Avoid spam, too.



Wednesday: 4 March 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


drawing by
JMBryant

Just Not for Water
There is much to like about this article.

Except for, ...

Do Not, Don't, Never apply WD-40 or hairspray to a plastic bottle (storage container) that you plan to store water, food, or other items; you and your family are going eat or drink.

Why?

The WD-40 will go through the plastic contaminating your food.

In other words, it's like storing your food in a used oil bucket.

Or, ...

It's called penetrating oil for a reason!

Link:
The Survivalist Blog: Dallas S - Plastic pop bottles a cheap and effective prepper food storage container
http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/plastic-pop-bottles-a-cheap-and-effective-prepper-food-storage-container/



Wednesday: 4 March 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Bidding farewell to the Fram and the crew,


source
National Library of Norway


Windchill
Most of us, at least me, never really think about the cold. Yeah, I might check the weather forecast on my weather alert radio, dress for the walk from the apartment to the car, and other simple things, but that's it.

Well, ... If you're going to be out in the cold, even for a few minutes, you need to consider the windchil.

Link:
National Weather Service - Windchill Chart
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/windchill.shtml



Wednesday: 4 March 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

West Midlands Police Firearms Officer

source
West Midlands Police

Revolvers
You and your family's first firearms will need cleaning, during an event.

Link:
YouTube: Humans4targets2 - How To Clean A Revolver
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fCD91ojYBY


And, ... The SKS Rifle, too

Link:
YouTube: - Russian SKS - Complete Overview, Disassembly, Reassembly, and Cleaning Tips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKllAKFy3i8

YouTube: BJCN100 - Preventing Slam-Fires with the SKS Rifle: How to clean your bolt and keep your firing pin healthy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9xlMdngd84 


1911 and Glock
Sorrrry, it's not a video, but here's one for you folks that have purchased the most popular pistol for preppers ; - )

Link:
Maddened Fowl - 1911 and Glock Maintenance
http://mad-duck-training.blogspot.com/2015/02/1911-glock-maintance.html



Wednesday: 11 March 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Laura Gentile and Cindy Mauro

photograph by
Michael Rieger

Excuses
As you know, one of my brothers has been outed as a prepper, so folks ask him all the time for advice. Being a 'nice' guy, he gives it.

Usually, his advice is 'store water, buy food (a year supply for everyone in the family), get a medical kit with some training, have a firearm with more than twenty rounds of ammunition, and ... other items discussed in Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead. (Barnes and Nobles) (Smashwords)

Well, ... They don't do it.

Link:
SHTFplan.com - Life or Death Choices: 35 Excuses That Will Doom The Non-Prepper
http://www.shtfplan.com/emergency-preparedness/life-or-death-choices-35-excuses-that-will-doom-the-non-prepper_05052013


The Beginning
Some folks are wishing the economic collapse would hurry up and get here (It's already here; some folks just don't know it), so they can put their prepping plans into action.

Needless to say (families already experiencing the collapse know this) money is going to be a problem, so you and your family are going to be out hustling for work, food, and other necessities to survive.

One way to do this is to start a small business.

Well, ... You're going to be meeting a lot of folks that will determine whether they will do business with you based on your ...

Link:
The Telegraph - Do You Have a Horrible Handshake?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11449187/Do-you-have-a-terrible-handshake.html


God and Meditation
Stress is going to be an issue during an event. Now some folks suggest praying, and that will work.

But, ... What happens if you don't believe in an all powerful god? Do you still pray?

I don't think so because praying will make a nonbeliever (Infidel) feel like a fool or fraud.

But, ... You could meditate, even if you're a believer.

Link:
io9 - How To Meditate (And Get The Most Benefit Out Of It)
http://io9.com/how-to-meditate-and-get-the-most-benefit-out-of-it-1688990555



Wednesday: 11 March 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

U.S. Marine Corps CH-53D

photograph by
TSgt. M.J Creen, USMC

Field Medical Care
Medical care is one of the most important preparations your family can make, especially if you're planning to get in a gunfight.

Link:
WeaponsMan - Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: GridDownMed.com
http://weaponsman.com/?p=21302


Again, ...
I'll tell you again. Clean water and proper hygiene has saved more lives than all the doctors and nurses that have ever lived.

Link:
U.S. Army: Central Army Registry - FM 21-10: Field Hygiene and Sanitation
https://rdl.train.army.mil/catalog-ws/view/100.ATSC/4B4E5B92-C54A-476F-9F93-F8CFDBAC157C-1274425975333/fm21-10.pdf

U.S. Army: Central Army Registry - ATP 4-25.12: Unit Field Sanitation Teams
http://armypubs.army.mil/doctrine/DR_pubs/dr_a/pdf/atp4_25x12.pdf



Wednesday: 11 March 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

'Food is a Weapon' Poster (ca 1943)
poster by
United States Division of Public Inquiries,
Office of War Information

Wasting Money
There are many method for getting your preps. One way is quit wasting your money.

Let me give you an example.

I used to smoke, about two packs a day, for 13 years. I started when cigarettes were 50¢ a pack, and I quit when cigarettes went to $1.00 a pack. When I quit, I was smoking two packs a day, spending $730 a year.

Another example: me and the roommate were spending $50 ($25 each) a month on internet. I got rid of it and went back to the library, for free, saving $300 a year.

Link:
Wealth Soup - The 7 Dumbest Things You Waste Money On Every Single Month
http://wealthsoup.com/7-dumbest-things-waste-money-every-single-month/


Talking about Wasting Money
One of the problems with prepping is other folks like spending your money by suggesting some crazy stuff, like this list.

Now, don't get me wrong, this list sucks. Let me explain.

First, the food.

Do you drink milk? I don't. Plus, Meals Ready to Eat (M.R.E.s) are expensive.

Next, water.

Seven 55-gallon barrels, per person. Where does your family store this water? In the garage? That's where our cars go.

Third, shelter.

Oooh, that whole 'Three is Two; Two is One, and One is None" stupid saying again. Make a choice, have a tent and some tarps with rope or a structure with repair tools

Next, weapons

Battle rifle? At $1.000+ per rifle. Thirty magazines, at $360? That's almost an SKS rifle that doesn't need detachable magazines. 5.000 rounds? That's $3.500. 12 gauge shotgun? Who am I, Hercules? 10.000 rounds of .22LR? Have you seen prices for .22LR? Have you even seen .22LR?

I'm going to stop because you get my point.

Link:
P2T2 Solutions - Need A Basic Emergency Preparedness List
http://p2t2solutions.com/need-a-basic-emergency-preparedness-list/


P.S.
If you interested in  sensibly getting prepared, you will be interested in the e-book Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead. (Barnes and Nobles) (Smashwords)

Note:
You won't find it on Amazon because it has a bunch of rules and takes a 66% cut, ouch

P.S.
I need you help answering some questions, seriously.

Is the e-book too expensive? Should I change the price? Offer a coupon?

Change the cover? Sell the e-book on Amazon? Give up?

Offer it cheaper for libraries? How much for a library?

Any other suggestions?

Note:
By the way, you can get it at your local library. They just have to buy it for $4.95


Back to Reality
After talking about some of the crazy ideas that other folks might have you and your family purchase to survive. Here are a couple of links to help you get better financial secure.

Link:
Yahoo: Finance - 11 Ways to Boost Your Emergency Fund
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/11-ways-boost-emergency-fund-140000202.html

Kiplinger - 20 Small Ways to Save Big
http://www.kiplinger.com/article/saving/T063-C000-S001-20-small-ways-to-save-big.html



Wednesday: 11 March 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
BazzaDaRambler

Thanks to Say Uncle for these next few links on ... Things that Suck!

Five Firearms That Suck
As you and your family purchase your firearms, there are certain firearms to 'avoid' because of design issues, quality control, and ... They just suck.

Link:
Say Uncle - And most things by Taurus
http://www.saysuncle.com/2015/03/05/and-most-things-by-taurus/


Worn Leather Holsters Suck
Leather holsters are great. They feel good next to bare skin, look good, and have a long service life.

Link:
Say Uncle - The case for Kydex
http://www.saysuncle.com/2015/03/04/the-case-for-kydex/


Restraining Orders Suck
Ladies and gentlemen, a restraining order will not stop a crazed, drunk, vengeful former boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, business partner, and ... whoever.

But, ... a firearm just might.

Link:
Say Uncle - Gun beats restraining order anyway
http://www.saysuncle.com/2015/03/05/gun-beats-restraining-order-anyway/


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm, and Explosives Sucks
But, ... We already know that ; - )

Link:
Say Uncle - ATF and the ammo ban
http://www.saysuncle.com/2015/03/05/atf-and-the-ammo-ban/

P.S.
Don't think this issue has gone away, now that Congress is involved, the B.A.T.F.E. will be back.



Wednesday: 18 March 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
NASA

Just for Fun
The next two links are just for fun.


Attacking Aliens
I enjoy watching movies about alien invasions.

But, ... So far, they are just so much fiction.

Link:
io9 - Aliens Send Retro Videogame Characters To Attack Earth In Pixels Trailer
http://io9.com/aliens-send-retro-videogame-characters-to-attack-earth-1692036407


Zombies
Everybody knows zombies are fake.

But, ... The movies they star in are so much fun.

Link:
io9 - Map Shows How Quickly A Zombie Outbreak Would Spread From Your Town
http://io9.com/map-shows-how-quickly-a-zombie-outbreak-would-spread-fr-1692010744


P.S.
Even though these two links are just for fun, they are an interesting method of introducing others to prepping.



Wednesday: 18 March 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Republic of Korea Marine Corps

photograph by
Republic of Korea Armed Forces

Landmines
Some folks are preparing for bad times, like after a hurricane, getting fired, and other 'normal' events.

Then there are some who are getting ready for really tough times.

Link:
WeaponsMan - Land Mines vs. Booby Traps vs. IEDs.
http://weaponsman.com/?p=21529



Wednesday: 18 March 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

U.S. Air Force Airman

photograph by
John T. Stamn

Last week, I provided you and your family several links about the most effective means of protecting your family from disease, proper sanitation.

This week, I would like to provide a few about ...


First-Aid
With proper training, most people, including children, can provide first-aid treatment for themselves and others with a little training. This training can be provided by established organizations such as the Red Cross and the Red Crescent, or it can be learned from a first-aid manual with a little practice.

Lastly, it seems Canada needed a different first-aid manual ; - )

Link:
Wikimedia - First Aid: Emergency Care for the Injured
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/First_Aid.pdf

Wikimedia - First Aid for Canada
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/First_Aid_for_Canada.pdf


Military First-Aid
If you and your family expect a little 'different' type of medical events, usually not found in the first-aid book, you might want to download, study, and practice ...

Link:
U.S. Army - FM 4-25.11: First-Aid
https://rdl.train.army.mil/catalog-ws/view/100.ATSC/0BA0CE1D-C2CC-4CE1-A08D-D1E93874DC62-1274314946052/fm4_25x11.pdf


Note:
I forgot why I put this here, so ...

Link:
Wikibooks - First Aid
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/First_Aid



Wednesday: 18 March 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Captured German Munition Dump (ca 1917)
source
Imperial War Museum

Banning All AR-15 Ammo
Folks, it ain't over.

Link:
WeaponsMan - Poly-Ticks: Comment on the ATF Ammo Ban
http://weaponsman.com/?p=21467


Lazers
No, not dolphines with lazers, just lasers.

Link:
Say Uncle - Red vs. Green
http://www.saysuncle.com/2015/03/16/red-v-green-lasers/





Wednesday: 25 March 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
PediaPress

Two Kinds of Books
There are two kinds of books, books for fun and books for information.

By now, you know I wrote a book for information (Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead). Needless to say, there are other information books too, like a dictionary, encyclopedia, shop manual for your car, basic electricity guide, and on and on and on. Most of these books, you can borrow from the library.

But, ... There are some you are going to want to keep, such as a great first aid manual, awesome whole foods cookbook, and a good tactical manual.

There are also other books for fun, like romance novels, detective stories, collections of short science fiction stories, comic books, and many more.

Of course, when anyone (including me) tells you that there are only two ways/kinds/results/whatever of something, you know they're wrong. Right?

There is almost always a third way that is also true for books.

The third kind of book is a combination book. These books provide information and fun, such as Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank, One Second After by World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by

During an event, you and your family are going to want all three kinds of books. You're going to need books for information, books for entertainment, and books that do both.

But, ... Where to get them?

First, avoid Amazon. It seems they're ripping off authors. Yes, they are easy and the local bookstore probably uses them to get the books, and Amazon is cheaper then most folks. Just try and humor me.

Second, you can find books on the internet. The older out of copyright classic are usually free. Check out Project Gutenberg. They even have audiobooks, now.

Another group, doing similar work, is the Internet Archives. They have music, books, movies and much more.

The last group (I'm going to suggest, today) is the Compact Disk for the Third World (CD3WD). It is a vast collection of books and manuals written for developing countries.

The first link is part of it and .HTML

The second link is part .HTML and .PDF

Note:
It seems they have disappeared, but they seem to be on the facebook.

So, ... You're going to get pissed off trying to use the provided links.

Link:
Project Gutenberg - Home
http://www.gutenberg.org/

Project Gutenburg - Audio Books Project
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:The_Audio_Books_Project

Internet Archives
https://archive.org/

Wikimedia - Amazing Stories - Scans
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Amazing_Stories_scans

Appropedia.org - CD3WD
http://www.appropedia.org/CD3WD

Fastonline - CD3WD
http://www.fastonline.org/CD3WD_40/CD3WD/INDEX.HTM

Facebook: CD3WD -
https://www.facebook.com/pages/cd3wdcom/108251079258502


One More
This link has other books you might be interested in.

Link:
Journy to Forever: Farm Library - Classic Manuals On-Line
http://www.journeytoforever.org/farm_library/cd3wdbooks.html


Lastly,
My project of adding a realistic (rose-colored glasses) twist to Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse has been update.

Of course, I have been having a good time writing these, so there will be another story this Friday.

Link:
GSIEP - Friday's Thouhgts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday (The Fallacy of Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse)
http://gsiep.blogspot.com/2015/03/fridays-thouhgts-and-other-stuff-on_21.html



Wednesday: 25 March 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Handmade Soap

photograph by
Sten Porse


Soap not Soup
When I was growing up, I hated two things, spelling and being clean.

So, ... Here a few links to help you with one of them.

Link:
Offbeat and Inspired - Cold Process Soap Making for Beginners
http://offbeatandinspired.com/2012/09/14/cold-process-soap-making-for-beginners/

TipNut - 10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes
http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/

The Simple Dollar - Making Your Own Laundry Detergent: A Detailed Visual Guide
http://www.thesimpledollar.com/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/



Wednesday: 25 March 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
John Barrie

Solar Lights
Yesterday, I was at work, and one of the guys read an article out loud, at lunch.

It seems, the number one disastrous event for most people is a house fire caused by ... cooking

We all laughed.

Needless to say, the folks at work aren't survivalists.

Link:
Backwoods Home - Use solar landscape lights for emergencies
http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/yago141.html

Note:
This might make a good side business during tough times.

You know build the lights and sell the batteries.



Wednesday: 25 March 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,




source
Library of Congress

Suppressors
You knew it was going to be a link to Say Uncle, right?

Say Uncle - How do Silencers Work?
http://www.saysuncle.com/2015/03/23/how-do-silencers-work/


You Know Me
If I link to Say Uncle, I'll probably have a link to WeaponsMan

Link:
WeaponsMan - Ambush is Murder: A Painful Lesson, 17 Oct 67
http://weaponsman.com/?p=21570




Wednesday: 8 April 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Used Ration Book with Two Supplements
source
Medical Photographic Library

Rationing, The Past
After an extreme event, our government may implement rationing. Since most of us have never experienced rationing, we (you and your family) need to look to the past, for answers.

These United States

Link:
Ames Historical Society - World War II Rationing on the U.S. Home Front
http://www.ameshistory.org/exhibits/events/rationing.htm

Smithsonian Education - U.S. Rationing During World War II
http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/idealabs/wwii/


Great Britain

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Rationing in England and How They Lived with It
http://preparednessadvice.com/food_storage/rationing-england-lived/

Preparedness Advice - Food Rationing During World War 2
http://preparednessadvice.com/food_storage/food-rationing-world-war-2/


Rationing, an Experiment
One prepper completed an experiment by limiting the amount of calories (kilocalories) she ate for two weeks.

Link:
Ready Nutrition - Food Rationing: It Will Break You Down Mentally
http://readynutrition.com/resources/food-rationing-it-will-break-you-down-mentally_20022014/


Pantry Suggestions
Tess Pennington, the food rationing experimenter, suggests twenty-five items to store in your family's food pantry for an event.

Link:
Ready Nutrition - 25 Must Have Survival Foods: Put Them In Your Pantry Now
http://readynutrition.com/resources/25-must-have-survival-foods-put-them-in-your-pantry-now_03042013/



Wednesday: 8 April 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Reconstruction of Old Fort Harrod
photograph by
Sydney Poore and Russell Poore

Fort
Not everyone can have a fortress for their family.

So, ... You and your family may need to harden your family's home.

Link:
The Survivalist Blog - Five How-To-Do-It Articles For Defending Your Home And Retreat Against Looters, and Jackbooted Thugs
http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/defending-your-home-and-retreat/



Wednesday: 8 April 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Vasco Market,
in Goa, India
photograph by
Aaron’s Photos

Cheese, Not Farts ; - )
One of the easiest methods of preserving some of your family's food is to ...

Link:
Backwoods Home - Easy-to-make farmer's cheese
http://backwoodshome.com/articles2/leach152.html


Cast Iron
One of the greatest cooking supplies is ...

Link:
Field and Stream - How to Restore and Season a Cast-Iron Dutch Oven
http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/gear/2013/03/how-restore-and-season-cast-iron-dutch-oven


Unhealthy Foods
Yeah, ... The so-called healthy foods maybe unhealthy.

Link:
io9 - The so-called 'health foods' that are probably killing you
http://io9.com/the-so-called-health-foods-that-are-probably-killing-487228894



Wednesday: 8 April 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Voorbeeld van een Finkachel (ca 2010)
photograph by
Reinvr

Low-Tech
Yes, I know it's getting warmer, but winter will be here in a few months, just like last year ; - )

Link:
Countryside - Purchasing and Using a Masonry Stove
http://www.countrysidemag.com/89-6/bruce_pankratz/

Missouri: Department of Natural Resources - The Missouri Designed Masonry Stove
http://dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub781.pdf

YouTube: Brianh1238's channel - Missouri Masonry with Bread Oven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elbn461AIsI#t=168

YouTube: Masonry Heating Association - Cleaning a Masonry Heater
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xHhGvIOysE


High-Tech
There are merchants in Africa that provide the same service for a fee.

Link:
Backwoods Home - Build a Community Assistance Recharging Station
http://backwoodshome.com/articles2/yago152.html

Note:
You could add a photovoltaic panel to this set up to charge the battery.



Wednesday: 15 April 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Collecting Fresh Water, on Top an Iceberg,

source
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


It's Easy, So Very Easy

Link:
YouTube: Mormon Channel - How to Start a Emergency Water Supply: Water Storage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DPxxc-PPlg


They Have it Wrong
It should be 'Water then Food in an Emergency'

Not, ...

Link:
American Red Cross - Food and Water in an Emergency
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4440181_Food_and_Water-English.revised_7-09.pdf



Wednesday: 15 April 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Field of Corn
photograph by
Row17

Definitely Not In Order of Importance
You and your family have to be careful, as you're getting prepared for tough times.

Why? ... Some folks have strange ideas on what you and your family need to store.

Link:
Happy Preppers - 37 Foods to Hoard
37 Foods to Hoard
37 Foods to Hoard
http://www.happypreppers.com/37-food-storage.html

Note:
This list has a lot of problems with it.

First, regular tap water is fine to store (If the city water is already o.k. to drink). Next, distilled water is about 88¢ per gallon while city water is 88¢ for a 1.000 gallons.

Powdered milk. Does your family even drink milk?

Flour! Never store large amounts of flour or other ground grains for your family's food storage. It has a shelf-life of a few months compared to a few decades for whole grains.

I have to stop.

So, ... Remember!

Store What you Eat; Eat What You Store


Livestock
There are many awesome books about raising and caring for livestock from Storey Publishing that will cost you some money. (They're well worth it, too)

And, ...

There are 'free' one from the government, too

Link:
Survival Library - Beef: Slaughtering, Cutting, Preserving, and Cooking on the Farm (1977)
http://www.survivorlibrary.com/library/beef_slaughtering_cutting_preserving_and_cooking_on_the_farm_1977.pdf

Survival Library - Lamb: Slaughtering Cutting Preserving and Cooking on the Farm (1977)
http://www.survivorlibrary.com/library/lamb_slaughtering_cutting_preserving_and_cooking_on_the_farm_1977.pdf



Wednesday: 15 April 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Turken sparen in Amsterdam
source
National Archive of the Netherlands

It's Tax Paying Deadline Day, here in these United States, so the next few posts are going to be about financial preparedness for you and your family.

Spend Less
I see the exact opposite on other sites, folks suggesting you buy expensive freeze-dried food or other folks trying to sell your family so called survival shovels (really, $100 for a shovel)

Link:
LifeHacker - You Can Choose to Spend Less for Nearly Anything
http://lifehacker.com/you-can-choose-to-spend-less-for-nearly-anything-1692573464


That Sucked
For a lot of people, the last article kind'a sucked because it didn't give any easy to implement suggestions like this article.

Link:
Yahoo: Finance - 9 Basic Pieces of Money-Saving Advice No One Follows, ... But Should
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/9-basic-pieces-money-saving-132000167.html


Like 'Spending Less' but Different
Another method of achieving financially preparedness is to live within your means

Link:
Yahoo: Finance - 10 Ways to Live Within Your Means
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-ways-live-within-means-124900372.html


Avoid Dumb Mistakes
Like, ...

Link:
Yahoo: Finance - 7 Dumb (Expensive) Moves Homebuyers Make
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/7-dumb-expensive-moves-homebuyers-161533957.html



Wednesday: 15 April 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Kerosene Heater

photograph by
Douglas P Perkins

Kerosene or Propane
There are many different options of providing heat for your family's home during an event. The first method is using the existing heating system such as electric or natural gas supplied by local utilities.

If, ... these companies are still providing service.

Another option is using backup sources like a wood stove or ...

Link:
The Survivalist Blog - Kerosene Versus Propane: Things to Consider …
http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/kerosene-versus-propane/




Wednesday: 22 April 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Bilingual Dictionaries (ca 2006)
photgraph by
LinguistAtLarge

Words Having Meanings
Every once in a while, io9 has an article where readers contribute their answers to a question.

This weeks question was ...

Link:
io9 - Which Word Has The Most Fascinating Backstory Behind It?
http://io9.com/which-word-has-the-most-fascinating-backstory-behind-it-1699172630

P.S.
My contributions

Survivalist: a person that studies survival

Prepper: a person that prepares


Nothing More to Say
With any list, some folks can add or delete items.

Needless to say, ... I think they left off a lot, on this list, things like 'Peak Oil,' 'Global Climate Change,' the ongoing 'Financial Crisis,' 'Robotization,' and ...

Link:
The Telegraph - What is the biggest threat facing the world today?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/big-question-kcl/11544853/What-is-the-biggest-threat-facing-the-world-today.html

Robotization: robots replacing humans



Wednesday: 22 April 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

"Hilfswerk Berlin" Stamp
graphic by
L. Wüst

Wild Foods
Dandelions are one of the easiest 'wild' foods to use.

Heck, we have a yard full of them, every year ; - )

Link:
Food Storage and Survival - 27+ Clever Ways to Use Dandelions
http://foodstorageandsurvival.com/27-ways-use-dandelion/


Grown Foods
I was driving around at work, this weekend, and I saw families putting their gardens in ...

Buckets

Link:
Chicago Tribune - Container gardening know-how: Horticulture specialist shares tricks of the trade
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/home/sc-container-garden-success-secrets-20150420-story.html

YouTube: LDS Prepper - Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: Made Easy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIqssok6iXI

YouTube: LDS Prepper - Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: Free Buckets & Fall Planting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRkooiwqc6A

YouTube: LDS Prepper - Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: The Ultimate Container
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBh1fjMqjmI

YouTube: LDS Prepper -Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Garden Change & Recommendations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cPZDxYEe3w

YouTube: LDS Prepper - Off-Grid Elevated Self-Watering Garden Beds: Butch's Garden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OoHBTmniXI



Stored Foods
After you and your family have stored three months of your family's 'normal' food (canned, bagged, boxed, bottled, and frozen), you will want to start storing (and using!) long-term food storage.

Needless to say, most families won't have any recipes for these types of food.

Link:
Eat What You Store.com - Recipes
http://www.eatwhatyoustore.com/category/recipes/



Wednesday: 22 April 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Radio Set
photograph by
Alf van Beem

Words of Warning
It seems Frequency Modulation (FM) radio will be discontinued in Norway.

For some people this is a "So What!"

Well, ... It's only the beginning.

Link:
Gizmodo - Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017
http://gizmodo.com/norway-will-be-the-first-country-to-turn-off-fm-radio-i-1698797593



Wednesday: 22 April 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Members of 1st Special Forces Group

photograph by
Master Sgt. James M. Bowman

Be Careful
All kit, stuff you wear in combat, may require modification ... because nothing is perfect.

These modifications may be required because of deficiencies in your equipment or because of personal preferences.

Yes, ... Including the 'high speed' gear ; - )

Link:
WeaponsMan - Why This Guy is NOT Bubba
http://weaponsman.com/?p=22092


Inexpensive Firearms
As you and your family are probably finding out, providing firearms for everyone is getting expensive.

So, ... You're probably looking for bargains.

One of these sources is used firearms from police departments. These firearms are usually traded-in to help reduce costs for the police department. The department gets a good deal on new pistols, rifles, shotguns, and such while the firearms dealer or manufacture is able to obtain some inexpensive, used firearms to sell for a profit.

Needless to say, these used, former police guns are usually a 'good' deal because they are ...

Link:
WeaponsMan - Some Thoughts on Police Trade-Ins
http://weaponsman.com/?p=22122


Scout Rifle
There are some folks, living in other countries, that live under oppressive regimes.

These folks won't be able to legally purchase, own, or possess semi-automatic firearms, so you will have to settle for a bolt action rifle.

With that said, ... There is a concept that you might be interested in. It's called ...

WeaponsMan - Cooper’s Scout Rifle: Two Instances
http://weaponsman.com/?p=22139


Of Course
If I have a link from WeaponsMan, I'm going to have a link from Say Uncle, or at least one that I found because of Say Uncle ; - )

Link:
The Firearms Blog - Larry Vickers on WW II German Pistols
Larry Vickers on WWII German Pistols
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2015/03/10/larry-vickers-on-wwii-german-pistols/



Wednesday: 22 April 2015, Part Five (Just for Fun)

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Grahman Crumb

Oscar the Grouch


Link:
Gizmodo: Toyland - 90 Artists and Designers Reimagined R2-D2 In Weird and Wonderful Ways
http://toyland.gizmodo.com/90-artists-and-designers-reimagined-r2-d2-in-weird-and-1699204336/+AnnaleeNewitz


Meteor Shower


Link:
io9 - Everything You Need to Know to Catch This Week's Lyrid Meteor Shower
http://io9.com/everything-you-need-to-know-to-catch-this-weeks-lyrid-m-1699231141


Stories


Link:
io9 - 8 Stories That Make The Apocalypse Seem Downright Pleasant
http://io9.com/8-stories-that-make-the-apocalypse-seem-downright-pleas-1699224737


Movies


io9 - During Martial Law, A Man Falls For The Girl Next Door: Who's A Terrorist
http://io9.com/during-martial-law-a-man-falls-for-the-girl-next-door-1699253814



Wednesday: 29 April 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Little Spinner
witness
Sara R. Hine

The World is Changing
Our lives and the lives of our family are changing like every generation. Sometimes these change are easy and sometimes they are difficult, very difficult.

Needless to say, like our parents generation, we don't know the full extent of the changes.

Link:
Of Two Minds: Blog - The Old Models of Work are Broken
http://www.oftwominds.com/blogapr15/work4-15.html

Of Two Minds: Blog - The Changing World of Work 1: America's Nine Classes
http://www.oftwominds.com/blogapr15/9-classes-work4-15.html

Of Two Minds: Blog - The Changing World of Work 2: Financialization = Insecurity
http://www.oftwominds.com/blogapr15/financialization-work4-15.html

Of Two Minds: Blog - The Changing World of Work 3: "Full-Stack" Skills
http://www.oftwominds.com/blogapr15/full-stack4-15.html

Of Two Minds: Blog - The Changing World of Work 4: The "Signal" Value of Credentials is Eroding
http://www.oftwominds.com/blogapr15/signal-erosion4-15.html

Of Two Minds: Blog - The Changing World of Work 5: "Human Robots" and High-Level Skills
http://www.oftwominds.com/blogapr15/value-work4-15.html



Wednesday: 29 April 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Cicadas on a Stick (ca 2008)
photograph by
isolethety

Red Storm Rising
In the 1986 book, Tom Clancy had a small blurb about some European government study that suggested feeding people grubs, for protein, after a nuclear war.

Link:
io9 - Crickets Alone Will Not Save You, Futurist Foodies
http://io9.com/crickets-alone-will-not-save-you-futurist-foodies-1698959551


The 'Best' Four
Like firearms, folks disagree with the number and type of knives you need for an event. That includes cooking knives.

Link:
Lifehackr - Don't Buy Expensive Knife Sets: These Four Knives Are All You Need
http://lifehacker.com/dont-buy-expensive-knife-sets-these-four-knives-are-al-1698973316



Wednesday: 29 April 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Suicide Prevention Poster (ca 2009)
produced by
Defense Media Agency

We Are Killing Ourselves
One of my mother-in-laws passed away. While we were at the funeral home, the undertaker commented hat he was seeing a lot of suicides.

Link:
HelpGuide.org - Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevention/suicide-prevention-helping-someone-who-is-suicidal.htm


In More Ways ...
Than one.

P.S.
You also breath this dust.

Link:
io9 - Your Air Freshener Is Actually Filling Your Home With Dust
http://io9.com/the-secret-price-of-using-air-fresheners-is-dust-1698901896



Wednesday: 29 April 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Tree House

photograph by
artilignum

Shelter
Everyone needs shelter, be it a tent, debris hut, or snow cave.

But, ... Shelter is so much more than keeping warm. It's about ... home.

Life:
Lifehacker: Two Cents - Should I Buy a Home or Just Keep Renting?
http://twocents.lifehacker.com/should-i-buy-a-home-or-just-keep-renting-1699277766


Credit Cards
According to researchers, most of us have them.

Well, ... That doesn't mean we know how to use them ; - )

Link:
Yahoo: Finance - 10 Dumb Credit Card Mistakes You're Making
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-dumb-credit-card-mistakes-youre-making-125000680.html



Wednesday: 6 May 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Reading a Newspaper (ca 2013)
photograph by
Ivan Bandura

Do
You have advice; I have advice. Everybody has advice.

Whether you follow it is up to you, but either way, always resist.

Link:
Straight Forward in a Crooked World - If I may offer some advice....
http://straightforwardinacrookedworld.blogspot.com/2015/04/if-i-may-offer-some-advice.html



Wednesday: 6 May 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Looks Complicated (ca 2008)
photograph by
alq666


Just Not Money
Yeah, ... It's a link to a link.

But, ... The thought also apply to physical fitness, prepping, and ... anything else you want to do.

LifeHacker - Improve Your Finances with Habits That Require the Least Change First
http://lifehacker.com/improve-your-finances-with-habits-that-require-the-leas-1702230066



Wednesday: 6 May 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Funeral Arrangements
photograph by
Chris 73/Wikimedia Commons

The Dead
During a disaster, you and your family may have to handle the dead, recovering family and friends' remains, clearing buildings for possible use by your family, and other reasons.

So, ... It would be a good idea to know a little about the process.

Link:
Gizmodo - This Is What Happens to Your Body After You Die
http://gizmodo.com/this-is-what-happens-to-your-body-after-you-die-1702224627/+riamisra



Wednesday: 6 May 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
MKFI

Not Appropriate
You may be an early adaptor, amoung your friends and family, and this can be a good thing.

But, ... When it comes to expensive, experimental military technology, let us just read about it.

Link:
Gizmodo - What It Feels Like to Shoot With the Military’s Experimental Smart Scope
http://gizmodo.com/what-it-feels-like-to-shoot-the-military-s-experimental-1700448634/+riamisra#


Camouflage
We, you and your family, live in an unique environment. Some of us live in the high plains. Some of us live in the forests of this nation.

Either way, ... You need to make sure the color of your gear matches your environment.

Link:
Shooting Illustrated - Magpul Sand PMag Gen M3
http://www.shootingillustrated.com/index.php/36823/magpul-sand-pmag-gen-m3/



Wednesday: 13 May 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Britt Reints

Provenance of Food
Hippie, my sister, use to get after me to eat locally because she know the importance of knowing where our food came from.

Link:
The Telegraph - Must Britain now Dig for Survival?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/9997719/Must-Britain-now-Dig-for-Survival.html


Better Earlier Than Later
This link is old, over two years old.

But, ... Ryan's words still apply.

Link:
Total Survivalist Blog - Economic Crack Binge and Coming Effects
http://www.totalsurvivalist.com/2013/03/economic-crack-binge-and-coming-effects.html



Wednesday: 13 May 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Shannon Keith

S.E.A.L.
Everybody needs an emergency evacuation (survival) kit, including the ...

Link:
Total Survivalist Blog - Naval Special Warfare Center Survival Kit Request
http://www.totalsurvivalist.com/2013/02/naval-special-warfare-center-survival.html

Note:
Whether you buy or build it, I believe everybody needs one!


Planning
You know me; it always starts with ...

TEOTWAWKI blog - Building a Great Pocket Survival Kit: Planning
http://www.teotwawki-blog.com/2012/05/building-great-pocket-survival-kit.html



So, ...
There was this contest, from the TEOTWAWKI blog, with over thirty entries.

Link:
TEOTWAWKI blog - Label 'Pocket Survival Kit'
http://www.teotwawki-blog.com/search/label/pocket%20survival%20kit



Wednesday: 13 May 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


Photgraph by
VanTucky

Inforgraphics
I receive e-mails from vendors touting their products; some are cool enough to provide infographics, too.

Well, ... Here is one, on the ...

Link:
Patriot Caller - 10 Survival Foods You Should Be Growing
http://patriotcaller.com/10-survival-foods-you-should-be-growing-30/

Note:
I disagree with #1 because Sweet Potatoes are sooo much better for you and your family.

But, ... You have to introduce Sweet Potatoes to your family before an event to make sure they will eat them.

P.S.
All my brothers just looooove Sweet potato fries with their burger and beer ; - )


Compost
Great plants start with good soil.

To have good soil, you need to build it with ...

Link:
The Telegraph - How to make your own compost
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningequipment/10001698/How-to-make-your-own-compost.html


Rabbits
They are cute, fuzzy, and ... good to eat

Link:
The Telegraph - Budget recipe: braised rabbit with carrots and peas
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/9971148/Budget-recipe-braised-rabbit-with-carrots-and-peas.html

Note:
A diet exclusively of rabbit (very lean meat) will fail to provide needed fat, carbohydrates, and vitamins (micronutrients) for your body.

So, ... You need to make sure you and your family are eating more than just rabbits.

Link:
Wikipedia - Rabbit Starvation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_starvation

wiseGeek - What is Rabbit Starvation
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-rabbit-starvation.htm



Wednesday: 13 May 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


source
Imperial War Museum

Read It
If you read one link today, you need to read this link.

Shooting Illustrated - Shooter Self-Care: Providing Lifesaving Care
http://www.shootingillustrated.com/index.php/36924/shooter-self-care-providing-lifesaving-care/

P.S.
Thanks to Say Uncle for the link


Normal
Most of us lack a medical professional, on our 'team.'

But, ... Did you know that most doctors (primary care physicians) use to just use a thermometer, sphygmomanometer (bllod-pressure cuff), and a stethscope to diagnose patients, before the invention of x-ray machines, antibiotics, and ...

Link:
io9 - Just what is a “normal” temperature?
http://io9.com/just-what-is-a-normal-temperature-the-answer-depends-1702547454


Fear
Fear is normal. Fear is ...

Link:
io9 - This Animated Short Envisions Fears As Adorable Life Savers
http://io9.com/this-animated-short-envisions-fears-as-adorable-life-sa-1702457762


Before the Ultimate Event
Does your family know what to do, if you're unable to answer?

Link:
io9 - Your Doctor Probably Has A DNR. Here's Why You Should Consider One, Too.
http://io9.com/your-doctor-probably-has-a-dnr-heres-why-you-should-co-1702556735


P.S.
Yes, ... I think it is very funny that I have linked to io9, a science fiction website, for health information ; - )



Wednesday: 20 May 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
Robin Alasdair Fredrick Hutton


It is 12:58
There are already three other blubs for today.

So, ... I'm going to bed.


O.K.
It's 1:20 am

So, ... Here's a link. Just one though : - (

Link:
YouTube: Permasolutions - How to Build a Rocket Stove Mass Water Heater, with Geoff Lawton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oDpmmsqHwQ



Wednesday: 20 May 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


Bill Jordan,
U.S. Border Patrol (ca 1965)
photograph by
Unknown

Quote
This exchange is all over the interwed.

With that said, ... It is interesting


"He turned around to Bill and asked, “Mr. Jordan, what battle rifle would you stash away?”
Bill took another sip of his vodka tonic and said, “I’d put away a Smith & Wesson Model 19 and a box of cartridges.” Bill being from Louisiana, it came out sounding like “Kat-i-ges.”

Our local gun expert realized that Bill was a little hard of hearing, so he said, “No, Mr. Jordan, I meant what kind of AR would you want to have hidden away.”

Bill smiled, finished the vodka tonic, and said, “Sonny, I heard you the first time. And my answer is a Smith & Wesson Model 19 and a box of cartridges. If serious trouble starts and you can shoot at all, you can get whatever kind of little machine gun you’d want to carry. You could even get a little Jeep to drive and maybe even a nice looking uniform to wear… if you can shoot!”


The Gun
Many years ago, police officers carried revolvers because they were simple, rugged, and easy to use. Plus, they were the 'best' firearm for the times.

Link:
Sheriff Jim Wilson - A Classic Sixgun
http://sheriffjimwilson.com/2012/02/17/a-classic-sixgun/



Wednesday: 20 May 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,




photograph by
Kallemax

There is a Difference
Collecting coins and tokens are a fun and interesting hobby. It covers such diverse topics as art, metallurgy, history, manufacturing processes, and many other topics.

But, ... It isn't 'stacking silver'

Link:
Silver Coins.com - Coin Collecting: Beginner's Guide
http://www.silvercoins.com/coin-collecting-guide/


Fake Silver
Needless to say, profitable enterprises will be imitated, and some will be counterfeited.

Link:
Silver Coins.com - Fake Silver Coins: 13 Ways to Spot Counterfeits
http://www.silvercoins.com/fake-silver-coins-14-ways-to-spot-counterfeits/


Getting Ripped Off
Of course, there is more than one method of protecting your wealth

Link:
Silver Coins.com - How to Hide Silver & Gold Coins (Ideas)
http://www.silvercoins.com/how-to-hide-silver/



Wednesday: 20 May 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
SPC Tyler Kingsbury
  
A.L.I.C.E.
Depending on how old you are (and your budget), you may want to consider using older military gear to carry your gear.

Needless to say, like all equipment, it's a good idea to read the manual, first, before using it ; - )

Link:
Georgia Outfitters.com - All Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment
http://www.georgia-outfitters.com/_alice/alicemanual.htm


M.O.L.L.E
For younger folks (and those with a bigger budget), you may want to investigate using MOLLE gear for your kit.

Link:
Camping Survival Gear Reviews - Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment: Care and Use Manual
http://www.campingsurvivalgearreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/MOLLE_Care_and_use_manual.pdf


'New' Stuff
It seems, the military has decided that the MOLLE vest might be a poor idea, so they have changed back to a similar system like the ALICE gear.

Oh well, ... But, the newest system will still use the MOLLE attachment process.

Link:
Max Velocity Tactical.com - MVT Battlebelt: Evolution
http://www.maxvelocitytactical.com/2013/11/mvt-battlebelt-evolution/

Remember:
Folks lose focus and get wrapped up in 'Batman Belts' or so-called 'Battle Belts. Something that is usually very expensive and only needed after proper shelter, water, food, medical supplies, reliable transportation, communications, and ... just about everything else.



Wednesday: 27 May 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,






photograph by
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class
John Suits


Training Your Replacement
You and your partner are going to die, sooner or later. (Hopefully, later than sooner)

So, ... Your children will need to take over

Link:
WeaponsMan - Big Boy Rules: A Slice of Life in an Elite Unit
http://weaponsman.com/?p=22922

P.S.
Yeah, ... I know the article doesn't deal directly with training, but it gives you an idea of how 'effective' teams work.


Note:
These United States will be selecting a new President and about 33% of our federal Senators, and an unknown number of Representatives in 2016.

So, ... certain Firearms and all ammunition prices may increase as some candidates appeal increase.



Wednesday: 27 May 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


by
Pearson Scott Foresman

Wild Plants
As you and your family prepare for tough times, I want you to think about having multiple methods of doing things.

One of these is obtaining food.

Link:
Preparedness Advice - 40 Most Common Edible Wild Plants in North America
http://preparednessadvice.com/edible_plants/40-common-edible-wild-plants-north-america/



Wednesday: 27 May 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,






photograph by
Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley

Medical Supplies
You and your family are going to need medical supplies during an event. What you purchase is going to be determined by your threat analysis.

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Medical Preparations for TEOTWAWKI or a Major Disaster
http://preparednessadvice.com/medical/medical-preparations-teotwawki-major-disaster/



Improvised
During and after an event, you and your family may be unable to access propper medical care, so you will have to improvise supplies, such as bandages and antiseptics

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Sugardine, a Great Homemade Antiseptic
http://preparednessadvice.com/medical/sugardine-great-homemade-antiseptic/


Be Careful ...
with what you read about medical care. There are outdated methods, misinformation, and ...

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Sanitary Napkins, Tampons and Diapers Are They Good Blood Stoppers?
http://preparednessadvice.com/medical/sanitary-napkins-tampons-diapers-good-blood-stoppers/

P.S.
As always, make sure to read the comments.



Wednesday: 27 May 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
A7N8X

Organization
Depending on your personality; it will determine what methods and how much organization you need in you and your family's life.

Link:
Say Uncle - Need to Get Organized
http://www.saysuncle.com/2015/05/25/need-to-get-organized/

P.S.
Make sure to read the comments, as always ; - )


Penetrating Oil
"primers + oil = dead primers. If you're storing ammo right against the oiled metal, I'd say that there's at least a chance that some of the oil could coat the rounds and eventually make it into the primer pockets or penetrate the (admittedly teensy) gap between the bullet and the case itself.

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot39.htm (http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot39.htm)

Maybe not so much...?" written by Bad Penny 03

Link:
The High Road.org - Marking Ammo Cans
http://www.thehighroad.org/archive/index.php/t-358395.html




Wednesday: 3 June 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



source
National Archives and Records Administration

Real Life
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is staring in a new movie called "San Andreas." According to some reviewers, the movie is a good, solid summer action movie.

Well, ... Like Zombies, Mutant Zombies, and other fictional events, let us remember the real-life events, we (you and your family) may face.

Link:
Codenameinsight - A Week of News...Are You Ready for These Real-Life Disasters?
http://www.codenameinsight.com/2015/04/a-week-of-newsare-you-ready-for-these.html


It's a Commercial
I was watching t.v. and saw a commercial for a ... commercial

Link:
Stansberry Reasearch - Congressman Ron Paul's Warning to Americans about the Coming Currency Crisis
https://orders.cloudsna.com/chain?cid=MKT033949&eid=MKT058896&snaid=&step=start##AST03347

P.S.
I enjoy listening to these types of advertisements because they motivate me to become better prepared for an event.

But, ... I never send them money or ask for a copy of their 'super, secret' information because I already know what's going to happen.

So, do you!



Wednesday: 3 June 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



source
Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives Building

Altoid Tin
Probably the smallest emergency evacuation kit is one made from an Altoids tin. The inside of the tin can be polished to act as an emergency signaling device and several 'strike anywhere' matches with a small slice of sandpaper, a contractor garbage bag, some twine, and other items can be added to make a very small kit.

But, ... You would need a lot of knowledge and experience to successfully use the kit during an event.

Link:
More Than Just Surviving - DIY: How to Build Your Own Altoids Tin Survival Kit [RQ#6]
http://morethanjustsurviving.com/altoids-tin-survival-kit/


A Little Bigger Kit
Here is a video of a slightly larger carried on a belt.

Link:
YouTube: Ryan JCus - Basic Wilderness Survival Kit And Contents
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvz1o9qkzDs


The Ultimate Kit
Needless to say, the ultimate survival kit doesn't exist, but people still try ; - )

Link:
YouTube: BraveTheWilds - LBE Kit: Minimal Survival Kit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q2NqhJY6pE

YouTube: PackRat Outdoors - 72 Hour Load Bearing Equipment 1/3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXguo4Zluro

YouTube: PreparedMind101 - Big Bag O' (Survival) Gear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_t75X_oQes



Wednesday: 3 June 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Wamser

Older and Wiser
O.K. maybe not wiser, but we are all going to get older.

Link:
Codename Insight - 10 Medical Prep Tips for the Elderly
http://www.codenameinsight.com/2015/04/10-medical-prep-tips-for-elderly.html


Exercising
You and your family are going to get older, so you need to be as physically fit as possible

Link:
Yahoo: News - 30 minutes of exercise is key to health in old age
http://news.yahoo.com/30-minutes-exercise-key-health-old-age-224959771.html


P.S.
About the photograph.

Your enemies will not care whether you're a child, woman, or wise elder. They will kill you, your family, and a people.



Wednesday: 3 June 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
Peter van der Sluijs

Choosing Ammunition
There is a lot implied in this short blurb from Tam.

First, ... Don't Buy the Hype. Yes, Predator, Wolverine, Hydra, and other dramatic names sound cool, but do the products really work?

Second, ... Technology moves on. For some items, you and your family are going to be served just fine by wool blankets, wood stoves, and other older technology, but somethings (like food and ammo) are going to be used up. So, ... You can purchase 'advance' technology.

Third, ... Make sure it works. Yes, we can research on the internet, ask friends pointed questions, and do other second-hand investigations, but we need to make sure the tool or technique will work for our family.

Lastly, ... Tam is funny

P.S.
Thanks to Say Uncle for the link

Link:
View From The Porch - Brand Recognition
http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/2015/05/brand-recognition.html


But, ...
What are some of the brands that really work?

Link:

YouTube: tnoutdoors9 - My 9MM E.D.C. ammo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuLoUzplbYQ

YouTube: tnoutdoors9 - 9mm Standard Pressure Ammo Test X 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8gm7ZTkDxc

YouTube: tnoutdoors9 - 9mm Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL727CAFF8A6C0D3BF&feature=iv&src_vid=c8gm7ZTkDxc&annotation_id=annotation_3419423419


Lastly, ...
Uncle, over at Say Uncle, asked about storing ammo a few days ago.

Well, ... Some folks shared a few pictures.

Link:
Say Uncle - Thanks for the Help
http://www.saysuncle.com/2015/05/26/thanks-for-the-help-2/

And

GSIEP - Building Shelves
http://gsiep.blogspot.com/2010/06/building-shelves_21.html

GSIEP - Building Shelves, Part 2
http://gsiep.blogspot.com/2010/07/building-shelves-part-2.html



Wednesday: 10 June 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


source
Queensland State Archives

Another Opinion
Last week, I highlighted some emergency kits for you and your family to consider when building your emergency kits.

Well, ... Here is one that offers a different perspective

Link:
YouTube: WildernessOutfitters - Pathfinder School Basic Class Equipment List Rundown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnLjQIctLdY


Another Bigger Kit
Here's a video about a bigger kit based on a military butt pack and military assault pack

Link:
YouTube: WildernessOutfitters - Equipment List Discussion for Pathfinder Basics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA52KuFBE7M


Tarred Bankline? ... Paracord? ... Cordage?
All of these have uses in your survival kit. It can be used to make shelter, take wild game with traps, and ...

Link:
YouTube: Wildernessways - Bank Line VS Paracord Shootout
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FEJfC-eWrU

YouTube: Survival on Purpose - Walmart Bankline vs Pathfinder Bankline Survival on a Shoestring
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWzoqjwXRNg

P.S.
You will want more then you think ; - )




Wednesday: 10 June 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Virginia State Parks’ Staff

Dutch Oven Cooking
What can I say, but Fruit-Topped Dutch Oven Cake

Link:
Scouting Magazine - A Beginner’s Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking
http://scoutingmagazine.org/2015/05/dutch-treats-dutch-oven-101/


Scouts
Once you get past all the unjustified political crap, surrounding the Scouting programs, they are a good organization for girls and boys.

Plus, they share their information with everyone!

Link:
MacScouter - The Dutch Oven Cookbook: version 2.3
http://www.macscouter.com/cooking/docs/DOCookbk.pdf

U.S. Scouts - Dutch Oven Cooking
http://www.usscouts.org/cooking/dutch_lh.pdf

Boy Scout Troop 412 and Cub Scout Pack 412 - Scout Dutch Oven Cookbook
http://www.zion412.org/Library/DutchOvenCookbooks/Scout%20Dutch%20Oven%20Cookbook.pdf

Scouting in Canada - A Scout’s Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking
http://www.scoutscan.com/pdf/dutchbeg.pdf


Not the Only Ones
So do a lot of other people, too

Link:
West Virginia Department of Agriculture - Cast Iron Cookbook: Yesterday and Today, volume one
http://www.wvagriculture.org/images/Literature/Cast-IronCookbook-1.pdf

West Virginia Department of Agriculture - Cast Iron Cookbook: Yesterday and Today, volume two
http://www.wvagriculture.org/images/Literature/Cast-IronCookbook-2.pdf

Idaho State University - Dutch Oven Cookbook
http://www.isu.edu/outdoor/pdf/2012_cookbook.pdf

Camp Chief - Dutch Oven Cooking Guide
http://www.campchef.com/media/manuals/CastIronRecipeBook.pdf



Wednesday: 10 June 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,




source
National Archives and Records Administration

Years
Until I had listened to this video, I had forgotten that it has been years since .22LR become so expensive.

Link:
YouTube: PostmasterPrepper - The real reason behind 22 LR ammo shortage 2014 explained
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjytBBmsYvA


.22LR Firearms for Survival
After you and your family have acquired defensive handguns and defensive rifles, you might want to purchase a .22LR firearm for survival.

Link:
YouTube: sootch00 - SHTF: 10 reasons for a 22LR Firearm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-radX2VMWgY


Ammunition for Your .22LR Firearm
Needless to say, ... If you have a .22LR firearm, you need ammunition for it.

Link:
YouTube: The Daily Shooter - .22LR An up close look and comparison of rounds, brands and bullet types
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN7Esl1EOGc



Wednesday: 10 June 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



source
City Archives

Stocks and Bonds
For over fifty years, some folks have been predicting the collapse of these United States economy. It hasn't yet, and it probably won't happen.

But, ... we (you and your family) are preppers, so we prepare for this eventuality by purchasing small amounts of silver and god

But, ... How do you know they're real?

Link:
SilverCoins.com - Fake Silver Coins: 13 Ways to Spot Counterfeits
http://www.silvercoins.com/fake-silver-coins-14-ways-to-spot-counterfeits/

Perth Mint Bullion Blog - Don't Get Duped By Fake Minted Bars
http://www.perthmintbullion.com/us/blog/blog/15-05-20/Don_t_Get_Duped_By_Fake_Minted_Bars.aspx


Just Not for Millionaires
For families getting ready for a financial event, I think, we need to emulate some of the techniques of the so-called rich, like ...

Link:
Yahoo: Finance - 5 Secret Habits of Self-Made Millionaires
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/5-secret-habits-self-made-093048466.html



Wednesday: 17 June 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists


photograph by
Mikhail (Vokabre) Shcherbakov

Last One
O.K.!

This is the last emergency evacuation kit blurb that I will do for a while ; - )

Link:
YouTube: CommonSenseOutdoors - Items You DO NOT NEED in your Survival kit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4SSoZWK-vA

YouTube: CommonSenseOutdoors - More Items You DO NOT NEED in a Survival Kit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20bqwuYBWh0

Note:
I disagree with some of the speakers thoughts.

But, ... As always, what you carry in your kit is up to you and your family.


The Most Underrated Survival Item?
No, it's not Hug A Tree (though it's a great idea to teach your partner and children) or commonsense. It's ...

Link:
YouTube: IntenseAngler - The Most Underrated Survival Tip?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRpyx2FF6zQ



Wednesday: 17 June 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
JIP


$130
At over one hundred dollars, these stoves aren't one of the 'Top Six Prepper Tools.'

But, ... The EcoZoom stoves are one of the biggest rip offs for preppers.

The second biggest rip off, for preppers, is the second stove. It uses expensive propane cylinders. A better stove would be a liquid fuel 'colemen' duel-fuel stove with a propane adaptor for the stove.

Needless to say, this is one of those article where you have to use your brain to avoid purchasing unneeded equipment.

Link:
The Survivalist Blog - Cook, Bake and Stew The Top Six Prepper Tools to Get It Done Effectively…
http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/cook-bake-stew-top-prepper-tools-effectively/

P.S.
I have written about the EcoZoom stove in the past (I'll have to find it to link to it)

At $130, it's expensive, very expensive, especially if you can make one for ...


$12
I have nothing more to say.

Link:
YouTube: Gene Lonergan - How to Make a $12 Rocket Stove
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOZ7gJaqdtQ


Trash
O.K. Here is a rocket stove for the price of trash and your time

Link:
YouTube: LDSPrepper - Build A Rocket Stove, Step-By-Step
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6ValmUnjz4



Wednesday: 17 June 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
Steve Evans

SKS or AR-15
For most of us, the choice of the 'best' rifle is going to be either the AR-15 or the SKS rifle. Both are inexpensive and plentiful.

The SKS rifle, in my opinion, is the better of the two because you don't have to purchase a bunch of magazines, just some ammo and a sling.

Well, ... Some of us are going to want a 'harder hitting' rifle like the FN-FAL, the LAR-8/AR-10/SR-25, or the ...

Link;
Commander Zero - Thoughts on the PTR-91
http://www.commanderzero.com/?p=2683

And

GSIEP - AR-15 Rifle, Part Two
http://gsiep.blogspot.com/2012/05/firearms-for-preppers-m16ar15-series_12.html

GSIEP - SKS Rifle
http://gsiep.blogspot.com/2012/04/firearms-for-preppers-sks-rifle.html


.357 Magnum Revolver
If you have been reading me for a little while, you know "If" I mention the SKS rifle; I have to mention the ...

Link:
Survivalist Boards.com - Best REASONABLY Priced .357 Self Defense Revolver
http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=242761



Wednesday: 17 June 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,






photograph by
Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Katrina V. Walter

Small Engines
As you and your family get prepared, you will sooner or later think about and possibly purchase a generator. These generator will be properly stored, so they work during and after an event.

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Mothballing Small Engines for Storage.
http://preparednessadvice.com/equipment/mothballing-small-engines-storage/

Preparedness Advice - More Good Information on Mothballing and Maintaining Small Engines.
http://preparednessadvice.com/equipment/good-information-mothballing-maintaining-small-engines/

Preparedness Advice - Fuel Stabilizer for Small Motors.
http://preparednessadvice.com/fuels/fuel-stabilizer-small-motors/



Wednesday: 24 June 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Magnus D

The British Royal Family ...
They raise their own food, a garden and small livestock. They hunt wild game. They cook using whole foods, produce from their garden, and livestock from their ranch.

They watch their spending habits. They have several revenue streams. They let friends buy them expensive, consumable gifts.

They are former military members or currently serving in their military.

So, .... They must be Preppers!!!

Link:
Business Insider - A former palace chef says members of the British royal family cook for themselves, love Tupperware, and don't buy caviar
http://www.businessinsider.com/british-royal-family-is-frugal-2015-5


Some Dos and Don'ts for Preppers
There is a lot of good advice in this article, so I suggest you read it.

Link:
The Survivalist Blog: Brian G Carter - Preppers’ Dos and Don’ts
http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/preppers-dos-and-donts/



Wednesday: 24 June 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
SuSanA Secretariat

Dakota Fire Pit
After an event, you and your family are going to want a hot meal to eat or boil water to disinfect water for drinking

Link:
YouTube: StephensonPrepper - Dakota Fire Pit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsFgTpPDR08

YouTube: David's Passage - The Dakota Fire Hole (How to make one and why I love it)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffldYo4EVCg



Rocket Stove
For folks that are thinking a little longer term, you might want to start learning about rocket stoves.

Link:
YouTube: Dennis Mills - Rocket Stove Classroom Instruction with Ernie & Erica Wisner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mZQdu2wNi4

YouTube: Dennis Mills - Rocket Stove Construction Fire Science with Erica & Ernie Wisner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUCqaE_RU4I



Wednesday: 24 June 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



photograph by
MC1 Nathan Lockwood

The Military
We have several family members and family friends thinking about, joining, or have joined the military this year. One is a firefighter with the Marines. One is joining to become a helicopter crewmember. One is thinking about becoming a U.S. Navy Diver, and another is thinking about joining the Infantry.

No matter their specialty, all of them will be required to stay physically fit.

To test their physically fitness, these United States military tests using three events, pushups, situps, and the 2-mile run. Three events that can easily be used by preppers to stay physically fit.

Link:
YouTube: ArmyRotcStudyGuide - How to do an Army Pushup
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDJ0XSTFR-8

YouTube: ArmyRotcStudyGuide - How to do an Army Situp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBTFEnbhsJk


Hot
Needless to say, doing pushups and situps can get boring, so try a Burpee, Crunches, and Pull-Ups to add variety to your workout.

Link:
YouTube: CJ Koegel - How To: Burpee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Oo_LD8ezwg

YouTube: Howcast - How to Increase Sit-Ups by 400% | Boot Camp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjaGS9kGBCU

YouTube: - Navy Seal Buds Training Pull-ups
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi_mtzpV09s



Wednesday: 24 June 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



source
by
General Donn A. Starry

Modifications
The SKS rifle is the 'best' rifle for preppers. It's inexpensive, repair parts are available, and many other pluses. Plus, it doesn't use expensive detachable magazines

But, ... Some folks might find the AR-15 a better rifle with certain modification.

Link:
WeaponsMan - Those Who Forget the Past, AR-15 Edition
http://weaponsman.com/?p=23294

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