Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wednesdays and Other Stuff: 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

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Wednesday: 1 July 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Pfc. Tony Taylor

photograph by
United States Army

Information is everywhere, just look around you.

So, ... What are you showing people?

The Survivalist Blog: Ron G -

Like most preppers, you're probably wondering when "It" is going to happen.

Well, ...

Link: - Collapses Don’t Happen Overnight

Wednesday: 1 July 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Technique de Feu par Friction
photograph by
Marc Bracelet

Two is One
Having adequate shelter, storing water, purchasing long-term food storage, and all the other stuff you and your family purchase to survive an event is one method of providing for your family's survival.

What's number two?

The Survivalist Blog: Tony Nester - Tools and Tips for Living Off the Land

How do you get started?

Wood Trekker - Bushcraft Tools

Minimal Tools
What's nice about bushcraft? It requires minimal tools.

Frontier Bushcraft - Getting Started with Bushcraft: Debunking the Kit Myth

Wednesday: 1 July 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

People Dumpster Diving

photograph by
Mr. Choppers

You Better Listen ...
... when your mom says 'Don't eat that!'

Food Storage and Survival - Don't Eat That! Seven Signs of Good Food Storage Gone Bad
Don’t Eat That! Seven Signs of Good Food Storage Gone Bad

Copyright © 2014 - Food Storage and Survival - Read more at:

Wednesday: 1 July 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Jamaica Defence Force Soldiers,
photograph by
Joseph Bonet

Some Guns,
You just don't purchase because they are too ... Unique

Total Survivalist Blog - And The Winner of the Semi Auto .308 Selection Is.....

No, No, No, ...
I'm talking about the ...

Wednesday: 8 July 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Vente de Fromages au Marché de Coustellet
photograph by
Marianne Casamance

Say Cheese
This is a long article about a variety of topics about cheese. It covers traditional cheese making, using Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) to make cheese, and other issues.

io9 - You Can Thank Genetic Engineering For Your Delicious Cheese

Making Cheese

FAO - Cheese Making

Wednesday: 8 July 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Fueling a PBY Catalina

photograph by
Howard R. Hollem

Half Full
There are certain concepts that are 'universal' in prepping (survivalism); it is keeping your vehicles' fuel tanks half full.

But, ... Do you now why?

Food Storage and Survival - Four Compelling Reasons to Keep Your Gas Tank More Than Half Full

Wednesday: 15 July 2015, Part One

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Campground in Arches National Park,

photograph by
Davis Hiser

One of my brothers, Scout, and his family like to camp. His wife, Coder, dislikes primitive camping, so they bought a recreational vehicle (R.V.) a pop-up trailer

Well, ... They would make a great emergency evacuation vehicle for some events.

Yahoo: Homes - Tiny wind- and solar-powered 'Ecocapsule' promises ultimate getaway

Another Method
For folks on a budget and handy with tools, you might want to try this method for creating an emergency evacuation vehicle.

A plus for this method, ... It looks like a van from the outside.

Yahoo: Homes - 'There are so many ways to live': Meet the man who quit his job to make an $8,000 van home

Another Event
During tough economic times, some folks are going to be homeless, not by choice, so you're going to need housing. At $600 to well over $1.000 a month, an apartment might be too expensive for you, so you could share a place, like I do.

But, ... That won't work for a family.

Frugal Living Freedom - Living in a Travel Trailer: Been There, Done That

The Ultimate Method
Lastly, you and your family could purchase a travel trailer and some 'junk' land for those pesky economic collapses.

wikiHow - How to Homestead in a Travel Trailer

Wednesday: 15 July 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Trinkende Kuh in Müstair (ca 2004)
photograph by
Roland Zumbühl

How Much Water?
Most folks already know this, but to make sure ...

Utah State University: Extension Service - Frequently Asked Questions #459

My answer?

Yes, No, or Maybe! It depends on your situation.

If you're storing city water, then no.

If you're storing well water, then yes.

If you're unsure, then maybe.

Utah State University: Extension Service - Do I need to treat water before storing it?

Wednesday: 15 July 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Kitchen Garden Reconstruction,

photograph by
National Park Service

Most Families
For most folks, all you need to store is extra bagged, boxed, bottled, canned, and frozen food that your family normally eats. For other families, you will need to store whole grains, dried beans, and other whole foods.

But, ... Either way, you need to know how long these foods will last.

Food Storage and Survival - Food Storage Shelf Life Chart

Speaking of ...
Most families, especially new to prepping, make common mistakes about storing food. Here are three of them.

Preparedness Advice Blog - Three Common Food Storage Mistakes

The links are worth your time, in this article.

A Guide
Here is a free guide, 120 pages, about ...

Utah State University: Extension Service - A Guide to Food Storage for Emergencies

What Not to Store
As you know, I try to dispel the 'myths' about prepping. One of these myths is 'you and your family shouldn't store frozen food for an event.'

Well, ... Here's a couple more.

Utah State University: Extension Service - What Not to Store

If you're getting ready for an economic collapse, storing frozen food makes sense.


You're trying to save money, and frozen food is one of the best was to save money! Just be prepared for losing electricity.

Wednesday: 15 July 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Vaatteita Myytävänä Muuramen Markkinoilla (ca 2013)
photograph by
Tiia Monto

Survival Clothing
They're not what you think!

The Modern Survivalist - Survival Clothes Selection: Part I

Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead
Just so you know, if you would like to know more about clothing for the tough times ahead. Please consider purchasing the e-book from Barnes and Nobles

Wednesday: 22 July 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Patrick Henry arguing the "Parson's Cause" (ca1834)
painting by
George Cooke

Katniss and I disagree on certain things. One of these is talking about tough times. She feels that talking about bad situations will bring on those events where I believe the opposite.

Either way, you and your family need to communicate about the potential events that you and your family may face.

At first, go with the easy ones like hurricanes, winter storms, and other natural disasters that happen on a seasonal schedule. This will get you and your family thinking about potential disaster which develops the mindset that "Tough Times can happen to me and my family." Plus, what's really cool about doing it this way; your family won't get scared!

The second great thing about introducing your family to seasonal events (disasters); they will need to update their supplies every couple of months!

Because, ... It's hurricane season, right now, and it's winter storm season, in five or six months!

Lastly, it will get your children thinking, problem solving, and ... empower them especially if you take their researched advice!

Damn, ... I bet you didn't know I was a liberal!

Dang, I thought I didn't have a link for y'all, but I do; I have two!

WeaponsMan - When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Firewood

WeaponsMan - One Downside of a Much Younger, Latina Wife

The moral of these stories? Be careful where you live!

O.K. It's really 'Make sure to kick the firewood, before picking it up' and 'You can't trust anyone under 30!' Ha, ha, ha!

Wednesday: 22 July 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Dangar Falls at Dorrigo,

photograph by

Doing an event, your family's water supply may be destroyed, so you need to know where to find more, such as ...

Family Survival Planning - Where to Find an Emergency Water Supply

Wednesday: 22 July 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Deep freezer full groceries for crisis prevention.

photograph by

Seriously, that is the description of the photograph!

Home Storage
The first place for food storage is in your home, but how does your family start?

Utah State Universtiy: Extension - Food Storage in the Home

Not for Us
O.K. So, ... you and your family don't plan to have a food storage program.

How would you like to save money?

Utah State Universtiy: Extension - Plan to Shop

Do It Right
Either way, you might want to down load the electronic version of the USDA's 2009 canning manual. Just in case.

University of Georgia - USDA: Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2009 revision

Wednesday: 22 July 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Norske navn på delene av en revolver (ca 2014)
work by
Petter Bøckman

The Revolver
As you know, I suggest buying a handgun, before any other firearm purchase. They are easily carried and concealable. You also know, that I suggest buying a revolver because they are simple and require minimal equipment to be useful to your family, compared to pistols.

Well, ... The first skill, you will need to practice is the reload.

The Firearm Blog - How to Reload a Revolver
LuckyGunner: How to Reload a RevolverLuckyGunner: How to Reload a Revolver
LuckyGunner: How to Reload a Revolver

During tough times, you will need to carry your handgun concealed, so you will need something to carry it in, like a ...

All Outdoor - In Praise of Kydex Holsters for Concealed Carry
In Praise of Kydex Holsters for Concealed Carry
In Praise of Kydex Holsters for Concealed Carry

The Commandments
When Massad Ayoob talks; I listen ; - )

Daily Caller - Massad Ayoob’s 10 Commandments Of Concealed Carry

Wednesday: 29 July 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

British Gallows in an Old Jail,

photograph by
Eitan f

Judged by 12, Carried by 6, or ...
Carrying a firearm for protection has its hazards. You could be shot, imprisoned, or sued and that's by the 'Good' guys!

WeaponsMan - The Alternative to “Judged” or “Carried.”

Wednesday: 29 July 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Panorama of Purdue University (ca 1904)
Library of Congress

Most preppers think, incorrectly, that their families need to purchase only freeze-dried food, long-term food storage, and other canned foods.

Nope, ... Because we (you and your family) are getting prepared for economic tough times, winter storms, and other events where the electricity will only be out for a few days, or the grocery stores closed till the end of the storm.

And, ... You and your family will still need to know how long that Thanksgiving Turkey will last for leftovers ; - )

Purdue Extension Service - Food Storage Guide

Saving Money
My Family and I get on 'kicks.' We might eat ice cream, after dinner, everyday for a week.

Or, ... Cook with exotic herbs such dill, oregano, or sage as we practice with our food storage.

Ooooh, ... It's also a good way to introduce the family to growing your own food.

Purdue Extension Service - Growing Herbs

A Whole Lot More
Lastly, most of them are free.

O.K. ... A lot of them are free!

Purdue Extension Service - Food and Nutrition

Wednesday: 29 July 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

French Women

National Geographic Magazine

7.62 X 39 and .357 Magnum
I have two calibers while Say Uncle has three calibers. Some folks might have four or even five calibers to keep track of, in the same rifle.

Well, ... Uncle had a link about a possible solution to this problem.

Say Uncle - Keeping Track of Multi Calibers

Firearms are a multi-million dollar industry for a reason ; - )

As I get older, my sight isn't what it once was, so I have started looking into ...

Sights for my sight ; - )

WeaponsMan - Is this a “Red Not” Sight?

Wednesday: 29 July 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Emergency Currency and Coins

Modern life can be stressful. Plastic bags or reusable cloth bags, at the grocery store? Buy the new, flashy BMW or keep the old, reliable Honda? Purchase silver at $15 an ounce or long-term food storage for an economic collapse?

Either way, simplify your financial life.

Yahoo: Finance - 8 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Financial Life

Seriously, Simplify
Greece; along with Argentina, Venezuela, Ukraine, and ...; is a resource for lessons about our possible future.

PrawfsBlawg - You Can Go Home Again And Start a Business: Agricultural Education in Greece


The Modern Survivalist - 20 Survival Lessons from the Greek Crisis


The Modern Survivalist - Argentine and Greek Collapse: 12 Similarities, Differences and Lessons Learned

Wednesday: 5 August 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Model Railroad Club of Toronto
photograph by

I have an interesting job. I get to do what I want, within reason, when I want.  Plus, it's physically and mentally demanding.

Well, ... Some of us don't have that option

Lifehacker - Zen and the Art of Gundam Maintenance: Finding the Ideal Post-Work Hobby

One of the neat aspects of prepping, you and your family can have many different hobbies such as cooking, shooting, gardening, reading, metal working, camping, writing, small scale farming, and many others.

Disaster Du Jour
I am guilty of promoting 'The Disaster of the Week' when I was writing "The Weekly Dose of Doom and Gloom." I still kind'a guilty of it, still.

So, ... You and your family will also have to prepare for other people 'surging' as they buy the supplies you and your family are trying to purchase.

Gizmodo - Earthquake Kits Selling Like Hotcakes After Terrifying New Yorker Story

And, ... Just to put "Seattle Is Doomed!!!" into perceptive.

Slate - Could a Catastrophic Earthquake Really Destroy Seattle?

Wednesday: 5 August 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The Soldier and His Wife (ca 1500s)
etching by
Daniel Hopfer

You and your family probably have all the pots and pans you will need during an event, ... maybe.

All Outdoor - Build a Minimalist SHTF Cook Kit

Wednesday: 5 August 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Spc. Jeremy Teela takes aim,

Photograph by
Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres

One Handgun
People will advise you to get this handgun or that handgun depending on their opinion. Some folks like Glock pistols (G19) while others like the M1911 pistol.

Either way, this article has a thing or two for you to consider.

All Outdoors - Shoot a Glock but Buy a 1911

One Rifle
By know, you know my opinion; you need to purchase a .357 magnum revolver and a SKS rifle for everyone in your family.

But, ... Some folks are going to want an AR-15 rifle for everyone in the family.

WeaponsMan - If You Had Only One 5.56mm Carbine?

One .22LR
There is only one .22LR. It is the Ruger 10/22!

Or, ... Is it the Marlin Model 60?

Field and Stream: Answers - Marlin Model 60 .22 or a Ruger 10/22. Which would you prefer and why?


The Firing Line - Marlin 60 vs Ruger 10/22


YouTube: redneckmini14 - Ruger 10/22 vs. Marlin Model 60

Wednesday: 5 August 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Pierre Angeles

photograph by
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Viramontes

Some folks spend outrageous amounts of money on 'tactical' clothing when they could purchase similar items from Cabela's (MTP), Sierra Trading Post (baselayer), internet military surplus stores, and the local Farm and Home Store (workwear)

Say Uncle - Every Thing is Tactical

Dual Use
Another source for clothing, for you and your family, is the sporting goods stores such as Campmor, BassPro, Cabela's, Gander Mountain, and many, many others.

All Outdoors - Gearing up for the First Hike: Clothing and Edged Tools

Wednesday: 12 August 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Loading Bottled Water,

Photograph by
Paul Farley

Bottled Water
The easiest and most expensive method of storing water is to purchase it from the local grocery store.

But, ... How do you know it's 'bad?'

Lifehacker - The Truth About Bottled Water Expiration Dates (and How Water Goes Bad)

Wednesday: 12 August 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Moving Sugar in the Sugar Shed,

photograph by

Behold the Power of ...
The Mormon Basic Four which includes sugar. Needless to say, you and your family want to store refined white sugar (you know, four pounds for a dollar. Ha, ha, ha) for your family's long-term food storage.

io9 - Kitchen Science: What's the Difference Between Brown and White Sugar?

Cresson Kearny
Developed an alternative to the basic four that remedied some nutritional concerns.

Link: - Kearny's Basic Survival for Multi-Year Storage

Just so you now, my family and I used a modified Mormon/Kearny basic food storage plan when we first got started.

More about that later, in a few weeks ; - )

Of course, you will need a cookbook to successfully use whole foods, ... especially "If" you start practicing, now!

MormonShare - Basic Food Storage Recipe Book

The cookbook is the two .pdfs at the bottom of the page. It's also in Microsoft Word and as a .rtf document to format, to your needs.

Wednesday: 12 August 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Children Playing Chinjo (ca 2012)
photograph by

During an event, you and your children may be confined to your home or your family's backyard, so you will need to provide some recreation for your family, including you and your partner.

Some of these games can be the old stand-bys like hopscotch, jump rope, kickball, and ... Lawn Darts!!!

Mom with a Prep - Ten Off-Grid, Backyard Games

Mom with a Prep - Preparedness Quick Tip #21: Fun and Games

Mom with a Prep - 10 Great Pretend Games to Help Your Children Develop Preparedness Skills

When you visit Jane, over at Mom with a Prep, say 'Hi' and leave her a compliment for her thoughtful writings.

Wednesday: 12 August 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Karbidlampe der Deutschen Reichsbahn
photograph by
Klaus D. Peter

Lighting is very important. It extends the day, so you and your family can complete more tasks.

Needless to say, there are different methods for providing this light. On of these methods is ...

Carbide Lamps
Most people don't know about carbide lamps, so they are overlooked by preppers during their research on providing light for their families.

Well, ... Carbide lamps use calcium carbide and water to produce acetylene gas. The gas is ignited with a striker, and the lamp produces a soft glow.

If you're a history buff, you know carbide lamps were used by miners and ...

Rams Horn Studio - Miner's Lamps

People that explore underground, especially in caves, are called ... Cavers. They also use carbide lamps to provide light because carbide will last forever (Really, as long as it stays dry).

Cavers like carbide lamps for a few reasons. First, carbide lasts forever. Two, the light is a 'gentle' light, so it's easy to see in a cave. Three, ...

I don't know; you'll have to ask a caver ; - )

Link: mfarley - Carbide Caver

mfarley's page has many links on the left hand side of the page, for you to read. Please do that.

If you interested in purchasing a carbide lamp, I have found one place.

Lehman's - Carbide Lamps and Calcium Carbide

Back-Up to the Back-Up's Back-Up
I have a a .50 caliber ammunition can with two cans of calcium carbide, a miner's lamp, and other items, as a back-up for my family's lighting needs. I call it the Emergency Heat and Light box.

Needless to say, ... Pictures and explanations are for another day ; - )

Wednesday: 19 August 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Monument to Pawlak and Kargul,

photograph by
Robert Niedźwiedzki

Emergency Evacuation
The easiest way to deal with an event is to evacuate. The easiest bag to evacuate with is a backpack.

Well, ...

All Outdoors - SHTF Backpacks with Too Many Pockets

Partner Acceptance Factor
This article is kind'a old. It's from 2013, so I have to update it, just a little bit.

First, instead of Wife Acceptance Factor, change it to Partner Acceptance Factor (PAF)

Second, get a backpack in a subdued, solid color like black, dark green, coyote brown, or .. bright, neon green, orange, or pink, depending on your threat analysis ; - )

Third, make sure you practice carrying your bag and using its contents, now.

All Outdoors - How to Increase Your WAF for Gear Purchases: A Take of Two Bags

Wednesday: 19 August 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

An Albanian Soldier,

photograph by
Lance Cpl. K.W. Holloway

Trading Up
Another reason for starting with the SKS rifle:

If you want to trade-up to a detachable magazine-fed rifle, you can purchase an AK-47 and use the same ammunition.

With that said, ... I normally don't highlight a company, unless I do business with them, but Say Uncle had a link about a neat product for the AK-series of rifles, a sling attachment point.

Echo Niner Three - Home

Remember! The firearms industry is a multi-million dollar business, for a reason.

I don't know where I saw this publication mentioned. It could have been Say Uncle or WeaponsMan.

Either way, ... Here is a historical pamphlet about ...

Federation or American Scientists - Ammunition (including grenades and mines)

Wednesday: 19 August 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Portrait of Jack LaLanne (ca 1961)
photograph by
Cliff Riddle

Weight Loss
Half to one pound a week. That's it.

LifeHacker: Vitals - Unsexy, Realistic Expectations for Healthy Weight Loss

Sleep is important. Plus, I just loooove learning more about other people's careers.

Yahoo: Travel - See the secret airplane bedrooms where flight attendants sleep on long-haul flights

Wednesday: 19 August 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Children Learning to Handle Money (ca 1950s)
The United Kingdom’s National Archives

Paycheck to Paycheck
Like you, I have limited funds for paying for preps, so I have to save, save, and work overtime then save that money, too.

Yahoo: Finance - How to Stop Living the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Lifestyle

Bad Advice?
Financial independence is an ongoing process. What worked in the '70s probably didn't work in the '90s. The same is probably true for the '10s.

So, ... You have to learn about what is working, today.

Yahoo: Finance - Seven Pieces of Bad Money Advice you Hear all the Time

Wednesday: 26 August 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Two Women using a Hibachi
photograph by
Kusakabe Kimbei

Deadly Mistake
It's that time of the year, again where we (you and your family) start thinking about those seasonal preps, like warm coats, gloves, hats, and ...

Alternate heating safety.

WeaponsMan - When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Hot Coals

Wednesday: 26 August 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Gerrie van Maasdijk Cleaning his Rifle

Rifles or Carbines
For some folks, owning an SKS rifle or other semiautomatic rifle is prohibited.

Well, ... There is a solution.

Lucky Gunner - CZ 527 Carbine: 60 Second Review

The Photo
I wanted to find a photograph of someone carrying a hunting rifle, but I got lazy.

So, ... Here is an article about the picture.

Survival Cache - 5 Easy Steps to a Clean Gun

During an event, you and your family may run out of certain supplies, like firearms cleaning supplies.

Well, ... cotton t-shirts or bed sheets make good improvised cleaning patches. 80-90W oil can be used to keep your weapons from rusting, but how do you clean them?

The Survivalists Boards - Improvised gun solvents

Wednesday: 26 August 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

painting by
Jean Clouet

Emergency Fund
When it comes to finances the first place to start is the emergency fund.

Yahoo: Finance - How to Build the Perfect Emergency Fund for You

This Could Involve You
One of my former employers hired a financial advisor to 'help' with the company's 401K.

Right at the gitgo, the fees sounded kind'a expensive for what they were doing. After a couple of months, people started complaining about losing money.

Guess what?

You don't have to be 'rich' to get ripped off by a financial advisor.

Investopedia - 4 Signs Your Financial Advisor Is Ripping You Off

Wednesday: 26 August 2015, Part Four, Number Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Wall Street,

photograph by

Don't Panic
A 1000 point drop in two days can be nerve racking, especially for small investors.

So, ... You may be thinking about pulling your money out of the stock market especially "If" you're close to retirement.

Don't Do It!

Why? ...

First, if you're close to retirement, you should have already been diversified (around 60%) in bonds or a bond fund.

Second, you haven't realized a loss, yet. If you sell now, you realize the loss. Plus, you can't get that money back.

Third, you're diversified, so your bond fund will go up ('cause everyone is selling stocks then buying bonds) as your stock fund goes down.

Fourth, you're a prepper, right?

So, ... You have secure shelter, stored water, canned food, medical supplies, firearms with ammunition, a second income stream, and ... all the other stuff; you have been reading about all these years.

Fifth, the Government will protect you! Ha, ha, ha

What to Do?
First, ... buy!, Buy!!, BUY!!!

Yes, "If" you have some cash sitting around doing nothing, look around for some bargains in dividend paying stocks from the big-name companies. You know ...

Ha, ha, ha, ... You thought I was going to suggest some stock picks ; - )

Second, take this time to really look at your investments. Are they working for you? If they're not, what can you do to change them.

Third, take a hard look at your family's preps. Do they work? If not, what needs to be done to make them work?

Fourth, ...

Don't Panic!!!

I have written a lot for a Wednesday, so ...

Come back on Friday for an article about setting up a food storage program for you and your family.

I am writing this on Monday, the 24th.

So, ... I may or may not have a chance to update this blurb.

Make sure you read the warnings at the bottom of the page!

Wednesday: 2 September 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

‘Guns Attack’ Family Day (ca 2013)
photograph by
Sgt. Christopher A. Calvert

What, then, Can You Do?
As you know, I advocate for everyone in your family to be armed (Yes, even your Goth child)

At one handgun (.357 magnum revolver), one carbine (SKS Rifle), one .22 LR rifle (Marlin Model 60) your family will be awash in weapons. Three firearms times four family members that's 12 guns in the house. Hey, it adds up quick!

WeaponsMan - Technology Can’t Save Kids from Guns. What Can?

You will have to scroll, about halfway, down the page to get to the part I want to emphasize.

To me 'Smart' Guns are a poor idea, until the military adopts them.

Not, really ; - )

But, ... A technology that you can give to an 18 year old; sent to kill their country's enemies; in the dirt, rain, snow, and ...; in a foreign country with little chance of resupply; and all the other things that the M-16 series rifle, the M1911A1 pistol, the M240 machine gun, the M2HB .50 caliber machine gun, and ... had to deal with to work, over the last one hundred years, is a good start.

Until then, ... Just Say 'No' to Smart Guns!

First, I hope, I haven't linked to this article, in the past ; - )

Second, as you and your family get prepared for coming events, make sure you're getting prepared using real world events.

Practical Prudent Prepping - Surviving In An Urban or Suburban Setting

Three and a half years ago, I wrote a blurb about combat vests and survival vest. A couple of days ago, someone posted a comment (that I approved) about toy vests for children.

Now, most people would shout "Spam!!!,' but it got me to thinking about training your children for survival.

GSIEP - Combat Vests and Survival Vests

Wednesday: 2 September 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Clorox Bleach (ca 2009)
photograph by
Vox Efx

Chlorine Bleach (Clorox)

Practical Prudent Prepping - How to use Clorox Bleach for Emergency Water Purification

Wednesday: 2 September 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Cpl. Nicholas Hardest, USMC (ca 2011)
photograph by
Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde

You Don't 'Need' Training
Yes, you do need training (safety training, immediate action drills [S.P.O.R.T.S.], how to operate your chosen weapon [aim, load/unload, and, ...] and preform preventive maintenance).

But, ... It won't hurt to know a little more

Ballistic Radio - Training Fallacies

One of my nephews replaced the wooden stock on a SKS rifle with a bullpup rifle stock then he added a detachable magazine to the rifle.

It sucks!

He can't do a rapid reload, blah, and blah

But, ... It looks cool

Say Uncle - Derp sells and may kill ya

Wednesday: 2 September 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

US Marine Corps Sniper

photograph by

It's getting that time of the year again; the summer heat is slowly turning to winter's cold.

So, ... You and your partner are probably looking at the store sales to find summer bargains for your family like ...

Thermal Underwear
Ooops, ... This is a winter bargain, but, the crummy economy is forcing retailers to discount earlier than normal, this year.

Like these items from Sierra Trading Post, Women's Kenyon Baselayers.

Needless to say, you need some knowledge to use these baselayers, effectively.

Sierra Trading Post - The Layering Guide

From my experience, you and your family need two 'weights' of thermal underwear, lightweight and medium weight. The lightweight will cover you for most cold weather events; where you're working or moving around a lot.

The medium weight thermal is good for hanging out, not doing much, in the cold.

Of course, you need to add appropriate footwear, socks, gloves, hats, and other items to be truly warm.

Yeah, ... I need to write a longer article about this matter ; - )

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is
Yep, ... I recently purchased about $200 worth of light and medium weight thermal underwear for my partner from Sierra Trading Post.

Let me tell you about it.

First, I ordered two pair, one in lightweight and another in medium weight, in a non-tactical color (blue and purple)

When they arrived, I had my partner try them on (Katniss is 'picky' about her clothes)

She gave me the thumbs up then I bought four pairs of each. One pair was in the non-tactical colors. The others were in black.

The two non-tactical colored pairs will be worn, for everyday. (Last year, Katniss' work lowered the building temperature)

The three pair in 'tactical' color will be cached, at a relative's home ; - )

Wednesday: 9 September 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Graffiti humoristique

photograph by

Everybody tells you what to stock, including me.

So, ... This list, like any other list, needs to be carefully considered by your family.


It might not be for you, such as water bricks (use 2 liter soda bottles), crochet and knitting supplies (me, ... knit), kerosene and lamp oils (say, .. flashlights), fur trade equipment (we live in the ... city), and many others.

Mom with a Prep - 150 Preparedness Items You Need to Stock

Yes, I made light of this article by Jane, over at Mom With a Prep, but it will get your thinking 'cause that's the #1 priority in surviving any event.

Prepared for ...
Life's little emergencies.

Mom with a Prep - 150 Reasons to be Prepared for Life

These would make nice, easy explanations for the eternal question, from friends and family: 'Why are you getting prepared?,'

Stuff and Skills
Most preppers focus on the 'stuff;' you and your family will need to survive an event.

But, ... We forget the skills needed to survive.

Mom With a Prep - 150 Homesteading, Preparedness & Survival Skills to Learn

Like any list, the events you and your family are getting prepared for will determine the skills y'all will need to survive.

Wednesday: 9 September 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

An Old Garage (ca 2011)
photograph by
Dennis Jarvis

An Older Home
Having an appropriate shelter is one of the first items for surviving an event. For a financial event, having a paid off shelter is one of the first items; your family family should acquire.

One of the easiest ways of acquiring a paid off home is to purchase an older home. Of course, they have ...

Money Crashers - Buying an Old House?: Common Problems, Hidden Costs & Benefits

Wednesday: 9 September 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

\Campbell’s Pork and Beans  advertisement

Joseph Campbell Company

One of my college professoras used to live near a canned food factory. One day an employee, a neighbor, brought over a couple of cases of green beans for her family to eat.

Of course, ... She asked why?

The employee told her a story about how the lids had a little tiny hole in their tops from a defective can lid placer onner. It seems the machine, once the lid was sealed, would press down one last time and leave a very tiny hole, in the top.

This tiny hole would let oxygen enter the can. If the beans weren't cooked long enough, the beans could contain a neurotoxin.

So, ... The factory did a recall then gave it away to their employees, for free, with the instructions to thoroughly heat the beans before eating.

io9 - You Can Actually Poison Yourself if You Eat Undercooked Beans

Wednesday: 9 September 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Crowd Forms

photograph by
Georg Pahl

The Basics
No matter who you listen to (Dave Ramsey, Cindy Orman, or ...) they start with ...

Money Crashers: Mark Riddix - Are You A Fan of Dave Ramsey or Suze Orman?

But, ... Where
Each of these financial 'Gurus' suggest having an emergency fund, but where do you put it, safely?

Yahoo: Finance - Where should I put my emergency fund? (Besides the mattress)

Of course, you and your family are preppers, so the emergency fund (cash) is in a safe, bolted to the floor, in your home or business, never in a bank (savings or checking) account, Certificate of Deposit (CDs), Money Market account, Mutual Fund, or other financial instrument.

Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman, or ...
Either one, ... Get out of debt.

The Simple Dollar - Dave Ramsey vs. Suze Orman: Which Plan For Dealing With Debts Is Best?

Wednesday: 16 September 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Overloaded Car

photograph by
Annabel Symington

Choosing a Bag
Whatever you call it, the bag is Your bag. You pack what you think needs to be pack.

Not, ... What others think.

Mom with a Prep - What’s Your “Survival” Bag? Determining Which Emergency Bag You Really Need

Your Vehicle
Whether it's a sports car, station wagon, pickup truck, recreational vehicle, or ... Yes, even a motorcycle, you can carry additional supplies for an event. These supplies can supplement or replenish your emergency evacuation bag, too ; - )

Mom with a Prep - How to Create an Emergency Kit for Your Car

This is a kind'a 'buy this stuff from Amazon' post, but Jane has many good points for you to consider.

Wednesday: 16 September 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Old Shute House, Devon (ca 2012)
photograph by

Saving Money
First, as you know, we are moving to a fourth generation homestead. Second, the house had a $400 a month heating bill, every month, last winter.

So, ... We are doing some simple things to save money, like ...

YouTube: Energy Experts - Duct Sealing (Part 1)

YouTube: Energy Experts - Duct Sealing (Part 2)

As you and your partner think about your future home, I would like to suggest that your family build your home on a basement. They are great places to store your supplies and equipment. Plus, with a little effort, a basement can be used as an emergency shelter.

YouTube: North Dakota State University - Foundation Insulation Effectiveness: Basement Building Science

Storm Shelters
Needless to say, some of us (you and your family) don't live in a house with a basement, so you will need to build a storm shelter in the garage.

Or, ... You already have a basement and your family hasn't built a basement storm shelter, yet.

Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA P-320: Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business.

Wednesday: 16 September 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Museo de Armas de la Nación,

photograph by
Sergio Moises Panei Pitrau

The Rules
There are many 'rules' in our lives, 'Eat with your mouth closed,' Wear Sunscreen,' Get a good education,' and many others.

But, ... There are four (O.K. Maybe three) that we never break. They are ...

Concealed Nation - The 4 Rules of Gun Safety

The Gune Zone - The Rules

Delta Red - Four Firearms Safety Rules

National Rifle Association - NRA: Gun Safety Rules

Sixty Seconds
The 'best' sixty seconds you'll have all day ; - )

Say Uncle - The Basics of Handgun Shooting in Sixty Seconds

Wednesday: 16 September 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Crowd Forms

The Oregonia

Capital Preservation
After all the recent fun, in the world's markets, the next big thing in investing is going to be ...

'Capital Preservation' better known as ... How to protect your money!

Globe and Mail: Stocks - Five Strategies for Capital Preservation

Or, ...

CNBC - Cramer’s Three Top Strategies for Capital Preservation

Or, ...

Personal Dividends - Investment Strategy for Recession: Capital Preservation with Safe Investments

As most preppers know, it's also 'Beans, Band-aids, and Bullets'

And, ...

The Metals: Steel (Metal Roofing for Appropriate Shelter), Lead (Firearm's Cartridges for Protection and Self Defense), and ... (I can't think of a third)

And, ...

Official Silver and Gold (Eagles, Maple Leaves, Pandas, or ...) Coins

Wednesday: 23 September 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Honey, I brought You Something! Doop

Sooo Close
As a species we have face extinction many times

So, ... If anyone tells you it can't happen, they are lying or ...

io9 - Close Calls: Three Times When Humanity Barely Escaped Extinction

It seems, folks are snapping their pictures just after a disaster, ... for a good reason

Gizmodo - Why Do People Take Selfies In Emergencies?

Dumbest Ways Possible
I just loooove reading prepper porn (You know what I'm talking about) books like Patriots: ..., seeing movies like Day of the Triffids, or watching television shows such as Walking Dead.

Because, ...

io9 - 14 Dumbest Ways That Humans Will Survive The Apocalypse

Wednesday: 23 September 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Proctor Silex
photograph by
Dwight Burdette at English Wikipedia

The Electric Can Opener
For some folks, your family will need an electric can opener!

Now, some of y'all are laughing and saying ... Ha, ha, ha 'An electric can opener ...' Ha, Ha, Ha '... for a Prepper!' Ha, Ha, Ha.

Yes, ... for preppers with strength issues, muscle problems, hand injuries, or ...

Non-Electric Can Opener
Needless to say, you and your family will need a manual can opener suited for your needs and these other tools, such as ...

Mom with a Prep - Off-Grid Alternatives to Everyday Kitchen Tools

Wednesday: 23 September 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Swiss Ten Franc Commemorative Coin (ca 2008)
photograph by
Swiss Mint

Home Inventory
It's one of the first things; I suggest you do in the book Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead because ...

You have to know what you own Before you can make a decision on what gets bought

Money Crashers: Amy Livingston - How to Create a Home Inventory for Insurance

Passive Income
One of the ways, you and your family can get ready for The Economic Collapse of the World!!!!! is to develop different sources of income. Some of these can be active, like a job, or they can be passive such as stocks that pay a dividend.

If you chose to develop passive income, you need to know ...

Lifehacker: Two Cents - Most Passive Income Isn't as “Passive” as You Think

Think About It
You know me by now. I put a lot of information out there for you and your family.

But, ... Sometimes the information or technique might not be for you like an emergency fund.

Investopedia - Why You May Not Need an Emergency Fund

Wednesday: 23 September 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Rover Light Armoured Car
photograph by

I love these United States of America. We have some awesome government agencies, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, talking about ... Bicycle Safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - Bicycles

There is a lot more safety information on the left hand side of the page for you to read, heed, and need ; - )

Improvised Armour
For most of us, we are never going to need to use some of the stuff; I write about like ...

Daily Mail - The REAL road warriors: 'Mad Max' battle buses and tanks built by Kurdish fighters to repel ISIS soldiers in Syria

Wednesday: 30 September 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The Great Wave off Kanagawa,

painting by
Hokusai Katsushika

Big Wave
As you and your family get prepared, you need to research the specific disasters your family will face.

Well, ... "If" you live on the coast, you may have to survive a tsunami

io9: Space - Everything You Need to Know to Survive a Tsunami

According to the article, tsunamis are not ...

If you lose everything during an event, you will always have your knowledge.

io9 - From Our Ancient Ancestors

Wednesday: 30 September 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Crate of Recovered Food (ca 2013)
photgraph by

Five Second Rule
Need I say more?

io9 - Is It Really Okay to Eat Food That's Fallen on the Floor?

But, ... I thought you said, ... one year?

io9 - Does Canned Food Ever Really Go Bad?

Wednesday: 30 September 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams Tank

photograph by
Tech Sgt John Houghton

Out Gunned
Some preppers are getting ready for a war, rightly so. They are worried about a revolution, here in these United States.

Well, ... They might want to rethink their strategy ; - )

The Fiscal Times - 9 ISIS Weapons That Will Shock You

This link is for you naysayers that don't think your family might face military equipment during an event.

Wednesday: 30 September 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

세종특별자치시 소방관 (ca 2014)
photograph by

Wash Day
Sooner or later, you're going to stink. What's so bad about it; your friends and family have been smelling you for three days ; - )

Mom with a Prep - How to Wash Clothes without Electricity

Wednesday: 7 October 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Hala Europejska, Galeria Krakowska (ca 2006)
photograph by
Wojteq at Plwiki

First, ...
We can learn lessons about surviving possible events by leaning from other people's experiences.

One of these lessons?

Say Uncle - You’re on Your Own

Second, ...
We can also learn about surviving possible events by looking at historical events.

Just be careful, some times the history books are wrong.

WeaponsMan - What Happened in Kenya’s Westgate Mall?

Wednesday: 7 October 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by

Something Different
During an event, you and your family may encounter different foods, that you're not use to eating.

So, ... You and your partner might want to get your family ready, for this possibility, by introducing your family to different foods.

io9 - These Three Vegetables Make Up Almost America's Entire Vegetable Diet

We Can Do Better
Some people think these United States dietary guidelines are a government plot to get us, you and your family, to quit eating meat and eat healthier.

All I have to say is ... Duhh ; - )

io9 - A Chart of How Americans Should Spend Their Food Budget... And How They Actually Do

My Favorite
Jodi and Julie have a great site (I'm envious) called Food Storage Made Easy with lots of great information and good advice. One nugget of information (really seven) is about long-term food storage.

Food Storage Made Easy - LIES about LONG TERM Food Storage Debunked!!!

If you're one of those families that think long-term food storage is too hard, you need to visit their site ; - )

Wednesday: 7 October 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Coventry Ordnance Works
photograph by
Horace Nicholls

Preppers have to be careful when it comes to firearms. They are sooo fun to shoot that folks get a gun hobby mixed up with purchasing firearms for survival.

The Firearms Blog - TFBTV: Five Best Fun to Dollar Ratio Guns
TFBTV: 5 Best Fun to Dollar Ratio Guns

The 'Perfect' Firearm
It use to be, the perfect handgun for survival was a .357 magnum revolver.

Then, ... It was the M1911A1 semiautomatic pistol

Then, ... It was a 9mm pistol

All of them made of steel

Then, ... It was the Glock 17, a plastic pistol

Then, ... It was something else.

The Firearms Blog - The Detonics Story

Wednesday: 7 October 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Девушка-санитарка, несущая раненного бойца

photograph by

What has saved more peoples lives than all the doctors and nurses ever trained?

US Crow - Field Hygiene and Sanitation

Federation of American Scientists - FM 4-25.12: Unit Field Sanitation

Now What?
What do you do when you have to go poo without toilet paper?

Mom with a Prep - What Will You Do When the Toilet Paper Runs Out?

It's easier to stay healthy then to get sick and recover. Plus, a sick person is a drain on your family's resources during an event.

U.S. Army: TRADOC - Preform Field Sanitation and Preventive Medicine Fieldcraft

Wednesday: 14 October 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Cpl. Alfred Kogelman, spotter, and Lance Cpl. Larry

photograph by
Lance Cpl. Steve Wyatt, U.S.M.C.

I think this is the first time, unless I'm mistaken, that firearms have started off Wednesday's series of links.

Spare Parts
Once you have enough firearms for your family, you're going to need spare parts.

The best two places in the world to find spare parts are ...



Say Uncle - News You Can Use

Next, you're going to need some simple tools. Luckily, you don't need many because most surplus military weapons and modern citizen firearms have 'drop in' parts.

With that said, these tools can be purchased from ...


Midway USA

All Outdoors - Learn to Become Your SHTF Camp Gunsmith
Learn to Become Your SHTF Camp Gunsmith

Wednesday: 14 October 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Sirop Contre la Toux

photograph by

What to Do
At 5.25 million driving crashes per year, sooner or later, you and your family are going to come upon a crash.

What do you do?

Jalopnik: Lane Splitter - What To Do When You're The First On The Scene At An Accident

Cough Syrup
I didn't know that!

io9 - Why the CIA Invented Cough Syrup

If you and your family are stocking whole wheat, dried beans, and other basic foods, you're going to need a grinder to protect your teeth.

But, ... Did you know; you need to protect your teeth, ... from yourself?

io9 - Are You a Nighttime Tooth Grinder? Here's How To Tell ... And What to Do About It

Wednesday: 14 October 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Family at the Christmas Tree
image by

Christ's Mass
We try to give emergency preparedness presents for yuletide. Needless to say, Katniss doesn't like the tradition, so she usually gets jewelery ... Which she'll sell for food during an event

If you believe that, you're not married ; - )

All Outdoor - 2015 Recommendation Series: Under $25


All Outdoor - 2015 Recommendation Series: Under $50

Lights Out
Most people aren't going to need a flashlight, to protect themselves.

But, ... You and your family aren't most people ; - )

Say Uncle - Flashlight Blogging 18


Say Uncle - More Flashlight Blogging 4

Wednesday: 14 October 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Тире камеры изображение
photograph by
Сергей Сергей

Dash Cams
As times get tough, villainy is going to increase such as insurance fraud.

So, ... Folks are going to take action by purchasing ...

LifeHacker: Patrick Allan - Will a Dash Cam Actually Help You After a Car Accident?

Wednesday: 14 October 2015, Danger

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

U.S. Coast Guard Personnel

photograph by
Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker

There are certain people that love to destroy things, for the sake of destruction.

Well, ...

Gizmodo - This Treacherous 220-Volt Flash Drive Can Fry Your Computer In Seconds

Empty the Prisons
I don't have problem with drugs, but I do have problems with the violent people that distribute, smuggle, and ...

WeaponsMan - Tens Of Thousands of Violent Felons to be Released

We Were Wrong
Dang, it was the math!

I think.

WeaponsMan - We Were Wrong about Criminal Aliens Yesterday

Yes, I know I cheated ; - )

Wednesday: 21 October 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Bebyggelse Under Vann

The Municipal Archives of Trondheim

El Niño
There are certain events that happen again and again, in your part of the world. Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, blizzards, and many others happen every year.

But, ... There are other natural disasters that happen on a different cycle, like El Niño.

Gizmodo - This Year Looks Just Like 1997's Insanely Terrible El Niño


io9 - The Upcoming Monster El Niño Is About to Bring Us a Year of Weird, Persistent Floods

Wednesday: 21 October 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Cross-sectionview of a Septic Tank (ca 2012)
drawing by

One of my projects for this coming year is to bury a 500-gallon plastic septic tank to use for a cache.

Well, ... We can learn from others on what not to do.

Paleofuture - Enormous Time Capsule Opened, Sucks

Wednesday: 21 October 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Cowgirl Lassos a Calf (ca 2006)
photograph by

Battle Rifle or Assault Rifle
Who cares? As long as it can be used to protect you and your family.

Plus, when it comes to automatic weapons (real ones, not semiautomatic weapons), you're talking a lot of money, at least here in these United States.

The Firearms Blog - Firearms Semantics: Battle Rifle and Assault Rifle
Firearms Semantics: “Battle Rifle” and “Assault Rifle” - See more at:

One Cartridge
There is a kind'a 'Holy Grail' where folks are trying to have a rifle and handgun in the same cartridge to ease logistics.

It sounds like a good idea.

But, ... All cartridges have limitations such as 9mm won't defeat body armour.

The Firearms Blog - Quarter Circle 10 Lowers: AR-15 + Glock Magazines

The Firearms Blog - MGI Offers AR-15 Using Glock Magazines

Wednesday: 21 October 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Three Children Reading
photograph by
Nirmal Dulal

Further Reading
It's not too often when I have something to say about ... reading ; - )

Local Library
First, there are many great survival books at your local library. You have the chance to check out a book to really see if it is suitable for your preps, like the ...

The Survivalists Blog: Victoria S - The Foxfire Book Series a Break-Down of Contents and Review

Second, another resource at your local library will be its magazine. Depending on your librarians, you will find such great magazines as ...

Backwoods Home

Mother Earth News

Countryside and Small Stock Journal

The Backwoodsman

Plus, all of these great magazines have compilations of their 'best' articles. Heck, Backwoods Home has all their magazines, in 23 books!

And, ... They are on sale!

Ooooh, I almost forgot. "If" you donate the magazine (see your local library for details) you can still read it and take the donation off your taxes!

And, ... Help others get prepared for the tough times ahead.

Lastly, most libraries participate in an inter-library loan program.

So, ... "If" they don't have the book, they can find it for you to read for free or a small fee. That's how I was able to read Boston's Gun Bible, a $30 book, for $5.00 : - )

Trust me, it's not worth $10

 Wednesday: 28 October 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Asselt - Limburg, Netherlands (ca 2010)
photograph by
Bert Kaufmann

Winter is Coming
Earlier this year, rain and cold combined to create a winter wonderland. It is beautiful; unless, your family was trying to survive the event.

Epoch Inspired - ‘Frozen’ Kingdom Comes to Life on a Mountain in Slovenia

The internet has increased the ability to share information about prepping, take Pinterest

Pinterest: Karen Thomas - Surviving Winter Storms

"Burn" E-mail
I have a 'burn' e-mail account that I use for various reasons, like signing up for Pinterest ; - )

Wednesday: 28 October 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Zwanzigtausend Meilen unter’m Meer
written by
Jules Verne

Speculative Fiction
I like reading and studying, if you haven't noticed.

But, ...

It can get boring reading reports, informative articles, and other nonfiction accounts of survival.

So, ... I also read fictional works, such as the Dies the Fire series of books by S.M. Stirling. So far, I have gotten through Dies the Fire, The Protector's War, and A Meeting at Corvallis. All of these novels have brought up things to think about for surviving a coronal mass ejection (CME) or electromagnetic pulse event (EMP).

Well, ... Here is a series from Michael Greer, from The Archdruid Report about a series of different events.

No matter how well developed a fictional work is written, it is still the imagination of a writer.

The Archdruid Report - Retrotopia: Dawn Train From Pittsburgh

The Archdruid Report - Retrotopia: The View From a Moving Window

The Archdruid Report - Retrotopia: A Cab Ride in Toledo

The Archdruid Report - Retrotopia: Public Utilities, Private Goods

The Archdruid Report - Retrotopia: A Change of Habit

The Archdruid Report - Retrotopia: The Scent of Ink on Paper

The Archdruid Report - Retrotopia: A Question of Subsidies

Wednesday: 28 October 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Seebees Constructing Segi Point Airfield, New Georgia (ca 1943)
National Naval Aviation Museum

Construction Battalions
During WW II, these United States Navy needed men, men to fight and men to build. They still carry on the tradition today.

They are called SeeBees!

To Save Lives and ...
They train to save lives, and ...

Survival Primer: SeeBee Combat Handbook, Volume 1, Chapter Ten - First Aid and Field Sanitation,%20Field%20Sanitation.pdf

... To Take Lives
Here are links to the whole manual.

Sea Cadets  - Seabee Combat Handbook, Volume One

And, ...

Sea Cadets  - Seabee Combat Handbook, Volume Two

If you study only one military manual, this year, this is it!

I Apologize
I couldn't find the manual in one big download : - (

I found it
At least, an older version.

Link: Bryan - NAVEDTRA 14234: SeeBee Combat Handbook, Volume 1,%20Volume%201.pdf

And Bryan - NAVEDTRA 14235: SeeBee Combat Handbook, Volume 2,%20Volume%202.pdf

Wednesday: 28 October 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Aborigines Hunting (ca 1860 - 1901)
drawing by
Tommy McRae and Mickey of Ulladulla, ca. 1860s-1901
State Library of New South Wales

Yes, .. You can hunt with the AR-15 series rifle, but it's a pain. Plus, the .223 caliber cartridge might not be legal in your area of the country.

So, ... I suggest you purchase a dedicated hunting rifle.

All Outdoors - Hunting with the AR-15

Frozen Food
Many people discount storing frozen foods for an event. These folks usually forget about economic crisis, generators, and ...

The Survivalist Blog - Food Freezing Tips: How Long Can You Store Meals in Your Freezer?

Wednesday: 4 November 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

CatalogueAfibel (ca 2015)
photograph by

Off Line
It's a fact of life; information can be used to determine things about you. Long before the facebook, tweeting bird, pinteresting, and other social media sites corporations would buy mailing lists from other companies such as magazine publishers, department stores, and ... mailing list compilers.

So, ... 'Going Off-Line' is going to work because that says something about you!

The Telegraph - I took myself offline completely. Here's why

I Agree
Humans are biological creatures. We are not machines, as much as people want to be with their cellphones stuck to their ears, eyeballs glued to the screen, and fingers welded to a key board.

Gizmodo - This Turning-The-Clocks-Back Nonsense Needs To Stop

Yes, I'm cheating, today.

Wednesday: 4 November 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Artist’sConcept of Space Station Freedom (ca 1991)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Outer Space
We, as a nation, have gained so much from the various scientific efforts in space exploration. The M.R.I., high strength but low weight metals, and the many scientific discovers about the mysteries of space.

Plus, ... Humans have been living in space ... For 15 Years!

It makes surviving a winter storm seem ... easy ; - )

io9: Space - Holy Crap, We've Been Living in Space for 15 Years!

Yes, I'm cheating

Wednesday: 4 November 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Woman Training with a Revolver

photograph by
Gerda Taro

Cheap Guns
There is a difference between 'cheap guns' and quality firearms, one of them is price. Another difference is quality.

But, ... “Quantity has a quality all its own.” according to Joseph Stalin

The Survivalist Blog: PrepperDoc - Cheap Bulk Pistols for Preppers the Kel-Tec PF9 and P11.

The Truth About Guns - Gun Review: Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm

Wednesday: 4 November 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Jonathan Harris & Robot

C.B.S. Television

During certain events, you and your family are going to have to stay indoors, so you're going to need entertainment, like ...

io9 - 50 Brilliant Science Fiction Movies That Everyone Should See At Least Once

io9 - 13 Movies That Went Disastrously Over Budget

Wednesday: 11 November 2015, Zero

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

A Coast Guard Color Guard

photograph by
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Nick Ameen

Armistice Day
World War I was the first of the large scale industrial wars that would financially and physically destroy nations. Before its end, this war would take the lives of millions of combatants and non-combatants. World War I would influence our world, for decades, even until today.

To get a better understanding, here are six links to an excellent series of podcasts by Dan Carlin, about World War I.

Hardcore History - Blueprint for Armageddon, Part I

Hardcore History - Blueprint for Armageddon, Part II

Hardcore History - Blueprint for Armageddon, Part III

Hardcore History - Blueprint for Armageddon, PartIV

Hardcore History - Blueprint for Armageddon, Part V

Hardcore History - Blueprint for Armageddon, Part VI

Trust me, I haven't forgotten that today is Veteran's Day, here in these United States, and neither should you and your family.

But, ...

This is a survivalist's blog, so I would like to take the opportunity to remind you. An event, like none other before it, started because one man shot another man, usually an insignificant event. This one event destroyed remote hamlets, farms, small towns, medium sized cites, and ... all the places that other folks suggest you live to protect your family.

Something for you to think about as you get prepared for the coming tough times.

Wednesday: 11 November 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

U.S. Navy SEALs

photograph by
United States Navy

Caches allow you and your family to lighten the load of your bugout bags. They also allow you to leave your bugout bag behind "If" you can't get to them.

Here is two videos on building a PVC pipe cache for the outdoors

YouTube: Survivalist Prepper - Building a PVC Survival Cache Video, Part 1


YouTube: Survivalist Prepper - Building a PVC Survival Cache Video, Part 2

Good Advice
The videogragher has some good advice on placing, packing, and hiding a cache. It's a must watch video.

YouTube: The Urban Prepper - Geocaching for Preppers: Survival Cache Strategy

Wednesday: 11 November 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Leman Reading a Book (ca 2009)
photograph by

Most folks get wrapped up in trying to hide a cache by building a the container, waterproofing the supplies, filling the container, then putting stuff in the ground.

But, ...

They forget, that more likely than not, their family is headed to a friend or relatives home.

Where they need a cache for supplies of warm, dry clothes, copies of insurance documents, a couple hundred dollars, and other stuff in a couple 20 gallon plastic totes with flip-top lids.

What that said, ...

Below is a link to these United States ...

Armageddon - U.S. Army Special Forces Caching Techniques Booklet

Wednesday: 11 November 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Detail of the North Library Shelves

photograph by
Jack E. Boucher

Your threat analysis will determine what kind of media you can store. If you plan to have electrical power, you can save information on computer disks, such as compact disks or hard drives. If you don't plan to have power, you will need to store your information in books or printed articles in binders,

But, ... Either way, you and your family are going to need to have ...

To easily access information, during an event, you need to be organized. One method is to use ...

The Survivalist Blog: Victoria S. - The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: The Librarian from Heck or Reference books for TEOTWAWKI

Wednesday: 18 November 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The International Bridge

photograph by
Robert Runyon

There is one constant in life ... Change.

Gizmodo - A Vast River Network Once Crisscrossed the Sahara

One of my college professors said something like 'Statistics don't lie; People do.'

I try to remember that every time I read about a 'scientific' paper in the general media ; - )

Cracked - 6 Statistically Full of S#!t Dangers The Media Loves to Hype

Climate Change, Again
Doesn't matter whether you believe it or not. Our planet's climate is changing, and that will affect your family's survival.

The Nation: Opinion - Sam Khoury: Cold Sun Rising

Wednesday: 18 November 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Cpl. Steven Bray looks on

photograph by
Lance Cpl. Timothy L. Solano

At about around $600, (Gunbroker, Aim Surplus, and Guns America) an AK-47 series rifle is one of the 'Big Three' semiautomatic rifles for preppers, the SKS and AR-15 being the other two.

Well, ... Here's an infographic about the various AKs

Say Uncle - News You Can Use

How 'Not' to Train
"If" you and your family decide to get training, in the use of firearms, you have to be careful!

Say Uncle - #WarOnDerp

Sig, Sig, Sig
You and your family aren't the only ones that have to have the 'hottest' new toys

Say Uncle - So, the FBI wants a Sig 320

WeaponsMan - ICE New Pistol Solicitation Proceeds

Wednesday: 18 November 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Brigadier General George Miller Sternberg

photographed by

Emerging Diseases
As people travel and migrate around our planet, we are seeing the spread of once isolated diseases, such as ...

WeaponsMan - When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Mosquitos

Living in the hinterland, you and your family can feel isolated being 30 miles from town, especially during a medical emergency.

But, ... Just think if you were in a ship, 1000 miles from land

Federation of American Scientists  - The Ship's Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea


U.S. Army Publications - FM 4-25.11: First Aid

Wednesday: 18 November 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Herring Burglar-Proof Safe (ca 1878)
Internet Archive Book Images

Financial preparedness is an overlooked aspect of preparing for tough times. Without money, you and your family can't purchase the needed supplies to survive an event, short or long-term.

Investopedia - The Ten Commandments of Personal Finance

Lifehacker - Peeling Back the Layers of Personal Finance Success

One way of managing your finances is to use budgeting.

Yahoo: Finance - The Budgeting Trick That Will Give You Financial Independence

Yahoo: Finance - 5 Budgeting Blunders That Hurt Your Finances

One of the best ways of improving your finances, besides living blow your means, is to invest.

And, ... One of the best investment methods is a company matched 401K

Yahoo: Finance - 5 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of a 401(k)

Investopedia - Can You Become Rich Investing in Mutual Funds?

Investing, Part Two
Another way of investing is purchasing rental property

Time: Money - Here’s How Much You Should Pay for a Rental Property

One of the main ways of being financially secure, beside investing, is saving your money.

Time: Money - 7 Ways to Trick Yourself into Saving More Money in 2015

We are all going to borrow money, whether it's for a home, car, or ...

Either way, our credit score may determine how much we will pay in interest to borrow that money, get a job, and keep a security clearance.

Investopedia - Four Ways to Protect Your Credit Score

Borrowing, Part Two
Two more borrowing tips are ...

Investopedia - For Financial Independence, Forget the McMansion

Kiplinger - 10 Reasons You Will Never Get Out of Debt

Before  you pass on your money, through an inheritance, you also need to teach your children all these skills.

MarketWatch - Opinion: Your children will thank you for these smart money tips

The Future
Folks that say they can predict the future are full of bulls*it.

With that said, I can predict the future, ...There will be changes and uncertainty ahead ; - )

Yahoo: Finance - Troubles on the Horizon for the 401(k) Plan

The Street - Why Inflation Has to Be Part of Your Retirement Plan

Investopedia - Cash Vs. Bonds: What to Pick in Times of Uncertainty

Yes, these links are from the popular media, but most of the preps you and your family will make are from 'popular' places, such as the local grocery store, China-Marts, and other local places.

But, ... As I said, financial skills are important to your family's success and survival.

Lastly, this was a set of links with very little said by me. Plus, a lot was left out, such as having adequate insurance, holding silver and gold, and other financial matters unique to prepping.

But, ... That's a book ; - )

Wednesday: 25 November 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Burglar Insert at the

photograph by

Why do you lock the doors?

Say Uncle - My kids always ask . . .

Many countries have multi-generational families. The older members provide inexpensive childcare while middle aged family members work and the younger members attend school and start careers.

Gizmodo - Americans, Have You Ever Considered That You Are the Abnormal Ones?

Wednesday: 25 November 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Workers Provide Water, Food, and Hygiene Kits

photograph by
James Fulker

What are the two things that are always handed out after an event?

If all you do is provide a 3 day supply of safe, clean drinking water for your family, you have probably saved their lives.

But, ...

What happens "If" the water runs out?

American Red Cross - Water Treatment: Ensuring that Your Water is Safe


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Drinking Water Treatment Methods for Backcountry and Travel Use

There are many philosophies about food storage. One of them is based on religious principles.

Latter-day - Food Storage

If you're trying to get your extended family to prepare for the coming tough times, this is probably the 'best' non-threatening source for you to send to them.

American Red Cross - Food and Water in an Emergency

My mistake is your gain.

American Red Cross - Swimming and Water Safety

Wednesday: 25 November 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

SKS Rifle 10-Pocket Bandoleer with Stripper Clips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SKS Boards - Stripper clips?

Wednesday: 25 November 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Fuel Oil Truck

State Archives of North Carolina

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

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

Energy Star - Recommended Levels of Insulation

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

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


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

Hansen Wholesale - Fan Size

Wednesday: 2 December 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Map of Gulag Camps,
map by

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
There are many methods to discover some of the skills and supplies, you and your will need for an event.

One is to ...

Study History
Many preppers look to the future for their family's fate while we should be looking to the past.

BlackListed News - Survival Lessons from Our Own Violent History

Needless to say, ...

We are dealing with many unfolding events that we can learn from, such as ...

Wealth - Surviving the Coming Economic Collapse: A Special Report

But, ... We also need to ...

Look to the Future
To discover 'possible' threats to our family survival, such as ...

Link: - The Survivalist: How to Survive Global Warming

Wednesday: 2 December 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Three Irish Defense Force Soldiers

photograph by
Irish Defense Force Photographer

Many Methods
There are many methods of providing potable water for you family. You can store it, before the event.

Or, ...

You can provide potable water, during the event.

Preparedness Advice Blog - Understanding the Various Methods of Water Filtration or Purification

Base Camp Filters
One of the best methods for providing water is going to cost your family some money.

Well, ...

It seems, all most of the 'gravity flow' filters are interchangeable, so you can purchase one container then add replacement filters, as they go 'on sale.'

Preparedness Advice Blog - Gravity Flow Water filters, are Replacement Filters Interchangeable?

Collecting Water
Needless to say, you're probably going to need to replace the water that your family have been drinking.

One way is to drain water from building.

Or, ...

Build a rain water collection system.

Preparedness Advice Blog - Sillcock Keys, The key to Finding Water In the Cities

Preparedness Advice Blog -Water Assurance: An Inexpensive Device

Wednesday: 2 December 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Brahman Woman Cooking Food (ca unk)
photograph by

During a long-term event, you and your family are going to have to preserve your own food. One method is ...

National Center for Home Food Preservation - USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2009 revision

Or, ... In one download

Homestead - Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539: Complete Guide To Home Canning

Wednesday: 2 December 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Bill of Rights
of these United States of America
December 15, 1791

There are various ways of 'qualifying' with a weapon. In these United States' Army, soldiers fire 40 rounds at 40 targets with their rifle. If the soldier hits 28 or more of the targets, they are considered 'qualified.'

But, ...

You and your family are going to be, more likely, carrying handguns, so how do you find out "if" you're 'qualified.'

WeaponsMan - Can You Shoot Like a Fed?

WeaponsMan - Shoot Like a Fed II: The FBI Qualification 1997-2013

I definitely suggest you and your partner, at least, receive safety training for your firearms. I also suggest that y'all obtain quality firearms instruction, so both of you can effectively use your handguns during an event.

But, ...

This is these United States, you don't need to be 'qualified' to carry a firearm because we have a "Bill of Rights"

I Failed
Speaking of 'qualifications,' The Christian Science Monitor has a four year old 'quiz' about the Second Amendment to these United States Constitution.

I missed questions #10, 11, and 12.

It seems, The Christian Science Monitor and I disagree on the protections guaranteed by these United States' Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Needless to say, the 'quiz' has an anti-freedom bias ; - )

The Christian Science Monitor - How much do you know about the Second Amendment? A quiz.

Wednesday: 9 December 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Climate Change
There are certain things we can control, like our attitude, and there are things we can't control, like ... the climate

But, ... That doesn't mean we can learn about its effects on people.

Gizmodo - How Two Environmental Changes Took Down the Most Powerful League in Medieval Europe

I know what it means to be a liberal, thoughtful, open-minded, willing to negotiate, and many others

So, ... What does it mean to be a conservative.

YouTube: PJ Media - Bill Whittle's TOP 5 Conservative Principles

Wednesday: 9 December 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

It was said, by a famous Axis general

"The reason that the America army does so well in wartime is that war is chaos and the American army practices chaos on a daily basis."

Cold War
It was said, by a famous soviet general

"One of the serious problems in planning against American doctrine that the Americans do not read their manuals nor do they feel any obligations to follow their doctrine."

It was said, by someone unknown to us

The word "martyr" is just another name for "crappy fighter"

With that said, ...

Yeap, ... You need to download, save, and read these manuals.

Wednesday: 9 December 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Gun Store in Portugal
photograph by

Saving Money
I was at the gun store, pricing handguns. While I was there, I noticed a price difference between a Gen 4 and a Gen 3 Glock 19. It was about $75.

Needless to say, ... What would I need to do to a Gen 3 to make it as good as a Gen 4?

View From the Porch - Sweet Release

Funny but Informative
Gunnies, not bunnies, get all defensive about their defensive weapons choices.

They go round and round over whether a M1911A1 design pistol from Springfield Armory, Remington, Rock Island, .. or a stricker-fired pistol from Glock, Smith & Wesson, or ... is the better handgun.

Well, ... Some of us don't have a choice because we have inherited firearms, previous purchases when we were younger, or other reason.

YouTube: Firepower United - How to Keep Your 1911 Running

Wednesday: 9 December 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

U.S Soldiers on a Patrol

photograph by
Senior Airman Sean Martin, U.S. Air Force

During and after an event, you, your family, and your friends are going to need to know what's going on in the area.

The easiest method is to conduct a patrol.

WeaponsMan - How Big Should a Recon Team Be?

The Wrong. The Right Way, and ...
These United States' Marine Corps way

U.S.M.C. - MCWP 3-11.3: Scouting and Patrolling

I have written several articles about patrolling. Here is one.

GSIEP - Patrolling

Wednesday: 16 December 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Boat with Vietnamese Refugees

U.S. Navy’s "All Hands" magazine

Don't Go There
The easiest way to avoid trouble is ... Don't Go There.

You don't walk down a dark alley.

You don't go into 'bad' neighborhoods.

You don't stay at the bar after 10 o'clock.

You don't do illegal narcotics

And, ...

MArooned - Limitations, and the Knowing Thereof...

Don't Be There
The easiest method of dealing with events is to leave or evacuate.

American Red Cross - Evacuation Plan

But What do You Take?

Texas A&M Extension: AgriLife  - Preparing Your Evacuation Grab and Go” Box

Wednesday: 16 December 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Empty Shelves

photograph by
Danny Choo

Sooner or later, you and your family are going to have a lot of stuff, and it's going to need to be stored and organized, in some way.

One organizational tool is the ...

Survive Hive: Maximus - Unlikely Storage Container: Organizing and Inventory

I called a cat litter company about the bucket; they use for their cat litter. They said their buckets are rated as food grade.

Needless to say, you probably don't want your bulk long-term food storage in direct contact with the bucket.

But, ... "If" you use mylar bags, that might be a different story.

Canned Food Storage
Most families could store three months worth of canned food with a little effort. This three month food reserve would provide for most short and medium-term events.

Well, ... Here is a different method for easy inventory and restocking of this food supply.

Survive Hive: Maximus - How-to Guide: DIY Wall-hanging Canned Food Storage

Wednesday: 16 December 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Syrian Soldier, wearing a NBC Protective Suit,

photograph by
Tech. Sgt. H. H. Deffner

AK -47 version 0.0
Before there was the world's most recognized assault rifle, the AK-47, the soviets were developing prototypes.

The Firearms Blog - 9 Prototype Soviet Assault Rifles From WWII

As you have probably heard, these United States military is getting rid of a bunch of surplus pistols, the M1911A1.

It is a great handgun for you and your family, if you have received one for free, in trade, or paid every little for it.

Well, ... They're probably going to be the same price as a Glock 19 with five magazines ; - (

No Lawyers: Only Guns and Money - About Those CMP 1911s

In the 70s, 80, and early 90s, there was really only one choice for a defensive pistol, the M1911 series handgun. The pistols were plentiful, magazines were inexpensive, and spare parts were everywhere.

Then, ... Glock started making the G19, as they say, the rest is history.

Wednesday: 16 December 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The Amsterdam Stock Excahnge,

Geheugen van Nederland

The New Generation
Like all younger generations, they are changing our society. They are turning off the television and migrating to on-line media. They are also learning about ...

Yahoo: Finance - How To Be Richer And Smarter Than Your Parents: Zac Bissonnette

Save, Save, Save for a Rainy Day
You need to save money for a rainy day, that's called an emergency fund.

You also need to save for retirement, a 'new' car, and other larger expenses.

But, ...

USA Today - Don't Confuse 'Saving' with 'Not Spending'

Wednesday: 23 December 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Randall Munroe

The Perception
We have to be careful, as we listen to the mass media because television's goal is to sell commercials and newspapers' goals are to sell more ads. The way they do that is to get more 'eyes' on their product.

So, ...

If it bleeds, it leads.

The Epoch - San Bernardino Attack Raises Fears Outside Big Metro Cities

The Reality
Through research and rational thought we can determine the biggest threats to our family survival.

One of these things is ... Television.

BlackListed News - 10 Things More Likely To Kill You Than Islamic Terror

Wednesday: 23 December 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

CWO Robert Vaughn gives pointers to

Montana National Guard
Public Affairs Office

72-Hour Kits
These kits provide needed supplies for your family to survive, in some comfort, so the government disaster services can get their act together to come rescue you, after an event.

Needless to say, a 72-hour kit is one of the minimum things you and your family should do, to get prepared for an event.

Link: Later-day Saints - How to Make a 72 Hour Kit for Emergency Preparedness

If you 'click' the link under the picture, you can see more pictures from the winter survival training with brief explanations.

Wednesday: 23 December 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Loaded Pack Animals,

United States Department of Defense

We have talked about PACE, in the past. It is one of the 'rules' that your family should live by, as preppers.

PACE stands for:

P = Primary

A = Alternate

C = Contingency

E= Emergency

When it comes to food storage, your family needs a couple of regular can openers and maybe a few P-38s and P-51s scattered throughout your gear ; - )

Georgia - "The Army's Greatest Invention"

You might want to read the link explaining how to use a safety pin to keep the can opener from unfolding Forum - Topic: The P-38 "multitool"

Speaking of 'Experience'
Never carry a P-38 on your key ring and put it in your pocket. The little blade will, sooner or later, pop open and take a small chunk out of your thigh.

Plus, the P-51 is a whole lot easier to use then the P-38. Trust me on this.

Oooh, ... If you personally know me, you'll be getting a P-51 from me, this year (2015), as a stocking stuffer ; - )

Because, ... I love you, of course ; - )

Wednesday: 23 December 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The coverage map

National Weather Service

First Step
The very first thing you and your family need to do when it comes to communications is to purchase a weather alert radio. These radios will alert you to weather related threats to your family's safety. Weather alert radios will also provide information about other events, like nuclear attack.

The Second Step
Here's a video on some radios that you and your family may want to consider, so you can learn about events during a disaster.

Or, .... Listen to the ball game ; - )

YouTube: USNERDOC - COMMS: Emergency Radio Options for Your 72 Hour Kit

The Third Step
For folks that want to go a little bit further; I suggest obtaining your shortwave broadcasting licence. You can find the information (and a lot more) from the Amateur Radio Relay League.

Amateur Radio Relay League - Home

Wednesday: 23 December 2015, Part Five

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Combat Caroling with

U.S Army

Ha, Ha, Ha
I need say no more ; - )

Say Uncle - The Fun Show Song

Our Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors, and Guardians

YouTube: 1914 - The Carol of Christmas - Military Voices: 1914, The Carol of Christmas

Wednesday: 30 December 2015

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

sculpture by
Auguste Rodin
photgraph by

One of the most important skills that you and your family need is thinking. Without it, your family will be unable to determine which disasters to prepare for and which ones to ignore. You will also flutter like a butterfly from popular prepping topic to the newest prepping fad. Lastly, you will fail to determine that you must prepare for the coming tough times.

BlackListed News - 5 ‘Errors’ In Thinking That Have Effectively Changed The World

I would like to add one or two.

First, Group Think which is "a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints, by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences."

Second,... Can't think of another one, ... yet.

Link: - Overcoming and Preventing Groupthink

Wednesday: 30 December 2015, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The story of the
Westinghouse Time Capsule

Time Capsules
For me, it's fun to see some of the things others are doing to preserve items for our families, like time capsules.

Gizmodo: Paleofuture - The 10 Coolest Time Capsules Opened in 2015

Needless to say, you're probably not worrying about supplying your family with food and water, 500 years in the future.

But, ... You might be worried about providing needed supplies should your home be destroyed.

ZETA - Burying Your Survival Cache

Preparing for SHTF - Burying a Survival Cache: Things to Consider

All Outdoors - Before you build that cache tube, read this

All of these articles forget, probably, the best cache.

Wednesday: 30 December 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Fighting America’s Fight

As you and your family get prepared, sooner or later, you're going to buy a weapon. Of course, you will want to purchase the most effective weapon possible, a firearm.

Now, some family aren't going to be able to get a specific firearm for some reason or another. They might be restricted, but certain ones allowed, like the ...

The Firearms Blog - Norinco T97 Bullpup Returns to Canada

Isn't Going to Happen
Antigun Anti-freedom folks are delusional. They think our nation can get rid of firearms

The Firearms Blog - Illicit Weapons Factory Busted in Brazil

Just in case you missed it. It was a ... Firearms Factory. They were mass producing these weapons.

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