Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wednesdays and Other Stuff: 2016, Part One

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Jet Lowe or Jack E. Boucher

I have been promising myself for years to start the archive, sooner than later. Hopefully, this will work out, so I can avoid running out of storage space, at GSiEP (Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness) before the end og the year.

These links, may or may not, disappear as the internet sites get renewed, become dormant, or get terminated.

Either way, ...

Here are the Wednesday blurbs  through January and June, 2016.

Wednesday: 6 January 2016

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A Group of Men

Library of Congress

Car Kit
Depending on the day, I may be in my car for about six hours and will travel 350 miles. On other days, I'm only in my car for 30 minutes and travel 30 miles.

Either way, I have a car kit.

Food Storage and Survival - Assembling a Car Emergency Kit with Printable Checklist
Assembling a Car Emergency Kit with Printable Checklist

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

Wednesday: 6 January 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Sacks of Wheat

Oregon State University

Cheap, Cheap, Cheap
You and your family need to store food. How much is up to you and your partner.

But, ... I suggest more than less.

One method is ...

Bison Prepper - Cheap Wheat is Neat, 1 of 3

Bison Prepper - Cheap Wheat is Neat, 2 of 3

Bison Prepper - Cheap Wheat is Neat, 3 of 3

Another Method
Depending on your family's storage area, high or low humidity, the Latter-day Saints have a cost effective method, at about 93¢ a pound, in a metal can.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Home Store: Self Reliance

Wednesday: 6 January 2016, Part Three

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1994 Ford Ranger Pickup Truck (ca 2007)
photograph by

Trunk Gun
It use to be called a 'Truck Gun.' It was carried in the back window of a rancher's pickup truck. The, usually a rifle, firearm was used to dispatch troublesome varmints, like coyote, wolves, and ... skunks.

Usually, the rifle was an inexpensive bolt-action surplus military rifle or a lever-action carbine. They would get knocked around and beat up, but the truck gun worked.

Now a days, they're called trunk guns

The Firearms Blog - Picking A Truck Gun

.357 Magnum Revolver
Many families don't have the resources to buy pistols (semi-automatic handgun) for everyone in the family, so they may want to checkout the inexpensive .357 magnum revolvers, like the ...

TX Fellowship - Rossi Model 461-03 3 inch .357 Magnum

Wednesday: 6 January 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Kansas State University

So, ... What do you do with all that wheat?

Cook with it!

Preparedness Advice Blog - A Free LDS Recipe Book that Will Help You Learn to Cook from Scratch

Yes, ... I know that I tell you that three days, two weeks, or three months worth of food storage is enough.

Sometimes, it isn't!

Preparedness Advice Blog - Why You Need At Least a Year’s Food Supply

Wednesday: 13 January 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Evacuation of Children Propaganda Poster
poster by
Dudley S Cowes

Emergency Evacuation Kit
As you and your family research getting ready for tough times, you will see advertisements for pre-made kits, especially emergency evacuation kits.

My suggestion, ... Avoid them.

The Prepper Podcast - 096: Why You Should Build a Bug Out Bag Instead of Buying a Pre-Made BOB

What's First?
The gear or the bag? The bag, of course!

The Prepper Podcast - 094: Choosing and Packing the Correct Bug Out Bag for Stability

Next, ...
The gear that goes in the bag.

The Prepper Podcast - 095: Getting Versatile Bug out Bag That Won’t Break Your Back

No matter what you call the bag (Bug Out Bag, I'm Not Coming Home bag, Get Out Of Dodge bag, 72-Hour Kit, or ...), your family is going to a place that expects you; before, during, or after an event.

Wednesday: 13 January 2016, Part Two

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Door of Bank Safe (ca unk)
Library of Congress

As you get prepared, you and your family are going to purchase some expensive stuff.

So, ...

You will need to protect it.

The Modern Survivalist - Why You Need Not One But Two Safes

Use It
Needless to say, you will need to get your equipment out of the safe and use it.

So, ...

You know how to use it ; - )

Dirt Time - Safe Queens

Wednesday: 13 January 2016, Part Three

Welcome Prppers and Survivalists,

photograph by

You and your family are going to need money during an event, trust me.

One way to do that is to ... save.

Yahoo: Fiance - How to Save a lot When You Make Only a Little

Needless to say, you and your partner will probably live to see great-grand children, so you need to ... build wealth.

CNN: Money - 10 Rules for Building Wealth

Wednesday: 13 January 2016, Part Four

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Molle Chest Rig (ca 2011)
photograph by

Modifying Your Gear
Some folks will say their gear is perfect. Some folks will say your gear is junk.

And, some folks will say ...

Your gear is your gear, modify it as needed ; - )

Weekend Woodsman - My Latest Swedish Rucksack Modification

AK-47 Chest Rig
You guessed it, a ...

YouTube: LefteyeRighthand - Chicom Chest Rig Modification

Wednesday: 20 January 2016

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Lithuanian soldiers


Do You Know?
I found this on the internet. It looks like a really good source for a lot of different information.

But, ...

Its incomplete.

Does anyone know where I can find a complete and finished copy?

Bushcraft UK - Tools for Gridcrash

I'm looking for the manual from Lithuania on a citizen's behavior during an invasion. Does anyone have a copy or have a source for an electronic version?

Reuters - Worried about Russia? Lithuania says 'Keep calm and read the war manual'

Found it in Lithuanian and English at:

The  Lithuanian version is at:

The English version is at:

No, I'm not going to use it for a "What I'm Reading" blurb

But, ...

I am going to read it because the booklet looks informative about a subject that most preppers, except FerFAL, usually don't think about.

Wednesday: 20 January 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

William Caxton Demonstrating His Printing Press (ca 1851)
print by
Daniel Maclise

The 'Deal'
There are many great blogs out on the internet that have stopped publishing for one reason or another.

If you happen to have a favorite blog that has stopped publishing, and would like to share it, please e-mail some of the 'best' posts and I will write a post linking to them, giving you credit, of course.

Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness - E-mail

Wednesday: 20 January 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

J.M. Browning
holding a Browning Automatic Rifle with Mr. Burton (ca 1918)
World War I U.S. Army Signal Corps Collection

I'm quoting the whole blurb, from an article at WeaponsMan, because ...

It is sooo cool.

Springfield Armory M1911

Nope, this isn’t one of those imitation Illinois Springfields, this is the real deal from Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, one of 25,767 Model 1911 pistols made at the Armory under a contract provision that let the Government produce a limited number of pistols in its own arsenals. There were several problems in this first run, including a lack of drawings, according to a fascinating report on Imgur.

From the start Colt relied on JMB [John Moses Browning] to build a prototype, and then use that prototype to form the basis of their tooling. No detailed drawings were ever made by Colt.
This delayed Springfield’s ability to begin producing the pistol. To create the machinery needed Springfield ordered 20 pistols from Colt, then took the averages of each part to establish the dimensions they would create tooling from.
So it’s not just an M1911, but an official US Army reverse-engineered M1911 as well. Long before Chinese arsenals ever took a dial caliper to a bucket of 1911 parts, the US Army had to do it!

WeaponsMan - Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2016 Week 02

Wikipedia - John Moses Browning

Just so you know:
These United States produced so many M1911A1 pistols that they quit buying them in 1945 and they issued new ones, up until the 1990s, from the WW II stock.

I wonder what other firearms are still in storage waiting for another world war?

Wednesday: 20 January 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

I was over at Survival Blog, and I saw a link to Clark Howard. The site is a team effort based on a nationally syndicated radio show, hosted by .... Clark Howard.

With that said, ... The link caught my eye because of its title, "Five Spendy Trends to Avoid," and it got me to thinking.

What 'spendy trends' do preppers have?

Clark Howard - Five Spendy Trends to Avoid

One Thousand Dollars
Needless to say, some of us don't have $1.000 to invest.

But, ...

The article also covers the important first steps; everyone should do to be financially secure.

Clark Howard - How to invest your first $1,000 to $5,000 wisely

Wednesday: 27 January 2016

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Stephen Hawking (ca 1999)
photograph by

Sooner or Later
Many folks are predicting the end of the world; I even do it.

Well, ... Sooner or later, we're going to be right ; - )

Gizmodo - A Brief History of Stephen Hawking Being a Bummer

Inner Dialogue
I believe, we can change our lives and forge a new path that leads to better results for ourselves and our families, but we have to work on it.

Link: Andrea Ayres - How to Overcome Your Inner Dialogue of Doubt and Get Stuff Done

Words of Wisdom
In other words, ... You might be worrying about the wrong stuff.

YouTube: Viking Preparedness - Body Armor for Preppers?

Wednesday: 27 January 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Bullet Hole in a USIAD Truck (ca 2010)
photograph by
Foreign Service Officer Andrew B. Paul

The 'Three Rules' ...


Is it the 'Four' Rules, 'Five Rules, or ...?

Either way, the Rules keep you from killing someone that you didn't plan to kill, like your family.

The Gun Zone - The Rules

Say Uncle - Rule #5

Wednesday: 27 January 2016, Part Three

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N-Strike Vulcan (ca unk)
photograph by

Automatic Weapons
All I have to say is ... Coool ; - )

Gizmodo: Toyland - Nerf's Fall Lineup Includes a Fully Automatic Version of its 70 MPH Rival Blaster

Of course, this is one of those 'guns are a hobby' articles that have nothing to do with prepping for an event. Unless, you're going to teach our children some tactics ; - )

Spend Less
One of the ways to get financially prepared is to ... definitely not buy Nerf guns ; - )

USA News: Money - 7 Tips to Spend Less Without Using Coupons

Another method of becoming financially prepared is to start a 'side' business

The Firearms Blog - Getting a Home-Based FFL (Part 1 – Overview)

Of course, this is a series of articles, so ...

The Firearms Blog - Tag: Home-Based FFL

Wednesday: 27 January 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Spanish Army Paratroopers from the 3rd Bandera

photograph by
Tech. Sgt. Laura Smith

I Know! I Know!! I Know!!!
First, Pack an Emergency Evacuation Kit!

Second, Have an Alternative Shelter!

Third, Store Water!

Fourth, Store Food, that your family will eat!

Fifth, Build a First-Aid Kit!


Lastly, buy a plate carrier and body armour

It's spelled Armour ; - )

YouTube: - 5 Things You Don't Know About: Body Armor

YouTube: AR500 Armor - How to Wear a Plate Carrier & Body Armor

YouTube: AR500 Armor - Plate Carrier & Body Armor Basics (Part 1) - Fitting a Plate Carrier

YouTube: AR500 Armor - Plate Carrier & Body Armor Basics (Part 2) - Shoulder your rifle & Slings

YouTube: AR500 Armor - Plate Carrier & Body Armor Basics (Part 3) - Application in your life & first line gear

YouTube: AR500 Armor - Plate Carrier & Body Armor Basics (Part 4) - Shooting Positions with body armor

YouTube: AR500 Armor - Plate Carrier & Body Armor Basics (Part 5) - Moving & Shooting

Wednesday: 3 February 2016

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Cannibals with Their Victims

"Russia 1904-1924. The Revolutionary Years"
by Eric Baschet

It's from Gawker, but the article highlights a dangerous mindset, discounting being prepared for the local climate.

Gawker: Ashley Feinberg - The Donner Party Didn't Think They Needed to Prepare for the Snowstorm Either

After reading the book Gulag: A History, I wouldn't trust any book from the soviet union especially if it shows a 'native' population in a negative way.

With that said, ... Cannibalism was probably going on in the soviet union, in the 1920s, '30, 40s, and maybe even later.

Wednesday: 3 February 2016, Part Two

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Kriegsberichterstatter an einer Schreibmaschine,

photograph by
Georg Schmidt

I haven't found any link for this blurb, yet.

O.K. Maybe one.

Even if we get poorer, as a nation, we are going to still need to provide healthy food for our families. One way of doing that is looking at different cultures to see how they accomplish this task.

Gizmodo: Sploid - How to Make Ratatouille Just Like the Pixar Movie

Wednesday: 3 February 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

"Dringende Warnung
an auswandernde Mädchen" (ca 1900- 1910)
poster by
Otto Goetze

The following link is a propaganda piece. It makes many serious errors and tries to twist the information into seeming like an emergency.

But, ... It was kind'a fun.

Gizmodo - The Crazy Weapons TSA Confiscated In 2015: It Gets Worse Every Year

Special, Not
An AK-47 series rifle from Russia is going to be as good as one from China, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, or any other place that manufactures the weapon, including these United States.
So, ... Save your money and purchase the most inexpensive one. It will probably be more accurate then you are ; - )

CNN: Money - Kalashnikov cranking up AK-47 factory in Florida

Wednesday: 3 February 2016, Part Four

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A Street in Winnipeg

photograph by

It Ain't Over, Yet
We have a few more months of winter, so you still need to be prepared for the cold.

Needless to say, 'if' you live up north, you might want to think about ...

Link: Jason Torchinsky - Here's Why You Need Winter Tires, As Shown With A Tricycle On An Ice Rink

Yes, No, Maybe?
Of course, for y'all living down south, you might want to think about getting ...

Link: HammerheadFistpunch - Do I Need Winter Tires: An Explainer

Only Ten
I thought there were more ...

Link: Chris Perkins - Ten Absurd Winter Driving Myths That Need To Die

I would like to add an eleventh winter driving myth that needs to die.

"Cat litter is a good traction aid if you're stuck."

It isn't.

Cat litter is clay. It turns to mud when exposed to lots of water, like melting ice.

Use sand, instead.

Wednesday: 10 February 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Volkswagen Decorated

photograph by

Bumper Stickers
Ever see those cute 'family' stickers on the back window of a minivan, Dad, Mom, and children with the family pets. How about those National Rifle Association bumper stickers, COEXIST stickers, Marine Corps stickers, or ... 

Get rid of them. They are dangerous.

Say Uncle - So, profiling isn’t bad?

Some folks will be outraged by my suggestion of removing bumper stickers from their vehicles, especially political bumper stickers.

Well, ... If your expensive handgun is stolen from your car because of your N.R.A. sticker, or you're shoot because of the Gadson Flag sticker, or your family is overwhelmed in an attack because of the anti-gun sticker, or ... any other information learned from the a** end of your car.

Your OPSEC measures have failed.

Wednesday: 10 February 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The Ultimate Matrix Collection (ca 2004)
poster by
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Before the movie, engineers developed matrices to help make decisions. These matrices (plural of matrix) would use various criteria, so the decision maker could easily compare various options (less strength, less cost vs. greater strength, greater cost) for different applications.

This is called a Decision-Matrix Method

Well, I made a mistake, not about the decision-matrix method but ... Flow Charts

Flow charts can be used by you and your family to determine ...

* the course of medical treatment

* which firearm to purchase

* And, ...

Should I Bugout - Home

Thanks to Jay Neverman for the link 

If you would like to share a link, like Mr. Neverman, you can e-mail me at     to send me the link.

Needless to say, I will give you credit when I use it.

Wednesday: 10 February 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

"Nicole" a French Partisan

National Archives and Records Administration

Caching is one way of providing supplies for your family during and after an event.

But, ... Make sure you do it right.

WeaponsMan - Caching your Guns for a Civil War, Parts I and II

Just in case you missed it.

PDF Archive - Total Resistance

I Was Wrong
You do need automatic weapons!

Say Uncle - Gun Porn

It's the second link, just in case.

Wednesday: 10 February 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Carte di credito (ca 2005)
photograph by
Lotus Head

Seven Things
This video isn't just for 'young' people.

Yahoo: Finance - 7 Things Young People Should Do with Their Money

21 Things
When I moved to Home Away From Home (HAFH), I furnished the apartment by shopping at the local charity stores.

Well, ... You might be able to do the same thing, for some of your preps.

The Survival Mom - 21 Things to Look For Every Time You Go To a Yard Sale or Thrift Store

Wednesday: 17 February 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Earth Covered Homes

photograph by
Chris 73/Wikimedia Commons

In Your Home
Most family think they need to rush out to the China-Marts and purchase massive amounts of stuff to survive.

Not really, ... Because you have blankets for warmth, flatware to eat with, pots to cook with, matches to light a fire, and many other items.

So, ... You need food

Preparedness Advice Blog - 36 Common Household Survival Items you have in your home

Wednesday: 17 February 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

富士山頂にて (ca 2010)
photograph by

What's In Your Bag
What you carry is up to you. Some of us will carry more than others. Either way, it's your back ; - )

Team Delta - What’s In My 72 Hour Bag (and why)

What's in Your Car
During some events, you and your family are going to have access to your vehicle. A vehicle that can carry houndreds of pounds of additional supplies ; - )

The Survivalist Blog: Brian D - Vehicular survival basics and tools that will keep you alive when disaster strikes and you’re on the road and away from home

Wednesday: 17 February 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Hand Cutting Fresh Egg Pasta (ca 2012)
photograph by

Like any other task, the proper tools will make the project easier, including cooking

The Survival Mom - 23 Must-Have Kitchen Items for Any Survivalist or Prepper

Now, ... Don't go out and purchase a $350 Le Creuset enameled cast iron dutch oven when the $50 enameled cast iron dutch oven will probably do just because you 'need' the best tools to survive ; - )

Wednesday: 17 February 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Edward W. Deptola

photograph by
Lance Cpl. Patrick M. Johnson-Campbell, U.S.M.C.

G-3/H&K 91/PTR 91 Rifle
Yes, I know, y'all know which rifle is the 'best' prepper rifle in the world, at least in these United States, the SKS rifle

Well, ... Some people don't listen, have different needs, live in another country, or ... don't believe me, so I offer different views.

YouTube: The Late Boy Scout - Should You Buy a Century C308 Battle Rifle? (G3, CETME, PTR clone)

The Best
You can spend $650 for a CAI C308 and have problems with it. You can spend $3.500 for a real H&K 91 rifle and have problems with a much smaller bank account.

Or, ... You can spend around $900 for a PTR-91.

YouTube: JayhawkerPrepper - PTR 91 GI Review-- Prepper's Tactical Rifle?

Field Stripping
I love YouTube. It's like having every person in the world answering questions, ... not really ; - )

YouTube: TFB TV - PTR 91 Field Strip (HK G3 Clone)

Owner's Manual
Needless to say, you can purchase used rifles for your family's preps from Gun Broker, Guns America, and other places, including the local firearms dealer.

However, ... Sometimes these weapons won't have an owner's manual

Link: - Owner's Manual (2012)

If you decide to purchase a detachable magazine fed rifle, you are going to need at least 10 magazines per rifle. Twenty would be better!

And, ... Fifty would be even betterer; ha, ha, ha ; - )

Keep - G3 Steel Magazine

Keep Shooting - H&K G3 Magazine Combo

Cheaper Than Dirt - Mag H&K G3 7.62x51mm Aluminum 20 Round Original Military

Cheaper Than Dirt - Mag H&K G3 7.62x51mm Steel 20 Round Military Surplus Made in Germany Used Condition Grade II 

All joking aside, you need at least 20 detachable magazines for each rifle that your family owns because magazines are a critical item. Without magazines, you have an expensive single-shot.

So, ... Spend the  $80 $60 now, not later before they are banned.

Ha, Ha, Ha,
Yep, I bought one hundred of them back a few years ago when they were 50¢ each, in bulk.

That's one of the reasons why I like the SKS rifle for most preppers, no magazines!

Wednesday: 24 February 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Antonin Scalia,

photograph by
Steve Petteway

The Telephone Number to a Great Lawyer
Folks, people on the internet will tell you how to do things; sometimes, these things aren't right for your local.

Say Uncle - 5 Things Every Reasonable Gun Owner Ought To Know

Wednesday: 24 February 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Depósito de agua

photograph by

Not Enough
You and your family need to store at least one gallon of water per person per day.

So, .... If you're getting ready for a three week event, you need to store three gallons (12 liters) of water, just for you.

So, ... A family of five needs fifteen gallons (60 liters) for a three day event.

Well, ... Guess what?

Some people think that's not enough

The Survivalist Blog: Tom Sciacca - How much water is enough?

Wednesday: 24 February 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Shooting Practice on a Miniature Range (ca 1940)
watercolor by
Anthony Gross

Thanks to Uncle, over at Say Uncle, we have two thoughtful articles with one link.

The first is about consistently carrying the same firearm, day after day.

The second article is a quick piece about the M&P series of pistols

Say Uncle - Gun Porn

One of the 'problems' of owning a weapon that uses detachable magazines, you need to store them.

Now, don't go all crazy thinking you need to buy this product. Nope, you can make your own with cloth from the local charity store, worn out denim pants, or other inexpensive source of durable material.

The same goes for the plastic box because you can use a cardboard box, plastic tote, or other inexpensive box.

Heck, I stored a bunch of different magazines in a cardboard box, for about five years, under my bed when I was in the military.

Say Uncle - Magazine Storage

I should have labeled this post "Say Uncle, He has a lot ... to say"

Wednesday: 24 February 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A cup of cappuccino

photograph by
Infrogmation of New Orleans

$50 a Pound
Folks, .....

Gizmodo - Stop Buying Coffee Pods

Wednesday: 9 March 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Kreisverkehr in der Leipziger Straße

photograph by
Johannes Kazah

Vehicle Crash
I was almost in a car crash the other day.

I was coming up to a traffic circle, yielded for a vehicle in the roundabout, then sped up to enter the circle.

All of a sudden!!!! There was another car in the traffic circle.

WeaponsMan - Vision, Perception, Combat, and Court

Wednesday: 9 March 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Steel Worker 1st Class John Overy (U.S. Navy Seabee)

photograph by
Utilitiesman 2nd Class Vuong Ta

Link Bait
Katniss, my wife, saw this video on the face book.

So, ... If you haven't seen it, watch it and come back, on Friday.

All Outdoors - Turning a Hole Into a Prefab Bunker (Video)

I made a mistake on the date.

Oh, well ; - )

Wednesday: 9 March 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Clara Donney Receives a Meals On Wheels Delivery

photograph by
Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen

Hot Meals
Having warm food is important for your family's well being.

So, ... You need an alternative cooking method for at least one meal a day.

Food Storage and Survival - Eight Great Ways to Cook When the Power is Out!
Eight Great Ways to Cook When the Power is Out!

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

Cooking requires ... Skills

Sploid - How to Master 5 Basic Cooking Skills That Everyone Should Know

Wednesday: 9 March 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The first firearm, I suggest you purchase, is a handgun.

Now, you have two choices.

You can pick a revolver because they're simple and require minimal equipment to use.

Or, ...

You can choose a pistol. These handguns will require magazines and other equipment

But, ...

Either way, they both require practice and training.

Sounds Like Me
I don't need to say anything more ; - )

All Outdoors - The Wheelgun Alternative

Some countries will produce a pistol for their military then export 'copies' to these United States to lower the cost per handgun for their military.

Well, ... Turkey is trying to do just that.

The Firearms Blog - Review: Canik TP9 SF Black: Out “Glocking” a Glock

Wednesday: 16 March 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Echinocactus polycephalus (Barrel Cactus)

photograph by
Stan Shebs

Training is important. It helps you learn new skills, but you have to make sure the training actually teaches relevant skills for your area.

Take bushcraft.

Do you need to learn to procure water by mushing up the inside of a barrel cactus then dipping the moisture out of the cactus with a cup?

Or, ...

Do you really need to learn how to make an improvised water catchment system from a blue tarp, four posts, and a plastic bucket?

WeaponsMan - When Training Becomes Stylized

GSIEP - Expedient Water Collection, One Method

Now What?
Hopefully, you have an answer.

WeaponsMan - You Didn’t Plan or Rehearse… Now What?

Wednesday: 16 March 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Bag of McKinney’s
photograph by

Sugar makes things sweet, and it makes ...

Off the Grid News -5 Unexpected Survival Uses For Sugar

Salt makes things salty, and it makes ...

All Outdoors - Overlooked Preps: Salt is Wealth

Just add clean water to make ...

Centers for Disease Control - How to make Oral Rehydration Solution

Ooops, wrong link
I gave you the wrong link ; - )

Rehydrate Project - Oral Rehydration Solutions: Made at Home

Or did I?

Wednesday: 16 March 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Claire E. Ballante

photograph by
Cpl. Lindsay L. Sayres

SF Medic
Conflict changes us. During WW II, these United States learned that women can do the jobs of men; they just need training like everyone else.

Well, ...

There have been changes to medical care that you and your family need to learn.

WeaponsMan - SF Medics, Combat Medics, Combat Lifesavers

Wednesday: 16 March 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Building used to Manufacture Counterfeit Nickels (ca1911)
photograph by

Good times or bad, people are going to try and make a buck off you and your family. Some people are going to try and rip you off by selling you counterfeit goods.

So, ... You need to know ....

USA Today - Money Quick Tips: How to spot counterfeit goods online

I can tell you from experience. You're not going to remember how much stuff you really have after an event.

Travelers - Home Inventory Checklist

It's Going to Happen
We just don't know when ; - )

USA Today - How to prepare for a recession, just in case

Wednesday: 16 March 2016, Part Five

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Giacomo Zorzi Radioamatore (ca 2005)
photograph by
Giacomo Zorzi

There are many hobbies that could be useful during an event, like ...

WeaponsMan - Pictorial History of the Walther P.38

WeaponsMan - The Engineering History of the M9’s Pivoting Locking Block

Remember, purchasing firearms for your family's survival is a lot different form buy guns for a gun hobby collection ; - )

Wednesday: 23 March 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Destroying Currency at the U.S Treasury (ca 1901)
Smithsonian Libraries

I owe many people, for many things. My brother Scout gave me the confidence to drive a manual transmission. He also taught me about kindness and taking care of strangers. My brother Jumper has taught me the importance and meaning of family. My brother Spartan has taught me about priorities and tenacity while my sister Hippy has taught me about living my life as I see fit. My parents, ...

Well, ...

Yahoo: Finance - Don't be fooled: There's really only one kind of debt

Good Advice
Needless to say, the more money you save; the more money you have to spend for your family's supplies such as water storage containers, long-term food storage, ammunition, medical supplies, and many other things.

Yahoo: Finance - 6 Money Hacks to Make Life Easier

Wednesday: 23 March 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Cartridge Cases (ca 2014)
photograph by
Ellin Beltz

Just in Case
WeaponsMan had a series of articles about caching supplies and weapons

So, ... If you didn't read it, you need to read it.

WeaponsMan - Caching your Guns for a Civil War, Parts I and II

WeaponsMan - Caching your Guns for a Civil War, Parts III and IV (long)

Wednesday: 23 March 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalits,

Crunches (ca 2016)
drawing by

Well Being
The single most important aspect of prepping is good health, either you have it or you don't. If you don't have it, you can't do the other things that may be important to you and your family's survival.

The Telegraph - Five simple daily habits that can revolutionise your health

Just to give you an idea of how bad it is

U.S. News and World Report - Less Than 3 Percent of Americans Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Wednesday: 30 March 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A girl waves to a U.S. Navy Helicopter

photograph by
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
Joe Painter

Climate Change
If our planet is warming, we will probably see the ocean's water level rise, as the ice caps melt.

But, ... What does that mean for you and your family?

YouTube: BI Science - What the Earth would look like if all the ice melted

And, ...

Gizmodo - A Nightmare Is Unfolding in the Great Barrier Reef

Wednesday: 30 March 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Australian Emergency Aid is Distributed in Burma

photograph by
Anna-Leena Rasanen

The Basics
If you and your family haven't taken these steps to survive an event, go away. 'Cause, you're wasting our time.

The American Red Cross - Food and Water in an Emergency

Just so You Know
The booklet's title should be 'Water and Food in an Emergency!

You know why, ... right?

Wednesday: 30 March 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Advertisement for Sheaffer Pen (ca 1921)
Illustration by
Coles Phillips

We're Wining
For some people, learning to shoot is all about fun and games while for others ...

It's about protection of the young, weak, the old and infirm.

Yahoo: Finance - Worried Seniors Turn to Guns for Protection

Keep it Safe
Whatever your reason for owning a firearm, you need to keep it out of the hands of unauthorized people.

Just make sure, ...

The Firearms Blog - Paperclip Defeats Handgun Safes

Get Off Me!
Sometimes, you and your family are going to have to go unarmed. At least that's what some people will think!

View from the Porch - In the mail yesterday...

Wednesday: 30 March 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Farmers Working as Children Study (ca 2013)
photograph by
Sur Chakrabarty

Looking for Work
Some of the younger members of the family are finishing high school and getting ready for college while some are finishing up college and looking for jobs.

Well, ... It seems some careers are over before they even started

USA Today: Money - Will your job disappear?

Compound Interest
It's just not for 25-year olds, either.

Yahoo: Finance - Every 25-year-old in America needs to see this chart right now

Wednesday: 6 April 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin)

photograph by
Grigori Petrowitsch Goldstein

Words and how we define them are important especially for 'new' words.

Like, ...

io9 - 20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

It seems, it's going to be warmer this summer.

As always, we'll see ; - )

Weather Channel - Summer 2016 Outlook: Warm Temperatures For Much of the U.S.

Wednesday: 6 April 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Rusting Machinery

photograph by
Paul Glover

It's a Ripoff, Kind'a
Several weeks ago, someone wrote a manifesto for self-reliance. It has several great links and many good links to information about different subjects. Plus, the writer categorized the links for you and your family.

However, ...

The writer 'slipped in' some Amazon links : - (

The Organic Prepper - The Self-Reliance Manifesto: More Than 300 Resources to Guide You on the Path to Radical Freedom

You know my views on buying books.

First, borrow the book from the library.

Two, copy, copy, copy the important information using a scanner, copier, or hand written notes.

Third, if you buy a book on a subject, you only need one book on the subject. Plus, see #2

Fourth, ... I have to think about it ; - )

More Stuff, Not to Buy
This list is kind'a cool. It has some things for you to think about, of course ; - )

Popular Mechanics - 31 Things Every Man Should Own

Wednesday: 6 April 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Smith Carbine (ca 2013)
photograph by
Michael E. Cumpston

Carbines usually have shorter barrels then a full-sized rifle, so they are handy to carry and shoot.

And, ...

They may or may not shoot a rifle or handgun cartridge.

YouTube: All Outdoors - Caracal 9mm Carbine at 2016 SHOT Show

Blah, Blah, Blah
These guys can talk, so be prepared.

YouTube: Nutnfancy - Pistol Carbine Shootout by Nutnfancy

Wednesday: 6 April 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Sad Child (ca 2009)
photograph by
David Shankbone

That's a Fact
Money is important because it is a medium of exchange. Whether it is paper, shells, blocks of salt, huge stones, glass beads, or some other reconized item, you and your family are going to need it.

So, ...

You better start saving for an event.

Dave Ramsey - 9 Ways to Build Your Emergency Fund

But, ...
What happens "if" you don't have an emergency fund?

Kiplinger - Best Places to Get Money in an Emergency When You Don't Have an Emergency Fund

Wednesday: 13 April 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

TV Reporter Conducting an Interview (ca 2005)
photograph by
Harless Todd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Seen It, Heard It, Read It
Katniss called me on the way to work. She said 'You have to hear this, turn on your radio.'

Well, ... I didn't, but Katniss was nice enough to tell me about it, later.

All I have to say, ...

NPR - Does Carrying A Pistol Make You Safer?

No Comment
Remember, ...

If anyone asks about prepping, you say 'What's prepping?' in an inquisitive voice ; - )

Especially the Media!!!

Wednesday: 13 April 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Culex quinquefasciatus

photograph by
Jim Gathany
Centers for Disease Control

Preventive Medicine
Exercise, eat right and ... control mosquitoes.

Mosquito - Mosquito Breeding Prevention

Lick any other creature, mosquitoes can be trapped.

My only problem... Where do I get mosquito pheromone for the trap?

Gizmodo - This Low-Tech Trap For Killing Mosquito Eggs Is Brilliant

Wednesday: 13 April 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Filipino guerrilla, armed with a bolo knife,

United States Army

There are many choices for a defensive rifle. You can purchase a HK-91 ($4,000), a PTR-91 ($900), a FN-FAL ($1,200), M1A ($1,300), an AR-15 ($800), an AK-47 ($800), and many others.

Well, ...

One of the more popular is the ...

Ha, ha, ha

But, informative

Say Uncle - This Guy, Again

Bad Idea
Uncle, at Say Uncle, has a weekly post of various firearms called "Gun Porn." Depending on the day, it might be beautiful firearms, unique firearms, or ... home modified firearms.

The Firearms Blog  - POTD: Extreme Trigger Guard Undercut

Get a Gun
As you know, I suggest you and your family 'get a gun' to protect yourselves.

But, ... What happens 'if' ...

Link: - Richardson’s Philippine Guerrilla Gun: A gun to get a gun

Wednesday: 20 April 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Newly Seasoned Wok
photograph by
Chris Feldmann

Eating Well
I was planning to use this article for a Monday blurb, but it has too much 'good' in it.

First, food is getting expensive. It's going to get worse.

Second, grow food that survives in your climate.

Three, traditional, regional or ethnic cuisine for healthy meals, not americana

Fourth, don't waste food

Fifth, ... read the article. It's worth your time.

Of Two Minds Blog - Want to eat like an Aristocrat? Grow it Yourself, Make it Yourself

Seasoning a Wok
Needless to say, like any other cooking instrument, especially cast iron, it needs proper care.

WikiHow - How to Season a Wok Chinese Food - How to Season a Carbon Steel Wok

The - How To Buy and Season a New Wok

Wednesday: 20 April 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Hungarian Stamp (ca 1962)
printed by
Hungarian Post Office

To become physically fit, all you need is yourself and a little effort ; - )

LifeHacker: Vitals - Everything You Need to Build Your Own Bodyweight Workout

Wednesday: 20 April 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Anticommunist Illustration(ca 1919)
New York Herald

Read the Article; Read the Comments
One of the things a like about Say Uncle; he has great readers ; - )

Say Uncle - I’ve been thinking about a wheelgun

These United States Citizens

... Are every 'color' ; - )

... Are every religion ; - )

... Are everywhere ; - )

NC Gun Blog - I had lunch with my fellow Americans today

You need it, no questions.

But, ...

How about competitions?

Shall Not be Questioned - Competitive Shooting as Police Training

No Old Guns
Just firearms, they don't make ammo for ; - )

All Outdoors - Updating Old Guns to Accept Optics

Wednesday: 20 April 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Help (ca 2016)
United States Navy

Did You See
The the article about the men rescued when a U.S. Navy search crew spotted their message in the sand.

Well, ... They could have used ...

The Modern Survivalist - Know your Rescue Signals

Did You Hear
About ...

Wikipedia - Morse Code

Wednesday: 27 April 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Wednesday: 27 April 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Wednesday: 27 April 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

WeaponsMan - Seven is Six and Six is Five…

Wednesday: 27 April 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Wednesday: 4 May 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists

Draining a Fountain (ca 2015)
photograph by

A Change
Originally, the photograph had the title 'Hard Work.' I would like to change it to ...

Wikipedia - Improvisation

Scroll down to Improvised Weapons for the 'Ninja'

Talk about scrolling

Link: About Sports: Survival - Survival Improvisation: Craft Improvised Tools and Gear

Wednesday: 4 May 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Food and Water,

photograph by

Just like your family, you have a responsibility to your pets.

Centers for Disease Control - Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet

Katniss, my wife, thinks of the chickens as ... Pets.

FEMA: Training - IS-111.A: Livestock in Disasters

But, ... The Government
Some of y'all are going to be adverse to signing up for a government identification, to take the FEMA course

So, ... Here's a few, so you can rest easy ...

If you follow their advice ; - )

University of Minnesota - Livestock Disaster Planning

The University of Vermont - Emergency Preparedness: Disaster Planning for Livestock

Cornell University - Dairy and Livestock Farm: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Guide

Wednesday: 4 May 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Brittany Carpenter,

photograph by
Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg, U.S.M.C.

3D Printer Firearms
As we, our country, enters uncertain times; I am reassured that things just might work out because we have so many firearms, to protect our families.

WeaponsMan - 3D Printing Roundup, Number Whatever (Video/Image rich)

Scout Rifle
There is a concept that has been kicked around for years. It was first, probably, promoted by Col. Jeff Cooper, of Cooper's Color fame. It takes a short, magazine-fed, bolt-action rifle in .308 (7.62 NATO), adds a scope, and you have the perfect ...

Scout Rifle

The Firearms Blog - New Savage 11 Scout Rifle

What they said ; - )


Wednesday: 4 May 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Wallet

photograph by

I carry a wallet, in my right rear pocket, that I have had for over thirty years. It holds ...

Yahoo: Finance - The only 6 things a modern gentleman should keep in his wallet

Just like your wallet, investing for retirement should be sleek and simple.

Yahoo: Finance - Charles Schwab's daughter shares the investing advice her father gave her in her 20s

Buy Silver and Gold
If you have a two-week supply of water, a year supply of food, firearms for everyone with cartridges, 3 months of extra needed medicine, paid off your debt, and a host of other things, you might want to purchase some silver and gold.

Just, store it at home or your business, in a safe.

Wednesday: 11 May 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Ebstorfer World Map (ca 1234)
attributed to
Gervase of Tilbury

Back in the Day
I can tell; I'm getting old. I am starting to use "Back in the day" when I'm talking about certain things.

For some of y'all that doesn't mean anything.

Well, ... for former military that's what the old soldiers said to us. Ha, ha, ha

Katniss and I were driving back from South Carolina (More about that, later), and we were using a smart phone application to plot our route.

Well, ... Like all financial strapped preppers, I was slightly unprepared.

While you gasp, let me explain.

Jumper bought a new truck, so he had an older vehicle that needed a new owner. An older vehicle-type that Katniss had been coveting, so I bought it for her.

To make a long story short, we flew out on Thursday, stayed four days, and drove the new (to us) vehicle home, a thousand mile trip.

Well, ... I didn't have the money to also purchase one of those highway map atlases.

Needless to say, I could have used one for the drive through Nashville.

Waze - Home

Hand Drawn
Now, some of y'all are going 'But, but, ... but.'

And, you would be right. I could have hand-drawn a map to get Katniss and I through the spaghetti of left merge, right merge, left merge, and left merge again of Interstate 24 west (I-24 W) that I didn't look at on ...

Bing: Maps - Home

MapQuest - Home

Old School
Of course, I couldn't talk about maps unless I talked about the old school maps.

United States Geological Survery - The National Map

United States Geological Survery - Store

United States Geological Survery: Store - Map Products

United States Geological Survery - Map Locator and Downloader

By the Way
You need to make plans that's why this blurb is labeled ...

Wednesday: 18 May 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Emergency Shelter
Wow, ... That is one 'minimalist' shelter.

A little too minimalist for me, but ... It works

YouTube: IntenseAngler - "Tip Of The Week" - 2 Minute, Heated Emergency Shelter (E12)

Emergency Shelter, Again
Here's another two for building a little better shelter, for your family

YouTube: Sigma 3 Survival School - Emergency Survival Shelter Part 1- Quick Bent Sapling Lean To

YouTube: Sigma 3 Survival School - Emergency Survival Shelter Part 2

Primitive Shelter
Lastly, here is a video for building a primitive shelter using a knife, ax, and some cordage.

YouTube: NorthSurvival - Long Term Survival Shelter.

Wednesday: 18 May 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The Red Bull in the Winter Line
painting by
Donna Neary

Military Food
These United States' military takes a lot of effort to provide good, quality food for our service members.

But, ... It wasn't always like that.

YouTube: - 5 Things You Don't Know About: Rations

According to a story in a Bill Mauldin biography, that I read, an army cook used toothpaste powder to make pancakes for the soldiers fighting in the mountains of Italy, during WW II, because they were out of baking powder. The cook, Mr. Mauldin, and others hauled the pancakes up the mountains by mule train to feed the soldiers.

Military Rations
Of course, these United States' military isn't the only one providing quality food to its service members.

Russian Federation
YouTube: Alduin Hearth - Russian IRP (Individual Ration Pack)

YouTube: gundog4314 - MRE Review: Russian Federation IRP

YouTube: Alduin Hearth - Italian Combat Ration (Razione Viveri Speciale da Combattimento)

YouTube: gundog4314 - MRE Review: Italy ~Razione Viveri Speciale da Combattimento~

YouTube: Alduin Hearth - Canadian IMP (Individual Meal Pack - Menu No.1)

YouTube: gundog4314 - Canadian Light Meal Combat Pack (LMC) ~Menu 1 Beef Jerky~

YouTube: Alduin Hearth - Polish Army Ration (Racja Wojskowa W2 "SH")

YouTube: gundog4314 - ARPOL: Polish S-RG-3 Individual Food Ration ~Part 1~

YouTube: gundog4314 - ARPOL: Polish S-RG-3 Individual Food Ration ~Part 2, Taste Test~

YouTube: Alduin Hearth - British Army  24 Hours O.R.P. (Operation Ration Pack - Menu 17)

YouTube: Alduin Hearth - Einmannpackung (German Army EPA Type 2)

YouTube: gundog4314 - German Type 2 24 hour Ration "Einmannpackung Typ 2"

United States
YouTube: MRE Review - MRE Review: Humanitarian Daily Ration (HDR) Menu No 5-C (2008)

YouTube: gschultz9 - MRE Review: Humanitarian Daily Ration (HDR) Menu 3-B (2010)

YouTube: Dutch Budget Prepper - MRE Review Dutch Combat Ration 24 Hours Inc Dinner!

YouTube: Dutch Budget Prepper - Taste Review: Dutch MRE Food Meal Combat Ration

YouTube: Dutch Budget Prepper - LRP MRE Cold Weather Ration Dutch Special Forces OMG'! It's BIG!

YouTube: gundog4314 - Finland Field Ration ~2014~

YouTube: gundog4314 - Kazakhstan Military 24 Hour Ration

YouTube: gundog4314 - Austria Tagespaket Type 3 ~2015~

YouTube: Alduin Hearth - Japan Combat Ration (JSDF Combat Ration Type II)

YouTube: Alduin Hearth - China PLA (People's Liberation Army Ration)

Wednesday: 18 May 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalsits,

Improvised Firearms, Mortars, and Bombs
photograph by
Photo Division, Government of India

During certain events, you may see mortars used against you, your family, and your community.

So, ... You need to know some basics about mortars.

YouTube: - 5 Things You Don't Know About: Mortars

YouTube: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles - Mortars

Wednesday: 25 May 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Boy Nash,

photograph by

Situational Awareness
This video has a lot of good information for you and your family to learn more about situational awareness, and important skill.

YouTube: MASK Tactical - Urban Survival Series, Episode 2: Developing Spy Level Situational Awareness

You brain is conspiring against you ; - (

RSA Animate - The Divided Brain

Wednesday: 25 May 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Sand and Gravel Filter

Shop Notes, Volume 17
Popular Mechanics Magazine

Water Filters
Clean water, after adequate shelter, is your family's first priority during an event. One way of having that water is storing it.

But, ... What happens when it runs out.

YouTube: Backpacking Bananas - The LifeStraw: Can you REALLY trust it? [Independent Product Review]

Another Review
Add a better lanyard.

YouTube: Primitive Lifeways - LifeStraw Review and Field Test

Another Choice
Needless to say, someone has an alternative to the LifeStraw

YouTube: FloridaAdventure - Gear Review: Sawyer Mini vs. Lifestraw

And, ...
Another one, but larger

YouTube: PreparedMind101 - Renovo Trio Emergency Filter Vs Sawyer Mini, Lifestraw, And Berkey Sport

Wednesday: 25 May 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Member of 4th Platoon,

Photograph by
Gunnery Sergeant Jay Browne

A .22 Caliber Revolver
Learning about firearms is interesting, like ...

Germania International - Hitler's Gun of Destiny

One, Two, Three, or Thirty
I disagree with this list. First, it should be a concealable revolver or pistol (I can change my opinion. Can't I?) for everyone in the family. Second, it should be a defensive rifle (The SKS, if you must ask) for everyone in the family.

Then, ... You have to decide for yourself ; - )

The Prepper Journal - The Best Prepper Guns List – Must Have Weapons for SHTF

Once everyone in the family has a concealable handgun and a semiautomatic rifle, I would stop buying firearms and stock up on ammunition.

Wednesday: 25 May 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The Money Changer (ca unk)
painting by
Rudolf Ernst

Saving Money
I have never heard anybody say they had enough money during an event.

America Saves - Saving on a Tight Budget

Financial Literacy
After saving money, you need to know how to be ...

Kiplinger: Wealth - 3 Things You Must Know to Be Financially Literate

Wednesday: 1 June 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Movie Poster for,

20th Century Fox

The Gray Man Concept
The 'Gray Man' is a concept that means to blend in to the environment, so people will fail to notice you before, during, and after an event.

Surviving in Argentina - The Gray Man Concept

The Gray Person
There are many thoughts on this concept. Here is another one of them.

YouTube: MASK Tactical - The "Gray Area" of the Gray Man Concept

"It" Depends
Folks have different ideas about the Gray Man concept. Some say do this while others say do that

So, ... Read until you get tired ; - )

Survivalist Boards - The Gray Man Concept

Wednesday: 1 June 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Women Returning with Drinking Water,

photograph by
Caroline Gluck with Oxfam

In developing nations, women take care of the home, garden, work, and ... Basically do it all, including fetching water.

PS - Women and The Transport of Water

Making Cheese
One method of providing protein to you and your family is to drink milk, but what happens when you produce too much milk?

You preserve it by making cheese.

PS Survival - Traditional Cheese Making

Wednesday: 1 June 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

BB Guns (Pellet Rifles) in Yemen
photograph by
Rod Waddington

.22LR 'Revolver' Carbine
The last few days, we have been talking about revolvers.

Well, ... Here's an interesting concept, a ...

The Firearms Blog - Izhmash KR-22: Nagant Revolver Carbine in .22 LR

Speaking of .22LR and Carbines
Here are two; you probably already know about, from ...

Smith and Wesson: M&P Rifles - M&P 15-22

And, ...

Walther Arms, Inc - Colt M4 Carbine

Old School
These United States' shooters have become enamored with the M-16/AR-15 rifle.

Well, ... Before there was the M4 carbine, there was the ...

Legacy Sports, Inc - Citadel M-1 .22 Carbine

Really Old School
If we're talking about carbines, we have to include the 'original,' used be cowboys, mountain men, and ... little kids ; - )

Henry: Rifles - Lever-Action .22 Rifles

Wednesday: 1 June 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Diesel Generator Room,

Library of Congress

I may have linked to this article in the past, but ... It's still worth the read.

Stealth Survival - On the Grid vs. Off the Grid - The Hybrid Solution

Wednesday: 8 June 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Mountain Man Reenactor

photograph by
Robert Lawton

Life Lessons
Our life lessons, help, determine how we think about certain subject. Sometimes they help us; sometimes they hinder us.

Well, ... It seems poker can teach us about ourselves, just like golf.

Reason - Annie Duke: 'What Life Lessons Can Poker Teach Us? All of Them.'

I don't agree with everything Mr. Dave Canterbury says in this video, but it is worth your time to watch the whole video.

'Cause, ... There is a whole lot of good advice in this video

YouTube: Lifesaving Advice From Dirty Rotten Survival's Dave Canterbury

Lastly, like any other event, you and your family can learn about surviving an economic collapse started by a government.

Sounds familiar, doesn't it.

BlackListed News - 8 Lessons That We Can Learn From The Economic Meltdown In Venezuela

Wednesday: 8 June 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Pakistani soldiers unload humanitarian relief supplies

photograph by
Airman 1st Class Barry Loo

The Basic Four
During an event, you might be worried about getting enough calories to survive. One method of doing that, before the event, is to store the basic foods.

According to the Latter-day Saints, the basic foods are whole wheat, dried milk, salt, and sugar

To find sugar, you can look in your local grocery store, China-Mart, or warehouse store.

Probably the lowest price can be found at the warehouse stores.

Now, ... Do you buy the beet sugar or the cane sugar?

Gizmodo -Evaporated Cane Juice Is Just Sugar

The Answer
You purchase either one 'cause sugar is sugar.

As long as it doesn't have any filler

One Green Planet - Fillers and Additives: What to Watch Out For When Buying Stevia


Gaiam: Life - 10 Worst Food Additives & Where They Lurk

The Bad
Yeap, there is no link for this, just an observation.

You have to be careful when you're doing a calorie comparison for food storage systems. Some companies include the cans of sugar in the calorie count.

So, ... You're really paying lots and lots of money for sugar, not food.

Plus, why are you paying for sugar packaged in a metal can? ($15 for five pounds. $10, on sale, not including shipping) When you can buy 50 pounds at a warehouse store for the same price?

Ooops, I was wrong. There is a link.

Utah State University: Extension - Sugars

Wednesday: 8 June 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Sony PRS-T3

photograph by

You and your family can purchase Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead for ... $4.95

Barnes and Noble - Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead

Or, ...

You favorite e-book retailer

However, it's hard to compete against ... Free!

Survival Life - Ultimate Survival Skills Guide

Wednesday: 15 June 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The Battleship Arkansas (BB 33)

painting by
Grant Power

The Briefing

REMM - Nuclear Detonation: Weapons, Improvised Nuclear Devices

The Threat

Federation of Americian Scientics - Nuclear & Radiological Terrorism

Some Advice

Link: - Improvised Nuclear Device (IND)

Fallout, Not the Game

Gizmodo - A Terrifying Interactive Map Visualizes the Devastation of Nuclear Fallout

Wednesday: 15 June 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Excavating an Irrigation Ditch,

British Columbia Archive

Moving Water
During an event, you may have to move water to keep crops and animals alive, without using fossil fuels.

One way of accomplishing that is to use older technology or technology developed for less developed countries.

PS Survival - Pumps and Water Lifters for Rural Development

And, ...

PS Survival - Piston Water Pump

And, ...

PS Survival - Spiral Water Wheel Pump

And, ...

PS Survival - How to Make a Simple Rope Pump  

Wednesday: 15 June 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Cowboy Dishing up Chili (ca 1939)
photograph by
Russell Lee

Just Saying
It is said 'An army marches on its stomach'

Well, ... You family survives on its stomach.

PS Survival - Militia Cookbook

Wednesday: 15 June 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Some folks are suggesting; you and your family to purchase gold chain and rings for barter, during the tough times ahead.

Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it?

The thought is to break off chain as you need it or sell a ring or two to cover any problems.

But, ... How do you tell if the rings or gold chain are real?

Sploid - The Three Ways to Test If Something Is Real Solid Gold or Not

Coins, Coins, Coins
Needless to say, you and your family won't have access to machines seen in the video.

So, ... That's the reason why I suggest you only purchase new silver and gold coins minted by a major country like Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and these United States.

Wednesday: 22 June 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Group of Friends,

photograph by

The "Group"
If you're trying to survive by yourself, it's easy! Except for the whole security, doing chores, and all the other stuff that humans need to stay alive and sane.

So, ... Sooner or later, you're going to have a group. At first, it will be your immediate family; you, your partner and some children, then it might grow to include your brother's or sister's family with a few in-laws thrown into the mix.

Either way, it's going to be a ...

Stealth Survival - Group Survival: The Logistics Nightmare

Finding Your "Group"
Now, some folks are going to build a group from an existing organization, think Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, Wednesday Night Poker Group or Bowling Team, or even work!

This is a, kind'a, good idea, but it has its limitations, take the Bowling Team.

These Gals or Guys walk into a climate controlled building, put on specialized shoes, throw a custom built piece of sports equipment down a wooden ally, and possibly drink a few beers.

Now, as a group ...

Are they learning 'survival' skills? They're exercising, but ... Are the other group members willing to spend $1,8000 to buy a year's supply of food for a family of four?

How about a group from work?

Are they willing to purchase a year's supply of food for their family? Have you spent time with them? Have your partners met? What does your partner think of your work 'buddy?'

Lastly, are you willing to let someone else determine the fate of you and your family?

Don't get me wrong. A short-term event; such as an earthquake, hurricane, and other short-term technical or natural event; isn't going to require such thought because the disaster is short. (Hey, my brothers and I can get along, without fighting, for five days.) but, ...

Some of those longer term events are going to require careful planning.

Wednesday: 22 June 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

for Parkway Beach (ca 1920s)
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During some events, you and your family are going to be outside, a lot.

So, ... you're going to have to protect yourselves, by using ...

Link: Style - Sunscreen Basics


WebMD: Video - How to Apply Sunscreen

Long Shirts and Pants
I do a lot of traveling in a motorized vehicle, most of the time, during the day. The sun blazes down into the car. If I not careful, I'll get a sunburn, even in the winter.

So, I wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, always, when I'm driving a long distance.

Link: - Car Door Windows Don't Block UV Rays

Wednesday: 22 June 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The Internet
I have bought several rifles over the internet. It has gotten easier, as retailers have embraced the internet. Plus, you have a better idea about prices.

WeaponsMan - The Five Ws of Buying a Gun on the Internet

Rifles and Homicides

WeaponsMan - Are Rifles Used a Lot in Homicides?

With a Little Effort

Sploid - Watch a Spear Get Forged Using Centuries-Old Methods

Wednesday: 29 June 2016

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Baggage Being Loaded

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My family and I have never conducted an actual emergency evacuation, so everything I say about the subject is ... hypothetical.

With that said, we (you and your family) can learn some good lessons from the travel industry, such as ...

Yes, your mother taught you not to lie because ... It's lying ; - )

But, ... One, two, or five lies might save you from certain difficulties

Link: Travel - 5 Lies to Tell When Traveling

The Professionals
We don't know the future, so some families may have to leave their home countries on an airplane that may just have flight attendants.

So, ... Treat them nice

FoxNews: Travel - 10 flight attendant secrets I wish I'd known before my last flight

Not Needed
Like any other activity, including prepping, you don't need certain things.

That's right, ... You don't need M.R.E.s, WaterBricks, Freeze-dried food, and ...

Link: Travel - 5 Travel Accessories You Really Don't Need to Pack

Just for Fun
If you're planning to leave the country, any country, you and your family are going to need passports.

Sooner than later, so start the process now.

With that said, ...

Travel and Leisure - What Your Passport Color Really Means

Wednesday: 29 June 2016, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


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The Basics
Some families, like my brother Scout, will upgrade their emergency shelter, from a blue tarp and some cordage, to a fold down (pop up) camper.

Well, ... New ones are expensive and used ones, to put it nicely, can be problematic, but there is a compromise, especially families that only own a car.

YouTube: Ezytrail Camper Trailers - Semi Off Road Camper Trailer: Tambo EZOR, Discontinued model


YouTube: Ezytrail Camper Trailers - Off Road Camper Trailers: M-Series Buckland Range 2014

Handy People
Of course, there are some folks that are going to build their own trailer, using the Ezytrail as a possible example, especially because it's built in Austrialia : - (

YouTube: Scott Lever - Off Road Truck Bed Trailer

Some folks are going to say, 'Screw building my own' while their family says, 'A nicer trailer, please.'

So, ... Here's a link to describing Airstream's new fiberglass trailer.

InsideHook - Little Baby Airstream Is Here to Make Summer Road Trips More Adorable

Build Your Own
Which some folks are still going to build their own ; - )

Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers - The Trailer Showroom 7X14

Wednesday: 29 June 2016, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

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the American Broadcast Company

Clearing Bookmarks
One of my 'vices' is collecting bookmarks when I do research for GSiEP.

So, ... Here are a few on firearms.

The AnarchAngel - So you want to buy a 1911? A basic primer

Wednesday: 29 June 2016, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The Wealthy Man (ca 1500s)
painting by
Jean Bourdichon

Building Wealth
Living paycheck to paycheck, like I do, is a one-way ticket to financial disaster.

So, ... You and your family need to ...

Yahoo: Finance - 3 Utterly Obvious Ways to Build Wealth

What to Buy?
Building wealth is easy to do.

But, ... What do you purchase?

Kiplinger - 9 Best Income Investments Other Than Dividend Stocks

Now, some preppers are already retired, so they have to avoid certain mistakes, too.

Kiplinger: Wealth - The Key Mistakes Investors Make in Retirement

Free Prepping!
Lastly, ... Just to remind you; it's about the prepping for a disastrous event.

Food Storage and Survival - 25 Ways to Prepare Without Spending a Dime

Buying Gold
Needless to say, during perceived troubling times, folks are going to flock to silver and gold.

So, ... Here's another take on purchasing gold from the British Royal Mint

The Telegraph - 'Buy gold' searches soar 500pc after Britain votes to leave EU: here's how to get your hands on the yellow metal

I suggest avoiding silver and gold bars because I don't know how to tell 'if' they are 'real.'

Do you?

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