Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday: 20 June 2018, Part Three


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Colorado State Capital (2014)
photograph by
ShelleyO14


The Government
Understand, when I say 'The Government,' I mean you, your partner, and any other adult age people in your family.

Becasue, we are the government. We vote for it (Not voting is also a vote). We fund it. We write letters ot it.

So, ...

We own it.

So, ....

All of these problems facing this country are ours.

Link:
Say Uncle - The more we learn about the Parkland shooting
http://www.saysuncle.com/2018/06/18/the-more-we-learn-about-the-parkland-shooting/


National Rifle Association Blog
Wow, ...

You really need to be a member.

Link:
NRA Family - Silhouette Shooting: Fun for the Whole Family
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/6/19/silhouette-shooting-fun-for-the-whole-family/

America's First Freedom - Tips for Starting to Carry
https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2018/6/18/tips-for-starting-to-carry/

Shooting Illustrated - Rust Prevention Tips for Your Guns
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/6/15/rust-prevention-tips-for-your-guns/

Wednesday: 20 June 2018, Part Two


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Red beans and rice,
prepared with smoked spanish paprika. (ca 2006)
photograph by
Paul Goyette


Rice and Lentils
Lentils are easy to cook. You don't have to soak them like other beans.

So, ...

They make a good addition to your family's food supply.

Oooh, ...

Add some rice, one pound of rice for every half pound of beans, per day, and your family has 2000 calories.

Just don't forget the spices.

Link:
The Modern Survivalist - Survival Nutrition: Live longer and healthier
http://www.themodernsurvivalist.com/archives/5523


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

In honor of this event, ...

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


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

Link:
Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Peanut Butter Pie (Guest Post)
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/06/food-storage-friday-peanut-butter-pie.html

Safely Gathered In - How To...Whole Wheat Bread by Bread Machine
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-towhole-wheat-bread-by-bread.html


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

Link:
Food Storage Made Easy - 16 Bean Soup
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2012/06/18/16-bean-soup/

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Recipes: Honey Granola
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2010/06/14/food-storage-recipes-honey-granola/

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Meats and a Delicious Meatballs Tetrazzini Recipe
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2013/06/19/food-storage-meats-and-a-delicious-meatballs-tetrazzini-recipe/

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Recipes: Honey Granola
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2010/06/14/food-storage-recipes-honey-granola/

Wednesday: 20 June 2018


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Choque automovilístico
en Jagtvej, Copenhague, Dinamarca (ca 2005)
photograph by
Thue


Real Quick
All of the usual suspects are calling for a market crash, again.

Needless to say, ...

You and your family can or can not ignore them, depending on your views.

With that said, ...


Possible Events
I will say it again, you and your family need to get prepared, at least, for the likely events that may happen in your area, such as winter storms in the upper midwest, hurricanes in the southeast, droughts in the southwest, earthquakes and tsunamis on the west coast, and many other disasters, like being fired/laid off, power outages, car crashes, home accidents, and many others.


Unlikely Events
Now some families are going to get prepared for less likely events, such as the collapse of the world financial system, invasion by a foreign power or people, or ...

Link:
SHTF Blog - Understanding EMP and Why You Should Prepare For It
https://www.shtfblog.com/understanding-emp-and-why-you-should-prepare-for-it/


Monday, June 18, 2018

Volume Four: Number Twenty-Five


The Mysteries Of The Horizon
Rene Magritte
(1955)


Juneteenth
On this day, Slaves were freed by a Republican-led U.S. Military. The Freedmen and Freedwomen quickly started an annual celebration to commemorate this day.

A day that many people have failed to accurately remember.


Doom and Gloom

11

Books

The Border

CPI

Domestic Violence

Fire

Gangs

Grenades

Rain

Taxes

Terrorism 

Vehicle Crashes

Volcano 

War, Trade

Things You Might Want to Think About

Charity
I guess folks are starting to realize, ...

The federal government doles out millions of dollars in charity every year, food stamps, Section 8 housing, tax breaks for businesses, and, many others, even for rich folks.

So, ...

They don't need to donate to charity.

Illegal Immigrants
I don't care who they killed, illegal alien, legal immigrant, or citizen.

Them boys need to go to prison for the rest of their lives.

Mental Health Problems
We will probably start seeing similar mental health issues, in the next few months, in our gun-free zones, such as schools, malls, grocery stores, and any place with two or more people.

Because, ...

Some folks still don't approve of the cure.

Proof of Concept
If it works, do it again and again and again.

Socialists
Margaret Thatcher is famously known to have said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”

Or, ...

The other people leave town, so Socialists can't get their money.

Words
You know, ... One or two people talking crazy isn't a big deal

But, ...

One, two, or ten million people talking crazy is dangerous for you and your family.


Overheard
"I wouldn’t count out the possibility of the original unscrubbed report emerging from deep inside the FBI itself."

"Stone and Caputo’s conspiratorial claims don’t come out of nowhere, on the contrary. The Washington Post has examined the records two men had cited as the reason for suspicion, and they show that the man who approached Caputo and Stone is actually a Russian national who has claimed to work as an FBI informant."

"... a computer-science major, was the only member of the class who had ever fired a gun."

"You know, those same areas where your party has systematically disarmed the population over the decades? In other words, even if people in these areas were willing to rise up and try to respond with violence, the worst they could manage, as things currently stand, would be the riots we saw throughout 2016 and 2017. Let me ask you, Rep. Pelosi, how much was accomplished by those riots?"

"The nine dynamics are mutually reinforcing."


What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 6/15/18

Active Response Training: Weekend Knowledge Dump 6/15/18

Defense One: The D Brief, 15 June, 2018

Survival Blog: Survivalists Odds n' Sods, 220

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 533

The Z Blog: Pure Politics

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


Herding sheep.





 Sheep herder





 Sheep wagon

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Maintenance)


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Timmy Sharp
checks for leaks on an engine before installing it
into a Chevy Coupe V truck in Okinawa, Japan (ca 2005)
photograph by
Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John P. Curtis

Two is One. One is None
If you have been prepping for a few months, you have probably read about the importance of having duplicates, from the statement:

Three is Two. Two is One, and One is None.

Of course, like all general statements, it is informative and misleading.


Important
First, it is important for you and your family to have multiple ways of doing certain tasks. An example is creating a fire. when you and your family are out and about in the wilderness, you and your partner should carry a pack of matches and some tinder, have a butane lighter and know how to make tinder from resources at hand, and a firesteel and a striker and have a cotton handkerchief that you're willing to turn into tinder for a fire. Doing this would insure your family can keep warm, discourage insects and animals from attacking your family, signal rescuers, cook your food or warm a drink for your family, and many other things during an event.

But, ... It is ...


Misleading
For many other tasks, you and your family don't need three or two of everything.

However, ...

You do need to know how to improvise a solution, take shelter.

First, do you really need two homes to provide adequate shelter for your family?

Maybe, depending on the situation, but probably not, especially if you can improvise a shelter from natural material, have a close friend or relative that will allow you to shelter with them during an event, or have a credit card or some emergency cash to rent a motel room for a few nights as your homeowner's insurance gets up and running.


Another way the "Two is one. One is none." statement is misleading is when it comes to spare parts and maintenance. Let us take spare parts, first.

Spare Parts Shop,
Gambia (ca 2008)
photograph by
Ikiwaner
Spare Parts
Currently, do you have two cars of the same exact model year? How about, do you or a family member take spare parts off another vehicle, like an oil filter, and put those spare parts on your vehicle?

Well, ... Of course you don't because it would be a waste of money to take parts off one car to fix another car when it's cheaper to buy a new oil filter, v-belt, or other maintenance part.

The same thing for many other items, like grinders. You don't need to buy another quality grinder . You need to purchase some spare parts to replace likely breakable parts.

Take the Little Ark-series grinder, from Retsel. You don't need another grinder, at $120. You need some spare parts.

The same goes for firearms. You don't need another rifle for everyone in the family, you need some spare parts to replace parts that will become worn or broken.

Which this thought, leads to ...


Maintenance
You and your family, also, need the tools and supplies to take care of your equipment. This means you need to store oil and grease. This means, you need to have the skills to use these tools and supplies.

So, ....

What do you think, all of us need to store?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday: 13 June 2018, Part Two


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Spanish Jar, Used for Storing Grain
and other food stuff (ca 1625 to 1700)
source
Walters Art Museum

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

In honor of this event, ...

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


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

Link:
Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Tortillas
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/06/food-storage-friday-tortillas.html

Safely Gathered In - Basic Cooking Skills: French Fries
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/06/basic-cooking-skills-french-fries.html

Safely Gathered In - How To...Make Whole Wheat Bread by hand
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-tomake-whole-wheat-bread-by-hand.html


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

Link:

Food Storage Made Easy - Rhubarb Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2015/06/10/rhubarb-crumb-coffee-cake-recipe/

Food Storage Made Easy - Texas Caviar … aka Black Bean Salsa
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2011/06/08/texas-caviar-aka-black-bean-salsa/

Food Storage Made Easy - Easy Homemade Strawberry Syrup and Jam!
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2012/06/07/easy-homemade-strawberry-syrup-and-jam/

Wednesday: 13 June 2018


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

An Emergency Supply Kit,
Altus Air Force Base, Okla (ca 2016)
photograph by
Airman Jackson N. Haddon
These United States' Military
I love the men and women of our armed forces!!!

You know why, right?

Yeap, because they are members of the largest organization committed to ... Prepping

With that said, there are smaller organizations committed to getting you and your family prepared for an even, like the City of ...

Link:
City of Seattle - Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit
http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/Emergency/Preparedness/FamilyPlans/FamilyDisasterSuppliesKitRedCross.pdf


Coloring Books
If you want to get your family involved with prepping, you need to make it fun and interesting that's why you talk about hiking and camping, not bugging out to the wilderness.

Needless to say, the easiest way to get younger children involved is to use ...

Dang. I already told you.

Link:

City of Seattle - Quakesafe: A Coloring Book
http://alphaqa.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/Emergency/Preparedness/Children/Quakesafe%20Coloring%20Book.pdf

City of Seattle - Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book
http://alphaqa.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/Emergency/Preparedness/Children/FEMA%20Kids%20Coloring%20book.pdf

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Wednesday: 13 June 2018, Part Three


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

"If you are good enough for war ..." (ca 1917)
Source
Library of Congress

Good Enough
There is a saying, "The Enemy of Best is Good Enough"

O.K., maybe not, but you get my point, or do you?

Let me explain, ...

I drive a Ford Fiesta S Hatch, not really. It's roomy enough for me and my emergency evacuation + kit during my commute, and it can hold my partner and two kids for an event, if needed.

Well, ...

A better car would be a Volvo v60, at $62,000. It's a little roomer and still has space for an emergency evacuation + kit. Plus, it's a Volvo.

But, ...

Is it really, a better car, or is it a status symbol.

In other words, ...

"Some people just want a little protection, and I’d rather someone with a limited budget has a Hi-Point than go without a gun at all. A good guy with a Hi-Point can still save their lives or the life of someone else. A good guy with a Hi-Point is still a good guy with a gun."

Or, ...

A good gal with a Hi-Point C9, Smith & Wesson SD9VE, .357 magnum revolver, or ... is still a good gal with a gun.

Link:
Bearing Arms - Video: Glock Versus Hi-Point?
https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2018/06/11/glock-versus-hi-point-showdown-didnt-know-you-wanted/

Monday, June 11, 2018

Volume Four: Number Twenty-Four


Savarin
Jasper Johns
(1982)


Freedoms
Here in these Untied States, we have many freedoms, the freedom of speech, the freedom to own firearms, the freedom to vote for our representatives, and many more outlined in our Constitution and its amendments, better known as The Bill of Rights.

But, ...

Which one is the most necessary or most important one?

For the National Rifle Association members it would probably the right to keep and bear arms, according to the Second Amendment.

For the members of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, it would probably be unrestricted speech, according to the First Amendment.

For others, it might be the Fourth Amendment. For Lawyers it might be the Fifth Amendment. For certain senators, it might be the Seventeenth Amendment. For illegal immigrants, it might be the Fourteenth Amendment. For 'blacks,' it might be the Thirteenth Amendment. For teenagers, it might be the Twenty-Sixth Amendment.

But, ...

Which one is the most important?

My opinion?

It's the Tenth


Doom and Gloom

$400

Aeroplanes

Cops

FaceBook

Food Poisoning

Hackers

Hatchets

I.T.

Liberals

Outhouses

Reassignments

Status Quo

UXO

Volcanoes

Wildfire


Things You Might Want to Think About

China
Yeap, they hate your freedoms, too.

Elections
What did they expect after allowing a massive migration into a country that is already having a hard time supporting its citizens, a political scandal involving the former leaders, and ... ?

FaceBook
You might want to dump your FaceBook account and ... stock.

Ha, Ha, Ha
It took long enough, for karma to catch up with him.

Ha, Ha, Ha, Again
What's so funny about this story?

I believed it.

Guns
Crime and crime prevention is a complex subject. It takes years of developing a better police and resident relationship, improving opportunities for city residents, and other leftist liberal money wasters.

When, ...

All the city and state has to do is get more people to buy, carry, and use firearms, when appropriate.

Kids

I guess everybody was 'black.'

You know why?

Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, David Hogg, and so-called Black Lives Matter didn't say a thing about the shooting.

Only One
Just to set the record straight, former President Bill Clinton is the only president of these United States to be impeached. Former President Nixon resigned before being impeached.

Also, ...

William Jefferson Clinton is a sexual predator. Even Ms. Monica Lewinsky agrees with me.

Also, ...

Who's the other guy in the interview, his lawyer?

Polio
Yeap, ... During an event, you're children might die or become permanently disabled becasue, during good times, you didn't think they needed their immunization shots.

Responsibility
Please! Please!! Please Remember!!!

Officer Scot Peterson had no legal responsibility to defend those students and teachers from anyone, including the scumbag Nikolas Cruz.

Socialists
Aaah, the mean ol' Democrats finally got tired of people taking their stuff without paying.

I wish they would get tired of trying to take my stuff, too.

Substitution
The nice lady, according to Jon Stewart, called the President's daughter a cunt.

Her exact words were “You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless cunt,”

Well, ...

What do you think would have happened if some, so-called, nice lady had called Chelsea Clinton, Malia Obama, or Sasha Obama a cunt, during their father's presidency?

I bet, Jon Stewart wouldn't have been defending them.

Time Piece
You know, what's so bad about this article?

A bill was written and proposed, the bill was passed and signed into law, and ...

Trespassing
Long before this story started, we went to StarBucks a few months ago.

The restrooms were clean and unlocked.

The seating area was clean and only customers were sitting in the booths.

And, ...

The coffee was still burnt and overpriced

Wheel Chair
Thanks America, ... You just gave our enemies another way to circumvent our nations security.


Overheard

"Shale oil is not a miracle so much as a spectacular stunt: ... "

"A journalist has named the senior White House aide Sydney Blumenthal as the source of press reports last year that Monica Lewinsky was a predatory 'stalker' obsessed with Bill Clinton, contradicting Mr Blumenthal's testimony to the Senate."

"But there is one thing Barack Obama has on all competitors: treason."

"What you see out there along the Pacific rim of the USA is a giant booby-trap of certain cataclysm. It’s part of the even greater tectonic phenomenon called the Ring of Fire, which circles the whole western ocean from the Aleutian Islands to Japan through Indonesia and up again along the western edge of South America. Things are livening up all over the darn thing right now, including the rumblings of a bunch of big volcanoes in the South Pacific and the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, uncorking lethally as I write. And, of course, none of the foregoing includes the giant magma dome of worthless stock and bond values swelling under the towers of Wall Street back east."

"The point of life is for old men to plant trees in whose shade they will never stand."


What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 6/8/18

Active Response Training: Weekend Knowledge Dump, June 8, 2018

Defense One: The D Brief, 8 June 2018

Ace of Spades: Weekend Gun Thread, 6/10/18

Survival Blog: The Survivalist's Odds n' Sods, 214 

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 532

The Z Blog: ???


That's Just the Way it Was: Little Rock, Arkansas (ca 1935)


Sunday



Sunday

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 7
Flotilla 73
crew academy training (ca 2012)
photograph by
Jonathan James

Comments
Thanks for all the comments folks. Sorry about not getting them posted sooner, but I have been busy these last few months.


Blogging
I have had several questions about starting a blog, sad to say I'm terrible at it, but .... Here's my suggestions.

First, are you doing it for you or the money. Hopefully it's for you because most people don't make any money at blogging.

Second, have a regular schedule that you can work within. Take Uncle from Say Uncle. He writes five, six, seven blurbs a day while

Third, write about something you enjoy. If you like cooking, write about cooking. You like guns, write about guns. If you like politics, write about politics.

Fourth, don't quit your day job. Ha, ha, ha.

Fifth, add value by selling your writing, be it a cookbook, pamphlets, or other stuff (art, charity store finds, or ...) to your readers.

But, ...

Do it directly because the middlemen will keep some of your profit. Please, some do-gooder like me will come along and talk bad about the expensive, useless stuff the blog is peddling like Survival Blog.

Sixth, ... It's late; I'm headed to bed.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Information)


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Paul Lerret
reads a book in the USS Harry S. Truman's library (ca 2002)
photograph by
Photographer's Mate 2nd Class H. Dwain Willis

Information
I work with a gal that loves the printed page. She likes to have all of her work on a sheet of paper, especially any reference material.

So, ...

She has stacks of folders in huge file cabinets, map cabinets full of maps and deep shelves full of technical drawings, and plans galore, all over her office ; - )

Well, ...

The nice lady is running out of space, so she will be purging her files in the next few years.


A Sandisk-brand USB thumb drive,
SanDisk Cruzer Micro, 4GB (ca 2010)
photograph by
Evan-Amos

Thumb Drives
The Universal Serial Bus Flash Drive (USB Flash Drive) was invented in early 1999. It was first offered in 8 MB. At 500 pages of text per Megabit (MB) that works out to 4000 single-sided sheets of paper or 80 low resolution images.

Now a days, you and your family can purchase 4 to 256 Gigabit flash drives.

Just so you know, 1 gigabit equals 1000 megabits, so a four gigabit thumb drives holds 2,000,000 pages of text or 40,000 low resolution images.

Now, I'm going to stop here with one more piece of information about jump drives. They can last at least 10 years with the possibility of working for close to 100 years.

Link:
Wikipedia - USB Flash Drive
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_flash_drive

Wikipedia - Universal Serial Bus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB


Micro SD Card, 1 CHF coin , and SD Card (ca 2016)
photograph by
Clément Bucco-Lechat


SD Cards
Secure Digital is a format introduced in late 1999. Currently it has four families, the Standard-Capacity (SDSC), the High-Capacity (SDHC), the eXtended-Capacity (SDXC), and the SDIO. These cards come in three sizes, original, mini, and micro.

SDSC cards can hold up to ??? of information, and SDHC cards can hold up to 32 gigabit of information. SDXC cards can hold up to 2 terabit of information while SDIO cards are used to attach the electronic device to support cameras, global positioning systems, FM tuners, and many others.

These cards can last up to five years.

Link:
Wikipedia - Secure Digital
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital


Hard Disk Drive
with cover removed (ca 2004)
photograph by
Rjt

Hard Disk Drives
Developed in the mid-50s, the first hard drive was the size of two medium refrigerators and stored 3.75 megabytes of information.

Now-a-days, hard drives can be had in sizes of 14 terabits and can last for around 250 years.

Link:
Wikipedia - Hard Disk Drive
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_drive


Disassembled Solid State Drive (ca 2014)
photograph by
Arvutistuudio

Solid State Drives
All I have to say, ... They only last two years in storage.

Link:
Wikipedia - Solid State Drive
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive


The Trail to Kalam Lake (ca 2013)
photograph by
Talha Malik

Destination
By now, you probably know where I'm going with this information.

And, ...

You would be right.


Trade Offs
First, paper is bulky and can be difficult to properly store. Plus, it is flammable, can be damaged by insects, and it takes knowledge to access.

Second, electronic devices are small but require electricity to access. They can be damaged be power surges, extreme heat, moisture, and other ravages.

Third, no matter your information storage device, including your brain, every device has its pros and cons.


Which One?
Like your food storage, you need to make an assessment

First, ... What are your needs? Are you looking for the basics, then a few books would be fine with some training or practice to cement your knowledge. If you're looking for depth and breadth then you will need the important and critical knowledge in paper with the remainder and backup of the paper in electronic storage devices.

Second, ... What are your resources? Do you have some money then you can buy multiple forms of the information, like compact disks with thumb drives with SD cards with an external hard drive and two devices to access the information, like a laptop with a solar panel and a mobile phone with a card reader. If you don't have excess money then you might request the local library to purchase all the anthologies for Backwoods Home magazine.

Third, ... What events are you and your family planning to survive? Are you planning for a winter storm, hurricane, tornado, or other short-term event then you probably only need copies of all you family's important documents that are normally stored in a safety deposit box. If you're planning for a long-term wide-ranging event then you and your family are probably going to need an extensive base of knowledge. A base of knowledge that would fill a small local library with books, floor to ceiling and wall to wall.

Lastly, ... How long? Because if it's a multi-generational event, you and your partner are going to have to start a school to teach your children and the children of your friends how to read all those books, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and other written material.

Link:
Wikipedia - Digital Permanence
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_permanence

Wikipedia - Print Permanence
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Print_permanence

Wikipedia - Preservation (Library and Archival Science)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preservation_(library_and_archival_science)

Wikipedia - Disk Storage
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_storage

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wednesday: 6 June 2018, Part Three


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Stevens 520-30 Trench Gun with M1917 Bayonet (ca 2015)
photograph by
Keydet92


Last week, I highlighted some articles about shotguns that got me to thinking.

So, ...


870 or 500
The two most popular 12 gauge shotguns, in these United States, are the Mossberg Model 500-series and the Remington Model 870.

Which one is 'better?'

You will have to decide.

Link:
YouTube: mixflip - Watch this before you buy a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuxCLivZ-Vk

YouTube:BlockShawOutdoors - Remington 870 VS Mossberg 500 - which one is better?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mvD2Iuf4IQ

YouTube: dochinson - Remington 870 vs Mossberg 500/88 Ultimate Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycvSAZyQU6o


Lucky Gunner
Either choice, ...

Both will require you and your family to have ...

Knowledge and Skills

Link:
YouTube: Lucky Gunner - Why Use a Shotgun for Home Defense?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USs4AfyI9wM

YouTube: Lucky Gunner - 6 Features of a Home-Defense Shotgun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8pWkGJg2Vw

YouTube: Lucky Gunner - Buckshot for the Home Defense Shotgun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCAI3Ni6bzg

YouTube: Lucky Gunner - Cruiser Ready: How to Store A Home Defense Shotgun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyqy8AC3uPQ

YouTube: Lucky Gunner - Practical Drills for the Home Defense Shotgun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0uoLNB-pTo

YouTube: Lucky Gunner - How to Reload a Defensive Shotgun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imY0FT4ZtBc


Hickok 45
With over a three million subscribers and two hundred videos, he has something to say about ...

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

YouTube: hickok45 - Shotgun Choice: Pump vs Semi-auto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_1-E6qFuXk


20 Gauge
Back in the day, I would shoot 12 gauge all day, everyday.

Now-a-days, it's ...

Link:
YouTube: Gun Talk Media - 20 Gauge Shotguns for Home Defense
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvb7O6SucEc

YouTube: Paul Harrell - 20 Gauge Shotguns Part One: Home Defense
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8EL9MXY2S4

YouTube: Lucky Gunner - What About 20 Gauge for Home Defense?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dogPJQLeqg


Ammunition
If you have a firearm, you're going to need ammunition. Just not any old ammunition, if you're protecting your family.

Link:
YouTube:earthling1984 - Shotgun Shells Explained
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQwSkeO_2mA

YouTube:fmgpubs - Home Defense: Buckshot vs. Birdshot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrM5U2kGQCc

YouTube: Paul Harrell - Bird Shot in your Home Defense Shotgun.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaR1EVybUgc

YouTube:nutnfancy - Ammo Carry for Tactical Shotgun: Ways That Work
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnLbe5q3-Lo

Wednesday: 6 June 2018, Part Two


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

A Traditional Ugandan  Meal (ca 2014)
photograph by
Welli

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

In honor of this event, ...

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


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

Link:
Safely Gathered In - Our "Safely Gathered In" e-book!
http://safelygatheredin2.blogspot.com/2008/06/sgi-e-book.html


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

Link:
Food Storage Made Easy - How to Make Omelets Freeze-Dried Style
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2013/06/01/how-to-make-omelets-freeze-dried-style/

Food Storage Made Easy - Sweet and Sour Chicken from Scratch (+ Quinoa)
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2012/06/01/sweet-and-sour-chicken-from-scratch-quinoa/

Wednesday: 6 June 2018


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Tudenham House, an abandoned mansion
located near Mullingar, County Westmeath in Ireland (ca 2016)
photograph by
Mike Searle

The 'Rich'
The easiest and probably best method of dealing with an event is to leave the area.

Well, ...

If you're Jewish and can prove it, you can go to Israel.

If you're Spanish and can prove it, you can go to Spain.

If you're Irish and can prove it, you can go to Ireland

Lastly, ...

If you're really rich, you can go to ...

Link:
The Guardian - Citizenship for sale: how tycoons can go shopping for a new passport
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/02/citizenship-by-investment-passport-super-rich-nationality

Monday, June 4, 2018

Volume Four: Number Twenty-Three


Green Sky Landscape
Charles Webster Hawthorne
(1898)

Editorial
This, so-called, article is from last week. I even linked to it, but it was Memorial Day, so I had more important things to say.

With that said, ...

First, ... Folks that don't know firearms shouldn't write articles talking about guns.

Second, ... Folks with an agenda, especially against your freedoms, shouldn't write an article about firearms.

Third, ... There are people that will believe this article. They will base their beliefs on this article, and they will believe it is O.K. to send other people to arrest you and your family, possibly killing your family in the process.

Lastly, .... These folks are O.K. with being ignorant about our freedoms, and they price we paid, as a nation, to have these freedoms.

So, ...

Take someone shooting, so they can begin to understand the importance firearms play in our country.


Doom and Gloom

AMA

Bugagedon

Cops

Dams

Door Jamb

EuroZone

Illinois 

ISIS

London 

Leaks

Prank

Registration

Registration, Again 

Tesla

Water


Things You Might Want to Think About

Advantage
But, ... Will you be able get a well paying job with that degree?

Cool
I always wanted another son, so I guess I can steal one then fly Southwest to get the kid out of state.

Dumb
Well, ... I guess they showed who was the dumbest of the group by suggesting that all of the recent so-called school shootings were done by socioeconomic disadvantaged children living in the ghetto.

P.S.
I think the article's author got her information from Wikipedia

The 'Plan'
O.K. George Soros is a monster.

But, ...

Some of his ideas are pretty good, like ...

"... the allocation of refugees within Europe should be entirely voluntary."

Cool, this means some or all of the European Union can say 'No' to accepting refugees and other migrants.

"By strengthening democratic regimes in the developing world, such an EU-led “Marshall Plan for Africa” would also help ..."

Awesome, we (these United States and Europe) get to destroy corrupt governments, like Zimbabwe, South Africa, Angola, and ... many others

"... the EU needs to transform itself into an organization that countries like Britain would want to join, ..."

Fantastic, this means the European Union needs to promote balanced budgets, local rule by the country, less regulations amoung member states, civil rights such as constitutional firearms' ownership, freedom of speech, and ... The Bill of Rights for all of Europe.

However, ...

Most of his ideas suck, like borrowing money, unlimited migration, and ... pretty much the whole article.

Rappers
I wonder who will got shot first, Pusha-T or Drake?

Routers
You have been paying attention, ... right?

Surrender
When you're side is losing a war, it is a good idea to quit fighting.

The only problem, ...

The Israelis are winning and they decided to quit fighting.

Why? 
Just in case, you ever wonder, ...


Overheard

"The group said that the initial test does not have to be a colonoscopy, a procedure that typically requires a day off from work and an often-unpleasant bowel cleansing routine. Instead, it could be one of several other tests, including home stool tests available by prescription."

"As long as we accept this travesty of a mockery of a sham, we deserve what we get."

When this margin debt is unwound, like it was during the last two bear markets, it’s going to be nastier than before because there is so much speculation in the system... The pain is coming and unavoidable.

"Something lethal is waiting out there to get you and me, too"


What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 5/31/18

Active Response Training: Weekend Knowledge Dump, June 1, 2018

Defense One: The D Brief, 1 June 2018

Shall Not Be Questioned: Thursday News Dump, May 24, 2018

Survival Blog: The Survivalist's Odds n' Sods, 212 

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 531

The Z Blog: The Eurocast


That's Just the Way it Was: Macon County, Georgia (ca 1939)


Landless family of cotton sharecroppers. For their labor they receive half the crop they produce, and the equivalent of ten dollars a month "furnish" (credit) from the landlord. Their vegetable garden failed this year for lack of rain





 Cotton sharecropper family.





 Cotton field and plantation house.



Rolling store which goes from door to door selling groceries, hardware, drygoods, drugs, and a variety of household and farm supplies.




Negro wage laborer and part of his family. He is coming home from the commissary with a week's rations





 House in which cotton farmer has lived for fifty years.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff


Dear Prepper and Survivalists,

Infantrymen From
Company B, 1st Bn,, 5th Cav. Rgmt, 1st Cavalry Division,
handing out school supplies, personal care items and clothing
to children at an orphanage in Tikrit, Iraq (ca 2011)
photograph by
Sgt. Crystal Hudson

Currently, the economy is looking up, but there are still millions of people out of work, many families receiving supplemental nutritional assistance, and other indicators that the economy isn't that great. Plus, stock prices, home prices, and other assets prices are near all time highs.

Now, ...

In the past, we have talked about depression and inflation. Depression is when money becomes more valuable and inflation is when money becomes less valuable.

Or, ...

Put another way, depression is when stuff is less expensive and inflation is when stuff is more expensive.

Well, ...

These two events can happen at the same time, back to back very quickly, or each event can go on for a long time, several years even a decade.

So, ...

Right now, food, fuel, and shelter prices are increasing while vehicles, recreation, and airfare are decreasing.

In other words, all the stuff (food, fuel, and shelter) you can't live without are getting more expensive which is inflation or money becoming worth less while everything you can do without (cars, boats, vacations) are getting cheaper or money becoming worth more.


Please notice, other items are also increasing in price, items such as ...


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バスクリン & Shampoo Bottles
(エメロン, メリット and others) (ca 2008)
photograph by
saname777

Personal Care
Some of the items that my family and I stock are shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, dental floss, and other personal care items.

Why?

It's going up in price.

Don't believe me?

Just look at some of the prices and sizes you and your family use to get, several years ago.

For us, we use to get 22oz. for $1. Now, it's $2 for an 18oz. bottle.

The same goes for ...


U.S. Marines dash down the commissary aisles
during a Commissary Awareness Month event (ca 2006)
photograph by
United States Marine Corps

Laundry Supplies
Yes, the above picture is all in fun, but it shows the amount of space you and your family might need for your laundry supplies.

So, ...

I count 22 bottles of detergent and 5 bottles of softener. This would allow my family to wash clothes for probably six to nine months.


Food
Just like your food supplies, your other supplies are rotated with the new bottle going on the back of the shelf with the older item being used by your family.

As always, during 'good' times, you and your family are trying to build up your supplies while your family only uses your supplies and food during times you can't get these items.


Senior Airman Than, 42nd Attack Squadron MQ-9 sensor operator,
operating the Multi-Spectral Targeting System
for reconnaissance and lasing targets for guided munitions. (ca 2016)
photograph by
Senior Airman Christian Clausen

Millennials
Right now, younger folks are getting rid of their parents stuff, things like glass canning jars, food processing equipment, antique furniture, and other items. Items that you and your family might want to think about getting for really cheap or maybe even free.

Because, ...

What do you need to canned food that you and your family have planted, harvested, and processed for storage?

Glass canning jars and canning lids!


P.S.
Canning jars have gone from $4.50 a dozen to $12 a dozen back down to $8 a dozen.

So, ...

This is an example of Inflation changing to Depression.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wednesday: 30 May 2018, Part Three


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Several Rifles for sale at a gun show (ca 2015)
photograph by
Darknipples

For most families, you need two firearms, a handgun and a rifle. The handgun, either a revolver or a pistol, is used to protect your family, while the rifle is used to protect the country.

Well, ...


Scatterguns
Some people are going to want another option, the shotgun.

Now, .. Don't get me wrong. I think a shotgun is a poor, a very poor, choice as a weapon.

A shotgun is long, so it's tough to conceal. It has a strong recoil, so it's tough for everyone in the family to use. The shotgun has limited magazine capacity, so you have to reload it, a lot.

Link:
Survival Blog - Stevens Model 320 Security Shotgun, by Pat Cascio
https://survivalblog.com/stevens-model-320-security-shotgun-pat-cascio/

Remington - Model 870 Shotgun
https://www.remington.com/shotguns/pump-action/model-870

Mossberg - Series 500 Shotgun
http://www.mossberg.com/category/series/500/

Ithaca - Model 37 (Home Defense) Shotgun
https://ithacagun.com/product/model-37-home-defense/

Wikipedia - Benelli M3
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benelli_M3


Say Uncle
Needless to say, ...

Some people disagree with me ; - )

Link:
Say Uncle - Gun Porn
http://www.saysuncle.com/2018/05/15/gun-porn-1966/

Say Uncle - Shotgun Noob part whatever: First range trip
http://www.saysuncle.com/2018/05/17/shotgun-noob-part-whatever-first-range-trip/

Say Uncle - Shotgun noob stuff
http://www.saysuncle.com/2018/05/21/shotgun-noob-stuff/

Say Uncle - More shotgun noob
http://www.saysuncle.com/2018/05/28/more-shotgun-noob/

Wednesday: 30 May 2018, Part Two


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Sailors and Marines assigned to
1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division
eat lunch with an Afghan family in Helmand province, Afghanistan, (ca 2011)
photograph by
Lance Cpl. Glen Santy Close,
U.S. Marine Corps
Slaw
It's the dead of winter. All you and your family have for fresh vegetables are some carrots, cabbage, and some onions.

What are you going to do?

Link:
Lifehacker: Skillet - Stop Making Bad Coleslaw
https://skillet.lifehacker.com/stop-making-bad-coleslaw-1826269204


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

In honor of this event, ...

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


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

Link:
Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Fruit Pie
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/05/food-storage-friday-fruit-pie.html


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

Link:
Food Storage Made Easy - 3 Pizza Dough Recipes
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/05/27/3-pizza-dough-recipes/

Food Storage Made Easy - Salsa, Chicken, and Black Bean Soup Recipe
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2012/05/24/salsa-chicken-and-black-bean-soup-recipe/

Food Storage Made Easy - Shelf Stable Recipes: Soft Pretzels
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2011/05/28/shelf-stable-recipes-soft-pretzels/

Food Storage Made Easy - How to Make Ezekiel Bread
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2016/05/27/how-to-make-ezekiel-bread-recipe/