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Friday, December 31, 2010

Rabbit Snares - I finally bought some

I finally got off my duff and purchased a set of 12 rabbit snares.  I know they are illegal to use in CA...bla...bla...bla; that's why I'm moving to TX.  Anyway, I figured that the economy is going to break anytime now and since I like to practice what I preach; I got some snares.  The snares will be used as a primary source of food and all of our built up stores of canned goods will be used in times when I can't find and catch fresh meat.


The set didn't cost me too much; about $16.00 with shipping (ebay).


I will be ordering more, but have decided to look online and shop directly from the manufacturers.  I will also be searching online as to how to make my own snares.  But until that happens, I have a set I can use until I perfect my skills.

What have YOU been doing to prepare your family for when the SHTF?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Police State Expansion - mobil guard towers; coming to a WalMart and Mall near you

Being a subcontractor working in Ass-Crack-Istan, I see these all over the place.  But, to see them in the US and seeing this ad....I became instantly nausiated.  Since when was military operations against Americans patriotic?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My brother asked me how he should beging prepping with his family

My brother asked me how he should beging prepping with his family.  The first thing I said was to begin reading my blog, then discussed, food, water, shelter, and firearms.  He already has most of that covered but then I really started to think about my response if someone else asked me the same question.  To determine what you need to do to prep, you have to ask yourself some basic questions first. Following is by no means a comprehensive list of survival questions. This is simply a bare bones list of questions to get you thinking about survival and your own situation.

1. How much potable (drinkable) water do I have stored and how long would it last if all sources of water were cut off? Ideally, you should have 2 gallons per person per day. (3 gallons per person per day if your stored food is freeze dried or dehydrated.)  If you have a pool, have you figured out to purify that pool water enough to drink it?

2. How much food do I have stored and how long would it last if all sources of food were cut off and all electric power were cut? (Hint: this means all your frozen food and foods requiring refrigeration are gone.)

3. How much essential medication for myself and my other family members do I have on hand and how long would they last if there was no way to get refills or if there was a medical emergency? What about glasses, frames and lenses (if you wear them).

4. How much emergency medical supplies do I have? Do I have enough for every family member?

5. Do I have a firearm for each adult family member? Do I have enough ammunition for each firearm (The minimum should be at least 1,000 rounds of ammunition per firearm)?

6. Are the firearms I have in good working order? (This means old guns that have not been shot in 50 years should be considered unreliable until proven otherwise. Also, guns like a .22 caliber pistol probably won’t help much in defending your home from a group of intruders). Ideally, all shotguns should be either 10, 12, or 20 gauge. When choosing rifles, reliability should be the # 1 consideration in survival situations. The AK-47 and its many variants are best in this area, but they are not as accurate as other military type rifles such as the AR-15, FN-FAL, and SKS carbine. Most deer rifles are excellent in this area as well.

NOTE: HAVING ANY FIREARM EVEN IF IT IS LESS THAN IDEAL IS BETTER THAN HAVING NO FIREARM.

7. If I live in a cold weather climate, do I have proper clothing to survive assuming all energy sources were cut off? In simple terms this means its cold and you have no heat. (Space blankets and space bags, which are made of metal foil which reflects body heat, are a low priced way to give yourself protection in this area).

8. How much CASH money do I have stockpiled for emergencies? In survival situations, you should work off the assumption that checks and credit cards will not be honored. You should have at least $200 stockpiled in case of emergencies.

NOTE: HAVING ANY AMOUNT OF CASH STOCKPILED EVEN IF IT IS LESS THAN $200 IS BETTER THAN HAVING NO CASH STOCKPILED.

9. Do I have any books on survival in my personal library? If the answer is no, get some. Delta Press and Paladin Press are two of the best sources for books on survival. I recommend that you read every book you can get your hands on by Duncan Long and Ragnar Benson. These two gentlemen are, in my opinion, the best writers on survival topics on this planet.

10. Do I really know what’s going on in the world? If you don’t know what’s going on, you cannot plan for emergencies effectively. (Hint: If you get all your news from the mainstream media, you DO NOT know what is going on. That’s a fact.)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Why my wife has two shotguns...and they are for more than looking Kick-Ass cool at the range

Yes, my wife has two shotguns and I, uhhhhh, don't have any....actually, she has more weapons (guns) than I do...but that is a different story. Yes...I do tell her to aim low.  No, I don't argue with her often.  She has one for hunting game...and one for defense.

There is ample reason why military forces continue to include shotguns in their active arsenals and sport hunters use them for particular game. While a rifle or a pistol has an advantage in regards to accuracy, in terms of self defense, there may not be sufficient time, lighting or other factors that would allow for a quick, accurate aim. In this respect, shotguns offer their own unique advantages. Multiple projectiles from one shot will have awesome stopping power. In the hands of a trained user, a shotgun may indeed be an appropriate weapon. Because there are so many options available in shotgun selection, we will discuss how to decide the right weapon for self defense.


Among the first considerations is the selection of the proper gauge. To better understand this option, shotguns are classified by size or gauge—the lower the gauge, the wider the barrel. Most popular (and rightly so for this purpose) would be a 12 gauge. Because of its popularity, the 12 gauge offers a wider variety of shell options.

To control the pattern size of your shotgun, an accessory called a choke comes into play. Chokes create differing amounts of constriction on the outlet of the barrel which controls the size of the pattern of the shot. To tighten the pattern of shot you must have a smaller choke on the barrel. An improved-cylinder or modified choke is quite effective and can be used in applications other than home defense (such as hunting). Such a choke will give you a 15 to 20 inch spread pattern at 10 yards.

The stopping power of shotgun ammunition comes from the pellets, known as shot or buckshot. Buckshot sizes range from #4 up to 000. Common birdshot comes in sizes #4 (this is an entirely different shell than #4 buckshot) up to around #9. There’s a #12 but it’s mostly a specialty order and not significant for home defense purposes. It’s at this point in the conversation that differing opinions occur about which shell to use. The utmost concern should be the safety of other occupants of the house and any neighbors nearby in determining which shell to use.



Some people advocate the 00 (double-ought) buckshot shell. The pellets in this size are about .33 caliber and there will be about 8 -12 of these pellets in a shell depending on the length of the shell and ounces of powder used. This is like releasing 8 – 12 .30 caliber rifle bullets at one time and is extremely dangerous. This shell will seriously over-penetrate walls, plumbing, electrical systems, heating and cooling systems, people and can even wind up in your neighbor’s living room, killing him. The shot in this shell is traveling fast enough and has enough mass that it will pass through anything.

A good middle of the road shell is a #4 birdshot (not to be confused with the #4 buckshot). The difference in the two shells is this: #4 buckshot contains approximately 21 .24 caliber pellets in 1 ounce of shot. #4 birdshot contains 135 .13 caliber pellets in 1 ounce of shot. Each is traveling at around 1200 feet per second. The difference is the buckshot will pass through the intruder while the smaller mass of the birdshot pellets will be stopped within the intruder’s body. This is the stopping power of the shell—the intruder is absorbing all the energy of the smaller pellets because they’re not passing through him. This is true knock-down power. Also, since your spread is dependent on the choke of your weapon and not the shell, you’d rather have 135 pellets in a 15” spread (with a modified choke) than 8 to 12 of them. With a #4 birdshot shell, you’re reducing the risk of over-penetration and the lives of other members of the family and neighbors, as well as the risk of serious damage to your house.

Another often overlooked factor to consider is the length and type of barrel. Hunters typically use longer barreled guns, but shorter barrels are easier to handle, especially in tight spaces. Although shorter is better, legality is an issue. Current laws require that barrels be at least 18 inches long on a weapon that is at least 26 inches in total length. The best advice I can give you on barrel length is to check with local authorities to determine size requirements where you live.

These are the essential elements to an effective defensive shotgun, but a visit to any gun store may offer additional options and accessories. Guns come in many shapes, sizes, colors and textures, and with some experience you’ll be able to choose options best suited to your needs.

Additional ammunition capacity can be added with available accessories, but these are not really necessary if your sole use is for home defense. Additional options such as laser sights and slings are also considered by many to be unnecessary in home defense applications. Laser sights and flashlight-style attachments are marketed as a way to give the user a visible field of vision in the dark, but they can also pinpoint your location, making you as much of a target as your intruder.

Pistol-grip stocks may make a gun look menacing, but in reality they are much less effective than the typical butt stock. They make the gun extremely hard to handle because of recoil. In addition, if you find yourself in a close–up encounter with an intruder, a shorter stock gun can enable your attacker to turn the weapon on you without it ever leaving your hands. A longer stock and barrel is unwieldy in close encounters, but is an advantage for you if the intruder gets his hands on your gun.

Shotguns also come in double-barrel, pump or auto configurations. Regardless of personal desire, the gun must be quick and reliable. The double-barreled shotgun is a tried and true design that doesn’t incorporate complicated loading or repeating mechanics. Double-barreled shotguns are not as easily mass produced though so they do tend to cost a little more.

Auto shotguns provide an advantage of an almost instant discharge of up to six rounds, but the complex mechanisms increase cost and can present a potential for failure.

For the best combination of price and performance, the simple pump shotgun may be the most reasonable solution for home defense. These guns are reliable and easy to use and because they are easily reproduced, there is not a premium included in the price. In addition, the shack-a-lack of a round being chambered in the pump shotgun is a universal language that informs the intruder you have a gun and will use it without ever speaking a word. 9 times out of 10 this will be enough of a deterrent, convincing him it would be better to leave than wind up dead.


In conclusion, shotguns are generally considered to be the most effective tool for home defense, but the most important component is your familiarity and training with the weapon that may one day stand between your loved ones and criminals bent on depriving you of your property or your life.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Saving Seeds

Almost every survivalist site I go to they mention saving your own seeds, but they never tell you exactly how to do it....well, you wont find that problem here.



This is how you can begin saving your own seeds:

Tomatoes, peppers, beans and peas are good choices for seed saving. These plants have flowers that are self-pollinating, and seeds that require little or no special treatment before storage. Seeds from biennial crops such as carrots or beets are harder to save, since the plants need two growing seasons to set seed.


Plants with separate male and female flowers, like corn and vine crops, may cross-pollinate, so it is difficult to keep the seed strain pure. A stand of sweet corn can be pollinated by popcorn from a nearby garden on a windy day. The flavor of the current sweet corn crop will be affected, and a crop grown from these seeds will be neither good sweet corn nor good popcorn.

Cucumbers, melons, squash, pumpkins, and gourds can all be cross-pollinated by insects. Although the quality of the current crop will not be affected, seeds from such a cross will grow into vines with fruit unlike that of the parent plant--often inferior in flavor and other characteristics.

When saving seed, chose open-pollinated varieties rather than hybrids. If open-pollinated varieties self-pollinate or are cross-pollinated by other plants of the same variety, they set seed which grows into plants that are still very similar to the parent plant, bearing similar fruit and setting seeds that will produce more similar plants. Open-pollinated varieties may be “heirlooms,” varieties that have been passed down from one generation of gardeners to the next, or they may be more recent selections.

Hybrid vegetable plants are products of crosses between two different varieties, combining traits of the parent plants. Sometimes a combination is particularly good, producing plants with outstanding vigor, disease resistance, and productivity. Hybrid seeds are generally more expensive as they cost more to produce.

Hybrid plants, such as ‘Big Boy’, ‘Beefmaster’ and ‘Early Girl’ tomatoes will produce viable seed. Plants grown from that seed, however, will not be just like the hybrid parents; instead, they will be a completely new combination of the good and bad traits of the plants that were initially crossed. It’s impossible to predict just how the seedling plant will perform or what qualities the fruit will have.

Some tomato varieties are not hybrids; instead they are open-pollinated types such as ‘Big Rainbow’, ‘San Marzano’ and ‘Brandywine’. Seed produced by these varieties will grow into plants very similar to the parent plants, with nearly identical fruit. Likewise, ‘Habanero’, ‘California Wonder’ and ‘Corno di Toro’ peppers; ‘Lincoln’, ‘Little Marvel’ and ‘Perfection’ peas; and ‘Kentucky Wonder’, ‘Blue Lake’ and ‘Tendercrop’ beans are all open-pollinated varieties that will come true from seed.

Once you have planted an open-pollinated crop, select the plants from which you want to save seed. Choose only the most vigorous plants with the best-tasting fruit as parents for the next year’s crop. Do not save seed from weak or off-type plants.

Harvesting Seed

Saving tomato seeds is easy. Allow fruits to ripen fully and scoop out the seeds, along with the gel surrounding them, before you eat or cook the tomatoes. Put the seeds and gel in a glass jar with some water. Stir or swirl the mixture twice a day. The mixture will ferment and the seeds should sink to the bottom within five days. Pour off the liquid, rinse the seeds and spread them out to dry on paper towels.

Saving pepper seeds is even easier. Allow some fruits to stay on the plants until they become fully ripe and start to wrinkle. Remove the seeds from the peppers and spread them out to dry.

Save pea and bean seeds by allowing the pods to ripen on the plants until they’re dry and starting to turn brown, with the seeds rattling inside. This may be as long as a month after you would normally harvest the peas or beans to eat. Strip the pods from the plants and spread them out to dry indoors. They should dry at least two weeks before shelling, or you can leave the seeds in the pods until planting time.

Storage

Store seeds in tightly-sealed glass containers. You can store different kinds of seeds, each in individual paper packets, together in a large container. Keep seeds dry and cool. A temperature between 32° and 41°F is ideal, so your refrigerator can be a good place to store seeds.

A small amount of silica-gel desiccant added to each container will absorb moisture from the air and help keep the seeds dry. Silica gel is sold in bulk for drying flowers at craft supply stores. Powdered milk can also be used as a desiccant. Use one to two tablespoons of milk powder from a freshly opened package. Wrap the powder in a piece of cheesecloth or a facial tissue and place it in the container with the seeds. Powdered milk will absorb excess moisture from the air for about six months.

Be sure to label your saved seeds with their name, variety, and the date you collected them. It’s too easy to forget the details by the following spring.

Carrots, radishes, and other biennials will not produce seed until the second year of growth. These can be left in the garden over winter under a heavy mulch, or they can be dug and stored in damp sand in the root cellar for spring replanting. If they will be in the way of future tilling or succession planting, consider a separate area for seed production. When the seed head is almost ripe, tie a paper bag over it to collect those seeds that will otherwise fall to the ground.

Onions are also biannual, but producing bulbs or sets requires yet another year. Sow seed thickly - about a quarter of an ounce in four square feet - so they will not get too big. When the tops fall over pull them and store them in net bags for planting the following year.

Run your own search on how to save seeds or you can download a PDF booklet here:  Saving Your Own Vegetable Seeds.pdf.

Monday, December 6, 2010

My First Silver Bar

I try to prove that I practice what I preach when it comes to preparing for the worst. To further illustrate my point, I want to show everyone my first Silver Bar to hedge against the falling dollar. Many Survival and Preppers sites talk about buying gold and silver to hedge their retirement accounts and so that they have physical assets to use in case the Dollars completely looses it face value.


I have chosen to invest in silver bars because I know NOTHING about coins, rounds, proofs, silver content of coins, and everything else which is involved in coinage. I know that silver bars are minted by mints and state the .999 silver content somewhere on the bar. I have also stayed away from the "mills" .999 silver...which is nothing more than a piece of alloy covered in a LAYER of silver.

Anyway, the Silver / Gold ratio is falling which means that silver is getting more expensive. I was going to buy in when it was $4.00, $10.00, and $14.00 an ounce, but never really got my motor in gear to actually do it. Now, I have.



I check the SPOT price of silver everyday, got to EBay (and other sites), do some comparative shopping, and then place my order. The key words I use are "1 Troy Ounce Silver", "Silver Bars", ".999 Silver" and others. Do your own research and begin preparing for the inevitable collapse of the Dollar.


I stay away from these

Anthing that says Mills:

"Beautiful Troy Ounce silver Maple Leaf Art Bar, plated with 100 mills of .999 silver".

You will see many of these on EBay; Maple Leaf, Pot Leaf, Pistols, Bear, Stars...As far as I know all of them are identical and come from a mint in Canada.  I have no idea what the core material is, but more than likely it's copper or brass.


GRAMS:

These bars are TINY.  There are 28.3492 grams to an Ounce.  These things are smaller than your finger nail...be careful and READ CAREFULLY the item descriptions.



Friday, November 26, 2010

The Poor Man's James Bond - Kurt Saxon

I sooooooooooooo want these books.

The Poor Man's James Bond is a series originally intended for the survivalist-minded, compiled by Kurt Saxon. They were marketed toward the survivalist movement of the 1970s and 1980s, and as a counterpoint to The Anarchist Cookbook which Saxon believed contained inaccurate information. The first volume was an expansion of an earlier Saxon book, The Militant's Formulary.



According to Saxon, during the 1960s he sent brochures about The Militant's Formulary to "several thousand" police and fire chiefs. His stated purpose was that, as a result of several officers being killed by "improvised weaponry directed at them by radicals", police and fire departments could use the literature "to recognize improvised bombs and such and their common components". However, some of the recipients believed Saxon to be a radical, and sent letters stating this fact to the police in Saxon's hometown of Eureka, California. In response, the chief of the Eureka Police Department replied with letters assuring the others that Saxon was "on their side".

Much of the content of these books consists of reprints of old books now in the public domain. Compared to other paramilitary manuals such as The Anarchist Cookbook, the Poor Man's James Bond is much more relevant to modern day survivalism. The first volume talks about how to blow up a car, make napalm and poisons such as ricin, nicotine, arsenic and cyanide. It also contained a full U.S. Army self defense manual along with a gunsmithing workshop. This included diagrams of how to alter the firing mechanism for different firearms. These modifications were often to increase rate of fire. The second volume talks about improvised weapons that could be made legally using common household items. It also had a number of easily made and readily available booby traps and a number of other explosives recipes. The third volume, which was not widely available, is the least controversial as it mostly contained information on crime in modern society, how to beat the system, and significantly less information on "anarchism" or "terrorism." A fourth volume was published, but it is very rare to find a copy and contains more of what the previous volumes contained. In each book the author states that nothing in the book should be remanufactured, procured or otherwise created without first consulting the government of the area. This is because the books were designed to inform the people about survivalist techniques, not to necessarily harm the individual or others in society.

There are free copies on the internet.....HOWEVER, I can't access them due to the firewalls the company has in place.  If anyone comes across his books in a PDF format, can you send them to me????

Wm_Lankes@yahoo.com 

thank you.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Taking care of your teeth (and stuff) after an EVENT

We all care about our winning smile, and strong healthy teeth, so how can we keep up the kind of great dental hygiene and care we’ve all become accustomed to if total economic collapse, terrorism, or a super EMP from a solar burst sends us reeling back into the pre-industrial world of the 1850s? As it turns out, good dental hygiene doesn’t require a multi-billion dollar industry in a shiny 21st century package. There are plenty of ways that you can start saving money right now with inexpensive and natural approaches to health teeth, breath, and gums.

Toothpaste

Your dentist has always told you that the brush is more important than the toothpaste. The number one purpose for brushing your teeth is to remove the plaque that can lead to tooth decay. That’s the brush’s job. The paste adds some nice extras like whitening your teeth and freshening your breath. Well, there’s no simple replacement for a good toothbrush, but you might want to try one of these easy recipes for homemade toothpaste.

Just dipping your wet brush into plain baking soda is a decent alternative to toothpaste all by itself. Baking soda is a fine abrasive that is easy on tooth enamel but still helps to remove plaque and tartar. Try adding a pinch of salt to about three teaspoons of the soda if you need a little more abrasion. If you want a real paste instead of a simple tooth powder, you can add two teaspoons of glycerin (which is available at any health food store) to the mixture.

Perhaps you’ve been spoiled by the modern miracles of whiteners and protection from gingivitis. No problem! Add a few drops (or so) of hydrogen peroxide to your paste. The oxygenating action of the baking soda is already giving you some whitening benefit, but the hydrogen peroxide will enhance the whitening power and add germ-fighting protection too. A few drops of peppermint oil (the edible kind from the baking section near the vanilla extract, not the kind for scenting paper or burning for aromatherapy!) can give you that familiar minty taste and freshen your breath too. Some people like to use a drop of a citrus extract like orange or lemon instead. If you prefer a more natural ingredient, you can pulverize real orange peel zest in a mortar and pestle and add a spoonful to your paste.

You can add more antiseptic germ-killing properties to your concoction, plus a little more whitening power, by adding a modicum of powdered sage. Folksy, tasty, natural, and effective—all for a fraction of the cost of commercial toothpastes.

Mouthwash

Alcohol-based mouthwashes rule the market place right now, and are effective in killing germs and freshening breath for healthy teeth and gums. One bottle of vodka will make four bottles of mouthwash, when blended with three parts of distilled water. No fancy, high-end designer vodka is required here; just the cheapest bottle with a good alcohol content. Those are the only two essential ingredients: vodka and distilled water. Just swirl, gargle, or pucker it around in your mouth for at least thirty seconds, spit and rinse. Germs and bacteria are gone. Add a few drops of a citrus extract or peppermint oil to each bottle for better taste and fresher breath if you like.

Alcohol-based mouthwashes are not for everybody. Alcohol has the effect of making the mouth and gums very dry and sensitive for some people. You may recall experiencing “cotton mouth” back in your college days a few times after an extended visit with your frat buddies. Alcohol can also aggravate tooth sensitivity. And, of course, many people are not crazy about the idea of giving their kids a mouthful of vodka. For these situations, try a cup of distilled water with mint or parsley. All varieties of mint leaves will kill the germs that cause bad breath, and freshen your mouth too. The best technique is to puree the fresh mint leaves or parsley and add the strained liquid to your distilled water.

A teaspoon of salt works well to add disinfecting properties to your cup of water as well, if you don’t mind the taste. Or, you can try adding natural floral ingredients. Add a couple tablespoons of lavender leaves or rose petals to a cup of boiling water, and then let it steep for a few hours. Strain it and bottle it. Be sure to cap the bottle to keep the natural ingredients from deteriorating in the open air. You can add vodka to any of these herbal or floral brews as well for a flavored or “kicked up” version of your alcohol-based mouthwash.

The other basic elements of good oral health remain the same. Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush – after every meal is better. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, which captures a lot of food particles and odors that cause bad breath. Take it easy on the coffee, tea, soda, and cigarettes that discolor your teeth and weaken your enamel. You can save money and still have great oral hygiene with the same good practices you use now, together with these simple, natural, and self-sufficient products you can make at home.

Do NOT forget personal hygiene items for your wife, daughters, or girlfriends.  Even if you don't have any of those, just think how popular you will be when women who are on their cycles run out of their "stuff" and you have some....they make for a great barter item.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Even in an apartment, you can still have a garden

For many of us, having enough dirt or time to plant a garden is a pipe dream. We live in apartment buildings or rent houses that barely have enough back yard to hold a barbecue grill. We work long hours and don’t have the time to devote to that one-acre crisis garden. Are we just destined to be at the mercy of whatever the universe throws at us?


Not at all! One thing to always remember, whether you’re trying to figure out how to grow some veggies in limited space or any other issue that comes up in life—there is always a solution and a way. We have to always guard against the (very great) temptation to throw our hands up in the air and say, “It can’t be done.” Remember these words from Henry Ford: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

What is our goal? It’s to grow a little more independent. It’s to cultivate the skills we might need one day when all hell breaks loose. It’s to take those skills we’ve learned and pass them on to our children so that they, too, can be prepared. So whether you live in a one-room apartment or on a hundred-acre farm, the only thing keeping you from attaining the goal of growing your own vegetables are the roadblocks you put in front of yourself.

The first thing to remember is that you’re not trying to feed the world. You’re trying to provide for yourself and your family. While it might be nice to be able to have such a bumper crop that you can not only fill your pantry to bursting, but can give gobs away to neighbors and friends, that’s not being practical.

In this newsletter, we’re going to start with the basics. Future articles will include information on the best plants that grow in containers, the problems faced with container gardening, and the number of plants actually needed per species to provide nutritious food for your family.

First of all, any kind of object can be a container. Wooden barrels or crates, hanging baskets, flower pots, planter boxes…you are only limited by your imagination! Your vegetables need these things:

1) A container large enough to accommodate the root capacity of the plant. If the container is made from wood, it should not have been treated with creosote, penta or any other toxic chemical that can leach into the soil and affect the plant.

2) A container that can withstand weathering. UV rays will damage cheap, plastic pots. The container must also have adequate drainage holes.

3) Soil that drains rapidly but holds enough moisture so that the roots don’t dry out.

4) Sunlight! Your container garden will need at least five hours of direct sunlight a day. Different types of vegetables require more. For instance, fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes need the most sun. Leafy vegetables such as cabbage and lettuce can grow in shadier areas, although they still require a set amount of sunlight daily.

5) Fertilizer and nutrients. Container gardens loose the benefits of fertilizer more rapidly, so you’ll have to supplement on a regular basis.

6) Water. In dry, hot weather it might be necessary to water on a daily basis. You will have to monitor the moisture content of the soil more regularly with containers.
The best thing you can do to prepare yourself for container gardening is to read up on growing vegetables. What kind of vegetables does your family like? How much space will your plants require? How many plants will feed the members of your family? What kind of nutrients does each particular vegetable need, and should the soil be more alkaline or acidic for that particular vegetable?

We will cover these and other questions in future issues of the newsletter. For now, start hunting for suitable containers to use for your vegetable garden and where you plan to place them. Remember, you’re only limited by your own imagination!

OR you can engage in Guerrilla gardening.......

Guerrilla gardening is gardening on another person's land without permission. It encompasses a very diverse range of people and motivations, from the enthusiastic gardener who spills over their legal boundaries to the highly political gardener who seeks to provoke change through direct action. It has implications for land rights, land reform. The land that is guerrilla gardened is usually abandoned or neglected by its legal owner and the guerrilla gardeners take it over ("squat") to grow plants. Guerrilla gardeners believe in re-considering land ownership in order to reclaim land from perceived neglect or misuse and assign a new purpose to it.


Some guerrilla gardeners carry out their actions at night, in relative secrecy, to sow and tend a new vegetable patch or flower garden. Some garden at more visible hours to be seen by their community. It has grown into a form of proactive activism or pro-activism.

Raising Crawfish in the backyard in kiddie pools

My twin brother did some research on how to raise shrimp in a backyard pool.  What a great idea.  It all began when he was doing some research in aquaponics and one thing led to another.  So when I was looking into aquaponics I came across some research about raising crawfish in kiddie pools.  Looking at it from a financial perspective, I am thinking about raising the little critters instead of fish or shrimp.  Basically, all that is needed are some kiddie pools ($10.00 at WallyWorld off season), an air pump, and freshwater.  The initial outlay is less expensive than one of those above ground pools and ROI is faster than shrimp.


There is a bunch of info on the net as to how to start up your ponds and what type of crawfish to stock your ponds with.  Apparently, one of the largest is the Red Claw, which is native to Australia.  There are breeders down south in FL, LA, and TX who will ship the little critters to ya. If you have any experience with this sort of thing, please let me know what you have experienced.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

This is one way to add SILVER to your portfolio - If I had some money, I would buy this stock

U.S. Silver Corporation (TSX Venture: USA) (Pink Sheets: USSIF)


Current Price: $0.68

www.us-silver.com

Our new silver stock suggestion is U.S. Silver Corporation currently on the TSX Venture exchange at $0.68 now, but was .28 in September.

USA owns and/or operates the Galena, Coeur, Caladay and Dayrock silver-lead-copper mines in Shoshone County, Idaho, with the Galena mine being the second most prolific silver mine in US history.

Total silver production from USA's mining complex has exceeded 217 million ounces since 1953. USA controls a land package now totaling approximately 14,000 acres in the heart of the Coeur d'Alene Mining District. USA is focused on expanding the production from existing operations as well as exploring and developing its extensive Silver Valley holdings in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District.

In the first half of 2010, USA produced 1,198,452 ounces of silver and generated revenues of $29.5 million. USA was profitable with net income of $0.6 million and cash flow from operations of $4.9 million.

USA has 252.2 million shares outstanding giving the company a market cap at $0.28 of $70.6 million. If you annualize USA's revenues from the first half of 2010, they are on track to generate revenues this year of $59 million. This means USA is trading for only 1.2 times their first half 2010 revenues annualized.

USA's Galena Mine lies in the heart of the Coeur d'Alene Mining District, the most prolific silver district in United States history with over 1.2 billion ounces of silver production. The Galena Mine ranks as the second largest primary silver mine in US history.

USA acquired the Galena Mine and Mill, along with the Coeur Mine and Mill and the Caladay Project, from Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp (CDE) on June 1, 2006. CDE was NIA's stock suggestion on May 3rd at $17.92 and it hit a high on in October of $19.27 for a gain of 7.5% so far.

CDE generated $189.3 million in revenues in the first half of 2010 or $378.6 million annualized. With a market cap of $1.67 billion, CDE is trading for 4.41 times their first half 2010 revenues annualized. That same ratio would value USA at $1.03 per share or 268% higher than its current price of $0.28! Also keep in mind that while CDE is losing money, USA is profitable!

CDE has $218.8 million in debt, but USA is completely debt free! USA ended the last quarter with $2.3 million in cash, $61.5 million in total assets, and $51.6 million in shareholder equity. USA's producing properties are 100% controlled by the company and they do not owe any royalties to anybody!

USA recently rehabilitated the Galena shaft at their Galena Mine and will now be producing silver from two shafts at the mine! This means we could see significant growth in USA's silver production in the second half of 2010. In fact, USA is now projecting that 2011 production will reach 3.3 million ounces of silver, and this is not including silver equivalents from the production of lead and copper!

Let us stress to you again, USA's closest comparison is CDE (USA acquired its properties from CDE) and if USA trades with the same price/sales ratio as CDE based on revenues in the first half of 2010 annualized, USA would be worth $1.03 per share or 268% higher than its current share price of $0.28. NIA has already seen one of its silver stock suggestions from last year gain by over 268%.

On February 26th, 2009, NIA suggested Silver Wheaton (SLW) to you at a price of $6.74 per share and it reached a new 52-week high on Friday of $25.56 for a gain of 279%. Silver is getting ready to break $21 per ounce and USA has been producing silver at an unbelievably low cost of $12.68 per ounce. The upside potential for USA is simply enormous!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Begin dehydrating your own vegetables

Each method of “putting food by” has its pros and cons, in terms of simplicity, flavor, and length of shelf life. Perhaps you had a mother or grandmother who spent days (or weeks) each summer in the kitchen, canning or freezing the garden’s bounty with your willing (or unwilling!) assistance. Another method worth looking at is dehydration. Did you know that only 20 to 30 percent of nutrients are retained by canning, 40 to 60 percent by freezing, but 95 to 97 percent by dehydration? In addition, dehydrated foods take a fraction of the space that canned goods take, and do not require a constant power supply as frozen foods do. Most everyone has had the depressing – and expensive – experience of pitching a freezer full of food after a power outage.

If you’re ready to try your hand at dehydrating food, start with a few basic veggies. Here are some tips… Green beans. One traditional method is to use a needle and thread: Simply run a string through the beans and hang them to dry. Or use your dehydrator, but be sure to blanch the beans first to ensure better flavor. After the beans are dried, they may be shrink-wrapped for further “compactness.” If so, wrap each portion in a paper towel to prevent the beans from poking through the package. When you’re ready to use them, they may be dropped directly into soups and stews However, rehydrate them before using in recipes calling for canned beans.

Potatoes. Modern housing – even in rural areas – most often snubs the idea of the root cellar. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have a root cellar, you may still want to dry a few potatoes, which turns out to be a real space saver (five pounds of potatoes become just one). First, scrub them, and slice them up. Then soak in salt brine for a few minutes to prevent them from turning brown, then place them in the dehydrator for about a day. You can even pre-shred your spuds and dehydrate them to use for hash browns.

Tomatoes. If you’ve got sun, you can take advantage of the free energy; and if necessary, finish the job in the dehydrator. Cut them in quarter-inch wedges, and coat lightly with salt before setting them out. This pre-drying in the sun works well for tomatoes; their water content makes them more challenging in the dehydrator than other produce. When finished, put them in plastic bags or glass jars. You can store them this way for up to 6 months If longer storage is needed, put them in the freezer.

Onions. After removing the outer layer, cut into quarter-inch slices. Dry until brittle. Like green beans, you can drop dried onions directly into soups or stews. Grind in a food mill or blender to make onion flakes or powder; mix powder with an equal amount of salt for homemade onion salt.

The next time you have surplus harvest and want to preserve some for the days of winter – or for times when your food supply is endangered by any number of circumstances – give dehydration a try. And share some of your “dried goods” with your neighbors to let them in on the secret of easy, nutritious preserved food.

Uhhhhhhh, you have begun growing your own food right???????

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The best laid plans of mice and men.... and THERMITE & TANNERITE

Alright....Mr. Murphy hit me with a one/two cross and I'm still spinning.  The house fell out of escrow in TX.  So, I get to stay in Ass-crack-istan for while longer until we find another homestead.  The builder had too many issues with what the home inspector found and didnt want to make any of the necessary repairs.

With the housing market taking a dump, the longer we wait the bigger the property we will be able to afford.  We are still stocking up on necessary supplies....except, for the fuel part.

I want at least 25 or more gallons saved up, but the brats took the fuel, put it in their gass guzzlers and didnt refill them.

Special NOTE!!!  If you can, begin buying silver coins. We were going to buy some at 17.56 and ounce....now, it's almost $26 an ounce and will shoot over $30.00 within the next few weeks.

The weeks in CA are getting a bit cooler...are you prepared for the cold, colds, and everything else that comes with cold weather?????

Dont want to make your own THERMITE????  Order it online at alphachemicals.com AND dbcpyrotechnics.com.  They sell the kits with and without Mg (Magnisium).



Go on Utube and look up "TANNERITE" and learn how to make some.  (just sayin')

Friday, October 22, 2010

Time to leave California

This place is going to hell in a hen basket....I'm out of here.  This house costs 1/2 of what we originally paid for our home in CA and it's bigger with more land.  Garden, chickens, and rabbits are soon to follow.

I will continue to post after I get settled in TX.  Keep prepping....and practice, practice, practice your survival skills.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Your Home - Your Fortress


If you can conceive of the worst possible scenarios following an apocalyptic disaster or WMD attack, then it is essential to have plans in place, along with the many contingencies that would protect you, your family and your property should you need to dig in.

In the worst of scenarios, your home is most likely going to be your last line of defense and last minute attempts to fortify your house may prove ineffectual and, ultimately, deadly to you and your family.

When the military takes a position and digs in, the “what ifs” are endless, but they prepare for as many contingencies that can be imagined. Digging-in, in a suburban or rural setting, presents a range of possible “what ifs” that go beyond the thought process of a military officer.

The gravest threat is the hungry throngs of people who have had neither the foresight nor inclination to do any planning or prepping of their own. Faced with depleted provisions, their only source of food and supplies are their neighbors. At the very least, you can expect mass looting, and even that may be the least of your worries.

It’s highly likely that among the ill-prepared masses will be some military-wannabe yahoos who’ve been waiting for the chance to use the weapons they’ve been stockpiling and maintaining for just such an event. Your house is an obvious target objective, so your fortifications need to be planned with a military-like strategy and attention to detailed tactics.

Strategy: Prepare Your House for a Looting Assault

A fortified house may deter some, but the well-armed scavenger may look upon it as a mild challenge on his way to getting what he needs (a house is only fortified by someone with something to protect). Planning for an armed assault will provide the greatest measure of protection and could provide the needed deterrent against those who don’t want to take unnecessary risks.

Tactic 1: The first step you should take is to make your house appear as an unappealing target for scavengers. By creating the impression that it has already been hit, it may cause hurried looters to move on to a more appealing prospect. Spreading trash and mangled pieces of furniture and hardware on your front lawn could create the illusion of a house that has already been picked.

Tactic 2: The windows will likely be the first to go from stones or some ammo rounds. Having an ample supply of pre-cut plywood ready to bolt to your structure is a minimum requirement in preparation for an assault.

Better yet, roofing metal would be more effective at warding off intruders and would be a better bullet shield. In either case, it would be a good idea to prepare some of them with gun ports. This is a good time to point out that having a pre-charged drill on hand for fastening bolts and drilling holes would be essential.

Tactic 3: Have a good supply of sand bags on hand as these provide the best door seals and are able to withstand bullets and light artillery. Setting the bags two or three rows high against doors and entries will prevent intruders from busting through the doors. However, it is important not to completely seal off possible escape points.

Tactic 4: Your best line of sight is always from up high. By taking positions in the second floor rooms, you have the advantage over any street assault. If you don’t have a second floor, you will want to position yourself as high up on your first floor windows as is possible. Your gun ports should be near the top corners of your window shield.

Tactic 5: Keeping a 24/7 watch on all approaches to the house is difficult and the most tightly sealed house can still be vulnerable to an undetected assault. You should have plans and materials readily available to construct an early detection system.

A basic, yet effective trip wire scheme can be rigged utilizing low-tech materials such as high tension fish line and beer cans that will provide the noise alert that can freeze an intruder while giving you sufficient time to get into position.

If you want the element of surprise, you can rig a low-tech motion detection system that flashes a light inside of your house when it is triggered. From a concealed car battery, run an electric wire to a relay switch that is fixed to trip when the fish wire moves. It will trigger a current through a second copper wire that runs right to a light receptacle inside your house. Aside from tripping over a fish line, the intruder may not be any wiser as to the alert.

Tactic 6: Prepare your escape route. With tactics 1 through 5 fully executed, it is unlikely you will need to evacuate your house, but, an effective strategy must cover all of the contingencies. For those with basements in their house, tunneling to an adjoining property is an option, although it is not practical without a great deal of planning and effort (effort that might be better spent on other survival necessities).

If your house has been completely sealed, it will be difficult to make an escape undetected. As a cautionary measure, you may want to prepare the house for this contingency by installing a hidden or trap door that is undetectable from the outside. If it is installed on the least accessible side of the house (a side with no other entry), and you are able to create an effective diversion for the intruders on another side of the house, then your escape can be made safely.

Planning, strategy, tactics, contingencies and execution—it’s no different than a day in the life of a field ops officer. The real difference is that this is your home which has provided you and your family with shelter and warmth and may one day be your last line of defense.

Muscovy Ducks - another choice for your small homestead



Chickens are often the homesteader’s main choice of egg layers and meat stock. However, there’s another bird you ought to consider raising, and that’s Muscovy ducks.


It’s true the Muscovy is not a beautiful bird. In fact, he’s a downright ugly duck. But this animal is a hidden goldmine, no matter how funny he looks. They are wonderful foragers, excellent mothers, VERY fertile, disease free, self reliant, and tough as nails. The Muscovy Duck is the only breed of domestic duck that didn’t originate from the Mallard bloodlines. Instead, they’re a perching duck from Central and South America that were domesticated before the first European colonists arrived. The colonists were so taken with the qualities of these ducks, they took them back across the pond with them.

They are also one of the few ducks that have both dark and white meat – if you’re interested in putting a few up in your freezer. Unlike the Pekin duck, (the universal industrial duck bred on commercial farms), the Muscovy is not fatty and is in fact, quite flavorful.

The Muscovy is an opportunistic little eater; if you’re not careful, he’ll eat you out of house and home if your only intent is to feed him commercially prepared food! The Muscovy will make his home in most any habitat – from pastures, to woody areas and underbrush, to rivers and ponds. They’re ferocious on insects and animals, eating more than their fair share of mosquitoes, flies, spiders, beetles, worms, slugs, frogs, moles, mice and much more. This makes them the ideal forager for keeping those pesky garden slugs and bugs at bay, as well as eating those critters that infect your livestock, like the liver fluke worm.

If you plan on breeding these ducks, you have to be careful. They are prolific breeders! A hen can realistically raise three clutches of 12 to 15 young two to three times a year, depending on the climate. And they are quite peaceful animals in regard to other farm animals. They only maintain a strict pecking order amongst themselves. In addition, they are quite cold-hardy and adapt easily to most all climates in the United States.

The Muscovy is another “heirloom” that will enhance your efforts to live a self-sufficient lifestyle as you succeed in moving yourself “off the grid”!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Martial Law Alert

As posted at http://www.stevequayle.com/.


As with our first MARTIAL LAW ALERT, we have held back our assessment of the financial collapse currently underway until we could gather enough information. Since our focus is martial law, we always look at current events with an eye toward assessing the conditions that would be necessary for the President and/or the military to implement martial law. And, since we try to stay at least one step ahead of the game in order to warn people, such assessments must, of necessity, be speculative in nature. Nothing stated herein is guaranteed to happen. The purpose of these alerts is to get people thinking outside the mainstream-media box so that they might be better prepared to meet any eventuality (and this includes being prepared: mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically -- and being prepared physically includes being prepared financially).


THE SITUATION:

As the price of gold reaches new heights (over $1300 per ounce) and silver climbs to over $23 per ounce, the financial situation in America is dire, to say the least. Continuously rising rates of unemployment, increased government spending and the collapse of the real estate markets are all converging into one perfectly-directed/perfectly-designed collapse of, not only our economy, but the greater global economy as well. While major financial players such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan continue to have record profits, the middle class has disappeared from the American financial landscape. Major financial leaders such as Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, have openly admitted that our country's financial system is in deep trouble and even Europe is having more banker bailouts. Meanwhile, the American media constantly hypes a possible terror attack in America and other countries in Europe.

If another major terror attack such as 9/11 occurs, trends forecaster Gerald Celente has stated that the event would bring the banking system to a complete halt, which would then result in a "bank holiday." And Celente is not alone. For over a year, many others have warned of an upcoming bank holiday. With our economy already in free fall, it would not take much of a national and/or worldwide terror event to completely crash our (fiat) dollar-based system in a very short period of time. Upon the crash of the dollar, more bank holidays could be declared and oppressive emergency banking powers could go into effect (see: Emergency Banking Act of 1933). These include severely limiting consumer withdrawals and a recall of physical gold holdings. Taking Presidential Defense Directive #51 into account (PDD-51), even a major stock-market crash could trigger this scenario. And once PDD-51 is invoked, then martial law could be fully implemented.

Another way the collapse of the banking system could lead to martial law is through cyber attacks.

This possibility has been particularly troubling to us, since, earlier this year, CNN aired a staged (i.e. fake) "cyber terror" attack complete with fake news reports being fielded by Michael Chertoff and other Washington insiders. Their premise was that the American power grid had been taken down by hacker/terrorists via cyber attack. Since the airing of that fake news program, alternative news agencies such as Infowars and others have made the point that such an attack is impossible for the average hacker, because the power grid is on a completely separate network from the Internet. In the meantime, threats against our power grid have been highlighted in other (suspect) ways, such as the Russians who were recently found trying to break into a Georgia power plant.

While the media continues to hype the threat of cyber terror against our power grid, others have looked into the perhaps more frightening prospect of a cyber attack on our banking system, which relies heavily upon computer networks as well as the Internet. Such an attack has already occurred both in America (over the July 4th holiday in 2009), as well as abroad (in South Korea, Estonia, India, and Canada). In fact, in February 2010, the American financial services industry actually participated in a cyber attack exercise to test the readiness of the financial system, so there's no way they can deny that they've actually considered the possibility of such an attack. If such an attack did occur, whole sections of the banking system would most likely go offline (as many believe happened to Bank of America earlier this year), or, worse, massive amounts of account data could be compromised, or lost altogether.

The possible result?

Imagine being unable to access your checking account, your 401K, or, even worse, having your bank balance go to zero and, in the resulting chaos, being left with no way to prove the amount that should be in your account. After all, these days, all your sensitive banking data is stored in computer databases and, in the midst of a "cyber crisis," many (or all) recent transactions could be lost (or the banks could claim such). In such a scenario, the only real proof of funds would be whatever cash a consumer happened to have on hand.

Many analysts such as Gerald Celente and Max Kaiser have been warning people about keeping their money in banks. As America's financial situation continues to deteriorate, a false-flag cyber attack would be a clever way to disguise the inevitable and blame the collapse on something (or someone) else. Also, with the nation's financial data compromised and/or missing altogether, it would conveniently force a "reset" of the banking system back to zero. Amidst the chaos of people trying to function with little-to-no cash while at the same time clamoring for a solution, the government could easily roll out a ration-card system much like the one Venezuela currently has, and/or a combination identification/debit card like Malaysia's. In addition, possible food and/or water riots could also create the perfect pretense for martial law.

In conclusion: A cyber attack that took out either the banking, or the power grid system would undoubtedly cause much turmoil. A cyber attack that took out both would be devastating. Either one would pave the road to martial law.

OUR RECOMMENDATION:

If you have money in a bank, consider getting it out. (Digital dollars are not durable, nor dependable!) Keeping enough cash as needed for survival is always wise, but consider putting all other assets into precious metals and/or necessary goods in order make the transition into the next new currency (whatever that might be). If you do not already have storable food, water and defensive weaponry, now would be a good time to acquire these items. Consider liquidating all paper assets including retirement accounts, stocks, bonds and mutual funds, since, at this point, it wouldn't take much to send the value of all these items to zero. Begin, if you have not already, to be more self-sustaining, whether through gardening, or bartering with other like-minded individuals, etc. Now is the time to introduce yourself to your neighbors before the power (and possibly other services) go out. Know who you can trust and who you can't.

Monday, October 11, 2010

You are not the ONLY ones preparing for collapse

As we prepare our families and loved ones for the deterioration of our culture and lifestyle, it bears watching how the government is responding to the warning signals that are now obvious to anyone who is paying attention.


We already know that even though tax revenues are falling, the government is spending record amounts of money, a situation which is unsustainable and which organizations like Moody’s (that track and value the safety of government debt) are warning that social unrest is a growing possibility.

What you may not have heard before is the US military is planning to deal with a violent, strategic dislocation within the borders of the US, which it believes could include domestic resistance, economic collapse, pervasive public health emergencies and/or the loss of a functioning political and legal system. The previously secret documents were prepared by the US Army War College in 2008 and contemplate the situation if there is widespread civil disobedience or a multi-state civil conflict or disturbance.

The report makes clear what I think we all know, that the government is not going to go quietly into the night as things start to break down. In fact, the report makes clear that the Army will abandon overseas commitments to restore order at home. Presumably people like you and I-those preparing for just such an event-will be the new enemy.

Meanwhile, the possibility of a complete collapse is now being discussed in more ‘mainstream’ circles. In the last few months there have been allusions to the possibility of crash-induced unrest from the head of the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Congressmen and Senators, Britain’s MI5, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and leading economists.

When the US Director of National Intelligence commented on the situation recently, he reminded listeners of the chaos which reigned in much of the world after the market collapse in 1929. Others have pointed out that much of the world lived a more rural, rugged and individual lifestyle then than today, where much more of the world’s population is urban and dependent on fragile systems to deliver food, water and comforts from distant areas.

Part of your emergency plans should include not just food, water and shelter, but an evaluation of your physical security within the community, and whether long-term survival will require relocation.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

More uses for Borax soap

Borax soap and its uses



by Dr Hulda Clark

Recipes for Natural Body Products

You can use just borax (like 20 Mule Team BoraxTM) and washing soda (like Arm & Hammer Super Washing SodaTM) for all types of cleaning including your body, laundry, dishes and

your house! You don’t need all of those products you see in

commercials for each special task!

Even if you have dry skin, difficult hair or some other unique requirement, just pure borax will satisfy these needs. A part of every skin problem is due to the toxic elements found in the soaps themselves. For instance aluminum is commonly added as a “skin moisturizer”. It does this by impregnating the skin and attracting water, giving the illusion of moist skin. In fact you simply have moist aluminum stuck in your skin which your immune system must remove. While borax won’t directly heal your skin or complexion, it does replace the agents that are causing damage, so that healing can occur.

Borax Liquid Soap

Empty 1 gallon jug

1/8 cup borax powder

Plastic funnel

Funnel the borax into the jug, fill with cold tap water. Shake a few times. Let settle. In a few minutes you can pour off the clear part into dispenser bottles. This is the soap!

Easier way: use any bottle, pour borax powder to a depth of a ½ inch or so. Add water. Shake. When you have used it down to the undissolved granules, add more water and shake again. Add more borax when the undissolved granules get low.

Keep a dispenser by the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and shower. It does not contain aluminum as regular detergents and soaps do, and which probably contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. It does not contain PCBs as many commercial and health food varieties do. It does not contain cobalt (the blue or green granules) which causes heart disease and draws cancer parasites to the skin. Commercial detergents and non-soaps are simply not safe. Switch to homemade bar soap and borax for all your tasks! Borax inhibits the bacterial enzyme urease and is therefore antibacterial. It may even clear your skin of blemishes and stop your scalp from itching.


For Laundry

Borax (½ cup per load). It is the main ingredient of nonchlorine bleach and has excellent cleaning power without fading colors. Your regular laundry soap may contain PCBs, aluminum, cobalt and other chemicals. These get rubbed into your skin constantly as you wear your clothing. For bleaching (only do this occasionally) use original chlorine bleach (not “new improved” or “with special brighteners”, and so forth). Don’t use chlorine if there is an ill person in the house. For getting out stubborn dirt at collars, scrub with homemade bar soap first; for stains, try grain alcohol, vinegar, baking soda.

For Dishes

Don’t believe your eyes when you see the commercials where the smiling person pulls a shining dish out of greasy suds. Any dish soap that you use should be safe enough to eat because nothing rinses off clean. Regular dish detergents, including health brands, are now polluted with PCBs. They also contain harmful chemicals. Use borax for your dishes. Or use paper plates and plastic (not styrofoam) cups.

In The Dishwasher

Use 2 tsp. borax powder pre-dissolved in water. If you use too much it will leave a film on your dishes. Use vinegar in the rinse cycle.

In The Sink

Use a dishpan in the sink. Use ¼ cup borax and add a minimum of water. Also keep a bit of dry borax in a saucer by the sink for scouring. Don’t use any soap at all for dishes that aren’t greasy and can be washed under the faucet with nothing but running water. Throw away your old sponge or brush or cloth because it may be PCB contaminated. Start each day by sterilizing your sponge (it harbors Salmonella) or with a new one while the used one dries for three full days. Clean greasy pots and pans with a paper towel first. Then use homemade bar soap.

Shampoo

Borax liquid is ready to use as shampoo, too. It does not lather but goes right to work removing sweat and soil without stripping your color or natural oils. It inhibits scalp bacteria and stops flaking and itching. Hair gets squeaky clean so quickly (just a few squirts does it) that you might think nothing has happened! You will soon be accustomed to non-lathery soap. Rinse very thoroughly because you should leave your scalp slightly acidic. Take a pint container to the shower with you. Put ¼ tsp. citric (not ascorbic) acid crystals (see Sources) in it. For long hair use a quart of rinse. Only citric acid is strong enough to get the borax out, lemon juice and vinegar are not. After shampooing, fill the container with water and rinse. Rinse your whole body, too, since citric acid is also anti-bacterial. All hair shampoo penetrates the eye lids and gets into the eyes although you do not feel it. It is important to use this natural rinse to neutralize the shampoo in your eyes. (Some people have stated that citric acid makes their hair curlier or reddens it. If this is undesirable, use only half as much citric acid.) Citric acid also

conditions and gives body and sheen to hair.

Homemade Soap

A small plastic dishpan, about 10″ x 12″

A glass or enamel 2-quart sauce pan

1 can of lye (sodium hydroxide), 12 ounces

3 pounds of lard (BHT and BHA are OK here)

Plastic gloves

Water

Pour 3 cups of very cold water (refrigerate water overnight first) into the 2-quart saucepan.

Slowly and carefully add the lye, a little bit at a time, stirring it with a wooden or plastic utensil. (Use plastic gloves for this; test them for holes first.) Do not breathe the vapor or lean over the container or have children nearby. Above all use no metal. The mixture will get very hot. In olden days, a sassafras branch was used to stir, imparting a fragrance and insect deterrent for mosquitoes, lice, fleas, ticks.

Let cool at least one hour in a safe place. Meanwhile, the unwrapped lard should be warming up to room temperature in the plastic dishpan.

Slowly and carefully, pour the lye solution into the dishpan with the lard. The lard will melt. Mix thoroughly, at least15 minutes, until it looks like thick pudding.

Let it set until the next morning; then cut it into bars. It will get harder after a few days. Then package. If you wish to make soap based on olive oil, use about 48 ounces. It may need to harden for a week.

Liquid Soap

Make chips from your homemade soap cake. Add enough hot water to dissolve. Add citric acid to balance the pH (7 to 8). If you do not, this soap may be too harsh for your skin.

Another reason to prepare........... just sayin'

With your president (OMG I almost threw up on my keyboard) bastardizing our great nation, trying to remove "Creator" from our Constitution; I wanted to remind you of another reason to begin preparing to take care of your family when TSHTF. 


Uh, also, how long do you think the are arm chair quarterbacks (the lame, the sick, and the lazy) of society are going to continue to allow this type of disrepect to our country????? I think it's when they dont get welfare anymore when the Islamic Republic of California discovers that they are Christian.  Oh yea, that's when they denounce Christ and become Muslim....... I'm just sayin.

Practice taking care of your family now, so you dont have to learn how to when these F&^%#$s come for their heads.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Ground Zero - Everyone should learn a little tolerance

I am perplexed that so many of my friends are against a mosque being built near Ground Zero. I think it should be the goal of every American to be tolerant. The mosque should be allowed in an effort to promote tolerance.


That is why I also propose, that two gay nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque thereby promoting tolerance within the mosque. We could call the clubs "The Turban Cowboy" and "You Mecca Me So Hot."

Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork and has an open barbeque with spare ribs as its daily special. Across the street a very daring lingerie store called "Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret” with sexy mannequins in the window modeling the goods.

Next door to the lingerie shop, there would be room for an Adult Toy Shop. Perhaps it might be named, “Koranal Knowledge.” Its name would pulse in flashing neon lights 24/7.

On the other side a liquor store – maybe call it, "Morehammered."

Sunday, October 3, 2010

What exactly is Obamgeddon?

A prominent trend forecaster has predicted a second American revolution with possible “food riots, tax protests, farmer rebellions, student revolts, squatter dig-ins, homeless uprisings, tent cities, ghost malls, general strikes, bossnappings, kidnappings, industrial saboteurs, gang warfare, mob rule, terror”.


It sounds like hell on earth, and unfortunately, the man who is predicting it has a history of being right.

Since 1980, Gerald Celente has made more than 40 public predictions that have come true. He predicted the 1987 stock market crash, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the surge in global terrorism, the growing popularity of new age religions and spiritualism, the growth of online shopping, the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the 2001 US recession, the real estate collapse and more.

Mr. Celente doesn’t lay all the blame at Obama’s feet, in fact, he claims that the foundations have been put in place over generations, but does say that Obama has put the descent into Obamageddon on fast forward. He claims that the TARP program, stimulus packages, bailouts, buyouts, rescue package and the unrestricted printing of money dooms the United States.

Celente is not alone in thinking the US is headed for economic disaster. Many economists and market watchers believe that the US dollar will be replaced by a commodity, such as gold, or an alternative currency, either like the Euro or something entirely new. Russia, China and the oil countries have already suggested such an alternative. If the dollar was no longer the reserve currency of the world, its value would drop substantially, creating an environment in the US not unlike that of Mexico in 1993, when the peso was devalued, the cost of goods skyrocketed, and there was violence in the streets. It sounds unbelievable, but remember the chaos, violence and looting in New Orleans after Katrina? When your home is gone and you have no way to eat, people act as though they had nothing to lose.

Such a development could lead to the end of the United States, with it possibly breaking up into pieces resembling the way the Soviet Union broke up into different nations. It sounds like an unimaginable future, but if you drive the streets of Detroit today and see the abandoned buildings, burned down houses and gangs wandering the streets with impunity, it’s hard to imagine you’re in the United States.

No one knows the future with certainty, but at I believe it is prudent to hope for the best while preparing for the worst. Invest some time and energy educating yourself about the condition of the world today, what the future might hold, and what you can do to prepare your family and loved ones for whatever might lay ahead.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Suggestions to prepare for the pending economic crash

Most Americans are still operating under the hallucination that this "recession" will end and that the "good times" will return soon, but a growing minority of Americans are starting to realize that things are fundamentally changing and that they better start preparing for what is ahead.


These "preppers" come from all over the political continuum and from every age group. More than at any other time in modern history, the American people lack faith in the U.S. economic system. Hopefully this commentary will give people some practical steps that they can take to insulate themselves (at least to an extent) from the coming economic collapse.

But before I get into what people need to do, let's take a minute to understand just how bad things are getting out there. The economic numbers in the headlines go up and down and it can all be very confusing to most Americans.

However, there are two long-term trends that are very clear and that anyone can understand....

#1) The United States is getting poorer and is bleeding jobs every single month.

#2) The United States is getting into more debt every single month.

When you mention the trade deficit, most Americans roll their eyes and stop listening. But that is a huge mistake, because the trade deficit is absolutely central to our problems.

Every single month, Americans buy far, far more from the rest of the world than they buy from us. Every single month tens of billions of dollars more goes out of the country than comes into it.

That means that every single month the United States is getting poorer.

The excess goods and services that we buy from the rest of the world get "consumed" and the rest of the world ends up with more money than when they started.

Each year, hundreds of billions of dollars leave the United States and don't return. The transfer of wealth that this represents is astounding.

But not only are we bleeding wealth, we are also bleeding jobs every single month.

The millions of jobs that the U.S. economy is losing to China, India and dozens of third world nations are not going to come back. Middle class Americans have been placed in direct competition for jobs with workers on the other side of the world that are more than happy to work for little more than slave labor wages. Until this policy changes the U.S. economy is going to continue to hemorrhage jobs.

The U.S. government has helped to mask much of this economic bleeding by unprecedented amounts of government spending and debt, but now the U.S. national debt exceeds 13 trillion dollars and is getting worse every single month. Not only that, but state and local governments all over America getting into ridiculous amounts of debt.

So, what we have got is a country that gets poorer every single month and loses jobs to other countries every single month and that has accumulated the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world which also gets worse every single month.

Needless to say, this cannot last indefinitely. Eventually the whole thing is just going to collapse like a house of cards.

So what can we each individually do to somewhat insulate ourselves from the economic problems that are coming?

1 – Get Out Of Debt: The old saying, "the borrower is the servant of the lender", is so incredibly true. The key to insulating yourself from an economic meltdown is to become as independent as possible, and as long as you are in debt, you simply are not independent. You don't want a horde of creditors chasing after you when things really start to get bad out there.

2 – Find New Sources Of Income: In 2010, there simply is not such a thing as job security. If you are dependent on a job ("just over broke") for 100% of your income, you are in a very bad position. There are thousands of different ways to make extra money. What you don't want to do is to have all of your eggs in one basket. One day when the economy melts down and you are out of a job are you going to be destitute or are you going to be okay?

3 – Reduce Your Expenses: Many Americans have left the rat race and have found ways to live on half or even on a quarter of what they were making previously. It is possible – if you are willing to reduce your expenses. In the future times are going to be tougher, so learn to start living with less today.

4 – Learn To Grow Your Own Food: Today the vast majority of Americans are completely dependent on being able to run down to the supermarket or to the local Wal-Mart to buy food. But what happens when the U.S. dollar declines dramatically in value and it costs ten bucks to buy a loaf of bread? If you learn to grow your own food (even if is just a small garden) you will be insulating yourself against rising food prices.

5 – Make Sure You Have A Reliable Water Supply: Water shortages are popping up all over the globe. Water is quickly becoming one of the "hottest" commodities out there. Even in the United States, water shortages have been making headline news recently. As we move into the future, it will be imperative for you and your family to have a reliable source of water. Some Americans have learned to collect rainwater and many others are using advanced technology such as atmospheric water generators to provide water for their families. But whatever you do, make sure that you are not caught without a decent source of water in the years ahead.

6 – Buy Land: This is a tough one, because prices are still quite high. However, as we have written previously, home prices are going to be declining over the coming months, and eventually there are going to be some really great deals out there. The truth is that you don't want to wait too long either, because once Helicopter Ben Bernanke's inflationary policies totally tank the value of the U.S. dollar, the price of everything (including land) is going to go sky high. If you are able to buy land when prices are low, that is going to insulate you a great deal from the rising housing costs that will occur when the U.S dollar does totally go into the tank.

7 – Get Off The Grid: An increasing number of Americans are going "off the grid". Essentially what that means is that they are attempting to operate independently of the utility companies. In particular, going "off the grid" will enable you to insulate yourself from the rapidly rising energy prices that we are going to see in the future. If you are able to produce energy for your own home, you won't be freaking out like your neighbors are when electricity prices triple someday.

8 – Store Non-Perishable Supplies: Non-perishable supplies are one investment that is sure to go up in value. Not that you would resell them. You store up non-perishable supplies because you are going to need them someday. So why not stock up on the things that you are going to need now before they double or triple in price in the future? Your money is not ever going to stretch any farther than it does right now.

9 – Develop Stronger Relationships: Americans have become very insular creatures. We act like we don't need anyone or anything. But the truth is that as the economy melts down we are going to need each other. It is those that are developing strong relationships with family and friends right now that will be able to depend on them when times get hard.

10 – Get Educated And Stay Flexible: When times are stable, it is not that important to be informed because things pretty much stay the same. However, when things are rapidly changing it is imperative to get educated and to stay informed so that you will know what to do. The times ahead are going to require us all to be very flexible, and it is those who are willing to adapt that will do the best when things get tough.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

How many guns are too many?

First and foremost, I want to apologize for not posting in some time.  I have finally returned home from Ass-Crack-Istan for my R&R.



When preparing for a life off the grid, we tend to think in terms of the basic needs that will allow for a life of self-sufficiency without sacrificing quality. Within that mindset, a discussion often emerges that pits one person’s idea of sufficiency versus another’s notion of life in abundance, which is usually settled by a “to each, his own” accord. When the discussion turns to armaments and the question of how many guns are too many, the lines get drawn and the opinions become strong.


Setting aside gun-hating liberals for the moment, the question of “how many is too many” is not a settled debate, even amongst gun owners. Gun enthusiasts are adamant that there is no “right” number and, in fact, many reside in the “more-is-better” camp. They scoff at those who try to tell them that there can be any excess in the number of guns they own and use the logic that a woman with a huge shoe collection needs no justification, even though she only wears one pair at a time.

They would point you to the police officer who, caught in a gun fire with no back up, would never question how many is too many guns. They would also point out that, if any of us were in a similar situation, with a family to protect, the question would never enter our minds. In fact, in this respect, the question might become, “how many guns are too few?”

Conversely, the pragmatic gun owner recognizes the value of embracing “no more than you can handle”. They believe that, for practical purposes, the number of guns you own should reflect your lifestyle needs, your storage capacity, your ability to stock ammo, and how many you can carry when you might need to suddenly bug out.

The pragmatic gun owner insists that a well-stocked gun safe consists of a handgun, a 22 rifle, a shotgun and a backup for each. For rural dwellers, a long-range rifle might be a part of that collection. To them, this provides the essential level of protection needed and nothing will get left behind when it’s time to bug out. Of course, if you’ve got a family of six or eight, that number could rise substantially, with a gun or two (or three) per person easily justified.

The zealous gun collector would argue that, for the same reason you shouldn’t be telling them how many kids they should have or how many acres of land is too much for their survival retreat, you ought not to be trying to tell them how many guns they should own. The pragmatist would then counter that you shouldn’t have any more kids than you can take care of, implying that if you can’t provide for all of your guns (safe storage, appropriate ammo, etc.) you should plan accordingly.

So, how many guns are too many? To the consternation of the hard-liners on both sides of the issue, the answer probably really is “to each, his own”. In the realm of guns, as in most things in life, one man’s sufficiency is another man’s abundance.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Are we really living in a POLICE State?

For its entire history, (more than 230 years), the United States has been the world's best hope ... "a shining light on the hill" beckoning to the oppressed and downtrodden everywhere; the one place on the globe where personal freedom - along with unlimited opportunity - has always been assured. And yet, in the early days of the 21st Century, it may be fair to ask if a new and different United States has emerged, one that practices rewarding supporters of the political class while punishing political opponents, functioning as a police state. If you've lived your life as an American, these thoughts may be unsettling but they must be examined.


First, let's determine the definition of a "police state," or to be more accurate, the definition of a "fascist police state." A police state, instead of allowing the law to function properly as a mechanism that assures a civil and just society, uses that law to suppress opposition and challenges to its power and authority from ordinary citizens. When the state (or government) does this, it alone has the ability to interpret the law and it can then use the law as it pleases to the detriment of an individual or a group. In essence, the law becomes a tool the state can use to further its repressive or illegal policies.

In this dark world, citizens are free only if their actions remain within the restrictive confines and policies of the governing or, more appropriately, ruling state. If an individual or an organization comes into conflict with the state over a legal matter, the state will always prevail by using the law to repress the offending individual or group. That is certainly not the republic Americans have known, nor is it freedom. It is, by definition, a police state, because the offending citizen no longer has the right of legal redress. And if that right has been removed, the result is, quite simply, a police state.

In this nightmarish scenario, the justice system exists but is never available to the ordinary citizen as a fair and open forum, and it does not provide the protections one expects in a free and just society. It is nothing more than a tool of the state. Now, it’s interesting to note that a police state is not necessarily a dictatorship. In fact, many police states have in the past taken the form of representative democracies. That’s because a police state is not defined by its leadership or political structure. It is, however, clearly defined by its desire (and its ability) to protect itself and its interests against those of the individual citizen.

What about “fascism” … how is it defined? A rough definition might be to call it the tyranny of the Right … just as communism might easily be referred to as the tyranny of the Left. But these are rough definitions and may not do enough to clarify and provide the true meaning of these words. Perhaps a better definition of fascism is the one that places the state as just another competing entity seeking to advance its selfish interests, along with corporations and unions, for example, but the entity that is the most powerful and best able to control the others.

Is it possible for an individual citizen to have power in a fascist or police state as previously defined? Generally speaking, the answer is no. However, the average citizen can enjoy greater personal standing (and even thrive) in such a dark society by belonging to a favored group. We’ve now defined fascism and the police state. However, none of that answers the most important question: is the United States today (in the early 21st Century) a fascist or police state?

Is the Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project decision proof that the U.S. is indeed a fascist state?

I’ll try to answer that question by citing Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project. The Humanitarian Law Project had been advising groups that were looked upon as “terrorist” by the U.S. government. Their advice centered on instructing these “terrorists” with various political agendas how to negotiate their demands peacefully and to avoid the use of violence to achieve their goals. The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, determined that the assistance provided by the Humanitarian Law Project constituted aiding and abetting a terrorist organization and was a method by which material support was also provided.

Obviously, the Humanitarian Law Project was forced to cease and desist. But, a larger question about this decision remains. Does that judicial decision now mean that the executive and/or the congress now has the right to bar any individual or group from speaking to a terrorist organization? If your sensibilities and beliefs are Left of center, you may look at that decision as proof that the United States is indeed a fascist police state. If, however, your beliefs are more traditional and you tend to believe that the government’s primary role is the protection and security of its borders and its people, you may disagree that the judicial decision against the Humanitarian Law Project paints the United States with the broad brush of racism, fascism, tyranny and the horror that is a police state. Then again, who will be called a “terrorist” next? Are you already on a watch list if you’re pro-life, pro-gun, or oppose open borders or gay marriage?

Clearly, this is a difficult issue that is anything but black and white. There are lots of shades of gray. If you believe in freedom of speech, you are likely to think the United States is now a police state. But (and this is a very big “but”) if you recognize the need to sacrifice a little bit of your personal freedom in times of great peril (such as the times we live in right now), than you understand that the United States is not a fascist police state, but is, instead, fulfilling its mandate to protect its citizens by making it difficult or even impossible for individuals or groups to assist “terrorist” groups.

Again, it is easy to interpret the decision by the Supreme Court as one that gives the state the right to further its power and to suppress any and all opposition to its policies. It alone, through its executive or congressional branches, can determine who is a terrorist threat and who is not. That may seem to be unbridled and dangerous power that, in the hands of the unscrupulous, can lead to tyranny. Many would argue the United States has a long, long history in which its government has used power fairly and wisely. And there are precedents where the government, in a time of war, may have limited some constitutionally-mandated freedoms for the greater common good. The argument is that this is what free societies need to do in times of war.

On the other hand, I’m inclined to believe that leaders throughout history have always used war-time powers to curtail liberties and exercise greater control over the population. Lincoln did it to anyone in the North who dared disagree with him, and history has shown that FDR exceeded his constitutional powers during World War II. Are we at war today? Some, particularly those on the Left, say we are not and that the state needs to limit its power and authority. Many conservatives will claim that we are in a global struggle for survival and dominance with an enemy that wants to wipe us off the face of the earth. Yet others, including many libertarians, will say we have no business fighting these wars that only target Americans because we have inserted ourselves into conflicts which predate our own nation’s founding by many centuries. I happen to believe that while we have done some good in recent wars, we are likely creating more enemies.

If, in fact, we are at war, most reasonable people will be glad to give the government powers it doesn’t normally enjoy and will be willing to sacrifice some of their personal freedom in the bargain. The reason is simple and sensible—it is all about survival. And yet, when a government has been given power, does it ever return it peacefully?