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???? 

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.


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.


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

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, 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 AND  They sell the kits with and without Mg (Magnisium).

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