Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Why I moved to Texas to set up my homestead

Why Texas? It's not perfect, but it's well-armed

Why did I choose Texas to set up a homestead…because Texas has its own power grid unlike the rest of the nation. Texas can grow its own food. Texas is the energy capital of the nation and can produce natural gas, diesel, oil and even jet fuel. Texas has masses of armed patriots who own more guns than they do pairs of shoes, and that makes Texas practically impenetrable to any invading force.

For example, suppose North Korea launches an ICBM into the high atmosphere over North America and unleashes an EMP weapon that destroys nearly all electronics; this could theoretically be followed by a naval invasion of forces from Red China and North Korea, both of which suffer from too many young males that can hardly be fed and might as well be thrown at some enemy nation as cannon fodder. These forces would plow right through Southern California, with all its anti-gun laws and totally unprepared populations.

Oregon would fare a lot better, thanks to the country folks who know how to live off the land, and although Seattle would be quickly overrun by enemy forces, the eastern (country) parts of Washington state would put up a fierce resistance. And any enemy forces foolish enough to try to make it into Idaho would, of course, be viciously intercepted by highly capable resistance forces that would snipe, explode and shred the enemy's supply lines, halting any advance no matter how strongly intentioned. (You do not want to mess with American rebels and patriots in Idaho, for the record.)

If some enemy force was foolish enough to try to enter Texas, they would be obliterated by a mass of Texas farmers, ranchers, National Guardsmen, law enforcement officers and ex-military men who are all locked and loaded to the hilt. That's where I feel safest, in the midst of the best-armed and most well-skilled riflemen in the country, most of which are upstanding, community-minded citizens who defend life and liberty. Texas is a fortress of determined men and women who will not, under any circumstances, willfully surrender their freedoms or their Bill of Rights.

That's why people who don't own guns dial 911 -- because they want men who DO own guns to arrive as quickly as possible and solve their problem.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

8 Job hunting stategies for the holidays

For those of you whom are unemployed, I wanted you to know that I am too.  It's been almost 6 months already for me and it has been longer for me in the past too.  I have found that it is easy to succumb to distractions and despair when you're out of work during the holidays...especially during the holiday seasons.  You may vacillate between feeling blue (angry, depressed, vengeful, etc...)because you're unemployed to wanting to participate in the merriment and postpone the job search until after the New Year. Follow these tips to help you stay on track and enjoy the season at the same time:

1) Attend holiday parties and family gatherings. These events are a good time to network. Tell your family and friends what you're looking for.

2) Stay the course. The perception that hiring tapers off between Thanksgiving and the New Year is simply not correct. Be persistent and work your daily plan so you can be a standout candidate.

3) Professional Associations are holding their year-end events; they're usually well attended and you should be there, too.

4) Party animal? Tone it down. Be careful about the photographs you post online.

5) Send holiday greetings to all your contacts. Let them know you're still looking for work.

6) Refresh and repost your online resumes and professional profiles; employers are more apt to contact a currently active user. (Seriously, you should refresh your resumes on Monster and CareerBuilder every month.  I know it's time consumeing and it totally sucks to repost all that info; but, after I do it, that is when I get the most calls.

7) Volunteer using your skills and expertise to help the less fortunate.

8) Get ready for the New Year. Everybody loves the optimistic feelings that come from the prospect of a fresh start. Do a little pre-planning on those cold winter nights. Keep your eye on your goals, stay positive, have some fun, and the holidays can be a time of great satisfaction.

Friday, November 18, 2011

I know what Jefferson would do to these bastards in Congress...

You wonder why we suffer 15 million unemployed while that same Congress insources, outsources and offshores American jobs. You wonder why 45.2 million Americans subsist on food stamps. You may become distressed that 8 to 10 million illegal aliens work jobs in America with impunity. You may wonder how come our middle class continues vanishing right before our eyes. Answer: our U.S. Congress.

Thomas Jefferson hated Great Britain because of the landed gentry, the power elites—either by birth or class status, not talent—maintained a stranglehold on the financial wealth of the empire. The royalty enjoyed wealth by birthright, not by ability, education or personal effort. Even today, Prince Charles has not worked a day in his life. His mother Queen Elizabeth has not completed a single day of work to further her country’s well being. Prince William today walks around with his bride Kate on a free taxpayer ride through life. He is the lucky recipient of the sperm lottery and nothing more.

The common man did not in Jefferson’s time and does not in our time stand a chance against the power elite. Today, the power elite in Washington DC empower themselves to enrich themselves at the expense of our republic.

While Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues enrich themselves with insider information on defense contract business deals, we suffer 15 million unemployed Americans, 45.2 million Americans subsisting on food stamps, $12 billion in costs per month for endless wars, trade deficits and a $14 trillion national debt. Has Barack Obama accomplished anything to solve those problems? Answer: nothing in three years.

How can the common man fight back? Jefferson and the founding brothers gave us a method for dealing with gross incompetence and gross greed.

Vote the critters out of office in the next election! Vote a fellow American who would vote for 10 year maximum term limit in Congress. We cannot afford “forever” senators and House members that fill their bank accounts while we pay the bills.

Friday, November 11, 2011

I was forced into this may want to try it

Here's a challenge related to money. Can you go an entire 24-hour period without spending a dime? How about a week? How about a month? We often don't realize both how much we spend and where all of our money goes. From the time you wake up in the morning, money is often leaving your pocket at an alarming rate--kids need lunch money, pick up a latte on the way to work, lunch out with the co-workers, pick up dinner on the way home, shop online in the evening, etc. Here's what to do:
Don't spend anything (money, debit card, credit card) for an entire day. Sounds simple but you will need to do a little pre-planning. You will need to have enough gas in the car to get to where you are going, bring your own lunch/coffee/water, not have any last minutes bills to pay, and say "no" to the kids when they ask for cash.

Don't spend anything for an entire week. Obviously this will require even more planning. You will need to fill up your gas tank before the challenge week then limit your driving to make it last for the entire week. You will need enough food in the house to feed everyone for an entire week. You will have to make sure the bills that are due during the week will have been paid.

Finally, for the hard-core challengers, could you go an entire month without spending anything? You would need to pay your bills for the entire month, buy some prepaid gas cards to use throughout the month (and make them last so you don't end up with more month than gas), you would have to stock your home with a month's worth of food and supplement it with produce from your garden. You would have to be strong when mid-month someone (the kids, the spouse, you) are having a consumer meltdown. You would have to get creative--bartering, trading, foraging for food, fishing, basically come up with a multitude of ways to meet you and your family's needs for an entire month without spending any money at all.

What does this teach you? A lot. It shows you how often we spend money mindlessly. It will save you A LOT of money. It will teach you how to pre-plan to be self-sufficient for an extended period of time. It will show just how creative you can be. It will show you what will happen during an economic disaster when money/consumer goods may not be available for an extended period of time.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

No wonder our enemies want us disarmed

True story and most people will never know it.

Here’s an interesting side bar.

After the Japanese decimated our fleet in Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941, they could have sent their troop ships and carriers directly to California to finish what they started.

The prediction from our Chief of Staff was we would not be able to stop a massive invasion until they reached the Mississippi River; remember, we had a 2 million man army and war ships all fighting the Germans.

So, why did they not invade?

After the war, the remaining Japanese generals and admirals were asked that question and they responded that they know that almost every home had guns and the Americans knew how to use them.

The world's largest army...America’s hunters! A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and Arrived at a striking conclusion:

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin.  Allow me to restate that number. Over the last several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth
largest army in the world; more men under arms than in Iran; more than in France and Germany combined.

These men deployed to the woods of a single American state to hunt with firearms and no one was killed.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan’s 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

What’s the point?

America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.  Hunting -- it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a matter of national security; that's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Things to do this month - October

___ 1) Get your Bug Out Vehicle in Bug-Out condition.

___ 2) Learn both people and animal tracking skills.

___ 3) After paying off your consumer debt, make a plan to pay off your car loan and home mortgage.

___ 4) Have a “no spend” week (or better yet, a “no spend” month). Don’t spend any money at all for one week.

___ 5) Make sure your preparedness supplies are complete and safely stored where you can easily retrieve them.

___ 6) Watch the weather. Old timers didn’t need to news to predict the weather, they learned natural ways of forecasting. Learn these skills.

___ 7) Learn how to hustle for extra cash (ie: billiards, darts, poker, arm wrestling, etc).

___ 8) Under each bed in your home put a working flashlight, a pair of work gloves, a pair of shoes for the person who usually sleeps there, a whistle, and on the second floor or higher, a rope ladder to escape from the room in case of fire.

___ 9) Should you sell any electronics (a cell, IPod, or PDA on EBay perhaps) be sure to completely erase all data on it first.

___ 10) Prepare your car for winter driving. In addition to your basic supplies (tool box, first aid kit, BOB) include tire chains, a shovel, a blanket, etc.

___ 11) Place a list of emergency information next to each phone. Include address, emergency number (usually 911), Poison Center number, name of all family members and their cell phone numbers, name and number of a neighbor or nearby friend, and other emergency contact numbers.

___ 12) Set in motion a plan to achieve one huge goal (ie: a PhD, a black belt in martial arts, earning a million dollars, etc) and work to achieve it.

___ 13) Consider hiring a staff to help you be more efficient (ie: gardener, housekeeper, secretary, personal assistant, driver, etc).

___ 14) Put together a kit to help you change your appearance in an instant (hair dye, a wig, glasses, fake facial hair, make up, etc.).

___ 15) Make your own home page for the internet.

___ 16) Consider purchasing land and creating a retreat/vacation home in a foreign country.

___ 17) Consider becoming certified in various fields of work (ie: real estate, midwifery, truck driving, hair cutting/barber, etc.).

___ 18) Get a pre-paid cell phone (it should not be connected to your name in any way).

___ 19) Incorporate basic vitamins, calisthenics, and lots of water into your daily health routine.

___ 20) Encourage wildlife on your property (winter salt lick, pond for ducks, bird feeder, etc).

___ 21) Spend a weekend with your family learning “old time” skills (leather craft, knitting, wood working, quilting, etc.).

___ 22) Learn how to drive and navigate confidently through a large city (New York, LA, Paris, etc.).

___ 23) Become fluent in at least two other foreign languages.

___ 24) Spend time with people who do daily tasks differently than your average American (ie: the Amish, recent immigrants, Native Americans).

___ 25) Fix any physical problems you have if possible (ie: Lasic surgery instead of glasses, a diet/exercise regimen to lower blood pressure and blood glucose, any necessary surgeries you have been putting off, needed dental work, etc).

___ 26) Watch “disaster” type documentaries on TV (A&E, TLC and the History channel have lots of these) and figure out ways these disasters could have been avoided/mitigated.

___ 27) Get your garden ready for winter. Till, add compost, cover crop, etc.

___ 28) Always carry a buck knife, pocket knife or multi-function tool with you at all times.

___ 29) Make sure your sleeping area is as secure as possible (have a smoke alarm in the room, a lockable door, windows that can be secured when both opened and closed, a telephone nearby, a flashlight under the bed, an escape plan, etc.).

___ 30) Make it a habit to eat only healthy food everyday. Skip the over-processed, high fat/salt/sugar foods, plus any other foods you are particularly sensitive to (dairy, nuts, etc.).

___ 31) Set up an elaborate “haunted house” for the neighbor kids (ie: moving displays, remote controlled moving things, mannequins, etc).

Thursday, September 29, 2011

If you are interested in working in Afghanistan contact Kristy Armstrong

I received this from a recruiter who is looking for individuals who desire to work in Afghanistan. You don't have to use me as a reference...just send her your resume.

She is currently looking for Auditing, Quality Control, Logistics, and Warehouse jobs located in Afghanistan.

If you are interested or planning to make a change, please call her at (262) 784-7410, and/or email her an updated MS Word, RTF, or text formatted resume. You may also respond using the link provided below.

Kristy Armstrong
Advantage Federal Resourcing
250 S Executive Dr. Suite 101
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 784-7410

Backing up your survival library

I just posted a new article about backing up your survival on my new blog. Come check it out.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Trying to grow a garden in TX

I just posted my experience with trying to grow some veggies...come check out my experience here.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Moved to Texas - now posting from Texas

Since I moved to TX, it is now time I begin posting on my experience living and surviving in Texas.  My new blog is called Learning to Survive in Texas; I hope you all come visit me at my new blog.

Things to do this month - September

1) Seek out natural food sources in your area (berry patch, lake for fishing, wild edibles, etc).
2) Consider home schooling your children or at least knowing how to should the need arise.
3) Find out what services your county extension office provides and take advantage of them.
4) Build a greenhouse to extend your growing season.
5) Expand your garden to include fruit and nut trees.
6) Subscribe to a “back to the land” magazine (ie: Backwoods Home or Mother Earth News).
7) Learn to tie a variety of knots.
8) Get a vacuum food packager—it has a million and one uses.
9) Always use good infection control practices—avoid the sick, wash your hands with soap and water regularly or use an alcohol-based waterless hand sanitizer, and don’t spread your own germs.
10) Bake your own bread. Start with grain you have to grind yourself. Try making a sourdough bread from scratch (catch your own yeast) as well.
11) Camp or backpack in a variety of environments: desert, jungle, tundra, etc.
12) Take a wilderness first aid course.
13) Consider installing a pond and raising your own fish.
14) Learn archery.
15) Disentangle yourself from any current situations that could be disadvantageous to your survival (illegal dealings, an affair, etc.).
16) Always keep a low profile in everything you do: the way you dress, the way you spend money, the way you look, the way you talk, etc.
17) Become familiar with naturopathic medicine; put together a naturopathic first aid kit.
18) Practice making snares to catch small animals.
19) Consider heating your home with wood. Install a wood stove, cut, split and dry your own firewood.
20) Open an off-shore bank account.
21) Get your home ready for winter—insulate pipes, caulk doors and windows, add other insulation as needed.
22) Safely store enough fuel to provide at least two tankfulls of gas for your most efficient car.
23) Keep up on local, national and international news everyday.
24) Practice signaling messages back and forth with your family/team. Use Morse code, mirrors, smoke signals, etc.
25) Acquire enough funds to cover six months of living expenses ASAP.
26) Go hunting. Learn to kill and process an animal for food.
27) Make an “everyday carry packet” such as the one listed at the bottom of the page at
28) Always be prepared for new business or a better job—network, have on hand an updated resume and business cards, always dress professionally, etc.
29) Develop a source of passive income.
30) Keep a spare of things you use every day (spare glasses, spare watch, spare hearing aid batteries, spare laptop…basically anything you would be lost without).

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Ant & the Grasshopper - the moral of the story is...

This was sent to me in an email and I thought it was funny (not), so I don't know who wrote it.


This one is a little different .......

Two Different Versions ......

Two Different Morals


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. 

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.


Be responsible for yourself!


The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog
appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green..'

stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, We shall overcome.

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper's sake.

President Obama
condemns the ant and blames President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper's plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid
exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize and ramshackle the once prosperous and peaceful neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.


Be careful how you vote in 2012

Monday, August 29, 2011

Installing a larger magazine release on the SKS

I received a Tapco magazine release for the SKS.  This is how I installed it.

Remove the trigger mechanism and identify the part you want to replace.

See that little pin?  That needs to be moved to the side but DO NOT remove it from the trigger mechanism.

remove the small magazine release with the spring attached.

install the spring onto the new magazine release

put the two pieces next to eachother to assure that they are similiar (although one is larger than the other).

there are small tracks which the magazine release will slide onto.

make sure the spring is correctly aligned with the round niche

spring is in correct alignment

slide the pin back into position

This is the size difference between the two magazine releases


Too easy.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Chowin' down on some pond chicken

Yep, I had to do it.  I have to practice what I preach; so I went an got me some frog legs. The pics should tell the whole story.

Finished with some peach cobbler.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Getting physically fit

It is important that everyone be physically fit, and even more so for a Prepper. Being reasonably fit means that you can hike the trail you intend to travel when bugging-out on foot. It means you can work harder throughout the day to earn a few bucks when jobs are scarce. It means your garden won't wither away and die due to lack of energy.

Every physical activity you pursue will be easier, quicker, more enjoyable and be less likely to cause injuries that might render you significantly less able, or even permanently disable you. A healthy body does more, rests better, heals quicker and fights harder. The mind is sharper and memories stronger. All in all, there are no bad effects from being healthy, and numerous advantages for the quick and fit. In a single day one may carry injured companions, push stalled vehicles, or do many other strength-related tasks. Indeed, survival in the wilderness may, in large part, depend on the muscular endurance and strength of the individual.

If you take nothing else out of this, just get up and start moving…begin with a used weight bench and some dumbbells. Your muscles are going to scream and hurt for the first few weeks, but as you continue and see your body change from fat to fit you will want to work out regularly.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The HORRIFIC state of America's JOBLESS economy

Based upon the MANY conversations that I've had with people about America's jobless economy the last few weeks, it is clear that we are LONG past due the time required for an honest conversation about the HORRIFIC state of America's "JOBLESS" economy.

Our economy has been transforming at a tremendous rate of change since we evolved from a post-Industrial manufacturing society to an information and technology-driven market.
Entire industries have been transformed due to advances in technology (most notably the Internet.) Sectors of our economy such as printing & publishing, advertising, retail, accounting, manufacturing, banking, and financial services have all been transformed. Significant transformation demands the kind of new skills, training, certifications, and knowledge that threatens the entire American workforce.

Making matters significantly worse for America' workers, the myopic short-term profit centric focus of our business "leaders " has led to tremendous employee layoffs through outsourcing, off-shoring, downsizing, right-sizing and re-engineering as they pursued a scorched earth policy of seeking the cheapest available labor. We have become a society where there is no such thing as job security and the "contract" between employees and employers no longer exists.

The new "REALITY" for America's workers.

The average American worker will now change jobs 8-9 times in their career (and the number is on a rapid rise.) One in four Americans can now be classified as contract/independent workers or consultants who are employed on a full-time basis and have ZERO guarantee of steady income.

The state of America's workforce is SO bad, that wee can't even determine an accurate accounting for our nation's unemployed since so many people that are ready, willing, and able to work have given up on looking for work. Pick a about 15-20% unemployed? The truth is, no one (especially the Bureau of Labor Statistics) knows for sure!

Remember the buzz in the media about a "recovery?" Well, it seems that recovery helped large corporations and the top 2% of America, but passed over the rest of us. Large companies have been performing quite well, but are hell bent on hording cash and paying senior executives exorbitant bonuses. No jobs creation there! Meanwhile, smaller companies (including the many I consult with) continue to struggle to meet payroll and keep their businesses afloat. Hire new employees? No way! They continue to be forced to operate with skeletal staffs they've had in place for several years since the last round of layoffs.

Insurance companies, banks, and credit card companies continue to prey on the balance of Americans that are in financial distress. This is where the public debate should be framed, and yet we hear nothing but the shrill sound of two parties not willing to compromise on a relatively minor issue of raising America's debt ceiling.

The bigger issue is a lack of American leadership in politics, education, and business. For 40 years our leaders have taken the easy way out, kicked the can down the road and passed up on countless opportunities to move America forward. Well, that can is at the end of the road. Where do we go from here?

THIS is the broad debate that needs to happen NOW.

The fundamental question that DEMANDS a new kind of visionary American leadership to answer is this: "How can we put Americans back to work?"

For three years, I have been working with all sorts of people from High School students to the mature workforce on ways to bulletproof your career in these turbulent times. There is an "across-the-board" fear at MOST levels of our society that people cannot find meaningful work, and our future is destined to be worse than today.

How did we bankrupt our future? How can we create jobs for our High School students and college graduates and a meaningful future for our children? When 2% of Americans control a majority of our nation's wealth through Lobbyists and special interests, we are in danger. When a grassroots Tea Party movement of less than 10% Congressional representation can derail a nation's political agenda, we are in danger. When our children finish well below the students of other nations in math and science proficiency...we are in danger.

Until an entirely new visionary leadership arises at all levels of our American education, political, and business systems, we are merely shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic American jobless recovery.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Thermal distilling removes radiation from water

Distilling removes radioactive iodine, heavy metal, salts, and microbes from water. This is the definition of what distilling does.

For the past few days I have been disturbed by what has happened in Japan. Very upset about the meltdowns in nuclear reactors. As you know, the west coast of America is in the jet stream. Authorities have been caught trying to cover it up and lessen the damage.

What this means is that there is radioactive fallout carried by the winds and rain over to our west coast.

Yes, distilling removes radiation. Even a water distiller you see all over eBay from China will do this. Your cost will be around $130-$200 dollars.

Distilling CAN take out heavy metals. There have been many lab tests in the country where they contaminate the water five (5) times higher than what EPA allows for consumption. They test this and distill water, retest and they find the residue that is left behind contains all the heavy metals, which are classed as radioactive.

Most of the heavy metals have a boiling point of 3092º F, meaning the metals actually boil at that point. The boiling point of water is 212º F which is 2800º F below that. Heavy metals are left behind as waste in the pot. Radiation is in the same family in the periodic chart as these heavy metals.

Does this mean you can take contaminated water and make it clean? Yes. The process is called thermo-distillation, which is heat. This can be very expensive to do for everyone’s supply but just for your own, this is very easy.

If you get an electric one distiller, around $200, it distills a gallon of water overnight. There are distillers that can run on propane gas as well and wood fires for those who live OFF THE GRID.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Warning signs from animals

You may not receive any advance notice of an attack in your neighborhood. So, watch for nature's signals. Birds will die first, then cats, etc. If you see even one dead bird, stay indoors and contact the authorities. You might even want to build a small aviary outdoors and add some birds. If you already have pet birds inside, you might want to put them out on the porch in the daytime (if it is warm enough and out of direct sun - it doesn't count as a signal of an attack if you kill the bird yourself!) Or, you may want to keep the birdcage as close to a window as possible to get some advance notice from the little bit of air that can come in there. (Some birds could die from the draft alone - also doesn't count - so research care of your bird first.)

All animals give us warnings of some impending disasters. Before an earthquake, dogs stop barking, some dogs hide, cats hide, horses make more noise and get restless. Sharks are reported to evacuate the reefs they cruise daily before a hurricane. Toads flee the day before an earthquake. And, it is said that you can tell that an earthquake in winter is imminent when you see earthworms come out of the ground. Some people say that the animal shelters and lost ads dramatically increase before an earthquake -- possibly for up to two weeks before.

Before large earthquakes, it seems even the wind stops. A lightning storm without any rain or hail can be (not always) a signal that a large earthquake is on its way. A hailstorm can be (not always) a sign that the storm is becoming a tornado.

Hopefully, we will also receive warnings from government officials and/or weathermen when we need them.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lean to be more efficient

You may not be able to just run to the store to get more of anything, so let everything you have serve as many purposes at once as possible; here are some common sense examples:

When you cook on a barbecue, which takes a lot of charcoal, put all of the meal items on so you don't use two sources of fuel for one meal. There is a way to cook anything on a barbecue. You can even put a can of beans on the grill as is.

Before the coals are hot enough to cook on, you could be getting a large pan or two of water warm enough for bathing. And, you can boil water after your meal is done cooking since the coals stay hot for a long time.

Large juice cans are great for safely storing ashes from the fireplace or barbecue. Any empty can would be a safe receptacle for the used matches. An empty milk carton is much safer for disposal of broken glass than a plastic bag.

Burn your candles inside empty tuna cans. The can will catch all the wax drips. You can light the candle before putting it into the can, tip the candle so the top is over the can, and use the melted wax to hold even the tallest candle steady. After using a can as a candle holder over and over, you will can turn the melted wax in the can into a new candle by adding a wick. Or, you can pop cooled wax out of the can and use it as a fire starter for the fireplace, along with clean trash paper.

Put some sort of container underneath the tap of a cooler to catch any dripping water. Have a dishpan underneath when rinsing shampoo from your hair to catch the rinse water. All of this water can be used to flush your toilet. Water from boiling food can be used to water your vegetable garden, after it has cooled, if you didn't put much salt in the water. Try a touch of oil instead of salt for boiling spaghetti. If you have ears of corn instead of canned corn, adding sugar to the water instead of salt not only keeps the water usable for plants but also makes the corn taste really nice. Not many of us will have ears of corn, and, if you do, you may want to save on water and cook the corn on the grill instead. Simply wrap it in foil and turn it often during cooking.

Used water or any liquid can be used to flush the house toilet, even if the water supply is off. You just need to pour in enough at one time - half a bucket full or a large bowl full.

Use disposable aluminum cooking pans so you don't have to waste water washing them. Or, line your cooking pans with aluminum foil so you won't have to use precious water to wash them. If you do get food cooked onto a pan, add a little water to the pan, then boil the water to unstick the food.

Lots of paper napkins will only be used to wipe crumbs from your face or hands. Paper goods like this can be put into a separate container and used to start your campfire later. Some paper plates will also burn nicely, but those with a waxy or plastic covering should not be burned. Burning all the safe and relatively clean paper items will also save on trash bags later.

Fry up bacon in a pan, then cook your eggs in the bacon grease. This makes the eggs look dirty but very tasty, and you are left with one less pan to wash. Boil eggs in the same pot when you cook pasta or potatoes, but wash the eggs first.

Get inventive, put on your thinking caps, and try to imagine some second use for everything.


These troublesome times call for keeping on our toes, being prepared in advance, and keeping up with our chores. If a disaster struck tomorrow, how many dirty clothes in hampers or dishes in the sink would you be caught with? What kind of condition is your camping stove in right now up in the rafters of the garage? It is most likely pretty dirty, but are you even sure it still works? Do you have a need for batteries so seldom that you often times find they've expired when you get around to needing them? Now is the time to check and/or replace them. Now is the time to be sure all your clothes (and bath towels, washcloths, dish towels, etc.) are clean, and keep up with the washing. Now is the time to be sure your emergency supplies are in working order.

You may not be able to keep your car's gas tank full at all times, but this is not the time to get too close to empty. And, you should have extra gasoline stored in a safe container in a safe place.

And, now is certainly not the time to say you can't afford to stock up. Can you afford not to? Sell something, have a garage sale, or borrow the money. If you don't have enough money to buy a barbecue or a camp stove, and you have no where to make a campfire, then at least stock up on peanut butter and crackers. If you can't afford to go out and buy bottled water, ask all your neighbors to save some empty two-liter bottles for you so you can make your own bottled water. If you can't even afford the luxury of candles or flashlights and batteries, you'll probably survive. But, you can't survive long without food and water.
Finally, if you have a "significant other" how much feminine personal hygiene items do you have stocked up for her?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Saving more seeds

Everytime I go to the store and purchase veggies, I cringe at the price.  This year I was still in Ass-crack-istan and was not able to start a garden.  So, when I have to buy my "fresh" veggies, I always make a point to save as many seeds as I can.

I've been saving the seeds from as many veggies as possible.  This is from a bunch of small peppers I purchased at Costco.

I'm still trying to figure out what project to work on next.  When I know, I'll post it.

I want to give a shout out to all my friends still working in AFG.  You can contact me via this website or my personal email.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Things to do this month - August

___ 1) Review/create a plan to fund your retirement.
___ 2) Practice “old fashioned” (ie: no air conditioning) ways of cooling your home.
___ 3) Learn how to preserve food by: drying, canning, freezing and smoking.
___ 4) Cache a mini BOB in an area where you can easily access it yet others can’t find it.
___ 5) Follow someone for a couple of hours without them knowing it.
___ 6) If you live in hurricane country, stock up now on the essentials such as plywood, batteries, medications, gas, etc.
___ 7) Start a compost pile.
___ 8) Explore your town on foot; find hidden trails, natural water sources, etc.
___ 9) Get an emergency generator and learn how/when to use it.
___ 10) Update the map collection in your car; make sure all maps are no more than a year old.
___ 11) Try dumpster diving.
___ 12) Consider purchasing/developing a rural retreat.
___ 13) Have a cell phone that can do it all: text, take photos, access the internet, keep your contact list…
___ 14) Enlist your doctor to help you prepare—ask for a six to twelve month prescription for medications you usually take, and if possible prescriptions for broad-spectrum antibiotics and pain killers for your first aid kit.
___ 15) Practice making your own survival food: energy bars, jerky, dried soup mixes, etc.
___ 16) Check with your local utility provider for discounts and freebies (ie: discounts on new appliances, free low-flow shower heads or smoke alarms, etc.).
___ 17) Practice traveling inconspicuously at night in a car, on a bicycle, on the water and on foot.
___ 18) Take a wilderness survival class, even if you live in the middle of New York City.
___ 19) Review the goals you wrote at the beginning of the year and see how you are doing with them.
___ 20) In a large city, eat at an ethnic restaurant, preferably where you are totally unfamiliar with the food and language.
___ 21) Practice a variety of surveillance techniques.
___ 22) Practice a variety of counter-surveillance techniques.
___ 23) Review your tool boxes for completeness (both your home and car boxes).
___ 24) Practice your sewing skills. Sew an item that is useful and that you will use.
___ 25) Find out what your workplace surveillance policy is.
___ 26) Learn to fight. Karate, boxing, krav-maga…any fighting skill is a good fighting skill.
___ 27) Make an emergency plan for your pets. What if there is a fire? What if you have to evacuate sans pets? What if you have to shelter in place with your animals?
___ 28) Research local gun laws (concealed carry, carry permits, shoot to kill laws, etc).
___ 29) Have a variety of radios on hand: AM, FM, short wave, HAM, CD, battery powered, hand-held, crank, etc.
___ 30) Learn how to pick a lock.
___ 31) Practice a variety of concealed carry techniques.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Our Nation's economic future is bleak

Our future is bleak and it will be like nothing we’ve ever seen in our lifetime or I would say anyone’s life time. 

Over the last few years we’ve seen not billions, but trillions upon trillions of dollars committed to bank bailouts, toxic asset purchases, stock market liquidity infusion, so-called job creation programs, tax breaks and mortgage modifications. The Obama administration has taken every opportunity to tout these programs as evidence of success. 

On the one hand, we’re told that the recovery, albeit slower than expected, is in full swing. We were also told in late 2008 that this was a recession. Any discussion about the possibility of another Great Depression was taken off the table by government, media and mainstream economists. The idea that America could enter another depression was simply not possible, and anyone who spoke of such thing was a fear mongering pessimist.

Yet, it seems that we were on the very brink of complete meltdown in 2008. So close, in fact, that administration officials now claim the President’s policies are responsible for avoiding the very scenario that was completely denied as a possibility three years ago:

The American economy was falling off the cliff in the fall of ’08 and the first months of this administration. And he put in place the most creative, the most forceful set of economy measure we have ever done as a country. And because of that, we’ve prevented a second Great Depression and the economy has now been growing for more than a year and a half.

~ Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Meet the Press, July 10, 2011

At the same time Mr. Geithner explains to us how saddling us with trillions more in debt and expanding government intervention into every aspect of our lives has avoided depression, he warns that things are going to remain tough for the average American. His words are eerily reminiscent of Gerald Celente’s 2009 forecast: 

I think it’s going to take a long time still. This is a very tough economy. And I think for a lot of people it’s going to be – it’s going to feel very hard, harder than anything they’ve experienced in their lifetime now, for some time to come.
The consensus among the experts who didn’t see the 2008 recession until six months after it was official and then told us the economy would be back to normal by 2011 are the same people who are telling us that a Great Depression has been avoided. 

As in 2008, the Great Depression debate is off the table.

For those paying attention, however, it should be clear that the next Great Depression was signaled by the 2008 economic and equities market crash, and the last three years of policy initiatives have done nothing to fix the fundamental problems that caused the crisis in the first place.  An argument could be made that things are actually much worse now – on a number of fronts including the economy, jobs, real estate, deficit spending, national debt, and cost of living – than they were three years ago.

If you’ve haven’t guessed, it is very likely that the reason Americans are going to experience times tougher than anything they have experienced in their lifetimes is because our nation is fully engrossed in the next Great Depression.

It’s real. It’s happening right now.  Prepare yourself financially, mentally, spiritually, and physically – because it’s only going to get worse.

Update - Skywatch mobil guard towers

In December 2010, I wrote about these guard towers coming to your local Walmart and other stores.  Well, they finally made it to my neck of the woods.  Here is a link to my previous article police state expansion mobil guard.

These were taken a couple of days ago.  There is nothing special going on in celebrations, no National holidays...nothing.  So, why is this guard tower up?  Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Things to do this month - July

This month focus on the elderly and those with disabilities.

___ 1) Assist the person in creating a basic stockpile of frequently used items (medications, Depends, a spare set of glasses, specialized liquid foods, etc.).

___ 2) Make the person’s home physically safer by installing grab bars in the bathroom, making sure all floors have non-skid surfaces, installing sturdy railing along stairways, etc.

___ 3) Take the person’s name off of their mailbox and leave a clearly legible address (calling someone by their name, which is easily found on a mailbox, is one ploy used by con artists to gain entry into an elderly
person’s home).

___ 4) Make sure the person has a non-published number, is on the national “do not call” list and that the digital greeting on their phone answering system is used instead of their own voice.

___ 5) Put up “No Trespassing”, “Beware of Dog” and “No Soliciting” signs.

___ 6) Check the person’s credit report for fraudulent or suspicious activity at least annually.

___ 7) Make sure the person’s Will, Living Will, Power of Attorney and, if needed, POLST documents are all up to date.

___ 8) Keep a frequently updated list of medication handy, consider using a mail order pharmacy if transportation is an issue and assist the person by separating their medications into a plastic medication box which is divided by day.

___ 9) Discuss ahead of time at what point the person will discontinue driving.

___ 10) Use/schedule community services as needed (ie: Home Health, Meals on Wheels, Hospice, etc.).

___ 11) Be well aware of the person’s financial affairs (ie: consider a joint checking account, reviewing their bank transactions, etc.).

___ 12) Regularly review the benefits they are entitled to (SSI, VA, pension, etc.).

___ 13) Visit the person and/or ensure that others visit regularly.

___ 14) Discuss ahead of time downsizing to a condo, mother-in-law apartment, assisted living facility, etc.

___ 15) Look for signs of depression, dementia or maltreatment by care givers and seek assistance if needed.

___ 16) Go to doctor’s appointments with the person and have them sign a waiver of privacy so that you can be kept informed of their medical condition by their doctor.

___ 17) Encourage them to give away or clearly label items they wish specific people to have after their death (this allows them to see others enjoying the items while they are still alive and eliminates the possible bitter disputes over their property after death).

___ 18) Assist them in planning their funeral ahead of time (it is much easier on those left behind if these decisions are made while everyone is in a relaxed state of mind instead of after a death when people are grieving).

___ 19) Encourage friends and family members to give food or gift cards in lieu of knick knacks and other things that will just gather dust for special occasions.

___ 20) Involve the person in preparedness planning; provide them information on how they would communicate with you and evacuate their home if this becomes necessary.

___ 21) Ensure the person has a quality diet, regular exercise and regular socialization.

___ 22) Consider installing a home monitoring service for falls, fires and intruders.

___ 23) Education keeps the brain active—teach the person about new technology, discuss current events and provide access to classes, crossword puzzles and other mentally stimulating activities.

___ 24) Stay in regular communication with the person by phone, visits and email.

___ 25) Take extra precautions during times of snow/ice, extreme heat or other severe weather.

___ 26) Encourage the person to continue being active in the community by volunteering and sharing their talents/skills/wisdom with others.

___ 27) Make a point to learn from the person. Those who have lived through the Depression, wars and other socio-economic challenges often have much to teach others about how to survive.

___ 28) Inform the person about the many types of fraud that are often perpetrated against seniors (ie: sweepstakes, fraudulent charities, investment schemes, etc.).

___ 29) Consider installing a safe or even having items stored off the premises (safe deposit box) if the person has many valuable items in order to protect them from theft or robbery.

___ 30) Teach the person how not to be a target for physical or property crimes (rape, robbery, home invasion, etc) and assist them with hardening their homes against such crimes (install solid doors with deadbolts, window locks, security systems, etc).

___ 31) Make the person part of your preparedness plan. Include them in drills, educate them as you would anyone else in your family or on your team, and take advantage of their knowledge and abilities as well.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Almost got scammed on Craigslist - sellers BEWARE

My wife and I are selling our nice washer and dryer and received a response from a woman who wanted to purchase them.  She saw the pics on and wanted to pay us full price for them.  Immediately, my "HR Manager" intuition began to kick in and felt that something was amiss.  

Through email correspondence she said that she was going to send us the money via PayPal and wanted us to make arrangements with her shipping company so they can come pick up the washer and dryer.  Shortly thereafter, I began receiving "PayPal confirmations" that the money was transferred to our account...but hold on a minute...there was an additional $550.00 included.  (My wife began checking our paypal accounts and there was no money sent).  The additional $550 was so that WE could send the money to her shipping company via Western Union.

But this is what got my attention...this is the original email message "PayPal" sent concerning the transfer of money.  Please not all the punctual and spelling errors, different sized fonts were used, the grammer is horrible.

" We have received an order from one of our customer to make an instant payment of 2050.00USD to your PayPal account. The payment has been made successfully and the money has been credited to your PayPal account  but you will not have access to it . However, since this money is meant for a purchase or a service that involve a Shipping Company.We have to receive a confirmation that you have sent the pick up cost to Shipping Company before the money will be available for spending. This is due to the large increase in the rate of the online scams recorded last year (2009). We have changed some of our rules and regulation to make sure our clients, are safe from scam, PayPal in conjunction with The FBI and The IFCC has invented certain preventive measure to ensure the safety of our customers.

 Such measure are:

1. Once a payment is made,A confirmation Email will be sent to the seller that the payment has been made to state the transaction details which has been sent to you. Also a confirmation is sent to the buyer that the money has been deducted from his or her account. So once you get this mail,You should take necessary action and get back to us with the confirmation that you have sent the pick up cost to the shipping company. Once we have confirmed the information provided with the shipping company, the money will be available instantly. 

2. Once a payment is made and it has been approved by PayPal, such transaction is Sealed (because both seller and buyer must have come to a conclusion before payment is made by the buyer) so therefore neither the buyer or seller can cancel this transaction or ask for the returned to the buyer'account. Also, this is where we generate our income, because the more transaction made through PayPal, the more we generate our Income. 

3. Failure to abide by these laid down safety measures by PayPal may leads to suspension from PayPal and further more invitation to an interrogation with the F.B.I

 So can you see we are very considerate about the safety of both buyer and seller.

Note: that the pick up cost has been included in the payment.

Thank you for using PayPal!

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AND This email

"You have received a PayPal Payment of $2050.00.00 USD from Liana Rose(

A temporary hold has been placed on this transaction!

As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per New PayPal Payment policy, we have fully debited the total amount (above) from the buyer's account which includes the buyer's shipper's pick up fees.

In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account. We advice you go to nearest Western Union Office, and send the$500.00 USD to the Agent and send us a Scanned Copy/Photograph of your Western Union Transaction Receipt.

NOTE: This is important as a security measure to ensure safety of this transaction. 

Please, find below the name and address of the Transport Agent where the Funds would be sent via Western Union Money Transfer.
Transport Company
Tyisha Deanne powell
4430 Fulton Industrial,
Blvd SW Atlanta,
GA 30336,

I was also thinking WTF...Why use Western Union to send the money to the shipping company when SHE could just as easily sent them the money via PayPal.  Immediately, my wife and I called PayPal and advised them of the apparent fraud.

We told the PayPal representative everything we felt was wrong:

1.  The woman didn't want to haggle about the price (red flag)
2.  She wanted us to use Western Union to send money to her shipping company not PayPal
3.  She wanted us to send the shipping company the money rather than her sending it
4.  Why put a hold on our money until we send the shippers money...they should get paid when they pick up the merchandise.
4.  We checked the email address from "PayPal" and it was from
5.  We checked the "Shipping company" email address and it was (red flag)

The PayPal representative agreed with with us and will be looking in the matter.

If it smells rotten it probably is... buyer and seller beware. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Taking contol of rain water - part 1

Since I am out of work, I've decided that I'm going to begin taking control of the rain water.  Never mind that is after the rain season already; nevertheless, it's time I begin a new project anyway.  The rain gutters were installed last year, but the rain run off just runs out into the grass (weeds)...not good is one is going to collect that water for next years growing season.

First thing I had to do was dig the trenches to catch the rain water.  Yes, that was dug out by hand.

Then I had to get the pipe and sleeve.  Fortunately, the sleeve came with the pipe.  For rock, I raked it off my driveway.  It's all stone anyway.

Since I am also installing a soaker hose (which will ultimately be attached to rain barrels) I had to dig out under the concrete walkway...oh yea, the water drain hose is going under the walkway as well and will be attached to a four inch pipe.  That pipe will drain into either water tanks or a pond in the front yard (also called a tank).

Rain water will be drained away from the foundation.

Past the foundation and ultimately to another four inch pipe to a pond or tank.

Back fill with rock, weed blocker fabric, and mulch.  More plants will come later (after the Summer season).