Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Zero Water Filters - just got this email from the company

Does the ZeroWater Filter

Remove Nuclear Radiation?

"We've been getting this question from a lot of people lately, and want to make sure you have the best information available. While the ZeroWater filter was never designed to remove radiation, it uses the same basic ion-exchange technology that is recommended by the EPA and commonly used in the nuclear power industry, and our own testing has indicated reduction of certain radioactive contaminants. Unfortunately, there are no comprehensive protocols available in the US to gain third-party certification of radiation reduction, so it is impossible to positively state what level of reduction is safe for drinking water."

EPA report - basic ion exchange technology

As many of you know, I did my own research to see if I could filter pool water as a means of a backup water supply using Zero Water filters....the result can be read here...Testing the water...so to speak.

No, I don't own stock in this company.  I only give reviews on products I use and post on my blog.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Not happy with your tomatoes...Piss on 'em

Quoted from Popular Science article...

Apparently, human urine works remarkably well as a fertilizer for tomatoes, according to a new study out of Finland.

Plants fertilized with a mixture of stored human urine and wood ash produced 4.2 times more fruit than plants without the pee, the study found. The urine-fertilized tomatoes had more beta-carotene than unfertilized ones, and much more protein than traditionally fertilized plants.

And the tomatoes were just as good as those grown with traditional fertilizer, according to a panel of 20 brave tasters. Healthy human urine is rich in nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphate, all key ingredients for healthy plants. As long as the pee doesn’t contain any fecal matter, it’s usually free of any microorganisms.

Surendra K. Pradhan, K. Holopainen and Helvi Heinonen-Tanski of the University of Kuopio in Finland collected human urine during the winter of 2007-2008 from several eco-toilets in private homes. The urine was stored for about six months at 45 degrees F and tested for microbes and bacteria. The team mixed it with wood ash collected from a household furnace, and found the mixture was just as good as — or better than — conventional chemical fertilizer.

In taste tests, the urine-fertilized tomatoes tasted different from those fertilized with urine and ash, but tasters didn’t have a preference — “all tomato samples were evaluated as being equally good by the tasters,” the study says. The results are reported in the latest Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The same team had previously tested human pee as a fertilizer for cucumber and cabbage, and a South African team reported last year that urine had successfully fertilized maize. The Finnish team said they tried tomatoes because they’re grown all over the world and are a staple ingredient in many recipes.

The use of urine to fertilize crops has been practiced since ancient times, but is relatively rare today, thanks to the ick factor and the prevalence of chemical and mineral fertilizers. But as farmers and home growers seek organic ways to grow food, urine could be a solution.

The study “may contribute to the development of positive attitudes about the use of urine and ash as fertilizer as a way to both increase crop yield and reduce water pollution,” the authors wrote.

It may not be necessary to go all NASA with our pee and start drinking it. But if we can safely and efficiently grow food with it, why not?

Bartering, Scrounging, and Improvising for the stuff you need

When I move to Texas, I want to start a worm farm.  Look it up online...it's not such a stupid idea, ya know.  Anyway,  I will need manure and will be surrounded by farms...so, if I want manure (and NO, I'm not going to pay for it) I will have to get real creative as to how I'm gonna get some.

Bartering is kinda simple; after you get used to it.  Improvising and scrounging are two very important skills to learn for preparedness and survival.  In the recent past it was my belief that money was the primary limiting factor on an individuals preparedness plans. However, now I believe that attitude, creativity, and doing the best with what you have now are as or more important than money

Yes, it would be ideal if you could buy a 5-year supply of Mountain House freeze-dried meals in the # 10 cans. However, most people won’t have the money to do that. However, there is nothing stopping most people from buying 1 or 2 cans per month.

Improvising is doing the best you can with what you have now. So lets say that purchasing 1 or 2 cans per month of Mountain House freeze-dried food is too much. You can stock up on dried beans and grains like rice. Buy them in bags at your grocery store and put them in plastic pails with lids on them secured by Gorilla tape.
Scrounging is when you actively search for something you need. Usually if you find what you need, there will be an element of barter involved.

So how does one learn to scrounge?  First, you’ve got to know your area and know your neighbors. If you don’t know your neighbors and your area, scrounging is going to be difficult. If your neighbor Jack is a welder, you know he’s probably got welding equipment and welding rods. If your neighbor Bill is a carpenter, you know he will have hand tools.

Problem: You need some welding done on your trailer. Jack, the welder will do it in exchange for a large hammer. What do you do? You find something you have the Bill wants and trade that something to Bill the carpenter who gives you a big hammer. You give the hammer to Jack, the welder and Jack does the welding needed on your truck.

The previous example is a good reason to get to know your neighbors and what they do for a living and what skills they have.

Learning your area is also important. Learn what items are in demand in your area and learn who has them. Stockpile these items if possible or have some good or skill you can trade for them.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Yes, you can copy my posts!

Yes, you can copy any of my posts and post them to your blog.  You just have to give me the credit or post my link in on your blog.

Shoot...you don't even have to that if you don't want to...information should be FREE for everyone!  Knowledge is power....I write on my blog so that EVERONE can use the information to prepare for man made or natural "EVENTS"....so empower yourselves and everyone around you.

Share the info with friends and family.  If the only way to do that is to copy my info...then by all means copy my info and post it to your site...and practice, practice, practice what you post!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Kick Ass cool camping cooking

In the quest to streamline your camping trips (since you do take your family out camping...preparing them to live without the conforts of modern life), foil packet meals can be one of your greatest allies and a kick ass way to impress your woman and kids. It’s cooking at its simple best; you take some ingredients, wrap them up in a foil parcel, and place the pouch in a campfire’s coals to cook. You can prepare these foil packets before you head out into Mother Nature, and they require no pots and pans, no plates, and no clean up. All you need is a fork and some fire. And, if you know what you’re doing (that's why you go out on the weekends to practice), they can be incredibly tasty and satisfying. So today we’re going to cover the basics of foil packet cooking and provide you with some delicious recipes to try the next time you venture into the great outdoors.

Foil Packet Cooking Tips

Use heavy duty foil. You don’t want the foil to rip and have ashes get in and your dinner leak out. If you use regular foil, double up on the sheets. If your food is heavy, and/or if you plan to eat directly from the pack, it’s a good idea to double up even on the heavy duty sheets.

Spray the side of the foil on which you’re going to place the food with cooking spray before you add your ingredients and seal it up. You don't even want to know how many meals I've jacked up while I was in the Boy Scouts learning how to cook.

When placing your ingredients on the sheet of foil, always put the meat on the bottom as it takes the longest to cook.

Cook your foil packet on the fire’s coals, not in the fire itself. Ideally, you want to place the packet on a bed of coals about 2 inches thick.

Hard, raw vegetables like carrots and potatoes take a long time to cook. If you don’t want to wait, use the canned variety.

When cooking meat, throw in some high-moisture veggies like tomatoes and onions. This will keep the meat from drying out.

Cooking times will depend on how hot the fire is and the kind of food in the packet. I generally err on the side of cooking it too long-this is the kind of food that you don’t need to be overly delicate with. Flip the packets over a few times during cooking, and open and check on how the food is progressing from time to time.

When it’s finished cooking, open your foil packet carefully, as it’s full of hot steam!

Making Your Foil Packs

Making a good foil pack is essential to foil dinner cooking success. There are a couple of different kinds of foil packs you can make depending on what you’re cooking.

The Flat Pack

The flat pack is best for foods like meat where you’re looking for more browning than steaming.

1. Place the food in the middle of the sheet of foil. If you needed to mix the ingredients up, do so in a separate bowl before transferring it to the foil.

2. Tear off a sheet of heavy-duty foil that is about twice as long as the food you’ll be wrapping. It’s better to overestimate the length than place your food on it, start wrapping it up, and realize you don’t have enough foil to keep everything in and make your folds.

3. Bring the long sides together in the center and crease them together, making tight folds until the foil is flat next to the food.

4. Tightly roll up the shorter sides until they meet the food.

The Tent Pack

The tent pack provides a pocket of air that allows for greater steaming. Thus, it’s best for foods you want steamed more than browned like fruits, vegetables, and meat/vegetable combos.

1. Tear off a sheet of foil just as you would for the flat pack.

2. Place the food in the middle of the foil.

3. Bring the long sides together in the center and tightly fold them together towards the food. This time, stop folding a few inches before you get to the food, leaving a pocket of space and creating a “tent.”

4. Tightly roll up the shorter sides, again leaving an inch or so of space between the end of the fold and the food.

9 Easy and Delicious Foil Packet Recipes

You don't have to limit foil packet cooking to camping. All of these recipes are also good when cooked on the grill. It's an easy way to grill veggies.
I’ve tried to give somewhat exact measurements here, but honestly I just eyeball it, and I recommend doing likewise. Foil packet cooking is not an exact science. And these recipes represent just the basics-you can add all sorts of variations to them. The foil is your camping canvas and you can do whatever you’d like with it. All servings are for a single person unless otherwise indicated. Just double or triple the measurements according to your needs.

The Classic: Hamburger and Vegg-All

½ lb ground hamburger meat

½ can of Veg-all or other mixed vegetables

½ can can of cream of mushroom soup

spices and seasonings

Mix together the above ingredients with spices and condiments to your heart’s content. Place the mixture on the center of a sheet of foil, wrap in a tent pack, and place on hot coals for 25 minutes.

Sausage and Eggs

1 frozen hash brown patty

2 eggs, scrambled, uncooked

2 frozen sausage patties

spices and seasonings

Cheese (optional)

Crimp the sides of your sheet of foil so that the eggs won’t go anywhere when you add them. First place your hash brown patty on the foil. Then place the eggs on top of the hash brown patty. Then place the sausage patties on top. Season with spices and condiments and wrap up in a tent pack.

Place on hot coals and cook for 15 minutes. Add the cheese when it’s ready (it turns out better than cooking it in the pack).

Muffins in an Orange Shell

Making muffins this way isn’t actually easier than baking them up at home, but it is infinitely cooler.

6 oranges

1 package of just add water muffin mix

Mix up the muffin mix as instructed. Cut off the quarter top of the oranges. Carefully scoop out the pulp; do not break the skin. Pour the muffin mix into the oranges. Wrap the oranges in foil, crimping the foil around the hole at top of the shell, but leaving it open.

Place the oranges upright in a stable position on hot coals and cook for about 10-15 minutes.

Makes six servings. Well, if you’re someone who can stop at one muffin.

Note: You can also cook eggs this way, but you’ll want to cover the whole orange shell with foil.

Chicken Casserole

1 chicken breast

1 cup of broccoli

1/2 cup of prepared rice

1 can of cream of chicken soup

ranch dressing

cheddar cheese


Pound the chicken thinly as chicken can take awhile to cook.

Mix together the broccoli, soup, and cheese. Add spices and condiments. Place the chicken breast on the center of the foil. Top with the soup mix and then rice. Seal in a tent pack.

Cook on hot coals for about 25 minutes (The thicker your chicken breast, the longer it will take).

Catch of the Day

Fish that you caught with your own manly hands and filleted

¼ cup of onions

1 tablespoon of butter, melted

lemon juice

salt and pepper




Mix the melted butter with a dash of lemon juice and the above spices to taste (with the exception of the paprika). Place the onions on the foil sheet. Place the fish on top and sprinkle with paprika. Wrap the foil in a flat pack.

Place on hot coals and scoop some hot coals on top of the packet. Cook for 15-20 minutes.

Apricot-Glazed Pork Chops

1 boneless pork chop

1/3 cup apricot preserves

1 tablespoon soy sauce

½ package frozen stir-fry vegetates

garlic powder, salt, pepper

Mix together the apricot preserves, the soy sauce, and any seasoning you’d like to add. Place the pork chop in the center of the sheet of foil. Spread half of the apricot sauce on top. Put the veggies on top/around the pork chop. Pour the rest of the sauce over the whole thing. Wrap in a tent pack. Place on hot coals and cook for 20 minutes.

Thanksgiving Dinner

1 turkey cutlet

1 cup of prepared stuffing

½ cup of turkey gravy

½ cup of green beans

¼ dried cranberries

salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram

Place turkey cutlet on sheet of foil. Put the stuffing on top and the green beans around the cutlet. Pour gravy over everything and sprinkle with the dried cranberries and seasonings. Wrap in a tent pack and place on hot coals for 20 minutes.

Corn on the Cob

4 ears of shucked corn

¼ cup butter or olive oil

Parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon dried rosemary leaves

salt and pepper

4 ice cubes

Place the ears of corn on a large sheet of foil. Spread the butter on top. Sprinkle with the seasonings and Parmesan cheese. Put the ice cubes on top. Wrap up into a tent pack. Place on hot coals and cook for 20 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Pineapple Upside Donut Cake

Every delicious foil dinner deserves a delicious foil dessert. This is an awesome one.

1 ring of pineapple

1 tablespoon butter, softened

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 cake donut

Place donut on sheet of foil. Mix the softened butter and brown sugar together and spread it over the donut. Place the pineapple ring on top. Wrap the donut in a tight flat pack. Place on hot coals and cook for 5-7 minutes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My emergency radio...now

I was working on a Forward Operating Base and I noticed one of these radios outside collecting some rays and thought it looked interesting.  Long story short...I found a case of these in the trash.  My jaw almost dropped off my face.  I asked the commanding officer if these radios should be secured and he said "No, we were going to throw them out because no one wanted them".  Yea... I took six.  Most of which are going to family when I get back home.

This is the research I found on the radios:
The Kaito KA009R Solar and Hand Crank Emergency Radio is a portable shortvave radio that recieves AM, FM, NOAA weather channels, shortwave and Aviation Band reception. It halso has a super bright LED flashlight and a hand crank for power generating and cell phone charging.
The Kaito model KA-009R emergency weather radio can be relied upon for daily use and in emergencies. The four way charging of the KA-009R means it can operate for an unlimited duration without depending on external power because it can be powered by the built in solar panel, hand crank, AA batteries or with the included 120 volt AC adapter. (NOT included)

If you crank the KA-009R when the battery is low for about two minutes you will get about 30- 60 minutes of playtime. Many users leave the KA-009R by the window and let the sunlight recharge the internal NI-MH battery. With normal sun exposure, the Kaito KA-009R can go days without electricity or batteries. The Kaito KA-009R radio will run about a hundred hours on 3 AA batteries. Four hours of sun charges the internal battery for about 24 hours. Normally you'd only use the dynamo with no electricity, no sun and no batteries. The internal NI-MH batteries can be fully charged and discharged more than 500 times. The batteries should recharge for at least 5 years.

Kaito KA-009R Emergency Radio Features:

Kaito KA-009R works with 4 Power Sources

Dynamo Power: The hand crank generator charges the internal NI-MH Batteries.

Solar Power: You can play this radio with direct sun or charge the NI-MH batteries. With 12 hours in the sun, you get 6-8 hours playing time

Batteries: 3 AA batteries allow you to play the radio the old-fashioned way.

Electric: With the included (NOT Included) adapter, you can play or charge with 110V electricity.

Kaito KA-009R 10 Band World Receiver Radio Bands

AM: 525 - 1710KHz FM: 88 - 108 MHz

NOAA WEATHER: 162.40- 162.525 MHz

Aiviation Band: 118 - 137 MHz

4 Continuous short wave bands:

SW1 :4.90 - 9.00 MHz

SW2: 9.00 - 13.50MHz

SW3: 13.50 - 17.50MHz

SW4: 17.50 - 26.00 MHz (Covers most of the world stations)~

Kaito KA-009R Emergency Radio Specifications:

AC/DC adapter included

Earphone Port and Earphone included

Extension portable soft antenna included

Super bright single LED light

One year limited manufacturer warranty

Size: 6 1/2 X 5 1/2 X 2 1/4 inches small enough to take everywhere

Kaito KA-009R Included Cell Phone Tip Compatibility

Motorola E815, V276, V266, V551, V557, V710 ROKR E1, MPx220 RAZR V3c, V3c, V3i, V323, V325, V332, V360, V361, V6, V8, SLVRL7, PEBL

Nokia 3220, 6010, 6030, 6061, 6101, 2128i, 6236i

Samsung SCH-a310, SCH-a670, SGH-C207, SGH-X495, SGH-X497, SGH-T309, SGH-E635, SGH-A900, SGH-D357, SGH-D307, A400, A500, N400, SPH-A920 SA D800 / D808 / D828 / D528 / D820 / P300 / T809 / A707

LG VX400-G4015, VX4500, VX6000

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Oppression, Injustice, and Intrinsic Ugliness of life after an EVENT

In the imminent dark age people will endure hardship, and for the greater part of their time they will be laboring to satisfy primitive needs. A few will have positions of privilege, and their work will not consist in . . . cultivating the soil or in building shelters with their own hands. It will consist in schemes and intrigues, grimmer and more violent than anything we know today, in order to maintain their personal privileges....

Roberto Vacca, The Coming Dark Age

Local powers of authority after an EVENT

It is certain that free societies would have no easy time in a future dark age. The rapid return to universal penury will be accomplished by violence and cruelties of a kind now forgotten. The force of law will be scant or nil, either because of the collapse or disappearance of the machinery of state, or because of difficulties of communication and transport. It will be possible only to delegate authority to local powers who will maintain it by force alone....

Roberto Vacca, The Coming Dark Age

Connecting a generator to your home

When considering the purchase of a generator for home back up use, you should also think about installing a transfer switch device. A professionally installed transfer switch makes using your generator easy and safe.

 What is a transfer switch?

A transfer switch is an electrical device that is installed next to your electrical panel in your home. It connects to the circuits in your electrical panel that you wish to power during an electrical outage.

This allows you to power these circuits by connecting the generator to the transfer switch, instead of having to run extension cords to various items.

Why do I need a transfer switch?

A transfer switch is required by the National Electric Code for any connection of power to a home.

A transfer switch is the only safe way to directly connect the generator to your home.

A transfer switch isolates selected circuits your home from the power lines. This prevents back-feed, which occurs when power goes back down the utility lines.

Back-feed can not only damage the generator, but has the potential to cause a fire.

Even worse, back-feed could electrocute any technicians who are working on the lines - causing injury or even death.

A transfer switch eliminates the risk of back-feed. It is the only safe way to connect your generator directly to your home.

A transfer switch is the easiest way to power your home during an outage.

Running extension cords to and from appliances can be awkward and time consuming. A transfer switch lets you use your home's wiring system to power any appliance in your home with your generator quickly and easily.

Other items like a furnace or a well pump cannot be connected to a generator with an extension cord. A transfer switch is the easiest and safest way to connect these items to the generator.

A transfer switch can increase the usefulness of your generator.

A transfer switch makes power management very easy to do. You can easily turn on and off various circuits to accommodate changing power needs.

This helps you to use a smaller, less expensive generator to meet your power needs. It lets you use your generator more efficiently - with less effort on your part.

A Universal Transfer Switch, for example, can increase the usefulness of your generator, making it behave like a model as much as 20% larger.

How does a transfer switch work?

A licensed electrician will install the transfer switch into your home and connect it with the main breaker box.
The main breaker in the transfer switch switches the power source from utility to generator. The house cannot be connected to both the generator and utility power at the same time - the main breaker transfers power from one source to the other. This prevents the generator power from back-feeding through the utility lines, as well as preventing utility power from back-feeding into the generator.

The transfer switch also contains a number of circuits. You can instruct the electrician to assign each circuit to a different load. For example, you might want to power the furnace, well pump, refrigerator, and some lights. You can assign different circuits to power each appliance or room.

You may have more items on different circuits than the generator is capable of powering at the same time. However, using a transfer switch will make it easy to switch between different loads. Just turn one circuit off, and the other on. Our Universal Transfer Switch will even do this for you. A transfer switch makes it easy to manage your power usage and maximize your generator's effectiveness.

What options are available?

Honda has a wide variety of transfer switches available to meet many different needs. Talk with your dealer to help you make the right selection for your needs.

Manual models

These are very simple switches. You manually turn circuits on and off to manage the load on the generator and prevent overloads. Manual switches are typically less expensive because of lower installation costs. A variety of models and styles are available, including models that can be expanded up to 16 circuits.

Automatic (Universal) Transfer Switch

The UTS, or Universal Transfer Switch, is an integral part of Honda Portable Power Systems (HP2S). It automatically handles many of your power needs during an outage.  The UTS is highly programmable. You can determine which items have the highest priority. It will automatically adjust the generator's power flow as necessary to prevent overloading the generator. There is no need to manually toggle circuits or switches.  The UTS makes power management easy - increasing how many items you can power with your generator.

The UTS also monitors the status of your utility power. When power is restored, it automatically reconnects your home to utility source and disconnects it from the generator.  The UTS is also configured to use with a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Source), a battery backup. A UPS can provide temporary back up power for immediate needs before starting your generator. For example, you might use the UPS to power your garage door, a few lights, or your computer to check the weather forecast.

Inlet Box

For many generator applications, you'll want to install an inlet box on the outside of your home.

How do I use a transfer switch?

Manual Switches:

Your owner's manual will have detailed instructions on using your transfer switch properly. Be sure to review it thoroughly before use.

When the utility power goes out:

  1. Connect the generator cord to the transfer switch or inlet box.
  2. Turn off all the circuit breakers in the transfer switch to the off position.
  3. Start the generator and let it warm up.
  4. Flip the main breakers in the transfer switch to the Generator position.
  5. Turn on the circuits you wish to power, one at a time. This will help to prevent the generator from being overloaded.
When the power is restored:

  1. Turn the main breakers in the transfer switch back to Utility Power. 
  2. Turn on any other circuits that were turned off. 
  3. Turn off the generator. 
  4. Disconnect any cords.

Simply start your generator and connect it to the transfer switch. The UTS will automatically detect power and adjust the circuits as necessary. When power is restored, disconnect your generator and turn it off.

Friday, April 1, 2011

You can help create jobs in the U.S.

I want to ask each of you to consider doing the following when you are talking on the phone to any US customer service representative that is based in a foreign country (like India ). I have done this twice and it works! Any time you call an 800 number (for a credit card, banking, charter communications, health insurance, insurance, you name it) and you are transferred to a representative (like in India), please consider doing the following:

After you connect and you realize that the customer service representative is not from the USA (you can always ask if you are not sure about the accent), please very politely (very politely - this is not about trashing other cultures) say, "I'd like to speak to a customer service representative in the United States of America ." The rep might suggest talking to his/her manager, but, again, politely say, "Thank you, but I'd like to speak to a customer service representative in the USA ." YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED to a rep in the USA . It only takes less than one minute to have your call re- directed to the USA . Tonight when I got redirected to a USA rep, I asked again to make sure - and yes, she was from Fort Lauderdale .

Imagine if tomorrow, every US citizen who has to make such a call and then requests a US rep, imagine how that would ultimately impact the number of US jobs that would need to be created ASAP. Imagine what would happen if every US citizen insisted on talking to only US phone reps from this day on.

If I tell 10 people to consider this and you tell 10 people to consider doing this - see what I mean...it becomes an exercise in viral marketing 101.

Remember - the goal here is to restore jobs back here at home - not to be abrupt or rude to a foreign phone rep.

Things to do this month - April

Obviously, there are some things on this list I cannot do.  However, it may spark a few ideas for you.

___ 1) Learn how to use a map and compass.

___ 2) Develop an alternate transportation plan. Consider walking, the bus, a bike, etc.

___ 3) Get a PO Box or Private Mail Box based on your ghost address.

___ 4) Make it a habit to always conserve resources.

___ 5) Take a class on tactical driving.

___ 6) Learn how to start a fire without matches.

___ 7) Update your contact lists.

___ 8) Stockpile ammo as it comes on sale.

___ 9) Practice emergency lockdown drills in your home and office regularly.

___ 10) Learn how to preserve a variety of food as it comes out of your garden.

___ 11) Learn about wild edible and medicinal plants that grow in your area.

___ 12) Go out into the woods and build a shelter from scratch.

___ 13) Get a police scanner and figure out what codes are used in your area.

___ 14) Brush up on or learn some new computer skills.

___ 15) Develop secret codes to use in a variety of situations with your friends/SOs/team.

___ 16) Develop an alternate sanitation plan (that won’t rely on sewer or septic).

___ 17) Learn how to reload ammunition.

___ 18) Always have basic PPEs on hand (ie: gloves, mask, safety glasses, etc).

___ 19) Keep a list of survival websites on your favorites list and read them often.

___ 20) How are your construction skills? Build something!

___ 21) Earthquake-proof your home if your live in an area susceptible to earthquakes.

___ 22) Learn how to fly an airplane.

___ 23) Register to vote.

___ 24) Strand yourself a hundred miles from home and figure out how to get back.

___ 25) Always take precautions against sexually transmitted diseases.

___ 26) Add medical books to your survival library.

___ 27) Read your county’s demographics website for survival information pertinent to your area.

___ 28) Go fishing. (learn how to actually catch something)

___ 29) Continually build up your reserves (food, supplies, toiletries, survival gear, etc).

___ 30) Develop alternative sources of water should your primary source become unusable.

Air Drop at Bala Magrab

I apologize for not posting in a while.  I have been visiting a Forward Operating Base on the main Oriental Spice trails in Ass-Crack-istan.  That was really rough living.  No shower for a week, eating once a day, living in the same dirty clothes for a week.  Don't mind the date on the pics...I just have not reset the right date yet.

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