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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.

The ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

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

Two Different Versions ......

Two Different Morals

OLD VERSION:

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.

MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:

Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN VERSION:


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.

CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN,
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..'

ACORN
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.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

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

complete

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 number....how 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

Another site giving away free stuff

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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.

EFFICIENCY IN ADVANCE

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.