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Snooze Button Junkies – Are You Paying Attention?

Posted on Mar 02, 2010 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

 

Ah. The snooze button. I’ll admit I’m not much of a morning person.  I am usually up late writing, researching or just reading the news.  When I set the alarm for the next day, I usually do so with the utmost of optimism.  “Yeah, I can get up at 9:45.  I’ll just DO it.”  But then 9:45 a.m. hits and my body says “Are you crazy? We still have several hours before we need to get out of bed!”  I then swing my arm in the direction of the beep, trying several times to find the snooze button in my hazy, mid-sleep fog.  I’ve been known to make use of that snooze button for as long as an hour!  Yup. I’m a snooze button junkie.  It’s mind over mattress during these occasions, and my mattress is the reigning champion during such battles.

So my question for you today is: are we snooze button junkies in response to the circumstances around us, or are we more committed to self-reliance, peace of mind and safety?  Being committed as such means that we pay attention to what’s occurring around us and plan accordingly. ...

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Wood Gas Vehicles – Trees in the Trunk

Posted on Feb 01, 2010 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Low-Tech Magazine (Great website but a bit of an “environmentalist” – Leave political ideas at the door and enjoy the low-tech approach to common problems.)

Wood gasification is a proces whereby organic material is converted into a combustible gas under the influence of heat – the process reaches a temperature of 1,400 °C (2,550 °F). The first use of wood gasification dates back to 1870s, when it was used as a forerunner of natural gas for street lighting and cooking.

In the 1920s, German engineer Georges Imbert developed a wood gas generator for mobile use. The gases were cleaned and dried and then fed into the vehicle’s combustion engine, which barely needs to be adapted. The Imbert generator was mass produced from 1931 on. At the end of the 1930s, about 9,000 wood gas vehicles were in use, almost exclusively in Europe.

Second World War

The technology became commonplace in many European countries during the Second World War, as a consequence of the rationing of fossil fuels. In Germany alone, around 500,000 producer gas vehicles were in operation by the end of the war....

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Different Types of Survival Bread

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Cordite Country

Do you plan to stand in the bread lines with the rest of the unemployed, hungry Americans?

History

Early Egyptians are credited with having discovered the process of making actual dough. Around 1000 B.C. they realized that when they added yeast to a paste made from wheat, the bread would rise and be a softer loaf. Before their accidental discovery, bread was hard and flat. This was also the era when beer bread was developed, along with the discovery that wheat could be refined to produce white bread.  The discoveries quickly spread through Europe.

Significance
In the early days of civilization bread became a more important staple than meat due to its ability to satiate appetite. Early Romans gave the citizens the grain needed to make their own bread. During the French Revolution, the citizens of France depended on bread for their very survival.

In the Middle Ages, a person’s social status was based on the bread they ate. If the bread was dark brown, it meant that the person was of a lower class because he couldn’t afford to purchase the more expensive white flour....

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Women & Guns

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Lew Rockwell

by Massad Ayoob

In a time when what used to be called “the women’s liberation movement” has achieved many of its goals in terms of equality and empowerment, the concept that guns are somehow evil icons of male brutality has managed to survive as the longest-standing relic of the old “Suzie Housewife mentality.”

Political enfranchisement? Of course! Entry into previously male-exclusive job markets? A done deal, for the most part. Economic power and self-determination? You bet.

But defend yourself and your loved ones against a deadly criminal, by resorting to a gun of your own? “OMG!!! You’re just surrendering to the brutal male mentality!”

If I may say so in a family magazine…What A Crock!

The attitude part

In almost thirty years of teaching female armed citizens, and longer than that teaching female cops, I’ve come to the conclusion that once you get past old-fashioned cultural predispositioning, women may actually be better and more decisive students of the gun.

You don’t jump up on a chair and shriek when you see a mouse in the kitchen? You don’t exclaim, “I declare!...

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Survivalism Lite – Rise of the Preppers

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: NewsWeek

They call themselves ‘preppers.’ They are regular people with homes and families. But like the survivalists that came before them, they’re preparing for the worst.

Lisa Bedford is what you’d imagine of a stereotypical soccer mom. She drives a white Tahoe SUV. An American flag flies outside her suburban Phoenix home. She sells Pampered Chef kitchen tools and likes to bake. Bedford and her husband have two young children, four dogs, and go to church on Sunday.

But about a year ago, Bedford’s homemaking skills went into overdrive. She began stockpiling canned food, and converted a spare bedroom into a giant storage facility. The trunk of each of her family’s cars got its own 72-hour emergency kit—giant Tupperware containers full of iodine, beef jerky, emergency blankets, and even a blood-clotting agent designed for the battle-wounded. Bedford started thinking about an escape plan in case her family needed to leave in a hurry, and she and her husband set aside packed suitcases and cash. Then, for the first time in her life, Bedford went to a gun range and shot a .22 handgun....

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Being Prepared Saved Couple’s Lives After Being Stuck in Snow for 3 Days

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A Nevada couple letting their SUV’s navigation system guide them through the high desert of Eastern Oregon got stuck in snow for three days when the GPS unit sent them down a remote forest road.

On Sunday, atmospheric conditions apparently changed enough for their GPS-enabled cell phone to get a weak signal and relay coordinates to a dispatcher, Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger said.

“GPS almost did ’em in and GPS saved ’em,” Evinger said. “It will give you options to pick the shortest route. You certainly get the shortest route. But it may not be a safe route.”

Evinger said a Lake County deputy found the couple in the Winema-Fremont National Forest outside the small town of Silver Lake on Sunday afternoon and pulled their four-wheel-drive Toyota Sequoia out of the snow with a winch.

John Rhodes, 65, and his wife, Starry Bush-Rhodes, 67, made it home safely to Reno, Nev., Evinger said.

The couple was well-equipped for winter travel, carrying food, water and warm clothes, the sheriff said.

“Their statement was, being prepared saved their life,” he said....

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How To: Make a Rain Water Barrel

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: HomeGrown Evolution

Make a Rain Barrel

Hayden’s Note:

Keep in mind, this is only ONE way to make a rain water barrel.  Your imagination is the limit and there are many more designs on the internet.  At the end of the article, I’ve added two examples of a “pre-flush diverter” so that the leaves and dirt from your rooftop will not go into the barrel.  Using only a simple screen will allow dirt, sediment and possibly chemicals into your water, so a diverter is a cheap, effective way to keep your water relatively clean! 

There’s a lot of advice floating around the internets about how to make a rain barrel. Most barrel pundits suggest drilling a hole in the bottom of a barrel and installing a faucet, a kind of connection called a “bulkhead fitting”. Unfortunately such improvised fittings have a tendency to leak. My favorite way to make a rain barrel is to take a 55 gallon drum, use the preexisting fittings on the top and turn it upside down, a process explained nicely here (complete with a list of parts), by B....

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Winter Car Emergency Kit

Posted on Nov 08, 2009 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Winter Car Emergency Kit Earlier this week we talked about an emergency kit for your home, now it's time to focus on your car and how to be prepared for the unpleasantness of being stranded in a winter wonderland.  Compared to creating a home winter emergency kit, a car emergency kit has two principle differences. First, you're severely limited on space compared to home preparations—and you burn extra gas hauling your loot around. Second, when the power goes out and the party stops at your house, you're still at home safe and sound. When your car gets stuck in the middle of no where and it's 12F out, it's a radically worse situation that could end tragically. Keep Your Car Topped Off and Well Serviced You can't avoid every curve ball Old Man Winter will throw at you, but if you r

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Emergency Fire Starter from Old T-Shirt

Posted on Nov 08, 2009 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Make an Emergency Fire Starter from a T-Shirt

It’s important to have a backup plan in the great outdoors. An extra pair of clean underwear is nice, but fire-starting tools are essential. DIY weblog Make details how to make a no-fail fire source from a few pieces of old t-shirt.

Although most carry a lighter to get things fired up in the great outdoors, it’s still smart to have a backup source for fire-starting like char cloth just in case. A few cut pieces of cotton jersey and an Altoids tin will give you just that.

After charring the squares of cut t-shirt (check out the video above) and things have cooled off 100%, make sure to transfer your Char Cloth pieces to a water safe container like a film canister or the like. Also keep in mind that an upside down fire is still one of our favorite ways to keep your campfire burning bright once the char cloth has served its purpose.

As winter approaches and we’re putting together our winter emergency kits, char cloth doesn’t seem like a terrible thing to have handy, either....

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The Beginnings of Preparedness

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

The Beginning of Preparedness – Mark Smith

Ever had the lights go out suddenly due to a bad storm?  Remember fumbling through the darkened house looking for candles or a flashlight?  Do you recall cursing yourself when the flashlight was so dim it barely lit the hallway due to dead batteries? 

Are you prepared for potential disasters?  Ice storms?  Hurricanes?  Natural or man made events?

Let’s talk some about where to begin. You’ve decided that it’s a good idea to be better prepared for potential disasters and emergencies; good for you!  Might not have been an easy decision but the main thing is that you are here now. 
 
So you want to be better prepared and could be wondering how to go about that.  I have one piece of proven advice for you –  inventory.  Until you KNOW what you have you won’t KNOW what you need.  Doing a written inventory (use a computer, crayons, a pad and a pen, doesn’t matter – just write it down) does several things for you. 

1. Let’s you physically see what you have and what condition it’s in. ...

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