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You should understand, prior to reading this, that I'm a big fan of science. I was never all that good at it in school (I'd be a Doctor right now, but I'm afraid I'd end up killing somebody), but I always enjoyed it.  That being said, sometimes scientists are stupid. Not dimwit-standing-for-ten-minutes-pushing-a-pull-door stupid, but, rather, more a kind of oh-boy-that-was-a-bad-idea-but-now-it's-too-late-to-fix-it stupid. And, unfortunately, that's the particular brand of stupid that could end up being the end of the flippin' human race one day.  It also just happens to be precisely...

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Posted: March 4, 2014, 2:06 am
Yeah. Because artificial trash, created in a mad scientist's lab, is safer for you than a plant. The hypocrisy is mind-numbing. They don't want you off drugs; they just want them and their buddies to have a monopoly on being your dealer.

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Posted: January 27, 2014, 12:48 am
One of the basic staples of your survival gear is a first aid kit. But with so many choices available from small kits that can fit into a pocketbook to expedition sized kits, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. As a result, many individuals make their decisions based on two factors, size of the kit and price. But neither of these two factors will guarantee you will have what you need in a medical emergency, for the most important tool in your first aid kit is your knowledge. Sure, the majority of these over the counter kits will suffice for minor non-life threatening injuries, but in...

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Posted: June 28, 2013, 4:48 am
Read Part 1 Chapter 2How Much Food to Store When starting their food storage people commonly ask: How much food do I need? There are a few considerations to make when deciding on quantity. Each food storage type has its own characteristics so included below are some things to keep in mind when determining how much to store. Pantry/Canned Foods: If you decide to include pantry/canned foods such as the grocery items that you consume regularly, calculating this can be fairly simple. First figure out how much you and your family go through in a typical week. Take that number and multiply it by...

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Posted: June 24, 2013, 7:44 pm
I was talking to a family member the other day, and I had a rare opportunity to congratulate him on the very beginning stages of his awakening to the truth. He was talking about the whole Paula Deen scandal and saying that, while what she said was wrong, it shouldn't be getting nearly as much attention as the fact that we are all being systematically spied upon by our own government and treated like criminals, without so much as a warrant being issued. I told him that he was speaking my language; and I proceeded to explain to him that such distractions are, not only quite common, but...

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Posted: June 23, 2013, 7:35 pm
IntroductionEmergencies Are Real With all the modern conveniences we enjoy, it’s easy to forget how dependent we are on these technological advancements. Most of us have free-flowing water at our fingertips, electrical power that feeds directly into our homes and 24-hour grocery stores filled with endless supplies of fresh food. This is a luxury; without warning one disaster could delay or destroy our entire food supply. World news tells us how fragile this dependence is. The world has natural disasters that are occurring with increasing frequency and severity; continuous political unrest...

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Posted: June 23, 2013, 7:25 pm
You drove to go hunting in the middle of nowhere, dozens of miles from a gas station or paved road, confident you made the right decision last year when you bought your all-terrain vehicle. The electric power steering was so good that you were able to move your way over large rocks and through several muddy streams. But now you’re stuck. Your machine has broken down and the parts are acting up. Fortunately, your pre-trip research, quick wits and all the resources at your disposal will exponentially improve your chances of survival. Photo of ATV by Marion Doss via Flickr Preparing To...

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Posted: June 22, 2013, 7:13 pm
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Posted: June 22, 2013, 7:05 pm
Preparing for a natural or manmade disaster is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family in the event the unthinkable happens. While many things need to be taken into consideration when selecting survival food and supplies the importance of one aspect of the process that absolutely cannot be minimized is storage. Nothing else will undermine your efforts faster than improper or poor storage of survival gear and emergency food supplies. Here’s a list of storage best practices that you should follow to make sure your gear and food remain in top condition in case a day comes that...

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Posted: June 21, 2013, 7:04 pm
There are a lot of people out there who poke fun at those of us who prepare for the worst case scenario. Although many of us can take it to obsessive compulsive behaviors, what is the problem with preparing for various situations that require survival to the extent of its meaning? Although a zombie apocalypse may not happen and being attacked by aliens is a remote possibility, there are many situations in which being prepared can save the lives of yourself and your family. 1. Earthquakes - While scientists continuously try to predict the nature of earthquakes, we are still a long way off from...

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Posted: June 20, 2013, 6:48 pm
Just a heads-up: SafeGuard Armor is conducting a giveaway contest via their Facebook page and ending on 28 June, 2013, wherein the prize includes the new StealthPro™ brand vest in Level 3a ballistic, Level 2 Stab and Spike, as well as two (2) Polyethylene plates.

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Posted: June 16, 2013, 7:33 pm
Passing this along... ---------- Hey there, I work in development for Karga Seven Pictures... we're an LA-based TV production company. We work a lot with Discovery, History, NatGeo, Science, Travel, etc... We're currently working on a new documentary series that focuses on survivalist families and individuals. Ideally, we are looking for families living a subsistence lifestyle to some degree and who are open to travel. We came across your info and were hoping to see if this might be of interest to you or someone you know. If this sounds like your family and you're interested, I'd be...

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Posted: June 16, 2013, 7:28 pm
Editor's Note: While the following article concentrates mainly on issues revolving around aviation accidents, it explores concepts that fit the overall tone of this blog as being an emergency preparedness advocacy website. I chose to accept it for submission and to publish it here because all of the themes explored can be adjusted to fit any number of survival situations. I hope you enjoy. :-) ---------- Aviation crashes are among the most complex cases to litigate. Because of the myriad factors involved in their investigation, as well as the high profile nature of the official cause,...

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Posted: June 15, 2013, 7:33 pm
"The EU's Fools With Rules, Part 2" by Desert Gal Read Part 1 The 'crats of yesteryear broke the spine of the Persian empire, paralyzed the Incas in their later days, and brought the word "mandarin" into the world's vocabulary. By the way, if someone calls you a mandarin it is NOT a compliment. Looking at the recent EU plan, reading the interminable pages of convoluted gobbedygook, one can only assume that it was conceived by Big Brother and the Red Queen during an all-night drinking session. Supposedly a piece of legislation to protect biodiversity in food plants, it soon becomes apparent...

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Posted: June 14, 2013, 7:44 pm
"The EU's Fools With Rules, Part 1" by Desert Gal Starting from a handful of seed, each successive generation of a given plant becomes more at home in your garden. This is a mathematical process called transgressive segregation and occurs because stronger plants that are more at home set more and better seed and thereby have more influence on successive generations than the weaker plants. This is one of the ways that new varieties of herbs and vegetables come about, because a handful of varied seed will develop differently in different locales and gardens. The EU regulations would put a stop...

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Posted: June 13, 2013, 6:20 pm
Pest control experts share that you don’t need harsh chemicals to prevent and control pests. In fact, natural pest control is an effective way to deter pests in a way that keeps your family, pets and the environment safe. When you practice them regularly, natural pest control techniques offer a great long-term solution that will always beat the use of toxins. DIY Natural Insect Repellants SpidersMake a spray repellant using scents that spiders hate: spearmint, peppermint and garlic. To save your own olfactory system, don’t combine the garlic and mints. To make the solution with spearmint or...

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Posted: June 12, 2013, 7:57 pm
Living on a rural homestead has its own charm. However staying away from the crowd also has its own set of challenges; the primary one being burglaries. According to data provided by the FBI, over 24% of all property related crimes committed in 2011 were burglaries. However, with minimal investment and some smart work, you can not only ensure your house is safe when you are at home or away, but also make the potential burglars wary of the risks involved and thus avoid taking on your house. First things first – make sure you have proper locks to secure your home while you are away. Most...

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Posted: June 11, 2013, 8:28 pm
Almost any type of camping or day long outdoor activity can benefit from having a tarp or two on hand. Tarps are inexpensive and so versatile, that there is almost no excuse for not including one with your camping gear. Even if you are carrying a tent with you, a good tarp will come in handy. Day hikers can put a lightweight polyethylene tarp in their backpack in case of bad weather or to ensure a shady spot when they reach their destination. Mesh tarps are great for partial shade or a wind break. You just run a bungee cord or short piece of rope through the grommets and tie it to four trees,...

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Posted: June 5, 2013, 8:25 pm
Hi, My name is Brooklyn Bagwell and I’m the Casting Director for Doomsday Preppers on Nat Geo TV. I wanted to let you know about our new format for Season 3. We are looking for big projects to build and complete on camera. I would love to speak with you about this in more detail. It is a great opportunity for any prepper that has construction/mechanical/engineering/welding/fabrication skills and looking to show off some cool prepping inventions. Please email me at brooklyn@sharpentertainment.com Or Call 212 994 2233 I look forward to hearing back from you! My best, Brooklyn...

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Posted: June 5, 2013, 8:20 pm
Natural stone has been used for home exteriors for thousands of yearsBeing mindful of the surrounding environment results in benefits that positively impact the individual, his or her family, the surrounding community, and the world. When it comes to building a new home or structure, or adding on to an existing one, there are a variety of green building materials to consider. One such building material that’s growing in popularity is natural stone. This durable, attractive natural resource can be used in many different ways inside and outside the home. Those who value nature and want to do...

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Posted: May 31, 2013, 7:36 pm
It can take hours to structure the right garden for you and with unnecessary clutter, the job is even tougher. Whenever you’re using a handful of garden tools, it can be a pain to put them back in a storage place when you know you’ll be using them again soon. These following three tips should help ease your burden. 1) Buy a Potting Station Don’t worry, this isn’t the type that requires you to make pottery but it is a stand which usefully sections everyday garden items. I have always put some tool away somewhere I couldn’t remember and looking for it the next time I needed it was a pain....

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Posted: May 31, 2013, 7:33 pm
There are lots of reasons to make your own lotions at home. One of the most obvious is cost savings, and the other is the simple fact that if you make the lotion yourself, you can control what goes into it. In other words, there won’t be a long list of strange ingredients or chemicals added to your lotion. Experimentation Is the Key to the Perfect Recipe Make your own lotion – it’s fun and it’s cost-effective.One basic tip about making lotions is this: You should begin with a basic recipe and be willing to experiment. Always write down the measurements you use for each batch of lotion you...

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Posted: May 30, 2013, 10:48 pm
In this week's Doomer Fiction film review, we are taking the time to examine "The Road" (2008) Blu-ray (DVD version), which is probably one of the better post-apocalyptic films I have ever had the pleasure of watching. It is something of a masterpiece that is, at turns, heart-warming, terrifying, shocking, sad, and appalling. What more could one ask of a single piece of fiction? True to the Cormac McCarthy novel it is based upon, we never learn very much about the background or identities of the father and son upon which the story is centered. Not do we gain any insight into the nature...

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Posted: May 29, 2013, 7:39 pm
Wooden pallets are typically used in the shipping process of various products. After receiving these products and unpacking them, the businesses have no use for the wooden pallets, and many times, the pallets end up being tossed out. That’s where you can come in. Wooden pallets can be repurposed into many different things. They actually have many uses just as they are. But if you are a bit crafty, you can certainly create something unique. There are lots of examples of everything from staircases to room dividers and sofa frames available online that have been made from wooden pallets. ...

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Posted: May 29, 2013, 7:36 pm




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