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This Week On Movie Monday
Produced by Afristar Foundation and Directed by FixerFilm, Power to the People is a documentary showcasing alternative energy and appropriate technology applications in South Africa.
The film focuses both on low-tech, small-scale solutions implemented on household and community levels, as well as large-scale national projects utilsing cutting edge innovations. The documentary outlines the major alternative energy sources: solar, wind, water, biomass and human energy, and shows examples of on-ground applications: from solar water heaters made of recycled poly-tubing to wind farms that will supply entire regions with grid-tied power. In addition, the documentary explores a range of appropriate technologies relevant to the South African context, for household heating and cooling, alternative transport, greywater recycling, and more.
The aim of the film is to expose viewers to the range of sustainable energy options available to us, to promote behavior change in regards to resource use, as well as to encourage innovation in ways that we can work with nature to provide for our needs without causing harm to the planet and to one another.
On Wednesday, October 22nd, a lone gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau approached Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier and shot him dead at point blank range. After this incredibly brazen attack, he then went to Parliamen, where he shot an injured a member of the security force there, only feet from where our political parties were in caucus meeting. After an exchange of gunfire, Zehaf-Bibeau is shot dead by Sergeant in Arms, Kevin Vickers.
So what is going on you ask? Well, the answer is simple. On September 22nd, ISIS issued a video along with a translated statement which read, in part, as follows:
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,"
At the time, many scoffed at the idea that this could, or should, be taken seriously. Surely, the militants were isolated to the middle east, and had no real way to bring this war to Canadian soil! Well, my friends, they couldn't have been more wrong, and we now see just how real this war cry is.
True, the first casualties of what is being labelled as "terrorism" were members our armed forces and political leaders, but let's not forget that everyday citizens are on the "hit list" as well. This is indeed a war that has been waged on all Canadians, not just on military or political targets.
In this day and age, the face of war has changed. No longer do we have specific countries to target by destroying military bases, ammunition factories and warehouses, or government operation centers. The idea of going to war with a country is a thing of the past. This enemy has no country, no place it calls home to become a target. In fact, as we plainly see, their soldiers are living among us already.
Home grown radicalized gunmen have become the new artillery, hijacked planes have become the new bombs, and I suspect that we are seeing only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new weapons of war.
My heart goes out to the two members of our armed forces that have lost their lives, and my best wishes go to those that were injured in these attacks. Prime Minister Harper's words echoed throughout the country yesterday...
"Canadians will not be intimidated. We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared. We will be prudent but we will not panic."
Don't fool yourselves, Canada is at war...and it's not the kind of war we're used to.
This Week On Movie Monday
The Power Of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
The breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 90's created a major economic crisis in Cuba known as the Special Period. Oil imports dropped by half, it's import and export markets dropped by 80% and as a result, buses stopped running, factories closed and electrical blackouts were common. Fortunately for Cubans, a return to the old ways of farming and some innovative food production measures saved countless lives.
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and centralized way of living. Visit www.communitysolution.org for more information.
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Either way, there were some very disturbing errors in her conduct. It seems that she was smart enough to self examine for symptoms, yet upon developing a slight fever, was NOT smart enough to avoid air travel, exposing 130 pasengers on a flight from Ohio to Texas to the possibility of contracting the virus, not to mention the flight crew, who could soon be developing symptoms while away at work almost anywhere in the world.
Only time will tell where this is going to pop up next. In fact, after having passed away on Oct. 8th, we may not have heard the end of people contracting the virus from him until about Oct.29th, the 21 day possible incubation period. But now, that time clock keeps resetting itself. The latest case means that we won't know the extent of possible infections from her until Nov.3rd. Every new case discovered resets the time clock to 3 weeks before we know the extent of the consequences.
Now that we know for sure that a patient was infectious while on board a commercial flight, I think it is only a matter of time before we see a case here in Canada. Now, I'm not trying to sound any alarms just yet, and hopefully I will never have to use this space to report how many thousands of cases been reported on home soil, but I do think that now is the time to review your pandemic preparedness and plans.
With all the crazy goings on in the world, It's easy to lose track of the dangers that do come along on a regular basis. Right now, many of us have our attention focused on other events, that October 30th, 2014 isn't even a blip in our brains. What's that date all about you ask? That is the day that Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the New York, New Jersey area. Yes, that's right, we are still in Hurricane season, and as I write this, the Canadian Hurricane Center (Ya, we have that) is tracking a category 4 storm named Gonzales, which is set to affect the maritimes sometime Saturday or Sunday.
While this particular storm is NOT expected to hit landfall in a significant way like Sandy, it is a reminder that we can't rule out Hurricanes as many of us are hurriedly getting ready for the snow to fly.
Also, here we are in the height of the fall harvest. As a matter of fact, instead of writting this post, I myself should be busy processing and preserving the 25lbs of cabbage, 50 lbs of apples, 10 lbs of beets, and untold amounts of pumpkin and squash I have sitting in my cold room.
In the next few days and weeks, many of us will be using up copious amounts of salt, sugar, vinegar, and water in our canners and crocks, placing roots and such in their winter storage cellars, and putting up every last ounce of food that we can.
While we do all of this and keep an eye out for all the bad things that the world has to offer right now, don't forget that winter is coming, so get that car kit winterized, plan for your snow tires to be changed, and get your alternative heating ready to go!
Che, from the Ontario Preppers Survival Network is a major contributor to the preparedness community not only in Ontario, but across the country. Every summer, Che hosts the Ontario Preppers Annual Meetup, where a multitude of leaders in the preparedness community gather to share their knowledge. Che himself is an experienced leader, and at the last event gave a presentation called
Prepper Bartering - What to Barter After SHTF. He has graciously given the CPN permission to air this presentation as a part of Movie Mondays.
Don't forget to visit Che's site, the Ontario Prepper Survival Network
And also check out his YouTube Channel
If you want more information about the annual meet, visit Ontario Prepper & Self Reliance Meet
This film is presented with the express permission of OntarioPreppers.ca.
Total Prepare Inc, is a Canadian Emergency Preparedness company that gives peace of mind solutions for troubling times.
I have been asked to post a casting call by Proper Television, a production company based in Toronto.
They are looking to film a show in the spring where 2 survival enthusiasts are placed in environmentally challenging locations, with supplies and survival gear in tow. They will be expected to work together to find their own food, shelter and ultimately prove their survival skills.
Here is their casting call blurb as it was sent to me...
Do you think you have what it takes to survive through anything anywhere?! Can you find food, water and create shelter in the wild? We’re casting for a new survival show for a major network and we want to see if you have what it takes. We’re looking for people between the ages of 25-50 who have big, bold and outgoing personalities who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put your survival skills to the ultimate test.
Please see the application below:
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This Week On Movie Monday
The team soon hear about the Allies' invasion of Berlin, and on 7 May 1945, the end of World War II in Europe. With the danger of aerial bombardment resolved, they instantly remove Manor Farm's blackout precautions, and set about planning a Victory in Europe Day party. Rationing is still in force, so Ruth tries a potato-based cake recipe from the Women's Institute and sweetens it with 'mock' orange juice made from swede. Ruth, Alex and Peter talk to VE Day veterans who give their accounts of the end of the war in the countryside.
As our party of stuck in the store onlookers watched the storm, with no exit, and no sign of the storm letting up, I began to mentally kick into prepper mode and started taking inventory.
I asked myself: "What if the roof comes off, where is the safest place to be? - What are my exit points/strategy? - Is there any food or water available? - How many people are there in this location?" And many more. I knew that I had my emergency bag in my car. But I looked again out the store window and saw a scene very similar to below:
|Flash flooding is seen at Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener, Ont., |
on Friday, June 28, 2013. (Courtesy Driveseat Kitchener)
Well, to compare my scenario to the picture above, I was parked on the left side. I realized that the large parking lot was paved into a bowl type shape with a drain in the middle. Of course this drain was plugged/inundated and couldn't handle the flow, so the parking lot was a good foot to foot and a half deep in the middle - where my car was.
It had only been raining for 30 min or so and my car nearly escaped having water inside it. My bigger concern was that was where my nearest emergency supplies were, and should I have needed them, I would have to wade into deep water to reach them.
I had never before considered prepping in relation to where to best park in a parking lot. Thankfully, a little patience in this scenario took care of everything. But what if...
Next time you are pulling into a massive box store parking lot, or anywhere for that matter, take a look at the lay of the land, and if your a true prepper, the extra few seconds of walk time because you parked in the safest area will be all worth it.
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Yesterday, the CDC issued this statement on their website
In addition, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for disease control and prevention gave the following press conference:
Now, I'm not saying that the freaks have come out of hiding on this one, but if you want a laugh, go to the video on YouTube and read the comments! As expected, the tin foil hat society has chimed in with words like "chemtrails" and "apocalypse". I think it's time we put this into perspective!
Now, in no way am I going to downplay the importance of this development. This is a serious disease which, when left UNTREATED, can have a mortality rate as high as 90%. However, it will not be left UNTREATED here in North America. In fact, with simple isolation, hydration and antiviral treatments offered by western medicine, this number has been brought down to somewhere around 40% and 50%. Not that this is a great number, but it sure shows that ebola is not an automatic death sentence.
One thing that we do know for sure, is that the case that has been identified, has some significant points about it. The patient was free in the public, showing symptoms, for at least 4 days prior to being isolated. Showing symptoms means that the patient is able to spread the virus to others through contact with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, vomit, semen, saliva, etc. The common entry points are through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes such as the eyes, nose, or mouth. These are not new facts...we all probably recognize these facts as the same ones we talk about when discussing the spread of the flu or common cold.
Another disturbing fact is that the patient presented at the hospital with symptoms 2 full days before being admitted and isolated. This means that regardless of how many time we've been told that identification protocols are in place, they are not always effective. Why the patient was initially turned away has not been so far publicly disclosed, it is clear that there are holes in the protocol. This could be understandable, as the initial symptoms resemble those of the common flu.
With an incubation period of up to 3 weeks, only time will tell how far this might have already spread. It is not out of the realm of reasonable thought that this patient may have sneezed, coughed, vomited on, or urinated on (guys...we've ALL peed on a public toilet seat at least once right?) on his daily routine, thus possibly transmitting the virus. The person who contracted it can then develop symptoms and become contagious up to 3 weeks later, possibly somewhere across the continent...and the epidemic begins.
Now, I'm not making a call to action here yet, as that would be premature, but we should all be aware that this could become something serious in the coming days or weeks. Keep your ear to the ground, but do so in an intelligent way. There are already unconfirmed rumors that at least 2 other cases have been discovered, but so far, nothing "official" has been released. Please don't let panic govern your actions.
My personal approach to this is to observe the same protocols that I do when the yearly flu outbreak occurs. I avoid contact with those who display symptoms, wash or sanitize my hands often, avoid touching my face, and of course, avoid touching surfaces in public places...especially in public bathrooms.
This Week On Movie Monday
Each of them will take turns posting articles on Fridays, bringing you industry news, unique perspectives, and lots of original content. In turn, they will also be providing monthly give aways to our members of the blog and the forum.
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Briden Solutions is also a long time supporter of our blog and forum. Founded in the summer of 2009 they developed much of Their Emergency Preparedness knowledge and experience in the 10 years leading up to that. After quietly guiding and coaching many through the maze of both Short Term and Long Term Emergency Preparedness products and strategies, an opportunity came for them to team up with some of the leading experts in the Emergency Preparedness Industry to carrying that knowledge and guidance to more people.
Total Prepare is new to this program however, I have personally been dealing with them for over a year now. "Our goal is to constantly strive to ensure our products meet the strictest standards of quality, innovation and the best value available for the consumer."
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This Week On Movie Monday
Ruth, desperate for helping hands, takes up a new initiative from the Ministry of Labour to employ children on the farm. They camp in the woods nearby, and pick herbs and medicinal plants like goose grass and foxglove which can be sold on to Britain's pharmaceutical industry. She prepares sandwiches for them using steamed tinned salmon from Canada, and organises entertainment from a local folk musician (including the wartime favourite Run Rabbit Run).
This Week On Movie Monday
It's 1942 and the team face running the farm under increasing food and fuel shortages. The Ministry of Food has demanded an extra 840,000 tonnes of wheat be produced and, to do their part, Alex and Peter lease specialist equipment from the wartime government to turn every last scrap of ground into arable land. They also construct a 'Horse Gin' to slice swede, and convert a 1930s petrol-powered ambulance to run on gas from an onboard coal furnace. This leads Alex on to discover where Britain's wartime coal supplies came from, as he experiences life down the mines as a Bevin boy.
Ruth, meanwhile, joins the Women's Timber Corps with her daughter. Together they fell, sned and measure up a tree for the war effort. They also meet a veteran 'Lumber Jill' from the 1940s, who expressed her enjoyment of the camaraderie and work ethic of the Corps, despite the hard work.
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The team must also do their bit to defend Hampshire against German aerial bombardment. Ruth spends an evening with a veteran of the Royal Observer Corps, learning how to track enemy aircraft and relay their locations back to the control centre in Winchester. In the woodland further away from the farm, Alex and Peter construct decoy fire beacons to lure enemy bombers away from Southampton, as part of Operation Starfish.
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Alex and Peter spend much of the episode generating silage to feed their remaining animals over Winter. They first obtain sugar beet tops and nettles as raw materials, and then construct a small silo out of corrugated steel, with the help of two volunteers from the Women's Land Army. Ruth, meanwhile, explores the beginnings of rationing, and uses the family's meagre meat ration, and a bounty of vegetables and foraged mushrooms, to make stew in an improvised haybox. Rationing leads her to investigate the black market, as she and a shady visitor filter red diesel using a loaf of bread, and get familiar with a butcher who sells spare chops under the counter.
This Week On Movie Monday
Does living off the grid interest you?
Would you like to grow your own food?
Maybe you're just looking to reduce your carbon footprint?
If so, then this is definitely for you!
The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-On, Off-Grid, Prepping Workshop
Hosted by Cam and Michelle Mather
- tour the gardens
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- check out the root celler
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When - October 25th, 2014
Where - Sunflower Farm, Tamworth, Ontario
Cost - $90.00 (Reduced to $75.00 if there are 10 or more people)
Limited Space - 14 people Max - reserve now!
A minimum of 8 people need to register for this event to take place. This is SPECIAL PRICING for CPN members - the normal cost of this workshop is $120.00. A deposit will be required to register. The price includes lunch at the farm.
Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?
- How to choose the proper Archery equipment
- The use of Archery equipment for Hunting/Food procurement
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- Why Archery equipment can be better than Firearms
- Making field expedient Archery gear out of every day items
As a boy growing up, Scott Moore could find flint arrow heads, pottery, and tools of stone in the fields around his home. As he matured, so did his interest in how the indigenous people lived their day to day lives many hundreds of years ago. Scott began to make many of the tools and weapons and used them to hunt, prepare food, and live comfortably in the woods.
In 1992 the assistant principal of a local middle school asked Scott to share his “experiential archeology” with the students. That was the start of the “Native American Living History Program”. By incorporating his Christian beliefs into the program, Scott was able to develop Wild about Christ Ministries. As part of the W.A.C. presentation Scott dresses in the traditional clothing of a Woodland Indian and demonstrates the use of the bow and arrow, Atlatl, Blow Gun, and many other primitive skills.
For over twenty years Scott has worked with organizations such as the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the National Wild Turkey Federation, The Boy Scouts of America, and many church groups and school systems throughout the country. Through these organizations Scott has been able to share primitive culture, wilderness survival skills, and answer God’s call to share His word.
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I came to the conclusion that I was brave enough to be in a house with a mouse and if he would keep his distance, we could co-exist in peace. Wow – was I ever naive! Our co-existing peace lasted all of 1 day before ‘Mickey’ started to cross comfort lines and invited friends to the party. It then became clear that the mouse and his friends had to leave. I set up traps, laid out poison, googled and found lots of ideas on ice cream bucket traps (among others) and enlisted every way I could come up with to wage war on my unwelcome roomates.
Looking back on that summer I sincerely wish that a product like HighTail had existed! We caught and killed 21 mice inside our little home within 2 months. I started having intense, consistant nightmares about them at about the 3 week mark when I discovered that they were in my bed and clothes. It is one thing for a mouse to be scurrying along the wall in a room, it’s another for them to be in your food, clothes and bed! Out of complete desperation I went and got 2 kittens to come live and sleep with me just so I could have the peace of mind in knowing that the mice wouldn’t come into my bed in the middle of the night. What I would have given for something as simple as HighTail!
The traps were a nightmare. It was always bitter-sweet to catch one. Wonderful that there was one less rodent creeping around the house – bitter in that someone had to see it, touch it, and dispose of it. There was even one night at 3 am that a trap snapped in my bedroom and was followed by a horrible squelling and rattling noise as the mouse pulled the trap around my room with it (not to mention my light switch was on the opposite side of the room from my bed).
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