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There is very little in the way of helping parents explain to young kids about prepping. Yet alone, children's books to help get them to read without some left wing PC garbage tossed in. Enter in to our little corn of the web a series written by Kermit Jones Jr and illustrated by Christy Brill.
“Some people prepare because they are afraid.
Our family does not have to be afraid…
because we are prepared!“
The main character in this series is an ant. I'm not sure if Kermit got the idea from American's Networking To Survive, or from Proverbs 6:6-8 "Go to ant, O sluggard: behold her ways, and be wise. For she having no guide, governor, nor ruler, Prepareth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in harvest." (GNV) But the point is, awesome job. These are the perfect Christmas gift under the tree or stocking stuffer for your young children in your family... or cousins, nephews, etc. #1 on the list for children books for homeschooling too.
Teaching kids the importance of being prepared doesn’t have to be harsh or scary. Regardless of why you (or someone you may know) prepare, remember that the single most important thing you can teach your kids is how to think!
All the preps in the world don’t mean a thing if people don’t know how to think clearly. Teach useful skills to all of the kids you know, to include critical thinking, problem solving, and the most important one of all – how to be resourceful!
Prepper Pete and Friends are the first and only Prepper books on the market designed especially for kids! Check back often for new releases! - http://www.prepperpeteandfriends.com/grownups/
All smart preppers know, once disaster occurs, the biggest threat to life and safety is other human beings. What happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is an example. While pockets of neighbors looked out for other neighbors, roving bands of thugs looted businesses and homes. The mayor and police chief issued orders for police to shoot looters on site.
A DIY home security system adds a layer of protection to your home, and it gives you even more peace of mind because you've installed it and control it. Many of today's models have several layers of backup so they continue to work during power outages. The company Lifeshield.com, for example has a "two-brain" system where, if one control box is disabled, the second kicks in and takes over. It also offers backup to its Internet connections through cellular and phone lines.
I have accepted a few guest posting requests recently and they have worked out very well, as a result I am posting this as an intro on what I require as far as guest posts. I am including this under Product and Business review category because I am also starting on a new project with some familiar faces, and will not myself be accepting requests for product reviews, although will still post reviews from guest authors.
The first rule about guest posts is that you must send me, or allow me access to the html source code of the post. It just makes it easier for me to check it 'just encase' there are links to malaware etc, something I don't want on my site. You can have outbound links in the post, and I do not require that they be marked with the 'nofollow' tag, however if the link isn't related to topics on this site, or is not a 'paid link', I would prefer you add the nofollow attribute to it. ALL links must be targeted to a new page ("_blank"). BTW, by 'paid link' I mean a link placed in your guest post to some web URL that you get paid for, not me. I will not add confirmation codes to the website itself for 'payperpost' etc, confirmation codes within the article itself however is allowed. I reserve the right to edit the text within the hyper-links to avoid conflicts with my plugins (see below), generally this means I will add to the text an underscore so that my plugins ignore it. "_"
Second, and perhaps more important, the article MUST be related to the topics already posted about on my site. Take a look at the "subjects" link in the menu to see what I mean.
Third, articles can not have links to amazon. I use a plugin which links to my amazon affiliate account on key words already and conflicts will cause them to crash.
Guest posts from now on will only appear on the blog on Fridays, on a first come first serve basis. This does not mean that I will accept all posts, they must be original content, they must include an author bio, and they can not be 'illegal' or 'liable' at my discretion.
While 1960s parents were serious about their anti-nuke bunkers, many Baby Boomers fondly remember playing in their parents' fallout shelters. They were built in split level crawl spaces or Midwest tornado shelters, and few of them were comfortable enough to live in for more than a day or two. One typical plan from that era, according to Wardomatic, recommends a room about the size of a small bedroom that somehow includes cooking, eating, sleeping, and recreational spaces. Today's emergency preppers are smarter and more realistic when it comes to planning shelter for weeks and months on end. Spacious and well-stocked, today's emergency bunker can be as comfortable as the family home.
I do not watch a lot of TV shows, but there are two. Walking Dead, and Heartland. Now on Heartland there is this horse called Spartan...
... yeah, I'm spending to much time on Twitter recently. Wouldn't if they made the season for Heartland longer. (BTW you can watch past episodes on Netflix!)
Long-range hunters put in years of practice to learn and refine their skills. It takes proper form, a comprehensive understanding of the environment and steady hands. A recently released "smart rifle" may eliminate the need for these skills and the time it takes to develop them. The TrackingPoint rifle features target-locking technology that automatically fires on a target at just the right moment. An advanced scope houses a ballistic computer that does most of the work for hunters.
TrackingPoint CEO and former marine Jason Schauble claims this technology enhances the hunting experience, especially for beginners. Hunting traditionalists, on the other end, believe the embedded computer takes the joy and skill out of hunting. This isn't the first "smart gun" to hit the market, but the TrackingPoint rifle is the latest sign that guns and technology will continue to intertwine.
On its website, this smart rifle producer poses an outlandish question: "Could you hit a moving target at 1,000 yards?" If you have a TrackingPoint rifle, the answer is yes, because of its Tag Track Xact system. The TrackingPoint rifle features a tag button for users to lock on once they have a target in your sites. The ballistic computer considers range and environmental factors and adjust the positions. The shooter then aligns the scope with the new target and fires a trigger, but the rifle probably won't discharge. That's because the TrackingPoint system waits until the alignment is perfect before unleashing the the bullet on its own.
Reaction to Smart Guns
With such revolutionary technology, TrackingPoint has garnered a range of opinions from hunters and anti-gun advocates alike. With unfamiliar technology, safety is an obvious concern. How would a relatively new hunter who cut his teeth at a local Wisconsin hunter safety course fare with this new equipment? Gun-safety advocates wonder what the consequences would be if this technology fell into the wrong hands, but the National Shooting Sports foundation voiced its opposition to any government regulation on smart guns. "What the industry does oppose are ill-conceived mandates ... on the use of this conceptual technology," NSSF Vice President and General Counsel Larry Keane wrote on the group's website.
Others oppose TrackingPoint because they prefer the element of human error in hunting. A TrackingPoint rifle package starts at $22,000, significantly higher than most guns. "It's a very expensive piece of machinery, and very heavy," American Conservative Union board member Jameson Campaigne told Foxnews.com.
This technology could pique the interest of the U.S. military, who used snipers to shift the tide in Afghanistan in 2011. Smart rifles would offer more precision with less training, and soldiers could camp out further away in combat.
Other Smart Guns
TrackingPoint isn't the only weapons manufacturer using technology to enhance its products. TriggerSmart produces tracking technology that locks weapons unless the owner, who wears a ring or brace, is holding it. Similar to James Bond's weapon in "Skyfall," these guns won't work for anyone other than the owner. That will appeal to parents who worry that their children could stumble upon a weapon.
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Deer Trail, Colorado, is said to be the place where the world's first rodeo was held, and it may add another historical first in the near future. The small town of 600 is considering grant hunting licenses to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones. The ordinance was considered on by the town board on August 6, but no consensus was reached. The measure is now in the hands of voters, who will decide in November whether to legalize the practice. The law would allow residents to buy the $25 hunting license and offer a $100 bounty to anyone who can produce the tail and fuselage of a downed drone.
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I haven't decided when, likely not soon, but eventually I will be closing my facebook account.
Facebook has the worse track record for Privacy Right issues, that I have decided that it is simply not worth having. The only official way to contact me is via email: wolfe AT this url. And I strongly recommend that if you really want to get a hold of me, that you start using PGP or GPG encryption. Oh, and kill windows while your at it.
At some point in the future, all personal email communications, as in not related to work, will have to be encrypted to my personal key, or it will be automatically deleted. I will also ignore any attempt to circumvent this, although it is not happening yet.
I will be posting "How-To's" on the subject, including the use of OTP, which is even better the GPG/PGP. But those code blocks will be by invite only.
In order to ensure that this message gets out, I have given ample notice, this will take effect by July 1st 2014.
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Today marks year four of the #preppers chatroom on rizon irc network. Come and join the topics on self-reliance, preparing for disaster, and being prepped!
Updated: March 2013 I have several camping style stoves in my home. I love the classic kerosine burning Coleman that is at least 30 years old that I found via www.freecycle.org. It is perfect for those family camping trips, and brings back pleasant memories of bygone years. When I go on my walkabouts I tend to bring along a little butane powered stove to boil water with, those Mountain House meals work great with those mountaineering type cook stoves.
Why the silence?
I've intentionally been silent up to now on a lot of matters, mostly on the issues of Japan's disaster. The main reason for this is because I'm tired of knee jerk reaction to current issues. Remember the tortoise and the hare? It is far better for you to prepare on a daily basis, step by step, towards a more self-reliance lifestyle, a more off-grid experience then to run out to the store and buy iodine pills right now.
I hate the idea of eating horse meat, I admit to the emotionalism behind the idea of killing and eating such a noble animal. However...
Recently someone pointed out to the staff over at Backwoods Home Magazine (www.backwoodshome.com) that there was an old article on the site about eating horse meat, which resulted in a bit of a fuss. For the record, I am glad the magazine kept the article available, free speech and all that. To be honest, if SHTF there would be one thing that would give me pause about eating horse meat if there was a risk of starvation, and that reason is because I do get vaccine shots from time to time, and so do the horses themselves.
I was just over at James Rawles site checking out his list of fiction when I noticed an advertisement from Ready Made Resources about a water filter. First let me say that Ready Made has a good rep, and second this is the water filter I have been looking for. 0.015 microns!
Just thought I'd pass this on.
(The link is taken directly from survivalblog.com so if you buy one please state it is because of their ad on survivalblog.com not wolfeblog.net although a mention would be nice.)
I just finished reading a post on Wolf Tracks by Shy Wolf, in which he goes into great detail on how to sharpen a knife. The reason he did this post was in reply to a post on M.D. Creekmoore's survival site.
I really like not only the post, but the fact that Shy went out of his way to point out that idea behind the post came from a question on Creekmore's site, so in hopes of starting a trend among prepper bloggers, besides the fact that I am packing like a crazed lunatic to move to the farm, and don't really have time to post on my blog, here is a link to Shy's post.
Whetting a Blade
Another Sunday Must Read, simple little posts on Sunday make my life much easier.
Here is a simple survival knife you can make, personally I prefer to use these to make lock picks, but I do like the idea of a simple 10 cent survival knife.
Continued from The Bug Out Bag (Part Two) First Aid Kits come in all shapes and sizes for differing reasons. Industrial First Aid Kits contain eyes washes as a standard, and the ones for homes sometimes contain an Epipen for injecting epinephrine when needed in an emergency. A first response kit, which is what first aid kits really are, are meant to provide preventative medicine until further help arrives. It's primary reason for being in a home, or on a job site is to prevent blood loss, and prevent infections, while emergency service attempt to reach the victims of accidents and crime. None of the above applies to a Bug Out Bag.
This blog post is a bit of reverse self-promoting, and I really appreciate any incoming links. It turns out that like Hollow Men there is another story in the works about the end of the world, and the author is keeping a blog about her progress over at Everyday Inklings, I'm on her research list . It turns out that I was just in the middle of doing some research on the health care of farm animals, in fact I just picked up a book over at the bookstore about it. (“Keeping Livestock Healthy” US Dept. Agriculture 1942)
I was also looking for something else to write about, thinking to much about the farm will get me target fixated on it, and I'll miss an opportunity somewhere else. So I noticed that there have been a few leads into this site from Everyday Inkings, and went to look. One of the keywords I noticed in her posts were 'pandemic', and I suddenly realized I've missed thinking about preparing for one, not for ourselves as far as humans go, have the hepa filter masks in the basement, but for the animals on the farm. So much for not getting targeted on the farm.
“What you are about to watch is a nightmare. It is not meant to be prophetic, it need not happen, it's the fervent and urgent prayer of all men of good will that it shall never happen. But in this place, in this moment, it does happen. This is the Twilight Zone.” - Intro to the Twilight Zone episode “The Shelter” .
How many people know that you are a survivalist? How many of them know where you live, where your supplies are, or where you plan to bug out? In the Twilight Zone episode quoted above Doctor Stockton's neighbors all knew he had a bomb shelter, and they came running. This post is about what I think will likely happen WSHTF. It's not so much about what you should do to prepare for an actual event, I'm not even going to specify whether or not it is an Oil Crisis, an Earthquake, or what not. What this post is really about is everyone else.
The most likely event to occur in your given area is a localized disaster, this could come in the form of a flood, earthquake, or some other natural/man-made disaster. But in the event that SHTF, the reactions of the sheeple will likely remain the same. People tend to have a cause and effect take place within them that can be predictable. I can name off almost a dozen emotional reactions that people have as a result of an encounter with a crisis. It is important to note that preppers/survivalists are also pron to these as well as those who are not prepared, only constant practice will increase your odds to follow through with your plans.
Everyone in my household is down with the flu. There are seven of us here, and it has been a learning experience. It brings to mind visions of pandemics, Stephen King's “The Stand”, and a host of other SciFi based predictions of TEOTWAWKI. I hardly ever get sick, and when I do, it very rarely ever past a day. I've had this bug for three days now, and am now just feeling a bit better, maybe even enough to make a post to the blog.
Even though I still have doubts about the Swine Flu being a TEOTWAWKI, I started looking into a source for Oseltamivir Phosphate, otherwise known as Tamiflu. It is a prescription drug, however it can also be used to treat the Parvovirus in dogs, therefore any vet can get their hands on it. However, after spending a few hours on Google looking for veterinary suppliers within British Columbia, as well as related searches I came up blank. Most drug related veterinary supplies are handled by regular pharmacies here, which translates to no prescription, no access.
What people are forgetting is that there are actually two types of H1N1 viruses on record. My own in-laws are currently suffering from the 'novel' version of these viruses (current) as I write this, and we are heading straight for them. As we get ready to cross Canada in the next 25 days we will be meeting and coming into contact with with strangers from Vancouver, British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario. It is during this time that the flu season will be at it's highest point in the year, and this year may prove to be the most proficient flu season to date.
You ever notice that if you lite a candle in a cold room that candle isn't enough to heat up the entire room? I know that sounds kinda obvious, but it is something to remember when buying a wood stove. A single small wood stove with only a 40,000 BTU EPA rating is not going to be enough to heat your entire house in Whitehorse, Yukon. However, it might be enough to heat up your bedroom. (*BTU = British Thermal Units, EPA = Environmental Protection Agency)
I look outside and all I see is snow. I know that for most of you this is not an odd sight to see this time of year, nor does it sound like something that should be an odd thing for a Canadian like myself to suddenly notice. But believe me, it's odd. We are only a couple of weeks till the first day of spring and this is the first real snow we have seen all year here in the greater Vancouver area. Fourteen years ago we had a similar downfall of snow that ended up caving in our roof while we were just getting ready for the spring run as Caravaners, and although this year there is no risk of that, as a prepper I look out and think about the worse case scenario we could find ourselves in.
Public Transit maybe a little bit of a curse after all…
I finally made it on my walkabout yesterday. Went looking for a farm for rent so we could get together on some land with those of us who want to start SEED. I walked into Pit Meadows.
Well first off… Pit Meadows is the only town in all of Canada that has a name that makes total sense to me.
OK Folks time to get off your butt, and fill the pantry!
It's harvest season, so for those of you in the states check out this site to find your local farmers which have the harvest ready, don't forget to check daily. (Also check out this helpful reminder list of things you'll need.) Or if your in Canada check out this site.
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