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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.
Thanks to Kymber of the Ontario Preppers Network for this post on CPN, I would like to give due notice to all those who have shown interest in moving onto our farm after we move to Ontario. I would like to give due notice about a few things you should be made aware of, in addition, I have posted this on my blog so that there is no excuse for not knowing them in advance.
I was reading “Dies the Fire” by S. M. Sterling, when it hit me. Farming without Oil is going to be living hell. If you happen to have a farm in the most ideal spot on earth the total number of days from planting to harvest is 260. If it takes a newbie like myself to use a horse and plow one full day to get a single acre ready for planting for the first time, the max size farm I should be looking for now is 30-60 acres of fertile land for planting. OUCH. That's full time sweat, blood, and tears of work for two months, without a day off, and the only climate zone in Canada that would allow that, is right here in British Columbia, not counting the crappy soil that is available to buy. For the Amish, whose farming methods we might find ourselves stuck with, a 70 acre farm is the larger farm. I think I'll go cry for a minute.
Before I begin this I should mention a better source for information for those of you from the United States, my interest in buying land will likely be more specific for my needs, and will not likely match your own needs. Therefore I suggest that you check out www.survivalblog.com, although some of the leads to posts on that site make it to Survival Times none of the really good posts on buying land do, mainly because they weren't part of the reason the bot includes the feed. The wealth of information James Wesley Rawles provides on his site is worth the visit.
As I said before, there is more then one way to improve the world. But it occurs to me, that it might have to be done a little at a time. The problem with that is, some of my ideas depend on the others. And I am sure this is the same for anyone else that has come up with ideas to improve the world.
If you want to remove property tax, you have to include a way for primary services to be met.
Take schools for example...
So how does one person make the world just a little better?
You can do little things, such as giving your time to help a friend. Try helping people out of poverty. Donating to the local food bank. Protest war, fight for human rights... the list goes on and on.
How would you like to have a fake set of fingerprints? Sounds like every privacy advocates wet dream right? Wrong!
FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.
PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all of the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.
Thought you should all read this as well. - Wolfe
Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Dear Dan Wolfe,
I received this e-mail from my friend Rand Paul yesterday and I want to make sure you see it too.
Whether Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or other, I doubt anyone who subscribes to my gun training reports wants one million Garand rifles banned from the hands of responsible, law abiding US citizens.
Help Rand Paul fight the Gun Grab by participating in his survey below and supporting his efforts as I have done.
Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Founder and Director, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
Stop the Global Gun Grab
Most of my long time friends know that I use to support the Green Party of Canada, they also know that I no longer do. But the reasons why are so long I haven't posted all of them, and the main reason for that is that the list just seemed to long.
In 2006 and 2008, the Green Party of Canada published a policy book to outline in detail what they stood for, in order to get rid of the so-called image that they were a one issue party. It is this very policy book that made me realize that I couldn't support them any longer.
I have a passion for encryption and security culture issues. I've been working on a system to to hide encrypted message, as in hide the fact that it's encrypted to begin with. I call it stegtext after the photo version which is called steghide.
Recently I've been messing around with rotating cyphers, and came up with a really simple way to do it in php....
We had a house fire a few years ago, and as I continue to pack for the move to the farm (96 days to go), I am amazed at the amount of junk we have managed to gather since then. Prepping is all about being prepared for disaster, that includes personal disasters such as a house fire. Making sure you have fire alarms, and fire extinguishing equipment that meets safety standards is vital to being prepared. But, if your like me, there are two things that occur to me in being prepared against a house fire. First, knowing how to make your stuff, and second, fire proof the hell out of everything.
Secret Messages and Secure Communications (Inserted Update)
Important Additions, Updates, and Notes:
Using Cash and Credit Cards:
It is important to mention something here that I should have mentioned at the beginning. Cash is King. Cash is untraceable, and should be used when making purchases of any kind, including those that are for other things like your BOB.
Secret Messages and Secure Communications Part 3
All About Being On line:
Welcome to the world wide web. Within this realm of virtual space you can buy anything, sell services and objects of desire. You can pay your bills, while working for a company half way around the world, without even getting out of bed. The Internet provides you with entertainment, information, education and even help you find the love of your life. And it can ruin your life.
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