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Once you get really serious about survival prepping, you'll realize that an underground shelter in your yard is great for emergencies, but it's not good enough for the long run. Survival experts agree that for the ultimate in safety and security in the long term, you have to secure your own piece of land. The best "Bug-Out Locations," or BOLs, are far from cities, have natural running water and few points of access. They also include enough room for a large number of activities.
With woods, streams, hills and acreage to cover daily, an ATV can be the ideal vehicle for your homestead. It may be a fun recreational vehicle now, but there are ways to turn your ATV into the ultimate homestead prepper vehicle.
I finally got around to resetting the template and sub-domain for the book I'm writing called “Hollow Men”. You can find it at hollowmen.wolfeblog.net. I've only posted up to the first chapter, as not all the formatting is finished, and I want a little feed back...
Within “Hollow Men” are several “Easter Eggs”, an Easter Egg is a secret message, a quote, an anagram, or even an inside joke. I added one of the first Easter Eggs already, you can see it in the prelude on page 2.
“He wore tweeds. Tweeds were all the thing. Tweeds were in. You weren't with it if you wore anything else.”
Which in this case, it is a quote from “Day After Tomorrow” By Mack Reynolds.
If you find such an Easter Egg, contact me via here with the details, and link to your twitter account, website, or what ever you want to promote. The links from found eggs will include the credit to who found it first. More content of the book will appear as I finish writing it, and when eggs are found.
When he was just a boy, Jerome Horwitz accidentally shot himself while he was cleaning a shotgun. Luckily for Horwitz, his older brother rushed him to the hospital, where doctors were able to save him. But the accident left the boy with a distinguishable limp he kept for his whole life.
Now, Horwitz is better known as Curly Howard—yes, that Curly. And it was real-life big brother Moe who rushed Curly to the hospital. Had Curly been using the proper gun-cleaning protocol, the whole incident never would have happened.
Gun maintenance is crucial. There are certain steps that must be followed to avoid serious injury and possible death. Since the massacre in Newtown, Conn., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that around 37,000 people have died from gun-related injuries. Follow these tips for proper gun cleaning and maintenance to help you avoid becoming another statistic.
Carbonic acid anhydride is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year.
Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of CAA, but the dangers of carbonic acid anhydride do not
When everything hits the fan and you've got to bug out, the average family car just isn't going to make it. A bugout vehicle has some specialized features that will help transport you and your family securely through emergency situations. During the Katrina evacuation, the National Academy of Engineering reports that significant traffic jams occurred as far away as Shreveport, 300 miles from New Orleans. Unless you've got very early warning, you're going to hit massive traffic problems when you evacuate. The ability to drive off road and get through traffic jams could be the key to reaching your shelter safely.
Traditional Farmer bullied by Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources desperate for our help NOW
Dear Friends of Real Food,
This poor farmer has been bullied by the Michigan state regulators to the point where he cannot sell his meat to any customers. The government has unbelievably told his customers his meat is tainted (NOT true) and Mark that his pigs are feral (they are most certainly NOT, they are domesticated). It gets worse. When the state legislature tried to help him, a pork industry lobbyist buttonholed them in the cloak room and interfered!
You see, Big Pork doesn’t want you finding out that there are small family farms raising pork humanely. They will stop at nothing to put farmers like Mark Baker out of business. In fact, your state could be NEXT.
See articles on the Hartke is Online blog, including Michigan CAFOs Conspire with Government to Outlaw Outdoor Pig Farming, and Big Pig Lobbyist Uses Cloakroom Tactic to Foil Small Farm Defense.
Mark Baker has a wife and 8 children. He chose to farm in order to teach his kids how to be strong, solid citizens. AND THIS IS THE WAY he gets treated? They ought to be ashamed.
Your Charitable Donation Will Keep this Family Farm Alive!
Mark and his family are waiting for their day in court on July 12. Their legal costs will eventually be supported by the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, however, these are the facts:
Right now, they are not able to pay their bills.
Their electricity has been turned off.
One of their tractors they need for putting up hay badly needs repair.
They need to care for their animals. It costs money!
And, they have a large family to support.
Charitable relief funds are already flowing in, one Chicago activist raised $2000.00 in two days by putting out this appeal to her email list! But, the Baker Family needs around $25,000* See UPDATE. just so they don’t lose the farm before their court case is heard.
Your Donation will Send a Message.
YOU WANT FREEDOM for Mark Baker and other farmers like him. And, YOU WANT CHOICE to buy meat and, for that matter, FOOD from any producer whose products you desire. YOU CARE that this military veteran is being unfairly been stripped of his livelihood. YOU WANT FREE RANGE MEAT on the menu of options, both in restaurants and on the family table!
Help This Go Viral!
If you have a blog or a website, we would really appreciate you snatching the Pledgie button for this campaign and putting it on your website. Please help us reach all those who believe in the freedom to farm!
* UPDATE: The story is going viral! The state has also sued Mark for $700,000., an excessive and punitive fine that Mark now needs to fight. We are upping our fundraising goal, so more people will have a chance to weigh in with their outrage!
If this is still unbelievable to you, READ THIS:
See Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund article, Michigan DNR Gone Hog Wild!
Your donation is not tax deductible. All moneys donated go directly the the Baker family.
With all my 'tweets' about privacy, and running the website www.privatelock.net you would figure a paranoid person like myself not to do something so stupid that only a novice would do it.
One of the things I do on average once a year, is change the PGP/GPG keys I post publicly on my blog. I have a few different keys, but this one is for new contacts, and I started changing it every year to avoid spam from the old left. So a couple of months ago, I changed it, and created a plain text copy and uploaded it here on wolfeblog.net ... that would be, a copy of my private key block, not the public key. I must have been distracted, clicked on the wrong copy to clipboard etc. Anyway, I simply didn't notice.
We recently had problems with our Internet Service Provider, and finally told them togo jump in the lake, and switched to another. It took over a week for the switch to take place, which was not the plan, and while I was away, people noticed that my private key block was posted. I finally get back online today, and the first message I get via IRC is this one....
.. and this on twitter ...
Wow, it's nice to know that there are people out there that look out for other people's privacy.
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.
John Hopkins - John is a stay-at-home dad and part-time handyman who loves the outdoors. He writes about his experiences in building, environmentalism and parenting.
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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UPDATE: Feb. 17th, 2014
I'm making a little change to this notice. My personal facebook account will remain, however I'm only using it to login into facebook. This way I can manage facebook 'pages' that I'm connected with. For the record, the facebook page for this blog can be found here... https://www.facebook.com/wolfeblognet
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.
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.
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