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Have you noticed that when something is done great the Boss gets the credit but that 1 time something goes wrong you get the blame even if it was the Boss who did it?

I am going for a walk in the woods now. It is a shame that I want be able to get lost because tonight is my turn to cook.

Six Things You Should Know Before Carrying a Gun

Originally posted on Gun Safety Blog:

So you took a basic gun safety class, now what else do you need to know?

  1. Know Your Local Self-Defense Laws
  2. Know How to Spot Trouble Before it Happens
  3. Know How to Draw Your Gun Efficiently From Concealment While under Stress
    • This means not using a cheap nylon holster.
    • This means practicing your draw at home
  4. Know How to Deploy a Less Lethal Weapon Efficiently
    • Not every problem is a gun problem…
    • If you are carrying pepper gas, where is it right now?
  5. Know some Unarmed Combatives
    • Not every problem is a…

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What is your plan?

Create your plan, practice your plan, modify your plan, practice your plan and be “flexible” with your plan because like my buddy from across the pound wrote above “no plan survives contact with the enemy.”

If we got the knowledge (foundation) and skills (training) our chances of survivability will be greater than the lazy neighbor down the street with years worth of food and no plan.

See Thoughtfully Prepping article “What’s in a plan?” (click here) for a sample matrix of risk.

Before Most of You were born

Thermett Kettle

 I found this last summer on the top of a shelf in the garage.  It is from the previous owner of the house. The kettle does not looks like it has every been used so I am going to assume that the buyer forgot about it or hide it so well that she/he couldn’t find it.

The Thermette was invented in 1929 in New Zealand by John Ashley Hart. It was standard issue to the New Zealand army serving in the North Africa during WW2 when it was known as the ‘Benghasi Boiler’. For more about the history of this item click here Theremette.

This version was made during 1960 to 1970 period.  This kettle was designed for  boiling water while cooking your meal in a saucepan or frying pan sitting on the top outdoors using twigs and other small combustible materials; these devices consist of a water jacket surrounding a fire chamber which creates an upward chimney draft ensuring efficient and rapid boiling even in windy or wet weather.  Low tech at it best but still I like my Jetboil because of the size.  Yet if I run out of fuel at least I got one in case of a disaster.

5 Life-Saving Survival Trees That Can Heal, Feed And Keep You Alive

Originally posted on TheSurvivalPlaceBlog:

trees for survival

By Pat B

When we think of trees in survival situations, we tend to gravitate to the obvious. Trees give us wood for our camp fires. They provide structure to our shelters, materials from which shelters can be built. These are all accurate perceptions, but trees, if you know them, can contribute much more to our chances of survival than just something to burn and something to build with.

Consider for a moment the varieties of nut trees that grow on the North American continent. There are hickories, walnuts, buckeyes, pecans, and hazel nuts to name just a few. Then consider the wild fruit trees, from plums to persimmons crab apples to mulberries. It becomes clear that at certain seasons, trees can provide a wide variety of food supplies.

1. Oak Tree

Even the oak tree produces acorns which can be turned into meal or flour; the trick is to…

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U.S. Electric Grid Vulnerablity

Originally posted on Contra:

Recently Judge Jeanine Pirro ran a special on her Fox News show about the vulnerability of the U.S. Power grid. The results of the show are nothing less than horrifying. She had a few guests on her show to comment about the security be given to our electric power grid. Among the 2 most noteworthy were Frank Gaffney and James Woolsey. Gaffney served in the Reagan administration as an advisor on nuclear forces, while Woolsey was director of CIA under President Clinton. Both men are known as conservatives in the public arena.

Woolsey was first.  He described the political landscape today of a Congress more interested in retaining their perceived power than to the abysmal security for our electric grid. He stated that both houses of government would like to keep their heads in the sand, than be brought face to face with the reality of an aging and increasingly…

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Naturally Preserving Food for Long Term Survival

Originally posted on TheSurvivalPlaceBlog:

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By Joy Tochi

Natural preservatives can come in quite handy especially when it comes to long term survival. There are many advantages to preserving your food naturally as it prevents the deterioration of food, thereby making it last longer.

Below are good-to-use natural preservation methods that won’t stress your pockets. What’s more, they will come in useful in emergency situations.

Dehydration

onionThe term dehydration refers to the removal of water from food such that their nutrients are preserved and the food lasts for a longer period of time. Some foods may require simple methods such as the use of a fan to air-dry the food. Other foods require other methods of dehydration.

Whichever method you decide to use, the aim should be to remove as much water as possible from your food and still leave them edible for a long time to come. Most dehydration methods are accomplished through heating…

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