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Is Two Step Water Purification Needed?

Maxpedition Condor II backpack next to creek

Is two step water purification needed? This could be in the event of a collapse of society, or on a hiking / camping trip.

There is a common misconception about filtration and purification. Filtration removes bacteria, protozoa and cyst, but does nothing to viruses. Purification affects bacteria, protozoa, cyst and viruses. Purification can be by any means – UV light, filters that remove a virus, chemical treatment.. etc.

Most water filters on the market have a pore size of 0.1 microns. The CDC recommends a maximum pore size of 0.01 microns for viruses. If a purifier says it has a pore size of .1 or .2 microns, it is only a filter. A virus will slip through a .1 or .2 micron filter. Continue Reading….

Going Through My Backpacks

Hiking trip

Got several backpacks out of the storage room and went through them. The issue with having a collection of packs is the gear gets spread through them. Depending on the length of the hike, and what I am doing, certain gear may be brought along. After awhile, gear is spread through all the packs. There might be a stove here and a stove there, and a knife here and a knife there.

Things get so disorganized the packs have to be pulled out, emptied, and everything rounded up.

For example, I have been using the Sawyer PointOne on a couple of outages. However, I still like to bring the Katadyn Vario from time to time. This means the Sawyer Pointone is in one pack, and the Katadyn Vario is in another pack. The problem starts when I forget which filter is in which pack. then I have to go digging through the packs until I find the gear I am looking for. Continue Reading….

Shifting Gears On The Farm

Mahindra 4530 4-wheel drive tractor

As hunting season winds down, it is time to start working on the farm. During November and early December I try not to make too much noise. This means no chainsaws and no tractor. Why? Because people on the hunting leases next to the farm are sitting in their stands. My dogs roam those hunting leases, and I would like for the people to not shoot my dogs.

So after hunting season ends, it will be time to start working on fencing in a few acres on the back of the property. A rough estimate is around 7 – 9 acres that will be fenced in.

What kind of livestock will be kept?

I would like to get some goats, hair sheep and a few calves. The calves are to be raised and sold at auction. There is not enough land to raise full grown cattle, so I am looking at a calves. For milk it will be goats and sheep. Continue Reading….

Batman vs. Hulk Giant Sized Comic

Girls read comics to

My daughter and I decided to open a comic book forum and YouTube channel. She is busy with various projects that are getting her ready for college, and a regular job would interfere with what is going on. so we decided to start a new web project.

The fist comic book was a team-up between Batman and the Hulk – Marvel and DC Comics teamed up to make different comic books like this one and many others. We usually only hear about Marvel or DC, but here it is both. Continue Reading….

Primitive Technology: New Area Starting Over Video

Primitive Technology: New Area Starting Over Video

The guy from Primitive Technology bought some land and is starting over from scratch. From what I understand, he is somewhere in or near Australia? I love that he does not talk. English accents across the world make it difficult to understand local dialects.

For those of you who do not know who Primitive Technology is, he is a guy who does Primitive Technology stuff in a jungle / wilderness setting. He does everything from build a hut, to building a forge. This is probably the best Primitive Technology YouTube channel I have ever seen.

Most YouTube channels that deal with wilderness survival use some kind of modern technology, such as a modern knife. This guy does everything from the stone age.

From a comment he posted on the video: Continue Reading….

Pikachu Army Hell March Video

Pikachu Army

Sometimes you see something and say, “That aint right.” That is the case of a Pikachu Army set to the music of Hell March.

I do not know where the Hell March song originally came from. The fist time I heard it was when Command & Conquer Red Alert was released in 1997. the song was part of the intro cut scene when the game started. At the time, I thought it was one of the best intro scenes to videos I had seen. Then came along Half-Life, but that is another post.

Someone took a video of a bunch of Pikachus and set it to music, the result is rather odd. The only thing that would make the video better is if the Pikachus were carrying AK-47 rifles. Continue Reading….

Losing Love For The Land

Dumping trash in rural areas

There was once a time when our ancestors roamed and followed the migrating herds. Our very survival depended on what the land produced. Migrating herds ate the grass, and we ate the animals. Plants grew roots and berries, and we are the roots and berries.

Somewhere around 10,000 years go something changed. Hunter gatherers were slowly replaced by farmers. No longer did our ancestors depend on migrating herds, as we raised our on herds. No longer did we have to forage for roots and berries because we raised our own.

Then came cities, money… and eventually the industrial revolution. Somewhere along that timeline we no longer looked at the land as something to be loved and cared for. It was a resource to be exploited and harvested. Continue Reading….

Rome And The Divided United States

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

People love to point to the similarities between the United States and Rome. From time to time someone may say, “Rome did this or that, just like what is happening to the United States.”

Sometimes I can see their point, but other times I can not. Rome faced a number of issues, which all contributed to its downfall. However, there is one major issue Rome faced that I see in the United States, and that was a divided people.

Over the centuries Rome conquered a number of peoples. The people of Rome, in their infinite wisdom, decided to allow the conquered groups to elect senators. When those senators went to Rome, they had no attachment to preserving the republic.

How does that compare to the United States? Continue Reading….

Drug Problems In Rural Areas

Boating on the Angelina River

Drug addiction is a problem that spans race, sex, income and color. No family or community is immune. While drugs are taking a toll in urban areas, they are also wrecking havoc in rural communities. Where a city may have hundreds of thousands of people, rural areas may have communities of just a few hundred people. When someone in a large city dies, a very small percentage of the people are affected. When someone in a rural community dies, a large percentage of the community is affected.

Every life is precious, and everyone deserves a life free from addiction, but life does not always go that way. Some makes a decision to try a drug, and from that point forward that soul is lost to addiction.

The simple solution is to never do drugs. The not so simple solution is not convince people never to try drugs in the first place. Just because illegal drugs are easily accessible does not mean someone has to try them. Continue Reading….

Only Idiots Vote For Gun Control

Kevin Felts

Let’s say someone came to you and asked you to restrict your rights, what would you say?

For the sake of discussion, let’s say they wanted to restrict your right to vote, or your right to a jury trial, or your right to bail, or your right to go to church. What would you say?

The person would use different arguments, but the end result would be the same. Which would be limiting your rights. Letting people out on bail is to dangerous, so let’s keep people in prison until their trial date.

Why would we need a trial by jury? Let’s appoint scientist to look at the evidence and decide a persons fate. With trained professionals there is no need to have attorneys. Just present the evidence and let them decide. Continue Reading….

Police Response Times In Rural Areas

Rural dirt road

One of the main issues facing people who live in rural areas is response times for emergency responders.Roads use to be divided into routes, and box numbers. An example would be Route 9 box 1319. The Post Office knew where Route 9 was at, but the police and fire department usually did not. Because of this, a nation wide initiative was put into effect to change from route numbers to road numbers. This way route 9 was turned into an address on a road.

Sounds simple, right? Mail box routes were abolished, and all of the houses were given a physical number. This made mapping easy, and was supposed to make finding rural homes easier.

Changing from mail box routes to road numbers has made thing easier, a lot easier. Now anyone can pull up a map and find a certain road number on the map. Continue Reading….

Prepping Is a Marathon

I was going to make a reply to this thread – is the forum serious? but decided to make a thread. In that thread the opening post talks about people prepping for stuff that may never happen.

My thought out answer: “Prepping is like a marathon.” Once you prep for hurricanes, civil unrest.. and other viable options, what else do you prep for? Like in the movie Forest Gump when Jenny yells and Forest, “run forest, run.” Well, you prep and keep on prepping.

Prepping could easily become a never ending process.

Someone may not start off prepping for a collapse, but that may be where they end up.

Someone may not plan on running a marathon, but if they train long enough they may be ready for one. Continue Reading….

Say NO To Black Friday Say YES To Family

Kevin Felts

Which is more important, finding something on sale, or spending time with the family? Are we a nation of morals and values, or are we a nation who sells family time to the highest bidder? Black Friday has become a disgrace to the civilized world.

No longer do we sit with family members, talk, and enjoy the company. As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, out the door we go to find the best sale. By doing so, what are we teaching our children? Which is more important, listening to granny and grandpaw, or finding a good deal on a TV? That is the dilemma we are faced with.

Once granny and grandpaw are gone, they will never be replaced, their memories gone forever.

If a TV breaks, it gets replaced with a newer and better model. Continue Reading….

My Childhood Playground

When I was a kid growing up in Bridge City, Texas, my buddies and I would hang out in a section of woods that borders a marsh. We would build trails through the woods, tree houses, go camping, just do what kids did.

As my buddies and I got older, we stopped hanging out in the woods and started socializing more. After we stopped maintaining the trails, they were slowly reclaimed by nature. Within just a few years the trails were almost impassible.

Two decades later, Hurricane Rita pushed through the area and uprooted a lot of the old oak trees.

While visiting with my mom and dad for Thanksgiving, I took a camera and headed off into the old trails. Continue Reading….

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Regardless of religion, creed, color, race or sex, we all should find something to give thanks for.

All year long our lives are filled with something to do. Whether it is working, shopping… whatever it may be, we do not always spend the time we should with family. Thanksgiving should be a time we visit with family, talk, share stories, and learn from our parents and grandparents.

My grandparents and great grandparents had so much knowledge that was not passed down. What was it like when they were growing up? My great grandmother lived through the depression, two world wars, and two major conflicts. What was it like to see the world change that much? What was it like to go from kerosene lanterns to putting a man on the moon? Continue Reading….

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