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Losing Chickens To Predators

Over the past couple of weeks have taken a huge toll on my chickens.  Several of them have gone missing, with just a few feathers in the chicken yard.  From the trail of feathers, something drug the chicken from the chicken house.

It is not a chicken hawk, because there is no body.  Chicken hawks do not eat the bones.

A trail camera in the chicken yard showed a couple of raccoons and an opossum.

Opossums will not drag a chicken off.  It will eat the chicken in the chicken house.

 

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Trump Is The Resistance

While browsing a liberal left leaning website, there was mention of there being a resistance towards Trump.

Here is the thing, Trump is the resistance. People in their 40s and up who voted for Trump are tired of politics as usual.

Ever since Nixon established relations with China our factories are been moving over there.

Middle class was crushed by Reaganomics.

Bill Clinton sign GATT and NAFTA.

Economic crash of 2008 and nobody went to prison. The federal reserve printed trillions of out thin air to bail out the banks and everyday working people were handed the bill.

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Random Thoughts May 21 2017

There is so much going on I do not know where to start.

Cabin

On the back side of the property there a cabin I am thinking about making it into an off the grid bug out location for friends and family.  The cabin was built in the mid-1970s and would have to be totally gutted and re-wired.  the good thing, it has a metal roof and metal siding.  It has five rooms – living room, kitchen, spare, bedroom and bathroom.  The spare room is just a room that can have a table, or bunkbeds.

Paneling in the bedroom would have to be torn out and replaced.  Might go with some 3/8 inch plywood.

The cabin has a suspended ceiling and almost no insulation.  All of the ceiling tiles would have to be torn out and probably replaced with 3/8 plywood as well.

A shed would need to built for storage and for the water well to go in.  The well right now is in a 3 feet X 4 feet covered area.  The shed would be 12 feet X 16 feet.  That is an easy three sheets of plywood wide and two sheets long.

I am thinking of solar cells on the shed along with the batteries.

All of this takes money though.

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Democrats Are Undermining The Republic

In the United States of America, we are supposed to have a peaceful transfer of power from one political party to another. That “peaceful transfer of power” is being undermined by liberal democrat controlled major media.

No President in history has faced as much backlash as President Trump.

From the very second after the election results, Democrats were crying foul. They refuse to accept that Donald Trump was elected President and are doing everything they can to either undermine his term or remove him from office.

When Obama was in office, the GOP fought him on certain issues, and sometimes congress ground to a stand still, but the current events after the election are much worse than anything obama ever faced.

My honest opinion, the leaks and impeachment has nothing to do with Trump, but rather Democrats regaining control of the White House. Liberal Democrats are pushing an agenda. Anyone who stands in the way of that agenda is the enemy.

If Trump was a Democrat and aligned with the left, major media would be silent on what he is doing. It is inly because Hillary lost and Donald Trump is not agreeing with Democrats polices that he is under fire.

Venezuela Suspended Gun Rights for 180 Days

This is what happens when the government controls firearms. There is a lot to learn from Venezuela. Some people may say “That could never happen here”, sure it can. The government can suspend civil rights under certain situation. The United States Supreme Court upheld Executive Order 9066, which was signed by Franklin Roosevelt and detained thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The law has yet to be repealed.

What I worry about, is groups like antifa causing enough civil unrest that basic civil liberties are suspended.

With the outrage with Trump being elected President, what would happen if he is reelected?

My personal opinion the left is not far from causing widespread civil unrest. Look at the news, look at the unrest over freedom of speech at American Universities.

It appears Venezuela has reached a tipping point, and we are not far behind.

A Warning: Venezuela Just Suspended Civilian Gun Rights for 180 Days

The honest truth is, the liberal left does not respect any opinion expect those that agree with them. Under a liberal controlled government, the only people who have rights are those who agree with the left.

If you disagree with the left, you have no rights.

Rammstein: Paris – Links 2 3 4

Rammstein has released another video, this one from their Paris concert. I am not sure when the Paris concert was, all I know is this is an awesome video.

American rock bands are so bland. In all honestly, the majority of good music has been coming out of Europe for some time. Even in the 1970s and 1980s, groups like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were blowing most of the American bands away.

We need more groups like Rammstein and less boy bands.

Fig Tree Organic Fertilizer Experiment

For some reason my fig trees are not growing like they should.  I do not want to put commercial fertilizer around them, so I mixed up some organic fertilizer:

  • Cut the top off of a one gallon milk jug.
  • Fill 3/4 with water.
  • One handful aged chicken manure.
  • One handful ash from my smoker. This is a mix of oak, pecan and wild cherry.
  • Handful bone meal.
  • Urine.
  • Mix together with a stick.
  • Pour around base of fig tree.

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Starting With Solar Power

I finally bought a solar panel. In all honesty, I do not know why I waited so long for. It is a Nekteck 20 watt solar panel and I see this as a starting point for bigger and better things.

Before I bought the solar panel I asked myself, what purpose will the panel serve? I decided to go with a foldable solar panel with USB outlets for recharging flashlights, AA batteries and radios.  Something to keep flashlights, lanterns and radios charged in a power outage.  For right now, the focus is being able to have light and staying up to date on news when the power goes out.

The plan is to have two foldable solar panels – one for charging USB battery packs, and the other panel for charging cell phones, radios and flashlights.  Hopefully, the next foldable solar panel will be a 40 watt.

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Physical Health After Disruption In The System

Couple of days ago I was watching naked and afraid, this guys body pretty much shut down and he had to be medivaced to a hospital. They were only 4 or 5 days into the show? The doctor said the problems were from a lack of vitamins and minerals. The guy said he ate something like 5,000 calories a day. I kind of figured he was going to have problems going from 5,000 calories a day to almost nothing.

The guy on the show came across as a great person. He was friendly and had a wonderful attitude. However, it seemed like his body did not react well to be taken out of a certain setting.

The vast majority of the public are use to eating certain foods. Then that all stops in one day. People are spoiled to getting food right when they want it, and then that all stops. There are all kinds of videos on youtube of people getting in fights because McDonalds was out of a certain food.

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Handguns For Bug Out Location

Handgun for bug out location

Part of my overall prepping plans is to have enough firearms for friends and family members who bug out to my location.  I live in a rural area with privately owned that borders national forest and timber company land.

Hunting firearms is not a problem, the issue is handguns.

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So Called Preppers Are Going To Starve

If there is ever a real SHTF / TEOTWAWKI event, a large number of so called preppers are going to starve or die from dysentery.

Proof to back up that statement?  Just look at the popular prepping related videos on youtube, or look at what forum sections get the most traffic.

The most popular type of video on youtube is gun and tactical videos.  It is not gardening, it is not chickens or other livestock.  the most popular types of videos are running and gunning videos.

You can not eat bullets, plate carriers, chest rigs, knives, or anything else that fuels the fantasy of a tacti-cool SHTF event.

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Farm Progress February 2017

Tractor moving debris

In December of 2016 I posted a thread in the forum about my prepping plans for 2017.  I wanted to post an update to that thread and how things were moving along.

Firearms and Ammunition

A Glock 19 was added to the inventory.  Overall, I find the quality mediocre.  I can not understand why Glocks are as popular as they are.  Because of this I am looking at a Beretta 92F compact.

I have decided to dump a certain amount of money into bulk ammunition.  February was 1,000 rounds of Wolf 9mm FMJ.  March will probably be 223 Remington.  April might be 45acp or 308 Winchester.   The plan is to continue to buy bulk ammo for the rest of 2017.

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Why All Handguns Should Be Double Action Only

The Lucky Gunner youtube channel usually puts out some good videos, but I must say this one probably takes the cake.  The guy talking in the video uses various examples with one being from the 1930s where it is suggested that police officers double action only revolvers.  Jjust 1/8 inch of trigger pull can cause the single action handgun to discharge.

Arguments made against single action handguns can also be made against striker fired handguns.

  • No safety.
  • No way to decock the handgun.  In the case of striker-fired there is no way to lower the striker without clearing the handgun and pulling the trigger.
  • Shorter trigger pull than double action.

Now that the argument against single action and striker fired handguns has been made, what are your thoughts?

We have example spanning back 70 years saying that double action is safer than single action and that should apply to striker-fired as well.

Why Is There So Much Hate For Religion

On February 27, 2017 someone on a facebook page posted a picture of a bible being urinated on.  The guy said he was tired of seeing bibles in hotel rooms.

I posted a comment that the guy should be banned from the group.  A young lady replied to my comment claiming the the Bible was a myth and Jesus never existed.  She went on to give various examples of why the Bible was not to be believed.

Whether someone does or does not believe in th Bible, GOD or Jesus, is not the issue.

The question I have, why is there so much anger directed towards a person who only taught love and good works?  Jesus taught us to love one another, and people hate him of it.

Why?

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Starting Spring 2017 Garden

The weather in early 2017 has been unseasonably warm, so I decided to go ahead and start the spring garden a few weeks early.  I usually do not plant until after the Ides of March.  With everything blooming out early and daytime highs hitting the low 80s, I decided to start planting in late February.

This garden will be special, as it uses decade old seeds.  I posted a video on youtube about stockpiling seeds and then shared the video on survivalistboards, twitter and reddit.  A couple of guys on reddit said made statements that seeds can not be saved.

One comment was,

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