Entries for February, 2012

Why do we work? Lets just draw Social Security disability

survivalistBefore we begin, I want to make it clear that there is a difference between someone who refuses to work, and someone who can not work.

The system should help those who can not work.

The system should not help those who are too lazy to work.

My wife and I had a friend over last night. As we were talking, the topic slowly turned a certain person that we know, how people abuse social security disability and welfare abuse. The discussion turned to a 18 year old lady, who is drawing social security disability, is pregnant and not married.

The person claims they are disabled because they are bi-polar. With so many job opportunities out there, surely there is something they can do. Why cant this person stock groceries, dig ditches, cut grass,,,, preform some job service that is not affected by her disability.

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Trying to raise chickens Part 1

Raising chickens for shtfIf you are planning on surviving some kind of long term SHTF survival situation, then your plans should include food production. Stockpiling rice, beans, oats, corn, freeze dried foods,,, is fine and dandy. The problem with having a static food supply, it “is” going to run out sooner or later. To expand my families food supply, my wife and I decided to get some chickens.

With the chickens we will have a steady supply of eggs for protein, and if bad turns to worse, we can eat the chickens. Eating the chickens would be a last ditch effort, as I would rather use the chickens for breeding purposes to make more chickens.

This is my first attempt at raising chickens in over 20 years. The last time I had chickens was back around 1989, 1990 and 1991. Over the past 20+ years I have forgotten a lot about raising chickens, but I am sure things will come back.

On the morning of Saturday February 25, 2012 a friend of the family called my wife and told her that Circle Three Feed in Jasper Texas has chicks.  My wife and I grabbed a laundry basket to put the chicks in, then we headed to the feed store.

Upon arriving at the feed store, the lady that was helping us said the chicks were Black Giants, but the proper name was probably Black Jersey Giant.

The plan is to have at least 2 different types of chickens.

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The war on the people

As most of us have forgotten, on Feburary 19th, 1942 Executive Order 9066 signed by franklin d. roosevelt allowed Japanese-Americans to be detained without due process.

Never forget, never again.

The problem is, it can happen again. All the US government has to do is point at someone, say they are a terrorist, and that person can be detained forever without due process. By due process, I mean having their day in court. There is no formal charges, no hearing for bail,,, no nothing. the person is arrested, sent off to a camp, and never heard from again.

Why has the US government granted itself the authority to detain people without due process. I don’t know which one is more dangerous to national stability, an overzealous government, or foreign enemies.

Why would the government fear due process? Why not give the person their day in court?

During the Cold War, we could point and Russia and say “they are the enemy”. Today, it sees the US government points at everyone and says “they are the enemy”.

When the founding fathers created this great nation, they knew what they did not want to become. Due to the atrocities committed upon the 13 colonies by the king of England, the founding fathers knew what an oppressive government was. From that starting point, a system of checks and balances were put into place to ensure the rights of the people would be protected.

Executive Order 9066 signed by franklin d. roosevelt was challenged in court. The supreme court failed to protect the people from an overzealous government. That is what the founding fathers did not want. When the system of balances fails to protect the people, the people can only blame themselves. When a Republic fails, its due to an uneducated voting populace.

While the people blindly voted to same two parties into office, those two parties conspired to strip the people of the rights.  While the people slept, the US government declared war on its own citizens.

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The Easter Island Effect

mercury warning dam b jasper texasHas anyone seen the movie Rapa Nui with Jason Scott Lee? For those of you that have never seen it, Rapa Nui is about Easter Island, and how the people consumed all natural resources in the pursuit of their GODs.

After all natural resources were consumed, society collapsed.

A few days ago I posted a link in a thread on Survivalist Boads saying about 92% of all fresh water is used for agriculture.

Think about that for a minute, 92% of all fresh water is used in food production. That only leaves 8% for other uses. If a global weather pattern shifts so farm rich areas receive less rainfall, we are just a couple of percentage points from a food shortage.

Every gas well that is fracked uses around 5 million gallons of water. Instead of finding ways to conserve water, oil companies trade water for oil. We can not drink oil.

As the population continues to grow, our need for drinking water will continue to grow. How long until our need for drinking water conflicts with our need for food and water for industrial needs?

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The forest for the trees

survivalistOn the morning of Saturday, February 18, 2012, while eating breakfast I checked my facebook feed.  On my feed was a youtube video a subscribed friend posted on his profile.  The video in question was from Foxnews and was about the US Senate working to approve military action against Iran.

I took the video and reposted it to the Survivalist Boards Facebook page.

The youtube video had been posted by a person and not a news source.  To backup the video from the authority site I did a couple of google searches for the title of the video.  The only thing I found was from 2007.

The first thing that came to mind was that someone took a video from 2007 and reposted it to youtube as if it were a new video.

I went back to the Survivalist Boards Facebook page, deleted the post with the video with the intentions of reposting it when more information was available from an authority news service.  One of the people taht comments often made a post that after the video of cooking squash, and then removing the youtube video, he was going to bow out.

I was setback that someone would make a comment that my video about cooking squash was not related to survival.  During the video I talked about why squash and zucchini should be part of your long term survival garden.

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Squash and zucchini for your long term survival garden

Cooking squash zucchini and boudinDuring a long term SHTF survival situation, its going to be important for people to grow their own food. One type of seed that survivalist should stockpile are seeds for squash and zucchini.

Ok, why you grow squash and zucchini? They are easy to grow, bug resistant, packed full of nutrients, can be jarred for long term storage, some types can be stored for a couple of months of kept in a cool dry place, summer squash and zucchini can be eaten raw.

Its estimated that various types of squash have been cultivated by mankind for 8,000 – 10,000 years. Think about that for a minute, squash has been with mankind for thousands of years, why change now? Follow in the foot steps of those that came before you. Use available resources to achieve a desired goal. Our desired goal is to survive a long term teotwawki situation.

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Boat trailer maintenance

Old boat trailer light with cover removedThe time has come to replace the trailer lights on my boat. The trailer is maybe 15 years old, the screws on the lights are rusted up, the bulbs are corroded so bad that the glass broke from the metal base.

There are a couple of boat stores in Jasper Texas, but none of them were open on sunday. In order to get the lights fixed before an upcoming river camping trip, my wife and I went down to the local wal-mart and bout 2 replacement lights.

After opening the package and trying to mount the light, I discovered the lock washer is so small, it slips through the hole in the light mount.

Well dang it, now I have to go to the local hardware store and buy some larger washers. The bolt on the back of the light measures right at 1/4 across. To make sure the washer is going to fit, I am going to buy washers with a 5/16 hole in them.

I bought the washers tonight, they measure 5/16 hole X 1 1/4 across.

While the washers were being put into place, I decided to use the old lock washers, as well as the new washers. Light – bracket – flatwasher – old lock washer – new lock washer – new nut.

The wire on the trailer side of the splice had a small cut in it. I used a pair of wire cutters and cut the wire where it was exposed. The wires were twisted together, a cap put over the splice, and everything wrapped in electrical tape.

To keep the wires from flopping around with the trailer is in motion, I used a small zip-tie to secure the wire to a hole in the light bracket.

Once everything was in place, the lights were tested, and everything worked.

Now I dont have to worry about getting a ticket for my trailer lights not working.

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Remington 1911 R1 Review Part 1

Remington 1911 R1 45acpFor an early birthday present my wife surprised me with a new Remington 1911 R1. I got the pistol on Thursday (January 5, 2012), over the past couple of  weekends I took the pistol out on 3 different shooting sessions spanning 2 weekends.

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Lets just say that I am not happy with the first impression.  I do not claim to be an expert on the 1911.  But I do know that firearms should have have fail to feeds.  When you pull the trigger, the firearm should work.  If the firearm does not work, something is wrong.  I will leave it up to a qualified gun smith to figure out what is wrong.

First shooting session

The Remington 1911 R1 was disassembled and any excessive grease or oil was wiped off.

To break in the new pistol, I went to the local wal-mart and bought 100 rounds of Remington/UMC 230 JHP, this is the bulk pack of 100 rounds per box. The other box was Winchester 230 grain round nose. The Winchester was also the bulk box

Our of about 100 rounds fired, I had 7 failures. The malfunctions happened with factory supplied magazines.

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Making a boat push pole

Boat push poleWhile on a recent river camping trip, my flat bottom aluminum boat high centered on a stump.  My son and I were idling through a slough when we ran over a tree stump that was just below the surface.  Usually this is no big deal.  Everyone gets in the back of the boat, put the motor in reverse, rock the boat back and forth until the boat moves off the stump.

The problem is, when you have people standing up in the boat rocking back and forth, there is a chance that someone will fall out of the boat.

To hopefully eliminate the need to pile up in the back of the boat with the motor running, I am going to try and make a push pole out of 1 inch PVC pipe.  Being made out of PVC, the pole will not be able to take a lot of stress.  But on the plus side, the pole will be light and will not take up a lot of room in the boat.

This will be my first attempt at making a push pole, and to be quit honest, I do not know how its going to turn out.

Items Needed:

10 foot section of 1 inch PVC pipe
1 inch Tee
2 – 1 inch PVC caps
PVC glue
Measuring tape
Pencil or magic marker
Hack saw
1/2 round file
Rubbing alcohol, or PVC pipe cleaner

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Thoughts on how to reform minimum wage

We need a structured minimum wage based on how much money the company made. With a structured minimum wage, walmart would have a higher minimum wage then some mom and pop corner store.

A flat rate minimum wage creates an unfair playing field, with the large companies having the advantage.

Employees would be motivated to help make the company profitable, because their wages would be tired to how much money the company makes.

Except for small businesses, minumum wage should be a certain percentage of the total profits.

Companies like walmart that turn billions in profit would be forced to pay a liveable wage. If a company like walmart makes 20 billion in profit, they can afford to pay a higher wage then a mon-and-pop store that is barely turning a profit.

If Mcdonalds can turn a billion dollars in profit, there is no excuse for paying near poverty wages.

If walmart can turn a billion dollars in profit, there is no excuse for paying near poverty wages.

Simple minimum wage fix

Limit the pay of CEOs to a certain percentage of the lowest paid employee.

Lets use a CEO that makes 20 million a year, a simple minimum wage fix would be to force the company to pay a minimum wage of $200,000 a year. This way the CEO only makes 100X what the lowest paid employee makes.

Corporate welfare

I am tired of my tax dollars being used to subside companies like walmart. Why is the US having financial problems? Because companies like mcdonalds, walmart, lowes, best buy,,, can get away with paying their employees poverty wages.

Fortune 500 employer – even though we make a few billion in quarterly profits, we are going to pay you $8 an hour. I understand you have 2 children at home? You should be able to sign up on welfare and food stamps to subsidize your income.

Employee – are you sure you can not pay more then $8 an hour?

Fortune 500 employer – we need to make sure the CEO gets his Christmas bonus at the end of the year, and he wants a new private jet.

Free market is supposed to determine wages

That is fine and dandy, expect the US is not a free market.

We have millions of illegal immigrants who will work for a lower wage then most US citizens.

We have free trade with china. Labor cost get to high, close the plant and move overseas.

When the factory closes, the people have to be retrained, which a lot of them go into the service sector because the manufacturing jobs are gone. More people in the service sector means wages are driven down even more.

If we did not have 8% – 10% unemployment rate, and we did not have free trade, then yea, maybe then the market would determine what wages to pay.

Since the 1980s I have seen shipyards close, numerous welding shops close, people that once held metal working jobs are being forced into other job markets.

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Is obama going to start a war with Iran

My opinion, two things that can save the election for obama:

1 – create a threat to the US so severe that it can not be ignored.

2 – eliminate the threat.

The threat I see obama creating is a nuclear Iran. Not that Iran is “really” developing nuclear weapons, its that obama might tell the US that Iran has nuclear weapons as part of a propaganda program.

One issue that everyone seems to be ignoring is that Iran has been open about its nuclear program. UN observers have been allowed into Irans nuclear enrichment facilities, so far everything has been an open book to the whole world.

Is iran developing a nuclear weapon? I am sitting on the fence to answer that question.

If iran was developing a nuclear weapon, why are UN observers allowed into the country?

Attacking iran opens a whole can of worms with china and india, both of whom get a good bit of their crude oil from Iran. If obama gives the order to attack iran, how will china and india react?

Another question, would obama be willing to risk starting a world war to stay in office?

Lets say that obama attacked Iran, china sees this as an attack on the national security of china, so china attacks the US. What would happen to the elections? Could the elections be suspended during times a war or national crisis?

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Disaster Preparedness Manuals

Disaster Preparedness Manuals, also known as survival manuals are often overlooked by preppers and survivalist. There is a wealth of information out there, but you have to have the books in hand for them to do you any good.

Over the past few weeks I picked up 6 new disaster preparedness manuals:

Homeland security field guide
Quick Series guide to public health emergencies
Quick Series emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities and medical conditions
Janes Chem-bio handbook
Chickens by Dereck Hall

I also have Chickens for Dummies on the way, it should be here next week.

Homeland Security Field GuideHomeland Security Field Guide, a pocket reference for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) & terrorism response:

One thing that stands out about this manual, the different sections have tabs that you can see without having to open the book. Need information about decon, find the decon tab, open the book to that section.

102 pages

Categories include:

First in response
Command considerations
Chemical agent response
Radiological response
Biological agent response
Explosives
Decontamination procedures
Reference material

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Reviewing your seed stockpile

snap beans survivalist gardenSpring is just a couple of months away. As the warm weather gets closer, some of us are going to be putting seeds in the ground in 6 – 7 weeks.

Over the next few weeks the local feed and fertilizer stores will start getting their shipments in. As the stores start to get their seeds in, now is a good time to review your seed stockpile.

Last year my wife and I planted 1/4 acre of corn and peas. But due to the drought, nothing came up. This year I plan on planting a garden a little smaller and a little closer to home so I can get a water hose to the plants. This year I need to replace the seeds that we pout out last year.

Some of the seeds in my stockpile:

Beans – snap beans and pinto beans
Bell pepper
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cantaloupes
Carrots
Corn
Cucumbers
Greens – Radishes, Turnips, Mustard greens, 7 top turnips and Rutabagas
Jalapeno pepper
Okra
Peas – Mississippi purple hull pink eye and BVR. BVR seeds are resistant to a certain virus that can stunt the growth of the plant.
Snap beans – Contender bush bean, Roma II and pinto beans
Spinach
Squash and Zucchini
Watermelons

When stockpiling seeds for a home garden, and especially for a long term SHTF survival situation, its important to have seeds that will provide a balanced diet.

Unless you have access to livestock or land to go hunting on, one of the most important types of seeds that you can stockpile is pinto beans. Pinto beans are a good source of protein. Its such a good source of protein, vegans use pinto beans as a replacement for meat.

Cucumbers are not a good source of nutrients, its more of a filler food then anything else. Plus, cucumbers have a high nitrogen requirement. If you have nitrogen fertilizer on hand, why not use it for something like spinach, instead of cucumbers.

As spring gets closer I hope to post more on stockpiling seeds.

Now for a video about seeds

Illegal immigration and welfare abuse

survivalistBefore we begin, I want to make it clear that everyone at some time or another may need a helping hand.  People lose their jobs, run into financial problems and need some help.

However, the support system was never intended as a way of life.

Our society has cultivated four groups of people:

Group 1 – people who think they are entitled to welfare, or entitled to other social benefits.

After Hurricane Andrew passed through Florida, there were stories of people sitting in their front yards waiting for the government to clean up the mess.  When asked why they were not cleaning up their own yard, the reply was something like “the government is supposed to take care of stuff like that”.  It was reported that one family had been on welfare for 3 generations.  The family had no idea what it was like to do something for yourself.  In their minds, the government should do everything.

After hurricane katrina hit new orleans, I was required by my employer to go to the shelter and help out. In all, I think there were close to 200 people at the shelter – men, women and children.

Around 2 weeks after the evacuees arrived at the shelter, a bus was rented to take the people to a local workforce center to help them get a job. Some of the adults REFUSED to get on the bus. They said something like “you can not make me look for a job”. The people were receiving free housing, free food, free medical checkups,,,. Why look for a job if you get everything for free?

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What would war with Iran mean

The writing is on the wall with Iran, China, and the past 20 years of free trade policy with china. The US has positioned itself in a corner of weakness.  No longer are we a world leader.  More like, the US is the laughing stock to the rest of the world.  We willingly give our factories and technology away so companies can exploit cheap labor, all in the name of maximizing profits.

Our growing dependence on china is going to come back and bite us in the butt.

Part 1

Israel may strike Iran sometime this spring or summer – I got a bad feeling about this.

Growing concern Israel may strike Iran this spring – CBS News

Part 2

Ayatollah Khamenei says the enemies of Islam and the Great Satan (The US) will soon be defeated.

Iran warns world of coming great event

Chinas dependance of oil

China and India both rely on crude oil from Iran. Anything that disrupts the supply of crude to either India or china will cause ripples in the economies of those nations.

The economy of china is slowing down, mainly due to the US being in a recession.  Disrupting the supply of crude oil could be seen as an attack on the nation security of china.  How would the US feel if russia bombed Canada, causing the crude to stop following, which caused gas prices to spike, further repressing the economy.

This is my personal opinion, so take this with a grain of salt, or maybe even a truckload of salt.

I feel that Iran has positioned itself to be made a victim.  Iran is supposed to be developing nuclear power plants for peaceful purposes, but everyone else seems to disagree.

Why would Iran make itself out to be a victim?  To rally support, and have other nations come to its aid. Playing the victim is one of the first steps of jihad.

What I fear, if any nation strikes iran, china will jump in to protect its supply of oil.

I can see China sending anti-air missiles to Iran to protect the oil fields and refineries. Hopefully, no chinese troops will be involved.

The US is in no position to be in disagreement with china. China supplies a massive amount of our electronics. To cut off that supply of products would have a devastating effect on the US economy in the short term.

In the long term, cutting off a supply of products from china might help the US economy, as it would spur construction of new factories to replace the products from china.

The main question I ask myself, can the US fight an extended war with only our onshore manufacturing plants? In other words, “if” we went to war with someone like China, and we were no longer receiving shipments of computer parts, engine parts, computers, raw materials,,, how long could the US sustain its wartime efforts.

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