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The 1980s seem so long ago

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 31, 2012 0 Comments

Why do the 1980s seem so long ago? But then again, it seems like only a few weeks ago I was finishing high school and entering the workforce.

In all honesty I miss the 1980s. I do not miss how Reganomics destroyed the ship building industry in southeast Texas, particularly in Beaumont and Orange Texas.

I miss the music,
I miss skinny women,
I miss talking to people face-to-face,
I miss how people had real interaction with each other, interaction that has been replaced by the internet,
I miss cheap gas,
I miss the friendships I had in school,
Did I mention the music?

The 80s had some great music, great clothes, we knew had to have fun without drugs.

Have I mentioned the music,




Muslims gaining political power in Belgium

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 30, 2012 0 Comments

Its called creeping Sharia. Remember that word because you are going to be hearing it more and more.

Muslims are forming a political party in Belgium, and have even won a elected seat.

After Muslims gain a political power, its just a matter of time before sharia law will be established.




Sweaty Sexy Workout

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 30, 2012 0 Comments

Legs, boobs and abs all in one video, what more could you want.

I admire how toned her abs are, wish mine looked like that.




Why Prepare

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 30, 2012 0 Comments

Pastor Dowell posted another good video, this time its about prepping.

Pastor Dowell brings up a good point, if you do not prepare then there is something wrong with you.

With hurricane Sandy laying waste to the Northeast, it could be days, maybe weeks before relief efforts reach some ares.

Over 10 million people are without power in the Northeast, roads are blocked or flooded, who can the people depend on? Themselves.




Staten Island residents ask for rescue

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 30, 2012 0 Comments

Article from yahoo news,

Staten Island residents ask local leaders for rescue

This might sound cold-hearted, if you were warned to leave, and you ignored those warnings, too bad.

People that ignore calls to evacuate put a drain emergency services that are better served elsewhere. There is a difference in someone that can not evacuate because they do have the means to, and someone that ignores the situation.

Nobody has the right to willfully be a burden upon others. That is called willful negligence, and it puts others at risk.




Hammer for your survival tool kit

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 28, 2012 0 Comments

There is an old saying “every tool kit needs a Hammer.” A “hammer” is a tool that helps break something loose that is stuck. Rusted bolt, put a wrench on it, then hit the wrench with a hammer.

How can we take that saying and apply it to survivalism?

What would be an item in our survival tool kit that can help get things unstuck?

Stuck in a food production groove, what would help you increase production?

Need to clear a tree after a hurricane? Break out the chain saw.

Need to make sure looters steer clear? Break out the AK-47.

The three key issues after SHTF will be water, food and personal hygiene. There are other things such as security, cooking, livestock, bartering, hunting, fishing, foraging,,, and other odds and ends.

What items can we add to our survival tool kit to make sure our water production, food and personal hygiene keeps going?

To me, my hammer for water production is my Royal Berkey water filter. In a worse case situation I can get water from a creek, run the water through my Royal Berkey, then my family and I have safe drinking water.




Why are humans so violent

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 28, 2012 0 Comments

Back in the late 1980s or early 1990s there was a story that came out of Lake Charles Louisiana about a missing girl. The community had organized search efforts, people organized, looked through wooded areas, people put up posters,,,.

The turning point was when the local police got a list of convicted sex offenders. One of the sex offenders happened to live close to the girl. When the police questioned the guy about the girl, he confessed to killing her. The girls body was still in his house.

It just so happened that the killer also volunteered to search for the girl.

What kind of sicko kills a child, then helps look for the body?

More recently there is the story of the 12 year old girl from New Jersey who was killed for her bicycle. The accused perpetrators in this act are 15 and 17 years old.

What does this say about the future of our society when children kill each other over bike parts?




What did you want to be when you grew up

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 27, 2012 2 Comments

While I was growing up adults and teachers asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. What I really wanted to do was Anthropology, the study of ancient civilizations.

My other choices were to do something with the outdoors, or to create something, such as a scientist.

When I finished high school I took a job at a welding shop, which was not even something I had considered.

In the 1990s I looked into opening some kind of outdoor gear review magazine. But the magazine was cost prohibitive. The companies that would print the magazines wanted a couple of hundred thousand dollars up front, and that was even before I found anyone that would carry the magazines.

From the mid 1990s to the mid 2000s, I was waiting for something to come along on the internet that would help me build a website. There was basic HTML sites, but I wanted something that was dynamic and able to handle steady updates.

In early 2006 I opened the forum. Later that same year I opened the blog but in a different format then what we see today.

Between the forum and the blog, I have achieved something I have wanted to do since I was a kid. I get to go play in the woods, then write about it.

Creating content on youtube, the forum and the blog is like a scientist creating something. I do my research, do my observations, then write about my opinion on the research and observations.

The internet has given me the ability to express myself like a real-life job would never have.




Farmering gardening and hunting after SHTF

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 23, 2012 5 Comments

Lets say some kind of SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation happens tomorrow, what would your long term farming, gardening and hunting plans be?

Do you plan on hunting for most of your food from livestock, gardening, hunting or a combination of food sources?

Long term survival plans after SHTF

Barred Rock chickenOne of the common theories in the various survivalist communities is that a family will grab their bug out bags, head to the hills where they will live off the land.

In theory this may sound fine and dandy.

In reality, chances are the family is going to starve to death.

If various humanoids have gone extinct over the past 100,000 years, what makes a family think they can survive with very few primitive survival skills?

The long term survivability of humans is directly related to much much food we can produce, and not how much food we can hunt or gather. There is a physical limitation to how many miles a person can walk in a day. There is a physical limitation to how much weight a person can carry.




How life choices bite you in the butt

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 21, 2012 0 Comments

When I decided to write this article I was having problems picking a title. Lately I have been doing some thinking. What promoted this was a comment posted on one of my post. The comment was in reference to some of my post sounding bitter.

I want to be honest with my readers, my poor life choices have led me on the path of bitterness.

Who is to blame for my life choices? I am.

Working in the welding field

In 1986 when I graduated high school I decided to enter the workforce instead of going to college. My wifes grandfather helped get me a job at a local welding shop. I should have known something was wrong when the company did not offer and kind of benefits, such as health insurance, or retirement.

In 1987 I got a job at another welding shop, but this job had lots of overtime and some benefits.




Winter is my favorite time of year

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 21, 2012 0 Comments

Winter is my favorite time of year. These southeast Texas winters do not get “that” cold. Its more like a wet cool, then a snowy cold type of winter.

When the cold weather sets in I feel energized, and somewhat adventurous.

The Texas summers are so hot that the heat is oppressive. Want to go fishing in July or August? Better be on the water at sunrise and back home by 10am. If not, you are going to be roasted on the deck of the boat.

Then there are the images from the middle ages. How many pictures or movies show the middle ages a hot time period?

When winter gets here, I feel like the adventurer from Skyrim.




Why I Blog

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 21, 2012 0 Comments

Why did I open this blog? Because I wanted to. This blog is an extension of my thoughts and opinions.

For a good part of my life I have been opinionated and outspoken. This blog allows me to express my opinions to a wide range of people.

As for survivalism, I see survivalism as an extension of my everyday life. To me, my survival gear stockpile is no different then a coin collection. Just as coin collectors are always looking for that rare or unique coin that will round out the collection, I am always looking for some new skill, knowledge or survival gear addition that will round out my collection.

In 2012 my wife and I built the chicken coop and got some hens. I like sharing those experiences with people who visit my blog.

What is life? Would it be safe to say life is a sharing of experiences?

What would life be if nobody ever shared their opinions and thoughts? How lonely would that life be?




Free Trade Will Kill The United States Economy

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 21, 2012 1 Comment

With the advent of World War II America recovered from the greatest depression the US had ever seen.

With the advent of free trade, America will once again return to economic dark ages.

The engineers of free trade agreements said the jobs lost to cheap overseas labor will be replaced by high paying service sector jobs.

Service sector jobs do not “create” anything

Tech jobs design stuff, such as routers, switches and software, but we need working people to make those items. Who is going to assemble the circuit boards? How is going to install the circuit boards?

In other words, we need hands-on people to assemble those products.

We need ship builders, we need people to build bulldozers, build DVD players, make clothes,,,,. It is those jobs that support the middle class.

Is a financial analyst going to pour asphalt on the weekends? How else are roads supposed to be built? Someone has to operate the equipment. Someone has to build the equipment that pours the asphalt.




Fishing Trip October 19 2012

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 20, 2012 0 Comments

Man oh man, what a day. Long story short, my wife (her name is Kristy) and I went fishing on the Angelina river south of Bevil Port, which is close to Jasper Texas. We caught some fish and had a great time.

Now for the rest of the story

Instead of getting up at the crack of dawn, Kristy and I decided to sleep late. A cool front pushed through Wednesday October 17, which dropped the morning temp down to 47 degrees. We did not want to deal with temps in the upper 40s, so we waited a little late in morning to head out.

Kristy got up and did our usual morning routine, which includes a shower, brushing teeth, getting dressed,,, just your typical stuff.

For breakfast Kristy fixed me a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. The egg came from our chickens.




Random Thoughts October 18 2012 State of the Nation

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 18, 2012 1 Comment

Over the past few weeks I have been posting some of these random thoughts articles. This type of format gives me the chance to address a wide range of topics in a single post.

What I would like to discuss in this post is the state of the nation.

The United States is going to hell in a handbag, and none of the talking heads in Washington seem to care. Either they don’t care, or they have been paid not to care.

Food stamp program has increased 100 percent under President Barack Obama. According to an article on the Daily Caller, food stamp participation is up 100% over the past 4 years.

When obama was elected president the people were hoping for change, but is that the type of change yall were wanting?