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Starting My Rabbit Project

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 31, 2013 1 Comment

For the sake of discussion let’s say that some kind of SHTF situation occurred. Whether it is widespread civil unrest, nuclear war, financial collapse,,, something has happened to disrupt food shipments as well as infrastructure.California white rabbit

How do you plan on providing fresh vegetables, fruit and meat for your family? In other articles we have discussed gardening, beans, squash, potatoes and chickens (only to mention a few topics we have discussed). So lets talk about rabbits for a little bit.

Why Rabbits

Easy to raise
Eat a variety of grass
Reproduce like crazy,,, well, they reproduce like rabbits
Easy to butcher
Easy to cook
Do not require a lot of space
Do not make a lot of noise
Large enough to feed a small family
Poop makes excellent fertilizer




Using Easter To Kick Start Chicken And Rabbit Project

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 26, 2013 1 Comment

Easter is next weekend, April 31, 2013. If you live in the burbs or in a rural area you may see people selling rabbits and chicks on the side of the road. Or you may be seeing ads in the local paper for chicks and Easter bunnies for sale.

Public Service Reminder, please think before you buy live animals for Easter.Chickens in the chicken coop

Those bunnies and colored chicks are cute, but they will soon grow up.

The majority of live animals bought for Easter will either be abandoned, or will die before they turn a year old.

I have bought my kids bunnies for Easter before. But we also built the rabbit hutch and took care of the rabbits. It was a fun project for the whole family.

But then again, not everyone wants to invest the time, effort or money into building a rabbit hutch. Keep in mind some cities prohibit keeping rabbits and chickens. It would be a shame to buy a couple of chicks, then find out your family will not be able to keep them.




Cyprus Deal Pushes EU Closer To Revolution

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 25, 2013 0 Comments

Nation overspends, needs a bailout, part of the bailout is that the government seizes a percentage of savings accounts over 100,000 euro.

Government of Cyprus has turned into nothing more then common criminals. If Cyrpus can do this, what is stopping Spain, Ireland or even the united States from seizing bank accounts?




The State Of Social Security Disability

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 25, 2013 0 Comments

Do you want to know how bad things are? Do you “really” want to know? Chances are, if you pass your time watching sports rather then watching the news, or reading gossip websites rather then reading news websites, you probably do not want to read this article.

Since 2009, an average of 150,000 jobs are created every month inside the United States.

During that same time, an average of 250,000 people apply for Social Security Disability every month.Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

In other words, 100,000 more people apply for social security disability every month over those that find a job.

Around 14 million people currently draw Social Security disability.

Source14 Million Americans Don’t Work Due To Disability, And The Number Is Growing

The system is broken. 100,000 more people file for SS disability rather then find a job every month. It is just a matter of time before the financial system collapses.

It is impossible for 150,000 workers to support 250,000 people on disability, and that is the direction we are headed.




Political Incorrectness Of The Original Red Dawn

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 24, 2013 0 Comments

As I write this the original Red Dawn is playing on the Ecnore channel. As the movie plays I would like to write about how times have changed since the 1980s.

Chevy truck has a gun rack in the back window. This would have probably drawn a response from the FBI for a terrorist activity on school property. There was once a time when high school kids had guns in their vehicles so they could go hunting after school. But today, schools are gun free zones. And we wonder why crazy people are drawn to schools?Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

White man shooting black teacher, racist.

Kids riding in the back of a truck, which is now illegal.

Adult giving guns to a minor. Obvious example of terrible parenting.

Keeping a handgun in the glove box?

Pissing in a radiator probably voided the warranty.

After the kids reach the wilderness there is a discussion about what their parents would want. today, it is not what the parent wants, but what the government wants.

Shooting a deer to survive? I hope they had a valid hunting license.




Prepping In Breadth But Not Depth

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 24, 2013 2 Comments

A few days ago I started reading a new book, it’s called “War on the eastern front by James Lucas.” War on the eastern front is a collection of personal experiences based on diaries from German soldiers.

The majority of books I read are non-fiction. This is because I like to know what real-life experiences people faced during times of hardship. For example what were some of the issues that were faced during the Black Death?Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Why did I pick a book on the eastern front? We know the German army failed to defeat the Russian army due to two things – the harsh Russian winter, and resupply issues. Those are the two main issues taught in just about every world history class.

On page 4 of “War on the eastern front”, it is noted that author A.J.P Taylor said “while his opponents were rearming for a great war in depth, Hitler rearmed Germany in breath. Everything for the front lines, but nothing for a second campaign.”

Hitler was so sure the German army could defeat Russia in a single season, there were no plans for a long drawn out battle during the Russian winter. Nor were plans made for the following year, much less a war that lasted another 4 years.

How does this relate to survivalism

If you have adopted survivalism as a way of life, a lot of what you see, read, hear and do is somehow related to survivalism.




Allergies Feel Like They Are Killing Me

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 22, 2013 0 Comments

What is up with my allergies this year? I have not felt this bad in years, and I mean years.

For the past couple of weeks allergies have caused sinus drainage into my throat. Over the past few days things have moved into my chest. Breathing has gotten difficult to the point where my wife made me an appointment with a local doctor.

My appointment was Thursday – The doctor said my lungs sounded good, but he gave me a z-pack and a one week supply of prednisone. A lung function test, EKG, chest x-ray and blood work was scheduled for Friday.

Friday – I got to the doctors office around 8:30 in the morning. First thing the nurses did was blood work. After the nurse got the needle out the last thing I remember was the nurse calling for a bottle of water. The next thing I remember was waking up on the floor with a dozen nurses standing around me. I passed smooth out.

I kept telling the nurses I was sorry for scaring them. They said it was ok that it happens all the time.




Categories: Health and Fitness

Red Dawn the remake

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 20, 2013 0 Comments

Red Dawn released in 2012 starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is loosely based off the 1984 Red Dawn.

First Impressions – the overall acting was good. For the most part the actors played their parts well.Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

The writing was pretty lousy. The characters lacked any kind of development, except for the viewer knowing Chris Hemsworth served in the Marine corps, little else is know about the other characters.

Character development

In the original Red Dawn the commander of the invading force is seen writing to his family. In his letters he talks about how is growing tired of the war. In the remake there is no such character development with the commander of the invading force.




Our Shared Financial Future

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 20, 2013 0 Comments

There is an old saying, “no man is an island.” What affects my neighbor also affects me. If we take a look around the United States and Europe, we see one thing in common, the banks driving the nations into bankruptcy.

Whether its the United States, Cyprus, Spain,,, banks have made so many bad loans they have to be bailed out, and at the expense of the tax payer.

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In the long run this spells out two things – the banks end up with property is made bad loans on and later repossessed, and then the tax payer is in debt to the banks for their bad loans.

Cyprus – We should all be concerned about bank bailouts, and we should especially be concerned about what is happening in Cyprus. Instead of taxing the organizations who can afford it, the government is going to take 10% from all savings accounts across the nation.

Saving to buy a home? Saving to put your kids through college? Well, 10% of your money just disappeared.




Feinstein Just Got Owned

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 19, 2013 0 Comments

Well, well, well, good ole Dianne Feinstein just got her socialist anti-gun bill slapped down, and by one of her own. Harry Reid will not include an assault rifle and magazine ban in the newly proposed gun legislation.

The ban Feinstein wanted will be presented in a separate bill, one that will surely fail to pass.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Several member of the Democratic Party are up for reelection in 2014. A lot of those seats are in districts that vote for Republicans and Democrats. If some kind of ban does pass, it is almost assured the Democrats will lose votes, which will result in losing seats in the House and Senate.

If the Democrats lose seats in the 2014 election, Obama will be a lame duck president. With the Republican controlled congress, it is unlikely Obama will be able to get any new laws passed.




Breeding Barred Rock Chickens

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 16, 2013 0 Comments

Over the past couple of years I have looked at several breeds of chickens to develop a self-sustaining chicken flock. Some of the breeds I have looked at are the Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Dominique and Australorp (only to name a few).

Why should we care about the Barred Rock? It is a good dual purpose chicken which has been raised for well over 100 years.

I do not consider the Barred Rock a high egg producer chicken, as it only lays around 200 eggs a year. There are breeds out there that lay well over the 200 egg mark. The Barred Rock makes up for its average egg production with its size, hardiness, and its meat quality.

While looking for information on various chicken breeds I came across this youtube video, which talks about breeding the Barred Rock. I would like to thank FarmRaised for uploading this video.

This video brings up some good topics for discussion:




Gamers Life

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 13, 2013 0 Comments

boogie2988 made a nice rhyme about what its like to be a gamer.

Non-gamers would not understand what its like to play an online video game, or even a single player role playing game. Modern video games open up a whole new world. Games like Left 4 Dead, New Vegas, Skyrim, Left 4 Dead 2 open up whole new worlds to gamers.

If nothing else, video games are a great way to relieve stress.

My first PC video game was Command & Conquer for DOS, but it also ran on Windows 3.11.

My second PC video game was Doom.




North Korean Propaganda Video Depicts Modern America

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 13, 2013 0 Comments

Most people will watch the video and get a nice laugh out of it. However, there are people out there who are homeless, living in tents, living in homes that are falling down and/or living in shelters. As a world leader, how can we allow this to happen to our people?

If the U.S. government has money to give to away to foreign nations, why can’t we take care of our own.

we should ask ourselves, is what we see about North Korea the truth? Or is the United States Government spreading propaganda like what the North Korean government is doing?




Petrodollar The Road to World War 3

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 12, 2013 0 Comments

Good explanation of how the dollar is backed up by nothing. The only thing we really have is oil is bought and sold in U.S. dollars.

How far will the federal reserve go to protect the U.S. dollar? Is it worth going to war with Russia, China and Iran?




Uncle Sam Wanted You to Raise Chickens

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 6, 2013 2 Comments

There was once a time when Uncle Sam (the U.S. Government) wanted people to raise chickens. This was especially true in times of war when our troops needed food.

Unfortunately those days are far behind us. If a city dweller tried to raise chickens today, they would probably be sued by the city and forced to get rid of the flock.

What does that say about us as a nation when we turn away from time honored traditions of raising our food, only to become dependent on a grocery store?

Uncle sam wants you to raise chickens