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Are you going to plant a spring garden?

In these uncertain times, growing your own food makes good financial sense. There was a news report today that around 7% of the US population is now out of work. With money having to go to pay the house bill, electric bill, insurance and other expenses, having a home garden could free up some money to go to other expenses. At a few minutes to drop by the gardening section of the survival forum and read what other people have to say about this topic.

Autoimmune disorders and breastfeeding

Before we get started, I (Kevin) am not a medical professional. What has been posted here is my opinion, and is not medical advice. Do not even consider this article as medical advice, because its not – its jut my non-professional opinion. There was an interesting article on the British Broadcasting Company website about Autoimmune Disorders. Here is the link – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7856095.stm There was one paragraph that really stood out. “There is compelling evidence that something in our immune systems has changed since our ancestors, in fact has changed since our great grandparents.” One major factor in our society has in fact changed since our grandparents, and that is the number of women that breastfeed their children. When a woman breastfeeds, they pass some of Continue Reading….

George A. Romeros Diary of the Dead

First impressions – this is a pretty good zombie flick. Maybe not a great movie, but it is good. Diary of the Dead addresses some real issues that would face our society if a wide spread disaster were to strike. During the 1918 flu pandemic, governments did not want want the public to know that was a world wide flu pandemic going on. News outlets were asked not to talk about the seriousness of the outbreak. The Spanish flu is called the Spanish flu because a news agency out of Spain was the first to report the seriousness of the pandemic. Has too much really changed between 1918 and today? I highly doubt it. In the movie Diary of the Dead, the government tries to Continue Reading….

16 Gallon Portable Water Drum

Storage Drum

Every survivalist should consider some kind of portable water solution. Whether this is 5 gallon buckets, 7 gallon drums or like in this video, 16 gallon drums.

The drum in this video will hold 16 gallons of water, but I only put 15 gallons in it. This is to leave a little head room. These drums originally held some kind of Dr. Pepper syrup. But its nothing that some soap and water will not wash out.

When the drums were bought and brought home, dish washing soap was squirted into the drum, a water hose was inserted into the mouth and the water hose turned on. The water was allowed to circulate through the drum for 10 – 15 minutes. Then the drum was turned over, drained, stood back up and the water hose reinserted. Continue Reading….

Valkyrie with Tom Cruise and political party loyalty

This past Saturday my wife and I went to go see Valkyrie with Tom Cruise. The movie was pretty good and gets a rating B+ or A-. Not enough political movies are made of our recent human history. If people will not pay attention to their government, maybe the big screen can help put the facts in front of the people. Saturday afternoon I was putting some thought into the movie and doing some comparisons. There is a lot of differences between the USA of today and Nazi Germany, but one thing is the same – blind loyalty. In no way is the Nazi party even close to the Republicans and Democrats. Even though the political parties may not have anything in common, the people Continue Reading….

Baby food considerations after a disaster

One consideration that is often over looked is baby food. Even though baby food is artifical food, and should be avoided, feeding infants after a disaster should be a serious consideration.

In the “real” world there is no such thing as baby food. There are no trees that grow jars of baby food, there are no baby food seeds that can be planted to grow a baby food plant. The only natural food for infants and babies is breast milk. Everything else is artificial food.

With this in mind, mothers that breast feed have a distinct advantage over mothers that do not breast feed. In the event of a disaster, mothers that breast feed their infants do not have to worry about formula, bottles or nipples. This means that infants that are breast feed have a better chance of survival in the event of some kind of wide spread or long term disaster.

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Questions about survival gear

If you have a question about survival gear, then visit the survival gear forum. Regardless if your looking for candles, flashlights, bug out bags (BOBs), alice packs, molle packs, or anything else, the community is there to help you. It does not matter what kind of disaster your preparing for – whether its a hurricane, plague or nuclear strike, its important to have the gear to help you and your family get through the event. Lets start things off with a few example topics: The best alcohol stove Cheap water filter Decent BOB setup for $20 Portable Solar Charger Survival Candles

Survival gear neoprene gloves

Neoprene gloves are my preference for cold weather. But these are only good to around 30 degrees. Once the temperature reaches the mid 30’s, I have a pair of thin, insulated gloves that I put on, and then pull the neoprene gloves over them. The rubber of the Neoprene allows the gloves to stretch over the first pair. With this combination I have a glove system that is good down into the 20’s and provides a good no slip grip. If you wish to comment on this video, please do so in this thread at the  survival gear forum.

Plans for 2009

As I look back 0n 2008, I also look forward to 2009. Over the past few months I have not been my usual self. Korey (my son) got a deer this hunting season, and so far that is all we have gotten is that one deer. Tomorrow is the last day of regular deer season, in 2 weeks there is a youth weekend. Hopefully between tomorrow and the youth weekend Korey or I will be able to get another deer. This will fill our freezer for the coming year. January – my wife and I planted a bed of onions. I bought the onion sprouts 2 weeks ago but have not felt like planting them. The onions were a mix of 10-15Y and some smaller Continue Reading….

Tips on how to bury a cache tube

Green PVC is better then white.  The green stuff has a life expectancy of around 800 years, buried and full of sewage. Yep, that last part is correct, the green stuff is sewage pipe. So be sure to get it new and not used. One end cap does not need to be glued on. To make that seal, use heavy duty water proof wheel bearing grease for boat trailers.  Boat trailer wheel bearing grease is designed to be submerged in water. Spread it around the outside of the pipe on the end that the cap will not be glued on. Spread it on thick, as the cap goes on it will push the extra in front of the cap, building up a bead of grease. Continue Reading….

Youtube censorship of hunting videos

Since when is hunting considered animal cruelty? Well, it seems that the management of youtube thinks that hunting is just that, animal cruelty. Or, is youtube bowing to political pressure? Over the past few months youtube has started removing hunting videos. The reason –  hunting videos depict animal cruelty. One of my videos that showed how to skin a squirrel was removed from youtube. The squirrel was legally taken according to the laws of the State of Texas (where I live) and was taken in a humane manner. The video was removed on December 20th. On that same day I sent an email back to the people at youtube asking if I could get a reason “why” the video was removed. Four days later and Continue Reading….

Hurricane Rita Review

When Hurricane Rita made landfall it was the fourth-most intense Atlantic Hurricane ever recorded and the most intense tropical cyclone ever observed in the Gulf of Mexico. After Rita made landfall in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana, the storm caused $11.3 billion in damage. The following story is my personal account of the days right before Rita made landfall, lessons learned, the actual landfall and the following days. Wednesday morning it looked like Rita might hit Houston so my ex wife brought my youngest kids ages 9 and 11 to Bridge City Texas where my parents live, from there they (my kids and parents, not exwife) were going to evacuate to Jasper – to my house. Wednesday noon my 16 year old calls me, ask Continue Reading….

Coleman exponent sleeping bag review

An unbiased review of the Coleman exponent sleeping bag by trained professionals (not really). Both of my kids liked the sleeping bag and found the bag to be comfortable. But, the bag is supposed to have a comfort rating of 32 degrees. Even with temps around 36 degrees, my daughter was still cold. But my son slept good. Here are their stories. Even though my daughter had a US Army Poncho liner and a fleece blanket in the sleeping bag with her, she was still cold. It might have helped if she would have had a sleeping pad between the ground and the sleeping bag. But we did not have any pads with us, just a poncho thrown on the ground. I told her she Continue Reading….

Who is to blame for our current situation?

Who is to blame for this nations current situation? If you voted for president bush 8 or 4 years ago – I blame you. If you voted for your current elected official – I blame you. If you voted third party, against your current elected official or against george bush 8 and 4 years ago – you are not to blame. Put the blame where is should lie – at the feet of the people that elected these bozos. I hope you are proud of yourself. If you have a comment, post it in the this thread of the political forum.

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