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New Sawyer PointOne Water Filter

Sawyer PointOne water filter

Time to get a new water filter. I decided to shelf the Katadyn Vario and pick up a Sawyer PointOne.

The Katadyn Vario has had a number of issues, such as leaking around the head. The final straw was when the hinges on a pump piston broke loose when checking my gear.

I was getting ready for a hiking trip, going over my gear, picked up the Katady Vario, looked it over, worked the handle, and the plastic hinges that work one of the pistons snapped. The hinge did not break, they just came out of their notches. Continue Reading….

Avoiding Tacticool

A few days ago the dogs and I went on a hiking trip in the woods near my house. I usually wear a green or camo shirt, a style of combat boots, jeans,,, just something that will help my upper body blend in and my lower body avoid stickers.

Got back home, forgot to change clothes and went to a local corner store. Standing at the counter I realized I stood out. Camo is common in hunting season, but not summer time.

This was your typical country type corner store where most people the people see each other or even know each others names. Associating myself with tacticool is something that I want to avoid. Continue Reading….

Losing Chickens To Predators

Over the past couple of weeks I have lost several chickens to predators. 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. Continue Reading….

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. Continue Reading….

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. Continue Reading….

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 Continue Reading….

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 Continue Reading….

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. Continue Reading….

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, Continue Reading….

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 Continue Reading….

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. Continue Reading….

Farm Progress February 2017

Tractor moving debris

Time for an update from the farm.

I had some heavy equipment brought out to the farm to move brush, limbs and tree tops. Things are looking up and progress has been made. There is still so much work to do. Small trees need to be be cleared, split and stored, then old fence has to be pulled up.

Hopefully in March I can start setting the first corner post. Maybe sometime this summer start running the first strands of fence. Continue Reading….

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 Continue Reading….

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