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Hammer for your survival tool kit

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?

Safe drinking water

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.

Food production

My hammer for food production is either my seed stockpile or my chickens.

For the past few years I have been stockpiling all kinds of heirloom / open pollinated seeds.  Some of my seed stockpile includes corn, squash, spinach, peas, beans, onions, zucchini,,, just all kinds of stuff.

Chickens have a production lifespan.  After a few years hen slow down on their egg production and roosters have a prime of their life for breeding.  My hammer would be a rooster that would produce chicks.  The problem is, I do not have a rooster.

After my wife and I get moved to the homestead we will get at least one rooster.  This would help provide a couple of generations of chickens.

I have a cousin that lives a few hundred yards from where my wife and I want to move to.  Maybe my cousin and I can exchange roosters and hens?  Exchanging roosters would help keep fresh DNA in the gene pool.

Personal hygiene after SHTF

One of the big issues after SHTF will be disease prevention and personal hygiene.  How do you build a tool kit for disease prevention during a long term SHTF survival situation?

We can stockpile hand sanitizer and hand soap for the short term, but what about the long term?

The key to personal hygiene after SHTF is having access to safe drinking water.

Why are humans so violent

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,  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?

Humans are violent creatures

Our history is filled with human-on-human violence – serial killers, war, genocide, the Romans slaughtered the Gauls, the Nazis slaughtered the Jews, Stalin slaughtered the Jews, the United States government slaughtered Native Americans, Hernan Cortes slaughtered the Aztec,, entire cultures have been lost of genocide.

What is so special about one girls life compared to the millions of Gauls who were slaughtered under Julius Caesar?

What is so special about one girls life compared to the millions of Native Americans slaughtered by the U.S. government?

Maybe its because the crime was child-on-child violence?

Maybe its because we should have put violence behind us hundreds of years ago?

During outbreaks of the Black Death in the middle ages, starving parents killed their children, starving children killed their parents, this was so one could Cannibalize the other.

When pushed into dire situations, humans are capable of extreme violence upon each other.

But on the other side of the coin, humans are capable of extreme violence just for the fun of it. What other species has blood on its hands in the name of entertainment?

There is this religious based violence, greed based violence, drug violence,,,.  What other species on earth kills each other for material possessions.  What other species on earth kills each other over an idea?

Why haven’t we evolved past violence

Even though our society has evolved, why is violence so prominent?

Society develops better medicines, we put a rover on Mars, we have welfare to help the lazy and the poor, but we also build better ways to kill each other.

The pinnacle of our society is nuclear weapons, along with chemical and biological weapons.  Why must we find efficient ways to kill each other?

Not only is each generation driven to advance mankind, but we are also driven to find better and more effective ways to kill each other.

Instead of humans becoming a peaceful species, we are clinging to our primal violent ways.  Why is that?  Why do we cling to violence like it is something to be cherished?

We usually hang onto stuff that brings back good memories, or is important to us.  Pictures, letters, baby clothes,,, these are things that are important to us.  Things that we miss.

If we keep things that bring back good memories, why do we cling to violence?  Why are nations ready to go to war, why does society idolize violent sports, such as boxing and rugby, why do nations spend so much money on military weapons?

Between the 1950s and 1970s the United States and the Soviet Union were in a race to see how many nuclear weapons they could build.  How many times can we destroy the world?  Why do nations spend billions of dollars on developing weapons to kill more people?

Wouldn’t humanity be better served through peaceful endeavors, instead of building weapons of war?

What did you want to be when you grew up

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

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.

Primitive tribes were able to overcome some of those obstacles by being in great physical shape and living a hunter-gather lifestyle their entire lives.  How can some couch potato expect to kill a 300 pound hog, then pack that hog 3 or 4 miles back to the camp.

Our sedentary lifestyle in no way compares to the lifestyle of a hunter-gatherer.

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How life choices bite you in the butt

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.

I should have know in 1987 that working in welding field was a dead end job. But I justified staying in the welding shops because I was making good money. In 1989 when I was 21 years old, I was bringing home anywhere from $500 – $1,000 a week. That was after insurance and taxes. I felt I was accomplishing something with my life.

Once again I overlooked the obvious. Working 80 hours a week when you are 21 years old is one thing. What was I supposed to do when I got into my 40s and 50s? Would I be able to do hard manual labor at 50 years old? What effects would steel working have on my body?

I blinded myself that welding companies treat employees like disposable products.

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Winter is my favorite time of year

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.

Hunting season will be here in a matter of weeks. Its a countdown to the greatest part of the year, winter.

Why I Blog

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?

One of the things I hoped to do with this blog is to stir emotion.

If I have to post something offensive to stir emotion, then so be it.

If I have to post something controversial to stir emotion, then so be it.

One of the topics that seems to have gotten me some negative feedback is my opinion on how workers are treated in welding shops around southeast Texas.  Why should blue collar workers be treated like second class citizens?  That is another reason why I blog.

Free Trade Will Kill The United States Economy

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.

What about the heat exchangers, cooling towers, pressure vessels, separation towers,,, are tech jobs going to build those items?

What do tech jobs add to the economy or infrastructure? Do tech jobs build drilling rigs? Do tech jobs drive trucks? Do tech jobs build our bridges? How about our roads? Do tech jobs build our roads and highways?

What about our pipelines? Do tech jobs dig the trenches, lay the pipes, weld the pipes, x-ray the welds, fill the trenches back in with dirt?

What about the refineries? Are tech jobs going to build and weld the columns, ladders, walkways,,,?

Are tech jobs going to build and install the pumps that make the refinery work?

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Fishing Trip October 19 2012

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.

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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.

Boat loaded up and ready to goThe boat was hooked to the truck and the gear was loaded up.  For this trip I brought my Maxpedition Condor II, 2 closed face reels, one open face reel, 16 noodles, Igloo marine ice chest, tackle box, catfish bucket, collapsible cooler, and a pair of shorts for Kristy and I to change into when the weather warmed up.

Usually, Kristy and I will make a trip to a corner store down the road from our house to buy a couple of bags of ice for the Igloo marine icechest.  Instead of buying ice, Kristy put our drinks, sandwich stuff and snacks into the collapsible cooler, then put the collapsible cooler into the Igloo marine ice chest.

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Random Thoughts October 18 2012 State of the Nation

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?

Do not blame me for obama getting into office, I voted Libertarian Party.

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Stress is almost overwhelming

Its a little job stress, a lot of it is related to the nations current economic turn-down.

I supply health insurance to my kids. If something were to happen to my job, not only would my wife and I be without health insurance, but my kids would also not be covered.

Since my youngest child is under 18 years old, I am court ordered to pay child support and provide health insurance.  If I could not make my child support payments, the Texas attorney general would want me thrown in jail.

I feel that I am in some kind of work release program.  As long as I can hold a job and make child support payments, I am free to go and do as I please.  When I can not make payments, then its off to jail with you.

Just for the record, I have never been in jail for child support.  But there was a time when I did not have a job for a month or so.  When I got behind on my payments, the Texas attorney general fined a motion asking a judge to imprison me.

What kind of justice is that?  Get without a job, have no income, and the assholes at the Texas attorney general want to throw me in jail.  Is that fair to me or my children?

The good news, my last child is 16 years old.  Only around 18 more months and I will be free of the child support chains.  When my daughter turns 18 I will finally be a free man.  But until then, I am nothing more then a slave to the state.

If the job prospects looked better, then I would not worry as much.  But when jobs are difficult to come by, it just adds to the stress.

Should the rich subsidize the poor

With free trade, and so many companies sending jobs overseas, should the rich subsidize the poor?

If a company can afford to pay its employees well, why shouldn’t said company be required to?  Should companies like walmart be required to pay a higher minimum wage then a mom and pop corner store?

Or roads are falling apart, but foxconn in china is hiring tens of thousands of employees.

Then there is the issue with companies like google setting up offices overseas to lower their tax burden.

If companies are going to exploit free trade and tax loopholes, shouldn’t they be required to give something back?

Apple makes a cool billion in profit, but yet a record number of people are on welfare.

Nobody sees an issue with that?

Is it better to provide welfare to a family where the parents have no life skills, or do we provide a path out of poverty through education?

Even if a path is provided, there is no guarantee the parents will go to school or get take the training.

My wife and I know a certain family, they have 3 young children, oldest is around 7 years old, the dad works, the mom sits at home. There is nothing wrong with staying home with small children. My wife stayed at home with our children.

When the youngest child starts school, the mom has no plans to get to college. Even though her schooling would be paid for by the government, I doubt she has the drive to further her education.

Who benefits the most from welfare

Who are the ones that benefit the most from welfare? The working poor who have 3, 4, 5,,, or more kids.

I have posted this before in various threads, my wife and I know a family that has received some kind of welfare for around 22 – 25 years, and has spanned 3 generations. The kids range in age from mid-20s to around 3 years old.

The grandmother received welfare when she was pregnant, the kids were on welfare their entire lives, and now the newborn grandchild is on welfare.

One of the kids got on social security disability as soon as she tuned 18 years old. And that is after being on welfare since she was born. For her entire life, the lady has received some kind of benefits from the state.

Shouldn’t the state require people who have been on welfare for over 10 years to get some kind of education or job skills?

But where is the money for job training going to come from?  The middle class?  We are already taxed to the limit – income tax, property tax, sales tax, taxes on cell phone bills, taxes on just about everything.

Workplace Inequality

In the recent debates between tweedle dee and tweedle dum there was a question about workplace inequality. I did not watch the debates, the talking heads will say anything to get elected. The after debate articles is where I saw something about gender inequality in the workplace.

I am going to guess its the same ole question asking about the pay differences between men and women, and the how women hit a glass ceiling with promotions and benefits.

Its the same womens activist, womens liberation, trash talk over and over and over.

Here are the facts, women should never be allowed to make the same money, or earn the same benefits as men.

Call it payback for the thousands of years that men have sacrificed their lives in the name of women and children.

Who stormed the beached of Normandy? Men.

When the titanic was sinking, who got on the lifeboats first? Women and children.

Who is expected to lay down their lives for women? Men.

Who is expected to sacrifice their life to save a child? Men.

During world War I, who were getting slaughtered by the thousands every day? Men.

When there is a dirty, nasty, dangerous, repulsive job that needs to be done, who gets called? Men.

When is a woman expected to lay down her life for a man? How about never.

If a man refuses to lay down his life for a woman, he is branded a coward.

10,000 men die on a battlefield, its war.

10,000 women die, its a crime against humanity.

During a divorce, who is most likely to get the children? The woman.

After the divorce, who is most likely to be paying child support? The man.

Why is that?  Because society expects the woman to get the kids and the man to pay child support.  If women want to fight for something, fight for the mans right to have the children and more women pay child support.  We want to be fair right?  Then an equal number of men as women should get the children during a divorce.

Women have their day for breast cancer awareness, where is the mans day for prostate cancer awareness?

Women have the right to have an abortion, where is the mans right to opt of being a parent?  Can a man force a woman to get an abortion?

If we wanted things to be equal, then men should be able to force women to get an abortion.

Little boy gets hurt playing, he is told to suck it up and get tough.

Little girl gets hurt playing, someone picks her up and comforts her.

When a building is on fire, who gets out first? Women, children and cowardly men. At no point would society expect to see a man flee a burning building leaving women and children behind.

Until women are willing to be mowed down by the thousands under machine gun fire, until women are willing to make the same sacrifices that men do, women should not make the same wages, or earn the same benefits that men do.

Disagree? Post your opinion and debate me.

The ignorance of sheeple

From time to time Pastor Dowell gets a little long winded, but he hits on some important issues.

In this Pastor Dowell says he walked up to a lady and offered to sell her a 1 ounce gold coin for $100. The lady turned Pastor Dowell down. So the price went up to $500, and the lady still turned him down.

There was once a time when people knew the value of their money.

After talking about the lady who refused to buy the gold coin, he goes on about how ignorant people are.

Some people seem to he happy in their ignorance. Is it that they do not want to know the truth, or have decided to turn a blind eye to the truth?

Borderlands 2 Review with Gameplay

boogie2988 has posted another outstanding video, this time it’s Borderlands 2.

When I first heard that Borderlands 2 was under development, I was a little optimistic.    The original Borderlands was good, but not great.  There were a lot of little things left out of Borderlands, such as push-to-talk in multiplayer.  You either had to leave your mic on all the time, or turn the mic off.

As usual Steam had its prepurchase discount, but I decided to wait until the reviews came out.

Even with the good reviews, is a game worth $60? I do not think so, especially with the economy the way it is today.

I think I am going to put off buying Borderlands 2 for a couple of months. The Steam holiday sale is just 2 months away (mid – late December). I am going to wait until the 2012 – 2013 Steam holiday sale to see if borderlands 2 gets a price break. If Borderlands 2 gets at least a 25% price break I might pick it up.