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Adding Chemlights To Emergency Preps

Chemlights

Question to all the preppers / survivalist out there, do chemlights have a place in your preps? I have a few chemlights, but just a few. Once those are used, I honestly do not know if I will buy anymore. As a tree hugger, it bothers me that chemlights are use once, then throw away. Where do all the used chemlights end up? In the landfill. Why use chemlights when there are so many rechargeable options on the market?

Let’s take a rechargeable LED lantern for example. Once the battery is run down, it can be charged by solar, or by USB, then it is ready to go again.

To me, chemlights are “almost” the same as throwing your money away. You get a few hours of light, and then it is thrown away. Why not get a flashlight or lantern? Both of them are reusable, while a chemlight isn’t.

Are there chemlights in my preps? Sure there are. I just have a difficult time spending money on something that is disposable. Continue Reading….

Why Democrats Oppose GOP Tax Reform

Kevin Felts political commentator

Why are Democrats opposed to people keeping more of their money? When Democrats had control of both houses and the presidency between 2008 – 2010, they did nothing to address off-shore tax havens. The party did nothing to overhaul the burdensome tax code. Nor did the party address companies hiding their money in other countries.

What did democrats do? They passed the so called affordable health care act that put more taxes on people.

Why is that? If Democrats refuse to address taxes, why are they opposed to the GOP tax reform?

Let’s say the wealthy keep more of their money, so what? Who do you think builds their mansions, their clothes, ships the stuff they buy… etc? The wealthy provide jobs to the working class in one way or another. Take a look at Mike Tyson and MC Hammer. They burned though millions. That money was put back into the economy. Continue Reading….

Almost Time To Cut And Split Firewood

Cut and split firewood

Some people may wonder why I would cut and split firewood in the middle of winter. The leaves are off the trees and the weather is cool. What better time to cut some small oak trees, split them and put the firewood up.

I do not have a fireplace. I hope to have one in a few years, but that is in the future. So the firewood is used for cooking, and for outdoor activities here on the farm. It is nice to sit outside in the cool weather and enjoy a fire with friends and family, or just my wife and I.

Here on the farm there are a number of small oak trees that are growing at an angle. I say small, but they are at least six – eight inches in diameter. The trees grow at an angle because the small trees are shaded by larger trees. So the small tree grow at an angle to reach sunlight. They will never be a nice straight mature tree. The best thing to do is to cut them down, split the wood, and use the wood for cooking. Thinning the small trees will help the mature trees grow better. Continue Reading….

Liberals Acting Like conservatives

Kevin Felts, blogger and political commentator

Usually, a conservative is associated with someone who resist schange. With that in mind, it is nice to see progressive liberals acting like conservatives.

When it comes to just about anything having to do with changing the obama agenda, liberals act like conservatives and resist change. What are these new found conservatives afraid of? For example, the net worked just fine before 2015. Yet, listen to the progressives at Google and the sky is falling.

Talk about improving healthcare, and new found conservatives protest in droves.

Revise the tax code, new found conservatives protest.

Why are liberals flipping and becoming conservatives? Trump has an agenda, just like obama did. If people opposed the obama agenda, they were called racist. What do we call people who resist Trumps agenda? Maybe call them right wing conservatives? Continue Reading….

Deer Hunting Load Out

Deer Hunting Load Out

My buddy on YouTube, John Rambo (hopefully not his real name), posted a video about his deer hunting load out. The video not only covers his load out, but also various items he may need to work on his firearms.

Something I like about the video is how John uses a Craftsman tool bag as a range bag. Why didn’t I think about that?

The video makes it sound like John will be spending several days at the deer lease.
Items In His Hunting Load Out Continue Reading….

Roy Moore Defeat Was No Surprise

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

The defeat of Roy Moore came as no surprise and proved several things.

1. People are gullible. The people of Alabama proved they can not think for themselves and rely on spoon fed information.

2. Repeat a lie long enough and people will start to believe it.

3. People of Alabama are willing to give away their rights. The democrat party is on the path of socialism. This means people give up their rights for the good of the community. Under socialism individual rights are sacrificed.

If you want your individual liberties preserved, do NOT vote democrat.

4. People of Alabama do not want real change. Trump is the resistance to the business as usual agenda of Washington D.C.. If the people want “real” change, and not the fake change that President Obama offered, we have to support Trump. Continue Reading….

Why Is Donald Trump Hated By Liberal Media?

Kevin Felts political commentator

When Donald Trump first announced his run for the presidency there was a backlash from main stream media. Why was that? As Donald Trump made progress in the polls main stream media fought back. Liberal Socialist Democrats threw everything they had, and everything they could fabricate, against Donald Trump, and he still won.

After Trump won the election, main stream media waged an all out war on the president. Why was that? Why were Liberal Socialist Democrats so opposed to Donald Trump winning the 2016 election?

The simple answer is, Donald Trump is going to what is best for the nation. He could not be bought, nor did he owe a debt to those who got him elected.

For example, before the Affordable Care Act was passed, President Obama met with people who represented insurance companies. Who do we think the ACA represents, the people, or insurance companies? Continue Reading….

Unglorified Survival Gear Preps

Srockpiling survival gear preps

Go to YouTube and watch some videos on survival gear, and all the stuff that goes bang or is bright and shiny gets all the views. Why is that? Why do videos about chicken feeders, fencing, and other long term survival preps get so little attention?

For the sake of discussion, let’s say there is a collapse of society. This could be from nuclear war, pandemic flu, some kind of new viral plague.. etc. Which would serve you better, livestock and homesteading resources, or some cute cutting tool?

To me, my seed stockpile, chickens, livestock fence… are all just as important as something that goes bang. Continue Reading….

Is Two Step Water Purification Needed?

Maxpedition Condor II backpack next to creek

Is two step water purification needed? This could be in the event of a collapse of society, or on a hiking / camping trip.

There is a common misconception about filtration and purification. Filtration removes bacteria, protozoa and cyst, but does nothing to viruses. Purification affects bacteria, protozoa, cyst and viruses. Purification can be by any means – UV light, filters that remove a virus, chemical treatment.. etc.

Most water filters on the market have a pore size of 0.1 microns. The CDC recommends a maximum pore size of 0.01 microns for viruses. If a purifier says it has a pore size of .1 or .2 microns, it is only a filter. A virus will slip through a .1 or .2 micron filter. Continue Reading….

Going Through My Backpacks

Hiking trip

Got several backpacks out of the storage room and went through them. The issue with having a collection of packs is the gear gets spread through them. Depending on the length of the hike, and what I am doing, certain gear may be brought along. After awhile, gear is spread through all the packs. There might be a stove here and a stove there, and a knife here and a knife there.

Things get so disorganized the packs have to be pulled out, emptied, and everything rounded up.

For example, I have been using the Sawyer PointOne on a couple of outages. However, I still like to bring the Katadyn Vario from time to time. This means the Sawyer Pointone is in one pack, and the Katadyn Vario is in another pack. The problem starts when I forget which filter is in which pack. then I have to go digging through the packs until I find the gear I am looking for. Continue Reading….

Shifting Gears On The Farm

Mahindra 4530 4-wheel drive tractor

As hunting season winds down, it is time to start working on the farm. During November and early December I try not to make too much noise. This means no chainsaws and no tractor. Why? Because people on the hunting leases next to the farm are sitting in their stands. My dogs roam those hunting leases, and I would like for the people to not shoot my dogs.

So after hunting season ends, it will be time to start working on fencing in a few acres on the back of the property. A rough estimate is around 7 – 9 acres that will be fenced in.

What kind of livestock will be kept?

I would like to get some goats, hair sheep and a few calves. The calves are to be raised and sold at auction. There is not enough land to raise full grown cattle, so I am looking at a calves. For milk it will be goats and sheep. Continue Reading….

Batman vs. Hulk Giant Sized Comic

Girls read comics to

My daughter and I decided to open a comic book forum and YouTube channel. She is busy with various projects that are getting her ready for college, and a regular job would interfere with what is going on. so we decided to start a new web project.

The fist comic book was a team-up between Batman and the Hulk – Marvel and DC Comics teamed up to make different comic books like this one and many others. We usually only hear about Marvel or DC, but here it is both. Continue Reading….

Primitive Technology: New Area Starting Over Video

Primitive Technology: New Area Starting Over Video

The guy from Primitive Technology bought some land and is starting over from scratch. From what I understand, he is somewhere in or near Australia? I love that he does not talk. English accents across the world make it difficult to understand local dialects.

For those of you who do not know who Primitive Technology is, he is a guy who does Primitive Technology stuff in a jungle / wilderness setting. He does everything from build a hut, to building a forge. This is probably the best Primitive Technology YouTube channel I have ever seen.

Most YouTube channels that deal with wilderness survival use some kind of modern technology, such as a modern knife. This guy does everything from the stone age.

From a comment he posted on the video: Continue Reading….

Pikachu Army Hell March Video

Pikachu Army

Sometimes you see something and say, “That aint right.” That is the case of a Pikachu Army set to the music of Hell March.

I do not know where the Hell March song originally came from. The fist time I heard it was when Command & Conquer Red Alert was released in 1997. the song was part of the intro cut scene when the game started. At the time, I thought it was one of the best intro scenes to videos I had seen. Then came along Half-Life, but that is another post.

Someone took a video of a bunch of Pikachus and set it to music, the result is rather odd. The only thing that would make the video better is if the Pikachus were carrying AK-47 rifles. Continue Reading….

Losing Love For The Land

Dumping trash in rural areas

There was once a time when our ancestors roamed and followed the migrating herds. Our very survival depended on what the land produced. Migrating herds ate the grass, and we ate the animals. Plants grew roots and berries, and we are the roots and berries.

Somewhere around 10,000 years go something changed. Hunter gatherers were slowly replaced by farmers. No longer did our ancestors depend on migrating herds, as we raised our on herds. No longer did we have to forage for roots and berries because we raised our own.

Then came cities, money… and eventually the industrial revolution. Somewhere along that timeline we no longer looked at the land as something to be loved and cared for. It was a resource to be exploited and harvested. Continue Reading….

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