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Our fragile infrastructure

If memory serves me right, sometime around 1998 somone in the Atlanta, Georgia was using a tractor with a post hole digger to put in a new fence.  The post hole digger cut through a major fiber optic line that provided service to Atlanta, Georgia and several outlying areas. Estimates at the time were that about 250,000 people did not have phone or internet for about half a day. On April 8th or 9th, Vandals cut four fiber optic lines.  Which caused a phone and internet outage for AT&T and Verizon users in the south Bay Area and Central Coast. The infrastructure of the USA is about as fragile as it can get. When a couple of vandals can cut a fiber optic line, and Continue Reading….

Good quality ice chest

After a disaster – such as a hurricane – part of the relief efforts usually include bottled water, MREs or canned goods and ice. The ice is supposed to help people preserve their cold or frozen foods. But, this ice is of little good if the person getting the supplies to does have a good quality ice chest. It has been in my experience that Rubbermaid brand is almost the bottom of the bucket. I have taken a 34 quart Rubbermaid ice chest, put a couple of bags of ice in it. And the next day just about all of the ice is melted. On the other hand, Coleman and Igloo both offer quality solutions. One of my ice chest includes a 128 quart Igloo Continue Reading….

When dogs attack

Over the past couple of weeks, several cities in southeast Texas have reported dogs attacking children. Lets not get into dog physiology and “why” dogs attack. Lets move past that point, the dog has attacked the child, the child suffered minor injuries and is alive and well. My personal opinion, if a dog acts aggressive towards children – the dog should be destroyed. This usually means taking it to a vet and having it put to sleep.  When a dog attacks a child – parents, friends, relatives and law enforcement must ensure that another attack never happens again. If that means destroying the dog then so be it. There are a lot of people that disagree with that statement. They will argue that it was Continue Reading….

Butchering station example

This is an example of what a butchering station at a deer camp looks like. There should be a way to get the animal off the ground, butcher it, and if possible a way to cook the meat right then. Most deer camps have some kind of wood burning bar-b-q pit. Which means there is an almost unlimited supply of fuel for cooking. The quality of the video is not that great – sorry about that.

Libertarian Party

Now that the nation is slipping into an even deeper depression, the voters might be wondering if they made a mistake.  If you voted for the Republicans or Democrats, you made a mistake. If you want real change.  And not the Obama type of change, then its time to cast your vote for the Libertarian Party. Keep in mind, it took both parties to pass the income tax.  And decades later citizens are asking their congress person to do something about this tax on the poor and middle class.  And to no surprise, nothing is done. It took both parties to pass the bailouts of the big banks.  Where a lot of the money went to bonuses. It is taking both parties to make sure Continue Reading….

Political party games

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is sending out emails entitled “End the Pelosi Recession.” The first sentence of the email goes like this: Dear NRCC supporter, House Republicans have pledged to stop to the “Pelosi Recession” caused by a bloated Democratic budget that spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much. First thing right off the bat, I am NOT a supporter of the Republican party, I vote straight line Libertarian Party. What the letter does not mention, is that it takes both parties to pass a bill.  When the Republican has control of congress, there is usually a Democrat President. This is supposed to cause a balance in government. But does not. The fact is, the Republican and Democratic parties are Continue Reading….

Where would you go

In the 1300s, and all the way through to the 1600s, when a community would have an outbreak of the Black Death (Bubonic Plague), the people in that community would flee. Unknowing to them, they helped spread the plague to other towns and communities. It must be human nature to flee a disaster, such as a hurricane, plague, war,,,, and everything else. But in the case of a disease, that disaster is portable. Wherever people can go, the plague can go as well. From the time of infection, it could be days before the victim shows any signs that they are sick. It is during that time period – infection to showing signs – that a lot of people will flee to where they think Continue Reading….

Solar powered sidewalk lights instead of candles

Most people do not realize that they have a renewable light source right at their feet. And that is those solar powered lights along the walkway. If you do not have any solar powered sidewalk lights, take a look at a local hardware store, or big box mart – such as wal-mart, lowes and k-mart. They are usually in the garden section.

When shopping for a solar powered light, do not get the cheapest ones on the shelf. But then again, dont go overboard on the price either. There are usually 2 different colored lights – clear and amber. Do not get the amber colored lens, they do not put out as much light as the ones with the clear lens. Be sure to get the lights that use an LED and not a regular bulb.

The way those lights work, during the day the solar cell recharges 2 AA batteries. As the sun starts to go down, a light sensor tells the unit when to turn on. Depending on how much sun light the solar cell got, that defines how much light the unit can provide. The more sun light the cell is exposed to during the day, the longer the burn time at night.

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Types of Survivalist

After watching the types of people that join the Survivalist Forum, there seems to be at least 4 different groups: Hoarders – the people that stock up on everything – food, water, canned goods, beans, rice, MREs,,,.  These are the people that have hundreds  or even thousands of canned or dried food products. Some of the plans that hoarders have may include storing several years worth of food.  Some of those plans seem to go like this – vacuum seal food products, such as flour, rice, beans, wheat,,,, and then put the packages into 5 gallon buckets, or into air tight containers. Gardeners – the people that have gardens.  People in this type of group usually stock up on seeds, garden tools, books on gardening Continue Reading….

FEMA camp myths

It seems that ever since Hurricane Katrina there has been a of misinformation going around as to what FEMA really does.

Lets just set the record straight right now – FEMA is here to help people, not throw them in some type of FEMA prison camp.

The law makers in congress have setup a government agency that tries to help people in areas affected by a disaster. Most of the time, the relief efforts are composed of – food, water, and temporary shelter. After Hurricane Rita hit the Southeast Texas area I got to see “some” of what FEMA does. There was an immediate response of MRES, donated canned foods, ice and bottled water brought into the affected areas.

After Hurricane Ike, it became very clear as to what FEMA is designed to do. Bridge City Texas was flooded by the storm surge of Hurricane Ike.

The families there lucky (or blessed) – only got about 4, 5 or even 9 feed of saltwater, mixed with marsh mud in their houses.

The families that were not so lucky – their houses were destroyed by a combination of storm surge and wind damage.

Thousands of families in Bridge City had nowhere to go. People were living in tents, or in RVs and some families left Bridge City to go live with relatives. Out of several thousand homes, only about 12 had not been flooded. FEMA has been working for months to fix that problem. Continue Reading….

Urban survival tips for men

Just a few tips to help the average male survive in the urban jungle. When the garbage gets full, take it out. This does not mean stomp on the top of the trash, to try to get another beer can in. Since the topic of beer was brought up, lay off a little bit so your beer belly will go down. Help take care of the yard. Take your dirty clothes to the wash room. Rinse your plate off and put it into the dish washer. If your wife mentions having her nails painted, offer to do it for her. Whether if you really want to or not, its the thought that counts. And if you mess up, there is always fingernail polish remover. Buy Continue Reading….

A Lesson From The Black Death

Books on the Black Death

If we want a real world lesson on preparing for a plague, look no further than a history book on the Black Death. The Black Death was a worse case situation. The climate had recently changed and Europe had entered into the Little Ice Age. People were starving, crops were withering in the fields, and then along comes the plague.

One good thing about the plague, which should be a lesson to us all, we have written records that have been passed down through the ages. Why should this be a lesson to us all? Because so much of our daily lives are lost when we pass away. Every few of us take the time to document our daily lives, and then pass that down to our descendants.

A few months ago as I was reading a book on the Black Death. There was an interesting story of a family that was out of food and staving. The family members decided they had a choice to make – either try to get some food from town, or stay at home and starve to death.

The family gathered all of the money that they had, then the father and son headed off on their journey. Continue Reading….

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