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Another item to add to your trade-goods cache March 4, 2009

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bugler-can1I wrote recently about stocking up on trade goods for the End of Days and included such commodities as silver, gold, whiskey and ammunition.

The other day, I was gassing with a friend who owns a gas station/grocery store when a guy came in a purchased three bags of bulk tobacco.  He was a pensioner and liked to stock up on his vice at the beginning of the month so he wouldn’t run out of tobacco before he restocked his monthy money supply.

It dawned on me that tobacco is probably going to be another trade good in those days.  It won’t keep forever like good whiskey (or any other liquor) or the other items I mentioned before, but for the medium term, it will be good.  Tobacco’s shelf life is somewhat controlled by climate, so keep it cool and it will last longer (so will batteries, by the way). (more…)

You’ll start seeing some guest writers March 4, 2009

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You’ll notice I put up articles by two guest authors tonight.  I have several reasons.

First, I want to be able to provide you as much good information as possible.  If others have written about it, and it’s reasonable stuff you need to be thinking about, why re-do it?

Second, it’s good to offer a variety of styles and a variety of perspectives, as long as they’re valid and/or interesting.

Third, just as you need to be building a “tribe,” there’s no reason that I can’t do it as well, even if it’s only to provide you with ideas and training.

You’ll be seeing more guests from time to time, and they’ll always be identified.  Probably they’ll come with links to their own sites.  Explore if you wish, but I’m not necessarily recommending.

Keep on learning!

Buying tips for a trail medical kit March 4, 2009

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By Phil Washington

medical-kit1Having a trail medical kit can help you keep yourself safe on your different trips.  Your trail medical kit can work as your emergency pack in case something happens on your long plane trip, your hiking escapade, even your children’s field trip.

You need to make sure that you have a medical kit, and that it is of the best quality, so that you can be sure to have something working all the time no matter when you need it.

Here are a few tips that you should take into account when buying your trail medical kit. (more…)

What if? A Yellowstone-terrorist scenario March 4, 2009

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By Joseph Parish

Yellowstone National Park is the home to one of the world’s largest and most active volcanic system. During he last several million years this area has produced some giant volcanic eruptions.

As of this date we have not experienced any eruptions which contain volcanic ash or lava however future eruptions may likely contain both of these dangerous contents. We may be lucky and all we will see are some ongoing hot spring activities, an occasional steam explosion and perhaps even a few moderate to large size earthquakes. (more…)

If you must watch, here’s some must-watch TV February 24, 2009

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Bear takes on the Utah desert

Bear takes on the Utah desert

For the first time last night, I watched “Man vs. Wild” on Discovery.  Host Bear Grylls takes you through a variety of climates and talks about certain aspects of survival in each. 

One episode focused on how to find water.  In snow country, for example, while it seems right at hand, he warns not to eat the snow directly because of how it may damage your mouth.  Instead, put it in a canteen, put the canteen against you body and let the snow melt.  In a temperate climate, he encourages a trip upstream before drinking, to make sure there are no carcasses in the stream adding toxins.  And on and on, all the way to the ultimate survival requirement — drinking your own urine. (more…)

Why we need to oppose all anti-gun laws February 24, 2009

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You need the right to acquire whichever type of firearm you believe best for your survival, now and later

You need the right to acquire whichever type of firearm you believe best for your survival, now and later

Tonight Lou Dobbs considered a host of proposed gun laws around the nation that would make it even more difficult for law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms.

Whatever your opinion of the limits of the 2nd Amendment, this trend will make it more difficult to survive after 2012.  That’s why you should take the time to fight these laws and proposals.

This early in the course of events, it’s impossible to know what exactly will be responsible for the cataclysm which brings about the End of Days.  Possibly, as we get closer, we may be fortunate enough to know what we’re up against.  At that time, we may be able to acquire the appropriate weapons needed for survival. (more…)

Why do I refer to both 2012 and 2013? February 20, 2009

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yearsYou may have noticed that I’m bouncing around between talking about 2012 and 2013 in this blog.

The End of Days is predicted so late in 2012 (Dec. 21, the winter solstice) that most of your most critical time for survival will come in 2013.  That first full year, 2013, will determine whether you’re going to survive or whether your family name is going to be lost to history. (more…)

Cash is king for survivalist, now and in 2013 February 20, 2009

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logoebay_x45Between now and Dec. 21, 2012, you’re going to need lots of “stuff.”  That means you’re going to need lots of cash.

(I’m not going to get into the philosophical, ethical or moral discussion about buying on credit with the understanding that debt will disappear at the End of Days.)

You’re going to need your education, tools to back it up, weapons and ammo, food and supplies to last however long you choose to stockpile for.  Not to mention buying trade goods.

So where does this cash come from, if you’re the average Joe? (more…)

An open discussion about Spam, with a ® after it February 18, 2009

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This may become a more important part of your life than you ever realized.

This may become a more important part of your life than you ever realized.

A standup comic once described something as disappearing “faster than a pizza at a Weight Watchers® convention.”

That’s an apt description of what going to happen to the food on the shelves of your neighborhood Safeway store on Dec. 22, 2012.

That’s why we need to have a discussion about Spam® and other assorted canned food products.

You say you don’t like Spam?  Well, join a big crowd.  Then get over it.

You’re going to need food in 2013. (more…)

It’s time to begin recruiting, building your “tribe” February 18, 2009

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The concept of the “rugged individualist” is quaint, but not practical. The role model for surviving in 2013, then, must be the tribal concept, perhaps as exemplified by the Native Americans, and not the Rambo or Lone Wolf McQuade types, though their personal survival skills are important.

You have an advantage over Frederic Remington's Apache scouts: You get to choose your own tribe.

You have an advantage over Frederic Remington's Apache scouts: You get to choose your own tribe.

An advantage is that you get to pick your own tribe. If you hurry, that is.

What’s the makeup of a tribe?  It has to act as a unit, with members who are independently dynamic yet willing to get each other’s back when times call for it. It’s not a cult: Each family continues to be a family, working and growing  just as they would outside the tribe. (more…)