Emergency Essentials Sale

I got an e-mail from Emergency Essentials advertising some sales they regularly promote. These things show up often enough to not be a surprise. While there are usually some good deals, I’m not always in sync with them as per our buying plans. That wasn’t the case today….

In this one, there was a deal on Provident Pantry “Freeze Dried Diced Beef.” We have been using a Mountain House ground beef product with good success, and were looking at replacing

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Wise Foods vs Mountain House Smack Down

Back in July of 2012, on Survivalist Boards, a new thread was started. The Wise Foods vs Mountain House Smack Down caught my attention PDQ. The nut of the story is that Mountain House decided to take Wise Foods to task and paid for a third party testing company (Columbia Food Laboratories) to verify Wise Foods’ claims to extended shelf life. The tests came back, according to Mountain House, showing that there was a significant amount of O2 left in

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Tilapia - Good or Bad for You?

I’m exhausted. I’ve spent the better part of a day reading and reading, and watching videos, about tilapia and its inherent omega-3 : omega-6 “imbalance”. I would give you link after tiring link, but I’m too beat to do that. I’ll give you the meat of what I found instead.

Farmed fish have problems. It’s that simple. The unnatural diet fed to these things from feed producers include ingredients that allow for the toxic buildup of chemicals, inappropriate fats and

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Updated the Prepper /Survivalist /Preparedness EXPOs Page

Added some new EXPOs for 2014, and one for 2015. Looks like a good year for the Expo community. If it finishes strong, 2015 could be huge – especially if the elections wind up as a catalyst in people’s lives.

If you know of any other Expos, please let me know and I’ll add them.

Chickens and the Predators that Love Them

I’m not going into a big discussion on if you should corral your chickens. I’m just going to say why you should corral them.

In my forays into the forums in the last couple weeks, I’ve seen some discussion on how to keep chickens from ending up on a predator’s menu. The thieves can be just about anything: hawks, owls, eagles, coyotes, foxes, opossums, family dogs…. They come from the air, along the ground and sometimes under the ground to

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Recoil

Just saw pictures of one of the granddaughters being schooled in the use of a security-config’d 870 shotgun. In one of those pictures, it appears she has just fired the weapon and is absorbing recoil. But it could also appear that she is just getting ready to shoot and is leaning too far back on her rear foot, AWAY from the coming recoil. By the way, she is 22 and solidly built.

I just had to laugh. If it is

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You Built WHAT with a Sheet of Plywood?

JJ Johnson over at Reality Survival has such a cool idea for a shooting bench that I just had to share it. You have to see this thing! Check out the article, read it, but look at this video. I’m pilfering it for my site here because it’s just so cool. Basically, with a jig saw, you can convert one regular sheet of 3/4″ plywood into a shooting bench that can be assembled, WITHOUT TOOLS, as either a right-handed of

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Some Civil Defense Films for You

Just outside of ground zero, nuclear weapons kill with blast, heat and radiation. The results are destruction, fire or incineration and fatal illness. Go a bit further out, the effects dilute, and one’s primary concern is the blast wave. The blast wave can be understood as the pressure from the explosion moving outward, losing intensity and velocity as it expands. As far as surviving the initial event is concerned, the old Office of Civil Defense /Civil Defense Administration focused on

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Old Civil Defense Planning Films

The “Nuclear Effects Tools” page has a scenario building update to help you with evaluating your own vulnerability.

In my search for information, I came across, and reviewed, some old Civil Defense films from the 50s and 60s. One of them draws quite a bit of negative commentary, and those complaints are based on the “If a bomb hits, you are dead” crowd-think. I must agree on one point – if the bomb hits near enough, you are dead. Make

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100s of Homestead Building Plans

Thanks to Prepared Ninja, at Twitter “@preparedninja”, we have this link to a resource containing hundreds of plans for buildings and other structures, tools and related machinery suitable for agricultural and homesteading use. The NDSU Agricultural Extension Building Plans page it set up according to categories. Beef Construction Crops Dairy Horse Machinery Housing Poultry Sheep Swine Miscellaneous

They can be viewed on screen or ordered from their site. This might be one of those sites you want to download, in

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