Sunday, January 30, 2011

USA Banana republic

Ironically Davos can't deal with the rebellion of hungry folks that are unemployed. There is no "middle class" in the USA most of the lower 70%  are bailing out Wall street and the Banksters. The USA has become a "Banana Republic" Where the Elite have the power and we are given food stamps, energy assistance and pay and pay while we lose value on every investment. Yes most of us are warm and have some shelter, food and water we are slaves to the system. We have Ipad, Ipods and Kindles. Cheap TV's HD and texting, yet we can't name our neighbor. But we have cable, Rule of law? don't be silly, banksters and Wall street make Billions and are fined $10,000. That's not a fine that's operating costs. I bet they spend more on utility bills. But we bailed them out and bought their stock. Did you get a check on that stock? Did you get a dividend? All I know is since my house lost value and LCD's and Iwhatevers are so cheap that offsets my food and energy costs according to the Fed.

Well you corporations got low employment costs that you wanted. Except you stopped paying us and we can't afford that LCD, I whatever, cars and homes. Good job Wall Street, bankers and corporations, you killed the "Golden Goose". If you are afraid to cut up the card, ask yourself why? Could you live without a Credit Card?
If not why?
What can the average person do about it? Get out of the system, go Galt and get basic. Get out of debt, Cut up your credit cards, or  payoff monthly. You don't need them. If you can't pay cash , think if you really need it. Prioritize needs and wants. I may want satellite or cable TV I don't need it to live.
Grow some plants in home or in a garden. No you won't be independent most likely you will get about 1/3 of your produce via a garden. But it's all tax free and you aren't paying folks to create "Frankencrops"
This will cost you money up front. But you can do it. You are not serfs from Europe. Your forefathers emigrated to make a better life or your parents or grand parents did. You got good stuff in you.
I want you always to think outside the box. You are not a slave to oligarchs or the elites. You are unique, special and made in the image of God. That is worth saving, you are not an animal. You have a soul.
It will get get ugly. Set your moral compass now.Cause you will have to make choices. Make sure you can live with the choices you make.

Friday, January 28, 2011

I had a great January. The world not so much...

I was able to get some items I had been looking at for some time. Or at least some good substitutions at a good price. I got a little Silver and found a great buy on used Mr. Heater. What's great is Tactical Intelligence just did a review of the biggest model and thought it was pretty good overall. I like propane since it stable and easy to store unlike some fuels not to dangerous if treated with respect and a little common sense. Plus I like that I can use it in the house or in the RV or a tent to take the edge off the cold.
Got my PJ's and a couple of robes that are very warm and are great for cold weather. Paid off the used car and dropped my insurance rates a few dollars a month. Topped off some food needs and "the country store" ( My pantry) got some good additions on spices, soap, dish soap, pet food and TP at a good price. I got some bunnies for free from my Aunt about 2 years ago and I gave back 3 free bunnies last year. She was a "snow bird" but hung around this winter because of health problems in the family. Well she now has a 6 week old litter of 8 bunnies and started a quilt that consists of over 760 pieces and is doing great. I guess a lot of us in the family are throwbacks. :)
The Middle East and N. Africa is all "Higgedly piggiley" since the USA started exporting our inflation. Funny the PTB's didn't take in consideration folks with no jobs, rising food costs and Global Markets that can be crushed by a few greedy elites stealing from folks and folks getting tired of it. This is scaring the PTB's worldwide cause unless the "sheep" go along, the whole game falls apart. What most PTB's fail to realize that food and fuel are critical to most folks. A few percentage points in cost are huge to the poor. You can't stretch starvation over a year as cost/benefit ratio nor freezing or hypothermia. Then again maybe they can since all people are is a drain on the PTB's resources.
What's funny is these folks have no guns, and what they are doing is phenomenal. Can you imagine this happening in a country with guns? I'll give the protesters this they know they are on their own and still they fight.

Fuel up this weekend!!

Some folks are starting to realize where the Suez canal is located and we may see a gas price hike. In the next week it might be a good idea to top off all vehicles and cans, get Kerosene and propane if you can afford it as well. I know a lot of you all are like me and you get your stuff when you get your paycheck and you don't always have the cash on hand for emergencies or potential price increases. This is where your MAD money comes in to save your butt.
Emergency Fuel preparedness:
  1.  Try to keep tanks 1/2 full
  2. Have enough fuel on hand to fill up your gas tank even on empty. 
  3. I like keeping 3 (6 gal.) cans full and rotate them 1 at a time in the car every 3-6 months. Otherwise use stabil over 6 months of storage.
  4. 3 (20 #) Propane tanks: 1 in use, 1 full, and 1 waiting to be filled.
Don't get fuel if there is a long line and folks are cranky. Chock it up as a learning experience and try again at a safer time.
Is your bike ready to ride? Do you have alternative transportation if needed? Think of this as a test of your preparedness. You can see where you are strong and what needs some work. Good Luck 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It is Simple, if not easy

I can piss and bitch and moan about the feds not saving me. Why should they? Are you a cog in the machine or are you as an individual that has value. What makes me happy may not make you happy. Okay I'll let you be happy and I'll go off over here and be happy. Not so hard, you go make quilts and I'll play  video games. Either a quilt will be valued or video game play will be valued. I think the market will decide value. Not the feds.
I am not a cog or gear interchangeable part for other cogs or gears. I'm a human being dammed by my weakness and willing to reach to the heavens. I'm not your tool and I'm not your property. I'm well armed, I know the Constitution If you are threatened by that so be it.

We have all heard what the Feds are doing to us. What are you doing to them?

The only actions you can control are your own. Hell anyone with a small child will tell you the same. But, you can only control your own actions and reactions. I'm not saying be complacent just when it comes down to it all you can control is you. So it's your choice, you can get unemployment or drive around delevering pizzas for Pizza hut. You can learn and practice baking bread or buy from a store. You can order from the latest Dollar + menus or make your own. You can keep banking with JP Morgan, Chase, Ally (GM) or Bank of America or you can get local. get off credit and go cash and layaways. Pay down debt  Of course it's diffacult. What do you want a tummy rub? Grow up and be an adult. Your fault, My fault, no one's fault we got to fix it. 1 person at a time. Cut up your credit cards, You don't need it!!Do you have seeds or canning or a smoke house or root cellar? Why are you worring about a car or HD TV and DVR? When you can't feed your family for a month?
Sorry I had a monent there on my own family.
Your power is limited, if you cant influence freinds and family how much luck will you have in states congress or federal? I am not saying give up you just got to be selective. Get local, start small and dont take the Feds crap. Be noisy, we may not agree, but give us a look.

WOW! things are starting to get sporty!

It is getting chaotic. Food and unemployment riots are spreading in N. Africa. Big stuff in Egypt happening, while Egypt does not have oil it does have the Suez. Politicians leaving and trying to leave with gold. I'll agree you can't eat gold but you can't eat lead either and yet everyone recommends some lead in your prep via ammo. I think gold and silver represent security Financially, as lead is to security immediately measured in kinetic energy and lead grains propelled at significant FPS. No one on the survival sites I 've been to recommends storing  Diamonds.  Yet Diamonds can cut anything (has industrial uses) and are seen as wealth for the elite. No one ever recommends storing gem stones. But we have long drag out fights on PMs (Precious Metals). Alcohol or tobacco are not needed for sustaining life yet almost all survival sites recommend storing these items for use or barter. Why?
I think it as simple that people want these items. There is a perceived value. While it may not say much about most of us, some folks will do anything to feed their addictions of Avarice/Greed, drugs/alcohol and nicotine. I don't know why folks like gold? Silver has many industrial uses. But gold not so much. Yet wars have been fought for the access to gold. For well over 6000 years the "GOLD STANDARD" has been the gold standard. I guess I became resigned to the fact that gold has value simply because folks believe it has value. Just like the stones of Indonesia or the glass beads given to Native Americans. I don't know why folks like gold,  but they do, Why do folks value a piece of cotton covered in green ink? Because several folks think that cotton and green ink will get them what they want. And are happy to trade for it. Simple if not easy. I'll keep buying silver and hopefully I can get some gold in the future.
The reason I bring this up is money and value is different. We got not no time to mess around we got to get basic then move forward. I hate to say this but all of your paychecks, benefit checks are nothing but 1's and 0's inputted by a person making min. wage or bit more into a PC. Now we move on to value. Is your dollar worth a loaf of store bought bread? how about home made bread? I can make a loaf of homemade bread for 30-40 cents per loaf including power. Tell me the price of any bread you get in the store. All my prices remain the same on "Artisan breads" or a sandwich loaf on ingredients and power. Buy fresh pasta or make your own? Same story, about 1/3-2/3 cheaper to make from staples. I save money cause I do the work of the processors. I buy low and live high. Instead of ordering out for food at $20.00 + I'll get a rib eye roast and cook it at home.
Things to look at: Shelter, Security, Water, Food and sanitation. Have those on hand first. Then expand, What I see as important or a priority maybe well down your list. But if you have the first 5 you should be able to get the basics on hand. You got those then you can tweak your program.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sales this week

Fred Meyers has a some good buys via the flyer. I'm not sure about your store but mine has plenty of flyers in store and I just grab one when I get there. Now back to the sales

Med. cheddar cheese 4# for $7.00 only $1.75 per pound Great for waxing or get the latest use by date and store in the fridge.
Petit Sirloin steaks $2.88 per pound. Big package 6 steak min.
Langer's juice 64 oz 3 for $5.00. That's $1.67 each and it cranberry and pomegranate and good for health. Especially the cranberry juice for preventing urinary tract infections.
Several Vitamins are buy 1 get 1 free. I like the Natures Bounty brand. Fred Meyers doesn't usually double the price on the vitamins when on sale.
Speed Stick deodorant/antiperspirant .99 cents each
Big K soda 2 liter bottle .69 cents
Fred Meyer TP $3.99 12/24 rolls
FM Butter 3 # for $5.00 another $1.67 each

So that's what got so far this week. Hopefully I'll have some more good buys add on Wed. this week from the other stores.

A few money saving ideas

I don't know about all of you, but I'm always looking for new ways to save money! Every time I find a "Saving money" 90-95% of the time its the same old top 20. Turn off your lights, Proper tire pressure, yada,yada,yada. Hey, I'm looking for some new info not the same old crap I can get in every magazine, newspaper and radio or TV show for the last 30 years. Now the following are some I have picked up and you don't usually see in the MSM.
  1. Eliminate vampire loads. Get some extra power strips with long cords and plug your PCs, TV/Home entertainment systems, Microwaves, Coffee Pots into them and just flip the reset switch to kill the load.
  2. Timing your Electrical Load. Try to use your heavy load items such as electric ovens and dryers after 9:00pm Weeknights or on the weekend. Just by timing I have saved around $15-$20.00 per month and that's for one person. I do have one of those smart meter so I saw the savings quickly. 
  3. This in kind of an extension of #2. Cook up a big pot of rice and pasta on the weekend if your family eats them during the week. After cooking the pasta al dente plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking. You can easily refrigerate them both and have a start for quick meals. To reheat the pasta just dip it in boiling water for about a minute or two. Rice gives you a start on fried rice stir fry, nuke it for a side dish or use it for rice pudding desserts. This will save you both time and energy through out the week. 
  4. TV programming. I use Dish Family package $19.95 per month $5.00 extra for the local channels. An HD receiver and antenna is about $150.00 as a one time cost. Plus the internet has several places you can get TV shows for free or cheap. I know some folks swear by "Netflix" but I have not used them so I can't say anything but they could be a low cost alternative to cable or Satellite.
  5. Telephone: I use Magicjack which is $40.00 for the first year and then $20.00 each year. Magicjack also runs a sale of 5 years for $60.00. It's not perfect, sometimes there is an echo or a little cutting out. Not bad just noticeable occasionally. If you don't have home phone service this might work for you. Google voice and Skype may work for you as well depending on how you use a phone. I prefer pre-paid cell phones or Cricket if you just need a cheap cell phone for emergencies and mobile communications. 
  6. If your freezer isn't full, fill some bottles or even plastic bags with water and freeze them to make it full. Just 1 or 2 at a time because you don't want to overwork the compressor. Your freezer won't have to work as hard to keep it cold. Plus if the power goes out the extra ice it will keep it cold longer.
I hope this gives you some info that's a little less Mainstream and I have done most of these and  they do save me money.  If you have some way to save money it would be great if you could share it with all of us.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Makes a difference in My life?

We have to get real. Does Obama dyeing his hair matter? He still believes what he believes. His actions speak louder than any words he has uttered. Some folks look good in gray hair some don't. Obama sucks in gray hair. Okay now that we got his dye job out of the way does his hair color have anything to to do with the state of the nation? Is his hair color relevant to where we want this country to go? Arguing about if he dyes his hair passes for political discussion now? Lets look at his word and actions. Not his hair color.

If you are new to prepping you need to get HOT!

Inflation is not going away. It does exist as anyone going to the grocery store or the gas pump sees this daily. Buy in bulk. It maybe 50 # bags of corn meal, beans or rice. But those will give you the "best bang for the buck". Remember 50# of rice or beans equals 500 4 oz. serving
Grow a garden, containers raised or sunken beds. Have the seeds on hand for a couple of years and go "Heirloom" seeds if possible. Learn scratch cooking, everytime you bake a loaf of bread you save .75 cents to 3 dollars you don't spend in the stores. Plus Artisan breads are very easy, though take some time. But it's free time and you can do something else. Start thinking low-tech, I'm not saying don't use your gas or electric oven, but do you have a work around? Could or would you think of making meatloaf  in 15 minutesor bread in less than 30 minutes in a  pressure cooker/canner? I know I didn't. What an awesome fuel saving device a pressure cooker/canner. Now I'll be trying out some recipes I've found. A few no cook, pressure cook and intergrating can meats in the menu ala Rhonda. I hope to intergrate most grains though Rhonda owes me some Popcorn polenta/corn recipes.
I'll give out some money saving ideas I have used that work well. It's about getting lean and tight. Getting the most bang for your buck. Not paying for what you don't need and getting basic. You can add whatever you want and can afford. My lifestyle is way off normal as a disable vet. But these are things that save me money. You may find a way to make them work for you.

Making the best you can on what you got or what you can do!

I've been doing this Blog since Sept. of last year. For a couple of reasons. #1. I think I have something for the low cost prepper. A few good ideas that have worked for me. #2. Being disabled does not make you handicap, or your value as a human being goes down based on output. If you believe that please go make your arguments to Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison. I think I have value. I am good at lots of things and I do good research. I will make my village, and try to do my best always. No,  I don't always succeed. I just keep trying and learning.
But this is a win/win situation. If I am right,We will use our pantry to eat on or stretch all rations. If I am wrong, and the system does not collapse. We don't have to shop for for months to a year. We are prepped for any disaster. We have a lot of cash to spend for that PC, LCD TV or game system. When we can pay cash for it.
That's what pisses the PTBs off we are free of their system. We aren't slaves to debt. We don't buy into that credit/debt is wealth. Listen to those banker folks you must go into debt so we can resell that debt to someone else. You need/deserve a credit card and we will pump you up on how badly you need a card by showing the poor schlubs that actually pay cash or write a check and slow the whole system down. How dare us!
When the mainstream starts pumping me on what I should do I go opposite. #1 I'm an American and being contrary is my right. #2 Why, whats the story? I don't like the push or nudge. (See rule #1)
# 3 Please tell me why having extra food, fuel and ammo or guns is a bad idea. I'll give you that you can make us look like loons MSM. But why is it a bad idea? My food store is layers 2 years, 5 years, then 25 years. I'm prepared like DHS tells me to do. A bit of water, a bit of cash, a bit of food. I'm going organic and growing my own food. Oh I know the problem, I'm not dependent and I don't fit your storyline.

Time to stay flexible and be agile

I think that we should stay fluid and cash heavy for the next 2 weeks. I'm not saying not to pay your bills just put it off till the due date and not pay ahead. I may be totally wrong (and I hope I am). But I think will get some announcement that everything is good and not to worry. Okay if you don't have food, water, shelter. You should worry.
I do think we have time to pick some of those extras to have on hand at Big Lots or grocery outlets. But we got to get hot to get ahead of the inflation curve. We only have about 6 weeks to get a store against inflation.At a semi-good price.
I truly hope I'm wrong. If you knew me I have a big attitude of "I told you so." Now I don't want to be right be cause of happens after 3-7 days or weeks and months. Gosh Haiti would be a love-in compared to the cities in the USA getting hammered.
You may not be in the eye of the storm, but you must deal with it. In one form or another. If you can't sqeeze any more in your brain get some books. I recommend the Boy Scout guide and the SAS handbook. Lots of free downloads available on the web of Army Manuals and I have seen the rest of the Armed forces put manuals on the web as well. Print them out now if possible at least save them to CD or DVD for if you get access to a pc or a printer. If you have chance to get a laser printer...GET ONE even if its just black and white. That's where it shines!! They are cheap under $100.00. Keep the ink jet for photos and everything else goes to the Laser printer. How much paper do you have on hand?
Now is the time to get some of those "critical" needs to sustain yourself and I'm not talking food. Can you survive if all electricity, water and sewage was cut off? Do you have a plan?
Let's say the city cuts the police force in half and firefighter by a 1/3. Do you have a plan?
Could you get rid of trash or dispose of it safely? Do you have measures in place for your neighbors throwing bags and bags of trash away, yet there is no pickup? Would you haul it away at a higher cost to you? Even though it makes you safer? Or would you think it's not my job and only haul away your trash. Then think how noble you were to dispose of your trash responsibly. In any kind of city or town we will have to take on more responsibility. Yeah maybe the neighbors are slugs but to keep you and yours safe you will have to do the right thing and exert more effort than them. It's your family that is at risk, you have to remove that risk. I'm not talking violence. I'd say shunning and isolation will do the trick with a little public scrutiny. It does work or at least turns them in on themselves that they are no longer a problem. Remember it doesn't matter what the problem is. You just have to fix the problem.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ark Flood in California

If this major flooding event would occur the ARkStorm scenario suggests that one out of four home in California would succumb to some flood damage.
To read the ArkStorm Scenario you can visit http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1312/ website where the USGS has posted the report online.
Get your checklist out and and get ready
  1. Get photobooks, Pictures, Important papers in something waterproof and place as high as possible in your home.  Or be ready to take them with you in a bugout.
  2. Be ready to bugout: Put water, food, clothing and spending money in packs in your vehicle or place by the door ready to grab and go. Pet carriers and food for pets as well. You need to be able to leave within 10 minutes. IF the Authorities say leave be one of the first out, not one of the last!
  3. Top off your fuel tank.
  4. Turn off your utilities before leaving the house
  5. Remember 4"-6" of water can float a car so stay away from Flooded roads and streets.
  6. Buy flood insurance from the Feds. It's pretty cheap and your Homeowner policy probably doesn't cover flooding. 
Bugging in if you aren't at risk for flooding. (Only if you have the supplies and equipment to be Isolated)
  1. Assume no water, sewage, trash collections or power even if your home is safe from the flood waters.
  2. Assume no food deliveries to the local store. While you maybe safe from the flood waters, other roads might be flooded and you will be isolated.
  3. Assume No or Slow Emergency services from fire or police. Be ready to take care of yourself.
  4. Be ready to isolate your home's water supply in case sewers backup.
Keep cell phones, laptops and radios fully charged and extra batteries. Have an Out of State contact Number for keeping friends and family updated on how and what you are doing.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I think the PTB's are getting scared!

You can see it in how they fear the people. By trying to stifle freedom of speech, freedom of guns and the Internet. Both left and right, Republican and Democrat and the Mainstream Media. TPTBs (The Powers That Be) think they control the game and can say anything and make it true. Such as there is no Inflation in the USA. Yet Joe and Jane USA are gassing up and grocery shopping and they can see they are paying more and getting less for each dollar.  While the Feds have  allowed us to keep more of our paycheck. Most states and cities are taking more by raising all kinds of taxes and fees.
They are pushing the sheeples, But Tunisia had 2 governments collapse in less than 3 days. Lack of food and employment for young people.  A congress critter got shot and many folks killed and wounded by a "Loon" but when the PTB's feel threatened, they push again. I don't think we should be polite anymore. A rancher killed in AZ. by Mexican Drug cartels spilling over the border is no problem. A congress critter shot and we must limit free speech and gun rights again.
Next time someone brings up limiting your freedoms stop them after the "But"....Are congress critter better than your local cops, firemen or soldiers? They all get shot at and are not paid nearly as well as Representatives or Senators and the can't afford "Body Guards".

Just Quick Sale update!!

I'll be doing another Sales and Shopping update on Wed. But I wanted to get out that Fred Meyers is having a sale on Tuna 3 cans for $1.00. There is a limit of 9 each shopping trip and you will need the coupon from this weeks flyer. This is just to good a deal not to share.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Get Local!!

I know a lot of us shop the Big Box stores because we are trying to get the most for every dollar we spend. But I'd like you to look around or tell us about some small shops or businesses you like to use. I found a great shop less than a mile from my house that sells supplies for making your own beer, wine, cider, soda pop and cheese. I didn't even know about her until I googled Cheese Wax  and My home town. Stopped by her shop (in her Garage & Kitchen) Put in an order for 2 # of cheese wax and she has good buys for the bottles and beer making ingredients since I save shipping costs! I am really lucky to live here in S. Idaho and have a local grocery store (Paul's) that buys local produce and meats. Heck they even give you the name of the farm they buy the veggies and fruit. How cool is that?
The reason that I bring this up is the cost of gas is going up! So we have to rethink how we shop and factor in higher fuel cost in our budgets. I think this is one of the advantages of living in a small city as opposed to the country. Most of my shopping is located within a mile of my home. The rest is within 5 miles, that is within me and my trike's range, even with my handicap. So could you grocery shop without a car? Can you change how often you shop from every week to once a month?
Another reason I bring this up is I don't think "Elites" or PTB's will change their ways. Look how fast the new congress is walking away from the pledges they made to get elected. How quickly the MSM portrayed the Tea Party and anyone who disagrees with the elites of D.C as being a threat. Even if they must lie to convince their audience. It's okay, "It's for the greater Good".
I used to be a hardcore conservative, not so much anymore. Not that what I believe has changed but what is done by "conservatives" is not what I want done in my name or vote. I go to "Green sites to learn about organic growing and living off the grid". I go to Conservative sites for attacks on our rights and attacks on the Constitution. I think we do share a lot of common ground that could be could be good use if we don't buy into the "Us vs. Them" game the PTB's play.
I'm no longer playing the game. I will use whatever info that helps me be more self-sufficient and less dependent on the Feds. I will get to know my neighbors/family and help out if possible. I expect the same from them. I'm not building a bunker, I'm building a network and a community of mutual support. If a neighbor/family wants to retreat to a bunker or denial.  I will respect that, he/she just doesn't get my support and I won't bother them, I also will not help them.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Here come the Feds!!

You are problem citizen, you're not watching reading or listening to us in the Government. Don't you know we give you freedom from want? We will pay for your energy bills, give you food stamps. Declare you incompetent for taking care of yourself/family and give you money? All we need is your vote a we will take care of you. It's not your fault citizen, others took from you. They were smarter, luckier, or worked harder than you. They simply moved ahead on effort and got rich and won't share with you. You who are in a minority, the schools did not prepare you for the "Real World". (That's one I agree with). No Lotto, no dancing with the stars, no American idol.
You can't read, write or do simple mathematics. You could have learned stuff in school or gone to the Library and taken courses from MIT for free! But why learn when ignorance is instant and requires no effort? Plus the Feds like you that way and pay you for it?
What if the feds cut your benefits and declare "Marshall Law" and no longer need your votes? Did you see Katrina in N.O. ? That's what you have to look forward too, except no Coast Guard.

I think our time to prepare is short and it's no longer if,  but when? So please visit these sites. It won't be polite but most have something to teach you or point you in the right direction for your own research, and implementing ideas. Sorry,  but I think the "Stuff Will Hit the Fan" within the next 3-6 months. I really hope I'm wrong! I can't be polite when I think about folks lives. People are choosing up sides and it's getting nasty. I don't think it has to be about sides. I think surviving is a good start and something we could all agree on. Yet many folks still want to be children and have "Big Daddy Government" take care of them. Yes, I'm on the "Dole". The Feds told me it was insurance, It was a lie! But I played the game and I was wrong. My bad! now I have to get hot on finding some other income. I really don't need much about $1100.00 per month and I can make it. If I could work it would be a breeze. But employers tend to frown on my needed nap times. I don't blame them I wouldn't hire me either!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I am just sick and disgusted!

Today there was a shooting in Tucson AZ. Many folks shot including a congresswoman, a judge and several bystanders. At last update the judge and a 9 year old girl are dead and perhaps others. Several wounded including the congresswomen.
What makes me sick is the folks trying to spin this politically. "It was __________ fault!" Fill in with the favorite bad guy of the moment.
Please don't jump to conclusions let's wait a bit and see what's going on. I have family and friends that are "Liberal" and I'm a "conservative" and none of us are responsible for for this person or persons actions. The individual is who did this is responsible for his or her actions.
Please think about lessons to learn. You hear gunfire drop to the ground or get to cover (within 2 steps) Don't run!. Do you know basic 1st aid , prevent shock or CPR? Would you have a 1st aid kit in the car and some blankets? Do you have a cell phone ready to call 911? I don't expect you to be "Dirty Harry" this was a lousy environment for returning fire.
Situational Awareness: This happened at a grocery store. I know when I go shopping my mind is on my list and some money for extras if possible. I'm not thinking about shooters! Take a moment and look around. If it feels bad take a few more moments to avoid the crowd or park in a different spot. Trust your instincts, but you must give them a some time to work.A few times you will feel silly, but if the SHTF you will have to do it. So you might as well practice it now.

A bunch of folks tackled the "shooter". Gosh they were brave or just not thinking. Probably some of both!

Friday, January 7, 2011

I will.....

I'd like you to think about a pledge to yourself.  I will.... pledge. It can be any thing you chose, but require a goal, how you will meet that goal and a celebration of that goal. It could be as cheap or expensive as you desire.
It may be providing at least 2 hours of candlelight for 2 months for family and how to do it. It may be enough gold to leave the country and live in the lap of luxary. Then again I don't think I get many of those types at my little blog. Then again you never know? ;) Do you think Ashtor Kutcher reads my Blog LOL

I'll do charity for...
I'll protect myself by....
I'm getting ready this way.....
I'm learning more...
I found a great website at....
I know many folks have invested ton of time and energy in survival/preparedness blogs. I'm a rank Tyro to this cause. Better than some but with lots to learn. Pick a topic wher you have had sucsess prepping. Or an insight or something I didn't see (That should be easy). Sorry no gifts to offer since I do this commercial free. Just my undying gratitude and the hope you help others.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pet Survival

I love my pets, they are members of my family that I must provide for and protect even as they protect me. So critters should be included in your survival plan just like the rest of the family.
 They need to have stored food, water, medicine, safety items and sanitation just like the rest of the family. What's great is there are a lot of items that are great for us both to have on hand and are multi-taskers.
Get extra critter food for prep just like you do for your family. Find a good dog/ cat food and buy extra. Dogs and cats can eat scraps a bit but if we see a "meltdown" there won't be many scraps for any one. Treats: the pets need their treats just like we do. I give my "pekes" a tablespoon of canned dog food for "breakfast" then they have doggie bones or "Chewies" they can earn. Cat is the same though she is more work to satisfy. It must be a cat thing. LOL
Medicines: I have more data on dogs than cats so far dogs can take aspirin 81mg per 15 pounds of dog, Benedryl 1/2 a tablet per 15 pound of dog. I've done both dosage and pets suffered no harm and vet is good with these dosages. I'm still learning about cats and my cat is a bit of mutt and very hardy so has had nothing I had to treat so far.Witch hazel for quick clotting on small cuts. Combs, brushes  and DE for fleas and bugs. Nail trimmers and bath products. I've been picking up wipes and dry bath products and testing them. Most tend to cover smells but that may not be bad in the long run.
Sanitation: Potty pads, cat boxes and kitty litter.Doggie doo bags very cheap at the dollar stores.
Restraints: I hope to have body harnesses/collars for all this year. I have neck collars, tie outs, leashes and a playpen for the critters but I want them more secure.

Water! and sanitation

We are so spoiled, turn a valve fresh, clean and safe water comes into your home. A huge plus for anyone and many folks in the world can't have this at any price. Now if you don't know, I want you to find out where your water comes from. Is it a well or river? Do you have water towers (gravity fed) or is it pumped? What power source is used to get water to your home?  Are you on low or high ground relative to the water and sewer. Do you know how to isolate your house if needed because the sewage treatment plant flooded and pipes are backing up? Where is your house water main? and can you turn it off?
Now disasters happen all the time and water is critical! Can you purify your water? Do you know what you need to purify water? You can boil it, (Takes fuel/energy). You can filter it, (Good filters cost money and clog) and even the best filters take time.
Or you can store some ahead of time in water barrels, camp jugs and soda bottles. Plus a couple of cheap items to storage that you can use to make water safe. Bleach 6% add 4-6 drops in a gallon of clear water let it sit for 30 minutes. How do you get clear water? coffee filters. A gallon of bleach could make over 3,000 gallons of safe water. Coffee filters are great multi-tasker and cheap as well. They can filter more than coffee.
I love bleach it cleans and sanitizes. Bleach will kill 99.9% of all germs. I keep a spray bottle of diluted bleach ( a teaspoon per quart)  water for the kitchen to wipe down counters. It would work as well in a sick room. I have yet to find a bacteria or germ that is resistant to bleach. More is not better on bleach. A little goes a long way.
So now we have a filter sanitation system that is safe and is cheap now we need water. Get some rain barrels, very cheap $30.00-$50.00 USD. I have about 1200 square foot of roof,( 2) 55 gallon barrels under rain gutters and they are filled with an inch of rain. From less than 1/2 of my roof area. If I had 2 more barrels I could easily capture 200+ gallons and if I had my shop setup easily 150 gallons or more of that 1 inch of rain. That's in high desert country. We tend to get down pours and then little rain. So surface area is critical, that's where your tarps come in. 1 inch of rain in a coffee can is not much, an 8"x8" square is big.
Got tarps, got buckets? Heck even garbage bags and cans can catch enough rain to keep a garden growing.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Some basic hardware ideas to pick up this year.

Everything is going up in cost. I think we have 3-6 months before it get's real bad but if you have gone shopping you have already seen prices are up or you are paying the same but getting less. 
Shelter:
Socks, T-Shirts, undies and sweats. Look at used clothing stores for jeans and jackets.
Tents and Tarps, Sheets and blankets.
Now for the old homestead; check out your local ads and some local contractors if you need repairs or work done. These guys are begging for work and may have materials for jobs that got canceled because of lack of funds.
Kitchen:
Pressure canner and a pressure cooker. Pressure canners on sale have been a little hit and miss, but the little presto canner can be had around $100.00 or less. If you want one of the big "All-American" canner and can afford it go for it. I've never heard anyone complain they spent to much for an "All American" canner.
I really wanted a Kitchenaid stand mixer and paid extra for it. I don't feel like I was cheated.
Now the pressure cooker is for cooking fast beans and will do a great job for saving "freezer burnt" or cooking tougher cuts of meat. It saves both time and energy, plus those can be had for under $30.00
Cast Iron Dutch oven and a 12" or larger skillet plus lids. I recommend the Lodge brand, a bit more expensive but well worth the extra couple of bucks. With these two pans you can cook over almost every type of heat and make everything from biscuits to popcorn.
Grinders Spices, grains and meat.
One of my "to gets" is a hand crank grain and meat grinder. I haven't panicked because I have 2 food processors that can do the job and 2 generators and fuel. I also store and use a lot of flour compared to what most prep/survival sites recommend.
The best spice grinder I have found is an electric coffee grinder. Storing whole spices last 2-5x's longer compared to ground spice. I also pickup those little grinders of whole spice when I get them for $1.00. I get the spice and another back up grinder for free. I also get a trade/barter item.
Ovens, Campstoves, and Others
When I started out I got a Camp Cheif Oven/2 burner stove that runs on 1# or 20# propane cylinders for $170.00 and placed it on layaway. It was mostly dumb luck with an eye toward the future. Now it's hard to find one for under $225.00. I still like this item because it comes with the #1-20# fuel feed conversion that costs about $15-20.00 separately. You can cook and bake outside keeping your kitchen cool in the summer. It's great for camping and tailgating, I love multi-taskers. Plus if your house has an oven with a ceramic or glass cooktop this is great for your canners.
Cooktop burners, This can be a campstove or those little butane burners. They can be had for $20 and up and are great to add in or to start. Plus as you cook you warm your house or if you take it outside you keep it cool. Depending on the season.
Solar Ovens
Big on my list "To get" List, Sanitizes water, cooks and bakes totally independent of utilities and after initial cost of purchase totally free. All you need is a sunny day.
Charcoal about 200-300 pounds
This an alternate cooking fuel, Yes I know 200 pounds sounds like a lot but for that amount you can grill/bake/cook at least 1-2 meals a daily. I like the lump charcoal and not the briquettes. I pick up Mesquite Lump charcoal for $12-14.00 per 40 # bag. I can cook or smoke with it. Makes killer BBQ, jerky and hams and It's only 5 bags for 200# and $70.00-$105.00 pretty cheap for 2 meals a day for a whole year.
Kerosene stoves
I think of these stoves for heating if you don't have alternate source of heat like me. My house is all electric though I'm working on that. DO NOT USE WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING. Have a battery powered carbon monoxide detector placed on the wall low in house. Yes it sucks getting up in a cold room, but I don't want to die in my sleep (unless I'm 92)  that would make all my prepping a moot point. The whole point of this is to survive. It would suck to die after all these preparations cause you were lazy or didn't have enough blankets. :)
Propane/catalytic heaters
This what you use to take the edge off the cold. These are small heaters can be fired up quickly and safely from a sleeping bag or under blankets for 5-10 minutes just to take the edge off a cold morning and give you time to fire up the stove. Sometimes called a back packers stove. I used this in the Army in a GP Small tent
(sleeps 5-10 people) and it would take the chill off in about 3 minutes. Brew a pot of coffee and the tent was toasty warm. I was very popular as a tent mate.
Bathroom:
Now this is worst case and we have no working sewer system and have gone old school. The old thunder jug becomes a coffee can. Now you must have a way to dispose of your waste. A chemical toilet is good fairly short term. Google "Humanure" going long term. But if you just have to go tinkle in the middle of the night a coffee can is great. It must be dump the next day, but covered with a lid and dumped in within 12 hours it poses no health risks if disposed of properly. This is a great use for empty coffee can for kids and sick folks.
Bedroom:
Blankets and layers, Get jammies, a robe and slippers. Trapped air is your friend that's how layers work. Drink water, your body needs water to regulate it's thermostat. If you are cold and you don't think you should be drink more water. I live in High desert and it get's cold but its dry and we don't realize how our bodies try to equalize and compensate for dry air. If your lips are chapped drink more water before applying the "chapstick". Your body maybe telling you something.
I sat freezing 1 night in the Army I had on poly-pro, my Army uniform, Gore-Tex and in a sleeping bag, While it was damp it was above freezing (36 Degrees F) A buddy made me drink a quart of water and I started warming up. I drank another quart until I had to pee, went tinkle.Came back and  I snuggled down in my sleeping bag in a T-shirt and shorts. I was toasty warm. Water is critical for life!! and comfort.