Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Self-Reliance Manifesto: More Than 300 Resources to Guide You on the Path to Radical Freedom


by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

Self-Reliance. It’s a revolutionary word these days and I thought it deserved a manifesto.

Manifesto: noun man·i·fes·to \ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō\

A declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer.

Have you happened to notice that our society is out of balance?

The consumers outnumber the producers at such a rapid clip that we can’t possibly continue like this. But who has time to produce when they are indebted and working overtime to finance their current lifestyles in the hopes that they will finally be able to buy “enough” to be happy, fulfilled, and loved?

The top 10 best foods to grow for survival


by Zoey Sky, Natural News:

When it comes to prepping, it’s always good to know about the best plants that you can grow in your garden or homestead. If you have access to your own produce, you can cross food off of the things that you have to think about when SHTF.

If a survival situation involves a long-term recovery event, your food and water supply may run out, unless you’ve stored at least several years’ worth of food in your stockpile. (h/t to

But this isn’t always possible for all preppers, so you have two options: You can resort to scavenging food or growing your own. The best option is to grow your own food, but this may sound daunting for those who don’t have any gardening experience.

7 Proven Reasons To Eat More Blueberries


from Collective Evolution:

  • The Facts:This article was written by GreenMedInfo Research Group, where it originally appeared. Published here with permission.
  • Reflect On:Food is medicine, and if used correctly it can be used to drastically boost your quality of life and reduce the risk of various diseases

Spring and summer are prime seasons for fresh blueberries.  But there are good reasons to eat them all year round.  Blueberries pack huge health benefits in a tiny package.



by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

Sometimes when we put our bug out bags together, we forget some things that could be highly useful if something goes wrong.  Of course, you may or may not need these items or be compelled to add them to your bug out bag, but perhaps if nothing else, you’ll remember something that could be useful for your situation.

There are more than 5 items that I could have added to this list, however, these may be the most useful and most necessary to think about.

The Easiest Way To Create an Emergency Water Supply That Lasts All Winter


from Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

There are reasons that everyone disdains converting snow and ice to water, such as “it’s not cost or heat effective,” or “you can’t get much from it,” etc.  In a survival situation, though, you may not have that much of a choice and this could be your only long-term water supply.  With many surface water bodies freezing solid, it renders it difficult to remove the ice and then melt it down.  Snow is the most-maligned of the two, but you can still take water from it.  Let’s go over some of the numbers and explore a few methods to get some water in the wintertime when you’re out in the wilds.

Learn About Snow Water Equivalent

The volume of ice can be converted to the volume of water by multiplying the ice’s volume by 0.92 for water volume.  This can be helpful, especially if you have a way of measuring blocks of ice or ice that has been formed within a container where you know the dimensions.  Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) is the most common way to measure the amount of water that is in a given amount of snow.  The “magic” number here is 10% of the volume of the snow is equal to the volume of water.  Therefore, if you had a large container (such as a kid’s plastic swimming pool) filled with 2 feet of snow?  Your amount of water would equal 2.4 inches, for the remaining area and volume of the pool.

The Simplest Way to Harvest Water in Winter

I mentioned these just to give you an idea.  Naturally, you won’t be lugging around a Coleco plastic swimming pool in the woods with you.  You can, however, pack in gallon-sized Ziploc plastic bags, and here’s where your math comes into play to figure volume.  You also need something to heat it up in.  Barring stumbling across a sizeable container made of metal you can throw on the fire, you may just have to take your time and use a good military issue Army canteen cup, or a steel bottle or container of some kind that will tolerate a heating over/on an open flame.

Ice can be found and “harvested” in the form of icicles and then gathered in volume prior to heating it and converting it to water.  This conversion of snow and ice to water will be an ongoing thing while you’re out in the wild, as if you do not have a method to keep your water in a liquid state, then it will refreeze.  This is one area that a Camelbak can be useful.  The bladder can be kept against the skin or next to the body, wrapped up in layers of clothing and using your body heat to keep it liquid.

One of the problems with the winter is the reduced amount of direct sunlight.  There are not many sunny days (comparatively speaking), and the sunlight is not often strong enough or long-lasting enough to make good use of.  Another thing you may consider is an ice auger to be able to drill a hole in a lake and extract water for your use.  Of course, you’ll have to hurry, and you’ll have to purify that water either chemically, by boiling, or via filtration, but it will work.

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What “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” Taught Me About Survival


by Meadow Clark, The Organic Prepper:

Survival isn’t just a “someday” mindset – it’s how to insulate yourself from the elements, extreme deprivation, and nary-do-wells – at all times. Right now. It’s a complete awareness at all times in your life, but it’s also an extraordinary resiliency. It’s knowing the ultimate Truth that life is difficult – when it rains, it avalanches – and the most important tools you have are actually within.

It’s also the realization that when you cry, you cry alone. It’s a truth that when the bottom falls out from your life, you must roll up your sleeves and face it head on – there are no shortcuts, and yet you are silently expected to be resourceful. It’s resisting the temptation to outsource your care and survival the way most folks are conditioned to do at a frightening degree. It’s the drive to rise above the rest although they may be like the proverbial Grasshoppers in the Aesop’s Fable – and you’re busy building your little dirt tunnels wondering if it really pays to be an Ant.

Your Computer May Not Survive a Collapse But These Off-Grid Archiving Strategies Will


by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

I will admit that I am not the most technologically “savvy” individual, and I’m certainly not armed with all the modern “conveniences” that most people take as a necessity.  Cell phones, Kindle devices, M-pad/I-pod/UFO-whatever-for-music…don’t use ‘em.  That being said, I know they have their merits, but it’s the same type of lesson I tried to impart to my son when he went into the service.

He picked up one of those high-speed wrist compasses…the digital kind…but I constantly remind him to use that “old-fashioned” lensatic compass as his mainstay.  He listens, although he prefers to use his gizmo.  I’m just happy he carries the lensatic with him and knows how to use it.  I made sure he knew how to use it.

Create a Survival Library with Hard-Copy Notes and Archives

In this light, remember that all of our technology can collapse in the blink of an eye.  The collapse can be precipitated by any number of things…grid failure/brownouts, an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) strike, a nuclear war, or just a societal collapse that has a “downtrickle” of losing critical infrastructure and modern power systems.  In that light, it is best to take your digital and electronic libraries and ensure they are duplicated into hard-copy.  Consider investing in a typewriter to pass this valuable information on. Let’s give some suggestions, and you can take them, and tailor them to suit your needs.

  1. Whenever you watch any kind of training video/DVD, you should always take notes and summarize it. Pick up the key points, supplementing them with your own notes and diagrams to help clarify the instruction.  A composition-type notebook works well for this.  I take rough notes on a sheet of paper, and then recopy them into the notebook.
  2. Summarize books and other works: Turn a 300-page book into 8-10 pages of intense notes…summarize and shoot for brevity and clarity in your notes. This is not to say, “don’t keep books,” but rather, read them and take good notes that you can glance at to glean any important information you may need to use.
  3. Print out the important how-to’s and “archive” notes: don’t just store it on hard drive or jump drive! Although that is important, you want to make sure your information is printed off.  Strive for accuracy, compactness, neatness, and organization in all of your notes.
  4. File similar subjects in a binder/common protector: This is especially important when you’re dealing with things such as first-aid and medicine. Protect the info., and keep it well-organized
  5. Military Med Chests: Yes, made out of strong aluminum, these stackable canisters are perfect to place your archives and books inside after wrapping them up in plastic…preferably contractor-grade bags around 6 mils in thickness.
  6. Durable plastic bins: These can work if they’re really tough and are water-tight. The biggest problems with notes, archives, and books are water, mildew, bugs, and fire, in that order.  You want to make sure everything is in plastic and sealed up tight.
  7. Duplicate everything…1-6 up there? You should have one copy out for your general use, and another sealed up in a safe place.

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Researchers creating a new class of 5G millimeter wave transmitter antenna designs that will soon occupy over a billion mobile devices


by Ellaine Castillo, The Common Sense Show:

Researchers have come up with a new class of millimeter wave transmitters by integrating the design of antenna and electronics. This new device boosts energy and spectrum efficiency, which could mean longer talk times and higher data rates in future 5G applications. In addition to these, the device also exhibits improved modulation and reduced generation of waste heat.

Transmitters are electronic devices that use radio waves to transmit data. They are able to do this by converting energy from the power source into radio waves and sending off these waves to the receiver.

The new design for millimeter wave transmitters was developed by a group of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology. They came up with a hybrid design that allowed for the optimization of both the antenna and electronics at the same time. Multiple transmitters and receivers can be places on an integrated circuit (IC) chip, allowing for a multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) system.

A Collection of Thoughts on Survival


by Sven, SurvivalBlog:

There is a number of thoughts and observations I’ve had that seemed worth passing on to SurvivalBlog readers, but most of them weren’t long enough to merit full articles. Hopefully, everyone can find at least one thing here that they hadn’t considered yet.

Wool Blankets

Wool blankets are heavier than down or synthetic sleeping bags but are lifetimes more durable and fire resistant. You should have both wool blankets for when weight is not a concern and regular sleeping bags for fast, light trips.

Knives– Serrated or Not

Knives with serrations require special tools to sharpen. Consider using only knives without serrations while in the field so that you need only one stone.

Sharpening Stone

A sharpening stone is a must for your kit/BOB. Knives and axes that are in use will dull quickly, which can make them unusable in precision applications. So, you’ll need to stone to keep them sharp.


Stick to Common Firearms Rounds

There are many different firearms cartridges available– some old, some new. Instead of debating what the absolute best cartridges are, stick to common rounds, as these are what are most likely to be available in the long run if there was a restriction on ammo. Some of the more obscure rounds may be tempting for various reasons, but you may run up against logistical problems. For instance, I think the Swedish 6.5×55 is the perfect deer round. But how much luck do you think I would have finding that round when all the stores close? It’s difficult enough to find now. I suspect there may be many ad hoc survival groups that form after a SHTF event. We used to call these organic groups “tribes” or “communities.” Consider the advantages of being able to share ammo with others if needed.

Water Proof Containers

Water proof containers are an underappreciated modern technology. If you’re outside for any length of time, everything will get wet eventually. Tupperwaregarbage bags, and small plastic bags can go far towards keeping matches, sleeping bags, your Bible, changes of socks, et cetera dry, when not in use. A favorite item of mine is the clear one-gallon storage bag that can be tied at the top. I find Ziploc bags too prone too coming open when stuffed in a backpack.

Soap, Dry Wool Socks, and Sturdy Wool Clothes Protect From Dangers

It’s exciting to prepare for dangers like marauding biker gangs, but there are plenty of things that are just as likely to get you that are anything but action movie material. These are things like diarrhea, trench foot, and hypothermia. Soap, dry wool socks and sturdy wool clothes may save your life every bit as much as your trusty 1911 or Glock.

Firearms and Preps

If you have far more than the basic battery of firearms, while the other crucial areas of your preps lack, you may want to reevaluate how you are using your resources. If your basic firearms needs are met, and you’re squared away in other areas of preps, consider using the extra money to buy duplicates of the firearms you already have, extra ammunition (no such thing), or training courses.

Convenient MREs

MREs can be handy. They come in water-proof packaging, have a shelf life as long as a human’s, are packed with calories, and contain their own apparatus for heating. But they’re also expensive and extremely heavy while on foot. Consider carefully where MREs figure into your total nutrition plan.

Implicit Survival Group

A survival group can be implicit rather than explicit. Be friends with serious, capable people, and strive to be a serious, capable person yourself.

People Skills = Survival Skills

People skills are survival skills. Like all survival skills, now is the best time to practice. If you’re a difficult person to get along with right now, how much more will people dislike you under the extreme pressures of survival situations?

Surviving the Boredom

Don’t underestimate the boredom that can set it in, especially during the winter months, even with the all consuming business of survival taking up most of your time. Have plenty of family-friendly books on hand that are good for reading out loud. Simple games and musical instruments would be nice morale boosters, too.

Light Gear That Works Well Wet But Is Bright and Susceptible to Damage

REI, North Face, Patagonia, et cetera make some of the lightest gear around that still works well even when wet. Unfortunately, this type of outdoors gear is very susceptible to damage during work or when traveling off trail through thick brush. Also, it is often made only in very bright colors, which is not ideal for the prepper who wants to lay low.

Cotton Kills

While we’re on the subject of clothing: no cotton for extended outdoor trips ever, or “cotton kills” as some outdoors men say. It will get wet and give you hypothermia. Desert and southern climes might be the exception.

Military Surplus Clothing

Your mileage may vary with military surplus clothing. It is usually made very durably and in camo or earth tones. However, it can be very heavy and sometimes cotton based. It can be had inexpensively at many thrift stores though, so keep some around. I’m a huge fan of wool because it is durable and warm even after absorbing lots of water. Best of all, European military surplus wool shirts, coats, and pants are widely available and of high quality. Just make sure you have some good long underwear to go with it. Wool is itchy.

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Curcumin combined with boswellic acid scientifically shown to be a treatment for patients with osteoarthritis


by Edsel Cook, Natural News:

Boswellic acid and curcumin have been used on their own as natural treatments for various ailments. An Armenian study (see citation below) showed that the two natural medicines have excellent synergy – their combination can relieve the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis weakens the cartilage and bones in the joints of aging people. The degenerative disease makes standing, walking, and other weight-bearing activities very difficult and painful for patients.

The pain and swelling can be mitigated by analgesics, cortisone, and NSAIDs. However, these pharmaceutical drugs have numerous negative side effects and might even be contraindicated for certain patients. They also do not stop the degenerative processes that undermine the joints in the first place.

Want to lose weight without counting calories? Try intermittent fasting to kickstart your metabolism


by Russel Davis, Natural News:

It has long been established that unhealthy eating habits contribute to the growing number of lifestyle-related metabolic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. The worsening prevalence of these diseases have prompted health experts to turn to different dietary interventions in order to stem obesity. One such intervention is intermittent fasting (IF), which has gained significant popularity due in part to its alleged efficacy against excess weight.

Camu camu fruits are rich in an anthocyanin that stops tumors from growing


by Michelle Simmons, Natural News:

An anthocyanin found in the fruit of camu camu may be the next cancer solution. A study published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines revealed that chrysanthemin can stop the development of cancerous tumors.

In the study, researchers in China looked at the antitumor and apoptotic effects of chrysanthemin in PC-3 human prostate cancer cells. Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death due to cancer in the U.S. and many other Western countries.

SELCO: Who Will Be Dangerous and Who Can You Trust When the SHTF?

by Selco, The Organic Prepper:

We are all witnessing how the world is becoming a more dangerous place. Actually what we are seeing is that people have a tendency to be more dangerous, or to be more precise – sicker and more perverse.

One of the reasons is that we are able to access information faster than 30-40 years ago, for example. If you have something wrong happening in another part of the world you will know about it pretty soon. You just need to do a couple of clicks with your mouse.

The world is a dangerous place to live if you do not follow some rules, and very often those rules are actually not rules that system “gives” us as rules of behavior.