Thursday, August 13, 2020

JUNK SILVER AND THE PREPPER PREMIUM

by Chris Marcus, Miles Franklin:

My grandfather volunteered for the Air Force at the start of World War Two.

He became the guy who aimed and dropped the bombs on those bastard Nazis. Known technically as a bombardier, my grandfather flew on a B24 Liberator airplane and was shot down on his 25th mission. He lived to tell us about it many times over Marco Island sunsets and strong Manhattans.

SELCO: What to Do If Unwanted People Show Up at Your Door When the SHTF

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

We all have worries about people that will show up at our doorstep when SHTF.

I am thinking here about family members or friends that we know will be problematic when they show up. Either they are complete burdens without any real values in a truly hard situation or they might even possibly be a danger for us.

So what do we do with those folks?

3 ‘Powerful’ Things You Can Do NOW To Prepare For A Future Grid Failure

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by Sara Tipton, Ready Nutrition:

In the event of a grid failure, would you be prepared? Many who prep save extra food and water, but have no idea what actually going “off the grid” would entail. But there are some tips and tricks to preparing so you don’t find yourself or your family at the whims of those currently running the political system.

So what could happen in the event of a nation-wide power grid failure? If you rely on FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the situation could be dire. And what if it’s winter time? You will most likely be forced from your home in the dead of winter, with nothing more than the few supplies you were able to carry amongst yourselves. You would then be shuttered and locked into a community center (FEMA camp) with thousands of other families, displaced from their homes as well, relying on what few supplies the government could provide. You would have to wait in long lines to use the portable bathroom and security guards would monitor your every move. It wouldn’t exactly be a utopia – it would be more like a prison.

How to Make Homemade Artisanal Jam Without Pectin

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

Nothing is more of a summer tradition here at our house than making enough homemade jam from fresh fruit to see us through the winter. Get some fruit, some sugar, and a box of pectin and you’re good to go, right? Not so fast! You can actually make jam without pectin if you use my favorite old-fashioned methodof thickening your product. (Find this canning recipe and many more in my book, The Prepper’s Canning Guide.)

What To Expect From FEMA After A Disaster (Spoiler: It’s Not Good)

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by Sara Tipton, Ready Nutrition:

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to get some “help” or disaster assistance from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) after a tragic natural disaster happens?  Well, some know all too well just how much and how little FEMA does to help those who have lost almost everything. Spoiler: it isn’t good.

For years, we have stressed the importance of having a preparedness plan including a financial plan for when disasters erupt. In the book, The Prepper’s Blueprint, we walk the reader through a prepping regimen with a guide and easy to follow instructions and give beginning preppers a foundation to build on so that one doesn’t have to rely on government handouts.

How to get your friends and family to start prepping

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by Zoey Sky, Natural News:

If you’re a prepper with loved ones or close friends who belong to the same community that values survival and preparedness, you can count yourself lucky. But if your own kin doesn’t understand your passion for prepping, you may have your work cut out for you.

How do you convince someone to start prepping if they think this way of life is extreme or unnecessary? (h/t to AmericanPreppersNetwork.com)

Prepping for the uninitiated

While it’s true that prepping requires discipline and hard work, others may misunderstand the passion of preppers as getting too worked up on preparing for both natural and man-made disasters.

99 Relatable Things That Only Preppers Will Understand

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

Prepping isn’t all about whiling away your hours in a bunker, reloading ammo. It’s about the everyday things we do and the differences in our mindsets from non-preppers, and these are things that only real preppers will understand.

Preppers know these are actually signs of sanity, but we get used to being misunderstood by the unprepared and the mainstream media, who all seem to think that we’re crazy. Sometimes it’s fun to have a good laugh about their misconceptions of what we actually do.

RESILIENCE SPOTLIGHT: New House, New Neighbors, New Life

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by Adam Taggart, Peak Prosperity:

This next contribution in our new Resilience Spotlight series, featuring stories from Peak Prosperity readers, comes from reader sebastian. He has embarked on building his own home on acreage he’s moved onto recenetly, and is designing his house and lifestyle to be as resilient as possible.

Hello Chris, Adam & Peak Prosperity folks,

My name is Sebastian.

I’m writing to you to let you know about our family’s journey, in the hopes it might inspire meaningful change for others. Your great site and its resources have inspired us — hopefully I can do the same for some of the other readers here.

Saffron: Ancient Healing Powers Confirmed by Science

by Sayer Ji, Green Med Info:

Clearly there is something magical about the Crocus sativus flower, from which the spice saffron is derived. If its striking beauty does not immediately cast a spell on its beholder, often it simply takes experiencing the spice to fall into full enchantment with it.

While saffron is exceptionally expensive, because it takes approximately 150 flowers to yield just 1,000 mg (0.035 oz) of dry saffron threads, and costs approximately $1,000 a pound, it does not take much to have an effect. Its uniqueness is also illustrated by the fact that it shuns mechanization, requiring of its would-be possessors painstaking harvesting by hand, as no doubt has been done for tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years. Because each Crocus sativus flower bears no more than four flowers, each with three vivid crimson stigmas from which the spice is derived, at most only 12 stigma are produced by each, which yields the equivalent of 30 mg (0.011 oz) of fresh saffron or 7 mg (0.00025 oz) dried.

How to Create a Personal Emergency Preparedness Binder (with FREE Templates)

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

You can buy prepping books, stockpile food, and learn first aid, but unless you have organized your personal information and documents, the aftermath of an ordinary disaster is going to be much more difficult. Mind you, I’m not talking about an apocalyptic situation that changes the world as we know it, but something like a house fire, a flood, or a tornado. That’s why every prepper needs a personal emergency preparedness binder.

The good thing about such a binder is that it is very inexpensive to put together. You only need a 3 ring binder, some inserts with pockets, and paper to either print or handwrite the personal information. Oh – and you may need to go to Staples and make some photocopies, too.

3 Emergency Uses for Plastic Sheeting

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by Joshua Krause, Ready Nutrition:

The focus in this article is on rolls of plastic sheeting, and why you need it in your emergency supplies. Plastic sheeting is a cheap and multipurpose prep that has many uses in a survival situation. It can be used for rainwater collection, making a solar still, waterproofing containers, and it can even be used in a worst-case scenario as a body bag.

The best type of sheeting to store is 6 to 8-mil thickness. This can provide you with a wide range of emergency uses. I found a good type for you, made by Frost King, labeled as “Crystal Clear Vinyl Sheeting” for those windows. I have a roll of 3’ x 75’ for use with most of my windows if I lose them. It is also “greenhouse-grade” plastic, although it doesn’t have a UV rating. The best feature? It is 8 mil in thickness: that’s good stuff.  It is also transparent, not translucent, so you can actually see through it.

Luxury doomsday bunkers selling for $2.3 million, complete with pool

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by Shepard Ambellas, Intellihub:

You can “ride out worldwide chaos” in your very own below ground doomsday bunker for the price tag of $2.3 million

(INTELLIHUB) — In the middle of nowhere in rural Kansas luxury doomsday bunkers are being sold to the elite.

A decommissioned nuclear silo reserved for the wealthy boasts 16,000 pound doors and is patrolled by armed security at all times.

To top it all off, live CCTV feeds of the surroundings are broadcasted into the subterranean condominium complex via TV screens which act as simulated windows to the real world one-hundred feet below the Earth’s surface.

7 REASONS YOU NEED TO START A HOME GARDEN TODAY

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by Sarah Harris, The Daily Sheeple:

I, for one, never really cared about gardening. The whole “start a home garden” trend seemed like another part of the organic eating phase. If you’re still on the fence about starting your own garden because you don’t buy into the organic trend, I get you. Really.

Even if you want to eat organic food, you may need some convincing to commit to a home garden. It does take some work, and you may need to persuade your family to help, as well.