Thursday, February 27, 2020

Gardening When It Counts – Part 1

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by A.K., Survival Blog:

Many of us have had a garden at one time or another given the space to grow one. We’ve had good gardening years with seemingly endless buckets of tomatoes filling all of the kitchen counter- top space not to mention the dilemma of what to do with all of those zucchini! Then there’s been the years when other things took priority. Maybe we didn’t get the soil prepared in time and finally got around to planting whatever seedlings we could find at the garden center in mid-summer. Perhaps we went away on a summer vacation and returned to find the garden engulfed by weeds. And then there’s the question of just why we planted “vegetable X”; it seemed like a good idea at the time and the picture on the seed package was so pretty but it turns out no one in the family actually likes radishes, or bok choi. And what on earth do we do with kohlrabi anyway?

Tips for becoming unnoticeable: When SHTF, being a gray man can save your life

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by Zoey Sky, The Common Sense Show:

During a disaster scenario, you can’t just rely on your survival stockpile. Your skills are just as important when SHTF, especially the ability to become a “gray man.” (h/t to ModernSurvivalOnline.com)

The gray man theory

You can just bug out when things go south, but if you decide to stay home, at some point you’ll need to leave to find resources or maintain your property. How do you avoid looters and attackers?

Hide in plain sight by becoming a gray man to avoid detection. Simply put, a gray man is someone who doesn’t draw attention to himself. This kind of “survival psychology and urban camouflage” technique enables you to “disappear” when you’re in a public place.

How to Start a Vegetable Garden for Beginners

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from Yard And Garden Guru:

Do you have space that is going to waste, and you have decided to put it to good use and have a veggie garden? If so, you have made a smart choice. Not only will it save you money, help you to eat healthier, but it is also good for the environment.

You should know beforehand; it is not possible to grow everything even for the yard and garden guru. And also some vegetables are easier to buy as they need too much attention to make it worthwhile.

SELCO: How NOT to Build Your SHTF Medical Kit and What NOT to Do With It

by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

The medical field is one of my favorite fields of prepping, not only because it is my “field of work” for many years but also because it is very often misunderstood in prepping.

There are many reasons for that, one of the reasons is the fact that there are many other “cooler” topics for prepping. As a result, medical preparedness gets researched very superficial, and people prepare for it in a way that most of them want just to mark that as done and move on to other topics.

So as a foundation in medical prepping for SHTF think about a few things, for a start only.

Catastrophic living conditions in Puerto Rico can teach us a wealth of truth about post-collapse survival

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by Isabelle Z., Natural News:

What would happen if the grid collapsed? Many people imagine it would not be too different from what happens when the power goes out after a storm, with long hours spent in the darkness playing cards by candlelight. You’ve got a cabinet full of canned goods, so you’d be able to get through it, right?

More than a million people in Puerto Rico are getting a harsh lesson on what life is like without power and running water, and we could all learn from their experience. Three months after being devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, a third of people in Puerto Rico still have no power and a tenth do not have running water. Those who are fortunate enough to have running water have to boil it before it can be used.

What is it like on the ground? The first couple of days after the grid went down were marked by chaos, with locals reporting that those without cash were unable to buy anything. 911 wasn’t available, and hospitals were having trouble keeping people alive. Only 11 of the island’s 69 hospitals had power or generators running on the first few days, which meant many injured people did not have access to life-saving and diagnostic equipment like x-rays, medications, and important treatment like dialysis. Some people suffocated after their respirators stopped working when the power went out.

Violence rose as people grew more desperate, and communications were impossible without cell signals. Some families reported being robbed and losing everything they had. Gang members were reportedly robbing people at gunpoint, and people were shooting one another at gas stations just to get fuel. Going outside at night there remains a very dangerous proposition, with streetlights not working and police largely absent.

In a guest post for USA Today, Jeffrey Holsman wrote: “…after Maria, we face hours upon hours of waiting in lines for gas that might not be there; hours waiting in bank and ATM lines for money that might not be there; hours waiting in grocery store lines for food that might not be there”

Many of the firsthand accounts of life there with the grid down echoed the same sentiment: It was much worse than people imagined. Dead animals were strewn across the island, sometimes in fresh water supplies, while mosquitoes multiplied dramatically.

Two months after the grid went down, half of the island’s residents were still without power, particularly those in remote and less affluent areas. The island still looks like a war zone three months later, and the original estimate of full electricity being restored by December has now been pushed back to February at the earliest.

Are you prepared?

If you don’t live on an island, that doesn’t mean this can’t happen to you. Experts have long been sounding alarm bells about the aging and poor condition of America’s electrical infrastructure. Even if it doesn’t succumb to age, an EMP strike could take our grid down permanently, something that some experts believe could kill 90 percent of people in the U.S. in just the first year.

Read More @ NaturalNews.com

Living Off The Grid – Part 1

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by V.F., Survival Blog:

When I was a child, my mother moved to a very remote area of Eastern Washington and we lived off the grid. This was long before the term had been coined, as far as I know. The property did not have a house. We lived in a little travel trailer. We went to town once a month and did laundry at the laundromat. We boiled water from the creek to wash dishes. The creek was also our refrigerator. We ran a PVC pipe in the creek and placed a horse trough in the creek. This is where we kept drinks cold and we didn’t have to worry about them going down the mountain. I don’t remember any of it as a hardship but I was a child and the responsibilities were not mine. I did not know that much later that I too would choose to live Off the Grid.

Elements of a Security System – Part 5

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by J.M., Survival Blog:

OBSERVATION

As I mentioned earlier, direct observation of an intruder approaching is another form of detection, but I’m focusing on situations where you may not be able to have eyes everywhere 24×7. However, if an alarm does go off you’ll need some way to get ‘eyes on’ to determine what caused the alarm without unnecessarily exposing yourself to potential danger. There are a number of possible options to enhance your ability to observe a potential intruder.

VIDEO: Build a Cheap Backyard Brick Oven and Make Some Pizza In It (Recipe Included)

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for off-grid ways to cook. I found this great video that shows you how to easily make a brick over in your backyard for just a few dollars.

Modern Refugee shows you how it’s done in this video:

Modern Refugee has got some great videos, so be sure to follow him on YouTube.

Massive Internet Outage & City Hack Attacks Should Remind Us All How Fast Everything Can Be Gone In A Blink Of An Eye

by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:

Tuesday morning millions of internet websites went dark, including here at ANP, with tens of millions of people getting a 502 error pagerather than the website they were trying to access. According to Cloudfare, which was behind this massive internet outage, this was due to an internal software issue much different than last weeks BPG outage which was caused by an external issue.

For about 30 minutes today, visitors to Cloudflare sites received 502 errors caused by a massive spike in CPU utilization on our network. This CPU spike was caused by a bad software deploy that was rolled back. Once rolled back the service returned to normal operation and all domains using Cloudflare returned to normal traffic levels.

CDC Confirms First U.S. Case Of “Mystery Illness” Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) On Patient Returning From Wuhan, China

from Silver Doctors:

“…CDC continues to believe the risk of 2019-nCoV to the American public at large remains low at this time.”

UPDATE (4:00 p.m. EST):

From the CDC:

First Travel-related Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Detected in United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States in the state of Washington. The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of pneumonia caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. While originally thought to be spreading from animal-to-person, there are growing indications that limited person-to-person spread is happening. It’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people.

Useless and Useful TEOTWAWKI Skills

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by Pete Thorsen, Survival Blog:

Survivalists prepare for many different things and prepare in many different ways. The two most popular subjects of prepping are food preps and security preps. Sometimes the subject of skills comes up. Often the skills discussed center around bugging out. Skills like bushcraft, shelter building, the ever-popular fire starting, and sometimes navigation but these are more for bugging out and temporary stays in some wilderness area. And those are valid skills that could certainly be useful.

We’re literally eating toxins: Western diets INCREASE the risk of food poisoning from Listeria

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by Ralph Flores, Natural News:

Researchers from the University College Cork made a startling discovery: Western diets – a diet comprising empty carbs, junk food, red meats, and foods high in saturated fat – can increase the risk of being infected by the foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes.  In their report, which appeared in the most recent edition of Microbiome, the scientists revealed that high-fat diets such as the Western diet can impair the ability of the immune system to fight infectious diseases, especially those that are found in the gut like Listeria.