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6 Ways To Make Fire Without Matches

from The Bugout Bag Guide Posted on September 24, 2014 by Chris Ruiz In a survival situation being able to start a fire can mean the difference between life and death. Hopefully your bug out bag has a fire starting kit that will enable you to start a fire quickly and reliably. But what if this gets wet, lost, or used up? Then you will need some primitive fire skills to build your fire. Primitive fire making is a bushcraft discipline that uses simple tools and natural materials to create fire. Having this in your bushcraft tool kit is an integral aspect of wilderness survival. By being able to make fires quickly and effectively in any weather conditions, you will […]

Survival Basics: Starting a Fire

from Backdoor Survival .com It has been awhile since I have written about living a strategic life. For those of you new to Backdoor Survival, living a strategic life is something that I encourage everyone to embrace, prepper or not. As a matter of fact, it is so important to me personally that I co-authored a book about it, 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times. In a nutshell, living a strategic life means that you are able to take care of yourself and your family no matter what Mother Nature and the Universe decides to drop in your lap. And while talk about a global collapse is dramatic sounding and the cause […]

spinning plates

You may be familiar with keeping the plates spinning metaphor. Competent managers can keep numerous tasks, projects and/or people going the right direction much like a juggler keeps multiple plates spinning on sticks or a housewife operates a home. At some point, however, one might realize there are just too dang many plates on sticks. I finally started grabbing plates and setting them down gently on the floor. What do I really want to get DONE in the near future? WINTER IS COMING SOON! I am IT. I am the limiting factor. I am not managing some great team or crew. I darn well better focus on one task at a time starting with the more important ones and working […]

Prep Alone, Die Alone

Community as a Requirement for Survival from SHTF Journal There can be no doubt to anyone who can read the writing on the wall that the world is on the brink of a massive collapse. Whether you think it will come from an economic catastrophe or a massive natural disaster, We the People are due for a massive cataclysm that will test even the strongest and most well prepared of us. One thing that has been left out of many blog posts and articles in regards to prepping is the necessity for community. Many of us believe that preparing a year’s worth of food, stocking up on ammo and weapons, setting up water supplies and creating a defensible position will […]

Waking Up Our Neighbors is Resistance

from SHTF Journal I had a conversation with a colleague of mine about a week ago which really highlighted the seeming futility of arguing with some people regarding the state of our union. The topic of the conversation isn’t important, but the fact that I yet again attempted to have a rational and reasonable conversation with someone who is left leaning shows that I am living the definition of insanity. We continued to get angrier and angrier at each other until finally we stopped talking and have not talked since. This highlighted a question that I have been tackling with for a while. Is it even worth it to try to convince people who are not awake to the reality […]

50-year war against us

The Laissez Faire books website has a good anti-prohibition article, including a link to the already famous live, on-air quit by one of the TV station talking heads over their staunch opposition to legalization. That particular few minutes is among the best of television this year. Weed Should Be Legal (And Why You Should Fight For it) Among the questions it asks are, “Why are Americans arrested every 37 seconds and Alaskans every 4.3 hours?” Thanks to the Internet, we are constantly reading of people who’s terminal cancers are completely cured with cannabis oil and other variations of marijuana-derived medicines anyone could make out of their own garden crops were it not for prohibition. Every time my mom gets another […]

laws? those are for lesser folks

President Obama starts another war in violation of Constitution Libertarian Party press release President Barack Obama has taken the United States to war, now in Syria and Iraq, in violation of the U.S. Constitution — just as he did in Libya in 2011. “Whatever differences they may claim, Democratic and Republican politicians are aligned when it comes to foreign meddling,” said Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush both resort to war in the end.” The president cites the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force to justify dropping bombs 13 years later. But its approval by Congress applied only to nations or groups that “planned, authorized, committed or aided” […]

12 months of prepping – outline

12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time from Backdoor Survival Once the prepping bug hits, it is easy to want to go for it. You know what I mean: Let’s do it and let’s do it all Right Now! There are some problems with this. First there are time constraints and second there are money and budget issues. But the biggest problem and undoubtedly the one that is overlooked in the initial flurry of readiness preparations, is that without reasonable care and thought given to the process, the tasks and the actual products involved, you can make some costly mistakes. I say this from experience. In my haste to get “stocked up” I bought gear that I don’t […]