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when the trucks stop

July 13, 2015
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when the trucks stop

If you can’t imagine any scenario where the trucks stop coming to your town for a few days, you have Imagination Deficit Disorder. This is a serious, life-threatening condition that must be addressed immediately. Quickly now, call work, call home, call family, call anyone who thinks you are important over the next few days or…

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emergency radio cards

June 3, 2015
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emergency radio cards

Assuming that phones and Internet will work unfailingly forever is extraordinarily popular. This is despite the fact everyone knows they don’t, can’t and won’t. Worse, they will fail when everyone most wants information on what is going on and wants to share information on their needs and situations. I recognize this better than most. While…

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Helloooo Bitterroot Blasters

March 22, 2015
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Helloooo Bitterroot Blasters

I have not shot practical pistol since a while before I moved from Idaho. Today I tried out the Hamilton, Montana practical pistol club … aka The Bitterroot Blasters. Oh Yeah! Just like everything else Montana, these people are very welcoming, friendly and fun to be around. Draw Shoot Move Reload repeat as desired until…

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Ham Jam and String Fest

March 15, 2015
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Ham Jam and String Fest

The Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club (BARC) and its members operate several radio repeaters in the Bitterroot. These enable people with walkie-talkies, mobile and home radios to accomplish two-way communication over a wide area from Darby to Missoula and beyond. While the club members have the ability and willingness to expand the repeater network, they are…

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How old do you expect to be when you stop learning?

March 14, 2015
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How old do you expect to be when you stop learning?

Put another way, when will you know as much as you are ever going to know? Are you smarter than average? Smarter than 90% of the rest? 99%? Is your generation significantly superior to the prior one? Did something amazing happen to 2,000-year-old genetics in the last 30 years? The obvious answer is that wisdom…

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The American Prepper Movement

February 4, 2015
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This article is a call to action with comments and links at the end of the article. While I post the article here, the links and comments are at the originating website: Backdoor Survival. Click here and Go There to participate. Agenda for Change: The American Prepper Movement from Backdoor Survival .com Last month when…

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January 20, 2015
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The three quotations below give much insight to the comfort collectivism offers. They also help explain why it is so difficult to pry someone out of group-think and the embrace of whatever community they have wrapped around their life. The quotes brought to my mind the description a friend shared with me of his metamorphosis…

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Darby Dog Derby 2015

January 13, 2015
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Darby Dog Derby 2015

This coming weekend (January 17-18, 2015) is the 8th annual sled dog races run by The Bitterroot Mushers. Supporting the races with communication across the course from start to finish will be the Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club. Providing course workers and transportation is the Bitterroot Ridgerunners snowmobile club. The two days of racing include 8-dog,…

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neighboorhood watch +++

January 1, 2015
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neighboorhood watch +++

Seeing this sign got me thinking … “PROTECTED BY VIDEO CAMERAS” What are they going to do, hit the bad guys over the head with their cameras? How about “This neighborhood protected by bouquets of pansies”? I think that is just as effective. I am NOT reassured to be on video cameras. I am not…

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Hotel California

November 17, 2014
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Hotel California

In the 90s, I knew something was wrong, but it took me to the end of the decade to recognize that I fit a culture that was not in California. THE STATE was at war with me, and the majority of the voters therein were just fine with that. I voted with my feet. I…

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Prep Alone, Die Alone

September 28, 2014
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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…

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adult ed class: preparedness

September 20, 2014
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adult ed class: preparedness

I am offering two classes for the Darby Adult Ed program this fall. Pre-registration officially lasts through Monday, September 22nd. If there are 7 or more registered, the class will take place. One is a 2-hour short course called “Radio Communicating Options“. It covers walkie-talkies to HAM Radio with primary focus on emergency communications. It…

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modern homeschooling

September 19, 2014
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modern homeschooling

Homeschooling: The Kid Likes It (and Mom and Dad Have Homework Again) J.D. Tuccille|Sep. 18, 2014 11:53 am from Reason.com “Oh, you’re doing that, too?,” the building contractor asked when he walked in while my son was working on his Literature lesson. “My youngest daughter is taking high school online. They were bullying her at…

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safety in a riot

August 25, 2014
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safety in a riot

I posted some great Lessons from Ferguson that Daisy Luther put up at The Organic Prepper. I fully agree that the safest place when angry mobs roam the streets is barricaded in your home … with your well-armed neighbors preventing violence from entering your neighborhood. The problem with that approach is that the safest place…

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Community Preparedness Team

August 7, 2014
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Community Preparedness Team

Organized Community Defense Is America’s Last Hope Wednesday, 06 August 2014 02:42 Brandon Smith Not long ago, I felt compelled to address the idea of self defense as a moral imperative in an article titled “Violence In The Face Of Tyranny Is Often Necessary.” My intention was to perhaps undo some of the propaganda conditioning…

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radio goes to school

February 9, 2014
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I am a member of ARRL as far and away amateur radio’s best representation in the political world – a very important consideration to me. I appreciate many other things ARRL does, not the least of which is send me an excellent monthly magazine devoted entirely to radio. The February 2014 issue has a great…

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Constitutional sheriff

January 30, 2014
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The Sheriff was the highest law of the land prior to the Constitution. That position was deliberately unchanged by the Constitution. The sheriff is close enough to the people to be within their control. There is NO state or federal agency that can lawfully over-ride that. The framers of the Constitution thoughtfully put this in…

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Darby Dog Derby

January 9, 2014
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Darby Dog Derby

I’m very excited that I and my ham radio friends are going to be part of the dogsled and ski-jor races in less than two weeks. The Bitterroot Mushers have been running this set of races for 7 years. The January 18th and 19th weekend event, however, will be the first with radio communications around…

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community responsibility

December 31, 2013
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community responsibility

I do not grant a pass to the phrase “taking the law into their own hands” where the truth would more accurately call it “Taking responsibility for your own safety and neighborhood security“. Other than that quibble, once again, Devvy is spot on. – Ted Additional Titles         Other Devvy Articles: Vote…

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numerous good articles and resources

December 26, 2013
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Here is another accumulation of too-good-to-let-pass backlog of news and resources. As with previous ones, click on the links to read more and find further links from there. Montana Publishing Missoula, Montana Gun Laws of Montana, by Gary Marbut A trade paperback, 2013 Edition, Fourth Printing, updated, now in stock. All current Montana gun laws…

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news roundup

December 22, 2013
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I just remembered my trick for catching up with news overload. Here is a news roundup you can quickly pick through for full articles that catch your interest. These things are all going on NOW. They are far more relevant to you than what lamestream media is presenting. Why are they NOT showing this to…

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nuther day in paradise

December 21, 2013
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nuther day in paradise

The Conner Honeymooners’ Cabin Overnight snowfall turns our front yard into a post card. The view looking across the Bitterroot’s East Fork.

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trust – mistrust

December 17, 2013
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trust – mistrust

Who Can You Trust? by Wendy McElroy Not government, not financial or religious institutions, not the media, not health or educational ‘services’, not corporations, not the legal system or police, not the military, not experts or academia. After you eliminate the State, who is left? Society – the dynamic of average people who produce and…

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take it back

November 19, 2013
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The Bitterroot Star had the article below. I reproduce it here intact, but preface with comments. In my past life as an Idaho activist, I was at a conference/presentation regarding the American Land Council. This is a great idea, well worth supporting. At the very least, you should learn more about it. There is NOTHING…

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home school comparison

November 7, 2013
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HOMESCHOOLED: HOW AMERICAN HOMESCHOOLERS MEASURE UP Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. But around 150 years ago states started making public school mandatory and homeschooling eventually became illegal. It wasn’t until the 90’s that all states made it legal again. Today, with more than 2 million homeschoolers making up 4% of the school-aged…

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