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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 […]

All About That Bass

While I have no hope of ever singing anything like this, I can still dream of playing bass at least a little. It IS, after all, my second choice for instruments that I treasure hearing and, therefore, want to play. Nevermind all that however, I LOVE THIS TUNE. I have discovered Kate Davis and will definitely be hearing more of her music. P.S. Make sure your BASS is turned up when you play this.

the dirt on preppin’

As I continue my research on the Darby Adult Ed class that may not happen (adult ed class: preparedness), I am learning more, and thinking of many things I had not previously considered … Important things that we could really regret not having handled while the gettin’ wuz good. Laundry without the grid is one of those. Considering the topic, I quickly ran my imagination through times and places for visions of what people have done to keep a modicum of cleanliness and sanitation in their lives. Compounding the importance of this topic are the things we currently do with disposable paper products that we may wish to do someday with re-usable cloth … that will most definitely need to […]

Five Lessons Learned from the Scottish Referendum

Mises Daily: by Ryan McMaken Government authorities in the UK have declared that the “Yes” campaign for secession has failed by a margin of approximately 55 percent to 45 percent. Yet, even without a majority vote for secession, the campaign for separation from the United Kingdom has already provided numerous insights into the future of secession movements and those who defend the status quo. Lesson 1: Global Elites Greatly Fear Secession and Decentralization Global elite institutions and individuals including Goldman Sachs, Alan Greenspan, David Cameron and several major banks pulled out all the stops to sow fear about independence as much as possible. Global bankers vowed to punish Scotland, declaring they would move out of Scotland if independence were […]

How to communicate when the world goes silent

by graywolf from Montana Motor Stables.com So how would you communicate with your family or get help if communications go down? So if you found yourself in the middle of a wide-scale disaster such as a hurricane or other catastrophe and you had no government coming to help for a while, how would you communicate with your family or others? What if the power grid went down? You won’t be able to rely on your cell phone. There are alternatives, however. I’ll go over the basics of some emergency communication methods but if you want more detail, check out Personal Emergency Communications: Staying in Touch Post-Disaster: Technology, Gear and Planning. Ryan Nelsen (R) and Fields Harrington ride a tandem bicycle […]