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everyday kit

What we have on us at any given time is occasionally quite important – that is when you aren’t just hanging around the house in your jammies. I stopped liking anything bulkier than a handkerchief in my pockets and have carried fanny packs from the time I had to make my own because they simply did not exist commercially … that is a long, long time ago. I refined its contents down to a list of items that I use regularly enough to drag them along whenever I leave home: with me always: moderate-sized wallet Swiss army knife with one surgically sharp blade two pens (will soon change to pen & mechanical pencil) comb lip balm thumb-drive calling cards (miniature […]

more guns, less crime

FBI Confirms That While Gun Sales Are Up, Violent Crime Is Down Posted by Bob Owens on January 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm   Various anti-gun groups claiming that the increased acceptance of firearms in American society is lead to more violent crime and gun accidents. Unfortunately for the deceivers, we know that gun accidents have been steadily declining for decades for both children and adults, and are now at all-time historical lows, even as firearms ownership in the United States is at an all-time high both in terms of raw numbers (more than 300 million firearms) and in terms of the percentage of the population believed to be armed (more than 100 million), and the number of permitted concealed […]

Seattle’s cost of living

I recently spent 5 days around Seattle. Signs, flags and other 12s in Seattle Seahawk football team colors were all over the place. I initially guessed that was the jersey number of the local hero. Nope. Organized poor sportsmanship on a grand scale. Turns out their stadium acoustics tend to focus fan yelling down towards the field of play. If they yell loud, the players on the field cannot communicate via voice. By yelling whenever it might be useful for the 11-member opposing team to hear each other, fans in the stadium become the Seahawk’s “12th player”. If a football team had twelve players on the field at a given moment, it would be cheating. But this is called ___________ […]

Global warming believers are hysterical cult

MIT scientist compares ‘climate alarmists’ to religious fanatics Comments were made by professor of meteorology, Richard Lindzen ‘Instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more fanatical,’ he said He says 70% of the Earth is ocean, and measuring its temperature tricky He has previously blasted the IPCC for blaming humans for a global warming trend – and then glossing over the warming slowdown By Ellie Zolfagharifard For Dailymail.com Climate change alarmists have been likened to a fanatical ‘cult’ by an MIT professor of meteorology. Dr Richard Lindzen told a Massachusetts-based radio station that people who believe in global warming are becoming more hysterical in their arguments. ‘As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins […]

lighthouse lit

Not wanting to forget turning off our Internet when it isn’t in use, I visualized a lighthouse going along with our brass sailboats. When lit, it would remind us that our wireless and modem were on. Missy dropped it way down my ToDo list quite some time ago by finding a thrift store lighthouse and cable-tying a nightlight to the back of it. As a measure of how much priority work is behind me, I finally got to fool around with the lighthouse project. Well, that plus the switch on the nightlight cord quit sending electricity to the bulb. The nightlight, now without a switch on its cord, is now mounted with the bulb centered low inside the previously […]

Fine-Tune Your Every Day Carry Setup

From Survival Based .com by Brian Meyer Having a proper every day carry (EDC) setup is one of the most important things you can do to be prepared, well, every day. While you can get separated from your bug out bag and might not be able to get home quickly, your every day carry is always on you to help you survive and get things done. We’ve covered some basics on the best every day carry setup before, but that’s really only useful if you’re starting from scratch. If you just want to fine-tune your EDC however, there isn’t a lot out there to help. Lucky for you, we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of five ways to fine-tune […]

the state of THE STATE

I am grateful to those with the intestinal fortitude to sit through the propaganda fest performance by the liar in chief. I get as much as I can stand by reading and viewing the responses. The primary lesson one should take away from this show is what the rulers have in mind to do to us in the near future. Thus the main value is to plan for whatever favorite usurpations the ruling parties propose. Unless outrage from the masses is particularly threatening, whatever he said is exactly what they will do. Take adding two more years of government schooling to everybody’s formative years for example. Their mouthpiece has been trying this idea out on audiences lately. The minders have […]

Monsanto’s Role in Ukraine

Will this be a takeover of Ukraine’s farmland? by Christina Sarich – from Common Dreams .org There are many facets to the conflict in Ukraine that have been overlooked by most media outlets. The role of western biotech firms is just one of them. (Image: via Natural Society) The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is helping biotech run the latest war in Ukraine. Make no mistake that what is happening in the Ukraine now is deeply tied to the interests of Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other big players in the poison food game. Monsanto has an office in Ukraine. While this does not shout ‘culpability’ from every corner, it is no different than the US military’s habit to […]

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 in middle age from the religion he was born to. In my lifetime I have repeatedly seen his story and variations at all levels of philosophical interrogation from never having questioned to vehement repudiation. It applies to all lifestyles that are accepted as a complete package defined by a strong cadre at the top and unquestioning faith in their rules for living. Thoughtfully challenging everything […]

Radio Lessons from Afield

Darby Dog Derby 2015 For timed and timing-related events, wearing your watch would be a good thing to remember. Having emergency cold-weather gear always in your pickup in cold climates is smart. Remembering they are there when your are chilled to the bone is smarter still. Sadly, really cold and really stupid go together. Avoid becoming really cold. The 7-inch upgrade to Baofeng antennas are good. The 14-inch are better. 27-year-old Kenwood hand-helds beat 2-month-old Baofengs on both transmit and receive. Batteries do not like COLD. Extra batteries, better batteries, spare radios are all good ideas. Practice is a very good thing. Regardless of what you think you know, the real world is quite different from the imaginary one. […]

Survival Basics: Water and Water Storage

from Backdoor Survival .com uring a recent book giveaway, the question asked was “What piece of prepping gear is at the top of your bucket list?” Needless to say, I was more than a little bit surprised to find that the top response was water storage, water filters, and water purification equipment. While having the gear is nice, anyone interested in preparedness also needs to have a basic understanding of the concepts behind water and water storage. Where to find, store, purify, and filter water are all questions that need to be asked, answered, and periodically reviewed. Backdoor Survival: What You Need to Know About Water And why do I know that? A couple of months ago I was personally […]

Garden Planting Schedule

from homespun seasonal living .com January 14, 2015 by Kathie When a planning a garden, one of the most important parts is getting the timing right. Not everything gets planted at the same time, some seeds get direct seeded right into the garden, some get started inside, some go before the last frost, some after and so on. It’s a lot to keep in a head or at least in my head, I don’t even try. I’ve found it much easier to keep track of all those important dates by creating a schedule of what gets planted when and where (indoors or outside). This garden planting schedule keeps me from having to constantly look in books on the backs […]