There’s little in the world that I fear more than fire. An irreplaceable tool when contained, an unbelievably destructive force when allowed to run free.
While many people have Fire Insurance on their homes and an extinguisher somewhere in the house, it is often under the kitchen sink or in the garage, out of sight and neglected until necessity demands it work immediately and perfectly. When was the last time you looked at yours or the last time you actually inspected the extinguisher? Do you even remember the last time you had preventative maintenance done? Continue reading
The United States Federal Government as currently constituted exists solely to wield force against the individual by creating laws to control behavior it deems unacceptable or contrary to the common good. Common Good being defined by those in positions of authority who are most often interested in their own good rather than that of the people. To that end, they are ever ready to impose onerous restrictions on the ability of the citizenry to possess firearms. As any politician knows, an armed citizen can not be threatened or intimidated into submission he can only be reasoned with or the politician having failed to securing compliance through honeyed words, killed. A less than optimal outcome for a dead slave is a poor slave.
When one is armed, one is capable of resisting coercion and force. Unarmed, one is incapable of resistance in any meaningful way. Citizen versus subject can be defined as the ability to offer resistance in the face of compulsion and the surest tool of resistance is the modern firearm. Not since the first rock was tied to a stick has such power been concentrated into the hands of a single individual as the alchemy of gun powder, pipe, and lead. Continue reading
One of the most useful and inexpensive skills to acquire is knot tying.
From the complex and beautiful Turks Head to the utilitarian Trucker’s Hitch, knowing how to correctly secure cord or rope can save you from much embarrassment. That includes expense when your truck borne load goes flying into oncoming traffic. Yes, it’s happened to me. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but there were a few moments of sheer terror followed by well deserved cursing, at me and by me. Continue reading
Below is an excerpt of my post that may be showing up on Preparedness Blogs. Look for it on Thursday, March 1st, 2012. Update: It is now live! Link is below.
You will have noticed several of the books on my last list were U.S. Army training manuals. Some of you may be asking yourself why this particular source of information for S.R.S. or Self Reliance and Survival training. As I’ve had occasion to answer that question before, I thought I’d go ahead and explain my thinking.
Books, once the only source of knowledge, today they are often forgotten in deference to that behemoth of trivia, the internet. But the net is a fickle thing, what is there today can easily be removed, restricted or revised into oblivion tomorrow with the ease of a child shaking an etch-a-sketch. Hard copies, or in grudging respect to the electronic age, ebooks under your own control are a must. So whether you fill a library with paper or a thumbdrive with bits, having a well stocked library is your only option for maintaining access to information that could prove critical in tough times.
I’ve been told I spin a good yarn, but the yarns I spin don’t involve sheep or llamas or goats. O.K., there is one about a goat, but that’s a tale for another day.
I took up the hooked needle two years ago when I failed to find a warm cap that wasn’t colored like a child’s first poop after eating crayons or fringed with more tassles than a burlesque dancer’s bodice. I wanted a solid light color and no decorations, something that seemed hard to find at the time. Continue reading
Do you have a garden? Do you preserve the resulting bounty? If you’ve answered no to either one of these questions, then I shake my head at you and ask Why Not?
Even the smallest of yards has the potential to provide you and yours nutritious food with just a small investment of time and effort. Container gardens running the spectrum from dedicated “earth boxes” to something as simple as a clean food grade 5 gallon bucket filled with potting soil will provide a place for you to grow almost anything you can imagine. Continue reading
Fresh from a sinfully scalding hot shower and squeaky clean, I sit now enjoying the smell of fresh Mongo. Clean, not wreathed in perfumed clouds of artificial odor from the newest in body wash or shampoo, but clean none the less.
My hair still slightly wet from the water, I decided to share a not so dirty little secret with my closest friends. For two years last December 2011, I’ve used nothing on my hair but pure (or as close as we can get to pure) tap water to wash it. And before you recoil in disgust, allow me a moment to assure you, my hair is as clean and sweet smelling as yours, but without all the chemicals or detergents. Continue reading
Green, it’s everywhere.
From your on again-off again, outlawed(or maybe not) incandescent light bulbs to the tagless teabag steeping in your cup of solar or wind or geothermal heated water, green has supplanted quality as the metric to judge every product by. Be it a free range recycled steel or aluminum spray can filled with an “all natural” chemical cleansing spray or a government subsidized hybrid electric vehicle with worse fuel economy than the average European diesel four door sedan, you just can’t find any product today that some squinty eyed ad executive hasn’t slapped the “Green” or “Environmentally Friendly” tag on in hopes of making that most important of all Greens, the All Mighty Dollar.
And the average hapless hausfrau has been convinced that by doing her part by buying these blessed by the priests of Gaea talismans, somehow she is saving all life on Fantasia from the Nothing that is going to destroy it all. Blissfully unaware that with just a little knowledge and elbow grease she could not only save the planet, she could save money as well.
Want to clean glass? Simple. Isopopyl or rubbing alcohol, table vinegar and water.
Need something to scour that unsightly soap scum from the shower? Baking soda.
Got ants invading your home? 20 Mule Team Borax mixed with powdered sugar and placed in their path. A modification to the last can also kill cockroaches. Borax, baking flour and cocoa powder in a 4/2/1 ratio has proven effective with patience.
In the end, if you want to be green, don’t line the pockets of others at the detriment of your own. Research and find true green alternatives to the pricy pablum being spoon fed to the world so less astute people can feel a little better about themselves.
It’s not easy being green, but it’s easier than being broke and clueless.