From My Home to Yours This Holiday Season

2015 Holiday Message | Backdoor Survival

As I sit down to write this holiday message, I can’t help but look back at all of the changes that have occurred since starting this website in 2010.

Back then, the term “Prepper” was just coming into common use.  Rather than being called preppers, those who practiced self-reliance and preparedness were often called “survivalists”.  These survivalists were often considered loners, extremists, or fringe elements of society. A lot has changed since then, all for the good.

Which brings us to today.

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A Message of Thanks On Thanksgiving Day

A Message of Thanks On Thanksgiving Day | Backdoor Survival

As I sit down today and compose a message of Thanksgiving, my heart is torn. An optimist by nature, I find it difficult not to be dragged down by the events of the world.  Like many of you, I am experiencing a personal feeling of helplessness as I watch global enemies face off in an unconscionable manner.  I worry for my friends and I worry for my family.  I worry for the world.

As I wrote last year, over the years I have shared all types of Thanksgiving messages, from the upbeat and optimistic to downright depressing.

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A Holiday Message from Backdoor Survival


Every year, on December 24th, I sit down and craft a holiday message to the readers and followers of Backdoor Survival.  This year is no different in that here I am, at 4:30PM, deciding what I want to say and how.

This year, I have decided to keep things simple and from the heart.

Both Shelly and I wish you much joy and happiness on this day when families and friends come together to share their love for each other.

The Final Word

Although we will be spending the day alone, we will count the many blessings in our life. 

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The Miracle of Thanksgiving Prepper Style


Over the years I have shared all types of Thanksgiving messages, from the upbeat and optimistic to downright depressing.  Perhaps I have mellowed a bit since becoming a prepper because these days, I prefer to look as the rosy side of life and life’s events. I have learned, as I am sure you have, that less is more, material goods are just stuff, and that nothing beats a belly full of good food and a hug from someone who loves you.

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Ebola As Biological Warfare

ebola as biological warfare

Before I begin, let me put this out there.  Ebola is most assuredly a deadly virus but I am not afraid nor am I in fear of the virus itself.  I have prepared the best that I know how and will do what needs to be done to isolate myself if Ebola moves into the neighborhood.

Now that we have put that aside, I will tell you what I do fear:  Biological Warfare.  That scares the heck out of me.

At the risk of being overly dramatic, today I share another aspect of Ebola and other potential pandemic agents. 

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Seven Facts You Should Know About Ebola


If you have been following recent headlines, you know that it has been asserted that the first case of the Ebola virus travelling aboard a commercial passenger airline has been confirmed.

According to the article, “Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world’s deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa’s largest city with 21 million people.”

Since I am neither a health care professional nor a scientist, I cannot confirm one way or another whether the Ebola virus can be spread in this manner. 

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Forward Thinking – The Coming Tipping Point


When I first wrote about the burden of truth and knowledge, I was referring to the weight that we, as preppers, carry on our shoulders as we attempt to make sense of the world around us. Since then, time has marched forward and not much has changed.

There is a sense of uneasiness among the informed masses that take the time to open their eyes and view the truth about our global economy, world hunger, Wall Street corruption, corporate shenanigans and the ever-growing threat of a world wide Armageddon. 

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Are We Headed Toward a Cyber War?


One of the most insidious end-of-the-world-as-we-know it scenarios is an an invisible attack on our power grid and the communication and information networks that drive our daily lives.  I am not referring to a short term outage, as annoying and as disruptive that can be. What I refer to and even fear, it a true SHTF where we are without power and communications for months or even years.

Many authors have explored this topic along with the corresponding breakdown of society that will occur when factories cease to operate, medical services are unavailable, and banks and stores are permanently closed. 

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A Holiday Message of Optimism, Hope and Grace


Traditionally, December 25th is a day that is filled with sharing. There are the gifts, the food, and the drink – all of which are shared with family and friends.  For many, there is also the religious and spiritual meaning of the day.  But even if you do not celebrate Christmas Day per se, there is something else.  Something that is important to all of us

I am referring to the the message of optimism, hope and grace that we all carry within us.

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Fukushima: Is Anyone or Anything Safe?


Recent news that thousands of fuel rods are being removed from Fukushima has raised a lot of questions and concerns across the globe.  Is the extraction safe or is this the beginning of Armageddon?  Does TEPCO really have the expertise to do this and are the oversight mechanisms credible.  Add to this our speculation relative to the long term ramifications of Fukushima on our food supply, our health, and the health of future generations and we have cause for worry.

In early 2012, a year after a massive tsunami severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, I connected with Joy Thompson who, along with her husband Randall, worked as health physicists during the Three Mile Island clean-up. 

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Internet Down Now What?


Fall is definitely here. The leaves are finally falling from the trees and in the Pacific Northwest the infamous November winds have started. A number of years back, Seattle lost a bridge to those winds and once, in the 70s, a tree fell on my house.

Here on San Juan Island, the winds have not been too bad.  Fifty to sixty mile gusts are quite common and we take the wind storms in stride. On the other hand, we have another problem. 

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The True Meaning of Labor Day


A couple of years ago I wrote an article about what Labor Day has become in the 21st century.  If you have a moment, today I invite you to reflect upon the true meaning of Labor Day – beyond the picnics, the family gatherings and the rest of the end of summer activities.

A Call for Mourning – Is Labor Day is Dead?


From time to time I feature bonus articles that are buried in the Backdoor Survival archives

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Coping With Uncertainty In Today’s World


Every afternoon as I sit down with an extra large cup of espresso, I ponder something to write about next on Backdoor Survival.  It is difficult, but not for the reason you might think.  The difficult part is coming up with something new and fresh that has not been written here before.

I say that because in that last three years, I have written over 570 articles.  A lot the articles have been about prepping and self sufficiency but a large number have also been about more touchy-feely topics as I talk about life and getting by during hard – and soon-to-be harder – times.

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Prepping for an EMP and Solar Flares


Of all of the reasons to prepare, one that we all need to take seriously is the possibility of a catastrophic EMP, or electromagnetic pulse.  This is especially true right now, as we face a huge amount of solar activity the likes of which could send out huge solar flares wiping out  communication systems and modern electronics.

To be blunt about it, an EMP, if large enough, would affect the entire planet.  In an instant, civilization as we know it would change as we get swept backward in time by a century or two.

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Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Guns Across the Border

Guns Across the Border

Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival.

Mike Detty the author of Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico, shares his answers to my questions and is providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.  Mike’s book is an expose of gun smuggling, sting operations and government betrayal as described by a key undercover player – himself. It is fascinating, if not downright frightening.

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4 Prepping Lessons Learned Following a Near Disaster

Living in the Pacific Northwest, you become accustomed to the occasional earthquake.  I still remember the earthquake of 1964 as well as the big Nisqually quake of 2001. I especially remember that there was a lot of destruction during the 2001 quake, and that our neighbor’s house slid off its foundation.

There is no way to anticipate these sudden, unexpected events.  But we can do our best to prepare for them not only as individuals and as families, but as communities as well.

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Americans Under Siege – Has Tomorrow Become a Reality?

Just a little over a year ago, President Obama signed an Executive Order titled National Defense Resources Preparedness.  This act stirred up a hornets nest of controversy – both for and against. At one end of the spectrum were those that thought this was an overt act signalizing unilateral militarization of our country.  Others felt this was a ho-hum restatement of existing presidential controls.

Whatever your feelings at the time, it is now a year later and events of the past couple of weeks bring more questions than answers to those that seek the truth. 

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Coming to Terms with Government Control

Is the Government out to get us?  What do you think?

For the past three months, I have sat back and made a noble attempt to absorb the events of the day. Being a seeker of truth and finding clear cut answers lacking, for a while I felt a personal spiraling down as I was unable to connect the dots.

Here are a few key events that formed the basis for this dissonance and this inability to understand what I am being told and what I feel in my heart of hearts:

October 29, 2012: Hurricane Sandy makes hits landfall in the United States causing billions of dollars of destruction to mostly unprepared citizens.

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The True Meaning of Christmas

Today is Christmas Day and for those of you that celebrate, a very Merry Christmas to you.  But even if you do not celebrate per se, I hope you are spending the day with family and friends and sharing the spirit of the season with loved ones.

I thought it would useful today touch upon the true meaning of Christmas.  For some, Christmas is a religious event tied to the nativity while for others, it is a time for simply sharing our fondness for each other by exchanging gifts. 

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Wake Up to Our Bill of Rights

Today is Bill of Rights Day.

Named as such in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill of Rights Day is a call for all American citizens to reflect, review and celebrate the historical significance of this anniversary and to ponder how the amendments affect our daily lives and ensure our most sacred basic rights and civil liberties – rights and civil liberties that in the past we have taken for granted.

It is somewhat coincidental that this year this day follows a massive shooting at a Connecticut elementary school and a renewed call to action among elected political leaders to take care of the firearms problem in the United States. 

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A Thanksgiving Message of Miracles and Survival

Albert Einstein said: There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

For some, this may seem like an odd way to start a Thanksgiving Day message but to my way of thinking it is perfect.  Why you might say?  Well think about it.  We wake up each morning with the capacity to think and to feel and to share and to love.  We have air to breath and endless skies to enjoy. 

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FEMA Faceoff: Truth as an Urban Legend

The article you are about to read is something that I have been working on for a number of months.  Before we begin, I would like thank my long term friend, George Ure, for his assistance and collaboration on this piece.  Together our goal was to uncover the truth and debunk what we thought were the internet myth’s about FEMA.

Now we are not so sure.

FEMA Faceoff

In recent months we have all read and seen videos of the large scale movement of military gear, including equipment which could be used to control an unruly US civilian population.

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Food Safety When the Grid Goes Down

Recently, 600 million people in India were without power for two days.  According to news sources, the suspected cause was one of simple supply and demand:  more people wanted power than the Indian  infrastructure was able to deliver.  It was not only lights out – but lights out for half of the population.  Even I have a problem wrapping my brain around a black out of that magnitude.

It is important to note that in India, for many, electrical power is a luxury, where according to a recent census, one third of the households do not have enough to power even light a single light bulb. 

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A Preppers Nod to Independence Day and the Revolution of Thought

A year ago I wrote about Independence Day in America.  You know – the day that we commonly call the 4th of July.

Sadly, when it comes to liberty, freedom, and the elimination of tyranny, not much has changed in the twelve months since I wrote that article.  If anything, we have seen a continuance of the insidious assault on our rights and on our ability to embrace the tenants of free choice and free speech.

As I go back and read the Declaration of Independence, it strikes me that this statement, this edict of the people, was truly a revolution of thought. 

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The Rising Tsunami of the Police State

Saturday night, March 17.  Dateline 8 PM PDT.  I received an email from a reader alerting me to the Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness signed by President Obama on March 16.  To tell the truth, I thought it was a hoax.  Other than The Examiner, I could find no reference to the EO anywhere but on the official White House Press release site.

So what to do?  I had already completed the Sunday Buzz but wait, I just had to include this bit of breaking news. 

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