The Sunday Buzz

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The buzzWelcome to this week’s roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web.  But first, an update on my own preps.

This week I continued to experiment in the kitchen while trying to perfect some additional recipes for what I call “survival food”.  I have been making a Survival Casserole using stored items that you find in your everyday pantry.  I try to do this sort of thing when Survival Husband is away so he does not have to suffer through the taste tests.  Anyway, I think I am almost ready to go public with this one and will post the recipe as soon as I have a chance to take some photos.

It has been another busy week and I need to start working on my tax return so let us begin with this week’s Sunday Buzz.

Shortage of Guns and Ammo

Enter “guns and ammo shortage March 2012” in your search engine and you will find a plethora of articles for consumers as well as dealers informing the public of recent shortages as well as supplier inventory allocations and backorders.  A week ago we experienced this first hand when Survival Husband, Shelly, took a trip off island to Walmart and found that, in his words, “the shelves were empty”.

Then on Wednesday he received an email from Lucky Gunner indicating the following:

The Ammo Frenzy Has Begun!

Sales sure are booming these days… we have seen our volume spike over the past month!  We love the business but have to admit that we were not expecting such a surge in demand so quickly.

Now there is speculation that the reason for this has to do with suspicion that President Obama, if re-elected, will restrict gun ownership by Executive Order.  And as we all know, he has no hesitation in dabbling with our of Second Amendment rights.

M.D. Creekmore, in his book Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution, recommends purchasing. a lifetime’s worth of ammunition from the get go.  Perhaps he is on the right track.

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The indiscriminate use of antibiotics is something we all should be concerned with. That said, it should be easier to get appropriate antibiotics when we need them. It now appears that drug resistant TB is being blamed on the spread of of the disease in India: Drug-resistant TB blamed on Indian treatment flaws.

In case you missed it, I wrote about The Case Against Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance back in November.

Japanese fishing vessel swept away by tsunami found off Canadian coast

Living at the northwest edge of Washington state, I was concerned – and also not surprised – yesterday when I learned that a ship lost during the Japanese tsunami a year ago was found some 120 nautical miles from the Queen Charlotte Islands. Our state senator, Maria Cantwell’s said this about it:

“This discovery is further proof that the U.S. government needs a comprehensive plan for coordination and response to the tsunami debris.”

What wasn’t addressed is the fact that debris showing up is clearly further indication that other stuff – such as radioactive fish and sea life – are also on their way if not already here.  Why has this been pushed aside as a non-event?  Inquisitive minds want to know.

Pinterest Anyone? 

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In the spirit of fun, I have started to play around with Pinterest.  There are lots of neat photos on the site if you want to check them out.  I have not pinned much so far but you are welcome to follow me and add to the display.

Note:  Right now Pinterest is in beta and is open to new users by only by invitation.  I requested an invitation and it came though within 24 hours.  But, if you want to move things along, send me an email and I will send you an invitation myself.

Recommended Reading: Wise Living Journal

Looking for a quality blog?  I recently hooked up with Joy Thompson that maintains a blog about homesteading, self-sufficiency, current issues and organic gardening.  The Wise Living Journal is really special.  Check it out.

(And watch for an article Tuesday featuring some of Joy’s work mitigating the effects of radiation.)

Today on Strategic Living

In this week’s article, George and I explore some meat and potatoes tips for putting together a Survival Bag (also called a Bug-Out Bag or Go-Bag).  We feature an interview with Kelly Gendrou, the bag guru at Survival Gear Bags who shares his thoughts on putting together the perfect bag using a combination of purchased items plus things you already own.  You can read it here: Advice for Bagging Yourself a Survival Kit.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


. . . Your comments welcome here and at The Buzz.

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From the Bargain Bin: The items featured in my Personal Pocket Survival Kit have proven to be extremely popular. In cased you missed it, here they are along with a few handy extras.

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife:  This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing. About $23.

Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight:  extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag. About $7.

Paracord Survival Bracelet:  Why a Paracord Bracelet? So you always have some of this useful cord on your person!  About $7.

Windstorm Safety Whistle:  This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds. About $7.0

Swedish Firesteel:  Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version. About $11.

Pepper Spray:  It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face.  About $7.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets:  These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet.  You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. About $8 for a pack of 10.

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The Sunday Buzz — 5 Comments

  1. The ammo thing: there is a lot out there, you got to know who has what. The price of ammo has gone up 30% in the last few years. DHS has put in an order for 450 MILLION rounds of 40 cal ammo. Wally World; you have got to be kidding?? Blame AKA; he, just like all the presidents are told to do by those that really run this country. If they do not do what they are told, they get a free ride to Dallas, TX

  2. Thanks for the tip on Wise Living Journal! It looks like a great site. I look forward to reading The Sunday Buzz every week, I always learn something.
    As far as the floating detritus from Japan, I’m concerned too, and I don’t even live on the West Coast. What are we, Canadians, going to do with the ship once it gets here? What about the rest of the stuff that’s coming? Will it be radioactive or just floating garbage we’ll have to find a way of disposing? What about bodies? Will they be next?

  3. Gaye,
    again, good, informative article. the scary thing about
    Fukushima isn’t the debree, but long term affects of the leaked
    radiation, not just here, but worldwide. High cancer reports
    on the horizon. who knows what other illneesses will crop up as a result.
    how big of an impact will it be on the food chain, fisherman, marina industry,
    and whole towns relying on seafood as a means of income. what about
    other species who feed off those infected with radiation. The
    list goes on. I too will check out wise living journal. 450 million rounds of 40cal. so, how aggressive do they
    plan on getting. They must be worried obi man will lose. when you shine
    the light and truth on evil, they spew all kinds of nasty things. The time is now, to get a mindset of
    bracing for impact. time is short.

  4. I have always been a suvivalist and only just found out about preppers and doomsday preparers. My advice to anyone that is part of this preperation; is to take a tactical advice. Which is make sure you have maneverability and fire power. Stay on the move and harbour up in the day time so people can not see you. Fire power includes not only pistols, guns, clubs, etc… But also hand to hand combat. Learn lethal blows and techniques. They will kill you for a ounce of water or a piece of gum. Rememeber; shoot first, move often, and stop all communications accept face to face talking with ones you trust. Take care of your immediate family, for me that is my wife. Carrying a Bible would not hurt either.

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