The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 15

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

This week I read the book Without Rule of Law, the follow-up to the best-selling book Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart.  I plan to write up a review and post it in the next couple of weeks.

The other big news is that today I am attending the Mother Earth News Fair.  I can only attend one of the two days so it is going to be tough to get it all in.  Watch for a report in next Sunday’s Buzz.

The last thing is that I connected with a local family that raises chickens and have been offered a periodic supply of organic eggs for free or almost-free.  Now whether this pans out or not, time will tell.  You might recall that last year I mentioned that it would be wise to foster relationships with local farmers.  As with everything, baby steps prevail.

But enough about me.  Let us get going with the Sunday Buzz.

Follow-up:  Yes there are Happy Cows!

Some of my readers gave me some flak about my piece on No Happy Cows but I stand firm on my position that the humane treatment of farm animals is important.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I read about a dairy farmer in Chilton, Wisconsin that hired a chiropractor to adjust Lucky the Cow that had been limping around in pain.

Okay, call me a softie, but it is my opinion that having heart extends to insuring that we have contented cows who ultimately give more milk.  Skip over this section if you do not agree, but if you care, read Dairies Make Big Deal Over Creature Comforts.

And, since I already have your ear, you might be interested in Growing concern fuels movement to label genetically modified foods.

From the “I Told You So Last Year” Department

Pacific Bluefin TunaEarly in May, this article about fish in my neck of the woods came across my desk:  Washington fish tested for tsunami-related radiation.  And then last week news of radiation positive tuna off the coast of California was reported. Now of course, the MSM is reporting that the amounts are minute and not harmful.  And if you believe that, well, consume at your own risk.

I purchased the last of my albacore tuna in March 2011 and have now switched to canned chicken instead.  Funny thing is this – in a tuna sandwich or a tuna casserole, you can’t tell the difference.  In all seriousness, I caution you from believing everything you hear reported about the affect of Fukushima on our food supply.  Ten or twenty years from now, the story may likely be different.

Factoid:  At Costco, the cost of albacore tune is about 29 cents per ounce while the premium white chicken is 11 cents and ounce.  Price alone may provide sufficient reason to make a switch.

To Fix Our Economy we Need Do-ers

The article A Bold Plan to Get Americans Working Again begins with:

“What started off as a very severe recession now has all the feeling of a very long, zero- to low- growth period of stagnation that could go on for decades. Many young people are not entering the work force, the long-term unemployed run the risk of being out of work so long that they exit the workforce permanently and many people over the age of fifty who are laid off are retiring early rather than finding new jobs. With the baby boom retiring en masse, the country runs the very real risk of settling into a long period of zero to 2% growth. Such anemic growth rates mean that we will never grow out of our debt problems and that our huge trillion dollar plus annual government deficits will continue for a very long time into the future.”

It ends with:

Alternatives like cutting taxes on the rich in hopes they create jobs or increasing wasteful government spending to act as a stimulus make no sense and will be completely ineffective. Doing nothing means decades of little to no growth.

Now as I mentioned on my Facebook page, I don’t agree with 100% of the plan proposed by John Talbott, but I do agree that doing nothing is worse.  A worthy read.  Of course the politicians that need to read this won’t.

Graphic of the Week

Here’s a good one for you – Are you a Mosquito Magnet?  Now I personally have mosquito repellant in my bug out bag and my day to day hiking pack as well.  But is it the right stuff?  Or will it do me more harm than good?  These are questions that I need to research – and answer.

But in the meantime, be aware the facts versus the fiction.  And who ever said blonds have more fun?

Mosquito Magnet Infographic

What are the disaster risks in your area?

For my US readers, I found this nifty site that lets you enter your zip code in order to bring up a list of hazards and potential natural disasters that are indicative to your geographical area. I thought it was pretty neat. Identify the risks in your area here.

From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox

Thanks, Renee, for reminding us that small little stores selling used goods can be a great source for gear and supplies.

She recently picked up a meat grinder and all attachments for $10, a corn shell-er and grinder for $20, a Dutch oven for $20, and a hand drill for $5.  They all work and with a little TLC are perfect.  The best thing is that they were all hand-powered and require no supplemental power other than elbow grease.

New Recommendations

I just added a link to The Free Film Girl to Recommended Sites.  The Free Film Girl has collected a bunch of FREE films (most of which are courtesy of the United States government and the folks at Archive.org) and put them all in one place for our downloading pleasure. The films are organized by topic, for example 50 FREE survival / prepper videos and 75 FREE Firearms Videos.

Also added is a link to the  Wise Living Journal which is written by Joy Thompson, my source for  accurate information about radiation and nuclear cover-ups. This is an eminently useful and practical site with answers on how to live wisely in our modern world.

Today on Strategic Living

George wrote today’s article on Strategic Living.  He has written a short primer an economics – but without hairy math or long-winded explanations.  The piece is just a common-sense overview of where things are now and where they could go over the next year or two, if history is any guide.

Normally, with George’s wit and intellect we are amused.  But with the global economy in the tank, I just don’t know about this one.  Click here to read Libretto for the Second Depression.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

From the Bargain Bin:  Thinking about Father’s Day? Amazon is have a huge sale on Kershaw knives – up to 40% off. My very favorite Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife is less than $20 – that’s is about $5 less than what I paid when I was putting together my Personal Pocket Survival Kit. You can also find my mini-review here: Oh So Sweet Kershaw Knife.

Now if a knife is not something your guy needs, here are some ideas for gifts under $25 and of course, there is always an Amazon gift card I you are really stuck.

Shop Amazon And Save Up to 40% on Kershaw Knives

Mountain House Sale: For the month of June, Emergency Essentials will be offering all Mountain House products at a discount of 20% to 25%. Shipping cost is $6, $9, or $12 depending on the size of your order and never more. (And you know how heavy food items can be.) Be sure to check out the Freeze-Dried Mountain House Pouches which offer a great way to sample the various food items before investing in the larger #10 tins.

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