Welcome 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.
As much as I hesitate to use antibiotics for all but most the dire circumstances, I do recognize that there are times when only a course of Amoxicillin will do. This week I placed an order Fish Mox which is exactly the same as the made-for-human Amoxicillin.
For those of you that are interested in learning more about using medicines intended for aquarium fish, there is a lengthy discussion of this topic in the highly regarded (and recommended) The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook.
I also ordered a box of Ball Wide-Mouth Plastic Storage Caps to use on mason jars I use for everyday pantry items (not long term storage). The reason I did this is that I was low on the rings or “bands” since I threw out the old rusty and bent versions I had in my drawer. I am hopeful that these will work out since in the long run, they will be a lot less expensive than replacement rings.
The last thing I did was laminate my new Washington State Concealed Pistol License. Now I need to find time to get off island and go to the range for some practice.
But enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
More evidence the Online Ammo Business is under Attack
For quite some time, Backdoor Survival has had an affiliate relationship with LuckyGunner.com an online seller of ammunition and related supplies. This is a great company, with super customer service, and extremely competitive pricing.
Long story short, last month I was informed that commission would be delayed because Lucky Gunner was under “review” by PayPal:
Our usual Lucky Referrals affiliate payments which are paid via PayPal on or around the 15th of the month are going to be delayed for a few days. PayPal has recently flagged our Lucky Referrals account for “KYC Review” which, if you are familiar with banking terms, stands for “Know Your Customer” and means we have to provide more information to them to prove that we are not engaged in some sort of nefarious money-laundering activity.
We have provided the requested documentation and are awaiting word back from PayPal. Once our account is cleared, the money you are owed for June’s affiliate sales will be paid out via PayPal – same as always.
On Wednesday I decided to contact my representative to see if this matter had been resolved. Shortly thereafter I received the following email (which I believe was sent to all affiliates):
We are still working with PayPal to get our usual payment account cleared. In the interim, we went ahead and paid you for both June and July 2012 commissions via PayPal through <omitted>, which is the personal account of <omitted to protect privacy>.
As many of you know, PayPal (which is a subsidiary of eBay) is no friend to the firearms industry. We have had our own public run-in with PayPal in the past too. That said, we still love the convenience of being able to pay all of you via PayPal and we are working to re-establish our usual account so that we can continue to do so moving forward.
Clearly, the writing is on the wall and the days of easily and legally purchasing ammo online may be limited.
Walmart And Monsanto Team Up To Sell Genetically Modified Sweet Corn: Retail behemoth Walmart says it will soon be selling a new variety of genetically modified sweet corn developed by seed megacorp and frequent litigator Monsanto. This is the same corn that other big names like Whole Foods and General Mills have already said thanks but no thanks to. Monsanto further states: “that the goal of the modified corn is to cut down on insecticide use.”
And if you believe that – the goal that is – then I have a bridge in London for sale.
Survival Platform Real Estate: Interesting piece on the boom in survivalist-type real estate. It is also nice to see the realtor say this:
“The first few preppers I met I thought were a little bit nuts. And I do meet the occasional crazy. I do. They’re out there. But the majority of them aren’t. The majority of them — you’d want to sit down and have dinner with them because they’re interesting people. They’re awesome.”
Walsh argues that the prepper sentiment is actually widespread – whether it’s in the form of organic gardening or stocking up on food or learning to can fruits and veggies.
Like I have always says, we are just ordinary folks, trying to do the right thing to protect ourselves and our families.
The Government as A Bully: A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater. According to Oregon water laws, all water is publicly owned and therefore, anyone who wants to store any type of water on their property must first obtain a permit from state water managers. And even when approval is given, it is later taken away.
The dangers of dietary supplements: None of these products must be screened for efficacy or safety: I do not take a lot of supplements. Truth be told, I take some vitamin D and calcium that is about it. On the other hand, I do believe there is value in herbal remedies (and note I say remedies as opposed to life-saving medicines.) This is an interesting article from the respected ConsumerReport.org – the gist of it is to do your research and make an informed decision as to whether a particular supplement is right for you.
Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day
Have the jar attachment for your FoodSaver vacuum sealer? Here is a tip for you. When sealing a mason jar using the FoodSaver Jar Sealer – especially the smaller size (not so much the wide mouth) – use two lids. The top lid serves as a shim of sorts, insuring the likelihood of a good seal.
When the sealing process in complete, the top lid will be loose and can be re-used. This has saved me a lot of frustration.
Got Leg (Ankle, Calf, Foot) Cramps?
I suffer from terrible night time cramps in my feet and calves. In the old days, I used quinine but of course, our US FDA no longer allows doctors to prescribe quinine for off-label use in relieving muscle and tendon cramps. Tonic water does not work for me nor do calcium-magnesium tabs.
I read this in the Seattle Times heath news and it is definitely worth a shot.
Q: I walked all around the house for 10 minutes last night with a cramp in my ankle that wouldn’t quit. Then I remembered my sister telling me to try mustard. I went to the refrigerator and got a dab of Grey Poupon to put on my tongue. Within seconds, the pain was gone, and best of all, it didn’t come back.
A: We are glad the Grey Poupon mustard worked for your muscle cramp. Most people have reported success with inexpensive yellow mustard. We assumed that is because it has turmeric in it as well as mustard seed and vinegar. Perhaps, however, the vinegar and mustard alone do the job.
Our Newest Sponsor: Extreme Food Storage
I am thrilled to announce our newest sponsor, Extreme Food Storage. Extreme Food Storage is a family-owned company operated by Bryan and Amanda Mclaren.
In addition to food for the long term, Extreme Food Storage sells a variety of kits, bug out bags, water storage products and prepping gear of all types. Be sure to visit their About page (where there is a picture of their daughter – the cutest little girl you have ever seen) plus their manifesto which I thought was pretty neat.
The Extreme Food Storage Manifesto
- We are in the emergency preparedness business
- As such, we value the safety and security of our family and others
- We believe in and use the products we sell
- Therefore, we understand that trust is only earned, never given
- We will go an extra mile for to answer any question or handle any issue
- We value the time that people take to consider us
- And so, in delivering our products or advice, we will never adopt a take-it-or-leave-it mentality
- We value the time that people take to consider us
- Accordingly. we will be mindful of how efficiently we handle customer service
- We are not in the fear business. Instead, we recognize that we live in difficult times during which many people like to prepare for extreme conditions
- Consequently and in the interest of convenience, we stock almost everything we sell
- We would love the opportunity to try and earn your business.
In addition, I asked Bryan if he had something he wanted to say to my readers:
Extreme Food Storage is here to help you Prepare, Provide and Protect your family. We are a normal, everyday family that does not want to be caught off guard in case of any Extreme situation. We provide emergency supplies such as water filtration systems, portable solar power, and freeze dried foods. Let our family serve your family!
As with all of my sponsors, please pay them a visit and let them know you saw them on Backdoor Survival. Speaking of which, check out the new Sponsors page. If you know someone interested in advertising on Backdoor survival, have them drop me a line.
From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox
Hat tip to my friend Paul B. for sending me the article Surviving an ‘Active Shooter’ – Navy SEAL Lessons from Aurora. The article included some good advice:
Flashlight anyone? I have one for daily carry and take it everywhere with me. It’s become another extension of me and has diffused at least two potentially violent confrontations in a non-lethal way. I recommend the Surefire P2X Fury Dual Output LED.
It makes sense that a good flashlight can temporarily blind and assailant giving you time to take defensive actions such as running away or even bopping the bad guy on the head then running away. Just thinking.
The Survival Top 50
Thrilled again is all I can say. Backdoor Survival is now in position 19 on the Survival Top 50. Not only that, it appears that I am in position number 8 in their Readers Choice Awards. Haven’t voted yet? Heck, jump on over – you will see the Readers Choice awards on the right hand side of the screen. Look for “Back Door Survival” and you are in!
Top posts this week from The Consumerist
• Squatters File Bankruptcy To Keep Homeowners Out Of Their Own House
• Less Than 24 Hours Into The Olympics And NBC Has Already Ticked People Off
• Vacation Condo Charges Me For Causing Internet Outage, But It Wasn’t Me
• Wendy’s Says Pro Chick Fil-A Sign Is Fake, Except It’s Not
• Dear Customers: Stop Making My Call-Center Employees Cry
• Report: $32 Billion In Federal Aid Going To Students At Underperforming For-Profit Colleges
Recommendations & Announcements
Last week I received note from Vicki at www.savvysurvivalist.com, She I just getting started in the blogging world and asked for a bit of advice which I was happy to share. In return, here is what she says:
“Savvy Survivalist discusses emergency preparation and living a self-sufficient life. Sign up for the newsletter and join the adventure! Original products coming soon.”
Today on Strategic Living
After a short look back to the the altruistic optimism of the the mid-70s, I share my view on liberty and democracy in the article Coming to Terms with Attacks on Liberty and Democracy.
Speaking of liberty and democracy, I just got through the first module of the Absolute Rights Five Flags series. Oh my gosh. It is far more mainstream than the promo video would lead you to believe. Also, I like that it is an mp3 and not an eBook since I can listen while I hike with Tucker (the dog).
Anyway, just a heads up that if you have ever considered some of the benefits of becoming an ex-pat without actually becoming one, this first module tells you how to do it. Stay tuned for more as I get through the next module (there are five in all.)
The Final Word
The Sunday Survival Buzz started out as a quick little weekly update plus a teaser for the latest article at the Strategic Living site. Somehow things have gone a little wild and it seems that these Sunday updates (which I compile all week long) are becoming more meat and less potatoes.
I have been scratching my head trying to come up with a compromise since with both the Sunday Survival Buzz and the weekly article on Strategic – well, I am working most of Saturday. Not sure how to handle this but heck, I am the Survival Woman and I can do anything!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Yumm . . . strawberries. This month Emergency Essentials is featuring 28% off on their Freeze-Dried Strawberries. These are the real thing, naturally sweet with with no sweeteners or additives. A #10 can is now $14.99 instead of the normal $20.95.
From the Bargain Bin: Thinking of heading out to the wilderness? Although I like to hike, I usually do not stray too far from the beaten path. I typically grab my hiking boots, a camera, my cell phone, some Kashi bars (protein and fiber bars) and water and plus lightweight pack filled with gear. Here are some of the prepping items that are useful outdoors.
3M Heavy Duty All-Weather Duct Tape: This heavy duty duct tape happens to be a favorite in our household. On the other hand, we also keep a supply of this less expensive duct tape (about $16 for three, 60 yard rolls) on hand for day-to-day use: Intertape Fix-It DUCTape 63 60-yard rolls.
Military Prismatic Sighting Compass w/ Pouch: You need a compass and you also need to know how to use it. This is a great option for your first compass. Practice in you neighborhood, at the local park and on the trails so you know how to use it and to find your way back home (or to camp).
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.
Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.
Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord: You can get 100 feet of Paracord for about $8 or $9. This is a real bargain but be aware that price can vary substantially depending on the color.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency. You will be amazed at how small and portable these are; a packet will easily fit in a back pocket.
Emergency Shelter Tent: The Emergency Tent is a lightweight and compact emergency shelter. It is wind and waterproof and easy to set up and is roomy enough for two people.
Emergency Sleeping Bag: Another low cost item designed to keep you warm in an emergency situation.
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.
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