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.
Something I have been wanting to do for a long time is use freeze-dried cheese in real cooking rather than for simple taste tests. So that is what I did: I used some freeze dried cheddar and mozzarella on my Artisan pizza.
Freeze dried cheese, in my opinion, is stronger tasting than supermarket cheese. If you like, or shall I say adore, the more expensive sharp cheddars, for example, you will love the freeze dried versions.
Gear wise, this week I upgraded my FRS/FMRS radios to the Midland GXT100VP4’s. I liked the fact that in addition to the rechargeable battery, they also use standard AAs that can be charged up with a standard solar battery charger. They have not arrived yet but when they do, I will report back on my thoughts.
Something else I did this week is to go see the documentary Obama 2016. Let me make something clear. I am not taking a stand as an Obama lover or a hater. I am just an enlightened citizen that seeks knowledge and seeks truth. Anyone feeling the same way should go see this film and come to their own conclusions, pro or con.
That said, this required an all day trek away from San Juan Island. I took advantage of the excess time need while waiting for the ferry by going to Costco. Imagine my surprise when I saw that they carried some Mountain House products in the store. This is in addition to the Shelf Reliance and Augason Farms products that they carry online.
Tip: Even with shipping, the prices for Shelf Reliance products listed as part of the Virtual Home Party are less than Costco so if you are a Thrive fan, you might want to take a look. The cheese pack is $185.00 for 6 cans.
And finally, I picked up the audiobook version of Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street. Here is a description from Amazon:
In this bracing, page-turning account of his stranger-than-fiction baptism into the corrupted ways of Washington, Neil Barofsky offers an irrefutable indictment, from an insider of the Bush and Obama administrations, of the mishandling of the $700 billion TARP bailout fund. In vivid behind-the-scenes detail, he reveals proof of the extreme degree to which our government officials bent over backward to serve the interests of Wall Street firms at the expense of the broader public—and at the expense of effective financial reform.
Seems as though I have a penchant for making myself mad- or shall I say madder – at the sneaky politicians and greedsters.
So that is for this week. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
Survival News Bytes & Articles from Around the Web
If One Woman Flies On An Expired Passport With No One Noticing, How Many Others Are Doing The Same?: So while most citizens endure pat-downs, strip-searches and other invasive TSA procedures, some passengers get by agents with an expired passport. If it has happened once, it has likely happened before and it will likely happen again. Clearly, something isn’t working the way it is supposed to.
What is the Best State to Live?: Here we go with another excellent article from Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse blog. How does your state rank and equally important, what about your bug out location? Washington State – my home – gets a “C” partially due to “insane politicians”. No surprise there.
See Fast, Decide Fast: To shoot or not to shoot, that is the question. Deciding to shoot is the crux of the matter, really, and every shot must occur because of your informed decision to shoot. Watch the hands for weapons that can kill, know the law, and act fast very fast. Mental reflexes are the foundation here. Are you justified? Is it time to perform? Using shoot/no-shoot target training along with a variety of realistic scenario-based training can help hone this skill. What if-gaming and having a pre-determined tactical mindset will help too.
Generation boomerang: children who go back to mum and dad: I am not pointing my finger at all 20 or 30 something’s but when you read this article you will scratch your head and wonder what went wrong. In this case, when their lazy and unmotivated 25 year old son moved back in with his parents, they took action:
Months passed. Our son mentioned that he’d been offered a position, though the job sounded dull – and what was the rush to work again? Within his crowd, joblessness seemed to present no stigma and, given that he had few financial responsibilities, he was managing well, thank you very much. That’s when my husband and I staged an intervention and, with a shove, our son accepted the job and moved out.
The Power of the People in the Internet Community: I was attracted to this infographic that highlights and illustrates the power of the internet community when its citizens come together. Think about that next time you go online. Although you can not believe – and should not believe – everything you read on the internet, a lot of knowledge is available and knowledge, as you know, can be quite powerful.
The Preparedness Test
My article on Uncorking the Lid on the Preparedness Test turned out to be hugely popular and was syndicated all over the web (which was fine with me). Directive 21 has formatted the test so that it can be easily printed out and shared. Now how cool is that? Printable Checklist: The Preparedness Test by Gaye Levy.
Recommendations & Announcements:
I have added two new sites to my recommended sites page this week:
Prepper Central: Prepper Central is a blog about preparedness covering everything from TEOTWAWKI to a financial disaster. The goal of Prepper Central is to provide readers with information that will help them make educated preparedness decisions.
Truth11: Dedicated to the truth, true journalism and to the truth movement. The articles, quotes, books and movies are provided for one reason; to let everyone know the truth about our universe so everyone may be free of propaganda and make informed decisions about the world around them.
Education After the Collapse
My online prepping colleague, Todd Sepulveda (Prepper Website) has launched a new website, Ed That Matters. This new website addresses a topic rarely discussed in the prepping world – educating our children.
In addition, Todd has written an eBook Education After the Collapse. I received an advance copy and will be posting my review on Tuesday. If you care about the next generation, you will want to ready this book. which is being offered for free.
Update on the New Five Flags
I am continuing to enjoy The New Five Flags from Absolute Rights. I realize that this sounds like an out and out pitch to get you to buy something but in this case, I have to say this series is really worth it at $47. I have now completed three modules – the latest being the one on residence and domicile.
As I have learned, being a gringo in an ex-pat community – at least part time – does not have to be unpatriotic and disloyal to our country. I find the series fascinating.
The Final Word
This has been a very busy week for me personally as I had a ton of email to deal with as well as my normal “getting through life” routine. It has not helped that the end of summer nudges us to goof off a bit. But you know, I think that goofing off is okay sometimes. We all need a break from the knowledge of truth that can sometimes wear us down.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
From the Bargain Bin: While placing my order today at Amazon, I notices that first the first time in a long time, my favorite cast iron skillet was only $18.97. That is about as cheap as it gets so if you if you have been holding off – well – the price is right.
Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I se my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. For under $20, there is no excuse not to own this survival basic. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.
Lodge Dutch Oven/Camp Stove: I originally purchased this Dutch oven because it was so darn cute. But over time, I have learned to love it for its versatility. Remember, a camp stove is designed so that you can bake with it by arranging charcoal on top of the lid as well as underneath the Dutch Oven itself.
Ove’ Gloves Hot Surface Handler: I cannot say enough about these hand and arm protectors. I have permanent scars from hitting my arm on the rack of my oven. I can only imagine what I would look like if I did not use these with my cast iron cookware. Forget the colorful silicon hot pads. These are 1000 times better!
Four Silicone Brushes: I call these”mop thingies”. Great for layering a nice thin coat of oil on your cast iron pans.
Lodge 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover: This is another cool piece. This Dutch Oven does not have legs and is designed for indoor use – but it can be used outdoors too. Just don’t forget the Ove Gloves.
Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned 15 Inch Cast-Iron Skillet: Similar to the 12” skillet only bigger. Actually, quite huge (and yes, I finally have one!). I use it for baking pizzas.
This month Emergency Essentials is featuring a Wheat Cooking Starter Kit that includes a hand grain mill, some dough enhancer, instant yeast and a “Wheat Cookin’ Made Easy” DVD. It is nicely priced at about 33% off or $49.99.
Other items on sale in September include a One Month Supply of Just-Add-Water Entrees for $134.99, Freeze Dried Mozzarella Cheese (21% off), Freeze Dried Yogurt Bits (for snacks) at 20% off, and something that I am ordering, Freeze Dried Celery pieces which at $14.99 for a #10 tin, are 30% off.
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