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.
By now you have most certainly figured out that I was traveling for the past few weeks. I took a much needed vacation coupled with some real work so all in all, I felt productive along the way. So just how does relate to prepping?
First of all, I was able to gather a ton of toiletries to use for barter purposes. Don’t laugh – other than the fact a few bottles of lotion and shampoo leaked in my suitcase, I made a real haul. My take is that I paid for these items with my room so they belonged to me. (I also hate to think that something a previous traveler had touched would remain in the room after he or she left. Yuck.)
Part of my trip included Central America and more specifically, Costa Rica. There I learned to make coffee totally off grid. This is something I will share once I gather up some green beans and a mill. To be honest, I hope to pick up a used meat grinder at the local thrift store for pennies on the dollar but if not, there is always Amazon.
One thing I loved about Costa Rica is the food. Beans and rice are the mainstay foods and I was able to dine on some delicious renditions of local favorites. You can bet that I will try some of these uniquely flavored dishes once I have a chance to get the right spices and condiments.
Probably the most important thing I did during my travels had to do with spreading the word about survival and prepping. I bent the ear of a lot of people with my message and hopefully one or two or ten actually listened.
So all and all, I had a grand time. I apologize for not responding to very many comments while gone but I had only marginal internet access for most of the time. It is good to be home.
But enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
Survival News Bytes & Articles from Around the Web
Secret Cold War Tests Raise Concerns: Sadly, I suspect that governments (and not just in the USA) are still using the poor and impoverished as test subjects. This is just one more example of the crimes against humanity (in my opinion, of course).
Cyber 9/11: A retiring congressional representative from Washington State is warning us that America is vulnerable to a cyber attack that could shut down power grids, freeze money supplies, cripple transportation systems and imperil nuclear plants. He further states that the nation needs more protections against a rogue attack on computer systems that could amount to a “cyber 9/11” or “electronic Pearl Harbor.” I think my friend George Ure is right on track with his recent book, Broken Web.
Prepper Loneliness: This article from the Berkey Guy Blog puts to paper the thoughts of so many of us.
5 Things Your Should Know About Arsenic: I am not going to panic over the Consumer Reports report on arsenic in rice. I did a wee bit of research since returning home and it appears that solid reports and studies of arsenic in rice have been around since 2007 and quite possibly before that as well. (Refer to Food Safety: U.S. Rice Serves Up Arsenic.)
I can not help but think that CU has sold out to the FDA who is charged with creating panic among preppers. Okay, that is a bit rash but still, make me wonder.
News from Our Sponsor: Solo Stoves
Jeff at Solo Stove was kind enough to send me one of his Solo Stoves for review. This tiny stove is amazingly lightweight and well priced at $70. You can purchase the Solo Stove direct or from Amazon. Watch for my review soon.
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Recommendations & Announcements
I have received a number of requests from sites wishing to be added to my “Recommended Sites” page. Alas, there are far too many sites (and too little time) so going forward, I will be simply adding sites that have been I have pre-screened but not extensively researched or reviewed. There are bound to be some gems out there so take a peek and follow your instincts in finding survival and prepping sites that suit your interests and circumstances.
Here are a few new sites that were added this week.
The Preparedness Review and a Wee Rant
A few weeks ago I announced the launch of the upcoming Preparedness Review. Included was a quote from the editor, Todd Sepulveda. For all of you eagle eyes out there, his quote indicated an launch date that was long past. Okay already. Todd made a mistake and I did not catch it until later, after the piece was posted and fixed it at that time.
Let me get to the point.
Unlike some bloggers, I work full time in a fairly stressful career. That said, the Backdoor Survival site is 100% free and I do not ask or beg for donations. Backdoor Survival is something I do from the heart because I feel the message of survival and preparedness is important. I try to be honest and fair with my readers but I am also human. I work on the site most nights for three hours and do this almost seven days a week.
Bottom line? I am human and I get tired. So if I miss a typo – or a word spelled correctly but used out of context because the spell checker let it go – I am sorry. Get over it or move on. ‘Nuff said.
By the way, to get more info on the Preparedness Review and to sign-up for email updates, visit www.thepreparednessreview.com. What is going on with Strategic Living
Update on the New Five Flags
Having been to Costa Rica, I must say that I appreciate Johnny Mueller’s wisdom in The New Five Flags even more. 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 MP3 series is really worth it. If I were 20 years younger, I would definitely avail myself of the opportunity to live the good life as a part-time ex-pat in Central America. As I said before, I find the series fascinating.
The Final Word
Something I did not mention earlier was how well armed and “awake” my fellow travelers were. I met people from all over the US and most were quite ordinary folks doing the best they can muster in today’s uncertain economy. Most were my age and most felt they would not see an economic recovery anytime some. We talked of the potential for collapse and of revolution. Their biggest concern? Our government is allowing us to continue to own firearms but buying up all the ammo and spare magazines so that they are rendered useless.
These are sobering times.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Bargain Bin: I have reviewed all of the third quarter 2012 Amazon items purchased by Backdoor Survival readers. (I only have access to product information, not who buys what in case you were wondering.) I compiled a list of the top selling items and uploaded them to a special Amazon store which you can access by clicking here. The items are shown in descending order with the top selling items shown first.
Here are the top ten items:
1. Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
2. Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10)
3. Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife with Stainless-Steel Blade and Nylon Handle
4. The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook
5. FISH MOX – 250 MG OR 500 MG – 100 COUNT (500 mg)
6. Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets
7. Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven
8. Emergency Fire Starter
9. Dorcy 41-1071 LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite
10. 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life
Be sure to shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Sales some great deals – typically 20% to 30% off. One of my favorite items on sale this month is the Stir-Fry Combo. It contains Asian Style Chicken, popular vegetables, and other ingredients perfect for creating a flavorful stir-fry. The sale price is $84.99.
Other October specials include Freeze-Dried Roast Beef at $39.99 (about $10 off), the Mountain House Classic Assortment Bucket (also about $10 off), Clarified Butter at $6.99 (normally $8.50), Honey Oat Granola at $8.99 (normally $11.95) and more.
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