The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 51

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Sunday Survival 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 continued to slug my way through many of the free prepping and homesteading books that I have been finding on Amazon.  As many of you know, I frequently seek out freebies on Amazon and post them to my Facebook page.  Alas, I do not post them on the website because they are often available for just a day or two.

As a reminder, you do not need to own a Kindle to take advantage of the e-books.  Amazon offers an amazing array of apps for reading Kindle books on almost any device you can think of including smartphones, computers and tablets.

All you need to do is to go to this page where you can download a Free Reading App. Follow the instructions and you are all set.

I continue to collect ingredients for DIY household and personal care products.  Although I purchased Dr. Bonner’s Ross Hemp Soap a few months back, I wanted to also try Dr. Bonner’s Sal Suds and the Peppermint Soap.  (And just what is going on with me and peppermint??)

Dr Bronner Castile Soaps

Now I must admit that I have a love-hate with Dr. Bonner’s products and have been hesitant to post a review for just that reason.  Perhaps with two additional products to evaluate, I will come to some sort of conclusion about these Dr. Bronner products that seem to have a cult following.

That is about it for this week.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.

Survival News & Articles from Around the Web

A Map Of Where Drones Are Allowed In The U.S.:  Popsci shares this interactive map showing where drones are allowed to fly.  Are there drones spying on you in your neighborhood?  In a related article, Seattle mayor forces police to abandon spy drone program.

Gov’t-Issued Identification Not Needed To Pass Through TSA Security:  I don’t think I have the courage to try this myself.

Matt Taibbi on Big Banks’ Lack of Accountability:  To big to fail and too big to jail.  A must view on the state of banking today.  (A hat-tip to Rita for this.)

Reusable Grocery Bags: Keep ‘Em Clean While Going Green:  It never occurred to me to wash my reusable grocery bags. In my own household, we reuse Ziploc bags and regular old baggies but we always wash them between uses.  This informative article explains why you should wash those grocery bags as well.

The gist of it is:

The fabric or materials in reusable grocery bags can get contaminated with germs like Salmonella or E. coli from food or other items. These germs could then cross-contaminate other food or items we carry in the reusable bag and make us sick.

10 “Must-Have” Family Board Games:  Looking for some new board games to have on hand in case of a power outage?  You may find some ideas here.  The number one pick was a game I never heard of, Ticket To Ride.

News Writers: Stop Trying To Scare People With Made-Up Storm Language:  I am guilty of using this made up language myself.  Lesson learned – I am going to be more careful in the future.

Backdoor Survival Reader Tip

Mark offers the following tip for surviving a devastating storm:

We survived Hurricane Sandy, and were glad that I had read somewhere along the line to keep ONLY $5 and $10 bills on hand. I don’t mind paying $5 for a $4 gallon of gas and letting them keep the change, but when someone tells you they don’t have change of a $20, it’s not really gouging, is it? Also, flashing a roll of $5’s is a lot less risky than flashing a roll of $20’s or more.

And can we talk about how thin the veneer of social courtesy is when there are fistfights and knives being used among the people on line for gasoline in my very rural town which had very little damage from the storm?

This was a small taste and a large eye-opener for events which may be much greater in the future. PREPARE TO STAY HOME FOR A WEEK!!!

And what about those pesky deer?  Dan offered this via my Facebook page:

“Try 30 pound monofilament line. String it at 24 and 48 inches around the area you don’t want the deer in. They touch it during the night and are spooked because they can’t see it. I used it all last summer and they all walked around the garden the rest of the year! Damn fine stuff.”

From Urban Survival – Dangerous Vaccines

George put up an interesting piece on dangerous vaccines.  Scary stuff.

“In the US (and West) there have been many claims made that vaccines may be dangerous for the non-vaccine components they contain; preservatives, stabilizers, and all that.

But this morning, we’re reading about a different angle on vaccines: That administering them in an underdeveloped country can result in death. Here’s the detail about how nine Nigeria polio vaccinators have ben shot in Kano City.

Although not highlighted in MSM coverage, except to say the vaccinations were opposed by Muslim leaders who claim they can cause infertility, there’s some emerging data that suggests they could be correct.

At the core of this story is a chemical named polysorbate-80 which is used to improve the solubility of vaccine. It’s been reported on sites like Natural News, and others like, as not only causing infertility, but also being a cause of anaphylactic shock.

Which brings us to an interesting question: Why would the Fooled and Drugged Administration allow it in shampoos, ice cream, and lots of food products?

The answer is likely, as we’ve explained before, the Captive Regulators – people who work for an agency for a while and then take phat jobs in the industry which they once regulated after taking a public retirement. Some don’t even wait for that – the dough’s so good in industry.

Which leaves us with something to ponder during a blizzard: Polio, shock, captive regulators: where’s the proper balance?”

News From our Sponsor

This week I am happy to announce a new sponsor, SEEDS OF THE MONTH.  Now the really cool thing about Seeds of the Month is that the seeds you receive are based upon the zones on the USDA hardiness map here: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. You can click on the map or enter your zip code to find your own zone.  (And, if you have not checked your zone in awhile, please do so.  Each zone is now broken in to subzones – something I did not know.)

Here is a link to the Seeds of the Month Home Page but be aware that Mike, who runs Seeds of the Month, has set up a 35% discount when this link from Backdoor Survival is clicked. Note, however, that the discount will expire midnight on 2/17/2013 EST.

In addition, here is some additional information about Mike and his company:

Mike the Gardener Enterprises was founded by Michael Podlesny, a 3rd generational home vegetable gardener and published author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person, who has been vegetable gardening himself for nearly 30 years. Mike`s vegetable gardening tips and tricks have been featured in newspapers, magazines and blogs around the world. He has also appeared on ABC and NBC talking about vegetable gardening and his Seeds of the Month Club.

The Seeds of the Month Club was started in October of 2009. In a little over years the club has grown to thousands of members in all 50 states and in over 17 countries around the world. Club recipients receive 8 packs of seeds their first month and 4 packs every month thereafter. All seeds sent are 100% non-GMO, heirloom varieties, tailored to a member’s plant hardiness zone.

Mike has also made it a mission to help fellow vegetable gardeners by providing support through social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as helpful vegetable gardening articles posted on his website.

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 Backdoor Survival Sponsors page and support the fine companies that allow me to keep Backdoor Survival free for everyone.

Email Updates From Backdoor Survival

Something has changed here at Backdoor Survival and it is all good.

Starting today, all email updates will be sent via MailChimp instead of from Google Feedburner. Why the change? Well, first of all, being free, the Google service was not 100% reliable. This meant that I sometimes had to spend hours trying to get my email updates to go out – time I would have much better spent writing. Then there was the formatting which, for some browsers and email clients, was downright funky.

So – after much consideration of the pros and the cons as well as the cost and the work involved – I made the switch.  I hope you like the new format! And by the way, if you wish to subscribe, go here:  SUBSCRIBE.

Other Announcements

Some thing else is new.  I have added a daily news feed from NEWS MAX.  This feed is on the right hand side of each page and features news of a general nature.  In the interest of full disclosure, I am receiving a small fee for carrying this feed and so far, it seems to be working out well.

The Final Word

Each Saturday, as I sit down and write the Sunday Survival Buzz, I think gee, nothing much to write about this week.  A few hours later, I laugh at myself.  There is always something!

I am still working on some changes to the “bones” of Backdoor Survival.  By bones I mean the technical stuff that you do not see.  The update to emails subscriptions is just one of many things I am working on  to make the use of my time more efficient.

So, until next time, be well and be safe.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Bargain Bin: Remember this rule of thumb: first purchase what you need to get by and later, as budget allows, add the extra items that will enhance and add dimension and depth to your existing survival gear.

Ticket To Ride: This board game has 601 reviews and a full 5 stars.  I am anxious to try it although it is a bit pricey.  Still, it is less than a dinner out for two at a modest restaurant.  If you know me at all by now, you know which one I will choose.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap, Hemp Peppermint: Dr. Bronner’s fans are almost like a cult.  I am going to give this peppermint soap a thoroughly test in my own home and come to my own conclusions.  Same thing with Sal Suds.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item for your first aid kit. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.

Solo Stove_21Solo Stove: Emergency Survival Stove: The Solo Stove is perfect for cooking beans and rice using just a pot, some water and biomass as fuel. A step up is the EcoZoom Versa. Remember when I spoke of redundancy? I have both plus a Volcano II collapsible stove. I suppose you could say that going hungry is not high on my to do list.

Chemical Light Sticks: Pick your size (length) and pick your color. Just be aware that if color does not matter, some colors are cheaper than others. Be sure to read Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards: This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out. Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness panty.

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite The Sunday Survival Buzz   Volume 22: Don’t let the $20 price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price. Using D-cell batteries, the Dorcy floodlight will light up a dark room or a dark stairway in an instant. I can not recommend these enough.

Walking Boots for Men at Regatta: Need some heavy duty walking boots? Our European fans might want to check out what is available in from Regatta – not only in boots but other stylish, affordable outdoor clothing for men women, and children.

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