The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 89

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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.

This week my Amazon prepping haul consisted of some AAA Eneloop rechargeable batteries, fractionated coconut oil (stabilized organic coconut oil in liquid form) and another one of those $8.95 is the Mora 511 utility knifes.  On order is a $1 whistle – check it out in the spotlight area below.

A note about those Eneloop batteries: these Sanyo rechargeables are my absolute favorite when it comes to rechargeable batteries.  For emergency purposes I  have a large supply of standard alkaline batteries, but for day to day I save a lot of money by using rechargeables plus alkalines that are re-charged in the Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.  One issue I have had with the Maximal Power device is that AAAs do not charge well.  I get one recharge out of them and after that not much.

On the other hand, the Maximal Power charger really shines when it comes to the other sizes, especially AAs and 9 volts.  More to the point, I have found no discernable difference between new 9V batteries and recharged 9Volt batteries when they are used in the Blocklite.

Thinking out loud, I need to update the article How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries to reflect this this new information.

Okay, enough about me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.

SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB

Mercury from Gold Rush days reaching land below old mines:  As if California did not have enough to worry about, there is concern that mercury will enter the food chain and  eventually make its way to San Francisco Bay.

Former Dem Staffer Who Fought for Obamacare Makes Huge Admission in Email to Her Old Boss  Sue Klinkhamer spent two years defending and fighting for Obamacare while working for Congressman Bill Foster (D-Ill.). But now that she’s seen the effect of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul on her health insurance rates, Klinkhamer is boldly admitting that she was “very wrong.”

Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes – A Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake Scenarios:  I am not moving but have to tell you, this latest study is darn scary.  If you live in coastal Washington or Oregon, you are going to want to see this.

A year later, some Sandy victims wonder if they’ll ever get their lives back:  People in storm-battered neighborhoods are still coping with damaged homes and waiting for $48 billion in federal aid pledged for rebuilding. So where is all of the grant money and FEMA money going?  My guess is that if you are a politically connected business, you are in luck and have been funded.  Like I said, just guessing.

For the Ladies:  Okay ladies, this is an important one.  This is the answer to the question “what can I do to prepare for the time when tampons may not be available”.

How To Generate Electricity With A Bicycle:  Hurricane Sandy left 7 million people without power. Chris Hackett, a Brooklyn-based artist who converts trash into useful objects, wants to help people prepare for the next power outage by teaching the finer points of homemade generator construction. In just under six minutes, he explains how to convert a bicycle and a deep-cycle battery into an electricity source.

This week I had some help gathering the news.  Thanks Shelly, for stepping up and helping me with a few of the articles this week.  (And for those of you that don’t know, Shelly is also known as the Survival Husband).

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This came in from reader “Dee”.   My response was “Amen to that!”.

“I’m not a doom and gloom, I am optimistic. I do believe in preparing for the worst and if/when it doesn’t happen, wow what a celebration will be had.”

Some common sense advice from “Donna”:

A few things that I have thought about:

  • For lighting, have a few solar powered yard lights, they will last a while but will not need batteries or electricity.
  • For security, wasp spray, has almost the same affect as mace, can burn the heck out of your eyes.
  • For medical, learn at least the basics of first aid and CPR.

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AND THE WINNER IS . . .

In the article 16 Items To Help You Hunker Down in Comfort, I indicated that one commenter, chosen at random, would receive a copy of my soon-to-be published e-Book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  I did not forget and the winner is “Jac” whose comment was:

I will be putting together a “hobby kit/package”. I’m a wood carver (VERY amateur), but often have too many irons in the fire to sit and just carve.

I would put all the items needed for one small project in one box. At the end of the “storm” I might have a completed item!!

Congratulations!  The e-book is not quite ready yet but I will most certainly send you a copy when it is published – hopefully sometime this month!

THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL WINTER BLAST IS COMING

Now that the latest book festival is off and running, I am ready to launch the BDS Winter Blast this coming Thursday.  What is a winter blast?  Backdoor Survival sponsors and friends have come up with a fabulous line-up of great products for you.  Each week or two I will share a product review along with a giveaway.

These are real giveaways designed for Backdoor Survival readers.  As with the book festival, you will be entered into the giveaway by leaving a comment on this website. Unlike current raffle-mania where there are thousands upon thousands of entries, at BDS you will actually have a reasonable chance of winning.  (Now I may be wrong and there may be thousands of entries in the BDS Winter Blast giveaways but I would be quite surprised!)

What are some of the featured items?  How about a Royal Berkey from LPC Survival, a Kaito Voyager emergency radio for Camping Survival, a Tactical Traveler emergency kit from Ready to Go Survival, a selection of FD entrees from Survival Based and a whole lot more.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Are you a fan of Google Plus?  The Google PTB have awarded BDS our own URL.  You can find me at https://plus.google.com/+Backdoorsurvival/ and not only that, if you add Backdoor Survival to your circles, you will receive links to new articles in your feed.  At least that is the way it is supposed to work.  I am a relative newbie when it comes to Google Plus.

THE FINAL WORD

For the past two weeks I have been making salves; salves for muscle aches, salves for dry skin and salves for use in lieu of expensive beauty potions.  I am thrilled with the results and as soon as I can do a bit more testing, will share my recipes and techniques.

Part of this interest in salves comes from my renewed pledge to embrace essential into daily life.  To that end, I am happy to report that after a lot of research into different EOs from various companies, I have formed an alliance with Spark Naturals.

I am going to have a lot more to say about Spark Naturals in coming weeks but in the meantime, visit the Spark Naturals website and look around.  If you decide to make a purchase, use the discount code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” to receive a 10% discount. (And yes, I do receive a small commission.)

Okay, what about you – what did you do to prep this week?  Until next time, remember to make every day a prep day!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Almost Free:  At the time of this writing, this whistle is a bit over $1 with free shipping.  How bad can it be?Whistle

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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are some items mentioned in today’s Buzz, items that are popular with BDS readers, and items in the current Amazon Top 10.

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.

Sanyo eneloop 8 Pack AA Rechargeable Batteries: Just the batteries. Any by the way, they charge up just fine with a standard battery charger – it does not have to be a Sanyo. For AAAs, get these: eneloop  8 pack AAA Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries. Can you tell I love these guys?

Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife.  It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp.  I paid $12 for this knife last week and today it is $8.95 so I ordered another one.  It was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.95!

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items   Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

Magnesium Fire StarterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items   Backdoor Survival:  This Campers’ Magnesium Emergency Fire Starter is about $4.

The Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items   Backdoor SurvivalUCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers:  The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is waterproof and holds 25 matches as well as spare strikers. The matches burn for around 15 seconds and are windproof, waterproof, and even continue burning underwater. An integrated striker is attached on the side of the match kit, and can be replaced when worn out.

2 Pack Survival Kit Can Opener, Military, P-51 ModelThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items   Backdoor Survival:  These can openers makes great addition to any survival, fishing, hiking, or camping pack. They are lightweight and robust and they just work.

Cyalume SnapLight Chemical Light Sticks: Read all about light sticks at Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.


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I also recommend the Mobile Washer. This is hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub. The best part is the price – only $14.95.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 89 — 51 Comments

  1. What did I do to prepare this week? Well I finally received my order of a dozen gamma lids. Two weeks from Sams Club. $100 shot all to xxx. I filled my first one with rye seed, as I love rye bread, and tried to vacuum seal it. THEY WILL NOT HOLD A SEAL. I sucked and sucked until my sucker was about worn out, but no vacuum. I got out my old lids that would allow air to infiltrate in a few days, ran a bead of sticky stuff around the rim, sucked the air out in a hinstant. Started to collapse the sides. Now I will wait a few days to see if the side stay collapsed.
    If this is true, all you folks that used a gamma lid, placed oxygen absorbers inside to keep out oxygen, I think you wasted your money. For ease of everyday getting into your buckets, they are great I just don’t want oxygen in my long term storage.

    • How do you vacuum seal a 5 gallon bucket?
      I vacuum seal my bags of product before I put them in
      A bucket. And I missing something ?

    • never heard of this method.i use a mylar bag inside the bucket.I will fill with product add O2 absorbers ,squeeze out air ,heat seal, check next day to make sure air is gone.the gama lids are made to be able to screw on and off not vacume seal as far as i know and running a bead of “sticky stuff” whatever that is will ruin them

      • I do the same thing. I used Mylar bag (or multiple bags) properly sealed with oxygen absorbers inside the bucket with a gamma seal.

        If it is something that will be used up within a year or two (such as flour, rice or dog food in my day to day pantry) I will skip the Mylar bag and oxygen absorber. My dry goods are still protected from light, moisture and pests and will be just fine for a for a few years. (But in reality, they will be long gone before that.)

        • Evening Gaye
          Other then keeping sunlight to a minimum what other advantages is there using Mylar bags over say Food Saver bags? After all they go inside a bucket and you should store in a cool place (basement) for longevity

      • I guess I am missing something then. I can VACUUM seal a bucket, and nothing can live in a vacuum, and the shelf life is greatly extended. Can you VACUUM seal a mylar bag, or just remove the oxygen with absorbers? I don’t know. If you can vacuum seal a mylar bag, can it hold 5 gallon? Really I don’t know and if you can, please advise.
        When I place the sticky stuff around the rim of a lid, I use the cheap normal lid and I use it with the intentions of very long storage, or to when TSHF. Next month??? The last bucket I sealed with calk, I sucked until the sides collapsed. 4 days now, it is still collapsed, so I feel the bucket is sealed.
        I vacuum anything I store, even if it is for a week. I vacuum my pancake mix in 1/2gallon mason jars. My flour, powdered mild, the mixes I’ve learned of in the cook books Gaye has recommended. I was hoping I could vacuum with the gamma lids and get in and out of it quite regularly, but you cant vacuum seal a gamma lid.
        When I open my jar of pancake mix and then put the lid back on, I vacuum it then, even if it is going to be used again in a week. You never know when…

        • yes you can vacum seal a mylar bag,they come in all sizes i get the big ones for my dry goods,rice flour etc.Not knocking your method if itworks go for it.there are several videos on youtube on how to use the mylar bag/bucket system.I can look for them if you want .I use a vacum sealer as well for my food stuffs,i packed my venison with it .ive had some fall to the bottom of the freezer and eaten it 4 yrs later, no freeezer burn.Im a big Fan of the vacum sealers.which model do you use? ive burned up 2 seal a meals.i want to invest in an industrial model next.I would love to try some of the ixesyou are talking aboutthose prepacked ones are expensive at times

          • Joel, I really thank you for that information. I guess this is what a forum is all about. Learning. I went to U-tube, and was very enlightened. Two things I learned. 1. Oxygen absorbers do suck out air, (where does it go?)and not just oxygen. KY mentality. 2. The lids I purchased at Lowes. are not like all lids. Lowes’s lids do not have rubber gaskets. That is why I used caulk. If I had a lid with a rubber gasket I wouldn’t need to add extra sealant. Question #1. If the absorbers create a vacuum, then why do you use mylar bags. Why not just dump in the ingredients you are wanting to store straight into the bucket? Don’t tell me you are placing more than one item in the bucket.
            What type of vacuum sealer do I use. I have an old food saver that I use to seal food saver bags. If I am sealing jars, I use a manual brake bleeder from Harbor Freight. It has a vacuum gage on it and I can see the atmospheric pressure present. I use 15 inches. With a food saver, I never know what the pressure is.
            Mix-a-Meal is the book I bought. It has recipes for basic mixes like biscuits, muffins, gravy, rolls and bread, to be added to your normal food storage items. Use the pancake mix to add to any fruit you have in your food storage. Ideas like that.
            While going through some old files on food storage from the 80’s and 90’s I found the plans to build a vacuum pump from a ford air conditioner compressor. It has all the directions to suck air from just about any container using an old coffee can. It is a slick contraption.
            FYI. I have some 55 gallon barrels coming with sealable lids. I have thought burying some with goodies inside would be a great back up. Non perishables in food saver bags. I have a long roll of food saver bags that you make any length you want. Any long thing that fits in a 55 gallon barrel will fit in a food saver.
            PS. Think Ruger.

          • glad i could help.I would love to see that homemade sealer.i love to tinker. we got tons of auto wreckers nearby that let “u pull” parts so it should’nt be hard to find what i need.the reason i use the bags is they prevent any bugs light and water from damaging the food in case the lid isnt sealed properly or becomes compromised . ive also read that some bugs can grow in oats and flour ,so im trying to prevent infestation.Never hurts to have backups,rule of 3 ya know.I like your 55 gal cache idea.ive seen videos on making cache tubes from pvc for those ruger items ;).the 55 gal drums you have are they food grade? if so how much and where did you get them?Im looking for several barrels to store water in the basement and to catch rain water from the downspouts for my gardens and possible drinking(after filtration and sterilization).BTW glad you understood i was trying to help and not break your chops .feel free to ask questions and bounce ideas.thats what forums are for .we all can learn from each other

          • Joel. Gaye is pretty finicky when it comes to giving out email address, but If I had yours I would email you the plans to build the vacuum pump.
            As far as the barrels that I intend to bury, that are not food grade. That is why I would store prepackaged food and do-dads in there. The man I get mine from has 275 gal IBC totes that are food grade. He also has 55 gallon plastic drums, food grade. He travels from Indianapolis to Evansville each week to bring what you order. IBC totes-$80, 55 gal food grade plastic $10, 55 gal resealable open top metal,$10. I have 2 more totes coming, and 2 metal barrels. I now have 4 totes that I use as rain barrels, but I am thinking I could use a couple for the out buildings.

          • Hey Joel. Gaye’s internet is down, so maybe she wont notice my address until hers is back up, so if you want the plans to build that vacuum pump, email me at janey1113@att.net, or any of you old widder women out there…John

        • John R
          Get your lids from Home Depot buy several and ask them to reduce it to $1 each they are red in color and have the rubber gasket. I looked at the lids from Lowes and your right no gasket I am going to check out Mennards here for a different color lid

          • Dennis. I thank you for the info, but I have to laugh, you dicker price at Home Depot? Who would you talk to?
            They use to give a 10% discount to Veterans, as well as Mennards, but I know Mennards quit, and I think HD did also. Lowes still gives 10%. I guess I will check at Rural King. They are who gave me the buckets, but I didn’t look at their lids because I know I had the gamma lids coming.

    • I have no idea who gave you the idea John that Gamma seals could be vacuum sealed? They are for ease of opening and closing. Contents in them need to be vacuum sealed some other way like the above mentioned like wheat in mylar bags. Adding oxygen absorbers to gamma sealed buckets help kill any bugs since it removes the oxygen but as soon as the lids are opened you will lose that benefit. Gamma seals are air tight so oxygen absorbers will tighten down the seal even more all by themselves. I know that they can be very hard to open when too many absorbers have been placed inside a Gamma sealed bucket.

  2. I ordered some things from amazon .As a prime member i take advantage of the no shipping to purchase items on sale.I got a seal a meal and some extra bags to make homemade dry meals .I picked up some water proof ammo cans. The orange ones were cheaper than the OD.Also got some O2 absorbers for my buckets .I also picked up a solar battery charger and some rayovac batteries,assorted sizes .The AA came with a plug in charger that holds 4 AA batteries .The solar charger does all sizes of rechargeable batteries.Im curious how the plug in charger you purchased works.Does it really recharge alkaline batteries? this would be a came changer as i thought only rechargeables could be recharged.The price isnt bad either and its a Prime item,free shipping.Still cant upload pics from phone will takesome pics of me using the wonder mill jr with my video camera,i also picked up some red andwhite wheat berries from amazon,non gmo organic farm,a little more but factor in thefree shipping and its all good

    • Joel – The alkaline battery charger really does work. (It also has a switch so you can recharge standard rechargeables as well.) I have two caveats. It does a poor job with AAAs. This may because they are limited in capacity to begin with or something else. Since I am not an engineer, I can only guess.

      The other thing is that Costco Kirkland brand batteries leak after the first recharge. I will never buy them again.

      Other than that, I am happy with the alkaline batter recharger but still stash new batteries for emergency and mission critical purposes.

      — Gaye

      • Thanks Gaye i might just pick it up.I need to order more buckets of ready meals first .I wanted to share something with the group here.I order food from the major SHTF suppliers .I wont mention names because you have sponsers.Anyway i have found it is best to call up and place an order and make friends with the salesperson.I now always get a large discount and free shipping.He will even call me every other month to see if i need anything.i told him that this was okay so its not a hassle.We all are trying to prep and save and this is a huge savings

  3. Thanks for the notice about the 3 in 1 whistle, I ordered 5 and will include those in Survival Gift buckets for Christmas. 🙂 Now to not so good news….anyone know that Japan will be removing those rods from the Fukushima plant? Anything goes wrong and it’s more radiation coming to us. Now, there is also this
    Whatever steps one feels necessary to take to prepare, the west coast of North America will get the brunt but remember the jet stream will carry it across the land. I believe warning gives us time to prepare whatever way we choose to. This is one I will be keeping up on.

  4. I got something unusual this week. 1000 tobacco seeds! It was only $2.88 for 1000 high grade seeds. Imagine what they will be worth after the SHTF? Tobacco will be a great barter item and it is quite easy to grow in almost all regions. I’ll start them under indoor lights this winter then transplant in early spring after last frost and harvest in July and sun cure in August. I’m going to start with just 6 plants as they grow quite large. I’ll let one plant flower and turn to seed to replenish my supply.

    • Great idea Grandma. Tobacco is a great barter crop but also great as a liniment for muscles if other meds run out or even if they don’t. 😉

  5. Can someone explain why the use of oxygen absorbers? If it’s to keep bugs out, I just put some bay leaves with my food and haven’t had a problem in 40 years. Is there another reason? I was also wondering, am I understanding right that most of ya’ll are storing ALL of your food storage in bags inside the food grade plastic buckets? WHY?
    I don’t mean to be dense. I seek knowledge because having lived in areas *my x was military* where food can be scarce for locals, to store all your food and other items in one place can be devastating if someone decides they can take it. Please explain so I can understand the thinking behind storing it all together.
    Thanks

    • I really need to get my book published. It goes into all aspects of food storage. Alas, it is in fine edit/proofreading mode. The delay is me.

      That said, I will try to put an article up on oxygen absorbers next week.

  6. Dee, starting today I will now refer to oxygen absorbers as air absorbers. I want to rid my food storage of all air to prolong their life. I’m sure everyone has different ideas. As to putting all your eggs in one basket, I have no other place to store them. I have 10 acres and I have some 55 gallon barrels coming that can be buried. I will have food buried all over this acreage.
    Also Dee, I think there is a mentality among a lot of use that were are invincible and no one could take our storage. Some even think they can defend there goodies with wasp spray. I have more weapons than the National Guard, but I’m worried.

    • Hey John R
      you have to be from Evansville area because us Northern Yankee Hoosiers have no idea what you are calling a tote can you give me a website on what one looks like ?
      I just ordered a 55 gallon blue barrel for water and I am sure I will be paying in the high $80’s for it

      • To see what one looks like, go to http://www.lexingtoncontainercompany.com/ . I bought my first few totes from them, but they are under new management, and now they think they are big time. I cut the top off these to use for my fish tanks in my aquaponics. Evansville has a car auction every Thursday. He comes down from Indy with his flat bed to pick up cars, so he will deliver what ever size containers you want. He has many smaller sizes than 55 gallon, but I’m not interested in them. He list his goodies on Evansville’s Craig’s list. IBC totes for sale. He may travel up north to a car auction also, but for the life of me, I cant see why anyone would want to go to northern Indiana.
        Love …John

          • Dennis. Laid back? I was just thinking about giving advice about being to laid back. I just went to the basement door, and there was two boxes in the rain. I picked them up. Cabela’s ! OH no. What did I buy. When you are going to get “laid back” unplug your computer and hide your credit cards. 100 rounds of 7.62X39 and a brick of 22’s. Way to much money. Do they make a gismo that makes you blow into it to start your computer? They make them for autos. I need one.

      • If you live in a big city and have a dairy producer, they use totes and 55 gallon blue barrels. They get stuff to use in the cleaning of, and bottling milk, so those are food grade. They usually give them away for free to get rid if them. I got my blue 55’s in my basement for water storage from a milk products place….Free
        You travel down in Mississippi, Kosciusko, there is a Goldenrod dairy and every house in the country has a tote by the road to put their trash in, but that is a long way to travel for free totes.

      • Wow Dennis,
        I don’t get them for free but I live near a recycling center and can buy all i need for $12 a piece, at least that was the price last time I bought. Yes, 55 gallon and food grade. They also have some smaller ones but not sure how many gallons they are or their cost. Things such as these aren’t free here in Oregon since we recycle everything. 🙂

    • John, what I am doing is putting a day’s worth of meals in 2 gallon buckets, 2 days in 3 gallon buckets and a week’s worth in 6 gallon buckets. I have these cached in different places inside and out. I also have dupe of my equip for the same reason.
      Today I became aware, I have a state prison 20 miles to the east, a federal prison 35 miles to the north and west and a state mental hospital here in town.
      With this factor, if I get robbed, they will only find a small % of what I really have. Since I won’t be going to the same place each time, I know where the food is and now I have night goggles so no flashlights means nitetime access. 🙂 No weapons, I’m too much a target…well not guns…but I’m a whiz with a blowgun and a slingshot arrow, both of which can take down a medium size animal. 😉

      • Dee, I am really impressed. I thought of myself as a prepper, but I don’t hold a candle to you. I have watched that survivor fellow with all the U-Tube videos on survival, and he uses a slingshot with arrows. I bought the slingshot, but I cant find the arrow biscuits to use with it at a decent price. When you speak of all the prisons and nut houses in your area, why don’t you move to somewhere safer, like south west Chicago? More power to you Dee.

        • i was in walmart today and they have some youth bows for under 40 bucks some $20 ,they come with arrows and ready to use a bow with a draw weight of 35 lbs is more than enough to take down a deer or a person.the “arrow bisket is called a “whisker bisket” check amazon failing that try cabelas bass pro or gander mtn. they also have knives sets ,nice machetes and tomahawks for 5 to 20 bucks ,in the sporting goods section

          • I have found the “whisker biskets” at wally world, but they want $45 a piece. To much. Are you saying that for less that $40 bucks I can get the whole bow and bisket? Something appears to be fishey.

          • guess I’m going more primitive. I’m assuming using many arrows may be necessary and recovering them may not be an option so I’m learning how to make them. I did a google on ‘how to make arrows’. I may be overlearning but if I can make them, then I can teach others how to make them. Like ammo, once all that is store bought is used, then what? It’s my preparing for the worst and hoping it never comes but be ready if it does. Isn’t that what prepping is about? BTW John, I’m too old to move and relearn how what’s in my environment…..personally, my sense is I won’t have time to do so.
            That said, better you know and are aware of what’s around you so you can make plans. I plan to be a mouse in plain sight even though I use a wheelchair for mobility. Ever hear of an attack rabbit? Washington state used to have one for demos. 😉

          • Dee, an attack rabbit? For democrats? I want to raise some. If I could get a breeding pair from Texas (I hear down there they are big enough to ride), I could make a fortune. I know what you mean when you say it is hard to move. One morning, I had left my hearing aids in all night, when I got up to waddle into the kitchen to make coffee, I heard this awful noise. It took me awhile to realize it was my bones crackin.

          • 396 lbs and it is cheap. Even I can afford it. Wait, I have one. I just need the biscut, and now looking again at his videos, I can make one with a bicycle inner tube. Great. He mentioned making a biscut out of duck tape, but I cant fine that video. Gaye would love to know another use for duck tape.

      • Dee. It is now Thanksgiving morning and I don’t know if you will be notified that I responded. If you get this, have you ever thought of “lacing” some of your preps that you hide in different places incase someone finds them? When people come to our homes to confiscate our foods, whether government or looters, have you thought of adding a little extra something to “get even” with the ones that left you without? I really would like your opinion on this matter, or anyone else that has an opinion.

        • No John. I don’t “get even.” I am old enough now to have watched and seen how anything I could do, doesn’t come close to what can happen when “what goes around, comes around.”
          If someone finds what I have cached, then, yes, I’m out but perhaps there was a need greater than mine. While I am confident in my skills for hiding, I’m not ‘bullet proof and so I plan for those too. Is it giving it away. Possibly. Then again, if I’m not around, then for sure it can feed someone in need. If I am around, I might be willing to give them a cache so as to divert them from a larger cache I WILL depend on. Get my drift? Like leaving your kitchen looking like you have little. They can take that, but I will still eat because of what’s hidden in other places.
          No, in my experience, ‘lacing’ might get an unintended person like me forgetting which ones were laced. 😉 No, that’s like having a loaded gun lying around.

        • being that this is thanksgiving i think this is totally inaproriate.thatrs said posoining yoursuppliesis a bad idea what if oneof your loved ones or your self for that matter inadvertently eat them or need them to survive ? I think itwould bebetterto have some decoy supplies,stuff youd be willing to giveup should you have to,a boxof canned goods some water etc

    • John – Oxygen absorbers do not remove all of the air – just the oxygen component. That is an important distinction. As a result, there may still be some headspace in your sealed package.

      — Gaye

      • Thanks Gaye. The u-tube videos I saw, it appeared than when the people put in the absorbers and sealed the bag, it didn’t take long for, what appeared to be, for the bag to look like it had been vacuumed sucked.

  7. John, this was literally a vicious rabbit which the Washington State Patrol took around to schools to show what can happen to even the docile animal when abused. This was 30 years ago and I had to look to see if I could find anything on it . Nope, but did find your reference to Jimmy Carter and the rabbit. lol
    As to the slingbow…..I’m learning to make my own arrows since my arms aren’t so long. They will be easier to hide in my wheelchair too. lol 😉

    • Dee, I remember along time ago when I was just a little girl, we got a new Collie dog. We took it to my grand dads farm and he had supposedly tame rabbits, but the dog chased one rabbit around the barn, we heard the dog give a painful yelp and he came running back very fast to our side. This rabbit could have been a relative to the one you saw.
      Gaye, are you back on line yet? We are having so much fun.

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