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.
You know me and flashlights. I picked up this set of 3 headlamps for less than $15 on Amazon. I had been disappointed with the the cheapies I purchased at Harbor Freight but these are pretty good. The price also included the batteries so I believe I did good. (And by the way, be sure to see this weeks giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of Ron Brown’s The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight.)
I was in the Seattle area for a few days and decided to make a prepping trip to Costco. I picked up some extra bottled water – because you just never know. I also purchased some “pure olive oil” as opposed to “extra virgin olive oil”. I plan to use this in a plain salve that will be used for moisturizing purposes.
Okay, I do know that pure olive oil is a combination of extra virgin and refined olive oil of a lesser quality. On the other hand, both coconut oil and EVOO are expensive and if dollars are tight, it is better to use this less expensive product than to do without. Will I use pure olive oil in one of my healing salves? Yes, I plan to test a 100% pure olive oil version (without coconut oil). Stay tuned for that.
That is about it for me this week. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Widening income gap is hurting the economy, survey says: Well duh! I happen to be one of those in the sinking middle class as I suspect are many of you reading BDS. Conspicuous consumerism is something I see a lot of when I am down in the Seattle area. Not so much in my own community.
How to Purify Water With Fruit Peels: A research associate at the National University of Singapore combined rubbing alcohol with some tomato and apple peels and came up with a new way to purify water. As the article states: “While it doesn’t rid the H2O of pathogens, it provides cleaner water using bio-waste already on hand.” A hat tip to Shelly for this one.
83 Numbers From 2013 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe: From Michael Snyder. Here are the first 5:
#1 Most people that hear this statistic do not believe that it is actually true, but right now an all-time record 102 million working age Americans do not have a job. That number has risen by about 27 million since the year 2000.
#2 Because of the lack of jobs, poverty is spreading like wildfire in the United States. According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program each month.
#3 As society breaks down, the government feels a greater need than ever before to watch, monitor and track the population. For example, every single day the NSA intercepts and permanently stores close to 2 billion emails and phone calls in addition to a whole host of other data.
#4 The Bank for International Settlements says that total public and private debt levels around the globe are now 30 percent higher than they were back during the financial crisis of 2008.
#5 According to a recent World Bank report, private domestic debt in China has grown from 9 trillion dollars in 2008 to 23 trillion dollars today
Make Your Own Homemade Survival Bars Even Better: Have you considered making your own survival bars? This article is from a member of my Prepared Bloggers group and is well tested so you know it will be good.
101 Best Resources for the Beginner Prepper: This is a wonderful list; also from one of my Prepared Blogger colleagues. You might find some new treasures here.
“Organic” Chicken Is Different Than “Antibiotic-Free” And “Natural” Means Nothing: Labels these day can be so deceiving. Make sure that if you are shopping for organic products, you are not fooled by similar, but very different terminology. Also see Consumer Reports Finds Potentially Harmful Bacteria All Over Chicken Breasts.
Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima: I started reading about this a couple of week ago. Now that the MSM has picked it up, perhaps more folks will waken up to the travesty and cover-up we call Fukushima.
FDA examining antibacterial soaps, body washes: It is not often that I applaud the FDA but in this case, they are doing good. Specifically, the manufacturers of antibacterial hand soap and body wash will be required to prove their products are more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of infection. They will be required to prove their products are safe for long-term use, the agency said.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
Bob sent this and I am most appreciative since there are no in-person classes that I know of in my area.
I really didn’t want to spend months studying for my Ham radio licenses, so I took the suggestion of a friend and signed up for http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com
I first signed up for the Technician License test. I studied for 6 days with this online program and scored 100%. I then signed up for the General and Extra test together, studied for 15 days and scored another 100% on the General and missed only two questions on the Extra. I did study for most of the day, every day, but I know I couldn’t have passed this well as quickly by reading the study books.
Reader Leanne asked me this via Facebook:
OK , I have a question that I am certain many have asked themselves and while we all would like to think we could handle it….what to do if/when Martial Law is called? How do we protect ourselves, our preps, and our guns/ammo from this ‘legal looting’ and confiscation? I am posting this question to my top 3 preparedness blogs/pages. I would really like to hear your thoughts on this and I just bet that other followers also think about this topic often. Thanks!
And here is my response:
I had to think about this a bit.
My best answer is to say that I would hunker down, blend in, and not make any radical changes to my daily routine that would make be stick out and be notices. That said, I live in an area that is difficult to get to even in normal times. I would like to believe that our local ”authorities” would shun any attempt to disarm and loot the citizens. That, I believe, is one of the advantages of living in a rural community.
Not that I am complacent mind you. But I do have to have some faith in my community and its leaders to rally against the mandate of “big government” on the mainland.
How about you? What are your thoughts on the “what if there is martial law?” question.
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
This week’s winner in the current BDS Book Festival is George. He has won two books by Raleigh Briggs, Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love and Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills.
Here is how he answered the question What is your favorite, tried and true, nesting skill?
I am fairly good at fixing things don’t if this is a skill or just not afraid to tear into something to see if I can fix it rather than throw it away and buy a new one. To me it is broke already so how can I hurt it??? Then again I grew up in the time when you had to fix stuff we couldn’t afford to buy new stuff if something looked fixable. Some may call this being a “cheap” we called it survival.
Don’t you just love his answer?
On Friday, the Backdoor Survival Facebook Page reached a milestone of 10,000 fans! You already know that I refuse to pay Facebook for an ad so these fans were acquired one at a time, day by day, week by week. Thank you all for making my Facebook page so popular!
I still continue to scour Amazon for free eBooks to post on Facebook so be sure to check back often. (Sorry, these eBooks are often free for just a day or two so it would be misleading to post them here on the website.)
Speaking of Amazon, it has been only a week, but The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is holding it’s own at the #1 or #2 “Best Seller” position in the Food and Wine Reference category. I am thrilled and want to thank you for making my book a big success. Also, just so you know, I am looking into creating a print version for release sometime early in 2014.
THE FINAL WORD
Are you ready for the holidays yet? Shelly and I don’t do much other than eat good food and drink good wine. We plan to sit around the fireplace and what else? Play Ticket to Ride (my favorite board game).
Whatever you have planned, until next time, remember to make every day a prep day!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are the some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz plus some items from the current Amazon Top 10.
3 Head Lamps Ultra Bright 10 LEDs Per Headlamp: So far I am pretty impressed with these. There are three settings, low, high, and flashing. The hands-free convenience is great and batteries are included.
Ticket To Ride: I love love love this game. It is a bit pricey but still, it is less than a dinner out for two at a modest restaurant.
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.
FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp: Here we go with another flashlight. At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.55 with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
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 Filter: 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 Starter: This Campers’ Magnesium Emergency Fire Starter is about $4.
UCO 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 Model: These can openers makes great addition to any survival, fishing, hiking, or camping pack. They are lightweight and robust and they just work.
In addition, all of the Gamma Seal Lids are discounted to $6.49 each. I use gamma lids exclusively with my buckets and appreciate the convenience of simply unscrewing the top to get in and out of my buckets without pinching my fingers (or worse) in the process.
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Spotlight: After a ton of research, I am now using essential oils from Spark Naturals for wellness purposes. There are a lot reasons one of which is their commitment to both quality and value.