The Sunday Buzz

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The buzzWelcome to this week’s roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web.  But first, an update on my own preps.

This week I have been sorting out my gear and ordering additional items to round out my auxiliary kits (such as the kits for our vehicles and a kit for my handbag).  In addition, I am learning to safely use my new knife, the Kershaw OSO Sweet.  Until now I have been using a smaller, all purpose Swiss army knife so there is quite of learning involved in terms of safety.  Luckily, Survival Husband is a good teacher.

Enough about me.  There is lot’s to report this week so best get with it.

Breaking News

On March 16th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order which expands upon a prior order issued in 1950 for Disaster Preparedness, and gives the office of the President complete control over all the resources in the United States in times of war or emergency.

The National Defense Resources Preparedness order gives the Executive Branch the power to control and allocate energy, production, transportation, food, and even water resources by decree under the auspices of national defense and national security. The order is not limited to wartime implementation, as one of the order’s functions includes the command and control of resources in peacetime determinations.

This can not be a good thing.  I just learned about this Saturday night and still need to digest what it means.  That said, it is time to add more items to our preps – and especially ammo.  I am afraid that there is a possibility that we are going to have more rights taken away from us . . . and sooner rather than later.

Here is the full text:  Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness

Could it Really Happen?

A couple of weeks ago I read an article by Mac Salvo on the SHTFPLAN website. Talk about an eye-opener but not for the reason you may think. But first the title: Trajectory Unclear: Feb 2013 Asteroid Will Be Within Thousands of Miles of Earth; Impact Would Be As Big As Siberian Tunguska Event; 1000 Times More Powerful Than Hiroshima.

Now if that does not get your attention, nothing will. This is a worthy read and here is why:

Whether DA14 makes a direct hit or merely passes by, the likelihood of such apocalyptic even happening to earth at some point is not out of the question. Will it happen in 2013 or 3013 or even 5013? Your guess is as good as mine. The best we can do as residents of planet Earth is prepare for the less cataclysmic events and moreover, to embrace each day as if it was the last.

In my case, just reading about DA14 makes me want to hug my loved ones and step back from my personal pursuits so that I can spend quality time with people I care about.

The Internet Archive

There are a lot of sources of information on the internet – some more credible and reliable than others.  That said, I would like to introduce to the The Internet Archive, a non-profit that was founded to build a permanent Internet library of historical collections that exist online in a digital format.  The idea is to make this digital library accessible for use by for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public.

Of special interest to survival and prepper types are the survival oriented videos.  Just enter “survival skills” in the search box and you will see what I mean.

But there is an easier way.  The Free Film Girl has created a list of freely downloadable public domain survival and preparedness-related videos that are already nicely catalogued for you.  Check it out – there is a lot of interesting stuff ready for your viewing and learning pleasure.

The Economic Collapse Blog

Last week, the Economic Collapse Blog posted an article titled Why are Millions of Americans Preparing for Doomsday.   Towards the end of the article, their advice was:

Get educated. There are dozens of prepper websites out there where you can get an education in prepping for free. The following are a few examples of some of the excellent prepper websites that are out there today….

I had a blushing moment when I saw that Backdoor Survival was one of eight prepper website mentioned.  All I can say is THANK YOU to my loyal readers for helping to make my blog a success.  I know I have mentioned this before but I am learning right along side you and truly appreciate the many tips, questions and comments that you make.

And the Winners Are . . .

Back in February we had a special offer where readers that signed up for a free subscription to the Threat Journal would be entered in a drawing to win a free radiation safety kit valued at $190. I am pleased to announce the winners:

Lisa Botts
Debbie Hawkins
Connie Grabowski
Larry K. Hawkins
Rex Siegmeth

Each of the winners have been sent an email with instructions for providing a shipping address to the folks at Threat Journal. I would like to thank you for your participation and look forward to sponsoring more contests and drawings soon.

Disaster Predators

Consumer reports magazine is reporting that scammers frequently pop up in the wake of weather-related disasters. Following the recent tornadoes that caused massive damage across several states, the Federal Trade Commission has issue a warning watch out for urgent appeals for charity and fraudulent home repair offers.

Before you donate:

  • Check a charity before you donate. See the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.
  • Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight.
  • Ask if the caller is a paid fundraiser, who they works for, and what percent of your donation goes to the charity vs. the fundraiser.
  • Don’t give out personal or financial information unless you know the charity is reputable.
  • Never send cash.

Fraudsters are also looking to cash in on property owners’ insurance settlements and any financial relief from the federal government.  It goes without saying that before you have work done:

  • Check a contractor’s identification and references.
  • Ask for copies of a contractor’s general liability and worker’s compensation insurance.
  • Avoid paying more than the minimum in advance.
  • If you suspect a con, call your local law enforcement

Practically speaking, this is good advise whenever you have repairs done – not just following a disaster.  Here is a link to the FCT warning:  FTC Warns Consumers: Charity and Home Repair Scams May Appear After a Disaster.

Hot Cheese Wax?

In response to a reader request, I am trying to locate some credible information on using wax to preserve cheese for the long term?  Do you have some information to share or a link to a reliable source.  If so, please email me.

Today on Strategic LivingSurvival Husband Fishing

Hook, line or delusion?

That is the question George and I explore today on Strategic Living:  Fishing as a Survival Skill.  (And yes , that is really Survival Husband pictured as he hooked our night’s dinner a few years back.)

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


. . . Your comments welcome here and at The Buzz.

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I continue to recommend that you include a fishing kit with your survival gear. Depending on where you live, the kit may be quite simple or, if you live in an abundant fish area such as I do, you will want to go all out with both fresh water and salt water gear plus a crab pot or two.  Learn fishing skills now and remember, your fresh caught bounty will need to be cleaned and cooked.

Rapala Fillet Tool Combo Fishing Pliers, Fillet Knife & Sheath: This is a good compromise when choosing an all-round fishing knife. Relatively inexpensive, you will find lots of uses for this combo unit.

Fishing for Dummies: Never fished before? This guide will give you the basics and even old-salts might learn something new.

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: Nothing will beat a cast iron skillet for frying up the day’s catch. Need a refresher on cast iron?  Go back and read 7 Tips for Cast Iron Mavens or Soon-To-Be Mavens.

Best Glide Survival Fishing Kit – Standard Version: This is a pretty good basic kit – compact with all of the basics.

Clam Shovel 9-Inch Blade with 41-Inch Handle: Other than the fillet knife and cast iron skillet, this is probably the most useful item on this list

The New Seaweed Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Discovering the Deep Flavors of the Sea: Many military and civilian survival courses teach you how to harvest and eat seaweed. This is definitely something to consider if you live near the ocean or other salt water body.

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13 Responses to “The Sunday Buzz”

  1. Your reference to the EO. There is NO number on it. I think that this is very, I am not sure of the word, but it stinks, big time. Bush signed an EO just after Sept 11, 2001. It does the same thing.

  2. HOLY CRAP, people need to know about that executive order! Taking all food, water, animals, fuel, vehicles, plants, etc……….is BIG NEWS!!

    • This is quite troubling especially since it was dated the 16th yet there was no reference anywhere that I could find online until late on the 17th. (You notice that there is no time shown on the official press release?)

      The MSM is quiet as well and even the blogs did not have much to say. (I learned about this about 9PM PDT on the 17th – thanks to a reader.)

      I am not a conspiracy theorist nor an alarmist but it is time to really stock up on everything before we are tracked and before our right to defend ourselves is taken away.

      My two cents.

      — Gaye

  3. // Richard, just use this link to read it, and weep!

  4. Gaye: I don’t consider myself a conspiracy theorist…but my neighbors do! These executive orders and other blatant government intrusions on our Constitutional Rights are happening with greater frequency and audacity. The MSM is totally complicit. I don’t fear terrorists as much as I fear this government. Thanks for helping wake people up. The only way to fix this is the shed light on it! I encourage everyone to share this with everyone they know. Shake up the sheep and plant the seeds of information. Many more will slowly wake up as the seeds germinate. Some people take longer than others, but I am finding people reaching out once they do put the pieces together.

    • I find that most of the like-minded people I know are pretty ordinary folks with ordinary lives, ordinary jobs, and ordinary families. We quietly go about our mostly boring lives quietly preparing and arming ourselves, knowledge-wise so we are not caught in the sheep net.

      There are always those, however, that fear knowledge. To them we are kooks.

  5. I do not think this is significantly different from the defense production act of 1950. I am a firm advocate of rational preparedness and have my share of ammunition, but there is a difference between “promoting preparedness” and “fear mongering”, and this clearly falls into the category of the latter. “Fear mongering” has become the “pseudo-patriotism” of our nation and is as detrimental to our national fabric as the threats it purports to expose.

    • You don’t find the addition of the words “IN PEACETIME” troublesome?

  6. The scariest thing about near-Earth asteroids is that astronomers estimate they have only identified about 10% of the ones that would be most likely to strike Earth or enter our atmosphere and cause a Tunguska-like event.

    • All the more reason to live each day as though it is your last.

  7. Thanks for the link – I added you to my blogroll. There’s a new post up – 75 Free Firearms Videos.
    – Free Film Girl

    • And thank you for making it so easy to find this treasure trove of videos!

  8. I am a life-long “prepper”. I was prepping before it became a national pastime. These days we hear a lot of people talking about the gover’mint taking away our rights, and I’d like to put in my 2 cts. worth on that subject. Firstly, Where do our rights come from? The founding fathers acknowleged that all rights come from God, and therefor are “unalienable.” Governments are instituted among men, to secure these rights, and when the government becomes distructive of them, it is “our right, it is our DUTY, to throw off such government, and institute NEW safeguards for our freedoms. It is the nature of the beast we call government, to be self protecting. The present government has decided that we, the people, and their rightful masters, are a danger to the continuation of their power and corrupt practices. Therefor, they are moving rapidly to emasculate us, and remove the threat. As I said, They have no rightful way to alienate us from our rights, and any and ALL laws, rules, or regulations aimed at ,in any way reducing, or restricting our GOD-given rights to protect ourselves, our family, or our country, for that matter, or to prepare the wherewithall to sustain ourselves, no matter what, are null and void, and can only be enforced at the point of a gun. It’s time, folks, that we all stand up and say “NO MORE!” we need to be armed, and prepared to resist any attempts by government to take away what is ours, or that of our neighbors, realizing that many of us will probably die, but that is what it is all about.


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