The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 20



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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.

Wait a minute, what preps?  This week I got caught up on a huge backlog of personal bookkeeping, I cleaned my office (no more piles of papers all over the floor) and generally took care of a lot of personal business that needed to get done.ruger-lcp 002 (Custom)

As you are reading this, I am attending a ten hour course on the use of firearms and more specifically my Ruger-LCP.  I have already asked the instructor for permission to  take photos so if all goes well, I will report back next week with pictures.

The Stupid, Hidden Cost of Obamacare

I have been very careful to stay out of the fray when it comes to Obamacare.  But now my hackles are up and if you are of a certain age and are a woman, so should yours. 

Here is the scoop.  I am well past childbearing age.  And I mean well past.  So when I opened my mail a few days ago and learned that my monthly healthcare insurance premium was going up by $7 from $461 to $468 due to “added benefits”, I had to check it out.

Now mind you, in addition to be of a certain age, I have a $3,000 a year deductible plan and no pharmacy benefit.  What this means is that for my $461 a month, I have what is commonly termed catastrophic coverage.  Do the math – that is $5,532 a year plus I still have to pay up to $3,000 for deductibles and a few hundred (if I am lucky) for prescription drugs. 

So what is the great new and wonderful coverage that I am getting for $7 more in premiums a month?  Yay!  I get free birth control pills.

Now let me ask you – what is wrong with this picture?  Personally, I would be more than happy to donate that $7 a month to a local food bank instead.  Heck, get me out of this one and I will donate $20 a month to the food bank. 

Indivisible – A National Conversation Abut Our Future

Howard Shultz, the CEO of Starbucks, has written An Open Letter: How Can America Win This Election?.  I encourage you to read it.  Here is an excerpt:

Across the country, millions of Americans are out of work. Many more are working tirelessly yet still unable to adequately care for their families. Our veterans are not being welcomed home with the level of support they deserve. Meanwhile, in our nation’s capital, our elected leaders are continuing to put ideology over real solutions. I love America, but we all know there is something wrong. The deficits this country must reconcile are much more than financial, and our inability to solve our own problems is sapping our national spirit. We are better than this. America’s history has showed that we have accomplished extraordinary things when we act collectively, with courage, creativity, and generosity of spirit—especially during trying times.

As we celebrate all that is great about our country, let’s come together and amplify our voices.

Let’s tell our government leaders to put partisanship aside and to speak truthfully about the challenges we face. Let’s ask our business leaders to create more job opportunities for the American economy. And as citizens, let’s all get more involved. Please, don’t be a bystander. Understand that we have a shared responsibility in solving our nation’s problems. We can’t wait for Washington.

From My Facebook Page

A few days ago I shared this image on my Backdoor Survival Facebook Page.  Turns out that it has been liked and re-shared more than anything else I have ever posted on FB.  And now I share it with you.

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Tip of the Week

I spotted this tip on the Camping Survival Facebook page.  For all of you with freezers, this is a great tip for tracking whether the food in your freezer is safe following a power outage. As you know, I recently left the door to my freezer ajar while I was away for 24 hours – I dumped everything.  Ugh.

“Put 3 ice cubes in a small jar. Tightly seal the lid. Place this in your freezer. If the power is interrupted while you are away and the freezer defrosts, the cubes will melt and then if the power comes back on and refreezes everything you will still know that it had been defrosted since you will no longer have 3 separate ice cubes in the jar anymore. It works very well, requires nothing more than ice cubes and a jar.”

Today on Strategic Living

Things are a-changing on Strategic Living.  Back when we first got started, we had planned to publish articles about life, about prepping and about the skills you need to survive under a myriad of questionable global circumstances. More succinctly, we felt a shift in the air and wanted to get out there on the leading edge of enlightenment so that we could be ready for a future quite different from what we had become accustomed.

CB061652Both George and I feel that we have strayed somewhat from that original mission and have stepped back to re-evaluate, re-group, and re-launch. In the meantime, this week I reach back to the basics and write about water in Survival Basics: Water.

Gaye 4th of July 300BTW, George is headed my way and we plan on having a two week writing festival while catching up on old time.  He and his wife Elaine, will be here on the 15th and I can hardly wait.  I practiced making and drinking mojito’s in anticipation of his visit.


Keith Pendlebury , who lives in British Columbia, has written an eBook about cancer prevention and treatment using Selenium and offers it for free at his website  Feel free to download and share the book with others.  (As far as I can tell, there are no strings attached and he is not trying to sell you anything.)

Also, I want to thank Survival Sherpa for linking to Backdoor Survival.  Much appreciated.

June Summer Blast Giveaway

Wow! I received over 1,000 entries.  They have now been downloaded and loaded into a spreadsheet.  I plan to announce the winners on Saturday, July 14.  Thanks, everyone, for your participation.

The Final Word

There has been a bit of confusion surrounding my email subscriptions and the “news flash”.  When you subscribe to email notifications, you are notified when a new article is posted online.  This is typically about midnight Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

On the other hand, the “News Flash” or “Newsletter” is something new and more of a periodic notification of special news, unique content, contests and other things I have not quite figured out yet.  Before I start sending out newsletters, however, I want to begin to dis-entangle email notifications from Google in the most seamless manner possible – not an easy task.

So in the meantime, you can do one or both – hopefully both!

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Bargain Bin: This week I have a mixed bag of items. A few I have only recently learned about while others are old standbys.

Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord:  It has been awhile since I shopped for paracord.  Prices had gone up for a while but I now see that you can get 100 feet of the good stuff if you are not too picky about color.  Lucky for me, I like the desert camo.

Tactical Gear:  Did you know that Amazon had a “Tactical” Store?  Well I sure didn’t.  Check out their hottest new tactical knives, optics, holsters, gun accessories, night-vision equipment, and more.

Outdoor Fake Security Camera:  I am adding one of these to the spot next to my garage door.  That, along with my favorite Dorcy Wireless Flood Light should help deter prowlers – or at least send them elsewhere.  BTW, the raccoons and the foxes detest the flood light – it surprises them every time.

Zip Seal Mylar Bags for Food Storage: I thought I would give some of these zip seal Mylar bags a try.  I may have to sacrifice an oxygen absorber of two while testing, but if they work out, they will be terrific for repacking food from #10 tins in to smaller quantities.  Condiments and spices too.

This month Emergency Essentials is featuring a fabulous deal on freeze dried chicken.

The chicken combo includes Asian Seasoned Chicken, Chicken Breast Strips, Diced Chicken, and Seasoned Chicken.  These are great for stir fries (with your home garden grown veggies) and cooked with rice for an all-in-one dish in your cast iron skillet or Dutch oven.

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7 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 20”

  1. Thanks for the mention!

  2. My health insurance covers things like Viagra and vasectomies, two things I definately can’t use. My husband’s health plan covers him for pregnancy, hysterectomy, etc., etc. I could complain about how I’m being screwed by the man, or I can look at the big picture. I WANT health insurance to cover birth control, even though it’s not something I personally use anymore – it’s far less expensive to cover a low income woman’s birth control than to pay for a child through the age of 18. You want cafeteria insurance, you can get it through an insurance co., but you’ll pay FAR more for it. And that needs to be laid at the feet of the insurance industry.

  3. Interesting that they charge extra for birth control pills. Handing out birth control pills is a lot less expensive that any pregnancy. I would say birth control pills will increase their profit even if they did not raise rates.

    I was paying about the same as you (for the Costco Small Business Plan) for the same crappy coverage. Then I found that individual plans cost less than group plans right now. Not sure why.

  4. Such wonderful and useful information on this site Gaye! I seldom contribute but I recently ran across an article in the Wall Street Journal (a link really because I have no interest in Wall Street) that changed my life forever. As one who has suffered from gastric distress all my life I have searched for years seeking relief when all of a sudden it was thrust right in my face! I AM LACTOSE INTOLERANT it turns out. Give up all dairy products now and find instant relief, give up the Tums, Prilosec, Prevacid. I can’t emphasize enough for everyone who suffers from heartburn, bloat, gas, GERD, you should try this now. And beware that milk and milk products are found in almost everything you eat off the shelf. The link to that wonderful article is provided here.


    • With so much attention being given to those with gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance has been all but ignored. Thanks for sharing this link. I plan to re-post your comment on next week’s Sunday Buzz.


      PS: It is disheartening to see “gluten free” become some sort of fad since having celiac disease is life threatening and definitely not a fad! On the other hand, gluten intolerance as well as lactose intolerance is something our medical professionals need to recognize, test and treat in lieu of high priced and potentially dangerous drugs.

  5. …waiting for you to share your mojito recipe…

  6. As the technology is advancing, the priorities for survival have also changed.


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