The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 27

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 experimented with some new DIY household cleaners.  Thumbs up to homemade furniture polish but a big thumbs down to homemade “shout” spot remover for the laundry.

So what about that furniture polish?  Here is was I used:

DIY Furniture Polish
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar

Put the olive oil and vinegar in a squirt bottle.  Squeeze some on to your rag (I use microfiber cloths) and polish away.  A little goes a long way.  I have not researched the science but I think the vinegar cuts the old buildup and grease allowing the oil to do it’s shine thing.

DIY Cleaning Supplies

Interested in more DIY cleaning supplies?  I have been doing a lot of experimenting this week and plan to share the results but if you have something specific in mind, let me know by email or in the comments below.

The other thing I did this week was order some additional freeze-dried fruits and veggies from Shelf Reliance and Emergency Essentials.  I try to add to my long term storage a bit at a time as budget allows.  The current specials and discount were just too good to pass up.

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

A Couple of Embarrassing Goofs

Sometimes I like to describe myself as rowing with one oar. Case in point: In last week’s article on DIY Pizza (which is fabulous – you really should try it!), I forgot to include step #2. Thanks to a reader’s comments, I was able to make a correction about 10AM my time. So sorry.


In case you printed out or saved the recipe, here is the missing step #2:

2. Add Yeast and Salt. Combine with the water in a 6-quart bowl or preferably, a lidded (not airtight) plastic food container. Do not worry about getting the yeast and salt to dissolve completely.

Oy! as if that was not enough, the email address on my contact page was broken. Probably a blessing and curse since I get too many emails as it is (but keep them coming, of course). Now fixed but also embarrassing.

Survival News Bytes & Articles from Around the Web

There were a ton of news articles that I wanted to share today.  Alas, as with every week, some are a bit out of date by the time Sunday rolls around.  Hopefully you will find something interesting below that you have not seen or read yet.

Many in middle class say they are doing worse financially:  “Middle class” has changed from meaning comfortable to meaning barely surviving.  No surprise here.

Could Anyone Find This Animal Abuse Tolerable?:  On Tuesday, the USDA shut down operations at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, California. The facility, located at the center of California’s dairy industry, slaughters California dairy cows when their milk production declines, and sells their meat to make hamburger for the school lunch program. Federal regulators took the action after receiving undercover footage taken at the slaughterhouse by an animal welfare group, Compassion Over Killing.

Note: the article includes a video. I watched it in horror and although I wanted to include it today, I chose not to since it it graphic and quite grotesque. If you choose to watch it, be prepared. If you have not already done so, and are interested in learning more, be sure to read Busting the Myth: There are No Happy Cows.

China Confronts Mounting Piles of Unsold Goods: It is easy to think that China is experiencing a boom. After all, look around your local department store, clothing store, hardware store and even Ebay and it seems that most goods these days are coming from China. But look again. There is a glut of unsold goods building up.

Problems in China give some economists nightmares in which, in the worst case, the United States and much of the world slip back into recession as the Chinese economy sputters, the European currency zone collapses and political gridlock paralyzes the United States.

Illegal immigrants could reap more than $7B in tax credits this year: Helping the working poor is one thing but this is crazy. The article states that Senator Sessions co-sponsored a bill earlier this year to bar illegal immigrants from receiving the credit, but the bill was blocked from reaching the floor by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. There is probably more to this story but looking at it as a tax-paying citizen, this gets my goat.

Drought expected to take toll at checkout: Investing in your inventory of food supplies is something we all should be doing. While the USDA predicts a 3 to 5 percent increase on everything from cereal to steak, some economists believe price hikes will come closer to 10 percent.  Make sure you are up to speed on your food storage techniques.  There is lots of help available for free on the internet, including the following articles here on Backdoor Survival:

Food Storage Part I – A Primer on Oxygen Absorbers
Food Storage Part II: Unraveling the Mystique of Mylar Bags
Food Storage Part III: Food Grade Buckets, Lids and Gamma Seals

Who is Funding the California GMO Labeling Ballot Initiative?: Take a look at the companies that are funding the effort to defeat California proposition 37 which would require labeling of GMO foods. This list depicts a who’s who of mainstream food corporations including: Monsanto, DuPont, PepsiCo, BASF Plant Science, Bayer, Dow, Nestle, Coca-Cola, ConAgra, Kellogg, General Mills, Hershey, Smucker, Cargill, Sara Lee, Campbell Soup and more.

For these crusading lawyers, Big Food is the new tobacco:  Are food makers are misleading consumers and violating federal regulations by wrongly labeling products and ingredients?

Mississippi fattest, Colorado thinnest in new federal obesity statistics: According to the CDC’s “obesity map” outlining the rates of obesity and how states compare, Colorado has the lowest rate of obese adults with 20.7 percent, and Mississippi has the highest with 34.9 percent.

My concern about the obesity epidemic is the cost of healthcare. Let’s face it, fatter people have more health issues. On the other hand, it is my opinion that healthy foods (such as fresh fruits and veggies) are significantly more expensive unless you grow your own. A real dilemma.

Which leads us to the latest round of diet books that have one thing in common: they all emphasize the need to scrutinize food labels and ditch chemical-laden products in favor of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats.

Texas West Nile outbreak kills 16: Be sure to protect yourself from those darn mosquitos.

Agencies tamp down speculation over hollow-point ammo purchases: Call it what you will but it sounds like back peddling to me. Clerical errors? Aw give me a break.

Recommendations & Announcements

Confused about seeds for the long term?  Me too – especially when there are so many geographical and climate related differences?  How could there be a one size fits all?  On Friday I had an extensive conversation with Kurt Nauck, one of the owners of Texas Ready about this very topic.  Not only that, he explained to me why storing a prepackaged seeds – no matter where you get them – for 25 years is not the smartest thing to do.

I am absolutely thrilled to have entered into an affiliate relationship with Texas Ready but to tell the truth, I would recommend them even if I did not earn a small commission from purchases.

This is an important topic that bears more research on my part but if you are interested in learning more about what Kurt and his partner Lucinda (aka The Seed Lady) have to say, visit their site at

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Today on Strategic Living

During our weekly video conference on Friday, the George and I discussed topics for today’s article on Strategic Living. We both agreed that with hurricane season imminent, a reminder to review of disaster preparedness was the very best thing we could write about this week.

With that in mind, I posted a special article on Saturday, Uncorking the Lid on the Preparedness Test even though I typically only post articles on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  If you would rather read it on Strategic Living, jump on over to Disaster Readiness: Taking the Preparedness Test.

The Final Word

Some weeks, when the news is especially dismal, I become news fatigued.  Perhaps this can be more accurately described as “prepping fatigued”.  This is not to say that I am giving no – not at all.  It simply means that the burden of knowledge is great and that I need to remind myself to take a break for a few hours or a day

For the rest of today, I am going to do just that: get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and perhaps take out little skiff out for a ride.

We all get tired of bad news and that translates into mistakes and poor judgment calls.  My final word for today is to ask you to give yourself permission to take a break.  Heaven knows, you deserve it.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Bargain Bin:  Joe Nobody is the pen name for an author who wishes to keep his identity confidential. Don’t hold that against him. Although he wishes to remain anonymous, he is a great problem solver and has produced a number of books in the survival, prepping and even the fiction niche that are well worth a read.  His book, Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart is, in my opinion, a must have for every prepper.

Below are some of his books for your consideration.

Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: HOLDING YOUR GROUND is an instructional guide and planning tool that addresses defensive preparation of a location. If the government can no longer protect your home, farm or property, HOLDING will teach you how. HOLDING covers virtually every aspect of protecting you and your family in the event society breaks down. Many people have preparations for food, water, shelter and personal defense. HOLDING will teach you how to configure your home, train your team, and properly equip any location for defense. Covering topics ranging from hiding in plain sight to pre-positioning of supplies, HOLDING uses common sense, military tactics and historical examples that allow you to prepare for defense without affecting your property’s value or appearance.

Without Rule of Law: Advanced Skills to Help You Survive: This book is an instructional guide covering tactical actions and capabilities which should only be executed in last-resort survival situations.
This book was written for non-military readers who believe in self-reliance and wish to develop advanced, just-in-case capabilities for themselves and their families. It leads the reader through progressively more complex preparations and activities and provides guidance should TEOTWAWKI occur and extreme measures are required to survive. I posted a mini-review of Without Rule of Law in the article Survival Reading – Books for the Summer Book Bag

Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival: This first book of the Holding Their Own series, A Story of Survival, is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country’s core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government. This is a realistic story of how an average, middle class couple survives the cascading events brought on by international politics, high tech military actions and the eventual downfall of society. All of their survival skills are tested during the action packed expedition in a world that resembles the American West of 200 years past.

Holding Their Own II: The Independents: The second in the series, Holding Their Own II: The Independents, continues the saga of a young couple trying to survive in the post-apocalyptic American West. Unable to maintain rule of law, the federal government now faces an opposition movement and the threat of civil war. Bishop and Terri are drawn into the struggle and have to risk everything to save both an old friend and the country they love.

Emergency Essentials Strawberries (Custom)Yumm . . . strawberries. This month Emergency Essentials is featuring 28% off on their Freeze-Dried Strawberries. These are the real thing, naturally sweet with with no sweeteners or additives.

Other items on sale this month include Apple Pieces, the 12-Can Baking Combo, Butter Powder, Peanut Butter Powder and more.

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