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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 I took a run at my own “practice what you preach” routine. I made do with things I had on hand, food wise. For dinner one night I ate some old mealy baked potatoes with reconstituted-dried cheese as a topping. Another night I had some rice with dibs and dabs of leftover veggies from my freezer. And then there was the night I simply munched on some fruit. To tell the truth, it was darn boring but a good exercise in what it will be like when we have to make do with what is on hand.
One thing that should be apparent is that using up leftovers – and the dibs and dabs I spoke of – will take a week or less and then they will be gone. After that, it is time to hit the pantry. All the more reason to stock up on plenty of easily stored items that have a long shelf life.
The Survival Husband has been off island for the week and was was able to go to Costco to pick up six more 25 pound bags of rice and 3 more 25 pound bags of pinto beans. Not that I do not have a lot of beans and rice already, but that they are – as I said in the paragraph above – easily stored and have a long shelf life provided they are packaged correctly. Given their low cost, this gives me that much more insurance against going hungry if the SHTF.
The other thing I did this week is organize a bunch of my gear so that I could either learn how to use it (my new Midland radios, for example) or brush up on my operational knowledge. This will also give me an opportunity to check that everything is still in good working condition. There is just so much to do these days.
But enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
Survival News Bytes & Articles from Around the Web
Indoor herb gardening can yield home remedies: Who’d a thought? I have been growing herbs since my 20’s (which was a long time ago) but I never considered growing them indoors. Nice article that will help you get started. And don’t forget to also read my own article: Nine Healing Herbs You Can Grow Yourself in a Healing Garden.
The wealthy are 288 times richer than you: The gap between the super rich and the rest of us has widened a heck of a lot in 50 years. No surprise here.
Microsoft wants immigration reform to bring in foreign workers: Read this and get mad. As some of you know, I spent a good portion of my carrer in software industry. I know first hand that during the dot com era, there were plenty of qualified and skilled US workers but if someone wanted to bring in a foreigner, all you had to do is pay out enough ($10K to $20K) to a well-placed immigration attorney and it was done. This is still happening. Don’t be fooled by this one. It is a sham.
117,000 Americans Get Jobless and Disability Benefits: If someone is disabled to the extent they receive disability, how can they also be eligible for unemployment benefits which require that they be actively job-seeking? The system is broken, that is for sure. This is the type of thing I refer to when I talk about “undeserved entitlements”.
Activist Post: 10 signs that you are fully awake: I especially like #10.
10. The power to change the world rests with you and you alone: For too long people have believed themselves to be weak, or relied on others to change the world for them. You’ll know that you’re fully awake when you realize that you have infinite power to change the world by simply living the change you want to see. First, you have to identify the principles that you believe in and then go out and live by them. If just a small minority took steps to do this, it would shake the establishment to its core.
Wells Fargo Sends Crew To Foreclose On Home That Doesn’t Even Have A Mortgage: Wells Fargo sent a crew to clean out a house that was supposedly in foreclosure. Oh oh. They went to the wrong house and don’t seem to care. Big banks dehumanize consumers and just plain suck. Sorry, but it’s true.
Beef Company Still Cranky About That Whole Pink Slime Thing, Sues ABC News: Cripes. Talk about a lawsuit without merit.
From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox
Following last week’s article about portable gas lamps, Mark from New York sent this:
I did some digging a few months ago and found a propane adapter which will allow you to fill the little bottles from a 20 (or more) pounder, easily and safely. Once you’ve bought the 4-pack of the little ones from Lowe’s you’re done. I’ve also gotten a 60-pounder (very tall tank) from Lowe’s to use to refill the 20’s and my house LPG supplier fills the 60 when they’re here for the 100. I found the adapter on eBay and the instructions on how to do it on YouTube.
I did a little digging myself and indeed, these adapters are readily available. Amazon has this one or you can check Harbor Freight, eBay and or your local hardware store for a similar device.
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The Final Word
Another week has flown by. The weather here in the Pacific Northwest has been stunning so after work I have been able to get out for a short hike with Tucker the Dog. As our weather patterns are shifting toward later Springs and nicer Falls, I am expecting things to stay nice for another month or so.
What will the Fall bring to Backdoor Survival? I hope to resurrect and enhance some of my earlier articles on basic prepping and to expand upon my backlog of gear reviews. The big project I have been working on, however, is an update on DIY cleaning products. Fair warning: the results for many DIY products are discouraging. Oh, and I almost forgot. I have started to work onanswering all of those questions you sent me in June.
Until then, be safe and keep on prepping!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Bargain Bin: On a lark, I downloaded the all of the second quarter Amazon items purchased by Backdoor Survival readers. (I only have access to product information, not who buys what in case you were wondering.) I compiled a list of the top selling items and uploaded them to a special Amazon store which you can access by clicking here. The items are shown in descending order with the top selling items shown first.
So what were the top ten items? I am a bit surprised by a few of these, but hey, numbers do not lie.
1. Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife with Stainless-Steel Blade and Nylon Handle
2. Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight, Black
3. Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10)
4. iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets, 130 mg (14 Tablets)
5. Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets
6. When Things Go Boom! A Highly Practical (NO FLUFF!) Guide To What You Can Do NOW To Prepare For The Coming Chaos
7. The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook
8. 5 in 1 Survival Whistle
9. “Thin Red Line” Paracord Survival Bracelet
10. Diamond Strike on Box Matches – Large Kitchen Matches – 250 Count
And from today’s article there is the Mr. Heater F276172 Propane One Pound Tank Refill Adapter. This one pound propane tank refill adapter allows you to refill 1 lb. propane bottles in one minute or less.
If you are a Mountain House fan, Emergency Essentials is featuring the Mountain House Beef Stew is on sale for $26.49 which is 25% off the normal price of $35.49. Also at 25% are other favorites such as Beef Stroganoff and Lasagna with Meat Sauce.
Other items on sale in September include a One Month Supply of Just-Add-Water Entrees for $134.99, Freeze Dried Mozzarella Cheese (21% off), Freeze Dried Yogurt Bits (for snacks) at 20% off and Freeze Dried Celery pieces at $14.99 which is 30% off.
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