The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 41

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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.

And a busy week it was.  Shelly (Survival Husband) wanted me to learn how to handle the AR-15.  So I tried but it is very heavy and difficult for me so my guess is that I will not be learning to shoot this particular firearm.  That said, we ordered 1000 shells of 223 ammo from Lucky Gunner while the going is good.  One thing I did notice is the price of 223 ammo seems to be going up up up.

Gaye with our AR15_1

This week I also received my order from Harbor Freight.  The shelving I purchased ($6.99 flat shipping for the entire order – 4 big boxes) arrived and needs to be assembled but check out the cool welding gloves I got to use when working with fires and the fire pit.Welding Gloves

Then there was the saga of the Pressure Canner.  I ordered one – finally – but it was too large and would not fit under my over-the-range microwave.  So if this is something on your bucket list, measure first and if necessary, opt for the 16 quart version rather than the 23-quart version that I purchased.

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

Survival News & Articles from Around the Web

Is Animal Cruelty Doomed?:  In one of history’s most stunning victories for humane farming, Australia’s largest supermarket chain, Coles, will as of January 1 stop selling company branded pork and eggs from animals kept in factory farms. As an immediate result, 34,000 mother pigs will no longer be kept in stalls for long periods of their lives, and 350,000 hens will be freed from cages.

Rebuttal to “Preppers are Socially Selfish”:  A recent article titled Doomsday Preppers are Socially Selfish got the goat of many of us ordinary preppers.  Yes, the Doomsday Preppers are a bit out there but still, their intentions are good and they still can teach the rest of us a thing or two along the way.  David Nash at TNG Gun wrote a rebuttal that shows this article as the fraud that it is.  Read it and pass it on.

How government lies about the economy: As if we need to be reminded.

12 ‘Let’s Get Real’ Facts About Canola Oil:  You do not need to be a food activist (like me), to be interested in the truth about canola oil.  We have switched to olive oil and peanut oil in my household.  Luckily we do not have a peanut allergy and do not use peanut oil when guests are invited to share a meal.

Free Stuff

The author of Beyond Collapse: Surviving and Rebuilding Civilization From Scratch is  offering a free download of his book here: PDF Format of Beyond Collapse.

Get it while you can!

One of those WOW! moments

A reader sent this to me. 

This is the new “wear your seatbelt” ad the UK is doing – started by some guy not hired to do it, but because the cause is important to him, he came up with this idea, and now it’s being hailed across the world as a “beautiful” commercial. Without a single word, it says it all.

And now the video has become so popular with the general public that people are forwarding it to friends/family on their own so quickly that it has spread all over the world in a very short time.

Check out this remarkable ad.

News From our Sponsor

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As with all of my sponsors, please pay them a visit and let them know you saw them on Backdoor Survival. Speaking of which, check out the Backdoor Survival Sponsors page and support the fine companies that allow me to keep Backdoor Survival free for everyone.

The Survival Woman On the Air

Last week I was a guest on the Destiny Survival Radio Show.  I talked about the book that I co-authored with George Ure, 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life.

You can listen to my interview with John Wesley Smith at this link:  Destiny Survival Radio for November 29, 2012 and you can read about it at Be a Better Prepper with 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life.  Or both.

But wait.  Like Ron Popeil says, there is more.  On Monday night at 4PM Pacific (7PM Eastern), I will be the featured guest on “The Other Side of a Preppers Path” brought to you by American Prepper Radio and powered by

Here is a teaser for you:

Other Announcements

Four hundred articles and counting.  Really!  The article 5 Things You May Not Have Thought of When Planning for an Emergency was article #400 here on Backdoor Survival.  Even I am impressed but more important, am looking forward to moving forward in 2013 as we move toward article #500.

How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget:  Bernie Carr at the Apartment Prepper’s Blog just published her new e-book, “How to Prepare for Most emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget”.  Watch for my review on Thursday, December 6.

This Week on Strategic-Living

In light of the recent Superstorm Sandy, George and I decided to put together an article on “Disaster Recovery Tools” for our Strategic Living website.  But the article is more than just a discussion of tools; it also includes tips and suggestions for actually using those tools following a major disaster.  Or a minor disaster, now that I think about it.

Click on Disaster Recovery Tools for Every Toolbox then go back and inventory your tool box.  Are you prepared?

The Blogroll aka Recommended Sites and The Honor Roll

For technical reasons, I have renamed Recommended Sites to “Blogroll”. The transition of this page is still a work in progress as I am trying to make a few changes each week without getting too bogged down. So please, pardon the dust and the disorganization.

The Final Word

Another busy week has gone by and I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted.  Radio shows (and prepping for those), more experiments with my DIY cleaners, survival reading, moderating comments, my J.O.B. and for those of you that subscribe, my first Backdoor Survival newsletter, have all taken their toll.

Today I plan to kick back with my husband and enjoy the day.  Or, more succinctly, have some of that down time I talk about in 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life.  The LOSTD (list of stuff to do) will just have to wait.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!



Bargain Bin: With the holidays coming up, budgets are stressed to the limit.  Something to consider as a sneaky prepper gift for the non-prepper in your life is the Backdoor Survival Portable Pocket Kit.  Heck, for as little a $5, you can purchase a single item in the kit or for about $50, you can put the whole thing together yourself.  Something to think about, anyway.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


pocket survival kit_2From the Bargain Bin: Everyone needs a portable pocket survival kit. Here are links to the items in my own Portable Pocket Survival Kit.

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife:  This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.

Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight:  extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag.

Paracord Survival Bracelet:  Why a Paracord Bracelet? So you always have some of this useful cord on your person.

Windstorm Safety Whistle:  This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.

Swedish Firesteel:  Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version.

Pepper Spray:  It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets:  These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet.  You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you.

Red Feather ButterFor December, Emergency Essentials has a special sale on Freeze-Dried Chicken Breast Dices. The price is $27.99 which is 34% off the regular price of $42.95. Other specials include these favorites:

Red Feather Butter
Shortening Powder
Cinnamon Apple Slices
Gamma Seal Lids

I have friends that swear by the Read Feather Butter so at only $6.49 a tin, I may add some to my monthly order.

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3 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 41”

  1. Hello Gaye,
    Love the pic of you locked and loaded with Shelly’s AR 15! 🙂 Classic!

  2. Preppers are not selfish.
    There is a great deal of difference between selfishness and being pertinent.
    So you prepare by stocking, food, water, fuel and equipment to stay warm with.
    If that is selfish then:
    Buying insurance is selfish
    Owning an IRA or 401k is selfish
    Saving money is selfish
    Wearing seatbelts and helmets is selfish
    Having health insurance is selfish
    And the biggest selfish mode: belief in GOD to save your soul.

    The world is full of strange people with very starnge ideas.
    Usually but not always they are the ones who are dependent after a local or regional disaster… they are the parasites.

    So if you don’t want to be selfish just do not prepare for any contingency and be a dependent parasite.

    Parasites very often kill their hosts so being selfish and not sharing your food is not ungodly but in the long run suicidal if you do give much of it awasy
    Conserving resources is what you must do for the good of your family
    All others rely on FEMA after they get COG organized you may see some relief after 3 to 5 days

    We all have the same opportunity to thive or to fail.

    from America’s secret redoubt state

    • Well said, Joe!

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