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    Nine Steps To Take Now To Prepare For The Perfect Storm Of Civil Unrest

    By Gaye Levy
    August 2, 2012

    According to an Army field manual “In these modern times, demonstrations, civil unrest, public disorder, and riots happen for a number of reasons.

    Some of these reasons are economic hardships, social injustices, ethnic differences (leading to oppression), objections to world organizations or certain governments, political grievances, and terrorist acts. An event can be triggered by a single cause or a combination of causes.”

    The manual (FM 3-19.15) further states that “gatherings in protest are recognized rights of any person or group, regardless of where US forces may be operating. This fundamental right is protected under the Constitution of the US.”

    These are interesting if not downright frightening times. To all but the most ignorant, government and elected officials have sold out to corporations with deep pockets and hidden agendas. The tenets of freedom from tyranny are being challenged on a daily basis.

    In addition, not a day goes by that a new financial or consumer scam comes in to the public eye, further eroding our trust in a system that was at one time steeped in honor and trust.

    In addition to the challenge of a corrupt system of governance, we have massive unemployment and underemployment in all age groups. Cities, counties and even countries are bankrupt or close to it. Health care costs are out of control as are prescription drug costs.

    The food supply is being manipulated for the profit of greedy corporations.

    Added to all of this dismal and gloomy news is the reality that sustained droughts have destroyed crops and is resulting in the premature slaughter of farm animals due to projected shortages in feed. And finally, we have an election year where neither mainstream candidate has the guts to speak the truth.

    The Perfect Storm is Brewing

    In my opinion we are close to the tipping point and close to a perfect storm of civil unrest.

    That tipping point is being triggered by the looming food crisis and the November election debacle. Evidence? Look around and you will see that we are already seeing unprecedented robberies, shootings and suicides – all of which are signals that all is not well in the homeland. It only stands to reason that civil unrest including riots, looting and domestic terrorism will be next.

    For the sake of argument, let us take a look at recent suicides. According to some experts, including Eve Meyer, executive director of San Francisco Suicide Prevention, economic despair is common reason for suicide.

    In despondency, people feel that they would rather be dead than be homeless. But what if suicide is not the answer either due to religious reasons or simply due to the overwhelming need for vengeance and revenge against a system that has failed to deliver as promised?

    The answer will be protests, crime and domestic terrorism and not necessarily in that order. After all, when you have nothing to loose, why not strike back? So what if you crack? It makes sense that you can risk it all when all is equal to nothing at all.

    What happens when there is a perfect storm? Chaos, plain and simple. Whether at sea or whether on land, there is no rule book prescribing what will happen next. In a perfect storm, you may be able to ride the wave to safety and then again, maybe not.

    Which gets us to the point: how do you prepare when a perfect storm is brewing?

    Today I present nine steps for prepping for civil unrest.

    Nine Steps to Take Now to Help You Prepare for Civil Unrest
    1. Make sure your basic backup supplies are in order. This includes adequate food, water and sanitation supplies for at least a two week period and preferably a month or even longer.

    2. Take stock of your first aid kit to insure that you have sufficient medical supplies, remedies and prescription drugs. For ideas, see the first aid section of this article.

    3. Inventory the security features in your home to determine weaknesses that need to be strengthened. See the article A Dozen Home Security and Crime Prevention Tips for the Prepper for tips on securing the homestead.

    4. Set up a personal self defense system. If you own a firearm, apply for a concealed weapons permit, stock up on ammo and practice shooting at the range. Invest in pepper sprays, bully clubs, and heavy-duty tactical flashlight that can be used to temporarily blind an assailant.

    5. Form a community of like minded people that will drill together and that will band together for protection and safety during times of chaos.

    6. Stockpile cash in small bills. In a massive and chaotic riot situation, ATMs and banks are likely to be closed or inoperable.

    7. Accumulate goods for barter. When the stores are closed – or the supermarket and hardware store shelves are empty – you may need to call on others for the supplies you need but did not anticipate. Have something to barter. Spirits (including beer, wine and good old Jack Daniels) are always good choices as as are candles, batteries and food items including fresh eggs and home grown garden vegetables

    8. Don’t forget about children, the elderly and your pets. In a riot or lock down situation, they may become fearful and panicked. Stow away some amusements and comfort items for them as well.

    9. Keep a level head and your mouth shut. If by some chance you are pulled into a police net, the first thing you should do is call a lawyer. Be courteous and polite and do not resist.

    Print out the following and keep it in your wallet and in your car along with your registration:

    1. First, ask to call your lawyer.
    2. Be courteous; do not resist.
    3. Do not consent to search or entry.
    4. Do not talk about anything; do not admit OR DENY anything.
    5. Ask if you are free to go. If you are, GO.
    The ACLU also has a printable card you can download and keep with you: What To Do If You’re Stopped By Police. For more information, you can also download the booklet Your Rights When Encountering Law Enforcement.

    The Final Word

    The likelihood of civil unrest in the near future has been underscored by recent actions by FEMA and the rest of the Department of Homeland Security to requisition large stores of emergency food supplies and riot gear.
    Although people in the cities will bear the brunt of the unrest, rural communities and remote locations will not be immune as the mobs migrate outward in search of food, supplies and just about anything else they can get their hands on.

    The writing is on the wall in plain sight for those that want to see it. And for those that care not to look? When the SHTF don’t come knocking on my door because there will be no one there to answer.
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    Kitchen Tools They Ought To Still Make

    Thursday, August 2, 2012 4:50
    By 5 Acres and A Dream

    I was perusing kitchen books at the library and found one about historic kitchen tools. I couldn’t resist checking it out and thought some of these items never should have been discontinued. They are certainly things I would purchase and use.

    Here’s one I would love to have for example……

    Utility Measure, c. 1890

    This is a utility measure and has a built in funnel for pouring bulk liquids into smaller, more manageable bottles.

    Priceless for those of us who don’t have three hands: one to hold the pitcher, one to hold the bottle, and one to hold the funnel. This one was manufactured by the Matthai-Ingram Company and came in four sizes: 1/2 or 1 pint, 1 quart, and a gallon.

    Measuring spoon, 1940

    This measuring spoon would be a useful tool, and in fact recall having seen and used one somewhere in my past. It is made of stainless steel and wood, and was manufactured by the Edward Katzinger Company.

    My first thought was how convenient it would be. I wouldn’t have to fish around to find the right size spoon.

    Then I thought I’d probably never be able to find it, like my other measuring spoons.

    Then I thought, but this one is bigger (measures about 12.5 inches in length) so it would be easier to keep track of.

    Then I thought how often I’d have to stop and wash it because it would be dirty from the previous ingredient.

    Then I thought I’d just have two, one for wet ingredients, and one for dry.

    I’d like one of these too…

    Soap saver, circa 1890

    A soap saver. Leftover bits of bar soap were put in it to swish around in dishwater to make it soapy.

    What a great idea. Of course nowadays, most soaps are liquids and aren’t soaps at all, but detergents, which are petroleum based products. I use as few of these a possible, and boy would a soap saver be handy.This one was manufactured by the Matthai-Ingram Company. The stamp indicates that the patent was granted September 14, 1875.

    This one would be handy…

    Utensil scraper

    I’ve seen similar tools in restaurants for scraping the cooktop, so perhaps I could find one.

    I like the idea of this too….

    Cream whip & egg beater, c. 1890

    The “Lightning” Cream Whip & Egg Beater. It was also manufactured by the Matthai-Ingram Company, and looks like it would be a wonderful tool to have. Quick and simple! The sales ad says it was easy to clean too, always a bonus.

    Now this one…

    Mayonaise mixer, c. 1920

    …. is called a mayonaise mixer [sic - that's how they spelled it]. I don’t know what it was made of, but you can see it’s a clamp on model and looks pretty sturdy. I actually have something similar …

    Hand mixer for egg whites & whipping cream

    Mine is made of plastic and advertised for whipping cream and egg whites. I got it after I had so much trouble making the meringue for my Christmas lemon meringue pie. I’ve only tried it once, to whip cream. Unfortunately I think it had too much milk in it (hand skimmed with a spoon), so it didn’t do well.

    It does get difficult to turn the crank when as the liquid thickens and is not very easy to clean either.

    And how about this one. Anyone with dairy goats or a cow would probably like one of these…

    Milk strainer pail, circa 1870s

    This is a milk strainer pail. The spout and handles make it look so convenient to pour the milk. I’m assuming it was poured into the strainer, rather than having the strainer built in(?) Made of tin, it was manufactured by F. A. Walker

    I’m sure a lot of this can still be found in various stores that sell used or vintage items or antiques. My part of the country however, is not a good place to buy things like this. That’s because the Southern Appalachians rely heavily on tourism as part of their economy. Prices for these types of things are premium, aimed smack dab at those tourists. For example, the gallon crocks Dan brought me back from Ohio a few years ago, sold for $12.50 a piece.

    I’d be lucky to find them around here for $30 each.

    I’ve seen them priced as high as $65.

    With the resurgence of true homekeeping perhaps someone will once again start to manufacture these things. I’m sure a lot of us would find them welcome and useful.

    2012-08-02 04:46:05

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    14 Questions People Ask About How To Prepare For The Collapse Of The Economy

    How in the world is someone supposed to actually prepare for an economic collapse? What should you do with your money? How can you make sure that your family is going to be okay? How can you prepare if your resources are extremely limited? These are the kinds of questions people ask me all the time. Once people understand that the economy has been collapsing and will continue to collapse, then the next step for most of them is that they want to get prepared for the storm that is coming. So where should someone get started? Well, the truth is that no two people are facing the exact same set of circumstances, so preparation is going to look different for each individual. But there are certain core principles that we can all benefit from. For example, when a financial storm is coming that is not the time to be blowing thousands of dollars on vacations and new toys. You would be surprised at how many people there are that claim that they have no extra money in their budgets and yet somehow have plenty of money to run down to Wal-Mart and buy a big stack of DVDs. When times are difficult, each hard-earned dollar becomes much more precious, and we all need to start getting into the habit of making the most out of our limited resources. The seemingly endless prosperity that we have all been enjoying for decades is coming to an end, and most of us have absolutely no experience on how to deal with truly hard times. If you are under the age of 60, it might be a really good idea to read a book or two on what conditions were like during the Great Depression of the 1930s. There is a lot that we can learn from our own history.

    Another key characteristic that we will all need in the years ahead is flexibility. Anyone that has spent any time in the military knows that very few plans ever work out perfectly. As the global economy breaks down and the world becomes increasingly unstable, conditions are going to change rapidly. What might work really well in one situation might be the exact wrong thing to do 6 months later. If you are not willing or able to adapt to dramatic change then you are going to have a lot of difficulty in the years ahead.

    Many people refer to me as a "doom and gloomer" because I run a website called "The Economic Collapse" and I am constantly pointing out that the entire world is heading for a complete and total financial nightmare.

    But I don't think that it does any good to stick your head in the sand. I believe that there is hope in understanding what is happening and I believe that there is hope in getting prepared.

    It is those that are completely oblivious to what is really going on that will be totally blindsided by the coming crisis. When they finally realize what has come upon them many of them will totally lose it.

    From my little spot on the wall I am trying my best to warn people so that they can have a chance to be prepared for what is coming.

    I am not spreading doom and gloom.

    I am spreading hope.

    And I want to make another point. Generally, things are going to be getting progressively worse as the years roll along. As I have written about before, I believe that the economic collapse is not a single event. Rather, I see it as a series of waves that will be punctuated by moments of great crisis.

    So advice about preparation is going to be different depending on whether you are talking about the short-term or the mid-term or the long-term. Hopefully you will keep that in mind as you read my answers to the questions below.
    The following are common questions that people ask about how to prepare for the collapse of the economy....

    #1 How Do I Get Started?

    When the financial crisis of 2008 hit, what was the biggest danger for most Americans?

    The biggest danger was that they would lose their jobs and not be able to pay their bills.

    During the last recession, millions and millions of Americans did end up losing their jobs.

    And because many of them were living paycheck to paycheck many of them also ended up losing their homes.

    You do not want that to happen to you.

    So what I am about to say next is not considered to be very "sexy" in prepper circles, but it is absolutely crucial advice.
    You need to have an emergency fund saved up that can cover your expenses for at least six months.

    That way if you lose your job or your business goes under you will be able to keep going for a while as you figure out what your next move will be.

    These days it takes the average unemployed American nearly 40 weeks to find a new job, and it will likely be even worse in the next major economic downturn.

    So make sure that you have plenty of cash saved up just in case. If you are currently living paycheck to paycheck you are extremely vulnerable.

    #2 What Should I Do With My Money?

    I get this question a lot.

    People always want to know where they should put their money.

    Well, my first piece of advice is always to build an emergency fund. See #1 above. Most people do not have one.

    After that is done, I am a big believer in not putting all of my eggs into one basket.

    Sometimes people will tell me that they are going to take all of their money out of the banks because they don't feel safe having their money in them.

    Well, if you stick all of your money in your mattress, what happens if there is a fire or what happens if someone robs you?

    That is why I believe in spreading your risk around. Having money a bunch of different places is a good thing.

    But one place I would not put it is in the stock market. If you were fortunate enough to catch the recent rally you should get out while the getting is good.

    If you have blind faith in the stock market you are going to be deeply disappointed eventually. I do not have a single penny in the stock market, and a couple of years from now that is going to look like a very wise move.

    #3 Should I Invest In Precious Metals?

    A lot of people that write about the economic crisis in this country really advocate investing in precious metals because they tend to hold value over time (unlike fiat currencies).

    I like precious metals myself, but if you are going to invest you need to get educated so that you know what you are doing. If you go in blindly you are likely to get burned at some point.

    In addition, you need to be prepared for wild fluctuations in price over the coming years. There will be times when gold and silver absolutely soar and there will be times when they drop like a rock.

    So if you are going to play the game you need to be able to handle the ride.

    #4 Should I Get Out Of Debt?

    Many that write about the coming economic collapse say that you shouldn't even bother to pay off your debts because the financial system is going to collapse anyway.

    I don't see it that way.

    I don't believe that our banks are going to totally collapse and suddenly go out of existence.

    Not in the short-term anyway.

    So I believe that it is actually a good idea to get out of debt. When financial troubles hit you don't want a horde of bill collectors coming after you.

    There is a lot of freedom that comes with getting out of debt, and in this environment it is wise to become as independent of the system as possible.

    #5 What If I Don't Have Any Money To Prepare?

    In this kind of economic environment it is no surprise that I get this question a lot.

    Many families are just barely scraping by each month and they do not have much money to put into anything.

    And I can definitely sympathize with that.

    However, I would say that there are very, very few families out there that do not have anything that can be cut out of the budget.

    The truth is that American families are experts at blowing money on really stupid stuff.

    In general, I recommend that all families do what they can to reduce their expenses.

    The smaller of a financial footprint you have, the better off you will be and the more resources you will have to help you get prepared.

    Also, now is the time to be looking for ways that you can increase your income.

    For many Americans, starting a side business is a way to bring in some extra cash. Yes, this will cut into your television watching time, but now is not the time to be lazy.

    The time you spend working hard now while the sun is still shining will pay off later.

    Don't be afraid to work harder than you ever have before.

    #6 Should I Rent Or Buy?

    This is a question that I also get a lot, and it really depends on your situation.

    If you rent, that gives you a lot more flexibility. You can move for a new job or a new opportunity without having to sell a house. And you get to avoid a lot of the expenses and hassles that come with being a homeowner.

    If you buy, you get to "lock in" your housing expenses for many years. In a highly inflationary environment this would potentially be very beneficial. And interest rates are very low right now.

    In addition, it is going to be really hard to rent a really good "prepper" property. If you are looking for a property that is away from the big cities where you can grow your own food and become more independent of the system, then in most cases you are going to have to buy such a property.

    But if you do buy, it is going to be much harder to move if something does happen and you need to go somewhere else.

    #7 What About My Health Condition?

    Over the next few years, our health care system should continue operating at least somewhat normally. But the truth is that our health care system is in horrible shape and it is not a good thing to be totally dependent on pills and doctors.

    Even if economic conditions were perfect it would be a good idea to learn what you can do on your own to improve your health. But this is especially true as we move into a time of great economic instability.

    #8 Should I Be Storing Food?


    However, even though the United States is experiencing a historic drought right now, I do not believe that there will be major food shortages in America this year or next year.

    Down the road, however, is a different story.

    And your food dollars are never going to go farther than they do right now. As I wrote about the other day, this drought is likely to cause food prices to go up substantially, and so the food you store now might end up being twice as valuable a few years from now.

    In addition, you never know when a major disaster or emergency is going to strike so it is always good to become more independent of the system.

    I encourage everyone to learn how to grow a garden. Yes, your space may be limited, but there is actually one family that produces 6000 pounds of produce every year on just 1/10th of an acre right in the middle of Pasadena, California.
    If they can do such extraordinary things with their little plot of land, why can't you try to do what you can with what you have?

    #9 Should I Be Storing Water?

    It is always good to have some water on hand in case disaster or emergency strikes.

    And you should be rotating whatever water you currently have on hand because you don't want water sitting around indefinitely.

    But what is much more important is to make sure that you and your family have access to a source of water that you can depend on if disaster strikes and the grid goes down.

    In a previous article I discussed a report put out by the American Trucker Associations entitled "When Trucks Stop, America Stops" that detailed just how incredibly vulnerable our water supply really is....

    According to the American Water Works Association, Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day. For safety and security reasons, most water supply plants maintain a larger inventory of supplies than the typical business. However, the amount of chemical storage varies significantly and is site specific.

    According to the Chlorine Institute, most water treatment facilities receive chlorine in cylinders (150 pounds and one ton cylinders) that are delivered by motor carriers. On average, trucks deliver purification chemicals to water supply plants every seven to 14 days. Without these chemicals, water cannot be purified and made safe for drinking. Without truck deliveries of purification chemicals, water supply plants will run out of drinkable water in 14 to 28 days. Once the water supply is drained, water will be deemed safe for drinking only when boiled. Lack of clean drinking water will lead to increased gastrointestinal and other illnesses, further taxing an already weakened healthcare system.
    So yes, water is definitely something you should be accounting for in your preparations.

    #10 Other Than Food And Water What Other Supplies Will I Need?

    Anything that you use on a regular basis or that you would use in an emergency situation is something that you should consider storing up.

    For example, if you could not buy any more toilet paper from the stores, what would you do?

    Basic things like that are often overlooked by many preppers.
    In a previous article, I listed dozens of things you may want to consider storing. Preparation is going to look different for every family, but hopefully that list will give you some ideas.

    #11 What Happens If The Power Grid Goes Down?

    This is a very important consideration - especially if you live in a colder climate.

    Some people have a backup generator for such circumstances.

    Others have set up wind and/or solar systems for their homes.

    Alternative energy solutions are great if you can afford them, and they will enable you to become much more independent of the system.

    But not everyone can afford to put in solar panels or a big wind turbine.

    So do what you can with what you have.

    #12 Should I Leave The Big Cities?

    A lot of people ask me this, but there is no easy answer.

    In this day and age, a good job is like gold. It can be really, really tough to give up a good job and move to the middle of nowhere.

    But without a doubt, society is starting to come apart at the seams and I do expect rioting and major civil unrest in our major cities at some point in the future.

    In the end, you need to do what is right for you and your own family. Nobody else can make this decision for you.

    #13 Should I Get Some Self-Defense Training?

    America seems to be overrun by psychopaths and sociopaths these days, and in such an environment being able to defend yourself becomes more important.

    When criminals come to your home, they are not going to sit down and have a debate with you. They are not going to care what your political outlook is or if you sympathize with their plight.

    The criminals are simply going to do what they came there to do unless someone stops them.

    So yes, some self-defense training may come in very handy in the years ahead.

    #14 What Should I Do If My Family And Friends Won't Listen To Me?

    This is another very common question that I get.

    What should people do if nobody will listen to them?

    Well, you just have to do the best that you can. If they won't listen now, just keep planting seeds. Keep sending them articles that are packed with statistics and information that show why an economic collapse is going to happen.

    In the years ahead we are all going to need our families and our friends because communities will endure what is coming much better than "lone wolf" individuals will be able to.

    No matter how hard you prepare, at some point you are going to need the help of someone else.

    So don't be afraid to reach out to others.

    If nobody among your family or friends will listen to you at the moment, you may have to prepare on your own right now.

    In fact, you may have to do extra preparation because at some point it is probably inevitable that your family and friends will come to you for help.

    That is the perspective that my wife and I take. We are not only preparing for ourselves. We are also preparing for the family members that may have to depend on us someday.

    Nobody said that preparing was going to be easy.

    But beyond any physical preparations, I also believe that it is absolutely crucial to prepare mentally and spiritually.

    The times that are coming are going to be incredibly challenging. They are going to require a great deal of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength.

    If you are a "lone wolf" that believes that you don't need anyone or anything, then I feel sorry for you and I honestly don't know how you are going to make it.

    None of us have all the answers.

    I know that I certainly do not.

    I have just written nearly 3000 words, but after I post this article I know that some of the great visitors to my site will post ideas that I never even considered for this article.

    We can all learn from each other. Most of the people that I have met that think "they know it all" are some of the most clueless people that I have ever come across.

    I never want to stop learning, and hopefully that is the case for you as well.

    If we work together, perhaps we can all make it through the horrible, horrible times that are coming.

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    Intensive Vegetable Gardening In Small Spaces

    August 13, 2012 by Peggy Layton

    Hang rain gutters and plant salad greens in them.

    Are you interested in gardening, but you have limited space? Don’t despair; get creative. With imagination and determination, you can find ways to grow vegetables even in the smallest of spaces.
    How To Grow Lettuce In A Rain Gutter
    Plant salad greens in rain gutters. Rain gutters provide an ideal space for growing salad greens since lettuce, spinach and other greens have shallow root systems. Fall is the perfect time to plant because lettuce, spinach and salad greens love the cooler weather.
    You can mount rain gutters the same way you would along the eves, on the side of your house, shed or any other building, on the side of a fence, along a deck railing or under a windowsill as a small planter. All you have to do is cut the rain gutter to size, cap the ends and drill holes for drainage. You can purchase the supplies to hang them at the same place you buy the rain gutters.

    Supplies needed

    • Rain gutter, any length you desire
    • Rain gutter caps (2 per length)
    • Rain gutter hangers (3-5 per length) mount every 3 feet
    • Drill and 1/8 inch drill bit


    1. Place the length of rain gutter that you desire on a work surface. Clip one rain gutter cap on each end and lock them into place.
    2. Turn the rain gutter upside down on a workbench. Drill 1/8-inch-diameter holes through the rain gutter every 6 inches along the entire length. The holes will allow the rain gutters to drain.
    3. Position the rain gutter hangers along the surface where you want to hang the gutter every 3 to 4 feet. Drive the included screws through the mounting holes in the hangers into the surface with a screw gun to fasten them in place. Slide the gutter into the hangers to lock it into place.
    4. Add potting soil to the gutter and fill it up so that it is level with the top edges of the rain gutter.
    5. Water the soil with a watering can filled with water. With your finger make a furrow in the center of the soil down the length of the gutter. Plant the lettuce seeds into the furrow, planting approximately 20 seeds per foot. Cover over the seeds with potting soil and gently pack it down with your fingertips.
    6. Water the lettuce often as it grows, keeping the soil moist at all times.

    Cinderblock Herb Garden

    If you live in a place that has limited space for a garden and you want to try your green thumb, this cinderblock herb garden might be the answer for you. It doesn’t take up much space and can be a creative project along the side of a building or home.
    Design the cinderblocks in a way that you will get the maximum amount of growing space. Fill each hole with potting soil and plant your favorite herbs in each open block of soil.
    Cinderblocks come in many decorative styles can be purchased at places such as Lowe’s, Home Depot or any outdoor garden store where they sell brick and block. You can get started now and have a fall crop.
    Pallet Gardening
    Pallets can be recycled and used in a whole new way. Simply find a place to put a pallet and fill it with potting soil. Use the wood openings to plant in. You can grow your salad greens in a small amount of space, and it is a good way to recycle old pallets.

    Window Herb Garden

    A fresh herb garden can be grown outside a window in any home or apartment. Anytime you want fresh herbs, just open the window and cut them. This type of herb garden can be easily watered and maintained. Each year, it can be taken down and replanted, or it can be moved to the inside of the house in the colder months. It is very nice to have fresh herbs year-round.

    Starting Seedlings In 2-Liter Soda Bottles

    Save your 2-liter bottles and cut them so the top half fits down into the bottom half. Drill a hole through the center of the lid of the bottle. Put string or wick through the hole and tie it so it will absorb the water from the bottom of the soda bottle. Fill the bottom of the bottle with water. Invert the top of the bottle and fill it with potting soil. Plant your seeds in the bottles and watch them grow. Keep enough water in the bottom of the soda bottle so it will water itself.

    Old-Window Hot Houses

    These easy-to-make old-window hot houses can be made from recycled materials. Collect old windows, place hinges at the top so when you are finished with the windows you can fold them up, and save them for the next spring. Secure them inside a raised bed in the shape of a tepee. These windows warm the soil and keep the plants from freezing on cold mornings. It gives vegetables a head start in the springtime.

    Make Your Own Handy Potting Soil Scoop
    A handy potting soil scoop can be made from a half-gallon milk jug. Just trace the design you want and cut it out with scissors or a utility knife.

    Use Tires And Culverts As Composting Bins
    The tires can be used as a compost bin by simply cutting the sidewall completely out of the tire. This is done with a very sharp utility knife or a chainsaw.
    Turn the soil under the first tire before you place it on the ground. Once placed, fill it with kitchen waste and other organic compost materials. When the first tire is full, add another tire on top of it and proceed to fill it up. And keep doing this until you have four or five tires full of composting material stacked on top of each other.
    To rotate the composting material, simply take the first tire off and place it on the ground. Dig out the organic compost material and put it back in the tire. One by one, turn over the composting material and fill the tires back up, stacking them on top of each other until the bottom tire is now on the top of the pile. When you want to use the compost, take the tires apart and use the organic material to mix with other soil. When the compost is all used up, start the process over again.

    This same process can be used with the culvert plastic water pipe. Each piece must be cut with a heavy-duty saw or a chain saw to make them the right height (about 2.5 to 3 feet tall).

    ION (Stabilized Oxygen) Can Be Used For Soaking Vegetables

    ION is such a versatile product. I like to use 20 drops of ION mixed with 1 gallon of water for soaking my vegetables. ION will kill any harmful bacteria that might be on the vegetables. Just mix it up in a large bowl and soak the vegetables for about 20 minutes, then rinse them well.

    I also use ION to water my plants. I mix 20 drops of ION with 1 gallon of water. It kills anaerobic bacteria, fungus and some viruses that might be causing the plants to deteriorate and not be as healthy as they should be. ION will help build the friendly flora, and it oxygenates the plants. Vegetables will grow so much better with stabilized oxygen in the water.

    There are several chapters on alternative gardening methods in my book Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook. Check it out here.

    –Peggy Layton

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    Common Herb Proves More Effective On Acne Than Popular Treatment

    August 15, 2012 by Kellye Copas

    Thyme was significantly more effective than the highest prescribed concentration of benzoyl peroxide.

    Acne is a four-letter word we learn to hate as teenagers; unfortunately, many of us carry that disdain into adulthood. Acne treatments can be harsh, drying and irritating, and often don’t live up to our expectations to eradicate embarrassing pimples and bumps.
    However, Mother Nature has stepped up to the plate with a natural solution that seems poised to take the lead in combating Propionibacterium acnes (aka PA) — the bacteria primarily responsible for causing acne.

    Researchers steeped thyme, marigold and myrrh in alcohol to extract the plant’s active compounds. They tested the resulting tinctures on the PA bacteria and found that all three herbs killed more of the bacteria than an alcohol control. But thyme — the star player — was the most effective of all.

    Thyme was also significantly more effective than the highest prescribed concentration of benzoyl peroxide.

    The research was presented at a conference of the Society for General Microbiology in Dublin. As a conference presentation abstract, this research hasn’t been through the full peer-review process yet, as this usually takes place when research is published in journals after review for sense and validity by experts in the field.

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    Nukes and Fallout: How to Survive When Others Won’t

    Tess Pennington
    August 14th, 2012
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    This article has been generously contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management & response. You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness, Homesteading, and a host of other topics at

    SHTFplan Editor’s Note: Despite the arguments that nuclear energy is a safe way to provide electricity needs for the population, we’ve seen in recent years that, sometimes, things can go horribly wrong. While evacuating and getting as far away from a nuclear disaster is always going to be our best bet, in some cases this becomes impossible. Officials overseeing the crisis may downplay the disaster or fail to alert local residents in time, or by the time the fallout area has been designated it may already be too late to get out. On top of that, any nuclear emergency evacuation alert will be met with mass panic and widespread traffic jams. We need only look at Hurricane evacuations to see how disorderly things can be. With most metropolitan areas having only a few key entry and exit points, there is simply no way to quickly and efficiently move millions of people out of a nuclear fallout zone.

    We simply cannot downplay the threat posed by nuclear power plants, especially considering the sheer number of plants in operation (see map below). It’s a numbers game. In fact, there are numerous nuclear alarms that go off weekly in the United States alone. The San Onofre plant in southern California was recently taken offline due to a catastrophic failure of its generators and other components – it is offline indefinitely. And, at this time, though completely absent from mainstream media, the government is actively shutting down nuclear plants in the United States as they come up for re-licensing, citing problems with nuclear waste.

    On top of that, we have the proliferation of thousands of nuclear weapons all over the world, with several accounts in recent history suggesting that rogue terror organizations may have deployed suitcase bombs or dirty bombs in the United States. Whether real or imagined, the fact is that an enemy of the people of the United States may have their hands on a nuclear weapon and when the time comes, they may very well use it. Understanding that the threat is real is the first step to preparedness. Learning what you can do in the event of a nuclear event is the next step – and the one that can keep you alive while millions of others panic without an idea of how to deal with the situation.

    In the article below, Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition and author of the free weekly series 52 Weeks to Preparedness, puts together a fantastic primer on Nuclear Disaster Preparedness that may save lives if the worst ever happens. Perhaps countless lives could have been saved and the onset of radiation diseases prevented had the Japanese been given access to similar preparedness information.

    Are You Ready Series: Nuclear Disaster Preparedness

    Since the dawn of nuclear weapons, we have always been weary of a trigger happy world leader hastily pushing a nuke detonator. However, according to history the two worst nuclear events that have occurred were accidental.

    Chernobyl, being the first event, had a fire and explosion that released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, and spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. The second largest nuclear event is the infamous Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that occurred in 2011.

    Each day we are exposed to nuclear radiation, some naturally and some through un-natural means. Those of us who live close to nuclear power plants are exposed more than others.
    Are You At-Risk?

    Those that live near nuclear power plants should be especially concerned with nuclear disaster preparedness; especially individuals who live in areas where natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes) could damage the nuclear facilities. The map below shows all of the nuclear power plants in the U.S. Many states are areas where natural disasters could quite possibly take out or damage a power plant. Are you ready for this?

    We Are Affected Globally by Radiation

    No matter where radiation leaks or disasters occur, they will affect us globally one way or another and we should be ready for them. Due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, our food supplies, water sources, and even our health have become affected from the radiation dispersed. Radiation tests conducted since the nuclear disaster in Japan have detected radioactive iodine and cesium in milk, beef and vegetables produced in California (Source). This video is a great source that explains how radiation gets into our food supply.

    According to “Health Ranger” Mike Adams, even growing your own organic produce is no longer enough to guarantee food safety. “Only those who grow food in greenhouses will be largely protected from the fallout.”

    How to Limit Our Exposure to Radiation

    1. One of the easiest ways to minimize the effects of radiation is knowing where our food comes from and limiting our exposure to radioactive foods and water sources. Keep in mind that foods, especially seafood from the West coast will be the most effected by radiation.
    2. Having an electroscope that gauges how much radiation you are receiving daily can be a useful tool. A Kearny Fallout Meter can give daily readings of radiation levels in your area.
    3. Thoroughly wash your produce. Despite arguments to the contrary, you can wash radioactive particles off of produce. Clearly if the plant has taken in the radiation through the roots, it is irrevocably tainted. Fallout, however, can be dealt with. Washing your food in baking soda or peeling the skin off is a way to avoid ingesting radiation. Calcium bentonite clay is another natural substance that actually absorbs radiation. Interestingly, calcium bentonite clay has a uniquely strong negative ionic charge. When activated with water it works like a strong magnet, absorbing anything with a positive ionic charge (i.e., toxins, pesticides, radiation). The clay captures these substances and removes them as it is eliminated or washed off.” To wash produce with Bentonite Clay: Mix 1 part Calcium Bentonite Clay to 8 parts of purified water in a large non-metallic bowl. Toss your produce in this clay water, making certain the produce is completely covered, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse well with more purified water.
    4. Also, by adopting an anti-radiation diet can provide natural alternatives to assist the body in ridding itself from exposure. Foods such as kelp, rosemary, spirulina, miso soup and niacin all assist the body in fighting radiation damage. Other foods that may help in combating radiation sickness are foods that naturally detoxify the body. Foods that are high in potassium such as apples, oranges, pineapples and pomegranates are foods that are also good cancer fighters. Mushrooms are also a food source to add to your anti-radiation diet. Any mushrooms brown or black in color, and especially reishi mushrooms. Foods that are high in antioxidants will also assist your body in ridding itself of radioactive particles. Foods such as green and black teas (make sure that your tea is not from Japan), garlic, cumin, nettles, dandelions, ginseng, lentils, collards and mustard greens are also suggested.
    5. Any food or water stored in sealed containers that have any fallout dust is safe to consume as long as the fallout dust is brushed or rinsed off the outside of the container. Take caution not to allow the fallout dust to get inside the container.
    6. If you are concerned about your water sources, use filtered water in everything, including brushing your teeth and sponge bathing. Purchase a reverse osmosis water filter with extra filtration cartridges. Remember, it is important to replace your filters after multiple uses. Drinking apple cider vinegar can also assist in flushing toxins and radiation from the body. Baking soda and water is another option as it also flushes radiation and cleans the stomach lining. You can also put baking soda in dish soap, body soap, laundry detergent as the radiation will bind to the baking soda thus neutralizes it.
    7. Did you know that the Spiderwort plant is Nature’s gieger counter? This plant naturally has very dark purple flowers and when they are exposed to radiation or near an area where radiation is high, the flowers turn pink. Planting these in your yard will be a great way to know if you are taking in excess radiation.
    8. Knowing in advance how much radiation you are exposed to radiation through natural and un-natural means can help you calculate your annual radiation dose. To find this out, click on the Annual Radiation Calculator.

    What if You Are Exposed to Radioactive Particles?

    Radioactive ionic particles attach themselves to dust floating in the air. Therefore, it can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. If you are told to evacuate or bug in due to a nuclear disaster, keep the following points in mind:

    1. If you are driving, keep the car windows and vents closed, and use recirculating air.
    2. Due to the fear of panic and gridlock that will ensue from mass evacuations, most governments will delay mandatory evacuations until the last minute. This will only cause mass confusion and chaos at gas stations, grocery stores and on the streets. The best way to prevent this, is to stay ahead of the crowd and prepare ahead of time.
    3. If told to stay indoors, turn off the air conditioner and other air intakes and go to a basement. Seal basement windows and entrances to prevent fallout from getting inside. If you go outside, you will need to remove your outer clothing before coming inside the shelter.
    4. Likewise, creating a sealed area near the entrance of the shelter will prevent fallout dust from entering. Seal the entryway with blankets, bubble wrap or plastic sheeting to prevent the dust from coming in. Have water and baby shampoo near the entrance to wash and thoroughly rinse any exposed skin and hair. Exposure to fallout radiation does not make you radioactive, but you need to assure that you don’t bring any inside. Some experts suggest having a rain poncho to take on and off when you go outside.
    5. To go a step further, covering the windows wood, then sandbags followed by masonry bricks will create a multi-layered protection against you and radioactive particles.
    6. If you find yourself outdoors when a nuclear blast occurs, duck and cover for 2 minutes. You will first see a blinding light followed by tornado force winds and dangerous. When all danger is gone, seek shelter immediately. Remove your clothing at the door and place in a sealed plastic bag. You can remove 80% of the particles by removing your clothing. Showering immediately following exposure is another way to remove the remaining particles.
    7. If you have signs of radiation on skin soak in a tub of equal parts baking soda, apple cider vinegar and epsom salt. Skin brushing can be very beneficial, because the skin is a primary avenue for detoxification – scrub along with the lungs, kidneys, liver, and colon. An unused vegetable brush would be very helpful with this process.
    8. Getting caught out in the rain can also cause you to have more exposure to radioactive particles. If you do have to go out in the rain, completely cover yourself. Experts are suggesting that if your clothes get wet to take them off and seal them in a plastic bag, immediately shower and change clothing. (The detox bath solution and skin brushing would be good here. If radioactive materials get on your skin, burns and blistering can occur.Note: If you are exposed to radioactive particles, you will also need to get your urine tested for traces of cessium at your local medical center.
    9. When fallout is first anticipated, but has not yet arrived, anyone not already sheltered should begin using their N95 particulate respirator masks and hooded rain ponchos. Everyone should begin taking Potassium Iodide (KI) or Potassium Iodate (KIO3) tablets for thyroid protection against cancer causing radioactive iodine, a major product of nuclear weapons explosions. If no tablets are available, you can topically (on the skin) apply an iodine solution, such as a tincture of iodine or Betadine, for a similar protective effect. (WARNING: Iodine solutions are NEVER to be ingested or swallowed.) Absorption through the skin is not as reliable a dosing method as using the tablets, but tests show that it will still be very effective for most. Do not use if allergic to iodine. If at all possible, inquire of your doctor NOW if there is any reason why anybody in your household should not use KI or KIO3 tablets, or iodine solutions on their skin, in a future nuclear emergency, just to be sure.
      • For adults, paint 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the abdomen or forearm each day, ideally at least 2 hours prior to possible exposure.
      • For children 3 to 18, but under 150 pounds, only half that amount painted on daily, or 4 ml. For children under 3 but older than a month, half again, or 2 ml.
      • For newborns to 1 month old, half it again, or just 1 ml. (One measuring teaspoon is about 5 ml, if you don’t have a medicine dropper graduated in ml.) If your iodine is stronger than 2%, reduce the dosage accordingly.

    10. When you know that the time to take protective action is approaching, turn off all the utilities into the house, check that everything is sealed up and locked down, and head for the shelter. You should also have near your shelter fire extinguishers and additional tools, building supplies, sheet plastic, staple guns, etc. for sealing any holes from damage. Your basement should already be very well sealed against fallout drifting inside. Now, you’ll need to seal around the last door you use to enter with duct tape all around the edges, especially if it’s a direct to the outside door.
    11. Do not use the telephone unless absolutely necessary. Staying on the phone will congest phone lines making it impossible for others in your area to make or receive calls.


    Symptoms of Radiation Sickness Include:

    • Bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums, and rectum
    • Bloody stool
    • Bruising
    • Confusion
    • Dehydration
    • Diarrhea
    • Fainting
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Hair loss
    • Inflammation of exposed areas (redness, tenderness, swelling, bleeding)
    • Mouth ulcers
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Open sores on the skin
    • Skin burns (redness, blistering)
    • Sloughing of skin
    • Ulcers in the esophagus, stomach or intestines
    • Vomiting blood
    • Weakness

    Preparing for an Imminent Nuke Attack

    If you are told to evacuate or bug in place due to nuclear attack or nuclear leak disaster, keep in mind that this type of disaster is survivable. Even though it is difficult preparing for this sort of disaster, you can put some preparations in place. Many of the preparedness items are similar to the ones needed for other disasters.

    You will of course need:

    • Two week supply of food and water
    • Medical supplies
    • Sanitation supplies
    • Emergency lighting sources
    • Heat sources
    • Emergency communications (at least a hand-crank or short-wave radio)

    Refer to the 52-Weeks to Preparedness List for emergency list suggestions.

    However, you will need additional supplies pertinent to a nuclear disaster.

    Some of these items include:

    • Geiger counter
    • Kearny fallout meter
    • Potassium Iodate (KI03) tablets for all family or group members
    • Apple cider vinegar flushes radiation out of the body
    • Baking soda
    • Ingestible bentonite clay
    • Nuke suit
    • Duct tape
    • N95 particulate respirator masks
    • Hooded rain ponchos for all family or group members
    • Home air filter
    • Soap, sponges and/or bristled brush (vegetable scrubbing brush)
    • Gas masks with extra filters
    • Filtered ventilation system, powered with manually-powered back up
    • A nuclear shelter that has an entrance designed to reduce fallout exposure.

    The thought of nuclear disasters is not something we like to think about. However, in order to be ready for these types of disasters means you have to believe that the possibility of a threat is there. It is possible to survive a nuclear disaster and fallout, but you must be prepared. Having all of your items prepared and in place before the disaster will keep your family or group safe and ready to bunker in more quickly.

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