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Kids Learn Fascist Lesson at 9/11 Memorial: "Even if you don't agree with it ... you must respect authority"

"You must respect authority." That was the take-home lesson for some middle schoolers at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. It probably comes as no surprise that this is what kids are being taught these days in public schools. Last week a group of patriotic kids went to the 9/11 Memorial site and began singing the national anthem. One would think this was a respectful [...]

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Everything You Need to Know About Raising Baby Chicks on a Budget

Baby chicks...they're adorable, fluffy, and incredibly delicate!  Despite their fragility, they're actually pretty simple to raise. If you have some outdoor space and live in an area where it's allowed, fresh eggs and meat (if you're interested in that) can easily be yours! This week's self-reliance strategies are all about getting started with baby chicks. I don't have [...]

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Survival Saturday: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Today on Survival Saturday, we have a series of stories that could  all be headlined, "What could possibly go wrong?" Do you remember the reality show by that name, where a couple of guys apply science and logic to ill-conceived ideas and explain exactly what could go wrong when you power  a skateboard with homemade rockets? Perhaps our future doom won't be caused by some kin [...]

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Which Produce Has the Most Pesticides? Here are the 14 Foods You MUST Buy Organic

Having a nutrient rich dinner tonight? Want a salad? Choosing healthful ingredients like kale, spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers? Here's the sad truth: unless that salad is organic,  those healthful-sounding ingredients could contain more pesticide residue than nearly anything else on the produce aisle. Sure, Big Agri will tell you that the pesticides they use are different [...]

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Dirt Cheap: The Best Frugal Gardening Ideas on the Internet

With the price of healthful groceries going no place but up, lots of thrifty folks are starting a garden to save money on their bills this year. But what about the money to start a garden? It can be a very expensive undertaking, especially if you've never gardened before in your particular location. I've been researching ways to start my own garden as inexpensively as possib [...]

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The Self-Reliance Manifesto: More Than 300 Resources to Guide You on the Path to Radical Freedom

  Self-Reliance. It's a revolutionary word these days and I thought it deserved a manifesto. Manifesto: noun man·i·fes·to \ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō\ A declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer. ~~~~~ Have you happened to notice that our society is out of balance? The consumers outnumber the producers at such a rapid clip that we can't [...]

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Maybe You Aren't Actually Gluten Intolerant. Maybe You're Just Poison Intolerant.

Over the past couple of years, I had the unpleasant experience of having bloodwork done to confirm that I am gluten intolerant, only to have it come back and say, "Nope, you're just crazy." The same thing happened to my good friend Melissa Melton, who was terribly ill before she cut wheat out of her life. It's happened to scores of other people, who pass the test for the [...]

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How to Build a 30-Day Emergency Food Supply...Fast

If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you may be feeling on edge.  You may feel as though time is running out for you to get your preparedness supplies in order. You may be new to prepping, and feeling like there's too much to accomplish.  The stress in our country is at peak level.  We've listened to the war drums beat louder. We've witnessed riots breaking o [...]

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The EPA Takes an Ax to Self-Sufficiency: Most Woodburning Stoves Will Soon Be Illegal

When you think of that little dream homestead in the woods, what does it include?  Probably a well and septic system, a little stream bubbling nearby, a chicken coop, a sunroom for winter growing, and a cozy fire to curl up next to. When my daughter and I spent a year living in a cabin in the Northwoods of Canada, our woodstove was our lifeline. It was the only source of [...]

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Tyler Smith of Doomsday Preppers: Apex Predator or Apex Punk?

If there was ever a case study on why preppers should be prepared to defend their supplies, the upcoming episode of National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers would provide a perfect example. “We’re not in it to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” Tyler Smith says. “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming. [...]

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Michigan Dept of Agri Forces Farmer to Dump 248 Gallons of Organic Milk and Break 1200 Free Range Eggs

While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water,  the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought shares in the organic dairy. The Michigan Department o [...]

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Bring It On: I Will Not Comply with Obamacare

I will not comply with Obamacare. There. I said it. I am unequivocally not going to be complying with Obamacare. I also won't be purchasing health insurance at 4 times the regular price, nor will I participate in the government-funded "exchange" for "affordable" healthcare. Now, first, let me be clear - this isn't because I'd be paying $20,000 per year for the cra [...]

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