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How to Survive a Terrorist Attack

When horrible events happen, people want to know why. Why was a random group of people targeted to have their innocent day destroyed by violence and terror? Why did the culprit choose that group of victims, that day on the calendar, that specific location? And who? Who was the mastermind behind the event? Who were the members of the group that perpetrated the horror? This i [...]

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12 Natural Cold Remedies to Help You Feel Better

It's that stuffy head, runny nose, nasty cold time of year.  Viruses run amok when the temperatures drop, so it's the season to catch a cold.  As the old saying goes, a cold lasts a week, but 7 days if you treat it. You can't do a whole lot to "cure" a cold, but there are quite a few ways to help make the symptoms more tolerable (and these natural cold remedies do not include [...]

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How Our Homegrown Thanksgiving Went Horribly Wrong

I've previously written about what a rough year for gardening it has been here in California for many, due to the drought, the lack of forageable food for wildlife, and an incredible heat wave. This Thanksgiving, my gratitude goes out to the local farmers that have been more successful than I, who have made our impending feast possible. Our Homegrown Thanksgiving Challenge At [...]

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Survival Saturday - Nov. 21, 2015

I think we need a new feature, so here we are. Introducing, Survival Saturday, a weekly round-up of news, products, information, and books. What is Survival Saturday? I love information. It's like my drug of choice, and I can't get enough of it. I spend a huge part of my life learning, with books, articles, and products. Every week, I probably read nearly 100 articles. I pin [...]

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A Quick-Start Guide for New Preppers Who Want to be Ready RIGHT NOW

When you first start prepping you want everything RIGHT NOW. You look around your home and see nothing but shortcomings. You don't have enough food, you don't have a woodstove, you have no secondary water source...that's it. You and your family are doomed. You feel a panicked urgency because you've learned just enough to know that you are NOT prepared.You know that there are [...]

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Black Friday and the Ferguson Riots: This is Why We Are Armed

It's important to prep. You probably already know this, or you wouldn't be here, reading an article on a site like this.  You know that you need a stockpile of food, fuel, medical supplies and other necessities. But just as important as those so-called "beans and band-aids" is the ability to protect it.  That's where the "bullets" come in. Some people don't really get i [...]

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Pad Your Pantry: How to Preserve Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

The day after Thanksgiving, most people's refrigerators are so full with leftovers that getting to door shut requires the family engineer to play Tupperware Jenga with all of the containers of food. Inevitably, in many households, much of the leftovers go to waste after the 10th turkey sandwich in a row.  In this economy, none of us can afford to let anything go to waste, howe [...]

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Winter is Coming: Getting Your Vehicle Prepped for Emergencies

  “Still ... in this world only winter is certain.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire) If you happen to be a Game of Thrones fan, you know the Stark Family motto: "Winter is coming."  It's inevitable and sometimes dangerous. According to all predictions, this winter will be a repeat of last year, or perhaps even worse.  Most of [...]

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Five Reasons Why I'll Never Get a Flu Shot

If you're looking for a deeply scientific treatise on the flu shot, this isn't it. I'm not a chemist, a physician or someone with an advanced degree in biology.  I'm just a mom with an internet connection.  I'm a person who has researched and compiled an assortment of worrisome facts that point in one direction: the flu shot is NOT beneficial. Some of these reasons ar [...]

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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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Brown Bag Ban: Fed Gov Tells Preschool Parents No Lunch From Home Without a Doctor's Note

It looks like the days of trading half of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for half of your best friend's ham sandwich may soon be over if the federal government has anything to do with it. A Richmond, Virginia mother received the following note, telling her not to pack a lunch for her pre-school age child. (source: Dear Parents, I have received wor [...]

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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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