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Survival Saturday: Should You Really Be Worried About Zika?

This week's Survival Saturday discusses whether the Zika virus is the next terrifying pandemic, the national war on homeschooling families, some throwback government propaganda, and the tragic repercussions of a socialist government in Venezuela. Survival Saturday is  a round-up of products, the week’s news, and recommended reading material for folks who are interested i [...]

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Venezuela Is Out of Food: Here's What an Economic Collapse Really Looks Like

Venezuela is out of food. After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government has declared a "nutritional emergency." This is just the most recent nail in the beleaguered country's slow, painful economic collapse. Many people expect an economic collapse to be sh [...]

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Self Reliance Weekly Report: Planning for Spring

This week's Self Reliance Weekly Report is all about getting ready for spring. It's here: that time of year when it's still winter, but the anticipation of spring is in the air. (And possibly on the table in the form of seed and nursery catalogs!)  One of my favorite parts of self-reliance is the planning and the dreaming. Right now, I'm figuring out my garden and my livest [...]

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Prepping for a Blizzard: A Practical Survival Guide

Few can deny the common sense behind preparing for something that is definitely going to happen, yet every year, an impending winter storm sends people rushing out to the store at the last minute, prepping for a blizzard that is due to hit in mere hours. Every winter, if you live in certain climates, blizzards are going to occur. Usually, at least one storm will hit that will c [...]

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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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How to Survive a Stock Market Crash

Has anyone noticed how the stock market has repeatedly plummeted over the past six months? And how nearly everyone is soothed when industry specialists scramble to prop up our failing economy? And it's not only happening in America - the Chinese market is halfway down that slippery slope as well. The last time the system showed this much volatility, the crash of 2008 occurred. [...]

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Staying Warm During a Winter Power Outage

  Depending on where you live, a winter power outage can quickly become a life-threatening emergency. Winter storms with heavy snowfalls, high winds, and a coating of ice are a threat to our vulnerable power grid. Making winter even more of a threat recently is the current economic upheaval. In economically depressed places like Detroit, many residents have had their [...]

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What to Eat When the Power Goes Out

When the power goes out, my kids tend to think it's party time.  They like it because it means that we are definitely going to play some games, do some arts and crafts, and eat some food we don't normally indulge in. Of course we have back-up cooking methods for heating food when the electricity goes out, We became accustomed to it, since it happens with relative frequency, [...]

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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: Momdot.com) 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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