"The HAM Radio license, it seems, is one of the biggest prepping mysteries. Communications will be very important in any disaster, be it a local disaster, a regional event like Katrina, or even an all out grid down event. I myself fell prey to the notion that getting a license was reserved to folks who didn’t have friends and lived in their mother’s basements. Heck, the previous requirement of knowing Morse Code was enough to scare me away. Fortunately, things have changed for the better. I’ve previously espoused understanding a subject before investing a great deal of money or going for the credentials, yet the deeper I get into this hobby the more I disagree with the sentiment. There is way too much to know about HAM radio. Taking this approach will lead to disappointment and a failure of accomplishment. No, I’ve concluded that HAM radio is best learned “on the job”. Lots of folks have the attitude that HAM radio shouldn’t involve a license. True, we don’t own the airwaves. But understand that the airwaves are broken up, by frequency, and allocated for different purposes. The misuse of these airwaves can cause tragic events, from a missed call for help from a police officer to a plane crash. Also consider Amateur radio operators are very proud of their hobby and personal accomplishments. Pirate stations are often tracked down and turned in, at that point it can be a hefty fine and jail time. For those that feel “the Government” is going to someday come knocking at your door because you are an amateur radio operator, stand in line, they will be there for your guns, food stocks, and political beliefs first. If you make if through those rounds of confiscation your HAM radio will be next. Back to reality. So, how can attaining a license for HAM radio in 7 days be possible? Simple, the testing isn’t that hard and the format of the test (multiple choice) lends itself to quick study. This article is designed to get you on the air in a week or less, with a radio, for around $50."
"I hear people say all the time that they cannot afford to print large amounts of documents (SHTF PDFs) because ink is expensive. At my store I print cards, flyers, manuals, pictures and every receipt with my printers. I am able to print thousands of pages (more than a box of paper) a year for less than $100."
"Once upon a time, there was a saying “no taxation without representation.” Well, in America’s transition to an utopia of French or even Venezuelan caliber, for half the population taxation became an anachronism from a bygone era, which in turn meant that representation likewise lost its charm. However, in order to preserve a political system in which the votes of the many are bought with the money of the few or, as the case may be these days, with money printed out of thin air by the Federal Reserve, there was one bureaucratic hurdle: one still needed a US passport in order to vote. However if a newly introduced bill in Washington D.C. passes, one won’t even need to be a citizen in order to vote in local elections. According to the Washington Times, the Local Resident Voting Rights Act of 2015 would allow D.C. residents who are not U.S. citizens but meet the federal definition of having permanent residency status to cast ballots in local elections, including races for mayor and the D.C. Council as well as initiatives and charter referendums. D.C. Council member David Grosso, at-large independent, introduced the legislation Tuesday."
"A sinus infection can be remedied using apple cider vinegar (ACV), which is made from fermented apple cider. In this post, we are going to discuss about how apple cider vinegar helps to treat sinus infection. Sinuses are the small cavities in the skull that are normally filled with free flowing air. Sinuses produce mucus, which helps to keep the nasal passage free from allergies and pollutants. Generally, sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissues that will lines these cavities. Thus, a sinus infection is caused by bacterial infections and if sinuses are blocked and there is no free passage of air, it forms into a more severe fungus infection. Apple cider vinegar has many natural properties which help heal the sinus. Let’s have the look that how it helps to treat sinus infection."
"For those of us in the concealed carry crowd, there are times it is nice to have something as a backup to your pistol. I will sometimes carry a baton with me. I do not only carry one for self-defense, there is a host of other uses for a batons. They are a tool just like anything else that you might carry. I have used a baton to pry things open, poke around places I don’t want to put my hand and they can be used to break out windows in an emergency. Enter two new batons from ASP the Protector 21 and Agent. The Protector 21 is a small, light weight 21″ friction lock baton that has a small clip that can be used to clip it to a belt, or inside a pocket. Clipping it inside my pocket today it looked much more like a flashlight than a small baton. The Agent is the small baton that really shines. It is smaller in diameter then the Protector and features a push button unlock. It is light weight, small and can be concealed just about anywhere from a pocket to IWB appendix carry. Don’t let the small size fool you, the Agent baton hits hard and is very effective as an impact weapon."
"Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after a cancer-causing component of oil was detected in public water supplies downstream of a pipeline spill on the Yellowstone River. Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples taken from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural community of Glendive, near North Dakota. Scientists from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the benzene levels were above those recommended for long-term consumption, but did not pose a short-term health hazard. Residents were warned not to drink or cook with water from their taps. Some criticized the timing of Monday’s advisory, which came more than two days after 50,000 gallons of oil spilled from the 12-inch Poplar pipeline owned by Wyoming-based Bridger Pipeline Co. The spill occurred about 5 miles upstream from the city. Adding to the frustrations was uncertainty over how long the water warning would last. Also, company and government officials have struggled to come up with an effective way to recover the crude, most of which appears to be trapped beneath the ice-covered Yellowstone River."
"State efforts to stop warrantless NSA spying are off to a fast start in the 2015 legislative session. Just two weeks into this year’s legislative season, and with many legislatures not even in session yet, legislators in four states have already introduced bills to ban material support or resources to any federal agency engaged in warrantless spying. These bills not only support efforts to turn off NSA’s water in Utah, but would also have practical effects on federal surveillance programs if passed. Legislators in South Carolina, Missouri, Alaska and Indiana have all filed versions of the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, and representatives in eight other states have committed to introduce similar bills this year. Sources close to OffNow suggest even more bills will get introduced before the legislative season ends in spring."
"Tessa Renaud is nurse practitioner and the mother of six children. She is also a concealed carry permit holder who needed a better holster for her firearms. So, she invented one. Renaud’s holster is made from a 3-yard piece of lace fabric with a pocket for storage. It’s called ”Lethal Lace,” a name she credits her husband for coming up with. At a SHOT Show event specifically for women who carry concealed weapons and sporting “typical comfy, busy-mom wear” of yoga pants and a casual shirt, Renaud started pulling guns, extra clips, mace, knives, and brass knuckles from all over her body. In a matter of seconds, she had pulled this array of weapons off her person:"
"When Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern Board of the United States, it left millions of households without power, and most importantly, food. With preparations for the expected power outage, the food outage would not have been a problem even if grocery stores, crops, livestock, and plants had been flooded, all thanks to proper food storage. Food is essential for survival. Whether it be an earthquake, hurricane, super typhoon, floods, or any natural calamity, you may lose access to water and food supply. As such, most people go for keeping emergency food storage. While for others, storing food is important for small emergencies. The question is, how do you effectively store food? Reports come in with stored food filled with salmonella, E. coli, and other microorganisms, which, instead of saving you, would put you in the hospital. More than keeping the right amount of food, storing them right is crucial. Here is a survival guide to food storage to keep you and your family safe."
"A bill introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates this week would block unconstitutional foreign deployments of the state’s national guard troops, effectively restoring the Founders’ framework for state-federal balance on the Guard. House Bill 2168 (HB2168), the Defend the Guard Act, was introduced by Del. Pat McGeehan (R-Hancock, 1), a former Air Force intelligence officer who did tours in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and cosponsored by ten other delegates. If passed, the bill would block the federal government from deploying West Virginia Guard troops overseas unless there is a declaration of war from Congress, as required by the Constitution. “This bill essentially says, ‘If you don’t follow the highest law of the land, then we will withhold our Guard troops.’ The language and intent of the Constitution is so clear on this one issue,” McGeehan told the Wheeling News-Register. Guard troops have played significant roles in all modern overseas conflicts, with over 650,000 deployed since 2001. More specifically, West Virginia National Guard troops have participated in missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo and elsewhere. Since none of these missions have been accompanied by a Constitutional declaration of war, the Defend the Guard Act would have prohibited the deployments. Such declarations have only happened five times in U.S. history, with the last being in World War II."
"While most preppers do take the threat of a financial crisis, a solar flare, or even a zombie apocalypse very seriously, there are many benefits to prepping even if these TEOTWAWKI situations never come about in our lifetimes. Many of the criticisms non-preppers make of preppers have to do with the fact that preppers seem “paranoid” about the future and apocalyptic, end of the world situations that probably won’t even come about in their lifetimes. What these people fail to see is that prepping has a phenomenal number of benefits for preppers even if these apocalyptic situations don’t end up taking place. The vast majority of preps will help in difficult situations that commonly arise in life. Here are 28 reasons why, even if the end of the world doesn’t come, preppers will still benefit from prepping."
"Aerial drones will gain access to much more US airspace this year. Some of our readers are understandably more than a little concerned about the fact that unmanned aircraft will be flying right alongside their manned counterparts, be they under military, government, commercial or private control. Keeping pace with other technology, UAV’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and their maritime and terrestrial counterparts, have become more affordable. So much so that you will soon see your neighbors operating them in your neighborhood, if you have not already."
"The pine is one of the most useful trees on the planet, providing food, shelter, medicine and fuel. Knowing how to utilize this versatile resource could someday be the key to your very survival if you find yourself alone in the wilderness. There are many species in the pine family (or genus Pinus), and they can be found virtually everywhere in the world. Here are just a few of the many uses for pine trees (or conifers):"
"Dental Hygiene should be a part of our daily lives and even more important in a survival situation for many reasons. Having access to a Dentist may be a serious challenge in a survival or prepper scenario. How will you maintain oral hygiene when your toothpaste has been exhausted? What will be your alternative methods for brushing your teeth? Do you even know that alternative methods exist and has been existing for 1000’s of years? How’s that for a track record? What if I told you there was a tree that you could use to take care of your dental hygiene, would that not be something you would be interested in? There is a tree called the Toothbrush tree and people have been using it for 1000’s of years. The scientific name for this tree is “Salvadora Persica, but you can call it the “Toothbrush tree”. The Salvadora Persica is a small, evergreen shrub or tree that grows in hot, dry conditions in parts of Africa, the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula."
"Picture this: You’re in a big city. Excrement has struck the fan, and it’s beginning to splatter. No, wait. Picture that you’re trying to walk to work in a big city after your car broke down, a city large enough to have a huge and ongoing problem with crime (muggings, pickpockets or even excessive panhandling.) Or, picture both, or pick one. Makes no diff, because this little system I’ve figured down will work either way. When most folks think of wearing camouflage, they think of some guy wearing some green splotchy thing as he creeps about the woods. Add the word urban to that, and you think of some guy wearing some gray and black splotchy thing as he creeps around the city. Well, toss those thoughts out, because what we’re gonna do is teach you how to get about town without becoming a target, yet blend in perfectly. Perfect example? Let’s pick on San Francisco. Why? Because, well, I’m currently typing this in SanFran, and it has all the elements we need for our discussion, so…"
"The instructors of Nature Reliance School had the pleasure of teaching a primitive skills class for one of our military camps this past weekend. I asked a friend of mine, Doug Meyer, to join us, as he is a fantastic primitive skills tecnologist. Doug taught one session on rabbit sticks while he was there. We have been making rabbit sticks in a crude way for years now and Doug took our efforts to a new level. Not only did he share the history of the implement, but he also shared a whole bucket full of rabbit sticks from various countries all over the world. Some of them were actual weapons used by cultures who continue to use such things, others were recreations of historically correct tools used by abo and native cultures. Doug was entirely humble about it all and credited Steve Watts and others for much of the information he was sharing."
"My experience hunting/hiking in areas where big, dangerous animals prowled has been limited to the State of New Hampshire. New Hampshire has a few animals which could be considered dangerous including bear, moose, coyote and rumoured wolves. Of course wild dogs exist and other animals such a fisher cats could be dangerous however these are not common. When hunting I had my rifle which was generally a .30-30 Winchester. I commonly carried a .357 Magnum revolver on my side while hunting as well as hiking during colder months(able to conceal it). Many of you may live in places where the threat from dangerous animals is more present – and more dangerous than what I have experienced. What do you carry? What would you carry if traveling to areas where an unscheduled introduction to “Mr. Threatening Animal” may occur? I am not planning an African Safari anytime soon however I have always dreamed of going to Alaska. I had an uncle that lived there for many years and I asked him once about firearms and protection. “.44 Magnum”…..was his response. He said that revolvers chambered in .44 Magnum were commonly carried due to the threats from bear."
"The careless use of SWAT teams in no-knock drug raids — when heavily armed police burst into a home without warning — has resulted in a long list of innocent people being killed or seriously injured in the United States. 2014 alone found SWAT teams in Georgia senselessly killing businessman David Hooks and maiming toddler Bounkham “Baby Boo Boo” Phonesavanh. And when those raids victimize people who aren’t even selling drugs, narcotics officers seldom face criminal charges and are given every benefit of the doubt. But if, on the other hand, Americans shoot narcotics officers during militarized drug raids—perhaps believing that they are being robbed and are acting in self-defense—charges of first-degree murder are likely. Abby Martin, host of “Breaking the Set” on RT and a blistering critic of U.S. drug policy, has characterized the United States as a country with a “two-tiered justice system that shelters police from accountability time and again.” And nowhere is that more evident than in the U.S.’ failed War on Drugs. The aggressive prosecutions of Maye, Frederick and Korbe—and now, Guy—is quite a contrast to the treatment that narcotics officers typically receive when they kill or injure innocent people."
"We’re being jerked around something fierce but most don’t even recognize it. The abrupt up and down news cycle changes are really doing a number on humanity. There’s this periodic deadness of spirit in the world at large coupled with this sugary news of fake social and political improvements, and then they slam us with another off the wall staged event. The powers that be seem to regularly recoil for more madness to unleash while assuaging their docile populace. The on/off rhythm of this social programming is designed to callous, inoculate, dumb down and condition so it’s really no surprise if you’ve been watching with open eyes. They keep periodically both lulling us to sleep then hitting us with manufactured issues and weird events to keep us on our heels while we dance the defensive two-step to their music. Such perfidy. It is upsetting. It can’t help but be. The dearth of good news while false promises and doublespeak pervade during a blatant societal clampdown is enough to drive anyone to distraction. Which it does. Hence the emphasis on sports, fashion, entrancing Hollywand glitz and the like. What’s become the filler now, ironically enough, is global issues that are nothing but programmed diatribe to keep the war and police state narrative going. “Ho hum. enemies everywhere, shut everything the hell down. We’re under attack blah blah. It’s all to insure our security and we’re safe here. Yay Amerika. Now pass the deep fried bullshit and shut up, the game’s on.”
"A sheriff in Fulton County, New York, is taking on that state’s anti-gun establishment by defying an attempt to have legal handgun owners “recertify” their right to bear arms with the state bureaucracy. New York adopted the sweeping SAFE Act legislation in 2013 with most of the attention focused on a ban on “assault rifles” and high-capacity magazines. But a little-known provision of the bill requires every handgun owner to recertify their permit with the local sheriff or clerk’s office by 2018. The counties are then required to upload the permit information to a statewide digital database that is being created. The process must be repeated every five years. The state has sent out 500 “invitations” to gun owners in several counties asking them to participate in an early pilot program. They are asked to go online and upload their information on each gun they own. Sheriff Thomas Lorey of Fulton County volunteered his county to participate in the pilot program, only so he could send a message to the bureaucrats in the state Capitol, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I’m asking everyone that gets those invitations to throw them in the garbage because that is where they belong,” Lorey said at a recent meeting with conservative activists. “They go in the garbage because, for 100 years or more, ever since the inception of pistol permits, nobody has ever been required to renew them.”
"The Digital Age has produced some remarkable technology and will continue to do so, but as each new innovation springs forth, more of us are finding that we are not as comfortable with it as we once thought we might be. One of the latest examples comes from a new iPhone app that appears capable of gauging one's mental health -- though how accurately it can do so remains questionable, as does what authorities might do with such information."