"A significant factor in the quality of medical care given in a survival situation is the level of cleanliness of the equipment used. In primitive conditions, it will be a challenge to make an environment that guarantees the best chance of avoiding infection in a wound. It will be harder still to sterilize all of your equipment. Now, you may have heard of the terms “sterile” and “clean”, but do you have more than a vague idea of what they mean?"
"Of all the skills a prepper might attain, I think the ability to forage for plants may be one of the most coveted. Not because it’s all that necessary, but because it’s one of the more difficult skills you could master. We all know it’s something that could come in handy one day, but with our busy schedules, sometimes it’s hard to justify learning such an extensive subject. Think about all the plants that exist in the world. There’s an estimated 298,000 species in case you were wondering. How many of those do you think are edible? How many are poisonous? And more importantly, how many poisonous plants look similar to edible plants? And none of those questions account for how wildly diverse our planet’s ecosystems really are. If you spent a lot time studying the plant life of one region, you might to find yourself in over your head the moment you step into different region. With that said, if you’re interested in learning the fine art of foraging, you’ll have to start somewhere. And just like any daunting subject, finding a few good books is probably the best place to start. Here are six foraging books, every American prepper should consider."
"We don’t normally think of charging our phones as a two-way street. Plug in your device and you get energy, end of story. The most you’ll pay is a few more dimes on your electricity bill, and that’s if you’re at home. But in a public space like an airport or cafe where free, wireless charging stations are now being set up by Powermat, the price will be a little bit of your data."
"More than 82,000 people have signed a petition against the government’s plans to sell B.C.’s water for $2.25 per million litres. “It is outrageous,” says the online petition from SumOfUs.org, that corporations can buy water “for next to nothing.”
(Sgt Trainer: Coming soon to a water source near you?)
"Reclassifying ammunition in order for Obama’s Alphabets to ban production and sale to the public was only step one in further actions planned “to ‘protect the Second Amendment’ and keep police safe”. From the regime that stoked a racist-filled mob of blacks to wage protests and incite violence against police officers, comes a White House “Justification” for Obama to direct the ATF/BATFE to ban .223 M855 ammunition by declaring it ‘armor piercing’ – (which it is not); to keep police safe."
"I get a lot of emails from folks who do not feel called out of the US, but they also do not believe that were they are currently located is where they should be. Tracye and I can totally sympathize with this. It is a feeling down deep that you know that where you are isn’t where you should be. So where should you be? That is the question that is at the crux of the situation and guess what, I have a possible starting point for you."
"Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic medical condition that affects joints of your feet and hands causing severe pain, swelling and in a few cases permanent disabilities. In Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the immune system of your body attacks joints that causes inflammation and destroys joints along with other organs of your body. There is natural relief. As per the study done by Arthritis foundation, near about one and half a million people of USA are living with RA. Other findings of the study are, the disease is more common in women than men for age group of 30 to 60 years. However, there is no cutoff age for RA, and even children may get into contact of RA. Also, there are some correlations to autoimmune disease relating to toxicity from pharmaceuticals and vaccination, however hormonal, environmental and genetic factors are also of concern. The disease makes many patients unmovable, but there are case studies on RA where patients have treated their own disease and they have successfully overcome RA. Here are top 13 natural foods that may have good impact to relieve you from this chronic health condition."
"States of altered consciousness have long fascinated philosophers, junkies, and priestesses, yet the complete loss of consciousness is not considered to be either rarified or impressive. By way of anesthesia, nearly 250 million people each year “go under” during one or another medical procedure. What is remarkable in this is that these everyday drugs remain utterly mysterious to the scientists who develop and use them. “We still don’t know how they work,” Dr. Roderic G. Eckenhoff, a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania, told Medical Daily."
"In theory, our immune system should hunt out and destroy mutated cells before they ever develop into cancer. Occasionally, however, these cells manage to sneak under the radar, reproducing until they grow into a full-blown tumour. By the time the cancer has reached the attention of doctors, unaided recovery is highly unlikely: overall, just one in 100,000 cancer patients are thought to shed the disease without treatment."
"Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 702,578 SUVs and minivans to fix defective ignition switches that can unexpectedly turn off the engine, according to documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators. The recall covers Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans from 2008 to 2010 model years and Dodge Journey SUVs from 2009 to 2010. The automaker is advising customers to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key, until the switches can be fixed. If there is a key fob, it should also be removed, Fiat Chrysler said in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration."
"President Barack Obama today introduced his plan for a progressive takeover of state and local policing. “We have a great opportunity…to really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations,” he said Monday. “We need to seize that opportunity…this is something that I’m going to stay very focused on in the months to come,” Obama said, as he touted a new interim report from his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Obama also instructed his media allies to help federalize policing, and to sideline the critics of centralized policing rules. “I expect our friends in the media to really focus on what’s in this report and pay attention to it,” he instructed."
"Researchers from New York University (NYU) have published a study showing how endocrine disrupting elements found in common chemicals and pesticides “could be disrupting hormones resulting in health costs of up to €157 billion ($209 billion) across Europe.” Thomas Zoeller, biology professor at the University of Massachusetts (UM), told the press : “I hear often this concept that if there isn’t overt toxicity, you don’t have a problem. The effects of EDCs on the population level are not consistent with overt toxicity like death or cancer. A decrease in IQ is not something that’s visible on the surface, but you are taking away human potential.” Shockingly, the study pointed to an estimated 13 million IQ points “are lost each year Europe due to prenatal organophosphate exposure, and that there are 59,300 additional cases of intellectual disability because of these pesticides.” With 316 cases of autism and 31,200 cases of ADHD annually accounted in Europe, and the findings of this study, the evidence of causation by exposure to EDCs is overwhelming."
"Even kids as young as two can help around the house. If you're not sure what kinds of chores to assign your little (or big) kids, this printable chore chart offers age-appropriate suggestions. Depending on your child, some of these may be very optimistic. (I'm not sure it's wise to give toddlers the utensils and dishware to set on the table.) But otherwise the chart can be a starting point for discussing with your family how to pitch in. Here's the full chore list:"
(Sgt Trainer: While this may be a good guideline, I know that kids are far more capable and deserve more credit for their abilities than we normally assume. I look at this article the same way I view testing children...subjective, at best. You know your own kids and are probably smart enough to figure out what they are and are not capable of. My point? Don't get hemmed in by a box that tells you what YOUR kids can do. Challenge them, kindly of course, and most will step up to get it done. BUT, don't forget to let them be kids.)
"I have several springs less than a block from my house that go back to the colonial days. A group of us spent several weekends digging out and restoring one of them. As time went on people stopped using it and caring for it. I am sure that is true with many old spring spots."
"There are different occasions when an adhesive is needed for the construction of projects or repair of items. The best adhesives are specifically manufactured for certain materials and conditions but there are alternative substances that can be used as an adhesive in a pinch. In a previous post “Improvised Emergency Glue” I used Styrofoam and gasoline to form an adhesive “goo” that was quite versatile and strong. In light of emergency adhesives I recently discovered another approach."
"In this article, I’ll show you a couple of ways you can set up a high elevation sentry lookout. Paired up with a good pair of binoculars, you’ve just given yourself an incredible force multiplier against threats in terms of getting early first warning."