Survival Saturday – Jan. 23, 2016

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By Daisy Luther

Welcome to the Blizzard edition of Survival Saturday! I hope you’re keeping warm and cozy this week. Survival Saturday is  a round-up of products, the week’s news, and recommended reading material for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week’s Products

We’re in the midst of the first winter storm of the year, but it probably won’t be the last. If you’ve been caught without the supplies needed to stay warm, you should consider getting one of these for next time.

Get a propane heater that does not require electricity.  I personally own a Little Buddy heater.  These small portable heaters are considered safe for indoor use in 49 states.  They attach to a small propane canister and use 2 oz. of fuel per hour to make 100 square feet extremely warm and toasty.  If you have a bigger area to heat, this larger unit will warm up to 200 square feet. Be sure to stock up on propane if this is your back-up heat method.

Another option is a kerosene heater. Kerosene heaters burn a wick for heat, fuelled by the addition of heating oil.  These heaters really throw out the warmth.  A brand new convection kerosene heater like this one can heat up to 1000 square feet efficiently.

Make sure to add safety measures. A battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm provides an extra measure of safety when using these heaters indoors.

Be sure to stock up on emergency food. If you keep a bucket of emergency food on hand, you won’t have to battle everyone at the store at the last minute. An emergency stove like this will give you a way to cook it. (It’s so versatile that it works on 3 different kinds of fuel.)

This Week in Preparedness

The Winter Storm Jonas death toll is rising in the Eastern US. At the time of publication, 10 people had died as a result of accidents due to the hazardous road conditions, and over 1200 car accidents had been reported. Over 8,000 flights have been canceled due to the weather. This storm is just getting started, too, so if you live in the area, please stay home. Sheltering in place is the best option for extreme conditions of this nature.  The coasts of New Jersey and Delaware, after being battered by 22 foot waves, are under a more than a foot of icy flood water.

Are you ready to start prepping yet? Yesterday, scenes online showed completely bare shelves as frantic residents stocked up for the storm.  As most preppers predicted, hundreds of thousands are without power due to the blizzard.  Please, please, if you were one of those people, take this as your cosmic thump on the head. Do you really want to go through this kind of thing unprepared again? It’s time to buckle down and prepare so you don’t have to run to the store at the last minute before a bad storm. You absolutely MUST be prepared to handle a lengthy power outage.

Quick links for those stranded at home in the storm.  If you have found yourself unprepared in this storm but are reading this, these links can help. This article has tips to help you stay warm if the power goes out. Scroll to the end to find some solutions you can probably uses even if you don’t have additional supplies. This list will give you some suggestions for food that you can eat that doesn’t require cooking. To learn the basics of winter survival if you aren’t safe in your home, go here – this guy knows winter since he worked as an Alaskan trapper.

On to other topics in the news this week….

Venezuelans will soon deal with a mindblowing 720% hyperinflation. Venezuela’s economy is past the point of no return, and recovery is not possible. They’ve announced an emergency economic decree and bankruptcy is nearly inevitable.  Most blame the current economic catastrophe on the revolutionary Socialist government takeover. (Maybe someone needs to show this article to Bernie Sanders, the unabashed Socialist running for President of the United States.) IMF Director Alejandro Werner has predicted mindblowing hyperinflation of 720%. “A lack of hard currency has led to scarcity of intermediate goods and to widespread shortages of essential goods — including food — exacting a tragic toll,” Werner said. “Prices continue to spiral out of control.” The Venezuelan government is now encouraging people to begin growing their own food if they want to eat. Wow. Novel idea, right, fellow preppers? Of course, in true Socialist style, they’re also talking about a registry so they know what you have. They have obviously learned little.

Facebook in Europe is censoring anti-migrant sentiment. As Europe deals with over a million migrants, some of whom have been involved in crimes like rape, murder, and theft, people who are pointing out reality online are getting silenced. I’ll just quote from the article and let you be the judge.

Facebook Inc … began a Europe-wide campaign on Monday to thwart extremist posts on social media, after German politicians in particular raised concerns about a rise in xenophobic comments linked to an influx of refugees.

The U.S.-based group launched its “Initiative for Civil Courage Online” in Berlin, pledging over 1 million euros (1 million pounds) to support non-governmental organisations in their efforts to counter racist and xenophobic posts.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said hate speech “has no place in our society”, including in the Internet.

Watch out, because it won’t be long before we aren’t allowed to have differing opinions here, either. When I wrote about the “rape game” played by asylum seekers recently, many readers wrote to me and said when they tried to share the article on Facebook, they got an error. It kind of looks like the censorship is already here.

Whistleblower doctor writes an open letter to the WHO about the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine, which is pushed on unsuspecting teenagers across the globe as a way to prevent a sexually transmitted virus said to cause reproductive cancers, has been blamed for many horrible side effects. The US government has paid out millions in damages to those harmed by the vaccine. Dr. Sin Hang Lee, MD, Director, Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, submitted an official complaint to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan in the form of an open letter. Here’s a quote from the damning document.

“It is my opinion that … those whose names [that] appeared in the emails attached to this complaint and all who blindly dismiss the potential toxicity of the newly created HPV L1 gene DNA/AAHS compound in order to continue to promote HPV vaccinations should be held accountable for their actions. There is no excuse for intentionally ignoring the scientific evidence. There is no excuse for misleading global vaccination policy makers at the expense of public interest.”

The stock market crisis is nearly catastrophic shows no signs of improvement. Despite the President’s accusations that those of us who are concerned about the failing American economy are “peddling fiction,” the market crisis is just getting worse in the first month of 2016. It’s an unwinnable game, even if you think you can swoop in and buy low before it goes back up. If you already own stocks, you need to read this and make a game plan. Best quote of this article: “Before I go further, if you believe the global economy is doing great and stocks are cheap, stop reading now; this column is not for you.

The Bookshelf

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The Winter Survival Handbook: 157 Ways to Beat the Cold

By New York Times best-selling author and survival expert, Tim MacWelch, this book guides you through all things winter. From an everyday winter emergency in the city to survival when stranded in the wilderness, this book covers all the bases.  It has handy tips for things you probably never thought of, like shooting a frozen rifle and building a snow cave. Where else can you learn stuff like that?

Winter Survival Course Handbook

For just a dollar, (how could you go wrong at that price?) get the US Marine Corp Winter Survival Guide. This handy 181-page book will direct you through putting together an appropriate kit to survive in the coldest of conditions. (Available only in Kindle.)

SAS Survival Guide

This book belongs in every backpack, purse, and glove box in America. Each of my daughters has one and it’s a favorite gift to pass on to loved ones.  While it doesn’t go in depth on any one topic, the guide has the basics of what you need to know to survive any situation, on land or in the water, in any climate. The small size means that it will fit into all but the tiniest of purses.

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Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday is another new round-up, and it’s all about…food, of course.

Read the most important food news so that you can actually be aware of what is in the products they peddle at the grocery store. Then, try out some tasty new real food recipes and get the latest food preservation tips. This week’s article focuses on cozy eats for cold winter days.

Click here to read the first edition of Foodie Friday!


Anything to add to Survival Saturday?

Do you have any news links you want to share? Now’s the time! You are absolutely welcome to post your links in the comments below. (And this feature will be so much cooler if you guys post the things that you found important this week!)


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Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • This fall I went to a produce auction and bought potatoes at an incredibly low
    price. So what do you do with 2 people and 50 lbs. of potatoes. I had lots of
    chicken broth I also got for a good price and decided to can them together. I
    scrubbed the taters, diced them up, put them in quart jars and filled the jars up with chicken broth. You can pressure can or cold pack (3 hrs.20 min.). They look good and are good additions to soups and stews.

  • In the news this week, an 18yr. old had to be taught how to shovel snow.

    Other people shook their head and said they knew of young people who had to be taught how to sweep the floor with a broom.

    I was floored to know (unverified) that recently the governor of N.J. repealed a law which prohibited people without a license from shoveling snow,… on your own property.

    That same source said that in PA. a union person is the Only person allowed to move a microphone on a stage six inches to adjust for sound. …I didn’t know that the spirit of Independence in America was so far gone.

    In the background, many Americans desire to have price-fixing on the items you buy, via tariffs. (As if you’re not paying enough as it is now, your betters want you to pay even more) …I thought that lesson was learned in the 1700’s, how this was counter-productive, but what-the-heck, no one learns from history. Socialism, Fascism, it’s just a wardrobe decision, eh?

    In other news, in case you missed it, “the medical drugs the FDA certifies as safe are killing 106,000 Americans per year.”

    Meanwhile, it seems that more than ever people are saying they trust their priests in white robes, a.k.a doctors, in spite of this comment from Marcia Angell, MD. which was lost down the memory hole: “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

    Unbeknownced to some, outfits like Walgreen’s (it’s pretty sad Walgreen’s is in spellcheck) – or your local friendly grocery store – rake in millions from the insurance companies of people who walk into their stores to get ‘free’ flu shots, all the while those people are oblivious of the risks:

    New Flu Shots Could Make the Flu the Least of Your Problems

    Those same friendly white robed priests wielding sharp needles will tell you that, Drinking water is encouraged. What’s potentially in the water (and maybe in everyone’s food, too?) is glossed over or ignored in the MSM:

    “PFCs are extremely persistent.” …

    I can see why people don’t want to know or be aware. It’s overwhelming and it’s no wonder people become a kidadult and metaphorically or physically drop a hit of acid (or whatever it is they take these daze, maybe it’s just the wavelength of the video, but that’s another story) and just tune it all out? It’s probably Very difficult for them to see how raising red roosters and growing garlic is a viable, or at least a partial solution, to the troubles of the world or possibly an outlet leading to success. Never-mind, Geo-engineering. Whoa!

    “And that’s the way it is”, on this date, January 24th 19, ‘er 2016. “…May God have mercy on your soul. Proceed!”

    [Insert Big Audio Dynamite song, here X. “Who the hell is that? One bastard goes in and another comes out….” ]

  • After reading the previous post, wow, depressing! OK, maybe we are all guilty of staying “zoned out” a bit too long. Never too late! We all have to work in our communities to grow local, buy local, sell local, and be free citizens according to the Constitution. Know it. Own it. READ it. You will be surprised! It’s extremely difficult to turn my own life habits around, but step by step I go with the help of those who have gone before, and with great publications and great websites like this one! Thank you thank you thank you!
    For January, I am reviewing my preps (what little there are) and have been surprised that I have so much that is on the lists. But they weren’t that organized, so I am getting them together in one spot, and in backpacks and things just in case. It’s a wake up call about certain things. I have never been a gun owner, but am looking to carve out a half day to go to the gun range, shot a few examples and buy myself a hand gun once I go through the training. I’m concerned about the undocumented terrorists that are IN our country, and have been in since I was in college in 1982/1983. We had middle eastern teens taking classes at our university who were out and out terrorists, and claimed their name was Jihad (thinking I was a dumb woman and didn’t know what that meant). This goes way back folks, and this issue is not new. What IS NEW is the fact the governments and ptb are trying to make it racist to stop them. That is the truly disturbing trend I see.

  • I had no idea states such as Michigan consider it neglect to not have running water in a house where children live, seems kind of overbearing to me:

    I was under the impression the water overall in Flint Michigan was toxic. After doing some reading it seems like perhaps the worst aspect is the water that sits for a period of time in water pipes in peoples houses that is the problem:

    “Documents seen by the Guardian reveal questionable practices that mean people’s drinking water is at risk in ‘every major city east of the Mississippi’” …

    I wonder why they say ‘only’ East of the Mississippi?

    I came across some more info on the snow shoveling madness:

    “The [“right-to-shovel”] bill only affects licensing requirements for snow shoveling services, not other businesses. Also, the bill only and only allows for services to be rendered within 24 hours before a predicted snow storm.” …

    How kind of our overlords to grant that grace period.

    In other news, I found this enlightening perspective about the recent stock market downturn:

    “the current selloff that we have experienced is an adjustment of the few strong stocks on the downside and also the realization by investors that the Federal Reserve monetary policies aside from lifting assets have basically failed to stimulate the real economy. We are in a cycle where it’s more likely that we will be or are already in recession than that we have this so-called global healing that the central banks have been telling us about all the time.” …

    And finally, some of the old ways are disappearing fast, it seems. I was recently told by a slightly exasperated senior citizen with no computer skills or internet access who was expecting to find some new crochet patterns on the back side of a card and finding only a web address where the patterns used to be, “Everything’s online!”.

  • Some interesting quick reads from the past you might find interesting:

    ““Survive if you can” was the motto of the day.” …

    “Pretty soon all of my excess energy was turning into ‘something useful’ as mom would say. I took “Rickety” [a bicycle] running from village to village.. looking for food. Some flower from the mill in Gimritz, an extra loaf of bread from the bakeries, just about anything edible. It was my job to find it where ever I could. To this day, I only eat when I am real hungry.. never because ” it is available.”” …

    “Every tall building had red slogans plastered all over them, like :




    We found out very quickly what this meant in reality. If one took these words and replaced them with the opposite meaning, then one knew what they really meant. Bottom line, what it stood for was “Total Control!”” …

  • One more:

    “To this day, I am appalled when I hear sentences like:” to be politically correct!” It starts right here. Let everyone give this some thought and think about how many things there are that one disagrees with.. but ‘goes along’ with for the sake of fitting in.. or sparing oneself trouble. I could name a lot of things, but everyone of us have our own examples. […]

    What I learned was this: “Any type of control.. will rob you of everything that makes life worth living”, not even food is as important as freedom. Here I want to say something to America: “Beware.. Wake up! Do not give one inch of your freedoms away, not even one! If you only give a finger.. the whole body will be taken!”” …

  • One thing I’ve noticed for winter survival tips is the use of mirrors/aluminum foil for reflective heat is not mentioned. Most of us have survival blankets which also can be used as well.

  • Hey, Jim Gregg, I seem to recall reading an exert from an engineering type of guy and he said the whole idea of reflective heat is a bunch of, er’ misled ideas. …That it wasn’t true.
    I read a lot, so maybe I misremember, I dunno. All I’m saying is, you might wanna double check that notion no matter how sensible it seems. Or, as they say: In God we trust, all others, bring cash.

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