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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Show Contents 20th September 2014

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Show Notes
This week I begin the show with a Warning, then the Survival Slingshot Review, then the Blizzard survival 20% Discount Offer, Survival Mistakes, The Ribzwear 30% Discount Offer, A Family Plan, The UK Police Service is now the Police Force, The Wilderness121 10% discount Offer, Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal, Walking Home – Survival Tips, The Field Leisure 10% Discount Offer, When the Power Stops, The Buggrub 10% Discount Offer, Aquaponics, How to Make Char cloth, The Hunters-Knives 10% Discount Offer, UK Blackout Fears are you Prepared? Homemade Cheese, Quick Tips and tricks, The 1940's Diet, What Does the Bible say? How to Make a Survival Heater.


I need to inform you that a Dirty bomb has been stolen.

There is a Dirty Bomb on the loose in Mexico that could make its way into the United States. Why is the media remaining silent on such an issue? Good question!!! 
A device containing radioactive substances including cesium-37 and americium-beryllium, was stolen on the 7th of June this year from a government research facility in Mexico.
Authorities are currently working to track down the group of men who grabbed the device Sunday night during an assault on a National Construction Laboratory warehouse in Tultitlan, Mexico state.
So why have we not been told? Who stole it, why, where is it now? These are valid questions that must be answered, we the people deserve these answers.
I don’t know about you, but I did not even know that governments were making Dirty Bombs, let alone storing them.
If it was a military facility? How did the gunmen do it, how many were killed in the attack? Why was that kept secret.
Why have the internet media as well as cnn and RT covered this story by bbc, itv, and sky have not?

Survival Slingshot Review
What the website says
In a survival situation, you never know what you will face or how long before you get home. You must be prepared for anything and have equipment that you will realistically have on your person should you need it. The Survival Slingshot is designed to be a vital tool for survival, hunting, camping, archery and fishing.
Active, not passive survival
When it comes to finding food from game, we believe having a active approach is a critical compliment to more passive means. For example, you may well be able to set a snare but end up with nothing to eat. With a high powered slingshot, if you can see it, you can hit it.
Every Survival Slingshot is capable of shooting standard arrows which opens up larger game to be targeted. We have seen full sized deer taken with our standard 25LB bands. Slingshots never run out of ammunition allowing you to use the included shot ammo or rocks that you can pick up.
Your ultimate back up 
The patented Survival Slingshot has a watertight hollow handle which allows you to store a generous eight cubic inches of survival items to give you a wide range of capability for survival. It folds down to a compact size to store and weighs only two pounds. Every model includes a compass and the integrated rail system allows you to customize your slingshot any way you may need.
What I say
Firstly let me say that I am totally impressed in every way with the Survival Slingshot, it is very clear to see that a great deal of thought went into its design and make up.
For example, you can simply turn your survival slingshot into one that fires arrows by attaching a whisper biscuit.
You can also mount a tactical LED torch so you can hunt in low light or even in the dark. As you know, many game animals are nocturnal so hunting at night can be very productive.
With the light attachment, you can now find your quarry, feather, fur or fish at dusk, early dawn and late into the night.
Simply a silent food provider.
I would say that small game and fish are what will keep you alive when you need to hunt for food. Having set many traps and snares in the past I can tell you that although it may seem easy to snare and trap game, in truth it takes an awful lot of practice and is a somewhat hit and miss method of feeding yourself.
With the Survival Slingshot you have 25 pounds of pull and the extra ability not only to shoot steel ball bearings but arrows as well
The Survival Slingshot is designed to be robust and to simply work in any survival situation. It comes with a compass built into the inside of the screw cap of the handle storage space which by the way is big enough for a small survival blade, lighter, matches, puri tabs, and other survival bits and pieces, in fact what you store in the waterproof handle is your choice.
Made from aerospace grade aluminium alloy and high strength steel you can see why it comes with a lifetime warranty.
Most survival kits include the basics like wire for snare wire, fishing line, hooks, split shot, but with the Survival Slingshot you have a survival kit that not only stores your survival kit but it can produce food for a meal as well, not that is a survival kit.
However as with all kit you must do what doctors and lawyers do, practice, practice, and did I say practice.
When you can hit what you are aiming for consistently then and only then you are able to hunt small game and fish for food. Remember it is illegal to hunt with a bow and arrow in the UK. So please only take game with the steel ball bearings and simply only target shoot with the arrows.
This is not a toy, in my opinion it is a silent weapon, and you should treat it as just that a weapon as it has effective range of 250+ Yards.
The Standard Models ship with one container that contains, matches, weights for fishing, fishing hooks, pins and needles, fishing line, thread, swivels and an ammunition container with roughly 40 rounds of steel shot.
Overall the Survival Slingshot wins on many fronts, from a survival kit to a silent hunting system. It is light enough to carry all day and it folds up and can be stored in a pocket. With a small survival blade stored in the handle I know I could survive just with the survival slingshot
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Survival Mistakes
Wilderness survival techniques are arguably a matter of life and death. Turning into a self-sufficient survivor does not happen at the snap of a finger. 
It takes knowledge, proper gear, and preparation. By planning for the worst before it happens you could be saving your life and other's.
According to some of the top wilderness survival websites, there are eight common mistakes that can cost you big in the wild. The first is no shelter, which really turns into a double barrelled mistake. If you do not have a proper shelter with you or lack the knowledge to build one with what is around you-you might be in trouble. 
It is vital to create a shelter that keeps you dry and limits exposure to the elements, especially the wind.
The second biggest wilderness survival mistake is being caught without a working navigational tool. It is easy to get turned around in the middle of thick bushes and trees. A map and a compass are failsafe standards any wilderness adventurer should pack.
Thanks to technology, a GPS is a handy tool as well. GPS devices are small, compact, and generally able to work for a descent time period if kept at full charge. Keep navigational tools with you at all times. 
Learning how to utilize cardinal directions by the sun and stars is also beneficial.
Another common mistake that can cost you is lack of knowledge and preparation.  
There are five key things you should be knowledgeable of first:
How to build shelter
How to signal for assistance
What is safe to eat and how to find it
How to build and maintain a fire
How to locate water and safely prepare it
Never underestimate the risk factor. The most innocent of outdoor excursions-fishing, hiking, hunting-can turn into a wilderness survival situation. Always be prepared.
Don't be caught with the wrong clothing. A rule of thumb is to always dress in layers, making the outer layer warmer than what you should need. Research indicates that most hypothermia cases develop in temperatures over 40 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to lack of proper clothing.
Water is essential to survive. 
The problem is finding drinkable water. Waterborne organisms can cause severe diarrhoea and vomiting, which increases dehydration. Carry a supply of pure drinking water along with the ability to filter water by boiling, chemical tablets, or filters.
Finally, be sure to have a signal plan and know how to create and maintain a fire. Almost any outdoor/camping supplier has sections dedicated to signal devices. Whistles, mirrors, high beam torches, and fire starting devices are all easy to carry signal devices. Couple these with learning how to create your own emergency signal by using trees, rocks, dirt, or even snow.
Fire is vital to wilderness survival. It can warm, protect, and heat food or boil water. You can even use it to signal for help. 
Do not underestimate learning how to make and maintain a fire. Take time to prepare for your outdoor excursions and you will be able to tackle whatever kinks come your way.
When it comes to survival skills, the smallest of mistakes could have a huge impact on your ability to stay safe. 
However, there are a few things which can help to avoid making such mistakes, and will ensure that your survival skills are as effective as possible.
If you find your survival skills being put to the test unexpectedly, then the natural reaction can be to panic. 
However, this is often the worst thing you can do, as you need to be thinking as clearly as possible in such situations.
You might not be able to simply google ‘survival techniques’ whilst checking your facebook page and playing cheeky bingo, but if you have done your research, then you will already be well prepared. 
You simply need to keep a clear head, and remember all the skills which you have learnt.
Often, people panic the most when it comes to putting up a shelter, and tend to rush the process. In actual fact, it is worth spending extra time making sure that your shelter is safe and secure, and unlikely to collapse without warning, OH! And water and wind proof as well.
A front pack is a pack or bag that allows for access of equipment from the persons chest. Front packs first and foremost allow for easy access of gear without the removal of any equipment.
In many adventure outdoor activities it can be critical to the sport to have the ability to reach essential gear fast without the removal of a backpack. Simplicity is the foremost purpose of the front pack but there are many additional benefits as well.
In all there are unlimited uses for the front pack. Front packs are the best compliment to any outdoorsman’s gear when accessibility, functionality, mobility and simplicity are required. From horseback riding, long distance biking, motorcycling and kayaking.
All sports where fast and easy access of gear is essential, a front pack is your best solution and as you can imagine it is going down a storm within the prepping and survivalist community.
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Homemade Cheese
What you will need
4 litres of whole milk, 1 pinch salt, 1 large lemon, juiced
What to do
1. Pour the milk into a large pan, and stir in a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the milk from scorching on the bottom of the pan.
2. When the milk begins to boil turn the heat off then stir the lemon juice into the milk, the milk will then curdle. This may take 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Line a sieve with a cheesecloth, now pour the milk through the cloth to catch the curds. What is left in the cheesecloth is the Farmer’s Cheese. The liquid is the whey.
4. Gather the cloth around the cheese, and squeeze out as much of the whey as you can. Then I find it best to suspend the cheese cloth over the sink for example.
5. When it has stopped dripping, I put it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge.
Why not try using herbs or other flavourings.
Quick Tips and Tricks
Survival glue
When you are out in the wilderness, glue can come in handy for attaching feathers to arrows or setting arrowheads. Simple but strong glue can be made from pine sap and deer dung. The two ingredients are heated using a tin or a hot rock. Heat up the pine sap and mix in crushed deer dung. Stir the mixture until you have a thick paste.
While hot the mixture is used just like you would normally use glue. Use a stick to apply the glue as it is very hot and will stain your hands black. Not only that but it has deer dung in it. That should give you enough of a clue not to use your fingers to apply it.
Survival Lantern
If you find a drink can you can make a lantern out of it. Cut a slit about an inch from the top and an inch from the bottom. Make the cut about half way around the can. Then cut in the centre of the two cuts to join them. The two pieces can be folded out to reflect light. The lantern can be hung by the tab at the top of the can. In the can you can use a small candle or you could have a small fire.
A-Frame Shelter
The A- Frame shelter is a great form of shelter. Start by supporting a centre beam. Then branches are leaned up against the beam to form the roof. Once you have a good solid frame, then you can start to cover it with grass, leaves or spruce branches. Always start with your roofing material at the bottom, and then work your way up.
This creates a shingle effect, thus shedding rain and snow. If you are using branches, always have the thickest part of the branch facing up so the rain will follow the branched down. In general, the grass roof will stay dryer than the roof made from branches because it is denser and there are more fibres for the rain to follow down to the ground.
If you need to heat your shelter, build a small fire approximately one pace from the front opening. Behind the fire build a reflector wall. This is a short wall which will reflect the heat from the fire back into the shelter. If built properly, this shelter will keep you warm and dry.
Whenever you build a fire near your shelter, remember that natural materials are flammable. Use utmost precaution.
A Lean-To Shelter
The lean-to shelter is probably the simplest and fastest shelter to construct. You need a horizontal branch which can be tied between two trees or supported by two branches. Then branches are leaned against the windward side to create an angled roof. The roof can than be covered with branches grass or a tarp if you happen to have one.

If you need to heat your shelter, build a small fire approximately one pace from the front opening. Behind the fire build a reflector wall. This is a short wall which will reflect the heat from the fire back into the shelter. If built properly, this shelter will keep you warm and dry.

Whenever you build a fire near your shelter, remember that natural materials are flammable. Use utmost precaution.
Starting a fire
Ever wondered how the first settlers in this great country started fire. Many of them wore a small leather pouch around their necks. In the pouch was a rock, a striker, and a small tin. The tin contained char cloth.

Char cloth is a natural fibre that has been chemically altered by heating in the absence of oxygen. A piece of cotton, jute or cattail fluff is placed in a tin with a small hole in the top. It is then thrown in a fire. Smoke will escape from the hole in the tin. When the material stops smoking it is finished.

Remove from the fire but do not open until it has cooled or it will start to burn when it gets access to oxygen. After the char cloth is cooled it will start to glow immediately when a spark lands on it. It is very hard to extinguish once it has been ignited. The glowing piece of char cloth is then placed in a nest of dry grass or other tinder. Blow on the tinder until it bursts into flame.

The striker is a piece of hardened high carbon steel usually bent in a oval shape so it is easy to hold. When a rock is struck against it a small piece of molten metal is shaved off the striker causing what appears to be a spark. If you can get the spark to land on the char cloth you have a glowing ember, and the beginning of fire.
Bacon & Egg in a Paper Bag
3 thick slices of bacon
1 egg
1 paper lunch bag
1 stick

Place bacon in the bottom of the bag, covering the bottom. Crack egg and put in bag on top of the bacon. Fold top of bag down securely. Poke a hole through the top of the bag for the stick.

A Family Plan
What you do, or do not do, is down to have you got a plan or not.
You are driving home and the fuel lights come on, what do you do now? Fill up now or in the morning on the way to work?
But what if?
So you did fill up and drove home you wife was still out working you put the meal into the oven and jumped into the bath.
Then complete darkness, a power cut, what is your plan now?
Where is your wife? Is she OK, is she trapped underground on a tube train? Is she in a massive traffic jam as the traffic light are not working? Oh! And the mobile phone network is down too.
I am sure something similar has happened to many people across the world, and the problem with these disasters both natural and manmade is that they are unpredictable.
We know that they have happened so therefore we expect they will happen again, however we do not know when or how bad they will be or in fact where they will be.
In the U.S. September is National Preparedness Month, We could do with one in the UK to be honest as it would as it would remind people that they should be planning for power cuts and disasters themselves and not be relying on the Government for their existence when these events occur.
Unlike the U.S. the UK has yet to totally embrace the preppers and survivalist mind set, although I have to say things are changing and more and more people are waking up to the fact that if they do not plan to survive such events then they will not survive it is that simple.
Reconnect with Family after a Disaster
Plan for Specific Needs before a Disaster
Build an Emergency Kit
How to… Practice for an Emergency
Planning to survive is not as easy as it sounds unfortunately, I bet that the majority of people in the UK have not even discussed let alone developed an emergency plan for family members detailing what to do and how to reunite in the event of a disaster.
Think back to the earlier scenario…how would your reach your wife? Do the two of you have a designated meeting place or perhaps a point of contact outside of your immediate community who can assist with connecting the two of you and confirming both parties are safe?
Connecting, having and practicing an emergency plan and being within arms’ reach of emergency supplies are all small, simple steps we can take today.  And, frankly, they could mean the difference between life and death once a disaster strikes.
But no reminder, activity or promotion will be as meaningful and as impactful as the one you take for your own life and for that of your family. This also means thinking beyond what’s immediately obvious and planning for those who may not be able to prepare or readily plan for themselves – like those who are disabled, the elderly and don’t forget your pets.
The UK Police Service is now the Police Force
The recent political crisis in Ferguson, MO put a national spotlight on police militarization. For years, the American Department of Defence has been sending military hardware, leftover from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, to local police through its 1033 program.
Police departments have been accepting the military-grade hardware, despite its uselessness for purposes of civilian police work, under “what if” justifications.
However, after obtaining the items, officials in charge of local police forces have often expanded the scenarios in which military tools are being put to use, resulting in militarized approaches to drug raids and peaceful protests.
It is now a fact that the cache of weapons donated to local cops included 11,959 bayonets. A bayonet is a spear-like weapon affixed to the end of a rifle that soldiers use as a last resort to gut enemies in close range.
While this type of weapon could prove useful on a battlefield, it seems highly unlikely that a police officer could find a justified civilian law enforcement purpose for such a brutal offensive weapon.
The report also noted that 79,288 assault rifles, 205 grenade launchers, 3,972 combat knives, 50 airplanes, and 422 helicopters had been issued to police by April of this year.
It is also worth noting that large shipments of weapons have been issued after April of 2014. Here is a fact that should get you asking questions, believe this or not grenade launchers have been given to campus police departments, yes you heard me school police have been given grenade launchers.
Some local police have even requested knives which officers intend to use to cut down marijuana plants during drug busts, and if you believe that you will also believe that man landed on the moon.
It is unclear to which areas the nearly 12,000 bayonets were shipped.
Here in the UK our police are changing too, not only do we not see proper coppers on our streets any more but if or should I say when we see them they are dressed in military style clothing and act in an aggressive way.
The British government has now authorized the use of water cannons and plastic and rubber bullets for quelling riots (the latter of which has have never been officially used by police on the British mainland), but the permission came several days after riots and looting turned parts of London into a burning wreck.
The British police public order tactics manual is a secret document establishing a paramilitary third force in the UK, under the control of a private company ACPO with permission from the home office and this happened in 2009 by the way. But of course you have not been told.
"It is sometimes necessary to think in terminology which has more of a military connotation." ACPO Public Order Manual.
This why we must hold weapons legally of course but we must exercise our right to do so otherwise they will remove that right.
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Walking Home – Survival Tips
Here are three survival (security) tips that are free, and won’t cost you anything. 
There is a caveat though, that is you may need to force a slight change in your behaviour and habits.
In today’s world of increasing economic woes, more individuals are turning towards criminal behaviour as they become angrier, looking for someone to blame, and may be downright desperate. 
You, as a ‘normal’ person, may be walking among them from time to time and you don’t even know it or recognize it.
To a large extent, the key to avoid being victimized is to simply be aware. Awareness consciously (and subconsciously) changes your own behaviour such that you will be more likely to avoid dangerous situations that could escalate into violence.
Let me define ‘awareness’ in the context of your self-security:
Well firstly you should know what is happening or has happened in your field of travel, you should also look around you (and behind you) while moving (walking, driving, etc) and even outside your home, make eye contact while scanning in crowded public places.
Whether by paying attention to the news or ‘hearsay’, understand the history of the area you are about to travel in. 
Most people over time will come to understand where the ‘bad’ areas are in their local region – areas especially vulnerable to crime.
If you are new to the area, or if traveling outside your own area, make an effort to discover where these ‘bad’ areas are. 
A great tool to look for crime reports is on, which shows maps dotted with crime reports in Canada, the U.S., and the U
This simple behaviour is more effective than you may imagine. The reason being, is that so many people do not do this, they are ignorant to their surroundings, and are the first to become victims.
Predators look for the weaker prey. Someone who is looking down, or who appears to be in their own little world, they are prime targets for criminals.
Instead, you should scan around you from time to time, with your head up straight, as you walk with purpose – shoulders back, and confident. Not only might you avoid an unruly-looking gang of troublemakers, but they might avoid targeting YOU.
Make eye contact while scanning in crowded public places
Making purposeful, but quick eye contact is another very effective deterrent to a criminal. 
Here’s the reason… Most people purposely avoid eye contact in public places.
They want to remain in their own little world and by looking down or avoiding eye contact, they are convinced that they will remain in that cocoon. The reality is that they are entirely wrong.
Sure, that type of behaviour may avoid unwanted conversation that otherwise might initiate from a stranger, but that’s about it… By occasionally scanning and making quick eye contact with others, tells any potential criminal that you are not afraid. 
‘Quick’ eye contact simply means don’t stare. Staring will provoke a stranger.
Is this type of behaviour simply a bunch of paranoia? Do you have to walk around being paranoid to avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time? No, of course not.
Granted, for some people, learning to do these simple things will feel uncomfortable at first – and they may feel as though they are being paranoid. However, after a while, this will become part of you, just like being able to carry on a conversation with someone while driving a car. It’s no big deal…
Bolster some confidence while you’re out and about. It may unknowingly ward off a pick-pocket, purse-snatcher, or worse criminal, without you even knowing it happened!
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Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal
It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas State brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down.
Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self-sustainable.
This time, it’s a lady called Robin Speronis that’s come under fire. She lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system.
A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source.
So it appears that our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice.
In the end, she was found not guilty of not having a proper sewer or electrical system; but was guilty of not being hooked up to an approved water supply.
So what exactly is off grid living?
It means living independently, mainly living independently of the utility companies. Providing your own power.
It does not mean living in the Stone Age, it’s not about bush craft. It’s about generating your own power, your own water, dealing with your own waste.
It’s about being more self-reliant and being less dependent on the system. Perhaps realizing that the system isn’t really protecting us anymore and we have to look after ourselves.
The real problem with off the grid living is that corporations lose their ability to control those who go off grid.
With a completely self-sustaining life style, nobody would ever have to work. What would happen then?
Think about that for a moment.
We would be free to expand and create, to discover our full potential as a race and move forward into the world of exploration and discovery, all the while living in harmony with nature, not against it.
We’ve accepted the monetary system, and deem it necessary for the proper function of society. Money doesn’t ever have to come in the way of necessity, we’ve just been made to believe that it does.
The human race does not need to be dependent on these corporations.
While we continue to feed this dependency, the planet continues to suffer. In order to move forward, we must start cooperating with each other, and realize just how much potential we have to create something magical and amazing.
Bottom line, anybody who has the desire to live off-grid should not be hassled for it, it should be a free choice.
It gets worse.
You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.
The American government is working hard to make it illegal for you to grow veggies in your own yard.
And in New Zealand
They have passed a law that makes it illegal to distribute “food” without authorisation, and it defines “food” in such a way that it includes nutrients, seeds, natural medicines, essential minerals and drinks (including water).

By controlling seeds, the bill takes the power to grow food away from the public and puts it in the hands of seed companies. That power may be abused.

The bill will push up mainstream food prices by subjecting producers to red tape and registration costs. Food prices are already rising due to increased energy costs and commodity speculation, while effective disposable incomes are falling.

Growing food for distribution must be authorised, even for “cottage industries”, and such authorisation can be denied.

Under the Food Bill, Police acting as Food Safety Officers can raid premises without a warrant, using all equipment they deem necessary – including guns (Clause 265 – 1).

Members of the private sector can also be Food Safety Officers, as at Clause 243. So Monsanto employees can raid premises – including marae – backed up by armed police.

The Bill gives Food Safety Officers immunity from criminal and civil prosection.

The Government has created this bill to keep in line with its World Trade Organisation obligations under an international scheme called Codex Alimentarius (“Food Book”). So it has to pass this bill in one form or another.
These facts are in my opinion even more reason to prepare and plan to survive, as you know we are doing it right when they try to ban it.
When the Power Stops
It is a fact that our country is more reliant on electrical power today than at any time in its history. 
Our way of life – from everyday conveniences and the security of local emergency services to commerce and communications – is contingent upon an always on, always available flow of electricity.
But an aging infrastructure coupled with a rise in natural and man-made disasters threatens our entire modern day digital infrastructure. According to many experts from the private and public sector, we’re just one major catastrophic event away from a complete meltdown of life in the United Kingdom as we know it today.
So, what happens if and when the grid goes down for an extended period of time? Aside from the aggravation of not being able to determine what is happening through traditional media channels, for the Average person, his problems have only just begun.
Our dependency to the power grid doesn’t just stop at the lack of electricity in our homes to power our appliances or an inability to charge our mobile phones; it Is much broader and affects every aspect of our lives.
We are regularly inundated with news reports covering power cuts that last several days or weeks resulting from bad weather or snow storms. During those times, when entire metropolitan areas or regions experience power cuts, we get a glimpse into what a truly widespread emergency might look like.
It is often the case that the first thing residents of affected areas do is rush to the supermarket and DIY stores hoping to acquire critical supplies like food, water, batteries, flashlights and generators.
And while these supplies acquired at the onset of crisis may provide short term sustenance, any long-term power cut situation that lasts for many weeks or months will prove dangerous, and perhaps fatal, to the unprepared.
Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.
Challenges or shut downs of business commerce
Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
Inability to access money via atm machines
Payroll service interruptions
Interruptions in public facilities – schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings.
Inability to have access to clean drinking water
The last widespread outage in the Northeast with over 80,000 homes without electricity, showed how intimately interconnected and alarmingly fragile our power grid is.
If our society is more reliant on power than at any time in history – without it, we’ve got no commerce, no communications, no clean water – and if power becomes less reliable in the future, the big question is: Will we be able to hack it?
THE TROUBLE with the future of power isn’t that there is one big problem that could knack us. It’s that there are a host of them, any one of which could knack us.
These things that could knack us I would class as Extreme Natural Disasters
This includes earthquakes, hurricanes, snow storms, thunderstorms as well as massive solar storms that have the potential to seriously damage the electrical grid. You don’t think it could happen?
It took just 90 seconds for a 1989 solar storm to cause the collapse of the Hydro-Quebec power grid, leaving 6 million Canadians without power for up to nine hours.
A NASA-funded report noted the risk of significant damage to our interconnected grid in light of the forecast for increased solar activity.
Acts of Terrorism
This category includes, but is not limited to a physical attack on the bulk power system, either at its source of generation or somewhere along its transmission route, cyber-attack on the computers controlling our interconnected grid, electro-magnetic pulse, or an EMP, weapon.
Have you read my “effects of EMP” article. EMP’s will create long-lasting damage that would incapacitate electronic systems across the country and forever change our way of life. 
Cyber-threats are another concern and someone with serious hacking skills could easily take out computers, networks or information stored therein to cause lasting damage to our way of life.
The Ailing Grid
Our ailing power grid is almost as sick as our failing economy. With one malicious event, be it man made or by natural means, it is down. Our power delivery system is as old and stooped as a pensioner. 
As it is upgraded and its capacity is expanded, our rapacious need for more electrical power races to max it out once again.
A wide-spread emergency, such as a massive power surge, solar flare or a rogue electromagnetic pulse (EMP) detonation have the capacity to render our entire power infrastructure useless. 
Transformers and other key elements on which the grid depends could be permanently damaged as a result of massive electric surges.
In an event such as this our immediate problem will be finding a way to order, manufacture and take delivery of the components needed to replace the faulty ones.
Most of the parts made for our electrical grid are made in China – and many are decades old. It would take months to get the parts shipped to this country and replaced.
During the power cut, millions would be adversely affected; some even suggesting that within a year 9 out of 10 Britons would be dead from starvation, disease and violence.
Ladies and gentleman, if there’s one thing that can cause the veritable “S” to hit the fan, this is it.
So how do we remedy and or prepare for a grid down scenario? Think retro – like pioneer retro- and by that we have to go way back to when we were not so dependent on the luxury of on-demand energy in its various forms.
When preparing for a grid-down scenario, we must comprise different contingency plans for short-term and longer-term issues. That being the case, we have to admit to ourselves that it could last longer than we expect and be much more than just a minor inconvenience.
Therefore, the best way to prepare is to start with your basic needs. That is the need for light, heat, water, and food. Therefore we must employ the usual SHTF plans to overcome this potential disaster situation.
The vulnerability of our grid is nothing new to us as preppers. Some have seen this problem coming for a long time and changed their entire ways of life by going off-grid.
They have found alternative sources such as solar, wind and diesel to power their homes and machinery. A majority of us, who have not gone off-grid, are making a concerted effort to avoid dependence on this ailing infrastructure and preparing for life without it.
That being said, all we can do is stay the course, prepare accordingly and continue on.
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What if I told you that you could catch fish for dinner in your back garden?
What if I told you that right up until you caught those fish, they were growing the veggies for the rest of your dinner?
Would you believe me?
Well you should as this can all be done now by using an ingenious method of gardening called Aquaponics.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is the growing of fish, or other water-based animals, along with land plants in a controlled environment.
It is used to maximize the use of energy and nutrients in the system so that it can harvest the maximum amount of vegetables and fish protein. The word aquaponics comes from the words aquaculture, which is the cultivation of fish or other water- based animals, and hydroponics, where plants are grown in a sterile medium or completely in water.
Basically, the plants extract the water and nutrients that they need to grow, cleaning the water for the fish. There are bacteria that live on the surface of the grow bed.
These bacteria convert ammonia wastes from the fish into nitrates that can be used by the plants. The nitrates are relatively harmless to the fish but more importantly they make terrific plant food.
 What Types of Fish Can You Use in Aquaponics?
Any type of fresh water fish works well in an aquaponic system. Carp can be grown by aquaponics but you can also grow most fresh water fish, trout, and even signal crayfish, (license required).
It’s not just for edible fish! You can also grow any decorative fresh-water fish such as Koi or goldfish. When choosing your fish you will need to take into consideration the temperature at which they can thrive and survive in.
For example most river fish can survive down to temperatures in the low 60s, but won’t thrive until they reach the mid 70’s. Whereas trout will survive up to a maximum temperature of 65, but they will not thrive until their water is in the high 40s to low 50’s. (Temps given in Fahrenheit)
What Types of Plants Can You Grow in an Aquaponic Garden?
There are too many to name. It is actually easier to list the categories of plants that DO NOT thrive in an aquaponics system. Plants like blueberries and azaleas do not work well as they require an acidic environment to thrive.
With some protection all of this will work in any climate. A greenhouse is ideal as you can create a perfect environment for your fish and plants and the bonus is sunlight is free! Also all the water in the fish tank, sump tank and grow beds will create a thermal mass in your greenhouse which helps moderate temperature extremes.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a greenhouse, aquaponics work inside. You can just as easily grow fish and veg in your garage or even your cellar for example.
Benefits of Aquaponic Gardening
Aquaponic Gardening enables home fish farming. Fresh fish for you and your family.
Aquaponic Gardening uses 90% less water than soil-based gardening because the water is re-circulated and only that which the plants take up or evaporates is ever replaced.
Aquaponic Gardening results in two crops for one input (fish feed).
Aquaponic Gardening is four to six times as productive on a square foot basis as soil-based gardening. This is because with aquaponic gardening, you can pack plants about twice as densely and the plants grow two to three times as fast as they do in soil.
Aquaponic systems only requires a small amount of energy, this is to run a pump and aeration for the fish.
Aquaponics does not rely on the availability of good soil, you can literally set up anywhere such as any piece of land big enough, abandoned warehouses, schools, restaurants, cellars and garages.
Aquaponic Gardening is free from weeds, watering and fertilizing. It is done at a waist-high level so prevents back strain.
Aquaponic Gardening has to be organic. Natural fish waste provides all the food the plants need. Pesticides would be harmful to the fish so they are never used. Hormones, antibiotics, and other fish additives would be harmful to the plants so they are never used.
The result is every bit as flavourful as soil-based organic produce, with the added benefit of fresh fish for a safe, healthy source of protein.
How to Make Char cloth
Fire making is a basic survival skill that must be learnt then practiced regularly or you could find yourself stuck in the wilderness without a way to boil your water or cook your food.
In order to make a fire, it’s more than just making a spark from a magnesium firesteel, fire piston, flint and steel, or a flame from a lighter. You need that ignition source to easily catch on to something that’ll burn long enough for the kindling to catch, which is supposed to burn long enough for your fuel wood to burn. That something is called Tinder.
The components of a good tinder are:
  1. you have it with you or can find it when you need it
  2. it catches fire easily in whatever weather or environment you’re in
  3. it burns long enough to catch your kindling on fire
I have to say that having one of Bushcraft tools fire pistons I recommend Char Cloth. Technically, char cloth is an addition to your tinder stock.
So what is char cloth I hear you ask?
Char cloth is an organic material (like cotton) that has been heated enough that all (most) of the gasses inside have left but has been protected from burning itself up.
When something burns, it’s actually a chemical reaction with oxygen or a similar gas. When something like wood or cotton burns, chemicals like carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide are released into the air.
If you heat up something like cotton to a certain point and don’t let oxygen into the area for it to burn, the gasses will be released but the material itself won’t combust. That’s essentially all you need to do to make char cloth in theory, but let’s look at how you make it.
How do you make charred cloth?
The simplest prepper method of making char cloth is to take something like pieces of cotton from a t-shirt or old jeans and put it into a small tin, like an altoids tin or an air pellet tin. You can also use a tuna tin, coffee tin etc. as long as you can seal it fairly well after you put the material in it and it won’t burn itself up.
I wanted to make some char cloth just using stuff I had lying around the house so instead of an altoids tin I used an old pellet tin I had lying around.
You need the gasses to escape from the inside after they’re released from the cotton, so you need to poke a small hole in the tin with something like a nail. You don’t want it too big though, or oxygen will get in and your fabric will catch fire.
I got my Gillie Kettle out and lit it and put the old pellet tin on top then I cut a strip denim from some old jeans about as wide as the tin is long, rolled it up and put it into the tin. The smoke was coming out of the hole in the top of the tin, and if I was to put a flame to it, that smoke would catch fire.
This is essentially a mini-gasifier. That gas is flammable enough to be used in a generator or carb for an engine.
Then, you just cook the tin in the fire for a while until you don’t see any more smoke coming out, and that’s it. Depending on how much stuff you have, how big your tin is and how hot your fire is, it should take anywhere from 15-45 minutes. 
Obviously, the proof is in the pudding so I took out my magnesium fire starter that I keep in my pocket as a part of my EDC kit, and it lit after one spark.
That’s really all there is to it. You should experiment with different types of fabrics and different temperatures and times to heat it up but it’s not really all that hard. You don’t even need to use cloth. Almost any organic material should work, such as wood or plant fibres. You just need to get all the gasses out without burning it.
Char cloth vs other tinder?
Char cloth catches so easily that just one spark will usually catch, so not only can you place it right under your tinder bundle, things like a breeze or damp air shouldn’t be a problem. It will burn usually for a few minutes too, giving it enough time to catch. Because it doesn’t give off a flame though, char cloth isn’t really going to be able to catch kindling.
Other tinder like dry leaves, grass, cat tail fluff, etc. burns pretty well but isn’t always easy to catch from a spark. Especially if it’s damp out.
Putting them together though, makes a powerful combination.
How to use char cloth to start a fire.
Char cloth catches easily but it won’t burn hot enough to catch twigs on fire unless they’re REALLY tiny.
You also probably won’t have a lot of char cloth in your kit. It will, however, burn enough to catch other tinder on fire. By making a tinder bundle out of dry material that burns quickly and then putting the char cloth in side it, you make an easy-to-light pile of stuff known as a nest that will burn hot enough to catch twigs.
Having a successful fire started is all about sticking to the sequence of fire starting. The spark catches the char cloth. The char cloth catches the rest of the tinder. The tinder then catches your kindling. The kindling catches the fuel wood and you can then boil water or cook a meal.
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UK Blackout Fears are you Prepared?
This is 2014 and believe it or not emergency measures are needed to ensure Britain avoids blackouts this winter, the National Grid boss has admitted.
He says that old power stations could be brought out of mothballs to supply extra energy.
A number of coal-fired power stations have been shut to satisfy EU targets for cutting greenhouse gases.
Four nuclear plants have closed unexpectedly for repairs – although Mr Holliday said two may be ready by the end of the year.
The result is the total amount of electricity that can be supplied could be just 5 per cent greater than demand from consumers.
We could be looking at 1970s-style blackouts. I would say that managers had ‘failed to plan adequately’. 
Winter is on the way depending on where you live and experiencing a power cut can range from being moderately inconvenient to a complete nightmare. Being prepared means that a power cut needn’t be a disaster…
Emergency supplies
Last winter there were families in remote parts of the country where a power cut left them stranded for days without heat, light, cooking facilities and hot water. Shops had to be closed and heavy snowfall blocked roads and railways. With a power cut – no matter where you are – can cause real problems.  
Candles can be dangerous, keeping warm is difficult and milk and food may turn rancid. A little preparation is definitely worthwhile.
Here’s an emergency check-list of what you should have in the house:
Candles, minimum four to five dozen.
Candle stick holders. In a pinch, fold aluminium foil around the candle bases 
Matches and disposable lighters.
Emergency heater
Torches and extra batteries.
Canned goods and dry food mixes
Water and juices.
Extension cords, long enough to reach your neighbour’s house.
Hand tools such as hammer, screwdriver and wood saw.
Seasoned firewood.
Extra blankets.
Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils.
First-aid kit
Fire Extinguisher
Remember to keep these things together and in a place where they will be easy to reach and find in the dark. It’s also a good idea to keep some emergency lighting on each level of the house, a lighter with candles should be fine until you can access the torches.
Try to get children used to candles – from distance! Bath-time is a good time to introduce candlelight – it makes a relaxing atmosphere and your child is safely contained in the tub. 
During a power cut you’ll only be able to use them on high surfaces. Do not walk around with a lit candle, use torches instead to get about the house.
During a power cut
You will find the temperature in your home drops quickly. Keep a small baby close to you for warmth, and consider co-sleeping. Toddlers will need extra clothes and blankets at bed times. A torch may make an impromptu night-light.
However even adults will need extra layers of clothes as well as blankets hats and gloves.
Report the power cut to your electricity supplier immediately. They should have a 24-hour emergency telephone number that is on your electricity bill or in the front of the yellow pages. 
Tell them if you have a young children, elderly person or those with medical problems in the house and ask for an estimated length of time.
If the power cut is going to last several days, consider staying with a friend or relative with power. Having no heat or light is going to be, at the best, inconvenient and at the worst, dangerous.
And finally…
Get your family into good habits. Stairs should always be kept free of toys and clutter in case you do end up stumbling around in the dark.
The 1940's Diet
Are we storing 'too' much food for bugging out? 
Could we actually live on what the British families did in the 1940's?
I know that a rationed diet would be healthier for us as well?
When rationing was introduced in England on January 8, 1940 it was to ensure that food was distributed fairly and that the dwindling food supplies lasted. 
However, rationing did vary slightly month to month depending on the availability of foods increasing when it was plentiful and decreasing when it was in short supply.
Here is the weekly ration allowance for one adult in the 1940’s… (Remember that in addition to this people were encouraged to incorporate lots of fruit and veggies into their diets and grow even more in their back gardens!
Weekly ration for 1 adult
Bacon & Ham 4 oz.
Meat to the value of £1.50 (around about 1/2 lb minced beef)
Butter 2 oz.
Cheese 2 oz.
Margarine 4 oz.
Cooking fat 4 oz.
Milk 3 pints
Sugar 8 oz.
Preserves 1 lb every 2 months
Tea 2 oz.
1 fresh egg per week
Sweets/Candy 12 oz. every 4 weeks
In addition to this a points system was put in place which limited your purchase of tinned or imported goods. 
16 points were available in your ration book for every 4 weeks and that 16 points would enable you to purchase for instance, 1can of tinned fish or 2lbs of dried fruit or 8 lbs of split peas.
Does this sound a lot or little to you?
When you try and produce all your own food from scratch using the above ingredients and realize just how precious or even how difficult it was at times to obtain other necessary food stuffs like flour, oats etc.
It really makes you appreciate how difficult and how IMPORTANT the role was of the1940’s housewife to feed her family and keep them healthy. It was for sure a long and hard job.
I have designed this recipe from the rations available.
2 slices of wholemeal (whole wheat) toast with margarine and marmalade or marmite or large bowl of porridge oats (oatmeal) made with water, splash of milk and a little sugar or honey mixed in.
Oslo Meal-
2 slices of whole wheat bread spread with a little margarine or butter small block of cheese grated and placed over salad, fresh lettuce leaves other salad items like carrot, cucumber or tomato and a glass of cold milk
Meat Gravy
 1 lb mince beef
Corn starch
Salt & pepper
Old ripe tomatoes (optional)
Oxo cubes or marmite
Two large baked potatoes topped with a little bit of strong cheddar, generous serving of meaty gravy, a chunk of freshly baked wholemeal bread, a few spoonful’s of steamed carrots, big mound of steamed cabbage. For dessert one pear.
A big mound of mashed potato (a blob of marg and some thyme, salt & pepper for seasoning), served with large portions of cabbage and cauliflower and the remainder of the meaty gravy made yesterday. 
For dessert two freshly baked Rock Buns and two steaming hot cups of tea!
Round off the day with a glass or two of milk- usually one small glass of cold milk and a cup of milky coffee. 
The amount depends on how much you have left to use!
This diet depends on what is available or what recipes have been created. 
You can always make veggies stews with beans and pulses in for extra protein.
Does the Bible say anything about the current wave of doomsday predictions and violence throughout the planet?
Movie trailers for the science fiction disaster film 2012 added to the hype, showing entire cities devastated by enormous tsunamis and earthquakes, meteors raining down fiery death from heaven and human history coming to a violent end.

According to Wikipedia, "The studio also launched a viral marketing website operated by the fictional Institute for Human Continuity, where filmgoers could register for a lottery number to be part of a small population that would be rescued from the global destruction."

Other scenarios picture a wonderful change in human consciousness and the ushering in of a New Age. John Major Jenkins, author of Maya Cosmogenesis, describes the coming New Age this way: "Around the year we call 2012 a large chapter in human history will be coming to an end.
All the values and assumptions of the previous World Age will expire, and a new phase of human growth will commence."
Well as we now know he was wrong, or at least he got the date wrong at least.
All the hype about 2012 was based on a mixture of speculation about Mayan calendars, the book The Bible Code, some ancient Oriental prophesies, supposed writings of Nostradamus and a little of the biblical book of Revelation.

But does the Bible say anything about the end of human history?

In Matthew 24:3, Jesus was asked about the sign of His coming and the end of this age.

He gave prophecies of many events to happen before His return. He said there would be religious deception, wars and rumours of wars, famines, disease epidemics and earthquakes, all leading to a time of Great Tribulation when mankind would be on the verge of destroying all life on the earth if the time wasn't cut short (verses 21 and 22).  Could that be a reference to WW111?

Then Jesus prophesied there would be heavenly signs, and He would return with power and great glory (verses 29-30).
While Jesus gave His disciples signs to watch for that indicated His return, He stated clearly that no one knows the exact date except His Father.

In Mark 13:32 we read, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Matthew's account puts it this way, "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming" (Matthew 25:13).

The Bible does not tell us the date Jesus Christ will return to save humanity from destroying ourselves.

But it does promise that Christ will return and set up a government that will bring peace and prosperity to this earth. In the meantime God doesn't ask us to explore the intricacies of ancient Mayan calendars, or believe the Hollywood film scripts either.

He warns of rampant deception and tells us not to be fooled by those who claim secret knowledge of His return (Matthew 24:4, 23-26).

What are we to do? The purpose of the biblical prophecies and warning signs is to remind us of our need to always be growing closer to God and to be spiritually ready.

We need to be preparing spiritually for Christ's return and the end of this world now, and every year.

"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" (Matthew 24:44).
How to Make a Survival Heater
Getting stranded in your car can be a dangerous possibility, being stuck in your home during a power cut can be equally as dangerous without the ability to heat your surroundings. Therefore I suggest that you plan now to have the ability to provide that lifesaving heat.
This is the equipment you will need
A small empty metal tin: You want this to be slightly taller but thinner than a standard roll of toilet paper. My can of choice is an unused 1 quart/ 2 pint paint tin found in most DIY shops. You can also use an empty food tin that is the same size.
A larger metal tin that can easily accommodate the first one: I use a 1 gallon unused paint tin (again found in most DIY shops). Another option is a coffee tin or a metal bucket and so on.
Some type of lid that can be placed over the larger tin: I also like to get a lid for the smaller can which I will explain later.
Toilet paper (unscented)
Six bottles of 70 to 91% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) seen on Ebay £2.229 for 500ml
Matches or some other fire starter
This is what you do
Prepare the toilet paper: The first step is to take out the central cardboard tube from the toilet paper roll, leaving only the paper behind.
Squeeze the paper into the smaller tin: Next you’ll want to squeeze and roll the paper into the smaller tin. If the tin is so small that a full-size paper roll has no chance of fitting inside it, then you can remove some of the external sheets (just like you would if you were going to the bathroom) until it does squeeze into the tin. It’s important that it fills up the entire volume of the can.
Add the fuel: If you are now ready to use it, simply add the alcohol until the toilet roll inside the can is completely saturated. One of the benefits of using a 1 quart/2 pint paint tin is that you can store the stove with the fuel already added by placing the air-tight lid over the can. This saves space and allows you to have more fuel available. The lid can also be used to control the output of the flame.
Place the smaller tin into the larger one and position it in your car or room to be heated: The larger tin provides an insulating barrier and some protection for passengers and your car. You’ll also want to position it in a place that’s far enough from anything combustible. Use the palm check. Put the back of your hand against the surface you’re worried about and if you can’t keep your hand there without burning it then it’s either to close or you’ll need to adjust the flame.
Light the stove: First, open a window just a crack to provide some airflow and then carefully place a match (or throw some sparks using a firesteel) onto the saturated toilet paper and viola! You’ve got yourself a burning stove.
Use caution in lighting as it will combust very quickly. It’s best to partially cover the smaller tin with a lid to decrease the size of combustion (you can always increase it later).
Controlling the Burn Rate
You may notice if you follow the steps above, that a pretty sizable flame results from having the smaller tin’s opening completely exposed. While this is fine if you want to warm up faster, it does tend to go through the fuel fairly quickly and is not so efficient.
A better way is to partially cover the smaller tin with a lid. Or if you used a 1 quart/2 pint paint tin, you can make a small hole (about the size of a 10p piece) in the lid it comes with and place that on top of the can. Both of these methods control the burn rate and allow the stove to provide a constant heat.
Another option is instead of completely saturating the toilet roll you can pour just a few ounces of alcohol on the paper and regularly add more as it burns up. This will also control the size of the flame and conserve fuel. I prefer to use the lid method over this one, since you don’t have to regularly add alcohol (it’s nice to sleep for a stretch of time and not have to regularly add fuel)
A Word on Carbon Monoxide
I’m sure by now many of you are thinking, “What about the dangers of carbon monoxide?”
Carbon monoxide is produced from the partial oxidation of carbon-containing compounds. “Partial oxidation” is just a big word for what happens when combustion (fire) takes place in an area where there isn’t much oxygen. This is most apparent when one operates a generator inside a home or if their wood stove is improperly vented.
In the case of this alcohol stove, while there is risk of carbon monoxide emissions (rubbing alcohol contains carbon: C3H7OH) the risk is very minimal. Opening your window slightly should provide sufficient oxygen for a clean burn.
If you still are concerned about it, I would recommend purchasing a battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm and turning it on (putting in the batteries) when running the stove. This will provide you ample warning should there be an issue.


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