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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF

 
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Think before reacting

In a disaster or collapse, a lot of people will act in wild ways. They'll be desperate. The instinctive thing to do is shoot first and ask questions later. However real life is not like the movies. The ammunition is real as is the reaction. Life is precious and once a bullet is fired, you can't put it back in the magazine.

Warning shots are wasted shots. This also is not a good idea. Not when ammunition is irreplaceable. Only in Hollywood does someone use bravado to fire an shot overhead. If you do that, in the moment that you telegraph the motion, you're distracted, and someone might rush you and fire into you. Smooth move there, Ace.

If you talk to some law enforcement and who have experienced a firefight, they weren't fearful of shooting, they were fearful of killing someone accidentally, and perhaps one of their fellow officers in the melee. That's a far cry from the blustering Internet folks saying “tactical” every other word that will probably overreact.

Many law enforcement were soldiers once and they had discharged a weapon. They're not afraid to do it again.

Things ramp up. People get nervous. Someone might accidentally react and discharge a weapon and then, all bets are off, because people will empty their magazine(s), not fire short controlled bursts and deliberately targeting to double-tap folks in non-lethal areas if possible.

A wounded bleeding person likely has damage to blood vessels. You have seconds sometimes to control the bleeding or they may rapidly lose blood, and even though they survive, may lose a limb, or end up dying if it hit a vital organ. The liver and the kidney are organs which filter blood, and wounds here are mostly fatal under the poor survivability conditions of a disaster or collapse. A leg wound can easily make someone bleed out. That's where a major part of the blood is located due to gravity. The femoral is large enough that it will rapidly pump out and you're dead.

Any penetrating gut wound may hit intestines, expose their blood to anaerobic bacteria like E coli, and they go septic and then into shock as the bacteria and immune response shuts down the liver and kidneys. Same result.

Since you don't have antibiotics, a wound of any kind that gets infected could kill you. I'm talking about the smallest cut. “But it's only a flesh wound! It went in and out.” When the body has a penetrating wound, whatever was in-between the body and the bullet is going to also be propelled inward. That means bits of clothing will get carried inside and of course they have viruses and bacteria and dirt on them. That cloth has to be removed as well.

Because there's nil chance of having a surgeon look at it, the blood supply through whatever blood vessels were damaged ...is trashed. There won't be any blood vessels patched in to graft and repair the area. The tissue will be hypoperfussed of blood. No nutrients will get to it. Inadequate immune response to it, for no white blood cells can get directly there. No cellular repair or waste removal, and gangrene will attack the wound, then at best amputation, and at worst...death.

Think how to best protect yourself and also how to best ramp down the situation. Breathe. Your ability to negotiate as well as use subterfuge and distraction to get the drop on them ...that's crucial. Get the drop, and maybe you don't have to discharge the weapon.

If it's a burglar, and you shoot them, then prepare for their lawyer and jail time, because a persuasive lawyer can convince a jury that you didn't show restraint and that your life wasn't in danger, particularly if they left and you pursued them outside the home.

Most law enforcement never discharges their weapon. They use the weapon between their ears.

Talk to the stranger about their family. The need to survive is so great and compelling and coupling this with their role as parents and the need to see their children is extremely persuasive.

If you get wounded in a collapse, you're probably going to end up dead. That's reality. Who will feed your family? Heroes live to take care of their family. They don't act heroic and doom them to penury. Penury has the same root as penitentiary. Your actions imprisoned them in severe poverty.
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Breaking a boulder

You're going to dig and hit bedrock. You're going to come across a boulder that's too heavy to lift as is. Even if you could get it out whole, you could never move it. You have to break it.

Maybe you even want to break it along a fracture line, and then use the pieces to do some construction task or to be building materials.

Here's how to use wedges and "feathers" to create a fracture line.
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Most certainly you could use a pick, but probably even if you don't have power, you'll use a masonry bit to drill a starter hole. Undersize it a little so the wedge is tight as it goes in. A regular bit won't work and will only grow dull as you drill the stone.

Use safety goggles. That dust is abrasive.

If the boulder is on soft earth, then naturally your hammering will transfer into the soft soil and not crack the boulder.

You're obviously going to have to acquire a block and tackle to move it. The more pulleys the easier it will be to use less force to lift it.


You need a good cart with strong wheels, not a wheel barrow. You'll not be able to move very much weight with a wheel barrow. The wheel is in the wrong place.



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Several years ago, Dr. Grattan Woodson MD created a manual for folks to treat influenza at home and released it at the Flu Wiki. Here's a link to the pdf.
ftp://wikimember:wiki123@singtomeohmuse.com/Good%20Home%20Tre​atment%20of%20Influenza%2016pt.pdf

It's a comprehensive way you could take care of everyone if things became quite chaotic. Hopefully you'll never need it, but printing it out and reading it now before there's problems, will sure help you understand your options.

Because it's an old FTP link, you need to cut and paste the URL by hand.

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You must be called to know the Source
Part One

People think that they can find the Source. They look in a book called the Bible. They might attend a church service. Perhaps they go on a spiritual retreat. They explore the wilderness trying to find the Source. They search the eyes of their friends for the Source too.

You cannot find YHWH that way. One could search a whole lifetime and never find YHWH.

Doing so, you will only find glimmers and disappointment in the end. Many fall away because of this, even though they begin with good intentions.

Because people look for the Source that way, and then cannot understand the Bible, then they assume if it a meaningless book.

They go to a church service, see some things which are good and others as hypocrisy and never find the Source.

They go on a spiritual retreat, and though surrounded by passionate believers, they feel lost.

They walk in the woods, and when no one is around, they speak to the Source...even aloud...and silence is the answer.

They see good works in their friends who believe and yet no matter what, they also see that they are human and fallible and the Source does not appear in their midst.

How then to find the Source of All Love?

You must ask to be found by YHWH and called.

John 3:27 To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.

John 6:44 Jesus said "No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up on the last day.''

John 6:37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

We can only draw near to the presence of YHWH if allowed. It is the Source's decision for it to occur.

Don't think you choose to believe in YHWH. First you were known and then called.

If you are not called, then something must be impeding the call to happen.

Have you ever wanted to meet someone, have a relationship with them, and it didn't happen? When that occurred did you get upset ? Maybe the one that you so longed for, that you felt was perfect, that was right for you, and still it didn't occur. Did you then say very negative things in your mind about them? Did you tell other people that that person wasn't any good, anyway? Were things awkward from then on? Now years later, do you find that your mind turns to that special time and “what might have been?”


Is the Source cruel then? Does YHWH evade us? That can't be correct.

What does Jesus say? John 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

What does that mean? What an unusual statement. He's speaking to Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a wise rabbi who was a Pharisee who spent an enormous amount of time searching the Torah and the Prophets looking for the Source. He was respected and a member of the Sanhedrin, the council of those with special authority. He also was kind to Jesus (Yeshua) and we know later that he did special things when Jesus died. At his own expense he made burial arrangements. If there was one good man in Jerusalem, then everyone would have assumed it was Nicodemus.

Jesus says he must do one thing...be born again, and then he shall see the Kingdom of God. That seems like a paradox until you read the entire chapter. Jesus has come, not to condemn. The world condemns you. Mean cruel people condemn you. Maybe your parents condemn you.

Jesus saves you.

You have been swallowed by the darkness. You are fearful of the Light of the Source. It exposed your darkness within. The only way is....shhhh it's secret:

John 3:19-21 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

Fear of exposure. That is what is impeding you.

When we decide that we will practice truth and be born again, then YHWH allow us to see the Kingdom of God. Only then will you be found by the Source of All Life.

The impediment is YOU, not God. Being born again is the door to discovering the Source.

Jesus is here to save us from the darkness. When the collapse comes, the we will need Him. The only way is stop being afraid of being exposed for the darkness in our hearts, and then practice truth so we can see the Kingdom of God.

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Taking charge when your husband is sick

The prepper ladies that I know that are married are tough, sweet, resourceful women. However sometimes some are more submissive because of being spiritual. They let their husbands make a lot of decisions. They enjoy the differences between genders and like guys who are masculine and “take charge”. That doesn't mean they're wimps by the way. Hardly. Most of them can be very feminine but also drill and tap a metal hole, dig in the garden all day, ride a horse well, work all day taking care of people outside the home then come home and do housework late and still “love on” everyone.

When your husband is sick, then shhh it's a secret, they sometimes act like babies. It's true. Why the heck are they doing that? Well honestly it can be exhausting to be a guy, faking it by appearing strong when you have doubts inside. Then when they get sick, they want someone to “mother them”, because a lot of times they feel like they're taking care of everyone.

But, some guys are tenacious. They're usually wiry stout-hearted and will work themselves too much, demonstrating classic workaholic behavior. They'll not pay attention to their symptoms when sick, but will “blow it off” or “suck it up”. If you know guys who say those words, then chances are at some point, they'll get sick and not take care of themselves. They might let themselves get really run down.

In a collapse, if you let that happen, you're letting the one who has the most physical strength who you might need as a defender, as a hunter, who is resourceful, get so sick that you're actually shooting yourself in the foot.

Saying things like, “I know you're very strong. We respect you. Get back in bed. We need you to get well, because when you're sick, then work isn't getting done efficiently.” A lot of guys will respond to someone coupling respect with logic and tenderness. That triad is very persuasive. It gives them permission to get well.

The resistant one? “I'm not asking you.” That little phrase of non-negotiability says it all. Seldom will you have to say it that way.

A respiratory infection shouldn't last weeks. If so, then you're not doing the things that need to happen to heal. You're ignoring some aspect of the patient's health needs. Unless some serious deep infection is going on, one that need to kill a virulent bacteria, then they need rest, nutrition, clean water, fresh air, percussive therapy, nasal rinse, sinus massage to the face, etc.

A bone takes time to knit. A torn ligament needs a lot of time to knit. The more they abuse their body, the more scar tissue builds. That is the wrong kind of tissue and ultimately lowers efficiency. It's very counter-productive and dangerous in a collapse.
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Being called by the Source
Part Two: Understanding selective salvation



This is a complicated (but brief) meaty bit of apologetics, so if not a Christian of a long period, or interested, then bypass it.

Some people believe in an elect. They think that since God knows all, that God knows who can be saved, who will believe, and then who are called, and then enter into a long-standing relationship, that lasts forever, and they(the elect) enter Heaven.

I don't think so. That gets into predestination. One could argue that such actions would exclude free will, a central belief of all believers of Jesus (Yeshua).

There are times when God has demonstrated in the Bible that God's mind can be changed by circumstances and intercession. There's numerous examples (Genesis 18), and the point could be argued, so rather than write a book, concede the plausibility of that one point.

The Source of All Love desires for us to be in a relationship with Them. We are sometimes not ready. We must do some things to make it happen. God set in motion some events from ancient times because God knows EVERYTHING about YOU. God knows even how many hairs are on your head (Matthew 10:30). That's more intimate than any parent's knowledge of their beloved children.

The Source loves you. They knew you would be born, how you think, what your hopes and dreams are. The Source has always known you. The Source is the God of Time and Space. All time.

You have to do something to show the Source your intentions, and Jesus tells us what those intentions should be like.

There are some well-meaning kind Christians who say “It doesn't matter.” God saved the whole world on the cross. Salvation is freely given. You can't earn it, and therefore you don't need to.” Nope. Sorry. I don't believe that. That contradicts my understanding of the Bible, but you should decide for yourself. If that is true, then those folks argue that we could do whatever we choose. Imagine the anarchy from such lack of consequence. It would mean we could sin 24/7 and harm the People of God. That there would be no need to do good works whatsoever. That cannot be so from numerous Bible verses.

That doesn't mean selective salvation is correct. It also doesn't mean salvation comes without cost.

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Making some good ole Apple Scumpy

One of the most likely candidates for an adult beverage will be Apple Scrumpy. It's the name for hard apple cider that's made in England.

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It's unfiltered cider, drunk when still very immature, and easily made.

Most likely, Americans will use a little tincture from sumac to give it citrus notes, a necessary bite that makes it better. Previous postings have dealt with yeast sources, likely from raisins or wild yeasts on bread dough.

Some people wrack it after a couple of months. Who can wait that long!? Yeeeehaw! I'm a country boy.
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This is definitely going to be a trade item if you can part with it.

The Brits use the F word, regardless of age like a punctuation mark! They sure have beautiful women. I like how they say, "Let's get pissed!"

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This is arguably the most important thing I know. I don't even have a word to describe it. It is a failure of language that I can't put it into words. The best that I can do is say, "It is the beginning of understanding.", but that fails because understanding is the intellect. Perhaps, it would be better to say, "It is the beginning of KNOWING" , for that is about the deepest aspects of our being feeling something.

Read on if you dare.
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Mysterium tremendum et fascinans

There was a man named Rudolf Otto who lived from 1869-1937 who coined the phrase mysterium tremendum et fascinans to describe God. God is the mystery that inspires awe and fascinates. God makes us tremble.

People like to imagine God as some understandable benevolent superior being. NO, THAT IS WRONG.

God is BEING. The Source is Ultimate Reality. We are like amoebas trying to understand a great mystery that inspires awe and fascination. Don't pigeon-hole God into a little box.

When you start doing that, then God becomes an idea that warm and fuzzy and comfortable that you can pull out when you feel like it.

If you were an astronaut floating above the Earth and could see it all at once, you would be dazzled by its immensity and beauty. Because you're sitting in your little room and cannot see the beauty outside, the diversity of the species places here by the Source, the vast canyons, rainforests, massive ice fields, etc, and so since self-isolated, you only are focused upon YOU. You separate yourself from the Earth.

No wonder people feel lonely and sad.

If it were possible to float above the Sun and not be instantly consumed by energy radiating out by the Sun, and much of that is invisible (we are so limited that we can't even perceive it), then you would realize that the Sun is enormous compared to the Earth.


I'm not saying that God is immense. I'm saying that God created all of the vast galaxies that we can barely perceive with all our technology and reason. Our minds are not ever going to be able to understand what God is.

The only tool you have to understand the Source of Life is your heart.

When people talk about the heart, of course they don't mean the two part pump that moves blood to the lungs and body. In reality, when we discuss “our heart” or say, “Wow that person has a lot of heart.” then really what people are talking about is the aspect of us that has FEELINGS.

That part isn't the mind. The mind is the intellect. It is the rational aspect of us. It isn't the heart, not really. It isn't the body as a whole, is it? It is the SOUL.

The soul is the essence of us. C S Lewis, a famous Christian said that, “You are soul. That soul inhabits a body.

The word psyche in Greek means soul = spirit = life. Another word might be consciousness. A scientist if they said, “soul”, the other scientists would shrug. They don't understand that word. They can talk about consciousness all day long, for it is self-evident that we posses some aspect outside of the intellect that is consciousness.

Our consciousness is our soul. What you mean when you say “my heart” is really your consciousness or soul.

The only way you can encounter the Source of All Life is using your soul to look and communicate.

Our intellect will never be able to do that. Those who say, “I cannot believe in God because it's not rational and cannot be proved.”, they are correct. Our minds are too limited to hope to understand the vastness of God.

They're using the wrong part.

You must learn as a shaman to use your soul to perceive.

In school, they train your intellect. You spent a lot of time, at least 12 years for the most part, training your intellect. It was good training, worthy time spent honing your brain.

Now hone your soul.

Most young children have wonder inside them. When they go outside, they instinctively use wonder as a means of perceiving the World. It's why their wonder is able to help them perceive the vast beauty and complexity of the Earth.

It would be better that you became like a child and used wonder to try to understand the Earth again. If you did so, you would become a better naturalist, hunter, fisherman, gatherer, trapper, grower. We lost that somehow even as we became older children. We lost “wonder”.

It's why we no longer feel “wonderful”. Does that now make sense to you? It should. This should be a moment of clarity. The proper word is epiphany. You should be having an “epiphany” now.

To understand God we can't use just wonder, but it would be better to begin with wonder and then slowly try to use every ounce of our consciousness or soul to perceive God.

One could define the soul as our being. Consciousness is our essential being or existence. So our being tries to understand Ultimate Reality or BEING. Does that make sense?

Today, not tomorrow, begin to start using your soul to perceive the Earth and the Source. Then you commit the entirety of yourself, your whole being, to the task of living.

When a disaster or a collapse comes, and it will, then the way that you can best cope is to use all of you, your soul, to cope. It probably won't be enough to use your mind to cope.

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Now, read Psalm 42 in its entirety. It will make sense now.

The Psalmist, the one speaking is calling out to the Source (God) with their whole being (soul).

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Your being, your consciousness, your spirit, with all your heart, your soul should be thisty for God.

You are dried up, withered, dessicated.
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If that continues, you will die. The aspect that makes you alive, your soul, it will be transferred away from your body, and you will not have a chance anymore to know God.

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Brave people don't fear death

Most people have a very high estimation of themselves in front of others, or at least say that.

In the darkness, in the night watches, when alone, we admit we failed a lot of the time. Our failures are played out over and over.

We remember the harsh words that people said to criticize us. Those words can sting our whole lives.

It sucks the life out of us, we feel used up, dried and desiccated.

As a person is dying, they initially are afraid of death. They do through a long process of:
1) denial that they are dying
2) Anger at the unfairness
3) Bargaining, sometimes with God or others
4) Depression that it seems that death is inevitable
5) Acceptance about death

Fear is a normal human feeling. Being afraid is having irrational fear perpetually.

There are worse fears. Being trapped in a prison that doesn't end, that is far more scary. Many people feel trapped now. Seldom are you imprisoned. Most of the time using your whole being, your soul, you can discover a way not to be imprisoned in Darkness.

If you thirst for God, stop being afraid of exposure of your sins, practice Truth, then God might call upon you. If so, and you become aware of the Source of All Life, then you could decide to become Born Again.

Then you will see the Kingdom of Heaven.

People going through disaster and collapse will desperately need these things to happen in order to cope.

Get past your fear of death.
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How well can YOU "Improvise, Adapt, Overcome"?



Here's one of my favorite Youtube channels. Everyone needs some comic relief!

If you were an intelligent innovative craftsman, as our ancestors were forced to be, then YOU too could create devices using your abilities and ability to learn.

All of prepping is about improvising, adapting, and overcoming. I know you hear it, and then go, "Yeah yeah...", but when the collapse comes, it won't be me talking to you in this dialogue, but you and your tribe doing it.

Those who adopt these principles have a much higher level of personal satisfaction from creativity, for we are children of a Creator BEING.

Are you an overcomer?
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For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4

Jesus OVERCOMES IT ALL
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Believe, believe...
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37

You are a dynamic human being. You may be in a funk and think, "I am stuck. I can't change. I am doomed."
NO!
You are adapting ever day. If not, you would be dead from a medical standpoint.

While the video is silly, the principles of ranged weapons are ancient and practical. If one needed to provide meat on the table because there's more calories and nutrients in a dense compact package, then being able to create something like this would allow you to hunt.

Even if a vegetarian, in a collapse you might not be able to, because there may be insufficent wild edibles, stored food, or a plant to harvest. Learn to do both, even if you find it repugnant, for you may have to do it to survive.

Believe me, if you read all of my posts (a daunting task at best) then you'd know that a lot of the diet is vegetarian by necessity for meat will be in short supply and in history was a blessing on rare occasions.

I don't want you to survive. I want you to thrive. Surviving is not living abundantly.

Create and thrive instead. Overcome the world.

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Awesome as always DBA.





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Just picked this magazine from tractor supply, very informative.


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Some Christians or nonbelievers struggle with one aspect of being prepared: Self-Defense. Because of that, and because it's currently a topic, in more than one place, I sat down today after spending a lot of time in Bible study over several days developing a very long post. In it I detail why I believe I am called to protect them.

If you are a parent or a spouse, at some point you may be called upon to protect them. Because of that, unless you actually train your body to learn hand-to-hand combat, combat with blades, and ranged weapons, then you must learn it. You may not like it, but no one in a disaster is around to protect you.

If a woman, then they will often abrogate what I believe to be a responsibility because they assume that their husband will take care of them. Because a man is a greater threat from physical size, a man might be the first one who falls. As such, a woman can't abrogate this, but must learn and practice.
Thread: What God's Word Says About Self Defense (Page 4)

Pray or contemplate upon this. Much of prepping is about getting outside your comfort level and challenging some of your long-standing ideas of what it means to be human.

It doesn't mean to become Rambo, for that's a cartoon character. It means to be a full actualized human being who can live within the meadows and forests as a species who protects themselves, acquires food, heals themself, and finds harmomy with their surroundings.

If one lives within a philosphy of being a vegan pacifist, which is perfectly fine under normal circumstances with abundant regular supply chains, then you may find that once those shipments halt, that you need to alter your lifestyle at least during the worst parts of a disaster or collapse. That doesn't mean you failed in your philosphy. It means that civilization and stability allowed you to have that alternative philosophy.

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Pandemic Community Planning

I put up this post about how communities could use pillowcases and door numbers to determine how many people in a household were sick in order to assist first responders in assessing and dealing with their needs.

Thread: If there was a pandemic coming, how would we know? (Page 3)

As shaman, spiritual folk, and preppers, you must realize that in a pandemic or severe epidemic, most people will be very selfish.

In 1918, a lot of people helped care for their neighbors when sick, otherwise they would have died. Many died anyway, but because people went around and fed strangers from their own food supplies, even people of different color and status and religion (in 1918!), less people died. It was a brave and correct and moral thing to do.

Because you know a lot, you can help a lot.

I bet a lot of you are thinking, "Got to take care of me and mine!" Well that's not what your ancestors did. If you're a spiritual person, you'll have to explain everything you did someday to the Source.

I hope you read it. Please watch the video I posted on that topic, but you can skip the part on vaccines. The important thing to realize is that so many people were dying every day that guys in neighborhoods were making coffins and buring their neighbors, sometimes in mass graves. That should make you shudder.

With any luck this epidemic will hopefully pass.

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DBA, TY for reminding me of this thread..gonna be playing catch up on quite a few pages...:)
You accept the love you think you deserve~~~

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DBA, TY for reminding me of this thread..gonna be playing catch up on quite a few pages...:)
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HAAHAHAH I'm a prolific writer. I feel like collapse is imminent, and I could wake up one morning and be in the equivalent of a gulag. So I've been churning out ideas.

Please read the ones I wrote on refrigeration. I especially proud of those because I haven't found them all together anywhere, particularly the one on phase changing water in a vacuum to create ice at about 80 F, which is pretty cool, to make a bad pun!
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DBA, TY for reminding me of this thread..gonna be playing catch up on quite a few pages...:)
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HAAHAHAH I'm a prolific writer. I feel like collapse is imminent, and I could wake up one morning and be in the equivalent of a gulag. So I've been churning out ideas.

Please read the ones I wrote on refrigeration. I especially proud of those because I haven't found them all together anywhere, particularly the one on phase changing water in a vacuum to create ice at about 80 F, which is pretty cool, to make a bad pun!
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Those caught my eye, even before I saw your comment ;)...refrigeration will be extremely important..You did good with this thread... I will bookmark it better to make sure it does not get lost in the shuffle for me, again..appreciate all the time and effort you put into research and sharing!!!!!
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DBA, TY for reminding me of this thread..gonna be playing catch up on quite a few pages...:)
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HAAHAHAH I'm a prolific writer. I feel like collapse is imminent, and I could wake up one morning and be in the equivalent of a gulag. So I've been churning out ideas.

Please read the ones I wrote on refrigeration. I especially proud of those because I haven't found them all together anywhere, particularly the one on phase changing water in a vacuum to create ice at about 80 F, which is pretty cool, to make a bad pun!
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


Those caught my eye, even before I saw your comment ;)...refrigeration will be extremely important..You did good with this thread... I will bookmark it better to make sure it does not get lost in the shuffle for me, again..appreciate all the time and effort you put into research and sharing!!!!!
 Quoting: Abi ~


You're welcome. At one time, I thought about creating a massive pdf. It was last year, and there was an incident, and I deleted a ton of my posts.

To make up for it, I put a lot of energy in creating practical advice based upon
1. Locally gathered materials that could reasonably be found in the USA across most of the states.
2. Making machinery once and using it at least five ways.
3. Minimizing the teaching of too many herbs for healing and trying to teach all of the ways to use those for many ailments.
4. Practical drought advice including Hugelkulture, drip irrigation, cisterns, shallow point wells, and swales. All doable.
5. Showing that preserving food was essential given the long period between the last (but small) Autum harvest to Mid May when tiny harvests begin. That's the dangerous time of starvation.
6. Lots of MacGuyvering
7. Taking one tiny principle, then later building upon it in countless ways,then referring back to show a logical progression.
8. Showing how cooking was essential as well as nutrition.
9. Discussing malnutrion and cachexia(severe starvation and protein loss)
10. Emphasis on trapping, not hunting as that's historically accurate.

And on and on ad nauseum.

I've got a diverse technical background plus medically too. Tried to focus on the most likely things people would need. There's some preachy stuff here too, but usually I identified it so they go skip past it if not interested.
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I posted a defense of the Second Amendment over here:
Thread: Who were the militia during the American Revolution?

I can't edit the original because the system logged me out due to a long period of time that I spent writing it. However, it's is basically sound, but should be criticized. You may be able to add your own defense, or may see things which should be added to it.

I hope more gun owners or even gun critics add to it, in an intellectual way, as well as an empassioned way. This is the dialectic process to the discovery of Truth.

Most of the time, there is precious little debate and lots of chest thumping, but that's not helpful and only creates division.

For some people, such a posting might help them decide what they think. The ultimate decision is a domestic American decision, that is if one is interested in such a empassioned idea, but lives elsewhere, then the negation of such ideas would in fact be seditious and hence the arguments of a interloper or instigator.

One might however have issues with gun control in their own nations, either for or against, and reading such information may assist you in the process of protecting your rights within your own nation.

In addition, yesterday I posted this article which offers some evidence of the fallacies of Pier Morgan, and having such information in your hands will allow a better defense of this Natural Right.
Thread: 18 Facts That Prove Piers Morgan Wrong

Likewise I earlier spent much time in prayer and discernment and wrote an apologetics posting about what the Bible says concerning Self-Defense. So if a Christian, and a supporter of gun rights, or a Christian critic of gun rights, then you could read that and critique that and add to it as well
Thread: What God's Word Says About Self Defense (Page 4)

The point is to actually look at history, the legal definition of gun ownership (really the bearing and carrying of arms which could be a sword), reason, and Biblical principles, and to do it all comprehensively and with decorum.

If any of that strikes you as the actions of a thinking individual, I hope you will consider giving me karma. I use that to be a member, and to protect myself from bans, and to help others. I actually give karma sometimes, not because of agreement, but because of the sound thinking and communication of another individual who spend the time to use Reason. I will usually reciprocate karma, for that is in fact what we should do, and what happens in real life.

Let Right Prevail.

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Here is a briefly technical process for using two good batteries and one bad battery to run a dc motor, but also recharging the bad battery. Such a process might help you in a collapse. The process has been replicated several times.

If you're an experimenter and willing to try it, you may find that it would assist you practically. Recharging batteries will always be a necessary consequence of a collapse.

So to is MacGuyvering...
[link to pesn.com]


A motor can also be a generator, and I haven't examined the schematics or analyzed this, but wanted to get it in your hands so you could look at it as well. Believe me, many people are studying this.

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DBA, TY for reminding me of this thread..gonna be playing catch up on quite a few pages...:)
 Quoting: Abi ~


HAAHAHAH I'm a prolific writer. I feel like collapse is imminent, and I could wake up one morning and be in the equivalent of a gulag. So I've been churning out ideas.

Please read the ones I wrote on refrigeration. I especially proud of those because I haven't found them all together anywhere, particularly the one on phase changing water in a vacuum to create ice at about 80 F, which is pretty cool, to make a bad pun!
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


Those caught my eye, even before I saw your comment ;)...refrigeration will be extremely important..You did good with this thread... I will bookmark it better to make sure it does not get lost in the shuffle for me, again..appreciate all the time and effort you put into research and sharing!!!!!
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If that's your picture, Abi, then you are a remarkably captivating Lady, and surely you represent the meaning of your name Abigail "The Father rejoices!". By that, I mean that most assuredly, by the sweetness of your manner and comeliness YHWH rejoices in the creation of you.
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A Pontoon Bridge

A lot of you who live on the water, most likely a lake or river, have built a dock. Maybe you haven't, but might need to, so here's a video and some links describing it.


[link to www.instructables.com]

Note: See how it's in multiple sections? If not, then that whole piece may break at that section that is deliberately not connected. I hope that's intuitive, but it might not be to some. It's a stress point.

Much larger ones could be constructed, and this is the most likely means of building a bridge to quickly traverse a narrow place on a river and support a lot of weight.

These could and should be in sections post-collapse or else must be very very strong to resist both the weight of itself, the weight of passengers and cargo, the current of the river to force it to drift, etc.

Using plastic barrels in one good way to create a float, and this buoyance displaces the bridges wooden sections out of the water somewhat, and will help with the prevention of rotting. You'll need waterproofing chemicals. You could use birch oil or pitch to do that if you had to. (See previous postings).

This method was used in the Civil War to allow troops to ford a river. Then they could take down the sections as they went along, float them elsewhere, or just dismantle them, and so not be followed.
[link to en.wikipedia.org]

If you'll read back, I recommend that some of you in a collapse become the ones who manage the bridge as that will be a needed role post-collapse. That person collects a toll to pay for the upkeep of the bridge or ferry. In some cases, due to lack of supplies in the initial first days, a dock could be poled to push it along and so bear the weight of material or passengers. You might simply use a pulley to move it, winching it to the oppposite bank, or you could make multiple trips to reduce the weight.

Controlling the bridge means controlling access to the town.

Later it might become a bridge.

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DBA, TY for reminding me of this thread..gonna be playing catch up on quite a few pages...:)
 Quoting: Abi ~


HAAHAHAH I'm a prolific writer. I feel like collapse is imminent, and I could wake up one morning and be in the equivalent of a gulag. So I've been churning out ideas.

Please read the ones I wrote on refrigeration. I especially proud of those because I haven't found them all together anywhere, particularly the one on phase changing water in a vacuum to create ice at about 80 F, which is pretty cool, to make a bad pun!
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


Those caught my eye, even before I saw your comment ;)...refrigeration will be extremely important..You did good with this thread... I will bookmark it better to make sure it does not get lost in the shuffle for me, again..appreciate all the time and effort you put into research and sharing!!!!!
 Quoting: Abi ~

If that's your picture, Abi, then you are a remarkably captivating Lady, and surely you represent the meaning of your name Abigail "The Father rejoices!". By that, I mean that most assuredly, by the sweetness of your manner and comeliness YHWH rejoices in the creation of you.
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Bless your Heart!!!

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Lighting

I think most people who don't prep have very unusual and unrealistic ideas about how lighting would be in a disaster. They're thinking that their flashlights will last through the course of the worst of it. They have some candles. They have some batteries. They think they'll be fine.

Does that hold up to logic and math?

When a disaster happens, at first it's a bit fun and exciting. No one takes it seriously because, “Gosh the lights will come right back on, right?” Everyone is running around laughing and playing. Mom and Dad are fumbling in the dark, assembling the necessities in a central location. Items are scattered. It takes time.

Meanwhile the children are entertaining themselves. They're playing. It's great to have some novelty. They run their flashlights the whole time. Maybe leaving them on and sitting on the nightstand. They run their battery operated radios. From time to time they do silly things like enter a room and flip a switch, or try to watch TV. The house is quiet and dark. They get bored of the newness in less than an hour.

The power stays off longer. It's Winter. It gets dark very early. It's very hard to see. The parents struggle to cook. They open up some cans with a handheld can opener, but they realize they don't have a way to cook it. There's some fiddling around, Dad curses, and takes the canned soup out in a pan and cooks it on the grill. It's dark and he can't see and so he tries holding the light in his hands to watch the pan boil. Then he think, “Boy, it's good I'm not cooking anything complicated. I'd burn it without some light to see. Inside the Mom is thinking, “If I had to prepare the meal, I'd sure need more light to cut up vegetables, measure things.”

There's nothing to do but wait. They sit and eat their meal in silence. They light a ton of candles to create an ambiance. It's warm and welcoming and they smile. It's fairly bright in the kitchen or dining room, reminiscent of a holiday meal with candles. They sit and talk awhile. It's been a long time for many since they all were eating at the same time. They visit with one another. By the time they get up, they realize that quite a bit of the candles have burned down. Naturally there's no candle followers. The wax burns unevenly and rapidly. Maybe they're very cheap candles and seemed like a bargain.

It's pretty early, but there's nothing to do. The kids go to their bedrooms separately. All that time together means people need some alone time. Each takes flashlights and candles with them. They read by them for hours and finally go to sleep.

Mom comes by to check on them. One left the candles burning, and she hurries to put it out. The smoke rises and sets off the smoke alarm. They hurry to find a chair and stand up and hit the silence button. They realize that's going to happen a lot if the disaster lasts.

It's very quiet that first night. People are restless. It's hard to fall asleep since there's none of the normal background noise of heaters kicking on and off. No TV blaring. No music.

At 2am, several wake when one goes to the bathroom. They hear the father stumble in the dark. It's pitch black and he's cursing. They all decide to get up and use their flashlights. It's very cold. They see their breath.

It's dawn. The sunlight wakes them, not an alarm. The powers still off and it's bitter cold inside and they're shivering. Mom goes to get some coffee and realizes that there's no power and so no coffee ready. She grumbles.

Not having a French press, she fills up a sauce pan of water, and fires up the grill outside. She's wearing a housecoat and freezing in the Winter air. She looks over, and she sees several people doing the same thing. She waves.

The kids come to the kitchen. “Making pancakes? I want bacon.”

“Great. OK. Holler at your Dad and see if he'll make some on the grill. I'm not standing outside.”

How soon do you think it will take for the family above to run out of candles and batteries for their flashlights? They're completely unprepared. They'll waste what little supplies they have, and then should the disaster last more than three days, they'll be unable to have lighting at all inside.

When that happens, then on the fourth day, they'll worry about matches for the first time. They know that they have to prepare meals early while they still have light. Then the nights will be filled with darkness until the dawn.

By the sixth day, they probably won't have batteries for the radio. The only radio they'll have is from the car.

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While there are some decent Muslims in America, there are radical folks in rural America who will do horrific things if the SHTF in a major collapse.


You should do some checking to see who are your neighbors. This is one time that I think you should notify law enforcement about any strange activity of Muslims training with weapons. These folks are looking for the Mahdi, who they believe will usher a new age of Islam, and what some pastors believe could be an antichrist.

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Folks, this is a come-to-Jesus moment

If you're not preparing this week, you ain't gonna make it. I don't know what else to say. If you don't have three months of food now, there's no way in Hell that you can forage and take care of your family. Not with Winter.

Not with a flu epidemic.

Not with the outrageous spending of Congress.

Not with gun-grabbing.

Not with the potential loss of the petro-dollar as the world's currency for oil transactions.

Not with the Federal Reserve creating money from thin air, then purchasing US Securities with funny money, since no one else wants them.

Not with the massive loss of industry in the last six years.

Not with no jobs.

Not with people getting kicked off of unemployment.

Not with the President potentially having a fake SS# and false Selective Service registration (current Supreme Court case). Such an event would cause impeachment, race riots, and a Constitutional Crisis.

It's time to get right with God.

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For some time I've been trying to raise the alarm concerning the severe drought we've been experiencing since 2010. Here's a good short article which summarizes the issue.
[link to www.rollingstone.com]

They left out a couple a things. Agronomy is not the forte of Rolling Stone.

In addition to the article, realize that soil is alive, not some sterile medium in which to grow crops. It contains thriving bacteria rich species which work in a symbiotic way to not only fix nitrogen in the soil, but also to break down nutrients, allow the soil to change over time from clay into loam as things decay and build up.

That soil is alive with many species of insects and worms which do jobs that allow root formation to occur better. Many times an insect will attack, but often they attack weaker plants first. Not all insects are bad, but often are a gardener or a farmer's friends, for they might eat a pest or help prevent a pest from growing out of control.

Not only do trees bring up water, but they foster micro-environments by the creation of transition zones due to shade, but also bring up water in more abundance, and this allows shrubs, herbs, mosses,fungi etc to live. All of that provides glades and "hollers (wonderous valley places mostly with trees and shade and hunting and trapping and romancing in my native state of Kentucky) for us as gifts, presents to our souls.

The Great Drought that we're experiencing is changing the traffic patterns of barges upon the Mississippi. Big deal? YES IT IS!. Those barges are the equivalent of scores of diesel burning trucks. To move the same shipments will serious change fuel prices, ramp up costs to items by more transportation costs, could change the supply chain and create delays.

If the Drought continues, if there's an issue with collapse, then how will you raise crops, livestock, find enough water to drink? The first plants to die are the shallow root potherbs and medicinal herbs, both of which are essential to a prepper.

The Drought is the most important issue right now in America, with the Economy as the next most important issue.

For many of you, the drought inside your souls is the main-most important personal issue. Maybe you've had a lot of bad experiences with God. Maybe you've never encountered God. Why not try once again?

Look back and read my words about being called by God. Is there anything that's impeding you in being called. It's not the sin that blocks us from the Source. The Source of All Life knows your failings. God knows you more than your parents ever did. God knows how many hairs are on your head. Of course God knows that you've made mistakes. Perhaps only the fear of those mistakes and them becoming known is blocking your relationship.

We are failable beings. And yet, when one among us who we know so well, if they come to us and say, "I messed up. I failed you. I hurt you. I'm sorry. Can you find it in your heart to forgive me?" Who can say no? I couldn't refuse. I doubt that God can refuse, for God is the Source of Forgiveness. Try again.

As important as we are, besides the fact that God knew us before the Sun shone, we are comprised of single indiviuals on one lonely planet in the vast galaxies of the entire Universe. It's possible that there are multiverses of of Universes: endless perpetual infinite Universes. Do you think, for one moment that your sin is so great that in all of that vastness, that God is so angry as to focus solely on your wickedness. I doubt it.

Instead, there are wonderous things that YOU are supposed to be doing instead of concentrating upon your sin. Come now and close your eyes and ask for forgiveness, like I taught you. Then ask to be found and called by God, and invite God into your whole being.

There's so much to do now, don't let this vital aspect stop you from embracing Life.

How much greater will be the capacity of Love in your soul? If God is the Source of All Love for All Time and in All Places, then let that fill up the drought in your soul. Let that empty dried up place be awash in the magnificent Perfect Love of God.

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How Loyal Are You?


We often have very high estimations of ourselves. We think, "Oh, I'm a great friend. I go all out to protect my friends. I'm fiercely loyal."

Those qualities will be put the test when a collapse comes. Then, when the SHTF, then you'll be forced to make tough decisions.

You'll be starving, dehydrated, illness might pervade your being, cold, lonely.

And when it happens, would you crawl on broken legs to come home to your companions?

Will love be overwhelming because that's more important than food and water and shelter and warmth?

If things get bad, and neighbor turns on neighbors, and people inform on others to save their skin...

...will you instead suffer pain, even crippling pain, for love?

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When the collapse comes, can you be as brave as a 16 year old?