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Monday, 8 June 2015

Show contents 8th June 2015

Hi everyone, please allow me to apologise for not haveing a show for three weeks. I have a very bad infection that has yet to be controlled with anti-biotics.

I will be recording a show for broadcast next week, please bear with me and thank you all for your get well wishes.

Tom
Show Notes
This week I start the show with the Titan, then THE TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015 13th to 16th August, then The Chap Stick, The Blizzard Survival 20% Discount offer, What to do in a Terrorist Attack, The Ribzwear 30% Discount offer, Fukushima and the threat we still face, Wilderness121's 10% Discount offer, Preppers will be next, the Midimax 10% Discount offer, When Should I Harvest Dandelion Roots? Wild Garlic, Is our Country Still a Laboratory? The Field Leisure 10% Discount offer, The Camp Fire Cooking Grill Review, the Buggrub 10% Discount offer, Bugging Out as a Group, German Flecktarn Army Parka Review.


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Urban Survival Pry Bar Multi Tool Funding Needed

Mike has contacted me for help with funding to begin making his Urban Survival Pry Bar Multi Tool again.

The Pry Bars are designed as a survival tool for emergencies in either urban or non urban situations - the tools include two prying ends, cutting edge, saw back, tin / bottle opener, nail puller, sharpened hook, flat head screw driver and a paracord wrapped handle which contains an survial kit underneath which includes band aids, snare wire, lock pick, tension tool, saw blade, compass, matches, safety pins, and more - the contents may vary from each Pry Bar

The Pry Bar is available in a blued finish but also in plain black paint, and you can chose any colour for the paracord wrapped handle, in fact they may even be available in bright orange.bright orange paint finish.

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THE TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015 13th to 16th August

The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy Bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills. The previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the campfire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.

The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.

The show has Bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all.

There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat building, bow making, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on survival physiology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to participate in.

You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools. The organisers have even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are local scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.

The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.

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The Chap Stick

When you’re selecting what to put into your survival kit or bug out bag, it’s a good idea to pack items that have multiple uses.

This is one of the best way to be prepared for all types of situations without taking up more space than necessary.

There are dozens of multi-use items, but I want to look at the humble Chap Stick

Moisten chapped hands and scrapes. This helps them heal faster and keeps them protected from the elements.

Stop small cuts from bleeding. Obviously this won’t work for deep cuts, but it’s great for little cuts for example if you cut yourself shaving. It will also keep dirt and other things out thereby reducing the chance of infection.

Protect your skin from the cold. In extremely cold weather, rub it on exposed skin to help prevent frostbite.

Protect your skin from the sun. Chap Stick can also be used as sunscreen. It’s not as effective as regular sunscreen, but it will do as long as you’re not in the sun all day. Just don’t get any in your eyes!

Prevent blisters. If there’s a spot on your skin that is getting rubbed raw, put some Chap Stick on it to prevent a blister from forming.

Reduce glare. If you’re in a bright desert or snowy area, dip Chap Stick in black ashes and rub it under your eyes. This will keep you from going snow blind.

Use it on kindling. Rub it on cotton balls, lint, cloth, gauze, or even dried bark to make kindling that burns easily and for a long time.

Make a candle. Cut a Q-tip in half, rub the cotton end on the chap stick, then turn it over and stick the other end into the chap stick and you’ll have a small candle. It won’t burn all evening, but it is a good temporary candle that will make it a lot easier to get a fire started.

Lubricate your bow drill. The bearing block needs to be lubricated so the spindle will spin more easily. If nothing else is available, Chap Stick will do.

Lubricate threads. I’m talking about the ones on metal twist caps or outdoor light bulbs. This will prevent them from rusting.

Lubricate zips that are stuck. This will make them easier to move and make them a little more water resistant.

Lubricate tools, screws, and nails. Any tool with moving parts and friction can benefit from the Chap Stick. Also, if you put it on screws and nails it will be easier to drill / hammer them into place.

Keep knives from rusting. Now this one I really like rub it directly onto the blade. Very helpful if you’re on the move and it’s raining.

Patch holes. If you have any tiny holes in your poncho or tent, a little chap stick will plug it up.

Protect leather. This is a must for those who have leather sheaths just rub it all over anything leather such as a sheath or shoes. This will protect the leather and make it somewhat water proof.

Clean glasses. Rub a dab of Chap Stick all over the lens then polish with a thin cloth. This will clean the lens and keep them from fogging up.

Take off a ring. If your hands swell up, rub Chap Stick on your fingers and the ring will slide right off.

Hide cash. Take off the caps on both ends, clean it out really well, then roll up some cash and stick it in there. Great way to hide money.

Make a tiny survival kit. Several little things can fit into an empty chap stick tube such as pills, a tiny compass, a Q-tip (for kindling), strike-anywhere matches, steel wire, the tip of a pen for writing, a hook and fishing line, etc.

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What to do in a Terrorist Attack

In the late 60’s/early 70/s I lived in Northern Ireland and during this time we saw the height of the troubles with daily bombings and shootings on our streets.

Even to the point where the terrorist would place large bombs in the actual doorways of the pubs which were full of people and warn them not to more for so many minutes.

Needless to say that when the bombers left so did the people inside as the timers were not very good in those early days of terrorism.

We took many precautions back then that may seem very strange to you now.

The first thing that happened was a back street industry began in the ability to re-tune our radios to receive not the normal programmes but also the police, Army, and believe it or not Taxis as if they were sending taxis into an area then it was usually safe for us to go there too.

Bomb threats happened as I said daily and it got to the point where it became annoying having programmes interrupted continually by bomb warnings that were in areas that you did not actually live in.

Today 40 years later nothing has really changed at all, as today we still face the terrorist threat.

Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence by a person or group. The goal is to intimidate or coerce societies or governments in an effort to promote political, ideological beliefs or religious beliefs.

These attacks can take many forms, and could happen at any time in any place. Terrorists typically exploit vulnerabilities, and may use technology, hazardous materials, biological agents or other methods to create devastating disruptions to the community.

Terrorism thrives on fear. By planning how to respond to a terrorist attack, you can greatly improve your chances of survival. You can also lessen the impact of the attack by reducing the fear in the aftermath.

Take precautions when traveling.

Do not accept packages from strangers and do not leave luggage unattended. You should promptly report unusual behaviour, suspicious or unattended packages, and strange devices to the police or security personnel.

Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Plan how to get out in the event of an emergency. Also, be prepared to do without services you normally depend on— electricity, telephone, natural gas, petrol pumps, cash registers, Holes in the wall/ATMS, and Internet access.

Bomb Threat

If you receive a telephoned bomb threat, you should get as much information as possible. Try asking the following questions:

When is the bomb going to explode?

Where is it right now?

What does it look like?

What kind of bomb is it?

What will cause it to explode?

Did you place the bomb?

Try to keep the caller on the line and record everything that is said. Notify the police immediately. If the threat seems credible, evacuate the building immediately.

During
If a terrorist attack occurs, it is important that you remain calm and follow instructions from local officials and emergency service personnel.

You should be aware of your surroundings and watch for additional attacks.

Listen to local TV and radio for directions and travel information and instructions from local officials. If you are in a position where the attack occurs near you, check for injuries and provide firstaid. This is a situation when a GHB will be of use as well as a plane on how you will get home.

In your home

If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a torch/flashlight. Do not light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches.

Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater.

If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.

Turn off any other damaged electrical appliances or equipment.

Confine or secure your pets.

Call your family contact—do not use the telephone again unless it is a lifethreatening emergency. In some cases, mobile phones will not work. Consider other ways of communicating. Remember in the recent Paris attacks the authorities shut the mobile networks down to prevent the terrorist talking to each other.

Check on your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or disabled.

If you see or hear an explosion

Call 999 or 112

Get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you. When they stop falling, leave quickly, watching for obviously weakened floors and stairways.

As you exit from the building, be especially watchful of falling debris.

Leave the building as quickly as possible. Crawl low to the floor if there is smoke. Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make phone calls.

Do not use the lifts.

Check for fire and other hazards.

Once you are out, do not stand in front of windows, glass doors or other potentially hazardous areas.

If you are trapped in debris: Use a torch/flashlight, if possible, to signal your location to rescuers.
Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are.
If possible, use a whistle to signal rescuers.
Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.
Avoid unnecessary movement so you don’t kick up dust.

Cover your nose and mouth with anything you have on hand. (Denseweave cotton material can act as a good filter. Try to breathe through the material.)

Be wary of suspicious packages and letters. They can contain explosives, chemical or biological agents.

Be particularly cautious at your place of work. Some typical characteristics of suspicious packages may include:

Unexpected or unfamiliar senders.

No return address or a return address that can’t be verified as legitimate.

Marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal,” “Confidential,” or “Do not Xray.”

Have protruding wires or aluminium foil, strange odours or stains.

Show a city or location in the postmark that doesn’t match the return address.

Are of unusual weight given their size or are lopsided or oddly shaped.

Are marked with threatening language.

Have inappropriate or unusual labelling.

Have excessive postage or packaging material, such as masking tape and string.

Have misspellings of common words.

Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.

Have incorrect titles or titles without a name.

Are not addressed to a specific person.

Have handwritten or poorly typed addresses.

After a Terrorist Attack
You can expect heavy police and security involvement at the local, county and even national levels.

These agencies will investigate the incident and the location will be treated as a crime scene.

Your workplace or school may be closed, and there may be restrictions on domestic and international travel.

You and your family may have to evacuate the area, as instructed by the police or other safety personal. You should also expect extensive media coverage and increased police activity, even if the attack did not occur in your immediate area.

What to do in a terror attack

If you have not already done so, then now is a good time to make yourself aware of a few tips on what to do if you're unfortunate enough to be caught up in a terror attack.

Surviving a terror attack

If you are involved or close to a terror incident you must exercise heightened security awareness and follow the directives of local authorities.

Here are a few safety first tips:

Stay inside your home, work place or any other accommodation you are in at the time.

Do not go out onto the streets.

Be alert to local news developments.

Stick to any imposed curfews or security restrictions.

Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behaviour. Unusual behaviour and strange devices should be reported to the police or security personnel promptly.

If you are in a building located close to the site of a terrorist attack, stay away from the windows.

If in the vicinity of an attack, do not stay to watch what is happening, as you will only get in the way of the emergency services. There is also a risk that additional attacks may occur.

Make a mental note of safe havens, such as police stations and hospitals.

If there's a bomb blast

Leave the area as soon as possible

Stay clear of glass shop fronts.

If you are injured attend to yourself before others.

Obey all instructions and orders that are given by local police.

Make your way to a pre-planned secure area.

If you return to your home or hotel stay away from the windows.

Listen to television and radio reports.

Contact family or friends and let them know your situation.

Write down what you saw before and after the blast it may help the authorities in their investigation.

If you are injured

If you are injured or become ill please seek medical aid.

Be aware that any functioning hospitals and clinics may be busy caring for large numbers of people who have been injured in the incident.

Preparing for terrorism on holiday abroad

Before visiting a country where there is a risk of terrorism you should first obtain as much information on that country as possible.

When you arrive, stay away from those areas that may have been the target of terrorism in the past.

Identify the main tourist areas and stay away from those which appear less secure.

Make yourself aware of your surroundings. Be aware of the conduct of people near to you.

Stay away from large gatherings or demonstrations.

Know the telephone numbers of local police, hospitals and your Embassy.

If you are with friends identify a rendezvous point to meet should there be an incident.

Prepare a plan to evacuate should there be an incident.

Know the telephone numbers of local transport and hire car companies.

What is happening to me and who do I call?

It is important to remember that the situation you are in can be extremely stressful.

Call home and your country's Consulate or Embassy to let them know where you are, if you are alright and if you need any assistance.

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Fukushima and the threat we still face

The Fukushima nuclear disaster isn’t over, the radioactive waste is still leaking, and it isn’t just a Japanese problem.

I remember exactly where I was when news of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami broke in the UK. Sitting on the edge of my settee, I watched in horror as it became obvious that the nuclear power plant at Fukushima had been seriously affected.

The fact that someone thought it was a good idea to build a nuclear power plant on the coast, in an area known to see frequent earthquakes and tsunamis is mind boggling, but it’s nothing compared to what happened immediately after the meltdown.

Within days, so-called “nuclear experts” were reassuring the rest of the world, that while Japan was screwed, we had nothing to fear.

Well, fast forward a year or two, and Fukushima is still a nuclear disaster. Just days ago, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency, this time because of  a build-up of radioactive groundwater near the plant.

In July,  Tepco (the energy company that operates the Fukushima plant) admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater had breached an underground barrier and been leaking into the sea, but said it was taking steps to prevent it.

The head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force, Shinji Kinjo, recently told the Reuters news agency that the countermeasures were only a temporary solution, however, and groundwater contamination was imminent.

So let's pause here for a note about water: There is only one ocean.

All the rivers, streams, and aquifers of the world are replenished by rain evaporated from that same ocean. It is complete foolishness to talk about this in terms of 'Japan's water' or 'American water'. It's our water.

And thanks to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it's all contaminated with toxic levels of radiation. That's what makes this next bit particularly disturbing.

While the government has deemed some areas safe enough for part-time access, locals and activists say conflicting science and official secrecy surrounding the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl have bankrupted public trust.

On Wednesday, just weeks after beaches south of the reactor were reopened, plant officials admitted that up to 300 tons of contaminated water are flowing into the sea each day.

The good news is this is less than what was flowing into the ocean immediately after the disaster.

The bad news is, since its mostly groundwater, the type of radiation now making its way into our ocean poses even more risk to human and animal life.

Soil can naturally absorb the cesium in groundwater, but other radionuclides, such as strontium and tritium, flow more freely through the soil into the ocean.

Tritium represents the lowest radioactive threat to ocean life and humans compared with cesium and strontium by comparison, strontium poses a greater danger because it replaces the calcium in bones and stays for much longer in the body.

From my point of view the question has to be, is it safe to eat Pacific Tuna and other seafood from that region?

While it’s natural and appropriate to be concerned about radiation, in this case the concern is unfounded I feel.

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences evaluated the health risks of consuming Pacific Bluefin tuna after the Fukushima event and found the following:

A typical restaurant-sized portion of Pacific Bluefin tuna (200 grams, or 7 ounces) contains about 5% of the radiation you would get from eating one uncontaminated banana and absorbing its naturally occurring radiation.

All foods on the planet contain radiation. Like every other toxin, it’s the dose of radiation (rather than its simple presence) that determines whether it’s toxic to humans.

Levels of naturally occurring radioactive isotopes (polonium-210 and potassium-40) in Bluefin tuna are greater by orders of magnitude than levels of radioactive isotopes from Fukushima contamination (cesium-134 and cesium-137).

In fact, levels of polonium-210 were 600 times higher than cesium. This suggests that the additional radiation (in the form of cesium) from Fukushima is insignificant from a health perspective.

Even at very high intakes (3/4 of a pound of contaminated Bluefin tuna a day) for an entire year, you’d still receive only 12% of the dose of radiation you’re exposed to during one  cross-country flight from LA to New York.

Assuming the very high levels of fish consumption above, the excess relative risk of fatal cancer would be only 2 additional cases per 10 million similarly exposed people.

And there’s reason to believe that number is no more than chance. Statistically significant elevations in cancer risk are only observed at doses of radiation that are 25,000 times higher than what you’d be exposed to by eating 3/4 of a pound of Bluefin tuna per day.

Some bottom-feeding fish right off the coast of Japan contain much higher levels of radiation (i.e. >250 times more cesium) than those found in Pacific Bluefin tuna.

Even if you consumed 1/3 of a pound per day of this highly contaminated fish, you’d still be below the international dose limit for radiation exposure from food.

Finally, according to Dr. Robert Emery at  the University Of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston says you’d need to eat 2.5 to 4 tons of tuna in a year to get a dose of cesium-137 that exceeds health limits. That’s 14 to 22 pounds of tuna a day.



Fukushima proved that we are not safe from nuclear disasters. It leaked radiation into the environment – the air, the ground, and the ocean waters – and this impacts our health across the world.  

Recent samples taken off the coast of Fukushima found fish there were “124 times deadlier than the threshold considered safe for human consumption.”

As ocean waters move the toxins, scientists expect repercussions to the Pacific Coast and beyond

A study published in the International Journal of Health Services found that thousands of Americans have already been affected by radiation drifting to their shores from Fukushima.

Despite what I have said Nuclear energy isn’t safe, it won’t ever be safe, and what happened at Fukushima is just another reason to get out of the dirty energy game for good.

I have sent an email to the major UK supermarkets asking were their tuna comes from, when I receive their reply I will tell you and then you can make your own informed choice.

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Preppers will be next

My fellow preppers the times are a changing for real. Governments here and in the US are planning to curtail our liberties in the name of freedom and security and that we all know is a total con.

If they were bothered about security then our borders would not be left open to all and sundry to simply walk across.

It they were bothered about freedom then they would not be forcing GM crops on us, stopping us from growing food or from storing water, they would not be planning to take our guns away and they would not be snooping on us at every turn, would they?

I have mentioned on previous shows that it is now illegal in New Zealand and some US states to grow your own food and to sell it or give it away or to store rain water.

I also mentioned in last week’s show that the EU is now planning to make it illegal to store heirloom seeds or grow anything that is not on their list.

Most of these liberties are openly enjoyed by the general public, but my friends they are actually aimed at you the prepper and survivalist to prevent you being able to independently survive.

If a new law is passed here in the UK then anyone who criticises Sharia law or gay marriage could be branded an “extremist” under sweeping new powers planned by the Conservatives to combat terrorism.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans last month for so-called Extremism Disruption Orders, which would allow judges to ban people deemed extremists from broadcasting, protesting in certain places or even posting messages on Facebook or Twitter without permission. Who does this woman think she is?

Mrs May outlined the proposal in a speech at the Tory party conference in which she spoke about the threat from the so-called Islamic State – also known as Isis and Isil – and the Nigerian Islamist movement Boko Haram.

These new orders which will be in the Conservative election manifesto, would extend to any activities that “justify hatred” against people on the grounds of religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

The obvious problem with this is that Leftists and Islamic supremacists constantly advance the false claim that opposition to jihad terror and Islamic supremacism is justifying hatred against people, and the Cameron government clearly endorses this view. So this law will be used to curtail any opposition to the advance of Sharia in the UK.

In the US the Government is actively seeking those who criticize government, specifically Barack Obama, and arresting them without charging them. They are remanded to mental health institutions where they are given “training” on how to view the world.

Remind you of a little book that George Orwell wrote?
It gets worse.

Most of the victims of the government’s kidnapping scheme are veterans.

In the four years since the start of Operation Vigilant Eagle, the government has steadily ramped up its campaign to “silence” dissidents, especially those with military backgrounds.

Coupled with the DHS’ dual reports on Right wing and Left wing “Extremism,” which broadly define extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favour of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” these tactics have boded ill for anyone seen as opposing the government.

One particularly troubling mental health label being applied to veterans and others who challenge the status quo is “oppositional defiance disorder” (ODD).

The ODD denotes that the person exhibits ‘symptoms’ such as the questioning of authority, the refusal to follow directions, stubbornness, the unwillingness to go along with the crowd, and the practice of disobeying or ignoring orders.

Persons may also receive such a label if they are considered free thinkers, nonconformists, or individuals who are suspicious of large, centralized government… At one time the accepted protocol among mental health professionals was to reserve the diagnosis of oppositional defiance disorder for children or adolescents who exhibited uncontrollable defiance toward their parents and teachers.”

The case of 26-year-old decorated Marine Brandon Raub—who was targeted because of his Facebook posts, interrogated by government agents about his views on government corruption, arrested with no warning.

Labelled mentally ill for subscribing to so-called “conspiratorial” views about the government, detained against his will in a psych ward for standing by his views, and isolated from his family, friends and attorneys—is a prime example of the government’s war on veterans.

So how many of you admit that you too have had such thoughts about the parasites in our elected houses?

OK we only have ourselves to blame as we voted for them. But they are now becoming a deadly enemy as they trample over our laws and constitutions in a mad race to their NWO.

Successive US governments have continuously chipped away at the provisions of the American Constitution to a point where it in real terms no longer exists.

Here in the UK a former Prime Minister was either black mailed because of his alleged paedophile activities or openly conned the UK into the vile EU government that now passes over 70% of our laws.

Now is the time to practice OPSEC as if they do not know what we’re doing then there is less chance of them being able to disrupt our plans.

If your laws allow you to open carry or to concealed carry, or as it is in the UK carry a non-locking pen knife with a 3” or less cutting blade then you must exercise this right as if you do not it will be removed that I can say for sure.

Surely now you can see that our elected government is following a pre-planned course of oppression against its very only population and it therefore now more than ever up to us to secure our own future and the system has no intention of helping us no matter what happens.

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When Should I Harvest Dandelion Roots?

Dandelion roots are best harvested from late autumn through to early spring, when the plant is dormant and has stored up energy in the root. For medicinal use, most sources say the autumn harvest is best. This is because the levels of inulin (insoluble fiber) are higher and the fructose levels are lower.

The freezing of winter converts the inulin to fructose, which makes spring roots more palatable for eating. Spring roots will be less bitter and chewy – just make sure you dig them before the plants start to blossom. Spring roots are also higher in taraxacin, which stimulates bile production.

What’s the Best Way to harvest Dandelion Roots?

To dig roots, use a sturdy fork. You want to break/damage the root as little as possible so you don’t lose much sap, which is where the medicinal properties lie. Deep, rich soil will produce the thickest, easiest to harvest roots.

Make sure to harvest from areas that have not been sprayed/treated with anything noxious. Select large, vigorous plants – small, spindly plants will have small roots that are not really worth harvesting.

How to preserve dandelion roots?

Dandelion roots can be used fresh for cooking and medicine. For long term storage, drying works best. Roots should be well scrubbed before cutting. Thick roots should be sliced lengthwise into strips of uniform thickness to decrease drying time and encourage uniform drying.

How to Use Dandelion Root?

To extract the medicinal compounds for the roots, they must be decocted or tinctured. To make a tincture, place dandelion root in a jar and cover with 80 proof (40%) vodka. Cover tightly and allow to steep 4-6 weeks, shaking daily. Strain out plant material and store in a dark glass bottle. Label and date.

To make a decoction, place one ounce of dried roots or two ounces fresh roots (by weight) in a pan with one pint of water. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and compost the spent roots. Root decoctions can be used to make simple healing teas.

Dandelion root should not be used if you have irritable stomach or bowel, or if you have an acute inflammation.

Dandelion root is well known as a detoxifying agent, but has also been used to treat everything from arthritis to hangovers.

Dandelion Oil Recipe to Relieve Joint Pain

Dandelion flowers, freshly picked
Base oil, such as grapeseed oil, almond oil or olive oil

Preparation
Fill a small mason jar with fresh dandelion flowers. Pour the oil over the dandelion flowers and fill the jar almost to the top. Cover with cheesecloth secured with a rubber band and set the jar on a warm sunny windowsill for 2 weeks, or until the flowers have lost their color and turn brown.

Strain the dandelion flowers out of the oil and transfer the oil to a new sterilized jar. Store it in a cool dark place. If you put it in the refrigerator, it should last indefinitely.

How to use it? when your therapeutic massage oil is ready, massage it into achy joints or muscles as needed.

Homemade Dandelion Wine Recipe

Dandelion wine, believed to be of Celtic origin, is regarded as one of the fine country wines of Europe. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was not proper for ladies to drink alcohol; however, dandelion flower wine was considered so therapeutic to the kidneys and digestive system that it was deemed medicinal even for the ladies.

Ingredients

3 quarts dandelion blossoms

1 gallon water

2 oranges, with peel

1 lemon, with peel

3 pounds sugar

1 packet of wine yeast

1 pound raisins

Directions

Collect the blossoms when they are fully open on a sunny day. Remove any green parts; they will impair fermentation.

Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the flowers in a large pot. Cover and let steep for three days.

Prepare the oranges and the lemon. I zest about half the skin off and cut the rest off in very thin strips to minimize the amount of white pith I added to the brew.

Slice them both in rounds without peeling.

Add the orange and lemon zest to the flower-water mixture and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, strain out solids, then add the sugar stirring until it is dissolved. Allow to cool.

Add the orange and lemon slices, yeast, and raisins to the liquid. Put everything into a large pan or deep casserole dish with a loose lid (so gas can escape) to ferment. (I cover it with a clean cotton towel held down by a rubber band.)

When the mixture has stopped bubbling (2 days to a week), fermentation is complete. Strain the liquid through several layers of cheesecloth and transfer to sterilized bottles.

Slip a deflated balloon over the top of each bottle to monitor for further fermentation. When the balloon remains deflated for 24 hours, fermentation is complete.

Cork the bottles and store in a cool, dark place for at least six months before drinking. NOTE: Be sure not to seal these tightly before they finish fermenting, and don’t put them somewhere warm.

Oh, and if you don't want to eat eat or drink dandelions then why not feed them to your chickens. Chickens enjoy all parts of the dandelion plant, from root to stem and on to the flower. They love it all. It’s easy to pick the Dandelion leaves, but the root is a bit tougher to harvest.

You’ll have to pull a little soil back and grab hold of the root itself to pull it all out. Dandelion loves to grow in the craziest places so take a look around, you probably have some growing somewhere!

Wild Garlic

It starts to be ready some time in February or March, and runs through until about June. Wild garlic can be used pretty much anywhere you want a garlicky flavour, with the caveat that the flavour doesn’t survive cooking for long, so you generally need to add it to cooked dishes near the end.

Ramson Pesto is incredible and really packs quite a punch. I like to chop leaves into salads: whole leaves are a bit strong to eat in bulk but chopped roughly and mixed with other leaves they are delicious. Layering a few leaves into a sandwich works well too.

Try it with a steak as a side salad very nice.

If its garlic flavour were the only thing that wild garlic had going for it however, it would be best regarded as a herb and grown in a small patch in a shady corner.

But what I think makes it useful as a bulk vegetable is the very fact that it loses its garlic flavour when cooked for more than a few minutes, leaving a very tasty, oniony green.

And I simply use it anywhere where I would use onion, particularly as the base of a sauce, be it pasta, curry, stew or soup. You can also substitute it for spinach for delicious variations on dishes such as lasagne.

One thing to be careful with is that wild garlic quickly develops a rather unpleasant burnt-onion taste if allowed to dry out while cooking, so you need to take care to keep it moist. I love wild garlic on pizza but I always layer it at the bottom so that the other ingredients protect it.

Almost all parts of wild garlic are usable, including the leaves, stems and flowers. The flowers look amazing in a salad. The bulbs are also usable once the leaves have died down, but they are not as good as the bulbs of cultivated garlic and they don’t store very well once lifted. And of course, if you eat all the bulbs then you don’t get the other parts.

You can harvest wild garlic simply by pulling off individual leaves or, for less garlicky hands and to speed things up, you can cut a clump at a time with scissors.

I generally put my wild garlic leaves in a bowl of cold water for five minutes as soon as I get home, to preserve and wash them. They’ll then keep for at least a week in the fridge.

Another way of harvesting that gives a slightly different product is to dig up a clump and then prepare the individual plants by cutting off the roots and removing the sheath of the bulb. The whole thing then hangs together in a sort of ‘spring onion’ version of wild garlic. Fried in plenty of oil and dipped in a sauce these are gourmet food indeed.

Ramsons are an easy plant to grow, flourishing in the parts of the garden that most other plants avoid. They are a plant of deep woodland, so they like plenty of shade and a moist, humus-rich soil.

Once you have got them established they will generally self-seed (to the point of nuisance if they weren’t so edible). Their habit of dying down in the summer makes them easy to manage as you can choose this time to top-dress them, mulch them or hoe over the top of the bulbs.

They can even be used in a strip as a bit of a barrier against the spread of other plants. During the spring they suppress other plants by the strength of their growth and during the summer you can hoe the strip.

Ramsons are capable of growing through quite a thick mulch: their leaves form green spikes that punch up through mulch before unfurling. Alternatively the dormant period is long enough that you could fit in another crop or a green manure, or interplant wild garlic with another perennial that makes use of the later part of the year.

Wild garlic will tolerate growing in the open, but as soon as there is hot sun its leaves will burn off and it will retreat to its bulb. It is worth growing some wild garlic in the deepest shade you can find, in which case it will persist until midsummer.

Wild garlic can be raised from seed or, more easily, grown from bulbs. The bulbs do not store like those of cultivated garlic, they dry out and die quite quickly if they are not stored moist.

They transplant very well ‘in the green’ (while the bulbs are growing), which also avoids the problem of forgetting where you have planted the bulbs! If you are in Scotland, don’t forget that it is legal to pick leaves, flowers and seeds for your own use without the owner’s permission but not to uproot a plant (e.g. by transplanting bulbs) or to harvest commercially. If you want to do either of these you will have to ask the owner.

One word of warning, whether you are foraging wild garlic or growing it. While wild garlic is entirely edible, it can be growing in with leaves of plants that are quite poisonous, as most of the spring bulbs are.

It is hard to mistake wild garlic for anything else when you look closely – the combination of the broad, soft leaf and the garlic smell is unique – but if you are picking lots of leaves you might become a little careless. So if you are foraging, take care, and if you are growing I would recommend removing any snowdrops, bluebells or other spring bulbs from the same bed.

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Is our Country Still a Laboratory?

The Ministry of Defence turned large parts of the UK into a giant laboratory to conduct a series of secret germ warfare tests on the public.

A government report provides for the first time a comprehensive official history of Britain's biological weapons trials between 1940 and 1979.

Many of these tests involved releasing potentially dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms over vast swaths of the population without the public being told.

While details of some secret trials have emerged in recent years, the 60-page report reveals new information about more than 100 covert experiments.

The report reveals that military personnel were briefed to tell any 'inquisitive inquirer' the trials were part of research projects into weather and air pollution.

The tests, carried out by government scientists at Porton Down, were designed to help the MoD assess Britain's vulnerability if the Russians were to have released clouds of deadly germs over the country.

In most cases, the trials did not use biological weapons but alternatives which scientists believed would mimic germ warfare and which the MoD claimed were harmless. But families in certain areas of the country who have children with birth defects are demanding a public inquiry.

One chapter of the report, 'The Fluorescent Particle Trials', reveals how between 1955 and 1963 planes flew from north-east England to the tip of Cornwall along the south and west coasts, dropping huge amounts of zinc cadmium sulphide on the population. The chemical drifted miles inland, its fluorescence allowing the spread to be monitored. In another trial using zinc cadmium sulphide, a generator was towed along a road near Frome in Somerset where it spewed the chemical for an hour.

While the Government has insisted the chemical is safe, cadmium is recognised as a cause of lung cancer and during the Second World War was considered by the Allies as a chemical weapon.

In another chapter, 'Large Area Coverage Trials', the MoD describes how between 1961 and 1968 more than a million people along the south coast of England, from Torquay to the New Forest, were exposed to bacteria including e.coli and bacillus globigii , which mimics anthrax. These releases came from a military ship, the Icewhale, anchored off the Dorset coast, which sprayed the micro-organisms in a five to 10-mile radius.

The report also reveals details of the DICE trials in south Dorset between 1971 and 1975. These involved US and UK military scientists spraying into the air massive quantities of serratia marcescens bacteria, with an anthrax simulant and phenol.

Similar bacteria were released in 'The Sabotage Trials' between 1952 and 1964. These were tests to determine the vulnerability of large government buildings and public transport to attack. In 1956 bacteria were released on the London Underground at lunchtime along the Northern Line between Colliers Wood and Tooting Broadway. The results show that the organism dispersed about 10 miles. Similar tests were conducted in tunnels running under government buildings in Whitehall.

Experiments conducted between 1964 and 1973 involved attaching germs to the threads of spiders' webs in boxes to test how the germs would survive in different environments. These tests were carried out in a dozen locations across the country, including London's West End, Southampton and Swindon. The report also gives details of more than a dozen smaller field trials between 1968 and 1977.

Now nearly 40 years later they are in my opinion still spraying us and not only in the UK but around our world, notice I said our world and we where never asked if we wanted to be guinea pigs, and the system even refuses to even admit that they are doing it. But who has not seen criss cross trails in the sky that last for hours and slowly spread to block out the sun and produce that now accepted as normal milky sky. These are Chemtrails. I remember blue sky's with the odd fluffy cloud but you do not see them any more.

What are Chemtrails?

Chemtrails (short for "chemical trails") are toxic trails often left by unidentifiable jet aircraft.

The term was coined by the US Government when describing an "exotic weapons system".

Chemtrails that persist and spread are also consistent with geoengineering 'proposals'

What is Geoengineering?

Geoengineering is being touted as the solution to the disputed phenomenon of global warming.

One aspect of geoengineering is to spray harmful substances, such as aluminium, from aircraft to block out sunlight.

There is overwhelming evidence chemtrail/geoengineering activities have already started.

I wonder if any of the chemtrail deniers will change their minds, somehow I have my doubts.

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The Camp Fire Cooking Grill Review

Besides the smell, warmth and the general good feeling of a campfire, it can also be fun to cook a big meal over a living, crackling flame. One of the easiest and best ways to do that is with a campfire-specific grill.

Cooking over an open fire is for me what being in the great outdoors is all about, and this usually means some kind of stew, or animal over the flames or coals with varying levels of heat reaching what is being cooked.

So it can take a while to cook your food or boil water for that all important brew.

The solution is the camp fire cooking grill.

The camp fire cooking grill is a two-piece staked design that allows for effortless assembly and takedown.

The camp fire cooking grill has an 18-inch diameter rack, which I think is big enough to feed a medium-sized group of people.

The grill comes with a carrying case, which makes for easy carrying and storage. It also includes a hot pad and glove for safe handling while still hot. They have thought of everything with this grill as there is a

It was easier to set up and take down than the four-post campfire grills. It weighs 10 pounds, which makes it perfect for the family Bar-B-Qor to bring to the campsite, however, I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone backpacking or bugging-out on foot.

However for anyone bugging-out in a BOV it is perfect in every way.

I have cooked everything from cheeseburgers, steaks, kebabs, stews, eggs in oranges, baked spuds in foil, and kept a pot of water on the go for a cuppa when ever I wanted one.

So why is this grill better than the others, well in my opinion it is because of the built in design features.

For example you can adjust the grills height while it is over the fire safely, and if you need to turn the food or remove it or put more on the grill, you simply swing the grill to the side and when finished swing it back over the fire again very safely indeed.

So a grill that in effect allows you to adjust the heat, now thats not only a novelty but a great design feature I think you will agree.

This grill has it all, and with the raised edge to stop food rolling off I think it has everything needed to make it top dog on the market today. Once you have cooked on it you will wonder how you managed without one. You can get your here.


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Bugging Out as a Group



The Bug Out Bag (BOB) is a tool designed to provide an individual with the tools and equipment to Survive a trip to a safe location in case of a sudden threat or disaster.

The BOB can also be referred to as a Get Out Of Dodge (GOOD) bag, 72 Hour Kit, Grab Bag or I’m Never Coming Home (INCH) bag. In my view it’s far more likely that an individual would evacuate, or be bugging out together with family members and friends than doing so alone.


The size of groups can vary but ideally groups should have four to six members. The reason why this is an ideal number is that such a group can share the basic equipment needed:

Shelter in the form of for example a tent and stove for preparing food just to name a few items. If a party consists of more than 6 people I would suggest that the group is split into smaller sub-groups that share tent and stoves.

Carrying a fully equipped BOB is hard for a single individual; a single individual can’t carry all forms of specialized equipment. A larger group allows for more specialized tools and equipment too be brought than what a single individual can carry.


The hardest questions for a Bug Out scenario is when should you bug out. What kind of circumstances should trigger such a response? Here a risk assessment can help to identify potential threats but in a real crisis situation you will always have to make decisions based upon incomplete and often contradicting information.

This will also have to be done under time pressure. It’s hard to manage and understand a crisis even for government agencies with enormous resources and a large staff.

Knowledge and research about potential threats can help you understand how previous events have unfolded and what consequences they have had. Researching different risks in the form of Man-Made and Natural Disasters that is likely to manifest in your local area can help you make better decisions based on limited information.

It’s also important that groups create routines for establishing contact if electronic communications goes down or are interrupted. Meeting points and alternative meeting points and possible routes should also be addressed.

If one group decides to evacuate, where does this group leave messages to other concerning the route taken and the people who have evacuated.The Bug-Out
A briefing before the Bug-Out is important so that all members know what the intended route is. Where should the members rally if the group members get separated? If the group is large walkie-talkies can be a useful tool for communicating between the different members of a large group especially if it’s stretched out during a Bug-Out or travelling in different vehicles.

If the party travels by foot the party should stop after 15-30 min and regulate clothing so that people don’t sweat or are getting cold.

If the members sweat too much dehydration may soon become a serious problem. When the group stops take time to adjust the packs so that they are comfortable to carry.

Make a habit of often checking that your vital equipment like your knife rests in its sheath. When a group makes a stop also make sure that all the members are present.

Never let any individual stray away alone without the group stopping, if something must be done members should always try to stay together with another individual. The pace of the party must be governed by the weakest members in the party, if members get to tired the risk of accidents and injury increases so make sure to make a short stop once per hour or after passing through rough terrain.

Checking up on the members and taking care of each other is also critical. Everything from blisters, back problems, dehydration and other problems are much easier to deal with in an early stage. It’s also important for how the social dimension of the group is working.

The party members should regularly be checking the terrain behind them; especially those how walk in the rear of the party. This is very important because it can be very hard to find the way back since the terrain looks very different going back the other way. In high risk areas it can also be important to see if anyone is following the party.

The rest of the members should also keep an eye open and be aware of the surrounding environment; it can be a good idea that different members keep attention to designated directions. By being alert the party can spot dangers, find water, shelter, eatable plants and sometimes other equipment that can be useful.
Setting Up and Breaking Camp
When a Group makes camp for the night it’s important that every member of the party helps out with the different tasks that must be done. Some of the tasks that should be done are
Raising the tent or arranging shelter.
Collecting fire wood and get a fire going in a secure location. Whenever there is fire wood available this should be used to save fuel for the stoves.
Prepare an evening meal.
Collecting and purifying water.

From the time that a party wakes up in the morning until the party has eaten breakfast, cleaned up and attended to hygiene, packed tents and are ready to leave normally takes 1-2 hours.



Advantages
A Group are likely to have more areas of expertise than a single individual.
In case that an individual get injured the others can give care or in a worst case scenario carry this individual on a stretcher.
More specialized equipment can be brought helping the group to cope with more situations.
The carrying load for each individual will be lower if a Group shares tents and stoves.
Disadvantages
Moving with a large group often takes longer time.
The Group can have members with a poor physical fitness, children and elderly or even injured people that slow the Group.
Some members are likely to have low quality equipment/clothing or be lacking some equipment.

Another important aspect is getting to know the other members of your group. Engaging in activities like hiking is an excellent way both to test equipment, routes, clothing, increase fitness, getting experience and getting to know the other members of a possible group.

What are the strength and weaknesses of the members? What skills do they possess and what skills do they lack? What skills can the different members help each other obtain?

Working out differences within the group before a real crisis is also important; a real crisis will be extremely hard both physically and emotionally for a group evacuating an area.

Latent conflict within the group may then become a big problem. Learning how to deal with conflict within a group is something that should be dealt with before an emergency.

It’s hard to know how people will react under extreme pressure, but hiking, camping and hunting trips before a real emergency will provide some opportunities to deal with these issues before. Bug Out Vehicles (BOV)
Vehicles can make it possible to travel over distances that would take weeks to travel in a matter of hours if the conditions are excellent.

A vehicle intended to be used when bugging out is often referred to as a Bug Out Vehicle or BOV. Vehicles also allow heavier equipment to be brought along.

However, during an large scale evacuation from a city or urban area roads can turn into to traffic jams that can stretch for miles where the traffic comes to stand still.

This problem may be reduced in some cases by taking roads that normally aren’t used too much but this is still not a guarantee.

In addition to cars and trucks other alternatives can be used depending on terrain like boats, mountain bikes, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or even air planes depending on your situation and budget.Stashing
One tactic that is often thought of is the option to stash heavy equipment along possible Bug Out routes or at alternative locations like the homes of family members or friends.

Some equipment can be outstanding for wilderness life and survival, however these items are often too heavy or bulky too be carried over long distances witch make caching them a possible alternative solution.

There are of course risks involved in stashing equipment, it can be stolen or destroyed by weather just to name a few. If you have to evacuate by another route than the intended one you will be unable to take advantage of the equipment. If you are planning on using this tactic you must consider the pros and cons of different locations and methods. Example of items that can be considered
Dutch Ovens
Larger Tents with Woodstoves
Large Tarps
Heavy Duty Wool Blankets

Large Water Containers
Tools like Axes, Shovels, Hammers, Rope, Pick axe etc
Fire wood and fuel for vehicles and stoves
Equipment vs Skill and Experience
Equipment can help individuals cope with different kinds of crisis and survival situations by providing tools that makes it easier to find solutions for different kinds of problems.

Clothing and shelter provides protection from the elements; compass, map and GPS can makes navigation in un-known territories much easier; a headlamp, chemical lightstick or flashlight can provide light during nights, knives and tools like axes makes it possible to handle a number of different tasks that are almost impossible to do my hand.

Fire steel, matches and lighter makes it much easier to start a fire and so on. However, no matter how much gear you carry your physical and mental endurance, skills, knowing your local area, the will to survive, knowledge and most of all the persons next you will most likely be the crucial factors that determine if you survive or not.

Every situation, climate and setting is unique and requires specific skills and equipment to deal with it.

There is no One Size fits all when it comes to Bug Out Bags. There is a huge difference if you are putting together a kit for a desert climate, jungle, winter, arctic, wilderness or urban setting.

In most regions there are people how spend time outside as wilderness guides, military, hunter, hikers and many more. Find a local expert and take advice from the people how know your local situation best – the people how live and spend time there. BREAK

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German Flecktarn Army Parka Review

Way back in the 80's possibly as some people say due to the Rambo films there was a great interest in buying army surplus kit.

I personally think that this interest was simply there because survival and survival training was seen as military activity and something that was not then in the civy domain.

I suppose that by wearing ex-army gear the person felt more at one with the environment and of course blended in by way of the camouflage at least.

It is true to say that it was the Rambo films with his hollow handled survival knife that began the UK love affair with survival.

Now although his hollow handle knife was and in my opinion is a waste of hard earned money the idea of living on ones wits and using learned survival skills was born.

Ex army surplus clothing has been used by fishermen, builders, and of course survivalists as it is reasonably priced, it does what it says on the tin and there is a choice of styles and camouflage options.

Recently I was sent the German Flecktarn Army Parka from British Army Surplus, who have been providing a quality service since 1947

I attended the CUP Bug-Out weekend and wore the parka there.

Firstly I really like flecktarn as a camo and secondly as a waterproof parka it was just what I wanted.

The parka has the usual chest pocket with flaps and two side pockets with zips. a pen pocket on the left upper arm and Velcro closers on the wrists and attached hood.

This weekend had a few heavy rain incidents in fact at one point thunder and lightening, it was ideal to test this parka. Well it was fantastic, totally waterproof and with the integral hood now trickle down my neck either.

Firstly the quality of the parka was Unquestionable, it in fact looked new and that would have been that except for the cigarette butts in the pockets along with some lose tobacco as well.

But, so what, I knew it was not new, but army surplus, the question was if second hand what could I expect from it.

The stitching was in good order with no lose threads the zips and the fasteners worked perfectly, it even fitted me, now that is a bonus.

It certainly is a wind cheater and very comfortable to wear. I would recommend however that wearing something underneath would be advisable in colder conditions, but on this occasion I was warm and more importantly dry.

So what more can I ask from a waterproof parka but to be waterproof and it is. Added to this is the quality of the product its practicability and in my opinion it good looks.

But best of all is its price only £14.95 beat that then.