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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Show Contents 14th September 2014



Show Notes
This week I begin with Fluoride is Poison, then Surviving a Biological Attack, The Blizzard survival 20% Discount Offer, What is a Survivalist, Prepper and Doomer?, Support these companies, The Ribzwear 30% Discount Offer, Reasons why Preparing for an Apocalypse will help you, The Wilderness121 10% Discount Offer, How to Use a Torch in a Tactical Situation, The Field Leisure 10% Discount Offer, When the brown Stuff Hits the Fan, The Buggrub 10% Discount Offer, More companies to support, Uses for a Paracord Survival Bracelet, Have you tried these techniques, The Hunters-Knives 10% Discount Offer, Further companies to support, How to Build a Survival Shelter, Small Game Hunting Strategies, Powermonkey Explorer Review.

Fluoride Is Poison
To all my listeners especially those who have small children and those that suffer with Fibromyalgia

I wouldn’t have researched this subject if I wasn’t concerned with your health and safety, and the health and safety of your loved ones.
I know we all get crazy emails trying to scare us about everything imaginable, and I am always the last one to believe them and the first one to disprove them as urban legend.
But unfortunately this reality is one that has irrefutable science behind it and a shocking truth that I have been compelled to share with everyone I know. The truth revealed here maybe the biggest scientific cover up of our modern era.

Please share this with your friends and family, and spread the word...
What is Fluoride
Let me ask you a few rational questions;

Would you brush your teeth with rat poison if it just might have some kind of beneficial properties as an anti-cavity agent? Yes, I am asking you if you would put a highly toxic poison that was used as rat killer and as insecticide in your mouth and brush your teeth with it.

Would make your children brush their teeth with a toxin slightly less poisonous than arsenic and even more poisonous than lead, even though everyday they ingested some of this toxic substance that would accumulate throughout their body and could cause numerous health problems?

What if there was so much poison in their toothpaste that it would kill them if they ate the whole tube because it tasted like bubble gum; would you leave it in their bathroom drawer or would you keep it locked up with the medicines or toxic cleaning agents?

If you have been using fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth, you should have answered "yes" to all of the above questions.

Before we go any further, let's look at the definition of Sodium Fluoride and establish the fact that it is a highly poisonous substance.

Here is the definition of Sodium Fluoride that is used in toothpaste to prevent cavities:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sodium+fluoride

sodium fluoride
– noun
a colourless, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous solid, NaF, used chiefly in the fluoridation of water, as an insecticide, and as a rodenticide.

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

Hmmm, there’s just something insane about using the words “poisonous solid”, "rodenticide", "insecticide", and the "fluoridation of water" in the same definition. Fluorine compounds, or fluorides, are listed by the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) as being in the top 20 of 275 toxic substances which pose the most significant threat to human health.

We have all been brushing our teeth with rat poison and one of the most environmentally damaging toxic waste substances produced by the aluminium and fertilizer industries in America, Sodium Fluoride.
We've also been drinking Fluorosilicic Acid (an inexpensive liquid by-product of phosphate fertilizer manufacturering process) in our tap water and cooking with it as well.

Go read the warning on the back of your toothpaste tube.
"WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a doctor ."

Your toothpaste warning says that if you ingest more than the usual amount while brushing, call a doctor.
That's because fluoride is a highly toxic poison and each tube of toothpaste, even the bubble gum flavoured specifically marketed for children, contains enough fluoride to kill a child.
http://www.fluoridealert.org/toothpaste.html

When I was a child there wasn't a poison warning label on my toothpaste tube letting me know not to swallow it because it was poison. Back then toothpaste commercials showed a tooth brush just loaded with toothpaste.
Back then no one was telling anyone, "Don't swallow your toothpaste". Fluoride was portrayed as perfectly safe to your health in commercials and by government publications.
It wasn't until April 7th, 1997, that the United States FDA (Food & Drug Administration) required that all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. carry a poison warning on the label.

In this country we consume highly fluoridated tap water, processed foods and drinks every day. We consume more than the usual amount we would ingest by brushing our teeth alone. One of the fastest ways to absorb a medicine is directly under your tongue and we hold this poison in our mouths 2-3 times a day when we brush our teeth.

Think about how often your children are swallowing it while brushing their teeth because it tastes like bubble gum. We’ve been ingesting it for years and it has been building up in our bodies because fluoride is an accumulative toxin.

This toxin is taking its toll on the health and smiles of people of all ages in the U.S., Britain, Canada, and other modernized countries. Dental Fluorosis is a mild form of fluoride poisoning that is the most visible and well-recognized side-effects of ingesting fluoride toothpaste and drinking too much fluoridated water.
Dental Fluorosis is a discoloration of teeth that ranges from mild to severe. Whereas dental fluorosis used to impact less than 10% of children in the 1940s, the latest national survey found that it now affects over 30% of children.
Fluoridation could turn out to be one of the top 10 mistakes of the 21st century.
Surviving a Biological Attack
A laptop has been retrieved from an ISIS hideout which contained shocking plans to develop weaponised bubonic plague that could inflict 'huge causalities.
In the computer's files were found a disturbing 19-page document containing instructions for making weaponised bubonic plague including the steps needed for testing it.
'The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge.
It stated that testing should be done on small mice first.
However, Jennifer Cole, Senior Research Fellow, Resilience & Emergency Management, at the Royal United Services Institute, downplayed the danger the find signified.
'This is nothing a security analyst wouldn't expect to find on a jihadist laptop. We've seen it time and time again.
'Plus, biological weapons are extremely unpredictable and their spread cannot be predicted or controlled. This is why regimes and terrorist groups have been so reluctant to use them.
'They are slow acting, can't be geographically contained and are as likely to hurt you as the enemy. That's why, while lots of groups look into them, none ever use them.'
She added that bubonic plague 'can be treated with simple antibiotics these days, so no threat anyway' and that polio in Syria is a far bigger worry than biological weapons.
That’s Ok then Jennifer, no problem then, what were we worried about in the first place.
Well Jennifer, I think that a terrorist attack, most likely involving biological weapons, will occur on UK soil by the year 2015. If such an attack does occur, being prepared for the worst may increase the chances that you and your family survive.
Look forget the advice from Jennifer as when the attack comes you will not know what bio agent has been used so if you have prepared you have a better chance of those who have not.
There are measures you can take to help safeguard yourself against the incapacitating and sometimes fatal biological agents released during a biological attack.
Talk to your doctor about the vaccines available against viruses, bacteria and toxins such as anthrax and smallpox
Get some surgical masks for yourself and members of your family
In the Event of an Attack
If you hear about a biological attack on the news, use common sense and practice heightened awareness regarding what's going on around you.
Keep a television or radio tuned to a major new network to keep abreast of official instructions regarding the attack. If there has been a confirmed attack:
Stay out of public places and avoid coming into contact with people who may be infected
Speak to a medical professional about possible antibiotics to fight or prevent infection
Keep your windows closed
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
If you or a family member becomes ill, speak to a medical professional immediately for instructions regarding quarantine and treatment.
Exposure
If you suspect that you have been exposed to a potentially harmful biological agent, take the following steps:
Move away from the area or item you suspect is contaminated
Wash any exposed skin with soap and water
Don a face mask if one is available, but do not cover your face with your hands or clothing if you suspect they may have been contaminated
Cover any open wounds with a sterile bandage or gauze
Avoid touching potentially contaminated surfaces
Remove any clothes that may have come into contact with the biological agent and place them in a plastic bag
Contact the authorities immediately for further instructions
Conclusion
Arguably the most important thing to do in the case of a suspected or confirmed biological attack is to remain calm and use common sense.
Although it may be difficult, try not to panic, avoid coming into contact with potentially infected people or areas and wait for further instructions from authorities.
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What is a Survivalist, Prepper and Doomer?
I see the terms survivalist, prepper and doomer get used interchangeably. I’m guilty of it, too; often because I link everyone together rightly or wrongly, so I choose the word that flows, not necessarily for its exact meaning. You know, like “pandemic prepper” or “doomsday diva.”
Anyway I say “Not all survivalists are preppers but all preppers are survivalists”
For the average person vaguely familiar with preparedness, like me, there may not seem like much of a difference between the words, a case of “you say tomato, and I say tomahto.” They’re all the same. The more seasoned survival samurai, however – knows otherwise as there are actually defined differences out there..
Following are quoted sections from Wikipedia for conversation’s sake.
Survivalist – an individual who is actively preparing for future possible disruptions in local, regional, national, or international social or political order. Survivalists often prepare for this anticipated disruption by having emergency medical training, stockpiling food and water, preparing for self-defence and self-sufficiency, and/or building structures that will help them to survive or “disappear” (e.g., a survival retreat or underground shelter).
In the popular culture, survivalism has often been associated with paramilitary activities. Some survivalists do take active defensive preparations that have military roots and that involve firearms, and this is sometimes emphasized by the mass media.
The potential for societal collapse is often cited as motivation for being well-armed. Thus, some non-militaristic survivalists often have developed an unintended militaristic image.
Nevertheless, its prominence in popular depictions results in the term “survivalism” being sometimes used interchangeably with right-wing reactionary paramilitary activities.
In particular, the mainstream media tends to loosely label many militants and miscellaneous extremists as “survivalists”, whether or not they are actively preparing to survive, and regardless of having any formal survival training, or any firm affiliation with survivalist groups.
Prepper – an individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle without significant reliance on other persons (i.e., being self-reliant), or without substantial assistance from outside resources (govt., etc.) in order to minimize the effects of that change on their current lifestyle
Preppers are sometimes identified as modern-day survivalists or neo-survivalists but are far from the stereotype of survivalists past. Prepping has also been dubbed as survivalism light. Many do not identify themselves as doomers or followed the 2012 phenomenon.
Preppers have many different mind-sets and cover a broad spectrum of survival and preparedness interests. Some preppers prepare for economic disaster or to escape genetically modified foods through organic farming or urban gardening.
Some may prepare for the possibility of a complete breakdown of society while others store up extra food and water for a more localized disaster. In addition to natural disasters, terrorist attacks as well as other crises, Preppers also prepare for personal disasters and economic hardships such as job losses or the loss of a loved one.
Doomer – a peakist (one who has peak oil related concerns that oil depletion will lead to a severe economic recession or another Great Depression) that also believes that a Malthusian Catastrophe will inevitably follow. Doomers attribute their beliefs to humanity’s over reliance on petroleum for agricultural and industrial productivity. Many doomers are also survivalists.
The typical Doomer response to peak oil and the collapse of the industrial system is to “ignore civilization to death” by setting up a Permaculture village.
This Survivalist mind-set is what distinguishes the Doomer from the Peakist. The Peakist may spend many hours campaigning for peak oil awareness, societal change and changes in government policy, while Doomers would generally see this as a waste of valuable time.
The Doomer focus is more on preparing the family and local community for the imminent collapse of civilization.
The perceived extremism associated with “survivalist” is unfortunate. I know many people call themselves survivalists and don’t subscribe to extremist views. But despite what it says on wiki, I will still not define those who seek to safe guard their families and their way of life.
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Reasons why Preparing for an Apocalypse will help you
Your awareness of the world around you increases
More Nutritionally Aware
More Security Conscious
When you consider the reality of burglaries, home invasions, assaults and vandalism of property that occurs regularly, you can’t underestimate the value of a little security-mindedness.  Understanding how to avoid becoming a target, making it difficult for avaricious people to get what you own, and a general awareness of security can only be a good thing.
Value personal relationships more
You’ll save money in the long term
You’ll become a better organiser
You’ll become a more strategic thinker
You’ll gain skills that will be transferable, as well as enjoyable
You’ll become more self-reliant
We all rely on supermarkets, electricity, fuel, law and order, government institutions and local council amenities.  Take some or all of those away, for whatever reason, and you’ll soon realise that your life will substantially change very quickly.  
Yet if you think ahead and consider how you would react to and deal with such problems, you’ll become a more self-reliant person.
Take the thousands of people who are equipping their homes with solar panels, wind turbines and biomass generators, for example.  They’re enjoying the benefits of cutting their reliance on power-station-generated electricity and becoming more self-sufficient in the long term.  
They’re planning ahead and reaping the rewards today.
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How to Use a Torch in a Tactical Situation
It’s late Friday night and you’re walking to your car after a fun evening with your friend’s. As you turn the corner down an unlit side street, you see a shadow dart across the wall and hear footsteps. The hairs on your neck stand straight up.
You quicken your pace, but the other footsteps speed up as well. You look around trying to make out shapes in the dark, when out of nowhere a fist connects with your cheekbone. The sucker punch takes you to the ground and you can feel your wallet being taken from your back pocket.
Before you have time to react, your assailant has disappeared back into the cover of darkness.
You really could have used a flashlight.
If you’re like me, you typically think of torches as something you keep in your kitchen drawer in case the power goes out, or as what you bring along on an infrequent camping trip so you can find your way back to the tent after you take a middle-of-the-night leak.
I have now drastically changed my mind about torches since I acquired the Elzetta ZFL-M60 Tactical Weapon-Grade LED Torch
So what is a Tactical torch?
I’m not talking about just any old torch.
I’m talking about tactical torches. What makes a torch tactical?
A tactical torch is simply a torch that’s been designed for tactical (i.e. military or police) use. Many tactical torches are designed to be mounted to a weapon for low-light shooting. They’re typically smaller than traditional torches, emit much more light, and are made of weapon-grade aluminum for maximum durability.
While tactical torches are designed primarily for military and police units, they’re also a really handy every day and personal defence tool for the average civilian.
Everybody should carry a torch
Before I even get into the tactical and self-defence uses of a torch, let’s talk about why you should start carrying one even if you don’t plan on using it to thwart would-be attackers. Next to a pocket knife, a small, tactical torch is one of the most useful and versatile tools you can have in your Every Day Carry kit.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in a situation where a torch would have been handy, but I was left stumbling in the dark.
Electrical power can go out at any time and for long periods. Having a torch on you can save time and toe stubs as you navigate about your darkened home.
And, besides helping you fix wire connections or navigating your home after a power cut, a torch can also be used as an effective self-defence tool.
Torches: are I think one of the Most Underestimated Tools for Personal Defence
If you use a handgun as a personal defence weapon, a torch is vital for low-light shooting. Not only does it help you to identify your target, but it also allows you to see your gun sights in the dark. Even if you don’t carry a gun for personal defence, a torch, when used correctly, can be very handy in tough situations.
They can be taken into places like cinemas or airplanes where guns are banned, and are great for those who live in countries with strict weapons laws, but who still want to carry something for personal defence.
There are two important self-defence functions that a tactical torch serves, plus one bonus use.
Helps identify threats. Attackers often use the cover of darkness as an advantage. A bright torch can help identify threats in a low-light environment and eliminate the advantage of an attacker stalking in the shadows. Simply shining a light on a bad guy can be enough to get him to take off.
Momentarily disorients attackers. Have you ever had a bright light shined in your eyes when it was dark outside? You probably felt disoriented and even blinded for a bit. You can take advantage of that natural reaction to bright light to defend yourself against would-be attackers.
Whenever you encounter a possible threat, shine your torch directly in their eyes, your assailant will likely reach his hands up to his face and experience three to four seconds of disorientation and semi-blindness. That gives you enough time to either flee or attack.
My Elzetta even has a strobe function for this very purpose that even works in broad daylight.
There is also a bonus use: Improvised weapon. Some tactical torches have a serrated or toothed bezel. Manufacturers advertise these specialty bezels as a tool that can be used to break car windows in an emergency.
While the bezel on a tactical torch isn’t going to break windows, it can be used as an improvised striking device during an attack.
After you’ve shined the light in your attacker’s eyes and disoriented him, strike his face with the toothed bezel as hard as you can. The motion should be like stamping him with a giant rubber stamp. 
Be careful with the toothed bezeled torches when flying, as it can be classed as a “striking tool.” When in doubt, put your flashlight in your checked bag.
Which torch is the Best torch in Tactical Situations?
So a tactical torch is a great self-defence tool. Which one should you get?
There are literally nearly 100 different models on the market. The one you choose will typically come down to your budget and personal preference. But here are a few things you should look for when selecting a tactical flashlight for EDC:
Small. You want something small enough to carry in your pocket every day. Your torch should be no bigger than the size of your palm. I carry the Elzetta in a belt pouch.
At least 120 lumens of light output. For a torch to be an effective self-defence tool, it needs to be bright enough to disorient attackers. Anything less than 120 lumens just won’t get the job done.
There are torch on the market that have strobe or SOS functions like the Elzetta, or torches that allow you to change the brightness of your light output depending on how many times you push the on/off switch.
Waterproof. You want a torch that will work in ALL situations. Get a torch that’s waterproof so it will work even in the rain or other wet conditions.
Ruggedly constructed. Your torch will likely see a lot of action, so get something that will withstand the use. Look for one made from hard anodized aluminium. It’s a tough, yet light metal. Also, make sure the metal on the torch is machined so that it’s easy to grip. You don’t want to drop your torch when you need it most.
LED or incandescent? I swear by LEDs because incandescent bulbs break easily when dropped while LEDs can withstand a beating. Incandescent bulbs also aren’t very energy efficient. You’ll burn through bulbs and torch batteries faster than you will LED bulbs.
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When the Brown Stuff Hits the Fan
Many people nowadays are quite aware that the world they live in is going to the toilet. Aside from the geophysical part that “seems” to be going haywire and could be nothing other than the planet’s cycles, there are plenty of manmade catastrophes that loom on the horizon.
Never has the planet had as many people as now and the more people there are the more competition there is for resources. More countries seek nuclear devices than ever before and with advancements in technology this is a much easier process than at any time before.
Biological and chemical weapons are also much easier to manufacture because of leaps in technology in regards to computers. Oil markets are much tighter because of the countries of China and India and their increasing need of energy to fuel their booming economies, and new finds of oil fields cannot keep up with the demand.
The debacle of the world economies needs no introduction. In short, bad times, really bad times could and probably will be coming to a neighbourhood near you.
Unless you and your family take quite seriously this possibility, if and when something extremely horrible happens, you could very well end up one of the large number of statistics.
Many survival sites have informative and excellent advice on survival that can help you make it through a limited amount of time when everyday life is totally disrupted.
However, what exactly does a person do IF the society that almost all of us have become way too dependent on, fails to recover for an extended period of time, if ever again?
What IF civilization implodes and only begins to recuperate after centuries have gone by? If you watch some of the ideas people have on survival being interviewed on television, you have to wonder what exactly these people are thinking.
The people that have prepared for problems with the world are woefully ready for any disaster lasting for more than a few days at best. One lady thought having a torch was being prepared. Even those that have invested in a years’ worth of food and supplies, there are some basic survival skills that need to be learned and understood to better increase one’s chance of making it through a possible long-term survival situation.
Here are some suggestions on those survival skills that will likely be needed after a nightmare has hit human civilization with a vengeance. Each of these skills can fill an entire article on learning and teaching of it.
So only a brief overlay of each of these will be discussed to long descriptions. Further information can be obtained through many survival books and the many articles on each subject.
Situations and personal handling of SHTF situations will differ widely, but the foundation will likely be there for almost everyone. The main objective is to get people into learning and practicing these survival skills so when something cataclysmic does happen, they can better deal with and make it through intense human tragedy.
Prepare for the worst. Individuals can still hope for the best, but something lacking with many preppers is that they still cannot even think about something really awful happening.
Too many of those that do ready themselves for disasters cannot find within themselves to even discuss with their families and friends a calamity that is horrid and what to do if it should manifest itself.
This denial I think leads to a failure of preparing enough beyond usually a couple of weeks or so. To them, there is still that government or other safety net waiting for them when their preparation runs out.
Learn and train your mind to expect the totally unexpected.
The bizarre often happens, and there are events that are going to freak out even some of the better prepared survivalists. A lot of people will prepare and practice all sorts of drills for various horrors, which is wonderful training.
There still lurks the possibility of something so strange and weird that it shocks practically everyone. By addressing this possibility in your thoughts before it actually happens, you have conditioned your mind to at least accept this.
Training for something strange can be done through other individuals within your circle of allies coming up with sudden scenarios that only their imaginations can fathom.
Learn to live meagre. This is practicing for when times become lean for everyone. If a person wants to avoid the shock of living well to living under a rationed way of life, now is the time to get used to it.
We all take so much for granted – the modern conveniences – it becomes an automated habit to turn on a light switch, flip on the internet, TV, mobile phone, without even considering this could be wiped out within an instant.
We open the refrigerator and there is food, or put food already pre-cooked into the microwave to warm it. We go to the supermarket and get what we need. We have entertainment at our fingertips.
If this is all gone, how will people handle it? Horribly I think if they have not gotten used to going without it for at least part of their lives. A “time out” each day from what we so rely on that could disappear is quite helpful to being ready for if it does go away suddenly.
Find personal motivators to continue on. When it looks hopeless after a mega SHTF episode, having some concrete reason to fight and continue on is an absolute necessity to avoid giving up. Many people will feel, “what’s the point?”, and just stop trying to survive. Someone’s child sitting next to them, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a friend, someone that means something to you can be that inspiration to continue on. It can be just someone’s desire for life that helps them over the hump. Finding that personal reason to survive and fight on is so important.
Understand the world and potential disasters that await. When you can better expect what could happen, you are less likely to be caught off guard. Timing is everything.
An individual that can bug out before something hits is going to be way ahead of the pack. While predicting the future is probably going to be unlikely, seeing a situation developing and acting on it before it occurs can be a life saver.
By monitoring the news of the world with vigilance you can see something others don’t. By becoming more informed about earth science if you live in an area prone to geophysical disaster can make a great difference.
The old adage about knowledge is power is very true, but knowledge is also part of survival and the more you have the more likely it is that you will survive.
Make plans and stick to them. After a disaster your mind is going to be racing around like a car on a race track. Pre-planning and having a written down set of measures to take will make someone’s life go much smoother when SHTF.
Your own personal plan is ONLY what best fits what you are going to do during and after a disaster. People should also have back-up plans, PLAN B and C and D at least because nothing ever seems to go as planned. Haphazard approaches to the aftermaths of catastrophes are kind of like a chicken running around without a head.
Understand how you’ll react. Some people just cannot handle stress, they freeze up and panic overwhelms them.
Everyone reacts to stress and fear in different ways, and even the most calm in control person can go ballistic or paralyzed with fright. Addressing this issue before something happens and attempting to come to grips with it is essential.
People have remarkable levels of tolerance for bad times and most can dig down and come up mentally with what is necessary to survive. Any phobia or fear is usually better dealt with before being put to the test.
A first step is to admit to oneself that these disasters can and do happen and then thinking over, even writing down how one will handle it. Talking this over with another is invaluable.
Understand the psychology of desperate people. This is a difficult one. After a SHTF event people are just going to go crazy I think.
That neighbour that was in control during many minor emergencies may be the one pounding on your door with whacked out eyes demanding what you have because they did not prepare for anything.
Someone in your own survival group may just blank out in a zombie-like stare. Unexpected times brings out the worst in people and people should prepare for this possibility. You yourself could lose it. Again, preparing for this will help should it occur. You always hope that disasters will bring out the best in your fellow person, but often this is not the case.
Be clever and inventive. When the world falls apart around someone, there is likely not going to be anyone there to repair what you have or somewhere to replace it. You will either have to go without, repair it yourself, or jerry rig up some contraption that will function for you.
Much can be learned by practicing going without your power tools and fixing things using only hand tools and what you can find in spare parts laying around. Using junk to come up with unique devices that work for you will become a necessary skill you will need to master, should society fail to come back.
Learn and condition yourself into a survival mentality. Homeless people become experts at seeing what others consider pure trash as survival tools. The fine art of scrounging around will become a chore that people will have to do to find what they need.
That bottle on the ground after a disaster can be used for many purposes including collecting something you can use.
People must first try to see in their minds what use certain items can have for them. Homeless people have become quite good at this during stable times, everyone will have to learn this skill after times become nightmare-like.
Know where you are going. Whether someone is going to bug in or bug out to somewhere safer, they need to know where they plan to make a stand and stay. Transportation is a very important issue to consider and how much of what they have can be moved to where they are planning to go.
Fuel will be a huge consideration as the lack of it prohibits how far someone can go. Something else everyone should understand is how to read maps. You will likely not have any GPS system to guide you and the good old fashioned paper map may be the only way to show you where you are going.
Understanding topographic maps is also key here.
Learn how to maintain light at night. One of the most depressing situations is to spend night in near to total darkness. Besides this, not being able to see at night is dangerous. Learning how to make candles and wicks should be a skill to consider learning. Fats and other oils will burn and can be obtained throughout nature and the outdoors. Long term solar battery rechargers for torches and LED battery powered lanterns are another option.
Learn how to hide. There will almost certainly come a time after a bad disaster that you will want to avoid being noticed at all.
Learning how to camouflage yourself is a good start. Avoiding detection is concealing yourself from sight, sound, and smell from others. Any activity that a person engages in can be magnified many times when the normal sounds of a busy city or town are now quiet.
Much careful consideration must go into taking this into account if a person wants to remain unbeknownst to others that mean them harm.
Remaining inconspicuous can be difficult in some cases, but it can be done.
Maintain proper hygiene. This is one of the top priorities within the armed forces because disease and sickness can and do take down the toughest of soldiers.
People must realize that after a terrible disaster it is not like someone that goes camping, comes back dirty, and takes a nice long shower or a hot bath. After SHTF the water to the taps, as well the hot water heater, may not work. Bathing on at least a semi-regular basis is necessary to avoid all sorts of bacteria from building up on the skin and causing a variety of health concerning ailments that will then have to be treated. People should plan on just how they will keep themselves clean, even thinking about sponge baths as an option.
How to dispose of waste and proper sanitation. In third world countries and the pre-flush toilet era one of the leading causes of illness and death was and is waste not properly discarded. If the toilets won’t flush because there is no water to make them work, human waste is going to be a huge whopping problem for people trying to survive.
Even improperly burying human excrement can lead to disease. Portable toilets, toilet paper and disinfection (bleach for one) should be one of the top items in any survival kit, lots of it. Also disposal of other trash is an issue that can bring hungry dangerous animals around drawn to the stench.
Burning of your rubbish can be a choice of some, while plastic rubbish bags and the means to find some place to dump them is another alternative.
Learn to control pest and other vermin. This is a problem that led to about half of Europe dying several hundred years ago with the Black Death.
Fleas and ticks carry some terrible diseases.
Even people that stay inside their own homes will have to deal with this problem. People outside will have to contend with the fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, mice, rats, etc., etc., etc. There are many repellents in nature that can help a lot such as citronella, even the smell of garlic that most vermin do not like much at all. Stocking up on insect and other commercial repellents is always an excellent idea. It only takes one bite to make a person deathly sick.
Understand radiation and fallout and how to protect yourself.
This is one of the least understood of the survival precautions taken. There are hundreds of nuclear power plants that could fail after the world goes to the toilet. There are still tens of thousands of nuclear weapons available for war should countries decide to use them.
Fallout is something that you might not even see and until you are sick might not even know you have been contaminated. Purchase of a radiation detector that is protected against EMP is a wise idea. Understanding about radiation accumulation dosage RAD’s and how to shield oneself against it is paramount.
Learn how to forecast the weather. Without knowledge of what to look at before a storm system comes in, someone could be trapped and die when they are buried under snow or a wall of water from a flash flood.
Even one of those pocket weather forecasters that can be purchased at most sporting goods stores is a good start. Other weather forecasting books are available to help someone get a better idea on what the future weather holds for an area that they are in.
Weather is still one of the deadliest killers in the modern age. It will become magnitudes worst when people cannot get weather warnings over a radio or other source. People will have to forecast it themselves.
Learn first aid. Treating yourself and or others will probably be the only thing someone can do as medical professionals are going to be few and far between. Many places offer free classes on first aid because they want people in the community to be prepared. A good first aid book along with a first aid kit is something every household should have before, during, and after a disaster. Primitive conditions should be expected when anyone is helping someone after a catastrophe. A stockpile of antibiotics are always a good idea.
Learn about nutrition. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are nothing to fool around with.
Just look what scurvy, the lack of Vitamin C, can do to someone. Many survivalists and preppers make the critical mistake of only being concerned about calories to keep them going. Vitamins; A, B1 through B12, C. D, E, K, Minerals; Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, and trace minerals are necessary to keep a body going. Many survival foods have some of what your body needs, but sadly lack in others. Each person needs different amounts and any survival food supply should make this need as important as the food itself.
Vitamin and mineral supplements should be stocked with food if someone is unsure about what they are getting.
Learn to keep body temperature uniform. The Goldilocks analogy here, not too hot, nor too cold, but just right. Your physical body should remain as near to what your body has been used to as possible.
It is not only uncomfortable being freezing cold or roasting to death, it puts a lot of stress on the body making someone more susceptible to becoming sick. Trying to stay cool uses up a lot of water, and trying to stay warm uses up more calories. Plan ahead with good warm clothes and blankets for the cold.
Find places that are cooler during hot weather. Keeping out the elements where you are is essential and should be given much thought. If living outside, having a good shelter is beyond important. is something everyone should become more familiar with.
How to start and maintain a fire. This is for everyone. Having a fire and keeping it going when you need to has been the essence to the very first people on the planet surviving.
Fire cooks, heats water, keeps you warm, sterilizes items, and gives light. Having a lighter, matches, any starter is one thing, but actually keeping the fire going is another.
Making sure the fire does not cause damage to your home or shelter is something not everyone thinks about. Burning of toxic wood or other material is something to remember never to do.
Keeping a fire not too noticable to others is something everyone should remember because normally a fire means FOOD to a hungry person. While most everyone thinks that using a fire is rudimentary, there is much more to it.
Obtain water and purify it. This is one of the most rehashed subjects of survival but probably the most important one. Most people just assume the taps will continue to flow and water will be there.
Preppers that take water as extremely urgent often forget just how heavy water is and the hauling of water back and forth from a source such as a stream can be difficult as well as hazardous if it is wiser to stay inside for whatever reason.
People need to know that unless water is from a spring it will likely need to be purified and this means some reliable filters or boiling it which requires heat from a fire, along with pots to boil it in.
Aside from drinking, water is also needed to rehydrate food, make milk from powder, and of course cleaning yourself with. We all have to have a certain amount of liquid a day, and juice and other sources will suffice, but water is something that everyone still needs in order to keep their bodies healthy and functioning, as well as to remove toxins in the body. Water need and how much water will be used is something that is often vastly underestimated by many.
Learn how to grow food and or find it. People’s supplies will only last so long, and eventually self-sufficiency with acquiring food will become necessary.
Many people are into seed storing, and in many cases growing your own food will feed the family.
However growing food has many drawbacks that people need to look at. Water is an issue in dry areas as irrigation is very manpower or animal power dependent. The growing season is a huge consideration.
Pest problems are enormous as pest control, pesticides both natural herbicides and chemical, are not going to be readily available. One of the gravest things to contemplate about is actually guarding your yield, as two legged problems could be a bigger issue to your crops than some beetle infestation.
Hungry people will see food growing and take it, 24 hours a day. No one can grow enough food to feed all those seeking food. From a practical sense, it might be a better idea for some to go the hunter and gathering approach.
Learn how to defend yourself and be willing to do it. This almost certainly means owning a firearm and knowing how to use it and be willing to use it to protect yourself or others. Many TV survival documentaries show have people that feel they can defend themselves with knives, clubs, whatever, but in reality against someone else with a firearm they are going to lose 95%+ of the time.
A firearm is an extension of a weapon that has speed and force behind it. Even the humble .22 calibre can stop any person. Many people think that they cannot use a firearm against another person, but this feeling changes abruptly when they see one of their family members at risk.
Some people still cannot use a firearm, and in this case should consider some form of self-defence such as the non-lethal devices including stun batons, pepper sprays, TASERS, even baseball bats.
NO ONE should ever consider themselves to be safe after a SHTF event, NEVER. People can feel that everyone will come together and rebuild society, many good people will, but there are plenty of bad people in this world.
It may come down to you or them. Everyone needs to practice and practice with any self-defence armament they have, so there is no hesitation when it comes to saving one’s life from someone that is willing to take yours.
These are suggestions that people need to address now, before trying to survive the aftermath of a horrible event that sends the normalcy that everyone has become accustomed to down the drain for extended periods of time.
People that prepare have to realize that when civilization stops functioning, so does everything that most of us depend on.
There may never be that safety net there for us to fall into WHEN our stocked up survival supplies run dry. Much of survival is having supplies, as well as backups for when food, water, and other necessities cannot be found.
The other part is being ready for everything our new life could throw in our way. For this we all need to learn survival skills. At least think about it and then hopefully act upon it. When someone thinks about their personal needs, an individual can probably add many more survival skills to.
We should become quite proficient with the skills we personally need and can use NOW, before SHTF so they have a better chance of surviving some nightmare series of events that “seem” like an inevitability in the not too near distant future.
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Uses for a Paracord Survival Bracelet
Paracord was originally created to be used as suspension lines for U.S parachutes. Being lightweight, durable and able to withstand 550 pounds of pressure, paracord has since become useful in numerous different ways and is now used by almost all military units.
A paracord survival bracelet is a clever creation that allows anyone to carry around several feet of paracord on their wrist or ankle or as a larger version on your waist as a belt.
You can wear it as a fashionable bracelet that can instantly be unravelled and used in emergencies. If you are unsure as to how the paracord can be used, here are some great suggestions.
Replacement bootlaces
If you are on a week-long hike across rough terrain, a snapped boot lace can be a disaster. A boot that is not properly tied can cause significant damage to your foot. A paracord survival bracelet can be unravelled and used to provide you with a new lace that won’t ever break on you.
Better still while in the safety of your home why not replace your laces with paracord.
A clothesline
If you are camping in the wilderness, you may need to wash your clothing at some point. A paracord clothesline will help them dry quickly.
Building snares and traps
Getting lost in a remote place could require you to hunt for your meals. Paracord contains seven, 2 ply nylon yarns; these inner strands can be used to set good traps to catch small animals.
Making a splint
If you have damaged an arm or finger, leg etc. you can call upon your paracord survival bracelet to make yourself a splint or sling.
Makeshift dog lead
When you are out walking your dog, the last thing that you want to happen is for the lead to break. This would put the dog in danger, and other people, if the dog is not used to being around strangers. Paracord is the perfect solution for making a new dog leash and securing your pet. Better still make a paracord lead to use all the time.
Dental floss
Being out in the wild in no excuse to neglect your flossing, even if you have no dental floss with you; the inner stands of paracord can be used to great effect as replacement floss.
Make a bow drill
Trying to light a fire by rubbing to sticks together might look easy in the movies, but in reality it is not. You can use your paracord survival bracelet to make a bow drill and start a fire much easier.
Fishing line
Paracord makes and excellent fishing line if you are in need of food.
Making a shelter
Being stranded in the wilderness for days will require you to create some shelter to protect you from the weather. The inner strands of the paracord can be used to tie together branches to provide temporary cover.
Those are just a few of the hundreds of paracord survival bracelet uses. They are as practical in everyday situations as they are in life dependent ones and are something that everyone should own.
Have you Tried These Techniques
Starting a fire with a battery, chewing gum wrapper, and dry tinder: Let’s say you get lost in the woods while chewing gum and listening to your music.
You’re going to have a seriously horrible night while waiting for rescue if you don’t have a good fire going. What should you do? Take that aluminium-lined chewing gum paper and cut a long strip off the side (the long way).
Fold the strip in half, then take out a battery. Press the ends of the strip on each side of the battery, and the middle of the folded strip should catch fire. Apply it to the tinder and voila!
Spit Fishing: This is when you’re seriously desperate or seriously bored and you happen to be around a water source that has small fish, like minnows or fry.
Wade into the water. Keep your shirt on, but bend down and scoop your shirt under the water like a net. Spit into the water, just above your shirt, and if you’re patient and still enough, minnows will be attracted to the spit because they think its food.
Once you’ve trapped it, scoop it up fast and enjoy you’re tiny meal.
Ice fire: You need to make a fire, but you’re in Iceland with no flint. What do you do? Take a piece of ice and carve it so it’s as smooth as you can make it. After that, get some tinder and focus the sunlight onto it.
Survival Mobile Phone: Your mobile has died because you tried calling everyone in your contacts so you can be saved from wandering in the wild forever.
What use is that mobile phone now? I’m glad you asked. Well, you can use it as a survival mirror by taking the reflective pieces and aiming the sun to reflect off.
You can use your phone as a compass if you take the magnets out of the speakers and a little metal wire out from the inside. In the same direction, sweep the wire over the magnet about 10 times.
Take a leaf and place the wire on top. Then float the leaf in water. The wire will point to both north and south, but north will be the direction that you were “sweeping” the wire. You can use the circuit board as a cutting tool. The reflective, shiny pieces can also be used as fishing lures.
Cayenne pepper: You’re wandering in the desert and you only have a jar of cayenne pepper in your hand. Never mind the reason – you just cut your arm on a rock and if you continue to let it bleed, it could take hours for it to stop. Pour some cayenne pepper on it and no more bleeding!
Homemade water filter: Now, this of course doesn’t work as well as the real thing, but if you’re about to die, and you have the proper materials, you might as well give it a shot. Take a plastic bag and put charcoal at the bottom. Then layer sand over it, a layer of rocks, another layer of sand, and one more layer of rocks. Prick a hole at the bottom (where the charcoal is) and pour water over the top layer of rocks. The water will trickle down and come out more or less filtered.
Condoms: They are very effective? If you got lost you can use them as a water container (weirdly enough one condom can hold about a gallon of water).
You can also use the stretchy material to make an object water-proof. You can also fix one over the barrel of a gun – this will prevent debris or water getting in therBREAK
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The BodyGard is the Rolls-Royce of keychain emergency tools. Its two essential (and life-saving) tools are its seat belt cutter and door glass breaker.

The BodyGard also includes a sonic alarm (to attract attention and ward-off a would-be attacker), LED flashlight, and distress flasher (a bright red flashing light).

The BodyGard is compact and smartly attaches to your keychain so it's within reach during an emergency. You owe it to yourself and to your family to carry a BodyGard.
The powermonkey explorer is not just for adventure travellers.  Compatible with the majority of smartphones including iPhone and BlackBerry, mobile phones, iPods, MP3 / MP4, PDAs and portable games consoles, the powermonkey explorer is a portable charger for your 5V devices - giving you 96 hours of standby on your mobile, 40 hours on your iPod, 5 hours on your games console, 48 hours on your PDA and 6 hours on MP3/MP4 players.
How to Build a Survival Shelter
Sleeping outside in a primitive survival shelter with no tent and no sleeping bag?! In the rain? Are you crazy?
This idea may indeed seem crazy and a bit daunting to many of us. However, with a couple of hours, proper materials and the right mind set, constructing and sleeping in a primitive survival shelter can be a life-changing experience.
Although there are many types of group and individual primitive survival shelters, I often begin by teaching my students how to build a survival shelter called a debris hut. These structures are fairly easy to construct and can be a warm, dry place to spend the night.
First of all, location is key. Aside from the normal criteria which includes avoiding low spots, steering clear of standing dead trees, etc….proximity to materials can save a lot of time and energy. Take the time to find a spot that feels right.
For construction, the first thing you’ll need to build a survival shelter is a strong ridge pole that is at least a little taller than you are with your arm stretched above your head. You’ll also need something for one end of the ridgepole to securely rest on—a stump, boulder, fork of a tree, some kind of prop. The other end rests on the ground. At the high end, the ridgepole should be at about hip height.
Once your ridgepole is in place, you’ll need ribbing. Lean the ribs against the ridgepole fairly close together leaving a door at the high end. Once ribs are in place, crawl inside feet first checking to see that you have a little room to move, but that it is still snug and cosy.
If your survival shelter is too big, you will have trouble staying warm. Imagine you are making a sleeping bag out of natural materials!
Next, add a layer of lattice, something to act as a net to hold debris in place when it is piled on next. Brush and twiggy branches may work well the debris that you have available can help determine how small the spaces in your lattice can be.
The structure is now in place and it is time for the essential component of insulation. Of all the things you’ll learn about how to build a survival shelter, not having enough insulation on a cold night will teach you quickly what is required.
Get ready to shuffle your feet or make yourself a rake and start gathering debris! For good insulation, you’ll want material that can trap air. Obviously, dry material is optimal. Pile on your leaves, ferns, grass, or other available debris.
Keep piling, keep piling, go for TWO FEET THICK or more “all over the shelter” if you might get rained on.
Be sure to close up the door area so that you have just enough room to squeeze in without disturbing the structure. Crawl in to see how your cocoon feels. Finish up your insulation by adding some small branches that will hold the debris in case of wind, maintaining as much loft as possible.
Now that the outer layer is complete, it is time to stuff your primitive survival shelter with dry soft debris. If you only have wet leaves, use them anyway, you may get wet, but you can still be warm.
Once your shelter is full of debris, wiggle in to compress a space for your body. Add more debris as needed, and don’t forget the foot area! Fill up the spaces if you are concerned about being cold.
Before you crawl in for the night in your primitive shelter, gather a pile of leaves near the door so that you can close yourself in most of the way.
Aside from having a great story to tell your grandkids one day — or from being able to teach others how to build a survival shelter, spending a night in a survival shelter like a debris hut is an opportunity to overcome fears and gain feelings of freedom and confidence.
Pushing our mental and physical comfort edges also brings us chances to find greater comfort and appreciation in our daily lives. HAPPY BUILDING AND SWEET DREAMS!
Small Game Hunting Strategies
I have really concentrated on which techniques and tricks to employ to harvest grey squirrels at certain periods of the season. Give these tips a try in your area, you may find your hunting success and pleasure really intensifies!
EARLY SEASON (SEPTEMBER- EARLY OCTOBER)
As the squirrel season starts, I totally concentrate on the feeding pattern of the squirrel. My favourite technique is to SLOWLY stalk through the woods, LISTENING for falling debris from feeding squirrels in the trees. Beech trees are my first target, so a little preseason scouting to locate productive trees will pay off in dividends.
When I hear evidence of an overhead squirrel, I immediately look for movement of the game. 
If all goes well, the sun will be right and the falling particles will be easily seen, giving away the squirrel's location. From this point the stalk is on.
Don’t hurry your shot! If you move slowly, avoiding downed branches and their tell-tale "snap" the squirrel will be busy feeding and pay no attention to you. Don't forget, the early season canopy of leaves will work in your favour as well..
If the action is slow, I resort to calling to the squirrels to liven up the forest.
MID SEASON (MID OCTOBER - EARLY NOVEMBER)
By now, the beech nuts have gone and I have to concentrate on another food source... corn! I set up for action now as opposed to my stalking technique.
Obviously, I am going to select hunting grounds that are proximate to cut corm fields. A typical set up is near a hedgerow between hardwoods and the corn itself. Hunters can attempt to do some quick scouting by looking for fallen corn husks or squirrels tracks in snow if any is present. From here it is a waiting game. 
When a squirrel is shot, stay put because more squirrels will often be following in pursuit of the corn.
LATE SEASON (DECEMBER - FEBRUARY)
If you are still pursuing squirrels at this point, use the snow to your advantage. Look for abundant tracks near tree bases so you know where the busiest section of woods will be. 
It is best to be hunting at day break, as squirrels are said to be most active from dawn to mid-day and spend the rest of the day in sleep.
SQUIRREL CALLING... DO THOSE THINGS REALLY WORK?
Well it is a known fact that squirrels spend most of their day in their dray after am feeding which can mean that the woods seem devoid of this little tasty creature so you need to call them, to expose them to be able to shoot them.
While squirrel calls are available commercially, I like to strike a coin against the butt plate of the gun, to imitate a bark and by striking two coins together, I can imitate feeding chatter.
The first time I tried this though two ducks landing in the river in front of me.
Doctor’s practice, lawyers practice and so must you as hunting is a skill that must be practiced.
Wood Pigeon Shooting
As with squirrel hunting the most popular weapon used will be the air rifle and therefore we must maximise our chances of gaining some free tasty grub as failing to do so will lead to the land of groaning stomachs.
In my opinion there are only two ways to take wood pigeon with an air rifle (with the exception of the odd one sat on a fence or tree top) they are decoying and roost shooting.
Decoying
Woodpigeon decoying is the art of building a hide on a field where pigeons are feeding and using artificial or dead bird decoys to attract pigeons to within air rifle range (20 to 35 yards). The sport requires considerable reconnaissance and much patience and field craft to achieve results.
Hides may be built with camouflage nets, straw bales or natural cover. When using bales remember to ask the farmer’s permission to move them and always replace them after the shoot. 
Natural hides are made with materials found on the farm and should be dismantled at the end of the shooting day.
Do not cut into hedgerows or otherwise damage the farmer’s property. The hide should be large enough (3ft. square) to accommodate the shooter, his dog and equipment, and have as level a floor as possible.
Roost shooting
For roost shooting Guns position themselves before dusk in woods where pigeons are known to roost during the winter and wait for the birds to return from their day’s feeding. 
Mixed woods of conifers and hardwoods are the most popular and pigeon droppings under the trees will show the places to stand. 
As it will be almost dark before the shoot ends fallen birds should be retrieved immediately. 
Both of these methods will more that fill your game bag and provide many free tasty meals indeed.
Remember hunting is just that and to be successful you must employ all your senses and use nature to your advantage combined with your knowledge on your preys habits and your ability to be patient and when the time comes shoot straight.
Powermonkey Explorer Review
As preppers and survivalists we actually put ourselves in danger every time we venture into the wilderness, OK then, controlled danger, in other words we make a plan, or we should.
But you know what if?
How many times have been ringing someone only to find out later that their mobile was not charged, and they were only at home.
But what if while out in the woods you need to make a call, say an emergency one and your mobile battery is flat, what would you do then?
You see power is a problem – especially if you have gone on a long journey and realised to your horror that you forgot to charge you’re mobile before you set off.
With the powermonkey-explorer you have a solution.
It’s a small rocket-shaped device that stores up power for when you’re next out and about and need to charge your mobile or iPod etc.
It will hold this charge for months even if kept in a back pack pocket for example.
Here is the cool bit, the powermonkey-explorer comes with a small solar panel that you could dangle out of your rucksack, or put on the back shelf or even the dash board of your car and charge it on the way to your location.
Now the game has changed, as if you forget charge your powermonkey before you set off – if you’ve got your powermonkey-explorer and solar panel with you, you really can charge on the go, with the sunshine as your power source, and that could even save your life, think about that.
The powermonkey-explorer set comes with a black carry case, that features adaptors for loads of different devices – the default is a Nokia socket, but there’s gizmos for iPod, PSP, and loads of phones.
There are also adaptors for charging the powermonkey itself via the mains or USB. If it’s missing an adaptor for your phone or other device, you can visit www.powermonkey-explorer.com and see if the company is selling it separately.
With a battery size of 2200mAh this is fantastic for a battery of this type. Most smart phones are approx. 900Ah so I would expect about two full charges of your phone.
To charge the battery takes about four hours, which I think is excellent. If you charge via a USB it will take a bit longer, Powertraveller estimate that six hours using the solar panel will provide a normal mobile phone charge.
The powermonkey explorer is not just for adventure travellers.  Compatible with the majority of smartphones including iPhone and BlackBerry, mobile phones, iPods, MP3 / MP4, PDAs and portable games consoles, the powermonkey explorer is a portable charger for your 5V devices - giving you 96 hours of standby on your mobile, 40 hours on your iPod, 5 hours on your games console, 48 hours on your PDA and 6 hours on MP3/MP4 players.