10 Lessons From the Israeli/Palestine War

Posted on October 16, 2023

I’m not going to pontificate on the atrocities of war or the conspiracies that are floating around the internet in regards to the recent attacks in Israel and Gaza (there’s enough of that in the news, on YouTube, etc). So far, there are several lessons that can be learned from the events of the last several days…

  1. If you live in a historical war zones–they have been battling in that area for centuries–move elsewhere. There is nothing an individual can do to safeguard themselves and their family in such an area but leave.
  2. Have a bug out bag at the ready At. All. Times. When the bombs unexpectedly start flying, there is no time to figure out what you should take with you; everything should be packed and ready to grab and go on a moment’s notice.
  3. Have multiple evacuation plans. You need multiple ways to leave (direction-wise), multiple ways to leave (transportation-wise), multiple places to go (in your city, away from your city, the next country over, etc). And leave IMMEDIATELY, the longer you wait, the more people will be trying to leave on the same roads at the same time.
  4. Have several forms of currency, safely hidden, when you evacuate. Local currency, foreign currency, some silver, some gold, some jewelry, etc. Money makes things happen more quickly and more effectively during a disaster.
  5. Beware misinformation/disinformation when seeking information on an emergent situation (examples here, here, and here). Also be aware that since only a handful of companies own nearly all mainstream media sources, biased news towards the favored party is alive and well in medialand.
  6. For people who remain in a war zone, often the first things to go are food, fuel, and in the case of isolated Palestine/Gaza, water, medicine, medical care, et al. Plan accordingly if you could find yourself in such a situation.
  7. If you must remain in a war zone, research “how to survive in a war zone” (there are numerous articles on the topic online).
  8. And if you must remain in a war zone (or any other area of conflict, or any major American city for that matter) always be prepared to defend yourself. With a firearm. If you can’t flee and you can’t hide, fighting might be your only option and the only way to fight someone coming for you with a firearm is with a firearm.
  9. Train, practice, learn…then learn some more. The more skills you have, the better your odds of survival in any situation. Medical skills, fighting skills, covert operation skills, outdoor skills, navigation skills…the list is endless but if you put aside time each day to learn and practice useful skills you will be miles ahead of the average person.
  10. Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.

In Honor of the 6th Anniversary of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting…

Posted on October 2, 2023

…I present to you some non-official-narrative information on, IMHO, one of the biggest government coverups in history.

I was living in Las Vegas at the time of this event. I was listening to the radio traffic when this event happened. I watched the news for four days straight after this event. And the more information that came out, including official press conferences which often contradicted information previously released to the the point that the sheriff finally stopped answering questions at his press conferences all together, the more the facts weren’t adding up.

If we still had a free press it would have been interesting to find out what really happened but the days of Watergate-style investigations are long gone.

Things Seem to Be Heating Up

Posted on September 19, 2023

Just a small warning about the UN/WEF/Great Reset…

Is the US Circling the Drain?

Posted on September 15, 2023

Short answer, yes. Long answer…

So yes, America is circling the drain and it is sad to watch. Prepare accordingly.

100 Tiny Things for Your EDC Bag

Posted on August 26, 2023

Here are a bunch of tiny things to add to your EDC bag in no particular order…

  1. Foam ear plugs
  2. Mini Bic lighter
  3. Strike anywhere matches
  4. Ferro rod
  5. Glue stick
  6. Button compass
  7. Credit card-sized magnifying card
  8. Olight mini flashlight
  9. Write in the Rain paper
  10. Pencil
  11. Fisher Bullet Space pen
  12. Paper clip
  13. Safety pin
  14. Sewing needle
  15. Dyneema thread
  16. Mylar emergency blanket
  17. Paracord
  18. Compressed towel tablet
  19. Water purification tablets
  20. Soap sheets
  21. Condom
  22. Small folding mirror (regular and magnified sides)
  23. Carabiner
  24. Bug head net
  25. Toothpaste tablets
  26. Shampoo tablets
  27. Folding toothbrush
  28. Pocket comb
  29. Lifestraw
  30. Matador pocket blanket
  31. Rumpl down blanket
  32. Ultralight survival tent
  33. Ziploc bags
  34. Large plastic garbage bag
  35. Folding utensils
  36. Titanium mug
  37. Slim pocketknife
  38. Mini multitool
  39. Micro SD card covert coin (with all files backed up on it)
  40. Shedrain mini umbrella
  41. Small tube-style whistle
  42. Duct tape
  43. Mini super glue
  44. Wet Wipes
  45. Alcohol pads
  46. Bandaids
  47. Antibiotic ointment packets
  48. Small nail file
  49. Small nail clippers
  50. Floss
  51. Mini tweezers
  52. Min Sharpie
  53. Benadryl packets
  54. Tylenol packets
  55. Aspirin packets
  56. Small tube of Vaseoline
  57. Bandanna
  58. Folding water bottle
  59. Travel bidet top for water bottle
  60. Backpacker’s titanium trowel
  61. Shrink-wrapped cigarettes
  62. Mini bottles of whiskey/vodka/etc
  63. Wire
  64. Razor blade
  65. Mini glow sticks
  66. Tiny AM/FM radio/earbuds
  67. Backpacker solar charger
  68. Folding scissors
  69. Rubberbands
  70. Zipties
  71. Binder clips
  72. Mace/pepper spray/pepper gel
  73. Emergency 3500 calorie food bar
  74. Fish hooks
  75. Fishing line
  76. Fishing weights
  77. Folding wire saw
  78. Sunscreen packets
  79. Electrolyte packets
  80. Tinder fire starter stick
  81. Nitecore battery bank
  82. Mini cable kit (type A-type c, type c-type c, etc)
  83. Self amalgamating tape
  84. Osprey stuff pack
  85. Four-way Sillcock key
  86. Folding wall charger plug
  87. 10′ charging cable
  88. Folding sunglasses/folding readers
  89. Neck gaiter
  90. Titanium mini breaker bar
  91. Aluminum foil
  92. Cash
  93. P38 folding can opener
  94. Dust mask
  95. Potassium iodide pills in a titanium pill keeper
  96. Laminated list of emergency phone numbers
  97. Zpack rain poncho
  98. Small safety goggles
  99. Handcuff key/lockpick tools
  100. Small tourniquet

100 Fall and Winter Preparedness Tips

Posted on August 18, 2023

Fall will be here before you know it, so here are a bunch of tips to get ready for the upcoming season…

  1. Change your furnace filters.
  2. Get your furnace tuned up and ready for use.
  3. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
  4. Make sure your fire extinguishers are fully charged.
  5. Have a flashlight in each room with fresh batteries in them.
  6. Reverse your ceiling fans for winter use.
  7. If you have a two-story home, have safe ways to exit out the window of each bedroom in case of fire.
  8. If you live in an area with dangerous weather, be sure to have a NOAA radio on hand.
  9. Have your fireplace/wood stove flue cleaned.
  10. Install carbon monoxide detectors around your home (make sure the batteries are good in these).
  11. Stockpile fuel for the winter (fuel oil/stove pellets/seasoned firewood/kerosene/etc).
  12. Clean your gutters, take down dead or dying trees, weather seal the deck, etc.
  13. Change out your summer bedding for winter bedding (flannel sheets and a down comforter are great ways to keep warm in the winter).
  14. Put away your summer clothes/shoes and break out your winter clothing/boots/etc.
  15. Clean out your medicine cabinets and first aid kits, rotate supplies, toss and replace anything that has expired, add or remove items as needed, etc.
  16. Clean out your dryer vent.
  17. Install bidets (this will greatly decrease the amount of toilet paper you need to stockpile).
  18. Clean out closets, get rid of anything you no longer wear, and buy new items as needed.
  19. Stockpile all consumables (soap, shampoo, razors, paper towels, laundry soap, etc).
  20. Expand your non-tech entertainment options (books, board games, art supplies, etc).
  21. Empty your bug out bag, restock supplies and food as needed, replace anything that has expired, replace summer clothing with winter clothing, etc.
  22. Experiment with making your own power with a battery bank and solar panels.
  23. Have a back-up heating source (kerosene heater with spare fuel for example).
  24. Have a back up cooking source (patio grill or Coleman camp stove for example).
  25. Have back-up lighting sources (candles and matches, flashlights, lanterns, rechargeable solar garden lights, etc).
  26. Have a battery-operated radio for news and information when the power goes out.
  27. Stockpile any special items you use in your home (baby diapers, adult diapers, baby formula, hearing aid batteries, et al).
  28. Sign the entire family up for a first aid/CPR/AED and/or CERT class.
  29. Take everything out of your freezer and rotate food in order to use up the oldest food first. Note any items you are low on and replace them as soon as possible.
  30. Take everything out of your pantry, rotate the food, get rid of expired items, and restock as needed.
  31. Prepare a fall/winter garden if possible.
  32. Do a final yard clean up then clean and put away all of your yard and garden machines/tools.
  33. Do a home energy audit and add insulation/weather stripping/seal windows/etc as needed.
  34. Insulate or wrap water pipes, drain and store hoses, insulate exterior water spigots, etc.
  35. Make sure your pets and other animals are ready for winter (stockpile feed, insulate the chicken coop, etc).
  36. Make sure your vehicles are ready for winter (have chains or snow tires ready to go, revamp your vehicle bug out bag, change the windshield wipers and vehicle air filters, top off fluids and antifreeze, put a shovel and some cat litter in the trunk to add traction if you get stuck, etc).
  37. Have the tools to make your vehicle safe on the road during the winter (ice scraper, snow brush, etc).
  38. Keep your vehicle’s gas tank topped off at all times; also make sure you have appropriate air in your tires.
  39. Get snow and ice removal items ready for use (de icer, snow shovel, snow blower, etc).
  40. Winterize/put away your summer “toys” (boat, RV, pool, etc) and get your winter “toys” (snowmobile, skis, ice skates) ready for use.
  41. Get your generator tuned up and ready to use during winter power outages (be sure to stockpile enough fuel as well).
  42. Clean out your disaster supplies box/closet and make sure everything is not expired, adequate for your current needs, adequately stocked, etc.
  43. Clean out the garage. Get rid of unneeded things that have been stored there, make sure chemicals/rags are stored safely, etc.
  44. Make any improvements needed deflect water away from your home (make sure the basement sump pump works, add curtain drains if needed, put a dehumidifier in the basement, etc).
  45. Cover any access holes to your attic and/or crawlspace to keep creatures from invading your home.
  46. Make it a habit to refill any prescription medications as soon as possible so you won’t be at risk of running out if there is a disaster in your area.
  47. Have non-electric back ups for your electric appliances (ie: manual can opener, coffee percolator, etc).
  48. Check and rotate your stockpiled water supply.
  49. Make sure everyone in the family has the means to stay warm during a power outage (warm clothing layers, sleeping bags, a freestanding tent that can be set up in the living room, hats, gloves, etc).
  50. Have a back up plan for your kids (a babysitter in case school is closed due to inclement weather, a way to check school closure status of their schools, a way to be notified of early release during adverse weather, a family communication plan, etc).
  51. Practice outdoor winter survival skills (camping in the back yard, starting a fire in the rain, etc).
  52. Keep up your daily exercise routine but change it up for the season if needed (ie: walking indoors instead of outdoors, trade swimming for cross country skiing, etc).
  53. Make your fireplace/woodstove as safe as possible (put up a physical barrier if you have small children in the house, use only adequately seasoned fire wood, use a fire screen, keep anything combustible several feet away, etc).
  54. Never (ever ever ever) use gasoline to start the fire in your fireplace or woodstove; use only approved firestarters if necessary.
  55. Check the weather report daily during storm season and plan your day accordingly.
  56. Have space heaters to warm small spaces but be sure to use them safely.
  57. Take winter sports safety seriously. Wear a helmet when skiing, never ice skate on naturally frozen ponds unless it is safe to do so, don’t warm up your snowmobile in an enclosed space like a barn without sufficient ventilation, etc.
  58. If you will be hunting during the fall or winter, take a hunter safety class if you haven’t done so before, make yourself visible to other hunters (wear orange!), take care when using treestands, etc.
  59. If you will be traveling during the winter, leave your itinerary and route with a trusted person who will know to look for you if you don’t check in on time.
  60. For drivers who don’t have experience driving on snow, rain, or ice, practice in a parking lot before hitting the roads (there are plenty of videos on YouTube about winter driving skills).
  61. Always keep you home well stocked so you don’t need to run to the store for milk or diapers just as a big storm is set to hit. This way you can safely stay home and know you have all that you need to weather the storm.
  62. Keep clean up/disaster abatement supplies on hand. If a tree crashes through your roof, have tarps and ropes on hand to keep rain out of the area. If a window breaks, have plastic sheeting and duct tape on hand to make a quick repair. If flooding happens, have buckets, rubber gloves, and other cleaning supplies on hand for clean up.
  63. Review your home insurance policy so you will know what is, and what isn’t, covered when it comes to winter storm damage (wind damage, flood damage, tree damage, etc).
  64. If you live in a very cold area, know about ice dams, snow fences, car engine block warmers, etc.
  65. Sign up for your community’s emergency alert system (usually found on the city/county department of emergency management website).
  66. Keep cash safely stored at home in case you can’t access your bank or ATM.
  67. Back up all of your important documents then keep these documents in a safe place, ready to grab and go at a moment’s notice. Ditto computer files, pictures, etc.
  68. Keep back-up battery banks charged for emergency use. This includes portable 10k battery banks that can charge your phone a few times to battery jumper boxes, and larger Jackery-style portable battery power stations.
  69. Be knowledgeable about winter first aid (how to identify and treat hypothermia, frostbite, burn injuries, etc).
  70. Have a list of people you can call for emergency, risky jobs that you probably shouldn’t be doing yourself like removing snow from the roof, sawing up downed trees, etc.
  71. When in doubt, stay home. Wind storms, ice storms, snow storms, etc. all mean dangerous driving and dangerous conditions you could get stranded in.
  72. Stockpile easy-to-eat food (energy bars, cereal, sandwich supplies) that you can eat during a power outage and which don’t require cooking.
  73. Consider using disposable products (paper plates, plastic utensils) if you can’t easily wash dishes.
  74. Stock a bunch of “treats” to lift spirits during a bad storm or power outage (ie: cookies, candy, hot chocolate or S’mores supplies, new comic or coloring books, etc).
  75. If a storm is coming that could shut down your access to water, fill the bathtub and buckets so you will have water for flushing, cleaning, etc.
  76. Be sure to check on friends and neighbors, especially the elderly, during bad storms to make sure everyone is doing OK.
  77. Follow local YouTubers for up-to-date information on local storms. Ryan Hall and Reed Timmer offer exceptional coverage of tornadoes/hurricanes/etc.
  78. Use a programmable thermostat; your home will be warm when you wake up and it will lower temps when you go to bed.
  79. If you must walk outside, wear adequate layered clothing, winter socks and shoes/boots, and non-slip protection like YakTrax. Carrying rechargable hand warmers is another good idea.
  80. If you have medically fragile people at your home, plan in advance for their care. Have back up power for ventilators and CPAPs, consider evacuating them to a safer location before a big storm hits, have a plan to acquire supplemental oxygen and medications if the roads are too icy to drive on, etc.
  81. Keep a packet of emergency documents for ill or infirm family members. This should include a list of current medications and medical history, DNR order, living will, medical power or attorney, health insurance card, etc.
  82. If your area is hit by a major storm, prepare for no one to answer your 911 call, no access to an ambulance or an EMS service, no police response, no garbage pick up, etc. for one or more days.
  83. Also be prepared to protect yourself and your family. Emergency responders will be stretched thin during a disaster and help may not arrive for hours or days.
  84. Have the tools and supplies on hand to make minor plumbing, construction, and electrical fixes.
  85. Be proactive and clear storm drains by your home to prevent water from backing up into your yard and possibly home.
  86. Know where and how to turn off the main water valve in your home if a pipe bursts.
  87. Be aware of any mental or physical changes in the people in your home/neighbors. Many people have heart attacks from the sudden exertion of shoveling snow, the change of season can have a detrimental effect on people’s mental health, holidays can be challenging psychologically for some people, etc.
  88. Plan ahead for winter travel. Prepare to be stranded in an airport due to storm or snow delays, carry winter clothing even if you are going to a tropical location in case you get stuck in a cold area on the way to your destination, and have enough funds to cover travel delays (extra food, hotel costs, etc).
  89. Update your video inventory of everything in (and outside of) your home in case you need the information for an insurance claim.
  90. Keep all electronics charged up. Unexpected power outages mean it is just good practice to always keep your phone, tablet, laptop, batteries, etc. charged up daily.
  91. Use storm windows and storm doors for an extra layer of protection during the winter. Remove window air conditioners and seal the space until spring.
  92. If you have a major home system in poor condition (furnace, hot water tank, roof, etc), consider replacing the item before storm season starts.
  93. Install useful apps on your cell phone (emergency alerts, weather alerts, traffic alerts, mountain driving updates, etc).
  94. Plan season-appropriate activities for the family (fall harvest festivals, holiday events, inside activities at the library or kid’s museum, skiing or sledding, etc).
  95. Hit up the Dollar Store for emergency items like matches, first aid supplies, tarps, etc.
  96. Bring pets inside during harsh weather even if they usually stay outside.
  97. If you work in an office, keep an emergency bag of supplies in your desk in case you get stranded overnight in your office due to bad weather.
  98. Learn how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning (a common killer during the winter). Don’t use outdoor cooking appliances indoors, don’t set your generator exhaust right under a window, always ensure good ventilation when using alternate heating sources, etc.
  99. In every situation, consider injury prevention tactics. Falls are the leading cause of death and injury for the elderly so avoiding fall situation (icy stairs, snowy walkways) should always be a top priority. Ditto fire prevention (don’t drop a frozen turkey into a deep fryer!), avoid driving during storms, don’t walk near ice covered power lines, etc.
  100. Remember EDAM. Educate your family, drill various scenarios, keep a positive attitude, make due with what you have in any particular situation.

Quick Tip: Learn Something In Your Free Time

Posted on August 6, 2023

Most people scroll YouTube and social media mindlessly but what if you were to spend that time actually learning something that could help you out when TSHTF? It could be any topic–gardening, how build a tiny house, how to pick a lock, how to make strawberry jam–the list is endless, and so is the number of videos on YouTube for every topic under the sun. Next time you go to scroll, check out something, anything, that can teach you something new and useful. My task this week is to learn how to fly a plane, not literally, but in the (very unlikely) event that I end up in a small plane and the pilot becomes incapacitated, I would at least like to have watched some videos and got the gist of how these contraptions work.

5 WTF Moments from This Week

Posted on August 1, 2023

It’s hard not to be labeled a “conspiracy theorist” when things that should have the entirety of our nation questioning situations, situations that in years past would have resulted in a Pulitzer for investigative reporting, are today seen as inconsequential things. Several things this week made me say WTF is happening here…

  1. A senator was publicly told how to vote during a senate appropriations session. Of course she voted as she was told to.
  2. A YouTuber who discusses privacy topics repeatedly said that if he ended up suicided he didn’t do it. Sadly, this sort of comment is becoming more and more prevalent because the possibility of actually being suicided seems to be becoming more and more prevalent. Exhibit A
  3. And how many times do mainstream news shows on every station report the same “news” word-for word? Exhibit A
  4. Speaking of the news, I saw a post that Chase Bank canceled Dr Mercola (and his entire team’s) bank accounts. Wanting to confirm this, I looked for mainstream media covering this and…crickets. It’s a pretty big deal that any mainstream media organization should want to definitively prove or definitively disprove.
  5. Finally, what’s with all of these young athletes experiencing sudden cardiac arrest? Of course this isn’t a new thing, but either due to more publicity, or straight up more young athletes experiencing this condition, it is hitting the news practically every week. The only doctor who hasn’t been deplatformed for questioning the covid connection seems to be Dr Campbell (you have to listen carefully, however, as he tiptoes around the facts which could get him banned from YouTube).