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10 Most Sought-After Bartering Items in Venezuela

10 Most Sought-After Bartering Items in Venezuela



By Maybell Nieves

October 14, 2019 08:13



About 50 years ago, Venezuela was one of the most stable countries in the world. Even with huge oil reserves, however, little is left of the so-called Saudi Venezuela.

More than 30 years of misguided economic policies unleashed what is now Venezuela: a country full of misery, long lines to buy food, and hospitals and public health centers in poor condition. We are also…

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Added by James T. Kirk on October 15, 2019 at 12:35pm — 1 Comment

11 Frontier Survival Hacks Worthy of Daniel Boone

11 Frontier Survival Hacks Worthy of Daniel Boone



By Rich M.

October 15, 2019 10:02



Daniel Boone is an American Icon. An important part of our nation’s history, Boone is almost a legend, especially well known for his earlier years as a professional hunter, trapper and frontiersman. Yet that’s not all he did. Daniel Boone fought in the French and Indian War, on the side of the British (before the Revolution) and was a member of the Virginia General Assembly during…

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Added by James T. Kirk on October 15, 2019 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

Survival Skills: Learning from Insurgent Tactics

Survival Skills: Learning from Insurgent Tactics

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For those that like to maintain a state of readiness to deal with uncertain times, it’s important to maintain a steady, regular supply of clean water, food, first aid, tools and survival skills. If you’ve ever watched the show “Doomsday Preppers”, you’ll likely see that there are quite a few people who have their own ideas about how to survive a…

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Added by James T. Kirk on October 8, 2019 at 10:59am — 3 Comments

How To Make A Pantry Under Your Bed

How To Make A Pantry Under Your Bed



By Calamity Janet

October 7, 2019 11:47



A Proper Prepper’s Pantry…is totally hidden from view. You don’t want every Tom, Dick, and Mary who walks into your home to know you’re a prepper, and you don’t want to make it easy for vandals, looters, and marauders to haul your stash away. Secrecy is key! (Which is, of course, why I’m revealing my secrets to the world at large!) Here we have instructions for constructing a proper…

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Added by James T. Kirk on October 7, 2019 at 12:20pm — 2 Comments

Best Ways to Heat Your Off-Grid Home This Winter

Best Ways to Heat Your Off-Grid Home This Winter



By Rich M.

October 4, 2019 07:28



Going off-grid seems to be something like the holy grail of the prepping and survival community. I mean, which of us wouldn’t love to be able to live our lives, without having to pay those bills every month? Why wouldn’t we want to go off-grid, especially if it means that we are more self-sufficient, preparing ourselves for the inevitable disaster, whatever and whenever that might…

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Added by James T. Kirk on October 4, 2019 at 3:06pm — 4 Comments

The 24 Highest Calorie Vegetables for Your Survival Garden

The 24 Highest Calorie Vegetables for Your Survival Garden



By Rich M.

September 30, 2019 07:52



Whoever came up with the idea of gardening, way back in the caveman days, surely did a favor to those of us who live a life of disasters preparedness. While the idea of having a stockpile of food and other supplies is perfect for short to medium-term survival situations, the true long-term survival situations, those which we refer to as TEOTWAWKI events, will surely…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 30, 2019 at 2:17pm — 1 Comment

The Pioneer Dish That Never Ends: Perpetual Soup

The Pioneer Dish That Never Ends: Perpetual Soup



By James Walton

September 26, 2019 06:54



The pioneering lifestyle didn’t really lend itself to long leisurely lengths over the stove. If you weren’t married and, on the prairie, running cattle, trapping or logging, well, you would still need to eat but no one would be at home cooking for you.

The idea behind perpetual soup was that, with a well-managed fire, you could simmer broth and other ingredients in your…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 27, 2019 at 11:21am — 2 Comments

Do You Know Your Rights Under Martial Law?

Do You Know Your Rights Under Martial Law?



By James Walton

September 27, 2019 06:06



In 1861, following a riot and the destruction of the transportation system Abraham Lincoln enacted Martial Law in Maryland. 12 voters from the General Assembly were arrested and prevented from voting on secession. The scars of the civil war are so deep that many of them are hard to believe. Its very hard to understand the necessary evil that was required to keep the nation…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 27, 2019 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

10 Most Powerful Medicinal Plants Used by Cherokees

10 Most Powerful Medicinal Plants Used by Cherokees



By Sarah Rodriguez

September 24, 2019 06:38



The Cherokee Indians were one of the largest Native American Tribes that settled in the southeastern part of America. The tribe was originally of Iroquoian descent, and lived in the Appalachian Mountains. Eventually they settled towards the east coast.

The Cherokees actually lived in log cabins and not teepees as always portrayed. The Spanish settlers brought over…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 24, 2019 at 3:07pm — 1 Comment

How Much Ground Can You Cover Each Day Walking with Your BOB?

How Much Ground Can You Cover Each Day Walking with Your BOB?



By Fergus Mason

September 20, 2019 06:08



We all have our own ideas about how to find a safe refuge after the SHTF. Staying at home – “bugging in” – is a good option for a lot of people, but many of us live in places that just aren’t that safe. If we’re going to survive the aftermath of a catastrophe, we’re going to have to get to a bugout location, whether that’s a well-stocked bunker deep in the woods…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 23, 2019 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

How to build your Emergency Binder

How to build your Emergency Binder- Step 1

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How to build your Emergency Binder

1. Gather your materials

The first step is to find a binder. 3 Ring binders work the best. You may choose a bright red color so you know which one it is, or your might choose a…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 23, 2019 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

How Long Are Vegetable Seeds Good For | Chart & Storage Guide

How Long Are Vegetable Seeds Good For | Chart & Storage Guide

Despite looking brittle and dry, vegetable seeds may, in fact, be very much alive and carrying the embryo of what will in the future grow to be a full-sized plant.

Many vegetable seeds have the ability to stay viable for years. However, some, including onions seeds, deteriorate in less than a year

On the opposite end, tomato seeds can sprout even after 10-15 years.

Believe it or not, we sprouted some…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 23, 2019 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

50 High Value Items To Stockpile For When SHTF

50 High Value Items To Stockpile For When SHTF



By Rich M.

September 23, 2019 07:44



Stockpiling necessary supplies is at the very core of prepping. Most of us start out by trying to build a stockpile of food to see us through an emergency and will probably still be stockpiling food when the SHTF. But stockpiling food isn’t all there is to be ready for a disaster. There are many other things we need and use on a day-to-day basis.

Stockpiling food, without…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 23, 2019 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

How to Harvest Your Own Seeds from Garden Plants

How to Harvest Your Own Seeds from Garden Plants



By Diane

September 19, 2019 08:06



It is easy to save seeds from one year to the next if you know what you are doing. Every plant is different and some seeds require specific strategies for harvesting and saving, but these general rules work for most plants if you know the planting conditions for your seeds.

I indicate the planting instructions on the jar when I save the seeds. This refreshes my old memory and…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 19, 2019 at 11:13am — 4 Comments

20 Reasons Why You Should Add Sea Buckthorn to Your Pantry

20 Reasons Why You Should Add Sea Buckthorn to Your Pantry



By Diane

September 17, 2019 06:59



Sea Buckthorn, Hippophae Rhamnoides, produces a highly nutritious berry that has gained super fruit status. The fruit and seed oil are full of Omega 3, 6, 9, and 7, a rare fatty acid recently discovered. The fruit contains a host of antioxidants and healing nutrients, and is a superior source of vitamins and minerals. It has been touted as being particularly good for the…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 17, 2019 at 12:52pm — 1 Comment

How to Build a Get Home Bag

How to Build a Get Home Bag



Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart, Senior Instructor at the Willow Haven Outdoor School for Survival, Preparedness & Bushcraft.

Just over one year ago I wrote a post about how to build a 72-hour disaster survival kit called a Bug Out Bag. Much of my time between then and now has been spent writing a book on the same subject–a more detailed and thorough version of that post. The title of that book is Build…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 16, 2019 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

Seven Deadly Prepper Sins

Seven Deadly Prepper Sins

Editor’s note: if you enjoy this article, check out Doc Montana discussing this same topic in much more depth on The Survival Cache Podcast; find it here: Seven Deadly Prepper Sins

Recycling cans is good. But recycling faulty intel is bad. Yet so much of the general prepping information floating around includes recycled information based more on wishful thinking and popular fiction than on science and historical lessons.

By Doc Montana, contributing…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 16, 2019 at 12:14pm — 3 Comments

How Shooters Are Building Firearms with 80% Receiver Kits

How Shooters Are Building Firearms with 80% Receiver Kits



By Travis Noonan

September 13, 2019 07:48



Every good prepper knows that having a reliable arsenal ready and stocked is critical for protecting yourself, your family, and your property in a disaster or other “SHTF” scenario.

But with the 2020 election cycle is hot n’ ready. That means plenty of politicians are calling for more firearm bans and gun control, so getting your hands on the right firepower…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 13, 2019 at 11:31am — 3 Comments

How To Make A Year-Round Self-Sustaining Garden

How To Make A Year-Round Self-Sustaining Garden



By Sarah Davis

September 9, 2019 06:25



Editor’s note: This article was written by one of our readers, Ornela Freimane. The title of the article is How To Make A Year-Round Self-Sustaining Garden because it talks about the Aquaponic system and how this is a great way to grow hundreds of pounds of fish and fresh vegetables that your family needs without pesticides, herbicides or antibiotics, no weeds, no water wastage.…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 10, 2019 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Homemade Fermented Honey Garlic

Homemade Fermented Honey Garlic



By Anela T

September 10, 2019 08:54



Garlic and honey are two wonderful ingredients from nature. Both of these have strong anti-inflammatory properties and are great as a home remedy for fighting both colds and the flu.

Besides having strong anti-inflammatory properties, honey and garlic are also good for your immune system. So, at the first sign of flu, grab this garlic-infused honey, or even garlic clove, and suppress those…

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Added by James T. Kirk on September 10, 2019 at 1:09pm — 2 Comments

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