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Pick which one you like (and understand) and stick with it. It’s handy to know them all but for sure know the one that is on your scope. I like MOA, but that’s what I grew up with. The kids today learn mils and that works too. The hold x inches is a little tougher with mils than with MOA but it is doable.
Statistics: Posted by apache235 — Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:01 pm
I look around and assess all those in my community as either assets or a liability.
If you are a bunker bunny, hardcore on OPSEC, unwilling to even talk to me, well then I will just write you off as a lost cause.
If you have family, do not be surprised when after months and months of your quest for ultimate OPSEC, your spouse or children shoot you in the face, poison your dinner, or slip a knife in your back while you sleep.
Really, there are families who now have outlawed the board games Monopoly or Risk at Thanksgiving or Christmas as a result of the onset of violence.
If you live alone, after a year of talking to, arguing with, and in the end, losing the argument with a volleyball, do not be surprised if a community or tribe does not welcome you with open arms.
Better to empower and educate those around you now and community member, than be seen as an standoffish elite hording food in their bunker.
The go it alone wolf mentality is a losing end game.
Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:02 pm
Great, interesting stuff here all….. Unfortunately for me, its all French(Bread)…lol.
As an ABSOLUTE newbie to this, where would you recommend I get some good info starting my bread skills?
I of course found some resources already but am curious to veteran recommended links….
This is my current prepper goal…. Bread…. In its entirety – including easy starts thru grinding my own wheat.
Thank you guys for any quick links in advance….
I have had several books prior to this one, but this one really brought it home for me: https://www.amazon.com/Bread-Bakers-App … apprentice
Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:42 pm
I love my brake bleeder. On sale @ Harbor Freight.
When my vacuum sealer won’t seal, that brake bleeder will!!! If you have a jar that shows resistance using the brake bleeder, just use two lids, one on top of the other faced up, and it seals well.
Statistics: Posted by JayJay — Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:05 pm
I didn’t look at the price, but a $20 brake bleeder works fine.
Yes. And they often have a gauge too.
Another option are manual pumps used for Chinese cupping sets, but I think the brake bleeders would be better.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:59 pm
Great, interesting stuff here all….. Unfortunately for me, its all French(Bread)…lol.
As an ABSOLUTE newbie to this, where would you recommend I get so good info starting my bread skills?
I of course found some resources already by are curious to veteran recommended links…. This is my current prepper goal…. Bread…. In its entirety including easy starts thru grinding my own wheat.
Thank you guys for any quick links in advance….
Statistics: Posted by DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE — Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:38 pm
Been looking for a manual vacuum sealer and came across this product. The battery operated vacuum I have just fits over the Mason jar attachment to suck out the air so I wondered if this product would do the same. Has anyone tries this?
Statistics: Posted by LetsPrep11 — Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:46 pm
Looks like good stuff…
Why O Why do we never get anything like this in SoCal?
You’d think with the Organic masses buying here that something with the title Mother Earth would have a MASSIVE turn out here….
Anyone know of anything WORTH WHILE going to covering the subjects mentioned in the OP that ever gets to SoCal?
Statistics: Posted by DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE — Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:43 pm
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The Emergency Essentials Applesauce is on sale ($20.52) right now through Walmart.com. Shipping on orders over $35 is Free. You do have to add sugar to this applesauce to make it taste like what we’re used to.
We also threw out dozens of 1/2 used jars of applesauce that got lost in the fridge. We switched to buying cases of the little cups and never have any waste. Haven’t had a problem keeping them rotated as the shelf life is pretty long.
Statistics: Posted by LetsPrep11 — Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:27 am
Thank you for posting RM.
Last year my potatoes were a total bust. I think it was from the heat. I know a few others, their potato harvest were busts as well.
Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:19 am
Saw this today. Another way to grow a crop of potatoes in a container. Haven’t seen this idea before. I took snips of the video to show here. Video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zszmMPTg4wY
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Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:08 am
My philosophy is I’ll tell people, if I’m comfortable with telling them. I’ll share information with them If I think it will be fruitful. 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy had local impacts. I know many people in different social circles who don’t or won’t self-identify as Preppers, but who definitely prepare to some degree. Curiously we don’t talk prepping in a formal manner. Most people only discuss preparedness in vague general terms. I think many prefer not to disclose too much information. I can respect that, given I’ve been outed by family to other family and their friends on things I kept in the house. I’ve even had a Prepper from a group out me in front of others as a Prepper at a non-prepping public event.
Just saw this comment and had to post here even as I’m late to get my BOV worked on…lol.
I have 2 very close friends, one that seems to be coming around(J) and the other who has millions and I cant get to stock a can of food(M)….. We’ll after 5 years of hitting him “J” has bought a water filter from me, and finally pulled the trigger on an M4 right before the ban here in CA. So I took “J” to the gun show for ammunition and “J” got to see first hand my normal purchase for range practice and supplementing my preps. Walking out with the amount I grabbed that day(Pre CA Ammo registry/bulk purchase for the range) there wasn’t less than 40-50 different folks making whistles or comments about the supply as we walked out to the car(I know the guards so we get to a back gate where people cant ID the vehicle for load up…Just in case )
Anyways, the next day in the office I’m casually talking to “M” about all the money I spent on Christmas presents this year(we’re just discussing this stuff as we’re really close friends and he’s the owner of our company) this year and “M” immediately says “Ya, but $3000 of that was just on ammo for yourself”… He wasn’t there, I didn’t tell him I was going, and this was less than 24 hours later.
I immediately went over to address “J” on this and his excuse for such a breach of privacy was “Dude, “M” already knows about what you do.”…….again floored. BECAUSE HE WAS CORRECT. I immediately told him as I failed to do at the show(My bad) that you don’t bring up specifics like that no matter what you think they might know about you and to not do it again please. He hasn’t. But, it goes to show you how quick a slip of the tongue travels for failing to just state the obvious(OPSEC) even to someone you know you can trust….
Again, my “OPSEC” was breached ages ago in my efforts to help others as I didn’t approach it just right, but that one was an eye opener even for me.
If I have a single saving grace(If you can call it that), is that anyone that does know about my preps knows the level of firearms training I have and my “Fun” courses I train at every other weekend running thru about 1000 rounds a month on average….That MIGHT be a deterrent.
Knowing myself though, unless it was a full on long term WROL situation, I’d help them out in a heartbeat…… “J” already knows he’s welcome in that situation…More manpower.
Honestly, there’s a 90% chance we’ll never need these preps IMHO, but we do it for the 10% chance we do….. If the 10% hits, we’re screwed with the choices we’ll be forced to make anyways. BUT, my family will have a 50% chance of better surviving it no matter the OPSEC….again, IMHO.
Some of you might call me daft, but in a WROL situation, what’s left to enjoy if we don’t even make an attempt to bring some good folks along with us? …….. you know, “It takes a village….” and all that.
Statistics: Posted by DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE — Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:02 am
The Bible is the Best read out there, and is a very important part of many lives, and always will be. Survival is all that we can do to last longer in this life, doesn’t mean that your more powerful than any other, just means that you have taken steps to push yourself and your family name a little further. There are so many things that can happen to one who is all alone out there, this is why small strong groups are needed, and as one has said before, if you have ever………… spent an extended time alone………… you will have given yourself the most important lesson any one could learn……………. you will never make it by yourself in the end. Everyone needs someone, and someone is always needing a hand. That is how it works, and will always be.
OPSEC is a good thing, but always remember……….all this food, and prepping to be alone against so many …………. really is not the smartest thing to do.
It will take a small group to accomplish all that needs to be done to survive for any length of time. Security is number one priority right…….. if your by yourself, how can you have 24 hr security … when there is so much to be done,and food takes so much more time …. there is no way with so much that 4 people could last so long. Murphy’s Law…….. will bite you in the (Censored word. I’m a potty mouth)…………… and it will be done then.
Be smart………… OPSEC and all………….. get your strong groups together……….. so that we may survive.
Statistics: Posted by Eaglehrt — Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:08 am
Momszzzzzzzzzzzz……..you have done it again. Well done, well put, and well seasoned. No matter how many times we put this out, seems that there are so many knuckleheads and “All about me’ers out there that will always say stupid things about prepping. Well………….. here it goes to them……………… ” Here’s your SIGN “……………… just wondering if they can even read……………..lol
Keep up your work mama……………………… we all need ya.
Statistics: Posted by Eaglehrt — Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:52 am
You guys keep it real…………. seems to me that I will be reciprocating the same…so my new word is DipDong…………… means just about anything you can imagine…..
damm got 320 acres in coloradooooooooooo …. dam why am i here…………… lol
Love you Guys…
Statistics: Posted by Eaglehrt — Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:39 am
Welcome back to the red dirt…………… how have you been? Same here, glad to see this season is starting a little early with communication before we get so involved in our processes of the growing season.
I would like to get things rolling as soon as we can get some peeps together.
Very glad to see you back, where in our great state have you come back to lay roots, and do ya need any help?
Statistics: Posted by Eaglehrt — Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:24 am
I have many skills and abilities to share and teach. Military retired, any we need to get together for the season is upon us. Glad to meet you and see you up and running this early in our mist of preparations.
Gentleman, shall we begin our journey together. There are a few here that would like to form a good stronger group, so we shall start our paths toward our common goals.
I offer my assistance, and would enjoy some company and time with our fellow partners in times to come.
Statistics: Posted by Eaglehrt — Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:14 am
Welcome and a great hello fro Oklahoma………………. Seems to me we will get along just great, and learn from your skills and passion’s as from us. It i getting into the time of year that we must keep an eye on the weather, and make sure we can react in a very short notice. Just a reminder of how it changes so fast around here.
Me, well I am Military , retired a very short time ago, I love the outdoors, and can handle myself pretty good. I am also skilled with weapons of many colors, and reload myself as your husband. I have many skills, that will help me teach and share with fellow members that I am sure could be used in times of need.
I would like to get this season up and running as soon as we can. There is so much that we all need to share with each other, and communication will be the most fragile but needed skill we all have.
I am here, if needed by anyone, just let me know by pm and I will be checking in most often. I will leave my number per pm, and I wish you the best with your journey.
Statistics: Posted by Eaglehrt — Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:03 am
Mollypup, I agree to an extent, but I don’t think they would risk an EMP, I think they’ll use cyber to attack, it’s easier and I believe they already have the combination but not in the right order of that combination, yet.
The government may see a missle (EMP) coming but can’t see a cyber attack coming. Just look how many cyber attacks we’ve already have had over the past few years, the joint chiefs of staff, white house e-mails, the DNC, DOJ, DOD, all the private sector companies, etc..
Statistics: Posted by rickdun — Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:04 am
Only missile we’ll “see” will be an EMP.
My theory anyway. Why? Well, why threaten the entire world to take out an enemy when an EMP will leave them virtually dead in the water? Retaliation? I suppose that is a risk, but if one covers ones bases well enough, not very high a risk. I’m certain the rest of the western world would not want to risk falling to the same thing.
IF the nuke option means “the bomb” whichever country decides to target us has just signed their death warrant, which means you’d darn well better have other missiles en route when you hit the US. Still, even with that……..it’s a total no win situation.
Sane leaders, don’t opt for the no win situation. Which is why we’ve yet to see this option used.
I’m going to venture to guess this is why EMP was developed.
Only other effective means of delivering a nuke to target would be terrorist style. (while praying no one assumes it was you) It’s not going to be very effective that way. Odds are you’ll be found out (even if it’s a guess) & we’re back to the no win situation.
Not worried about a nuclear attack. There isn’t a whole lot one can do to prep for that situation unless you’ve got cash to burn & a very deep hole in the ground in which to hide for a very long time. Unfortunately, even then you’re odds probably aren’t even 50/50. Believe it or not the aftermath is far worse than the bombs.
That is one scenario I don’t want to survive. I want to go as quickly as possible. Might be the only time I’d consider suicide a viable option.
Statistics: Posted by Mollypup — Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:44 am
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After hearing the dreaded “I will just come to your place” a few times I no longer talk about prepping to anyone. My wife, mother, brother and a couple select friends know and that will be as far as it goes. I never talk about it in public to the people who know I prep because I have no intentions to save the world, just my close friends and family (and even that has it’s limits). That might sound cold and heartless but I am not Bill Gates and I cannot afford to take care of everyone else’s short comings. Convincing my brother to start prepping was my single greatest achievement. I am not sure what finally convinced him, maybe the news stories I would share with him, but even he still needs work. Just this past weekend he broke his eye glasses. Now he is in a tizzy over not having a spare pair. Are you kidding me? Something as important as eye glasses? He still needs work but at least he sees the light (at least when he gets his new eye glasses he will, lol). It would be nice to work with people and get them on the right path but at what risk to yourself? That was my intentions at the beginning but like I said at the beginning of this post after hearing how many people said they just planned on sharing my place (you have to contribute to share last time I looked). That ended my attempts at conversion. Fortunately those that said they would come to my place will be in for a rude awakening because I won’t be there. My BOL location is only known by three people from my inner circle. Good luck to anyone still trying to turn the sheeple because I am done. I imagine there are plenty of snowflakes out there now that have begun to looking into prepping as the sky is falling down around them but again, I have no pity. Just my two cents.
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:50 pm
See? Toilet to sink to toothbrush- quit brushing!!!!!
BTW- if you flush with the lid up are you covered in fecal matter also? Is this what they call “toilet water” ? Why would they bottle that stuff anyway? This is getting more confusing all the time.
Maybe you need ‘toilet water” to spray on yourself if in an outhouse and flushing is not an option? I haven’t seen “toilet water” on the market for a while so with the invention of the flush it was not longer necessary to carry a bottle.
Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:10 pm
The bread we made for St. Pats day was a variation of Jas Townsend multigrain bread with barm – https://youtu.be/0dtBjqIu5W8 – with two substitutions. The first was to use whole grain spelt flour in place of the whole grain wheat and the barley flour (the DS tries to avoid wheat flours). The second was to replace the water with more beer (the beer we used was a rye stout). The bread was excellent. Ate up some more of it today as reuben sandwiches.
Statistics: Posted by watcher — Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:06 pm
woodchipper518 wrote:dmwalsh568 wrote:I point out the FEMA and CDC websites that suggest being prepared and if they aren’t convince I go the insurance route…everyone has home insurance, car insurance, fire insurance, etc. why not food insurance with some freeze dried foods? My father still didn’t get it so I gave him 3 days of FD food he has stuck in the basement. At least he has something now…
I generally don’t talk about it. But I follow the above approach when pressed. I also work with my local CERT & MRC which preaches being prepared for at least a week and NOT to count on FEMA (which is 11 miles from my house). It helped that my county MRC team did an exercise in a local city to ascertain the level of preparedness in statistically chosen areas. So I had a lot of friends asking what my Facebook status update that day. They were inquisitive but they were sheeple. The exercise was very successful and helped that city complete some federal grants for emergency management equipment and funding.
For my kids, they all have road emergency kits which are basically Get Home bags. I have to remind them to keep water and snacks in the car and weather appropriate clothes but they are not interested in prepping. My wife doesn’t want to know but trusts that I’m doing it for a good reason. She thinks writing MM/YY on all our canned foods is really weird but I told her it helps ensure we use those in date order…..food rotation theory is not interesting to her.
So basically, screw everyone else.
I hear you on that as it can get expensive helping out the non-interested, but I do already purchase 3-day to 1 month for immediate family and even hide it in their Garage…lol.
This is here but I saw the comment on writing on the cans….have you tried this inexpensive solution? I hate keeping track. I’ve wasted food in the past….Enter the Auto-rotate racks! …here’s a homemade easy one…. http://amy-toby.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/canned-food-storage.html
This is only one example of the many designs out there…Up to #10 cans if needed.
Statistics: Posted by DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE — Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:03 pm
Like the trail 90’s got one, dead battery during wither storage. Made two canvas saddle bags for mine and leather rifle scabard to go on bike like on a saddle with butt sticking out the back. works great while dear hunting on the bike. Have taken it on lots of dirt roads and off the road camping twice. Would like to do that again. I live in ca 95695 area if you live close to that zip in ca would like to see your bike
Statistics: Posted by ejlogging3709 — Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:51 pm
I don’t know what can be done about it. I can’t possibly afford creating 50+ bug out bags for my immediate family. I got 4 brothers and 3 sisters and they all have kids and those kids have kids. Love them all but I cannot prep for them. Some of them have said that famous line “I will just go to Gunns house”. My response is “don’t, I don’t want to shoot you”. They look at me beleaguered and stop talking to me for months, their so upset.
Literally had water coming out my nose on this…lol…..I know that look. lol.
Statistics: Posted by DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE — Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:48 pm
IceFire wrote:Gunns wrote:DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:
lol…. Friggin’ love you.
Ya we always shut the lid before the flush. Always.
Not only do I shut the lid prior to flushing, but I ALSO keep a cap on my toothbrush, for when my husband forgets to close the lid.
Hate to burst the bubble(Or is it Plume? ), but Mythbusters covered this ages ago….. Seems the fecal matter on the toothbrush is coming from the sink water vs the Plume…Funny episode though.
somehow we’ll all survive….
Statistics: Posted by DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE — Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:44 pm
rebnavy1862 wrote:oldasrocks wrote:A long time ago I read that this “toilet Plume” will mist over the whole bathroom if you don’t close the lid first. It will even cover your toothbrush with nasty germs. For this reason I will never brush my teeth again.
In communal bathrooms this can be a major problem as this fecal matter will migrate into the brains of the bathroom users especially when brushing their teeth like in a dorm room. This matter will migrate into the brain and multiply. This may explain why snowflakes have Sxxx for brains.
We’re not real sure about this but if I can get a Grant for $10,000,000. I promise to research this problem deeply.
Rocks, you used the plural “teeth”. Didn’t you mean “tooth”
Well I could just put a cap on the glass with my teeth in it. but I still want the 10 mil for research.
Lid? What’s that. The ex used to complain about not putting the seat down so I just took it off.
Reb is probably confused on this ” flushing” thing. He’s probably outside now trying to find the flush handle in his outhouse.
Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:34 pm
Doing another lettuce harvest tonight after it cools(Probably the last before bolting)
Harvesting peas, Rainbow Chard, Carrots Kale, and tree collards…
Strawberries, 2nd set of peas, artichokes,additional sets of Kale and Broccoli are coming in nicely….
Planted out 4 different types of container Zucchini…(Experimenting)
Planted out 10 sets of Cantaloupe(I really should have staggered the plantings but I needed the space in the greenhouse.)
Finishing my seed starts into 3″ cups for about 4 different type of tomatoes today…Mostly cherry variety but about 7 different beefsteaks…maybe 20 in all.
I sincerely have no Idea where I’m going to have the space to plant out as of now…lol.
Statistics: Posted by DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE — Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:20 pm