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Saturday, 18 December 2010

A Story About A Prepper…


I want to tell you a quick story about a prepper.

Like a lot of preppers, this prepper wanted to prepare for disaster and learn needed survival skills. So, he did what any prepper at that time would do – read books, magazines and newsletters related to survival.

He soon amassed a huge library of survival books written by guys like Kurt Saxon, Ragnar Benson, Mel Tappan and a few others. He got a lot of ideas. He also subscribed to several survival related newsletters and magazines such as Live Free, The Survivor and Fur-Fish-Game.

He even read survival fiction such as Lucifer’s Hammer and Atlas Shrugged to stay motivated and find ideas he had not thought of.

Reading those books, newsletters and magazines… this prepper had things to dream about. He saw the authors survival preps and lives as success stories. They were where he wanted to be…. living a self-sufficient lifestyle and prepared to meet and survive any disaster. They were his heroes. He wanted to follow in their footsteps.

This prepper thought, “Someday….”. Someday, he would be able to afford a survival retreat equal to that detailed by Mel Tappan himself.

The thing is that this prepper wasn’t doing badly. He would stockpile extra cans of canned or dry goods from the supermarket every few weeks. He bought several guns and stockpiled ammunition for each. But still he felt like he wasn’t doing enough to meet his goal of being self-sufficient and considered giving up several times.

What’s the use, I’ll never get a years worth of survival food put away or learn all the skills put forth by those guys in the books and magazines. This stuff costs money and takes time and working twelve hours a day for minimum wage (then set at $3.25 per hour) didn’t help. Thinking

He had little money to stock up and those 12 hour work days and a need for sleep he had little time to learn needed survival skills, but he did the best he could with what he had.

What am I doing he thought. “Here I am spending what little time and money I do have planning for something that may never happen. I could be watching football, drinking beer and living it up. But instead here I am reading about stockpiling food, tanning hides, making homebrew and surviving TEOTWAWKI.”

But he kept going because he knew disasters happen all the time and will happen again. He knew it was only a matter of time before he would need this stuff and his friends who were living it up would be hurting. Maybe he could help them he thought…

Eventually, he landed a job making ten times what he had at his old job – he kicked his preps into overdrive. He bought the best and most modern weapons along with several thousand rounds of ammo. He bought a room full of survival foods. He even stockpiled several hundred gallons of Diesel fuel and kerosene and expensive diesel generator.

He moved from the house he was renting in town to a small farm where he could raise a garden and some livestock. The payment was only $500 per month he could afford that, with his new job, this would not be a problem, he thought.

He lived there for over a year before it happened. The company he worked for moved overseas and finding another job in the area paying anywhere near what he was earning before was impossible. He ended up having to live from his preps while trying to find another job and using the money from his unemployment check to keep the bill collectors at bay.

Unfortunately, he ended up having to sell most of his gun collection, ammunition and gear to pay the bills for a few more months. He felt like his world had fallen apart and in a sense it had.

But the worse was yet to come. Pain

Even though, he managed to find another job (that paid a lot less) and managed to keep the house for another year, he still eventually lost it and most of what he had. And to make matters worse the stress of dealing with constant financial turmoil had destroyed his marriage. Divorce followed.

A Leap of Faith

That’s when he decided to move into his travel trailer and living there full-time. Sometimes things do work out for the best no matter how bad it may seem at the time. Having to start over forced him to reevaluate his survival plans and life. He came to the conclusion that survival was more akin to possum living and attitude than stuff.

As you might have guessed by now – That prepper was me.

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Prepare: NYT - Nuclear Strike is survivable


I woke up today in a different world. Dogs and cats were friends. People liked New Coke. Heck had frozen over.
There in the New York Times was this article about nuclear war and how people could survive it or at least increase their survivability by simply staying put and taking shelter rather than fleeing.
Since the 1970's, the mainstream media has marched the public to the drumbeat of the repeated message - "Nuclear war, no matter how large or small, will result in the complete destruction of the earth and the death of all people. The world will end and there is no point in attempting to prepare for or survive a nuclear war as the resulting world will be worse than death".
Now this.
Administration officials argue that the cold war created an unrealistic sense of fatalism about a terrorist nuclear attack. “It’s more survivable than most people think,” said an official deeply involved in the planning, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “The key is avoiding nuclear fallout.”
The only sense of fatalism came from the media. Ordinary citizens built home fallout shelters and stocked their basements. The government, especially under Kennedy, planned and stocked thousands of public shelters across the country. It was the news media who propogated the myth that all would die horrible deaths regardless of their preparations.
“We have to get past the mental block that says it’s too terrible to think about,” W. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in an interview. “We have to be ready to deal with it” and help people learn how to “best protect themselves.”
Good gravy. They actually want us to do something about it ourselves rather than wait for Uncle Sugar and his merry band of FEMA friends to show up, hand out bottled water and debit cards and make the problems all go away?
What is sad about this is that in the 1980's, Cresson Kearney produced a book which outlined research from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory about surviving nuclear war. The media and several prominent politicians quickly dismissed it as their own conventional wisdom maintained that nobody would survive a nuclear war and that nuclear disarmament, by the USA, only of course, was the only option to avoiding nuclear destruction.
Now this.
It could be that the administration, pushing for a new START treaty with Russia, wants to frame the nuclear war thing again in the media as a way to get approval for their efforts. Everything is politics of course.
And other than producing the pamphlet outlined in the NYT article, I doubt the federal government will revive the public shelter program, Civil Defense or shelter stocking.
However, let's not forget that there are now more nations with nuclear weapons and nuclear weapon manufacturing capability than there was as late as the 1980's and more nations will soon join them. We are in an arms race not between two nations, but between thirty or forty.
It's great the government wants to talk about nuclear war preparedness again, but remember, they only want to have a conversation. Talk is cheap. Real preparedness starts with you right now.

TSA Backscatter Scanners Tricked!


Oh great… now we find out that evidently the new TSA scanners, costing untold hundreds of millions $, can be tricked or fooled to miss deadly levels of explosives.

Reports are popping up from various mainstream sources indicating this apparent fact. Having investigated further, the source of all the reporting is a recently published scientific paper titled, “An evaluation of airport x-ray backscatter units based on image characteristics“, written by Leon Kaufman & Joseph W. Carlson.

Reading through the 22 page detailed analysis reveals methods that could be used to fool the backscatter scanner. To summarize, the image above on the left clearly identifies a brick of explosives material, which is taped to a person’s abdomen, while the image on the right contains PETN (the same explosive used by the “shoe bomber”) also taped to the abdomen. Similarly, the explosive, TATP, is also completely unseen when scanned.

The “trick” is apparently quite simple, according to the scientific findings. That is, pancake the material round, and taper the edge smooth instead of being “all edge” like the brick. The material will then blend in with the skin tissue and will be nearly impossible to discern.

The report states, “Thus, a third of a kilo of PETN, easily picked up in a competent pat down, would be missed by backscatter “high technology. Forty grams of PETN, a purportedly dangerous amount, would fit in a 1.25 mm-thick pancake of the dimensions simulated here and be virtually invisible.”

So, after all of the concerns regarding health and safety issues of being scanned, and the discussions and debate about sacrificing more of our freedoms and privacy for the sake of our “safety”, we find out that evidently a bomber can still get through.

That’s just wonderful.

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Here Are The Full Details Of The Rape Charges Against Julian Assange



The Guardian has obtained "unauthorized access" to the "full details" of the allegations of rape and sexual assault against Julian Assange.

These are the allegations Assange himself claims he has yet to see, though the Guardian notes "his Swedish defence team have copies of all the documents seen by the Guardian."

Below are the details of the incident in which the condom allegedly broke. The Guardian has the lengthy details of both incidents on their site.

The allegations centre on a 10-day period after Assange flew into Stockholm on Wednesday 11 August. One of the women, named in court as Miss A, told police that she had arranged Assange's trip to Sweden, and let him stay in her flat because she was due to be away. She returned early, on Friday 13 August, after which the pair went for a meal and then returned to her flat.

Her account to police, which Assange disputes, stated that he began stroking her leg as they drank tea, before he pulled off her clothes and snapped a necklace that she was wearing. According to her statement she "tried to put on some articles of clothing as it was going too quickly and uncomfortably but Assange ripped them off again". Miss A told police that she didn't want to go any further "but that it was too late to stop Assange as she had gone along with it so far", and so she allowed him to undress her.

According to the statement, Miss A then realised he was trying to have unprotected sex with her. She told police that she had tried a number of times to reach for a condom but Assange had stopped her by holding her arms and pinning her legs. The statement records Miss A describing how Assange then released her arms and agreed to use a condom, but she told the police that at some stage Assange had "done something" with the condom that resulted in it becoming ripped, and ejaculated without withdrawing.

When he was later interviewed by police in Stockholm, Assange agreed that he had had sex with Miss A but said he did not tear the condom, and that he was not aware that it had been torn. He told police that he had continued to sleep in Miss A's bed for the following week and she had never mentioned a torn condom.

Read the rest at the Guardian >

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Friday, 17 December 2010

Prepare: Washing Clothes


The day after Thanksgiving, I threw a load of bedding in the washing machine with some detergent, turned it on and left the room. Twenty minutes later, I did not hear the washer, so I went back in the laundry room and found two inches of water on the floor.
The repairs would have cost as much as a new machine, so I went out to purchase one. Bad timing, it was Black Friday and nearly all inventory was gone. Now, the prices were really low, and I really needed a machine, so I bought one and learned I would have to wait until the middle of December, at the earliest, for delivery.
So, what do you do for clean clothes when the washer is out which led me to thinking about how to wash clothes if there is no power or one is living in austere conditions.
First, in the real world, we borrowed the neighbor's washer for one day and got most of our stuff cleaned.
I could go to a laundromat too, like I did the last time the washer went out. But those public machines have a tendancy to ruin clothes and patrons throw all kinds of things in there, like crayons, markers, etc. Plus, sitting around those places for two to three hours is not a fun way to spend a morning.
Now, the prepper world. Here's what I did. I took a couple of small bins and used them to wash socks, underwear and T-Shirts for the kids. Detergent, water, soak, wring, soak, wring, rinse, dry. Time consuming and hard on the hands and arms.
Big stuff? I used the bath tub. Again, lots of soaking, wringing, etc. For sheets and jeans, I had my son take one end and I on the other and we twisted those things until most of the water was out and then tossed them in the dryer. If there was no power, I could have put them outside (during the day only - at night would have left me with a pair of Jeans-cicles), because we have had sunny weather lately.
Now, if this was full time work, I would like to have one of those James washers, but right now, the one I saw online was more expensive than a powered washer, so I won't be getting that back-up device anytime soon. Maybe I can make something like it? The wringer would be cool to have if I could mount it on a drum or something.
Which brings to mind, get a clothes line. Power or not, nothing beats fresh air drying of clothes outside. We also use a drying rack on nice days.
In the end, not having a washing machine for clothes at home is no fun. Having to do it by hand is not fun either, but it makes one think about how the task will be done if the SHTF.

Gulf of Aden, What Happened in November?



An unusual earthquake event occurred off the coast of Yemen, underneath the Gulf of Aden during the month of November. The initial earthquake swarm rapidly ramped up during 14-Nov, while subsequent earthquakes rumbled on, even as late as 11-Dec.

The swarm event seemed unusual in that the majority of the earthquake depths during the first day were pin-pointed at 10 km, some of them 10.1 km below the seafloor of the Gulf of Aden. The earthquakes that followed did not vary too far from this depth. The account of that event with maps and graphs can be viewed here, Major Earthquake Swarm off Yemen.
Initial explanations regarding the consistent 10 km depth included the notion that the USGS data will default to 10 km, “if they are not sure”. I find difficulty in subscribing to that theory because of the very accurate capabilities that exist in seismology today with accurate seismograph instruments scattered all around the world, which are triangulated and cross-checked with computer precision. All earthquake depths are resolved to the one-tenth kilometer, and displayed as such.
Some thought that perhaps magma was moving along channels, perhaps building up stress with threat of an undersea eruption. There certainly are numerous known volcanoes very close by within the region, mainly to the west.

Other explanations included the idea that HAARP somehow played a roll, affecting the Gulf of Aden all the way from Gakona, Alaska with its 33 acre antenna array and 3.6 million watt transmitting station which experiments with upper atmosphere and ionospheric propagation in HF (high frequency), ELF (extremely low frequency), and VLF (very low frequency) bands.

Still other explanations suggested that a secret StarGate was opening, used by aliens, which the US government (base of operations in Djibouti at the Gulf of Aden) and other governments of the world were trying or using themselves to harness the mystical power, or communicate with other beings.

Or, it could be tectonic plate stress fractures along the divergent plate boundary that runs right up the middle of the Gulf of Aden.

We have put together an animated map showing the sequence of events as they occurred beginning 14-Nov-2010. It’s interesting to look for patterns.

What do you think happened?
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Tipping Point: 25 Signs That The Coming Financial Collapse Is Now Closer Then Ever


The financial collapse that so many of us have been anticipating is seemingly closer then ever. Over the past several weeks, there have been a host of ominous signs for the U.S. economy. Yields on U.S. Treasuries have moved up rapidly and Moody's is publicly warning that it may have to cut the rating on U.S. government debt soon. Mortgage rates are also moving up aggressively. The euro and the U.S. dollar both look incredibly shaky. Jobs continue to be shipped out of the United States at a blistering pace as our politicians stand by and do nothing. Confidence in U.S. government debt around the globe continues to decline. State and local governments that are drowning in debt across the United States are savagely cutting back on even essential social services and are coming up with increasingly "creative" ways of getting more money out of all of us. Meanwhile, tremor after tremor continues to strike the world financial system. So does this mean that we have almost reached a tipping point? Is the world on the verge of a major financial collapse?

Let's hope not, but with each passing week the financial news just seems to get eve worse. Not only is U.S. government debt spinning wildly toward a breaking point, but many U.S. states (such as California) are in such horrific financial condition that they are beginning to resemble banana republics.

But it is not just the United States that is in trouble. Nightmarish debt problems in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Belgium and several other European nations threaten to crash the euro at any time. In fact, many economists are now openly debating which will collapse first - the euro or the U.S. dollar.

Sadly, this is the inevitable result of constructing a global financial system on debt. All debt bubbles eventually collapse. Currently we are living in the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world, and when this one bursts it is going to be a disaster of truly historic proportions.

So will we reach a tipping point soon? Well, the following are 25 signs that the financial collapse is rapidly getting closer....

#1 The official U.S. unemployment rate has not been beneath 9 percent since April 2009.

#2 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently 6.3 million vacant homes in the United States that are either for sale or for rent.

#3 It is being projected that the U.S. trade deficit with China could hit 270 billion dollars for the entire year of 2010.

#4 Back in 2000, 7.2 percent of blue collar workers were either unemployed or underemployed. Today that figure is up to 19.5 percent.

#5 The Chinese government has accumulated approximately $2.65 trillion in total foreign exchange reserves. They have drained this wealth from the economies of other nations (such as the United States) and instead of reinvesting all of it they are just sitting on much of it. This is creating tremendous imbalances in the global economy.

#6 Since the year 2000, we have lost 10% of our middle class jobs. In the year 2000 there were approximately 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs.

#7 The United States now employs about the same number of people in manufacturing as it did back in 1940. Considering the fact that we had 132 million people living in this country in 1940 and that we have well over 300 million people living in this country today, that is a very sobering statistic.

#8 According to CoreLogic, U.S. housing prices have now declined for three months in a row.

#9 The average rate on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage soared 11 basis points just this past week. As mortgage rates continue to push higher it is going to make it even more difficult for American families to afford homes.

#10 22.5 percent of all residential mortgages in the United States were in negative equity as of the end of the third quarter of 2010.

#11 The U.S. monetary base has more than doubled since the beginning of the most recent recession.

#12 U.S. Treasury yields have been rising steadily during the 4th quarter of 2010 and recently hit a six-month high.

#13 Incoming governor Jerry Brown is scrambling to find $29 billion more to cut from the California state budget. The following quote from Brown about the desperate condition of California state finances is not going to do much to inspire confidence in California's financial situation around the globe....

"We've been living in fantasy land. It is much worse than I thought. I'm shocked."

#14 24.3 percent of the residents of El Centro, California are currently unemployed.

#15 The average home in Merced, California has declined in value by 63 percent over the past four years.

#16 Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has come up with a new way to save money. He wants to cut 20 percent of Detroit off from essential social services such as road repairs, police patrols, functioning street lights and garbage collection.

#17 The second most dangerous city in the United States - Camden, New Jersey - is about to lay off about half its police in a desperate attempt to save money.

#18 In 2010, 55 percent of Americans between the ages of 60 and 64 were in the labor market. Ten years ago, that number was just 47 percent. More older Americans than ever find that they have to keep working just to survive.

#19 Back in 1998, the United States had 25 percent of the world’s high-tech export market and China had just 10 percent. Ten years later, the United States had less than 15 percent and China's share had soared to 20 percent.

#20 The U.S. government budget deficit increased to a whopping $150.4 billion last month, which represented the biggest November budget deficit on record.

#21 The U.S. government is somehow going to have to roll over existing debt and finance new debt that is equivalent to 27.8 percent of GDP in 2011.

#22 The United States had been the leading consumer of energy on the globe for about 100 years, but this past summer China took over the number one spot.

#23 According to an absolutely stunning new poll, 40 percent of all U.S. doctors plan to bail out of the profession over the next three years.

#24 As 2007 began, there were just over 1 million Americans that had been unemployed for half a year or longer. Today, there are over 6 million Americans that have been unemployed for half a year or longer.

#25 All over the United States, local governments have begun instituting "police response fees". For example, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has come up with a plan under which a fee of $365 would be charged if police are called to respond to an automobile accident where no injuries are involved. If there are injuries as a result of the crash that is going to cost extra.

Desperation Sets In: More Than 100,000 People Apply For Low Paying Flight Attendant Positions With Delta Air Lines


All across America, job seekers are becoming increasingly desperate. Today, unemployed Americans often find themselves competing against hundreds or even thousands of other job applicants for the same position. An absolutely stunning example of this happened recently when more than 100,000 people applied for just 1,000 open flight attendant positions with Delta Air Lines. The starting salary for these positions is only "in the upper $20,000s", and serving peanuts and sodas to cranky passengers can get really old really fast. But this just shows how desperate people are becoming. For many unemployed Americans, any job is a good job at this point. Right now there are approximately 5 unemployed Americans for every single job opening, and 6 million Americans have been out of work for 6 months or longer. When you get that many unemployed people fighting over so few positions the desperation in the air becomes almost palpable.

For most Americans, all they have to offer in the marketplace is their labor. But today there is a tremendous shortage of jobs. Even job openings that were once considered to be "undesirable" are now being flooded with applicants.

The following are some more examples of the desperation that is starting to set in around the nation....

*More than a thousand desperate job seekers recently lined up to apply for temporary positions paying between $8.25 to $9.75 per hour picking, packing and shipping orders for

*One 54-year-old woman in California recently went to apply for one of four county clerk positions and discovered that she was competing against over 2000 other applicants for those four spots.

*Recently more than 500 desperate applicants submitted applications for just 120 positions at a new IHOP restaurant in the Washington, D.C. area. The new positions pay just $3.32 an hour plus tips.

*Several months ago, thousands upon thousands of people lined up at the crack of dawn for a chance to get an application for one of the 400 openings at Ford's plant in Chicago's Hegewisch neighborhood.

The positions only pay 15 dollars an hour plus benefits, but that was enough to draw massive crowds of job applicants. In fact, the crowds were so immense that many applicants were turned away without receiving an application even after waiting for many hours.

For example, 32-year-old Larry Smizer was sent home at 11 AM without an application even though he had been waiting in line since 7 AM. It turns out that there were so many thousands of people that had gotten there before him that there were no applications remaining when his turn finally came....

"I've been out of work since April, but there were a lot of people in line with me who were out longer than that."

The truth is that the vast majority of Americans want to work. There are millions of hard working men and women across the United States sitting home tonight desperately hoping that someone will give them a chance.

But unfortunately, our economy is actually bleeding good jobs. Since the year 2000, we have lost 10% of our middle class jobs. In the year 2000 there were approximately 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs.

So what is going to happen if the U.S. keeps losing large numbers of good jobs?

Many hard working Americans are now completely broke and have been pushed to the edge of desperation because of the lack of jobs. Just consider the following testimony from

I am a 42 year old unemployed IT Technician. I became unemployed in late May this year when my employer decided they couldn’t afford to pay me. My wife does work but she earns very little, I was the breadwinner in the family. I have sent my resume to over 250 companies since June 2010 and have had 6 interviews all of which told me I was either overqualified or underqualified. At this point I have started applying at fast food chains and janitorial companies but still cannot get hired. I broke down crying during an interview yesterday because I cannot stop thinking about what will happen if I can’t find a job that at least pays me 250 weekly.

I have lost my car because I had a choice to either lose the car or my apartment because I couldn’t afford both nor did I have the security deposit money to move into another less expensive apartment. I have 3 daughters, 2 of which I have to support directly and financially and if I cannot find a job we will be homeless by February of 2011.

What does it say about our economy when so many highly educated, hard working Americans are being forced out of their homes and into the street?

Why can't "the greatest economy in the world" provide enough jobs for everyone?

If "the recession has ended", then why does the federal government have to feed 42 million Americans every single month?

This wasn't supposed to happen in America.

We were once the wealthiest and most prosperous nation on the face of the earth.

But now decades of really, really bad decisions by our business leaders and politicians are starting to catch up with us.

If you think the desperation out there is bad now, just wait. As the economy continues to crumble millions more Americans will give in to depression and despair.

We are headed for some really, really hard times. Do what you need to do to prepare yourself and your family both physically and mentally. For the vast majority of Americans, the economic disaster that is coming is going to absolutely blindside them. Despite how hard so many of us have tried to warn them, they will never see it coming.

Nuke Planning Official: “It’s More Survivable Than Most People Think”


Ivy Mike H Bomb

We recently reported that Moscow has expedited the planning and construction of 5,000 new nuclear shelters for the city, scheduled to be operational by 2012 and able to provide emergency shelter for about half of the city’s population in the event of a nuclear emergency.

The Russians are not alone in their nuclear response planning, as we’ve learned from a recent New York Times story. Officials from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency say that the threat of a nuclear attack, namely from terrorists, is still a real possibility and they are “moving aggressively to conduct drills, prepare communication guides and raise awareness among emergency planners of how to educate the public.”

Over the years, Washington has sought to prevent nuclear terrorism and limit its harm, mainly by governmental means. It has spent tens of billions of dollars on everything from intelligence and securing nuclear materials to equipping local authorities with radiation detectors.

The new wave is citizen preparedness. For people who survive the initial blast, the main advice is to fight the impulse to run and instead seek shelter from lethal radioactivity. Even a few hours of protection, officials say, can greatly increase survival rates.

Administration officials argue that the cold war created an unrealistic sense of fatalism about a terrorist nuclear attack. “It’s more survivable than most people think,” said an official deeply involved in the planning, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “The key is avoiding nuclear fallout.”

A 130 page multi-agency report from the National Security Staff Interagency Policy Coordination Subcommittee for Preparedness & Response to Radiological and Nuclear Threats details planning and response guidance in the event of such an attack. The report, titled Planning and Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation, provides information on a host of nuclear emergency preparedness topics focusing on the first 72 hours after a disaster and includes:

  • Nuclear Detonation Effects and Impacts in An Urban Environment
  • Government Response and Zoning Emergency Areas
  • Shelter and Evacuation Recommendations
  • Early Medical Care
  • Population Monitoring and Decontamination
  • Public Preparedness Information

This is another example of many that suggests the government regularly plans, coordinates and war games emergency response for potentially catastrophic events that include not just nuclear, chemical or biological attacks, but far-from-equilibrium scenarios like economic meltdown, domestic riots, societal collapse, and even asteroid impacts.

Emergency planners on the federal and local levels have often warned that a widespread emergency, even a short term event, could lead to a breakdown in essential supplies of food, water and medicine. This would certainly be the case in the event of a nuclear attack.

The reality is that when it hits the fan you’ll be on your own, so having some basic knowledge and supplies on hand could be the only thing that stands between life and death.

A plethora of information for surviving nuclear attacks is available from government emergency planners as well as independent sources.

The government’s Citizen Corp web site also has details on nuclear emergencies, even providing an illustration of protective sheltering in the immediate aftermath of a detonation:

Shelter During Nuclear Fall Out

Those who are interested in learning more about the effects of radioactive threats like nuclear fallout and blast radii, and how to respond in the event of a nuclear emergency will find benefit in reading the Planning and Guidance report.

Interactive Nuclear Detonation Mapping:

Enter your zip code or city in the search field. Choose your “weapon” below the map and click “Nuke It” to map effects. Click here if application does not load

County Evicts Man From His Own Land For Living Without Water, Sewer, Electricity


Think you can do whatever you want on your land, even if it doesn’t violate the rights of others?

Think again.

72 year old Dick Thompson likes the simple life. He has no city electricity, water or sewage, and now the county has evicted him from his own land, about 36 acres, because he refuses to acquire these necessary services. The county attorney says, “Thompson is breaking too many rules, laws and ordinances” :

Mr. Thompson just wants to be left alone. Karl Denninger weighs in with his thoughts:

I’m sure that on that 38 acres there are more deer and other wildlife that whizzes and craps a larger volume (by far) than one man. There’s no public safety issue here - this is one man, on his own property, with no evidence that he’s polluting anything around him, who simply wants to be left alone - and who clearly isn’t interested in “improving” his land and thus paying ten times as much in property taxes and “mandatory” services.

That’s really the rub here, isn’t it? The county wants to evict him not due to any sort of danger, but rather because he refuses to build a big fat McMansion on that land and then suck down the kilowatts and pay for every gallon of water twice - one to deliver it, again to cart it away even if he chooses to do things with the water that don’t require those gallons to be carted away.

Show me where this individual is actually harming the public’s safety and I’ll agree with the jackboot of government coming in to tell him how he has to live.

Good luck living simply, living free, and living without being bothered in the New America.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Building An Earthbag Dome Home


Guest post by Shane – Please visit his blog “All You Need Is Mud“.

I’ve always thought there was something wrong with the ‘standard’ path in life we are all ‘encouraged’ to follow. Even though I hated it, for many years I fell for the scam myself. Get a standard education, get a decent job, and buy a traditional house. When I look around, I see many people working for decades at jobs they don’t like to pay for homes that they don’t like much either. The problem is that that everyone calls this ‘normal’.

So, my wife and I have decided to do something different. We’ve discovered natural building and are in the process of building an earthbag domed home. This off-grid home will be about 1000 square feet, heated with passive solar gain and a rocket mass heater. The great thing about large thermal mass is the ability to store and transmit heat, unlike good insulation which resists the flow of heat. It also cools passively in the heat of summer.

The structure is sunk into the earth and will suck heat from the air, transferring it to the earth. Depending on where you are, about four feet down the ground is a stable temperature of about 55 degrees(F).
The advantages to building your own natural home are lengthy. First is that any owner/builder can do it themselves. My wife and I are the only two working our home. And we are doing it with very little in the way of tools.

A small cement mixer is the only equipment we are using that requires power. The skill required to build a project like ours can be gained very quickly. I would however recommend a smaller project than an entire home to start with for a person to learn. Our first was a sauna dome with a 9 foot diameter. Affordable is the big thing about this type of housing. Other than plumbing and electrical, our house will cost less than five thousand dollars to build. And that includes new windows and door.

We bought misprinted grain bags for 20 cents apiece. We’ll use about 2300 bags to complete the project. These get filled with a mixture of clay soil right from the site and gravel reject from a pit nearby. The gravel reject cost us only $1.90 a cubic yard. For a foundation we went with a rubble trench. The gravel for this cost $11 per yard. A cheap, easy to build, structurally sound foundation. The rocket mass heater that we are building is mostly adobe, a barrel, and some stovepipe. Again, cheap.

The whole purpose of building this place is twofold. One is to show that anybody can build their own home that is safe, comfortable and very affordable. The second is retirement plans. A home like this will require much less maintenance than a traditional wood frame house over time. As I get older I plan on devoting my time and cash to other interests than home repair. Plus, we will be utility free.

Updates and further info on this project can be found at and at If you are thinking of a new home for whatever reason, you may find earthbag building to be just the thing for you. Cheap, easy, affordable, flood proof, pest proof, wind proof, bullet proof and with unlimited design options.

Building An Earthbag Dome Home

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So what do you think about the “Earthbag Dome Home” ? Would this be something you would be interested in living in? Why? Let us know in the comments below.

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Video: American Empire is Collapsing


As the US economy continues to struggle, it seems Wall Street and big banks are doing better than ever. The income disparity gap in the United States is the largest of all the developed industrial nations. The Trends Research Institute Director Gerald Celente says the American Empire is collapsing and the banks have committed the greatest bank robbery in the history of the world.

High ORAC Value Antioxidant Foods, Top 100


The theme of modern survival not only touches on preparedness plans including extra storage of food, but it also relates to the types of food that you eat every day to maintain good health (remember, store what you eat, and eat what you store).

The following foods are rated by ORAC value. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. In short, ORAC units measure the antioxidant capacity of foods. The higher, the better. High antioxidant foods help greatly to lower the risks of cancer, degeneration, and disease.

Most of us have heard that blueberries are highly beneficial to ones health. Do you know that there are about 60 foods and spices that are even better? In fact, the top 20 ORAC value foods stand significantly higher than the rest (even though “the rest” are really good for you too)!

Earlier, I had posted about the significant benefits of Cocoa powder, which is number 10 on the list. A daily heaping teaspoon of unsweetened cacao powder mixed into a delicious drink would probably go a long way towards beneficial health.

Have a look at the following list of food and spices, and consider making a conscious effort to obtain and consume more of them in your normal diet. Ones health is paramount to any survival conversation or plan of action.

ORAC Value Top 20 list


ORAC Value list 21 – 40


ORAC Value list 41 – 60


ORAC Value list 61 – 80


ORAC Value list 81 – 100


ORAC Value list, Top 100

Cloves, ground

Sumac bran

Cinnamon, ground

Sorghum, bran, raw

Oregano, dried

Turmeric, ground

Acai berry, freeze-dried

Sorghum, bran, black

Sumac, grain, raw

Cocoa powder, unsweetened

Cumin seed

Maqui berry, powder

Parsley, dried

Sorghum, bran, red

Basil, dried

Baking chocolate, unsweetened

Curry powder

Sorghum, grain, hi-tannin

Chocolate, dutched powder

Maqui berry, juice


Mustard seed, yellow

Ginger, ground

Pepper, black

Thyme, fresh

Marjoram, fresh

Goji berries

Rice bran, crude

Chili powder

Sorghum, grain, black

Chocolate, dark

Flax hull lignans

Chocolate, semisweet



Chokeberry, raw

Tarragon, fresh

Ginger root, raw

Elderberries, raw

Sorghum, grain, red

Peppermint, fresh

Oregano, fresh



Cranberries, raw

Pears, dried

Savory, fresh


Kidney beans, red

Pink beans

Black beans

Pistachio nuts


Pinto beans


Chocolate, milk chocolate


Agave, dried

Apples, dried

Garlic powder



Sorghum, bran, white

Lemon balm, leaves


Onion powder


Garlic, raw

Cilantro leaves

Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon


Basil, fresh


Dill weed


Apples, red delicious

Peaches, dried

Raisins, white

Apples, granny smith


Wine, red


Peanut butter, smooth

Currants, red




Apricots, dried

Peanuts, all types

Cabbage, red






Blueberry juice



Lettuce, red leaf

Concord grape juice

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Spanish Debt Flu



Contributed by PW Bailey on 15 December 2010 14:03:36

Source: What Is That Whistling Sound

Spanish Yields Rise After Moody's Ratings Threats

Moody's put Spain's Aa1 rating on review for downgrade, citing Madrid's high funding needs, doubts over its banking sector and concerns over regional finances.
Spanish 10-year government bond yields were 3.5 basis points higher at 5.586 percent, off earlier highs close to 6.5 percent, on small amounts of buying, traders said.
That left the spread over benchmark German Bunds at 254 basis points, although some of the pressure was due to selling ahead of a 10- and 15-year Spanish bond auction on Thursday.
"The Moody's review is hardly a surprise, and they are not citing anything which the market has not already priced in," Credit Agricole rate strategist Peter Chatwell said.
"But markets do move to a state of heightened alertness when one rating agency moves on the assumption that there are more to come."
The Moody's move followed Standard & Poor's cutting its outlook on Belgian debt to negative on Tuesday. [ID:nLDE6BD17S] A one notch Spanish downgrade would bring the Moody's rating into line with S&P's AA rating.
Spain paid dearly at a T-bill sale on Tuesday and is expected to pay a heavy premium at its longer-dated bond sale.
Chatwell said the market was building in a concession, with 10-year Spanish bond yields already more than 90 bps higher than their Italian equivalents. He added that there was room for further cheapening in a thin year-end market.
The bid/offer spread on the 10-year bonds was around 65 bps, according to Tradeweb, reflecting market illiquidity.

Madrid must pay 5 billion euros of coupons in January, 18 billion euros of coupons and redemptions in April, and around 22 billion euros in July, according to Reuters data.
Portugal, another highly-indebted peripheral euro zone state, sold 500 million euros in three-month treasury bills with borrowing costs rising sharply from the previous sale.

Our friends in Spain and Portugal are suffering badly from sovereign debt overload. The bond market in the past few months has finally wised up to the magnitude of the debt problem. As we discussed in a previous post, Spain has huge sovereign debt rollover needs in 2011 and 2012 with 190 billion Euros of borrowing requirements in 2011 alone. At nearly 18% of Spanish GDP, this is a very serious issue.
Germany has made is very clear that they will not be funding a bailout as happened with Greece, and that they do not support Eurobonds as a solution.
How this plays out remains to be seen, but default is an option that will eventually be discussed, in my view, and that will have terrible consequences in the markets.

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How To Consciously Eat Your Food To Gain More Energy


One of the things that gives us energy to use psychic abilities, the famous Chi – is food. Now, I’ve mentioned this in couple of previous articles, once when I was discussing psychic vampirism, and of course, when I explained the way your energy system works. Today I want to explore the subject further.

Theory In Short Version

For every person who ever heard about epigenetic theory of psychic abilities, this article will be a breakthrough :). For those, who aren’t familiar with the theory, let me explain. Many years ago, when I was still interested more in “psionics”, and not general psychic development, I’ve stumbled upon the theory of epigenetics – basically, people suspected that food might had something to do with predisposition for psychic development.

People in families where cooking was part of tradition, and recipes were transfered from grandmother to mother to daughter were quite OK with the fact that some members of the family also received the gift of psychic abilities. Some people suspected that it was related to genetics, but in reality, the first type that suspected the food was closer to the truth, as I have realized by exploring the knowledge of energies around us.

Food, the Source of Chi

Food is the basic source of Chi – the life energy, also known as PSI. This energy is important for psychic development, as I have described in the article about your energy system. Some foods are richer in Chi, some have almost no Chi within, therefore, it’s important to eat well and healthy. Now, this requires some explanation.

  • Microwave or fast food – food prepared at any point with the use of microwave requires you to add your own Chi to get maybe 1% of nutritions out of it. Fast food is so “artificial” that have no Chi within. Eating this won’t turn you into psychic no matter how hard you try.
  • Vegetarian diet – don’t be fooled by all this New Age books, vegan or vegetarian diet isn’t always OK. I don’t mean the fact that a lot of people simple requires meant, but – vegetables and fruits that grow on large plantation, not near your house, aren’t very rich in Chi. Plants require some loooove :). They need care, they need proper environment. Without this, they won’t provide you with much Chi.
  • Meat – same thing goes for meat, the source of animals is important.

You need to choose the food carefully, and get rid of microwave and fast food. But this is just the first step – preparing the food is next.

Preparing the Food

Food need to be prepared. For some unknown reasons, 99% of psychic and occultists I know, are great cooks. I, myself, take great pleasure when cooking dinner. Putting love, passion and effort into preparing a dish, or just a sandwich, automatically transfer some of your Chi into the food. Families, in which food is prepared with love, eat well, and collect a lot of Chi. This of course, might result in increased level of psychic energies, thus – increased possibility of psychic phenomena.

When preparing your food, be happy about it. Focus on this process completely. Those who are familiar with the philosophy of Zen will know what I mean.

Eating Your Food

Finally, you also need to properly eat your food. Eating isn’t as simple as it might sound. You need to focus on eating, you need to taste your food. Here’s what you should do.

  • Put a piece of mean into your mouth – and close your eyes. Focus on chewing it, focus on taste, put all your focus on the process of eating. Focus on swallowing the piece of meat down the throat, into your stomach. Eat the entire dish or sandwich this way, focus on each bite, on each piece. This is the focus on eating.
  • Pray - some families pray before dinner. I’m not Christian, but I understand what they want to do – before eating, close your eyes, and say “thanks” for every person that is somehow connected with the food you eat – from those who had to kill the animal, to those who transported the food to local store. Also, thank the spirit of the animal, spirits of the vegetables etc. Turn each dish into a mystical experience.

By doing so, by focusing on eating, you open yourself to Chi that is within the food. And you collect as much Chi of it as possible. This, is the art of eating. Believe it or not, but it’s important element of your psychic development. When you will understand this, you will make another step in your psychic development.

I guess that now you understand why psychic abilities are often passed from mother to daughter along with great book of recipes :).

How do you eat your food? Have you noticed an increase in your psychic abilities after specific types of food?

Master psychic abilities with my Psychic Development Simplified guidebook. This articles comes from A State of Mind. All Content Copyright © 2007-2010 A State of Mind and its respective authors.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Poleshift has started? - Sunset and rise position has changed over 30 degrees?


Vatic Note: We have put up two different videos from two different perspectives. Its important to watch them and see if you believe this is happening as we speak. Given the variables discussed, its very probable all they say is upon us, but then no one is the various aspects of authority are discussing it one way or the other that I can see. Like everything else we have to figure this out for ourselves outside the system. Nice, huh? Now they decide to be jerks and not aid the people in doing what needs to be done. Even Russia has built 5,000 shelters for their people. What about our gov? Nope, they want us depopulated, so its hard to know and that is why we need these videos so we can at least prepare in case. Nothing lost if we do prepare and nothing happens. WE DO LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES, THOUGH.
Poleshift has started? - Sunset and rise position has changed over 30 degrees?
By Greg Ericson (Editor)
Sunday, December 12, 2010 9:08

Poleshift has started and it's moving fast. We see all over the world strange weather patterns and increasing amounts of floods. Many people have reported significant changes in sunset/sunrise times. Also moon's and constellation positions seems to be altered in some weird manner.
VN: here is another video about the same subject but from a different perspective. Give this a gander and see what you think, then you decide. I believe its happening because I noticed the truth about the rising and setting of the sun at this latitutde that has dramatically changed, which means our axis has changed and thus real pole shifting is already going on as we can visibily prove to ourselves. So the next question is does that include the magnetic poles, since those woudl have as great an impact as physical shifting. Watch this and read this below. Like I said, its another perspective. You decide.
2012 Pole Shift – Mayan and I Ching prediction
Tue, May 18, 2010
Read below once you are done watching the video.
Our Planet Will Become A WAR ZONE Will You Survive, Or Are You And Your Family Already Doomed? By the time you finish reading this, youll know Which nightmarish predictions are complete jokes, and which ones are 100% correct And exactly why world leaders and mass media have been covering these facts up for years. The truth about whats ACTUALLY going to happen in 2012, and why billions of people need to prepare for the impending disasters, or prepare to die. How you can guarantee your survival, and the survival of your loved ones. Because survival IS possible, and you can protect your most valuable treasure when the calamity begins the people you love.

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Flash Mob Dynamics


I have blogged before about the danger of violent flash mobs and the cover ups by police who don’t want to panic the population by admitting that their town could be one reTweet away from anarchy. It is a danger you need to understand and this video will help you get a grip on what [...]

Carbon Monoxide, Winter’s Silent Killer


Carbon Monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. If you are being accidentally poisoned, you may not know it until it is too late, possibly while you sleep.

Carbon monoxide is produced whenever a fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, or wood is burned. The amount produced depends on the quality of the burn, or combustion. A poor burn or improper ventilation will build up a high concentration in the home.

Carbon Monoxide in high concentrations, starves the oxygen from bodily tissues, which could lead to seizure, coma, and fatality. Preliminary symptoms are flu-like and include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness.

It is said that about 500 people die each year in the US from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning while thousands require emergency treatment.

Carbon Monoxide is a gas, weighs slightly less than air, and will tend to rise and accumulate more-so upstairs in a home if the heating system is malfunctioning. However, the first floor is still vulnerable under the same circumstances.

A furnace that is not completely and efficiently burning all of its fuel (poor combustion) will produce excess Carbon Monoxide. Furnaces with air intake filters can clog, causing poor fuel combustion and high Carbon Monoxide levels. Furnaces with improper venting will release high amounts of Carbon Monoxide into the living area.

Prevention is the key to survival. Preventing Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a three step process. Ensure proper venting, proper combustion, and proper detection.

Carbon Monoxide detection can only be trusted to a quality Carbon Monoxide detector. Truly, every home that has a heating system that burns oil, gas, kerosene, or wood, should have at least one detector. Best to have one on each level of the home.

As we head into the winter months, please consider protecting your family from the unthinkable. Just like a home smoke alarm, a Carbon Monoxide detector could save your life from winter’s silent killer.

There are quite a lot of Carbon Monoxide detectors out there to pick from. Here is a popular brand detector that has an actual readout of the present level (many do not), and is battery operated like a typical smoke alarm, and can be mounted anywhere. This is not a specific endorsement – any Carbon Monoxide detector is better than none. Browse around and find what suits you.

Kidde KN-COPP-B Front Load Battery-Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Digital Display

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Sarkozy wants to forge new monetary system during G20 presidency


Sarkozy wants to forge new monetary system during G20 presidency

The 10 Most Suicidal States In America


Every year 1 in 10,000, or nearly 35,000, Americans commit suicide. More than half of these people use firearms. Suffocation is the preferred method in nearly a quarter of suicides, followed by poisoning at 18% of suicides.

More than 90 percent of people have depression or other mental disorders, or a substance abuse disorder. Family history of mental disease, suicide, or violence and abuse are the other causes of suicide. Men are almost 4 times as likely to commit suicide. Men tend to pick suicide by firearms, whereas women prefer poisoning.

The suicide rate in non-Hispanic white men age 85 or older is 4 times as high as the national average. The suicide rate is also nearly 30% higher in people ages 65 or older. Ethnically, Alaska Natives and Native Americans have the highest suicide rates.

If you think someone is suicidal, the National Institute of Mental Health recommends not to leave him or her alone. Try to get the person to seek immediate help from his or her doctor or the nearest hospital emergency room, or call 911. Eliminate access to firearms or other potential tools for suicide, including unsupervised access to medications.

CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics calculated age adjusted suicide rates by state. Here are the 10 most suicidal states in America:

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Prepare: Flick your Bic


Check your pockets, purse, car, etc. Do you have a way to make fire? You know, like a camp fire, or light a candle, or some other way to make heat and light without batteries, electric this or that.
Go back 30, 40 or 50 years ago. Almost everyone carried some form of fire making capability either matches or a lighter. It was standard equipment for daily living.
Well, certainly, years ago, many more people smoked and needed a way to light their tobacco. But people used to carry fire around because it was normal and expected.
I remember growing up and my parents had a plethora of firemaking equipment about the house. A huge basket of paper matches, king sized boxes of safety matches, my father had no fewer than a half dozen Zippo type lighters with company logos and suitable for lighting the boss's cigar at a moment's notice.
My spouse carries a lighter. When they pull it out, they get the immediate comment:
"Do you smoke?" - while my better has never had a cigarette in their life. Why the lighter? Because it comes in handy so often. To light candles at a birthday party, to provide light in a pinch, etc. However, the general public has a tendancy to think a lighter or book of matches is akin to carrying around a vial of plague.
Today's family is more likely to only have one of those giant butane lighters for the outdoor grill and for lighting decorative candles around the house. You know, those foot long fire sticks. You can't carry that around in the back pocket or purse.
Paper matches, once the most common advertising item, is a thing of the past. Restaurants and bars no longer hand them out as they might be miscontrued that they advocate smoking in spite of the fact that so many people collected match books as a souvenir. What do they take now?
Matches are not often found in the home as parents worry that kids may get a hold of them and burn down the house.
I pick up a three pack of butane lighters at least once a year and keep them here and there. There are three in my emergency bag, another three in the kitchen cabinet and some more about. I don't keep them anywhere my kids can get them. I also have numerous boxes of safety matches, the big ones, in plastic bags, for emergencies.
I have a drawer full of those jumbo butane sticks, but they are useless outside of the house.
So why fire? What you are going to do if the SHTF and you are on foot? No fire and cold weather means death. How are you going to light candles or see in the dark with a burned out flashlight? How will you light that Sterno can to heat food?
There are lots of uses for fire on demand. And your survival kit demands that you have mulitple ways to make fire. So don't overlook the need for matches or lighters or dismiss them in favor or more primative firemaking capability.

4 Unique Ways to Preserve Food


Guest Post by Jason Akers - 4 Unique Ways to Preserve Food

I’ve always maintained that when times get hard a lot of us who are prepared for it won’t struggle as hard as the rest to get food. However, a lot of us who do prepare learn to can and dehydrate and as long as the lights stay on and electricity flows we’ll be happy campers.

Now don’t get me wrong. Dehydrating with a huge Excalibur or canning on our stovetop is a great way to put food away for the winter and to beef up (no pun intended) our food storage program. However, we’d have to be fools to rely on those methods when those methods are so unstable.

For some time now I’ve been asking myself at every meal, “what would I have to do to preserve this food if I had to make it last…a day…a month…a year?”

Being a decent researcher and constant investigator (not to mention, a kid at heart) has given me a ton of answers. I thought that maybe people who think like me could put those answers to use or at least store them away in their “vault of knowledge” until the time came when they would need to be put to use.

I won’t talk about salting or jerking or drying or any other method that is commonly emphasized. You should know how to do that by now. I’m attempting to get you to take a new approach to food preservation.

Disclaimer: Use these methods at your own risk. I’m not liable if you pick up a month old piece of random meat and shove it in your mouth. Take the proper precautions. Use your sniffer and sample small bits first.

Grow things that don’t need preservation

This one is so decidedly simple that most people don’t think of it. We spend out time trying to figure out how to make tomatoes last so we can have ketchup later on that we overlook many things that don’t need any tough preservation methods to store.

Of course, most grains and legumes are perfectly storable once dry. I’m talking about wheat, barley, oats, corn, beans, peas, quinoa, amaranth and even sunflowers.

Keep them away from rodents obviously. If TSHTF and you have plenty of canning jars but no heat to can, toss the grains in the jars and seal the lid. Keep them away from light, heat and moisture. The good thing about this method of storage is that if spring comes and you haven’t eaten it all, plant it and make more.

In addition, living animals such as livestock are essentially stored food and should be viewed that way.

Get a thermometer.

Don’t buy a digital one. Get a good alcohol and red dye thermometer and learn temperatures that keep food. Why is this important? If you kill a deer at the right time it can last virtually all winter in some climates.

Go Paleo

I’m an amateur historian. There’s a ton to be learned from our past…our distant past.

I bet cavemen wished they lived like Fred Flintstone with his stone refrigerator and smart-aleck talking dinosaur appliances. Unfortunately they had to do some things that we think of as…well…unpalatable today. One way they kept meat from ruining in climates that weren’t cold enough to do it naturally was by using a “natural refrigerator”.

They would take the intestines or stomachs of animals, clean them and pack them with meat and rocks (to add weight). Then they would tie off the ends, attach a long cord and drop them into a deep lake or pond.

Anyone who has swam about 20 feet or so down in a lake knows that the water gets plenty cold down there.

People have recently tried this and reported that the meat wasn’t tasty but it was safe. I wonder if they used intestine?

Go Frontier

In America, before freezers, people got even more inventive in regards to meat preservation. In order to store large halves and chunks of meat from recently harvested livestock, they would basically pickle the meat. They did this by salting it well to draw out all the blood. Then they would make a brine consisting of salt, saltpeter and water and sink the meat into a barrel filled with the brine. Of course, it had to be thoroughly desalted when it was pulled out.

Another method that is better known is curing of hams. This is a fairly simple process but the knowledge is quickly being lost. The process is a lot like brining but you take the hams out after a couple of days of brining and smoke them.

Now smoking is another method unto itself. Many people think smoking is what you do to make barbecue. While tasty, that method will only cook and not do much to preserve the meat. To preserve it, you have to cold smoke it.

Cold smoking is not too difficult but you have to have a metal container to contain the smoke from the fire, and another wooden container that’s fairly airtight to hold the smoke. A piping system moves smoke from the metal container, cools it and flows it into the smokehouse (the wooden container I talked about). This can be done on smaller scales as well.

I recently spotted cured country hams at my state fair. Some were over a decade old and looked as if they’d been smoked yesterday. I do not know how they would taste but I’m assuming someone ate them to judge.

People on the frontier also packed meat such as bacon in airtight containers filled with lard. The lard prevents oxygen from getting to the meat. Without oxygen the meat doesn’t ruin.

Similarly, I found in my research there is some evidence that packing eggs in finely ground cornmeal will preserve them for some amount of time. I’m not too sure about that one.

Go Asian

Speaking of eggs, ever hear of a Century Egg. In the time of the Chinese Ming dynasty there is a story of a man who found a two-month-old duck egg covered in lime (the powder) used for masonry work. I guess curiousness got hold of him and he tasted the egg and found it to be somewhat palatable. Thus the century egg was born.

The traditional method involves salt, quicklime and wood ash. The secret is that the alkaline mixture changes the chemical content. The modern method is a brine of salt, calcium hydroxide, and sodium carbonate for 10 days followed by several weeks of aging while wrapped in plastic.

These eggs look very nasty, essentially turning black. I’ve never had the opportunity to try one so I can’t comment on taste.

A similar treatment by Norse peoples with whitefish creates Lutefisk.


I hope these methods have opened your eyes to some of the methods employed by different people throughout time and cultures to preserve their food. I think it is imperative that we do our best to learn as much about how to do these methods safely as possible in case we ever find we have to use them again.

Jason Akers is the host of the Hunt Gather Grow Eat Podcast and The Self-Sufficient Gardener Podcast. He is also a frequent contributor to Backwoods Home and BackHome Magazines.

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