The Ultimate High Power Rechargeable Prepper Light

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Preppers should take advantage of technology. One example is in the lighting arena. LED’s are constantly being improved to the point that some flashlights put out 10 times what an incandescent bulb does and runs longer as well.

Right up there with the big one’s; Water, Food, Shelter is lighting. People neglect this incredibly important prep, and if the SHTF, there will be a lot of preppers (and citizens) that will regret not having enough light.

I have dozens of LED flashlight and each new one is usually an improvement so I am hard to impress. Color me impressed, Ryobi just put a 20 Watt hybrid super bright LED lantern on the market and it is a preppers dream. This beast is a retina searing, high output rechargeable flood lamp that looks like stadium lighting.  Check it out  HERE

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Are We in the Eye of the Hurricane?

THe Real SOTUIt’s hard not to get dispirited when you look at how far downhill this great country has gone. We are seeing not just the unraveling of societal fabric, but the very shredding of it, much like a flag in a hurricane. The family unit is no longer, the God given institution of marriage has been redefined by godless judges, removing the very necessary cornerstone of a civil society.

Right now, things are quiet, so to speak, perhaps because we have been lulled into a false sense of passivity. Gas prices are down, Ebola hasn’t taken off, the government says the economy is looking up and the Dow is setting record after record. But while it might look like things are settling down, I firmly believe it is simply the eye of the storm.

Now I have no insight into what will happen tomorrow any more than I know what will happen in 3 years. In fact I wrote an article two years ago about how time was growing short, and the need to prep was critical.  Well, here it is two years later and TSHasn’tHTF. We need to remember that the powers that are in charge of this slow motion train wreck have a lot of creative manipulations and “fixes” as well as trillions of our dollars to create the illusion of improvement when in fact, things have never been more volatile.

Things that would have had us up in arms as a nation are now so commonplace that we are jaded and desensitized. Imagine what Reagan’s response to the beheading of an American would have been? How about to the mass slaughter of Christians? We tolerate things we can’t change like the government and companies spying, a clear violation of our rights, yet what can we do?

Well, I believe we are about to enter the eyewall of this hurricane we have been riding out for years, and here is why: This past election was staggering in terms of turnover, yet the old guard republicans will more than likely squander this great opportunity to change things for the better. John Boehner and his cohorts are feckless politicians, lacking the courage, integrity and grit to do the right thing.

Does anyone honestly think they will reign in the spying, taxes, inflation, Obamacare, the abuse of  power or decimation of our constitutional rights? Once a government implements a program, it is almost impossible to rescind it. They like the money and the power.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, and it isn’t another train. Americans are waking up. Preppers used to be considered fringe and a sort of pariah, yet the recent wave of storms, civil unrest, fires, droughts and countless other catastrophes have shown even the skeptics that a little prepping could go a long way.

As to what tomorrow, or next week or next year brings, I can say with almost absolute certainty that the people in power will not willingly give it up. The greedy will continue in their avarice, the voyeurs will continue to spy and those that abuse power will continue to abuse it.  Ecclesiastes sums it up; “there is nothing new under the sun”.

However as we all know, it will reach “critical mass” at some point, whether it is in the form of a market meltdown, hyperinflation, Global rioting, famine, egregious abuse of power or a political scandal that calls for pitchforks and torches, possibly all of the above.

Until it hits the tipping point, you have time to continue to prep, physically, mentally and spiritually, and when we do enter the other side of the hurricane, remember Matthew 7:25  and be like the wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

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Can Preppers Go To Heaven?

There is a “spirited” debate (pun intended) about whether or not prepping is commanded by God or an affront to Him. My last post, “Misinformation and Prepping” really brought out some responses and name callers (apparently I’m a caveman among other things) that are convinced that prepping is a slap in the Almighty’s face. They almost exclusively use Matthew 6:25; “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear” completely ignoring the dozens of supportive verses like 1 Timothy 5:8, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

Proverbs 6:5-9, “Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler. Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

Proverbs 23:3, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

I do not for one second imply that I am a Bible scholar, but certain things are fairly obvious. I have read the entire Good Book twice and have regularly listened to the Word in my shop for over 20 years now, I have first hand knowledge. However, I believe that Matthew is relating to worry, period. One reader wrote that any prepping was unscriptural and my response was; is one can of beans in your cupboard doubting Gods ability to provide? Why do churches have soup kitchens, shouldn’t the pastor just have people show up and pray to be fed? No, they need to have food on hand and prepare it for the guests. The meal is the answer to the prayer.

The one scripture that admonishes us to prepare is so overwhelming one simply cannot overlook it is; 1 Timothy 5:8 and simply says “provide” as in ongoing. If one sees a dearth of “provisions” in the future, does that let us off the hook to provide? Absolutely not. Just as God arraigned for Joseph to save countless lives by prepping for seven years or Noah to save humanity Genesis 6:21 (NIV) “You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” The Bible is full of other well known examples, Noah and Joseph who were probably the greatest preppers in history, the three wise men providing for the Holy Family while in exile and many more.

The Bible is rich with stories of Gods deliverance, but it didn’t involve people sitting around waiting for their three hots and a cot.

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV).  We are called to work so we can eat,

I bet you that even the critics of prepping don’t just sit around in the morning praying for breakfast, if they were honest, they would remove everything from their cupboards and not worry about what they would eat.

The key to anything is balance, not to be overwhelmed with prepping and forget that God holds our every single heartbeat in his hand. The pre trib and post trib discussion is a moot point, because like my savior said in Matthew; But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

I believe that “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Proverbs 22:3,

My duty is to take care of my “house” lest I become worse that an infidel. Think about it, pray about it and takes the Good Books advice in Matthew when he says

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”, and wow is there enough evil.

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Misinformation and Prepping

 

 

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When I was a young cop, I watched a pilot at our local air show fly his plane right into the ground. I realized instantly what had happened and turned to see the entire emergency crew, many of them veterans, just standing there, frozen in disbelief. I yelled at them, “Get over there, he’s crashed” and then immediately forgot where I had parked my patrol car.

Some things are hard to believe, even if we see them with our own two eyes. Sometimes it takes awhile to process what we are witnessing, and reconcile how it relates to us and what our reaction should be. There are also those individuals that lapse into a state of shock, or simply fail to realize the exigency of a situation and perish because of it.

I learned a great axiom as a rookie from a seasoned vet: “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear”.

If you were to believe the mainstream media, things are really looking up. Housing is booming, the Dow is setting records, there are good jobs to be found, and the recovery is in full swing. However, if you really take time and do your own research you will see a completely different story.

Things are usually the exact opposite of what the politicians tell you in order to maintain the impression of control.

One recent outrageous example that perfectly proves my point was the president’s recent statement “The World Is ‘More Stable’ And ‘Less Violent’ Than Ever”. Like many, I was in disbelief (remember, none of what you hear).

However, there are a staggering number of people that think because it is seen on the major news outlet, and delivered with authority, sincerity and corresponding statistics it must be so. However, a recent poll shows that over 93.2% of government statistics are manipulated for political gain. (I just made that up).

The truth is the world is more violent and less stable than ever before.

For generations, the world’s main concern was nuclear proliferation between the superpowers. Now, it seems like everyone’s got a nuke, or is rushing to get one. Race relations have degraded to what appears beyond repair, inflamed by career race baiters and the MSM. Banksters rake in obscene profits while destroying the middle class. Washington is a sinking ship without a rudder or captain. Health threats like Ebola and new diseases carried by illegal immigrants pouring over our porous border and a feckless congress add to the toxic mix. The cancer of political correctness and a government that calls an overt act of terror “workplace violence”, police militarization and economic coolapse  simply add to the perfect storm for a disaster of biblical proportions. Beheadings and new threats from Islamic terrorists while the government spies on good Americans makes me reluctant to even mention disasters like Fukushima, the ongoing catastrophic drought, earthquakes and volcanic activity worldwide.

The bottom line is this. If you cannot see the need for an immediate and intense preparedness program for your family, you are simply failing to understand the gravity and volatility of the current state of affairs, or as what Professor Harold Hill said in the Music Man about a new pool table in the community; “You are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge”.

You need to be able to weed out for yourself what the closest thing to the truth is and prepare accordingly. It requires a bit of due diligence on your part, reading alternative news sources and blogs, determining how today’s news could affect you and what you can do to mitigate the threat.

Instead of standing in shock or disbelief of this slow motion plane crash, react, do something. Now isn’t the time for weak knees, but a time for resolve. If the plane is going down in flames, a prepper has the foresight to bring a chute. Even a modicum of preparedness now could give you an edge when TSHTF.

Do your homework now, not tomorrow, and find out what you feel is the best preparedness program for you. There is both good and marginal information out there. Listen to those with knowledge, but act now and make the tough choices necessary to mitigate realistic threats. If you find yourself in a situation of having to react, it will probably be too late. A proactive preparedness program is the best insurance for what lies ahead. Godspeed.

 

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Super Simple Salsa, Rocket Stove Fried Cheese and Chili’s and Frozen Tomatoes

pc The days are getter crisper and the leaves are turning, if you’re llike me, you have a lot of vegetables to deal with on a regular basis. Tomatoes are my favorite, but what do you do if your crop exceeded your wildest dreams? Click HERE to find out about about storing tomatoes, fried cheese and stuffed chili’s. (Right after my rant)

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Updates on BioChar, Potato Columns, Composting, tomatoes, free wheelbarrows and barrels

It has been a while since I’ve had a post, not because I lack projects, on the contrary, I actually have dozens of what I consider, useful ideas. The problem is I don’t have a lot of time for shooting video, and my camera doesn’t like to do close ups any longer. (I wore it out)
Any how, it is shaping up to be a productive summer, in spite of what is going on around us. Take ten if you have the time and see how the projects are coming, and what we have on the horizon HERE

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Cordless Drill Soap

I’ve always contended that our forefathers forgot more than most of us will ever know. Things like canning, sewing and soap making were just another chore. Most people think that these old arts are too hard to master. I don’t have the patience or the time to pour hours into learning a new craft. I know some of the purists will find my attitude blasphemous, bSnapshot 1 (3-17-2014 11-51 PM)ut when it comes to TSHTF, I advocate being a jack of all trades and master of none. A dozen basic skills trumps one or two really polished ones. When it comes to saponification (soap making) I truly admire those that are artists, but for the rest of us, if you can bake a cookie, you can make soap. It is simple, easy, inexpensive and fun… what could be better. To watch a short video go HERE

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