Saturday, April 30, 2016

Patriots' Prayers for 5-1-2016

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." - 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 (ESV)

For Our Government Officials

Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon all leaders, politicians, and civil authorities of these United States of America. We especially hold up to you President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, Chief Justice John Roberts, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. We pray for all the President's Cabinet members and advisers,  the associate judges of the Supreme Court, all federal, state, and local judges, all members of the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as all governors, state legislators, and local authorities. Grant them wisdom in their duties and decisions, and have them serve Your Will in all things. Block all of their plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us.

Save, O Lord, and have mercy on all the candidates running to be the next President of the United States - Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and a host of other candidates from third parties. Keep them all safe during these chaotic and emotional times. Grant them wisdom and have them serve Your Will in all things. Direct this election cycle to go according to Your will, and block all of their plots and schemes that run counter to Your Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us. Keep our country at peace.

In Jesus' name we pray, Amen. 

(Additionally, please feel free to pray by name for any elected officials or candidates at any level, especially those with jurisdiction over your locality.)

Ideas for Mother's Day - Prepper Style!

Here are some ideas for Mothers' Day Gifts, prepper style! Gifts Mom will love, and will help her get prepared for whatever the future holds in store...
Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker - Key to anyone's survival under all circumstances is the level of their health and fitness. Help Mom improve her health and fitness with this great tool which will track her steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes. Also helps her track how long and well she sleeps, an often overlooked component of health. It also integrates with her smart phone: the easy-to-read OLED screen keeps her goals in focus with stats, time, and call or text notifications. Also available in silver/black (pictured) and silver/teal.
LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Integrated 1000-Liter LifeStraw Filter - Water. As essential for life as air. Mom can always have safe water to drink with this LifeStraw water filter incorporated into a high-quality sports water-bottle. Simply collect water from just about any source, including city taps, well water, ponds and streams. The LifeStraw filter is the most advanced personal water filter available on the market today. LifeStraw has been rigorously tested to surpass EPA standards for removing E. Coli, Giardia and Cryptosporidium oocysts, and many other waterborne contaminants. The LifeStraw Go filters water down to 0.2 microns without the use of chemicals. When the filter has reached capacity (1,000 liters / 264 gallons) it will stop taking in water. Replacement filters are available and wasy to swap out.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong??? by Survivor Jane - A great prepper book written by a woman, especially for women. This book explains, as its name implies, what could possibly go wrong, and more importantly, what you can do about it. But what makes this book stand out from the many other preparedness and survival books on the market today is the style in which it is written, a much more conversational tone without the doom-and-gloom so common in other books of the genre (which often come across as lecturing their readers, rather than talking to them). She also uses less technical jargon and acronyms, fully explaining them when she does. he makes use of humor and personal experiences to make her points. This style makes her book less intimidating to those new to preparedness and survival. Coming from a woman's perspective, with a woman's tone, women might find it speaking to them in a way that is more natural and comfortable.
Seasoning and Spices Gift Set - Preppers tend to stockpile lots of beans, rice, and canned chicken fopr emergencies. But eating beans and rice all the time can get a little boring. Help Mom spice things up with the gift set of spices from Trader Joe's. Includes Garlic Salt (sea salt, roasted garlic, onion and parsley), Himalayan Pink Salt, Rainbow Pepper (a more subtle pepper), Lemon Pepper, and Everyday Seasoning - a versatile seasoning that can be used on most everything.

Ultimate Organic Starter Spice Gift Set - Another spice set Mom would love is this organic spice starter set, featuring a really nice variety of 24 different certified organic spices. 

The All American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner - This high-quality 21-1/2-quart pressure cooker/canner holds 19 pint jars or 7 quart jars. A pressure cooker is generally recommended when canning vegetables and nonacid fruit, since the high heat that can be generated will kill more bacteria than a regular hot water bath.A gret gift of prepper or homesteading Moms.
GardenHOME 7 Piece Garden Tool Set - Moms into gardening will apprechiate this combo of a folding chair & garden-tool box that comes with several stainless steel tools with wood handles.  The folding chair frame is also stainless steel, not nearly as easy to bend as the cheap aluminum frames of other folding chairs. The seven pieces included in this set are: 1 garden bag, 1 foldable stool, 1 trowel, 1 transplanter, 1 cultivator, 1 weeding fork and 1 weeder. A high-quality item made in the USA!

Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook, by Peggy Layton - This book covers preparing for short-term disasters, with detailed information and lists for everything from an emergency car kit, to a 72-hour emergency kit (aka "bug out" kit), to building stockpiles of food, water, medicine and other necessities. Included in the book is a section on ideas for apartment dwellers and others with little storage space.  But the book is more than just lists of things to buy. Also discussed are how to obtain, store, organize, rotate and use the items. There is a recipe section for what do do with all that long-term food storage, along with information on how to use powdered milk, how to cook whole wheat, tips for using rice, and so forth. Great for Mom who is into (or wants to get into) prepping.
The Everything Wild Game Cookbook - Many prepper families are planning on supplementing their stored food by hunting and fishing. But, how to prepare all that wild game? This cookbook has recipes and preparation tips and techniques for all sorts of fish and game, including bass, catfish, trout, frog legs,  deer, elk, bear, wild boar, raccoon, rabbit, squirrel, wild turkey, duck, pheasant, quail, and partridge, among many others.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Patriots' Prayers for 4-24-2016

"Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice." -- Psalm 141:2 (NKJV)

A Prayer for the Middle-East

O Lord, bring an end to the tragedy and suffering in the Middle East. Millions of Christians are being persecuted for their beliefs by Islamists, forced to flee their homes or face being killed, often in horrifying ways. Christian women and children are being raped and forced into sex-slavery. Deliver Your Church and Your people from every evil with Your mighty hand. Help us, O God, for You were crucified and died for the salvation of all. Help us, that among us and in all the world, hatred may be replaced with love, unrest may be replaced with peace, and sorrow may be replaced with happiness. Remember our enemies, those who hate and oppress Your people, and repay them not according to their deeds, but rather give them reason and understanding, and bring them into relationship with You.

Save, O Lord, and protect the Yazidis, who are also under attack from Islamists, and likewise face murder, rape, and sex-slavery.

Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon the nation of Israel. Shield it with Your love, protect it, and let it know peace. Send Your light and wisdom to its leaders, and direct them with Your good counsel.

Bless, O Lord, and strengthen the defenders of our Holy Land; O God, grant them salvation and crown them with victory. Establish peace in the land and everlasting joy for its inhabitants. This we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Friday, April 22, 2016

My Most Often Used EDC Items

It seems like I'm constantly working on my every day carry (EDC) items lately, trying to come up with the optimum set of resources to carry on my person. One way I've done this is by  looking at my actual experiences with my EDC over the years. What items in my EDC have I used most often? Are there any items I haven't used at all? Are there items I needed, but didn't have on me?

Using those questions, I've come up with my list of actually useful EDC items, which I present here in no particular order:

Extra Cash.  Sometimes we need cash when we least expect it, and ATMs never seem to be nearby when we need one. I now carry some emergency cash on me, separate from my spending cash. Its not in my wallet, so I'm less tempted to spend it, thus saving it for a true emergency.

Quarters.  Lots of uses for quarters - drink & snack vending machines, pay phones (there are still a few around), change for the drive-thru, gas station air pumps, parking meters, car washes, car vacuums, coin laundries, stamp vending machines, and even the shopping carts at ALDI's. I carry a couple of dollars in quarters in my pocket, and have another few dollars worth in the cup holder of my vehicle.

Swiss Army Knife.  I probably use my Swiss Army Knife (Hiker model) on a daily basis. Its a great high-quality pocket knife, and the screwdrivers come in handy quite often. I've even used the wood saw on occasion.

Leatherman Multi-Tool.  I don't use it as often as my Swiss Army Knife, but it has come in useful on a number of occasions, especially the pliers. When I needed it, I was very glad to have it. The Leatherman Charge TTi is probably the ultimate multi-tool, but is a bit pricey. Either the Leatherman Rebar or SOG PowerAssist being my second, more affordable choice.

Aspirin.  I carry an individual first aid kit, but fortunately I haven't really needed it. Except for the aspirin, which I use a few times a month.

Pocket Flashlight.  Another often-used EDC item is my pocket flashlight. I have several, but am still trying to find the "perfect" one, so I don't have a recommendation yet. What I'm looking for is one small enough to carry comfortably in my pocket, yet bright enough to be really useful. I prefer two modes - low (8-10 lumens) and high (80+ lumens), with at least a 3 hour battery life on high. Any suggestions? Leave hem in the comments section below.

Cell Phone.  Nothing beats being able to communicate with others in an emergency.

Pen & Index Cards.  Useful for shopping lists, taking notes, leaving messages, and keeping up with appointments & contact information, I carry a small stack of index cards held together with a binder clip (a hipster PDA). Also a good pen.

Wet Ones Hand Wipes.  I use Wet Ones hand wipes almost daily.I keep two or three individually wrapped ones in the front pocket of my Maxpedition Micro Pocket organizer, which I mainly use as my individual first aid kit, and carry in my pants cargo pocket. I can easily slip one out when needed, then refill later that night.

Duct Tape.  Yes, I always carry a small roll of duct tape with me. And I have used it a number of times.

Gerber Shard Keychain tool - I use this nifty little pry-bar/bottle opener quite often. Well, at least the pry-bar part. I don't think I;ve ever used it as a bottle-opener. Its small, but very useful for removing tacks and small nails, prying open paint cans, and even opening boxes - all those things you would be tempted to use your eys for, until you bend or break one!

Of course, everybody is different, with different circumstances, concerns, and needs. Your list of useful EDC items will probably be different then mine. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Collapse Issue: Heart Attack Wave

One of the issues that will occur in any collapse scenario will be heart attacks. Combine modern society's current problems of obesity, heart disease, and a general lack of fitness, with the extreme emotional and physical stress of an economic/political collapse, and we will see a wave of heart attacks sweep through our nation. And, because of the collapse, it is highly unlikely that hospitals, EMTs, and other medical help will be widely available. Instead, most of us we will have to fend for ourselves. Here is how to PREVENT heart attacks, the SYMPTOMS of a heart attack, and the FIRST AID and TREATMENT of heart attacks when professional medical help isn't available.

How to Prevent Heart Attacks

The best treatment for a heart attack is to prevent one in the first place. The American Heart Association recommends the ABC method to prevent heart attacks: Avoid tobacco, Be physically active, and Choose good nutrition. In other words, stop smoking, get some exercise, and eat healthy/lose weight. Of course, you have to do those changes now, not wait until a collapse happens to do them.

The Mayo Clinic adds managing stress and controlling conditions that might lead to heart attacks (such as diabetes and high blood pressure), to the list from the Heart Association. The point is, to start taking your health very seriously sooner rather than later.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

According to the Mayo Clinic website, heart attacks symptoms vary, but commonly include:
  • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness
Heart attacks can strike suddenly, or there may be warning signs for days or even weeks in advance.

First Aid and Treatment of Heart Attacks

Heart attacks are a very serious, potentially fatal, health condition. Always seek professional medical help, if at all possible. Until help arrives, or if there is no medical help available, here are the first aid and treatments for heart attacks:

  • Have the heart attack patient sit down, preferably in a shady, cool spot. 
  • Keep the patient calm. Talk softly and reassuringly to them. 
  • Loosen any tight clothing - neckties, shirt collars, belts, etc. 
  • If the patient is on any heart medication, such as nitroglycerin, help them take it. Do NOT give them any nitroglycerin that has not been prescribed for them; it could make matters worse.
  • If the patient is conscious, have them slowly chew and swallow an aspirin (but not if they're allergic to aspirin). WebMD suggests a 325mg dose.
  • If the person is unconscious, perform CPR. (Everyone in your family/group should take a good first aid/CPR course.)
  • According to the Mayo Clinic website, "if an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available and the person is unconscious, begin CPR while the device is retrieved and set up. Attach the device and follow instructions that will be provided by the AED after it has evaluated the person's condition." Of course, learn how to use an AED before you need to use it. Again, take a good first aid/CPR course that includes how to use a defibrillator.
Defibrillators are very expensive, but you may want to consider getting one for your retreat/homestead, especially if you live in a remote area far from help. Or if members of your family/group are already known to have heart disease. Amazon has the Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator (AED) on their website. If you do buy one, I recommend you get an extra spare battery for it at the same time.

I highly recommend that all preppers & survivalist have a copy of The Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr Joe Alton and Amy Alton.  They also have The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide, which is a slimmed-down version of their handbook, and is smaller & portable for inclusion in a backpack or bug-out bag.

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