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Saturday, April 18, 2009

If the Terrorists attack your Town

By Joseph Parish

While you sit contentedly watching your beloved TV shows this evening stop or a instant to contemplate the prospect of a terrorist attack within your town. Do you assume your city or town is ready? Are you yourself ready?

Our government freely makes available information and handouts concerning what precautions and procedures one should initiate in the event of terrorist activities within your immediate area. This is all well and good but unfortunately the government does provide active training.

To give you a sample of just how irrelevant many people feel this situation is I contacted our local newspaper and requested the opportunity to provide a weekly column on survival during which time I would be able to relate information on various aspects of storing food, water, etc. I was politely informed they did not want a column like that.

Why not,. If our citizens know what to do in emergencies then there is less gory news for the newspaper to report. The fact of the matter is that each citizen must learn to take care of themselves. You must seek out the information and the knowledge that you need. You have to search for those training groups that will instill the skills you will need. There simply is no other way.

As the elections approach I feel that we must be prepared for anything that subversive organizations can hand out to us. Get your food stored up; get your weapons cleaned in the event of an insurgent attack. Let’s face it. The militia and the survivalists are America’s last line of defense and we can not fail. Get that bug out bag ready in the event you need it. Train your family members to respond effectively to emergencies. In short – Get ready.

I don’t feel comfortable relying upon our elected officials to protect me nor to uphold my rights as an American citizen. Over the last eight years we have witnessed our rights slowly diminishing. We are to the point where the American people are being shoved into a corner. We have no choice except to learn to take care of ourselves. We must be alert and vigilant when the blood begins to flow in our own cities. We have to be able to take back our country should foreign influences attempt to steal it from us.

Not only do we as survivalists have to contend with foreign influx of attacks but we also have Mother Nature revolting against us. Pick up the newspaper and read the latest weather reports. Strange cases of weather that has not been witnessed for several lifetimes are rapidly making their way ahead. We must be ready.

The success of these malicious intentions whether they be from man or nature must be blocked. The only way this can be accomplished is by way of training sites such as Delmarva Survival Training (www.survival-training.info). They provide free online training in several ways. The have training videos as well as a vast assortment of articles covering everything from food preservation to creation of Bug out Bags. It even has an ongoing Bug out Vehicle project underway.

In conclusion we must be prepared and that means learning skills. Imagine these horrible events happening to your town. Would you be ready and committed to fighting back? I call upon all citizens of America to prepare and get ready for emergencies should your skills be needed.

Copyright @2008 Joseph Parish


Original: http://survival-training.info/articles11/IftheTerroristsattackyourTown.htm

Recipe: Easy Biscuits

Thought I'd provide a few recipes for easy biscuits. Enjoy!

Recipe #1 - Ingredients:
2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons real mayonnaise

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a muffin pan. Combine all ingredients - will be a thin dough. Spoon into the muffin tins, dividing evently. Bake until done - light brown. Makes 12 rolls.

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Recipe #2 - Ingredients:
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
1/4 cup cooking oil (I like walnut oil)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Into a medium mixing bowl, add the flour first, then the milk and oil. Stir until the dough clings together. Transfer to a flour surface and knead lightly for about a minute (no more!). Roll out (or press if you don't have a rolling pin) to desired thickness. Use a glass or cookie cutter to cut biscuits, and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. I take the leftovers to pat into an oddly-shaped biscuit. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

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Recipe #3 - Ingredients:
2 cups of self-rising flour
8 ounces of butter (melt)
8 ounces of sour cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt the butter (in a medium-sized mixing bowl) in the microwave. Take out and add the sour cream and flour. Combine well. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls into ungreased, non-stick muffin tins - about half-full. Bake until golden brown (15-18 minutes).

Copyright (c) 2009 V.P.Lawrence-Williams


Original: http://www.survival-cooking.com/2009/04/recipe-easy-biscuits.html

Recipe: Mud Fish

Another old-way of cooking. This time, fish! This recipe is adapted from what Native Americans used to do:

Ingredients:
1 fish
thick mud
a roaring fire

Directions:
Catch a fish. Start the fire. Make up some thick mud. Coat the fish with about an inch of thick mud on all sides. When you have a good amount of coals from the fire, scoop some of them to the side. Bury the mud-covered fish in the coals and leave it there for 45 minutes. Then scrape away the coals. Knock the dry mud off the fish - it will take most of the fish scales with it, and the mud will have steamed the fish, keeping it moist and tender.

This mud in the fire process kinda acts like an oven. It can be used for almost anything.


Original: http://www.survival-cooking.com/2009/04/recipe-mud-fish.html

Make Your Own Yeast

Here are 3 ways to make your own yeast.

1. Make a thin batter of flour and lukewarm water. Let it stand in a warm place until it ferments and is full of bubbles. 2 cups of this liquid yeast is equal to 1 cup of old yeast. Yeast is good when it is foamy and full of beads, has a brisk pungent odor and has a snap and *vim. It is bad when it has an acid odor, is watery and has a thin film on top.
*Vim: Lively

2. 1 cup + 1/2 cup flour
6 tpsp. oil
6 tbsp water
6 tbsp honey
Place 1 cup of the flour,the oil,water and honey in a bowl. Mix well and knead, adding a little more flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers. Let rest at least 2 days in a very warm place. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour and knead again; let rest another 2 days. Your starter is ready to use.

3. Witch Yeast
1 cup mashed potato
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
Stir together in a quart glass jar, cover with a cloth and leave in a warm place (80-85 degrees) for two days or until it ferments, bubbles up and smells pleasantly sour. Use, or seal and refrigerate. Can be used in white bread or in other sourdough recipes if you choose.

Original: http://www.wilderness-survival.net/forums/showthread.php?t=6552

Earth Bag Lodge and Video

Build An Emergency Shelter + Video EarthBag Lodge

Tue, 06/03/2008 - 15:23 — Arthur Cristian
Emergency Shelter
This Emergency Shelter design is the result of a collaboration between Kelly Hart, host of GreenHomeBuilding.com and Dr. Owen Geiger of www.grisb.org. We came up with this design in response to a plea from aid agencies operating in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake there. The challenge is to provide quick, safe, decent shelter with minimal tools and supplies to sustain life through the winter. Access to remote areas is extremely difficult, since many roads have been destroyed or blocked by landslides. Because of these and other difficulties, and the fact that winter will create a much more dire situation, fast easy-to-build temporary shelter seems most appropriate.
Disclaimer: The safest option against future quakes is to build permanent houses designed by engineers and architects, with properly reinforced foundations, walls and roofs. However, since time is of the utmost importance, emergency options such as the proposal outlined here need to be considered. Options for turning this temporary shelter into safer, permanent housing are examined below.

Overview of the design: This design incorporates a round, earthbag structure partially inset into the ground. Rice bags or sandbags are filled with local soil and tamped in place to create the walls. The roof is built with poles salvaged from destroyed buildings, covered with straw, grass, leaves or whatever is available, covered with plastic sheeting or tarps, and bermed with earth to hold in place. The size can vary according to local needs, and therefore dimensions are not shown.
Labor: 90 hours, not including plastering. For example, this structure could be finished by 5 unskilled workers working 6 hours a day for 3 days.
Cost: Approximately $100 US dollars, plus barbed wire, and tarps or plastic sheeting. This assumes salvaged doors, windows, woodstove, stove pipe, etc.
Building options:
This is a cutaway view of what an interior section of the structure might look like.

- Add two strands of 4-point barbed wire between each row of bags about 4-inches from the edge, if available. At a minimum, tie every three rows of earthbags together with baling twine or equivalent.
- Excavated soil can be used to fill the earthbags. They can be tamped by stomping each row with feet if a tamper is not available.
- If available, lightweight volcanic rock such as scoria will create a highly insulated structure.
- If available, place lengths of baling twine perpendicular to the walls between each row of bags to attach stucco mesh in the future.
- Pin wood lintels over door and window openings.
- Use recycled doors and windows when available.
- Windows could be made of adobes set in an angled grid pattern and covered with clear plastic sheeting. Alternatively, just plastic sheeting could serve as temporary windows. If so, two layers are recommended to conserve heat - one on each side of the wall.
- Full-length poles (of adequate size) that span the entire diameter are preferred. These can be pinned to the earthbags with rebar to resist slippage in the event of another earthquake.
- If shorter poles are used, it is important to fasten them together securely. Bolts and washers are recommended instead of nails, which can more readily pull loose and collapse in seismic events.
- Tar or char the base of any wood posts.
- Slope the roof insulation to shed snow and rain away from the building.
- Earthbags must be protected from sunlight with tarps or plastic and plastered as soon as possible.
- One large tarp or piece of plastic sheeting covering the entire structure would reduce leaks.
- Moisten and tamp the earth to create an earthen floor.
- An efficient woodstove is the recommended heating and cooking source. Alternatively, a smoke hole in the roof (with a removable cover) could be added to accommodate a fire pit.

This shows an alternative roof structure that would require a continuous top plate bond beam, or a tension ring made with wire or cable.
There are numerous ways to turn this temporary shelter into safer, permanent housing:
- If at all possible, add a steel reinforced concrete bond beam along the top of the walls.
- Add stucco mesh to each side of the walls and coat with 2 or 3 coats of plaster. Plaster as soon as possible, because the bags will degrade in sunlight. Earthen plaster is best suited for interior use, but can also protect the outside of the walls if regularly maintained.
- Benches along the interior and exterior of walls will help reinforce the structure.
- Optional loft or second story: The earthbag walls could be extended and a wood floor added.
- Permanent roof options: These include a conical roof made of poles; a domed "basket" of woven saplings; wood trusses; or a hexagonal or octagonal roof made of poles or milled lumber. Add durable roofing.
- Ceiling insulation: Most heat loss will be through the ceiling, so it is important to add adequate ceiling insulation. Wool, cotton, straw, and scoria are all suitable.
If you are interested in finding out more about earthbag building, see my general earthbag pagehtmhttp://www.greenhomebuilding.com/earthbag.h tm


See Also: EARTHBAG LODGE - 10 minute video:

Original: http://www.wilderness-survival.net/forums/showthread.php?t=6600


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