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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Preparedness: Things you can do right now

Many people are becoming more and more concerned with the future. At this same time they are discovering an interest in preparedness – or as many call it - ”prepping”.
After Armageddon 
If you are new to prepping – or even if you are experienced – I would like to make a few suggestions to “sure up” some of your supplies now…..while there is still time.
  1. Stock up on food – Every time you go to the grocery store  – but a few extra items. If you can afford more – buy more. Shop for items on sale and use coupons to reduce prices even more. Just this morning I bought several cans of Del Monte canned fruit for .25 cents each – buying on sale and using coupons. I just place a large order through Coupon Clippers to keep maximizing my savings.
  2. Identify water sources – Water is critical for your survival and typically one of the first things to disappear in a major emergency. Diversifying your water supply is important. Stock up on bottled water – in gallon-sized jugs as well as smaller more portable 16 – 20 oz bottles. Also – invest in a good water filter system such as the Berkey-line of filtering systems. If the room is available – larger storage solutions for maintaining water supplies are available – which are carried by many of my sponsors.
  3. Meds and Prescriptions- In the event that there is a severe interruption to our normal way of life – the ability to obtain medical prescriptions could be a serious issue depending upon what the meds are used for. Make sure you keep your prescriptions up to date and filled so you have a maximum supply on hand. With the increase in popularity of preparedness – you may be able to find a like-minded doctor that would consider over-writing a script to allow stockpiling. Any medical procedures that you have been putting off – don’t wait any longer.
  4. Back up important documents- Any and all important records such as tax documents, social security numbers, copies of drivers licenses, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. should be kept in a fire resistant box. These documents can also be scanned and resulting images placed on a thumb drive and stored in a different location then the original documents. If you do scan the documents – it is a good idea to encrypt or somehow secure the information in case it falls into the wrong hands.
  5.  Security – Being able to defend yourself from others that may take advantage of an emergency disaster situation is important. Storage of food and water can be for nothing if someone decides to take it from you – by force. You need to be able to protect yourself, your family and your supplies. Make sure you own firearms and are proficient with them. Check their function and make sure you have plenty of ammunition.
Every small step you make in the direction of preparedness is just another step in the right direction.
Take care all -
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Potatoe Cakes

2 cups mashed potatoes
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
salt to taste
1 pinch garlic salt

Mix and fry in butter/oil ... till brown.

Some folks like to add to the cakes ...
onions or 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Cash and precious metals? Their role after a collapse.

A person recently asked in Glcoktalk about the role of cash and precious metals after a collapse. There’s still people that think there’s no place for any of this. Paper money is just poor tinder and you can’t eat gold. This was my reply trying to explain things better.

This isn’t research but my own experience. Note that its not one isolated case alone since everyone else in this country went through the same regarding this subject. My research on other collapsed nations shows a similar pattern though: The country’s economy collapses along with it currency and a parallel black market economy starts operating with stronger currencies. In all of these cases, gold retained its value in relation to the previously mentioned stronger currencies. The book “Blue Helmets, Black Market” has a good example. During the Bosnian war not that long ago, the local currency became junk and you dealt with Deutsche Marks if you had a good economic position. You wanted out of the sieged city of Sarajevo? 10.000  Deutsche Marks (about a years salary at the time before the war started)  bought you the papers needed and you got your family escorted out of the city in a UN APC vehicle. What happens when these stronger economies are the ones that fail? What you are seeing now. The price of gold and silver goes up. Truth is the dollar is going down against gold.
So, country/location: Argentina Time: December 2001-January 2002. Extent: Sociopolitical collapse with anarchy on the street which lasted a few days across the entire country but situations of lawlessness and looting went on for months. President flees in a chopper, five other presidents take its place and then resign in a week. Economic situation: Halts completely. People didn’t even invest in a can of paint to paint a fence (actually so that). Banks closed and ATMs ran dry. We’d default on our debt, the greatest default ever in history. The currency devaluates to 1 dollar = 1.4 pesos,  a couple days later its 1 dollar 2 pesos, the 3 then 4. The official price tried to keep up with the black market price to avoid “cyclic” schemes where they bought dollars at the cheap “official” price and sold it around the corner at “street” prices. Some people made small fortunes this way.
So, what does all this mean? That from a survival point of view you need one, maybe two months worth of expenses in cash in case ATMs run dry and bank holydays are declared. People will operate in cash mostly, and while some will still use plastic, specially DEBIT cards, don’t count on it. Specially small stores, they will prefer cash and till this day 90% of small stores here operate with cash. (Oh, bribes are made in cash of course, but gold and silver are nice too)
But soon enough that paper money starts loosing value as I explained above, and prices go up accordingly. The purchase value of your cash stash melting like snow in the Sahara desert and it depending on how bad it gets, it may go from buying you a car and a trunk full of supplies to buying you a candybar in a matter of weeks. It’s important to stay aware, not have a ton of cash in the first place, but also use it up if you see this happening.
In my case we had dollars stashed not gold but the principle of how you’ll be using it is the same. You sell whatever amount you need for that weeks expenses at the current exchange rate and you pay for whatever you must with the local, devaluated currency. Sometimes dealers are interested in getting the US dollars directly so you may do that if the exchange rate is fair. Its all about knowing the price of your currency or precious metals that day.
During the worst days, the price would change within the hour, so its important to keep up to date. Even today, almost 10 years later, when you turn on the TV you’re mostly waiting for the important day’s news, maybe weather, traffic, and dollar-peso price.
That’s exactly what you’ll be doing with your gold or silver after an economic collapse. Sell what you need to get by, maybe if you have a specific purchase going on the dealer would give you a discount if you deal directly with the precious metal.
It doesn’t matter if laws are made to try to control this, there’s always going to be a black market, and the more ridiculous the laws get, the worst it gets, the black market becomes stronger.


Cocoa Powder for the Survivor



While building your food storage inventory and supplementing your food-staples with a variety of flavors to satisfy the sweet tooth, take advantage of the great health and cancer fighting benefits of cocoa and add pure cocoa powder to your shopping list.
Cocoa has more phenols and flavenoids attributing to about twice the antioxidants of red wine and about three times those found in green tea, according to Cornell University food scientists and research published in American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.
US Department of Agriculture researchers measured the antioxidant power of cocoa, measured in ORAC units (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), a method developed by scientists at the National Institutes of Health. Foods higher on the ORAC scale are better at neutralizing free radicals (free radical damage contributes to age-related degeneration, cancer and disease).
The test resulted in an incredible score of 80,933 units (ORAC), more than 12 times that of blueberries!
A Harvard research study found that an Indian tribe in Panama that drank up to 40 cups a week of a traditionally prepared hot cocoa had 90% less cancer, heart disease and diabetes than neighboring tribes that did not consume hot cocoa.
Without suggesting that you should drink 40 cups of hot chocolate a week, imagine the benefits of treating yourself to some hot chocolate made from pure, natural cocoa powder a few times a week, or maybe once a day!

Health Benefits of Cocoa and Cocoa Powder

  • Dilates arteries and improves blood flow (epicatechins)
  • Reduced tendency to form damaging clots (epicatechins)
  • Lowers blood pressure (epicatechins)
  • Helps detoxify the liver (high sulfur content)
  • Promotes positive feelings and fights depression (tryptophan)
  • Promotes mental alertness (phenylethylamine)
  • appetite-suppressant properties

To get the full benefits of cocoa powder with the highest ORAC score, you should search for pure organic cocoa powder that has not been roasted or processed at high temperatures. Epicatechins, key flavanols found in cocoa powder are often removed from commercial cocoas because they tend to have a bitter taste.
The underlying source of chocolate or cocoa comes from the cacao bean (pronounced, cah-cow), the dried seeds of a South American evergreen tree (Theobroma cacao). It is also referred to the cocoa bean.
In summary, a great modern survival secret, cocoa powder, can be used to make very healthy hot chocolate, a tasty treat and a natural effective way to fight back against an increasing pharmaceutical world.
Here is one highly rated natural cocoa powder, or cacao powder.
Treat yourself.

This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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