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Friday, October 14, 2011

What Kind of Survivalist are You?

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Generally speaking, there is mostly only one stereotype for a ‘survivalist’ or ‘prepper’ out there in the mainstream. Most of the general public think of a survivalist or prepper as one or some of the following…
A gun ‘nut’

Someone who hates the government and is ready to do ‘battle’

Someone who desires to be alone or to only be with their ‘own kind’

Someone who believes the end-of-the-world is eminent

A hoarder of food and supplies

A delusional crackpot

A religious extremest

A misfit of society
As in all walks of life, there are all types of folks. Sure, there are those that fit into one or some of the categorical stereotypes. I have lived long enough to learn that there are an amazing number of differing mindsets.
People are a product of many influences… their parents, their upbringing, their own life experiences of both good and bad, their jobs, their friends, their enemies, their exposure to the marketing machine of ‘the system’, their conviction to their own beliefs, on and on… The point being that someone cannot or should not be stereotyped because of one or a few traits that others may see in them. The real ‘them’ may be quite different from what you may think.

Having said that, what I’m getting at is that there is not one stereotype of a survivalist or prepper. Sure, you could say that many share similar ideals, but every survivalist or prepper is different in their own way.
For example, there are those in the survivalist / prepper community that are hard core. They are really into firearms, ‘don’t tread on me’, vocal about their liberties, ready to survive in the woods with buried stashes of food, etc. That’s all fine and good. No quarrels here… However these are not necessarily ‘the’ qualifying traits of a survivalist, at least in my opinion.
There are those that consider themselves survivalists in the sense that they are determined to survive the uncertainties of today relative to the modern world that they live in. In other words, they may not have trained to survive in the woods foraging for edible wild plants, or they may not own a firearm, but they may be honing their own unique adaptability skills, building a base of food and supplies for emergency, and becoming more informed about the risks of the world they live in.
You may stereotype the last example to be more of a ‘prepper’ than a survivalist, but I disagree with that notion. Someone who is preparing or has prepared for risk and uncertainty is doing so to survive the things that may be thrown at them.
The media that I’ve seen in the mainstream, when portraying survivalists, or exemplifying them in TV shows, or interviewing them in real life, is nearly always tilted towards the extreme. This leads others to think that what they are seeing or hearing is ‘the’ typical survivalist. Well, either I’m a one-of-a-kind survivalist while all others are hard core, or the media has purposefully sought out the hard core while ignoring the numbers of preppers who ‘fit in’ with society and are privately building a base of self support and self sufficiency as they recognize that they are ultimately responsible for their own lives.
So, I encourage you to not stereotype the definition of ‘survivalist’ to the extreme. Instead, consider that there are many that are simply taking charge of their own lives and preparing themselves for uncertainty.

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Audio Podcast: Episode-758- Frank Sharpe on Coming Unrest and Home Defense

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Frank Sharpe Jr. joins us today to discuss the potential for major civil unrest arising from events like Occupy Wall Street and other events that may soon follow.  Today we discuss the role of shotguns and rifles for home defense, … Continue reading →

Pizza Sauce Recipe

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  • 18 lbs roma or paste tomatoes  I used Sheyboygans and San Marzano’s
  • 5 cups chopped onions mixed red and sweet yellow
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1 bunch basil, plus a handful more from my garden.
  • Heaping handful of fresh diced oregano (from my garden).
  • 5 teaspoons sea salt plus a bit more that I let sit on the garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground mixed peppercorns  
  • 6 Tablespoons  red wine vinegar.
  • 8 Tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • 10 Tablespoons good Extra Virgin olive oil.
1. Prep your jars by putting them in the dishwasher and keeping them warm, or otherwise sterilizing them.
2. Prep your tomatoes. Wash them well. Then core them. I just used a paring knife and cutting board, and watched the Godfather on DVD.
3. Dice your onions and garlic. Add some salt to the garlic, mash it up and let it sit for awhile to release it’s garlicky goodness.

4. Put the olive oil in a large thick bottomed pot. The thick bottom is key. A thin bottom el cheapo pan will yield scorched tomatoes and sauce with a burnt taste. Heat the oil. Add the onions and let them sweat for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and let it sweat for another 5 minutes or so.
5. Add the tomatoes and spices, salt and pepper, sugar and vinegar. Then, just let this bad boy cook for awhile. And I mean awhile. The Small Batch Preserving recipe suggested about an hour and fifteen minutes. I watched Goodfellas and kept stirring.
6. When the sauce is at your desired thickness, it’s time to bust out the food mill, because you want your pizza sauce to be a nice uniform consistency.
7. Ladle the sauce into sterilized pint jars. Leave one half inch for headspace. Use a knife to go down the insides of the jars to remove air bubbles. Wipe the rims with a clean napkin.

8. Process in a boiling water bath for 30 minutes at a full boil. Remove and make sure all of you jars had sealed.
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Simple Survival Tools - The Tire Pressure Gauge

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Even the simplest of tools can be critical to your survival and are often overlooked until it’s too late to avoid a simple but almost certain disaster. Our daily survival often depends upon our means of transportation and without some due diligence on our part we may end up going nowhere fast. We can fall victim to our own neglect and a failure to do one of the simplest of things can lead to a disaster of our own making. The tire pressure gauge is a tool that can help you avoid one of the most common disasters that are faced by hundreds of people each day.

Small, inexpensive and compact they are an indispensable item. They allow you keep your tires properly inflated and help you to avoid excessive wear on your vehicle’s tires. New tires aren’t cheap and you need to get the most value and use of the ones you have already. They can also warn you if you’ve got a slow leak in a tire before it becomes the flat that leaves you stranded in the middle of nowhere. A tire pressure gauge can also help you avoid the “I didn’t know the spare tire was flat.” disaster that seems to catch people unaware and they realize that a bad situation has just gotten a lot worse.  

It takes a lot less time to check the air pressure in the tires of your vehicle on a regular basis than it does to wait for a tow truck or for someone to bring you an air tank. This is a habit that should be a part of your regular routine. There are enough disasters out there without adding ones of our own making, especially ones that can be easily avoided.

Probably the easiest way to fit this into your routine is to make it a part of another routine act that is performed on a regular basis. Simply take the time to check your tires when you gas up. You’re already stopped and it takes a while to fill the tank. So spend a little extra time and use that tire pressure gauge to check your tires and the spare as well. They’re cheap enough that you can keep one in every vehicle.

Otherwise, you may end up going nowhere fast!

Checked the spare tire on your BOV lately?

Staying above the water line!