When you hear the word “patriot” do you think of someone who stands for the national anthem, perhaps serves in the Armed Forces, and loves their country? Well, “patriot” may become a dirty word if the new Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018 becomes a law. (And it probably will – we’ve seen the unPatriot Act and the NDAA repeatedly pass with little more than a rustle of dissent.)
Congress finds the following:
(1) White supremacists and other right-wing extremists are the most significant domestic terrorism threat facing the United States.
(2) An unclassified May 2017 joint intelligence bulletin from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security found that “white supremacist extremism poses [a] persistent threat of lethal violence,” and that White supremacists “were responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016 … more than any other domestic extremist movement”.
And it’s true – we HAVE seen some horrible attacks on Muslims and people of color and those shouldbe denounced.
The bill goes on further to credit the Southern Poverty Law Center—a group who makes hundreds of millions of dollars selling hate by labeling anyone they disagree with politically as a hate group…
…As Reason’s John Stossel pointed out recently, “SPLC once fought useful fights. They took on the Ku Klux Klan. But now they go after people on the right with whom they disagree.”
They are also making a killing while doing it.
Morris Dees, SPLC’s co-founder, promised to stop fundraising once his endowment hit $55 million. But when he reached $55 million, he upped the bar to $100 million, saying that would allow them “to cease costly fundraising.” But again, when they reached $100 million, they didn’t stop. Now they have $320 million—a large chunk of which is kept in offshore accounts. Really. It’s on their tax forms.
What is particularly disturbing about the SPLC is the fact that they fail to make any mention of openly violent and hateful group whose been caught time and again laying waste to property and innocent people with whom they disagree.
As Stossel points out:
In return for those donations to SPLC, the world gets a group that now lists people like Ben Carson and Fox commentators Laura Ingraham, Judge Andrew Napolitano and Jeanine Pirro as extremists—but doesn’t list the leftist militant hate groups known as antifa. (source)
Ben Carson? Judge Napolitano? Come on. That’s got to be a joke.
There’s a lot of recent history of demonization.
And that demonization isn’t just far-right, alt-right groups, and white supremacist groups. It’s veterans. Libertarians. People who support the Constitution as the governing document of our nation. It’s Christians and people with conservative beliefs. Basically, it’s anyone who questions the extreme left.
Most of the people in this group are decent people who don’t hate everyone of other races. We don’t intend to start militias to take out the Muslims in our neighborhoods. We want to get along and be free to believe as we believe. We aren’t rabidly frothing at the mouth in our bunkers, just waiting to light up the next SWAT team that happens by with a homemade RPG while wearing kitchen tile body armor.
But, as journalist Matt Agorist, an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator, points out, it’s becoming positively Orwellian. He shares these examples:
Most people who question the state do so out of a desire to prevent death, not foster it. People who questioned the narrative of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq did so because they wanted to prevent a war in which many would die. However, they were labeled as kooks and conspiracy theorists by the establishment—despite being proven right years later…
In August of 2013, Concord, New Hampshire Police Chief John Duval secretly contacted Homeland Security and demanded an armored vehicle due to the alleged “threat” posed by peaceful libertarians.
The MIAC Report, a federal training document famously presented to Missouri police in 2009, went as far as falsely tying supporters of former Presidential Candidate Ron Paul and the Constitution to “extremist groups” as well.
In 2014, a sheriff’s deputy admitted on video that these weapons of war were needed to fend off “constitutionalists” with firearms. (source)
There are many more examples of demonization. I’ve been writing about it for years. Like when a police drill back in 2013 focused on fighting off angry armed parents laying siege to a school to get to their children. And how everyone conservative or libertarian is a budding domestic terrorist. Or when a police chief warned that anyone who is a “gun enthusiast” should be reported to the cops.
Finding enough food to live on in the wild is one of those things that’s often overlooked. Perhaps that’s because water, heat and shelter are all more important survival priorities.
Yet with the average bug out bag only containing three days worth of food, this isn’t exactly something we can ignore. Yes, we can live for 30 days or more without food, but eventually we have to eat.
Typically, people talk about living off the land as if it is something easy to do. But let me ask you, how many hunters do you know, who go hunting every year, but rarely come back with anything?
That might be okay if you’re just hunting for sport, but it won’t be acceptable if you’re trying to feed your family.
The truth is, it’s much harder to live off the land than it used to be. Back in the pioneering days, the country was teeming with game, making it easy for people to hunt for their food. But much of that game has been killed off through the years, and not as much land is left in a pristine state for wildlife to live in.
While the weather outside is still on the chilly side, many are making use of their time indoors and get a headstart on the upcoming gardening season by starting seeds indoors. Doing so results in earlier and longer harvests. This economic gardening method doesn’t require special equipment – just some moist soil, comfortable temperatures, and some TLC!
Seeds need perfect growing conditions to grow healthy: water – allows the seed to swell up and the embryo to start growing, oxygen – so that energy can be released for germination, and warmth – germination improves as temperature rises.
Starting longer growing varieties like herbs, broccoli, cauliflower, and onions can greatly benefit from indoor growing methods. This gives the gardener a headstart and helps to control the growing environment.
A Step-By-Step Guide for Starting Seeds Indoors
Home gardeners can start vegetable and flower seedlings indoors between 4 to12 weeks before the last average spring frost in their area, which means it’s time to get started! Above all, start with good seeds. At Ready Gardens, we prefer time-tested heirloom varieties. These plants have been shown to have outstanding flavor and good harvests. Heck, if these seeds were good enough for my grandparents, they’re good enough for me. As well, you want to ensure that your seed starting mix has nutrients to feed young plants when they start growing their true leaves. Adding perlite and vermiculite can do wonders for emerging seedlings.
Fill a flat or other container with moist, sterile germination mix. Add enough mix to fill the container within an inch of the rim. Gently pat the soil down for even distribution.
Plant seeds according to their growing instructions. Some seeds can be planted in rows or scattered onto the soil’s surface. Typically, seeds need to be planted at 1/2 inch below the soil surface and covered with soil.
With a spray bottle filled with water, water lightly until the soil has proper moisture. Take precautions so that the soil is not waterlogged.
Add a small layer of vermiculite to the top of the soil. This reduces moisture loss and cuts down on mold growth.
Label the flat and cover your newly planted seeds with plastic wrap until the first sprouts emerge. This avoids drying out of the soil.
Set seeds in a dark area that is not drafty. Seeds need a warm area to germinate.
Once seeds have germinated and sprouts appear, transfer the containers to a sunny spot or place under grow lights. Make sure the seedlings get up to 16 hours of sunlight a day. If seeds do not get enough sunlight, they grow long and leggy and this will not produce the healthiest plants. Full spectrum grow lights can assist in giving plantlings adequate light needed for growth. Water as needed.
When plants have grown to the proper size, you need to begin hardening them off and get them accustomed to outdoor living. Harden off gradually, so that seedlings become accustomed to strong sunlight, cool nights and less-frequent watering over a 7-10 day period. On a mild day, start with 2-3 hours of sun in a sheltered location. Be sure to protect seedlings from strong sun, wind, hard rain and cool temperatures.
Once plants are hardened off, plant them in the garden according to the seed packets instructions.
Simply by providing seeds with comfortable temperatures, adequate soil moisture and time, your plants will establish strong root systems and, in time, grow big enough for replanting. Following these steps will ensure planting success.
Growing your own vegetables is a great way to have fresh produce available at any time — and also to save money. Sometimes, though, even growing your own food can get too pricey.
Here are seven ways to make sure you’re getting the best value from your vegetable garden this year.
1. Save the seeds.
Initially when you were planning your garden for the first year, you might have had to purchase all of the seeds. But once you have a season or two under your belt, you should start saving the seeds for the next season.
2. Find a seed swap.
There likely are people in your community growing plants you aren’t currently growing – plants that you’d like to grow. And, of course, the vegetables you grow will have a ton of seeds in them — and you don’t need all of them. So share them around! If you can’t find a seed swap in your community, then put the word out there to start one; you might get more interest than you think.
One of the best ways to be prepared for the many uncertainties that life hurls at us is to grow our own food. Gardening can be a vital skill to learn ahead of time, before a disaster strikes. There can be a decent learning curve if you’ve never raised your own food before. You need to take the time now to learn how to grow your own food! Luckily, if your goal is to raise a survival garden that will keep you alive in an emergency there are a handful of easy to grow plants that can help sustain you during a disaster, and are easy to save seeds from to plant from year after year.
Here are 5 Easy to Grow Plants For a Survival Garden
For all of these plants, make sure when you purchase your initial seed stock that you pick open pollinated types. This means that you can save your seeds every year, and even build up a stock of seeds in your freezer in case of a crop failure, all with just one, single time purchase. Hybrid or F1 varieties of seeds will produce seeds, but when you plant them, you will not necessarily get the same variety that you had the first year. Another advantage of saving your own open pollinated seeds is that the plants will adapt over time and become more resilient to your particular climate.
Don’t be discouraged if your first attempts don’t always succeed. Try again the next year, and the next, until you’ve mastered a few essential crops. Some people seem to have a natural green thumb, but there are others of us who need to learn through trial and error. If you’re new to gardening in general, and not sure where to start, check out Easy Ways To Get Started On A Spring Garden for ideas on how to prepare now, even if it’s too chilly to start planting.
You’ve probably all heard that old success adage that warns, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The guy credited with saying this was Jim Rohn, who is widely accepted as the world’s top business philosopher. But don’t overlook it, because it’s true of all facets of life, not just business. In fact, it’s why I suggest you have prepper friends.
How our friends influence us
No matter who you are, you’re still influenced by the people with whom you spend the most time. You tend to prioritize the things that are consistently mentioned and practiced, so if you get together with a few friends to do some canning or to work on a bug-out property, not only are you bonding, but you’re practicing important skills.
When your friends support prepping as a positive and reasonable activity, you’ll be a lot more likely to focus on it regularly. After all, it’s a lot of fun to share a great score of kerosene lamps at a yard sale with people who will actually join you in your excitement.
On the other hand, if your peers constantly denigrate or mock your preparedness efforts, it can be quite demotivating. Who wants to be the object of rolled eyes and deep sighs all the time? You may stick with your efforts in private, but being surrounded by folks like this can make what you’re doing feel far less important – or even ridiculous.
Motivation and encouragement can’t be overlooked as the impetus to help you become better prepared.
What if you don’t know any preppers?
The funny thing about prepper friends is that they’re not always “preppers.” While it can be awesome to find a group of people who share your interests completely, it isn’t always practical.
That doesn’t mean you can’t be surrounded by supportive peers. Look for folks who practice the skills we prize, like…
Living history groups
CERT or other community preparedness training
Volunteer paramedic or firefighting
Volunteer search and rescue
…You get the idea.
While they may not have a bug-out bag, you’ll probably have a lot more in common with these people than folks who live for the next episode of Rich Person “Reality” TV.
Some of my very favorite people to hang out with were folks I met in a homesteading group back when I lived in California. While we didn’t share all the same philosophies, our love of self-reliance and sharing of skills created a strong, lifelong bond.
Find prepper friends online
Barring real life friends, groups online can be a wonderful way to touch base with others who share your views. (Always be cautious about sharing too much personal information with anyone you meet online – heck, in person, too!)
Look for forums, busy comments sections on blogs, or (if you’re into social media) groups on Facebook or Google. (You can join my Facebook group Prep Club by going here and answering the questions.) We have a lot of great discussions, monthly motivation challenges, and conversations about a variety of scenarios. It’s so much fun to share the stuff you canned or something you built with people who will be as excited as you are. What’s more, as a group, we can offer support and suggestions when you run into a stumbling block.
While online friends aren’t quite like in-person friends, if you’re feeling isolated, it can be a great way to find a supportive circle.
The importance of OPSEC
OPSEC is an acronym for OPerational SECurity, and the term was coined by American military forces during the Vietnam war. The basic idea is to protect small pieces of information that could be put together to form a bigger picture. With regard to prepping, it means that you never want others to know things like:
How many supplies you have
Where you keep your supplies
What specific supplies you stash
What your home defense strategies are
And in some cases, you won’t want them to know that you’re a prepper at all.
You get the idea. Don’t make yourself vulnerable, even to people you consider friends. Unless you have known someone a long time, been through crises with them, and fully trust them, there are some things you should keep to yourself.
Do you have prepper friends?
Of course, you’re always welcome to chat here in the comments section. I strongly encourage it!
Are your friends and family also involved with prepping? If not, have you made efforts to meet others who are into the preparedness lifestyle? Do you have some ideas how we can meet likeminded people? Please share you thoughts in the comments section below.
ReadyNutrition Readers, you are all well-aware of charity…where your left hand should not know what your right does. In survival, it is the opposite: you need to train yourself bilaterally…that is, to be ambidextrous to a certain degree. In the manner that you lift weights and exercise, should you train in survival skills. When you do bicep curls, do you perform them with only your dominant hand? No, of course not. You train with both hands and both arms and develop yourself symmetrically and equally.
How about things that require you to perform to survive? Firing a rifle or pistol, for one. If you’re right-handed and (God forbid) you are wounded in the hand, or suffer from a broken finger, then what? Then you must follow after Gunny Highway’s advice (Clint Eastwood’s Marine Gunnery Sergeant in the movie “Heartbreak Ridge”).
Training for Ambidextrous Shooting Abilities
We’re going to talk through it for a right-handed firer (since most people are right-handed). Lefties, just do the same thing as I’m instructing here with the opposite hand. Pistol first. You are going to fire your pistol with the left hand, as your right hand is badly broken. With a revolver, this is simpler, but with a semiautomatic handgun? Well, your spent brass ejects from the right. Therefore, your point of aim has to be the same…from your right eye…but you’re firing with your left hand.
Shooting ambidextrous drill with my conceal carry Glock 23 with TR-1 light - YouTube
This is going to take some practice for you. You’re going to be firing the semiautomatic pistol with your left hand, but “crossing over” to use your right eye…and fire from your right-hand side. Your sight picture is the same as it would be if you were firing with your right hand…but it will feel a bit different, as it is with your left, now, and your arm still needs to be outstretched and straight.
Aiming at Your Target
Your target needs to be in alignment with the muzzle of your weapon, and your arm needs to be straight out, and aligned with your firing eye (in this case, the right eye). This is going to take some practice on your part, and practice makes perfect. It has to be such that you can shift at a second’s notice and fire just as true with your left hand as your right.
Now to develop your other eye: use the revolver. Yes, you can practice a good sight picture and proper aim with your left eye with a revolver, as you don’t have to worry about a hot piece of brass in your face. You must train to be ambidextrous. With many years of practice, you should be able to take on a target with both eyes, and both hands.
The rifle is a bit different. Remember a long time ago how I said that all rifles should have a bipod? Well, you’ve just been injured with a broken right wrist, and you’re a right-handed firer. Now what? Well, with the bipod…you have support. Then it’s just a matter of positioning yourself behind the weapon. You can seat the weapon on your right shoulder and fire with the left hand. This, too, takes practice. Same thing as before. Semiautomatic rifles will kick brass in your face if you fire with the left shoulder. You can pick up a brass deflector for an AR-15 that will help in this department.
Bolt-actions and lever-actions are good-to-go in this regard. Practice firing with the left hand with these, so as not to distract your progress with brass flying in your face. Same thing here. Your point of aim must be developed on the left-hand side. This will take time, practice, and patience, with emphasis on that third factor. You aren’t going to master it overnight. You can start out with an air rifle. The air rifle fundamentals of marksmanship…Aiming, Breathing, and Trigger-Squeeze…are the same as with a firearm. It is less costly, however, and easier to manage in a home-indoor range. You can develop the skills with air rifle or air pistol to become an “ambidextrous” firer.
Practice this concept for all things…the use of hand tools, the use of cooking utensils and implements, and other weapons, such as the bow and arrow and the knife. It is a form of preparation that will improve you overall. Don’t be limited by an injury. Don’t allow an injury to keep you from defending yourself or performing a task necessary to stay alive or save life and limb. It is all part of your training, and let the training never stop! Stay in that fight! JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
Are you ready to feed your family? If you want to reduce your dependency on the commercial food supply, you better start now. Establishing crops, building infrastructure, raising animals, and working out the kinks takes time, and you may have a few less successful years before you can really eat off the grid.
Assuming you have a house on cleared land, with at least one usable outbuilding already constructed, you will be able to focus on growing food. With long working days, attention to seasonal change and weather, efficient work practices, and regular routines, two adults can work the land for food within a few years.
Here’s nine foods that can make you 100 percent self-sufficient. Keep in mind that crops like lettuce – which is easy to grow and doesn’t store very long – aren’t on the list.
With all the threats our country is facing, especially from the likes of North Korea, TEOTWAWKI could be coming soon. When SHTF, the location of your home is going to play a huge role on your survival. It doesn’t matter what the disaster may be, whether it is: WWIII, nuclear attack, EMP attack, power grid down, pandemic, terrorism, natural disaster, or economic collapse. Whatever the event is that changes our lives forever, the outcome of how people will turn quickly and how we must live a certain way to survive, is going to remain the same.
You do not want to live in an urban setting when any disaster strikes. If you have no option but to live in a city, hopefully you have a family member or close friend that lives on a homestead, so your chances of survival can become significantly be higher. There are many reasons why a homestead is the ideal place to be during a SHTF scenario.
When SHTF, there are going to be upon thousands and thousands of people that die from starvation. Luckily, reducing starvation is a huge emergency that your homestead will protect you from.
You can use your livestock for beef, pork, chicken, and dairy. Livestock is extremely important to have because you will not be able to run to the grocery store to grab meat for your family. You can just walk outside on your homestead and be able to provide your family and yourself an ample of delicious meat.